Sunday, September 05, 2010

What Spirit Is That?

Luke 9:55-56 KJV
But he turned, and rebuked them, and said, Ye know not what manner of spirit ye are of.
For the Son of man is not come to destroy men's lives, but to save them. And they went to another village.

I am reminded that one of these two is the beloved apostle.

John is a man who is noted for loving Jesus and instructing believers to love one another. But here, and on their way to Calvary, John is asking if they should send fire down to consume a city. Samaria has rejected Christ. He is on His way to Jerusalem and sends to find a place of lodging there, but He is rejected because He is determined to go to Jerusalem.

This looks like it has every reason in the world to justify judgment, but that spirit is not of the Lord. God does chasten today, but it is very likely that the spirit in man that seeks to chasten is not of the Lord. Our spirit ought always to be to seek and to save, not to rain judgment down.

When those times come that judgment must happen, the Christian heart must not rejoice in it, but trust God that He would be glorified by it.

Ours ought always to be to seek salvation of sinners and reconciliation of brethren.

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