The Royal Law

The Royal law
Matthew 7:12
“Therefore, whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.”
Jesus just made a huge statement! He just summed up the entire Old Testament Law and the Prophets in one sentence: to love your neighbor as yourself! Wow! What an amazing concept to ponder, since by it the Law and the Prophets hang.
Let’s consider it for a moment: How do we want others to treat us? Why, we desire to be treated very well! The evidence for this is seen in the fact that we get offended when we believe we are miss-treated! You see, we want people to respect us and treat us fairly, we do not want to be left out of things nor gossiped about, we want to hear nice things about ourselves, we want people to pray for us, to love us and think of our needs. All these things and more we desire, and therefore we have just set our own standard of what Jesus commands us to do to others!
Praise the Lord for His wisdom in teaching us this royal law! Many in the world have heard of the “golden rule”, but not many live by it; otherwise there would be no adultery, hatred, covetousness, slander, murder, gossip or any other thing that offends the heart of God! But the fact that the world still loves these things and practices them without interruption tells us that they are without God, who Himself is “Love”.
But you, Oh Christian, have been given the Holy Spirit, if indeed He lives in you. And if He lives in you then this promise is yours: that the love of God (agape: unconditional love) has been poured out into your hearts by the Holy Spirit (Romans 5:5). Therefore you can and must love others as much as you love yourselves.
God help us to live as we are called, so that the world will see Jesus in us and turn to Him.
With love in Christ Jesus, Jonathan Ball


Be a Berean!

Be a Berean
Acts 17:11
“These were more fair-minded than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness, and searched the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so.”
We live in a time of great deception, where satan, who is the master deceiver, is running rampart. I believe that the Church itself greatly underestimates the ability of our enemy. If Lucifer was able to deceive 1/3rd of the angels in heaven, creatures who had seen God face to face, then who are we to think that he could never lead us astray?
We must be as the Bereans; we must, we must! It is imperative that we search the Scriptures daily to find whether the things we are taught are true. If Paul himself allowed the Bereans to scrutinize him, then we should not shun the scrutiny of others. Any leader should desire that people examine them, since a genuine believer wants to stay on tract and desires accountability. It is the false teacher that hates correction.
Ever since Christ there has been a spirit of anti Christ at work in the world. This spirit operates in our Churches, and even speaks through renowned preachers to influence the masses. Do I say this on my authority, or do the Scriptures verify my claim? Does Paul not warn that some would rise up from among believers and lead many astray (Acts 20:30, 31)? Did he not warn the Church night and day, even with tears, to be on guard from these things? Did not Jude find it necessary to write his entire epistle to exhort the Church to fight for the faith, because it was under attack from those who were among us, but were not of us (Jude 1:3, 4)? Or we can look at the letter of 1 John, written to the early Church to combat the spirit of Gnosticism that crept into the Church. Therefore, if Jesus (Matthew 7:15) and His apostles found it vital to warn about, should we not also take it very seriously?
Be alarmed whenever you hear a minister down play the importance of the Scriptures, telling you that it is not that important. For the word is a lamp, and the law a light (Proverbs 6:23); without His truth we are in darkness. Satan knows that we are easily deceived if we do not know the truth, and can then be lead into false teachings and doctrines of devils, which end in destruction (1 Timothy 4:1; 2 Peter 2:1).
Understand this one thing, my beloved brethren, that satan’s ministers are very persuasive and are capable of speaking many good truths; that is how they gain your trust. Once your heart is open to their teachings they slip in destructive heresies that can damn you to hell. They also speak with a split tongue, telling you the truth one minute but speaking contradiction the next. So please, examine the Scriptures daily and let the Holy Spirit lead you into all truth (1 John 2:27). Walk in the light as Jesus is in the light, and you will never falter.
Much love in Christ, Jonathan Ball

Do You Really Believe?

Do You Really Believe?
2 Corinthians 4:13
“And since we have the same spirit of faith, according to what is written, “I believed and therefore spoke,” we also believe and therefore speak, knowing that He who raised up the Lord Jesus will also raise us up with Jesus, and will present us with you.”
When a person believes something you will know it by their actions, just as Jesus said, “you will know them by their fruit.” It is one thing to profess belief in Jesus Christ, but completely another to believe to the extent that He is your Lord, your Master, whom you serve and obey. Even the demons believe in Him and tremble, but they are most certainly not saved.
Many profess to believe in Jesus Christ, but those who have genuine faith in Him will not be ashamed to speak about what He has done. If He has saved them from hell and changed their hearts, they will gladly tell others about Him and glorify His holy name! But how can we do anything but speak about the riches of the One who raised us from the dead and gave us life! He is the Alpha and the Omega, the Bright Morning Star, the First and the Last, whose name is Wonderful, Counselor, Prince of Peace and Lord of Lords!
If we have faith that all of His words are true, we will obey them. If we say that we have faith but our works do not follow, we have dead faith; For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also (James 2:26). Therefore, authentic faith in His word will be seen in our reaction to it. For example: if we see that God warns us that sexually immoral persons, unbelieving, drug users, and even liars will end up in hell (Revelations 21:8, 9), then genuine faith would produce first repentance from practicing those things ourselves and then a deep concern for others who are still living that way. If you could care less after reading such verses, do you really believe?