OYB August 10
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- 2009 Aug 10
6:2 Don't you realize that someday we believers will judge the world? I never used to understand this verse. But since I have found several passages, even in the OT, where God's "chosen" will help Him bring righteous judgment on the world as well as the angels. Pretty humbling thought, huh?
6:3 Don't you realize that we Christians will judge angels? So you should surely be able to resolve ordinary disagreements here on earth. This is classic NLT and it has a subtle incorrect doctrine within "here on earth." What it's saying is that we will be "somewhere else" such as heaven, and not still here on earth, which I believe is incorrect. So I looked at other versions, including the Greek. The new NLT improved: "So you should surely be able to resolve ordinary disputes in this life."
6:7 Why not just accept the injustice and leave it at that? Why not let yourselves be cheated? This is surely the call of the chosen! I know in my own life, there have been many times where I have been wronged and cheated (even lately!), but God has told me to "let it go." Remember, it will not be forgotten. Also, refer to verse 2!
6:9 Don't you realize that those who do wrong will not inherit the Kingdom of God? Being one of God's chosen for working in His Kingdom in the ages comes with a lot of responsibility in this life. Haven't we seen that in Paul's writings the last few days? Remember, we are NOT saved by works, but we are reserved for the Kingdom (MK) by our works. These good works are a response to the "crosses" that God puts in our everyday lives, where He directs us to give up our lives, and we must practice responding. He does give a lot of "do-overs" though!
6:9-10 Don't fool yourselves. Those [believers] who indulge in sexual sin, or who worship idols, or commit adultery, or are male prostitutes, or practice homosexuality, or are thieves, or greedy people, or drunkards, or are abusive, or cheat people—none of these will inherit the Kingdom of God. Many "Christians" today live in these sins with no shame. We need not be unkind or judgmental toward them, but if we are one of them, we need to realize we will miss out on that special Kingdom! Not worth it if you ask me. 1,000 years of major bliss, rest, joy, celebration, being up close and personal with Jesus. Also, this is ongoing, unrepented sin. Surely the chosen have quite a smattering of these sins in the past. But that is where they must be—in the past—silent teachers that have brought us to new places of grace in Christ. Check out verse 11:
6:11 Some of you were once like that. But you were cleansed; you were made holy; you were made right with God by calling on the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.
6:13 You say, "Food was made for the stomach, and the stomach for food." (This is true, though someday God will do away with both of them.) This verse is a bit suspect to me for many reasons. First of all, it is in the smack dab middle of a talk on sexual immorality. It's the only thing on food. Second, Jesus ate in His resurrected body, and He talked about drinking wine with us anew in the Kingdom. He also spoke of the wedding feast. Lastly, I looked in the Greek, and it seems inconclusive. The root verb can mean, "to be idle, inactive, to linger, delay." So...did people just assume what it was saying, or does it really say this? I don't know. Two more conflicting viewpoints:
For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit... Romans 14:17
"And they will come from east and west and from north and south, and will recline at the table in the kingdom of God. Luke 13:29 (every other passage where it says "reclining at the table" are when they are eating)
A bit elusive!