Musings – Overcome Evil with Good

Overcome Evil with Good

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Rom 12:21  Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.

Scripture declares that only God is good (Matthew 19:17; Mark 10:18; Luke 18:19).  We can only overcome evil through Him, who is love (1 John 4:8, 16).

Rom 13:10  Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.

The Greek word ‘ill’ in this verse is κακός ‘kakos’ which means harmful, bad, wicked, injurious.  We cannot fulfill our purpose and overcome/be victorious over evil with more evil.  We can only overcome evil with love, which never fails/loses (1 Corinthians 13:8).

Mat 5:43  Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy.
Mat 5:44  But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;
Mat 5:45  That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.
Mat 5:46  For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same?
Mat 5:47  And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so?
Mat 5:48  Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.

Luk 6:27  But I say unto you which hear, Love your enemies, do good to them which hate you,
Luk 6:28  Bless them that curse you, and pray for them which despitefully use you.
Luk 6:29  And unto him that smiteth thee on the one cheek offer also the other; and him that taketh away thy cloke forbid not to take thy coat also.
Luk 6:30  Give to every man that asketh of thee; and of him that taketh away thy goods ask them not again.
Luk 6:31  And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise.
Luk 6:32  For if ye love them which love you, what thank have ye? for sinners also love those that love them.
Luk 6:33  And if ye do good to them which do good to you, what thank have ye? for sinners also do even the same.
Luk 6:34  And if ye lend to them of whom ye hope to receive, what thank have ye? for sinners also lend to sinners, to receive as much again.
Luk 6:35  But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil.
Luk 6:36  Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful.

Psa 33:5  He loveth righteousness and judgment: the earth is full of the goodness of the LORD.
Psa 119:64  The earth, O LORD, is full of thy mercy: teach me thy statutes.

The Hebrew word for ‘goodness’ and ‘mercy’ in the above verses is חסד ‘chesed’ which literally means to bow down the neck as a sign of respect and kindness to another.  This is the character of a servant.

As believers in Messiah, we are servants of God (Matthew 20:27-28; 23:8; 2 Timothy 2:24-26) called to serve others in love (Galatians 5:13-14; 2 Corinthians 4:5) as ambassadors of our King (2 Corinthians 5:20), who is love (1 John 4;8, 16).  As believers of God we are to be servants of all  (1 Peter 2:13-23), we are merely unprofitable servants (Luke 17:10) who are given the ministry of reconciliation (2 Corinthians 5:18-21).

2Ti 2:24  And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient,
2Ti 2:25  In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth;
2Ti 2:26  And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.

2Co 5:17  Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
2Co 5:18  And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;
2Co 5:19  To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.
2Co 5:20  Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God.
2Co 5:21  For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

We are called to be kings and priests who reign with Him (Revelation 1:6; 5:10; Romans 8:17) but we must first become as He did (2 Timothy 2:12; Revelation 20:4; 1 Peter 4:13-16).  He, who reigned from eternity (Micah 5:2; Colossians 1:16-29), humbled Himself below all and offered His life for the sake of love (Philippians 2:3-13).  So too, we are to lay down our lives for the sake of love (Romans 12:1-5).

The entire message of the Bible is linked to the promise in the beginning of the Seed of the woman obtaining victory over the serpent (Genesis 3:15).  This was accomplished by the work of Messiah on the cross where He ‘lost’ the battle but won the war.
We are called to take up our crosses and follow in His footsteps,
laying down our lives for the sake of love, overcoming evil with good.
We are to walk in His love and forgiveness, lest the adversary get an
advantage over us, for we are not ignorant of his devices (2 Corinthians
2:11).

We are called to be overcomers (2 Corinthians 2:14; 1 John 2:13-14; 4:1-4; 5:3-5; Revelation 2:7, 11, 17, 26-27; 3:5, 12, 21; 12:11; 21:7), as He is (John 16:33; Revelation 5:5; 17:14).  Messiah overcame the world through His love, by offering His life (John 15:13).  To overcome means to be victorious.  Messiah won the war by losing the battle.  This war between the Seed of the woman and the seed of the serpent traces back to the promise in the beginning.

Gen 3:15  And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.

In order to crush the head of the serpent, Messiah had to have His heel bruised.  He had to lose the battle at Calvary in order to win the war.  He had to die that death might be conquered (1 Corinthians 15:55-58).  We are called to take up our crosses and walk in His footsteps (Mark 8:32-37; 10:21; Luke 9:23-25; 14:26-35; Philippians 3:10-14; 1 Peter 4:12-14; Galatians 5:22-25), giving our lives as living sacrifices (Romans 12:1-2; Ephesians 5:1-2).

We are brought into numerous conflicts in our lives as believers, all of which are won only through love.  If we win the battle but do not do so in love, we lose the war.  The devil conquered Adam and Eve in the beginning through lust (Genesis 3:1-6), so too today (1 Peter 2:11).  We must put on Messiah to overcome this carnal nature (Romans 13:14; 8:12-13; Galatians 5:16-25; Colossians 3:5-17).

Jas 4:1  From whence come wars and fightings among you? come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members?
Jas 4:2  Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not.
Jas 4:3  Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.
Jas 4:4  Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.
Jas 4:5  Do ye think that the scripture saith in vain, The spirit that dwelleth in us lusteth to envy?
Jas 4:6  But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.
Jas 4:7  Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
Jas 4:8  Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.
Jas 4:9  Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness.
Jas 4:10  Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.

We are to seek heavenly righteousness, which does not always equate with earthly righteousness (Philippians 3:9).  Earthly righteousness says that Messiah did not deserve to be crucified.  Heavenly righteousness says that God so loved the world that He gave His Son (John 3:16), who knew no sin, to be punished for the sake of redeeming and reconciling those who do not deserve it (2 Corinthians 5:19-21).  These unworthy redeemed are called to bring forth this righteousness to the world (Romans 8:1-4).  Messiah forsook earthly righteousness for the sake of love that heavenly righteousness could be brought forth (Matthew 20:28; Philippians 2:6-9).  We are called to do the same and the Father will continue to bring us into situations/conflicts that we may be given the opportunity to do so (Philippians 1:28-30; 1 Peter 4:13; Romans 5:1-10).  Will we yield to heavenly righteousness that His love and righteousness might be brought forth (Romans 6:13-19) and be transformed from glory to glory into His image (2 Corinthians 3:18) or will we cling to earthly righteousness and resist His will?

Why not be wronged for the sake of God?  Why not forsake earthly righteousness that His heavenly love/righteousness might conquer all involved?

1Co 6:1  Dare any of you, having a matter against another, go to law before the unjust, and not before the saints?
1Co 6:2  Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world? and if the world shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters?
1Co 6:3  Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much more things that pertain to this life?
1Co 6:4  If then ye have judgments of things pertaining to this life, set them to judge who are least esteemed in the church.
1Co 6:5  I speak to your shame. Is it so, that there is not a wise man among you? no, not one that shall be able to judge between his brethren?
1Co 6:6  But brother goeth to law with brother, and that before the unbelievers.
1Co 6:7  Now therefore there is utterly a fault among you, because ye go to law one with another. Why do ye not rather take wrong? why do ye not rather suffer yourselves to be defrauded?
1Co 6:8  Nay, ye do wrong, and defraud, and that your brethren.
1Co 6:9  Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,
1Co 6:10  Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.
1Co 6:11  And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.

Col 3:5  Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry:
Col 3:6  For which things’ sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience:
Col 3:7  In the which ye also walked some time, when ye lived in them.
Col 3:8  But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth.
Col 3:9  Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds;
Col 3:10  And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him:
Col 3:11  Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all.
Col 3:12  Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering;
Col 3:13  Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.
Col 3:14  And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness.
Col 3:15  And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.

1Co 13:4  Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,
1Co 13:5  Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;
1Co 13:6  Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;
1Co 13:7  Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.
1Co 13:8  Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.

Believers are called to be servants who seek God at all times (1 Chronicles 16:11).  Seeking His Face will cause us to love others as He loves them…

When we look to God, we see what we are.  Evil, despicable, unworthy (Romans 3:10-19,23)…but when we look to Him we see His unending love for us in spite of our sinfulness (Ephesians 2:1-7).  When we look to our fellow man, our carnal flesh, which is full of hate, immediately wants to focus on their evils and unworthiness (1 Corinthians 3:1-4; Romans 8:7).  However, if we remember that we are just as unworthy of God’s love as them, yet God still grants us His unmerited, unending love, will we not be more likely to do the same to them?

He has forgiven us so let us forgive (Matthew 18:23-35; Ephesians 4:32).  He shows us mercy so let us show mercy (2 Samuel 22:36; Luke 6:36).  He overlooks our lack of understanding and ignorance so let us do the same with others.  Even if the other person accepts not our forgiveness, love and understanding we must remember that we have treated God the same in the past, and even still do today as believers.

In seeking His Face, His light will shine upon us where we can walk in His name (Numbers 6:24-27).  If we seek His face continually (1 Chronicles 16:11), His light will reflect from us to others (2 Corinthians 4:6).  Scripture likens seeking the Face of the Lord as looking into a mirror (2 Corinthians 3:18; 1 Corinthians 13:12) in which we now see darkly.  As a result, we should abide in faith, hope and love.  Most importantly, in love.  This love is summed up in the Golden Rule (Matthew 7:12; Luke 6:31).

Messiah said that the all of the Law and Prophets hang upon the Golden Rule (Matthew 7:12; 22:40).  Paul says that the entire law is based upon this principle (Galatians 5:14).  By applying the concept of seeking His Face, this is seen.  A proper fulfillment of the Golden rule depends upon what man is seeking.  God or idols.  Idolatry, which primarily manifests today in love of self, leads to hate (John 15:21-25; Hosea 9:7-8), this is why there is so much hate in the world (2 Timothy 3:2).

If we are not walking in love, we are not walking with God (1 John 4:8).  Hatred for our fellow man is indicative that we are not seeking the Face of God as man was created in God’s image (1 John 4:20-21; James 3:9).  Hate is indicative that we are walking in the carnal flesh which is at war with God (Romans 8:7; Galatians 5:19-21).  Hate in one’s heart reveals a spiritual blindness (1 John 2:9-11) which is caused in many cases by religion (John 9:41; 15:21-25; 2 Corinthians 4:4; Isaiah 44:18; 6:9-10; Matthew 13:13-15; 15:7-14).

When we seek the Face of God at all times we can overcome the hate for others caused by our carnal flesh (1 John 4:18; Romans 8:15, 31-39; Psalm 118:6; Hebrews 13:6).  When we seek the Face of God we can love our enemies and show them mercy as He does (Matthew 5:43-48; Luke 6:27-36; Romans 12:14-21; 1 Peter 3:8-15; Ephesians 2:2-22).

God is good (Matthew 19:17), God is love (1 John 4:7-20)…we are to rejoice (Philippians 4:4; Psalm 34:1-2; Romans 5:2-3; James 1:2-4; 1 Peter 4:13-16) and give thanks in all things (Colossians 3:9-17).

Col 3:9  Do not lie to one another, having put off the old man with his practices,
Col 3:10  and having put on the new, having been renewed in full knowledge according to the image of the One creating him,
Col 3:11  where there is no Greek and Jew, circumcision and uncircumcision, foreigner, Scythian, slave or freeman, but Christ is all things and in all.
Col 3:12  Therefore, as elect ones of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassions, kindness, humility, meekness, long-suffering,
Col 3:13  bearing with one another and forgiving yourselves, if anyone has a complaint against any; even as Christ forgave you, so also you should forgive.
Col 3:14  And above all these, love, which is the bond of perfectness.
Col 3:15  And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which you also were called in one body, and be thankful.
Col 3:16  Let the Word of Christ dwell in you richly, in all wisdom teaching and exhorting yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.
Col 3:17  And everything, whatever you do in word or in work, do all things in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father through Him.

We are to seek God in every situation, who is good, who is love.  In every conflict/situation we are to rejoice and give thanks for those situations and conflicts that we might abide in His love and walk as Messiah walked (Colossians 2:6-7; Ephesians 5:2-10).  We are called to do all things in His name (Colossians 3:17), His character which is love (Ephesians 3:17-21).  We are to take up our crosses and follow Him, giving our lives as living sacrifices for the sake of heaven.

It is God’s goodness and forgiveness that leads us to repentance (Romans 2:4).  If we are to be at peace with others as He desires (Hebrews 12:14; Matthew 5:9; Mark 9:50; Romans 12:18; 14:19; Psalm 34:14; 2 Corinthians 13:11; Ephesians 4:3; Colossians 3:14-15; 1 Thessalonians 5:13; James 3:16-18; 1 Peter 3:8-18), we must extend His goodness and forgiveness to others (Ephesians 4:32)…even when they are clearly in the wrong.  In times past we have been the transgressing party, yet God forgave us that we might be reconciled to Him (Ephesians 2:1-8; Romans 5:8; 1 Timothy 1:16; 1 John 3:16; 4:10).  It was not God’s justice that led us to be reconciled to Him.  God’s justice demands that all of us be destroyed (Romans 6:23; 5:12; Galatians 3:10).  God’s grace and love reconciled us back to Him and it is His love and grace that can reconcile us to our fellow man (2 Corinthians 5:18-21; Colossians 1:21; Ephesians 2:16).

His love working through us may not restore peace immediately, as many people go for many years resisting His love.  Yet, in the end, every believer was conquered by His love.  We must be longsuffering as He is (1 Timothy 1:16; 2 Peter 3:9, 14-15).

Because we were reconciled to Him by His love, we are called to take forth this ministry of reconciliation to the world.  This does not apply only to missionaries who carry the message of the Gospel to the unsaved, this ministry of reconciliation applies to every situation in our lives.
We must remember that we are ambassadors of His love, given the ministry of reconciliation (2 Corinthians 5:15-21).  We must remember to forgive that we might defeat the devices of the enemy (2 Corinthians 2:11).

Messiah called us to love as He did.  He loved His enemies and opponents (Psalm 35:11-14), we are to do the same (Matthew 5:44; Luke 6:27; Romans 12:14).  He gave His life that He might bring many to glory (Hebrews 2:10).  He did not look upon us as we were or are, but could see what we would become.  He covered our sins with His love (2 Corinthians 2:10-11).  We are to do the same (Proverbs 10:12; 1 Peter 4:8).

We cannot walk in God’s love if we don’t forgive (Ephesians 4:32).  We cannot be obedient to Him without forgiving (2 Corinthians 2:9-11).  When we do not forgive we open up the doors to sin and the devil (2 Corinthians 2:9-11; Ephesians 4:23-27; Leviticus 19:18).  Forgiveness in Hebrew is a “lifting up” of a debt or burden.  We need to “lift up” or cast these things to the Lord that the devil be not able to devour us by working through us to devour each other (1 Peter 5:6-11; Galatians 5:15).  To truly forgive as God desires, we must completely rely upon Him by casting our cares upon Him (1 Peter 5:7) because only God can truly forgive sins.

The Greek word for cares is μέριμνα ‘merimna’ which means cares or anxiety.  The root of μέριμνα ‘merimna’ is μερίζω ‘merizō’ which means to divide into parties or factions, to separate into parts.  This word is used to translate one Hebrew word in the Septuagint, יהב ‘yehav’ which means a heavy burden.  יהב ‘yehav’ is a cognate of אהב ‘ahav’ which means love, as in giving.

We are all in debt (heavy burden) due to sin (Colossians 2:14).  This sin came about due to the deception of the serpent at the beginning when he beguiled {נשא ‘nasha’} Adam and Eve (Genesis 3:13).

In Colossians 2:14, James Murdock translates the verse from the Aramaic Peshitta as such:
Col 2:14  and, by his mandates, he
blotted out the handwriting of our debts, which [handwriting] existed
against us, and took [it] from the midst, and affixed [it] to his cross.

Christ Jesus paid off our debts on the cross.   Forgiving of debts is rendered in Hebrew as נסא ‘nasa’ which means to bear something or lift it up.  The root of נסא ‘nasa’ is נס ‘nes’ which means the lifting up of a flag on a pole.
Messiah took upon Himself the debt of sin which came about in the
beginning due to a serpent in a tree by becoming a “serpent on a tree” (John 3:14-15).

nasa

The Hebrew word for forgiveness {סלח ‘selach’} has this same meaning of “lifting one out of a debt”.

Mat 6:12  And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.

Christ took upon Himself our debts on the cross and commanded us to take up the cross as well and follow Him (Matthew 10:21; Mark 8:34; Luke 9:23-25; 14:27).  We are now to be dead to sin and the debt it holds to walk in the freedom of His Righteousness (Galatians 2:20; 5:5:22-25; Romans 6:6-18; 1 Corinthians 6:20; 7:22-23).  As there is no longer any condemnation to those who have been forgiven their debt, we should no longer focus on condemning others (Romans 8:1-39).  Our focus should be on the ministry of reconciliation (2 Corinthians 5:14-21) and forgiveness (Matthew 18:23-35).

Messiah Jesus knew no sin, yet He became sin that we might
become His righteousness and declare the message of His forgiveness of the debt of sin and the reconciliation of mankind to the Father.

2Co 5:18  And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;
2Co 5:19  To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of
reconciliation.

2Co 5:20  Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God.
2Co 5:21  For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.
Christ on the cross reveals the love of the Father.  Forgiveness of debts is a key part of this love.

Eph 4:32  And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, having forgiven one another, even as also God forgave you in Christ.

אשם ‘asham’ which means one who is guilty, it is also the word for trespass/guilt offering (Leviticus 5:6).  It is translated as guilty, trespass, sin etc.  אשם ‘asham’ comes from the root word שם
‘shem’ which means the character of a person as in their breath or
“aroma”.

asham

Sin brings forth the aroma of death while His Word brings forth the
aroma of life.  One of the purposes of His Word is to convict mankind (Romans 3:19; James 2:10) and reveal to them their stench (Isaiah 64:6; Romans 7:18, 24) that they may turn to Him for forgiveness through the Word made flesh, Jesus (Ephesians 2:1-2; Romans 7:25).

Scriptures declares that His Name or Character is His Word
(Revelation 19:13; Matthew 12:21=Isaiah 42:4).  Those who are born again in His Word (James 1:18, 21) bear forth the sweet fragrance of this Word (2 Corinthians 2:14-16).  To those who are likewise saved through this Word, the sweet fragrance of His Word comes forth.  To those who are lost, the smell of death is revealed as the Word also reveals our guilt.  The only way to bring forth the sweet fragrance of His Word is through the love of God, revealed in Messiah Jesus.

Eph 5:2  and walk in love, even as Christ also loved us and gave Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for an odor of a sweet smell.


Love is the character/name of God (1 John 4:8).  The Hebrew word for love is אהב ‘ahav’ which is consists of the letters אב ‘av.’ אב ‘av’ means father.  The middle letter ה ‘heh’ has the meaning of revelation.  The Father revealed.  In ancient Hebrew, the letter ה ‘heh’ was depicted as a man with outstretched arms, like unto Messiah on the cross. How was the love of the Father revealed?  Through the giving of His only begotten Son as an atonement for the sins of mankind (John 3:16).

Let us take up our crosses (Mark 8:34-37; Luke 14:26-33; Mark 10:21) and die to ourselves daily (1 Corinthians 15:31), presenting our lives as living sacrifices (Romans 12:1-2; 6:6-18) which are a sweet fragrance to the Most High.  Forgiving, loving, walking in the Character/Name of God.

We must continuously look to the Author and Finisher of our faith, guarding ourselves from any root of bitterness that may spring up which can cause the grace of God to fail in our lives (Hebrews 12:2-3, 14-15).

Heb 12:2  Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
Heb 12:3  For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.

Heb 12:14  Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:
Heb 12:15  Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled;

Let us not refuse God’s will for us to be transformed into the image of His Son.  This will not be done by religion or knowledge or doctrine, this is done through the baptism of fire.

Heb 12:25  See that ye refuse not him that speaketh. For if they escaped not who refused him that spake on earth, much more shall not we escape, if we turn away from him that speaketh from heaven:
Heb 12:26  Whose voice then shook the earth: but now he hath promised, saying, Yet once more I shake not the earth only, but also heaven.
Heb 12:27  And this word, Yet once more, signifieth the removing of those things that are shaken, as of things that are made, that those things which cannot be shaken may remain.
Heb 12:28  Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear:
Heb 12:29  For our God is a consuming fire.

Mat_3:11  I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire:
Luk_3:16  John answered, saying unto them all, I indeed baptize you with water; but one mightier than I cometh, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to unloose: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost and with fire:

He will bring us into fiery trials and conflicts that we might be partakers of Messiah.

1Pe 4:12  Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you:
1Pe 4:13  But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.
1Pe 4:14  If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified.
1Pe 4:15  But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or as a thief, or as an evildoer, or as a busybody in other men’s matters.

Heb 3:1  Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus;
 Heb 3:14  For we have become partakers of Christ, if truly we hold the beginning of the assurance firm to the end;

Heb 12:10  For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness.
2Pe 1:2  Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord,
2Pe 1:3  According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:
2Pe 1:4  Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.

Partakers of His Spirit (Hebrews 6:4)….

The work of the Holy Spirit in the process of purification is to lead us to love (1 Peter 1:22).  The goal of the Torah/Word is to lead us to love (1 Timothy 1:5; Galatians 5:14; 6:2).  Love is the fruit which reveals that we are growing in maturity in Messiah (2 Peter 1:5-8).  Love is the bond of perfectness (Colossians 3:14).

It is easy to love those who love you, even carnal man loves as such (Matthew 5:47).  Messiah has not called us to love our neighbor as unredeemed men do, but to love our fellow man as He does (John 15:12).  His love does not extend only to those who love Him, but to His enemies who hate Him and revile Him (Romans 5:8-10; Colossians 1:20-21; 1 Timothy 1:13-15).

Joh 15:12  This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.
Joh 15:13  Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.

We are to grow in the grace and knowledge of our Savior (2 Peter 3:18).  We cannot grow in grace if bitterness (Hebrews 12:15; Ephesians 4:29-32) enters into our lives and prevents us from extending the grace, mercy, love and forgiveness that God gave us unto others.

Heb 12:14  Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:
Heb 12:15  Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled;

Why do we stress, worry and get angry at people and situations?  It is our fault, not the other person/situation.  The urge to point the finger in blame at another comes from our original parents (Genesis 3:12-13).  Messiah calls us to forgive (Luke 23:34).

As believers, we are servants who are called to give thanks in all things (Colossians 3:9-17), to worry not (Philippians 4:6-7) by casting our cares upon our Lord (1 Peter 5:7), yielding to His will (James 4:7).

We are called to be kings and priests with Messiah, to sit on His throne as He sits with the Father (Revelation 3:21).  Have we forgotten how He came to sit on His Father’s throne?

Php 2:7  But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:
Php 2:8  And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.
Php 2:9  Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:
Php 2:10  That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;

Col 3:1  If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.
Col 3:2  Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.
Col 3:3  For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.
Col 3:4  When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.
Col 3:5  Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry:
Col 3:6  For which things’ sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience:
Col 3:7  In the which ye also walked some time, when ye lived in them.
Col 3:8  But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth.
Col 3:9  Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds;
Col 3:10  And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him:
Col 3:11  Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all.
Col 3:12  Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering;
Col 3:13  Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.
Col 3:14  And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness.
Col 3:15  And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.
Col 3:16  Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.
Col 3:17  And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.

Our carnal flesh causes us to think that because we are the children of the King we should ‘win’ our battles and conflicts, but a victory for our flesh is not a true victory.  Victory/overcoming for the children of God is only achieved if we are being transformed into His image (Romans 8:29) which is love (1 John 4:8).  If victory is not attained through love then it is not victory.  The ‘battle’ may have been won, but victor is in danger of losing the war.

We are called to seek first the Kingdom of God and His Righteousness (Matthew 6:33).  We are to seek our heavenly reward, not to maintain and gain possessions/power here on earth (Matthew 6:19-21; 19:21; Luke 12:33; 18:22; Hebrews 10:34).  As mentioned before, heavenly righteousness does not always equate with earthly righteousness (Matthew 20:25-28)  Are we willing to ‘lose’ an argument for the sake of the Kingdom and His love?  Are we willing to be wronged for the sake of love (1 Corinthians 6:7; Matthew 5:39-41; Luke 6:29; Romans 12:17-19; 1 Thessalonians 5:15; 1 Peter 2:19-23; 3:9, 17-18)?

Col 3:10  And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him:
Col 3:11  Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all.
Col 3:12  Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering;
Col 3:13  Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.
Col 3:14  And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness.
Col 3:15  And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.

Vengeance belongs to the Lord, not us (Romans 12:18).  We are servants who are called to serve in love (Galatians 5:13-14), both friend and enemy alike (Romans 12:14; Galatians 6:10; 1 Thessalonians 5:15).  If punishment is deserving, the Lord will give it (Galatians 6:7-8).  We are called to bring forth His love, peace and reconciliation that the other party may experience God’s goodness and come to repentance (Romans 2:4; Ephesians 2:7; 4:32; Colossians 3:12).  Our will should be the reconciliation of others if God’s Spirit abides in us as He is not willing that any perish (2 Peter 3:9; 1 Timothy 2:4).  Our desire to see others be given their ‘just deserts’ comes from our flesh, not His Spirit.  We know that God will give to each man what He deserves, as a result we should seek to do good all the more.

2Co 5:10  For we all must appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive the things done through the body, according to what he did, whether good or bad.

Gal 6:7  Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.
Gal 6:8  For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.
Gal 6:9  And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.
Gal 6:10  As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.

His Grace and mercy is needed to overcome the just deserts we deserve.

Psa 62:12  Also mercy belongs to You, O Lord, for You reward {שלם ‘shalam’} a man according to his work.

Rom 2:6  He “will give to each according to his works:” LXX-Psa. 61:13; MT-Psa. 62:12
Rom 2:7  everlasting life truly to those who with patience in good work seeking glory and honor and incorruptibility;
Rom 2:8  but to the ones truly disobeying the truth out of self-interest, and obeying unrighteousness, will be anger and wrath,
Rom 2:9  trouble and pain on every soul of man that works out evil, both of Jew first, and of Greek.
Rom 2:10  But glory and honor and peace will be to everyone working out good, both to the Jew first, and to the Greek.
Rom 2:11  For there is no respect of persons with God.

May we extend His grace and mercy to others that they may escape their ‘just deserts’ as well.  All have fallen short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23), all have sinned and deserve condemnation (Romans 3:19; Galatians 3:22).  The only way to overcome the punishment for sin is to take up the offer of standing before God with Messiah’s righteousness and works.  Our works of the law will ony lead to condemnation (Galatians 3:10).

Psa 119:7  I will thank You with integrity of heart, in my learning the judgments of Your righteousness.
Psa 71:15  My mouth shall tell of Your righteousness and Your salvation all the day; for I do not know the numbers.
Psa 71:16  I will come in the strength of the Lord Jehovah; I will speak of Your righteousness, of Yours alone.

Gal 3:27  For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.
1Co 1:30  But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:
Phi 3:9  And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:

Coals of Fire

 

Rom 12:20  Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head.
Pro 25:21  If thine enemy be hungry, give him bread to eat; and if he be thirsty, give him water to drink:
Pro 25:22  For thou shalt heap coals of fire upon his head, and the LORD shall reward thee.

Adam Clarke commentary on Proverbs 25:22

Thou shalt heap coals of fire upon his head – Not to consume, but to melt him into kindness; a metaphor taken from smelting metallic ores: –

So artists melt the sullen ore of lead,
By heaping coals of fire upon its head:
In the kind warmth the metal learns to glow,
And pure from dross the silver runs below.
S. Wesley.

Son 8:6  Set me as a seal upon thine heart, as a seal upon thine arm: for love is strong as death; jealousy is cruel as the grave: the coals thereof are coals of fire, which hath a most vehement flame.

Son 8:6  שׂימני כחותם על־לבך כחותם על־זרועך כי־עזה כמות אהבה קשׁה כשׁאול קנאה רשׁפיה רשׁפי אשׁ שׁלהבתיה׃

This word שלהנתיה ‘shalhebetyah’ is a combination of the words שׁלהבת ‘shalhebeth’ and יה ‘Yah,’ the Sacred Name of God.  שׁלהבת ‘shalhebeth’ means flame or shine, from the 3 letter root להב ‘lahav’ which means the same and goes back further to the two letter root לב ‘lev’ which means heart.

The overcomers will be marked/sealed with His name (Revelation 14:1), which is love.  This love was revealed on the cross (John 3:16).

So too, those marked with His name must give up their lives (Revelation 20:4).  Are we to believe we can overcome and escape martyrdom?  We may not be killed for our beliefs as brethren or old, but we are called to die everyday and offer ourselves as living sacrifices bringing forth His ‘aroma’ of love.  The word ‘martyr’ comes from the Greek word μάρτυς ‘martus’ which means a witness, one who brings forth a message.  Our  “martyrdom”/message may come through conflict with others where we give up earthly righteousness for the sake of God’s love.

Rom 12:9  Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good.
Rom 12:10  Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another;
Rom 12:11  Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord;
Rom 12:12  Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer;
Rom 12:13  Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality.
Rom 12:14  Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not.
Rom 12:15  Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep.
Rom 12:16  Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits.
Rom 12:17  Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men.
Rom 12:18  If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.
Rom 12:19  Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.
Rom 12:20  Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head.
Rom 12:21  Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.

“This is the difference between the power of our Creator and anything else, particularly evil.  You can go into a pitch black room full of evil and total darkness and light a little candle and instantly that darkness flees, but you can’t do the opposite.  You can’t go into a well lit room full of truth and wisdom and righteousness and joy and health and harmony with the universal power and you can’t take up any amount of darkness and go into that well lit room and have any effect whatsoever…”  Leonard Horowitz

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