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.
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
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,