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2 Peter 2:19b-21 (NASB)
”…for by what a man is overcome, by this he is enslaved. 20 For if, after they have escaped the defilement’s of the world by the knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled in them and are overcome, the last state has become worse for them than the first. 21 For it would be better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than having known it, to turn away from the holy commandment handed on to them.
What defiles a man?
Matthew 15:11 (NKJV) (Jesus speaking)
11 Not what goes into the mouth defiles a man; but what comes out of the mouth, this defiles a man.”
Mark 7:20 (NKJV) (Jesus speaking)
20 And He said, “What comes out of a man, that defiles a man.
What might the defilement’s of this world be?
Defilement’s are just what scripture says. That which comes out of other people’s mouths against us, offense, false accusations, hatred, persecutions, and more. Things meant to entrap us, entangle us, causing us “to turn away from the holy commandment handed on to them (us).” (added for effect) (see 2 Peter 2:21 above)
Yes, the Ways of Jesus are commandments, from the same Father that gave us the Law! If Jesus accepts them, we must also. In fact they are the good news of the kingdom! By His commandments, the kingdom will be all we hope it will.
Jesus said in Matthew 15:18-20 (NKJV) 18 “But those things which proceed out of the mouth come from the heart, and they defile a man. 19 For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies. 20 These are the things which defile a man, but to eat with unwashed hands does not defile a man.”
We cannot let ourselves become entangled by reaction to such things once we have heard the warnings, the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Yes many of us have reacted wrong. What we do next is what matters. Rebellion is tolerated briefly in this life but not at all in heaven.
As Lord (and King) He orders us into submission to His Ways for our own good. Oh we can rebel but we know what happens to the rebellious. We are to be vigilant, walking circumspectly, judiciously guarding our heart from where our mouth is filled. As we do, Peace will fill our souls. Isn’t peace what we are looking for?
As Savior, Jesus achieved cleansing for us of our previous entrapment’s. Pray the interceding prayer for today’s challenges. Today, Jesus will pray the interceding prayer for us.
The coming times will demand our understanding. Preparing now is paramount.
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