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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.
2 Peter 3:16
16 As [hos] also [kai] in [en] all [pas] his epistles [epistole],
speaking [laleo] in [en] them [autos] of [peri] these things [touton]; in [en] which [hos] are [esti] some things [tis] hard to
be understood [dusnoetos], which [hos] they that are unlearned [amathes] and [kai] unstable [asteriktos] wrest [strebloo], as [hos] they do also [kai] the
other [loipoy] scriptures [graphe], unto [pros] their [autos] own [idios] destruction [apoleia]. KJV-Interlinear
16 as also in all his letters,
speaking in them of these things, in which are some things hard to understand,
which the untaught and unstable distort, as they do also the rest of the
Scriptures, to their own destruction. NASB
Paul, who was formerly known
as Saul, was nothing but a sleazy murderer, hiding behind the self-righteousness
of religion.But one day while he was
traveling along a road, Jesus blinded him and had a heart to heart talk with
him.After that episode, Saul became
Paul and then he became the premiere writer of scripture in the New Testament.
From God, through a former
scum-bag of a person, we have the blessing of receiving the greatest doctrines
of all time.
As a writer, Isaiah
would probably be the Paul of the Old Testament, in terms of difficult
Paul writes some of the
most difficult to understand, and revealing doctrines, ever, and when we
complete our study of Peter we will begin going through Pauls letters before returning
to the Old Testament.
Difficult does not mean
impossible however.Ask a two year old
about the state of the world and you ll get ignored or a funny look at
best.So it is, with Bible doctrine.You have to learn the little things and build
upon them bit by bit in order to be able to see the complete picture of life.
The unbeliever has no
spiritual mechanism within him. The believer who is indifferent, antagonistic,
argumentative, and so forth (unstable), has the spiritual mechanism in order to
learn, but without doctrine, both of these types of people cannot see the full
picture of life.Only seeing a partial picture
means that you cannot ever reach the correct conclusions or find the right
And, since the
spiritual side of life is the larger side of life, then seeing only a few
pieces of the puzzle (without doctrine) leaves you virtually blind.Remember that show on television, concentration?When you can see what is behind only a couple
of the hundred pieces, you cannot even guess what the answer is.And in life you don t even know the category,
and you don t have any clues without doctrine.In life, all guesses and conclusions are one-hundred percent wrong.
Time, patience and
study on a daily basis, combined with application of the things you learn, all
of this while functioning in fellowship, are the only way that you can grow up
spiritually into a full and complete life.
The spiritual life
functions only while you are in fellowship.That is why many folks do not learn, even while they read their Bibles.
That is why the confession process is so important.Without it, your prayers, your whole
spiritual function are disabled and worthless.
Likewise, this is why
those who are spiritually dysfunctional (unbelievers, unstable believers, etc.),
create such a problem for everyone in life.They take truth and distort it, compromise it, reinvent it, ignore it,
and in their sowing confusion in the world, only destroy, ruin, and lose their
Doctrine is the only
means of seeing through, and the solution for, all of the opinion pollution from
If ever there was a
global meltdown, environmental ruin, destroy the planet concept, then lack of
doctrine is the cause not fossil fuel, not trash, not economic spread the
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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