Wednesday, July 09, 2008


My wife and I recently visited a troubled believer in a hospital struggling with feelings of depression over his spiritual condition. He was deeply concerned about the words of Christ in Matthew 7 where Jesus told His disciples that not all who claim faith will be entered into the eternal Kingdom of Christ. The words, 'Depart from me, you who practice lawlessness,' deeply troubled him. His fear was that he would be one of those Christ would send away. My better half was sitting across the table and wisely asked the young man to consider the words of those Christ had rejected. '...have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?' It would appear they had only their own works to justify themselves. Jesus speaking to a group of leaders instructed them that if they would do the works of God they must believe on Him whom the Father has sent. I often hear the arguments of the left or right leaning religionists claiming truth as if they owned it exclusively. Jesus says that He is the Truth and the Way. He is not a representation of a Christ consciousness that inhabits us all but rather embodiment of the Godhead in human form and faith in Him is the only way one can truly bless others, or be truly blessed of God. If we are trusting in any other source, human or otherwise we shall be among those He sent into that place of weeping and gnashing of teeth.


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