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December 20, 2013

TISCIONE: Kiss the Son, lest He be angry


The reality we see unfolding every day in our culture and especially in our civil government is this: raging nations and plotting peoples (Psalm 2:1a), seeking to live apart from God.

My main concern however is not the irresponsible actions of our government leaders. My main concern is how naïve Christians seem to be. I suggest that Christians can reasonably assess current events. I further suggest that most Christians can recognize those who are calling evil good and good evil. The problem is that there are some who base their hope on the civil government or our leaders rather than on the sovereign Lord Jesus.

The word of God provides the practical application for those who profess to be following Jesus. (Psalm 2: 11-12) “Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling. Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and you perish in the way. For his wrath is quickly kindled. Blessed are all who take refuge in him.”

Serving the Lord begins with worship. We will serve the one we worship. Worship requires humility leading to submission. The New Testament calls believers to offer themselves as living sacrifices that are holy and pleasing to God because that is reasonable worship/service. (Romans 12:1) God promised blessing for those who rely upon Him.

Kissing the Son is to honor, respect, submit and obey the Son of God who is Jesus! Jesus said that the one who loves Him, obeys Him. He is the focus of our lives. Jesus is at the center of the Christian’s life. All of our relationships proceed out of our relationship with Him. Jesus also said that true disciples remain in His word. (John 8:31)

The psalmist declared what was at stake for failure to know the truth. He said that Jesus’ anger, judgment and wrath would be experienced by those who persist in thinking themselves to be God.

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