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Ten Takers, Take One

June 10

"And JESUS answering said, were there not ten cleansed? but where are the nine?"   Luke 17:17

"No repentant sinner ever meets the SAVIOR, and goes his way, dumb to the transaction ..."





Are you a 10% Christian?  The natural man is an incurable taker; but praise be, GOD is an incurable giver!  "...the LORD GOD called unto Adam, and said unto him, where art thou?"  This give and take relationship is entertained on HIS part, in the passionate effort to see all fit for Heaven.  At the root of all unrighteousness though, is our bent to self: "For men shall be lovers of their own selves ...".  JESUS didn't die to invest HIMSELF in the acquaintances of life; but rather to divest HIMSELF, that HIS life could be ours.  HE is not interested in rubbing shoulders with us, but rather intent on rubbing out sin's penalty in us. 

"And they lifted up their voices, and said, JESUS, MASTER have mercy on us."  Just like these lepers, every one, from Adam to us, are recipients of HIS mercy, "... but where are the nine?"  Ten came to take, but only one returned to give.  "There are not found that returned to give glory to GOD, save this stranger."  No mistake about it, GOD saves ingrates, but not apart from their knowledge and acknowledge.  No repentant sinner ever meets the SAVIOR, and goes his way, dumb to the transaction of a grace that saves.  The masses perish in deep privy of mercy, and a pious ingratitude which keeps on walking after an encounter with the "MASTER".  Men will not occupy Hell one day due to a lack of mercy, but due to a lack of repentance.

"Whosoever shall seek to save his life shall lose it; and whosoever shall lose his life shall preserve it."  The stagnation we are experiencing in the churches is largely due to "another gospel" being espoused.  Men sit comfortably in 'The Church of the Last Nine' taught of a god, who wishes to socialize.  But preach the gospel of GOD, WHO came solely to evangelize, and the crowds thin to asocial levels in a wisp.  CHRIST came to restore the give, give, of true love HE once enjoyed with pre-sin Adam; not to banter with the thankless, sin-leprous wretches of his post-sin descendants. 

"For the SON of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost."

For Love of Country
Martin Niemoeller (1892-1984)
(German citizen during the Nazi regime)
"In Germany they came first for the Communists, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Communist.  Then they came for the Jews, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a JEW.  Then they came for the trade unionists, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a trade unionist.  Then they came for the Catholics, and I didn't speak up because I was a Protestant.  Then they came for me, and by that time no one was left to speak up."

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