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2 That [hina] their [autos] hearts [kardia] might be comforted, [parakaleo] being knit together [sumbibazo] in [en] love, [agape] and [kai] unto [eis] all [pas] riches [ploutos] of the full assurance [plerophoria] of understanding, [sunesis] to [eis] the
acknowledgement [epignosis] of the mystery [musterion] of God, [theos] and [kai] of the Father, [pater] and [kai] of Christ; [Christos]KJV-Interlinear
2 that their hearts may be
encouraged, having been knit together in love, and attaining to all the wealth
that comes from the full assurance of understanding, resulting in a true
knowledge of God's mystery, that is, Christ Himself, NASB
God gave us the written
word, in order that our hearts, the actively functioning or thinking or thought
process, of our soul, might be settled, confident, rested, relaxed, poised, not
worried, not tense, not intimidated, not stressed, not anxious, about life, about
your own life, and about your future, and the certainty of your future with Him.
This level of comfort
comes from the knitting together of doctrine, in your soul.This knitting process is the apparatus which
God has designed to enable us to learn doctrine, understand doctrine, metabolize
doctrine into our soul, to possess doctrine, to apply doctrine, and thus grow
up to the ultimate goal of spiritual maturity.
Maturity does not come
only from hearing the word, but from the entire method of this knitting
process, which ties the spiritual life, in all of its aspects, together.
Pretense of a Christian
life is not enough, imitation of a Christian life is not enough, going through the outward actions of the Christian life is
not enough.And in fact any one of these
or all of these when they exclude Gods total process for growing, are simply
evil attempts to generate an artificial spiritual life, which is not a real
Love here, agape, is
a reference for the principles of doctrine, the mandates, the precepts, the
total content of the scriptures as they should be applied to ones life.This is not
a reference to anything emotional, or affectionate.
The result of your
spiritual growth to maturity, is the blessing, the
phenomenal blessings which accompany that spiritual achievement.An immature believer does not receive those
There are blessings for
simply having believed in Christ, that is certain, but
there are advanced blessings, beyond ones imagination, for those, and only for
those, who advance in their spiritual life.
To be saved is good,
but to take your spiritual life seriously, and to pursue spiritual growth with
a genuine passion for wanting to grow up, is infinitely better.The word for understanding, sunesis, is a complimentary word for the knitting process,
the putting together, for the opening of the eyes and being able to tie it all
together, to see, to understand, to comprehend life.
All of this resulting
in the truth, the knowledge, the wisdom regarding God (the ultimate power and
wisdom), even the Father (the author of the divine plan), and Christ (the Son, the
one who makes it all happen).
You have been placed on
notice, for your life.You have the
warnings and the instruction.
You can pursue your
daily life in this temporal world, getting easily upset, expecting things from
others, wanting your way, allowing your sin nature to rule your life, and
consequently defeating yourself and losing your entire eternal future.
Or, you can get your
life together, and get serious about doctrine, and become a winner and
successful, and gain self control over your life, in the only place that it
will count when history and your life are all said and done.
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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