When we think
about all of the various educational aims, goals, and objectives that God
our Father has incorporated into the curriculum for our sonship edification
and lives, it is only natural that we should be impressed with each and
every one of them. For first of all our sonship education and edification is
no ordinary kind of education, to say the least. Instead it is a very unique
kind of education, being godly education. But in addition to this it
is also a very specialized form of godly education. For in view of us being
the church the body of Christ — God’s "new creature" in this present
dispensation of His grace — our sonship education is specifically designed
to prepare us for the exceptional and specialized vocation that God has for
us in His plan and purpose. And according to the revelation of "the mystery
of Christ," our vocation has to do with God’s now revealed plan to deliver
"the creature" from its present state of vanity under "the bondage of
corruption," just as we are taught to understand and appreciate in Romans
8:19–21 at the very outset of our sonship establishment.
19 For the earnest expectation of the creature
waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God.
20 For the creature was made subject to vanity, not
willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in
21 Because the creature itself also shall be
delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of
the children of God. (Romans 8:19–21)
Wherefore our sonship education and edification is
actually highly specialized vocational education and training for
us. It is preparing us to occupy the various positions of intelligentsia
of "the creature," and in so doing to become its functional life-force for
Now with this being the case, each aim and goal of our
sonship education is naturally a vital and integral part of the vocational
education and training that we need as God’s "new creature." For first of
all each of them instills us with required knowledge and understanding that
we need for being able to be the intelligence of "the creature." By doing
this, they then in turn provide us with the various capacities and abilities
that we will need in order to carry out the creature’s functional life.
Accordingly, therefore, each one of our educational goals
and objectives serves to provide us with the acquisition of the highly
specialized knowledge, skills, and skill-sets that we will need in order to
be able to intelligently function in the various positions of intelligentsia
belonging to "the creature," and thereby be able to properly direct and
implement its governmental administration of the heavenly places, and
produce the functional life thereof.
Wherefore the educational aims and goals of our sonship
edification are truly amazing and marvelous. Without a doubt, therefore, we
certainly should be suitably impressed with them as each one progressively
equips and trains us for being able to be an intelligent part of one of the
most extraordinary, distinguished, and phenomenal vocations that there is in
all of God’s creation.
Yet when we examine our vocation a little closer, (and
when in the course of progressing through our curriculum we are taught more
about it), the goals and objectives of our sonship education actually become
even more amazing and even more impressive.
For in addition to the foregoing, they are also equipping
us to be able to produce and carry out the full measure of the
natural role that God has designed for "the creature" to have in creation.
In other words they equip us to provide for the creature’s full influence
and interaction with the earth as its embodiment, and also for the
fulness of its relationship with the rest of creation. This is because
in view of "the creature" having been "made subject to vanity," the full
expression of its natural role and function in creation has yet to be
generated by it or implemented. In fact, God in His wisdom has purposely
prevented this from taking place, in view of the impact of "the bondage of
corruption" upon "the creature." What’s more, God even took steps during
"time past" to greatly limit and restrict the creature’s influence,
especially its ability to interact with the earth. This He did expressly for
the good of man, but to a certain degree it was also for the good of "the
So then by being "made subject to vanity," "the creature"
has yet to be able to even carry out the full expression of its own natural
role and function in creation.
But as God’s "new creature" it will not only be our role
to provide "the creature" with its "glorious liberty," but it will also be
our honour and privilege to provide it with the ability to carry out the
fulness of its function in creation. Consequently we also are being equipped
to do this by means of the specialized vocational education and training
that we are receiving through the aims, goals, and objectives of our sonship
education and its "godly edifying." For this reason we ought to be all that
much more impressed with what we are given to learn.
Yet as amazing as this is, there is something else about
this that should impress us even more. For with "the creature" having been
subjected to vanity, this also means that its full potential, (i.e.
all that God our Father has designed and intended for it to be able to do,
and also for Him to be able to do with it), has yet to even be realized. In
fact until God revealed "the mystery of Christ" and "the mystery of his
will," He had not even made known, or intimated, the full measure of the
creature’s potential. Its natural role and function was known and
understood, but its full potential was not. For rather than
disclosing the creature’s full potential, or even giving any indication
whatsoever about it, God also kept this information to Himself, while He
awaited the proper time to make it known as a matter of His "good pleasure."
So it was then that no created being, (not even the
Adversary nor any of his cohorts), was able to realize or perceive the full
use that God intends to make of "the creature." Hence by subjecting "the
creature" to vanity, (as well as by keeping "the mystery" a mystery), God
did more than make it so that the present evil occupants of the creature’s
positions of intelligentsia were wholly unable to perceive His undisclosed
plan for delivering "the creature." He also made it so that they were wholly
unable to know all the glory that they had forfeited as the result of
the folly of their sin and rebelliousness; which glory includes the
glory of the creature’s full intended use in God’s plan and purpose in the
ages to come.
And indeed Satan and his cohorts did forfeit great glory,
just as Paul indicates when he says…
7 But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery,
even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world
unto OUR GLORY:
8 Which none of the princes of this world knew: for
had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord OF
GLORY. (I Corinthians 2:7–8)
But now that God has revealed His "hidden wisdom," the
glory of the creature’s full potential in God’s plan and purpose is also
now made known. And the revelation of this information has also been to the
crushing chagrin of the Adversary and his cohorts, just as Paul says.
However of particular concern to us is the fact that
God’s revelation of the glory of the creature’s full potential is part of
what He has "ordained before the world unto our glory."
Hence we are to understand that with the glory of the
creature’s deliverance, and of its full potential, no longer being ‘kept
under wraps,’ God our Father is presently making provision for two things:
(1) the full expression of the creature’s glorious and magnificent role in
creation; and (2) the manifestation and exploitation of the exceeding
greatness of its full potential in the time to come. And according to the
riches of God’s grace unto us "in Christ," along with "our glory" in
connection with the creature’s deliverance, our Father is providing for all
of this by means of the very things in which He is educating and training us
— His "new creature" — and which are contained in the specialized curriculum
for our sonship education and edification.
Without a doubt, therefore, we not only should be
suitably, but also highly impressed with the overall design and
purpose of our sonship education and edification, as well as with each of
its amazing educational aims, goals, and objectives. For given the
specialized nature of its vocational training, along with its provision for
exploiting the creature’s full potential, it is not an overstatement at all
to say that ‘There is no education like our sonship education.’
Still More Impressive
This, though, is not all that should impress us. For
along with preparing us for our future vocation, each of our curriculum’s
educational aims and attainments also has a present time glory
belonging to it. For each aim and attainment is also a point of achievement
in our Father’s purpose of conforming us to the image of His Son. And as
such each has a manifest glory belonging to it; and one that also results in
God being glorified thereby.
In other words, as we progress through our curriculum,
and as each educational aim and objective that we achieve effectually
prepares us and trains us for our vocation in the heavenly places, each one
also corresponds with a recognizable aspect of the Lord Jesus Christ’s own
glorious character and image in accordance with "godly edifying." Hence our
attainment of each aim effectually generates in us an identifiable feature
or characteristic belonging to God’s own glorious character, and it actually
puts it on display.
This in turn also redounds right now to the glorification
of God our Father by "the creature" itself. For as "the creature" earnestly
awaits the time of our manifestation, it is also able to see how that
through the effectual working of the excellency of the power of our Father’s
word operating within us He is able to successfully generate and produce
within us a significant and necessary point of glorious attainment in His
ultimate objective of conforming us to the image of His Son.
Now understanding and appreciating this also adds to the
impressive nature of our sonship education and edification. For if "the
creature" itself is marvelously impressed with what our Father is doing with
us, and glorifies Him as it sees His sonship education succeeding with us,
we too should be impressed with this very thing.
Furthermore as we successfully attain each educational
aim in the course of our "godly edifying," this also makes an additional
present time impact to God’s glory; but one of a somewhat different kind.
For in truth it also makes an impact upon the Adversary and his cohorts.
This is because it definitely aggravates the Adversary
and his cohorts, (who not only presently constitute most of the intelligence
component of "the creature," but who also presently strive to thwart the
success of our sonship education), when our Father’s word effectually works
within us and we succeed with an educational goal. Since they know that we
are God’s "new creature," and since they know the purpose and value of our
sonship education, (often to a far greater degree than many Christians do),
it naturally irritates them, and even outrages them, to see God’s curriculum
for our sonship education effectually working within us.
Yet this kind of ‘negative impact’ also constitutes a
glorious thing to our Father. For it not only confirms and further manifests
the reality of His "manifold wisdom" to the Adversary and his cohorts, but
it also puts on display the grandeur and glory of the excellency of the
power of His word operating within us, in contrast to the impotence and
failure of their attempts to oppose the success of our sonship edification.
Hence we also should be impressed with the glorifying of
our Father that occurs by these ‘tactical type’ victories that He achieves
over the Adversary’s opposition to our sonship education.
Wherefore we have all the more reason to be very
suitably and highly impressed with each and every one of the educational
aims and goals that there are in the curriculum for our sonship edification.
For each one is not only remarkable and marvelous as it pertains to our
vocational education and training, but each is also truly glorious, and in
more ways than one.
Impressed, Yes; but also Unimpressed
Yet as we progress through our "godly edifying" and
become more and more impressed with each and every component of our
vocational education and training, at the exact same time something equally
important, but of an opposite nature, also should be taking place with us.
That is, we should become increasingly unimpressed, (or less and less
impressed), with some other things.
And indeed this should be so. For as our "godly edifying"
generates within us the components of godliness — Godly thinking, Godly
behaviour, and Godly labour — it is also naturally designed to generate
within us the very same thoughts, reactions, and responses that our Father
has towards things that displease Him, or that are contrary to Him and to
His desire for us. Or more to the point, as our sonship edification conforms
us to the image of God’s Son and prepares us for our vocation as God’s "new
creature," by nature it is also designed to generate within us the same
attitude of contempt and disregard, (and even disdain), that God Himself has
towards things that are purposefully ungodly and/or that are deliberately at
odds with His desire to educate us as His "sons."
Accordingly, therefore, many of our educational goals
also have as part of their full effectual working the express intent of also
causing us to become unimpressed with certain things. To become
suitably unimpressed with things that not only make no real contribution at
all to our "godly edifying," but that if we are not careful can actually
hamper it and/or corrupt it.
Now though we might have the tendency to think it more
important to be suitably and highly impressed with the aforementioned glory
belonging to each aspect and goal in our amazing vocational training, the
truth is that it is just as vitally important for us to be suitably
unimpressed with anything that might vie for our attention, and thereby
subtly serve to distract us, subvert us, or otherwise hinder us from fully
succeeding with our sonship education.
The Importance of being Unimpressed
As we progress through the curriculum for our sonship
education we are actually taught to become unimpressed with a number of
things, (with some being easier for us to have contempt for and/or disregard
than others). But those that we are taught about at the outset, and during
the early stages of our "godly edifying," are the ones which it is most
needful for us to contemn. This is particularly so when we realize that if
we do not become suitably unimpressed with them at the time that God teaches
us about them, then they can become formidable stumblingblocks and
hindrances to our ability to make proper progress in our sonship education.
In fact our Adversary knows this, and his policy of evil
against us will take notice of any of our failures to become suitably
unimpressed with what our Father contemns, and it will exploit this to
its own advantage, as it seeks to hamper and thwart the success of our
sonship education and edification.
Moreover if we fail to become suitably unimpressed with
such things, they can even become ‘strongholds of resistance’ to us, and we
may not even recognize that this has happened.
Hence if we fail to contemn what we ought to contemn, we
can actually put ourselves in the most difficult position of all when it
comes to being able to figure out what’s wrong. In other words we can put
ourselves in the position of being ones who ‘oppose ourselves.’ And indeed
‘self-opposition’ is the most difficult form of opposition to detect,
acknowledge, and overcome. For deliverance from it requires a degree of
honesty of heart, (and hence honesty with oneself), that the position itself
is quite averse to producing.
Therefore when we fail to become suitably unimpressed
with what God our Father tells us that He discounts, denounces, or contemns,
we ourselves can then become our own stumbling block, even our own worst
enemy. For by having improper regard for something that God contemns, we
actually carry around in our own minds the very means by which we can be
tripped up, or sidetracked, or misled, or seduced, and thereby have the
progress of our "godly edifying" impeded. And unfortunately we also carry
around in our minds built in resistance to being able to honestly perceive
and admit that we ourselves are actually hindering our own "godly edifying."
Wherefore when we fail to become suitably unimpressed
with something that our Father contemns, we actually can give it ‘a second
lease on life,’ so to speak. What’s more, we also foolishly provide the
opportunity for us to be deceived into becoming more impressed with it.
Whereupon we open ourselves up to the double danger, and double disaster, of
being deceived and of deceiving ourselves.
So then just as it is essential for us to be suitably and
highly impressed with the grandeur and glory of our sonship education, and
with each of its aims and goals, it is also equally essential and vital for
us to be suitably and strongly unimpressed with those things that our Father
teaches us to disregard, discount, ignore, scorn, and/or contemn as He does.
The success of our "godly edifying" truly depends upon this as well.
The Mechanics of Becoming Unimpressed
In much the same way that learning about the grandeur,
value, and glory of our sonship education causes us to become suitably and
highly impressed with each of its aims and goals, so also do we become
suitably unimpressed with things that God our Father contemns when we learn
that they are worthless and useless for our vocational education and
training, or that they will be nothing but a detrimental distraction and a
waste of precious time to us.
Wherefore as we go about receiving our sonship education
and become more and more impressed with it, at the same time what we are
learning may also be designed by our Father to make it so that we become
increasingly disinterested and unimpressed with something that men in
general find fascinating. Or what we learn may work to cause us to become
unimpressed with something that we find agreeable and pleasurable because we
are impressed with how the world esteems it and places great value upon it.
Or it may work to make it so that we become more strongly unimpressed with
something about which we might not yet be suitably or fully unimpressed.
So by the effectual working within us of the various aims
and goals of our sonship education they provide us with the kind of
perceptive knowledge, understanding, and discernment that we need in order
to ‘see’ past the outer appearance of what seems to be impressive, and to
thereby know the truth about it as our Father does. And this is designed to
effectually causes us to lose our respect or esteem for them, or our
fascination with them.
Hence as this occurs some seemingly impressive things
have their ‘covering veil of respectability’ effectually drawn off by what
God teaches us to understand. Then we are enabled to ‘see’ that what gives
the appearance of being good or profitable to us is actually anything but
that. With other things their outward attractiveness is described for what
it really is, and it is shown to be nothing more than a ‘facade of beauty.’
Then the real ugliness of what lies underneath, or operates in the
background, is exposed to the eyes of our understanding.
And then there are also some seemingly impressive things
for which we may already have a measure of godly disdain, but for which we
need to be much more strongly unimpressed, if we are going to avoid being
surreptitiously seduced or enticed or subverted by them. When this is the
case, we are taught more about the nature of their ungodliness, and about
their detrimental and destructive capabilities, so that greater and stronger
godly contempt for them can be generated within us.
Once again, since it is not only vital for us to be
suitably impressed with the aims and goals of our sonship education, but
also to be suitably unimpressed with anything that could impede or hamper
it, our Father has designed our curriculum to effectually produce both
sentiments within us as we progress through it.
Being Suitably Unimpressed
As was previously mentioned, though we are taught to
become suitably unimpressed with a great number of things throughout the
full scope of our curriculum, those that we are taught to contemn at the
first are the most fundamental and essential for us. Wherefore if we are
benefiting as we should from the beginning portions of our "godly edifying"
then we should have a healthy dose of godly disregard, or discounting, or
contempt, or even disdain, for some specific things.
Now for simplicity’s sake these initial ‘contemptible
things’ can be divided into 2 main groups, with the first coming from the
effectual working of our instruction "in Christ," and from our sonship
establishment, and from our dispensational orientation, (which we receive in
Romans 1–11); and the second coming from the doctrines that comprise the
beginning of the curriculum for our sonship education, (as is set forth in
Romans 12–16). And among those that can have a very definite negative
influence upon the success of our sonship education, there are 3 main items
in each of the two groups with which we should be suitably unimpressed.
From Romans 1–11
Simply and briefly described, by the effectual working of
our instruction "in Christ" and our sonship establishment we should come to
have godly contempt for, (and so be totally unimpressed with), the
(1) Our Flesh
As God has Paul teach us in the latter part of Romans 7,
it is absolutely futile for us to try to put our sanctified position "in
Christ" into practice in our daily lives after the energy and efforts of the
flesh. For just as Paul declares in Romans 7:18...
18 For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,)
dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how
to perform that which is good I find not. (Romans 7:18)
And as he says in conclusion...
25b So then with the mind I myself serve the law of
God; but with the flesh the law of sin. (Romans 7:25b)
Our flesh, therefore, is absolutely useless and worthless
when it comes to us ‘living unto God.’ We are wholly unable to suppress sin
or to produce the righteousness of God by our own energy and/or efforts,
even when trying to do so by using the law of God. Hence by "walking after
the flesh" we will be nothing but a complete and utter failure in our
Christian lives. We will be functionally dead unto God, with all the
attending misery and wretchedness that goes along with being a complete
Wherefore by the effectual working of Romans 6:1–8:13
within us we should be totally unimpressed with our flesh. In view of its
impotence and enmity against God, it should be a contemptible thing to us,
just as it is a contemptible thing to God.
(2) The Sufferings of This Present Time
Though none of "the sufferings of this present time" are
things with which we would have the tendency to be favorably impressed, they
can impress us nonetheless. For they can impress us with their trouble,
hurt, pain, and difficulties. In other words they can impress us in the
sense that they can overwhelm us and/or dominate us with their discomfort
However we do not need to be impressed with them in the
sense of allowing them to deject us or depress us, or by being bullied by
them into putting us into a state of despondency or despair. For through the
effectual working of our sonship establishment, we are taught something
specific by which we are expected to become suitably unimpressed with any of
"the sufferings of this present time" that we will experience.
For as Paul says...
18 For I reckon that the sufferings of this present
time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which
shall be revealed in us. (Romans 8:18)
Simply put, the magnificence of the knowledge of "the
glory which shall be revealed in us" ought to make such a powerful
impression upon us, (filling us with such joy for what God is now doing and
thrilling us to the core for our role in it), that it causes us to "reckon"
that no ‘suffering of this present time’ can come close to being compared
with it for importance and worthiness of our mind’s occupation.
So then instead of making a big issue out of some
‘suffering of this present time’ that might afflict us, we are enabled to
just ‘push into the background of our minds’ by the effectual working of the
incomparable knowledge of "the glory which shall be revealed in us."
Or in other words by the effectual working of this
particular knowledge we should become suitably unimpressed with "the
sufferings of this present time." And so with godly patience and contentment
we should be genuinely pleased to endure any such "sufferings," gladly
making our own personal deliverance from any suffering subordinate to the
far greater issue of what God is doing in this present dispensation of His
grace, together with our role in it.
(3) The General Course of This World
As we receive the fulness of our dispensational
orientation and establishment through the effectual working of Romans 9–11,
we are also able to learn more about the general "course" that this world
has been on throughout its history, and also of the evolution of man’s
ungodliness that has been taking place. In particular we are taught about
the climactic point to which man’s ungodliness had evolved at the very time
when God suspended His program with Israel and brought in this present
dispensation of His grace and longsuffering.
Along with this we are also given to understand that as
"the course of this world" continues on during this present dispensation,
man’s ungodliness will not only continue to evolve, but it will worsen. In
particular man’s emphasis will be upon proudly promoting himself and his
achievements like never before.
Accordingly, therefore, rather than acceding to the truth
of evolving ungodliness, man will boldly and increasingly protest against
any such thing. He will profess evolving humanness, and will describe the
"course of this world" as one that shows him achieving mastership over it.
In support he will point to his impressive achievements in areas such as
scientific knowledge, discovery, advancements, invention, technology,
exploration, culture, society, quality of life, and the like.
In short man will become more and more impressed with
himself and with his accomplishments. Wherefore he will define the present
"course of this world" in terms of man’s evolving greatness, as he defiantly
denies the truth of his evolving ungodliness and fervently works to replace
it with a substitute reality.
However as ones who know the true "course of this world"
and the end results of the continuing evolution of man’s ungodliness, (and
who also see the growing darkness that is taking place in men who choose the
alternative reality that man has created), we should not be so gullibly
impressed with man’s achievements. Instead we should be quite unimpressed
with them, knowing that they are not what they appear to be, or are touted
So it is then that before our sonship education actually
even begins, we are expected to become suitably unimpressed with at least
these three things.
From Romans 12–16
But then once our sonship education and its conforming us
to the image of God’s Son is actually underway, (and so the ‘renewing of our
minds’ as per Romans 12:2 is occurring with us), the effectual working of
what we learn also works to generate within us suitable godly contempt for
some other things, including the following:
(1) The Wisdom of This World
Our Father actually begins to teach us about the
foolishness of "the wisdom of this world" as part of our sonship
establishment. For when He taught us the basics of how He would be educating
us, and what our "godly edifying" would consist of, He gave us to see that
our sonship education is vastly different from what the world offers and the
education that it pursues. Hence at that time we were expected to perceive
that "the wisdom of this world" cannot contribute to our "godly edifying,"
and it would be foolish for us to think so and to pursue it.
However once our sonship education gets underway and we
actually begin to get ‘conformed to the image of God’s Son,’ it should
become all that much more apparent to us that "the wisdom of this world" is
useless and worthless to us.
But more than this, we should begin to clearly see that
it is not only fraught with the foolishness and emptiness of ungodly men’s
vain imaginations, sophistry, and corrupt reasoning, but that any attempt to
incorporate any of it into our sonship education actually will do damage to
our edification and to our vocational training. Hence we should recognize
that it is harmful and even dangerous to us.
Accordingly, therefore, we should give heed to Paul’s
reproof to the Corinthians, if we like them think otherwise.
18 Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you
seemeth to be wise in this world, let him become a fool, that he may be
19 For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with
God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness.
20 And again, The Lord knoweth the thoughts of the
wise, that they are vain. (I Corinthians 3:18–20)
Wherefore what begins in us as godly disregard for "the
wisdom of this world" at the time of our sonship establishment, should
become strong godly disdain and contempt for it. For as we progress through
the early stages of our sonship education and our Father instructs us in
‘His wisdom,’ we also acquire His understanding that ‘the wisdom of this
world is foolishness with Him.’ And this, naturally enough, ought to cause
us to become more and more unimpressed with this world’s wisdom.
(2) The Fashion of This World
In like manner should we also become increasingly
disenchanted with, and so unimpressed with, "the fashion of this world." For
this world’s criterions for determining what is meaningful in life, what is
noble, what is honourable, what is worthwhile, and the like, are clearly not
founded upon godliness. Instead "the fashion of this world" is primarily and
predominantly hedonistic. As such its pronouncements regarding what can
bring a person happiness, satisfaction, and contentment, and therefore what
makes one’s life full and rich, are founded firmly upon the pursuit of
carnal pleasures, and the acquisition and possession of material things.
However our Father has designed that our sonship
education not only expose "the fashion of this world" for what it is, but
that it also displace the world’s criterions for happiness, satisfaction,
and contentment from our minds, and that it replace them with His. Therefore
by becoming suitably unimpressed with "the fashion of this world" we too
ought to operate upon the following sonship awareness.
13 Happy is the man that findeth
wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding.
14 For the merchandise of it is better that
the merchandise of silver, and the gain thereof than fine gold.
15 She is more precious than rubies: and all
the things thou canst desire are not to be compared unto her.
16 Length of days is in her right hand; and
in her left hand riches and honour.
17 Her ways are the ways of pleasantness, and
all her paths are peace.
18 She is a tree of life to them that lay hold
upon her: and happy is every one that retaineth her. (Proverbs
(3) The Works of Darkness
As an advancement upon our godly contempt for the general
"course of this world," (and especially for its present haughty and
supercilious brand of ungodliness), we also get taught about the specific
"works of darkness" in this world that are more or less the Adversary’s
favorites. In other words they are the "works" that not only best support
"the darkness of this world," but they are also the ones that best sustain
and further promote the iniquity of man’s ungodliness in God’s sight.
Now though we naturally should not be favorably impressed
with any of these "works of darkness," the expectation is that as we are
taught more about them we would become even more unimpressed with them,
perceiving them to be even more distasteful and detestable than what we
Therefore in accordance with acquiring an increased godly
disdain for these things, our Father’s expectation is that we would respond
just as He has Paul exhort us to do in Romans 13:12.
12 The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us
therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour
of light. (Romans 13:12)
Are You Both Suitably Impressed and
So then along with us being suitably impressed
with each of the aims, goals, and objectives of our sonship education, our
Father has also definitely designed that we become suitably unimpressed
with some other things; especially anything that can either clearly or
surreptitiously work against the success of our "godly edifying."
Wherefore it not only behooves us to make sure that we
are suitably unimpressed with the few fundamental things that have
been mentioned, but that we are also unimpressed with all similar type
things. For if we are "sons" who want to ensure the success of our sonship
education, we too should be able to say with our apostle Paul...
8 Yea doubtless, and I count all things but
loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for
whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but
dung, that I may win Christ,... (Philippians 3:8)