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Mark 9:41-50 (KJV)  41) For whosoever shall give you a cup of water to drink in my name, because ye belong to Christ, verily I say unto you, he shall not lose his reward. 42) And whosoever shall offend one of [these] little ones that believe in me, it is better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he were cast into the sea…

To begin our detailed look at these verses, let’s begin looking at vs 41-42.  In these verses, we find two evidences of genuine salvation…

1. vs 41 –  a POSITIVE evidence of salvation: helping others in need, motivated by the love of Christ, a desire to please Christ and a love for those around us… “For whosoever shall give you a cup of water to drink in my name, because ye belong to Christ, verily I say unto you, he shall not lose his reward.

2. vs 42 –  we find outward evidence that implies that a person has never received the saving grace of God. We’ll call this a NEGATIVE evidence of salvation: physically or spiritually harming those who are defenseless, naïve and/or young in age or spirituality… “And whosoever shall offend one of [these] little ones that believe in me, it is better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he were cast into the sea

Folks, in our Christian life we are to be naturally exhibiting many evidences that will help prove to others, and ourselves, that we have been touched by the saving grace of the Lord.  These evidences not only include doing that which is pleasing to our Lord, but also include abstinence from those sinful things that brings sorrow to the heart of our Savior.

We live in a day where we find many professing Christians living a schizophrenic lifestyle.  While they are going through the motions of obedience to Christ (the positive proofs), they seem unconcerned about partaking of sin and acts which offend and grieves their Lord and Savior (the negative evidence).  They attend church, give to charities, and ritualistically observe the commands of the Lord, and yet they feel comfortable living a double life that includes gladly following their fleshly desires leading them to drunkenness, fornication, deceit, pride and selfishness…the list is endless.

These things should not be…

Jas 4:4 (KJV)Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.”     

Eph 4:20-24 (KJV) “But ye have not so learned Christ;If so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus:That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts;  And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.

In our text for this morning, we can easily see the principle of holiness presented to us.  A true Christian will exhibit in their lives a heart of love for their Lord causing them to naturally please their Lord through outward acts of obedience, while exhibiting a new nature which leads them to instinctively refrain from the sinful practices of this world.

Are we living a consistent life of righteousness that reveals a changed heart and a new nature wrought by the grace of God? Or, are we simply living as if we were actors on a stage, appearing to be “religious” while retaining a close relationship with the sinful attitudes, motives and actions of this fallen world?

May the Lord bless us as we “Think On These Things”.

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18 Comments

  1. We need to constantly be aware and examine what we are doing and how we are living and treating others….It can be easy to slip into ‘old’ habits….Diane

    • Rob Barkman says:

      Diane,

      It certainly is easy to fall back into old habits. We all have to struggle with that. It is such a blessing ot know that, now that we have been saved, we have the Lord with us to empower us and help us to overcome those old habits that we used to be enslaved to! Thanks for a great comment…. hope you move is going well. Lord bless you.

  2. sisterdot56 says:

    morndai hi..dot…a new day in the lord praise him………………The Lord’s wounded hands, feet, and side reveal God’s desire to change our hearts by the power of His love.

    Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh. That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.

    2 Corinthians 5:17, Ezekiel 36:26, Ephesians 3:17-19

  3. marcusampe says:

    Many people do forget that holiness, the way of life, following Christ, and not following one or another denomination, trinitarian or non-trinitarian, makes that a person may call himself Christian.

    • Rob Barkman says:

      Your comment drives to a major point of my posting… what makes a person a genuine follower of Christ? It is one that has trusted in Christ as God Himself who came to the earth to die for the their sins. The result of this salvation expereince is to receive the Holy Spirit of God and become a follower of the teachings of Christ and to submit to those teachings on a daily basis. Lord bless you, thanks again for your comments.

      • marcusampe says:

        Holding a Christian to be a follower of Christ Jeshua only when the accept that he would be God is limiting the part of following a person by putting a dogma first. Jesus being born out of a woman was a man who taught for only a brief time. Those who follow his teachings would be called Christian in case they belief Jesus is the Christos or Christ, not believing that he would be God because than the could have been called Godians for example. ‘Christ-‘ ‘ian’ means following Christ. The persons who take the Jew Jesus from Nazareth as being the Christ or Messiah, listen to what he said and follow his teachings have the most right to be called Christians. Those who keep to other teachings, like a Trinity, which dogmatic teaching came into being many years after the apostles had died. Also those who do not follow up the tasks Jesus had given: like honouring his Father (not him nor other so called ‘saints’), following the Law of God [not making any pictures or statues of God => what if Jesus (Jeshua) would be God (Jehovah) than many Christians make pictures and statues of the God who demanded not to do so, and do blasphemy?]

        “You have heard how I said to you, I go away, and come \@again\@ to you. If you loved me, you would rejoice, because I said, I go to the Father: for my Father is greater than I” (John 14:28 KJBPNV)

        “But I would have you know, that the head of every man is the Messiah; and the head of the woman \@is\@ the man; and the head of the Messiah \@is\@ God.” (1 Corinthians 11:3 KJBPNV)

        In case Jesus is god he cannot sit at the right hand from himself nor be a mediator between men and himself because people would talk straight to the god.

        “For \@there is\@ one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man the Messiah Yahshua;” (1 Timothy 2:5 KJBPNV)

        “But he, being full of the Holy Ghost, looked up steadfastly into heaven, and saw the glory of God, and Yahshua standing on the right hand of God,” (Acts 7:55 KJBPNV)

        May I ask also why god waited than such a long time and did have to fake a death (because God as a spirit is eternal, meaning not having a beginning nor an end)? Jesus life did really come to an end by his death. and when he was resurrected from the dead he told the apostles that he was not a spirit, but a man from flesh and blood, and showed them the wounds.

        Those who want to call themselves Christians should also do what Jesus, who said that he was the son of God, asked his apostles and their pupils to do, teaching all nations about him, his Father and the coming Kingdom of God, which Jesus would not keep for himself as a god, but give it to his Father the Only One God, to whom all power belongs, and nobody even Jesus not can do anything.

        “Then answered Yahshua and said to them, Truly, truly, I say to you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he sees the Father do: for whatever things he does, these also does the Son likewise.” (John 5:19 KJBPNV)

        “Then said Yahshua unto him, Get you away, Satan: for it is written, You shall worship the Lord [Yahweh] your God, and him only shall you serve.” (Matthew 4:10 KJBPNV)

        “Yahshua said to her, Touch me not; for I have not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say to them, I ascend to my Father, and your Father; and \@to\@ my God, and your God.” (John 20:17 KJBPNV)

        “23 But the hour comes, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeks such to worship him. 24 God \@is\@ a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship \@him\@ in spirit and in truth.” (John 4:23-24 KJBPNV)

        “11 And they, when they had heard that he was alive, and had been seen of her, believed not. 12 After that he appeared in another form to two of them, as they walked, and went into the country. 13 And they went and told \@it\@ to the residue: neither believed they them. 14 Afterward he appeared to the eleven as they sat at the table, and upbraided them with their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they believed not them which had seen him after he was risen. 15 And he said to them, Go you into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. 16 He that believes and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believes not shall be damned. 17 And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; 18 They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover. 19 ¶ So then after the Lord had spoken to them, he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God. 20 And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with \@them,\@ and confirming the word with signs following. Amen.” (Mark 16:11-20 KJBPNV)

        “Go you therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:” (Matthew 28:19 KJBPNV)

        “19 And he said to them, What things? And they said to him, Concerning Yahshua of Nazareth, which was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people: 20 And how the chief priests and our rulers delivered him to be condemned to death, and have crucified him.” (Luke 24:19-20 KJBPNV)

        “36 ¶ And as they thus spoke, Yahshua himself stood in the midst of them, and said to them, Peace \@be\@ unto you. 37 But they were terrified and frightened, and supposed that they had seen a spirit. 38 And he said to them, Why are you troubled? and why do thoughts arise in your hearts? 39 Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: handle me, and see; for a spirit has not flesh and bones, as you see me have.” (Luke 24:36-39 KJBPNV)

        “27 Then said he to Thomas, Reach here your finger, and behold my hands; and reach here your hand, and thrust \@it\@ into my side: and be not faithless, but believing. 28 And Thomas answered and said to him, My Lord and my God. 29 Yahshua said to him, Thomas, because you have seen me, you have believed: blessed \@are\@ they that have not seen, and \@yet\@ have believed. 30 And many other signs truly did Yahshua in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book: 31 But these are written, that you might believe that Yahshua is the Messiah, the Son of God; and that believing you might have life through his name.” (John 20:27-31 KJBPNV)

        “Then \@comes\@ the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power.” (1 Corinthians 15:24 KJBPNV)

        • Rob Barkman says:

          Dear Friend,

          thank you for your comments. I understand that the trinity is not an easy concept to grasp. To my knowledge there is no one that understands everything about this great truth from His Word. I understand what you are saying but I cannot deny what the Scripture clearly teaches. I think a part of the problem is we try to understand the trinity using human reasoning, this is a big mistake. God’s ways are far higher than ours and our misconceptions about the ramifications of the trinity are based upon our limited understanding of it.

          The Bible clearly teaches the trinity in many texts…

          1. There is one God – Exo 20:3, Isa 43:10-11, John 10:30, 1 Cor 8:4-6
          2. There are three persons to the one God – 1 John 5:7
          3. The three persons are mentioned as equals – Matt 28:19, Isa 48:12,16, 2 Cor 13:14
          4. Father is described as “God” – John 6:27, Rom 1:7, 1 Cor 8:4-6
          5. Christ is described as “God” – John 1:1-1, Psa 102:25, Col 2:9, Heb 1:8, 1 Tim 3:16
          6. Spirit is described as God – Acts 5:3-4
          7. Father/Son is equal – John 5:17-19, John 10:30
          8. Son/Spirit are equal – John 14:16-18
          9. Father called Jehovah – Gen 12:7
          10. Son called Jehovah – Isa 40:3 with Matt 3:3; Psa 97:9 with John 3:31
          11. Spirit called Jehovah – Exo 17:7 with Heb 3:7-9, Isa 6:3, 8-10 with Acts 28:25

          Besides all of the above if we study the person and work of each person of the Trinity we will find they share many of the smae attributes and they all work in harmony to bring about the same ends.

          For every verse i have given in the above there are probably two or three more I could have listed, but for times sake I did not give them all, they have accomplishe dthe purpose. God’s Word clearly teaches that the Trinity is a Scriptural doctrine. To be a Christian involves being a follower of His treachings… He has clearly taught in His Word that the Trinity exists and He is a perons of that Trinity.

          My prayers are with you. I am asking that the Lord might open up your eyes to the truth of the Trinity and come a saving knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ, the second person of the divine trinity…. He is both God Himself, and the Son of God, come to the earth to die for the sins of His people.

          May He bless you with the truth about His person and work.

  4. marcusampe says:

    Every person who calls himself a Christian should take care not to have a split personality. Being Christian, meaning a follower of Jesus Christ, he or she should follow the Master Teacher Jeshua (Jesus), the Nazarene Jew who knew his father very well and knew the Torah very well. He wanted his followers to know God, who He is and what He wants from us. Jesus explained many words and lessons from his Father so that we would not have to bring in any excuse that after all those years we still could not come to understanding. In case we are willing to learn to know God we have the Bible for us to educate us and give the full picture of who is who and what we have to do and to expect.
    It is all our choice either to remain in the world and keep to traditions and denominational teachings or to go for the Word of God and to believe wheat the Bible is saying.

    • Rob Barkman says:

      Marcus,
      Thank you for your insightful comments. You are soright about the need to be certain we are following the Word of God and not the religious dictates of man. Lord bless you.

  5. It is clearly evident that every blood-bought, adopted child of the living God SHOULD be a reflection of Him, shining Light into a dark world. We have the indwelling Holy Spirit to guide us and to enable us and empower us. He shows us the way we should go and the way we should show forth Christ through our loving actions. Sadly, we sometimes fail.

    Thanks Rob for reminding us of how we should look to Him and see others through His eyes.

    • Rob Barkman says:

      Absolutely, the role of the Holy Spirit in our lives is of utmost importance… without His leadership we are simply “going through the motions” without the powr of God enabling us.

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