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.
9 Be [periphero] not [me] carried about [periphero]
with divers [poikilos] and [kai] strange [xenos] doctrines [didache]. For [gar] it is a good
thing [kalos] that the heart [kardia] be established [bebaioo]
with grace [charis]; not [ou] with meats [broma], which
have [opheleo] not [ou] profited [opheleo] them
that have been occupied [peripateo] therein [en] [hos]. KJV-Interlinear
9 Do not be
carried away by varied and strange teachings; for it is good for the heart to
be strengthened by grace, not by foods, through which those who were thus
occupied were not benefited. NASB
Jesus Christ is God. Jesus Christ is perfect humanity. Jesus Christ is both God and man in one
person, the unique person of the universe.
Jesus Christ is the living word.
The Bible is the written word, which is also Christ.
Believing in Christ
(salvation) solves the union with Christ problem, and confession solves the
communion or fellowship problem with Him.
Christ was never born, but
as God, has lived forever. Christ has
always existed. There was never a time
when He did not exist. The humanity of
Jesus was of course born to Mary, but a human life named Jesus was not created
by Mary. She merely carried the
biological fetus which was to become Jesus.
We as human beings cannot create human life. We can only perpetuate biological life.
Christ already existed when
the baby was conceived. The two did not
become one until the baby was born and breathed its first breath. That is when the two became one. Neshamah is the Hebrew word for the spark
of life, the exhale of Gods breath and the inhale of mans life. This is true about you when you were born and
it was true about the humanity of Jesus when He was born to Mary.
The big difference between
Christ and you and I, is that we did not exist in eternity past as Christ
existed, but we did exist as a component of future history from the stand point
of the Divine Decrees. We were but an
entry in the history books to be. Our birth
is the reality of that entry.
The Bible teaches us all of
the truths about God, about life, about ourselves, and about our future. God invented truth. Truth is the exact
matching up of facts with reality.
Anything else is a lie and nothing more.
So when God invented truth,
or the facts of history, then who else was on hand in eternity past to invent
an alternate reality, or an alternate truth?
Where did the ideas of
Islam come from. They did not exist until the early 600 s A.D. How can a religion be true if it comes into
history so late in history?
The same concept is true
about every other religion. All of them
were invented by man. Since man was not
on hand in eternity past, how can man invent something apart from Gods plan and
call it truth?
Strange means something
that is unknown, something that one is unfamiliar with, different, abnormal,
from another place, distant, foreign.
This is exactly what all beliefs that depart from the Word of God are strange.
And they are more than strange, they are lies, invented beliefs, things
that have no foundation in fact.
There are a lot of folks
out there who will jump at the chance to believe in anything that comes along
which departs from the normal.
If I saw a shadow on a rock
out in the field and sent a notice to the news media, that I had seen the
shadow of Christ on that rock, people all over the world would flock to see the
rock, bow down to the rock, worship the rock.
People would be in tears at the sight of the rock. Their emotions would flow to out of control
over the presence of the rock.
And yet, the whole story
would be a lie. It would have no basis
in fact. It would even defy logic, but
people would not care for the truth. All
they want is something to distract them away from their problems, insecurities,
loneliness, something to focus on for their hope. Their hope of a solution for whatever their
deepest desires might be.
Of course they lack Bible
doctrine in their soul because they have not committed to a legitimate daily
study of the Word of God, or their studies, if they had them, focused more on
the emotional aspects of their wants and desires rather than on true doctrine
and true knowledge of the facts of life.
If they did have doctrine
and some spiritual growth, then they would know instantly that the story was a
hoax. Christ reveals Himself in the
Word, not in shadows or stains.
Of course this was a silly
illustration, but then there are two-thirds of the worlds population who have
embraced beliefs that are just as false, yet in their minds they deeply believe
in their faiths.
Bible doctrine is the only
true light. Light is what you need in
order to see. In order to see anything. Without light, then you cannot see anything.
So place yourself in total
darkness. Floating outside the galaxy,
free floating away from everything would be a good example. There you would have no frame of reference,
no standard with which to compare your situation to anything. You would not know if you were moving or
standing still, you would not know if you were right side up or upside
down. With no gauges, no equipment, with
nothing to guide you, then you have to
define your own existence. And that
definition could only be defined in accordance with what you liked or disliked.
If there are others around
you, then you will inevitably like some and dislike others. Prejudice begins. If someone has more, then others will get
jealous. And human history has its
beginnings in lies. Prejudice, witch
hunting, standards that favor the majority and so forth take root, and the
society quickly deteriorates.
When truth is left out,
then the lies run rampant and take on all sorts of strange characteristics.
Without truth, the beliefs
will always come to the wrong conclusions.
Without light, in total darkness, then no one will ever know the errors
of their thoughts.
Light has to become
available in order for one to see truth.
Bible doctrine is the only source of light in this world. Without it people will pursue lies and they
will cling to them fanatically.
This is why you see
terrorists firmly entrenched in their beliefs.
This is why you will see a modern news media firmly entrenched in
promoting tainted news stories. The
former pursues their lusts for criminal power and advantage. The latter pursues their lusts for self
righteous power, influence, and advantage.
How do you know the
truth? By learning Bible doctrine.
God the Holy Spirit teaches
truth. That is one of His jobs. When you have truth, when you are advancing
in your spiritual life, then the Holy Spirit will make the truth of things in
this world, real and discernable to you.
We do not review all of the daily news stories in this study. You can go to any one of several sources for
We might touch on a story
from time to time, just to illustrate a doctrine, but that is about it. It is your responsibility to know the truth
and as it states in our passage, do not get carried away, with strange
beliefs. Do not be carried along, by
The world without doctrine,
follows the pattern of lies which was initiated by Satan. Lies hate the success of truth. Lies hate the success of anything related to
Another example of
this. A business is competitive, offers
good prices and services, and it is successful.
The world will hate it. Many of
the big successful companies of the world are hated by politicians, by the
media, by activists. The companies
follow the divine establishment principle of free enterprise. They are hated because they are related to,
or rather operating in the sphere, of truth (free enterprise).
The war in Iraq has
produced fewer casualties than any prior war.
It has freed millions of people from tyranny. It is trying to establish freedom and
democracy in a region of the world which has not had any freedom for a very
long time. It is trying to stop the acts
of criminals who would kill and destroy out of pure hate. It is the classic good fighting evil, and how
is it depicted in politics, in the news?
Are you fooled by the fog of the
Some in power try to
promote lower taxes. Lower taxes
promotes prosperity. The Bible teaches a
pattern of ten percent as being reasonable for a total tax rate, but I doubt
that there is a country on the planet with a combined national rate that low. What do the opponents scream? You are favoring the rich. We won t have enough to get things
done. A lower rate will destroy the
economy. And the masses believe the
false arguments. What do you suppose the
tax rate will be in the Millennium (a time of unparalleled prosperity) when
Do not be fooled by false
teachings. Do not be fooled by false
communications. Do not be fooled by
anything which is anti-truth. Do not be
fooled by the false teachers entertainers, politicians, activists. They have a selfish agenda which is in
opposition of truth and the promotion of their own approbation.
They are all doomed to eventual
failure. We do know that the world in
general will eventually pursue the lies to the maximum. That time will be
immediately before and during the Tribulation.
We should all know the outcome of that.
There is only profit in
truth. There is only blessing in
pursuing truth. There is only freedom
and prosperity by defending truth.
Too often people operate on
their knee jerk emotions and do not attempt to sort out the facts of a
matter. When an entire population does
this then they are easily swayed, they are fickle, and they are destined for
1 Cor. 3:11
11 For no man can lay a
foundation other than the one which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. NASB
6 I am amazed that you are
so quickly deserting Him who called you by the grace of Christ, for a different
17 for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but
righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. 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.