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.
4 Ye have [antikathistemi] not yet [oupo] resisted [antikathistemi]
unto [mechri] blood [haima], striving [antagonizomai]
against [pros] sin [hamartia].
4 You have
not yet resisted to the point of shedding blood in your striving against sin; NASB
Resisting here is the
resisting of evil. This
is the living of the spiritual life while trying to avoid sin and human good. Remember that the
sin nature, which resides in each and everyone of us, has two areas of power. An area of strength
which is human good, and an area of weakness which is sin. There are several charts on the web
site outlining the sin nature and the carnal nature of man.
By resisting evil you are
in effect trying to keep yourself in fellowship, or in the power sphere of the
spiritual realm. Of
course you should know by now how that is accomplished through the confession
concept. We confess our sins to God the Father, to get into fellowship. And, we get out of
fellowship by committing a sin or rejecting Gods wisdom in some fashion.
To go through life
resisting evil in its many, many forms, is difficult. Only Christ was able to accomplish
this. You and I
have the confession outlet to help us re-focus on our spiritual priorities when
we lose our stability in life.
And we can lose track of
our stability by getting upset, by getting angry, by lusting after something,
by getting a little too uppity in our opinions, by gossip, by hate, by
committing a crime, even by becoming indifferent or choosy toward God or
doctrine, and so forth.
Because of our vacillations
in life we will come face to face with Gods discipline. And probably more often than we would like.
God has tree methods of
dealing with people. He
can apply judgment against them. He can apply discipline against
them. And God can bless.
Being blessed is the
preferred relationship, obviously. Being
judged is the one you want to avoid. It has a lot of finality which
accompanies it. Being
on the receiving end of discipline is far better than being on the receiving
end of judgment, because discipline means that we will survive to see another
Discipline comes in three
forms as well. There is deserved
suffering because we are simply out of line in our spiritual life. There is corrective
suffering, or prevention, to get us back on track with our spiritual life. And there is
educational suffering to keep us on the straight an
narrow so that we do not falter in some fashion.
God applies each one of
these as they become appropriate. Sometimes God doesn t have to do
anything because we screw up our own lives ourselves, spending a lot of our
time getting ourselves into and out of trouble like we are riding a roller
coaster through life.
Heaven just sits back is total awe, shaking its head as it were,
at our stupidity.
We generally have four
great areas with which we have to deal in life. Four great areas that are the source
of all of our problems.
The first is your own self, or our own thinking. What you think is what you are. And how you think
guides what you say and do in life.
The second area of trouble
is from other people. Can t
get around it, we have to deal with people all of our life. Whether it is family, neighbors,
friends, the work place, or strangers, there is always someone out there who
will cause you grief of one sort or another.
The third area of trouble
for us is through the bureaucratic systems of the world. Businesses, governments, social groups
and so forth. All
have systems of organization and those systems can be a royal pain at times. Ever try to get
through an over done automated telephone answering system?
The fourth area which is a
source of our trouble in life comes from naturally occurring disasters. This can range from
storms, to automobile accidents, to birth defects, to genetic anomalies or any
departure from something normal or common, and so forth.
So, you are surrounded in
If you are positive toward
God and doctrine, then life will be much easier on you, than if you are
indifferent toward your spiritual life. You know what you can expect from God,
and you know what you can expect from the world.
Having a spiritual life
gives you the edge and capacity for dealing with the inevitable. You can sail
through problems because you know that God will have a solution out there for
If you ignore your
spiritual life, then life will overwhelm you sooner or later.
God can push us right up to
the edge of death and beyond it. Of course we will have lots of little
charging mosquitoes throughout our life as well, just to keep us from getting
Your spiritual status will
dictate whether you pass or fail when faced with the problems of life.
30 If his sons forsake My
law, And do not walk in My judgments, 31
If they violate My statutes, And do not keep My commandments, 32 Then I will visit their transgression with
the rod, And their iniquity with stripes. NASB
2 Cor. 12:7
7 And because of the
surpassing greatness of the revelations, for this reason, to keep me from
exalting myself, there was given me a thorn in the flesh, a messenger of Satan
to buffet me to keep me from exalting
1 There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job, and that man was
blameless, upright, fearing God, and turning away from evil. NASB
6 So the LORD said to
Satan, Behold, he is in your power, only spare his life. NASB
5 I have heard of Thee by
the hearing of the ear; But now my eye
sees Thee; 6 Therefore I retract, And I
repent in dust and ashes. NASB
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.