“Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good. Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another; Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord; Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer; Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality.” – Romans 12:9-13
LIGHT FOR NOW: Honouring the Son which is equivalent to honouring His church is synonymous to honouring the Father.
In our previous study where we observed Jesus’ words in Matthew 10 which spoke volumes with respect to the subject of honour, we deduced that from Jesus’ explanation in Matthew 10:11-15, 41-42, when we receive or honour ministers as men whom the Lord has sent to bless us, we receive and honour Jesus, which is synonymous to receiving and honouring the father. Jesus’ explanation in John 5 further explains this; it reads “That all men should honour the Son, even as they honour the Father. He that honoureth not the Son honoureth not the Father which hath sent him. I receive not honour from men. How can ye believe, which receive honour one of another, and seek not the honour that cometh from God only?” (John 5:23, 41 & 44). Jesus in context of John 5 earlier spoke about the resurrection, it reads “For as the Father raiseth up the dead, and quickeneth them; even so the Son quickeneth whom he will. For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son” (John 5:21-22). It thus suffices us to say that to honour the Son (and His church, which is, His body) is the same as honouring the Father. In other words, when we dishonour the Lord Jesus, and by identification His church/fellow believers (leadership and membership), we are dishonouring God (our Father). In essence, whatever we do to His church in our conduct and attitude (dishonour or honour), we are doing to the Lord and to the Father. So in this light, let us ask this question and answer it below: How are we to treat ministers of the gospel as taught in the scriptures? We are to treat ministers of the gospel with respect and high regard. We must be careful not to let our closeness with ministers of the gospel (whether by virtue of relationship or friendship) interfere with our view of them when we are supposed to receive from them as God’s vessel. That is why you must be able to draw a line as to when they (ministers of the gospel) are your friends and when they are God’s vessel to bless you. When your pastor is on the pulpit preaching, that your pastor (irrespective of how close you are to him) should not be seen with familiarity in your mind; you are not receiving from him on the pulpit (or wherever he is operating his office) as a friend but as God’s chosen vessel. By so doing, you will not allow offence or dishonour enter subtly without your knowledge. Hallelujah!
INSTRUCTION: Don’t take bible instructions for granted.
PRAYER: Thank you Lord for instructing by your word; I declare that I walk accordingly, in Jesus Name, Amen.
QUOTE: In honoring the Son and His church, we honor the Father.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: MARK CHAPTER 6 EVENING: JOHN CHAPTER 5