The Apostle Paul was concerned for the Ephesian church that false teachers would come among them speaking many flowery things, but whose words would be empty of any truth.
6 Let no one deceive you with empty words, for it is because of these things that the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. (Ephesians 5:6)
Today it is perhaps even more of a warning than in those early days of the church. Over the two millennia since the church began, there have been many men come into the church bringing deceptive and empty words that have no basis in the truth of the New Covenant. The church unfortunately is filled with these things, and it has emptied the truth of the gospel of it’s power.
So today let us consider how to identify these things and what we can do about them.
Recently I wrote an article for an online Christian magazine discussing an issue that came up during the gay marriage debate.
The proponents for gay marriage often used this phrase that, “God is a god of acceptance.” By stating this they claimed that since God is a God of acceptance, then Christians should accept gay marriage.
But their underlying assumptions are completely wrong and a built on a basis of falsehood.
At some point in many people’s lives they recognise there is something missing. All the material wealth of this world cannot and does not fill that gap.
At that point in time many may begin seeking and more importantly, feeling for God.
The good news is that when we feel for God, He will come to us and make Himself known so that He can fill the gap, the part that is missing. Listen to this podcast to learn more about how to feel for God.
The highest point in our walk with Christ that all Christians are or should be aiming for is to walk in love as Christ walks in love.
God is love and He is perfect, and as we are instructed im Matthew 5:48, “You MUST be perfect as your heavenly Father is perfect.”
To be perfect is to be perfected in love and without sin. Jesus has done the work to already set us free from sin through His death, but to walk in love is to learn all He gave to us and to be transformed into the image of Jesus Christ by the working of the Holy Spirit in our lives.
This scripture instructs us in a process that is extremely powerful and something we should all learn to do. It says:
“Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children.” (Ephesians 5:1)
You may think there is something wrong with this logic. You may think, “Isn’t an imitation false or a fake?” Well, in some cases it may be, but there are other cases where it is not, and it is especially not the case with regard to this scripture.
There is a process of judgement that will come upon all who have ever lived on the earth. It will befall all mankind as we shall all have to stand before the judgement seat of God.
But there are things we need to understand about judgement. Judgement is something all people do all of the time, but it is not always appropriate. In fact in many instance we have no right to judge others.
The Holy Spirit has a dirty job. He has to dwell within the people of God for the purpose of transforming us into the image of Jesus Christ.
But consider the nature of that job. It is the ultimate janitorial role. A major cleanup of the passions, lusts, desires and sinful attitudes of mankind. His role is to expel all of the filth from our nature so that we are as clean as Christ and perfected into the nature of God the Father.
Like I said, the Holy Spirit has a dirty job, and that is why it is important that we do all we can to help and not grieve the Holy Spirit as He goes about His work.