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THE WORLD




NO NEED FOR ANY MAN TO TEACH YOU 

(1 John 3:13)

We are all like husbandmen; we can water and fertilize BUT we have no part in the growth and the bearing of fruits. Thus, while many hear the teachings of Christ, not all are persuaded. When one is persuaded, it was God who inspired. The work of the devil is to inhibit the hearts of men and speak there the things that seduce so that the soul may not be persuaded with regard to the things of God.

How many are called physicians who know not how to heal. How many are called watchers but sleep when they watch. How many are called Christians and yet in deed are not found such.

Who are the sons of God? Since the world did not recognize Him, the world will also not recognize the true sons of God. The world would deride them that live good lives.

The "World" are the lovers of the world. We can live in this world and use everything in this world; but we don't have to be "lovers of the world". . .or even mere "friends of the world."

Lovers of this world do not know Christ because He reproves all sins; and the lovers of this world love their sins. They rejected the Saviour. "Loving their illness, they rejected the physician."

It is impossible for the bad to see Christ as God. Even in judgment they will see Christ only as man. The ungodly will not see the Godliness of God. Only the pure in heart shall see the Godliness of God. "Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God."

What the tongue has said the ears hath heard. Now let the heart think that Christ may teach you inwardly. While Christ is not teaching you inwardly, let your part be in desiring to learn the things of God. The whole life of a good Christian is a holy desire.

 

 

 

 

 

(04-09-02)

 

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