When we don’t know who we are but think we do…
is when even suppositional truth negates understanding,
this is when ‘common ground’ to reason is left but
the bog we would try to run in, the meaning we’re handing
to any other cause to slip or fall from the precipice of
one’s valued opinion, what they have accepted for truth,
and though soundness for you has granted your own belief
is where, now opposed, good cause to firmness therewith…
known not everyone may feel the same, commonality takes
hold of us: culturally, racially, ideologically… to take root,
you must afford those that do not accept your truth as you
would the space to this fact we face… to taste their boot
to what we hold dear, and know even ridicule, sarcasm
and shame to befall us in a perceived absurdity so palpable…
let this not dissuade you from sharing ‘the gospel,’ the good
news of Jesus Christ, for to you is made the invisible visible.
The hardest truth for most christians to accept is knowing what they should do, by sharing the message of the gospel of Jesus… in a loving manner, when the efforts seem fruitless (to our eyes)- this is where the Spirit of God comes in to play. We are the tool in God’s hands to tell of His truth, a task laid on our hearts, minds and spirit, and then allow the Spirit to aid in the conviction of one’s heart.
There is a phrase in Latin which comes to mind, as we could benefit from it, and there is truth found in the statement. See it below…
contra principia negantem non est disputanum
there can be no debate with those who deny the foundations
Debate is fruitless when you don’t agree on common rules, facts, presuppositions.
[Below is found in this location, on the Great Commission, and something mandated by Jesus Himself]
Great Commission, the
Mandate to “make disciples of all nations” given by Christ to his disciples following his death and resurrection ( Matt 28:16-20 ; Mark 16:15-18 ; Luke 24:46-49 ; John 20:21-23 ; Acts 1:8 ). Because Christ has been given all authority in heaven and on earth ( Matt 28:19 ), the Great Commission is to be taken with the utmost seriousness by all of his disciples, “to the very end of the age” ( Matt 28:20 ).
The Great Commission is thus linked to God’s words to Abraham: that “all peoples on earth will be blessed through you” ( Gen 12:3 ).
The Great Commission necessitates taking the gospel message to “the ends of the earth” ( Acts 1:8 ), to “all nations” ( Matt 28:19 ). The Good News is to be shared with all peoples, for all are sinners, Jews and Gentile alike, and in need of deliverance from sin ( Rom 3 ). All peoples, by faith, can receive God’s provision and are baptized into Christ. In Christ, all distinctions between Jew and Gentile disappear ( Rom 10:12-13 ; Gal 3:28 ).
In the truest sense, the Gospel (the ‘Good News’ of the Bible) is telling mankind it is found in the blood of Jesus that which will spare man from the wrath of God to come. Without this surety in our faith, provided by God in His choosing us, there would be no sound reason to greatly rejoice.
8 But thou, Israel, art my servant, Jacob whom I have chosen, the seed of Abraham my friend.
10 Ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD, and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me.
10 Behold, I have refined thee, but not with silver; I have chosen thee in the furnace of affliction.
16 Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.
19 And not that only, but who was also chosen of the churches to travel with us with this grace, which is administered by us to the glory of the same Lord, and declaration of your ready mind:
4 According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:
5 Hearken, my beloved brethren, Hath not God chosen the poor of this world rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he hath promised to them that love him?
14 These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful.