In his new book titled “The Basics of the Christian Life”, Sinclair B. Ferguson makes this comment:
“What a tragedy it is that our modern society is no longer interested in either character or characters. It’s interested in success. It’s interested in opinions, but it’s interested very little in character. Perhaps, it should not surprise us that, alas, the same has been true in the evangelical church. That we are so interested in people’s positions, or what they do, or what they have, or how well they speak, when in the New Testament the really big thing is THE CHARACTER.
……God is not going to ask me or be very interested in me in terms of, “So, how many books did you write, or how many conferences did you go to?” He is much more discerning than that. What He is really interested in is what kind of person you were. “What was produced in you by the Word of God and the Spirit of God? How well trained were you as My child?”
“Some of the biggest men in the United States, in the field of commerce and manufacture, are afraid of something. They know that there is a power somewhere so organized, so subtle, so watchful, so interlocked, so complete, so pervasive, that they had better not speak above their breath when they speak in condemnation of it.” Woodrow Wilson
“The real rulers in Washington are invisible and exercise power from behind the scenes.
US Supreme Court Justice Felix Frankfurter (1939-1962)
The Apostle Paul would have said it this way:
“The real rulers in Jerusalem are invisible and exercise power from behind the scenes.”
I love what Paul says in verse 5: “to them we did not yield in submission even for a moment, so that the truth of the gospel might be preserved FOR YOU.”
On January 20, 2017, our newly elected President of the Unites States, Donald J. Trump:
“Today’s ceremony has very special meaning. Because today we are not merely transferring power from one administration to another, or from one party to another – but we are transferring power from Washington, D.C., and giving it back to you, the American people.
For too long, a small group of our nations’ Capital has reaped the rewards of government while the people have borne the cost. Washington flourished – but the people did not share in its wealth. Politicians prospered – but the jobs left, and the factories closed. The Establishment protected itself, but not the citizens of our country.
Their victories have not been your victories; their triumphs have not been your triumphs; and while they celebrated in our nations Capital, there was little to celebrate for struggling families all across our land.
That all changes – starting right here, and right now, because this moment is your moment; it belongs to you.
It belongs to everyone gathered here today and everyone watching all across America. This is your day. This your celebration. And this, The United States of America, is your country.”
2014, July 3, The Washington Times ran an article on their website, stating:
“The real government of the United States is not the Congress, not the president, not the courts, not the Constitution, but the federal bureaucracy.”
James Boice in his commentary on verses 4-5 says:
”false brethren” constitute a military metaphor, used to indicate the subversive and militant nature of the evil that Paul was fighting.”
AND THE BEST WAY TO DESTROY GRACE IS TO ENSLAVE BELIEVERS WITH A STRENUOUS RELIGIOUS SYSTEM.
• Prerequisite for meriting salvation
• Rituals to receive salvation
• Righteous works to maintain salvation