I always knew them, but never took them seriously

An email i received the other day:

Brother Ian:
Thank you for the reminder of our Lord’s words forbidding titles. I always knew them, but never took them seriously. Tomorrow, when I get into the pulpit, I must tell my people not to call me ‘Pastor’ or ‘Reverend’.

And what honor could be greater than being called ‘Brother’ by the Son of the Living God?

May our Lord Jesus Christ bless you for your faithfulness to His message.

Your brother,
Nathan Waterman

2 Responses to “I always knew them, but never took them seriously”

  1. ian vincent Says:

    To not take Jesus words seriously is to not take Jesus seriously.

    Generally, people today don’t think in these terms. They disconnect the words of Jesus from the Person of Jesus. But that aint possible.

    Jesus measures our love for Him by how seriously we take His words.

    Joh 14:15 If you love me, keep my commandments.

    Joh 14:21 He that has my commandments, and keeps them, he it is that loves me: and he that loves me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.

    Joh 14:23 Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man loves me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.

    Joh 15:10 If you keep my commandments, you shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love.

    Joh 12:48 He that rejects me, and receives not my words, has one that judges him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day.

  2. ruthsongs Says:

    “To not take Jesus words seriously is to not take Jesus seriously.”

    Yes, because Jesus and His words are completely consistent. Unlike most of what we see and hear in this world.

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