Faith
Wednesday November 14, 2007
Hartsville News Journal
Page 2C
FAITH COMMENTARY
"RECEIVING GOD'S WORD"

Receiving God's Word takes place when He sees you positioned to receive it and Mark, in Mark 4:24-25 (KJV), refers to it as an ability to hear, an ability that God measures to you:
24. And he said unto them, Take heed what ye hear: with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you: and unto you that hear shall more be given.

25. For he that hath, to him shall be given: and he that hath not, from him shall be taken even that which he hath.

Do you agree that taking away from he that hath not is fair and equitable?

God is fair and taking understanding away from he that hath not is equitable. God reasons that you including yourself with he that hath shows you to be a person who tries, a person who is interested in learning more about fitting into God's plan. And it stands to reason that not being interested lowers you to those that hath not, the ones that God takes away the little that they have.

Finding yourself included in the "he that hath" crowd means that God is going to be giving you more. His joining you assures you that your ability to hear will improve which results in an increased measure of Receiving God's Word for you.

Testing your measure of Receiving God's Word begins in 1 Thessalonians 4:17 (KJV) where you are required to interpret Paul's use of the words air and clouds. Never having mastered the Greek language, air and clouds are simply Greek colloquialisms that Paul uses to make his point and some have a name for this process..."Street Greek":

Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.

"Air" a colloquialized word leads many to believe that you and everyone alive when Christ returns will be meeting Christ in the air. You are about to learn that air does not quite describe what Paul is addressing because when Christ returns you are not going anywhere; He is coming here!

Knowing that his first letter, 1st Thessalonians above, may be leading you astray, Paul, in 2 Thessalonians 2:2 (KJV) sends this warning:

That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand.

Nor by word, nor by letter as from us is both a warning and an apology; Paul is telling you not to be troubled or shaken in mind by colloquialisms such as "air" the word he uses to describe the spiritual breath of life when translating from the Greek Manuscripts. Your Strong's Concordance shows that word to be "aemi":

Root:


 

from aemi (to breathe unconsciously, i.e. respire, by analogy, to blow)

from aemi (to breathe unconsciously, i.e. respire; by analogy to blow); “air”.

God blowing the spiritual breath of life into you is what Paul was attempting to describe when using the word "air" for that is what Christ will be doing upon His return.

Addressing "clouds", Paul's other colloquialism, you go to Hebrews 12:1 (KJV) where you observe Paul's use of clouds illustrating the presence of a large crowd of people:

Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us

So there you have it, Paul's use of colloquialisms requires making an effort to stay on subject and like here, 1 Thessalonians 4-17 uses "clouds" to recognize a large number of people. Everyone alive on earth that Christ will be greeting when He returns is a large crowd of people.

You see, meeting Christ in the sky is not even close to what Paul addresses in 1 Thessalonians 4:17. All you have to do is go back four verses to 1 Thessalonians 4:13 (KJV) where you find the subject:

But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.

"Them which are asleep" represent all those that have died in the past. The subject is clear; Paul being concerned about you understanding what is happening to them makes "Where are the dead" the subject. He assures you that everyone who has died has the same amount of hope waiting for them that you have waiting for you; they are not in a hole in the ground?

Receiving God's Word is preparing you for the return of Christ, something you read about in 2 Thessalonians 2:1 (KJV):

Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him

Beseeching you is Paul showing concern and he addresses that concern in 2 Thessalonians 2:3-4 (KJV):

Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;

Man of sin and son of perdition is nomenclature that God uses to address Satan and here Paul is doing his best to make you aware that the coming of Satan precedes the Coming of Christ.

So there you have it, the extra effort that Receiving God's Word requires is worth it. God is standing by; He is waiting to assist you with your hearing. He is waiting to place you with those that hath...those receiving more.

Is Paul's two letters, 1st and 2nd Thessalonians beginning to draw your attention to the Truth of what happens at the Second Coming of the Lord?

Are you experiencing the hunger that always accompanies Receiving God's Word?

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Pastor Billy Johnson can be reached by email at billy@lakeshorebible.info or viewed online at www.lakeshorebible.com