Theologically Correct But Heartless

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[John 5:41-44] “I do not receive glory from men; [42] but I know you, that you do not have the love of God in yourselves.”

Jesus starts off by saying that He does not receive glory from men; therefore He does not seek, asks for nor demands it. Based on His own words all honor and praise He channels on to the Father. He also declares that God’s love found no residence in those who seek their own glory and eagerly hunt for it. Once they receive this glory they fall in love with their own theology rather than with God.

[43] “I have come in My Father’s name, and you do not receive Me; if another comes in his own name, you will receive him.”

Clearly Jesus shows here the absolute self-nullification, which is an internalized and adhered to way of thinking. Most people have no idea about this kind of thinking because they are in the opposite—self-exaltation. They crave glory; they dish it out as eagerly as they lap it up.

Jesus wonders asking, [44] “How can you believe, when you receive glory from one another and you do not seek the glory that is from the one and only God?”

The Father wants to glorify His children, but His children should at least know His nature.

How do you imagine spiritual growth and maturity?

As it is in school the first grader must not disagree with the tenth grader, or a young student with collage professor. There are grades and ranks in God’s Kingdom, and here we can give a lengthy Bible lecture, but what’s the point? Some are born anointed; one of them was Prophet Jeremiah.

The pride of this life turns many into idiots. There are people who can’t contain their jealousy. They crave honors and praise that when they see that someone they have influenced praises another; they start to behave like rabid dogs. They will shower you with warnings and would do anything to dissuade you from your righteous pursuits in seeking the Truth. God sent you His self-nullified vessel but the pride of life (1John 2:16) will trap you when someone tells that the one you listen to is in error. They will warn you and tell you how wrong your teacher is, a false teacher or false prophet; anything, just to keep their own inflated balloon big.

When someone is outpaced, outmaneuvered, left behind and trailing; then all too often in their jealous rage they start to spew fire. They crave praise and honor.

They do not have the love of God in themselves, but like the Pharisees they stick to their well-established and well-formulated theology. They love their ‘correct theology’ rather than God.

The one stuck in theology often compares him or herself with someone having a living relationship with God the Father; such people compete, but in the wrong sport. They do not know that they are emotionally unstable, for they give into feelings rather than pragmatism of a renewed mind.

When you are spiritually mature then those behind you must catch up with you and not shrink back.

After receiving the power the seventy disciples returned with great reports. After seeing the miraculous happening through their words and hands; their heads swelled up. Jesus tested them. They said, “This is a hard teaching who can listen to it.” Many of His disciples withdrew and were not walking with Him anymore (John 6:60-66). Then Jesus turned to His twelve saying, “Will you also go away?”

You can’t appease all when you mature spiritually. You can’t agree all Bible verses for they apply to different intervals of time in your walk with God.

Examples:

[1John 1:8-10] “If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us. [9] If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. [10] If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar and His word is not in us.”

Compare these verses with this verse, [1John 5:18] “We know that no one who is born of God sins; but He who was born of God keeps him, and evil does not touch him.”

What happened between chapter 1 and chapter 5? – Spiritual growth and maturity.

When you frame God in your theological picture and you do not allow Him to break out from this frame, and go for a walk, then you do not have the LOVE OF GOD IN YOURSELF, but the love of man’s theology. All your praises for Jesus make no dent in Him, for He does not receive them anyway, that’s what He said.

Recognize what’s happening. Don’t  fall for any emotional trap. Stay strong in your resolve.

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