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  • METAMORPHOSIS AND SPIRITUAL LIFE.

    There are three major hormones that stimulate the metamorphosis of the caterpillar, a larva, into the adult butterfly. The signals that direct molting and metamorphosis in insects originate in the brain. In the brain, neurosecretory cells produce protoracicotrpopic hormone (PTTH), a peptide hormone. In response to PTTH the prothoracic glands, a pair of endocrine glands, just behind the brain, release ecdysone. Ecdysone promotes successive molt, as well as the metamorphosis of the caterpillar into the butterfly during the final molt.

    The butterfly is actually "born twice." Hormones stimulate the metamorphosis of the caterpillar, a larva, into the adult butterfly. However, before this takes place, they regulate the development of a newly hatched egg into the fully grown larva. During its development, the larva grows in stages, its exoskeleton cannot stretch, the larva periodically molt, shedding the old exoskeleton, secreting a new one.

    Because ecdysone causes both molting and metamorphosis, how does metamorphosis take place? Small endocrine glands behind the brain called corpora allata (singular, corpus allatum) secrete a third hormone, juvenile hormone. The name of the hormone implies its function. One of the many functions of the juvenile hormone is to maintain larval (juvenile) characteristics.

    Ecdysone and juvenile hormone act in tandem (the juvenile hormone modulates ecdysone). At high levels of juvenile hormone, ecdysone stimulates molting that results in a larger larva. At the end of the larval stage, the level of juvenile hormone wanes. At low levels of the juvenile hormone, ecdysone induced molting produces the cocoon, or pupal form, within which metamorphosis occurs.

    What does metamorphosis teach us about spiritual life. First, spiritual life is in stages. The Bible states in 2 Corinthians 3:18, But we all with unveiled face beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are changed (from the Greek verb Metamorphoo) into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.

    Second, spiritual life involves the glory of the Lord. We have all sinned and fallen short of the glory of God, but Christ came to restore us back to the image of God, he took all our sins away.

    Third, just like the juvenile hormone works in tandem with the ecdysone hormone, the juvenile hormone meanwhile maintaining the juvenile characteristics, God allows us to live side by side with the flesh, while giving us His Holy Spirit, to lead and guide us in our spiritual life. By allowing the Spirit to lead and guide us at each stage of spiritual life, we are transformed from glory to glory, as we behold as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, as we approach the Lord without sin, Jesus having paid for all our sins.

  • NIMROD.

    Genesis 10:6-12:

    6 And the sons of Ham; Cush, and Mizraim, and Phut, and Canaan.

    7 And the sons of Cush; Seba, and Havilah, and Sabtah, and Raamah, and Sabtechah: and the sons of Raamah; Sheba, and Dedan.

    8 And Cush begat Nimrod: he began to be a mighty one in the earth.

    9 He was a mighty hunter before the Lord: wherefore it is said, Even as Nimrod the mighty hunter before the Lord.

    10 And the beginning of his kingdom was Babel, and Erech, and Accad, and Calneh, in the land of Shinar.

    11 Out of that land went forth Asshur, and builded Nineveh, and the city Rehoboth, and Calah,

    12 And Resen between Nineveh and Calah: the same is a great city.

    A pastor once delivered a sermon on Nimrod. Nimrod was a mighty hunter before the Lord. After the flood, according to the pastor, humans and animals might have been competing for the available resources (the story of Nimrod follows immediately after the story of the flood, in the Bible). The animals might have been breeding at a faster rate, compared to humans. So the advent of Nimrod on the scene was a welcome development, for men, but Nimrod actually turned the hearts of men from following God, from relying absolutely on God.

    The beginning of the kindom of was Babel, and Erech, and Accad, and Calneh, in the land of Shinar. Babel is is the same as Babylon in the Bible, and is the antitype to Jerusalem, the city of Jesrusalem. Actually, the great strategy of Satan is to make men rely on themselves, to make man believe in themselves. The main strategy of Satan is to make men believe in themselves, rather than rely absolutely on God, this is the grand strategy of Satan.

    Nimrod is a type of Satan, in the Bible. Men, or women, they divert the hearts of men, and they make them rely on them, for their own selfish reasons. There was the water of purification in the Old Testament. If anyone touched the dead, he or she had to sprinkle the water of ppurification on the body, and had to be unclean until evening.

    Those who are dead with Christ, these ned to live putting their faith in Christ, and in God, absolutely. But the "Nimrod," these divert the hearts of those crucified with Christ, the dead in Christ. These "Nimrod" divert their hearts from following God.

    The water of purification is symbolic of Christ. Christ purifies, sanctifies. All those who divert the hearts of men from following the Christ and God, they need the water of purification, they need Christ.

  • ANOTHER PERSPECTIVE ON THE TREE OF THE KNOWLEDGE OF GOOD AND EVIL (PART 3).

    As I said in the previous post, Christ is male in respect to us, and we (humans) are female in respect to him. God does not like mixture, we should not mix our own things, the things of man, with the things of the Christ.

    The things of Christ - this is, Christ has saved us from all our sins, he has delivered us from all sin. The things of man, this in most cases implies Christ only delivered us from our past sins, and we have to take care of our present, and future sins ourselves. The name of Christ implies he delivered us from all our sins, we should believe on his name. Those people who believe Christ only took their past sins away and they have to take care of other sins, they are like the male and female the Bible refers to.

    We should not commit fornication with the Devil, we should believe in the blood of Jesus that was shed for us, symbolized by wine. There were many trees in Eden, three types of trees in fact. The trees that were good for food the physical trees, then there were the two spiritual trees, the tree of the knowledge of good and evil and the tree of life.

    ANOTHER PERSPECTIVE ON THE TREE OF THE KNOWLEDGE OF GOOD AND EVIL (PART 2).

    Deuteronomy 22:9-12

    9 Thou shalt not sow thy vineyard with divers seeds: lest the fruit of thy seed which thou hast sown, and the fruit of thy vineyard, be defiled.

    10 Thou shalt not plow with an ox and an ass together.

    11 Thou shalt not wear a garment of divers sorts, as of woollen and linen together.

    12 Thou shalt make thee fringes upon the four quarters of thy vesture, wherewith thou coverest thyself.

    Why did God tell the Israelites they should obey these divers laws above, and what do they mean for us? Were the commandments given so we would obey them under the New Testament? In some churches women are forbidden from wearing such things as trousers, in view of the fact men mostly wear trousers, and the fact the Bible says men should not wear women's clothing, and vice versa.

    Jesus is masculine in respect of us, the Bride. We are feminine in respect of the Christ. We can not mix masculine and feminine, we can not mix the things of Christ with our own things, with the things of man. God does not like diverse mixture.

    In the house of God, the brazen alter for the sacrifice of sin was located at the eastern part. The Holy place and the Holy of Holies was located at the western part. Let us say God showed you a vision. In it you were living in your mother's house, and there was a bottle of wine in a fridge, located in the eastern part of the house. Also at the eastern part of the house was a pastor and his wife, from the eastern part of your country. Manifesting through this couple were , through the eyes, a couple from the east of the world. The couple from the east of your country were advising you vehemently not to take the wine from the fridge, since you had intended to drink from it. Meanwhile, you were staying in the western part of the house with a friend, but the friend was not as close to the western part as you were.

    We could take the bottle of wine as the counterfeit of the blood of Jesus, which was typified by a doctrine you should not take, the tree of the knowledge of good and evil which was a doctrine espoused by the pastor and his wife from your country. The true doctrine was the doctrine by the couple from the east of the world. If you took of the doctrine of the pastor and his wife from your country, you would die from your sickness and disease. If you took from the doctrine of the people from the east of the world (the tree of life, the true doctrine of Christ), you would live and not die from your sickness, and disease.

    The people of the east (they are of the eastern form of consciousness, you of the western), they are male and female, but you are only male in the likeness of God, in the "Holy of Holies" thus requiring a Tsela', a "rib." Actually there is the Adam in the image of God, and there those who are male and female, still in the house of God. That is, Christ knows how to save those who are "male" and "female" in his household. The Bible does not say those who are entire "female" are of the household of God (apologies to the women, no harm meant). Perhaps those who are "male" and "female" would dwell eternally in the "eastern part" of the house of God, where there is the "brazen alter."

    So the gospel of the pastor and his wife from the east of your country, this represents a gospel that is a mixture, typified by them, male and female. The Gospel of the people of the world is not so much male and female, but manifesting through the pastor and his wife from your country, it is the spiritual Gospel.

    The Ox above in the passage taken from Deuteronomy is the same root word (there were no vowels in the original Hebrew) as the word to travel around as a prostitute. Ass in the passage above is the same root word as a word for wine, red wine, in the Bible.The Hebrew word for fringes Gedil, is the same root word with Godel greatness, and Gadel large. The High ( Gadol) Priest (Kohen) was the only one permitted to enter the Holy of Holies. Christ is our High Priest, the one who has taken all our sins away.

    So do we walk in the flesh, or we are led by the Spirit, do we allow the Spirit to lead us? Do we seek for the greatness that is of the flesh, or do we allow Christ to give us of his greatness. Mixing things up (male and female), these are the things of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for the Adam in image of God, the one that is called to become the Adam, in the likeness of God. So God created man (Adam) in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. An Adam is someone in the image of God, or someone in his likeness.

  • ANOTHER PERSPECTIVE ON THE TREE OF THE KNOWLEDGE OF GOOD AND EVIL (PART 2).

    ANOTHER PERSPECTIVE ON THE TREE OF THE KNOWLEDGE OF GOOD AND EVIL (PART 2).

    Deuteronomy 22:9-12

    9 Thou shalt not sow thy vineyard with divers seeds: lest the fruit of thy seed which thou hast sown, and the fruit of thy vineyard, be defiled.

    10 Thou shalt not plow with an ox and an ass together.

    11 Thou shalt not wear a garment of divers sorts, as of woollen and linen together.

    12 Thou shalt make thee fringes upon the four quarters of thy vesture, wherewith thou coverest thyself.

    Why did God tell the Israelites they should obey these divers laws above, and what do they mean for us? Were the commandments given so we would obey them under the New Testament? In some churches women are forbidden from wearing such things as trousers, in view of the fact men mostly wear trousers, and the fact the Bible says men should not wear women's clothing, and vice versa.

    Jesus is masculine in respect of us, the Bride. We are feminine in respect of the Christ. We can not mix masculine and feminine, we can not mix the things of Christ with our own things, with the things of man. God does not like diverse mixture.

    In the house of God, the brazen alter for the sacrifice of sin was located at the eastern part. The Holy place and the Holy of Holies was located at the western part. Let us say God showed you a vision. In it you were living in your mother's house, and there was a bottle of wine in a fridge, located in the eastern part of the house. Also at the eastern part of the house was a pastor and his wife, from the eastern part of your country. Manifesting through this couple were , through the eyes, a couple from the east of the world. The couple from the east of your country were advising you vehemently not to take the wine from the fridge, since you had intended to drink from it. Meanwhile, you were staying in the western part of the house with a friend, but the friend was not as close to the western part as you were.

    We could take the bottle of wine as the counterfeit of the blood of Jesus, which was typified by a doctrine you should not take, the tree of the knowledge of good and evil which was a doctrine espoused by the pastor and his wife from your country. The true doctrine was the doctrine by the couple from the east of the world. If you took of the doctrine of the pastor and his wife from your country, you would die from your sickness and disease. If you took from the doctrine of the people from the east of the world (the tree of life, the true doctrine of Christ), you would live and not die from your sickness, and disease.

    The people of the east (they are of the eastern form of consciousness, you of the western), they are male and female, but you are only male in the likeness of God, in the "Holy of Holies" thus requiring a Tsela', a "rib." Actually there is the Adam in the image of God, and there those who are male and female, still in the house of God. That is, Christ knows how to save those who are "male" and "female" in his household. The Bible does not say those who are entire "female" are of the household of God (apologies to the women, no harm meant). Perhaps those who are "male" and "female" would dwell eternally in the "eastern part" of the house of God, where there is the "brazen alter."

    So the gospel of the pastor and his wife from the east of your country, this represents a gospel that is a mixture, typified by them, male and female. The Gospel of the people of the world is not so much male and female, but manifesting through the pastor and his wife from your country, it is the spiritual Gospel.

    The Ox above in the passage taken from Deuteronomy is the same root word (there were no vowels in the original Hebrew) as the word to travel around as a prostitute. Ass in the passage above is the same root word as a word for wine, red wine, in the Bible.The Hebrew word for fringes Gedil, is the same root word with Godel greatness, and Gadel large. The High ( Gadol) Priest (Kohen) was the only one permitted to enter the Holy of Holies. Christ is our High Priest, the one who has taken all our sins away.

    So do we walk in the flesh, or we are led by the Spirit, do we allow the Spirit to lead us? Do we seek for the greatness that is of the flesh, or do we allow Christ to give us of his greatness. Mixing things up (male and female), these are the things of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for the Adam in image of God, the one that is called to become the Adam, in the likeness of God. So God created man (Adam) in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. An Adam is someone in the image of God, or someone in his likeness.

  • AND THE SONS OF GOD SAW THE DAUGHTERS OF MEN.

    Genesis 6:1-8

    King James Version (KJV)

    1 And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them,

    2 That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose.

    3 And the Lord said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years.

    4 There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown.

    5 And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.

    6 And it repented the Lord that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart.

    7 And the Lord said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them.

    8 But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord.

    The Bible makes mention of the sons of God and the daughters of men. Bible scholars tell us we can look at the sons of God as the spiritual component in man, and the daughters of men as the flesh. These two components exist side by side in man, the mixture which brings about a seed of the spirit and the flesh. God does not like mixture, such mixture.

    THE FLESH AND THE BODY.

    by tonabamiro @ 2012-08-15 08:09:44

    There is a distinction made between the flesh and the body in the Bible. The flesh also has the sense of human strength, human frailty, and the human tendency to do evil and fall into sin, that is, in the Bible.

    Flesh Basar in the Bible is closely related to the Hebrew word Baser, to inform, or to Besorah, to declare good news. If you remove S from the Hebrew word Basar you get son, Bar. The flesh has to do with our ability to be sons of God. The letter S in the middle of the Hebrew word Basar is the letter Shin in Hebrew. The letter Shin is the symbol for man in Hebrew. Its ideogramme is like a bow and arrow, and it has a value of 300 (Hebrew letters, as well as Greek letters were used for counting, so the name of the Beast would add up to 666 for example, if you count the letters of his name. This is just one interpretation).

    In the symbol for the letter Shin, the bow and arrow, the arrow is the letter Zayin, the seventh letter in Hebrew, and it is like a sword Herev. Harav is to waste or dry someone's water in Hebrew. If God would fight against our enemies by His sword, He probably first dries their water, spiritually.

    The Bow in the letter Shin, Hebrew mystics believes Eros flows within it. Eros is not in the Greek Bible (Eros is a Greek word for love, it is a Greek word for the Greek god of love also). Agape is God's type of love; Phile love, from which you get Philadelphia brotherly love, from Phile, and Adelphos brother; and Storge familial love, are in the New Testament.

    Eros has to do with imagination, it does not have to do with sexual love only. Sexual love is just part of it, due to man's exile from the garden of Eden.

    Eros is at the heart of all creation. It is what would make a woman marry a man even though he would be executed for his crime, eight days later. According to tradition, it was what sustained the Israelites while in bondage in Egypt. The wives would stand in front of mirrors, and they would tell their husbands, darling look at me, am I not beautiful! This is according to tradition.

    Eros has to do with imagination as I have said. It develops the right Hemisphere of the brain, the "bigger engine," if I would call it that,that is, between the right, and the left Hemispheres. It also has to do with chastity. In countries where Eros is practiced, where you would see men and women hold hands on the streets, or even kiss each other, and among the races that do so practice, you see a lot of inventions and a lot of technological and scientific achievement. Among the races and cultures you do not find it so, you find a paucity of ideas.

    And Adam said this is the bone of my bones and the flesh of my flesh. To sin in the Bible, sin is Hata'. It means to fall short, to miss the mark. The flesh of your flesh, which is in Christ, is probably the woman of the opposite sex, who practices the same amount of Eros as you. She probably has the same amount of Eros as an Adam's physical mother. "And Adam called the name of his wife Eve; for she was the mother of all living." An Adam is someone either in God's image, OR someone in His likeness.

    The flesh has to do with man's ontology, with the mystical nature of man; the body on the hand is man's "clothe" on earth. Body, Soma in Greek, is the "instrument of life." Our bodies are said to be vile according to the Bible, and they would be transformed to a glorious body. The Greek word for flesh is Sarx.

    I want to paste here again the post on Eros.

    Eros is at the heart of all human experience. Nudity is symbolic of knowledge acquired by the way of the interior, which implies postulating the unfathomable transcendence of the human being.

    "To know" Yado in Hebrew is from Yad the hand, and the letter Ayin, the eye. The hand and the eye are intimately in liaison, both of them, at the heart, they are tools of knowledge.

    The nudity of Adam signifies the knowledge of the path which he has to transverse, the know how, indeed the cunning.

    The nudity of Noah signifies the knowledge acquired, the path having been entirely transversed. The complete nudity of Noah signifies the fullness of the knowledge, and the light reached at its height, being drunk of a unity rediscovered.

    Adam and Eve were completely naked, and they were not ashamed toward each other. Their nudity toward each other signifies knowledge on both their part, and the love they had for each other, which had to become one from being separate. Their water had to be turned into wine by our Lord Jesus Christ (Christ turned water into wine at the marriage in Cana of Galilee. To me this sort of implies both the couple were married to different people in the past, their wine had finished, but Christ had to turn their water into wine, signifying also we were married to Satan before. We have to divorce Satan, and become married to Jesus, the Son of God).

    Adam and Eve had separate love for each other, but the love had to become one, one flesh. Flesh Basar, which is also the same root word with the word for information. Both must allow Jesus to turn their water into wine, when their wine had finished, just as I said Jesus did in Cana of of Galilee. Also new wine should never be mixed in old wineskin (see my post why some Christians are sick).

    The symbol for man is the letter Shin which is represented by a bow and arrow. The arrow is symbolic in the symbol, for the word of God. Word, Dabar in Hebrew, is also the same root word with the word for pestilence, and the word for a thing. The bow in the symbol for man, represents where Eros flows, so when the divine target is not met, the divine standard of Eros, what can only result is a "pestilence" from such a thing. There can only be "darkness."

    The problem with Nigeria, and the black race generally is a lack of Eros. There is the case of the convicted murderer in the USA. He was supposed to be executed. While defending him, his female lawyer fell in love with him. She later married him eight days to his execution. While she might have had other reasons, she said she wanted to give birth to his child.

    Here in Nigeria it is the man who always takes the woman out, and you can be sure they are always expected to pay the bill. Hardly could you see a woman take a man out. Even if you tried to hold hands with a woman in public, she would scream and complain. What would she say? She would of course say, don't you know we are in public! And mind you, they do horrendous things in private. Lack of Eros.

    Men who make women cry would eventually cry from the side of their eyes. A woman is taken, it is said from the side of a man, but these sort of men would cry from the side of their eyes. Eye, Ayin, is also the same Hebrew word for a fountain. If a man would learn to make a woman happy and glad, if he would make her laugh, all part of Eros, he would ultimately draw from her fountain of love. He would not have cause to "shed tears."

    Men ought to love their wives as their own bodies. Adam and Eve became one flesh. All these are lacking in our society, especially in this part of the world, in Nigeria. The major reason why we are suffering is because of the lack of Eros. According to Annick De Souzenelle sexuality has its immediate expression in Eros which takes its root in the divine nucleus, in the founding of the being; it demands a quality of love which makes every man capable (including women) of incredible achievement, capable of going to the extreme of themselves.

    Again according to Annick De Souzenelle the right Hemisphere of the brain is mostly responsible for Eros and its transcendence at the level of the physical body. Eros has to do with sexuality. It has to do with imagination. It is said, the Israelite men had courage to overcome the slavery of Egypt, they had fortitude through the strength of their wives. Through the Eros the wives exhibited toward the men, according to tradition, the men were eventually able to overcome the slavery of Egypt. The women would stand in front of mirrors and say to their husbands, darling look at me, am I not beautiful!

    It is not time to blame our leaders here in Nigeria. We are all guilty. Most people would rather want to ride jeeps than seek after tangible knowledge, and even if they do seek for knowledge, it is only a means of satisfying their love for riding a jeep, not because they love knowledge. People have baser values around here. Most people's values are base. People have base values around here. All, a lack of Eros.

    Eros can be likened to the relationship in a parlour, while Agape can be likened to the relationship of a bedroom, a mother type relationship. We could decide to live by our own conscience of good and evil, to know the "good" of our partner, and the "evil". However, the spiritual life is the life that is led by the Spirit of God. Usually if we would allow the Spirit of God to lead us in our relationships, this would turn out to be the tree of life, but if we would live by our sense of what is wrong and what is right, usually the relationship would meet with difficulties, and problems. If we would always see with the eyes of God in our relationships, we would have few difficulties. "And Adam called the name of his wife Eve; for she was the mother of all living."

    I wish men and women would be "naked" toward each other just as Adam and Eve were to each other. Let us allow Jesus to turn our water into wine.

  • HAVE MERCY ON ME A SINNER.

    Luke 18:9-14

    9 And he spake this parable unto certain which trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others:

    10 Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican.

    11 The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican.

    12 I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess.

    13 And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner.

    14 I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.

    We tell people they are righteous, they are perfect, God has already forgiven all our sins, in Christ. However, many quote from the passage above, saying they are still sinners, even though they say they believe in Christ, quoting the publican in the passage above.

    Preaching on the passage above at church this last Sunday, Pastor Abel Ogbeide made mention of the fact, both the Pharisee and the publican were under the law. While the Pharisee, though under the law, did not recognize he was a sinner, the publican did, and he was justified.

    The law is meant to lead us to Christ. One popular "man of God" in Nigeria, while preaching on radio last week in the Deeper life church in Nigeria, said Christ did not come to abolish the law, he came to fulfill it, so we are still under the law. He said we are still to keep the law.

    The law is to lead us to Christ, we are no more under the law, but we are under grace. Jesus came to fulfill the law, in that he brought us grace, that which the law was meant to lead us to. The publican, while under the law, recognized he was a sinner, there God could justify him.

  • ABIGAIL THE WIFE OF NABAL (PART 3).

    In the Bible Abigail is called the wife of Nabal, even after she had married David. Abigail had first been married to Nabal, before she was married to David. The same thing also of Bathsheba, the wife Uriah. She is called Bathsheba the wife of Uriah, even after her husband had died, and she had been married to David.

    David represents Christ in the Bible, the Beloved. Also, Nabal represents the flesh, that which tends to the flesh, in the Bible. The Bible says unless a man is born again, he can not see the kingdom of God. Even though we are born again, we are still in the flesh, though we need not be led by the flesh, but we need to be led by the Spirit, by the Spirit of God.

    Many people, they say they are Christians, they always want to deny the flesh, as if the flesh were no more there. They want to stop sinning, they have their own righteousness. But the righteousness of God is, even though we are married to David, we are still the wife of Nabal. We are still under the flesh, but we no longer walk according to the flesh, but we are led by the Spirit of God. The righteousness of God is, even though we are still in the flesh, we no longer walk according to the flesh, but we walk according to the Spirit of God.

    Concerning what was written above, in a previous post, this is a question a friend asked: what does it mean to walk according to the Spirit of God, please?

    This is how I answered:

    Matthew 16:13-28

    13 When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am?

    14 And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets.

    15 He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am?

    16 And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.

    17 And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.

    18 And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.

    19 And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.

    20 Then charged he his disciples that they should tell no man that he was Jesus the Christ.

    21 From that time forth began Jesus to shew unto his disciples, how that he must go unto Jerusalem, and suffer many things of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised again the third day.

    22 Then Peter took him, and began to rebuke him, saying, Be it far from thee, Lord: this shall not be unto thee.

    23 But he turned, and said unto Peter, Get thee behind me, Satan: thou art an offence unto me: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men.

    24 Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.

    25 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.

    26 For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?

    27 For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works.

    28 Verily I say unto you, There be some standing here, which shall not taste of death, till they see the Son of man coming in his kingdom.

    We have our thoughts, and there are the thoughts of the Lord. When we follow our thoughts we go our own way, but when we allow the thoughts of the Lord to be our thoughts, when we are one with him (through his Word), we walk according to the Spirit.

    Another friend asked this question: Hw do we know our own thoughts and the thoughts of God?

    I answered like this:

    Jesus told his disciples he would be crucified. Peter took Jesus to one side and rebuked him for saying so. When Peter did this Jesus called Peter Satan, for he did not savour the things of God, but of men. Previously Peter had acknowledged Christ.

    Peter had acknowledged Christ as the Son of God. Christ called him Peter (Petros, little rock) and said on this rock (Petra, big rock) he would build his church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. We could follow Christ, or our way.

    The way of Christ are the commandments of the Lord, the word of God, Christ, that our sins have been forgiven. This is the way of Christ, and that we put faith in his name. Through faith in his name, we receive grace. Everything follows from this.

    Everything follows from this, that Christ died for our sins, and took all our sins away, this is the way of Christ. But our own way is if we do not believe all our sins have been washed, and all the belief system based on this, and the lifestyle also.

    The things of men, those are our thoughts, but the things of Christ, those are thoughts of Christ, the Word of God.

    In the passage from Matthew 16 from which the story of Peter rebuking Jesus is taken, Jesus after rebuking Peter says, if any man would come after me let him deny himself, take up his cross daily, and follow me.

    Jesus says we should take up our cross daily, Christ died on the cross, he took all our sins away, our belief system must be based entirely on the fact Jesus took all our sins away, past, present, and future sins - John 1:12.

  • AND FEW THAT BE THAT FIND IT.

    Luke 13:22-30:

    22 And he went through the cities and villages, teaching, and journeying toward Jerusalem.
    23 Then said one unto him, Lord, are there few that be saved? And he said unto them,
    24 Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able.
    25 When once the master of the house is risen up, and hath shut to the door, and ye begin to stand without, and to knock at the door, saying, Lord, Lord, open unto us; and he shall answer and say unto you, I know you not whence ye are:
    26 Then shall ye begin to say, We have eaten and drunk in thy presence, and thou hast taught in our streets.
    27 But he shall say, I tell you, I know you not whence ye are; depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity.
    28 There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when ye shall see Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, and all the prophets, in the kingdom of God, and you yourselves thrust out.
    29 And they shall come from the east, and from the west, and from the north, and from the south, and shall sit down in the kingdom of God.
    30 And, behold, there are last which shall be first, and there are first which shall be last.

    The Bible say the way that leads to life is narrow, and there are few that find it. In the wilderness, the tabernacle was erected. Many people dwelt outside the tabernacle, but only the High Priest entered into the Holy of Holies, once a year, and this without sin.

    We keep on telling people, Jesus has saved us from all our sins, but only few believe, most people still prefer to remain in their sins. So also, as the High priest entered into the Holy of Holies once, Jesus has entered the Holy of Holies, once and for all, and on our behalf. Those who believe on him, those who believe their sins have been washed once and for all by him, do enter heaven, do enter the Holy of Holies with him.

  • ABIGAIL THE WIFE OF NABAL (PART 2).

    In the Bible Abigail is called the wife of Nabal, even after she had married David. Abigail had first been married to Nabal, before she was married to David. The same thing also of Bathsheba, the wife Uriah. She is called Bathsheba the wife of Uriah, even after her husband had died, and she had been married to David.

    David represents Christ in the Bible, the Beloved. Also, Nabal represents the flesh, that which tends to the flesh, in the Bible. The Bible says unless a man is born again, he can not see the kingdom of God. Even though we are born again, we are still in the flesh, though we need not be led by the flesh, but we need to be led by the Spirit, by the Spirit of God.

    Many people, they say they are Christians, they always want to deny the flesh, as if the flesh were no more there. They want to stop sinning, they have their own righteousness. But the righteousness of God is, even though we are married to David, we are still the wife of Nabal. We are still under the flesh, but we no longer walk according to the flesh, but we are led by the Spirit of God. The righteousness of God is, even though we are still in the flesh, we no longer walk according to the flesh, but we walk according to the Spirit of God.

  • THE POWER IN UNITY.

    Genesis 18:1-16:

    King James Version (KJV)

    1 And the Lord appeared unto him in the plains of Mamre: and he sat in the tent door in the heat of the day;

    2 And he lift up his eyes and looked, and, lo, three men stood by him: and when he saw them, he ran to meet them from the tent door, and bowed himself toward the ground,

    3 And said, My Lord, if now I have found favour in thy sight, pass not away, I pray thee, from thy servant:

    4 Let a little water, I pray you, be fetched, and wash your feet, and rest yourselves under the tree:

    5 And I will fetch a morsel of bread, and comfort ye your hearts; after that ye shall pass on: for therefore are ye come to your servant. And they said, So do, as thou hast said.

    6 And Abraham hastened into the tent unto Sarah, and said, Make ready quickly three measures of fine meal, knead it, and make cakes upon the hearth.

    7 And Abraham ran unto the herd, and fetcht a calf tender and good, and gave it unto a young man; and he hasted to dress it.

    8 And he took butter, and milk, and the calf which he had dressed, and set it before them; and he stood by them under the tree, and they did eat.

    9 And they said unto him, Where is Sarah thy wife? And he said, Behold, in the tent.

    10 And he said, I will certainly return unto thee according to the time of life; and, lo, Sarah thy wife shall have a son. And Sarah heard it in the tent door, which was behind him.

    11 Now Abraham and Sarah were old and well stricken in age; and it ceased to be with Sarah after the manner of women.

    12 Therefore Sarah laughed within herself, saying, After I am waxed old shall I have pleasure, my lord being old also?

    13 And the Lord said unto Abraham, Wherefore did Sarah laugh, saying, Shall I of a surety bear a child, which am old?

    14 Is any thing too hard for the Lord? At the time appointed I will return unto thee, according to the time of life, and Sarah shall have a son.

    15 Then Sarah denied, saying, I laughed not; for she was afraid. And he said, Nay; but thou didst laugh.

    16 And the men rose up from thence, and looked toward Sodom: and Abraham went with them to bring them on the way.

    I used to wonder why the Bible mentions Sarah laughed, and later she gave birth to son Isaac, whose name is derived from laughter. When couples have problems, they could always resolve it in two ways. They could resolve it in such a way both of them feel angry and are bitter afterwards, or they could resolve it, so both of them end up laughing afterwards.

    Couples who are friends of each other, usually, without any major issues that might accrue afterwards, they usually end up laughing afterward. This is because if both partners are friends of each other, there is usually understanding between them.

    There is power in unity. Christ is the head of the man, the man is the head of the woman, and God is the head of Christ. This long line is a thread of unity, a thread based in unity. One of the names of God is the figure one, or unity. Unity is very important in any marriage relationship.

    Understanding is both spiritual, and physical. Usually, when a married couple believe their sins have been washed by the Christ, when they believe their past, present, and future sins have been washed in Christ, this is a tremendous basis for unity in Christ. It does not mean a married couple might agree on every issue, though, they might still have a unity of purpose, one that lends for a great power of unity, in prayer and in action.

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