WE HAVE A PART TO PLAY! (Requirement No. 4 -5)

Requirement No. 4: ‘Let him…do good.’
This is the positive side of it. Paul’s letter to Titus gives us a glimpse of what this involves!

Titus 3:1 ‘Put them in mind to be subject to principalities and powers, to obey magistrates, to be ready to every good work.

May I suggest that being subject to principalities and powers (government) is part of what the Bible calls, ‘good works.’

Titus 3:8 ‘This is a faithful saying, and these things I will that thou affirm constantly, that they which have believed in God might be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable unto men.’

I see God saying that if we are going to step through that gateway into abundance of life, then one of the things that we will have to do will be to do good. To do good starts with submitting myself to government. It is to submit yourself to church government and it is for us to be submitted to family government. It goes further, not only not to do wrong, but to do the right thing and be a blessing. In plain language, this is a reference to practical Christianity being lived out towards the government, the family, the church and the world around us.

Requirement No. 5: ‘Let him seek peace and pursue it.’
The meaning here includes: Having harmonious relationships between each other. Having harmonious relationships with other nations. Pursuing a relationship with God. Pursue it… Run after it with the intention to catch it! With Jesus living in us and then allowing God’s life to be released through us, we can fulfill all of the requirements. If we obey God’s Word, we can expect to enjoy life and see good days! In the Old Testament those who obeyed were blessed and saw good days. In the New Testament those who obey also are blessed and see (enjoy) life and good days!

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