This is an excerpt from my newest book, Cleansing The Temple, Restoring The Glory, which will be released in a couple of weeks.
“Then His disciples remembered that it was written, “Zeal for Your residence has eaten Me up” (Jn. two:17).
Zeal. It is not an adjective we use extremely substantially in popular just about every day language. It signifies to exert good power or enthusiasm in pursuit of a result in or an objective. Some synonyms for zeal are passion, vigor, intensity, and devotion. This is what lots of of the prophets of old demonstrated toward God’s residence and His holiness. It is an adjective that is mostly applied in the optimistic sense except when it is applied with out know-how as Paul did with Judaism just before his radical encounter with the Lord (Gal. 1:14). Zeal is a godly attribute when it is applied to glorify God and for righteous causes and godly functions.
Phinehas turned back the wrath of the Lord from destroying Israel in their sin for the reason that he was zealous with God’s zeal (Nu. 25:11).
Elijah was complete of zeal for the reason that the kids of Israel had forsaken God’s covenant, torn down His altars, and killed His prophets with the sword (1 Kings 19:10).
The psalmist was consumed with God’s zeal for the reason that his enemies had forgotten God’s words (Ps. 119:139).
We are admonished to be zealous for the worry of the Lord all day lengthy (Pr. 23:17) and to be zealous for excellent functions (Titus two:14).
Jesus was the greatest instance of zeal. In truth, He wore zeal as a cloak or a mantle (Is. 59:17). Lots of do not see Jesus that way.
When He cleansed the temple His disciples remembered that it had been written of Him in the Scriptures that zeal for the Father’s residence would consume Him up (Ps. 69:9). The Amplified says that He will be consumed with jealousy for the honor of His Father’s residence.
“And His disciples remembered that it is written [in the Holy Scriptures], Zeal (the fervor of really like) for Your residence will consume Me up. [I will be consumed with jealousy for the honor of Your house.]” (Jn. two:17).
I have written this book in the zeal of the Lord.
THE Situation OF TODAY’S CHRISTIAN MARKETPLACE
What are we seeing in the mainstream of today’s Christian marketplace, particularly in the West?
We see seekers of recognition and fame, and these craving a name. We see pursuers of gold and glitter. We see proud strutting preachers flashing their titles just about every time they meet you.
We see lying prophets who are top the uncomplicated minded ones off to the slaughter. We see false teachers and dreamers who paint a pie-in-the sky image of a God they’ve under no circumstances identified.
We see selfish, greedy Word mongers, mammon babblers, sheep fleecers, and un-sanctified vessels unwilling to be tested by the holy scriptures and held accountable by holy guys.
We see spiritual adulterers complete of iniquity who have prostituted the ministry and merchandised God’s residence.
The wonderful truth is that we could cease all this practically overnight by not supporting these hucksters and charlatans and their carnally minded ministries—whose god is their belly, whose glory is their shame, who thoughts earthly factors, and sadly, whose finish is destruction. I inform you with discomfort in my heart and weeping that they are enemies of the cross of Christ (Phil. three:18-19), and they are influencing multitudes who are following them to perdition.
It is time to be separated from this rat race of energized flesh, for-profit ministries, and false ministry good results.
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