Life’s a journey as the saying has it, ‘Be cheerful and enjoy life while you are young! Do what you want and find pleasure in what you see. But don’t forget that the God will judge you for everything you do. Rid yourself of all worry and pain, because the wonderful moments of youth quickly disappear.
On the other hand, as Christians, one’s household is considered as one’s spiritual gymnasium.
The strange part is that one starts life’s journey as the hymn has it, ‘When mothers of Salem their children brought to Jesus’, Jesus said, “Suffer little children, and forbid them not to come unto Me for of such is the kingdom of the heaven.”
Later it’s, ‘Children must always honour and obey their parents, which is the first commandment with promise that it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the land.’
Then, as parent, ‘Don’t be hard on your children. If you are they might become discouraged and give up.”
The last stage is becoming grandparents.
Now it’s no secret, because of the many denominations and Bible translations that somewhere along our journey matters went wrong and Jesus’ words come to mind, Mat 7:13-, “Go in through the narrow gate, for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and many there are who go in through it. Because narrow is the gate and constricted is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.”
Snorkel diving is like entering into another ‘world’. So I want to invite you to join me as we ‘snorkel’ through Scripture concerning one’s preparation for adoption, Eph 1:5, “Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of his will.”
One’s life journey starts as an innocent child ‘meet for the kingdom of the heaven’ but soon one’s ‘spirit becomes tarnished’ one then reaches the phase of, ‘honour thy father and mother, which is the first command with a promise, that it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live a long time upon the land.’
Then one hears the ‘Good News’ believes and is baptized; born again. One then has a ‘holy Spirit’, Rom 8:10, “And if Christ is in you, indeed the body is dead because of sin, but the Spirit is life because of righteousness,” one then has to consider, “Whoever speaks against the Spirit, the holy [not speaking against the Holy Spirit], it shall not be forgiven him, either in this age, or in the coming one.”
Now, concerning Jesus, who knew no sin; He was made sin. When that happened the indwelling Spirit of the Father deserted Him and He knew it, hence his cry, “My God, My God, why have You left Me?”
What is of concern is, 1Jn 3:-9-, “No one who has been born of the God practices sin, because His seed abides in him; and he cannot sin, because he has been born of the God… Everyone who does not practice righteousness is not of the God, nor is he who does not love his brother.”
Being ‘snorkeled’ read the article, see the importance of ‘being holy for, He is holy’ lest He too, withdraw:
My God, My God, why have You left Me?
How is one to fully understand Jesus’ cry? He had endured the 40, minus 1, strokes, He had carried his cross, endured the nails and the mocking. Jesus suffered the three hours of darkness, Mat 27:45-, “At noon darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon. About three o’clock Jesus cried out in a loud voice, ‘Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?’ which means, ‘My God, my God, why have You left Me…’
“Immediately one of them ran and took a sponge, and filled it with sour wine and put it around a reed, and offered it to Him to drink. But the rest said, ‘Leave Him alone; let us see if Elijah is coming to save Him.’
“But Jesus, again crying out with a loud voice, released His spirit.”
Maybe, if one considers the following, one might be able to associate, 1Pe 1:13-, “Wherefore girding up the loins of your mind, be sober and set your hope perfectly on the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; as children of obedience, not fashioning yourselves according to your former lusts in the time of your ignorance: but like as He who called you is holy, be ye yourselves also holy in all manner of living; because it is written, ‘Ye shall be holy; for I am holy.’
“And if ye call on Him as Father, who without respect of persons judgeth according to each man’s work, pass the time of your sojourning in fear: knowing that ye were redeemed, not with corruptible things, with silver or gold, from your vain manner of life handed down from your fathers; but with precious blood, as of a lamb without spot, even the blood of Christ.”
‘Holy’ means one has been invited or, ‘set apart’ to an act of performing; of doing something successfully. God the Father, the One doing the ‘calling’, is also dedicated to accomplish that which He had in mind, having children by adoption, hence Peter’s advise, “Wherefore, as children of obedience, girding up the loins of your mind, be sober and set your hope perfectly on the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.”
Moreover, consider, Heb 12:1-, “Therefore since we also are surrounded with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight and the sin which so easily besets us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus the Author and Finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and sat down at the right of the throne of God.
“For consider Him who endured such contradiction of sinners against Himself, lest you be weary and faint in your minds.”
David, after Nathan’s visit, calls for mercy, Psa 51:7-, “Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. Make me to hear joy and gladness; that the bones which You have broken may rejoice. Hide Your face from my sins, and blot out all my iniquities.
“Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from Your presence, and take not Your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of Your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit.”
David’s only hope was a purging with ‘hyssop’. In today’s terms one would think of an ‘air freshener’ an artificial ‘sweet aroma’. By reason of the many translations one’s understanding is, at times, distorted. Jesus was about to be crucified. He, too, was dedicated to successfully accomplish his act; that God the Father’s ‘dream’ of having children, by adoption, can become a reality, Joh 14:1-, “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in the God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you.
“I go to prepare an opportunity for you. And if I go and prepare that opportunity for you, I will come again and I will receive you unto Myself; so that where I am, there you may be also. And where I am going you know, and the way you know…
“Jesus said to Philip, ‘Have I been with you for so long a time, and yet you have not known Me? He that has seen Me has seen the Father; so how can you say, “Show us the Father”? Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me? The words which I speak to you I do not speak on My own authority; but the Father who abides in Me does the works. Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father is in Me… If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and We will make Our home with him.’”
One’s father is one’s ‘life’. One’s mother is the one that provided a ‘body’ for that life. One is what one is because of one’s mother. Paul explains, Eph 5:31-, “For this cause a man shall leave the father and the mother and shall be joined to his wife, and the two of them shall be unto one flesh, this is a great mystery, but I speak concerning Christ and the church.”
It is indeed a great mystery. A husband, so to speak, becomes an Adam in his own right having ‘life’ within himself. He and his wife become a new generation in the same way as a born again person is a ‘new creation’. Paul compares this ‘new creation’ to Christ and the church. A ‘born again person’ is what he or she is depending on the ‘denomination’ they belong. Jesus put out another parable to them, saying, “The kingdom of the heavens is compared to a man who sowed good seed in his field. But whilst men slept, his enemy came and sowed darnel among the wheat and went his way. But when the blade had sprung up and had produced fruit, then the darnel also appeared.
“So the servants of the householder came and said to him, ‘Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field? Then where have the darnel come from?’ He said to them, ‘An enemy has done this.’ The servants said to him, ‘Then do you want us to go and gather them up?’ But he said, ‘No, lest while you gather up the darnel you also root up the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest…’”
A born again person is one who had ‘died’; one who had put the ‘old man to rest’ and now has a Godly spirit, a holy spirit, no longer a spirit of ‘flesh’, Col 2:8-,”Beware lest anyone captures you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ. For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily; and you are completed in Him, who is the head of all principality and power. In whom you were also circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, by the putting off the body of the sins of the flesh, by the circumcision of Christ, having been buried together with Him in baptism, in which also you were raised together through faith in the working of the God, who raised Him from the dead.
“And you, being dead to your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He made you alive together with Him, having forgiven us all our trespasses, having blotted out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and He has taken it out of the midst, nailing it to the cross…” And, 1Co 15:45-, “The first man, Adam, became a living soul, the last Adam became a life-giving Spirit. But not was the spiritual first, but the natural; afterward the spiritual.
“The first man was from earth, made of dust; the second Man is the Lord from heaven. Like the man made of dust, so also are those who are made of dust; and as is the heavenly Man, so also are those who are heavenly. And just as we have borne the image of the man made of dust, let us also bear the image of the heavenly Man. And I say this, brothers, that flesh and blood cannot inherit a kingdom of a God, nor does corruption inherit incorruption.”
Adam and his descendants are ‘Flesh’ [human beings] on the other hand, Jesus, after his resurrection became ‘Spirit’ [a spiritual being]. Moreover, after his glorification He was again that which He was before He became ‘the Son of the man’, Phi 2:5-, “And think ye so in yourselves, as also in Christ Jesus who, existing in a form of a God, did not consider it robbery the to have equal qualities to a God, instead voluntarily He gave up everything taking on an appearance of a servant, in likeness of men becoming; and having been found in fashion of a man He humbled Himself, becoming obedient until death, even a death of a cross.
“On which account the God also highly exalted Him, and gave to Him the name, the name above every name, in order that to the name of Jesus every knee would bend; of heavenlies and of earthlings and of hell’s inhabitants, and that every tongue would celebrate ‘Jesus Christ a Lord’, to Father God’s glory.”
Jesus referred to Himself as being ‘the Son of the man’ and, at his baptism, God the Father said, Mat 3:17, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” Jesus was not only a Son of mankind but the Son, the Anointed; the Christ—the Messiah. Of all the sons of the God, Him being our Creator, Jesus was his ‘beloved Son in whom He was well pleased’, Heb 10:5-, “Therefore when He comes into the world, He says, ‘Sacrifice and offering You did not desire, but You have prepared a body for Me.
“In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin You have had no pleasure. Then I said, ‘Lo, I come (in the volume of the Book it is written of Me) to do Your will, O God.’ Above, when He said, ‘Sacrifice and offering, and burnt offerings and offering for sin You did not desire, neither did You have pleasure in them’ (which are offered according to the Law), then He said, ‘Lo, I come to do Your will, O God.’ He takes away the first so that He may establish the second. By this will we are sanctified [made ‘holy’] through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.”
Sacrificing had its origin in the Garden of Eden, Gen 2:16-, “And Jehovah God commanded the man, saying, ‘You may freely eat of every tree in the garden, but you shall not eat of the tree of knowledge of good and evil. For in the day that you eat of it, to death you shall surely die.”
We were all ‘in Adam’s loins’ when he ate of the forbidden fruit and as Adam’s life, his spirit, became contaminated; no longer holy so likewise we, too, have contaminated spirits—unholy spirits. The sin of the world is Adam’s eating of the forbidden fruit. However, Gen 3:21, “And for Adam and his wife Jehovah God made coats of skins, and clothed them.” A ‘son of an animal’ died in order that Adam and Eve could be ‘clothed’.
What is often overlooked is that the ‘son of an animal’s flesh’ is too ‘weak’ to purify a ‘son of man’s conscience’, Rom 8:1-, “There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who walk not according to ‘Flesh’ but according to ‘Spirit’. For the Law of the Spirit of the life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of the sin and the death.
“For what the law could not do, in that it was weak by reason of the flesh, the God sending ‘his own Son’ [the Son of the man], in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned the sin in the flesh; so that the righteousness of the Law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to flesh but according to Spirit.”
The words ‘one’ and ‘spirit’ are rather vague. ‘One’, in this case means an individual? 1Tim 2:5 is often misunderstood as if there is only one God instead, of a God being an individual. A direct translation would read, “…for an Individual a God, an Individual also a mediator of a God and of men, a man Christ Jesus, the One giving Himself, instead of a ransom, for all; the testimony in its own times.”
In the case of Isaac, the ram caught by its horns in the bushes, was the ransom; in the case of Jesus there was no ransom. He is mankind’s Ransom. One is therefore still ‘in Adam’ having a contaminated spirit or, ‘in Christ’ having a holy Spirit.
Concerning the latter Paul writes, 2Co 5:1-, “For we know that if our earthly house, this tent, is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made by hand, eternal in the heavens. For also in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed with our habitation which is from heaven, if indeed, having been clothed, we shall not be found naked.”
So, the chances are that one, who is ‘in Christ’, could be found ‘naked’. “Now the Lord is the Spirit,” 2Co 3:17, “and where the Spirit of a lord is, there is freedom.” However, it is written, Eph 4:30-, “And do not grieve the holy Spirit of the God [not a matter of grieving God the Holy Spirit but, God the Father’s indwelling Spirit], by whom you are sealed until the day of redemption. Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and tumult and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice. And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as the God by reason of Christ forgave you. Therefore be imitators of the God as beloved children. And walk in love, just as Christ also loved us and gave Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to the God for a sweet-smelling aroma.”
The word ‘spirit’ is often misunderstood by reason that translators either insert the definite article or omit the indefinite article. Compare your favourite translation with, Mat 12:30-, “He who is not with Me is against Me, and he who is not gathering with Me, doth scatter. Because of this I say to you, ‘All sin and evil speaking shall be forgiven to the men, but the evil speaking of the Spirit shall not be forgiven to men.
“And whoever may speak a word against the Son of the Man it shall be forgiven to him. But whoever may speak against the Spirit the holy, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this age, nor in that which is coming.’”
As ‘the Son of mankind’ evil can be spoken of Him and be forgiven, Isa 53:3-, “He was despised and rejected by others, and a man of sorrows, intimately familiar with suffering; and like one from whom people hide their faces; and we despised Him and did not value Him. Surely He has borne our sufferings and carried our sorrows; yet we considered Him stricken, and struck down by Gods, and afflicted.
“But He was wounded for our transgressions, and He was crushed for our iniquities, and the punishment that made us whole was upon Him, and by his wound we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray, we have turned, each of us, to his own way; and the LORD has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.”
Jesus died the death Adam should have died. “He was made sin for us that we might become an example of a righteousness of a God by Him,” 2Cor 5:21. After ‘drinking the cup’ his, “I thirst,” Jesus ‘was made sin’ and God the Father ‘deserted Him’.
A born again person has a ‘spirit of Christ’ and is therefore ‘holy’, Rom 8:9-, “But you are not for flesh but for Spirit, if indeed a Spirit of a God dwells in you. But if anyone does not have a Spirit of Christ, he is not His.
“But if Christ is in you, the body indeed is dead because of sin, but the Spirit is live because of righteousness. But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit indwelling in you. Therefore, brothers, we are debtors—not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh.
“For if you live according to flesh you are about to die; but if by Spirit you put to death the practices of the body, you will live. For as many as are led by a Spirit of a God, these are sons of a God. For you did not receive a spirit of bondage again unto fear, but you received a Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, ‘Abba, Father’.”
And Eph 4:30- comes to mind, “And do not grieve the holy Spirit of the God, by whom you are sealed until the day of redemption. Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and tumult and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice. And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake has forgiven you.”
Mat 12:32-, has that same God-indwelling holy Spirit in mind, “And whoever speaks a word against the Son of the Man, it shall be forgiven him. But whoever speaks against the Spirit, the holy it shall not be forgiven him, either in this world or in the world to come. Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or else make the tree corrupt and its fruit corrupt; for the tree is known by its fruit.”
“For,” Heb 6:4-, “it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the holy Spirit, and have tasted the good Word of God and the powers of the world to come, and who have fallen away; it is impossible, I say, to renew them again to repentance, since they crucify the Son of God afresh to themselves and put Him to an open shame.
”For the earth which drinks in the rain that comes often upon it, and brings forth plants fit for those by whom it is dressed, receives blessing from God. But that which bears thorns and briers is rejected and is a curse, whose end is to be burned.”
God, the Father, ‘made Jesus sin’ in order that mankind may be ‘holy’. However, if one bears thorns and briers one is rejected and becomes a curse, whose end is to be burned; a matter of the indwelling holy Spirit of the Father leaves one.
The sad part of the story, the indwelling holy Spirit leaves and many are not even conscious of his departure and there is no, “My God! My God! Why have you forsaken me, Mat 7:18-, “A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruits, nor can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Every tree that does not bring forth good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.
“Therefore by their fruits you shall know them. Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord! Lord!’ shall enter the kingdom of Heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in Heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord! Lord! Did we not prophesy in Your name, and through Your name throw out demons, and through Your name do many wonderful works?’
“And then I will say to them, ‘I never knew you! Depart from Me, those working lawlessness!’” “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, meekness, self-control; against such there is no law.
“And they that are of Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with the passions and the lusts thereof. If we live by the Spirit, by the Spirit let us also walk. Let us not become vainglorious, provoking one another and envying one another,” Gal 5:22-.