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Holy Wind

THE WIND BLOWS WHERE IT CAN BREATHE – HUB

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(Stained glass image taken from an apse of the St Peter’s Basilica by Gian Lorenzo Bernini circa 1660, Wikipedia)

Last night I feel like I was given a treat. The Fox Movie Channel was showing GRAVITY back to back. Have you seen it? It’s the full length cinema staring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney that I had not seen. What a marvelous story!

What can such a film and our study of prayer have to do with that? Well, without giving away anything of the plot, let me just say, Science Specialist Dr. Ryan Stone, admitted she never was told how to pray, but when back, she whispered, Thank you!

PRAYING SINCERELY

According to theologian Rudolf Bultmann, “There are two ways to think about the Holy Spirit: ‘animistic’ and ‘dynamistic’. In animistic thinking, it is ‘an independent agent, a personal power which like a demon can fall upon a man and take possession of him, enabling him or compelling him to perform manifestations of power’ while in dynamistic thought it ‘appears as an impersonal force which fills a man or woman like a fluid’. Both kinds of thought appear in Jewish and Christian scripture, but animistic is more typical of the Old Testament whereas dynamistic is more common in the New Testament. The distinction coincides with the Holy Spirit as either a temporary or permanent gift. In the Old Testament and Jewish thought, it is primarily temporary with a specific situation or task in mind, whereas in the Christian concept the gift resides in man permanently.”(From ‘Jesus and the Word’, London, 1952)

Prayer then, is sincere Holy-Spirit conscience giving place and showing detracting or revealing thoughts that draw or repell awareness of His presence. We learn by practice. And eventually we catch on. Our space capsule is the Church.

OVERCOMING IMPOSSIBLE DEMANDS – Youth granted wisdom to be saved. (8-26-16)

Imagine, we are alone somewhere orbiting the earth, in the Russian Soyuz capsule, going 17,000 MPH, some 250 miles up. Having had only 2 weeks training with reentry, and are about to panic. A simple whisper about never learning prayer brought help.

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(gravitymovie.wikipedia.com)

TEAM PRAYER – Social media church. (8-31-16)

The lost mission commander, George Clooney, appeared at the hatch, tapping to come in. He is allowed in with nonchalant instructions that comforted as well as motivated.  As if an angelic visitation, he is gone. The mystery enables the glorious climax.

ETERNAL REST‘ – Video. (9-19-16)

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(scifi.stackexchange.com)

She swims to the shore, kisses the mud, says Thank you, and slowly stands up. Oh, the wonderful firmament of earth’s gravity! Having been even months without it, the mere effort of standing up is a struggle — we get this, but she prayed! (Thank You)

WORLDVIEW TWEEK – Our nation’s future depends on this. (10-2-16)

After the movie, the news media had to wow me with its stupid sexual allegations . . . and now our helpmate called a meeting about the family plans for Thanksgiving, which thankfully won’t include us. And that is a worldview tweek we are okay with.

CONTEMPLATING AMERICA – How to pray for America. (10-10-16)

Fall weather is stimulating. It’s quiet, it’s cool, and the stress from neighbors is relaxed (with leaves all over the bad looking grass, the yard is peaceful). Our focus is on spring cleaning — the fall weather is permitting us to so struggle gently here.

I have given the national news a break. Only our loving Father can be trusted. All our prayers prayed, we can now trust heaven to come down. All of the above titles represent the most recent posts from my other, older website. Prayer is the theme.

How can we ultimately discern the truth? Only Jesus said how. He, himself is Truth. And his word is true Covenant. Can we learn the truth? Yes, by dedicating ourself to him and his agency, the Church. The Church, having both Scriptures and tradition, is the believer’s authority. (Jn 14:6; Is 46:19; 65:16; Jn 5:39, 40)

Prayer then, is sincere Holy-Spirit conscience giving place and showing detracting or revealing thoughts that draw or repell awareness of God’s presence. We learn by practice. And eventually we catch on. Our space capsule is the Church . . . put yourself in Dr. Ryan Stone’s place. (This may be easier for some, if not all.)

But relate to God in even the most distant way . . . he is still right there for you. Just greet him. Your heart will catch his present closeness . . . stop denying him. Accept Him and seek his benefits for you: love, joy, peace is yours in him. Just believe, just trust. You can have his personal revelation even now.

Charles Bundschu

@wordlifejournal

(If you read this before I link the prayer-hub for your convenience, you can just go to this link: http://doingjourneytogether.wordpress.com/about  and scroll down to the last five articles.

[All copyright material is used with permission according to the fair use provision of US Copyright Law, that specifies, no product is stolen for profit, and due credit is given. Advertising notwithstanding. Author is not liable for claims of church teaching or text reference authority. Opinions are relative to personal status.]

 

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Expanded Daily Prayer for Freedom

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A mystical still life captured of our home’s Entry by Vivian

THE MOST POWERFUL PRAYER THAT IS WELL WORTH THE EXTRA EFFORT!
“Why a long version? Over the years we have come to learn a great deal about prayer and spiritual warfare. Frankly, the prayers of our youth have not proved sufficient for the trials of a more mature believer advancing the Kingdom of God. This longer version reflects the kind of prayer needed in times of intense ministry or times of great pressure and attack. Frankly, it just has more firepower. Try it—you’ll see.” Said author and pastor John Eldredge. [Includes his Scripture references-notes, which I have studied and listed.]

“My dear Lord Jesus, I come to you now to be restored[1] in you, renewed in you, to receive from you all the grace and mercy I so desperately need this day. I honor you as my Sovereign, and I surrender every aspect and dimension of my life totally and completely to you. I give to you my spirit, soul, and body, my heart, mind, and will. I cover myself with your blood[2]—my spirit, soul, and body, my heart, mind, and will. I ask Holy Spirit to restore me in you, renew me in you, and lead me in this time of prayer. In all that I now pray, I stand in absolute agreement with your Spirit and with my intercessors and allies, by your Spirit and by your Spirit alone.

THE TRINITY

“Dearest God, holy and victorious Trinity, you alone are worthy of all my worship, my heart’s devotion, all my praise, all my trust, and all the glory of my life. I love you, I worship you, I give myself over to you in my heart’s search for life. You alone are Life, and you have become my life. I renounce all other gods, every idol, and I give to you the place in my heart and in my life that you truly deserve. This is all about you, God, and not about me; you are the Hero of this story, and I belong to you. I ask your forgiveness for my every sin. I renounce my sins. I ask you to search me and know me and reveal to me where you are working in my life and grant to me the grace of your healing, deliverance, your holiness, and a deep and true repentance.

THE FATHER

“Heavenly Father, thank you for loving me and choosing me before you made the world[3]. You are my true Father—my creator, redeemer, sustainer, and the true end of all things, including my life. I love you, I trust you, I worship you. I give myself over to you, Father, to be one with you in everything as Jesus is one with you. Thank you for proving your love by sending your only Son Jesus to be my substitute and representative[4], to be my Rock. I receive him and all his life and all his work which you ordained for me[5]. Thank you for including me in Christ[6], for forgiving me my sins[7], for granting me his righteousness[8], for making me complete in him[9].

“Thank you for making me alive with Christ[10], raising me with him[11], seating me with him at your right hand[12], establishing me in his authority[13], and anointing me with your love[14], your Spirit, and your kingdom. I receive it with thanks and give it total claim to my spirit, soul, and body, my heart, mind, and will. I bring the life and work of the Lord Jesus Christ over my life today, over my home, my family, my household, throughout my kingdom and domain.

THE SON

“Jesus, thank you for coming to ransom me with your own life[15], I love you, I worship you, I give myself over to you to be one with you in all things—spirit, soul, and body, heart, mind, and will. I sincerely embrace[16] you as my redemption, and all the work and triumph in your cross, death, blood[17], and sacrifice (Crucifix), through which my every sin is atoned for, I am ransomed and delivered from the kingdom of darkness and transferred to your kingdom, my sin nature is removed[18], my heart is circumcised unto God[19], and every claim being made against me is disarmed[20] this day.

THE CRUCIFICTION

“I now take my place in your stripes, death, and cross (Crucifix), dying with you to sin, to my flesh[21], to this world[22], to the evil one[23], and his kingdom. I take up the Crucifix and crucify my flesh with all its pride, arrogance, unbelief, and idolatry [and anything else you are currently struggling with]. I put off the old man[24]. Apply to me all the work in your cross, death, blood, and sacrifice (Crucifix). I receive it with thanks and give it total claim to my spirit, soul, and body, my heart, mind, and will.

“I bring the blood and sacrifice of the Lord Jesus Christ over my life today, over my home, my family, my household, my vehicles, finances, over all my kingdom and domain. I bring the cross, death, blood, and sacrifice (Crucifix) of Jesus Christ against Satan, against his evil kingdom, against every foul and unclean (demonic) spirit, every foul power and black art, against every witch, and against every human being and their spirit, their warfare and household. I bring the cross, death, blood, and sacrifice (Crucifix) of the Lord Jesus Christ to the borders of my kingdom and domain, and I stake it there in the name of Jesus Christ.

“Crucifix” with sign saying in Latin, JESUS OF NAZARETH KING OF THE JEWS

 

THE RESURRECTION

“Jesus, I also sincerely receive you as my Life[25], and I receive all the work and triumph in your resurrection, through which you have conquered sin, death, judgment, and the evil one. Death has no power over you, nor does any foul thing. And I have been raised with you to a new life, to live your life—dead to sin and alive to God[26]. I am crucified with Christ, and it is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me[27].

I take my place now in your resurrection and in your life[28], and I give my life to you to live your life. I am saved by your life. I reign in life through Your life[29]. I now put on the new man[30] in all holiness and humility! in all righteousness, purity and truth. Christ is now my life[31], the one who strengthens me[32]. I receive your hope, love, faith, joy, your goodness, trueness, wisdom, power, and strength. Holy Spirit apply to me all the work and triumph of the resurrection of Jesus Christ for me. I receive it with thanks and I give it total claim to my spirit, soul, and body, my heart, mind, and will.

“I bring the resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ over my life today, over my home, my family, my household, my vehicles, finances, over all my kingdom and domain. I bring the resurrection and the empty tomb of Jesus Christ against Satan[33], against his evil kingdom, against every foul and unclean (demonic) spirit, every foul power and black art, against every witch, and against every human being and their spirit, their warfare, and household. I bring the resurrection and the empty tomb of the Lord Jesus Christ to the borders of my kingdom and domain, and I stake it there in Jesus’ name.

THE ASCENSION

“Jesus, I also sincerely receive you as my authority, rule, and dominion, my everlasting victory against Satan and his kingdom, and my ability to bring your Kingdom at all times and in every way. I receive all the work and triumph in your ascension, through which Satan has been judged and cast down[33], his evil rulers principalities disarmed[34]; and all authority in heaven and on earth has been given to you, Jesus[35]. And I have been given fullness in you the head over all[36]; you are worthy to receive all glory and honor, power and dominion, now and forever.

“I take my place now in your authority and in your throne, through which I have been raised with you to the right hand of the Father and established in your authority[37]. Greater is he who is in me than he who is in the world[38]. Christ has given me power and authority to overcome the enemy, and I claim that authority, now, standing in place over, above, and against every enemy, and I banish them in the name of Jesus Christ[39]. I give myself to you, to reign with you always. Apply to me all the work and triumph in your authority and your throne; I receive it with thanks, and I give it total claim to my spirit, soul, and body, my heart, mind, and will.

THE FULLNESS OF CHRIST’S WORK

“I now bring the authority, rule, and dominion of the Lord Jesus Christ over my life today, over my home, my family, my household, my vehicles, finances, over all my kingdom and domain. I now bring the authority, rule, and dominion of the Lord Jesus Christ and the fullness of the work of Christ against Satan, against his evil kingdom, against every foul and unclean (demonic) spirit—every ruler, power, authority, and spiritual force of wickedness, their every weapon, claim, and device.

“[At this point, I specifically name all foul and unclean (demonic) spirits that I know have been attacking me, such as fear, doubt, accident, injury, death, the religious spirit, pride, arrogance, slothfulness, gluttony, etc.]

“I send all foul and unclean (demonic) spirits bound to the throne of Christ, together with every back-up and replacement, every weapon, claim, and device—by the authority of the Lord Jesus Christ and in his name. I command the judgment of the Lord Jesus Christ upon the heads of those that refuse to obey, and I send them to judgment, by the authority of the Lord Jesus Christ and in his name.

“I now bring the authority, rule, and dominion of the Lord Jesus Christ and the fullness of the work of Christ against every foul power and black art—every hex, vex, and incantation, every spell, weave, web, veil, shroud, charm, and snare; against every ritual, sacrifice, and device; against every vow, dedication, and sacrifice, every word, judgment, and curse—written, spoken, unspoken, or transferred to me. I command them disarmed and broken by the authority of the Lord Jesus Christ and in his name.

“I now bring the authority, rule, and dominion of the Lord Jesus Christ and the fullness of the work of Christ against every witch, cult, and coven, every channel of black arts to me. I cut them off in the name of the Lord; I send the glory of God to them to turn them in Jesus’ name.

“I now bring the authority, rule, and dominion of the Lord Jesus Christ and the fullness of the work of Christ between me and every human being—their spirit, soul, body, their sin, warfare, and their household. I bring the full work of Christ between me and [now I name people I’ve counseled or prayed for, family members, folks in crisis looking to me, etc.]. I command their human spirits bound back to their bodies and their warfare bound to the throne of Christ in their life. I bring the full work of Christ between me and my household and all people, in the authority of Jesus Christ and in his name.

THE HOLY SPIRIT

“Holy Spirit, thank you for coming for me today. I love you, I worship you, I trust you. I honor you as Lord.  I sincerely embrace you, become my union with the Father and the Son, the Spirit of truth in me, the life of God in me, my counselor, comforter, strength, helper and guide[40] You have clothed me with power from on high, sealed me in Christ[41]. Restore my union with the Father and the Son. Lead me into all truth, anoint me for all of my life and walk and calling, and lead me deeper into Jesus today[42]. I honor you as Lord, and I fully give to you every aspect and dimension of my spirit, soul, and body, my heart, mind, and will—to be filled with you, to walk in step with you in all things[43]. I receive all the work and triumph in Pentecost[44] through which you have come. Fill me afresh, blessed Holy Spirit. I receive you with thanks, and give you total claim to my life.

“Heavenly Father, thank you for granting to me every spiritual blessing of heaven in Christ Jesus[45]. I claim the riches in Christ Jesus over my life today, over my home, my family, my work, over all of my kingdom and domain. I bring the blood of Christ once more over my spirit, soul, and body, over my heart, mind, and will. I put on the full armor of God: the belt of truth, breastplate of righteousness, shoes of the gospel, helmet of salvation; I take up the shield of faith and sword of the Spirit, and I choose to be strong in the Lord and in the strength of your might[46], to pray at all times in the Spirit.

“Jesus, thank you for your angels. I summon them in the name of Jesus Christ and instruct them to destroy all that is raised against me, to establish your Kingdom over me, to rebuild the shields and hedges of protection around me and my household, and to minister to me your ministry[47]. I ask you to send forth your Spirit to raise up prayer and intercession for me[48]. I now call forth the kingdom of the Lord Jesus Christ throughout my home, my household, my kingdom, and domain in the authority of the Lord Jesus Christ, giving all glory and honor and thanks to him. (with all wisdom and power and riches and dominion), now and forever more. In Jesus’ name, amen.” (And amen.)

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[1] Col. 2:19; Rom. 12:1; Lk. 10:27; 1Cor. 6:17. Restored body soul and spirit. [2] 1Jn. 1:9. [3] Eph. 1:4. [4] Rom. 5:8. [5] Lk. 9:23. [6] 1Cor. 1:30. [7] Col. 2:13. [8] 2Cor. 5:21. [9] Col. 2:10. [10] Col.2:13. [11] Col. 3:1. [12] Eph. 2:6. [13] Lk. 10:19; Eph. 2:6. [14] Eph. 1:13. [15] Mt. 20:28. [16] Lk. 9:23. [17] 1Jn.1:9. [18] Col. 2:11. [19] Rom. 2:29. [20] Col. 2:15. [21] Rom. 6:11. [22] Gal. 6:14. [23] Col. 1:13. [24] Eph. 4:22. [25] Eph. 4:24. [26] Rom. 6:11. [27] Gal. 2:20. [28] Eph. 2:5. [29] Rom. 5:17. [30] Rom. 6:4. [31] Col. 3:4. [32] Phil. 4:13. [33] Jn. 12:31. [34] Col. 2:15. [35] Mt. 28:18. [36] Col. 2:10. [37] Eph. 2:6. [38] 1Jn. 4:4. [39] Lk. 10:19. [40] Jn. 14:16; Acts 9:31. [41] Eph. 1:13. [42] Jn. 15:26; 16:13. [43] Gal. 5:25. [44] Eph. 4:8. [45] Eph. 1:3. [46] Eph. 6:10-18. [47] Heb. 1:14. [48] 2Cor. 1:8-11.

 

May God bless and keep you,

Charles

@wordlifejournal

THE BIG PICTURE: The unholy tradition of Christmas

THE BIG PICTURE: The unholy tradition of Christmas

(Sinterclaas or Saint Nicholas, considered by many to be the original Santa, 2007, Nederlands, by Gaby Kooiman, Wikipedia)

TWO WEEKS TO CHRISTMAS DAY

The present confusion of the Middle East is the enemy at work increasing it. There are imbalances: No one knows the truth. Dark forces are unleashed. Even our own lives and our security is threatened for us here at home — and Christmas is included!

“God has the power to walk on what we are about to drown in! Each test of God puts us through — what we have learned is present to be used — deductively — so that what we have been through, God provides for us to use for where we are going!”

[That was Bishop Jakes from tonight’s The Potter’s Touch television broadcast on TBN.]

Here is today’s study: The History of Christmas by Rabbi Lawrence Kelemen taken from his simpletoremember.com website which is linked here to confirm what I will be reporting. We can learn from such history in the world and confirm it even further.

Truly, let me remind you of the ugly roots of Christmas traditions formed by worldly powers: The date of Jesus’ birth. The origins of the Christmas tree; Mistletoe, Presents, Santa Clause, and the Christmas challenge:

“All modern incarnations of the most depraved pagan rituals ever practiced on earth.” Rabbi Kelemen said.


(Map of countries where Christmas is not a formal public holiday either on December 24/25 or on January 6/7. Wikipedia)

Today, I was notified that I am having an anniversary with WordPress.com; publishing my blog-posts now for four years. I have lost track of the time! Over all that time, I have written three stories (novels), that make up Levonah’s adventures with Yeshua (Jesus).

Also for the past two years, the blog posts of theology401 were completed. Now, we, Beloved Holy Spirit and I, are putting together this ‘Promised Soil’ edition. (I am only qualified to attempt this by his leading and my trusting that I hear his directions.)

It was Fr. Robert Spitzer who said in his series of Virtue, Freedom and Faith: How we are going to prevent sin-traps. 1) Faith, trust in the Lord, release the power of virtue; 2) Love others, such love leads to empathy to want to be virtuously loving others; and 3) Love of virtue: Resist the darkness.

“The solution is to be humble-hearted, which corresponds with Jesus’ #1 beatitude. Empathy, love of God (first) and his kingdom; rejoicing with others — animated by God’s Love. When you start loving God combating pride by humble-heart is how we stay in victory.”

“Humility isn’t thinking less of yourself; but it’s thinking of yourself less.” Father Spitzer said. (This article includes a chart showing the seven deadly sins.)

WHERE THE DARKNESS IS COMING FROM

If you have read my last four posts, (The mystery of godly devotion; Contemplating the Messiah’s face; The healing of Christmas; and The Immaculate Conception), you know that there is a real enemy that is hiding in the hidden realm of spiritual wickedness. That he has a brain, and can keep us hampered with his fiery trials.

Honestly, I am personally concerned for our readers. Because I am not a Catholic, doesn’t mean I am kept from the truth about God and godly things. Our study of theology has opened my eyes to teaching my own non-denominational church cannot provide.

Every morning in my personal devotional, I pray to see the big picture. What is behind the current events. What is the truth we cannot see for some reason. I have learned God can reveal such things to us. This holiday is the point in question.

WHAT DANGER DOES TODAY’S CHRISTMAS THREATEN?

(A Typical Neapolitan nativity scene in Naples Italy, local crèches are renowned for their ornate decorations and symbolic figurines often mirroring daily life. By Juan Quintas, 2008, Wikipedia.)

Avoid the dangers of Christmas’ worldly traditions. According to the world (Cosmos), where the enemy resides because he is the “Prince of the power of the air” (Eph.2:2) Biblically, our lives are subject to his curse unless we have the True God in our life.

A good example is made with our own family this past year. (I gladly risk being chastised for telling this, but if it can help one person see the light through the darkness, it is a risk worth taking.) We lost our second son this year. He had lymphoma cancer.

We brought him up along with an older brother and a younger sister. We did the best to bring them all up in the admonition of the Lord Jesus (Yeshua) Christ (Messiah) in a Charismatic fellowship and school. He went on to earn his bachelors in computer science engineering, and later earned another in teaching math.

He taught high school math locally, for one year, and dropped it to return to the company he had partnered to develop locally. Then his marriage fell apart. He divorced, sharing custody of two lovely children. Then cancer attacked.

He told his mother and me that the math students could not even try to catch his gift for teaching. This told him, God was not leading him to do that. He said he didn’t love his hard-working wife, and asked her to leave. This told us how he failed to join the local Baptist church where his talented wife played in the orchestra and daughter sang in the children’s choir. And lastly, his work, his company, put him on the front line of research and development to help create software and hardware in cutting-edge, brain-waves technology.

The stress, anxiety, and fear he must have suffered put him as a prime candidate for cancer, and it hit him hard. We were kept away from him. He wanted to do this on his own. He committed several deadly sins. He was a good man, but not smart enough to defeat the enemy. The enemy wants to attack any good man, especially when he ignores the family’s example to seek godly help. Instead he chose the false god of healing, the mythical god of medicine and healing named Asclepius. And he’s gone to heaven.

“GOD IS NO RESPECTER OF PERSONS” (Acts 10:34)

Our son died precisely on the midnight marking the beginning of his 46th birthday. This was remarkable to all family members. We all asked why God? And we have been given the knowledge of the wisdom of following Him, and following closely.

We can decide and commit to our church fellowship; learn the truth, and apply it religiously to our lives; and pray for mercy and that God become our hedge of protection with angels encamped around about us. This is our only hope.

Proverbs 26:2, “As the bird by wandering, as the swallow by flying, so the curse causeless shall not come.”

Can we good people get this message? If there is error in actually observing this holiday in an unholy, sentimental, and misguided way — we stand to be cursed. I didn’t say this, the Bible says this. The Bible is true, the last post made that clear.

Please learn the above linked material of the origins of Christmas! It tells how philosophy has taken mythology and incorporated it into human social tradition. It is a lie! I can’t help saying it. That is the bottom line.


  
(Stamps released in the United States in 1982, a painting by Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, Wikipedia)

How many stamps do you need to tell us you get the message? Keep Christmas pure! Go to your church fellowship. Convince yourself and others that God is very important to you. The birth of His Son may not have happened as tradition says it did, but we know it happened. And let the biblical record become a matter of your survival boat in these dark and trying times.

FEAR MEANS ABSOLUTE RESPECT

“The fear of the Lord is beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.” Proverbs 1:7

“Do not be wise in your own eyes: fear the Lord, and depart from evil. It will be health to your flesh, and strength to your bones.” Proverbs 3:7,8

“The fear of the Lord is to hate evil; pride and arrogance, and the evil way, and the perverse mouth I hate.” Proverbs 8:13

“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.” Proverbs 9:10

“The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life, to turn one away from the snares of death.” Proverbs 14:27

“The fear of the Lord is the instruction of wisdom; and before honor is humility.” Proverbs 15:33 [NKJV]

May the Lord bless and keep you,
Charles Bundschu
@wordlifejournal

THE HOLY MOTHER OF CHRISTMAS: The Immaculate Conception

THE HOLY MOTHER OF CHRISTMAS – The Immaculate Conception

 

Today, is Tuesday, which I understand is God’s most favored days – because he called his creations on the third day of the week – good not once but twice. This is why Jewish weddings are performed on Tuesdays.

But today is also the Catholic Church’s Feast of the Immaculate Conception. Which I have always believed ignorantly that that referred directly to Yeshua-Jesus’ conception. But, watching all the pomp and ceremony in Rome (EWTN) today, I learned otherwise.

The conception of Yeshua-Jesus’ mother, Miryam (Mary), with the normal process of her parents – happened through supernatural dedication, God orchestrated her ‘special conception’ to keep her from the ‘stain’ of sin upon her human soul. (Source: Catholic Encyclopedia)

Have you heard of this? (Most of my facebook followers are Evangelicals) I can accept such a doctrine because of a former post that explained Jewish Mysticism (Kabbalah) as mixed with occultism . . . also something of a revelation. Tonight I am writing to you because of reading the above encyclopedia link.

I have always been critical of the teaching of Mariology. But daily watching EWTN, I admit to hearing of miracles and visions of the Holy Mother of Christmas. Even if you have never heard this before. Today is the day you need to hear this.

Ephesians 1:3-6,11,12, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love. . .

In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will, that we who first trusted in Christ should be to the praise of His glory.”

THE ASSUMPTION OF MIRYAM (MARY)

Now this is another seemingly impossible development, but today the Roman Catholic Church teaches that Yeshua-Jesus’ mother went to heaven without death. So she was ‘assumed’ by our Father, and that means she had no grave and no bones were ever recorded as being found. She was one special holy lady.

How do you process this? The above link is a trusted source and explains basic Mariology. But there are many other sources. Theologically this is explained not wholly by Scripture, but by the ‘tradition’ of the Church Fathers.

I have to apologize to all my friends and family (friends are more accepting than family who know me up close and personally). I am not a perfect man. I have been given grace to study theology for about 2 years, writing 60 blogs. That alone has extended my knowledge and Christian vision, beyond what I hear at church.

Knowledge of theology is ‘faith seeking understanding’ about the truth. The process of theology enables understanding of how the Scriptures came to be, as they are God’s message to his Creation: Why we should believe the Bible is Inerrant.

GOD’S WORD IS ALWAYS ON TRIAL

“Since God is the Author and Finisher of its content, if we have questions about what it says, we have to go into a study of the process of all the native languages of the books. It took 1500 years to put together. During that time, as you might prove from the original language texts; God gradually revealed himself.

So you knew what to include; what to throw out: Every book could be compared to the other, and then tested. So if God authors a book, and He is always the same, there will be a consistency from one book He authorizes to the next.

It is a lie that any group of men decide what is or is not Canon. God decides. Only God is perfect.

“‘Scholars’ often forget and mistake how the Holy Spirit can impower anyone He wants to write divine writ. So we verify everything with Him. The real God really knows His word and can prove it to you. All you need is to be positive in His system.

(It won’t happen overnight, but it will happen.) And now that you are delivered (saved), you can go to God directly. God never gives a book you cannot validate because then in effect He’d be lying — You cant demand to test something, then deny what you need for testing.” (www.brainout.net/EnochTest)

It is already time to print this. There is more to study, but the above link may answer most of your questions. I am thankful for this holy season, and want nothing but peace and revelation to penetrate your hearts, now and forever. (Please let me know what you think.)

Merry Christmas,

Charles Bundschu

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THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD – The healing of Christmas

 

Painting of Francois Boucher, ‘The Light of the World’, 1750, in Museum Beaux, Lyon, Paris, France, Wikipedia Commons

 

This year, we are hearing still how some in our community want to remove Yeshua-Jesus from our celebration of Christmas. I am learning how this can be true. It is the hidden power of the world, of the flesh, and sin that resists and rejects a most holy time for us. Even why terrorist attacks and unholy behavior happens and violence is called cultural extremism, but evil can’t be justified.

Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year. Our house got an early shot of the pageantry when the big house across the way had turned on its colorful lights, and as soon as twilight. We used to decorate, but found it more trouble and expense than we could be willing to keep up.

The specialness of Christmas-time is in the lights, yes, but the Spirit is undeniably more than visual perception. It is the seeming holiness of the time, the season, and the remembrance of the birth of the Messiah. Such an inspiring painting I have never seen before. Have you?

Yosef (Joseph), Miryam (Mary), Yeshua (Jesus), and the shepherd’s family (of course when the shepherds first came, they had to bring the families to see the spectacle). And the angels are there! A worthy find for an unusual post for all to learn something about this marvelous gift.

The glorious coming of the Messiah (Christ) child was the beginning of a ‘new thing’. The fulfillment of the prophecy, Isaiah and Jeremiah both mention it. (Is.43:19; Jer. 31:22) [Also see Fr. Robert J. Spitzer’s The Light shines on in the darkness]

PROPHECIES OF A ‘NEW THING’ HELPED BRING THE LIGHT HIMSELF

The birth of our Sovereign Savior is so special it actually exceeds my ability to verbally express it. Basically, I am not as sanctified (holy) as I’d like to be; and I see the true Spirit of Christmas is lost in the unholy, material commercialism. Then just who can see Messiah’s (Christ’s) light?

I believe the Holy Bible tells us something of the light that shines on Christmas. Revelation 21:23,”The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light and the Lamb is its lamp.” (NIV)

Revelation 22:5, “There will be no more night. They will not need the light of a lamp or the light of the sun, for the Lord God will give them light.”

Isaiah 60:19-21, “The sun will no more be your light by day, nor will the brightness of the moon shine on you, for the Lord will be your everlasting light, and your God will be your glory. Your sun will never set again, and your moon will wane no more; the Lord will be your everlasting light, and your days of sorrow will end. Then will all your people be righteous and they will possess the land forever.”

THE FORCE OF DARKNESS HIDES THE LIGHT OF HEAVEN

Obviously these texts describe the sh’khinah glory of heaven. Although heaven is real, it does not visually exist on earth today. Why this is so the Holy Bible also explains. Let me share this key text for a more complete explanation: The force of darkness hides the light of heaven.

Our text: Isaiah 14:12-18 (NIV)

Seven verses with 19 notes referencing 49 more verses to represent a very thorough and accurate study about who the enemy is and what his forces can do. [note: Read the seven verses (in bold font), then their corresponding cross-references (in NKJV) to understand best. Interpretation of Holy Scripture is best found in Holy Scripture.]

UNDERSTANDING THE ENEMY OF CHRISTMAS: LUCIFER, AN ANGEL OF DARK LIGHT?

12 How you have fallen (A) . . . [Footnote: Lk10:18, And Jesus said to them, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven.”]

From heaven, (O Babylon, O Lucifer) morning star, (B) . . . [Footnote: 2Pet.1:19, And so we have the prophetic word confirmed, which you do well to heed as a light that shines in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts. Rev. 2:28, And I will give the one who overcomes the morning star. Rev. 8:10, Then the third angel sounded, and a great star fell from heaven, burning like a torch, and it fell on a third of the rivers and on the springs of water. Rev. 9:1, Then the fifth angel sounded: and I saw a star fallen from heaven to the earth. To him was given the key to the bottomless pit.]

Son of the dawn! You have been cast down to the earth, you who once laid low the nations! (C) . . . [Footnote: Ez 26:17, And they will take up lamentation for you and say to you: How you have perished, O one inhabited by seafaring men, O renowned city Who was strong at sea. She and all her inhabitants, Who caused their terror to be on all her inhabitants!]

13 You said in your heart, “I will ascend (D) . . . [Footnote: Dan. 5:23, And you (Belshazzar) have lifted yourself up against the Lord of heaven…and the God who holds your breath in his hand, and owns all your ways, you have not glorified. Dan. 8:10, And it (little horn) grew up to the host of heaven. Ob 1:4, Though you (Edom) ascend as high as the eagle, And though you set your nest among the stars, from there I will bring you down, says the Lord. Mt 11:23, And you Capernaum, who are exalted to heaven, will be brought down to Hades; for if the mighty works which were done in you had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day.]

To the heavens; I will raise my throne (E) . . . [Footnote: Ez.28:2, Son of man say to the Prince of Tyre, Thus says the Lord God, Because your heart is lifted up, And you say ‘I am a god, and I sit in the seat of gods, in the midst of the seas,’ Yet you are a man, and not a god, Though you set your heart as the heart of god. 2 Thes. 2:4, Who (the man of sin, son of perdition) opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God, or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God in the Temple of God, showing himself that he is God.]

Above the stars of God; I will sit enthroned on the mount of assembly, (F) . . . [Footnote: Ps. 82:2, How long will you judge unjustly, And show partiality to the wicked? (Selah)]

On the utmost heights (G) . . . [Footnote: Is. 37:24, By your servants you have reproached the Lord, And said, By the multitude of my chariots I have come up to the mountains, to the limits of Lebanon; I will cut down its tall cedars, And its choice cypress trees; I will enter its furthest height, to its fruitful forest.] of Mount Zaphon. {‘concealed’, from tsaphan, to hide; hidden, dark, (gloomy and unknown)}]

14 I will ascend above the tops of the clouds; (H) . . . [Footnote: Job 20:6, Though his haughtiness mounts up to the heavens, And his head reaches to the clouds.]

I will make myself like the Most High.” (I) . . . [Footnote: Gen. 3:5, For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil. Num. 24:16, The utterance of him who hears the words of God, And has the knowledge of the Most High, who sees the vision of the Almighty, who falls down with eyes wide open. Is. 10:13, For he (king of Assyria) says: ‘By the strength of my hand, and by my wisdom, for I am prudent; Also I have removed the boundaries of the people, and have robbed their treasuries, so I have put down the inhabitants like a valiant man. Is. 47:8, Therefore hear this now, you (daughter of the Chaldeans) who are given to pleasures, who dwell securely, who say in your heart, ‘I am, and there is no one else beside me; I shall not sit as a widow, nor shall I know the loss of children. Jer. 50:29, Call together against Babylon. All you who bend the bow, encamp against it all around; let none of them escape. Repay her according to her work; According to all she has done, do to her; For she has been proud against the Lord, against the holy One of Israel. Jer. 51:53, Though Babylon were to mount up to heaven, and though she were to fortify the height of her strength, Yet from Me plunderers would come to her. Says the Lord. Dan. 11:36, Then the king shall do according to his own will: He shall exalt and magnify himself above every god, shall speak blasphemies against the God of gods, and shall prosper until the wrath has been accomplished; for what has been determined shall be done. 2 Thes. 2:4, Who (the man of sin, the son of perdition) opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God, or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God in the Temple of God, showing himself that he is God. ]

15 But you are brought down (J) . . . [Footnote: Is. 13:6, Wail for the day of the Lord is at hand! It will come as destruction from the Almighty. Is. 45:7, I (the Lord God) form the light and create darkness, I make peace and create calamity; I the Lord do all these things. Is. 47:11, Therefore evil has come upon you; you shall not know from where it arises. And trouble shall fall upon you; you will not be able to put it off. And desolation shall come upon you suddenly, which you shall not know. Jer. 51:8, Babylon has suddenly fallen and been destroyed. Wail for her! Take balm for her pain; perhaps she may be healed. Jer. 51:43, Her cities are a desolation, a dry land and a wilderness, a land where no one dwells, through which no son of man passes.]

To the realm of the dead,(K) . . . . [Footnote: Job 21:13, (Job’s answer to Zophar) “They spend their days in wealth, and in a moment go down to the grave.”]

To the depths (L) . . . [Footnote: Mt. 11:23, “And you, Capernaum, you are exalted to heaven, will be brought down to Hades (Luke 10:15), for the mighty works which were done in you; for if the mighty works done in you had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day.”]

Of the pit. (M) . . . [Footnote: Ps. 55:23, But you, O God, shall bring them (voices of the enemy and wicked) down to the pit of destruction, Bloodthirsty and deceitful men shall not live out half their days; but I will trust in You. Ez. 31:16, “I made the nations shake at the sound of its (Assyria, a cedar in Lebanon) fall, when I cast it down to hell together with those who descend into the Pit; all the trees of Eden, the choice and best of Lebanon, all that drink water, were comforted in the depths of the earth.” Ez. 32:23, Her graves are set in the recesses of the Pit, and her company is all around her grave, all of them slain, fallen by the sword, who caused terror in the land of the living.]

16 Those who see you stare at you, they ponder your fate: (N) . . . [Footnote: Jer. 50:23, How the hammer of the whole earth has been cut apart and broken! How Babylon has become a desolation among the nations! Rev. 18:9, The kings of the earth who committed fornication and lived luxuriously with her (Babylon) will weep and lament for her, when they see the smoke of her burning.]

 

“Is this the man who shook the earth and made kingdoms tremble, (O) . . . [Footnote: Is. 2:19, They (the lofty, haughty men) shall go into the holes of the rocks, and into the caves of the earth, from the terror of the LORD and the glory of his majesty, when He arises to shake the earth mightily. Is. 13:13, Therefore, I will shake the heavens, and the earth will move out of her place, in the wrath of the LORD of hosts and in the day of His fierce anger. Joel 3:16, The LORD also will roar from Zion, and utter His voice from Jerusalem; the heavens and the earth will shake; but the LORD will be a shelter for his people, and the strength of the children of Israel. Hag. 2:6, For thus says the LORD of hosts, “Once more (it is a little while) I will shake heaven and earth, the sea and dry land. Hag. 2: 21, Speak to Zerubbabel, governor of Judah saying: I will shake heaven and earth.]

17 The man who made the world a wilderness, (P) . . . [Footnote: Is. 15:6, For the waters of Nimrim will be desolate. For the green grass has withered away; the grass fails, there is nothing green. Joel 2:3, A fire devours before them, and behind them a flame burns; the land is like the garden of Eden before them, and behind them a desolate wilderness. Surely nothing shall escape them.]

Who overthrew (Q) . . . [Footnote: Ps. 52:7, Here is the man who did not make God his strength, but trusted in the abundance of his riches, and strengthened himself in his wickedness.]

Its cities and would not let his captives go home?” (R) . . . [Footnote: Ex. 7:14, So the LORD said to Moses, “Pharaoh’s heart is hard; he refuses to let the people go.” 2 Kings 15:29, In the days of Pekah king of Israel, Tiglath-Pileser king of Assyria came and took Ijon, Abel, Beth Maachah, Janoah, Kedesh, Hazor, Gilead, and Galilee, all the land Naphtali; and he carried them captive to Assyria. Jer. 50:33, Thus says the LORD of hosts, ”The children of Israel were oppressed, along with children of Judah; all who took them captive have held them fast; they refused to let them go. Rev. 18:18, And cried out when they saw the smoke of her burning, saying, What is like this great city?]

18 All the kings of the nations lie in state, each in his own tomb. (S) . . . [Footnote: Job 21:32, Yet he shall be brought to the grave, and a vigil kept over his tomb.]

THE GOOD BOOK IS TRUTH WE CAN LEARN AND OBEY

Now we have a clearer view of the enemy. The devil, Satan, is real. His evil is attacking our human hearts and minds. Evil has a brain. Good men cannot outsmart evil. Why? He’s not smart enough. Still human logic can team up against him to defeat him. The church is key.

In his book, The Good Book, Reading the Bible with the Mind and Heart, Chaplain Peter J. Gomes writes about Good People and Bad Things. He makes reference to Rabbi Harold Kushner’s book, Why Good People Do Bad Things while telling some case histories himself.

“We do not know what good is, and as Pontius Pilate asked half sincerely, half sardonically of Jesus, “What is truth?”, we ask “What is good?”. . . The Bible is filled with vivid images of people caught between the knowledge of what is good, and what is evil, and the inability to avoid the easy wrong, and to affirm the difficult right.” He said.

“John Habgood says, ‘All knowledge is ambiguous.’ Such knowledge is both good and bad. The forbidden fruit tree was called, ‘knowledge of good and evil’.

“Ignorance is not why good people do bad things, and knowledge itself does not itself prevent good people from doing bad things. Good people do bad things because by themselves they are not able to manipulate their knowledge of what is good in behalf of goodness and over against what is bad.”

“We must face the fact that our knowledge and our will, even our good intentions are not sufficient to prevent the good from doing bad . . . This is a concession to the reality of evil. We have to acknowledge that the good are not in control, and are usually out-witted and out-smarted by the forces of evil that surround them on every hand. To say this plainly:”

1. Evil is real.

2. The good are not as smart as they think they are.

3. And, the good need all the help they can get; one cannot be good on one’s own.”

“Therefore, those who would be righteous, or hunger or thirst after it, are and always have been Satan’s prime targets. Notice that the first encounter Jesus had after his baptism is with Satan himself. . . Live seriously knowing this – with evil working overtime, our being virtuous is no hobby.”
Chaplain Gomes said. (used with permission)

Yeshua-Jesus teaches us that we are the light of the world. Why? Because we have the Truth. Seriously living what our bibles show us to hear, think, pray, and do; we should know enough to obediently resist the enemy, with our family church, and suffer through to our victory. God will do the rest. Trust him.

GOOD NEWS!

Daniel 2:34 The eternal kingdom of God, the Messianic kingdom, will extend over all the earth, and those who reject Jesus, the Messiah, the Stone, will be crushed. See also Ps 118:22, 23; Is 8:14; Matt 21:44; Luke 20:18; 1 Pet 2:4-8. (Taken from today’s daily Bible reading, 12-5-15, Biblegateway.com)

May the LORD bless and keep you,
Charles Bundschu

@WordLifeJournal

WE ARE GOD’S NATION – The proof is found in worship

“The Cloisters” by Christoffer Wilhelm Eckersberg in 1853 (Wikipedia)

Can you just feel the calm, quiet, serenity here? It is not difficult to acknowledge our supreme Author and Finisher in this creation. And this leads me into sharing yesterdays anointed post . . . Worshippers find themselves an independent nation unto themselves: Praying for ‘United Israel’.

“THE PROOF OF THE PUDDING . . . IS IN THE EATING” – The Holy Eucharist

The thought of waking up from (yester-) today’s nap was fruitful, giving me this title: Such a thought comes to a clear conscience about the very discipline of devotion and application of daily worship. So what is a day worth to you? Today was wasted if you can’t remember the important things. This is what I remember as supporting my calling and mission . . .

It was Friday night that I viewed the EWTN program the Journey Home, where Father Dave Harris was interviewed by the host, Marcus Grodi. The father explained his conversion to Roman Catholicism. He said, “One thing was difficult to learn. The Sacrement of Penance and Reconcilliation (‘confession’).”

“What about the Eucharist?” Asked Marcus. [The Lord’s Supper, Holy Communion]

“The emphasis was made more clearly to me with the quote, Jesus said, ‘This is MY body.’  The proof is in the faith and in the word, how to interpret — not as a symbol, but the tradition of discerning reality, and catholic spirituality — connecting faith and reason, the Presence was so real to me.”

DEFINING OUR MISSION STATEMENT

Let me introduce my heartfelt passion for sharing the truth: Truth is the person of our Redeemer and Lord Jesus Christ. If we read what I think is the most practically inspiring interpretation of scripture, the Amplified Bible, we can learn to relate personally, and grow our faith. But, and this is an important but, scripture alone cannot do this. Only through the church communities, can worship be fully appreciation. The objective is simply to join physically–attending a local church community. And then helping others to do so.

WHAT CHURCH COMMUNITY MEANS

Today, I am not able to be active with the local Christian fellowship that my wife and I belong with. But the extended electronic wifi broadband has provided live participation. The exciting part is that the Holy Spirit is present in the whole operation. The personal worship at home may not be the same as sitting in a pew, but the worship from my heart is still being exercised and personally acknowledged by God.

Worship is learned by baptized believers that are led into agreement about the biblical doctrine (teaching). The Reformation has enabled believers to find agreement without the religious catechism dogma. Not that it is wrong or confusing, but that it is legalism and overly structured. Open-worship may find less formal and freer communities.

MY JOURNAL HAS RECORDED THE WORD OF GOD TO ME

I subscribe to the Bible-Gateway yearly program of the reading daily both the Old Covenant and the New Covenant [note: Testament is the same]. Today was a favorite. I am familiar with the references. And I read it slowly without being hurried, keeping a pen for noting thoughts.

After reading Jeremiah 37 through 39 about Jeremiah’s predictions of Israel’s defeat, and the only way to escape alive; the king’s response was brutal treatment of this prophet. My heart has difficulty accepting how stupidly the king is behaving without accepting God’s word.

I took no notes from the Old Covenant, but Hebrews 3 definitely spoke to me. Verse 6 said, “… But Christ (Messiah) is faithful as a Son over his [Father’s] house. And we are his house if we hold fast our confidence and our sense of triumph in our hope [in Christ].”

Verse 11, “So I swore [an oath] in my wrath, ‘they shall not enter my rest [the promised land]…But continually encourage one another as long as it is called ‘Today’ [and there is (still) an opportunity], so that none of you will be hardened* [into settled rebellion] by the deceitfulness of sin [its cleverness, delusive glamor, and sophistication].

For… partakers of Christ [sharing in all that the Messiah has for us], if only we hold firm our newborn confidence…able to enter his rest. [the Promised Land (soil)] – Because unbelief and unwillingness to trust God—hardened heart, rebellion.” (verse 19)

And *footnote for verse 12: “A wicked unbelieving heart [note: entire personality, mind, will, and emotions—where there is no pretense—the core of one’s being.”

THIS WORD IS POWERFULLY EXPLAINING GOD’S VIEW

I was inspired because of my thoughts about the ending of the last post I’ve made about the name of the site: Spiritual Soil Conservation. This title was just off the top of my head, thinking of the post I had written with theology401: Thoughtful Soil: Organizational Theory for Everything . . .

Then, because that title was so long, it had to be shortened, promisedsoil as a fitting label was made [I think a wordpress.com administrator made this up]. And I can still give God full credit here.

What can we agree the soil of the Promised Land is in the church? There must be a number of ideas here, but my heart is pointing to the objective of transforming my mind by renewal toward proving what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. (Romans 12:2)

AND GOD IS IN US BOTH TO WILL AND DO HIS PERFECT WILL

Our minds are subject to the world for its attraction and conformity. The temptation of following the popular and the available openings. Spiritual direction is the discipline provided by holy men and women in the church that can share powerfully how to follow them in the LORD. (Philippians 2:13)

Planting seeds of wisdom sprouts the fruit of love, and rootings of gifts of the Spirit, brings forth the fruits of the Spirit. Knowledge and faith brings forth joy and peace. “Adding to your faith, virtue… ” (2Peter2:5)

More to come, certainly . . . (even today’s devotion spoke to me, since I participated in a Eucharistic communion–I understand this now.)

The LORD bless and keep you,

Charles

Tea time is our tradition, my desk in mid-afternoon sunshine (the cup has been raptured)

WHAT ARE THE KEYS TO THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN?

This material is to become your masters thesis. What I am getting in my heart and soul, is the message the church needs to hear — it’s not new . . . and we need to write this on word . . .

Why the church (Catholic-Universal) still needs to hear! Because Jesus (Yeshua) is one Person and his Bride is also one person — in Him. The point we are hoping to make here: Get it together Church!

THE KEYS TO THE KINGDOM ARE NOT HARD TO UNDERSTAND

(KEYS TO THE KINGDOM, Dr. Bob Uzzel, Wayman Chapel, Ennis, Texas, from waymanennis.com Text: Matthew 16:13-20)


“Today, our focus is keys. See in my hand, a key from my key chain. Keys are so important to our everyday lives, as are key chains. Many of us have a key chain. In fact, having a key chain is a sign of becoming an adult. Doesn’t it frustrate you when you lose your set of keys?
Most of us have a car key and a house key. We have a key to open up our house, condo, or apartment and all the joy that we experience once we open that door. If we didn’t have such a key, this would be quite an inconvenience. We also have a key to our car or cars to open the door into that machine which takes us to all kinds of wonderful places. What if we didn’t have a key to our car and we were stuck in our garage, carport, or driveway? That would also be an inconvenience. But that car key opens not only the door to our car but the doors to so much in life.
Many have other keys—keys to our office, our building, our school. Often there are several keys that are connected with work. Sometimes we carry a master key. A master key will open numerous doors in the building.
There are important keys to doing your job. You have a set of keys to doing your job well. You have a set of keys that make your job run more smoothly. There are keys to effective and loving marriages. There are also keys to effective parenting. There are keys to effective and great friendships. Every relationship on earth has a set of keys.”

WELL WHAT ARE THEY AND HOW CAN WE USE THEM?

“In today’s text, Jesus talks to us about the keys of the kingdom. What are the keys of the kingdom? The answer to that question has caused endless debate and interpretation. The word, used here is “keys,” which is a plural word. Thus, we see that there is more than one key.
We remember the kingdom of God is Jesus’ primary teaching. We have listened to parables of the kingdom and teachings of the kingdom. We have also heard about the miracles of the kingdom. The kingdom is wherever Christ rules in a person, a home, and a nation. The kingdom is wherever and whenever the love of Christ rules in a person’s life.
One may ask the question “Within the kingdom, what are these two keys?” Jesus said: ”And whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” This saying was an Aramaic colloquial phrase. To “loose on earth” meant to declare a person to be released, loosed, or absolved. “To bind on earth” meant to declare that a person to be bound to the consequences of his or her sins. The phrase “to loose and to bind” was a common Jewish phrase in Jesus’ day. The rabbis of the day had that power to “loose and bind,” which meant to declare something allowed and to declare something forbidden.”

SOUNDS SIMPLE ENOUGH  – WHY SO HARD  TO DO?

“We also recall the similar words of Jesus in John 20:23 when Jesus appeared to the disciples after His Resurrection. Jesus said to His disciples, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven. If you retain the sins of any, they are retained.”
One may ask “What does this mean for our daily lives–to grant forgiveness and to withhold forgiveness?” We know that to grant forgiveness or absolution is crucially important. Forgiveness is letting go of sins, imperfections, and flaws. Whether of our spouse, our kids, our friends, our neighbors, our fellow church members. The list goes on and on. You cannot live with people harmoniously without the presence and power of forgiveness. The only kind of people in this world are sinful and imperfect people, including you and me, and we cannot live with people peacefully without forgiveness. Just as you use the key to your house and car several times a day, so also you need to use this key of forgiveness often, daily, endlessly, infinitely.
The second key is more difficult: “When we do withhold forgiveness?” This much more difficult for each one of us who know that we are not to be judgmental and that we are to forgive seventy-times seven or infinitely.”

NOW HERE IS THE DIVINE PERSPECTIVE

“At the same time, we hear the words of Jesus in John 20:23: “If you retain the sins of any, they are retained.” During World War II, Lutheran pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer wrote from a Nazi prison cell about cheap grace, which he defined as forgiveness without repentance, grace without the cross, grace without discipleship, grace without Jesus Christ living and incarnate. Quite relevant here might be the expression of “tough love.” That is, we and others need to see the consequences of our sins. We are not to protect someone who sins and does something stupid from the consequences of those stupid actions and decisions. Too often in life, we “enable” those people, grant forgiveness, tolerance, and acceptance too soon. We enable people to continue heavy drinking, use of illegal drugs, throwing temper tantrums, or living off someone’s generosity while not working or even looking for a job. Irresponsible people should not be encouraged to continue to live irresponsibly and not face the consequences of their sinful behavior. This is relevant to the topic of binding and loosing.
We must always be sure we have the right keys. I cannot use the key to my house to start my car. My car key will not open the door to my house. Those are two different keys that need to be used differently for different occasions. In the kingdom of God there are two keys: the key of forgiveness and the key of withholding forgiveness, which some call tough love. Those keys are not the same but both are important.The One we work for and with has placed in our hands the keys to the kingdom of heaven.”

JESUS STILL HAS SAY OVER ALL THINGS

“Setting aside centuries of ecclesiastical controversy over the meaning of this passage, we need to simply understand that our confidence in Jesus as the one who “has say over all things in heaven and in earth” (Matt. 28:18) can develop into practical access to the riches of the kingdom. These in turn make it possible for us to do the work we have to do and to live our lives in the strength, joy, and peace of Christ.
Having the keys is not a matter of controlling access to the kingdom, as is often thought. Keys do not mean the right to control access, but the enjoyment of access. Imagine a man who carefully kept his doors locked and his keys in hand, but never went into his house.”

HAVING ACCESS IS WHAT MATTERS

“Having access to the kingdom, living in it, is what matters. The meaning of Matt 16:19 is, therefore, not fundamentally different from Matt. 6:33: “Seek more than anything else to act with the kingdom of God and to have His kind of goodness, and all else you need will be added,” or Romans 8:32: “He who did not spare his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things” or the well-known Philippians 4:19: “And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.”

WE HAVE A KEY TO THE KEYS

“But if the abundance is here, enough even to defeat the “gates of hell,” why are we not thriving in it? The answer is that we have a key to the keys. The abundance of God to our lives, our families, and our ministries is not passively received or imposed and does not happen to us by chance, but is claimed and put into action by our active, intelligent pursuit of it. We must seek out ways to live and act in union with the flow of God’s kingdom life that should come through our relationship with Jesus Christ.”

That is a profound study i have benefitted from.

(More posts to come)

The Lord bless and keep you,

Charles @wordlifejournal