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An Evil and Adulterous Generation

Posted by appolus on September 28, 2008

The Lord will not commit to those who have built their houses on sinking sand. This is why we see the “house,” of “believers,” come tumbling down when faced with “unanswered prayers.”  For they are not established on the solid Rock of Jesus Christ and the cross of Calvary.

AN EVIL AND ADULTEROUS GENERATION

John 2:23-24 (KJV)
23 Now when he was in Jerusalem at the passover, in the feast day, many believed in his name, when they saw the miracles which he did.
24 But Jesus did not commit himself unto them, because he knew all men,
25 And needed not that any should testify of man: for he knew what was in man.

Why would Jesus not commit Himself to these particualr followers? Were they not “believers,” and had they not seen miracles? What was it about these people that Jesus knew? Listen to what Mathew Henry says about these believers………

 

They were tumultuous, and wanted discretion and management. These in Jerusalem perhaps had their expectations of the temporal reign of the Messiah more raised than others, and, in that expectation, would be ready to give some bold strokes at the government if Christ would have committed himself to them and put himself at the head of them; but he would not, for his kingdom is not of this world. We should be shy of turbulent unquiet people, as our Master here was, though they profess to believe in Christ, as these did., knew the wickedness of some and the weakness of others. The evangelist takes this occasion to assert Christ’s omniscience. 1. He knew all men, not only their names and faces, as it is possible for us to know many, but their nature, dispositions, affections, designs, as we do not know any man, scarcely ourselves. He knows all men, for his powerful hand made them all, his piercing eye sees them all, sees into them. He knows his subtle enemies, and all their secret projects; his false friends, and their true characters; what they really are, whatever they pretend to be. He knows them that are truly his.

IV. That the reason why he did not commit himself to them was because he knew them

 

Matthew 12:39 (KJV)
39 But he answered and said unto them, An evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given to it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas:

The Lord will not commit to those who are not committed to Him. This present generation of loud and “tumultuous,” believers are seeking to establish the Lords kingdom here on earth. The sign the Lord gave them is not good enough for them. What sign did the Lord give them? He gave them the sign of the Prophet Jonah. When all aboard the ship knew that they were lost, Jonah was sacrificed to save them. He then spent 3 days in the belly of the whale. All of mankind was and is caught up in a great storm of darkness and tumult.  It is to Calvary that one must look. In the quiet of faith, the Lord will respond to His own, He always has and He always will, but He will not respond to a crass church which seeks to gratify their own corrupt lusts. So all of the church’s that cry out for miracles, the Lord knows the motivations of their heart. Signs and wonders would follow. Follow what? The preaching of Calvary. The proclamation of the Truth. The bold witness for Christ. The unashamed stance of the one truly committed. The genuine love of the lost, expressed in practical terms. So, those who place the cart before the horse do so for a reason. And in doing so, they expose the fragile nature of the faith that they claim to have.

The Lord will not commit to those who have built their houses on sinking sand. This is why we see the “house,” of ”believers,” come tumbling down when faced with “unanswered prayers.”  For they are not established on the solid Rock of Jesus Christ and the cross of Calvary. “On Christ the solid rock I stand, all other ground is sinking sand.” Does your faith depend upon you seeing a miracle? Or does your faith stand upon the finished work of the cross of Calvary?

So, who are today’s “John 2,” believers? Who is it today that the Lord will not commit too? Who today run after signs and wonders? How many churches today, have as their main focus, signs and wonders? Show me a church whose main focus is on signs and wonders, and I will show you a church that neglects the central tenet of Christianity, Jesus Christ and Him crucified. Show me a church whose main focus is on signs and wonders and I will show you are church where the majority reject “dying to self.” Show me a church whose main focus is on signs and wonders and I will show you a church with pseudo fellowship. The sinking sand of the modern Pentecostal church is their inordinate love of external signs. This love of extraordinary manifestations, is a compensation for a lack of a true faith which would lead to the death of self. The end results of those who follow this path is a life of self-indulgence, an inability to adhere to sound doctrine, no change in their lives, and no fruit of the Holy Spirit. And so the few converts that they may see are converts after their own likeness, after there own shallowness. Tozer says that anemic Christians produce anemic converts. Bloodless Christians producing bloodless converts. Only by returning to the foot of the cross can the church find its way back to God. This evil and adulterous generation, that is without Lordship, needs to come to the cross of Christ and commit themselves to death. Only by adhering to this sign, the sign of Jonah, can the Church of Christ hope to see a reformation of its powerless state. The Church today is caught in a great storm, and it is sinking. There is much noise as the Church thrashes in the heavy seas. As the Church began to sink, tossed from a boat carrying them in the wrong direction, they suddenly have found themselves enveloped in a great darkness that is devoid of light.

 

Here is the answer to the current crisis that the Church is in. When we realize that “I am cast of from your eyes,” we will finally ,” look towards your Holy Temple.”

If we as a Church will follow these words, we will live again in His presence………

Jonah 2:1-10 (KJV)
1 Then Jonah prayed unto the LORD his God out of the fish’s belly,
2 And said, I cried by reason of mine affliction unto the LORD, and he heard me; out of the belly of hell cried I, and thou heardest my voice.
3 For thou hadst cast me into the deep, in the midst of the seas; and the floods compassed me about: all thy billows and thy waves passed over me.
4 Then I said, I am cast out of thy sight; yet I will look again toward thy holy temple.
5 The waters compassed me about, even to the soul: the depth closed me round about, the weeds were wrapped about my head.
6 I went down to the bottoms of the mountains; the earth with her bars was about me for ever: yet hast thou brought up my life from corruption, O LORD my God.
7 When my soul fainted within me I remembered the LORD: and my prayer came in unto thee, into thine holy temple.
8 They that observe lying vanities forsake their own mercy.
9 But I will sacrifice unto thee with the voice of thanksgiving; I will pay that that I have vowed. Salvation is of the LORD.
10 And the LORD spake unto the fish, and it vomited out Jonah upon the dry land.
 

7 Responses to “An Evil and Adulterous Generation”

  1. woman of God said

    Romans1:21-25 Because that when they know God they glorified Him not as God neither were thankful but became vain in their imaginations and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise they became fools and changed the glory of the uncorruptible God. Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lust of their own heart to dishonor their own bodies between themselves who changed the truth of God into a lie and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator who is forever. Amen. For this cause God gave them up unto vile affliction for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature and likewise also the men leaving the natural use of the woman burning in their lust one toward another men with men working that which is unseemly and receiving in themselves that recompense of their error which was met. and even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind to do those things which are not convenient. Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickness, covetousness, maliciousness, full of envy, murder, debauchery, deceit, malignity, whisperers, backbiters, invetors of evil things, disobedient to parents, without understanding, convenant breakers without natural affliction, implacable unmerciful, who knowing the judgment of God that they which commit and not only do the same but have pleasure in them that do them are worthy of death.

    God has a way for reconcilation and that is for us to repent meaning to name our sins to Him in prayer in the Name of His Son, Jesus Christ and then be baptized in the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost in order to receive His gift that He is giving His people in these endtimes. We all have been baptized in water now receive the baptism of the Holy Ghost. The naming of your sin to God Almighty is for forgiveness and the baptism is the washing away of sin then He heals you and sends you the Comforter that teaches you of all things pertaining to Him.

    Romans13:1-2 Let every soul be subject unto the higher power for there is no power but of God, the powers that be are ordained of God whosoever therefore resist the power, resist the ordinance of God and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation.

    Proverbs15:31-32 The ear that hears the reproof of life abides among the wise. He that refuses instruction despise His own soul but He that hears reproof gets understanding.

    John4:23 But the hour comes and now is when the true worshipers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth for the Father seeks such to worship Him.

  2. appolus said

    Thanks for dropping by Woman of God…I say amen to your comment………..Frank

  3. timbob said

    I tried to comment last night, but my computer went nuts. lol. I was thinking about the book of James; primarily chapter 5 talks about any sick among us calling for the elders and that the prayer of faith shall save the sick. I’ve always been fascinated that it mentions how sins will be forgiven in the same passage. While the book of James mentions this, it spends much more time on such topics as how our faith will result in certain behavior such as compassion for those around us. It also offers distinct warnings about the dangers of loving riches in this world and expecting time to just go on indefinately. (James 4:13-16) These are just three topics that are rarely discussed at a “prosperity focused” or a “sign focused” fellowship.

    Proverbs 11:1 just came to mind as I was typing the above. I’ve also, in the course of past convrsations, made mention of Job 13:15 which portrays a heart toward God, regardless of ambient circumstances. It’s usually met with a “lack of enthusiasm.”

    Thanks for a great post that portrays a very real trend that’s ongoing. Have a blessed day in Jesus.

    timbob

  4. appolus said

    Hi Timbob…..if we would continually revisit Job and 13:15 and consider the depth of the declaration, and in the circumstances which it was made, then we would be a better people for it. This truth always seems to be learned by those whom God takes through the fires and to those who pass through the waters. They discovered that they were not burned and they did not drown. In fact they become like trees planted by the side of the river and they sustain others. I believe that you are planted by the river brother….God bless you…….brother Frank

  5. Dan said

    Powerful and beautiful post. This is the Truth.

    God bless you…. Dan

  6. appolus said

    HI Dan….thanks for dropping by brother…I appreciate the comment……brother Frank

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