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Who’s Sending the Storms in Your Life?

(Ver 2.1)  This is “Part 3” in a series of advanced lessons about “Understanding Hard Sayings” found in the Bible.  We live in a pretty crazy world at times. Some Christians like to believe that God is in complete control of everything that happens to us, but what do you do with the times when it seems like you are facing some very challenging overwhelming circumstances?   Did God send these negative circumstances to test you, prove you or maybe just to keep you humble?   It is funny what many churches teach on this subject and most of them ignore what the Bible says in order to teach something that they have created in their minds.  Human reasoning and religious thinking usually results in things that are directly opposed to the truth of God.  Learn to be careful who you follow and make sure what they are teaching you is based ONLY upon the scriptures being correctly divided and interpreted.  Also allow the Spirit of God inside of you to be your quide into the truth.  He will also keep you from what is not the truth if you let Him.  Always remember that whatever God says to you by His Spirit will always be in perfect alingnment with what He has said to you in His written Word.

Joh 16:33  These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.

The Greek word translated as tribulation literally means “trouble” and “pressure”.  So we have all been faced with the storms of trouble and pressure in our lives.  These are things like losing your job and wondering what you are going to do now for money to pay the bills.  How about getting attacked physically with sickness and disease?    Having a child die suddenly?   What about being pregnant and having a miscarriage?  Facing natural disasters like hurricanes, tornados, wild fires, earthquakes and floods.  Look at the world’s economies on the brink of collapse.  The plunging real estate markets and the rollercoaster stock markets.  What about the price of food and inflation, droughts, famines, wars and I could go on and on  We are all faced with an enormous amount of different kinds of pressures being put on us from every side it seems.  The verse above in John 16:23 speak of these “pressures” in life.  Jesus told us that tribulation is a part of the world that we live in.  However, Jesus did not say God was sending them your way.  Jesus said be of good cheer for I have overcome the world.  Jesus directly links this “pressure” to the “world” that we currently live in.  Jesus did not say be of good cheer because these are just God’s way of testing you, changing you, proving you or whatever else people like to think.  I personally believe that if there was nothing to overcome in life that nobody would seek God for help.  But, yet I also believe that God never sent any of these storms of life that we are faced with.  I personally believe that God warned Adam not to eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil and that Adam is the one that allowed evil to enter into the world that we reside within.  I’ll try to talk more about this as we go to show you who the originator of these adversities and evils really is.  Here are some Bible verses that I have found that helped me tremendously when I was studying this subject and I hope they are a blessing to you also:

Luk 8:22  Now it came to pass on a certain day, that he went into a ship with his disciples: and he said unto them, Let us go over unto the side side of the lake. And they launched forth.

In this story found in Luke, Jesus has been ministering to a group of people and it was now getting very late in the day.  Jesus sends the people away and goes with his disciples to cross the sea in their boat .  So far nothing new is happening that is very news worthy.

Luk 8:23  But as they sailed he fell asleep: and there came down a storm of wind on the lake; and they were filled with water, and were in jeopardy.

This is where the story starts to get really good.   There are many people in churches that teach that Jesus was God in His full deity power.  However, this verse should cause them a major problem, because the Bible says that God neither sleeps nor slumbers (Psalm 121:4).  You can obviously see the potential conflict to that kind of teaching by simply reading the verses in the Bible that reveal to us the truth.  I believe that Jesus Christ was fully God and fully man.  However, I also believe when God became a man, He stripped Himself of His deity powers in order to lay down His life for us.   You see it is impossible to kill an omnipotent God.   Understand that how you are now is how God had to become. If you sleep Jesus had to sleep.  If you eat then Jesus had to eat.  If you ever get thirsty then Jesus got thirsty.  If you could sin, then it was possible for Jesus to sin.  These are just basic realities found in the Bible.  So I got off of the subject for a quick side trip to help someone today.  This verse informs us that as they were sailing, Jesus went to sleep.  The winds picked up and a storm came upon them and it looked very bleak to the disciples.  Some of the disciples were men who made their living on the water; they were intimately familiar with this sea, the weather there, boats and sailing.  They obviously thought the situation was life threatening.   So they had a problem; one of those storms of life had arisen around them that I talked about earlier and they believed it could be the end of them.  The boat was taking on water, the wind was very strong against them and the outcome looked very bleak.   Fortunately for them they had Jesus in the boat asleep.  Let me ask you a quick question; do you have Jesus in you right now?  If you do He is not sleeping!

So let’s stop right here and determine something.  Who sent these winds and this storm to Jesus and the disciples?  Was this the work of God?  I thought God was in the boat?  Of course God in the flesh was in the boat but God who is a Spirit was also everywhere else at the same time.  But, did God send the storm?  People like to think that the storms are the acts of God because He is the highest power in control? Certainly men on the earth believe they did not cause the storm, therefore they understand cause and effect so someone had to cause  the storm!   Insurance agencies like to have “Acts of God” clauses to define what they will cover and what they will not cover.   I’ve even heard ignorant ministers claim a hurricane that almost destroyed New Orleans was an act of God’s judgment upon a sinful city.   People sure can be ignorant and accuse God of doing some crazy things that I doubt if He is pleased with.  Please let me introduce you to a new concept that is related to our subject today of who caused the storm:

Mat 12:26  And if Satan cast out Satan, he is divided against himself; how shall then his kingdom stand?

Did you know that Satan had a kingdom?  That is not why I picked this verse, but it is an interesting point to keep in mind.  Jesus says that any kingdom divided against itself will be brought to nothing.  This is a spiritual law from the mouth of God!  What do we learn from this law?  Can you apply this knowledge to our discussion today?  Jesus claims that one party or one kingdom cannot fight against itself and survive.   That is a very important concept to keep in your mind when thinking about did God cause the storm.  So what is my point?  If God sends the storm and then God is awakened in the boat to stop the storm, would that not be God working against Himself?  That would make God divided against Himself, not in harmony and certainly not in unity.  It is more like a Jekyll and Hyde type of God.  You cannot send a storm just to give you something to do or to provide an opportunity to prove that you can stop it.  It would not make any logical sense.  The Kingdom of God would clearly be divided against itself if God sends the storm and then stops the same storm.  Do you understand what Jesus is teaching?

Luk 8:24  And they came to him, and awoke him, saying, Master, master, we perish. Then he arose, and rebuked the wind and the raging of the water: and they ceased, and there was a calm.

As you can see the disciples woke Jesus up and said Master look we are perishing.   Jesus got up and looked at the problem and spoke words to it!  The wind stopped and there was a great calm.  So let’s stop right there again and think.  If Words stopped the storm, could words have started the storm?  I think that is a very valid question.  If it were Words that caused the storm, they cannot be the words from God or He would be divided against Himself.  The Bible clearly says God does not change!  To speak words to cause a storm and then to speak words to stop the same storm would cause God to be a shifting inconsistent unstable God!   I find that a very interesting concepts to understand.  As a result of spoken words there was a great calm that surrounded them.  If the storm was intentionally sent to Jesus and the disciples what would have been the end result of the storm, if Jesus had not stopped it?  For what purpose would the storm have served?  Would the storm have been a blessing or a curse?  I recently saw a post on the internet that said “adversity can be a blessing in disguise” and I thought immediately how confused this writer was.  If you can read in Luke from the fear that the disciples possessed the storm seems to be designed to kill them, to destroy their boat and to steal their life, their time and their money away from them.  There is absolutely no logical way to think that the storm in Luke could be viewed to be a blessing in disguise.  What else is a storm good for?  Right here is an amazing time to use your brain and think again.  Is any major storm of life ever a blessing in disguise?   I do not think anyone recently in Joplin Missiouri would think it was.  So who does Jesus say causes these types of adverse destructive events in our lives?  Did you know that the Bible tells us who is responsible?

Joh 10:10  The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.

The thief is a synonymous reference or title for Satan.   There are those in churches that think that God sends the storms of life upon them and if that is the case then God is the thief.   I cannot speak for your God, but my God is not a thief.   Anything that steals from you, tries to kill you or destroy what you possess, Jesus called it an act of the “thief” Satan.   We also know that God is not the one who kills, steals or destroys because Jesus said in this verse that He came to give us life abundantly and that would be the opposite of someone who was coming to give us death.  Hopefully you can see the difference and know who is behind each event that happens to you.  Jesus said that the pressures of life would come, but that we should be of good cheer because He had overcome all of the pressures.  Why is that important?  Because according to 2 Cor 2:14 God declares us triumphant “In Christ”.  Did you know you were in Christ?  I guess I do not have time to teach that today, but this is why God can tell you to be of good cheer when storms come!

Eph 6:12  For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

There are just too many people in churches who do not realize that we have a spiritual enemy and an adversary of spiritual opposition.  This enemy is only interested in taking you out of this world.  He wants to deceive you any way that he can.  The term to wrestle is a physical conflict between opponents.  If you are wrestling a friend you are not wrestling.   The opponent is described to us as not being a physical being, but is clearly described to be a spiritual force.  The term principalities refer to the chief rulers in the spiritual realm.  These spiritual forces are described as being “wicked” that means evil and hurtful.  They do not play the game or fight the battle by any rules.  They are in a no holds barred match of spiritual wits against you.  They will send whatever they can against you to take you out.

Luk 8:25  And he said unto them, Where is your faith? And they being afraid wondered, saying one to another, What manner of man is this! for he commandeth even the winds and water, and they obey him.

Getting back to our main lesson story found in Luke, Jesus calms the storm with words and turns to the disciples and asks them a very funny question that most people do not understand.  Jesus did not say “Sorry fellows, I did not know, why didn’t you just wake me sooner”.   I think that is what most religious people would like to do or think that Jesus said.  Jesus was asking “Where is your faith?”  Why was Jesus asking them like they should have had faith to do something about the storm?    When you read the Bible you need to pay close attention to every word.  What is said and what is not said.  You do not ask a question like this if you did not expect something different.  Everyone likes to pray to God and ask him to calm the storms of life and God’s response will always be “Where is your faith?”  That is something that people do not grasp easily, because they do not know what faith is.    The implied meaning of the question that Jesus asked was the disciples could have done the same thing that Jesus just did.  I know that is going to go over big with some people and others it will be like I’m speaking heresy.   We can’t do what God does, can we?  We certainly are not God!  I know that for sure.  However, I’m just studying the Bible and trying to understand what it says.  You can choose to believe something else if you like; I’m not your judge.

What I take away from this lesson of Jesus and the disciples is that Jesus is more than capable of solving all of our problems.  But, His question will always be “Where is your faith?”   I also learn from this story in Luke that God is not causing the storms in your life so He or you can calm them.  God’s house is not divided and God must be consitently good or we woould not know if we should try to calm the storms, ask God to calm the storms or to simply let the storms kill us.  After all if God sent the storm and you prayed to have the storm stop you have made yourself a new enemy to the will of God and that is why I peronsally believe that God never sends the adversities in your life.  You of course can choose to believe what you like.  God Bless!

If you would like to continue reading in this series about “Understanding Hard Sayings” you may go to “Part 4“.

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God’s Definition of Eternity! Are there any Limits to What We Can Learn?

(Ver 1.1)  Today I want to do something different to stimulate and exercise your mind.  I want to get you to thinking of some things that you may have never thought of before.  God woke me up last night and taught me some new concepts about eternity that I have never even thought of before.  I hesitate to tell people on the Web that God does this to me, because people sometimes think you’re crazy to believe things like God can actually talk to you and you can actually hear and understand Him.  However, if this is not possible, then we have found something else that God can’t do, He can’t communicate with humans.  Actually if you have ever read the Bible you have seen too many examples of God speaking to Adam and Eve, Noah, Abraham, Moses, David, Elijah and I could go on and on.   Today, the problem with most people is that they are not spiritually aware enough to realize when God is saying anything to them.  Knowing how God talks to you is the key to hearing from God and I will not comment on that any further.  So this is what the Spirit of God said to me, “Are there any limits to what you can know?”  I took this to mean will there ever come a time when we are in eternity with God that we will reach a point that there is nothing else for us to learn?  I mean forever is a very long time.  Humans cannot even fathom the definition of what eternity is.  After we go beyond billions or trillions, most people stop trying to process what those kinds of numbers mean in our brain.  We have no reference point to the experience of eternity that even comes close to what forever means.  You see my computer has a 1 terabyte hard drive in it.  That is a far cry from my first computer hard drive of 10 megabytes.   However, even 1 terabyte is nowhere close to having an infinite hard drive space available to you.  I mean even Google doesn’t have infinite hard drive storage space.   We are born on this planet with a limited perspective and we may live even 100 years and this is nothing compared to eternity.  It would be like one cell out of every cell in our universe combined.   Even Adam or Methuselah in the O.T. never lived to be older than 1000 years old.  Methuselah the oldest recorded living man in the Bible, only lived 969 years.  This is a nothing numbers compared to living in eternity.  So there is no human on the earth that has any clue of how long eternity is.  So here is the key question today to challenge you to think; how much could you learn if you had forever to do it in?  Are there any limits to knowledge?  Are there any limits to what God knows?

Isa 57:15  For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.

As you can clearly see, the Bible says that God lives in eternity.  I looked up the word “eternity” to see the definition and it means “forever” or “without end”.  Eternity is clearly just a concept to us that we have great difficulty in comprehending fully.  God exists outside of the realm of time and yet sent Jesus Christ into the realm of time at the perfect time to accomplish what God needed to accomplish.  So I believe that the dimension of time does not limit God.  Einstein theorized that as we approach the speed of light that time would slow and then finally stop.   I find that very interesting since the Bible says that God is Light!  That is pretty awesome stuff to think on.

So here is where I’m going to start to get a bit controversial, surprise, surprise.  Does God know everything?  Is there anything that God does not know?  These are almost trick questions.  Because I do not know, if we have the answers to these questions.  Most people believe that God knows everything.  After all only He is omnipotent, omnipresent and omniscient to name three known qualities used to describe God.  The term omniscient is a theological term that is used to describe God and it can actually mean “All knowing”.  God can be described as having an infinite amount of capacity for knowledge and this is probably a very good thought.  But, I also think that this is dependent upon your perspective.   God certainly is All Knowing concerning us and the rest of His creation.  The Bible certainly says that God knows some amazing details about us.  God knows our every thought and with over 6 billion people on the planet, I do not understand how this is even possible.  The Bible says God knows how many hairs are on our heads at any given time.  Do you have a clue of how many hairs are on your head?  Unless you are totally bald, you do not have a clue.  This proves that God is the most detailed oriented being that I can conceive of.    So what is the controversial part of my thought process today?  If God holds the capacity to know everything that is possible to know but still does not know everything, then there is a possibility of an infinite amount of knowledge being available to learn.  If God knows an infinite amount of information already, then there is nothing that He does not know.  Which one is it?  Either way, we have to conclude that there is no limit to what we can know and learn in eternity.   Maybe this will come out clearer as I go forward; probably right now I have a bunch of people just scratching their heads and saying what did he just say?

Let me see if I can rephrase what I tried to say, either God already has infinite knowledge or the realm of knowledge is infinite and God has the capacity to know it all.  I really cannot say which one is true using the Bible.  If you say that God knows everything already, then you have to conclude there is no creativity in anyone else.  Every book that can be written has already been written by God.  Every song that can be written has already been written by God.  Only God has creation power and the rest of us are just puppets imitating God’s preconceived ideas.  That would mean that the Bible says we are made in his image but we do not have His power to create so the Bible lied.  I haven’t found a Bible verse to describe any of this per say.  If you know of one or two, please let me know.  I would love to learn.  I did see some verses in Job that describes God as having “perfect knowledge”.  The term “perfect” would tend to mean or at the least imply “whole” or “complete” knowledge.

All I know is somewhere something or someone has to be infinite.   Either the amount of knowledge available is infinite or the knowledge of God is infinite.  Otherwise it would mean somewhere in the course of eternity we could potentially reach a point of the end of all learning and come to a state of knowing everything.  If this could occur, what would we do then?  Can you even wrap your mind around this deep subject today?  Here is what I took away from what God said to me last night.  There is no limit to how much you can know, because there is no limit to the availability of God’s knowledge.  You see I totally believe that God has the capacity of knowing everything.  I totally believe that God’s knowledge compared to my knowledge right now is a like a comparison of all of the water in all of the oceans in the world compared to my single drop of water, if that much.  But, I also believe that eternity is a long, long time.  So the bottom line is no matter how much we learn even in a trillion years of time, we would have just begun to learn what God can teach us. 

Also God when he spoke to Abraham told him that his seed would be as the stars of the heaven or as the sands on the seashore (Gen 22:7).   In other words more than you could count right now.  However, if you had eternity to count them all, is it possible to do it.  This has to be a finite number, just a very big number.  Do you understand big number concepts?  Is there any limit to how high you can count?  I don’t think so, if you have the time to do it.

So I probably just turned off a bunch of religious or non-intellectual type people.  I seemed to imply that there could be stuff that God still has left that He can learn and I certainly do not have any Bible verses to demonstrate or confirm this logic.  But I will tell you this also; this is what else God said to me in the middle of the night.  He told me to think about the number “Pi”.   If you are not a math type person you probably do not know what I’m talking about.  The number “Pi” is a number used in math and geometry in relation to measuring circles.   A circle is a symbol of completeness.  A circle could also be a symbol of infinity, since as long as you want to go around in the circle it will let you keep going.  A circle is a line without ends.  So a circle could possibly be representative of a picture of God.  Here is the Web definition for “Pi”:

Pi: the ratio of the circumference to the diameter of a circle

Pi is an irrational number, in decimal places it never ends and never repeats with any know pattern.   To me I can see Pi as a picture of God.  He has no end and never does He do the exact same thing exactly twice.   However, God does utilize patterns to repeat things in the natural realm from the spiritual realm so we have some additional complexity to ponder.  If anyone ever told you that studying the Bible was easy, they lied to you.  What do you think of the concepts behind pi and how this number relates to God?  So I believe that God invented math for us to learn about natural concepts and laws that we can apply to spiritual things.  If you can learn from them and apply them correctly you will begin to see how they relate to other spiritual things.  I use math laws in my Bible interpretations all the time.  God taught me this method so I stick with it.  So here is the problem that I am faced with, Pi is an infinite never ending number.  No matter how many digits that you calculate the number Pi to, the number never ends.  This is the definition of eternity again, demonstrated to us in the concept of a never ending number.   When I was in the 10th grade I memorized Pi to like 8 or 9 digits; to me “Pi” was 3.141592653…” and I thought I was doing pretty well.  Later in life when computers came along, I learned that “Pi” had been calculated out in the astronomical realms of numbers.  However, even with all of this work they were not any closer to the end of the number than I was.  Why did God create infinite things like this?  Never ending number concepts?  I believe it was to show us that there is no limit to what we can still learn in eternity.  I mean think about it, if God can create a number that He cannot find the end of; that tells me that we have something truly amazing in store for us.  So I probably offended someone again saying God could not solve Pi, but yet God would have to change the definition of Pi or round it off somewhere in order to stop computing the number.  Do you understand this?  God, who has far greater computing power than any computer we have on our planet, could spend the rest of eternity at calculating Pi and still never reach the end.    That is the definition of something that is infinite, yes?  So can an infinite God solve an infinite math problem?   I think that is a very tough question for me to even try to think of how to answer.   You see I think that an infinite God who lives in eternity could calculate Pi forever and still never reach the end of the number.  There would always be another digit to add to the list of numbers.  Wow, that is very deep, I know.  So we can still look at this subject in different ways.  We can say that the possible realm of knowledge is infinite or we can say that God already holds infinite knowledge.  To me if God held infinite knowledge then God had Pi solved before we were given it.  However, this means by definition that Pi is solvable and is not an infinite number.  Then there is the concept of writing books or songs that I mentioned earlier.  Is there a limit to the number of books that God could write?  Is there a limit to the number of songs that can be written by us?  I personally do not believe that there are a finite number of songs available for us to create.   Do you understand the complexity behind these concepts that God has given to us?  They are truly amazing, but yet they are nothing compared to what God has in store for us in the future:

1Co 2:9  But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.

When you start to think differently you begin to see old Bible verses in new enlightening ways.  Is it beginning to get into your heart like it is mine?  I think if it is, then we have only scratched the tip of the iceberg of knowing who God is and how much He loves us.  Be a thinker, but begin to see God as He sees us.  The Bible says that we have the mind of Christ, so begin to think like God.  I know that I can hardly wait for the eternity of good things to come from God.    I hope that I at least stimulated your mind to think today, like God did my mind last night.  You may not agree with the things that I said, but that is OK also.  Today was not a lesson on how to be saved so it really doesn’t matter that much.   Today’s lesson was designed to get you to think eternally, infinitely, as a course for your future existence with God.  If you disagree with anything that I said I’ll read it, but I probably won’t respond to the negative words of critics’ unless you can show me some Bible verses.  You see I don’t know everything and I am perfectly willing to change to be right as long as I can see it in the Bible.  In the meantime I’ll do my own search of the Bible using my computer to see if I can learn anything about what God has challenged me to think on.  Mathematics is full of never ending number sequences and there must be a reason why God created them to be this way, so it is a challenge for you and I to find out why.   Be continually blessed and encouraged in growing in the knowledge of Him.

Is there Life after Death? The Bible Evidence for Understanding Spirits!

(Ver 1.4) This is Part 1 in a series of lesson on the important Bible subject of understanding death.  Today I will discuss a very basic foundational subjet but also an extremely important Bible truth in an attempt to make a potentially complex subject as simple as possible.  I always like to emphasize that the Bible is a highly complex spiritual book of information that the natural human mind is incapable of understanding.  This is the greatest and number one problem with why people read the Bible and do not understand what it says.  God is the most intelligent being in both the Spiritual and Natural realms.  God designed the Bible in an intelligent spiritual manner to give man the right to be wrong in everything that they believe.  There is really no clear evidence for anything in the Bible, because people can put their own interpretations upon every verse and ignore all the other verses that do not fit with what they want to believe and thus they come to the conclusions that they desire to hold on to.   That is a pretty stupid way of interpreting the Bible, but people do it every day.  By not being consistent and by not taking every related verse into account they have concluded some vastly erroneous teachings.  Today’s lesson surrounds what the Bible says about “Is there Life after Death?”  This is obviously a highly controversial subject with a wide variety of opinions to the possible outcomes.  Here is the difficulty that most of us face, none of us have died and come back to tell what happened to us after we died.  The majority of dead people on the earth are dead and have not been able to return form the dead to tell anyone about the after life experiences.  And if anyone did die and come back would anybody believe them, since they would hold no evidence or pictures to convince anyone of what they were trying to tell the rest of the world?  Our experience of death would only help to motivate us personally and would not have a real effect on most other people, especially to those who do not believe like we do.

So what then do we do?  I believe that we are given a Bible by God for the basis for all of our knowledge and for what we believe in our faith.  If what you believe is not based upon what the Bible says, then you really have no ability to be confident of anything that you believe in.  Faith is believing in something that we have no physical proof or evidence of possessing.  The Bible also informs us that our faith is based upon the Word of God.  So a Christian should be most concerned with what does the Bible say and reveal to me on the subject of death and the afterlife experience.   Here is why I am addressing this subject today.  I had a very deceived individual who believes that when people die, they go into a state of sleep, until wakened for judgment day.  These types of believers do not believe in the existence of hell or eternal damnation or punishment.  They want to believe that after this life there are no consequences for what we do here on the earth, how we believe, or whether we make Jesus our Lord and Savior or not.  According to them those that are not saved by God are eliminated from future existence, they will have no consciousness of ever having been here on the earth or for ever existing at any time on this planet.    This type of teaching is one that I have heard proclaimed for many years.  It is called a doctrine of “Soul Sleep” or a “Spirit Sleep” theology.  They claim that everyone who dies goes to sleep until God chooses for the time of judgment.  These people have many Bible verses that they believe that they can stand on and I do not deny that these verses exist.  However, I do deny their weak erroneous interpretations of them and how they have twisted them to determine how they use and apply them with their natural minds to drive others into believing the lie of an eternal solution for an end of natural life with no eternal consequences.  This is a classic example of ignorance being combined with stupidity going to seed and being multiplied into deeption.  God says in Hosea 4:6 “My people are destroyed for a lack of knowledge”.  Therfore what you don’t know will end up killing you and sending you to hell.  You better make sure you know the truth before you believe something someone tells you is the truth.  The only way you can be insured is for you to read the whole Bible and make sure there are no other verses that confilict with what someone is telling you is the truth.

So rather than telling you about all of the verses that they have misinterpreted, I want to focus mostly in on verses in the Bible that will put holes in their theological erroneous teachings.  These are the verses that they purposely ignore or are forced to explain away so that they can hold on to their fantasies.    Let’s look at some of these verses about death and life after death today and you can be the judge and see what the Bible is saying for yourself.

Deu 34:5  So Moses the servant of the LORD died there in the land of Moab, according to the word of the LORD.

This verse in the Bible is very plain.  Moses we are told died a physical death exactly like every other human on this planet in our history has done also.  I guess I should clarify that last statement, because there are two men in the O.T. that did not experience death and the Bible says God took them and these were Enoch and Elijah.   The Bible says it is appointed unto man, once to die and then comes the judgment  (Heb. 9:27).  This is where people like to believe that the in between natural death and the time of judgment is a state of nothingness, because the Bible says there is nothing or does it?  People need to realize that God does not tell you everything in any one place anywhere in the Bible.  You MUST put the puzzle pieces together correctly in order to have a valid interpretation of the Word of God.  Let’s confirm that Moses died before we go any further:

Deu 34:7  And Moses was an hundred and twenty years old when he died: his eye was not dim, nor his natural force abated.

We can again clearly see that God says Moses lived a 120 years on the earth when he died a natural death.  I find that it is very interesting what this verse says.  It does not say Moses died of any illness, weakness, infirmity or even any natural cause does it?  It says that Moses was physically strong and had good eye sight.  Oh well, I guess I won’t go there and create any more controversy.   Can we at least agree that Moses died?  So then according to many people who believe in Soul Sleep, Moses is now in spiritual “la, la land” of non-existence.   I assume that this is a state of blissful nirvana or an unconscious state of rest according to what they want to believe occurs after death.    I hope that you can see this is pretty crazy to believe this way, you have to ignore so much of the Bible to believe wrong.  Here is the main reason that I call this an erroneous teaching.  Please read this carefully:

Luk 9:28  And it came to pass about an eight days after these sayings, he took Peter and John and James, and went up into a mountain to pray.

Here we have an account written by God in the New Testament that declares that Jesus went up on a mountain to pray.  He took with Him, Peter James and John.  So we have 3 key witnesses to what is about to happen next.  Is this a real story?  You bet it is a real story.  God is not a liar.   So Jesus is praying and what happens?

Luk 9:30  And, behold, there talked with him two men, which were Moses and Elias:

Uh oh?  Moses is there with Jesus on top of the mountain and he is supposed to be asleep somewhere in la, la land.  I really thought he was supposed to be sleeping until judgment day according to what these people care to try to teach us.  Do you understand how wrong some people’s teaching can beceom?  Here Moses died at least 1500 years before Jesus came along and he appears with Elijah to talk to Jesus.  I guess God must have awakened them from their sleep?   Maybe God sent a princess to kiss Moses so that she could awaken him from deep spiritual sleep?  Do you understand what happens when you deviate from the Bible?  You have to start making stuff up and your lie is then as good as anyone else’s lie.   Let’s stop here and think about this logically.  If Moses and Elijah were asleep for the last 1500 years or so, and do not remember their life on the earth and were just awakened for some quick purpose of God, what would they have to talk about with Jesus?  Do you think that Jesus was the only one talking here and they were just getting filled in on the updates of the last 1500 years?   You see there are certainly ways to explain away what the Bible says if you do not wish to embrace it.  However, it is so obvious to me that since Moses and Elijah were present with Jesus on the mountain top, they were clearly not asleep and could remember things to talk about.  It would be a very far stretch to say that they were ever spiritually asleep either.  So you believe whatever you want to believe, I’ll still stay with the truth.

So let me approach this subject of Soul Sleep from a different angle now.   When you are asleep naturally speaking, are you ever aware of anything that happens?  What about your dreams?  Do dreams ever happen, do you ever remember them?  Are there accounts in the Bible of anybody dreaming?  You should probably understand if you have ever read the Bible that there are many people who have heard from God in a dream.  Do you understand this?  You have the story of Joseph in Genesis 37:5.  Then in Matthew 1:20 we have another man named Joseph who heard from God in a dream about marrying the virgin Mary.  So people do have dreams and people can remember them and hear from God even when they are physically asleep.   So what is the problem?  How do you ever remember a dream?  After all you were sleeping.  That is a million dollar question to ponder.  You see your spirit inside your body never sleeps.  Even when your body is asleep your spirit is awake and capable of hearing from God.  Interesting isn’t it?  The Bible says in Psalms 121:4 that God neither slumbers nor sleeps.  This tells us very clearly God does not get tired.  A spiritual being never needs a nap, to rest up or regain spiritual strength.  The problem with most people, they think that man is somehow different from God and this is their downfall.  Because they think naturally, they come to the wrong conclusions concerning spiritual truths.  This is the most significant way that God keeps people from seeing what the Bible really says.  In their minds they have the wrong basis of reference or the wrong perspective on things that were written.  If you are driving in a car, when you start out going in the wrong direction, it is sometimes very difficult to get to the right destination.  So it is with Bible interpretation.  So people forget that the Bible says that Adam was made in the image and likeness of God.  God said “Let US make man in our image after our likeness…”.   When you don’t believe what the Bible says in one spot it makes it doubly easier to disbelieve another spot.  So my point is if God (who is a Spirit) does not sleep or nap, the spirit of man does not sleep or nap either, because we were made in the image and likeness of God.  If you want to see what the Bible really says, sometimes you have to change your perspective.  Sometimes this requires you seeing things like God sees them.  Sometimes it requires you to see things the way others see them around you.  This is just part of the complexity of understanding the Bible.  So why did I go through the explanation of dreams while you are in a natural sleep?  It was only to show you that your spirit never sleeps and that is the only way that you would remember what you dreamed.  So you decide what you want to believe, I’m still going to stay with what the Bible actually says.

So those who teach fictitious “Soul Sleep” have a predicament , we can clearly see that Moses died literally hundreds and hundreds of years before Jesus came along and yet there he was appearing with Jesus to talk about spiritual subjects with the transfigured Lord.  We also should know that Judgment Day is not coming for many more hundreds of years in the future when this event occurs.  Where has Moses been previously and where will Moses wait until the Day of Judgment finally comes.  Think about it, where is Moses during all of this past and future time?  You first have to understand that Moses is a triune being.   That just means that Moses is a spirit being that has a soul that lives in a body.   When his body died his spirit and soul left his body.  We know this from other Bible verses like this one:

Jas 2:26  For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.

As you can see the Bible says that man is a spirit.  The absence of the spirit from the body deems the body to be dead.  The death of the body means that the spirit is no longer present in the body.  Either way there is a clear separation of the two.  When you go to a funeral and look in the casket you are not looking at the person, just the body that this person used to lived in.  So as you look into the casket do they appear to be awake or asleep?  If you are bright at all you have to say they look asleep.  So all of the Bible verses in the Bible that “Soul Sleep” teachers like to grab hold of and use are from our perspective on what death is and looks like.   The body is asleep and the spirit has departed and gone somewhere else.  The spirit must still exist and must be awake because it is made in the image of God.   So let’s look at another lesson of what God used Paul to tell us:

Php 1:23  For I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better:

People who choose to believe in a “Soul Sleep” ignore verses like this one in the Bible.  Here is Paul writing to the Philippian Church and he is speaking of a decision that he is trying to make.  He is trying to determine if he should stay here in his body and help them or to leave his body and go be with Christ.  Uh oh?  That is a pretty strong indication that there is no sleep time in between death and what occurs afterwards.  Paul calls death for a Christian something that is a “FAR BETTER” thing than staying here physically and living on the earth.  So what would make death far better for anyone that would only go to sleep until judgment day?  Sleep is not better than being awake, alert, aware and conscious, is it?  If you think it is you are a vastly deceived individual.  Christians, who die according to what Paul just said, leave their bodies and go into the spiritual realm of heaven to be with Christ.  That is what would be far better than being here.  You walking on the streets of gold, you beholding the face of the one that died for you, you standing before the throne of the living God and you surrounded by all of the angels, and your Christian relatives and friends that have gone before you.  That is the definition of a “FAR BETTER” time if you ask me.  That is the only explanation of this verse that makes any sense to me.  Seeing my earthly father again, seeing my son again, seeing my Heavenly Father for the first time, seeing Jesus Christ and the nail prints in his hands and feet, that is what gives me hope.  Spiritual sleep is not hope, it is nothing to look forward to, it is nothing that you can call better even a little bit.  What is FAR BETTER to you?  How do you define “FAR BETTER”?  It could make all the difference in the world.

So I could go on and give you many other Bible verses, that talk about death, heaven, hell and other related subjects, but I have gone long enough for today.  I pray that you will take the truth of God’s word and hold fast to it so that no man will deceive you with lies from the enemy.  I have found that some people are not capable of being helped.  No matter how much you try to show them.  These are what I call “Concrete Christians”; they are thoroughly mixed up and firmly set in their ways.  They do not read the Bible with an open mind to allow the Spirit of God to teach them anything.  They do not wish to see the truth, because they are happy with their perception of reality.  They have extreme tunnel vision and only see what they want to see.  Whatever you do, do not become as one of these types of people.  Always stay open to change, but always base your change upon the Bible only.   It saddens my heart tremendously when I encounter people like this if they are that easily deceived then they are open to other deception as well.  The Bible says that there will be many in that day that come before Christ and say Lord, didn’t we do this and that in your name and Jesus will look at them and say depart from me for I never knew you.  Do not be one of these!  May God Bless you and help you to see the truth of His glorious Word!

Understanding Seeds in the Bible! We Are the Seed of Abraham! Part 10

(Ver 1.3)  Today I am writing Part 10 in the series of lessons that I have been doing on the spiritual concepts and laws surrounding God’s designed Seed planting principles.  If you have not read this series from the beginning, I would strongly recommend that you start with “Part 1”.  If you have been reading this series, then welcome back.  When you get a hold of this teaching it will change a lot of what you think and know about God and the Bible.  The concepts given in the Bible about seeds cannot be overly simplified because they are vastly complex in how God applies them throughout the Bible.  The concepts of seeds are overlapping and run in parallel at the same time.  Seeds concepts are truly woven threads in the fabric of God’s truth found throughout the Bible.  The subject of seeds is a common theme given to us in every part of the Bible.  You can find seeds mentioned in the beginning of Genesis 1 all the way to references to seeds in the last chapter of the Bible in Revelation 22.  Seeds are everywhere in the Bible if you know what to look for and if you understand the concepts behind them.  You see in Revelation 22:2 God speaks of the “Tree of Life” on each side of the river flowing from the throne of God.  These “Trees of Life” produce 12 kinds of fruit.  If you recall we learned that Fruit comes from planting seeds, naturally and spiritually.  You plant a seed, you get a tree and then it produces the fruit to produce more fruit trees.  It is a simple concept, yet so profound.  So who are these symbolic fruit trees in Revelation 22?  Do you recall reading back in Genesis 2 about the first mention of the Tree of Life?  God created a Garden for man.  In the garden God placed two trees, named Adam and Eve, I mean the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil and the Tree of Life.  It would appear to me that God’s plan was for man to eat of the Tree of Life and live forever, since this is the way it is described to end up in Revelation 22.  So what can we learn here?  We learned from the Parable of the Sower that the Word of God was the seed of God.  We learned that the hearts of men and women in the world were the soil where seeds are planted.  Let’s stop right there and analyze that statement.  What is a Garden?  A garden is where you plant your seeds to grow your fruit.  Genesis 2 describes vast amounts of seed principles being applied by God.  We have a symbolic Garden and we have 2 trees that are symbolic of something also.  One tree is OK to eat from and one tree is not OK to eat from.  Sounds like a good time for making the right decision.  Since Adam did not make the right decision we still see that God says I will make the right decision and it will end up the way that I planted it to end up.  After all it is my garden and my seed.  Are you beginning to see the concepts being given?

When you begin to understand just a little bit about seeds you can begin to see that God is smarter than us all put together.  I am a firm believer that God’s stated beginning in Genesis 1 & 2 was a symbolic representation of how He wanted it to end up when our time on this planet is completed.  We know that God is the giver of the “Good” Seed.  We know that we (the people) are God’s Soil or Garden.   That would make God the Ultimate Farmer!  Do you understand this?

Jas 5:7  Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain.

Here is an amazing verse of scripture that describes God’s Farm System.  The Lord God is described as being the “husbandman”.  This Greek word translated as husbandman in the KJV Bible means “a worker of land” or literally a “farmer”.   We can again see in this verse that Fruit is the desired anticipated outcome of God’s laborious seed planting.  God sowed the good seeds to produce the good fruit from the earth.  This verse is very symbolic in nature.  The “Husbandman” is the Land Owner who Works the Soil to plant His seeds in.   We can clearly understand that God owns the Earth, but that is only natural soil.  God is not talking about a natural crop of corn in this verse.  God is referring to a spiritual crop of fruit.  But, realize that seeds do not produce fruit, seeds produce trees that produce fruit.  This is a very critical part of the seed principle.  This is why I called Adam and Eve trees that had no fruit in Genesis 2 and 3.  Adam however, chose the wrong seeds and allowed the wrong fruit to grow, sinned and died.  Adam in effect sold his birthright for some wrong fruit to Satan.  We (the church) are now the purchased possession of God, by the redemptive price that He has paid with His own blood.  Christians have been purchased, redeemed without money the Bible says.  So we are God’s gardens that have allowed His Seed into our hearts to grow and produce fruit.  We produce the Fruit that God is after.  So when you read Revelation 22:2 and see the Trees of Life on each side of the river flowing from the Throne of God, we can understand that we are these trees producing this fruit every month of the year for an eternity to come.  That is pretty cool stuff, if you ask me.  If you can see it you will think it is pretty amazing also.  Only by rightly dividing the Word of God have I come to these conclusions.  By letting the Bible interpret itself and by understanding simple spiritual concepts like Seeds, Soil, Gardens, Planting, Sowing,  Rain, Watering, Fruit, Reaping and Harvests.

So that was a quick introduction to an overview of how to apply the knowledge that we have gleaned from the Bible subject concerning Seeds.  Like I told you before there are over 250 scriptures in the KJV Bible that directly mention the word “seed”.  In many modern translations the literal meaning of the word “seed” is translated as offspring, children, or some other word that loses the true meaning that God was trying to get you to see.  So while I do not try to tell you what to do, that is why I do not read many translations.  They take too many liberties with God’s Word and change it too much.  The best translation would be no translation, but since I do not speak Hebrew or Greek, I just look up the words in the dictionary and do the best that I can with God’s help.  So the best translation of the Bible is the one that is the most literal and I can’t tell you which one that is, I just know some that they are not.  People need to realize that God could have used any word that He wanted to and He picked “Seed” to describe these things we have been talking about.  I guess translators think that God is stupid and He did not know the right word to use.  Plus I use the KJV version because it is a FREE version of the Bible that is readily available to everyone without charge, limitations or restrictions.  Jesus said freely you have received so charge the heck out of everybody and get all that you can.  I think that is what some Bible manufacturers think, because this is the way that they act.  It is only for the money they think.  Oh, well I guess I’ll get off my soap box and keep teaching on the subject of seeds.  Let me briefly review two concepts that I have touched on before, but this time using some new scripture verses.

Heb 11:11  Through faith also Sara herself received strength to conceive  seed, and was delivered of a child when she was past age, because she judged him faithful who had promised.

Hebrews chapter 11 is one of the most important chapters in the Bible.  But most people do not see what it says.  The chapter is dominated by one Subject and that is “Faith”.  We can learn that even though God did not reveal “Faith” in the Old Testament, He definitely made it a determining factor to what people received in their life.  This chapter goes through many examples of Bible faith and in this verse we are told of Sarah’s faith in God’s Word.  Sarah believed that God was faithful because He had promised them a child.  Now she was 90 years old when this child came, but yet God was not too late was He?  Many times God’s timing is not your timing, but yet we should not question God, just believe that it will happen like He said.  In this verse there is the direct mention of “seed”.  Sarah was able to “Conceive” Seed.  Did you know that this is how that Mary got pregnant with Jesus also?  These were examples of conceiving two different types of “seeds”, but yet the end results were both the same.  Sarah conceived natural sperm of her husband Abraham’s natural seed.  While Mary conceived the “Word of God”, God’s also known as spiritual seed.  Both women were required to believe that it would happen like it was told to them.  Both women heard the message, before it actually happened to them.   Neither woman had any evidence or proof that it would ever happen, did they?  There was no proof?  This is a pattern of how to receive anything from God.  If you want a baby and have not been able to conceive a child, here is your answer.  God does not show any favoritism to anyone!  God is no respecter of person!   What God did for Sarah and for Mary, He will do for you if you choose to believe also.

So I got off the subject of the Seed of Abraham.  That is what this lesson was supposed to be about when I started.  I guess God wanted to talk to somebody out there and tell them there was hope.  before I more on completely I also want to point out that God can exachange one seed type for the other by the lessons of Sarah and Mary.  What God has created in the natural can still happen by an equivalent type of substance usage or exchange from the spritual realm.  A spiritual seed can replace a natural seed and still give the same result.  Let’s move on to an example of this using the seed of Abraham.  The Bible clearly tells us that Jesus Christ came into the world as the Seed of Abraham.  Let’s prove that statement by reading this verse and see what God reveals:

Heb 2:16  For verily he took not on him the nature of angels; but he took on him the seed of Abraham.

The Bible is so complex, that it is impossible to teach everything that just one verse says in a short lesson like this.  Why would God mention that Jesus was not born or created as an angel?    That is a much more complex subject that I guess I shouldn’t have mentioned because I cannot talk about it in this lesson.  It only gives you something new to think about.  Learn to ask God questions when you read the Bible and you just may be amazed when He shows you the answers.  So Jesus was not an angel, just load that basic fact into your mind for a future reference to a new unkown question.  However, Jesus was born the “Seed of Abraham”.  We need to review the basic seed concepts again that we have previously learned that should be firmly established in you by now.  We learned that a man is a physical being that has “Seed” within himself.  I showed you several times now that when Abraham paid tithe, his future descendant Levi was reported to have also paid the tithe at the same time.   This was because the physical future seed Levi was in his great grandfather Abraham.   If you do not recall this you should go back and review the earlier lessons, because this is a very critical piece of spiritual information to fully grasp.  The principle revealed to us in this lesson was that every natural descendant of Abraham did exactly what Abraham did because they came from Abraham’s physical seed.  Now that would be really good information if you were a natural seed of Abraham and I’ll tell you why soon.  What about the rest of us on earth?  We were called Gentiles by the laws of flesh in the world that were not born from natural seed of Abraham?   Are we all left out because we were not born from the natural seed of Abraham?  We will find out as we continue.

Keep in mind that the Bible is so much more complex than you give it credit to be.  Also keep in mind that God is smarter than you and I are.  His ways are not your natural ways, so it makes it very difficult for us to grasp these very spiritual things being taught to us.  Let’s turn to Galatians and learn something brand new about seeds:

Gal 3:19  Wherefore then serveth the law? It was added because of transgressions, till the seed should come to whom the promise was made; and it was ordained by angels in the hand of a mediator.

You can see that this is a verse with wide seed applications attached to it.  We talked earlier about that the word seed can either be singular or plural and you really have a very difficult time in determining which one it is by only reading on the surface.  The word in this context is clearly singular.  Jesus Christ is again called the Seed of Abraham as we can see.  This verse tells us clearly of all the natural seeds that were “IN” Abraham, only one of them carried the hope of the promise that was given to Abraham.  This was a very literal one in some several millions of future natural seeds, type of prophecy.  God singles out and separates “One Seed” to be the “Chosen Seed”.  We know that this Seed was God Himself.  Knowing this now doesn’t sound very good for all the other natural seeds that came from Abraham.  Can you see how the Bible presents us with puzzles and paradoxical predicaments?   We read in one place that being a seed of Abraham seems to be a good thing, but now we read that only one of the seeds actually carried the promise.  Wow are things getting complicated or what?

Gal 3:18  For if the inheritance be of the law, it is no more of promise: but God gave it to Abraham by promise.

Let’s back up one verse in Galatians and see some of the context of what is being discussed around this subject of the “Chosen Seed”.  I’ll try to stay on subject, according to what we just read in verse 19, we are talking about the Seed called Jesus Christ who we can see in this verse was promised the inheritance.   So the inheritance was not promised to every seed, just the One!  That is a pretty complex thing to think about and it can become a point of confusion, if we are not careful.  What is an inheritance?   Do you understand this concept?  Have you ever seen or been to a lawyer’s office who reads someone’s last will and testament?   Someone had to die in order for there to be an inheritance available to anyone.   Do you understand this?  This will certainly get more complicated than you can imagine when I tell you who died.    Who died to leave an inheritance to the Chosen Seed?  If you guessed that the Chosen Seed died you would actually be right!  God gave Himself to be the sacrifice for man’s sin.  God became the Chosen Seed of Abraham.  This Seed died and was planted into the natural ground for 3 days and rose up spiritually alive again forever.  God is the only one that I know of that is capable of experiencing death and then coming back to life to inherit that which He had left as an inheritance.  I don’t know if you understand these concepts or not, but I know they are staggeringly powerful spiritual laws in action.  Do you see how God used seed concepts and laws in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ?

What does all of this have to do with you and I?  How does it affect us personally in the church?  How do I apply seed information to me if I am not a natural seed of Abraham?  I think that is what interests many people, what is the bottom line for me today?  That is where I want to get to now.  If you are a true Christian, a born again believer in Christ, then it has everything to do with you.

Gal 3:22  But the scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe.

As you can see in this following verse of Galatians 3, the promise was by the faith of Jesus Christ that it might be given to us who believe.  Do you see why I included the scripture about Sarah?  Do you see how she was given a promise by God and trough her faith in His promised words, she conceived seed?  God has implemented a system within Christianity that is based totally and completely upon faith and seeds.  Let’s look at Faith in the terms of “Seed” concepts briefly.  If you went to your garden and planted some seeds in it, did you have any faith when you plant your seeds?  Do you believe that what you are doing is going to result in anything good in the future?  You see if you did not have any faith in these seeds you would not have planted any of them in the first place.  A seed is not a magic potion; you do not plant them and poof there they are like some magic bean stalk!  Faith is never a Jack in the Bean stalk reality or fantasy.   It always takes time and care to develop and produce that which was planted.  So farming is a faith lesson.   God planted a seed and expected a harvest.  That is the definition of what faith is in a nutshell; believing in a harvest by only planting seeds in the ground.  Remember that natural seeds are invisible substances when placed in the ground.  You see nothing for many days and only believe they are there by faith.

Are you a believer today?  Then you believe in God’s Seed principles.   Even though you have never seen Jesus personally, you believe that He is faithful who has promised.  The Bible says “Why stare ye into heaven?  This same Jesus that you saw go up into heaven, will come back down in the same way” (Acts 1:11).  Believing only in the words of angels written down in a book with no basis of proof and no physical evidence that you can take to court, that is what faith is.  God’s Word is the Seed, remember?  If you believe God’s Word it will conceive in your spirit the same as it did for Mary.  No, you won’t have a virgin birth, God did not promise you that, but you can go into the Bible and see what He did Promise you and believe for that.

Gal 3:7  Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham.

This verse near the beginning of  Galatians 3 makes a declaration that is not widely understood.  As you can see this verse is addressed to the Church of Jesus Christ.  How can a widely Gentile congregation of people be called the children of Abraham?  If you look up the definition of the words, it actually calls Abraham our “father”.  I thought God was our Father?  Here is another perplexing puzzle given to us in the Bible.   You see there is NO WAY that I am a natural descendant of Abraham.  I was not born of the natural nation of Israel.  But, yet God still calls Abraham my father.  People obviously just ignore verses like these in the Bible, I guess?  Since I am not a natural child of Abraham that only leaves me to be a spiritual child of Abraham.  Do you understand this logic?  There are only two realms of existence and these are the created natural realm and the original spiritual realm.  If you are a living born again Christian on this earth you exist within both of these realms simultaneously.  If you are not a Christian you only exist in the physical realm until you die physically.  If you look at the context of this verse you can see that Abraham was justified by faith.  Abraham believed God, Galatians 3:6 says to us.  So this means that we have also been justified by the same faith that Abraham possessed.  Not just believing in God, but believing God came to the earth personally and died for your sins and was raised from the dead.  This is faith in God’s personal accomplished works and His Words.

Gal 3:14  That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.

You should make a valid attempt at understanding every verse in this chapter of Galatians.  It describes who you are and reveals how you became what you are in very clear in-depth terminology.   Let’s start by realizing that Abraham was extremely blessed by God.  The natural descendants of Abraham have always been extremely blessed by God.  The natural nation of Israel has controlled vast amounts of the world’s wealth ever since they left Egypt and took all they could carry.  But, this verse says that the blessings of Abraham should come upon us, the Gentiles.  How did this occur?  It could only occur by you getting born again by your faith in Jesus Christ.  Now that makes you of the same faith as your father Abraham.  Again we see a principle of the seed within itself concept being given.  Whatever our father spiritual Abraham did, that is also what we who believe God have done.  Faith is a spiritual force of the human spirit.  So you cannot see Abraham’s faith unless he does something to demonstrate his faith to us.  When the lame man was brought to Jesus at the house where they tore the roof up to lower him to Jesus, the Bible says that Jesus could see their faith.  So faith can be seen depending upon what people do.  So what did our father Abraham do to demonstrate his faith?  If you recall you might remember that God changed his name.   When God changed his name from Abram to Abraham, Abram could have said that is not who I am and refused to go along with it.  The name Abraham means “father of nations”.  So by Abraham going around saying his name he confirmed that he was the father of nations even without having the promised child yet.  This is another faith lesson that is an excellent story to show you how God works with people.  But, this verse also says that the promise to Abraham was for us to receive the Spirit of God by this same faith.  I honestly do not know how to explain that verse of scripture, so I just accept it by faith for now and trust the Lord God to reveal it to me later.   Let’s skip down to the end of the chapter and see the last verse to wrap this lesson up:

Gal 3:29  And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.

This chapter of Galatians ends with another seed concept and statement.  If you are Christ’s, meaning that you belong to Him, then you are Abraham’s seed and heirs according to the promise.  We again see a reference to the promise of God made to Abraham and to his seed.  God promised the Seed of Abraham that He would be the heir.   This seed was Jesus Christ.  But, now it calls us this same seed at the same time.  Since you and I are not Jesus how do we explain what this verse says?  That is a very strong question that many people do not fully try to comprehend how that we in the church have become an equal heir with Christ.  God again exhibits His extreme intelligence in how He designed these things to work.   We are joint heirs with Christ by marriage covenant.  The church is the Bride of Christ and if you do not understand this, you should read the series of lessons that I did on this subject.  By being joined to Him by marriage covenant we have become one with Him.  The law of Genesis says that the two shall be even as one!  We have just seen another paradox being presented to us.  We have one body or seed but two heirs.  We can only resolve this paradox by studying how Eve came from the one body of Adam to make two.  So the Bible is complex I know and you may struggle with many of the things that I teach.  I hope and pray that you at least go and read all of these verses in your Bible and look up the definitions and meanings of every word you can find and see for yourself if they are true or not.  Do not ever take my word for anything, I am a man that makes mistakes, I am capable of failing since I am an imperfect growing Christian just like you are.  So the bottom line of today’s lesson was the Church was called the Seed of Abraham.  Did you know you were a seed?  I bet you are beginning to see that you are a seed in more ways than one.  I apologize for covering too much in one lesson and making it so long today.  God Bless You, until next time.

If you would like to continue reading this series of lessons on “seeds” you can go to “Part 11“.

Understanding Seeds in the Bible! How are Spiritual Babies Conceived? Part 9

(Ver 1.4)  I have been doing a series of Bible lessons on the significance of understanding how Seeds work.  Only by understanding how natural seeds work, can we really ever focus on how spiritual things operate.  God gave us the natural things in our world to teach us about the unseen spiritual things using the wisdom of His intelligent design.  Using many Bible verses and the Seed laws from Genesis 1 I have explored several subjects applying the knowledge of seeds to other scriptures in the New Testament.  We have discovered that the Bible says there are multiple things that are all referred to by the title of a “seed”.  This is just one of God’s techniques of concealing the truth in plain sight.  God calls many things by the same name, title or description.  This makes it more difficult for the reader to determine what type of seed He is talking about.  From our study we have seen that there are natural seeds, like fruit seeds or grass seeds mentioned in the Bible.  We have seen children called seeds all over the Bible.  We have seen the male sperm called his seed.  We have seen spiritual spiritual things like God’s Word being labeled as the seeds that are spread by teachers in the spiritual soil of man’s heart.  We have discovered that there exists two types of seeds in the Bible; one is the Good Seed and other is called the Bad or Evil Seed.  By pattern association we can conlude these can be representative of the good words from God versus evil words from Satan.  The Good seed was always sown by God exclusively and the evil seed was always sown by his enemy Satan.  These are such important concepts to fully grasp.   If you have not been reading this series from the beginning you should stop and go back to start reading with “Part 1” first.  If you haven’t read from the beginning you have just missed more than I can possibly teach you in my simple introduction.

Today I want to discuss the previous seed concepts and seed laws in more detail to apply them to how a person becomes a Christian.  I have alluded to this subject before in other lessons, but I will address it more completely today filling in some gaps.  We have already seen that Jesus told us that the most important parable to fully understand is the Parable of the Sower.  From this parable we should now know that God’s Word was the seed that the sower was spreading.  We also learned that the soil in this parable was always the hearts or spirits of the men and women in the world.  There were 6 revealed types of soil presented to us in this parable; 3 types of soil did not produce spiritual fruit and 3 types of soil did produce spiritual fruit in varying degrees of multiplication.   This parable demonstrates Salvation to us very clearly and fully describes how you became a Christian.  Those that hear the Word of God and allow other factors (spirits, natural attartions, etc) over rule their decision to be a Christian are those that were not saved.  Those that hear the Word of God, understand it and choose to believe it, they are the ones that are saved and born again.  All of this is really not that complex to me but I guess many people have not understood it and therefore do not apply it to the subject of how people become Christians. 

So based upon the intimate knowledge of this parable of the sower, it would appear to me that the more Word of God we know the more fruitful we will become.  Conversely the less you know about God’s Word seals your fate to hell.  You do understand this don’t you?  Jesus teaching the parable of the sower was Jesus spreading the Word of God to the entire world.  Every man, woman and child born from Adam represents the symbolic soil that is responsible to allow or permit  God’s seed to be planted.  It is much more the human rejection of the Word of God (the Seed) from the soil (the spirit) that causes people to go to hell than anything else that they will ever do.  People like to think that sin is the key factor for going to hell, but this is simly not the case based upon the Word of God.  The Bible says that everyone has sinned and come short of the glory of God (Rom 3:22).  If everyone is a sinner there must be another factor for who is saved and who is not and it basically boils down to what type of soil we each choose to be.  Do you realize that only you make the choices in your own life and for your life?  I can’t do it for you, your wife can’t do it for you, your mother can’t do it for you and even God can’t and will not do it for you either.  Do you also know that you have a spiritual enemy that is helping you to make the wrong choices?  Only by studying the Bible can we better recognize the devices, plans and traps of this spiritual enemy.  Only by continuing to study in the Bible are you able to grow and mature to being the overcomer that God has designed you to be.  God is expecting to come back for a victorious church and not a defeated church.

So the Parable of the Sower gives us the basic overview for the whole plan of God for our Salvation.  Jesus told us to “Go into all of the world and Preach the Gospel AKA the Word of God” (Mk 16:15).  By preaching the Word of God you are sowing the Seed of the Word of God into the hearts of more people who can choose to let it grow.  This is salvation or damnation in action.  The soil decides its outcome and what kind of fruit that it produces.  Let’s look at this in action in the Bible:

1Co 3:6  I have planted  , Apollos watered; but God gave the increase.

The Apostle Paul is writing to the church at Corinth and to you and I.  Paul says that He has planted.  So what does it mean to plant something?  What was planted?  As you can clearly see these are seed concepts that are repeated for us.  Maybe you do not understand these concepts fully because you have never planted a natural garden in your back yard, but I have.  You always start the process by putting seeds in the soil and you then conintue the process by watering the soil and they grow over time into something that you desired to have.  If you look back at the previous verse you will see that Paul and Apollos were “ministers”.  A minister is anyone that sows God’s Word by God’s design.  If you hear someone speak in church that is not teaching from the Bible they are not a minister of God.  If you go to a church and the speaker is teaching from a Reader’s Digest you need to find another church that works like God said it should.  Paul sowed only from the Word of God to the people in Corinth and they believed it.  Then there came along another preacher named Apollos and he watered the seed that was in the hearts/spirits of the people  with more of the Word of God and this helped the seed to continue to grow.  But, it says that it was God that gave the increase.   In other words God caused His Word to Grow!  Therefore only God gets any glory in the salvation of any man.  Do you understand that no farmer can take credit for what is grown in his field?  Does the farmer understand how corn is produced from seed?  Did the farmer create the seed that produces the corn crop?  I think you can see that he did not.  Neither a farmer or a minister created the seed they are sowing or invented the growth process that takes place, only God did this.  They just plant the seeds, water them and watch them grow like it was magic.  However, this is just the designed seed process from God using His created Seed.   This is a really amazing concept of how the spiritual New Birth process works.  It is a partnership effort with God working through men and women who preach to spread the Seed of the Word of God.  So the man that is planting the seed is not that important, it is only the word of God being planted that is the critically important part of the process.  It is really a paradox and a puzzle, without men and women sowing the word of God no one would ever be saved.  However, without the Word of God no one is saved either.  If you are sowing seeds of Buddhism no one will be saved no matter how much you teach on it.  If you are sowing the seeds of Islam you are sowing words that never produce salvation.  If you are sowing the words of Judaism you are also not going to be saved.   It is not very good news for any world religion out there; God made only One Way into the Kingdom of Heaven and that was through His Son Jesus Christ.  So do not throw stones at me, I’m just a farm messenger.  I did not write the Bible!

1Pe 1:23  Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.

So I think I have given this verse before in another lesson on seeds, but it bears repeating for our current discussion on how people are born again.  The fact that we have been “Born Again” is attributable to us receiving the incorruptible Seed of the Word of God into our spirits.   There are two terms given to us by God in this verse that are critical to understand.  These are “Corruptible” vs. “Incorruptible”.   The term corruptible means able to “decay” and you can state this to be equivalent to a man’s mortal body.  The natural realm is a temporary realm of decaying particles.   The laws of thermodynamics dictate that everything around us is decaying and not reorganizing like evolutionists like to believe.  If you build a new car today and never drive it; it will become a pile of rusted metal in the course of time.  The opposite of mortal is immortal.  We have been born again from an immortal seed.  You may recall that Jesus said “heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away” (Mat 24:35).  So the Word of God is immortal, and not capable of being eliminated.  The Word of God is the incorruptible SEED that causes us to be born again spiritually.

Corruptible seed can be viewed as either a physical or a spiritual type of seed.  The sperm of a man is a corruptible natural seed.  But also the spiritual words (seeds) of Satan are also considered to be corruptible towards the human spirit.  Jesus never says that the words of your enemy Satan will stand forever.  So every false teaching and false religion will be eliminated someday.   So we now have a dilemma of sorts of how to discuss natural things so that we do not offend anyone by comparing them to spiritual things.  You see if being Born Again is s comparable pattern to being born in the natural the first time, then how are natural babies conceived?  You can begin to see my difficulty, can’t you?  God created sex for a reason and it wasn’t just to make you feel good.  Sex is a part of the reproductive pattern of new life on our planet.  So sex must be related to new spiritual life also.   So how does natural sex relate to the spiritual New Birth?  That is where we are today in this discussion.  Get ready for a new concept that you may have never though of:

Gen 4:1  And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bare Cain, and said, I have gotten a man from the LORD.

We are informed that Adam “knew” his wife Eve and she conceived his physical seed.  This is God’s definition of natural sex in the Bible.  By the law of first mention, God again gives us the definition of what it means to conceive revealed in terms of spiritual information and descriptions.  God could have described this act differently, but He specifically chose this Hebew word translated as “knew”.  The definition of this word is therefore very critical for us to understand in order to see how it applies to spiritual things like being born again.  The Hebrew Word translated as “knew” means “to ascertain by seeing”.   This is truly complex because men are visual types of people, they like to see.  Women are not visual people and they do not want to see anything generally speaking.  There is a widely used term for natural sex that is called “carnal knowledge” and this phrase is more in the line with the spiritual realm information that we need to apply correctly instead of thinking of the human term “intercourse”.  We need to correctly transfer God’s definition of sex as “knowling” into the spiritual New Birth process.   We should be able to see using our knowledge of the Parable of the Sower that in order for any human to be born again, they must have “spiritual knowledge” with the Lord God’s Word (Seed).  This is not sex as you are thinking right now is it?  However it is still spiritual sex according God’s definition of the act.   The human ability to “see spiritually” God’s Words causes them to conceive it.   However don’t forget there still exists an enemy to that salvation process trying to steal the seed from being sown.  The success or failure of the salvation seed process is completely dependent upon the fact that some people understand the Word of God and some people do not.  This enemy’s method of causing some people not to understand is revealed more clearly in the New Testament scripture that says “the god of this world has blinded the minds of them that believe not” (2 Cor 4:4).  You see spiritual blindness is the inability to see or literally understand spiritual things.   If you recall in the parable of the sower, Satan came immediately to steal the Word of God that was sown in their heart and he was able to do this only because they did not understand it (Mat 13:19).   Therefore, spiritual eyesight is the key to having spiritual knowledge and understanding.  I could talk a lot more about that part of the subject, but I’m running long in this lesson.  I do pray that you are following me on these points and beginning to understand how people are born again.  Let me end this lesson with one more verse from Paul:

Gal 4:19  My little children, of whom I travail in birth again until Christ be formed in you,

So here we have another very difficult complex deep scripture to try to swim through.  The apostle Paul is not a natural female yet he speaks in the terms of being a spiritual female.  Can you see this?  Only females give birth, yes?  According to what I have seen in the Bible God created only females to give birth.  So what exactly is Paul talking about?  Paul is saying I have spread God’s seed into your hearts by teaching God’s Word to you and I am now waiting for Christ to be formed in you as a result.  What is the key to this spiritual birth happening?  It was the spiritual ability to see or the  “spiritual knowledge” of the person who heard the word of God that will determine whether they will conceive Christ and be born again.  Paul can sow all of the seed he wants to, but none of it will grow unless the soil of the hearer allows it to stay by understanding what was said.  You can easily see how that you can read verses in the Bible and totally miss what is said, can’t you?   You can also see that there is an implied reality that Paul is a part of a spiritual woman, called the Bride of Christ.  So the complexity of the Bible is so great that it causes many people to stumble.  People will never see the spiritual truth of God’s Word trying to figure it out using only their natural minds.  What we can see is that Paul’s conversion on the road to Damascus was not the be all and end all for his Christian experience.  He was now responsible for getting more people born again by sowing the incorruptible seed of the Word of God.  Getting more people Born Again of the Incorruptible Seed, that is the goal of every Christian.  This is the expansion of the new spiritual family of God and the multiplication of the Spiritual Seed of God by sowing the Incorruptible Seed into new soil.  Today’s lesson has been some of the basic Bible ideas of how people are born again using the laws and concepts surrounding Seeds in the Bible.  I know I did not cover everything that I could have, I know I left out many verses that could have been included, but I did the best that I could in a limited time and space forum.   God Bless you to see and to understand His Word!  Thank you for your time in studying the Bible.

If you would like to continue reading this series of lessons on seeds you can go to “Part 10“.

The Self-Appointed Police Force of Jehovah!

Religion Law 1:  Go INTO ALL the WORLD and seek out false teachers, those who do not believe exactly like you do and attack them, criticize them, show them the error of their ways.  Inform them where they are wrong and if they do not agree with you tell them again and again.  Hound them into submission or kill them for their infidelity and heresy.   Watch their words carefully and pounce on every mistake that they make.  If necessary bring false accusations against them so that the court of justice can find them guilty of all their ways.

(Ver 1.1)  This Law of Religion is based upon what should be a familiar story to you, if you are a Christian.  This is what the Pharisees did to Jesus Christ my Lord and Savior!  However, there are still Pharisees in the world today that have appointed themselves to be the instrument of God’s swift justice.  After all in their minds God is a God who is intolerant of ignorance.    These are people who are full of pride with an arrogant attitude towards others.  Only they have the mind of Christ and only they hear from God.  The Spirit of God does not reside in anyone else.  The Spirit of God does not teach anyone else.  The Spirit of God does not use anyone else.  The Spirit of God shows favoritism and has selected only a very few to carry forth the truth.  I do not understand people who think this way, but I have seen so many of them that it doesn’t surprise me that they exist in the world.  What concerns me about them the most is the fact that baby Christians are easily influenced and swayed.  They can be distracted by lies much easier than someone like me who has studied the Bible for over 20 years and was raised in a church all my life.  My dad was a preacher when I was just a kid.  Me being over 50 years old now, I have been able to learn a few things.  Even though it is not very much compared to what God knows, it is probably more than what these Jehovah Police who have been criticizing me.  I do not claim to know it all, I do not even claim to know a majority of the truth.  I do not claim to know 10% of the truth.  Only God knows everything.  I have discovered that the Bible is much more complex than any man gives it credit to be and that therefore we are pretty much incapable of understanding everything that it says.  God’s intelligence is so far beyond your intelligence that there is no comparison to be made between the two.  So any man that claims that he is the giver of all truth is an instrument of the devil sent to confuse you.  Jesus in speaking to the Pharisees said this:

Mat 23:15  Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, ye make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves.

Wow, these are very blunt words aren’t they?  I see Pharisees in our world at work today.  They sit in their arrogant churches mosques and synagogues  and seek converts to become a more diligent police force for the spread of truth.  These are the self-appointed thought police of their religions.  Instead of being like Jesus they want to ram their religion down your throat and if you do not submit, they will kill the infidels who resist them.    Unfortunately for these people they have no scripture to stand on.  I do not recall where God ever says for you to go and attack a false teacher, a false prophet or a false religion.  Before Jesus was crucified, He asked Peter “Do you Love Me?”  Peter said “Yes Lord”.  Then Jesus said “Go and FEED my SHEEP!”.   Jesus never told them ever to confront the false teachings, just to feed the sheep of God’s pasture with what they knew to be true.  After being crucified and right before Jesus left this world one of His last words to his followers was to “GO and PREACH”.  In other words not to confront, not to force feed, not to teach against others, just to go preach the good news of the Gospel.   I assume the problem with most people who attack others is based upon the fact that they just do not know anything else to teach.  So they like to tear down others around them to distract from their own ignorance.  So going forward I am only going to concentrate on doing the command of Jesus:

Mar 16:15  And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.

Mar 16:16  He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.

By doing the sayings of Jesus, I can become a better candidate for being more like Him.  I will only focus on new blogs with a positive message and will not address my critics anymore.  Jesus said that those who believe will be saved and as far as my critics, it doesn’t sound very good for you unless you change!

Where DO BABIES Come From? Dealing With A Religious Spirit! Part 3

(Ver 1.1)  This is Part 3 and followup to a previous lesson on the subject of “Salvation” and “Where do Spiritual Babies Come From?”   If you have not read the series from the beginning I would recommend that you go back and start your reading from “Part 1“.  Some people are more interested in arguing with you than they are about learning and seeing the truth in the Bible.  These are people used by the devil to distract you and take your time from you.  I recently had a commenter that clearly knows more than God Himself come to me to give me his opinions on everything.  In his mind he has exalted himself to be the only authority of the truth in the Bible.  He  never says anything positive, and only criticizes and tells you all of the places where you are wrong.  What a prideful arrogant attitude of mindless boastings.  These are EMPTY WORDS from EMPTY HEADS.  I tried to be nice just to get him to see another perspective.  But obviously his vast knowledge must not allow him to be a blessing to others.  He acts as the Judge Jury and Executioner and makes Himself God!  His knowledge  must go way beyond the capacity for any simple minded men like me to understand.  So I guess I’m just going to have to be a little more direct today in my final response to his religious arrogance.  Hopefully if he doesn’t want to know the truth, he will go away and read somebody else’s blog that will agrees with what he wants to see in the Bible.  I am not changing to fit the ideas of a fool.  God has taught me too much in the Bible for me to go away and follow the leadings of false teachers.  I have learned from Jesus that He only confronted one type of person in the Bible when he was here personally on the earth and that was a religious person who thought they knew it all.  If you do not understand this you should go and read the gospels again and see what Jesus said and did.  You might think that I have been too confrontational with this man for a web site devoted to spreading the Love of God (Agape).  However, Jesus looked at the Pharisees and called them a “generation of vipers” (Mat 23:33).  Jesus said “You are of your father the Devil!” (John 8:44)  Jesus did not mix words up and I will follow His example today of loving those who want to be loved and those who think too highly of themselves, well you can already see what I think of them.

In my first lesson on this subject I discussed the “New Birth” process as being a parallel to the “Physical Birth” process.  If you know when the physical birth takes place, you can also know when the spiritual birth takes place by God’s design.   What you must realize is that this is a “limited knowing” being described to us and that is what I will discuss today.  None of this that I wrote obviously helped the man that wants to argue because he says that I did not address his scripture of John 3:7-8 which he claims is the answer to Nicodemus’ question of how a man is born again.  I left this verse out because it had nothing to do with how a man is born again but he thinks that I am just being ignorant and wrong.  For some reason this man wants to ignore everything that I have just said in the last lesson for something that he thinks is so important that this verse in John 3:8 says.  He just could not understand why I intentionally left it out of my discussion.  Oh well?  I guess that I have just not learned how to teach everything found in the Bible in ONE LESSON!  I guess some people want you to teach everything you know in a single sessioon and there is just no way that anyone can do that.  I bet you this guy would criticize Jesus for the way He taught.  I do not recall Jesus ever trying to teach everything He knew in any one lesson.  I left John 3:8 out because it was really not that important to the subject being discussed about the New Birth.  But, I will spend some time today to explain it and why I left it out.  I doubt very seriously if any of this will help him, but there will be someone out there that will be able to use it.  Most of the times religious people are too closed minded to see the truth, they are just too narrowly focused in on what they want to see as being important and you cannot help them no matter what you try to say.  This is why this is my last response to this commenter about the subject of salvation.   So here we go with the verses he thinks are so critical for us to understand:

Joh 3:7  Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.

If you recall in verse 6, Jesus taught us that those who are born of flesh are flesh but those who are born of the spirit are spirit.  Meaning there is a major distinction between these two types of births.  One is totally natural and one is completely spiritual.   One you can see and one you cannot see.  However both are still called “births”.  Get it?  This is just not that hard to understand.  Now in verse 7 Jesus says to Nicodemus not to be shocked that He said that you must be born again in order to enter into the Kingdom of God.  Jesus is saying to Nicodemus don’t try to wrap your natural mind around this spiritual birth truth, you are not going to be able to grasp it right now!  The Bible says the natural man receives not the things of the Spirit of God! (1 Cor 2:14)  So how can I discuss spiritual things with a  man who does not even understand natural things.  It is probably just impossible!

Joh 3:8  The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.

So I do not see this verse to be that highly controversial, but yet my commenter obviously changes it to say something that it clearly does not say.  Isn’t that interesting how the Bible is written that way.  God always allows you to be wrong.  So what exactly is Jesus talking about here in this verse?  What is the intended purpose for this statement?   We can clearly see that Jesus is talking about the natural “wind” in the first part of this verse.  What does the natural wind have to do with spiritual things?  What is the point that Jesus is attempting to make?  What I can see in this verse is the fact that here in the natural, no man can explain the wind.  They do not know where it comes from, they do not know where it is going and they do not know how it got started in the first place.  It could have been a butterfly in Africa flapping his wings that causes the breezes in Australia for all we know.  There are jet streams in the upper atmosphere, wind patterns, pressures zones and vairous factors that determine our weather.  I mean the weather man on TV gives you his best guess at what he thinks will happen tomorrow but this is not always very dependable.  I assume that this is what my commenter is so focused in on.  He thinks that because Jesus is comparing the wind to the spiritual birth birth process and since we do not understand the wind, we cannot understand the spiritual birth either.  I assume this is where his natural mind is at?  This would be a typical wrong interpretation for this verse by a carnally thinking man.  Since I try to think spiritually this is not the way that I interpret this verse.  All you have to do is use your brain just a little bit to see a new and different perspective on the subject.  Quit trying to interpret the Bible in the dark!   Stop ignoring the rest of the Bible by focusing in on just one verse in complete isolation.  The Bible will always interpret itself, so God gives us the meaning of this verse in the other parts of the Bible if you want to look for them.  You must change your perspective to see things spiritually.  What Jesus is talking about here in John 3:8  is that to the outside natural observer, they cannot see an internal spiritual birth take place with their physical eyes.  Just like you cannot see the wind blow, you cannot observe when someone is actually saved from a natural point of view.  Jesus is linking the natural wind process to the spiritual birth process of a man as both being unseen events.  The wind is a natural thing that we cannot see, like the spiritual birth is something that we cannot see.  We are always required by God to take spiritual events by faith only.  Here are the Words of Jesus again on the exact same subject in a different book of the Bible, but notice what He says here:

Luk 17:20  And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, The kingdom of God cometh not with observation:

Here the religious Pharisees ask Jesus a direct question about the when is the Kingdom of God coming to the earth?  They said “When will this happen?”   Didn’t they?  Isn’t this what my religious commenter was trying to ask me?  This is a clear example of naturally minded men thinking only of physical things and asking Jesus a purely spiritual question.   Is Jesus going to answer their question naturally or is Jesus going to answer their question with a right spiritual answer in His mind from His point of view?   Jesus takes a natural question from natural men and gives them a spiritual answer.    However, notice that instead of telling you that you can’t understand the new birth, Jesus says you can’t see when  this New Birth happens.  We are still talking about the coming into the Kingdom of God?  Yes?   Jesus clearly answer that the Kingdom of God comes without observation of any man!  No natural man will ever be able to see the Kingdom of God.  But, yet it is still here inside of me right now.  They do not observe it coming into the life of any man, they do not perceive when it occurs and they do not understand why they have changed.  Only the spiritual realm can see it when it happens, God sees it when it happens, the angels can see it happen, Satan can see when it happens, but us in this world live in the natural realm and we are dominated by our 5 physical senses.   So I assume that because my commenter cannot observe this spiritual birth act of God taking place he does not believe that it has taken place?   That is pretty ignorant!  If you want to observe something in the natural to prove it has happened in the spiritual realm you will never experience it.  The Bible says that the JUST shall live by FAITH and NOT by what they SEE, TOUCH, TASTE, HEAR, SMELL!

Luk 17:21  Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.

Jesus continues His explanation of the Spiritual NEW Birth by saying no one will be able to say here is the Kingdom of God or there goes the Kingdom of God, because the Kingdom of God is WITHIN YOU!  This is an internal SPIRITUAL KINGDOM, a SPIRITUAL BIRTH from the Spirit of God that only occurs on the inside of a person within the unseen spirit realm.  That is why you cannot see it come or go.   You have never seen your spirit!  You have never seen God’s Spirit.  You probably have never seen a spiritual angel.  You have never seen Satan.  However, all of these spiritual beings exist in the unseen spiritual realm.  You cannot observe the spiritual birth outwardly no matter how you try to do it.   If you want to observe something before you believe it Heaven help you to see the truth.  This is the reason that Jesus compared the Spiritual Birth process to the natural wind on our planet.  It wasn’t because we can’t understand it, it was simply because an outside observer can’t see it happening.  Just because I cannot see you being born again, does not mean that you after being born again cannot know when it happened.  This is also true of you not being able to see me being born again and that does not prove that I will not know that I am born again.  People cannot mix scriptures up to make them say what they do not say.  There is a major difference in me seeing you get saved verses you knowing that you are saved.  Just because YOU cannot observe the fact that I was saved does not discount the fact that I KNOW that I am saved!  Do you understand this?  Can’t you see that this was Jesus’ main point in His statement of John 3:8?  The verse in John 3:8 has nothing to do with how people are Born Again but has everything to do with whether anyone else in the natural realm can see it happen. Obviously you will see what you want to see so that is all I can do to help you.  God can’t make you see the truth and I can’t make you see it either.

God wants to help people and that is the only reason that I responded to this man’s ignorant comments.  However, neither God nor I can help anyone who does not want any help.   He is the one that is trying to get me to change.  But, ignorance becomes way too obvious once you have been exposed to the truth.  I have not named any names to who this individual is, so as to protect his identity.  I have also deleted his comments from my site so that you cannot find him either.  This will give him an opportunity to do the right thing and remain anonymous.  I have found that religious people just want to challenge your faith with there erroneous ways and for you to buy into their wrong beliefs, because only they see themselves to be so right.  They neither know God or have the love of God in them so they do not know how to be nice to others.  What this man needs to do is to get saved, born again and he will then be able to understand spiritual things.   God says that the “carnal mind” is an enemy to the Spirit of God (Rom 8:7).   So no matter how much I would like to help this man, only his mind is responsible for what he lets into his heart.  My Bible says that the god of this world has blinded the minds of them that believe wrong so that they cannot perceive the truth of God! (2 Cor 4:4)  So to all of those out there who read my blogs and can see spiritual things, please forgive me for trying to help someone who hasn’t seen.  To my ignorant commenter, I will not respond to any more of your critical comments so DO NOT LEAVE THEM!  I will not accept any more of your comments either.  Perhaps you can unsubscribe to my blog so that you are not bothered with the truth any more.  This will allow you to walk in your ignorance and be happy.   So if I haven’t offended you enough by now I’m going to leave my response with this cartoon lesson because it seems to be more at your current spiritual level of understanding.  Learn the lesson of Thumper in the Disney Movie Bambi, whose mother told him “If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all!”  If I wasn’t having to deal with such a religious spirited person I would not have had to be so blunt!  I pray that you see the truth before Jesus comes back very soon.

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If you want to know how to get saved and know that you are with confidence you can go to: How do I get saved?

Understanding Seeds in the Bible! If You Abide IN ME and My Words Abide IN YOU! Part 8

(Ver 1.2)  This is now Part 8 of a series of lessons on the concepts and laws surrounding seeds found in the Bible.  The Seed is a natural divinely inspired design principle revealed in creation that demonstrates vast complex spiritual revelation.  In the previous lessons I taught on the laws surrounding seeds and demonstrated some of their applications given to us in the New Testament.  Today I will be doing another one of those lessons about seed applications using the New Testament.  If you have not been reading this series from the beginning I would highly recommend that you go back and start reading with “Part 1”.  Only by following the series from the beginning will you have much of a chance at understanding what is being taught.  Let me review briefly the Major Seed Laws from Genesis 1 that we have already covered: 

  1. Fruit with Seed within Itself!
  2. Every Seed produces after its Kind!
  3. Seeds Produce Trees that Produce More Fruit!
  4. You Always Harvest more than You Sow!  Seed Multiplication.

Seed concepts are not widely known in modern America.  Very few people plant gardens and grow their own fruit, vegetables and crops.  The farm concept was a widely known principle in early Bible days.  This is one of the key reasons Jesus taught using these principles so often in the parable lessons that he gave us.  In Jesus’ days on earth, if you wanted to eat you better grow it.  Today modern children just think everything is magic that appears at the grocery store or at the market and they probably do not even have a clue how it is produced.  As a result of this they have lost the essential concepts and laws of planting seeds and getting harvests.  To lose sight of these concepts is to lose sight of God’s designed ways.  The Seed concept is still a vital part of the End Time Plan of God.  God has never lost sight of what seeds are and how seeds work.  That is one of the key reasons I have spent this amount of time on this subject.  I believe it to be absolutely critical to understand how God works in the spiritual realm and since we do not have any personal experiences in this realm we must rely on the natural realm that God created as a pattern of information for the unseen spiritual realm.   Of course you do not interpret nature, you interpret the Word of God, using the Word of God to define the things that you find in nature and this is the key to seeing these Bible truths and hidden spiritual things.

Today I am going to expand on the topic of the “Seed within Itself” Law of Genesis 1 using some fresh New Testament verses.   In earlier blogs on this subject we discussed how that Levi had paid tithes in Abraham, because he was a seed of Abraham (Heb. 7:9).  Levi was a future descendant of Abraham, yet God counted what Abraham did as applying to what Levi had done.  This is one of the most profound truths in the Bible that I have ever seen, yet I have not heard hardly anyone teach on it.  The concepts behind this teaching are far reaching and apply to many things in the spiritual realm.  Today I am going to give you an example of these concepts.  Let’s start the lesson with a verse found in Galatians:

Gal 2:20  I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.

There are verses like this one in the Bible that will totally confuse you unless you understand the Seed Laws and apply them correctly.   How can Paul have been crucified with Christ, when he was not even there physically with him?  I hope that you are beginning to see how this is possible.  Paul was not there physically, but he was there spiritually as a future spiritual seed of God.  If natural children are natural seeds in the Bible, then spiritual children are also seeds, but of a spiritual kind.  Remember everything produces after its own kind.   Jesus was called the Seed of Abraham and the Seed of David in the Bible.  Paul was calling himself a seed of Christ Jesus.   Whatever happened to Jesus is what happened to US who are born again.  Since the spiritual birth is a spiritual process that is patterned after the natural birth process we can very easily begin to see that Paul considered himself to be a spiritual descendant of Jesus.  Paul looked at Jesus as being his spiritual father.   Paul looked to Jesus as being the head of a new spiritual family of God as you and I are also in this family.  Here is another verse that use to boggle people’s mind:

Eph 2:6  And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:

As you can see this verse says that we have been raised from the dead with Christ and that we now sit with Him in heaven.  Have you ever been to heaven?  If you have then you probably died or saw a spiritual vision of heaven.  No, again we see the application of the “Seed within Itself” Law being applied to us in the spiritual realm.  Whatever our father Jesus accomplished we accomplished because we were “IN HIM” when He did them.  Wow, that is so awesome!  That is just a totally RADICAL concept to try to wrap your mind around, isn’t it?   Everything that Jesus did, we did if you are born again!  This is why in the New Testament you can search and find so many verses in the Bible that describe how we are IN CHRIST, IN HIM, IN WHOM.  By finding out what Christ did, you find out what you DID!

1Co 15:22  For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.

There are just too many scriptures in the Bible that repeat the “Seed within itself principle for me to give you them all.  I think I gave you this one before, but it is so good that I will briefly go over it again.  Because the human race was “IN” Adam all must die.  Adam’s death passed death to every one of His Seeds.   This is the natural picture of the seed within itself concept being described to us very clearly.  Then there is a spiritual contrasting truth that is now revealed to us that Jesus who is the Last Adam and that He is the spiritual procreator of a new people that will live.  Because Jesus was raised from the DEAD, we have been raised from the dead because we were IN HIM!  As in Adam all died, so those IN Christ will all live.  You better make sure that you are IN Christ if you want to live spiritually in God’s family!

2Co 5:17  Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

Being IN Christ is essential to understanding your position today in the spiritual realm.  Those who are spiritually born again have become a NEW CREATION of Almighty God.  This means that we are something that never existed before.  Adam had a spirit within his body, but did not have the Spirit of God in union with his spirit.   You can see in this verse that translators have added 3 words that are not in the Greek.  If you take these out, they basically say the same thing, but review it without these words:

2Co 5:17  Therefore if any man in Christ a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

You can see a subtle difference now.  The fact that we are IN Christ has not changed but only because we are IN Christ makes us a new Creature with Christ!  God the Almighty Creator became a part of His creation by His designed purpose.  I could try to elaborate why this was necessary but I might just cloud the current subject with too much extraneous information, so I’ll pass by that for now.  What I want you to focus on is the fact that a man is now IN Christ and that is what also makes him able to participate as being a New Creature!

2Co 5:19  To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.

Now we can see why Jesus Christ was so different and why Satan did not know what to do with this man.  Jesus was born a human male that had the Spirit of God within His Body.   This is the   SEED within Itself Concept being repeated.  God provided Himself the Seed for our reconciliation.   These seed concepts are so important for you to understand.  It truly helps you to see what was accomplished by God and how He did them.   God was IN Christ; the church was IN Christ so we are now IN God.  Christ IN Us, the hope of Glory!  Now the reverse concept is also applicable in the New Testament Bible.  You can see that not only are we IN Christ, but Christ must also be IN us!  It is a two way seed street reality.  How do you get Christ in YOU?

Joh 15:4   Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it Abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye Abide in me.

More seed concepts are given in this verse statement of Jesus Christ.  You can see the concept of fruit being given.  Fruit is the end result that God is looking for in the lives of every Christian.  This fruit will always contain seed to produce more fruit.  This is again the seed within itself concept.  But we can also see the two way street that I just referred to and how that this works.  While the SEED of God is in us, we are in the VINE of God.  The VINE represents Christ and we are in Him.  We the church, are the branches that produce the fruit as long as we abide in Him, Christ the Vine!  But, we the church are also the ones that have the Word of God in Us!  If you recall from earlier lessons on this subject, the Word of God was the Seed of God.  We have been born again not of corruptible seed, but of the incorruptible seed, which is the Word of God (1 Peter 1:23).  So we are beginning to see how it is a full circle concept of Seed Salvation.  Everything starts with the Word of God and everything continues to exist with the Word of God.

Joh 15:7  If ye abide in me,  and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done untoyou.

Do you see what Jesus is telling you?  Do you see how the seed concepts and seed laws are affecting what you get in life?  Do you see how that if you abide in Christ the Vine (the Spiritual Seed of God) and if you allow the Word of God (also the spiritual seed of God) to live in you a natural seed (the Seed within Itself) that you can not only produce fruit but that you can also get your prayers answered by God?  Everything hinges upon the Word of God which is the Seed of God that produces the results that God is expecting to harvest very soon.  Seeds are everywhere in the Bible.  The concepts of seeds are everywhere in the Bible.   Different Seed types and seed patterns are repetitious, overlapping and intersecting with each other and this can make them vastly complex to understand.   The intelligence of God is so much greater than our minds and therefore we are challenged to come up to a higher dimension of how to think about these spiritual things and God’s Word.  May the God of Peace enlighten your minds so that you can comprehend these Seed Principles!  God Bless, until next time!

If you would like to continue reading this series of lessons you can now continue with “Part 9“.

Where DO BABIES Come From? A Bible Review of the Salvation Process!

(Ver 1.6)  This is Part 2 in an essential basic Bible study series on the subject of Savlation and the Spiritual New Birth of God.  What is it and how it occurs will be what I teach on today.  If you have not read the first lesson I would suggest that you go and start reading with “Part 1” first.  I had a Reader(?) try to tell me that being saved is not tied to any certain or specific observable process or stated steps found in the Bible.  He told me that “Salvation” was not a formula!  He implied that you just can’t ever be assured of your eternal destiny here in this life.  He clearly said that there was just no single point event that you could observe of when you were saved.  By stating that he implied that there are no given steps, instructions or ways in the Bible to be saved.  He implied you can just never know if you are really saved.  Call me different, call me unique, call me stupid I don’t care, that is just not what I see that the Bible says.  My question to this guy is, “Where do Babies Come From?”   Do you know how natural babies are made?  Can you ever know if you will have a baby or your wife will have a baby?   Does the mother ever know when she is pregnant?  Does the mother of a baby know when it is time to deliver a baby?  Is there a single point of time reference that goes on the birth certificate of when a natural baby was born?  Is not the birth of the natural baby the entry of the child into our natural present world?  This may not be a good set of questions to ask a male, but I bet you any mature female could answer these questions correctly.  This is what Jesus taught us in John 3:3.

Joh 3:3  Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.

So have you ever thought about what Jesus said here?  Jesus says that a man must be “born again” in order to see the Kingdom of God.   To be “born again”, implies they were born once naturally already.  Doesn’t it, isn’t this what this verse says?  However, being born ONCE in the natural is not enough to get you into the Kingdom of God according to the words of Jesus.   If I said, I’m going to drive to Detroit again tonight.  Doesn’t that tell you that I have already driven to Detroit before?  If we are required to be born again, how was the first birth accomplished?  What you must realize is that Jesus is speaking of a first birth that is a completely NATURAL process.  Was there a formula for making natural babies in the world?  This is not a trick question!  Is it a difficult or unknown process to create natural babies in the world?  Come on and think with me for a moment!  God is comparing a natural process to a spiritual process.  Or are you spiritually blind enough to believe that THE spiritual things of God are somehow completely different than the natural things that God has created.  I believe that many people think that God created natural things to be totally separate and independent from spiritual things and this is just NOT the truth (Rom 1:20).  The natural process of things clearly point us to the unseen spiritual process and FORMULA!   Naturally created things are clearly patterns of spiritual things that existed prior to God creating our world.  God created natural sex as a pattern to spiritual things that you cannot see.  Maybe you just don’t know or understand what it means and that is the root of your problem right now.  But you should search your Bible and find the truth and then you will see that what I am trying to say is right.  Let’s look at some more verses in John 3.  When Jesus was speaking about being “born again” He was talking to a man named Nicodemus.  This was his response to Jesus’ statement of being born again:

Joh 3:4  Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born?

Because Nicodemus was a carnally minded man, he was thinking only in natural physical terms.  He asks Jesus how can a grown man enter back into his mother’s womb to be born again?  Nicodemus obviously was smarter than a lot of men today, at least he knew where babies come from.  However, Jesus was speaking of spiritual things and Nicodemus was focused on the natural process of birth only.  This is the repeated problem with most Christian in the world today.  They think like Nicodemus and not like Jesus when they read the Bible.  Do you understand the difference and why it is important to see things from God’s point of view?

Joh 3:5  Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.

So Jesus starts giving us the spiritual answer to Nicodemus’ carnal question.  Jesus in this verse speaks of both kinds of births, the first and the second in a contrasting comparison.   To be born of water is the natural process of you coming into the world when your mother’s water breaks and she gave birth to you physically.  This is the “First Birth” of all humans and it is only natural.  However, this natural birth is contrasted with the spiritual birth process of being born of the Spirit.  Being born of the Spirit is the “Second Birth” process that a man can experience.  Jesus clearly tells us that if you are not born naturally first and then spiritually second you will never see the kingdom of God.  Also note that Jesus did not say that you will be born again and again.  In other words spiritual brith is a onetime event, just like being born into the natural world is a one time event.  Your natural mother does not birth you over and over and like this process when you are born again spiritually it happens only once.  Always keep that in mind, that a man is never born again, again.  Let’s look at the next verse in John 3:

Joh 3:6  That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.

Jesus confirms what I have been saying in this next verse.  You can clearly see that only natural mothers give birth to natural babies.  You can see that only spiritual mothers give birth to spiritual babies.  A natural mother does not birth a spiritual baby and a spiritual mother does not give birth to a natural baby.  This is by God’s design and God’s laws of reproduction and procreation.  Is this too complicated for you so far?  Did you know that there were spiritual women who could give birth to spiritual babies?  So I’m going to stop and ask you again, where do natural babies come from?  Is there a formula for making natural babies?  If there is a known formula for making natural babies then there is also a known formula for making spiritual babies.  I am not spiritually blind to this truth like so many in the church!  Are you understanding this new spiritual principle that I am attempting to teach you today?  All you have to do is to open up your spiritual eyes, stop to look and study your Bible to find out the truth.

Let’ me now teach you that if you were “born again” to become a Christian right now that you had a spiritual birth mother.  Did you know that you had a spiritual mother?  Do you know that you had a physical natural mother?  If you are here in this world reading this article posted on the internet you must have had a natural mother.  It is just a biological fact of God’s designed creation.   Again I will say if you had a natural mother to be born here in the flesh the first time into the world, then you must have a spiritual mother to be born into the spiritual Kingdom of God.  So is there a corresponding spiritual mother for being “born again” into the salvation of the Lord?  Of course there has to be a spiritual birth mother.  You either never searched your Bible to find her or you must have just ignored her in the Bible and read right over the information.  Here is your spiritual birth mother if you are born again:

Gal 4:26  But Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the MOTHER of us all.

Who was this letter and this verse written to?  You should be smart enough to see that it was written to us in the church of Jesus Christ.  If you are “born again”, here is your “spiritual mother” who gave birth to you to be in the new spiritual family of God.  God tells us very clearly in a statement written to the church that the “Jerusalem Above” is our spiritual birth mother.  Do you understand this?  Is this complicated?  So where do Spiritual babies come from?  Do spiritual babies come into existence the same way that natural babies are conceived?   Obviously NOT!  Spirits do not have sex with each other, but that does not mean that the spiritual process is not very similar to the natural process symbolically.  Natural things are most often used to symbolize spiritual truth that you cannot see.  It also does not mean there is not a process to be saved or to be born again.  If a natural woman gives birth to a baby and she knows when it occurs then a spiritual mother who gives birth to a spiritual baby would also know when she gave birth to a new child.  Before we go there, let’s establish who this woman “Jerusalem Above” is and where this spiritual mother lives using the Bible.

Heb 12:22  But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels,

So we now have an established point of reference for the identity of the woman who gives spiritual birth to the church.   In this verse in Hebrews God says that this is the “Heavenly Jerusalem”, the city of the Most High God.  The location of which contains the throne of God and where the angels of the Lord reside and surround and praise God’s throne.  Did you know that a city can be a spiritual woman?  Did you even know that this spiritual woman Heavenly Jerusalem existed?  You should go back and study the Old Testament and see how many times the Earthly Jerusalem is called a woman, the wife of God, the whore, the harlot.   Read, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, and Hosea to name a few great places to start.  See how many times God describes Israel as His wife in covenant.  See how many times she is described as being unfaithful and sleeping with other gods.  See how many times you can find where God says “I divorce” you for your unfaithfulness to me.  What we begin to see is a pattern that a woman to God is a nation of people in covenant with Him.  You can clearly see that if Jerusalem Above or Heavenly Jerusalem exists from the verses that I just gave you that this is a pattern of another woman called Jerusalem Below or Earthly Jerusalem.   What we have established is that we have a city on the earth called a woman and a city in heaven called a woman, both with the name Jerusalem.  You can clearly read about both of these women in more depth by exploring Galatians 4.  The Jerusalem Below is said to be a type of Hagar in the O.T.  The Jerusalem Above is said to be a type of Sarah.  Sarah births the child of promise and Hagar and her son are cast out.  Sarah was the older of the two women in the Bible and existed before Hagar.  Hagar had a child before Sarah had her child.  These are all physical patterns of the spirit realm and the woman that gave birth to the church.  So I probably just taught you a bunch of new things that you did not know.  Yet they are there in the Bible and you can choose to see them or go ahead and reject them like a spiritually blind man.  So let’s get back to the fact does a woman know when she has a baby?  A natural woman certainly does, but how about a spiritual woman?  Here is what Jesus taught us about this birth process:

Luk 15:10  Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth.

As you can see the angels of God rejoice when just one sinner repents.  What happens when one sinner repents?  They are born again!  Isn’t that what we are talking about?  Are we talking about a single point in time when a sinner is saved and born again?  If the angels rejoice when this occurs, they obviously have observed the second spiritual birth of the man.  Where are these angels?  You may recall that we read in Hebrew 12:22 that there were an innumerable company of angels in the Heavenly Jerusalem.  Are these the angels of God that rejoice over the new birth of one spirit on the earth?  You can try to explain it away if you want to, but I am convinced that these are the angels who rejoice.  After all it is that city which is said to be our mother and every mother knows exactly when she gives birth to any new baby.   People need to be smart enough to learn to put the pieces of the puzzle together correctly.  I can see it very clearly, I guess you can too if you choose to believe what you read.

Did you know that only people who want to be saved, will be saved?  No one repents if they do not want to repent.  God does not force salvation upon anyone.  Jesus says in Revelation 3:20 “Behold I stand at the door and knock, if any many will hear my voice and open the door, I will come in to him and I will sup with him and him with me”.  That was the basic formula for salvation and being born again in a nutshell.  Jesus first Knocks!  The man either ignores the knock or listens for who it is that is knocking.  Let’ me stop there and tell you that Jesus is speaking figuratively or symbolically in this verse in Revelation.  Jesus is not going to come to knock on your physical house or apartment personally.  No, your house where your spirit lives is your physical body.  God’s Spirit is the Spirit of Christ that comes to knock on your heart’s door.  The door that Jesus knocks on is your ears when a man like me comes and preaches the salvation Gospel.  Yes, the Spirit of God is the Key partner to any salvation.  No man comes to God unless the Spirit of God draws him.  But, God doesn’t come in person, physically anymore to save anyone.  Jesus Christ was God in the flesh and He came for a short time to fulfill the plan of God for our Salvation and Redemption.  But, He went back to heaven and has now turned over the responsibility of teaching and preaching to people like me and you.  So when a man comes to you and tells you the good news of salvation, that is Jesus working through that man to help you see the truth.  Then the individual who hears the words of God, now stands at a crossroad and at a time of decision; to either accept it or reject it.  If they accept it, they believe what was said and can ask Jesus to come and be their Lord with a repentant heart.  This invites Jesus to come in to sup.  Jesus them comes in at that exact point in time.  That is when you are saved, that is when you are born again.  If that person refuse to hear the Gospel, then Jesus has no choice but to walk away from the door.  Jesus is not going to kick the door down, just because He wants to save someone.

Any new born physical baby when first entering our world is sometimes smacked on the bottom and they take their first breaths of air and begin to cry.  This is a joyous sound for the mother who has gone through 9 months of pregnancy and then labor.  She now knows that all of the discomfort and pain was worth it.  So also then the baby knows when he or she is born into the world because they can cry and the mother knows when she has given birth to the baby because she can hear their cry, something that they never did before.  Is it any different in the spiritual realm?  No I do not believe it is.  Once a person believes in their heart that God raised Jesus from the dead and they accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior like Romans 10:9-10 says they are “born again”.  The Spirit of Christ comes into their spirit and they are saved.  The angels see the birth and rejoice.  The mighty cloud of witnesses in heaven also see the birth and they now rejoice (Heb 12:1).  This is just how it works by God’s design, if you do not believe it, that is your problem and not mine and it does not change the facts.  I know that I am saved and I know how I got saved.  Salvation was not a long process, it was not a complicated proces, it was just following the formula that God gave us in His Word that worked for me.  So I’ll ask you one more time “Where do Spiritual Babies Come From”?   I believe that you can see that we still have a lot to learn about how God does things in the unseen spiritual realm.  If you are not a “born again” Christian and have had the pleasure of this new spiritual birth it is not difficult to make happen in your heart.  If you want to read about how to be saved, you can go to “Salavation and How to Know if You are Going to Heaven” and follow the instructions.  God Bless!

If you would like to continue reading in this series you may proceed to “Part 3“.

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Names, Titles, Descriptions and Symbols of Satan in the Bible

(ver 2.0) This is Part 2 in a series of reference documents about the multiple Names, Titles, Descriptions and Symbols of named Spiritual Individuals in the Bible. This document will focus only on the subject verses of the enemy Satan found in the Bible. It is not designed to teach anything other than give you a place to search from to find references to Satan in the Bible. This is a living document of references and it will change and be updated as I am led to additional scriptures. A Name is a direct reference to the individual. A Title is a given direct identifying appellation signifying status or function. A Description is something that represents the individual in expressive words. A Type is a real named person, place or thing that can be viewed to apply to a pattern of the spiritual individual not directly named. A Symbol is a natural object that describes the characteristics or features of a spiritual being that you cannot see or understand without first understanding the symbol. I will now give you the list of my references to Satan in the Bible and if you have others that I have not found yet, please share them with me in a comment.

Name, Title, Symbol, Type for Satan

Description

Scripture Reference

666 The Number of the Beast Rev 13:18
Abaddon Destroying Angel Rev 9:11
Accuser of the Brethren Legal Opponent in Court of Law Rev 12:10
Adversary The Opponent to the Church in a Lawsuit 1 Peter 5:8
Angel of Light Impersonator, Actor, Stage Performer; Masquerader 2 Cor 11:14
Angel of the Bottomless Pit Ruler of the Darkness Rev 9:11
Anointed cherub that coverth The Winged Angelic Defender Ezekiel 28:14
Antichrist Opponent of the Messiah 1 John 4:3
Appolyon Greek Name of Hebrew Abaddon; Destroyer Rev 9:11
Baal False God of the O.T. Type of Satan Rom 11:4;
Balaam False Teacher Jude 1:11
Bear Kingdom of Satan Symbol Rev 13:2
Beast Dangerous Animal; Venomous Rev 14:9-10; Rev 16:10
Beelzebub Lord of the Flies; A god of Babylon Mat 12:24, 27; Mark 3:22; Luke 11:15, 18-19
Belial Worthless One 2 Cor 6:15
Bird, Hateful Loveless Rev 18:2
Bird, Unclean Foul, Rev 18:2
Blasphemer Name of the One Who Vilifies God Rev 13:1
Cain Murderer from the Beginning Jude 1:11
Chief of Demons Prince of demonic gods Luke 11:15
Cherub Winged Anointed of God Ezekiel 28:14
Cockatrice The Viper Isa 14:29, 59:5;
Deceiver The One Who Deceives Rev 12:9
Devil False Accuser; Slanderer Mat 4:1-11, 9:33, 11:18, 12:22, 13:29, 15:22, 17:18, 25:41; Mk 5:15-18, 7:26-30; Luke 4:2-13, 4:33-35, 7:33, 8:12, 8:29, 9:42, 11:14; John 6:70, 7:20, 8:44-52, 10:20-21, 13:2; Acts 10:38 13:10; Eph 4:27, 6:11; 1 Ti 3:6-7; 2 Ti 2:26; Heb 2:14; James 4:7; 1Pet 5:8; 1 John 3:8-10; Jud 1:9; Rev 2:10, 12:9, 12:12, 20:2, 20:10;
Dragon Fabulous Serpent Rev 12:7
Dragon, Great Powerful Fabulous Serpent Rev 12:9
Edom Type of Satan, twin brother of Jacob Eze 32:29; Joel 3:19; Mal 1:4;
Enemy Adversary Mat 13:39
Esau Lord Hates Mal 1:2-3; Rom 9:13
Evil One Malicious; Wicked One John 17:15
False Light The Opposite TRUTH of True Light Jesus 1 John 2:8
Father Male Parent John 8:44; Acts 13:10
Father of Lies Fabricator of truth John 8:44
Fiery Flying Serpent Satan Isa 14:20, 30:6;
Fiery Serpent Satan Num 21:8; Deu 8:15
Frog Unclean Spirit Rev 16:13
Fox Cunning Spirit Luke 13:32
Goat, He (devils) Devils (Hebrew Word for He Goat) Lev 17:7; 2 Chron 11:15
God of this World Ruler of the Night 2 Cor 4:4
Gog Symbolic Name for the Anti-Christ Rev 20:8;
Great Red Dragon Serpent of Increased Power Rev 12:3
Herod A Type of Satan the Murdering King Luke 13:31
Judas Judah The Betrayer of Messiah John 6:70-71; John 13:2
King of Babylon Ruler of Jerusalem Isaiah 14:4
King of the Bottomless Pit Ruler of the Darkness Rev 9:11
King of Tyrus Ruler of the Rock Eze 28:12
Laban A type of a Deceitful Man Gen 31:7
Leopard Kingdom of Satan Symbol Rev 13:2
Lesser Light Moon who Rules the Night of Darkness Gen 1:16
Leviathan Serpent Monster of Babylon Isaiah 27:1
Liar Falsifier; Deceiver John 8:44
Lion Kingdom of Satan Symbol Rev 13:2
Little Horn Rising King Daniel 8:9-11
Lucifer Bright and Morning Star Isaiah 14:12-14
Man of Sin Man faced Trespasser 2 Thes 2:3-4
Moon Ruler of the Night Psalm 136:9; Rev 12:1
Murderer Man Killer John 8:44
Oppressor He Who Makes Sick Acts 10:38
Perdition The Destroyer 2 Thes 2:3;
Pharaoh He who rules Egypt a type of the World Eze 31:2-18;
Power of Darkness Superhuman Ruler of the Night Col 1:13-14
Prince of the Devils Ruler of Evil Spirits Mat 9:34, 12:24; Mark 3:22
Prince of the Kingdom of Persia Ruler of the nation of Babylon Daniel 10:13
Prince of the Power of the Air Ruler of the Authority of Spoken Words Eph 2:1-2
Prince of this World Ruler of the Evil Darkness John 12:31-32; John 14:30; John 16:11; 1 Cor 2:6-8;
Roaring Lion Powerful Sounding King of the Beasts 1 Peter 5:8
Ruler of the Darkness Moon who Rules the Night Ephesians 6:12
Satan The Accuser, the Opponent; Adversary 1 Chron 21:1; Job 1:6-12; Job 2:1-7; Ps 109:6; Zec 1:3:1-2; Mat 4:10, 12:26, 16:23; Mark 1:13, 3:23-26, 4:15, 8:33; Luke 4:8, 10:18, 11:18, 13:16, 22:3, 22:31; Jo 13:27; Act 5:3, 26:18; Rom 16:20; 1 Cor 5:5, 7:5; 2 Cor 2:11, 11:14; 1 Thes 2:18; 2 Thes 2:9; 1Tim 1:20, 5:15; Rev 2:9,  2:13, 2:24, 3:9; 12:9, 20:2, 20:7;
Seducing Spirit Imposter; Deceiver 1 Tim 4:1
Seraphim Fiery Serpent Isa 6:2
Serpent Symbolic Name for Satan Gen 3:1; Rev 12:15
Serpent, Old Symbolic Name for Satan; First Ruler of the earth Rev 12:9; Rev 20:2
Son of Perdition Destruction’s Child 2 Thes 2:3
Son of the Morning Satan a son of God’s First or Early Light Isaiah 14:12-14
Spirit, Foul Perverted Spiritual Being Rev 18:2
Spirit, the Satan a spiritual being Ephesians 2:2
Spirit, Unclean Leprous Spiritual Being Luke 9:42; Rev 16:13
Star Angel Cast Down to Earth Rev 8:11; 9:1
Star, Great Angel Cast Down to Earth Rev 8:10
Star, Wandering He Who Departs the Path Jude 1:13
Tempter He Who Proves and Tests Mat 4:3
Thief Robber; Burglar Mat 24:43; Luke 12:39; John 10:10
Viper The serpent Satan Isa 59:5;
Waster, the He Who Destroys Isaiah 54:16
Wicked Law Breaker; Evil Degenerate 2 Thes 2:8; Eph 6:16
Wormwood Type of Bitterness Rev 8:11

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