Our Reason To Exist

“Therefore, seeing we have this ministry,
as we have received Mercy, we faint not.”   II Corinthians 4:1.

Trying to teach people that each one of us has a reason for our being and existence is a lifetime service.  People as a whole will not come to grips with this fact. This would deny them of pleasures of eating, seeing, and temporal goods. Automatically such a search causes people to think. Actually, we humans are lazy since most would rather forfeit the right to reason for themselves.

The most dangerous people in the world are those men and women who are able to think through why such is happening or about to occur.  A person who does weigh the facts according to governments and religious leaders must be stopped because this means the power will be removed from their control.

An individual who can analyze current events is a destructive force because then all the dishonesty and thefts are laid out. This means change should and must come about. There are several examples of this in our society which clearly puts the oneness on the person.

Abortion is murder. War only destroys. Guns do not kill  –  people kill. Politics is a form of theft. Big banks never stop stealing. Alcohol is blight on the human race. All of these activities are allowed to happen because the citizens will not think what they’ve observed.  It’s a clear indictment of the human race.

DEDUCTIVE REASONING

In logic there is a form called deductive reasoning. What it is – is to take the general as a statement and then show the various facts of it so proof can then be can be laid out. What God did was to give us a brain that can mentally observe and then arrive at a conclusion.  Jesus would use the word sin. Then he would give the solution for this evil. Here is but one example. Jesus had pity on the masses. and Mathews 9:36-38, illustrates this:

“But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion
on them, because they fainted, and were scattered aboard,
as sheep having no shepherd. Then saith he unto his disciples,
the harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few; Pray ye
therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers
into his harvest.”
Here was the general –  then it went to the specific.

Now Paul was writing to this seething church at Corinth. He knew of the
turmoil there so he stated in II Corinthians 4:1. Here it was again. He had
a ministry therefore a specific has been given.

“THEREFORE seeing we have this ministry,
as we have received mercy, we faint not:”

One of the great hockey players of all time was Wayne Gretzsky who said “skate to where the puck is going.”  His statement obviously meant to keep your mind on what is happening around you.  One general whose name I do not know said to his men “ride to the sounds of the guns” Keep your mind on the surroundings.

Paul understood what he had received from God Almighty. In one simple word it was mercy. This is a gift that we are given which was never deserved. The law as written in the Old Testament was a burden that no man could ever live up to follow exactly. These were commandments of God. Mercy is the only exit we have for disobeying and that is acceptable to the Lord.

The laws which men write are always made by those in power and benefit the rich and wealthy. Only a fool believes these men make rules that are just. This is the reason there are lobbyists in Washington D.C. It is to see that the rich, powerful and greedy have laws which protect them with new words in the Internal Revenue Code or statutes.

In some form this has been going on for centuries. It has been described as “dishonesty” in II Corinthians 4:2.

“But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty,
not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of
God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth
commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in
the sight of God.”
What the author seeks to do in this blog is to have the reader to adopt what God has given the capacity to see what is going on around each of the readers. Then our conscience is clear.  We are pursuing the Almighty’s mandate as told to us by God through the conduct of Paul since as it is set forth in II Timothy 3:16.

“And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness:
God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the spirit, seen of
angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world,
received up into glory.”

Yes there are some who call themselves Christians but who are merely tools of the Social Gospel ministers that want money and power in numbers.

GOSPEL MESSAGE

The message in the modern church is to turn within which actually carries with it a death warrant. The church is now dying. The church of today in Protestantism is populated by bald or gray-headed older people. What the church should have understood is that letting the infidels, atheists and agnostics in the church – allowed Satan to come into the Church. Paul understood this when he wrote in, II Corinthians 3:3-4.

“But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: In whom
the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which
believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who
is the image of God, should shine unto them.”

On one occasion your author went to the church board of his church and asked for them to assist in establishing a campus ministry and a mission work. The silence was unbearable. It would have been easier to discuss this with a mosquito than these ignorant men. I was met with a deafening silence.

The Gospel often gives the name of light to God or to Christ because it tells the truth and all then can see their flaws, wrongs and sins of themselves.

Paul knew what his work and task were. It was to instruct who Christ was what Christ did when Christ died why Christ did this then where Christ is now. This can be read in II Corinthians 4:5-6.

“For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord;
and ourselves your servants for Jesus’ sake. For God, who
commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined
in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of glory of
God in the face of Jesus Christ.”

It requires a mind bent on the truth to read this passage.  

EMOTIONS

In II Corinthians 4:5-7-10, this Godly man knew his task and what had happened to him emotionally.

“But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency
of the power may be of God, and not of us. We are troubled on
every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair;
Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed; Always
bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life
also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body.”

There was a reason for this. He knew what was happening. This man could think and he had come to a conclusion. What his task on earth was but he was not caught up in the pleasures of this world.

Young people will read this blog. Middle age people will read this blog. Mature people will read this blog. Each group has a special assignment. Young people can witness on the job and foreign countries. Middle age people can support youth and mature people. People of age can pray, give money and speak encouragement. All of that can be explained.

We must manifest Christ always.

 

BELIEVING CAUSES SPEAKING

When there is a passion for some thought then it is only natural that we speak because inside of us is the desire to tell others of this happening. Paul was this way with the Gospel because he was forced to tell others of the Good News. He wrote about this in II Corinthians 4:11-1.

“For we which live are always delivered unto death for Jesus’
sake, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our
mortal flesh. But life in you So then death worketh in us, but
life in you. We having the same spirit of faith, according as it
is written, I believed, and therefore have I spoken; we also
believe, and therefore speak.”

Just as Jesus Christ was dead but rose from the tomb this is our promise also. We will die but the hope and reality is we will live is another form. II Corinthians 4:14-15 tells us this fact:

“Knowing that he which raised up from the Lord Jesus shall
raise up us also by Jesus, and shall present us with you. For all
things are for your sakes, that the abundant grace might through
the thanksgiving of many redound to the glory of God.”

Paul was stimulated by this promise.

LIVING FOR A CAUSE

There is the knowledge our bodies will at some time return to the earth from which it originated and there is no way to stop this process of deterioration though men try to overcome the notion. This is why we should realize what was said at the beginning of the blog. Each has a reason for living.
Paul knew his days were numbered when he would not be on the earth. However, this was not a cause to languish but it was a time of commitment. See II Corinthians 4:16. Tradition states Paul was put to the sword.

“For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man
perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.”

He further pointed this out that the affliction was not heavy. It was not a heavy bundle to cause this. The apostles to the Gentiles certainly had upon his shoulders tribulations as small compared to the glory that would be vested in him for eternity. There would be no comparison of his life now as to eternity.

The attitude of the modern day Christians is laughable as to the outpouring of complaints. Here are the meanings of the modern about church attendance.

I have a cold;
• My car is three (3) years old; it doesn’t go very far;
• My parents did not leave much of an inheritance;
• We do not eat out much so we cannot give to the church;
• The preacher’s sermons are too long;
• The church members never call on me;
• My mother never was immersed;
• Taxes are so high
• Muslims are okay what is the problem with their religion;

Stop complaining!

II Corinthians 4:18 sets out a very simple truth.

“While we look not at the things which are seen, but at
the things which are not seen: for the things which are
not seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen
are eternal.”

Never trust a person who always finds fault and puts their trust in things seen or touched. That person cannot comprehend events that are happening.

NEVER trust a man who wears a belt and suspenders at the same time.

This is a famous line from the movie, “Once Upon a Time in the West”.   He cannot be trusted to make an intelligent decision. Christians have a difficult time in making Godly answers.

The responsibility is Yours and Mine.

KEEP THE FAITH!

I WILL SING THE WONDROUS STORY

“I will sing the wondrous story
Of the Christ who died for me,
How He left His home in glory
For the cross of Calvary. Yes, I’ll sing the wondrous story
Of the Christ who died for me,
Sing it in the light of glory,
Sing it through eternity.
I was lost, but Jesus found me,
Found the sheep that went astray,
Threw His loving arms around me,
Drew me back into His way.”

 

Gerald K. Fugit
January 17, 2016
www.diggingoldwells.com

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