1.2 No. 085 - Sell Thy Cloak and Buy a Sword

On the night in which he was betrayed, Jesus issued to his followers a number of directives. One of those instructions was for each to arm himself forthwith, even at the cost of economic sacrifice. The directives reflect the fact that thenceforth the disciples would be operating independently, rather than as a group with Jesus as their constant companion, supplier, and guardian. Nevertheless, the command to be armed is troubling to many who claim to be Christian. Some teachers and commentators simply dismiss the command, thus displaying their contempt for Jesus and the Scripture. Others are unable to reconcile the command with commands given by Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount. But when the respective passages are considered carefully in context, the difficulties disappear, and the need for the Christian to be armed is clear.

2021.10.15 0000gmt

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