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.
8 Thy wickedness [resha`] may hurt a man ['iysh] as
thou art; and thy righteousness [tsadaqah] may
profit the son [ben] of man ['adam]. KJV-Interlinear
8 'Your wickedness is for a man
like yourself, And your righteousness is for a son of man. NASB
There are two views in life - Gods view and mans
view. Gods view is truth, mans view can
incorporate nearly everything man can think of, whether good or bad, whether
convenient or expeditious.
And to this end, mans views in life are generally
centered around what his senses can detect, what his logic can reason, and what
his beliefs want to accept.
When man excludes truth from his thinking process,
then his views will be distorted and he will be led by lies. When man includes truth in his views, then he
may have a tendency to lean back toward a true perspective of life. Certainly he has a better chance of getting
But man, who has a tendency to follow the pattern of
thought he has been raised with, may very well reason that life is what you put
in to it, or that life is a matter of luck, or that life is a matter of who you
know and so forth.
And while these may be truths when operating within
the jungle setting of the world, they exclude the input which God contributes
to life and history.
Mans wickedness brings harm only to himself. Never to God.
Mans righteousness brings harm only to himself, never to God.
All wickedness and all human good are from the same
source, namely arrogance. Sin and human
good are opposite ends of the spectrum of the carnal life of man.
The only thing that benefits man comes from the
spiritual life, and the spiritual life never originates from man. It only comes from God.
Man is never the source of good. That originates from the doctrine that may be
within man by means of spiritual growth.
Man is dust, and life generated by God, and placed
within dust. Dust cannot originate
Man gains benefit from God by means of positive
volition, by a steady and consistent daily study of the scriptures, by
maintaining himself within the fellowship sphere, by applying what he learns from
the spiritual life to his daily life, and by growing up spiritually.
You must receive anything of value in life, from God
and from no other source.
Life is not a matter of luck, connections,
circumstances, talent, or anything else which may be even considered as an
attribute of human existence, which by the way all comes from God as well. Your best (your only) bargain in life comes from
doctrine and from no other source.
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.