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Lesson # Prov. 11:31
Study Material - Prov. 11:31
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.
31 Behold, the righteous [tsaddiyq] shall be recompensed [shalam] in the earth [erets] : much more the wicked [rasha] and the sinner [chata] . KJV-Interlinear
31 If the righteous will be rewarded in the earth, How much more the wicked and the sinner! NAS
Quoted by Peter in 1 Pet. 4:18, basically this is a summary of the previous verses. What you sow, you will reap.
Now everyone is on notice. We are, each one of us, in charge of our destiny. Whether we like it or not, whether we acknowledge it or not, whether we believe it or not, is all irrelevant. The truth is the truth and our attitude toward it makes no difference and will not change the truth.
Truth is not dependent on our approval or acceptance. Truth is not up for a vote. Truth is not dependent on public opinion, or governmental legislation. And this truth is basically, 'what you sow will determine what you reap' (or harvest, if you prefer that word) in life and in eternity.
Why are each one of us here on this planet anyway? Most would say that mankind is here to grow up in his humanity (from philosophers), to be good (this one from the do-gooders), to provide a place for the children (a favorite quote of the politician), to bring world peace (works well in the beauty pageants). Some might say that man is evolving into something better or greater than himself, and still others have the attitude that we are here to work our 8 to 5, retire, maybe have a good life somewhere in between and then die.
But this is all a view of mankind orienting to his own environment, and not looking further beyond his environment.
If you have had any Bible study under your belt, then you know that there are only two questions facing mankind. The first, 'What think ye of Jesus Christ?' As unbelievers we are all unsaved until we face this question and answer it. For those who believe in Christ, that first question ceases to exist. It has been answered. Once saved always saved.
For those who reject Christ, that question looms before them throughout their entire life right up to the moment of their death. No matter what unbelievers does in life, if they reject Christ, then their destiny is the Lake of Fire. No wealth, or success, or title will deliver them from the terror of hell.
For believers, there is a second question, which is really series of questions they face daily throughout the remainder of their lives, 'What think ye of Bible doctrine?' You are either for it, against it, or have varying views as to how important Bible doctrine is to you in your life.
Now to the sowing and reaping part. In this world of the living, God deals with us on the basis of His Word. If we are positive, obedient and so forth, then we benefit, prosper, etc. But here we are dealing with those who are not generally positive, and certainly not obedient to Gods Word.
There are two classes of people who are not obedient. Unbelievers are not, and that should be obvious. But there are believers who, after they were saved, and for whatever reason, simply went negative toward God. Both of these groups are disobedient.
Believers, even though negative, are a part of Gods spiritual family. They are saved and will go to heaven, but while here on earth they will be punished for their indiscretions with God. Just because they are of Gods family, He will not withhold discipline from them. Then if He will not withhold discipline and punishment from believers, how much more will he not withhold punishment from those who elect to remain separated from God? And that answer is, God will indeed not withhold punishment from those who have rejected Him. They have sown to the wind and will reap an infinitely greater whirlwind. Their reward is nothing in life and great misery in eternity.
We have studied many verses over the years, and yet we are just touching the surface of the subjects in the Bible. All of which continue to point to a greater life when a person complies with Gods Word, and to a miserable life when a person compromises his spiritual life in some way.
Almost always people will complain that Bible doctrine does not work for them, when it is fact they who are not complying with Bible doctrine within their daily life. People do not study regularly, they remain out of fellowship often if not all of the time, they do not learn Bible doctrine, nor apply it to their daily lives.
Spiritual growth is a life long commitment. Just as a child who cleans up his room a couple of days in a row, does not establish an ingrained pattern of keeping his room clean all of the time, day after day, after day, for the rest of their life, so to a believer who studies the Bible for a few days or even weeks does not necessarily establish a solid spiritual pattern of living in their life. Growing up spiritually does not occur overnight, but takes a long, long time.
If you are committed to your spiritual life, then you will be committed for the rest of your life. We do not live our life in periods as in a sporting event and then check the score at the end of each playing period to see if we are winning or losing. But we do, or should, live our life in accordance with the Lord's Will, and simply allow Him to guide us through life, and use us in a manner in which He sees fit.
Most of us will change diapers all our life. That is, no one in history will ever hear of, nor see, our contribution to society. But God will. Some may even make the headlines. But those are few and far between, and they are of no greater importance to God than we diaper changers.
If we are competing with anyone or anything in life, then it is with our own volition, and our own resolve to maintain and persist in our Bible study. The world will throw us curves from time to time, but no matter. Drift away and God will deal with you accordingly, but stay the course, and all the problems in life will become irrelevant to you sooner or later.
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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