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2 Peter 2:17
17 These [houtos] are [eisi] wells [pege] without water [anudros], clouds [nephele] that are
carried [elauno] with [hupo] a tempest [lailaps]; to
whom [hos] the mist [zophos] of darkness [skotos] is
reserved [tereo] for [eis] ever [aion]. KJV-Interlinear
17 These are springs without
water, and mists driven by a storm, for whom the black darkness has been
The major objective of the
spiritual life is to make you a free and independent person.You accomplish this by means of your growth
in God, in Christ, and in doctrine.Gods
Word is the quintessence of all that is, Psa. 138:2.
The major objective of
the world is to enslave and destroy you by means of arrogance, by its
enticements, by its distractions, by its coercion and intimidation, by means of
its ridicule of truth, by means of its distorted and deceitful duplication of
truth.You fall into this pit simply by
means of your indifference to truth.
In doctrine, is truth,
power, life, eternal life, comprehension, orientation, completeness, meaning
and purpose and so forth.
In the world is
emptiness, nothingness, aloneness, loss, failure, worthlessness, etc.
In life there are two
opinions Gods, and everything else.
Gods opinions are
truth.Everything consists of lies.
Ignoring truth either
in whole or in part, means that you embrace the lies for the world as your
Spiritual maturity represents
the attainment of the Promised Land, where prosperity and plenty exist for the
represents life in the desert, far, far away from everything of meaning and
When one walks through
the desert, and approaches a well, the joys of life bubble up inside, in
anticipation of something as simple as a drink of water.But when the well is discovered to be dry,
then the despairs of life overcome and overwhelm your entire essence.All of the former celebrations and boastings quickly
And so these are the
representations of the promises of the world.They are nothing more than dry wells, springs without water, empty
hopes.They are the dark clouds on the
horizon, promising the hope for badly needed rains, but the clouds only cause
darkness, blow over by the winds and bring no rain, no hope, nothing to aid or
That is what life is
without doctrine.A meaningless, and
hopeless, and endless existence.
Life is a serious
matter.God has given us all examples of
the consequences of our decisions in life.We have seen economic depressions, famines, world wars, and more, just
to name a few examples of the worst of times.
People have been forced
to live through the worst of times, and not because they just happen to have
been unlucky, but because they were reserved for the black darkness s that the
world has to offer. And that simply
means that they brought them onto themselves.
With doctrine and
spiritual growth, what you have to look forward to, are the best of times, even
being preserved in dark times, which are certain to come.
Without doctrine, or by
means of compromising doctrine, your only future is far worse.Humanity will never be able to eliminate, on their
own, the dark times from life. Despite all of the promises, all of the rhetoric
for change, for hope, for better things to come from hard work and so forth,
these are all empty wells, empty clouds, and when people finally discover their
emptiness it will be too late.
In life there are those
who deceive, who are driven by their ego s and lusts for authority and power,
and approbation, and such.
In life there are those
who are the deceived, the followers who ignore conveniently all that is true in
order to get something for nothing.They
reject responsibility and accountability and look to others for the answers of
life that they don t want to be held responsible for themselves.
In both cases they
become the enslaved and the pathetic when hard times finally catch up to them.And by the way, when a people subscribe to
anti-doctrinal ideals in life, it is difficult if not impossible to get them to
change.Only the worst of times has the power
to break the chains of arrogance, and that unfortunately means dark times for
There is only one
category of people who manage to evade the difficulties of the world, and those
are the spiritually mature, the spiritually positive, the ones who look to God
for their deliverance and support, by means of responsible spiritual growth
(not by means of genie wishes).This
does not mean that we can avoid being hammered by hard times, but it does mean
that we have God to look to for holding out lives together during those hard
As for those who have
ignored God, they have no one to whom they can look for help.And that is the darkest and worst situation
that anyone can ever be in, in life.Something you don t, want to experience for yourself.
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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