The Way of the Master

Master, we know that thou art true. This is the righteousness which they counterfeit, when they offer humble subjection to Christ, as if they were desirous to learn, and as if they not only had some relish for piety, but also were fully convinced of his doctrine; for if what they said had been from the heart, this would have been true uprightness. And therefore from their words we may obtain a definition of a good and faithful teacher, such as they pretended to believe Christ to be. They say that he is true, and teaches the way of God; that is, he is a faithful interpreter of God, and that he teaches it in truth; that is, without any corruption. The way of God is contrasted with the inventions of men, and with all foreign doctrines; and truth is contrasted with ambition, covetousness, and other wicked dispositions, which usually corrupt the purity of instruction. So then he ought to be reckoned a true teacher, who does not introduce the contrivances of men, or depart from the pure word of God, but gives out, as it were, with his hands what he has learned from the mouth of God, and who, from a sincere desire of edification, accommodates his doctrine to the advantage and salvation of the people, and does not debase it by any disguise. As to this latter clause, when Paul asserts that he does not make merchandise of the word of God, “For we are not, like so many, peddlers of God’s word, but as men of sincerity, as commissioned by God, in the sight of God we speak in Christ.” (2 Corinthians 2:17) he means that there are some persons who use dexterity, and do not openly overturn sound doctrine, or incur the disgrace of holding wicked opinions, but who disguise and corrupt the purity of doctrine, because they are ambitious, or covetous, or easily turned in various directions according to their earnest desire. He therefore compares them to jockeys, (kupelleuontes,) because they deprive the pure use of the word of God.

For thou regardest not the person of men. It is also worthy of attention, that those hypocrites likewise add, that Christ teaches rightly, because he has no regard for the person of men. Nothing has a more powerful tendency to withdraw teachers from a faithful and upright dispensation of the word than to pay respect to men; for it is impossible that anyone who desires to please men “For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ.” (Galatians 1:10) should truly devote himself to God. Some attention, no doubt, is due to men, but not so as to obtain their favor by flattery. In short, in order to walk uprightly, we must necessarily put away respect of persons, which obscures the light and perverts right judgment, as God frequently inculcates in the Law,  “And I charged your judges at that time, ‘Hear the cases between your brothers, and judge righteously between a man and his brother or the alien who is with him.” (Deuteronomy 1:16), You shall not pervert justice. You shall not show partiality, and you shall not accept a bribe, for a bribe blinds the eyes of the wise and subverts the cause of the righteous” (Deuteronomy 16:19) and as experience also points out. Thus Christ “Do not judge by appearances, but judge with right judgment.” (John 7:24) contrasts acceptance of persons (prosopolepsian) and sound judgment as things totally different.

“And they came and said to him, “Teacher, we know that you are true and do not care about anyone’s opinion. For you are not swayed by appearances, but truly teach the way of God….” (Mark 12:14)

True Gospel, True Salvation

Why does God do the impossible in saving men that cannot be saved apart from Him? To demonstrate His power.. That not only men, nations, principalities and dominions will bow down and acknowledge God.

He is going to save people to prove His greatness, to defend His reputation. And what do we see in some professing Christians today, a multiple of people claims to be saved and if they are saved they demonstrate that God has no power. And the name of God is blasphemed among the (Gentiles) unbelievers.

We have this idea, “God wants to save you but He can’t and after He save you and He wants you to be holy but He can’t. Then who’s got rains on God now? The people. God save you, why? To demonstrate how great He is. Will He then fail? Will He then fail? No!

If He save you, He will transform you and bring you into glory. Why? Because you worth it? No! For His reputation! “I don’t start anything I don’t finish.”
~Paul Washer

“This is what the Sovereign LORD says: it is not for your sake, people of Israel, that I am going to do these things, but for the sake of my holy name, which you have profaned among the nations where you have gone.”
-Ezekiel 36:22

Raising the Bar: Sons

A boy who hunts and fishes (or doing manly things) with his dad is 300% less likely to get involved in drugs and alcohol than a boy
who participates in sports. Does it mean sports are bad?

Absolutely not! Why? Because when the boy is with his dad, and his dad is usually with other “men”, so the boy is hanging around with men instead of hanging around with boys. You put the boy around with men, that boy start acting like men.

“He who walks with the wise grows wise, but a companions of fools suffers harm.  -Proverbs 13:20