1. The season when our souls locate and abide in a new abode called the doctrine of Christ is the season when we have come over the love for the (old) things that are in this world; things under the influence of the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life (2Jn. 1:9, 2Cor. 5:17, 1Jn. 2:15b). Fellowship with the things (thoughts and ways) of the Son and Father would not only smile our way, we would be further powered to become sons who are wired to hate the world (1Jn. 1:3, Isa. 55:8, Jn. 1:12, Heb. 1:9).
2. Loving what Satan tempted Jesus with at Jordan, was not an elementary expression of this world, but a glorious (full) expression of it (Lk. 4:5). Those who qualify to be tempted by it are those who – having profited from the power in the gospel (tidings) of peace – have also been exposed to the glory in the gospel (tidings) of salvation. They are the beloved sons of the everlasting Kingdom (Isa. 52:7, 1Cor. 10:13, 1Jn. 3:2).
3. Long before nations became advanced, the Church should have been built by at least the doctrine of Christ, which is the teaching of the faith that limits rulers of the darkness of this world from thinking through men and believers (Matt. 16:18, 2Jn. 1:9, 2Cor. 10:5c). This is the doctrine that empowers the soul to be spiritually civilized enough to resist the lust around anything that can wax old with the use, or that can limit us from loving the Father (Lk. 12:13-15, Mk. 4:19, 1Jn. 2:15-16).
4. One wisdom that will help us to keep saving ourselves while serving the Lord and His people is to keep judging ourselves as David did; it is to keep coming under the Lord Jesus and His servants like we previously didn’t do (1Tim. 4:16, Ps. 139:23). While doing so, we will always see where iniquity within us hides; where the uncrucified life in our flesh is concealed, and only then will we be made wise concerning so great salvation and also become graceful doers of what we profess (2Cor. 4:2, Heb. 2:3, Jas. 1:22).
5. Loving the things that are in this world – even things that little children in the Kingdom ought to be fully separated from – is the preparatory ground or bait for loving the world (in its glorious estate). (1Jn. 2:15, Matt. 8:13). The gospel of Christ guarantees our separation from the former, but it will take the gospel of God to separate us from the latter; to seal us against the corruptible (death), or make our soul incorruptible (Rom. 1:16, 1:1, 1Pet. 1:4, 1:23).
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