Tuesday, February 15, 2011

How would you handle this SAW situation?

In chapter 1 of Philippians, Paul gives us instruction and expectation. In summary, the instruction was to conduct ourselves worthy of the Gospel of Christ, and the expectation was that we are granted (on behalf of Christ) suffering for His sake. That didn't hit me yesterday like it did today (that's is one of those amazing things about God's Word). Today it hit me that those that love Jesus are “granted” suffering for Him. It doesn't say, “poor little Christian, you gotta suffer”....NO! It says we are GRANTED! Can you think of any time when the word “granted” is not used in a positive light? It is our PRIVLEDGE to suffer for Christ. Did you know that The Word says, we are blessed when we suffer for Him?

Jesus said:

Matthew 5:10 Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Moving on to chapter 2, Paul gives us more instruction; and in 2 verses he imparts on us more wisdom than all the “self-help” books in the world combined:
Philippians 2:3-4 Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. 4 Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.

This next set of verses is often taken in an incorrect meaning by false religions. False religions that love to say that Jesus isn't God will point to verse 6 as their evidence. However, our English doesn't give us the proper meaning if you read it as it is, without looking at the original language. Here's the summary of the meaning:

Jesus was fully God, and always had the characteristics of God that we read about in Scripture; but He gave them up for a season. Can you imagine that!? That means that when He was suffering, He could have put an end to it at any time...and He didn't. He could have curbed the pain of His torture....and He didn't. Although He was, is, and always will be God; he set it all aside....WHY?....Love for The Father and love for us.

Philippians 2:5-7 Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, 6 who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, 7 but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men.
I don't watch those SAW movies, but the ads run on the UFC Fights all the time. Apparently people are put in to these horrific positions and are forced to make decisions between horrific and more horrific. I don't know if they are all like that, but in the trailer I seen, people were on a merry go-round type thing with a big saw inching closer and closer. Then a person is given the choice between watching them get mangled by the saw, or reaching in to press an off button to stop the saw, but in so doing they would lose their arm. At least that is how I think the story line went? My question is, if you were on that merry go-round and somebody lost their limb to save your life, how would that affect your relationship with them? Would you be thankful? Would thankful be an understatement? Would the thankfulness eventually wear off to the point where you would ignore their phone calls and emails; or would you be forever thankful?
Philippians 2:8 And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.

Everyone will knee will bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus is Lord. Are you going to face Him as Lord or Judge?
Philippians 2:9-11 Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, 11 and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Philippians 2:12b-16 work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; 13 for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure. 14 Do all things without complaining and disputing, 15 that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, 16 holding fast the word of life, so that I may rejoice in the day of Christ that I have not run in vain or labored in vain.

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