Christian Origins #37

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This entry is part 37 of 96 in the series Christian Origins

How does it feel to walk up to someone, put out your hand and say, Hi, my name is Bob, only to have the other person simply turn his shoulder and walk away? It is pretty hard to get very far in life without getting snubbed once or twice, so most of us know what that feels like. It is an embarrassing moment, but when it has happened to me, I generally feel embarrassment for the other person, not for myself. I figure I was brought up better than that.

But there is a more serious thought connected with this. God reveals Himself to man as one who has approached us and put out his hand, saying, Hello, my name is Jesus. And I suppose it is fair to say that God knows precisely what it feels like to be snubbed. Paul, in his second letter to the Corinthians, drops a hint.

We then, as workers together with him, beseech you also that you receive not the grace of God in vain. (For he says, I have heard you in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I helped you: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.)

2 Corinthians 6:1–2 KJ2000

It is almost as though God is saying, What do you mean, I’ll do it tomorrow? I am here right now. Right now is the day of salvation for you. The grace of God is the extending of his hand, and right now is the time to take it.

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Ronald L. Dart

Ronald L. Dart (1934–2016) — People around the world have come to appreciate his easy style, non-combative approach to explaining the Bible, and the personal, almost one-on-one method of explaining what’s going on in the world in the light of the Bible. After retiring from teaching and church administration in 1995 he started Christian Educational Ministries and the Born to Win radio program.

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