See The Events

“For as touching the ministering to the saints, it is
Superfluous for me to write to you:
For I know the forwardness of your mind, for which I
Boast of you to them of Macedonia, that Achai’a was
Ready a year ago; and your zeal hath provoked very many.”
II Corinthians 9:1-2.

The presidential election of two strong-willed men made a run for the presidency of the United States, in 1960. Richard Nixon ran on the republican ticket, while JOHN F KENNEDY BOOK John Fitzgerald Kennedy was being offered as the Democratic standard leader. Kennedy was a practicing Roman Catholic and, as one would expect – there was great fear he would take orders from the Pope.

In order to contest this criticism, he met with protestant ministers to lay aside the comments about his being under the control of the Vatican. His explanation was, Yes; he was a Roman Catholic but the Pope would not have any control over his political decisions. His remarks were strong enough to assuage their opinion of  his religion.

The issue was laid to rest until the present time, when the current Pope made certain comments in Juarez, Mexico, about a fence and the political remarks criticizing capitalism. Both of his comments were not Christian-like, nor were they well deserved. The Pope should have kept his lips sealed.

Look and see the events in the relationship of Christianity that are found. Does the Bible comment on this subject?  Christ, the apostles or the early church did not make remarks about politics or economic patterns that were to be followed in the world. However, it does seem that capitalism is closer to the Biblical format.

THESE TWO CHURCHES

Macedonia and Achai’a were zealous for spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

So Rule #1 is: We are to be zealous about telling others about the Resurrected One, Jesus the Nazarene. The Social Gospel seldom mentions the son of God. Yet this is the message we are to tell. Once you read I Corinthians 15:1-4, it plainly states it.

“Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the Gospel
which I preached unto you, which also ye have received,
and wherein ye stand;by which also ye are saved, if ye
keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye
have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of
all that which I also received, How that Christ died for
our sins according to the scriptures And that he was
buried, and that he rose again the third day
according to the scriptures:”

In the modern church, confusion is preached exactly how the Gospel is preached.

Preparing for the Gospel each one of us needs encouragement in our plans and actual carrying out the execution of the Bible. There is more than one way to uplift people in the work of the church. When someone performs a task well it should never go unnoticed. Just say thank you. A thank you is important.

The poor church in Macedonia was such an outstanding example of collecting funds for the spreading of God’s word. You and I can develop the same sense of purpose that Paul sought for the Corinthian church as he wrote to these people. The idea is expressed in II Corinthians 9:4-5.

“Lest haply if they of Macedonia come with me, and find
you unprepared, we (that we say not, ye) should be ashamed
in this in this same confident boasting.
Therefore I thought it necessary to exhort the brethren, that
They would go before unto you, and make up beforehand your
bounty, whereof ye had noticed before, that the same might
be ready, as a matter of bounty, and not as of covetousness.”

Paul had a gift from God which was unique. He could see and analyze a situation quickly.

VERY FAMILIAR

The verses in II Corinthians 9:6-7, are quoted in many situations not just from an economic level but also in other areas of our life.

“But this I say, he which soweth sparingly shall reap also
sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also
bountifully.
Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let
him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a
cheerful giver.”

Malcolm Gladwell termed the “10,000 Hour Rule”, in his book “The Outliers”.  It means that –  until there has been put into a given subject 10,000 hours then we do not know the subject matter well. We can never explain it in words until this happens.

The world does not think in the same terms as this about giving. The government through its rules and regulations has hindered giving. For some reason people have limited giving to a rule 501© 3. I.R.S.

The way society and people work is to be self-centered. There was a man who taught at Georgetown University in Washington D.C. who wrote a book “A History Of The World In Our Time.”  The text was 1300 pages. The book tells us that certain groups want to control our political and economic activities and future.

We should never forget Rule #2: It is that the power of God will destroy the work of an evil person. Also the church itself in a given locality must support Gods work.

GOD MOVES

It was Paul who knew that God moved in the world to see to it that His plan would be fulfilled in even the worst of times. The New Testament is replete with the account of prophecies of the coming Messiah.

Our inability to see the total picture what God is doing in the lives of other people when II Corinthians 9:9, tells us this. It is a promise of a gift from God. This applies to the poor who do not have hope in most circumstances.

“As it is written, he hath dispersed abroad; he hath
given to the poor: his righteousness remaineth forever.”

The wonderful gift from God for us is that his righteousness will never cease.

Something forever is beyond my comprehension – since all of my understanding is that everything ultimately changes. It is God that is eternal. His attributes never change.

Generations sometimes must come and go before an event comes about. The example of this is was the generation of Israelites over 20 would not see the promised land with two exceptions – Joshua and Caleb. God had rules for the faithful thousands of years ago just as he does now.

God commands righteousness of a Christian.

My prayer is that God will deal with the unjust. Injustice is a swirling cesspool around us. The United States government has more and more rules to keep each person under subjection. These people want to center every aspect of our waking hours. As a Christian, the Holy Scripture teaches us to speak out against all forms of evil. Read Luke 18:7-8 as a written testimony what Jesus told about a judge.

“And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day
and night unto him, though he bear long with them?
I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless
when the son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?”

Christians in our nation have decided that little will be said about injustice in our lives today and tomorrow. Let me give an example what will be tried soon. It will be that the $100 bill will be phased out. It is said this on attempt to fight crime. There are enough laws to attach criminal acts.

  • How are dope transactions to be paid? Credit cards?
  • How are corrupt politicians to be paid off in the men’s room as the toilets are flushed?

This is being said in a sarcastic way. Paul states that this is to be a participation by the entire congregation in II Corinthians 9:10, this is setup.

“Now he that ministereth seed to the sower both minister bread
for your food, and multiply your seed sown, and increase the fruits
of your righteousness.”

When those who crossed Paul’s righteous logic none could ever defeat his remarks because he used Scripture again and again. There are few who speak out against today’s supposed ministries.

As a Christian, not once does the Bible ever state that our belief in Christ is personal. Then the remark to not mention politics within the church walls is not to be. There have been attempts to shut down remarks which tells others where and when evil exist.

Praise to others: God has gifted our lives by countless facts and blessings as we see the help and benefits that others have received it should be a part of our make up to tell others how glad we are of these blessings. Paul expresses this idea when he wrote II Corinthians 9:12-14.

“For the administration of this service not only supplieth
the want of the saints, but it is abundant also by many
thanksgivings unto God;
whiles by the experiment of this ministration they glorify
God for your professed subjection unto the Gospel of Christ,
and for your liberal distribution unto them, and unto all men;
and by their prayer for you, which long after you for the exceeding
grace of god in you.”

Reading the Bible is not hard to mentally know what the words mean. The problem is when men decide certain words are not what it says or they do not like the concepts which are set forth. The gift which is there in the New Testament is Jesus Christ the Savior.

James 1:17 tells us that all good gifts are from God.

“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and
cometh down from the father of lights, with whom is no
variableness, neither shadow of turning.”

This should buoy us up as we praise God for his blessings. In our human relationships this cannot be said. It is with gladness of heart that we praise him just as Paul the apostle did in II Corinthians 9:15.

“Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift.”

Take time to inform God you know what has happened. It is here that praying is important.

KEEP THE FAITH!

 


LOVE LIFTED ME

I was sinking deep in sin, far from the peaceful shore,
Very deeply stained within, sinking to rise no more,
But the Master of the sea heard my despairing cry,
From the waters lifted me, now safe am I.

All my heart to Him I give, ever to Him I’ll cling,
In His blessed presence live, ever His praises sing,
Love so mighty and so true, merits my soul’s best songs,
Faithful, loving service, too, to Him belongs.

Love lifted me!
Love lifted me!
When nothing else could help,
Love lifted me!”

Composer Howard E. Smith (1863-1918)

 

Gerald K. Fugit
DiggingOldWells.com
February 21, 2016

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