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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.
5 For [gar] though [ei kai] I be absent [apeimi] in the flesh, [sarx] yet [alla] am I [eimi] with [sun] you [humin] in the spirit, [pneuma]joying[chairo] and [kai] beholding [blepo] your [humon] order, [taxis] and [kai] the stedfastness[stereoma] of your [humon] faith [pistis] in [eis] Christ. [Christos]KJV-Interlinear
even though I am absent in body, nevertheless I am with you in spirit,
rejoicing to see your good discipline and the stability of your faith in
You do not have to sit
in front of a teacher or instructor, in order to learn.You do not have to have a pastor, or
preacher, or instructor in your presence in order to learn spiritual truth.
The Word of God is also
called Christ.Jesus Christ is also
called the living word.Christ is called
the Word, and so forth.When you have the content of the scriptures
in you, you also have Christ in you. They are virtually the same, in effect.
Christ is not with us
physically.He has not been on this
earth walking and talking among humanity for nearly 2000 years.No one, except those who lived in that first
Christian generation, has seen Jesus, nor has anyone heard His voice, since
And yet through the
generations people have studied the word, learned it, written about it and
taught it to untold billions.
Sitting in a beautiful
cathedral, or church, in a tent, or even in your own home, will make no
difference to your learning potential. There is no advantage in your
surroundings, with respect to growing up in life.In fact most of your growing up takes place
in your everyday life, which is not in a church, but in your home, on the road,
at work, etc.
Most of your growing up, in fact all of your growing up, is based on
your thought processes, not your environment.
Paul is pleased with
the successful spiritual growth and steadfastness of those folks he knew or had
heard of, but you also should be pleased when you advance in your spiritual
life, when you hear of others advancing in their spiritual lives, when you
participate in the advancement of others in their spiritual life, simply
because most blessing comes from God to advancing believers.
The more spiritually
mature believers thereare in the world, the more prosperity there is.Fewer believers advancing
means less prosperity, and greater adversity.
The order of onesmind, comes through doctrine
in the soul.Doctrine in the soul means
more responsibility in ones life.Who you are, where you live, what you do, and
how you learn are irrelevant.