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WORLDLY CHATTER            Page 6
V.19 (cont'd.)

** Rather than arguing against the Satanic doctrines of false teachers, we accurately present the truth of God's word to any who will listen and obey. How do we know that we have a seal of approval for this

"The Lord knows those who are His". Paul may have been referring to what our Lord said, "My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me; and I give eternal life to them, and they shall never perish; and no one shall snatch them out of My hand" (John 10:27-28). Or, he may have been quoting from Numbers 16:5 when some Israelites were about to rebel against the Lord and His appointed leaders Moses and Aaron.

** What is the second proof of our seal of approval?

Not only does the Lord know we are His, but our lives are devoted to abstaining from wickedness. Again, possibly from that same Numbers 16 passage (V.26-32), Paul shows that we who belong to the truth, live our lives in submission to its authority. The greatest wickedness in this context is the demonic doctrine put forth by the false teachers. As Christians we handle accurately the word of truth and have nothing to do with Satan's lie.


** What harm could come from engaging in "worldly chatter", which gives a platform for the proclaiming of demonic doctrines?

"...it will lead to further ungodliness..." (V.16)
"...it will upset the faith of some..." (V.18)


** What double seal of approval do we have that causes us to stand firm as we handle accurately the word of truth?

1) Our relationship to Christ, "The Lord knows those who are His".
2) Our obedience to the truth, "Let everyone who names the name of the Lord abstain form wickedness".


** Are you willing and prepared to give an answer to anyone who asks of you to give an account for the hope that is in you?

Yes, if you have sanctified Christ as your Lord!


** Begin this week to change the way that you speak with others. Make your speech seasoned with salt as you proclaim the truth of salvation in Jesus Christ.

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