Lawson: Reading and understanding scriptureBy RICKEY LAWSON FOR THE E-T,
A conversation between a pastor and one of his flock
PERSON: Man, I really need to change my life around but it is so hard, especially since I became born again. Let me try reading this Bible......
Bible: 1 Corinthians 5:6-7Amplified Bible (AMP)
6 [About the condition of your church] your boasting is not good [indeed, it is most unseemly and entirely out of place]. Do you not know that [just] a little leaven will ferment the whole lump [of dough]?
7 Purge (clean out) the old leaven that you may be fresh (new) dough, still uncontaminated [as you are], for Christ, our Passover [Lamb], has been sacrificed.
PERSON: Why are they talking about dough? (Calling friend who is a Pastor)
Pastor: Hello, how are you?
PERSON: I'm ok, but I have a question about something in the Bible.
Pastor: Ok, what is your question?
PERSON: What in the world is 1 Corinthians 5:6-7 talking about? Why are they mentioning dough? (Pastor explains the verse of scriptures)
PERSON: Wow, ok thanks.
PERSON: So basically this is telling me that if I keep some of my old habits, even though I am born again, eventually, those old habits that I still practice will consume me entirely. OOOOOh, so that must be why it says to purge the old leaven or old habits so that I may be fresh (new) but then it says, as I am?
But wait, why would it say as I am as if I am already new?
Wait a minute, I get it, the reason it is saying as I am is because my nature was made brand new when I was born again but physically and mentally, I am still doing the same old things so once I change my mind, I will change my actions, and once I change my actions, they will line up with my new spirit, hence becoming new as I already am......wow, this Bible reading really works.......I think I will read some more!