Strong words of Jesus Christ and Us.
Written by Victor P.
Some of the strong words of Jesus Christ in John 3:16-21 may make some people think:
“Did Jesus really use such strong words?
Did He really mean the thing about evil and people perishing and being condemned/judged?”
There are enough strong words in those verses to make some gasp in disbelief that the Person they claim to believe in (Jesus Christ) could say such things, that His speech could at times sound like what some would call too narrow, too exclusive, or intolerant, or narrow-minded or some other relativistic, post-modern, mumbo jumbo they like to use.
Some of those strong words are (from v. 16-21): perish, condemn, condemnation, darkness, evil, hateth/hates, reproved.
This is by no means the best example of Jesus’ strong/hard words but is one that cannot be ignored without consequence to any of us.
It could come as a surprise to some that in the Bible there’s a distinction between good and evil, true and false, light and dark, love and hate, moral and immoral, holy and unholy, God and Satan, among other things.
Whether it’s surprising or not, the distinctions are there and God has put them there for our good and because the distinctions correspond to reality, for reality is what God says it is, what God makes it.
If we are claiming to be children of God (souls saved by the redeeming blood of Jesus Christ, adopted in the family of God, reconciled to God) then we must take all of God’s words seriously, seeking to obey His ways and words and commands by the empowering of the Holy Spirit and by any necessary effort on our part, because we love God.
What God in the Bible calls good, we too must call good; what He calls evil, we must call evil.
What God says to love, we must love; what God says to hate, we must hate.
To not do what God calls us to do, commands us to do, is to disobey Him, and every disobedient child of God is disciplined, chastised, or else they’re not real children of God, not reborn or adopted into His heavenly family; that’s what the book of Hebrews makes clear for anyone who carefully read it.
If we seek to blur the lines set in God’s Word, if we grey the lines of distinction that God put in place, we’ll be left with a distorted presentation of the real, a mangled picture of what God originally gave us, and that is no inconsequential thing.
Conformity to a relativistic, compromising, post-modern, politically correct culture or society or environment is really just the acceptance of foolishness, the conformity to the ways of the world, the world’s wisdom which is to God foolishness.
So we should ask ourselves,
– Do we want to live like or think more like the world or more like the Omniscient God who has given us His revelation through His Word?
– Do we settle for the foolishness of the world, the denial of reality, or accept the reality God has shown in His Word and accept His words of wisdom?
– How can we (the saved) tell others (the lost) of the light in us if we refuse to tell them there’s darkness in them, in their hearts, that they need the blood of Jesus to wash them clean of all their sins?
– Can we tell them of God’s grace without first telling them of God’s law?
“16) For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
17) For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through Him might be saved.
18) He that believeth on Him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
19) And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.
20) For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.
21) But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.”