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24 Who [hos] now [nun] rejoice [chairo] in [en] my [mou] sufferings [pathema] for [huper] you, [humon] and [kai] fill up [antanapleroo] that which is behind [husterema] of the afflictions [thlipsis] of Christ [Christos] in [en] my [mou] flesh [sarx] for [huper] his [autos] body's [soma] sake, [huper] which is [ho esti] the church: [ekklesia]KJV-Interlinear
24 Now I rejoice in my sufferings
for your sake, and in my flesh I do my share on behalf of His body (which is
the church) in filling up that which is lacking in Christ's afflictions.NASB
Because in all of human
history there have been those who reject truth, those who invent their own truth,
those who treat others with bias and prejudice, those who ridicule, those who
gossip with maliciousness, those who abuse authority and power, those who take
advantage, those who believe themselves to be the quintessence of creation, and
this list could go on and on.
result of all of these attitudes?Zero.
Nothing that man ever
does, to the exclusion of God, will ever amount to anything of significance.
Just recently we have
witnessed the media going bananas over a couple of pictures and a comment
regarding marriage, from Miss America.We are witnessing the unparalleled takeover of business by the
government.We are witnessing a policy
of spending, the magnitude which exceeds everything in our countries history.
Instructors continue to
ridicule Jesus, creationism, prayer, and everything that is fundamental to
Christian beliefs.Marriage is extending
not only to same sex couples but to threesomes, with impunity.The federal government is pressuring states
to do as they instruct, or lose federal funds.Specific groups are receiving their payback in return for their votes in
prior elections.The media has totally lost
all objectivity.Public speakers suggest
that the bad times are behind us, and that good times are just ahead.
The corruption, the
dishonesty, the deceit, the evil is so rampant in society, that nearly everyone
is accepting it as normal public policy.
on the flip side of this coin?Jesus Christ controls history.
Were it not for Christ,
all of these things, and more, would destroy humanity, and one day, when the
Tribulation begins, these same and similar policies will be increased
dramatically (even to the point of violent enforcement), and humanity will
indeed border on total self-destruction.
But Paul teaches
doctrine.Paul teaches something that
not only helps folks survive the current day stresses and problems of life, but
will enhance ones life dramatically, forever.
The world pursues evil
in the form of lusts on the one hand, and self-righteousness on the other.
And Bible doctrine pursues
true life, liberty, happiness and more, while having to tolerate all of the
evil doings in this world.
Several years ago, the
Hubble telescope took a deep space picture while being pointed at a seemingly
empty point in the sky.That image revealed
tens of thousands of extremely distant galaxies never before known or even
expected.I use that image as my
background picture for my computer desktop.
The image demonstrates
the vastness of our universe, and that is exactly the example I want to put
into your minds, describing the vastness of the work and result of Bible
The world will pursue
their lusts for power, and greed, and physical pleasures, and will end up with
The spiritually positive
believer will pursue Bible doctrine, and end up with blessings so vast, that
the magnitude of our own universe could not even begin to compare to them.
The world, human
opinion, is so entrenched such that is excludes truth, that it will do
anything, and accept anything in its own eyes, even when darkness (the
inability to discern between right and wrong, truth and lies, good decisions and
bad) saturates society.
The world will make
your life miserable, but it can only do that for a short time in this life.
Your life, now, will be made tolerable, by Christ, and phenomenal in eternity.
God is far greater than
anything in this world, and simply being a part of Gods plan is more than an
honor, and actually being able to advance yourself, and especially assisting in
some way, the advancement of others in their spiritual life, is by far the
greatest honor that can be bestowed on anyone.
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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