"What are your
thoughts of "Outer Darkness""
I would very much like to hear your thoughts of what you think
Outer Darkness is. I have begun a study on this subject. By us
joining in a collective gathering of points of view, we learn
and edify one another in the study of God's word.
These are what I read concerning we the church and the forms of
Edification: Let every one of us please his neighbor for his
good to edification. But he that prophesieth speaketh unto men
to edification, and exhortation, and comfort. For though I
should boast some what more of our authority, which the Lord
hath given us for edification, and not for your destruction, I
should not be ashamed: That I may not seem as if I would terrify
you by letters. For we can do nothing against the truth, but for
the truth. For we are glad, when we are weak, and ye are strong:
and this also we wish, even your perfection. Therefore I write
these things being absent, lest being present I should use
sharpness, according to the power which the Lord hath given me
to edification, and not to destruction.
Edified: Then had the churches rest throughout all Judaea and
Galilee and Samaria, and were edified; and walking in the fear
of the Lord, and in the comfort of the Holy Ghost, were
multiplied. For if I pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit
prayeth, but my understanding is unfruitful. What is it then? I
will pray with the spirit, and I will pray with the
understanding also: I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing
with the understanding also. Else when thou shalt bless with the
spirit, how shall he that occupieth the room of the unlearned
say Amen at thy giving of thanks, seeing he understandeth not
what thou sayest? For thou verily givest thanks well, but the
other is not edified.
Edifieth: Now as touching things offered unto idols, we know
that we all have knowledge. Knowledge puffeth up, but charity
edifieth. He that speaketh in an unknown tongue edifieth
himself; but he that prophesieth edifieth the church.
Edify: Let us therefore follow after the things which make for
peace, and things wherewith one may edify another. All things
are lawful for me, but all things are not expedient: all things
are lawful for me, but all things edify not.
Edifying: Again, think ye that we excuse ourselves unto you? we
speak before God in Christ: but we do all things, dearly
beloved, for your edifying. For perfection of the saints, for
the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of
Christ: From whom the whole body fitly joined together and
compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the
effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase
of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.
Thank you all, and I look forward to and in your thoughts in
God bless you