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.
18 Pray [proseuchomai] for [peri] us [hemon]: for [gar] [hoti] we trust [peitho] we have [echo] a good [kalos] conscience [suneidesis], in
[en] all things [pas] willing [thelo] to live [anastrepho] honestly [kalos].
19 But [de] I beseech [parakaleo] you the rather [perissoteros] to do [poieo] this [touto], that [hina] I may be
restored [apokathistemi] to you [humin] the sooner [tachion]. KJV-Interlinear
18 Pray for
us, for we are sure that we have a good conscience, desiring to conduct
ourselves honorably in all things. 19
And I urge you all the more to do this, that I may be restored to you the
The writer of this book of
Hebrews, is asking for prayer from the readers, for himself and others like
him. Why? Because he is a communicator of Bible
God gave us all the
scriptures. Were it not for His initial
communication of truth, none of us would have a clue as to what life was all
about. None of us would even survive with
any hope of a decent life.
So we are all to pray for
doctrine so that we will have something with which to learn Gods Word and gain wisdom,
and so that we will be able to grow up in our spiritual life.
Again, without doctrine
there is nothing more than a life of misery in this world. Only with doctrine can any of us have
something to look forward to.
Since Bible doctrine is the
difference between a life of failure and misery as opposed to a life of
prosperity and eternal happiness, then asking for doctrine, that it will always
be available for our study, is a must.
God provides the
scriptures. God also provides us with
communicators of that doctrine.
Communicators that teach within the boundaries of our contemporary
lives. Every century, every generation
throughout human history, there are issues that pertain only to that
generation. Teachers within that
generation teach on a level which allows those readers to understand Gods Word
within the framework of their frame of reference.
Today we live in the age of
the internet, mp3 players, laptop computers and such. This vocabulary did not exist a century
ago. That generation knew of horses and
buggy whips and some ridiculous idea of flying machines.
The Word of God was the
same then as it is now, just the illustrations change which help people to
learn spiritual principles.
Communicators are not
better people, they are just given a gift with a desire to write or speak Gods
word to whomever is interested.
Satan is always on the
prowl to interrupt Gods plan, which includes the communication of His
Word. And so the battle between good
and evil continues. God honors positive
volition and that attitude is demonstrated in the form of prayer.
If there are a lot of
people interested in Bible doctrine, then they will pray for its
availability. They will pray that God
does not turn His back on them, and that God will always make available, His
spiritual word for their spiritual growth.
God honors that request.
If there are few people who
are interested, then the prayers will also be few in number. That means trouble for a negative society.
Back in Solomon s day The
population in Israel
was positive toward God. Prosperity was
booming. Silver was a common as the stones in the streets. The temple was beautiful and in good
repair. It was wealthy due to all of the
donations made by a positive people.
Later, that all
changed. As people became negative the
temple received less offerings, needed repairs were ignored. Alternative cults and religions grew in prosperity. The spiritual change was obvious by the changes
in attitude, toward God and scripture, within
the nation. That nation eventually split
and both were eventually overrun by enemies.
Prophets and priests could not be found except in very few numbers, near
No interest, no prayers, no
prayers, no communicators, no communicators, no truth to guide ones life by, no
truth as a guide, then all one is left with are the lies of the world. And the world is on a nose dive toward
The writer, who by the way
is not identified, expresses a wish to return to his readers. There is a great principle found in
this. First, the communicator is not the
subject of the book. Christ is. Second, the communicator does not need to be
personally known to you, nor even seen by you, in order for you to grow up
spiritually. The writer is unidentified
because he is not important. What is
important is Gods word, its availability, and of course your attitude.
Your spiritual life is the
single most important thing you can ever possess in your life. It is the only thing, bedsides your life,
that you can take with you into eternity.
Nothing else in this world is as important. Therefore, of all the things that you should
pray for, having doctrine always available, should be on the very top of your
prayer request list.
And perhaps one day, when
we all get to heaven, then we can get together and talk about our online Bible
study. I hope that I will not be there
talking to myself !!!!!
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.