The Truth Sets You Free Or Makes You Mad

Christian Crier | 9/19/2018 | Staff
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Why does the Word of God offend so many? Why did Jesus’ words often offend the religious leaders?

Satan can’t handle the truth. That’s why he is so enraged when the Word of God is taught, preached, or studied. He knows his end is coming, and that his fate will be fast and furious (Rev 20:10), so the enemy doesn’t like to hear the truth, but that doesn’t mean people who refuse to hear the truth are our enemies. We ourselves were once opposed to the things of God because we did not have His Spirit. The Apostle Paul said that “those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit” (Rom 8:5), however, “to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace” (Rom 8:6). That means believers are at peace with God (Rom 5:1), having been justified by Christ, and now there is no more condemnation (Rom 8:1). A person’s mind, without the Spirit of God, “is hostile to God, for it does not submit to God’s law; indeed, it cannot. Those who are in the flesh cannot please God” (Rom 8:7-8). Paul reassures the church at Rome (and all believers) that they (and we) “are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if in fact the Spirit of God dwells in you” (Rom 8:7), but “Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him” (Rom 8:8). God’s children don’t have to guess to whom they belong because it says, “The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God” (Rom 8:16). The Spirit is...
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