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For Wednesday evening services, the Lord has lead me to do a Bible study for practical Bible verses in Luke. Please come back to these Bible lessons in order to review them and learn them. Whenever we have learned the meaning of Bible verses and think about them throughout each day, we will be in perfect peace (Isaiah 26:3). Not only that, but when we are in a situation in our daily lives and are tempted to sin, we can think back to what we have learned from the Bible and say to ourselves, "The Bible says to not do what I am tempted to say, think, do, and/or desire right now, so I am going to refuse to give in to this temptation." This is what Romans 12:2 means, and it says, "And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God." This is also the pattern that Jesus used when the devil tempted Him to sin in Matthew 4:1-11.
THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO LUKE
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24And when the messengers of John were departed, he began to speak unto the people concerning John, What went ye out into the wilderness for to see? A reed shaken with the wind? 25But what went ye out for to see? A man clothed in soft raiment? Behold, they which are gorgeously apparelled, and live delicately, are in kings' courts. 26But what went ye out for to see? A prophet? Yea, I say unto you, and much more than a prophet.
27This is he, of whom it is written, Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, which shall prepare thy way before thee.
John the Baptist's purpose and mission was to prepare people's hearts (For more information on this topic, see chapters 16 and 8 of this book - www.areyousureyouaresaved.com) to receive Jesus as their Savior by getting them to repent. In Matthew 3:2 he said, “And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” He then said in Matthew 3:7-8, “But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism, he said unto them, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance:” When John the Baptist said, “Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance:” - he meant that if someone repented (or changed, with God’s help, and began to think and live the way God wants them to think and live), they will know it because they will begin to bear good fruit (becoming more holy in the way they live (They live a set-apart lifestyle similar to the one explained in chapter 39 of this book - www.areyousureyouaresaved.com) (Romans 6:22), sharing their material possessions (Romans 15:28), having Jesus' character traits (Galatians 5:22–23), praising the Lord (Hebrews 13:15), answered prayer (1 John 5:14–15), and doing good works (Colossians 1:10)).
It is also a sin when someone spends their time, other than work or school, etc., “thinking” about things that do not involve God instead of “thinking” the way explained in chapter 39 of this book - www.areyousureyouaresaved.com It seems many believe they can get saved and continue to plan how and when they will commit sexual acts with their girlfriend or boyfriend, think about how someone offended them, the movie they saw last weekend that didn’t involve the things of God, or think of ways they can impress others. However, the Bible doesn't teach that. (Romans 8:5-8 "For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh (They spend their time each day “thinking” about things that do not involve God.); but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit (They spend their time each day “thinking” similar to the way explained in chapter 39 of this book.). For to be carnally minded is death (go to hell); but to be spiritually minded is life and peace (go to heaven). Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.") When someone is "born again" or is a "new" creature in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17), they will spend their time thinking differently than they did before they were "born again" or a "new" creature in Christ. There will be a big change over time.
If someone is carnally minded and never changes with God’s help (repents) and becomes spiritually minded, they will not go to heaven. If someone isn’t consciously or unconsciously (see the 6th point of chapter 6 of this book - www.areyousureyouaresaved.com for more explanations) “willing” to repent (change the way they live and think, with God’s help, and begin to bear good fruit after they pray or make a decision to become a Christian), they aren’t ready to become a Christian. The Pharisees and Sadducees that were present at John’s baptism were not willing to live and think that way “from that moment on”. They continued their sinful actions and thoughts. Although good fruit is the result of someone who has had a change in the way they live (for example, someone beginning to do good works (Colossians 1:10), it is also the result of someone who has had a change in the way they think (holy living – Romans 6:22). When someone lives a holy lifestyle, they set aside what they used to want to do and think about each day that doesn’t involve God, and they spend their time doing and thinking about the type of things explained in chapter 39 of this book - www.areyousureyouaresaved.com Although the Pharisees and Sadducees could have thought this way, they undoubtedly had hatred and jealously in their minds toward John the Baptist. The Pharisees and Sadducees also did things like good works, but the reason they did them was to make themselves look good and not to glorify God (Matthew 5:20). Since those things were true, the Pharisees and Sadducees needed to repent (be willing to quit thinking that way from that moment on and for the rest of their lives).
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