Jean’s Gospel: Redeeming the Time

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  1. John 20:29 says:

    “The evil, which the devil works in mankind, is sin, death and eternal separation from God. The devil works through hatred and anger, leading to manifest evil acts, as well as through pleasure and prosperity, leading to covetousness and idolatry. ”

    this is a timely and neglected aspect of evil… evil can sometimes look very good, benevolent and productive… while the ugly side of mans’ experiences on earth are plain to see and easy to condemn, even mankinds’ good deeds can dull our perception and divert our attention, if they be become the focus, not the fruit …

    “Paul also warns us that Christians face the devil’s schemes, which we cannot withstand without the armor of God (6:11). Therefore, we must abide in God’s Word, together with other believers, for as long as we live.”
    the Word is vital to our discernment? couldn’t agree more

  2. Jean says:

    Good feedback Em. Thanks.

  3. Owen says:

    Jean, thanks for these reminders. I can’t hear these things enough.

  4. Jean says:

    Thanks Owen. Me neither.

    When I sent the article out also by email this morning, this was my intro:

    “Have you ever noticed how difficult the topic of “time” is for human beings. Sometimes we live in (our imagination of) the future – either dreading it or planning or hoping for something better than what we have now. At other times we live in (our memories of) the past – recalling a better time or wishing we could go back in time and correct a bad decision.

    But when it comes to the present – like right this very moment – do we often just go through the motions with little or no thought? Do we treat time, as a practical matter, as a renewable or inexhaustible resource?”

    In the past I have oscillated between living in the past or living in the future, and I would really love to learn how to live in the present, redeeming the time.

    Have you had these experiences?

  5. John 20:29 says:

    Over my lifetime I have found that we Christians can behave in a very evil manner all the while cloaking ourselves in some sort of contrived rationale that we are doing God’s work… recent illustration …
    Over the years we have bought and sold a lot of properties, so I do have a frame of reference here…
    I recently sold my home to a nice and I think, well meaning, older widow of some means – her realtor was a member of her fundy Pentecostal church…. coached by her agent those two used every “trick” in the book to mislead me, gain dollar concessions and require accommodations that caused me very real and unnecessary hardship in the logistics of vacating the property – now I suspect that they congratulated themselves on being hard nosed stewards of God’s blessing and the widow bragged on what a good agent she had… dunno …?….
    What they presented to the world, on the other hand, was that Christians are untrustworthy, greedy liars when doing business…
    Reading the CC threads yesterday and today, I think there may be an epidemic of holy greed – do we rationalize our ethics, calling good evil and evil good?

  6. Duane Arnold says:


    “In the past I have oscillated between living in the past or living in the future, and I would really love to learn how to live in the present, redeeming the time.”


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