Faith
Wednesday April 25, 2012
Hartsville News Journal
Page 2C
FAITH COMMENTARY
"Good and Bad"

Some consider GOOD AND BAD as words expressing righteous and evil things, things that come to you in life with God heading up Good and Satan the Bad. Separating them is important because what you do will determine whether you face the Good of God or Satan’s Bad; Ecclesiastes 12:14 (KJV) shows GOOD AND BAD choices being made available by God:

For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.

So, knowing that God is good is a starting point and in Matthew 19:17 (KJV) you observe Christ reassuring you of Good’s origin:

And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments.
Keeping God’s commandments is hearing Him and makes you a good person; Jeremiah 13:10 (KJV) addresses those who hear not:

This evil people, which refuse to hear my words, which walk in the imagination of their heart, and walk after other gods, to serve them, and to worship them, shall even be as this girdle, which is good for nothing.

Little “g” gods in your King James refer to the gods who are not God, His opposite and worshipping these opposing gods will prevent anyone from hearing God’s Word. A good for nothing girdle describes them well; 1 Peter 3:17 (KJV) addresses these good for nothing ones:

For it is better, if the will of God be so, that ye suffer for well doing, than for evil doing.

Do you pass this “suffering for well doing” test? Following Bad is easier but you pay later…On Judgment Day. But you need not; following God’s Commandments is the only payment needed.

3 John 1:11 (KJV) elaborates on GOOD AND BAD being available as well as where your choice takes you:

Beloved, follow not that which is evil, but that which is good. He that doeth good is of God: but he that doeth evil hath not seen God.

“Seen God”, in this illustration, continues utilizing figure of speech to make a point. Doing Good is following God and represents you visualizing Him while doing Bad is following and visualizing Satan.

Continuing to utilize figure of speech, Mark 9:47 (KJV) uses one of your eyes to illustrate that doing Good involves sacrifice and that it plays a role in making it to God’s Kingdom:

And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out: it is better for thee to enter into the kingdom of God with one eye, than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire:

Understanding God’s use of plucking out one of your eyes is helpful because staying out of hell involves suffering and sacrifice

 

 


 

and is a major component of doing Good.

1 Thessalonians 3:5 (KJV) shows God laboring with you in fighting against Bad:

For this cause, when I could no longer forbear, I sent to know your faith, lest by some means the tempter have tempted you, and our labour be in vain.

God labels Satan “tempter” for a reason for he is the same evil one who tempted Christ and now tempts you. Not yielding to temptation shows where you are and shows God laboring with you not laboring in vain and refusing the evil one qualifies you for God’s Kingdom.

So, GOOD AND BAD are your choices and the manner in which you deal with them gives and accumulates works for you. Yes everything that you do yields works and they fall into either the Good or Bad category.

Continuing using illustrations to make the point, Luke 12:24 (KJV) uses ravens to illustrate works or lack thereof:

Consider the ravens: for they neither sow nor reap; which neither have storehouse nor barn; and God feedeth them: how much more are ye better than the fowls?

Now all you have to do is compare yourself to the ravens that God is using in this illustrating. Neither sowing nor reaping shows ravens without a need for a storehouse. Profiteers they are and them refusing to work shows their true color. With ravens being neither sweet nor Good, should God judge you in like manner?

Do you have need of a storehouse and are you better than they?

Do these verses help you see GOOD AND BAD through a new prism?

On which side of GOOD AND BAD do works place you?

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