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When a believer allows his emotions and his feelings to rule, he refuses good advice and he takes bad advice.

Friday, October 29, 2004

PHI 4:10 Now, I have received much inner happiness by means of the Lord greatly,

PHI 4:18 But I have received everything in full, and have an abundance; I am amply supplied, having received from Epaphroditus what you have sent, a fragrant aroma, an acceptable sacrifice, well-pleasing to God.

Told – aor-pass-ind – katecheo = to have something firmly taught, to be indoctrinated, to instruct, to teach, and to roar.
To speak unfounded rumors, or to charm with resounding sound.

Aorist tense = those points of time when the pastors in Jerusalem preached against the apostle Paul and believers were converted to legalism.
Passive voice – the Jews in Jerusalem were being taught by the pastors that Paul was misleading others.

Forsake – apostasian – “apostasy” = Paul was not teaching the Law as the Christian way of life.

ROM 9:4 who are Israelites, to whom belongs the adoption as sons and the glory and the covenants and the giving of the Law and the temple service and the promises,

The Mosaic Law was never given to Gentiles –
ROM 2:14 For the Gentiles do not have the Law.

The Mosaic Law was never given to the Church –
ROM 6:14 For sin shall not be master over you, for you are not under law, but under grace.

Customs – ethesin = the tradition of the Jews of the prescriptions in the Law.

ISA 56:11 And they are shepherds who have no understanding; They have all turned to their own way, Each one to his unjust gain, to the last one.
JER 10:21 For the shepherds have become stupid and have not sought the Lord; Therefore they have not prospered, And all their flock is scattered.

Believers do not develop spiritual self-esteem, they do not become spiritually self-sustained, and they do not reach spiritual maturity, all because they are under the wrong teacher.

Once you are out of the geographical will of God, it will be just a matter of time before you are out of the viewpoint will of God – what God wants you to think. Then you will get out of the operational will of God – what God wants you to do.

“Do this” – aor-act-imp – poieo = “This therefore do” – emphasizing the thing they want him to do.
“That we tell you” –
pres-act-ind – lego = what we keep on telling you.

You – dative of disadvantage – soi = it is to Paul’s disadvantage to do this.

Paul is going to do some things that are totally opposite of what he believed because when a believer becomes involved with legalism, he immediately becomes unstable and inconsistent.

When a believer allows his emotions and his feelings to rule, he refuses good advice and he takes bad advice.

Paul refused the good advice to stay out of Jerusalem and he took the bad advice to go into the Temple and offer the vow.

Paul came to Jerusalem out of the geographical will of God. When he enters into the Temple to make a vow, he will be out of the operational will of God as well.

Vows are a system of penance or a system of works minus grace and proper motivation.

For Paul to take a vow is to renounce everything that he has been teaching about the grace of God.

Purify – aor-pass-imp – hagnizo = to receive purification or to make yourself clean.

The vow starts by going into the Temple.
When they went into the Temple they would declare their intention to take a vow.

First, they had to let their hair grow.
Secondly, they had to go on a certain type of diet, often a semi-fasting type of diet or an ascetic diet.
Thirdly, they had to come up with a large financial offering within 30 days.

The priest would take a razor and shave all of the hair on their faces and heads.
Then they would take the hair and drop it on the altar and burn it.

Two reasons – sentimentality and emotionalism.

At the termination of the 30 days, Paul was to present himself in the Temple with his money and then the shaving of the hair and the burning of it on the altar.

First, his emotional attachment to Judaism.
Secondly, Paul failed to apply doctrine to the situation.

JAM 4:17 Therefore, to one who knows the right thing to do, and does not do it, to him it is sin.

Thirdly, Paul failed to realize that love must be directed toward doctrine first and not toward people first.

GAL 5:1 It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery.

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