Today, focus is upon the meaning of the word “conversation” as it is used within the holy writings.   Many of us take conversation to be communication, discussion, exchange, or talk.  One dictionary definition identifies conversation as from Latin conversare (“turn yourself around”).  With this in view, such terms as conform, obey and repent become foremost.  Even so, from my study of the Scriptures, the source words are con (with) and veritas (true) that yields “abiding in or living with the truth.”  In this light, for mature Christian  believers, ones conversation is their doing of the work, not their being hearers of the word.  A fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “RU55311” (Level 1 with 22 points, a member since October 20, 2010) posted the following:

 

What does it mean, that we order our conversation aright?

Psa_50:23 Whoso offereth praise glorifieth me: and to him that ordereth his conversation aright will I shew the salvation of God.

If we order our conversation aright, do you thing God will teach us more?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  If so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus:  That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts;  And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;  And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.  Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour:  for we are members one of another.  Be ye angry, and sin not:  let not the sun go down upon your wrath:  Neither give place to the devil.  Let him that stole steal no more:  but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth.  Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.  And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.  Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice:  And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.  (Ephesians 4:  21-32, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  To Him That Hath… (07/08/2016); Sacred Operations To Give Life? (06/29/2016); An Eternal Inheritance? (06/26/2016); Divine Meanings and Values? (03/31/2016); Any Way For Men To Behave? (09/06/2015); His Burden is Light? (12/10/2012); Knowing Who Your Real Friends Are (12/11/2012)

 

“RU55311”, for many mature Christian believers to “order your conversation aright” means to behave and conduct oneself in accordance with divine law (we say, the expressed will of GOD); fulfill divine will proclaimed through prophecy; and to continue in recognition of relationship with divinity through covenant.  With this in view, “conversation” is more than mere dialog, prayer, or occasional exchanges of words.  Rightly understood, words are in the nature of spirit (we say, breath, life essence, utterance), and have no material substance (we also say, words “whisper”, and actions “shout”).  The process of GOD, as demonstrated through Jesus Christ as Son of the Highest, is one of incarnation.  GOD uses flesh to make the character, nature, and substance of divinity knowable and known.  Sinners are to acknowledge access to GOD through confession, then demonstrate repentance, develop commitment, and enter into “baptism” (death of ones inborn spirit, rebirth from divine DNA, so to speak).  Once “born again,” the believer must “grow up again,” meeting life challenges upon the earth to become mature as the offspring and seed of GOD.  The disciples and followers of Christ are to become “ripe” for harvest (we say, the Advent, the Rapture, the Second Coming) when all who  belong to him will be removed from the earth.  Those chosen in the Lord will no longer be mortal; as they meet him in the air, their transformation for eternal life will be completed, and they will become “perfected”.  Consider again how some of this is stated in the language of the Bible:

(1.)  Philippians 3:  20-21, King James Version (KJV):  20 For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ:  21 Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.

(2.)  Hebrews 13:  5-6, KJV:  5 Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have:  for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.  6 So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.

(3.)  James 3:  13-18, KJV:  13 Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him shew out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom.  14 But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth.  15 This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish.  16 For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.  17 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.  18 And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.

There is far more that could be said, must be carefully examined, and spiritually understood.  (For example, (4.)  2nd Peter 3:  10-12, KJV:  10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.  11 Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness,  12 Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

 

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