| | Re: Contemporary Hazards of the Gospel
Agree brother! Ever since first hearing of Luke’s days of vengeance (Lk 21:22), yet still recognizing our carrying on with the work of the great commission, it took me quite a while before I began to put those days in their proper context.
Which in the beginning I thought surely, vengeance was meant for those who reject the Gospel. But Paul made it clear, he did not grapple with those who were of a determined refusal as far as the day-to-day maintenance of the message went.
For what have I to do with judging those also who are outside?
Do you not judge those who are inside?
But those who are outside God judges.
Because, two verses prior he states the concern wasn’t to avoid our interaction with immoral man but his influence, as well as his conduct, but a more specific attention rises out of this.
If God judges those who on the outside, yet we are to maintain presence everywhere, where will then those terrible signs be directed, and perplexity and widespread distress and natural disasters (v-25), who truly is to be excluded but whom Paul mentions to avoid – the disobedient brother.
Fast-forward to today and recap the current status of that same disobedient brother? Yes, he is still outside and has devised means to enter some other way and corrupt that exclusion till his conduct now maintains any remaining resemblance of the Apostle’s tradition AND teaching.
My point is, vengeance isn’t directed predominately at that “determined refusal” of the Gospel, but at that long refusal just outside and that quenching of the Spirit who enables our fruit to remain. That two-thousand yr-old disobedient brother isn’t as easily refused as he once was, for he taps upon every article, precept and teaching associated with Christ with ease except for one,
“God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth."
Gospel hazards are always spiritual, aside from the carnal babe in Christ, I don’t think the Father meant here it was just so and therefore WILL worship in Spirit, but, because disobedience happens and therefore must be redirected. We must always follow the Christ, who enables us to triumph, to God be the glory!
For these are the days of vengeance, that all things which are written may be fulfilled.
God will stand by you, and own you, and assist you. This was remarkably fulfilled after the pouring out of the Spirit, by whom Christ gave his disciples wisdom and utterance. Though we may be losers for Christ, we shall not, we cannot be losers by him, in the end. It is our duty and interest at all times, especially in perilous, trying times, to secure the safety of our own souls.
-Matthew Henry Commentary