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Textual Definition: Desiring favorable opinions of others.
Scripture: John 12:42-43
“Nevertheless many even of the rulers believed in Him, but because of the Pharisees they were not confessing Him, for fear that they would be put out of the synagogue; for they loved the approval of men rather than the approval of God.” NASB
Hand Book for Christian Living:
There are 8 units in our textbook 1. Church Concerns 2. Daily Living 3. Doctrine 4. End Times 5. Personal Growth 6. Relationships 7. Service and Out-reach and 8. Spiritual Discipline. The Relationships subset is comprised of: Accountability, Children, Family, Friends, Loneliness, Love, Parenting, Reconciliation, Seeking Approval and Sex. Seeking Approval in on page 443 in textbook.
The Back Drop!
In this setting Jesus is celebrated among the people after Lazarus is raised from the dead (John 11:44) and Mary anointed his feet (John 12:4). Jesus taught contrasting light and darkness (John 12:35, 46). In our scripture He spoke concerning those among the Jews who believed in him yet refrained from confessing Him as Lord. (Romans 10:9). Were they were blinded by their own inaction? Was their faith without works? (James 2:20).
The scripture preceding verse 42 begins “Nevertheless,” this indicates a continuation of a previous thought: “This is why they were unable to believe, because Isaiah also said: He has blinded their eyes and hardened their hearts, and be CONVERTED, and I would heal them (John 12:40). Was Jesus making it a point that because of a lack of confessing Him, one remains unconverted even after believing in him?
What is meant in the Scripture text when it says,
“He (God) has blinded their eyes and hardened their hearts.”
Early Secret Christians:
Nicodemus (John 3:2) and Joseph of Arimathea (John 19:38) and many Pharisees believed on Jesus but failed to publicize their views.
Are Christians operating as secret Christians today?
If so what are the consequences?
Our Conversion into Christianity:
Requires belief and confession…
Conversion: our part is to place a high value upon belief in Christ and holiness as a way of life.
Celebration The people ignited the jealousy of the Jews, when celebrating Jesus on Palm Sunday. Celebrating Jesus is the most intelligent thing a person can do, however one may offend non-believers when doing so. Because of seeking the approval of others many fail to praise God.
Completion, Wholeness, HEALING, Maturity and Perfection are goals of holiness through Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
“Comparisons is the root of all feelings of inferiority” James Dobson
“Comparisons only lead to dead end.” Charles Stanley
A Closer Look
“The root cause of wanting the approval of others is the fear of rejection and the fear of losing something. Rejection results in feelings of worthlessness”… “People who constantly and fervently seek the approval of others live with an identity crisis. They don’t know who they are, and they are defined by what others think of them. The sad part is, if your security is built on others, you are fragmented.” (pg 444). “He who builds his hope on the people builds upon the sand.”
God and You a majority!
…”If God be for us, who can be against us?” Romans 8:31
A wise man builds upon a rock. “Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock” Matt.7:24.
Value the approval of God “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needed not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth” (II Tim 2:15).
“…The testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy…”
Trust in Him!