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Thursday, February 28, 2013

Who is Greater?

There are instances in the bible where the disciples disputed with each other about who would be greater in the kingdom of God [Luke 9:46].  Often times we see that today in churches, when members of one church begin to feel that their pastor is better than another pastor; sometimes its even the pastors themselves tooting their own horns, but what does the bible say about this?  When these types of disputes arouse, Jesus brought forth a child and set him before his disciples and said, "Whosoever shall receive this child in my name receiveth me: and whosoever shall receive me receiveth him that sent me: for he that is least among you all, the same shall be great." [Luke 9:48]

There was also an instance where John's disciples came to question Jesus as to whether or not he was the Messiah [Matthew 11].  After receiving their answer, Jesus told them to return to John.  But wait...why didn't they stay with Jesus like Peter[John 1], another one of John's disciples did?  This is Jesus we're talking about here, shouldn't he have a mega-church?  Yes, the disciples needed to send word to John, but why send all of them back to John?  Jesus would never have told them to return to John if John was working outside of Christ's spirit of soul saving.  Jesus had already said, "No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God" [Luke 9:62].  So, going back to John could not be somehow conceived as walking away from Christ, even though technically that's what they did, lol.

There is another account where the disciples told Jesus that they saw a man casting out spirits in Jesus's name and they stopped him, forbid him from doing so.  Jesus told them "Forbid him not: for he that is not against us is for us."  (Us) what an appropriate term, because there is no big me or little you in the Kingdom of God; we are all one.  To think of oneself above others, is worldly thinking and Christ's Kingdom is not of this world.  Jesus said, "  My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence" [John 18:36].  God's servants do not fight amongst themselves because the kingdom of God is not divided [Luke 11].

Servants of God and Jesus Christ all have the same command, because we all have the same ability to accomplish the command of God on our life, there should not be any reverence of persons.  Servants of God and Jesus Christ are commanded: Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned [Mark 16:15-16].

Every servant of God has the ability to testify of Christ Jesus.

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