“42 Nevertheless among the Chief Rulers also many believed on Him (Jesus); but because of the Pharisees they did not confess Him, lest they should be put out of the synagogue: 43 For they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God.” John 12:42-43
The preaching of Jesus Christ and Him crucified bears witness to many. However, they will not heed to what the Spirit of the Lord is saying to the church in these last of the last days to forsake religion’s vain philosophies and turn back to Jesus Christ and His redeeming work on Calvary’s Cross for everything they need from God. Jesus Christ is the Source and His Cross the means by which we receive everything from God. Any other vain philosophy presented by man to touch the throne room of God other than faith in Jesus Christ and Him crucified is another gospel and another Jesus (Galatians 1:8, 2 Corinthians 11:4).
To be plain and blunt, for those who have heard the message of the Cross but did not heed the warnings because their religious factions appeal to their flesh, they have in fact set themselves against God’s plan of Sanctification by faith through Grace (Romans 6:14) and counted God as less than men. Sadly, they have loved the praise of men more than the praise of God.
“For the preaching of the Cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the Power of God.” 1 Corinthians 1:18
The heart is deceitful. Is the Cross of Christ foolishness or is it the Power of God in your heart and life? Prayerfully consider.
-Donna Clark Warren