Matt. 10:7: “As you go, preach THIS message: ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand’. Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons. Freely you have received, freely give.”

I’ve been thinking that if we aren’t doing these things, maybe we haven’t freely received.

If we aren’t preaching the kingdom is here (Luke 11:20 “But if I cast out demons by the finger of God, then the kingdom of God HAS come upon you.”) and are hoping for healing, telling the sick that God has a purpose in their sickness (and even that He gave it to them to make them better people) and saying death is the ultimate healing instead of the last enemy, and if we avoid the possessed and pity the unclean, just maybe we don’t know what we’ve been given. Maybe we haven’t been set free ourselves.

Too often we receive the gospel with gladness, but then get sucked into the morass of religion and lose not only our freedom in Christ, but our joy, peace, and true purpose. How does this happen? We are told in Hebrews that the message did not prosper some because it was not mixed with faith (Heb 4:2 For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it.) Now, while it was the Hebrews (Jewish Christians) to whom this was addressed, the principle holds.

Jesus taught as much in the gospels (Matthew 13:19-23). Some do not understand what they hear, troubles come and they lose faith or are offended by the word, or they are deceived by the world. I submit they can also be deceived by the religious teachings of some churches.

This is short. I may add to it later.

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