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In 1 Timothy 6:12, Paul encourages Timothy to fight the good fight of the faith. Fight (ἀγωνίζομαι) is a word that describes the struggle that an athlete has in striving to be the best in competition, 1 Corinthians 9:25. Unlike in a battle with Satan where we parlay (πάλη) against him by putting on the armor of God and standing firm, this struggle has to do with laying hold of eternal life; therefore, it involves the exercising of our senses to discern what is proper from what is wrong, Hebrews 5:14.
While Jesus was going through the cities and villages teaching on His way to Jerusalem, one of the disciples questioned Him concerning the number that would be saved, Luke 13:21. Jesus tells them that they are to struggle to enter through the narrow gate, not the way many will seek to enter, for those who do not enter through the narrow gate will not be able to find their way into the Kingdom of God, Luke 13:24. He then speaks of a time coming when the Master of the house will shut the door. All who are outside will not be permitted in, even though they claim to have eaten and drank in His presence while He taught. Jesus is the only way, and all those who seek salvation through other means will not find it, John 14:6.
Near the end of Paul’s life, while giving instructions to Timothy regarding the duties of a Pastor, he writes that he has struggled the proper struggle, for he guarded the faith, 2 Timothy 4:7. The faith Paul refers to is the doctrine concerning the good news of the Christ. Through Christ’s death for our sins, burial, and resurrection […]
In discussing the human nature, there are major theological differences, especially in the realm of the spirit and soul. These disagreements are not discussed in this paper but will certainly influence the reader’s perception of what is stated. The author highly encourages the reader challenges their own thinking on this matter by solely relying on Scripture rather than theology to strengthen their understanding of and confidence in the truth regarding the human nature. This paper in no way implies, supports, suggest, or reveals that there is any change in the clear separation of the pre-Testament, Israel, Church, or Millennial Kingdom saints. These groups of believers have different promises with different content to their salvation and will always be distinct.
Where does the human soul and spirit come from? We know that the body comes from the parents, but what about the other parts of the human nature? To understand this, we are going to examine what Scripture reveals about where the body, soul, and spirit originate from and how this unique creation of God propagates, along with the fact that even though we share in our nature, we are individuals and personally liable to God.
In the creation of humans, we have two stories in Scripture that give us details on our beginning. These stories are not in contrast to one another; rather, the second one gives us more details on what God did in creating humans. In Genesis 1, we are given an overview of the renovation of the earth and the creation of Adam. God created humans; male and female1, yet He did not create both male and female. As we examine chapter two of Genesis, we find that Adam is […]
Our Boast in the Day of the Lord, 2 Corinthians 1:14
Our Crown of Rejoicing, 1 Thessalonians 2:19
It is Not About the Crowns, it is About the People
Incorruptible Crown – for exercising self-control in all things, 1 Corinthians 9:25
Crown of Life – for enduring a temptation, James 1:12
Crown of Evangelism, Philippians 4:1
Crown of Righteousness – for those who love His appearing, 2 Timothy 4:8
Crown of Rejoicing – for Preaching the Gospel, 1 Thessalonians 2:19
Crown of Glory – For Pastors, 1 Peter 5:4
Not Boasting of Bad Conduct, 1 Corinthians 5:6
Not Boasting About Our Works for Salvation, Romans 4:2
Examining Your Own Works, Are They Worthy, Galatians 6:4
Holding Fast in the Word of Life, Philippians 2:16
Christ is our Confidence and Boast, Hebrews 3:6
Assisting In Paul’s Ministry, 2 Corinthians 1:15-16
Coming to them in Confidence, 2 Corinthians 1:15
They Have Turned again to Paul
A Second Grace
Paul giving them a benefit by working with them
Not another blessing, there is no add-on to the faith
Often Used to Imply the Holy Spirit is Given After Salvation
Misunderstanding of the Progression of the Gospel
First to the Jews, Acts 2:5
Speaking in Tongues Was a Sign to the Jews, Acts 2:8
God Showing Peter the Gentiles are Being Accepted along with the Jews, Acts 10:44-46
Then Unto the Samaritans – Who are Mixed Jews
Philip Preaching the Gospel in Samaria, Acts 8:5
When faced with the possibility of persecution, ridicule, or even discrimination we can be tempted by Satan to deny our faith.
Peter, who was so willing to die to defend Christ on the night in which He was betrayed was used as an example for us on how Satan can manipulate the situation so that we negatively react when facing opposition.
Just prior to the betrayal of Christ, Satan had made a request to sift all the disciples; however, he was given permission to only sift Peter.
And the Lord said, “Simon, Simon, behold, Satan has asked for you, to sift as wheat. But I have supplicated concerning you, in order that your faith should not fall and when you return to support your brethren – Luke 22:31,32
Peter was not a coward and was willing to even die for Christ.
And he said to Him, “Lord, I am ready to be with you and unto prison and unto death to go.” – Luke 22:33
However, Peter would not even make it through the night without denying Christ three times.
And He said, “I say to you, Peter, the rooster will never crow before you deny to know Me three times – Luke 22:24
In the end Peter did just as the Lord has said and denied he knew Him three times before the rooster crowed, even though he was in no danger. This broke Peter’s heart, but would later, after the Lord restored him, be used for our benefit because in the letters he wrote to the Church we learn a lot about defending ourselves against Satan.
Protecting the sensitive part of the mind
Therefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and rest […]