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Week 35 In Upright Company
June 10, 2013
In Upright Company
“Be not unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what does righteousness and unrighteousness have in common? Or what fellowship has light have with darkness?”
- 2 Corinthians 6: 14
In the book of second Corinthians, Paul warned the believers in the place of Corinth in regard to the company they go with. He was concerned that they may be spending their times with people they don’t have the same ideals with. He himself was once there preaching to them about the kingdom of God. He taught them about the Lord and when the time came for him to depart; they were with him for the last time saying their farewell.
Now, word came to Paul that the church there was in trouble. This greatly disturbed him. Even though he was away, he constantly prayed for them. They were in their thoughts as distance have never taken them out of his concern. They were in his prayers and so to address the people there about the matters in concern, he sincerely wrote them letters that would set them up right. It contained his response to the things that were going on there by which he looks forward to their benefit from the words he sent for them.
The influence of the people by which one walks with is apparently something to be accounted for. It must be a matter in concern for much development. It either builds or diminishes the state a person is in now. Depending on the description by which the people he goes along with has, then so it would be on him. In the company of the wise, one grows wise. He learns the ways by which they walk. He gains understanding and things only they have in their knowledge. The principles by which they live with are shown on him. Time pass by that he eventually become as such as them. In the same way, a company with those who holds not so good of an influence bears much relative results. It gives way to unproductive consequences. Unwanted circumstances come in the scene and many characteristics by them on the person are brought upon into him. It is undesirable and further walk with them would not produce pleasant fruit. In able to change for the better, he may have to seek the company of those whom he desires to be like. He can learn from them and their ways would soon be not far from his. There is a difference to be seen and time would eventually reveal it so.
Paul warned them to not be in the company of unbelievers. They would not be benefiting in this kind of manner. It would be harmful to their daily walk with the Lord. There is no growth in faith when one is surrounded by people who have not the same faith as one do. It is in contrast with the result one ought to have. Instead of growing, one is fading. The direction won’t be up but levelling down of one’s spiritual state would be seen. In the book of (research), there can be sighted a statement that bears apparently true. “Bad company corrupts good character”. In simple ways, it can be seen to be how things go. It is undeniable taking to account with experiences and the knowledge there upon how this simple statement just proves itself.
Paul was once in the company of unbelievers. He spent his time with them and went to places along with them. He was surrounded by them as he himself also permits it so. He was far worse than them taking to account how he lived his life before. In fact, he was their leader. He lead them to acts that were disturbing in the church. He was against the early Christians. His constant company with the people that were like him who were in opposition to the believers grew a tyrant in him. Many feared him because of this. He punished the early churches and brought to prison those who remained true to their faith. He even went as far as asking permission from the high priest to go to Damascus and punished the believers there. This was the life he once lived seeking the early Christians to put them in distress.
However, on his way to Damascus, something amazing happened into his life that changed everything. It was the turning point of his life. He was never the same after that moment. While riding his horse, nearing the city, a bright light shone upon him from above (Acts 9:3). During those times, his name was still Saul and it was soon after this event that he eventually was called Paul. It caught him in a sudden manner. He fell into the ground and eventually looked up. Then, a voice came from the light above asking,
“Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?”
“Who are you, Lord?” Paul replied.
“I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting,” he replied. “Now get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.”
Everyone who was with him was in awe and speechless hearing the voice but seeing no man.
Then for three days, Saul was blind and it was soon that a disciple held out his hand and he could see once again.
It was the starting point that led him to be an apostle preaching the kingdom of God to places the holy spirit guided him to. He was soon in the company of the believers. The people that were surrounding him turned into the better. His faith grew as he walk along with them and it was soon that he was one of their leaders.
When Paul was now in the company of believers, he then spent the rest the remainder of his life into setting up the way for others to see the goodness that is in the Lord. He wanted them to walk their days in the company of those who would influence them into growing their faith into maturity. To seek the company of believers would mean much good fruit in their life. As they continue to do so, they would eventually lead and be a blessing for others all the more.