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.
22 And [de] I beseech [parakaleo] you [humas], brethren [adelphos], suffer [anechomai] the
word [logos] of exhortation [paraklesis]: for [gar] [kai] I have written a letter [epistello] unto you [humin] in [dia] few words [brachus]. KJV-Interlinear
22 But I
urge you, brethren, bear with this word of exhortation, for I have written to
you briefly. NASB
We have been through
thirteen chapters in this study and we are very near the end of this book. Though we started our study of this book in
mid-summer of 2001 and resumed it in October of last year, we have been
continuously studying this book of Hebrews now for just over five months.
Yet the writer states that
this is a very brief account. To delve
into the principles of doctrine in further and greater detail would require
considerably more time. And yet how many
have stuck through the process?
Well, I don t have the
answer to that question. It doesn t
really matter. If you are one of those
who persevered then you will be the better for it. And after all, you are what is important in
your personal life anyway. Only you can
achieve your own personal spiritual growth.
No one else can accomplish that for you.
Only you will be the recipient of Gods blessings which He has set aside
in heaven for you. No one else can
acquire your blessings for you.
Though Hebrews can probably
be read comfortably in about an hours time, in order to understand the content
of scripture contained within it, takes considerably more time as well as
Hebrews is possibly one of
the greatest books, if not the greatest book, of the New Testament. Just as Isaiah is probably one of the greatest
books of the Old Testament, if not the entire Bible, because of the depth of
The overall picture
presented by Hebrews is glories. This
book gives us a picture of truth, of what we have in our favor in this
life. We know that if we pursue the New
Covenant as presented in the Bible, which is the pursuit of Christ in our life,
rather than pursuing anything that this world offers in terms of its
enticements, then we will have a great life.
Pursuing Christ simply
means studying, learning, understanding and applying Bible doctrine to our
daily lives. And as a result advancing
our spiritual state to maturity, to completion, to being fully equipped with
good as defined by God.
And what is good? Any productive act which is accomplished
within the sphere of fellowship, which is consistent and compatible with Gods
plan. And that includes your Bible
study, your learning, your consistency in your studies, your obedience to Gods
mandates, your living your life in fellowship in accordance with Gods
principles and so forth.
You produce good when you
sleep (if you fall asleep while in fellowship). Why?
Because God (the Holy Spirit) is in control of your soul when you are in
fellowship and God (the Holy Spirit) works the miracle of your spiritual growth
in your soul.
How do you build up soul
muscle? By reading extensively? By running a mile everyday? By studying in the most prestigious of
universities? By accumulating
You build up soul or
spiritual muscle by reading about Adam and Eve, by reading about Moses, by
reading about Job, by reading about Gideon, by reading the letter to the
Corinthians, by reading the letter to the Romans, by reading Revelation, by
studying the Bible.
How can one possibly grow
up into a spiritual giant by reading Bible stories? They do not teach physics, or cooking, or
automotive repair. They do not prepare
you for a law practice or help you design a rocket, or help you do better in
the stock market. They do not help you
get a job, or find a lifetime companion.
These things are all things
of this world. And spiritual growth is a
supernatural experience. One in which
God does all of the work and we do nothing.
To persevere in a daily
study can be a taxing thing. We all
want to read ahead, and get through the book so we can get on with the next
book and the next. But Bible study is
not a speed reading course. Your
objective is not to read the entire Bible in a month just so you can read it
all over again. Your Bible study is not something which has a beginning and an
end where you know all there is to know, and then have nothing further to do.
Your objective is to learn
(not speed read), and keep on learning everyday for the rest of your life. How can we possibly learn more and more after
we have read the Bible, once or twice or several times? Well we just do, and that is part of the
miracle of Gods accomplishment in our spiritual growth.
I suppose a good
illustration would be a child learning to talk, then to read, then to write
letters, then to write words, then sentences, then paragraphs, then pages, then
chapters, then books, then series and so forth.
So long as there are ideas the writing will never stop. No one can write everything that is writable.
Look at the night sky. This universe is vast and virtually
infinite. We can never know it all. So too is Bible doctrine. Even though the Bible has a beginning
(Genesis) and an end (Revelation), we might think that we can learn it all, but
that is an impossibility. Rushing
through your studies will defeat your growth.
Trying to hurry up your learning will defeat your growth.
You can only study and
learn and be patient with the passage of time as God works His miracle in you.
One day you will look back
and you will be amazed at how much you have learned, and at how much you still
have to learn.
Therefore, as the writer
states, be patient, and bear with, the drawn out daily studies. You will learn vast amounts of doctrine if
you eat your spiritual food one bite at a time.
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.