What does this verse Matt 6:33 REALLY mean? I spent decades pondering and searching out the answer.
Every person I ever met mis-interpreted it as: Get “Saved”. Then God will shower you with blessings. They will just rain down out of heaven. Well guess what? That never happened for me. Ben Franklin said: “God helps those who help themselves.” As if life “success” is pro-active, rather than passive. The results of YOUR actions.
I found the “key” in the full meaning of that old word “righteousness”. That word does NOT mean the same as “holiness”. The verse means to “seek” (discover, learn) that which is “right” and true (as in Correct, or something that actually does work). In other words, the natural laws and scientific principles which were set into motion, at the time of the “creation” of our universe.
If you doubt me, just peruse through the book of Proverbs. Virtually Every verse is a statement of The Law of Cause & Effect. Of the form: “If you do this, then this is what will happen”. (What the Bible calls “Sowing and Reaping”.)
I also researched the old Hebrew texts (our Old Testament). For the words “sin” and “saved”. They are VASTLY different from our Gentile view. To ancient Jews, “saved” meant “Protected”, or “Preserved”. That God granted them wisdom of how the world really worked. And if they obeyed these inviolable principles, they would have strength. Enough to ward off their enemies. And material prosperity.
Now, go back and re-read your verse. Substituting our modern meaning for the old King James English word “righteousness”. You will see the new interpretation makes perfect sense. Moreover, it will END the futile foolishness of waiting for blessings to materialize. And, instead, put the POWER of achievement into YOUR HANDS. Just as Brunson is trying to explain.
You know darn well that other verses tell us that: The power to get wealth is God’s gift to us. That the crown of the wise is their riches. That in all labor (intelligent action) there is profit, but talk of the lips alone (in-action) brings poverty.
President LBJ gave us his secret of success. (He was THE single most successful President at passing legislation through Congress.) He said: “Try something. If it doesn’t work, Stop doing it. If it does work, do More of it.”
@Bradford Russo First we need to understand what the kingdom is
This scripture explains it God’s Kingdom is a real government established by God. “The kingdom of God” is also called “the kingdom of heaven” in the Bible, since it rules from heaven. (Mark 1:14, 15; Matthew 4:17, King James Version) It shares many attributes of human governments, yet it is superior to them in every way.
This sounds great. But, Russell is a Mormon, and I am a Christian. There ARE important differences.
I side with our American Founding Fathers. They were “Deist”. Which means they believed some “diety” / “god” existed. Some natural force which is beyond man’s control. (Which is obvious.) BUT, they did NOT believe He intervened on an individual or personal level. He treated ALL people identically. With NO show of favoritism.
Hint, Hint, HINT … “We hold these truths to be self evident. That all men are created equal. That they are endowed by their Creator with certain in-alienable rights … ” … “One nation, under God, indivisible. With liberty and justice for ALL.”
In researching this, I found 9 different Bible verses which said “God is No respecter of persons”. Or similar language which says the same thing. He can Not treat people differently, as in super-natural divine intervention.
The Founding Fathers, as well as Abe Lincoln, refused to attend formal (Denominational) churches. They disdained the idea that any given denomination had a monopoly on Truth, or the power to grant “Salvation”.
Brunson is clumsily trying to voice something discovered by the ancient Greek philosophers. We call it “the Meaning of Life”. Jewish psychiatrist, Viktor Frankl observed and discovered it, by surviving the Nazi concentration camps.
Albert Einstein was asked: “What is the purpose of life?” He replied: “To serve other people.” Then he paused and added: “What else could it be?” As if to say: “Well Duh ! That should be obvious.”
This is perfect
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