How and in what ways should we as Christians deal with and deal with unjust people, whether believers or non-believers? What does the scripture say? Part 1
If we have resistance, then because we stand for something, be clear!
Deuteronomy 32. 35. I hear vengeance and retribution at the time when their feet tremble; for their day of adversity is at hand;
Room. 12. 19. Do not avenge yourselves, my beloved, but give up wrath! for it is written, "The vengeance belongs to me; I will repay," says the Lord.
More recently, I or we have since this also includes my family. Really got to experience wrongdoing and lying people in "free dressage!"
Both believers and non-believers. In this article I will not go into these events too much. Rather focus on how to deal with these people and relate. What does the scripture say? What are the Bible's teachings and practices?
The Apostle Paul says something to the believers in Asia Minor here.
Efes. 5. 8 For ye were formerly dark, but now ye are light in the Lord; walk like the children of light - 9 for the fruit of the light shows itself in all goodness and justice and truth - 10 as you try what is pleasing to the Lord, 11 and have nothing to do with the unfruitful deeds of darkness, but refute them too!
It is perfectly legitimate from the word of God - also go wrong. This includes unjust people, of course. Sitting down, accepting everything, it is not spiritual or "Christian". On the contrary, Scripture says the following:
"Have nothing to do with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather refute them!"
When the scriptures say this, I have also practiced this to people who have ventured in this way. Whether it is apostles, municipal servants, government employees and who it is now. But there are times when we also have to make a difference to people and act differently. We can be allowed to warn against false brethren, and believe that in a special way God will intervene to judge and reward. As with the copper smith Alexander and Jan Aage Torp who were obviously people who would not conform to the word of God. But went against the word of God and the servants of the Lord.
With the non-believer, we should pray that God “melts” their hearts, as scripture says that revenge belongs to the Lord. At the same time, it is the goodness and love of God that "melts" the hearts and ice that lie there frozen in their hearts and minds.
Room. 2. 4 Or do you despise the riches of his goodness and patience and longsuffering, and do not know that the goodness of God drives you to repentance?
We, both myself and our family, have experienced great injustice towards us from, among other things. The municipality of Oslo, and in fact the entire public Norway.
Almost like Hans Nielsen Hauge, they would take for a relationship that we view today as ridiculous and completely beyond. That one should not have a public meeting where people should come together.
But it is important to understand and act completely differently than what was done in GT and the old covenant towards people who do us wrong. In the Old Covenant, we read about many actually frightening and, in part, horrible things happened to those who went against the people of God and the servants of the Lord. This is basically not the case in the NT and the new covenant!
But there are examples of how God truly judges and punishes people. Here, too, in the past, before we should all be responsible for him, here comes one of many examples from GT and the old pact.
2 Kong. 1. 3 And the angel of the LORD said unto Elijah the tishbite, Get ready, and meet the messengers of the king of Samaria, and say unto them, Is it because there is no God in Israel, that ye go and ask Baal-Sebub, Ekron God? 4 Therefore thus saith the Lord, Thou shalt not come down from the bed into which thou art gone up; you shall die. Thus Elijah went. 5 When the messengers returned to him, he asked them, "Why have you returned? 6 And they said, A man met us, and said unto us, Return unto the king that sent you, and say unto him, Thus saith the LORD, Is it not because there is no God in Israel, that thou sendest to inquire? Ba'al-Sebub, the god of Ekron? Therefore, do not descend from the bed in which you have risen; you shall die. 7 And he said unto them, What was the man that came to meet you, and thus spake unto you? 8 And they answered, There was a man in a shabby robe, with a leather girdle bound about his loins. Then he said, It was Elijah the tithe. 9 And he sent unto him a captain of fifty with his men; And he went up to him, and sat on the top of the mountain, and said unto him, Thou man of God. The king says, Come down! 10 But Elijah answered the captain of fifty, "If I am a man of God, let fire come down from heaven and devour you and your fifty men." Then fire came down from heaven and devoured him and his fifty men. 11 And he sent unto him another captain of fifty with his men; And he answered and said unto him, Thou man of God. Then the king says: Come down immediately! 12 And Elijah said unto them, If I am a man of God, let fire come down from heaven, and devour thee and thy fifty men. Then the fire of God came down from heaven and devoured him and his fifty men. 13 Then he sent again a third captain over fifty with his men; And this third captain went up to Elijah, and kneeled before him, and prayed him, and said unto him, Thou man of God. Let my life and those of your fifty servants be precious in your sight! 14 Fire went down from heaven and devoured both the first captains over fifty with their men; but now let my life be precious in your sight! 15 And the angel of the LORD said unto Elijah, Go down with him, and be not afraid of him. Then he got up and went down with him to the king.
This is GT and the old pact. We read here that the judgment hit them hard, but in the NT and the new covenant, two of Jesus' disciples say something about this incident. They pray and Jesus will do the same. We read about this in the New Testament.
Luke 9. 51 And it came to pass, when it came to pass, that he should be taken up, he turned his face toward Jerusalem to go up, 52 and sent messengers before him. So they departed, and came into a Samaritan city to prepare him; 53 And they received him not, because his face was toward Jerusalem. 54 When his disciples Jacob and John saw it, they said, Lord! Do you want us to offer fire going down from heaven and devour them, just as Elijah did? 55 But he turned and spoke to them sternly, saying, "You do not know what spirit you are." 56 For the Son of Man did not come to destroy human life, but to save. And they went to another city.
Notice that Jesus would not hear that comparison, that was not why he had come. Jesus had come to save and make us whole, into spirit, soul and body.
In other words, God does not want us to wish the death, doom, or anything of any sinner! But still, all people will lead or later answer for their bread, sin, injustice and everything else they have done. Let's have this clear. But it is not us as believers anymore as in GT and the old covenant in the same way to pronounce judgment. But salvation, life, hope and restoration!
But should still come up with another article, where I would also point out that even in the NT and the new covenant, God does the same as in the GT and the old covenant. He keeps judgment, reveals, and people are ashamed of God and His servants! After all, God is the same in the NT as in GT, God or Jesus has not changed.
Heb. 13. 8 Yesterday and today Jesus Christ is the same, yes forever.
Saddle. 90. 2 Before the mountains were created, and you created the earth and the earth, yes, from eternity to eternity you are, God.