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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.
1 Peter 4:2
2 That [eis] he [bioo] no longer [meketi] should
live [bioo] the rest [epiloipos] of his time [chronos] in [en] the flesh [sarx] to the
lusts [epithumia] of men [anthropos], but [alla] to the will [thelema] of God [theos]. KJV-Interlinear
2 so as to live the rest of the
time in the flesh no longer for the lusts of men, but for the will of God. NASB
The distinction here is
whether you choose to live within the power of the sin nature that resides
within your physical body, or to live within the power of the Holy Spirit
The sin nature is a
genetic defect that passes down to all of humanity, from Adam, Rom. 6:6, 7:5,
18, Gen. 5:3.When a person is born, the
sin nature is the target of the original sin of Adam, Rom. 5:12.This leads to spiritual death and the
subsequent sovereignty of the sin nature s control over the person s life, Rom.
The sin nature is the
focal point of mans rebellion against God and truth, and is referred to by
various terms sin, Rom. 7:13, flesh, Gal. 5:16, old man, Eph. 4:22.
The sin nature has an
area of weakness which is sin, Rom. 12:1, an area of strength which is human
good, Isa. 64:6, a tendency toward asceticism, 2 Cor. 11:13, a trend toward
lasciviousness, Gal. 5:19-21, and a lust pattern, Eph. 2:3.
The sin nature is in
constant conflict the law of God verses the law of the physical body, Rom.
And here we have the
command of God to live the rest of our days, in fellowship, under the control
of Gods laws, rather than under the control of the carnal laws of the body.
You are bound by one
set of laws or the other.There is no
third set of laws, no self defined laws, preferences, or beliefs, by which you
can free yourself from sin, or from God.You live your life either by the sin nature or by Bible doctrine.And you make that choice all by yourself.You are a slave to the one or to the other.
And it is far better to
be a slave of truth, than a slave of lies.
God expects you to
choose truth, rather than subject yourself to the selfish lies of the flesh,
its pleasures, its arrogant opinions, its enticements, its arguments, its
reasonings, its logic, all of which are deceitful traps.
God expects you to live
your life in fellowship, which is accomplished by the regular confession of
your sins from day to day, or how ever often you need to confess to God the
God expects you to grow
up in truth, by learning Bible doctrine, developing an appetite for truth, by
using it in your daily life, and by advancing to maturity in your spiritual
life. This is the path of your life for a complete, and thorough, and
successful life.One which will last 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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