The two clergymen committed to translations by mere men said to him, “We didn’t know your mother was a theologian. Where did she attend seminary?” Our man responded, “Oh, mother did not attend seminary, she merely translated the version to which you are referring into daily living in such a way that her family and neighbors saw Christ in action.”
We surely need, desperately, more mothers and fathers and neighbors to rightly divide the Word of God in visible, biblical, Christ living before a lost and dying world.
The underlying motivation toward evangelism is to so present Christ in His resurrection power operating through human flesh, that this observation by onlooking men and women are so moved by the words, deeds and idea’s working in harmony that their Adamic resistance is overwhelmed by the demonstrated power of Jesus Christ. The colloquial manner of our opening character pays tribute to the simple, yet excellent life of an ordinary mother who loves Christ.
The statement about “Mother translating versions of scripture into daily living” was rephrased by the late Andrei Borisovich Bloom, later known as the Russian Orthodox, Metropolitan Anthony of Sourozh in such a way as even Baptists can say a hearty amen to the truth of it:
“We should try to live in such a way that if the Gospels were lost, they could be re-written by looking at us.”
This idea of being “living Bibles” is not confined to any particular Christian sect, but is forcefully taught throughout the Old and New Testaments. Paul encouraged the new converts living at the debauched city of Corinth with this truth;
2Corinthians 3:2, “You are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read by all men;
3 clearly you are an epistle of Christ, ministered by us, written not with ink but by the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of flesh, that is, of the heart.”
All of the modernistic professors in the universities cannot obliterate the power of Dads’ and Mom’s demonstrating the Gospel in the everyday heartaches of life as they, as Charles Weigle taught, “go along singing of Christ while smiling through tears.”
Somehow in the last fifty some years we have moved away from the simplicity of the Christian Life into lofty realms of intellectual fluff. Christ used changed people to change the world and He can do it again, now, in our lifetime, if we demonstrate the Gospel in flesh.
Copyright © 2016 Larry Lilly
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