Right Relationships Part I
Dr. Joe Temple

Introduction

Open your Bibles, please, to Proverbs, chapter 25. I have asked you to turn to chapter 25 because in verse 1 of that chapter, we find the title of the division of the book of Proverbs which we are studying at this particular time. Proverbs, chapter 25, verse 1, reads:

Proverbs 25:

1 These are also proverbs of Solomon, which the men of Hezekiah king of Judah copied out.

I have referred to these as The Gleanings of Hezekiah's Men . Hezekiah was a good king. He realized that the Word of God had been covered by the dust of disuse and he ordered it placed out in the temple and read. When people began to study the Word of God they came across this particular series of proverbs, which is included in the King James text from chapter 25 to chapter 29. They discovered that there were things here that had not been brought to their attention before, and they wanted to pursue them that they might make them a part of their lives.

We are discussing them in this light because we are following the natural divisions into which the book of Proverbs falls. We suggested to you that in chapter 25 we found a series of unrelated comparisons. In chapter 26 we found three illustrations: an illustration of a fool, an illustration of a sluggard, and an illustration of a scoundrel.

We came to chapter 27, the study of which we began in our last lesson, and we said this chapter falls naturally into two divisions. In verses 1-14 we have presented to us right attitudes, and in verses 15-27 we had presented to us right relationships. Attitudes and relationships go together, so it would be natural for us to find the two discussed in this one chapter.

We have suggested to you that the right attitudes, some of which we have already noticed, are made more emphatic by presenting them from a negative standpoint. Recognizing what ought not to be, we recognize what should be. We emphasized to you that the book of Proverbs is a natural book. It deals with earthly men in earthly relationships for the most part, and if a man lacks wisdom, generally speaking, and he is very careful in his study of the book of Proverbs, not particularly interested in being a Christian, he would find a great deal of help for ordinary, everyday living. But because we are born-again believers, as we study the book of Proverbs, we discover in the book some guidelines, some checkmates that help us to know whether or not we are walking in all of the light that we have.

Presumption Versus Prayer

I want to run hurriedly over those attitudes that we have already noticed together: presumption versus prayer , as it was brought to our attention in chapter 27, verse 1. Notice:

Proverbs 27:

1 Boast not thyself of to morrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth.

The man who presumes that he knows all about tomorrow and does not have to seek the mind of the Lord about it is a presumptuous individual. We ought not to have the attitude of presumption; we ought to have, rather, the attitude of prayer.

Personal Praise Versus the Absence of Love

The second attitude that we considered together we termed personal praise versus the absence of love , and it was brought to our attention by what we read in verse 2:

Proverbs 27:

2 Let another man praise thee, and not thine own mouth; a stranger, and not thine own lips.

The reason that we suggested to you that this personal praise is an indication of the absence of love is that divine love described in I Corinthians, chapter 13, which is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Spirit of God, vaunteth not itself. It is not puffed up and has no room at all for any kind of personal praise whatsoever.

Frustration Versus God's Care

The third attitude that we brought to your attention we described in the words frustration versus God's care , and it was brought to our minds by what we read in verse 3:

Proverbs 27:

3 A stone is heavy, and the sand weighty; but a fool's wrath is heavier than them both.

We examined the word wrath and found that it did not refer so much to the idea of anger, but it referred, rather, to frustration. We are told here in this verse of Scripture that a fool's frustration is a heavy burden to bear. It is as heavy as wet sand. It is as heavy as a stone.

We are believers; we are not fools, so we do not need to live a frustrated life, for our anxieties and our cares we can cast upon our Lord who cares for us. Peter reminded us that we have the privilege of casting all of our cares upon Him, for He does care for us.

Jealousy Versus Contentment

The fourth attitude that we brought to your attention we expressed in the words jealously versus contentment , and that was brought to our attention by what we read in verse 4:

Proverbs 27:

4 Wrath is cruel, and anger is outrageous; but who is able to stand before envy?

Envy could better be translated by the word jealousy . Wrath is cruel, and anger is outrageous. That is a person who loses his temper and has no control over what he says and what he does. It is foolish to even consider but there is something that hurts worse than that, something that is difficult to deal with, and that is jealousy . There is no cure for jealousy. There is no remedy for jealousy. There is no solution to jealousy except the contentment that is provided the child of God through the ministry of the Word of God by the Holy Spirit in the believer's life.

Secret Love Versus Love Without Dissimulation

Today we want to resume our discussion of these attitudes presented in this particular chapter, so we want to call to your attention what we have referred to in the words secret love versus love without dissimulation. That is brought to our attention by what we read in verse 5:

Proverbs 27:

5 Open rebuke is better than secret love.
6 Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.

I suppose that this particular admonition is one that all of us would do well to consider because many of us are negligent in this area. Many of us are so afraid of hurting someone's feelings that we do not oftentimes present the open rebuke that is described in verse 5. Notice:

Proverbs 27:

5 Open rebuke is better than secret love.

I would like for you to notice that word secret because it describes the kind of love that the Spirit of God had in mind when he wrote that verse. That is exceedingly important to keep in mind for if you do not, you will find yourself reading contradictions in the Word. The word secret here is speaking of the kind of love in question, and comes from the Hebrew word cathar and it means “concealed.” It is a false kind of love that conceals, that covers up. We have a colloquialism in our day which is often used when we say to an individual when we are about to do something that we know someone, let alone the Lord, would not approve: “Cover for me, will you?” That means if you will cover for me, you will lie for me. It means that you will make an excuse for me. It means that you will arrange the situation so that I will not be found out absent thing that I want to do, even though I know it is the wrong kind of thing, a thing that is not right before the Lord.

We are told that open rebuke is better than secret love. You must understand the kind of love we are talking about, else you will not understand what is recorded in chapter 17, verse 9. Turn back there and notice as we read:

Proverbs 17:

9 He that covereth a transgression seeketh love; but he that repeateth a matter separateth very friends.

Here we are told to cover a transgression. Here in Proverbs, chapter 27, we are told that we should openly rebuke a transgression. Is there a contradiction? There is not, if you keep in mind the meaning of the literal words in the original text. In Proverbs, chapter 27, verse 5, we are talking about the kind of love that will harm the person involved because you are concealing that which needs to be rebuked. The love that we are speaking of in Proverbs, chapter 17, verse 9, is a love that refuses to hurt by refusing to gossip. You see, there is a difference between going to a brother who is overtaken in a fault and pointing out to him his fault; there is a difference in doing that and in making his fault and his failure a juicy morsel of gossip with every person with whom you might come in contact.

We need to keep in mind that we are talking about two different kinds of love—a true love that does not want to hurt but a true love that will hurt if necessary. If necessary, it will hurt as badly as is described in Proverbs, chapter 27, verse 6:

Proverbs 27:

6 Faithful are the wounds of a friend; [by contrast] but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.

Listen to me young people, particularly if you have friends who refuse to tell you when you are doing wrong, if you have friends who will always aid and abet you in doing wrong—even helping you to deceive your parents—they are not your friends. The Word of God says that they are your enemies and their kisses are deceitful. If they really love you, they will say to you, “You know what you are doing is wrong. You know it is different from what you have been taught. You know that God cannot bless it.”

What we all need without exception is a desire for what is described in the terms of love in Romans, chapter 12, verse 9. Turn there, please, and notice a number of exhortations that are presented to the individual. In verse 9, there is one that is interesting in the light of what we have discovered in this lesson:

Romans 12:

9 Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good.

There is a sense in which these are individual statements: Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil. Cleave to that which is good. Our English text would indicate that we are talking about three different things. There is no punctuation in the original text. It cannot be proven from the language itself, but from the context of the word, it is worthy of thought: “Let love be without dissimulation. Cling to the love that is without dissimulation. Abhor that kind of love that has dissimulation connected with it.”

You are probably wondering, if you are not familiar with the word, exactly what the word dissimulation means. I remind you that it comes from the Greek word anupokritos , from which we get our word hypocrite . It is a word that we have for feigned love or hypocritical love. “Let love be unfeigned.” That is the plea that the apostle is making. Let love not be hypocritical love. Friend, if you say that you love another child of God and you let him go on his way displeasing the Lord, then you have a hypocritical love for him. You don't really care.

I am aware, as I ask you to turn back to Proverbs, chapter 27, that there is a thin line of demarcation that we have to be very careful to observe. We can mind somebody else's business if we are not careful. We can invade their privacy if we are not careful; but at the same time we should recognize the spiritual responsibility of every believer. “If a brother be overtaken in a fault, you who are spiritual restore such a one in the spirit of meekness, considering thyself lest thou also be tempted.”

I asked you to come back to Proverbs, chapter 27, because I want you to notice one other verse that is in line with what we are talking about at the moment—true love and false love. Feigned praise is described in verse 14, and it seems to me to be an illustration of a false kind of love. Notice verse 14:

Proverbs 27:

14 He that blesseth his friend with a loud voice, rising early in the morning, it shall be counted a curse to him.

I hope you can get the picture. An individual who has had a hard night, sleeping late in the morning is awakened by someone's waking him up to tell him how wonderful he is. He doesn't feel very good about it. It could have waited, you know, and the person who does that sort of thing couldn't really be interested in telling that person how wonderful he is or he would have been more thoughtful of him and told him at a more correct time.

It is interesting to notice a number of people who are concerned about overworked preachers that seem not to make any provision for them so that they won't be overworked. I am grateful that I don't have to say that in reference to the people here, but I was talking to some folk only yesterday concerning a preacher. They said to me, “What do you suppose happened to him?” I said, “His people killed him.” They looked at me rather strangely, and I said, “That man had been to me for counseling any number of times, and the weight that he carried was not the weight of his work. The weight that he carried was the weight of a disinterested group of people who did not stand with him in the ministry to which God had called him.”

Feeding the Flesh Versus Feeding the Spirit

Another attitude to bring to your attention, we describe in the words feeding the flesh versus feeding the spirit . Perchance you have read chapter 27 and you are wondering where we would get a suggestion like that. It comes to us from verse 7:

Proverbs 27:

7 The full soul loatheth an honeycomb; but to the hungry soul every bitter thing is sweet.

This is a proverb, and a proverb is worthy of many different applications, but I think it would be wise for us, since we are believers studying the book of Proverbs, to make that application that is consistent with the Scripture. That is the reason I have used the term feeding the flesh versus feeding the spirit . Center your attention on the word honeycomb . That is the secret of the whole parable. That is the key to it. What is the significance of honey and the honeycomb? Turn with me to Psalm 19, verses 9-10, for an illustration of what we are talking about when we center our thinking upon the symbolic meaning of the word honeycomb :

Psalm 19:

9 The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether.
10 More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.

Notice the phrase, “the judgments of the LORD…” This word judgment is just another term for the Word of God. Many terms are used in the Scripture to describe the Word: statute, commandments, judgments. What are we reading here? We are reading here one of the many places we could read in the Word that the Word of God is sweeter than honey in the honeycomb, for honey in the honeycomb is typical of the Word of God.

Go back to Proverbs, chapter 27, and notice again the phrase, “The full soul loatheth the Word of God…” The full soul has no desire at all for the Word of the living God. What was it we read in Psalm 19? That the Word of God for the believer in fellowship is more to be desired than anything else in the world. Let me ask you a question. The question is simply this: Do you desire God's Word? Do you? Peter says that you should desire the sincere milk of the Word that you might grow thereby. Do you desire the Word of the living God?

The Bible says that if you do not desire the Word of God it is because you are full. “Oh yes,” you say. “We are full of the Word of God. We know all there is to know.” No, it doesn't work that way. The more of the Word that you have, the greater your appetite for it. It is almost insatiable. You can't get enough of it. Once you have had a real taste of it, you want more of it and more of it, and you are hungry to get all that you can. Sometimes you have a feeling that time might run out before you have the opportunity of really filling yourself with the Word.

Please understand me. I am not speaking of an accumulation of knowledge. If you think that is what I am talking about, then you are spiritually blind, and in the terms of our text you have been feeding the flesh instead of feeding the spirit.

We are told in I Corinthians, chapter 2, that the reason men do not understand the Word of God, the reason they are not hungry for the Word of God, is that they are natural men. They are soulish men and consequently they have no appetite for it. I am not surprised when individuals come to Abilene Bible Church, stay a while and then leave, saying, “That's not for me.”

Let me pause long enough to emphasize that I do not mean to imply that every time somebody comes to Abilene Bible Church and stays a while and then leaves that he doesn't want to hear the Word. There are many reasons people leave Abilene Bible Church, but as I say, I am not surprised when an individual says, “That is not for me.” He has no appetite for the Word and the reason is that flesh has filled him to the extent that he has no space to put the Word.

Turn with me to the book of Jeremiah, chapter 15, and notice an illustration of what I am talking about. Sometimes God has to permit us to go through trying circumstances before we really get into the Word of God. I was talking to an individual not long ago who has an insatiable appetite for the Word of God. That person listens to all the tapes that it is possible for him to get. He reads everything that can be read. He has an insatiable appetite for the Word. I said to him, “It always interests me. Why do you have such an appetite for the Word? Is there some special reason for it?” That person smiled and said, “Yes, there is. I got interested in the fact that the Communists were going to take over this country, and I read everything there was to read and suddenly I came to the place that I said, ‘Well, outside of what I am going to try to do, what can be done?' A believer said, ‘Why don't you correlate what you know with the Word of God?' I said, ‘I don't know the Word of God,' and that person said, ‘Well, why don't you learn it?' and gave me something to start with in the Word.” “You know,” that person said, “From that day to this I have an insatiable appetite for the Word. I have got to know how God's plan is related to world events. Then I found so many other things for so many other problems that I just live with the Word.” Then this person said, “I am not sure that I will live long enough to get all that I need.”

In Jeremiah, chapter 15, verse 15, where Jeremiah says:

Jeremiah 15:

15 O LORD, thou knowest: remember me, and visit me, and revenge me of my persecutors; take me not away in thy longsuffering: know that for thy sake I have suffered rebuke.

If you wanted to sum up that verse in a very simple sentence you could say that Jeremiah was having a very hard time. He had just about come to the end of the road. What did he do? He tells you in verse 16:

Jeremiah 15:

16 Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart: for I am called by thy name, O LORD God of hosts.

We are led to believe that Jeremiah was wrapped up in self-pity. He was wrapped up in the insurmountable circumstances that were overwhelming him, and then suddenly he said, “I found Thy Word.” The Word was not hidden from him. That is an idiomatic expression just as you and I might say, “You know, I found a verse in my Bible.” That verse wasn't lost. It was there all the time, but you found it because God directed your attention to it, and that is exactly what we are talking about here. The words of the living God were found by Jeremiah and what did he do? He ate them. What did they taste like? Honey, because they were the joy and the rejoicing of his heart.

Wife Versus Mistress

Turn back to Proverbs, chapter 27, as we notice with you another attitude that ought to be manifested and is pertinent in the light of the age in which we are living. I have described it with the words wife versus mistress . It is brought to my attention in verse 8:

Proverbs 27:

8 As a bird that wandereth from her nest, so is a man that wandereth from his place.

That word place is not a happy translation. A better translation for the word place is the word home . The word wandereth does not describe a man who leaves his home and goes down the wrong street and can't get back. The word wandereth is a word that describes an individual who strays from home.

A bird that gets out of its nest and doesn't know what to do about getting back is likely to be eaten by a cat before it gets back, and a man who strays from his home, in the sense of the original language of the text, is going to find himself in trouble. That is the reason I have used the word mistress , because the whole implication of the verse is that a man decides that his wife and his home have lost their luster and he goes looking for new things and new playgrounds, and before long he has found himself a mistress. He is going to be in as bad a shape as that bird that wanders from its nest.

I have told you from time to time as we have studied the book of Proverbs that for every proverb there is a New Testament exhortation which has its equivalent thrust; so I would like for you to turn with me to Paul's first letter to the Thessalonians, chapter 4, and notice this passage of Scripture, which incidentally is not addressed to unbelievers. It is addressed to believers. It doesn't rule unbelievers out, but the reason that I am making the point is that so often we spend our time thinking about the unbelievers and what they are doing that is wrong and neglecting the exhortations that are given to believers. Notice I Thessalonians, chapter 4, verse 1:

I Thessalonians 4:

1 Furthermore then we beseech you, brethren, and exhort you by the Lord Jesus, that as ye have received of us how ye ought to walk and to please God, so ye would abound more and more.
2 For ye know what commandments we gave you by the Lord Jesus.

He is writing to these Christians in Thessalonica and he said, “I want to beg of you brethren…” That is what the word beseech means. He didn't beat anybody over the head; he just said, “I want you to pay attention to what you received from me. I want you to remember what I have taught you. I want you to keep in mind the commandments that I gave you of the Lord Jesus Christ, and I want you to remember something that is very important.” We read in verse 3:

I Thessalonians 4:

3 For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication:

If you did not have your Bibles you would think that there was a period here after the word sanctification . If you had heard as many sermons as I have through the years on that text, “This is the will of God, even your sanctification…”, you would think there was a period there, but you miss the whole thrust of the text if you stop there.

Sanctification , you understand, is a word that can be interpreted by the idea of being holy. It involves that. It can be interpreted more practically with the idea of being set apart. Let's read it that way:

I Thessalonians 4:

3 For this is the will of God, even (that you be set apart…)

That in itself is a message, but if you stop there you miss the real thrust, for notice the remaining portion of the verse: “…that ye should abstain from fornication.”

The sanctification for which the Spirit of God is making an appeal here is the setting apart from fornication. Fornication is a word that describes any illicit sex relationship. Because sex is ordained for marriage and marriage only, adultery and fornication are often used interchangeably in your Bible. When a man performs some act of sex outside the marriage vow, outside the bounds of matrimony, he is guilty of fornication. It can be any kind of sex act.

Notice the text again:

I Thessalonians 4:

3For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication:

Notice verse 4 very carefully.

I Thessalonians 4:

4 That every one of you should know how to possess his vessel in sanctification and honour;

The vessel that is in question here is not a pot or a pan in your kitchen; it is your wife, and it does not speak disparagingly about her. If you will interpret it in the light of I Peter, chapter 3, you will recognize that it is speaking honorably of her. This verse is saying that you, as a believing man, should separate yourself to your wife and to your wife alone that you might avoid fornication. You should possess your wife, as we read in verse 5:

I Thessalonians 4:

5 Not in the lust of concupiscence, even as the Gentiles which know not God:

This word concupiscence is a word that means all kinds of filthy evil. You don't make a sex receptacle out of your wife, men. She is a special vessel to you and you don't make a sex receptacle out of her. Notice verse 6:

I Thessalonians 4:

6 That no man go beyond and defraud his brother in any matter: because that the Lord is the avenger of all such, as we also have forewarned you and testified.

Many times this verse of Scripture has been used to preach against a poor business deal. They say, “The Bible says, ‘You Christian defraud your brother'.” “Where does it say that?” “It says it in I Thessalonians, chapter 4, verse 6, and therefore you ought to give that man back the money you stole from him.” You ought to give him his money back, but that is not what you are told to do in this verse. What you are told to do in this verse is to leave his wife alone. You don't go beyond and defraud him.

Can you imagine? This is happening in a Christian assembly. This isn't happening in some ungodly place. This is happening in a Christian assembly and the Apostle Paul is saying that a man who strays from his home to seek a mistress is like a bird that falls from his nest and can't get back.

I am not going to ask you expecting an answer. I am merely asking the question to provoke your thinking. How many of you have strayed? The other question I want to ask you is, how many of you, by God's grace operating in the life of your wife, have been welcomed back home again? Let that sink in, and Brother, if you have strayed and somehow or other your wife has not found out about it, you remember that God knows about it and God Himself is the avenger. He will see to it that you can't continue in the way you are going. If you have strayed from the nest, get back, little bird, before the cat gets you because he will.

True Friends Versus Distant Kin

Go back to Proverbs, chapter 27, as I call to your attention one or two other attitudes. We will just mention them because our time is brief. A suggestion is that you should be more interested in true friends than distant kin, a true friend versus distant kin. Why have I brought that to your attention? Look at verse 9:

Proverbs 27:

9 Ointment and perfume rejoice the heart: so doth the sweetness of a man's friend by hearty counsel.
10 Thine own friend, and thy father's friend, forsake not; neither go into thy brother's house in the day of thy calamity: for better is a neighbour that is near than a brother far off.

I would like for you to notice verse 10:

Proverbs 27:

10 Thine own friend, and thy father's friend, forsake not; neither go into thy brother's house in the day of thy calamity: for better is a neighbour that is near than a brother far off.

This friend has been a very good friend. He is described in verse 9. He has been very kind, and he has been very thoughtful. The day of calamity comes to your house. What do you do? You act on the old adage which is not in the Word of God, incidentally, that blood is thicker than water. That is not in the Word of God; that is not a proverb in the Word of God; but you have heard that old adage, so in the day of calamity you go to your brother, your distant relative that lives some distance away and you tell him all about your troubles. You seek his help. You may get some material help. You may get some financial help, but you don't get any real consolation and comfort.

Do you know what I have discovered? I do not say this critically; I simply say it as an illustration. In the day of my calamities, my Christian friends have been more help than my distant relatives. I am not talking about my close relatives; I am not talking about those who are living right here and those who are near and dear to me. I am talking about those members of my own family who don't know the Lord. When my wife went to be with the Lord I didn't seek out the distant kin. I sought out the close friends. All I could do was notify the distant kin as a matter of courtesy. I expected nothing; I received nothing. The proverb that is recorded here in the Word is true. A true friend, one described such as in verse 9, is far better in the day of calamity than distant kin.

Look at verse 9 again:

Proverbs 27:

9 Ointment and perfume rejoice the heart: so doth the sweetness of a man's friend by hearty counsel.

It is good to have a friend who will be able to give hearty counsel to the individual who needs it. It is good to have a friend who knows what hearty counsel is. It doesn't mean a slap on the back, so to speak. A lot of folk get the idea to just hit you hard in the middle of the back and say, “Brace up, ole fellow. Everything is going to be all right.”

This word hearty is an interesting word and it comes from the Hebrew word nephesh, which speaks of refreshing counsel. How good it is to have a friend who can give hearty counsel. How good it is to have a friend who can give refreshing counsel.

The Apostle Paul spoke of several individuals who meant a great deal to him while he was in prison because he said, “They have oft refreshed my soul.”

The Just Answer to the Critics

Another right attitude to work toward—I have described it as the just answer to the critics —is brought to my mind by what is found here and is related, actually, to the family relationship. Look at verse 11:

Proverbs 27:

11 My son, be wise, and make my heart glad, that I may answer him that reproacheth me.

There are a lot of people who love to criticize. There is always somebody who knows how to do something better than you know how to do it, and this is particularly true in the area of child rearing, so this particular proverb is brought to our attention and I like the Amplified presentation a little better. The Father appeals to the son and says: “Son, there will be a lot of people who will say that I have failed in my duty as a father toward his son. Will you live so that when they look at your life they won't be able to say that about me? When they look at your life they will be able to recognize that what I have done as a parent, I have done well.”

Preparedness

One last proverb we call to your attention. Notice verse 12:

Proverbs 27:

12 A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself; but the simple pass on, and are punished.

I have referred to this particular proverb, for want of a better way to describe it, with the word preparedness. Here is a proverb concerning preparedness. I like the Living Bible rendering of this verse. It gets across in a few words the real meaning of the text: “A sensible man watches for problems and prepares to meet them. The simpleton never looks and suffers the consequences.” That is preparedness. The sensible man is on the alert for the problems that are going to arise, for as long as we are on this earth, these problems will arise. He watches for them. He is prepared for them, and he saves himself a lot of trouble. But the individual who has no foresight makes no provision for the problems that will arise and consequently there is trouble.

Conclusion

Turn to Hebrews, chapter 2, for the spiritual application of this Old Testament proverb. There are many passages of Scripture to which we might turn that would emphasize the truth, but this particular one seems to bring home the truth clearly to our minds. Look at Hebrews, chapter 2, verse 1:

Hebrews 2:

1 Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip.
2 For if the word spoken by angels was stedfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just recompence of reward;
3 How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him;
4 God also bearing them witness, both with signs and wonders, and with divers miracles, and gifts of the Holy Ghost, according to his own will?

Beloved, notice verse 1 again:

Hebrews 2:

1 Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip.

A more accurate translation of that last phrase might read: “…lest at any time we should slip away from them.” We are going to need what we have been taught. Are you holding on to it so that you will be prepared in the day of necessity?


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