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2 Peter 1:8
8 For [gar] if these things [tauta] be [huparcho] in you [humin], and [kai] abound [pleonazo], they make [kathistemi] you
that ye shall neither [ou] be barren [argos] nor [oude] unfruitful [akarpos] in [eis] the knowledge [epignosis] of our [hemon] Lord [kurios] Jesus [Iesous] Christ [Christos]. KJV-Interlinear
8 For if these qualities are
yours and are increasing, they render you neither useless nor unfruitful in the
true knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. NASB
These qualities refer
to what we have been studying.
The quality of a
genuine desire to learn about God, Christ, doctrine, your spiritual life and so
forth.Your actual practice of studying,
taking on the attitude that you are nothing and that God is everything.The formation of doctrine within your soul,
which begins to change your attitude to toward God, toward people, toward
yourself.The growth of tolerance within
your character.Adopting Gods principles
of truth for your life, rather than adopting the world s opinions.Making doctrine and Gods principles and Gods
plan for your life, your priority.
Note that these things
have nothing to do with your doing anything.No crusades, no save the planet ventures, no do-gooder activities, no
When Peter rejected the
idea that Jesus was to die, didn t Jesus accuse him of satanic policies? Get back Satan.
Why did He say that?Because God has a plan and Satan has a plan
and Gods plan was the cross, Satan's plan was to foil the cross.Peter was on the wrong side of Gods plan at
As for us, is it our
objective to make this planet good for all of eternity, or for us to grow up in
our spiritual life, made ready for the next life?
Is the destiny of this
planet to be made into a garden of our choosing, or is it to become destroyed
and eventually replaced?
What plan do you
sponsor in your attitude and beliefs?Want to go out and cure all of the ills of the world, or do you want to
get doctrine to everyone? Which would serve folks better?
You are a plant, which
God has planted.He intends for you to
bear fruit, to be productive, otherwise you are a worthless plant.
If you have a garden
and have fruit plants in it, do you keep the unproductive plants?No.You remove them and make room for other productive plants.
And that is what God is
looking for in His garden.You being the
plant.He waters you with doctrine, and
you either accept it or reject it.Plants that reject water, don t produce and they eventually die and are
To be productive in
Gods garden, you have only to desire the water, accept the water, learn from it
and incorporate it into your life.That
makes you productive in your spiritual life.
There is nothing said
for going door to door and promoting Gods Word.There is nothing said about stopping wars, or hunger, or poverty, or
making all the air clean, or making the planet green or any other color you
You understand that
this planet is heading for its worst series of disasters yet to come, when the
Tribulation arrives.So all your efforts
to transform humanity will never be successful.Never.
And even though you may
try to change the world, if you stick with doctrine, then God will bring
opportunities to you, for helping others.Others whom you will actually be able to help.
production in your life, production which is real production and production that
will last you forever, comes only through doctrine in your soul, utilized as God
would have you use it.This is spiritual
growth to maturity.
When you pursue Gods
plan, you become useful and productive. Your
life has meaning and purpose.
When you pursue your
own plan, or the worlds plan, then you become useless and unproductive.Your life is nothing more than historical
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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