Summary: 4 of 4. Paul describes the reasons God's people are unconquerable! God's people have a telling disposition that betrays the fact that they are unconquerable. A disposition for being & remaining unconquerable is/shines thru...
No Stairs For You!
An older lady lived on the third floor of a boardinghouse with no elevator. Unfortunately one day she broke her leg.
Knowing her housing situation, as the doctor put a cast on the leg, he sternly sternly warned her not to climb any stairs.
Several months later, she’s back in the doctor’s office & her cast is removed.
“Can I climb stairs now?” asked the little old lady.
“Yes you can,” he replied. “Your leg is as strong as ever!”
“Thank goodness!” she said. “I’m so tired of shinnying up & down that drainpipe!”
Despite her setbacks the woman remained undaunted...Unconquerable!
You & I & all of God’s people, saved by grace thru faith in the Lord Christ Jesus, are UNCONQUERABLE!
Beginning with :7 we’ve found that ‘A disposition for being & remaining unconquerable’ shines thru...
1. GOD’s MERCY(:1)
2. Thru PERSONAL MANIFESTATION Of TRUTH(:2)
3. Thru OPENNESS To The GOSPEL(:3-4)Personal Choice
4. Thru THANKFULNESS(:5-6)
5. The CONTAINER Of FAITH(:7)
6. PRACTICALITIES Of FAITH(:8-11)
7. PERSONAL SURRENDER, CAUSING LIFE To WORK In OTHERS
8. MUTUAL THANKSGIVING(:14-15)
9—A disposition for being & remaining unconquerable shines thru...
An EXPANDED PERSPECTIVE(:16-18)
:16—“Therefore, we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day.”
As a result of all the assurances that God has blessed us with, God’s people are indeed unconquerable & undefeatable! Thus they “do not lose heart”(cf.-:1).
“Though” the “outward man” of God’s people is is in a continual state of “perishing”, the truth is that “the inward man” is in a continual state of “renewal.” For the child of God that is devoted wholeheartedly to Him, no “day” passes by without some aspect, if not all, of “the inward man’s” “renewal.”
Isa. 40:28-31—“Have you not known? Have you not heard? The everlasting God, the LORD, The Creator of the ends of the earth, Neither faints nor is weary. His understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the weak, And to those who have no might He increases strength. Even the youths shall faint & be weary, And the young men shall utterly fall, But those who wait on the LORD Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run & not be weary, They shall walk & not faint.””
Rom. 12:1-2—“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good & acceptable & perfect will of God.”
Php. 4:13—“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
“Therefore/For Which Cause/"Wherefore”—dio—Conjunction—1) Wherefore, on account of. Strong—Through which thing, i.e. consequently.?From—dia—a primary preposition denoting the channel of an act; Through(in very wide applications, local, causal, or occasional)—&—ov, h, o—probably a primary word(or perhaps a form of the article o, h, to); the relative(sometimes demonstrative) pronoun, Who, which, what, that.
“Do Not”—ou, OR before a vowel--ouk, OR before an aspirate--ouc—Particle—1) No, not; in direct questions expecting an affirmative answer. Strong—a primary word; the absolute negative[compare mh] adverb; No or not.
“Lose Heart/Faint”(See :1)—ekkakew ek-kak-eh'-o OR--egkakew eng-kak-eh’-o—Lit = ‘from bad nature/constitution’—Verb—1) To be utterly spiritless, to be wearied out, exhausted. Strong—To be weak(or bad), i.e. by implication--To fail(in heart). Used 6X.?From—ek OR--ex—1) Out of, from, by, away from. Strong—a primary preposition denoting origin--From, out(of place, time, or cause; literal or figurative; direct or remote).—&—kakov—1) Of a bad nature; 2) Of a mode of thinking, feeling, acting—2a) Base, wrong, wicked; 3) Troublesome, injurious, pernicious, destructive, baneful. Kakov frequently means evil rather negatively, referring to the absence of the qualities which constitute a person or thing what it should be or what it claims to be. It is a general antithesis to agayov. Strong—apparently a primary word; Worthless(intrinsically, such), i.e. subjectively--Depraved, or objectively--Injurious.
“But”—alla—Conjunction—1) But—1a) Nevertheless, notwithstanding, 1b) An objection, 1c) An exception, 1d) A restriction, 1e) Nay, rather, yea, moreover, 1f) Forms a transition to the cardinal matter. Strong—neuter plural of allov[else, i.e. different]; properly--Other things, i.e. adverbially--Contrariwise(in many relations). RWP—Perhaps, "nevertheless," in spite of the difference just noted.
“Even/Indeed”—kai—Conjunction—1) And, also, even, indeed, but. Strong—apparently, a primary particle, having a copulative & sometimes also a cumulative force; And, also, even, so then, too, etc.; often used in connection(or composition) with other particles or small words.
“Though/If”—ei—Conjunction—1) If, whether. Strong—If, whether, that, etc.; a primary particle of conditionality.
“Our”—hmwn—Personal Pronoun 1st Genitive Plural—1) Our, we, us. Strong—genitive case plural of egw[first person pronoun “I”]; Of(or from) us.
“Outward”—exw—Adverb—1) Without, out of doors. Strong—Out(-side, of doors), literally or figuratively.
“Man”(See :2)—anyrwpov—Noun Nominative Sing. Masc.—1) A human being, whether male or female—1a) generically--To include all human individuals, 1b) To distinguish man from beings of a different order—1b1) Of animals & plants, 1b2) Of from God & Christ, 1b3) Of the angels, 1c) With the added notion of weakness, by which man is led into a mistake or prompted to sin, 1d) With the adjunct notion of contempt or disdainful pity, 1e) With reference to two fold nature of man, body & soul, 1f) With reference to the two fold nature of man, the corrupt & the truly Christian man, conformed to the nature of God, 1g) With reference to sex, a male; 2) indefinitely--Someone, a man, one; 3) in the plural--People; 4) Joined with other words, merchantman. Strong—Man-faced, i.e. A human being.?From—anhr—a primary word; A man(properly as an individual male).—&—wq(the countenance; from optanomai[to gaze (i.e. with wide-open eyes, as at something remarkable]).