4:17… An Address With Many Answers

Who is God?

God…

Romans 4:17b (HCSB)
…gives life to the dead and calls things into existence that do not exist.

What is sin?

James 4:17 (HCSB)
So it is a sin for the person who knows to do what is good and doesn’t do it.

What does God’s judgement of sin look like?

1 Peter 4:17 (HCSB)
For the time has come for judgment to begin with God’s household, and if it begins with us, what will the outcome be for those who disobey the gospel of God?

How can the Christian be encouraged in light of God’s judgement?

1 John 4:17 (HCSB)
…love is perfected with us so that we may have confidence in the day of judgment, for we are as He is in this world.

Doesn’t our discomfort here now seem a little more tolerable, especially in light of knowing what’s to come?

2 Corinthians 4:17 (HCSB)
For our momentary light affliction is producing for us an absolutely incomparable eternal weight of glory.

So then, how should we conduct our lives?

Ephesians 4:17 (HCSB)
Therefore, I say this and testify in the Lord: You should no longer walk as the Gentiles walk, in the futility of their thoughts.

Conclusion

The advice for Archippus is relevant for us as well…

Colossians 4:17 (HCSB)
And tell Archippus, “Pay attention to the ministry you have received in the Lord, so that you can accomplish it.”

Godspeed, to the brethren!

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