You’re Not Going to Believe This… Even if I Tell You

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Acts 13

32. “We tell you the good news: What God promised our ancestors 33. he has fulfilled for us, their children, by raising up Jesus. As it is written in the second Psalm: “ ‘You are my son; today I have become your father.’

34. God raised him from the dead so that he will never be subject to decay. As God has said, “ ‘I will give you the holy and sure blessings promised to David.’

35. So it is also stated elsewhere:“ ‘You will not let your holy one see decay.’

36. “Now when David had served God’s purpose in his own generation, he fell asleep; he was buried with his ancestors and his body decayed. 37. But the one whom God raised from the dead did not see decay.

38. “Therefore, my friends, I want you to know that through Jesus the forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you. 39. Through him everyone who believes is set free from every sin, a justification you were not able to obtain under the law of Moses. 40. Take care that what the prophets have said does not happen to you:

41. “ ‘Look, you scoffers, wonder and perish, for I am going to do something in your days that you would never believe,even if someone told you.’ ”

  • Lead me in your truth, and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all day long. – Psalm 25:5
  • If a man is righteous and does what is lawful and right– follows my statutes, and is careful to observe my ordinances, acting faithfully– such a one is righteous; he shall surely live, says the Lord GOD. – Ezekiel 18:5,9
  • By this Jesus everyone who believes is set free from all those sins from which you could not be freed by the law of Moses. – Acts 13:39

A work that you will never believe…

It’s funny to me, you see. So funny I want to cry.

We have completely screwed up Christianity.

Most people, when they read the final warning of our passage from The Book of Acts think: they are “doing it right”.

Acts 13

40. Beware, therefore, that what the prophets said does not happen to you:
41. ‘Look, you scoffers! Be amazed and perish, for in your days I am doing a work, a work that you will never believe, even if someone tells you.’”

Well, you’re not doing it right.

Most people think they’ve heard the “work that is not to be believed, even if someone tells you” and believe it. They did it! They passed the test! Yay!

They think this is “the work that is not to be believed”: Jesus died and rose again.

The hard part is: that’s not the work.

This work has to be something that if you were to say it to someone’s face they would look at you like you were crazy, like you were lying to them. Even worse, like you were trying to trick them. This work has to cut to the core of our assumptions about God and the nature of man.

The work that Jesus did, that is not to be believed, even if someone tells you is…

Paul: “Christ was born of a virgin.”

Believers: “All great Gods are.”

Paul: “Christ healed a leper.”

Believers: “Yup!”

Paul: “Christ walked on water.”

Believers: “Makes sense.”

Paul: “Christ fed 5,000 people with a meal for 10.”

Believers: “Of course he did.”

Paul: “Christ made blind men see.”

Believers: “Hallelujah!”

Paul: “Christ died and rose again.”

Believers: “He is risen!”

Paul: “Christ fulfilled the Law, and lifted its requirements from us and our hearts.”

Believers: “… what the hell are you talking about???”

We don’t believe it.

We don’t believe that Jesus has freed us from the Law of Moses, and freed us from dead living into new life.

041A.Moses_Breaks_the_Tables_of_the_LawIf we know this work and we believe it, then why do we still live by the Law?

We force the Law onto others still to this day. Picking and choosing our particular prohibition to belittle others and to shame them.We use biblical legalism as a weapon to limit and oppress those we don’t like.

Therefore we clearly do not believe this work of Jesus… even if someone were to tell it to us in person.

Instead of living out the simple faith given to us by Jesus himself: to love others… we cling to the Law. And by clinging to the Law and judgement and rejecting love – no matter how many resurrections we proclaim – we reject Jesus, and we reject God.

Galatians 5

4. You who are trying to be justified by law have been alienated from Christ; you have fallen away from grace.

John 8

32. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.

Free from the impossible Law.

Free to love without fear.

Free to love God… or not love God. (God’s okay with that).

Free to live.

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Romans 5
"18. Therefore just as one man's trespass led to condemnation for all, so one man's act of righteousness leads to justification and life for all.
19. For just as by the one man's disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the one man's obedience the many will be made righteous."

Comments

  1. Jill Heroux says:

    Thanks. I needed that devotion. For freedom Christ has set us free. Right now Christians make me very sad. It is a label worn that has no more meaning than saying something is organic in the food store. Trusting in God through Jesus has shown me a freedom that allows me to love and risk and trust. No law ever accomplished that in my life. All law ever did for me as a Christian was leave me feeling guilty and inadequate and hiding from God’s truth in my life. When I realized that I could trust then it all started to really change for me.

  2. i think this is my favorite of your devotions xo far.

    it’s one of those sublimely simple truths that is so infuriatingly difficult to accept or to share with others.

    there is such a thing as a free lunch, and the almighty, through the life, death and rebirth of his son, has given it to all of us. just because he loves us, sad and miserable and low as we are. amen and halleluiah!

  3. ha! Exactly-They are not going to believe it. They can believe he was born of a Virgin, healed the blind, opened deaf ears, but to truly have set the ‘captives’ free–Well, that is questionable and surely not ways of God–

    Short, sweet, and to the point is this post.

    Amen!

    • Thank you, Alicia!

      • You’re welcome.

        The more I think about this the more I realize how much brainwashing is the cause of so much confusion. We just believe what ‘they’ say about everything and we are not to question anything ‘t’hey’ said just because ‘they’ said it.

        Btw, who the hell are ‘they’ and who said we are required to believe something just because it is tradition or doctrine?.

        This website is truly one of my favorites Trig. You have a way of putting the truth out there that has to make even the most skeptical at least reconsider his point of view. If not, I bet seeds are planted at least.

        How can we believe God is able to do all of that, yet he can’t have a plan to redeem the entire world?

        Lord, help our unbelief.

  4. I have a question to the very end of this devotion:

    Do you really believe that God is okay with His beloveds not loving Him? I think, even if we are to humanitize God in understanding how He must feel, God is deeply hurt and wounded when we turn from Him, when He offers out His hand and we reject Him. Lets even say that it stops there, can we live with that? For someone who does love Him, for someone who holds that He sets us free, does not this love liberate us? So for someone who does not experience the love that comes from God, His absolute and unfailing and unconditional love, they are not okay. They are out of place, not right. Right? I know I’ll be met with opposition here, but I think, based on the little we can know about God, this is insulting. Yes, God loves each and every one, yes it is His love He offers to each one and it is this love that sets us free from the tangles of the world to love Him back. How does someone who has not experienced God’s ultimate love become free… just by the fact other people think that the person is free, though not experiencing and being free in and of his or her self?

  5. Joshua Berkley says:

    I agree Jeremy 100% God does require us to Love and accept him and I believe that is not to much for him to ask of us. Unfortunately lots of people are deceiving themselves by creating a sort of loophole to make them feel that they don’t have to strive to be in line with God to really receive him. Ultimately we must make a choice. As Trig himself wrote above (if a man is righteous and is lawfull and right-follows my statutes,and is carefull to observe my ordinances,acting faithfully-such a one is righteous;he shall surely live,says The Lord God.)-Ezikiel 18:5,9 Acts 13:39 Through him everyone who believes is set free from every sin. Emphasis on (EVERYONE WHO BELIEVES) Stay strong in your belief Jeremy.

  6. I loved this — thank you!! I, too, believe that God loves everyone. Period. God isn’t a teenage boy (or girl) who would get angry at the rejection of unrequited love. God is bigger than that. God loves all of us unconditionally. When we talk about Christ setting us free, to me that means that Christ set an example of how to connect to the divine within ourselves and to become fully (divinely) human. He taught us how to free ourselves from our neuroses, compulsions, fears, and animalistic/tribalistic impulses. He freed us from the tribal misperception that only those who follow one particular formulaic ritualistic path and set of laws are worthy of God’s love. Christ was very clear in saying that we should also all love one another and love God. Christ didn’t tell us that the greatest commandment was to love Christians, or to judge, condemn, or reject people not on one particular Christian path. That’s the freedom that He gave us.

    • Joshua Berkley says:

      Why is It when we state that you must exept God into your heart people twist that into us being judge mental or only loving Christians? How does that equate? Gods everlasting gift is available to all of us equally. We are all descendants of Abraham are we not? Gods still the same old god people nothing has changed. Just ask him into your heart and encourage others too also. It’s as simple as that. I know it’s convenient and comfortable to believe nothing matters either way. And I would go on to tell you the bible is very clear on this subject. But. I suspect many of you would say well that’s part of the bible that’s not true. Don’t take it literaly! People when I strive to get closer with God he fills me to the brim overflowing! But when I shun him I couldn’t feel farther from him. So Trig I guess I will have to side with what did you call it? Oh yah that tired old 90′s evangelical approach. Although i think it dates back a little farther than that:-) Don’t be deceived people don’t fall away. Just invite him in. Peace be with all of you.

  7. Thank you Jesus that you had paid the full price! Nothing needs to be added extra! I just need to accept that he did it for me too and then live a life of gratitude towards Him!

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