The Frantic Future and the Christian Directive: Acts 1:8 -- By: Herman A. Hoyt

Journal: Grace Journal
Volume: GJ 10:1 (Winter 1969)
Article: The Frantic Future and the Christian Directive: Acts 1:8
Author: Herman A. Hoyt

The Frantic Future and the Christian Directive:
Acts 1:8

Herman A. Hoyt

President, Grace Theological Seminary

We are living today on the threshold of the frantic future.

As described by the business man, it will be characterized by managerial scarcity, computer forgery, delphic technology, mobile money, scientific gypsies, and taxation unlimited.

As described by the sociologist, it will be characterized by population immensity, insufficient productivity, ravaging hunger, city obsolescense, evaporating freedoms, outworn skills, and unavailing knowledge.

As described by the moralist, it will be characterized by individual authority, increasing humanism, sweeping relativity, growing lawlessness, mounting sensualism, spreading violence, and human degeneration.

As described by the Lord Jesus, it will be characterized by “distress of nations, with perplexity, the sea and the waves roaring, men’s hearts failing them for fear and for looking after those things that are coming upon the earth” (Luke 21:25, 26).

As we face this frantic future, the time-honored directive of the Lord Jesus comes to us with the same freshness and the same force as it did more than 1900 years ago. I refer to the words of Christ in the passage, “Ye shall be witnesses unto Me.”

Inasmuch as this school started out with the purpose of knowing Christ and making Him known as the only Savior and Lord of Life, it behooves us to refocus our sights on the divine directive that comes to each one of us, and that has never been recalled or altered in all these years. Though the material of our employment is academic, our purpose must ever be to make a contribution to needy humanity for the sake of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Briefly consider with me the nature of this responsibility the Lord Jesus laid upon us, “And ye shall be witnesses unto me.” This involves four things:

The People upon whom He laid this responsibility.

The Performance essential to this responsibility.

The Process by which to discharge this responsibility.

The Purpose for which He gave this responsibility.

The People upon Whom He Laid This Responsibility

“And ye…”

The immediate designation of the pronoun is the apostles. This can be seen by examining verse 2. This group constitutes those who were first called by th...

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