I  WAS  THINKING  ON  THE  FEAST  OF  PENTECOST;  WONDERING  ABOUT  A  MESSAGE  OR  TWO.  I  WAS  READING  THROUGH  THE  BOOK  OF  ROMANS,  AND  CHAPTER  12.  THAT  CHAPTER  NEEDS  TO  HAVE  THE  SPIRIT  OF  GOD  IN  US,  TO  ENABLE  A  CHRISTIAN  TO  REALLY  FULFIL  ALL  THAT  IS  ADMONISHED  FOR  US  TO  DO.  HENCE  THIS  IS  MY  SECOND  MESSAGE  FOR  THE  GREAT  AND  WONDERFUL  FEAST  OF  PENTECOST,  WHEN  THE  SPIRIT  OF  GOD  CAME  DOWN  IN  POWER  TO  THE  DISCIPLES  OF  CHRIST,  AND  THE  START  OF  THE  NEW  TESTAMENT  CHURCH  OF  GOD.



ROMANS 12.


THE  NEW  LIVING  TRANSLATION


A Living Sacrifice to God


1. And so, dear Christian friends, I plead with you to give your bodies to God. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will accept. When you think of what he has done for you, is this too much to ask? 


THE  AMPLIFIED  BIBLE


1. I APPEAL to you therefore, brethren, and beg of you in view of [all] the mercies of God, to make a decisive dedication of your bodies [presenting all your members and faculties] as a living sacrifice, holy (devoted, consecrated) and well pleasing to God, which is your reasonable (rational, intelligent) service and spiritual worship.


WE  ARE  TO  HAVE  THE  MIND  OF  CHRIST  IN  US [Philippians 2:5]  THE  NATURE  OF  GOD  IN  US [2 Peter 1: 4].  WE  ARE  TO  HAVE  CHRIST  IN  US,  HAVE  THE  FAITH  OF  JESUS  IN  US [Galatians 2:20]. IF  THE  SPIRIT  OF  GOD  IS  IN  US,  WE  ARE  THE  CHILDREN  OF  GOD,  WE  ARE  HEIRS  OF  GOD,  JOINT-HEIRS  WITH  CHRIST [Romans 8: 14-17].

AS  YOU  MEDITATE  ON  THIS  IT  SHOULD  BLOW  YOU  AWAY,  AS  TO  THE  FINAL  END  RESULT  OF  OUR  SALVATION.  YOU  SHOULD  STUDY  MY  STUDY  CALLED  “A  CHRISTIAN’S  DESTINY”  UNDER  THE  SALVATION  SECTION  OF  THIS  WEBSITE.

SO  THEN  WE  SHOULD  IN  MIND,  WORDS,  AND  ACTIONS,  BE  LIVING  WITH  THE  FATHER  AND  CHRIST  IN  US [John 14: 23].

WE  THEN  WILL  BE  READING  HIS  WORD  TO  BE  INSTRUCTED,  CORRECTED,  GUIDED  INTO  ALL  TRUTH [John 16: 13].  

WE  SHOULD  BE  HUNGERING  AND  THIRSTING  AFTER  RIGHTEOUSNESS [Matthew 5:6].  RIGHTEOUSNESS  IS— DEFINED  IN  PSALM  119:172.


THE  NEW  LIVING  TRANSLATION


2. Don't copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will know what God wants you to do, and you will know how good and pleasing and perfect his will really is.


THE  AMPLIFIED  BIBLE


2 Do not be conformed to this world (this age), [fashioned after and adapted to its external, superficial customs], but be transformed (changed) by the [entire] renewal of your mind [by its new ideals and its new attitude], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God, even the thing which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His sight for you].


GOD  SAYS  IN  THE  OLD  TESTAMENT  HIS  THOUGHTS  AND  HIS  WAYS,  ARE  NOT  OUR  WAYS;  HIS  WAYS  ARE  HIGH  ABOVE  US  AS  THE  HEAVEN  IS  HIGH  ABOVE  US.  WE  ARE  TO  SEEK  THE  LORD;  WE  ARE  TO  FORSAKE  OUR  WAYS  AND  TURN  TO  GOD,  THEN  HE  WILL  HAVE  MERCY  UPON  US [Isaiah 55: 6-9]. 

THE  WAYS  AND  WILL  OF  GOD  ARE  EXPOUNDED  FOR  US  IN  HIS  WORD.  WHAT  THE  WORLD  MAY  CALL  “CHRISTIAN”  IS  NOT  AT  ALL  WHAT  GOD  CALLS  “CHRISTIAN.”  JESUS  WARNED  THAT  IN  THE  DAYS  OF  HIS  NEAR  COMING  MANY  “DECEIVERS”  WOULD  COME  AND  DECEIVE  THE  MANY,  NOT  THE  FEW  BUT  THE  MANY! [Matthew 24]. WHAT  YOU  THINK,  WHAT  YOU  PRACTICE,  IN  THIS  LIFE,  IS  IT  ACCORDING  TO  THE  WILL  OF  GOD?  HAVE  YOU  PROVED  ALL  THINGS?  WHERE  DID  WE  GET  “EASTER”  FROM?  WHERE  DID  WE  GET  “CHRISTMASS”  FROM?  WHERE  DID  WE  GET  SUNDAY  WORSHIP  FROM?  WHERE  DID  WE  GET  THE  IDEA  OF  BURNING  HELL-FIRE  FOR  THE  WICKED,  TORMENTED  FOR  ALL  ETERNITY?  WHERE  DID  WE  GET  THE  TEACHING  THAT  AT  DEATH  YOU  EITHER  GO  TO  HEAVEN  OR  HELL-FIRE?  

AS  SHOCKING  AS  IT  MAY  SOUND,  MANY  OF  THE  PRACTICES  AND  TEACHINGS  OF  CHRISTIANITY  DO  NOT  COME  FROM  THE  BIBLE.

ARE  YOU  GROWING  IN  GRACE  AND  KNOWLEDGE  OF  CHRIST  JESUS? [2 Peter 3: 18].


THE  NEW  LIVING  TRANSLATION


3. As God's messenger, I give each of you this warning: Be honest in your estimate of yourselves, measuring your value by how much faith God has given you. 


THE  AMPLIFIED  BIBLE


3. For by the grace (unmerited favor of God) given to me I warn everyone among you not to estimate and think of himself more highly than he ought [not to have an exaggerated opinion of his own importance], but to rate his ability with sober judgment, each according to the degree of faith apportioned by God to him.    


WHEN  I  WAS  A  KID  I  COULD  RUN  FAST,  VERY  FAST.  AT  AGE  6  WE  HAD  A  SCHOOL  RACE,  I  LEFT  EVERYONE  IN  THE  DUST  AS  THEY  SAY.  SO  SHOCKED  WAS  THE  TEACHER,  SHE  TOLD  THE  TEACHERS  OF  THE  NEXT  CHURCH  OF  ENGLAND  SCHOOL  I  WOULD  ATTEND  FROM  AGE  7  TO  11.  THEY  ARRANGED  A  RACE  WITH  ME  AGAINST  THE  FASTEST  RUNNER  IN  THAT  SCHOOL.  HE  MUST  HAVE  BEEN  AT  LEAST  9  INCHES  TALLER  THAN  ME;  I  TIED  WITH  HIM.  WHEN  UP  IN  THAT  SCHOOL  A  YEAR  LATER,  I  COULD  BEAT  HIM  IN  THE  100  YARD  DASH.  WE  HAD  INTER-SCHOOL  MEETS;  FROM  AGE  7  TO  11  NO  KID  COULD  BEAT  ME.  THEN  AT  THE  LOCAL  FAIR,  WHEN  11,  THERE  WERE  RACES  AND  PRIZES  TO  WIN. I  ENTERED  AND  ANOTHER  KID  TIED  WITH  ME;  WE  HAD  TO  RUN  AGAIN;  WE  TIED  I  THOUGHT,  BUT  ADULTS  SAID  I  WON  SO  I  GOT  THE  PRIZE.  I  WAS  VISITING  RELATIVES  AND  WAS  OUT  PLAYING  WITH  THE  LOCAL  KIDS.  WE  HAD  A  RACE,  ONE  OF  THE  KIDS  TIED  WITH  ME,  I  WAS  SHOCKED,  I  SAID  “LET’S  DO  THAT  AGAIN”—— WE  TIED  AGAIN. 

I  NOW  HAD  TO  THINK  SOBERLY—— I  WAS  NOT  ALONE  IN  HOW  FAST  I  COULD  RUN,  SOME  FEW  OTHERS  AROUND  MY  AGE  COULD  RUN  JUST  AS  FAST.

WHATEVER  GIFTS  WE  MAY  HAVE  INHERITED  FROM  BIRTH,  DOES  NOT  MEAN  OTHERS  ARE  FAR  BEHIND  US  WITH  THOSE  GIFTS.  WE  HAVE  TO  BE  CAREFUL  NOT  TO  THINK  OF  OURSELVES  MORE  THAN  WE  SHOULD,  GETTING  A  PUFFED  UP  OR  “BIG  HEAD”  AS  THE  SAYING  GOES.  


THE  NEW  LIVING  TRANSLATION


4. Just as our bodies have many parts and each part has a special function


5. so it is with Christ's body. We are all parts of his one body, and each of us has different work to do. And since we are all one body in Christ, we belong to each other, and each of us needs all the others.


THE  AMPLIFIED  BIBLE


4. For as in one physical body we have many parts (organs, members) and all of these parts do not have the same function or use.


5. So we, numerous as we are, are one body in Christ (the Messiah) and individually we are parts one of another [mutually dependent on one another].


YES,  WE  ARE  ALL  IN  THE  HOUSEHOLD  OF  GOD,  THE  BROTHERS  AND  SISTERS  OF  CHRIST.  WE  NEED  TO  HAVE  A  MIND  THAT  IS  FAMILY  MINDED.  WE  DO  NOT  STAND  ALONE.  ELIJAH  ONCE  CRIED  OUT  TO  GOD  THAT  HE  WAS  THE  ONLY  ONE  SERVING  HIM;  NO  GOD  SAID,  BUT  “I  HAVE  RESERVED  7,000  WHO  HAVE  NOT  BOWED  THE  KNEE  TO  BAAL” [1 Kings 19: 14-18].


THE  NEW  LIVING  TRANSLATION


6. God has given each of us the ability to do certain things well. So if God has given you the ability to prophesy, speak out when you have faith that God is speaking through you. 


7. If your gift is that of serving others, serve them well. If you are a teacher, do a good job of teaching. 


8. If your gift is to encourage others, do it! If you have money share it generously. If God has given you leadership ability, take the responsibility seriously. And if you have a gift for showing kindness to others, do it gladly.


THE  AMPLIFIED  BIBLE


6. Having gifts (faculties', talents, qualities) that differ according to the grace given us, let us use them: [He whose gift is] prophecy, [let him prophesy] according to the proportion of his faith;


7. [He whose gift is] practical service, let him give himself to serving; he who teaches, to his teaching;


8. He who exhorts (encourages), to his exhortation; he who contributes, let him do it in simplicity and liberality; he who gives aid and superintends, with zeal and singleness of mind; he who does acts of mercy, with genuine cheerfulness and joyful eagerness.


WHATEVER  WE  HAVE  TO  DO  THINGS  WITH,  AND  WE  ALL  HAVE  SOMETHING,  WE  SHOULD  KNOW  WHAT  WE  HAVE  BEEN  GIVEN,  AND  REALLY  GET  USING  WHAT  WE  HAVE.  SOME  ARE  GIVEN  ONE  TALENT,  SOME  FIVE  TALENTS,  SOME  TEN  TALENTS;  GOD  EXPECTS  US  TO  USE  THEM  TOWARDS  THE  KINGDOM  OF  GOD,  AND  TOWARDS  OTHERS.  SOME  HAVE  MUCH  TIME,  SO  THEY  CAN  PRAY  MUCH;  SOME  HAVE  WEALTH,  SO  THEY  CAN  SERVE  OTHERS  WHO  HAVE  LITTLE  WEALTH,  OR  AS  IT  IS  FOR  MANY,  IN  DIFFERENT  PARTS  OF  THE  WORLD,  CAN  HARDLY  GET  ENOUGH  FOOD  AND  DRINK  TO  SURVIVE.

SOME  IN  VARIOUS  JOBS  ARE  OVER  MANY  OTHERS;  AT  TIMES  MERCY  MUST  BE  SHOWN  TO  THOSE  UNDER  THEM.  MY  DAD  WAS  IN  THAT  POSITION  FOR  MANY  YEARS,  HE  WAS  LOVED  BY  ALL,  BECAUSE  HE  ACTED  FAIR  TO  ALL,  WITH  NO  FAVORITISM.  

READ  THOSE  VERSES  AGAIN  AND  MEDITATE  ON  WHERE  YOU  MAY  COME  IN  THEM,  AS  PAUL  LAYS  THEM  OUT.  SOME  WHERE  IN  LIFE  YOU  WILL  COME  INTO  ONE  OR  MORE  OF  THE  POINTS  PAUL  LISTS.


THE  NEW  LIVING  TRANSLATION


9. Don't just pretend that you love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Stand on the side of the good. 


10. Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other. 


THE  AMPLIFIED  BIBLE


9. [Let your] love be sincere (a real thing); hate what is evil [loathe all ungodliness, turn in horror from wickedness], but hold fast to that which is good.


10. Love one another with-brotherly affection [as members of one family], giving precedence and showing honor to one another.


CHRISTIAN  LOVE  MUST  BE  SINCERE;  THERE  IS  NO  ROOM  FOR  HYPOCRITES  IN  GOD’S  FAMILY.  WE  MUST  HAVE  THE  MIND-SET  OF  TURNING  IN  HORROR  FROM  WICKEDNESS.  MANY  “CHRISTIAN”  TEACHERS  WILL  SAY  THOSE  WORDS,  BUT  HOW  MANY  WILL  EXPLAIN  WHAT  WICKEDNESS  IS?  HOW  MANY  WILL  GIVE  YOU  THE  BIBLE  DEFINITION  OF  WICKEDNESS?  WELL  I  WILL—— IT  IS  FOUND  IN  PSALM  119: 53.  THAT  WHICH  DIFFERS  FROM  THE  LAW  OF  GOD  IS  WICKEDNESS!  SIN  IS  DEFINED  AS  TRANSGRESSING  THE  LAW  OF  GOD [John 3:4].   PAUL  SAID  HE  HAD  NOT  KNOW  SIN  EXCEPT  THE  LAW  OF  GOD  TOLD  HIM  WHAT  IT  WAS [Romans 7: 7].  ALL  TEN  POINTS  OF  THAT  LAW  ARE  IN  POSITION,  IN  EFFECT  [James 2: 10-12].

THE  4TH  OF  THAT  TEN  POINT  LAW  HAS  NEVER  BEEN  DONE  AWAY  WITH,  OR  CHANGED.  ARE  YOU  OBEYING  THAT  4TH  COMMANDMENT?

ARE  YOU  PROVING  WHAT  IS  THAT  GOOD  AND  ACCEPTABLE  WILL  OF  GOD [1 Thessalonians 5: 21;  Ephesians 5: 17].

ARE  YOU  HOLDING  FAST  TO  THE  FAITH  ONCE  DELIVERED  TO  THE  SAINTS? [Jude 3, 4].

ARE  YOU  LOVING  THE  BRETHREN?  ARE  YOU  SERVING  THE  BRETHREN  IN  ANY  WAY  YOU  CAN,  BE  IT  SMALL  THINGS  OR  LARGE  THINGS?

PLEASE  READ  1 JOHN 3: 14-17  IN  THE  AMPLIFIED  BIBLE.  TRUE  CHRISTIANITY  IS  SERVING  THE  BRETHREN  IN  ANY  WAY  WE  CAN.


THE  NEW  LIVING  TRANSLATION


11. Never be lazy in your work, but serve the Lord enthusiastically.


THE  AMPLIFIED  BIBLE


11. Never lag in zeal and in earnest endeavor; be aglow and burning with the Spirit, serving the Lord.


WOW….. THAT  IS  UP  FRONT  AND  ON  THE  TABLE——  WE  HAVE  TO  HAVE  A  ZEALOUS  ATTITUDE  OF  MIND,  IN  ALL  THAT  WE  DO;  THE  SPIRIT  IN  US  SHOULD  BE  GIVING  US  A  BURNING  FIRE  TO  DO  ALL  WITH  ENTHUSIASM.  IF  PHYSICAL  LIFE  HAS  BECOME  BORING,  OR  DULL,  HUMDRUM,  THEN  WE  NEED  TO  TAKE  STOCK  AND  DECIDE  TO  MAKE  SOME  CHANGES  IN  OUR  LIFE.  IT  COULD  BE  FINDING  ANOTHER  JOB  THAT  WE  CAN  GET  ENTHUSIASTIC  ABOUT;  IT  COULD  BE  FINDING  A  HOBBY  OR  SPORT  TO  HELP  US  GET  SOME  ZEAL  AND  ENTHUSIASM  IN  LIFE.  IF  OUR  LIFE  IS  LACKING  IN  ENTHUSIASM  THEN  IT  IS  TIME  TO  DO  SOMETHING  ABOUT  IT.  JESUS  SAID  HE  CAME  TO  GIVE  US  LIFE,  AND  LIFE  MORE  ABUNDANTLY [John 10: 10]. JESUS  SAID  HE  SAID  THINGS  SO  HIS  DISCIPLES  “…THAT  MY  JOY  MIGHT  REMAIN  IN  YOU,  AND  THAT  YOUR  JOY  MIGHT  BE  FULL” [John 15: 11].


THE  NEW  LIVING  TRANSLATION


12. Be glad for all God is planning for you. Be patient in trouble, and always be prayerful. 


THE  AMPLIFIED  BIBLE


12. Rejoice and exult in hope; be steadfast and patient in suffering and tribulation; be constant in prayer.


IF  YOU  KNOW  THE  PLAN  OF  GOD,  WHAT  GOD  IS  DOING  BY  CALLING  YOU  IN  THIS  LIFETIME,  YOU  WILL  BE  THANKFUL  BEYOND  MEASURE.  FOR  WE  ARE  CO-HEIRS  WITH  CHRIST  AS  WE  HAVE  SEEN.  THE  FIRST  RESURRECTION  IS  SAID  TO  BE  THE  BETTER  RESURRECTION [Hebrews  11: 35].  THOSE  IN  THE  FIRST  RESURRECTION  WILL  REIGN  WITH  CHRIST  OVER  THE  NATIONS  ON  EARTH,  HELPING  TO  BRING  THOSE  NATIONS  TO  THE  SALVATION  OF  GOD;  THIS  WILL  BE  FOR  A  THOUSAND  YEARS.  THOSE  NOT  CALLED  IN  THIS  LIFETIME,  WILL  NEVER  EXPERIENCE  THAT  THOUSAND  YEARS  OF  THE  AGE  TO  COME.  THEY  WILL  NOT  EXPERIENCE  THE  JOY  OF  SEEING  MILLIONS  OF  PEOPLE  ACCEPTING  GOD’S  WORD,  REPENTING  OF  SINS,  AND  FINDING  SALVATION.


TRUE  CHRISTIANITY  DOES  NOT  MEAN  WE  WILL  ESCAPE  TRIALS,  TESTS,  AND  TRIBULATION.  SOME  DO  SOME  DO  NOT.  PETER,  PAUL,  AND  OTHERS  HAD  MANY  TRIBULATIONS  OF  VARIOUS  SORTS  IN  THEIR  LIFETIME.  THEN  OTHERS  LIKE  THE  APOSTLE  JOHN,  DID  NOT,  AND  LIVED  TO  A  RIPE  OLD  AGE.  MOST  OF  US  DO  NOT  KNOW  WHAT  THE  NEXT  DAY  MAY  BRING;  IF  IT  BRINGS  TRIBULATIONS  OF  WHATEVER,  WE  NEED  TO  BE  PATIENT  AND  STEADFAST,  STAYING  THE  COURSE  ON  THE  TRAIL  TO  THE  KINGDOM  OF  GOD.  AND  ALWAYS  IN  A  PRAYERFUL  ATTITUDE,  ESPECIALLY  DURING  TRIBULATIONS.  REMEMBERING  THAT  MANY  OF  THE  SAINTS  OF  THE  ETERNAL  GOD,  HAD  THEIR  TRAILS,  TESTS,  AND  TRIBULATIONS—— HEBREWS  11.   


THE  NEW  LIVING  TRANSLATION


13. When God's children are in need, be the one to help them out. And get into the habit of inviting guests home for dinner or, if they need lodging, for the night.


THE  AMPLIFIED  BIBLE


13. Contribute to the needs of God's people [sharing in the necessities of the saints]; pursue the practice of hospitality.


AGAIN  PRETTY  SIMPLE  ADMONITION  HERE.  YOUR  LIFE  AND  HOME  SHOULD  BE  A  PLACE  OF  HOSPITALITY  TO  THE  SAINTS.  OF  COURSE  A  BALANCE  MUST  BE  HERE  AS  BALANCE  MUST  BE  IN  ALL  AREAS  OF  OUR  LIFE.  THERE  MAYBE  TIMES  IN  YOUR  LIFE  WHEN  ITS  POSSIBLE  TO  PRACTICE  A  LARGE  AMOUNT  OF  HOSPITALITY,  AND  TIMES  WHERE  IT  IS  NOT  POSSIBLE  TO  HELP  AS  MUCH.  WE  ALL  GO  THROUGH  DIFFERENT  HILLS  AND  VALLEYS  IN  OUR  LIFE,  LIKE  MARRIAGE, HAVING CHILDREN, JOB CHANGES, TRIBULATIONS,  AND  LOSS  OF  LOVED  ONES;  WHEN  BEING  ABLE  TO  BE  HOSPITABLE  IS  NOT  AS  OPEN  AS  OTHER  TIMES.  PAUL  IS  GIVING  A  GENERALITY—— BE  A  FRIENDLY  HOSPITABLE  PERSON  IN  THE  MAIN  AS  YOU  GO  THROUGH  LIFE.  

HELPING  AND  SERVING  OTHERS  SHOULD  BE  A  NATURAL  PART  OF  YOUR  NATURE.


THE  NEW  LIVING  TRANSLATION


14 If people persecute you because you are a Christian, don't curse them; pray that God will bless them. 


THE  AMPLIFIED  BIBLE


14. Bless those who persecute you [who are cruel in their attitude toward you]; bless and do not curse them.


THIS  IS  NOT  ALWAYS  EASY.  IF  YOU  THINK  IT  IS,  YOU  PROBABLY  HAVE  NEVER  HAD  ANYONE  REALLY  GOING  AT  YOU  WITH  PERSECUTION;  JUST  NOT  LIKING  YOU  AND  REALLY  WANTING  TO  BE  OUT  AND  OUT  CRUEL  TOWARDS  YOU.  SOME  PEOPLE  SEEM  TO  GET  A  KICK  OUT  OF  GOING  AFTER  ANOTHER  PERSON  IN  THE  ATTITUDE  OF  A  CRUEL  MIND.  SADLY  SOME  PEOPLE  LIVE  LIKE  THEY  GET  OUT  OF  BED  ON  THE  WRONG  SIDE,  THAT  HAPPENS  TO  BE  AGAINST  THE  WALL. PAUL  IS  REITERATING  WHAT  JESUS  PLAINLY  TAUGHT—— LOVE  YOUR  ENEMIES,  DO  GOOD  TO  THOSE  WHO  DO  BAD  TO  YOU.  WHEN  YOUR  IN  THAT  SITUATION,  YOU  WILL  FIND  IT  IS  NOT  THAT  EASY,  AND  YOU  WILL  NEEDS  HAVE  TO  PRAY  TO  OUR  FATHER  FOR  EXTRA  HELP  TO  TRULY  LOVE  YOUR  ENEMY.


THE  NEW  LIVING  TRANSLATION


15. When others are happy, be happy with them. If they are sad, share their sorrow.


THE  AMPLIFIED  BIBLE


15. Rejoice with those who rejoice [sharing others' joy], and weep with those who weep [sharing others' grief].


BE  IN  TUNE  TO  OTHERS,  AND  THE  SITUATION  THEY  ARE  IN.  IF  SOMEONE  LOOSES  A  LOVED  ONE  YOU  DO  NOT  START  CRACKING  JOKES,  THINKING  YOU’LL  TRY  CHEERING  THEM  UP,  THAT  IS  A  LACK  OF  WISDOM;  YOU  NEED  TO  CRY  WITH  THOSE  WHO  ARE  CRYING.  IF  SOMEONE  PASSES  AN  EXAM,  OBTAIN  HOUSE  THEY  INHERIT  VIA  A  WILL,  A  LARGE  SOME  OF  MONEY  COMES  THEIR  WAY,  OR  THEY  WIN  A  HOLIDAY  FOR  TWO,  IN  SOME  GREAT  PLACE—— BE  HAPPY  WITH  THEM;  DO  NOT  BE  JEALOUS,  DO  NOT  COVET  WHAT  THEY  HAVE,  BUT  REJOICE  WITH  THEM  IN  THEIR  GOOD  FORTUNE.


THE  NEW  LIVING  TRANSLATION


16. Live in harmony with each other. Don't try to act important, but enjoy the company of ordinary people. And don't think you know it all!


THE  AMPLIFIED  BIBLE


16. Live in harmony with one another; do not be haughty (snobbish, high-minded, exclusive), but readily adjust yourself to [people, things] and give yourselves to humble tasks. Never overestimate yourself or be wise in your own conceits. [Prov. 3:7.]


DO  NOT  PUT  YOURSELF  ON  A  HIGH  PEDESTAL  WHERE  YOU  THINK  YOU  ARE  ABOVE  OTHERS,  AND/OR  THAT  YOU  HAVE  BEEN  SPECIALLY  CALLED  ABOVE  OTHERS.  I’VE  WITNESSED  THIS  VERY  THING  WITH  A  MAN  CALLED  HERBERT  ARMSTRONG,  ONCE  HUMBLE  THEN  OVER  TIME,  WITH  MEN  AROUND  HIM  WHO  CLAIMED  HE  WAS  “SOMEONE  SPECIAL”  IN  GOD’S  WORK,  PROCLAIMED  HIMSELF  TO  BE  “SPECIAL”—— EVEN  PUTTING  A  CHART  UP  ON  HIS  TV  PROGRAM,  THAT  HAD  GOD  THE  FATHER,  UNDER  HIM  JESUS  THE  CHRIST,  AND  UNDER  JESUS,  HERBERT  W.  ARMSTRONG.  I  SAW  THIS  WITH  MY  OWN  EYES  AND  COULD  HARDLY  BELIEVE  WHAT  I  WAS  SEEING,  IT  MADE  ME  SICK  TO  MY  STOMACH.  THIS  SAME  MAN  WAS  ONCE  IN  ENGLAND  AT  THE  COLLEGE  HIS  WORK  FOUNDED;  THERE  WAS  A  COUPLE  FROM  THE  USA  THAT  NEEDED  TO  GET  BACK  HOME;  SOMEONE  ASKED  ARMSTRONG  IF  HE  WOULD  GIVE  THEM  A  FLIGHT  IN  HIS  JET  AIRLINE  HIS  CHURCH  OWNED.  HE  ANSWERED  “I  DO  NOT  FLY  WITH  SUCH  ORDINARY  PEOPLE.”

WE  ARE  TO  ENJOY  “ORDINARY”  PEOPLE  AND  ADJUST  OURSELVES  ACCORDINGLY,  AS  THEY  SAY  “WHEN  IN  ROME  DO  AS  THE  ROMANS  DO” [WITHIN  THE  LAW  OF  GOD  OF  COURSE].  PAUL  SAID  HE  BECAME  ALL  TO  EVERYONE,  TO  WIN  SOME  TO  CHRIST.  HE  MEANT  HE  ADAPTED  TO  OTHERS,  CAME  ON  THEIR  BALL  TEAM,  BUT  WITHIN  THE  LAW  OF  GOD.  

WE  ARE  TO  BE  HUMBLE  AT  ALL  TIMES,  NEVER  OVERESTIMATE  YOURSELF.  JOHN  THE  BAPTIST  WAS  IN  JESUS’  OWN  WORDS  THE  ELIJAH  TO  COME  BEFORE  THE  COMING  OF  CHRIST [Matthew 17: 10-13].  BUT  WHEN  JOHN  WAS  ASKED  IF  HE  WAS  THE  ELIJAH  TO  COME,  HE  ANSWERED  HE  WAS  A  MAN  CRYING  ALOUD  IN  THE  WILDERNESS.

NEVER  GET  TO  THE  POINT  WHERE  YOU  THINK  YOU  KNOW  IT  ALL,  AND/OR  YOU  HAVE  A  SPECIAL  TELEPHONE  LINE  TO  THE  FATHER.  SOME  HAVE  THOUGHT  IT  WAS  SO,  SUCH  AS  HERBERT  ARMSTRONG,  DAVID  KORISH,  JIM JONES,  AND  OTHER  CULT  LEADERS.  LOOK  THEM  UP  ON  THE  INTERNET.  AND  READ  THE  BOOK  “CHURCHES  THAT  ABUSE”  ON  THIS  WEBSITE  UNDER  THE  “CHURCH  STRUCTURE”  SECTION.

ONCE  YOU  THINK  YOU  KNOW  IT  ALL,  YOU  SIT  AS  A  LAME  DUCK  IN  THE  WATER  FOR  SATAN  TO  BLOW  YOU  AWAY  INTO  THE  NEVER-NEVER-LAND  OF  SELF  DECEPTION.


THE  NEW  LIVING  TRANSLATION


17. Never pay back evil for evil to anyone Do things in such a way that everyone can see you are honorable.


18.  Do your part to live in peace with everyone, as much as possible.


THE  AMPLIFIED  BIBLE


17. Repay no one evil for evil, but take thought for what is honest and proper and noble [aiming to be above reproach] in the sight of everyone. [Prov. 20:22.]


18. If possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.


AGAIN  WHEN  THE  RUBBER  HITS  THE  ROAD,  EASIER  SAID  THAN  DONE.  SOMEONE  DOES  YOU  EVIL,  YOU  ARE  NOT  TO  DO  EVIL  TO  THEM.  WE  ARE  TO  LIVE  IN  A  WAY  THAT  DOES  NOT  BRING  REPROACH  TO  YOURSELF  OR  THE  CHURCH  OF  GOD;  WE  ARE  TO  AIM  TO  BE  SCANDAL-LESS.  AND  AS  MUCH  AS  WITHIN  OUR  POWER  TO  LIVE  AT  PEACE  WITH  EVERYONE.  WHEN  BECOMING  A  TRUE  CHRISTIAN  AND  CHANGING  HOW  WE  THINK  AND  ACT;  CHANGING  OUR  CUSTOMS;  WE  NEED  TO  TELL  OUR  FAMILY  MEMBERS,  RELATIVES,  FRIENDS,  WHY  WE  NO  LONGER  DO  CERTAIN  PRACTICES,  IN  A  NICE  GENTLE  WAY;  WE  NEED  TO  DO  ALL  THINGS  IN  PEACE;  WE  MAY  NOT  GET  PEACE  IN  RETURN  BUT  WE  OF  OURSELVES  NEED  TO  BE  PEACEFUL  PEOPLE.  


THE  NEW  LIVING  TRANSLATION


19. Dear friends, never avenge yourselves. Leave that to God. For it is written, "I will take vengeance; I will repay those who deserve it," says the Lord.


THE  AMPLIFIED  BIBLE


19 Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave the way open for [God's] wrath; for it is written, Vengeance is Mine, I will repay (requite), says the Lord. [Deut. 32:35.]


WHATEVER  EVIL  OR  WRONGS  PEOPLE  THROW  AT  US,  WE  ARE  TO  REMEMBER  IT  IS  GOD  WHO  JUDGES,  WHO  WILL  REPLAY  OTHERS  ACCORDING  TO  THEIR  WORKS.  IT  IS  NOT  FOR  CHRISTIANS  TO  BE  WRATHFUL  AND  JUDGE  OTHERS  SO  WE  REPAY  THEM  FOR  THEIR  EVIL  DONE  TO  US.  THIS  DOES  NOT  TEACH  WE  ARE  TO  BE  DOOR-MATS  FOR  OTHERS  TO  WIPE  THEIR  DIRTY  BOOTS  ON  US.  THIS  DOES  NOT  TEACH  THAT  SELF-DEFENCE  CANNOT  BE  USED  BY  CHRISTIANS  IF  WE  OR  OUR  FAMILY  MEMBERS  ARE  BEING  VIOLENTLY  PHYSICALLY  ATTACKED.  THIS  IS  ONLY  TEACHING  OUTSIDE  THE  CIRCLE  OF  BEING  PHYSICALLY  ATTACKED,  WE  ARE  AS  MUCH  AS  WE  PERSONALLY  CAN,  TO  LIVE  PEACEABLY  WITH  PEOPLE.  EVEN  THE  OLD  TESTAMENT  TAUGHT  WE  WERE  TO  LOVE  OUR  NEIGHBOR  AS  OURSELVES,  BUT  IT  ALSO  TAUGHT  SELF-DEFENCE  WAS  PERMISSIBLE  WHEN  VIOLENCE  CAME  AGAINST  US  OR  OUR  FAMILY.  I  HAVE  HAD  OCCASIONS  IN  MY  LIFE  WHEN  EVIL  WAS  DONE  TO  ME,  AND  I  HAD  TO  LEAVE  IT  IN  THE  HANDS  OF  GOD  TO  JUDGE  THE  EVIL  DOER.  


THE  NEW  LIVING  TRANSLATION


20. Instead, do what the Scriptures say: "If your enemies are hungry, feed

them. If they are thirsty, give them something to drink, and they will be ashamed of what they have done to you." 


21. Don't let evil get the best of you, but conquer evil by doing good.


THE  AMPLIFIED  BIBLE


20. But if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals upon his head. [Prov. 25:21, 22.]


21. Do not let yourself be overcome by evil, but overcome (master) evil with good.


PAUL  WAS  INSPIRED  TO  REPEAT  WHAT  HE  HAD  SAID  EALIER;  FOR  HE  KNEW  THIS  TEACHING  FROM  JESUS  IN  THE  GOSPELS,  WAS  EASIER  SAID  THAN  DONE.

HUMAN  NATURE  AND  WITH  DEMONIC  POWERS  OUT  THERE  TRYING  TO  PULL  US  DOWN,  IT  IS  NOT  EASY  TO  FOLLOW  THIS  INSTRUCTION.  IT  SEEMS  IT  IS  PART  OF  HUMAN  CARNAL  NATURE  TO  WANT  TO  OVERCOME  EVIL  WITH  EVIL.  IT  IS  HUMAN  NATURE  TO  SAY,  “WELL  THEY  DESERVE  THIS  EVIL  I  WANT  TO  DO  TO  THEM.”  OR  “WELL  THEY  STARTED  THE  FIGHT,  BUT  I  WILL  FINISH  IT.”

GOD  THE  FATHER  THROUGH  THE  CHRIST  AND  THE  APOSTLE  PAUL  SAID,  NO,  DO  NOT  DO  EVIL  TO  THOSE  WHO  DO  EVIL  TO  YOU,  BUT  DO  THE  OPPOSITE——  DO  GOOD  TO  THEM.  

NOW  THAT  DOES  NOT  DO  AWAY  WITH  THE  JUSTICE  THE  LAWS  OF  THE  LAND  MAY  CLAIM  UPON  THEM,  IF  LAWS  OF  THE  LAND  WERE  BROKEN.  A  SOCIETY  CAN  NOT  TURN  THE  OTHER  CHEEK  ON  SERIOUS  LAWS  BROKEN.  IF  A  SOCIETY  DID  THAT  THERE  WOULD  BE  ANARCHY.  SOMEONE  KILLS  YOUR  MATE  OR  CHILD,  MAYBE  BOTH,  THE  LAWS  OF  THE  LAND  MUST  ENACT  A  PENALTY.  

WHAT  PAUL  AND  JESUS  WERE  TALKING  ABOUT  WAS  THE  PERSONAL  ILLS  OR  WRONGS  DONE  TO  US  OUTSIDE  THE  LAWS  OF  THE  LAND,  WHICH  ENACT  PENALTIES  FOR  CERTAIN  EVILS.

WE  MUST  HAVE  THE  WISDOM  AND  THE  KNOWLEDGE  OF  THE  BIBLE,  TO  KNOW  WHEN  PERSONAL  EVIL  IS  DONE  TO  US  THAT  IS  NOT  BREAKING  THE  LAWS  OF  THE  LAND;  WHERE  THE  LAWS  OF  THE  LAND  DO  NOT  STEP  IN  AND  SAY  TO  SOMEONE,  “YOU  HAVE  STEPPED  OVER  THE  LINE  AND  ARE  NOW  BREAKING  LAWS  WE  PUT  PUNISHMENT  ON  YOU,  FOR  BREAKING.”

THERE  IS  A  DIFFERENCE  FROM  AN  EMPLOYEE  WORKING  FOR  YOU,  WHO  IS  STEALING  FROM  THE  CASH  REGISTER,  AND  SOMEONE  WHO  FLATTENS  YOUR  CAR-TIRE  BECAUSE  THEY  DO  NOT  LIKE  THE  WAY  YOU  COMB  YOUR  HAIR.


ALL  TEACHINGS  OF  THE  BIBLE  MUST  BE  UNDERSTOOD  IN  THE  TOTALITY  OF  THE  BIBLE;  BY  TAKING  VERSES  OUT  OF  THE  IMMEDIATE  CONTEXT  AND  THEN  THE  CONTEXT  OF  THE  WHOLE  BIBLE,  YOU  CAN  AS  SOME  ATHEISTS  PROCLAIM,  “YOU  CAN  MAKE  THE  BIBLE  SAY  ANYTHING  YOU  WANT  IT  TO  SAY.”


WITH  THE  SPIRIT  OF  GOD  WE  CAN  IN  THE  OVERALL  SERVE  AND  OBEY  OUR  HEAVENLY  FATHER.


THE  SPIRIT  OF  GOD  IS  THE  NATURE  AND  POWER  THAT  GIVES  US  THE  WISDOM  AND  STRENGTH,  TO  LIVE  THE  TRUTHS  THAT  THE  NEW  TESTAMENT  TEACHES.


………………..