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.
15 By [dia] him [autos] therefore [oun] let us
offer [anaphero] the sacrifice [thusia] of praise [ainesis] to God [theos] continually [diapantos],
that is [toutesti], the fruit [karpos] of our lips [cheilos] giving
thanks [homologeo] to his [autos] name [onoma].
16 But [de] to do good [eupoiia] and [kai] to communicate [koinonia] forget [epilanthanomai] not
[me]: for [gar]
with such [toioutos] sacrifices [thusia] God [theos] is well pleased
Him then, let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is,
the fruit of lips that give thanks to His name. 16 And do not neglect doing good and sharing;
for with such sacrifices God is pleased. NASB
Throughout the Old
Testament, God required sacrifices. Those
sacrifices demonstrated the compliance of the one making the offering, with
Gods will. Presumably the person making
the sacrifice, knew and understood why he was making the sacrifice.
But, of course we know that
everyone making sacrifices did not know what they were doing. More often, the sacrificial rituals were
abused and used for devious ends. Like
priests, for example, taking advantage of the ritual and its tradition, to
maintain and command their position and power over the masses.
But then, every aspect of the
Bible, every principle taught in the Bible has its counterfeit principle out
there in the world. Volition is offset
by intimidation. Marriage is opposed by
alternative companion arrangements. Free
enterprise is opposed by socialism and such ideologies. Legitimate economics is opposed by abusive regulation. Truth is opposed by deceptions or lies. And so forth.
So the legitimate
sacrifices of the Bible were abused and distorted around the world. But the illegitimate sacrifices are not in
view here. It is the legitimate
sacrifices, which people did for honorable and legitimate purposes to learn,
and understand the principles of Gods plan and will for humanity and for ones
self, which are in view.
Now since the Old
Testament, are there new or replacement sacrifices which we are to follow, or
are we now relieved from any form of sacrifice?
And the answer to that is yes, we still have sacrificial obligations.
But, you say, I thought
that all of the animal sacrifices were now obsolete and that the Levitical
offerings were now defunct. And that is
correct. We are not to offer sacrifices
of animals (or people), but we still have a sacrificial obligation.
And our obligation comes in
the form of word and deed. Which by the
way, were also required in the Old Testament times too.
God is the same yesterday,
today, and forever. His requirements
from mankind have never changed. The
animal sacrifices were teaching aids and nothing more. People still were obligated to learn the
principles of doctrine, to grow up in their spiritual lives, and be faithful to
God in their daily lives. That has never
Walk before Me, and be
blameless. 2 And I will establish My
covenant between Me and you, NASB
17 I will give thanks to
the LORD according to His righteousness,
And will sing praise to the name of the LORD Most High. NASB
'Why have we fasted and
Thou dost not see? Why have we humbled ourselves
and Thou dost not notice?' NASB
26 For just as the body
without the spirit is dead, so also faith without works is dead. NASB
Our sacrifice today is
continual. That is to say, we are to
live our life in fellowship, learn doctrine and live by it, on a continual
basis day in and day out. That is our
obligation to God.
From that, God builds a fortress,
a bubble, a wall of fire, the fellowship sphere, of protection around our
lives, within which we are safe from this world. But safe in what respect? Does this mean that we will be exempt from
working or paying our bills? No. This protection is from the attempts of the
world trying to destroy our spiritual lives.
But this protection is more
than just protection. It is also Gods
provision for every need that we will have in life. Does this mean that we won t get cancer, that
we will certainly win the lottery? No. We were not placed on this earth to be
wealthy or healthy or perfect in some fashion, but we are here to grow up spiritually.
We will all grow old. We will all have different medical problems
throughout our lives. We will all have
our financial problems, our ups and downs, and so forth. This is the devils world and as such problems
come with living here.
I have called the
environment of the world, the jungle, because it is just like living in a real
jungle. In a jungle, life is against
you. The rules favor the strong ruling the weak. There are the quick and there
are the dead, the rich and the poor, the gifted and the, not so gifted.
You can choose to live in the
jungle (rejecting God in your life) and you will be controlled by the jungle
rules. In the jungle, everyone, sooner
or later, loses. No one can control the
jungle. Even though the wealthy and the
influential might think that they control things they do not.
Or, you can choose to live
inside of Gods bubble of protection, inside of Gods fortress. In there, God runs the show. God controls the
rules of engagement. God does our
fighting and providing.
In the jungle you are on your
own. In the jungle everything is
uncertain. In the jungle there is only
worry, misery, and ultimately, failure.
A mighty fortress is our
God. Inside we are safe and provided
for. Yes we still have to go
school. We still have to go to
work. We still have to pay our
bills. And we will still be subject to
problems that the world will hurl against us.
Remember that the world hates anything that has to do with God.
But if we choose to live
inside of Gods fortress, then we know for certain the outcome of our life. Our outcome will be heaven, blessing, reward
Therefore, our sacrifice
now, is a continual one, a moment by moment sacrifice or worship (studying,
learning, thinking doctrine) and good works (applying God principles to our
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.