Encouraging you to ponder on the scriptures with regard to our conversations, is intended to help you develop the ‘Berean Attitude’ and build up your personal bible study culture. There is so little that you can accomplish practically with the word of God, when you do not look at the word of God for yourself. ‘Eye contact’ with the word of God is critical to guaranteeing its manifestation in your life. When I say ‘eye contact’, I mean the eyes of your understanding being satisfied with the ‘facts’ it is seeing in the scriptures concerning the issue at hand, on a present continuos basis.
Every promise or vision inspired by the revelation of God’s word, which you set out for, must present challenges. Whether you surmount those challenges or not, depends largely on ‘how sure you are of the destination you’re seeking’, and an ‘eye witness’ is always very sure, unlike the witness that only heard the news from another. So, please go back to the scriptures as often as faith is awakened in your heart through a person’s preaching, and maintain ‘eye contact’ with the scriptures concerned till that faith manifests.
Now, we began in our last conversation to understand what the scriptures mean, when it says ‘good’ and ‘evil’, as used in the expression, “the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.” The word translated as ‘good’ here, can also be translated as ‘agreeable’. That is to be agreeable to an original intent, to match the intended outcome. We see the same word used by scripture to describe the end of creation for each day, God will look at what He had created for the day and see “that it was good”. In other words, God saw that what He made manifest on the earth matches the intended outcome He had in mind when He started out, things turned out exactly the way He intended for them to.
‘Good’ is a manifest reality, one that matches the intended outcome, it is the successful manifestation of the original intent. This is the sense in which the word ‘good’ is used in the expression “the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.” On our next two conversations, we shall trace this understanding through the scriptures, in order to establish our hearts in that interpretation before we proceed.
(YOU ARE AS CHRIST IS. Ephesians 2:13-16, Galatians 2:18-20)
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