March 6th.

Leviticus 12-13 / Psalms 113-114 / 2 Corinthians 5-7

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For while we are in this tent, we groan and are burdened, because we do not wish to be unclothed but to be clothed with our heavenly dwelling, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life. Now it is God who has made us for this very purpose and has given us the spirit as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.

What is going to die will die. Everything in the creation which can be seen is going to die. Everything that exists will be dead and gone, so what the humans refer to as "life" is a temporary thing. In that case it (the period after puberty) cannot be life, but death waiting to happen, if it is 100% certain that everything is dying. A better name for it would be a temporary existence, instead of life. Life is a term for something that doesn't die, but lives as God lives. Nothing we can observe has this quality. God is the only source of life, and there is nothing that naturally exists that has life. Everything except God is dying or dead.

We are not trying to commend ourselves to you again, but are giving you an opportunity to take pride in us, so that you can answer those who take pride in what is seen rather than in what is in the heart.

The new covenant, which was real life, implemented when Jesus said, "It is finished;" was based on the Father being able to write His Law, commands and precepts down, specific to each son in the place where each particular son could understand and become obedient because it was so close to him—inside him where he had his truest identity.

Now what I am commanding you today is not too difficult for you or beyond your reach. It is not up in heaven, so that you have to ask, "Who will ascend into heaven to get it and proclaim it to us so we may obey it?" Nor is it beyond the sea, so that you have to ask, "Who will cross the sea to get it and proclaim it to us so we may obey it?" No, the word is very near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart so you may obey it.

See, I set before you today life and prosperity, death and destruction. For I command you today to love the LORD your God, to walk in his ways, and to keep his commands, decrees and laws; then you will live and increase, and the LORD your God will bless you in the land you are entering to possess.

It's all about what we choose. The Father had hoped that the Israelites would be able to keep His commands alive in their heart by the power of their will to choose Him, for that is what they were charged with.

But if your heart turns away and you are not obedient, and if you are drawn away to bow down to other gods and worship them, I declare to you this day that you will certainly be destroyed. You will not live long in the land you are crossing the Jordan to enter and possess.

There is always a covenant between God and His people. He says to His people, "Choose Me, and you will live." It's never, "Choose a group of humans to be yoked to" or, "Choose a human institution to be a part of." It's always, from the Father to His sons (His true people), "Choose Me over all the rest."

This day I call heaven and earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live and that you may love the LORD your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to him. For the LORD is your life, and he will give you many years in the land he swore to give to your fathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

The humans who claim to know the way to God will always say, "We know the way," and will want others to join up with the institution they have formed—"The only way to God." They say they're genuine because their group is based on the bible and what it teaches, and nothing else, and they believe that is true. But it's really not based on the bible, but on the agreement of consensus they give to each other when they tell each other that their gods are the right gods and all the others are wrong. The agreement they receive when another human embraces their teaching, and reinforces to them that they are the ones who are right is something for the animal, not one who knows the way to God.

If we are out of our mind, it is for the sake of God; if we are in our right mind, it is for you. For Christ's love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.

If they knew the way then they would know that only the teacher can convince someone, but since about 400 a.d. or so, because of the abomination that caused desolation, the teacher has been gone from the earth. Hence, it has been desolate of the truth and condition that Paul wrote about. So if they knew the way to God they'd know that the way to God isn't known, because of Daniel's desolation prophecy.

Therefore we are always confident and know that as long as we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord. We live by faith, not by sight. We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord.

The humans consider themselves invincible, even though it is plain that they are going to die, even that they're always in the process of dying, although few admit it. They don't embrace it, but spend their lives hiding from it, and believing the lie that something will happen to them after they're dead. The way they do involuntarily admit it is in their never ending struggle to stave off death, trying to build up as much stuff around them as they possibly can, thinking it might help to insulate themselves with material things that make them feel less vulnerable to death, making them appear more valuable and feel more alive than if they possessed nothing.

No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money.

That's what the NT references to money are about as teaching for the sons of God, because money cannot play that role of comforter for them as it does for the humans. For the humans it definitely has an undeniable power—the reason they spend their lives chasing after it. When they get some it's never enough and they always need more. The One who authored the new covenant and those who were under it knew the power of the comforter, the life of the Father living in them, so that money played a different role.

Godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that.

In the Mosaic law there is a high correlation between association with human and animal corpses and the state of being unclean before God. Uncleanness or impurity is basically defined as that which is a threat to, or opposes holiness, and hence must be kept separate from that sphere. Contact with human and animal corpses created a state of being unclean for the one who touched. Besides being likely to harbor many sorts of diseases, there is another good reason for this, as the copy pointing forward.

As we grow we will start to be more sensitive to the fact that the creation is dying in real terms. It's not something we made up; we can see it and we know that everything is based on the cycles of death, some short and some long. A flea has a short one, whereas a star has a long one. Nevertheless everything dies, and therefore the more mature we get, the stronger God's life will be living in us. The more holy we will be means the more separated we must become from that which makes unholy, or unclean (unlike God). Therefore, the more contaminated we will become in our associations with the dying creation, especially by our participation in the ways and systems of death. What we used to do as we were driven by the urges within us, we now abandon so that we can be led by another Master.

He has made us competent as ministers of a new covenant—not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.

In this respect the OT as the copy for the sons once again holds true. Associating with death becomes something we must do less and less of, indirectly proportional to our maturity, or cleanness (more like God). The systems that the humans have created, based on getting what they need to keep the lie intact—that they're not going to die—are what we term "the world." It's just man and his way, as opposed to God and His way; our being contaminated by contact with it makes us unclean.

Since you call on a Father who judges each man's work impartially, live your lives as strangers here in reverent fear.

Dear friends, I urge you, as aliens and strangers in the world, to abstain from sinful desires, which war against your soul.

In keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, the home of righteousness. So then, dear friends, since you are looking forward to this, make every effort to be found spotless, blameless and at peace with him.

To be a sojourner, an alien, a stranger in our present existence in this dying creation is the identity everything points to, what Peter and Paul both understood. It follows the idea that we know this creation is inferior and dying, and that this sphere is the domain of the humans who are only temporarily existing within it, like all plants and animals do. Our involvement in it, our taking comfort in its fruit, participating in the games of the dead, living for the old things, finding our fulfillment in the old ways that used to fulfill us—basically living for the things that cannot give us life—are all attached to the animal nature still living inside us, our immaturity in the way of the son, and our inability to see past the lie to what is true. It takes time for a seed to turn into a tree. There are many, many days of apparently standing still when in reality something was happening all along, which was unable to be perceived.

We get a picture of the One who is the most consecrated to God and His purpose, the One who was able by it to stand in His presence and know His great love in the life and condition under which we aim to live. He didn't just become that overnight though, as is often the misguided notion about his disciples too—that they were just zapped into maturity by the magic spirit. In fact they spent 3 years listening to the Son while living with him, and even after all that time they were still dull to what he was telling them about what was real versus what animals think is real—this dying creation and their own existences. Paul on the other hand, referring to himself as a child of God who was "abnormally born," was taken, grabbed by the Lord—stopped in his tracks as if the Lord grabbed him by the collar and shook the life out of him. However, there were 15 years between when that happened and when he wrote the first letter that has been preserved, to reflect what he knew at the time.

The urgings of the NT writers to not participate in the old way, the way of the humans, the "sinful nature" as they termed the instincts that drive the humans; was aimed at this notion of not validating the way of man but instead validating the way of God, invisible to the humans and known to only a few, beginning with John and Jesus, and then the apostles, then a few pockets of humans. After that there were only a few more before it all evaporated into the darkness which has been ruling the world. The truth of God is secret and hidden, and only revealed to a few. They wanted to urge those to whom life had been given to stay away from death in the effort to keep themselves clean. It's what God did in the days of Noah, cleansing the entire world and the stench of the humans' death by the cleansing water.

By faith Noah, when warned about things not yet seen, in holy fear built an ark to save his family. By his faith he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness that comes by faith.

No one has ever seen God, but the One and Only, who is at the Father's side, has made him known.

So we make it our goal to please him, whether we are at home in the body or away from it. For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive what is due him for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad.


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