Tag Archives: Humility

When Forgiveness is Incomplete

I was reading Matthew as  part of a Synoptics Gospel class I am taking.  One of the things my instructor said was we often we read scripture through an individual lens.   However, Matthew is meant to be read with a community lens.  In other words when Jesus is saying you to the disciples he really means Ya’ all.  In other words the community of disciples.

If you look at the bigger structure of Matthew the sermon on the mount is not commands to the disciples but they are rather an example of what Gods community should look like. Matthew went to  to clarify and fulfill Jesus purpose and mission of the Kingdom of Heaven on Earth.  A continual contrast of the the earthly kingdoms vs the disciples heaven on Earth continues to be contrasted in Matthew.  Then later on Matthew discusses forgiveness.

 

21 Then Peter came to him and asked, “Lord, how often should I forgive someone[a] who sins against me? Seven times?”

22 “No, not seven times,” Jesus replied, “but seventy times seven![b]

The above reference was during Jesus’ discourse to his disciples about forgiving others that are a part of our Christian community.  I can’t help but think the words of “I forgive” and going through just a “process of forgiveness” falls far short of living in an intimate community of discipleship with other Christians and far short of what I am reading in the book of Matthew.  We often neglect the nuances and balance that the Synoptic Gospels offer us, neglecting the weightier matters of scripture for a more simplistic understanding and reading of the Gospels.

For me forgiveness is finally complete when I am back in intimate relationship in the community of believers and the ones I have wronged.  Anything less is not what I read as Jesus’ message in Matthew.

 

Bible Study and Notes: 2 Peter 1

2Pe 1:3  according as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who has called us to glory and virtue,
2Pe 1:4  through which He has given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, so that by these you might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.
2Pe 1:5  But also in this very thing, bringing in all diligence, filling out your faith with virtue, and with virtue, knowledge;
2Pe 1:6  and with knowledge selfcontrol, and with self-control, patience, and with patience, godliness,
2Pe 1:7  and with godliness, brotherly kindness, and with brotherly kindness, love.
2Pe 1:8  For if these things are in you and abound, they make you to be neither idle nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Wow.

What a hard verse for me.  I realize now this is the moving your feet thing Pastor John talks about.  I know this is impossible without having a deep identity “in Christ”.

The definition of virtue:

The radical sense is strength, from straining, stretching, extending.

1. Strength; that substance or quality of physical bodies, by which they act and produce effects on other bodies.

2. Bravery valor. This was the predominant signification of virtus among the Romans.

If I have an identity in Christ then I shiould always have a bravery in doing all things. I should be able to take risks without bother of the reprecussions because my identity is very secure.

The definition of Knowledge:
1. A clear and certain perception of that which exists, or of truth and fact; the perception of the connection and agreement.

Everything needs to be salted with humility and meekness:

Definition of Humility:
In theology, humility consists in lowliness of mind; a deep sense of one’s own unworthiness in the sight of God, self-abasement, penitence for sin, and submission to the divine will.

I know all righteousness comes through what Christ did but I keep coming across verses like this.

The question is how do we do this without gaining a sense of WBR (works based righteoussness)?  Does anyone have any opinions on this? How do we add virtue, knowledge and self-control the proper way? Biblical truth seems to be abused today as much as it used properly today.

Finding our identity in Christ and keeping the Cross and Jesus Central are required I know.

The Gospel of Jesus Christ is…
We are more sinful and weak than we ever dared to admit and…
We are more loved and accepted than we ever dared to hope

In Christ,

Jesus, Mercy Me, Girls Just want to have fun and have a good weekend

Ok,  so I like titles with words in them that you would never use in the same sentence ever again in real life.  😎

Its time to be a little on the lighter side.  Please refer to the following links for some funny music videos.  Its all good clean fun stuff.

Mercy Me and Girls Just want to Have Fun

The Leningrad Cowboys

Have a great weekend. I think mine is starting out good and it has not begun yet.

Jesus, Mercy Me, Girls Just want to have fun and have a good weekend

Ok,  so I like titles with words in them that you would never use in the same sentence ever again in real life.  😎

Its time to be a little on the lighter side.  Please refer to the following links for some funny music videos.  Its all good clean fun stuff.

Mercy Me and Girls Just want to Have Fun

The Leningrad Cowboys

Have a great weekend. I think mine is starting out good and it has not begun yet.

The Parable of the Prodigal Son Study

Last night we had a bunch of people over to end our study of the parable of the prodigal son.  As in the parable we ended in a feast. IT was a great time of friendship and even our Pastor and his family joined us.   I just let things flow and listend to the conversation and loved that fact that my younger daughter just tended to listening to the adults talk and my older daughter just took over naturally watching the kids without being told.

The study was something I was highly passionate about and it symbolized my own personal walk with God and mirrored many of the experiences in my life.  People dont realize this but the parable of the Prodigal Son is really about intimacy, honesty, relationship and its a scripture that points to a deep relationship with Jesus Christ. The parable asks us to change the ways of both our irreligious sin (younger brother) and religious sin (elder brother)….. but what people dont realize is that this is a parable where   Jesus  cries  out to the religious, elder brother to repent of her or his religious sin and religious pride.   Another way to say this is that God wants us to repent from seeking to get our worth out of eatting from the tree of knowledge of good and evil as opposed to getting our worth from the tree of life (Christ).  Religious pride, or seeking to get our righteoussness from the tree of knowledge of good and evil (phil 3:7-11) as opposed to getting our righteussness from the proper place, in Christ (Rom 1:16-17),  is something that normally goes overlooked in many Christian circles and most Christians are either blind to it or feel self justified for engaging in it. 

I have a past where if you knew it you would probably think I was not eligible to teach a bible study.  However, it was due to this past and a recovery of this intimate, closeness with both Jesus and my wife  that I wanted to teach the study.  The parable also mirrors my Christian walk and personal experiences.    A past where my marriage relationship struggled… a past where Christians wanted to remove Continue reading

The Parable of the Prodigal Son Study

Last night we had a bunch of people over to end our study of the parable of the prodigal son.  As in the parable we ended in a feast. IT was a great time of friendship and even our Pastor and his family joined us.   I just let things flow and listend to the conversation and loved that fact that my younger daughter just tended to listening to the adults talk and my older daughter just took over naturally watching the kids without being told.

The study was something I was highly passionate about and it symbolized my own personal walk with God and mirrored many of the experiences in my life.  People dont realize this but the parable of the Prodigal Son is really about intimacy, honesty, relationship and its a scripture that points to a deep relationship with Jesus Christ. The parable asks us to change the ways of both our irreligious sin (younger brother) and religious sin (elder brother)….. but what people dont realize is that this is a parable where   Jesus  cries  out to the religious, elder brother to repent of her or his religious sin and religious pride.   Another way to say this is that God wants us to repent from seeking to get our worth out of eatting from the tree of knowledge of good and evil as opposed to getting our worth from the tree of life (Christ).  Religious pride, or seeking to get our righteoussness from the tree of knowledge of good and evil (phil 3:7-11) as opposed to getting our righteussness from the proper place, in Christ (Rom 1:16-17),  is something that normally goes overlooked in many Christian circles and most Christians are either blind to it or feel self justified for engaging in it. 

I have a past where if you knew it you would probably think I was not eligible to teach a bible study.  However, it was due to this past and a recovery of this intimate, closeness with both Jesus and my wife  that I wanted to teach the study.  The parable also mirrors my Christian walk and personal experiences.    A past where my marriage relationship struggled… a past where Christians wanted to remove Continue reading