In Indistinct Carnality

He then began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and after three days rise again. He spoke plainly about this, and Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him.(Mark 8:31-32 NIV)

Jesus did something that He did not ordinarily do, and that is speaking plainly to His audience. Usually, He would speak in parables(Mark 4:34~ He did not say anything to them without using a parable); but now He was clear, plain and to the point. And so the disciples understood what He meant; hence Peter’s reaction of rebuking Him.

It’s really ironic that Peter should rebuke Him. And this is because of what happens just before the rebuke.

Peter confesses that Christ is Lord. He makes what is seemingly a risk at blasphemy when He says,” You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God” (Mt 16:16). He told Christ ,”You are God!” and in so doing, should have been placing Christ above all, and His will above all. But did he?

Even after acknowledging the Deity of Christ, Peter rejects that which this divine Being says. Christ explains to His disciples that He was destined to die but Peter rejects that outrightly. There is none more ironic than the way He rejects the annunciation of God’s will.

“Never Lord!” he said, “This shall never happen to you.

He used “Lord” and “never happen to you” in the same statement. Ironic, right? Yet this is how so many of us deal with our God. We have no problem with God being God. In fact, we go round, here and there, proclaiming that He is God. We exalt Him and declare His greatness, wisdom and love. God is God. Hallelujah! But when it comes to His will we cringe. We have reservations. We’re okay with Him being God but we’re not okay with Him doing as He wills. His will, to us, is debatable and many are the times when we go aside in prayer and say,”Never Lord, this shall never happen.”

And it is what Paul warned Timothy about when he talked about people in the last days in 2 Timothy 3:5 (NIV) saying,  “having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people”.We acknowledge that there is a God who is seated on the throne but we have issues with what He wills over our lives. We acknowledge that God is good,and that He wells up with unmatchable love, that He is the source of incomprehensible
peace, but we forget a very
important aspect of His divine nature. His Sovereignty! On getting a glimpse of His perfect will, we cower when the implications seem somewhat detrimental to our well being and so we stand against it. We forget what Paul tells us, that God “works out EVERYTHING in conformity with the purpose of His will”(Eph 1:11). We doubt that the word ‘everything’ actually means everything. So, we decree and declare otherwise. But, as who? Who are we to stand in opposition to Supreme Sovereignty?

But indeed, O man, who are you to reply against God? Will the thing formed say to him who formed  it , “Why have you made me like this?”(Romans 9:20 NKJV)

And Christ diagnoses this disease correctly; after Peter rebuked Him, He rebuked Him back:

But when He had turned around and looked at His disciples, He rebuked Peter, saying,  “Get behind Me, Satan! For you are not  mindful of the things of God, but the things of men.”(Mark 8:33 NKJV)

And that is what we very frequently suffer from. Having our minds on the things of men. This does not necessarily seem to spell out SIN in a clear and outright way. It’s just an ‘innocent’ and natural tendency to prefer things pleasurable and seemingly right before the eyes of men- before our own eyes. In Peter’s case, it seemed right that Christ should live on with them. That the Christ certainly deserved a higher, more victorious life in which multitudes would bubble up with a warmth of amiable love and acceptance towards their Messiah rather than the cold and loathful rejection mercilessly directed towards Him. Peter meant well and was very sincere. And so do we, most times, when we “decree and declare”. We desire things that seem right in our eyes. Jobs, spouses, health, wealth and ‘perfection’ but many times we do so in the carnality of our naturally corrupt minds, not considering that God’s will could be what is best for us.

Because the carnal mind  is  enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be.(Romans 8:7 NKJV)

And also,

There is a way that appears to be right, but in the end it leads to death.(Proverbs 14:12 NIV)

And it is in our depraved carnality that we forget and perhaps doubt Christ’s words to us through Paul, And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose (Romans 8:28 NIV) and the assurance in Eph 1:11 that, come rain or shine, hell or high water, Christ is in control because He works all things according to His purpose.

And so we see that true acknowledgement of Christ’s deity lies not in simply saying that He is Lord but rather, in yielding to His will and saying, “It is well!”

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~ by paintbrush89 on April 30, 2013.

2 Responses to “In Indistinct Carnality”

  1. very very profound!barikiwa!

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