What Is the Golden Rule and Is It in the Bible? I answered that question on this episode of Real Truth. Real Quick.
Jesus doesn’t call us to limit our response, He calls us to love with our response.
It is not enough to avoid evil, Jesus commands us to do good
The Golden Rule is a call to action.
We are compelled by Scripture to love our enemies. Love is always active.
If you’re not living out the Golden Rule, that may be the reason your evangelism isn’t very effective.
“In everything, therefore, treat people the same way you want them to treat you, for this is the Law and the Prophets.” Matthew 7:12
“You shall not take vengeance, nor bear any grudge against the sons of your people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself; I am the Lord.” Leviticus 19:18
“Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” Matthew 22:36
“And He said to him, ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’” Matthew 22:37
“The second is like it, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’” Matthew 22:39
“On these two commandments depend the whole Law and the Prophets.” Matthew 22:40
“For the whole Law is fulfilled in one word, in the statement, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’” Galatians 5:14
“You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth.’” Matthew 5:38
“But I say to you, do not resist an evil person; but whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also.” Matthew 5:39
“But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return; and your reward will be great…” Luke 6:35
“… and you will be sons of the Most High; for He Himself is kind to ungrateful and evil men.” Luke 6:35
“He has told you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, to love kindness and to walk humbly with your God?” Micah 6:8
“Is this not the fast which I choose, to loosen the bonds of wickedness, to undo the bands of the yoke…” – Isaiah 58:6
“… and to let the oppressed go free and break every yoke?” – Isaiah 58:6
“So then, while we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, and especially to those who are of the household of the faith.” Galatians 6:10
“Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant,” 1 Corinthians 13:4
“Love does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered” 1 Cor 13:5
“Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.” 1 Cor 13:7
“Therefore you are to be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.” Matt. 5:48
“But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8
“Do not give what is holy to dogs, and do not throw your pearls before swine, or they will trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces.” Matt 7:6
“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.” Matt 7:7-8
“In everything, therefore, treat people the same way you want them to treat you, for this is the Law and the Prophets.” Matt. 7:12
What Does Proverbs 14:4 Mean? I answered that question on this week’s episode of Real Truth. Real Quick.
1. Isolation is the garden in which idiosyncrasies grow.
2. You’re going to become more like you should be when there are oxen in your life.
3. All of us together are better than any of us alone.
4. Beware that you don’t quickly get rid of “problems” (teammates) that are producing a lot of good in your life.
5. Proverbs is recommending that you don’t love a “clean manger” more than a dirty one that provides for you the benefit of an “ox.”
6. The children that cause you “trouble” are a gift from the Lord that will bring you great joy as you tend to them in the manger of your home. (Ps. 127:3-5)
7. Don’t be inflexible and intolerable. Be gracious and long-suffering.
“Where no oxen are, the manger is clean, But much revenue comes by the strength of the ox.” Proverbs 14:4
“To give prudence to the naive, To the youth knowledge and discretion” Proverbs 1:4
“To understand a proverb and a figure, The words of the wise and their riddles.” Proverbs 1:6
“Iron sharpens iron, So one man sharpens another.” Proverbs 27:17
Was Jesus Teaching Pacifism in Matthew 5:38-42? I answered that question on this episode of Real Truth Real Quick.
1. In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus references the last part of the Ten Commandments that speak about how we are to relate to one another.
2. The Sermon on the Mount is a message on how Kingdom people are called to live and love others.
3. Jesus is teaching a Kingdom ethic to heirs of the Kingdom. He’s describing the heart of a disciple, not the qualification to become one.
4. In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus is correcting His followers’ understanding of the law and teaching it’s true intention.
5. Retaliation and asserting rights is NOT the first response of a citizen of the Kingdom of heaven.
6. The Law was there to limit human aggression but the love of Christ implores us to excel still more.
7. The Bible does not teach that we should let people be abusive towards us.
8. The reason most people hurt you, is because they are hurting. You ought to be God’s source of grace in their life.
9. don’t confuse your obligation as a faithful follower of Christ with your role as a faithful citizen of your God ordained government. (Romans 13:1-7)
10. Christians can and should participate as ministers of God in the prosecution of evil as part of a God ordained, sovereign, nation-state.
11. Be a peacemaker, not a pacifist. A minister of reconciliation, not a punching bag. (James 3:18)
12. It is not loving to let someone continue in sin towards you.
“You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth.’ But I say to you, do not resist an evil person; but whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also. If anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, let him have your coat also.” Matthew 5:38-40
But we know that the Law is good, if one uses it lawfully, realizing the fact that the law is not made for a righteous person, but for those who are lawless and rebellious, for the ungodly and sinners… 1 Timothy 1:8-9
“For I say to you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will not enter the Kingdom of heaven. You have heard that the ancients were told, ‘You shall not commit murder’ and ‘Whoever commits murder shall be liable to the court.’ And whoever says, ‘You fool,’ shall be guilty enough to go into the fiery hell. But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother shall be guilty before the court; ” Matthew 5:20-22
“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery’; but I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” Matthew 5:27-28
If your right hand makes you stumble, cut it off and throw it from you; for it is better for you to lose one of the parts of your body, than for your whole body to go into hell. Matthew 5:30
…but I say to you that everyone who divorces his wife except for the reason of unchastity, makes her commit adultery; and whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery. Matthew 5:32
But I say to you, make no oath at all, either by heaven, for it is the throne of God, or by the earth, for it is the footstool of His feet, or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King. Matthew 5:34-35
But let your statement be, ‘Yes, yes’ or ‘No, no’; anything beyond these is of evil.” Matthew 5:37
But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal; for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. Matthew 6:20-21
But if there is any further injury, then you shall appoint as a penalty life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth hand for hand, foot for foot, burn for burn, wound for wound, bruise for bruise. Exodus 21:23-25
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God. Matthew 5:9
…for He Himself is kind to ungrateful and evil men. Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful. Luke 6:35-36
…or to governors as sent by him for the punishment of evildoers and the praise of those who do right. 1 Peter 2:14
Brethren, even if anyone is caught in any trespass, you who are spiritual, restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness; each one looking to yourself, so that you too will not be tempted. Galatians 6:1-3
But if he does not listen to you, take one or two more with you, so that by the mouth of two or three witnesses every fact may be confirmed.” Matthew 18:16
But Jesus was saying, “Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing.” And they cast lots, dividing up His garments among themselves. Luke 23:34
Love…does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered. 1 Corinthians 13:5
If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men. Romans 12:18
Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making an appeal through us; we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. 2 Corinthians 5:20
Biblical “Pacifism”: Anybody who takes the name of God should never act aggressively toward somebody else.
Can the Bible Be Trusted? I answered that question on this episode of Real Truth Real Quick.
1. The Bible is not a rulebook. It is the story of God’s redemption working in human history. 2. There has never been an event in history that has contradicted the claims the Bible said were going to happen. 3. The Bible is unique in that it is anchored in human history.
“Every word of God is tested; He is a shield to those who take refuge in Him.” Proverbs 30:5
“By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” John 13:35
“that they may all be one; even as You, Father, are in Me and I in You, that they also may be in Us, so that the world may believe that You sent Me.” John 17:21
The Four Ps 1. Production 2. Preservation 3. Proclamation 4. Product
What Is The Meaning of Jesus’ Exception Clause in Matthew 19:9? I answered that question on this episode of Real Truth. Real Quick.
The exception clause is NOT an expectation clause.
Expectation of Scripture is reconciliation and a fulfillmentof the covenant view of marriage.
Marriage is permanent on earth. Exclusive between male and female. Illustrative of Christ’s love for the Church.
If you end a marriage relationship for any reason other than your spouse already having committed adultery, your divorce will likely cause them to commit adultery.
What God has oned, we should not unone.
You can’t make someone “become” what they already are.
Kingdom people with a kingdom ethic, live how the King wants them to.
Moses commanded them to explain why they are divorcing their spouse, not to divorce their spouse.
The goal or expectation is that kingdom people will always desire and work for reconciliation.
“And I say to you: whoever divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another, commits adultery.” Matthew 19:9
“If we are faithless, He remains faithful, for He cannot deny Himself.” 2 Timothy 2:13
“And Pharisees came up to him and tested him…” Matthew 19: 3
“Is it lawful to divorce one’s wife for any cause?” Matthew 19: 3
“Have you not read that he who created them from the beginning made them male and female, and said, ‘Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’? So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.” Matthew 19: 4-6
“You have heard that it was said, ‘YOU SHALL NOT COMMIT ADULTERY’; but I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” Matthew 5:27-28
See Deuteronomy 24:1-4
“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 5:3
“He said to them, “Because of your hardness of heart Moses permitted you to divorce your wives; but from the beginning it has not been this way.” Matthew 19:8
“When a man takes a wife and marries her, and it happens that she finds no favor in his eyes because he has found some indecency in her, and he writes her a certificate of divorce and puts it in her hand and sends her out from his house…” Deuteronomy 24:1
“But He said to them, “Not all men can accept this statement, but only those to whom it has been given.” Matthew 19:11
Does Acts 2:42-47 Teach Socialism? I answered that question
on the this episode of Real Truth. Real Quick.
Acts 2:42-47 is a description of the very first
gathering of believers who understood what the finished work of Christ had
This is the first time a group of believers had
been assembled together, led by the Spirit of God, and lived with a kingdom ethic
in their love for one another.
The first church was not responding to imposed
law from a ruling elite but was voluntarily loving and providing for one
another under the guidance of the Holy Spirit.
Acts 2:42-47 tells the story of a kingdom
people, living with a kingdom ethic to the glory of their King, and following
the sacrificial example of their leader, who is Jesus.
The fact that our government has to care for the
poor, the widow, and the orphan is a judgment on the Church…or it is a judgment
on people who choose to live irresponsible lives and do not want to work.
It is not loving to fund an irresponsible lifestyle.
Socialism and communism compel individuals to
share wealth through government-enforced demands and control.
People who are able to work but who will not
work should be left to their hunger so their stomach can “work” for them by
compelling them to work so they don’t hunger.
We should not force people to be generous,
celebrate greed or enable irresponsibility.
Acts 2:42-47 does not support socialism.
Scripture does support generous, selfless, others-centered living.
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the
life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.” John 14:6
“They were continually devoting themselves to the apostles’
teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone
kept feeling a sense of awe; and many wonders and signs were taking place
through the apostles.” Acts 2:42-43
And all those who had believed were together and had all
things in common… Acts 2:44
and they began selling their property and possessions and
were sharing them with all, as anyone might have need. Acts 2:45
at this present time your abundance being a supply for their
need, so that their abundance also may become a supply for your need, that
there may be equality; as it is written, “He who gathered much did not have too
much, and he who gathered little had no lack.” 2 Corinthians 8:14-15
For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though
He was rich, yet for your sake He became poor, so that you through His poverty
might become rich. 2 Corinthians 8:9
Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every human
institution, whether to a king as the one in authority, or to governors as sent
by him for the punishment of evildoers and the praise of those who do right. 1
Each one must do just as he has purposed in his heart, not
grudgingly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. 2 Corinthians
Now we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus
Christ, that you keep away from every brother who leads an unruly life and not
according to the tradition which you received from us. For you yourselves know
how you ought to follow our example, because we did not act in an undisciplined
manner among you, nor did we eat anyone’s bread without paying for it, but with
labor and hardship we kept working night and day so that we would not be a
burden to any of you; not because we do not have the right to this, but in
order to offer ourselves as a model for you, so that you would follow our
example. For even when we were with you, we used to give you this order: if
anyone is not willing to work, then he is not to eat, either. 2 Thessalonians