Friday, 15 July 2016

Jesus Is For Today

Proverbs 6:2 Thou art snared with the words of thy mouth, thou art taken with the words of thy mouth.
      
      Francis Bacon said, "A little philosophy inclines a man's mind to atheism, but death and philosophy brings men's minds about to religion."
      Is Jesus Contemporary? Of course He is, because He is infinite. There seems to be this chronological snobbery among the so-called enlightened of our times. Some say the fathers of our faith were hindered in their thinking and choices because of the times they lived in. As if they were not able to deal with complex thinking or social problems because they were not exposed to so-called advanced knowledge. 
      If they were so backwards, why then do we still quote their true insights today? Why do we live and follow so many of their strong and principled examples in living a forthright life? Why do the very foundations of government and law still stand upon the truths that were established in our history? 
      One of the reasons is truth is truth, no matter what historical time we live in. Modernity shifts like sand in a desert, but God's principles remain the same throughout the time we live in and the times we have existed in. Mal. 3:6 Because I the LORD don't change; therefore you children of Jacob aren't destroyed. 
      The word of God is contemporary and will remain so until the second coming of Christ. Even if we were able to go forward a thousand years and see all the super advancements of that future day, the word of God will still hold its power and enlightenment for that generation. Ten thousand years from now, if the Lord should tarry, the Gospel message of Jesus Christ will still be for the day it is ministered in and still be the only way to our heavenly Father. 2 Pet. 3:8 But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. 
      Just because modern man says sin is not a problem or that it is something interpreted by individual morality in this day and age does not mean this is true. Pope Francis said in his book The Name Of God Is Mercy, "Sin is not a stain you bring to the dry-cleaners. It is a wound that needs healing." 
       I believe he is saying some people think sin is something that can be simply washed off with a bit of will power and will leave no affect in the person who is committing sin. Sin causes actual wounds to our heart and soul and must be repented of with all sincerity. The wages of sin is still death, no matter what time in history a person lived in or will be living in. Sin wounds the deepest parts of a man's soul and only the blood of Jesus can clean and heal the affects of it. This does not change.
      The word of God will always be contemporary for the times we are in. God's word will always be able to answer any question or problem the events in years to come will have for it. Jesus and His Gospel is for today and He will be as relevant in the future, no matter what modern man says to the contrary. Heb. 13:8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. 
      Pseudo philosophers will always be around speaking out their half-truths and their wordy explanations of what they do not understand. While God is talking in their ears to make himself known to them, we can see these big talkers shaking their heads back and forth while loudly saying "La la la la la la la." They become snared by the words of their mouth because their words become empty of life and eventually meaningless when the end of life starts to loom on their horizon. 2 Tim. 3:7 Always learning but never able to come to a knowledge of the truth.
      We should never fear God's word losing its influence in the life of mankind today or tomorrow. The book of Job is considered one of the oldest books and has a record of Job declaring the importance of God's word then. Job 23:12 Neither have I gone back from the commandment of his lips; I have esteemed the words of his mouth more than my necessary food. 
      Here we are thousands of years later giving witness to the truth of what Job said. If we keep declaring what God has put in our heart, we do not have to worry about the things said by the naysayers of God's word. We can count on the fact that the words God put in our heart to speak will not fall to the ground but will accomplish that which God wants in this generation. Isa. 55:11 It is the same with my word. I send it out, and it always produces fruit. It will accomplish all I want it to, and it will prosper everywhere I send it. 
      If we believe the Lord Jesus is for today, then our words will have life for ourselves and each other. There will be no room for vain philosophy, no matter how modern it sounds. May God give us the understanding of His word. In Jesus name.

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