Thursday, June 8, 2017

HEBREWS 12:16-17

("Pursue...sanctification...See to it...)

"that there be no immoral person or godless person like Esau,
who sold his own birthright for a single meal.
For you know that even afterwards, when he desired to inherit the blessing,
he was rejected, for he found no place for repentance,
though he sought for it with tears."

"Lest there be any fornicator, or profane person..."
(King James)

Andrew Murray said, "Each church as a whole must watch against this sin, not waiting till it is found, but looking carefully, and doing everything to prevent, 'lest the there be any.'  Christians must maintain in society the high moral tone which refuses to condone sin in either high or low.  In all its members, and among its young people, it must be a witness for purity of life and lips and heart.  And to all who are fallen it must seek, in the power of the gospel, to offer the helping hand of love."

Adam Clarke said, "'lest there be any fornicator' Any licentious person who would turn the Gospel of the grace of God into lasciviousness." 

"Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its lusts,
and do not go on presenting the members of your body to sin
as instruments of unrighteousness;
but present yourselves to God as those alive from the dead,
and your members as instruments of righteousness to God.
For sin shall not be master over you, for you are not under law but under grace.
What then?  Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace?
May it never be!...But thanks be to God that though you were slaves of sin,
you became obedient from the heart to that form of teaching to which you were committed
and having been freed from sin, you became salves of righteousness.  I am speaking in human terms because of the weakness of your flesh.  For just as you presented your members
as slaves to impurity and to lawlessness, resulting in further lawlessness,
so now present your members as slaves to righteousness,
resulting in SANCTIFICATION...
But now having been freed from sin and enslaved to God, you derive your benefit,
resulting in SANCTIFICATION. (my caps)
(Romans 8:12-22)

"For you were called to freedom, brethren;
only do not turn your freedom into an opportunity for the flesh."
(Galatians 5:13 NASV)

"For, brethren, ye have been called to liberty;
only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh."
(Galatians 5:13 KJV)

"'Or profane person, as Esau'

Adam Clarke says, "It is not intimated that Esau was a fornicator...
And Esau is here termed 'profane,' because he so far disregarded the spiritual advantages...
The word, which we translate 'profane'...has a negative signification...
and was applied to those who were not initiated into the sacred mysteries,
or who were despisers of sacred things, and consequently were to be denied admittance to the temple or sacred edifice and were not permitted to assist at holy rights...
The Latin for 'profanes,' from which we have our word is compounded of,
'far from the temple,' properly an irreligious man."

Now, what Scripture calls fornication, we call entertainment.  Where is the line between what we do with out bodies and what we do with our mind as a kind of voyager of sin?  Are we giving our birthright in Christ, our sanctification, in exchange for the pleasures of sin?  Have we been freed from sin and enslaved to God?  Perhaps if we imagine Jesus sitting right next to us as we pass the popcorn in front of the big screen, in the theater or at home, how long would He sit next to you before getting up and leaving?  Would we share the books we are currently reading and say, 'Hey, Jesus, I think you'd really like this one"?  We need "purity of life and lips and heart."  (Andrews Murray)  Maybe we should add, and purity of eyes.

So, pilgrim, we will look a little closer at what Esau did and why he became such a bad example, next time...

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