This mystery is Christ in you the hope of Glory

We'll describe continuing in the faith as obedience, and we'll see that obedience to the gospel is an idea that is brought out in later verses. To summarize this discussion so far, Jesus is delayed in returning because he is waiting for fruit among the nations. Fruit of the Earth which is the harvest and Fruit of the Spirit which is Christ indwelling his body. This is often described in terms of an equivalent idea, death to self. He must increase, we must decrease. So as He is formed in us, we must die to self.

And once we are dead to self, there is no fear of death. Then we can overcome the enemy who once held us in bondage by that same fear of death. So that facing martyrdom without fear is proof that we have overcome the wicked one.

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