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Msg #2137 Don't Judaize Christianity
What The Bible Says
Good Samaritan's Penny Pulpit by Pastor Ed Rice
The Lord Jesus Christ's first three messages to the churches detail a progression in time (and in the leaven that leavens), from a first church, to a persecuted church, to a married to the world church. His “somewhat against thee” to Ephesus was not trivial, they left their first love and were commanded repent-or-else! But they did hate the deeds of the Nicolaitans which he hated. In his third message, however, Pergamos was holding to that doctrine and he hated that the more. Having priestcraft or having clergy lord over laity is what our Lord was hating here, and he still hates it. Christianity is not to have men in black dresses and backward collars; God hates it. Those who pretend to be clergy should pay attention.
The second of the messages, to the church which would be crushed by ten periods of great persecution, even as crushed myrrh (smyrna) releases its most powerful fragrance, addresses “the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan.” (Rev 2:9b). Grant, Ironside's teacher, provides a profound insight to this Judaizing of Christianity, and is worth reading1. Judaism is a “works of the law – but you can never see God's face” type of religion. The verdict is in on that dispensation, the sentence has been past, “There is none righteous, no not one!” Once sentence is past, it is feckless to re-argue the trial; keeping the law cannot save. Judaism has an unrent veil between God and man. Christianity has the blood of Christ, the veil rent from the top down (Matt 15:38), and is a “not by works of righteousness which we have done” type of religion. Don't mix Judaism, preistcraft n clergy, works of law n synagogues into Christ's church.
An Essay for week #37 - Sep 12, 2021
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