Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep
those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand. Revelation 1:3

Healthful Living

Lesson 19

Marking Code: HL
Marking Color: Blue
Key Text: 3 John 2


1.      3 John 2. God wants us to prosper physically and be in health just as much as He wants us to prosper spiritually. God communicates to us through the channel of our minds, so it is important that we have healthy bodies and clear minds.


2.      Romans 12: 1,2. God’s request that we keep our bodies healthy for His service is a “reasonable” expectation. Likewise, His guidelines for keeping us healthy are also logical and reasonable.


Galatians 6:7.


3.      1 Corinthians 6: 19,20. Our bodies belong to God; therefore, they are “holy” and should be treated as such.


4.      1 Corinthians 3: 16,17. We can defile the temple of our bodies by unhealthful practices-including what we eat and drink.


5.      Isaiah 55:2. God commands us to eat only those foods that are good for us.


6.      Genesis 1:29.  The original diet God gave humans beings included fruits, nuts, and grains.


Genesis 3:17,18. Vegetables were added later, after sin came into the world.


7.      Genesis 9:1-4. Following the flood, God allowed human beings to eat flesh food.


8.      Leviticus 11:1-20. God carefully defines “clean” and “unclean” animals-those that may be eaten and those that may not.

Genesis 7:2. This distinction between “clean” and “unclean” animals was delineated at the time of the Flood-long before the Mosaic ceremonial laws.

Deuteronomy 14:2-20.


9.      Proverbs 20:1. The Bible urges God’s people to abstain from alcoholic beverages-including wine.

1 Corinthians 6:10. Drunkards will not inherit the kingdom of God.

1 Timothy 5:23. This text is referring to medicine; it is not recommending drinking alcohol.

10.  Revelation 21:27. Heaven will not contain anything that defiles or corrupts. This would certainly include recreational drugs, tobacco in all its forms, and other unhealthful practices.


11.  1 Corinthians 10:31. Whatever we do, we are to do everything in a way that will glorify God-and that includes what we eat or drink.




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