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The Elastic Jesus

Authority - Righteous or Wicked

Rejoicing or Mourning

 

 

 

 



"I am the light of the world" John 8:12

 


The Elastic Jesus

Why do people so consistently attack the biblical record and the plain truth about Jesus and His claims? In a word, its all about authority.

People don't want to accept the Jesus of the Bible - His deity, virgin birth, sinless life, teaching, miracles, death, and resurrection - because if they do, they are forced to deal with the staggering implications.

If Jesus is God, you can't just live any way you want. If Jesus is God, He is going to restrict and restrain you. You can't have your immorality, materialism, pride, and hatred. No more apathy toward divine truth, authority, and eternal punishment.

And the best way to divest yourself of your spiritual obligations is to undermine what the Bible teaches about Christ. You wage an assault on the credibility of Scripture, cloaking the attack in pious, scholarly robes. Instead of dealing with Jesus for who He is, you put Him on trial. You turn Him into the subject of an academic research project. Instead of THE Jesus, its MY Jesus and who He is TO ME. The elastic Jesus bends and stretches to your specifications, never making any hard demands on your life or lifestyle.

- John MacArthur, (from a Grace to You newsletter)


Authority - Righteous vs. Wicked

When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn.
- Proverbs 29:2
 

When the righteous are in authority, or "are increased"; either in number or in riches, or in power and dominion; are set in high places, and have the exercise of civil government and the execution of the laws in their hands; for the protection of good men in their civil and religious privileges, and for the punishment of evil men; for the encouraging of all that is good, and for the discouraging of everything that is bad;

the people rejoice; the whole body of the people, because of the public good; a state is happy under such an administration; everyone feels and enjoys the advantage of it; see #1Ki 4:20;

but when the wicked bear rule, the people mourn; or "groan," or "will groan," under their tyranny and oppression, and because of the sad state of things; the number of good men is lessened, being cut off, or obliged to flee; wicked men and wickedness are encouraged and promoted; heavy taxes are laid upon them, and exorbitant demands made and cruelty, injustice, and arbitrary power exercised; and no manís person and property safe; see Proverbs 10:11; 28:12,28.

- John Gill, John Gill's Expositor

 


Rejoicing or Mourning

When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn.
- Proverbs 29:2

The people will have cause to rejoice or mourn according as their rulers are righteous or wicked; for, if the righteous be in authority, sin will be punished and restrained, religion and virtue will be supported and kept in reputation; but, if the wicked get power in their hands, wickedness will abound, religion and religious people will be persecuted, and so the ends of government will be perverted.

The people will actually rejoice or mourn according as their rulers are righteous or wicked. Such a conviction are even the common people under of the excellency of virtue and religion that they will rejoice when they see them preferred and countenanced; and, on the contrary, let men have ever so much honour or power, if they be wicked and vicious, and use it ill, they make themselves contemptible and base before all the people (as those priests, #Mal 2:9) and subjects will think themselves miserable under such a government.

- Matthew Henry, Matthew Henry Commentary on the Whole Bible

 



"I am the light of the world" John 8:12