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Hebrews 10:24 Let us consider one another to provoke unto love and good works. 25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.
It is easy claimed that we may provoke unto love but what is the provocation that leads us to love God and perform good works? It is the same in which Jesus provoked the disciples when we first come to follow Jesus, we are inwardly convinced that what Jesus provides is rational, sound evidence that here is truth. Here is security. Here is a safe path to go where I can cast my whole heart upon that whole path.
Although we are in the natural man, our battle is not fought by the natural man. I do not use the natural man.
God pierces all disguises and reads the inner life. All things are open to him. Naked and open to Him with whom we have to do.
How it bristles when we are slighted. If my natural man is not subdued, then is Christ functioning within? I am separated from Christ and it will give me trouble in the church as trials will come from that problem. Jesus said the candle stick will be removed from that church as their separation from one another reflects the fact they are separated from Christ. We want to press together.
The thief on the cross, died in perfect hope. He was blameless before the Lord because Jesus had justified him. He had no way of correcting his life. He was hanging on the cross as he was a thief. Others lived all their lifetime to a particular point where like Apostle Paul, they could speak the words of 2 Timothy 4 7-8. I have fought the good fight, I finished the course, I have kept the faith, henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness.