In studying any passage of Scripture, we must always ask ourselves:
Unless we have no opinion at all concerning a certain subject, it will be impossible for us not to make some type of judgment concerning it with respect to these questions, even if we do not consciously rehearse these points or even know they exist. Therefore, it is by far the wiser course to keep these questions ever before us as we seek further light, and, as God grants it to us.
As we seek to be "bearing with one another in love" (Eph.4:2), in our struggles along the way in this pathway of faith, may we realize that a man cannot hunger and thirst for that for which he has no taste. While our faithfulness is by the grace of God, nonetheless, it is through our own efforts, according to our strongest desires. One who is wise, therefore, will realize that "a man cannot get anything if it should not be given him out of heaven" (John 3:27).
"Now may our Lord Jesus Christ Himself, and God, our Father, Who loves us, and is giving us an eonian consolation and a good expectation in grace, be consoling your hearts and establish you in every good work and word" (2 Thess.2:16,17).
*** Scripture quotations are from the "Concordant Literal New Testament" ***