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Glory from God not Man

April 10, 2018

“Nevertheless, many even of the authorities believed in him, but for fear of the Pharisees they did not confess it, so that they would not be put out of the synagogue; for they loved the glory that comes from man more than the glory that comes from God,” (John 12:42-43, ESV).

We read in Proverbs, “The fear of man lays a snare,” (Pr. 29:25). It is very often that our concerns about being accepted by other people, or our desire to not be rejected and ridiculed, prevent us from speaking the truth of God as freely as we ought. We live in a day where the slightest bit of opposition to an agenda will cause you to be viciously and personally attacked.

At a recent conference, some prominent people taught some messages that sounded quite heavily influenced by secular ideology. Some Christian men and women have spoken up in disagreement. Their disagreement has been academic in nature, and their objections have been phrased in very calm, and kind ways. However, they have been ferociously attacked for daring to disagree. One of them was told, by a Pastor that should know better, that he did not know the Gospel because he disagreed with that Pastor’s message.

This is why the passage from John 12 is so vital. We must beg God to set us free from caring about what other people think about us. There is no doubt that this is difficult and challenging. But our nation is dying. The Church in our nation is floundering under the waves of secular philosophy. We must, by the grace of God, have the boldness to disagree. We must be willing to confess the truth, and confess it publicly. Sure, we may be, “put out of the synagogue,” in whatever way that may apply to us today. But the truth of God is worth it. More than that, seeing God redeem people from the snare of Satan is worth it. God being glorified through plucking people out of the fire is worth it.

We must pray that God strengthen us, and give us wisdom, so that we will not only believe properly, but will be willing to confess it before an unbelieving and contrary world. The tragedy of our day is that we also now much have this boldness to speak the truth before a contrary Church. This world needs the truth. If we study the Scriptures and diligently submit our thinking to it’s authority, will be able to share that truth with the world. But we need God to give us the boldness. We need Him to cause us to not care about the glory that comes from man, but only the glory that comes from God. May God grant us this today!

From → Theology

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