FAIL THE TEST: The word "adokimos" is translated
"reprobate" (Rom 1:28; 2Co 13:5-7, 2Ti 3:8; Tit 1:16), "castaway" (1Co 9:27),
and "rejected" (Heb 6:8). It is used to describe a counterfeit coin, deficient
as to weight or quality of metal. It is also used, figuratively, to describe a
cowardly soldier who fails the test of battle; a candidate rejected for office;
and a stone rejected by the builders. In each case, that which is "reprobate"
has promised something by its outward appearance which it cannot deliver! It
has, perhaps, a "name to live", but it is dead -- like clouds that promise rain,
but give none; like stars in the heavens that appear fixed, but prove to be
"wandering stars", or meteors.
Cp farewell exchanges by priests as they leave Temple after
evening sacrifice (Temple 146).
AIM FOR PERFECTION: "Katartizo" = to complete
thoroughly. That is, "strive to be spiritually prepared or trained."
FELLOWSHIP OF THE HOLY SPIRIT: That fellowship
established among believers (Act 2:42) by the work of the Holy Spirit (FCE 3).