Brethren, even if anyone is caught in any trespass, you who are spiritual, restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness; each one looking to yourself, so that you too will not be tempted.
What a far distance from this Scriptures so many people live today! Not that this isn’t done, but that there are so few that can do it, or seem to, at the very least! It happens for sure, but we could be further along.
Consider this. If someone who is caught in a trespass, the one who is spiritual should restore the other in gentleness. That is, the person who is not caught in sin should restore the person who is. While it is obvious that a person here is caught in a trespass, let us not miss the obvious that there is someone in this picture who isn’t!
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Also a dispute arose among them as to which of them was considered to be greatest. Jesus said to them, The kings of the Gentiles lord it over them; and those who exercise authority over them call themselves Benefactors. But you are not to be like that. Instead, the greatest among you should be like the youngest, and the one who rules like the one who serves. For who is greater, the one who is at the table or the one who serves? Is it not the one who is at the table? But I am among you as one who serves. You are those who have stood by me in my trials. And I confer on you a kingdom, just as my Father conferred one on me, so that you may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom and sit on thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.
The Church of God consists of its members (Isaiah 65:85) and it’s head is always Christ. It is founded and supported by first our Chief Cornerstone (Ephesians 2:20), and then by its foundation and pillars (Galatians 2:9). It comprises the body and is the Lord’s temple. It is built to house Him, and we are merely it’s building blocks.
The one with the primary glory is obviously the Cornerstone. Yet, while the remaining portions of the temple are with varying degrees of glory, recognition, and importance structurally, they are all required. The temple is begun with it’s corner, and not completed without it’s Capstone (Zechariah 4:7).
They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.
After the day of Pentecost, after the outpouring of the Spirit, and after the 3000 who were saved in an afternoon through Peter’s stand and preaching, this short verse describes what they considered important.
This verse has several similar to it in the New Testament, as a word study on such words as “devoted” demonstrates, but it is the first, listing four parts that were what they “devoted themselves to”. Whether it was an exhaustive list is not the point, but simply that these four were important enough to be mentioned.
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Since you have in obedience to the truth purified your souls for a sincere love of the brethren, fervently love one another from the heart.
1 Peter 1:22
But the goal of our instruction is love from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith (1 Timothy 1:5). This is what we are aiming for.
We are called to love. The verse at the beginning indicates our problem. We cannot love without God (1 John 4:7). Why? Because our souls are corrupt without Christ.
We are called to love from a pure heart, because it is only out of pure, sincere motives, that we can truly open up and be open to others, without being hurt. It is in the place of His perfect love, with no fear, that we are able to truly be brothers. This is the mark of the authentic gospel.
And, this cannot happen without sincere, gospel faith. It simply can’t. When you walk by the Spirit you do not gratify the desires of the sinful nature (Galatians 5:16). It is by faith that we come to know and believe in God’s great love for us (1 John 4:16). It is in the secret place of Him that we are able to live.
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