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The Last Days – God is Serious About Weeding

16 Jan

LightningI have been posting about the weeding that God will do in His kingdom during the last days.  It’s recorded in Matthew 13:24-41.  You can read my last few posts to see how the Lord will do this weeding.

The two things weeded out will be everything that causes sin and all who do evil.  Along these same lines, Jesus makes a sobering statement in Matthew 18.  I am convinced that most believers are unaware of what He meant when He said it.  It’s usually taken out of context.

“Woe to the world because of the things that cause people to sin!  Such things must come, but woe to the man through whom they come!  If your hand or your foot causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away.  It is better for you to enter life maimed or crippled than to have two hands or two feet and be thrown into eternal fire.  And if your eye causes you to sin, gouge it out and throw it away.  It is better for you to enter life with one eye than to have two eyes and be thrown into the fire of hell.”
Matthew 18:7-9

Whenever I’ve heard this Scripture preached, the message was always about personal sin.  I’ve heard it taught, “It would be better to cut your hand off, than to continue in sin.”  While sin does have the power to ruin your life, Jesus was speaking of something deeper here.

Notice the context.  He wasn’t talking about physical body parts that cause sin.  The Lord referred to the man through whom they come.

I can see countless examples of when my own hands, feet and eyes have participated in my sin. Yet, I cannot honestly say that the sin was initiated by that part of my body.  Sin has always been conceived and planned out by my own will.  My body had no choice but to follow my decision into sin.

Jesus knows that it’s not the body that initiates the sin.  He’s talking about people who cause sin.  When the Lord uses the term hand, foot, and eye, I’m convinced by the larger context of His teaching that He’s talking about His attitude toward His body – the Church.

Only in the Body of Christ can a member cause the body to sin.  Please be warned.  You may think that your role in the church is as indispensable as a hand or a foot.  But, if you’re offending the body, the Lord has no qualms about losing a member to save the body.

Jesus is very serious about dealing with those who cause offense.  This is one of the things we are going to see being weeded out of the church by God in the last days.  As a matter of fact, I think that we’re already beginning to experience God’s cleansing process.

Make sure that your faith is bringing health to the body of Christ.

Question: What can you do to make the church a better place?

© Nick Zaccardi 1013

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Posted by on January 16, 2013 in Power of God, Return of Christ, The Church

 

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5 responses to “The Last Days – God is Serious About Weeding

  1. Allie

    January 17, 2013 at 7:38 AM

    Every believer needs a revelation and a vision of what the church is. We cannot make it better without having this clear vision. As you mentioned, the tare and the wheat cannot be told apart until the late stages. The tare has the appearance of the kingdom. That is why the revelation is so important. Many practices, doctrines, and evil matters that look and feel good have been sown into our mist. Our eyes need to be open to them. Only by seeking the Lord in prayer, can we receive from Christ the revelation. God’s way is very, very restrict and the church is too precious to him. The weeding from God will cause the true believers to be swimming against the flow and that is when they will receive criticism from the tares. Personally, I need to seek the Lord, to fully have gain the vision of His kingdom that Christ in me may be produced to bear healthy fruit for the members of the body and for the hungry ones in the world. I am glad you mentioned how important we are to one another. Though the Lord save us individually, He works in us corporately. I have been gaining more insight through your posts.

     
    • Nick Zaccardi

      January 27, 2013 at 8:00 AM

      Thanks for your insightful comments. It’s very true that we need to start seeing it as His Kingdom and not about our personal comfort.

       
  2. Cheryl Zaccardi

    January 18, 2013 at 10:50 AM

    A pastor’s wife shared with me long ago, that you shouldn’t share anything unless it is true, kind, or necessary. While still trying to walk this out in my own life, I think it is good advice. We would cause less offense it we consistently put this into practice. Help me, Lord, to guard the things I say and do!

     
  3. Nicole Midkiff

    January 27, 2013 at 7:50 AM

    That’s a great question that everyone should ask themselves. I guess one way would be to show love – but the true kind ( as found in 1 Corinthians 13) then the church would be stronger.

     
    • Nick Zaccardi

      January 27, 2013 at 7:57 AM

      Thanks! That’s probably the most important way.

       

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