Updated: Mar 2
Let Your Speech Be Always with Grace
Why might it be that the Apostle Paul chose to include in his important and final instructions to the ecclesia at Colosse an exhortation regarding one’s manner of speaking? He knew from experience that what one says, whether by word of mouth or in writing, reveals much about the individual from whom the words come. Paul was concerned with the favorable proclamation of the Gospel of Christ. He understood clearly that the messages sent by those claiming to be brethren or sisters of our Lord are important to the proclamation of the Gospel. The way in which we talk has much to do with whether the Gospel message will be favorably received. What did Paul mean by urging one’s speech to be “always with grace?” The term “with grace” could have been translated more understandably as “agreeable” or “kindly.” The evident purpose of Paul’s exhortation was to avoid the kind of attitudes some people assume in religious controversy. One should always avoid assuming a combative manner or an attitude of supposed superiority of either intellect or knowledge. Such attitudes do not lead to conviction of truth in another’s mind. They lead rather to a hardening of prejudice against the speaker’s views and to a distaste for reasoning from the Scriptures. It should be our aim to attract people to God’s Truth: not to discourage them from developing any interest in it…
What Does it Mean to Sit with Christ on His Throne?
This month’s question arose from Revelation 3:21, taken from the letter to the ecclesia at Laodicea. Note the refrain regarding the Thyatira ecclesia, He that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations: And he shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers: even as I received of my Father. This ruling with a rod of iron and breaking the nations as pottery is certainly associated with the throne of the Messiah. The saints could do no such thing without receiving authority from Jesus, who in turn receives it from the Father in accordance with His will. Did not Jesus give us a foreshadowing at his first advent? And when he had called unto his twelve disciples, he gave them power against unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manner of sickness and all manner of disease. Jesus gave his disciples power to heal as he healed. He had no throne then, but the purpose of this power to heal was to witness to the fact that he was the Son of God, and therefore the promised seed and heir to David’s throne. The power to heal people as Jesus did was miraculous and unknown as a talent possessed by any mortal man. This was the kind of power to be associated with the King of Kings, and yet he delegated it to his disciples…