Safe in Yeshua Despite our Best Efforts
Does Christ make half-alive (half-dead) children? How saved are we when we confess and believe the gospel?
“To the uttermost” is how Christ saves. eis to panteles. ACE TAW PANTEL-ESS. panteles παντελες goes all the way or not at all. The completeness of Christ’s intervention is not in question. The gift of life to us is not in question. The ailing woman in Luke 13:11
was not able to raise herself eis to panteles (= at all, or in any way, or all the way).
And behold, there was a woman who had had a disabling spirit for eighteen years. She was (a) bent over and (b) not able to straighten herself fully.
Safety does not need topping off by us. Included in our response to the gospel is our putting distance between ourselves and our generation. What Peter said about his generation applies because when ae ask ourselves about the sources of militant opposition to our faith in Christ we realize that the finher points to our generation.
Our parents, the institutions that are the lines of civic, secular, and sacred authority are all good efforts but they are capable of being obstacles to the progress if life in Christ. They are typically received as authoritarian, not gracious.
Elbert E Joseph, PhD
Salt that refuses to be trampled