“And hereby we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before him.” (1 Jn. 3:19)
From The High Standards of God for End-Times Christians
If we are looking for a soft and malleable God who will stay safely within the boundary limits of conventional religious normalcy in His participation and impact upon our lives, then we are looking for a God who is not the God of the Bible.
Modern Christians must choose Jesus Christ for the same correct reason the Jews and Gentiles received Paul’s message in Antioch Pisidia in the first century. Paul preached the cross and the resurrection because it is the power of God to change a person from a life of sin to a life of righteousness, faith, and holiness. Paul could preach with bold conviction the transforming power of the cross and the resurrection of Christ, because Paul stood before the crowd of people in the synagogue in Antioch Pisidia as a living example of this transformation.
The message of the cross leads directly to an unconventional, individually scripted adventure of faith following Jesus Christ, to match the journey of faith that Paul was personally experiencing and preaching about in Antioch Pisidia. The same separation from the worldly conventional in the first century exists today, with the precise details of our new-covenant Christian lives varying to match our own individual God-given talents and modern-day callings.
People who are justified in their own self-estimation, who think they are just fine the way they are, who have no interest in pursuing an adventure of faith in fellowship with the living God, will look for a God who will fix their outer worldly circumstances only.
Adam and Eve had everything in the Garden of Eden. They were in idyllic surroundings of incomparable beauty, and they enjoyed daily fellowship with God Himself. But when they were tempted with having more…to become “as gods, knowing good and evil,” they disobeyed God and fell into sin. They succumbed to the enticement of having more.