On Being the Merchandise Because We Want the Goods . 2 Peter 2 . with comments by Alice B. Clagett

Published on 17 February 2017

  • ON SUSSING OUT FALSE PROPHETS
  • ON FREEDOM FROM BONDAGE, COVETOUSNESS, AND SELLING OUR SOULS
  • CHOICES: GOD AND MAMMON, AWARENESS AND DIVERSION, AWAKENING AND FALLING ASLEEP

Dear Ones,

ON SUSSING OUT FALSE PROPHETS

This is a great quote from 2 Peter 2 (KJV, public domain) …

 “But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.

 “And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of.

 “And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not.”

ON FREEDOM FROM BONDAGE, COVETOUSNESS, AND SELLING OUR SOULS

In verse 2, maybe “the Lord that bought them” means that Christ bought them from bondage to mammon with his blood. So we have been purchased out of slavery; that’s the state of the Christian who has been saved through grace.

Then in verse 3, there are a great couple of words. The first is ‘covetousness’, which to me means that we gotta have something … maybe a smart phone. Maybe a boyfriend or girlfriend. Maybe a trip to Athens … We want the goods!

The second word is ‘merchandise’, which is a synonym for the word ‘goods’. Peter … who is, by my lights, a very cool Apostle, says that the Christian who moves from the realm of abiding in Spirit into the realm of coveting matter, himself becomes the merchandise.

Through listening to a false prophet, he just sold himself, his own Soul, back into slavery. His Soul is the real merchandise, I gather, and the other stuff, the delights of the senses’, are second-hand goods.

CHOICES: GOD AND MAMMON, AWARENESS AND DIVERSION, AWAKENING AND FALLING ASLEEP

As the well-known passage Matthew 6:24 (KJV, public domain) states …

“No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.”

In today’s world of instant gratification, this is a significantly stark statement, and one that may require many more choices from us in the coming year. What do we really value here on Earth? Is it awareness? Or is it diversion, recreation? Is it to be awake? Or to fall asleep?

These are the choices that lie before us during this, the breathtaking moment of the Great Awakening of humankind.

In love, light and joy,
I Am of the Stars

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