Finish Strong (Part 2)
Finish Strong - Part 2
initiated, one inducted into the believing community
Some might be tempted to think they have “arrived” in their walk with Christ. Paul assures them that God will reveal to them in His Word and through their experience that they indeed have not “arrived,” but instead still have a long way to go.
Unfortunately some believers are not good examples to follow. It distresses Paul greatly that there are believers who live their lives in opposition to the cross of Christ. These believers pursue their own self-interest and pleasure and disregard His call to bear the cross of discipleship. With their mind set on the things of the world, their pursuit of what is shameful will eventually result in their deaths. Here selfishness and selflessness are clearly contrasted. These libertines selfishly live for their own self-gratification. Paul selflessly lives for Christ.