All For Jesus

“Now, the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is,
There is liberty. But we all, with open face behold as in a glass
The glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image form glory
To glory, even as the Spirit of the Lord.”    II Corinthians:3:17-18.

The story has been told and this illustration has been used may times that in the coal mines a bird cage was taken down into the mine by the miners. The cage held a canary bird that would be with the miners as they extracted the coal from the shaft. In these mines there is often found a gas that can be deadly if breathed long enough. The way the men would determine if the poison vapor was there was to keep a sharp watch on the canary.  It  would die as soon as there were enough deadly fumes in the air.   As soon as the canary died –  the workers would leave immediately.  The dead canary saved their lives!  It could be asked “So what?”

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This is an analogy of  how the UNSEEN  can quickly bring death to surrounding humans when men and women do not listen to the sounds and sights of our adversary –  SATAN!  

The key is: the Lord God has given to us a way out of the dilemma when we are confronted.

In this third chapter of II Corinthians, Paul knew what the events were because others had discussed these in groups.   We should never forget the congregation that was in this Greek city  had a history of trouble within the body itself. In fact, a close study of the various groups today – remind us of many of the same situations – only  in a larger way. Here are some:

Adultery
• Fornication
• Alcohol
• No lawsuits
• No reverence
• Gossip

Never consider for a second that our puzzles and our sins are new to this age and this culture.  A solution  –  can be found in the Holy Scripture.

APPROVAL

Each one of us has several things in common.  With no exceptions, there is a factor which all of us possesses and it is common for every human being – even though there are those who try to deny the reality of it. The truth is that we want acceptance by either a group, a person, an ideology, or ourselves. The one fact is that too few have the desire to be close to God the Father.

One need only to look around in the manner that women dress.  An example is the type of handbags which are carried. Now these resemble what one could determine as an overnight bag or mini- suitcase. The young feel blue jeans are the vogue now. The list is endless.

However men should not become arrogant either. This idea that the male has to have a new car about every 3 years is stupid.   Some men even  put on JUST a T-Shirt when it is only 30 degrees outside; which is a careless attitude. Here again a comment could be stated about watching a sporting event.  They are wasting their time!

When Paul wrote to the II Corinthians, he stated in 3:1-3, the following:

“Do we begin again to commend ourselves? Or need we, as some others
Epistles of commendation to you, or letters of commendation from you?
Ye are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read of all men:
For as much as ye are manifestly declared to be the epistle of Christ
Ministered by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living
God; not in tables of stone, but in fleshy tables of the heart.”

As he wrote it, it leaps out to the reader three verses stated in a way that express joy; but also a deep concern.  He uses a word which has been translated as “Commend”. There were three groups:

  1. Commending themselves
  2. Commending Paul
  3. Commending God

It is a natural event for us to like to hear someone who commends us for an act or word which was spoken about us as a person. This is enjoyable. This is music to our ears.

There is a problem which arises and it is easy for us to read other people. The sinner sees us. The Gentile sees us also. The saying is correct you can deceive some of the people some of the time; but you cannot deceive all of the people all of the time.

The key verse to this section is II Corinthians 3:3.  It sets forth the preparation that as Christians; we are etched by the Spirit of the living God. It can be observed whether we are Christians or not. Some time ago your author read a remark that Gandi, the liberator of India made. These words are not exact –  but the remark was he would have been a Christian until he saw how Christians acted. This remark was a brutal assessment of the Christian of his day. Is it different today?  This criticism cut deeply.

STANDING ALONE

Some people will remark that they are self-sufficient in their life. This is goofy thinking because in every aspect of existence we are in desperate need of help to survive. We are not like Robinson Crusoe. These questions could be raised as to what can & cannot be done.

• Are you self-sufficient as to food?
• Are you self-sufficient as to clothes?
• Are you self-sufficient as to transportation?
• Are you self-sufficient as to work?
• Are you self-sufficient as to emotions?

The answer to each one of these five questions is “no.” If it is true as to those listed above; then why do you even consider that worshiping God is not important? We all need the word of God.

When Paul set this out in II Corinthians 3:4-6, he said the need for Christ is so that we can know God.

“And such trust have we through Christ to God-ward:
Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think anything as of ourselves;
but our sufficiency is of God.
Who also hath made us able to ministers of the new testament;
Not of the letter, but of the spirit:
For the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life.”

The importance of this is found in the phrase, “ … but Spirit giveth life. The Spirit comes to us.”   Jesus said he would send another to help us.  John 14:16.

“And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter.”

Again we must have help. We must and need association with one another.

In II Corinthians3:7-9, Paul tells of the glory and light that surrounded Moses. In not the same way we are bathed in the light from above. When we are close to God the world then we are startled and repulsed by what God gives. II Corinthians 3:7-9, reads as follows:

“But if the ministration of death, written and engraven in stones, was
glorious, so that the children of Israel could not steadfastly behold
the face of Moses for the glory of his countenance; which glory was
to be done away: How shall not the ministration of the spirit be rather
glorious? For if the ministration of condemnation be glory, much more
doth the ministration of righteousness exceed in glory.”
The very first creation on this earth was light. This can be read in Genesis 1:3.

“And God said let there be light: and there was light.

Christ was the light that was sent to this world. See John 9:5.

“As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.”

The light of Christ tells us of the righteousness.  This tells us that the light given to the face of Moses is the same for us in our life also.

HOPE

Since we are so blessed with this hope of eternity there is no need for us to explain or even to go through long explanations such as those who must explain their view. Ours is a simple way; as told in II Corinthians 3:16-17.

“Nevertheless when it shall turn to the Lord, the veil shall be taken away.”
Now the Lord is that Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.”

Hope is one of the special gifts of God.

EYES THAT SEE NOT

Some people refuse to see the truth, just as in Moses’ day.  It was only those younger than 20 years of age that could enter into the Promised Land with two exceptions  –  Joshua and Caleb. Paul tells these people the truth in II Corinthians 3:13-15.

“And not as Moses, which put a veil over his face, that the children
of Israel could not steadfastly look to the end of that which is abolished:
But their minds were blinded: for until this day remaineth the same
veil untaken away in the reading is done away in Christ. 
But even unto this day, when Moses is read, the veil is upon their heart.”

Certain people will not listen to or follow what has been shown to them. Just as the American people will not look and see that we must stop listening to the marxist muslim-leaning bureaucratic people in Washington.  Neither of the  political parties offer any light or purity since both are guided by evil men.

If it is not done –  then this Republic is done.

The key is God and Christ his Son must be followed when we acknowledge Christ the veils lifted for righteousness to be seen. See II Corinthians 3:16.

“Nevertheless when it shall turn to the Lord, the veil shall be taken away”

We of the Restoration Plea believe this.

LIBERTY

When Christ is brought into the mix of life – the liberty is given to us. There is a difference between liberty and  freedom.  Liberty has the meaning of  God’s right.  Whereas freedom is a concept of  “…  an allowance to act that is given by someone else”. In II Corinthians:3: 16-18,  when Christ is within and followed; then great events come about.

“Nevertheless when it shall turn to the Lord, the veil shall be taken away.”
Now the Lord is that Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is
Liberty. But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the
Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the
Spirit of the Lord.”

God gave to us the capacity to think, reason, and grasp facts.  When Christ is accepted –  then wonderful events will happen.

Keep the faith!

 

ALL FOR JESUS

“All for Jesus! All for Jesus!
All my being’s ransomed pow’rs;
All my thoughts and words and doings,
All my days and all my hours.
All for Jesus! All for Jesus!
All my days and all my hours.
All for Jesus! All for Jesus!
All my days and all my hours.

Since mine eyes were fixed on Jesus,
I’ve lost sight of all beside—
So enchained my spirit’s vision,
Looking at the Crucified.
All for Jesus! All for Jesus!
Looking at the Crucified.
All for Jesus! All for Jesus!
Looking at the Crucified.”

By Mary D. James, 1871

 

 

Gerald K. Fugit
January 10, 2016

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