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Do not be distressed. You will be with Jesus. You know him, and so you know the way to the Father, and you know the Father.
John 14:1-7
David's hope is based on God's commitment to His own name.
Psalms 25:1-22
How God makes us glad in a troubled world.
Psalms 90
The Father and the Son ... at work to bring healing, life, and fellowship.
John 5:1-47
Let us go on to maturity, knowing that God's purposes, for his children's good, are secured in Jesus.
Hebrews 5:11-6:3
We have the opportunity to provide our brothers and sisters with a service of eternal value. We do so by reflecting the heart of God.
James 5:19-20
Beware of placing your confidence in wealth. Beware of abusing others in pursuing wealth. If you're in this boat, weep.
James 5:1-6
God alone is the lawgiver and assessor, and he alone can save and destroy. I am in no position to cast a verdict on my brother, so don't.
James 4:11-12
In the midst of my waywardness, God's grace abounds. It is a grace that calls for active, sincere submission, and single-minded devotion.
James 4:1-10
The prayer of the downcast: for God's light and truth to lead him back into communion with God. Meanwhile, he has resolved to hope in God.
Psalms 42-43
The gospel is worth our focus. Exalt in the excellent; avoid the worthless. Be fair and decisive with those who stir for division.
Titus 3:9-11
Through God's mercy in Christ, Christians are heirs of eternal life, and in need of reminding about how this should affect their behaviour.
Titus 3:1-8
Let our tongues yield the fruit of God's mighty redeeming work. It makes no sense for corrupt words to flow out of a renewed heart.
James 3:5-12
Spiritual maturity means appreciating and chosing what is truly good.
Hebrews 5:11-14
Hold Christ the King as first place in your heart. Hold him as your hope, and when people want to know more, be ready to gently explain.
1 Peter 3:13-16
How can we be free from anxieties? Be anxious about one thing - how to please the Lord.
1 Corinthians 7:26-35
The time remaining is short so live as though undistracted, including in relation to marriage.
1 Corinthians 7:26-31
Look at Jesus. In Him, we are brothers and sisters with God's people of old.
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Time is short, how should we live? (Part 3 of 3)
1 Corinthians 7:26-35
What does a well-ordered life look like? It is devoted to the Lord, undistracted ... and knows time is short.
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Published January 5th, 2016
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Notes - verse 35
What does a well-ordered life look like? Paul has some advice to help. Having given the instructions in 1 Corinthians 7:26-34, which may have appeared to some as an unwelcome constraint (e.g. encouraging singleness, highlighting the hardships of marriage), Paul assures the Corinthians that his words are for their good, to lead them towards well-ordered lives. Rather than restricting them from certain activities, Paul is advising them that, in whatever they do, they should not lose sight of the fact that eternity is coming (1 Cor 7:29-31). He wants them to be ready, unlike the many who will not be (Matthew 24:38-39). He wants them to live free from earthly worries (v32-34), with undivided devotion to the Lord (1 Cor 7:35, cf. Col 3:23). Paul has seen (or soon will see) co-workers de-railed by a love for the world (2 Tim 4:10) and money (1 Tim 6:10). He also seems to understand the intense stress that marriage can bring (v28). Maybe his advice for the married – to take their eyes off each another (v29) and fix them on the Lord (v35) – is intended to address some observed pitfalls. With a foundation of devotion to the Lord in place (and consistently renewed), they can then seek to please one another (v33, 34). So the exhortation is clear: with eternity near, Paul would have us devoted to the Lord without distraction. Yes, be married, buy a house, make it comfortable and keep it in order, engage in business, keep fit, rejoice and mourn, but don't be distracted by these things. Do them unto the Lord. This is a well-ordered life. p.s. With the arrival of the New Year I have started reading Genesis. The simple truth struck me again: God made all things, and He sustains all things (Hebrews 1:3), and he will soon wrap this age up (Hebrews 1:12-13). He made us to live for Him. All our relationships and work, our expression of being made in his image, should be unto Him.
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1413625531129 Notes - verse 35 1451938378 1451987738 What does a well-ordered life look like? Paul has some advice to help. Having given the instructions in 1 Corinthians 7:26-34, which may have appeared to some as an unwelcome constraint (e.g. encouraging singleness, highlighting the hardships of marriage), Paul assures the Corinthians that his words are for their good, to lead them towards well-ordered lives. Rather than restricting them from certain activities, Paul is advising them that, in whatever they do, they should not lose sight of the fact that eternity is coming (1 Cor 7:29-31). He wants them to be ready, unlike the many who will not be (Matthew 24:38-39). He wants them to live free from earthly worries (v32-34), with undivided devotion to the Lord (1 Cor 7:35, cf. Col 3:23). Paul has seen (or soon will see) co-workers de-railed by a love for the world (2 Tim 4:10) and money (1 Tim 6:10). He also seems to understand the intense stress that marriage can bring (v28). Maybe his advice for the married – to take their eyes off each another (v29) and fix them on the Lord (v35) – is intended to address some observed pitfalls. With a foundation of devotion to the Lord in place (and consistently renewed), they can then seek to please one another (v33, 34). So the exhortation is clear: with eternity near, Paul would have us devoted to the Lord without distraction. Yes, be married, buy a house, make it comfortable and keep it in order, engage in business, keep fit, rejoice and mourn, but don't be distracted by these things. Do them unto the Lord. This is a well-ordered life. p.s. With the arrival of the New Year I have started reading Genesis. The simple truth struck me again: God made all things, and He sustains all things (Hebrews 1:3), and he will soon wrap this age up (Hebrews 1:12-13). He made us to live for Him. All our relationships and work, our expression of being made in his image, should be unto Him. notes 11451938378187
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I say this
I say this (i.e. v26-34, about life priorities)
for your own benefit,
in order to help you
not to lay any restraint upon you,
that is, not to restrain you
but to promote good order
but to help you live a respectable life
and to secure your undivided devotion to the Lord.
that is , that you be undistracted in your devotion to the Lord.
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What is a well-ordered life? It is one that has Jesus at it's centre, with other things in their proper place.
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1413625531129 Arc 1 Cor 7:35 1414686943 1451940992 editing NT 46 7 35 7 35 1 Corinthians 7:35 esv mine i1457434 i1457429 I say this I say this (i.e. v26-34, about life priorities) i1457435 i1457430 for your own benefit, in order to help you i1457436 i1457431 not to lay any restraint upon you, that is, not to restrain you i1457437 i1457432 but to promote good order but to help you live a respectable life i1457433 and to secure your undivided devotion to the Lord. that is , that you be undistracted in your devotion to the Lord. ideaexplanation 1 negativepositive 2 ideaexplanation 1 actionpurpose 2 What is a well-ordered life? It is one that has Jesus at it's centre, with other things in their proper place. 1 1 1 esv 25 mine 25 a 50 80 80 discourse 11414686942577
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