11 He that
is unjust, [adikeo] let him be unjust [adikeo]
still: [eti] and [kai] he which is filthy, [rhupoo]
let him be filthy [rhupoo] still: [eti] and [kai] he that is
righteous, [dikaios] let him be righteous [dikaioo] still: [eti] and [kai] he that is holy, [hagios]
let him be holy [hagiazo] still. [eti] KJV-Interlinear
"Let the one who does wrong, still do wrong; and let the one who is
filthy, still be filthy; and let the one who is righteous, still practice
righteousness; and let the one who is holy, still keep himself holy." NASB
Some believe that God has fixed everyone's destiny and that all of history is more or less an exercise in futility as the end has already been determined.
And that could not be further from the truth. Our current verse confirms that.
God saw history in eternity past, and He saw the outcome of everyone's life, but He did not cause those outcomes.
People have every opportunity to direct their own future, but unfortunately most make the wrong choices that lead to failure for themselves.
The key word in this verse is 'still,' 'eti,' which means to continue to do the same only in greater proportions.
So, let those who do wrong and be filthy, continue to do increasingly wrong and filthy things. They do these things at their own behest, all the while having the opportunity of doing good or right things.
Let those who pursue righteousness and holiness, continue to pursue greater rightness and holiness. That opportunity exists for everyone to advance in their spiritual life.
Some people in history will adopt for themselves the tendencies to be bad. Others will have the tendencies to be good. Some will be temporal, some will be spiritual.
In every individual case, everyone makes their own decisions and everyone, in so doing, defines their own destiny.
Before you were born into this world, you had no say as to the circumstances of your life. You did not decide nor have a say in your color, your talent, your abilities, your physical condition, your IQ, your anything. You came into this world with absolutely no advantages, and virtually every disadvantage. You came into a world in which your days were numbered from your very first breath.
Conversely, in your spiritual life, you have the opportunity to define a phenomenally good future for yourself, or decide a phenomenally bad future.
You can decide to reject Christ and gain the Lake of Fire, or believe in Christ and go to heaven. You can decide to ignore your daily studies and have no rewards, or pursue your daily studies in a legitimate manner, and have great beyond imagination rewards.
But as this verse says, let those who will be negative, continue to be negative, or let those who will be positive continue to be positive.
God does not coerce anyone into making any decisions. God lets everyone make their own decisions and then lets the chips fall where they may.
Bad decisions lead to loss of opportunity. Good decisions lead to increased opportunities.
In either case, the command was to write and to reveal the truth of the future of humanity. The information is here for everyone to read and understand.
Some will be rigid in their thinking, even with regard to what they read. There will be some who will be flexible in their thinking and more open minded such that they can understand.
Whichever you are, your future is in your own hands, even though God has given you but two choices (heaven or hell; maturity or immaturity). Your life will bear out the results of your choices, or lack of them.
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