High Christology as a doctrinal stance was not enough to prevent the eventual apostasy of those in Asia Minor. Doctrine must produce the right conduct.
Paul's use of the presence-absence dichotomy clarified that absence does not materially affect the Work of God because the same Holy Spirit is always present.
Richard Ritenbaugh reminds us that the Book of Revelation provides practical strategies to survive the Day of the Lord. The verb overcome appears 12 times in the Apocalypse in the transitive form, denoting overcoming what appear to be impossible obstacles.. . .
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