The point is that in every realm we are the ones who benefit when we follow God. Paul said in PHI 4:17-19 concerning the Philippians and their large financial gift to him as their pastor-teacher, “[I'm saying all this], not that I seek the gift itself, but I seek for the profit which increases to your account.” [there's a profit for those who give] But I have received everything in full and have an abundance; I am amply supplied, having received from Epaphroditus what you have sent, a fragrant aroma, an acceptable sacrifice, well‑pleasing to God.And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” We are the ones who benefit when we fulfill the principles of the Word of God. No one by being faithful to the Word will ever lose out.
There is blessing related to the faithful intake of Bible doctrine, 1CO 2:9but just as it is written, “Things which eye has not seen and ear has not heard, And which have not entered the heart of man, All that God has prepared for those who love Him.”EPH 3:20 “Now to Him who is able to do far more [exceeding] abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us.” PSA 31:19 “How great is Your goodness, Which You have stored up for those who fear You, Which You have wrought for those who take refuge in You, before the sons of men!” While there is blessing related to the faithful intake of Bible doctrine, there is also pressure and testing. You can witness to people, get involved with some church program, works programs, and have no problems, however, the moment you decide that you're going to take in Bible doctrine everyday, all hell breaks loose!
We are warned about this in such passages as 2TI 2:1-3 “You therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.The things which you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, entrust these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also. Suffer hardship with me, as a good soldier of Christ Jesus.” Notice that you are said to be a soldier because you are enlisted in the army of God. In 2TI 2:4-5 “No soldier in active service entangles himself in the affairs of everyday life, so that he may please the one who enlisted him as a soldier. Also if anyone competes as an athlete, he does not win the prize unless he competes according to the rules.” Realizing that you are a soldier in the army of God, the following scriptures should be noted: PHI 1:29 “For to you [Church-age believer] it has been granted for Christ's sake, not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer for His sake. Note that it is for His sake and for His glorification that we are to go through certain types of suffering. If we do not suffer or if we are not willing to do so, there is absolutely no way that we will ever be able to rule and reign with Him. ROM 8:17b “if indeed we suffer with Him so [in order] that we may also be glorified with Him.” This glorification has to do with escrow blessings in the future, such as the uniform of glory worn over the resurrection body. In 1TH 3:4 Paul said to the Thessalonians, “for indeed when we were with you, we kept telling you in advance that we were going to suffer affliction; and so it came to pass, as you know.” Any doctrinal ministry or assembly will warn its congregation of the coming of persecution so that when it does come, they will realize what it really is. 1PE 2:19 “For this finds favor, if for the sake of conscience toward God a man bears up under sorrows when suffering unjustly.” We are to bear up when going through undeserved suffering. 1PE 2:21 “For you have been called for this purpose, since Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example for you to follow in His steps,” Suffering unjustly is a requirement for following in the steps of our Lord, this is why our Lord said in MAT 5:11 “Blessed are you when people insult you and persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me.” In JOH 15:20, He says, “Remember the word that I said to you, a slave is not greater than his master. If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you; if they kept My word, they will keep yours also.”
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