mikehill4jesus “Christless Christians persecute Jesus and his Disciples”
3rd November 2017 (26.38) My .mp3 audio Podcast linked to this Blog
Why do you persecute me?
Before his conversion, Paul, then known as Saul, was a “zealous” Pharisee who “intensely persecuted” the followers of Jesus. Says Paul in his Epistle to the Galatians:
Galatians 1:13 ‘For you have heard of my previous way of life in Judaism, how intensely I persecuted the church of God and tried to destroy it.’
Acts 9:4 He fell to the ground and heard a voice say to him, ‘Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?’
5 ‘Who are you, Lord?’ Saul asked.
‘I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting,’ he replied. 6 ‘Now get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.’
CHRISTLESS CHRISTIANS (John 14:24) SEEK TO DESTROY THE BODY OF CHRIST – THE TRUE CHURCH OF GOD
For them, those described in John 14:24, evildoing becomes a way of life. A way of life that will condemn them to Hell if they do not submit to the Lord Jesus and His perfect Gospel.
2 Corinthians 4:1-18 Present weakness and resurrection life
4:1 Therefore, since through God’s mercy we have this ministry, we do not lose heart. 2 Rather, we have renounced secret and shameful ways; we do not use deception, nor do we distort the word of God. On the contrary, by setting forth the truth plainly we commend ourselves to everyone’s conscience in the sight of God. 3 And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. 4 The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. 5 For what we preach is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake. 6 For God, who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness,’ [Gen. 1:3] made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ.
7 But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. 8 We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; 9 persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. 10 We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body. 11 For we who are alive are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that his life may also be revealed in our mortal body. 12 So then, death is at work in us, but life is at work in you.
13 It is written: ‘I believed; therefore I have spoken.’ [Psalm 116:10] Since we have that same spirit of [Or Spirit-given] faith, we also believe and therefore speak, 14 because we know that the one who raised the Lord Jesus from the dead will also raise us with Jesus and present us with you to himself. 15 All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God.
16 Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. 17 For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. 18 So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.
But we who share in Christ’s sufferings do not do it alone. Not at all! We, who are in Christ and Him in Us, do it in the company of God.
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.
Like our Saviour, Jesus, we who are described in John 14:23, could ask our Father God to send Angels to save us from our suffering for Jesus. Yet we do not! Why do we not? Because God is suffering with us, the true Body of Christ, spiritually united with God, not Church membership.
Matthew 26:48 Now the betrayer had arranged a signal with them: ‘The one I kiss is the man; arrest him.’ 49 Going at once to Jesus, Judas said, ‘Greetings, Rabbi!’ and kissed him.
50 Jesus replied, ‘Do what you came for, friend.’ [Or ‘Why have you come, friend?’]
Then the men stepped forward, seized Jesus and arrested him. 51 With that, one of Jesus’ companions reached for his sword, drew it out and struck the servant of the high priest, cutting off his ear.
52 ‘Put your sword back in its place,’ Jesus said to him, ‘for all who draw the sword will die by the sword. 53 Do you think I cannot call on my Father, and he will at once put at my disposal more than twelve legions of angels? 54 But how then would the Scriptures be fulfilled that say it must happen in this way?’
[We who are true Christians must suffer so that the Scriptures may be fulfilled. I was given a prophecy in 1987 that said we, my family and I, will go through years of suffering then God will raise us up nearer to Him. This came true as God used us, not us used God.]
55 In that hour Jesus said to the crowd, ‘Am I leading a rebellion, that you have come out with swords and clubs to capture me? Every day I sat in the temple courts teaching, and you did not arrest me.
We, who are described in John 14:23, are yoked with Jesus. Therefore, when we are persecuted, he is being persecuted also.
Matthew 11:25-30 The Father revealed in the Son
25 At that time Jesus said, ‘I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. 26 Yes, Father, for this is what you were pleased to do.
27 ‘All things have been committed to me by my Father. No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.
28 ‘Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.’
Christless Christians, who form their own versions of Churchianity, are truly PERSECUTORS of Christ Jesus and his Disciples. It is not my courage that keeps me witnessing, it is my knowledge of the soul destroying fate that awaits them and that I can help them find the truth that is in the Lord Jesus Christ.
In the words of the Apostle Paul, who was Saul, before he was saved. 1 Corinthians 9:16 ‘For when I preach the gospel, I cannot boast, since I am compelled to preach. Woe to me if I do not preach the gospel!’
2 Corinthians 2:16 ‘To the one we are an aroma that brings death; to the other, an aroma that brings life. And who is equal to such a task?’
Those described by the Lord Jesus in John 14:23 and certainly not those described in verse 24!
NOW IS THE TIME TO GET RIGHT WITH THE LOVING AND POWERFUL LORD JESUS WHILE YOU CAN – YOUR TIME IS RUNNING OUT!