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7 For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he: Eat and drink, saith he to thee; but his heart is not with thee.
What we are doing externally is secondary, though important. What we are doing internally is vital: what we are thinking, and what we are thinking about, and what we are thinking about it. What are our purposes and motives for what we do and the decisions we make?
Are we just seeking personal self-satisfaction and pleasure or do we want to be a useful part of eternity: something bigger than ourselves?
12 Apply thine heart unto instruction, and thine ears to the words of knowledge.
Make the total dedication and devotion of your life your sincere desire and goal. Realise clearly that this is the only possible way to either present joy or future life. Do not be discouraged by repeated failures. Just keep doggedly at it, with determination and prayer. Try to make each day a new accomplishment of some kind, and not just a piece of colourless passed time. Try to make each day a little better than the one before. Think big and eternally. Make yourself face and realize the foolishness and emptiness and uselessness of present things. Think! Keep thinking! Keep examining yourself, and what you are doing, and WHY.
The flesh is your enemy, a very deceptive and hypocritical one: promising everything and delivering nothing. Don't mistake it for a friend. There is no real joy and satisfaction except in spiritual things. To realise this in youth is a tremendous blessing. Most realise it too late -- or never at all. Thank God for the light -- and walk in it.
23 Buy the truth, and sell it not; also wisdom, and instruction, and understanding.
In this advertisement, the article offered for sale is the truth - the good things covenanted to David... that is, buy these four things; but when you have acquired them, see that you do not part with them for any consideration.
The truth, then, is the spiritual merchandise to be bought and sold without money or price. The Spirit and His agents, "faithful men who are able to teach others" (2 Tim. 2:2), are the sellers, and those who seek to understand it, are the buyers.
The commodities they offer for sale, under the Divine commission contained in Apoc. 22: 17, are tried gold! white raiment and eye-salve, with many gifts thrown in to induce purchase. The Apocalyptic advertisement is found in ch. 3:18, thus: "I counsel thee," saith the Spirit and the Bride, "to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, arid that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eye-salve, that thou mayest see."
Does it really matter? Are "Eureka and Elpis Israel back numbers"? Do we now just need a "few simple facts" (like the churches)? How sad that such questions should have to be asked! Christadelphians used to believe that this central foundation truth that distinguishes the Gospel of God on this subject from the Apostacy matters very, very much. What do YOU think?