Thomas Paine noted in his pamphlet Common Sense that it didn’t follow that the American Colonies should remain in the British Empire since it had so profited by being part of it. He argued that the Colonies would have prospered independent of, and separate from, the Empire. In essence, America had grown beyond her need of England’s protection, tutelage and identity. The American Reader, 25ff
Paine’s treatise surfaces the truth that the past can’t always be the basis of present and future belief and behavior. While an unerring tutor to its students, they may need higher learning when scholars of its didache. If we remain committed to it in our maturity, it forfeits some of the value it held when we were more child-like.
Jesus faced the issue throughout his ministry. His willingness to heal on the Sabbath; and his unwillingness to be strait-jacketed into man-made traditions surfaced the conflict with Pharisees. He defended himself as the One God sent to lead Israel from its honored past into a glorious future.
However, what Paine said applied to human relationships; it never applies to the human-divine relationship. At what period of time would the Master’s own tutelage be eclipsed by something better? At no time in the future. When would humanity find themselves too mature for his “limited” revelation? Never, at no time!
Jesus Christ remains in history all he had been in the past, and all he would be in the future: the Great I AM. No people, no age, would reach a point where they even approached equality with him, let alone achieved superiority to him. The beatitudes offer an excellent example. Basic as they are to the Christian life, we have hardly matured into the Kingdom person they develop, let alone surpass them into super-spirituality. And our immaturity is glaringly evident in considering Christ’s in-depth teaching in the Gospels; and the immensely challenging didache of the Pauline, Petrine and Johannine epistles.
Hang in there, Christians. But never hang-out with anyone but Jesus. He’s ALL anyone ever needs. He’s exactly what everyone needs.
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