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Mar 31, 2011

Our Bodies were Perfect in Paradise...

GOD did NOT give us the flesh in which we are. He gave us a perfect body. It was ruined when sin entered it after Adam and Eve had fallen away from God. It is the new connection to God after reconciliation with Him that can overcome the flesh, and nothing else. "There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death." (Rom 8:1-2) - We do not walk in the flesh BECAUSE we are in Christ.

The first man was made of flesh, and it was perfect before the serpent came and seduced Eve and then Adam (there was no sin in them!): "And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof" (Gen 2:21)
 
Adam was made of flesh - in the image of GOD. Eve was made of flesh. They did not even know that they were naked - before the first SIN, WHICH IS REBELLION AGAINST GOD. That is the sin, not the flesh itself. You cannot really mean to say that what God created in His image was corrupt, don't you? He even called His creation "VERY GOOD", not before creating humans. That is what God said. His creation, including the humans, was VERY GOOD!
"(26) And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
(27) So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
(28) And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.
(29) And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.
(30) And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so.
(31) And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day." (Gen 1:26-31 - KJV)

God's Word: Literal or Spiritual?

Some people think taking God’s Word literally means it is not taken Spiritually. However, spiritual" is not the opposite of "literal". The opposite of "literal" is "illiteral". Words are always Spiritual, because they have no physical substance. Thus the Words in the Bible are Spiritual, but they are literal as well. God's Word as presented literally in the Bible is explained by His Spirit, provided He is guiding us. NEVER will His Word and His will be in contrary to one another. 

Mar 15, 2011

It is a very special day today, because it is my Sweetheart Chloe's Birthday!

DEAR CHLOE,



HAPPY BIRTHDAY 
AND MANY, MANY HAPPY RETURNS OF THE DAY! 

MAY THE LORD BLESS YOU IN ABUNDANCE 

AND SEND YOU LOTS OF HIS GOOD THINGS!

This is the day which the LORD hath made;
we will rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24 (KJV)

I know you like ABBA! I stumbled over this song... and thought you might like it!



Much love in Christ on this day!
Vera

Mar 6, 2011

Jesus Reveals Himself to Nathanael

I think it is very impressive how Jesus called Nathanael (cf. John 1:45-49) when Philip found him and told him that they had found the prophesied Messiah, Jesus of Nazareth. But they were not expecting the Son of God from Nazareth, so he was probably a little bored first and asked, "Can there any good thing come out of Nazareth?"

But Philip insisted and told him to come and see himself! And that was the crux... When Jesus saw Nathanael from the distance when he was still on his way to him, he said he saw an Israelite without guile in Nathanael. Jesus did not want to know how much money he might have, or how he was dressed, if he came on a camel or a donkey. All that mattered was that Nathanael belonged to the Israelites, to God's chosen people, and that there was no guile in him. Nathanael wondered how Jesus could know this, and so he asked him about the time when Jesus first saw him, and Jesus replied that he had seen him under the fig tree before Philip called him. Nathanael was impressed - and recognized Jesus as his teacher, as the Son of God and as the King of Israel - and all this after his doubts and his rejection in the beginning. Nathanael did not expect Jesus to be the Son of God. The people in those times knew what magicians were. Nathanael might as well just have said that Jesus was one of those, but no - He recognized Jesus for what He was! This must have been a supernatural event - I have no other explanation.

Jesus reveals Himself to us, and then we are believers. We cannot help it.

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