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Ignorance Is Not Bliss

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE

“Therefore God also has highly exalted Him [Jesus] and given Him a name [rank, authority and power] which is above every other name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and that every tongue [willingly or unwillingly] confess that Jesus the Messiah is Lord, to the glory [pleasure and magnification] of God the Father.” – Philippians 3:9-11 (JCV)

TODAY’S COMMENTARY

A common proverb states, “Ignorance is bliss”, or in other words, what you don’t know won’t hurt you. But not when it comes to the things of God. If fact, God once declared, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.” (Hosea 4:6)

One day every person that has ever lived will stand before our Creator to give account of his or her lives at the Great White Throne Judgment (Revelation 20:11-15). Those who’s names are found written in the Book of Life will be rewarded with eternal life with God in happiness and bliss. On the other hand, those who’s names are not found in His book will spend an eternity in torment separated from God forever. Among other things, they will be guilty of rejecting God’s lovingkindness and saving grace through His Son Jesus the Messiah.

No one will be able to use the excuse, “I never knew.”

They will not be able to stand before God and claim ignorance — that they never knew the gospel or had opportunity to accept God’s free gift of salvation. They will not be able to justify themselves and declare, “So sorry, God, pardon my lack of knowledge; I wasn’t aware that Jesus sacrificed Himself for my sins, therefore I shouldn’t be condemned. You’re not being fair.”

On the contrary, God is always fair and just in everything that He does. For thousands of years He has been calling mankind to repentance, and to accept the saving gospel of Jesus, His anointed one. No one who refuses to accept His salvation will be acquitted as a result of pleading ignorance.

The question is not, “Should I pretend to be ignorant and take my chances with God later on?”. The question you should be asking yourself is, “While I still have opportunity, shouldn’t I receive Jesus as my Savior and Lord today?” There is no neutral ground with God, you are either for Jesus, or against Jesus (Matthew 12:30). You’re either serving God, or you’re serving the devil by default.

Every knee shall bow.

Philippians 3:9-11 tells us that, one-day, everyone is going to bow before Jesus – both the righteous as well as the condemned. You can willingly confess that He is LORD today, or you can unwillingly confess Him as Lord tomorrow – when it will be too late. In the later days, everyone will have to submit to King Jesus when He returns. Every knee will have to bow, and every tongue confess that Jesus is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

 –         Luis Yosefus

PRAYER

Dear Heavenly Father, I thank you for your free gift of salvation through your Son Jesus the Messiah. Please forgive me of my sins. I willingly confess today that I want Jesus to be the Savior of my life, and I bow down to Him as the LORD of Lords, and King of Kings. To You, O Lord, be all glory and honor, forever and ever, amen.

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Swift to Hear, Slow to Speak

Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath: For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God.” – James 1:19-20

Let us be swift to hear, slow to speak.

Let us be swift to hear, slow to speak.

Many times we have the tendency to stick the proverbial “foot in the mouth” when we do not carefully consider what we say to others, before we say it.

Recently I was very hurt by something someone said about me that was untrue. I tried to brush it off as an obvious attack of Satan (which it was), but it still deeply affected me. I have to confess that I practically spent the whole of that day feeling depressed and misunderstood by this person’s slanderous words. When I confronted the person with their unkind statement, they simply said, “I said that because I was mad at you.” Did that make me feel any better? Not really. Was their anger a good reason and justification for the hurtful lie? Not at all.

This was a perfect example of what the apostle James was writing about. We Christians need to be more careful not to hurt our brothers and sisters in the LORD by misuse of our tongues. Our tongues get us into more trouble with God than we can imagine. God considers an unkind word or malicious gossip about another person just as much a sin as any other kind of sin like murder or theft.

When we learn to practice being “swift to hear, slow to speak, and slow to wrath” we do more listening than we do talking. And that’s good. More listening and less talking gives us a chance to evaluate the potential harm in what we are about to say before we say it. This kind of pause and reflection can keep us from sinning with our tongues and actions, and thereby avoid hurting another member of the Body of Messiah who God loves.

As we listen and think before we speak and master control over our tongues, we confirm to ourselves and the world around us that the righteousness of God and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit is alive and active in us.

–          Luis Yosefus Castillo

“If men would govern their tongues, they must govern their passions. When Moses’ spirit was provoked, he spoke unadvisedly with his lips. If we would be slow to speak, we must be slow to wrath.” – Matthew Henry.

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