Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Obeying Immoderate Commands

There are two benedictions at the end of letters in the Bible. I am placing them here at the beginning of this article.

Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with all of you. (2 Thessalonians 3:16 NIV)

May the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen. (Hebrews 13:20, 21 NIV)

Please look at every phrase, for I will not comment on all of them. Notice “at all times and in every way” and “everything good for doing his will.” The God of peace does a thorough work in us.

Recently I have been conscious of the lack of moderate commands in the Scriptures. During the same period of time, I have noticed many Christians moderating these commands. The commands are so extreme that we think we have to run them through a transformer or a reduction gear to bring them down to our size, so we can consider the possibility of obeying them. This is neither honest nor necessary.

There are also immoderate promises like the ones quoted above. Believing the immoderate promises is the means of obeying the immoderate commands.

(An excerpt from On Being a Christian by Jim Wilson)

1 comment:

Debby said...

I really enjoy your plain-speaking, hard-hitting posts! Very edifying!