mikehill4jesus “Living amongst people who do not obey Jesus”
12th August 2017 (43.14) My .mp3 audio Podcast linked to this Blog
John 15:9 ‘As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. 10 If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. 11 I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.’
In these wonderful words spoken by the Lord Jesus Christ, we see clues as to why the two groups of people he also describes are incompatible – specially when professing to be Christian.
- As the Father has loved me
- so I have loved you
- Now remain in my love
- If you keep my commands
- you will remain in my love
- just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love
- I have told you this so that my joy may be in you
- and that your joy may be complete
Eight important clues that point to the problem not only facing Impenitent Sinners professing to be Christian, but also Repenting Sinners who are indeed Christians – Followers of Christ.
How do we coexist together?
This especially true in Church Life where the Christians and Christless Christians both members of a Fellowship – though it can’t be a true fellowship.
1. We have to understand the people involved. The Father, the Son, the Disciples of the Son, those who are not Disciples of the Son. Why? Because Jesus is talking and teaching about relationships. The relationship between his Father and Himself. The relationship between Himself and his Disciples who are true or false.
2. We have to understand the importance of love in the relationship. Relationship: The way in which two or more people are connected, or the state of being connected.
3. We have to understand the status of both parties to the relationship. Not all people are equal in status.
4. We have to understand how important obedience is to a relationship. This is not just doing as your told. It’s about being obedient to the role one has in the relationship.
5. We have to understand the consequences of a true relationship and a false relationship.
These two verses put the above into context
John 14:23 Jesus replied, ‘Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. 24 Anyone who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me.’
Those people who truly love Jesus (John 14:23), and thus learn and obey his teaching, receive joy that is complete – Joy: a deep feeling or condition of happiness or contentment. This is because they were once separated from God, but are now connected with God.
Those people who truly hate or refuse to love Jesus (John 14:24), even though they may profess to being Christian, do not have this joy.
In order to have this joy that is complete, then obviously those described in verse 24 have to become as described in verse 23. This can only be accomplished through the Gospel of Jesus. Something that Impenitent Sinners do not want to do as it means they have to stop being selfish.
So we come to the problem “Living amongst people who do not obey Jesus”
Jesus and His True Disciples, John 14:23, aim to help, not hinder. Let Him and Us help you.
God uses the Holy Spirit to educate people described in, John 14:24, on the matter of becoming saved by the Gospel of Jesus. He, the Holy Spirit of God, uses direct influence on the Sinner, using both the Holy Bible and the true Christians described in John 14:23. We call this Preaching the Gospel.
You must now see how difficult it is for the two above groups of people to coexist? Definition of coexist: to exist together or at the same time. to live in peace with each other especially as a matter of policy.
Failure to love and obey the Lord Jesus means that you cannot coexist with Him and his Father – you will not have the Holy Spirit of God operating in and through you!
Hence we get Christless Christians forming the many (41,000+) Christian Groups that are described as Churchianity – Christianity with Christ replaced by Church.
TRUE CHRISTIANS ARE COMMANDED TO HELP THOSE SINNERS WHO ARE SEPARATED FROM GOD
The Lord Jesus commanded his Disciples in Matthew 28:19 ‘Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.’
True lovers of the Lord Jesus Christ are God’s Ambassadors
(The Kindle E-book mentioned in this video is no longer available. But is freely available at the bottom of this page as a webpage and Microsoft File download)
Awaiting the new body
2 Corinthians 5:1 For we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands. 2 Meanwhile we groan, longing to be clothed instead with our heavenly dwelling, 3 because when we are clothed, we will not be found naked. 4 For while we are in this tent, we groan and are burdened, because we do not wish to be unclothed but to be clothed instead with our heavenly dwelling, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life. 5 Now the one who has fashioned us for this very purpose is God, who has given us the Spirit as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.
6 Therefore we are always confident and know that as long as we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord. 7 For we live by faith, not by sight. 8 We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord. 9 So we make it our goal to please him, whether we are at home in the body or away from it. 10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each of us may receive what is due to us for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad.
The ministry of reconciliation
11 Since, then, we know what it is to fear the Lord, we try to persuade others. What we are is plain to God, and I hope it is also plain to your conscience. 12 We are not trying to commend ourselves to you again, but are giving you an opportunity to take pride in us, so that you can answer those who take pride in what is seen rather than in what is in the heart. 13 If we are ‘out of our mind,’ as some say, it is for God; if we are in our right mind, it is for you. 14 For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. 15 And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.
16 So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer. 17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: [Or Christ, that person is a new creation.] the old has gone, the new is here! 18 All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: 19 that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. 20 We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: be reconciled to God. 21 God made him who had no sin to be sin [Or be a sin offering] for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.