ABOVE AND BEYOND

Beloved, my fellow saints in the faith: Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.

We are commanded to grow in our Bible education above and beyond yesterday. To benefit all tomorrows. So we can learn to become precise and correct in our ethical and divine discernment. To flourish our perception of Spiritual absolutes. To side with Paul rather than Hymenaeus and Philetus (2 Tim. 2:14-18). For sizable catch, it is ordered we sail in deeper water (Luke 5:4).

To cultivate this agricultural field of gospel progress within our hearts (Rom. 10:17)? Is to desire the ability to shepherd. Identify and remove delinquency. Strive for righteousness and growth. And certain are these blessings with cost (Luke 14:28). Considerable responsibility lies ahead. For, “whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance.” Why would we despise such a one? (1 Tim. 4:12). In consequence, he who rejects growth for our Lord? “Even what they have will be taken from them” (Mt. 13:12),... and the Lord will come to them quickly and remove their lampstand from its place—unless they repent (Rev. 2:5).

Have we not been praying for the blessing of further knowledge and growth? Has it appeared contrary to our fancy? What did we journey into the wilderness to see? (Mt. 11:7).

The gates declare two paths (Mt. 7:13-14). The narrow turn right for spiritual abundance (Mt. 5:6). The stubborn? Left, for gossip and idleness (1 Tim. 5:13). And every branch in Christ that beareth not fruit he taketh away (John 15:2).

May we “abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that we may be able to discern what is best.” “…commit these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.” - 2 Tim. 2:2

The grace of the Lord Jesus be with you. My love be with you all in Christ Jesus.

SM