Sunday, September 28, 2008

God's 'Amen'-Ambassadors (Douglas Kelly)

[T]hose who are 'Amen-ed' by God must re-echo that 'Amen' to other people. One of the reasons God leaves you in the world and does not take you to be with himself the minute you get saved, is that you may live and function as his 'Amen' to the general public, to your little circle, to wherever he puts you. God sends you out to be his 'Amen' to needy, unworthy, seeking souls. Just think of a congregation full of people receiving the 'Amen' of the grace of God in the Lord Jesus Christ and going out with that fragrance upon them. They can be God's 'Amen' in the shop, the university, the store, on the bus, with the children they meet and wherever they are. That is one of the major modes of the church going forward in the most natural way.

Douglas F. Kelly, New Life in the Wasteland: 2 Corinthians on the Cost and Glory of Christian Ministry (Ross-shire: Christian Focus Publications, 2003), p. 37 (emphasis mine).
2 Corinthians 2:5-8

5 Now if anyone has caused pain, he has caused it not to me, but in some measure—not to put it too severely—to all of you. 6 For such a one, this punishment by the majority is enough, 7 so you should rather turn to forgive and comfort him, or he may be overwhelmed by excessive sorrow. 8 So I beg you to reaffirm your love for him.