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All is Discovered…Flee!

Maybe you’ve heard the story told of Arthur Conan Doyle, creator of Sherlock Holmes, who once got bored and wanted to have a little fun, so he sent a note to 6 or so of his “respectable” friends with the same message to each one, “All is discovered; flee at once.” As the story goes, 2 or 3 of them left the country immediately. One was never heard from again.

The story is likely apocryphal – the above is my summation of the different versions I saw on the web – but even if it isn’t true, the point isn’t a bad one: many people have skeletons in their closets, and faced with the possibility of being found out, they would do anything to save their (false) reputation.

Well, I hate to break it to these folks, but it’s really too late, because there is coming a day when every dreaded deed and every silenced secret will be revealed:

The sins of some people are conspicuous, going before them to judgment, but the sins of others appear later. 1 Timothy 5:24 (ESV)

Here Paul tells Timothy that there are two kinds of sin. The first kind you recognize right away, like a burst of anger, and the second kind reveals itself later, like cooking the books at your company or that illicit affair. Whether you are found out in this life or the next…you will be found out. Jesus Himself said so…

Nothing is covered up that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not be known. Therefore whatever you have said in the dark shall be heard in the light, and what you have whispered in private rooms shall be proclaimed on the housetops. Luke 12:2-3 (ESV)

Get ready, in other words, because all will be discovered, and there will be nowhere to flee. And yet there is another side to the story, for Paul tells Timothy that just as all our evil deeds will be found out, so will all of our secret kindnesses:

So also good works are conspicuous, and even those that are not cannot remain hidden. 1 Timothy 5:25 (ESV)

And as for the idea that there will be “nowhere to flee” from the Judgment Day report of our lifetime of wrongdoings, that’s not quite right, now, is it? As for me, I plan to flee to Christ. For Paul also tells us that Christ will take the believer’s sin on Himself…and “in Him (we will become) the righteousness of God.” (2 Corinthians 5:21)

For Wednesday, September 2nd: 1 Timothy 6

 
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Posted by on September 1, 2015 in Good Deeds, Secret Sin

 

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What Jesus Wanted You to Know

PasserottoOne of the tasks of a preacher is to say old things in new ways. And you know why – because it’s a bit like singing old songs. We all appreciate the classics, and they can still move us, but you have to admit that it’s pretty easy to put your mind on auto-pilot when you sing Amazing Grace. Hence the repeated Scriptural admonition to “sing a new song to the Lord.” (Psalms 33, 40, 96, 98, 144, 149)

Likewise, while we may appreciate it when we hear from the pulpit, “God loves you,” nevertheless, a good preacher will find a new way to say it or plan on being tuned out.

Now…Jesus was more than just a good preacher, and He found very fresh ways to say the old truths. Take for instance, how He put that particular old truth of God’s love in Luke 12:

Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? And not one of them is forgotten before God. Why, even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not; you are of more value than many sparrows. Luke 12:6-7 (ESV)

“Do you see those birds flying around everywhere? God knows every single one intimately, and if He knows them, surely He knows and loves you far more.”

It is indeed an old truth told in a fresh way, but here’s what I find especially wonderful: Jesus wanted you to know it. These verses are an example of the Son of God tenderly communicating His Father’s love to you and me. How wondrous that God not only loves me, but that He also sent His Son to tell me so.

Oh…and even better than telling – He sent Jesus to demonstrate it too:

But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8 (ESV)

 

For Friday, July 17th: Luke 13

 
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Posted by on July 16, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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