We are regarded as sheep for the slaughter.”
Jesus explained the difference between the Law and Grace. Under the New Covenant, ushered in at Calvary--by the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ, we now have the opportunity to embrace grace in ALL of its fulness and glory. But, we need to understand, mixing in a little of the Law, cancels out the grace that we have so lavishly received and rely on. ("...we know that a man is not justified [and placed in right standing with God] by works of the Law, but [only] through faith in [God’s beloved Son,] Christ Jesus. And even we [as Jews] have believed in Christ Jesus, so that we may be justified by faith in Christ and not by works of the Law. By observing the Law no one will ever be justified [declared free of the guilt of sin and its penalty]. But if, while we seek to be justified in Christ [by faith], we ourselves are found to be sinners, does that make Christ an advocate or promoter of our sin? Certainly not! For if I [or anyone else should] rebuild [through word or by practice] what I once tore down [the belief that observing the Law is essential for salvation], I prove myself to be a transgressor. For through the Law I died to the Law and its demands on me [because salvation is provided through the death and resurrection of Christ], so that I might [from now on] live to God. I have been crucified with Christ [that is, in Him I have shared His crucifixion]; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body I live by faith [by adhering to, relying on, and completely trusting] in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me. I do not ignore or nullify the [gracious gift of the] grace of God [His amazing, unmerited favor], for if righteousness comes through [observing] the Law, then Christ died needlessly. [His suffering and death would have had no purpose whatsoever.])” [Galatians 2:16-20, AMP].
What does this have to do with Christians today, and guns? Consider this: 1) If we believe that at the root of every bad thing that happens, is sin--not mentally ill people, guns, etc. but SIN and its control over this world, and that all evil is a result of sin's presence in this world from the very first sin at creation; 2) If we believe that God has promised to keep us, and to give His angels charge over us; 3) If we believe that to "live is Christ, and to die is GAIN! And, "to be with Christ...is far better [Philippians 1:23, KJV]; 4) if we believe that "all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose."; And finally, 5) If we believe that God is our Jehovah-Nissi (A Banner over us to protect us) why do we need to protect ourselves with "horses and chariots" rather than trusting in the Name of the Lord?
There is NOTHING that can happen to any child of God that God isn't aware of and approved of. If something negative has happened--or is coming your way, know that He is already in the midst of that crisis, preparing your preservation. If the plan is for you to live in this world--He has an escape prepared, and He does not need your help (just ask Sarah! We create more problems for ourselves when we try to fix things that God didn't ask us to fix. Learn to be still and allow God to go before you. Victory belongs to Him!). If His plan is to take you to be with Him, what could be better than that?
"We, of course, have plenty of wisdom to pass on to you once you get your feet on firm spiritual ground, but it’s not popular wisdom, the fashionable wisdom of high-priced experts that will be out-of-date in a year or so. God’s wisdom is something mysterious that goes deep into the interior of his purposes. You don’t find it lying around on the surface. It’s not the latest message, but more like the oldest—what God determined as the way to bring out his best in us, long before we ever arrived on the scene. The experts of our day haven’t a clue about what this eternal plan is. If they had, they wouldn’t have killed the Master of the God-designed life on a cross. That’s why we have this Scripture text: No one’s ever seen or heard anything like this, Never so much as imagined anything quite like it— What God has arranged for those who love him. But you’ve seen and heard it because God by his Spirit has brought it all out into the open before you." [ 1. Corinthians 2:9, The Message]
Relax, no matter what...He is in control. LCC