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- Followers of Christ have a desire to be with other Believers.
- Meeting with other Believers is not done lightheartedly.
- God’s commitment to us through Jesus Christ is firm.
- All promises are fulfilled through Jesus, who seals us with the Holy Spirit.
- We stand by the faith we have in God, not by the scrutiny of others.
Followers of Christ have a desire to be with other Believers. “And in this confidence I intended to come to you before, that you might have a second benefit— to pass by way of you to Macedonia, to come again from Macedonia to you, and be helped by you on my way to Judea.” 2 Corinthians 1:15-16 There is no better social love than in the fellowship of Jesus Christ. But the Spirit of Christ does not exist in the social network of today because it’s rooted in the mark of the beast. As followers of Jesus Christ, we want to meet with each other coming and going, but there are barriers set up against that type of gathering. There is no help for strengthening Christianity as it is being pushed out.
Meeting with other Believers is not done lightheartedly. “Therefore, when I was planning this, did I do it lightly? Or the things I plan, do I plan according to the flesh, that with me there should be Yes, Yes, and No, No?” 2 Corinthians 1:17 Meeting with other Believers isn’t something that is done lightly, and we are not undecided about wanting to join with the body of Christ. We realize that there will be consequences coming against us when we gather in the name of Jesus by those who govern and live by the mark of the beast. They dish out negative responses against those who join in the Spirit of Christ, and positively reward those who live according to their program. They are modifying behavior to think, feel, and do according to the mark of the beast. Therefore, if believers are able to meet, it is not done lightheartedly nor with doubts, it is a firm commitment to God through Jesus Christ, and to each other.
God’s commitment to us through Jesus Christ is firm. “But as God is faithful, our word to you was not Yes and No. For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who was preached among you by us—by me, Silvanus, and Timothy—was not Yes and No, but in Him was Yes.” 2 Corinthians 1:18-19 When God sent His Son Jesus Christ to atone for sin, it was a definite commitment to the point that Jesus suffered hatred from others, crucifixion on the Cross, and death. God raised Him from the dead into eternal life. Our commitment to Him, and to those who hold to His testimony, should be with the same firm dedication. The Gospel of Christ compels us to be like Him,
“To be like Jesus, this hope possesses me
In every thought and deed, this is my aim, my creed
To be like Jesus, this hope possesses me
His Spirit helping me, like Him I’ll be.”
All promises are fulfilled through Jesus, who seals us with the Holy Spirit. “For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us.” 2 Corinthians 1:20 All the promises of God are fulfilled in Jesus Christ, and God is glorified in His Son Jesus. Those promises can be stated in this verse, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” John 3:16
“Now He who establishes us with you in Christ and has anointed us is God, who also has sealed us and given us the Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee.” 2 Corinthians 1:21-22 Jesus Christ is who joins all Believers together in the same faith and commitment. We may be scattered and separated on this earth, but each one of us, in our place, are living faithfully in the Spirit of Christ. We are all suffering the same thing in the name of Jesus, and we are all holding firm to His testimony. Our soul is sealed with the Holy Spirit. God makes Christian solidarity and the Holy Spirit possible through Jesus Christ.
We stand by the faith we have in God, not by the scrutiny of others. “Moreover I call God as witness against my soul, that to spare you I came no more to Corinth. Not that we have dominion over your faith, but are fellow workers for your joy; for by faith you stand.” 2 Corinthians 1:2324 As followers of Jesus Christ, we stay away from other Believers before we would add to their burdens, sufferings, and hardships. Not one person, not even another Believer, has authority over the faith of another Believer. Jesus Christ is the only one we answer to for our walk with God. Every Christian is a fellow worker for the Gospel of Jesus Christ, which should be a source of joy for one another. Each of us stand by the faith we have in God through Jesus.
“….to you who do not hold to her teaching and have not learned Satan’s so-called deep secrets,“
‘I will not impose any other burden on you, except to hold on to what you have until I come.’”
“I am coming soon. Hold on to what you have, so that no one will take your crown.”
Revelation 2:24-25, 3:11