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Dr. John Reynolds

Dr. John Reynolds


Test of the Righteous Job on the Human Field


God, “Have you considered my servant Job? There is no one like him on earth; he is blameless and upright a man who fears God and shuns evil.” Satan, “You have blessed the work of his hands… But stretch out your hand and strike everything he has, and he will surely curse you to your face.” (Job 1:8-11 abridged).

A deal between God and Satan emerged in heaven to test a premise: *Could there be a righteous person on earth if God’s supportive help is taken away from him? This being at the center of Job’s life experience, the drama portrays the human response to this both of the sufferer (job) and the witnessing friends. The oddity of their responses, though natural, worked on two factors: One, both parties were ignorant of the real issue discussed in heaven, two, they were reacting to what they were seeing and experiencing on earth by applying religious rules.


    The Divine-human situation:  Traditional Christian witnessing (evangelism) directly starts with the issue of “eternity” in their evangelism campaigns as though that issue is humanity’s first preoccupation.  This indeed is the traditional ‘religious’ formula.  However, Christ’s ministry shows that the beginning of his ministry was that of care of the suffering humanity. As such, in serving the people, Jesus showed that God was mindful of human condition on earth.  In His Son Jesus, God is present among humanity in their difficult life.  People believed in Christ as God-sent because he showed them God through his word and work. Otherwise they would have treated him simply as another prophet.   In Jesus, God became relevant to the suffering humanity by being present in His Son (John 14:10, 23b, etc.).  Even so, Jesus talks about ‘serving’ (servant, slave, served, to serve: Matt 20:26-28).  Jesus was manifesting the fact of the ‘Divine presence with the suffering man’ as predominant fact for people to first understand. 


      Where does one begin in witnessing about God’s work? How do we define that work?  There are two ways of answering these questions.  One, we tell people about God’s work of salvation brought out in Jesus His Son. This is the traditional way.  Two, we talk about God’s message to humanity from the time of its fall in sin running through the human history and through the work of God’s Son Jesus.  We shall review these two options. The first one is the principal method in today’s evangelism and is of common knowledge. The second one, very, very rarely used, - in a way, almost never. 

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