Backsliding, judgment, deliverance, renewed backsliding – trace this unvarying cycle in the history of the period, as summed up in this section. What sort of spiritual life corresponds to this in the life of the individuals?
Cf. Col. 3:5, 6; Rev. 3:1-3.
What can we learn from 2:7, 10 and 3:6 concerning the importance of
(a) Christian example,
(b) Christian teaching of the young, and
(c) Christian marriage?
Cf. Matt. 5:13; Deut. 6:6, 7; Eph. 6:4; 1 Cor. 7:39 (last clause); 2 Cor. 6:14.