What does it Profit Anyway?
No matter how much we acquire, once we die, those behind will end up haggling over it.
If one should privatize the entire world under one owner, what will it profit if that individual is dead?
Everyone is concerned with “making it” in this system of things, but do you realize what is really being done? Those who are aware, see exactly what is being perpetrated as they pull the wool over the eyes of those they would like to have “Sheep like dispositions”.
For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? Matthew 16:26; Mark 8:36
We have actually heard Christians tell us that “God wants you to be rich” and “If you are poor, God is punishing you for your sins.” This kind of expression is counter to what the Bible really preaches. We are not to go after the riches of the world where moths corrupt and thieves break in and steal, but to seek the Kingdom of God first and then all else will be added. Modern Christians have it all backwards! They in effect have stated, “Go for the loot first so that we can create our own Kingdom of God.” this kind of god kingdom is proving to be a lying and murdering demon. Jesus, the one they claim to believe and follow, has something else to say!
Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light. But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness! No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon. (emphasis ours) Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment? Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they? Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature? And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith? Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. (emphasis ours) Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof. Matthew 6:19-34
This message from Jesus, the central hero of Christianity, tells us plainly that we are to put the Kingdom of God first above all else. If we put anything else first, before the Kingdom, then we have denied the bringing of the Kingdom of God and have sold out for something else. When at last we come to die and lose our soul, then where is the profit. It is left to those behind to haggle over the pieces thereof. This is one of the great problems of the world and this is why we don't have peace, nor for that matter, any of the world's goods, because a few claim ownership of it all and war against anyone who says or struggles otherwise.
But God is the real owner of it all, to dispense as fit to the holy will. If we look to the book of Job, we see a man who has the wealth the world can give a man who is then humbled, loses all, his wives, cattle, homes, gold, and even his health. This is an ultimately humbling experience, but Job manages to come through and declare God's will be done rather than his own and praises God in the moment of greatest trial. After this, God restores Job's position and Job is the wiser. Jesus did the same thing at the Garden of Gethsemane when he pleaded to God “And he said, Abba, Father, all things are possible unto thee; take away this cup from me: nevertheless not what I will, but what thou wilt. ” Mark 14:36; Matthew 26:39
In the foregoing, Jesus was asking that the sin sacrifice of the cross be removed if it were possible, but was humble enough to allow God the father to have the final say. Jesus shortly after was taken into custody to a trial at the hands of the Roman imperialists and collaboration of the Jewish theocratic establishment. Thereafter at the command of Pontius Pilate, Jesus was sent to crucifixion for insurrectionist activity, a common practice by Romans as they routinely crucified anyone deemed a threat. Recall that 6,000 rebellious slaves under Spartacus, and Spartacus himself were crucified along 200 miles of the Apian way outside of Rome once that insurrection was put down. Under this same sentence, Jesus thus became the scapegoat of the sin offering as given as the type in the Old Testament, only in this case, it was for all time and all peoples. Jesus set the example; to be willing to forfeit even your life for the sake of the bringing in of the Kingdom of God on earth, as called for in the Lord's Prayer that he earlier taught his followers. Jesus defeated death and sealed the sin offering. But this does not detract from our responsibility for doing our part. We are called upon to be examples! Further, Jesus expects his followers to likewise take up their cross and declaring that anyone looking back is not fit for the Kingdom of God.
“Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind; Neither as being lords over God's heritage, but being examples to the flock. And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away. ” 1 Peter 5:2-4
We must also recall just who will inherit the Kingdom of God. Examine these passages and your heart to see if you are among the inheritors.
“Nay, ye do wrong, and defraud, and that your brethren. Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators (πορνοι), nor idolaters (ειδωλολατραι), nor adulterers (μοικοι), nor effeminate (μαλακαι – soft [rich] raiment), nor abusers of themselves with mankind (αρσενοκοιται –lying with men), Nor thieves (κλεπται), nor covetous (πλεονεκται), nor drunkards (μεςυσοι), nor revilers (λοιδοροι), nor extortioners (αρπαγεζ), shall inherit the kingdom of God.” 1 Corinthians 6:8-10
“Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery (?not the Greek), fornication (πορνεια), uncleanness (ακαθαρσαι), lasciviousness (ασελεια – loose conduct), Idolatry (ελδωλολατrια), witchcraft (φθρμακια – druggery, spiritism [hallucinatory cultism, poisoners]) , hatred ( εχθραι - enmities) , variance (διχοστασιαι - divisions), emulations (? in KJV but not the Greek), wrath (θυμοι - angers), strife (εριζ), seditions (εριθιαι - contentions), heresies (αιρεσειζ - sects), Envyings (φθονοι) , murders (? in KJV but not the Greek), drunkenness (μεθαι), revellings (κθμοι - revelries), and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love (αγαπη), joy (χαρα), peace (ειρηνη), longsuffering (μακροθυμια – longness of spirit), gentleness (χρηστοhτζ - kindness), goodness (αγαθωσυνη), faith (πιοτιζ), Meekness (πραυτηζ), temperance (εγκρατεια – self control): against such there is no law.” Galatians 5:19-23 [note: Undefined terms indicated with a “?” were added in KJV, but are not in the interlinear translation from the Greek NT, Some occur elsewhere in the Bible]
We give the reference of Corinthians with some cautions as much political hay has been made at the expense of some minorities by Christian politicians seeking their own gain. We are enjoined not to judge, which we will expound later, and also to be merciful. God only is the judge! Often when we judge another, there is some secret motive where we can gain from their fall, expense and ostracism from the community. We have to be careful as such things can and often do, backfire.
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