Dead Men’s Bones
I had a dream just before waking on the morning of 03/26/2015. In the dream I saw the inside of a church. I saw the pews and what one would normally see in a church. Then I saw that the pews were filled with skeletons. There were entire families of nothing but skeletons. They were just standing there and did not move because they weren’t alive.
The following scriptures come to mind as I am writing this posting.
27 Woe to you, men learned in the scriptures and Pharisees, actors on the stage of life playing the role of that which you are not, for you are like graves whose plastered coverings have been thoroughly whitewashed, which are of such a nature that on the one hand, the outsides appear beautiful, but on the other hand, their insides are full of dead men’s bones and every uncleanness. 28 In the same manner also, as for you, you on the one hand appear to men, righteous men outwardly, but on the other hand, you are full of the acting of an actor playing the role of that which he is not, and of lawlessness.
1 And to the messenger of the assembly in Sardis write at once:These things says He who has the seven Spirits of God and the seven stars. I know with absolute clearness your works, that you have a reputation that you are alive. And yet you are dead.
Several things come to mind here the first being that the building looks good on the outside but is nothing but death on the inside. Secondly the churches with the reputation of being alive but in all actuality are dead. I think that the word reputation is the key word here as well as it has a lot to do with outward appearances. Churches are very concerned about their reputation and how they are perceived. It is part of their marketing strategy. Contrast that with what is said of Jesus.
The Humbled and Exalted Christ
5 Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, 6 who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, 7 but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. (NKJVS)
What does Jesus think of us should be our only concern. Let it be heaven’s opinion of us that guides our actions and not the opinions of men.