The “If’s” of the NT

Another thing I hear all the time is that because we are under grace and God loves us, He gives us things without condition. Here’s a quote from the same book I quoted yesterday:

“The wonderful things we possess in Christ have no “if’s” or conditions, they are freely given to us by God.”

This is the opening sentence of a chapter. Three pages later he’s talking about how Paul builds believers up by encouraging them, not freaking them out with “if” statements. He has a block quote from Colossians chapter one in which he quotes four verses ending with verse 22.

It is fun to look up block quotes and check why they end the block quote where they do. Guess what the first word of verse 23 is. Go on, guess! Guess! I beg you to guess! I’ll quote Colossians 1:23 in full, note the first word:

“If ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which ye have heard, and which was preached to every creature which is under heaven; whereof I Paul am made a minister.”

Boy, didn’t see that coming did ya?! All the encouragements that Paul gave, all the blessings in Christ he is talking about, are contingent upon an IF statement. You get them “IF YOU CONTINUE.”

This is classic human system over Scripture. Be careful out there.

One thought on “The “If’s” of the NT”

  1. Good catch!

    It’s really more than a “classic human system over Scripture” though…it is idolatry. Making up a god that doesn’t exist by manipulating scripture is idolatry.

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