It is easy to see the zeal displayed by a Paul or a Daniel and become discouraged, feeling we do not measure up. How can we show our zeal for God and His way?
Jesus' driven, untiring work exemplifies the concept of zeal in Scripture: as holy fervor—virtuous wrath against evil and great ardor for doing good.
Zeal is not just an emotion about God and godliness; it must work with understanding and motivation to take action. By itself, feeling is just not enough.
The letters in Revelation 2 and 3 are for the end times, shortly before Christ's return. Each emphasizes repentance, overcoming, and judgment according to works.
God's creation did not end with the physical creation or our election, but God continues to work, giving us the motivation and the power to do His will.
Goodness is a nebulous concept, used to describe everything from a tasty snack to God's sublime character. But God's character defines what goodness is.
Zeal has been discredited as the tool of the charlatan, but Christians must develop passion and zeal for the Christian way of life and the Kingdom of God.
Jesus warns that our zeal must exceed that of the Pharisees. Zeal involves earnestness in advancing a cause, diligence, and plowing ahead with great fervor.
Zeal is characterized as ardent, passionate, energetic, or being on fire. Jesus Christ exemplified this kind of zeal as He drove the moneychangers from the Temple.
John Ritenbaugh, focusing upon the topic of uniqueness, observes that our unique calling makes us a special possession of God, His peculiar people. Sealed with a downpayment of God's Holy Spirit, we have the obligation to glorify God by keeping His commandments until our ultimate and final redemption. Until then, we are only …
God is doing more than merely saving people; He is producing children in His image. The difference between the covenants is in the quality of the faith.
John Ritenbaugh observes that some misguided individuals have denigrated the practice of putting out leaven as childish and something to be outgrown. The fruits of their lives indicate that they never learned the subtle lessons these customs or practices were supposed to teach. The annual rehearsal of these practices is …