Sunday's Thoughts
by Alice-Alexandra-Sofia
 

9_November_2013


The Absolute Good

The Perfect Law of Freedom

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170-171-172

November 3, 10, 17 _2013

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170–171–172. Sunday, November 3, 10 &17, 2013


The Absolute Good

 

 

…be perfect, even as your Father in the Heavens is perfect…

{Matthew 5:48}

 

The Absolute Good is the attribute of God – the reflection of His Omnipotence, Glory, and Excellence*1*, which a human being – a creation in image and after likeness of God – is empowered to comprehend*2* within the temporal world of the dissipating material structures, the world where suffering, insufficiency, evil, and death are the daily reality of all its inhabitants. Indeed, for accomplishment of the commandments of Lord Jesus Christ to be perfect even as God the Father is perfect {Matthew 5:33–48; Luke 6:35–38} and to love each other as He loves {John 13:34; 15:12}, a human being should be empowered to comprehend the perfection of God and love of God {e.g., in: 2 Corinthians 4:6}; this perfection is the Absolute Good of God that must be learned – so it becomes the Absolute Good for man, and must be imitated – so it becomes the absolute good of man.

The Gospels convey the meaning of the Absolute Good of God when Lord God Jesus Christ – the Word–God through Whom everything living came into being and in Whom is life that is the light of man, Who is given the authority over all things, and the faith in Whom delivers from the wrath of God {cf. in: Matthew 28:18; John 1:1–4; 3:34–36} – speaks about

 

the Love of God Who gave His the only begotten Son – the Word–God –

so that everyone believing in Him may not perish but have the everlasting life

{John 3:16; 5:24}

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Himself, the Son of God, Who is the One with God the Father,

Who went forth and had come from God,

 Who lives by God the Father,

and Who came to accomplish the will of God the Father

{John 5:17, 19–30; 6:38–40, 57; 8:23–27, 42; 9:4–5; 10:30; 12:44, 49–50; 16:28; 17:21–23}

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Himself – the Word–God Who has life in Himself as God the Father has,

and Who gives life to whom He wills, as God the Father gives life

{John 5:21, 26}

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Himself – as of the Living Bread of Life coming from the Heavens, by Whom man lives,

Whose Flesh and Blood give the eternal life to the human soul,

so the one partaking Him shall live because of Him

{John 6:51–58; 11:25–26; 17:21–24}

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Himself as the Light and the Way and the Truth and the Life

{John 9:4–5; 12:46; 14:6}

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Himself as the Righteous Judge – the Light that exposes the inner essence of man

and that is the True and Ultimate Judgment,

because of the instant identification of

the believers–carriers of Light, slaves and children of God,

who will be with God through the eternity

and

the unbelievers–carriers of darkness and children of the arch–evil,

those who, if do not turn to the Light, will face the eternal separation from God

{John 3:18–21; 5:22–30; 8:12, 16; 42–47; 9:5; 12:26, 44–50; 14:1–3; 17}

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Himself, Who has the authority to place His Soul for the salvation of the many and to take It again

{John 10:17–18}

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Himself Who gives His peace to His Own ones –

the peace that carries also freedom from agitation and fear

{John 14:27–28}

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Himself Who gives His followers the complete joy

of receiving the gifts of God the Father, which are asked in His Name*3*

{John 16:23–24}

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knowledge of God the Father and Himself – Jesus Christ, the Word–God,

 that is the eternal life of His creations

{John 17:3}

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the unity in God and with God – His presence within His creations,

and completeness of perfection in the Love of God

{John 17:21–26}.

 

Therefore, the Absolute Good of God is explained as the manifestation of the Life–creating Omnipotent Almighty Power–Will/Θελημα of God the Father that

 

creates by the Word–God/Λογος,

illuminates by the Light/Φως of God – the Word–God Who is the Life of man,

exposes the inner essence of all creations through the Word–God/Αγια Σοφια,

perfects by Love/Αγαπη of God revealed through Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God – the Word–God

because of the presence of the Word–God within a human being,

who is empowered to live according to the commandments of the Word–God,

bestows on the human being the gifts of the Holy Spirit/Ο Παρακλητος, το Πνευμα το Αγιον,

including wisdom and eternal life.

 

Consequently, the Absolute Good for man is the life by the Word–God and in the love of the Word–God Who is One with God the Father.

In general, during the process of human evolution based on comprehension of the knowledge of God that is the everlasting life {John 17:3, 6–8, 17, 21–26}, the Absolute Good might be envisioned as the precious luminous, gleaming, and sparkling Stone {in: 1 Peter 2:4–6} every facet of which emits light of a particular beauty. The beams of the Light {John 1:1–5}*4* that come out of this Stone carry eternal life, beauty, love, benevolence, happiness, peace, completeness of knowledge and understanding, wisdom, power, majesty, righteousness, justice, mercy, steadfastness and reliability, universality and harmony of the law and order, glory, and other phenomena, which in their inter–enhancing synergy convey the wholeness and unsurpassed splendor of perfection. On this Stone, the temple of God is built within man, and His Light will shine over the Kingdom of God through the eternity {1 Peter 2:4–10; Revelation 21:10–11, 22–27}.

Each human being begins with own partial vision of the Absolute Good – the starting point from which he begins his individual ascent to the eternity with God: for one mind, it is the omnipotent wisdom, for another, it is the eternal life, for the others, it might be the almighty power, the ultimate mercy that heals any illness of body and mind and satisfies any need of soul, mind, and body {e.g., Mark 6:34–52; John 9:1–7}*5*, all–forgiving love, the righteous and just, yet merciful judgment, and so on.

Then, creation of man*6* might be seen as consistent development of the abilities to embody/actualize into own life the different aspects of the perfection, for which the different gifts of the Holy Spirit are given {1 Corinthians 12:4–31}, and ultimately, development (evolvement) into the reflection of perfection of God {Matthew 5:33–48; Luke 6:35–38} – the Absolute Good:

in the beginning,

as much as a particular being is able to accept

in the end,

as much as it is allotted by God for the nature of the firstfruit of His new creations –

immortal children of God who are completed in perfection by the Love of God,

and who therefore, are destined for the eternity with God

{Matthew 5:48; 11:27; 25:29; Mark 4:33; Luke 6:35–36; 8:15–18; 19:12–27; John 1:12–13; 16:12–15; 17:3, 6–9, 14, 23–26;

James 1:17–18, 25; 1 Peter 1:15–25; 1 John 3:1–2, 23–24; 4:7–21; Romans 8:1–39}.

 

The desire to imitate the Absolute Good–perfection of God denotes the first step in a process of transformation of a mortal human being into the immortal human child of God.

The Christians are συνεργοι – co–workers – of God {Θεου γαρ εσμεν συνεργοι1 Corinthians 3:9}, the workers of righteousness, firstly, in a process of own creation and in organization of own daily life {cf. in: Deuteronomy 10:12–15; Malachi 3:2–3; John 14:15–23; 15:4–10; 16:7}: evolution is the hard work*7* – the process, during which

 

faith, reason/thinking, love, and hope,

force and strength and steadfastness in tests and trials,

efforts and hard labor

{in: Malachi 3:2–3; Matthew 11:12; John 2:13–21; 1 John; Ephesians 6:10–18; Revelation 21:7–8}

build abilities of a human being:

the ability to perceive God,

and then,

the abilities to be empowered for acceptance of the Holy Spirit

and to grow in imitation of perfection of God.

 

The purposes, the path, and the methods of this evolution are established by the commandments of the Word–God: the one who desires to become a Christian has to

a/ accept teachings of Lord Jesus Christ {Gospels; esp. in: Matthew 5; 6; 7; Mark 3:1–6; 7; 10; Luke 6:20–49; 12; John 13; 14; 15; 16; 17}

b/ learn from Lord Jesus Christ and follow His example {Matthew 11:27–30; 20:25–28; John 13:13–17}

c/ imitate perfection and mercy of God the Father and love to the others, which are revealed by Lord Jesus Christ {Matthew 5:48; 11:27–30; Luke 6:36; John 13:15, 34–35; 14:6–24}.

The Apostles of Lord Jesus Christ elaborated the practical aspects of Christian life {e.g., in: James; 1 Peter 1:3–25; 2:1–25; 3:1–22; 2 Peter 1:1–11; 3:1–18; 1 John; Ephesians 3:14–21; 4; 5; 6; 1 Corinthians 13; 2 Corinthians 1:5; 10; Galatians 2:20; 5:13–26; 6:2–10, and other Epistles}, yet, comprehension of the Absolute Good of God is given by God Himself {Matthew 23:8–11; John 14:6–17, 26; 15:26; 16:7–15; Deuteronomy 8:5–6; Psalm 31(32):7–8; 118(119); 138(139):1–18}: God teaches His creation the alphabet of the eternity. After a human being accepted faith in Lord Jesus Christ and learned to love Him (to love by observing His words, accomplishing His words,  following His example, and creating His works), the Holy Spirit – the Spirit of Truth, Teacher, Comforter, and the Treasure of life enlightens the soul–heart–mind with perception of the excellence, omnipotence, peace, and all–forgiving love of God; He teaches the human heart–mind to comprehend and to imitate the perfection of God revealed and explained by Lord Jesus Christ for the sake of salvation of men {Matthew 5:48; John 13:13–17; 14:6–26; 15:26; 16:13–28; 17:1–26}.

Hence, the earthly phase of creation of the human child of God is completed by the Holy Spirit {Psalm 103(104):30}, when a human soul–heart–mind becomes the likeness of the Word–God, Who is the Στερεωμα*8*, the inner foundation and structure of the new creation of God born of God for the eternity with God. With coming of the Holy Spirit, transformation of a human being into the immortal child of God is initiated through comprehension of new knowledge, which Lord Jesus Christ gives His followers: this knowledge is the eternal life {John 1:12–13; 3:3–8; 14:15–17, 26; 15:16; 17}.

From the practical point of view, the path to eternal life begins with understanding of impossibility to serve two masters: a human being is capable either to live by God and to obtain the eternity with God or to live without God – to serve the evil. After the Last Judgment, the servants of the evil will be eternally separated from God: they have to share the destiny of the evil one, which they served during their life at the earth {Matthew 6:24; 13:37–42; Luke 16:13; Revelation 19:19–20; 20:11–15}.

The Absolute Good is the attribute of the One God, and the very meaning of “absolute” is irrelevance of everything else {e.g., in: Mark 10:17–30; Luke 9:57–62; 11:23}: any other criterion of judgment, source of the authority, knowledge, and all other things, by which the human reasoning/mind focused on the material world lives*9*. The exact definitions of the Absolute are given in Deuteronomy and in Revelation:

 

Κυριος ο Θεος ημων, Κυριως εις εστι

the Lord our God is One Lord.

Και αγαπησεις Κυριον τον Θεον σου εξ ολης τυς διανοιας σου,

και εξ ολυς της ψυχης σου, και εξ ολης τυς δυναμεως σου

And thou shell love the Lord thy God with all thy mind, and all thy soul, and all thy power

{Deuteronomy 6:4–5}

Εγω ειμι το Α και Ω, η Αρχη και Τελος*10*

God is the Alfa and Omega, the Beginning and the End

{Revelation 21:6}.

 

When the human heart–mind learns to begin each thought–intention–purpose–desire–everything with God, to think and to act in accordance with the commandments of God, to judge everything by perfection of God, and to perceive God as the only reality of own existence and the only purpose and justification of life – then, the establishment of the Absolute is completed, and the construction site for building of the temple of God is ready.  

If such understating is reached, and human being accepts God as the beginning and the completion of everything, as the Absolute of everything good – the all of man, he comprehends the Absolute Good as the attribute of Almighty Omnipotent God the Spirit, the Perfect Love and Giver of the eternal life, Who is revealed to His creations by His Son, the Word–God.

In summary, the path into the eternity leads through

acknowledgment of the Absolute Good of God

comprehension of the Absolute Good of God

adherence to the Absolute Good of God

unwavering focus on the Absolute Good of God.

 

From the practical point of view, the first step into the eternity – the establishment of the Absolute Good of God as the meaning of life and the focus of entire life of a human being – is the precise actualization of the first main commandment of God: the one should love the Lord God with all his soul, with all his heart, with all his mind, with all his understanding, with all his strengths, and with all his powers {Mark 12:28–30; Luke 10:25–28; Deuteronomy 6:4–7, 13}.

Establishment of the Absolute Good of God as the focus of a human being at the earth*11* begins with comprehension of

 

knowledge of God revealed and explained by Lord Jesus Christ

{John 1:1–18; 6:44–47; 14:6–11}

the purposes and nature of human life

the purposes and nature of the world, in which, within a mortal human body,

the seed of the eternity – the word of God {Matthew 13:1–23; Mark 4:14–32; Luke 8:4–15} –

grows into the mighty tree of the Kingdom of God,

and an immortal human child of God created after the image of the Word–God comes into being.

 

Comprehension of the Absolute Good might be seen as the way toward the pick of the mountain, evolvement from the lowest level of complexity to the highest one. God Himself guides and teaches His creation at all stages of the way leading into the eternity {John 6:45–46; 14; 15; 16; 17}. To become suitable for the purposes of God, man must be the “good earth” {Mark 4:20–32; Luke 8:5–15} that can be cultivated: a human being is not only co–worker (συνεργοι) of God; he is a field (γεωργιον – earth of work) for the works of God and a building (οικοδομη) constructed by God {1 Corinthians 3:9}. So, within him, the words of God would find the place at which the Kingdom of God can be established. As the good earth produces the mighty tree from the small seed {Matthew 13:3–23; Mark 4:1–32; Luke 8:4–15}, in a similar manner, the human heart–mind has to bring its fruit: comprehension of knowledge given by God and its embodiment into own life {John 14:6-26; 15:1–17, 26; 16:7–15; 17; James; 1 Peter; 1 John}.

Advancement in comprehension of the Absolute Good of God the Creator explained by Lord Jesus Christ, the Word–God, and in accomplishment of the commandments of God {James 2:14–26; 1 Peter 1; 2; 3; 2 Peter 1:2–11; 1 John 3:23–24; 5:3–12} sustains

 

transformation of the human heart–mind into the reflection of the Absolute Good –

likeness of the Word–God, new creation in Christ

{James 1:17–25; 1 Peter 1:15–16; 1 John 3:1–3; Galatians 2:20; 2 Corinthians 3:18; 5:17–19}

preparation for becoming of the dwelling of God as it is promised by Lord Jesus Christ

{John 14:15–26; Ephesians 2:13–22}.

 

St. James the Apostle writes of this process as of acceptance of the planted Word saving soul and as looking into the perfect law of freedom and continuing in it {James 1:18–25}.

St. Peter and St. Paul the Apostles envision it as building of the temple upon the Precious Stone, a Corner–Foundation, the Word-God {1 Peter 2; Ephesians 2; 1 Corinthians 3:9, 11–16}.

St. John the Apostle {1 John} explains this process as the revelation of the Word of the everlasting Life that is with God from the beginning, as comprehension of God, redemption and purification from sin for the sake of becoming the likeness of Lord Jesus Christ, which will make possible to see Him as He is: the Son of God. He writes of

the works of love to the others

love to God as fulfillment of His commandments

perfection by the love of God and completeness in the perfect love without suffering and fear

faith as victory over the world

having the Son of God as having the eternal life

warning against idols: the one must guard himself from the idols*12*.

The Apostles explain different aspects of the Absolute Good of God and illustrate how righteousness and virtues, which are the essentials of the Absolute Good, become the daily life of man; their works convey the meaning of the Absolute Good of man as the eternal life in God and with God {cf. in: John 1; 3; 5; 6; 8; 10; 11; 13; 14; 15; 16; 17}.

In summary, during the earthly phase of existence, the ones who receive knowledge from God – those who are known by God {Galatians 4:9} – might be empowered to comprehend the ultimate meaning of the Absolute Good as the eternal life in the presence of God and as the state described with the following eternal permanent and unchangeable – sealed by the Name of God – features:

 

existence without any kind of insufficiency/evil

    

illumination by the Light of God that is enlightenment with the Holy Wisdom of God

    

work for God, which St. John the Apostle identifies as service to God and reign forever

{Revelation 21; 22}.

 

While a human being still is within the temporal world of the material structures, his knowledge of the Absolute Good*13* is manifested through some qualities, which distinguish the child of God from the child of the evil; among them, are the inner freedom from sin, irrelevance of the evil, an ability to live in accordance with the perfect law of freedom, and perfection in love to God and in love to the others.

 

 

The Perfect Law of Freedom

 

…you will know the Truth, and the Truth will set you free…

…if then, the Son sets you free, you are free indeed…

{John 8:32, 36}

…the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, is there is freedom

{2 Corinthians 3:17}

…the one looking into the perfect law of freedom and continuing in it…

{James 1:25}

 

 Through accomplishment of the words–commandments of God, a human being learns the perfect law of freedom – the freedom, which accompanies the presence of the Holy Spirit {Galatians 5:13–14; 2 Corinthians 3:17}.

Among the first lessons given by God is comprehension of the complete meaning of freedom: freedom from sin, the evil, and from the “wrath of God” – the curse of slavery to evil and sin and death. The legacy of the Phoenicians – the cursed people, of the heathens who had to be removed from the Promised Land, and of “the spoiled vineyard”*14* illustrates the meaning of the curse of slavery to evil and death.

Among the first gifts of the Holy Spirit is the ability to be free: to obtain freedom promised by Lord God Jesus Christ {John 8:32, 36} and to continue in the perfect law of freedom {James 1:25}.

The perfect law of freedom is the law according to which the Christian should live. Comprehension of this law begins with understanding of the true meaning of slavery, freedom, and irrelevance of the evil.

The previous posts contain definitions of physical and spiritual slavery*15*.  As a general inference, it should be noticed that, in the current world, complete freedom as the unlimited possibility to follow the one’s inner inclinations and to pursue own purposes according own convictions is no more. The world became the net of hierarchical prisons with different degrees of limitations: freedom of conscience, freedom of religion, freedom of access to knowledge, freedom of information, freedom to travel, and other freedoms and liberties, which define freeman within free world, have lost their genuine meaning. In addition to overall restrictions, woman’s freedom as such, even freedom to regulate life of own body, does not exist in the countries with traditions of arranged/forced marriage, honor killing, special clothing, restrictions of education and employment, and other limitations, which transform a free human being into the human chattel for household chores and delivery of the next generation of slaves. The one might infer that all components of the current civilizations embody (although in deferent degrees) Aristotelian universal master–slave order, in accordance with which

a/ man is a part/property/slave of state/community/other establishments

b/ slaves, women, and animals are equal in deprivation of the right on a share in creation of common good and privileges of freemen

c/ woman might be considered as a property of man (father, husband), or even as the common property*16*.

If so, is there anything left that a human being can adequately identify as freedom?

What then, is the freedom of Christians?

Christian freedom might be envisioned as the inner freedom to follow the Absolute Good of God, to live and to love according to the commandments of the Word–God, and to accomplish the works of God – faith, mercy, creation of the good*17*: Christian freedom is the freedom to live by the values established by God – by His Absolute Good. The one who lives by God has freedom to create the good and to reject evil even within the world of the evil controlled by the ultimate evil – death, in which the good choice is defined as the choice of the lesser evil, and the valuables of man – education, career, prosperity, wealth, abundance of earthly possessions, access to the power over the others – are bought by the price of the evil, which the one has to commit in his fight for his share of the coveted things.

The one who exercises the freedom from evil and lives by the Absolute Good of God is labeled as the one–not–of–this–world; habitually, this world provides him with multiple opportunities to face difficulties and obstacles and to taste hatred, which the world of the evil pours over the one who dares to be different and to reject the evil–master of this world.  

The hatred of the world of which Lord Jesus Christ spoke {John 7:7; 17:6–16} has a simple, yet all–inclusive explanation: this hatred is the hatred of the evil to the good, which is originated by incompatibility of deceit and truth, an inability of the death to tolerate the life, inability of darkness to exist in the presence of the Light, inability of the bounded temporal structured matter to comprehend the unlimited infinite eternity, and ultimately, the inability of sin, corruption, and death to exist in the presence of God.

Hence, for the Christians,

a/ only one kind of slavery exists: the submission to the evil and sin – this is the spiritual slavery, in which every sinner lives

b/ the outer – physical slavery, slavery of a body, does not mean spiritual slavery of the mind and silence of the conscience: slavery of mind and debilitated conscience are the consequences of submission to the figments of imagination/“other gods”/idols invented and worshiped by the others

c/ the knowledge of the Word–God annihilates slavery to the evil and sin: all spiritual limits, boundaries, cages, prisons, and divisions invented by men for deceit and enslaving of other men are irrelevant to those who live according to the commandments of God, by the Spirit of Truth {e.g., in: John 8:31–47; 1 Peter; 1 Corinthians 7:20–24; 9:19; Romans 10:12}.

Many of the Christians (especially, in I–IV centuries, when Christianity began to spread throughout the provinces of the Roman Empire and then, over the world) were slaves by body, yet, they made the choice that confirmed their inner freedom: they rejected the idol–worship, evil, and corruption of the heathens among which they lived. They worshiped the Invisible God the Spirit in spirit and truth and disregarded the perceivable material idols created by men: they rejected worship of the deified men – emperors and kings, and worship of material things and fantasies invented by corrupted imagination of those who consider the fellow men as the source of own enrichment and as the ground for own ascent to the power of coercion and human glory.

During the centuries that passed since coming of Lord Jesus Christ the Redeemer of mankind, the true Christians lived in peace of God: they did not wage wars and start revolutions, they did not initiated Crusades and witch–hunts, they did not burn human beings alive for different visions of truth and different beliefs, they did not seek earthly power, they did not enslave the others. They lived in submission to the authorities; they quietly and peacefully performed their works for God and for the others. Christianity indeed, provides a perfect opportunity of social stability and order {cf. in: Mark 10:42–45; John 13:12–17; James, esp. 1:27; 1 Peter, esp. 2:13–25; 1 John, esp. 3:9–18; 5:1–5; Ephesians, esp. 6:1–18}.

Probably, that is the reason why the Christians – if do not take into consideration their works for charity and well–being of the others – pass through the earth almost unnoticeable, with the only exception, when, during recurrent persecutions of Christians, they have to prove their loyal and steadfast faith in God by their suffering and death, when they prefer physical death to the spiritual slavery {e.g., in: 1 Peter, esp., 4:12–19; 1 Corinthians 4:9–13; Hebrews 11:33–38; Psalm 43(44):22}.

That, for instance, happened when the heathens crucified them on the arenas and fed them to the predators for the entertainment of the mob, when the papal subjects burned them alive, as Ian Hus the Priest*18* for the following the true teachings of Christ and rejection of the self–deified pope and papal heresy, when, in bolshevist Russia, they rejected bolshevism and communism and chose to die for their faith. It still happens now, in the countries with totalitarian oppressive regimes. In the Islamic countries, Christians still are crucified, beheaded, imprisoned, persecuted for their faith and proclaiming the Gospel of Lord Jesus Christ for the sake of salvation of the many {in: Mark 16:15–16}; their churches are burnt and they are the first victims of political and religious unrest…  

How then, any mind living by the values of the material world could ever comprehend the meaning of Christian freedom, if a Christian prefers to live as a slave and to die keeping his faith, although he has the chance to pronounce some words, to display some visible signs (make appearance) of acceptance other beliefs and then to live, to have a successful career, to establish own family, own business, etc.?

Still, the meaning of Christian freedom opens to the one who has answers {e.g., in: Jude; Romans 1:16–32; 3:9–31; 8:1–39; 1 Corinthians 3:11–23; 13; 2 Corinthians 4:2–18; Galatians 5:19–26; 6:8–10; Ephesians 2:1–22} to the following questions:

 

Why the choice of freedom to live according own faith and own convictions

immediately initiates the attack on the one who dares to follow his own beliefs?

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Why the one chooses to live by faith and spirit,

and the others choose to live by material values and by needs of a body only?

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Why the priorities of spirit–heart–mind and the priorities of a body became irreconcilable,

if spirit, heart, mind, body are the components of the same living wholeness – a human being*11*?

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Why life in harmony of the mind and the body, by the spirit and by the material values

(which was a dream of the ancient pre–Orphic philosophers after God reduced the time–range of life

of those pre–Flood men who where the flesh to one hundred and twenty years {Genesis 6:4})

became impossible?

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Why the deeds of human flesh and the fruits of the human spirit are so different,

and why this difference can be perceived only after illumination by the Light of God –

by the knowledge of Lord Jesus Christ, the Word–God, that is the knowledge,

which differentiates the invisible and eternal from the visible and temporal?

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Why eternal life of human soul has to begin with death of human body

{John 12:24–26}?

 

The one who searches the complete understanding has to acknowledge the ultimate and final confrontation of two realms – the eternal realm of God the Spirit and the temporal realm of the material things*19*, which are opened for everyone’s choice: either focus on the realm of God and life by the Spirit of God or the focus on the temporal world of the matter and life by the idols made of the matter.

Worship of God in spirit and truth and materialism are irreconcilable and incompatible. The incompatibility of life by the Spirit of God and by flesh, of the eternal and the temporal, of the infinite and the limited, of the good and the evil, of the wisdom granted by God and of “wisdom of this world”, of spiritual freedom and spiritual slavery explains the impossibility to “serve two masters”: to live simultaneously by the priorities of the spirit and by the priorities of the flesh {Matthew 6:24–34; Mark 8:31–38; Luke 11:23; John 17:14–17; James 4:1–10; 5:4–11; 1 Corinthians 3:19–20; 4:10–13; 2 Corinthians 3:6; Ephesians 4:17–32; Job 5:6–16}

This incompatibility explains the exceptional human ability of focusing only on one realm; this ability sustains absolutism:

 

either the Kingdom of God and then, eternal life in His presence

or

the realm of the temporal material structures controlled by the law of death and then, eternal separation from God.

 

In general, each human being that comes to Lord Jesus Christ follows the common path of human evolution. The Holy Scriptures {Books of the Old Testament} describe this path as the way, which was offered to the ancient chosen nation: liberation of slavery, acceptance of the law of God, becoming the embodiment of the law of God. Although the visible – outer – circumstances, conditions, and other terms of life might be different and even incompatible, in the personal spiritual plan and in mind–reasoning, all those who search God with all their soul–heart–mind–strength–power have their own exodus from slavery and bondage, own travel through (and tests and trials in) the desert, their own vision of the Promised Land as coming to the Word–God, revelation of God, and their ultimate choice:

 

service to God and freedom

or

service to the arch–evil and slavery.

 

The one who accomplishes his personal journey to the Word–God comes to the understanding of freedom, of which Lord Jesus Christ told to “the sons of Abraham” {John 8:31–44}. Also, he learns to discriminate between the appearance of righteousness – hypocrisy and observance of rituals set by people for their own glorification*20* and true righteousness of a human being who lives for God and by God. He understands that his true essence  – the soul–heart–mind – is seen by God { Matthew 6:16–18; 15; 16; 23; Luke 11:39–52; 12; John 4:19–24; Acts 10:9–48; 1 Peter 3:4; 1 Corinthians 6; 1 Kings 16:7; Psalm 43(44):21; 138(139):1–18; Isaiah 58:2–14; Zacharias 7:4–10} and learns to perceive the presence of God.

The Word–God, Lord Jesus Christ, speaks of the freedom of the Spirit and of God Who is the Spirit and Who seeks those who worship Him in Spirit and Truth; He, the Word–God, is the Sanctifying Truth, and the Holy Spirit – the Spirit of Truth – comes from God the Father because of Him – the Son of God. The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Truth and freedom Who gives understanding of the knowledge of God that is the eternal life and leads to the complete freedom, when evil, insufficiency, deceit, corruption, suffering, and death are no more {John 3:3–8; 4:23–24; 14; 15; 16; 17; Revelation 21}.

St. Paul the Apostle writes of the freedom of a Christian:

life in Jesus Christ sets the one free from sin and death

the one, who lives by the Spirit of God

{since the Spirit of God dwells in him – Romans 8:9},

has the peace and the life:

he receives the Spirit of adoption by which he calls God the Father,

not spirit of slavery to live in fear

since the Spirit of God dwells in him and leads him, he is a child of God,

because all led by the Holy Spirit are the children of God

{Romans 8:9–16}

Therefore, the Word–God is fulfillment of the will of God the Spirit Who seeks those who worship Him in spirit and truth, and fulfillment of the eternal law of God {Matthew 5:17–18; Psalm 101(102):26–28; 118(119):11, 55–56, 105, 142} – the law of perfect freedom:

 

freedom of evil, corruption, sin, and death

freedom to live by the Word–God, by the Absolute Good of God

freedom to become the absolute good – likeness of the Word–God

freedom to live eternally in the Kingdom of God.

 

St. Paul’s words: the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, is there is freedom {2 Corinthians 3:17} complete the Christian doctrine of freedom.

Hence, the one can infer that the perfect law of freedom is the Word–God, the Son of God, Lord Jesus Christ, because through Him, a human being

 

is empowered to observe the commandments of God,

to become the likeness of the Word–God,

and to live by the Law of God

{John 6:44–45; 14:6}

is set free from slavery to evil and death

{John 8:31–36; 10:27–30; 11:25–26}

is given the complete knowledge and wisdom through the Word–God,

Who is the Holy Wisdom of God, and by the Holy Spirit – the Teacher

{John 1:1–3; 14:15–17, 26; 15:26; 16:7–16, 22; 2 Corinthians 4:6;

Proverbs 8:22–31; 9:1–6; Wisdom 1:6–7; 7:22–30}

becomes the dwelling of God

{John 14:15–17, 23; 17}

obtains freedom given by the Holy Spirit,

when He dwells in His living temple – a human child of God

{John 14:23, 26; Romans 8:14–16; 2 Corinthians 3:17}.

 

This freedom is in the Absolute Good of God, in His Perfect Love without fear and suffering {1 John 4:12–18} that embraces a human being and transforms him into the immortal child of God – the likeness and image of Almighty God, a being that lives by the Perfect Love of God and in the Perfect Love of God {John 17; James 1:16–25}: a free human being who exercises freedom to do the good in the world of the evil.

 

 

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Notes:

 

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

 

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

 

*3* See posting The Greatest Gift  – Folder Archive_2011, Page _October_2011

 

*4* See posting The Light – Folder 2013, Page 3_April_2013

 

*5* See posting The Ultimate Mercy – Folder Archive_2012, Page 7_August _September_2012

 

*6* See posting Creation of Man – Folder 2013, Page 8_September_October_2013

 

*7* 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_January_February_2013

The Precious Stone – Page 4_May, 2013

The Works of God – Page 6_July_2013.

 

*8* 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_2).

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.

 

*9* See postings

Folder 2013:

The Focus – Page 2_March 2013

The Shift – Page 3_April_2013

The Choice –Page 5_June_2013

The Clarity – Page 7_August_2013

The Ultimate Purpose – Folder Archive_2012, Page 7_August_September_2012,

The Absolute Power, Folder Archive_2008–2010, Page 4_September_2010.

 

*10* Greek word Τελος conveys the meaning of ultimate full completion, fulfillment, zenith, the highest point, optimum, authority, ultimate right of the law, ultimate purpose, ending, end.

 

*11* During the earthly phase of existence, a human being is a temporal life–carrying unity of spirit–flesh, soul–heart–mind–body, energy–matter accommodated within the realm composed of the units of the structured matter – energy derivatives at different levels of complexity.

See also Note 6, posting The Focus – Folder 2013, Page 2_March 2013.

 

*12* Concerning different aspects of idolatry, see postings:

 

Folder 2013:

The Nature of Knowledge – Page 1_January_February_2013

The Focus – Page 2_March 2013

The ShiftPage 3_April_2013

 

Folder Archive_2012:

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

 

Folder Archive_2010:

The Wrath – Page 1_January_March_2010

Divination and Idolatry – Page 4_September_2010

The Heathenism – 5_October_2010

 

Folder Archive_2008_2009:

The Curse of Cain – Page_5_2009

 

*13* Concerning different aspects of the Absolute Good, see postings:

 

Folder 2013:

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

The Abundant Good and The Focus – Page 2_March 2013

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

The Precious Stone – Page 4_May_2013

The Door – Page 5_June_2013

The Works of God – Page 6_July_2013

The Search for God Who is the Truth – Page 7_August_2013

 

Folder Archvive_2012:

The Most Needed Things: Mercy – Page 1_January_2012

The Different Vision – Page 3_March_2012

The Perception and The Thirst – Page 4_April_2012

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

The Excellence and The Virtue and Survival – Page 6_July_2012

The Ultimate Knowledge and The Ultimate Purpose – Page 7_August_September_2012

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

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

 

Folder Archvive_2011:

The Name of God – Page 2_April_May_2011

The Authority to Survive – Page 3_June_July_2011

The Defense – Page 4_August_2011

The Last Warning and The Greatest Gift – Page 5_September_October_2011

 

Folder Archvive_2010:

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

The Absolute Power – Page 4_September_2010

 

Folder Archive_2008_2009:

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

The Fire and The Completion – Page 4_2008–2009

The Evolution of Fear – Page 5_2009

 

*14* See postings:

Folder 2013: The Creation and the Renewal –Page 3_April_2013

Folder Archive_2012: The Vineyard and The Lessons of the Vineyard – Page 5_May_June_2012

Folder Archive_2010: The Heathenism – Page 5_October_2010

Folder Archive_2008_2009: Wisdom – Page_1_2008, and The Curse of Cain – Page_5_2009

 

*15* Concerning different aspects of slavery and freedom, see postings:

Slavery – Folder Archive_2008_2009, Page_7_2008–2009

The Lessons of the Vineyard: Slavery and Freedom – Folder Archive_2012, Page 5_May_June_2012

The Perfect Law of Freedom – Folder Archive_2012, Page 6_July_2012

 

*16* “Human chattel” is a G. Cyril Armstrong’s translation of Aristotle’s definition of home slaves – the indispensable and most valuable property in Housecraft [Oeconomica, I.v.].

Definition of “human chattel” – slave – as an animate article of property” with the recommendations how to deal with it might be found in: Oeconomica I.v. 3, 5, 6; Politics I.2. 1252b, I.4. 1253b, I.5. 1254b; I.6.1255b; I.8. 1256b; I.13.1260a.

 

[Aristotle. "The Oeconomica.”.The Metaphysics. v.2. With an English Translation by G. Cyril Armstrong. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press; London: William Heinemann, 1935. 321–424. 2 vols.

Aristotle. Politics. Trans. Ernest Baker. Revised with an Introduction and Notes by R.F. Stalley. Oxford, England:   Oxford UP, 1995.]

 

 See also posting Philosophy: Aristotle, Folder Heathen_Philosophy, Page_3.

 

*17* See posting The Works of God: Faith, Mercy, Creation  – Folder 2013, Page  6_July_2013

 

*18* Concerning destiny of Ian Hus, see postings Priest and Heresy, Folder Archive_2008_2009, Page 2_2008

 

*19* See posting The Lessons of the Vineyard: the Material ThingsFolder Archive_2012, Page 5_May_June_2012, and the next post – Materialism

 

*20* See posting The Lessons of the Vineyard: the LeavenFolder Archive_2012, Page 5_May_June_2012,

 

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