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“And the Lord set a mark upon Cain… (vs.15)”

The mark of Cain is a sign just as servants of God shall bear ‘his name in their foreheads.’(Re.22:4). This sign ties up with the Word

What is the word forever settled in heaven? (Ps.119:89). Does it not serve as a sign? Yes indeed.

The Word as the Light

When the Holy Spirit writes that God separated Light and divided darkness from light (Ge.1:3) he is telling us two things: glory of the Word as a warning and also of God the Son. (Jn.1.1)

Symbolism of the mark of Cain refers to ‘thy word forever settled in heaven.’ It is grace. As it is in heaven grace shall be sent to the earth with the Advent of the Son. It was the earnest of glory that was to manifest upon all mankind. “For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now (Ro.8:22)”. St Paul is not discussing of the past but of some distant future. “For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God (Ro.8:19)”. The mark is at once a sign as well as a symbol, fulfilled partly with the Advent of Jesus Christ. It also looks ahead to the manifestation of the sons of God.

Invisible things of God are thus made manifest: ‘from the creation of the world are clearly seen and being understood by the things that are made (Ro.1:20)’ refers to the Word as a sign.

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“And Cain went out from the presence of the Lord, and dwelt in the land of Nod, on the east of Eden…And he builded a city, and called the name of the city, after the name of his son, Enoch (vs.16-17).”

Cities are generally where people gravitate to, and no wonder for man like Cain, a city is built after his image. He was a fugitive and a vagabond in the earth but he negotiated his way through strangers and finally he settled down. He named the city after his son. The mark must have helped him in preserving in his enterprise and by the same token, the mark would have made an impression on the populace. Glory of God can cause reverence for his Name to spring forth in opportune moment and unlikely places. “Then began men to call upon the name of the Lord (4:26).” indicates God’s care for His creation in whatever state they might be. He scattered His glory about in the Creation Day and it cannot be ever lost completely though sin even in its vilest form holds forth. The Sovereign Lord shall achieve his Will. Considering that Patriarch Abraham was called out of Ur, a city of the Chaldeans it is most likely. The Lord God has left his Name about so that Hagar big with child would be heard in her affliction. “And she called the name of the Lord, that spake unto her (Ge.16:13).”Throughout the scripture it has been so.

Dispersion of Jews during the Babylonian Captivity and the destruction of Jerusalem in AD 70 were calamities to the Jewish nation. Their dispersion over the centuries created communities in the Asia Minor and beyond. Their industry and strong sense of identity kept their culture and traditions alive wherever they settled. These were the bases for earliest Jewish Christian converts to stop over and spread the new religion. Of the great many itinerant preachers St Paul being of pre-eminent, could travel throughout the Roman Empire because of his Roman citizenship allowed him many privileges others did not have. God did foresee, is it not? Glory of God when it is translated into active mode the earth shall have a form and creatures small or big shall know God does feed them. In man also He has set faculties to know him. Conscience is palpable and can respond to moral issues. “He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end (Eccl.3:11-NIV)”. History of nations may move on without trust in God’s leading and yet God cannot foreswear his mercy or his Nature. Man’s sense of time and God’s Time differ greatly. The risen Christ in giving the Great Commission to his apostles relied on his Father. His Word forever settled in heaven was the testimony that made Agrippa quake with fear and he knew he was telling truth. (Ac.26:28).

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Before beginning was Consciousness

Shall we begin with words?

Sense shall serve us for stars

In their birth in the nursery of Knowing;

Red dwarves or worm holes

Make no sense till we dandle them-

Theorems are fine and logic holds

While our very sense is lost

in the tangle of semantics.

In the beginning was Word

What is Consciousness

Unless named at some point?

From where we range our inside out 

Past Stars, and Time

Shall we name our stars as our very being?

 

benny

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St.Matt 16:18-19,23

And I tell you that you are Peter,[and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it. 19 I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.”

23Jesus turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the things of God, but the things of men.”

Let me fix a few points first before I try to make my meaning clear.

I will build my church..’ Who makes this statement? Jesus is the Builder. There is no difficulty here. There are so many churches that cater to all sorts of believers. Those who build it may profess certain creed but they are kept by those who subscribe to their teachings. Some may profess their faith keeps the church which is a blatant lie. They rely on men to pack their halls and hear their slant to the Word of God. Even so they depend on man. It is obviously not what Jesus is telling. He is not telling of a church built on Peter since he rebukes him a little later in no uncertain terms that he is Satan!

Kingdom of Heaven :The church that Jesus is hinting at is not an ordinary one. It has a divine seal: it is impervious to the attacks of Satan. Either it must occur when Satan is finally bound and cast into bottomless pit or death is no more an event. (Jude. 6And the angels who did not keep their positions of authority but abandoned their own home—these he has kept in darkness, bound with everlasting chains for judgment on the great Day.) It is not for us to seek things that God has chosen to hide from us. For example the time frame in which this is to be visible is by God’s calender. How will you predict it since St. Peter speaks of thousand years in human terms is like a flash? So it is waste of time to prove we are wiser than God.  More than that it would be blasphemy! By many parables Jesus has warned us to watch and be ready. Any man who is intelligent and good sense will be circumspect and conscious of his time and place. Similarly Christians are instructed to be prepared. Those who have known the will of God and also are found doing them will be part of the kingdom of heaven.

Members chosen from all over the world,- and not of any particular church, make up the new heaven. As we are told in the Book of Revelations old will pass away. A new Jerusalem is not by any account a geographical reality but a figure of speech as it were.

Therefore we need to look at our public worship as pointing to a reality that would happen in future. For Christians a place of worship in which brotherly love guides each is a prepratory school. It is essential to encourage one another as well uphold our brothers in prayer and in good will. Hearing the word and not doing them as Apostle James points out is pointless. We measure ourselves as in glass and forget straightaway what we need to do. The word is meant to correct where we have come short. In the Church built by Jesus we are the Word in its effect. Jesus was the Word made flesh but  we all will be the proof of it. The churches on the earth are and imperfect. It is rife with heresy, abuse and wickedness that must naturally come with serving two masters. State and Church has never made a perfect union. Nor it will on the earth. Kingdom of God or heaven is where God as Judge and as Love make State and religion as one..

Church of Christ, so we may conclude is not a historical church. The Church that we read in the Acts of Apostles, was already bedeviled by Satan and Jesus had correctly warned him during his earthly ministry. Simon Peter transcribed his masters teachings and gave a Hebraic form to it. He did not want to exclude those who were Jews. So he let them feel comfortable with certain elements of Jewish worship under his stewardship. Paul was in his own admission all things to all men. He made himself an Apostle and he wanted to accommodate gentiles. His goal was to spread of Jesus’ teachings as interpreted by him throughout the Roman Empire.. These churches are not built by Jesus. In such a case can anyone say he is surprised at the evil rampant in the Church of Rome or any other? These churches are tainted by earthly ambition or custom of men. I cannot say any of the church is Satan- proof.

The Church of Christ built by Jesus and will be called Kingdom of heaven.

Dan2:44“In the time of those kings, the God of heaven will set up a kingdom that will never be destroyed, nor will it be left to another people. Prophet Daniel is speaking about future. Who all shall belong to it? No one knows the Father but the Son; similarly it is God’s office to reveal the Son. Peter had knowledge by what He revealed to him. Did he have in his mind the things of God? No he had not. Hence the rebuke from Jesus.

He is the one who chooses. “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. (Matt 7:21) There will be a new earth and new heaven. The Church is made secure and eternal. Death is a past event. Being with God a new reality

“Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. 4He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”

This is the Church of Christ Jesus meant and it will be built by Jesus.The work is in progress. ‘I go to prepare a place for you’, Jeus said. When he ascended to the skies the work of New Jerusalem began in earnest, Not the city of David but of His Father.

(To be continued)

benny

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