Sin In Our Camp…
Judas departure brings about Christ’s glorification (31-32)
- To be glorified in this context means to make glorious, adorn with lustre, clothe with splendor; a. to impart glory to something, render it excellent:
- It is only after the departure of Judas that the glorification happens.
- Perhaps we are not receiving the blessings we are due because we have negative influences around us we are not willing to remove.
- Christ’s glorification – brought glorification to the Father.
- When we are receiving God’s blessings – these blessing shall cause Christ to be praised, and will cause the Father to be praised. God will in turn glorify Himself and His Son through your blessing.
- Bottom line we need to prepare our life’s situation for blessing by removing – our rebellion – our doubt – and the negative factors that prevent our blessing.
Makes me think of the “Sin of Achan”
The first verse in the passage (Joshua 7:1) sums up the whole story. The rest of the passage contains the details of the situation. It is interesting that all of Israel is held accountable for one man’s sin. In modern society we often value individuality to the point that we do not feel responsible, in any way, for our fellow man. God looks at His people individually but also as a group. This becomes very clear in 1 Corinthians 12:12 and following in reference to the Church.
- To remain connected to God through Jesus Christ (John 15:4–8). A life that’s cut off from God withers and dies — physically as well as spiritually. God desires to reproduce His Son’s life through our fruitfulness.
- To remain faithful through persecution and to resist false doctrine (2 Timothy 3:12–17). The apostle Paul expected situations to become worse as worldly pressures increased. Our testimony and knowledge of the Scriptures arm us against any deceivers or deceptive ideals.
- To present the Good News to a lost world (Mark 16:15-16; 1 Timothy 6:12) Like an athlete or soldier, we present our best efforts to further the faith. Our transformed lives compel us to share the Gospel’s impact not just for our “today,” but for our eternity.
Christian Lifestyle – Rules
Are there specific guidelines that constitute a Christian lifestyle? From theologian to theologian, any “lifestyle” list would differ. Drinking, movies, music, dancing, politics, fashion, education . . . to what degree do we shape our choices so we maintain a Christian lifestyle? “Do not copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will know what God wants you to do…” (Romans 12:2). For one year A.J. Jacobs attempted to obey more than 700 rules and prohibitions found in the Bible. At the end of one year he confessed, “I started the year as an agnostic, and now I am a reverent agnostic.” A Christian lifestyle should never become a list of rules. We must take our attention off mandates and focus on the Man.
To paraphrase, “What did Jesus do?”
- Communicated continually with God (Matthew 11:25-26; Mark 6:46; 14:32)
- Acknowledged the significance of the Holy Spirit (John 14:16-17, 26)
- Obeyed the will of His Heavenly Father (Luke 22:42; John 6:38-39)
- Resisted temptation by steadfastness to the Word of God (Luke 4:1-13)
- Reached out to those considered hopeless and sinners (Mark 2:15-16; Luke 19:5-9)
- Served others, humbling Himself before His Heavenly Father (John 13:3-5, 12-15)
- Persevered in faith and love (John 4:34, John 9:4; John 17:23)