The “W”- Part 2

2 Timothy 4:1 …the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead…

Yesterday we looked at a heart-warming story that ended with the accidental display of the message “CHRIST WAS LOVE”. But this story doesn’t give us the whole picture and, as Paul Harvey would say, let’s look at “the rest of the story”.

Jesus most definitely was love; the Bible asks what greater love could you have than to lay down your life for another, which He did. But Christ still is love today; He is at the right hand of the Father making intercession for us even now, and He still has the power to save any and all who will come to Him. Truer love than that of Jesus Christ will never be known!

However, there will come a day that that love as we know and understand it will cease. When a person stands before Him for judgment the Door of Mercy will be closed; if they had yet to enter it there will be no other chance then to do so. I imagine that He will still love that person and there will be no joy in His sentence. But the way has been clearly laid out for us all; He paid the price so we won’t have to. If we choose to ignore His mercy now it will be us, not Him, sending us forever from the presence of God, into an eternity of pain and sorrow.

Gifts are some thing we receive from someone with no merit on our part. We give them because we love the recipient. Christ did the same for us with salvation. What better gift could anyone receive this Christmas season than the free gift of salvation through Jesus? We will all most likely see folks we don’t usually see on a regular basis in the coming days at family get-togethers, parties, etc. Take time out of your schedule to share the Good News of this most precious gift with someone when God gives you that opportunity.

Context

2 Timothy 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

I remember a story my mother told me from her childhood; forgive me, Mom, if I don’t get this 100% correct, it’s the point I’m after.

Once my grandfather heard that his mother-in-law, Mom’s grandmother, had called her and one of her sisters “streetwalkers”. This infuriated my grandfather to the point he confronted her as to why she would say such a thing. She told him that’s how they spent their afternoons, doing nothing useful but walking up and down the street. The way she used the word and the way he perceived it were two totally different things. Context is everything…

This is true with Scripture, too. Before we quote a verse that “backs up” our point of view, we need to make certain that we are using it in the context in which God meant for it to be used. To “pick & choose” Scripture and quote it in a way to make our point, not in the way God intended it, is wrong. When we take our opinion and brand it as “Bible” we are making a grave error. And to do so causes nothing but harm to the Body of Christ.