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It has generally been the tendency of noble spirits to seclude themselves in order to practise piety and holiness away from the temptations of the world. But Christianity, as found in its source, the New Testament,, although leaving no doubt as to the need and importance of prayer and meditation in the Christian's life, equally emphasizes the need and importance of his practically living according to its tenets and doctrines within the framework of his every day human relations.
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Who finds Whom


Who finds Whom?
 
I will begin this comment with the following illustration: A Christian man, zealous in witnessing for Christ and showing sinners the way of salvation, asked a young boy if he had found Jesus. The boy looked at him in a puzzled way and answered: "Sir, I didn't know Jesus was lost!" A right answer to a wrong question.

The Bible does not teach that we find God. Quite on the contrary, it emphasizes the fact that throughout history it is God Who seeks man and not man who seeks God. Right after the Fall God comes down in the Garden of Eden and calls Adam: "Where are you?" Instances in Scripture of God's taking the initiative in seeking man are so numerous, that mentioning even some of them is evidently beyond the bounds of this note. Besides, one could hardly think there would be any Bible believing people to dispute this fact. We, therefore, strongly afirm that the initiative in the matter under considaration is God's. Now what many of us Christians must do is to change our mentality and language so as to be congruent with the teaching of God's word. Within this context, a great number of the hymns we sing, as well as of our preaching and witnessing, will have to be restructured. In other words, all must be made God-centered and Christ-centered. We should get rid of the anthropocentric philosophy that prevailed throughout mankind as sin alienated man from his Creator. It's not Ι that found Christ, but Christ that found me! For the Son of man "is come to seek and to save that which was lost." To the objection that, though the initiative, no doubt, is God's, yet there must be a desire and willingness on man's part in order for God to find him, we answer: Yes, but even that desire and willingness, though a dark mystery which we cannot understand or explain, but accept by faith, do not emanate from man's deprived nature, but are themselves part of God's initiative! In concluding we state: The Bible teaches that it is not man that finds God, but God that finds man. And it is on this blessed truth that the assurance of our salvation in Christ and eternal security in Him, rests immovably grounded!

 
 
 
Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
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