Chapter Two, Lesson One
LOVING THE FLOCK Page
V. 2 (cont'd.)
** What does Paul mean by saying, "their hearts may be encouraged"?
When used figuratively in the Bible, as it is here, the word heart
is referring to the mind. Paul wants to keep their thinking on a Biblical
cf. Jeremiah.17:9-10, Psalm 53:1-3, Matthew 15:19, Luke 6:45
** Secondly, Paul shows us how to be "Loving the Flock" by
walking them through all that they share together, in three concise statements
regarding the faith. What is the first thing to which Paul refers?
a) They have "been knit together in love"!
The word "knit" translates sumbibazo which means "to
unite or bring together". While it is true that the Christian life
is based upon the truth of God's Word and the appropriate application
of that truth to our thinking process, it is also needful for that truth
to be bathed in the love of God. cf. Ephesians 4:15-16
** What is the next statement by Paul, which is designed to show the
treasure of what they share in common?
b) They are "attaining to all the wealth that comes from
the full assurance of understanding..."
There is a growth process for the Christian, both individually and corporately
as we walk together with our Lord.
** Beginning with the word "wealth", let's take that statement
apart to enhance our own understanding. To what kind of wealth is Paul
The riches which transcend this world and its possessions. We spend
our lives as Christians by adjusting our value system to the point where
we can see those things of eternal value, and learn to treasure them,
while "the things of earth will grow strangely dim".
cf. Ephesians 1:3, 7, 18 and Proverbs 23:4-5, Matthew 6:19-21
** From where does this kind of "wealth" come?
"...the full assurance of understanding..." It is little
wonder that Fanny Crosby wrote these words, "Blessed assurance,
Jesus is mine! O what a foretaste of glory divine!" That assurance
comes from our divinely bestowed understanding.
cf. 1Corinthians 2:14, Colossians 1:9, 1John 5:19-20
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