Given the warfare for the souls of men, the Spirit moves the apostles to instruct the church regarding the enticing words that beguile men's souls. Paul gives instruction to the New Man born of the grace of God. He details what Christ accomplished for Believers through his blood redemption, which puts to death the Body of Sin in those he came to save.
Our combat is not against others like us. We are fighting a totally different enemy. Our enemy is not of this earth and it is hard to discern. You couldn't detect anything by your own senses, except for spiritual discernment through the Word.
The apostle Paul uses the athletic metaphors of a race and a battle to describe the Christian life. The runners and fighters are the new Israel, the Israel of God, and the last three verses of 1 Corinthians 9 introduce us to the old Israel described in the first thirteen verses in 10. The correlation between the two, Christians and Israelites, helps to define the race as the Christian life moving toward Jesus Christ who has the victory and is sharing the prize with all of his brethren and it helps us to define the battle throughout the Christian life against sin, both the internal and external. Because Christians have victory, they are equipped for the race and the battle. God, who is faithful, makes a way to overcome sin and achieve the incorruptible crown through Jesus Christ by the Holy Spirit.
Christians are in a race and a battle. They are the new Israel, the Israel of God, and are the runners and fighters described by Paul in the last 3 verses of Corinthians chapter 9. Using the first 4 verses of chapter 10 about old Israel for an explanation of Paul's athletic metaphor, it is discovered that runners and fighters are brethren (related one to another) who: hear the word of God, do God's will, submit to God, form local assemblies with others, are baptized in water and the Holy Spirit, eat the body (bread) and drink the blood (wine) of Jesus Christ in the Lord's Supper, and drink of the living water from Jesus Christ as they run and fight.
Thus saith the LORD; Though they be quiet, and likewise many, yet thus shall they be cut down, when he shall pass through. Though I have afflicted thee, I will afflict thee no more.
"Behold upon the mountains the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace! O Judah, keep thy solemn feasts, perform thy vows: for the wicked shall no more pass through thee; he is utterly cut off."
Today we're taking a closer look at the forty-sixth chapter of the Book of Jeremiah.
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