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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.
23 Which things [hostis] have [echo] indeed [men] a shew[esti][logos] of wisdom [sophia] in [en] will worship, [ethelothreskeia] and [kai] humility, [tapeinophrosune] and [kai] neglecting [apheidia] of the body; [soma] not [ou] in [en] any [tis]honour[time] to [pros]
the satisfying [plesmone] of the flesh. [sarx]KJV-Interlinear
23 These are matters which have,
to be sure, the appearance of wisdom in self-made religion and self-abasement
and severe treatment of the body, but are of no value against fleshly
There are two
components to your life in this world.You have a carnal component and a spiritual component.
The carnal deals with
the fleshy aspects, the physical aspects of your life, and are primarily
intended to satisfy the sin nature side of your life.Anything done in the sphere of the sin nature
is a total waste of time and effort, and is broadly categorized as evil.
The spiritual side of
your life deals primarily with your soul, and anything spiritually related to
your soul always overflows over into the physical side of your life. That is a good thing because when good flows through
your soul and then into your temporal side of life, its results are good.
All efforts to do God
one better, as it were, serve the carnal side of life.There is nothing that man can do to enhance
the spiritual life.
Fasting, beating on ones own back, living in poverty, living in seclusion,
eating one type of food verses another, wearing a certain color to the
exclusion of another, wearing certain clothing, covering ones
self completely with certain clothes, using or not using some form of
technology, praying at certain times of the day, facing a certain direction
when praying, chanting, using exercise to make the body healthy and therefore
the soul, and this list can go on and on and on.
All of these things do
absolutely nothing for your spiritual life.They are mans efforts to improve mans life,
and therefore are supposed to enhance your spiritual relationship with
God.And all they do are satisfy some
aspect of your sin nature drive.
That is the thrust of
this verse and of this chapter.Mans
efforts are irrelevant to mans relationship with God. Mans efforts only serve
to satisfy mans fleshy (carnal - physical or mental) desires.
And yet, folks will maintain
scrupulous observances of things that are of the carnal world, and pursue them
with vigor, while at the same time, they will ignore the one single thing which
God mandates, which is your daily Bible study.
People will place
tremendous piety, and wisdom on their efforts.Professors and guru s and priests, and politicians, and celebrities, and
friends and neighbors, all have their opinions, and they are all intent with
sincerity and argument, that allows them to make a show of wisdom and
knowledge.But, these things, their
opinions are words of false prophets.They are nothing more than salesmen, selling the public a bill of goods,
intended to elevate themselves in approbation, or profit, or social status,
while the public gains nothing.
The pretenders of wisdom
gain while the public suffers.And the
public suffers only because they lack the doctrinal discernment that can
protect them from the false ideas of life. And the public lacks doctrinal
discernment, because they voluntarily ignore it.
There are the deceivers
and the deceived, and both are equally guilty of failure in their spiritual
lives, because their wants, come from the source of their sin nature.Some want the glory, while others want the
And collectively they
will all lose in life.
The world will always
be full of opinions and issues and controversies.The world will always have plans and ideas to
solve this or that problem.And, as
Solomon has stated, there isn t anything that is being tried now, that hasn tbeen tried before, and all of those former efforts
have failed.He is referring to all of
the best laid plans of humanity.None
have ever worked.
There is only one plan
which will solve all problems and promote peace and prosperity and happiness
for everyone, and that plan is Gods plan.Gods plan for you and everyone, is the
spiritual life, approached legitimately through ones daily study, learning,
residence in fellowship, and then the repetition of that process, which we call
the circle of wisdom, throughout your life.
From mans efforts,
comes failure and suffering, and nothing more.
From Gods work, comes
freedom, justice, health, prosperity, happiness, all things good, and things
get even better from there.
people will not let go of their former priorities, until things get really bad.Carnal folks hold fast to their carnal
possessions and beliefs.You need to
make sure that you are not a participant of that failed group.
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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