PROMISES IN CONTEXT

Sunday 08-30-20

“With people this is impossible, but with God all things are possible” (Matthew 19:26).

When is a promise not a promise? When it’s taken out of context and made to mean something for which it was never intended. For instance, how often do we hear the second clause of today’s passage quoted as a promise of God to bail us out of any circumstance, even those created by our own decisions and choices. This to the neglect of the first clause and, even more carelessly, to the total disregard of the larger context of the narrative in which it is found. While most seem satisfied to apply the promise of the verse to the overcoming of some moment of adversity, it is a greater promise than we could ever imagine—it is for our salvation. For man this is impossible, but not for God.

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