The nonreligious guide to dating

Love would enable them to worship God and work with one another.

Usually, grace comes first; but here peace, which is usually last, is first (T. Abbott, A Critical and Exegetical Commentary on the Epistles to the Ephesians and to the Colossians [T. We have peace with God because the blood of Jesus paid the penalty for our sins, which God’s perfect justice demands.

Drawing near to God is not a matter of being religious.

(Phillips: Touchstone) Wuest: Peace to the brethren and love with faith from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Young's Literal: Peace to the brethren, and love, with faith, from God the Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ!

Now, day by day, moment by moment, the charge and the challenge for every believer is to enjoy the experiential blessing of the (cp Php 4:6-note, Php 4:7-note), which we do by "keeping short accounts" so to speak.

Obviously, we are to strive to work out our salvation in fear and trembling (Php -note), but as those who still possess the fallen, anti-God flesh nature, we are prone to commit sins (1Jn 1:8).

(1515)(eirene [word study] from verb eiro = to join or bind together that which has been separated) literally pictures the binding or joining together again of that which had been separated or divided and thus setting at one again.

When we are born again we, for the first time in our life, enjoy (Ro 5:1-note), as we have been immutably and eternally "joined together" with God our Father on the basis of our oneness with His Son through the miracle of the New Covenant.

Our church should reflect the racial makeup of our community. In the church, we must work at building and maintaining loving relationships between one another (Eph -note, Ep 5:1, 5:2-note). In Galatians 5:6, Paul writes, For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision means anything, but faith working through love.

As various races live in visible peace with one another in the church, it is a testimony to the world of Christ’s saving grace. To paraphrase, The outward keeping of religious rituals is not the main thing, but rather, faith that works itself out in deeds of love.


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