It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything about my reflections on scripture as the Spirit leads me. I was blessed with the opportunity to open God’s word to the college group today (8.28) and spoke from an assigned passage, John 7:32-52. This is part of the series that the ministry has been going through in an effort to make it through the entire book. I am by no means above reproach on any exhortations or implications that I bring forth but I aim to make them my goal.
So here are my notes and my thoughts in a manuscript-esque form; this will be a great exercise for me as I reflect again on the unparalleled grace of God though I’ve never done anything like this before. My brain hasn’t been actively working all summer so writing will be good for it. I most likely said more when I was actually speaking so forgive me if there are any blatant holes in my discourse.
The actual run time for the message was around 50 minutes. This will likely be a lengthy post, the first and last of its kind (actually since Josh is speaking next week, maybe he’ll let me put up his manuscript here).
32The Pharisees heard the crowd muttering these things about Him, and the chief priests and the Pharisees sent officers to seize Him.
33Therefore Jesus said, “For a little while longer I am with you, then I go to Him who sent Me.
34“You will seek Me, and will not find Me; and where I am, you cannot come.”
35The Jews then said to one another, “Where does this man intend to go that we will not find Him? He is not intending to go to the Dispersion among the Greeks, and teach the Greeks, is He?
36“What is this statement that He said, ‘You will seek Me, and will not find Me; and where I am, you cannot come’?”
37Now on the last day, the great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink.
38“He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, ‘From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.'”
39But this He spoke of the Spirit, whom those who believed in Him were to receive; for the Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.
Division of People over Jesus
40Some of the people therefore, when they heard these words, were saying, “This certainly isthe Prophet.”41Others were saying, “This is the Christ.” Still others were saying, “Surely the Christ is not going to come from Galilee, is He?
42“Has not the Scripture said that the Christ comes from the descendants of David, and from Bethlehem, the village where David was?”
43So a division occurred in the crowd because of Him.
44Some of them wanted to seize Him, but no one laid hands on Him.
45The officers then came to the chief priests and Pharisees, and they said to them, “Why did you not bring Him?”
46The officers answered, “Never has a man spoken the way this man speaks.”
47The Pharisees then answered them, “You have not also been led astray, have you?
48“No one of the rulers or Pharisees has believed in Him, has he?
49“But this crowd which does not know the Law is accursed.”
50Nicodemus (he who came to Him before, being one of them) said to them,
51“Our Law does not judge a man unless it first hears from him and knows what he is doing, does it?”
52They answered him, “You are not also from Galilee, are you? Search, and see that no prophet arises out of Galilee.
First off, I’d like to give a piece of my mind to someone who assigns so many verses for a speaker to cover. It is much harder to convey a central thought when covering so much. You will see that I will focus more on a concept rather than on the verses themselves, especially because there aren’t as many incredibly profound scripture in my assigned text.
I titled this, “The Legacy of Christ; The Three Divisions”
The way we will be examining this text is by focusing on why the people are so divided by Jesus, which is a result of his works and claims that we see throughout John and his ministry. Throughout Christ’s ministry up to the modern age, Christ has continued to divide people. These divisions reflect the legacy of Christ’s ministry. These divisions we see in John are something that continue on even to this day.
Throughout this post, I want you to see Christ as a man who divides and that it is by grace alone that we can look at Jesus, and eventually His work on the cross and see it as beautiful truth rather than a far-fetched tale for a brainwashed church. To be more specific, there are three specific divisions; lunatic, liar, and Lord. If I could pose John 7:32-52 as a question, it would be this: “Why would the most religious people of Jesus’ day want to seize the Son of God?”
I think C.S. Lewis does a great job describing the divisions in his book Mere Christianity. Let me read to you a quote before we get started.
I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish things that people often say about Him: “I’m ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don’t accept his claim to be God. That is the one thing we must not say. A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic – on a level with a man who says he is a poached egg – or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God: or else a madman or something worse. You can shut Him up for a fool, you can spit at Him and kill Him as a demon; or you can fall as His feet and call Him Lord and God. But let us not come with any patronising nonsense about His being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to.
Lewis lists three different options and in my experience, the only three possible categories into which people can label Jesus Christ. These options again are lunatic, liar, and Lord. If anyone is to take Jesus seriously, which everyone should, there are the only three conclusions you can come to. This can be summed up another way. First Corinthians 1:23 states,
but we preach Christ crucified, to Jews a stumbling block and to Gentiles foolishness.
We are going to look at Jesus through each of these paradigms. There is a sense that lunatic (foolishness) and liar (stumbling block) ring true throughout John’s Gospel as well as the other accounts. It’s easy to say in hindsight of reading and having the Gospel preached and exposited for us that these people were blind for not calling Him Lord, but as we unfold these three options, do your best to not carry your Christian (perhaps you were raised in the church). If we are to understand the context of John 7, we must put away our knowledge and pretend that we have never heard the teachings of Christ, perhaps at best a friend has told you stories about Him.
Christ the Lunatic; foolishness to the Gentiles
Usually when the word “lunatic” comes to mind, we think of someone who is mentally-ill, dangerous, and unpredictable. I’m sure each of you have your own preconceived notions of what a lunatic is, whether derived from a real life or media experience. I personally think of a psych ward, a place full of people who believe things that are not represented in reality but rather in the framework of their mind. Lunatics often claim to be things, often supernatural, that they aren’t; they may believe they have a special power or ability like this disgusting current event.
It is clear that throughout the ministry of Christ, the response of many people in that era believed that Jesus was a lunatic. In John 7:38, He claims to be the giver of living water. At first glance this statement seems to be of profound implication, and believe me, it has great meaning, but it is meant to be understood against a certain background namely the Feast of Booths. The background information reveals how radical Jesus’ statements were at that present time.
The Feast of Booths is a seven day festival celebrated with prayers and meals. It is a festival that called people to relax; Jewish culture distinguishes between festival and normal work days, and the last six days were to be somewhere in the middle. The Festival of Booths occurred during a time where Jews believed God judged the world for rainfall. Part of the feast was to take special branches and wave to invoke God’s blessing of rain in the proper time. They would draw water from the pool of Siloam; this would be an event of great joy. Wikipedia in all of it’s reliability says that their joy is “palpable” which means touchable. The joy of the Jewish people in drawing the water was so great that it seemed like people were oozing joy; this joy is derived from Isaiah 12 which reads,
Then you will say on that day,
“I will give thanks to You, O LORD;
For although You were angry with me,
Your anger is turned away,
And You comfort me.
2“Behold, God is my salvation,
I will trust and not be afraid;
For the LORD GOD is my strength and song,
And He has become my salvation.”
3Therefore you will joyously draw water
From the springs of salvation.
4And in that day you will say,
“Give thanks to the LORD, call on His name
Make known His deeds among the peoples;
Make them remember that His name is exalted.”
5Praise the LORD in song, for He has done excellent things;
Let this be known throughout the earth.
6Cry aloud and shout for joy, O inhabitant of Zion,
For great in your midst is the Holy One of Israel.
Isaiah 12 clearly depicts the kind of attitude that was conveyed alongside the drawing of water. It was a time of both remembrance and looking forward. We see an attitude of great joy when the people “cry aloud and shout for joy…for great in your midst is the Holy One of Israel.”
The way Jesus uses this idea of joy to point to Himself is staggering. He unfolds its significance in terms of the life that He came to bring. He takes the water symbolism of the feast and presses it into service as He speaks of the living water that He will bestow. The people are thinking of rain, and of their bodily need. He turns their attention to the deep need of the soul, and to the way He would supply it. This claim to be the supplier of living water is ridiculous to any intelligent thinker.
His statements clearly divides people as we read in verse 40 through 43. The people are arguing over three possible things Jesus could be. He could be a prophet, He could be the Christ, or he could be a liar that was no doubt borderline crazy. Some have already doubted his heavenly origins and thus doubted his claims from the start. It doesn’t help that Jesus spoke of something that had yet to come, which further adds to their confusion (verse 39). No wonder the people thought Jesus was either talking about real water, perhaps rain, because any other understanding was nonsense.
This is not the first time Jesus has used a concept from the real world to make outrageous claims in John. In John 6:26-58, Jesus makes a series of striking comments: “I am the bread of life”, “I have come down from heaven”, “No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him”, “If anyone eats my flesh, they will live forever”, and “My flesh is true food, and My blood is true drink.” We read in verse 60 that his new disciples, some who were recipients of food during the feeding of the 5000 and others who had simly heard of Jesus miracle, say this: “This is a difficult statement; who can listen to it?” People who witnessed Jesus miracle, the divine power, “withdrew and were not walking with Him anymore” (verse 66).
This is not the end of Jesus’ ridiculous claims to deity in our review of John up to chapter 7. In chapter 3, Jesus claims to be equal with the father while in chapter 2, He claims He will destroy and raise the temple in three days. I’m confident it doesn’t take long to destroy a temple, but to rebuild? That’s another story.
The claims that Jesus is making are astounding, whether you are a believer or not. I hope we are beginning to see the utter foolishness of the Gospel apart from the grace of God.
Jesus the Liar; stumbling block for the Jew
The Jews, especially the Pharisees, would have been most likely to give Jesus this title. It is similar to the title of lunatic, where people would have a difficult time believing everything Jesus claimed to be. However since we’ve already gone over some of Jesus’ words, His claims, we are going to examine Jesus’ actions and why they would classify Him as a liar. This is an interesting twist considering people usually tell lies with words.
“Jesus as a liar?” you may say. What is he saying and doing that does not fall in line with truth? The accusation against the Savior is clear in John 18:6-7, thus answering the question posed earlier: “Why would the most religious people of Jesus’ day want to seize the Son of God?” The scripture reads thus,
6So when the chief priests and the officers saw Him, they cried out saying, “Crucify, crucify!” Pilate said to them, “Take Him yourselves and crucify Him, for I find no guilt in Him.”
7The Jews answered him, “We have a law, and by that law He ought to die because He made Himself out to be the Son of God.”
This was the great lie perpetrated by Christ. He claimed to be the son of God, He claimed that he was equal to God. As we saw earlier, a lot of what Jesus said was not received well by people, especially teachers of the law. But perhaps what bothered them the most was not what He said or the miracles, but how He conducted Himself around certain people.
An analogy would be appropriate to explain the paradigm shattering behavior of Jesus. If Christ came today, He would be killed for the very opposite reason that he was killed in first century Jerusalem. In first century Israel He was despised, rejected, forsaken, and murdered because He was not religious enough! We know the standard of the religious leaders: Jesus did not close to meeting standards of holiness of righteousness as we will examine shortly. In fact, Jesus was so unholy and lacked so much righteousness that the only way the Pharisees could explain His miracles was that he derived his power from (as we see in Luke 11:15) Beelzebul, the ruler of the demons. They attributed Christ’s divine nature to the work of Satan – surely there is no more offensive alternative than that.
If Jesus came today, our society would kill Him because he would have been too holy, too righteous, too demanding. He would be too strict and hurt too many people’s feelings. As John MacArthur bluntly puts it, “We would hate Jesus for condemning good people; they hated Him for forgiving bad people.
If we could summarize the spite of the Pharisees toward Jesus into one sentence, if we could summarize the proof that Jesus was not the son of God into one sentence, we’d need to point to a phrase found in Matthew 11:18 and Luke 7:24; ‘Behold the friend of tax collectors and sinners!’
If Jesus was the Son of God, the Pharisees expected Him to have a much higher standard of holiness and righteousness than them; He would not fellowship with the stereotypical scum of society. The beloved Messiah that was to come would have been tougher on sin than the Pharisees, and we know that they took great pride in that. When we contrast the standards of community among the Pharisees and Jesus, you get a striking contrast. On one hand you have the righteous in the company of the righteous while you have the self-proclaimed righteous in the company of the most wretcheed filth of society, people who the Pharisees would never be seen with. Who exactly are these people?
- First we have the lepers, who were social outcasts. They were often found outside the cities in colonies with other lepers because of their disease. They were not allowed into the city, much less the temple, for obvious reasons. Jesus however, ministered to them and healed them. The Pharisees on the other hand would be careful to keep their distance.
- Secondly we have the prostitutes, who were the sexual outcasts. Chapter 8 of John addresses Jesus’ defense of a prostitute. Later we know that He allows the prostitute to wipe perfume at his feet, which came at the protest of the Pharisees and Judas. I am a strong believer that though the rest of the disciples did not speak up, they had a hard time stomaching this act of service to their Lord; after all, they grew up in a society that was ruled by social boundaries and religious fellowship and prostitutes were not to be considered friends.
- The third kind of people Jesus associated with were the Samaritans, who were half breeds. In John 4, He has a conversation with the Samaritan woman, who were considered half breeds and traitors. A helpful example (maybe not), is in Harry Potter, where a magic user marries a non-magic user; they would call these people mudbloods, because the pure magician lineage was tinted. Regardless, the disciples were amazed Jesus was talking to her; even the Samaritan woman asked, “How is it that You, being a Jew, ask me for a drink since I am a Samaritan woman?”
- The last kind of people, who were no doubt the nail in the coffin in confirming that Jesus was not the Messiah, who were the ultimate proof that Jesus had no standard of righteousness or holiness, were the tax collector, who were financial outcasts but in reality, the ultimate outcast.Have you ever wondered why Pharisees distinguish the tax collector and the sinner? Lepers, prostitutes, and Samaritans all fall under the category of “sinner”, yet tax collector are a special kind of sinner, a sinner that deserves an honorable mention. The tax collector was the greatest sinner in first century Jerusalem. If I had to compare the disgusting nature of the tax collector with something that is more understandable, I would use this example.We know that the religious answer is to say, “I am the foremost of sinners!”; there’s nothing wrong with that because we are to look upon ourselves as wretches in light of a holy God. However if we had to pick a kind of people that are bad enough to deserve their own category because of the heinous nature of their sin, we would lean toward someone like Stalin or Hitler. If there really was a “chief of sinners”, I suppose they would warrant their own category. The tax collector is the same way, a special category for their atrocious crimes against humanity.Why exactly, are tax collectors so bad? Tax collectors forsook their religion in favor of the world, in favor of money. Not only that, they would use their position to extort money from their fellow Jews (Think Zaccheus), thus the pun on crimes against humanity. They chose to serve the Roman empire rather than their Jewish roots. They were traitors/sellouts, they have committed the high crime of treason. Tax collectors were such bad people that Jewish laws were written (after this time period, but nonetheless, reflect their attitude) that allowed for Jews to lie to tax collectors. For a morally driven society, that has to mean something. What is the divine dilemma? Jesus called a tax collector to be His disciple! No teacher in his right would want the most despised kind of people to be a follower; it would be a poor reflection on his ministry and teachings. Jesus showed no regard for Pharisaical law and ate with the Stalins and the Hitlers of His time, an event that often meant acceptance and even friendship.
The Pharisees on the other hand took great joy and pride in their exclusivity which was most likely rooted in Psalm 1:1 which reads,
1How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked,
Nor stand in the path of sinners,
Nor sit in the seat of scoffers!
How could Jesus possibly be the Son of God? He makes heretical claims, He wields the power of the devil, and He eats/fellowships/accepts the most vile sinners of society. His standard of righteousness and holiness are so ridiculously low there’s no possible way this man is the Son of God. This is the claim against Jesus that He is a liar.
What about prophet and good moral teacher?
Before we go to the final and most important division and response to Christ, obviously some of the usual titles for Jesus are left off this list. That list includes prophet and good moral teacher (as C.S. Lewis addresses). What we’ve been saying earlier about Jesus the lunatic and Jesus the liar helps to refute these claims so we’ll do that in order to review what we’ve already gone over.
Jesus the prophet?
When I say prophet, I mean strictly in the human sense, like how the Muslim religion sees Him. I know that Christ occupies the offices of prophet, king, and priest but we are viewing Him as strictly human. This is perhaps the most understandable of the two titles. His teachings so far in John bear resemblance to Moses; we have the discussion about the bread and how Jesus says that he is the bread from the father that gives life. In John 7:38, people may have thought that Christ was implying that he would give them a supply of water in their need like Moses did in the desert.
Why does the claim to prophet fall flat? No prophet has ever claimed what Jesus claimed about Himself. Prophets point people to God. The testimonies of prophets point to God. Prophets never claim to be God. Jesus did not merely claim he was going to give bread from the Father in John 6, but he claimed to be the bread unto which men just eat and be saved. The same goes for his claim to be living water. In John 5, Jesus equates Himself with the Almighty. This reaffirms Christ’s claim to deity, something that no true messenger of God would ever do. If Jesus was indeed a prophet, a mere man, He would have been the most heretical man … ever.
Jesus the good moral teacher?
C.S. Lewis in the beginning said that giving Jesus this title is one of the most foolish things ever. Our examination of the scriptures clearly indicate that it is true. Jesus certainly did not intend to come across simply as a good moral teacher. Our study has revealed that Jesus was either completely nuts or that He was who he claimed to be, the Son of Man and of God. Jesus never gave off the vibe as a good moral teacher. Jesus wasn’t a seeker sensitive Shepherd. After the feeding of the 5000, he lays down a very difficult teaching and as a result, lost many followers. Christ did not say, “This is your best life now!” but rather “Eat my flesh, drink my blood, have eternal life”. He was not interested in making moral people, He was interested finding people who would pick up their cross, deny themselves, and follow Him.
A good moral teacher is someone like Gandhi or Martin Luther King Jr.. Their lives testify to their commitment to their personal convictions. However if they claimed to be the living God and said the things Jesus said, they would have undoubtedly been run out of every town and eventually murdered by religious fanatics.
Recap: When we look at the ministry and the life of Christ, we cannot see Him as a good moral teacher or a prophet. Jesus is a man who divides (John 7:43). Jesus is clearly either a liar, (and/or) a lunatic, or as we move on to the final point, the God-man, our redeemer and perfect sacrifice, the “CHrist” as we see in verse 41 of John 7.
Jesus as Lord; author and perfecter of our faith
Let me repeat what C.S. Lewis said, “You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God: or else a madman or something worse. You can shut Him up for a fool, you can spit at Him and kill Him as a demon; or you can fall as His feet and call Him Lord and God.”
In the book of John, there are something called the “I am” statements. When you look at these statements in their appropriate context, the only options are the ones we have listed beforehand: liar, lunatic and Lord. These are tremendous statements which either reaffirm the lie and craziness or as Lewis says, makes us “Fall at his feet and call Him Lord and God”.
There are seven “I am” statements in all. They read,
35Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; he who comes to Me will not hunger, and he who believes in Me will never thirst. [John 6:35]
12Then Jesus again spoke to them, saying, “I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life.” [John 8:12]
9“I am the door; if anyone enters through Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture. [John 10:9]
11“I am the good shepherd; the good shepherd lays down His life for the sheep. [John 10:11]
25Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me will live even if he dies,26and everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die. Do you believe this?” [John 11:25-26]
6Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me. [John 14:6]
1“I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. [John 15:1]
There are only a fraction of Jesus’ many claims to deity in the Gospels. His miracles also testify to His power. In addition to the “I am” statements, you have the cross, where the justice and love of God reached its apex. You have the great transaction (as we see in 1 Corinthians 5:21). You have a man atoning for the sins of the world, past/present/future in a few hours. We must see that this is no common message. This is a message that divides people and if you understand this message to the point where it consumes and transforms you, then you are incredibly blessed that you see the the cross for what it is.
I think it’s very important to ask ourselves, if we indeed call Him Lord: “How come I believe what Jesus said? How come I can see His ministry, His death, and resurrection as a means to bring God glory rather than something that makes me rebel against God further? Do I believe a lie? Am I crazy?
There is one word that explains as to why you can look at Calvary and come to saving faith: Grace. John 6:44 reads,
44“No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up on the last day.
The Holy Spirit that Jesus promises in John 7 also helps illuminate the scripture so that we may learn and conform to the image of His Son. The gift of the Spirit is another act of divine providence.
Turn with me to 1 Corinthians 1:18-31 as we begin to close this time. We’ve been talking about how ridiculous, perhaps absurd, the ministry and the claims that Jesus has been making because, well, they are absurd and they are ridiculous, as we saw in verse 23 earlier.
18For the word of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.19For it is written,
“I WILL DESTROY THE WISDOM OF THE WISE,
AND THE CLEVERNESS OF THE CLEVER I WILL SET ASIDE.”
20Where is the wise man? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world?
21For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not come to know God, God was well-pleased through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe.
22For indeed Jews ask for signs and Greeks search for wisdom;
23but we preach Christ crucified, to Jews a stumbling block and to Gentiles foolishness,
24but to those who are the called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.
25Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.
26For consider your calling, brethren, that there were not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble;
27but God has chosen the foolish things of the world to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to shame the things which are strong,
28and the base things of the world and the despised God has chosen, the things that are not, so that He may nullify the things that are,
29so that no man may boast before God.
30But by His doing you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption,
31so that, just as it is written, “LET HIM WHO BOASTS, BOAST IN THE LORD.”
If we look at verse 18 we realize that the cross if a reflection of Christ’s earthly ministry. Many of His claims throughout His earthly ministry are affirmed in the work of the cross. Christ is the door, the good shepherd, the resurrection and the life, the way/truth/life because the work on Calvary allows sinful men to be reconciled to God. The cross is the power of God.
If we continue to examine this passage, we will see that we are saved by foolishness, by a God who orchestrates something that makes absolutely no sense to the world we live in. It is a true act of divine grace that we understand something so transcendent to the world around us. If we possessed all the wisdom of the world throughout all time, it still would not be enough to come to a saving faith. We are saved by the foolishness of God which is wiser than all men throughout all time combined. The Gospel is something that goes over the head of everyone who has not had the cross personally revealed to them.
We see in verse 30 that it is solely by the hand of God that we can see Christ as wisdom, as the power of God and not foolishness. Jonah says at the end of his prayer, “Salvation belongs to the Lord”. In every possible sense this is true. Our salvation, our living hope, is completely derived from God. Without God’s grace, we would share similar views to the majority of listeners in Jesus’ age. Jesus would be a liar and lunatic no doubt because those are the only responses possible for one who has not seen the grace of God. The cross is a stumbling block to the Jew, foolishness to the Gentile. This covers all of humanity. Only by the grace of God can anyone see the ministry of Christ and the message of the cross as God intended it to be, a perfect illustration of sovereignty, justice, love, wrath, and beauty. A verse that further communicates the grace extended to men and women of God is found in 1 John 5: 10-12 which reads,
10The one who believes in the Son of God has the testimony in himself; the one who does not believe God has made Him a liar, because he has not believed in the testimony that God has given concerning His Son.
11And the testimony is this, that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son.
12He who has the Son has the life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have the life.
The response of the one who looks at Christ’s ministry and sees a God worthy to be praised must be one of utter surrender of all things knowing that there was no hope apart from grace that we could ever come to an understanding of the Gospel. There is no hope in works; there is no hope in intellect. As the famous song lyric goes, “Nothing in my hands I bring, simply to the cross I cling.” As 1 Corinthians 1:30 says, “Let him who boasts, boast in the Lord.” Apart from God’s grace there is no illumination, there is no profound understanding of the word. We cannot attribute any of our own growth to ourselves; no amount of study apart from the Spirit will do us any good. Likewise we cannot attribute any of our good works to our own strength. We can never hope to repay God for his work on the cross (Titus 3:4-7). Paul Washer puts it well by saying, “He (God) will not allow your source to be anything but Him and grace.”
Live your life in a manner worthy of your calling. We have been saved from the foolishness of the world by the foolishness of God. God is mighty to save. To leave on a note that we should always remember, let us turn to Isaiah 55:8-9 which reads,
8“For My thoughts are not your thoughts,
Nor are your ways My ways,” declares the LORD.
9“For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
So are My ways higher than your ways
And My thoughts than your thoughts.
This is beautiful.