Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Legalistic Abuse

Acts 18:5-11, 13
When Silas and Timothy came from Macedonia, Paul devoted himself exclusively to preaching, testifying to the Jews that Jesus was the Christ.  But when the Jews opposed Paul and became abusive, he shook out his clothes in protest and said to them, "Your blood be on your own heads!"  I am clear of  my responsibility.  From now on I will go to the Gentiles."

Then Paul left the Synagogue and went next door to the house of Titius Justus, a worshiper of God.   Crispus, the synagogue ruler, and his entire household believed in the Lord; and many of the Corinthians who heard him believed and were baptized.

One night the Lord spoke to Paul in a vision: "Do not be afraid; keep on speaking, do not be silent.  For I am with you and no one is going to attack and harm you, because I have many people in this city."  So Paul stayed for a year and a half, teaching them the word of God.

The Jews made a united attack on Paul and brought him into court.  "This man," they charged, "is persuading the people to worship God in ways contrary to the law."

Religious legalism is one of the most difficult strongholds to overcome.  When God reveals something contrary to the "the way it's always been taught", you can be sure the legalists will start to attack.

The law of God is perfect, reviving the soul. (Ps.19:7)  The Jews of Paul's day rejected his message because it was prophetic in nature.  It did not contradict scripture, it brought it to life.  Paul's message appeared new to them, but in reality it was written in the scriptures long before.  God is even now revealing what has been hidden in scriptures up to this point.

Over 100 years ago, Dr. C.I. Scofield said in his notes on Revelation in the Scofield Reference Bible, "Doubtless, much which is designedly obscure to us will be clear to those for whom it is written as the time approaches."  

The closer we get to the end of the age, the more God will reveal "new mysteries" that have been there all along.  I like to refer to these mysteries as things hidden in plain sight.  Since Noah's day, God has chosen to reveal truths through His prophets. Even today, God is using those with the gift of prophecy to bring the mysteries of scripture to life.

Be fore-warned if you think you have the gift of prophecy!  Down through history, God's prophets were hated, stoned, beheaded and crucified for their message.  On a less severe note, the prophets were laughed at, scoffed and told to stop preaching their message as is was considered false and heretical.  A prophet's message always has been and always will be, "repent, for the kingdom of God is at hand".

Believe you me, that message is not well-received - especially by those who believe they are already religious, those who are "law-keepers",  by that I mean those who by all outward appearances are righteous and well-versed in the scriptures...just like the legalistic Jews!

Do not be afraid; keep on speaking, do not be silent.  For I am with you and no one is going to attack and harm you, because I have many people in this city.

1 comment:

rahmi fadhli said...

Saya dari indonesia.. salam kenal yah.. semoga sukses.:)