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1 Peter 3:8
8 Finally [de][telos], be ye all [pas] of one
mind [homophron], having compassion one of
another [sumpathes], love as brethren [philadelphos], be pitiful [eusplagchnos],
be courteous [philophron]: KJV-Interlinear
8 To sum up, let all be
harmonious, sympathetic, brotherly, kindhearted, and humble in spirit; NASB
Finally, is the
beginning of Peter s summary of what he has been saying in the verses prior to
Finally, rises to a
summation of the principles he has been teaching.
Finally, is a
reference to your understanding of what has been mentioned, as opposed to what
you might think you understand.And most
folks mess up these last few verses, because they believe that they are
speaking of them, rather than a principle of doctrine.
And just what is that
The structure and
mechanics of the spiritual life, is what we are being taught.
The Bible is a long
series of parables.From end to end, it
uses common world experiences, to teach spiritual principles.
All of humanity begins
in spiritual death.Anything that is
spiritually dead cannot understand the spiritual realm, let alone the doctrines
that pertain to it.Therefore, through
the Holy Spirit, we come to learn of the gospel, the many doctrines for Christ,
the principles of obligation and responsibility, and so forth, through the
teaching of parables.
We have just seen a
glimpse of marriage and the relationship of the husband and wife together with
their respective roles.
Lets review, so you can
begin to catch on to just what you have been learning.
First, the male is
placed in authority.He has obligations
to learn the rules and scope of his authority.That learning comes through the daily study of Bible doctrine.He is therefore obligated to subordinate
himself to his studies and the framework of the spiritual life.
The wife, is the female
part of this relationship.She is
obligated to subordinate herself to authority, and in so doing, she is applying
the doctrines she knows, to how she functions in life.This is the application aspect of the
Together, the two of
them form a marriage of the two aspects of the spiritual life learning, and
Together, in marriage
the husband and wife become intimate, and produce a family.Likewise together they create a home.Together they enjoy the production of the
synergy of the two of them, in blessings that are far greater than they could
possibly enjoy on their own.On ones
own, you cannot produce a child.On ones
own, you cannot make a family, etc.
Therefore, marriage is
a picture of the spiritual life as it applies to each one of us, individually.
We are all obligated to
subordinate ourselves to the authority of God the Father, just as Christ did,
and look to God the Father, through His plan, which means that we approach Him through
Christ and only through Christ, and by no other means.
The marriage is a
picture of our functioning in life, in accordance with the principles that we
have learned. By being obedient to God in principle, we should also be obedient
to Him in practice.
We live life with one
mind, the principles of Bible doctrine.We live life with mutual respect to one another, we all being equal in
salvation, in thought (doctrine), and we all possess the same potential of
advancement to maturity.
Whether we are male or
female, rich or poor, smart of dumb, makes no difference.We all have the same potentials toward life
and certainly toward eternity.None of
us are superior to anyone else.
The wealthy of the
world do not have an advantage over the rest of us.The husband does not have an advantage over
the wife.The gifted does not have an
advantage over the un-gifted.
In this world, which is
the devils world, there is an infinite set of disadvantages and unfairness for
everyone.But in the spiritual life, the
playing field is level and fair for everyone.We do not compete against each other in doctrine.We only have to compete against our own
thoughts and attitude.And in that
respect you are your own worst enemy.
brotherly, kindhearted, and humble in spirit, means that we do unto others,
etc.We exclude arrogance, prejudice,
hate, inordinate competitiveness, and so forth from our dealings with one
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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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