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Being a soldier for the Word of God. Part 5.

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Prepare yourself for learning the Word of God!

Before we begin, if you are a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ (that is; you have believed [trusted] in Him for His promised gift of eternal life), it is important to prepare yourself to learn God's Word so take a moment to name, cite or acknowledge (confess) your sins privately to God (i.e.; with your thoughts directed only to God the Father).

1 John 1:9 says: "If we confess our sins, He (God) is faithful and just to forgive us our sins (known sins) and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness [unknown or forgotten sins]." NKJV (New King James Version) [italics added]; we call this REBOUND, read the full doctrine as to “why” we need to use 1 John 1:9 to grow spiritually. REBOUND

If you have never personally believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, that He is the Son of God, the promised Messiah, as your Savior (that is, believed in Him for eternal life), the issue for you is not to name your sins; the issue for you is to simply exercise faith alone in Jesus Christ alone for eternal life; when you do, you will instantly receive Eternal Life: John 3:16, 5:24, 6:47, 20:30, 31.

John 6:47 says: "Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me [Jesus Christ] has everlasting life." NKJV [italics added]

Notice again what Jesus said in John 6:47: "…he who believes in Me (Jesus Christ) has everlasting life." It doesn't say, "will have"; it says, "has." Therefore, the very moment you believe in Jesus Christ for His promise of everlasting life, you have it (it's really just that simple; nothing more and nothing less), and it can never be taken away from you (John 10:28-29). Furthermore, the gift (Ephesians 2:8c) of everlasting life (also called eternal life in scripture) is available to every human being; there are absolutely no exceptions.

John 3:14-15, 16, 17, 18, says: "14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, 15 that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. 16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. 18 He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God." NKJV

Let us now bow our hearts and take a moment to prepare for worship and learning God's Word. If there is any known sin in your life, this is the time to just cite it privately to God the Father with your thoughts directed towards Him. With your head bowed and your eyes closed, you have total privacy in your mind and soul:


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Being a soldier for the Word of God. Part 5.



We have now established the fact that God will not stand by while members of the Christian soldiers need to repent or changetheir system of thinking as they go forth in the greatest battle ever fought and the greatest victory ever won. God takes stern measures to alert them to their critical situation and to encourage them to rebound and reenter the Pre-designed Plan of God (PPOG). In His perfect wisdom, God knows when and how to warn each believer.

God knows the most effec¬tive way to confront us with the fact that we are totally de¬pendent on His grace. The Christian under discipline may doubt that God is treating him in grace, but he could not imagine how much more he would hurt if God were not acting in grace.

God punishes believers, but not because He likes to see us in pain. He is perfect. He is just. We are His children, the royal family of God, and He disciplines us and punishes us for our own benefit. By definition then, divine discipline is the sum total of punitive action taken by the justice of God in grace to correct, to punish, to encourage, to train, to motivate the believer’s free will toward the PPOG. Divine discipline is for believers only, Heb 12:8, and occurs only in this life, not in eternity, Rev 21:4).

Rev 21:4, and He shall wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there shall no longer be any death; there shall no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away.”

You have not yet resisted to the point of shedding blood in your striving against sin or the old sin nature; and you have forgotten the exhortation which is addressed to you as sons, “My son, do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord, Nor faint when you are reproved by Him;”

In other words, in apostasy they were not successful in combating the old sin nature and its problems. Obviously from verse 4 the believers involved, the original readers of this passage, had failed and become casualties in the angelic conflict. As members of the royal family of God they were not doing too well. Often we fail and we do not do too well because we forget.

We have a way of forgetting things. And this is why Moses warned the Jews in Deut 4:1-9, “And now, O Israel, listen to the statutes and the judgments which I am teaching you to perform, in order that you may live and go in and take possession of the land which the Lord, the God of your fathers, is giving you. You shall not add to the word which I am commanding you, nor take away from it, that you may keep the commandments of the Lord your God which I command you. Your eyes have seen what the Lord has done in the case of Baal-peor, for all the men who followed Baal-peor, the Lord your God has destroyed them from among you. But you who held fast to the Lord your God are alive today, every one of you. See, I have taught you statutes and judgments just as the Lord my God commanded me, that you should do thus in the land where you are entering to possess it. So keep and do them, for that is your wisdom and your understanding in the sight of the peoples who will hear all these statutes and say, ‘Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people. For what great nation is there that has a god so near to it as is the Lord our God whenever we call on Him? Or what great nation is there that has statutes and judgments as righteous as this whole law which I am setting before you today? Only give heed to yourself and keep your soul diligently, lest you forget the things which your eyes have seen, and lest they depart from your heart all the days of your life; but make them known to your sons and your grandsons.”

Or in Deut 4:23, “So watch yourselves, lest you forget the covenant of the Lord your God, which He made with you, and make for yourselves a graven image in the form of anything against which the Lord your God has commanded you.”

Then in Deut 6:10-12, “Then it shall come about when the Lord your God brings you into the land which He swore to your fathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, to give you, great and splendid cities which you did not build, and houses full of all good things which you did not fill, and hewn cisterns which you did not dig, vineyards and olive trees which you did not plant, and you shall eat and be satisfied, then watch yourself, lest you forget the Lord who brought you from the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.”

Deut 8:1-14, “All the commandments that I am commanding you today you shall be careful to do, that you may live and multiply, and go in and possess the land which the Lord swore to give to your forefathers. And you shall remember all the way which the Lord your God has led you in the wilderness these forty years, that He might humble you, testing you, to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep His commandments or not. And He humbled you and let you be hungry, and fed you with manna which you did not know, nor did your fathers know, that He might make you understand that man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by everything that proceeds out of the mouth of the Lord. Your clothing did not wear out on you, nor did your foot swell these forty years. Thus, you are to know in your heart that the Lord your God was disciplining you just as a man disciplines his son. Therefore, you shall keep the commandments of the Lord your God, to walk in His ways and to fear Him. For the Lord your God is bringing you into a good land, a land of brooks of water, of fountains and springs, flowing forth in valleys and hills; a land of wheat and barley, of vines and fig trees and pomegranates, a land of olive oil and honey; a land where you shall eat food without scarcity, in which you shall not lack anything; a land whose stones are iron, and out of whose hills you can dig copper. When you have eaten and are satisfied, you shall bless the Lord your God for the good land which He has given you. Beware lest you forget the Lord your God by not keeping His commandments and His ordinances and His statutes which I am commanding you today; lest, when you have eaten and are satisfied, and have built good houses and lived in them, and when your herds and your flocks multiply, and your silver and gold multiply, and all that you have multiplies, then your heart becomes proud, and you forget the Lord your God who brought you out from the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.

We forget that each one of us is here on this earth by courtesy of the Lord Jesus Christ, and we are only here until He sees fit to remove us, and that can be done at any time. Whatever makes us arrogant or proud, whatever the source of our vanity, it can be removed very rapidly. So, we often forget that the source of everything that we have, the source of everything that we are, is totally dependent upon who and what Christ is. Therefore the very thought of neglecting the source of everything that is wonderful to us is ludicrous.

If you look back on your life you may regret the fact that you did not spend more time with someone you love, or that you did not understand someone who was in your life until you had enough sense and maturity to appreciate them. Whatever it is, people generally have an area of regrets. One of the things that is so important is to have few regrets in life. Few regrets means the sooner you grow up, the sooner you have capacity for life.In other words, the sooner you have maximum doctrine in your soul, the better off life will be.

Heb 12:5, and you have forgotten the exhortation which is addressed to you as sons, “My son, do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord, Nor faint when you are reproved by Him;”

So we have the phrase, And so you have forgotten, You have forgotten your lessons. The word for forgotten has a different connotation related to apostasy and fallen away and it means to forget altogether. It means a total blackout of memory on some point. It means to forget something entirely and it is like not knowing it in the first place. The verb is an obvious result of apostasy¬. The writer of Hebrews is back on the subject of fallen away as of this point. This causes the believer to forget Bible doctrine, forget Jesus Christ, forget grace, forget everything that is important, and get involved in an entirely new thought pattern. This is when the soul undergoes a phenomenal change in apostasy. The things you ought to remember you forget and the things you ought to forget you remember.

As a member of the royal family of God you become petty, vindictive, implacable, a frantic search for happiness type, all of the things whereby you are no longer worthwhile in life.

Prov 3:11-12, My son, do not reject the discipline of the Lord, Or loathe His reproof, For whom the Lord loves He reproves, Even as a father, the son in whom he delights.

David was teaching his son doctrine; and he says in effect do not refuse, reject, to despise, or melt away when the Lord reproves. Hence, to melt away in the sense of rejecting the purpose of divine discipline. Discipline is designed to put us back on the road to glory. Ultimately discipline is always de¬signed to improve, to better a situation, to reach an objective, and discipline is really a matter of the soul. Children are tender when they are young, they have tender souls, and that is the time when discipline pays off. Discipline is designed to put the royal family on the road to glory. This is a reference to the various stages of discipline in revers¬ionism, the warning stage, the intensive stage, the dying stage.

Each stage is designed to warn the believer that he is off of the road to glory. Each stage is designed to warn the believer of his apostate status and to motivate a change of attitude toward doctrine, the use of rebound, and the daily function of PMA of BD.

Prov 3:11-12, My son, do not reject the discipline of the Lord, Or loathe His reproof, For whom the Lord loves He reproves, Even as a father, the son in whom he delights.

Most people think that when parents are strict when they are unkind. They think that those who are permissive are somehow loving. A permissive parent is stupid and unloving. Now, the word love is the qal imperfect which means that God keeps on loving us. He always will love us. He loves us in revers¬ionism, He loves us in supergrace. The only difference is that His love manifests itself in different ways toward the individual. He loves you by blessing you in supergrace. He loves you by discipline and punishment in apostasy but the love is still there.

Prov 3:12, For whom the Lord loves He reproves, Even as a father, the son in whom he delights.

The son is growing up and now the father handles the discipline. The father loves his son but he disciplines his son, and he prepares him for life by doing so. The father can do this for his son and can prepare him for life and this means discipline.

Heb 12:6-15, For those whom the Lord loves He disciplines, And He scourges every son whom He receives. It is for discipline that you endure; God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom his father does not discipline? But if you are without discipline, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate children and not sons. Furthermore, we had earthly fathers to discipline us, and we respected them; shall we not much rather be subject to the Father of spirits, and live? For they disciplined us for a short time as seemed best to them, but He disciplines us for our good, that we may share His holiness. All discipline for the moment seems not to be joyful, but sorrowful; yet to those who have been trained by it, afterwards it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness. Therefore, strengthen the hands that are weak and the knees that are feeble, and make straight paths for your feet, so that the limb which is lame may not be put out of joint, but rather be healed. Pursue peace with all men, and the sanctification without which no one will see the Lord. See to it that no one comes short of the grace of God; that no root of bitterness springing up causes trouble, and by it many be defiled;

Divine discipline is a warning that the believer is outside the boundaries of God’s plan. Just as a football game is played inside the boundaries of the playing field, so the plan of God must be executed within the God’s boundaries or the PPOG.

2Jo 1:9, No one has fellowship with God who keeps advancing out-of-bounds and does not remain on the playing field through the doctrine of Christ. He who resides in it [PPOG] keeps on having fellowship both with the Father and with the Son.

Just as the referee blows a whistle when the ball-carrier steps out of bounds, so God blows a whistle on us and administers divine discipline when we live outside the PPOG for any length of time. When a believer cuts off his fellowship with God through sin and remains in the cosmic system, God in His grace must deal with him as a child. Bible doc¬trine has been ignored so God must get the believer’s attention through pain.

Divine discipline from the Lord is part of parental training in the royal fam¬ily of God. The premise in this passage in comparing divine discipline with child rearing in the home is that, except for the humanity of Jesus Christ, there is no such thing as a perfect child. Some children are unquestionably better behaved and more responsive to instruction than others, but every child needs training so that even¬tually he will be able to function in an adult society. Parents try to instill authority orientation in their children. They should because anyone who leaves home without authority orientation makes himself a monster who will manufacture misery for himself and others under the law of volitional responsibility.

On the spiritual side of the analogy, there is no such thing as sinless perfec¬tion in this life, again with the exception of Christ’s impeccable humanity. As long as any believer lives in his mortal body, in which the old sin nature resides, he will continue to sin. As he matures spiritually, he will sin less frequently and perhaps will commit different categories of sin, but periodically he will succumb to temptation and enter the cosmic system.

If the believer remains in the cosmic system, his thinking loses touch with the reality of God’s plan. Under prolonged cosmic influence, his ar¬rogance becomes antagonism toward God and therefore he multiplies his own unhappiness and incurs divine discipline. And so like parental training, divine discipline is designed to inculcate humility, which is orientation to reality and authority. Only the hum¬ble believer is teachable, Psa 25:8:9. He desires to understand how he fits in the over-all scheme of God’s grace. And only with humility can anyone be objective and responsive to the authority of Bible doctrine.

Although self-evaluation when accompanied by arrogance rapidly slips into subjectivity, we have the responsibility to analyze our lives. We should be first to recognize our own weaknesses.

1Co 11:31, But if we judged ourselves rightly, we should not be judged.

If we do not, divine discipline enforces humility on us, teaching us to see ourselves as we really are in relation to God and His marvelous plan. The very fact that we receive discipline from God tells us we are divorced from reality and that God is bringing us back to grace-¬oriented objectivity. And from that solid footing we can rebound and resume our spiritual growth. Therefore, because of corrective discipline, we need to endure it.

Heb 12:7, It is for discipline that you endure;

This is a command to endure suffering inside the PPOG. In other words, rebound! And after rebound, keep applying doctrine! So Hebrews 12 continues with an explanation of divine discipline in terms of parents and children. The entire passage should be cited as documentation of God’s magnificent purpose in disciplining His own.

There are three different categories of divine discipline;

1.Warning discipline

2. Intensive discipline

3. Dying discipline

God is never inconsistent in administering discipline: His punishment is always appropriate to the individual in question. As Peter said in Acts 10:34, I most certainly understand that God is not one to show partiality,

Col 3:25, For he who does wrong will receive the consequences of the wrong which he has done, and that without partiality.

From His perfect divine justice, all discipline not only fits the violation but also matches the believer’s receptivity and the ability to lead him to rebound and recovery. When the believer does not use rebound, these three categories of discipline are progressive. Mild discipline gives way to more and more severe discipline if the believer fails to respond. The believer who refuses to live in the PPOG receives warning discipline, added to the misery he has already created for himself under the law of volitional responsibility.

He has isolated himself from fellowship with God and he has shut Christ out of his thoughts. However, the combination of warning discipline and self-induced misery adds up to a significant shock. Because he has not yet degenerated into the later stages of negative volition, this believer is still sensitive to the truth.

He can still profit from this degree of discipline so that God does not have to proceed to the next stage of punitive suffering. He can still hear the knocking on the door as it were. God can catch his attention with relatively mild suffering. However, if the believer ignores or rejects divine warnings, he eventually requires in¬tensive discipline.

By habitual negative volition he has dulled his sensitivity to truth; warning discipline is no longer sufficient. God still has a marvelous plan for blessing this cosmic believer, but God’s plan can be executed only in the power of the filling of the Spirit. No believer who refuses to submit to a pastor-teacher can ever be filled with the Spirit because they are living in sin from refusal to submit. However, God continues to support him with logistical grace, keeping him alive so that he might return to God’s plan for his life.

1) The Christian way of Life is a supernatural way of life. As such it requires a supernatural dynamics for its execution (Phil 2:12-13).

2) The filling of the Holy Spirit is the second of the ten problem solving devices found in the Word of God, and solves the problem of our inability as a frail man to serve God, by empowering the believer for the fulfillment of the Christian way of life.

3)The filling of the Spirit may be defined as the Holy Spirit’s control of the believer’s soul. The Spirit’s control of the believer’s soul is the essence of Christian spirituality.

4) The filling of the Spirit, as an experiential reality in life, must be distinguished from other ministries of the Holy Spirit, such as the baptism of the Spirit (1Co 12:13), regeneration (Titus 3:56), the indwelling of the Spirit (John 14:16-17), and the seal of the Spirit (Eph 1:13).

5) The filling of the Spirit also solves the problems with the believer’s lifestyle (e.g., legalism), as attempting to execute the spiritual life or Christian service in the energy of the flesh.

6) The filling of the Holy Spirit involves access to the power of God for the Christian life.

7)) The filling of the Spirit is essential for spiritual combat, and for the prevention of satanic influence of the soul (Eph 6:1012), and, when coupled with the “Main Line of Resistance,” called “the full armor from God,” is sufficient to win the battle over satanic influences.

If Eph 5:18 was not in the Book of Ephesians the book of Ephesians could never be fulfilled? You would never be able to fulfill Eph 2:10, For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

Eph 4:24-32, and put on the new self, which in the likeness of God has been created in righteousness and holiness of the truth. Therefore, laying aside falsehood, speak truth, each one of you, with his neighbor, for we are members of one another. Be angry, and yet do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, and do not give the devil an opportunity. Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, that it may give grace to those who hear. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.

Think of it, if this one verse, Eph 5:18 was deleted from this book everything in it would be legalistic. If this one verse was removed you would be the great engine, the great vehicle described in chapters 1 to 3, you would still have your road map in chapters 4, 5, and 6 but you wouldn’t have any fuel to get you going anywhere. You’d be functioning completely in the flesh apart from this beautiful statement in chapter 5 verse 18, Be filled with the Spirit. That is the heart of the whole matter. That is the energy of the worthy walk. That is the key to living the Christian life. That’s at the bottom of all of it; you can never walk in humility, you can never walk in unity, you can never walk different that the world walks, you can never walk in the light,you can never walk in love, and you can never walk in wisdom unless you are energized by the Spirit of God.

The life of God in the soul of man is the only thing that can produce that kind of living. And so this is the heart of the matter in verse 18, it opens up to us horizons of tremendous understanding. And by the way I guess we’d have to say that ah, if you don’t obey chapter 5 verse 18 you’re the biggest fool of all.

In verse 15 it says, See that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise.

And the biggest fool of all would be the one who tried to walk a humble oneness, a unique kind of life, walk in love, walk in light, walk in wisdom, fulfill all the will of God and do it in the flesh, that’s the biggest fool of all. A Christian must do it in the power of the Holy Spirit. And so in our subject of the Spiritual Warfare and the Art of War we begin by dealing with The Spiritual Transformation Which Cleans Out The soul of the Onward Christian soldier. All of us need to accept the fact that we have all failed and have developed Garbage in the Soul.

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Preparing yourself for the study of God’s Word

Before we begin, if you are a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ (that is— you have trusted in Him for eternal life), it is important to prepare yourself to take-in God’s Word or participating in a Communion Service, so take a moment to name, cite or acknowledge your sins privately directly to God the Father. This will assure that you are in fellowship with God the Father and the Holy Spirit’s convicting ministry, also called the convincing ministry will then be able to teach you as the Holy Spirit is the real teacher and the pastor’s message is the vehicle the Holy Spirit uses to convince you what you are learning is true or not.

1 John 1:9 says—“If we confess [simply name, cite or acknowledge to God the Father] our sins [known sins], He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins [known sins] and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness [all unknown and forgotten sins].” NKJV (New King James Version)

If you have never personally believed in the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior (that is, believed in Him for eternal life), the issue for you is not to name your sins to God; the issue for you is to believe by faith alone in Jesus Christ alone for eternal life and you will be saved the very second you believe in Him:

John 6:47 says: “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me [Jesus Christ] has everlasting life.” NKJV

Notice again what John 6:47 says, “he who believes in Me [Jesus Christ] has everlasting life.” It doesn’t say, “will have”; it says, “has.” Therefore, the very moment you believe Jesus Christ’s promise of everlasting life, you have it (it’s really just that simple), and it can never be lost or taken away from you (John 10:28-29). Furthermore, the gift of everlasting life (also called eternal life in scripture) is available to every human being; there are absolutely no exceptions.

John 3:14-18 says: “And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” NKJV

Let us now bow our hearts and take a moment to prepare for learning God’s Word, if there is any known sin in your life, this is the time to just cite it privately to God the Father with your thoughts directed towards Him. With your head bowed and your eyes closed, you have total privacy in your mind and soul:

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The Mosaic Law. The real purpose of the Mosaic Law.


We have now come to that point in our study of Dispensations with the most important subject of the Old Testament dispensations which is the given of the Mosaic Law.

One of the main reasons why our Lord had to intervene with the overruling will of God by giving the 10 commandments was to get the human race back on track and not continue on the road to self-destruction.

I have chosen to begin the subject of the Mosaic Law by giving you an outline of what we mean by the Law because unlike the Roman Catholics and the Seventh Day Advents, there is far to the spiritual like then following do’s and don’ts.

Most Christians are shocked when they realize that following the Ten Commandments are not a part of living the spiritual life.

Our Lord Jesus Christ fulfilled those commands in place of us or “for us” or on “our behalf.”
Exo 14:13 But Moses said to the people, “Do not fear! Stand by and see the salvation of the Lord which He will accomplish for you today; for the Egyptians whom you have seen today, you will never see them again forever.

Psa 57:2 I will cry to God Most High, To God who accomplishes all things for me.

Psa 138:8 The Lord will accomplish what concerns me; Thy lovingkindness, O Lord, is everlasting; Do not forsake the works of Thy hands.

Isa 46:10 Declaring the end from the beginning And from ancient times things which have not been done, Saying, ‘My purpose will be established, And I will accomplish all My good pleasure’;

The Mosaic Law is divided into three general categories —- Theologically they are called; Codex #1; Codex #2; Codex #3.

Codex one is the Ten commandments, or the Decalogue.
This is known as the freedom code.

There can be no freedom without morality which can be fulfilled by both believers and unbelievers.

The Ten Commandments define human freedom in terms of morality, privacy, property, and authority……it does not define how to live spiritually.

One of Satan’s greatest victories has been to blind people from the doctrine of Dispensations and deceive them into thinking that if they follow the Ten Commandments they will be pleasing to God.

Rom 8:8 and those who are in the flesh cannot please God.

Now, the ten commandments also define human freedom in terms of the divine institutions and relationship to God, authority, and sin.

While some sins are mentioned in the Ten commandments, its purpose is not to define sin.

The sins mentioned are intrusions upon privacy, property, and freedom.

Gal 3:24 Therefore the Law has become our tutor [school bus] to lead us to Christ, that we may be justified by faith.

Rom 7:7 What shall we say then? Is the Law sin? May it never be! On the contrary, I would not have come to know sin except through the Law; for I would not have known about coveting if the Law had not said, “You shall not covet.”

Answer: First of all the Mosaic law was not given to us as gentiles or it was also not given to the Church.

The Mosaic Law was given specifically to the nation of Israel (Exo 19; Lev 26:46; Romans 9:4).

Lev 26:46 These are the statutes and ordinances and laws which the Lord established between Himself and the sons of Israel through Moses at Mount Sinai.

The Mosaic Law was also given to reveal the holy character of the eternal God to the nation of Israel; Lev 19:2; 20:7–8)The Mosaic Law was also to set apart the nation of Israel as distinct from all the other nations (Exo 19:5).

Exo 19:6 and you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation. ‘These are the words that you shall speak to the sons of Israel.”

Reveal the sinfulness of man (cf. Gal 3:19). Although the Law was good and holy (Romans 7:12), it did not provide salvation for the nation of Israel.


“No one will be declared righteous in God’s sight by the works of the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of our sin” (Rom 3:20; cf. Acts 13:38–39).

Provide forgiveness through the sacrifice offerings but ultimately the main sacrifice, our Lord Jesus Christ; (Lev 1-7), for the people who had faith in the Lord in the Lord and in the nation of Israel.Provide a way of worship for the community of faith through the yearly feasts (Lev 23)

Provide God’s direction for the physical and spiritual health of the nation (Exo 21-23; Deut 6:4–19; Psa 119:97–104).

Cause people, after Christ came, to see that they couldn’t keep the Law but needed to accept Christ as personal Savior, for He had fulfilled the Law in His life and paid the penalty for our breaking it in His death, burial, and bodily resurrection (Gal 3:24; Rom 10:4).

The believer in Christ has the very righteousness of the Law fulfilled in him as he obeys the Holy Spirit who lives within him (Rom 8:4).“Are you trusting in yourself to keep all the Ten Commandments all the time (which you can’t do)?”

“Have you made the choice to accept Jesus as your Savior, realizing that He has fulfilled all the commandments all the time for you, even paying your penalty for breaking them?”

The point is that there are a lot of benefits and blessings that those who follow the Law or the Ten Commandments can attain ….. except for two very vital important doctrinal principles; salvation or spirituality.

Therefore, human freedom has something which is the guardian of freedom: authority.

Codex Two is known as the ordinances, Exo 25:1 31:18, or the spiritual code = emphasizes the fact that believers are designed to function under both the laws of divine establishment as well as bible doctrine in the soul.

As the marriage counselor, in Rom 7, Codex Two points out the solution to the first marriage to the old sin nature as salvation.

The ordinances are the spiritual heritage of Israel. – They are the theological code designed to present Jesus Christ as the only Savior.

The structure of the tabernacle (Exo 25 27),

The delineation of the holy days (Lev 23:10ff),

The way of life for Levitical priesthood (Exo 28 29),
and the significance of the Levitical offerings (Lev 1 3).

The third part of the Mosaic Law is known as Codex #3 which deals with the judgments in a courtroom, the establishment code, or the national heritage of Israel.

Codex number 3 included every principle related to the function of a client nation to God which includes an elaboration of freedom and authority, privacy, rights, property, privileges, marriage, military policy, taxation, diet, health, sanitation, quarantine, criminal law, trial, punishment, and laws of evidence, Exo 21:1 23:9.

It’s interesting that this code included the function of free enterprise and profit motivation, but rejected all forms of socialism and the welfare state.
Morality mandated by the Mosaic law was for both believers and unbelievers; it was not the means of spirituality.

Morality is not spirituality.

Spirituality is infinitely greater than morality.

Spiritual, moral and social life are in a state of disintegration.

They are closely related to a subject with which many people are familiar but about which they know very little about— the Ten Commandments, or the Decalogue (Exo 20:1-20).

Young people find themselves in a position where they are required to memorize the Ten Commandments.

There are those in this country who have never been near a Sunday School, do not attend a church, and may not even have a Bible, but are knowledgeable regarding the Ten commandments or the Decalogue.

1) Exo 20:3 “You shall have no other gods before Me.

2) Exo 20:4 “You shall not make for yourself an idol, or any likeness of what is in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the water under the earth.

3) Exo 20:7 “You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not leave him unpunished who takes His name in vain.


4) Exo 20:8 “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.

5) Exo 20:12 “Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be prolonged in the land which the Lord your God gives you.

6) Exo 20:13 “You shall not murder.

7) Exo 20:14 “You shall not commit adultery.

8) Exo 20:15 “You shall not steal.

9) Exo 20:16 “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.

10) Exo 20:17 “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife or his male servant or his female servant or his ox or his donkey or anything that belongs to your neighbor.”

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Preparing yourself for the study of God’s Word

Before we begin, if you are a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ (that is— you have trusted in Him for eternal life), it is important to prepare yourself to take-in God’s Word or participating in a Communion Service, so take a moment to name, cite or acknowledge your sins privately directly to God the Father. This will assure that you are in fellowship with God the Father and the Holy Spirit’s convicting ministry, also called the convincing ministry will then be able to teach you as the Holy Spirit is the real teacher and the pastor’s message is the vehicle the Holy Spirit uses to convince you what you are learning is true or not.

1 John 1:9 says—“If we confess [simply name, cite or acknowledge to God the Father] our sins [known sins], He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins [known sins] and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness [all unknown and forgotten sins].” NKJV (New King James Version)

If you have never personally believed in the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior (that is, believed in Him for eternal life), the issue for you is not to name your sins to God; the issue for you is to believe by faith alone in Jesus Christ alone for eternal life and you will be saved the very second you believe in Him:

John 6:47 says: “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me [Jesus Christ] has everlasting life.” NKJV

Notice again what John 6:47 says, “he who believes in Me [Jesus Christ] has everlasting life.” It doesn’t say, “will have”; it says, “has.” Therefore, the very moment you believe Jesus Christ’s promise of everlasting life, you have it (it’s really just that simple), and it can never be lost or taken away from you (John 10:28-29). Furthermore, the gift of everlasting life (also called eternal life in scripture) is available to every human being; there are absolutely no exceptions.

John 3:14-18 says: “And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” NKJV

Let us now bow our hearts and take a moment to prepare for learning God’s Word, if there is any known sin in your life, this is the time to just cite it privately to God the Father with your thoughts directed towards Him. With your head bowed and your eyes closed, you have total privacy in your mind and soul:

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Introduction to the Mosaic Law.



God not only dealt with the rebellion of Korah, Dathan, and Abiram , the 250 princes, but also He dealt with 14,700 rebellious Jews that the Lord disciplined with a plague.

One of the main reasons why our Lord had to intervene with the overruling will of God by giving the 10 commandments was to get the human race back on track and not continue on the road to self-destruction.

Giving you an outline of what we mean by the Law because unlike the Roman Catholics and the Seventh Day Advents, there is far to the spiritual like then following do’s and don’ts.

Most Christians are shocked when they realize that following the Ten Commandments are not, I said, “ARE NOT APART OF LIVING THE SPIRITUAL LIFE.

“How” God gave us commands to follow, and our Lord Jesus Christ fulfilled those commands in place of us or “for us” or on “our behalf.”
certificate = ‎‎cheirographon which means a manuscript, a legal document or bond, literally it refers to the command of the Lord.

Every member of the human race owes God perfect righteousness and sinlessness.

Originally, He created the human race perfect in a perfect environment but the human race turned and followed Satan and his lies instead of TLJC and His truth.

When Adam was created in the Garden he was sinless not innocent…that’s a lousy word.

When Adam fell he put the whole human race in debt to God.

Prin-It is very rare for a person to make a decision which is totally their own decision.

Adam made a decision to put the whole human race in debt.

All of us owe God sinlessness and all of us owe God a righteousness with which He can live and that’s what Adam had….but lost……but our Lord got back.

It was a righteousness, sinlessness, a volitional type of the function of the soul to give people freedom to choose to live with our Lord or gamble to think that they can make it without Him…..on their own.

We owe God righteousness and sinlessness and frankly none of can pay the debt.

The more you grow, the more refined and sometimes the more subtle and the more unrecognizable your sins become.

He cancelled the IOU.

When it says that God cancelled the IOU it doesn’t mean that God overlooked sin.

Prin-It was through the cross that the IOU was cancelled.

A part of His perfection is the fact that His character cannot be corrupted and that His character cannot be compromised.

Dogma means absolute truth and dogmatic truth as well as decree — it means His ordinances, statues, rules, commandments and in this case it is a reference to the entire Mosaic Law.

The Mosaic law was the divine standard that God uses to demonstrate the sinfulness of the human race as well as his principles of establishment.

The Mosaic Law is divided into three general categories —- Theologically they are called; Codex #1; Codex #2; Codex #3.

Codex one is the Ten commandments, or the Decalogue.
This is known as the freedom code.

There can be no freedom without morality which can be fulfilled by both believers and unbelievers.

The Ten Commandments define human freedom in terms of morality, privacy, property, and authority……it does not define how to live spiritually.

One of Satan’s greatest victories has been to blind people from the doctrine of Dispensations and deceive them into thinking that if they follow the Ten Commandments they will be pleasing to God.

We are told that the believer has died to the Law, Gal 2:19.

The Law brings nothing but condemnation, Gal 3:10-14.

The law is a bondage to the believer, Gal 4:9.

The believer must keep all the law, if he would attempt to keep even part of it, Gal 5:2-4.

The persuasion to put the believer under the law is not from God, Gal 5:7-8.

The ten commandments also define human freedom in terms of the divine institutions and relationship to God, authority, and sin.

While some sins are mentioned in the ten commandments, its purpose is not to define sin.

The sins mentioned are intrusions upon privacy, property, and freedom.

Therefore, human freedom has something which is the guardian of freedom: authority.

Codex two is the ordinances, Exo 25:1 31:18, or the spiritual code.
This emphasizes the fact that believers are designed to function under both the laws of divine establishment as well as bible doctrine in the soul.

As the marriage counselor, in Rom 7, Codex Two points out the solution to the first marriage to the old sin nature as salvation.

The ordinances are the spiritual heritage of Israel. – They are the theological code designed to present Jesus Christ as the only Savior.

The structure of the tabernacle ( Exo 25 27),
The delineation of the holy days (Lev 23:10ff),
The way of life for Levitical priesthood (Exo 28 29),
and the significance of the Levitical offerings (Lev 1 3).

Codex Three is the judgments, the establishment code, or the national heritage of Israel.This includes all of the political and functional heritage of the nation Israel.

Codex 3 = an elaboration of freedom and authority, privacy, rights, property, privileges, marriage, military policy, taxation, diet, health, sanitation, quarantine, criminal law, trial, punishment, and laws of evidence, Exo 21:1 23:9.

It’s interesting that this code included the function of free enterprise and profit motivation, but rejected all forms of socialism and the welfare state.

Morality mandated by the Mosaic law was for both believers and unbelievers; it was not the means of spirituality.

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Prepare yourself for learning the Word of God!

Before we begin, if you are a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ (that is; you have believed [trusted] in Him for His promised gift of eternal life), it is important to prepare yourself to learn God's Word so take a moment to name, cite or acknowledge (confess) your sins privately to God (i.e.; with your thoughts directed only to God the Father).

1 John 1:9 says: "If we confess our sins, He (God) is faithful and just to forgive us our sins (known sins) and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness [unknown or forgotten sins]." NKJV (New King James Version) [italics added]; we call this REBOUND, read the full doctrine as to “why” we need to use 1 John 1:9 to grow spiritually. REBOUND

If you have never personally believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, that He is the Son of God, the promised Messiah, as your Savior (that is, believed in Him for eternal life), the issue for you is not to name your sins; the issue for you is to simply exercise faith alone in Jesus Christ alone for eternal life; when you do, you will instantly receive Eternal Life: John 3:16, 5:24, 6:47, 20:30, 31.

John 6:47 says: "Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me [Jesus Christ] has everlasting life." NKJV [italics added]

Notice again what Jesus said in John 6:47: "…he who believes in Me (Jesus Christ) has everlasting life." It doesn't say, "will have"; it says, "has." Therefore, the very moment you believe in Jesus Christ for His promise of everlasting life, you have it (it's really just that simple; nothing more and nothing less), and it can never be taken away from you (John 10:28-29). Furthermore, the gift (Ephesians 2:8c) of everlasting life (also called eternal life in scripture) is available to every human being; there are absolutely no exceptions.

John 3:14-15, 16, 17, 18, says: "14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, 15 that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. 16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. 18 He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God." NKJV

Let us now bow our hearts and take a moment to prepare for worship and learning God's Word. If there is any known sin in your life, this is the time to just cite it privately to God the Father with your thoughts directed towards Him. With your head bowed and your eyes closed, you have total privacy in your mind and soul:


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Being a soldier for the Word of God. Part 4.




There have always been warnings throughout human history concerning not to fall away from the ancient landmarks and biblical foundations such as in passages like:

Deut 19:14, Thou shalt not remove thy neighbor’s landmark, which they of old time have set in thine inheritance, which thou shalt inherit in the land that the LORD thy God giveth thee to possess it.

Job 24:2 Some remove the landmarks; they seize and devour flocks.

Prov 22:28 Remove not the ancient landmark, which thy fathers have set.

Prov 23:10 Remove not the old landmark; and enter not into the fields of the fatherless.

There has always been a danger of what some have not only called break-through, but in some cases new doctrines. The issue is as the apostle Paul said in 2Co 11:3,
But I am afraid, lest as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, your minds should be led astray from the simplicity and purity {of devotion} to Christ.

Remember that the strategical victory has already been won at the Cross by our Lord and savior while we, the Church, have been left behind to experience and enjoy the tactical victory of our Lord by mean of glorifying Him.

This is why we have passages such as Eph 2:8, For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, that no one should boast.

This is the strategical victory to be followed by the tactical victory found in:

Eph 2:10, For we are His workmanship [new creatures in Christ], created in Christ Jesus for [the purpose of producing good works], which [good works] God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

This is why our Lord said in Rev 22:12, “Behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to render to every man according to what he has done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end. Blessed are those who wash their robes, that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter by the gates into the city.”

There’s a passage found in Rev 3:14-22, that teaches us the importance of rebound or repent given to the early church

Rev 3:14-15, And to the angel [the Greek says, the messenger, a reference to the pastor-teacher] of the church in Laodicea write: The Amen, the faithful and true Witness, the Beginning of the creation of God, says this: I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot; I would that you were cold or hot.

Cold or psuchros is used for the unbelievers in the Laodicean church. Of course I hope that you realize that in every local assembly there is the possibility and even probability that there are unbelievers in the midst.

Hot or zestos refers to believers who have lived in the PPOG and who have utilized grace and advanced to maturity. This is important to understand because the lord Jesus Christ (TLJC=The Lord Jesus Christ) is not saying this to mature believers, who are hot, or unbelievers who are cold. This passage is not addressed to the unbelievers at Laodicea or the believers who have PVTD.

The Lord Jesus Christ says, “I am not speaking to the cold or hot” in this verse. In other words, the solution for the cold unbeliever is to believe in Christ. The solution for the hot believer is the problem-solving devices made available through his relationship with God. If they were cold, He could give them the Gospel. If they were hot, they would use the problem-solving devices to solve their problems and He would continue to give them advanced doctrine. But, because they are lukewarm, all He can do is warn them.

Rev 3:16, “ So because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of My mouth.”

This is the story of the sin unto death and one of the greatest tragedies that could ever occur to you as a believer. The sin unto death is God putting His official stamp of loser on the life of the believer and a guarantee of shame and embarrassment at the Judgment seat of Christ.

1Jo 2:28, And now, little children, abide in Him, so that when He appears, we may have confidence and not shrink away from Him in shame at His coming.

Phil 3:19, whose end is destruction, whose god is {their} appetite, and {whose} glory is in their shame, who set their minds on earthly things.

2Ti 2:15, Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, handling accurately the word of truth.

Rev 16:15, “ Behold, I am coming like a thief. Blessed is the one who stays awake and keeps his garments, lest he walk about naked and men see his shame.”

We are never commanded to be baptized with the Spirit, 1Co 12:13.
We are never commanded to be indwelt by the Spirit, Rom 8:9.
We are never commanded to be sealed by the Spirit, 2Co 1:22.

However, we are commanded to be filled with the Spirit, Eph 5:18.
We are commanded to walk by means of the Spirit, Gal 5:16.
We are commanded not to grieve the Spirit, EPH 4:30.
We are commanded not to quench the Spirit, 1Th 5:19.

There are at least Seven Salvation Ministries of the Holy Spirit. God the Holy Spirit did at least seven things for each Church-age believer at salvation. These seven things done for the believer by the Spirit at salvation form the basis for unity among believers.

Efficacious Grace – This is the enabling power of the Holy Spirit to the believer in Christ, or the work of the Holy Spirit which enables the believer to have an effective faith in Christ as Savior.

Regeneration – This is the second ministry of the Holy Spirit at salvation and it is often called being “born again,” because that’s the way it is described in John 3:1-18, in our Lord’s discussion with Nicodemus.

The Baptism of the Spirit – At the moment we believe in Christ, God the Holy Spirit took each one of us and entered us into union with the person of Jesus Christ.

The Indwelling of the Holy Spirit – God the Holy Spirit indwells your body, 1Co 3:16; 1Co 6:19-20; 2Co 6:16, “Your body is a temple of the Spirit who is in you.”

The Filling of the Holy Spirit – Taught in Eph 5:18; Gal 5:16. We are filled with the Spirit at salvation when God the Holy Spirit takes us and enters us into the PPOG.

The Sealing Ministry of the Holy Spirit – Found in Eph 1:13-14; Eph 4:30.

The Sovereign Distribution of Spiritual Gifts to each Believer.

All three members of the Trinity are actually involved in the distribution of our spiritual gifts. God the Father was involved in the distribution of spiritual gifts as a witness to the strategic victory of Jesus Christ after His ascension. This began in the dispensation of the Hypostatic Union, Heb 2:4.

God the Son was involved in the initial distribution of spiritual gifts to the first generation of the body of Christ or royal family. After the first generation of the royal family, God the Holy Spirit is involved in all subsequent distribution of spiritual gifts, 1Co 12:11.

So, in Rev 3:16, “ So because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of My mouth.”

This is one of the greatest disgraces for a believer. There is no order of the morning star, no uniform of glory, no uniform of honor, no crowns, no official coat of arms and all those wonderful things involved in ruling during the Millennium, Just embarrassment and shrinking in shame at the bema seat judgment.


Now, in verse 17, we note that these people who are in this category may even have certain kinds of prosperity. They may have certain kinds of success and prosperity but their success and prosperity does not bring them happiness.

Rev 3:17, Because you say, “I am rich, and have become wealthy, and have need of nothing,” and you do not know that you are wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked,

In this passage, they were not able to pass the prosperity test. They still have the prosperity as they are living in the cosmic system. The prosperity is still there! However, the prosperity that they have in the cosmic system is going to be a means of setting them up for divine discipline.

They may think that they’re going to lose their prosperity or they will have absolutely no capacity to enjoy it. Prosperous people like non-prosperous people are very unhappy and unstable people.

Prosperity doesn’t change anything. It may change a few overt manifestations in life, It may change the lifestyle slightly because there is more utilization of monetary things etc…but prosperity and money cannot change the soul.

Rev 3:17, Because you say, “I am rich, and have become wealthy, and have need of nothing,”

The moment that you say;
I am successful,
I am rich,
I am wealthy, you know that you have problems!

Once you get into the “I” syndrome there is the exclusion of the PPOG. You’re never going to have a truly successful and meaningful relationship with any human being when you have an attitude like this.

So here we have not some person who is out on the streets or down in a gutter somewhere. This is a person who is wealthy, successful, and prosperous. This is the prosperity test.

Rev 3:17, Because you say, I am rich,

Rich or plousios can mean many things; It can mean success, promotion, fame, approbation, social prosperity, sexual prosperity, business prosperity. There’s nothing wrong with prosperity but, all too frequently, there is something wrong with those who have prosperity.

Prosperity was designed to be a blessing but prosperity can never be a blessing for any believer minus capacity. So, in this passage we are talking about cosmic believers who will be embarrassed and shrink in shame at the Judgment Seat of Christ. They are wealthy, successful, prosperous, and rich, while they are still in the cosmic system.

Rev 3:17, “ Because you say, ‘I am rich, and have become wealthy, and have need of nothing,”’

I have need of nothing. I don’t need doctrine! I don’t need a church! I don’t need a pastor! I don’t need the PPOG. And this is all the result of involvement in the cosmic system.

Rev 3:17, “ Because you say, ‘I am rich, and have become wealthy, and have need of nothing,’ and you do not know that you are wretched…

That’s no capacity for prosperity, no happiness from prosperity, and poor, no power or strength in prosperity, and blind, no perception of truth, and naked, no uniform of honor in time and therefore no uniform of glory in eternity.

Remember the principle that grace precedes judgment and therefore the Lord offers them some advice on how to recover.

Rev 3:18, I advise you to buy from Me gold refined by fire, that you may become rich, and white garments, that you may clothe yourself, and that the shame of your nakedness may not be revealed; and eye salve to anoint your eyes, that you may see.

Obviously the first step to recovery is to name and site your sins and then to begin to sort out your priorities and decide what is best for you in life. You need to decide what should have first place on your scale of values. The problems that believers face often come from wrong priorities as well as from the problem of ignorance.

Rev 3:19, “ Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline; be zealous therefore, and repent.”

The word love is the pres-act-ind of the verb phileo, rather strange when you would expect agapao which is generally used for impersonal love.

The manifestation of his love for us now comes out in the next verb, the pres-act-ind [present-active-indictive] of the verb elegcho which means to convince, to convict, to bring to light or to reality. So, the word reprove is a good translation.

The present tense is a customary present which indicates that which occurs when a believer becomes involved in the cosmic system and ends up in carnality or becomes fleshly. Such a believer receives warning discipline. However, make sure again that you have in your notes the purpose of discipline which is to motivate you to rebound and recover, not to pay for your mistakes.

The active voice, God produces the action of the verb through the provision of warning discipline.

By involvement in the cosmic system you make a lot of bad decisions as a cosmic believer. These decisions are contrary to the will of God and to the plan of God for your life. These bad decisions are the source of your suffering and misery. Suffering and misery are generally because you have made bad decisions not because you are under divine discipline. In other words, we are under the law of volitional responsibility. We bring about our own suffering and our own self-induced misery.

Most believers who think that they are being punished or disciplined by God do not realize that they are being punished by their own bad decisions.

Isa 3:9, For they have brought evil upon themselves.

How do they do that?

Rev 3:19, As many as I love, I rebuke (i.e., warning discipline) and chasten (intensive discipline); be zealous therefore (the command to be motivated), and repent.

There are three different categories of divine discipline;
1. Warning discipline
2. Intensive discipline
3. Dying discipline

Warning discipline is found in such passages as Rev 3:20, “Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him, and will dine with him, and he with Me.”

That knock at the door is warning discipline. As a general rule, warning discipline is in itself less severe than the believer’s self-induced misery. However, the combination of warning discipline and self-induced misery adds up to a significant shock. Because he has not yet degenerated into the later stages of negative volition, this believer is still sensitive to the truth.

He can still profit from this degree of discipline so that God does not have to proceed to the next stage of punitive suffering. He can still hear the knocking on the door as it were. God can catch his attention with relatively mild suffering. However, if the believer ignores or rejects divine warnings, he eventually requires in¬tensive discipline.

By habitual negative volition he has dulled his sensitivity to truth; warning discipline is no longer sufficient. God still has a marvelous plan for blessing this cosmic believer, but God’s plan can be executed only in the power of the filling of the Spirit.

The Christian way of Life is a supernatural way of life. As such it requires a supernatural dynamic for its execution (Phil 2:12-13). The filling of the Holy Spirit is the second of the ten problem-solving devices found in the Word of God, and solves the problem of our inability as a frail man to serve God, by empowering the believer for the fulfillment of the Christian way of life.

The filling of the Spirit may be defined as the Holy Spirit’s control of the believer’s soul. The Spirit’s control of the believer’s soul is the essence of Christian spirituality. The filling of the Spirit, as an experiential reality in life, must be distinguished from other ministries of the Holy Spirit, such as the baptism of the Spirit (1Co 12:13), regeneration (Tit 3:5-6), the indwelling of the Spirit (John 14:16-17), and the seal of the Spirit (Eph 1:13).

The filling of the Spirit also solves the problems with the believer’s lifestyle -(e.g., legalism), as attempting to execute the spiritual life or Christian service in the energy of the flesh. The filling of the Holy Spirit involves access to the power of God for the Christian life.

The filling of the Spirit is essential for spiritual combat, and for the prevention of satanic influence of the soul (Eph 6:10-12).

The life of God in the soul is the only thing that can produce that kind of living, you see. If that weren’t true then unregenerated people could live like that. A Christian must do it in the power of the Holy Spirit.

The following link is to a good news message describing how one can receive eternal life: Ticket to Heaven, it was written for anyone not absolutely certain about their eternal future.

Friday, September 1, 2017

Weekly Bible Study – September 4, 2017


Being a soldier for the Word of God. Part 3.

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Prepare yourself for learning the Word of God!

Before we begin, if you are a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ (that is; you have believed [trusted] in Him for His promised gift of eternal life), it is important to prepare yourself to learn God's Word so take a moment to name, cite or acknowledge (confess) your sins privately to God (i.e.; with your thoughts directed only to God the Father).

1 John 1:9 says: "If we confess our sins, He (God) is faithful and just to forgive us our sins (known sins) and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness [unknown or forgotten sins]." NKJV (New King James Version) [italics added]; we call this REBOUND, read the full doctrine as to “why” we need to use 1 John 1:9 to grow spiritually. REBOUND

If you have never personally believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, that He is the Son of God, the promised Messiah, as your Savior (that is, believed in Him for eternal life), the issue for you is not to name your sins; the issue for you is to simply exercise faith alone in Jesus Christ alone for eternal life; when you do, you will instantly receive Eternal Life: John 3:16, 5:24, 6:47, 20:30, 31.

John 6:47 says: "Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me [Jesus Christ] has everlasting life." NKJV [italics added]

Notice again what Jesus said in John 6:47: "…he who believes in Me (Jesus Christ) has everlasting life." It doesn't say, "will have"; it says, "has." Therefore, the very moment you believe in Jesus Christ for His promise of everlasting life, you have it (it's really just that simple; nothing more and nothing less), and it can never be taken away from you (John 10:28-29). Furthermore, the gift (Ephesians 2:8c) of everlasting life (also called eternal life in scripture) is available to every human being; there are absolutely no exceptions.

John 3:14-15, 16, 17, 18, says: "14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, 15 that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. 16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. 18 He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God." NKJV

Let us now bow our hearts and take a moment to prepare for worship and learning God's Word. If there is any known sin in your life, this is the time to just cite it privately to God the Father with your thoughts directed towards Him. With your head bowed and your eyes closed, you have total privacy in your mind and soul:


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Being a soldier for the Word of God. Part 3.




Seven Doctrinal Conclusions:

There are Nine Similarities of being a soldier and the Art of War:

1. The principle of objective = plan.
2. The principle of offensive = victory.
3. The principle of mass = power.
4. The principle of economy of force = execution.
5. The principle of movement = momentum.
6. The principle of surprise = attack.
7. The principle of security = support.
8. The principle of simplicity = accuracy.
9. The principle of cooperation = teamwork.

We have been noting some of the similarities of being a soldier as far as what the Word of God teaches. One of the principles that we need to note is that there are many believers who will sit through Bible class but will not metabolize the lesson, or if they do, they will fail to apply it at the appropriate time. It’s interesting that a soldier is known by his discipline, his armor, and his weapons so the Christian soldier must be disciplined; have his armor on and know how to use his weapons (Eph 6:10-17).

Satan can transform himself into an angel of light, he puts out false colors which comes with an overt banner or standard of truth. He and the false ministers that he promotes can make use of scripture especially for the purpose of deception.

Paul said in 2Co 11:3-4, But I am afraid, lest as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, your minds should be led astray from the simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ. For if one comes and preaches another Jesus whom we have not preach¬ed, or you receive a different spirit which you have not received, or a different gospel which you have not accepted, you bear this beautifully.

This is the so-called love crowd who say put aside your doctrinal differences and let’s love each other.

2Co 11:13-15, For such men are false apostles, deceitful workers, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ. And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. Therefore, it is not surprising if his servants also disguise themselves as servants of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their deeds.

In Eph 6, among all the armor, that Christians should take upon themselves, we read of no back-piece; so, if they turn their back, they are unprotected.

Here’s another interesting principle that a lot of people think is wrong which is not: A soldier is greatly encouraged in all his encounters and sharp conflicts with the enemy by considering the reward and honor he shall receive if he holds out and gets the victory. So, the Christian soldier is motivated with much intensity and encouraged by the consideration of the eternal rewards he shall receive in the end. This was one of the things that made Moses despise the glory of Egypt, and refuse to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter. He saw Him who was invisible, and had an eye toward the reward.

In the military sense, strategy is defined as the science and art of military command to meet the enemy in combat under advantageous conditions. In other words, in any war, there must be a plan and method designed to defeat the enemy. God’s strategy is found in the divine power and divine assets which he has prepared for us in eternity past. This includes His plan, which we call the PPOG, and His method which is to use His power which we call divine omnipotence.

Paul told the Corinthians in 2Co 6:7 that one of the signs that he was a servant of God was the fact that he operated In the word of truth, in the power of God; by the weapons of righteousness for the right hand and the left. So, the strategy of God for our spiritual warfare is found in the PPOG and His method is operating in divine power.

Then there is what we call tactics. Tactics refers to a device for accomplishing an end or a method of employing forces in combat. We could call tactics the ability to put strategy into operation. So be sure you understand this vocabulary before we go on. Strategy refers to His method and His plan. Tactics refers to putting into operation that method and plan. And God’s strategy is found in the PPOG. God’s tactics are in the mechanics of the divine power which He has made available to every Church-age believer.

Our Lord Jesus Christ won the strategic victory over Satan in the angelic conflict during His first advent and His saving work on the Cross. The tactical victory for this conflict is now assigned to each Church-age believer. As royal family of God, you are assigned the responsibility of tactical victory. You are to put into operation the method and the plan that the Lord Jesus Christ has made available to you for victory in spiritual warfare.

Our Lord made a very important statement in John 16:32, “Behold, an hour is coming, and has {already} come, for you to be scattered, each to his own {home,} and to leave Me alone; and {yet} I am not alone, because the Father is with Me.”

John 16:33, “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.”

So, for the believer the art of war being the art of life is not a bad statement. Actually, the art of war is a bibliography of the works of Sun Tzu. Sun Tzu is a Chinese general who lived approximately around 500 B.C.

A collection of essays on the art of war is attributed to Sun Tzu. And the most fundamental of Sun Tzu’s principles for the conduct of war is that all warfare is based on deception. That’s why the Bible prepares us for deception in many passages. In fact, the opposite of deception is actually loyalty, something that is very hard to find.

As Paul said in 2TI 1:15, You are aware of the fact that all who are in Asia turned away from me,

What God provides in grace must not compromise His perfect essence. Love is the motivation of grace, but justice is the function of grace. Love isn’t a mechanic of grace. Therefore, God’s justice must be free to give blessing to sinful man without violating divine integrity. Whatever you receive in blessing, divine justice must OK it first. Justice must approve everything that comes from God to man. God’s motivation is love; His decision is sovereignty, but neither love nor sovereignty can go any further than justice will take them. In other words, justice has the final say in whether you will be blessed or cursed in this life.

So, how can God avoid compromising His perfect righteousness and still have a relationship with us? The missing link is our adjustment to the justice of God. You cannot adjust to any of the other characteristics of God. You can only adjust to the justice of God. Once you adjust to the justice of God, everything else in your life will fall into place. Now, remember that after salvation the object of faith changes.

Before salvation the object of faith is the Living Word, the Lord Jesus Christ. After salvation, the object of faith is the written Word, Bible doctrine. In both cases the justice of God gives the stamp of approval because the object of faith is perfectly righteous! Before salvation, the object of faith is the Lord Jesus Christ, and He is perfectly righteous. After salvation, the object of faith becomes the mind of Christ or Bible doctrine, which is also perfectly right or perfect righteousness.

Therefore, in both cases the justice of God approves and the essence of God comes through for the believer without compromising the integrity of God. Now, one of the most important illustrations of the justice of God approving the perfect righteousness of God in action for the believer is 1Jo 1:9 which tells us how to be filled with the Spirit.

1Jo 1:9, If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

For an individual to be forgiven and filled with Spirit simply by naming and citing their sin is a total act of God and has nothing to do with mankind. Now, the satanic deception behind this principle is incredible. Let me tell you why.

First of all, 1Jo 4:4b, Because greater is He [God the Holy Spirit] who is in you than he [Satan] who is in the world. You actually have within your body the availability of a greater power than Satan. Therefore, he wants to blind you from this power. Satan knows that if Church-age believers discover this power, he has no chance to defeat them. This is why our Lord said in Matt 16:18, Upon this rock I will build My Church; and the gates of Hell shall not overpower it.

Here’s where the deception comes in. Whenever a believer adds to confession of sin or to homologeo, he is adding to the perfect righteous Word of God or the perfect righteousness of God. God has only one way of forgiving sins…His way! His way is simply to name and cite it! Not feel sorry for them, not weeping at the altar, not making vows, not doing penance, but name it and cite it! Why just name it and cite it? Because the justice of God will not approve or accept any human activity at all.

In fact, justice cannot approve of man’s works or actions because they must be perfect, and that is impossible for man. This is why the Bible says in Rom 7:21, I find then a principle of doctrine that evil is present in me, the one who wishes or desires to do good.

I can’t do good, therefore, before I can be brought back into fellowship with God, I must satisfy His justice! His justice can only be satisfied by the perfect work of His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, not by any effort we make. Therefore, restoration to fellowship is based upon the believer being rightly related to the justice of God by directing his faith toward the work of Christ on the Cross.

So, when a believer confesses a sin, the justice of God is free to forgive that sin because the justice of God was propitiated at the Cross. Only justice and no other part of God’s essence can forgive sin. Remember that faith is the only performance that the justice of God will accept. The justice of God will only accept faith because faith depends totally on the merit of the object. The object of faith at salvation is the Lord Jesus Christ and His work. So the justice of God sees your faith trusting in the one who is perfectly righteous and the justice of God is completely satisfied.

Faith is the only system of perception that justice will approve of because faith depends on the merit of the object. For the justice of God to approve the action of faith then the object of faith must be perfectly righteous. The object of faith at salvation is the work accomplished by the Lord Jesus Christ on the cross or what the Bible calls believing in Christ. The object of faith after salvation is the Word of God or the doctrines of the Christian faith.

Before salvation, the object of faith is the Lord Jesus Christ and He is perfectly righteous. After salvation, the object of faith becomes the mind of Christ or Bible doctrine which is also perfectly right or perfect righteousness. Now, rebound is simply technical nomenclature for the believer’s restoration to fellowship and recovery of the filling of the Holy Spirit. This technique is necessary because the believer continues to have an old sin nature after salvation.

1Jo 1:9 says that this adjustment to the justice of God occurs through our naming, citing, or confessing our sins. Because the believer’s sin was judged on the Cross, this adjustment to the justice of God is also instantaneous. It is possible by simply naming your sins. Please note once again that human works and emotion are excluded from this technique.

How you feel makes no difference because judgment already has been accomplished, the justice of God has already judged the sin and the righteousness of God is already satisfied. In the Church-age, like other dispensations, confessing of sin is needed for forgiveness and restoration to fellowship! David set the pattern in Psa 32:5.

Psa 32:5, “I acknowledge my sin to You, and my iniquity I did not hide. I said, ‘I will confess my transgression to the Lord.’ And You forgave the iniquity of my sin.”

Prov 1:23, “Turn to my reproof, behold, I will pour out my Spirit on you; I will make my words known to you.”

Jer 3:13, “Only acknowledge your iniquity, that you have transgressed against the Lord your God and you have not obeyed My voice, declares the Lord.”

There are also descriptions found in the New Testament for being restored into fellowship. For example;

Self-judgment. 1Co 11:30-31, For this reason many among you are weak [warning discipline] and sick [intensive discipline], and a number sleep [dying discipline]. But if we judge ourselves correctly, we should not be judged.

Heb 12:1, “Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.”

Lift up the hands that hang down, Heb 12:12, Therefore, strengthen the hands that hang down and the knees that are feeble.

The restoring of your strength is the filling of the Holy Spirit. Be subject to the Father of your human spirits, Heb 12:9, “Furthermore, we had earthly fathers to discipline us, and we respected them; shall we not much rather be subject to the Father of spirits, and live?”

Make straight paths, Heb 12:13, this relates rebound to using the other problem-solving devices as well. Heb 12:13, And make straight paths for your feet, so that the limb which is lame may not be put out of joint [divine discipline], but rather be healed.

Legalistic individuals want you to feel sorry for your sin or to change your ways! They always want you to change. They want to super-impose their ideas on you. Legalism ignores that the fact that under the principal of grace, God does all the work and there is no work accomplished by man. God the Father judged our sins at the Cross while Christ was bearing them. Therefore, feeling sorry or developing an attitude toward repentance is not necessary since our attitude and emotions are not the issue in confession. It all depends on your volition choosing to do things God’s way instead of your own way. The important thing in confession of sin is following instructions.

Remember this principle, following instructions is very difficult when it’s a non-meritorious act. To have to follow instructions where your merit and your ability is not being challenged is very difficult. There is also the possession of localities or cites which will attain the national or spiritual objective. This is what the children of Israel did in the promise land. This is analogous to using rebound to reenter the Pre-designed Plan of God (PPOG) which is the only place where divine omnipotence is available. The locality which you must possess to be victorious in the spiritual battles of life is the location of the PPOG. You must be in the PPOG for victory in spiritual warfare. In the PPOG, divine omnipotence is delegated under three categories:

1) The omnipotence of God the Father is reflected in the unique assets of every Church-age believer. And there are many which we have noted in the past.

2) The omnipotence of God the Son is reflected in the original divine plan. And just as God the Father had a predesigned plan for His Son so does God the Father have a predesigned plan for you.

3) The omnipotence of God the Holy Spirit is delegated to every believer to live in the PPOG in this Church-age.

So, the power of God is only delegated or made available inside the PPOG. And outside of the divine plan or the PPOG, we are either operating under the power of Satan, under the human power of someone else, or under our own human abilities. So in the Christian way of life the principle of the objective is the fulfillment of the PPOG through the attainment of spiritual growth inside the PPOG. That is the ground which we must stand upon and the place of delegated divine power. And just like in war, it is very difficult at times to accomplish certain localities and places, it is also difficult for the believer to stay in the PPOG at certain times.

Solomon says in Ecc 10:5-7, There is an evil I have seen under the sun, like an error which goes forth from the ruler–folly is set in many exalted places while rich men sit in humble places. I have seen slaves {riding} on horses and princes walking like slaves on the land.

This is a picture of someone in authority who is incompetent who places others in authority who are equally incompetent. And the incompetence of those in authority lord it over those who ought to be really in charge. Here’s the point that Solomon is making, and it’s unfortunate as we stay with our context, fools are not limited to places of low esteem. Sometimes they become mayors and governors and congressman and senators and presidents! Sometimes they even become pastors! Solomon says this is life, get use to it!

In Ecc 10:8 Solomon says, He who digs a pit may fall into it, and a serpent may bite him who breaks through a wall. Most commentators say that this is the most difficult section to understand in the book of Ecclesiastes! I don’t believe that it is and I’ve worked very hard to try to come up with some principles that will correlate with our passage as well as be applicable to our lives! These are called proverbs or we would call ancient sayings! The first of these maxims is found in the first half of verse 8, He who digs a pit may fall into it, This proverb or maxim has to do with someone setting traps for others and becoming a victim to their own deceitful schemes! Then Solomon says and a serpent may bite him who breaks through a wall. ¬In the ancient world snakes lived in the crannies or the cracks of old walls and so you would have to very careful if you broke through a wall! And staying with the context, if a person set about to dethrone a fool who is in a position of authority, it’s like pulling down a wall and getting bit by a serpent as you try to destroy the one in authority! We have no right to attack authority even if authority is wrong!

Then we have a third maxim or proverb in verse 9, He who quarries stones may be hurt by them, In pulling out the stones of an old wall, you might let one of them fall on your foot. Solomon is saying that the person with wisdom understands the quarrying of stones! On the other hand, fools dig up things about others for the purpose of hurting them and meanwhile they are the ones who inevitably get hurt!

The fourth maxim or proverb] and he who splits logs may be endangered by them. In spitting the logs, you might cut yourself! This verse teaches that the removal of stones from a building may fall upon our head as well as the splitting of wood may be a work of personal danger.

Now, here is the main verse which commentators and scholars say is the most difficult in the book!

Ecc 10:10, If the axe is dull and he does not sharpen {its} edge, then he must exert more strength. Wisdom has the advantage of giving success.

The phrase “if the axe is dull” refers to the tools that someone uses who must exert more strength because his tools are dull. Wisdom teaches the individual to keep his tools sharp! It is no good to work with tools that are dull!

The principle is the fact that with a little labor you can sharpen your spiritual tools so that you do not have to exert so much human strength in solving your problems! In the spiritual application, the fool on the throne is the god of this world, Satan, who has a throne on this earth according to Rev 2:13, which at the time was situated in modern Turkey. Your strength is nothing compared to the assets of the tyrant.

This is why we are told in Eph 6:11, Put on the full armor of God, that you may be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. Don’t try to resist the devil unless you put on the armor of God! So, if your spiritual tools are dull, you will have to exert a lot of human strength and you will not be strong enough to resist the enemy!

If the axe is dull and he does not sharpen {its} edge, then he must exert more strength.

And when it says Wisdom has the advantage of giving success it means that wisdom or doctrine will give an individual the tools to handle the attacks of the tyrant on the throne! The point is that whatever the goal of the individual is, he cannot work effectively with dull and unsharpened tools. We may put a lot of effort into something but without the right tools it’s like a dull axe fighting with knotty wood. For the believer, the dull tool may be his prayer life! The dull tool may be his understanding of doctrine! The dull tool may be his lack of the filling of the Spirit! Most believers have been ignoring the spiritual exercise needed for the sharpness of their spiritual tools of prayer, perception, metabolization and application of Bible doctrine, and the filling of the Spirit!

Here’s another principle concerning wisdom, wisdom thinks ahead before the fact. The illustration that Solomon uses is a serpent biting before being charmed! If the serpent bites before being charmed, there’s no profit for the charmer. That’s not too difficult to figure out, in the Eastern world there were those snake charmers. You can imagine a snake charmer getting ready to play his flute for the snake and while he is talking to this snake, a would be customer, whose about to shell out a few shekels to watch it happen, the snake crawls out of the basket and bites him on the leg.

It’s very doubtful that he’s going to pay his money to watch the charmer bring the snake back out of the basket once he’s been bitten by the snake! That’s another of saying…think ahead, the damage is already done and charming won’t work! Or wisdom says Don’t think about seeking counsel after you’re in the ditch, seek counsel before you fall! There’s a way to defuse a snake! Snakes need not bite us. We may need the wisdom of a friend or an associate to help us to know how to handle the would-be venom of the snake! The Bible teaches that we all must deal with serpents, not literal serpents but figurative serpents referring to people in our lives who are just as devious as serpents.

David even warned us about this in Psa 58.

Psa 58:3-6, The wicked are estranged [or go astray] from the womb; These who speak lies go astray from birth. They have venom like the venom of a serpent; Like a deaf cobra that stops up its ear, So that it does not hear the voice of charmers, {Or} a skillful caster of spells. O God, shatter their teeth in their mouth; Break out the fangs of the young lions, O Lord.

Solomon says if the serpent bites because it is not charmed, there is no advantage to the charmer! In this passage, the foolish ruler can be represented by the serpent and the wise charmer is to extract the venom of his foolishness and anger. So, the serpent stands for fools who are wicked rulers because the wicked spiritual rulers are also called serpents by our Lord in Matt 23:33.

In Matt 23:33, our Lord said to the religious leaders of His day, You serpents, you generation of vipers, how shall you escape the sentence of hell? What a perfect description of false religious teachers and those under the influence of their false religious teaching! What does wisdom teach as an advantage for rendering ineffective the serpent’s sting? Apparently, it is prayer to ¬God for His protection against the dangerous venom of the vindictive beast. In fact, the very word translated charmed (lachash) is used for prayer in Isa 26:16, O Lord, they sought Thee in distress; They could only whisper a prayer [lachash].

This is not only prayer in a general way that we are to use but prayer as a safeguard against the wicked devices of evil people while they are trying to sting us.

Ecc 10:11, If the serpent bites before being charmed, there is no profit for the charmer.

The serpent biting represents the babbler saying things that they shouldn’t say! He is all tongue. This is why the tongue is described as a restless evil, full deadly poison in James 3:8, But no one can tame the tongue; it is a restless evil and full of deadly poison.

One of the signs of apostasy in a nation is the presence and the acceptance of the sins of the tongue, like gossip, maligning, judging, the breaking of confidences etc! In fact, in Micah chapter seven the prophet tells us why!

Mic 7:2-6, The godly person [the spiritual person] has perished from the land, And there is no upright person among men. All of them lie in wait for bloodshed [they kill each other even with their tongue]; Each of them hunts the other with a net. Concerning evil, both hands do it well. The prince asks, also the judge, for a bribe, And a great man [those in positions of leadership and authority] speaks the desire of his soul; So they weave it together. The best of them is like a briar, The most upright like a thorn hedge. The day when you post a watchman, Your punishment will come. Then their confusion will occur. Do not trust in a neighbor; Do not have confidence in a friend. From her who lies in your bosom Guard your lips. For son treats father contemptuously, Daughter rises up against her mother, Daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law; A man’s enemies are the men of his own household.

That’s a very sad state to be in but that’s what the serpent biting is all about! Its influence is so painful that it is hardly safe to trust in a friend or to put confidence in someone who is close to you! And this passage says that sometimes it’s wise to even guard your lips from the one you embrace in verse 5. To entrust a secret with someone and then to have them violate that trust by repeating it to someone else is like being bitten by a serpent. We are told in the Bible that itching ears are bad! And if itching ears are bad (2Ti 4:3), itching lips are worse and even more hurtful to the individual that is being slandered. We should all learn to prize the friend who can keep a secret as a precious jewel.

You walk in integrity, you will not stumble! You decide that you are going to live honestly and that you will conduct honest business, you will not stumble into dishonesty. He will shield you! He will protect you! And your business might even become limited! There are some folks who won’t do business with you because you’re like that, and that’s fine, they lose! You win! You gain because you’re living in the realm of honesty and they’re not!

Prov 2:7-10, He stores up sound wisdom for the upright; {He is} a shield to those who walk in integrity, Guarding the paths of justice, And He preserves the way of His godly ones. Then you will discern righteousness and justice And equity {and} every good course. For wisdom will enter your heart, And knowledge will be pleasant to your soul;

This is what happens when you move toward the pursuit of diligence, God honors that kind of determination.

Some people have the idea that all they have to do is ask God and He will give them wisdom! But it’s more than just asking! Wisdom is something that you have to work for! Digging for silver is hard work! You have to find wisdom. Prov 3:13, How blessed is the man who finds wisdom, And the man who gains understanding. Then once you find it, you’ve got to keep it, look at Prov 3:21, My son, let them not depart from your sight; Keep sound wisdom and discretion. Wisdom is something you must acquire and then once you do, you must not forsake it!

Prov 4:5-9, Acquire wisdom! Acquire understanding! Do not forget, nor turn away from the words of my mouth. Do not forsake her, and she will guard you; Love her, and she will watch over you. The beginning of wisdom {is:} Acquire wisdom; And with all your acquiring, get understanding. Prize her, and she will exalt you; She will honor you if you embrace her. She will place on your head a garland of grace; She will present you with a crown of beauty.

You need to buy it as Prov 23:23 says, Buy truth, and do not sell it, Get wisdom and instruction and understanding.

Prov 24:14, Know {that} wisdom is thus for your soul; If you find {it,} then there will be a future, And your hope will not be cut off.

Searching for wisdom is like digging for silver and digging for silver is hard work! Messing around trying to find hidden treasure is labor!

The following link is to a good news message describing how one can receive eternal life: Ticket to Heaven, it was written for anyone not absolutely certain about their eternal future.