We Are All To Be Honorable Role Models

January 7, 2014

The apostle Paul told his readers to put into practice everything they learned from him and saw in him. (Phil. 4:9) What he was telling them was not only to follow his teachings, but to imitate him. Can the rest of us exhort the same? Are we model material? Can new believers follow all of our teachings and copy our behavior, and in so doing, be pleasing to God? It should be the case.

The writer of Hebrews (who was likely Paul) was able to say, “We are sure that we have a clear conscience and desire to live honorably in every way.” (Heb. 13:18) Is this the condition of every person who claims to be following Christ? Do we all have clear, clean consciences? Do we desire to live honorably, and to do so in every detail of our lives? It should be the case.

Heb. 13:20,21 is a prayer that God will equip believers with everything good for doing His will and might work in us what is pleasing to Him. This prayer corresponds to the one in Col. 1:9-12, particularly that God will fill Gospel-believers with the knowledge of His will (v. 9) so that we “may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please Him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God.” (v. 10) As this prayer is being answered, we will have that strength, power, endurance, patience, joy, thanksgiving, and salvation spoken of in verses 11 and 12.

However, we cannot receive or attain these if we are not walking in ever-increasing knowledge of the Lord. It is the knowledge of the Truth (who is Jesus, the Word of God, and the Holy Spirit –John 14:6 & 17:17 and 1 John 5:6c) that enables us to walk in godliness (Titus 1:1), holiness (Rom. 6:18,22), freedom from sin (same verses // John 8:31,32), and salvation. (Rom. 6:22,23 // Titus 1:1,2) Therefore we ourselves must make every effort to be found blameless and honorable. (2 Peter 3:14) This we do by meditating on the instructions and promises God has already given us in His Word (Ps. 119:11 // John 15:3 // 1 Peter 1:22), and by putting them into practice through the guidance and power of the Spirit whom He has given to all who believe and obey Him. (Acts 5:32 // 1 Peter 1:22,23)

It is our responsibility to walk in the provisions God has given us. If we do so, then with clean and pure consciences, as well as with complete confidence, we can say, along with the Spirit-filled apostles, “Adhere to our teachings and imitate us.”

with love,

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