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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.

Spiritual Tunnel Vision

 

Peter warns that those who lack the “Christian Graces” of 2 Peter 1 are “blind and cannot see afar off.” (Verse. 9). The phrase “cannot see afar off” is from the Gr. muopazo, from which we get the medical term, myopia, meaning near sightedness. So there is precedent for comparing a spiritual condition to eyesight – seeing or not seeing properly.

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.

The Doctor’s Orders

I still go to the doctor who has been my primary physician for a good many years. He practices in the town where we lived prior to moving to our present address. There are many doctors closer to us that I could use. In face, people often ask, “Why do you drive so far to get back to him when you could be driving much more closely?