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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.
1 If [ei] ye [sunegeiro] then [oun] be risen [sunegeiro] with Christ, [Christos]
seek [zeteo] those
things which are above, [ano] where [hou] Christ [Christos]sitteth[esti][kathemai] on [en] the right hand [dexios] of God. [theos]KJV-Interlinear
1 If then you have been raised up
with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the
right hand of God. NASB
Now, of the many things
we listed in the last few days, most of them are fine things if considered on
their own merit.You can certainly
choose what to eat or drink or wear or do with your life.
But, when you replace
Gods principles with earthly choices, then your error will compound itself and
you will lose out on blessings that far, far, far surpass anything you expect from
your earthly priorities.
Christ is currently in
heaven.Christ is currently sitting at
the right hand of the Father.And of
course this is in reference to the humanity of Christ.His deity is omnipresent and in that respect
Christ is everywhere.But our focus is
not on the deity alone, nor the humanity alone, but the union of both deity and
Jesus Christ is the unique
person of the universe and there is no other who can match Him in character or
person, and certainly no one who can come even close.All religious icons are false and of no
And for that matter,
all earthly priorities used in substitution of doctrine, are false.Bible doctrine is truth and truth imposes no
pressure on anyone.
In this life there is
the carnal, or the life outside of the spiritual realm, and there is the
temporal, which is simply the physical world we live in.
Your best choice is to
live your life in doctrine, in fellowship, while making your way through your
temporal life in this world, doing whatever it is that you do in life, until
God calls you home.
There are many
legitimate functions in this life, for ones
life.And so long as you do not violate
Gods mandates or principles, with regard to divine establishment, with regard
to salvation, with regard to the function of your spiritual life, then the door
is wide open with choices beyond counting, with regard to what you can do in
Want to wear black all
of the time?Want to eat fish on
Tuesday?Want to build solar panels, or
rockets, dig ditches, or practice a profession?All of these things are legitimate and fine.But, your priority for listening or reading
doctrine, and growing up in your spiritual life, must be first in your life.
Why?Because your future is not
on this earth, but in heaven in the next life.Your reward is not from this world, but from
God.Your meaning and purpose in life,
must be accompanied with the completion of your life by means of doctrine,
otherwise you will live an incomplete life.
This world is
finite.Your future is infinite.The rewards of this world are limited and
amount to nothing.Your rewards in
heaven are infinite.
When should you ever
trade something worth a value beyond calculation, for something worth nothing?
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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