Bible Study: Love not the world?

So many times growing up I have heard things like:  “Stop loving the world!”, “Be in the world, but not of the world.”, “Young people have too much desire for this world”, etc.  With that being said, it led me to want to study, what does that even mean???  What is this world that everyone is speaking about?? How are we are supposed to be in this world and not love it???  How is that possible??  So with that being said, this bible study is based off of the text found in 1 John 2:15-17 (KJV), which reads:

[15] Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the

Father is not in him.

[16] For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the

Father, but is of the world.

[17] And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.

Okay, so the bible says not to love the world, but what is this “love”? -FROM STRONGS CONCORDANCE:
[עגב]. Pronunciation: `agab: A primitive root; to breathe after, that is, to love (sensually):–dote, lover.

I thought it was interesting to see, to breathe after, when you breathe you take in air which will be consumed in your whole being and affect it for good or bad, depending on the type of air you take in:  healthy or unhealthy.

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So, is it really wrong to “love the world”?

Romans 12:2

Note:  Even though we are supposed to be in this world, God doesn’t want us to assimilate/imitate the things that are happening around us that are not pleasing in His sight.

2 Timothy 3:4-5

Note:  This text points out a key element, we can get so caught up in loving the world that we begin to be “lovers of pleasure more than lovers of God.”  That is a dangerous mindset to have, when we desire things of this world more than the things of God.

Romans 1:32

Note:  This text points out that not only persons who commit such acts listed in versus 21-31, of Romans chapter 1, are guilty but those that take pleasure in them that do them.  For example, if we are entertained by watching adultery, fornication or murder on the television, the bible is saying we are just as guilty as the person who does those acts in real life.  That’s a serious statement!

After having read all this, what about the rest of 1 John 2:15 that states “If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him”?  What does the bible tells us about what this means?  Can we love God and love “the world”?

Ezekiel 33:31

Matthew 6:24

Note:  These verses shows the dichotomy that should exist between professed people of God and the rest of the world.  Without a shadow of a doubt, if we have two items to choose from, one of those two items will always take precedence, we will desire one more than the other.  Therefore, its basically impossible to say we love God and sin at the same time.  One will take priority, and since light and darkness cannot co-exist, the darkness will always overrule if we choose it.

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In 1 John 2:16, it breaks down “loving the world” into three categories:  1. lust of the flesh, 2. lust of the eyes, and 3. pride of life.  It explicitly states all 3 classes are not of God but of the world.  Just looking at it for face value, it seems pretty self-explanatory and simple, but Psalm 119:96 states His, God’s, “[…] commandment are exceeding broad” meaning there is always more than meets the common eye.

WHAT IS THE LUST OF THE FLESH?:

Galatians 5:19-21, KJV

[19] Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these ; Adultery [physical and spiritual/apostate], fornication [harlotry-sexual & idolatry], uncleanness [physically & morally impure, lewd], lasciviousness [disregarding rules, unprovoked cruelty],

[20] Idolatry [worshiping other gods, putting things before God], witchcraft [poisoner, mediums, sorcery], hatred [hostile], variance [contention/strife], emulations [jealously leading to imitation], wrath [fierceness/indignation], strife [provoked contention],seditions [division & rebellion]heresies [breaking up truth, falsehood],

[21] Envyings [jealousy], murders [killing], drunkenness [intoxicated], revellings[rioting], and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.

Note:  God made it very clear what He defines as lust/desires of the flesh, and that anyone who partakes will not be able to inherit the kingdom of God.

WHY IS LUST OF THE FLESH SO BAD?:

Galatians 5:16-17

Note:  The flesh and God’s Spirit are contrary/ polar opposites that do not attract.  They are so contrary one to the other that you cannot do both simultaneously.  You have to make a conscious choice for one or the other.

HOW DOES THE WORLD VIEW LUST OF THE FLESH VERSUS GOD?:

Ephesians 2:3

Romans 8:5-8

Note:  Ephesians 2:3, sort of explains the present mentality, that those in the world fulfill the desires of the flesh that come to mind; it’s a “do as thou wilt” mentality.  However God classifies them as by nature children of wrath.  Romans 8:5-8 again shows that there would and should be a stark difference to those living after the flesh and those living after God.  Two different mindsets, those of the flesh dwell up on pleasing the flesh, and those being led by God dwell upon how to please God.  We cannot have both mindsets at the same time because they are total opposites.

IF WE HAVE BEEN WALKING IN THE FLESH, WHAT CAN WE DO?

Galatians 5:24 KJV
[24] And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.

          What does it mean to crucify?  figuratively, to extinguish (subdue) passion or selfishness

Romans 13:14 KJV

[14] But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.

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WHAT IS THE LUST OF THE EYES?:

Romans 7:7

Note:  This text shows the relationship between lusting of the eyes and coveting; that they are synonymous.

WHY IS LUST OF THE EYES SO BAD?:

Micah 2:1-2

2 Peter 2:14

1 Timothy 6:10

Note:  The reason coveting/lust of the eyes is so bad is because sometimes that desire can be such a driving force to lead us into further sin.  Micah 2:1-2, it shows people sometimes devise plans on how to take from others and then steal it by violence if they don’t get their way.  According to 2 Peter 2:14, our eyes can be so full of desiring other things that we cannot stop sinning because our uncontrolled desires lead to unstable souls, and we are never satisfied.  1 Timothy 6:10 explains having money isn’t wrong, but lusting/desiring/covet after it so much can persuade us to err or turned away from the faith we once stood for.

HOW DOES GOD VIEW “LUST OF THE EYES”?:

Psalm 10:3

Note:  God does not approve/detests boasting of what we desire in this present world, nor does He approve of us blessing those who have covetous hearts.

IF WE HAVE BEEN WALKING IN “THE LUST OF THE EYES”, WHAT ARE WE TO DO? WHAT DOES GOD DESIRE OF US?

Luke 12:15, KJV
[15] And he said unto them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth.

Hebrews 13:5, KJV
[5] Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee

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WHAT IS THE PRIDE OF LIFE?:

1 Timothy 6:4-6, KJV

Jeremiah 48:29

Note:  When we allow the pride of life to rule our hearts our arrogancy and haughtiness of heart will rule ever fiber of our being and thoughts.  it will control the way we interact with people, like 1 Timothy 6:4-6 states.  As Jeremiah 48:29, it will rule us so much, it will even be our legacy, which doesn’t appear to be a pleasant one.

WHY IS THE “PRIDE OF LIFE” SO BAD?:

Nehemiah 9:16-17

Proverbs 21:4

Psalm 10:4

Proverbs 16:18-19

Note:  Even though God is merciful and desires we should all be saved, having a mindset of being proud will cause us to rebel, thinking our own way is better than God’s way, which is sin.  It will cause us to not even look to God or even have Him in our thoughts because we will “feel” sufficient enough without Him.  Ultimately it will lead to our own demise.

HOW DOES GOD FEEL ABOUT PRIDE?:

Isaiah 2:12

1 Samuel 2:3

Proverbs 8:13

Note:      God desires those who are proud to be humble.  He doesn’t even desire for us to speak proudly, because every idle word and actions He will weigh in judgement.  Therefore He wants us to hate pride, arrogancy and how it dictates our way of life and and the way we speak.

IF WE HAVE BEEN WALKING IN THE PRIDE OF LIFE, WHAT ARE WE TO DO? WHAT DOES GOD DESIRE OF US?

Proverbs 16:5-6 KJV
[5] Every one that is proud in heart is an abomination to the Lord : though hand join in hand, he shall not be unpunished.
[6] By mercy and truth iniquity is purged: and by the fear of the Lord men depart from evil.

Note: God wants us to depart from this sin that would have us bound.  By mercy and truth He desires we be purged.

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Going through each point of what “loving the world” entails was indeed an eye opener for me.  When the bible said His “commandment is exceeding broad”, I never would have fathomed all this study could have come from just two of the three verses!!!  The last verse, 1 John 2:17, I feel like is the encouragement after seeing all that God will require of us in our hearts.  To see even though all this love for the world and the lusts of it will pass away and eventually come to an end, God and His kingdom and His love abides forever.  What a beautiful promise!!!  If we allow Him to come into our hearts and and depend upon the promises He has for us in His word we can have victory over this world through Him, we will be able to “[escape] the corruption that is in the world through lust.-2 Peter 1:4”   This victory is possible because “greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.1 John 4:4”   Lastly, “13 There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it. 1 Corinthians 10:13

Two more promises to ensure victory in Jesus to help us to not love the world are found in:

1 Peter 4:1-2 KJV
John 1:12-13 KJV

GOD BLESS!!!

Bible Study: What is Forgiveness?

FORGIVENESS – Prayerfully read Christ Object Lessons Ch 19

Definition of Forgiveness:     Give up resentment; Cease to feel resentment; Pardon; Willing or being able to forgive; allowing room for error or weakness.  Relief of payment (Romans 6:23)

ARE THERE ANY CONDITIONS TO RECIEVE FORGIVENESS?

Joshua 24:19:     And Joshua said unto the people [Amorites], Ye cannot serve the Lord: for he is an holy God; he is a jealous God; he will not forgive your transgressions nor your sins.

             NOTE:  Amorites were idol worshippers, therefore God couldn’t forgive them until they laid their idols aside.  They were breaking the 10 Commandments (Ex 20:3-17) by worshipping idols; and in James 2:10, it says if you break one of the commandments you break them all.  Does this same principle apply to us?  If we are “worshipping” other idols, putting other things before God, spending more time with other things instead of God, will He not forgive us as well?  Matthew 6:24

Psalm 66:18-20:     18 If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me:  19 But verily God hath heard me; he hath attended to the voice of my prayer.  20 Blessed be God, which hath not turned away my prayer, nor his mercy from me.

             NOTE:  We must not esteem iniquity in our hearts, or God will not hear us

Matthew 6:12-15:     12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.  13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.  14 For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you:  15 But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

             NOTE:  When we are seeking forgiveness from God, we need to forgive our fellow man.

Mark 11:25-26:     25 And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.  26 But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses.  25 And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.  26 But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses.

             NOTE:  If you have an issue with someone, you need to forgive them.

Luke 6:35-38:     35 But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil.  36 Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful.  37 Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven:  38 Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.

             NOTE:  For with the same measure you compare someone else, you will be measured by the same scale according to God.  (Matthew 18:35)

HOW DID CHRIST FORGIVE?  WHAT WERE HIS CHARACTERISTICS OF FORGIVENESS?

Psalm 86:5:     For thou, Lord, art good, and ready to forgive; and plenteous in mercy unto all them that call upon thee.

             NOTE:  He forgives with mercy  (Daniel 9:9; Jeremiah  31:34; Luke 23:24)

             What is Mercy?:  Compassionate; Choosing a lesser sentence for the guilty.  SYN [charity (1 Cor 13); clemency; grace; leniency]

Micah 7:18-19:     18 Who is a God like unto thee, that pardoneth iniquity, and passeth by the transgression of the remnant of his heritage? he retaineth not his anger for ever, because he delighteth in mercy.  19 He will turn again, he will have compassion upon us; he will subdue our iniquities; and thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea.

             NOTE:  Another characteristic of Christ forgiveness are our sins will be cast into the depths of the sea to be remembered no more.

Matthew 9:2-8:     And, behold, they brought to him a man sick of the palsy, lying on a bed: and Jesus seeing their faith said unto the sick of the palsy; Son, be of good cheer; thy sins be forgiven thee.  And, behold, certain of the scribes said within themselves, This man blasphemeth.  And Jesus knowing their thoughts said, Wherefore think ye evil in your hearts?  For whether is easier, to say, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Arise, and walk?  But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (then saith he to the sick of the palsy,) Arise, take up thy bed, and go unto thine house.  And he arose, and departed to his house.  But when the multitudes saw it, they marvelled, and glorified God, which had given such power unto men.

             NOTE:  This displays the power that Christ has of forgiving our sins

IF WE ARE SUPPOSED TO FORGIVE OUR BRETHREN BEFORE CHRIST FORGIVES US, HOW DO WE DO THAT?

Matthew 18:21-22:     21 Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times?  22 Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven.

             NOTE:  Peter asks how many times must we forgive, answer 70*7, which should NOT be taken literal.  The 490, was actually a prophetic for the number of years the Jews were given to turn back to God (repentance and forgiveness) and become sealed.  (Daniel 9:24)  Its amazing how God’s mind and words work!

Matthew 18:22-35          PLEASE READ THIS PASSAGE.

             NOTE:  Prayerfully study this parable of the unforgiving servant.

Luke 7:47-50:     47 Wherefore I say unto thee, Her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much: but to whom little is forgiven, the same loveth little.  48 And he said unto her, Thy sins are forgiven.  49 And they that sat at meat with him began to say within themselves, Who is this that forgiveth sins also?  50 And he said to the woman, Thy faith hath saved thee; go in peace.

             NOTE:  “Her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much: but to whom little is forgiven, the same loveth little.” Those who feel they don’t need as much forgiveness as another person, don’t understand or have compassion/mercy on others who need forgiveness.  Christ would not have us to be so prideful, Romans 3:23.  {READ: Luke 7:39-43 – Simon called Mary a sinner, so Jesus had a few words about two people with debt].   Also, for those who don’t see the enormity of their sins and the measure that Christ had to forgive them, they will in turn not have the grace and mercy needed in forgiving others (he that is forgiven little, loves little).

Luke 17:3-5:    Take heed to yourselves: If thy brother trespass against thee, rebuke him; and if he repent, forgive him.  And if he trespass against thee seven times in a day, and seven times in a day turn again to thee, saying, I repent; thou shalt forgive him.  And the apostles said unto the Lord, Increase our faith. 

             NOTE:  No matter how many offences one might commit against us, if they ask for forgiveness, we must forgive. 

2 Corinthians 2:7-10:     So that contrariwise ye ought rather to forgive him, and comfort him, lest perhaps such a one should be swallowed up with overmuch sorrow.  Wherefore I beseech you that ye would confirm your love toward him.  For to this end also did I write, that I might know the proof of you, whether ye be obedient in all things.  10 To whom ye forgive any thing, I forgive also: for if I forgave any thing, to whom I forgave it, for your sakes forgave I it in the person of Christ; 

            NOTE:  We must forgive so people are not overwhelmed with no much devastation and sorrow.  Just like in the parable of Jesus forgiving the man of his sins and it caused him healing.  The same applies to us in a sense that once someone feels forgiveness from us, it can bring healing to their soul and spirit that they are able to move on in their life.  Also, think of the healing it will bring us once we give up resentment and sorrow for the wrong they have done unto us.  Lastly, once we see how God forgave us through His Son Jesus, aught we to forgive? 

Ephesians 4:30-32:     30 And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.  31 Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice:  32 And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.

            NOTE:  Here are some important characteristics we need to put off and put on in dealing with fellow man, in order to forgive and be forgiven.

James 5:15-16:     15 And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him.  16 Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.

            NOTE:  The acts of confession, repentance and forgiveness, along with prayer will bring about healing for everyone…prayers of a righteous man availeth much.

Colossians 3:12-15:     12 Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; 13 Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.  14 And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness.  15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.

            NOTE:  More counsel on how we should treat one another

EXAMPLES OF HOW WE ARE TO OBTAIN FORGIVENESS FROM CHRIST:

Psalm 25:18:     Look upon mine affliction and my pain; and forgive all my sins.  

            NOTE:  We must afflict our souls.  We must have genuine sorrow of our sin.  We must see the pain and agony our sin has caused our God.

What does it mean to Afflict?:  Humble; overthrown; severely distressed; hard to bear… SYN [try; torment; torture; rack]

Psalm 51:     PLEASE READ THIS PASSAGE.  NOTE:  This is after David repented of his sin with Bathsheba

Acts 8:22:     Repent therefore of this thy wickedness, and pray God, if perhaps the thought of thine heart may be forgiven thee.

            NOTE:  Repent of our wickedness; and pray that the very THOUGHTS of our heart be forgiven. (Genesis 6:5; Psalm 10:4; Proverbs 16:3; Proverbs 23:7; Isaiah 55:8,9)

Colossians 1:14:     In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:

            NOTE:  Through the redemption of His blood (accepting his dying upon the cross as our sacrificial lamb) we may obtain the forgiveness of sins.

BENEFITS OF CHRIST FORGIVENESS:

Psalm 32:1-2, 5:     Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered.  Blessed is the man unto whom the Lord imputeth not iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no guile.  I acknowledge my sin unto thee, and mine iniquity have I not hid. I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the Lord; and thou forgavest the iniquity of my sin. Selah.

            NOTE:  God considers this man BLESSED to have their sins forgiven

Ephesians 1:6-12:

            NOTE:  The benefit of Christ’s forgiveness is obtaining forgiveness according to the riches of His grace…we also obtain an inheritance…that we should be the praise of His glory, who first trusted in Christ.

Philippians 2:15:     That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world;      

            NOTE:  The blessing of being called the sons of God, blameless and harmless

1 John 3:2:     Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.         

            NOTE:  The blessing of being the sons of God, when He shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see Him as He is.  Meaning we aren’t going to be God, but we will appear spotless and sinless at His second coming, if we remain faithful.

ADMONITION FROM CHRIST

Acts 26:18:     “To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me.”

If we regard iniquity in our hearts, if we cling to any known sin, the Lord will not hear us; but the prayer of the penitent, contrite soul is always accepted. When all known wrongs are righted, we may believe that God will answer our petitions. The assurance is broad and unlimited, and He is faithful who has promised. When we do not receive the very things we asked for, at the time we ask, we are still to believe that the Lord hears and that He will answer our prayers. We are so erring and short-sighted that we sometimes ask for things that would not be a blessing to us, and our heavenly Father in love answers our prayers by giving us that which will be for our highest good—that which we ourselves would desire if with vision divinely enlightened we could see all things as they really are. When our prayers seem not to be answered, we are to cling to the promise; for the time of answering will surely come, and we shall receive the blessing we need most. But to claim that prayer will always be answered in the very way and for the particular thing that we desire, is presumption. God is too wise to err, and too good to withhold any good thing from them that walk uprightly. Then do not fear to trust Him, even though you do not see the immediate answer to your prayers. Rely upon His sure promise, “Ask, and it shall be given you.” – {Steps to Christ, page 96, paragraph 2}

ANY QUESTIONS IN REGARDS TO THE UNFORGIVEABLE / UNPARDONABLE SIN?:

Matthew 12:31, 32

Mark 3:28, 29

Luke 12:10-12

Bible Study: Sanctification of Our Characters Through the Power of Jesus Christ!!

I had wrote this sometime ago in a Facebook discussion board (September 2008) about Ellen G. White’s following statement, and decided to modify my post and make it into a note, seeing that Jesus’s second coming is sooner then ever…

“Not all who PROFESS to keep the Sabbath will be sealed. There are many even among those who teach the truth to others who will not receive the seal of God in their foreheads. They had the light of truth, they knew their Master’s will, they understood every point of our faith, but they had not corresponding works. . . . {Mar 240.3}

“Not one of us will ever receive the seal of God while our characters have one spot or stain upon them. It is left with us to remedy the defects in our characters, to cleanse the soul temple of every defilement. Then the latter rain will fall upon us as the early rain fell upon the disciples. . . . “{Mar 240.4}

“The righteousness of Christ will not cover one cherished sin. A man may be a law-breaker in heart; yet if he commits no outward act of transgression, he may be regarded by the world as possessing great integrity. But God’s law looks into the secrets of the heart. Every act is judged by the motives that prompt it. Only that which is in accord with the principles of God’s law will stand in the judgment.” {COL 316.2}

“Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are His. And, let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity.” 2 Timothy 2:19

“The remnant of Israel shall not do iniquity…” Zephaniah 3:13

“But He shall say, I tell you, I know you not whence ye are; depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity.” Luke 13:27

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The reason why EGW talks about our characters not having a spot or blemish on them stems from the teaching of Jesus and His disciples.

Jesus taught that we must not only obey the letter of the law but the spirit of the law. The letter of the law is easy to obey. Most Christians can keep nine of them with no problem, especially the last six. Most SDA’s can keep all ten relatively easy with no problem, but so could the Pharisees.

Christ came to teach, that we must be Christians from the heart, from the inward out. Not just surface Christians who still think on perverse things. The Pharisees kept the letter of the law, “they had a form of godliness, but were denying its power” (2 Timothy 3:5).

“They profess that they know God; but in works they deny Him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate.” Titus 1:16

“Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such [people] turn away.” 2 Timothy 3:5

Jesus taught that not only should we be keeping the letter of the law but the spiritual part of it, the part in which most Christians (and the Jews of old) fail on. That is why He said that any man who lusts after a woman in his heart, has already committed the deed in his heart and is considered an adulterer. That is why God will judge the secrets and the hearts of men (Romans 2;16). The inward conversion is what really matters (Ephesians 3:16).

“Which shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another;) In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to my gospel.” Romans 2:15,16

“If we have forgotten the name of our God, or stretched out our hands to a strange god; Shall not God search this out? for he knoweth the secrets of the heart.” Psalms 44:20,21

“And He said unto them, Ye are they which justify yourselves before men; but God knoweth your hearts: for that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God.” Luke 16:15

That is what Jesus was trying to instill on the Jews, that not just keeping the letter of the law sanctifies you but keeping the spirit of the law as well. If the Pharisees would have kept the spirit of the law, they would have in no wise rejected Jesus as the Christ. But because they were NOT CONVERTED, they kept the law out of tradition instead out of love.

That is why Jesus said:
“For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 5:20

That is what the New Birth is all about, BEING CONVERTED and having God’s law written in our hearts, so that we might not sin against Him (Psalm 119:110). In fact that is what the New Covenant is, having the law of God written in our hearts (Jeremiah 31:33; Hebrews 8:10; Hebrews 10:16).

What I am writing here is not about salvation by works, but letting the Spirit lead us into all righteousness, to overcome sin by walking as Jesus walked and following in His steps (1 John 2:6; 1 Peter 2:21; Philippians 2:5) through faith in Him. This is not an impossible task, only to those who do not believe is it impossible. For with God all things are possible!!

“For this people’s heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.” Matthew 13:15

“And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 18:3

That is why Ellen G. White says that we must every flaw in our character worked out because God judges our hearts and our dirty little secrets, which is why we must overcome them in our character by faith that is Christ Jesus. The reason why is that we are only taking our characters to heaven, and that’s it.

“Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,” Hebrews 12:1

“(For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but MIGHTY THROUGH GOD to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into CAPTIVITY EVERY THOUGHT TO THE OBEDIENCE OF CHRIST; And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled.” 2 Corinthians 10:4-6

“Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind: for he that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin; That he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh to the lusts of men, but to the will of God.” 1 Peter 4:1,2

“According as His divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him that hath called us to glory and virtue: Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.” 2 Peter 1:3,4

“Now unto Him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy,To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.” Jude 24, 25

God Bless,

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Bible Study: What happens when you die?

First of all what is life?
“And the Lord God formed man out of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.” Genesis 2:7

The thing is that when a person dies he is dead, his body returns to the dust and his spirit goes back to God.

God told Adam that “For dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.” Genesis 3:19

“Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.” Ecclesiastes 12:7

But people would like to say that means that we go to heaven when we die, but that’s not true.

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“The body without the spirit is DEAD.” James 2:26
“The spirit of God [the breath that God gave him] is in my nostrils.” Job 27:3

So the spirit that returns to God at death is the breath of life. Nowhere in the Bible does the “spirit” say to contain any life, wisdom, or feeling after a person dies. It is the breath of life and nothing more.

What is a Soul?
“And the lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man BECAME a living soul.” Genesis 2:7

A soul is a living being. A soul is always a combination of two things: body plus breath. A soul cannot exist unless body and breath are combined. The Bible teaches that we are souls.

Do Souls die?
“The SOUL that sinneth it shall DIE.” Ezekiel 18:20

According to the bible, souls do die. We are souls, and souls die. Man is mortal (Job 4:17). Only God is immortal (1 Timothy 6:15,16). The concept of an undying, immortal soul goes against the Bible, which teaches that souls are mortal, or subject to death.

So do people go to heaven when they die?
“David is both dead and buried, and his sepulchre is with us unto this day…For David IS NOT ASCENDED into the heavens.” Acts 2:29,34

“If I wait, the grave is mine house.” Job 17:13

People do NOT go to heaven or hell at death, they stay in their graves until resurrection day. King David himself, the man after God’s own heart is buried and asleep here on earth. Not in heaven praising God.

“The living know that they shall die but the DEAD know NOT ANYTHING, neither have they any more a reward; for the memory of them is forgotten. Also their love, and their hatred, and their envy, is now perished; neither have they any more portion for ever in any thing that is done under the sun.” Ecclesiastes 9:5,6

“There is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest.” Ecclesiastes 9:10

“The DEAD PRAISE NOT the Lord.” Psalm 115:17

“For the grave CANNOT PRAISE THEE, DEATH CANNOT CELEBRATE thee: they that go down into the pit cannot hope for thy truth. THE LIVING, THE LIVING, he SHALL PRAISE thee, as I do this day: the father to the children shall make known THY TRUTH.” Isaiah 38:18,19

“So the man lieth down, and riseth not: till the HEAVENS BE NO MORE, they shall NOT AWAKE, nor be raised out of their SLEEP.” Job 14:12

“His sons come to honour, and he knoweth it not; and they are brought low, but he perceiveth it not of them.” Job 14:21

To say that we do not actually die, is to continue the first lie that was introduced to our parents (Adam and Eve) and that plunged many of us to sin.

“And the serpent said unto the woman, YE SHALL NOT SURELY DIE:” Genesis 3:4

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(modified from a bible study taken from http://www.amazingfacts.com)