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March 26, 2017
Previous: Examine Yourselves.
Jesus said in Matthew 6:33, "But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you." Jesus said we are to keep His kingdom (church) first in our priority. Does the church occupy the top spot on your priority list, or does it come somewhere lower on that list?
How committed are you to the Lord's work? Can the leaders of the church depend on you to be there when there is work to be done? Do you attend services regularly, and participate when needed? In this article we will discuss the Biblical teaching on commitment.
Steadfast, Unmovable, Abounding
Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 15:58:
Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.
Stedfast (steadfast) is from a Greek word meaning, "Sitting, sedentary; firm, immovable, steadfast," according to Thayer. It is the same word translated, "settled," in Colossians 1:23:
If ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which ye have heard, and which was preached to every creature which is under heaven; whereof I Paul am made a minister.
Unmoveable is from a Greek word meaning, "Not to be moved from its place, unmoved; metaph. firmly persistent," according to Thayer. Note that Thayer says the word means metaphorically, "firmly persistent." Of steadfast and unmmovable, Vincent writes:
The former refers to their firm establishment in the faith; the latter to that establishment as related to assault from temptation or persecution. Fixedness is a condition of abounding in work.
On "abounding" Barnes writes:
Always engaged in doing the will of God; in promoting his glory, and advancing his kingdom. The phrase means not only to be engaged in this, but to be engaged diligently, laboriously; excelling in this.
Paul writes in Hebrews 3:14, "For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence stedfast unto the end." "Stedfast" is from a different Greek word here.
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