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The Elders Obtained a Good Report

The elders of our faith worked together successfully and faithfully to bring about this faith wherein we now stand. Some had no idea what things they were serving when they first believed because they also looked forward to their own redemption.

“Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.” Hebrews 11:3

It was by faith that Abel obeyed God, I don’t think he understood what he was doing – neither did Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Sarah, Isaac, Jacob, Moses, etc. “All these men of faith, though they trusted God and won his approval, none of them received all that God had promised them; for God wanted them to wait and share the even better rewards that were prepared for us.” Hebrews 11:39-40
The elders obtained a good report!

This should be every believer’s mindset also – to want to obtain!

What should you obtain?

I want to be among those elders that trusted God and won his approval, not those men with faith but do not win God’s approval.

The spirit among us who believe in Jesus should also be to have strong social bonds with one another – just like those elders, stronger than of any other because we have better foundations inherited from the elders, i.e. obviously of ways to obtain a good report.

3 John 1:11-12 says, “Beloved, follow not that which is evil, but that which is good. He that doeth good is of God: but he that doeth evil hath not seen God. Demetrius hath good report of all men, and of the truth itself: yea, and we also bear record; and ye know that our record is true.”

It should be every believer’s mindset, to well be reported of for our good works. “Moreover he must have a good report of them which are without; lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil.” 1 Timothy 3:7

We should endeavour the more to be more attached to each other as believers, because never it has been at any time in the history of mankind that a people of same faith are able to spent time together as we do. We should know by now that to develop such close, interpersonal relationship between ourselves works because we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witness and of the elders.

But Paul sees a problem, “that ye come together not for the better, but for the worse.” It is the case now when two or three believers come together these days – problem! “Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.” 1 Corinthians 15:33
Anyway let me leave you with a scripture reading;

1 Corinthians 11:16-34 KJV

[16] But if any man seem to be contentious, we have no such custom, neither the churches of God. [17] Now in this that I declare unto you I praise you not, that ye come together not for the better, but for the worse. [18] For first of all, when ye come together in the church, I hear that there be divisions among you; and I partly believe it. [19] For there must be also heresies among you, that they which are approved may be made manifest among you. [20] When ye come together therefore into one place, this is not to eat the Lord’s supper. [21] For in eating every one taketh before other his own supper: and one is hungry, and another is drunken. [22] What? have ye not houses to eat and to drink in? or despise ye the church of God, and shame them that have not? What shall I say to you? shall I praise you in this? I praise you not. [23] For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, That the Lord Jesus the same night in which he was betrayed took bread: [24] And when he had given thanks, he brake it , and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me. [25] After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it , in remembrance of me. [26] For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord’s death till he come. [27] Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord. [28] But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup. [29] For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body. [30] For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep. [31] For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged. [32] But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world. [33] Wherefore, my brethren, when ye come together to eat, tarry one for another. [34] And if any man hunger, let him eat at home; that ye come not together unto condemnation. And the rest will I set in order when I come.

Elders are themselves good examples to the flock!

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