Friday, March 24, 2017
Monday, March 20, 2017
A disciple is committed to a life of HOLINESS & Sexual PURITY and is taking steps to separate from SIN
1.Pr. 5:1-23 My son, pay attention to my wisdom, listen well to my words of insight, 2 that you may maintain discretion and your lips may preserve knowledge. 3 For the lips of an adulteress drip honey, and her speech is smoother than oil; 4 but in the end she is bitter as gall, sharp as a double-edged sword. 5 Her feet go down to death; her steps lead straight to the grave. 6 She gives no thought to the way of life; her paths are crooked, but she knows it not. 7 Now then, my sons, listen to me; do not turn aside from what I say. 8 Keep to a path far from her, do not go near the door of her house, 9 lest you give your best strength to others and your years to one who is cruel, 10 lest strangers feast on your wealth and your toil enrich another man's house. 11 At the end of your life you will groan, when your flesh and body are spent. 12 You will say, "How I hated discipline! How my heart spurned correction! 13 I would not obey my teachers or listen to my instructors. 14 I have come to the brink of utter ruin in the midst of the whole assembly." 15 Drink water from your own cistern, running water from your own well. 16 Should your springs overflow in the streets, your streams of water in the public squares? 17 Let them be yours alone, never to be shared with strangers. 18 May your fountain be blessed, and may you rejoice in the wife of your youth. 19 A loving doe, a graceful deer— may her breasts satisfy you always, may you ever be captivated by her love. 20 Why be captivated, my son, by an adulteress? Why embrace the bosom of another man's wife? 21 For a man's ways are in full view of the LORD, and he examines all his paths. 22 The evil deeds of a wicked man ensnare him; the cords of his sin hold him fast. 23 He will die for lack of discipline, led astray by his own great folly.
2.Pr. 6:20-35 My son, keep your father's commands and do not forsake your mother's teaching. 21 Bind them upon your heart forever; fasten them around your neck. 22 When you walk, they will guide you; when you sleep, they will watch over you; when you awake, they will speak to you. 23 For these commands are a lamp, this teaching is a light, and the corrections of discipline are the way to life, 24 keeping you from the immoral woman, from the smooth tongue of the wayward wife. 25 Do not lust in your heart after her beauty or let her captivate you with her eyes, 26 for the prostitute reduces you to a loaf of bread, and the adulteress preys upon your very life. 27 Can a man scoop fire into his lap without his clothes being burned? 28 Can a man walk on hot coals without his feet being scorched? 29 So is he who sleeps with another man's wife; no one who touches her will go unpunished. 30 Men do not despise a thief if he steals to satisfy his hunger when he is starving. 31 Yet if he is caught, he must pay sevenfold, though it costs him all the wealth of his house. 32 But a man who commits adultery lacks judgment; whoever does so destroys himself. 33 Blows and disgrace are his lot, and his shame will never be wiped away; 34 for jealousy arouses a husband's fury, and he will show no mercy when he takes revenge. 35 He will not accept any compensation; he will refuse the bribe, however great it is.
3.Pr. 7 My son, keep my words and store up my commands within you. 2 Keep my commands and you will live; guard my teachings as the apple of your eye. 3 Bind them on your fingers; write them on the tablet of your heart. 4 Say to wisdom, "You are my sister," and call understanding your kinsman; 5they will keep you from the adulteress, from the wayward wife with her seductive words. 6 At the window of my house I looked out through the lattice. 7 I saw among the simple, I noticed among the young men, a youth who lacked judgment. 8 He was going down the street near her corner, walking along in the direction of her house 9 at twilight, as the day was fading, as the dark of night set in. 10 Then out came a woman to meet him, dressed like a prostitute and with crafty intent. 11 (She is loud and defiant, her feet never stay at home; 12 now in the street, now in the squares, at every corner she lurks.) 13 She took hold of him and kissed him and with a brazen face she said: 14 "I have fellowship offerings at home; today I fulfilled my vows. 15 So I came out to meet you; I looked for you and have found you! 16 I have covered my bed with colored linens from Egypt. 17 I have perfumed my bed with myrrh, aloes and cinnamon. 18 Come, let's drink deep of love till morning; let's enjoy ourselves with love! 19 My husband is not at home; he has gone on a long journey. 20 He took his purse filled with money and will not be home till full moon." 21 With persuasive words she led him astray; she seduced him with her smooth talk. 22 All at once he followed her like an ox going to the slaughter, like a deer stepping into a noose 23 till an arrow pierces his liver, like a bird darting into a snare, little knowing it will cost him his life. 24 Now then, my sons, listen to me; pay attention to what I say. 25 Do not let your heart turn to her ways or stray into her paths. 26 Many are the victims she has brought down; her slain are a mighty throng. 27 Her house is a highway to the grave, leading down to the chambers of death.
4.Pr. 2:16-20 It (God’s Word) will save you also from the adulteress, from the wayward wife with her seductive words,17 who has left the partner of her youth and ignored the covenant she made before God. 18 For her house leads down to death and her paths to the spirits of the dead. 19 None who go to her return or attain the paths of life.
5.Pr. 4:23 Watch over your heart with all diligence, For from it flow the springs of life.
6.Pr. 9:13-18 The woman Folly is loud; she is undisciplined and without knowledge. 14She sits at the door of her house, on a seat at the highest point of the city, 15calling out to those who pass by, who go straight on their way. 16“Let all who are simple come in here!” she says to those who lack judgment. 17“Stolen water is sweet; food eaten in secret is delicious!” 18But little do they know that the dead are there, that her guests are in the depths of the grave.
7.Pr. 22:14 The mouth of an adulteress is a deep pit; he who is under the LORD’s wrath will fall into it.
8.Pr. 23:26-28 My son, give me your heart and let your eyes keep to my ways, 27 for a prostitute is a deep pit and a wayward wife is a narrow well. 28 Like a bandit she lies in wait, and multiplies the unfaithful among men.
9.Pr. 27:7-8 He who is full loathes honey, but to the hungry even what is bitter tastes sweet.18 Like a bird that strays from its nest is a man who strays from his home.
10. Pr. 29:3 A man who loves wisdom brings joy to his father, but a companion of prostitutes squanders his wealth.
11. Pr. 30:18-19 “There are three things that are too amazing for me, four that I do not understand: 19 the way of an eagle in the sky, the way of a snake on a rock, the way of a ship on the high seas, and the way of a man with a maiden.
12. Pr. 30:20 “This is the way of an adulteress: She eats and wipes her mouth and says, ‘I’ve done nothing wrong.’
13. Pr. 31:3 do not spend your strength on women, your vigor on those who ruin kings.
1.Lev 19.2 "Speak to the entire assembly of Israel and say to them: 'Be holy because I, the LORD your God, am holy.
2.1 Peter 1:15-16 But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; 16for it is written: "Be holy, because I am holy."
3.Titus 2:11-12 For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men. 12It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age,
4.1 Tim 4:7 Have nothing to do with godless myths and old wives’ tales; rather, train yourself to be godly.
5.2 Tim 3:16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
6.Matt 5:8 Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.
7.Heb 12:14 Make every effort to live in peace with all men and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord.
8.1 Thes 4:3 It is God’s will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality;
9.Colo 3:5-10 Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. 6Because of these, the wrath of God is coming. 7You used to walk in these ways, in the life you once lived. 8But now you must rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips. 9Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices 10and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator.
10. 1 Cor. 7:32-35 I would like you to be free from concern. An unmarried man is concerned about the Lord's affairs--how he can please the Lord. 33But a married man is concerned about the affairs of this world--how he can please his wife-- 34and his interests are divided. An unmarried woman or virgin is concerned about the Lord's affairs: Her aim is to be devoted to the Lord in both body and spirit. But a married woman is concerned about the affairs of this world--how she can please her husband. 35I am saying this for your own good, not to restrict you, but that you may live in a right way in undivided devotion to the Lord.
11. 1 Cor. 6:19-20 Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; 20you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body.
12. Eph 5:3-5 But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people. 4Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving. 5For of this you can be sure: No immoral, impure or greedy person—such a man is an idolater—has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.
13. Gen 39.7-12 and after a while his master's wife took notice of Joseph and said, "Come to bed with me!" 8 But he refused. "With me in charge," he told her, "my master does not concern himself with anything in the house; everything he owns he has entrusted to my care. 9 No one is greater in this house than I am. My master has withheld nothing from me except you, because you are his wife. How then could I do such a wicked thing and sin against God?" 10 And though she spoke to Joseph day after day, he refused to go to bed with her or even be with her. 11 One day he went into the house to attend to his duties, and none of the household servants was inside. 12 She caught him by his cloak and said, "Come to bed with me!" But he left his cloak in her hand and ran out of the house.
14. Rom. 6:12 Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its lusts, and do not go on presenting the members of your body to sin as instruments of unrighteousness; but present yourselves to God as those alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God. For sin shall not be master over you, for you are not under law but)under grace.
15. Rom 13:13 Let us behave properly as in the day, not in carousing and drunkenness, not in sexual promiscuity and sensuality, not in strife and jealousy.14But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh in regard to its lusts.
16. 1 Cor 7:1 …it is good for a man not to touch a woman. (or to have sexual relations with a woman).
17. 2Tim2:22 Now flee from youthful lusts and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart.
18. 1 Cor 6:18 Flee from sexual immorality
19. Psalm 119.9 How can a young man keep his way pure? By living according to your word.
20. Matt 5:27-30 "You have heard that it was said, 'Do not commit adultery.'28But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart. 29If your right eye causes you to sin, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell. 30And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to go into hell.
Monday, March 6, 2017
WAS THE APOSTLE PAUL A FALSE PROPHET in penning 2 Thessalonians 1?
by Tuese Ahkiong
2 Thessalonians 1 English Standard Version (ESV)
1 Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy,
TO THE CHURCH OF THE THESSALONIANS in God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ:
2 Grace TO YOU and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
3 WE (Paul, Silvanus, Timothy) ought always to give thanks to God FOR YOU (church of Thessalonia), brothers, as is right, because YOUR FAITH is growing abundantly, and the love of every one of YOU for one another is increasing.4 Therefore WE OURSELVES boast about YOU in the churches of God for YOUR STEADFASTNESS and faith in all YOUR PERSECUTIONS AND IN THE AFFLICTIONS THAT YOU ARE ENDURING.
5 This is evidence of the righteous judgment of God, that YOU may be considered worthy of the kingdom of God, for which YOU are also suffering— 6 SINCE INDEED GOD CONSIDERS IT JUST TO REPAY WITH AFFLICTION THOSE WHO AFFLICT YOU, 7 and to GRANT RELIEF TO YOU who ARE AFFLICTED as well as TO US, WHEN THE LORD JESUS IS REVEALED FROM HEAVEN WITH HIS MIGHTY ANGELS 8 IN FLAMING FIRE, INFLICTING VENGEANCE ON THOSE WHO DO NOT KNOW GOD AND ON THOSE WHO DO NOT OBEY THE GOSPEL OF OUR LORD JESUS. 9 THEY (the afflicters of the Thessalonians, The Jews) will suffer the punishment of ETERNAL DESTRUCTION, AWAY FROM THE PRESENCE OF THE LORD and from the glory of his might, 10 WHEN HE COMES ON THAT DAY TO BE GLORIFIED IN HIS SAINTS, and to be marveled at among all who have believed, because our testimony to you was believed. 11 To this end we always pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of his calling and may fulfill every resolve for good and every work of faith by his power, 12 so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.
***WERE THE THESSALONNIANS AFFLICTED? See v4
DID PAUL NOT WRITE TO THEM THAT GOD WOULD GIVE THEM RELIEF WHEN JESUS WOULD BE REVEALED FROM HEAVEN…? Yes, see v 6-7
IS PAUL A FALSE PROPHET? NO.
DID YESHUA AFFLICT THE THESSALONNIAN PERSECUTORS AND GIVE THE THESSALONIAN SAINTS RELIEF JUST LIKE PAUL SAID? YES.
IS PAUL EMPLOYING APOCALYPTIC LANGUAGE JUST LIKE YESHUA TO DESCRIBE THE DESTRUCTION OF THE JEWS AFFLICTING THE SAINTS? YES.
WHAT PEOPLE HAD ACCESS TO THE PRESENCE OF YHWH? THE JEWS
CAN A PEOPLE WHO DOES NOT HAVE ACCESS TO THE PRESENCE OF YHWH, BE CAST AWAY FROM HIS PRESENCE? NO.
WERE THE JEWS CAST OUT FROM THE PRESENCE OF YHWH JUST LIKE YESHUA (Luke 13:28) SAID AND PAUL HERE CONFIRMS (1Thess 2:14)? YES.
DID NOT YESHUA PROPHESY THAT HE WOULD RETURN IN THAT GENERATION (Matthew 24:34), WHILE SOME OF HIS DISCIPLES WERE STILL ALIVE (Matthew 16:27-28) AND PAUL HERE CONFIRMS THIS? YES. see v7-10
WHAT IS MEANT BY ETERNAL DESTRUCTION? APOCALYPTIC DESCRIPTION OF A COMPLETE NATIONAL JUDGMENT UPON THE COVENANT BREAKING JEWISH ENEMIES OF YESHUA AND HIS SAINTS. See Matthew 23:29-36