Chapter Five, Lesson Three
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V.13 ** As we get to know more and more about the lives of such
men among us, how are we to view them? What is the second exhortation
given to us by Paul?
2) We are to "...esteem them very highly in love..."
This is speaking of the close knit family of Christ, being in subjection
to itself and caring for one another in the spirit of the love of God.
** What is the reason given by Paul for us to "esteem" our
leaders in love?
Because of their work! All that Paul said they were doing back in verse
** Still here in verse thirteen, Paul gives us the third exhortation
for today. What is it and how is it different from the first two we have
3) "Live in peace with one another". The first two
exhortations were in the form of a "request", but this one
is a direct command and is given to both the leaders and the people
who make up the body of Christ. It is imperative that Christians all
live together in harmony, no matter what position they may hold in their
service to the Lord. cf. John 13:34-35
V.14 ** Paul now shifts gears again, back to the affectionate
exhortation mode to introduce the next four requests. Let's look at them
one at a time. What does he urge us as Christian brothers and sisters
4) "...admonish the unruly..." These were the "roof
toppers" who lived an undisciplined lifestyle because they anticipated
the immediate return of Jesus Christ.
cf. 1Thessalonians 4:11-12, 2Thessalonians 3:10-11
5) "...encourage the fainthearted..." Paul is telling
them to strengthen those in their midst who were worried about the future.
He himself had done so back in chapter 4, verse 13.
6) "...help the weak..." antecho - lit. "to hold
firmly" Paul was saying that they needed to support those who were
spiritually weak. cf. Romans 14:1 and 15:1
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