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When bad appearances are good.
« on: December 26, 2019, 12:20:47 AM »
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There are lots of things from God that appear to be bad that are in reality good. That is because human nature appears to view the criteria of sin and righteousness, through religious spectacles and misunderstands the things of God .

A lot can be said and there are many examples but here are two, within the birth and death/ resurrection of Jesus.

Mary was chosen by God to be the mother of Jesus which was a real blessing for her. Yet in the circumstances she was an unmarried mother.
Can you imagine what was going through Joseph's mind, on the appearance of things. He was going to call off the engagement but  he was not going to disgrace her. Matthew 1:18-25

That speaks volumes about the people God chooses to do His works through.

If Joseph had been like many of the men of the time Jesus was born in and planned to disgrace Mary then he would have been unfit to father Jesus, not having love, kindness and gentleness. Not having fatherly attributes. Yet Joseph was described to be a just  man. Matthew 1:19

He didn't quite have the perception correctly but didn't plan anything bad within that.

Therefore he was given a revelation about it, and complied to what God was saying, showing more of his just nature.

 It seems unlikely that Joseph would have heard from God if he had planned,in a way  like so many of the men of that time would have done. If Joseph was like those sort, then he  probably wouldn't  have been chosen to father Jesus, in having that way about him. That role  would have been given to someone else, it seems.

Those circumstances of Joseph can be applied to us. If God has plans to work through certain people, for specific purposes He will first have to put things right with the people.

For attitudes and behaviours of the world and the flesh will stand in the way of God, not preparing a way for Him.

Then there is the day Jesus was crucified.

Good came out of the bad that it appeared  to be.
For through that Jesus became the Saviour of the world. To redeem our sin, when we repent at heart and place our faith in Him.

At the time of crucifixion, there was some very  bad behaviour from the Romans and Judas Iscariot.

Judas betrayed Jesus. That cannot be perceived to be anything good, by Judas Iscariot, even though good came out of it.

There are some uncertaintys for the outcome for Judas Iscariot.  Yet it doesn't look good. Mark 14:21

For Judas commited a wicked blasphemous act. That represented the very  worse of  sinful nature in the world. Also the sins of the world nailed Jesus on the cross.

Only as said good came out of it but it is not good behaviour, and was not good behaviour from those who betrayed and killed Christ. Although Jesus then resurrected from the dead, triumphing over sin, sickness and death.

Consequently this whole topic, where bad appearances are really good, need fine discernment when and when it doesn't apply.

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Re: When bad appearances are good.
« Reply #1 on: January 19, 2020, 09:35:10 PM »
The reaction of the celestial realms and of God, is entirely different to those who have integrated into the pattern of the world.

When a sinner confesses their sin in humility, there are many who react just like the Pharisees did with the tax collector.

 Often shunning them, looking down on them and boasting of themselves. Luke 18:9-14

Not realising that God sees their heart and intentions, and Jesus frequently addressed the heart saying that their outward appearances were like whitewashed tombs beautiful on the outside, but the  inside being full of dead man's bones. Matthew 23:27-28

That's it, we are all sinners and God wants us to humble ourselves in repentance and not boast of any self righteousness. Romans 3:23 Ephesians 2:8-9

As said, the reaction is entirely different from God's standards than it is by the world's standards.

God welcomes them with open arms.
The angels rejoice and sing when any sinner repents, just as they did when the world was created. Luke 15:7 Job 38:7
That is because they are no longer lost but now forgiven, and will be transformed to the likeness of Christ.

Providing their heart was sincere in repentance, and faith in Jesus. Acts 3:19 Titus 3:5 1 Corinthians 6:11 2 Corinthians 3:18

The main thrust of this is to please God and not people . To be willing to turn away from  sin and to ask for forgiveness, redemption and transformation, from Christ.

The rejoicing is as a result of a person taking honest responsibility for themself in their actions, and not for example placing the blame  and  responsibility onto others. That's not necessary when we have Jesus as our own Redeemer.

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