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Of Safety Belts, Air Bags, and Traffic Rules

As we live in truth/doctrine that is unchangeable and unmoveable (to the best of our abilities), Paul teaches us that our lives are on a collision course with the world's fluid and capricious values. If we're not prepared we might be destroyed on impact.


The consequences of the encounter-seemingly diametrically opposed-will bless/afflict us, often at the same time. Honor and dishonor. Good and evil report. Truth and deceivers. Known and unknown. Living and dying, Sorrow and rejoicing. Poor and rich. Possessing nothing and possessing all (2 Corinthians 6:8-10 ). Paul adds more description to this encounter in 2 Cor 6:"4 But in all things approving ourselves as the ministers of God, in much patience, in afflictions, in necessities, in distresses. 5 In stripes, in imprisonments, in tumults, in labours, in watchings, in fastings;"; 2 Cor 4:"8 We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; 9 Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed; 10 Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body."


It's enough to confuse anyone. Aren't we supposed to be blessed because of our membership in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? Peace and joy are fruits of the Spirit, right? The answer to both those questions is "Yes". Paul mentions some safety belts, air bags and traffic rules given to us to safeguard our spiritual and physical lives. 2 Cor 6:"6 By pureness, by knowledge, by longsuffering, by kindness, by the Holy Ghost, by love unfeigned, 7 By the word of truth, by the power of God, by the armour of righteousness on the right hand and on the left," How about 2 Cor 1:"5 For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also aboundeth by Christ."; 2:"14 Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savour of his knowledge by us in every place."; 4:6 For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ." We have resources!


The believer's life is always going to be filled with irony and the paradox of experience. But we can survive, even thrive. We are called upon to be as steadfast as the doctrine of Christ. In return we're promised: 2 Cor 4: "14 Knowing that he which raised up the Lord Jesus shall raise up us also by Jesus, and shall present us with you. 15 For all things are for your sakes, that the abundant grace might through the thanksgiving of many redound to the glory of God. 16 For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day. 17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;"As we live in truth/doctrine that is unchangeable and unmoveable (to the best of our abilities), Paul teaches us that our lives are on a collision course with the world's fluid and capricious values. If we're not prepared we might be destroyed on impact.


The consequences of the encounter-seemingly diametrically opposed-will bless/afflict us, often at the same time. Honor and dishonor. Good and evil report. Truth and deceivers. Known and unknown. Living and dying, Sorrow and rejoicing. Poor and rich. Possessing nothing and possessing all (2 Corinthians 6:8-10 ). Paul adds more description to this encounter in 2 Cor 6:"4 But in all things approving ourselves as the ministers of God, in much patience, in afflictions, in necessities, in distresses. 5 In stripes, in imprisonments, in tumults, in labours, in watchings, in fastings;"; 2 Cor 4:"8 We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; 9 Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed; 10 Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body."

It's enough to confuse anyone. Aren't we supposed to be blessed because of our membership in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? Peace and joy are fruits of the Spirit, right? The answer to both those questions is "Yes". Paul mentions some safety belts, air bags and traffic rules given to us to safeguard our spiritual and physical lives. 2 Cor 6:"6 By pureness, by knowledge, by longsuffering, by kindness, by the Holy Ghost, by love unfeigned, 7 By the word of truth, by the power of God, by the armour of righteousness on the right hand and on the left," How about 2 Cor 1:"5 For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also aboundeth by Christ."; 2:"14 Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savour of his knowledge by us in every place."; 4:6 For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ." We have resources!


The believer's life is always going to be filled with irony and the paradox of experience. But we can survive, even thrive. We are called upon to be as steadfast as the doctrine of Christ. In return we're promised: 2 Cor 4: "14 Knowing that he which raised up the Lord Jesus shall raise up us also by Jesus, and shall present us with you. 15 For all things are for your sakes, that the abundant grace might through the thanksgiving of many redound to the glory of God. 16 For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day. 17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory."






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