Monday, May 10, 2010

Declarations and Obligations

Also known, in theological circles, as indicatives and imperatives.

Elyse Fitzpatrick calls them declaration and obligations, and she points out that we as Christians cannot fulfill the obligations in Scripture without keeping our eyes on the declarations of Scripture.

So here are today's:

Obligation #2: Love your neighbor as yourself.

A visible outcome of Obligation #1: Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.

But neither obligation is possible at all without this beautiful declaration:

The Lord your God loves YOU with all His heart, with all His soul, with all His mind, and with all His strength.

Put that in yer pipe an' smoke it.