Posted by: SandreS | October 17, 2017

An Unforgettable Account

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I’ll never forget the first time that I read Jackson Roddy’s account of how he came to understand the grace of God; it impressed on me a different “evangelism” than the salesmanship training that I had been exposed to in my early years.

So thrilled was I, those many years ago, to read those words from Jackson Roddy, that I have regularly recalled and reread them, even to this day. During these passing years I would also come to a clearer and clearer understanding of what the gospel was (the true “evangel”), and how far-reaching God’s plan for His creation went – that He may be “All in all” (I Corinthians 15:28).

The truth is that we’re not trying to get anyone to do anything. God already has done it all. True evangelism is simply living and sharing all that God has done. God uses His own work in Christ to activate His called. How simple to be merely a channel of God’s goodness and grace. This is not a process of some decisional regeneration, but of God graciously granting faith by the hearing of His Word (Romans 10:17).

Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.
To read a portion of Jackson Roddy’s account see Bible Student’s Notebook #654
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Kindly Affectionate

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Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love (Romans 12:10).

The Greek word Paul used for “kindly affectioned” in Romans 12:10 is Φιλόστοργος (philostorgos, Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance, G5387) is a word meaning “affectionate regard of members of a family” (E.W. Bullinger, Companion Bible Notes) or “cherishing one’s kindred” (Strong’s).

As believers, Paul tells us that we are bound by family ties. These are not, however, bonds of genealogy, but rather spiritual bonds of a far higher household – “the family of faith” (Galatians 6:10, Concordant).

The root of our English word “kindly” is, of course, kind. What may be interesting to note is that it was originally “kinned.”

A “kind” person is a “kinned” person, one of kin; one who acknowledges and acts upon his kinship. — Richard Chenevix Trench (1807-1886), On the Study of Words (1859), page 53.

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Honor

in honor preferring one another (Romans 12:10).

The word “honor” in Romans 12:10 is the translation of the Greek word τιμή (timē), meaning “value … by analogy esteem.”

The value of anything is what someone is willing to pay for it. Paul tells us that we’ve been bought with a price (I Corinthians 6:20; 7:23); and the word that Paul used for “price” is this same Greek word used in Romans 12:10 for honor (τιμή).

The value of anything is what someone is willing to pay for it. God paid for us with the sacrifice of the “Son of His love” (Colossians 1:13, Concordant). This sets our value at the highest in the universe. Thus, by faith this is to be the extreme value that we place on each other, “in honor preferring one another” (Romans 12:10).

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