God’s Providence and Love Trump the Law

1 Cor 7:17 Only, as the Lord has assigned to each one, as God has called each, in this manner let him walk. And so I direct in all the churches. 18 Was any man called when he was already circumcised? He is not to become uncircumcised. Has anyone been called in uncircumcision? He is not to be circumcised. 19 Circumcision is nothing, and uncircumcision is nothing, but what matters is the keeping of the commandments of God. 20 Each man must remain in that condition in which he was called.

Verse 19 is fascinating.  Circumcision is certainly a commandment of God. Sure Jesus explained what the greatest commandments are back in Matt 22

“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the great and foremost commandment. 39 The second is like it, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’”

And showed us how these principles work in real life, particularly as His love for people was more important than obedience to the Sabbath.   But this particular passage is very interesting because it speaks to thing that only affect self.  Paul calls for each of us to “remain,” rather than strive to become legalistic.  He goes on to apply this to being a slave or free, which I think applies to our vocations as well.  Christ certainly said that anyone who forsakes their own family and belongings to follow him would reap great rewards, but it seems the vast majority of us are in another boat, and in the words of a late friend, ‘bloom where you are planted.’

Be motivated primarily by by Love.  God is Love.  This is walking in the Spirit.

Don’t miss heaven for the world

OK so the apostle John described the new Jerusalem as being a cube about 1500 miles in each direction. Let’s be generous and say there are 10 billion people altogether throughout history that receive Jesus’ salvation. If you give each one of them a mansion the size of the Empire State Building, you’ve taken up about one percent of the area of New Jerusalem, leaving 99% of the city for other stuff (or bigger mansions).

Did I mention that the whole thing is made of pure, totally translucent gold and colored gemstones? Did I mention that God Himself is in the center of it, living WITH US?

For me, this gives new perspective to Jesus’ admonition “If your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out, and if your hand causes you to sin, cut it off”. I always thought He was exaggerating for effect… But given the GLORIOUSNESS of His coming Kingdom, I think maybe He is just saying don’t let ANYTHING in this crappy, fallen, cursed world keep you from obtaining your share of His inheritance.

The lowliest, most humble, saved-by-the-skin-of-his-teeth resident (picture the thief on the cross) of New Jerusalem makes Donald Trump look like a vagrant by comparison.

Malls are now Athiest?


I guess the mall is private property, but this is quite absurd, and I would certainly not return or go to any place that restricted prayer over the food.  And in response to the ISIS troll on the comments, I have no problem if a muslim prays over their food.  Now if the muslim forces someone to pray to allah or die, THEN we have a problem.