He wants not only us but everyone saved, you know, everyone to get to know the truth we’ve learned: that there’s one God and only one, and one Priest-Mediator between God and us—Jesus, who offered himself in exchange for everyone held captive by sin, to set them all free. Eventually the news is going to get out. This and this only has been my appointed work: getting this news to those who have never heard of God, and explaining how it works by simple faith and plain truth. -1 Timothy 2:4-7
I wonder of Paul knew that there would be a new group of people to add to the ‘need to reach’ list. The group of people who have heard of God, but who have been told that they are mostly excluded. Most of this group can quote scripture and have to fight being angry at Christians. They want to be a part of a faith community, but not one that runs like a high school or a corporation.
My early training led me to believe that discipleship was a method of sterilizing the life. When I was a new Christian, someone took me out and bought me new clothes, another person loaned me several Christian cd’s, and someone else bought me some Christian books to read. I loved it. I was a pregnant 19 year-old and wanted to completely recreate my life. This was perfect for someone who was escaping one life to find a new identity in another.
The only thing is, I don’t think this is what Jesus came to do. Anyone can change their appearance and influences. You don’t need Jesus to be able to reinvent yourself. Besides, this only leads to a huge problem when the person’s real self is no longer able to stay subdued in the back room of their character. The real self will always find a way to find Jesus. You know this is happening when you feel like the truth you’re learning deep in your spirit is a threat to your outer religious life.
“Eventually the truth is going to get out.”
That’s when you realize you have a choice to make.
Discipleship is a method of learning why the simple truth is true. Jesus said He is the truth and there is a lot about where He fits in God’s Plan of Salvation that many people don’t know. For example: Was the sacrifice of Jesus planned first, or was it a response to people? Does Jesus ‘fit’ into “God’s Plan of Salvation”, or is He the Plan of Salvation? If He is the Plan of Salvation, then does that affect when He was planned? If Jesus was planned first, then what does that say about sin?
Along with pushing our real selves back into the back, we’ve pushed the real Gospel back to the back. Now we have this entire group of ‘real’ people who want the ‘real’ Gospel.
It’s a simple faith and a plain truth. Eventually, it’s going to get out. …and so are you.