Like the Apostles, Amos had no theological credentials (cf. Amos 7:14)—he was not a prophet (no formal role in prophesying) nor the son of a prophet (no formal training in prophesying), just as they were uneducated and untrained men (cf. Acts 4:13). But, like the Apostles, Amos was compelled to speak the message he was given, just as they were (Acts 4:20). And what a message it was.
Although telos is an English word, it is a direct transliteration of the Greek word τέλος, which means "an ultimate end" or "a purpose." In other words, if you are looking for the point of education, you are seeking its telos.
Far from being personally vindictive, imprecatory prayers offered in the right spirit are the means by which the saints of God express faith that their persecutors will be prosecuted. And it is actually the hatred of God, expressed in eternal wrath toward the unrepentant, that frees believers to love their enemies in this life.
To make the task more manageable, the following are three key resources that will serve you for a lifetime of biblical discipleship. In relying on them weekly, I affectionately think of them as "the forest," "the trees," and "the bee's knees."
This letter, being among his final correspondence, is something I will treasure my entire life. How much of Expository Parenting did he end up getting to read? I don't know. But it doesn't matter, because, after all, he helped me write it.
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