“Remind them of these things, charging them before the Lord not to strive about words to no profit, to the ruin of the hearers. Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. But shun profane and idle babblings, for they will increase to more ungodliness. And their message will spread like cancer. Hymenaeus and Philetus are of this sort, who have strayed concerning the truth, saying that the resurrection is already past; and they overthrow the faith of some. Nevertheless the solid foundation of God stands, having this seal: “The Lord knows those who are His,” and, “Let everyone who names the name of Christ depart from iniquity.””
II Timothy 2:14-19 NKJV
One thing that I have seen that has troubled me as of late, is the tendency of some teachers and preachers to go about over intellectualizing the word of God. Many of these are doing it to show how gifted they are, appealing to their pride. Others do it for nefarious purpose, seeking to hide little bits of poison doctrine, wrapped in big, spiritual sounding words.
Those that hear these words and hyper spiritual phrases, are implicitly infected with lies and obfuscations, and are subsequently ruined in regard to the truth.
Paul, cautioned Timothy in the second letter addressed to him, to be wary of using words that do not profit. Often those who teach vainly, do so out of ignorance of the power of word, for they themselves have not learned it as they should.
There are many today, who seek to soften the impact of the Scriptures, to make the surrender to sin less of an issue. As a result, the American church, in particular, is filled with false converts who have embraced false doctrine. As Paul says, these teachings spread like cancer, leading those who are adherents to be deceived, destined for damnation, even as they are in close proximity to salvation.
Truthful teaching of the word of God is essential for those who wish to be true followers of Jesus. It is essential in preparation for life in Christ. We are not called to merely sit in a pew and call ourselves Christians, but we are called to be Christlike.
“All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
II Timothy 3:16-17 NKJV
We are called to be equipped.
In these times, the evil one has sown many tares in amongst the wheat, and we are nearing the time when the Lord will begin sorting those who are HIs and those who are of the devil, and destined to be thrown in the fire. It is by the correct reading of the word of God, that one can develop the discernment to recognize the difference.
Those who are of the evil one have these characteristics:
“Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.”
Galatians 5:19-21 NKJV
So many in the church act as if this does not apply to them. Many a pew is filled with secret fornicators, seeking the fruit of marriage without the blessing of God. So many go about seeking to cause others in the church to stumble, dressing inappropriately, speaking inappropriately, engaging in banter and behavior more suited for the bar stool than the baptist church pew. They do not know that they are in eternal danger, for their minds belong to the world.
“Nevertheless the solid foundation of God stands, having this seal: “The Lord knows those who are His,” and, “Let everyone who names the name of Christ depart from iniquity.””
II Timothy 2:19 NKJV
He knows who are His.
Brothers and sisters, let our words be simple, let us rightly divide the word of God as it pertains to teaching, but more importantly, as it pertains to our individual pursuit of righteousness. We are called to be ambassadors, those sent into a sick and dying world to share the giver of life, the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Let us read the word, understand it, and do what it says. Let us not quibble about meanings, and such, for if one surrenders to the Holy Spirit, He will assist you in discerning its right meaning.
The proof of Scripture is in the kind of person that is produced. Those who seek after righteousness, reflect the glory of God. Those who are not of Him, reflect the values of the world.
Remember: you may fool the pastor, but you are not fooling God. I urge you to make sure your salvation. If you are one who exhibits the fruit of the flesh, and little of the fruit of the Spirit, you can assume that you are danger. I have learned that there is little wiggle room for the followers of Jesus, for the path is narrow.
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.”
Galatians 5:22-24 NKJV
““Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.”
Matthew 7:13-14 NKJV
The word of God will direct your path. Be diligent, my people, to seek the spiritual walk with Christ, to show the purity of those truly bought by the blood of the lamb. If you be of the Lord, you are truly a new creation. If you consider yourself in the faith, and you have not changed since you entered, you are not of God.
Ask the Lord to examine you, that fruit of the Spirit be found.
“For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account.”
Hebrews 4:12-13 NKJV
“Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me, and know my anxieties; And see if there is any wicked way in me, And lead me in the way everlasting.”
Psalms 139:23-24 NKJV
Those who look upon these times with spiritual eyes, know that eternity is knocking at the door.
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