Saturday, March 24, 2012

The Righteousness of God, Revealed Through Jesus Christ

This week, Chad Hampsch walked the class through the book of Romans and helped us understand it a little better.  Romans is a very popular (commonly preached, memorized, etc) book of the Bible in the Christian circle.  To me, the general idea of the book is the truth of the gospel and how that truth impacts a believer’s life; Paul first communicates belief and then behavior.  Being a Hebrew with a deep love for his people, Paul brings much clarity from the Old Testament by bringing up many questions and answering it in light of the new covenant.  In short, the book of Romans can be dissected into seven sections: introduction (not ashamed), condemnation, justification, sanctification, restoration, application, and conclusion.  
In the introduction, Paul does not beat around the bush; he unashamedly confesses his belief.  (Romans 1:16- “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes; first to the Jew, then to the Gentile.”)  The Greek word for power in this verse is the same word we get dynamite from in the English language.  Verse 17 goes on to say that the righteousness of God is revealed through the Gospel; the holiness of God is seen through the person of Jesus Christ, who was fully God, fully man, and completely righteous.  In a time when some people (most importantly to Paul, the Jews) were still processing “this whole Jesus thing,” Paul was not ashamed. 
For the next two chapters, Paul explains that all mankind is condemned; that no rule, law, or action can save a man.  He explicitly addresses the Jews and tells them that the Law will not save them. He does not only speak condemnation to the Jew, but also reminds them of their position, “the Jews have been entrusted with the very words of God.” (Romans 3:2) Paul ends this “section” by quoting Old Testament Scriptures (for the Jews) that told them no one is righteous, and that “no one will be declared righteous in God’s sight by the words of the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of our sin.” (Romans 3:20)  Paul then explains that no one can be saved from their condemnation except through Jesus and that salvation and righteousness comes through faith.  This faith is in the truth that Jesus came as an atonement (a word that the Jews knew very well) for mankind and now God sees all people who believe in Him as justified (to be made righteous in His sight).  Jesus Christ is the substitute that takes our place; His blood paid the price for our sins and makes a way to God. Justification could been described as the moment one accepts Jesus as Savior and is immediately free from sins penalty (because it’s on Jesus).  
The next section in Romans and the next part in a believer’s life after trusting Jesus as their Savior is sanctification.  Sanctification is the process of becoming more and more like Christ through the power and work of the Holy Spirit, which resides in every believer.  The process of becoming more like Christ is to display to the world that there is a difference after coming to know Him; His people are set a part because He is holy. Chapter 7 compares and contrast the life of an unbeliever and the life of a believer.  Those in Christ are no longer slaves to sin but slaves to righteousness, which brings freedom.  Chapters 9-11 speak of the restoration that God desires for mankind. Paul communicates God’s heart for both His chosen people and for the Gentiles that are grafted in.  After this, Paul address what this new life looks like in action.
In this section, Paul writes about being living sacrifices (again, a word the Jews would be very familiar with) as a spiritual act of worship (unlike the physical act of worship the Jews had been accustom to).  Paul urges them to renew their minds, to have brotherly love for each other, to be submissive to the government, and to live in community with one another. This section contains many ways to apply the gospel (belief--->behavior).  Paul ends the letter by challenging the Romans to plan to take the gospel to places it has not yet been preached.  
This book is an incredible tool for the believer.  I am so thankful we studied it more in depth this week.  After studying something so great, I must always remind myself to apply it in my daily life and not let it be head knowledge.  God has always been and will always be concerned about the heart, just as He was with His chosen people, the Jews. 

Thursday, February 23, 2012

God the Holy Spirit

This week Dr. Pete Deison taught on the Holy Spirit.  Mark and I had the pleasure of picking him up from the airport and taking him to dinner Monday night.  It’s so incredibly encouraging to see a man his age with all of his experience and how God has used him in so many ways.  I really enjoy watching and learning from individuals in an older generation than myself.  A friend of mine recently pointed out to me that it seems the older people get the more bitter and hard they become about life or the more gentle and kind they become.  This depends on whether that person has given their life over to the Lord.  Dr. Deison is one who has tasted and seen that the Lord is good and has trusted in Him, thus he had a very tender spirit, and that’s exactly what we saw this week, the evidence of the work of the Holy Spirit in his life for many years. 
The Holy Spirit is a co-equal of the Trinity with the Father and the Son and has always been.  He is God, although God is not only the Holy Spirit.  After salvation, the Holy Spirit manifest himself in every believer.  How often are you aware of the Holy Spirit in your life and all that God the Spirit does in and through you?  If you were anything like me, not near as much as we should; I think we take the indwelling of the Spirit for granted.  The Holy Spirit came upon people for a time in the Old Testament (Bezaleel, Saul, Samson) but in the New Testament and today, the Holy Spirit comes to dwell at the moment of conversion and indwells and seals the believer until the day of redemption. Jesus said it was better for Him to leave and for the Spirit to come.  As both Son of Man and Son of God, Jesus submitted himself to be limited to time and space, yet the Spirit can be in believers at all times in all places.  
The purpose of the Holy Spirit in our lives is to sanctify us to be more like Christ.  When Christ was on earth, He said He came to bring life abundantly.  When the Spirit lives inside of believers to makes us more like Christ, there is growth.  Without growth and living up to what we are called to, life is not lived in the abundance that God desires for us; therefore, indwelling and sanctification go hand in hand.  Someone can be in-dwelt by the Spirit yet quench the Spirit’s leading, which would decrease growth, the abundant life, and sanctification.  Paul warns us in 1 Thess 5:19 not to put out the fire of the Holy Spirit.  The more we follow the leading of the Spirit, that still small voice, the more the fire flames.  You could think of it as each time you listen to the Spirit’s leading and you follow it, you are adding more wood to the fire, and each time you don’t follow the leading of the Spirit, you are throwing water on the fire of the Spirit.  Oh, that we would trust His plan for our life and make a decision each and every day to walk in the Spirit.  As well as being quenched, the Spirit can also be grieved.  Paul warns again in Eph 4:30, “Do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God of whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.”  When we sin, we choose not to walk in holiness and this grieves the Spirit of God.  Because He can be grieved, this shows that God is a person and our relationship with Him is personal. 
Unlike the individuals in the Old Testament, believers now have the Helper, the Holy Spirit who leads, guides, guards, sanctifies, reveals truth, and so much more.  When we are trusting the Holy Spirit to lead us, we should have no fear of the future, for we cannot be out of God’s will when we are trusting God and walking by the Spirit.  He knows best and if we knew what was best for us, we would follow His lead relentlessly.  

Friday, February 3, 2012

ACTS: The Sequel to the Gospels

This week we had the pleasure of having Mitch Maher speak to the class on the book of Acts.  Up until the last few years, I had never read the book in its entirety. It’s incredible and if you have not read or studied it, I challenge you to do so.  The entire Bible is about the Father’s redemptive plan, the gospel and because Jesus is God incarnate, it’s all about Him.   The Old Testament anticipates Christ, the Gospels manifest Christ, Acts proclaims Christ, the Epistles (letters) explain Christ, and Revelation consummates Christ. 
While Christ was on earth, he told his disciples, “And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him.” (John 14:16)  Before Christ ascended into heaven, he challenged his disciples with “the Great Commission” to “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.  And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matt 28:19)  The disciples knew the Holy Spirit would come but they did not know when and had never experienced the indwelling of the Spirit.  Jesus had also told “them not to depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father...” (Acts 1:4) That promised Holy Spirit came upon them as recorded in Acts 2 as the Day of Pentacost. The Spirit of God came and in dwelt believers.  “And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting.” (Acts 2:2)  What an act of God! The promised Spirit of God arrived and the followers of Christ were overjoyed!  It was refreshing to hear this week about the power of the Holy Spirit and that the same Spirit it alive and working and indwelling me.  Everyday, I’m trying to consciously make myself aware of the Spirit that lives inside of me and confessing my weakness and His power that helps me overcome sin in my life.  He empowers me to make decisions that on my own I would not be able to make.  The same Spirit that raised Christ from the dead, lives in me (Romans 8:11) and is alive in me for God’s glory.  I am not a slave to sin or a slave to the law anymore because of Christ’s work on the cross and the Spirits work in me.  What freedom and joy that brings! 
Another thing in Acts that really speaks volumes is the church, the first group of believers that met together to worship our God.  They had true community; they “had all things in common” (Acts 2:44b) not because they had the same hobbies or jobs but because they kept the main thing the main thing; that Christ died once for all.  They were an incredibly selfless group of people! “And they were selling their possessions and belonging and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need” (Acts 2:45) and “There was not a needy person among them, for as many as were owners of lands or houses sold them and brought the proceeds of what was sold and laid it at the apostles’ feet and it was distributed to each as any had need.” (Acts 4:34)  Do you see this happening in the church today?  What an example of what the body of Christ should look like.  This challenges me to be more generous and giving on a daily basis. 
There is so much I could share with you about Acts and the power and work of the Holy Spirit throughout the entire book.  It is filled with God’s faithfulness, His gospel being proclaimed, and people coming to salvation by the thousands.  I am so encouraged after studying this book.  All that God did then, He can still do and I trust Him to use me to bring people to know Him.  

Sunday, January 15, 2012

The word, the world, the Word

Tackling the Trinity is impossible, but I have realized this week just because it’s tough to grasp and it will never fully be understood that I should not ever use that as an excuse not to study our God’s nature.  I praise Him for the mystery and hope in expectation to understand it when we see Him “face to face.”  With that being said, I will hardly scratch the surface on Trinitarianism.
As Christians, we have something different- belief in a real God; all other religions believe in a god that does not exist.  We have a relationship with a God that eternally exists. Oh, how that makes my heart leap for joy!  We trust in a God who is real and who has existed forever and will exist forever.  He has chosen to revealed Himself to us through His word, the world, and His Son, the Word of God.  Our eternally existing God is three in one: Father, Son, and Spirit.  “Now when all the people were baptized, and when Jesus also had been baptized and was praying, the heavens were opened, and the Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily form, like a dove; and a voice came from heaven, ‘You are my beloved Son, with you I am well pleased.’” (Luke 3:21-22)  
Now at this point many people (including myself about a week ago) would try to explain the Trinity as an egg (yoke, egg white, shell) or as water (solid, liquid, gas) but I’ve learned this week this is not the case, for that would mean our God is 3 separate gods, and He is not; He is one in three at the same time.  Man tries to put the Trinity into an illustration, but there is not one illustration that could describe the Trinity.  According to our speaker, Dr. Glenn Krieder, he put it like this: “The Father is God, but God is more than the Father. The Son is God, but God is more than the Son. The Spirit is God, but God is more than the Spirit.”  The three are equal but have different functions. Each has existed together forever as one, before the creation of the world.  “In the beginning, God created...and the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.” (Gen 1:1-2) “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.” (John 1:1, 1:14)  
We took three days to discuss this; I understand it a little bit more but will be able to study this and seek it out in Scriptures the rest of my life.  The Bible’s pages are filled with the truth and teaching of the Trinity, although the Trinity is not revealed until the New Testament, after Christ came, ascended to heaven, and sent the Spirit to indwell believers on the Day of Pentacost (Acts 2).  Old Testament believers saw God, talked with God, ate with God, were filled with the Spirit of God, and prophesied about God’s Son, but they did not know that each was God.  But when God became man, God incarnate, His chosen people, the Jews did not believe that Jesus was God. Some did believe and walked with the God man.  Before Christ was crucified, He told His followers that He would leave but that the Father would send the Spirit in His name.  “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.” (John 14:26)  Not long after Jesus left this earth, the Spirit of God, the Holy Spirit indwelled believers.  
In the Old Testament, believers were saved like people are today, by grace through faith but they did not have the promised Helper, the Holy Spirit.  What an incredible blessing we have not only to have the Scriptures but the indwelling of God himself, the Holy Spirit every second of every day.  I praise God, the plan and will of the Father to send His Son and His promise of the Holy Spirit.  I am so thankful for the truth of the Trinity and the oneness of our God and that He’s chosen to reveal Himself in His word, His world, and His Word. 
*Much of my information came from our speaker this week, Dr. Glenn Krieder, professor at Dallas Theological Seminary. 

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Soon to be Strong

This week, I have been overjoyed and filled with thankfulness!

Mark asked me to marry him on Friday around 11:30 in New Braunfels, TX. It was a complete SURPRISE (which was one of the 4 S's Mark strived for- surprise, simple, sentimental, & support).  So here's the story of us...

We met at camp (TbarM) during summer 2009. We had a crush on each other but didn't know each other outside of camp so we decided to have hang out and talk about us during the end of the summer. We went out to eat and to the outlets then sat on a dock on the Guadalupe River in New Braunfels.  We chatted for hours and then concluded that we would be friends and see how things went.  I then proceeded to ask him to jump in the river with me (because I'm spontaneous).  This sent him mixed signals, and he asked to meet up the next weekend which is when we high fived as friends and Mark told me, "I take things really slow."  Long story short, we started talking every night on the phone and in October he asked my dad for permission to date me.  We drove the 5 1/2 hour trip from OBU (Arkadelphia) to BU (Waco) every couple of weeks.  It was a wonderful season of getting to know each other. We spent the next two summers on the leadership team together and grew very much in our relationship with the Lord and each other.  For many years, I desired to attend the Focus on the Family Institute and when Mark told me he was looking at going to the Kanakuk Institute, I was like "Great! You do your thing, I'll do mine."  I can be independent at times and I realized I had a fear of man about what others would think if I followed him to Branson.  Last October, I visited the Institute with Mark and fell in love with the community and what God was up to here in this place.  I started praying about it and God gave me a peace.  I realized I wanted to attend the KI whether Mark went or not, but the fact that we are both here is the icing on the cake!! It has been the best season of my life.  We both have grown so much in our walks and knowledge of the Lord.  We strive everyday to live a life of excellence. Walking in victory is thrilling! 

So back to the story of us... Mark and I did not spend this Christmas break together. I went to FL for 3 weeks and he went home to College Station. It was a hard break for me. I love my family dearly and I loved seeing them, but because of my age and singleness, I fell somewhere in between children and the 4 couples I was with.  I knew and know marriage is not the end all, be all...but it was hard finding my place.  Again, a lesson of trusting the Lord.  (and all along, my family members knew what was about to happen just days ahead!)  So on Jan 5, my parents and I flew out from Orlando to Austin and Mark picked us up. I did not think it weird or strange that my parents were flying to TX (they do this often and they hadn't seen Angie's family for Christmas). So we spent the day at Angies and the plan for Mark and I was to go to College Station the next day to spend some time with his parents.  So the next morning, Angie and mom were cleaning house and said the realtor was coming to look at the house and they had things going on (so I didn't feel so bad leaving). During the morning my dad asked me twice if he could paint my nails (which is not peculiar because he did that growing up). I thought nothing of it, nothing was out of the ordinary. We packed our bags and said goodbye to my family.  Rewind... Before Christmas break Mark gave me some dresses for my gift and told me the other half of my gift was coming (again, I thought nothing of this because I was doing the same thing with his gift). So he has thing small gift wrapped (a little book size) in his car and tells me I can open it when we get to New Braunfels.  New Braunfels?? We needed to get to College Station and NB was 30 out of the way.  Sad to say, I was a little put out and silent during the car ride because we just had to leave my family and we were going out of the way to pick something up for my "gift".  So we got to NB and when we were  coming up to the place on the river where we had our first talk... I had a 2 second "ah could this be an engagement" moment that I quickly squelched because I thought There is no way! He hasn't had time to get to the jewelers in Dallas.  So all I thought was He's being sentimental... We walk down to the dock and I open my gift, which was a small journal of many many messages I had written him that he has kept since Sept 7, 2009 and the book was called "Her words, his thought".  On one page were my word and the other side of the page were his thoughts.  I laughed out loud and cried as I read through this journal....still thinking all along, this is the most sweet sentimental gift ever. After I finished reading, I told him thank you through the tears and snot. He started "the speech" which went like "remember last time we were here, you said you just wanted to be friends? And now we are best friends..." and got on his knee and pulled out a ring box out of his boot and it then hit me.  I am not sure what he said after that because I started saying "yes yes yes yes yes yes yes"!! We jumped up and down and celebrated for the next 10 mins.  It truly was the best day and the most wonderful surprise I have ever had! We went back to Angie's to find not the realtor but all my sisters, their families, my parents, Mark's sister and parents, and our good friends Frank & Rachel.  We had a cook out and celebrated all day long! My heart has been gushing all day everyday of the goodness of God's timing and His love.  The love Mark and I have for each other is just the overflow of the intimate relationship with have individually with Christ. He is and always be first and we are each other's 2nd love.  God has been so faithful, so kind to bless us with each other.  As I sit here and right this I have tears in my eyes.  I can hardly comprehend it all.  I have awoken each morning since to look at my gorgeous ring and be reminded that this is all for His glory! Mark is not mine, he is the Lords and each day I give Mark back to Him with thankfulness. The day after the engagement, I opened my Bible to where I was reading in Psalms and oh this is how I felt- Ps 95:1-3 "Oh come, let us sing to the LORD; let us make a JOYFUL noise to the rock of our salvation! Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving; let us make a JOYFUL noise to him with songs of praise. For the LORD is a great God, and a great King above all gods." 

We returned to the Institute two days ago and have been able to share our story and excitement with 70 friends. We also had about 10 hours in the car that we got to talk and plan on the way back.  This will be a union for the Lord and will be HIS day, not ours. I am not stressed or worried, so excited and know all things will fall into place as we trust him.

Please pray for focus as Mark and I have A LOT going on at the Institute that we want to pour our whole hearts into and not be distracted...that we will balance our time wisely. Also, please pray for a sustained peace for us as we trust the Lord to open doors for a job.  Mark is believing and claiming Lam 3:25- The LORD is good to those who wait on Him, to the soul who seeks Him.
Fun note: We went to the airport last night to pick up our speaker for this week and his flight was delayed, so we got to start our registry at BB& was a blast! 

 My ring is GORGEOUS! IT sparkles soooo much! 17 beautiful diamonds :)

 jumping for JOY!

To God be the glory, great things He has done!

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Prophets Speak, "Shape up, or ship out!"

“In Wrath, God Remembers Mercy”
As you know, my weekly assignment at the KI is to write a response about what we learned throughout the week in class.  We did not have an assignment last week (which was a very nice break) which means I can talk about one thing I learned from the previous two weeks.  Wow! I don’t know where to begin.  Debbie Jo White came last week and we studied Daniel and this week Blake Holmes from Watermark in Dallas came and we studied all the prophets.  It was incredible.  Blake and his companion, Bobby Crotty, referred to these books of the Bible as the “sticky pages.”  The prophetical books are the most neglected books of the Bible (O God, convict our hearts for ignoring part of your Word).  Before my time here at the KI and my knowledge of the Bible as a whole (through the Bible overview classes and project), I would not have been able to understand the prophetical books either.  The history of Israel is vital to understanding the prophets and the Bible as a whole.  
The 17 prophetical books fall into three categories (pre-exilic, exilic, post-exilic). Now you are probably be thinking, what does that mean? Here’s a little bit of history- creation, the fall of man, the flood, the tower of babel (dispersion of all mankind), and the call of Abram (later changed to Abraham).  God made a covenant with Abraham and told him he would make him into a great nation and would give him land, seed, and blessing.  This starts the history of the nation of Israel.  After God brought his people out of slavery in Egypt, He gave them the law (moral, ceremonial, hygienic) and “the people answered with one voice and said, ‘All the words that the LORD has spoken we will do.” (Exodus 24:3 &7) God told them if they obeyed He would bless them, yet they did not obey and repeatedly dishonored the covenant they had made with God.  After many years of disobedience, God allowed Assyria to conquer Israel (northern kingdom) and Babylon to conquer Judah (southern kingdom).  Those in Judah were exiled to Babylon for 70 years. The pre-exilic books (written before Israel was taken into exile) were written to warn the Israelites to turn their hearts back to God and repent.  They did not repent and the exilic prophets are those who spoke during the exile.  The post-exilic prophets spoke to the Israelites after they returned to the Promised Land mostly encouraging them to rebuild the temple.  
Now that you know a little bit more about the Israel’s history, you should be able to read the “sticky pages” with a little bit more understanding (Challenge: read Jeremiah 29).  It’s God’s Word and it is for us today; “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.” (Heb 13:8).  Let us not neglect any part of His Word! I was so convicted about my lack of interest and knowledge of this part of Scripture.  It’s in there for a purpose and these books are applicable for us today.  “All Scripture is God breathed.” (2 Tim 3:16)  I encourage you to study more of Israel’s history and God’s redemptive plan for all mankind; the entire Bible flows and fits together.  

Helpful Information-
As you read the prophets, keep a few principles in mind (given to us this week by Blake Holmes, Watermark Church in Dallas): context is key, 90% is forthtell (speaking truth) and 10% is foretell (what to come), the theme is repentance and restoration, these are oracles (spoken, not letters, etc), and these books are like mountain tops and have double fulfillment (during their time and in the future). 
Pre-exilic: Amos, Hosea (written to Israel, the northern kingdom) & Joel, Isaiah, Micah, Zephaniah, Jeremiah, Habakkuk (written to Judah, the southern kingdom)
Exilic (70 years in exile): Ezekiel, Daniel, Lamentations, Obadiah, Jonah, Nahum
Post-exilic (after King Cyrus allowed them to return): Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi
The books Ezra & Nehemiah are the accounts of what happened when the people returned (rebuilding of the people, the temple, and the city walls). 

A quick glance at a few of the prophetical books: 
Obadiah-“as you have done, it shall be done to you” (vs 15).  This book was written to Esau’s descendants who did not help the Israelites when in need and God judged them.   God hates the exploitation of others.
Jonah- “salvation is from the Lord”: God called Jonah to Nineveh and he ran.  What area of your life are you not surrendering to Christ?
Amos-“prepare to meet your God”:  God addresses those who are living fat and happy at the expense of others.  He calls the wise “cows.”  (Amos 4:1-3) Complacency, materialism, and idolatry are detestable in God’s sight. What area of your life are you holding more important than Christ? 
Hosea-“playing the whore”: God forgives Israel’s sin of idolatry and rebellion.  He desires restoration.  There is not any sin that is too great for God’s grace and forgiveness.  If you are continual sin, you are already believing one lie (God does not satisfy all your needs), don’t believe a second lie that God cannot forgive you of that sin.
Daniel-“Even if”: This book is INCREDIBLE! It takes place in Babylon during the 70 years of exile.  Daniel and his friends has such amazing faith; “The God we serve is able to save us from it (the furnace), and He will resuce us from your hand O king. But even if he does not, we want you to kno, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.” (Daniel 3:17-18) Do you have “even if” faith?
Haggai-”consider your ways”: This prophet spoke to the people after they had returned home.  They were too busy rebuilding their “paneled houses” that they forgot to build the most important thing, the temple.  What things in your life are you putting before God?  Have you replaced God with the things of God?

Friday, December 16, 2011

"The Body is a Temple" Lifeline

Before salvation, our bodies were slaves to our flesh(1), but when the Holy Spirit indwells us, our bodies become His holy temple(2) and, therefore, we are called to a standard of holiness and self-control(3).  In everything that we do, we are to treat our bodies as instruments for God’s glory.  Christ permits the believer freedom to enjoy life(4), but we are never to use that freedom if it might become an obstacle to another believer’s sanctification(5). While believers may have different “convictions” about issues(6), every believer should be open having their convictions challenged first by Scripture and then by other believers(7).

(1) Romans 6:6,17-18, 1 Cor 6:9-11, Eph 4:22
(2) 1 cor 6:13, 19-20, Eph 5:18
(3) Eph 5:15, Gal 5:22-23, 1 Thess 4:4
(4) Ecc 9:7-9, 1 Cor 6:12, Ecc 5:18
(5) Gal 5:13, Rm 14:13, 1 Cor 8:9,13
(6) Rm 14:2, 1 Cor 8
(7) 2 Tim 3:16, Prov 1:5, Prov 19:20