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8 But [de] the tongue [glossa] can [dunamai] no [oudeis] man [anthropos] tame [damazo]; it is an unruly [akataschetos] evil [kakos], full [mestos] of deadly [thanatephoros]
8 But no one can tame the tongue;
it is a restless evil and full of deadly poison. NASB
No one, that is, no one under creation, can tame the
tongue.No one possesses the ability to
bring their own tongue under total control.Why?
For one thing, the tongue is a representation, or the
manifestation, of the content of your soul.What you think, you eventually speak.And what you think is influenced by what you have learned in life.And what you have learned in life influences
what you believe.
There are only two sources of influence which can
affect your life - the carnal side which is run by the sin nature, and the
spiritual side which is run by the Holy Spirit through Bible doctrine.
Everything which is bad in life, and eventually comes
out of your mouth, comes from your sin nature.
Nothing bad will ever come out of the spiritual side.By definition, that is an impossibility.The spiritual side of your life is the state
of perfection, the state of fellowship with God, the environment of your
relationship with God.
God can have nothing to do with sin, so the spiritual
side must exist within a state of sinless perfection.This is accomplished with confession (to God
the Father), and it is made possible by confession, because Christ paid all of
the costs associated with sin and death.
The state of the sin nature, is a state of deadly
poison.The meaning of 'ios' is the type
of poison which comes from a deadly and fatal snakebite, from which there is no
Living outside of the spiritual life, means that you
are living in a jungle environment in which total failure is your only destiny.
Life under the sin nature is deadly, guaranteed
failure, and from your own effort and energy, you will never change its nature.You can't.
In order to defeat the sin nature, you need something
that is greater than it.That greater
source is Christ, doctrine, and a functioning spiritual life.Which, by the way, all come from God, not you.
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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