Joshua 19 / Isaiah 25 / Hebrews 8-9
They serve at a sanctuary that is a copy and shadow of what is in heaven.
This small line declares an important precedent for the secret sons, that the record was preserved for the sake of showing them how things are in a way they cannot come close to understanding with the obtuse animal minds they currently possess, because they're so heavy, dull and unaware of anything the Father might want them to know. If, whilst being lowly animals they think they know something, whatever that may be is just a hook to bring them further in to where they might be able to give up a little more of that which is so precious to them that they never want to give up even a little bit of it.
Whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will save it.
When those who adopt some form of desire to conform to any of the many religious ideas, by which they think they might be able to attain to a condition of an eternal state of survival, they aren't giving up their lives, as the experts tell them. They're merely conforming to the will of a community of humans who have conspired to validate their own particular lie and make it true for themselves by that conspiracy of the agreement of what their consensus provides for each other. If they buy the lie that the gods are on the side of that particular community because they're the "good people," as the leaders tell them, they'll be accepted by each other and welcomed. If they don't then they won't, because the group isn't searching for what's real and true, but to maintain the conspiracy its collective will that it set out to uphold. Becoming unlike the "bad people," as they are defined by being different than the collective group in their adherence to another set of ideas about the gods, is not losing one's life as the Son intended its meaning to be. It is merely conforming more to the group and declaring one's loyalty to upholding the lie that that particular group's gods are better than all the other gods, which makes them better because of their allegiance to the better gods and their rejection of the inferior ones.
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. And anyone who does not carry his cross and follow me cannot be my disciple.
In the same way, any of you who does not give up everything he has cannot be my disciple.
The life of the ignorant animal, made up of all the things it finds, attains and brings into and onto itself, feels like its clothing and protection—the thing it thinks will most keep it safe. The animals don't ever even consider giving up their lives because those are such an inherent part of themselves that they can't even distinguish them as a part that could be identified, let alone separated from so as to give them up. That's why religious communities may serve a social function, but they cannot point a son to his Father, except perhaps by their flaws in attempting to do so, yet never being able to move out of the constraints of the animal nature that rules them all. The idea they propose, that one can just be "set free" from sin by adhering to their collection of interpreted factoids about the gods, is as wrong as their understanding of what sin actually is.
Where I am going, you cannot follow now, but you will follow later.
The preserved individual records of the words written by those sons who were ever influenced by the Father's life on or in them collectively constitute a whole secret explanation to the sons about their new life. It's not about their old human life and how they must integrate it with the new life, which is really what they must turn away from in order to grow into the new one they are being called to live. It isn't about seen or known things on which the humans stamp "secret," or "mysterious," even though they are known to them because they were derived by them. Anything that can be humanized and regurgitated so as to be digestible to the other humans is not secret or mysterious at all, but just another idea the humans have made up to explain their situation, and especially how to survive forever which is the ultimate prize for animals who spend their entire temporary lives doing the same inferior things with unsuccessful outcomes every time. How appealing then is it to the animals when they're presented with the possibility of surviving forever, and all they have to do is agree with a group which claims to know the way to the Father (even though it's impossible on that level)?
The time is coming when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah. It will not be like the covenant I made with their forefathers when I took them by the hand to lead them out of Egypt, because they did not remain faithful to my covenant, and I turned away from them.
Neither is the record merely a historical account of a certain group of humans, as though they themselves were ever inherently so valuable to the Father. Their value can be seen in God's willingness to put them and the exclusive covenant He had cut with them aside to institute another way of interacting with the humans He had chosen to be His own special people. In the end the Israelites are a copy of the better thing, which this Hebrews letter establishes in its argument against salvation being exclusively for the humans who called themselves the good people who are favored by the gods because they adhere to the correct factoids about who the gods are and what they require.
This is the covenant I will make with the house of Israel after that time. I will put my laws in their minds and write them on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people. No longer will a man teach his neighbor, or a man his brother, saying, "Know the Lord," because they will all know me, from the least of them to the greatest. For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.
It's significant that the words of Jeremiah are contained in this letter, because it pinpoints the plan and purpose of God to make a new and better way of interacting with the humans He chose.
By calling this covenant "new," he has made the first one obsolete; and what is obsolete and aging will soon disappear.
New covenant means new terms. Not just the same covenant (external) with new terminology (Jesus instead of the Law), which is what religions get reduced to because they try to get to the secret God via disclosed, human ways like trying to mix water and oil. That way all the secret details of the new covenant can be and remain disclosed by their mysteriousness being theoretical: "It is this way because the words say so, it just doesn't seem like it so we don't have to actually participate in it except in purely theoretical terms until we're resurrected because it doesn't actually make sense to what's existing deep inside us, but that doesn't matter because the words say such and such so just believe them and adhere to the rules we've made out of those words." There's no power, truth or the silently powerful life of God in that because it's dead—it belongs to the natural creation where everything dies in its own appointed cycle of birth leading to death, only to be replaced by another existing thing. The natural creation is more about the certainty of death than it is about life. There are just so many things that are existing at one time (which are just slowly dying) that it seems like life, not death.
You have been a refuge for the poor,
a refuge for the needy in his distress,
When Christ came as high priest of the good things that are already here, he went through the greater and more perfect tabernacle that is not man-made, that is to say, not a part of this creation.
The truth gets turned on its head for the sons so that when they do become sons of God they also become orphans of (unimportant to) the world ruled by the humans. They become the poor and needy, the despised, disgusting, disrespected and dishonorable because they are citizens of another country which is not a part of this dying creation. They are the citizens of the spiritual world that the Son made possible for the sons to be part of by what he did for the Father and them, sacrificing his own welfare for their benefit.
For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given,
Of the increase of his government and peace
there will be no end.
Isaiah prophesies about his true brother, the Messiah who would bring this new world and covenant. Citizenship in it is based on participating in the new covenant, which is purely spiritual, with God who is the spirit. That means it's hidden and unseen by the humans, not for public consumption, not open to everyone so it doesn't become cheap and easy as the countless liars have declared it to be, that anyone can just come in if they want to. They don't know because they can't know what the sons know unless they're called to be one. They assume to know, but are trying to hold on to promises not meant for them by the natural way they try to hold on to everything they want to own and keep for themselves, by an exercise of thought. The problem of finding one's way to the Father isn't arrived at the way humans normally figure things out, like figuring out any problem (this one being how to survive forever). The way to the Father is a secret, hidden mystery; it isn't just disclosed for everyone to know it or be able to figure it out. In that respect, we're not trying to say we know the way to the Father either or that we can tell the chosen son which way to go. All we're saying is that it's secret so when any human or group of humans says they know, and that all you have to do is this and that i.e., "conform to what we've derived as per what one must do to survive forever," they're full of shit because the Father doesn't work that way, only the humans do.
Everything that is spiritual comes from God. He is the spirit and everything comes from His life and is maintained by His messengers. If He allows something to exist then it exists; if not, then it doesn't i.e., there aren't a plethora of spirits and demons, bad devils and good gods and as per how they have been manufactured out of the minds of the humans. They have been making up gods since the beginning of time as they observe unexplainable phenomena about the creation they exist in (because God doesn't explain it to them), and need to find an agreement with each other about the story of how to explain things according to that craving inside them to be able to control the bubble of their little universe around them. The reason the earthly creation exists is for a good purpose; so He can pull His own sons from it and save them from the death, stench, chaos and oppression of the animal nature which rules over them. It is like a blanket, a sheet that covers all of the animals so they can't ever get to God no matter how smart they are, how hard they try or how diligently they adhere to the rules they've created by which they claim one can get to their gods.
On this mountain he will destroy the shroud that enfolds all peoples, the sheet that covers all nations; He will swallow up death forever.
His sons, who all have to come out of this oppressive domination by the old nature of death, will be happy and appreciative of what their Father has done specially for them because they know what it is. That will show them how much love He has for them in particular, over the generic mob of others who weren't specifically chosen to be His. Contrast that with Adam who didn't have that appreciation, so it seems it was easy for him to conspire with the animal against the One who would have been his Father, if he had chosen the right and rejected the wrong. He felt like there was nothing to lose because he didn't know what there was to lose. The sons know what there is to lose, because they all have to come from the same place of oppression and death—they all have to be rescued from Egypt, pulled out of their participation in the world via their subjection to being fully a part of it, according to the oppressive animal nature which rules them and all the others according to the curse.
God will bring down their pride despite the cleverness of their hands. He will bring down your high fortified walls and lay them low; he will bring them down to the ground, to the very dust.
What does the animal nature produce in us, but pride and high fortified walls of emotional defenses—that is a good description of the complex psychology (the walls) of the human animal that rules this creation (the pride). When he goes from immature to mature his psychological response to what he sees in the world develops within him very complex, fortified walls of defense, because there are so many things he needs to be afraid of in this hostile world. They aren't just the surface things but very deep and complex things of the psyche, conditions within them that constantly produce the negative by-products of their own particular set of defense mechanisms. These basically go unnoticed, but become the main substructure of the defense walls that the humans psychosomatically create as they grow up so they can protect themselves from all the things they subconsciously recognize as threats to their physical, mental and emotional survival, so they psychologically and automatically create the necessary means of protecting themselves. The idea of a wall is just a metaphor, but the point is clear.
What psychologists have been trying to accomplish is to chip away at tiny little pieces of that blanket which covers the humans. What they are able to do in some cases is allow the person to adapt to their surroundings so that they can participate with the others who surround them. That is trying to get the particular individual to see that the threats to which they are throwing up so many defense walls—causing all the negative and destructive behavior—don't actually need to be there. If the psychologist can get the person to see that the threat isn't as grave as they thought, then maybe they can find some way to placate the safety they so aggressively sought out, so they don't need to continue to put their destructive walls up around them. Then maybe they can find some temporary calm, perhaps a little happiness in their relief from so many hidden things. In these rare cases they allow the person to temporarily adapt to their surroundings while they live out the rest of their existence. It's temporary because it can only ever last, even in the most optimum case, as long as the person is alive. Then there won't be a need for anything, because their consciousness which created all these things in and around them won't be there any more, nor especially will there be any need to defend themselves.
Even the most extreme cases of defense walls within the human psyche didn't exist within the particular person at one point in their existence. When they were tiny infants they had no conception of the world and how scary it was, so their walls of defense were very simplistic. They didn't need many defense mechanisms except the instinct to get at the breast which had the food in it so they could survive on that very basic level. Everything else had to pretty much be taken care of for them or they wouldn't have survived because they didn't yet know how. As they grew up and their consciousness allowed them to perceive the world as it was, then the walls of fear started going up in response to the various forms of threat and hostility they perceived.
The sons of God will know the origins and explanations of why the humans are how they are, more so than any of the greatest psychologists, who can only ever temporarily put a band-aid on it. Also, what the sons understand about God and their existence as humans isn't about abstract religious concepts that are so separate and disconnected from their own reality and what they know to be their own actual human experience and can also be observed in the humans around them (the existence of so many irrational, unexplainable fears within them that they cannot explain or control), they can never explain anything. What the sons know cuts right to the heart of why people are the way they are—why they themselves are the way they are. While they grew up and they perceived the world, they developed all their own particular responses to what they saw—their consciousness. As they took information in, they reacted on a subconscious level to construct and fortify their own walls around their heart and mind so they could feel a certain safety from all the threats they constantly perceive.
That's the evil that is part of the blanket that covers all of the humans like an impermeable membrane, the "Sheet that covers all nations," the nature that develops within them because of that response to the dangers and hostility they perceive, and the need to survive within this hostile world. The nature that the humans have of self-love and self-preservation, particularly suits them for this purpose. However the sons of God are born into another creation—of their Father—and as the verse continues we see that there is relief for those sons who are able to punch through that membrane because of the life that gets planted in them.
The Sovereign LORD will wipe away the tears from all faces; he will remove the disgrace of His people from all the earth. The LORD has spoken.
In that day they will say, "Surely this is our God; we trusted in him, and he saved us. This is the LORD, we trusted in him; let us rejoice and be glad in his salvation."
The humans attempt to deal with the effects of their nature in many different ways. Some actually try to meet the fear head on, and try to deconstruct the many irrational fears that control them to their dismay. This may be the most honest way, yet it remains ineffective for the sons because at very best it remains only temporary and their lifelong struggle to combat this enemy turns to nothing once their consciousness, therefore their participation in it, is gone. The best the humans can do is adapt to their surroundings. They can never be free from remaining under the membrane unless they are given the secret, hidden key to find the secret, hidden treasure. That is what the Son brought to the humans who were chosen to become sons of the living Father.
The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field.
When the son sees that there is treasure to be found and where it is, then understands how much it costs to get at it, he knows that nothing in the world is as important as getting at that treasure. The treasure isn't on top of the field where everyone can see it, it is *hidden* and only one man became aware of its existence and location. What things the Son said must fall away from the son in order to unearth and claim the treasure, actually must because that's the price for the field where the treasure is hidden. There's no partial payments or discounts, and there's no tunneling in to get it. There's only one way, to die to the animal nature so that he can partake in the new covenant and become a son instead of an unclean animal with the old nature.
Most of the time the perceived fear and insecurity is dealt with by the humans by responding with what is easiest to employ in its constant quest to feel like it's surviving, the reason for the fortified defense walls are there in the first place. This is the action of building things, money and people up around it so that it can feel some safety and security from the irrational, mostly incomprehensible yet nevertheless perceived threats that surround it. These are the accumulated perceptions which compounded as they grew up into their mature animal identities that they created in response to the insecurity that they developed because of the hostility they perceived. They took into themselves whatever they could to deal with it. But again, it's always only temporary, because things, people, and identities—no matter how safe any or many parts of it makes one feel—always go away because this earthly existence is based on cycles of death with a new thing replacing what has already died off. Actually it can be said that it's based on birth and death, but the birth gets nullified by the death so it's always even. Nothing continues to live past its certain appointed cycle of living and dying.
The reason this is important for the sons of God is because they get taken out of the natural creation in the capacity of not being subject to those cycles of death any more. The earthly is all about the cycles, the circles of birth then death, and the earthly beings are always involved in their struggle to react to what they perceive as that reality of the way things are. So they're constantly involved in constructing their little fortified walls which help them psychologically deal with what they perceive. In line with all the other animals in the earthly creation they are involved in accumulating, producing other creatures that look like them, creating various "respectable" identities for themselves and building stuff up around them—all in a response to attempt to deal with this psychological phenomenon that they have constructed within them in response to what they perceive about their particular world with all its threats. Actually it's all about trying to make themselves feel secure in this insecure world.
What the son learns is that he's just as apt to acting and being just like all the rest of the humans, because of that impermeable membrane, under which he was born, which keeps the humans separated from God. Only certain individuals are allowed to get through. The rest merely remain under it, subject to the same circular conditions of birth and death as everything in the earthly creation. The membrane is invisible, so even the sons won't be able to see it until they've been chosen to see what the others cannot see, what they couldn't see before. Coming out from the domination of the animal nature is part of being in the new covenant with God which the firstborn Son initiated. It is a secret, hidden, spiritual covenant.
The preserved words are an accounting of the understanding of that phenomenon by certain individuals to whom it was revealed, like Isaiah pointing to a time when that membrane would become lifted for those certain individuals who like him, were allowed to see the truth as it came directly from God to them—invisibly as they were driven by the spirit of God to teach them these certain, secret things He wanted them to know. The being who knew this the clearest was Jesus, clearest because he was closest to God, who raised him from birth not to see and perceive the world blindly like all the animals do, and so build up their defense walls in response. Jesus had the spirit of truth living in his body as he grew up, so he never followed the normal course as everyone else does.
The things Jesus taught were religiously oriented concepts because the culture of man was so predominantly religious at that time. The concepts he taught were based on the actual truth of what the OT said about the condition of the humans versus the sons of God. For instance, he understood what Isaiah meant about this idea of a blanket covering all the humans. He understood all of the OT writings, even from the Genesis accounts, as pointing to this condition of man as animal with animal's nature and consciousness. But it wasn't just about knowing that fact; the enlightenment that Jesus had concerning it was for a particular end and purpose of God, as much as the original employment of it (Genesis 3) was for a particular end and purpose.
Jesus' teachings were particular messages for a particular group of people, trying to illuminate them to the fact of its existence, and the good news that they had been chosen to come out from underneath it so they could do what the other animals couldn't. They were chosen to know the secrets of the kingdom of heaven so that they could come out from their bondage to the cycles of death of the earthly creation, and be put on a straight path that leads to their Father. They could find a security that was unavailable to the animals otherwise at the disposal of creating and maintaining all of the walls they put up to deal with their existence.
Jesus taught the chosen sons that they didn't need to love money because money is just a way that the animals deal with the insecurity of the world. It is very attractive to the animals because it helps them feel more secure in their psychology—it's the most salient way of having and getting things and people around them. This temporarily helps alleviate their irrational, subconscious insecurities they developed as they grew up and became fully aware of all the various insecurities, and the defenses they needed to employ to survive in their world. Jesus taught the sons that they didn't need to worry about those things, even the most basic needs like food and clothing, because they had a supernatural Father that they couldn't yet perceive, but soon would. He would take care of them, and if they didn't need to worry about food and clothing, then they certainly didn't need to worry about their earthly positions, careers, identities, or families because they had all the same things in the spiritual world, imperceptible to the rest of the humans. On the contrary, those things would only hamper their ability to perceive their Father and find their way to Him.
Everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or fields for my sake will receive a hundred times as much and will inherit eternal life. But many who are first will be last, and many who are last will be first.
It was a matter of whether they could perceive that other reality or not, because it isn't perceived by anything natural, or any of the natural faculties they possessed. The spiritual world exists on a totally different dimension than that which is available to the humans, who are otherwise under the impenetrable membrane of the animal nature. Jesus did miracles that were supernatural so that those sons could see that he was genuinely supernatural, and transcended the rules all of the humans are bound to. That's what the miracles were about and for, to authenticate his authority to the men as the One who was from God, for whom all Israel was waiting, so that they could believe the extraordinary things that he was saying, the completely unnatural things that cut against their perceptions of reality being mere men under the curse of the membrane.
Do not mistreat an alien or oppress him, for you were aliens in Egypt. Do not take advantage of a widow or an orphan. If you do and they cry out to me, I will certainly hear their cry. My anger will be aroused, and I will kill you with the sword; your wives will become widows and your children fatherless.
Another purpose of the miracles was to very ironically show to the men what the OT writings all pointed to, that they were 180 degrees different than what was being taught by the self-appointed leaders of Israel who were driven by the animal nature to always fulfill their own destinies and satisfactions. The true God of Israel didn't go to them, and He cut the legs right out from under their philosophy and teaching by that very thing—not going to them. Instead he went to the poor, lame, despised and sick. He went to the sheep who were overlooked by the so-called shepherds of God's people—the widows and orphans.
The widows were important because they pointed to the sons who would gain a husband that could save them from their dilemma (Jesus). The orphans pointed to the sons having a Father who loved them and could provide them with the security that all the animals look for but never find. The final fulfillment of that message was that He took His salvation away from the Israelites and gave it to the aliens, the foreigners in the land, the gentiles who were looked upon by the misdirected Jews as dogs. Ironically enough, Ezekiel and Isaiah prophesy about this time and phenomenon many years before it happened, although the people about whom it was spoken couldn't recognize it because of that blanket of misperception caused by the animal nature on and in them.
Son of man, you are living among a rebellious people. They have eyes to see but do not see and ears to hear but do not hear, for they are a rebellious people.
The knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of heaven has been given to you (the sons), but not to them (the presumptuous, smug people of God who were having that position taken away).
Whoever has will be given more, and he will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken from him. This is why I speak to them in parables:
"Though seeing, they do not see; though hearing, they do not hear or understand.
In them is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah: "You will be ever hearing but never understanding; you will be ever seeing but never perceiving."
The living Son teaches the sons what God is interested in, and what they should also be searching, longing and yearning for—that they could find and know the secret hidden treasure, unavailable to the humans but being made available to them because of their heritage as true sons of God. They could know a true husband who could provide them safety and security from what plagues all the humans, and a true Father who could love and protect them in their struggle as humans. What the Son and the Father offer the sons is the very thing that all of the humans unsuccessfully try to get at, although unsuccessfully, as they build up their fortified walls of protection mechanisms to try to find some security. The highest declaration and knowledge of that security is the love that comes from God, His wanting them to know that He plans to remember to save them from forever rotting into the natural creation after their cycle of death has finished. Even though they have to participate in it as an animal, that will be ultimately and finally done in their redemption from the grave, the reversal of the fate of all animals which usually just become compost for the thing that comes along to replace them.
So the sons, just like the disciples (sons too) are given various miracles within themselves to demonstrate God's intention to save them, and to prove to them that what they think they're being told is genuine and authentic, and has as much authority now as Jesus had when he spoke with his earthly voice. That is the seal and deposit that the Father puts in them to make sure they know about His intention specifically for them, not the generic world of human animals all around them. The living word is the same voice, except in pure spirit form, so it makes sense that he could reassure us as he reassured his earthly disciples. One big principle that the son begins to understand is how all of the writings preserved point to the idea of the natural being a copy for the sons about what the spiritual is like.
They serve at a sanctuary that is a copy and shadow of what is in heaven. This is why Moses was warned when he was about to build the tabernacle: "See to it that you make everything according to the pattern shown you on the mountain." But the ministry Jesus has received is as superior to theirs as the covenant of which he is mediator is superior to the old one, and it is founded on better promises.
The point of what we are saying is this: We do have such a high priest, who sat down at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in heaven, as minister in the sanctuary; yes, of the true tabernacle which the Lord pitched, not man.
The NIV misses the writer's point when they translated the last part of this verse. "...the true tabernacle set up by the Lord, not by man" is how they have it, which is a little weak because it loses the intention—that the Lord pitched the tent. The reality is that the Lord is the real Moses, the copy of Jesus who only pitched the copy of the tent. Moses had the help of the people that God had picked to help him pitch it, who themselves were a copy of the messengers that helped Jesus pitch the real, spiritual tent. He then continues speaking to the idea of copy versus real throughout the chapter. It is preserved for us because we need to realize the existence and extent of the copy for our own lives while we learn about the significance of Jesus and the love that comes from the Father to the sons.
Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for your brothers, love one another deeply, from the heart. For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God. For,
"All men are like grass,
and all their glory is like the flowers of the field;
Therefore, rid yourselves of all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander of every kind. Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, now that you have tasted that the Lord is good.
Again the copy for us to see—newborn babies who have tasted life and need to grow. We have tasted life inside us, and we know that it is the real thing, unlike anything we knew while we were still fully in the old man—fully dead. It is only a deposit, but it is a guarantee that we have been born of God and that He will not leave us in a dumpster. He will secretly and quietly raise us up to be as Jesus was—humble, quiet, mature, knowing our Father and the spiritual reality more than the lies of the world we came from. We have an obligation, though, not to live like we used to, in the power of our self-preserving flesh, hoping in the promises of Adam, which all die away. It gets easier when we see what's true versus what we only thought was true before. We have a new hope and a new Father, and an obligation to live for Him if we've been chosen to have His life planted in us.
We still have the residue of our old man in us which will tempt us to take refuge in the hopes of our old life, the things that we developed as part of our fortified wall by which we found our little dreams, satisfactions and fulfillments that helped us to believe that our life was somehow worthwhile, that it meant something outside of the obvious, yet ignored because hidden, cycles of death. The old man residue will be there, around every corner, enticing us to bond with him and believe his lies. But we want more and more to please our Father as we become conscious that He is our Father.
As any child becomes conscious of their parent and begins to desire their praise and acceptance, we will do the same. It's so much more complex than this, but it's all we can do with these earthly, heavy and obtuse consciousnesses. Little by little He gives us the ability to say no to the old man when he entices us, and we slowly grow into maturity. The key word here is slowly, because like it or not that is how the spiritual child grows—not unlike the natural child. Remember, that is why we have the natural to see and observe—so that we can know what the spiritual is like. Even if it's inferior it still points to it.
Our eyes start to open as we slowly see what is reality versus what we thought was reality all our lives. It is not like anything that anyone has told us; spiritual growth is sure and steady like the oak tree. He took hundreds of years to grow up and now he can't be blown over or trampled like the grass that is man's life. The spirit of truth told Peter, who also told Isaiah before that.
Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for your brothers, love one another deeply, from the heart. For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God. For,
"All men are like grass,
and all their glory is like the flowers of the field;
And this is the word that was preached to you.
We won't take hundreds of years to grow up, just a handful compared to the oak tree. We will go unnoticed, just growing little by little, every day getting stronger and stronger. That is how the son of God's life goes. Once he is born of God, the seed is planted and he starts to grow. There's no big huffa-puffa climax, no baptized into the made up chaotic holy spirit god theatrics, as the liars say. There is just growing up quiet and steady, subtle and sure. The more mature and secure son of God doesn't want to be noticed—that's what man naturally wants to satisfy the ego craving in him to be validated by the humans. Because the humans as a whole are not hearing the word speak in them, they can't validate it and the son has to keep going back to the same source for his validation, the living word that is secretly speaking to him. For instance, as per Jesus' teaching in Matthew 6, the son of God goes in the corner where only God sees, because he knows that God sees and doesn't need to be validated by the humans, who cannot give their approval because their reality is under the membrane.
The self-preserving nature of Adam makes for the impossibility of love. All instances of human love are temporary and can only be copies of the permanent love, which is from God the Father to His own sons chosen out of the world of humans. Self-preservation is all that the animal can do, because it's under that membrane. God will show us how self-preserving we still are with the trials that He brings us, which are just the things that allow us to see how much that animal nature rules us, and for the purpose that we will be able to come out from under it, the blanket, sheet, membrane.
The trials are for the purpose of observing ourselves and to realize what a prison we are in, and slowly desire to and then become free. When the prison of self-preservation begins to be lifted from us we begin to be able to develop the motivation toward God and look out for His interests more than our own, just as any good son would as he grew up with a good father. That relationship is love, and the source for any love comes to the son because of the FAther's intention to give it to him. Because we are sure that we are safe and secure, and that our Father will take care of us in the most real way possible (forever) according to that relationship, then we are able to shun that self-centered nature of Adam. That is the life of Jesus, who now lives to teach us how to be the good son, just like he was.