Am scris intenționat Isus, nu “Domnul Isus”, cum fac de-obicei. Există între noi obraznici care se autopropun drept înlocuitori ai Fiului lui Dumnezeu în generația actuală. Iată un citat pertinent care tratează această problemă.
Although I don’t want to diminish the accessibility we have to an inextinguishable abundance of power available in the Kingdom of God, I am not suggesting, nor did Dallas believe, that human beings will be omnipotent. He did believe, however, that human beings were created and destined, in partnership with Christ, to achieve their full potential, whatever that potential may be, to wield the power of God for his glory to a degree that has, thus far, not come.
The reasons for our current levels of impotency are simple. Just like we can’t handle the truth, neither can we handle the power available to us as coheirs sitting at the right hand of the Father with Christ. Scripture clearly describes this position as a power-sharing opportunity, albeit not one of equality (Eph. 2: 6; Col. 3: 1–4). For all authority, even that which is delegated or shared, ultimately belongs to Christ. Hence, Dallas sensed that honesty, competency, and trust were often, but not always, mutually reinforcing prerequisites for divine empowerment in eternal living.
We don’t allow ten-year-olds to drive semi trucks, nor should we place a chainsaw in the hands of a four-year-old, not because we are jealous or stingy, but because we are wise and loving. The power available in a chainsaw and a tractor trailer has the ability to do great good or harm, based upon the competency and character of the individual wielding, directing, managing, or stewarding such lifealtering power.
So, we must ask ourselves, Can I be trusted with divine power? If you were given the power to turn water into wine, multiply bread and fish for the multitudes, or heal the sick, could you be trusted to competently steward such power responsibly? Do you want such a responsibility? I suggest that the answer to these questions is almost always “no.”
Most of us do not manifest such power, not because it is not available, nor because God has decided to pull back the reins on power for a while, nor because, as a result of the creation of the scriptures, we have entered into some sort of age void of miracles.
Rather, we don’t have the power we seek because we can’t handle it or because of the tragic consequences it would bring to our lives and others—or both.
Therefore, God, in his mercy and wisdom, tends to lock up the heavy equipment and is mindful of the keys to the power of the Kingdom for our protection.
The result, for most of us, is a sense of futility in our work. We can see or imagine what we want to do, what we think or believe is good and beneficial for us and others, but we seldom can get it all done, which causes many of us to feel impotent in our lives. Such powerlessness can lead to feelings of depression and hostility. We can become so desperate, even reckless, and sometimes violent in seeking any means possible to attain the power we think we need to survive. Power is only the issue at the surface. The deeper issue is how power is used—for what purposes and to what effect—both of which relate directly back to the development of a moral character devoted to agape.”
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