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Both And

Nº 304


May 28, 2024

Holiness begins in our minds and works out to our actions. - Jerry Bridges 

Two significant events bookend Jesus’ earthly ministry. At both the start and end, He cleansed the temple – overturning tables, scattering money, and reclaiming the site for its intended purpose. (John 2:13-16 and Matthew 21:12-13) He also orchestrated two massive catches of fish: one early in His ministry and the other after His resurrection. (Luke 5:4-11 and John 21:3-19).

When the Bible repeats things, they are probably important, and both these repeated events seem very significant. One deals with our need for purity and the other with a call to service. Both purity and service are essential aspects of the Christian life.

Purity is job one. As Peter stated, “…he who called you is holy, you also be holy.” (I Peter 1:15) Apart from Christ’s righteousness, we will never attain the standard of holiness God demands; however, we must daily strive for greater purity and more Christlikeness.

Serving others is also critical. Both fish stories conclude with calls to service. The first summons us to be fishers of men, to share the good news. And the second beckons us to shepherd God’s flock, to care for others.

First, honor God with your personal purity, and second, serve God by sharing the gospel and caring for those around you.


Dan Bolin

Author & President Refueling in Flight Ministries


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