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Dr. John Reynolds

Dr. John Reynolds

PART I

CHAPTER ONE

Job, the story of a suffering man

Introduction

      As discussed in the preceding introductory chapter, the central issue in the story of Job can be stated in two parts, as: 1. The issue debated in heaven between God and Satan, and 2. The issue that played out on the human field. Here are their definitions:

     One: The issue between God and Satan was: Whether or not man’s righteousness is based purely on man’s true faith and love of God independent of His blessings and protection as a reward (external support). God held that such righteousness based on faith and love of God stands by itself, as in Job, even without God’s support.  Satan held that such righteousness in faith and love of God cannot stand independently; if it did it fails; therefore it is dependenton God’s support. 

PART – III

About the Subject – “Christian Witnessing”                                    

    ‘Evangelism’ and Christian ‘witnessing’ are synonymous terms. Yet, these two are vastly different in content in their practical form.  ‘Witnessing’ is a Biblical term standing unchanged in purpose and scope of activity. ‘Evangelism’ too has the same purport.  Yet, it became drastically restricted in scope to a narrow purpose and activity, which is, just presenting the ‘message of salvation’ with a few follow-up (sequential) acts.  Functionally ‘evangelism’ is an abridged version of ‘witnessing.’ In such a limited scope, ‘evangelism’ means ‘sharing the good news.’ That in itself sounds very brief in content, purpose and work. In this context, just to a) ‘preach’ ‘salvation in Christ,’ b) inviting the listener to accept Christ as the personal Savior and c) assuring eternity with God, and d) enjoining the new convert to come into a Christian fellowship – the church.  The preacher can keep working on the hearers till the desired results (decisions) are accomplished. Campaign can end there as the preacher moves on. Then, with some believers, a small church starts, or new members would be connected to an existing church.  To an itinerant preacher or radio/tv preacher the task ends with the dissemination of the message.  In this, the major task is ‘preaching the message of eternity’ in the ordeal of Christ’s suffering and death on the cross.

 

The profile of Job’s faith, and the message it affords

     Unique is the character of a man in affliction such as Job.  Through all his affliction Job did not charge God with wrong doing (1:22).  In expression of true faith, Job even wouldn’t resent God’s crushing hand on him, even though he was crying out in pain.   Yet, Job would only desire to say to God: “Do not condemn me, but tell me what charge you have against me” (10:2). “If I knew where to find him (God);…I would state my case before him and fill my mouth with arguments” (23:3, 4). “When he has tested me I will come forth as gold… I have kept to his way without turning aside… I have treasured the words of his mouth more than my daily bread” (23:10-12). And about his life he would declare, “I have no concern for my life”(9:21). Admitting thatno man would be declared innocent when God begins to judge, he would, with certainty ask God: “Show me where I have gone wrong” (6:24).Finally, regardless of what God might do with his life, Job declared contentedly, “Though he slay me yet will I hope in him (13:15).

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Some understanding of the term *The Divine Virtue is necessary. The series of articles on Biblical themes, study of the biblical topics (Bible Study), topics on Christian witnessing, theology, understanding the Bible Read More..

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