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Mushrooms

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A man decides to go explore a forest near his home, wondering what he might find there.  However, being inexperienced, he soon becomes lost.  Finding no food for several days, he begins to starve.  While wandering around one day, he comes across a clearing full of mushrooms.  His famished body desperately wants to eat them, but he knows some are probably poisonous.  Feeling helpless and unsure what to do, he suddenly remembers a survival guide he had packed in his bag, containing pictures of nearly every type of edible mushroom which grow in the wild.  All of a sudden this survival guide, which he had almost forgotten about, becomes extremely valuable to him and plays a very important role in his survival.

Before the man began to starve, this guide wasn’t important to him, he had no real need for it other than just being curious.  As well, until he actually found the mushrooms, the mere pictures of the mushrooms were essentially worthless, as they could give no nourishment to his starving body.  But once he found the clearing of mushrooms, these same pictures allowed him to identify and eat the actual mushrooms which COULD provide nourishment, strength and life.

The New Testament scriptures (the Bible) are kind of like this survival guide.  The Bible seems useless until you’re hungry (recognize your spiritual poverty).  Even then, the Bible can’t nourish you itself – it’s just ink on paper, like the pictures of the mushrooms.  But like the guide, what the Bible can do is help you avoid poisonous “mushrooms” (ways of belief) and recognize and find the mushrooms which can be eaten and provide (spiritual) nourishment and strength.  This is why wisdom and understanding (which require diligence and revelation) are so important – if you misread the survival guide, then even though you think you’re following it, you still can end up injured, starving, or poisoned.  This story also illustrates why it’s important to WALK the path of truth, and FOLLOW the spirit, because only by moving forward can you encounter new things which can give life to you and others after you.

If this man had “set up camp” somewhere instead of continuing to seek new territory, he would not have found the mushrooms and likely would have died.  This is  like many Christians – they “camp” around certain truths and ways of understanding, never going forward or looking for anything more.  In many cases, they have done this so long that they have begun to think the pictures of the mushrooms in the guide (words and descriptions in the Bible) are the actual mushrooms (spiritual realities) themselves.  They have mistaken the depiction for the reality.  Because of this mistake, they starve spiritually yet don’t even realize it.  But because this man refused to camp, he will now be able to update the survival guide for future travelers, helping them to find and benefit from the mushrooms in the clearing he found.  Maybe someone reading this will be diligent to seek new spiritual ground in Christ and will be able to add to the survival guide and help other travelers who follow you in finding the same spiritual realities you found by your pioneering ways.

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Posted by on September 26, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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Transformers

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Greek: “metamorphoō:”  Meta = with, after, behind.  Morphoo = to form. To re-form, to change into something new.

A genuine “disciple” is one who is devoted to their highest aim in life: conforming to way of their master.  To be a “Christian,” one merely needs to change beliefs and behavior.  The dangerous thing is, this can be done with ZERO spiritual influence or connection with God. True discipleship is not based on improvement, but on transformation by death and rebirth – the death and destruction of the old man (our Adam nature), and the birth and growth of the new (Christ nature).  That might sound strange, but I hope you’ll keep reading, because this is what Jesus and the apostles taught

To understand this more fully, I’m finding the words of Paul in 1 Corinthians 15 very helpful: 

“And so it is written, “The first man Adam became a living being.” The last Adam became a life-giving spirit. However, the spiritual is not first, but the natural, and afterward the spiritual.  The first man was of the earth, made of dust; the second Man is the Lord from heaven…And as we have borne the image of the man of dust, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly Man.”

Notice two of the titles given to Jesus: “the last Adam,” and “the second man.”  These are hugely significant.  Elsewhere Paul wrote: “…we judge thus: that if one died for all, then all died…”2  Strange as it may be, try to understand this: in God’s mind (and thus in a reality beyond the physical realm), when Christ died on the cross, all of Adam’s descendents died as well.  Christ became the representative of the Adamic race; of all those who by birth inherited Adam’s selfish, blind nature.  As their representative, when Christ died and was buried, all of those descended from Adam (you and I!) died and were buried.  But when Christ rose, the old Adamic creation stayed dead, and a new, eternal creation rose and began in him.  Thus, Christ is the “last Adam;” the firstborn, sole ancestor of a new eternal, holy, spiritual race.  (Even if you or I can’t see this, it is true.  God can give eyes to see to those who are willing). 

In speaking of Adam and Jesus, Paul wrote: “the spiritual is not first, but the natural, and afterward the spiritual.”  In God’s mind, everything which originated from the first Adam is “dead” and has been totally done away with.  A relationship of external works/law is the “natural” way which came first, but is null and void since Christ.  The second and final way is spiritual – the life of Christ, which we received in our “rebirth,” is to grow in us, and the life of the old Adam, received in our first birth, must be put off.  Just as natural birth starts with a “seed” and under the right conditions gradually grows into a mature adult, so it is with our spiritual Christ-life.  The process of salvation and spiritual growth is a process of transformationnot improvement.  Again, this transformation takes place as everything of Adam is put off and Christ is put on.  However, it’s not about us doing something, it’s about having our eyes opened to the present reality of our Adamic nature being dead and our spirit being made alive by union with the life of Christ, and conforming to what’s already accomplished and finished.  This isn’t easy or automatic.  It requires seeking God for Truth and sight, and it requires our “death,” negating everything we valued, obtained, earned, or believed, and letting the new nature of Christ be the source of our values, beliefs, actions, and everything else.  I still feel as if I’ve barely begun this process, but I’m seeing it. 

In the verses below, the same rare Greek word, metamorphoo, is used for “transform” and “transfigure.”  The meaning is very similar to the English word metamorphosis – a radical change from one form to another.

  • “Now after six days Jesus took Peter, James, and John his brother, led them up on a high mountain by themselves; and he was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and His clothes became as white as the light.”3 
  • “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”4  
  • “But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.”5  -We are being transformed; a process of seeing, agreeing with, and yielding to God’s view of all things in Christ Jesus.

The seed, containing all the potential for complete transformation, is already within true believers.  It’s the implantation of the word of God, the life of Christ, in our heart.  We allow that seed to grow, from glory to glory, as our mind comes to see and agree with Truth, the reality of Christ in us as our life, the deadness of Adam/our old life, and as we see and understand more and more of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.  This process is our salvation, deliverance, hope, change, duty and sacrifice.  Transformation from Adam to Christ is what a disciple will devote himself to.  Amen.

 

 

  1. Luke 2:52
  2. 2 Corinthians 5:14
  3. Matthew 17:2
  4. Romans 12:2
  5. 2 Corinthians 3:18
 
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Posted by on July 18, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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Rich Toward God, pt. 2

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I believe all Jesus’ parables are given to believers, and each time a man is spoken of, he represents a group of people.  This rich man represents a “church” which is carnal, or led by her darkened mind.  Immediately after making up his mind to build bigger barns to store up his grain and goods, God addresses him directly: You fool! (literally: “one without perception!”) This very night your soul is required of you; and now who will own what you have prepared?’  To be seen as a fool by the God you claim to worship is truly sad. 

Jesus concludes this parable by contrasting two ways of life, which I believe are mutually exclusive:  “So is the man who lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.”  The foolish rich man planned and labored to “lay up treasure,” i.e. to get ease and security, for himself.  As I mentioned before, it’s possible to, by all appearances, be very good in doing this, but the real issue is the SOURCE of the plan and action.  In this case, the source was this man’s own mind/soul. 

Being “rich toward God” is entirely differentRich toward God” literally translates “rich toGod,” meaning to be rich in God’s sight, or: “to possess and be that which God finds desirable.” The “rich toward God” have an inward ownership of spiritual riches such as wisdom, understanding, and fruit.  They are those who have been given eyes to see, ears to hear and have used these senses.  They have nourished the seed of God’s Word and life in them, and are producing a crop of spiritual fruit.  The independent soul of man cannot and will not value the things God finds desirable. No amount of success in any plan or goal which came from one’s own reasoning will survive the testing fire of God, thus the result will be “poverty toward God!”  We have to be so careful and diligent on this issue, because the transition from soul to spirit/Adam to Christ is not instant or easy, and many in their blindness continue to walk foolishly and will lose everything they worked for.

If we want to follow Jesus, we MUST NOT live from and according to that life and realm which is done away in Christ,1 which God has no desire for or dealings with.  Again, this can be called many things with fair accuracy: the old man, the carnal/fleshly/natural mind, the Adamic nature, soul, ego, self, natural life. This is the realm which in Christ has been done away, and what we must continue to reject.  It’s this we are to be set free from.  There is no other option – to follow Christ’s way requires rejection of self/flesh/Adam/soul/carnal mind/”reason.”  Jesus said so himself.  To persist in blindness and carnality, no matter one’s behavior or beliefs, will result in the loss of everything.

I think everyone is either storing up treasure from and for themselves, or coming to possess spiritual wealth in God’s eyes by seeking His word, heeding it, and humbling themselves (in other words, by following the way of Jesus).  If you sense truth in this, sincerely ask God to lead you to true wealth and seek Him diligently.  Repentance is always step #1, and it’s simply changing your mind to conform to what God is showing you by revelation.  I am leaning towards making a part 3 sometime in which I look at the famous teaching Jesus gave immediately following this parable, which makes more sense when you keep this parable in mind.  Maybe I’ll do so in a video.  I hope this blog is something the Spirit of God can use.  God bless you.

 

1. 2 Corinthians 5:17

 

 
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Posted by on April 28, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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Rich Toward God, Pt. 1

 

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The words of Jesus are unparalleled, just as Jesus is unparalleled.  They are the foundation for those who would follow him. Everything else, including bible verses, must be filtered through his teachings.  If we are building our walk and understanding on the teachings of Paul, Peter, popes, pastors, presidents, preachers, or anyone else, we’re mistaken.  I would like to look at one of Jesus’ parables.

Luke 12:15-22 NAS77 And (Jesus) said to them, “Beware, and be on your guard against every form of greed; for not even when one has an abundance does his life consist of his possessions.” (16) And He told them a parable, saying, “The land of a certain rich man was very productive. (17) “And he began reasoning to himself, saying, ‘What shall I do, since I have no place to store my crops?’ (18) “And he said, ‘This is what I will do: I will tear down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. (19) ‘And I will say to my soul, “Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years to come; take your ease, eat, drink and be merry.”‘ (20) “But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your soul is required of you; and now who will own what you have prepared?’ (21) “So is the man who lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.” (22) And He said to His disciples, “For this reason I say to you, do not be anxious for your life, as to what you shall eat; nor for your body, as to what you shall put on.

I am convinced every parable of Jesus has an ultimately spiritual meaning and application. Therefore, I don’t think he is really concerned with whether people store grain up or not.  His concern is much deeper – where our awareness is and the source of life we are drawing from.  (More on that in a bit).  It’s very important to notice the very first thing this man does – he begins reasoning to himself.This literally translates he reasonedwithin himself.” Then, he begins consulting his own “soul” (self) for guidance. These two actions underlie the whole meaning of this parable.

I realize that reason and self-consultation may seem harmless enough in the eyes of man, but spiritually, these things are absolutely fatal. Remember, in Romans 8 and elsewhere, Paul taught that the carnal mind (our natural, rational, non-spiritual mind) is hostile to God, and can’t know Him.  Consulting his non-spiritual, carnal mind for guidance was this man’s fundamental error, leading directly to his demise.  What’s scary is he seemed to think he was being wise, having no idea he was off track at all. 

Because God sees spiritually and men see fleshly, many who profess to believe in Christ have been occupied with the wrong problems and ignorant of one of the fundamental problems, which is fairly simple: our fleshly mind and natural life, whatever form they take, are at enmity with God, period.  Behavior and correct beliefs are secondary issues at best. What matters to God is the substance being presented to Him; flesh or spirit, Adam or Christ, shadow or reality, tradition or truth, reason or revelation, pretense or humility.  Jesus makes it very clear the rich man is aware of and living from his blind carnal mind and soul, which is the “old” God now has no dealings with.This man’s wealth reminds me of Revelation 3:17, where Jesus summarizes the Laodicean church’s attitude as: “I am rich, and have become wealthy, and have need of nothing…”  But where man sees wealth, God sees destitution.

Immediately before telling this parable, Jesus gives a warning which also has to do with this parable’s meaning: Beware, and be on your guard against all covetousness; for not even when one has an abundance does his life consist of his possessions.”  Here’s an alternative translation: Be seeing, (requires spiritual light/revelation and rejection of the fleshly mind) and be guarding against all covetousness, because abounding life doesn’t come from the things one possesses.” Covetousness = a desire to have more. In verse 18, this man decides to build bigger barns to store up his “grain” and “goods.” I think these represent whatever our soul takes pleasure or finds security in. Perhaps “grain” specifically represents material possessions (food, money, houses, etc), while “goods” represent the good works we do which we feel endear us to God and ensure our place in heaven. The human soul is very fearful. Consulting his soul brought a fear of lack, leading to covetousness, leading to blindness, which led to a hard heart and being cut off from God’s spiritual, eternal, vibrant life.  What is more valuable than that?  This is why Jesus warned not to connect possessions and “life.”  In reality, they have nothing to do with each-other. 

 
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Posted by on April 26, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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Characteristics of Christ’s Body

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In this post, I want to look at a really neat passage in the Bible: Ephesians 4:13-16.  Just prior, in verse 12, Paul describes various ministries God uses men in.  Then in 13 he states: “till we all come…to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.”  You may noticethe “ministries” which Christianity recognizes are to cease once the body of Christ matures.  That’s a point worth looking at, but here I’d rather focus on the emphasis of this passage, which is describing a matured body of Christ.  Knowing what the desired outcome (maturity) looks like can help clarify one’s current path.  The beginning of verse 13 gives a summary of how genuine maturity comes about:

“…till we all come in (“into”) the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God…” 

The phrase “in the unity” is really “into the unity.”   Notice also, it is called the unity and the knowledge, meaning one specific unity and knowledge are being referred to, which already exist and into which we must enter.  This unity is: “…the unity of the faith (spiritual sight) and of the knowledge (recognition, discernment from experience) of the Son of God…”  Maybe this is news to you, but Jesus didn’t please God by acting really good or refraining from bad.  His awareness wasn’t even on those things at all.  He was submissive to his Father’s revealed will, doing what he saw and heard from his Father.  This is why he often did things which made little or no rational sense – he wasn’t going by what made sense. He didn’t care.  At all.

The unity that leads to maturity in Christ’s body comes only as the members of Christ’s body see and receive the spirit of Christ as their source of life.  Men simply cannot bring about this unity.  Christ’s life produces his way (faith) and his knowledge (spiritual discernment) in all members of his body.  This is the unity that we must enter into, and it’s a process.  This unity is not based on agreement among all members, it’s based on discernment and reception of a new source of life among all members.  It’s not a reformation of the old life, it’s recognizing the old as dead, shunning it, and receiving the new life which has already come.  It’s a radical change.

Verse 14 gives another characteristic of a matured body: it’s members will: “no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting…  A similar idea is found in 1 Corinthians 3:1-2 and Hebrews 5:12-13 where some believers are likened to immature children, only able to digest milk.  This passage is actually saying members of a mature body won’t let the latest trends or ideas influence them and will reject the schemes of men, who desire to form a system based on their doctrines.

Instead, (verses 15, 16): speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him, who is the head, even Christ, from whom the whole body, being fitted and held together by that which every joint supplies, according to the proper working of each individual part, causes the growth of the body for the building up of itself in love.

Here’s how the Amplified version translates these wordy verses:

15 Rather, let our lives lovingly express truth [in all things, speaking truly, dealing truly, living truly]. Enfolded in love, let us grow up in every way and in all things into Him Who is the Head, [even] Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One).  16 For because of Him the whole body (the church, in all its various parts), closely joined and firmly knit together by the joints and ligaments with which it is supplied, when each part [with power adapted to its need] is working properly [in all its functions], grows to full maturity, building itself up in love.

Building itself up in loveThat’s the given conclusion, the endgame.  In a sense, it’s simple: maturity is all members of the body doing their part, according to the intention of the head and the power of the spirit.  The body then grows and matures, as love is the relationship each member has toward the others.

Having laid this foundation, in the next verses Paul goes on to state the things the things the church must not do and the things that will prevent this process of maturity taking place.  You can read about some of them in my post “Alienated from Life” dated 12/27/2013.  They might surprise you.  More to come, and I hope to be writing more regularly now.  God bless you.

 
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Posted by on April 10, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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On Certainty, and Rightly-Grounded Assurance in Matters of Religion. By Isaac Penington, c. 1681

On Certainty, and Rightly-Grounded Assurance, in Matters of RELIGION

There is a witness of and from God in every conscience; which, in his light, power, and authority, witnesses for Him, and against that which is contrary to Him.

From this witness proceeds the true and well-grounded religion in the mind towards God: for this witness both testifes and demonstrates that there is a God, and also inclines the mind to desire and seek after the right knowledge and true worship of Him.

And those who keep to this witness, and wait upon God therein, are taught by it the true spiritual worship; the true and pure fear of the Most High; the faith which he gives to his saints; the love which is chaste and unfeigned; the hope which purifes the mind, and anchors it on the eternal rock; the meekness, patience, gentleness, humility, etc., which is not of man’s nature, but rather the gift of God, and the nature of the heavenly Giver.

And then, as for the exercises of religion, such as praying to the Father of spirits, hearing the heavenly voice, reading in the Spirit, and with the renewed understanding, singing and making melody in the heart (and also with the voice) to the Lord, as His life is felt, and the spiritual blessings and treasure received; all of these, and whatever else is judged necessary for the soul, are taught by this witness of God in the conscience, as the soul grows up in the light, Spirit, nature, and holy power thereof.

But now, when the Lord reaches to His witness in men, and is teaching their hearts by it, then the enemy, the other spirit, whose seat is in the other part, makes a noise there, to overbear the voice of God’s true witness. This enemy causes men to take up religion in another part, which is shallow, and reaches not to the depth and weight of truth, which is in the witness of God.

Thus the enemy stirs up reasonings, imaginations, and consultations about God and his worship; wherein he raises up the vain, shallow mind, which creates and brings forth something pleasing and suitable to the earthly understanding. The mind is then involved therein, and the heart also engaged in some such practices that may quiet and satisfy that part in men. For the religious ways that men take up in their reasonings and understandings, these satisfy their reasonings and understandings. And so they walk in their own light, and warm themselves by the fre of their own kindling. But none of this answers the witness of God in them.

Now from this part in man arises all the uncertainty, and doubts, and dissatisfaction about religion. And hence arise the opinions, and judgments, and reasonings, in the minds of men. Indeed, the best of men’s religion here is but an opinion or judgment, which the breath of God’s Spirit will shake and dissolve everywhere, sooner or later. All fesh is grass; and all the beauty of men’s knowledge, religion, and worship here, will wither like grass. All the buildings and churches that are raised here (however beautiful) are but Babylon, built by man’s understanding, by man’s knowledge, by man’s comprehension, by man’s wisdom, by man’s skill, and indeed in man’s will and time, and their standing, beauty, strength, and glory, is but from man, and in man’s day, and will fade away like a flower.

But the true certainty is the Day of God, from the light of his Spirit shining into man’s spirit, from God’s inward reaching to the heart by his power, and testifying his truth there. And against this all the powers of darkness cannot prevail. No, nor against that man that is kept in this. For it is the rock (the only rock) upon which the whole church is built, and which cannot fail to preserve every member of the church which is built upon it.

You then, who desire to come to certainty in religion, observe the way which is made manifest from God, which is this: mind the witness of God in thy heart, and come to, and build upon, the light thereof. Dwell not in reasonings; take not up your religion in reasonings of the mind; but pass through them, pass beyond them, into a light of a higher nature. Wait to know the birth which is from God, and the light which he gives to that birth. What is the birth? Is not the birth of and from the second Adam? And what is the heavenly birth’s light? Is it not the light of the second Adam? Is it not in nature and kind above the light of the frst Adam? Where is the seat of reasonings? Is it not the earthly mind, the fallen mind? Here lies man’s strength; here is man’s wisdom; here is man’s life. But the wisdom of Christ, the light of Christ, the life of Christ, the power of Christ, is a cross to man’s strength, wisdom, and life. The light of Christ discovers in it the enmity against God, crucifes it, slays it, brings it to nothing. And he that will become wise unto God, must become a fool unto all this, a child, a babe, entering the kingdom without this. He must remain there naked as to man’s life and light, and never more put it on.

Now observe (you that have understanding and true sense) the difference between the religion which God hath taught us, and led us into, and the religions of all men upon the earth besides. Our religion stands wholly out of that which all their religion stands in. Their religion stands in the comprehension, in a belief of a literal relation or description. Our religion stands in a principle which transforms the mind, wherein the Spirit of life appears to, and witnesses in the conscience concerning the things of the kingdom. We hear the voice, and see the express image of the Invisible One, and thus know things, not from an outward relation, but from their inward nature, virtue, and power. Yes, here (we must profess) we so know things, that we are fully satisfed about them, and could not doubt concerning them, though there never had been a word or letter written of them. Although it is indeed a great comfort, and sweet  refreshment to us, to read in Scripture the outward testimony of what we feel and enjoy inwardly. And in this our whole religion consists; namely, in the silence and death of the fesh, and in the quickening and fowing life of the Spirit. For he who is of the new birth, of the new creation, of the second Adam (the Lord from heaven), is as really alive to God, and as really lives to him in his Spirit, as ever he was really dead in trespasses and sins in the time of his alienation and estrangement from God.

 
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Posted by on March 21, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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Moses to Christ = Shadow to Substance

“Now Moses was faithful in all His house as a servant, for a testimony of those things which were to be spoken later; but Christ was faithful as a Son over His house—whose house we are, if we hold fast our confidence and the boast of our hope firm until the end.”  -Hebrews 3:5,6

I’d like to expand on the meaning of this passage a bit.  Warning!  Rabbit trail immediately ahead, skip the portion in parenthesis if you wish.  (I realize that to some, it seems  pointless to examine the Greek meanings of Biblical words and phrases, but this isn’t always the case.  When I look at the Greek, I do so for one simple reason – I want to know the meaning that was being conveyed by the author!  There are many great English translations, but none are without any deficiency.  I prefer more literal translations, but I have also learned that a strict, literal interpretation from Greek to English might not make much sense unless you approach the text spiritually, which many translators didn’t.  In reference to the King James Version, I’ve heard it said that those who translated the text were “more interested in translation than in truth,” and priority number one for most translations is to make the text readable.  While this is understandable, it is also a problem if an awkward or strange literal meaning was conveying a spiritual truth.  This is just one example of why looking at the Greek can be useful). 

Notice that Moses was a faithful servant (meaning attendant) in God’s house.  It’s hard to overstate the importance of Moses’ role in regards to God’s plan for the Israelites of his day.  In Hebrews, Moses is basically being considered as the old covenant equivalent of Christ. Moses was THE go-between for God and all of Israel.  The Israelites actually said to Moses: “speak to us yourself and we will listen; but let not God speak to us, or we will die.”2  Moses carried out this duty very well, and in Jesus’ day, Moses was still given the highest place of honor short of God Himself.

This is well and good, but Moses is long dead and most believers know (to an extent) that we aren’t under the law of Moses anymore.  So why would the author of Hebrews, who understood the new covenant very well, give such attention to Moses?  The reason is stated in the passage above: Moses’ ministry was for a testimony of those things which were to be spoken later…”  This means God had a greater purpose behind Moses’ ministry.  All the laws, regulations and commands God gave to and through Moses were intended primarily to be a “testimony” – a physical, earthly representation – of this greater, ultimate spiritual purpose and reality which was to come thousands of years later in Christ.  In fact, all of the Old Testament stories, laws, and rules, (many of which seem strange and pointless), served this purpose in one way or another.  Amazing, isn’t it? 

Here’s the main contrast: Moses = attending servant in God’s house. He had no claim to rulership or authority over the house, he just was a faithful servant in the house. Jesus = son over God’s house (which consists of true believers!) Jesus had authority and rulership over God’s household which Moses never had.  Remember, Moses = servant, Jesus = son.  In a household, a servant, no matter how faithful and valuable they are, can never reach a status higher than a guest.  A son (or daughter) are and will always be a part of the household, an heir, an equal.  Jesus came to bring this transition; bringing carnal, law-aware servants into adoption as God-aware, spiritual sons.  He came to bring those who followed the shadow (the physical law of Moses) to those who possess the substance (spiritual reality).  It’s as stark a contrast as that between a reflection of an object and the object itself, or a drawing of a house and the house itself.  With the exact same thing in mind, John wrote: “For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth were realized through Jesus Christ.”3  Paul wrote of this also, at length.4

Having laid this foundation, our passage states we are members of, participants in, and the very building materials of the house of God, “if we hold fast our confidence and the boast of our hope firm until the end.”  There always seems to be a pesky “if,” and we better not ignore it.  Having looked closely at the Greek, here’s what this means: “We are of God’s house if we seize and refuse to let go of the truth of the (radical) freedom of our sonship as well as the glorious rejoicing we have in the expectation of all that is given and promised, until these things fully mature within us and we take ownership of them.”  Amen!  I encourage you to re-read and meditate on these things, and look at the scriptures I referenced.  God bless you. 

  1. Hebrews 3:5,6
  2. Exodus 20:19
  3. John 1:17
  4. Primarily in the book of Galatians. Perhaps most clearly in 4:1-7.
 
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Posted by on March 4, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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Immortality Road

Going Out to the Sons and Daughters of God

New Mystic Mother

A Mother :: Falling Into the Hands of Grace :: The Journey

Entering the Promised Land

by walking in the Spirit

SEE withyour HEART

I am a citizen of heaven...Phil 3:20

Spiritual Abuse Sanctuary

Exposing Spiritual Abuse

The Straight Way Church Blog

Making the Way straight for the scattered Remnant of God

Sons Of Issachar

Understanding the times

Done with Religion

Living with God Outside the Walls of Religion

plucked out of the fire

Passionate about Christ being revealed in and through his people!

Ephesians 4

For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ.

My utmost 4 His garbage can

we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus. 2 Cor. 4:5

The Voice of One

To know and preach nothing but Christ....

notesfromthebridge

Most would rather endure comfortable bondage, than experience uneasy freedom

Escape to Reality

Exploring the wide open spaces of God's amazing grace

Life of Yan ♥

My Name is Yanira Vargas. I am a Senior at Washington State University. I love all things expression and creative. I was in a relationship with my childhood best friend of 4 years, who happens to have had passed away with stage 3 brain cancer. I still believe in God, and in the beauty of mircles. Join me and embark on this journey with me.

The Matt Walsh Blog

Absolute Truths (and alpaca grooming tips)