What Is The Greatest Betrayal?

2 Cor 4:1  Therefore seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not.

“Because by the mercy of God, we were called into ministry, we do not become discouraged.”

My commentary on this verse:  “We know that if God divinely called us into ministry, He will take care of us, and see us through every difficulty; therefore we do not lose heart.”

2   But have renounced (we gave up once, and now forbid) the hidden things of dishonesty (anything that brings shame or disgrace to the gospel, or to us), not walking in craftiness ( not conducting ourselves in corrupt things), nor handling the word of God deceitfully (by dishonesty, adulterating or corrupting God’s word  for personal for benefit) ; but by manifestation of the truth (but by manifesting the gospel in its accuracy and genuineness through the Word of God and our lives) commending ourselves to every man’s conscience ( we yield ourselves to  the scrutiny of every type of man’s conscience) in the sight of God. (Before the constant gaze of God)

Man’s conscience is a component of the voice of the Holy Spirit.

Every man, whether he believes in Jesus Christ or not, has the ability to hear God because of his conscience.

Everyone knows when does right or not by the voice of God in their conscience.

Paul states in the verses above that the Christian’s character must be such that it can  hold up to the scrutiny of every type of global conscience.

People observe Christians, more than what Christians think.

People secretly hope that they see the real deal.

Everyone is looking for the real deal, a real hope, something to bank their lives upon.

Whether a person believes or not in Jesus, their conscience  instinctively know if the Christian “walks the talk” or whether he is a fake.

Non-Christians can  pick up on the TV preacher who extorts money.

But no one had a problem with Mother Theresa!

Everyone knows that she was the real deal. Her character held up to the scrutiny of every type of global conscience.

Finally, in the verses above,  the Christian must deal with the scrutiny of God Himself, whose penetrating look is ever upon him or her.

This is why Paul stressed the importance of a good conscience.

Ac 23:1 Then Paul, looking intently at the council, said, “Men, brothers, I have lived with all good conscience toward God until this day.”

1Ti 1:5  Now the goal of the commandment is love out of a pure heart, from a good conscience, and from sincere faith,

1Ti 1:19  having faith and a good conscience, which some having rejected, concerning the faith have suffered shipwreck,

My heart shudders for the politicians who have “sold their soul to the devil.”

They have betrayed their good conscience for money, votes, and power.

They smile  through whitened teeth, but a time of awful reckoning with God is coming.

2 Tim 3:5  Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.

1Ti 1:19  having faith and a good conscience, which some having rejected, concerning the faith have suffered shipwreck,

2 Tim 3:7  Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.

8  Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith.

2 Tim 3:13  But evil men and impostors shall advance worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived.

 2 Tim 4:1   Now the Spirit explicitly says, that in latter times some will fall away from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons,

2  speaking lies in hypocrisy, having been seared with a hot iron as to their own conscience,

A good conscience will give you a good night’s sleep.

A betrayed conscience will keep you up all night.

Better to be poor but have a good conscience than to be rich with a self-betrayed one.

A man who betrays his conscience has performed the greatest betrayal.


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