Double Jeopardy – Matthew 22:29

But Jesus answered and said to them, “You are mistaken, not understanding the Scriptures nor the power of God.

I’m not really sure what the legal term ‘double jeopardy’ specifically means; however, the phrase in general has a ring about it that describes these so called religious leaders, the Saducees. It also seems to clearly describe many who claim to be Christian leaders today. Not only do these people fail to understand the Written Revelation of God, His inspired Word, they also seem to be totally in the dark about the power of God. They minimize His Word and deny His power. (Brings to mind a passage in 2 Tim 3:1-5).

They have reduced the Scriptures to simple historical ‘narratives’ and explained away its meaning and message. They have totally missed the key ingredient in all of it: the supernatural power of God. It is this Word that reveals God’s truth and His power that transforms. Missing on both of these points certainly puts an individual in quite a pickle. They refuse to draw the guidance necessary from God’s Word to live holy, blessed lives and also don’t have the peace of knowing His power to transform their lives and usher them into eternity. It truly is a double jeopardy since they live empty, fruitless lives here and have no hope for anything beyond their temporary, fleeting, physical existence. It is double sad – if that’s even a phrase.

Jesus doesn’t sugarcoat the truth nor ignore their quandary. God has spoken and has revealed Himself in His power. His Word reveals and His power restores. To miss either is to miss real life on both fronts: the temporary life of this earth and eternal life with God. Listen, He is not the God of dead men walking. He is the God of life giving power for those who will submit to His Living Word, Jesus Christ. His power alone transforms evil, flimsy earthbound souls into good, supernatural, eternal beings. It is God alone through the power of Jesus Christ who can do such. Behold, He is making all things new. The Scriptures reveal it. His power accomplishes it. Thanks be to God!

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