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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.
21 Wherefore [dio] lay apart [apotithemi] all [pas] filthiness [rhuparia] and [kai] superfluity [perisseia] of naughtiness [kakia], and
receive [dechomai] with [en] meekness [prautes] the
engrafted [emphutos] word [logos], which [ho] is able [dunamai] to save [sozo] your [humon] souls [psuche]. KJV-Interlinear
21 Therefore putting aside all
filthiness and all that remains of wickedness, in humility receive the word
implanted, which is able to save your souls. NASB
The terms filthiness, and superfluity
of naughtiness, refer respectively to the passionate sins or sins of the moment,
and the malignant or well-entrenched patterns of sins in your
Here is your command to set aside the old life, the
life which pursues or resides within the pattern of the sin nature, and replace
it with a life spent within the fellowship sphere.
The old things are put aside, making room for the new.The carnal self is ended and the new
spiritual self is initiated within your life.We quit the old and begin the new.We separate ourselves from the sin nature and commit ourselves to the
spiritual pattern of life.We divorce
ourselves from the old, and join a new marriage to the new.We leave behind us, that which was decayed,
and begin afresh that which is brand new.
You can probably come up with several more phrases
which demonstrate this principle.
The sin nature commands the body and through it
commands the soul.The sin nature is not
good, it is poison to the soul.It breeds
death in various forms.
One death may be the lack of salvation by preventing
one from believing in Christ.Another
form of death is sin for the believer which keeps him out of fellowship and
thus renders his spiritual life, and thus spiritual growth, dysfunctional.
By putting sin behind you through confession, then you
are able to take in spiritual food (Bible doctrine), and thus feed your soul
with good nourishment.
Salvation (through faith in Christ) saves the soul of
the unbeliever, but once saved, doctrine saves (transforms, makes productive)
the soul through spiritual growth and production.
The soul thrives on spiritual food, but you must be in
fellowship for it to work and be beneficial in your life.
Living outside of the spiritual sphere of fellowship,
the soul does not receive its proper portion of spiritual food.Lacking nourishment leads to illness
(spiritual illness) and this will overflow into the physical condition of the
individual.Likewise, lacking spiritual
food, leads to a malfunction of the soul, a scaring over of the exterior of the
soul, limiting clarity of discernment as well as a diminished orientation to
The sin nature produces a filth, which 'cleaves' to
the soul and this cleaving leads to a hardness (scar-tissuing) of the soul.As the soul crusts over by living an
out-of-fellowship life, departure from reality and truth becomes greater and
greater, and the beliefs and ideas of life become more and more absurd.
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.
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