Wednesday, April 25, 2007

spiderman and the gospel

One of my son's favorite superheros is spiderman (as well as my own along with capt america in which i wanted to get the last issue (march 2007)were he "died" as a lifelong fan but moneygrabbers brought up the issues and currently it is selling on ebay for 29.95-sad when a real fan can not find the joy of buying and reading up on his favotire superhero-enuff said) and one of spiderman's favorite sayings is: with great power comes great responsibility" and reeflecting on this we christains have been entrusted with the greatest power that transforms not only us but individuals,society and culture for the good:THe Gospel. so the question i poise to us how are we like spiderman with the great power of the gospel how responsible are with it? Are we using it?or like spurgeon said one day bibles gathered so much dust on them that you can spell out hell on them...are we using it to gain riches?gain power and praise?......
12For the Word that God speaks is alive and full of power [making it active, operative, energizing, and effective]; it is sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating to the dividing line of the [a]breath of life (soul) and [the immortal] spirit, and of joints and marrow [of the deepest parts of our nature], exposing and sifting and analyzing and judging the very thoughts and purposes of the heart(heb 4:12)
24So everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts upon them [obeying them] will be like a [a]sensible (prudent, practical, wise) man who built his house upon the rock.(matt 7:24)
2We have renounced disgraceful ways (secret thoughts, feelings, desires and underhandedness, the methods and arts that men hide through shame); we refuse to deal craftily (to practice trickery and cunning) or to adulterate or handle dishonestly the Word of God, but we state the truth openly (clearly and candidly). And so we commend ourselves in the sight and presence of God to every man's conscience( 2cor 4:2)
9And He said to them, You have a fine way of rejecting [thus thwarting and nullifying and doing away with] the commandment of God in order to keep your tradition (your own human regulations)!
10For Moses said, Honor (revere with tenderness of feeling and deference) your father and your mother, and, He who curses or reviles or speaks evil of or abuses or treats improperly his father or mother, let him surely die.(A)
11But [as for you] you say, A man is exempt if he tells [his] father or [his] mother, What you would otherwise have gained from me [everything I have that would have been of use to you] is Corban, that is, is a gift [already given as an offering to God],
12Then you no longer are permitting him to do anything for [his] father or mother [but are letting him off from helping them].
13Thus you are nullifying and making void and of no effect [the authority of] the Word of God through your tradition, which you [in turn] hand on. And many things of this kind you are doing.
(mark 7:9-13)
16For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. 17For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith,[a] as it is written, "The righteous shall live by faith."[b] (rom 1:16-17)

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