The Most Dangerous Crisis

Constant Crisis

In life we are treated to a great number of crises, be they real or imagined. There are crisis events worthy of our attention: natural disasters, wars and the promise of wars, disease outbreaks, etc. When there is no crisis in the world to report for the day, many actively search out something to report, sometimes “creating” crisis. This is why it has always been a mantra in news media that “if it bleeds, it leads.” It is curious with all the crises we face in life, the most dangerous and damaging crisis of all is never mentioned, or is even considered as a problem. The oldest crisis of man: the crisis of sin.

The Mystery Has Been Revealed

We Are Blessed

We truly live in a blessed age. This statement does not focus upon the modern age (although our conveniences and technology are great wonders), but instead on the Messianic age. We live in the time the Hebrews of the Old Testament would call the “Last Days”. We live in the age of the church – the time when all has been revealed. When we look at Biblical characters, especially those who lived in the Old Testament times, it is important to remember how blessed we truly are.

New Testament Key Words: Hope

Expectation vs. Desire

The word from the New Testament most commonly translated as “hope” in English is the Greek word elpis. In that original language the word carried with it more an idea of expectation rather than desire (for which there is a different word). Understanding this difference is key to understanding the original intention of the New Testament writers. In modern usage, “hope” has become a somewhat flippant term used for wish lists or for dreams which seldom are connected with expected reality.

Expect What?

A Common Saying There is a common saying which is: “Expect the unexpected.” While this saying is both a paradox, and is also somewhat pithy, it encourages people to be prepared for unforeseen changes or challenges in life. The irony of such a saying is that it implies that the most expected things in life are the things which really are unexpected. Such an outlook requires a certain cynicism and fatalism which is unhealthy for the Christian.

Nothing Can Separate Us

A Powerful Promise

In Paul’s letter to the Romans, he described a powerful promise. This promise is meant to provide great comfort for Christians in the security that is found when one obeys the Gospel.

“But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:37-39 (NASU)