We can assume we do God’s work, but still do lawlessness. The lawlessness I mention here translates to anomia. This word means the total disregard of God’s written and living word. Here, it is important to note that God’s word is also Jesus. Thus, anyone who disregards Jesus Christ falls into this category of lawlessness. It might be difficult to accept we live in such lawlessness if we deceive ourselves to think we do what God wants. However, whatever we trick ourselves into thinking is God’s work will not last.
Author: Dwight A. Lucas II
The Joy of the Gospel website was created by me, Dwight A. Lucas II in 2006. Since 2006, the mission of Joy of the Gospel has been to share the good news of Jesus Christ. Such good news is that Jesus Christ died for our sins. He died for our sins so that everyone could live with God forever. Not only did Jesus die for us, but God raised him back to life on the third day. His resurrection is great news because now he prays to God for us!
This website is like my Christian journal. So I hope this website encourages you on your journey with Jesus Christ. However, if you don’t know Jesus, accepting him as your Lord and savior is easy. This website has a Salvation page to help you on taking the first steps to accepting Jesus. Accepting Jesus as your Lord and savior is the best decision you can make in your life. I know this because having Jesus as my Lord and savior is the best thing in my life!
Although unbelief makes people go to hell, it is more than a mind thing. Instead of happening all in the mind, we show unbelief with our actions. For example, in a parable Jesus describes actions that typify unbelief. He says, “Who then is that faithful and wise steward whom his master will make ruler over his household to give them their portion of food in due season” (Luke 12:42)? Jesus begins first by asking, Who is believing? Thus, he says, “that servant whom his master will find so doing when he comes” (Luke 12:43). Jesus shows that the believing servant will do something when his master returns.
Unbelief means disbelief or faithlessness. Specifically, it means disbelief in Jesus Christ. Jesus, answering his disciples who wondered why they couldn’t cast out a demon in a man, said, “Because of your unbelief, for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move: and nothing will be impossible for you” (Matthew 17:20). Jesus emphasizes the extreme power of faith in contrast to unbelief. Furthermore, unbelief does not have to be matched by an extreme amount of faith to be overcome. Such a requirement of little faith shows 1) faith is way more powerful than unbelief and 2) God honors faith by empowering His followers.
Jesus says, “if I cast out demons by Beelzebub, by whom do your sons cast them out? Therefore, they will be your judges” (Luke 11:20 KJV). Jesus points out the hypocrisy of some people who witnessed Jesus casting out demons. Some people said that Jesus cast out demons by Beelzebub. Beelzebub (or Beelzeboul) was a name of Satan. This name translates as “the lord of the flies” or “fly-god.” This name emphasizes that Satan is over so-called “demonic flies” or demons. It was this authority over such demons that people claimed Jesus had. According to their view, only Satan could command demons since he had authority over demons. Thus people claimed that Jesus operated with the power of Satan.