1 John 5:1 (KJV) Jesus Christ, the Fulcrum

1 John 5:1 (KJV)
Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God: and every one that loveth him that begat loveth him also that is begotten of him.

 

The contest of the spiritual world revolves around Jesus Christ.

  • His person
  • His presence and
  • His passion

are become the fulcrum over which faith becomes a broken religion or an elevating devotion. Here is the dividing line between those who say they love God and those whom God says love Him. If you love God you will in turn love the one who is begotten of Him; Jesus Christ.

 

By using the concept of the begotten here, the Apostle points us to the incarnation. This is that breaking point for so many religions

  • The Catholics venerate Mary almost more than Christ
  • The Mormons and JW’s make Christ less than God with us
  • The Muslims reject that Christ was more than a great prophet
  • The eastern religions are ignorant of Christ
  • The atheists deny Christ
  • The worldly ignore Christ

To love God is to love Christ. To love Christ is to not merely believe in His existence but to embrace His every teaching.

 

 

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1 John 5:1 (KJV) Jesus Christ, the Fulcrum

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2 Peter 1:16 (KJV) Cunningly Devised Fables

2 Peter 1:16 (KJV)
For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty.

I take it that people even then (though some today claim they were all ignorant and superstitious) recognized that there were some cunningly devised fables existing in their day.

  • The fable of polytheism
  • The fable of pantheism
  • The fable of Apotheosis (worshiping kings and sovereigns)
  • The fable of ancestor worship

These and many others were in full swing in the times of Peter’s writing. That he would say the faith of Christianity is not a cunningly devised fable assumes that his readers could have identified many of them.

Something that is cunningly devised is not innocent. It is malicious. It is schemed to deceive and to damage those who swallow it. It is meticulously formulated for the purpose of luring people into it. It is false It is of the devil.

The faith of the Christian is the opposite of all that is cunningly devised.

  • It is honest, coming from eyewitnesses
  • It is heavenly, pleasing to God the Father
  • It is sure, delivered to us from men of God

 

 

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2 Peter 1:16 (KJV) Cunningly Devised Fables

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Joshua 9:4 No Deals Cut With God

Joshua 9:4 (KJV)

They did work wilily, and went and made as if they had been ambassadors, and took old sacks upon their asses, and wine bottles, old, and rent, and bound up;

 

Rahab the harlot establishes that, had any of the Canaanites repented, they could have been spared. Unfortunately, that is not what most of them did.

  • Some walled themselves away inside their fortresses (but God tore them down)
  • Some banded together as one against Israel
  • Some feared God’s judgment but chose to fight instead of repent

 

 

Gibeon chose to work wilily, to use trickery and deceit. Their plot appeared to work on the surface. They did get a treaty of peace, but in doing so they incurred the wrath of the world around them and, what is worse, no real relationship with the people of God.

 

Churches today are filled with Gibeonite type people. These are the ones attempting to cut a deal with God. They pretend to be something they are not hoping that, if they can convince the Christians, they can convince God to spare them. Their strategy will not work. All they really succeed in doing is

  • To alienate themselves from the world
  • To frustrate their relationship with Christians
  • To bind themselves as prisoners from saving faith and
  • To ultimately end up eternal lost in hell

All of this (except the wrath of the world) could have been avoided if only they had sincerely repented and asked for salvation.

 

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Joshua 9:4 Repentance

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