Of Good Courage

“He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” 2 Corinthians 5:21

Therefore, being always of good courage, and knowing that while we are at home in the body we are absent from the Lord— for we walk by faith, not by sight— we are of good courage, I say, and prefer rather to be absent from the body and to be at home with the Lord. Therefore we also have as our ambition, whether at home or absent, to be pleasing to Him.
2 Corinthians 5:6-9

There is that which is temporary and that which is eternal. God’s plan is “so that” — “we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” Where do you really stand? Would God describe you or me as a believer — Always Of Good Courage?

And how can we truly know? Well, are you standing on God’s word, even when it’s contrary to your feelings and logic; and up against the false values and teachings of the world – or not? People might think you are foolish or a religious fanatic. I live to please God not men, you say? But to stand on God’s eternal truth takes courage.

Paul clearly explained this challenge all believers face: “Brothers and sisters, I could not address you as people who live by the Spirit but as people who are still worldly—mere infants (babes) in Christ. I gave you milk, not solid food (meat), for you were not yet ready for it. Indeed, you are still not ready. You are still worldly. For since there is jealousy and quarreling among you, are you not worldly? Are you not acting like mere humans?” 1 Corinthians 3:1-3

The question is not whether these are believers in the gospel of Jesus Christ here. That is apparent since Paul refers to these as “brothers and sisters and infants in Christ.” The gospel is the milk that true believers accept and Paul speaks of. But deeper spiritual teachings or meat is that which is difficult to receive on a human level. It’s contrary. It takes faith and courage to move on to solid food because this tests your feelings, logic, human nature, and all that you have learned from the teachings of the world up against God’s eternal Spiritual Truth. But we must move on to the solid food or the meat of the word that Paul speaks of – that which results in Christ’s righteousness in us — and this wisdom comes by the teaching of the indwelling Spirit.

“For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you have need again for someone to teach you the elementary principles of the oracles of God, and you have come to need milk and not solid food. For everyone who partakes only of milk is not accustomed to the word of righteousness, for he is an infant. But solid food is for the mature, who because of practice have their senses trained to discern good and evil.” Hebrews 5:12-14

“But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you. Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.” John 14:26-27

So, are you of Good Courage? Are you Strong and Courageous?

Spiritual Wisdom comes courageously by the guidance of God’s Word, and by the leading of the indwelling Spirit. Are you listening to and following the Holy Spirit …

or are you walking as mere men, following feelings and logic, and the “here today – gone tomorrow” teachings of the world?

Grace and Peace to you my friends,

Bob West –©2020

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