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Act Like Men!

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Act Like Men! 
by George Bentch

In 1 Corinthians 16:13 Paul wrote, "Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong." William’s translation words it this way. "Be always on your guard; stand firm in your faith; keep on acting like men; continue to grow in strength."

How are men supposed to act? 1 Peter 5:8 admonishes, "Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour."

We grow in strength by exercise. Hebrews 5:14 says, "But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil." Hebrews 10:23 says, "Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; for he is faithful that promised."Our physical body is strengthened by exercising with weights. The spiritual man is exercised and strengthened by the study of God’s Word. 2 Peter 3:18 tells us "…to grow in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour."

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. He made the beasts of the fields, the fowls of the air, and the fish of the sea. Then, as the final triumph of creation He made man in His own image. Man was then given domin-ion over the rest of His creation. When dominion is given, along with it comes responsibility. Man’s first assignment was to give names to all the living crea-tures. Genesis 2:19 says, "…whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that was the name thereof."

Although Adam was placed in the beautiful garden of Eden, there was something lacking. Genesis 2:18 tells us, "And the Lord God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet (fit) for him." There was not among the animals a fit companion for Adam. Genesis 2:22 tells how God made woman and brought her to man. Adam called her Eve.

When God brought Adam and Eve together He established the institution of marriage–the first divine institution on earth. He made man the head or ruler of that institution. Again, dominion brought responsibility. Man was to look after both the physical and spiritual needs of the family. He was not left in doubt as to how to conduct himself. God spoke directly to the heads of the families, directing them both in service and sacrifice. As the Creator, He had the right both to reward the obedient and punish the rebellious. –105 W. Jefferson, Richland, MO 65556

 

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