Spiritual Discernment

16Spiritual discernment:And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs (toads) come out of the mouth (edge of a weapon) of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet. Here are some hints for frog detection.

John Gill Daniel 2:27

Ver. 27. Daniel answered in the presence of the king,.... Boldly, and without fear: and said, the secret which the king hath demanded: so he calls it, to show that it was something divine, which came from God,

and could only be revealed by him, and was not to be found out by any art of man:
cannot the wise men, the
astrologers, the magicians, the soothsayers show unto the king;

this he premises to the revelation of the secret, not only to observe the unreasonableness of the king's demand upon them, and the injustice of putting men to death for it; but that the discovery of the whole might appear to be truly divine, and God might have all the glory; it being what no class of men whatever could ever have made known unto him.

The last word, rendered "soothsayers" {u}, is not used before; the Septuagint version leaves it untranslated, and calls them Gazarenes; and so Saadiah says, it is the name of a nation or people so called; but Jarchi takes them to be a sort of men that had confederacy with devils: the word signifies such that "cut" into parts, as the soothsayers, who cut up creatures, and looked into their entrails, and by them made their judgment of events; or as the astrologers, who cut and divide the heavens into parts, and by them divide future things; or determine, as Jacchiades says, what shall befall men; for the word is used also in the sense of determining or decreeing; hence, Saadiah says, some interpret it of princes, who by their words determine the affairs of kingdoms: by some it is rendered "fatalists" {w}, who declare to men what their fate will be; but neither of these could show this secret to the king.

NAB: 21 Gadarenes: this is the reading of Codex Vaticanus, supported by other important textual witnesses. The original reading of Codex Sinaiticus was Gazarenes, later changed to Gergesenes, and a few versions have Gerasenes. Each of these readings points to a different territory connected, respectively, with the cities Gadara, Gergesa, and Gerasa (modern Jerash). There is the same confusion of readings in the parallel texts, Mark 5:1 and Luke 8:26; there the best reading seems to be "Gerasenes," whereas "Gadarenes" is probably the original reading in Matthew. The town of Gadara was about five miles southeast of the Sea of Galilee, and Josephus (Life 9:42) refers to it as possessing territory that lay on that sea. Two demoniacs: Mark (5:1-20) has one.

Clement Stromata 1 Chapter XII.-The Mysteries of the Faith Not to Be Divulged to All.

But since this tradition is not published alone for him who perceives the magnificence of the word;

it is requisite, therefore, to hide in a mystery the wisdom spoken, which the Son of God taught.
Now, therefore, Isaiah the prophet has his tongue purified by fire, so that he may be able to tell the vision.

And we must purify not the tongue alone, but also the ears, if we attempt to be partaken of the truth.

In Matthew 13 Jesus said that truth had been hidden in parables from the foundation of the world. The purpose was to keep those who do not love the truth from having access to it. Whey they use the Word it is like turning a shotgun backward and shooting themselves in their own face. Thus, God makes a laughing stock, buffon or theatrical performer out of them. The self-seekers think that people are laughing with him but they are laughing at him perhaps without knowing why. In Isaiah 48 the Word is hidden in symbolic language to keep the mercinary "prophets" from being able to predict certain events and take the glory for themselves. In this they are the personificaiton of the devil who "speaks on his own."

Wherefore the hearers are not permitted to apply the test of comparison.
Nor is the word, given for investigation, to be committed to those who have been reared in the arts of all kinds of words,
and in the power of inflated attempts at proof; whose minds are already pre-occupied,

But whoever chooses to banquet on faith, is stedfast for the reception of the divine words, having acquired already faith as a power of judging, according to reason. Hence ensues to him persuasion in abundance. And this was the meaning of that saying of prophecy, "If ye believe not, neither shall ye understand." [ Isa. vii. 9.] [Citation]

Such were the impediments in the way of my writing. And even now I fear, as it is said, "to cast the pearls before swine, lest they tread them under foot, and turn and rend us." 

For it is difficult to exhibit the really pure and transparent words respecting the true light, to swinish and untrained hearers. For scarcely could anything which they could hear be more ludicrous than these to the multitude; nor any subjects on the other hand more admirable or more inspiring to those of noble nature.
"But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God; for they are foolishness to him."

But the wise do not utter with their mouth what they reason in council. "But what ye hear in the ear," says the Lord, "proclaim upon the houses; " bidding them receive the secret traditions of the true knowledge,

and expound them aloft and conspicuously; and as we have heard in the ear, so to deliver them to whom it is requisite;  but not enjoining us to communicate to all without distinction, what is said to them in parables. But there is only a delineation in the memoranda, which have the truth sowed sparse  and broadcast, that it may escape the notice of those who pick up seeds like jackdaws; but when they find a good husbandman, each one of them will germinate and produce corn.
In the treasuries of wisdom are wise sayings, but godliness is an abomination to a sinner. Ecclu 1:25.
If you desire wisdom,
keep the commandments, and the Lord will supply it for you. Ecclu 1: 26.

For the fear of the Lord is wisdom and instruction, and he delights in fidelity and meekness. Ecclu 1: 27.
Do not disobey the fear of the Lord; do not approach him with a divided mind. Ecclu 1: 28.

Be not a hypocrite in men's sight, and keep watch over your lips.
Ecclu 1: 29.
Do not exalt yourself lest you fall
, and thus bring dishonor upon yourself.
The Lord will reveal your secrets and cast you down in the midst of the congregation,
because you did not come in the fear of the Lord, and your
heart was full of deceit. Ecclu 1: 30.

Acts 2:38 and 1 Peter 3:21 Receiving A holy spirit

Acts 2:38 Then Peter said unto them,
        Repent, and be baptized every one of you
        in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins,
        and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.

1 Peter 3:21 The like figure [pattern to be imitated] whereunto even baptism doth also now save us
        (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh,
        but the answer of a good conscience toward God,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ:

Here, the holy spirit is Paul's spirit made holy or set aside by Christ the Spirit. As Christ told the other apostles that He would guide them, He also told Paul that the "blinders" of his own spirit would be removed. Conscience means:

Suneidesis ((g4893) soon-i'-day-sis; from a prol. form of 4894; co-perception, i.e. moral consciousness; - conscience.

Suneido (g4894) soon-i'-do; from 4862 and 1492; to see completely; used (like its prim.) only in two past tenses, respectively mean. to understand or become aware, and to be conscious or (clandestinely) informed of:- consider, know, be privy, be ware of.

I speak the truth in Christ--I am not lying, my conscience confirms it in the Holy Spirit Rom 9:1

Ephesians
If so be that ye have heard him,
        and have been taught by him,

        as the truth is in Jesus
: Eph 4:21
That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man,
        which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; Eph 4:22     
        And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;  Eph 4:23
And that ye put on the new man,
        which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness. Eph 4:24
Wherefore putting away lying,
        speak every man truth with his neighbour
:
        for we are members one of another. Eph 4:25

2 Peter

According as his divine power hath given unto us all things
        that pertain unto life and godliness,
        through the knowledge of him
that hath called us to glory and virtue: 2 Peter 1:3

Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises:
        that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature
,
        having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. 2 Peter 1:4

And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue, knowledge; 2 Peter 1:5

First John

And we know that we are of God,
        and the whole world lieth in wickedness. 1 Jn 5:19
And we know that the Son of God is come,
        and hath given us an understanding,
        that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ.
        This is the true God, and eternal life. 1 Jn. 5:20

 


Spiritual discernment is promised as the "gift of the Holy Spirit" which is granted when we ask for it at Baptism. Without spiritual discernment we would be like the Israelites who were blinded at Mount Sinai and remained so until they turned to Christ as "another prophet like Moses" to remedy their rejection of God's Word or Covenant through Moses.

DO we begin again to commend ourselves? or need we, as some others, epistles of commendation to you, or letters of commendation from you? 2 Cor 3:1

Ye are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read of all men:2 Cor 3:2

Forasmuch as ye are manifestly declared to be the epistle of Christ ministered by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone, but in fleshy tables of the heart. 2 Cor 3:3

And such trust have we through Christ to Godward: 2 Cor 3:4
Not that we are sufficient of ourselves
to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God; 2 Cor 3:5

Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter (Law of Moses), but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life. 2 Cor 3:6

But if the ministration of death, written and engraven in stones, was glorious, so that the children of Israel could not stedfastly behold the face of Moses for the glory of his countenance; which glory was to be done away: 2 Cor 3:7

How shall not the ministration of the spirit be rather glorious? 2 Cor 3:8

For if the ministration of condemnation be glory, much more doth the ministration of righteousness exceed in glory. 2 Cor 3:9
For even that which was made glorious
had no glory in this respect, by reason of the glory that excelleth. 2 Cor 3:10
For if that which is done away was glorious, much more that which remaineth is glorious. 2 Cor 3:11

Seeing then that we have such hope, we use
great plainness of speech: 2 Cor 3:12

And not as Moses, which put a vail over his face, that the children of Israel could not stedfastly look to the end of that which is abolished: 2 Cor 3:13

But their minds were blinded:for until this day remaineth the same vail untaken away in the reading of the old testament; which vail is done away in Christ. 2 Cor 3:14
         But even unto this day, when Moses is read, the vail is upon their heart. 2 Cor 3:15

         Nevertheless, when it shall turn to the Lord, the vail shall be taken away. 2 Cor 3:16

Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. 2 Cor 3:17

But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord. 2 Cor 3:18

Theophilus of Antioch on the Trinity: Chapter II.-That the Eyes of the Soul Must Be Purged Ere God Can Be Seen.

But if you say, "Show me thy God," I would reply, "Show me yourself, [Literally, "your man;" the invisible soul, as the noblest part of man, being probably intended.] and I will show you my God." Show, then, that

the eyes of your soul are capable of seeing, and
the
ears of your heart able to hear;

for as those who look with the
eyes of the body perceive earthly objects and what concerns this life,

and discriminate at the same time between things that differ, whether light or darkness, white or black, deformed or beautiful, well-proportioned and symmetrical or disproportioned and awkward, or monstrous or mutilated; and as in like manner also, by the sense of hearing, we discriminate either sharp, or deep, or sweet sounds;

so the same holds good regarding the eyes of the soul and the ears of the heart, that it is by them we are able to behold God.

For God is seen by those who are enabled to see Him when they have the eyes of their soul opened:

for all have eyes; but in some they are overspread, [The techincal word for a disease of the eye, like cataract.] and do not see the light of the sun.

Yet it does not follow, because the blind do not see, that the light of the sun does not shine;

but let the blind blame themselves and their own eyes.
So also thou, O man, hast the
eyes of thy soul overspread by thy sins and evil deeds. As a burnished mirror, so ought man to have his soul pure.

When there is rust on the mirror, it is not possible that a man's face be seen in the mirror; so also when there is sin in a man, such a man cannot behold God. Do you, therefore, show me yourself, whether you are not an adulterer, or a fornicator, or a thief, or a robber, or a purloiner; whether you do not corrupt boys; whether you are not insolent, or a slanderer, or passionate, or envious, or proud, or supercilious; whether you are not a brawler, or covetous, or disobedient to parents; and whether you do not sell your children;

for to those who do these things God is not manifest, unless they have first cleansed themselves from all impurity. All these things, then, involve you in darkness, as when a filmy defluxion on the eyes prevents one from beholding the light of the sun: thus also do iniquities, 0 man, involve you in darkness, so that you cannot see God.

Spiritual discernment, however, is a fragile thiing: it is like the 'strait gate' which has so many hucksters standing around that it is hard to find. For instance, Livy wrote:

"What else do you suppose it was that they were afraid of at that time, and would today gladly upset,
        except the
harmony of the two orders,

        which they look upon as most of all calculated to
destroy their power?

"They are, really, like so many quack doctors looking for work, always anxious to find some diseased spot in the republic that there may be something which you can call them in to cure."

"Just as masters forbid strangers to hold any communication with their slaves, and think it right that they should abstain from showing them either kindness or unkindness,

so you interdict the patricians from all dealings with the plebs, lest we should appeal to their feelings by our graciousness and generosity and secure their loyalty and obedience. Livy, Book 5:1

This may be why Christ through John Warned:

And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs (toads) come out of the mouth (edge of a weapon) of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet. Re 16:13

The task of the false triad are "spirits of demons." The task is to "work miracles" to gather the "kings" of the earth where they will be defeated.

About 1255 London

"The depiction of the great red dragon and the leopardlike beast is based on details provided in the text. The artist represents the false prophet, whose physical appearance is not described, with a beaked nose, simian body, cloven hooves, and diabolical-looking red talons. With splay-legged frogs flying from their mouths, these three creatures confront Saint John, who stands to the left. He raises his left arm in defense while with his right hand he pulls on his forehead, as if he must force his eyes open to witness the terrors that have come to the earth as part of the Last Judgment. This gesture draws attention to the saint's large open eyes, emphasizing the role of sight in visionary experience." Getty Edu.

See Adam Clarks "simian" role for the Nachash or "whispering spirit" in the garden of Eden. And the Hephaestus and baboon connection. Hespaestus is Vulcan or "Tubal-Cain" the descendant of Cain and half brother of Jubal.

The frogs created by the miracle workers in Egypt were called "marsh-leapers." It comes from a word meaning to "skip about." They will come hpping into your house, bedchamber, thy bed, thy people and they ovens. In short, they are uninvited and detestable but they take over.

An Egyptian goddess, Heqa, was represented as having a frog head.

These kings for an hour are really frogs and they are not what they are quacked up to be. They are-

"Quacks were represented as frogs and were associated metaphorically with serpents." (Vine) (Marsh-leapers in Hebrew)

They are spirits of demons performing miraculous signs, and they go out to the kings of the whole world, to gather them for the battle on the great day of God Almighty. Revelation 16:14

1139. daimoni÷zomai daimonizomai, dahee-mon-id´-zom-ahee; middle voice from 1142; to be exercised by a dćmon: — have a (be vexed with, be possessed with) devil(-s).

Daimonios , a, on: also os, on A.Th.892, Lys.6.32, OGI383.175 (Commagene):—
2. of persons, “ d. hōs alēthōs kai thaumastōId.Smp.219b; ho peri toiauta sophos d. anēr ib.203a; “daimonios tēn sophianLuc.Philops.32: Comp. “-ōterosD.C.53.8.


Plat. Sym. 202e “‘A great spirit, Socrates: for the whole of the spiritual1 is between divine and mortal.’

“‘Possessing what power?’ I asked.

“‘Interpreting and transporting human things to the gods and divine things to men; entreaties and sacrifices from below, and ordinances and requitals from above: being midway between, it makes each to supplement the other, so that the whole is combined in one. Through it are conveyed all divination [epōdē] and priestcraft concerning sacrifice and ritual

1 Daimones and to daimonion represent the mysterious agencies and influences by which the gods communicate with mortals.
Plat. Sym. 203a and incantations, and all soothsaying and sorcery. God with man does not mingle: but the spiritual is the means of all society and converse of men with gods and of gods with men, whether waking or asleep. Whosoever has skill [ sophos] in these affairs is a spiritual man to have it in other matters, as in common arts and crafts, is for the mechanical. Many and multifarious are these spirits, and one of them is Love.’
Note 203a zvIn Hippocr. de morb. sacr. p. 591 the manteis and kathartai are witch-doctors, claiming control of the elements, as rain-makers, etc. (katharmous prospherontes kai epaoidas... perikathairōn kai mageuōn...te kai thuōn selēnēn te kathairēsei kai hēlion aphaniei kai kheimōna kai eudiēn poiēsei ktl.): cp. 197 C n.

magga^n-eia , ,
A. [select] trickery, esp. of magical arts, Pl.Lg.908d; magganeiai kai epōdai ib.933a; “periapta kai m.Ph.2.267, Gal.11.792; “tēs Kirkēs m.Them.Or.26.330b, cf. Jul.Gal.340a; m. mageirikai, of meretricious cookery, Ath.1.9c.

A allē de (pharmakeia magganeiais te tisi kai epōdais
labōn ta pharmaka kai tas epōdas...magganeuei kai phenakizei.

Plat. Sym. 203d

Thaumasto (wonder working)
Sophos , ē, on, A. skilled in any handicraft or art, clever, harmatēlatas s. Pi.P.5.115, cf. N.7.17; “kubernētēsA.Supp.770; “mantisId.Th.382; “oiōnothetasS.OT484 (lyr.); of a sculptor, E.Fr.372; even of hedgers and ditchers, Margites Fr.2; but in this sense mostly of poets and musicians, Pi.O.1.9, P.1.42, 3.113; en kithara s.

Sophon: sophia , Ion. -, h(, prop. A. cleverness or skill in handicraft and art, as in carpentry, tektonos, hos rha te pasēs eu eidē s. Il.15.412; of the Telchines, Pi.O.7.53; entekhnos s., of Hephaestus and Athena, Pl.Prt.32 1d; of Daedalus and Palamedes, X.Mem.4.2.33, cf. 1.4.2; in music and singing, tekhnē kai s. h.Merc.483, cf. 511; in poetry, Sol.13.52, Pi.O.1.117, Ar.Ra.882, X.An.1.2.8, etc.; in driving, Pl. Thg.123c; in medicine or surgery, Pi.P.3.54; in divination, S.OT 502

Working Poieo to make or produce. Bring something new in existence  4. after Hom., of Poets, compose, write, p. dithurambon, epea, Hdt.1.23, 4.14; “p. theogoniēn HellēsiId.2.53; p. Phaidran, Saturous, Ar.Th.153, 157; p. kōmōdian, tragōdian, etc., Pl.Smp.223d; “palinōdianIsoc.10.64, Pl.Phdr.243b, etc.; “poiēmataId.Phd.60d: abs., write poetry, write as a poet


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g1140. daimo/nion daimonion, dahee-mon´-ee-on; neuter of a derivative of 1142; a dćmonic being; by extension a deity: — devil, god.

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Polemeo
(g4170) pol-em-eh'-o; from 4171; to be (engaged) in warfare, i.e. to battle (lit. or fig.):- fight, (make) war.

[ . . . ] )8[ . . . ] 19[ . . . which ] 20[,, . they shall write . . . the trumpets of Col. 3 the battle formations, and the trumpets for assembling them when the gates of the war are opened so that the infantry might advance, the trumpets for the signal of the slain, the trumpets of 2 the ambush, the trumpets of pursuit when the enemy is defeated, and the trumpets of reassembly when the battle returns. War Rule Dead Sea Scroll

Polemic is from the Greek "polemikos" and means a war:"to shake, cause to tremble, dispute, controversial, argumentative. A polimicist is one "skilled in making war." (Webster) (I.e. a skilled change agent)

For this reason Christ came into the world to free believers so that they can both understand His mysteries and be able to tell a "prince from a frog." The new language of "praise" is really the erotic language of self gratification even if it means, as one fellow claimed, having sexual intercourse with God. John warns those stripped naked of the Word:

Behold, I come like a thief! Blessed is he who stays awake and keeps his clothes with him, so that he may not go naked and be shamefully exposed." Revelation 16:15

The test of a non-frog spirit is that he doesn't leap around and croak. He doesn't try to soar like a mountain over the "little hills" selling polemic skills, even making problems so that he can get paid for curing them. Spiritual discernment is the only way to keep them from "lading" you with burdens like pack animals.

THE MARKS OF THE QUACK SPIRITS

2 Peter  1:20 Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.

Discernment comes from giving heed to the word: private interpretation is done by rhetorical or mechanical devices. A musical instrument is defined as a machine for doing hard work mostly in MAKING WAR or polemics or creating the shock and awe of religious spectacle.

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Epilusis (g1955)ep-il'-oo-sis; from 1956; explanation, i.e. application: - interpretation.
Epiluo (g1956) ep-ee-loo'-o; from 1909 and 3089; to solve further, i.e. (fig.) to explain, decide: - determine, expound. 

Epi-lusis,  A. a Release from fear. A.The.134. 2. solution, sophismatôn. explanation, 2 Ep.Pet.1.20

[A].  Almost by definition even godly preachers are forced to "release the congregation from fear." Evil preachers lie and force people to violate the Bible and all known evidence by imposing musical instruments by RELEASING them from fear. 

Mic. 2:11 If a man walking in the spirit and falsehood do lie, saying, I will prophesy unto thee of wine and of strong drink; he shall even be the prophet of this people. 

GOD'S WORD Translation
Liars and frauds may go around and say, "We will preach to you about wine and liquor." They would be just the type of preacher you want.

Sophis-teia, sophistry, mantikę, of Balaam, mantikę means divination, soothsayer

Playto, Cratylus says "the part of appropriative, coercive, hunting art which hunts animals, land animals, tame animals, man, privately, for pay, is paid in cash, claims to give education, and is a hunt after rich and promising youths, must--so our present argument concludes--be called sophistry.

MECHANE 3.theatrical machine by which gods, etc., were made to appear in the air, II. any artificial means or contrivance for doing a thing, of any work requiring skill or art, crate an arousal or epephanęs
Epiphaino make the gods or spirits appear
Māchĭnāmentum  I.a machine, engine; an instrument, organ 
Orgănum , i, n., = organon, Of musical instruments, a pipe, Quint. 11, 3, 20; 9, 4, 10; Juv. 6, 3, 80; Vulg. Gen. 4, 21; id. 2 Par. 34, 12 et saep.--Of hydraulic engines, an organ, water-organ: organa hydraulica,

Jubal handled musical instruments meaning "without authority."

Organon , to, ( [ergon, erdô]  3. musical instrument,   ; homendi' organôn ekęlei anthrôpous, of Marsyas, Pl.Smp.215c ; aneu organôn psilois logois ibid., cf. Plt.268b ; o. poluchordaId.R.399c , al.; met'ôidęskaitinônorganôn Phld.Mus.p.98K. ; of the pipe,
Plt.268b  Plato, Statesman: [268b] and he alone knows the midwife's science of aiding at the birth of their offspring. Moreover, so far as the nature of the creatures allows them to enjoy sport or music, no one can enliven or soothe them better than he; whether with instruments or merely with his voice he performs the music best suited to his own herd; and the same applies to the other herdsmen. Is not that the case?
Suited: Tropos,  IV. in Music, like harmonia, a particular mode, Audiost. Pi.O.14.17   ôidę stropos, mousikęs tropoi,   dithurambikoi t. (distd. fr. ęthos) Phld.Mus.p.9K.; ho harmoni kostęs mousikęs t. Aristid.Quint.1.12 , cf. 2.1; of art in general, pantestęseikastikęs t. Phld.Po.5.7 
Ergon1. in Il. mostly of works or deeds of war, polemęďa   theskelos , on, Ep. Adj. perh. A.set in motion by God ( [kellô] ), and so marvellous, wondrous, always of things, th. erga deeds or works of wonder, Il.3.130, Od.11.610; theskelaeidôs Call. Fr.anon.385: neut. Adv., eďktodetheskelonautôi it was wondrous like him, Il.23.107; prob. taken by later poets as,= God-inspired ( [keleuô] ), th. Hermęs Coluth.126
Ekęlei  kęl-eô, A. charm, bewitch, beguile, esp. by music, koręn humnoisi E.Alc.359 ; ôidais Pl.Ly.206b ; kęlôntęiphônęihôsper OrpheusId.Prt.315a , cf.Luc.Ind.12; houtôsekęlei, of Pericles as an orator, Eup.94.6; epaidôn k. charm by incantation, Pl.Phdr.267d; tôimekęlęseistropôi; Achae.17.2; of bribery, Theopomp.Com.30:--Pass., kęleitaiaoidais 

The Secret of Safety delivered by Lord Jesus Christ

Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; John 8:31

And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. John 8:32

And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me. Lu 24:44

Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures. Lu 24:45

And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day: Lu 24:46

And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. Lu.24:47

Jesus didn't prescribe as worship what we nornally do like the Synagogue which was school or learning center and not "worship center." Worship is clearly defined throughout the New Testament as giving attendance to the reading of the Word and meditating on it. "Singing" is not the operative word. Rather, "speaking" the revealed word as it has been delivered is the only way to keep the quacks, frogs or marsh-leepers out of your pulpit. Spiritual discern grows only by giving heed to the Word of Christ and meditating on it.

However, the Spirit prophesied:

NOW the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing (roving tramps) spirits, and doctrines of devils; 1 Timothy 4:1

Speaking lies in hypocrisy (actors); having their conscience seared with a hot iron; 1 Timothy 4:2

There were many listed errors but the solution for all was:

If thou put the brethren in remembrance of these things, thou shalt be a good minister of Jesus Christ, nourished up in the words of faith and of good doctrine, whereunto thou hast attained. 1 Timothy 4:6

But refuse profane and old wives fables (myths spun for "tutition"), and exercise thyself rather unto godliness. 1 Timothy 4:7

Clement:Chapter VI.-By Divine Inspiration Philosophers Sometimes Hit on the Truth.

"A great crowd of this description rushes on my mind, introducing, as it were, a terrifying apparition of strange demons, speaking of fabulous and monstrous shapes, in old wives' talk. Far from enjoining men to listen to such tales are we, who avoid the practice of soothing our crying children, as the saying is, by telling them fabulous stories, being afraid of fostering in their minds the impiety professed by those who,

though wise in their own conceit, have no more knowledge of the truth than infants.

For why (in the name of truth!) do you make those who believe you subject to ruin and corruption, dire and irretrievable? Why, I beseech you, fill up life with idolatrous images, by feigning the winds, or the air, or fire, or earth, or stones, or stocks, or steel, or this universe, to be gods; and, prating loftily of the heavenly bodies in this much vaunted science of astrology, not astronomy, to those men who have truly wandered, talk of the wandering stars as gods?

It is the Lord of the spirits, the Lord of the fire, the Maker of the universe, Him who lighted up the sun, that I long for.

I seek after God, not the works of God.

A beautiful breathing instrument (Psalm 150) of music the Lord made man, after His own image. And He Himself also, surely, who is the supramundane Wisdom, the celestial Word, is the all-harmonious, melodious, holy instrument of God.

What, then, does this instrument-the Word of God, the Lord, the New Song-desire?

To open the eyes of the blind, and unstop the ears of the deaf, and to lead the lame or the erring to righteousness, to exhibit God to the foolish, to put a stop to corruption, to conquer death, to reconcile disobedient children to their father.

The instrument of God loves mankind. The Lord pities, instructs, exhorts, admonishes, saves, shields, and of His bounty promises us the kingdom of heaven as a reward for learning; and the only advantage He reaps is, that we are saved. For wickedness feeds on men's destruction; but truth, like the bee, harming nothing, delights only in the salvation of men.

Again the Spirit speaks expressly:

THIS know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. 2 Tim 3:1

For men shall be lovers of their own selves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 2 Tim 3:2

Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, 2 Tim 3:3

Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; 2 Tim 3:4

Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof:from such turn away. 2 Tim 3:5

For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, 2 Tim 3:6

Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge (full discernment) of the truth. 2 Tim 3:7

The Frog or Beast People against the Lamb People

The Bible shows that there are two "species" flocking around the world:the first are just flesh: beasts of the field much like those in the garden of Eden of which the serpent was the slickest, most cunning and also "the most naked."

There are a tiny few who have their own selves sucked dry of "demons" so that the Spirit of God or the Mind of Christ can get inside.

To the first, Christ spoke in parables because, as Isaiah 48 shows, they would just "repackage and dilute" the Word and retail it for a living. They can recite the Word well enough to sell it but they don't know that they are mixing a deadly poison by adding "as much of the world to attract the world."

And great multitudes were gathered together unto him, so that he went into a ship, and sat; and the whole multitude stood on the shore. Mt.13:2

All these things spake Jesus unto the multitude in parables; and without a parable spake he not unto them:Mt.13:34

And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables? Mt.13:10

He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given. Mt 13:11

For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance:but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath. Matt 13:12

Therefore speak I to them in parables:because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand. Mt.13:13

And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive: Matt 13:14

For this peoples heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them. Matt 13:15

But blessed are your eyes, for they see:and your ears, for they hear. Matt 13:16

To the latter, Christ gives the power of co-perception. They can understand the parable nature of the Word which God used "from the foundation of the world" to hide the Word from the "flood of words from Satan." A clean conscience is like a "clean house" not contaminated by self-doubt sold by the declaimers as "spiritual anxiety created by religious ritual" but one swept clean of the demons so that a right spirit can live inside able to know a frog when he sees one.

Basil wrote about illumination.

Paul Told us Who has the Treasure Chest

FOR I would that ye knew what great conflict I have for you, and for them at Laodicea, and for as many as have not seen my face in the flesh; Col 2:1

That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgement of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ; Col 2:2

But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. 2 Co.11:3

Beguiled is "para logic."

Nasha (h5377) naw-shaw'; a prim. root; to lead astray, i. e. (mentally) to delude, or (morally) to seduce: - beguile, deceive, * greatly, * utterly.

Having eyes full of adultery, and that cannot cease from sin; beguiling unstable souls: an heart they have exercised with covetous practices; cursed children: 2 Pe.2:14

Note that this is not a trinity of God, Father and Christ. Rather, God manifests Himself in many forms. Here it is--


Father

God or Deity is



Christ

There is no mystery if we look at this without discernment and are beguilde. However, it takes discernment to see the clear "pea under the shell" that pure Deity is One but is manifested in three primary ways.

Musterion (g3466) moos-tay'-ree-on; (to shut the mouth); a secret or "mystery" (through the idea of silence imposed by initiation into religious rites):- mystery

In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. Col 2:3
        And this I say, lest any
man should beguile you with enticing words. Col 2:4

Performers will direct you to a "temple" ritual of pomp, music and sacrifice. It can bring tears to your eyes. However, God made us to live in a physical world and we cannot "ascend to God" or "bring Christ down" in ceremony. We worship "in spirit" or in the Mind. Our pattern is a human image of God never self-seeking and, to the watching world, the vilest of criminals needed to hang like meat so that everyone can look upon Him. However, "on the cross" is the only way we can look upon God:we cannot have a legalistic, exhilarating good time in worship as if we are already in heaven.

Beguilement comes from a "parallel word" or system of religion. It means "para-logic." It looks real but all of the "thesaurus" is hidden in Christ. If you listen to the "chicken soup" concocted out of the cabbage heads of the world you will be mis-directed. You know, like a magician. You are certain that you saw the Statue of Liberty disappear before your eyes. But you cannot see or listen to two things at the same time. If false teachers can direct you to yourself, themselves or the conditions of the world you cannot possible see Jesus.

They will likely say that they preach just Jesus and Him crucified. However, if you look to the hidden treasures you will determine that these people are making fools of you by claiming that you are "still carnal" and not ready to eat spititual meat.

The Gift of A holy spirit:the power of Spiritual Discernment of God's Word which is Spirit.

Paul in 1 Cor 2 makes it clear that there are no mind readers. There is no one who can tell when you are lying. However, a believer is given the power of discernment simply because the veil is lifted into the Most Holy place or the mirror has been wiped clean of those who fog it up with hot air.

New Testament spiritual blessings are prefigured in Old Testament events. The gift of the holy spirit of God in building the Tabernacle is defined in Exodus:

See, I have called by name Bezaleel the son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah:Exodus 31:2

Becalel (h1212) bets-al-ale'; prob. from 6738 and 410 with prep. pref.; in (the) shadow (i. e. protection) of God; Betsalel; the name of two Isr.:- Bezaleel.

And I have filled him with the spirit of God, in wisdom, and in understanding, and in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship Exodus 31:3

Bezaleel had a human spirit or mind created with the power of a "new man" who could work in gold, silver and brass and other skills "that they may make all that I have commanded thee."

Of the Messiah who will be Jehovah-Saves the builder of the true Tabernacle in heaven and the church on earth:

AND there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots: Isaiah 11:1

And the spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord; Isaiah 11:2

And shall make him of quick understanding (spiritual) in the fear of the Lord:and he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of his ears: Isaiah 11:3

If the great Lord is willing,

he will be filled with the spirit of understanding;
he will
pour forth words of wisdom and give thanks to the Lord in prayer. See Isaiah Ecclesiasticus 39:6.
He will direct his counsel and knowledge aright,
and
meditate on his secrets. Ecclesiasticus 39:7.

The gift of God's Spirit in a spiritual sense is the regenerating of the old human spirit to make it fit for God's use. Just as Bezaleel was "born again" as a skilled craftsman, the Christian believer has a new spirit or mind able to approach God in the "temple" of the heart.

Peter used different words to show how the sanctified heart happens when our body is washed with water:

The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us

(not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the request for a good conscience toward God,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ:1 Peter 3:21

In baptism we have our own "vessel" washed in pure water and God sanctifies our spirit to make it suitable for His use. That is, God "sprinkles" Christ's "blood" or the merit of His blood on our spirit which is that which serves Him.

Paul also connected the Gift of the Spirit to Baptism and Crossing the Red Sea.

The blood of Christ was shed in type when the lamb was slain.

After the literal "Passover", Paul says of the passage through the Red Sea:

They were all baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea. 1 Cor 10:2

They all ate the same spiritual food 1 Cor 10:3
and
drank the same spiritual drink;
        for they drank from the
spiritual rock that accompanied them,
        and that rock
was Christ. 1 Cor 10:4

Becoming Co-Perceivers with the Mind of Christ, the Holy Spirit

Satan does his work best with the new code word:The Core Gospel. By deliberately lifting Paul's comments to Corinth out of context, Satan sows the "tares" which prevent the Word of God from developing. Paul decided to "preach just Christ and Him crucified" was the use of irony to insult the Corinthians who never rose aboe veing carnal. To those who were "weaned" or "perfected" it was possible to feed the "meat" of spirit-developing doctrine.

Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is OF God; 
that we might know
the things that are freely given to us of God. 1 Corinthians 2:12 

Which things also we speak, not in the words which mans wisdom teacheth, 
but (words) which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. 1 Corinthians 2:13 I speak the truth in Christ--I am not lying,
my conscience confirms it in the Holy Spirit Rom 9:1

Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered without the gate. Let us go forth therefore unto him without the camp, bearing his reproach.

For here have we no continuing city, but we seek one to come. By him therefore let us

offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to his name. Hebrews 13:12-15

The "gospel only" keeps on sowing the seed but once the "seed" has germinated by hearing the Word by faith, it needs to advance beyond childish "milk."

For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat. Hebrews 5:12

For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness:for he is a babe. Hebrews 5:13

A babe is a minor infant. Figuratively it is a simple-minded person or an immature Christian. Those still fed on milk after the first principles are understood are hungering and thirsting for the Word of God and cannot find it. In several examples in the Old Testament performance music was used to "take away the key to knowledge."

From 1:2 milk is seen as only Christ and Him crucified. Until the Corinthians clear their minds of the Pagan idolatry notion that the oracles, priests and interpreters were super-stars was Christian not, it would be useless to go beyond and feed them the deep spiritual meat of the Word of God.

But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil Hebrews 5:14

"Exercised" is a gymnasium practice where one becomes "naked" of everything which hinders. The exercises are not "spiritual" in the warm-fuzzy or "chicken soup" sense but to become spiritual must have their perception or senses exercised.

Aistheterion (g145) ahee-sthay-tay'-ree-on; from a der. of 143; prop. an organ of perception, i.e. (fig.) judgment:- senses.

When you do not let it sink down into your ears, the result is predictable:

Then there arose a reasoning among them, which of them should be greatest. Luke 9:46

A clear conscience means more than freedom from a guilty feeling. Without a guilty feeling all of the obscacles to discernment are cleared away. As a result, we are able to see "over the horizon" which is deliberately hidden within the revealed Word and reserved for the exclusive use of believers.

The clear conscience which we ask from God at baptism clears off the obstacles of a carnal brain and gives one's senses a co-perception of spiritual things:

The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us

(not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the request for a good conscience toward God,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ:1 Peter 3:21

Suneidesis (g4893) soon-i'-day-sis; from a prol. form of 4894; co- perception, i.e. moral consciousness; - conscience.

Suneido (g4894) soon-i'-do; from 4862 and 1492; to see completely; used (like its prim.) only in two past tenses, respectively mean. to understand or become aware, and to be conscious or (clandestinely) informed of: - consider, know, be privy, be ware of.

For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. Colossians 2: 9
And ye are complete
in him, which is the head of all principality and power: Colossians 2:10

In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands,

When?: in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh
How?: by
the circumcision of Christ: Colossians 2:11
Buried with him in baptism
, [b] wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead. Col 2:12

Jeremiah 6:10 To whom shall I speak, and give warning, that they may hear?
           behold, their ear is uncircumcised,
           and they cannot hearken:
           behold, the word of the Lord is unto them a reproach;
           they have no delight in it.

Any Bible believer knows the spiritual high of having a "clear conscience" promised only by turning to Christ in baptism. This does not mean "preacher-absolved guilt from sin." Rather, it means to be able to understand the Word when we read it and grasp the 'mystery' which Christ was hidden from the foundation of the world in parables.

I speak the truth in Christ--I am not lying, my conscience confirms it in the Holy Spirit Rom 9:1

Here, the holy spirit is Paul's spirit made holy or set aside by Christ the Spirit.

As Christ told the other apostles that He would guide them, He also told Paul that the "blinders" of his own spirit would be removed.

Mandaeands Sabians Iraq Christians

"Sabian" is a word derived from the Aramaic-Mandic verb "Saba" which means "baptised" or "dyed", "immersed in water". "dMandaeans" is derived from "menda" which means in the mandiac language "knowledge".

Thus, "Mandaean Sabians" means those who are baptised and who know the religion of God.

Clement of Alexandria in Stromata notes that co-perception is not automatic:

Here he terms the Babylonians wise. And that Scripture calls every secular science or art by the one name wisdom (there are other arts and sciences invented over and above by human reason), and that artistic and skilful invention is from God, will be clear if we adduce the following statement:

"And the Lord spake to Moses, See, I have called Bezaleel, the son of Uri, the son of Or, of the tribe of Judah; and I have filled him with the divine spirit of wisdom, and understanding, and knowledge, to devise and to execute in all manner of work, to work gold, and silver, and brass, and blue, and purple, and scarlet, and in working stone work, and in the art of working wood," and even to "all works." [Ex. xxxi. 2-5.] And then He adds the general reason,

"And to every understanding heart I have given understanding; " [Ex. xxxi. 6.] that is, to every one capable of acquiring it by pains and exercise. And again, it is written expressly in the name of the Lord "And speak thou to all that are wise in mind, whom I have filled with the spirit of perception." [ Ex. xxviii. 3.]

Those who are wise in mind have a certain attribute of nature peculiar to themselves; and they who have shown themselves capable, receive from the Supreme Wisdom a spirit of perception in double measure.

For those who practise the common arts, are in what pertains to the senses highly gifted:
        in
hearing, he who is commonly called a musician;

        in
touch, he who moulds clay;
        in
voice the singer,
        in
smell the perfumer,
        in
sight the engraver of devices on seals. (marks)

If we compare ourselves with ourselves we will get into trouble. Therefore, a lack of a guilt feeling has no value. However, when our witness bears witness with God's Word then we co-perceive.

For when the Gentiles, which have not the law, do by nature the things contained in the law, these, having not the law, are a law unto themselves:Romans 2:14

Which shew the work of the law written in their hearts,

> their conscience (co-perception) also bearing witness,
> and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another;Romans 2:15

Thoughts are: Logismos (g3053) log-is-mos'; from 3049; computation, i.e. (fig.) reasoning (conscience, conceit):- imagination, thought.

You will notice that the first effect of having the law written on our hearts which is the gift of a holy spirit is that our conscience bears witness. However, the next idea is more like a feeling of guilt. Therefore--

This word also carries the idea of consciousness or awarness:

For our rejoicing is this, the testimony of our conscience, that in simplicity and godly sincerity,
        not with fleshly wisdom, but by the grace of God,

        we have
had our conversation in the world, and more abundantly to youward. 2 Cor 1:12

Vine notes that "some regard consciousness as the meaning here."

Howbeit there is not in every man that knowledge:for some with conscience of the idol unto this hour eat it as a thing offered unto an idol; and their conscience being weak is defiled. 1 Cor 8:7

For if any man see thee which hast knowledge sit at meat in the idols temple, shall not the conscience of him which is weak be emboldened to eat those things which are offered to idols; 1 Cor 8:10

But when ye sin so against the brethren, and wound their weak conscience, ye sin against Christ. 1 Cor 8:12

Vine:"In 1 Pet. 2:19 signifies... perhaps here, a consciousness so controlled by the apprehension of God's presence, that the person realized that griefs are to be born in accordance with His will."

There is no Spiritual Discernment Until We Turn to Christ.

This does not mean "turn into a Christ." It means just the opposite. It means be ready to live so that the world despises and rejects you and will do anything, including crucify you, to shut your mouth. No applause the the believer who doesn't want to be consumed with worms.

Therefore, Paul addressed the "first principles" to church goers who were not yet in on the mystery:

1 Cor 2:2 For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.

The Corinthians were still identified as carnal and not spiritual. Chapter 10 warns them about turning back to the musical worship of demons which doomed Israel so that they could not "see through the veil." In chapter 13 he identified the booming and clanging of worship to the worship of demons through soothsayers. He said:

AND I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ. 1 Corinthians 3:1

Pneumatikos (g4152) pnyoo-mat-ik-os'; from 4151; non-carnal, i.e. (humanly) ethereal (as opposed to gross), or (daemoniacally) a spirit (concr.), or divinely supernatural, regenerate, religious:- spiritual. Comp. 5591.

Because of their ongoing problems, the first letter was to show the Corinthians that others were not able to "see through the glass" because the performers in speeches, prayers and songs were standing between it and the possible spiritual person. Therefore, until Corinth got their act together he could tell them:

For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face:now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known. 1 Corinthians 13:12

In the second letter to Corinth, Paul connected "turning" to getting a clear "mirror" into the Mind of Christ:

But even unto this day, when Moses is read, the vail (covering so you cannot see) is upon their heart. 2 Corinthians 3:15

Nevertheless, when it shall turn to the Lord, the vail shall be taken away. 2 Corinthians 3:16 (So you can see the kingdom)

Now the Lord is that Spirit:and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. 2 Corinthians 3:17

Can anything be clearer that the Lord is the Spirit. Mystically true, however many degrees from college makes it impossible to read 3:17 and understand it unless one has truly humbled themselves in the sight of the Lord and been baptized without lying to God.

But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord. 2 Corinthians 3:18

"Since being filled with the Spirit and letting the Word of Christ dwell within both produce the same results, a spirit-filled Christian is one in whom the Word of Christ dwells. A Spirit-filled Christian is a Christ-conscious Christian.

"A Spirit-filled Christian is consumed with learning everything he or she can about Jesus and obeying everything that Jesus said.

"That is what it means to 'let the word of Christ richly dwell within you.' To be filled with the Spirit is to be totally and richly involved in all there is to know about Jesus Christ." (MacArthur, John, Charismatic Chaos, p. 259, Zondervan).

1 Cor 3:1 AND I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ.

Therefore, those who pretend to just preach Christ and Him crucified have not been crucified with Christ. And they are exist only by still speaking to you as carnal, babes in Christ.

One with spiritual consciousness or the gift of the Spirit will not listen.

You can listen and know that even if they can quote the entire Bible they have not yet been initiated into the mystery of a mind which "on a clear day can see forever."

An infinite God of the universe had the power to manifest His mystery and the mind-set of an earthling just learning to toddle. He became a son, a child. Totally helpless. Yet, He was God just as God wanted to reveal Himself to the yet carnal mind--just animal:

For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given:and the government shall be upon his shoulder:and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6

You cannot see pure or Holy Spirit Who is Infinite and Eternal. Yet, He choose to image Himself, his attributes, character, nature fully in ONE baby who would grow up so counter-cultural to the animal world that He would be seen as the vilest criminal:just cannot wait for the tigers to get their flesh into His body. Some still have the canabalistic urge to devour His literal flesh and drink His literal blood.

When Jesus died He promised that He would come again as "another" Spirit form but He would still be called Jesus of Nazareth because He didn't want this "spirit" to be marketed and sold to build ministeries built upon superstition.

However, Jesus said that God was Incarnating Himself in His inspired, written and protected Word so full of mystery that the Jews couldn't begin to grasp His parables because Jesus didn't want them to understand.

It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing:the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life. John 6:63

Bible worshiper? The Jews were just as irate when they asked "human worshiper?" A mere man whom we can murder is to be worshiped as God? Away with Him. Kill Him. Give us a murderer!

How can a human image God? If you don't believe it you have failed the test because God is not going to sweep you into His sensuous arms and dance the night away with you. Nor is He going to give you the power of revelation which is no less powerful than the power to fly. Take Him or leave Him.

How can mere human words image God? The Christ killers will still crucify you just as Jesus predicted.

But the "princes" in Jerusalem fell behind the publicans and prostitutes in Jerusalem because they said:"How can baptism cause God to remit my sins?" So they "rejected the counsel of God for their lives."

Yes, words are powerful. The jury has the power to put life or death in the words not guilty or guilty. How can we think that God is less powerful"

Peter knew that understanding the Words of Christ is that which can cleanse the conscience to chase out the old "demons" so that God can live in the mind or spirit:

We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place,

until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts:2 Peter 1:19

Peter said also:

Searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify, when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow. 1 Peter 1:11

1. Take heed is the one of the rare "worship" word connected with the Gospel:

Proserchomai (g4334) pros-er'-khom-ahee; from 4314 and 2064 (includ. its alt.); to approach, i.e. (lit.) come near, visit, or (fig.) worship, assent to: - (as soon as he) come (unto), come thereunto, consent, draw near, go (near, to, unto).

2. Day Dawn:

Diaugazo (g1306) dee-ow-gad'-zo; from 1223 and 826; to glimmer through, i.e. break (as day): - dawn.

But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but,

by manifestation of the truth, commending ourselves to every mans conscience in the sight of God. 2 Cor 4:2

But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: 2 Cor 4:3

In whom the god of this world (age) hath blinded the minds of them which believe not,

lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them. 2 Cor 4:4

For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus sake. 2 Cor 4:5

For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. 2 Cor 4:6

But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us. 2 Cor 4:7

One half of our brain is logic-oriented. That means that it is spiritual meaning rational. When we allow the truth to come to us without mind-altering drug-producing music or spiritual anxiety created by "brinkmanship" the rational mind grasps the truth spiritually.

Then the emotional nature can rejoice knowing that it has been "filtered" by the God-designed mind and not injected directly into the blood stream by music or drama.

However, most of the Israelites did not have a holy spirit or pure mental disposition:

The Israelites had the presence of God as the Rock, Water, Manna and Pillar. That is, they had the abiding presence of the Spirit. However, they did not have a new spirit:

They were all baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea. 1 Cor 10:2

They all ate the same spiritual food 1 Cor 10:3
and
drank the same spiritual drink;
for they drank from the
spiritual rock that accompanied them,
and that rock was
Christ. 1 Cor 10:4

Note: the Rock is the source of the water so they didn't drink the Rock.

Nevertheless, God was not pleased with most of them; their bodies were scattered over the desert. 1 Cor 10:5

Now these things were our examples, to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted. 1 Cor 10:6

Neither be ye idolaters, as were some of them; as it is written, The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play. 1 Cor 10:7

This was musical worship of Osiris of whom Apis the calf was the incarnation.

The Prophecy of a New Spirit

The Book of Jubilees condemning Jubilees:

14 And they will forget all My law and all My commandments and all My judgments, and will go
15 astray as to new moons, and sabbaths, and festivals, and jubilees, and ordinances.

And after this they will turn to Me from amongst the Gentiles with all their heart and with all their soul and with all their strength, and I will gather them from amongst all the Gentiles, and they will seek me

20 Thee. Let thy mercy, O Lord, be lifted up upon Thy people, and create in them an upright spirit, and let not the spirit of Beliar rule over them to accuse them before Thee, and to ensnare them

The spirit of Beliar means that our mind or spirit is infested with a demonic band of evil, self-serving thoughts.

The Upright Spirit is a holy spirit.

Baptism is the only time and place that we can appraoch Jesus to have him cast out the old and restore a new, holy or upright spirit.

The spirit of Beliar

21 from all the paths of righteousness, so that they may perish from before Thy face. But they are

Thy people and Thy inheritance, which thou hast delivered with thy great power from the hands of the Egyptians: create in them a clean heart and a holy spirit, and let them not be ensnared in---

And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? 2 Cor 6:15

Yes, "there be infidels in the land!"

22 their sins from henceforth until eternity.'

And the Lord said unto Moses:'I know their contrariness and their thoughts and their stiffneckedness,
        and they will not be obedient

    till they confess

23 their own sin and the sin of their fathers. And after this they will turn to Me in all uprightness and with all (their) heart and with all (their) soul, and

I will circumcise the foreskin of their heart and the foreskin of the heart of their seed,
and I will create in them a holy spirit,

and I will cleanse them
so that they shall not turn away from Me from that day unto eternity.

24 And their souls will cleave to Me and to all My commandments, and they will fulfil My

25 commandments, and I will be their Father and they shall be My children. And they all shall be called children of the living God, and every angel and every spirit shall know, yea, they shall know

that these are My children, and that I am their Father in uprightness and righteousness, and that

26 I love them. And do thou write down for thyself all these words which I declare unto thee on this mountain, the first and the last, which shall come to pass in all the divisions of the days in the law and in the testimony and in the weeks and the jubilees unto eternity, until I descend and dwell

27 with them throughout eternity.'

Jeremiah

Jesus said that worship would not be accepted when related to ritual "time and place." Rather, worship must be "in spirit" or in the mind as it contemplates the "truth" or the Words of Christ:

But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the Lord, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people. Jer 31:33

And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord:for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the Lord:

for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more. Jer 31:34

Jesus placed forgiveness of iniquits at Baptism and Peter says that at Baptism God gives us co-perception or spiritual discernment which grows with use.

Whereof the Holy Ghost also is a witness to us: for after that he had said before, Hebrews 10:15

This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them; Hebrews 10:16

Searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify,

when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow. 1 Peter 1:11

1 Cor. 2 notes that the Mind of Christ is the Holy Spirit.

First, one is not considered a "brother" who does not already know the Lord.

Second, the new "Prophet" will not "teach to the tune of a hickory stick" in song or sermon. The teaching which would come to an end is the Hebrew:

Lamad (h3925) law-mad'; a prim. root; prop. to goad, i. e. (by impl.) to teach (the rod being an Oriental incentive):- [un-] accustomed, * diligently, expert, instruct, learn, skilful, teach (-er, - ing).

Erasmus defines the legalist "teacher" as the clergy, monks, princes and the pope.

And I will give them one heart, and one way, that they may fear me for ever, for the good of them, and of their children after them: Jer 32:39

And I will make an everlasting covenant with them, that I will not turn away from them, to do them good; but I will put my fear in their hearts,

that they shall not depart from me. Jer 32:40

Therefore I will judge you, O house of Israel, every one according to his ways, saith the Lord God. Repent, and turn yourselves from all your transgressions; so iniquity shall not be your ruin. Ezekiel 18:30

Cast away from you all your transgressions, whereby ye have transgressed; and
        make you a
new heart and a new spirit:
    for why will ye die,
O house of Israel? Ezekiel 18:31

Jamison-Fauset-Brown comment:

"Spirit-taught men alone can comprehend spiritual truths. This accords with 1 Corinthians 2:6,9,10,14,15, 1 Corinthians 3:1. ALFORD translates,

"Putting together (combining) spirituals with spirituals"; that is,
attaching
spiritual words to spiritual things,

which we should not do, if we were to use words of worldly wisdom to expound spiritual things (so 1 Corinthians 2:1,4, 1 Peter 4:11).

"Perhaps the generality of the neuters is designed to comprehend these several notions by implication. Comparing, or combining, spirituals with spirituals; implying both that spiritual things are only suited to spiritual persons (so "things" comprehended persons, 1 Corinthians 1:27),

and also that spiritual truths can only be combined with spiritual (not worldly-wise) words; and lastly,
spirituals of the Old and New Testaments can only be understood
by mutual comparison or combination,
not by combination with
worldly "wisdom," or natural perceptions (1 Corinthians 1:21,22, 2:1,4-9; compare Psalms 119:18).
"natural man--literally, "a man of animal soul." As contrasted with the spiritual man,
        he is governed by the
animal soul,

        which
overbears his spirit,
        which latter is
without the Spirit of God (Jude 1:19).

So the animal (English Version, "natural") body, or body led by the lower animal nature (including both the mere human fallen reason and heart), is contrasted with the Spirit-quickened body (1 Corinthians 15:44-46).

The carnal man (the man led by bodily appetites,
and also by a
self-exalting spirit, estranged from the divine life) is closely akin; so too the "earthly." "Devilish," or "demon-like"; "led by an evil spirit," is the awful character of such a one, in its worst type (James 3:15).

receiveth not--though they are offered to him, and are "worthy of being received by all men" (1 Timothy 1:15).

they are foolishness unto him--whereas he seeks "wisdom" (1 Corinthians 1:22). [This is experimental knowledge]

neither can he--Not only does he not, but he cannot know them, and therefore has no wish to "receive" them (Romans 8:7).

How All Seduction Works on Those With Their Eyes Closed

If you wonder why the church is being drowned in thin "chicken soup" or the wisdom, illustrations or jokes of the world, mark it well. The many of Christ's epistles, the princes and powers in heavenly places, the self-exhalters are pouring out Gods spirit of wrath as a baptism of fire upon the heads of those who do not love the Spirit-incarnated Word and therefore can read it and preach it but are like carpenters playing with the tools of brain surgeons. Daniel shows how the scheme works:

And such as do wickedly against the covenant shall he corrupt by flatteries: but the people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits. Daniel 11:32

This ruler of an all anti-God movements is slick, charming, charismatic ability to feel other's pains and honors the "princes" of the world to help him gain his ends.

Cheleq (h2506) khay'-lek; from 2505; prop. smoothness (of the tongue); also an allotment:- flattery, inheritance, part, * partake, portion.

Chalaq (h2505) khaw-lak'; a prim. root; to be smooth (fig.); by impl. (as smooth stones were used for lots) to apportion or separate:- deal, distribute, divide, flatter, give, (have, im-) part (-ner), take away a portion, receive, separate self, (be) smooth (-er).

And they that understand among the people shall instruct many: yet they shall fall by the sword, and by flame, by captivity, and by spoil, many days. Daniel 11:33

Now when they shall fall, they shall be holpen with a little help: but many shall cleave to them with flatteries. Daniel 11:34

And some of them of understanding shall fall, to try them, and to purge, and to make them white, even to the time of the end: because it is yet for a time appointed. Daniel 11:35

And the king (one who ascends) shall do according to his will; and he shall exalt himself, and magnify himself above every god, and shall speak marvellous things against the God of gods, and shall prosper till the indignation be accomplished: for that that is determined shall be done. Daniel 11:36

Neither shall he regard the God of his fathers, nor the desire of women, nor regard any god: for he shall magnify himself above all. Daniel 11:37

But in his estate shall he honour the God of forces (buildings, empire): and a god whom his fathers knew not shall he honour with gold, and silver, and with precious stones, and pleasant things. Dan 11:38

Thus shall he do in the most strong holds with a strange god, whom he shall acknowledge and increase with glory: and he shall cause them to rule over many, and shall divide the land for gain. Daniel 11:39

This will be the end-time religion enacted by the king of Tyre and Babylon as the "harlot" agent of Lucifer:

Behold the land of the Chaldeans; this people was not, till the Assyrian founded it for them that dwell in the wilderness:they set up the towers thereof, they raised up the palaces thereof; and he brought it to ruin. Isaiah 23:13

Howl, ye ships of Tarshish:for your strength is laid waste. Isaiah 23:14
And it shall come to pass in that day, that Tyre shall be forgotten seventy years, according to the days of one king:after the end of seventy years shall
Tyre sing as an harlot. Isaiah 23:15

"Take an harp, go about the city, thou harlot that hast been forgotten; make sweet melody, sing many songs, that thou mayest be remembered." Isaiah 23:16

Those who have eyes and ears will know it when they see it.

From the garden of Eden to the Judgment day, they will be the "darkness" which clouds over the glass which reveals Christ as a crucified criminal.

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