GOD'S PERSPECTIVE IS VERTICAL
June 22, 2003
used many different tools for teaching his disciples.
In Matthew 22:23-46,
he gives us an example of “rightly dividing” the Word of truth.
this study technique of “rightly dividing,” let’s take a “vertical”
look at evil, keeping in mind, that the Kingdom of Heaven is not only a place,
it’s also a system (Matthew
it comes to understanding the scriptures, we are totally dependent upon the Holy
Spirit to guide us (John 16:7-13).
Under His guidance we must “study” the Word and use care not to take
words for granted. “Conviction”
is one of many words that we often brush over without really considering what it
means. Though the Holy Spirit,
according to John 16:8,
“convicts” us of sin, we tend to think of this in terms of the Holy Spirit
making us “aware” that there is a sin problem.
But there’s more.
a criminal trial, the guilty are “convicted.”
In much the same way, the Holy Spirit “convicts” us.
We are found “guilty” of sin (Praise God for the blood!) (John
ORDAINED THE TWELVE Matthew
We must assume from this passage that Judas also healed the sick,
cleansed the lepers, raised the dead, and cast out devils.
So, was Judas Iscariot an evil man?
Horizontally? Most likely.
AT JUDAS LIKE WE’VE NEVER SEEN HIM BEFORE -- Horizontally.
Iscariot was not necessarily a wicked, evil, man -- at least not in the eyes of
the world (horizontal)! The more
evil we can make others out to be, the more righteous we make ourselves to
appear. That’s how the world does
it. That’s how the world justifies
its sin! And that is why the world
hated Jesus (John
3:16-21; John 7:7).
world has a horizontal standard. But
in the eyes of God (vertical), according to His nature, according to His law,
according to His perspective, wickedness and evil are defined as any violation
of His law (The Standard).
it comes to God’s law (His standard), obedience is better than sacrifice (1
When it comes to God’s law, vertical is the standard, and horizontal
it comes to your daily Christian life, is your standard horizontal or is it
If any man have ears to hear, let him hear.