Sunday's Thoughts
by Alice-Alexandra-Sofia
 

July_2013

 

The Works of God:

Faith

Mercy

Creation

 

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The Works of God

 

The First One of Them – Faith

 

…the one believing in Me, the work that I do,

also that one will do…

{John 14:12}

 

 

Lord God Jesus Christ says: the one believing in Me, the works*1* that I do, also that one will do {John 14:10–12}.

To believe is to have faith. What is faith?

The story of Roman centurion {Matthew 8:5–13; Luke 7:2–10} whose child (or slave) was sick {child in Matthew 8:5; slave in Luke 7:2} explains the essence of faith. When the Lord was in His way into the centurion’s house to heal the sick one, the centurion sent the message to the Lord: he is not worthy of God’s presence under his roof {μου υπο  την  στεγην*2*Matthew 8:8}, so let the Lord only says the word and the sick one will be healed. He, the centurion, is a subordinate man, yet he has soldiers under his authority, so he says the one to go and he goes, and to do this and he does. The Lord answered that even in Israel He did not find such faith. Thus, many will come from the East and from the West into the kingdom of Heaven, while the sons of kingdom (the chosen ones of Israel) will be cast out into the darkness.

The Old Testament refers to God as to the God of knowledge and understanding, from Whose presence wisdom and understanding come, Who, through His Word – Holy Wisdom, creates all the living and sustains life of His creations: He sends His Word and His will is accomplished. In God, the human soul is established, and because of His will and by His power, a human being is healed of all diseases, all human needs are satisfied, human life and judgment/reasoning and dignity are preserved {e.g., in: 1 Kings 2:1–3; Psalm 17(18):1–2; 147; Proverbs 2:6–16; 8:11–31; 9:1–11; Isaiah 55:9–11}.

The New Testament makes knowledge of man complete: the knowledge of Lord Jesus Christ – the Word–God, and the knowledge of God the Creator revealed and explained by the Word–God is the everlasting life. Through Lord God Jesus Christ – the Word–God, Whose coming into the world controlled by death and Whose revelation to men is the act of the greatest mercy and love of God the Creator – the all created to evolve comes to the completeness/perfection; the all chosen to do the works of God brings its fruits, and the all chosen to live enters the life everlasting {John 1:1–18; 3:16–17; 4:34; 6:37–40; 15:1–16; 17:1–26; 1 John 4:9–16}.

So, in fact, the Roman centurion (gentile, the one who apparently does not belong to the chosen people and who should be heathen – idol–worshiper as the Romans who occupy Judea are) expresses the essence of the Old Testament’s knowledge:

 

a/ man (as a carrier of original sin) is not worthy of the presence of God

and is not enabled to see God and to live

{Genesis 2:1–25; Exodus 33:20}

b/ if God says the word, His will is accomplished

{the centurion says: ειπε  λογον  – say the word – Matthew 8:8;

in Genesis 1:3, Moses writes: Kαι  ειπεν ο Θεος, γενηθητω φως, και  εγενετο φως  –

And God said, Let there be light, and there was light}

c/ God accomplishes His will by sending the Word to do the work

{ Psalm 106(107):19–20; 147; Isaiah 55:9–11}.

 

It means that, while some of the chosen people reject Lord Jesus Christ as the Son of God and their Savior {in: Matthew 12:1–14; 13:14–15; Mark 7:6–13; John 12:37–43}, the Roman centurion

a/ comprehends the actual status of man*3*   

b/ confesses his faith in omnipotence and mercy of God

c/ recognizes God in Lord Jesus Christ {as it is in: John 1:1–18; 6:62–69; 10:30; 17:5}.

Hence, the one can infer that faith is

 

knowledge of own self

knowledge of God – firstly, comprehension of His omnipotence,

mercy, and limitless power

an ability to perceive His presence

wisdom to recognize His work behind the events and occasions of the world

that accommodates existence of men.

 

Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God – the Word–God, seeks faith on the earth {in: Luke 18:8; John 9:35–39; 11:25–26}, because He is  της πιστεως Αρχηγον και Tελειωτην  – the Author/Chief of faith and the One Who completes, makes perfect, consummates faith {Hebrews 12:2}.

It means that by seeking faith on the earth {man is earth – Genesis 3:20}, the Lord seeks His very Own possession – human beings – that are His from the beginning and that He wants to collect, to heal, to redeem, and to bring home {in: Luke 15:1–10; John 10:1–30; 15:27; 17:6, 16; 1 Peter 1:17–25; Ephesians 1:3–23}.

In other terms, it might be said that God assembles the net of the beings, who are to be transformed into the ones carrying the Holy Wisdom – the Word–God, and who therefore, might be empowered to serve His purposes and to accomplish His will.

Consequently, it might be said that a human being capable of faith and having faith and living by faith has reached the threshold between the world of death and the world of the eternal life:

 

he has found His Lord and Shepherd and Saver and Overseer of his soul

he cognized the love of God and he is enabled to love the others as God loves

he has found the Source of faith – the Source of life and Wisdom and Knowledge – God the Creator,

Who is his Father and Master and Whose possession/member of household he was from the beginning of times

he is encompassed and led to completion and perfection in love by God Himself

{Luke 15:1–32; John 1:12–13; 6:37–69; 10:7–31; 14:1–31; 15:4–10; 17:1–26;

1 Peter 1:3–25; 2:1–25; 1 John; Psalm 22(23)}.

 

It means that the one who has faith and who proves it by his thoughts, words, and deeds, this one has accepted the Word–God – Λογος, Αγια Σοφια: the Word–God has become the στερεωμα*4* – the firmament, the inner structure of his soul–heart–mind, and the foundation – framework of knowledge – by which he lives.

Consequently, the one can infer that faith is the highest knowledge and the greatest wisdom of man and the optimal state of human intelligence/reasoning

 

because faith in Lord Jesus Christ

{Who is the Author of faith and Who is the One Who completes the faith (in perfection) – Hebrews 12:2}

restores (resurrects) human connection to God the Creator and the Father

{because the one comes to God the Father only through Lord Jesus Christ – the Son of God,

the Word–God, the Author of faith and the One Who completes it – John 14:6; Hebrews 12:2}

knowledge received through faith initiates the last stage of human evolution,

which must be completed on the earth – within the realm of the structured matter.

 

Indeed, if a human being who originally was created in image and after likeness of God, yet, who after the original sin, hid himself from the presence of God, and therefore, became mortal who is unable to see God and to live, comes to faith in Lord God Jesus Christ – the Son of God, he is re–created by Lord Jesus Christ, the Word–God:

he is

a/ purified, redeemed, and sanctified by the Word–God – the Holy Wisdom of God

b/ given commandments to imitate love, mercy, and perfection of God

c/ born of God, and will be revealed as likeness of Lord Jesus Christ

consequently, he should be enabled

a/ to accept the Holy Spirit and to cognize the Wisdom given by the Holy Spirit of God

b/ to become the living temple of the Living God

c/ to enter the eternity in the presence of God

{Genesis 1:26–27; 3:1–25; Exodus 33:20; John 1:1–13; 3:3–21, 31–36; 13; 14; 15; 16; 17;

James 1:17–18, 21–25; 1 Peter 1:3–5; 2:1–25; 1 John 3:1–3; 5:1–12; Revelation 21:1–7; 22:1–5}.

 

Faith enables man to achieve the purposes of his earthly life: the righteous one lives and obtains salvation by faith, because faith leads man to God the Creator {in: John 3:15–18, 36; 14:6, 23; 17:2–26; Hebrews 10:38–39; 11:1–3, 6}.

In summary,

 

faith is acceptance of Lord Jesus Christ as the Son of God and Redeemer:

faith is understanding that

He is the Word–God – the Holy Wisdom, through Whom everything that is came into existence –

and the Revelation of God the Creator to His creation – a human being

because of faith in Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God – the Word–God,

the one comprehends the magnificence and the excellence of God and the perfection of His Love

the love to God is ignited within the one’s soul–heart–mind,

and the one begins to keep/observe the words/commandments of God

the one receives the Holy Spirit, Who proceeds from God the Father,

Who comes into a human being because of Lord Jesus Christ, the Word–God,

and Who eliminates any insufficiency/evil in soul–heart–mind of the one:

resurrects, heals, illuminates, grants understanding, knowledge and wisdom,

and leads the one home, into the eternal Kingdom of God

{John; 1 John}.

 

Because of faith*5* and its actualization through love to Lord Jesus Christ and through observance of His words, God establishes His dwelling with the one who loves Him and keeps His commandments: in Lord Jesus Christ is all life of man, because He is Love, in Him is all knowledge, all treasures of wisdom, all fullness of life, all power, He is the Head of all authority, and through Him, a human being becomes a child of God born for life in God and with God {John 1:1–18; 3:16–16, 35–36; 6:27–69; 14:1–27; 17:3–26; 1 John; Galatians 3:1–29; Ephesians 1:3–23; 2:1–22}.

Hence, the one can understand by his very heart that faith indeed is the work of God and that a human being proves own value and significance as suitability for the works of God through  

a/ coming to faith

b/ living by faith

c/ perfection in faith, which is completed through

becoming the dwelling of God the Spirit:

in a process of transformation into the living temple of the Living God,

a human being is perfected (completed) in faith by the Perfect All–forgiving and Omnipotent Love of God

revealed in Lord Jesus Christ, the Word–God

{in: John 1:1–18; 6:28–69; 14:6–26; 15:1–27; 17:1–26; 1 Peter; 1 John; 1 Corinthians; 2 Corinthians; Ephesians}.

 

According to the Christian teachings, faith is the meaning of life – the end of faith is salvation, because faith is the life–bearing knowledge of God; it enables the unity of the acquired knowledge of God with the manner of life: the just one lives by faith {Ambacum 2:4; Luke 7:50; 1 Peter 1:9; James 2:14–26}.

In other words, faith is

the state of cognizance/knowing God

{e.g., in: Hebrew 11:1–6}

love to God

↓  ↑

living by God

↓  ↑

living in love of God

{John 17}.

 

Thus, if to do the works of God means to believe in the One Whom He sent {John 6:28–29} – in Lord Jesus Christ, it means that to do the works of God is to live by the Word–God – Lord Jesus Christ: to put the Word–God, the Sealed One, the Precious Seal, onto own soul–heart–mind as the greatest treasure that the one might be enabled to obtain, to observe Him as the highest Standard of thinking and acting, and to live by Him and by His words according to the perfect law of freedom – freedom of sin and irrelevance of evil {e.g., in: Song 8:6; John 6:27; 8:12, 31–37; James 1:18–25; Revelation 22:3–4}. Then, the New Covenant of the Eternal Love, with which God promised to the chosen ones to give His laws on their hearts and to write them on their minds {Jeremiah 38(31):1–3, 27–34; Hebrews 8:8–12; 10:14–17}, is completed with

– mercy of God (forgiveness of human sins)

– illumination of men with the Holy Wisdom of God

– coming of God to man and man to God {Matthew 26:26–28; Luke 22:19–20; John 3:16–21; 6:35–58; 13:34; 14; 15; 16; 17}.

In summary,

a/ faith gives understanding of the essence of the nature of life:

God is the Source of life

man lives by God,

for accomplishment of the will of God,

for reaching perfection and completeness through imitation of love, mercy, and perfection of God,

for climbing his unique road to the Absolute Good

that all is possible only because of the Perfect Omnipotent All–forgiving Love of God

 

b/ faith enables to hear the voice of God in own soul–heart–mind: as the lost sheep hears the voice of Shepherd and run to Him for the sake of salvation of own life, similarly, the sinner, if he discerns the voice of God in own conscience, comes to the Savior in a search of forgiveness, redemption, and healing, and might be transformed into the chosen one who is accepted into the royal priesthood of the Almighty God {John 5:24, 36–47; 10:1–30; 1 Peter 1:2–25; 2:1–25}

c/ by faith, the human mind comes through trials with the purifying and cleansing and sanctifying Fire Who transforms the mortal being into the immortal child of God the Spirit, so the Word of God the Spirit can be written on the tablets*6* of human soul–heart–mind {Psalm 145(146); Malachi 3:1–4; Matthew 3:11–12; John 1:12–13; 3:3–21, 34–36; 4:24; 14:23–26; 16:7–15, 25–27; James 1:17–24; 2 Corinthians 3:3}.

As soon as the faith is the optimal state of human intelligence/reasoning, the first work of God that the human mind accomplishes through faith is acceptance of knowledge of God {John 17}. Knowledge of God received through faith in Lord Jesus Christ gives comprehension of the nature of the world created by God, empowers the mind to comprehend the commandments of God and to embody the words of God into own daily life, and enables the ability to accept the peace given by God {John 14:27}. These gifts of God – comprehension of the nature of God’s creations, observance of the law/commandments  of God, and peace of God – prepare the human mind for the next works, for the next stage of evolution, for the next step on the road into the eternity, so the words of God conveyed by Isaiah the prophet {Isaiah 42:16; 43:1–8} are to be fulfilled.

 

 

Mercy

 

Blessed be God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,

 the Father of mercies and God of all comfort,

the One comforting us on all our trouble…

{2 Corinthians 1:3–4}

 

 

So, which works the Word–God has done during His presence at the earth and of which He tells that, because of His works themselves {δια τα εργα*1* αυτα πιστευετε Μοι  – John 14:11}, His followers should believe Him {John 14:11}?

Lord God Jesus Christ preached the Kingdom to the poor, restored the broken in heart, gave freedom to the captives of sin (and their consequences, e.g. debilitating diseases of mind and body) and new sight to the blind, healed the sick, resurrected the dead, purified the unclean ones (lepers and demoniacs), fed the hungry by multiplying bread and fish, collected the lost ones, and forgave those who were not able to forgive themselves and who could be healed only if God’s mercy annihilates their evil {Matthew; Mark; Luke; John}.

Answering the question sent by John the Baptist, the Lord refers to His works, through which John should recognize God {Luke 7:19–23}, as to giving the sight to the blind, restoring the incapacitated (lame and paralyzed) ones, cleansing the lepers, giving the ability to hear to the deaf ones, rising of the dead, and giving the gospel to the poor ones {the poor in spirit*7* are those who have no attachment to the material values and treasures of the world, no glory of men, no possessions to be proud of and to be elevated over all the others – in: Matthew 5:3 – Blessed are the poor in spirit, because of them is the Kingdom of the Heavens}.

All works mentioned by God eliminate the evil in man (human misery, suffering, ignorance,  and insufficiency*8* of any kind) and initiate development–evolution (giving the gospel – knowledge that leads into the everlasting life), which might be completed with transformation of a human being into a human child of God destined for the eternity in the presence of God.

Yet, there is something else. All works mentioned by God are the consequence of God’s mercy.

The message conveyed by all Gospels is straightforward: before healing the leper and the blind {in: Mark 1:40–42; 10:46–52}, teaching and feeding the multitudes {in: Matthew 9:35–36; 15:30–39; Mark 6:34; 8:1–9}, resurrection of the son of widow of Nain {Luke 7:11–15} and Lazarus {John 11:32–44}, God takes pity on them, and mercy of God results in elimination of human insufficiency:

– God the Creator resurrects live and restores health (normal functioning) of mind and body, therefore, enables a human being to live according to the human nature and to accomplish the purposes for which he was born into this world

– God the Creator creates the structured matter*9*  to sustain earthly existence of men {multiplied bread and fish to feed hungry crowds – Matthew 14:14–21; 15:32–38; 16:9–10; John 6:5–14}

– the poor ones – those who have nothing valuable in this world and have no attachment to the material things, through which the evil might enslave them – receive the knowledge of God that leads them into the eternal life in the Kingdom of God {John 17:3–26}. 

How then, a human being would ever be able to accomplish the works of God?

Yet, Lord God Jesus Christ says {John 14:12} that the one believing in Him will do the work that He does. The disciples and the Apostles received from God the power to do the works as He did, including the authority to heal the sick ones {in: Matthew 10:1; Mark 3:13–15; Luke 9:1–2; 10:1–9; Acts 3:6–8; 5:12–16; 9:10–18; 28:7–9}.

Furthermore, St. Mark the Apostle writes {Mark 16:15–18} about the signs (including the ability to heal by laying hands on the sick ones) that will accompany the believing ones {although for the sick ones it was enough only to touch the garments of the Lord and to be healed – in: Mark 6:56; Luke 6:17–19; 8:43–44; and although when the Lord God says His Word, His will is done – e.g., in: Matthew 8:5–13; Luke 7:2–10; John 5:5–9; – in some cases, the Lord touched the sick ones by His hand and they were healed – e.g., in: Mark 1:30–31; Luke 14:1–3}.

Therefore, the believing ones who are in the Word–God and in whom the Word–God is {John 15:4–10} might be empowered to accomplish the works of mercy, which the others perceive as the miracles. These works reveal

1/ the evidence of the presence of  Ο Παρακλητος, το Πνευμα το Αγιον  – the One Who comforts, the Holy Spirit Who is sent by the Father in the Name of Lord Jesus Christ, the Word–God {John 14:26}

2/ the manifestation of the Omnipotent Power of the Almighty God the Father of mercies and God of all comfort through a human being who believes in Lord Jesus Christ, and who through Him, through the Word–God, became the dwelling of God, the living temple of the Living God {John 1:1–18; 14; 15; 16; 17}.

However, not all the believers have similar abilities. As it could be inferred from the writings of the Apostles, the gifts of the Holy Spirit (which determine the abilities to do the works of God)  are different as the needs and purposes and conditions of life (settings of the material world) of human beings are different {e.g., in: 1 Peter 4:8–11; 2 Peter 1:2–11; 1 Corinthians 12:4–31}.

Yet, in all those who carry the gifts of the Holy Spirit lives the same all–fulfilling and all–completing love – the love that is the cohesive power*10* of all perfection {Colossians 3:14}.

This love is the greatest blessing {even more than faith and hope are – 1 Corinthians 13:1–13}, because love to the others is the presence of God the Creator {John 14:23; 15:9–12; 16:27; 17; 1 John 4:7–17}, therefore, it is completion of faith and fulfillment of expectations.

The most compelling and clear evidence of the presence of this love within a human being is mercy, which sustains the ability to help the others by providing for their spiritual and physical needs – by giving knowledge, comfort in grief, encouragement in hardship, hope in despair, food and other material things, which are needed for their survival. Even if other signs of which St. Mark the Apostle writes {Mark 16:15–18} are not seen, love to the others, which is revealed in mercy*11* and through assistance to the others in satisfying their needs {as it is, for instance, in: James 2:12–26; 1 John 3:16–18}, makes a human being righteous before God {e.g., in: Proverbs 14:31; Isaiah 58:2–14; Mathew 25:31–46}.

Furthermore, God says {Matthew 25:31–46} that in the Judgment Day, the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the Word–God, will come in His glory to judge all the nations. He will divide those before Him on two parts and put them in different sides – on the right hand and on the left hand.

On His right hand, there will be “the blessed ones of His Father,” who will be given the kingdom prepared for them from the foundation of the world, because when the Lord was hungry, they fed Him, He was thirsty and they gave Him drink, He was a stranger and they invited Him in, He was naked and they gave Him clothing, He was sick and they visited Him, and when He was imprisoned, they came to Him.

Yet, the righteous ones will ask God: when they observed Him in such conditions and did all the good to Him? Then, the Lord will answer: as soon as you did these things to the one of these, the least of His brothers, you did it to Him.

On His left hand, will be those to whom He refers as to the “cursed ones” – those who did nothing for the sick, suffering, poor, and imprisoned ones: they did nothing for God, and they will be cast out, into the everlasting damnation along with the arch–evil and its servants.

This story does not mention other criteria of judgment: it implies the universal one – mercy.

Hence, the difference between two categories of those who stand before God for the Last Judgment {Matthew 25:31–46} is defined by the deeds committed for elimination of the needs and insufficiency of the others: mercy makes the difference between eternal life in the kingdom of God and eternal separation from God.

So, why God rewards mercy revealed through the assistance in needs to the others with His blessing and everlasting life in His kingdom?

In general, mercy can be defined as empathy – understanding – compassion:

 

the ability to discern misery, grief, and any need of the others

understanding of their suffering

the ability to take their misery as something incompatible with own vision of justice

the ability to have pity on them

willingness to do and doing for them whatever the one is empowered to do

with his reserves and in the conditions (hunger, thirst, poverty, imprisonment, etc.) of those who are in need.

 

In Gospel According to Matthew, the Lord says: Blessed are the merciful, because they shall receive mercy {Matthew 5:7}.

Gospel According to Luke conveys the commandment of Lord Jesus Christ to be merciful as God the Father is merciful {Luke 6:36}.

God is the Father of mercies {2 Corinthians 1:3}.

Thus, if a human being has mercy to the others, he is the very Own of God {Malachi 3:17}, because mercy confirms presence of God within his soul–heart–mind: presence of God empowers a human being to feel and to alleviate needs and suffering of other creations of God.

Therefore, the one can infer that the main foundation, on which a human being might be empowered to do the works of God and to establish his future as the eternal life in the kingdom of God, is mercy to the others revealed through and confirmed with the good deeds resulting in alleviation of misery, suffering, and needs of the others.

How the one could comprehend the significance of mercy? Why mercy is the universal criterion of the last Judgment {Matthew 25:31–46}?

The key might be found in the Holy Scriptures; for instance:

 

Mercy belongs to God, for He is good and His mercy endures forever

{Psalm 61(62):12; 117(118):1–2; 135(136)}

the one who defrauds/accuses falsely the poor, provokes his Creator;

the one who honor Him, have mercy on poor

{Proverbs 14:31}

Isaiah the prophet provides the explanation

of the fasting that honors God and might be pleased to Him:

break thy bread for the hungry, lead the unsheltered poor to thy house,

clothe the naked one, loose the burden of iniquity, set the afflicted free –

then, thy righteousness shall go before thee and the glory of God shall compass thee

{in: Isaiah 58:1–12}

and in the end,

the Lord God Jesus Christ says: be merciful even as your Father is merciful

{Luke 6:36}

 

The one can infer that mercy is the attribute of God the Creator: His mercies*12* are on all His works {Psalm 144(145):9}. 

Therefore, all those who have mercy on the others are His very Own. Conditionally, with the terms of the daily life, mercy might be envisioned as the hereditary feature, as a gene, which confirms fatherhood, because a child receives it from his father: presence of mercy defines the difference between

– the eternal life of a child and very Own possession of God in kingdom of God – in the house of those who are the members of God’s Own household,

and

– the eternal damnation that is the destiny of those who are not of God.

Then, the ultimate commandment of Lord God Jesus Christ love one another as I loved you {John 13:34–35; 15:10–12} leads human comprehension of mercy as the work of God to its perfect completion:

mercy is manifestation of the All–forgiving Omnipotent and Perfect Love of God

those who have mercy on the others are the carriers of this Love

even within the world of the evil,

in which hunger, thirst, suffering, and insufficiency of all kinds are the daily life of the many,

the one, who carries the Love of God within, overcomes the evil.

 

How then, the one who has no mercy, yet who desires to become the merciful one, could comprehend the meaning of mercy and become the merciful one?

The matter (mortal body) is just a temporary arrangement: the spirit of man – the breath of God that makes man a living soul – is the immortal essence. The life of the human spirit reveals/manifests itself through the inclinations of the heart*13*. So, logically, the first task should be analysis of own inclinations – preferences, desires, intentions, and purposes. God says {Matthew 15:19–20}: out of the heart come forth evil thoughts, murders, adultery, fornications, thefts, lies, blasphemies  – all things that defile a human being. Furthermore, the one who has the heart defiled by the evil has no place for the Word of God and no peace within {cf. in: John 8:37–47; 1 John 3:8–24}. Thus, if the one desires to become the merciful and to obtain the mercy, the evil and uncleanness should be identified and rejected.

Nevertheless, whatever the past is, the hope to be resurrected for the life of the spirit does not die. In His mercy, and through His Word, God creates His children from the dust of the earth by giving them faith and the gifts of the Holy Spirit.

So, the next step toward obtaining mercy and becoming the merciful one is to think: to attempt to imagine how the one would feel and suffer if he has to experience some needs. If such thought awakes the desire to help – the one is born into the world, in which the human dust might be transformed into the child of God: the one is ready to begin the works of charity and to pray God for mercy, for the blessing to serve Him, for wisdom to observe His words and to do His works, and for giving the guidance of the Holy Spirit {in: Matthew; Mark, esp. 10:46–52; Luke; John, esp. 12:26; 14; 15; 16; 17; 1 Peter; 1 John}.

 

 

Creation

 

…My Father works until now, and I work…

{John 5:17}

… the one believing in Me, the work that I do,

also that one will do…

{John 14:12}

 

Among the works, which were mentioned by God when He answered the question sent by John the Baptist, and through which John should recognize God {Luke 7:19–23} are the works of four kinds:

1/ elimination of the evil in man {insufficiency*8* of a body – hunger, suffering, disease, mental disorders/insanity, esp., as possession by the unclean spirits, for instance, in: Mark 5:1–15, 18–20}

2/ resurrection of the dead {Mark 5:22–24, 35–43; Luke 7:11–16; and especially, in: John 11:1–45; 12:9–11}

3/ creation of the eyes to the man who was born blind, which re–iterates the act of creation {Genesis 1; 2:7}, and through which the chosen ones should recognize God the Creator in Lord Jesus Christ {John 9:1–39; 10:30; 14:6–12}

4/ giving the gospel to the poor ones {the poor in spirit*7* are those who have no attachment to the material values and treasures of the world, no glory of men, no possessions to be proud of and to be elevated over all the others – in: Matthew 5:3 – Blessed are the poor in spirit, because of them is the Kingdom of the Heavens}.

Giving the gospel {the knowledge that leads into the everlasting life – John 17:1–8} initiates human development–evolution which might be completed with transformation of a human being into a human child of God destined for the eternity in the presence of God.

Any human being might reveal his mercy and confirm his faith with the works of charity and assistance to the others (see Faith and Mercy above)*14*.

Some are enabled to heal the others as it is written in Gospel According to Mark {Mark 16:15–18} and in Acts describing the deeds of the Apostles of Lord Jesus Christ. The Apostles healed the sick and resurrected the dead to ignite the faith in those who were appointed to the eternal life – that is in those who were the God’s Own from the foundation of the world, yet who had to be found and collected {Matthew 25:34; John 6:44–45; 17:6–9; Acts (esp.13:46–48); 1 Peter 2:9–10, 25}.

After the Apostles completed their mission, there is no evidence that resurrection of the dead*15* is left to discretion of men. Indeed, resurrection of the departed ones is the actualization of the Glory of God and the Power of God {as it is in: John 11:1–4, 40–44; Acts 9:36–42; 20:9–12;  and in the Old Testament, in: 3 Kings 17:8–24; 4 Kings 4:8–37}.

After the acts of resurrection were manifested according to the will of God, the following generations have to live by faith, which is the substance of all expectations and the evidence of the unseen {Hebrews 11:1}, and knowledge of the past. A human being is not also empowered to complete/modify a malformed or debilitated human body (creation of the eye of the man born blind) and multiply other material structures (e.g., bread) by his will and by his hands: man is not empowered to perform the act of creation directly from the invisible universal energy,  by the invisible universal power, and according to the universal code that defines particular material structures perceived, for instance, as bread or human eye.  

How then a human being might be empowered to do the creative works of God? How a human being would ever be able to accomplish the creative works of God?

Yet, Lord God Jesus Christ says {John 14:12} that the one believing in Him will do the work that He does and even more, because He departs to His Father.

Furthermore, St. Paul the Apostle writes of himself and of those who along with him convey the knowledge of God to the others as of  Θεου γαρ εσμεν συνεργοι – the co–workers (or fellow–workers) of God {in: 1 Corinthians 3:9}. It means that the Apostle elevates the act of transferring of knowledge, which initiates evolution*16* of a human being and leads him to God, at the rank of work with God.

So, the believers in Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God and the Word–God are the co–workers of God when they transfer the knowledge of the Gospels to other human beings.

Moreover, God the Father of mercies, in His abundant Good, and by His omnipotent Love, if He wills, empowers His Own children to accomplish the work for which the first man has been created: even within the collapsing world controlled by death, the mind might be enabled

 

to comprehend the manifestation of the Omnipotent Love of God

(through faith in Lord Jesus Christ, the Word–God)

to comprehend the nature of the evolving world

(through observance of the commandments of God, mercy, and love,

which prepare the human mind for acceptance of the greatest gift of God – the gift of the Holy Spirit)

to receive the peace of God and therefore

to initiate the evolution of other human beings

(by transferring the knowledge of God to the others).

 

And I think how immeasurable and limitless and infinite are mercy and love of God, if

 

a blind sinful slave of sin whose future is the eternal damnation

might be transformed into the human child of God

and the living temple of the Living God

and imitate mercy and love of God

and become the co–worker of God, the field of God, and the edifice of God

and even now, before the earthly stage of development is completed,

might be elevated from the dissipating world of dust

to pre–cognition of the eternal world of light and power and limitless possibilities

{in: Matthew 25:31–33, 41–46; Luke 6:36; John 1:1–13; 3:3–21; 8:31–47; 13:34–35; 14; 15:9–12; 17}

1 Peter 1; 2; 1 John 3:1–3; 1 Corinthians 3:9; 6:19; Ephesians 1; 2; Revelation 20:10–15; 21; 22}

 

After obtaining faith, mercy, and love, the human mind reaches the perfection – zenith of its evolution within the world set for cognition of the good and the evil –through the gift of creation. The evolving mind might perceive the creations of God as the evolving systems*17*, because those who are to become the children of God and His συνεργοι  have to evolve. Each one carries out his evolution within his domain/world/cosmos/universe: his daily life accomplished through  

 

advancement in knowledge of the words of God,

which open the path to the eternal Wisdom

embodying the knowledge of God into own thoughts, words, and deeds

the works of charity, mercy, and love.

 

Such evolution is the triumph over the world of evil, the victory in the battle for the eternal life {1 John 5:1–5; Revelation 21:5–7}, which can be obtained only by the one who loves God and proves his love with

 

faith in Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God

accomplishment of the words of Lord Jesus Christ

 

mercy and love to the others.

 

 

 

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Notes:

 

*1*  The word εργα  – works – in the New Testament {John 6:28; 14:12} is the same word with which Genesis refers to the creation of the world {Genesis 2:1–3}.

See also

The True Vine – Folder Archive_2008_2009, Page 1_2008

The True Identity – Folder 2013, Page 5_June_2013

 

*2*  The Greek word στεγην – with a general meaning of cover for accommodation, which traditionally is interpreted as roof, house, shelter, might also convey the meaning of the dwelling of the human spirit – the body of dust; it has derivatives

 στεγω/στεγων/στεγομεν  – to bear, sustain, suffer, endure, as for instance, in 1 Corinthians 9:12, and 1 Thessalonians 3:1, 5

στεγει – to endure/cover quietly as in: 1 Corinthians 13:7.

 

*3* The status of the Old Testament’s man might be described with the following features:

a/ inability of a creation that committed the original sin and cognized the evil to be in the presence of God the Creator – as it is, for instance, in Genesis 3:1–25

b/ deprivation of the eternal life in the original form (as the consequence of disobedience and rejection of the warning of God) and exile into the reality of the temporal existence {Genesis 3:18–25}, in the limited world of the dissipating temporal material structures, in which the evil is enabled to enslave (to poison) men and to inflict on them suffering and death  – as it is, for instance, in Deuteronomy 28; Job 4:17–21; 7:1–21; 10:1–22; Psalm 21(22):29; 143(144):4; 145(146):4

c/ inability to see God and to live – as it is in Exodus 33:20; return to the dust – as in Genesis 3:20; 2:7; 1:2, into the land of darkness without any light and carrier of cognition/reason, where life of the mortal is not seen – as in Job 10:21–22.

Consequently, the deep humility of the Roman centurion before God (he expresses his belief that he is not worthy of the presence of God in him/under his roof) reveals his understanding of the actuality.

 

*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

 

*5* St. Paul the Apostle defines faith as the substance of all expectations and the evidence of the unseen {Hebrews 11:1}.

Concerning faith, its nature and its manifestations, see also

 Introduction to Christianity: Faith, Folder Foundation, Page 4_Introduction

Folder Archive_2008_2009:

Heresy and Imagination – Page 2_2008

The House of Prayer – Page_3_2008–2009

The Gold Proved Through Fire – Page_3_2008–2009

Folder 2013:

The Methods of Learning – Page 1_January_February_2013

The Light and The Lazarus’ Story – Page 3_April_2013

The Resurrection, The Ones Believing, The Great Calm, and The Precious Stone – Page 4_May_2013

The Expectations – Page 5_June_2013

 

*6* See postings:

The Tablet of the Heart – Folder 2013, Page 2_March 2013

and

in Folder Archive_2008_2009:

The Seal – Page 1_2008

In Folder Archive_2012:

The Repentance Page 8_October_2012

The Words of One Shepherd – Page 9_November_December_2012

 

       

*7* See The Poor in Spirit, Folder Archive_2012, Page 2_April_May_2011

The Starting Point, Folder 2013, Page 1_January_February_2013

 

*8* Human misery, suffering, and needs are insufficiency: insufficiency of resources needed to sustain normal life of body and mind (water, bread, shelter, knowledge), restriction or full deprivation of freedom (freedom of conscience, religion, choice, access to information and knowledge), impaired immune system because of insufficient power of a body to protect/heel/restore itself (so, diseases develop), insufficient ability of the mind to withstand stresses, disappointments, and injustice (so, mental disorders develop), unhappiness (no love, no friendship, no recognition, no possibility to actualize own nature and accomplish own purposes), and so on. Insufficiency of any kind is the consequence of sin, violation of the law of God, and any evil deed committed by a human being to the others or by the others to a human being. Insufficiency also might be defined as the result of deprivation:

either

the one deprives the others of the life–sustaining resources and freedoms,

which they need to sustain own normal life, to evolve,

and to actualize their full potential, especially for creation of good

or

the others deprive the one of things needed for normal operation of his mind and body

and for his personal development/evolution.

 

Any deprivation restricts or makes impossible 1/ actualization of creative and other abilities, which constitute the human nature, and 2/ accomplishment of the purposes for the sake of which the one was born and lives.

Insufficiency underlies any evil: within the world of the material things, insufficiency is the universal foundation of all crimes, conflicts, wars, slavery, and any misery of man.

However, deprivation of the material resources does not impair the mental and spiritual powers of man; own choice of the evil does.

Concerning concept of evil, see

Logic of Death, Folder Archive_2008_2009, Page _2_2008

The Law and the Future (esp., Note 6 and 7), Archive_2012, Page 8_October_2012

 

*9*  Within the time–space–complexity setting that accommodates existence of men, the structured matter – the derivative of the law, the creative power, and the energy issuing from God – has capability of carrying and sustaining life. So, if to apply philosophical definitions (from the philosophy of the Absolute Good and doctrine of chaos – to be posted), it might be said that the universal code/law (the Λογος/Αγια Σοφια in theology) red/actualized/embodied at the different levels of complexity, initiates life as manifestation of the unity of the universal power and energy according to the universal law. If the purpose is to create/maintain life (as a particular manifestation of the universal power – the power of God) within a particular setting  – the temporal world of man, this unity creates the temporal derivatives – the structured matter (e.g., water, bread, bodies of living beings):

 

CODE

POWER ENERGY

Structured Matter Life

 

 

*10*  In Colossians 3:14, it is said: συνδεσμος της τελειοτητος,

where

συνδεσμος  is a derivative of συν  and δεσμεω:

συν –  in compound words denotes unification, unity, binding together

δεσμεω is to bind together, to connect, to confine

the overall meaning of the compound world συνδεσμος  might be interpreted as the unification, unity, bond, or cohesive power;

τελειοτητος  – implies the state of perfection.

 

*11*  See postings:

The Lesson in Mercy  – Folder Archive_2008_2009, Page_5_2009

The Ultimate Mercy – Folder Archive_2012, Page 7_August_September_2012

 

*12* See The Abundant Good – Folder 2013, Page 2_March_2013

       

*13*  See posting The Human Heart – Folder Archive_2010, Page 7_December_2010    

 

*14* See also The Methods of Learning  – Folder 2013, Page 1_January_February_2013

 

*15*  The one could comprehend the essence of the miracle of resurrection through analysis of the essence/nature of life and death (see also Note 6 to The Focus, Folder 2013, Page 2_March_2013).

In brief (until the Philosophy of the Absolute Good is posted), it might be said that, within the world of the matter enabled to carry life,

a/ life is a cycle of energy transformations accomplished according to the universal law, which defines the nature of a living being, and by the universal power that enables manifestation of the law; life is completed and finalized with disintegration of the wholeness/unity of soul/spirit–mind/reason–body/flesh/matter at the point when a living being

– either evolves to the point of optimum–development of the highest complexity determined by the parameters of its existence (time–space–complexity)

– or completes irreversible degeneration with inability to live – maintain life as the wholeness of spirit–mind–body (irreversible degeneration is triggered with inability to live according to the nature defined by the Law of God; the first signs of irreversible degeneration include mental and physical disorders, birth of abnormal and malformed offspring, and inability of normal reproduction; concerning degeneration, see also posting The Shift – Folder 2013, Page 3_April_2013)

b/ human life is the actualization of the unity of the law, power, and energy, which are manifested as the wholeness of soul/spirit–mind/reason–body/flesh/matter actualized at a particular time–space–complexity setting (set of the energy fields whose operations are detected as temperature, pressure, force of gravity, other physical parameters, magnetic and other forces and fields, which make possible life as a particular cycle of energy transformations completed with particular changes in complexity, energy, and material structures, which carry a particular living entity)

c/ death begins with disintegration of the unity/wholeness

 

through release of energy (soul/spirit),

 because the life–cycle is completed

either with the evolution–development of the highest complexity and consequent ability to be transferred

into another realm with other definitions of life

or with degeneration–inability to sustain life–sustaining transformations of the energy

according to the nature defined by the current parameters (the material world)

discontinuation of the cohesive power

 (flow of the energy derivatives – information/knowledge perceived/absorbed–created–processed–transferred by the mind),

because of release of the energy

(separation of the soul/spirit/energy and body/matter/flesh)

disintegration of the material structures (body/flesh),

which, with the release of energy and discontinuation of the cohesive power, have to disintegrate

according to the law that defines the nature of the temporal world of the matter.

 

Death is completed with release of the material elements, which were the body – set of the material structures sustaining wholeness/living being as the manifestation of the unity of the law–energy–power, and which will sustain life of the next generations of the living beings.

The human life is possible only within the special  time–space–complexity settings, or the set of the energy fields, which are capable of sustaining existence of the unity/wholeness – living being. With death of a particular human being, the entire world is changed because it loses energy and power, which were a particular human soul/spirit–mind/reason  –  the energy entity that, in accordance with the law defining the nature, was enabled to actualize some power at the some levels of complexity according to the parameters of the temporal time–space–complexity setting, which sustained its existence.

With death of a human being, the entire world of the matter loses some of the vital reserves (including a point of the net maintaining existence of the world) and its time–range of existence is shortened. Birth of a new human being also brings a world closer to fulfilling of its καιρος  {Revelation 6:9–11; 22:10–14}; it does not compensate death of the departed one:

with each completed life–cycle,

the law is fulfilled

the energy left

while, within the world of the matter controlled by the law of complexity,

the reduction of life (simplification) to manifestation of the power without law and without energy is not possible.

 

In summary, the eternity does not exist for the limited temporal world, in which time, irreversibility, complexity, and collapse (disintegration/death) are enabled for completion of cycles of transformations of the universal energy.

Therefore, resurrection as the restoration of the energy fields and correlated time–space–complexity settings, which accommodate existence of a human being within the temporal world, is possible only because of the Will/Law and the Power and the Divine Energy of God the Creator. This Power has been revealed through the chosen ones {in: John 11:1–4, 40–44; Acts 9:36–42; 20:9–12; 3 Kings 17:8–24; 4 Kings 4:8–37} to glorify God and to ignite faith and wisdom within those who are appointed to the eternal life (that is capable of further evolution). The present and future (if any) generations have to live by knowledge of the past and by faith.

 

*16*  See postings in Folder 2013:

The Nature of Knowledge, The Starting Point, and The First Word of Human Wisdom – Page 1_January_February_2013

The Way Eternal, The Abundant Good, and The Focus, Page 2_March_2013

 

*17*   Note 1 to posting The Creation and the Renewal  – Folder 2013, Page 3_April_2013:

 

The world described in the first and second chapters of Genesis was the evolving reality, because all living creatures received the blessing of God to evolve: they had to increase and multiply and fill their sphere {αυξανεσθε και πληθυνεσθε και πληρωσατεGenesis 1:22}. In addition to the blessing to evolve (to increase and multiply and fill the earth), man was given the purposes to subdue and to dominate the world filled with the all living creatures {Genesis 2:28}.

The traditional translation of Greek text “αυξανεσθε και πληθυνεσθε και πληρωσατε – Genesis 1:22, 28 – is “Increase and multiply and fill.”

However, the overall meaning of this logical block is much more complicated: it means to evolve, to accomplish/fulfill, to be complete:

in the word αυξανεσθε,  – ξα - ( and modified ξη/ξε)  – is the root for words denoting development, growth, and evolution (lit. and fig.) as in

 

αυξανω – to grow, enlarge, increase

εξελιξη – evolution

 

the word πληρωσατε is the derivative of primary verb πλεω  – to fulfill, to accomplish, to make full, and then, πληρης – complete, full.

 

Therefore, God’s blessing – αυξανεσθε και πληθυνεσθε και πληρωσατε - defines the purposes of man as his own evolution (definitely, development as increase may not be only about physical parameters; multiplication and making all full/complete – that is reaching the higher level of development/complexity at which the full potency can be exercised), within the evolving world (whose inhabitants received the same commandment, therefore, the world itself should be capable of development necessary to sustain evolution of all its inhabitants), maintenance of the evolution of the world accommodating his existence, and reaching the completion.

Consequently, the one can infer that man of the first two chapters of Genesis had three interconnected purposes:

 

to evolve himself, to become complete within the evolving world

to dominate the evolving world

to maintain evolution of the evolving world.”

 

 

Then, the creative works of man are accomplished by the mind, by creating thoughts – the energy entities, which, having being embodied into the material structures (books, constructions, establishments, societies, empires, other edifices), maintain human existence within the world, which is collapsing because of cognition of the evil.

The creative abilities of the mind might be seen as the remnants of rudimental abilities of the creation made in the image and after likeness of the Omnipotent Almighty God.

With coming of the Word–God, a human being is re–created and the process of evolution as the imitation of God – the process, which would result in obtaining the eternal life in the presence of God – is initiated. It means that even within the limited temporal and collapsing world the human mind, through faith and knowledge of God as the gifts of the Holy Spirit, might be enabled to create the evolving systems as it was appointed by God from the foundation of the world.  

At the level of practical activities of men, Philosophy of the Absolute Good provides the foundation for creation of the evolving systems for maintenance of daily life of the societies and establishments.

Concerning the logic of evolving systems, see current and future postings:

1/ at this website – Folder Systems, esp. Introduction to the Philosophy of the Absolute Good

2/ at my blog Cyber Defense & Systems Logic  –  http : // cyberdefense–systems–logic.blogspot.com

3/ at my business website Systems Logic by Alice–Sofia  –  http: // systemslogic–by–alicesofia.net

 

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