The Saints and The Aint's!
Dr. Harley Howard
17 Brethren, be followers together of me, and mark them which
walk so as ye have us for an example.
Paul appealed to the believers to be followers together of him. Paul
had just finished describing himself as an example of one who is
running for the prize. Then he continues his letter, urging these
saints to imitate him, to be followers together of him. Paul is
commanding them to do this. Paul commanded the believers to
stop imitating others who were not doing them any good, spiritual
speaking, and to imitate him. This is a truth that we need to
desperately apply today. We need to surround ourselves with Godly
and faithful examples and to stop imitating people who are not
edifying our lives spiritually speaking.
2nd Thessalonians 3:6-9
6 Now we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus
Christ, that ye withdraw yourselves from every brother that walketh
disorderly, and not after the tradition which he received of us.
7 For yourselves know how ye ought to follow us: for we behaved
not ourselves disorderly among you;
8 Neither did we eat any man's bread for nought; but wrought with
labour and travail night and day, that we might not be chargeable to
any of you:
9 Not because we have not power, but to make ourselves an
ensample unto you to follow us.
The Philippians were to use Paul and his group as standards to
imitate, and all others were to be set against the standard. The
believers were to, "mark them". They were not to be indifferent
towards them or ignore them, hoping the problem was going away.
They were to mark them, meaning---to scope them out! Paul will
explain why very clearly in the closing verses of this chapter.
18 (For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you
even weeping, [that they are] the enemies of the cross of Christ:
Notice this. Paul said that the "fakers" of the faith are n ...
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