Sunday's Thoughts
by Alice-Alexandra-Sofia
 

8_September_October_2013

 

 The Creation of Man:

Preparation

Process

Completion

163–164–165–166–167–168–169

September 1, 8, 15, 22, October 20, 27, 2013

 

 

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 The Creation of Man

 

 

…Behold, I create new that now is rising, and that you shall know…

{Isaiah 43:19}

…My Father works until now, and I work…

{John 5:17}

… I create all anew…

{Revelation 21:5}

 

 Preparation

 

…prepare the way of the Lord,

make straight the ways for our God…

{Isaiah 40:3}

…return to Me, and I will return to you, said the Lord Almighty…

…I will send to you Elias the Thesbite before the great and glorious day of the Lord comes,

who shall restore the heart of the father in the son…

{Malachi 4:5–6}

…he will turn many of the sons of Israel to the Lord their God,

and he will go ahead before Him in the spirit and power of Elias

to turn the hearts of fathers onto children,

and disobedient to the wisdom of the just,

to prepare for the Lord a people having been prepared…

{Luke 1:16–17}

 

 

On August 29, the Christians commemorated beheading of St. John the Baptist.

Lord Jesus Christ refers to John the Baptist as to the one concerning whom it is written that God sends His Angel before His face, as to Elias who has to come and to restore all, as to the burning and shining lamp, as to the one who is more excellent than a prophet, and as to the one who has arisen greater than anyone born of woman {Matthew 11:7–14; 17:10–13; Luke 7:24–28; John 5:35}. 

According to the will of God revealed through the Old Testament prophets, John the Baptist was born to prepare the way for God:

 

to witness the Light and to declare coming of the Son of God –

the Redeemer and the Savior of men

to announce closeness of the Kingdom of Heaven

to restore in the children the heart of their fathers,

and so, to prepare the people for God

to baptize the chosen ones in the water, so they would be ready for the baptism by the Fire – by the Holy Spirit

{Isaiah 40:3; Malachi 3:1; 4:5–6; Matthew 3:1–17; 11:1–14; 17:1–13; Mark 1:1–11; 9:1–13;

Luke 1:5–80; 3:1–18, 21–22; 7:19–28; 12:49; John 1:6–7, 19–36; 5:33–36; Deuteronomy 4:24; Hebrews 12:29}.

 

The mission of John the Baptist*1* was preparation of the chosen ones for their meeting with God the Savior Who shall baptize them with the Holy Spirit and therefore enable them to enter the everlasting life in the presence of God. For the sake of this meeting, one nation was chosen, delivered from physical and spiritual slavery in Egypt, given the Law, which initiated the evolution of mankind*2* and planted into the Promised Land.

However, John the Baptist was executed according to the order of the sinful king: he was beheaded

– apparently, for his reproof of the corrupted king (who violated the law and took wife of his brother) and because of malice of the king’s woman {Matthew 14:1–12; Mark 6:14–29; Luke 3:1–20; 9:7–9}

– in fact, his death was determined by the nature of the corrupted establishment, into which the ancient kingdom of the chosen people degenerated because of the incessant violations of the law of God and acceptance of “strange teachings” (the Orphism)  that spoiled the vineyard*3* of the Lord.

Therefore, there was no place for the greatest man of the pre–Christ world in the earthly kingdom built by the chosen nation. Although the kingdom was expected to live by the law of God, it, in its entirety (as the social, political, and religious system), was transformed into the embodiment of the evil. Those who should be the holy nation of God

became unable to perceive the words of God and to tolerate the Truth

had no place in them for the words of God

murdered the messengers of God who were sent to correct their ways

{Matthew 23:29–38; John 8:37–44}.

 

Execution of John the Baptist and forerunner of Christ indicated that the Old Testament’s world reached its καιρος,  as it happened with the pre–Flood earth {Genesis 6:6, 12–14}. However, this time, the world was spared: because of the great mercy and love of God, the Word–God was sent*4* to make man anew {John 1:12–13; 3:16–21}. The mission of St. John the Baptist initiated preparation to the new act of creation.

Apparently, there are five lines in the story of St. John the Baptist.

1/ John the Baptist is the messenger of God and the greatest man of those born by women; his life illustrates the true meaning of the greatness of man: he accomplished the will of God. As the God’s messenger, he calls the people to repent and to be baptized as the sign of repentance and purification from their sins, so, they would be ready for God’s purposes.

2/ Exposure of the ultimate degeneration of a human establishment built with violations of the law of God, on heathen traditions and heresy*3*.

Murder of the messenger of God was committed by the head of the establishment – ruler of the part of Judea (1/4), the remnants of the ancient kingdom of Israel.

The execution of John who is more excellent than a prophet and who has arisen as the greatest man of those born by women reveals not only personal corruption and injustice of the last king of Judea*5*. Murder of John the Baptist exposes the actual essence of the establishment, which does not observe the law of God, and in which there is no justice. John’s destiny is the result of the ultimate confrontation between the world of those who live by the material things and the world of those who live by the Spirit of God. The rebellious and sinful men have no place for God in their life – they have chosen to pursue the earthly power and to follow the traditions of the surrounding heathen nations:

 

they began with rejection of God as their King and decision to be as all other nations

(instead of God, to be ruled by the mortal kings: to be submitted, enslaved, and deprived of material valuables

by men with access to the power of physical coercion –

by those who were empowered to subdue and to kill the others for the sake of own purposes and advantages)

by their free choice, they enslaved themselves and their offspring to the earthly power of man,

and therefore, substituted the limited yet material and perceivable power of the mortal ruler

(the power to coerce, to enslave, to commit injustice, and to deprive of life and other valuable possessions)

for the invisible power of Almighty Omnipotent God the Spirit

Who is the Creator of life and the Giver of the law

they substituted the rules established by men and figments of human corrupted imagination

for the law and wisdom of God

they built their kingdom on the heathen traditions and customs of men

they made their history as the chain of the violations of the Law of God and relapses into the heathenism

they reached their καιρος with execution of the messenger of God

who was sent to prepare the way and the people for God

they finished with the ultimate evil – rejection of God the Savior and murder of the Innocent and Righteous Man*6*:

crucifixion of Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God and the King of Israel.

 

 3/ Insight into the power of Elias the Thesbite (Eliu, Elijah, or Ilias – in different translations; the Greek – Hlioυ  or Hlioς), who was the great prophet of the Almighty God {3 Kings 17:1–24; 18:1–46; 19:1–20; 4 Kings 2:1–11; Malachi 4:5–6}.

 4/ Revelation of the pattern of creation of the new world.

 5/ The example for the followers of Lord God Jesus Christ.

According to the Holy Scriptures, the forerunner of the Messiah has to come in the spirit and power of Elias the prophet and to restore all. For accomplishment of his mission, God endowed John the Baptist with the special abilities {Matthew 11:7–14; 17:10–13; Mark 1:1–8; 9:11–13; Luke 1:1–17, 57–80; 3:1–18, 21–22; 7:24–29, 33; John 1:6–8, 15–42; 5:32–35}:

 

he was filled with the Holy Spirit when he still was in the womb of his mother, Elizabeth the righteous,

so, before his birth, he was redeemed of the original sin of disobedience to God

he turned many of the sons of Israel to their God restoring in them the heart of their fathers

and baptized them for forgiveness of their sins preparing them for salvation

he was righteous and just man who was not afraid of the corrupted and unjust ruler

he had the ascetic manner of life similar to the prophets of the Old Testament:

the material things and values of material world had no power over him

he was enabled to recognize God and to perceive the Holy Spirit

coming onto the Son of man and abiding on Him

through him, the first disciples recognized their Master, Teacher, and God

he applied the power, which Elias the prophet had, and

he accomplished preparation of the people whom he baptized for the purposes of God.

 

In summary, John the Baptist acted with the power of the Holy Spirit that God gives His messengers whom He sends to reveal His will to His creations: the forerunner of Lord Jesus Christ had to prepare the earth – γη {man is the earth, γη – Genesis 2:7; 3:20} for the Creator and Savior. Lord God Jesus Christ refers to his mission as to coming of Elias who shall restore all {αποκαταστησει παντα Matthew 17:11}.

Obviously, Elias the prophet has done something very significant, because special prophecies {Isaiah 40:3–4; Malachi 3:1–3; 4:5–6} foretold that the messenger of God shall come before the Lord to prepare His way, so the glory of God shall appear and all flesh shall see salvation of God; this messenger is Elias who will be sent again before the great and glorious day of the Lord, lest God comes and smites the earth grievously.

Therefore, the actions accomplished with the power of Elias have to prevent destruction of men and prepare men for God the Creator and Savior.

So, what Elias the prophet has done?

Elias the Thesbite was the prophet of the Almighty God; he worked during the dark period in the history of ancient Israel {3 Kings 11; 12; 13; 14; 15; 16; Psalm 105(106):34–42}.

For Solomon’s apostasy, the kingdom of David was divided. Roboam the king in Jerusalem (son of Solomon) lost the biggest part of kingdom to Jeroboam, Solomon’s servant who became the king of Israel. In spite of the warnings of the prophets, Jeroboam did evil in the sight of the Lord: because of his fear to lose the kingdom to Solomon’s son if the people would come to worship God in His temple in Jerusalem, Jeroboam restored idol–worship. He made two golden heifers, appointed “priests,” who were not of the sons of Levi, by his own authority (as the king) established religious feasts, and began sacrifices to idols. Following their king, the people relapsed into heathenism and returned to the apostasy of their fathers {as it was in the time of law–giving – Exodus 32}.

The unrest and chain of incessant conflicts and wars began. The kings–apostates exterminated each other along with their families and households, yet the successors continued idol–worship and committed abominations similar to those of their predecessors.

Achaab was the sixth king after Jeroboam; he ruled over Israel in Samaria. Achaab’s wickedness was even more than the sins of Jeroboam who established the cult of golden heifers similar to Egyptian idols. In violation of the words of God {e.g., in: Exodus 34:12–16; Deuteronomy 11:8–17},

– Achaab took Jezebel, daughter of the Sidonian king (the Phoenician), as his wife and made her the queen

– Achaab instituted the cult of Baal – he began to serve Phoenician idol, worshiped it, and built for it the altar and place of worship in Samaria.

In the time of Achaab’s rule,

– the people assumed conspiracy and abominations of the native heathen nations, which the Lord removed from the Promised Land: they sacrificed their children and poured human blood unto the earth for the sake of the idols

– sacrifices of humans became the norm as it was for the heathens, and Jericho was re–built, with foundation laid upon the first–born son of the builder, and doors – upon the younger son

– diviners, perverts, sodomites, sorcerers, and other uncleanness again polluted the land.

Nor punishment for apostasy {e.g., three years it was no rain as it is said in: Deuteronomy 11:16–17; 28:24} nor miracle created by Elias (rain was given according to the promise of Elias) nor the fire from the Lord, out of heaven in response to  the Elias’ prayer, turned the Achaab’s heart toward God {3 Kings 16:29–34; 17; 18}.

So, the Promised Land again became the land of the heathens, because the people broken the covenant with God and served the idols {as it is said in: Deuteronomy 31:20; 32:15–35}. The prophets of God have been exterminated according to the order of Jezebel*7*, so there were no service to God {3 Kings 18:4, 13, 22}. The corruption of Jezebel was so terrible and inconsistent with human nature that after her death, the dust did not accept her: she was deprived from natural burial. As Elias the prophet foretold, her flesh was eaten by κυνες – tamed beasts*8* {3 Kings 20:1–24; 4 Kings 9:6–10, 30–37}, which, as dogs, consumed waste and dead flesh.

Although Elias was the only one prophet who stood for the true God, while the number of diviners of Baal and false prophets was eighth hundred and fifty men, Elias overcame the evil of idol–worshipers in the presence of the people who were called to witness the power of true God {3 Kings 18:16–39}:

1/ from the morning until evening, the diviners (prophets of Baal and other idols who were gathered together according to Elias’ request) cried loudly and performed their divination in frenzy: they cut themselves with knives and lancets, so, blood gushed out upon their bodies; they, yet did not have answer from their idol. Thus, Elias exposed powerlessness and deception of the false prophets   

2/ in the evening, in time when sacrifice to the Lord should be made, Elias took twelve stones (as it was twelve tribes of Israel) and, in the name of the Lord God, re–built from them the altar, which was broken down; he also made θαλασσαν – the space for water around the altar {θαλασσαν  – a space for water in 3 Kings 18:32 is the same word, with which God named water collected in its places under the heavens: the Seas – Θαλασσας – in Genesis 1:9–10}

3/ then, Elias piled the cleft wood on the altar and placed on the altar the whole–burnt–offering (the sacrifice) prepared according to the tradition, which true priests, those of the sons of Levi, observed

4/ then, Elias ordered to pour the water onto the offering and the altar: as he ordered, three times the water was poured out and it run about the altar, so the space for water around the altar was filled

5/ then, Elias cried to the Lord God and asked Him to answer with the fire from the heaven, so the people would know that the Lord is the God of Israel, and their heart will be turned back to the Lord

6/ then, the fire from out the heaven appeared , consumed the offering, the wood, and the water on the altar and even in the θαλασσαν, and exposed the stones of the altar and the dust*9*.

After demonstration of the power of true God, which should remind the people of their origin, their nature, and their responsibilities, Elias killed the false–prophets – servants of the Phoenician idol {as it is said in: Deuteronomy 13:1–18}: there is no place for the evil and its carriers in the world of God.

In her fury, Jezebel threatened to assassinate Elias. Elias fled into desert and asked that he might die and prayed God to take his soul, because the evil took over the chosen nation – there is nothing else he can do for those who were the chosen people of God, yet who left the Creator for the sake of idols, rejected God and broke the covenant, destroyed the altars, and killed the prophets of God; he is left alone and the enemies seek his life. God said that Elias should appoint two kings (of Syria and Israel) and his successor – Elisha who was the plowman; they would exterminate the carriers of the evil. Then, Elias was taken by God and Elisha was enabled to continue*10*  the work of Elias {3 Kings 19; 4 Kings 2:1–15}.

The summary of Elias’s works: Elias restored the altar – the place for manifestation of the power of God, revealed how the Lord God will create His new world, and exterminated servants of the idols and carriers of the evil – the false prophets who misled, deceived, and ruined the people. 

At the time of Elias, the altar had to be the structure built of earth or of stones that are not hewn. The offering to God was placed on the altar – there was no temple of God in the Achaab’s kingdom of apostates, in which the prophets of God were killed and priests were not heard.

However, as Lord Jesus Christ said, the altar sanctifies the offering { Matthew 23:18–19}; therefore the altar built by Elias was the essence of the temple of God Who is the Master of the Universe, Who does not live in the buildings and does not need sacrifices of men {1 Chronicles 17:1–15; Psalm 49(50):1–15; John 2:19–21}.

So, by restoring  the broken down altar, covering it with water, and offering the sacrifice, Elias re–established the earthly part of the ancient covenant with God: he prepared the earth for coming of God Who is the All–Consuming Fire and Who, in the time of giving the law, in desert, revealed Himself through the fire that engulfed the mountain, and in the time of Elias – through the fire that came over the restored altar {Genesis 13:18; 15:6–21; Exodus 3:1–6; 20:24–25; Deuteronomy 4:11–13, 23–24, 33–36; 3 Kings 18:30–38}.

Wherever God, Who is the Holy One of a human being, is, there is the God’s temple*11*: Elias restored the altar – the stone structure upon the dust – and prepared it for becoming the temple, in which the power of God shall be manifested {Exodus 20:24–25; 3 Kings 18:30–35}.

Consequently, the one might infer that the actions of Elias have brought forth the old to reveal the new {in: Leviticus 26:10}. Elias assembled the model of the world awaiting its Creator: there were the water of creation, the sacrifice placed on the cleft wood (the broken tree of death*12*), and the altar – the temple of God – built from the stones, which represented twelve tribes of Israel {the people chosen to be the very Own possession of God, the priests of the Almighty God among whom God promised to walk – Exodus 19:5–6; Leviticus 26:11–12; Deuteronomy 26:17–19; 2 Corinthians 6:16–18} and which were differentiated and separated from other nations*13* as the stones chosen for construction are separated from the dust.

Elias’ preparation of the altar reveals

1/ the pattern described in Genesis, when the world {that later would be destroyed by the very elements from which it was created – 2 Peter 3:5–6} came into being

the Holy Spirit of God moved over the waters

God said the Word

the world came into being

{Genesis 1}.

3/ anticipation of the new Covenant:

 

when Elias prepared the altar, offered the sacrifice for the sins of men, and implored God to send the fire,

the fire from God appeared

{3 Kings 18:30–38}

when a human being is redeemed by Lord Jesus Christ Who is the Sacrifice for the sins of the world,

when a human being is cleaned and sanctified by the Word–God,

when the living temple is built by the Word–God and prepared for the coming of the Holy Spirit,

the Divine Fire comes creating a child of God, His very Own people

{Mark 1:1–8; John 1:12–13, 26–36; 3:3, 5–7, 14–17; 10; 14:15–26; 15:3–4; 16:7–15; 17;

1 Peter 1:15–21; 2:5; 1 Corinthians 3:16–17; 2 Corinthians 6:16–18; Ephesians 2:12–22;

Leviticus 26:11–12; Malachi 3:1–4, 17; 4:5}.

 

Consequently, the one might infer that the actions of Elias the prophet {in: 3 Kings; 4 Kings}

a/ confirm {as it was done in the beginning, when God spoke to Moses from within the flame that engulfed the bush, which nevertheless, was not burnt to the ashes, when the rock became the springs of water – Exodus 3:1–6; 17:5–6; Numbers 20:11}  the absolute power of God over the created by Him universe, over the elements, from which the matter – a perceivable by men part of His creations – consists. For this Power, there are no limits, there are no obstacles, and there are no boundaries

b/ illustrate the features and abilities of a being who has been transformed by the power of the Holy Spirit sent by God for accomplishment of His will through the actions of man and within the world of men

c/ reveal how the creation of new world will be accomplished:

– the fire, which  came out of the heaven because of Elias’ prayer to God, consumes water, wood, and offering on the altar, annihilates the remnants of the temporary matter and exposes the stones and the dust {3 Kings 18:38} sanctifying the altar and transforming it into the temple of God

– likewise, the Divine Fire, the Holy Spirit, comes from the Lord God because of the prayer of Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God – the Word–God, Who becomes the στερεωμα*14* of a human being {transforming him into the altar prepared for God the Almighty and enabling him to accept the Holy Spirit – in: John 14:15–26; 15:26; 16:13–15; 17:1–26}, and engulfs the earth–man

annihilating the evil

accepting the purified soul of man and his love to God as the Own altar and rightful sacrifice

{Malachi 3:1–4}

transforming man into the living temple of the Living God

opening the eternity behind the threshold of death.

 

Then, the Gospels mention Elias the prophet, when the disciples of Lord Jesus Christ witness His transfiguration {Luke 9:28–35} and His meeting with Moses and Elias. This meeting also provides insight into the process of creation of a human child of God – a new being who is the living temple of the Living God.

At the moment of transfiguration of Lord Jesus Christ, those through whom the will of God the Creator is accomplished at the earth are gathered together – the Law was given through Moses; the Power to control water and fire and to create and control the structured matter was illustrated through actions of Elias; the Unity of the Law, Power, and Energy is revealed by the Word–God, through Whom God the Father creates {in: John 1:1–3; 10:30; 14:10–11; 17:21; Ephesians 3:9–11}:

 

through Moses,

God revealed His law to His creations;

the law of God initiated evolution of man; it began formation of the human clay/earth,

which has to be purified and transformed by the All–Consuming Fire

into the living precious stones, from which the temple of God shall be built

{in: Exodus; Deuteronomy; Isaiah 45:9; 64:8; 1 Peter 1; 2; Revelation 21}

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through Elias,

God restored and purified His altar and revealed the future:

the fire goes before God, annihilates the evil,

and prepares the earth for the New Covenant with God –

similarly to the fire that came from the heaven to sanctify the altar, which was covered with the waters,

and to accept the sacrifice to God for redemption of the sins of the people,

the Divine Fire shall be cast upon the earth – man – prepared to become the temple of God

{3 Kings; Psalm 96(97):3; 117(118):27–29; Matthew 3:1–11; Luke 12:49; John 1:26–36; 1 Peter 1; 2}

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through Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God,

Who accepted baptism in the waters and Who baptized men with the Holy Spirit,

Who is the Lamb given for the sins of the world, for reconciliation of man to God,

for establishment of the New Eternal Covenant with God

{Genesis 15; 17:1–7; Matthew 26:26–28; Hebrews}

Whose Soul, Body and Blood are the essence and life of a new creation made into His likeness,

Who is the Word–God and through Whom

God creates His works,

the Divine Fire is cast upon the earth (man):

the Holy Spirit comes to transform the creature of clay, which is formed by the Word–God,

into a new creation born of God with water and Spirit

the new world without evil, suffering and death –

the perfect world, in which God dwells with His creations –

comes into being

{John 1; 14; 15; 16; 17; 1 Peter 1; 2; Revelation 1:1–8, 13–18; 21:5–6; 22}

 

In conclusion, according to explanation given by the Lord to Nicodemus {John 3:1–7}, the one can enter the Kingdom of God only if he is born of the water and the Spirit*15*, only the Word–God, Who came through the water, and Blood, and Spirit placing His Soul as the ransom for the many, gives a mortal human being the choice to accept the authority to become the immortal child of God {Matthew 20:28; Mark 10:45; John 1:1–13; 3:16; 6:53–58; 10:11–18; 1 John 5:6–8; 1 Peter 1:1–25; 2:1–10; Ephesians 2:1–22}. Consequently the one can infer that

– coming of the John the Baptist who baptized the people with water reveals initiation of the first phase of creation of the new world:

 

as Elias poured water over the altar and on the sacrifice on the altar built from the stones

to prepare the earth for the coming of the Fire from the Heavens,

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likewise, John the Baptist baptized human beings with water preparing them

for the baptism by the Holy Spirit

and for transformation of them who were the earth (men)

into the living precious stones, from which the temple of God shall be built

 

– the next phase of creation of the firstfruit of certain creations of God is construction of the altar of God. This altar is the living temple of the Living God: the inner man,  ο κρυπτος της καρδιας ανθρωπος {the hidden heart of man1 Peter 3:4}, or the essence of a human being – soul–heart–mind*16* purified and sanctified by the Word–God and prepared for coming of the Divine All–Consuming Fire {James 1:18; 1 John 3:1–6; Ephesians 2:13–22}.

 

 

 

Process

 

…But as many as received Him, to them He gave the authority to become

children of God, to the ones believing in His Name,

who were not born of bloods nor of will of the flesh,

but were born of God…

{John 1:12–13}

…I am the Way, and the Truth, and the Life.

No one comes to the Father except through Me…

{John 14:6}

…Having purposed, He brought us forth by the Word of Truth

to be the certain furstfruit of His creatures…

{James 1:18}

…Purifying your souls in the obedience to the Truth through the Spirit…

…having been born again, not by corruptible seed,

but incorruptible, through the living Word of God,

and remaining forever…

{1 Peter 1:22–23}

…God creating all things by Lord Jesus Christ…

{Ephesians 3:9}

 

 

Creation of man is the work of God: God creates a new being – His child, the certain firstfruit of the creatures who are enabled to live in the  presence of the Almighty Omnipotent God through the eternity.

To envision the process of creation, the one needs to acknowledge the actuality of the world created by God. For instance, the one might begin with acceptance of the Holy Scriptures as the only source of knowledge of God; then, he might come to understanding that {e.g., in: Genesis 1; 2; Isaiah 40:21–31; 45:5–26; 64:1–9; 66; John 1:1–18; 3:3–21; 6:37–40; 14; 15; 16; 17; James 1:17–25; 1 Peter 1:1–25; 2:1–25; 2 Peter 1:1–11; 3:3–18; 1 John 1; 3:1–24; Jude; Romans 1:1–32}

a/ a human being was created to evolve and to toil and to dominate the evolving world*17* created by God

b/ after the original sin, each human being is born into the temporal world of the structured matter with the purpose to obtain the everlasting life in the kingdom of God

c/ there is only one Way to the eternity: within the temporal material world, in which lawlessness, evil, and death are the reality of the daily existence, the essence of man – his soul–heart–mind – must become the likeness of the Word–God; that is possible only through Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, Who is the Word–God, the Holy Wisdom of God.

Then, it would be clear that the human mind*16* exists between the realm of God and the realm of the temporal dissipating matter:

 

the realm of God Who is the Almighty Spirit and Creator of all

the human mind

     

the world of the structured matter – creations of God made for accomplishment of the purposes of God.

 

As such, the mind has the unique purpose: to embody the Divine Energy that it receives from God into the energy and material structures within the world of the matter:

1/ own thoughts, words, actions carrying/embodying/conveying knowledge and information, through which the mind creates and manipulates the material things

2/ own creations – material things (e.g., concepts, books, buildings, empires, societies, family).

The mind manifests its existence and achieves its purposes through the specific form of energy – a direct derivative of the Divine Energy and Wisdom of creation, Λογος: knowledge. The source of mind’s existence is the knowledge of God, it lives by knowledge of God {John 1:1–18; 17:3}; its life is creation of knowledge; its evolution is measured or evaluated by an ability to comprehend–perceive–convey the knowledge of the actuality – the truth; its purpose is dissemination of knowledge; its death comes with death of a body, when the process of perception–creation–transfer of knowledge, which was the essence of a particular mind, is terminated, and the spirit/soul returns to God Who gave it {Psalm 145(146):4; Ecclesiastes 12:7; Genesis 2:7}.

Therefore, the natural perception of a human being, who exists (or is accommodated) within the perceivable world composed of the material things (the structured matter), has two directions:

 

1/ the kingdom of heaven – the realm of God the Spirit, Who is the Source of life

2/ the realm of the creations of the Spirit – the earth,

the world of the material things, within which the mind has to accomplish own existence:

the world composed of the matter, which has been structured for accomplishment of particular purposes

(e.g., to sustain life of a particular being within a particular time–space–complexity setting)

and that has either to disintegrate/be unstructured/dissolved  

or to be transformed/re–structured after achievement of the purposes.

 

Consequently, the normal human being is oriented toward two realms in which his life has to be consummated: his inner essence – soul–heart–mind*16*  – has to be focused on the eternal realm of the Almighty God the Spirit Who gives him the eternity, and the mind–reasoning–intellect should be tuned to the world of the  material things, in which a human being has to evolve for the purposes of God and to exist until either he becomes a child of God born into the eternal life or he becomes the carrier of the evil that will not be admitted into the presence of God.

Each human being has to make the inevitable life–defining choice and to decide, which of two realms is his priority: there is no possibility to serve two masters; it is not possible to unify life with death, and it is not possible for the evil one enter the presence of God: the presence of God annihilates the evil as well as those who carry it within.

Perception of those who live only by the material things*18* is insufficient/impaired, or distorted/clouded: they perceive and comprehend only through material things {Isaiah 6:9–10; Matthew 13:10–15; Mark 4:11–13}: they are not able to perceive the presence of God the Spirit {John 4:23–24}. If, eventually, they are empowered to come to God {John 6:44–45; 14:6–7}, their enlightenment might begin with comprehension of parables*19* provided in the Gospels and messages of the prophets {the Books of the Old Testament}.  

For instance, the actions of the Old Testament prophets, in particular, restoration of the altar by Elias the prophet {3 Kings 18:30–39}*20*, were intended to draw the people’s mind and then, perception to the source of everything – God – by illustration of the power of God, conveying knowledge of God, and explaining the nature of the world and, especially, the threats (consequences) of apostasy {e.g., Deuteronomy}. The words and actions of the prophets conveyed the knowledge, which has to evoke the normal perception of their listeners and make them capable of accomplishment the purposes for accomplishment of which they have been created.

In other words, it might be said that the mind is the energy entity/being inseparable of the wholeness – the certain form of life: a human being that consists of derivatives of the energy and the matter. One of the functions of the mind is transfer of the Divine/universal energy into the world that consist (is composed of) the different creations/derivatives of this Divine/universal energy, which are created to exist at the different levels of complexity. All creations of God – the entire evolving*17* world given into the dominion of man {Genesis 1; 2} – compose the living evolving entity created by God for His purposes and according to His Will.

From such a point of view, the prophets work as the receivers and distributors of the life–sustaining energy/knowledge, which could re–direct the mind of their contemporaries from the matter–derivative to its Source – God, to tune it to the Source of the energy, to prepare the mind for acceptance of the life–sustaining energy coming from God – the energy that would eliminate insufficiencies of a particular mind and lead it toward evolution/development of the optimal potency.

If the ordinary people work with the material things, the prophets work*10* with the energy – knowledge, which determines the necessity of creation, defines existence, and initiates collapse/disintegration of the material things, and which might transform the mind of another human being into a receiver–transmitter of the energy/knowledge similar to the mind of the prophet. Consequently, in the terms of Isaiah the prophet {Isaiah 45:8–12; 64:8–9}, the prophets might be seen as the slaves/servants {cf.: Jeremiah 42:15; Ezekiel 38:17; Revelation 10:7; 11:18} who prepare the human clay*11* for the creative works of the Master – the Lord our God.

The work of the prophets was completed with coming of John the Baptist {Matthew 11:13}: all the knowledge needed for preparation to the meeting with the Messiah and Redeemer of man was given, and all those who were chosen by God were prepared*20* for the works of God. The wise maidens, who in the darkness waited coming of the Master for the wedding, had their lamps ready to be lit and to shine {Matthew 25:1–13}; likewise, the people, who from the beginning are the very Own of God, were ready to accept the Divine Light that would let them enter the house of their Lord and Master and would make them the lamp for the others who, along with them, would come to the Father of all – the Father of lights {Psalm 17(18):28; Isaiah 9:2; Matthew 5:14–16; John 6:37–47; 9:5; 14:1–3, 6; Matthew 28:18–20; Mark 16:15–20; James 1:17}.

 The work of John the Baptist initiated the final phase of creation at the earth, during which God Himself teaches and illuminates His creations whom He chooses to enter His kingdom and to have everlasting life in His presence {Matthew 11:12–13; 23:8–10; John 6:44–47; 14:26; 16:13; 1 John 4:12–13}.

The influence of this knowledge begins with modification of the energy structures/fields that are the essence of man – the soul–heart–mind – the living energy entity/being, which by the nature are tuned to perception of God and accomplishment of His will, yet, which because of violation of the law of God became unfocused/insufficient (evil) and entered the phase of collapse/disintegration. To be able to accept knowledge given by God, and thus to be “healed” the soul–heart–mind has to be re–created, so it would become capable of faith. Then, because of faith, it would obtain the abilities of

 

a/ perception of God

b/ receiving the Holy Spirit

c/ accomplishment of the will of God.

 

Such re–creation is transformation, which is necessary for compliance with the Law of God: the soul–heart–mind must become the likeness of the Word–God if it has to be enabled to receive the Holy Spirit.

Hence, the process of creation of man begins with establishing of the faith in Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God and the Savior, Who is της  πιστεως  Αρχηγον  και  Tελειωτην – the Author/Chief of faith and the One Who completes, makes perfect, consummates faith {Hebrews 12:2}.

The faith reveals itself as an ability to perceive, to comprehend, and to accept as the absolute truth the words of God. Then, this ability evolves into love to Lord Jesus Christ: love to God begins with acceptance of the Word–God and it is consummated with observance of His commandments {John 14:15, 23; 16:27; 1 John 5:3}. During this stage of creation,

the human soul–heart–mind becomes actualization of Λογος/Αγια Σοφια

the Word–God Who is the Law and the Wisdom of God

the knowledge of Word–God, by Whom God creates*19*,

is embodied into the thought, words, and actions of man

the Word–God becomes the Στερεωμα*14* of His new creation,

as the firmament was the foundation of the first world created by God

{in: Genesis 1:1–8; Psalm 17(18):1–2}.

 

The inner structure of such a new creation – its essence/Στερεωμα*14* – is the Soul of Lord Jesus Christ placed for the life of His people, for His world, His Precious Blood shed for the many and His Precious Body given for the many, so the many may obtain forgiveness of sins and live through Him forever {Matthew 26:26–28; Mark 14:22–24; Luke 22:17–20; John 3:16–18; 6:47–58; 10:11–18; 1 John 4:9–17}.

This new being lives by the words of God as a body lives by the daily bread; his life is sustained by the energy/knowledge of God as a body’s life is sustained by blood. This being is focused*21* on God, and his existence becomes embodiment of the first main commandment – love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your understanding, with all your power, and with all your strength {Mark 10:45; 12:29–30; Luke 10:25–28; John 6:44–69; 10}:

 

when, through faith, Lord Jesus Christ, the Word–God, enters the inner heart of man to transform it

into the living temple ready for the dwelling of God the Creator

{Ephesians 3:9–21}

when the Word–God is the foundation of the human soul–heart–mind and the peace of man,

in which man is completed and perfected by the Almighty Perfect Love of God

{John 14:27; 17; 1 John 4:7–21; Ephesians 2:14–22}

when the knowledge of God and observance of His commandments are actualized

through the thoughts, words, and actions of a human being

{John 14:23; 1 John 5:3; 2 John 6}

then, the core of a new being – the inner man – born by the Word of Truth is completed

{John 1:1–13; 10:11–18; John 15:1–5; James 1:17–18; 1 Peter 1:17–23; 3:4}.

 

This core might be envisioned as the sustaining structures of the temple, as stones from which Elias the prophet*20* built the altar of God, and as the living stones mentioned by St. Peter the Apostle {1 Peter 2:4–10}.

What then, are the living stones from which the temple of God is created?

The living stone, on which the living temple–dwelling of the living God is built {John 14:15–27; 1 Peter 2:4–5; Ephesians 2:18–22; 1 Corinthians 6:19–20}, is the human heart–mind that has developed and employs the special abilities, which are necessary for the one who desires to observe and to accomplish the commandments of God and therefore to obtain the everlasting life:

 

a/ an ability to unmistakably discern the good and the evil

b/ an ability always to choose the good

c/ an abilities to steadfastly pursue the good

and to create the good by own thoughts, words, and actions.

 

The mind must reach such a degree of development that these abilities cannot be impaired and cannot be influenced by the others. Such evolution is possible if

– in the words of the ancient prophet, Εν τη καρδια μου εκρυψα τα λογια Σου, οπως αν μη αμαρτω Σοι {Psalm 118(119):11} – within the one’s heart, the words of God are hidden, so he does not sin before God any more

 – in the words of St. Peter the Apostle {2 Peter 1:1–12}, σπουδασατε βεβαιαν υμων την κλησιν και εκλογην ποιεισθαι. Ταυτα γαρ ποιουντες ου μη πταισητε ποτε {2 Peter 1:10} – the one is diligent unchangeably in accomplishment of his calling; so, the one would never be defeated/fall in doing these things. St. Peter writes of  “these things” in the previous verses {2 Peter 1:2–8} – they are grace, peace, and virtues multiplied by the cognition of God and His Word – Lord Jesus Christ: by His Divine power all things of life are granted through comprehension of the knowledge of God {in: John 17:3} Who is calling us with glory and virtue, so we might be the partakers of the divine nature.

Furthermore, St. Peter the Apostle explains that diligence/perseverance/consistency enhances correlating/bringing together in faith {σπουδην πασαν παρεισενεγκαντες, επιχορηγησατε εν τη πιστει 2 Peter 1:5} virtue with knowledge, and with knowledge – self–control, and with self–control – patience, with patience – godliness, and then, love to the others. Then, such one will be given the entrance into the kingdom of God. St. Peter also speaks of the state of knowing having been unmoved/restful/sustained in the Truth that is present {ειδοτας, και εστηριγμενους εν τη παρουση αληθειαPeter 1:12}.

In general, St. Peter the Apostle tells of the permanent/constant spiritual being – the likeness of God the Creator Who revealed Himself as The One Who remains The Same, although the heavens – His creations – shall perish and shall be changed {Psalm 101(102):25–27}, and Whose Law is to be fulfilled completely: until the heavens and the earth pass away, in no way shall one iota or one line {κεραια} pass away from the law until all things happen {in: Matthew 5:17–18}.

 In the contemporary terms, the one can also envision the essence of such an immortal being as an indestructible system established with two system–creating powers acting at two levels of complexity:

by the Divine Power that acts through the knowledge of God and Lord Jesus Christ

{in: John 17:3}

and

with diligence, steadfastness, perseverance, and faith of a human being

{2 Peter 1:1–11}

who is focused on God, who lives by the faith in God, and who embodies the knowledge of God into own life.

 

Such an indestructible system is the inner man,  ο κρυπτος της καρδιας ανθρωπος  {the hidden heart of man1 Peter 3:4} – the incorruptible immortal being born of God and fashioned by God for everlasting life {John 1:1–13; 3:3–7; 15:1–2; James 1:16–18; 1 Peter 1:13–25}: the one

– who, as St. Paul the Apostle writes, is the co–worker (συνεργος) of God, a field of God, and construction (οικοδομη) of God {1 Corinthians 3:9}

– who, as St. John the Apostle writes, in the next phase of life shall become the slave of God who sees the Face of God, has the Name of God on his forehead, serves God, and reigns with God forever and ever {Revelation 22:3–5}.

These permanent abilities make corruption and sin the past {cf.: 1 John 3:1–24}, if they become the firm unchangeable foundation, on which the mind

evolves into the being, which is an embodiment of the law of God

steadfastly, without deviations (that is without violations of the law of God),

follows the particular pattern of thinking–learning–creating knowledge

is empowered to focus on accomplishment of the purposes that serve the will of God

Is empowered to transfer knowledge that might initiate evolution of the others

who can be influenced with knowledge,

which became the very existence of this new being–embodiment of the Law of God.

 

The key to successful completion of the first phase of creation is faith, because the optimal state of the soul–heart–mind and the optimal state of human reasoning/intelligence (as readiness for the works of God) are evaluated with the unwavering faith. Only presence of the Word–God Who is της πιστεως Αρχηγον και Tελειωτην – the Author/Chief of faith and the One Who completes, makes perfect, consummates faith {Hebrews 12:2}, gives the unwavering faith, which sustains the permanent abilities to steadfastly observe the words of God, to dutifully obey the commandments of God, and to embody the commandments of God into own existence.

In other words, it might be said that the faith is the highest wisdom, the optimal state of the human reasoning/mind, because faith is the proof of the presence of Αγια Σοφια – the Holy Wisdom of God, Λογος, the Word–God, Who is της  πιστεως  Αρχηγον  και  Tελειωτην, the Author/Chief of faith and the One Who completes, makes perfect, consummates faith – within the human mind.

The Gospels give an example, which provides the criteria of evaluation of readiness for the works of God: it is a description of the tests*22* offered to Lord Jesus Christ in desert {Matthew 4:1–11; Luke 4:1–12}. All three tests evaluate human being’s knowledge of God, faith in God, and love to God:

a/ understanding that human being lives not only by bread but by every word coming from God, therefore, it is inappropriate to subdue the spirit to the matter

b/ understanding that

a human being lives by God and for the sake of accomplishment of the will of God

all and everything of human being is in God

the entire essence of human being – soul–heart–mind – must be centered only on God

therefore, all the glory and all splendors of all kingdoms of the world have to be rejected,

if their price is betrayal of God and worship of the evil

 

c/ understanding of inappropriateness to test the truthfulness of the words of God {εκπειραδεις  – to tempt/test/provoke God –Mathew 4:7; Deuteronomy 6:16–18}; such distrust is similar to the original sin {Genesis 3:1–7}. The one who has true faith in God is incapable to distrust God, to test His words, to admit any possibility of life without guidance of God.

In summary, the three tests evaluate the comprehension of the meaning of the original sin, the ability to exclude it from the reality of own existence, and the consequent ability to observe the first main commandment: you shall love the Lord your God with all your soul, with all your heart, with all your understanding, with all your power, and with all your strengths {Deuteronomy 6:5; Matthew 22:37–38; Mark 12:29; Luke 10:27}. 

Only if a human being learned to observe the first main commandment and his soul–heart–mind became the embodiment of love to God, only then a human being is ready for the works of God. Such readiness defines difference between a human child of God destined for the eternity with God and an enemy of God destined for the eternal separation from God: that is the difference between life and death.

Creation of a human child of God proceeds through acceptance of the Holy Spirit Who descends onto a human being because of Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the Word–God, Who became the Στερεωμα of the human being and gave him the authority to become the child of God born of God {John 1:12–13; 3:5–6; 4:24; 14:15–26}. The Holy Spirit illuminates and enlightens and recreates a human soul–heart–mind with knowledge–wisdom–energy that guides man in his road*23* to the kingdom of God and empowers him to accomplish the will of God and to obtain the everlasting life in the presence of God {John 6:44–47; 14:15–17, 26; 15:26; Ephesians 3:14–19}.

The references to God the Spirit, the Consuming Fire, given in the Holy Scriptures {John 4:23–24; Luke 12:49; Deuteronomy 4:25; Hebrews 12:29} allow to envision this process as likeness of the coming of the Fire onto the altar built by Elias {3 Kings 18:30–38}. As the Fire out of Heaven consumed everything on the altar, which was built and watered by Elias the prophet, and exposed the stones and the dust, in similar way, our God the Spirit Who is the Consuming Fire and Light and Life of man,

engulfs the being baptized and purified by the Word–God,

annihilates the evil from his life making the evil irrelevant,

gives understanding of the words and commandments of God,

teaches the knowledge that is the everlasting life

{John 6:44–45; 13:1–11; 15:1–3; 16:33; 17; 1 Corinthians 3:11–21; Malachi 3:2–3}

prepares a new being –

a human child of God created into the likeness of the Word–God and born by the Holy Spirit of God –

for the eternal life

{John 1:1–13; 3:5–7; 1 John 3:2–18; James 1:22–25; I John 3:2–3; 2 Corinthians 3:18}.

 

Completion

 

…And I will petition the Father, and Another Paraclete He will give you to abide with you forever:

the Spirit of Truth Whom the world is not empowered to embrace (ου  δυναται λαβειν),

because it does not observe/consider (θεωρει) Him nor perceives (γινωσκει) Him.

But you perceive Him, because with you He abides and in you will be…

{John 14:16–17}

 

 

Creation of man is accomplished according to the Will/Law/purpose, with the Divine Energy, and by the Power of Almighty God the Creator, from Whom the Word–God and the Holy Spirit come. A new being – the immortal child of God is born, when the human spirit–heart–mind becomes the temple*24* of the Living God {John 14:23; 16:27; James 1:18; 1 Peter 1:23; 2:1–9; 1 Corinthians 3:16–17; 2 Corinthians 6:16; Ephesians 2:13–22}, when, according to the promise of Lord Jesus Christ,

 

God the Father comes to love His creation and to make His dwelling with him

the All–forgiving Almighty and Perfect Love of God embraces a new being

– human child of God –

and enables him to enter the everlasting life in the presence of God

a human child of God begins his new life in God and with God

{John 14:23; 17; Revelation 22:3–5}.

 

With coming of the Holy Spirit, the process of creation of man enters the last phase that had to be accomplished at the earth, when an immortal being comes into existence within the temporal world.

The Holy Scriptures reveal that immortality of a human child of God is the outcome of three inalienable, inseparable, and mutually interconnected features, which – as much as it is open for understanding of the one living within the temporal world of the material things – define the meaning of the eternal life.

An immortal child of God  

is born by the Word of Truth

lives by the Holy Spirit

is loved by God the Father

{John 1; 3; 14; 15; 16; 17; James 1:18; 1 John 4:9–17; Genesis 1:26–27, 31; 2:7}.

 

Within the man’s world – the world of the temporal structured matter enabled to carry life temporarily and at some time–space–complexity settings, the mind perceives the creative works of God as the manifestation of the unity of the Law/Word/Wisdom, the Energy, and the Will/Power, when the Word–God and the Holy Spirit accomplish the Will of God the Creator. This Unity – the Divine Perfect Love, our God and Father, ignites a new life of a certain creation – the one who lives in God and by God {Genesis 1:1–31; 2:1; Psalm 17(18):1–2; 103(104):30; 106(107):19–20; 147; Proverbs 2:6–16; 8:11–31; 9:1–11; Isaiah 55:8–11; John 1; 3; 10:30; 14; 15; 16; 17; James 1:18; 1 Peter 1; 2; 1 John; Ephesians 2:10; 3:9; Revelation 21; 22}.

Three features make a human child of God distinct, different from all the others within the world of the material things:

 

1. He is born by the Word of Truth

 

To be born by the Word of Truth means that the Word–God became the Στερεωμα of the soul–heart–mind – the framework of all activities and the inner structure of human essence/being:

a/ intellectual – thoughts

b/ communications – words

c/ actions – dealing with the others and manipulation the material structures from which the world consists.

In fulfilling of the Gospels, a human being comes to God through Lord Jesus Christ, the Word–God {John 1:1–13; 6:44; 14:6–28}, Whose Soul has been placed for the many {Mark 10:45; John 10:14–18, 27–30}, so any human being may become the child of God and be empowered to accept the Holy Spirit: to be born of God for the eternal life in God and with God. The human child of God created according to the Law of God is similar to the Word–God, Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God {John 1:1–4, 18; 3:1–8; 10:30; 14:6–10, 15–26; 17:3, 20–26; 1 John 3:1–2}.

The foreknowledge of the process of creation of man was given from the beginning. For instance, Isaiah the prophet speaks about the clay, from which the Potter – the Lord God, Master and Creator of the universe – makes His works. Such a work is a new being, the lamp, which would carry His Light. Similarly, in the Psalm 17, the prophet tells: οτι συ φωτιεις λυχνον μου Κυριε, ο Θεος μου φοτιεις το σκοτος μου – God ignites my lamp, God illuminates my darkness. In the completion of understanding, Lord Jesus Christ creates eyes of the man who was born blind and speaks of Himself Who is the Light of the world and of the lightened lamp – His people. Then, His apostle reminds us that the coming of the Son of God is accomplishment of the intention of God that existed before the beginning of the time {Isaiah 29:16; 43:18–19; 45:5–13; 64:8–9; Psalm 17(18):28; Matthew 5:14–16; John 1:1–5; 9:1–7; 1 Peter 1:1–9}. 

If to continue the analogy with a lamp, the one can see that each lamp, as any material thing, has a structure and the substance that is designed, structured–organized–assembled–arranged for the purposes of its creator. The inner structure of a human child of God is the Word–God – the Στερεωμα of the new being destined for the new eternal world; the substance is the Divine Energy–Power that a human being receives from the Holy Spirit when He comes to abide with and in a human being as it was promised by Lord God Jesus Christ {John 14:16–17}.

Hence, this phase of creation is accomplished when the human being becomes an embodiment of the Word–God according to the Law of God – the eternal unchangeable Law, for the fulfillment of which the Word–God became man {Matthew 5:17–18}, so man may be enabled to receive the Holy Spirit, and therefore, to live in the presence of God and to serve God through the eternity {John 17; Revelation 22:1–5}. The completion of this phase of creation of the inner man/firstfruit of the certain creations of God {James 1:18} is manifested as the permanent unchangeable abilities of man

 

a/ to observe and to accomplish the words of God

b/ to be steadfastly focused*21* on God

c/ to live for the sake of fulfillment of the will/commandments of God.

 

In other words, it can be said that the creation of man comes to completion, when man learns to love God and therefore, becomes empowered to fulfill the first main commandment {Mark 12:29–30}: the mentioned above abilities to observe the words of God and to make them the actuality of own existence confirm that man loves God and lives by God  {John 14:15, 23–24; 1 John 5:3}.

 

2. He lives by the Holy Spirit

{John 14:15–17, 26; 16:13–15}

 

In His last conversation with the disciples {John 14; 15; 16}, Lord God Jesus Christ promised them coming of the Holy Spirit, Who will abide with them forever: the Spirit of Truth Whom the world is not empowered to embrace (ου  δυναται λαβειν), because it does not observe/consider (θεωρει) Him nor perceives (γινωσκει) Him. But the disciples of Christ perceive Him, because with them He abides and in them He will be {John 14:16–17}.

If to analyze the Gospel’s text {John 14:16–17}, the one could infer that the main obstacle, which makes, for the some, the everlasting life in the presence of God impossible, is the absence of δυναται λαβειν – the empowerment to embrace–receive–obtain–comprehend the Holy Spirit (λαβειν from λαμβανω, that generates the cluster of derivatives with the general meaning to take possession, grasp, embrace, envelope, include, comprehend). The reason of this obstacle also is pointed out: the world can neither θεωρει (consider–observe–ponder–contemplate) nor γινωσκει (perceive–comprehend–know) Him.

The Holy Scriptures {Isaiah 6:8–10; Jeremiah 5:19–28; Matthew 13:13–15; Mark 4:11–12; Luke 8:10–15; John 12:35–41; Acts 28:23–29} mention spiritual blindness–deafness–impairment of the heart–mind engrossed in the material things*18* – the agonizing suffocating mind that, although is caged in the darkness of the hostile and collapsing world of the dissipating matter, still imagines a possibility to live without God: materialism, indeed, is the worst enemy of mankind.

It means that, in summary, one phenomenon makes the difference between the immortality and death of man: the man’s ability to admit existence of the realm of the Almighty Omnipotent God the Spirit Who is the Source of life and of everything that man sees, perceives, takes possession, consumes, creates, or destroys.

Only through Lord Jesus Christ, the one can obtain the power to perceive and to accept the Holy Spirit and then, to undergo the consequence transformation into the being who is enabled to live by the Holy Spirit {John 14:6–26; 16:13–15}.

What does it mean to live by the Holy Spirit?

All writings of the Apostles of Lord God Jesus Christ are about the meaning of life by the Holy Spirit {e.g., in: 1 Peter; 2 Peter 1; 1 John; Romans 8;  14:17–19; 1 Corinthians, and the others}; from a particular point of view, they can be summarized with a few worlds: spiritual perfection in God. Among many things, spiritual perfection includes such features as the irrelevance of the evil, the reality of the Absolute Good, and the spiritual power that elevates a human being above the material things. The Holy Scriptures describe the manifestations of the power, which God gives to His slaves (for instance, the prophets*10*) whom He calls to accomplish His works at the earth {e.g., in: Matthew 10:8; Mark 16:16–18; Acts; 3 Kings; 4 Kings}.

From one angle of consideration, the meaning of this power may be envisioned as the unity of the mutually correlated and mutually enhancing features that define the essence – soul–heart–mind – of a human child of God:

a/ perfect love of God and created by Him world

b/ optimal (sufficient for certain works and accomplishment of the particular purposes of God) knowledge of the nature of the world created by God

c/ wisdom as the understanding of the will of God and the potency to accomplish it within the time–space–complexity settings allotted for the one’s works. As St. Paul the Apostle writes {e.g., in: Ephesians 4:1–32; Romans 10:12; 13:10; 14:4–21; 14:17–19; 1 Corinthians}, God and the Father of all is One, yet each His creation receives His different gifts of the Holy Spirit {1 Corinthians 12:4–13} for different accomplishments and overall perfection of the sainthood, for service to God, for love and service to the others, for construction of His Kingdom, until all reach the full completion–perfection through and in Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God {cf.: John 6:44; 14:6–7; 16:7–28; 17}.

 

3. He is loved by God the Father

{John 14:23; 16:27–28; 17:3, 6, 21–26; 1 John}.

 

The meaning of the love of God is defined in Gospel According to John: it is the Word–God, the Son of God sent to redeem and to save the world, so anyone who observes His words and who comes to God through Him shall have the life everlasting {John 3:13–21, 36; 6:32–58; 8:51; 10:1–30; 14; 15; 16; 17}.

Through Lord Jesus Christ, a human being comprehends love of God the Father, learns how to live by love of God, and is perfected/completed for the eternal life by the love of God {John 17; 1 John; 2 John 6}.

In Lord Jesus Christ is perfect love, the highest wisdom, the everlasting life, and everything of man:

 

by the Word–God

a human child of God, the firstfruit of certain creations, is fashioned for the acceptance of the Life–giving Holy Spirit

because of the Word–God,

the Holy Spirit comes to abide with man and to dwell in him

giving man the everlasting life

through the Word–God,

God the Father loves His human children and accepts them into His eternal kingdom.

 

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*1* Concerning John the Baptist and his works see also postings:

Folder Archive_2008_2009: The Lesson in Mercy – Page_5_2009, and The TestPage_8_2009

Folder Archive_2011The Greatness of Man – Page 4_August_2011

Folder Archive_2012:

The Water – Page 1_January_2012

 The Repentance – Page 8_October_2012

 

*2* See postings in Folder 2013:

The Nature of Knowledge, The Starting Point, The Methods of Learning, and The First Word of Human Wisdom – Page 1_2_January_February_2013, and Note 1 to posting The Creation and the Renewal  – Page 3_April_2013

 

*3* See postings: The Vineyard and The Lessons of the Vineyard, esp., The Leaven – Folder Archive_2012, Page 5_May_June_2012

 

*4* See postings:

Folder Archive_2011: The Accomplishment – Page 6_November_December_2011

Folder 2013:

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

The Works of God, Page 6_July_2013

 

*5*  The line of kings began with Saul; the next was David the shepherd, prophet, and warrior, then, his son Solomon – the wisest and riches ruler of ancient kingdom and the first one in the long line of the apostates whose disloyalty to God and corruption triggered division, wars, and other calamities predicted by Moses {Deuteronomy 28; 29; 30} and brought forth loss of independence, captivity, slavery, exile, and eventually, the ruin.

In addition to postings: The Vineyard (esp., The Lessons of the Vineyard: The Leaven) – Folder Archive_2012, Page 5_May_June_2012, see posting Ancient Kings – Folder Archive_2008_2009, Page 8_2009

concerning Solomon, see  ––

Folder Archive_2008_2009

Wisdom – Page_1_2008

ImaginationPage_2_2008

Lilies of the Field – Page 3_2008_2009

The Secret Things – Page 4_2008_2009

The Curse of Cain –Page 5_2009

Folder Archive_2010: The Future, and Idolatry – Page 4_September_2010

Folder Archive_2012: The Foreknowledge, Page 2_February_2012

 

*6* See postings in Folder 2013: The Lazarus’ Story – Page 3_April_2013, and The Ultimate Truth, Page 7_August_2013

 

*7* Concerning Jezebel, see posting The Curse of Cain – Folder Archive_2008_2009, Page_5_2009.

Concerning the Phoenicians, see postings:

Folder Archive_2008_2010:

Wisdom – Page_1_2008

The Curse of Cain – Page_5_2009

The Heathenism – Page 5_October_2010

 

Philosophy: the Beginning, Folder Heathen Philosophy, Page 1

 

Folder 2013:

The Tablet of the Heart – Page 2_March_2013

The Creation and the Renewal – Page 3_April_2013

 

*8* Concerning   κυνες  or κυναριοις {mentioned also in Mark 7:27, 2 Peter 2:22}: although many interpreters translate κυνες/κυναριοις  as “dogs,” the precise meaning is “domesticated beasts.” In the Antiquity, the wild beasts of the fields (cheetahs, tigers, lions, and other animals) were tamed and kept at the courts of rulers as the symbol of the power over the realm of beasts as well as over men; some of them (e.g., cheetahs) were also used in hunting. The compound Greek word  κυναριοις contains the roots of words for identification of two kinds of beasts – subdued to man or domesticated (κτ, κυν, or κυ, and wild (ρι; for instance, 

ρι– as in θερια {Genesis 2:19}, θηριαλωτον – referred to by Jacob {Genesis 31:39}, and θεριων {Daniel 4:12}, which denote wild beast of the fields

κυν– as in κυνων of nomads {Job 30:1}, and –κυ–  as in σκυλος, which means dog. 

In summary, κυναριοις (in short, κυνες) is derivative of words used in the Septuagint for definition of living creatures–beasts: κτηνεσι – the animals, which received their names from Adam {Genesis 2:20} or κτηνους referred to by Moses {Exodus 11:7}, that is as contemporary κτηνος “beast” or “brute”, and θερια or  θηριαλωτον {Genesis 2:19; 31:39}. The contemporary κυναιλουρος (cheetah) is also a derivative close to κυναριοις.

The  word κυνες also referred to the male prostitute at the heathen temples; a price of hire of a harlot or κυνες was forbidden as contribution to the temple of God, because both are abomination to God {e.g., in: Deuteronomy 23:18}. Male and female prostitution was a part of idol–worship rites in Canaan and other lands populated by the Phoenicians and by those who practiced cults of Dionysus and similar cults that included bestiality and perversion as the rites of idol–worship. Therefore, anything connected with it was considered as unclean, as abomination to God, for which the heathen nations had to be removed from the Promised Land.

 

*9* English translations of the Greek text 3 Kings 18:38:  “Then fire fell from the Lord out of heaven, and devoured the whole–burnt–offering, and the wood, and the water in the trench, and the fire licked up the stones and the earth” [The Septuagint translated by Sir Lancelot Charles Lee Brenton, London 1851].

In the RSV of the Bible [American Bible Society, 1980], 3 Kings 18:38 is translated as “Then the fire of the Lord fell, and consumed the burnt offering, and the wood, and the stones, and the dust, and licked up the water that was in the trench.” Similar translations are in all four versions – NRSV, REB, NAB, and New Jerusalem Bible in The Complete Parallel Bible, Oxford University Press, 1993, page 757.

However, in the verse “Και επεσε πυρ παρα Κυριου εκ του ουρανου, και κατεφαγε τα ολοκαυτωματα και τας σχιδακας και τo υδωρ το εν τη θαλασση, και τους λιθους και τον χουν εξελειξε το πυρ”  Greek word εξελειξε is a compound word with overall meaning of extracting/taking out of, exposing the inner, making distinction between, revealing.  It begins with particle εξ (modified εκ, not εγ), which in compound words conveys the meaning from, out, out of.

In contemporary (modified) Greek, word εξελεγξε denotes audit(ing), check, and word εξελιξε conveys meaning of development, evolution, preparation.

Licking is εγλειφω – derivative of γλειφω – to lick, suck; devouring is defined with derivatives of φαγω; for erosion or destruction as it could be with the fire consuming offering, the word τρωγω  could be used.

Therefore, the Greek text “ Και επεσε πυρ παρα Κυριου εκ του ουρανου, και κατεφαγε τα ολοκαυτωματα και τας σχιδακας και τo υδωρ το εν τη θαλασση, και τους λιθους και τον χουν εξελειξε το πυρ”  {3 Kings 18:38} should be translated as “And the fire appeared from the Lord from heaven, and consumed the whole–burnt–offering and cleft wood and water in the sea (trench), and stones and the dust were exposed by the fire.”

So, in the end, the fire exposed/revealed the stones and the dust. The altar/temple is built from the stones {as it is in 1 Peter 2:4–7; Ephesians 2:13–22}; dust is the remnants of the old world, from which the stones are extracted or within which the stones are exposed and from which they are separated.

 

*10* If to analyze the deeds of Elias, which also his successor – Elisha has done {3 Kings; 4 Kings}, the one might infer that, in the current terms, they operated with the complete power over the matter and elements of the world (parted the water, purified the poisonous water and destroyed the poison, multiplied oil and the food, revived the dead, healed or sent leprosy, and punished the evil ones). For such works, Elias and Elisha had to be enabled

1/ to change nuclear structures of the existing matter transforming it into another substance (destruction of the poison, purification of the water spring)

2/ to create the structured matter directly from the universal energy (multiplication of food and oil)

3/ to control functions of a human body – to reverse disintegration (healing of the sick ones) and to initiate disintegration (sending disease on the corrupted and sinful ones)

4/ to restore the set of the energy fields, which accommodates existence of a living human being at the specified time–space point of the Universe (reanimation of the dead)

5/ to manipulate the forces of the Nature (to bring down rain and fire from the skies) 

6/ to manipulate the energy fields, which control the force of gravity (e.g., water was parted to let the Prophet cross the river)

7/ to ascend to the level where the time–space–complexity limitations do not exist (the ability to see the Future).

Perhaps, the abilities of the prophets might be at least partially understood with the systems concept of the Universe. For example, the healing power of the prophet is the consequence of the ability to control transformations of the universal energy. Every living being exists within the focus of the energy fields. These fields accommodate the purposeful wholeness of specific cycles of energy transformations. The results of these transformations are the energy formations, energy–information, and energy–information matter, which compose a particular system and maintain its existence in a form of a purposeful and evolving being. If the transformations of energy are consistent with the universal law, the system/being functions properly and achieves the state of optimum – develops and realizes own maximal potency. If the transformations of energy deviate from the universal pattern, they produce the energy forms with insufficient complexity, and the consequent intra–system processes become distorted or insufficient: the system becomes unable to scan and embody the universal code adequately. The insufficiency has the domino effect, which results in subsequent distortion of other processes and culminates in the perversion of the system’s nature. The perversion of the nature triggers alteration in the parameters controlled by the energy fields. Change of the controlled parameters triggers the unspecified response of the energy fields, which activates the system’s self–annihilation. In the apparent stage of self–annihilation, a human being might experience lethal physical illness (e.g., leprosy so many times mentioned in the Scriptures) or serious mental disorders (e.g., “possession with unclean spirits,” insanity, hallucinations, etc.). The correction of the distorted intra–system processes or healing of diseases is possible through the correction the intra–system processes, which results in subsequent adjustments of the parameters controlled by the energy fields. Thus, when the prophet heals the sick, he works as the transceiver–transmitter of a specific form of the universal energy with the highest levels of complexity sufficient for restoration of the normal energy regime of a sick being/insufficient system. At the level of the matter, restoration of the normal energy regime might be detected as the restoration of normal behavior, correction of DNA, dissolution of tumor, unexpected recovery of patients with incurable diseases, etc.

However, the power over the energy of the material world is not the main feature of the prophet. The transcendent abilities and control over the forces of the nature are the auxiliary features: they accompany transformation of the prophet into the extraordinary being (in fact, into just normal being who lives in accordance with the original nature created by God in His image and likeness) whose life is focused on God.

Concerning the prophets see also postings in Folder Archive_2011:

The Silence – Page 3_June_July_2011

The Greatness of Man – Page 4_August_2011

The New That Never Was Before, and The Search of the One – Page 5_September_October_2011

The Great Expectation – Page 6_November_December_2011

 

*11* See The Nature of Knowledge, Folder 2013, Page 1_January_2013

 

*12*  See The Creation and The Renewal – Folder 2013, Page 3_April_2013

 

*13* See posting The Nations, Folder Archive_2008_2009, Page_8_2009

 

*14*  Concerning στερεωμα, or the firmament, see the following:

 

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/  Folder 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

 

3/ 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 (e.g., water of the sea, dust of the land), the components of the world accommodating existence of mankind. Στερεωμα of this world is 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 creating 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, within the στερεωμα – fixed arrangement of the energy fields with the 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).

Στερεωμα of the human soul–heart–mind is the Word–God – the knowledge of God (His Law, His will, His commandments, His mercy, His Perfection and His Love – the Absolute Good) that is the everlasting life {John 17:3, 6}: this knowledge makes possible life by the Holy Spirit. See also posting The Abundant Good – Folder 2013, Page  2_March 2013.

 

*15* Concerning the birth from above and Nicodemus the teacher of Israel, see also posting The Water – Folder Archive_2012, Page 1_January_2012

 

*16* The Christian theologians define the human heart as the spiritual center, the essence of a human being, the singularity in which the union between the divine and the human is consummated, or in which the divine becomes thoughts, words, and deeds of man [e.g., The Philokalia: The Complete Text Compiled by St. Nikodimus of the Holy Mountain and St. Makarios of Corinth. Trans. and ed. G.E.H. Palmer, Philip Sherrard, Kallistos Ware, with the assistance of the Holy Transfiguration Monastery (Brookline) Constantine Cavarnos, Dana Miller, Basil Osborne, Norman Russel. London:  Faber & Faber, 1979–1995.  4 vols.; 2:383].

 

Concerning the human heart, spirit, and mind, see postings:

Folder Archive_2010:

The Human Heart, Page 7_December_2010

Note 1 Concept of mind [adaptation from The Invincible Empire] – in posting The Deliverance, Page_1_January_March_2010

Folder Archive_2011: The Poor in Spirit, Page 2_April_May 2011

 

Concerning concept of man, see postings:

Folder Archive_2008_2009: Wisdom  – Page_1_2008

Folder Archive_2010: The Place of Rest – Page 1_January_March_ 2010

Folder Archive_2012: The Ultimate Purpose – Page_7_August_September_2012

 

*17* See postings in Folder 2013: The Works of God: Faith, Mercy, Creation – Page 6_July_2013, and The Creation and the Renewal  – Page 3_April_2013:

 

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, Doctrine 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

 

*18* See The Lessons of the Vineyard: the Material Things – Folder Arcive_2012, Page 5_May_June_2012

 

*19* See The Search for God Who is the Truth – Folder 2013, Page 7_August_2013

 

*20* See the previous sub–chapter: Preparation

 

*21* See postings in Folder 2013: The Focus – Page 2_March_2013, and The Shift – Page 3_April_2013

 

*22* See posting The Test – Folder Archive_2008_2009, Page 8_2009

 

*23* See  The Road to God, Folder Foundation, Page_5

 

*24* See Introduction to Christianity, Part 5 The Temple, Folder Foundation, Page_4

 

 

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