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

A Moment of Reflection

Come, Let Us Reason Together

By Ernest S. Underwood

   In Isaiah 1:18 God states, “Come now, and let us reason together.” Here is an invitation to come and gain knowledge, resulting in salvation. Surely, such an invitation is open to all today.

    Come, let us reason together about Christ. We will learn that He is Prophet, Priest and King. He is the builder and purchaser of the church.

    Come, let us reason together about the church. It is the “called out,” and that by the Gospel. It is the house of God into which all nations can come. It is the kingdom into which those who have been forgiven of sin are translated.

    Come, let us reason together about Calvary. It was here the blood of the Lamb was offered. It is here that we see the awfulness of sin. It is here that we see the dying of the just for the unjust.

   Come, let us reason together about conversion. The world offers many plans, but God offers only one. The New Testament commands: Hear, Believe, Repent, Confess Jesus as Christ and be Baptized. Have you done more? Have you done less?

    Come, let us reason together about heaven. It is the wonderful city of God to which all who have obeyed the Gospel and have lived faithfully will go. Don’t you want to go there? Then, obey that you may.

Either For or Against

By Ernest S. Underwood

    There is in the study of logic something known as “the law of the excluded middle.” It describes an either/or situation. For instance, everything in your house is either human or nonhuman. Now, wives, although he may not act like it at times, your husband is human. However, your dog, your kitchen table and your couch are all nonhuman. The law of the excluded middle does not tell you what the “non” may be, but it does give you the either/or position. The point is that something is either/or, with no middle or neutral ground.

    Jesus made use of this vehicle of logic on many occasions. For instance, in Matthew 12:30 He said, “He who is not with Me is against Me, and he who does not gather with Me scatters abroad.” Notice, one is either for Him, or against Him. There is no room here for “Well, he is not a Christian, but I believe the Lord will save him anyway” type of thinking. There is no middle ground, no neutrality allowed. It becomes our own individual responsibility to determine by a proper use of the Scriptures where we stand. Taking the totality of Jesus’ teaching on our relationship to Him, are you for Him, or are you against Him. Remember, the Bible is the only standard by which this can be determined.

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