Chapter Two, Lesson Four
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Strengthening the Flock
V.16 ** How do we know that Paul's instruction for today is based
upon the truths he shared with us
He begins his thoughts with "therefore" - a direct reference
to what he has just said. Because of our firm foundation in the "working
of God" (V.12), we should be able to stand confidently against
any heretical attack that may come.
** So, armed with God's truth, what are we to avoid?
Do not let anyone "act as your judge..." lit. "do not
let anyone judge you"
** Is Paul saying that Christians do not judge one another?
No - We have learned that we are accountable to each other, that our
lifestyle matches what we have learned. If we stray from obedience to
Christ and others perceive it, that "judgment" is used to
win us back to a close walk with the Lord.
cf. 1Corinthias 5:9-13, Matthew 18:15-17, Romans 15:14
** Well, if we are to "judge" one another, what does Paul mean
by "let no one act as your judge"?
In the realm of spiritual legalism, we obey One Master through the
careful understanding of His Word. We do not follow the legalistic teaching
of spiritual leaders who try to add works to belief in Jesus Christ.
cf. Romans 10:4 and Galatians 5:1
** To what four areas does Paul now refer as being prime for the influence
of religious legalism?
1) Food or drink - Leviticus 11, Dietary Laws cf. Romans14:13-17, Acts
2) Festivals - Annual: i.e.Passover, Pentecost from Leviticus 23, cf.1Corinthians
3) New moon - Time of sacrifices, Numbers 28:11-14 cf. Hebrews 7:27,
4) Sabbath day - A sign to Israel of the Old Covenant, Exodus 31:16-17
cf. Acts 20:7, 1Corinthians 16:1-2
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