Proverbs 31 10-31-21

We each have our own perspective. Christ sees all and knows all. He shares His perspective with us via the Spirit.

30 Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman [or man] who fears [Old Testament thinking–New Testament thinking is “loves”] the Lord is to be praised.

To give us an idea of what I mean by perspective, I want to share with you a view with which I was brought up–and then found out about another perspective–and then another! Here are three word pictures of DEATH.

  1. The first picture is our salvation death. We are buried with Christ through baptism into death and raised to walk with Him in new life (Romans 6:4). It is God who has raised us up with Christ (Colossians 2:12) and has seated us with Christ in heavenly places (Ephesians 2:5-6). This picture is our positional death.
  2. The second picture concerns our relationship with Christ. Each day, He calls us to die to ourselves, take up our cross, and follow Him (Luke 9:23). In fact, we have been crucified with Christ and we no longer live, but Christ lives in us (Galatians 2:20). We are instructed to put off the old self and put on the new self, which is created in righteousness and holiness (Ephesians 4:22-24). This picture is a relational or daily death.
  3. The last picture is actually the first, but it is the latest one I learned. It is our foundational death. When Christ died on the cross, He died for all mankind, and we all died with Him. He did this so that those who so choose will not live for themselves, but for Him who died for them and was raised again (2 Corinthians 5:14-15). God justifies the ungodly (Romans 4:5) so that they will trust in Him. When they (we) do, their (our) faith is credited to them (us) as righteousness.

See how a metaphor (word picture) can have several different meanings? It’s like Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz when she stepped out of the house (black and white) and into Oz (color). Jesus Christ has so much to show us, but we must allow Him to interpret the Scriptures for us as we read and discuss. If we are in tune with Him, He will not let us get too far off-base.

Tomorrow, I will tell an allegory (a large metaphor) about salvation.

Abba, bless us as we meet to praise You, to talk about Your Word, and to care for each other. It’s important to You, so it is important to us. Amen.

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