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Category: Obedience

“Light – Darkness”

“14 Be not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship have righteousness and inequity? Or what communion hath light with darkness?” II Cor. 6:14. This text, and context, is describing things that are opposites; thus, the idea of light and darkness are poles apart. Spiritually, if one is of light he is not of darkness and he that is of darkness is not of the light.

A New Kind of Self-abasement

In the second chapter of Colossians, the Apostle Paul twice refers to those who had a “voluntary” (KJV) or a “false” (NKJV) humility. The NASV and ESV, respectively, translate it “self-abasement” and “asceticism.” He, most likely, was referring to the early asceticism that arose in the early years of the church which likely was the beginning of the monastery system of Catholicism.

Paul’s Confidence of Heaven

For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure has come. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith; in the future there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day; and not only to me, but also to all who have loved His appearing.” (2 Timothy 4:6-8 NAS95)

While it is absolutely true that the apostle Paul, often expressed confidence of heaven based on the grace or mercy of God; in this text he just as confidently spoke of the “crown of righteousness” to be awarded by Jesus at His appearing, based what he had accomplished for the Lord – he had 1) fought a good fight, 2) finished the course and 3) kept the faith.

“Can You Hear Me?”

 A cell phone company has popularized the above question in its advertizing videos. For the answer to be positive depends on both the transmission and reception of both phones. If either is faulty then the conversation becomes a monologue rather than a dialogue.

Successful communication with God is kind of like that.

“The Faith of Abraham”

The faith of Abraham is held up by New Testament writers, especially Paul, as an example for us all. No event of the Old Testament better illustrates faith under trial than Abraham’s offering of his son. The story is recorded in Genesis 22 and subsequently referenced by biblical writers over the following years.