Saturday, February 20, 2010

Good Christology

Luke 4:33-34
(33)  And in the synagogue there was a man who had the spirit of an unclean demon, and he cried out with a loud voice,
(34)  "Ha! What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are--the Holy One of God."

(33)  καὶ ἐν τῇ συναγωγῇ ἦν ἄνθρωπος ἔχων πνεῦμα δαιμονίου ἀκαθάρτου, καὶ ἀνέκραξεν φωνῇ μεγάλῃ, 
(34)  Ἔα, τί ἡμῖν καὶ σοί, Ἰησοῦ Ναζαρηνέ; ἦλθες ἀπολέσαι ἡμᾶσ; οἶδά σε τίς εἶ, ὁ ἅγιος τοῦ θεοῦ.

This passage tells me that we need to be careful about how we apprehend Christ, to use an old term.  It's easy to know who He is, but for that not to really matter in our lives.  In this case, the unclean demon knew who Christ was, but it was still an unclean demon.  Having the right Christology made no difference.

Where do you stand with this?  It's great if you can say οἶδά σε τίς εἶ, ὁ ἅγιος τοῦ θεοῦ.  There are a lot of folks who may call themselves Christian who can't even do that.  However, simply knowing that Jesus is the holy one of God is still possible for a demon.  This demon had Satan has its lord rather than Christ.

Who is your lord?  Who rules your life?  I'm not asking if you're perfect, but is your deepest desire to live for God's glory?  Do you want to live in a way that would please and glorify Jesus?  If so, I would call you a brother in Christ.  If you call your own shots then you are simply giving Him lip-service.  Get off the fence and give your life to Him.  It's scary and it is not always easy, but it is completely worth it.

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