God is perfectly patient and longsuffering despite the severity and impatience we observe in the vast majority of people who say they know God. A childish game of merry go round is not worth our time. We have known all along that everything that preceded Christ was at best playschool. That is, all the narratives and wise sayings combine to form a school where one plays with salvation’s pictures and toys. The real learning is for the people who live at the end of the age. Nothing that came before Christ appeared belongs to spiritual maturity, fruitful vineyard, or adopted child. We are using a stupid and bewitching hotspot of lies to cling to the claim of knowing the Lord, because once we say we know Him there is that possibility that one comes to realize that knowledge can be utter nonsense. We Christians believe, we do not merely sing it, that we were blind. The spiritual reality behind the famous saying is that we were dead and that now in Christ we are alive. That’s where we stand. So we cannot allow someone to shove us off our rock. Ee are certain of what has happened to us even if we cannot explain it. That is the essence of spiritual life. We cannot afford to have anyone shove us off our Rock of certainty about what has happened to us, even though. We are not able to explain it from a to z. We are like the wind.
We all know people who are pulling out all the stops
- to be Jewish
- to be a nation like Israel
- to be a kingdom like Israel
- to be a king like Solomon.
- to be a priest like Caiaphas.
More and more it is becoming painful to explain away the facts. How many people do you know who are successful at being all God wants them to be? We seem unable to say that we fall short, as if God does not see the whole deal. All the heroes of Jewish and Christian faith were members of the human family who did not possess the attributes of God that some people are claiming to have acquired (and some even dare to say they had them all the time).
The obvious dilemma is that there is a lot of wheel to spin after one becomes a Jew (perhaps more popular and frequent than we think) or Christian. Both seem to relish a list of things they don’t do. There seems to be nothing to aspire to after one becomes a son of the Commandment in the Jewish religion. There is simarly nothing apparent to reach for in the Christian faith if one enters by means of pledges to comply with standards. One can only become twice as bad as the person who brings one in to (presumably) meet Christ.
We are pretty sure that individuals are not spending their lives getting saved, nor are repeatedly coming to the knowledge of the truth. Our relationship with all people is not merely thoughts and prayers. They are supposed to be a prominent part of our thinking.
First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, 1Tim 2:1 for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. 1Tim 2:2 This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, 1Tim 2:3 who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. 1Tim 2:4
The maturity measure often is unrelated to Christ. We know that his maturity was not a question of sinning less. Why is that an issue for disciples when we are powerless to deal with missing Holy Spirit’s guidance? We are still stuck on the idea that gifts come with strings. The one safe place for the disciple is first of all trust – that is God at work in us. However, we also recognize that our witness to great salvation (not creation) has little teeth when we are not positioned in the world as the Saviour was. A certain flavouring contact is inevitable: a city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Christ was lifted up, for all to see, as the example of life, not exalted in the heavenlies, but in his passion. This was his obedience to mission: suffer for the world’s sin. His examplary behaviour to which we can relate is his service in the face of massive contradiction and conflict. One has to be in touch with one’s identity in such a way that nothing happens that shakes our attention from being God’s children. The pain and elation of life are ways of life that are ours to pay attention to, ours to obey.
Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered; Heb 5:8,