Showing posts with label The Chosen. Show all posts
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Saturday, February 4, 2023

The Frozen Chosen Season Finale - Purity 958

The Frozen Chosen Season Finale - Purity 958

Purity 958 02/04/2023 Purity 958 Podcast

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Good morning,

Today’s photo of a spectacular morning sky from the vantage point of the last tree on the edge of the forest before the farmlands east of my countryside home on Waite Road comes to us from yours truly as I was undoubtedly taking my canine friend, Harley, for a walk, back on January 29th. The temperature was in the teens that morning but I was happy to be out in the cold when I saw that magnificent sky and although the landscape was of the frozen tundra leaves much to be desired I took several shots to capture the beauty of the heavens and I am including a second photo with a less obstructed view that highlights the silhouette of a hawk that was the only other creature stirring on that brisk morning.

Well, It’s Saturday and I am rejoicing this morning because despite being in the midst of the lowest temperatures of the year I am in the company of my beloved wife who provides a warmth that even the chilliest seasons can’t diminish because the love we have is powered by the Lord who we keep at the center of our marriage with a daily evening Bible study, morning and evening prayers, as well as church as Sunday.   

When I prayed for a Christian wife that I could follow the Lord with, God delivered big time with TammyLyn.  No offense but what I would call authentic biblical spirit filled Christian discipleship is a little rare in the northeast and I have been repeatedly delighted to discover that TammyLyn’s faith is genuine and her desire to know more and grow more demands me to be the spiritual leader that every Christian husband is supposed to be.  

Her heart to follow the Lord keeps me on track because as much as you would think I would be the one driving this Christian love train, she has repeatedly had to remind me that we have to do our nightly Bible study.  Sometimes our study slips my mind and if it weren’t for TammyLyn’s faithfulness, we might have missed a night of the study that has been daily since the beginning of December when I suggested we read the gospel of John to prepare our hearts for Christmas.  

After 21 days of John, I suggested we do Luke next, for the first couple of chapters would bring us right to the Christmas narrative, but I didn’t really expect us to continue but TammyLyn once again showed that she was the “real deal” by encouraging to make this a regular practice. We are supposed to meditate on the word of God day and night right? And now our evening Bible study is a normal part of our routine and no matter how busy our days have been or how tired we may be, we always make time to read one chapter of the Bible each night, thanks to TammyLyn. So, yeah, we are a “Christian couple”!  How about that!

In the Northeast, Bible believing Christians are relatively rare, and are often jokingly referred to as “The Frozen Chosen”.   So it shouldn’t surprise you that as a couple of the Frozen Chosen, we decided to go the Season Three Finale of Dallas Jenkin’s “The Chosen” that is out for a limited theatrical release before the regular release of the final two episodes happens over the next two Sundays.   

TammyLyn and I went to the theatrical release of the premier of season three of The Chosen so when I saw that the shows creators where doing the same thing for the season finale, I advocated that we go last night even though the temperatures dropped to -6 degree Fahrenheit and the winds were whipping and made it feel even colder.

When we saw the Premier back in December, TammyLyn had felt a chill in the theatre so when she decided to take a blanker with her last night, I didn’t balk and encouraged her to take her blanket because I wanted her to be comfortable. I was further surprised to see my northern wife put on a knit hat and heavy winter coat. This is the woman that I have seen shovel snow in a nightgown and slippers so I realized that if she was bundling up I had better follow suit and decided to put on another layer to be an outer shell over my light “all season” hoodless winter jacket. I knew we would be inside but decided to make sure I had my gloves and a knit hat of my own, even though we would be inside and I wouldn’t need them.  

With temperatures like the ones we are having you have to be prepared just in case something unforeseen, like your frozen car refusing to start or you having some other car trouble should happen when you are traveling through the bitter cold.   I’m sure those of us where winter happens all have a foolish friend or relative or two who foolishly tempt fate by assuming that all they have to do is run from the heat of their car to the heat of indoors during the winter and go out with little or no protection from the cold.  

So last night, TammyLyn with her blanket and I in my “unnecessary” outer shell and my pockets stuffed with a hat and gloves made our way to Regal Cinemas in Clifton Park for a date night with The Chosen!

As we stood in line waiting to get my customary large popcorn and soda, we heard the clerk telling the people in front of us who were wearing some “The Chosen merch” that there was some sort of issue with the heat in the theatre they were going to. TammyLyn pointed out that was where we were going too and it was  a good thing she brought her blanket, which I declared to be another evidence of her “walking in the Spirit”.  There is nobody who can prepare you for the unseen circumstances of life like the Holy Spirit – so listen and obey!

Anyway, I didn’t think it would be that big a deal and it might mean that we would feel a little cooler than the warmth of the lobby but after we were seated it was obvious that they weren’t kidding about there being an issue with the heat. A cold draft of air seemed to be blowing into the theater through the vents as if there was no heat!

But we were prepared and determined to enjoy the show. So TammyLyn wrapped herself in her blanket and I zipped up my outer shell, put on my hat and threw the coats hood over my head as it looked like we were a couple of NFL fans watching a game at the frozen tundra of Soldier Field in Chicago or Highmark Stadium in Buffalo rather than just a couple enjoying a Friday date night at the movies!

We were joined by a very modest crowd of our similarly “weather geared” fellow frozen chosen as the cold temperatures had kept most people indoors last night anyway.  But not all who sat down at the start of the movie would endure to the end as I noticed a mother and her two teenaged children get up and leave after about a half an hour in the chilly theatre, proving my previous point that you don’t know what could happen in winter and you had best be dressed for it!  Yup, you probably guessed it: light coats, no hats, no gloves….

But of that small crowded last night, I think they were the only ones who didn’t last as the rest of us “frozen chosen” endured the chill temperatures and were rewarded by another quality production of Christian entertainment by The Chosen cast and crew.

I won’t give you any spoilers as Dallas Jenkins’ introduction directed us to “not give away the season finale’s “twist” but I will say that the finale includes some very significant events from Jesus’ earthly ministry and that it continues to address some of the more challenging aspects of our Christian faith – the issue of suffering – that this season has highlighted from the beginning episodes with Christ’s dialog with “Little James” about healing and has continued with Simon Peter and his wife, Eden’s,  unexpected tragedy.  The climax is extraordinarily stunning and moving and greatly encouraged this disciple’s heart.    

So if you can catch it at theatres  today, I would tell you that it is definitely worth going to see on the big screen, although I do have to admit that I think I would have enjoyed it even more if this “chosen” was a little less frozen!  

Anyway, if you can’t get out to see it this weekend, I encourage you to check it our when the finale “airs” over the next two weeks.   I know a lot of people have an issue with the artistic license that the creators of The Chosen make with their “gospel series” but even though the supplemental material and the way they tell “Jesus’s story” can cause Bible scholars to cringe at times, I endorse The Chosen because it is being used by the Lord to reignite the faith of some whose hearts have grown cold and it is causing others who never knew Jesus to make Him their Lord and Savior. 

So if you are up here, like me in the great white north, or somewhere else where there is actually winter, make sure you are prepared for the frigid temperatures,  and the unexpected, and try to stay warm!

And as always, no matter where you are, be prepared for anything that life has to dish out by making Jesus the Lord of your life and continually walking and talking with God.


Today’s Bible verse comes to us from “The NLT Bible Promise Book for Men”.

This morning’s meditation verse is:

Psalm 19:14 (NKJV)
14  Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart Be acceptable in Your sight, O LORD, my strength and my Redeemer.

Today’s Bible verse points to a deep personal relationship with the Lord where we seek to be acceptable to Him in all that we do and think.   

When we become Christians, whether we like it or not, we represent God’s kingdom. 

I know that when I first got saved I didn’t like the idea of having to be accountable for what I said. I was a sarcastic and snarky kind of guy and sometimes my “cutting whit” wasn’t very kind and some of my language wasn’t very “Christian”.  I didn’t like the idea of being judged for the things I said by new found ”born again” faith.  

I was just a sinner saved by grace! What you expect? I’m lucky to be in the kingdom at all! Surely, God doesn’t expect me to change! Does He?   

Now when we consider questions like this, about our faith and our behavior, we can easily slide right back into a performance based ideal that is more familiar to the world system than it is a proper reflection of the kingdom of God’s grace.    

We can easily chastise and condemn ourselves and turn our relationship with God into cold dead religion by trying to just adhere to a list of does and don’ts, like:

“Christians don’t swear”, and then judge our walk of faith by what we say or don’t say.

No swearing today! I’m a Christian! Ooh I swore in traffic, I’m less of a Christian or maybe I’m not a Christian after all!

That’s a trap of the enemy. Our performance does not define our faith. 

We are saved by grace and because of God’s amazing grace we are accepted into His kingdom by faith alone and our performance does not change our status as His children.  When we put our faith in Christ, we are adopted into His family.  

So our being a Christian is not based on our ability to perform!

However, as members of God’s royal family, our hearts should cause us, out of love for God, to represent Him and to show others the way into His kingdom.  

Today’s verse shows that deep love of God that causes us to want to be acceptable to Him, and not just by the things we say but by the very things we think and feel.  

So don’t try to whip yourself into shape by watching your performance, instead foster the love you have for the Father as a response to the love He has shown you and you will see that no set of rules would ever be enough to express the love we have for Him.  And it is only out of love for Him that we could ever hope to change into the people that He created us to be.


As always, I invite all to go to where I always share insights from prominent Christian theologians and counselors to assist my brothers and sisters in Christ with their walk.

Today we continue sharing from A.W. Pink’s “The Sovereignty of God.”

As always, I share this information for educational purposes and encourage all to purchase A.W. Pink’s books for your own private study and to support his work.  This resource is available on many websites for less than $20.00.






Though Romans 9 contains the fullest setting forth of the doctrine of Reprobation, there are still other passages which refer to it, one or two more of which we will now briefly notice:

“What then? That which Israel seeketh for, that he obtained not, but the election obtained it, and the rest were hardened” (Rom. 11:7 R. V.). Here we have two distinct and clearly defined classes which are set in sharp antithesis: the “election” and “the rest;” the one “obtained,” the other is “hardened.” On this verse we quote from the comments of John Bunyan of immortal memory: “These are solemn words: they sever between men and men—the election and the rest, the chosen and the left, the embraced and the refused. By ‘rest’ here must needs be understood those not elect, because set the one in opposition to the other, and if not elect, whom then but reprobate?”

Writing to the saints at Thessalonica the apostle declared, “For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Thess. 5:9). Now surely it is patent to any impartial mind that this statement is quite pointless if God has not “appointed” any to wrath. To say that God “hath not appointed us to wrath,” clearly implies that there are some whom He has “appointed to wrath,” and were it not that the minds of so many professing Christians are so blinded by prejudice, they could not fail to clearly see this.

“A Stone of stumbling, and a Rock of offence, even to them who stumble at the Word, being disobedient, whereunto also they were appointed” (1 Pet. 2:8). The “whereunto” manifestly points back to the stumbling at the Word, and their disobedience. Here, then, God expressly affirms that there are some who have been “appointed” (it is the same Greek word as in 1 Thess. 5:9) unto disobedience. Our business is not to reason about it, but to bow to Holy Scripture. Our first duty is not to understand, but to believe what God has said.

“But these, as natural brute beasts, made to be taken and destroyed, speak evil of the things that they understand not; and shall utterly perish in their own corruption” (2 Pet. 2:12). Here again every effort is made to escape the plain teaching of this solemn passage. We are told that it is the “brute beasts” who are “made to be taken and destroyed,” and not the persons here likened to them. All that is needed to refute such sophistory is to inquire wherein lies the point of analogy between the “these” (men) and the “brute beasts”? What is the force of the “as”—but “these as brute beasts’? Clearly, it is that “these” men as brute beasts, are the ones who, like animals, are “made to be taken and destroyed”: the closing words confirming this by reiterating the same sentiment—“and shall utterly perish in their own corruption.”

“For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation; ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ” (Jude 4). Attempts have been made to escape the obvious force of this verse by substituting a different translation. The R.V. gives: “But there are certain men crept in privily, even they who were of old written of beforehand unto this condemnation.” But this altered rendering by no means gets rid of that which is so distasteful to our sensibilities. The question arises, Where were these “of old written of beforehand”? Certainly not in the Old Testament, for nowhere is there any reference there to wicked men creeping into Christian assemblies. If “written of” be the best translation of “prographo,” the reference can only be to the book of the Divine decrees. So whichever alternative be selected there can be no evading the fact that certain man are “before of old” marked out by God “unto condemnation.”

“And all that dwell on the earth shall worship him, every one whose name hath not been written from the foundation of the world in the Book of Life of the Lamb that hath been slain” (Rev. 13:8, R. V. compare Rev. 17:8). Here, then, is a positive statement affirming that there are those whose names were not written in the Book of Life.

Here, then, are no less than ten passages which most plainly imply or expressly teach the fact of reprobation. They affirm that the wicked are made for the Day of Evil; that God fashions some vessels unto dis-honor; and by His eternal decree (objectively) fits them unto destruction; that they are like brute beasts, made to be taken and destroyed, being of old ordained unto this condemnation. Therefore in the face of these scriptures we unhesitatingly affirm (after nearly twenty years careful and prayerful study of the subject) that the Word of God unquestionably teaches both Predestination and Reprobation, or to use the words of Calvin, “Eternal Election is God’s predestination of some to salvation, and others to destruction.”

Having thus stated the doctrine of Reprobation, as it is presented in Holy Writ, let us now mention one or two important considerations to guard it against abuse and prevent the reader from making any unwarranted deductions:

First, the doctrine of Reprobation does not mean that God purposed to take innocent creatures, make them wicked, and then damn them. Scripture says, “God hath made man upright, but they have sought out many inventions” (Eccl. 7:29). God has not created sinful creatures in order to destroy them, for God is not to be charged with the sin of His creatures. The responsibility and criminality is man’s.

God’s decree of Reprobation contemplated Adam’s race as fallen, sinful, corrupt, guilty. From it God purposed to save a few as the monuments of His sovereign grace; the others He determined to destroy as the exemplification of His justice and severity. In determining to destroy these others, God did them no wrong. They had already fallen in Adam, their legal representative; they are therefore born with a sinful nature, and in their sins He leaves them. Nor can they complain. This is as they wish; they have no desire for holiness; they love darkness rather than light. Where, then, is there any injustice if God “gives them up to their own hearts’ lusts” (Psa. 81:12).[1]

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Encouragement for the Path of Christian Discipleship

[1] Arthur W. Pink, The Sovereignty of God (Swengel, PA: Bible Truth Depot, 1949), 105–108.

Saturday, November 19, 2022

To Be With Jesus – The Chosen Season 3 Purity 893


To Be With Jesus – The Chosen Season 3  Purity 893         

Purity 893 11/19/2022 Purity 893 Podcast

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Good morning,

Today’s photo of the silhouettes of an Autumn Stripped tree line against the backdrop of ethereal sunset sky comes to us from my beloved wife, TammyLyn Clark, who captured this heavenly scene back on November 11th when she decided to take her youngest children and our canine pal, Harley, to Hudson Crossing Park in Schuylerville for an impromptu walk.  When we get to see scenes like this, I think we get a small idea of the beauty of heaven, and it makes me yearn for the days when we get to see God’s kingdom and Jesus face to face.  

Well, it is the weekend, and it is my prayer that all who hear or see this message have a wonderful weekend and will consider my recommendation to go and see The Chosen, Season Three Episodes 1 & 2 in a theatre near you. 

The only thing I was disappointed in at last night’s viewing of The Chosen, Season 3’s premier was my decision to fall in my patterned behavior of getting that large popcorn and soda. I know “say it isn’t so….” As I have said in the past, there is grace for our weaknesses and ours is a walk of progress and not perfection. 

Paradoxically,  part of my failure in the decision to indulge in the popcorn and soda (zero sugar – okay) was the result of a decision to get serious about my health goal. Say what?   

Yesterday, I was either the victim of click bait or genuinely resolved to get help by seeking the advice of experts in the field of fitness, as I purchased a fitness plan that is bold in its claims to help people transform their bodies.

After the bliss of my courtship and wedding to TammyLyn, I had let my health goal slip in 2022 but recently made steps to right the ship and have made progress. But after Halloween’s Harvest Fest candy indulgences and other slips, I have seen my progress stall.  Mercifully, I have more or less plateaued, with only gaining a pound or two back from my recent progress to reclaim the ground I had lost. So with the knowledge that I had to do something to start heading in the right direction again, I was open to suggestions. 

So I signed up for V-Shred, yup the “swipe up and take my fitness quiz”-guy, Vince Sant, that you have most likely seen on YouTube or Instagram plugging his Fat Loss Extreme Program.  So I intend to change my normal workout routine on Monday and trust this program and my personal trainer’s recommendations to “get shredded” or at least get headed in the right direction to accomplish my health goal of being in the normal BMI range for my height. 

So last night due to the excitement of going out on a Friday night, and like the alcoholic who gets drunk one last time before going to rehab, I gave into my patterned behavior of getting a large popcorn and soda, and of course had to get the refills, AND also got Cookie Dough Pieces! So, I look forward to my first V-Shred workouts Monday morning so I can atone for this latest failure.  

But, hey, speaking of atonement, I have been forgiven, right? Because of Jesus Christ, I have been forgiven of all my sins and have been delivered from condemnation, so I acknowledge my weaknesses, am seeking help and accountability, and will not beat myself up about failure 1,999.643 or whatever number this one was, and instead will repent and will press into my health goal with a new resolve on Monday.  

And that’s something I think that we should all remember,  just because we fail in achieving our goals in life doesn’t mean we should just abandon them.

This is a tough thing to discern of course because sometimes our goals can seem unrealistic, or they may indeed be impossible, and sometimes we have to give them up.

But in this area, our physical health, I believe that the Lord would encourage us to seek to be good steward of our bodies, the temples of the Holy Spirit, and would prefer that we didn’t suffer because our lack of discipline.

Gluttony is not a virtue and Obesity is its bad fruit.  Scripture doesn’t have good things to say about gluttony and there are verses to tell us to take care of our bodies. If you don’t believe me or need some verses to build a stronghold buster for you health goal, I am including links to openbible.ifo’s 100 Bible verses about gluttony (   and physical fitness ( on the blog today.  

You see my health goal is not about vanity. I’m not looking to impress other people; I’m looking to be as healthy as I can be as I move into the last years of my life because I want to live as I can to continue to encourage other people to see what the Lord can do with your life when you follow Him. And in this latest chapter of the battle of the bulge, which has admittedly been a lifelong struggle, I hope to utilize the self-control that the Holy Spirit has brought to my life to accomplish what just about everyone says is impossible: to be a healthy, or “normal”, weight; to be strong, in the body as well as in the mind and spirit.

Guys like Vince Sant know that, with proper diet, exercise, motivation, and discipline people can transform their bodies to be healthy.  So why not me?  I have already made great strides in my physical health so why not keep going until “it is finished”?  I have already renewed my mind about my eating habits and altered my diet to have success, so why not be focused to strengthen my body and further undo the excesses of the past?  That’s what I hope to do, and I know that the Lord will be with me.  

And speaking of the Lord being with me, I have to tell you that the first two episodes of The Chosen Season Three were fantastic!  I won’t give you any spoilers, but I positively loved the interactions of Christ and His Apostles and the supporting characters in these first two episodes.  Forgiveness, the determination of Discipleship and the acceptance of some hard truths were major themes in last night’s drama, and they cause me to appreciate The Chosen with new zeal.  

Previously, I watched the show with a love/hate mentality born from my love for the Bible and the Lord. The Chosen builds a drama based on scripture and sometimes I have liked what they have done and other times I have cringed over certain moments where I thought their artistic license went too far, didn’t go far enough, or took me in a direction I didn’t expect. Admittedly, I still carry a bit of theological baggage from my long road to freedom in Christ, and sometimes my objections are born more from my personal history than what the creators of The Chosen have done.  I have issues… 

But, except for a couple of minor moments of critical scrutiny in the beginning moments of last night’s premiere, I didn’t have any issues with what the creators of The Chosen did with episodes one and two of Season 3.   Quite the contrary, I was moved to tears more than once at the unfolding drama. I was particularly moved by a realization that I, like the Apostles, would one day SEE JESUS, and just that simple thought set my heart ablaze with love and a yearning to continue to be faithful to follow Him, as I had the absurd but accurate thought that “Jesus was a really cool guy.”   

Please don’t misunderstand me. I don’t mean any disrespect by that statement. I have deep love, awe and reverence for Jesus and understand that He is fully God and Man, but The Chosen gives us an opportunity to imagine what it would be like to be with Him, to be in His physical presence, to talk with Him face to face, and to hear His voice. 

I think as Christians, we don’t think about Jesus as a Man that we could hang out with and The Chosen Season Three episodes one and two made me desire the contact that the Apostles enjoyed.  

So as we keep stumbling along in life, don’t give up on your dreams and don’t forget that Jesus walked on this earth and showed His love to others personally and as strange as it may sound He knows us and one day we will see Him. 




Today’s Bible verse comes to us from “The NLT Bible Promise Book for Men”.

This morning’s meditation verse are:

Romans 6:6-8 (NLT2)
6  We know that our old sinful selves were crucified with Christ so that sin might lose its power in our lives. We are no longer slaves to sin.
7  For when we died with Christ we were set free from the power of sin.
8  And since we died with Christ, we know we will also live with him.

Today’s verses remind us that when we put our faith in Him, we died with Christ and were free from the power of sin, and now live with Him.  

When we know that Christ is for us, it doesn’t matter who comes against us. 

In terms of Spiritual warfare, when our Big Brother, Jesus, is with us, we receive all His power and Authority to cast out the spiritual forces of darkness.   We can utilize his authority to set ourselves and others free from demonic oppression.  

And in today’s verse, Paul reminds us that Christ also gives us power to say no to our personal demons of temptation and sin but the key point that Paul makes here is that we live with Christ, that we follow Him.  

If we just continue in our worldly ways, resting on the forgiveness we have received, we may be relieved and find comfort from knowing God won’t hold our sins against us.   But that doesn’t make us free.  And even worse, our continued sins will cause disharmony in our relationship with God as we will persist in living against His word and apart from His wisdom. When we willfully persist in sin, we deny our identity in Christ and reject the truth of what God has done in our lives.  

Through Christ we have been made new creations, but when we choose to sin we deny that we have been made new and our decisions reveal that we either don’t believe that God’s ways are best or that we have not een given the power that the word of God tells us we have.  

“You are always going to sin!” is a phrase that is true, but the Lord gives us power to decrease the number and to change the quality of our sins if we ask the Lord for the ability to repent and to overcome the sins that beset us.   You might need the help of others. You need to renew you mind with the word of God.   And you might need to try, try, try again but if we lean on the Lord’s strength and power, we can make a change. We may never be sin ess, but we can sin less, and the quality of our sins can change.

But first we need to believe it. Believe these verses, have faith in the word, and show your faith by demonstrating you believe with the way you live.  Victory, peace, and joy come from living with Christ, so never leave His side.



As always, I invite all to go to where I always share insights from prominent Christian theologians and counselors to assist my brothers and sisters in Christ with their walk.

Today we continue sharing from Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s “Discipleship”, also known as “The Cost of Discipleship”

As always, I share this information for educational purposes and encourage all to purchase Bonhoeffer’s books for your own private study and to support his work.  This resource is available on many websites for less than $20.00.

The Sermon on the Mount

Matthew 7

The Community of Disciples Is Set Apart

The Great Separation

“Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the road is easy that leads to destruction, and there are many who take it. For the gate is narrow and the road is hard that leads to life, and there are few who find it.

¶ “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thorns, or figs from thistles? In the same way, every good tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Thus you will know them by their fruits.

¶ “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many deeds of power in your name?’ Then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; go away from me, you evil-doers’ ” (Matt. 7:13–23).

The faith-community of Jesus cannot arbitrarily separate itself from the community of those who do not hear Jesus’ call. The faith community is called to discipleship by their Lord’s promise and commandment. That must suffice for them. They submit every judgment and separation to the one who has chosen them in predestination, not by the merits of their deeds, but by grace. It is not the faith community which separates itself from others, yet this separation necessarily takes place in the call by the Word.

The call separates a small group, those who follow, from the great mass of the people. The disciples are few and will always be only a few. This word of Jesus cuts off any false hope of their effectiveness. Disciples should never invest their trust in numbers. “There are few of them …,” but there are, and always will be, many others who go to their destruction. What can console disciples experiencing this, except the fact that life is promised to them, the eternal communion with Jesus?[1]

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Encouragement for the Path of Christian Discipleship

[1] Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Discipleship, ed. Martin Kuske et al., trans. Barbara Green and Reinhard Krauss, vol. 4, Dietrich Bonhoeffer Works (Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press, 2003), 175–176.