Jean’s Gospel: The Hidden Gospel

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11 Responses

  1. JoelG says:

    This is a life giving post. Christianity is hard. We need Jesus to follow Jesus. It is so easy to want to give up knowing our deficiencies until we are reminded of Jesus’ yoke. Thank you for this keeper.

  2. Jean says:

    Thank you Joel. I recently had 100 book marks printed with the verses of Matthew 11:28-30 printed on them. I offer them to anyone who I learn might be toiling under a heavy burden or who might like them as a close reminder. If nothing else, they’re an invitation to further conversation.

  3. Martin Luther's Disciple says:

    Jean – where are you going to find 100 people who still read ink and paper books and need bookmarks? 🙂
    Good article.

  4. JoelG says:

    #2 Great idea! I know some older folks who still read ink and paper books. I’ve been looking for ideas for things to leave them when we’re gone. I think I just found it.

  5. Xenia says:

    От Матфея 11:28-30 Russian Synodal Version (RUSV)

    28 Придите ко Мне все труждающиеся и обремененные, и Я успокою вас;

    29 возьмите иго Мое на себя и научитесь от Меня, ибо Я кроток и смирен сердцем, и найдете покой душам вашим;

    30 ибо иго Мое благо, и бремя Мое легко.


    If anybody wants to make some in Russian.

  6. Jean says:

    Thank you Comrade! 🙂

  7. John 20:29 says:

    Xenia, okay, i made them, now what do i do with them …. LOL

    one could elaborate a bit on the hiding, i think…. it is man’s pride, his desire to judge or choose the worthiness of a god that puts a barrier between him and his Redeemer, i.e., God doesn’t simply say, “Oh, that person’s I.Q. is too high for the Kingdom,” does He?

  8. Jean says:

    Hi Em,

    Thank you for reading.

    You are quite right in clarifying that a person’s high I.Q. is not a disqualifiier for the Kingdom. However, a high I.Q., like any other gift of God (and a high I.Q. is undoubtedly a gift of God) can be misused by a person.

    A person with a high I.Q. must still submit his/her intelligence and reason to God’s Word and Gospel. He/she must still confess spiritual poverty before a crucified and risen Lord.

  9. John 20:29 says:

    Yes, Jean, i think we agree, perhaps…. The issue is submission to truth and we are so good at rationalization and denial… and self aggrandizing, too perhaps… we call it sophistication and it may be that or …. maybe, better put, sophistry. dunno ?

    I’ve always been amused by the manipulation that usually comes out of psychology – sometimes good, but can be destructive… I ramble – sorry – avoiding taking a couple annoying dogs out in the rain

  10. Jean says:

    Hi Em,

    Since we’re only at the “perhaps” stage, which is better than nothing, and since you brought up psychology (I’m not sure why), I offer these verses from Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians, in support of the theme of the article. I hope this helps:

    “But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, so that no human being might boast in the presence of God.”

    “And I, when I came to you, brothers, did not come proclaiming to you the testimony of God with lofty speech or wisdom. For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. And I was with you in weakness and in fear and much trembling,
    and my speech and my message were not in plausible words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, so that your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.

    Yet among the mature we do impart wisdom, although it is not a wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are doomed to pass away. But we impart a secret and hidden wisdom of God, which God decreed before the ages for our glory. None of the rulers of this age understood this, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.”

  11. John 20:29 says:

    Jean, psychology was a rabbit trail from self justifying …. Plus, i just finished my taxes, the mail carrier set the dogs off and i was avoiding dealing with them by letting my post ramble. (Psychologically speaking. ? ). Sorry

    Love every one of the verses you posted @10… The genius of a God who can use a foolish lerson (or event) to demonstrate His wisdom… One has to learn of Him without an agenda or preconception (as opposed to a frame of reference, which when built upon the wisdom of God is one of our greatest treasures in this life … IMHO. ) The Triune God is an all sufficient wonder…

    Now i’m done. ? God keep

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