Friday, December 03, 2010

Furthering the Administration of God

The Apostle Paul urged his young disciple Timothy to remain in Ephesus in order to prevent certain men from disseminating ideas that merely produce speculation. If you were to remove this from a task given to a character in the Bible and imagine a spiritual leader giving this assignment to you, it is likely that it would be seen as a relatively unpleasant and challenging obligation. It is probable that our new, improved postmodern Christian would simply reject the assignment. That being said, I am struck by Paul's concern. In the NAS we read that certain ideas, "...give rise to mere speculation rather than furthering the administration of God...". The phrase "administration of God" is of interest.
Without lengthy efforts to validate the following I would simply like to suggest that our ultimate mission as the body of Christ is to embrace and advance the government or kingdom of God on earth. This is not a kingdom that can be established by physical force but by truth and moral transfomation. It is a kingdom that consists of human beings humbly embracing and operating within the reality of God's design for every area of individual and corporate life. Indentifying and proclaiming the truth about God's design for every area of individual and corporate life is preaching the Gospel of the Kingdom. While we live out God's design in our own individual and corporate areas of life we are to, as well, proclaim the good news of the kingdom. To do this as an expression of love for God and man is the ultimate mission of the church. This is discipling nations. This is speaking the truth in love. Let us not, however, be naive. There are forces that are in serious opposition to the fulfillment of this mission. As seen in Paul's statement to Timothy, there is a need to silence the misleading ideas that others will proclaim. In a letter to the Corinthians Paul states, "...the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses. We are destroying speculations and every alofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ, and we are ready to punish all disobedience, whenever your obedience is complete...".
My point is simple. The world is full of ideologies that are intended to prevent the kingdom of God from being advanced and established. Our tasks is to, both, dismantle such false philosophy and offer the world a radiant understanding of the glories of God and His kingdom in both word and deed. My question to you is, "Do you really beleive that God knows what is best for us and has our best interests at heart?"

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