THE NEW SPIRITUAL SPECIES (three)

   “I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee” Hebrews 13:5

 (Continued from part two)

(3)          Christians are not just another race of people, we are so close to Him, the Most High, as closer as His next of kin. ‘Nation’ (from 1Peter 2:9) is ethnos (eth’-nos): ‘a race (as of the same habit), that is, a tribe.’

                Tell me what titillation envelopes you coming to the realisation that you and the Most High are of the same tribal group? This is the nationality of the new spiritual species. ‘Peculiar’ has two definitive words of: eis (ice): ‘into, unto, to, towards, for, among,’ and peripoiēsis (per-ee-poy’-ay-sis):’a preserving, a preservation, possession, one’s own property, an obtaining.’

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            What is ‘peculiar’ saying? Christians are a people obtained as God’s possession: a preservation of His Divine delight. It actually gives you a picture of a circle with a dot inside the circle. You, the special species, are the dot. God is the circle. A divine hedge around you: His especial prized property. If the Lord does not open the circular hedge none can access you to harm you. Remember Job, the righteous man? I am His prized possession. Are you a born again Christian? An affirmative answer means you are God’s best possession. He has kept you in the best of glorious places: in Himself! Your peculiarity is a possession safely treasured in Divinity.

                Why do you think Pauline apostolic penmanship will read, “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” [1Corinthians 2:9]? When glorified, we will look better than angels. “Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is” [1John 3:2]. Jesus tells us in John 14:17, “Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.” If the Spirit of God the Father, and of God the Son has taken a residence in our spirit realm, on account of the fact that we are born again Christians, then we have an endowment of the mind of Christ.

                There should be no wonder why it is written, “Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much more things that pertain to this life” [1Corinthians 6:3]? It amazes me when a whole lots of Bible teachers and pastors will say that the good works we do on earth provide the materials for the architectural construction of the celestial buildings of our heavenly habitation. They certainly do not understand the Scripture. They teach from the reading of the KJV Elizabethan English rendition. They forget that the Septuagint is in the Greek of the New Testament. Without the Hebrew understanding it is very difficult, if not impossible, to teach the Old Testament. John 14:2, “In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.” Shall we look at the Greek understanding of the key words? ‘House’ is oikia (oy-kee’-ah): ‘properly residence (abstractly), but usually (concretely) an abode (literally or figuratively); by implication a family (especially domestics).’ Oikia, in this context is strictly of the domestic family. Angels, to our scriptural knowledge are sons of God.          

Do angels have physical construction of houses (according to scriptures)? Monē (mon-ay’) is the Greek for ‘mansions’ and it means: ‘a staying, that is, residence (the act or the place).’ Monē is specifically ‘room or space, large, wide, wide-stretched,’ in this context. I once asked someone while explaining this, “Which is larger, the ‘house’ or the ‘mansion’ from our architectural understanding?” He answered, “Mansion.”

                Then followed my rhetoric, “How come the ‘mansion’ is inside the smaller ‘house’?” ‘Many,’ polus (pol-oos’) means ‘large, wide, wide-stretched (space).’ The ‘many mansions’ tells us of large room or space for all Christians. Topos (top’-os) is the Greek for ‘place’ which means: ‘a spot (generally in space, but limited by occupancy; topos is different from chōra (kho’-rah): [‘a region or country, i.e. a tract of land] is a larger but particular locality), that is, location (as a position, home, tract, etc.); figuratively condition, opportunity; specifically a scabbard.’

            John 14:3, “And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.” Where exactly is the Topos of Jesus? Luke 22:69 has the answer. “Hereafter shall the Son of man sit on the right hand of the power of God.” This is our special Topos -the right hand of the Majesty. Amen!  

 “I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.”

                Get born again and be counted among the new species of humanity, say this prayer with all your heart, meaning it:

“Dear heavenly Father, I come to You now in the name of Jesus Christ. I believe in my heart that Jesus is the Son of God. I believe that Jesus died on the cross for my sin. I believe that You raised Him from the dead. I confess with my mouth that Jesus is Lord and I receive Him now as my Lord and my Saviour. I give God all the glory. Amen!” 

(Concluded)

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THE NEW SPIRITUAL SPECIES (two)

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  “…your life is hid with Christ in God” Colossians 3:3

(Continued from part one)

(2)          Not like the bulls, rams and lambs hitherto used in sacrificial exculpation, the expendability of which necessitated daily sanguinary butchered ritual for atonement, Jesus rose to live forever. That made the difference, soteriologically. At the pouring forth of the blood of the object of sacrifice in death, the sacrificant is absolved of the hanging judgment. The life of an innocent animal is exchanged for that of the sacrificing wrong doer. The dead animal is not recallable. When Jesus rose from the dead, the Eternal One, who is also the Holy One of Israel, came back from the dead to sniff out death from our essence. The Bible says, “we were quickened together with him:” for in so doing we rose never to die spiritually again, living as eternally as our Saviour, ‘who was, who is, and is to come. Amen!’ “O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out.” How many sins were forgiven? The Book of Colossians’ answer is, “All!”

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THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS (Jer. 23:6), “that we might be made the righteousness of God in him (2Corinthians 5:21).

            If the scriptural factuality is of 2Corinthians 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;” does it not follow that the regenerated soul of a Christian is a spiritually brand new man? This word ‘new’ is the Greek kainos (kahee-nos’): ‘new (especially in freshness).’ Paul did not use neos or neōteros (neh’-os): ‘new, recently born, young, youthful, properly so with respect to age.’ This freshness is located in the spiritual silo or refrigeration of the eternal Christ Jesus. The newness of this freshness, coming from the throne of the Eternal Father, is definitely eternal!

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 “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature…”

                “For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation” [Romans 10:10]. The noun ‘righteousness’ is the Greek dikaiosunē (dik-ah-yos-oo’-nay): ‘a feminine noun which speaks specifically of (Christian) justification.’ The feminity stance makes our justification a proper Bride of the Righteous Lamb, who has sworn the oath of “I will never leave nor forsake thee.” Most definitely, our life, as His mystical body on terra firma, has its locale majestically in Christ, the Second Member of the Godhead. “When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory,” so says the word of God in Colossians 3:4, where ‘life’ is zoe, ‘God’s kind of life.’ The life of this new species cannot be lost, having its location in Christ, who continually takes care of it: for it is His own life! Amen!

            What does it say in Colossians 3:3? It reveals what the spiritual baptism does. “For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.” “Why,” if any should ask, “will God hide us doubly in Him and in Christ?” Eternal security! That is the answer. God would not trust any other but Him -Jesus. He does not want another careless blunder from an egregious stupidity displayed by the first Adam. “In him was life; and the life was the light of men” [John 1:4].

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“In him was life; and the life was the light of men”

                God made the absolutely best choice when He chose Jesus. He, most definitely, chose Himself when He chose to hide us in Jesus. Is Jesus not Emmanuel? “O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out.”  God did all of these marvellous deeds to ensure our eternal safety, knowing fully well that we, as free moral agents could disrupt His ineffable plan of salvation. We, as the new spiritual species, have, therefore, become too priceless; bought with the invaluable sinless blood of the Lamb of Jehovah.

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HIS ASCENSION ENGENDERED OUR FUTURE RAPTUROUS ASCENSION

          1Peter 2:9, “But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light.” Amen. What is ‘chosen’? It is eklektos (ek-lek-tos’): ‘select; by implication favorite.’ What one does with and for a favourite belonging is what God does for and with us. When you have to discipline your body do you destroy it for whatever reason? I believe not. ‘Generation’ is genos (ghen’-os) meaning: ‘kindred or offspring.’ Christians are not just another race of people, we are so close to Him, the Most High, as closer as His next of kin. ‘Nation’ is ethnos (eth’-nos): ‘a race (as of the same habit), that is, a tribe.’

                Get born again and be counted among the new species of humanity, say this prayer with all your heart, meaning it:

“Dear heavenly Father, I come to You now in the name of Jesus Christ. I believe in my heart that Jesus is the Son of God. I believe that Jesus died on the cross for my sin. I believe that You raised Him from the dead. I confess with my mouth that Jesus is Lord and I receive Him now as my Lord and my Saviour. I give God all the glory. Amen!”       

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