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Vol.  10  No. 6 June 2008  Page 18
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Ernest Underwood

A Moment of Reflection

Doing What the Doctor Says

By Ernest S. Underwood

    Sometime back I fell while walking, doing extensive damage to my left hand. I was taken by ambulance to the hospital where the doctor was more than an hour and a half in surgical procedures to save the hand, and the use of it. Upon leaving the hospital three days later, I was given specific instructions of the care that I must take concerning that hand.

    Now a question: At what time do you think that I started obeying those instructions? Did I say to myself that I would get around to it “one of these days!” Or, did I say to myself that I really didn’t care what the doctor said, I would do things in my way, when I wanted to do them? Another question: If I should have said those things, what would be your thoughts of my sensibility? If I wanted to save the hand, I must follow immediately the doctor’s instructions.

    What is my point? Just this: How long have you known what your Creator has said about what you must do, and how you must live in order to have the salvation of your soul? Why have you not followed those instructions (Mark 16:16)?

Friend or Enemy?

By Ernest S. Underwood

    Are you a friend or an enemy of Jesus? A rather serious question, isn’t it? The answer cannot be given based on feelings, popularity, political correctness or any other standard that man may devise. Listen to the answer that Jesus gives, an answer by the way, by which we will be judged. Hear Him: “You are My friends if you do whatever I command you” (John 15:14). Here Jesus makes use of the law of the excluded middle again. The “if” is significant. Language could not be plainer. Jesus did not say that you are His friend by doing what your pastor, preacher, priest or creed book says. Question: What if one neglects or refuses to do what Jesus commands? Is he a friend or an enemy? Listen to what Paul said in Philippians 3:18: “For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ.” If one is a friend of Jesus because he obeys His commands, would it not also be true that he is an enemy who refuses to obey His commands? Again, there is no middle ground. As a friend of mankind, Jesus laid down His life. He gave this same mankind commands on how to be saved, and how to worship Him acceptably. Looking at your practice in the light of the Holy Scriptures, are you His friend or His enemy? Which do you truly want to be?

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