Thursday, 13 March 2014

We Were All God's Enemies

Psalm Chapter 2

  Why do the nations rage and the peoples plot in vain?  
The kings of the earth set themselves,
 and the rulers take counsel together, 
against the LORD and against his Anointed,
  "Let us burst their bonds apart and cast away their cords from us." 

He who sits in the heavens laughs; 
the Lord holds them in derision. 
  Then he will speak to them in his wrath,
 and terrify them in his fury,
  "As for me, 
I have set my King on Zion, 
my holy hill." 
 I will tell of the decree: 
The LORD said to me, 
"You are my Son; today I have begotten you. 
Ask of me, and I will make the nations your heritage, 
and the ends of the earth your possession. 
  You shall break them with a rod of iron
 and dash them in pieces like a potter's vessel." 

 Now therefore, O kings, be wise;
 be warned, O rulers of the earth. 
  Serve the LORD with fear, 
and rejoice with trembling. 
  Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, 
and you perish in the way, 
for his wrath is quickly kindled. 
Blessed are all who take refuge in him. (KJV)

There are many in today's world who rage against God, and against His appointed rulers of this world and against all authority of any kind. The Lord's outright opponents, the haters, the blasphemers, seething with anger and hate, are not His only opponents. We find in the New Testament that we all (at one time or another) were His enemies, not just those who "put on a show" about it:

  .... while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life.  Romans 5:10

 Something I have yet to grow into (Lord help me) is when a person, or persons, gets hostile, and thereby do the things which reveals to me they are my enemy(ies).  I would hazard to say that most people today are God's enemies and therefore because I abide in Him they are by extension also my enemies. However, many are not openly hostile and ugly. Many of them are seemingly model citizens, but their words reveal their rebellion against the Son, and therefore also against the Father, and are "inwardly seething" (Psalm 62:4; Matthew 7:15). Sure they can put up a good front (can't we all?) and seem like they are "nice people", however eventually the truth will come out about who is truly against us and who is for us and with us, with our God (1 John 2:19), they can't hide out forever. 

And yet, not all of them will remain His enemies. I was every bit His enemy (although mostly I thought I was a "good person") and even though I was only "nice" on the outside and thoroughly sinful and deceitful on the inside, the Lord chose to reveal that fact to me and rescue me out of that horrible condition. Should that make me proud??? Of course not. My flesh would like me to be, and at times I do slip into such a Pharisaical condition.....and then the Lord corrects me and reminds me that I was no better, and that any virtue that I have today is only possible because He is virtuous, and His life has been infused with mine. That is humbling, and when I dwell upon my fleshy condition too long, it is down right mortifying. 

And that is why we are to meditate on Him, on His holiness and goodness and purity. When I dwell upon the flesh, this world's evil condition and my own weaknesses and shortcomings, it brings me down, I get depressed, and then I am to bring it up to the Father in prayer, and rejoice in the fact that it is all working together for good for those who love the Lord (Romans 8:28).

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