Based in St. Cloud, Minnesota, Growing in Grace is a blog by Pastor Matthew Molesky. His posts explore the Bible, theology, ecclesiology, culture, books, family, and life.

Blasphemers and Betrayers of Christ

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It's probably not who you are thinking. 

Given all the time I'm spending thinking about Jesus' command to proclaim the good news of the Kingdom of God (Luke 9:1-2ff), a very good friend of mine recently sent me this quote as she read Bonhoeffer, quoting Martin Luther, who is once again getting up in our collective grill:

The kingdom is to be in the midst of your enemies. And he who will not suffer this does not want to be of the Kingdom of Christ. He wants to be among friends, to sit among roses and lilies, not with bad people but with the devout people.
O you blasphemers and betrayers of Christ!
If Christ had done what you are doing, who would ever be spared?

It's why Jesus sent them out.  Because people need to hear the good news of the Kingdom of God, whether they like it or not. And to be clear: they very likely, initially, will not. That is why Luther says it is to be in the midst of your enemies.

May the love of King Jesus, and love of others for the sake of King Jesus, compel us.

 

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