The definition of Thanksgiving is a public celebration of divine goodness; also, a day set apart for religious services, specially to acknowledge the goodness of God, either in any remarkable deliverance from calamities or danger, or in the ordinary dispensation of his bounties. In Colossians 4:2-6 KJV, we are told to "Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving; 3 Withal praying also for us, that God would open unto us a door of utterance, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in bonds: 4 That I may make it manifest, as I ought to speak.
The lesson on November 22, 2015 was part 6 of the "Man, His Nature and Destiny" study. As usual, a review of what was previously covered in the previous lessons in that there was irony used when the Lord used the analogy of the Rich Man and Lazaraus and used the pharisees doctrine against them to debunk their behavior as the spiritual leaders of Israel. We have learned so far that Man is a soul (Gen.2:7), and the soul dies (Ezek. 18:4,20). Man has a spirit and at death it returns back to God who gave it. (Eccl. 12:7). In death there is no consciousness – the dead know not anything. (Eccl. 9:5). The intermediate state is NOT represented by Lazarus and the rich man (Lk 16:19-31). Resurrection is the means of experiencing LIFE (1Cor.15:53). This lesson in the end poses some more questions that we need to explore which will require us to take a break and spend time in Revelation so we can learn of the judgements that are dispensed from the books at the Great White Throne judgement. The scripture reading was from Revelation 20:12-15 KJV
This study is presented by Dr. Wayne Stewart and it is intended to help the Christian understand the basics of the principles of rightly dividing the word of truth which is mentioned in 2 Timothy 2:15 "Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth." This is a fundamental skill if you as a Christian are going to handle the word of God accurately. All scripture is written for our learning providing us doctrine, reproof, correction and instruction in righteousness. It is very important to understand what is written to you as opposed to someone else so you may understand why some things promised in the Bible do not seem to work today. This study will help you determine how to understand what is promised to you so you may have peace in your Christian walk.
Straw Men and Misrepresentation
Many who are unaccustomed to Acts 28 right division will find the teaching here, at first glance, hard to digest. One reason for this is that the teaching of Biblical doctrine has given way to and replaced by entertainment in many churches. The other reason is that Acts 28 teaching lays to rest many of the sacred cows of confessing christianity though this is not by any means the only fruit that it produces. If something is seen only in terms of negatives, that is if Acts 28 teaching is seen only in terms of denying this or denying that so that the message one gets is a long list of doctrines that are negated this can have the effect of turning many would be investigators into righteously indignant detractors.