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You must be in fellowship prior to your Bible study, so that the spiritual information you receive can become a source, of blessing to your soul and produce spiritual growth.
1 Peter 1:22
22 Seeing ye have purified [hagnizo] your [humon] souls [psuche] in [en] obeying [hupakoe] the truth [aletheia]
through [dia] the Spirit [pneuma] unto [eis] unfeigned [anupokritos] love of the brethren [philadelphia], see that ye love [agapao]
one another [allelon] with [ek] a pure [katharos] heart [kardia] fervently [ektenos]:KJV-Interlinear
22 Since you have in obedience to
the truth purified your souls for a sincere love of the brethren, fervently
love one another from the heart,NASB
This is a complicated
verse if you do not know what the meaning of truth, or love, or purified, or
First, truth is the
content of the Word of God.Love is the
content of the Word of God.Doctrine is
the content of the Word of God.Do you
see a pattern?We studied this in detail
in 1, 2, and 3rd Jn.
Love is not the
emotional feelings of intimacy or hugging or just simply emoting concern or
care for someone.Love is the content of
the Word of God.Therefore, love equals
truth equals doctrine.All three give
the Word of God, certain attributes.
The Word of God is
the content of words from Genesis to Revelation.Truth is the nature of those words.Love is the relationship that those words
provide.In all, these three attributes provide
us all a level playing field and consistent framework for conduct between
ourselves and God and each other.
In this universe,
there is cleanliness and there is filth.Bible doctrine is cleanliness.Everything
else is filth.So, when you wash
yourself with doctrine, you in effect purify your soul from the filth of
everything that is non-spiritual.
When you are obedient
to the truth, that simply means that you are obedient to the mandates of
God.Which mandates are, having a positive
attitude toward God, Christ, doctrine and your spiritual life.Obedience means to study with interest and desire
to learn.Obedience means to study
daily, learn daily, utilize daily, understand daily and in other words, grow up
in your spiritual life.
The heart, is often
used in the Bible to describe the function of Bible doctrine within your
soul.In the physical body, the heart is
a pump, which circulates the blood throughout the body.That is the same function referred to in the
soul, whereby you are circulating doctrine throughout your soul as you think
doctrine and use doctrine in your life.
And so, Peter reminds
us that the best possible relationship that we can have with God and people, is
You must have
doctrine resident in your soul and you must be in fellowship in order to use it
properly.And with doctrine functioning
properly (heart action) within your soul, then your relationship is not only
maximized with God, but also with people.
fellowship are in the same game, so to speak, which maximizes harmony,
consistency, orientation, discernment, understanding and so forth.
Believers out of
fellowship are not participating in the same game, therefore there is confusion
Unbelievers aren t
even on the same field.
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Now is the time to post a prayer.
End Of Lesson
Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.
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