August 23, 2019

That Which Doth Not Profit

By Johnie Edwards

Hundreds of years ago, the weeping prophet, cried out the word of the Lord in the ears of God’s people, “Hath a nation changed their gods, which are yet no gods? but my people have changed their glory for that which doth not profit” (Jer. 2:11). Many today have changed their glory for that which is worthless.

1. Non-Profit Gods. Like the nation of Israel, some have changed the glory of GOD by being “. . . carried away unto these dumb idols” (1 Cor. 12:2). Many have allowed “the god of this world” to blind their minds” (2 Cor. 4:4). To serve false gods is but to change glory for the worthless.

2. Non-Profit Words. Paul’s charge to Timothy was to remind the brethren, “. . . that they strive not about words to no profit” (2 Tim. 2:14) . Some are not content to just teach the word of God but are given to “. . . fables and endless genealogies, which minister questions, rather than godly edifying” (1 Tim. 1:4). We must not “give heed to Jewish fables, and commandments of men, that turn from the truth” (Tit. 1:14) .

3. Non-Profit Preaching. Some preaching does not profit. The Hebrew writer said, “. . . but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it” (Heb. 4:2). You see, this is so, because, “ But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that He is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him” (Heb. 11:6). Unbelieved preaching is not very profitable for the hearer.

4. Non-Profit Faith. James asked, “What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? Can faith save him” (Jas. 2:14)? Can the kind of faith which produces no action save? Take the time to read the illustrations of James to understand that “. . . faith without works is dead” (Jas. 2:15-26).

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Truth Magazine Vol. XLV: 3  p8  February 1, 2001