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Christ In The Book Of Hebrews: “Thou [art] a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec”

SIH HALTAL ICONJesus Is Eternally The King Of Righteousness, The King Of Peace and High Priest Over The People Of God.

 

Hebrews 5:6 KJV - As he saith also in another [place], Thou [art] a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.

Hebrews 7:2-3 KJV – To whom also Abraham gave a tenth part of all; first being by interpretation King of righteousness, and after that also King of Salem, which is, King of peace;  Without father, without mother, without descent, having neither beginning of days, nor end of life; but made like unto the Son of God; abideth a priest continually.

 

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SIH’s Think On These Things: Ephesians 5:1

SIH TOTT ICONReflections Of His Grace”

“That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in [his] kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.”

The Grace Of Imitation (5:1-14)

Eph 5:1-14 KJV

“Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children;  And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.  

But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints;  Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks.  For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.  Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience. 

Be not ye therefore partakers with them.  For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light:  (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;)  Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord.

And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.  For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret.  But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light: for whatsoever doth make manifest is light.  Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light.”

This devotional, continues to look at the second main division of the book of Ephesians.  Previously, we have looked at “Reflections Of His Grace Revealed” (chaps 1-3).  It that section, Paul revealed to us the gracious works of the Lord in the lives of His chosen people.

In this new section “Reflections Of His Grace Applied” (chaps 4-6) Paul will be explaining to us the practical effects of God’s grace in the lives of His people.

  1. The Grace Of Unity (4:1-6)
  2. The Grace Of Maturity (4:7-16)
  3. The Grace Of Renewal (4:17-32)
  4. The Grace Of Imitation (5:1-14)
  5. The Grace Of Wisdom (5:15-21)
  6. The Grace Of Relationships (5:22-33)
  7. The Grace Of Authority/Submission (6:1-9)
  8. The Grace Of Preparedness (6:10-21)

The next effect of God’s grace we will be looking at is the grace of IMITATION (5:1-14).  The word translated “followers” is a Greek word that carries with it the idea of “to mimic” or “to imitate”.  It is from this word that I got the title for this section of our study.

Keeping all this in mind, lets turn our attention to this is a very basic outline of this section of Scripture:
I.        Imitate Christ (vs 1-2)
II.        Do Not Imitate The Children of Disobedience (3-7)
III.        Imitate Children Of Light (vs 8-10)
IV.        Wake Up and Forsake Darkness (vs 11-14)

EXPOSITION:

Paul begins our look at being imitators by getting directly to the point…

(Eph 5:1)  Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children;

Be ye therefore followers of God, 

Paul begins by explaining our need to imitate God.  The Bible explains to us, repeatedly, that it is essential for Christians to mimic God:
1.  Kindness – Ephesians  4:32
2.  Holiness (separated from sin for the use of God) – Leviticus 11:45 with 1 Peter 1:15-16
3.  Loving Our Enemies – Matthew 5:44-45
4.  Loving Other Christians – 1 John 4:11
5.  Perfection – Matthew 5:48

Please especially note: The most important passages that speak of our need to imitate God are the 1 Peter 1:15-16 and Matthew 5:48 passages…

But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation;  Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.” 

Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.” 

Here we are told to be a follower of God by being “perfect” and “holy” like Him.  Are these verses teaching us to be sinlessly perfect as He is?

Based upon the writings of Scripture (Romans 7:12-25, Galatians 5:16-17, 1 John 1:8-9 etc ) we are clearly told that, as Christians living in our fleshly fallen bodies, sinless perfection is impossible.  It will only be at our receipt of glorified bodies that our sanctification will be brought to completion (Romans 8:19-25) and our sinless state will begin.

If this is the case, then what do these verses teach us?  We can understand these verses in one of two ways and still remain faithful to the teachings of God’s Word…

1.  First of all, we can understand both the terms “perfect” and “holy” are speaking of sinlessness.  If this is the case, then we have God commanding His children to do something that cannot be accomplished this side of heaven.

Would the Lord command us to do what we cannot do?  I believe this is possible.  He does this in several other cases as well.  The best examples are concerning the responsibilities to “repent” and “believe” the gospel for our initial salvation experience.     Although we are told to repent and believe, we are also clearly told that both of these are impossible for fallen man to accomplish apart from His divine intervention ( Ephesians 2:8-9 and Acts 11:18).

He has given to man His Ten Commandments which we are responsible to keep.  And yet, we are clearly told that “all have sinned” proving to us that none of us have kept, or are able to keep, His Ten Commandments perfectly.

How do we reconcile these ideas?  The only reason why men cannot fulfill God’s commands perfectly is because they have sinned against Him.   It is a part of their fallen nature and the curse of sin upon them.  Therefore, it must be an act of God’s grace to remove this condition from them, which then will allow them to please Him perfectly throughout eternity.  This will take place at the receipt of our glorified bodies.

God’s command for His people to be “perfect” and “holy” is no different from His commands to “repent and believe” or to keep His Ten Commandments.  No one can do any of these things apart from His grace shown to mankind.   He will give us the ability to do all these things in His time based upon His will for us.

2.  Secondly, it is not necessary to understand the terms “holy” and “perfect” to describe sinless perfection.

The word for “holy” simply means “to be separated to the use of God”.
While the word “perfect” simply means “to be whole, complete, mature”.

If we look at these verses, with these definitions in mind, we can see that we are being told to be separated to God, placing Him first in our lives, and being spiritually mature and strong in the faith.  This type of man was illustrated for us in the life of Job…

There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name [was] Job; and that man was perfect and upright, and one that feared God, and eschewed evil.”  (Job 1:1)

Job’s maturity and spiritual strength is exemplified for us by these phrases “upright” (pleasing to God), “feared God”, and “eschewed evil” (declined and stepped back from evil).  It is obvious Job was a very mature Christian, yet he certainly sinned against God as is evident throughout the book of Job.

Our responsibility is to be like Job and constantly strive to rid sin out of our lives and seek to follow God in every aspect of our lives.  Knowing that we will always be a “work in process”  keep us from becoming lax and satisfied with our level of spiritual growth…

Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus.  Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but [this] one thing [I do], forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.  Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded: and if in any thing ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you.”   (Philippians 3:12-15)

 

as dear children;

We are to follow our Heavenly Father much like a child follows the example of his human father…

Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect

 

APPLICATION:

May we thank the Lord for His grace in allowing us to being followers of Him.   Being a follower of our Father is one aspect of our love and appreciation for what our Heavenly Father has done for us!

May we all get a clearer picture of our Lord and Savior, and the great grace He has shown to us. Let us be always watchful to keep His great acts of grace on our behalf in the center of our attention… In doing so, may we be motivated to LOVE Him more, APPRECIATE Him more and SERVE Him more! 

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After All He Has Done For Us… Can’t We Forgive Others?

SIH HALTAL ICON(Eph 4:32)  And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.

For the SIH devotional on this subject:

http://wp.me/pU88A-3nv

Christ In The Book Of Hebrews: “Thou art my Son, to day have I begotten thee.”

SIH HALTAL ICONJesus Was The Son Of God, Sent To Earth, Appointed To Be The High Priest Of The Almighty

 

 

Hebrews 5:5 KJV – So also Christ glorified not himself to be made an high priest; but he that said unto him, Thou art my Son, to day have I begotten thee.

 

Hebrews 9:11-14 KJV – But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building;Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption [for us].

For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh:How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?

 

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SIH’s Think On These Things: Ephesians 4:32

SIH TOTT ICON“Reflections Of His Grace”

“That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in [his] kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.”

The Grace Of Renewal: Ephesians 4:17-32

“This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind,  Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart:  Who being past feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness.  

But ye have not so learned Christ;  If so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus:  That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts;  And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;  And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.

Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour:  for we are members one of another.    Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath: Neither give place to the devil.    Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth.    Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.    And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.     Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.

 

With this devotional, we are beginning the second division of the book of Ephesians.  Previously, we have looked at “Reflections Of His Grace Revealed” (chaps 1-3).  It that section, Paul revealed to us the gracious works of the Lord in the lives of His chosen people.

In this new section “Reflections Of His Grace Applied” (chaps 4-6) Paul will be explaining to us the practical effects of God’s grace in the lives of His people.

  1. The Grace Of Unity (4:1-6)
  2. The Grace Of Maturity (4:7-16)
  3. The Grace Of Renewal (4:17-32)
  4. The Grace Of Imitation (5:1-14)
  5. The Grace Of Wisdom (5:15-21)
  6. The Grace Of Relationships (5:22-33)
  7. The Grace Of Authority/Submission (6:1-9)
  8. The Grace Of Preparedness (6:10-21)

The next effect of God’s grace we will be looking at is the grace of RENEWAL (4:17-32).  The word translated “renewed” is a Greek word that carries with it the ideas of:
1. to reform
2. to make fresh
3. to restore youth

When these are viewed together we can see that the idea of renewal is “a renovation that restores to a previous condition which results in renewed power, refreshment and perception.”

In the context of this study, our mind is spoken of as being “renewed” with the receipt of the new nature given to us at our salvation.   Basically this is teaching us that our mind is changed to resemble our minds before the fall of man.  Some of these would include:
1.  a mind with a greater desire to think on things pleasing to God,
2.  a mind with an ability to more clearly perceive and apply God’s Word and will to the life
3.  a mind with an ability to perceive and oppose wickedness, temptation and other evil influences.

Keeping all this in mind, lets turn our attention to this is a very basic outline of this section of Scripture:
I.        The Walk Of Our Old Man (vs 17-22)
II.        Our New Man with a Renewed Mind (23-24)
III.        The Walk Of Our New Man (vs 25-32)

EXPOSITION:

(Eph 4:32)  And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.

Paul now completes his look at the characteristics of the new man.  In today’s devotional, he centers upon characteristics that involve our treatment of others…

 

And be ye kind one to another,
The word “kind” is translated from a word that combines several ideas, “gracious”, “useful” and “beneficial”.  Based upon this, we can more clearly understand what Paul is teaching to us:
1.  We are to be “gracious” (willing to help those who have harmed us or done us wrong.)
2.  We are to be “useful” (willing to step in wherever we are needed)
3.  We are to be “beneficial” (willing to work unselfishly for the benefit others and not ourselves)

This type of kindness is also described as “brotherly love” in Romans 12:10:

[Be] kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another;” 

 

tenderhearted,
To be tenderhearted is to be sympathetic towards the problems that others face in life. It is to possess desires that are softened towards those who are suffering and in need.  When a tenderhearted spirit is linked with the characteristic of “kindness” (see above)… great differences can be made in the lives of those around us.

This same word is translated “pitiful” in 1 Peter 3:8-9.  In this text, the core principles of being tenderhearted are clearly described:

Finally, [be ye] all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, [be] pitiful, [be] courteous:  Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing that ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing.” 

 

forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.
Forgiving others is removing deserved retribution from those who have wronged us.  It is saying “Although you have harmed me, I do not desire for harm to come upon you.  I release you from the punishment that you deserve”

This is the basic principle behind Scriptural forgiveness which is clearly illustrated for us by God the Father.

The Father has released His people from the punishment for their sin.  This was done based upon the Father’s acceptance of Christ’s work on the cross, when Christ took upon Himself the punishment for our sins…

By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once [for all].  And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins:  But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God;  From henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his footstool.  For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.  [Whereof] the Holy Ghost also is a witness to us: for after that he had said before,  This [is] the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them;  And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more.  Now where remission of these [is, there is] no more offering for sin.”  (Hebrews 10:10-18)

To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.”    (2 Corinthians 5:19)

 

The three characteristics we have looked at in this devotional are all presented again to us in Colossians 3:12-14…
Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering;  Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also [do] ye.  And above all these things [put on] charity, which is the bond of perfectness.

What a wonderful way to show Christ to the world around us through our actions!   Simply, live our lives loving others as we should …. This will lead us to be kind, tenderhearted and forgiving to one another.

 

APPLICATION:

These are the characteristics of those who live according to the “new man” by a renewed spirit of the mind:
1.  Truthfulness and Transparency
2.  Holding Anger Against Sin
3.  Prompt Cessation Of Ungodly Anger
4.  No Submission To Satan’s Use
5.  Laboring To Meet Physical Needs
6.  Good and Edifying Speech
7.  No Willful disobedience against our Heavenly Father and His desires for our lives.
8.  Letting Loose of bitterness, wrath, anger, clamour, evil speaking, and malice.
9.  Treat Others With Kindness and Love

May we all recognize these characteristics are all a result of the Lord’s direct intervention in our lives creating in us the “new man” and giving us the grace to live according to it.

May we all get a clearer picture of our Lord and Savior, and the great grace He has shown to us. Let us be always watchful to keep His great acts of grace on our behalf in the center of our attention… In doing so, may we be motivated to LOVE Him more, APPRECIATE Him more and SERVE Him more!  

SIH Homepage: http://www.settledinheaven.org
SIH Text Blog: http://settledinheaven.wordpress.com/all-about-salvation/
SIH Video Blog: http://youtube.com/settledinheaven/
SIH Email: settledinheaven@gmail.com

Let’s Put Them Away!

SIH HALTAL ICON(Eph 4:31)  Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice:

For the SIH devotional on this subject:

http://wp.me/pU88A-3mO

Christ In The Book Of Hebrews: “Christ glorified not himself to be made an high priest”

SIH HALTAL ICONJesus Was Not Selfishly Ambitious, He Did Not Desire Glorification And Exaltation For Himself

Hebrews 5:5 KJV – So also Christ glorified not himself to be made an high priest; but he that said unto him, Thou art my Son, to day have I begotten thee.

John 8:54 KJV - Jesus answered, If I honour myself, my honour is nothing: it is my Father that honoureth me; of whom ye say, that he is your God:

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SIH’s Think On These Things: Ephesians 4:31

SIH TOTT ICON“Reflections Of His Grace”

“That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in [his] kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.”

The Grace Of Renewal: Ephesians 4:17-32

 

“This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind,  Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart:  Who being past feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness. 

But ye have not so learned Christ;  If so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus:  That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts;  And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;  And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.

Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour:  for we are members one of another.    Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath: Neither give place to the devil.    Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth.    Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.    And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.     Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.

With this devotional, we are beginning the second division of the book of Ephesians.  Previously, we have looked at “Reflections Of His Grace Revealed” (chaps 1-3).  It that section, Paul revealed to us the gracious works of the Lord in the lives of His chosen people.

In this new section “Reflections Of His Grace Applied” (chaps 4-6) Paul will be explaining to us the practical effects of God’s grace in the lives of His people.

  1. The Grace Of Unity (4:1-6)
  2. The Grace Of Maturity (4:7-16)
  3. The Grace Of Renewal (4:17-32)
  4. The Grace Of Imitation (5:1-14)
  5. The Grace Of Wisdom (5:15-21)
  6. The Grace Of Relationships (5:22-33)
  7. The Grace Of Authority/Submission (6:1-9)
  8. The Grace Of Preparedness (6:10-21)

The next effect of God’s grace we will be looking at is the grace of RENEWAL (4:17-32).  The word translated “renewed” is a Greek word that carries with it the ideas of:
1. to reform
2. to make fresh
3. to restore youth

When these are viewed together we can see that the idea of renewal is “a renovation that restores to a previous condition which results in renewed power, refreshment and perception.”

In the context of this study, our mind is spoken of as being “renewed” with the receipt of the new nature given to us at our salvation.   Basically this is teaching us that our mind is changed to resemble our minds before the fall of man.  Some of these would include:
1.  a mind with a greater desire to think on things pleasing to God,
2.  a mind with an ability to more clearly perceive and apply God’s Word and will to the life
3.  a mind with an ability to perceive and oppose wickedness, temptation and other evil influences.

Keeping all this in mind, lets turn our attention to this is a very basic outline of this section of Scripture:
I.        The Walk Of Our Old Man (vs 17-22)
II.        Our New Man with a Renewed Mind (23-24)
III.        The Walk Of Our New Man (vs 25-32)

EXPOSITION:

(Eph 4:31)  Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice:

 

Paul continues to look at the characteristics of the new man.  In today’s devotional, he centers upon characteristics that must be excluded from our lives which involve our treatment of others…

Let all bitterness, – “bitterness” comes from the Greek word for “poison” or “acid”.

It points to something that is harmful, irritating and distasteful.  When we have a bitter attitude it certainly is irritating to those around us, but more importantly it can be very harmful as it can spread and cause discontentment and anger.

Follow peace with all [men], and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:  Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble [you], and thereby many be defiled;”  (Hebrews 12:14-15)

and wrath, – “wrath” originates from a Greek word that means “to breathe hard due to inflamed passions”.

It describes allowing our passions to get out of control, physically affecting our bodies, causing us to act foolishly and without restraint.

Self-control is a primary prerequisite for those who desire to lead a Godly Christian life…

Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain.  And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they [do it] to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible.”   (1 Corinthians 9:24-25)

and anger, – “anger” is translated from a word that means “passion that burns within” .

It refers to a burning desire within us for vengeance and wrath to fall against others (normally those who have wronged us).

Please note: “Anger” refers to the existence of these passions within us, while “wrath” describes our inability to control these desires once they come into existence in our lives.

Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering;  Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also [do] ye.”  (Colossians 3:12-13)

and clamour, – “clamour” comes from a Greek word for “a raven’s scream”.

It describes making loud outcries causing upheaval and discord. It is describing verbal cries that cause fightings, wars, disunity and rebellion.   It is basically, “stirring up” trouble within a group of people.

Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them.  For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.”   (Romans 16:17-18)

and evil speaking, – “evil speaking” comes from the Greek word for blaspheming.

This word describes finding fault with, complaining about, or attributing evil to the things of the Lord (Himself, His word, or His works).

If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, [even] the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness;  He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings,  Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself.”   (1 Timothy 6:3-5)

be put away from you, - “be put away” carried with it the idea of “lifting up and away” or “to sail or drift away”

This is helping us to understand we are to no longer allow these to be burdensome to us.

We are to:
1.  take action and “lift them up” off of us
2.  then, passively, allow them to “drift away” out of our lives.

 

with all malice: - “malice” is translated from a word that means “malignant”, “corruption”, “wickedness”.

This refers to the growth of something harmful that causes its victim to deteriorate.  It could be describing a decaying body, a person afflicted with cancer or a sinful individual turned over to his own lusts and wickedness…

But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.”  (Hebrews 3:13)

And the commandment, which [was ordained] to life, I found [to be] unto death.   For sin, taking occasion by the commandment, deceived me, and by it slew [me].”   (Romans 7:10-11)

 

APPLICATION:

Some of the characteristics of those who live according to the “new man” by a renewed spirit of the mind include:
1.  Truthfulness and Transparency
2.  Holding Anger Against Sin
3.  Prompt Cessation Of Ungodly Anger
4.  No Submission To Satan’s Use
5.  Laboring To Meet Physical Needs
6.  Good and Edifying Speech
7.  No Willful disobedience against our Heavenly Father and His desires for our lives.
8.  Letting Loose of bitterness, wrath, anger, clamour, evil speaking, and malice.

May we all recognize these characteristics are all a result of the Lord’s direct intervention in our lives creating in us the “new man” and giving us the grace to live according to it.

May we all get a clearer picture of our Lord and Savior, and the great grace He has shown to us. Let us be always watchful to keep His great acts of grace on our behalf in the center of our attention… In doing so, may we be motivated to LOVE Him more, APPRECIATE Him more and SERVE Him more! 

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The Saved Are The Possession Of The Lord And Secure In Him Eternally!

SIH HALTAL ICON(Eph 4:30b)  whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.

For the SIH devotional on this subject:

http://wp.me/pU88A-3mC

Christ In The Book Of Hebrews: “was in all points tempted like as we are yet without sin”

SIH HALTAL ICONJesus Was Perfectly Sinless, Even In The Face Of Temptation

 

Heb 4:15 KJV – For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.

 

1 Peter 2:21-24KJV – For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps:Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth:
Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed [himself] to him that judgeth righteously:
Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.

 

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