In today’s world, when we see someone being exposed, it is generally viewed as a negative thing. Bad publicity. A Scandal.
And-in the world-when the world exposes someone, it is usually with the intent to destroy the reputation and image of another. They use the TRUTH they know about someone to totally ruin their image.
So this brings us to exposing someone in the church…
When we expose someone (and yes, there are times that we should!), it is supposed to be with the intent of bringing that person to a state of repentance.
Exposure: The act or an instance of exposing, /Revelation, especially of crime or guilt.
Expose: To reveal the guilt or wrongdoing of/To make known.
It is only in the religious setting that exposure is deemed or looked upon as a bad thing. But my grandmother used to say that a wound cannot heal unless you let sunlight shine on it and allow fresh air to hit it. Her argument was that instead of putting bandaids on wounds, that we need to allow air and light to hit the wound, that it will heal faster.
I also have talked to some doctors that have advised me to let a wound ‘air out,’ that fresh air is actually better for some wounds than to try and cover it up or seal it up with gauzes or bandaids.
I chose the picture above because when we understand why the Ten Commandments were written-to show us that we have sin, it is our very nature-Romans 7:7, then we can also understand that GOD HIMSELF exposed ALL OF OUR SIN right then and there. He had been doing it before then…we just didn’t realize it til Mt. Sinai.
That is why the Levites were consecrated to make sacrifices for our sin. Because THEN, we knew about our sin. We were found GUILTY…every last one of us.
But God had a plan of redemption-a way of escape-for us ALL. And that way was through Jesus Christ of Nazareth!
A priest forever after the order of Melchezidek.
But that way could NOT have been made had we not known that we had sinned. Until it was EXPOSED that we are all sinners until we are born again.
The very nature of the Word of God is that of an EXPOSER.
For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
Dividing soul and spirit and discerning the intents of the heart sounds like a fancy way of exposing sin to me…how about you?
If God Himself was not an exposer, we would all still be in our sin. On our way to hell …in a handbasket.
But because God LOVES us, He will show us ourselves. He will show us FIRST…and if we don’t get it-or refuse to repent-then He will allow our sin to be aired out in public.
He will allow whatever to whomever to get us out of sin and bondage.
Let the wind of the Holy Ghost and the light of the Word of God shine on our sin-I will for mine-and let GOD’S exposure bring quick healing and deliverance!