RELIABILITY IN AN INTENSIVE CARE UNIT
LUKE 10: 30 - 37
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JESUS CHRIST has no representative in your sphere of influence
unless you volunteer. As you consider such a role, remember
that He "came not to be ministered unto but to minister" -- He
"did not come to be served, but to serve" (Matt. 20:28).
To serve? Who?
A scholar with the equivalent of a PhD in the Mosaic Law asked
Christ a similar question. With probes intended to make himself
look good, this learned-man asked Christ two questions. In
Luke's account, the cast can be grouped into three categories.
I. ONE WAS CONVENTIONAL
The lawyer acted and inquired in a conventional way. He asked a
"what" and a "who" question.
A. "What shall I do to inherit eternal life?" (Lk. 10:25).
Christ responded with a question in order to get him to answer
his own question: "What is written in the law?".
"'You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and all
your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind,' and
'your neighbor as yourself.'"
Christ was dealing with him as He does with us. That is, in our
own realm of understanding. The lawyer was a product of an era
in which obedience to the Law was the standard. Technically a
person can be saved by keeping the Law, that is, living a
perfect life. Actually a perfect life is the only way one can be
saved. However, no person has ever been able to live such a
perfect life and save self. Therefore no one is saved apart from
the shedblood of Jesus Christ which concluded His perfect life.
We are saved by a perfect life and atoning deat ...
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