Are You Willing To Inherit Reproach For Christ Or Receive Honor From The World?

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1 Samuel 11:1-2

1 Then Nahash the Ammonite came up and encamped against Jabesh Gilead; and all the men of Jabesh said to Nahash, “Make a covenant with us, and we will serve you.”

2 And Nahash the Ammonite answered them, “On this condition I will make a covenant with you, that I may put out all your right eyes, and bring reproach on all Israel.” NKJV

Reproach-Shame, Disgrace, mocking…etc.

Matthew 5:29

29 If your right eye causes you to sin, pluck it out and cast it from you; for it is more profitable for you that one of your members perish, than for your whole body to be cast into hell. NKJV

Jesus illustrated with the right eye that it would be beneficial to allow the reproach of the world to come upon you for following Jesus than to be honored by the world and to give in to its temptation.

For the world honors those who are like them, lost and headed for hell, but those who the world hates for being in Christ Jesus, walking in the truth and living in righteousness will inherit eternal life and dwell with the Father in heaven. 

The world will always malign, the Word of God and those who follow it because they love darkness rather than the light. They prefer the lust of the flesh and its momentary pleasures than to surrender their lives to God’s righteousness for the godless people’s hearts only have room for themselves.

 

 

The picture was taken from Mt. Hood

 

Biblical Q&A: What Does “The Keys Of The Kingdom” Mean?

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Pamela’s question:

“What is meant by the keys of the kingdom?”

Thank you for your question.


Matthew 16:19

I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” ESV

Jesus gave to His disciples [believers] the keys of the Kingdom.

Every Christian possesses the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven.


The phrase “the keys of the Kingdom” has to do with binding and releasing. Bind means that a Christian can declare to a person if he/she rejects the Gospel of Jesus Christ that their sins remain. Loose means that the believer can say to them, your sins have been forgiven, if they repent and confess Jesus as Lord [Romans 10:9]. 

John 20:23

If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you withhold forgiveness from any, it is withheld.”


The keys of the Kingdom of Heaven refer to the Word of God as seen in Matthew 23:13 which says, 13 “But woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you shut the kingdom of heaven in people’s faces. For you neither enter yourselves nor allow those who would enter to go in. ESV


The scribes and Pharisees through their traditions have added to the Word of God which prevented people from knowing the true Living God and making them unable to get saved.

Mark 7:8-13 [Jesus speaking to the scribes and Pharisees]

8 You leave the commandment of God and hold to the tradition of men.” 9 And he said to them, “You have a fine way of rejecting the commandment of God in order to establish your tradition! 10 For Moses said, ‘Honor your father and your mother’; and, ‘Whoever reviles father or mother must surely die.’ 11 But you say, ‘If a man tells his father or his mother, “Whatever you would have gained from me is Corban”’ (that is, given to God)— 12 then you no longer permit him to do anything for his father or mother, 13 thus making void the word of God by your tradition that you have handed down. And many such things you do.” ESV

Matthew 23:15

Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you travel across sea and land to make a single proselyte, and when he becomes a proselyte, you make him twice as much a child of hell as yourselves. ESV


To make matters worse, the scribes and Pharisees who knew the Truth and had access to the Kingdom of Heaven so people can get saved didn’t go in themselves. That is why Jesus said about them in Matthew 15:14, “Let them alone; they are blind guides. And if the blind lead the blind, both will fall into a pit.” ESV

I hope this answered your question, Pamela.