Those People

Posted: August 14, 2016 in Luke, Uncategorized

Luke 5:27-39, “Those People”

Who is it that can never get saved?  Stop and think for a moment of the one person that is least likely to become a Christian.  And not only for that kind of person to become nominally born-again, but someone who is completely sold-out to Jesus, following Him as a true disciple.  Sound impossible?  It’s not.  God can reach anyone, saving them by the grace of Jesus.  No one is too much an atheist, too much an alcoholic, too much a criminal, or too much of any kind of sinner to be saved, when they finally humble their hearts before the Lord Jesus Christ.  Jesus can reach anyone, even those people that we might otherwise despise.  ‘Those’ people are just as much in need of grace as anyone else, and Jesus loves them as much as He loves us.  After all, Jesus did not die only for a select group of people – He died for the entire world.

And aren’t you glad?  If we had to somehow make ourselves worthy of the love of God, we would all be lost.  For all the criticism we might have of certain people (‘those’ people), we are just as lost as any of them.  Earthly circumstances might divide us, but spiritually speaking, we’re all in the same place: lost.  If we ourselves do not receive the grace and forgiveness of God, we are doomed for exactly the same hell we might believe others deserve.

For the Jews of Jesus’ day, Levi (Matthew) would have fit the bill.  He was one of ‘those’ people – he was one of the worst: a tax collector.  Surely there was no way he could be saved.  Surely the Messiah would not call a man like that to be a disciple?  Or would He?

Jesus was doing all kinds of different things as His Galilean ministry got underway.  He was casting demons out of men in the synagogue in the morning, and healing multitudes by nightfall.  He was calling ordinary fishermen as His disciples, while astounding the religious elite with His claim to be able to forgive.  Although it had been a while, the Jews had seen their share of prophets, but they hadn’t seen anyone like this.  The things Jesus did were new & different.

New isn’t always better, but when Jesus does it, it is.  God was doing something new through Jesus, and it wasn’t appreciated by the religious people of the day.  Praise God He was doing something new in saving ‘those’ people.  If He hadn’t, you & I wouldn’t be saved either.

Luke 5:27–39

  • The call

27 After these things He went out and saw a tax collector named Levi, sitting at the tax office. And He said to him, “Follow Me.” 28 So he left all, rose up, and followed Him.

  • It’s one of the greatest conversions in the Bible, and it spans a mere two verses in Luke.  Relatively speaking, that’s par for the course among the Synoptic writers.  Matthew’s own account is a single verse – there’s no mention even by the apostle himself of any surrounding context or background.  It’s as if life began for Matthew on that day. (It did!)  What we do know is that at some point during Jesus’ Galilean ministry, He encountered a tax collector sitting in his booth doing the things that tax collectors did.  Levi had not gone out looking for Jesus, nor does he seem to have been part of the larger crowd that followed Him.  Levi was simply a sinner stuck in his sin – just like we all were when we first met the Lord.
    • Although we often speak in terms of “finding Jesus,” the phrase is inaccurate.  Technically, He finds us.  He is the One who seeks and saves the lost.  When we respond to Christ in faith, it is because He initiated the work in the first place.  We love Him because He first loved us (1 Jn 4:19).
  • Who was this man found by Jesus?  Luke calls him “Levi,” (at least for now), whereas Matthew himself never uses the name.  Why two names?  It does not appear to have been an uncommon practice for people to be known by more than one name.  In some cases, one name was used among the Jews, and another among the Greeks/Romans (i.e. Saul/Paul).  Ultimately, we cannot say in this instance.  Some have theorized that “Levi” was his given name, whereas “Matthew” was his new name in Christ.  He is consistently referred to as Matthew after his conversion, but this is still conjecture/speculation.  That said, the Bible is clear that we do have new names and new identities in Christ (Rev 2:17).  Whatever the reason for the name change for Levi/Matthew is that he did have a new identity, new nature, and new calling because of Jesus.  Whoever he was prior to meeting the Lord, that person was gone.  After the call of Christ, the new nature had begun!
    • Praise God for our new start in Jesus!  Before, we were incredibly lost, but now everything is brand-new!  Treasure that freedom that comes with newness – take hold of your new beginning.  Let go of the past – if you are in Christ, you are a new creation! 2 Corinthians 5:17, "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new."  Who were you?  It no longer matters!  Who you are is a new creature in Christ Jesus.  Praise God!
  • What was it that was so lost about Levi?  He was a tax collector.  He was a Jew employed by the Romans to extract taxes from his own countrymen.  He had a certain quota that he was required to pay, but if he skimmed a bit more to pay himself, the Romans didn’t care.  Thus in the eyes of the Jews, tax collectors were not only traitors working for the unwanted occupying government, but they were thieves enriching themselves off of the labors of their brother Jews.  These were scum – these were people to be despised – people who rightly deserved the judgment of God.  Some individual tax collectors might have been better or worse than others, but none of that mattered.  To the Jews, they were all evil, and they all deserved what they got.
    • Know anyone like that?  Does anyone or any group fall into that category for you?  Be careful!  God may have great plans for them.  He certainly did for Levi!
  • With all of this cultural background in mind, it must have surprised Levi as much as anyone else to see Jesus approach him in his booth.  What was a rabbi doing here?  What did a man so obviously as holy as Jesus want with a man so obviously as sinful as Levi?  Was Levi about to receive a tongue-lashing rebuke?  Was Jesus going to call some sort of demon out of Levi that would have explained his sinful occupation?  As it turned out, it was nothing of the sort.  Jesus does something totally unexpected by walking up to Levi in his booth, and calling him to be His disciple.  All Jesus said was, “Follow Me,” and that was enough.  Levi’s whole life changed in an instant.  Of all of the things & money he could have taken with him, Levi saw it for the dung it was and forsook it immediately.  He left everything to follow Jesus.
  • Consider for a moment was Jesus could have said.  He could have rebuked Levi for his obvious sins against his God and his nation.  He could have commanded Levi to go make restitution before ever thinking of committing his life to God.  He could have ordered some form of penance for all the sin Levi had committed.  But Jesus did none of that.  He simply called Levi to follow Him.  He gave Levi a free opportunity at mercy, with no strings attached.  Jesus simply reached out in love and grace.
    • That’s what He does with us.  When Jesus calls us to be saved, He doesn’t come with all sorts of restrictions and stipulations.  Jesus’ offer of salvation doesn’t come with any fine print of which we need to beware.  We put all of those things upon ourselves.  We believe God wants to beat us up over our past sins – we think that we need to clean up our own lives before we go back to God – we think we need to punish ourselves or undergo some form of penance – all before we are able to receive the forgiveness of Jesus.  Not so!  The only thing we need to do is answer His call.  We need to respond.
    • That’s not to downplay the importance of repentance in the life of a believer (Jesus will get to this in a minute) – but all of our repentant actions come as a result of faith in Jesus.  We go to Him first, and He cleans up our lives.  To believe we need to clean up our own lives first is to get things completely backward.  Our sin isn’t reason to stay away from Jesus – it’s the reason we ought to run to Him!
  • What is involved in responding to Jesus?  Simple: leave everything behind.  That’s what Levi did.  That’s what Peter, James, and John did before him (5:11).  Whatever you have, forsake it for Jesus.  Objection: “But you said it was simple.  That’s too hard!”  It is simple; it may not be easy.  There’s nothing complicated about it.  You know what you were…now leave it behind for the sake of Jesus.  What did you have before?  Sin – death – slavery, etc.  Who wouldn’t want to leave that behind?  As for the other things, we have to remember Whom it is that we’re talking about.  Do you honestly think that God cannot be trusted with your hopes and dreams?  Do we really believe God desires to make life utterly miserable for His beloved children?  Of course not!  No one knows us better than our heavenly Father, and no king is more trustworthy than Jesus.  Whatever our circumstance – whatever our attachment, we can leave it behind for the sake of Christ!
  • The criticism.

29 Then Levi gave Him a great feast in his own house. And there were a great number of tax collectors and others who sat down with them. 30 And their scribes and the Pharisees complained against His disciples, saying, “Why do You eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?”

  • We simply have to love the response of Levi!  Once he made the decision to follow Jesus, the first thing he did was to give his friends the same opportunity.  There were other men and women just as lost as he had been, and he knew the One who could save them.  If Jesus had been willing to save Levi, surely Jesus would be willing to save others like him. (And He was!)  So he gathered his fellow tax collectors and other colleagues together to have a “feast” with Jesus.  If they could all sit down for a meal, then they would have the opportunity to see & hear Jesus for themselves, and surely some of them might follow Jesus too.
    • This is all evangelism is: an opportunity for someone else to see Jesus.  It doesn’t have to be complicated.  It doesn’t have to be done only by certain people.  There is only one qualification necessary for you to engage in personal evangelism: you need to know Jesus.  It’s difficult to introduce someone to someone else you yourself do not know.  Otherwise, the door is wide open.  You know Jesus – you know your friends – so now, facilitate an introduction.  Maybe it’s through a Bible tract – maybe through an invitation to church – maybe it’s over coffee or a meal.  Whatever it is, it’s intentional.  Levi held his feast specifically in Jesus’ honor among those who would not know Him otherwise.  Our evangelism needs to be the same way.  We go out with the purpose of sharing Christ, and just take a step of faith.
  • Not everyone appreciated Levi’s effort.  He was already considered to be the wrong type of person to hang around a rabbi or prophet, and now he was inviting even more of the ‘wrong’ people to do the same.  Those were the people who were supposed to be ostracized, kept away from the other respectable folks.  And worse yet, Jesus was actually engaging them!  He was freely eating and drinking with them.  Culturally speaking, sharing a meal was considered extremely intimate, and for Jesus to engage with them in such a way was (in their eyes) almost as bad as going out with them to sin.  Just to be around ‘those’ people was bad – spending quality time with them and discussion with them was unimaginable!
  • What did the scribes and Pharisees do about it?  The same thing most self-righteous hypocrites do: gossip and complain.  They murmured and grumbled their disapproval.  The Greek word is actually an onomatopoeia – a word that sounds like its meaning.  For instance, “greasy” sounds slick.  “Murmur” sounds like whispers.  Here, the word sounds like a grumbling noise (γογγύζω) – which was exactly the state of their hearts.  They didn’t even have the courage to take their grumbling directly to Jesus, as they decided to voice their complaints to the disciples instead.  They whispered against Jesus, attempting to impugn His character.  “Good rabbis wouldn’t eat and drink with sinners, you know…especially those claiming to be the Son of Man.  What business do You have hanging around ‘those’ people?”
    • Sadly, that attitude has not disappeared over time.  There are always some folks holding themselves to be holier-than-thou who believe they have the right to decide who can & who cannot become a Christian.  “Some people just aren’t worthy of the gospel, right?  After all, they don’t look or act enough like me.”  How wrong – how foolish – how arrogant!  The Pharisees of then & today forget that all of us are equally lost & equally declared to be sinners in the sight of God.  If Jesus shouldn’t be with sinners, then He has no business being with us.  Praise God that Jesus came for sinners – that’s our only hope to be saved!
    • Jesus makes precisely this point in His response to them…

31 Jesus answered and said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. 32 I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.”

  • A Savior is only needed for sinners, just like a doctor is only needed by the sick.  If a person doesn’t see himself as sick, then he has absolutely no need to seek out medical attention.  Yet those who understand they are diseased or in need of life-saving surgery run straight to the doctor’s office.  The Pharisees didn’t see themselves as sick, and that was their primary problem.  They wanted a Messiah, but what for?  Surely they wanted the King of Israel to come, but the King was also supposed to be a sacrifice, and they didn’t see themselves in need of one.  But they did.  They were just as much in need of the forgiveness and sacrifice of Jesus as anyone else – they were incredibly diseased with sin, even though they were blind to it.
  • Why didn’t they see it?  Because they were self-righteous.  They could not see their own sin because they had convinced themselves they were righteous on their own merits.  Earlier, we suggested thinking of someone who could not be saved, and this is perhaps the only category: the hard-hearted, proud, self-righteous person.  As long as someone sees him/herself in that way, it is impossible for him/her to be saved.  Why?  Because God resists the proud, and gives grace to the humble (Jas 4:6).  The self-righteous man never understands his need to be given the righteousness of Christ, so he never bothers to ask Christ for it.  He doesn’t understand that he himself is not righteous – that when the Bible talks about all of our attempts at righteousness being like bloody filthy rags (Isa 64:6), or that no one is good, no not one (Rom 3:12), that it’s talking about us.  No one is exempt!  We are all dead in our transgressions (Eph 2:1), and it doesn’t matter how righteous we might believe we are compared to someone else, that compared to God we are as filthy as they come.  That is a hard blindness, and it is a blindness that keeps someone from eternal life.  Thankfully, no one has to remain that way – but as long as they do, it will be impossible for them to be saved.
  • If Jesus didn’t come for the self-righteous, then for whom did He come?  “Sinners.”  Those who understand their sinful state are prime candidates for the salvation of God.  Drug addicts – pagans – adulterers – idolaters – rioters – greedy – lazy – anyone lost in any sin can be saved!  Jesus indeed came for ‘those’ people…and those people are us.
  • Of course Jesus doesn’t want us to remain sinners.  He came for sinners to be saved, and that means there needs to be a change.  Only self-admitted sinners are able to receive salvation, but Jesus’ grace is not a license for us to remain as we were.  Jesus specifically said that He came to call “sinners to repentance.”  What is repentance?  It can be a loaded term, and it’s one that is rarely used outside of a church setting.  Often we equate it with sorrow, with the idea that if we’re sorry about an action, then we’re being repentant.  That’s not really the idea.  Godly sorrow definitely leads someone to repentance (2 Cor 7:10), but repentance is more than mere contrition.  A person can be sorry over sin simply because he/she got caught doing it – not because he/she actually wants to change.  And “change” is a key thought here.  The word is μετάνοια, a strengthened form of the word “to think.”  Μετα  = preposition for “around, about, unto” … νοεω  = “to consider, think, understand.”  Think of it as a change of mind that leads to a change of direction.  We used to think one way about a certain act or behavior, but our thinking has so radically changed that we wouldn’t even consider doing it any longer.  For instance, some singles make a practice of sleeping with every person they date.  Once coming to faith in Jesus, that thinking changes because they understand that God has reserved sex for the marriage relationship, so now they no longer do it.  They have repented.  Their thinking changed, and their actions changed as a result.
    • This is what Jesus calls us to!  Can you imagine a scenario in which Levi claimed to follow Jesus, but went on in his career as a tax collector?  Or Paul coming to the realization that Jesus is God, yet still persecuting the church as a Pharisee?  Inconceivable!  How then do we think we are exempt in regards to our own sin? Can we continue in our lust – our greed – our covetousness – our addictions – our rage?  Surely not.  We must repent.
  • Please note that to Jesus, repentance is part & parcel with following Him as a disciple.  He called Levi to follow Him, had the opportunity to call others to do the same at the feast – and what does He do, other than call them to repentance?  Repentance is not an add-on option to our faith in Christ; it’s part of it.  That’s not to say that repentance is a requirement to be saved, as a kind of works-based salvation.  Perish the thought!  Never once does Jesus preach a works-based gospel.  What He does preach is a gospel that affects our works.  When someone gives his life to Christ, his life is ­changed – it is foundationally affected by Jesus.  Our thinking changes, and thus our actions and lives change.  And why not?  After all, we’ve been given a new nature by Jesus.  We are made new creations, indwelled by the Holy Spirit, impacted on a spiritual level by His word.  How could our lives not change?  If we’ve had such an interaction with the personal Creator God of the universe, we ought to expect such a transformation.  There would be something wrong if we didn’t change, and had no sign of repentance.
    • And there is.  If you’re listening to this, thinking to yourself, “I don’t know what this guy is talking about.  I’m a Christian and my life hasn’t changed much at all,” then you’ve got a serious problem.  Paul told the Corinthians the same thing when they claimed to be Christians, but lived lives that were completely carnal.  2 Corinthians 13:5, "Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Do you not know yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you are disqualified."  Examine yourself – take the test!  If that describes you, then do something about it.  Surrender to the call of Jesus today, asking Him for His forgiveness, and for His work to make you a new creature.  Ask Him to save you, and He will.
  • Different disciples.

33 Then they said to Him, “Why do the disciples of John fast often and make prayers, and likewise those of the Pharisees, but Yours eat and drink?”

  • So Jesus has just shut down the scribes & Pharisees in regards to Levi.  When confronted with the statement that not only was Jesus glad to eat and drink with such people, but that those sinners (‘those’ people) were precisely the type of people He had come to save, one would think the religious snobs might sober up a bit.  Perhaps they would do a bit of self-reflection and see that they were also sick & in need of a spiritual physician.  Alas, no.  Instead, they firm up in their opposition to Jesus.  Again, like so many other religious hypocrites, when rebuffed on one issue, they simply found something else of which they could complain.  Self-righteous people always have to find fault with others.  If they don’t, they might be forced to come grips with the faults of their own.
  • What was it this time?  Spiritual discipline.  Since they were complaining about Jesus’ tendency to eat and drink with sinners, now the complaint was His tendency to eat and drink at all.  Technically, the Pharisees raised their complaint as it concerned Jesus’ disciples, but their meaning was clear.  After all, disciples only do what they see their Master doing.  If the disciples of Jesus ate & drank often, it was because Jesus did it too.  Question: what’s wrong with eating & drinking?  Absolutely nothing.  The Pharisees weren’t complaining about Jesus’ disciples taking daily sustenance as much as they were looking at the disciples’ readiness to feast (per Levi’s feast).  Feasting was done in times of celebration, whereas fasting was done in times of mourning.  The Pharisees and their disciples (as well as those of John the Baptist) fasted on a regular basis.  In fact, the Pharisees were known to fast twice every week, and they held it as a sign of their true spiritual prowess.  Interestingly, fasting was only commanded by the law of Moses at a single time each year (the Day of Atonement – Yom Kippur); the Pharisees did it twice per week.  Theirs wasn’t a sign of spiritual humility as much as it was religious pride.  And like the legalists they were, they were not satisfied abiding by their own rules themselves; they had to impose it upon everyone else as well.
  • Jesus responds by pointing out some key differences between He & them…

34 And He said to them, “Can you make the friends of the bridegroom fast while the bridegroom is with them? 35 But the days will come when the bridegroom will be taken away from them; then they will fast in those days.”

  • Difference #1: Jesus’ disciples had good reason to feast & celebrate.  They had the “bridegroom” with them!  The long-awaited Messiah was in their midst, walking & talking among them.  Why wouldn’t they celebrate?  It would be inappropriate not to do so.  After all, who goes to a wedding wearing clothes of mourning and publicly fasting from the wedding cake?  Weddings are times of celebration; not weeping.  The Pharisees were basically saying that Jesus’ disciples needed to act like they were going to a funeral.  Jesus knew better – He knew they were headed for the wedding feast.
    • Jesus IS the bridegroom, and we as the Church are His bride.  Ultimately, all marriages are supposed to point to that marriage, which is one reason why it is a sacred institution to God, and one reason why individual marriages are to be treasured and cared for.  As Christians, we look forward to that day of the wedding feast, though we don’t know exactly what it will be like.  Whatever it is, no doubt it will be amazing!
  • Difference #2: Jesus’ disciples would later have a good reason to fast.  Eventually Jesus would suffer & die, and the disciples would have true reason to mourn & fast.  Unlike the Pharisees, it wouldn’t be for religious show.  For the disciples, it would be heartfelt & sincere.  The remaining 11 disciples (as well as the women who followed Jesus) were truly heartbroken and despondent during those three days of death, and although the Scripture never tells us, it’s doubtful they ate anything at all.  Thankfully, it didn’t last long!
    • Don’t miss the prophetic allusion Jesus makes to His death.  His ministry had barely begun – He had not even yet finished calling the 12 disciples, and already He is referring to the cross.  It was always on His mind, for this was the reason He had come.
  • BTW – never once does Jesus condemn fasting & declare it as bad; He simply gives the reason His disciples didn’t do it at the time, especially as a part of a prideful religious practice.  There are times that it is appropriate for Christians to fast, especially when you feel God’s leading to do so.  The key is to do it between you & God, not calling any special attention to yourself.  A fast is supposed to be a period of focused humility as a person calls upon the Lord in prayer.  To make it a public show of supposed spirituality is to miss the point entirely. 
  • Different work.

36 Then He spoke a parable to them: “No one puts a piece from a new garment on an old one; otherwise the new makes a tear, and also the piece that was taken out of the new does not match the old. 37 And no one puts new wine into old wineskins; or else the new wine will burst the wineskins and be spilled, and the wineskins will be ruined. 38 But new wine must be put into new wineskins, and both are preserved.

  • Was Jesus doing something different with His disciples?  No doubt.  Was He doing something different in calling people like Levi to be saved?  Certainly.  And that was His intent all along.  Jesus wasn’t interested in reforming Pharisaic Judaism – He wasn’t trying to patch up an old system.  He was doing something completely new & different.  That’s the only way it would work.
  • That’s the point of the parable.  We buy our clothes pre-shrunk for washing, but it wasn’t always that way.  Garments of earlier generations had problems if the material was mismatched, with patches making tears worse than before.  Ancient pigments had issues matching up in the first place.  Likewise with the practice of making wine.  As fermentation occurs, gas builds up in a wineskin, stretching it.  What would happen if the skin was already stretched to the max?  Destruction.  Thus new wine had to go in new wineskins, just like new patches had to go with new garments.  To try to mix the two was to ruin both. The Pharisees were asking Jesus to mix His teaching with their old tradition – it simply wasn’t going to work.
  • And it’s not as if they really wanted Jesus’ new teaching anyway.  Vs. 39…

39 And no one, having drunk old wine, immediately desires new; for he says, ‘The old is better.’ ”

  • Some people never want to try something new.  No matter what is presented before them, they’ll always choose the old, simply because it is what they know.  Those who drink wine often prefer older vintages, because they assume them to always be better.  True wine connoisseurs know that it all depends on the wine.  Some wine ages well; most others turn into spoiled vinegar.  But if someone has drunk vinegar all of his life, having only known vinegar, how quickly do we think he’ll choose to drink something truly fine?  It takes some convincing.
  • Likewise for the Pharisees.  Jesus was presenting something new to them – truly different, but truly better.  Unlike their old tradition, which was a perversion of the good law given them by God, Jesus offered them a gospel of grace.  Instead of running to it, the resisted it.  Why?  Because all they knew was the old.  They preferred their old traditions because they were comfortable in it, and felt like they could control it.  To receive of the gospel of Jesus meant that they needed to get out of their comfort zone, and surrender themselves to Someone else – and they simply were not yet willing to do it.  They missed out tremendously.

Conclusion:
Something different was happening with Jesus – something new & wonderful.  The people to whom He offered the gospel were different than before – the way His disciples followed Him was different than others – but this difference was good.  This difference made ALL the difference in the world!  All of a sudden, the distinction between the self-righteousness of the Pharisees and the true righteousness of God became like night & day.  It became really obvious that what was there before had something wrong (like the green water in the Olympic swimming pool).  There is something wrong with certain people being purposefully excluded from the grace of God – there is something wrong with spiritual disciplines of humility being used as a legalistic hammer against others and being a source of pride – there is something wrong with choosing the vinegar of men over the true wine of God.  Was what Jesus doing different?  Yes – and praise God that it was!

Jesus did something truly different & truly good when He saved us.  Of all the people in the world, He reached out to people like you & me.  There is no way we deserve His grace – we did nothing to make ourselves more pleasing in His sight than anyone else – we were riddled with spiritual disease, in desperate need of a divine Doctor.  And that’s when Jesus saw us, called us, and saved us.  He loved us first, gave us the opportunity to follow Him, and that’s what we did.  Now we are new creations, saved by His grace.  We have a new beginning & a new opportunity to be a part of the work of Jesus.

So be a part!  It would be so easy for us to come to Jesus like Levi, but then settle into the role of the Pharisees.  Indeed, that’s what many people do.  They want to be saved, but they aren’t so sure they want other people saved with them.  Be careful of such hypocrisy!  If the love of Jesus is available to us, it is available to all the world.  That means Jesus extends His same offer of grace to drug addicts, alcoholics, criminals, terrorists, republicans, democrats, and every other category of person we can think of.  If we can be saved, anyone can be saved.  So let us be a part in saving them!  We can throw our own feasts, introducing people to Jesus.  We can pray for the lost, make friends with ‘those’ people, and help them see Jesus for themselves.

It’s difficult to do that if we’re still playing around with sins of the past.  Jesus called us as sinners, but He called us to repent from our sin.  Turn away from those things – be done with those things.  Jesus has given you a new nature – allow Him to give you a new way of thinking.  Repent, and walk as that new creation He has made you to be.

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