(NASB: Lockman), Greek: pro panton thn eis heautous agaphen ektene echontes, (PAPMPN) hoti agaphe kaluptei (3SPAI) plethos hamarition, Amplified: Above all things have intense and unfailing love for one another, for love covers a multitude of sins [forgives and ydisregards the offenses of others]. Chicago: Moody Press, Barclay, W: The Daily Study Bible Series. Imminency means that … For the early church, imminence contained elements both of certainty and uncertainty. 2:13, 16. 14 "This gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come. It is always eager to believe the best and to "put the most favorable construction on ambiguous actions." 1 Peter 4:7 The end of all things is near; therefore, be of sound judgment and sober spirit for the purpose of prayer. Prayer (4335) (proseuche [word study] from pros = toward or immediately before + euchomai = to pray or vow) is the more general word for prayer and is used only of prayer to God. 1:8; 2 Cor. Young's Literal: Cheerfully share your home with those who need a meal or a place to stay. 11:26; cf. 6:4; Isa. Mark 3:26 "If Satan has risen up against himself and is divided, he cannot stand, but he is finished! Just as the Old Testament is saturated with prophecies concerning Christ’s first advent, so both testaments are filled with references to the second coming of Christ. The persecutions which some of these Christians were enduring deprived them often of the necessities of life, and such an exhortation as this was needed. 1:8). How would you explain the meaning of this? Love indeed can cover a multitude of sins. See 1 Peter 4:8 (printed below), Above all else, maintain a fervent love for each other, because love covers a multitude of sins. Reprinted by permission. The full phrase is eis telos, “to the uttermost,” which is probably the meaning in John 13:1, “to the end.”… telos (5056) “an end, termination,” whether of time or purpose, denotes, in its secondary significance, “what is paid for public ends, a toll, tax, custom,” Matt. 1:13; achri telous, “even to the end” (a stronger expression than the preceding); Heb. Quelling a clamor for immediate adjournment, Davenport rose and said, “The Day of Judgment is either approaching or it is not. The explanation of the salvation, 1 Peter 1:3b c. The nature of the salvation, 1 Peter 1:3c-4 d. The certainty of the salvation, 1 Peter 1:5 2. In the end it will be as it was in the beginning. Anemeno (362) conveys the meaning of expectant waiting—sustained, patient, trusting waiting. (cp Jesus accomplishing His purpose - Jn 17:4). When a man realizes the nearness of Jesus Christ, he is bound to commit himself to a certain kind of life. The implicit teaching of the word "end" is this: our Lord is in absolute control of human history. Anything we do that is purely temporal (including that believers do in the power of their flesh rather than the power of the Spirit) is doomed to extinction, but all good deeds in the power of the Spirit will yield eternal treasure. Psalm 85:2 Thou didst forgive the iniquity of Thy people; Thou didst cover all their sin. They were to live so that the Lord would find them as ready as if they had known the exact moment of His appearing. 7:18; 16:8; 24:7f; 30:18; 32:7; 38:16; 40:43; 44:20; Dan. 1:5; (f) “the last” in a succession or series Rev. (From sermon entitled "The Relationship of the Doctrine of the Return of Christ to Practical Holiness"), ILLUSTRATION - Steven Cole has an intriguing illustration regarding the practical impact that the imminency of Christ's appearing should have in our lives - "If your focus is set on the hope of Christ’s return, you will purify your life from every known sin (1Jn 3:2-note, 1Jn 3:3-note). 32:5; 44:15; 55:5; 69:7; 78:53; 80:10; 85:2; 104:9; 106:11, 17; 140:9; Prov. The death of Yeshua also brought the Law to an end (2 Cor. 1971), Robertson and Plummer offer the caveat that even though agape love covers others faults and sins this does not mean…, that a Christian is to allow himself to be fooled by every rogue, or to pretend that he believes that white is black. 10:4, Christ is described as “the end of the Law unto righteousness to everyone that believeth”; this is best explained by Gal. Maranatha (Our Lord, come! Such a man or woman knows how to order their priorities. "Look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh." It means to have understanding about practical matters and thus be able to act sensibly. It will come about in the last days that I shall bring you against My land, in order that the nations may know Me when I shall be sanctified through you before their eyes, O Gog.". (Da 12:13-note). How are we to live our lives in light of Christ's return? Second ed. Will burst into light in the blaze of His glory, Generosity without love is a harsh thing. Don't misunderstand Peter's exhortation. (MacArthur, J: Acts 1-12; Acts 13-28 Moody Press) (Bolding and Greek word notes added). It is their duty also to love, watch, wait for, and hasten unto the coming of their Lord.––Luke 12:35, 37; 1Co 1:7, 8 1Th 1:9, 10-1Th 1:9; 10; 2Ti 4:8-note 2Pe 3:12-note; Re 22:20-note. See discussion of Purpose of the Law). Secondly, the word telos can also mean “goal,” that goal of the Law, then, was the Messiah Himself. It brings blessing to us and to others. With Hallelujahs clear! So they made a mistake -- the argument goes. Especially in times of testing and persecution, Christians need to love one another and be united in heart. The only limit to God's grace is the limit we put on it. ", William Barclay adds that ektenes "means outstretching in the sense of consistent; our love must be the love that never fails. 60:2, 6; Ezek. A T Robertson says "Self-conceit is here treated as a species of insanity". He commended the Thessalonians because they “turned to God from idols to serve a living and true God, and to wait for His Son from heaven” (1Th 1:9-note; 1Th 1:10-note). That a call shall break my slumber and a Voice sound in my ear; Grace is undeserved favor—the free kindness that comes from the Lord. Exodus 24:15 Then Moses went up to the mountain, and the cloud covered the mountain. Without question, the return of Christ was anything but an afterthought for the Thessalonians; it was their preoccupation. Moments later Jim returned, but it was too late. That the trump of God shall thrill me, with its call so loud and clear, ( First Peter. (4:7) "Is near" (NIV, NRSV), "at hand" (KJV) is the Greek verb engizō, to draw near in a temporal sense, draw near, come near, approach." It saves the imminent evil from coming to be.”, E. F. Brown quotes in illustration of sophrosune a prayer of Thomas Aquiwhich asks for “a quieting of all our impulses, fleshly and spiritual.”, The man who is sophron has every part of his nature under perfect control, which is to say that the man who is sophron is the man in whose heart Christ reigns supreme." Here is a fundamental Christian truth. Paul hoped that the Corinthians would finally, at "the end," understand his teaching (2 Cor. Romans 13:7-note Render to all what is due them: tax to whom tax is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honor to whom honor. (Thomas Ice, “Preterist ‘Time Texts’,” in Tim LaHaye, and Thomas Ice, eds., The End Times Controversy Eugene, OR: Harvest House Publishers, 2003, 106.) Prophecy is meant to draw our attention to the reality and the imminency of our Lord's return and our subsequent evaluation at the bema. (Why?, etc) In the context of the imminent return of our Lord Jesus Christ, leads Peter to issue some definitive commands. (see note Hebrews 13:2), God would have believers to have the same attitude He commanded of Israel in Isaiah 60:11…, Therefore your gates shall be open continually; they shall not be shut day or night; that men may bring unto you the forces of the Gentiles, Hospitality is a test for godliness because those who are selfish do not like strangers (especially needy ones) to intrude upon their private lives. Now such persons we command and exhort in the Lord Jesus Christ to work in quiet fashion and eat their own bread. It may be at midday, it may be at twilight, In Acts Luke uses the adverb ektenos describing the prayers of the church for Peter who was imprisoned ("prayer for him was being made fervent by the church to God" in Acts 12:5). Above all - This phrase reminds them of the primacy of love among God's people. (Merriam-Webster). 24:6-25:46). (God in Everything at the End of the Age). We should respect our employers (1 Peter 2:18-21). If we really love our fellow-men, we can accept their faults, and bear with their foolishness, and even endure their unkindness. Thus “perfect” in the NT does not suggest sinlessness or flawlessness; rather, it is a mature stage of development in which one’s potentials are achieved. It means to give thought to something that is in the future and the context indicates whether one does this looking/waiting in a hopeful sense, with a longing, with fear (wait with anxiety, live in suspense), or in a neutral state of mind. The contrasting nature of the experiences, 1 Peter 1:6-7 b. Psalm 32:5 I acknowledged my sin to Thee, And my iniquity I did not hide (Lxx = kalupto); I said, "I will confess my transgressions to the LORD"; And Thou didst forgive the guilt of my sin. Paul's expectancy in itself demonstrates that there are no major signs or events yet future that will signal the rapture. Our motivation is accelerated because we know that the Lord may come. In Matthew’s Gospel Jesus gave four parables to teach His disciples about His coming (Mt 24:42-44,45-51; 25:1-13,14-30). But if I have much love to others, I may be the instrument, in the hand of God, for covering many of their sins in one or other of the senses I have mentioned. "The ancient world loved and honoured hospitality. And the only way one can endure is by the power of the Spirit, so that failure to endure is an indication that one does not possess the Spirit (is not saved). For every prophecy in the Bible concerning Christ’s first advent, there are 8 which look forward to His second! He is ready for all five tomorrows and for the Great Tomorrow that may be today! 1 Peter 4. Accordingly "Christ is the end (consummation or telos) of the Law" (Ro 10:4), for Christ brought all the components of the OT to their complete fulfillment by His perfect life and death, and yet the law was not terminated (e.g., it is written on the hearts of believers (Heb 8:10+, Heb 10:16+) and God's Spirit still uses the Law to bring souls to Christ Who is the consummation of the Law! The Christian is by faith one with Christ: as then Christ by death is judicially freed from sin; so the Christian who has in the person of Christ died, has no more to do with it judicially, and ought to have no … Paul gives this same call for sincerity declaring…, Let love be without hypocrisy (without a mask) (Ro 12:9-note). 4:5; Job 15:27; 21:26; 22:11; 23:17; 36:30, 32; Ps. I also swore to you and entered into a covenant with you so that you became Mine," declares the Lord God. The end will be marked by the consummation of God’s plans. His reference to the fulfillment of all things indicates he is speaking of the Lord’s return (cf. Leviticus 13:12 "And if the leprosy breaks out farther on the skin, and the leprosy covers all the skin of him who has the infection from his head even to his feet, as far as the priest can see. Not him only, but, as we should say, the whole situation. (Phillips: Touchstone). Gen 46:4; Lev 27:23; Num 17:13; 31:28, 37ff; Deut 31:24, 30; Josh 3:16; 8:24; 10:13, 20; Judg 11:39; 2 Sam 15:7; 24:8; 2 Kgs 8:3; 18:10; 19:23; 1 Chr 28:9; 29:19; 2 Chr 12:12; 18:2; 31:1; Neh 13:6; Esth 3:13; 10:1; Job 6:9; 14:20; 20:7, 28; 23:3, 7; Ps 4:1; 5:1; 6:1; 8:1; 9:1, 6, 18; 10:11; 11:1; 12:1; 13:1; 14:1; 16:11; 18:1, 35; 19:1; 20:1; 21:1; 22:1; 30:1; 31:1; 36:1; 38:6; 39:1; 40:1; 41:1; 42:1; 44:1, 23; 45:1; 46:1; 47:1; 49:1, 8; 51:1; 52:1, 5; 53:1; 54:1; 55:1; 56:1; 57:1; 58:1; 59:1; 60:1; 61:1; 62:1; 64:1; 65:1; 66:1; 67:1; 68:1, 16; 69:1; 70:1; 74:1, 3, 10f, 19; 75:1; 76:1; 77:1, 8; 79:5; 80:1; 81:1; 84:1; 85:1; 88:1; 89:46; 103:9; 109:1; 139:1; 140:1; Eccl 3:11; 7:2; 12:13; Isa 19:15; 62:6; Ezek 15:4f; 20:40; 22:30; 36:10; Dan 1:15, 18; 2:34; 3:19; 4:34; 6:26; 7:26; 9:25f; 11:13; Amos 9:8; Hab 1:4; Gilbrant on telos in the Septuagint - "The complexity of telos is further accented by its occurrences in the Septuagint which uses it in place of 7 Hebrew terms as well as 12 cognate forms within those 7. • God would ultimately judge this world according to His perfect justice and righteousness. The sap had turned to syrup, and the syrup had crystallized and burned. Hospitable (5382) (philoxenos from phílos = friend, to be friendly to one or to wish him well, beloved, dear + xenos = stranger, unknown, foreign or foreigner, alien, guest) literally means stranger loving or “friendly to strangers". (Analytical Lexicon), BDAG summarized - (1) a point of time marking the end of a duration = end, termination, cessation Lk 1:33 (2) the last part of a process = close, conclusion, esp. Notice three ways that the promise of His coming should impact us. Background – Setting: When the city of Rome burned, the Romans believed that their emperor, Nero, had set the city on fire, probably because of his incredible lust to build. Such entreaty in the NT is addressed to God or Jesus and typically is both personal and specific. Nashville: Thomas Nelson), Like an old television commercial used to say "Reach out and touch someone! The kingdom of Messiah has no “end” (Luke 1:33+). Blessed are those whom the Lord finds watching, When we use our gift(s) we are actually ministering the very grace of God to one another. Choose Book of Bible to StudyGenesisExodusLeviticusNumbersDeuteronomyJoshuaJudgesRuth1 Samuel2 Samuel1 Kings2 Kings1 Chronicles2 ChroniclesEzraNehemiahEstherJobPsalmsProverbsEcclesiastesSong of SolomonIsaiahJeremiahLamentationsEzekielDanielHoseaJoelAmosObadiahJonahMicahNahumHabakkukZephaniahHaggaiZechariahMalachiMatthewMarkLukeJohnActsRomans1 Corinthians2 CorinthiansGalatiansEphesiansPhilippiansColossians1 Thessalonians2 Thessalonians1 Timothy2 TimothyTitusPhilemonHebrewsJames1 Peter2 Peter1 John2 John3 JohnJudeRevelation, Search Wikipedia using spiritual discretion, THE END OF ALL THINGS IS AT HAND: Panton de to telos eggiken (3SRAI), Wuest, K. S. Wuest's Word Studies from the Greek New Testament: Eerdmans, KEEP FERVENT IN YOUR LOVE FOR ONE ANOTHER : pro panton ten eis heautous agaphen ektene, BECAUSE LOVE COVERS A MULTITUDE OF SINS: hoti agaphe kaluptei (3SPAI) plethos hamartion. We all have things we are concerned about to one degree or another. But the grace God gives us to serve Him is absolutely free! Edwards comments that "This is an area which Satan attacks relentlessly because it is such a great weapon. 1 Peter 1:9-note obtaining as the outcome of your faith the salvation of your souls. This term does not refer to annihilation (although indeed this present earth and heavens will be burned with intense heat - see discussion 2 Pe 3:12-note) but is used in Scripture to refer to the end of the age. of the last things, the final act in the cosmic drama - (a) Mt 24:6, 14; Mk 13:7; Lk 21:9. 2:26 (where “even” might well have been added); mechri telous, with much the same meaning as achri telous, Heb. ye heirs of glory, They are “imminent”: (Quoting Thomas Ice) Just as (the word) “quickly” is used in Revelation to teach imminence, so also is “near” or “at hand” (eggus) used to mean imminency and thus its usage does not support a first-century fulfillment. The third year as the other ducks quacked their call to go south, he never even looked up as they flew over. 26:58; Rom. 1 Peter 4:17-note For it is time for judgment to begin with the household of God; and if it begins with us first, what will be the outcome for those who do not obey the gospel of God? ", W E Vine adds that "the thought is of the runner with outstretched head and hand, the mind’s concentration on the goal imparting energy to the whole body." 2:16, said of divine wrath upon the Jews, referring to the prophecy of Deut. 2:16. In fact, the carefree person is most likely covering up a host of cares by his or her carefree demeanor. Petrus 4, 7-11 von Hans-Georg Ahl 15.08.2014, 10:30 . We must realize that from ourselves, from our fleshly humanness, nothing eternal can be produced, but that in the power of the Spirit we can be used to build the kingdom and honor the King. Casual Christians always become casualties. Love makes all the other virtues what they should be. In a limited but real sense, achieving a goal means that a thing or person is completed, or perfect. If we really believe He is returning and could return at any time, it will radically effect our lifestyle and our interaction with the lost world. Revelation 2:26-note 'He who overcomes, and he who keeps My deeds until the end, TO HIM I WILL GIVE AUTHORITY OVER THE NATIONS; Revelation 21:6-note Then He said to me, "It is done. Love (26) (agape [word study]) describes that quality of love bestowed by God and does not refer to an easy, sentimental reaction. If I had to choose between them, I'd rather be the girl in the yard. The watchers on the mountain DEVOTIONAL - Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming. Ektenes was used to describe a horse whose legs are fully extended while galloping. To curb one's passions. Be alert: Keep your life pure! Gene Getz - The Doctrine of Imminency - Paul clearly taught that Jesus Christ could come to call Christians out of this world at any moment and that the "day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night." We bypass the Lord's return because the belief that He may come at any time, and that God is not converting the world but taking out a people for His name, does not fit our grandiose plans for building the Kingdom of Heaven on earth… It is about time we got around to God's program, not of Christianizing society but of evangelizing the world, taking out a remnant from a doomed civilization. Though history proved them wrong in their estimation of Christ's return, they proved beyond question the immense value of possessing this perspective. 1:9; (c) “a fulfillment,” Luke 22:37, KJV, “(have) an end”; (d) “the utmost degree” of an act, as of the love of Christ towards His disciples, John 13:1; (e) “the aim or purpose” of a thing, 1 Tim. You have probably heard someone say, “that guy doesn’t have a care in the world.” But is that true? 16 So it (the tabernacle) was continuously; the cloud would cover it by day, and the appearance of fire by night. (Daily Study Bible). 8:6; 10:5, 15; 14:28; 15:5, 10; 16:13; 21:33; 24:15f; 26:13; 27:2; 28:42; 40:34; Lev. The NT transforms the classical stiffness into the warmth of genuine conversation. 2 Corinthians 4:3 And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. Πάντων ) of all things ; and therefore also of the arrogance of the wicked, and of the sufferings of the righteous.— τέλος , the end ) when the number of the dead and living shall be complete: [in the last judgment.—V. In other words the focus is on the effect of love that enables fellowship in spite of sins. Apart from the lazy believers who refused to work, the majority of the Thessalonians were serving faithfully and living expectantly. (Westminster Press), Phillips: Above everything else be sure that you have real deep love for each other, remembering how 'love will cover a multitude of sins'. Alexander Maclaren described the perspective of the early church writing "The primitive Church thought more about the second coming of Jesus Christ than about death or heaven. There is tremendous power in prayer yet we neglect it because it requires work. When the end comes, it will bring the achievement of all of God’s purposes. But instead of keeping his eye on the steaming liquid, Jim left it for a few moments to consult with his father. "Of course not," replied the great preacher, "it's in there to stay!" 10:6, 11f, 18; 26:23; Eccl. Gilbrant on telos in classical Greek - From the stem tel-, “to turn round,” telos “originally meant the turning point, hinge, the culminating point at which one stage ends and another begins; later goal” (Schippers, “Goal,” Colin Brown, 2:59). It is only when we see the affairs of earth in the light of eternity that we see them in their proper proportions. It is a great thing to have a door from which the stranger and the one in trouble know that they will never be turned away) The writer to the Hebrews says that those who have given hospitality to strangers have sometimes, all unaware, entertained the angels of God. (E. P. Clowney. Not only is sanity returned to the demoniac, but self-control (in Mk 5:15). If you are regenerate, to ignore this basic law of sowing and reaping is tragic. If not it is hypocritical hospitality (and God sees our heart and judges our motives - see 1Cor 4:5). (NASB: Lockman)Greek: Panton de to telos e ggiken. They felt man's chief end was to get right with God or be left behind when Christ returned. Later in that same epistle, Paul expressed his own hope that he might be alive at the Lord’s return: “For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep” (1Th 4:15-note). Apekdechomai (553) means waiting in great anticipation but with patience (compare our English expression "wait it out"). Peter also wants his readers to understand the *grac… (Daily Study Bible), 1 Peter 4:9 Be hospitable to one another without complaint. • All believers would give an account of their lives to God. Of course, all too generally nothing is said of His return at all. Predigt 1. 11:15; Phil. 1 Peter 4:7, NIV: "The end of all things is near. 28:20). "lo, I am with you .(Matt. '", Luke 21:9 "When you hear of wars and disturbances, do not be terrified; for these things must take place first, but the end does not follow immediately. One dictionary defines imminent as "ready to take place; especially hanging threateningly over one’s head" (Ed note: Such could be said of all scoffers and rejecters of Jesus.) The idea is setting one's focus on God (Read Hezekiah's response to a potentially "big" anxiety producing problem) and so of exhibiting a worshipful attitude. But the end of all things is at hand With respect to particular persons, the end of life, and which is the end of all things in this world to a man, is near at hand; which is but as an hand's breadth, passes away like a tale that is told, and is but as a vapour which appears for a while, and then vanishes away. More than 100 cars lined up along Route 12 a couple of hours before one gas station opened. Note the emphasis is that we are to be looking for the Christ and not for the Antichrist, for a one world government or for any other supernatural sign. Comment - This uses refer primarily to an eschatological end (or better a consummation, a reaching of the goal God intended), the end of this present evil age, which will come to pass when Christ returns. (Barclay, W: The Daily Study Bible Series. 1 Timothy 1:5 But the goal of our instruction is love from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith. The other concept implicit in the Greek words indicating “end” draws our attention to persons or to things that have reached an intended goal. Greek: Panton de to telos eggiken. Will He find us watching there?--Crosby, Tony Garland writes that Imminence is “The quality or condition of being about to occur.” In Scripture, the coming of Jesus Christ is portrayed as an imminent event. Accepting and using this gift has some far-reaching effects. Titus 2:6-note Likewise urge the young men to be sensible; 1Pe 4:7-note The end of all things is at hand; therefore, be of sound judgment and sober spirit for the purpose of prayer. Let us behave properly as in the day, not in carousing and drunkenness, not in sexual promiscuity and sensuality, not in strife and jealousy. Philoxenos is used 3 times in the NT (no uses in the Septuagint), in this verse and in…. Be sensible! ", Huther: "That the Apostle, without fixing the time or the hour of it, looked upon the advent of Christ and the end of the age therewith connected, as near at hand must be simply admitted. But wrath has come upon them to the utmost. (b) If we love them we are ready to cover over their faults, even those which we may see in them. They believed that He could come back for them in their lifetime. Here is the culmination: Christ turns over the restored world to God His Father, who sent Him to recover it. Both their price and their moral atmosphere made the public inns impossible. Chicago: Moody Press). Heaven is their real home. F F Bruce - Love covers unworthy things rather than bringing them to the light and magnifying them. What exhortation does Peter give in verse 7b (printed above under question #1?) The ektenes word group describes three essential elements of the Christian life: love (1Peter 4:8), service (Acts 26:7), and, in the present passage (Acts 12:5), prayer." An expectant attitude toward Christ’s return involves a serious, balanced mind and an alert, awake prayer life. That word had evidently become a familiar byword, expressing believers’ longing for Christ’s imminent return. We experience His grace not only as the favor of His forgiveness but also as the energy and ability He gives to help us live the way He wants us to. —DJD Practically philoxenos means fond of guests and so hospitable or given to (lover of) hospitality. The only other NT use of ektenes is Luke 22:44. It appears that he did not know he would personally die before this incredible moment happened until he faced physical death in Rome. Strong to endure life’s stress and strain, its every call to meet, Trench speaks of the word as habitual self-government with its constant rein on all the passions and desires. The Greek verb bears is stego [see word study] which is derived from stege (a thatch or roof or covering of a building) and conveys the idea of covering closely, of protecting by covering and of concealing by covering. Let us visualize a small‑town railroad station at train time. (Eerdmans). Peter urged his readers to use and express God’s grace by being watchful in their prayers, showing love, being hospitable, and ministering through the spoken word (1Peter 4:7-11). The perfect tense indicates that the imminency of the end of everything is an irreversible fact. 1:13). 4:1, 8; Heb. However the term "imminency" is defined, I find that by far the largest group of evangelical Christians whom I know, whatever their eschatological view, is looking for the return of the Lord Jesus Christ. In 1 Peter 1:18 Peter states that the recipients had been redeemed from the vain conversation received by tradition from their fathers, which would be typical of Jewish converts. Exodus 21:33 "And if a man opens a pit, or digs a pit and does not cover it over, and an ox or a donkey falls into it. I don’t know how he picked them, but he wanted to convey that he was in tune with the needs of average Americans. 22-note But now having been freed from sin and enslaved to God, you derive your benefit, resulting in sanctification, and the outcome, eternal life. Just around the corner. Be, therefore, steady and sober in mind so that you will really be able to pray as you ought. Is that my mindset? No other generation has come close to having the same impact on their world… No wonder they were called, "These that have turned the world upside down" (Acts 17:6). The shut door is the door of selfishness; the open door is the door of Christian welcome and Christian love. (1 Peter 4:10). His splendor covers the heavens, And the earth is full of His praise. It is the day of the bypass. It demands everything a man has of mental and spiritual energy. 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