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Lesson # Matt. 10:32-33
Study Material - Matt. 10:32-33
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.
32 Whosoever [pas] [hostis] therefore [oun] shall confess [homologeo] [en] me [emoi] before [emprosthen] men [anthropos] , [en] him [autos] will I confess [homologeo] also [kago] before [emprosthen] my [mou] Father [pater] which [ho] is in [en] heaven [ouranos] .
33 But [de] whosoever [hostis] shall [an] deny [arneomai] me [me] before [emprosthen] men [anthropos] , him [autos] will I also [kago] deny [arneomai] before [emprosthen] my [mou] Father [pater] which [ho] is in [en] heaven [ouranos] . KJV-Interlinear
32 'Everyone therefore who shall confess Me before men, I will also confess him before My Father who is in heaven. 33 'But whoever shall deny Me before men, I will also deny him before My Father who is in heaven. NAS
Thoughts, words, and deeds. All go hand in hand together to form a pattern of ones life. Many will have the vocabulary to be used in public, but in the privacy of their own thoughts they might be deceitful or antagonistic or hateful of life and others.
A man named Henry Martyn lived nearly his entire life in India. He had a deep desire to go to Persia (modern Iran) and translate the New Testament and Psalms into the Persian language. This was in the early 1800's. Doctors had already told him that he would die because of the heat if he remained in India. So, he went to Persia, studied the language, and finished the translation in 1812. He then learned, however, that he could not publish without the Shah's permission. He traveled 600 miles to Teheran but was denied permission to see the Shah. He took another 400-mile trip to visit the British ambassador, who gave him proper papers of introduction. Riding a mule at night and resting by day, he came back to Teheran and managed to obtain the needed permission. He submitted his work for publication and ten days later he died. God had a purpose for his life, and that life, though he was old, was not terminated by God until those papers were published in Iran.
We all know of the story of Peter denying Christ on the early morning of the Cross, yet Peter was an Apostle, and would move forward in his life, even with still more failures, and become a great spiritual leader.
Faith in Christ is a matter of a pattern of ones life. It is not dependent on any given mood of the moment. Your wife or girlfriend, gentlemen, goes through mood swings during the month, perhaps every month. Some months might be far worse than others. You just have to duck and stay out of the way when the storm strikes. But their mood swings do not cancel their spiritual status. They just have the added burden of exercising self control within their lives and not the convenience of unleashing WW-III at their discretion.
The issue is not what you do or think or feel in any given moment, but what is the pattern of your life. An unbeliever lives a consistent pattern of unbelief. He/she may be a good person, or they might be very bad. A believer may be a very good person, or they might be vary bad, but their pattern of faith gives them a different pattern, which is of being saved.
The unbeliever has but one pattern of life to live and that is a pattern of the eternally condemned. Whether they are naughty or nice is of no consequence to their spiritual life, because they have no spiritual life and their attitude is not in view in salvation.
A believer on the other hand, has two patterns of life that they have an opportunity to follow. These two are either a negative pattern of life or a positive pattern of life. The negative person is saved of course, but they imitate the thoughts and actions of an unbeliever. Misery is their companion. The positive person is separated from the negative believer in that the positive person advances in their spiritual life and they live the Christian life as they were intended to live it.
Jesus Christ controls history. In the case of the unbeliever, the words, 'I will' are future tense. At the final judgment, Christ will state that He never knew them. They will in turn be condemned and their sentence for unbelief will be carried out - the lake of fire. By the way, confessing Christ is not herein the means of salvation. Salvation is by faith and faith alone. Confession means to list, to cite, to identify with, to affirm. It is a term which establishes a pattern of life. Many a person will confess Jesus name in public but they will retain their unbelief, therefore their public confessions or cites, have other motives, motive of human opportunities (making money, popularity and such), not spiritual opportunities.
In the case of the believer, the 'I will' is a reference to the future Judgment Seat of Christ, wherein Christ will review each on of us and we will either be worthy to be taken before the Father in honor being presented with rewards, or we will be dishonored and presented without rewards.
Thoughts, words, and deeds. All these come together in ones life to make it either complete as ones life was designed to be, or they are inconsistent within themselves and ones life is a pattern of inconsistency and lies. God knows what you pattern of life is. We all have our failures. We all wake up tired and cranky from time to time. Those isolated incidents do not make up our pattern unless of course you are that way all the time. But occasional failures do not strike you out in life.
Some failures may be very profound in which you find yourself in trouble in society (crime), but there is always hope. Some failures may be very simple (forgetting to do some chore), but there is still and always hope.
So long as you are alive and breathing of the face of this earth (or in a space craft if you are an astronaut), then there is always hope and opportunity to turn your life around. Your life begins when you commit to a consistent daily Bible study (for the remainder of your life). Not for just a few days or for a year or two, but for the rest of your life. Then Christ will honor you as you honor Him by receiving Him into your soul and by confessing (establishing a pattern of spiritual thought, words, and deeds) Him in your 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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