Christianity is dead unless it’s relational

A. T. Robertson says this, and I quote: “Real Christianity is both a doctrine and a life. Mere belief is dead without life as proof. Real spiritual life is impossible without vital contact with God and Christ, and our dealings with others become the final proof of our real connection with Christ.” End quote.

Christianity, he says, is dead unless it’s relational. It’s dead unless it has an impact with people. And the nitty-gritty, the place where the rubber meets the road, is the family, the home, the basic unit of society. And I wonder whether Christianity can affect society at all if it can’t affect its own homes. I wonder whether Christianity is ever going to do anything in a society when it can’t do anything in the home. And when, on the other hand, it does something in the home, then it’ll have an impact on society.

Paul hits this right here. And notice how briefly: wives, one verse; husbands, one verse; children, one verse; fathers, one verse; servants, a few more verses; masters, one verse. And he’s not giving a great, long discussion, a great dissertation on all the features of the home, he’s just hitting the issues. There’s a head-on confrontation of the main elements that’s going to make the home the kind of relational place it ought to be. Paul is brief, Paul is direct, and in each case he targets in on the sore spot.”

John McArthur on Colossians 3:18ff

The New Man Makes a New Home, November 7, 1976

About Ken Temple

I am a follower of Jesus Christ. I am a sinner who has been saved by the grace of God alone (Ephesians 2:8-9), through faith alone (Galatians 2:16; Romans 3:28; 4:1-16), in Christ alone (John 14:6). But a true faith does not stay alone, it should result in change, fruit, good works, and deeper levels of repentance and hatred of my own sins of selfishness and pride. I am not better than you! I still make mistakes and sin, but the Lord is working on me, conforming me to His character. (Romans 8:28-29; 2 Corinthians 3:16-18) When I do sin, I hate the sin as it is an affront to God, and seek His forgiveness in repentance. (Mark 1:15; 2 Corinthians 7:7-10; Colossians 3:5-16 ) Praise God for His love for sinners (Romans 5:8), shown by the voluntary coming of Christ and His freely laying down His life for us (John 10:18), becoming flesh/human (John 1:1-5; 1:14; Philippians 2:5-8), dying for sins of people from all nations, tribes, and cultures (Revelation 5:9), on the cross, in history, rising from the dead (Romans 10:9-10; Matthew 28, Mark 16:1-8; Luke 24; John 20-21; 1 Corinthians chapter 15). His resurrection from the dead proved that Jesus is the Messiah, the eternal Son of God, the word of God from eternity past; and that He was all the gospels say He was and that He is truth and the life and the way to salvation. (John 14:6)
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