Sunday, October 22, 2006

Needing the Word

All the people listened attentively to the Book of the Law. - Nehemiah 8:3b

2 Timothy 3:14-4:5

14 But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it, 15 and how from infancy you have known the holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. 16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

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1 In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead, and in view of his appearing and his kingdom, I give you this charge: 2 Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction. 3 For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. 4 They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths. 5 But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry.

16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for
  • teaching: Showing people what the narrow path is
  • rebuking: Telling people when they are off the path
  • correcting: Getting people back to the path
  • training in righteousness: Showing people how to stay on the path

The Narrow and Wide Gates - Matthew 7:12-14
13"Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. 14But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.

Are you reading your Bible daily? 2 Corinthians 13:5-6

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Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you—unless, of course, you fail the test? 6 And I trust that you will discover that we have not failed the test.

2 comments:

Seven Star Hand said...

Hello Dru and all,

Two Ways, Paths, and the Narrow Gate

Be aware that what I say is intended to make people uncomfortable with the status quo so we can finally forge that long promised new path to the future. Here is the chance to truly understand the Creator's expectations. The truth will be a bitter pill to many, so remember that patience and humility are wise virtues and scoffing causes blindness.

Many Christians speak of the straight and narrow gates, doors, or paths without comprehending the true meaning of this symbolism. Thanks to historical and doctrinal errors resulting in confusing language in the New Testament and other sources, the true meaning of these verses and other philosophical discussions of dualism are so poorly and vaguely presented that people have been forced to rely on the interpretations of religious leaders, that have unfortunately been the primary sources and perpetuators of confusion.

Read more....
Doctrine of Two Spirits

Dru Morgan said...

I have to admit, I could not make sense of the last comment. I read as much as I could of his blog, and it sounds a bit like gnosticism to me. I will leave it here and let you decide. It seems to purport that every Christian has got it wrong, but he figured out the real meaning of the Bible. I am a little wary of people making those sorts of claims. Again, I did not make enough sense of his writings to come to a definitive opinion.