you will know the word of God and know that you can trust it. But it takes an intentional act to accept what God has for you in the present.
III. LIVING THE INTENTIONAL LIFE BY LONGING FOR THE PROMISE… 17 Join with others in following my example, brothers, and take note of those who live according to the pattern we gave you. Mature Christians should be leaders in the church. People should be able to look at you and follow your pattern and learn from you. Mature Christians should be Bible believing Christians. Mature Christians should be Spirit-filled Christians. Mature Christians should have their eyes focused upon Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith. If we look at those who have patterned themselves after Paul what would we see? They would be believers who are being, transformed by the renewing of your mind. Like Paul they are relying on the power of God in their lives. 1 Corinthians 2:4, My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, 5 so that your faith might not rest on men’s wisdom, but on God’s power. They will understand that they should, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. They know that they are … the fullness of him who fills everything in every way. They are looking for the fulfillment of the promise – the return of Christ and they are intentionally living like they are not citizens of this world. Yet Paul addressed those who then and even now live like there is no judgment. 18 For, as I have often told you before and now say again even with tears, many live as enemies of the cross of Christ. 19 Their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach, and their glory is in their shame. Their mind is on earthly things. It broke Paul’s heart to see people who called themselves Christians live like this life is all there is. Hebrews 12:14, … without holiness no one will see the Lord. Paul had dealt with those kinds of people before in Romans 6 and 1 Corinthians 6. They thought that salvation could come without repentance and new birth. They weren’t looking for a promise. They were looking for pleasure. C. S. Lewis wrote, How little people know who think that holiness is dull. When one meets real thing, it is irresistible. Paul concludes with this thought, 20 But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, 21 who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body. Our eyes are not only on heaven but the fulfillment of the promised return of Jesus who will