UNDERSTANDING THE TRUE BIBLE MESSAGE
The Bible provides us with many key passages which are fundamental to our understanding of God’s word, one of which is: “all scripture is given by inspiration of God and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness”, and the reason why is so, “that the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works” (2 Timothy 3:16-17).
Many of the prophetic writings in the Bible are beyond our normal comprehension, but, we have educational works to help us to a measure of understanding. We are also instructed to appreciate that what we do, should always be according to the commands of God and Christ.
Some of the sayings of Jesus are difficult to comply with, but that does not excuse us from obedience. In Jesus’ sermon from the mount, Jesus instructs his disciples to: “Seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness”. Earlier in the same teaching, after lauding God in the Lord’s prayer, Jesus instructs, to pray for God’s “kingdom to come, for His will to be done on earth.”
Maybe the most difficult of all the commandments of Christ relates to our family relationships, and the most likely area where we will fail. “If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren and sisters, yea and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple” (Luke14:26). Other recognised translations don’t really help to reduce the impact of Jesus’ words. The NIV Study Bible explains ‘A vivid hyperbole, meaning that someone must love Jesus even more than his immediate family’; Matthew 10:37-39 is effectively just another inspired author giving the same instruction. But elsewhere, we are also commanded by Jesus as per the second commandment to: ‘…love our neighbours as ourselves’ (Matthew 22:39, Mark 12:31, from Leviticus 19:18).
How do we make a correct assessment of this situation? There is a common-sense approach to the importance of a life in Christ. If any member of your family is attempting to prevent you from attending a meeting, ignore them.
If we are to become disciples of Christ, we must discipline ourselves in the teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ. In this world’s affairs, we are willing to sacrifice to achieve goals. How much more then, when the reward is eternal life in God’s kingdom, when the Lord Jesus returns with his mighty angels.
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