Do we appreciate the sacrifice made for us by God in sending His son, and by Christ in a life of perfect obedience – obedience unto death no less – and demonstrate our appreciation by striving to live a life of sacrifice which is at least a shadow of Christ’s?
The letters to the seven ecclesias make it obvious to us that wrong doctrine, a wrong way of life, and even a wrong motivation for serving God are all errors which even individually will exclude us from salvation.
Philip Yancey’s book successfully teaches and encourages all three.
Yancey’s book would have no success among us if we were all certain of our personal faith in God and our personal understanding of His Word. The only way to prevent and correct error is to know and preach truth.
Do we, personally, know the Truth? Do we know why we believe what we believe? This is no idle question:
2 Corinthians 13:
5 Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?
6`But I trust that ye shall know that we are not reprobates.
Let everyone of us examine himself, and so approach the Father through Christ in true fellowship.