Sunday's Thoughts
by Alice-Alexandra-Sofia
 

5_June_2013

The Door

The Choice

The True Identity

The Expectations

The Understanding

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 150. Sunday, June 2, 2013

The Door

 

…The Master of the house rises up, and He shuts the door,

and you begin to stand outside and to knock at the door, saying:

Lord, Lord, open to us.

And answering He will say to you, I do not know you. From where are you?

Then, you will begin to say:

we ate and drank before You, and You taught in our streets.

And He will say, I tell you, I do not know you, from where you are.

Stand back from Me, all workers of unrighteousness…

{Luke 13:25–27}

 

 

What is that the one needs to have the door of the Master’s house be opened before him, so, he will be allowed to enter the house?

A human being enters the house of the Creator {Whose attributes revealed to man include perfection – Matthew 5:48, therefore, the Absolute Good} through the works of righteousness {that is through the works that are relevant to the Absolute Good*1*, the words and deeds carried out because of faith, by free will, in love, and with hope: mercy, love, impartiality, justice, and the others mentioned by the Apostles; for instance in: James; 1 Peter; 1 John; Romans 8:1–39; 12:1–21; 13:1–14; 14:13–14; 1 Corinthians 13:1–13; 2 Corinthians 4:1–18; 5:1–11; 6:1–10, 14–18; Galatians 5:13–26}.

If the one rejects righteousness and his days are filled with the works of unrighteousness {e.g., those mentioned in: Romans 1:19–32; Galatians 5:15–21, 26; Revelation 21:8; 22:15}, he will not have place in the house of the Master: after the exit from the earthly phase of life, he will be separated from God and left in the darkness. Even those who ate and drank before the Lord and lived in the cities in the streets of which He taught will be unknown to God, because they are the workers of unrighteousness {in: Luke 13:25–27}.

What does it mean righteousness in the days filled with all types of chores, necessities, pursuit of happiness, career, pleasures, work for the sake of daily bread, sustaining life of family, travels, achievements, disappointments, suffering, sorrows, losses, acquisitions, and myriad of other important and insignificant events which in their totality make the chaos referred to as life

The only example of the true righteousness granted to man by God is His Son, Lord Jesus Christ, the Word–God Who explained God to His creations and gave them the commandments: to imitate perfection and mercy of God and to love each other as God loves {Matthew 5:48; Luke 6:35–36; John 1:1–18; 13:34; 15:12; 17:1–8; 1 John}.

What does it mean not be known by God {as it is in the Gospel’s text, asked: from where are you – Luke 13:25}? Has not God created everything? Is there any hidden from God place in man or in any of God’s creations {in: Psalm 138(139)}?

As it could be inferred from the Holy Scriptures {John 8:51; 14:11–18, 23–26; 15:3–16; 16:7–28}, man “is known” by God when

a/ God gave him knowledge, which he accepted/learned, accomplished – made the actuality, and conveyed to the others

{for instance, as Moses, in: Exodus 33:12–17; Deuteronomy 33:10–12; as Isaiah, in: Isaiah 6:1–10; and Matthew 13:10–17; as the disciples of Lord Jesus Christ, in: Mark 16:15–20; John 17:6–26}

b/ he was tested by God {e.g., Psalm 138(139)}

c/ he was found to be good:

capable of faith

benevolent, inclined to the mercy and love to the others

capable of learning the good lessons of the Holy Teacher

suitable for the works of God, because there is the place for the Word of God in him

 

Therefore, the one who is known by God is the one who believes in God, lives by God, and commits himself to the works of God – the works of charity and love: he is the one who does not sin before God, because he observes the words of God and accomplishes His commandments, so his faith is confirmed by his deeds {e.g., in: James 2:13–26; 1 John 3:4–18; 4:7–16; 5:1–4, 10–12}.

The one who is known by God is the one who loves God: he is loved by God and he has dwelling with God. To love God is to accomplish His commandments {John 14:23; 1 John 2:3–5; 5:3}.

And what about those who do not have knowledge of God, who live without desire to know Him, and who have committed sins and crimes against the others?

God is the Almighty All–forgiving and Perfect Love: with Him, because of Him, and through Him, all is possible, even salvation of the most corrupted sinners, if they want to obtain forgiveness and life {John 3:16–21; 6:35–40; 11:25–26}.

When God comes into the soul–heart–mind of man creating His Own eternal indestructible temple {Luke 18:26–27; John 14:23} from the piece of temporal disintegrating clay*2*, His presence annihilates the evil, and sin is no more.

And I think

if for the Christian, the Door, through Whom the one enters the kingdom of God, is Lord Jesus Christ, the Word–God

{John 10:7–30; 14:6},

what then, does it mean: the door into the Kingdom of God that can be shut before those who have to be left outside,

because God has not known them

{Luke 13:25–27}?

 

As it could be inferred from the Holy Scriptures, the door into the Kingdom, which is within man {Luke 17:20–21}, is the ability to perceive the words of God {in: Isaiah 6:9–10; John 12:35–50}, the ability of human heart–mind to become the place for the Word–God:

 

to learn the good

to comprehend own imperfection and illness

(as the consequences of the works of the evil done in the past)

to reject the evil

to implore God to heal from the evil – the illness of soul–heart–mind

to do the works of the good

to receive the knowledge of the only One True God

and Lord Jesus Christ Whom He has sent to save the world

to become the righteous one:

the one steadfastly following the Good Shepherd and Teacher and Savior –

Lord God Jesus Christ –

in the way into the eternity

{Matthew 7:12–27; 23:8–12; Luke 18:1–43;

John 3:16–17; 4:5–42; 6:44–58; 8:31–47; 10:7–30; 13:13–17; 14:1–27; 17:3}.

 

Hence, the words of God in Luke 13:25–27 convey the warning that at some point of life, when the works of evil have consumed everything good within the human heart–mind, the moment of the last judgment within this world comes, when the one loses the ability to perceive the Light because he transformed himself into the one who is not of God {John 3:16–21; 8:47}: he has incarcerated himself within the darkness of evil and ignorance, from which is the only exit – into the eternal darkness…

 

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Notes:

 

*1* At this site, the different aspects of the Absolute Good are mentioned in the following postings:

Folder Archive_2008_2009:

Wisdom, esp. Notes 1, 4, – Page 1_2008

The Completion – Page 4_2008–2009

The Evolution of Fear – Page 5_2009

 

Folder Archvive_2010:

The Place of Rest and The Breath of Life – Page 1_January_March_2010

The Absolute Power – Page 4_September_2010

 

Folder Archvive_2011:

The Name of God – Page 2_April_May_2011

The Authority to Survive – Page 3_June_July_2011

The Defense – Page 4_August_2011

The Last Warning and The Greatest Gift – Page 5_September_October_2011

 

Folder Archvive_2012:

The Most Needed Things: Mercy – Page 1_January_2012

The Different Vision – Page 3_March_2012

The Perception and The Thirst – Page 4_April_2012

The Vineyard and The Lessons of the Vineyard – Page 5_May_June_2012

The Excellence and The Virtue and Survival – Page 6_July_2012

The Ultimate Knowledge and The Ultimate Purpose – Page 7_August_September_2012

The Law and the Future and The Repentance – Page 8_October_2012

The Gift of Completion, The Time of Destruction, and The Fullness – Page 9_November_December_2012

 

Folder 2013:

The Nature of Knowledge and The Methods of Learning – Page 1_January_February_2013

The Abundant Good and The Focus – Page 2_March 2013

The Shift, The Creation and Renewal, and The Light – Page 3_April_2013

The Precious Stone – Page 4_May_2013

 

and

 

Folder Systems:  Introduction to the Philosophy of the Absolute Good – Page_1

 

*2* See posting The Precious Stone – Folder 2013, Page 4_May_2013.

 

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151. Sunday, June 9, 2013

The Choice 

 

…because thou did not serve the Lord thy God

with gladness and with loving mind, in abundance of all things…

thou shall serve thine enemies, which the Lord will send forth against thee,

in hunger, and in thirst, and in nakedness, and in the want of all things…

{Deuteronomy 28:47–48}

 

 

Moses offered his tribesmen the choice between two possible futures {Deuteronomy 26:16–19; 28; 29; 30}:

 

either

to serve the Lord their God, Who delivered them from the Egyptian slavery,

in gladness, with loving mind

{αγαθη διανοιαDeuteronomy 28:47; αγαθη – good, virtuous, loving;

διανοια – faculty of reasoning, understanding, thought, intelligence/reasoning, thinking, mind},

in abundance of everything

or

to serve the enemies, which God will send to enslave and to destroy them,

in suffering, affliction, and humiliation.

 

These two futures are the consequences of the choice:

either

to listen to the voice of God, to observe His commandments,

and therefore, to accomplish His will – to serve Him

in this case, the people of God receive all blessings of the Creator –

prosperity, abundance of all, health, strengths, invincibility, and all other things that belong to the reality of evolution,

plus honor and glory (to be above all nations)

or

do not listen to the voice of God, do not observe His commandments,

and therefore, to rebel against His law and His will

in this case, all “curses” mentioned by Moses will fall on the disobedient ones –

the apostates who rejected true God, followed false gods/idols, did not keep commandments of God,

and therefore, did not observe His law, and did not accomplish His will;

the people will become slaves of their enemies and serve their masters in need of all things, affliction, and humiliation.

 

Although Moses spoke to his tribesmen, he described two general patterns {in: Deuteronomy 26:16–19; 28; 29; 30}, which explain the entire human history: evolution and degeneration. With time, evolution shifted into the personal possession, yet, the degeneration and collapse became the common way and essence of human establishments. One by one the mighty empires emerged, rose, and collapsed under “the wrath of God.” They pursued power, domination, and enrichment, relied onto human strengths, mighty armies, and weapons, yet, inevitably, their καιρος*1* came and they collapsed burying under their ruins countless multitudes of living beings.

And I think that it should be one common cause of ruin.

During entire history of mankind, in different times, different kinds of human establishments (e.g., tribes, states, empires, civilizations) had different

 

resources

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levels of complexity (starting with knowledge of the nature of life and the world which accommodated their existence)

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idols (deified beasts, deified men, deified establishment – state, political party, deified ideas, etc.)

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religious, philosophical, political, and social systems.

 

They committed different crimes against God and against the others, and they found different ways of ruining themselves.

However, the pattern is the same for the entire observable history of mankind:

 

contravention of the law of God inevitably initiates perversion

perversion initiates degeneration

degeneration initiates collapse and culminates in destruction.

 

So, the consequences – collapse, human misery, suffering, and death – are the same; therefore,

a/ the root, or the core (or the main code), from which the collapsed empires, civilizations, and other establishments sprung, should be the same

b/ the cause or the reason for common end (collapse–ruin) should be sought in the root

c/ the factor/driver/possibility of failure/phenomenon/whatever else, which makes possible the collapse–ruin should be common for all times and for all political, social, and other establishments.

So, what is this common/constant factor/driver/triggering event/phenomenon that

 

a/ makes collapse possible

b/ initiates the collapse

c/ makes the collapse irreversible?

 

There is only one constant factor that defines destiny of all human establishments in all times, in all circumstances, and in all settings: the human mind – as the creator, as the maintaining force, and as the destroyer.

How then, the violations of the law of God are transformed into ruin of His creations, or what should happen with the human mind that would transform the creator into the destroyer of own establishments?

In His mercy and love, as the loving Father Who forewarns a child concerning the threats and dangers in his possible paths, God always gives the knowledge of the consequences and reasons of the wrong choice, which would have deadly consequences. Our God is the God of knowledge and wisdom {1 Kings 2:2–3; Proverbs 2:6; 8:22–36; John 1:1–3}, so His creations always have freedom of choice: either to accept knowledge of truth leading into the everlasting life or to consume figments of corrupted imagination (e.g., idol–worship) and become similar to their  idols – pieces of the structured matter deprived of faculty deliberation and abilities of perception {in: Psalm 113(114):4–8; Isaiah 59:9–10}.

Starting with Adam and Eve, then, through Moses, then, through the prophets of the Old testament, and ultimately, through His Son – the Word–God Who is the Holy Wisdom and through Whom God creates everything – always, the knowledge and the warnings are given to those who want to listen {e.g., in: Genesis 2:16–17; Deuteronomy 26; 27; 28; 29; 30; 1 Kings 8:4–22; Isaiah 6:9–11; John 12:35–50}.

Therefore, the reasons of survival and collapse should be in the disposition of the human mind – precisely, possession of the abilities of

 

perception of truth

discriminating between the good and the evil

foreseeing the possible futures as the consequences of choices, words, and actions –

of own as well as of the others.

 

The Holy Scriptures reveal the primary cause and the consequences of the choice to reject God and then, to disregard the law of God {e.g., in: Deuteronomy 28:28–48; Isaiah 29:13–16; 30:9–14; Romans 1:28–32}. This effect or the main plague/curse that falls upon the apostate for rejection of God and His law is a particular mental state described as the one’s inability to perceive – to see, to hear, and to comprehend, while the one possesses eyes, ears, and mind. Moses defines this state as the state to be smitten with insanity, blindness, and displacement or bewilderment (confusion) of the mind {εκστασει διανοιαςDeuteronomy 28:28}. The one with such a mind shall grope in the midday as the blind one gropes in the darkness; he shall not prosper in his ways; he shall be treated unjustly, plundered, and there will be no one to help. While the others shall eat out his wealth, and deprive him of everything, the smitten one shall be distracted with visions (sights, signs, illusions – as figments of imagination), therefore he will not be able to perceive the actuality and evaluate his own condition rightly.

With time, the Moses’ forewarning {Deuteronomy 28:28–29} became the reality {e.g., Isaiah 59:1–15; Jeremiah 23:11–19, 29–32; Ezekiel 22:23–31; Malachi 2:7–11; Matthew 23:1–38; Luke 11:29–52}, which culminated in the ultimate rejection of the Lord {John 11:41–53; 12:10–11, 17–19, 37–43; 19:12–22}.

The rejection of God deprives the human mind of the Source of its existence – of God. Only the power of God sustains life of the human mind, maintains its health (firstly, an ability to discriminate between the good and the evil, then, abilities of adequate perception, correct evaluation, and comprehension of the actuality), and protects it from mental disorders (e.g., such as belief in visions and signs, confusion, ability to accept figments of imagination/false/lies as the actuality/truth, insanity). The very fact rejection of God initiates the state, which Moses defines as insanity, blindness, and displacement or bewilderment (confusion) of the mind {Deuteronomy 28:28}. Only in such state – the state of confusion and displacement, when the mind loses orientation, because it has lost the ability to discriminate between the good and the evil and therefore, entered the state of spiritual darkness, in which it is unable to perceive the Light of God {John 1:1–11; 3:16–21; 9:4–5; 12:35–41}, the violations of the law of God are possible.

However, the ones, who have accepted the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, the Word–God, and decided to follow Him by observing His words and keeping His commandments, are protected from the mental plague, of which Moses warned: they are granted the authority to become the children of God and the power of God protects them from the evil. With the faith in Lord Jesus Christ and through love to Him (that is through accomplishment of His commandments), they receive the peace of God – the state of knowing God and dwelling in Him {John 1:1–13; 14:1–28; 15:1–12; 17:21–26}. This state*2* is the consequence of the choice made freely, in the depth of the soul–heart–mind where the Door into the Kingdom of God {John 10:1–30} is.

 

 

 

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Notes:

 

*1* Concerning καιρος, see postings: The Completion, Folder Archive_2008–2009, Page_4_2008–2009, and Pattern #5, Folder Patterns & Questions, Page 3.

 

*2* See postings:

 

Folder 2013:

The Great Calm, and The Precious Stone – Page 4_May_2013

The Door – Page 5_June_2013;

The Focus –Page 2_March_2013

 

Folder Archive_2012:

The Vineyard and The Lessons of the Vineyard – Page 5_May_June_2012

 

Folder Archive_2011:

The Authority to Survive – Page 3_June_July_2011

 

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 152. Sunday, June 16, 2013

The True Identity 

 

…Many will say Me in that day:

Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your Name,

and in Your Name cast demons,

and in Your Name did many works of power?

And then, I will declare them:

I never knew you; depart from Me those working lawlessness!…

{Matthew 7:22–23}

 

 

Lord God Jesus Christ speaks of the true identity of those who will be before Him in the Judgment Day {Matthew 7:21–23}. Many will come and say Him: Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your Name, and in Your Name cast demons, and in Your Name did the many works of power? Yet, He will declare them that He never knew them. So, they who worked lawlessness have to depart from Him. Only those who do the will of the Heavenly Father will enter His Kingdom, the Kingdom of Heaven.

Other texts of the Gospels convey the Lord’s warning for His followers: See that you will not be misled. For many will come in My Name, saying “I am the Christ,” and they will cause many to err. The false prophets will come in sheep’s clothing, yet, within they are ravenous wolves {Matthew 7:15; 24:4–5; Mark 13:5–6; Luke 21:8}.

These texts forewarn of a possibility of false identity; for instance,

1/ the ones who cover their deeds and dealings with the others by the Name of the Lord and claim that His power and His Name enable them to do signs and wonders: in fact, they are the misleading liars who cause many to err. Although they dare to prophesy in the Name of God and even show appearance of the works of power and cast demons, they are the lawless ones who are not known by God and who come to ruin the many

2/ the ones who claim to be the Christ, who portray themselves as the appointed by God mediators between God and His creation: in fact, they are not sent by God, and they are not known by God; they are the servants of the arch–evil and they lead many astray.  

How then, the followers of God can determine the true identity of those who present themselves as the ones empowered by God, as the ones who are enabled to lead the people, especially, if they talk about the Gospels and mention the Name of the Lord?

The key to the safety is in words of God {Matthew 7:15–20; 12:33–35; Luke 6:43–49}: the one should recognize the true essence of the others through their deeds, as the essence of a tree is recognized by its fruits. It means that to speak using the wordings of the Holy Scriptures, to claim that the one acts by authority bestowed on him by God, and to portray himself as the follower, embodiment, vicar, substitute of Christ is not enough. If the one is a Christian, he does the works of Christ. These works are

faith in Lord Jesus Christ

confirmed by the deeds

observance of His commandments:

imitation of the perfection and mercy of God the Father

and love to each other, which imitates love of Lord Jesus Christ

completion of the perfect love in God:

 in wisdom granted by the Holy Spirit,

in sanctification by the Truth,

and by the deeds of charity, love, and mercy inspired by the excellence of God*1*  

victory over the world of the evil, the world which

rejected the Word–God,

incessantly rebels against God by following the evil,

condemns, persecutes and kills the followers of Christ

{Matthew 5:33–48; Luke 6:27–49;

John 1:12–13, 16–17; 3:16–21; 6:28–29; 13:34–35; 14:6–27; 16:27–33; 17:2–26;

1 John 3:16–18; 4:7–21; 5:1–12}.

 

Consequently, before acceptance of any statement of any man as truth and before the decision to follow any one who claims to lead to God, the one should think and compare the words and deeds of the pretender with the only criterion: teachings of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. When St. James the Apostle writes of the mirror into which the one listening to the words of God looks {James 1:22–26}, he provides the model of judgment for the followers of Christ:

 

listen to His words and compare everything with them

look into His life, into His deeds

make Him the only model, the only example, the only design,

and the only criterion of evaluation for all own judgments, words, and deeds.

 

For the Christian, the words and deeds of Lord Jesus Christ are

a/ the only foundation on which the Christian builds own life and evaluate the others

b/ the main criterion of judgment, the touchstone of the true identity by which the Christian’s mind operates

c/ the manifestations of the Consuming Fire {Isaiah 1:25; 10:17; Malachi 3:1–3; Hebrew 12:29}, in which uncleanness, lies, and lawlessness of the others, as well as deadly poison of heresies, vanish without trace and without infliction of any harm onto the Christian, although he is exposed to the evil in each moment of existence within the world controlled by the evil.

The words of God {in: Matthew; Mark; Luke; John} carry not only warning; they convey knowledge of His eternal spiritual Kingdom as much as man illuminated by the Light of God is enabled to comprehend within the temporal dissipating world of the material things. The words of God delineate the Realm of the Absolute Good – the perfect love of God, which the soul–heart–mind of the one who desires to become the child of God should accept as the very own life. The one enters this eternal Realm through the only Door – Lord Jesus Christ, and only if he observes the commandments of God, if he loves the others as God loves, if he is taught by the Holy Spirit and is enabled to comprehend the knowledge of God {John 1:1–18; 3:3–21; 10:7–30; 13:34–35; 14:6–27; 15:9–10, 17, 26; 16:7–15, 27; 17:2–8}.

In summary, the essence of human evolution is transformation/re–creation of a creature of dust/clay*2* into the child of God born of God: a human being evolves into the child of God

 

through embodiment of the will of God – His words and commandments –

into the actuality of own existence: thoughts, words, and deeds

by love to God and to the others

with the knowledge given by the Holy Spirit as it was promised by Lord Jesus Christ.

 

Lord Jesus Christ, the Word–God, is the only Truth that sanctifies the mind of man for the knowledge of God, the only Path leading to God the Father, and the only Door through which the one enters the Kingdom in Heaven {John 10:7–30; 14:1–6; 17:3}. Only if the Word–God becomes the στερεωμα*3* of His creation transforming him into the living temple of the Living God, he receives the authority to become the child of God and after that, to enter the everlasting life in the presence of God. Then, even if the mortal body has to pass through a thousand of deaths, spiritual ruin is not possible: the ruin {as the ruin of the house built without the proper foundation – Matthew 7:24–27; Luke 6:47–49} does not belong to the Kingdom of God.

And I think, if the one reads the Gospels and accepts the Word–God as the true Light for all his paths, as the Absolute Truth with which everything has to be examined and evaluated and proved before acceptance as true knowledge, as the guide for the earthly life and as the guide into the eternity, would the one ever inflict onto the others suffering, misery, and humiliation?  

Would the one ever work lawlessness, kill, deceive, or betray the others?

Would the one ever transform himself into the offspring of the arch–evil – into the poisonous creature, the offspring of viper, who knows only evil of the father of lies that is the killer of man from the beginning {in: Matthew 23:1–35; John 8:42–44}, and who does the works of the evil – the works of lawlessness – pouring out his deadly poison onto the others {in: Isaiah 59:38}?

The root of all current problems, crises, calamities, crimes, and inhumanity of the contemporary societies is ignorance of the knowledge of God. Furthermore, only ignorance of the words of God makes possible the false identity, when people trust to false prophets, liars, and criminals and accept them as teachers, priests, social and political leaders.

The key to true identity of the one is in his words and deeds; this warning of God should never be forgotten if the one desires to live through the eternity in the presence of God.

 

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Notes:

 

*1* See posting The Excellence – Folder Archive_2012, Page 6_July_2012

 

*2* See postings in Folder 2013:  The Nature of Knowledge –Page 1_January_February_2013, and The Precious Stone – Page 4_May_2013

 

*3* See posting The Door – Folder 2013, Page 5_June_2013

 

Concerning στερεωμα, or the firmament, it might be said that, in general, στερεωμα is the framework or foundation for the set of energy fields made for transformations of the divine energy into a particular structured matter – the components of the world that accommodates existence of mankind (e.g., water of the sea, dust of the land).  Στερεωμα of this world might be envisioned as a particular manifestation of the universal order/arrangement/code that sustains/defines/creates divisions among the energy fields allotted for the cycles of energy transformations, which result in creation–functioning–disintegration of the perceivable structures of the matter at different levels of complexity. Life of the particular beings – inhabitants of the world composed with the structures of the matter – is possible only “under the Heaven” {in: Genesis 1:1–10}: within a particular στερεωμα that sustains the fixed arrangement of the energy fields. These energy fields control existence of the material structures (e.g., living creatures) within the particular limits, which humans measure with such parameters, for instance, as pressure, temperature, light, darkness, radiation, and so on (see the Pattern #11, Folder Systems, Page_4).

Likewise, the eternal life in the Realm of God Who is the Spirit {John 4:24} is possible only if the Word–God becomes the στερεωμα, within which, by the power of God and because of the will of God, a human being is transformed/re–created into the immortal child of God, the certain firstfruit of creations made in likeness of the Word–God – the Word of Truth {James 1:18; 1 John 3:1–2; Colossians 1:12–22}, the one who lives by the Holy Spirit and who is enabled to withstand the eternity in the presence of God {while the Old Testament’s human being is not able to see God and live – Exodus 33:18–20}.

Therefore, when the Old Testament’s prophet tells that God is his στερεωμα {Αγαπησω Σε, Κυριε ισχυς μου. Κυριος στερεωμα μου, και καταφυγη μου, και Ρυστης μου {I love Thee, O Lord, my strength. The Lord is my firmament, and my refuge, and my Deliverer – Psalm 17(18):1–2}, he conveys knowledge revealed by the Holy Spirit {John 5:39; 2 Peter 1:19–21}:  man will live by God, because of God, and in God {John 5:39–47; 6:45–58; 10:11–18, 27–30; 17:21–26}.

 

See also postings in Folder Archive_2012:

The Foreknowledge and The Plundered People – Page 2_February_2012,

The Future – Page 3_March_2012,

The Perception and The Trust – Page 4_April 2012

Note 4 to The Lessons of the Vineyard: Slavery and Freedom – Page 5_May–June_2012

 

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  153. Sunday, June 23, 2013

The Expectations 

 

…when I waited for the good things,

days of evil came the more upon me…

{Job 30:26}

 

 

The one who read the Septuagint – the books of Moses and other prophets of the Old Testament that are the framework for the Christian teachings {John 5:39–47} – knows the story of Job {IωβJob}. Job was righteous and rich man devoted to God. However, his devotion and faith were rigorously tested: Job had to come through the losses, disease, humiliation, and suffering, which would break stamina of the many. Yet, during all his trials, Job’s attitude toward God and his faith did not change. Job became the example for those who struggle with difficulties, stresses, and affliction, and who have to pass through diseases, to suffer losses and injustice, which they did not expect, behind which they do not see any cause, and which they – according to their judgment – do not deserve.

However, there is something else behind the surface. The Book of Job conveys the outlook of the generations, for which the memory of the lost Paradise was the actuality and who carried the remnants of knowledge that was in a possession of men before the Flood and remained with them after the Babylon confusion {in: Genesis 6:9–22; 11:1–9}; it conveys the philosophy of those exiled ones for whom God, still, is everything of man and godliness is the highest wisdom. It conveys the knowledge of those who searched the ends of the earth to find the way back, into the Kingdom of the Creator.

After bitter complains and before expressing the summary of his ruined expectations, Job describes seemingly unconnected realms {Job 28:1–28}. There is a place for silver, and a place for the gold where it is refined, they are bound to darkness: a stone darkness, and the shadow of death. Then, there is the earth of the living ones, out of which bread shall come: under it has been turned up as it were fire; its stones are the place of sapphire, and its dust – the gold of man. Then, Job speaks of the Wisdom of God that has no place on the earth, and that has no equivalent to the treasures of the earth: It is above of everything and It exceeds all. It is hidden: the mortal has not known the ways of Wisdom; yet, death and destruction have heard of Its existence*1*. God created the ways of His Wisdom and He knows Its place. God surveys all that He made; He instructed man that the godliness is wisdom of man and to abstain from the evil is understanding.

Therefore, within the realm that has no place for Wisdom from Above, the highest wisdom of man is rejection of the deeds of the evil. If to be wise means to reject the evil, the one has

a/ to face the evil

b/ to be able to identify the evil, even under the mask of righteousness

c/ steadfastly keep himself separated from the evil, so, it would not poison the heart and the mind and silence the conscience.

Consequently,  the purpose of the trial and tests, which inevitably run upon everyone who decides to follow God and to keep His commandments, might be seen as development of the abilities

1/ to identify the evil within everything that the one encounters

2/ to resist “temptations,”  that is to keep himself separated from the evil in spite of advantages, privileges, wealth, and other material things that might be obtained at the service to the evil ones

3/ to accomplish own purposes in spite of hostility of the opponents and other challenges that the one is empowered to overcome

4/ to keep within, in his heart–mind, the peace of God in spite all storms, calamities, and trials of the outer world*2* .

The difficulties, which the one encounters during development of these abilities, indeed can be compared with the process of refining the gold, because they enhance an ability to discriminate between the good and the evil, increase the power to overcome difficulties, eliminate weaknesses, build up the steadfast will, and ultimately, define the true value of man. Christianity was established on the love and obedience of the Son of God Who became the Redeemer of the world {Mark 14:32–36; John 3:16–17; 4:34; 10:17–18; 13:34–35; 18:10–11}; it spread and grew up on the blood of the martyrs for Christ – the human beings who preferred death for God to life without Him. St. Peter the Apostle writes of the “fiery trial” that the Christians encounter for the sake of Christ: although they are reviled in the name of Christ, they are blessed, because the Spirit of God rests upon them {2 Peter 4:12–19}.

The last book of the Septuagint written by Malachi the prophet conveys the forewarning {Malachi 3:1–3}: the Lord shall suddenly come into His temple. He is coming in as the Fire: He shell melt and purify His servants as gold and silver is melted and purified from the admixture and impurities, so they shall serve Him in righteousness.

Then, the Lord says that He came to cast the Fire into the earth. This Fire is the Holy Spirit issuing from God the Father and coming into those who are purified and sanctified by the Lord Jesus Christ. Man is the earth, the clay – mixture of dust with life–supporting water, which God transforms into a certain firstfruit of a new creation born by the Word of Truth: His child created into the likeness of the Word–God {Luke 12:49; John 1:1–13; 3:5–6; 4:24; 9:1–7; 10:30; 14:6–26; 15:1–3; 17:17–19; Acts 2:1–4; James 1:18; 1 John 3:1–3; Genesis 1:1–2; Deuteronomy 4:24; Isaiah 45:8–12; 64:8–9; Malachi 3:1–3}.

Then, St. James and St. Peter the Apostles advise the followers of Christ about patience: in various temptations and manifold trials, faith and patience work perfection and bring salvation through Lord Jesus Christ, the Word–God, foreknown before the foundation of the world and revealed in the ending times {James 1:2–12; 1 Peter 1:3–25}.

St. Paul the Apostle writes of the followers of Christ as of the ones chosen from the beginning to be adopted sons through the Lord Jesus Christ in Whom is completeness and perfection of all and in all. The Apostle re–focuses*3* the suffering ones from the temporal perceivable things (earthly matters, material things) into the unseen, yet eternal realm: he reminds us that everything is done for the sake of man, that suffering in short–term temporal earthly life will bring the eternal glory. The Christians are the co–workers of God {Θεου γαρ εσμεν συνεργοι1 Corinthians 3:9}, the field of God, and the building of God, so everything done and created by man will be tried by the Fire: this Fire will annihilate all that is not built on the only true foundation – Jesus Christ, the Word–God {Ephesians 1:2–23; 2 Corinthians 5:14–18; 1 Corinthians 3:9–15}.

St. John the Apostle {1 John 5:1–12; Revelation 21:6–7} defines the one born of God as the one

 

who believes that Jesus is the Christ

who loves Him

who keeps His commandments.

 

The one who is born of God overcomes the world of the evil and receives the everlasting life; he shall receive the inheritance of the son of God.

Therefore, the Job’s words concerning the stone darkness and the shadow of death, where silver and gold are refined, the place of death and destruction {Job 28:3, 22}, refer to the world living by the evil, the world that has been overcome by Lord Jesus Christ, the setting within which the true followers of Christ are tested and refined by trials and suffering as the silver and gold are refined to reveal their beauty and true value.

And I think of the interconnections among tests, trials, and expectations of men who live in the contemporary societies, which

 

have the institutions based on the philosophical doctrines of Aristotle and his followers –

the doctrines that reject the Absolute Good as irrelevant to the daily life

foster ethics–free sciences

operate and control human beings as if they are political/social animals,

in the same fashion as the owners control the herd of animals

and slave–masters manipulate the mob of slaves.

 

According to the Holy Scriptures, a human being, who decides to follow the Christ, is tested within this world to reveal his true value. The inner essence of a follower of the Lord is evaluated by the steadfast faith, love of God, devotion to the Absolute Good, and abilities to imitate the perfection, mercy, and love of God. Only when a human being encounters difficulties, has to deal with betrayal and evil of the others, has to come through personal losses and suffering, his inner essence reveals itself through his words and deeds.

If so, for a Christian, it is not logical to keep expectations of things, which are valued by the material world, e.g., such as glory of man, and other commonly desirable things.

The contemporary godless societies do everything that is in their power to separate man from God, to deprive the mind from true knowledge of God (while the very meaning of humanity is in knowledge of God, and while evolution of man*4* is possible only because of knowledge of God), to corrupt and pervert the human nature and nature of other living beings, to pollute and contaminate the entire planet. They accomplish their task of comprehensive corruption through social, political, and religious establishments based on the heathen philosophy and false beliefs: anything that comes from them serves the evil.

If so, what then, a human being can expect within the settings, in which there is no humanity?

For instance,

if, starting with kindergarten, people are exposed to bullying and sexual abuse

if they learn how to fornicate before they learn what is the meaning of human and, especially, woman’s virtue

if they are taught how to inform against their counterparts,

how to betray (for instance, how to become those identified as “whistleblowers”) those who feed them

if they are encouraged to disregard the needs of parents and those who take care of them

if their education how to become a valuable member of the society

begins with the violent games, through which they learn how to kill and hurt living beings,

and is completed with movies and entertainment,

through which they discover how to violate all commandments of God

if they do not have any sacred and pure belief in their heart –

what such creatures can do to the others?

 

From another side, if a child, who has been brought up by a Christian family and learnt the meaning of righteousness, enters the godless society that consists from the people who reject natural human values and disregard virtue as fantasy of old generations, what such a child can expect but abuse, humiliation, betrayal, suffering, and persecution?

Then, what those who made the godless societies and who are their product and part, can expect for themselves but suffering, destruction, and other evils similar to those that they inflict onto the others? Their misery can be complete, if they realize that their expectations are connected with the temporal world of material things and they will vanish with their exit from this world…

 

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Notes:

 

*1* Η απωλεια και ο θανατος ειπαν, ακηκοαμεν δε αυτης το κλεος  –   Job 28:22.

 

*2* See posting The Great Calm – Folder 2013, Page 4_May_2013

 

*3*  See postings in Folder 2013:

The FocusPage 2_March_2013

The Creation and the Renewal – Page 3_April_2013

The Precious Stone – Page 4_May_2013

The Choice – Page 5_June_2013

 

*4* See postings: The Nature of Knowledge, The Starting Point, The Methods of Learning, and The First Word of Human Wisdom – Folder 2013, Page 1_January_February_2013

 

 

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154. Sunday, June 30, 2013

The Understanding 

 

…the lawless ones shall stay lawless,

and none of the lawless ones shall understand, but the wise shall understand…

{Daniel 12:10}

 

 

The Holy Scriptures indicate the connection of lawlessness (violation of commandments of God) with an inability to comprehend {e.g., in: Deuteronomy 28:28–29; Isaiah 29:13–15; 59:7–15; Jeremiah 28:17–18}: the lawless one has a particular mental state referred to as the inability to perceive – his mind is turned aside from understanding. While the lawless one possesses eyes, ears, and brain (that is while he has normal sensual perception – he can see the colors, discern the light and darkness, hear sounds, and his awareness of the environment can be detected through his apparently coherent words and behavior), he lost understanding as the unity of abilities

 

to perceive -→ to infer - to comprehend

the indicators that allow

deciphering the true meaning of the events

and comprehension of the laws, which are behind the observed events

and which control the course and the state of affairs

↓   ↑

to discern the pointers,

to which the Lord refers to {in: Luke 12:54–57} as to σημεια των καιρων

the signs of times *1*.

 

In the beginning of human civilization (that is when God granted His law – The Ten Commandments – to the chosen people), Moses forewarned his tribesmen that the one who disobeys God and violates His commandments shall be smitten with insanity, blindness, and displacement or bewilderment (confusion) of the mind {εκστασει διανοιαςDeuteronomy 28:28}. The one with such a mind shall grope in the midday as the blind one gropes in the darkness; he shall not prosper in his ways; he shall be treated unjustly, plundered, and there will be no one to help. While the others eat out his wealth, and deprive him of everything, the lawless one shall be distracted with visions (sights, signs, illusions, figments of imagination), therefore he would not be able to perceive the actuality and evaluate own condition rightly.

Also, Isaiah the prophet speaks of the ones whose heart is far from God: they worship the Lord by teaching commandments of men; therefore, their wisdom will be destroyed and understanding hidden {Isaiah 29:13–14}.

So, violations of the law of God and improper worship {by appearance, not by heart, and not in spirit and truth – John 4:24; 14:6, and by substitution of commandments of men*2* for the commandments of God – Matthew 15:7–9; Mark 7:6–13} initiate the state, which Moses defines as insanity, blindness, and displacement or bewilderment (confusion) of the mind {Deuteronomy 28:28}.

In the state of confusion and displacement, the mind looses the ability to discriminate between the good and the evil; consequently, it has nor foundation, nor focus, nor orientation. It enters the state of spiritual darkness, in which it is unable to perceive the Light of God {John 1:1–11; 3:16–21; 9:4–5; 12:35–41}.

In the state of bewilderment, confusion, and spiritual darkness, which originates susceptibility to false knowledge, violations of the law of God become the daily reality, the way of the mind’s existence.

What then, happens with the mind that rejected God: why it enters the state of displacement or bewilderment, becomes incapable of normal perception, and consequently, has no sound reasoning?

The choice*3* to reject God deprives the human mind of the Source of its existence – of God: the power of God sustains life of the human mind, maintains its health (firstly, an ability to discriminate between the good and the evil, then, abilities of adequate perception, correct evaluation, and comprehension of the actuality), and protects it from mental disorders (e.g., such as confusion, impaired judgment, firstly, as an ability to accept figments of imagination/false/lies as the actuality/truth, and belief in visions and signs).

Whatever assumptions and assertions and “discoveries” the atheist–Marxist–Darwinist/ethics–free sciences offer, the truth is that a human being is a creation of God: the living wholeness/being that at different levels of consideration might be defined as the unity of

 

soul–heart/mind–body (theology)

spirit–intelligence–matter (philosophy)

energy–information–structured matter (perceptible – material or physical – world).

 

A human being, as a living wholeness of the spirit–intelligence–matter, is empowered to exist and to accomplish the purposes of existence only within the unity of particular interrelated settings that accommodate life at three levels of complexity:

 

the spirit – that is the breath of God, the energy entity

created by the Almighty Omnipotent Spirit/Power of God

the intelligence – the life of human reason/mind initiated by the spirit and consummated

within the framework of knowledge given by the Word–God,

through the Word–God,

and for actualization of the will of God carried by the Word–God/Λογος/Αγια Σοφια

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the matter – the temporal dissipating structures

created by the Almighty Omnipotent Spirit/Power of God

through the Universal Law/Λογος – the Word–God, the Holy Wisdom of God,

for accomplishment of the will/purposes of One God

Who is the Source of Almighty Omnipotent Spirit/Power of God and

the Universal Law/Holy Wisdom/Λογος – the Word–God

{Genesis 1:1–2, 26–27; 2:7; Psalm 103(104):30; Proverbs 9:12–36;

John 1:1–18; 4:34; 6:38–40, 44–47; 14:16–26; 15:26; 16:7–15; 17:1–26; 1 John 5:5–7}.

 

Although the Lord revealed {John 14:2; Daniel 7:9–10} that the Oικια – house or kingdom – of God has many dwellings, therefore, it should be the multitudes of manifestations of life created by One God Who is explained by Lord Jesus Christ as the Unity of Will, Power, and Law/Wisdom: the Holy Trinity – God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit {John 1:1–4, 18; 6:62–69; 8:16–19, 25–29; 10:29–30; 14:6–17, 26; 15:26; 17:1–26; 1 John 1:1–3; 4:12–17; 5:5–7}, for a human being

– the only realm is opened to accomplish the purposes of existence – the earth

– knowledge of the Future in another  realm – the Kingdom of God {Gospels; Revelation} – is given as the guidance for the successful passage through the earthly life

– the knowledge of the Past {Genesis} is given as an explanation why a human being created in image and after likeness of the Almighty God the Spirit had to wear the garments of skin and to evolve within the temporal settings (time–space–complexity), from which the only exit is through the threshold of death as disintegration of the unity of spirit–intelligence–matter or soul–mind–body with release of the energy/spirit/soul {Psalm 145(146):4; Ecclesiastes 12:7}.

Consequently, if a human being rejects God the Creator, and with God, rejects existence of own life–bearing essence – the spirit given by God, it has nowhere to go, it has no rational explanation of the meaning and reason of own existence: it cuts itself from the earth of the living and accepts the actuality of disintegrating matter as the only life.

When the mind rejects God, it loses στερεωμα*4* that sustains the setting/framework of knowledge, in which the mind is enabled to actualize its nature (creation of knowledge).

The mind, which rejected God, undergoes the process similar to disintegration of the soil under the devastating earthquake, when the released energy destroys the cohesive power, which sustains material structures, and transforms the soil into liquefied dead mass incapable of structurization and therefore, unable to sustain life. Similarly, the mind’s core knowledge–creating structures disintegrate making it incapable of creating wholenesses/systems (thoughts, concepts, which  reflect the laws that control the mankind universe), and therefore, unable to sustain the sound reasoning.

For such a human being, the only remedy exists: to turn to God; only then, the soul–heart–mind will be healed {Isaiah 6:10; Ezekiel 18:21–32} and will become capable of the sound reasoning – wisdom.

And I think, what could be done for the one who realized that there is something he lost or even never had and that this something is the key to another life, another vision, and another – advanced, at different levels of complexity – comprehension? What would happen with the one who has realized own imperfection or the imperfection of the settings (e.g., society, political, religious, and other establishments/systems), which accommodate his existence, and began to seek the exit from the realm, where imperfection and evil are the norms, into the realm in which imperfection and evil do not exist?

How the one, who has neither seen God nor perceived His invisible presence, can find the road to God?

The Holy Scriptures lead to understanding of God, they teach to recognize the actual essence of apparent visible features and to comprehend the law – the will of God – behind the chains of the events. With knowledge conveyed through the prophets and apostles of God, the mind learns

 

to discern the evil in the words and deeds of those who speak of peace and common good,

yet who incites violence, unrest, initiates destruction, instigates wars,

and therefore, commits crimes/sins against God and His creations

to decipher the signs of times

{Luke 12:54–57}

to comprehend the Past, Present, and Future.

 

As St. Peter the Apostle writes, the Word of God is eternal and given to men; prophecies are the guidance until the Morning Star comes {1 Peter 1:25; 2 Peter 1:19–21; Revelation 2:28}. St. Paul the Apostle advises to learn the Holy Scriptures, so the man of God would be ready for all good and for the works of the good {2 Timothy 3:15–17}.

The comprehension of the Past, the evaluation of the Present, and the foreknowledge of the Future all are opened with the same key given by Lord Jesus Christ, the Word–God {John 14:26; 15:26; 16:7–16; Revelation 3:7–8}, which prepares the mind for perception of God and understanding the knowledge of God and His law. The one could find this key only in the Holy Scriptures that convey knowledge of God leading into the eternity…

 

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Notes:

 

*1* See postings:

Folder Archive_2010:

The Signs of Time – Page 3_August_2010

Divination – Page 4_September_2010

Folder Archive_2012:

The Time of Destruction – Page 9_November_December_2012

Folder 2013:

The Precious Stone – Page 4_May_2013,

and Folder Systems:

Pattern # 10 – Page 4

 

*2* See posting The Shift – Folder 2013, Page 3_April_2013

 

*3* See posting The Choice, Folder 2013, Page 5_June_2013

 

*4* Concerning στερεωμα, see

1/ Psalm 17(18):1–2: Αγαπησω Σε, Κυριε ισχυς μου. Κυριος στερεωμα μου, και καταφυγη μου, και Ρυστης μου

{I love Thee, O Lord, my strength. The Lord is my firmament, and my refuge, and my Deliverer – Psalm 17(18):1–2}

2/ postings:

Folder 2013, Page 1_January_February_2013

The First Word of Human Wisdom (esp. Note 1.3)

 

Folder Archive_2012:

The Foreknowledge, Page 2_February_2012

 

Folder Systems:

Patterns #8 and #11, Page 4_2010_2011

 

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