I thought we should recap this one…….Amen
I thought we should recap this one…….Amen
2 Timothy 3:16
All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness,
But the one who does not know and does things deserving punishment will be beaten with few blows. From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.
These words were spoken recently out of context in a speech reported by FNC Fox News Channel………let us clarify them today
But the one who does not know (the wisdom of God through the Holy Spirit) and does things deserving punishment will be beaten with few blows. From everyone who has been given much (responsibility), much will be demanded(wisdom and Knowledge for Guidance in true faith); and from the one who has been entrusted with much(the Public “Congregation’s” trust), much more will be asked(the Ox must tread out the grain to provide spiritual wisdom to achieve peace on earth).
Prov 3:19-20 By wisdom (Spirit-the Holy spirit of God hovered over the void and created all things made- Genesis chapter 1) Lord laid the earth’s foundations, by understanding he set the heavens in place( by love care and protection he put the firmament around the world his vineyard- Genesis chapter 1); by his knowledge the deeps (spirits born and unborn)were divided.
And God said, “Let there be an expanse between the waters to separate water from water.”
between the spirits as the holy spirit breathed the water(Spirit) of life into us in the beginning to separate us from him until we have learned to conduct ourselves in spiritual ways
1 Cor 13:8-12
For if there are prophecies they will be fulfilled and done with, if there are “tongues” (different languages twisted into self righteous opinions and Agendas) the need for them will disappear, if there is knowledge (worldly thoughts and opinions) it will be swallowed up in truth(the Holy Spirit). For our knowledge is always incomplete and our prophecy is always incomplete, and when the complete (Holy Spirit) comes, that is the end of the incomplete(worldly wickedness of the flesh). When I was a little child(born into flesh) I talked and felt like a little child(in fleshly ways). Now that I am a man (as God created man both male and female by spirit in the beginning and through the covenant I have achieved his grace) I am finished with childish things(wickedness and fleshly ways). At present we are men looking at puzzling reflections in a mirror(trying to find ourselves a way back to the revelation of his spirits image by our acts not just our lips and observances). The time will come when we shall see reality whole and face to face(as we again become one with the spirit on the day of at-one-ment)! At present all I know is a small fraction of the truth(spirit that is but crumbs to follow back into the Lord’s way), but the time will come when I shall know it as fully as God has known me(for when I accept his promise and honor the covenant I shall be in his Holy Communion)!
Prov 24:3-4 By wisdom (spirit) a house (host) is built (filled), and through understanding(wisdom and love) it is established(made to be sustained); through knowledge(enlightenment) its rooms (descendants) are filled (saved) with rare and beautiful treasures (the rewards of God).
Prov 19:2 It is not good to have zeal without knowledge(the Holy Spirit of God), nor to be hasty (self Righteous) and miss the way(examples given through the signs and seasons including the lessons of flesh).
Hos 4:6 My (God’s) people are destroyed from lack of knowledge(Spirit).
Eph 5:17 Therefore, do not be foolish(stricken by temptations of the flesh “world”), but understand what the Lord’s will is(Spirit of God’s purpose is).
Prov 23:23 Buy(The cost is honoring the covenant) the truth (Spirit)and do not sell it(and hold fast to your promise in return lest you be cast off for being defiled in his house); get wisdom(Spirit), discipline(Fast when dealing with trials and tribulations for we are each equally suffered unto the Lord), and understanding(unconditional love for God).
Prov 9:6 Leave your simple ways (worldly ways) and you will live(be redeemed); walk in the way of understanding(the Holy Spirit of God).
Jam 1:5 If any of you lacks wisdom(the Holy Spirit of God), he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault(by honoring the covenant set down before thee), and it will be given to him(by and through repentance of our sins and divorcing the wife “flesh” of our youth).
Prov 8:11 For wisdom(Holy Spirit of God) is more precious than rubies, and nothing you desire can compare with her (the wife of your rebirth in spirit).
Prov 19:8 He who gets wisdom loves his own soul; he who cherishes understanding prospers.
Prov 13:20 He who walks with the wise (spirit) grows wise (spirit), but a companion of fools (wickedness of flesh)suffers harm.
Prov 24:5-6 A wise (spiritual) man has great power (for thine is the Kingdom the power and the Glory forever Amen), and a man of knowledge (God) increases strength. For waging war you need guidance, and for victory many advisers( a body of spirit with spiritual men in a congregation).
Gen 2:17 But you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil (eat of the tree of spirit and not of flesh), for when you eat of it you will surely die (because you must choose their is no partiality to being in the spirit of God eating of the tree of flesh only leads to temptation as it was in the Garden of Eden in the beginning).
1 Cor 14:20 Brothers, stop thinking like children(disobedient children outside of the covenant). In regard to evil be infants(to be wise as serpents but innocent as doves “doves-long since a symbol of love), but in your thinking be like adults(spiritual beings full of truth and light in the Holy Spirit).
Rom 16:19b But I want you to be wise about what is good, and innocent about what is evil.
Rom 16:19b I want to see you experts in good, and not even beginners at evil.
Mat 10:16 I am sending you out as sheep among wolves(you must flock together in unity with a shepherd). Therefore, be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves.
Phil 4:7 Then, the peace(Spirit) of God, which is beyond our utmost understanding(without it), will keep guard over your hearts and thoughts, in Christ Jesus(the messenger who first received him Jesus becoming the Christ..the Holy Spirit in his flesh).
Job 36:26 How great is God, beyond our understanding!
Prov 3:5,7a Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding…. Do not be wise in your own eyes.
Jam 3:13-17 Is there some wise and understanding man among you? Then let his life be a shining example of the humility that is born of true wisdom. But if your heart is full of bitter jealousy and rivalry, then do not boast and do not deny the truth. You may acquire a certain wisdom, but it does not come from above–it comes from this world, from your own lower nature, even from the devil. For wherever you find jealousy and rivalry you also find disharmony and all other kinds of evil. The wisdom that comes from above is first pure, then peace-loving, gentle, approachable, full of merciful thoughts and kindly actions, straightforward, with no hint of hypocrisy.
1 Cor 1:18-31 The preaching of the cross is, I know, nonsense to those who are involved in this dying world, but to us who are being saved from that death it is nothing less than the power of God. It is written: “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and the prudence of the prudent will I reject.” For consider, what have the philosopher, the writer, and the critic of this world to show for all their wisdom? Has not God made the wisdom of this world look foolish? For it was after the world in its wisdom had failed to know God, that he in his wisdom chose to save all who would believe by the “simple- mindedness” of the gospel message. For the Jews ask for miraculous signs and the Greeks an intellectual panacea, but all we preach is Christ crucified–a stumbling-block to the Jews and sheer nonsense to the gentiles… for God’s “foolishness” is wiser than men…. But God has chose what the world calls foolish to shame the wise… that no man may boast in the presence of God…. And this makes us see the truth of the scripture: “He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.”
1 Cor 3:19-21 Let no one be under any illusion over this. If any man among you thinks himself one of the world’s clever ones, let him discard his cleverness that he may learn to be truly wise. For this world’s cleverness is stupidity to God. It is written: “He that taketh the wise in their craftiness”, and again, “The Lord knoweth the reasonings of the wise, that they are vain.” So let no one boast of men.
Knowledge Without Love?
1 Cor 8:1b-2 It is easy to think that we “know” over problems like this, but we should remember that while this “knowing” may make a man look big, it is only love that can make him grow to his full stature. For if a man thinks he “knows” he may still be quite ignorant of what he ought to know.
1 Cor 13:2 If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge… but have not love, I am nothing.
The Source Of True Knowledge
Prov 2:6,9-11 For the Lord gives wisdom, and from his mouth come knowledge and understanding…. Then you will understand what is right and just and fair–every good path. For wisdom will enter your heart, and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul. Discretion will protect you, and understanding will guard you.
Mat 11:25 At that time Jesus said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and the learned, and revealed them to little children.”
Jam 1:17 Every good thing bestowed and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation, or shifting shadow.
God’s Secret, Revealed By The Spirit
1 Cor 2:6-10 We do, of course, speak wisdom among those who are spiritually mature, but it is not what is called wisdom by this world, nor by the powers-that-be, who soon will be only the powers that have been. The wisdom we speak of is that mysterious secret wisdom of God, which he planned before the creation for our glory today…. But, as it is written: “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him”. Thus God has, through the Spirit, let us share his secret.
1 Cor 2:10 But God has revealed it [wisdom] to us by his Spirit.
Phil 1:9-10 My prayer is that your love for each other may increase more and more and never stop improving your knowledge and deepening your perception so that you can always recognize what is best. This will help you to become pure and blameless, and prepare you for the Day of Christ.(the day you are pure enough to receive the Holy Spirit for it is written the kingdom of heaven is at hand)
Col 1:9,10 For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you and asking God to fill you with the knowledge (holy Spirit) of his will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding. And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God.
Minister Joseph Preston Kirk
Have you been the giver for so long that you have forgotten how to receive? Allow others to give you some of the love that you give so freely. Seek a balance between your giving and your receiving.
But just as you excel in everything–in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness and in your love for us –see that you also excel in this grace of giving. 8 I am not commanding you, but i want to test the sincerity of your love by comparing it with the earnestness of others. 9 For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich. 10 And here is my advice about what is best for you in this matter: Last year you were the first not only to give but also to have the desire to do so. 11 Now finish the work, so that your eager willingness to do it may be matched by your completion of it, according to your means. 12 For if the willingness is there, the gift is acceptable according to what one has, not according to what he does not have. 13 Our desire is not that others might be relieved while you are hard pressed, but that there might be equality. 14 At the present time your plenty will supply what they need, so that in turn their plenty will supply what you need. Then there will be equality, 15 as it is written: “He who gathered much did not have too much, and he who gathered little did not have too little.”
2 Corinthians 8:7-15
Here’s the general principle about giving, receiving and proportional return.
Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.
Jesus told his disciples: “There was a rich man whose manager was accused of wasting his possessions. 2 So he called him in and asked him, ‘What is this I hear about you? Give an account of your management, because you cannot be manager any longer.’ 3 “The manager said to himself, ‘What shall I do now? My master is taking away my job. I’m not strong enough to dig, and I’m ashamed to beg– 4 I know what I’ll do so that, when I lose my job here, people will welcome me into their houses.’ 5 “So he called in each one of his master’s debtors. He asked the first, ‘How much do you owe my master?’ 6 “‘Eight hundred gallons of olive oil,’ he replied. “The manager told him, ‘Take your bill, sit down Quickly, and make it four hundred.’ 7 “Then he asked the second, ‘And how much do you owe?’ “‘A thousand bushels of wheat,’ he replied. “He told him, ‘Take your bill and make it eight hundred.’ 8 “The master commended the dishonest manager because he had acted shrewdly. For the people of this world are more shrewd in dealing with their own kind than are the people of the light. 9 I tell you, use worldly wealth to gain friends for yourselves, so that when it is gone, you will be welcomed into eternal dwellings. 10 “Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much. 11 So if you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches? 12 And if you have not been trustworthy with someone else’s property, who will give you property of your own? 13 “No servant can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money.” 14 The Pharisees, who loved money, heard all this and were sneering at Jesus. 15 He said to them, “You are the ones who justify yourselves in the eyes of men, but God knows your hearts. What is highly valued among men is detestable in God’s sight.
“But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. 28 he chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things–and the things that are not–to nullify the things that are, 29 so that no one may boast before him. 30 It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God–that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. 31 Therefore, as it is written: ‘Let him who boasts boast in the Lord.'”
I Corinthians 1:27-31
“The elders who direct the affairs of the church well are worthy of double honor, especially those whose work is preaching and teaching.
18 For the Scripture says, “Do not muzzle the ox while it is treading out the grain,” and “The worker deserves his wages”
I Timothy 5:17-18
I will close with a prayer. Lord, may your love be known who all who hear your voice, who choose to obey you in matters of sacrifice and self discipline. As you are the master to whom we ultimately serve, help us entrust the provisions of our lives into your care. Help us to have courage in the face of apparent lack so that we may not be deceived in our carnal nature. Help us to have humility in the face of apparent plenty so that we may also not be deceived in that same carnal nature. May we, as Paul your servant did, learn to be content in our present conditions, whatever they may be.