The purpose of placing this information from my study on this Series is multi-fold. On the one hand, it is intended to give a solid understanding that this Series is not just a fly-by set of Scripture that just happened to fit well, but rather one that has a solid anchor in the Word of God, our Word from the Creator God. A second reason for sharing it is to strike up some interest in the reason why we should consider what we are doing, even when we think no one could possibly be paying attention. Yet another reason would be that we all NEED to realize that Agrippa’s words ring true more today to the Christian’s shame by those that are looking on, finding that we are for a large part, little different than the world.
Definition | Be Real
RE’AL, a. [Low L. realis. The L. res and Eng. thing coincide exactly with the Heb. a word, a thing, an event. See Read and Thing.]
1. Actually being or existing; not fictitious or imaginary; as a description of real life. The author describes a real scene or transaction.
2. True; genuine; not artificial, counterfeit or factitious; as real Madeira wine; real ginger.
3. True; genuine; not affected; not assumed. The woman appears in her real character.
Explanation | Perception is Reality
The phrase “Perception is Reality” is face-front in my life most every day – it is incorporated in who I am. When it was first presented to me though, it sure didn’t make sense then and was a bit of an aggravation handed to me by my Dad. Just as the statement we have been head many times about coins “Every coin has two sides”, we have to grab hold of the concept to understand it. By the way, coins have three sides – heads, tails and the rim – it is after all a 3D object.
Anyone that knows me or has been around me for any length of time, has heard me use this statement: “Perception is Reality”. The explanation of it is quite simple, but very deep – what a person perceives to “see”, “hear”, “feel”, “taste” and/or “smell” is not all of the senses. There are “instincts” that each of us have and for the Christian, the Holy Spirit or what might be considered the “rim” of our ability to sense and the conviction we have because we are born again Christians.
Reality is the state of things as they actually exist, rather than as they may appear or might be imagined. Each of us can be subject to not seeing what “really” is, becoming so focused on the event, situation or occurrence of something that we make up our minds before full consideration is made. Below is the statement that my Dad made thousands of times it seems, with the rather pointed explanation of what he meant by it:
Perception is Reality
What a person Perceives as being Real is Reality for them.
More often than not, even if what Really happened is proven to be utterly False,
It is next to impossible to Change that person’s Perception of what Really happened.
Be Real the First Time
His prodding me was because of my lack of wanting or desiring to see any other point of view besides the one that had already been formed in my mind. We most often hear about it as something similar to “Now, the rest of the story” or “let’s hear their side now” before making a decision on the matter. Others have NO idea what is going on in our lives when we make decisions, whether rational or irrational, well intentioned or without thinking, beforehand planned or hastily put together.
We as Christians are to be Christlike, not perfect but seeking to be, in all that we do. How does an individual come to a point where they act like, talk like, think like, be like another? Simple – spend time with that individual. The more time we spend in our personal relationship and walk with Christ, the more we are going to be like Him! The more we read, study and become soaked by the Word of God, the more we are going to be able and willing to speak it, use it and reference it in our daily lives. It really is that simple. Amazing isn’t it?
Explanation | There is Such a Thing as Honour
This statement provided the most solid reference material for this Series and was very much intertwined in the full scale Bible searching which brought to my attention SO many passages to read – a VERY prolific topic indeed. As stated in the Introducing of this Series, my Grandpa Turner is the one who gave me this statement/phrase which is also a thread that has been woven in my life. It makes much more sense now than it did as a young child when he first spoke it to me!
The basis for this thought being a topic item brings a few events and even recent observances in my life where this legacy/heritage has been eroded away at even in Christian fellowships to the point of outright dishonour.
What has happened to folks like a fella in our Sunday School class who has to be the most honest person I know? This fella was given a false account for something that he purchased on credit, which in turn completely failed, but he paid every dime of the loan and interest – because it was his word, honour and reputation that was being put to the fire.
Where are those who would do what is agreed upon with a gift given, along with funds to maintain that gift? A real example of these kinds of folks would be a situation where a couple gave a gift item (substantial five figure), which they knew would become a burden if some financial provision were not supplied, also gave a significant amount (many times the cost of the gift) of funds so that the gift of potential burden to maintain would near impossibly ever become one to begin with.
The two different scenarios presented here provide a basis for understanding from the first one being a person-to-person and the second one being a person-to-ministry. Both of them are a steward matter, the first being one of a fella honoring his word to pay and the second being a ministry not following through, honouring, on what they said they would do with the funds supplied in good faith by a couple who wanted to and had the means to be a blessing to so many.
There is SUCH a thing as honour – the Bible commands it – it is honesty, so “Let us walk honestly…” Romans 13:13 | KJV We MUST be those people, if not, we are hypocrites and the truth is not in us.
Firsts | Scripture Basis
The first five verses that formed the basis for this Series are all from the New Testament of the Bible. They form the foundation for a discovery made – we are to render the best of things that our Lord has provided us with, even if it means we don’t get to do some things which are not prohibited or sinful, because we are His – PERIOD.
“…For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more.”
Luke 12:48b | King James Version
“Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another;”
Romans 12:10 | King James Version
“Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honour to whom honour.”
Romans 13:7 | King James Version
“Honour all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the king.”
I Peter 2:17 | King James Version
“Wherefore, if meat make my brother to offend, I will eat no flesh while the world standeth, lest I make my brother to offend.”
I Corinthians 8:13 | King James Version
Texts | Bible Passage References
The four main passages of Scripture which are used in this Series are:
- I Corinthians 8:1-13
- I Peter 2:1-25
- Romans 12:1-21
- Romans 13:1-14
I Corinthians 8 | KJV
(1) Now as touching things offered unto idols, we know that we all have knowledge. Knowledge puffeth up, but charity edifieth. (2) And if any man think that he knoweth any thing, he knoweth nothing yet as he ought to know. (3) But if any man love God, the same is known of him. (4) As concerning therefore the eating of those things that are offered in sacrifice unto idols, we know that an idol is nothing in the world, and that there is none other God but one. (5) For though there be that are called gods, whether in heaven or in earth, (as there be gods many, and lords many,) (6) But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him. (7) Howbeit there is not in every man that knowledge: for some with conscience of the idol unto this hour eat it as a thing offered unto an idol; and their conscience being weak is defiled. (8) But meat commendeth us not to God: for neither, if we eat, are we the better; neither, if we eat not, are we the worse. (9) But take heed lest by any means this liberty of yours become a stumblingblock to them that are weak. (10) For if any man see thee which hast knowledge sit at meat in the idol’s temple, shall not the conscience of him which is weak be emboldened to eat those things which are offered to idols; (11) And through thy knowledge shall the weak brother perish, for whom Christ died? (12) But when ye sin so against the brethren, and wound their weak conscience, ye sin against Christ. (13) Wherefore, if meat make my brother to offend, I will eat no flesh while the world standeth, lest I make my brother to offend.
I Corinthians 8:1-13 | King James Version
I Peter 2 | KJV
(1) Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings, (2) As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby: (3) If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious. (4) To whom coming, as unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, and precious, (5) Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ. (6) Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded. (7) Unto you therefore which believe he is precious: but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner, (8) And a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence, even to them which stumble at the word, being disobedient: whereunto also they were appointed. (9) But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light: (10) Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy. (11) Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul; (12) Having your conversation honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they may by your good works, which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation. (13) Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake: whether it be to the king, as supreme; (14) Or unto governors, as unto them that are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers, and for the praise of them that do well. (15) For so is the will of God, that with well doing ye may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men: (16) As free, and not using your liberty for a cloke of maliciousness, but as the servants of God. (17) Honour all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the king. (18) Servants, be subject to your masters with all fear; not only to the good and gentle, but also to the froward. (19) For this is thankworthy, if a man for conscience toward God endure grief, suffering wrongfully. (20) For what glory is it, if, when ye be buffeted for your faults, ye shall take it patiently? but if, when ye do well, and suffer for it, ye take it patiently, this is acceptable with God. (21) For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps: (22) Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth: (23) Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously: (24) Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed. (25) For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls.
I Peter 2:1-25 | King James Version
Romans 12 | KJV
(1) I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. (2) And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. (3) For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith. (4) For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office: (5) So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another. (6) Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith; (7) Or ministry, let us wait on our ministering: or he that teacheth, on teaching; (8) Or he that exhorteth, on exhortation: he that giveth, let him do it with simplicity; he that ruleth, with diligence; he that sheweth mercy, with cheerfulness. (9) Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good. (10) Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another; (11) Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord; (12) Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer; (13) Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality. (14) Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not. (15) Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep. (16) Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits. (17) Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men. (18) If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men. (19) Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord. (20) Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head. (21) Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.
Romans 12:1-21 | King James Version
Romans 13 | KJV
(1) Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God. (2) Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation. (3) For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same: (4) For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil. (5) Wherefore ye must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake. (6) For for this cause pay ye tribute also: for they are God’s ministers, attending continually upon this very thing. (7) Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honour to whom honour. (8) Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law. (9) For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. (10) Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law. (11) And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed. (12) The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light. (13) Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying. (14) But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.
Romans 13:1-14 | King James Version