Gospel Jihad


Walk in Wisdom – Gleanings from Scripture
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Prov. 6:34 ”For jealousy makes a man furious, and he will not spare when he takes
revenge.”

I’m going to take this verse completely out of context. Don’t panic. In this case,
it is in fact addressing the dangers of adultery. It is warning the one considering
such an act, that a husband sinned against in this way will not be easy to set
aside. But I would like you to consider the principle brought out here, in an
entirely different but related application. Response to our OWN sin. In other
words, if jealousy and revenge are understandable responses to being sinned
against (though not to be acted on – see: Rom. 12.19), how much more
appropriate are they when we consider a response to our own sins. Let me
explain. 2 Cor. 7.9-11 lays out the model of Biblical repentance from sin. What
“godly grief” looks like. The terminology is potent and descriptive. What
earnestness this godly grief has produced in you” Paul says; what “eagerness to
clear yourselves, what indignation, what fear, what longing, what zeal, what
punishment!” Do you see his drift here? Paul notes the Corinthian’s response as
a visceral and violent one – against their own sin! Here then is the dynamic. It
comes into play in a way you and I have often experienced it haven’t we? We
instinctively know we ought to, and long for, a response to those times when we
fail, especially very grievously. But mistakenly, we most often try to respond
with some sort of penance. The Roman Church has capitalized upon that to the
nth degree. But penance isn’t the right response – that makes us self-justifying
before God. No. Vengeance is the right rejoinder. Becoming indignant that we
should have believed the lies, lost our Spirit given self-control, fallen back under
the flesh. It ought to make us angry, and lead us to fight back by determining to
make even greater strides in holiness and seeking God. To become even more
active in challenging the World and its enticements. To attack the kingdom of
Satan with even more violent attacks of showing grace and mercy and crying
out the reconciling grace of the Gospel. Next time you fall Christian, fight back.
Study more, pray harder for others, look for additional avenues of service and
love – take vengeance. Crush the Serpent under your feet with “zeal”. Punish
the flesh. Press into the Kingdom with violence.

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