The Goal of Training
“Teaching [Gk: ‘to train up a child, i.e. educate, or (by implication), discipline (by punishment):--chasten(-ise), instruct, learn, teach’] us that, denying [GK: ‘contradict, reject’] ungodliness and worldly [Gk: ‘corrupt’] lusts [Gk: ‘a longing (especially for what is forbidden):--concupiscence (strong sexual desire, lusts’], we should …
 live soberly [Gk: ‘with sound mind (the mind of Christ), i.e. moderately:--soberly’],
 righteously [Gk: ‘equitably:--justly, righteously’],
 and godly [Gk: ‘piously (devoutly, spiritual, committed, scriptural, God-fearing, reverent):--godly’], in THIS present world [‘present EVIL world (age, eon, this life)’ (Gal. 1:4)].” (Titus 2:12).
“Though He [Jesus] were a [THEE only begotten] Son, yet [STILL] LEARNED He OBEDIENCE by the things which HE SUFFERED, and being made perfect [Gk: ‘to complete, i.e. (literally) accomplish, or (figuratively) consummate (in character):--consecrate, finish, fulfill, make) perfect, SPIRITUALLY MATURE, MANIFESTING SPIRITUAL FRUIT--LOVE’], He became the author of eternal [Gk: ‘eonian, age-abiding’] salvation unto all them THAT OBEY [Gk: ‘to hear under (as a subordinate), i.e. to listen attentively; by implication, to heed or conform to a command or authority:--hearken, be obedient to, obey’] HIM [Jesus]. For every one that useth milk [foundational truths of the Scriptures] is unskillful [Gk: ‘inexperienced, i.e. ignorant:--unskillful’] in the Word of righteousness: for he is a babe [Gk: ‘an infant (minor); figuratively, a simple (CARNAL) minded person, an immature Christian:--babe, child, childish’]. But strong meat [the secrets of God, the Mysteries of the Kingdom of God, the hidden wisdom and truths of God] belongeth to them that are OF FULL AGE [Gk: ‘complete (in various applications of labor, growth, mental and moral character, etc.); completeness:--of full age, man (not a ‘son of God’ but a ‘mature MAN of God’), perfect’, spiritual maturity, manifesting spiritual fruit], even those who by reason of use have their senses [Gk: ‘an organ of perception, i.e. (figuratively) judgment’] exercised [Gk: ‘TRAINED’] to discern [tell the difference between] both good and evil.” (Hebrews 5:8-9, 13-14).
“And they shall teach [Heb: ‘to flow as water (i.e. to rain); transitively, to lay or throw (especially an arrow, i.e. to shoot); figuratively, to point out (as if by aiming the finger), to teach:--(+) archer, cast, direct, inform, instruct, lay (foundations), show, shoot, teach’] My people the difference between the holy and profane, and cause them to discern [tell the difference] between the unclean and the clean.” (Ezekiel 44:23).
In the above two verses are a few of the reasons why children need to be trained up in the Ways of the Lord. Though I am not going to go in to the higher reason why. I will cover some of the why in the chapters titled Discipleship, Leadership and Evangelism.
But as far as this life, training is for the purpose of living Godly and like-Christ. Not only that, it is for the purpose to know or discern the difference between good and evil. Many adults don’t even know the difference between good and evil. They don’t know the difference between sheep and goat. They can’t tell the difference between wheat and tares.
And the reason for this is (as what is popularly taught, but is only partially true) is that Satan has “deceived the whole world.”
“And the great dragon was cast out, that old [from the Garden of Eden] serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth THE WHOLE WORLD: he was cast out into the earth [from the spirit realm of heaven to the spiritual realm of earth], and his angels were cast out with him.” (Revelation 12:9).
But what most don’t know is HOW Satan does this. Even MANY in the church don’t even have a clue to this truth either. The Bible says this,
“He that has an ear, let him hear [SPIRITUALLY] what the SPIRIT says unto the churches [all the churches].” (Rev. 2:7).
“He that has an ear let him hear what the Spirit says unto the churches.” (Ver. 11).
“He that has an ear let him hear what the Spirit says unto the churches.” (Ver. 17).
“He that has an ear let him hear what the Spirit says unto the churches.” (Ver. 29).
“He that has an ear let him hear what the Spirit says unto the churches.” (Rev. 3:6).
“He that has an ear let him hear what the Spirit says unto the churches.” (Ver. 13).
“He that has an ear let him hear what the Spirit says unto the churches.” (Ver. 22).
Jesus said in John 6:63 that His Word is Spirit. Not literally spirit. But figuratively or SPIRITUALLY Spirit. Have you ever heard the literal Christ speak literal words? How about the Holy Spirit? How about an angel? Or a maybe even a demon? No? Well, how about Satan? Never? I thought so.
Satan cannot communicate to us that way. He slips thoughts into our heads. Or he uses PHYSICAL things to communicate to us—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life (1st John 2:16).
“Because the CARNAL MIND is enmity against God: for IT IS NOT subject to the [SPIRITUAL] law [or words, wisdom, truths, teachings, or ANYTHING] of God, neither indeed can be.” (Romans 8:7).
“Which things [the hidden wisdom, mysteries, ANYTHING of God who IS SPIRIT] also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost [SPIRIT] TEACHETH; comparing [Gk: ‘matching’] SPIRITUAL things with SPIRITUAL. But the natural [carnal minded] man RECEIVETH NOT the things OF THE SPIRIT of God: for they [SPIRITUAL THINGS] are FOOLISHNESS unto him [the physical carnal mind of man]: neither can he know them, because they [things of the spirit] are SPIRITUALLY discerned.” (2nd Corinthians 2:13-14).
How can one tell the difference between Good and Evil (and all it’s shades in between) without the SPIRIT? EVEN IF the devil spoke, we could not TELL if it was God or not. Because we cannot hear spirits speak literal words. Satan had to use other means to deceive the world right? And he used the church made up of PHYSICAL BEINGS, who through the lust of the flesh, lust of the eyes, and the pride of life have forfeited the life Jesus offered to what they “think” Jesus is offering. They are deceived and deceiving the many. Here are several Scriptures that state this truth.
“Yes, and all that will live godly [devoutly, spiritual, holy, set apart, the TRUE CHRISTIANS] in Christ Jesus SHALL SUFFER PERSECUTION. But EVIL MEN AND SEDUCERS [Gk: wicked men and swindlers, impostors (THE FALSE CHRISTIANS)] SHALL WAX [grow] WORSE AND WORSE [or as some translations have it, 'go from bad to worse'], deceiving, and being deceived.” (2nd Timothy 3:12-13).
“And the light [Christ in the form of the Holy Spirit] of a candle [the TRUE Church] shall shine no more at all in thee [Mystery Babylon, the False Church]; and the voice of the bridegroom [Jesus, the Word of God] and of the bride [the TRUE Church, the Word of their testimony] shall be heard no more at all in thee: for thy merchants [false ministers] were the great men OF THE EARTH [of the flesh, on the sand, in the wilderness]; FOR BY THY SORCERIES [Gk: ‘medication ("pharmacy"), i.e. (by extension) magic (literally or figuratively):--sorcery, witchcraft’—These ARE the false teachings/doctrines that we hear all over the world and in our churches] were ALL NATIONS [that would be THE SAME WHOLE WORLD THAT SATAN HAS …] deceived.” (Revelation 18:23).
So really, I ask, did Satan himself truly deceive the whole world? Or did he have help? Let’s answer this question by the mouth of Paul the Apostle.
“For such are false apostles [Gk: ‘a spurious (bogus, counterfeit, fake) apostle, i.e. pretended preacher (evangelist):--false teacher’], deceitful [Gk: ‘guileful’] workers, transforming themselves [Gk: ‘to transfigure or disguise; figuratively, to apply (by accommodation):--transfer, transform (self)’] into the apostles [Gk: ‘a delegate; specially, an ambassador of the Gospel; officially a commissioner of Christ ("apostle") (with miraculous powers, with delegated influence):--apostle, messenger, he that is sent’] of Christ. And no marvel [don’t be surprised]; for Satan [they do what their father does] himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers [Gk: ‘errand boys’] also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.” (2nd Corinthians 11:13-15).
I’m sorry for getting a little off the topic of training up our children. But I want to show first the importance of WHY we as parents must do it and not just the church, or education system, or just whoever teach our kids just anything. It is time now for God to reveal some startling truths to those who have ears to hear.
Little wonder that the Church worldwide does not acknowledge the whereabouts of the depths [deep demonic secrets] of Satan (Rev. 2:24). Yet, this is no secret for those who have eyes to see it. “The DEPTHS of Satan” is found IN THE CHURCH itself. Satan does not attack the Church from without, but from within:
Where do we find them who “say they are apostles [of Jesus Christ] and are not?” Why, IN THE CHURCH (Rev. 2:2).
Where do we find them who have “left their first love [Christ]?” Why, IN THE CHURCH (Rev. 2:4).
Where do we find them which “say they are [spiritual] Jews and are not, but are the synagogue [Gk: 'a gathering together, an assembly, a congregation, A CHRISTIAN CHURCH'] of Satan?” Why, IN THE CHURCH (Rev. 2:9 & 3:9).
Where do we find “Satan’s seat [GK: ‘THRONE’]?” Why, IN THE CHURCH (Rev. 2:13).
Where do we find “where Satan dwells [Gk: ‘To house permanently’]?” Why, IN THE CHURCH (Rev. 2:13).
Where do we find “the doctrine of Balaam?” Why, IN THE CHURCH (Rev. 2:14).
Where do we find “them that hold the doctrine [AND DEEDS] of the Nicolaitanes, which thing I [Jesus] hate?” Why, IN THE CHURCH (Rev. 2:15).
Where do we find “that woman Jezebel [with her doctrine, Rev. 2:24], which calls herself a prophetess, to [by her doctrine] teach and to seduce My servants to commit fornication and to eat things sacrificed unto idols?” Why, IN THE CHURCH (Rev. 2:19).
Where do we find them that “have a name that you live, and are dead?” Why, IN THE CHURCH (Rev. 3:1).
Where do we find them that “are wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked?” Why, IN THE CHURCH (Rev. 3:17).
And where do we find “the DEPTHS of Satan?” Why, IN THE CHURCH, of course (Rev. 2:24).
Is it possible that the “depths of God” (1 Cor. 2:10) can co-exist alongside of the “depths of Satan” (Rev. 2:24) in the same church? Are not both taught in the Church? No, they are not. However, let me make myself perfectly clear on this matter. I am not suggesting that nothing but the depths of Satan is taught in the Christian Church. That is certainly not true. There are numerous truths of God that are taught in the Church, and there are doctrines and practices of demons that are not taught in the Church. But, therein lies the reason why there is much confusion and contradiction among the different denominations. Error mixed with some truth can be more deceptive than error alone.
Now then, as the false apostles, and lying Jews, and synagogue of Satan are all located in the Church, where do you suppose we would find Satan’s throne, and Satan’s dwelling place to be located? Yes, that’s right: In the Church. Here is the Scriptural proof found in the messages to the church at Smyrna and Pergamos:
“Fear none of those things which you shall suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison…” (Rev. 2:10).
“I know your works and where you dwell, even where [the same place where] Satan’s seat [Greek: throne] is… were Satan [also] dwells” (Rev. 2:13).
Satan cannot imprison members of the Church unless Satan is in the Church. His throne is in the Church. His dwelling place is in the Church. His synagogue is in the Church.
And think not that Satan merely makes an occasional visit to the Church. No, Satan is permanently in the Church until God removes him. The Greek word from which the translators give us “dwelleth” in the KJV is kataoideo, and it’s meaning is: “To house permanently” (Strong’s Greek Dictionary, page 136). Satan not only has his false apostles in the Church, and his congregation of unconverted lying Jews in the Church, and his synagogue in the Church, and his very throne in the Church, but Satan himself dwells permanently in the Church.
The point is in all this is; do not depend on the church or anyone else to educate your children. I said all the above to show you the seriousness of God’s Word (COMMAND) to train up your children in the Ways of God. God left that high responsibility to you.
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