Seek Jesus on Purpose

2 Peter 2:12a and Jude 1:10 & 19 speak of those who are like brute beasts, unable to process rational thought and only able to respond to their five senses because they don’t listen to the Holy Spirit.

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Devilish Knowledge and Wisdom

Demons “know” how to deceive us. They see many things. They use this perception to maim, kill, and destroy. Those who use séances, psychics, fortune tellers, or Ouija boards soon learn that evil spirits “know” some things. They see more than we do, yet they won’t glorify God. They deceive and lie. God warns about demonic wisdom. If an evil spirit speaks to us, we may think we’re clairvoyant, and we may think we know something even though we know nothing.
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The Holy Spirit Will Teach Us

2 Peter 2:12a and Jude 1:10 & 19 speak of those who are like brute beasts, unable to process rational thought and only able to respond to their five senses because they don’t listen to the Holy Spirit.

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Our natural, brute-beast minds would like to draw us into speculation. However, as we join our minds to the Holy Spirit, the Holy Spirit will teach us all things.

“For the perishable must be clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality. When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come to pass: ‘Death has been swallowed up in victory.’” (1 Corinthians 15:53-54 Berean Study Bible)

In the following verse, we read about an earthly tent, and God is referring to our natural bodies. However, God promises us a building, a heavenly dwelling. We can’t imagine a spiritual body, but God will see to it.

“Now we know that if the earthly tent we live in is dismantled, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands. For in this tent we groan, longing to be clothed with our heavenly dwelling, because when we are clothed, we will not be found naked. So while we are in this tent, we groan under our burdens, because we do not wish to be unclothed but clothed, so that our mortality may be swallowed up by life. And God has prepared us for this very purpose and has given us the Spirit as a pledge of what is to come.” (2 Corinthians 5:1-5 Berean Study Bible)

We groan for this change. Life on earth is often hard. The fallen world stresses us, and our natural desires try to pull us into evil. We battle sin, sickness, and death every day. But God didn’t set this futility as our destiny. We suffer for a little while, but He’ll reveal His glory in us.

“I consider that our present sufferings are not comparable to the glory that will be revealed in us. The creation waits in eager expectation for the revelation of the sons of God. For the creation was subjected to futility, not by its own will, but because of the One who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to decay and brought into the glorious freedom of the children of God. We know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until the present time. Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. For in this hope we were saved; but hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what he can already see?” (Romans 8:18-24 Berean Study Bible)

This hope mentioned here isn’t “I hope so.” God gives us this vision of hope, and He wants us to live in His hope and to focus our attention on the hope He’s giving us.
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Our Temporary Struggle

2 Peter 2:12a and Jude 1:10 & 19 speak of those who are like brute beasts, unable to process rational thought and only able to respond to their five senses because they don’t listen to the Holy Spirit.

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It Won’t Always be this Way

We temporarily struggle under the limitations of the flesh. We won’t always have to.

“What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death? Thanks be to God, through Jesus Christ our Lord!” (Romans 7:24-25 Berean Study Bible)

We may not understand it all, but we can rest in the Holy Spirit as He speaks to us through the following verses.

“What you sow does not come to life unless it dies. And what you sow is not the body that will be, but just a seed, perhaps of wheat or something else. But God gives it a body as He has designed, and to each kind of seed He gives its own body. Not all flesh is the same: Men have one kind of flesh, animals have another, birds another, and fish another. There are also heavenly bodies and earthly bodies. But the splendor of the heavenly bodies is of one degree, and the splendor of the earthly bodies is of another. The sun has one degree of splendor, the moon another, and the stars another; and star differs from star in splendor. So will it be with the resurrection of the dead: What is sown is perishable; it is raised imperishable. It is sown in dishonor; it is raised in glory. It is sown in weakness; it is raised in power. It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body. So it is written: ‘The first man Adam became a living being;’ the last Adam a life-giving spirit. The spiritual, however, was not first, but the natural, and then the spiritual. The first man was of the dust of the earth, the second man from heaven. As was the earthly man, so also are those who are of the earth; and as is the heavenly man, so also are those who are of heaven. And just as we have borne the likeness of the earthly man, so also shall we bear the likeness of the heavenly man.” (1 Corinthians 15:36-49 Berean Study Bible)

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Why Leave God Out

2 Peter 2:12a and Jude 1:10 & 19 speak of those who are like brute beasts, unable to process rational thought and only able to respond to their five senses because they don’t listen to the Holy Spirit.

The alternative to this brute-beast existence is knowing Jesus Christ. It’s a unity with God that we have trouble dealing with in a materialistic and naturalistic culture. Some Christians would never consider yielding to the Holy Spirit to that extent. They don’t even believe that the Holy Spirit can lead them in their daily lives.

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Why would we want to leave God out of ANY aspect of our lives? Why?

Looking at it from the other side we can absolutely know that a worldwide flood occurred just as the Bible says. We know some facts about the Genesis Flood by divine revelation. And we know the Bible is accurate because the Holy Spirit testifies to the fact. What God says is fact.
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We Can Observe, but to Reason About Our Observations…

2 Peter 2:12a and Jude 1:10 & 19 speak of those who are like brute beast, unable to process rational thought and only able to respond to their five senses because they don’t listen to the Holy Spirit.

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Without divine revelation, the human mind can’t reason beyond the senses. It can find out what works. It can remember what worked in the past. Based on past experiences, it can even visualize things like physical kinetics or immaterial relationships. It can make guesses about what might work in the future and test to see if a new idea does work. It can develop techniques like Six Sigma, business analysis, risk management, and project management. And it can mentally test various options in the human imagination but with limited accuracy. These are all functions of the brute-beast mind, but what about unexpected events? For instance, what about death? In this godless way, no absolutes exist. God can stop any process, project, or effort.

We find out how accurate our concepts are whenever we can physically test them. Concepts are testable if the concept can be made into a product such as a chair or a method such as a surgical procedure. These are concepts about a material product or method, and we can test the product or try the method. The brute-beast mind has extreme restrictions. When the brute-beast mind wants to “prove” something that it can’t test, it must set up a fake test. By setting up fake tests, it can have strong opinions on subjects about which it has no capacity to know anything.

We can find out what works. We don’t know that it’s the best way or the best design possible. We’re talking about pragmatic survival mechanisms rather than truth. Pragmatism is about what works. That’s it. Trying to go beyond what we can observe and test without divine revelation is always irrational.
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Beware of False Wisdom

2 Peter 2:12a and Jude 1:10 & 19 speak of those who are like brute beast, unable to process rational thought and only able to respond to their five senses because they don’t listen to the Holy Spirit.

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“The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance; it is the illusion of knowledge” (Stephen Hawking, atheist)

Stephen says this, but he can only create the illusion of knowledge. He can’t know truth. He refuses to acknowledge the Source of all truth. A fool fails to acknowledge God, but God warns us about the devilish “knowledge,” “understanding,” and “wisdom” of those who refuse to glorify Him.

“For the Lord has finished all his work against Mount Zion and against Jerusalem; he will punish the speech that comes from that willful heart of Assyria’s king and the haughty look in his eyes. He keeps bragging: ‘I’ve done it by the strength of my hand, and by my wisdom, because I’m so clever. I removed the boundaries of peoples, and plundered their treasures; like a bull I brought down those who sat on thrones.” (Isaiah 10:12-13 International Standard Version)

“You trusted in your own knowledge. You said, ‘No one sees me.’ Your wisdom and knowledge have misled you. You said in your heart, ‘I am the one, and there will be none besides me’” (Isaiah 47:10 International Standard Version)

“The wise men will be put to shame. They’ll be dismayed and taken captive. Look, they have rejected the message from the LORD! So what kind of wisdom do they have?” (Jeremiah 8:9 International Standard Version)

“This is what the LORD says: ‘The wise man is not to boast in his wisdom; the strong man is not to boast in his strength; and the rich man is not to boast in his riches. Rather, let the one who boasts, boast in this: that he understands and knows me, for I am the LORD who acts with gracious love, justice, and righteousness in the land. I delight in these things,’ declares the LORD.” (Jeremiah 9:23-24 International Standard Version)

“Because your heart is lifted up, and you have said, I am a God, I sit in the seat of God, in the midst of the seas; yet you are a man, and not God, though you set your heart as the heart of God: Behold, you are wiser than Daniel; there is no secret that they can hide from you: With your wisdom and with your understanding you have gotten yourself riches, and have gotten gold and silver into your treasuries: By your great wisdom and by your trade have you increased your riches, and your heart is lifted up because of your riches: Therefore thus says the Lord GOD; Because you have set your heart as the heart of God; Behold, therefore I will bring strangers upon you, the terrible of the nations: and they shall draw their swords against the beauty of your wisdom, and they shall defile your brightness. They shall bring you down to the pit, and you shall die the deaths of them that are slain in the midst of the seas.” (Ezekiel 28:2b-8 King James 2000 Version)

“O Timothy, guard what has been entrusted to you, avoiding worldly and empty chatter and the opposing arguments of what is falsely called ‘knowledge’” (Timothy 6:20 New American Standard Bible)

“For my people are foolish, they don’t know me. They’re stupid children, they have no understanding. They’re skilled at doing evil, but how to do good, they don’t know.” (Jeremiah 4:22 International Standard Version)

“Such wisdom does not come from above, but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic.” (James 3:15 Berean Study Bible)

Of course, all Scripture that mentions false prophets, false teachers, or false doctrines is warning against this counterfeit fake-knowledge, fake-understanding, and fake-wisdom.
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Submission is Necessary for Sound Logic

2 Peter 2:12a and Jude 1:10 & 19 speak of those who are like brute beast, unable to process rational thought and only able to respond to their five senses because they don’t listen to the Holy Spirit.

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Submission is necessary for sound logic that leads to knowledge. If we don’t submit to God, we’ll follow after our own mind, which is deceitful and desperately wicked. We may spend our whole life in a constant state of learning without ever coming to a knowledge of the truth.
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What is Submission?

2 Peter 2:12a and Jude 1:10 & 19 speak of those who are like brute beast, unable to process rational thought and only able to respond to their five senses because they don’t listen to the Holy Spirit.

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Let’s be clear. Submission is a lack of fighting or arguing against God. It’s not a form of trying to earn righteousness by the Law. It’s yielding. It’s realizing that God is the potter and we are the clay. God won’t force Himself on anyone, so submission is required. The Pharisees didn’t submit to God, though they tried in their own strength to obey God’s Law. They were like Christians who say, “The reason I obey the Ten Commandments is that I’m just so thankful that God forgave me that I want to do something for Him.” That’s as if we could give our own righteousness, which is like filthy rags, as a gift that would please God. In contrast to submission, the Pharisees tried to establish their own righteousness.

“For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God.” (Romans 10:3 King James Version)
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Author’s Note:

Why did I add this to the book? Some theologians are rightly concerned about adding human fake-righteousness or self-righteousness to the gospel. However, some of these theologians go over the top and think that works need to be eliminated from the gospel. However, God makes it clear as He speaks through Scripture that works are a part of the gospel. Then, phrases such as “works righteousness” are used to condemn anyone who does what’s right or who teaches others to do what’s right. It all becomes very confusing.  They include submission in their list of works to avoid. However, rebellion takes work. Ignoring Christ requires work. We have to expend effort to fight against the Holy Spirit and His righteousness. When we yield, we let go. We don’t fight God. We stop our rebellion. That means that rather than taking our marching orders from our fleshly natures, we listen to Christ. As the Holy Spirit leads and we hear (or listen to) Him, faith comes. Faith gives us access to His grace. Grace does any works within us. Even rational thought is impossible without hearing the voice of God and yielding to it in willing submission.

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God Reveals His Orders

2 Peter 2:12a and Jude 1:10 & 19 speak of those who are like brute beast, unable to process rational thought and only able to respond to their five senses because they don’t listen to the Holy Spirit.

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When the Holy Spirit leads us, He reveals the natural orders and gives us strength for righteousness. We can ask for this righteousness and receive it. When we acknowledge Him and His leading, we can reason rationally. We can provide a rational reason for loving our neighbor rather than killing our neighbor. Without the Holy Spirit, we depend on our natural senses and our primary drives. With the Holy Spirit, we receive revelation of not only the natural but also the spiritual. The Holy Spirit keeps unfolding this revelation in front of us as long as we keep acknowledging Him and yielding to Him in submission and obedience.
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The Illusion of Knowledge

2 Peter 2:12a and Jude 1:10 & 19 speak of those who are like brute beast, unable to process rational thought and only able to respond to their five senses because they don’t listen to the Holy Spirit.

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How can we have truth but not know it? We’re in this plight when we disconnect from the Holy Spirit. God imparts some natural truth in the form of instinct or intuition. We know sex is for marriage. We know marriage is between one man and one woman who vow before God to remain together for life excluding all others from this sacred trust. We know stealing and murder are wrong. We know many such truths, and everyone knows these truths. We know them by divine revelation. However, we can’t prove anything if we’re trying to survive without the Holy Spirit. We’ve seen many who have lost this natural knowledge. They’ve murdered strangers or distorted God’s natural pattern for marriages and families. They drifted from God’s Spirit and rationalized behavior God didn’t create in His natural order. They’ve gone down into bondage to unnatural desires and addictions. Others have followed God’s natural orders to some extent, but they can’t explain why. To them, good and evil are merely interesting concepts but not part of reality. When we refuse to acknowledge God, we can’t know anything for sure. We can have the illusion of knowledge, though.
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