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False teachers
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Because of the apostle’s faith in God, they suffered many things.

Some would ask why they would do this? The reason? Their faith in the Lord, and in His message of hope and life. They believed it with their very being.

Paul as he wrote to the brethren at Corinth talked to them about this hope of life eternal found in Christ. He reminded them of the gospel message that they had received and obeyed. He talked to them about the resurrected savior, and that if He was not resurrected then his (Paul’s) work was in vain, their faith was in vain, they were still in their sins and he made this statement, “If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable” (1 Cor. 15:19).

The hope of the “abundant life” rests wholly on Jesus Christ. Paul knew that Christ had risen from the dead; because he had seen him (1 Cor. 15:8). As one reads these things it must be seen that Paul was wanting to keep these brethren from following false teachers.

During Peters ministry people to whom he wrote many times were facing sever persecution. They could have begun to doubt the “abundant life” of a Christian. He reminded them that they had been made alive from sin by obedience to the gospel and that they had an inheritance waiting for them (1 Peter 1:2 – 4). Satan would have had them give up, but they would not. It was because of the offer of salvation through the “abundant life” that they could endure the difficulties of the day. When they would be tempted to act like the world (1 Peter 2:1) they were told to put those feelings aside and to draw closer to God. These people were reminded of who they were, they were a “chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation a peculiar people” (1 Peter 2:9).

Even under duress they were to show Christ to the world, even submitting to the laws of man that they cause of Christ would not be spoken of in an evil way. The question might be posed about these Christians, how they could endure persecution and still show a Christ like spirit and proclaim Him to the world. They truly understood the “abundant life”. Today all who seek heaven must follow these examples of those who refused to listen to false teachers.

Christians must be aware that false teachers still exist today, even in the body of Christ. Peter warned the early Christians that even from among themselves false teachers would arise. These false teachers would come in secretly (2 Peter 2:1), bringing in “destructive heresies” that would lead to many following their teachings. For this cause Christians must be people of the “Book” every studying, checking teachings that are done, searching the scriptures even as did the Bereans (Acts 17:11). Paul’s admonition to study the word of God needs to be heeded (2 Tim. 2:15). If it is not, then the possibility of the “abundant life” being stolen from the life of the individual is not just a possibility it can become a reality. The gospel of Christ must be obeyed and lived.

Gospel obedience for salvation is taught against but one must not listen to false teachers.

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