Jesus Christ says very plainly, Whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not ALL that he hath, he cannot be my disciple. – Luke 14:33. He doesn’t allow a clause in there for the word but. The Bible Also states in Isaiah 33, Who among us shall dwell with the devouring fire? Who among us shall dwell with everlasting burnings? He that walketh righteously, and speaketh uprightly; he that despiseth the gain of oppressions, that shaketh his hands from holding of bribes, that stoppeth his ears from hearing of blood, and shutteth his eyes from seeing evil.
The Bible is telling us, see no evil, speak no evil, and hear no evil. What does that mean though? Jesus tells us this, “If any man will come after Me, let him deny himself, take up his cross daily, and follow me.” He also said unto his disciples, “If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.” We are told in the Word of Life to walk as Christ walked while He was here on earth. We are told by Peter, Paul, and John in different ways that we are to abstain from fleshly lusts. In essence, this is the definition of the above picture, as well as what is required for our own sanctification of the Spirit. “For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication.” We as Christians, as we learn more about who we are, where we come from, and what we all did to get here, should come to the point that we let go of all things pertaining to the flesh. And more specifically, we, even so married, should be abstaining from sex. Do you believe the Bible is the Word of God? Then how can we argue with the very words of the Messiah? “He that forsaketh not ALL that he hath, he cannot be my disciple.” As well as being told to abstain, walk as He walked, and to deny ourselves? Where are we able to justify still living and walking by the flesh?
In 1 Corinthians 7, looking at the entire chapter as a whole, Paul says this after mentioning sex with your wives, ‘But I speak this by permission, and not of commandment. For I would that all men were even as I myself.” As well as, “I suppose therefore that this is good for the present distress.” He says also, “But this I say, brethren, the time is short: it remaineth, that both they that have wives be as though they had none.” Paul is even telling us that eventually you should be abstaining from sex with your wives. Finally he says, “And this I speak for your own profit; not that I may cast a snare upon you, but for that which is comely, and that ye may attend upon the Lord without distraction.”
In this Bible Study, we will be looking at some of the above Scriptures using the KJV Bible and the Strong’s Concordance with the additional Greek and Hebrew translations. Take your time, pause it, read the translations, and take it to the Father.
As we are given the parallels numerous times throughout the Bible, forsaking it all is one simple thing… Don’t Look Back… May you all be blessed with the True Words of the Self Existent Eternal Jehovah, even Jesus Christ.
Jonathan Heller – Lift Up A Banner
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