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Sunrise on Temple Mount in Jerusalem; Back to Previous Devotion

November 9 - Evening

"Since through God’s mercy we have this ministry,
we do not lose heart. Rather, we have renounced
secret and shameful ways; we do not use deception,
nor do we distort the word of God. On the contrary,
by setting forth the truth plainly we commend
ourselves to everyone’s conscience in the sight
of God. And even if our gospel is veiled,
it is veiled to those who are perishing.”

- Second Corinthians 4:1-3

Sunset on the Sea of Galilee; Click to go to next devotion  
The Plain Truth    

The ministry of the New Covenant is accomplished through the teaching ministry when the Word of God is communicated to unbelievers (evangelism) and to believers (teaching). Paul has previously spoken about the opposition his apostolic ministry faces, but he now says it is through God’s mercy that he has this ministry, and because of this he will not lose heart:

                “Since through God’s mercy we have this ministry, we do not lose heart.”

Paul refused to alter the ministry God, in his mercy had given him, even in the face of opposition, rejection or the temptation to compromise the teaching ministry with information that is more appealing or appears more applicable.

“We have renounced secret and shameful ways; we do not use deception, nor do we distort the word of God.”

The choice was clear to Paul, he could teach God’s revelation and, thus, fulfill his assignment, or he could slightly tweak the message to make it more acceptable, culturally relevant and economically profitable. But, Paul knows that any addition of information would be “deception” and any adjustment of the message would “distort the word of God.”

Instead, Paul “set forth the truth plainly” knowing that when people heard the truth and saw the effect it had on their lives they would know the apostolic message had been vindicated. The results would be proof enough. Paul says that through the salvation, the maturity and the fruit in the believers’s lives we “commend ourselves to everyone’s conscience.” The proof is in the results. The people will judge his ministry for themselves. Are they saved? Are they maturing? Are they producing? If the answer is affirmative, Paul is justified in his ministry style and does not need to use “secret and shameful ways” to create the illusion of “Christian” growth through some other method.

Paul adds that if someone does not understand his message or does not comprehend the Word of God as it is presented, that person is blinded because they have already rejected the truth and are already perishing. The truth has been veiled to that person. There is never a need to change the “truth” to make it easier to accept, and especially for a person who has already rejected the “truth.” The minister of the Word of God who uses deception or distorts the Word of God in order to gain a following has rejected the truth and is ministering void of the power of human transformation that comes with the truth of the Word of God.

“Even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing.” – 2 Corinthians 4:3

“They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved.” - 2 Thess. 2:10

People do not perish because ministers fail to mix the Truth with a spoonful of sugar. People perish “because they refused to love the truth.” Teaching ministries fail not because they teach the Word of God, but because they resort to secret and shameful practices such as deception and distortion of the Word of God in an attempt to create something acceptable to people who have already rejected the Truth.

  Christian Quote from Church History

"This is God's universe and
He does things His way.
You may have a better way but you don't have a universe."
- J. Vernon McGee




Something to Ponder??

“I myself have read the
writings and teachings of
the heretics, polluting my soul for a while with their abominable notions,
though deriving this benefit:
I was able to refute them
for myself and loathe
them even more.”
- Eusebius, the church historian from 263-339 AD in "The Church History"

Hebrew and Greek Word Study   Facts and Information

(Gr) - Unity  (Eng) - the Greek henotes means "unanimity" and "agreement."
The New Testament concept of henotes is agreement concerning the revelation of
God concerning Jesus. It is not a calculated agreement to tolerate differences for
mutual benefits.
Point: the closer we draw to the truth, the greater the henotes
with those who are also drawing closer to the truth.

Herod was involved with building projects throughout Israel and in thirteen cites outside of Israel. Three inscriptions have been found in Athens comemorating Herod's support and building right there in Athens. Two of the three inscriptions say:

'The people erect this monument to King Herod, devout and lover of
Caesar, because of his
virtue and benefaction.

Confession to Action   Facts and Information
I will seek unity by pursuing the truth in God's written word.   "The horse is made ready for the day of battle, but victory rests with the Lord."
- Proverbs 21:31
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Family friends and
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Heal the broken


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Sudan - peace in the south since 2005 is fragile; 20 years of large church growth in south
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Robinson's Arch, Jerusalem




Nehemiah's Wall in Jerusalem 445 BC

Model of the NW corner of Jerusalem from 70 AD detailing the 3 towers that Herod the Great built on the outside walls of the citadel to defend the city (click on image for larger size)

Galyn Wiemers in the gutter under the road that led from the Temple Mount to the Pool of Siloam. The blind man that Jesus put mud in his eyes would have walked on the street above to the Pool of Siloam.
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