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Christ Is Our Life (10 of 18)
INTRODUCTION: The Apostle Paul imparts truth that has been inspired by the Holy Spirit. The truth has been assimilated into his own life as well as some of the churches he has founded. However, there are examples in scriptures of churches that have rebelled against the truth, or at best, have failed to live up to the expectations of a believer. There are three ways to define the qualities commanded in the believer's life in this short passage.
1. Individual Qualities
2. Interpersonal Qualities
3. Indispensable Qualities
I. THE BELIEVER'S TESTIMONY OF TRUE DISCIPLESHIP.
"bearing with one another" -- to endure, to hold out in spite of persecution, threats, injury, indifference, or complaints and not retaliate. Means a person tolerates others when they irritate him. Forbearance has an element of leniency, a willingness to suspend a rightful demand out of consideration for the plight or weakness of a fellow believer. It seeks redemptive ends.
The term called the believers to a high standard of personal action when offended.
1. Principle Honored.
Romans 2:4, "Or do you despise the riches of His goodness, forbearance, and longsuffering, not knowing that the goodness of God leads you to repentance?"
Romans 3:25, "Whom God set forth as a propitiation by His blood, through faith, to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His forbearance God had passed over the sins that were previously committed."
Rather than destroying every person the moment he or she sins, God graciously holds back His judgment. God's justice demands that every sin and sinner be punished. However, God demonstrated His righteousness and His forbearance through the incarnate, sinless life, and substitutionary death of Christ. God's plan for sinners was to punish Jesus in their place and justify believing sinners without compromising His own character.
b. P ...
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