Some “non-pen” Thoughts
Greetings everyone may the peace of God which surpasses all understanding keep your hearts and minds through faith in Jesus Christ.
This is all straight talk, there’s no partial revelation, double talk, ambiguity or half truth here at all. When it comes to the presentation of the Good News the truth is all that is involved. This is what I believe, teach and confess. This is the underlying philosophy for all that I do. What that means to me is that what the Bible says is really the way it is! John 17:17 (NIV): “Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth.”
Since everything in the Bible is true, every detail is important!
The words, the grammar, the context, the era, the implications, all of those details are to be taken seriously. Not to fear, however, since the Bible is a love story. It is the story of God’s love for sinful mankind. John 3:16 (NIV) “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
Not only does the Scripture reveal the absolute truth about God, it was given to us as it says:To thoroughly equip mankind for the Christian way of living. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 (NIV): “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” When Jesus commissioned his disciples to evangelize the world not only was the scope of the project global, but the content of their teaching was to be complete, nothing more or nothing less. Matthew 28:18-20 makes this perfectly clear. Matthew 28:18-20 (NIV):18 “Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
Please note that there is no political correctness here, nor is there any higher critical evaluation, nor slicing and dicing according to the whims and fancies of those to whom the disciples where to go. When the Gospel message tells us that Christ died on the cross for the sins of all men that’s exactly what it means. Rom. 5:6 reminds us: “You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless,Christ died for the ungodly.” And, again we are told:in Rom. 5:8: “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
Here we hear the words of God! Each one is important. Here we hear God speaking to us! Everything he says to us is what he intends for us to hear and to apply to our lives. So we hear in John 20:31: “But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.” So it is that our hearts rejoice as we hear the words of the absolution: Matthew 9:2: ”And, behold, they brought to him a man sick of the palsy, lying on a bed: and Jesus seeing their faith said unto the sick of the palsy; Son, be of good cheer; thy sins be forgiven thee.”
Pay close attention to the details my dear friend, until next Time: God Bless!
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