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by Alice-Alexandra-Sofia
 

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The Second Standpoint: Perception and Understanding of the Law

Revelations of the Absolute:

the Honor and Authority of the Son of God, the Word–God

 

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Sunday, September 4, 11 & 18, 2016

The Second Standpoint: Perception and Understanding of the Law 

 

 

 

…Blessed are Thou, O Lord; teach me Thine statutes

{Psalm 118(119):12}

… Good and benevolent are Thou, O Lord;

and in Thy goodness, teach me Thine statutes…

{Psalm 118(119):68}

…O Lord, the earth is full of Thy mercy; teach me Thine statutes

{Psalm 118(119):64}

…Unveil Thou my eyes, and I shall perceive wondrous things out of Thy law…

{Psalm 118(119):18}

Thou are my portion, O Lord;

I promised that I would keep Thy law

{Psalm 118(119):57}

Thy law is a lamp to my feet and the light to my paths

{Psalm 118(119):105}

Blessed are the blameless in the way who walk in the law of the Lord…

{Psalm 118(119):1}

The Lord our God is One Lord.

And you shall love the Lord your God

with all your heart,

and with all your soul,

and with all your mind,

and with all your strength

{Deuteronomy 6:4–5; Matthew 22:37–38; Mark 12:29–30}

 

 

 

Perception and Understanding of the Law in the Judaic Civilization

The common perception connects law with restriction of individual freedoms and with obedience to will of the rulers: the laws of earthly establishments are enacted for actualization of the will of the ruling group/elite/core/controlling subsystem. In general, laws define the rules of survival and well–being within a political, social, and religious system focused on the will of the ruler/leader.

However, within the first humanJudaiccivilization initiated with revelation of the law of God given through Moses to the smallest nation that God has chosen to be the model for the entire mankind and settled in the Promised Land to evolve into His own people and priests {Deuteronomy 7:6–10}, the attitude toward the law was different. The lawΣ1 was given to [[and accepted by]] the chosen ones as the life itself, as the definition of sanctity and righteousness, as description of the human nature and human dignity, and as the way of life appropriate for a human being created in image of God and likeness: the law was the meaning of life for the chosen one, whom God teaches as man teaches his son.

Hence, the law of God and life are correlated and intertwined as the beginning and the end are: there is no life without the law, and there cannot be natural completion without observing the law. The meaning and the essence of the law/life is love –– love to God and love to creations of God. Furthermore, the normal human life is life in compliance with the law of God Who loves His creations {Exodus 20:1–20; 34:6–17; Deuteronomy 4; 5; 6; 7; 8; Matthew 22:36–40; Mark 12:29–31; Luke 10:25–37; John 13:34–35; 14; 15:12; 16:13; 17; 1 John}.

The blessingsΣ2, which Moses correlated with life according to the law of God {Deuteronomy 28:1–14; 30:9–10}, are in fact, the normal properties of human life – the life of a being created into the image of the Perfect Almighty God: the being whose dignity and sanctity, wisdom and happiness, and the very life are in his love to God, and in his imitation of the Absolute good of the Good and Perfect God – Creator, Teacher, Father.

The cursesΣ3, which as Moses promised {Deuteronomy 28; 29; 30:1, 10–20; 32:8–42} fall upon the one who rejects the will of God and violates the law of God, are descriptions of the different processes of the total ruin that is inevitable for any apostate who subverted the AbsoluteΣ4 by rejecting the knowledge of God and who rebelled against the law/will of God, yet who, while is overthrowing the Absolute – the law of life, still mistakenly believes that he would be able to live and even survive without knowledge and observance of the law of God – Creator of life.

The one could envision the choice between blessings–life and curses–death, of which Moses told his tribesmen when he advised them to choose life and to live {Deuteronomy 30:15–20}, as the choice between two realities:

1/ the reality of evolutionΣ5: the world that is cherished and loved by God, the world of life, where the norm is achievement of perfection and development of the highest potency of a human being who was created for the works of God, and who therefore, lives in dignity, freedom, peace, health, happiness and abundance of all good things, with the purpose to obtain immortalityΣ6 – life everlasting in the kingdom of God

2/ the reality of anti–evolutionΣ7: degeneration, corruption, mental and physical disorders, diseases and plagues, illness of all kinds, misery, suffering, and hopelessness resulting from insufficiency in all spheres of life, spiritual and physical slavery, constant wars and conflicts, deprivation of all needed for salvation and liberation from the evil, and followed with death of reason and destruction of bodies. In the reality of anti–evolution – in the world controlled by the arch–evil, human dignity, freedom, health, happiness, and abundance are dreams of the disintegrating mind that is dying without life–giving power and energy of life as the fading branch, which has been cut off the vine {John 15:1–6}.

For the people living by God, the perception of the law is changed with evolution of the mind and overall development of the mankind: the perception of the law during the first phase of development – in the Judaic civilization – was different from perception of the law in the final phase – in the Christian civilization, during final preparation of men for the eternity with God.

The actual (and righteous) perception of the law by the mind accommodated within the Judaic civilization can be inferred from The Book of Psalms [[especially, Psalm 118(119) written by the unknown prophet, priest, or wise man with faith in God and with understanding of his world; the following text refers to him as to the wise one]].

Psalm 118(119) conveys the quintessence of the law as the wise one understands it; the Psalm also facilitates understanding of the practical meaning of the Absolute – what is the Absolute, what does it mean to accept the Absolute, and how to live by focusing on the Absolute.

The wise one who wrote the Psalm 118(119) lives in the time when the idol–worshipping nationsΣ8 are the neighbors, and the heathenismΣ9 as the expression of the hatred of the arch–evil to man–creation of God is the actuality of the surrounding world. In this surrounding world, the parents sacrifice their first–born children to the idols, the worth of man is his price at the slave–market, insanity is the gift of gods, perversion and corruption and injustice are the norm, and sacrificial killings of human beings are the mandatory rites of worship of the idols and deified beasts: the daily reality for all strata of the society.

His reality/universe is ancient Israel that supposed to be the vineyard of the Lord: the world of the chosen ones who are living by the law of God. Therefore, according to the law given through Moses, this world has to be strictly separated from the world of the heathens; the apostatesΣ10 have to be condemned to death or at least, thrown away from the society {e.g., in: Exodus 34:10–16; Deuteronomy 7; 29:18–21}. Yet, the hidden and manifest apostates – and with them the evil, perversion, corruption, and insanity of idol–worshipers – crawl into the temple, take the places of priests and prophets, penetrate the learned and the ruling elite, ascend to the throne of kings, and then, corrupt and pervert the manyΣ11.

By reading the Psalm, the one could understand the way of thinking and perception of the wise one within the hostile world: the one who has the only hope –– God.

So, the wise one says of himself that he is a stranger in the earth, the insignificant, afflicted and despised one, the lost sheep; his soul was cast into dust and is clung to the dustΣ12. However, he dislikes the fantasies of men: he knows that the Truth of God is the Eternal Truth, that His law is the true law, that the Word of God is pure, that the revelations of God are perfect; his soul always is in the hands of God, and he will live only if God gives him understanding. Hence, he is waiting the judgment of God, and he asks God to reveal him His statutes/law, to open his eyes so he would see the wonders of the law, and to make him alive according to His Word {Psalm 118(119):18–20, 25, 28, 64–68, 88–91, 104–113, 137144; 151–152}.

His self–positioning within the world is determined by his understanding of the Absolute good of God: he has attached himself to the revelations of God, he has chosen the way of the Truth; in his heart, he has placed the word of God, so he would not sin before God – God is his portion, and his lot is compliance with the law; therefore, the Word of God makes him alive, and the law becomes his own life {Psalm 118(119):11, 30–38, 50–60; 94; 144–149}.

He perceives himself as the slave of God: the hands of God have made him and fashioned him, his soul always is in the hands of God, and all his ways are before God. So, he beseeches God to give him understanding, to teach him law, to teach him kindness and instructions and knowledge, because he has believed in His commandments, because he loves the law more than purified gold and silver: the cognition of revelations of God is his treasure and great profit. He knows that if God gives him understanding, he will comprehend miracles, infiniteness, and truth of the law; already, he became wiser than his enemies – he lives because of the statutes of God, and he is more reasonable and knowledgeable than the teachers and elders are, because he has focused his reasoning on the words of God and sought out His commandments; he hopes in the words of God. He asks God to order his way according to His word and do not let any iniquity to dominate over him {Psalm 118(119):28–50, 64–66, 68, 72–81, 92–94, 98–102, 109, 124–125, 128–135, 162, 166–176}.

Because of his steadfastness, he has many enemies and the many persecute him, including those in a position of authority (princes) – they are near, he knows them, they attempt to entrap him, they harbor evil and cunning intentions and say lies about him, they inflicted on him grief and suffering. Nonetheless, he has pity to them, because he is terrified by knowledge of their future: the inevitable and total ruinΣ13, which is inseparable from violations of the law of God {Psalm 118(119):23, 39, 51–53, 61, 69–70, 83–87, 95, 110, 113–120, 134, 143, 150–158, 161; also, see: Psalm 105(106):34–42}.

In his sorrows, he asks God to give him strength; his only hope is the hope on mercy of God; he longs for salvation, he contemplates the testimonies of God, his consolation and his advisers are revelations–words–law of God, and he seeks God’s help through learning, understandings, and observance of the law, in which he discerns life and salvation: he has accepted God as the Absolute, as the all of man; God is the Source of all that he holds to be precious: life, righteousness, justice, hope, wisdom, consolation, expectations of salvation and liberation, peace and freedom of the way without any stumbling block; hence, he asks for the life–giving Truth of God, which opens the infinity {Psalm 118(119):23–33, 40–50, 81–82, 94–96, 137–149, 165–176}.

In summary,

By giving the law, God ignited the light of human reason within the world, which is buried in the darkness of the evil, and illuminated the beginning of the way to the Light and Truth and Wisdom and Life everlasting – to Himself Who is the Father of lights and the Perfect Love {Psalm 17(18):28; 118(119):105; John 1:1–5; 3:16–21; 12:46; 14:6, 15–21, 23–26; 17; James 1:17; 1 John 4:7–21; 5:2–3, 19–20}.

Psalm 118(119) illustrates the right way of thinking – wisdom of the wise one who lives in the Old Testament times, within the Judaic civilization. The wise one follows the instructions of Moses concerning the law; he knows that God is his portion, therefore, his lot/destiny is to observe the law of God; his reasoning is focused on understanding and observance of the law, so, his life and well–being would be preserved according to the word of God {in: Deuteronomy 4:5–6; 6:1–6, 13–14, 17–19; 17:19–20; 30:10–14}.

The Psalm 118(119) explains the practical meaning of acceptance of the Absolute at the first stage of human evolution; it reflects the reasoning of the wise one who perceives himself as the slave of God, who has fear before God, yet, for whom God already is the Source of life, wisdom, knowledge, mercy, hope, liberation, and salvation. The entire life of the wise one is in God, because, for him, even in his terrifying by injustice and inhumanity world, the law of God, His mercy, His truth, and His words are the zenith of perfection – the Absolute Good.  

Hence, the wise one has learned the main lesson of the Old Testament; his mind is ready for acceptance of the complete knowledge of God and with it, for completion of his evolution within the Christian civilization.

 

Perception and Understanding of the Law in the Christian Civilization

The Christian civilization, which is initiated with revelation of the Gospels of Lord God Jesus Christ, the Word–God, deepened perception and enhanced understanding of the law of God and re–defined the attitude of the mind that seeks the eternity with God.

As St. Paul the Apostle writes, for the people of the Old Testament, the law fulfilled the role of guardian {Galatians 4:1–7; also see: 1 Peter 2:25}: he compares the protection by the law with protection by the guardian over a child and heir until the child–heir reaches maturity and can be trusted with inheritance allotted to him by his Father {also, in: 1 Peter 1:3–5, 14; Romans 8:15–17; Galatians 3:29}.

Furthermore, the one who follows Christ also is a spiritual heir of Abraham: Christianity is continuation–fruit developed from the beginning–seed {Genesis 12:1–3; 15:18; 17:1–8, 19–21; 18:18–19; Isaiah 41:8–10; Acts 7:2–7; Romans 4:3, 15–17; Galatians 3:7–9, 29}.

Christianity is the universal spiritual reality, because its source is God the Creator of all and everything, it is intended for the entire earth, its power is given by the Spirit of the Almighty God {Zacharias 4:6}, and its place is within the heart of man. Christianity it is not restricted by any of the material/physical attributes that mankind has, for instance, such as sex, race, nation, social and any other division, even death itself. However, it has impenetrable boundaries: only by the will of God the Father and through Lord Jesus Christ, the Word–God, the one may enter the spiritual gathering – ΕκκλησιαΣ14, the Church of God – by becoming a Christian and a people of the Christian civilization {in: Matthew 8:11–12; 22:23–32; 25:31–46; Mark 10:45; 13:10; 16:15–18; Luke 12:49–53; 17:20–21; 18:27; 24:45–47; John 3:16–21, 36; 6:37–40, 44–58, 64–71; 10:14–16, 27–30; 12:44–50; 17:12; Acts 4:32; 8:26–39; 10:9–48; 1 Peter 1:3–9; 2:9–10; 1 John 3:18–24; Romans 8; 10; 2 Corinthians 3:17–18; Galatians 3:8–9; Revelation 21:23–26; Psalm 2:10–12; 21(22):27–28; Isaiah 60:1–3}.

The Judaic Civilization and the Christian civilization are connected as the root and offspring and as the beginning and the end are connected: both are the manifestations of the law of God given through the Word–God

 

–– Who in the times of the Old Testament is revealed as the Glory of God,

as the Holy Wisdom of God by Whom everything comes into being,

as the Sun of Truth, and the Promise of fulfillment

{Exodus 33:20–22; Isaiah 6:1–10; 60:1–5; Proverbs 8; 9; Malachi 3:17; 4:1–2;

Wisdom 6:12–20; 7:7–30; 8; 9; 10; 11; 12:1; 15:1–3}

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–– Whose work and completion of the act of creation

of the new beings–servants–children–priests destined for the eternity with God

are revealed as the grace, mercy, and perfect love of God that culminated in RedemptionΣ15,

because of which His followers within the cursed/downgraded earthΣ16

are established at the indestructible foundation – ΣτερεωμαΣ17 – upon His words

and are enabled to take the path needed to complete their evolutionΣ5

with the complete knowledgeΣ18 of God and wisdom

that they receive because of the Word–God and from the Holy Spirit,

so their observance of the commandments of God would be the victory over the world of the evil,

which [[the victory]] would eradicate within them the root of the original sinΣ19

{John; James 1:17–18; 1 Peter 1:3–25; 2:9–10; 1 John 3:1–7, 23–24; 5; Ephesians 1:3–23; 2:4–10, 13–22; 4:22–24;

Colossians 1:9–20, 26–28; 2:6–7, 9–12; Revelation 21:1–7, 22–27; 22:1–5, 10–15; Isaiah 42:16; 43:9–21; 55:8–13; 56:1–2, 8–9; 57:14–19}

 

Although the root of Christianity is the Judaic civilization, the Christian civilization is established at the different complexity level; it might be described as the ascent to the highest point, to zenith of the way to the perfection, which a human mind can be empowered to achieve within the temporal world. By acceptance of Lord Jesus Christ, the Word–God, through faith and love to Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, and by observance of His law–commandments–words {John 15:15–16; 17:3–8}, the Christian mind is lifted up, to the threshold of the eternity, at the level incomparable with any glory any knowledge and any of earthly values, by which peoples lived before coming of Lord Jesus Christ:

 

to everyone who comes to Him,

Lord God Jesus Christ

a/ reveals the human nature as the divine nature of a child of God:

a new being destined to be the living temple of the Creator,

the carrier of the Name of God and of the Holy Spirit, the Divine Fire of God

b/ grants the knowledge that is the everlasting life

c/ opens the Way to home, to His eternal kingdom

{John; esp., John 10; 14; 15; 16; 17}

 

Furthermore, St. Paul the Apostle writes that Christ is the end of the law {Romans 10:4}. Some have interpreted these words of the Apostle as the reason for rejection of the law and even The Ten Commandments due to new – Christian – faith. However, they disregarded

1/ the warning that the law of God is the eternal law revealed through the prophets and that Lord Jesus Christ came to fulfill the law and to actualize the revelations given through the prophets {Matthew 5:17–18; 26:47–54}

2/ inseparable connection of the Judaic civilization – the root, and the Christian civilization – the offspring, which both are established ⇒ initiated by the Word–God, Who speak of Himself as of

the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last,

the Holy One and the True One,

the One having the key of David,

the One opening that nobody is able to close,

the One Who is the Root and Offspring of David

{Revelation 1:8, 11, 17; 3:7; 22:16}

 

3/ St. Paul’s statement that by faith we establish the law, not destroy {Romans 3:31}.

Hence, the Apostle’s words should be interpreted in compliance with the words of Lord Jesus Christ, because the Word–God leads His Own ones to the right understanding of the law and proper self–positioning within His kingdomΣ20:

 

a/ the law is eternal

b/ each iota of the law will be fulfilled

c/ the kingdom of God is within the heart of man

d/ the eternity with God is accessible only for those

who, with their faith, love to God and to the creations of God, by their observance

of the law–commandments–words of God,

overwhelm the world of the evil and arrange their life in compliance with the law of God –

The Ten Commandments and words–teachings of Lord Jesus Christ

{Matthew 5; 6; 7; 11:27–30; 19:16–26; 22:36–40; 24:35; Mark 12:28–34; Luke 6:17–49; 21:33; 17:20–21;

John 12:48–50; 14; 15; 16; 17; 1 John 1; 2; 3; 4; 5:1–4; Revelation 21:1–8; 22; Deuteronomy 30:9–20}

 

The referred above texts of the Holy Scriptures describe creation of a child of God and an heir of the heavenly Kingdom as accomplishment of the will of God Who decided to create His child–servant/slave–priest by the Word and by the Holy Spirit, so this new creation would be the living temple–dwelling of God, the carrier of the Divine Fire and of the Name of God through the eternity {John 14:23; 17:20–26; Revelation 21:5–7; 22:1–5}. The coming of Lord Jesus Christ was planned before the beginning of times and the followers of Christ are born of the life–giving eternal Word: the people of God are chosen before the beginning of time – they are God’s Own ones {John 10:27–30; 17; 1 Peter 1:3–25; 2:9; Ephesians 1:3–14; Colossians 1:26–28}.

In general, a pattern of creation of a child of God from the earth described by the New Testament is not different from the pattern of creationΣ21 of the earth described by the Old Testament {for instance, in: Genesis 1; 2; Psalm 147:16–20; Isaiah 55:8–13; Matthew 5:17; John 1; 3; 6; 10; 14; 15; 16; 17}:

 

before the beginning of times,

God says the Word

the Light comes

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the will of God is accomplished: 

within the invisible and unstable–disordered–unfurnished chaos/earth,

the life is ignited

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before the beginning of new phase of mankind’s life–evolution,

God sends the Word

the Light of the world comes

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the will of God is accomplished: 

within a mortal being –  darkness temporal arrangement of the temporal matter,

in the world controlled by death and focused on death,

the light of reason is ignited and the life eternal is initiated

 

 

Both acts of creation are actualization of the omnipotent power of God and manifestation of the universal law–will of God according to which life is ignited and enabled to evolve.

While at the earth, the mind perceives the process of creation of an immortal child of God from the mortal creature of flesh as

 

development → maturity → evolution

through learning–understanding–observance of the law of God

based on perception of the law as the Absolute law:

the law, the source of which is the Absolute Good – the Perfect Love of God,

and it cannot be deviation from this law,

if the one desires to obtain life everlasting in the presence of God

{1 Peter 1; 2; 2 Peter 1:2–11; 1 John}

life

as focusing on the Absolute Law

and thinking–reasoning–speaking–acting in compliance with the Absolute Law

{Exodus 20:1–17; Deuteronomy 6:4–5; Leviticus 19:18; Matthew 22:37–40; Mark 12:29–31;

Luke 10:27–37; John 13:34–35; 14:15–21, 23–24; 15:12;

1 Peter; 2 Peter; 1 John; Ephesians; Colossians, and other Epistles of the Apostles}

transformation

into the embodiment of the law – the likeness of Lord Jesus Christ, the Word–God

{1 John 3:1–5; 5; 2 Corinthians 3:17–18; Ephesians; Colossians}

process of illumination–empowering by the Holy Spirit of God

that gives knowledge, understanding, wisdom, and immortality

similarly to as the light is ignited in the clay lamp, so it would shine for all in the house

{Matthew 5:14–16; John 6:63; 14; 15; 16; 17; Psalm 17(18):28}

obtaining love of God, perfect freedom, and peace that God bestows on His children

{John 8:31–32, 34–36; 14:26–27; Romans 8:14–17, 28–39; 2 Corinthians 3:17–18; Isaiah 57:18–19}

 

Consequently, the one might identify a Christian as

 

–– an embodiment of the law of God – the one living by the perfect law of freedomΣ22

and overcoming the world, which is buried in evil and which is unable to receive the Holy Spirit of God,

because it nether perceive Him nor know Him

{John 14:15–17; James 1:22–25; 1 Peter 2:15–16; 1 John 5; Revelation 21:6–7; 22:10–15}

–– the chosen one – one of the people of God

who are redeemed by Lord Jesus Christ from the curse of denigrated earth and death

and lifted up, to understanding of the divine nature of man created in image of God and likeness

and destined for the eternity with God

–– a child of God living by the Holy Spirit

–– the firstfruit of new creations of God created in Christ and by Christ,

so, he becomes an embodiment of the law of God

and therefore,

may inherit the life everlasting in the kingdom of God the Father

 

In summary,

The law of God is the foundation for the reasoning/mind that exists within the Christian civilizationΣ23 and evolves for the eternity with God through knowledge given by the Word–God: the knowledge that is the everlasting life and that begins with The Ten Commandments {Matthew 5:17–19; 19:16–21; 22:36–40; Mark 12:28–34; John 14; 15; 17}. 

A Christian perceives the law of God as the Absolute Law, because it is the will of the Almighty Omnipotent God the Creator, and as such, the foundation of life, condition of survival, and the means of development → evolution. The Absolute Law is manifested through Lord Jesus Christ, the Word–God, Λογος/Αγια Σοφια, through Whom everything came into being, Who is the Way and the Truth and the Life and the Light and the Resurrection to life everlasting, the One with the Father–Giver of life, the only One True God {Matthew 5:17–19; 24:35; John 1:1–18, 29–34; 10:30; 11:25–26; 12:44–50; 14; 17; Isaiah 51:4–8; Psalm 35(36):9; 47(48):1; 89(90):2; 101(102):25–27}.

Because of faith and love to Lord Jesus Christ, and because of observance of His commandments, a Christian is set free from slavery of sin and he is empowered to live by the perfect law of freedom: he receives the Holy Spirit and becomes a child of God and an embodiment of the law of God created in Christ and by Christ for the eternity with God {John 1:1–18; 3; 6; 10; 14; 15; 16; 17; James 1:17–18; 1 Peter 1:3–25; 2:9–10; 1 John 3:1–3; Ephesians 1:3–23; 2:4–10, 13–22; 4:22–24; Colossians 1:9–20, 26–28; 2:6–7, 9–12}

 

Lord Jesus Christ, the Word–God, is the manifestation of the Absolute Law–will of God

by Whom all that exists came into being, and Who, as the Absolute Law,

is the Beginning and the End of everything, the Eternal Omnipotent Almighty God –  

Ο Παντοκρατωρ

{John 1:1–5, 9–13; 10:30; 14; 17; Revelation 1:8}

by the Word–God a Christian comes to life, lives, and evolves for the purposes of God

the Word–God reveals the Absolute Good:

the Truth, the Light, the Life, the Way, and knowledge that is the everlasting life

all good of the Christian is from Lord Jesus Christ, the Word–God,

all good that is accomplished by the Christian is accomplished through the Word–God

all good that the Christian may have comes from the Word–God

all good that the Christian does is done for the sake of love to Lord Jesus Christ, the Word–God

 

Conclusion

 

The Christian civilization, which was initiated with revelation of the Gospels of Lord God Jesus Christ, the Word–God,

 

deepened perception

enhanced understanding of the law of God

re–defined the attitude of the mind that seeks the eternity with God

 

The Christian civilization accommodates the ascent of the human reasoning–mind to the highest point, to zenith of the way to the perfection, which a human mind can be empowered to achieve within the temporal world.

A Christian lives by the words of God, which are the Spirit and life {John 6:63}. Although still placed within the world of the material things, the Christian mind obtains the eternity by following the law given by God the Spirit, by acceptance of the spiritual values and by learning knowledge that is not knowledge of this world destined for disintegration as its Giver is not of this world: this knowledge is the everlasting life {John 14:30; 15:18–27; 17:3}. With this knowledge, because of faith and love to Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, and by observance of His law–commandments–words perceived as the Absolute law {John 15:15–16; 17:3–8}, the Christian mind is lifted up, to the threshold of the eternity, at the level incomparable with any earthly glory any earthly knowledge and any of earthly values.

The Christian civilization is the fulfillment of the prophecy that

not on bread alone man shall live,

but by every word proceeding through the mouth of God man shall live

ουκ επ  αρτω  μονω  ζησεται  ο ανθρωπος,

αλλ επι παντι ρηματι τω  εκπορευομενω   δια  στοματος Θεου  ζησεται  ο ανθρωπος

{Deuteronomy 8:3;

 also see: Matthew 4:4; Luke 4:4; John 6:32–58, 63; 14; 17}

 

While the one reads the Gospels, which convey the words of God, and wholeheartedly seeks understanding, in his mind,

 

observance of the commandments–words of the Word–God is comprehended as the absolute condition of immortality

the reference to Lord Jesus Christ, the Word–God, becomes the reference to human life itself here, at the Earth,

and then, to the life everlasting

the words spoken by God and perceived–comprehended–absorbed by the mind

and the law of God accepted as the only Way of life

and the life unwaveringly focused on God

become the definitions of the everlasting reality of dwelling in God and with God

{John 1:1–18; 3:16–21, 31–36; 6:32–58, 63; 11:25–26; 14; 17}

 

Hence, the Christian civilization accommodates life of the one who lives by the Absolute – by the only One True God: the Christian civilization is the spiritual reality that connects two worlds –

–– the temporary earth, at which the Christian mind is ignited,

and

–– the eternity, for which the Christian mind has to evolve

 

a/ by focusing on God Who is everything and all that the mind has: the Absolute

b/ by observance of the Absolute law of God,

c/ by imitating the Absolute Good – perfection and mercy and love of God

{Matthew 5:48; Luke 6:35–36; John 10:17–18; 13:34–35; 15:9–17}

 

In summary

 

A. The mind living within the Christian civilization comes to perfection by perceiving Lord Jesus Christ, the Word–God, as the Absolute, as the wholeness of the law of God and life: life at the earth, and life in the eternity with God

B. The mind structured–arranged–established on the Word–God becomes the precious living stone, with which the kingdom of God is built {1 Peter 2:1–10; Ephesians 1; 2}

C. A Christian whose mind is carrying the Word–God within [[that is the one for whom God is the Absolute – the only One True God and His law is the Absolute law]] and therefore, whose mind is organized by the Word–Law of God, might be empowered to accomplish the purposes of the Christian civilization:

–– he is the carrier of knowledge of God – this knowledge is the driving force of evolution of the world

–– he is creator of the good, the one who accomplishes the will of God and does His works

–– he is construction–building–field [[space]] for the works of God and co–worker of God – the one whose reasoning just exactly followsΣ24 the reasoning of Christ

–– he is the one living by the perfect law of freedom and peace given by God.

 

 

 

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Notes: 

 

Σ1 All and everything has been created by God, lives by God, and exists for accomplishment of the will of God. Manifestation of the will of God within the human world was named the Law – the eternal, unchangeable, and absolute law that establishes human life, defines human nature, and determines the terms of existence of man {Exodus 20:1–17; Deuteronomy 4:1–40; 6:1–7; 30:10–20; Psalm 111(112); 118(119)}. As the Lord says, it is easier for the heaven and for the earth to pass away than one iota (κεραιαν) of the law to fail {Luke 16:18} (κεραιαν or  ιωτα  – dot, particle, smallest fragment, tiniest bit, atom).

At the time of law–giving, the human evolution commenced: with the Law of God, the people had to begin the way of cognition of the Creator, Who had chosen them before the beginning of the times to become the likeness of the Word–God – His Very Own servants and children. The chosen ones were taken out of “house of bondage” – the heathen Egypt, where they were slaves by body and had to serve the slaves by the mind (the heathenism or idolatry is slavery of the mind that lives by the false knowledge, which enslaves, debilitates, and destroys the human intelligence/reasoning and results in διαφθορων – the total ruin).

The exodus of the chosen ones from the heathen Egypt initiated the journey of mankind into the Kingdom of God. During the first part of this journey, which in fact, is the process of establishment and development of the first phase of human civilization and the first phase of evolution of the mind – they had

 

to comprehend own nature described by the Law of God

and

to learn how to live according to own nature

{Exodus 20:1–17; Deuteronomy 4:1–40; 6:1–7; 30:9–14; Psalm 111(112); 118(119);

Matthew 5:17–48; 22:37–40; Luke 10:25–37}

to prepare themselves for the next phase of evolution,

during which the one learns to love as God loves

and becomes ready for cognition of the knowledge of God and His Word –

the knowledge that is the everlasting life

{John 4:34–38; 13:34–35; 14:15–28; 15; 16; 17}

 

The mind that acquired–absorbed–learned knowledge of the Law and established own life according to the Law of God receives from God the power of the right discernment – the power to discern the good and the evil: 

 

to identify the Law (or its violation) as the core/essence of each event, thing, phenomenon –

of everything that the mind encounters

to evaluate compliance with the Law

of everything that the mind encounters

to foresee the consequences

to act efficiently and wisely according to own purposes of obtaining the everlasting life

 

In other words, within the mind that has established itself on the Law of the Creator, the Light of God ignites the wisdom, which leads it into the kingdom of God.

The first stage of human evolution – the Judaic civilization – has to be completed as the comprehension and fulfillment of The Ten Commandments, which define life according to the human nature. The Lord spoke to the people from the midst of fire and said all these words, which then, God wrote on the tablets of the covenant, which He gave to Moses {Exodus 20:1–17; Deuteronomy 4:1–40}:

Moses summarized the Law of God with the following words {Deuteronomy 6:4–5; Leviticus 19:18}:

 

The Lord our God is One Lord.

And thou shall love the Lord thy God with all thy mind,  and with all thy soul, and all thy strength.

Thou shall love thy neighbor as thyself; I am the Lord

Κυριος ο Θεος ημων, Κυριος εις εστι.

Και αγαπησεις Κυριον τον Θεον σου εξ ολης της διανοιας σου,  και εξ ολης της ψυχης σου, και εξ ολης της δυναμεως σου.

Και αγαπησεις τον πλησιον σου ως σεαυτον, Εγω ειμι Κυριος

 

Lord Jesus Christ summarized the Old Testament knowledge as the two greatest commandments {Matthew 22:37–40}:

 

You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all you mind.

This is the first and the greatest commandment.

And the second is like it: you shall love your neighbor as yourself.

In these two commandments all the Law and the prophets hang

 

Αγαπησεις Κυριον τον Θεον σου, εν ολη τη καρδια σου, και εν ολη τη ψυχη σου, και εν ολη τη διανοια σου.

Αυτη εστι πρωτη και μεγαλη εντολη. Δευτερα δε ομοια αυτη, αγαπησεις τον πλησιον σου ως σεαυτον.

Εν ταυταις ταις δυσιν εντολαις ολος ο νομος και οι προφηται κρεμανται

 

Then, during the Last Supper, when His mission on the earth came to completion, He told His disciples {John 13:34–35; 15:17}:

 

I give a new commandment to you,

that you love one another as I loved you, that also you should love one another.

By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love among one another

Εντολην καινην διδωμι υμιν,

ινα αγαπατε αλληλους καθως ηγαπησα υμας, ινα και υμεις αγαπατε αλληλους.

Εν τουτω γνωσονται παντες οτι εμοι μαθηται εστε, εαν αγαπην εχητε εν αλληλοις

 

Therefore, the essence of the Law of God is love, and right perception of the law in the Christian civilization is love to God and love to the creations of God. This love is perfect harmony of God the Creator and His creations. This love manifests itself through the Absolute Good, with such attributes as completeness and perfection, life in peace and happiness and abundance of the good, wisdom, strength, and other blessings, which in our daily reality become almost forgotten, because we have forgotten the Law of the Creator, and therefore, entered the way of the ruin foretold by Moses at the time of the law–giving {Deuteronomy 26:16–19; 28; 29; 30; esp. 30:10–20}. The Law of God sustains the absolute good of man {Matthew 5:17–48; Luke 18:18–20}; violation of the Law of God (sin) casts man into the slavery of the evil, which ultimately annihilates the sinner {John 8:31–47; Psalm 33(34):21}.

For those who have chosen to live by the Law of God Who is the Perfect Love and who, therefore, live in the Christian civilization, knowledge of the Law and life in compliance with the Law – the Law of Love (love to God and love to the creations God) are the meaning of life. If through the one’s thoughts, words, and actions the Law of God is embodied into the daily life (and consequently, into the life of the world), the one could expect fulfillment of the promise of God and obtaining the life everlasting {John 14; 15; 16; 17}.

The first consequence of compliance with the Law of God is the power of the discernment. The right discernment is a part of the nature of the human mind, which is defined by Λογος, the Word–God, and which became the likeness of the Word–God and lives by the Holy Spirit, by Wisdom of God, as much as it is given to it by the grace and mercy and love of God.

See

The Law of God: The Ten Commandments. The Road to God – Supplement 1 to SELECTIONS_&_REPRINTS_2016

THE DISCERNMENT

Note 7 to SELECTIONS_&_REPRINTS_2016

 

Σ2 See The Blessings in The Mind

 

Σ3 See The Curses in The Mind

 

Σ4 See The Facets of the Absolute

 

Σ5 Evolution might be defined as comprehension of knowledge of God – the knowledge that is the everlasting life {John 17}. Consequently, the degree of evolution of man is evaluated by his ability to embody the Law – words and commandments – of God into his daily existence: his thoughts, words, and deeds. Evolution of mankind is accomplished by cognition of God, because cognition of God opens understanding of the actual meaning and true value of human life.

See Note 67 to Selections_&_Reprints_2016

 

Σ6 Immortality –– the everlasting (or eternal) life in the kingdom of God Who is the Spirit {John 4:24} –– is presence of God the Spirit within His creation.

See Note 33 to Selections_&_Reprints_2016

 

Σ7 Anti–evolution is death of human reason, degeneration of the human nature, and utter destruction of the world resulting from systematic and constant rejection of God and violation of His Law.

The reality of anti–evolution accommodates degeneration of the human mind. Deprivation of the true knowledge of God leads to insufficiency of a particular, vital, knowledge – the knowledge of own nature and of the world in which the mind has to survive and accomplish its mission. In this case, mind is barred from access to the divine energy of creation [[which the normal mind accesses through the faith in the Word–God if it lives according to the law of God]].

Consequently, the mind has no choice but to revert into the regime of insufficiency: it loses the right discernment and became incapable of normal perception of the actuality.

Such a mind feeds itself with the surrogate – images of the matter/flesh, which are perceived/processed by the matter/flesh – and creates insufficient thoughts inadequate to the complexity of the considered subject (e.g., the drugs developed through the experiments on animals and then, applied to human beings trigger off the disorders, which are much worse than the diseases they claim to cure). Ultimately, the mind becomes unable to ascend to the levels of complexity appropriate to its nature: it becomes insufficient––sick and then, it is transformed into the living dead trapped within the evil time – the reality of death, similarly to fishes that are taken into the evil net {Ecclesiastes 9:12} [[see Time – reprint in Note 45 to Selections_&_Reprints_2016]].

Lord God refers to such minds as to those who see and hear, yet, do not perceive/comprehend, so, they do not turn to God that He would heal them {Matthew 13:10–15}.

The anti–evolution culminates in inability to contain the knowledge of truth, therefore, life; only knowledge of evil and death can be learnt: outcome of the anti–evolution is cognition of the ultimate evil, perversion–degeneration, and transformation into the offspring–embodiment of the ultimate evil – death {cf. in: John 8:37–47}.

See Note 69 to Selections_&_Reprints_2016

 

Σ8 See Idolatry and The Defense reprints in Note 29 to Selections_&_Reprints_2016

 

Σ9 In general, the heathenism is actualization of the hatred of the arch–evil to mankind.

The core of the heathenism is death – idolatry; the essence of idolatry is worship to the arch–evil in the image of the serpent – mythical serpentine theology of the Orphics; however the essence – the arch–evil – might be covered with different images: different idols.

The heathenism is a collective name for a special body of knowledge that is based upon multi–deity theology, with such objects of worship as idols – deified beasts, snakes, insects, humans, astronomical objects, forces of nature, objects of nature – ocean, sea, rivers, trees, mountains, rocks, man–made stone, wooden, and clay statues, “graven images,” human establishments – states, political parties, ideas, doctrines, and other images and hand–made material things – idols.

See Note 22 to Selections_&_Reprints_2016

 

Σ10 See Apostasy

 

Σ11 See The Vineyard and Its Lessons – Supplement 1 to Apostasy

 

Σ12 See The Deliverancereprint in Note 108 to Selections_&_Reprints_2016

 

Σ13 See The Total Ruinreprint in Note 3 to Selections_&_Reprints_2016

 

Σ14 See Εκκλησια – the Meaningreprint in Note 116 to Selections_&_Reprints_2016

 

Σ15 Redemption as the act of salvation of the world, liberation from the power of the arch–evil – undoing the disobedience and distrust of man: the original sin {Genesis 3}, and as the planting of the seed of the eternal life, was done at the cross, when the crucified Son of Man

 

–– fulfilled the Divine Law and accomplished the Divine Justice

by taking on Himself the sins of man

–– shed His Blood instead of the blood of man

–– placed His Soul for the soul of man

re–creating him and preparing him for resurrection into the eternity

 

At the moment of death, of the Son of Man, by the Son of God – the Word–God – the Almighty Omnipotent Love of God was consummated, the Word–God became the firmament, foundation, essence {στερεωμα – Genesis 1:6–8; Psalm 17(18):1–2} of human soul–heart–mind, and a new creation, who is granted the authority to become a child of God born of God, came into being {Mark 10:45; Luke 12:49; John 1:12–13; 4:23–24; 6:33–58; 7:37–39; 11:25–26; 12:23–28; 14; 15; 16; 17; 19:28–30, 33–37; James 1:18; 1 Peter; 1 John 3:5; 4:9–19; 5:1–8; Ephesians 2:1–10, 13–22; Revelation 22:1; Isaiah 51:4–7; 53:3–12}.

The one might envision the essence of redemption as the following:

 

the Word–God, by becoming a Son of man,

takes on Himself the nature of man

the essence of sinful man is melted by the Divine Fire of the Omnipotent Perfect and All–forgiving Love of God

the evil–insufficiency–ability to sin as the lot of man within the temporal world of man is annihilated,

 and after physical death–disintegration of the bond with the “cursed” matter, a man may be resurrected into the eternity with God

a new–born creation of God – a Christian, a child of God created in likeness of the Word–God, comes to life:

the firstfruit of new creations made in likeness of the Word–God

Who placed His soul for His followers, the children of God Who is the Spirit and the Fire,

so they would live by the Holy Spirit and in the presence of God forever

 

 

This future of man was foreseen by the Old Testament Prophets and became the actuality of human existence after Lord Jesus Christ – the Word–God, the Son of God and the Son of man, committed His Soul for the salvation of man {Isaiah 59:12–21; Daniel 12:10; Malachi 3:1–3; John 10:11; 15:13; 19:28–30; 1 John 5:1–5}.

Since, a true Christian – true follower of Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the Word–God, loves Him as his own soul and fulfill His commandments as his own will.

 

Σ16 In Genesis 3:18–19, God speaks of επικαταρατος η γη – cursed/downgraded/destabilized earth:

 

επικαταρατος η γη εν τοις  εργοις σου, εν  λυπαις   φαγη  αυτην  πασασ τας  ημερας της  ζωης  σου. Ακανθας και τριβολους   ανατελει  σου

cursed is the earth in thy labors, in pain shall thou eat/consume of it all the days of your life. Thorns and thistles shall it bring forth to thee

 

επικαταρατος – cursed – is derived of επικαταρρεω – to cast down, destabilize, subvert, weaken, downgrade

γη – earth, man

εργοις of εργον – business, labor, work, activities, functions, necessities, accomplishments, establishments, fights, cultivations, possessions, creations, things, profits

εν  λυπαις – in sorrow,  grief, distress

φαγη  – eat, consume: use, utilize

ακανθας also means the acute perception of failure

τριβολους as derivative of τριβω – devastation, destruction, depletion, the ability to be worn out, to end premature.

The world επικαταρατος translated as curse, conveys also meanings of downgrading–degeneration–descent to the lower level of complexity, abilities to be unsuccessful in all endeavors.

See Note 205 to Selections_&_Reprints_2016

 

Σ17 Στερεωμα of the human soul–heart–mind is the Word–God – the knowledge of God: His Law, His will, His commandments, His mercy, His Perfection and His Love – the Absolute Good, that is the everlasting life {John 17:3, 6} – this knowledge makes possible life by the Holy Spirit, because this knowledge became the inner foundation and structure of the new creation of God in Christ and by Christ destined from the beginning of times for the eternity with God. When the one accepts the Word–God, the knowledge that He gives –– the knowledge of God (knowledge of the law of God, His will, His commandments, His mercy, His Perfection and His Love –– the Absolute Good), becomes the Firmament: the foundation of the one’s intelligence/reasoning. If the one creates his life–reality–world on this foundation – on the words of the Word–God, his world survives difficulties, threats, and dangers as the house built upon a rock withstands rain, flood, winds {Matthew 7:21–27}.

See Note 18 to Selections_&_Reprints_2016

 

Σ18 Complete knowledge –– επιγνωσεως in: 2 Peter 1:3 –– is the state of complete–abundant–carrying consequences cognition. The one could comprehend the meaning of complete knowledge by reading the Second Epistle of St. Peter the Apostle {2 Peter 1; also mentioned by St. Paul the Apostle in: Colossians 1:10}.

Complete knowledge might be explained as the state of complete–abundant–carrying consequences cognition: the state of having been empowered to think, to speak, and to work according to the will of God that is with the knowledge of the Absolute Truth Who is the Word–God, Lord Jesus Christ the Redeemer and the Savior {2 Peter 1:2–11; conf. in: John; esp. in: John 14; 15; 16; 17}.

Thus, the essence of επιγνωσεως – complete knowledge of God, is manifestation of the Divine Power bestowing upon the one all of life and godliness {2 Peter 1:3–4; Colossians 1:10–23}.

Επιγνωσεως reveals itself [[or might be identified]] as possession of the mental power to achieve the purposes, for the sake of which the one has been born:

 

to survive, that is to preserve life of reasoning–intelligence–mind

by protecting it from the false knowledge, deceit, and enslaving with false religions

to come to the complete knowledge of the Absolute Good

to evolve for the next phase of existence in the eternity with God

 

See Note 20 to Selections_&_Reprints_2016

 

Σ19 If to define sin as violation of the law of God, or as rejection of the words–commandments of God and the following inability to accomplish the will of God, the essence of the original sin might be envisioned as the subversion of the Absolute accomplished through the chain of substitutions:

 

substitution of the imagined authority of the pretender/liar

for the true authority of true God

substitution of the false/lies

for the truth

substitution of death

for life

 

In practical sense, the original sin is the two–fold action of the first men, because of which death became the actuality {Genesis 3}: Eve and Adam

1/ disregarded–rejected the truth – words of God

2/ accepted the lies – words of the crafty brute–serpent as the truth

3/ faced the consequences – death instead of immortality, for which they have been created {Wisdom 2:23–24}, because, by committing sin against God, they cut themselves from the Divine energy – the Source of life.

In the theological terms, the original sin is the first act of idol–worship – apostasy, which has initiated/brought forth the realm of death.

See Note 58 to Selections_&_Reprints_2016

 

Σ20 See The Kingdom of Heaven (2008 and 2011) – reprints in Note 34, and The Kingdom for a Childreprint in Note 128 to Selections_&_Reprints_2016

 

Σ21 See Note 23 to Selections_&_Reprints_2016

 

Σ22 See The Perfect Law of Freedom, and The Freedom of Perfection reprints in Note 171 and 7 to Selections_&_Reprints_2016

 

Σ23 Concerning Christian civilization, see The Security/Welfare of the World – in Text of Selections_&_Reprints_2016, and Concept of Civilization [[to be posted for download]]

 

Σ24 When St. Paul the Apostle writes of the Holy Wisdom given by the Holy Spirit, of the power of God, which is the foundation of faith, {in: 1 Corinthians 2:6–16}, he mentions intelligence–reasoning–mind of those who just/exactly follow the reasoning of Christ {δε νουν Χριστου εχομεν 1 Corinthians 2:15–16}.

Traditional translation of ημεις δε νουν Χριστου εχομεν {in: 1 Corinthians 2:16}, where νουν is a derivative of νοος intelligence, reasoning, mind, and εχομεν – interpreted as “have,” is “we have/possess the mind of Christ” [R].

Christ is the Word–God; humans are not capable of having the mind of God. Besides, to ascribe to a human being attributes of God is blasphemy.  Obviously, the translation is inadequate.

Indeed, the word εχομεν should not be interpreted as a derivative of εχω (to have) from primary verb σχεω  – to hold; εχομεν is a shortened form of εχομενως – which conveys meanings of contiguity, following something, close connection, proximity. Strict meaning of ημεις δε νουν Χριστου εχομεν is “we just/exactly the reasoning of Christ follow.”

St. Peter the Apostle and St. Paul the Apostle write of the inner man – the essence of man: ο κρυπτος της καρδιας ανθρωπος – the hidden heart of man {in: 1 Peter 3:4}, and the inner man who is being renewed – ο εσωθεν ανακαινουται – day by day, while the outer man (body of flesh) is being decayed {in: 2 Corinthians 4:16}. This inner man/human essence is the soul–heart–mind, which carries the image and likeness of God. 

Then, St. Paul the Apostle refers to a new [[renewed]] creation of Christ and in Christ as to the one who is enabled to act as the co–worker of God {Θεου γαρ εσμεν συνεργοι – 1 Corinthians 3:9}, who is the God’s field and God’s building/construction {Θεου γεωργιον, Θεου οικοδομη – 1 Corinthians 3:9} – the space prepared for the works of God.

Hence the ability of exactly following the reasoning of Christ [[Who came to accomplish the will of God the Father Who sent Him – {John 3:16–17, 34–36; 4:34; 5:17–47; 6:37–40; 17}]] and the capacity to be enabled to become the co–worker of God are linked: the Christian mind is created by the Word–God and in image of the Word–God [[because of the will of God, by the will/law of God, in Christ and by Christ {Ephesians 1; 2:4–10}]] to become the servant–slave–child–priest of God – the one who accomplishes the will of God here, at the earth, and through the eternity in presence of God {John 14:1–4; 17; Revelation 21; 22}.

 

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References:

 

[R]

 

The Interlinear Bible: Hebrew–Greek–English. Second edition by Jay P. Green, Sr. Lafayette, IN: Sovereign Grace Publishers, 1986.

 

The Complete Parallel Bible. New York and Oxford, U.K.:  Oxford University Press, 1993.

 


 

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16_09_37–38.

Sunday, September 25 & October 2, 2016

Revelations of the Absolute:

the Honor and Authority of the Son of God, the Word–God

 

 

…Thou are My Son, today have I begotten Thee

{Psalm 2:7}

 

…Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan.

And immediately going up from the water, He saw the heavens being torn,

and the Spirit coming down as a dove upon Him.

And there was a voice out of the heavens:

You are My Son the Beloved, in Whom I take delight

{Mark 1:11;

also in: Matthew 3:17; Luke 3:21–22; John 1:28–34; 5:37}

 

…all may honor the Son even as they honor the Father.

The one not honoring the Son does not honor the Father Who has sent Him

{John 5:23}

 

I and the Father are One

{John 10:30}

 

 

The Gospel According to John {John 5} describes healing of the infirm one, which the Lord made on the Sabbath day. When the apparently righteous – law–abiding – Jews learned that it was Lord Jesus Christ who healed the sick one on Sabbath, they sought to kill the Lord for breaking the commandment concerning Sabbath day {in: Exodus 20:8–11}. They did not comprehend that God is the Lord of Sabbath and that by healing the infirm one [[that is firstly, by forgiving his sin for which he suffered thirty–eight years]] God created him anew giving him another chance to live and opening before him another world to explore {in: John 5:1–14}.

Then, the Lord said that His Father still works and He is working, reminding therefore that the world is created through Him and by Him {Genesis 1; John 1:1–5} and explaining that He continues creation of the new {also, in: Revelation 21:5}. Then, the Jews even more sought to kill Him, because He not only healed the sick on the Sabbath day, but also called God His Own Father making Himself equal to God {John 5:9–18}.

Answering their rage, Lord God Jesus Christ said

 

 the one not honoring the Son also does not honor the Father

{John 5:23}

…you search the Scriptures, because you think in them you have the everlasting life.

And they are witnessing about Me.

HoweverΣ1, you do not desire to come to Me that you may have life

{John 5:39–40}

 

The words of God remind the main purpose of the Old Testament times: to prepare the people for salvation given by the Son of God. Such preparation had to be accomplished through

a/ education: acceptance–learning–comprehension–absorption of the law and revelations of God given through the prophets

b/ practice: observance the arrangements, commandments, ordinances, and judgments of God.

Without knowledge and observance of the law of God there is neither life nor possibility to become the people, priests, and servants of God: with rejection of the knowledge and law of God the one rejects the very life; then, his destiny is the destiny of apostate that subverted and overthrown the Absolute on Whom his life, his world, and his well–being were established: the total ruinΣ2 {Deuteronomy 11; 28:15–68; 30:11–20; Hosea 4}.

One of the Old Testament’s fundamental revelations concerning the Lord is in Psalm of David {Psalm 2}.

The Psalm begins with description of the reality, into which the Son of God would come {Psalm 2:1–5}:

a/ the heathen rage and imagination overwhelmed with vanity and false pride

b/ the unification of the rulers of the earth against God and against His Christ, because they seek to liberate themselves of Them – that is of God and His Christ

            –– to break through δεσμους –– bonds–connections; obviously, as the following text implies {Psalm 2:10–12}, to break the bonds of the law of God: to reject righteousness – compliance with the law, although righteousness–compliance with the law of God is the essential condition of life within the world created according to the law of God

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            –– to cast away ζυγον – the yoke, something that bonds together, carries the power to bind into the purposeful wholeness; such binding/cohesive power is the knowledge of God and His law. The Lord would say later, that His yoke is good and His burden is light {Matthew 11:28–30}. Indeed, the law–commandments of God are not heavy – they are the Absolute Good and they describe the true nature of man: they are the law of the Perfect Love Who transforms slaves into the children and friends of God {Matthew 22:37–40; Mark 12:29–31; Luke 10:27–37; John 1:12–13; 13:34–35; 14:1–27; 15:1–17; 1 John 3; 4; 5:1–7; Deuteronomy 30:9–14}

c/ ultimately, the rulers of the earth are to be scorned, mocked and troubled. If they do not accept education by the law, they will perish from the righteous way when suddenly the wrath of God [death] blazes up.

Then, the Psalm portrays {Psalm 2:6–8} establishment of the King on the God’s holy mountain of Sion – the King is the Son begotten by God, to Whom the nations are the inheritance and the earth is the possession {also, in: John 3:35; 17:2; Daniel 7:9–10, 13–14}.  

The Christian might infer that the Psalm 2 precisely described the actuality, into which, ten centuries later, the Lord would come to be rejected by the ruling elite of the ancient IsraelΣ3, and also

a/ predicted current rage of the contemporary heathens and apostates against the only One True God

2/ revealed one of the facets of the Absolute power of the Word–God: the nations and the earth are given into His absolute authority

3/ reiterated the pattern of destruction:

                    the heathenism ←→ rejection of the law of God

 ↓

death

 

The revelations given in the Old Testament’s Psalm and the words of God conveyed by the Gospel According to John define the attitude of the Christian mind toward Lord Jesus Christ: the Christians

 

honor Lord Jesus Christ as the Son of God, the Word–God

accept His Absolute authority over the world:

on the earth – over the nations, and in the heavens

perceive Him as the True Light and follow His Way

love Him by observing His commandments

live by His words that define the meanings of truth, knowledge, and life of a Christian

{Matthew 28:18–20;  John 1:1–18; 6:63; 10; 14; 15; 16; 17; 1 John; Ephesians 1; 2; Colossians 1; 2:9–10}

 

Hence, the Christian mind recognizes as true knowledge only the knowledge that is based upon the words of Lord Jesus Christ, the Word–God – upon the Christian teachings. The monotheismΣ4, significance of understanding and acceptance of the Absolute, and issuing exceptional purity and steadfastness of Christian faith are based on the words of τον μονονΣ5 αληθινον Θεονthe only One True God {John 17:3} conveyed by His Apostles {Matthew; Mark; Luke; John; esp. John 1:1–18, 29–34; 3; 4:23–24, 34; 5:17, 19–47; 6:29–69; 8:12; 9:4–5; 10:30; 12:44–50; 13:3, 13; 14; 15; 16; 17; 1 John}:

 

1/ in the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and God was the Word

2/ the Holy Spirit proceeds from God the Father

3/ the Word–God is the only begotten Son of God the Father:

Lord Jesus Christ is the Son of God, incarnation of the Word–God, the One with the Father –

the Father is in Him, He is in the Father, and the Father works through Him –

all that the Father has is given to the Son

 

Hence, the Absolute Truth of Christianity is that there is only One True God Who revealed Himself through Lord Jesus Christ, the Word–God, and through the Holy Spirit. 

The monotheism as the unity of God the Father, the Word–God, and the Holy Spirit {John 14:6–7, 9–11, 15–21, 23–27; 15:26; 16:13–16, 26–28; 17; 1 John 5:1–7} is the foundation of the Christian teachings given by Lord God Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the Word–God through Whom everything that exists came into being {John 1:1–3}, and through Whom the only One True God is revealed and explained to His creations as the Unity of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit {Matthew 3:16–17; Mark 1:1–11; Luke 3:16–17, 21–22; 12:49; John 1:14–18, 29–34; 7:37–39; 14:6–7, 15–17, 23, 25–27; 15:26; 16:7–16, 27–28; 17; 1 John 5:1–7}.

Each act of creation is actualization of this indivisible Unity: the wholeness––life comes into being

 

because of the Wholeness of the Divine will–law of God

with the Divine Energy issuing from God and

with the Divine Power of God

and

by the Divine will–law of God with the Divine Energy issuing from God and by the Divine Power of God

 

The Lord God also revealed the purpose, for the sake of which the Christian teachings was given:

 

to open the eyes of the people and the nations

and to turn them from darkness to light,

and from authority of satan to God,

to receive them forgiveness of sins

and a lot among those sanctified by faith in Jesus Christ, the Word–God

{Acts 26:17–18}

 

Furthermore, according to the words of God, those who do not recognize Lord Jesus Christ as the Son of God and as the Word–God, have no place for the Word of God within: they are not of God. They are of the devil as father [[εκ πατρος του διαβολου {John 8:44}]] – the offspring of the arch–evil doing the lusts of their father, which is the murderer of man from the beginning and the father of lies; they are not set free from sin, and the wrath of God [[this wrath is death as the consequence of the original sinΣ6]] remains on them {John 3:35–36; 8:31–47; Genesis 2:16–17; 3; Psalm 2:1–3, 10–12}. As the carriers and servants of the evil, they will not have portion in the new eternal world, in which death, suffering, and other evils do not exist {Revelation 21:1–8}.

As St. John the Apostle explains the words of God concerning hatred to Him {in: John 15:21–25}, the one denying that Jesus is Christ denies the Son and the Father; such one is antichrist. Everyone denying the Son does not have the Father. The ones, who do not recognize Christ as the Son of God, the Word–God, live by the spirit of antichrist; they are the part of the world that serves “other gods” and that is resting/buried in evil. Everyone who is transgressing and not abiding in the teachings of Christ he does not have God. The one who abides in teachings of Christ, he has the Father and the Son {1 John 2:22–23; 3:21–24; 4:2–3, 14–15; 5; 2 John 9}.

Consequently, two realms governed by two types of the laws derived from the universal law–will of God the Creator and accessible–opened to the mind’s choice {Deuteronomy 30:15–20} exist at the earth:

 

the realm of life and evolution governed and controlled by the laws of evolution/life

[[survival ⟹development ⟹evolution]]

and

the realm of extermination controlled by the laws of anti–evolution/death

[[degeneration ⟹collapse ⟹disintegration]]

 

 

The first practical step, with which the one actualizes his choice between two realms – either the indestructible eternal realm of God or the temporal realm of the arch–evil, is

ether

honoring of Lord Jesus Christ as the Son of God, as the Word–God Who is the One with the Father

or

denial that Lord Jesus Christ is the Son of God, the Word–God Who is the One with the Father

 

The choice to honor Lord Jesus Christ by recognizing Him as the Son of God, the Word–God, is the beginning of crossing from the darkness to the Light and from the authority of the arch–evil to God. Then, the one might have a possibility of forgiveness and remission of sin and sanctification by faith in Lord Jesus Christ as the Lord promised {Acts 26:17–18}.

Hence, the one might ask, what does it mean to honor the Son of God?

The one might infer the meaning of honoring Lord Jesus Christ as the Son of God, the Word–God Who is One with the Father, from the Gospels {e.g., in: Matthew 11:27–30; Luke 10:22; John 1:1–34; 3; 4:23–24, 31–34;  5:17–27; 6:29–69; 7:16–18, 28–29; 8:16, 19, 28–29; 9:1–7, 10–39; 10:17–18, 24–38; 11:25–45; 12:23–50; 14; 15; 16; 17}:

1/ when Lord Jesus Christ speaks of the works of God, He says that the work of God is to believe in Him, Who is sent by God the Father, Who is the Bread of Life, the Light of the world, Who has the words of the eternal life – the words of Spirit and life {John 6:29–69}

2/ in His deeds, the believers should recognize God the Creator by Whom the world came into being

3/ Lord Jesus Christ does not seek His Own glory:

 

–– He lives by God

by accomplishing the will of God and therefore, honors and glorifies God the Father

–– He gives up His soul placing It for the lost ones and takes It again,

because He has life in Himself as God the Father does

–– by accomplishment of the will of God Lord Jesus Christ is glorified:

God the Father glorifies His Son Whom He sent to save the world

giving Him the authority to judge and to resurrect the dead ones

–– the Son is glorified by

a/ accomplishing the will of the Father

b/ by the power of the Father

c/ according to way by which the Father works

 

Thus, the one could infer that the honoring Lord Jesus Christ as the Son of God, and as the Word–God Who is One with the Father, begins with faith in Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God and then,

 

acceptance of the words of Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, as the Absolute truth

compliance with the words–commandments of Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God as with the Absolute Law

arrangement of own life according to the words and following the example of Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God

 

In summary, as the one could infer from the Gospels and comprehend with explanations of the Apostles {Matthew; Mark; Luke; John; James 1:16–25; 1 Peter 1:3–25; 2:1–10, 21–25; 2 Peter 1:2–4; 1 John; Romans 8; 1 Corinthians 1:24–25; 2 Corinthians 4:3–18; Ephesians 1:3–23; 2; 5:1–2; Philippians 3:7–21; Colossians 1:10–22; 2:2–23; 3; Hebrews 10:11–39}, to honor Lord Jesus Christ as the Son of God, the Word–God, means

1/ to accept Him as the Image and Revelation of God the Father, with Whom He is One and through Whom the Glory of God is revealed to creations of God; therefore, to accept His Absolute Authority of the Omnipotent Almighty God

2/ to accept Him as the completeness of righteousness, wisdom, and perfection, as the only Authority, Teacher, and Supreme Judge Whose words are the Absolute truth and Whose commandments are the Absolute law

3/ to accept Him as the only Way to God the Father, as the only Mediator between God and His creation – human being, as the Redeemer, Savior and King of men, the Ruler of the world, the High Priest of His Church and the Supreme Authority in all and everything, the only Shepherd and Overseer of the one’s soul

4/ to accomplish His words–commandments as the Absolute law and to build own entire life and own entire world upon Him

5/ to learn from Him and to accept the Christian teachings as the complete knowledge, with which the mind becomes the immortal being

 

created by God

established ⟹ abiding in God

nourished–taught–instructed by God through receiving from Him

all knowledge ⟹power ⟹wisdom needed for godliness, righteousness, and immortality

living by God

 

Acceptance of the words–commandments–law of God as the Absolute law also defines the attitude of Christians toward the world and toward those who worship other gods, follow other religions, and live by other laws.

While the Christian teachings, Christian religion, and purity of Christian faith are untouchable, while there must not be any compromise in the theological and religious matters, and although ecumenism as the disguised form of apostasyΣ7 must be rejected, in all dealings with the world and with the people of other faiths and walks of life, a Christian follows the commandments of Lord Jesus Christ. It means that, in compliance with the words of the Lord {in: Matthew 5:38–48; Luke 6:17–49}, the Christian imitates perfection and mercy of God the Father of mercies

 

Who is merciful and kind to all – sinners and righteous ones as well

and

Who feeds and nurtures, and heals, and illuminates all – sinners and righteous ones as well,

giving to everyone

the chance to obtain the everlasting life in His kingdom through His Son, Lord Jesus Christ, the Word–God

 

In all circumstances and difficulties, among all challenges, the Christian should always remember that, in the Day of Last Judgment, the Lord God will not ask the one to which faith he followed: faith is shown by the deeds. In this day {Matthew 25:31–46}, God will divide all mankind unto two groups telling that whatever they have done to the one, to the least of His brothers, that they have done to Him:

–– the ones who were merciful to the others –– who gave bread to the hungry, water to the thirsty, clothing to the naked, who took the alien in, attended the sick, and came to the imprisoned one –– did all that to God; hence, they are the blessed ones who inherit the Kingdom

–– the ones who did not provide for the needs of the hungry, thirsty, naked, aliens, sick and imprisoned ones will be rejected – they have not done the good to God; hence, they are the cursed ones who share destiny of the arch–evil with its servants.

Perhaps, the main part of the division, of which the Lord warned His people when He said that He brought not peace into the world but sword, is difference between the merciful one and the ruthless/unmerciful one.

For instance, although the main law of the Old Testament – The Ten Commandments – remains the absolute condition of receiving the everlasting life {Matthew 5:17–20; 19:16–21; Mark 10:17–21; Romans 13:8–10; 1 Corinthians 7:19; Leviticus 18:4–5}, the laws of Moses concerning physical customs, ritual sacrifices, extermination of the sinners, perverts, apostates, false prophets, sorcerers and others of a kind {e.g., in: Exodus 21:15–17, 23–25; 22:18–20; Leviticus 20; Numbers 15:32–36} have been voided by the commandments of God concerning mercy and perfection and love as the essence of the law and the meaning of life. With establishment of the Christian civilization as the spiritual realm––threshold into the eternity with God, the members of this civilization – the people of God – have been lifted at the another level of development.

Murder, capital punishment, persecution, and coercion of human beings are not the business of the Christians especially because they have to live in the world of the evil. Although spiritual and mental separation from the sinners, perverts, heretics, apostates, and those who do not accept Christian teachings are the terms of Christian life, the Christians have to accomplish the purposes of good, beginning with observance of the law of love {in: 2 John 7, 8, 9, 10, 11; 1 Corinthians 5:9–13; 6:9–10; 15:33–34; 2 Corinthians 6:14–18; Ephesians 5:3–14; Colossians 2:18–23; 2 Thessalonians 3:2; 2 Timothy 2:16–18, 23; 4:3–4; Titus 1:14–16; 2; 3:9–11}.

Those who identify themselves as Christians, yet who assume rights to persecute, coerce, intimidate, deceive, and exterminate/murder people for their beliefs and different ways of life are the antichrists, the sons of the arch–evil; they are not different from those who are

either liars and hidden apostates that cover themselves with the Name of Lord Jesus Christ as, for instance, the Crusaders, Inquisitors, popes–prefects of the inquisition, and papal subjects did through the centuries of existence of the papal church of Rome separated from the Christendom

or heathens who, in the name of their religious/political/other convictions assume the right to inflict harm, suffering, and death onto the others, to persecute and exterminate Christians and peoples of other faiths and walks of life, as they did through the centuries and currently continue to do in the lands of Middle East, Africa, and Asia, spreading their evil unto Europe, Americas, and all over the worldΣ8.

With acceptance of Lord Jesus Christ as the Absolute Good, Glory, Wisdom, and Perfect Love of God, the one receives understanding of the difference between

 

the one who takes the stone to kill a human being labeled as the sinner

and

the Merciful One Who is the Son of the Father of Mercies,

and Who put His life for salvation of the sinners, perverts, heretics, and other lost sheep

who will hear His voice and follow Him – the Lord and Savior, the Good Shepherd

Who will have mercy on them and lead them into the eternity of His Kingdom

{Matthew  9:10–13; 18:10–14; Mark  10:45; Luke 9:56; 15:3–7; John 6:35–69; 8:1–11; 10:1–18, 27–30; 13; 14; 15; 16; 17}

 

The one ascends above levels at which misconception, false knowledge and sinΣ9 are the mode of life, if acceptance of Lord Jesus Christ as the only Example, as the only Role Model, as the only Ideal of virtue and excellence, and as the only Authority – as the Absolute, is followed

a/ with the sincere desire to imitate His virtues and to achieve the perfection that He commanded to achieve,

and then,

b/ with materialization of this desire [[to imitate the virtues and righteousness of Lord Jesus Christ]] into own thoughts, words, and deeds.

The one who follows Christ lives

by Christ

in Christ

as imitation of Christ

 

By withdrawing from thinking–speaking–doing evil and through doing the works of mercy and good to the others, he evolves into the likeness of Lord Jesus Christ the Son of God. As St, John the Apostle writes {1 John 3}, he purifies and cleans himself to become pure and righteous one in whom there is no sin. 

However, the complete purification–healingΣ10 from sin and therefore, liberation from the slavery of the evil, are possible only with faith, through acceptance of words of Lord Jesus Christ and love to Him, which is manifested through observance of His commandments.  FaithΣ11, love to God, and love and mercy to the creations of God signify presence of the Word–God Who is the Glory and Power and Wisdom of God, within the one; they are the confirmation that the omnipotent healing, purifying, and life–sustaining power – love of Lord Jesus Christ, the Word–God, has re–created the sinner who was doomed to the eternal death into a new immortal being – a child of God who is destined for the eternity with God.

The one who has been touched by this power is invincible: he is not accessible to the arch–evil, because the Word–God became his ΣτερεωμαΣ12 – the foundation of his life: he builds his world on the Word–God and, by accomplishing the words of God, evolves into the light of the world and the living temple of the Living God {Matthew 5:14–16; John 14:15–26; 1 Corinthians 6:19–20}. If love and mercy of God are the foundation of the mind, sin and especially the sin of hatred that is equal to murder {1 John  2:11; 3:14–15}, have no place to root into the reasoning–thoughts, and subsequently, cannot be materialized into words and deeds.

Consequently, the one might conclude that acceptance of the Absolute and new life in God begin with honoring Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, by recognizing Him as the Revelation of God the Father, as the Beginning and the End, as the Head of all authorities, the only Teacher, the only Leader, and the completeness of love, perfection, excellence, and virtue, with which a human being is called to the Creator to actualize his divine nature and to inherit the kingdom prepared for him before the beginning of times {Matthew 23:8–10; John 1:1–18; 3:31–36; 14; 15; 16; 17; 1 Peter 1; 1 John 1:3; Romans 11:26; 1 Corinthians 8:6; 10:21; Ephesians 1:3–23; Hebrews 12:2}

 

by acceptance of Lord Jesus Christ as the Absolute –

the Perfect Love and Mercy, Absolute Good, Glory and Wisdom of God, the Head of all authorities,

the Source and actualization of all virtues, the Norm and Example of righteousness,

 the Author of faith and the One Who completes, makes perfect, consummates faith,

the Completeness of all perfection, the Supreme Judge and Leader, the only Teacher,

the Revelation of God the Father

by accepting the law–will of God as the Absolute Law

by arranging life of the reasoning–mind and the daily life according to the law of God

                     

the mind is transformed into the likeness of the Word–God

and therefore, accomplishes the purposes,

for the sake of which it has been born:

to become the one over whom the evil and death have no authority,

because he is likeness and child of God – the embodiment of the Absolute Good,

the firstfruit of new creations in Christ and by Christ whom God made for the eternity with Himself

 

The reality/world of the Christian has one center, one focus, one significance, one Absolute – Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the Word God:

 

all is because of Him, all is from Him, all is by Him, and all is for Him

 

 

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Notes:

 

Σ1 In John 5:40: Και  ου  θελετε  ελθειν  προς  Με,  ινα  ζωην εχητε.

Και, which in English and Russian versions of the Bible customarily is translated only as and, also conveys other meanings, which give more precision for understanding; for instance, such as however, at the same time, at least, and then, then, but, yet, besides.

 

Σ2 See THE ABSOLUTE; concerning the total ruin – διαφθορων, see Note 3 to Selections_&_Reprints_2016, and APOSTASY

 

Σ3 See The Vineyard and Its Lessons – in APOSTASY, and Lazarus of Bethany and Judas Iscariotreprint in Note 107 to Selections_&_Reprints_2016

 

Σ4 Monotheism is dogma that there is only One God the Creator.

Monotheism is the only way to comprehension of Christian theology –– knowledge of the only One True God {John 17:3}.

Christian theology, which is knowledge given by the Word–God {Matthew; Mark; Luke; John; esp., John 1:1–18; 10:30; 12:44–50; 14; 15; 16; 17}, provides possibilities to understand the law of God and to comply with the law, which establishes the conditions and terms of survival, development, and preparation–evolution for the next phase of existence – the eternity with God

a/ by accepting God’s words–commandments as the Absolute law

b/ by focusing the mind on the only One True God  

c/ by organizing–arranging–structuring of own reasoning, outlook, operations with knowledge, and the entire life according to words of God:

 

you shall worship the Lord your God and Him only you shall serve

{Luke 4:8; also in: Deuteronomy 6:13; 10:20; 11:1}

 

that is according to the first two commandments

 

I am the Lord thy God, Who brought thee out of the land of Egypt,

out of the house of slavery.

Thou shall have no other gods beside Me

{Exodus 20:1-3}

As Moses said {in: Deuteronomy 11:1},

 

thou shall love the Lord thy God, and shall observe His arrangements, and His ordinances, and His commandments, and His judgments, always.

 

See

–– The Nicean Creed – in Note 149 to Selections_&_Reprints_2016 

–– THE ABSOLUTE

 

 

Σ5 In the phrase τον μονον αληθινον Θεον {John 17:3}, the Greek word μονον usually is translated as “only”: “the only true God”; thus, the entire logic block is interpreted as “the only true God.” However, μονον is also a derivative of two roots: 1/ μονο–  one, alone, and no–one else, only, and 2/ εν/εις primary word for numeral one, only.

Therefore, the complete meaning of τον μονον αληθινον Θεον  is “the only One True God.”

Such translation is confirmed by the words of Lord God Jesus Christ:

 

Εγω και ο Πατηρ εν εσμεν  –

I and the Father One are

{in: John 10:30; 14:6–10; 17:21, 23–26}

 

St. John the Apostle writes {1 John 5:7}:

ο Πατηρ, ο Λογος, και το Αγιον Πνευμα: και ουτοι οι τρεις Εν εισι –

the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit: and These Three One is

 

Therefore, translation of τον μονον αληθινον Θεον {John 17:3} as “the only One True God” conveys the essence of the monotheistic theology – the Christianity that is the ultimate knowledge of God the Father given and explained by Lord Jesus Christ, the Word–God, Whom He has sent for salvation of the world {John 1:1–18; 3:16–18; 6:39–40; 10:17–18, 30; 12:44–50; 14:6–11; 17}

 

Σ6 Concerning original sin, see Note 58 to Selections_&_Reprints_2016

 

Σ7 See

–– Apostasy

–– Ecumenism   

–– The Universal Religion and Purity of Faithreprint in Note 139 to Selections_&_Reprints_2016

 

Σ8 See The War against Christianity, Inhumanity and Mercy, and The Ultimate Judgmentreprints in Note 133 to Selections_&_Reprints_2016

 

Σ9 Concerning sin, false knowledge and misconception, see Notes 27, 41, and 58 to Selections_&_Reprints_2016

 

Σ10 See The Healingreprint in Note 83 to Selections_&_Reprints_2016

 

Σ11 See

–– Concept of Faith – Supplement 2 to Selections_&_Reprints_2016

–– The Thomas’ Sunday – in 1. SELECTIONS_2016 – Part 1 of Selections_&_Reprints_2016

 

Σ12 Concerning Στερεωμα, see Note 18 to Selections_&_Reprints_2016

 

 

 


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