Jim Wilson is the retired director of Community Christian Ministries in Moscow, Idaho. He will be posting regularly, so check back in soon!

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Applying the Word 2

I received this request in response to the last post: “Jim, please give me a couple of examples.”

There are many examples where Christians are hesitant to obey clear commands.

• Church discipline. Read 1 Corinthians 5, especially verses 9-13.
• Our relationships with evil people and enemies. Read Matthew 5:39-45.
• The qualifications for elders and deacons. Read 1 Timothy 3:1-13, Titus 1:5-9, and 1 Peter 5:1-4.
• Complaining and arguing: Philippians 2:14.
• Being thankful: 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18.
• Hospitality: Luke 14:12-14.

The list could keep going.

The examples above all have to do with obedience. Here are a few examples on statements of fact: Colossians 3:9, Romans 1:6, Galatians 2:20, Romans 8:9. These are stand-alone verses. The chapters they are in make the truths much clearer. I have not shared interpretations with you. In many cases, the interpretation takes away the power and the clarity of the text.

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