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19 Brethren [adelphos], if [ean] any [tis] of [en] you [humin] do err [planao] from [apo] the truth [aletheia], and [kai] one [tis] convert [epistrepho] him [autos];
20 Let [ginosko] him [autos] know [ginosko], that [hoti] he which converteth [epistrepho] the sinner [hamartolos]
from [ek] the error [plane] of his [autos] way [hodos] shall save [sozo] a soul [psuche] from [ek] death [thanatos], and [kai] shall hide [kalupto] a multitude [plethos] of
19 My brethren, if any among you
strays from the truth, and one turns him back, 20 let him know that he who turns a sinner
from the error of his way will save his soul from death, and will cover a
multitude of sins. NASB
In the Bible, several
types of death are identified.The first
is the obvious, physical death, wherein the soul leaves the body and the body
is left behind to rot and decay.
The second type of
death is spiritual death, in which the person is separated from God because of
lack of salvation.Every human being is
born physically alive, but spiritually dead.We typically refer to these folks as unbelievers.Faith in Christ causes a rebirth in the
individual, and this rebirth is known as our spiritual birth.We are then, physically alive and spiritually
alive.Once you have been spiritually
reborn, you cannot revert back to an unborn status. Once saved, always saved.
The third type of
death is carnal death, or when a believer commits a sin and becomes out of
fellowship.Confession of ones sins,
ends this death and brings the individual back into fellowship where the
spiritual life functions normally.This
applies to believers only.
The fourth type of
death is sexual death, when the sexual functions of the physical body cease to
function.This occurs in older folks,
The fifth type of
death is the second death. This applies to unbelievers only, and here, after
they have died physically, they are held in Torments (the compartment for
unbelievers in the underworld named Hades).At the end of human history, all unbelievers will be called out from
Torments, and will stand before the Great White Throne of Christ. This a not a
good place to be.They will then be cast
into the Lake of Fire, and suffer the ultimate and final death, the second
death, or permanent separation for all of eternity, from God.
The third type of
death, the oscillation back and forth between carnality and fellowship, is in
Blessing comes from
God, to believers in fellowship only.All blessing comes to the earth from God through believers.The more mature believers there are, the more
blessing comes into this world.The
fewer mature believers there are, the less blessings come into the world.
Remember that God can
look down through all of human history and see every human being that will ever
be born, will ever be saved, that will ever grow up to spiritual maturity.The world may very well receive blessings
now, that are intended for the benefit of future generations.
Maybe that is why we
are still here!!!
from God, carry tremendous value.Blessings from God enhance ones spiritual life and compound themselves
all of the way into eternity and beyond.So the value of blessings cannot be measured, they are so vast.Like the universe.How big is it.No one knows.Likewise, the value of blessings are beyond measure.
When you live your
life in fellowship, then you repress sins and therefore enhance your blessings.If you lead someone or are instrumental in
helping someone in their spiritual life, then you in effect cover up, bury
permanently, many sins that would otherwise have been committed.This leads to phenomenal blessings with phenomenal
value.Both you and that person or
You and I are
ordinary people.There is nothing
special about either of us.We were
shaped out of dust, and given life from God.Neither of which we can boast that we accomplished ourselves.
We are worthless in
effect, and cannot earn nor even deserve anything in life.
God provided the
planet we live on, the environment we live in, the people we live around.God gave each one of us a talent or ability
or physical gift or gifts, when we were born physically.When we were born again, spiritually (when we
believed in Christ), God gave us an additional spiritual gift or gifts.
God gave us all
doctrine in order that we might become more than what we are, and it is through
His spiritual provision and support, that we are even able to grow up in our
There is nothing we
can claim as our own in this temporary temporal world, because it is all
temporary anyway.But God did give us
something which we can claim as our own personal and private and permanent
possession, and that is our spiritual life, and all of the eternal blessings
that attach to it.That value cannot
even be measured.
And it (spiritual
blessing) is even more real than all of the assets that you are typically
familiar with such as gold, silver, jewelry, real estate, stocks, bonds, money,
property of every type, and so forth.But unlike these tangible things which are temporary, spiritual assets
are every bit as real, but they are permanent, eternally permanent.
Faith will carry you
through untold pressures and adversities.But faith will not reveal its results nearly as quickly, if at all.
Sins like weeds, will
spread like wild fire, but if pulled or removed they will have a tendency to
vanish.Therefore sins, if left to
themselves will spread and eventually choke out everything that is good, but if
extinguished, then they might, just might, vanish in ones life, or in the life
Therefore, prayer for
ones self and for others is the best and most powerful weapon, and insurance
policy, and warranty, and guarantee, for rewards, for profits, for blessings
beyond imagination.Blessings or
possessions that reach far into eternity, and blessings or possessions that
will never be taken away, vanish, or be used up.
All you have to do is
decide what is most important to you, and what you want out of life.
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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