By Bob Fetterhoff
This is excerpted from the annual moderator’s address, given to the national conference of the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches on July 24, 2011, at Wooster, Ohio. A complete version of the address may be heard online at fgbc.org. Also, the full version will be included in the 2012 Handbook for the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches, to be released in late 2011.
2 Kings 6:8-23
There are lots of kinds of glasses: 3-D, night vision, corrective lenses–all have to do with vision. In 2 Kings 6 we read a story about vision. In it I find five principles about real vision that will help us understand who we are and who we should be before God.
Jonathan Swift wrote, “Vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others.” We want to be able to see life and people and the world as God sees them.
In our passage we read about Elisha who had received a double portion of God’s Spirit that his mentor, Elijah, had experienced. With a different kind of glasses we can discover in Elisha’s experience biblical principles that will help us see things as they are and as they could be.
Real Vision Recognizes the Real Enemy, v. 15
Elisha had no problem identifying the enemy. Christians today are too often attacking each other, forgetting who our real enemy is: “the power of this dark world and