It Is Finished

Published by Rev. Harvey Deater at Smashwords

Copyright 2011 Rev. Harvey Deater

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Bob” was outgoing, warm and friendly just what you would expect a Christian to be. However, one day he entered my office a broken man. He had tried everything… tithing, praying, worshipping, and visiting the sick, the whole thing. He considered himself a “doer of the Word”. Yet here he was… broke, going through a divorce, sick and lonely. Of course he inquired as to what had caused all of this. What more could he do? Why wasn’t God pleased with him? What would work? My advice to Bob was to go home, stop “doing” and “be”.

To be or not to be, that is the question.” Shakespeare, right? I wonder if William Shakespeare realized the significance of this question as it applies theologically to the Christian and holy living. Probably not, but in regard to holiness or sanctification, the question, “To be or not to be” is vitally important. It is the approach to holiness that the Church really must consider because it is biblically correct.

To be” recognizes the sovereignty of God, while “not to be” is equivalent to works-righteousness. And sad to say, works-righteousness remains as a force that confuses Christians in their futile attempt to become something they already are. “To be” should no longer be the question, but rather, the answer.

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