“A Dangerous Thought” is from my upcoming one-year devotional It’s All about Jesus. I’m using the one-year devotional as a fundraiser for 100 established ministries. For more info, please visit the link and join today (I seek to beat two Guinness Book of World Records through this fundraiser for the spread of the gospel throughout the world): https://thecauseofchrist.com/jesus-birthday-gift
“A Dangerous Thought” is from January 12…
But Peter said to him, “May your silver perish with you, because you thought you could obtain the gift of God with money!”
Yesterday we read that the Spirit’s ministry is to glorify Jesus. We also saw that Jesus’ glory stands in relation to Him owning all the Father’s favor, blessings, and promises, having obtained them as the Son of Man through His righteous life and sacrificial death. That includes the gift of the Holy Spirt.
Thus, when Simon offered money to receive the Spirit, he struck at the very heart of the gospel and Jesus’ glory, which is about God’s free grace to undeserving sinners. Everything we receive from the Father is for the sake of His Son. We don’t deserve it and we cannot earn it. This truth humbles man and exalts His Son.
Was Simon’s case an isolated incident in the history of the church? During the reformation, Johann Tetzel sold indulgences for the dead: “As soon as the gold in the casket rings, the rescued soul to heaven springs.” He even made it rhyme as a marketing ploy. Many fell for that lie and opened their wallet.
How about today? Are we still trying to “buy” God’s favor, blessings, and promises with money or “good” works? You only have to turn on some of the religious broadcasting and hear how you can obtain God’s special blessing through your “seed” donation. Johann Tetzel has just changed his name. Actually, we only have to look into our own heart to realize that, many times, we still try to earn God’s free gifts.
P.S. while Jesus’ $100,000,000 birthday gift may seem like an unattainable amount, is it not reasonable to think that those who love Jesus will be more than willing to spend just $9.99 as part of a collective birthday gift for Him—to spread His gospel throughout the world through 100 established ministries ($1,000,000 each)? For more info, please click this link.
P.P.S. will you pray that God will make this fundraiser “acceptable to the saints” (Rom. 15:30-31)?