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Testimony of God is eternal. When the Spirit reorganizes narrative account from the view of God, the Father and the Son he is setting into Time, which for clarity sake must be understood is not time counted as we do. For example when the Spirit writes, ‘Now is the day of your salvation’. Salvation of man is brought into it. Saul or Paul’s conversion as he journeyed towards Damascus is covered by ‘Now’ as the time you and I accepted the call and became His children. What does that mean? Time is reset so salvation is part of the Core Will without any unseemly joint of being an afterthought or correction.

At the mouth of two or three every matter is settled. Witness of God the Father and the Son make time established and it is how we ought to approach the Bible.

Topolgy is a term belonging to the field of mathematics also in computing.  It has two meanings. One is the study of geometrical properties and spatial relations unaffected by the continuous change of shape or size of figures. 2nd meaning is the way in which constituent parts are interrelated or arranged. Topology of the Spirit refers to the manner the Spirit has rearranged two narrative bodies from God the Father and God the Son respectively into one. Time also is set by the Spirit to hold the Scripture as one single narrative. Think of the Bible as obeying the topology where we hold to the second meaning.

The Book of Zechariah mentions of the vision of a flying roll (Zech.5:1) ( Zech.5:1). Suppose we take a similar roll and were to set down the narrative from the Son and the Father along the length and breadth respectively truth of the roll is not lost. The roll can serve as ice cream cone for waffle or as dunce cap is still true since integrity of the roll is intact. The Spirit similarly fits the scriptural passages according to the purpose. Topology of the Spirit assigns God’s Time to the Father-Son relationship,- entire Will and Fulfillment, in order to fit. It is the Testimony of God set in verbal mode.

Core Will is the Testimony of God applied to the earth and mankind. Time operating here is God’s Time. In order to hold the inerrancy of the Word we are to read as the Spirit has applied it to the Scripture.

Core Will when applied to heaven and mankind ask ourselves what must take precedence God or man. Blessings always conferred from the greater to the lesser. Thus God the Son is about whom CoreWill of the Father revolves.

The Spirit while reorganizing the narrative bodies from the Father and the Son uses symbols. The Greater Light and the Lesser Light for example are symbols to indicate the Father-Son Relationship. Light radiating from heaven is for man. Light reaching other worlds besides the earth is not for man’s benefit so we may concentrate our attention on our kind.

All Scripture is intended as set forth in 2 Ti.3:16  for our correction, consolation; it is most conducive for man to be built up from examples for instruction in righteousness. For this reason the Spirit glorifies Jesus Christ above everything else. He is the key figure. (Jn.16:14) This we shall see from the first book to the last His shadow looms over everything else so we may be consoled, enthused and be instilled in virtues. To all intent and purpose God the Son who became a man makes heaven and the earth as one. His quintessence Love is the mortar that holds Core Will together.

From many examples we shall see the Spirit keeps time. Conversion of the Ethiopian eunuch owes to his direct intervention (Ac.8:29). Holy Spirit pouring over the Gentiles also owe to him (Ac.10:19).When the Spirit writes about the Lamb slain before the worlds began it is set in Time. When God warns of the death of firstborn in all Egypt we have punishment for disobedience in balance. The Son had already paid the price and it makes Punishment and Atonement in balance. So who shall accuse God of injustice?

Benny

 

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“And by thy sword shall thou live, and shall serve thy brother: and it shall come to pass when thou shalt have the dominion, that shalt break his yoke from off thy neck (Ge. 27:40).”

Here we can understand that Blessings of God carry responsibility. It is between God and Man. Blessings flow from the greater to the lesser. When you examine this still further what do we get? Predestination of God and free will of man.

Predestination is a characteristic of Power and Wisdom of God and it is not completely hidden from man. God had acquainted Abraham in broad strokes at the outset how that would be in his case. His seed shall sojourn in Egypt for long and He would bring them back with a mighty hand in his Time. Time is of essence.

Having blessed Jacob what might have been his, Isaac had for Esau some consolation that would occur only in case Israel failed to live up to the promises of God, This blessing,- a left-handed blessing, enlightens us to the above concepts.

Predestination is conditional. Patriarch Isaac had to know Him as his father did. For this reason after Abraham was buried by his sons, God appeared unto Isaac and told him ‘Go not down into Egypt..(Ge.26:2)’ Interestingly enough God had let Abraham move to Egypt earlier in a similar circumstance ‘when there was a famine in the land’ (Ge.12:10). Consequently Isaac dwelt in Gerar in obedience to His commandment. Free will for a saint is to make sure the faith component is same. Obedience it is called. We have its perfect example in Jesus. He was God the Son. “And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name (Phi.2:8-9).” He had free will seeing all things were made by him and through him (Jn.1:3; Col.1:16). As Son of man he set an example. Predestination in his case is explained by the expression, ‘the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world (Re.13:8)’. Using the same reply he gave John at the water baptism by Jordan ‘For thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness (Mt.3:15) He submitted himself from the foundation of the world to reveal righteousness of God in his form. Here we have obedience in its perfect form.

In denying free will some sects are hacking at the very doctrine of Atonement. Obedience of the Son made his sacrifice perfect.

Benny

 

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“…But made himself of no reputation, and took upon the form of …in the likeness of men…wherefore God also hath highly exalted him….(Phil.2:7-11)”

In Christian theology ‘kenosis’ describes the role Jesus took on in order to do the complete will of God. He took the form of Servant and not as God. He laid aside that aspect in order to do the Will of the Father completely. Thus it is his human side we need focus on in order to appreciate this emptying process. We might say ‘Less is More if I have God in heaven’ is the motto what every Christian ought to aspire for. For those who preach prosperity theology and live as a celeb it is certain they have reaped their reward already. We are Christians because we trusted he lived as Son of man that is a good example to live by. If Jesus chose to give shape the Will of his Father (Phili.2:7) and not his own  we can also make a go of it here on earth. We have the model in him and faith that we have him in heaven.

In making himself no reputation he had the Father witnessing him to the world that he was his beloved Son.He was from above that made angels also interested party to watch the outcome. We read of angels ministering unto Jesus after temptation(Mt.4: 11), and it rings true. In growing to maturity in Christian life we need remember that when we are unappreciated by the world we are growing closer to our Saviour who went through this experience himself. Our trials of faith here and now are to show whether our faith be fine gold or fool’s gold.

Christ who once suffered for sins had a purpose: to bring us to God. Jesus says ‘Blessed are ye’, when your reward is denied to you. Mt.5:11.  If we are for a kingdom above and glory of commendation from the Father,  is it not useless to ask the keeper of worldly fame why no handclap from his claque?  The world receives its own. If we cannot be put to any inconvenience on account of being Christians we need check carefully if our faith be really set on the rails of salvation or not. The Bible is a route map that took our Lord to heaven.  We cannot reach there by half half from map that leads elsewhere. He was reviled in life and and also on the cross. He suffered it meekly. For he had made himself as nothing in order to retain God’s good testimony. We are on the earth and yet we have been translated for the heavens as he did. So we are biding our time here as pilgrims. Our conduct therefore calls for a life of separation, at least in mind. We are liberty to handle all things but all are neither convenient nor worth bothering about. Only make sure that we are clear in our conscience. In the epistle of St Peter we see how the world treats us has its corresponding response in heaven(1Pe.3:16)

Know what Jesus said to the Pharisees who wanted him to restrain his disciples? He said, “If these(multitude) should hold peace, the stones would immediately cry out (Lk.19:40).

Jesus set aside his own will. We read instances where God the Father sending help wherever was needed to help him keep his resolve (“The Father hath not left me alone (Jn.8:29) )”, Thus wherever we read of voice from heaven testifying ‘This is is my beloved son’ we can understand why. In the gravest crisis Jesus informs what he held at his disposal (Mt.26:53;Jn.19:11) God the Son but he stuck to his human aspect than escape the ignominious death of the cross. In him was fulfillment of the Will of the Father. He humbled himself or emptied himself thereby assuring salvation to whosoever believed in him….

(Reprinted from Guide to His Word)

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Author: Benny Thomas, the Netherlands

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“Didn’t the Christ have to suffer these things and then enter his glory?” (LK24:25-27)

Crucifixion and burial of Jesus of Nazareth must have made quite a stir to the small coterie who ministered unto his needs and looked up to him as sent from God. Cleophas and his companion were not his apostles but were quite close to those who walked with him during his earthly ministry. Now they were traveling to Emmaus on the first day of the week and they were so seized with the latest events. Death of the Lord and rumors regarding his resurrection indeed perplexed them.

They had heard of the version of the women who had early that morning seen the vision of angels. The two had not yet sorted in their hearts if it were true or not. The absence of the body was quite perplexing to them to say the least. Perhaps they had reasoned out why. It must have run thus: the Roman guards must have spirited away the body in the cover of night lest it should be used as holy relics. The least the Imperial Rome wanted was a new cult emerging from the crucifixion and burial of one whom the Jews themselves had found a malefactor.

Jesus joined them as they walked towards Emmaus. Yet they did not recognize him. They had looked for Messiah and their understanding of the scriptures was not enough to reveal the identity of the third presence. The Scriptures is replete with the prophets predicting the death and resurrection of Messiah. Cleophas and his fellow traveler were apparently well acquainted with these passages(Ac.2:22-32). But it did not make them connect with the presence of the risen Christ.

The Jewish nation indeed looked for the advent of Messiah. Only that they hoped it would reinstate the nation about Jerusalem. They hoped for a Priest King and not a Servant-King (Mt20.28). Much we may have read about Jesus as meek, lowly and as a teacher. But our mind can grasp its significance only by the spirit of God. (2 Pe1:20-21) It is an essential component in understanding the Scriptures. Jesus during his earthly life faulted the teachers of law because legalism colored their mind and they could not see Jesus as fulfillment of Messianic predictions. Similarly Cleophas and his companion were perplexed by the strange happenings since their Jewish mindset prevented them from the true significance of the events and the identity of the Presence.

God is a spirit and Jn. 4:23-24. God is worshiped in spirit and truth. It is how a Christian ought to read the Scriptures. We read in the same passage that ‘they are the kind of worshipers God seeks’.(vs.23NIV) Jesus of Nazareth suffered in his body, and death was only as far as it related to the body. In his spirit there was no corruption. The passage where he reveals the wounds ‘Look at my hands and feet. It is I myself’.(Lk24:37) was with regards to the person. He died for our sins while his Spirit was the same. Jesus Christ the same, today and forever. The transfiguration(Mt.17:2-9) came during his earthly ministry to prepare him for the death. The outpouring of Holy Spirit on all flesh (Ac. 2.) was the other visible manifestation that came as a result of resurrection.

The will of God concerning the body of Jesus of Nazareth is found in the book of Psalms (40:7) -‘A body hast thou prepared’ and the prophets who predicted the death and resurrection touched on the physical person.

We read that there were two momentous events that only related to the Spirit. What God the Spirit records on these two manifestations are to grasped spiritually. Jesus had to die and go to the father so Spirit may be received by all through faith. The first event indicated death of the body: God the Son must taste death once for all mankind. Second was how that event would prepare mankind to be joined to the spiritual reality of the risen Christ, the Church.

He was aware of his ministry so he could say,’I am the Resurrection and life.’Jn 11:25

Word was made flesh and death of it must make reading of Word a spiritual experience. It is as spiritual as Lord’s supper we partake as a memorial of his death. Reading the Word is a sacrament that every child of God may partake on every day basis. Death and Resurrection of Jesus work their way into our lives so what we read from the Scriptures quickens us. Jn 11:25. ‘I am the Resurrection and life’. Easter celebrates the risen Christ. He is also life as he tells before the raising of Lazarus. It is of this abundance of life his words hold that Cleophas and his companion later testified. Breaking of the bread sure enough made their eyes open.

To recap: In this passion week we need to fix our mind on the significance of the death of Jesus of Nazareth. It is the manifestation of divine will. It was necessary to provide a quickening spirit with which the Word becomes real to us. Reading without the spirit of God working in a Christian’s life is like seeking him among the dead. ‘Christ is indeed risen!’

He for once died for our sins and was exalted to the right hand of God.'(Ac.2:33). He conquered death so every child of God may also overcome the terror of death.

When we read therefore we are reading with the aid of Holy Spirit so the dry as dust words are endowed with power and we can justly divide the word of truth(2 Ti 2:15) The way he broke bread with the two did something to them.’They recognized the resurrected Lord.Lk24:31) Later the experience made them realize with what force the scripture touched them.’Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us along the way… ‘ The Emmaus experience made them effective witnesses of the Risen Christ.
(Reprinted from Guide to His Word-obi4b.wordpress.com of April-21)
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The Aztecs believed in after life. They sacrificed the first born to the Sun in a belief that souls of the dead occupied the starry heavens. These souls according to them kept the best place for their fathers and for the siblings. Thus each Aztec warrior took pride that the perfect fruit of his loins had found his perfect bliss.Of course they had also reserved their place in heaven. On the All Soul’s Day the believers climbed to the top of a volcano in order to have a foretaste of it. They stood hand in hand around the crater to celebrate life. It was a mystery which admitted only the Aztecs.
On the twelth year after this rite was made an important event in their calendar, they climbed to their sacred spot.
On top of the mount they ate and drank according to the custom and at the wave of the High Priest’s staff they began their sacred rite.
But they were not alone.
There was a tribe of pygmies who lived nearby and whose custom was so different from theirs. Hearing some strange rumors they slipped unnoticed to enjoy the spectacle.
As the Aztec warriors danced in frenzy flames of fire seemed to descend and each warrior was transported in spirit to commune with his soul above. The pygmies missed what happened before their eyes. All they saw were their straw sandals and their belts of hemp. Pointing to their own shoes of finest vicuna hides and plumes of exotic birds they sniggered. ‘Such beggarly material!’one exclaimed and another said they were dirt farmers from the plains.
They did not see the Aztecs! They wondered where they could have run to.
One controlling his laugh said, ‘If all I had for my shoes such sorry sandals I would also jump into the deepest hole.’
The pygmies were disappointed. After returning to their own camp they narrated how the Aztecs had commited mass suicide for shame of their unfortunate circumstances.
Is it not how we speak of things we do not understand? As humans how we can measure God except in human terms?
We are least equipped to know God in his divine form. Even so we draw ridiculous assumptions according to human wisdom. It is not the Writ but what our reason can digest we pontificate. Instead of taking the simple meaning to words we weave clever philosophy. ‘The earth he has given to the children of men(Ps.115:16) is a verse that pleases some TV pastors. It is a license to add to their wardrobe the most expensive and abuse the poor circumstances of their flock so blatantly.
Before the cameras and under lights they behave like prima donnas and speak words calculated to bedazzle the congregation. All these for what? For some gold and silver! We lay so much importance to our body and its appetites. What we dismiss is the best part of our being. Our soul must speak for us here and now. God is love. Can we also love others? Can we also forgive as He has?
Our souls must also speak for hereafter.
In the Fable ‘What Price Grace’God forgave the foolishness of the pastor for his human failing. Grace covered his soul from being lost. The flesh profits nothing and what is for the earth to the earth shall go. My belief is that the Lord God shall purify my soul till is fully resored after my term on earth is ended.
But one world at a time. If I cannot prove my credentials in this world who shall entrust me with a world to come?
benny

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