The FaithOfJesus2 Daily Devotional


kjv@Revelation:14:12 @ Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.

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Today's Verse:


kjv@Matthew:5:27 @ Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery:

kjv@Matthew:5:28 @ But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.

kjv@Matthew:5:29 @ And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.

kjv@Matthew:5:30 @ And if thy right hand offend thee, cut it off, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.

Today's notes: Offending Members


Note: The context that we have followed back to Matthew:1 and beyond has held true. Man despite his best intentions, his deduction and reasoning, even having been given certain articles and deliverances from God is still/continuously unable to establish/maintain/advance any position of righteousness other than his own. We have been warned that unless we were somehow able to exceed even the best measure of human manufactured righteousness and devotion that we would not see the kingdom of heaven. In yesterday's passage Jesus pointed to the manufactured righteousness and it's predicted failure at the point of what it would be willing to be ultimately angry at, how it would approach such ought, how even murder could be justified by it to resolve such ought. Today we are taken beyond reason and justification to what the unexplainable desires of the heart are able to bring otherwise reasonable people to.

What is man believing/doing?:

Who can explain lust? Who can explain adultry? It is near impossible to explain because it defies common reason. A person knows that faithfulness is right. The person wants in most cases to be faithful and has solemnly promised to be so. It should be fairly easy given the determination of will and honest righteous desire of this individual that such faithfulness could be kept; especially with a partner that one so deeply loves and respects and has had children with. It is known ahead of any such act for instance the irreversible damage that could be caused should such obvious unfaithfulness be found out and yet there is a tremendous draw/enticement for crossing that fully intended self enforced line. It is therefore not reason that makes one to lust. Nor is it fully intention that is at cause.

If this odd unexplainable draw is true in the manufactured monogamous marital relation, how can it not be also true in our manufactured individual and national relationships with God? The answer is that the Old Testament is very honest and open about calling our own manufactured righteousness for what it is. God does see our righteousness as adultery and frequently has said so. It should not be any new revelation, but somehow when pointed out like in this passage it always is.

The oddity is that some people are able to keep this faithfulness in this one marital regard. There are so many other regards however that are driven by this one component such as the lust for food, the lust for power and standing, the lust for popularity/importance etc... that I know of no person that has escaped lusts coil in some form or manner. This becomes for us an important consideration because despite the impossibility of any such thing being rightly justified it nearly always somehow is, thus we see the tremendous deficit of our manufactured righteousness.

What is making man to believe/do as he is doing?:

It is made known to us in other scripture that we would not have known sin if it were not for the law. Many people see the law as God's means of keeping us from sin where instead it should be viewed as the very thing showing to us that we are sinners. This is where so many of the oral traditions the Pharisee's have exalted themselves with have departed from scripture. Law does not make us to sin of course it is to make us aware of what we already are. One can then with knowledge attempt to obey the Law with considerable effect, but one can never by obeying the Law not sin because the Law is constantly revealing him/her as being of sin. This important spiritual fact has unfortunately been left behind by so many religious types in their impossible quest to make themselves by their own manufactured now righteousness to be without sin.

It also can be said that because of our sin being revealed by the Law, men refusing to believe themselves as capable sinners lust all the more to prove themselves otherwise; sin becomes all the much more. This is not to say that all of this is the cause of the sexual lust or adultery being discussed, it is to put light upon our most confusing nature.


Eve lusted after something pleasing to the eyes that would make her all the more wise. Adam lusted to remain with his lovely help meet wife and partake in whatever course that foreign wisdom took them. They suddenly knew that they were naked and were ashamed; ashamed of how this new righteousness made them to feel. Man has struggled to put down that feeling and that by his own righteousness ever since and yet that shame and it's parent lust is at draw just the same. It manifests itself in a great many ways; not alway easily identified.

Peter speaks of a corruption that is in this world because of lust kjv@2Peter:1:4. It is a corruption that only God's exceeding promise and providence through the knowledge of Him who called us to glory and virtue can deliver kjv@2Peter:1:1-4, afforded to us through the righteous act between Father and Son that we have obtained faith in. Paul speaks of the body having members gravitating to differing functions. Each having to sacrifice themselves daily in to service being transformed by the renewing of their mind kjv@Romans:12. Conformity to anything other than what both Apostles relate is conformity to this world and therefore trouble to the church body.

Key Messages:

    What does this say about our present condition?
  1. The church body simply isn't important enough to many members as to out weigh the carnal impulse and it's potential damage; nor is Christ, nor His salvation. Given proper opportunity to repent, these offending body members need to then be removed from the church body so as to not effect the other body members nor the body and it's image as a whole. At the same time the remaining body must be well aware that it is not immune to the coercions of lust not just in the sexual sense, but in all senses including the spiritual sense (oddly even in the disobedience of not performing such necessary member extraction when scripturally called for).
  2. Without His work upon us this too would be impossible by man's resource. It is meant, as is all of these sermon passages, to define the church as being His work, a work shown to be like no other, worthy of others' attention and praise.
  3. His work is in writing these things eternally upon our fleshly hearts, both upon the initial desire and upon the detachment of offending members.

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