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There is nothing better than boasting Christians

15 May
If God also fills his heart with joy (see Acts 14:17), what ultimately distinguishes us from Richard? (found via a Creative Commons Search in Flickr images for “joyful boasting”)

If God also fills his heart with joy (see Acts 14:17), what ultimately distinguishes us from Richard? (found via a Creative Commons Search in Flickr images for “joyful boasting”)

Properly understood.

Thus says the Lord: “Let not the wise man boast in his wisdom, let not the mighty man boast in his might, let not the rich man boast in his riches,  but let him who boasts boast in this, that he understands and knows me, that I am the Lord who practices steadfast love, justice, and righteousness in the earth. For in these things I delight, declares the Lord.” (Jeremiah 9:23, 24)

And what does that look like more than anything else?:

It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God – that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. Therefore, as it is written: Let him who boasts boast in the Lord” (1 Corinthians 1:30-31).

In case this isn’t clear yet:

But far be it from me to boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world (Galatians 6:14).

Going along with this, to the Corinthians Paul said:

For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. (I Corinthians 2:2)

As well as…

I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures. (1 Cor. 15:3-4)

And here I point to Ephesians 3:14-21, which is one of my favorite Bible passages:

For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, 16 that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love,  may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us,to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.

If that does not fill one’s heart with true and lasting joy – leading to joyful boasting that cannot stop – what will?

Pray also for me, that whenever I open my mouth, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel. (Eph. 6:19)

Pray that I may proclaim it clearly, as I should. Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. (Col. 4:5)

“Whenever I open my mouth”.  “The most of every opportunity”.  As that other great Apostle says,

If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ.(I Peter 4:11)

Yes – pray for more boasting and boastful Christians.

FIN

http://www.flickr.com/photos/jurvetson/3987330279/

For one of my favorite Todd Wilken articles, connected with this topic, see here (“The Gospel in the Background”)

 

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