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Lesson # Prov. 10:15
Study Material - Prov. 10:15
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.
15 The rich man's wealth is his fortress, The ruin of the poor is their poverty.
There are two ways that this can be viewed. From the perspective of the world, or human viewpoint, the rich man looks at his wealth as his security. This is a wrong presumption. Wealth of the world can disappear more easily than it can be accumulated. Even if one had all the money in the world, it cannot provide spiritual growth, therefore it cannot provide strength in the soul, nor faith, nor anything in life that has permanent meaning or value. Worldly wealth is not intrinsic in itself. Its value is relative. And when one dies, all that wealth will go to others - perhaps to be increased or squandered. The rich man who died will never know the outcome of his estate.
Like wise, the rich man will move on into eternity without all that wealth. He will stand before Christ at the Judgment Seat of Christ (assuming that the rich man is a believer) and the status of his soul (spiritual growth or lack thereof) will be evaluated. 'What say ye, O rich man?' Will your soul be full of gold silver and precious stones (bible doctrine used during ones life on earth and therefore this is the production result - spiritual wealth)? Or, will your soul be full of wood, hay, and stubble (human works apart from spiritual growth)? A special fire at the Judgment Seat of Christ will burn away all of that worthless wood, hay, and stubble. The valuable aspects in ones soul (Bible doctrine and therefore any spiritual growth) will be preserved. On that basis will your eternal rewards be presented to you. No growth - no rewards. Much spiritual growth (maturity), then much reward, beyond imagination.
Better to make your wealth of this life, Bible doctrine in the soul. It will go with you into eternity, and will become the basis for those exceedingly great rewards above and beyond the blessings that all believers will receive.
The poor, on the other hand, make the mistake that because of their poor status, they are somehow handicapped, beyond blessing, missing many opportunities in life, and have no opportunity for gain on earth or in heaven. Couldn't be further from the truth.
In many respects the poor have advantages over the rich.
The rich tend to rely on their wealth. It becomes a crutch, a security blanket if you well. It is their fortress as we have already seen. The rich can hire things done, they can buy whatever, whenever. When things break, they get them repaired. When trouble comes, they have adequate insurance, they can hire lawyers, they can get the finest of medical attention and services. Their money becomes a subtle trap. When problems strike, just pull out the check book. Prayer is not the first priority - maybe an after thought - maybe.
The poor learn to live without. When something breaks, they just don't use it. No dishwasher? Use the old fashioned method and wash by hand. No job? Eat beans or peanut butter. Pressure is a normal pattern of life. It is much easier to turn to God when the pressure is on, and you have no other resources with which to deal with a given problem. Prayer comes naturally (or it should) each and every night.
The poor are not at a disadvantage simply because of their poor status. They are not inferior because of their poor status. God places all persons in the positions they are in. Remember the study in Daniel. God appoints man to his station. God can advance us, or diminish our status at His pleasure, and in an instant if need be.
All persons have access to His word. All persons have equal opportunity to spiritual growth. The only single factor that could prevent anyone from being saved or advancing in their spiritual life, is their own negative volition. Everything comes down to our individual decisions we make in life.
Salvation is a single decision we make at some point in our life. Before salvation, the only question put to a person is, 'What do you think of Christ?' You either believe or you do not. After salvation, then the question in life is, 'What do you think of Bible doctrine?' That is a daily decision, and your spiritual growth depends on your repetitive positive decisions, daily, throughout the rest of your life.
The rich should not look to their wealth, their status, their titles, etc., but to God, through His Word. The poor should not look at their poor positions and feel down and out, but look to God, through His Word. Neither person has an advantage over the other when it comes to Bible doctrine. God makes it available to all, regardless of the situation that we face in life. Neither person should look down in arrogance or up in bitterness at the other, because God placed the rich in their position, as He placed the poor in their position. God can easily switch them. There is no place in life for snootiness, nor self pity.
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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