The last commandment of the Ten Commandments is “Thou shalt not covet.” What exactly does it mean to covet and why is it an offense against God? Coveting is not the mere appreciation of something another has. You can appreciate the strength of another’s ox (hey, we’re talking about a passage from the Old Testament so an Old Testament illustration should work) without coveting – without desiring to own that particular ox. The line is crossed, however, when you go from appreciating into thinking that you should be the owner of that ox. So why is this an offense against God? Well, that other person owns that ox because God gave him that ox. When you think you should be the owner rather than the other fellow, you are telling God that you know better than him about who should have the ox. You are elevating yourself above God. Don’t cross that line – don’t elevate yourself above God. Be content and thankful for what God has given you and be thankful on your neighbors’ behalf for what God has given them.
Archive for June, 2007
And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me. John 12:32
Many will quote this verse when explaining that we need to preach Christ to draw men rather than some of the other (oftentimes silly) promotions people use to get people to come through the church doors. They imply that “lifted up” means “proclaimed.” While I agree that we don’t need to use promotions to get people in the doors (let the Lord add to the church, we are to go and preach the gospel) and I agree that we should proclaim Christ in the church (Paul said he preached only Christ and him crucified), this verse should not be used to support that because it is taking it out of context. Read the next verse to see what Jesus meant by “lifted up:”
This he said, signifying what death he should die. John 12:33
Jesus said he must be lifted up on the cross and die to reconcile the world unto himself. Don’t misuse this verse to say we should only preach Christ in church.
A lot of times, people will hide dirt by sweeping it under the rug rather than taking the time to clean up the dirt. Cleaning up the dirt takes work and usually is an unpleasant task, so it is much easier to just hide the dirt and pretend it is not there. While this may make things appear to be clean – to be OK, under the surface the dirt is still there. After time and continued sweeping the dirt under the rug results in a lot of dirt under the carpet. Consider the effects of all this dirt under the carpet:
- The nice, pretty carpet wears out more quickly because the increased friction from the hidden dirt.
- The appearance of the carpet is worse not only from the increased wear, but also from the lumps of hidden dirt.
- The floor underneath the carpet is marred because of the increased friction leading to a deterioration of the supporting structure underneath the carpet.
After all is said and done, you still are left with all that dirt you hid under the carpet. Is it wise just to sweep it under the carpet? Wouldn’t everything be cleaner and stay clean if you made the effort to take care of the dirt properly? Are the temporary gains enjoyed by sweeping the dirt under the rug worth the long-term damage caused by doing so? Which do you prefer: the temporary or the long-lasting?
Many Bibles will use red ink to indicate which words the Lord Jesus Christ spoke while he dwelt among us. Have you ever noticed how some people think the words in red are more important or more true than the words in black? But aren’t all the words in the Bible the very words of God? Wouldn’t that make them all equally important and absolutely true?
Many people will debate whether or not a person must make Jesus Christ Lord of one’s life in order to be saved. While both sides make interesting points, we should look at the salvation experiences and passages in the Bible.
The thief on the cross
And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom. Luke 23:42
The day of Pentecost
Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ. Acts 2:36
Saul/Paul on the Damascus road
And he trembling and astonished said, Lord, what wilt thou have me to do? And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do. Acts 9:6
The Philippian jailer
And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house. Acts 16:31
The gift of God
For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. Romans 6:23
The one we must confess
That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. Romans 10:9
The one upon whom we must call
For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. Romans 10:13
Do you see a pattern in God’s word? Seems pretty clear where the Bible stands on Lordship salvation.