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16 And [kai] when [hotan] this epistle [epistole] is read [anaginosko] among [para] you, [humin] cause [poieo] that [hina] it be read [anaginosko] also [kai] in [en] the church [ekklesia] of the Laodiceans; [Laodikeus] and [kai] that [hina] ye [humeis][anaginosko] likewise [kai] read [anaginosko] the epistle from [ek] Laodicea. [Laodikeia]KJV-Interlinear
16 And when this letter is read
among you, have it also read in the church of the Laodiceans;
and you, for your part read my letter that is coming from Laodicea.NASB
In order to receive a
copy a of a letter, and then be able to read it or hear it being read, back in Pauls day, folks had to wait months and even years.After all, there aren t that many books in
the New Testament, which was not even an organized set of books back then.And yet, these letters were circulated by
hand, and folks waited for them with anticipation and enthusiasm.
Today, a person can
find volumes and volumes of literature written about the Bible.And while this information is freely and voluminously
available almost instantaneously on the internet, and the ease with which folks
have the opportunity to grow up in their spiritual lives, and with greater
rapidity, is unmatched in history, and yet in our present day, indifference holds
most folks hostage.
Folks back then would
have loved to have been able to read and study the scriptures using the tools
that we have available to us today.However, folks today seem more bent on making the planet green, rather
than making their entire essence complete for all of eternity.How would anyone of us acted if we had lived
back then?Perhaps with the same
indifference or even more so, and never having had the opportunity to grow up
in any type of spiritual life.
One blessing that you
should be forever grateful for, is that you live in our current day, rather
than back then.Because even with
indifference, you probably will have more of a spiritual life, now, than you would
have had, if you lived in a different era in history.
One of the many things
that people overlook in their life, is the time in
which God inserted them into history.We
all live at the time in history which most benefits us.And although most of us may not be the best
of humanity, God does many things for us, that we do not even think about.And our entrance onto the human history scene
is one of them.
Not that there weren t
spiritually negative people back then, because there were, but of those who
were positive, their wait and their growth had to advance on a very slow track.Something that we in our present day would not
have the patience for.
And yet most folks even
with our fast paced and information rich era, still
grow up slowly only because they do not pursue their spiritual life with
vigor.So it still takes many decades to
grow up, if at all.And we have a longer
expected life span than those folks had back then.We have advantages now that they could not
The letter mentioned
here is not identified, but it was probably the letter to the Ephesians, since
it was written at about the same time as this letter to the Colossians.But the specific letter is not the issue
here, as the method of delivery and the time it took, are more indicative of
how people learned back then.
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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