22 Which [hos] all [pas] are [esti] to [eis] perish [phthora] with the using; [apochresis]) after [kata] the commandments [entalma] and [kai] doctrines [didaskalia] of men [anthropos]? KJV-Interlinear
21 "Do not handle, do not
taste, do not touch!" 22 (which all refer to things destined to
perish with the using) in accordance
with the commandments and teachings of men?NASB
Paul states the do not s
in rapid succession to emphasize the enthusiasm of those who used these
phrases, in their effort to control the daily habits of people s lives.
Although Moses had written
into the first five books of the Bible, many do not s, all of these things were
teaching aids used to teach principles of doctrine.
We reviewed just a
short time ago, the concept of circumcision.This was a mandatory practice, but it taught a spiritual principle.The physical act had nothing to do with the
spiritual life, but served as a reminder of the spiritual life.
We often have physical
things in our daily lives, which serve to remind us of various principles.And why is that?
Well, recall that the
unbeliever as well as the out of fellowship believer, mirror each other.They cannot understand the spiritual concepts
unless they are in fellowship. Unbelievers cannot get themselves into
fellowship unless they first believe in Christ, and believers who commit sins
(as we all do), and do not confess them, are in the same boat of lacking comprehension
as the unbelievers are.
Therefore, God utilizes
and has utilized, many physical concepts to help as reminders of spiritual
Parables are typical
examples of this kind of teaching aid.
God uses temporary
things, to teach permanent things.Man
uses temporary things to cling to those same temporary things.What becomes of one who eats only fish on
Friday s, or refuses to touch a dead thing, or avoids meats, or certain foods
and so forth?Well, nothing comes from their
To eat beef on Thursday,
and then avoid beef on Friday, has no meaning whatsoever.What you eat, what you wear, what you drink,
what day of the week it is, have no affect on the spiritual life.They are irrelevant.Sunday is no more holy than Wednesday.
Your real objective is
to feed on Bible doctrine and live by doctrine, continuously day in and day
out, throughout your life.That is the
essence of the spiritual life.What you think
is what you are.
The objective of the spiritual
life is to transform your thinking, not your environment.Your habits, your life style, your life, will
all change as a result of how you think.
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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