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23 Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful; 24 and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, 25 not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near. Hebrews 10:23-25 (NASB)

Proof that these are Laodicean times, that is, lukewarm, man-centered, not fervently God-centered times in the “visible church” is always found in points of contention. One such point presents itself in which a “mega-church” pastor has gone public that he is “gay,” which took place several years ago. How something like that is “handled” by the “visible” church reveals it’s spiritual health. I see the division between genuine Christianity and man-centered, Laodicean “christianity” becoming even more defined through this. I believe there will probably be even more well-known so-called “christian leaders” come out of the closet soon. However, if we focus too much on the apostasy all around us my brethren we can become very discouraged, therefore, as the writer of Hebrews says in the passage above, “ Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful .”

Let us focus in this post on a word from v24 in the passage above that the NASB translates as “stimulate,” which is παροξυσμον; the Accusative, Singular form of παροξυσμός or paroxusmos. We get our English word paroxysm from this word, which means “a fit or outburst.” The Greek word παροξυσμός, in turn, is made up of a root, ὀξύς or oxus, which means sharpen, irritate, or incite, and the prefix παρά or para, which pictures movement toward a certain point. Therefore, παροξυσμός gives us the idea if impelling, inciting, or rousing someone toward something.

This word can be used in either in a good sense or a bad sense and we see both in the Word of God. It is used in the good sense in the passage above in which believers are encouraged to stimulate one another to love and good deeds… Let us obey this.

On the other hand, the Word of God also uses this word to speak of sharp contention, or even an angry dispute such as Paul breaking away from Barnabas in Acts 15 over the issue of taking Mark with them on their missionary journey. The παροξυσμός was so sharp between Paul and Barnabas that they split up (Acts 15:36-40).

We find this word again in Acts 17:16 in which Paul’s spirit was παροξυσμός in him, when he saw the city wholly given to idolatry. He became incensed with how truly pagan the city was. Now, think again of the so-called pastor I mentioned above “coming out of the closet” mixing what is not Christian with what is Christian. This is impossible. It is only pagan and God will not tolerate it, especially when it is mixed in and blended with His name and worship. Consider this a παροξυσμός from me to incite each of you to become totally incensed against this sort of thing and not allow it to stand and be called Christian. When we use παροξυσμός this way it is literally “a sharpening,” so figuratively, consider this a spurring, a stimulation, an encouragement to each one reading this to seek ways to be an encouragement to other Christians, to impel others to do right in any circumstance. We should both look for ways to show our love and concern for the well-being and spiritual life of others as we stand firm against all apostasy.

Νῦν χαίρω ἐν τοῖς παθήμασιν ὑπὲρ ὑμῶν καὶ ἀνταναπληρῶ τὰ ὑστερήματα τῶν θλίψεων τοῦ Χριστοῦ ἐν τῇ σαρκί μου ὑπὲρ τοῦ σώματος αὐτοῦ, ὅ ἐστιν ἡ ἐκκλησία, ἧς ἐγενόμην ἐγὼ διάκονος κατὰ τὴν οἰκονομίαν τοῦ θεοῦ τὴν δοθεῖσάν μοι εἰς ὑμᾶς πληρῶσαι τὸν λόγον τοῦ θεοῦ, τὸ μυστήριον τὸ ἀποκεκρυμμένον ἀπὸ τῶν αἰώνων καὶ ἀπὸ τῶν γενεῶν — νῦν δὲ ἐφανερώθη τοῖς ἁγίοις αὐτοῦ, οἷς ἠθέλησεν ὁ θεὸς γνωρίσαι τί τὸ πλοῦτος τῆς δόξης τοῦ μυστηρίου τούτου ἐν τοῖς ἔθνεσιν, ὅ ἐστιν Χριστὸς ἐν ὑμῖν, ἡ ἐλπὶς τῆς δόξης· Colossians 1:24-27 (NA28)

Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I do my share on behalf of His body, which is the church, in filling up what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions. Of this church I was made a minister according to the stewardship from God bestowed on me for your benefit, so that I might fully carry out the preaching of the word of God, that is, the mystery which has been hidden from the past ages and generations, but has now been manifested to His saints, to whom God willed to make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. Colossians 1:24-27 (NASB) The way of escape

If God has called you to be truly like Jesus in all your spirit, He will draw you into a life of crucifixion and humility. He will put on you such demands of obedience that you will not be allowed to follow other Christians. In many ways, He seems to let other good people do things which He will not let you do.

Others who seem to be very religious and useful may push themselves, pull wires, and scheme to carry out their plans, but you cannot. If you attempt it, you will meet with such failure and rebuke from the Lord as to make you sorely penitent.

Others can brag about themselves, their work, their successes, their writings, but the Holy Spirit will not allow you to do any such thing. If you begin to do so, He will lead you into some deep mortification that will make you despise yourself and all your good works.

Others will be allowed to succeed in making great sums of money, or having a legacy left to them, or in having luxuries, but God may supply you only on a day-to-day basis, because He wants you to have something far better than gold, a helpless dependence on Him and His unseen treasury.

God may let others be great, but keep you small. He will let others do a work for Him and get the credit, but He will make you work and toil without knowing how much you are doing. Then, to make your work still more precious, He will let others get the credit for the work which you have done; this to teach you the message of the Cross, humility, and something of the value of being cloaked with His nature.

God will take you at your word. If you absolutely sell yourself to be His slave, He will wrap you up in a jealous love and let other people say and do many things that you cannot. Settle it forever; you are to deal directly with the Holy Spirit, He is to have the privilege of tying your tongue or chaining your hand or closing your eyes in ways which others are not dealt with. However, know this great secret of the Kingdom: When you are so completely possessed with the Living God that you are, in your secret heart, pleased and delighted over this peculiar, personal, private, jealous guardianship and management of the Holy Spirit over your life, you will have found the vestibule of heaven, the high calling of God. NA27 – Greek New Testament Copyright Information