1 Corinthians 16:13 Vigilance

“Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong.”

1 Corinthians 16:13

A Christian is always in danger and therefore should always be on the watch. He should be fixed in the faith of the gospel and never desert or give it up. By this faith alone he will be able to keep his ground in an hour of temptation.

Watch ye – You have many enemies; be continually on your guard; be always circumspect:

1. Watch against evil;

2. Watch for opportunities to receive good;

3. Watch for opportunities to do good;

4. Watch over each other in love, protect one another.

5. Watch, that none may draw you aside from the belief and unity of the Gospel.

Stand fast in the faith. Hold fast to that which you have received as the truth of God; for it is the Gospel by which you are saved. 1 Corinthians 15:1-2.

Be not like children tossed to and fro with every wind of doctrine; let your understanding receive the truth; let your judgment determine on the absolute necessity of retaining it; and give up life rather than give up the testimony of God.

Be strong. Put forth all the vigor and energy which God has given you in maintaining and propagating the truth, and your spiritual strength will increase by usage.

The terms in this verse are all in reference to being both spiritually vigilant and on guard for ourselves and loved ones. Not allowing government or the law of man to dictate our lives or regulate us with religion. As was done in Nehemiah 4 and is mentioned by Jesus himself in Luke 11:21-22, Matthew 24:43 …

We have lost this discernment.

Watch ye, watch, and be continually on your guard, lest you be surprised by your enemies; keep your scouts out, and all your sentinels at their posts, lest your enemies steal a march upon you.

See that the place you are in be properly defended; and that each be alert to perform his duty.

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