Wednesday, March 9, 2016

The Psalms: 12

Psalm Twelve

I heard a voice, which said,
Deceivers make clean the outside of the cup and the platter; but their inward part is full of ravening and wickedness. But did not he that made that which is without make that which is within also?
But rather give alms of such things as ye have--all your heart, might, mind and strength; and, behold, all things are clean unto you.
I know, and am persuaded by the Lord Jesus, that there is nothing unclean of itself: but to him that esteems anything to be unclean, to him it is unclean.

But if your brother is grieved and exacts over your meat, do not walk uncharitably or destroy him with your meat, for whom Christ died. Do not let  then your good be evil spoken of: for the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.

For he that in these things serves Christ is acceptable to God, and approved of men. Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another. For meat need not destroy the work of God. All things indeed are pure; but it is evil for that man who exacts over much and eats with offence.

Beware of false brethren unawares brought in, who came in privily to spy out our liberty which we have in Christ Jesus, that they might bring us into bondage: let us not give in to them for a moment, that the Gospel might be preserved in us.

For, brethren, you have been called unto liberty; only do not use liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another. For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this: Love your neighbor as yourself.

But if you bite and devour one another, you may then be consumed by one another. This I say then: walk in the Spirit -- in the name of Christ -- and then you will not fulfill the lust of the flesh, but rather you will look on sin with abhorrence and be sanctified, made pure and enter into the rest of the Lord your God.

Remember He redeemed us in order that the blessing given to Abraham might come to us -- the Gentiles -- through Christ Jesus, so that by faith we might receive the promise of the Spirit and not the curse of the law.

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