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What is day and night?
Night is different from day because in the former light is absent. When the Spirit speaks of the creation of heaven and the earth each day is in a different sense that a day of 24 hours. Several events are grouped together in a day so that one day has a spiritual significance. Things of the Spirit we are to discern as having spiritual overtones and with this post we shall examine what ‘the greater light and the lesser light’ represents in the Spirit’s lexicon. Both are taken as a single entity. It signifies the Father-Son relationship.

The moon has nothing to do with Jesus Christ. Considering that there were many pagan cults existing in the Ancient world where moon worship was very much in vogue it is improbable that the moon would fit with the significance the Holy Spirit attaches to it. Consider this verse, “Every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light lest his deeds should be reproved (Jn.3:20)” But he that doeth truth cometh to the light. So truth is what the Holy Spirit lays stress on the term greater light and lesser light. Truth is of the same absolute in quality but there is a distinction between truth that God represents and of man. Recently we hear of truth spoken in context. Is it not purely man’s invention to make truth draw it value from context? The gospel says grace and truth came by Jesus. So the Spirit states the purpose of the Word becoming flesh. He made the invisible God manifest. So the gospel of God is the gospel of Christ on the basis of truth.

Truth is the basis for the Holy Spirit. He is the Spirit of truth. When God the Son had submitted himself to do the Will of the Father we can understand this greater light pertains to the Father of lights. The Father-Son relationship is laid down in the narrative to give emphases of Will and fulfillment required of man. When a man of truth comes to ‘the True light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world(Jn.1:9)’ he seeks to have his works established in the sight of God. When man who seeks the praise of man does his works of charity (it is) in order to be seen. Of whom Jesus said, “And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full(Matt.6:5-NIV)”.Those who preach prosperity does so before the full glare of arc lights. These TV preachers have their reward. So much for the day. What about the night? Those who steal or burgle homes at night they choose the hour since the night is their cover. For hypocrites what day or night means is different from those who love truth. They stand by Truth and not by night or day. Why so? In eternity there shall be no more night. “And the city (of God) has no more need of the sun, neither of the night…. there shall be no night there(Re.21:23).” But Truth is absolute and shall remain so. They belong to the greater light and lesser light.

Principle of Association in terms of truth creates an order where the stars in heaven is a memorial and not in the popular sense. “Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear(Matt.13:43; Dan.12:3)”. “And to rule over the day and over the night(Ge.1:18)”. When we study the word of God we need watch out: literal sense also carries spiritual significance and knowing which is which is a gift freely given to those who seek truth. Unless we compare spiritual truth in a spiritual sense we miss a great deal. In that vision of woman clothed with the sun we read that the red dragon(Satan) drew with his tail one third of ‘the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth..(Re.12:4)’

Benny

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In order to understand the memorial aspect of the heaven the best place to look for is the ark of the Covenant(Ex.Ch.25). Mercy seat above the ark signifies it as the seat of God. The Ark of the Covenant at rest held two tablets of stone, pot of manna and Aaron’s rod.
All the three celebrate God the Son, He is the Word; He is the bread from heaven and lastly the rod signify the death and resurrection of the Son of man. In short it encapsulate the fellowship of God with man: symbolically as well as reality of love can only be consummated between two entities namely God and man. Memorial of God is His eternal nature as envisaged in Core Will and fulfilled through his handiwork.
God when He introduced himself to Moses said: “I AM THAT I AM (Ex.3:14)” Being perfect the name was His holiness. “For when God made promise to Abraham, because he could swear by no greater, he sware by himself… (He.6:13).” When God sent his Son his holiness after the manner of man was in that he knew no sin and he did no sin. “For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him (2 Co.5:21)”.”He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in His mouth (1 Pe.2:22).”
“But you know that Christ appeared to take away sins, and in Him there is no sin( 1Jn.3:5)”. Love of God has a direction and requirement in which man and God could have a common basis. This was the price God the Son paid voluntarily and it exists as the Lamb slain before the foundation of the world. God’s promise to Abraham was bless all families on the earth through him. The Jews and the Gentiles are names that lose their distinction because God the Son has fulfilled it in one offering. “Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name (Phil.2:9).” It being perfect everyone sanctified through their faith in the Son are forever perfected. As a memorial we have the vision of the risen Christ in the midst of the seven golden lamp stands. His servants shall have the name of the Father written in their foreheads.
As memorial to the service Jesus Christ commanded his disciples to gather the broken fragments, 12 baskets full. This seemingly minor detail is given in all the four gospels. The number 12 is a tag the Holy Spirit places on the earthly ministry. The Four living creatures are a memorial and we read that they were before the throne indicating holiness as observed on the earth is not same as the holiness God demands in heaven. This we see in the fact that all the creatures beasts of the field, birds were named by man. What is man but a living soul in whom God gifted his breath. God’s gifts are irrevocable. Memorial of the creatures reflect God’s holiness. Sin of disobedience caused his fall but the names given by him are precious before his sight.
(simultaneously posted in Guide to His Word-b)
Benny

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Our Almighty God has a calendar, which is drawn by the Holy Spirit. There are seven columns , each to mark a day into which events in heaven and on earth find place under the appropriate column. On the day Four and day Seven are marked red, apportioning the Authority of God the Father and God the Son.

The Creation calendar can be broadly classified under Heaven and the the Earth.
first four columns are for the creation of Heaven The other Three denote the creation of the earth. Needless to say events before the foundation of world began on the Day One and in the Book of Genesis the verse encapsulates long passage of time in vs.2 The spirit of God moving upon the waters begun on Day One but its consequences continue to progress and coalesce into some tangible natural phenomena as mist.”For the Lord God had not caused it to rain upon the earth (Ge. 2:5-6). So what God had set in motion on the first day shows up as mist in God’s Time, which unlike the day of 24 hours is of long duration.
Day 2 God separates waters above from waters below.

The spirit of God working on the face of the waters would indicate as in the case of light, two kinds of waters symbolizing the waters conducive of responding to spiritual influence and which are not. It is for this reason the nations are qualified as restless seas.”But the wicked are like the tossing sea, which cannot rest, whose waves cast up mire and mud (Isa.57:20-NIV)”. For this reason no sea shall be found in the holy city of God (Re.21:1). The waters above the firmament is a symbol for mercies of God. On the other hand land is considered holy on account of spiritual discernment found there. God demands answer from Cain because of the blood spilled and it reached before Him(Ge.4:10).When God says, ’cursed’ is the ground (Ge.3:17) it is reflected in terms of man’s labour and diminishing returns owing to man’s sin.
Day 3 God causes the earth to bring up plants grass herbs trees.
Day 4 God sets the greater light and the lesser light to rule over day and the night. In the city of God there shall be no night because of the glory of God shall shine through without any darkness to dim its majesty.
Heaven is created to help and develop in conjunction with earth. God sets signs to forewarn man and the sun as a symbol of God’s Authority and perfection. He sends rain because He is perfect as well as long suffering not willing that any man should perish.
Day 5 God causes the earth to teem with life Life began on the waters and every little or great creature were to add to the quality of the earth.
Day 6 creation of Man in the image of triune God.
The three days culminating on Sabbath is from the perspective of God the Son.

The entire Creation Calendar the Spirit reveals God the Son as the Principal Mover.

To recap:
At the beginning of Day One we have the authority of the Holy Spirit that the earth was without form and darkness was upon the face of the deep. God is a Spirit(Jn.4:23). (Those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth to which I shall come back anon.) All these are events slow working of the Spirit sensitizing heaven and the earth by His glory. What is glory but Power and Wisdom like the virtue gone out of Jesus Christ so the woman with an issue of blood was healed. Sending glory in all directions was not a random haphazard event. It was a herald of salvation to come. Even in the midst of deepest gloom glory of God shall hit as the malefactor on the cross who in his extremities realized Jesus was the Son of God. From whence came truth to one who never had an opportunity to hear the prince of life? He worshiped him in truth and recognized the spirit of Christ in body. What Jesus said to the Samaritan woman by the well from several examples we have in the Bible owe to glory sent from the foundation of the world began.)

Before the world was founded it must have been in the divine Will, surely? When darkness envelops all around as stated in the first chapter v.2 ‘the spirit of God’ moving upon the face of the waters speaks of the divine Will causing certain changes. Think of the slain Lamb from the foundation of the world(Rev.13:8)’ as its blueprint.”I beheld the earth, and lo, it was without form, and void; and the heavens had no light(Je.4:23). When the Light which lights every man that cometh into the world is true we know what is the source of that light. (Jn.1:9).
In this Day of beginnings preparatory events lead to the command of God, ‘Let there be light.’ This makes the Lord Almighty as the Father of lights; naturally creation is entrusted with God the Son. “All things were made by him (the Word)…(Jn.1:3)” In sending the true Light to the world God is setting forth a distinction between the light and darkness. God as long suffering God may have allowed darkness to settle but the spirit of God working upon the face of the waters signaled spiritual discernment of the earth and heaven were gifted from the Lord God.
Benny

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A day is certain length of time. Whenever the Spirit speaks of events such as Creation Day and Day of the Lord these events are clubbed together. In the creation act (Ge.ch.1) we see an example.God created light quality of which is different from darkness. He is the Father of lights (Jas.1:17). He divided light from darkness. Before the first day elapsed we see three sets in terms of quality: namely Night and Day, morning and evening, light and darkness.
The Spirit setting these 3 sets of entities explain creative events clarifying and progressively tending to the fourth day where we read of the authority of the sun to rule day and the Moon the night. For this reason it must caution us the Spirit is not laying out a literal approach but the key is to be found in the symbolism of the greater light and lesser light. Both are mentioned together and they rule the above mentioned three entities. morning and evening; night and day; light and darkness.
Greater light and lesser light as a set in the lexicon of the Spirit signifies the Father-Son relationship. God the Father of lights is none other than the Lord God (Deut.6:4)Thus we are informed that Trinity was present in the Creation Act.

Before worlds began separation of children of light and children of darkness was in the mind. Jn.3:20;1Jn.3:8b The purpose of the Son of God to destroy the works of the devil. God cursed the serpent and put enmity between his seed and of the woman (Ge.3:15). Here we have the first clue as to the will of the Father before the worlds began. He separated light from darkness before the Sun was set in authority on the fourth day.
Progressive development of light and darkness creating events for example serpent beguiling Eve, Cain killing Abel in a fit of anger, Enos walking with God Noah is found righteousness tell us two sets of people forming a pattern. It is drawn from the manner events are clubbed together example of which we see in the first two chapters of Genesis creation of heaven and it covers the first four days. From verse 20 events inform us of the earth culminating in the creation of man. In the following chapter we read of the seventh day being sanctified as Sabbath (Ge.2:1-3)
Lastly what does 4 in the Bible signify? Four living creatures, four horsemen by the myrtle tree, four carpenters four angels (Re.7:1) are tags employed by the Spirit. Four Days in the creation week is in terms from the Father’s standpoint. The other three from Standpoint of the Son. Naturally significance of Sabbath rests with Son.
To recap two points emerge: creative act of God involves Trinity. A day is not of 24 hours but God’s Time. Literal interpretation of day led to controversy of Creationism waging a war using Satan’s own weapons. His is power of the air of the world. He has his cohorts and flock. Is Science the last word on God? By such a strategy did not children of God unwittingly play into the hands of the Devil? Now we read of false teachers flaunting their wealth and conducting themselves more worldly than unbelievers? In their unwilling to follow the humility and way of the Savior Lord whose flock are they?

Benny

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(Originally posted in Guide to His Word/-heroes of Faith of 24 July,2018)

In the transfiguration of Jesus Christ we have a clue as to the state of our bodies after death. Jesus took his disciples Peter James and John apart, and at the mount occurred an event that Jesus wanted them to keep to themselves “Tell this vision unto no man, until the Son of man be risen again from the dead(v.9).” God had refused Moses to enter the Promised Land, right? But after death he is deputed with a delicate task by God. It is the point we shall try to understand.
So our present purpose our focus is on Moses and we read thus:“Behold there appeared unto them Moses and Elias talking with him (v.3 ) Matt.17:1-8. In short Moses after death was pressed into service. Does this not inform us that Christian Living in essence is service whether we are in physical or spiritual body? The Parable of the Rich man and Lazarus also gives us a clue: the rich man in agony asking Abraham to let Lazarus cool his tormented soul (Lk.16:24) would indicate that there is life after life.
Our topic here is to show from the life of Moses how faith grades entire life experience of a child of God, both seemingly unfortunate and fortunate events consistent about it. Christian Life similarly is about faith holding spiritual blessings in body and spiritual bodies find match in the Body.
Our lives about faith, which was invisible as Spirit so we may speak with conviction our spiritual discernment leading step by step to Christ owes to the spirit of faith, a gift from the Creator God. In the life of Moses we shall see this very clearly from scriptural passages in the Old and New. Spiritual discernment of Moses persuaded him to suffer affliction with the people of God than enjoy pleasure his pomp and circumstance allowed. In order to become a hero of faith he had to be trained in the way God had in mind. In submitting to them he became a hero of faith.

When God called him out by the burning bush that did not consume itself Moses was nervous first, but God had to make his faith grow. He asked Moses to cast his stick on the ground. He did and it became a snake. He ran in fright (Ex.4:3). God insisted that he took back his rod and he did. Having given him an idea of faith that overcame his natural nervousness God sent him to cause ten plagues on the whole land of Egypt. As commanded of God he obeyed him. On one occasion he stretched forth his rod and the Lord sent an east wind upon the land all that day and all that night. It was the wind and God who made the locusts fill the land. “Before them there were no such locusts as they, neither after…(Ex.10:14).” In a manner of speaking His rod was extension of his faith and he in turn was figuratively faith of God. Remember the expression finger of God? It is how Jesus qualified his healing(Lk.11:20). This is how it is while we are on the earth. Our lives are extension of God in faith.

So what is Christian Living? Is it not our spiritual body within glory of God? When our faith radiates the holy city of New Jerusalem shall be lit with glory. In short this glory connects with Christ Jesus the Head and the glorious Church, his Body.
Moses was a hero of faith that made him spokesman for his people. “And there arose not a prophet since in Israel like unto Moses whom the Lord knew face to face. (Deut.34:10;Ex.33:11;Nu:12:8).
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Let us apply the law of gradation to distinguish peaks and lows of his life. Due to lack of space we shall merely limit to a few instances
Alienation.
Baby Moses was plucked from the bosom of his mother and cast down along the river. Moses when came of age must have been aware of the circumstances of his infancy and probably sublimated hatred of the nation against his race. On an impulse he came between a private quarrel between an Egyptian and a Hebrew. He killed the Egyptian. Next day it was a quarrel between two Hebrews. His attempt to make peace was brutally rebuffed by his country man and his sense of alienation needed no further proof. He did not belong to the race of man. All that leisurely study and scholarship of his mature period was a waste. Against this let us place his self-imposed exile for forty years. While he tended the flock of sheep for his father-in-law at Midian what made him survive but the sense of alienation? He must have realized he belonged neither to his own nation who rejected him and to the adopted nation for their prejudice. Seething anger and a family to take care must have kept him going. Psychologically his alienation allowed him to come to terms with his exile.
When God chooses anyone for service He makes the many earlier vicissitudes and blessings come to terms with one other. Law of Gradation shall always make room for faith to fill in the gaps of emotional and psychological scars and work complete healing.
Benny

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Now faith is the evidence of things not seen (He.11:1).”
Let us consideer this verse:”For the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal(2 Co.4:18).We have an emblem in heaven a body, and ‘the Lamb slain from the the foundation of the worlds began’ to be precise. Body every believer that comes to Jesus Christ holds evidence who his Savior is. This body shall perish since it is temporal while his faith which is not seen is of eternal quality.
What is the body of faith but the same body for which the Spirit provides us a long list of names. We shall consider a few. Of Jesus Christ the Psalmist predicted, “…But a body hast thou prepared me; (He.10:5-7) The Spirit is here setting a symbol for one whose offering would perfect forever them that are sanctified. The Word was God who became flesh. So he had to provide a body of evidence, which shall be what we could infer as faith given its perfect expression. His blood evidence of the body for the world is not in observance of a litany of Do’s and Don’ts indicated by Law of Moses but faith, the unseen quality of eternal God. It was so with the Patriarchs. Abraham believed God and was counted unto him for righteousness. The self-same faith with which God raised up Jesus caused ‘him (Abraham) that was as good as dead, so many as the stars of the sky in multitude, …(He.11:12)” For the same reason Abraham when tried offered up his only begotten son, ‘accounting that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead’; In short the emblem of a body in heaven is the testimony of God that shall not change in eternity. Body of evidence we know as the Church or the body of Christ. In the throne of God and of the Lamb ‘his servants shall see his face (Re.22:4)’.
We see of ‘the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world (Re.13:8)’ having a counterpart in Jesus whom John the Baptist witnessed as the Lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world (Jn.1:29). The emblem is one and it is a token or testimony for the world. It is similar as the word forever settled in heaven (Ps.119:89). We shall from the many verses how important it is for a body to be sanctified by faith. Faith of God from the foundation of the world has set the emblem and the slain body became a reality when Jesus offered himself for all on the cross. “In the body of his flesh through death to prepare you holy and unblameable…(Col.1:23).” Being hid in Christ is an act of faith; so is the act of faith that is pendent on the Spirit of God who raised him from the dead. It is Christ in glory we see in the throne of the Lamb.
In short the body prepared as predicted by the Psalmist an emblem as well as a corporeal body. Faith of the Son perfected forever them that are sanctified.
(Selected from original post in Guide to His Word of 22 July,2018)
Benny

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That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world;…(Phil.2:15)”
God is qualified as the Father of lights. His son is light which lights up every man who comes into the world (Jn.1:9) In a manner of speaking light as quality has a source and surface on which it can touch which can also depending upon the quality of surface also reflect. Christian Living is living in the light.
When Jesus sent 70 other disciples he instructed them. As with his twelve disciples they were sent two by two. They were to stay in the house that received them and not go around but preaching the gospel, healing the sick and preparing those who would believe. Receiving the disciples according to the principle of Association was as good as receiving the One who sent them. (Mt.10:40) Conversely wherever they were refused they were to speak the same formula, ‘the kingdom of God is come unto you.’ Salvation or condemnation depended on the response of the householder.
Somewhat similar to the light taking so many millions of light years to be seen in our night sky glory of God has been in the background while persons responded to it and believed in its significance. A verse that underlines it is, ‘Then began men to call upon the name of the Lord (Ge.4:26). Much later people who sat in darkness would see a great light (Matt.4:16). Similarly in eternity the glory of God and the Lamb shall give them light. In this light children of light have a part and everything of Christian Living has been absorbed in it. While in body we all made distinction of our needs and inclinations in the city of New Jerusalem only the glory of the Lamb describes us.
As for the present the kingdom of God and the world are graded on the persons and the ministry of Jesus Christ. Let us consider this verse, “Fear them not which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul…(Mt.10:28)” For this reason the Spirit is cautioning the two worlds are represented by every person. The believer is one who has received the kingdom of God or heaven to which the indwelling Spirit is but an earnest.“…Who hath also sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts (2 Cor.1:22).” Kingdom of God and kingdom of heaven are interchangeable.
Benny

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