There are many things for us to learn, to understand as we seek to grow closer to God the Father, Jesus our Lord and Savior, and the Holy Spirit. In these scriptural passages and verses reflect are but just some of the teachings for us to learn and understand (2:42, Romans 1:1-6), and the Lord’s brothers James and Jude (James 1:1, Jude 1:1), and the former teachings and examples of the Old Testament revealed by the Holy Spirit (John 16:5-15, Romans 15:4, 2 Timothy 3:16, 2 Peter 1:19-21 NASB).
auxanó: to make to grow, to grow
Strong’s Number: G837 (added)
Original Word: αὐξάνω
Part of Speech: Verb
Phonetic Spelling: (owx-an'-o)
Definition: to make to grow, to grow
Usage: (a) I cause to increase, become greater (b) I increase, grow.
837 auksánō – properly, grow (increase); become greater in size (maturity, etc.). 837/auksánō ("to grow") is key to authentic discipleship. Indeed, the Lord requires non-stop progress (development) in the life of faith.
After hearing and believing the inspired word of God (the word of truth) about Christ Jesus the gospel of your salvation and believing in him, and becoming obedient to the faith (Romans 1:1-6 NASB, Romans 6:16-17 NASB, Romans 15:18 NASB), and after being baptized into the body of Christ and receiving the gift of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:38), having an appeal to God for a good conscience (1 Peter 3:21), we can begin our walk-in newness of life (2 Corinthians 5:17, Romans 6:3-4, Romans 7:4-6, Romans 8:10-11) and be the children of God that God’s wants us to be (John 1:12, Romans 8:16-17, Galatians 3:26-28, Ephesians 5:8-9, 1 Thessalonians 5:4-11, 1 Peter 2:2-5).
Our Lord Jesus tells us that we are not to be part of this world but be salt of the earth, and a light in this world (Matthew 5:13-16, John 8:12, John 17:1-26, James 4:4), the Apostle Paul tells us that we are light of the Lord and to walk as children of light (Ephesians 5:8-9, Philippians 2:12-16), the Apostle John tells us that we are children of God and that we are not to love this world for all that is in the world, the lust (desire) of the flesh, the lust (desire) of the eyes and the pride (boastful) of life, that this not from the Father but is from the world and we are to overcome the world through our faith (1 John 2:15-17, 1 John 3:1,1 John 5:4).
Strong’s number: G212 (added)
Original Word: ἀλαζονεία, ας, ἡ
Part of Speech: Noun, Feminine
Phonetic Spelling: (al-ad-zon-i'-a)
Usage: boasting, show, arrogant display, ostentation; plur: occasions of ostentation.
212 alazoneía (a feminine noun derived from alē, "wandering, roaming") – properly, a vagabond ("quack"), making empty boasts about having "cures" to rid people of all their ills (even by producing "wonders," etc.).
There are many things for us to learn to understand as we seek to grow closer to God the Father, Jesus our Lord and Saviour, and the Holy Spirit. In these next few of the many scriptural passages and verses reflect are just some of the teachings for us to understand and learn from.
In Matthew 5:13 our Lord Jesus Christ has given us guidance about being the salt of the earth.
In Matthew 5:14-16 we are to become the light of our Lord Jesus Christ to others.
In Luke 9:23 our Lord Jesus Christ commands us to deny-self, take up our cross daily and follow him.
In 1 Timothy 6:11-12 NASB we are to pursue righteous, godliness, faith, love and perseverance and gentleness, to fight the good fight of faith, take hold of the eternal life of which you were called.
In Titus 2:11-15 NASB we are instructed to deny ungodliness and worldly desires, to live sensibly, righteously and godly in this present age, looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works.
The words of our Lord Jesus Christ tell us whatever you wish others to do to you, also do to them (Matthew 7:12), whatever you do in word or deed do it the name of Lord Jesus giving thanks to God the Father through Him (Colossians 3:17), whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men (Colossians 3:23-24).
We are to be obedient to rulers and authorities, to speak evil of no one, to avoid quarreling, to be gentile (patient), to show perfect courtesy to all people (Romans 13:1-4, Titus 3:1-2, 1 Peter 2:13-17).
We are to "honor everyone, love the brotherhood, fear God, honor the emperor" (1 Peter 2:17).
We are to "strive for peace with everyone, and for the holiness without which no one will see the Lord and see it that no one fails to obtain the grace of God; that no “root of bitterness” springs up and causes trouble, and by it many become defiled; (Hebrews 12:14-15), love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you (Matthew 5:44), and you shall love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, all thy soul, all thy mind and all thy strength and love thy neighbor as thyself (Matthew 22:37-40).
Our Lord Jesus Christ tell us if you keep his commandments you will abide in his love and his joy will be yours and God our Father will love you (John 14:21, John 14:23, John 15:10-14). The love of our Lord Jesus Christ comes from keeping his word and the love of the God our Father comes from loving His Son and doing all that he asks.
Our Lord Jesus Christ as he is the radiance of the Glory of God and exact imprint of his nature and upholds the universe with the word of His power (Hebrews 1:1-14).
Within our hearts we are to make Christ the Lord as Holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with meekness and fear (1 Peter 3:15 KJV).
We also need to be of sound and sober mind striving to live a life closer to the honor and glory that is part of the body, the church, Church of Christ, in Christ, for the sake of our prayers along with keeping fervent in our love for one another (Romans 2:1-10, Romans 13:11-14, 1 Corinthians 10:31-33, Ephesians 5:15-21, Colossians 3:12-17, 1 Peter 4:7-9).
The meekness is one of the fruits of the spirit that we all need to bear so as we share our faith in Christ (Galatians 5:22-23 ASV) we need to be humble (James 4:6, 1 Peter 5:5-6), and we need to conduct ourselves with wisdom toward outsiders, making the most of the opportunity as we try to persuade others to become Christians, we need to pray that that our speech is always with grace, as though seasoned with salt so that we will know how to respond to each person (Colossians 4:6), and strive to always trying to have a good conscience, so that when we are slandered, those who revile our good behavior in Christ may be put to shame (1 Peter 3:16).
There are many things for us to learn, to understand as we seek to grow closer to God the Father, Jesus our Lord and Saviour, and the Holy Spirit. In these scriptural passages and verses reflect are but just some of the teachings for us to learn and understand (Matthew 5:45-48, Matthew 7:24-27, Matthew 11:28-29, Matthew 18:1-6, Matthew 24:43-51, Luke 6:35, Luke 13:24, Romans 12:1-8 NASB, Romans 16:17-18, 1 Corinthians 13:1-13, 2 Corinthians 2:14-17, 2 Corinthians 4:7-12, 2 Corinthians 8:7-15, Galatians 5:13-26 NASB, Galatians 6:1-9, Ephesians 3:12-17, Ephesians 4:15-16, Ephesians 5:1-21, Philippians 4:8-9 (NASB), Colossians 3:18-22, 1 Timothy 2:1-5 KJV, 1 Timothy 6:1-10, 1 Timothy 6:17-21 NKJV, Hebrews 5:11-14, Hebrews 12:1-17, Hebrews 12:18-29, James 1:19-25, 1 Peter 2:1-10, 2 Peter 1:3-11, 2 Peter 3:18, 1 John 1:1-10, 1 John 3:11-24, 1 John 4:1-6, 3 John 1:2 (NASB).
We also need to be of sound and sober mind striving to live a life closer to the honor and glory that is part of the body, the church, Church of Christ, in Christ, for the sake of our prayers along with keeping fervent in our love for one another (Romans 2:1-10, 1 Corinthians 10:31-33, Ephesians 5:15-21, Colossians 3:1-24, 1Peter 4:7-9).
6 and He has made us to be a kingdom, priests to His God and Father—to Him be the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen.
There are many things for us to learn to understand as we seek to grow closer to God the Father, Jesus our Lord and Saviour, and the Holy Spirit. Our faith and love will be tested, and we need to realize that the suffering that we go through in our lives are tests to determine where we go either to heaven or to hell when we leave here. This was also part of the Old Testament examples written for our instruction, upon whom the ends of the ages have come (1 Corinthians 10:1-12), and for our instruction, so that through perseverance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope (Romans 15:4).
Our endurance will be tested (Matthew12:33, Luke 21:19, Romans 5:1-5, Hebrews 10:35-36, Hebrews 12:1-8, James 1:3-4, James 5:11).
Our faith and love will be tested (Exodus 20:20, Deuteronomy 8:5, Deuteronomy 8:16, 2 Chronicles 32:30-31, Psalms 11:4, Psalms 26:2, Psalms 40:4, Jeremiah 17:7-10, 2 Corinthians 2:9, 2 Corinthians 8:2, 2 Corinthians 13:5-8, Philippians 2:22, 1 Thessalonians 5:21-24, Hebrews 6:10-12, Hebrews 11:13-16, Hebrews 11:23-39, James 1:12, 1 Peter 4:12-14, 1 John 4:1-3).
To be the children of God, we need to be the salt of the earth and the light of our Lord Jesus Christ carrying the message of the gospel pointing to Lord Jesus Christ through our words and deeds in truth and in love (Matthew 5:13-16, Acts 4:4 NASB, 1 John 3:18).
In Philippians 3:13-18 NASB the Apostle Paul tells us to forget the past and strive forward for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus to let go of the past good and bad and continue to strive forward for the reward of spiritual perfection in Christ. To follow their examples and to finish the race that is set before us to receive prize of the crown of life.
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