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Two of the most misunderstood words in the Western Church — 2 Comments

  1. Amen Brother!

    Total surrender to the Lord is to be hot and not lukewarm and the only spiritual status that will give divine protection and save us from being vomited out of His mouth.

  2. Brother, I differ with you when it comes to the use of the word “surrender”. To begin with, this word is not even used by the Holy Spirit. It is true in in Ro. 6:13 we are told to “yield ourselves”, “present ourselves” or offer ourselves. In Ro. 12:1 we are commanded “to offer or present our bodies.” In James.4:7 we are commanded to “submit ourselves” unto God and resist the devil. In Pr.23:26 we are commanded to “give our hearts” to the Lord. All the above expressions connote our willingness. On the other hand the word “surrender” in addition not being used in the Bible by the Holy Spirit it connotes completion. The Lord says to Adam “And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat:”gen.2:16.
    The Lord wants only a willing heart with a “willing offering”. This phrase “willing offering” occurred In 6 places.

    Exodus 35:29 every man and woman (whom their heart hath made willing to bring in for all the work which Jehovah commanded to be done by the hand of Moses) ‘of’ the sons of Israel brought in a willing-offering to Jehovah. (YLT)

    Exodus 36:3 And they take from before Moses all the heave-offering which the sons of Israel have brought in for the work of the service of the sanctuary to do it; and still they have brought in unto him a willing-offering morning by morning. (YLT)

    Leviticus 22:23 As to an ox or a sheep enlarged or dwarfed — a willing-offering ye do make it, but for a vow it is not pleasing. (YLT)

    2 Chronicles 35:8 And his heads, for a willing-offering to the people, to the priests, and to the Levites, have lifted up; Hilkiah, and Zechariah, and Jehiel, leaders in the house of God, to the priests have given for passover-offerings two thousand and six hundred, and oxen three hundred; (YLT)

    Ezra 3:5 and after this a continual burnt-offering, and for new moons, and for all appointed seasons of Jehovah that are sanctified; and for every one who is willingly offering a willing-offering to Jehovah. (YLT)

    Ezra 8:28 And I say unto them, ‘Ye ‘are’ holy to Jehovah, and the vessels ‘are’ holy, and the silver and the gold ‘are’ a willing-offering to Jehovah, God of your fathers; (YLT)

    It is clear the Lord wants our willingness and not to do any thing out of sense of obligation.

    Personally, It is more honoring to the Lord if we follow to the Word of the Holy Spirit than to invent new word which is not his.