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How to Enjoy the Bible Camp '70 (Session 6 part 1)

3rdburglar by Wordburglar
Topic: logospedia,lp
Publication Date: 07-09-1970

On Ephesians 4:25 where I want to begin tonight, or where we will begin tonight , the first part of what the Research Team gave me is the work that Walter Cummins published in our wonderful Way Magazine on "The Spoken Word." Also, as we cover Ephesians 4:28 tonight, I had all the information in front of me from another article that Walter Cummins has in the... has had in the Magazine. The first article on Ephesians 4:25 is entitled "The Spoken Word." The one on Ephesians 4:28 is "Workers for God." Both of these pieces of work by Walter are absolutely superb. And I believe that they should appear and will appear in our research journal GMIR whenever we begin publishing that. {GMIR Aramaic word meaning ' to perfect, accomplish , mature, complete, arithmetically to be divisible without any remainder.}

And I noticed again that some of the things that were stated are just so beautifully and logically presented, I'm truly thankful for, not only Walter, but the whole Research Department. I think our Biblical Research Department is just second to none. And it' s even going to be better by God' s mercy and grace next year and in years to come than it is at this time. And right now I do not believe that our Biblical Research Department needs to take a back seat for any academic institution or work in the world.

And I thought today, I have never... I've never thought of Walter Cummins in any other capacity than to be my assistant. I know Vince Finnegan, you know, on the books is my assistant. And that' s great. But I've never thought of Walter Cummins in any other capacity for so many years as always being my assistant. And I think he' s just the most wonderful person that any president could have as his assistant. And also to be chairmen of the Department of Greek, and then the coordinator of the Biblical research of The Way International. For any one man to have that position and that responsibility is an awesome reality and I'm real proud of Walter and real thankful for him. But I am also thankful for the rest of our wonderful men and women in the Research Department.

I would like for the Corps all over the country to go to the Magazine and find "The Spoken_Word," that's the title of it, dealing with Ephesians 4:25 and other scriptures, and before the next Corps meeting next week, you endeavor to master that great piece of work by Walter Cummins. It's just, you know, the spoken Word. Over fifty Greek words are used in the New Testament in connection with the faculties of utterance. Over fifty. And then he takes the most important ones and he lists them and it' s just. .. it' s just a piece of research work that you should really as a Corps master in your heart and in your life.

Ephesians 4:25 in the King James reads, Wherefore put away lyin g, speak every man truth with his neighbor: for we are members one of another.

The ' putting away' was interesting to me again because of the Greek word aniko, a-n-i-k-o.

And this word is ' the putting away,' this word ' put away,' aniko, is the same root word as in 4:22, where we use the word ' rest,' meaning ' to rest.' Is that right? Yep, that is right. I taught you that,

didn't I? Did I or didn't I? Doesn't look right to me. It is the same root. What chapter am I missing? Am I missing anything? I don't know. Right now I'm screwed up, ha ha. First time today. You check the word again and I'll do that, too and see what I'm missing here.

But a-n-i-k-o is the word for ' putting away from you. ' To put away. And it' s the same root as the word ' rest.' I don't know where the word appears, but it's got to be in there.

Now, that word ' speak,' every man speak. That word ' speak ' is from the Greek word

laleo, l-a-l-e-long-o. And that' s where Walter' s article on "The Spoken Word"_c omes in because that is.. .he uses that word laleo in here, which I teach in Corinthians when I teach the Foundational Class. And he says the word is employed 24 times in I Corinthians chapter 14. I had forgotten that.

This word is truly significant. I couldn' t quite understand it Research Department, what  you said on page 26B 16, where you defined it ' to make vocal utterance,' ' to babble,' 'to talk,'  'to  exercise the faculty of speech without reference to the words spoken.' I just wondered if there might not be another word that could be substituted or utilized at this point. I know that Zachariah 8:16 is the quotation that is used here, or spoken of. And that Zachariah 8:16 adds force to what is said by using a quote, a quotation. That' s why my question to the Research Department is, How can it be without reference to what is spoken if it is truth plus the quotation of the Word of God that's given. It doesn't quite fit for me.

'With his neighbor' has to be a believing neighbor. This 'speak truth with his neighbor' is a figure of speech gnome, g-n-o-m-e, which simply is a citation. And that' s a citation from Zachariah 8:16.

There are a series of figures of speech, Corps, in chapter four which just put the 00mph, the highlight, to the particular things that are set whereby you put off the old man. This phrase here 'speak every man truth with his neighbor'  is one of them. The other one appears in verse 26, 'be  angry and sin not.' ' Steal no more' is another one. 'Corrupt communication' is the fourth one.  'Grieve not the  holy spirit' is the fifth one. ' All bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, evil speaking' is  the sixth. And  then  ' be kind' and so forth, is the seventh.

You see, the last phrase in that verse, in King James, For we' re members one of what? [Another] And it' s relative to the neighbor. Now you just look at that. Wherefore put away  lying, speak  every  man truth with his what? [Neighbor] For we are members  one of  another.  That  doesn't  mean just  a neighbor who lives next door, but it has to be a believing neighbor because  we are members  one of what? [Another]. You could not be a member ' one of another' ifhe  was an  unbeliever.  That's how I know this is going to  work. This tells me that the neighbor  is  a  believer.  And  this  ' we' re members one of another' continues the imagery of the Body of Christ.

The literal  according  to  usage of this verse is as follows:   Wherefore  put away the  lie... and I believe in my heart, before I go on with the literal that until man is born again, it's all a lie anyways. And that' s why I believe that this translation will fit in the light of that knowledge. Because when  a man is not born again, his whole  life is just a  lie. Now you're  born again,  and that ' s  why  I think the text states it ' wherefore put away the lie,' the life you' ve been living , the screwed up life you have lived outside of God. It' s been just a life of a lie. It' s not truth. It' s just the opposite of truth and that's my reason for translating it this way... Wherefore put away the lie.

You've got to go with that translation. You have no other text to go by both from Aramaic and Greek it's 'lie.' Not 'lying.' If the Research Department has anything to share in the light of that, I'd be blessed to hear, but you' ve heard my reasons for translating it, Research Department, this way.

Now since they're born again, their whole life is changed, so the life of lying, and living a lie, and being a lie, and being false, is to be put away.

And every man... this is the translation ... and everyone, everyone. The word ' man' you could use because it's an inclusive noun, but I prefer to use the word ' one.'

Wherefore put away the lie and everyone speak the truth with his neighbor for we are members one of another. That is literal according to usage.

Now for the expanded according to understanding. It's not bad. Because of this... What we coughing for? Everybody sick?...Because of this... and the reason I went in the expanded along this line is because verse 24 last week told us that we are created by God in righteousness and in true purity, through holiness. Twenty four.

That's why 25, Wherefore ... 'wherefore' can be translated 'because of this.' Because of this what? Being created in righteousness and truly pure. See it's an inside job.

Because of this being created in righteousness and truly pure by the grace and the love of

God.. .Because of this being created in righteousness and truly pure, you put away, completely lay to rest the lie that you have been and were living and each one of you speak the truth using a quotation from the Word with his believing neighbor for we are members one of another in the Body of the Church.

Robinson {Edward} said, he translated, 'speak every man truth with his neighbor' and he said it's from Zachariah 8:16 which adds force to what is said by using a quote. That's why I translated that. I think that' s great. It adds force to what is said. If you're speaking to someone, it adds force to what you say by using a quote, a quotation from God's Word. In other words, ' you share the Word with them.' That' s why I went with that translation. I want to give it to you again in this sense.

Speak the truth using a quotation from the Word, which means 'share the Word.' Quote the Word to them. Tell them what the Word says, with his believing neighbor. Why? For we are members one of another in the Body of the Church. This verse is just mind blowing.

Here, you have a born-again believer neighbor who needs to grow up a little more. So what do you do? Each one speak the truth to that neighbor, that believer, using the Word, quoting the Word because we' re members one of another in the Body of the Church. It's a real positive thing to do.

Verse 26 in King James reads, Be angry.. .ha ha... we like that one, don't we. Be ye angry and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath.

Here is a verse of Scripture that' s very, very difficult for most people. And it' s not too easy for us either. But I think we are able to share the truth of the greatness of this and it's been burning in my heart for a long time to do this with our people.

Everybody has problems with ' how can you be angry and not sin?' You know, how can raise hell with something and not be sinful in doing it? Teed off and not be sinful. And how can you go... and what does it mean 'don't let the sun go down upon your wrath?' See.

In the context, here, verses 26 and 27 deal with your believing neighbor, specifically. Then the Greek word for ' anger' which is from the root orge, o-r-g-long-e means 'anger together with the desire of revenge .' That' s bad. That' s a heavy. The Hebrew word means ' to kill, and all the tumults of passion that terminate in killing.' So it's a real heavy word when it said ' be angry.'

And the way I believe it's used in God' s Word, ' be ye angry' means ' it's a long time anger with your believing neighbor until a change has ensued.' The desire to... of revenge is a change. And I, knowing the Word in the light of the new birth, it's where a change finally comes about. Until that time, you just, long-term, you just stay put witnessing the Word, sharing the Word. You do not dislike the believing neighbor; you simply dislike that he is not fully accepting the Word and walking on it. So it' s a long-term anger until a change has ensued. You just stay faithful.

I don't know what else to do with those words. It is a righteous anger. Yet it is a righteous anger without sin.

Among the scholars, there is a disagreement on these words. Well, I don't know about my being a scholar; that I don' t anything about being about. But it's simple to me because righteous anger is commanded by God's Word when it says ' be ye angry.' Well, the scholars can fight about it. I don' t care. It' s a command. Not just permitted to get teed once in a while when somebody' s off of God' s Word, a believer is off of God's Word. You' re always teed off righteously at any believer, born-again believer, who is off of God' s Word. And for those of us in the Way Ministry, it' s been a lifetime.

Get into it with them on... Oh what subject do you want to talk about? Baptism? Food? One God? See. All that stuff.

The Aramaic is accurate in the words ' and sin not.' It literally translates ' and you will not sin.' Again, this ' be angry and sin not' is that figure gnome. Quotation. A citation from the Old Testament. It' s from Psalm 4:4. But in King James, Psalm 4:4, it's translated 'stand in awe.' The real sense of the Hebrew is ' one of admonition;' sin not. Where we' re admonished to not sin. Sin not.

' Let not the sun go down on your wrath. ' Ha ha. That again is beautiful. People went to bed when the sun went down, when it got dark. That's when they went to bed. So what that simply is saying, ha ha, ' don't go to bed teed off.' Don' t let the sun go down on your wrath. In other words, go to bed; don' t go to bed mad. ' When you go to bed' is what it means. Let not the sun go down when you go to bed. And they went to bed when the sun went down. When it got dark, they went to bed, see.

' Upon your wrath.' And the word ' wrath' here is basically ' irritation.' Ha ha. Previously when I taught Ephesians, I made mention of this fact, ' don' t let righteous anger shake you, wondering if it was right on. When you go to bed, go to sleep.'

Now, this is what we have done with it in the literal, ha ha, according to usage. I got more papers up here than Carter has liver pills, or something. Then, I can' t find my... whatever it is I take off of it.

Okay, verse 26. You be righteously angry.. .this is literal according to usage.. .and you will not be sinning. Don't go to bed even with a momentary irritation, ha ha.

I don't think you get nearly as much fun out of this as I do. It's neat. It's absolutely scrumptious, see. At the opening, is that heavy word, remember? Anger. So it's a real heavy time. So what he is saying, in the heavy time, when your standing on God' s Word  and sharing that with the  believing  neighbor, you' re righteously angry... you're not sinning. And  you don't  even go to  bed with a momentary irritation. In other Words, when you go to bed, thank God the day is over. Say your last prayer and start snoring.

Boy, that would save a lot of sleeping pills, wouldn' t it? Practicing that principle. Boy, oh boy, what a tremendous Word. And hardly anybody understands verse 26. They argue about it, but they don' t get the understanding.

Now this is the expanded one according to understanding, I hope. And again, I would like to just lay some things before the Corps, and especially before the Research Department. I translated the first part of verse 26, You always stay angry with an all-out desire to have them to change which anger will not be sin on your part.

Then I have another translation of that first part of it: You be righteously angry, 'teed off' with sin... 'Teed off' I put in quotes. But don't  you sin  by acting  ' holier than thou'  vaunting  yourself  by acting so righteously like you never sin.

I do not know which one of those two the Research Department feels would be the better. The last part of the phrase that I translated which would go with both of these that I have given you here on the expanded one for understanding. This, the last part, goes with that first one and with the second ... also.. .even if it is only a momentary irritation.  When you go to  bed, go to sleep. That's what I did with it.

Now, verse 27. King James says, Neither (or neither) give place to the Devil. The word 'place' is simply a portion, a part. No believer will give full place to the Devil, but he may be giving a part, a portion. He' ll mark off a spot, ' this is Devil' s permission over here, over here, no permission, you know. And you really give the Devil a portion or a spot if you stew about it after you go to bed and you toss and you tum and can' t sleep.

This word 'the Devil,' ' the Devil' in the Aramaic is a very interesting and exciting Word to me and it blesses my heart. It' s a compound word where the first part means ' to eat' or ' to devour.' The latter

' to slander' or ' to accuse. '  So when I got to translating  this, literally according  to usage, verse 27 reads: Do not give any portion or space or an opportunity to the Devil. So I used those three words synonymously: portion, space, opportunity. Do not give any portion or space or an opportunity to the Devil.

The expanded according to understanding: And you will not give a toehold, an opportunity or an occasion for the Devil to eat you. Ha ha. I get more fun than you ever will out of working this stuff, huh.

You see, and to me, that communicates to my understanding. John 10:10. The thief cometh not but for to what? [Steal, kill, and destroy] Right. To eat you out. To beat you. And that's why that Aramaic word, on the word ' Devil' really thrilled me.

And that ' s why I put it into the expanded translation: And you will not give a ' toehold.' Now, at L.E.A.D., you know how important it is to get a what? [Toehold] Ha ha. And when you' re really climbing in, you' re blessed for a toehold. How thankful you are when you get a foothold. Now the adversary can never get a foothold in a believer' s life until he first has a toehold. That's why I translated it that way.

Do not give... and you will not give a toehold ... shave all the rocks off... an opportunity or an occasion for the Devil to eat you. And that' s exactly what he likes to do to believers.

Now we go to verse 28. King James says, Let him that stole steal not more: but rather let him labor, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth. And here again, is another great work that I believe should be in our research journal GMIR, Walter' s work on " Workers for God."

It' s just tremendous where he... you know... he just goes into God' s men are called many things in the Word. They' re called: fellow workers, ministers, or servants, slaves, fellow slaves, partners, messengers, soldiers, fellow soldiers, athletes, fellow athletes, stewards, ambassadors, witnesses, all of those. And he covers them so beautifully. And I love very much how he covered the word ' slave,' because it' s a much stronger word than to be a minister, or to be a servant. It is to be one who is branded, marked out, sold out. And baby, from that day on, there are no ifs, and' s, or but' s. You never budge on it. You are branded. Most believers are never branded. They may be servants, they may be ministers, but they are not branded. When you' re branded, you stay faithful. You do not budge. You do not change. You stay put. If all hell breaks loose, you still live the believing Word.

I think the prophet once said, If I was in the midst of hell, God I know you' d be there. (Psalm 139:8) He' d be there. That' s the doulos. That, of course, is just a tremendous piece of work.

And the other great part that I think... and this is a second piece that I want the Corps to master before next Wednesday night, " Workers for God," the work on ' witness.' You see, it's the same word basically that's translated ' martyr,' see. And we got a lot of those canonized. That's not at all what a witness is. A witness is a living example, not a dead one. The word 'martyr' simply means that you lay down your life in witnessing. And boy, when you put the doulos together with ' witness,' then you' ve got power for abundant living. It's just a fantastic work by Walter and I' m real grateful that it was published. Because once it' s in print, people can take a look at it if they want to.

I'd like a cup of coffee, please.

Now, we are in verse 28. The Aramaic translation is ' and he who was stealing.' I understand it from the English, ' let him that stole,' past tense. The Aramaic is real simple, real strong. ' And he, the one who is born again, who was, past tense, stealing.'

Thank you.

His whole life was one of those before he was born again.

Whenever you bring a cup of coffee to a right-hand man, you put the handle to the right. When you serve a cup of coffee to a left-hand man, you put it on the left-hand side and put the handle to the left. Corps principle number seven or something, ha ha. Mrs. Wierwille would say, Well, be thankful you even get a cup of coffee. [Laughter] Ah, you're wonderful.

See, ' let him who stole, steal no more.' 'Stole and steal,' that' s a figure of speech and is polyptoton p-o-l-y-p-t-o-t-o-n. It' s a repetition of the same root word in different parts of speech or reflections. But, that's not earth shaking right now in my heart.

You see, in some Eastern culture, it was not considered a sin or a shame to steal because that's the way they lived, the only way they lived. Somebody told me... or not only told me, one of our people, but it was in a national magazine, that the basic culture of Russia today is to steal. And in some respects I can understand this. If you don't have anything and you're starving to death and there' s a loaf of bread you can get a hold of... steal the dam thing. I understand that.

So this verse is really sharp, really sharp. Let him who stole, even though that man previously considered it the way to live and there was no shame in it, no sin in it. He said, Well, let that fellow who stole, steal no more. Something has happened on the inside of that man. Something that happened, where He is able to meet all of our need according to His riches in glory. Christ in you, the hope of glory. More than conquerors.

A record in the Old Testament, I forget where it is, but it's in there, that it' s never, you never need to borrow or steal bread or... what is that in the Old Testament? Begging bread. One person stand and tell me. {Psalm 37:25, I have been young and now am old; yet have I seen the righteous forsaken, nor His seed begging bread.} Psalm 27:25 who? {Psalm 37:25} 37:25. All the years, he's never seen the righteous to have to do what? {Beg bread} Beg bread.

First of all, I wish the Christian world could hear this. Secondly, I wish our government in the United States could understand it. The Word says, If you don't work, you don' t eat. A lot of that stuff. Well, what we've been doing is stealing from the people who are willing to work to give to the people who don' t want to work. That's a bunch of crap. That's stealing. That's why this verse is so hot in my soul tonight. Let him who stole, quit stealing, dang it. See.

Many years ago I was really knocked for a loop along some of this line in India, from Dr. Williams. I think he loved India maybe like I love the United States, I don' t know. Because only a man knows how much he loves his own country, I guess.

But... as we were traveling together, he said to me, Dr. Wierwille, I hear you have whores in the United States.

You know, I never had given it a thought. I just took it for granted. [Laughter] And I said, yeah. He said, Why does a rich country like the United States have whores?

And I said, I don't know.

And he said, I can't understand it. Cannot your women make enough money to live? Yeah, but they figure that' s cheaper and more pleasurable or something, I don' t know. And he said, Well, I think it's sinful that the United States has whores.

And I said, What do you mean?

And he said to me, why, I can understand India. He said we don' t enough food, we don' t have enough of anything hardly for a lot of people. And we have whores because that' s the only way they can continue to live physically.

And I thought to myself, well boy, that' s slapping me in the face good. And I took it as a wonderful lesson. There is no excuse in the United States for any women being a whore because she doesn' t need to get screwed and paid for it in order to get money so she can live. There's plenty of work available and if there isn' t she ought to get born again, then there' s a guarantee of work. ..other work, available. I tell you, when you' re honest, some of these men in other countries have some real logic behind their thinking. How would you have liked to have handled that? I just simply admitted, Well, I think we' re wrong in the United States. But I said, I think you' re wrong in India, too, because no reason to have whores here if you get them born again.

So I don' t know. But this verse today as I worked the final working on this verse 28 is when my heart really went back and burned with that truth that Dr. Williams had stated. Because in many Eastern cultures, it was not considered as sin or as shame to steal, if it was a matter of livelihood. You sometimes wonder who will live in the greatest condemnation before God and justice and judgment when the time comes.

For in most of what are called poor countries even, there is sufficient money, food, and other things for the people to live if those in positions of authority were not so selfish and egotistical, and want it for themselves , and let the rest of the world die... or a country die.

The word ' labor' in verse 28 is the word which literally means ' hard work resulting in fatigue.' That's how I felt coming from the woods last night. And I didn' t do anything. It was just hard work being there with the rest of you. Today I got so tired of being with some, I came home. Ah, you' re wonderful.

' Working with his hands' is an Eastern cultural type of thing. Today in our culture, you could have it, you know, the truth is working with your mind or working with your hand, whatever you' re working at. But in Eastern culture, every son was to be trained to work with his hands, even if he was the son of a king. Had to learn a trade, a profession of business.

Jesus Christ was a saddle maker. He made them to ride, I guess, what do you want? Tennessee Walkers , or? See. I think not only did he do that, Paul did it, too, you know. Someday I'm going to find a...or Walter, or some of those, are going to find me a manuscript to prove it. .. and a wonderful carpenter by trade. Many times doing carpentry work and being a saddle maker were sort of in the same household, because building carpentry and having saddles to use for their business and carrying on, were very, very closely aligned. Well, I won' t argue the point, but I wish we' d keep looking.

II Thessalonians.. .Do your hands ever get so dry you can hardly hold anything? Golly, mine are so dry tonight, I wonder why? II Thessalonians, chapter 3:10... this we commanded you that if any would not work, neither should he what? [Eat] Right. Even unemployment is no excuse for stealing. He just doesn' t eat. Goes and gets work. Boy, when I first saw the greatness of these principles many years ago, and then of course, I uniquely by God' s grace, inculcated that into our W.O.W. program and very dynamically in the Corps leadership.

1Ti 3:6-16; 4:1-3

1Ti 4:3-16; (Act 10:15; 1Co7:14)


Take your Bibles and turn to I Timothy chapter 3.
I Timothy 3:1
This is a true saying, If a man desire the office of a bishop, he desireth a good work.
Now, the word “bishop,” is the Greek word for which the Hebrew or Aramaic word is elder. Now—
I Timothy 3:2
A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, [able or] apt to teach;
He has got to be able to handle the word of God, apt to teach.
I Timothy 3:3
Not given to wine,…
That means you can’t have an old topper as an elder. That doesn’t say you can’t have a drink of wine. But it’s the idea that you don’t set a gallon on the table and then you just keep sipping away all day long.
I Timothy 3:3b
…no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre;…
Don was telling us yesterday, the thing that turned him off on money was because that the only thing he ever saw at home now, if they were uptight at home, dad and mom were always uptight over money. Am I telling it like it is? And so as he grew up, he just loathed money. He just hated the sight of money. Because anything that ever happened in their home always basically dealt with money. We don’t have enough money for this, or we got this and then fight would start. Well, I think we ought to buy this, or we do this, and we ought to be in debt for this and he said money just got to be sort of an anathema to him. And I think what he said is really true in many families. About the only thing the family gets really uptight about is that they always want a barrel more money and so it’s money, money, money, money, money, money That’s always the talk. Now, after he got in the Way Ministry, he learned something. And what he learned was that you have to have a little money. But you don’t have to be uptight about it. To eat you have to have a little money. And that’s why perhaps in the Way Ministry when people first get into some areas they don’t like the Word of God at those places, where it says: except a man work, he doesn’t eat. Because they just love to eat without working. I wish the Lord put in there they also love to eat without getting up in the morning. But He didn’t put that in there. But He’s got something in there about getting up early and stuff.
But these are the things that sometime when you teach the Word of God as a leader,
as an elder, you got to teach the whole Word. Not just what you think they like to hear. You got to teach the Word that they need. And sometimes they need, really need how to be taught how to tithe. They need to be taught how to go out and get a job and make some money, so the ministry can move. So, the Word can go out. They need to be taught; that’s why God put men like this in the Body. The ministries are all involved in here of apostles, prophets and so forth. This is addressed to men who move the ministry, who carry the Word. That’s what it says in here; this is how we have not greedy of what? God will supply our need and the need varies among leaders. But you can always tell when it gets to the greed stage. You will know.
I Timothy 3:3 continued
Patient, patient—you know what patient means? Patient. Okay, so don’t get impatient, just get patient. “Having done all,” do what? {stand.} That’s it. Now, patient doesn’t mean that people run over you, or that they tell you the score. That isn’t patience, that’s stupidity. Patience is in the helping of people, you got to give them time to grow up. Because many of the people in the Way Ministry, well most of us, had never heard the Word of God until somebody opened it to you who had already sat under the ministry of the Way. Therefore, they are like new babies. And when you got a new baby, you have to pants it awhile, you nurse it awhile, this kind of thing and you talk mama and dada and all the rest to it until you get them to talk, but remember they got to grow up.
I Timothy 3:3 continued
…not a brawler, not covetous;
Now, verse 4 is also the Word of God.
I Timothy 3:4
One that ruleth well his own [what?] house, having his children in subjection with all gravity;
If you can’t keep your children in line, just resign from the ministry you think God’s given you because you haven’t got a rulership of an elder in the body. And this message needs to go because in many areas, our people are all enthused about the Word but the leaders can’t even control their own kids. When you tell them to sit down, they still don’t sit; they argue with you. When you tell them to be quite they still, don’t be quite; they still talk back to you. That doesn’t happen if you are what the Word of God says you are. And if you aren’t what the Word of God says you are you better get to be it, if you are going to be a leader. This is how you can look at a family and you can say well there is a person who has got family in subjection. He takes care of his family and the Bible teaches that the man has to take care of his wife and of his kids, it’s his responsibility to take care of his family. I can read you that too. But it’s our responsibility as heads of the ministry to have our children in subjection. That simply means you don’t start when they are sixteen, of course if you just got born again yourself you couldn’t start any earlier, but the idea is that we bring up our children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord from the time they are born. And we teach them, their responsibility. Because children have a responsibility to their dad and mom, they wouldn’t be here if dad and mom hadn’t fathered and mothered them and I’m sure that mother had to nurse her at least for a year before she got old enough to go on her own trip. So, somebody, some place, along the
line picked up a few little bills. Somebody’s heart went out to somebody. Let’s not forget it. Because it is so easy to forget that when you are sixteen that somebody has supported you and taken you that far. Whether they did it badly or not, I’m not concerned but I think they must have done it halfway or you wouldn’t be living at sixteen. At least you are still living. So, the parents must get their children in subjection with all gravity. Now, verse 5 is a parenthesis and it is put in here by way of explanation and it is still God’s Word.
I Timothy 3:5
(For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of [what?] God?)
Amen. If a man cannot keep his own house in order, how could he ever keep the church of God in order? That’s why people, you parents, on your kids, take the Word to them, set them down. See? I got to thinking yesterday the teacher was telling me, they had some trouble over in the children’s camp. One of the children had said, well you are not my boss. Well by jiminy he ought to tell that to me once; not their boss. Anytime a child sits under my ministry, I am responsible for that child, at that moment and I am his boss. There is an old Oriental custom which ought to be applied, to every Christian believer that every older person has a right to make a correction of any younger person. But you see, we have built such freedom as we call it in the United States and the freedom is really enslavement, in the long run. We have where teachers are, women and men of God who teach the Word, you are responsible for those kids and for everybody. If they don’t straighten up, you straighten them up. How are they going to learn unless you tell them? And if somebody said back to me I am not their boss. I would say the heck I’m not, I may not be your dad, thank God, but I am still your boss. See, and while I am teaching the Word, you shut up. That’s right. You see, children, if you let them turn loose, they will just take advantage of you. That’s like kids, you let them stay up to eleven, twelve o’clock at night, that’s your fault if you get all nervous and frustrated. Put them to bed at 7:30. Oh, they don’t like it, they’re going to bawl, just pull the door shut. They aren’t going to die. That’s right, pull the door shut and say goodnight. They’ll bawl until eleven o’clock, then they’ll go to sleep. Next night they’ll ball till ten, following night until nine, and sooner or later they’ll finally decide you mean what you say and you say what you mean, now they’re going to go to sleep. You’ll feel better, they’ll feel better, and the things of God’s Word will move better. You got to get the whole picture of the ministry in your mind. And it’s a sin to keep children up that late anyway. Because you’re breaking down their physical body. Kids are made to go to bed. [MUCH LAUGHTER] It’s about the truth. Because if a mother has two or three children and there is only about two years between them, I’m going to tell you she’s got her hands full. And if she has them all day and then Dad comes home and he loves to play with them and keep them up to watch the “boob tube” or whatever that thing is till eleven o’clock at night, you can’t be a leader of the ministry of God’s Word and do it. I don’t care what the world does but I do care what the Word says. And for my people, who are concerned about the outreach of the Word, you either go God’s way or you flip out, you trip out. And we’ve got to get our children taken care of to the end that they are obedient to you. And that we walk according to the Word. Now, there is another thing about an elder.

I Timothy 3:6
He is not to be a novice,…
This is a pledge, or a fledgling. He is not someone who just got into the ministry and boy before he was born again, he was the most prominent banker in our town. Now, since he is born again and you know, just been through the Foundational Class first time, we better get him started in the ministry. We better give him the responsibility of running this outfit down here in this end of town. No, no, let him prove himself. Let the man take time to grow up. He’s in the body of believers, he will get blessed. But if he’s going to rule, if he’s going to be responsible for people, he can’t be a fledgling, a new comer. He has had to go through the process of learning the Word and learning the processes that are involved in God’s Word to be a leader of God’s people. Not a novice, got it? He must also—
I Timothy 3:6 continued
…lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil.
I’ve seen this at least a hundred times, where people after they have gotten the Foundational Class, without anybody saying to them, now let’s move out and do this over here in the area. They have taken it upon themselves to start their little group here, or a little group there, and having no fellowship with the larger body whatsoever. They think well boy we know more than anybody else. And they’re young at it and before you know it, their hearts get filled with pride and when you’re filled with pride it’s just a condemnation of the devil. It’s a trick of the devil.
I Timothy 3:7
Moreover he must have a good report of them [that] are without;…
And that doesn’t mean at all what the commentaries say. That the ruling elder has to have a good report of the people in the outside world. No, no – of the people of the body of believers, he has to have a good report from the body of believers. You can’t expect the world to give you the sign of a good report. But inside of this body, if I were to lead this body, I’d have to have a good report from the people, passing grade spiritually speaking. That’s what it is talking about.
I Timothy 3:7b, 8
…lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil.
Likewise must the deacons be grave, not double tongued,…
You know, not saying one thing with their mouth and doing something else; not double tongued.
I Timothy 3:8b, 9
…not given to much wine, not greedy of [what?] filthy lucre;
[And they hold] the mystery of the faith in a [sound mind.]
Pure conscience is sound mind. Isn’t that beautiful? They hold the Mystery. You see, the Mystery has been revealed but once it has been revealed we have received it, we hold it, it’s in our possession. And when we communicate it, people learn it. These deacons have to hold the mystery of the faith in a sound mind. Now, you can’t have a sound mind until the Word occupies it. Renewed mind—Word, Word, Word in the mind is what
gives a sound mind. Anyone outside of Christ is insane. Did you hear what I said, I meant it. Anyone not born again of God’s spirit, according to the Word does not have a sound [what?] mind and if you don’t have a sound mind, you’re what? {Insane.} That’s right.
I Timothy 3:10
And let these also first be proved;…
In other words not a novice, not just somebody that stepped in today.
I Timothy 3:10b-15
…then let them use the office of a deacon, being found blameless.
Even so must their wives be grave, not slanderers, sober, [they have to be] faithful in all things.
Let the deacons be the husbands of one wife, ruling their children and their own houses [how?] well.
For they that have used the office of a deacon well purchase to themselves a good degree, and great boldness in the faith which is in Christ Jesus.
These things [I write] unto thee, hoping to come unto thee shortly:
But if I tarry long,…
Paul says to Timothy if I don’t get there right tomorrow, I have written you this:
I Timothy 3:15b
…I have written you this, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the [what?] living God, the pillar and ground of [what?] the truth.
Boy, isn’t that tremendous? And then to think to have the privilege of being an elder or a deacon in that work, to be a leader, man that’s fabulous. That’s a lot bigger than being called an ambassador to England. It’s a lot bigger than being in service for the governor of the state of Ohio or any other state.
I Timothy 3:16
And without controversy, great is the mystery of godliness…
Great is the mystery, great; it’s great and you and I hold it forth. In rulership as elders, and deacons who sit at the top of the local areas, to work. To sit at the top, simply means you’re the greatest servant of all. You don’t sit at the top and people serve you; you sit at the top because you are willing to serve others. Just the opposite of what the world teaches. If I am the leader of a group and something needs to be done and the rest of the people don’t do it, then who does it? If they don’t see it and I see it, I do it. That’s right. It’s a requirement of the Word that I must be a servant to all man. If nobody serves me I still would have to serve them. That’s the requirement. Great, great—
I Timothy 3:16b
…great is [this] mystery of godliness [which we hold.]
Now, it says in King James “God.” No word like God in that text. That’s the boys, had to get [it] in there, because they got to get the trinity stuff. The word “God” in verse 16, is the pronoun “which.”

I Timothy 3:16b-4:1
…the mystery of godliness [which] was manifest in the flesh, [who was manifested in the flesh? Jesus Christ, right? Sure.] justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, [and] received up [where?] into glory.
Now the Spirit speaketh expressly [specifically], that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith,…
Now, why are they going to depart from the faith, once you’ve taught them greatness of this mystery of Godliness. The Word tells you, they are going to listen, they are going to give heed. To just listen wouldn’t trip you up, but it’s when you listen and start believing. And the tendency is for human nature, they will listen. And when they listen, they start believing. And these things that we’re reading about are really sly. They’re just real sly. They give heed to seducing what? {spirits.} Right. So we were talking about devil spirits yesterday. This is a big one. A seducing spirit. And a seducing spirit is one that just takes God’s people and draws them out, draws them away. Like it says here, [giving heed to]:
I Timothy 4:1b
…seducing spirits, and doctrines [teachings] of [what?] devils;
And devil spirits have real teachings that they set before people. We carry here among our people this, The Challenging Counterfeit which tells about a man who was deeply involved in spiritualism and how these seducing spirits led him. We used that thing in the Advanced Class as collateral reading, or something. Verse 2 says:
I Timothy 4:2
Speaking lies in hypocrisy;…
They tell you that you’re a wonderful person when what they really mean is just the opposite, they are hypocrites.
I Timothy 4:2b
…having their conscience seared with a hot iron;
What a figure. Do you know what the conscience is? The conscience is nothing more than habit patterns that are built up by teaching. That’s all conscience is. Conscience is not something God put in there. That’s right. Conscience is the habit system which you have built up in your life because of what you have been taught. Now these fellows will lead you astray, verse 3 says, they even forbid to what?
I Timothy 4:3
Forbidding to marry,…
You see, forbidding to marry is out of context for life because the Word of God says if you can contain yourself sexually there is no need in getting married. But if you can’t contain yourself sexually you better get married. And he didn’t disqualify men of God. This is why the whole Word has to be put together. And when you get real honest in the greatness of this Word, there are very few negatives forbidding this or forbidding that.
I Timothy 4:3b
…abstain from meats which God hath created...

And he takes this word “created” way back to Genesis when God created soul life for the animals. All of this is:
I Timothy 4:3c-4
…to be received with [what? {received with thanksgiving}] of them which believe and know [the what?] the truth. [Amen.]
For every [creation or] creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with [what?] thanksgiving:
That’s right. Now it says “of God,” that doesn’t mean of man. It means what God has set here. And a lot of the stuff we are eating today, God never put here. It’s been just contaminated by man to kill God’s people off as quickly as possible. I believe that in the Way Ministry we continue to move deeper in our physical knowledge, in our spiritual knowledge, our mental knowledge. If you want the best spiritual food you got to get it quite direct from God’s Word. Right. If you want the best physical food, the more direct you get it from the earth as God gives it, the better it will be for us physically. But these people who say you can’t do this or you can’t do that, nuts to them. God set us free, people. Therefore, everything if it is received with prayer and thanksgiving, that God has set is okay. You see, into your mind to flip a record from the book of Acts, which one? Peter. Because Peter had been forbidding this meat, forbidding that. God showed him this stuff, Peter said I wouldn’t eat that stuff. The Lord said that which I have cleansed, call not thou defiled. Look at verse 5.
I Timothy 4:5
For it is sanctified…
Sanctified. The word “sanctified” is used in Corinthians regarding a Christian husband or a Christian wife, married to an unbelieving person. Their children, or that child born where one person is a Christian, that child is sanctified. The word “sanctified” simply means set apart. For it’s sanctified; it’s sanctified. Now I do not object, if you had food with lots of poisons in it, if you really thank God and believed God that food, you can take the poison out of it, and it will be set apart and made holy by your believing and by the Word of God and [what?] prayer. But why should I have to believe all the time when I can get better food. I have enough opportunities to believe for a lot bigger things than just a little physical food. You see, this is my point in opening the Word to you on this line. Therefore, I’m not going to be obstructed by somebody sets a piece of food. I won’t say well now, has this got a little of this stuff in it, a little of that stuff. I wouldn’t ask that, I’d just simply pray, thank God to take out what wasn’t good and I would eat it. But I watch myself that when I have the responsibility I try to get the best food as possible so I don’t have to pray all the time and believe for it. I just thank God it’s the best food I know. And therefore, you keep going because there are other things that need our attention as men and women of God. Now—
I Timothy 4:6
If thou put the brethren in remembrance of these things, [you are a good, what? {minister}]…
And if you don’t put them in remembrance of this you are not a what? Good minister.

I Timothy 4:6 continued
…nourished up in the words of faith and of good doctrine, whereunto thou hast attained.
Here it is, verse 7.
I Timothy 4:7
But refuse profane and old wives’ fables, and exercise thyself rather unto [what?] godliness.
That’s right. Now—
I Timothy 4:8
For bodily exercise profiteth little:…
It doesn’t mean that it profits little, bodily exercise profits only for a little while. Because this physical body we are only going to have until we die or until the Lord returns, but the eternal life we are going to have, how long? {forever.} That’s right. And you don’t lay up for yourself treasures in heaven because you can run the 100 [yards] in 9 [seconds] flat. You lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven because you rightly divide the Word and minister that Word so that people get delivered. The walk, the walk, the walk. Nothing wrong with bodily exercise but just don’t spend all day doing it.
I Timothy 4:8
…godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is [what?] to come.
Sure, a more abundant life now and future.
I Timothy 4:9
This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptation.
This is a faithful saying worthy for everybody to hear and to accept.
I Timothy 4:10, 11
For therefore we both labour [we] suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Saviour of all men, specifically of those [who] believe [is the text].
These things command and teach.
It just doesn’t say to teach, it says what? Command, to command is to say, do it. When the captain says take the shovel and dig, that’s a what? Command. You don’t turn around and say captain I don’t like to shovel. Alright, look people, if we can follow commands of the world, you go into a shop and work and the man says work on this lathe, what do you do? Why can’t we by the freedom of will and the love of God in our hearts just take the commands of the Word and walk on it without having somebody come along and beat us over the head. Sure.
I Timothy 4:12
Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example [in your youth be an example] of the believers, in word, [in behavior; “conversation” is behavior] in charity [the love of God in the renewed mind is—], in spirit [is not in the text], in [believing; “in faith” is “in believing”], in purity [and the word “purity” is uncontaminated].

So you walk, walk uncontaminated; you don’t let the unbelievers contaminate you. You contaminate them with the Word of God, give them both barrels. How long?
I Timothy 4:13
Till I come, give attendance to reading,…
And I’m sure he wasn’t concerned about reading Playboy.
I Timothy 4:13
…exhortation, to [right teaching.]
Then that great 14th verse.
I Timothy 4:14
Neglect not the gift that is in thee, which was given thee by prophecy,…
It wasn’t given to him then, but it was declared; given in manifestation that he had this type of gift ministry.
I Timothy 4:14
…with the laying on of the hands of the presbytery.
The ruling elders laid hands on them and then in prophecy they simply corroborated in the senses world what God had spiritually already called that man to, and it was a gift ministry. Neglect not the gift ministry. A man could have a gift ministry and neglect it. If he neglected it, it would be just like tying his arm up in a sling. He’d still have the ministry but there is no fruit being produced. I don’t care if God calls you of an apostle, prophet, evangelist, teacher or pastor; you got to put the “oomph” in it, you got to exercise, you got to work. You got to work harder than anybody else to keep that ministry out there moving. You don’t neglect it; to neglect it is not to operate it, to put it into practice.
I Timothy 4:15
Meditate [meditate], think upon these things; give thyself wholly, [completely] to them; that thy profiting [that which you profit] may appear to all [men.]
Because you hold forth the gift ministry.
I Timothy 4:16
Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine [the right teaching, right believing]; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself…
And the word “save” is the word[s] “be made whole.”
I Timothy 4:16
…and them that [what?] hear thee.
If you pass out the greatness of God’s Word, then the people who hear you get the wholeness of God’s Word that you’re manifesting. These are some of the responsibilities in the Word of God, for men of God who are responsible to lead people.
[Prayer]—Thank you, Father, for your Word and the greatness of your Word, your love. And Father we just praise you and thank you for your goodness and for raising us up, men and women, who really understand the Word and who will stand on it. And I thank
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You for making this word such a blessing and so simple again to the hearts of our people, through Christ Jesus our Lord. Amen.