King Philip sent a message to the people of Lycaonia saying, “If I enter Lycaonia, the city will go down to dust.”
Their answer was very short. It consisted of only one word "If."
The king then realized that they are capable of resisting his attempt to invade their cities.
This is the conditional “if,” but our teacher Paul offers us a certain “if,” he says,
“If God is for us, who can be against us” (Rom. 8.31)?
Here he means since the Lord is with us, certainly who will dare to be against us?
He also says,
“If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above” (Col.3: 1).
This means “Since you are certainly raised with Christ, ask what is from above.”
In the certainty of love we are resurrected with You.
Why should we ask for perishable matters?
(1) Naismith, Archibald. 2400 Outlines, Quotes and Anecdotes for Sermons.
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