The purging of our souls Part Two
This is part two from the text in John 2 : 2 - 17. If you desire to read the passage please go to, "The purging of our souls part one. This is such an important subject because our hearts need to be reformed which spirals into our lives. As a result we live for Jesus Christ.
Their particular offense was selling in the temple for filthy lucre. Many churches fell because of the love for money. Many churches are deceiving people as we converse because of the love of money.
Jesus did not confront the chief priests but took the matter in His own hands. I must have had much flesh in my life because the circumstantial pressure God orchestrated in my life was beyond painful but that reality is way better than the fires of hell.
Notice in this account Jesus never once exercised force to bring people into the temple but drove out corruption from the temple. God is not going to force anyone to come to His Son Jesus Christ but He will discipline His children. At the risk of repeating myself this option is way better than the fires of hell. In one way or another we are getting burned but salvation in Jesus Christ is burning for righteousness. Living our lives apart from God and doing our own thing is burning for eternity.
I look at my own life and am very glad God burned flesh out of my spirit. How many people in hell are regretting this reality did not take place in their spirit and life?
Jesus also poured out the money from the people that charged showing His contempt for their love of economic gain. The overflowing of the tables represented His displeasure against making church into worldly profit.
He spoke verbally to the money chargers and said, ... "Make not My Father's house an house of merchandise." There is nothing wrong with the selling of products but not in church. This is robbing God because the good news of the gospel should be free. Freely we have received so freely we should give. Even His disciples remembered an Old Testament verse that says, "The zeal of thine house hath eaten me up; and the reproaches of them that reproached Thee are fallen upon me." Psalm 69:9. How much did God give us as believers in Christ? I don't even know the answer to that question but I can tell you it is not able to be measured by people.
Human beings do not honestly thrust after the truths of God because of secular interest. One has nothing to do with the other. They are polar opposites not even remotely related to each other. One is dust and the other is eternal life. If we as Christians pursue dust at the expense of pursuing biblical eternal truths Jesus will step in and purge out the flesh.
Notice nobody assisted Jesus in the purging and no person resisted the scourge. Who can help or resist God?
If you are not a believer in Jesus Christ you need to ask yourself a fundamental question --- how do I want to be burned? We will all be burned but I would rather be purged as a Christian than be burned in the eternal fires of hell.
God bless you,