Date: Thu Apr 25 1996 - 14:30:44 EDT
If I understood what you wrote you were upset by someone closing their letter
"in christ" and then signature? Is this a correct understanding of what you
If Not, then please forgive my intrusion and my response.
If yes, then I have some thing to say to express myself on your message.
I am new to this forum so please forgive me where inappropriate. Thank you.
I am a True believer in the Lord Jesus Christ. He is my savior, Lord ,
master, king, and Creator (as well as much more but space and time won't
permit me to mention all that here).
As a Christian, I know that I will be persecuted for my undying faith in the
Lord Jesus Christ. It is a very small price to put on "so great a
salvation"! Jesus said that we would be persecuted for our faith in Him and
He is right. He said in the New Testament Book of John,(John 15:18-20a) -
"If the world hates you, you know that it has hated me before it hated you.
If you were of the world, the world would love its own; but because you are
not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates
you. Remember, the word that I said to you, 'a slave is not greater than his
master'. If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you..."
Because of this relationship I have with the Lord and the love I have for His
Word I respond to this adament response to closing a letter with "in Christ".
The Scriptures record the phrase "...in Christ..." and it is theological
expression...Yes. But it is also an expression of reality. As a Christian,
the scriptures say that I am "...in Christ...". This is the safest haven of
rest I know.
Speaking of this in the book of Colossians 1:19-22a the Apostle Paul wrote:
"For it was the Father's good pleasure for all the fulness to dwell IN HIM
[underline these last two words]. and through Him to reconcile all things to
Himself, having made peace through the blood of His Cross; through Him, I
say, whether things on earth or things in heaven. And although you were
formerly alienated and hostile in mind, engaged in evil deeds, yet He has now
reconciled you in His fleshly body through death, in order to present you
before Him holy and blameless an beyond reproach..."
I can not apologize for such a use myself because it is an outward expression
of something that is both true and binding to me.
I mean no hard feelings and hope you understand, if possible.
If this means I will be taken off this mail group than I understand.
If you have any questions or comments just address them to Tom.
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