How To Study The Bible: Agree or DisgreeingSeries: How To Study The Bible
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction. Proverbs 1:7 NIV
Never let yourself think that you are wiser than you are; simply obey the Lord and refuse to do wrong. Proverbs 3:7 GNT
If you love Wisdom and don’t reject her, she will watch over you. The best thing about Wisdom is Wisdom herself; good sense is more important than anything else Proverbs 4:6-7 CEV
A wise son heeds his father’s instruction, but a mocker does not respond to rebukes. Proverbs 13:1 NIV
The wisdom of the prudent is to give thought to their ways, but the folly of fools is deception Proverbs 14:8 NIV
Those who sneer at others don’t like to be corrected, and they won’t ask help from someone with sense. Proverbs 15:12 CEV
Fools give full vent to their rage, but the wise bring calm in the end. Proverbs 29:11 NIV
The power of Consent
A. The Greek word sumphoneo, where we get our modern English word Symphony is used to describe being in agreement, in unison, in one accord, to speak together, to concur with one another.
B. Jesus said, “Again I say to you, that if two of you agree on earth about anything that they may ask, it shall be done for them by My Father who is in heaven. For where two or three have gathered together in My name, there I am in their midst.” Matthew 18:19-20
The power of submission in the Bible.
submission as "the action or fact of accepting or yielding to a superior force or to the will or authority of another person."
I. Christ lived in perfect submission to the Father.
A. The Father did God did not coerce Him to “become flesh and dwell among us” (John 1:14).
B. Jesus chose to enter the fallen, sinful world to “lay down his life” on the cross (John 15:13) so that God could “save the world through him” (John 3:17).
C. He chose to place himself under the authority of the Father while incarnate. I
1. Philippians 2:6-7 Paul writes, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men.”
2. Matthew records Christ’s perfect submission most vividly in the Garden of Gethsemane the night before his crucifixion.
3. We see Jesus’ anguish as he faces the horrors of the cross. Jesus’ words, reverberate through the ages, “My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will” (Matthew 26:39).
4. He pleads in agony for strength to fulfill His Father’s will.
D. “During the days of Jesus’ life on earth, he offered up prayers and petitions with loud cries and tears to the one who could save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission” (Hebrews 5:7-8).