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:5:43 @ Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy.

kjv@Matthew:5:44 @ But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;

kjv@Matthew:5:45 @ That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven; for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.

kjv@Matthew:5:46 @ For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same?

kjv@Matthew:5:47 @ And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so?

kjv@Matthew:5:48 @ Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.

Today's notes: On the Just and Unjust

Quoted index: FAITHOFJESUSAUDIO - Matthew:5:43-48:


Note: Recall the poor in spirit? the meek? mourning? hungry for righteousness? pure of heart? peacemakers? persecuted and reviled? spoken of at the beginning of this sermon? Well Jesus is still talking about them, however these attributes and the necessities behind them are looking quite different at this point if we have kept the context of each passage in place. The light that we are meant to reflect to all the world in consideration of the opposing righteousness of the Pharisee's and others looks much different as well. It is in the righteousness that they are inflicting upon us that the meaning of these passages is really born out. The works men see and give praise to God, these are not us out doing our fellow employee's work effort with our own I'm guessing!

What is man believing/doing?:

What enemies would a man of God's peace ever have? No enemies or so one would think. Can you think back old or new testament and think of a man of God that wasn't surrounded by enemies? out numbered hundreds even thousands to one? What makes us to think the men would be at peace with the true peace God has purposed and offered?

I think of David and his many contributions to the bible:BookOfPsalms . Always an enemy. Always a flood of ungodly men working their works along the path of the destroyer. Is the fact that we today have few enemies a sign that the enemy has finally figured it all out? or is it that we have sided instead with the enemy? To love God's enemies is not to side with them. It is to love them with the love that Christ has loved us, even unto death if so called to.

Good and well intended men are reading through these passages and reducing them down to the far distant meanings that fit their own lives and manufactured faith. Self righteous men are reading through them to find themselves positions of abhorrence with the Jesus doctrine to grandstand their own righteousness upon. The disciple suffers and is out numbered by both. Three different brands of righteousness, all three likely to some extent reducing the meaning Jesus is conveying, two completely opposed to it yet insistent to be right.

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

We have hinted for some time that root cause is along the lines of manufactured righteousness. Not only does it effect what we will judge/hate or are willing to judge another based upon, it also influences what/whom we are willing to love and in what fashion. For some love is letting another go about his religion as he sees fit. For others it is suffering at the man's hand for having stood against his foolishness and kept the perseverance through such in the perspective of godly love.



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If God can bestow HIS sun and rain on both evil and good, the disciple should be capable of bestowing God's love upon an enemy as well. If God can bestow HIS only begotten while we were yet sinners the disciple should be able to bestow the same love just as well. What that love is though is typically much different than the compromise and avoidance that we ourselves often manufacture. It is rather what we allow God to influence upon us that is the true fount to others outwardly.

The command to love in this respect means so very little to those without Christ. The nominal or unitarian audience only see the generality and idealism of the notion. It is after all a good teaching in these humanist aspects. Christ I suggest means it as something quite different that only the Holy Spirit lead disciple active and engaged with the public can remotely grasp.

Key Messages:

    What does this say about our present condition?
  1. The simple fact is that the disciple because of Jesus is placed into a different position than the scribe or Pharisee. The enemies we have are because of Christ and these enemies are responding to Christ in the manner that their own righteousness see as appropriate. The righteousness of Christ thankfully does not respond to them in like kind however. It does not back down from it's authority and mission, neither does it jeopardize it's authority and mission by acting in self righteous manner. All things are done in love, the love Christ has for those lost souls that are still to be redeemed.
  2. The easiest path is to avoid or ignore or tolerate enemies, the most common to defend against or confront. Loving/speaking well of/doing good unto/saluting enemies is felt almost to give them credit or to build them up with undeserved esteem.
  3. To seek to not have enemies is not possible in this case, not because it is not our intention, but because it is far from the spiritual reality. Often our efforts at praise project forward as condescension; the key has to be it coming equally upon all with clear and perfect heart which takes much of His work upon us.
  4. Even Christians in every other sense will back off what the Church is to represent because it immediately makes for more enemies. They will purposely side with complaints against it in order to represent an individualism that Christians don't have to be so disagreeable, as if unintentionally to be friends with Christ's enemies.

Further Resources:

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