A congregation of Christians. A group of Christians, who gather for a Christian meeting, implying an interacting membership. In the Hebrew Scriptures, it usually refers to the nation of Israel, i.e., “the assembly of Israel” or “the congregation of Israel.” In the Greek New Testament, it refers to congregations of Christians, as well as the Christian congregation as a whole.
The Holy Spirit gives true genuine Christians positive assurance that they are saved, born-again Christians. Yes, but how? We get insight into this from the apostle Paul when he wrote to the “holy ones” in the Christian congregation in Rome, wherein he described…
“Jesus said very explicitly, ‘Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy, but to fulfill.’ However, on one occasion Jesus approved of His disciples when they broke the Jewish law about working on the Sabbath (Mark 2:24), and Jesus Himself apparently did away with the ceremonial law by declaring all meats clean (Mark 7:19). Jesus’ disciples clearly rejected much of the OT law, including circumcision (Acts 15; Gal. 5:6; 6:15). Indeed, Paul declared that ‘You are not under law but under grace’ (Rom. 6:14) and that the Ten Commandments engraved in stone have been ‘taken away in Christ’ (2 Cor. 3:14). – Norman L. Geisler & Thomas Howe
An improper desire (επιθυμια epithumia) can start in the corners of our mind. Dwelling upon or entertaining such desires normally intensifies the wrong desire, which, in turn, will influence the heart. Deep Bible study easily explained.
Not one day should ever pass without our considering the Word of God. Bible reading and personal Bible study does not guarantee that we will become more spiritual, more faithful, more knowledgable but the opposite, lack thereof, is guaranteed.
WHAT DOES IT MEAN that the blessed/happy person does not “does not walk in the counsel of the wicked,” ‘does not stand in the way of sinners,’ or does not ‘sit in the seat of scoffers’?