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Lesson # Prov. 11:30
Study Material - Prov. 11:30
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.
30 The fruit [pariy] of the righteous [tsaddiyq] is a tree [ets] of life [chay] ; and he that winneth [laqach] souls [nephesh] is wise [chakam] . KJV-Interlinear
30 The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, And he who is wise wins souls. NAS
The 'righteous' is a reference to all believers. The 'wise' is a reference to mature believers, or positive believers advancing toward spiritual maturity. Here is the key to history and the sustaining of mankind on this planet earth.
God deals with righteousness only. Righteousness has to be perfect. That rules out mankind's righteousness, because mans righteousness has been adequately described by Isaiah as a pretty disgusting thing. You'll recall the menstrual rag study.
Anyway, this leaves only Gods righteousness, which is His sinless state of perfection. Man receives this righteousness from God when man believes in the savior, Jesus Christ. This is only one of many gifts which the believer receives at the point of salvation. Refer to the Blessings list on the Index page.
Now here we have the relationship of God to man. Man is blessed by association with God. We are blessed directly when we are saved. Believers receive direct blessing from God, or blessing directly from God. Unbelievers are blessed by association. That is, they are recipients of blessing by virtue of the fact that they live on planet earth. We generally call this common grace, or grace provisions to all of mankind whether believer or unbeliever.
Unbelievers receive blessings such as the air that we breath, or from the economies which provide jobs, or from the various divine establishment principles (volition, marriage, family, nationalism). Within these spheres all people receive blessings of sorts.
But blessings come to earth through believers only, or on behalf of believers. Were there no believers on earth, then all unbelievers would perish in short order. Noah's generation is an example, and the Tribulation will be a pretty dramatic example of a society free falling into oblivion.
This verse distinguishes between two classes of believers - those who are righteous, which is to say all believers, and then there is a sub group of believers who are described as wise. These will be the mature group. A much, much smaller group within the entire universe of believers.
Why is it smaller? Well, not all believers will advance toward spiritual maturity. The vast majority are either indifferent, or have better plans for their lives. That is 'better' as defined within their own minds. A very small number of all believers will ever achieve spiritual maturity. Not that all people cannot achieve it, but because most do not make the effort.
The tree of life is the source of blessing. Blessing comes from nowhere else but from God and only from God. There is no other source of blessing. Blessing comes into this planet because of believers only and for no other reason. God can look down through the tunnel of time and see who will be positive toward Him and thus believe in Him, and who will not. God does not force faith on anyone, nor does He keep it from anyone. He just knows the future and the free will decisions of mankind. Therefore, He makes provisions accordingly.
All believers receive sustaining blessing in order to give them opportunity to advance to spiritual maturity. Real blessings come to planet earth through mature believers. The 'wise' is a much higher category of spiritual status, because it is the source of winning 'literally' souls of people.
Souls are won in two ways. First, souls are won from eternal condemnation, and that is through faith in Christ, and second, souls are won from spiritual ignorance through advancement to spiritual maturity, or the advancement toward the perfection or completion of ones soul.
At the point of salvation a person is empty spiritually just as a baby is empty when it is born. The babe has to grow up. It has to learn, and is not complete until is grows up in a responsible manner. So it is with the spiritual life. A person is empty spiritually until they learn, understand, apply, and possess Bible doctrine in their life. Only through the daily study of Gods Word can one learn and grow up spiritually. There is no other means of becoming wise. Being wise (maximum spiritual maturity) is a ultimate goal of the believer.
From this position, God will use the believer, the prepared believer, in whatever manner God sees fit. And this is the ultimate compliment and honor for any person to receive.
The opposite (the discipline for being negative) is in the last verse of this chapter and we'll get to that tomorrow.
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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