Two Kinds of Followers

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Today we explored the reality of two different kinds of followers of Jesus Christ.  We see that there are those who are “giving” and those who are “getting” when it comes to Christianity.  Jesus speaks of the wise builder and the unwise builder.  Two very strong contrasts.  Romans 9:6 speaks of “Not all people being ‘Isreal’  
It is not as though God’s word had failed. For not all who are descended from Israel are Israel.  Although outwardly they may have seemed to be the people of God, inwardly they fell short.  Hebrews 4:13 speaks of God’s word judging the hearts and attitudes of the people.  If the attitude of the heart is bad then naturally what comes out of the person is probably going to be unsavory as well.  Just as Jesus rebukes the Pharasees in Matthew 23,   27 “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of the bones of the dead and everything unclean. 28 In the same way, on the outside you appear to people as righteous but on the inside you are full of hypocrisy and wickedness.  But if the heart is genuine, as that of Jesus Christ, then that person is learning to be a mirror image of Christ himself.