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Proverbs 13:13

13 Whoso despiseth [buwz] the word [dabar] shall be destroyed [chabal]: but he that feareth [yare] the commandment [mitsvah] shall be rewarded [shalam]. KJV-Interlinear

13 The one who despises the word will be in debt to it, But the one who fears the commandment will be rewarded. NASB

The 'word' is the content of the scriptures. It is the command, warning, or instruction of God.

Deut. 30:14
14 'But the word is very near you, in your mouth and in your heart, that you may observe it. NASB

The 'word' is only useful to you when you have learned it and use it in your daily life. You either live by it while inside the fellowship sphere of God or you do not live by it at all. Any application of Gods word to a life that functions outside of the fellowship sphere is only an application of establishment principle to the jungle environment.

A debt is an obligation. It has to be repaid or there will be repercussions that are not good. The creditor can demand repayment, repossession, or worse if the debt is not paid. The debtor is bound to fulfill his obligations. He cannot escape his duty to repay simply by ignoring his debt, or even by despising it.

Any debt which is not tended to, will bring about bad results. He who despises and neglects the Word of God, brings upon himself, his own destruction. Likewise if you take an attitude of despising your debt, then you in turn will be despised by it.

Every human being born into this world has a huge debt thrust upon them. That debt from birth, is the original sin of Adam. In Adam all die. Being born physically alive in this world, we are all born spiritually dead. Our destiny is the Lake of Fire unless there is some sort of intervention by another - such as a redeemer.

Since our debt is so great, then we cannot repay it even if our life depended upon it. And of course our life does depend on the outcome of our debt. That is why Christ came to this earth and paid the price of sin in our behalf.

But even though our debt has been paid in full, we still have an obligation to the redeemer. We have to acknowledge Him, otherwise any benefit we have gained by His redemption will be lost forever. Rejecting the redeemer means that we have a better plan for our life. And of course since we could never pay off our debt, then likewise we can never control our destiny after this life. Sin may be gone, but we still have death to contend with. And, after leaving this world we still have to contend with how we will provide for ourselves in eternity.

So, we come back to the redeemer. To Him, Jesus Christ, we have an obligation first to believe in Him, and second to trust His counsel. His counsel is the content of the scriptures.

What is at stake? Our entire eternal plate of blessings.

By believing in Christ we receive a blessing (salvation) which is infinitely greater than the alternative (Lake of Fire). Likewise, in studying and advancing to spiritual maturity, we have waiting for us tremendous blessings which are infinitely greater than the blessings we will have if we do not advance to spiritual maturity.

So on the one hand, in pre-salvation, the rejection of Christ and failure to recognize the savior will yield a huge loss. And in post salvation, where the question of life is what you think of doctrine, then rejection of Bible study and spiritual growth will result in a huge loss of a different type. Loss of blessings.

To him who pursues his spiritual life, then there will be phenomenal blessings provided. Fear of God, His commandments, His instruction, and so forth, is obedience to those same principles of life.

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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.

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