Friday, February 24, 2017

God's Longsuffering - 6 (LG63)

Luke 7:28 "For I say to you, among those born of women there is not a greater prophet than John the Baptist; but he who is least in the kingdom of God is greater than he."

Why was John the Baptist the greatest prophet?

A prophet is one who speaks or proclaims the word of God, which normally warns of calamities and destruction unless there is real repentance.

Luke 3:7-8 Then he said to the multitudes that came out to be baptized by him, "Brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Therefore bear fruits worthy of repentance, and do not begin to say to yourselves, 'We have Abraham as our father.' For I say to you that God is able to raise up children to Abraham from these stones.

Brethren, don't think that as children of God with a loving Father in heaven that we can continue sinning and get away with murder. Unless we bear fruits worthy of repentance, we will have to face His judgment. John warned the multitudes to repent of their sins and also taught them what is true repentance.

Luke 3:10-11 So the people asked him, saying, "What shall we do then?" He answered and said to them, "He who has two tunics, let him give to him who has none; and he who has food, let him do likewise."

Mercy is demanded from all of us. How then can we come before God in prayer when His throne is the mercy seat? At all cost we must care for the poor for they are our blessings and possibly salvation.

Luke 3:12-13 Then tax collectors also came to be baptized, and said to him, "Teacher, what shall we do?" And he said to them, "Collect no more than what is appointed for you."

We must be faithful to our jobs or employments and must not exploit our positions for personal gain.

Luke 3:14 Likewise the soldiers asked him, saying, "And what shall we do?" So he said to them, "Do not intimidate anyone or accuse falsely, and be content with your wages."

Luke 3:18-19 And with many other exhortations he preached to the people. But Herod the tetrarch, being rebuked by him concerning Herodias, his brother Philip's wife, and for all the evils which Herod had done,

Because John admonished King Herod of his sin in marrying his brother's wife and also all his other evil deeds, he was beheaded. Similarly, our Lord admonished the scribes and Pharisees and was crucified. (Mat 23, Luke 11, etc.)

1Cor 12:28 And God has appointed these in the church: first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, administrations, varieties of tongues.

God is grieved that so-called apostles, prophets and teachers today, dare not admonish the sins and heresies of those rich and powerful pastors, televangelists and brethren in churches, workplaces, fellowships, etc. for fear of repercussions.

Eph 5:3-7 But fornication and all uncleanness or covetousness, let it not even be named among you, as is fitting for saints; neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor coarse jesting, which are not fitting, but rather giving of thanks. For this you know, that no fornicator, unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God. Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. Therefore do not be partakers with them.

Please realize that we must not condemn any brethren but to bring him back to be at peace with God and enjoy His joy and love again.