Ashamed

This word, when found in the Bible more often speaks of God's children and their attitude in relation to the Lord. It is used enough to verify that our being ashamed of Him is one of the greatest hindrances of His work being fulfilled or His name being glorified. If we are ashamed of Him, we surely should be ashamed of ourselves.
However, so that this bulletin can have a lighter note, I have chosen two verses that puts a whole new slant on the word ashamed.

Heb 2:11  For both he that sanctifieth and they who are sanctified are all of one: for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brethren,

Read this verse and its context and when expounded says that Jesus will never be ashamed to call you and I brethren & sisters.
We have been set apart for that cause, Now lets look at another verse in Hebrews.

Heb 11:16  But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city.

This verse should make a shout well up stronger than a R.C. Cola burp! This verse is talking about you and me. You remember that Jesus said He was going to prepare a mansion?  That mansion is (present tense) found in the New Jerusalem, the heavenly city.  There is going to be a city where we live and God lives there too.  The creator of the universe and that city will not be ashamed to be called our God. And Jesus will not be ashamed to call us his brothers and sisters. After all he has made us to be joint heirs with Him!  The important thing to be clear about is us. Who is "us?"  Jesus tells us that if we confess him, he will confess us before His Father and the angels, but whoever denies him before men, He will deny. This is like a caveat lector. Someone who thinks they will have a mansion in the heavenly city as a brother or sister of Jesus Christ and that God won't be ashamed of them, has to read the fine print.  But, at least we can promise, that if you wind up in the heavenly city, you will inherit all things and God won't be ashamed of you. When was the last time you denied Jesus? And this is a "lighter note?"

  How can God work this out?  We are depraved sinners, our mouths are an open sepulchre, our thoughts are only evil continually, yet God performs His greatest miracle and regenerates us, makes everything new, and lists us as citizens in His wonderful kingdom.  Anyone with brains, knows that there has to be a drastic change made in us and eventually to us.  When we are born from above, we absolutely and instantly receive a new nature. Anything else would be like joining a church or lighting a candle. God tells us that we instantly become a new creature; old things are passed away, behold all things become new. 
  The problem is this new creature is trapped in an earthen vessel. We have to put up with a hungry belly, our eyeballs see everything around us,  our ears are subject to the vulgarities of our environment and our hands occasionally are soiled.
  Well, God tells us that shortly, He will fix that problem. In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, we shall be changed. The corruptible will become incorruptible and the mortal will become immortal. Like everything else in this process we cannot do anything. We have to wait on God.  And since God is going to complete the process without our help, then He will not be ashamed of his finished work.  He will be proud to live in the same city with us, and Jesus won't have a problem with calling us His brothers and sisters. I'm not ashamed of that!


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