“Segregration & Class Warfare”

Posted: August 29, 2013 in Abolish Judges?, Christian Life, James, Pride, Salvation

             Segregation based on one’s race, place, and face has been around since the dawn of human history. It raises up its ugly head when we compare ourselves with others.  It’s not wise (2 Corinthians 10:11); It’s a sin (James 2:9).  Christians are admonished not to think of themselves more highly than we should (Romans 12:3).  After all, what do we have that we didn’t receive (1 Corinthians 4:7; James 1:17)?  Pride led to Lucifer’s fall and it can lead to our fall as well (Isaiah 14:13-15; Proverbs 16:18).  

           Armor.   When tempted to act in pride, the Christian needs to mentally put on the whole armor of God and focus on the breastplate of righteousness (Ephesians 6:14).  He should realize that the only acceptable righteousness he has was put to his account when he trusted in Christ as his personal Savior (Romans 4:22-24).  All his self righteous good works were like filthy rags (Isaiah 64:6; Romans 3:10).

            Cause.  Because our first parents disobeyed God and ate the forbidden fruit, they were immediately separated from fellowship with God and eventually died physically (Genesis 2:17).  Likewise, we are destined to die someday as a general rule (Hebrews 9:27; 1 Corinthians 15:51).  But then what happens?  With whom do you want to spend eternity – the tyrannical devil or with the benevolent God? The Scriptures don’t teach the universal salvation of all mankind as some false teachers are claiming.

            Justice.  Because God is a righteous God, He can’t just overlook our sins (lawlessness – 1 John 3:4) and wink at them.  He made it clear, “The wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23).  Since death means separation, not annihilation, physical death involves the separation of the soul and spirit from the body (2 Corinthians 5:8) and spiritual death involves the separation of an individual from fellowship with God (Ephesians 2:1). 

            Reversed.  Physical death will be reversed when the Lord Jesus Christ raises everyone from the dead, each in his/her own order (1 Corinthians 15:22-26).  Yes, whether you like it or not, we will all stand before Judge Jesus (John 5:22; 2 Timothy 4:8) and give an account of ourselves to Him.  Do you know in which judgment you will participate?  Spiritual death is reversed when one believes on Christ as his Savior.  When an unbeliever dies without Christ, he enters the state of eternal death or separation from God.  It is not reversible.  Don’t die as an unbeliever or you will suffer forever (John 3:16, 18, 36).

            Propitiated.  This big word simply means that God the Father was satisfied with the payment that God the Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, made for our sins (1 John 2:2).  He demonstrated His approval by raising Jesus from the dead (Romans 4:25).  Since God has been merciful, we don’t need to beg Him for it.

            Free.  Although salvation (deliverance from hell to heaven) is offered to all men and women freely, it wasn’t cheap. That price was the precious blood of Jesus (1 Peter 1:19).  Many people have difficulty understanding how God could do this for us.  It seems foolish to them (1 Corinthians 1:18; 2:14). 

            Grace.  “Common grace” (unmerited favor) has been extended to all men (Titus 2:11). “Prevenient grace”  is a phrase used to describe the grace given by God that precedes the act of a sinner’s exercising saving faith in Jesus Christ (John 6:44, 45; 12:32; 16:8; Hebrews 1:14).  “Saving grace” occurs when an individual actually places his/her faith in the Lord Jesus Christ alone so as to be saved (Ephesians 2:7-10).  The Gospel we must believe to be saved is that Christ died for our sins…and rose again bodily on the third day (1 Corinthians 15:3-8; Luke 24:39).  We are not saved by our good works (Titus 3:5; Isaiah 64:6). 

            Good Works.  But once a person has accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as his personal Savior, that individual needs to let others know that he is a true Christians by his good works (Ephesians 2:10; James 2:18).  This includes baptism by immersion (Matthew 28:19, 20; 1 Peter 3:21).  Make sure that you don’t get the cart before the horse or you will be lost forever (1 Corinthians 15:2).

            Rich/Poor.  In the spiritual Body of Christ, the true Church (1 Corinthians 12:12), there are no distinctions between Jewish believers and Gentile believers, rich or poor, male or female, masters or slaves, employers or employees.  We are all one in Christ who is the only Head of the Church (Galatians 3:28; Ephesians 1:22; 4:4-6).  Jesus (not His mother or other saints) is the only Mediator between God and man (1 Timothy 2:5).  However, in the local church and in the Christian home, there are some distinctions based on the responsibilities of the believers (1 Corinthians 11:3; Ephesians 4:11; 5:22-6:4; 1 Thessalonians 5:12; Hebrews 13:7, 17). 

            Segregation/Partiality.  Christians are admonished not to show favoritism toward others on the basis of outward appearances such as race, place, or face.  Not many wise, mighty, or noble people will humble themselves and admit that they are sinners (Romans 3:10) and accept the gift of eternal life that God has provided for all mankind.  But God does and will use those whom the world considers to be foolish, weak, base, and despised to confound those who think too highly of themselves (1 Corinthians 1:26-31; Romans 12:3). 

            Example. Jesus Himself didn’t show partiality toward people merely because they had an outward appearance of being rich, powerful, or noble (Matthew 22:16; Mark 12:14).  He said, “Do not judge according to appearance, but judge with righteous judgment” (John 7:24).  We are to judge actions but not motives (1 Corinthians 4:5; 5:3; 6:1-7).  As Christians, we should treat other people the way the Lord would (Matthew 9:36-38; 23:13-39).  He spoke the truth in love (John 8:45; 14:6; 16:7; Mark 10:21) as we should (Ephesians 4:15, 32).  Do you?  Check your “mindset” by Christ’s (Philippians 2:5-11).

            Mother’s Prayer.  Before I went to school each day, my mother would pray this prayer: “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my strength and my Redeemer” (Psalm 19:14).  Jesus said, “…every idle word men may speak, they will give an account of it in the day of judgment” (Matthew 12:36).  The Psalmist prayed, “Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth; Keep watch over the door of my lips” (Psalm 141:3).  If you’re a Christian, have you dedicated your tongue to God (Romans 6:13; 12:1, 2)?  If not, why not do it right now so you can use it for God’s glory and the good of others?

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