Rain Falls On The Just And The Unjust: Flood Series Part 8 of 8

Matthew 5:43-48
“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’  But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, DO GOOD TO THOSE WHO HATE YOU, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you,  that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He (God) makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, AND SENDS RAIN ON THE JUST AND ON THE UNJUST.
“For if you love those who love you, what reward have you? Do not even the tax collectors do the same?  And if you greet your brethren only, what do you do more than others? Do not even the tax collectors do so?  Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect.”

We’ve come to the end of this study of Noah’s Flood.  We’ve talked a lot about the flood, about rain…..LOTS OF RAIN…..about judgment and grace and prophecies of the end times.

The final topic I’d like to discuss is another one about rain that is spoken of in the opening verse:  “for He (God) makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, AND SENDS RAIN ON THE JUST AND ON THE UNJUST.”

Judgment On Believers?

God so loved the world, Church:  The WHOLE WORLD.  That means both the just and the unjust.  He sends the sunshine and the rain on both of them.

The opening verse about rain has been quoted so many times, or should I say, “MISquoted,” that is has been MISunderstood and MISapplied, with a negative connotation in the Church, sadly.  Most often the preacher is implying that judgment falls on believers just like it does on unbelievers.

NOTHING COULD BE FURTHER FROM THE TRUTH.

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No More Condemnation!

If the flood of Noah’s day is any indication, rain did indeed fall on the just and the unjust.  But consider what  Romans 8:1 plainly says:

“There is therefore now NO CONDEMNATION to them that are in Christ Jesus.”   That means ALL judgment, ALL punishment, even death, is behind the believer.

(For more on this topic, follow the link below:

Even if your earth space suit discontinues…..you know, if you die…..the real you goes on living…..somewhere.

You see, in the beginning, God formed man out of the dust of the earth.  But he was nothing more than a lifeless “mannequin,” if you will, until God BREATHED into him and he became a living soul.

Folks, the spirit inside you is the very breath of God.  That’s why it cannot discontinue.  It will continue on after you physically die. It will exist somewhere…..FOREVER.  Based on your acceptanceor rejection…of Jesus Christ, YOU CHOOSE WHERE.
More Alive When You’re Dead.
If you have been born into God’s family you no longer die; you just relocate…..to heaven!  HALLELUJAH!  Now you are MORE ALIVE THAN EVER!  Your physical body and the forces against it are no longer a hindrance.  Suddenly, you find it hard to believe that you are so alive after you are dead!
When Adam sinned against God and fell, he didn’t die physically; not right away that is.  He died spiritually.  There was so much of the life of God in him that he lived a-a-a-a-a-ll the way until he was 930 years old!
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Born Spiritually Dead.
From that day to this, mankind is born into this world spiritually dead.  EVERY SINGLE HUMAN BEING NEEDS JESUS TO BRING THEIR SPIRIT BACK TO LIFE.  You see, He didn’t come to make bad people good; He came to make DEAD PEOPLE LIVE.
Those who refuse to accept Jesus as Savior will go on existing forever as well:  In hell, which, I assure you, is a very real place of eternal darkness, torment, torture, and suffering that never ends.
Hell Was Not Made For Man.
Please don’t listen to the devil’s lies about Jesus and forfeit eternal life in heaven. He talked a lot about that awful, evil, eternal place, because He doesn’t want any of us to go there. It was designed for the devil and his angels, not man. It is a place where the fire is not quenched and the worm NEVER dies, where the condemned are tormented FOREVER:  No parole, no reprieve.  Is that what you want?  
I CERTAINLY HOPE NOT!!!
Keep The Bible In Context.
That whole negative idea that “Rain” is referring to judgment falling on the just and the unjust comes from you-know-who.  He is always trying to give Our Father a bad Name and to bring you and I under condemnation.  Read the verse IN CONTEXT, however, and it becomes clear what Jesus meant:  That God loves the whole world.
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HE BLESSES THE UNJUST BECAUSE OF THE JUST.
Jesus was speaking here in Matthew to Jewish people who had a mistaken idea about their Messiah. You see, in their mind, ignorant Gentiles were the unjust ones. He was letting them know that God loves all people, not just the Jews.
(For more on the topic of context and rightly dividing, you may follow the link below:

Messiah Not Only For Israel.

The Jewish people also had the mistaken idea that the Messiah was only for them. They didn’t understand that Jesus would die on a cruel cross for the sins of the entire world; yes, even for those disgusting, ignorant, barbaric Gentiles.  Well, that’s how they thought of them anyway.

They had no idea that Jesus was going to build His Church and, most assuredly, they would not have guessed that it would consist of Gentile people from every nation, every tribe, and every tongue.

Aren’t you glad Jesus had a more inclusive agenda?!

Of course, too much rain isn’t good either.  Floods are destructive.  THE FLOOD of Noah’s day was a judgment on all mankind at that time.  Lest you think God was unjust to send it, follow the link below.  The “people” that were killed in that flood weren’t fully human:

But now, because of Christ, there is therefore now NO MORE JUDGMENT of any kind for us, Church.  HALLELUJAH!
Be greatly blessed, highly favored, knowing that you are deeply loved by our awesome Abba!  And don’t let the devil “rain on your parade.” Rest assured:  Jesus was not referring to judgment or punishment for you and I when He said “The rain falls on the just and the unjust.”

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