My title is an oxymoron which is “a smart saying which at first view appears foolish.” A rhetorical figure, in which an epithet of a quiet contrary signification is added to a word, such as “cruel kindness.”
Must “in” always be “in” and “out” always be “out?” or can “in” be out and “out” be “in?”
The New Webster’s dictionary gives this: “a figure of speech in which apparently contradictory terms are combined to produce a epigrammatic ( pointed, concise ) effect.” Two words combined to make the word…oxus= sharp, mores= foolish. In South Georgia language, making sense out of nonsense. My intention is to impress a strong, sticking thought.
Proverbs 26:7,9 both use the terminology … “So is a parable in the mouth of fools.” Parable there is “a pithy maxim. George Younts told J. D. Sumner, “I don’t know anyone I hadn’t rather hear sing than you.” It sounds like George is complimenting J.D. , But J.D. said it took him 2 years to realize what he meant.
With all that said, now let me make sense of the nonsense:
- To be in sin is to be out of God’s will. It is impossible to be in God’s will at the same time as in sin. Living in sin is not the same as committing sin. Rom. 6:12,16 It is either or, but not both at the same time.
- To be out of touch with God is to be in trouble. A Christian out of touch with God is in the wrong condition, in the wrong places, in the wrong habits, in the wrong crowd, and eventually in trouble. This is so obvious and the only ones fooled are those out of touch! If you are saved and yet you are consistently out of Church, out of prayer and Bible time with God, out of fellowship…you are in trouble.
- To be out of step with God, is to be in step with Satan. Gal. 5:16-24, Lev. 26:21, 23-24, 27-28, 40-41 “contrary” Hostile encounter. Ja. 4:4
- To be out of time and lost, is to be in eternity, in Hell forever! To be “in Christ” is to be “Out of the power of darkness.” Col. 1:12-14 and Romans 8:1 states, “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ…”
To be out of time is to be in eternity forever. Out is In! If you are lost, our plea is that you come to Christ while you have time, for time is running out. Have you considered that to be outside the family of God by faith is to be in the condemnation of God?