Paul’s Footsteps #181

Footsteps #181

We are considering Paul’s 5 rhetorical questions from 2Cor:6:14- 16. The third question: what harmony is there between Christ and satan(NLT)? Many texts read “belial,” a title used in the NT for satan. Paul is asking what Christ and the devil have in common; the answer is obvious– nothing! There is not, and never can be, any common ground between Jesus and the devil–no common platform, no basis for agreement. Fourthly, what does a believer have in common with an unbeliever? This is a more difficult question, and the answer is not so immediately obvious, because we all have some things in common with unbelievers. We go to school with them, we may work with them, we all have relatives who are non-Christians; in fact, we cannot avoid them. But it seems clear, in light of the previous questions, that Paul intends for us to understand his question this way: “What does a believer have in common spiritually with an unbeliever?” And the answer to that is clearly, “nothing.” The two have different parents (God and satan), different motivations, different goals and objectives, and different destinations. The servants of Christ cannot enter into a spiritual alliance with the servants of satan, any more than Jesus can be in harmony with the devil.  

Finally, what agreement is there between the temple of God and idols? None! The very concept is ludicrous! The temple in Jerusalem was unique among all the religious buildings in the ancient world in that it lacked any religious art. There were no stained glass windows depicting the great scenes of the OT, no icons, no statues, nothing. The reason is grounded in the first two commandments and the fact that the God who rules heaven and earth is so glorious that as soon as you try to depict him with a picture or a statue, you actually belittle Him.  

Unfortunately, our society is becoming more secular by the hour, more blatantly pagan actually, and more like Corinth every day. The distinctions between the church and the world are being blurred, the edges are becoming fuzzy, and fewer and fewer people are standing up to the evils of the culture.

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