Sunday's Thoughts
by Alice-Alexandra-Sofia
 

6_November-December_2011

November

The Similarity

The End of the Special Reign

The Great Expectation

The Immortality

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December

The Ignorant and Cursed

The  Strength

The Accomplishment

The Merry Christmas

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70. Sunday, November 6, 2011

 The Similarity

 

 

…The idols of the heathens…

Their makers are similar to them

and all who believe in them…

{Psalm 134(135):15, 18}

 

 Idol–making and idol–worship are the sin against God and they are explicitly prohibited; they are unacceptable for those who love God.

The Second of The Ten Commandments warns against idol–making and mentions retribution for idol–worship and for hatred to God up to third and fourth generations, while those who love God and observe His commandments are promised mercy of God up to thousand generations {Exodus 20:4–6}.

The Holy Scriptures link hatred to God and idol–worship: only the one who rejected God becomes able of serving “other gods.” Furthermore, the consequences of this sin (e.g., genetic mutation, perversion, and corruption) fall onto three or four generations of the descendents.  

So, what happens in the case of idol–making and idol–worship*1*, why violation of this commandment has such grave consequences?

The Prophet speaks of idols, which the heathens make: the idols are silver and gold, the work of human hands. The idols have a mouth, yet, they do not speak; they have eyes, but they do not see; they have ears, yet they do not hear, for there is no breath (πνευμα – spirit) in their mouth. Their makers are similar to them and all who believe in them {Psalm 134(135):15–18}.

As soon as the idol–makers/worshipers breathe, speak, propagate, and demonstrate other abilities inseparable of the meaning of existence of the structures of the matter, the true meaning of the text should be related to another layer of human existence.

Indeed, according to the Psalm, the idol–makers/worshipers are deprived of the breath of live and the perceptive abilities, which describe the meaning of human life within the world of the matter: the abilities of comprehension of the nature and meaning of things and, therefore, of survival.

Obviously, in the Psalm’s text, the meaning of “breath” is not the act of inhaling and exhaling of air, which distinguishes a living being from a dead being. Regarding to man, the meaning of  πνευμα is the breath of God – the breath of life (πνοην  ζωης) that creates the living soul of man within a creature of dust – a human body {Genesis 2:7}.

For instance, Jeremiah the Prophet refers to false prophets as to those who became wind (εις ανεμον from αημι,  to breathe unconsciously, to respire), and Λογος  Κυριου – the Word of God is not in them {Jeremiah 5:13}.

Therefore, when the breath of God, the living soul of man, is gone, a human being becomes similar to idols he makes – the objects of worship he accepts instead of God: the dead works of human hands.

The meaning of such transformation is understandable with the help of other texts of the Holy Scriptures:

 

a human being is created in image and after likeness of God
{Genesis 1:26–27; 2:7}

man must imitate God in His love, His mercy, and His perfection
{Matthew 5:48; Luke 6:36; John 13:34}

The Λογος – the Word–God – is engraved into the human soul:
man must look into the Word (conveyed through teachings of Lord God Jesus Christ) as into the mirror
and correlate own life – thoughts, words and deeds – with the perfect law of freedom
that Lord God Jesus Christ gave His followers to live in
{cf.: James 1:17–25}.

 

If the Word–God – the essence of human soul–heart–mind destined for the eternity – departs, there is no life left. As St. John the Apostle explains, the one having the Son of God has life; the one not having the Son of God, does not have life; the Apostle’s message is concluded with the warning: “guard yourselves from idols” {1 John 5:11–13, 21}.

And I think that the process of switching from worship to God to idol–worship might be seen as the transformation of the evolving system into the collapsing system and as the switch from the optimization–evolution mode into the collapsing mode. The evolving system created for the unlimited range of existence and with unlimited potentials stops operations according to its design and begins the process of degeneration and perversion, which would affect all system’s manifestations, operations, works {starting with own offspring; e.g., from the Moses’ words, it might be inferred that idol–worship triggers “the curse” of extermination; the attributes of this curse include genetic mutations that make the unusual and deadly diseases and plagues (for instance, “evil sore” from toes to head) possible,  insufficiencies of all kinds, poverty, natural catastrophes, famine, wars, slavery – Deuteronomy 11:16–17, 26–28; 28:15–68; Isaiah the Prophet describes the land of those who lost abilities of spiritual perception/life  – empty cities without inhabitants, houses without men, and desolated land – Isaiah 6:8–11}.

From another point of view, this process might be seen as simplification, when due to some unknown reasons, the perfect system created by God for the eternal operations (that is without time–space–complexity boundaries) attaches itself to the simplified image, the model with limited complexity made after the world of the matter, and begins transformation into the simplified version – replica of human being incapable of the life of spirit and destined to perish with the subject of its attachment…

What makes this transformation possible and how to prevent it? Is it possible to help those who already began the collapse?

If these questions are answered, the travel of man through the world of cognition of evil would be complete. The first thing to consider is return to God: only with God, the living dead might be resurrected and transformed into the child of God, the being capable of the eternity with God…

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*1*  Concerning idols and idol–worship, see Folder Archive; for instance, postings: The Essence of Knowledge, The Lost Worlds – January_March_2010, Idolatry – September 2010, The Heathenism – October 2010, Cognition of Truth – November 2010.

 

 

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 71. Sunday, November 13, 2011

 The End of the Special Reign

 

 

…death reigned from Adam until Moses.…

{Romans 5:14}

 

St. Paul the Apostle explains the history of mankind: death reigned from Adam until Moses, even over those who had not sinned in likeness of Adam’s transgression, who is in a type of the Coming {Romans 5:14}.

What kind of death is mentioned, if today, death continues to be the inevitable reality? For those who live only by perceivable material world and its values, death is the common unavoidable ultimate end of all endeavors, dreams, expectations, relations, businesses, and all other events composing the meaning of life.

So, what happened in the time of Moses that cast the reign of death into the Past?

Evidently, the reign of death was ended with two events.

1. When the Lord God called Moses out of the burning bush and sent Moses to lead His people out of Egypt and into the Promised Land, God told Moses that He is God of his fathers – Abraam, Isaac, and Jacob (all of them died before Moses was born) {Exodus 3:1–11}.

At this moment, Moses was given knowledge that God is not the God of the dead, but of the living {Matthew 22:29–32; Mark 12:26–27}, therefore, death is not eternal; those who died shall be resurrected {John 11:20–26}.

2. Manifestation of the Glory of God. After giving of the Law, after manifestation of the Glory of God (when the Glory of God was manifested to the Israelites and the Glory of God passed near Moses), God established the Covenant for Moses: the Lord God is the only God for His people; the idols, idol–worship, and idol–worshipers must not be in the midst of God’s chosen nation {Exodus 24:16–17; 33:12–23; 34:5–17}. So, when Moses gave his tribesmen the Law of God, he spoke of exclusive service to God One Lord and loyalty to the God One Lord; he offered the choice between life and death, and he urged the chosen people to choose life, so they and their posterity would live {Deuteronomy 4:14; 6:4–5, 13–15; 8:19–20; 10:12–21; 11:16–17; 30:10–20}.

Consequently, in the New Testament, through Lord Jesus Christ – the Word–God, the Glory of God is revealed to those who are chosen to become the children of God and dwell with God; this Glory will shine on the new world where God is with His creations {John 1:14, 18; 14:1–3, 23; 17:1–8, 24; 1 Peter 5:10; Revelation 21:23}.

Moses was chosen to accomplish the purposes of God: he led the chosen people out from the slavery of Egypt; he was given the knowledge of God and he received from God The Ten Commandments to make them known to the chosen ones; he also established the Laws of Moses – rules and ordinances to regulate life of the ancient Israelites and their society.

Therefore, at the time of Moses, the reign of death was overthrown with three events:

 

revelation of God to Moses

revelation of the Law of God – The Ten Commandments

arrangement of the life of men who would live by the Law of God.

 

 

Everything is in God: with Him, even within the world of death, a new eternal life begins for His creations, for those He chose. The Word–God is life and light and everything of man – even before He came to collect His Own, manifestation of His glory ended the reign of death.

After the works of the Law were completed, the Word–God came into the world prepared for Him, and this time, the new road – the road to God the Father, the homecoming, is opened for all who want to go home {John 14:1–7, 23; 17:24; Luke 15:11–32}. 

That is why the resurrection of the living dead is possible: as soon as a human being comes to God, he comes from death to life, because God is not the God of the dead, but of the living {Matthew 22:29–32; Mark 12:26–27}.

 

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72. Sunday, November 20, 2011

 The Great Expectation

 

 

…O Lord, my soul waits for Thy Word, my soul hopes in the Lord.…

…for with the Lord is mercy and with Him is plenteous redemption.

And He shall redeem Israel from all his iniquities.

{Psalm 129(130):5–8}

 

With manifestation of the Glory of God in the time of Moses {Exodus 24:16–17; 33:18–23; 34:1–7}, the chosen people received hope of salvation and forgiveness. The prophets, priests, and righteous men began to dream of coming of God the Redeemer and fulfillment of His promises; they lived by expectation of the eternal indestructible kingdom of righteousness and truth that God promised to establish forever {e.g., Isaiah 9:2, 6–7; 40:5; 60:1–3; 66:22; Daniel 2:44–45; 7:13–14}.

People began to hope for calling on the Name of God since Enos, Adam’s grandson {Genesis 4:26}, and to expect annihilation of the evil since Enoch, the seventh from Adam {Enoch was the first prophet of Apocalypse and the first of the chosen ones spared from the physical death – Genesis 5:22–24; Jude 14–15; Hebrew 11:5}. Knowledge of true God never left the world; even in the time of the Flood and Sodom {e.g., Noah the righteous and Melchisedek the priest of the Almighty God – Genesis 6:9–10; 14:18–20}.

In the time of Moses, the manifestation of Glory of God was given to all who were taken out of slavery in Egypt {Exodus 24:16–17}: to the righteous for encouragement and steadfastness in faith, to the sinners for understanding that the power of God is limitless and repentance would lead to survival now, at the earth, and then, to the eternal life.

Then the chosen people began to live by expectation of the fulfillment of the promise. Through revelations given to the prophets, God guided and sustained His people. They learned to live by the words of God {Deuteronomy 8:3; Luke 4:4}, by knowledge that the Glory of God will be seen (manifested), and all flesh will see salvation of God, for the Lord has spoken {Isaiah 40:5}.

 The prophet describes three correlated events {Isaiah 40:5}: the Lord has spoken, the Glory of God will be manifested, and all flesh will see the Glory of God.

Therefore, again, as in the beginning {Genesis 1:3; John 1:1–4},

 

God has spoken → His Word acted → His will is accomplished.

 

According to the will of God, by the actions of the Word–God, the act of redemption of man is consummated {John 19:28–30}, and “the flesh” – the temporal structured matter that is a human without God – is enabled to perceive the presence of God and to become the dwelling of God {John 14:23; 1 John 4:12–16; 5:11–12}.

It means that within the temporal structured mater created to participate in some cycle of energy transformation and to be dissolved (to become the “food of death,” to disintegrate), the new being created by the Word–God and living by the Holy Spirit of God comes to life {John 1:12–13; 3:3–8; 14:15–17, 26; James 1:18; 1 John 3:1–2}.

The Word–God, as the precious seal envisioned by Solomon {Song 8:6}, is engraved, imprinted into the soul–heart–mind of this new creation {James 1:18, 21–25}. Through the Word–God, this new creation is enabled to live forever in the presence of God {John 14:6, 23; Revelation 21:1–4; 22:1–5}.  

While a human being remains the unity of the soul–mind–body (or spirit–flesh, or energy–information–matter) living at the earth, in the world of the matter, only the human soul–heart–mind that carries Λογος, the Word–God, and lives by the breath–Spirit of God, is able to perceive the presence of God Who is the Spirit {John 4:24}.

Then, as the Apostles explain, the mortal will be consumed by the Immortal, and the children of God will comprehend their true nature and recognize themselves in their Creator {1 John 3:1–2; 1 Corinthians 15:42–55; 2 Corinthians 5:4–5}.

And I think of the absolute power of the Word–God over life and over death – how comprehensive this power is, if manifestation of the Glory of God annihilates death – the ultimate evil cognized by man.

Could then, the lust for the power over the evil be one of the reasons of the original sin?

If so, the destiny of man could be seen as a story of a spoiled child who wanted to play with the might of His Father. If so, the earthly life becomes the corrective lesson: cognition of the consequences of inabilities of a child to handle the power, which is beyond his reach.

Then, if this lesson is learned and the new knowledge is accepted and embodied into thoughts, words, and actions, a human being becomes ready for the homecoming, which begins with recognition of the Savior – the Word–God, Who came to collect His Own and to bring them home…

 


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73. Sunday, November 27, 2011
The Immortality

 

…he believing into Me has life everlasting...

{John 6:47}

…I am resurrection and Life; the one believing in Me, though he die, he shall live.

And everyone living and believing in Me, he shall not die for ever…

{John 11:25–26}

…God gave us everlasting life, and this life is in His Son.

The one having the Son has life. The one, not having the Son of God, does not have life.…

{1 John 5:11–12}

 

The message is straightforward: the one, who believes in Lord God Jesus Christ, has life everlasting; without the Son of God, there is no life {John 6:47; 11:25–26; 1 John 5:11–12}.

In general, all the Holy Scriptures are about the Word–God {John 5:39}, about immortality through the Son of God Who has the words of everlasting life {John 3:16, 36; 5:39; 6:68}.

Immortality is the original nature of man created in the image and after likeness of God and through the Word–God. In the beginning, with the breath of life, which God breathed into man’s face, man became a living soul {Genesis 1:26–27; 2:7}. Before the end, in the New Testament time, it was revealed that only the one who is born of the Spirit of God – that is the one in whom the Spirit of God dwells – enters the eternity {John 1:1–4, 12–13; 3:36}: presence of God annihilates death, and dwelling of God in man is immortality {John 14:15–18, 23; 1 John 5:11–12}.

Although immortality is the true reality of a human child of God*1*, all living breathing creatures at the earth, including children of God, ultimately, face physical death. And it cannot be otherwise, because within the temporal world, there is no possibility to eliminate death (death as disintegration of the wholeness). Finiteness – limited time–range of existence – might be seen as the universal definition of the very nature of everything accommodated within time–space–complexity dimensions*2*.

Death has plenty of names and forms; in general, death is disintegration of the wholeness of the unified derivatives of the divine life–sustaining energy, from which γη – the earth and human being {Genesis 1:1–2; 2:7} – are created*3*.

The actual essence of physical death is release of the energy, which manifests itself as the matter described with properties of time, space, and complexity; the readiness for the end/death of any material structure/system is measured with the parameters of time, space, and complexity.

From another point of view, as the reflection of the universal law on which the world of matter is built, death might be seen as the impossibility to operate within the time–space–complexity dimensions, because of release of the life–creating energy (the spirit in theological terms) and consequent disintegration of the wholeness of the energy and its derivatives (information, matter), which accommodates a particular cycle of energy transformations.

For instance, death makes impossible

1/ to apply all parameters (e.g., the measures of space, time, and complexity), with which the manifestation of the energy is evaluated within the world of the matter:

 

the dead are not able to move – their space ceased to exist

the dead have no time – their  καιρος  has been consummated, therefore, their time is over

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the dead have no ability to perceive/create/transmit new knowledge –

their mind–creator of thoughts is no more, and their thoughts are gone

{Psalm 145(146):4}

 

2/ to sustain the wholeness, or to function as an evolving energy–information–matter system originated for accomplishment of some purposes; as soon as the flow of information, which sustains the cohesive power*4*, ceases to operate, the structures of the matter/physical remnants disintegrate into the derivatives with the lower levels of complexity

3/ to detect any of the powers ascribed to a living being, especially, δυναμεως   and ισχυος*5*.

The conditions identified as diseases, illnesses, or disorders (physical and mental) illustrate the beginning stages of the processes that culminate in physical disintegration/death – diminishing powers and progressing restrictions of operations: all of them are the results of inability of detaining the energy of life. Advanced stages of illness/disease/disorder reveal irreversible degeneration of the cohesive power, which unifies the derivatives of the energy–information–matter into a living being – evolving purposeful wholeness and enables it to function/operate according to its nature. In theological terms, the cohesive power might be defined as the life–sustaining manifestation/function of the spirit/divine life–creating energy.

Physical death begins with development of inability to sustain normal cycle of energy transformation: the material structures begin to emanate energy (and its derivatives, which, as a rule, should sustain their operations), and disintegrate.

Consequently, it might be assumed that the first attribute of immortality would be the abilities to keep life–sustaining energy and to prevent its uncontrollable release. It means that the key to physical immortality should be in the power over the energy fields, which sustain the world of the matter (e.g., the sun, the earth, the divisions among elements, sees, rivers, lands – ecosystems, and living creatures), yet, a human being is not able to hold this power.

It is not in the power of man to decelerate, reverse, or stop the processes, which culminate in release/loss of energy, because man has no power over his spirit – the spirit returns to God Who gave it, the body returns to the dust from which it was created {Genesis 2:7; 3:20; Ecclesiastes 12:7}: the body remains here at the perceivable material world to disintegrate and to release components, which would sustain the next cycle of life.

Evidently, death might be annihilated and immortality might be given only by the one who can, for instance,

 

possess the power over the energy of creation

establish the law (or design the code),

which determines purpose (nature), results, and levels of complexity

of energy transformation and the derivatives

create the set of energy fields,

which sustains transformations of the energy

according to the particular laws–codes–cycles of energy transformation

within time–space–complexity dimensions,

and therefore, accommodates life–stability–correlations of the energy derivatives,

which are unified into the wholenesses identified as living beings.

 

This One is God; only God has the absolute power over death and life {John 17–18, 27–30}, and only He gives immortality to His creations.

Even the materialistic sciences came to understanding that the matter is creation–derivative of the energy. They just do not know from where this energy comes and how it becomes the matter. Those who put idols (e.g., such as immortal matter, darwinian evolution, blind chance, “self–organizing” systems) on the place of God, deprive themselves of a possibility to infer/comprehend the universal inevitable and constant Law that controls transformations of the energy, which sustains life {Matthew 5:17; 24:35; Luke 16:17; 21:33}. They are not able to cognize the nature of things and nature of life, for instance, the energy fields/formations, which are “the foundations of the earth” {Isaiah 40:21–26}. They learned to manipulate material structures and systems, for instance, to dissect animals, insects, plants, and humans, to kill them, to consume their flesh, to modify their appearances, behavior, conditions of life, etc., yet they are not able to perceive and comprehend the Law, the Power, and the Energy that create life. They live within the temporal world, which the death controls, and they know only the power of coercion and death.

However, the ability to exercise physical power over the physical wholeness of the material objects (for instance, assassination or execution of man by beheading or by explosive device), is not the control over the energy fields, which accommodate life. Those who can inflict physical death do not possess the absolute power over the soul {Matthew 10:28}, therefore, over eternal life of man; only God has the absolute power over His creations.

It means also that a human being is not able to obtain immortality by own powers, efforts, actions, devices, potions, drugs, and other means available within the world of the matter. Consequently, all efforts to gain the absolute power, proclamations of self–deified men, who pretend on possession of the absolute power over their subjects’ body, mind, and spirit, and beliefs in ability of kings, rulers, priests, and other leaders to possess the absolute power have the only foundation: delusion of the ignorant mind.

For the Christians, immortality is one of the features that describe the nature of a human child of God.

Pre–cognition of human immortality in the realm of God was given as resurrection of the dead here, within the world of the matter. Resurrection of the dead manifested the power of God Who bestows immortality on the creature of dust. Only by the power of God, the prophets of the Old Testament resurrected the dead {e.g., 3 Kings 17:17–24; 4 Kings 4:32–35}.  Moreover, two events mentioned by the Holy Scriptures illustrated the absolute power of God over His creations and prepared the mind of the Old Testament’s people for faith and cognition of the power of God: two men were taken from the world and avoided physical death – Enoch, the seventh from Adam, and Elias the prophet {Genesis 5:24; 4 Kings 2:1–11; Hebrew 11:5}.

In the New Testament, Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God and the Son of man, the Word–God Who became flesh {John 1:1, 14; 1 John 1:1–4}, revealed His absolute power over life and over death: the power emanated from Him, and His thought, touch, word, and look transmitted the healing and life–creating energy, which healed illnesses and resurrected the dead {e.g., Matthew 8:5–17; 9:18–25; Mark 3:1–5; 5:22–42; Luke 6:17–19; 7:11–16, 21–22; 13:10–15; 22:49–51; John 4:46–53; 5:1–9; 9:1–7; 11:1–44}.

Lord God Jesus Christ also gave His disciples the power to heal the sick, and the power to resurrect the dead. His Apostles received the power to deprive of vision, and to deprive of life {Matthew 10:1, 8; Mark 15:15–18; Luke 10:19; John 14:12; Acts 1:4–5, 8; 2:1–4; 5:1–15–16; 9:32–42; 13:8–12; 28:1–9}, although this power was applied rarely, only for the increase of faith.

To His Apostles and to the next generations, which would come in the world left by God and destined to annihilation {Matthew 24:1–44; John 14:19, 27, 30; 15:28; 17:11–14; 2 Peter 3:7–10; Isaiah 13:6–11; Revelation 21:1}, Lord God Jesus Christ granted the understanding of immortality and guidance how to obtain it.

Immortality is the presence of God; man becomes immortal when, through the Word–God, the Holy Spirit of God comes to dwell in his soul–heart–mind. The first condition of immortality is faith in Lord God Jesus Christ; the next is observance and accomplishment of the words–commandments of God. Then, with acceptance of the words/commandments of God as the law and the manner and the meaning of existence, the Word–God becomes “implanted” {James 1:21εμφυτον – derivative of εμφυω – to instill; to implant; to cultivate within; to become inborn/innate/natural for} into the soul–heart–mind/essence of man; then, the Holy Spirit comes to dwell and to give immortality to the new creation {John 14:15–23; 1 Peter 1:3–5; James 1:18; 2 Corinthians 6:16}.

Although physical death as the completion of the temporal phase of existence*6* is still the only way out of the world of the matter, there is no death after a human being was given the authority to become a human child of God*7*.  

And I think: is it possible to define the nature and conditions of the immortality in the terms of human science?

For materialistic sciences it is not possible.

For the sciences which develop on the Christian theology, the question of immortality would not arise, because

1/ a human spirit already is immortal

2/ it is not in the power of man to manipulate the foundations of the world, the settings of the energy fields that accommodate the life of the human spirit at this phase of existence (within the structures of the matter) and lead it into another realm.

The immortality is the human nature, the property of a human child of God – a new being born of God, not of the flesh of man {John 1:12–13; 1 John 3:1–2}. For those who still do not come to this knowledge, the only one thing is needed as the first step to immortality: faith*8*.

As St. Peter and St. Paul the Apostles explains {1 Peter 1:1–25; 1 Corinthians 13:12; 2 Corinthians 4:6–18; 5:7; Galatians 4:25; Hebrews 11:1–40}, in this world, within the body of flesh/matter, we see as through dim mirror, live with incomplete knowledge, walk by faith, suffer and die without visible deliverance. Yet, even in the world of darkness and shadows of death, through the faith in Lord God Jesus Christ Who is the Light of the world, the humans become the sons of God destined for the eternal life with the complete knowledge and vision.

From the practical point of view, faith is the ability to perceive the presence of God, therefore, to absorb the live–sustaining energy, which transforms the mortal creature of dust into the immortal dwelling of the Holy Spirit of God, – a new being who, through the Word–God, exercises the authority to become a child of God. Faith enables man to recognize God within own soul–heart–mind {e.g., 1 John 4:13; 5:20}, to overcome the world of the evil,  and to follow Him through the threshold of death, into His Kingdom – the only home of man {John 10:9, 27–31; 14:1–6; 15:18–19; 16:33; 1 Peter 1:3–5; 1 John 5:4–5; Psalm 118(119):19}.

In other terms, faith is the channel of communication, through which the words of eternal life – the Word–God – carrying the seed/code of immortality enter the soul–heart–mind of man…

 

 

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Notes:

 

*1*  Systems concepts of the world, man, and the mind will  be posted in Folders Systems; until then, see Wisdom, Folder Archive, Page 1_2008, and Deliverance, Note 1, Folder Archive, Page January_March 2010.

 

*2*   Three main features of finite and definite material structures, which come into being for a purpose (a purpose is accomplishment of a particular cycle of energy transformation–→manifestation–→release) describe the nature of the world and all its inhabitants; these features, or properties, include time, space, and complexity. Concerning complexity, see Introduction to the Systems, Folder Systems, Page_1.

 

*3* A living human being might be described as the wholeness–unity of

 

energy–→information–→matter

or

spirit–→intelligence/consciousness–→flesh

or

soul–→heart/mind–→body.

 

Currently, the materialistic sciences perceive a human being as the animated matter with visible tangible perceivable body and the invisible mind/intellect–function of the matter. In accordance with Aristotelian criteria of scientific inquiries (See Aristotle, Folder Philosophy, Page_3) existence of the mind/intellect should be inferred only from physical actions (e.g., speech, movements) of a physical body; existence of the soul/spirit, which is not possible to confirm through physical observation, is rejected. 

The people of this world who accepted materialism as the only foundation of human thought, and who rejected theology as the true foundation of human thought and the root of knowledge, are not able of receiving the Spirit of God, because they do not see Him, and they do not know Him {John 14:17}. Consequently, for them, death

1/ has appearance of the visible disintegration – perceivable dissolution of the matter/body

2/  is impossibility to detect existence/work of the reason/mind.

Such vision of man and death is as much complete and sound and fruitful as Aristotelian logic is.

 

*4*  Concerning cohesive power, see Introduction to the Systems, Folder Systems, Page_1.

 

*5*  δυναμεως   – physical power to accomplish actions – is the property of a human body within the material world, and the main property of man in the Septuagint. With the coming of the New Testament, ισχυος   –  strength – identifies the human mind prepared to see beyond limits of the world of the matter. Although meaning of strength includes the ability to contemplate the use of physical power and to use it wisely, strength defines also the power of human spirit.

 

*6* This temporal limited world exists for cognition of the good and the evil: the absolute good of man is in the presence of God; the absolute evil is death, firstly, as rejection/deprivation of God. First men wanted the knowledge of good and the evil – so, all men have to cognize the good and the evil, to accomplish their works, and to make their own free choice: life with God or death without God. This is the will of God, and therefore, the law of men: until the world of the matter exists, the law will not be changed {Matthew 5:17}.

 

*7* Concerning immortality, it should be noticed that

 

If to analyze knowledge given by God and written in the Holy Scriptures,

if to comprehend that the manifestation of His Glory was given as descent of the Fire on the Mount Sinai,

if to accept that God is the all–consuming Fire, the Spirit,

if to believe the words of Lord Jesus Christ that He came to cast the Fire upon the earth (and man is the earth),

if to take into consideration the concept of divine energies offered by St. Gregory Palamas, it might be inferred that

↓       ↓       ↓

1/ the first man was created from dust (γη),

became the living soul because of the breath of God,

and has to cognize death (as return into the dust from which he was taken),

because he had no power over evil, which he wanted to know/control

 

2/ a new creation is the child of God born of the Holy Spirit of God.

The Word–God  – Λογος, the Universal Code of creation –

becomes the essence of this new being and enables to accept the Holy Spirit

and therefore, to be empowered to withstand the presence of God.

 

            According to the Word–God, with coming of the Holy Spirit of God – the Source of divine energies, by the power/will of the Almighty God, a new energy–formation comes into being. This creation, the particle of Light {John 1:1–4, 9–13; 9:5; 2 Corinthians 4:6; Revelation 22:3–5}, which is ignited by the Divine Fire {Deuteronomy 4:24; Luke 12:49; Hebrew 12:29} within the structures of the matter, evolves into the stabilized energy system/manifestation of the divine energy of God capable to endure His presence and operate in His realm where time and other properties of the matter (e.g., disintegration) do not exist {Luke 17:20–21; John 14:1–26; 17:2–26; Revelation 22:1–5}.

Consequently, the mentions of the Sower and His seed, fruits of the harvest, the smallest seed, which becomes the mighty tree, and other explanations given by God to His followers {e.g., Matthew 13:3–43; Mark 4:1–20, 26–33; Luke 6:43–45; 8:4–15; 13:18–19; John 15:1–16}, lead to understanding of the process of creation of new Adam {1 Peter 1:23–25; 1 Corinthians 15:45–57; 2 Corinthians 5:1–5} – a child of God destined for immortality.

 

*8* Concerning faith, see Introduction to Christianity, Folder Foundation, page_4.

 

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 December

74. Sunday, December 4, 2011 

The Ignorant and Cursed

 

 

…Not any of the rulers or from the Pharisees believed into Him.

But not knowing the Law, this crowd is cursed…

{John 7:49}

 

 

Forty–two generations passed through the face of the earth from Abraham {in whom all nations are blessed – Genesis 15:1–6; 18:17–19} until the Messiah, Lord Jesus Christ – the Word–God, came {Matthew 1:2–17} to deliver, to collect, and to lead His people home, into the kingdom of God, in the life everlasting {John 3:16–18; 10:7–30; 14:1–6; 1 Peter 2:24–25}.

The human civilization began and the human mind became an evolving system when God gave Moses The Ten Commandments written by God. The chosen people received the Law and recognized it as the essence of man: the Law and the words of God are in the heart of man and in his mouth to accomplish them. Then, they had to keep, to observe, to protect, and to fulfill the Law, to make it the essence of their life and the manner of existence, and to teach their children to love and to observe the Law as their fathers do {Exodus 32:14–16; Deuteronomy 6:4–13; 30:10–20; Malachi 4:4–6}.

The Law, which will exist until it is accomplished in entirety and the earth fulfills its purposes, was given to teach and to guard the chosen people, so, their soul–heart–mind would become the holy ground onto which the Divine Fire – the Holy Spirit of God – would come and transform the mortal creature of dissipating dust into the immortal child of God born by the Spirit of God, into the temple of the Living God, into the firstfruit of new creation of God {Exodus 3:2–6; 24:17; Deuteronomy 4:24; Matthew 5:17–19; Luke 12:49; John 1:9–13; 3:3–7; 7:19; 14:15–23; James 1:18; 1 Peter 1:14; 1 John 3:1–7; Romans 3:21–22; 10:4; Hebrew 12:29; 1 Corinthians 3:16; 2 Corinthians 6:16; Revelation 21:5}.

So, the map was simple and the way was straightforward: as man travels from town A to town B, the mind had to come from cognition of the Law to acceptance and cognition of the Word–God. Some of the chosen people reached the destination: they became the disciples and apostles of Lord God Jesus Christ; through them and their spiritual descendents many nations received the Gospels of Lord God Jesus Christ.

Some of the chosen people, as Saul before he was transformed into St. Paul the Apostle {Acts 9:1–22}, followed their elders and rulers who rejected God’s will and became incapable of accepting the Word–God {Luke 7:30; John 1:9–11; 7:44–49}.

What was the reasoning of those who lived in the Past, those who made the choices described in the Gospel {e.g., have no king except Caesar – John 19:12–15}? What is the reason of the greatest tragedy of those who developed the inability to accept, to cognize, and to follow God? Why the mind of some willingly accepts death and rejects life?

Personal choices and tragedies of the people of the past generations remain unknown: they are mercifully covered with the veil of death and forgotten. However, some of human destinies appear from the Past as remainders of the danger on the road to home; in the darkness of the Past, they are as candles on the graves of the dead. If to trace this road to its beginning, who can speak to those who still live and to make them to reconsider their purposes, values, thoughts, words, and deeds, so they would not repeat the deadly mistakes of their predecessors?

This road starts from Cain through whom death entered the world of men; it leads through those who were exterminated by the Flood. The next are those who kept the memories of the perished corrupted world, transformed their cities into the plagues of iniquities, perversion, and corruption, and were annihilated by the rain of brimstone and fire. The next are the idol–worshiping nations of the Promised Land whose evil and iniquities overflowed all measures of evil and who had to be exterminated from the Promised Land and to give the life–space for the chosen nation {Genesis 4:1–8; 6:6–8, 14; 9:18–27; 15:13–16;  Leviticus 18:1–30; 20:22–23, 26; Deuteronomy 7:21–26; 9:3–6; 12:2–4; 13:1–17; 2 Peter 2:4–7}.

The vanished Phoenician civilization provides some glimpse of the abyss of evil cognized by those nations; the pieces of information that survived the Phoenicians*1* explain why the majority of those nations was wiped out from the face of the earth similarly to poisonous insects wiped out by the pest–control services.

In the Past of the chosen nation, the road to the ultimate rejection of God {John 19:14–15} began with the fatal choice: to have a king and to be as all other nations {1 Kings 8:4–22}. Before this choice was made and Saul became the first king of Israel, the chosen nation had the unique non–hierarchical structure*2*:

 

GOD

the Prophets – messengers of God

the People.

 

 

Although they could live in peace among all the nations as the unique nation of priests and servants of the Almighty God Whose power they witnessed in the time of Exodus, they rejected God as their King and the only Ruler {1 Kings 8:7–8} and submitted themselves to the authority of the mortal men. Although God delivered them from the slavery to the Egyptian pharaohs, they by their own will became slaves of the mortal men/kings.

With establishment of the hierarchy, kings willingly or non–willingly, consciously or non–consciously, yet, began attempts either to take the place of God or intervene with God’s Law. The history of kings, starting with Solomon son of David, became the history of corruption and relapse into idol–worship with rare intervals of re–establishment of the covenant with God signified with destruction of places of idol–worship. The iniquities and consequent unwise politics of idol–worshiping kings resulted in destruction of the ancient state of Israel: firstly, in the time of exile into Babylon, then, with demolition of Jerusalem, when the chosen people were expelled from Judea and scattered across the Roman Empire*3*.

Seemingly, the history of ancient Israel reveals the direct connection between two crucial moments:

            1/ rejection of God as the only King and choice to be as all other nations submitted to authority and protected by kings {1 Kings 8:4, 19–20}

            2/ rejection of the Messiah, Lord God Jesus Christ, the Word–God, and testimony of the chief–priests that they do not have another king but Caesar {John 19:13–15}.

However, what was behind the initial fatal mistake {when Samuel the Prophet still gave the people hope of survival if they served God and obey the will of God – 1 Kings 10:19; 12:19–25} and the conclusion – the repetition of the rejection of God, which opened the direct and irreversible path to annihilation {when the temple of the Lord and, in fact, the entire world, was left forsaken for destructionMatthew  23:33–38; 24:1–44; John 16:28; 2 Peter 3:7–12}?

The answer might be found in the Gospel According to John: the very rulers, who had the responsibility to educate the chosen people, define the main feature of the people within the hierarchical establishment, into which they transformed the chosen nation of God – the crowd is ignorant and cursed {John 7:49}.

Evidently, the worst consequence of the transformation of the nation of the priests into the crowd submitted to king and not–different–from–other–nations is not the physical destruction and physical servitude.

The evils of the hierarchical establishment do include de–individualization of a person, transformation of a free man–center of the universe into replaceable insignificant part/property of establishments controlled by king, pope, leader of the party, and other “heads,” which claim their share of the power over the simple mortals. Yet, the greatest evil is institutionalized ignorance: the hierarchy supports only such education and propagates such knowledge, which advances enslaving of its subjects, keeps them in fear before the rulers, and makes acceptable the “ultimate sacrifices” of the victims, with which the hierarchy fights its wars and otherwise sustains own existence. Ignorance*4* in all its forms and embodiments is the main tool, with which the hierarchy advances and – for a while, until its evil as the malignant tumor devours it from within – even prospers.

The mentioned above evils are the inherent properties of Plato–Aristotle’s political design*5*, and through adaptation of the heathen philosophy they currently compose the foundation of all political regimes, including those that identify themselves as “democratic” societies/countries/states/etc.

Among many other lessons, the history of ancient Israel is teaching the incompatibility of religion and politics accomplished through the hierarchical establishments (and, currently, the political powers have no other embodiments beside the hierarchies based on the power of coercion). A hierarchy is the feature of worldly powers and it rests on the worldly powers, firstly, on the power of coercion, which manifests itself in oppressions, murders, persecutions, wars, and other actions leading to suffering and death of men. Therefore, the hierarchy is weapon of the master of this world – the arch–evil/enemy of God {John 8:44; 14:30; Luke 4:5–8}.

However, the evil and spiritual slavery do not exist in presence of God, yet, only where the Spirit of God is, the freedom is. Lord Jesus Christ – the Word–God, His truth and knowledge given His followers set man free {John 8:31–36; 1 John 3:6–10; Romans 8:14–17; 10:4; 1 Corinthians 6:19–20; 7:23; 2 Corinthians 3:17}.

It means, that for own survival, the hierarchy must suppress any freedom of its subjects, firstly, the freedom to learn the words of God and to accomplish the Law of God. This particular feature of the hierarchical establishments especially clear reveals itself in increasing daily anti–tolerance to God: even the mention of God in the media triggers the outpouring of hatred toward those who dare to exercise their freedom of expression (which still exists – at least on paper – in some Western countries) and to make reference to God or to His Law.

The very nature of the hierarchy demands that the power of the head of the hierarchy over his subjects must be the absolute power*6*, his status must be above human laws, and his subjects must attribute to their ruler the power, which is not different from divine power.  Otherwise, the institute of the coercive power will not survive.

God established Christianity as other world, in which there are no kings, rulers, use of weapon and force of coercion {John 13:34–35; 15:1–27; 16:7–15, 27–28; 18:36}. Those who choose the world of God are not the people of this world, which lives by values of the material things, coercion, injustice, and iniquities. The children of God have to pass through this world in faith, virtue, and dignity; they must be obedient to the rules and authorities (until the rules and authorities intervene with their faith and the Law of God). As St. Peter the Apostle writes {1 Peter 2:9–25}, they are the people of God – an elect generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation led by the only Shepherd and Overseer of the souls {1 Peter 1:13–25; 2:1–25; 4:7–19; 2 Peter 1:2–11; 2:9–10; 1 John 2:15–17; 1 Corinthians 5:9–11; 7:20–24; Titus 2:1–14}.

Christianity is the last phase of development of the holy nation of God at the earth, and God made clear distinction between His followers and servants of the world of evil, which He has left to its destiny {Matthew  10:32–39; 23:34–38; 24:1–44; 25:31–46; Luke 11:23; John 8:42–47; 16:28; 1 John 3:3–17; 1 Peter 4:7; 2 Peter 3:7–12}.

However, the history repeats itself: with establishment of the hierarchical papal church, the ancient evil of idol–worship inevitable for hierarchical establishment entered the Christian communities and began its destructive works. The fruits of hierarchical church include misinterpretation of the Christian teachings, tampering with the words of God, acceptance of heresies as the articles of faith, the Inquisition, deification of the pope–Prefect of the Inquisition, other evils known from the history, and the contemporary Crusade against Christianity  – ecumenism or movement for unification of the churches under the papal authority*7*. Moreover, all of these evils are covered with the name of Christianity and references to the words of Lord God Jesus Christ and His Apostles…

Currently, intense advancement of the destructive processes of hierarchical establishments also might be detected in the churches, which still identify themselves as the Christian Churches: they already set up their hierarchs, rituals of “enthronement,” courts, special seat/throne in the Church, and other features of mini–empires. When “the hierarch” presides/celebrates the Divine Liturgy, it is hard to determine who is worshiped and paid more attention – God or His servant…

And I think that now, when still is the time and the Bible unadulterated by the corruptors still is available, the only chance of survival – not for a body; for the soul–heart–mind, for the reason–intelligence as the feature of a freeman – is in learning the words of God.

Neither official churches nor priests–politicians must be trusted: they have sold God and their priesthood for the phantom of worldly power and human vanity, and became false prophets and false teachers – the grievous wolves, as the Holy Scriptures forewarned {e.g., Matthew 7:15–23; Acts 20:29–30; 2 Peter 2:1–22; Jude 3–4, 17–21}. The reality became simple and clear: we live in the time of disintegration of human reason and collapse of life–sustaining human institutions, including the churches.

The world entered the last phase of its existence, when a human child of God delivered by the Son of God and acquired by the highest price – by the Precious Blood of Christ {1 Peter 1:13–25} is left alone betrayed by those who advertise themselves as “the shepherds” and “priests”; he has to face the perils and threats of this world, and he has to confirm his choice and loyalty to God within the world that kills for the sake of its idols. The only means of spiritual survival is the words of God; the only hope is in faith in God; the only foundation is the knowledge of God. We, the Christians should always remember that God gave us the everlasting life, and this life is in His Son, the Word–God, in knowledge of God, in love to God, and in observance of His commandments {John 17:3; 1 John}.

The curse of ignorance is powerless only on those who love God and have knowledge of God and observe His words…

 

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Notes:

 *1* Concerning Phoenician Civilization see Philosophy: the Beginning, Folder Philosophy, page 1, and in Folder Archive: posting The Curse of Cain, Page_5_2009.

 

*2* See The Hierarchy, Folder Archive, Page_6_2008–2009.

 

*3* See The Rejected Knowledge, Folder 2011, Page May__2011.

 

*4* Concerning ignorance, rejected knowledge, and the consequences see postings:

The Rejected Knowledge, Folder 2011, Page May__2011

The Authority to Survive, Folder 2011, Page July__2011

The Misconception, Folder 2011, Page October__2011

The Unknown Path, Folder 2011, Page October__2011.

 

*5* See Folder Philosophy. Pages 1, 2, and 3  – Philosophy: the Beginning, Doctrines of Plato and Aristotle.

 

*6* See the following postings:

The Absolute Power and Idolatry, Folder Archive, September_2010

Priest and Heresy, Folder Archive, Page_2_2008

Works of Augustine of Hippo and Doctrine of Thomas Aquinas, Folder Philosophy

Hierarchical Church and other posts in Folder Political Theology

Ecumenism, Folder The World and the War.

 

*7* Concerning papal hierarchy, see

The Fruits in Folder Archive, Page  April–June_2010

Hierarchical Church and other posts in Folder Political Theology.

 

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75. Sunday, December 11, 2011

 The Strength

 

Ask and it will be given to you.

Seek, and you will find;

knock, and it will be opened to you.

For everyone asking receives

And the one seeking finds

And to the one knocking it will be opened…

{Luke 11:9–10}

 

It is the promise of God: everyone asking receives {Luke 11:10}.

From the remote Past, from one day long before coming of the Messiah – the Savior and Redeemer of man, the words of the Prophet came: “from the ends of the earth have I cried to Thee… Thou lifted me up on the rock… guided me… Thou are hope, the tower of the strength (πυργος ισχυος*1*) from the face of the enemy. I will dwell in Thy dwelling forever, I will be sheltered under Thy wings” {Psalm 60(61):2–4}.

At least four main lines are in this ancient Psalm, which convey the essence of the entire history of man:

 

God is the hope and the strength of man

man cried to God from the limits of the earth,

and God answered the prayer of His creation

God established man on the rock and guided him

the one, who cried to God from the limits of the earth, will dwell with God forever.

 

In the New Testament, when the Future, which was revealed through the prophets of God, became the reality of everyone who loves Lord God Jesus Christ and observes His commandments, the ancient message is fulfilled:

 

the power of God crushed the limits of the earth,

freed the slaves of the restricted and temporal world of evil and sin

{John  8:31–36; 2 Corinthians 3:17; Galatians 5:16–18}

the Divine Precious Stone  – the Word–God, Lord Jesus Christ –

became the only true foundation,

on which man is enabled to build his world,

and through which He enters the eternity

{Isaiah 28:16; Matthew 21:42; Luke 6:47–49;

1 Peter 1:3–5; 2:3–10; 1 John 5:11–12; 1 Corinthians 3:11}

immortal human child of God came to being

{John 1:1–5, 9–13; 1 Peter 1:2–4; James 1:18; 1 John 3:1–2}.

 

Those, who believe in life everlasting and want to live, need:

 

a/ the foundation of the immortality – the Corner Stone,

on which life exists and new world comes into being

b/ the food–fabric of life,

with which a new creation is nourished and evolves into completion of perfection

c/ the power,

by which a human child of God evolves into the new creation designed to dwell with God.

 

      There is only one Foundation and the only Food of the immortality – the Word–God, the Precious Stone, the Divine Bread*2* that descended from the heaven to set His creation free from sin and death (that is from the power of the “master of this world” and values of the temporal world of the matter), to lead to perfection, and to give the eternal life. There is the only Power – the Holy Spirit, the Divine Fire, Who annihilates the limits of the earth and creates an immortal child of God {Matthew 5:48; Luke 12:49; John 1:12–13; 3:3–7, 16–17; 6:33–69; 7:7; 8:23–58; 14:6–30; James 1:18, 22–25; 1 Peter 1:3–5, 14–25; 2 Peter 1:2–11; 1 John 2:15–17; 3:1–18; 5:1–5, 10–12; 1 Corinthians 15:54–57; 2 Corinthians 3:17; Galatians 5:13–26; Hebrews 12:29; Revelation 21:1–5; 22:3–5}.

And I think of the promise: “ask and it will be given to you.”

What is worthy to be asked from God? Only God Himself is all that is needed for His creation*2*.

What any Christian should ask from God?

Only the greatest treasure of all and everything: the wisdom to comprehend and to accomplish the commandments of God, so, the Word–God would dwell in the soul–heart–mind transforming the limits of the earth into the limitless eternity {John 5:17, 19-21}…

 

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Notes:

 

*1* The words πυργος ισχυος, with which the prophet refers to God, evoke the text of Exodus, when the στυλος του πυρος (the pillar of fire) sheltered the Israelites from their enemies – the army of Egyptian pharaoh {Exodus 13:21–22; 14:24}. The Greek word στυλος  – pillar –  is derivative of στυω – to stiffen, which is similar to σταω – to stand, hold up, set up. The compound word πυργος, which is usually translated as tower, includes the root πυρ – fire.

Among meanings of these two words (πυργος and στυλος) is one common: something stiffened or solidified – the edifice, which is perceived as pillar or as tower.  

Indeed, in the perceived by man or “structured” form of fire (pillar) the power of God sheltered the chosen people from their enemies {Exodus 13:21–22; 14:24}; in the defined “structured” form  (tower of strength) the prophet sees the power, by which God protects him from the evil {Psalm 60(61):3}.

The human civilization and its core – the holy nation of the priests–servants of the Almighty God – began in the Old Testament {Exodus 33:14–17; 34:10–14; Deuteronomy 7:6–10; 10:11–15; 30:15–20}, comes to a new beginning {Isaiah 65:11–17}, and evolves in the New Testament {John 15:16; 1 Peter 2:9–10} with comprehension that our God is the Almighty Omnipotent Spirit that manifests Himself to man as the Omnipotent Fire {Exodus 3:1–6; 19:18; 20:18; Deuteronomy 4:1–14, 24, 40; 5:4; Luke 12:49; John 4:24; 15:16; Hebrews 12:29}.

Concerning ισχυος, see also Immortality, esp. Note 5; Folder 2011, Page 6, November_December.

 

*2* See The Lord’s Prayer, Folder Foundation, Page_2.

 

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 76. Sunday, December 18, 2011

 The Accomplishment

 

 

…He sent His Word, and healed them,

and delivered them out of their ruin.…

{Psalm 106(107):20}

 

The Word sent by God healed and saved men from the ultimate ruin {διαφθορον *1* – Psalm 106(107):20}. Also, Isaiah the prophet conveys the words of God:

 

Fear not, for I have redeemed thee… thou are Mine.

And if thou pass through water, I am with thee…

and if thou go through fire, thou shall not be burned;

the flame shall not burn thee.

For I am the Lord thy God, the Holy One of Israel, that saves thee…

{Isaiah 43:1–3}

 

The Book of Life is given by the Almighty Eternal God. There is no time in the eternity; time exists as one of the temporal finite settings for accomplishment of the will of God through the thoughts–intentions–purposes, words, and actions of men.

Man is the field of God, the building of God, the temple of God, and the co–worker (συνεργος) of God {1 Corinthians 3:9, 16}.

Therefore, each completed sentence from the Book of Life conveys the entire reality (or the essence) of the world of men – the Past–Present–Future, or seed–tree–fruits, or code–embodiment–execution/accomplishment (or complete cycle of the energy transformations accomplished according to the specific law and within the specific energy field(s). Such is the vision of the Old Testament’s  prophets, who were granted knowledge of the entirety – the Past, the Present, and the Future, and who have seen the Redeemer before His coming {e.g., Isaiah 6:1–7; 7:14; 9:2–7; 40:3–5; Daniel 7:9–27; Zachariah 12:10}.

The beginning and the end are definitions of the reality that consists of coming into being, existence, and completion/end according to the specific law – the Law of God. The Law of God is the manifestation of the Word–God: everything in the Holy Scriptures is about the Word–God {John 5:39} – He is the Beginning and the End {Revelation 1:8; 21:6}, the absolute–entirety–wholeness of man {Ecclesiastes 12:13}, and He came to accomplish (πληρωσαι - to make complete) the Law, which was revealed through the prophets {Matthew 5:17}.

The prophets described the entire realm, which is set within the dimension of time for a particular purpose. For instance, the Old Testament’s people lived by hope and expectations of the known (foreseen) Future, and the Old Testament’s  man had the purpose to evolve into the being capable of meeting and acceptance of the Messiah Who would take man to the next stage of existence (the eternity).

The Holy Bible defines the next phase of existence very briefly: the language of the temporal setting, of the world of the matter, is not sufficient for the unknown realm that we call the Heaven or the Kingdom of God. The only knowledge given us is the practical knowledge, which the human mind is able to accommodate. For instance, those who believe in Lord God Jesus Christ – the Word–God, have {John 3:16, 36; 5:39; 6:68; 13:34–35; 14:1–27; 15:1–26; 16:7–16, 27–28, 33; 17:1–26; 1 John; 2 Corinthians 5:7; Revelation 22:5}:

 

to cognize God Who revealed Himself in Lord Jesus Christ,

to observe the commandments of God Who has the words of eternal life

to walk by faith

to overcome the powers of the evil

to become the dwelling of the Holy Spirit of God Who would teach us everything needed

for accomplishment of our work here, in the world of death,

and for preparation for the Future – for the existence in the presence of God.

 

The transitional phase is disclosed as the transformation. St. Paul the Apostle writes {1 Corinthians 3:9–15; 15:51–56} that man will be transformed; his works will be revealed and proved by the Fire.

From the Apostle’s words, it might be inferred that the Fire will consume the works, which are not built on the foundation – Lord Jesus Christ, the Word–God. Evidently, annihilation awaits the works, which would contain remnants of evil, iniquities, and other properties of the finite world of the matter controlled by the laws of διαφθορον  – collapse/disintegration, so then, the mortal shall put on the immortality.

There are also some hints concerning this trial.

Lord God Jesus Christ told that He came to cast the Fire upon the earth and to give the earth not peace, but rather division {Luke 12:49, 51}.

God explains Nicodemus that man must be born of the Spirit of God to become able to enter the Kingdom of God {John 3:1–6}.

Therefore, the division mentioned by God should be division between the one who believe in Him and has love of God within  and the one who does not believe in Him and does not love God {e.g., John 12:48; 1 John 3:6, 10; 4:7–8, 20–21; 5:12; 2 Corinthians 6:14–18}.

The Holy Scriptures reveal God as the Almighty Omnipotent Love, the consuming Fire, and the Holy Spirit – the Paraclete and Teacher Who comes to claim His Own and to dwell in the soul of His creation, which is made after the image and likeness of God {Genesis 1:2, 26–27; Exodus 3:1–6; 13:21–22; 14:24; 19:18–20; 24:16–18; 33:13–22; 34:1–10; Deuteronomy 4:11–13, 24, 36, 39; 9:3, 15; Daniel 7:9–10; Malachi 3:2–3; John 3:13–21; 4:24; 6:63; 14:1–27; 16:7–15; Acts 1:4–5; 2:1–4; 2 Peter 3:7, 10–13; Hebrew 12:18–29; Revelation 20:14; 21:1–8; 22:3–5}:

 

God speaks to Moses from the midst of the Fire that embraces the bush,

yet, the plant is not consumed by the Fire

God protects His people by His power that is revealed in the form perceivable by men –

στυλος του πυροςthe pillar of fire

God speaks to Moses from within the fire and lets Moses to enter His presence,

from which the others are separated by the darkness, cloud, and fearsome fire

while the Glory of God passes by near Moses who beseeched God to manifest Himself

(so, he – Moses – would know the ways of God and cognize God),

God protects His creation, which is incapable to see Him and to live,

because the temporal matter is not able to withstand the Omnipotence of Eternal God

God becomes the Son of man to re–create the human nature according to the Law of God

the presence of the Word–God enables the human nature to accommodate the Spirit of God,

and as a result, to accomplish the Law/will of God:

to become the temple of the Living God.

 

 

The power of God is absolute, and nothing impossible for Him exists, because with Him the power/words of life is – knowledge of God is the life everlasting {Matthew 8:23–27; 10:1, 19–20; 14:14, 23–36; Mark 6:45–51, 56; John 1:1–4, 14; 3:16, 36; 5:39; 6:68; 10:9–30; 11:21–26, 40–44; 12:50; 17:3}:

 

God becomes the Son of man and lays down His soul for salvation of man:

He has the authority to lay it down and to take it again

God heals the sick and resurrects the dead

God calms the storm and the wind obeys Him

God resurrects Lazarus who was dead four days

God teaches His disciples and gives them the knowledge of God that is the life everlasting

God gives His disciples the power to resurrect the dead and to heal the sick.

 

            The power of God transforms mortal man–earth into the immortal being capable of withstanding the presence of God. Therefore, the trial by the Fire might be the very process of transformation of human essence (soul) into the new being destined for the eternity. The ability of man to survive this trial depends on the presence of the Word–God (compliance with the Law and observance of the commandments of God): only those who have the Word–God within shall live {John 1:9–14; 3:3–7, 17–18, 36; 11:25; 12:26; 1 John 5:12; 2 Corinthians 4:10; Hebrews 12:26–27}.

            Many people seek knowledge: what is after physical death? Yet, the answer is already given by God Himself: life; those who believe in Lord God Jesus Christ and accomplish His words shall not die.

The Word–God, the Code of the eternal life, enables the temporal (limited, finite) earth/man to accept the Divine Energy of the Spirit of God, and by the power of the Almighty God to come to being as a new creation capable of eternal existence in the presence of God. The knowledge of God granted through Lord Jesus Christ {cf. in: John 1:1–18; 4:24; 5:17, 30, 39; 6:44–47, 68–69; 8:23–25, 51–58; 9:3–5; 10:25–30; 11:25–26, 40; 17:1–10, 21–26; James 1:18; 1 Peter 1:2–5, 23; 1 John 1:1–2; 2:23–24; 3:1; 4:12–21; 5:7, 11–12} includes revelation of the Holy Trinity – the unity of

 

God the Father

the Divine Love – the Almighty Omnipotent Power

 

God the Son

the Divine Law/Wisdom of God, the Word–God, the Universal Code of creation

 

God the Holy Spirit

the Divine Energy of Almighty Omnipotent God

 

The Holy Trinity – the One Almighty Omnipotent God – is manifested in God’s creation: man–child of God is the accomplishment of the Love of God. A human child of God comes to life by the Spirit of God, according to the Law/Word of God, and enters the eternity because of the Will/Power of God.

For the believers in Christ, God is the absolute–entirety–wholeness of man {Ecclesiastes 12:13}, and physical death is the beginning of life everlasting; this life starts with transformation into a child of God – the child of the Eternal Almighty Fire Who ignites the divine sparkle of life within the earth–man, and gives the new creation the eternity with Him…

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 Notes:

 *1* Greek compound word  διαφθορον  refers to the ultimate ruin – degeneration, collapse and destruction: physical, moral, and religious.

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77. Sunday, December 25, 2011

 The Merry Christmas

 

…Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord of the Hosts:

the whole complete earth is full of His Glory.…

{Isaiah 6:3}

…Glory in the highest to God,

and peace on earth,

good will in men…

{Luke 2:14}

 

The vision of Isaiah {Isaiah 6:1–7} foretold that the Glory of God would fill the whole complete earth (πληρης πασα η γη) – the house of God, and man would see God Who would purge his sins and take away his iniquities.

All Isaiah’s prophecies {e.g., Isaiah 6:1–7; 9:2, 6–7; 40:3–5; 42:1–12, 16; 43:19–21; 44:6; 48:16–18; 53:1–12; 56:1–10; 60:1–3; 61:1–11; 65:1–18; 66:22} became the actuality because of Lord Jesus Christ – the Word–God, the Glory of God, the Son of God:

 

in Lord God Jesus Christ, man has seen and has touched God

because of Lord God Jesus Christ, the sins of man are forgiven

with Lord God Jesus Christ, man received the chance to become

an immortal child of God – the keeper of peace of God

and dwelling of the Holy Spirit of God

{John  1:12–14, 18; 3:16; 6:37–40; 10:30; 14:9–10; 1 John 1:1–4; 2:1–5; 3:1–18; 4:9–21; 5:1–12;

1 Corinthians 3:16; Hebrews 3:6}.

 

The path of salvation, the road home – in the Kingdom of God, opened in the evening, when the Divine Child was born, that is when the Creator and Master of the Universe came into the humble house of His creations {Luke 1:30–33; 2:7–16; John 1:1–14, 17–18; 1 John 1:1–3}.

At that crucial point of human history – 2011 years ago, in the night of Christmas, God entered the world to become the Redeemer, the only Mediator between God and man, the Savior Who would bestow onto man forgiveness, blessing, and peace of God {1 John 3:1–2;  1 Corinthians 15:22–23, 45–57; 2 Corinthians 5:17–19; Ephesians 2:1–22; Colossians 1:12–22; 1 Timothy 2:5–6; Hebrews 12:24}.

In the night of Christmas, the new era of mankind began, and the inerasable border separated two phases of human history: time without Christ, and the eternity with God; Lord God Jesus Christ gave each human being the chance to live forever {John 8:51; 11:25–26; 17:1–3; Ephesians 1:3–14; 2:1–22}.

And I think that atheism and heresies, which spread and multiply daily, and their consequences – corruption, poverty, perversion, evil and failure in all human affairs – clouded for some of us or even made unavailable the adequate perception of the true meaning of Christmas.

The celebration of Christmas is all about God:

 

God – the Almighty Omnipotent Spirit, the Consuming Fire,

Whose presence a human being is not able to see and to live,

the glimpse of Whose tremendous horrifying and incomprehensible power

the people perceived

as the pillar of fire that protected them from their enemies

and as the smoking frightening fire, from within of which the Law was given

{Exodus  13:21–22; 14:24; 19:18; 20:18–19; Deuteronomy 4:1–14, 24, 40; 5:4;

Luke 12:49; John 4:24; 15:16; Hebrews 12:29}

God – the Ancient of days Who rules the universe,

Whose throne the prophet sees as the Fire

and Whose power as the River of Fire

{Daniel 7:9–10}

God the Holy Spirit,

The Most High God,

Whose power

overshadowed the earth – a body of virgin Mary,

who became the blessed Holy Mother of the Son of God

{Luke 1:26–38; 2:8–14}

God – the merciful all–forgiving and loving Father Who gave us His Son*1*,

the Word–God, Redeemer, and Savior,

Who bestowed on those who believe in Him the authority to become the children of God

and to live forever

 {Matthew 16:16–17; Luke 9:35; John 1:12–13}

 

In Christmas, the tremendous incomprehensible power of God is revealed as love of God the Father; by the mercy of God, His people are given perception of Christmas as the most peaceful moment of happiness and joy, without fear and suffering {John 3:16, 35–36; 1 John 4:9–18; Hebrews 12:18–24}.

So, each year, the Christians

 

– celebrate the birth of the Divine Child – Lord God Jesus Christ

Who is the Son of the Most High

and Who became the Son of man

{Matthew 18:11, 14; Luke 1:26–35; 2:8–17; 9:35, 56–58; John 6:69}

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– adore, worship, and glorify Lord God Jesus Christ – the Word–God,

Who is the love, hope, light, salvation, and freedom of men,

Who is the Way, the Truth, and the Life,

Who fulfilled the promise that

man–earth again would see God in the completeness of perfection,

because God would make His dwelling with man

{John 6:45–69; 8:12, 31–36; 9:5; 14:1–26}

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– thank and glorify Almighty God the Father for His mercy and love

{Matthew 18:11-14; John 3:16–18, 35–36; 6:38–40}.

 

Lord Jesus Christ, the Word–God, gave His followers the authority to become children of the Divine Fire – the sparkles of the eternal Light who are to join God the Father, the Father of lights; the Christmas Day is also a celebration of a possibility for every man to become an immortal human child of God {Luke 12:49; John 1:12–14; 3:21;  4:35–36; 6:37–40; 12:44–50; James 1:17–18; Ephesians 1:3–7; 2:4–22; Hebrews 12:29; Revelation 21:3–7; 22:1–5}:

 

Glory in the highest to God!

 

Merry Christmas to all!

 

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*1* see The Creed, page Foundation, in the Folder Foundation.

 

 

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