Knowing and Declaring the Full Counsel of God

By Mamdouh Riad |  August 14, 2018


Knowing and Declaring the Whole Counsel of God
By Mamdouh Riad

The Scriptures contain numerous, seemingly paradoxical truths that are not either/or, but rather both/and. Each of these truths are like a string in a multi-string cord, contributing to the strength of the cord.

It's not either receiving the grace of God OR obeying His requirement for us to walk in holiness, it's both/and...

It's not either receiving the free gift of salvation OR counting the cost and carrying our cross, it's both/and...

It's not either receiving and enjoying the love of the Lord OR knowing the fear the Lord, it's both/and...

It’s not either believing and claiming the Bible’s promises OR heeding its requirements and warnings, it’s both/and…

It's not either rejoicing in having found the Lord OR continuing to seek Him still, it's both/and...

It's not either experiencing the joy of the Lord OR sharing in the sufferings of Christ, it's both/and...

It's not either realizing and expecting the biblical promises of victory/revival/glory, OR the biblical proclamations of difficulty/persecution as part of our journey, it's both/and...

It's not either recognizing our biblical mandate to pray and stand in the gap OR our mandate to engage in witnessing and evangelism, it's both/and...

It's not either being grateful for what God is doing now and not despising the day of small beginnings OR seeking His Face and praying for revival, it's both/and...

It's not just realizing that the kindness of God is a manifestation of His love, BUT ALSO realizing that His discipline and His severity are equally a manifestation of His fierce love and jealousy over us...

It's not just biblical to speak and minister words of exhortation and affirmation, BUT ALSO to speak and minister words of correction and reproof....

It's not either realizing the biblical doctrine of the sovereignty of God OR that of the free will of man, it's both/and...

It's not either recognizing the final authority of God’s written Word OR being led by the Holy Spirit, recognizing His continuous, present work and hearing God’s voice, it’s both/and …

Furthermore, holiness and purity of heart is not just about sexual sin, it is about purity of motives, about walking in humility and meekness rather than in pride and arrogance, about being free of prejudice and racism, and about being a person in whom there is no guile, waking in honesty and transparency, rather than in hypocrisy and deceit.

The term "Full Gospel" is often used to communicate the idea that we should not neglect to teach what the Bible says about the supernatural gifts of the Holy Spirit. However, if we want to teach the "Full Gospel" or the full counsel of the Scriptures, we should also not neglect to teach the above truths. May we be faithful witnesses like the apostle Paul, knowing and declaring the whole counsel of God!

 

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