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23 If [eige] ye continue [epimeno] in the faith [pistis]
and [kai] settled, [hedraios] and [kai] be not [me] moved away [metakineo] from [apo] the hope [elpis] of the gospel, [euaggelion] which [hos] ye have heard, [akouo] and
which [ho] was preached [kerusso] to [en] every [pas] creature [ktisis] which is under [hupo] heaven; [ouranos] whereof [hos] I [ego] Paul [Paulos] am made [ginomai] a minister; [diakonos]KJV-Interlinear
23 if indeed you continue in the
faith firmly established and steadfast, and not moved away from the hope of the
gospel that you have heard, which was proclaimed in all creation under heaven,
and of which I, Paul, was made a minister. NASB
Now, ultimately we are
driving toward a conclusion in this chapter, located in verse 28, complete in
Christ. This is synonymous with
spiritual maturity, firmly established, and steadfast.
Spiritual maturity is
your ultimate objective for this life.Advancing to spiritual maturity is like running a race.And who receives the prize for winning a
race?The person who never begins the
race?The person who starts the race but
drops out along the way?Or, the person
who starts the race, sees it through to the end and ultimately wins the race?
Now, this is a trick
question, but only if you want to argue with the simple illustration.Obviously the person who enters, runs, and
wins the race will get the prize offered to the winner.Not a complicated concept.But then your spiritual life is just as
simple.Unfortunately too many people
want to complicate life, and that is where they get all screwed up, by
stumbling all over their own arrogance and stupidity.
If you continue?, and
that is the real question.You and you
alone have to begin your spiritual advance, and you and you alone, have to
continue through it for the rest of your life.
You cannot transfer
your spiritual obligations or responsibilities in life, onto someone else.That is where most folks mess up in their spiritual
growth.They make excuses for not
obeying Gods mandates, presuming that they do not apply to them, or that
someone else will take care of their responsibilities for them.
indifferent.People look for proofs or
signs.People want to argue with
Biblical principles.People are born
into this world, knowing absolutely nothing, then grow up for twenty, or forty,
or eighty years, etc., and then somehow along the way, presume that they know
enough to question God, or life, or even perhaps that they know it all.
In one respect, since
the world is full of deceit and phony religious players, then being fooled or
questioning, is a natural reaction to all of the propaganda that is floating
around out there.But then, if you
really, really want to know the truth, then you get started with a spiritual
program and stick with it.
The key is your genuine
(or lack of it) desire to want to learn, but not from just anything that comes
along, but from God and from no other source.
If you are driven by
your sin nature, then you will latch onto anything that is compatible with what
you have wanted all along.But if you
have an objective side of you, then you will tend to sort through the media
traffic and discover Gods truth, which, by the way, He will bring you to, or
bring to you.
The key again is,
whether or not you have a genuine desire for truth, or whether you are just a
You have no excuse. Paul herein states that the gospel has been
proclaimed to everyone.The how s and
when s you and I do not know, But God managed to get the gospel delivered
throughout the world.And just because
it is not documented in the scriptures, there is enough historical evidence in
every culture, to demonstrate a fundamental knowledge of the principles of the gospel.
Paul states that He was
made a minister, for the communication of the gospel as well as doctrine, and
he states it in terms of honor.It is a privilege that God has bestowed on
Paul, and on anyone for that matter, to even have an active role in the
advancement of Bible doctrine for others.
And I might add, you
should feel honored, to even have a role in your own spiritual life, because
your life impacts others, even if you do not know it, and that spiritual impact
lasts someone else, forever.
You can write the
greatest novel ever, you can film the greatest movie ever, you can do anything
in life that qualifies as the greatest as far as this world is concerned, but
inevitably your efforts will be forgotten sooner or later.Only your spiritual heritage, can have a
lasting (eternal) impact on someone else.
And by the way, your
role is courtesy of Gods grace, not because of any
effort on your part.
Now is the time to post a prayer.
End Of Lesson
Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.
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