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Isaiah 66:5

posted Jan 1, 2013, 11:28 AM by David Gerhart
Any believer with an authentic faith and a real relationship with God will, almost by definition, experience a sense of being "outsider."  We are called out of the world -- to be sure.  And all of those old cliques are toxic to us.

But even within the fellowship of believers, Christian authenticity is anathema.  Because the Church is comprised of people in an imperfect state.  Hypocrites who wear righteousness outside but are filled inside with sin.  Authenticity requires that Christ and truth live inside, and that sin is now an outer artifact of our former being.

"Hear the word of the Lord, ye that tremble at his word; Your brethren that hated you, that cast you out for my name's sake, said Let the Lord be glorified; but He shall appear to your joy, and they shall be ashamed."  Is. 66:5.

Making one's way through life correctly -- is to trust in the Lord, and to be concerned only with that relationship.  The opinions of men (within our faith or without), and whether or not they celebrate us in this life is emptiness. 

On the other hand -- when we enjoy fellowship within the "like-mindedness" of Christ, there is great blessing.  Are we simultaneously hungry for closeness with the Lord and with brothers?

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