Monday, 23 November 2015

How does the enslaved church respond to Grace?

The Word of God tells us exactly how enslaved people react against those filled with faith and power, those who do great wonders and signs among the people.

These are the people depending on their religious traditions and like things instead of allowing the perfect law of liberty to bring change to their minds.
Those in Jesus are crowned with the Glory of God!

This is the inheritance of every believer. The ones housing His Spirit.

But some don't like it. And they will go to all extremes to counter this.

We read about these in Acts 6:8-15:
  • v8 And Stephen, full of faith and power, did great wonders and miracles among the people. 
  • v9 Then there arose certain of the synagogue, which is called the synagogue of the Libertines, and Cyrenians, and Alexandrians, and of them of Cilicia and of Asia, disputing with Stephen. 
  • v10 And they were not able to resist the wisdom and the spirit by which he spake. 
  • v11 Then they suborned men, which said, We have heard him speak blasphemous words against Moses, and against Elohim. 
  • v12 And they stirred up the people, and the elders, and the scribes, and came upon him, and caught him, and brought him to the council, 
  • v13 And set up false witnesses, which said, This man ceaseth not to speak blasphemous words against this holy place, and the law
  • v14 For we have heard him say, that this Yahushua of Nazareth shall destroy this place, and shall change the customs which Moses delivered us. 
  • v15 And all that sat in the council, looking stedfastly on him, saw his face as it had been the face of an angel.
Those certain spoken of here (verse 9) are the religious, enslaved institutional church people who cannot stand righteousness as a free gift with signs and wonders and power and truth (wisdom or sophia - verse 10). They are enraged about this, however, they will not be able to stand against the wisdom (wisdom or sophia - full intelligence, supreme applied knowledge - Jesus Himself) and the Holy Spirit.

These so-called freemen (self-declared) will further stir up the religious leaders (self-righteous) to bring accusations against those crowned (favoured) with the Glory of Christ (Stephen means crowned! See verse 15).

They will always accuse those crowned with the glory of God (crowned with the Free-Gift not by their own making) of speaking against the law and against the place (verse 13). Jesus will be cited as the chief reason. Yet, as was the case with Stephen, they will see the radiance of Jesus, the face as the face of an angel.

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