You Cannot Get This Until You Get That
Outline By: Brian A. Yeager
A. One certainly cannot learn everything they need to know all at once (Mark 4:33).
1. Some people have to change before they can learn (I Corinthians 3:1-3).
2. Others just may not be able to bear some lessons (John 16:12).
B. That does not excuse ignorance though (Acts 17:30).
1. Ignorance generates self-righteousness (Romans 10:1-3; cf. Jeremiah 4:22).
2. Rather than ignorance, God wants people of understanding in His kingdom (Ephesians 5:17).
II. Body: The Point Is, You Have To Build Upon Knowledge To Grow (Hebrews 5:11-6:3).
A. Your read that all Scriptures are profitable (II Timothy 3:15-17), but you do not understand how to use them until you get these things:
1. We are not under the Law of Moses today (Romans 7:1-6, Ephesians 2:11-17, Colossians 2:14, and Hebrews 9:15-17).
a. To that add, all of the O.T. is not the Law of Moses (i.e. Genesis and some of Exodus).
b. To that add, the Gentiles [non-Jews] were a law unto themselves (Romans 2:13-15).
2. We are under the Law of Christ (Galatians 6:2 and James 2:10-12).
a. Yet, not all things apply directly today (i.e. Revelation 1:1-4).
b. Context matters (II Peter 3:15-17).
i. You could worship men if you read Acts 10:25 and not Acts 10:26
ii. You could say the Bible teaches that having many gods is okay from I Corinthians 8:5 if you ignore the context (I Corinthians 8:6-7) and other Scriptures (Ephesians 4:6).
c. It also matters to whom something is addressed (Revelation 3:20; cf. Revelation 3:14).
3. While all Scriptures are truth (Psalms 119:160), not every statement in the Bible is truth in itself (Matthew 9:34).
B. One Scripture may say something that could be taken as the conclusion of a subject, but is that the whole counsel of God on the matter (Acts 20:26-27)?
1. At a time, SOME Christians sold all their belongings [houses; etc.] and lived as a community (Acts 4:32-37).
2. Yet, we know that is not required of all Christians to do (Acts 12:12, Acts 16:40, Acts 20:20, Acts 21:8, Romans 16:4-5, Colossians 4:15, etc.) when the ABSOLUTE need is not there.
C. You cannot understand that many Scriptures concerning the Holy Spirit do not directly apply today (i.e. John 16:13, Acts 2:38, and Ephesians 1:13), until you understand these things:
1. Jesus promised the Spirit to the Apostles and this was done through baptism of the H.S. (Acts 1:4-8 and Acts 2:1-4).
a. H.S. baptism only happened one other time and that was to prove that Gentiles could be saved (Acts 10:44-11:18).
b. There is only one baptism after that event (Ephesians 4:5; cf. I Peter 3:20-21).
2. The only other way the H.S. was given was through the laying on of Apostle’s hands (Acts 8:12-24).
a. Take Ephesians 1:13 for example. Acts 19:1-7 proves how this was done.
b. There are no Apostles today as one needed to be an eyewitness of the resurrected Christ (Acts 1:15-26) and Paul was the last (I Corinthians 15:8; cf. Acts 9:1-6).
D. You cannot understand that all things prayed for in the New Testament do not apply today, until you get these things:
1. We need to learn to pray (Luke 11:1).
2. Not all prayers are acceptable (James 4:3; cf. I John 5:14-15).
3. Many prayers in the N.T. invoked miraculous abilities (Matthew 21:17-22), through the Holy Spirit, which are no longer happening today (I Corinthians 13:8-13).
a. Example - pray for wisdom (James 1:5).
b. Yet, this was a miraculous gift of the Holy Spirit (I Corinthians 12:3-11).
III. Conclusion: We have to grow in knowledge (Colossians 1:10 and II Peter 3:18), but be sure it is done through RIGHTLY dividing the word of truth (II Timothy 2:14-18).
© 2013 This material may not be used for sale or other means to have financial gain. Use this as a tool for your own studies if such is helpful! Preachers are welcome to this work, but please do not use my work so that you can be lazy and not do your own studies. – Brian A. Yeager