People even brought babies to him, for him to touch them; but when the disciples saw this they scolded them. But Jesus called the children to him and said, ‘Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs. In truth I tell you, anyone who does not welcome the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.’ Luke 18: 15–17
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“Hope” and “optimism” are not the same thing. The optimist looks at the world and feels good about the way it’s going. Things are looking up! Everything is going to be all right! But hope, at least as conceived within the Jewish and then the early Christian world, was quite different. Hope could be, and often was, a dogged and deliberate choice when the world seemed dark. It depended not on a feeling about the way things were or the way they were moving, but on faith, faith in the One God.
For Paul, the “sin” that had made him persecute the Messiah’s community was egotism, a desire to assert his own desires and boost his own status at the expense of others.
Because faith in Christ was not a private quest but an experiment in living together, Paul passionately opposed the individualism promoted by the “spirituals,” urging them instead to focus on the unity and integrity of the whole ekklesia.
Seldom do we find Jesus angry in the Gospels, but when Jesus is angry it is always at hypocrisy in the name of religion.
There are several Greek words for “good,” but the word used in “good deeds” is kallos. More than just “good,” this word means “beautiful” or “winsome.” Our deeds are meant be so attractive that others are naturally drawn to the God we serve.