February 10th, 2017
Bearing His Reproach
Hebrews 13:13 (KJB) Let us go forth therefore unto him without the camp, bearing his reproach.
People who sincerely proclaim the name of Jesus are seen as odd and peculiar to those deeply entrenched in the ways of this world. In the historical context of this verse Jewish believers were often ostracized for their beliefs from Gentiles and others in their community.
Even today this social ostracizing is often applied to the child of God who is cast aside as “strange” in this world and placed “without the camp…”
To name the name of Jesus is often to be scorned, casted aside, ridiculed, mocked, despised and oppressed. It is to be labeled as living “different” in this world.
To be placed “without the camp…” is in effect to be situated with Jesus Christ who Himself was banished outside the gate away from “the mainstream of society” placed in an arena of oddity with lepers, outcasts, and citizens of “spiritual ill repute.”
A professing Christian cannot have both binding ties to this world and a genuine personal relationship with God. For the Christian “all things are become new.…” (2 Corinthians 5:17) which includes the company he keeps.