1 The wicked flee when no man pursueth: but the righteous are bold as a lion.
Christadelphian writing is "bold," because of full assurance of faith and understanding as the result of daily familiarity with the holy oracles. Your notion that a man must have a personal "commission" is a mistake and a hindrance. If it were true, no work of God could be done now, for none are personally commissioned.
All are "sent" who understand and believe the word of the water of life (Rev. 22:17), and who, being "faithful men," have apprehended the things which Timothy heard of Paul.-(2 Tim. 2:2.)
Such, being fully persuaded of the truth and the glory of the gospel, have great confidence and boldness, and no sympathy with the uncertainty and deadness that reigns among so-called Christendom.
13 He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.
God pardons transgressions. Yes, and heinous ones too! If God should mark sin (in the unqualified sense) who could stand? Not one, save Christ, for all have sinned, and, therefore, fallen short of His Glory. But God is very merciful. Provided sins be confessed and forsaken, He will lovingly and abundantly forgive. His anger remains only where sin is wilfully and persistently practised-where no effort is made to improve, and where every opportunity for redeeming the time is allowed to slip.
The forgiveness of God is fully demonstrated in the lives of those whom we are told "died in faith." To cite one of them will suffice. David was guilty of more than one great crime, but for all that he was greatly beloved of God. He receives in the Word of Truth the highly honourable mention of being a man after God's own heart, and is set forth as an example for others to follow. Why is this?
There is much consolation in the answer. David was not an habitual worker of unrighteousness-his life generally was characterised by uprightness and the fear of God. His sins were exceptional slips. When he sinned, he confessed his unworthiness with deep sorrow. This in itself forms a matter of example to us.
Where David's disposition is wanting, there is the tendency either to falsely exalt ourselves or to pull the Bible standard down.
"He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy." (Prov. xxviii. 13). - ATJ
The Christadelphian, Oct 1887