Leviticus 7 / Psalm 106 / 1 Corinthians 15
When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: "Death has been swallowed up in victory."
"Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?"
The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.
I heard some words waking up that went, "But before he suffered, he lived his life out for his brothers." This applies to all of God's sons whether Paul or the One whom Paul followed, who is the example for all of the other sons of the Father. Living one's life out for his brothers is not a matter of accomplishing something for one's self, like raising a family or getting a good job, having and maintaining a good name or being a respectable and responsible citizen, husband or father. Those are all human things which don't count for anything to God, who does not respect what they respect, or honor what they honor.
"Stop grumbling among yourselves," Jesus answered. "No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him, and I will raise him up at the last day. It is written in the Prophets: `They will all be taught by God.' Everyone who listens to the Father and learns from him comes to me. No one has seen the Father except the one who is from God; only he has seen the Father."
God honors those who first become aware of what He honors, then spend their lives working to promote that ideal, work and purpose that they have become aware of. Not a "man of god" or any other version of cult hero that the humans want to posthumously create and then lift up as a model of their own godhood that they secretly or openly want to attain to. Contrary to popular belief, God's way is directly opposed to the way of the humans, and theirs against His. His way is not ever their way, unless they are shown how to become conformed to the way they are naturally against and opposed to, which is a long and slow process that begins with an awakening and then proceeds from there.
How is it then that David, speaking by the Spirit, calls him "Lord?" For he says,
The catalysts of this transformation are not other humans or else what would be created would just be another of the same beings, mutually ignorant of what is impossible to know. Those who claim to know something about the living God and His true Israel don't know. If you don't know, then all you have to hold onto is what you want to know but don't because you can't. If you do know, then you don't claim to know, because you know you don't know what you otherwise would have had to claim you did know because you didn't know, but needed something to hold onto, so you claimed to know.
After six days Jesus took with him Peter, James and John the brother of James, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. There he was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as the light. Just then there appeared before them Moses and Elijah, talking with Jesus.
This is the fulfillment of the word he spoke just the week before it happened, that the three of them would "not taste death before they see the Son of Man coming in his kingdom," so this is the embodiment of that secret kingdom the Jews (including the disciples) mistakenly thought they knew the character of. Their biggest mistaken presumption was that it would be a thing that the humans could observe, wish for and participate in. What the secret kingdom of God consists of then is simply that the sons are alive to Him and each other, whether or not they're existing in their mortal bodies. The consciousness of one who comprehends this idea, not just in theory but as true as is observable things to the human, is one who knows the secret mystery, which isn't about knowing what it is, but just knowing. The Father knows the sons and the sons know the Father and their brothers, whether they are existing at the same time in their human bodies or not, because they are alive in a way that the humans can't perceive life or the living, just as Jesus the Son of God was alive in the mind of the Father before he ever existed, and he knew his brothers as clearly as they became transfigured with him so that they spoke to him, and he to them.
The righteous perish, and no one ponders it in his heart; devout men are taken away,
God doesn't want animals who have distinguished themselves by doing this or that "great thing" for Him or anyone else, because things that the humans can observe, by which to judge them as great or not, are not worth anything to God. The great things to the Father cannot even be noticed by the humans, because they're too busy looking for someone who is accomplished, whom they can revere and lift up as a model and guide for what they want to themselves have someday if they can.
For if the dead are not raised, then Christ has not been raised either. And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins.
Being in our sins means that we're still being fully led by the sin (animal) nature, still indulging in the cravings that are instinctual within us, as per how it works to lead the humans and make them unclean (not sons who can perceive the Father and their brothers). The Son had to be raised in order for those sons to whom Paul was writing to not still be in their sins, because the only way for the life of God to live in the bodies of these unclean animals—so that they could be transformed into sons—was if that life had the component of the Son in it (not just the Father, who could only live in Jesus' body because he was clean). The Son had to ascend to and be made One with the Father before the spirit of God could live in any human body except Jesus' who was clean, unlike every other human, because the Son became the buffer by which the new covenant could become real i.e., the laws of God could be written on their hearts (Jer 31).
Any person who consumes any blood shall be cut off from his kin.
Jesus said to them, "I tell you the truth, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day. For my flesh is real food and my blood is real drink. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me, and I in him. Just as the living Father sent me and I live because of the Father, so the one who feeds on me will live because of me. This is the bread that came down from heaven. Your forefathers ate manna and died, but he who feeds on this bread will live forever."
Believing in the real Jesus is not something we do comfortably, as do most people who call themselves christian, or as per the christadelphian case those who are "in the truth," which becomes for them like the other things they do in their lives—more like a hobby than something which is consuming them. It is not something we do after we've done everything else—when we have some spare time after we've exhausted ourselves with our slavery to the world for the sake of our human family and our selves, and the institution from which we get our agreement of consensus. That's the way of the animal; everything it does is for itself and those who carry its DNA first, and those who give it the agreement of consensus about it and its brood's eternal survival second. The main thrust of the animal's existence is keeping its self and its family's selves alive and happy until it dies, and the process keeps going along that way with its DNA carriers, and theirs, etc. Actually it's just a renewing ritual driven by instinct that never goes anywhere—it always just ends in death.
May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. Neither circumcision nor uncircumcision means anything; what counts is a new creation. Peace and mercy to all who follow this rule, even to the Israel of God.
There is another family that is hidden from all the DNA carriers, unknown to them because its fulfillment isn't in the natural. Jesus is the head of this secret family, and he told the people the difference between the natural family and the real family.
If anyone comes to me and does not hate his father and mother, his wife and children, his brothers and sisters—yes, even his own life—he cannot be my disciple.
Hate in this sense is the opposite of love. To hate someone is to deny them, to not care about them, to not treat them with the care and concern that comes naturally to humans regarding those in their immediate natural family. The reason Jesus said this (to those whom he knew were chosen by the Father to be sons in the true family of God) is because he knew that not hating their natural family meant that the disciples would love them and care about them like mere humans always do—with too much concern so as to not be able to recognize their true brothers, who are the Israel of God. The kingdom of God is the family of living, recognizable brothers which at the time only Jesus knew about (John, who may have known, had already been killed). It is the only thing that was actually valuable to the chosen disciples, although they couldn't have understood that yet because the Teacher was not yet given. Everything else, including their natural families and the bond that was naturally there between their members because of instinct, was soon bound to become no more.
A man said to Jesus, "I will follow you, Lord; but first let me go back and say good-by to my family." Jesus replied, "No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God."
The only thing that endures is the kingdom of God, which has so many copies pointing to it all around from the microscopic atom to astronomical objects—everything revolves around the center that holds those things in a perfect orbit, in their proper place. The closest beings to the Father in the kingdom of God are His own sons who live in His house, which is His family. That is the purpose for this natural creation, which is totally separate and distinct from the kingdom of the spirit (heaven), the world where God exists. The natural family is a copy of God's family in one sense, and it isn't in another, so for the natural beings it is good but for the sons it is bad as a place to live, but good as a metaphor that explains the secret family they are being born into. For those who are chosen to be in the true family of God, the natural family is a hindrance and a help because it distracts them from comprehending and living for the real family, the one that is hidden from the mere humans who just live and die according to the rules of the natural creation; but it serves as a teacher about their true Father and how He feels about them.
Now Jesus' mother and brothers came to see him, but they were not able to get near him because of the crowd. Someone told him, "Your mother and brothers are standing outside, wanting to see you." He replied, "My mother and brothers are those who hear God's word and put it into practice."
This is the new definition of family as spoken by the Son, definitely not the natural family of DNA sharers, which is an instinctual bond and part of the curse—the inability to see and comprehend what's true because of eyes that can only see what's observable to animals. For the sons of God, their faith that this is true is reflected in their choice, because they can read the words of Jesus and either believe him or rationalize his words away, in the same way those who say "God would never do that" say it to fit their preconceived ideas about what their gods can do and not do as decided and dictated by them.
This philosophy abounds in the religious institutions the humans have created, that all the Lord requires is that we throw him a few bones every week, after we have finished our service to ourselves and the world, and that's all there is to it. The rest of the time (90+%) they are free to live as animals, fulfilling their duties to their selves and the DNA sharers they are bonded with by instinct. Just like all animals, their overriding priority is to find a mate and pump out some DNA carriers, and then live their lives taking care of the only family they will know while they try to pretend to be concerned about their "family of god." This they do because they have read in the preserved words that they should, and they assume that by doing so they can attain an eternal state of survival for themselves and their offspring. Because they're driven by that very powerful instinct that is common to animals to be truly devoted in their heart to their true family of DNA sharers—because they're an extension of their actual, physical selves whom they love beyond measure—their devotion to the theoretical "family of God" remains just that, and can be theory at best. They may tolerate out of obligation those who share their theological beliefs, but they love those who share their DNA, because of something they cannot control—the animal nature which drives them to that.
The same is true about sin and the sinful nature (the animal nature). They may claim to hate sin and desire to not be partakers in the sinful nature, but first of all they don't know what sin is. Their ideas about hating sin is the same as their idea about loving the family of God; it can't be true because they are sin and the animal nature dictates to them that they can't hate themselves so in reality they love sin and the sinful nature because they don't know what sin is. It is the condition of being separated from God because you're bound to the animal by the nature that is imposed on you—the condition of all humans.
In this philosophy everything must remain theoretical, and it doesn't matter as much what they do as what they believe (the correct theological system created by humans), which translates into correct thinking rather than actual belief. Not faith as Abraham knew it, but conformity of belief, not to God but to the system that the other humans also conform to. If they think the correct things about him then they say they have more faith than those who don't, which means that then God will be happy with them and accept them, and they will be in the kingdom, or heaven or paradise because of that. This definition of belief and faith are what was introduced by the Holy Roman Church so many years ago, and has nothing to do with faith as God applied it to Abraham, or belief as it pertained to the real Jesus.
Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.
Abraham had to make a real choice, to do the thing that seemed most horrific to him. Not just that God existed, but believed him enough to do what seemed like the most terrible thing he could think of doing to this child whom he had waited a hundred years for. Sure it's an extreme request on God's part, but it explains to us what faith is and what it isn't. It isn't saying, "I have faith in God," and then living like any ordinary, self-preserving animal. It is being able to choose the thing we would never choose, the shameful thing which makes us lose everything we think is valuable and acceptable, humanly speaking.
The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent.
The Son refers to belief as work, because that's what it is—hard, difficult, the most difficult thing. It is a horrific thing to believe in the real Jesus because it means doing what we consider unthinkable, not just fitting him in when we have the time, believing he's real enough for us to feel obligated to that. It means a death to our ability to retain what gives us hope and respectability, losing our life for his sake, so that we can be found in him. It isn't an easy choice to make, because it will go against everything we have learned to honor as good and right, especially in the most secret places of even our thoughts and dreams. It's easy to believe in the conceptual jesus because it means never having to choose; we can just fit him in wherever there is room for him in our animal lives.
Believing in the real Jesus can only be done by real sons, to whom the real Jesus has been revealed, so it's never a conceptual thing, and he will make sure of that by the situations he engineers with regard to our actually choosing him—so that it is a real choice. Not like whether or not we think we're ready to conceptually devote our lives to him, while we actually keep hold of our life in terms of what we actually love and run after, where we spend our time, what lives in our heart (loving what all the other animals love because of the instincts that are imposed on them). Not whether we feel we are ready to say we are committed to going to church every Sunday and as many weekly Bible studies as possible—committing our lives to the conceptual jesus, joining the conceptual brotherhood and family of the made up gods.
I say conceptual brotherhood because even though they call themselves brothers, they can only regard each other as their brother in concept, but not reality, and they'll say that the reason that's so is merely because "we're not perfect." In fact they can't help but consider a DNA related, flesh and blood, earthly brother as more of a brother to them than their conceptual brothers, because that's what's actually real to them—the natural reality. It's not to say that they're less, or wrong, or weak, but merely that they're doing what's natural, following and obeying their animal nature. They can't do what's right according to the real God, because He hasn't been revealed to them and called them to do what's right, to make the choice for Him instead of what's instinctually imposed upon them.
Because they're 100% natural, mere men, all these relationships they read about and want to put into place in their lives—because they think that will please God—can only, always be conceptual. Only by a miraculous, spiritually tangible rebirth can any of those relationships be real and actual, especially their relationship to the real Jesus, from which everything good comes (being able to know and therefore actually love their real brother). The enlightenment of the spirit tells us what's real in the real world—where God actually lives—not in the natural reality which is only a copy of the real world.
For my flesh is real food and my blood is real drink.
This is the mentality that Jesus confronted in those who considered themselves Jews first, and then desired to follow him. Those who only conceptually wanted to be Jesus' disciples just wanted him to make their lives better, and he quickly dismissed them by telling them what was actually required of his followers—to lose everything, including and especially their identity. That is the reason for changing the passover feast, something which defined them as proud Jews, into something hideous to them. Drinking his blood cut right to the quick of their intentions, to the very heart of their Jewish identity. The Jews considered drinking even the blood of animals to be abominable, and now this one who claimed to be their long-awaited Messiah was telling them they had to drink his blood and eat his flesh.
On hearing it, many of his disciples said, "This is a hard teaching. Who can accept it?"
In effect he was telling them they couldn't follow him unless they were willing to lose everything in real terms—to go against everything they thought was right, honorable and acceptable. Not to hold on to their lives and weave the teachings of Messiah into it, which is what they thought they'd be able to do. To follow him meant losing their identity as an honorable Jew, another reason the Lord was with tax collectors and sinners, whose Jewish identities, respectability and honor wasn't as strong a thing they needed to protect as those he ended up condemning (the self-appointed leaders, those whose identities were most strongly Jewish).
Following him meant having their lives turned on their heads, accepting what seemed vulgar, contemptible, shameful. But it wasn't, and isn't, a Jewish thing at all but an identity thing whatever that happens to be. He chose those who were culturally shameful and unacceptable, those who were looked down upon by the "good people," because that's what God does—the opposite of what the humans do.
Then they asked him, "What must we do to do the works God requires?" Jesus answered, "The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent." So they asked him, "What miraculous sign then will you give that we may see it and believe you? What will you do? Our forefathers ate the manna in the desert; as it is written: 'He gave them bread from heaven to eat.' "
Jesus said to them, "I tell you the truth, it is not Moses who has given you the bread from heaven, but it is my Father who gives you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is he who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world." "Sir," they said, "from now on give us this bread."
Up to this point they were still interested in hearing the words he had to speak to them, which could make them pleasing to God. They believed he was from God because of the things he was doing, and they thought he could teach them the way to get there. But what he had to say to them they rejected because it was too hard a thing for them to accept. They were willing to believe in him as long as it meshed with their identity, their very lives, that which they felt they needed to hold on to, the thing they protected with utmost gusto.
From this time many of his disciples turned back and no longer followed him.
This verse is often taken lightly, read over like nothing too out of the ordinary. However, it reflects the perfection of God's plan and purpose with His sons as opposed to the rest of the humans, the mere men who will only ever know Him in conceptual terms because they'll never get out from under their earthly identity, that which they ferociously protect.
"No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him..."
The perfection of God is to require something so terrible from those who want to please Him that they actually wouldn't ever be able to do it unless He were to allow them to be able to. They are required to take on an identity just like his, one that is so against the fiber and fabric of their natures that they would never be able to do it on their own. They would have to be drawn by Him to know that it was the right way, and then they would have to choose to do it, knowing that by choosing it they would lose everything they thought was dear and precious to them. In today's world it might be having to leave our natural family, to betray them for what is inside us, that which the Lord has told us is correct—the most unappealing and shameful thing we can imagine (although perhaps more tolerable than stabbing our child through the heart or slitting his throat).
Then Jesus declared, "All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never drive away. For I have come down from heaven not to do my will but to do the will of him who sent me.
And this is the will of him who sent me, that I shall lose none of all that he has given me, but raise them up at the last day. For my Father's will is that everyone who looks to the Son (bronze snake) and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day."
The work that the Messiah was given to do wasn't anything any man considered noble or glorious. It was just to take 12 guys whom he knew had been chosen and given to him, and reveal the Father to those men. It was to take care of them, to show them the actual workings of the new covenant—not to be a proud ancestor of Abraham but to be lowly and shameful—to wash their brothers' feet. To become a slave and servant, to go against everything their animal natures compelled them to hold on to so tightly. His work was to make them believe not as they wanted to believe, in a Messiah who could make their lives better, but one who would live a shameful life and die a shameful death. Believing in the real Jesus meant to take on that shameful, cursed identity as their own. That would only be possible according to the power and ability the Father gave them to be able to see who he was beyond the identity of a failure, which in human terms he seemed to eventually be more than anything.
"No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him, and I will raise him up at the last day. It is written in the Prophets: 'They will all be taught by God.' Everyone who listens to the Father and learns from him comes to me. No one has seen the Father except the one who is from God; only he has seen the Father. I tell you the truth, he who believes has everlasting life. I am the bread of life."
The good news is that once we have actually chosen him, then he gives us the power that is accessible to none of the humans. First to recognize the animal code in us, then to be able to come out from under its domination and then to be free from its power which has ruled us all our life, that which rules all of the humans. It's only black and white; either we're a mere man, ruled 100% by the animal consciousness (so much so that we're completely unaware of it), or we're a son of God who has the consciousness and vision of the son who can miraculously see what the humans cannot. By that the son is able to be set free from the old nature, the old way, the old man, the flesh, and the lies of the animal.
To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, "If you hold to my teaching, you are my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free."