Quote by-C.H. Spurgeon
" Sermons and books are well enough, but streams that run for a long distance above ground gradually gather for themselves somewhat of the soil through which they flow, and they lose the cool freshness with which they started from the spring head. It is always best to drink at the well and not from the tank. You will find in reading the word of God for yourselves, reading IT rather than notes upon it, is the surest way of growing in grace. Drink of the unadulterated milk of the Word of God, and not of the skim milk, or the milk and the water of man's word".
I was reading a new text book for the theology degree school. It is a quality text book on, 'Systematic Theology-An Introduction', 240 Pages of great truths. In the preface I read a verse so many take out of context and it is this I want to write on. The well known and a misused verse by many. Pro 23:7 As A man thinketh, so he is...
How many times have you quoted that, heard it, sermons on it, as it were a good thing? Well...ready for a shock?
Reading in context, simply the words before and after clearly teach us the verse does not mean what most think it does. I will give the KJV verses.
Pro 23:6 Eat thou not the bread of him that hath an evil eye, neither desire thou his dainty meats:
Pro 23:7 For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he: Eat and drink, saith he to thee; but his heart is not with thee.
For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he,.... He is not the man his mouth speaks or declares him to be, but what his heart thinks; which is discovered by his looks and actions, and by which he is to be judged of, and not by his words;
Thinketh - The Hebrew verb is found here only, and probably means, “as he is all along in his heart, so is he (at last) in act.”
Beware of deceitful men, whose courtesies even you will repent of having accepted.
ALL commentaries agree, I know the opening is notes on the bible are second to the bible. I am showing this to say, in context if you read it, the bible itself, with no bible helps, it is crystal clear what it truly means. It is not a good thing like most have come to believe.
This verse speaks of someone that has evil intentions inside, and is trying to trap, or deceive you, his evil thoughts are what is in his heart. His mind as he, the evil Peron thinks, so he is. Do you see this. It is easy to see by the bible alone. I just gave some profs from bible helps to establish, all older commentaries explain it as it is. In context it does not mean what you think.
People who teach a lot about the mind, thoughts, the battle ground of the mind and such, positive confession, using this verse. they teach, " As we think, so we are, so we must think correct thoughts, blessing thoughts, ". Wait, this is speaking of the evil inner intentions of another. This will blow some minds, this I know but it is what I do, it is what you should do. Study to show thyself approved.
Not just taking men's notes on what it means, miss applying the real meaning and fitting it into their theology and doctrine. The skim milk as the quote above says. The pure water of the word, it is living, refreshing, satisfying, like nothing else.
I was shocked reading the preface of this well done old book on, Systematic Theology, the writer said, in the wrong context and he is a PHD, an old Presbyterian using the using, " The baptist confession of Faith 1689" Good lord. I was stunned, I thought the writer, who seems correct in most of what he says, but the introduction quotes this Prov as a good thing, concerning what is called, 'Theology Proper'. It is old, not new, this is how poor exposition, even by Scholars are proven to be wrong. This train of thought as been with us a long, long time. This is how false doctrines, bad exposition made up by man long ago, becomes a foundational thought. It is such with many man made doctrines.
I was just shocked, who am I, I know what it means, I have ministered on my own main website about this, what it means in context. Things that are old, do not always mean they are right, and many things new are not always biblical nor correct.
The preface says, all Christians are theologians in their own right, for as a man thinketh so he is....
Well sad to say, this scholar is wrong, and most who have quoted this verse, heard sermons on it, books based on it, teachings on the mind, thinking subject, you only need to read in context to see what it means.
The problem is single verse doctrine and theology, It can not be done. If a lie is repeated long enough, it becomes a truth. Every person reading this can easily read in context, and easily see by the verse above, it does not mean what most have been taught.
So, do not quote this Prov. verse as some kind of bible promise, it is far from it, it is a verse taken out of context, you can quote it till your blue in the face, confess it til your out of breath, it will not change the meaning of what you are quoting. I hope this instructs, explains, yet another bible example of study in context, and study in Greek and Hebrew. If not, we are not in study to show ourselves approved and will not rightly divide ( Dissect-Greek ) the word, and we will be Christian work man that will be ashamed. Study in context, do not take single verse theology and make it a non-biblical ritual.
This will shock many reading it, but reader we have the Bible on it, it is a truth, what it really means, has just been told you.
Think on this.