Devotional Thought for Today – 10/16/2020

The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished: 2 Peter 2:9 (KJV) 

Good Vs Evil Painting - St. Michael Killing the Dragon  by Josse Lieferinxe
St. Michael killing the Dragon is a famous oil painting, originally by Belgian artist Josse Lieferinxe in 1505, with the style of early netherlandish.

There is so much controversy surrounding the 2020 US Elections. Both sides calling each others liars and for the most part social media sharing FALSE RUMORS and innuendo making themself look stupid.  

Here in Chapter 2 the Apostle Peter has dedicated an entire section of his second epistle to this subject, False Prophets and Teachers.  I am not going to venture down the end times road that many demand Peter is directly implying here. What I believe is MOST significant is the CLEAR WARNING against fellowship with those who preach, teach or otherwise share a false Gospel.  If the bible does not clearly spell it out as in favor seek wise counsel and deep prayer. If the bible is against it so must you be. If you are listening to MAN you are wrong. 

Finally in the end when you encounter these fancy talking folks, that seem to be saying all the right things I also believe is implied is the duty of all “Christians” not to listen and share the what these false teachers say. We are not to be swayed, v.2, by their eloquent tongues. Instead as in Acts 17:11 be a Berean and be a fact checker. For in the end God will deal justly with them.

“Without faith it is impossible to please God.”–Heb. xi. 6. In order to prevent the possibility of being led into paths of error, faith is directed, not to a Christ of the imagination, but to “the Christ in the garments of the Sacred Scripture,” as Calvin expresses it. And therefore we must discriminate between (1) faith as a faculty implanted in the soul without our knowledge; (2) faith as a power whereby this implanted faculty begins to act; and (3) faith as a result,–since with this faith (1)…  Abraham Kuyper—The Work of the Holy Spirit

Keep Watch

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Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh. – Matt 25:13 (KJV) 

Do you remember playing Hide and Go Seek as a kid? If you were the seeker at the end of counting to 100 you’d yell out “ready or not here I come.” If I had to pick an analogy for this verse (and the preceding parable (vs. 1-12) that easily comes to mind. 

Let’s look at the parable briefly; we have ten marriages happening all at night. Of the ten, half are smart prepared in advance for the nights activities the other half get so caught up in the hoopla of the event that they are ill prepared for the actual event itself when it comes (pretty hard to have a wedding in the dark). 

Let us leap forward and make a practical application to the church today. The oil in the lamps represents the Spiritual food or daily bread we need to sustain us and prepare us for Christ’s second coming. Many, actually far to many, can be likened unto the foolish brides to be. Oh the are pretty (brides) “Christians” they go to church, they tithe, and do the “right” things. What they do not do is what the God commands that is to study scripture, to be prepared. (Joshua 1:8, 2 Timothy 3:16-17.) They were content in whatever their preacher said on Sunday and are convinced that is all they need, they are not Bereans (Acts 17:11). 

Unlike Harold Camping, Jack Van Impe and other false teachers the bible makes it clear no one knows neither are they to guess at the day of Christ’s return. What we are to do, as the Amplified Version puts it is to be on the alert [be prepared and ready]” keeping watch for that glorious day.