What Do You Want?

Jesus asked… 32“What do you want Me to do for you?” (NASB) (Matthew 20:29-33).

Jesus said… 14 “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden (Matthew 5:14-16)… then, He went on the say… the world hates light and loves darkness… 19 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. (John 3:16-19).

God hates evil… takes no pleasure in wickedness… His desire is for all men to be saved—then, He goes on to say… few will be saved (Ezekiel 33:11; 1 Timothy 2:3-7; 2 Peter 3:9; Matthew 7:14).

Our five senses tell us we’re alive… God says, because of our sin, we’ll die… and, as we age… our body tells us God doesn’t lie.  Then… He says… there’s only one way to survive with hope to thrive.

This is what I call… the tension of life.  Is what we see, hear, and feel necessarily… our eternal lot?  Is the partial… the whole story plot?

Either the tension gets resolved or… it will eventually destroy us.  God asks a question… He will get an answer from us.

After having experience in Catholicism… Calvinism… Legalism… Dominionism… Word-Faith… Mystic New-Ageism (empty the mind… listen to what you hear… it’s God speaking to you—I didn’t know what the meditation practices were)… by God’s grace, He’s revealing what the stuff really is.

The New-Agers speak a partial truth (which is not Truth… And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die Genesis 3) that… God is in you.  God is in the Saints by His Spirit… the Holy Spirit.  He communes with the Saints—the Saints, the Church, are the Temple of God where God’s presence exists via the Holy Spirit in the heart of flesh of the New Covenant.  But… they leave out… God is not in everything or everyone… and… we’re not GodTheir idols are silver and gold, the work of men’s hands. They have mouths, but they speak not: eyes have they, but they see not: They have ears, but they hear not: noses have they, but they smell not: They have hands, but they handle not: feet have they, but they walk not: neither speak they through their throat. They that make them are like unto them; so is every one that trusteth in them. O Israel, trust thou in the Lord: he is their help and their shield…

27 that they would seek God, if perhaps they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us; 28 for in Him we live and move and exist, as even some of your own poets have said, ‘For we also are His children.’ 29 Being then the children of God, we ought not to think that the Divine Nature is like gold or silver or stone, an image formed by the art and thought of man. 30 Therefore having overlooked the times of ignorance, God is now declaring to men that all people everywhere should repent, 31 because He has fixed a day in which He will judge the world in righteousness through a Man whom He has appointed, having furnished proof to all men by raising Him from the dead.” (NASB) (Psalm 115:4-9; Acts 17).

Some explain a partial truth by saying… a person can be saved by recognizing God and doing “good works”… and, the following seems to support their position… 20 The soul that sinneth, it shall die. The son shall not bear the iniquity of the father, neither shall the father bear the iniquity of the son: the righteousness of the righteous shall be upon him, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon him. 21 But if the wicked will turn from all his sins that he hath committed, and keep all my statutes, and do that which is lawful and right, he shall surely live, he shall not die. 22 All his transgressions that he hath committed, they shall not be mentioned unto him: in his righteousness that he hath done he shall live. 23 Have I any pleasure at all that the wicked should die? saith the Lord God: and not that he should return from his ways, and live? 24 But when the righteous turneth away from his righteousness, and committeth iniquity, and doeth according to all the abominations that the wicked man doeth, shall he live? All his righteousness that he hath done shall not be mentioned: in his trespass that he hath trespassed, and in his sin that he hath sinned, in them shall he die. 25 Yet ye say, The way of the Lord is not equal. Hear now, O house of Israel; Is not my way equal? are not your ways unequal? 26 When a righteous man turneth away from his righteousness, and committeth iniquity, and dieth in them; for his iniquity that he hath done shall he die. 27 Again, when the wicked man turneth away from his wickedness that he hath committed, and doeth that which is lawful and right, he shall save his soul alive

Who will render to every man according to his deeds: To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life: But unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath, Tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil, of the Jew first, and also of the Gentile; 10 But glory, honour, and peace, to every man that worketh good, to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile: 11 For there is no respect of persons with God. 12 For as many as have sinned without law shall also perish without law: and as many as have sinned in the law shall be judged by the law; 13 (For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified. 14 For when the Gentiles, which have not the law, do by nature the things contained in the law, these, having not the law, are a law unto themselves: 15 Which shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another;) (Ezekiel 18:18-32; Romans 2)… until… we also consider scripture talking about Jesus Christ, the Only Begotten Son of God, and the Holy Spirit. 

To take their position… we’d have to strike out an initial and the last verse of Romans 2.  Only by the Holy Spirit—who Christ sent to us when He was raised from the dead and ascended to Heaven… who can indwell us if we accept Jesus Christ’s sacrifice at the Cross—are we able to seek God… become saved… and obey Him… Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?…             29 But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God…

26 Jesus answered them and said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Ye seek me, not because ye saw the miracles, but because ye did eat of the loaves, and were filled. 27 Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: for him hath God the Father sealed            44 No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day…

I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing…

 16 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; 17 Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. 18 I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you…          26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. 27 Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. (Romans 2:4, 29; John 6:26-29, 44-48 ; 15:5; John 14).

And… one would think… this Spirit—who will not speak on His own… only speaks agreeing with what God has spoken through His Word… reveals Christ… delights (is the joy of God) in Christ… is God… (1 Corinthians 2:9-11, 16, John 16:13; 1 John 5:6; John 17; Proverbs 8)—would show people… even remote tribal people… who Jesus Christ is.  They would come to recognize Jesus Christ as their Savior if they’re truly seeking God (Matthew 7:6-8; Proverbs 8:16-18; 9:10).

The Holy Spirit is the same Spirit who allowed Abraham (if He didn’t… Abraham would not have put Isaac on the alter to be sacrificed… Genesis 22; Hebrews 11:18-19; James 2:20-23)… Moses (Deuteronomy 18:15, 18-19; John 7:16-18; 3:33-35; 12:46-48; 5:29-31; 12:49-50; 14:9-11; 8:27-29,37-39)… King David… King Solomon… the Prophets… to recognize the Redeemer of Israel—Christ Jesus.  By God’s grace, through the shedding of Christ’s blood, the Saints are grafted into the New Covenant made with the House of Israel and the House of Judah—Jesus Christ is the Redeemer for His Bride… the Church, also (Jeremiah 31:31; Hebrews 8:8; Romans 11; Galatians 3:28-29).

Romans 2 ends with… circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter Romans 3 continues on with Jesus Christ justifying us… 21 But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets; 22 Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference: 23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; 24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: 25 Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; 26 To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus with Romans 8 describing… being justified by the blood of Christ we have power over sin… we can obey God… 1There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death…        13 For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live. 14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. 15 For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father… .

Part of this… the Holy Spirit calls us out of the… “isms”—we can no longer stomach them.

One could ask… why share the Gospel?  Because, we’re commanded to (Matthew 28:19).  “The door” to salvation is open… the grace of Jesus Christ is available… but, it will not always be… (For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.) (2 Corinthians 6:2).  Take advantage of it while… the light still shines… because when it becomes dark… the door will shut… Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness…                But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation. For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ…

 35 Then Jesus said unto them, Yet a little while is the light with you. Walk while ye have the light, lest darkness come upon you: for he that walketh in darkness knoweth not whither he goeth. 36 While ye have light, believe in the light, that ye may be the children of light. These things spake Jesus, and departed, and did hide himself from them. (1 Thessalonians 5:4-9; John 12:34-36).

However… it seems when it’s all said and done… no one… even the remote tribal people… can say… they never had a chance to recognize God… the Creator of all things… “But now ask the beasts, and let them teach you; And the birds of the heavens, and let them tell you. “Or speak to the earth, and let it teach you; And let the fish of the sea declare to you. “Who among all these does not know That the hand of the Lord has done this, 10 In whose hand is the life of every living thing, And the breath of all mankind? 11 “Does not the ear test words, As the palate tastes its food? (NASB)

18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; 19 Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. 20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: 21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. 22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, 23 And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things…

11 For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God. 12 So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God…

22 Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else. 23 I have sworn by myself, the word is gone out of my mouth in righteousness, and shall not return, That unto me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear. 24 Surely, shall one say, in the Lord have I righteousness and strength: even to him shall men come; and all that are incensed against him shall be ashamed…

30 Therefore having overlooked the times of ignorance, God is now declaring to men that all people everywhere should repent, 31 because He has fixed a day in which He will judge the world in righteousness through a Man whom He has appointed, having furnished proof to all men by raising Him from the dead.” (NASB) (Job 12:7-11; Romans 1:16-28; 14:11-12; Isaiah 45:22-24; Acts 17:30-31).  Especially, after an angel does his job… And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people, (Revelation 14:5-7).

It comes back to what Jesus asked… “What do you want Me to do for you?”

Do you want to seek God as “a meal ticket” to set up your own kingdom now in this age… world—to live a life of pleasures… chasing after “signs and wonders”, the mystical experiences—be your own god?  Or, do you want to seek God for who He is… as revealed in His Word by the Holy Spirit—which includes being prepared to serve Him in His Kingdom-to-come as kings and priests.  Those that do… it seems like we’ll be involved in serving His people… the faithful remnant of Israel who will blossom into what God promised to Abraham through the Abrahamic Covenant He made with him (Genesis 15; 17:3-5; Revelation 1:5-7; 5:9-11; 20:3-5)?

God seems to use our life… with its trials… to get our answer to the question Jesus asked—He tests what’s in our hearts… The fining pot is for silver, and the furnace for gold: but the Lord trieth the hearts…

The Lord judges the peoples; Vindicate me, O Lord, according to my righteousness and my integrity that is in me. O let the evil of the wicked come to an end, but establish the righteous; For the righteous God tries the hearts and minds. 10 My shield is with God, Who saves the upright in heart (NASB)

 12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. 13 Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do…

 23 And I will kill her children with death; and all the churches shall know that I am he which searcheth the reins and hearts: and I will give unto every one of you according to your works. (Proverbs 17:3; Psalm 7:8-10; Hebrews 4:12-13; Revelation 2:20-23).

With one answer, we’ll suffer total loss… with the other, we’ll gain all things (2 Peter 3:10; 1 John 2:16-17; Luke 12:31-33; Romans 8:31-33; Revelation 21:6-8).

Jesus asked… they answered… 33 They said to Him, “Lord, we want our eyes to be opened.” (NASB) (Matthew 20:29-33).

What will be your answer… Doth not wisdom cry? and understanding put forth her voice?…           Unto you, O men, I call; and my voice is to the sons of man. O ye simple, understand wisdom: and, ye fools, be ye of an understanding heart…

18 I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see. (Proverbs 8:1-10; Revelation 3:18)?

Jesus Christ gave us His answer.  He rejected Satan’s offer to gain the whole world… to take over the world’s kingdoms… while He walked the Earth… Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me. 10 Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve. (Matthew 4).

Why?

Because… His time was not yet (John 7:6-8; 18:35-37).  But… soon it will be… 15 And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever. (Revelation 11:15).

Jesus Christ will return to walk on the Earth again as Christ Jesus… King of kings… Lord of all… Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace… (Isaiah 9:6-7).  God will fulfill the Davidic Covenant He made with King David… 16 And thine house and thy kingdom shall be established for ever before thee: thy throne shall be established for ever. 17 According to all these words, and according to all this vision, so did Nathan speak unto David. (2 Samuel 7).

My experience with facing… the tension of life… is to seek God by digging deeper into His Word and accepting what I will find… or, start morphing the meaning of scripture to fit my desires while still calling myself faithful… or, completely resign to unbelief in the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob—the God of Israel.  The last two choices are… deadly.

For me… understanding Jesus’ answer is resolving… the tension of life.

I’m still learning… subject to correction… checkout the scriptures in context to verify for yourself.


All text reference scripture quoted or discussed is King James Version unless otherwise noted. Bold, colored lettering, and underline—mine.

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