Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.
1 Corinthians 2:13-14
Hence lies the mystery of Jesus’ words regarding the Gospel. As the Kingdom lies wholly within the realm of the Holy Spirit, and does not exist outside of the context of it, Jesus came as one teaching on a subject that no one could understand.
Think about it. The natural man, the one without His Spirit, cannot receive spiritual truths. They are utterly foreign to him, and he simply cannot discern them. But, for the man with the Spirit, they speak of spiritual things using spiritual words.
Thou shalt not muzzle the ox when he treadeth out the corn.
When you study the Law, you see an ox was not to be muzzled while working. Paul said this was not written for the ox, but for men. He said the reason for this law was called HOPE. A man ought not be so bound with profit in his mind that he muzzles his ox while plowing. When man is in a right spirit, he is generous even to beast. But this applies to us today. As we live by His Spirit, we should find ourselves generous as well, giving, and not working out of desperation, but from hope. If not, there is something bound in our hearts that Jesus would like removed so His Spirit can flow free. In the same way, all the Law of Moses points to the upright heart for God to dwell. You can’t follow it and get there, but just like the ox, you can see a picture of where how the Spirit wants to be, and, perhaps, follow. Read more…
Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
As Truth is a person, so is The Way. As surely as any understanding of who He was and what He taught could be expressed, it cannot be understood outside of the person of Who He Is, What He Did and Why He Did It. The Path of Life therefore, as it were, is following Jesus. For the original twelve apostles, this was through both observing who Him directly, as well as by hearing Him teach. Today, while we do not see exactly how He lived the words He preached, we have His Spirit within us to guide us into all truth.
But, most assuredly, His Words are to be obeyed. None of His Words can be fully embraced without the provision of His Spirit, but through Him, and His enabling power, we are able to overcome through faith.
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Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.
2 Corinthians 7:1
You see, it is, at least in part, up to us, how we will walk this Christian walk. Verse after verse, command after command, the writers of the New Testament, in the shadow of the cross, call, exhort, and train us to live godly, after our example and High Priest of the faith, Jesus Christ.
Not one moment may we forget that it is the pure in heart that shall see God. Nor, let us falter into the way of unbelief and die in the wilderness. But, in the same way, let us not make this journey of our own effort, or of the devices of the flesh, but by the power of the Spirit, we do put to death the misdeeds of the flesh, and so live unto God!
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The light of the body is the eye: therefore when thine eye is single, thy whole body also is full of light; but when thine eye is evil, thy body also is full of darkness. Take heed therefore that the light which is in thee be not darkness. If thy whole body therefore be full of light, having no part dark, the whole shall be full of light, as when the bright shining of a candle doth give thee light.
The eye is the lamp of the body. Not an eye, but the eye. Not the hand, not the tongue, but the eye. Specifically, it is the eye that is the organ that illuminates the man.
Specifically, when the eye is set correctly, the entire body is filled with light. This means the solution to being fully illuminated is not in the performance of a thing, nor in the individual execution of any deed, but solely based upon the focus, or gaze of an individual.
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For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it.
I think one of the hardest walks is the walk of Faith and Life in the Gospel, and yet, light and easy at the same time.
The walk is one by the Spirit, and not by the flesh, and requires faith to walk it. It requires a hatred and a crucifixion of everything of this life, but when done as a response to a revelation, it is always with joy.
But, he calls us to learn this way of His, and to call others to it.
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[N]or to devote themselves to myths and endless genealogies. These promote controversies rather than God’s work—which is by faith.
1 Timothy 1:4
The church, and all the work of God, are administered by one thing only, and that is by faith.
The work of the Kingdom is administered only in the realm of faith. While that will always involve practical works, including maintaining property and book-keeping, it is always done to maintain and to keep that which is primarily authored in the realm known by faith.
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I said to the LORD, “You are my Lord; I have no good besides You.”
Psalm 16:2 NAS
When we try to please the Lord from ourselves, all we have is filthy rags, according to Paul. Jesus said that unless our righteousness surpasses that of the leaders of the Jews, we will not enter the Kingdom of Heaven. In their pride, in their self effort, though they knew they did not fulfill all of the righteousness of the law perfectly, they held themselves as leaders of the people, hiding their own sin, and not crying out for the brokenness that was in them for the depravity of their hearts. Though their lives seemed to demonstrate a holiness that surpassed everything else, they were corrupt, filthy, and unclean in the eyes of God.
Yet, David, years before the New Covenant, already perceived the secret of the Kingdom through the Spirit of prophecy that was on him. He wrote, saying, there was no good in himself except for the Holy Spirit within Him. Read more…
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They are all gone aside, they are all together become filthy [corrupt]: there is none that doeth good, no, not one.
Psalm 14:3, emphasis added and edited
There is no one in this world that is righteous outside of Christ. The quicker we see that this world is completely condemned, that there is not a single person who seeks the right outside of His Spirit, and hate it, the quicker we will realize that the only good we have is in Him.
They have all turned aside, and they have all become corrupt, of filthy.
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But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world.
The freedom from this life is the freedom from all of its desires, the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life. Yet, this is not asceticism, or the simply turning away from the things of the world, as if to nothing, but it is turning to a greater thing, a thing of true worth, and a thing of lasting enjoyment.
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