Brethren, be followers together of me, and mark them which walk so as ye have us for an example. – Philippians 3:17
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As Paul tells the Christian fellowship in the Macedonian city of Philippi of his background and transformation before arriving at his present spiritual awareness, he warns of others whose behavior “with minds set on earthly things” (3:19, RSV) is leading to self-destruction. He is confident that his daily practice is now sufficiently attuned to his faith to serve as an example – which also continues his admonition that their own lives be models.
As Friends say, “Let your lives speak!”
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Although I did say, That all the Children of the Lord are taught of the Lord, yet I did not say, that all are his Children; for ’tis they, and they only, who are led by the Spirit of God, that are the Sons of God. (Elizabeth Bathurst, 1655?-1685)