It doesn’t take an act of Congress . . .
It’s interesting that the Holy Spirit inspired Peter to make this statement within the context of a discussion about government and authority. It tells us a number of things. First of all, there will always be foolish, ignorant, ungodly people in high places. But this verse also tells us that their foolish arguments can be silenced—not conquered, not vetoed, not lost to debate—but silenced.
We may have our own methods and strategies for taking on these kind of people, but according to this verse there is only one method that fulfills the will of God—and that is “doing right.” Even foolish people who are ignorant of God’s truth will be left without argument in the face of God’s righteousness acted out in the lives of His people.
It should be a great encouragement to all of us in the face of today’s cultural evils to know that there is such great power in just “doing right.”
Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we shall reap if we do not grow weary. —Galatians 6:9
So how do you “do right?” By allowing God’s Holy Spirit to be seen in you and working through you.
I have several siblings who were saved at an early age, as I was. We grew up in a caring, Christian home. However, a few of my siblings have left the Christian walk and are living outside of what I think is God’s will. One might even go so far as to say they have purposefully rejected God. My question is, are they “saved” by their initial salvation experience? I know they are sealed by the Holy Spirit, but if they don’t turn back, are they lost?
. . . neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, . . . —Romans 8:38-39
|One of two things is going on in your situation. Either they didn’t really “totally trust Christ” through an understanding of what was actually being offered (1 Corinthians 15:2; Mark 7:7) and therefore never were Christian, or they are extremely baby Christians (1 Corinthians 3:1-2) running the risk of committing a “sin unto death.” A “sin unto death” is when, rather than allowing you to go back to Satan, God will allow you to die a physical death so He can save your eternal spirit.||by which also you are saved, if you hold fast the word which I preached to you, unless you believed in vain. —1 Corinthians 15:2 |
BUT IN VAIN DO THEY WORSHIP ME, And I, brethren, could not speak to you as to spiritual men, but as to men of flesh, as to infants in Christ. I gave you milk to drink, not solid food; for you were not yet able to receive it. Indeed, even now you are not yet able —1 Corinthians 3:1-2
And I, brethren, could not speak to you as to spiritual men, but as to men of flesh, as to infants in Christ. I gave you milk to drink, not solid food; for you were not yet able to receive it. Indeed, even now you are not yet able —1 Corinthians 3:1-2
If any sees his brother committing a sin not leading to death, he shall ask and God will for him give life to those who commit sin not leading to death. There is a sin leading to death . . . —1 John 5:16
I have decided to deliver such a one to Satan for the destruction of his flesh, that his spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus. —1 Corinthians 5:5
You cannot work yourself into heaven, but true Christians usually show conviction when confronted that they are in sin.
For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them. —Ephesians 2:10
We think, to be safe, you should assume that you are witnessing, not fellowshipping, when you interact with these members of your family.
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