ShArP wrote:And now, little children, abide in him, so that when he appears we may have confidence and not shrink from him in shame at his coming.
- 1 John 2:28 (ESV)
Consider how The Bible Says the Creator Declares
that what men consider great and worthy of honor,
He Calls abominable !?
So, for instance, men will cater to and get excited to meet a powerful politic figure, or a popular actor/actress, or a media star,
yet according to all Scripture that is "a way that seems right to a man, but the end thereof is the road to destruction" ... (or worse).
Compare when the audience is enthralled or clamoring over or focused on the man or woman on the stage - the crowd and each individual may
not even be aware who else is around if they value that 'super' star or figure , in the flesh, so highly - they may even stand for hours just
waiting for a chance to get a glimpse of them, or watching their 'performance'/ speech or act. All for naught. Empty. Vain.
Then consider those who
the Bible says are set apart unto the Creator, By the Creator, for Himself, His Plan, His Purpose. (in a gathering of believers).
The meetings or gathering together of believers born again by the Will of the Father in heaven, for His Own Good Pleasure and Purpose and Plan, is a place where there are people who have eternal life with the Almighty Eternal One, abiding in Yeshua (Jesus),
"No voluntary membership association like a local church or synagogue or civic organization or lodge is a k’hal in the Hebraic sense. A k’hal is a group called together – summonsed by YHVH to meet with Him for a specific purpose - and who listens to, hears, and affirmatively responds to the call.
The issue is not whether a group of people choose to meet together – it is whether they are sh’ma-ing the Call of the God of Avraham, of Yitzchak, and of Ya’akov.
Anything called k’hal YHVH doesn’t call itself together – it only responds to the Divine Bridegroom’s call to meet with Him. See e.g. Exodus 19:16 and 24:1; see also Numbers 10:4.
Do you see the distinction? In the context of a Hebrew k’hal, the meeting that takes place is not between people – it is instead between each called person and our Covenant Partner in Heaven. The presence of other people is incidental, not definitional.?"