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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.
21 And [kai] you, [humas] that were [on] sometime [pote] alienated [apallotrioo] and [kai] enemies [echthros] in your mind [dianoia] by [en] wicked [poneros] works, [ergon] yet [de] now [nuni] hath he reconciled [apokatallasso]KJV-Interlinear
21 And although you were formerly
alienated and hostile in mind, engaged in evil deeds,NASB
This principle of, lost
to God, applies to everyone who has ever been born alive into this world.
18 being darkened in
their understanding, excluded from the life of God, because of the ignorance
that is in them, because of the hardness of their heart; NASB
The content of your
mind determines the nature of your life. Darkness means lack of light.Light is used as the content of the
scriptures.Therefore, lack of light
means simply the lack of doctrine in your soul.
Lacking Bible doctrine,
means that your thinking processes will be abused by the sin nature within you
and that abuse leads to sin and everything that is anti-God.
No matter how smart you
think you are, no matter how smart you actually are, if you lack Bible doctrine
in your soul, then your intellect will lead you into
only one direction, and that direction is evil.
Why do people who are
wealthy, successful, intelligent, talented, and so forth, seem to support
things that are anti-God, or anti-biblical principles?Because they lack truth within their soul.
Truth is light and
light allows you to see the difference between truth and the lies of the
world.In total darkness you cannot see
the difference, because you can t see.And seeing means the ability to discern, or tell the difference between
one thing and another.
functioning doctrine, within your soul, then you are by default automatically
in opposition to God.
Without the work of
Christ on the Cross, you would have no access to Bible doctrine, and therefore
no access to light.Without a saved
soul, without a regenerated human spirit within you, then you would have no
means of metabolizing Bible doctrine into your soul.
The unbeliever is
totally lost.The unbeliever has to be
saved, before Bible doctrine can begin to function within him.Before salvation there is only one question
that is important to the unbeliever, What do you think of Christ?
To reject Christ means
eternal separation from God and eternal darkness. Darkness in this life means
functioning without truth.Darkness in
eternity means far worse.
However, when a person
believes in Christ, then the second question that applies to their life, is a daily question, What do you think about Bible
doctrine? Without Bible doctrine there
is none or very little spiritual growth and an incomplete life, however, with
Bible doctrine, there is advancement to the ultimate completion of ones 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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