The Conclusion
(The Final Word)
(The Bottom Line)

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Let's save time and peek at the ending... the conclusion. Some people read books this way, wanting to know the ending before they start.... or, get the spoiler alert on a movie revue.

We could study thousands of Bible texts or listen to thousands of sermons or read thousands of studies, but it's easier than that. Solomon, one of the wisest men who ever lived (1 Kings 4:29,30) warns us:

" admonished: much study is a weariness of the flesh." Ecclesiastes 12:12

And, immediately after this, he simplifies and sums it all up with "the conclusion of the whole matter" (the bottom line, the ending, the conclusion, the fast track):

"Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear Elohim [god], and keep his commandments: for this is the WHOLE DUTY OF MAN." Ecclesiastes 12:13

That's it! - NOTHING else is required - it is the WHOLE DUTY. (KISS - "Keep It Simple Stupid")

We could study for curiosity's sake and for thirst of knowledge and for joy of understanding, but it isn't necessary. This simple command says not unto "weariness of the flesh".

But even as simple as it is, men have messed it up and complicated it, making it hard or confusing. Most Christians have misinterpreted Solomon's simple "keep his commandments".

Keep your eye on the bottom line... "the conclusion of the whole matter"

Keep HIS commandments.

WHO do you choose to serve as your king? WHICH laws you keep will point to which (who) you have chosen as your king.

"Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey...?" Romans 6:16

WHO do you worship, trust and obey?

"... choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the elohim which your fathers served ... or the elohim of the Amorites..., but as for me and my house, we will serve יהוה [Yahweh, our god]." Joshua 24:15

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1. The Conclusion (The Bottom Line)

2. Keep HIS Commandments

3. A Tale of Three Men

4. The Everlasting Gospel