“Dead people don’t have problems.”
Worry is sin.
but the worries of the world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the desires for other things enter in and choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful. —Mark 4:19
When we worry, we are basically saying that:
- We don’t trust God.
Trust in the LORD with all your heart
And do not lean on your own understanding. —Proverbs 3:5
- We don’t have faith that He is truly in control of all things.
which He will bring about at the proper time—He who is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords —1 Timothy 6:15
- We don’t believe He will make all things work together for good for those who love Him.
And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. —Romans 8:28
The Bible says the opposite of worry is to die to self, no longer living in your own abilities but rather allowing God to live through you. Dying to self is the only way to live . . . you don’t have to worry about death, you’re already dead! You don’t have to worry about problems because dead people don’t have problems! To be utterly and exclusively dependent on Jesus Christ IS the Christian life!
(The “Dead people don’t have problems” comment is most often attributed to Major Ian Thomas.)
In Matthew 5:32, Jesus said, “but I say to you that everyone who divorces his wife, except for the cause of unchastity, makes her commit adultery; and whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery.” I find that churches and Christians do not take this as a commandment not to remarry or not to marry a divorced person but say that it was only a social issue at that time. I find that strange since we appear to take everything else the Lord tells us at face value. Can you shed some light on this? I am a divorced woman and I will never remarry so as not to cause someone else to commit adultery; but I have been told that my view is incorrect.
Whoever told you that your view was incorrect, was correct.
Jesus made that statement to the Jews living under the law. He was not addressing Christians. When He made that statement, the Church Age, in which we now live, was still future. The Church Age began after Jesus’ death on the cross.
Specifically, the Church Age began with the arrival of the Holy Spirit in Acts 2. It will conclude with the departure of the Holy Spirit, an event referred to as “The Rapture.” Therefore, the arrival and departure of the Holy Spirit are the bookends of the Church Age.
What Jesus said in Matthew 5 was true when He said it to the Jews under the law but not true today. There are several things Jesus said to the Jews under the law that are not true today. For instance, Jesus said in Matthew 24 that no one knows the day of His coming, not even Him. But He cannot make that statement today as we know He has since received all knowledge (Revelation 5).
Another example is Jesus stating to the Jews under the law that it was permissible to divorce their wives if they commit adultery.
And I say to you, whoever divorces his wife, except for immorality, and marries another woman commits adultery. —Matthew 19:9
But Paul tells men living in the Church Age to love their wives as Christ loved the Church. Christ would never divorce the Church! Men living in the Church Age have the Holy Spirit living in them and can forgive their wives . . . they can do all things through Christ.
I can do all things through Him who strengthens me. —Philippians 4:13
Men living under the law had no such capacity to forgive an adulterous wife.
The same is true for Jesus’ statement on divorce to the Jews. Paul, to those of us living in the Church Age, said if you get divorced to stay unmarried. But if you do marry, you have not sinned.
Are you bound to a wife? Do not seek to be released. Are you released from a wife? Do not seek a wife. But if you marry, you have not sinned; and if a virgin marries, she has not sinned. Yet such will have trouble in this life, and I am trying to spare you. —1 Corinthians 7:27-28
As Believers living in the Church Age, we PRIMARILY get our instructions from the Epistles. We can learn a lot from Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, just as we can from Genesis through Malachi. But if Paul deals with a subject in the Epistles, it takes precedence.
It is soooooo important to understand this, called dispensational teaching. Otherwise, you end up incorrectly applying to yourself what Jesus meant for those under the law. We have a book entitled Forgiven Forever. It covers a lot of this topic.
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An additional resource on dispensations is the DVD Biblical Dispensations by Paul Van Noy.
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Biblical Dispensations – Paul Van Noy.
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