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Sunday, October 23, 2011

You have words of eternal life.

John 6:68  “Simon Peter answered Him, "Lord, to whom shall we go? You have words of eternal life.”
Was pondering this ‘To whom shall we go’...  At the time when Peter said these words to Jesus we need to remember that the teachers around at that time were corrupt..
The Pharisees, the Sadducees, and the scribes were unable to guide them aright..
The Pharisees were the religious people. They would be considered the conservatives today.
 * They were extremely precise and minute in all matters pertaining to the law of Moses. * Their system of religion was a form and nothing more. *They were noted for their pride and self-righteousness.
*They are enemies of Jesus.
They didn't have a personal relationship with God.  It was all about outward behaviour not a heart transformation

Today this would represent someone who is also religious and or traditional.  Going to church each week, doing the right things which would include prayer and reading the bible, etc,  but has no personal relationship with Jesus.  Christianity without Christ or a form of Godliness without the Holy Spirit! *Trying to earn salvation rather than except the gift Jesus gave to us..Works!! etc!!

The Sadducees were the outcome of the influence of Grecian customs and philosophy during the Greek domination.
We would call them liberals today.

*They were called hypocrites by the Lord and also a wicked and adulterous generation * They ridiculed the doctrine of the resurrection, and denied the existence of angels.
I think today they would represent a people who deny the deity of Christ. * What we refer to as humanism today.. When we leave Jesus out of the way we are in danger of being sadd – u—cee!!!
 * when we don’t take the Word of God seriously or try to change it to suit our lifestyle!
Both of these religions   represent the state of our sad fleshly existence.
I do wonder if things have changed much today?
Do we still live by those words of Peter to Jesus?  "Lord, to whom shall we go? You have words of eternal life.” Or are we taken captive by every doctrine that passes our way.

What I conclude from this is that God’s invitation to us is one of love & communion with Him.. A walk in spirit & truth. What we see today however in most 'churches is a  false/corrupting doctrine. A “form of Christianity without Christ as the centre..”
Timothy & Peter warned us about this..

"The time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers having 'itching ears;' and they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables." 2 Timothy 4:3,4.
"But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily (like hiding the Leaven in the meal) shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction. And many shall follow their 'Pernicious Ways,' by reason of whom the 'Way of Truth' SHALL BE EVIL SPOKEN OF." 2 Peter 2:1,2.

My prayer is that we come before our Father asking Him to reveal to us every false belief, attitude and sin we have and He promises us He will cleanse us..  and that we become like the Bereans spoken of in Acts 17:11  “ These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.”


Mary...  \o/

I am attaching below a commentary I found ~ I feel it really nails this.. Mathew 13:33 The parable of the leaven... "Another parable spake he unto them; The kingdom of heaven is like unto leaven, which a woman took, and hid in three measures of meal, till the whole was leavened."

Now what is meant by the "three measures of meal?" Where do we get meal? Not from Tares. They would not yield fine wholesome flour. Meal comes from corn. Hence the "Meal" cannot represent the "unregenerate mass of humanity," but the pure seed of the Word of God. It is a striking coincidence that the professing Church is divided today into three great parts, the Roman Catholic, the Greek, and the Protestant churches, which may represent the "three measures" into the "Meal" of which has been placed the false and corrupting doctrines of "Baptismal Regeneration," "Prayers for the Dead," "Image Worship," the "Sacrifice of the Mass" and other false doctrines.