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The Need For Authority

"All of us who are mature (perfect) should take such a view of things. And if on some point you think differently, that too God will make clear to you. Nevertheless, whereto we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us mind the same thing" (Phil.3:15-16).

There can be no harmony, unity or system in any realm of life without the recognition of authority. Sometimes, striving toward Christian maturity or perfection can be so difficult that it leaves us drained or discouraged. We may feel so far from perfect that we think we can never please God with our lives. I think this perfection or maturity that the apostle Paul calls it, is meant to mean not flawless in every detail. Those who are more mature must continue in pressing on in the Holy Spirit's power, knowing that Christ will fill reveal and fill in any discrepancy between what we are and what we should be.... Why? Because Christ and His Word are our authority. This authority ought to drive us toward the maturity we so desperately want to attain. Can you imagine the chaos in society if there were no standards. Business and trade would be paralyzed without a monetary standard. Think of the difficulty there would be in buying things if there was no agreement on weights and measures. Inches in a foot, feet in a yard, the dimensions of an acre all come to mind... In the field of religion on the earth, there is also division and confusion of all sorts. The reason for this is the failure to be guided by the true standard of authority found in God's Holy Spirit inspired Word. In today's verses, Paul admonishes the folks in the church at Philippi to adhere to this simple credo... Nevertheless, whereto we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us mind the same thing... He did not want them drifting on the winds of conjecture, but by that same rule that he had given all of them through Jesus Christ. Lets make no mistake here, there must be authority...

Have a great day.... Do good and give God the credit.... Love mark Phil.4:11

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