The word "means" - a turn, i.e. (by implication) mode or style (especially with preposition or relative prefix as adverb, like); figuratively, deportment or manners or character:—(even) as, conversation, (+ like) manner, (+ by any) means, way. (Strong's Con. NT#5158) While we are being preparing to be presented as a chaste virgin, we must be on alert (watch / pray) that by any "means" we would be deceive
1. In the English Dictionary a. Noun - a person's behavior or manners b. Thesaurus - behavior, conduct, performance; manners, practices, actions.
2. Conversation a. Greek - Life style (Heb.13:7) behavior:—conversation. [Strong's NT#391] (Gal.1:13, Eph.4:22, 1Tim.4:12, Heb.13:7, James.3:13, 1Peter.1:15; 2:12; 3:2, 16, 2Peter.2:7; 3:11) b. Remember "them which have the rule over you, who have spoken unto you the word of God: whose faith follow, considering the end of their conversation." behavior:—conversation. [Strong's NT#391] Their everyday (habitual, lifestyle) behavior (Heb.13:7, 17) Their consistent fruit (Matt.7:15-20) Is it Jesus Christ? (Heb,13:8) Is it everything that Jesus is? (John.1:1-14, Matt.5:17-19, Gal.3:24 / Rom.3:21-31, 9:1-10) d. We are to know those that labor among us(1Thes.5:12-13) because there are tares among wheat (the Church) today. (Matt.13:24-30, 36-43, Jude.1:1-4,Isa.29:13, Deut.13:1-3, 2Cor.11:4, 13-15) (1) The tares are "the children of the wicked one" (Matt.13:38) (2) The wheat (the good seed are the children of the kingdom (Matt.13:38) (3) Note: The tares were planted among the wheat while the servants slept. (Matt.13:25) Jude says, (Jude.1:4) they "crept in unawares" (settled in alongside, i.e. lodge stealthily [Strong's NT#3921]
Note: The Thessalonians were told that Jesus is returning (1Thes.4:13-18) and they needed (1Thes.5:1-6) to watch (Don't sleep)because... - the spirit of antichrist is already in the world, (1John.2:18-20, 27; 4:1-4) - and that antichrist shall come (2Thes.2:1-3) before Jesus returns (4) These "tares" are spots "plucked up by the roots" (Matt.13:29-30, 40, Jude.1:1-11, 2Peter.2:1-12 Eph.5:27) (a) Spots - going the way of Cain (Gen.4:1-4, 1John.3:12-13, Heb.11:4)
(b)Spots - going the way of Balaam for rewards / money (Num.22-24, 2Peter.2:12-16, Rev.2:14) (c) Spots perished in the gainsaying of Core? (Kohath) Gen.46:10-12, Num.3:27-32; 4:1-15; 16:1-45) (5) Solution: Let them grow together until... (Matt.13:28, 1Thes.5:12-13)
3. Paul said. "Follow me as I follow Christ. (1Cor.11:1) Christ must be preeminent! The leader does not replace Christ, their example should continually point us [through their behavior / lifestyle]to Christ and NOT to themselves. (Note: Matt.7:14-18)
a. What is following Christ? (1) I will do and say the same thing as Christ (Matt.28-30 equally yoked 2Cor.6:14-18) This is done by the study of God's written Word which tells you what Jesus says, and what Jesus does. (2) Christ must have preeminence in all things. (Col.1:18) not any personalities. (1Cor.1:12-13, Acts.10:34)
b. The context of 1 and 2 Corinthains False leadership had come into the Corinthian church with another Jesus, gospel and another spirit (1Cor.11:1-15) (1) They were commending themselves (2Cor.3:1, Matt.) (2) Paul's answer was "Ye (you) are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read of all men" (2Cor.3:2) Note: The Fruit / evidence / everyone can see, not just a handful of people / not just in his circle, but "all men." (2Cor.3:2) (3) These "certain men" had slipped in (settled in alongside, i.e. lodge stealthily [Strong's NT#3921] into the Church. (Jude.1:1-4) NOTE; "by any means!"
c. It's not what you say it's what you do Matt.7:15-20)" (Heb.13:7, 1Thes.5:12-13, 1Thes.5:21) Lifestyle / fruit / example - Jesus Christ) (1) The leader that has be taken from the people / saints (Num.1:47-54;2:17 / 1Cor.10:1-11) (2) To be among the people / saints, for the people / saint (Luke.22:24-26) (3) To serve the congregation are both to be (2Cor.1:23-24)
Both are to worship, looking at Jesus. (Heb.12:2)
d. The congregation still needs to take responsibility for their own walk before the Lord.
e. Those that labor amongst us will be accountable for their example
2. Manner - as the "manner of some is" "Manner" - a usage (prescribed by habit or law):—custom, manner, be wont.• [Custom in Eng. Dict - a thing that one does habitually] This lifestyle / behavior. "for their very works [fruit, evidence] sake" (1Thes.5:13)