Friday, June 12, 2009

don't wait

I have always loved the subject of Bible translating. How one should translate, what group of manuscripts should be used, how they should be used, etc. One thing is for sure when you start looking at translations: none will say everything the way you think it should be said, that is if you read and study. This is probably more true of translations that are seeking to translate the text according to the way we speak, or close to that. In a style perhaps akin to what the original texts did, varying in their style, it appears, in different books of Scripture. The way the Bible should be translated, in my view, but not without its pitfalls. I could go on, because this is a big subject, but it's not the point I want to make here. So nothing is going to be done perfectly, here and now.

Indeed, we have to underscore our own weakness and limitations in this life. Actually we will never know everything; to be all-knowing belongs to God only. And therefore whatever is done here on earth by humanity, even redeemed humanity, will not be without its flaws.

I want to get things right, but I want to keep moving in ways I think God is leading. So that I'm not waiting before we get everything right, which won't happen. And if we did think it has happened, we are mistaken on the faulty premise that that is possible.

God helps us as we seek to obey him, obey his word. Seeking to understand is important as well, but it needs to be in the context of being a committed disciple or follower of Jesus. In the context of commitment in seeking to live it out.

What might you like to add to this?


Anonymous said...

it is a life time of realizing what it means to belong to God and not to myself.

Ted M. Gossard said...

Thanks for your fine, reflective thought here. So very true.

I suppose this was an odd post that kind of reflects an idiosyncrasy or ongoing off and on struggle, I have in various ways. So blogging more or less usually is me trying to work out, or work on something- "on paper."

Lanny said...

Oh how true. And aside from the pit fall of "not attempting doing 'til it can be done right" is the collapse in defeat because it is a job that will never be complete in this life.

A "why bother" attitude comes in or at least a "why bother so diligently". When we see that it (our learning of God, our being Christlike) will never get done anyway we opt to just pick and play at it.

And then I pray, "Father forgive me for my laziness that I blame on you. And give me a right perspective of You and the things of this world."

Ted M. Gossard said...

Good points. Yes, we can despair or be tempted to despair, when we realize how far short we fall, and how we'll never arrive.

I will add though that we are to complete the work the Lord has given us, just as Paul in Colossians told Archippus to do, and as the Lord told the church in Sardis in Revelation 3, they weren't doing.

Part of the problem is the emphasis on initial salvation we've inherited in our tradition. Which seems to make what happens afterwards beside the point, when actually it is in a true sense the point.


Every Square Inch said...

A life of godly initiative is really fueled by an understanding of the gospel of grace. God has covered over all our sin, mistakes and folly . And, He promises to lead us by His spirit.

That's the basis of our ability to press forward with confidence.

Ted M. Gossard said...

Agreed. Grace in Christ underlies it all. And in that grace, we must move on by faith, in godly intiative, as you say.