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.
2 And the spirit
[ruwach] of the LORD [Yahovah] shall
rest [nuwach] upon him, the spirit [ruwach] of wisdom [chokmah] and
understanding, [biynah] the spirit [ruwach] of counsel [`etsah] and
might, [gabuwrah] the spirit [ruwach] of knowledge [da`ath] and
of the fear [yir'ah] of the LORD; [Yahovah] KJV-Interlinear
2 And the
Spirit of the Lord will rest on Him, The spirit of wisdom and understanding,
The spirit of counsel and strength, The spirit of knowledge and the fear of the
Only believers in Jesus Christ have an opportunity to have a relationship with God through Christ.
Only believers who are in fellowship have a functioning spiritual environment in which to have a spiritual life.
Prior to ones conception, ones biological life is a potential. Conception may or may not occur. The human egg has to be fertilized before biological life for the fetus can begin.
Prior to birth, ones human life is a potential. You have to have human life imputed into your soul before you become a living human being. God determines the creation and timing of your human life.
Prior to ones salvation, your life with God is a potential. You have to believe in Christ before you become saved. Hummm, does some of this sound familiar???
Prior to growing up spiritually, your spiritual growth is a potential, you have to live inside of Gods class room (fellowship) before the spiritual growth process can be effective in your life.
Prior to ones spiritual growth, your spiritual life is a potential. You have to be willing to listen and willing to learn before you can begin to grow. That is your perception, or your initial perception of Bible doctrine.
Prior to ones spiritual growth, you have to come to an understanding of what you have learned through your perception of Bible doctrine.
That is where we are in today's study.
Understanding, 'biynah,' is your working knowledge or your understanding of the meaning of what it is you have learned. When you first learned the alphabet, the symbols were just that. Until you learned to spell and then to communicate in writing, all you had was your limited verbal vocabulary. Just knowing the a, b, c's does not make you a good communicator, or poet, or letter writer. Likewise it takes practice in reading before you increase your vocabulary and come to an understanding of the things you read.
This is where repetition in the learning process and the application of what you learn, to your daily life, comes into play.
You read or hear and then you practice what you have learned. Learning is a cycle of receiving instruction, applying that instruction to some practical application and then getting feedback on how you did. In school you hear the lecture, you practice the problems, you take a test, and then you find out how you did. In a good educational setting, then you repeat this all over again and again, until you learn the subject being taught.
Sports, or music, or sewing are good examples of this principle of teaching. You hear or see the lesson, you practice it over and over, again and again, and sooner or later you become proficient at it. You work better, you play better, you perform better.
What started out as a slow copying of an action, becomes faster and smoother and then sooner or later you insert your own innovation into the task at hand. You are better in sports, or music, or you make up your own patterns in clothing and such.
This is the same in Bible doctrine. You learn how to pray. 'Father I pray to you alone.' Then you begin to learn what to pray for. 'Father I want things.' Then as you grow up you discover that there are others in the world who need more than you do. 'Father I pray for them.' Then you learn to place yourself in last place and you care for others first. 'Father I pray for my family and for others. Take care of them first and then see to me when you have the time.'
As your learning continues through your daily perception (spirit number two), and as you apply that learning to your daily life and begin to understand how it all fits together (spirit number three), then you begin to lay a foundation of understanding of how life works, or how the world works, and how God puts it all together.
Spirit 1 - fellowship. Confession of sins demanded by God in order for you to first be obedient to His rules and second for you to accept responsibility for your life, and third for you to humble yourself and cancel out your arrogance.
Spirit 2 - perception through a daily study program. This is your daily meal of Bible doctrine for your soul. If you do not eat properly, you do not grow up nor will you stay healthy (spiritually healthy).
Spirit 3 - understanding of what you have learned, by means of application of what you have learned, to your daily life. You pray, you give, you support, you are obedient to Gods commands and so forth. This is the early stage of maturing, of being responsible, of being accountable for all that you think and do.
The complete picture of the seven spirits can be found in the charts and maps section of the online library.
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Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.