|This study in the Word is intended to enable you to
see clearly the JESUS OF THE WORD and then describe what a FALLEN AWAY CHURCH looks like.
This Bible study represents the second of several studies designed to TAKE YOU THROUGH THE WORD OF GOD TO EXAMINE YOUR BIBLE FOR YOURSELF.
In fact, you will find very few of our comments and explanations in this study. We have tried to simply give you a guideline to study the Word for yourself and to ask specific questions on each verse to cause you to examine your own Bible.
It is very important that you USE YOUR BIBLE TO ANSWER THE QUESTIONS FOR YOURSELF since many hearts have been captured by the traditions of men. This causes people to have tunnel vision and not to examine what the Word truly says BUT ONLY PART OF THE WORD.
This study in the Word, and the ones to follow, are written for use as an individual Bible study aid, home group study, or church group study.
The following questions are some areas of study we cover in this Bible study or plan to cover in future studies. They are intended to urge you to consider the Word for yourself, and to examine yourself as to whether or not certain doctrines may have captured your heart and blinded you from seeing the Word.
If you will follow in your Bible through these studies, I believe the Word will change your life. Be careful not to build a doctrine around a particular scripture and be blocked from hearing the total Word for yourself. We plan to cover in these studies such issues as I Corinthians 3 concerning the carnal Christian and Romans 7 regarding Paul's struggle with the flesh.
God has given us some clear answers to many questions about the last days. We are now able to show you who the sleeping virgins are and who is in the great falling away. We are dealing directly in these studies with WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS. Let's prove ourselves teachable and not be like the church of Laodicea who is rich, increased in goods, and in need of nothing.
YOU, TOO, CAN TEACH THE WORD OF GOD.
Remember, YOU AS A DISCIPLE HAVE BEEN CALLED TO TEACH THE WORD OF GOD. The anointing abides within you (I John 2:27). When you complete this study in the Word, share and teach it to a friend or a group. Spread the Word of God to others.
HELP SPREAD THE WORD.
Acts 6:7, "And the Word of God kept on spreading; and the number of the disciples continued to increase greatly "
A STUDY THROUGH THE WORD
"THE LOVE WALK"
When someone says the word "love" today, it can mean anything from lust to selfishness because the word love has become perverted. If we want to know what real love is, we need to go to the Word of God to see how God describes it.
In this Study Through The Word we are going to look at the love walk by comparing love and selfishness. To live in God's love means to no longer live for yourself (read I Corinthians 13:4-7). To live in selfishness is to live a life yielding to and indulging in the lust desires of the flesh.
This study is the first on the love walk. In following studies we intend to show you what love really is and the fruit of that love.
STUDY NUMBER 1.
God tests the heart of everyone He creates. In Genesis 2:15-17 Adam was given a choice to choose between the tree of life and the tree of death. Adam and Eve were told that in the day they eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil (lust of flesh, lust of the eyes and the pride of life) "YOU SHALL SURELY DIE."
Satan perverted and twisted God's Word by changing the Word to say "YOU SURELY SHALL NOT DIE" (Genesis 3:4). This was the first doctrine of Satan in the Bible. Adam and Eve chose to REBEL against God's Word and WALK IN THE LUST OF THE FLESH, LUST OF THE EYES, AND THE PRIDE OF LIFE (Genesis 3:6-7; I John 2:15-16).
In this way ADAM BECAME A TREE OF DEATH. (See Romans 5:12 and I Corinthians 15:22.)
ADAM'S HEART WAS TESTED, AND HE FAILED. THE LAST ADAM, JESUS, WAS ALSO TESTED; AND HE WAS VICTORIOUS.
In Luke 4:1-4 Jesus was led into the wilderness by the Spirit to be tested in the flesh with the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the boastful pride of life. Jesus resisted the enticing temptations of Satan to fleshly lust rebellion and established His heart as holy, blameless and pure. In this way Jesus became a TREE OF LIFE. We are also tempted and our hearts tested just like Adam, and just like Jesus. If we choose the WAY OF ADAM, resulting in sin and death, we also become a TREE OF DEATH. If we choose the WAY OF JESUS, resisting the lust, flesh rebellion to God we become a TREE OF LIFE created in righteousness after the image of Jesus. (See Proverbs 11:30.)
All who name the name of Christ are called to walk just as Jesus also walked. We are to DIE TO SIN AND LIVE TO RIGHTEOUSNESS (I Peter 2:24). We do this by SHARING IN THE SUFFERINGS of Christ by resisting the temptations to fleshly lust rebellion from Satan, ceasing from sin and doing the will of God (I Peter 4:1-2). If you don't resist the temptations of the devil, then lust rebellion comes into your heart.
In this way we ESCAPE THE CORRUPTION IN THE WORLD BY LUST and entrance into the Kingdom of God is abundantly supplied to us (II Peter 1:4, 10-11). Those who desire to be made into the image of Jesus will have their hearts tested by the powers of darkness who attempt to bring rebellion. It is Satan who tempts us and entices us to yield to fleshly lust rebellion resulting in death (TREE OF DEATH) (James 1:13-16).
However, God has called us to be holy in ALL OUR BEHAVIOR (I Peter 1:14-16), to resist the devil and suffer in the flesh through these lust temptations (I Peter 5:8-10) and to LIVE NO LONGER FOR OURSELVES BUT FOR GOD (II Corinthians 5:14-15).
We are to put on the new self which is created in righteousness and holiness of the truth (Ephesians 4:24; Colossians 3:10). In this way Jesus becomes the source of salvation to all those who obey Him (Hebrews 5:9). The fruit of a DIVINE NATURE is a TREE OF LIFE. The one who receives ANOTHER JESUS, a DIFFERENT SPIRIT, and a DIFFERENT GOSPEL is led astray from simplicity and devotion to Jesus and becomes a TREE OF DEATH. The ones who DO THE WILL OF GOD become a TREE OF LIFE (Matthew 7:20-21).
The WORD OF GOD WARNS US that a time will come when people will CHOOSE DOCTRINES IN ACCORD WITH THEIR OWN LUST DESIRES rather than doing the WILL OF GOD (II Timothy 4:3-4).
NOW LET'S LET'S CONTINUE:
Romans 5:12 Did sin and death spread to all men through Adam? SIN and DEATH is THE REBELLIOUS, CURSED NATURE OF SATAN.
Every person is born with this same CURSED NATURE OF SATAN.
Therefore, every man walks in the IMAGE AND LIKENESS OF SATAN His HEART LOVES and lives for this CURSED NATURE.
He is in TOTAL DARKNESS, and he does not know that Satan is his master and that DEATH and JUDGMENT are upon him.
Does your Bible indicate that the reason death spread to all is because ALL SINNED?
In other words, when Adam rebelled against God by disobedience to His command, the nature and character of Satan entered Adam's heart. Adam became the REPRESENTATIVE HEAD of all who walk in rebellion to God's Word. Death abides on all those who walk in rebellion.
I Corinthians 15:21
Does your Bible say "in Adam all die?" This means that death abides on all who practice fleshly sin rebellion. (See Romans 8:6).
Does your Bible say that death came by a man? That man is Adam. Does your Bible say that life (resurrection from death) also came by a man? That man is the Last Adam, Jesus. This means that those who are in Christ Jesus no longer practice sin but practice righteousness. (See I John 3:7-10; Galatians 5:24)
I Corinthians 15:22
What happens to all who are in Adam? Does your Bible say they all die? Remember, ADAM is the REPRESENTATIVE HEAD of all who WALK IN REBELLION; and DEATH abides on them.
What happens to all who are in Christ?
Does your Bible say they ALL ARE MADE ALIVE? JESUS is the REPRESENTATIVE HEAD of all those who are in Christ or under GRACE. Those who are IN ADAM walk according to fleshly lust rebellion (practice sin), according to the rebellious nature of Satan.
Those who are IN CHRIST walk according to the character and nature of Jesus, ACCORDING TO THE DIVINE NATURE OF GOD.
I Corinthians 15:49
Does your Bible say we are to bear the image of the heavenly?
Does this mean those who are in Christ Jesus bear the image of Jesus?
Does this mean we are to WALK, TALK, ACT, AND LIVE RIGHTEOUSLY LIKE JESUS? The children of God and the children of the devil are obvious.
(I John 3:10.)
SATAN COMES TO ENTICE THE HEARTS OF MEN TO FOLLOW LUST REBELLION AGAINST GOD'S WORD.
This is how you put selfishness and rebellion in your heart and not walk in love.
Genesis 2:15-17 Did God say YOU SHALL SURELY DIE if you rebel against His Word?
Genesis 3:2-4 Did Satan contradict God's Word and say YOU SURELY SHALL NOT DIE?
Genesis 3:6-7 Did death abide on them because of their rebellion?
Note: Verse 6 Satan used the lust of the flesh, lust of the eyes, and pride of life
(I John 2:15-17) to ENTICE THEIR HEARTS INTO REBELLION AGAINST GOD.
NOW LET'S SEE HOW THE LAST ADAM, JESUS, DEALT WITH THOSE SAME TEMPTATIONS OF SATAN TO DRAW THE HEART INTO REBELLION.
Did Jesus RESIST THE DEVIL in every temptation of the flesh with the shield of faith?
Did Jesus REBEL or did He TRUST God?
Did Jesus RECEIVE THE POWER of the Spirit?
NOTE: We are going to see in a moment how you resist and the result of resisting the devil.
Romans 13:12 Does your Bible say that we are to lay aside the deeds of darkness (lust rebellion of the flesh)?
Romans 13:13 Are you told in your Bible that we are NOT to walk in the lusts of the flesh?
Romans 13:14 Are you to make ANY PROVISION for flesh lust rebellion?
Are you told to PUT ON THE LORD JESUS?
Did Jesus put on the armor of light?
Does verse 12 tell us to put on the armor of light?
Did Satan tempt the heart of Jesus to prevent Him from putting on the armor?
Will Satan do the same to you?
The armor and shield of faith prevents Satan from putting selfishness and rebellion in your heart.
WHEN YOU REPENT FROM LUST REBELLION AND RESIST THE FIERY DARTS OF SATAN, YOU DON'T PUT SELFISHNESS IN YOUR HEART. WHEN YOU RESIST THE DEVIL, YOU RESIST SELFISHNESS. THIS IS THE LOVE WALK.
Ephesians 6:11-17 describes this armor of light and how we put it on. Before we look at the purpose of the armor in Ephesians 6, we first need to understand that a person who has been made holy and blameless by the Lord Jesus Christ does not participate in the tree of death (practicing sin). We resist all selfish rebellion (II Corinthians 10:3-5).
Does your Bible say that those in Christ Jesus were chosen to be holy and blameless?
Does your Bible say that through Jesus you have peace, being reconciled to God in all things?
Having been reconciled to God, you lay aside the deeds of darkness (fleshly lust rebellion) and have as the outcome peace with God.
Does this verse say that you FORMERLY were engaged in evil deeds (fleshly lust rebellion), and FORMERLY were hostile in mind?
Would this mean you no longer walk there anymore and no longer participate in that hostile rebellion?
Does your Bible say Jesus is to HAVE FIRST PLACE IN EVERYTHING?
Would this be the fruit of someone who has been reconciled to God and no longer hostile in rebellion?
NOTE: No one is holy and blameless because they do good deeds. Jesus said, "there is only One who is good" (Matthew 19:17). A person is made holy by the blood of Jesus (Ephesians 2:13). No one is holy in and by himself.
However, many have gathered around "doctrines of men" and claimed to have been made holy while walking in fleshly lust rebellion. Let's see how the Bible describes the one who has been made holy through Jesus Christ.
Let's see that a person who is holy and blameless DOES NOT PARTICIPATE IN THE TREE OF DEATH.
I Peter 1:14 Does your Bible say that as OBEDIENT children you are not to be conformed to your FORMER lust rebellion?
Does that mean you don't participate in lust rebellion anymore (do not participate in sin)? (I John 3:9-10.)
NOTE: Read Hebrews 5:9 again.
Jesus became a tree of life (source of life) to all those who do what? (John 3:36; Acts 5:32.)
OBEDIENCE IS NOT WORKS.
Obedience is the fruit of a heart that has made Jesus Lord. Did we read in Colossians 1:18 that Jesus is to have first place in everything?
I Peter 1:15
Does your Bible say that you are called to be holy?
In how much of your behavior are you to be holy?
Would this be making Jesus Lord over everything?
Would this mean you no longer participate in the tree of death (fleshly lust rebellion)?
Can you be holy in "all your behavior" and participate in the lusts of the flesh?
I Peter 1:16
Does your Bible say you are to be holy because God is holy?
Does holiness sound like the fruit of your heart being joined to Jesus?
Does verse 1 say you WERE DEAD IN SIN?
Does your Bible say you FORMERLY lived in the lusts of the flesh by INDULGING THE LUST REBELLION of the flesh and mind?
Does your Bible say wrath abides on those who live that way? (See John 3-36) Would that be a tree of death?
Now let me ask you, does your Bible say you FORMERLY lived that way?
Does that mean those who are in Christ Jesus (those made alive in Him, verse 5) no longer live there?
Did God create us (by being born again) to walk in good works? (See II Timothy 2:21.)
Would those works be deeds of unrighteousness or of righteousness?
Would those "created in Christ Jesus" produce works of rebellion or works of obedience?
Does your Bible say you are to walk in a manner worthy of your calling?
Did we read in I Peter 1:15 that you are CALLED TO BE HOLY? (John 15:16.)
We are not to be controlled by every wind of doctrine and the deceitful scheming of men's minds (minds that are hostile to God, indulging the desires of the flesh).
To walk worthy of your calling is to walk no longer like the people of the world.
Those who walk according to the world indulge fleshly lust rebellion with the practice of impurity and sensuality in the flesh and mind. They are hostile to walking in holiness. They have given themselves over to rebellion.
NOTE: When you are NOT WALKING IN HOLINESS AS OBEDIENT CHILDREN, then you are engaged in LUST REBELLION.
Does your Bible say that YOU DID NOT LEARN CHRIST BY WALKING THIS WAY?
Does your Bible say that you were FORMERLY walking in darkness?
Are you called to walk as children of light? Does light consist of goodness, righteousness and truth? Compare this again with Ephesians 4:17-19.
Does your Bible say you are to lay aside the lusts of deceit and to put on the likeness of God? Is this likeness to God the light of righteousness and holiness of the truth? Is this what you have been created for in Christ Jesus?
Review Romans 13:12-14. By putting on the Lord Jesus Christ, you make NO PROVISION for the lusts of the flesh.
Does your Bible warn you that if you walk with an UNREPENTANT HEART that you give place to the devil?
NOTE: The word "opportunity" or "place" means "a position of control or influence, an occupancy, a dwelling place."
Does your Bible say that you are to put these things away from you?
NOTE: Matthew 15:18. "The things that proceed out of the mouth come from the heart. . . " If you keep your heart pure and holy, undivided and full of righteousness and truth, then you will have a pure heart and a pure mouth that has put off the deeds of the flesh.
Does your Bible call these works of the flesh idolatry?
Colossians 3:6 Does death (wrath of God) abide on these things?
Can you now see why the God who loves us tells us to put off the lust rebellion of the flesh? IS THIS TOTALLY CONTRARY TO WHAT TRADITIONS HAVE TAUGHT US?
Are these the deeds of the flesh we are to put off in Ephesians 4:31-32?
Did we read these things give the devil an opportunity, a dwelling place.
Are we to be renewed to the image of Jesus? Is Jesus holy? Would holiness be the result of a pure heart, undivided by the world, the flesh, and the devil?
Does your Bible say these things are not proper to be found among the saints? Does that mean saints are to be putting to death the deeds of darkness and putting on Jesus (the image and character of Jesus)? IS THIS THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST?
Compare this verse with Ephesians 4:30-32.
Does your Bible say YOU CAN KNOW WITH CERTAINTY that those who practice the lust rebellion of the flesh will have no inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God?
IS THIS TOTALLY CONTRARY TO WHAT TRADITIONS HAVE TAUGHT US?
NOTE: This is not two kingdoms but an expression describing one kingdom, God's Kingdom.
Does your Bible say you are not to be partakers with those who practice these things?
NOTE: Read I Corinthians 5:1-13 to understand this verse. Paul says, "I did not at all mean with the immoral people of this world, or with the covetous and swindlers, or with idolaters ...I wrote to you NOT TO ASSOCIATE WITH ANY SO-CALLED BROTHER if he should be an immoral person, or covetous, or an idolater. . ." (I Corinthians 5:10-11).
Also read II Timothy 2:22. We are to pursue righteousness with those WHO CALL ON THE LORD FROM A PURE HEART."
Does your Bible indicate that you FORMERLY walked in darkness?
Does that mean you NO LONGER WALK THAT WAY? This is why no immorality, impurity, or greed is to even be named among saints they no longer walk in the lust rebellion of the flesh.
How are you to walk?
Does this verse make it clear that you are NOT TO PARTICIPATE IN FLESH REBELLION?
Is the church supposed to simply tolerate and excuse those who do?
Are you to BE CAREFUL HOW YOU WALK? Was this written to saints?
Does your Bible say you are to make the most of every opportunity because the days are evil?
NOTE: Compare verse 16 with Ephesians 6:13 and I Peter 5:8-9).
Is it God's will for you to be FILLED WITH THE SPIRIT OF GOD?
What does the Spirit of God lead you to do? Read Romans 8:14,13; Romans 6:10-11; Galatians 5:16.
Does your Bible tell you that if you are led by the Spirit you will put to death the deeds of fleshly rebellion and you won't walk fulfilling fleshly desires?
NOTE: To "be filled with the Spirit" here does not refer to a one-time experience but a continuous action. The same word is used in Colossians 1:9, "that you may be filled (and continue to be filled) with the knowledge of His will. . . ."
In these verses the Word of God compares the relationship of love and subjection to be found in marriage to the love and subjection to authority the church is to have for Jesus. (See Colossians 1:21-22.)
How does Jesus sanctify the church in verse 26?
Does your Bible say you are washed by the Word?
Does verse 27 say that God wants a holy and blameless church?
IS THIS THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST?
HOW IS THE CHURCH MADE HOLY AND BLAMELESS?
I Corinthians 6:9-10
Does your Bible SAY AGAIN that those who practice fleshly lust rebellion SHALL NOT INHERIT THE KINGDOM OF GOD?
Does God warn you NOT TO BE DECEIVED ABOUT THIS?
I Corinthians 6:11
Does your Bible say "such WERE some of you? Does that mean you don't walk that way anymore if you are in Christ? Could this be what it means to be a new creation of Christ Jesus? (Read II Corinthians 5:17, 14-15, "that they who live SHOULD NO LONGER LIVE FOR THEMSELVES, BUT FOR HIM WHO DIED AND ROSE AGAIN. . . .")
Does your Bible say that the reason you no longer walk in the deeds of the flesh is because you were WASHED, and JUSTIFIED in the name of Jesus and in the Spirit? Compare this again to Ephesians 5:26-27; see also Romans 2:13.
Does your Bible say your heart is to be washed from evil? Does this mean wicked thoughts no longer find a dwelling place within you?
To walk in selfishness is to allow the fiery darts of Satan (Ephesians 6:16) to lodge within your heart. To walk in love is to have the mind of Christ, no longer living for yourself, but for Jesus Christ (II Corinthians 5:14-15).
This is how the gospel becomes veiled. It is veiled to those who ignore the sound of the trumpet (the warning of the Word of God). Read Ephesians 5:17 again to understand what is the "will of the Lord." (See Romans 12:1-2.)
Did Jesus say only those WHO DO THE WILL OF MY FATHER WHO IS IN HEAVEN are of His family?
Is everyone who says "Lord, Lord" going to enter the kingdom of heaven?
Does your Bible say that only those WHO DO THE WILL OF GOD enter the kingdom of heaven?
How are you going to know them? Could this be the fruit of the heart and the mouth?
THE FRUIT OF A CHRISTIAN IS THE IMAGE AND CHARACTER OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST.
(See Galatians 5:22-24 and compare it with verses 19-21.) SINCE JESUS IS HOLY, THE CHRISTIAN IS TO BE HOLY (review I Peter 1:14-16). HOLINESS COMES WHEN YOU JOIN YOURSELF TO THE LORDSHIP OF JESUS. YOU CANNOT MAKE YOURSELF HOLY. HOWEVER, THE FRUIT OF BEING MADE HOLY IS TO WALK IN HOLINESS, PUTTING TO DEATH THE LUST REBELLION OF THE FLESH (I Peter 1:14-16).
A MAN CANNOT LOVE GOD IF HE DOES NOT LOVE HOLINESS.
(See John 14:15 and John 3:19-21.)
THE ONE WHO DOES NOT LOVE HOLINESS DOES NOT LOVE GOD'S WORD. THE ONE WHO TRULY LOVES GOD'S WORD, DOES IT! IF YOU TRULY LOVE GOD'S WORD YOU ARE A DOER OF IT
EPHESIANS 4:24 SAYS, "PUT ON THE NEW MAN (image of Jesus), WHICH IN THE LIKENESS OF GOD HAS BEEN CREATED IN RIGHTEOUSNESS AND HOLINESS OF THE TRUTH (Word of God).
HOW DOES SOMEONE WHO HAS BEEN MADE HOLY, WALK?
I Peter 4:12
Does your Bible clearly say that you should not be surprised at being tested?
NOTE: A review of Bible Study #1, pages 2-12, would be very helpful at this point.
I Peter 4:1
Did Jesus suffer in the flesh? How? By resisting the temptations to fleshly lust rebellion from Satan. This is called a fiery trial. (See Ephesians 6:16).
Does your Bible say that the one who suffers by resisting these fiery temptations of Satan cease from sin? (II Corinthians 10:3-5.)
I Peter 4:2
When you resist these fleshly lust temptations that entice you into rebellion against God, do you cease to live for the lusts of the flesh?
Does your Bible say this is how you live for the will of God? Would that be a walk of holiness?
I Thessalonians 4:1
Does your Bible say you ought to walk to please God?
I Thessalonians 4:3
Does your Bible clearly indicate that a walk pleasing God is a walk of holiness (sanctification)?
Is this the will of God for your life?
I Thessalonians 4:4-5
Does your Bible say you are not to walk indulging fleshly desires like those who don't know God? Are you to KNOW HOW TO POSSESS your vessel in holiness?
NOTE: This is why many who desired to overcome the flesh have only experienced defeat. Doctrines that did not conform them to godliness (I Timothy 6:3) have hidden from them the way to possess their bodies in holiness.
I Thessalonians 4:7
For what purpose has God called you?
Does this make holiness an option?
Remember, ONLY those who DO THE WILL OF GOD GO TO HEAVEN.
I Thessalonians 4:8
If you try to make these verses say something the Bible doesn't say for the sake of your own religious doctrines and traditions, WHO ARE YOU REALLY REJECTING, MEN OR GOD?
NOTE: Read Acts 5:32 to see to whom God gives His Holy Spirit.
HOW IMPORTANT IS THIS WALK OF HOLINESS?
Does your Bible say that without walking in holiness (sanctification) NO ONE WILL SEE THE LORD (enter the kingdom of God and go to heaven)? Sanctification purifies the heart.
Review again I Peter 4:1-2 which describes what a walk of holiness means.
Does God provide grace to walk in holiness? (See Hebrews 2:18; 4:15-16.)
Does your Bible say you are to be careful that no "root of bitterness" defiles you? (See Proverbs 4:23.) In order to understand what this "root of bitterness" means, turn to Deuteronomy 29.
Does the Word say that a "root of bitterness" comes by TURNING YOUR HEART AWAY FROM THE LORD?
Can this bring a false peace?
A root of bitterness comes in and defiles the heart from purity of devotion to Jesus. This is how someone becomes a tree of death rather than a tree of life (see Bible Study # l, pages 3-6,13-24).
I Peter 5:8
Are you told to resist the fiery trials of Satan that entice you into lust rebellion of the flesh? You take every thought captive and resist the devil in order to keep lust rebellion from entering your heart (II Corinthians 10:3-6).
I Peter 5:9
Does your Bible say clearly that this is addressed to BRETHREN?
IMPORTANT! Read Ephesians 4:26-27. When you give the devil an "opportunity" or "place," it means you give him "a place of occupancy" or "an area of control." The reason you are to RESIST THE TEMPTATIONS of the devil is so that NO IMPURITY, no root of bitterness, can enter your heart and defile the body.
Remember, Ephesians 5:5 says, "no immoral or impure person . . . has an inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God."
I Peter 5:10
Does your Bible say that when you RESIST Satan's temptations of FLESHLY REBELLION that the GOD OF GRACE will perfect, confirm, strengthen, and establish the heart (bring forth the image and character of Jesus)?
NOTE: Compare this with Hebrews 12:15, "see to it no one COMES SHORT OF THE GRACE OF GOD." The way you come short of grace is BY NOT RESISTING the fiery trials of the devil. Grace covers sin in a repentant heart, but when you allow rebellion (root of bitterness) to enter your heart, the body becomes defiled. In this way you experience God's wrath that is poured out on ALL UNGODLINESS AND UNRIGHTEOUSNESS (Romans 1:18).
I Peter 3:15
Does your Bible say that you are to SANCTIFY CHRIST AS LORD in your heart? How does a person sanctify Christ as Lord?
I John 3:2,3
Does your Bible say that EVERYONE who has the hope to see Jesus PURIFIES HIMSELF JUST AS JESUS IS PURE?
Read again Ephesians 5:26. We are sanctified and cleansed by the "washing of water with the Word." Now turn to Leviticus 20 to see the relationship between holiness and the Word of God.
Does your Bible say you are to consecrate yourself unto holiness?
This verse means the same thing as I Peter 3:15.
Does your Bible clearly say the way you do this is to KEEP THE WORD AND PRACTICE IT? Would this be the opposite of practicing fleshly lust rebellion?
Does your Bible warn BRETHREN not to be DECEIVED? Let's see what we are not to be deceived about.
Is the person who PERSEVERES UNDER TRIAL the one who gets blessed?
What trial is this referring to?
SEE LOVE WALK "STUDY 2"
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