DENYING CHRIST

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In this chapter we go deeper into the call of being a Christian than the basic act of confession and instead prioritize actions over words.

Not everyone who says to me, “Lord, Lord,” will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, “‘Lord, Lord,’ did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?” And then will I declare to them, “I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.”

-Matthew 7:21-23

   Through scripture we see that the lawless act of denying Christ is far from the basic act of denying the life of Jesus Christ. As we can infer, it is only in abiding by God’s law that we receive salvation, such that calling Christ Lord is clearly not what it takes to fulfill God’s law. Therefore denying Christ is not denying whether or not He is who He said he is, but is found in adhering to the two commandments He taught.

And the scribe said to him, “You are right, Teacher. You have truly said that he is one, and there is no other besides him. And to love him with all the heart and with all the understanding and with all the strength, and to love one’s neighbor as oneself, is much more than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.” And when Jesus saw that he answered wisely, he said to him, “You are not far from the kingdom of God.” And after that no one dared to ask him any more questions.

-Mark 12:32-34

   Since at the core of Christ’s commandments is to love God with all our being and to love our neighbor as ourselves, once we accept Christ these are the only conditions which need to be met to inherit the kingdom of God. So then, at the core of denying Christ, is both refusing the Spirit of God and refusing to love one’s neighbor to the extent that one loves themselves. There is no religious doctrine, dogma, and worship which equates to following these commandments (in fact organized worship can be very obstructive to these purposes). 

   Truly then, Christ’s legacy is much more than a belief in one basic absolute which absolves us from all divine penalty. In this manner, His greater legacy is about connecting us to the Spirit of God and showing us all how to walk with God’s presence. His greater legacy is about ensuring that we might be woven into the body of Creation, and that we may acquire the necessary awareness to do so as intended. As a result, we should understand that the heart of all scripture, in personal regard, fully pertains to only these key accomplishments.

   Consequently we see how denying Christ is not a religious topic. Instead we see how it is actually a universal topic which breaches over into every single religion, every single belief, every single society, every single interaction between two people, and every single stirring within that a person may either satisfy or quell. Therefore denying Christ has little to do with what we say, but it instead has everything to do with what we do. So forth it is not merely in verbal confession, but instead it is denying the Spirit of God within. Whereas we accept self-exaltation, attachment to objects, or erroneous ideology we live in denial of Christ because we also live in denial of God’s Spirit.

–   In this deeper understanding it then becomes clear that denying Christ is, generally speaking, being overly concerned with some aspect of Self and worshiping instead some form of false idol. As such we observe that with misplaced selfishness comes darkness and ignorance and with appropriate giving of self comes the light of God and the understanding of Him.

This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.

-1 John 1:5-7

   Such that, as we pursue to have our worship of God’s Spirit show through our actions, we should fully consider any appropriate practice to be far beyond the words in which we use. In doing so, those of us who seek spiritual worship ought to focus on much more than the vocabulary we use in our praise. Simply put the cultivated children of God ought to speak a higher language, being a spiritual language based on action, then that of the children of men. 



– CONTINUE TO CHAPTER 12 –

CHRISTIAN ETHOS

“Those who Deny Christ” © 2017 Matthew L Ainsworth



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