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Wednesday, January 09, 2013

When You Hide, You Reveal Knowledge!

God created man in His image, which included holiness.  God gave Adam a moral sense, the ability to know
that he should not disobey God's command concerning the Tree in the midst of the garden [Genesis 2,3].
Adam did not know shame nor the horror of sin until after his fall, but he was a moral being in the image of
God from his creation.

Because he is a sinner, man's moral sense is corrupt and he uses it in hatred and destruction against his
neighbor.  Jesus said that some would even think they did God service by persecuting Christians.  They
accused Jesus Himself of blasphemy and other sins against the Ten Commandments.

Jesus condemned this sin in the clearest words when He said, "Judge not that ye be not judged."  The gift
that we have received from God to know what is holy and good must not be used against the people of God
as a weapon of hatred and strife.  Jesus clarified Himself in another commandment: Joh 7:24 "Judge not
according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment."

In fact, discernment is one of the gifts of the Spirit and the church of Ephesus was praised for finding that
some who said they were apostles were lying.  There are many other like places in the Bible.

The Pharisees misused their moral senses by accusing Jesus of casting out devils by the power of the devil.
This evil speaking was a horrible sin, but it was couched in moral language and righteous pretenses.  They
couldn't have done it without a God-given sense of morality and decency. How immoral it would have been
for Jesus to have been in league with the devil and doing lying miracles!

Another example of the misuse of this gift is the sinner who says, "Judge not, that ye be not judged."  He
pretends to be following Jesus, but he means the opposite.  Jesus is saying, "Do not misuse my gift to
condemn the righteous," but the reprobate means, "Misuse God's gift to justify the wicked.  By your silence
give consent unto my nastiness."  Just as the devil misquoted Scripture to snare Jesus, so do these nasty
people quote Scripture to snare the godly.

To obey God is to "abhor the evil; cleave to that which is good."

Jesus said it another way, "If the light that is in you is darkness, how great is that darkness!"
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