Obedience to the gospel – a relationship with reality!

When I look back at my life to when I first received Jesus, all I remember is how free and full of joy I was! I remember the man that led me to the Lord and how patient and kind he was, as he explained how much God loved me even in the midst of my self-imposed miserable life. He told me how precious I was in Gods sight, and that all God wanted to do was to be my Father; and to walk with me, and talk with me. To love and encourage and instruct me through this life! He told me that the Father was not mad at me; that He just wanted me to know Him so that I could experience His love for me firsthand. So I took him up on his offer and received Christ into my heart, and it was exactly as he said – beautiful! Suddenly I was alive, at peace, and full of his love! Yet, what I did not realize then, and in fact, did not totally realize until just recently was that within that brief conversation, I had become obedient to the gospel of Christ; and as a result had opened my heart and received His life. The reality of a relationship with the Creator of the universe had begun for me! I was like an eager child exploring life for the first time! Everything had become new! I loved life for the first time, and loved other people as well! I was full of the joy of the Lord because I was at liberty to follow my new heart!

Then came church – Where I was instructed to do all these things: sin management of course being at the top of a very long list surrounding all the ways in which I could either please or displease God. Unfortunately, there wasn’t much discussion surrounding the beautiful thing that had already happened to me. In other words, telling me to rest in that place because that’s where the Christian life flowed from.

What I got instead was, if you gain much wisdom you’ll get closer to God; or if you do this or that you’ll get in better standing with Him. What they failed to tell me is that I was as close as I was ever going to get because He actually made Himself one with me, and that I was already in perfect standing with Him! In essence, what happened to me in church is that I had picked up an alternate reality. I had exchanged at least on the surface, or rather in my mind, simple obedience to the gospel for that of obedience to the law, and an advanced course in behavior modification. It wasn’t until I stepped out of the church that I once again stepped back into obedience to the gospel I had first received!

Author’s note:

My friends, obedience to the gospel is simply to open your heart in belief, that you may receive the eternal life of God Himself; at which point He becomes our eternal Daddy! Please do not allow yourselves to be distracted by an alternate reality. Obedience to the simple gospel is in reality an eternal relationship with God the Father!

‘Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy, has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, who are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. – I Peter 1:3-5

Commentary by:

George L. Miller

P.S. Please remember as Andrew Farley so beautifully stated, ‘There is a Daddy behind the doctrine!’

 

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The whiskey and water gospel!

“For I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book; and if anyone adds to these things, God will add to him the plagues that are written in this book; and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part from the book of life, from the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.” Revelation 22:19-20

It took me a few years to actually grab a hold of what John meant by the whole adding to and taking away from thing in the preceding verse. But when I finally did get a hold of it, I said to myself: “Wow; this thing has some very serious, wide reaching application and consequence!” What I realized is that you cannot add to something without taking away from the components of its origin; which in the case of Revelation 22:19-20 would imply the entirety of the message of the gospel of Jesus Christ! Now I know that whoever is reading this right now is saying, ‘Who in the world would do that? A person would have to be outright evil to even consider such a thing! That would be blasphemy, etc., etc.’ But the real truth of the matter is, that the principle of adding to and thus taking away from the gospel of Christ is being applied daily, weekly to a very large percentage of our most widely recognized and well respected churches around the globe. Now you say, ‘Well how can this be?’ And I say quite simply, through adding law to grace many of our pastor, teacher, leaders have effectively attempted to bring the entire body of Christ under the curse of the law, (Curse-plague)! Notice I use the word attempted, as I am by no means talking about the loss of salvation on anyone’s behalf. I am simply saying that adding conditions to the free gift of salvation, i.e. life; is to take away from, to denigrate the finished work of God in Christ in us!

‘I marvel that you are turning away so soon from Him who called you in the grace of Christ to a different gospel, which is not another; but there are some who trouble you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ. But if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed. As we have said before, so now I say again, if anyone preaches any other gospel to you than what you have received, let him be accursed.’ Galatians 1:6-8

‘O foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you that you should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ was clearly portrayed among you as crucified? This only I want to learn from you: Did you receive the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? Are you so foolish? Having begun in the Spirit, are you now being made perfect by the flesh? Have you suffered so many things in vain – if indeed it was in vain?        Galatians 3:1-4

For as many as are of the works of the law are under a curse; For it is written, ‘Cursed is everyone who does not continue in all the things which are written in the book of the law, to do them.’ But that no one is justified by the law in the sight of God is evident, for the just shall live by faith. Yet the law is not of faith, but the man who does them shall live by them. Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us, (‘for it is written, Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree’). Galatian 3:10-13

 

Authors note:

When you mix good sippin’ whiskey with water, you ruin its aroma, its taste and its strength! When you mix law with grace; you ruin both the stringency and purpose of the law, as well as the power of God’s grace in the life of the believer!

‘No one puts a piece from a new garment on an old one; otherwise the new makes a tear, and also the piece that was taken out of the new does not match the old. And no one puts new wine into old wineskins; or else the new wine will burst the wineskins and be spilled, and the wine and skins will be ruined. But new wine must be put into new wineskins, and both are preserved.’ Luke 5:36-38

‘Not everyone who says to Me, Lord, Lord; shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of my Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name? And then I will declare to them, I never knew you; depart from Me you who practice lawlessness!’ Matthew 7:21-23

Commentary by:

George L. Miller

P.S. Anyone that approaches a relationship with God the Father by means of the law is walking in self-righteousness! And walking in self-righteousness is to practice lawlessness!

Unmitigated audacity!

I would rather be a dope addict that at least in part believed Jesus, though still under the bondage of drugs; than a pastor of a church that had been warned about teaching law, yet in his religious pride continued to do so. Because I can assure you that if God is in the business of placing numerical value on sin as some would suggest; it will not be the dope-addict that tastes the fires of hell, but rather those that scared him into the bushes with their teaching.

The unmitigated audacity expressed by a clergy still under law just blows my mind. The fact that one man could beat another man with the law while simultaneously teaching another gospel I find incomprehensible. It reminds me of that old Frank Zappa song, ‘Yellow snow”. Watch out where the huskies go…don’t you eat that yellow snow.

“As I urge you when I went into Macedonia, remain in Ephesus that you may charge some that they teach no other doctrine, nor give heed to fables and endless genealogies, which cause disputes rather than godly edification which is in faith. Now the purpose of the commandment is love from a pure heart, from a good conscience, and from sincere faith. From which some, having strayed, have turned aside to idle talk, desiring to be teachers of the law, understanding neither what they say nor the things which they affirm.’ ~ I Tim. 1:3-7

By the way, these passages come right off of the front page of one of the so-called pastoral epistles! Hmmmm!

Authors note:

If you get trapped by the following verses in I Timothy 1:8-11, remember that you were made the righteousness of God apart from the law. These verses were and are directed at the unbelieving not the struggling.

Commentary by:

George L. Miller

Pastors, teachers beware!

My friends, the gospel of our Lord and God Jesus Christ cannot be chained; nor can it be held captive by unreasonable men that refuse to give God’s Spirit preeminence in what they teach. The ax is at the root of the tree again my beloved; and our time and liberty are at hand! For God Himself has raised up a generation of men and women that cannot be silenced. Vessels chosen for just such a time, in whom the unbridled power of God shines forth via the pure proclamation of Christ Himself! Humanities only hope of glory!

The apostle James put forth a very clear warning in the opening statements of chapter 3 which states the following:

‘My brethren, let not many of you become teachers, knowing that we shall receive a stricter judgment. For we all stumble in many things. If anyone does not stumble in word, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle the whole body.’ ~James 3:1-2

In short, this is what I believe James meant: Be careful my brethren and remember that we all stumble in many ways; yet for God’s sake, be mindful to the best of your God given ability not to be double-tongued when teaching or preaching the gospel! Because should you fail to do so, the men and women under your tutelage will strictly judge you for being double-minded and teaching them error.

Authors note:

God is great my friends, and I believe He is unveiling Himself to His creation like never before. So with that said, let us pray that we all pray towards the same end; knowing that our Father loves us; that He is in us; and will be with us for eternity! That this message is the only message we proclaim. God bless you all!

Commentary by:

George L. Miller

P.S. Here are some scriptures for thought-

Likewise, deacons must be reverent not double-tongued. ~ I Tim. 3:8b

In all things showing yourself to be a pattern of good works; in doctrine showing integrity, reverence, incorruptibility. ~ Titus 2:7

In this the love of God was manifest towards us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. ~ I John 4:9-11

This is what it is all about. Law based theology will not produce love!

Awesome series by Andrew Farley called: Is that really in the bible!

http://www.andrewfarleylive.com/series-is-that-really-in-the-bible.php

Christ is our life!

Sadly enough many of our contemporary and most well-known theologians do not preach and teach the light and life of Christ; but rather a system based on principles surrounding the Ten Commandments. They will say things like, ‘The commandments are God’s moral design for the Christian life. And a true Christian walks habitually in the light of God’s moral standards.’ Basically stating, ‘Now that we have escaped the tyranny of the law, we should set our focus back upon it as a guide for life’; tragically implying in all irony that this whole approach is somehow pleasing to God. However, nothing could be further from the truth, or from the gospel itself, (see II Cor. chapter 3).

The following are scriptures taken from both the Old and New Testament surrounding the origin of life for the Christian.

Then the Lord said to Moses, ‘Make a fiery serpent, and set it on a pole; and it shall be that anyone who is bitten, when he looks at it, shall live.’ So Moses made a bronze serpent, and put it on a pole; and so it was, if a serpent had bitten anyone, when he looked at the bronze serpent, he lived. ~ Numbers 21:8-9

‘And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. ~ John 3:14-15

I do not set aside the grace of God; for if righteousness comes through the law, then Christ died in vain. ~ Galatians 2:21

Is the law then against the promise of God? Certainly not! For if there had been a law given which could have given life, truly righteousness would have been by the law. ~ Galatians 3:21

Authors note:

Listen my beloved, long before our precious Savior was lifted up; Moses lifted a serpent on a pole in the wilderness. His instruction to the people simply stating, ‘If you want to live, look directly at the serpent.’ My friends, the only thing that has changed between Moses’ prophecy and now, is the glorious fact that we have the person of Christ in us to look upon for life. If the commandments were meant to be a guiding light, and a moral compass for life; I truly believe Moses would have lifted up the commandments instead of pointing toward the cross! May you all experience the loving person of Christ in you daily! Your friend and brother – George

Commentary by:

George L. Miller