Colossians 4:17

Colossians 4:17…”See to it that you complete the ministry you have received in the Lord.” Christians are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do (Ephesians 2:10). So, the people in your life, especially your fellow church members, have been placed with you by the Lord for their spiritual good, your spiritual good, and ultimately God’s glory. The New Testament does not have any instructions for the Lone Ranger Christian, because living as a believer always includes deep commitment to others in our church. There are 54 “one anothers” in the New Testament that teach us how to treat each other, meaning those in our church. Below is a listing of verse references to the Greek word ALLELOUS, translated as “one another or each other”

Mk. 9:50 “….Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with each other.”

Jn. 13:14 “Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet.”

Jn. 13:34 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.”

Jn. 15:12 “My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.”

Jn. 15:17 “This is my command: Love each other.”

Rom. 12:10 Be devoted to one another with mutual affection. Honor one another above yourselves.

Rom. 12:16 Live in harmony with one another.

Rom. 13:8 Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for whoever loves others has fulfilled the law.

Rom. 14:13 Therefore let us stop passing judgment on one another….

Rom. 15:7 Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God.

Rom. 16:16 Greet one another with a holy kiss….

1 Cor. 1:10 I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another so that there may be no divisions among you and that you may be perfectly united in mind and thought.

1 Cor. 11:33 So then, my brothers and sisters, when you come together to eat, wait for each other.

1 Cor. 12:24-25 ….But God has combined the members of the body and has given greater honor to the parts that lacked it, so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other.

1 Cor. 16:20 ….Greet one another with a holy kiss.

2 Cor. 13:12 Greet one another with a holy kiss.

Gal. 5:13 ….But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature; rather, serve one another in love.

Gal. 5:26 Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.

Gal. 6:2 Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.<>

Eph. 4:2 Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.

Eph.4:32 Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.

Eph. 5:19 Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs….

Eph. 5:21 Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.

Col. 3:9 Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices

Col. 3:13 Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another….

Col. 3:16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God.

1 Thes. 4:9 Now about your mutual love we do not need to write to you, for you yourselves have been taught by God to love each other.

1 Thes. 4:18 Therefore encourage each other with these words.

1 Thes. 5:11 Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.

1 Thes. 5:13 ….Live in peace with each other.

1 Thes. 5:15 Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always try to be kind to each other and to everyone else.

Heb. 3:13 But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.

Heb. 10:24-25 And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another and all the more as you see the Day approaching.

Heb. 13:1 Keep on loving each other as brothers and sisters.

Jam. 4:11 Brothers and sisters, do not slander one another….

Jam. 5:9 Don’t grumble against each other, brothers and sisters, or you will be judged….

Jam. 5:16 Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed….

1 Jn. 3:11 This is the message you heard from the beginning: We should love one another.

1 Jn. 3:23 And this is his command: to believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and to love one another as he commanded us.

1Jn. 4:7 Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God….

1 Jn. 4:11 Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.

2 Jn. 1:5 ….I ask that we love one another.

1 Pet. 1:22 Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere mutual affection, love one another deeply, from the heart.

1 Pet. 3:8 Finally, all of you, live in harmony with one another; be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble.

1 Pet. 4:8 Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.

1 Pet. 4:9 Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling.

1 Pet. 5:5 ….All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because, “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”

1 Pet. 5:14 Greet one another with a kiss of love….

Job 42:8

Job 42:8…”My servant Job will pray for you, and I will accept his prayer and not deal with you according to your folly.” In the beginning of this book we had Job’s patience under his troubles as an example. Here, for our encouragement to follow that example, we have his happy end. His troubles began in Satan’s malice, which God restrained. His restoration began in God’s mercy, which Satan could not oppose. Mercy did not return when Job was disputing with his friends, but when he was praying for them. God is served and pleased with our warm devotions, not with our warm disputes.

Job 35:14

Job 35:14…”How much less, then, will he listen when you say that you do not see him, that your case is before him and you must wait for him.” In prosperity we think our mountain will never be brought low. Likewise, in adversity, we think our valley will never be filled up. However, to conclude that tomorrow must be as this day, is as absurd as to think that the weather will be the same tomorrow as it is today. We should be laying up our treasures in heaven, and carefully denying worldliness. We need to be reminded of this even though this life is sure to end. The Lord is constant, and we will stand before Him one day. Therefore, we need to maintain an eternal perspective, seeking to grow in our love for Him in Christ, and setting our minds on things above, not on earthly things (Colossians 3:2).

Job 33:19

Job 33:19…”Or someone may be chastened on a bed of pain with constant distress in their bones.” Job complained of his diseases, and thought they were brought about by his disobedience. His friends did so too, but Elihu shows that God often afflicts the body for good to the soul. This thought will be of great use for our being sanctified by sickness, which God uses to cause us to depend on Him more. Pain is the fruit of the fall of man. Yet, by the grace of God, the pain of the body is often made a means of good to the soul. Christ died to bring us into a right relationship with the Father by becoming righteousness for us, but this doesn’t include perfect health in this life. Only when Jesus returns or we are called home to heaven will we experience glorification of our bodies.

Job 28:12

Job 28:12…”But where can wisdom be found? Where does understanding dwell?” Job maintained that the mysteries of Providence were known by God alone. The caverns of the earth may be discovered, but not the counsels of Heaven. We cannot fully understand all of God’s purposes, and this is especially true when it comes to why we suffer. What we do know is that God uses trials and sufferings to break us of our dependence on ourselves. For the believer, He is chipping away at our unbelief, pride, and selfishness so that we would trust and love Him increasingly. He is in the process of making us more like His Son, who was perfectly faithful, humble, and selfless.

Job 23:8

Job 23:8…”But if I go to the east, he is not there; if I go to the west, I do not find him” Job’s unbelief brought about confusion. Christians all struggle with unbelief, which is at the heart of all sin. We either forget, or stubbornly refuse to believe the gospel. A sign of spiritual maturity is recognizing how prideful unbelief causes despair and disobedience. We need to repent from the sin of unbelief and turn toward Christ. Asking God to increase our faith is a good thing to pray. Also, paying attention to God’s wisdom and turning our ears to His words of insight (Proverbs 5:1) in scripture is imperative for our spiritual survival.

Job 21:7

Job 21:7…”Why do the wicked live on, growing old and increasing in power?” Job comes closer to the question in dispute. This was whether outward prosperity is a mark of the true church, and the true members of it, so that ruin of a man’s prosperity proves him a hypocrite. Job’s friends believed this foolishly, but he rebuked them. Sadly, this heresy is very popular today. In fact, the prosperity gospel is believed by 46% of professing Christians in the U.S. according to a recent book by Southeastern Seminary professors David Jones and Russell Woodbridge. The book, Health, Wealth and Happiness, is very helpful in tracing the origins of the prosperity gospel back to the New Thought movement of the late 1800s, which was clearly not biblical or even remotely Christian. Jones and Woodbridge also point out the commonly misinterpreted verses and ideas used by prosperity gospel preachers to twist scripture out of context.

Here is an excerpt:

A recent survey found that in the United States, 46 percent of self-proclaimed Christians agree with the idea that God will grant material riches to all believers who have enough faith. Why is this so? The prosperity gospel has an appealing but fatal message: accept God and He will bless you– because you deserve it. (Health, Wealth and Happiness: Has the Prosperity Gospel Overshadowed the Gospel of Christ? by David W. Jones and Russell S. Woodbridge, Kregel Publications, 2011, page 15)

Job 9:22

Job 9:22…”It is all one; therefore I say, He destroys both the blameless and the wicked.” Job touches briefly upon the main point now in dispute. His friends maintained that those who are righteous and good always prosper in this world, and that only the wicked are in misery and distress. He disagrees, and says that on the contrary it is a common thing for the wicked to prosper, and the righteous to be greatly afflicted. Christ’s atonement does not include perfect health and abundant wealth in this life. He absorbed God’s wrath for the forgiveness of sins, but sickness and death are still a consequence of the fall. Also, using Jesus as a means to obtain wealth is a horrible distortion of the gospel, and any teaching related to this heretical idea is false.

Job 2:10

Job 2:10…”He replied, ‘You are talking like a foolish woman. Shall we accept good from God and not trouble?’ In all this, Job did not sin.” Job had been afflicted with physical sickness by the Lord in order to test his faith. We too need to remember our lives are not about our glory. God made us because of His desire to display His glory through us, especially in how we respond to suffering. We need to have an eternal perspective and understand that according to His word, sickness and death came into the world as a result of sin (Romans 5:12-14). Christ’s atonement on the cross was for the forgiveness of sins, not health and wealth in this life. Any teaching focused on the man-centered idea that we’re meant to be perfectly healthy and abundantly wealthy because of our faith is false. In the book of Job, this distorted theology is called “foolish.”

Job 1:22

Job 1:22…”In all this, Job did not sin by charging God with wrongdoing.” Job was a man of God, but had everything taken as a test of his faith. The discontent and impatient will charge God with folly when things don’t go well. Against these tendencies Job carefully watched; and we need to as well, acknowledging that God is much wiser than us. We will grow in spiritual maturity when we submit to Him, enjoying His sovereign reign, and trusting that trials are for our spiritual benefit (James 1:2-4).