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It is commendable for one to seek greater education in the Bible, and for those who facilitate the opportunity. For brethren to become scholarly in their Scriptural growth and academic pursuits. And when the heart remains poor in spirit such brethren greatly contribute to the kingdom, therein the purpose, being fruitful. We thank God for them, do we not? And we should, not for any other reason than that of a servant (Lk. 17:10).

However unfortunate, what we witness more often than not are "gospel preachers" who love their education and the preeminence it brings, more than Jesus and His church. They mistake their insecurities for conviction, division for righteousness, knowledge for love. They think highly of themselves, driven by selfish ambition. They work for a worldly citizenry instead of a heavenly one.

Paul, who had the credibility to boast of his education (Phil. 3:4) much rather lived as one learned by His Master, our Lord Jesus the Christ (1 Cor. 11:1).

"Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross." - Phil. 2:5-8.

Christians, we are not animals to be trained by tyrants. We are human beings created in the image of God, His breath within our existence. His Son among us teaching life and freedom. Being humble does not make us cowards or "liberals," it makes us useful for the gospel cause, to His glory.

What could we do this day to reach the faithless, renew the fallen, and reinforce the faithful? 🤔

May we remain kind, learning to discern.

Your servant,
SM

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Rescued - Transferred - Redeemed
The Kingdom of His beloved Son

You've fallen asleep comfy in your bed, and a fire started in your house. You wake to panic as you become aware of your surroundings, trapped by a wall of lavalike heat. You find yourself in danger, where smoke and flames threaten your life. Your neighbors were capable of seeing the threat and had since called for help. The firefighters arrive on the scene and immediately find you in your bedroom--time for a rescue. Are you yet seen in a location of satety? No, not yet. There still needs to be a transfer from the site of dakness, smoke, and fire to an area of light, fresh air, and safety. And so the firefighters guide you out of certain death into a secure location. You have now been saved, not without damage, trauma, and loss. But you've gained your life and get to learn fowared another day.

You've become idle in your sinful behavior and practices. You wake to panic as you become aware of your eternal punishment. A neighbor cares for you enough to share Jesus with you. Will you obey the gospel?

The reception of forgivness was the desired result of all who willfully gave their lives to Christ, submissive to His spiritual operation (Col. 2:11-12). Paul, the apostle, speaking to his brethren in Colossae, was accurate in reminding them of their reconciliation. And how the Word of God they had chosen to hear produced fruit for the Kingdom. The Kingdom was God's preplanned location where all found within would have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

A domain needs a King, Christ Jesus. A Kingdom has boundaries, borders, law and order, and justice. This Kingdom is of a peculiar kind, and we should all seek first legal citizenry (Mt. 6:33). His Kingdom is the body, the church (Col. 2:1,18,24). The body for it has organic members all united for the purposed function--the church fo its assembly, it's family. The way in? Being a repentant believer confessing Christ, immersed into water calling on His name, in order to receive the forgiveness of your sins, being added to His Kingdom, local assembly (i.e. "rescued, transferred, redeemed"). 

This good news of Jesus Christ "was proclaimed in all creation" to give humankind a way out of the flames and sinful consequences. And we are wise to hear its call.

Is your house on fire?

Ref. Colossians 2:13-24

Your servant,

SM

 

 

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