Thursday 01-23-20

“The Son of Man will send forth His angels, and they will gather out of His kingdom all stumbling blocks, and those who commit lawlessness” (Matthew 13:41).

For those committed to following Christ, these words of the coming judgement offer encouragement and vindication for a persevering faith. The warning is to be dreaded only by those within the church who are stumbling blocks (Literally, ta skandala, the scandals impeding the discipleship of others), and the lawless who live with no regard for the principle and precepts set forth in God’s word. That these are among us now cannot be a distraction from the outwardly focused missional task to which we have been commissioned.

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