All Things That Pertain to Life and Godliness
“Grace to you and peace be multiplied in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord;
seeing that his divine power hath granted unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that called us by his own glory and virtue; whereby he hath granted unto us his precious and exceeding great promises; that through these ye may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in that world by lust.” (2 Peter 1:2-3) We should take great solace in the fact that God has given us knowledge about all things that pertain to life and godliness. Without the guidance that He has provided we would be left to wander through life ever searching for direction and purpose. Let’s take note of a few aspects of life concerning which God has provided us a compass for right conduct.
“Let every soul be in subjection to the higher powers: for there is no power but of God; and the powers that be are ordained of God. Therefore he that resisteth the power withstandeth the ordinance of God: and they that withstand shall receive to themselves judgment. For rulers are not a terror to the good work, but to the evil. And wouldest thou have no fear of the power? Do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise from the same: for he is a minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is a minister of God, an avenger for wrath to him that doeth evil” (Romans 13:1-4).
Taking a Brother to Court
“Dare any of you, having a matter against his neighbor, go to law before the unrighteous, and not before the saints? Or know ye not that the saints shall judge the world? and if the world is judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters? Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much more, things that pertain to this life? If then ye have to judge things pertaining to this life, do ye set them to judge who are of no account in the church? I say this to move you to shame. What, cannot there be found among you one wise man who shall be able to decide between his brethren, but brother goeth to law with brother, and that before unbelievers? Nay, already it is altogether a defect in you, that ye have lawsuits one with another. Why not rather take wrong? why not rather be defrauded? Nay, but ye yourselves do wrong, and defraud, and that your brethren” (1 Corinthians 6:1-8).
“ Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right. Honor thy father and mother (which is the first commandment with promise), that it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth. And, ye fathers provoke not your children to wrath: but nurture them in the chastening and admonition of the Lord” (Ephesians 6:1-4).
“Now concerning the things whereof ye wrote: It is good for a man not to touch a woman. But, because of fornications, let each man have his own wife, and let each woman have her own husband” (1 Corinthians 7:1-2).
“And Jehovah God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and he slept; and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof: and the rib, which Jehovah God had taken from the man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man. And the man said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man. Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.” (Genesis 2:21-24) How could God have addressed and condemned the abominable practice of same-sex marriages any more clearly?
God has provided directions for life in his Word. Unlike GPS directions that oftentimes leave us lost and confused, the Bible will guide us through life and into a blessed eternity. When troubles come our way and we need direction, OPEN THE BOOK!
- Jerry Curry
Things All People Should KNOW, especially YOUNG PEOPLE.
“Remember your Creator in the days of your youth, before the evil days come ..." --- Eccl. 12:1
1. WE ARE CREATED IN GOD’s IMAGE -- Genesis 1:26-27, Ephesians 1:3-6
... We are NOT here by CHANCE or EVOLUTION. This universe is a product of Supernatural Causation. ---- Hebrews 11:3 “By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible” God must be honored and REMBERED while a person is young.
2. THE BIBLE IS THE WORD OF GOD --- Psalm 119:11, 2 Timothy 3:15-17, John 17:17, 2 Peter 1:3.
We have internal and external evidence that the Bible is a book totally of divine origin.
3. THERE IS ONLY ONE CHURCH --- Colossians 1:24, Ephesians 4:4-6
Jesus PROMISED only ONE (Matthew 16:18) and died for it ( Acts 20:28) and is the Saviour of it (Ephesians 5:23).
4. BE CAREFUL EVIL PEOPLE EXIST --- Ephesians 5:11-12.
Watch out who your FRIENDS are --- 1 Corinthians 15:33, Exodus 23:2. Care should be taken to avoid ALL APPEARANCE of evil --- 1 Thess. 5:22.
5. SIN HAS ETERNAL PUNISHMENT AFTER THIS LIFE --- Rom. 6:23, Matt. 25:46.
Sin is sin and there is no little sin --- 2 Samuel 6:5-7. Hell is real --- Mark 9:44-48.
6. BAPTISM IS NECESSARY FOR SALVATION.
All people in the New Testament who became Christians were baptized --- e.g. Acts 2:38-41, 8:36-38, 10:48. We cannot be saved WITHOUT it --- Mark 16:16.
7. REMEMBER TO MARRY IN HOLINESS -- 1 Thessalonians 4:3-4
Marriage is permanent and a person must choose a partner well after preparing life well --- spiritually, emotionally, morally, academically and vocationally. Marry in holiness NOT like those who do not KNOW God --- Ephesians 4:17-18.
8. WE ARE TO BE SPIRITUAL and not WORDLY IN OUR LIVES --- 1 John 2:15-17
Whatever is GOOD, think of it to do it --- Philippians 4:8