Let’s Get Studying!

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2Ti 2: (MSG)
14  Repeat these basic essentials over and over to God’s people. Warn them before God against pious nitpicking, which chips away at the faith. It just wears everyone out.
15  Concentrate on doing your best for God, work you won’t be ashamed of, laying out the truth plain and simple.
16  Stay clear of pious talk that is only talk. Words are not mere words, you know. If they’re not backed by a godly life,
17  they accumulate as poison in the soul. Hymenaeus and Philetus are examples,
18  throwing believers off stride and missing the truth by a mile by saying the resurrection is over and done with.
19  Meanwhile, God’s firm foundation is as firm as ever, these sentences engraved on the stones: GOD KNOWS WHO BELONGS TO HIM. SPURN EVIL, ALL YOU WHO NAME GOD AS GOD.

2Ti 3: (MSG)
10  You’ve been a good apprentice to me, a part of my teaching, my manner of life, direction, faith, steadiness, love, patience,
11  troubles, sufferings—suffering along with me in all the grief I had to put up with in Antioch, Iconium, and Lystra. And you also well know that God rescued me!
12  Anyone who wants to live all out for Christ is in for a lot of trouble; there’s no getting around it.
13  Unscrupulous con men will continue to exploit the faith. They’re as deceived as the people they lead astray. As long as they are out there, things can only get worse.
14  But don’t let it faze you. Stick with what you learned and believed, sure of the integrity of your teachers—
15  why, you took in the sacred Scriptures with your mother’s milk! There’s nothing like the written Word of God for showing you the way to salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.
16  Every part of Scripture is God-breathed and useful one way or another—showing us truth, exposing our rebellion, correcting our mistakes, training us to live God’s way.
17  Through the Word we are put together and shaped up for the tasks God has for us.

I wonder if someone asked you what you believe and why, what type of answer would you give.  Would be something like, “the Pastor said it”, “I heard it on tv”, or it may be any other answer that would come into the mind. Or would you be able to articulate a Biblical outline because you have discipline yourself to studying the Word of God.

For most studying does not come naturally whether while in school or in our spiritual lives as a child of God.  The digital age has truly made studying the Word of God so accessible like we have never seen, but, it still requires a disciplined life.

The Bereans

Act 17:10-15 KJV
10  And the brethren immediately sent away Paul and Silas by night unto Berea: who coming thither went into the synagogue of the Jews.
11  These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.
12  Therefore many of them believed; also of honourable women which were Greeks, and of men, not a few.
13  But when the Jews of Thessalonica had knowledge that the word of God was preached of Paul at Berea, they came thither also, and stirred up the people.
14  And then immediately the brethren sent away Paul to go as it were to the sea: but Silas and Timotheus abode there still.
15  And they that conducted Paul brought him unto Athens: and receiving a commandment unto Silas and Timotheus for to come to him with all speed, they departed.

It is truly amazing how many never search the Scriptures for their own spiritual life but take teachers, preachers, and others at their word.  This is causing a spiritual famine among the many Christians in North America and around the world.

The new-born Christians in Berea searched daily the Scriptures to see if what Paul preached was found within the text.  They did not have the advantage like we do with both Testaments, Old and New, rather all they had was the Torah and the writings of the prophets of old.  I tend to feel that this was not an easy task to do, and yet they probably knew the Scriptures by memory as they learned it from their parents around the meal time.

Here is what God spoke to the minor prophet, Hosea about knowing knowledge:

Hos 4:6 MSG
6  My people are ruined because they don’t know what’s right or true. Because you’ve turned your back on knowledge, I’ve turned my back on you priests. Because you refuse to recognize the revelation of God, I’m no longer recognizing your children.

Cannot Happen Here

North America is the envy of many around the world.  They look at it and say to themselves, ‘if only’.  That is a dream for multiple thousands which will probably never come to fruition.

Allow me to use some supposition here.  Consider this, what if one day for some extreme situation that the Bible and all things related to the Gospel were banned in North America.  You say to yourself, ‘it cannot happen here’, oh, but, it has happened in the near past, is happening even as I write this article.  I can recall stories how some Christians in communist countries would get a hold of just one page of the Bible and that is all they would have for quite a length of time.  In China, Christians meet in secret in living rooms, basements, and other places, in fear that they may be arrested and put into prison for their declaration of faith in Christ Jesus.

Study, Your Life May Depend On It

Many across North America have clung to a gospel of ‘feel good’ centered around things of the flesh.  Missing in the pulpits today is a all-rounded Gospel.

Let’s read and be reminded of  what the Word of God declares through the pen of the Apostle Paul:

2Ti 3:16 MSG
16  Every part of Scripture is God-breathed and useful one way or another—showing us truth, exposing our rebellion, correcting our mistakes, training us to live God’s way.

There is coming a time on this planet that the Word of God and Christians will have a price put upon their heads.  Being a Christian could cost you your life.  Choose Christ, loose your head.  Choose the mark, lose your soul.  It is at that time you have better anchored your soul with more than what the pastor said. Your soul must be anchored to the stone that the builders rejected over two thousand years ago, the man, Christ Jesus.

One better have a great and solid grasp on the Word of God, imprinted on your mind and in your spirit, so that come what may, no situation, or any man can steal it from you.  It will be all that will sustain you and keep you in perfect peace in the trial and great testing of your faith and life.

So, yes, study like your life depends on it because it surely does.  Let’s get busy and study!

 

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