4 comments on “Jesus the Samaritan

  1. OUCH! I’ve been feeling that same smack.

    I find myself (with the help of Holy Spirit) questioning heart motives more and more:

    “Am I doing this for those watching or out of servant love for the one in front of me? Do I care more for the show or the inward motivation?”

    That’s been my Monday thus far! Very well Written, Jim. Blessings, Beth

  2. Thanks, Beth. Since “misery loves company,” it is nice to know I’m not the only one conscious of being smacked by the Holy Spirit. However, it does my pride good to know that the best of God’s people were smacked often. It means we are, in some small way, staying tuned to the workings of God in our lives. I hope many, many people feel the tender smack of His love and turn a little bit more to face the One who loved us to death.

    Blessings,

    Jim

  3. Hi Jim;

    A little off topic, but being a learned man I am curious as to your take on this;

    “the Kingdom of God is inside of you, and it is outside of you. When you come to know yourselves, then you will become known, and you will realize that it is you who are the sons of the living Father. But if you will not know yourselves, you dwell in poverty, and it is you who are that poverty.”

    This is a quote from Jesus.

    It was written in the Gospel of Thomas which I believe was only recently discovered around 1945 and translated to English in 1959.

  4. Wouldn’t life would be a tad boring if we always stayed on topic?

    As a semi-traditional, quasi-conservative Bapticostolic (a combination of my experiences and/or affinity to the Christian traditions known as Baptist, Pentecostal and Catholic), I do not accept the Gospel of Thomas as canonical. It may be fine literature, as is Tom Sawyer or Romeo and Juliet, and it may have some worthy thoughts to ponder, but that is all I can grant it. The Scriptures we have now are “closed,” and they contain everything we need to live for God. In fact, most people can’t even live up to Matthew 5-7, much less the rest of Scripture. But I digress.

    As for this “quote from Jesus,” there are elements of truth. The Kingdom of God is both within and without. However, the emphasis on knowing ourselves first seems backwards to Scripture. We cannot really know ourselves until we know who God is and why He loved us enough to die for our sins. Still, I must acknowledge my poverty in order to obtain God’s forgiveness, for Matt. 5:3 says, “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” Those who are poor in spirit are those who understand they can do no good thing to enter heaven, cry out for God’s mercy, and receive salvation. As the Gospel of Thomas says, one must know themselves (in this case, I believe, they must know they are poor in spirit) before they can become sons of God. However, the emphasis on not knowing oneself being the cause for poverty (spiritual, emotional, financial, relational poverty) can only be accepted if one does not see themselves in the light of God’s love.

    That’s my take.

    Blessings,

    Jim

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