The Mission

“For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world.  John 3:17.

For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died.  And He died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for Him who died for them and was raised again.

So from now one we regard no one from a worldly point of view.  2 Corinthians 5:14-16.

It’s imperitive that we latch onto these truths and keep them foremost in our minds when dealing with the world.

Look at what Jesus told Nicodemus.  If this is God’s heart for the world, who, I might add, didn’t even acknowledge or know Him, then what should our outlook be?  Paul said in just a few verses before the one quoted above,  Since, then, we know what it is to fear the Lord, we try to persuade men (verse 11).  He says in Romans 5:8, But God demonstrates His own love for us in this:  While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.  Both these statements should cause us to re-evaluate our attitude toward the world and God’s intentions for it.

Christ taught and His disciples demonstrated a balanced connection with the secular world.  Strange as it might seem to many in our current mindset Jesus never instructed us to conquer the world for Him or go about ruling it.  Instead He told us to go make disciples, a far more personal and involved task.  The method of teaching someone else means I have to learn the truth I’m recommending well-enough to instruct them.  The root word of discipline is disciple, which points to one who follows a specific teaching.  Knowing this should set us on the path to a better grasp of our relationship to people without Jesus around us and the church.

The confusion always comes in the form of extra-biblical teachings and practices.  The one I’m thinking about this minute is indulgences, a Catholic teaching found no where in the Scriptures.  (Of course, there are many more that derive from Protestants as well, this one just happened to pop into my head.)  Understanding the blood of Jesus subtracts any notion that we can buy our way into sin allowances.  There’s no reason to practice such a tenet because Scripture makes it clear God wants us to become pure, and for those who fall there’s forgiveness and restoration.

The purpose of Jesus’ death is simply to reconcile man to God and man to man.  Anything else is the work of the devil to confuse the issue.  This simplistic truth, however, isn’t opposed to deeper truth in Christ or the mysteries of God.  But my point is what Allister Begg keeps reiterating constantly,  “The plain things are the main things, and the main things are the plain things.”  (I may have gotten that backwards, but you get the idea.)  Revelation aside, most of the Scripture is pretty blunt and startlingly plain.  I believe it’s one of the reasons why those who like to live outside its instructions resent it so much—no where to hide from its truth.

We don’t need more rules, regulations or methodolgies to be effective in Christ.  The Bible is quite sufficient for such a task.  What we do need are teachers who correctly handle the word of truth (2 Timothy 2:15b) and are not given to odd revelations, adding or subtracting from it.  There are plenty of these latter types who forbid people marry and order them abstain from certain foods, which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and who know the truth.  1 Timothy 4:3.

Reaching out to the world with any other than the pure Word of truth means we failure to reach them for God at all.  Our task is simple:  instruct those who belong to Christ in life and godliness according His teachings.  We don’t need to complicate or add to it.  There’s plenty of work to be done with just His Word alone that we really don’t need to create more. 

If Jesus didn’t come into the world to condemn, what do His followers think they are doing when they practice condemnation?  So our understanding of the world at large should reflect Christ’s mission statement, which was?  To save the world.

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One Response to “The Mission”

  1. tlc4women Says:

    Especially when our own condemnation of others, condemns us as well for by the same measure we judge, we are judged.

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