Thursday, January 29, 2009

A true child in the faith?

Frank Turk at Pyromaniacs asks whether we are aspiring to have our pastors say of us, what Paul had said of his congregants:

"Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by command of God our Savior and of Christ Jesus our hope, to Timothy, my true child in the faith: Grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord."
or this:

"Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God according to the promise of the life that is in Christ Jesus, to Timothy, my beloved child: Grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord."
or most robustly like this:

"Paul, a servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ, for the sake of the faith of God's elect and their knowledge of the truth, which accords with godliness, in hope of eternal life, which God, who never lies, promised before the ages began and at the proper time manifested in his word through the preaching with which I have been entrusted by the command of God our Savior;
To Titus, my true child in a common faith: Grace and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Savior. "

His challenge is that we should ask whether Paul would call us his 'true child in the faith?' I thought additionally to ask whether our own pastors would be compelled by how we live our lives in the family of God to introduce us as his true child in the faith?
He says, "That's what you should be aspiring to" and then promises to write a continuation for those of us who are not there yet. Can't wait!

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