2 Samuel 7 / Jeremiah 12 / Matthew 23
You are always on their lips
but far from their hearts.
God isn't a part of this creation as the humans are. It was created for one purpose, that out of it He might draw His own family of sons from the stock of humans who are born into it—living and dying and forever remaining one with it in nature unless they have the mark and seal on them which says that they belong to the Father, they have been chosen to become one of those sons in His family and they indeed have His seal on them to keep them from becoming forever one with the natural creation.
Go and tell my servant David, "This is what the LORD says: Are you the one to build me a house to dwell in? "
The temple that David wanted to build was more for the humans than for God, so they could be like the humans in the other nations around them who were building magnificent structures that they could behold and claim as a legacy of their own perceived greatness (statues, gardens, pyramids, etc). Although David was mistaken about God's message in wanting only the humble tent, and not a fabulous temple, it is fitting that he didn't build the temple. Solomon, who was completely given over to the human value system and gorged himself on it, thanks to all that God had done through his father's body, built the temple which God never intended being built. Contrary to human thinking, that the edifice was a tribute to and honored God in its magnificence, it actually marked the beginning of the ending of what God had done for his humble servant David.
I took you from the pasture and from following the flock to be ruler over my people Israel. I have been with you wherever you have gone, and I have cut off all your enemies from before you. Now I will make your name great, like the names of the greatest men of the earth. And I will provide a place for my people Israel and will plant them so that they can have a home of their own and no longer be disturbed. Wicked people will not oppress them anymore, as they did at the beginning and have done ever since the time I appointed leaders over my people Israel. I will also give you rest from all your enemies.
This is what God wanted to do for Israel, but Israel under Solomon wanted to be just like them, to show them that God was alive not in the way that He intended that to be known (that He could dwell with His own chosen people in peace in the land He promised to Abraham), but in the way the humans want to know and be known—by building a more magnificent thing out of wood, metal and stone than the other nations had. They didn't want to recognize God or understand His ways—that He wasn't about what it seen but what is unseen, what can live in a man's heart not what can be seen about his external being—but were all about the human way, and always about rejecting, not wanting to know God's secret, hidden, unseen way.
"My thoughts are not your thoughts,
neither are your ways my ways,"
As the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are my ways higher than your ways
God searched for humans who were different than the rest, who weren't so completely will to be constantly given over to the way of man, which is about the seeing and hearing, the looking and deciding—all based on what is actually false because of what it actually is—temporary, not sustaining past its inevitable demise. God has always been hidden, just because He desires to find those who don't become satisfied with what only seems to be, what all the humans say is so in their desire to only find safety and security in the consensus they can find via their agreement with the other participants in the natural creation, all just little perishing pieces of the same intricate puzzle.
God the Father wants to find and reward those who are not okay with the way things are, like the mere animals are okay with it as long as they can continue to live like beasts in the field that are merely existing for themselves until they die, then become no more. He wants to find those who are like Him, who want more, and are not so cowardly that they just settle for what is wrong, bad and lacking—even if no one else is reinforcing that feeling in them as they all just go about getting and taking for themselves, acting like it's all worth so much and all just so satisfying to be one of so many who don't know anything but are just going along with everyone else, pretending to know and have everything all under control by adopting whatever's available to them to build up the charade more that they are in control.
Cursed is the one who trusts in man,
who depends on flesh for his strength
He will be like a bush in the wastelands;
he will not see prosperity when it comes.
But blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, whose confidence is in him.
He will be like a tree planted by the water
that sends out its roots by the stream.
The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?
I the LORD search the heart
and examine the mind,
Humans continue to build monuments to themselves out of wood, metal and stone if they can, and then they say it's for the greater good, which is the hiding place they think they have found for the dishonesty that lives in their heart—that what they can see is all there is. The temple that was eventually built wasn't for God's sake but for the people, to give themselves something that looked important in the natural, as they could observe via their animal senses. God, however, never needed anything more than what He gave them—a humble, moveable tent. That is the thing He wanted them to embrace, a humility about themselves in recognizing that they didn't ever do anything great, but God did it for them—from bringing them out from Egypt to wiping out the inhabitants in the land that were established behind fortified walls it was He that initiated it and He that was their only King, the only One worthy of being worshipped.
I have not dwelt in a house from the day I brought the Israelites up out of Egypt to this day. I have been moving from place to place with a tent as my dwelling.
Wherever I have moved with all the Israelites, did I ever say to any of their rulers whom I commanded to shepherd my people Israel, 'Why have you not built me a house of cedar?
He wouldn't ever actually live there anyway, because it's an inferior copy, a part of this inferior creation He isn't a part of. The tabernacle was intended to show those whose hearts wanted to find God more than what the humans said they should be seeking, that His desire to live in the humble tent was a declaration that the things the humans think are important (huge, ornate buildings they could see and become satisfied with in their journey to God—no more was necessary than their building the observable temple) are not important, and they shouldn't be fooled into thinking as such. If God had His way there never would have been a temple, because His way is to not be found in structures, no matter how magnificent they are; or groups of humans no matter how many there are, all giving themselves the agreement they seek to become satisfied with what they're agreeing on and therefore not needing to go any further in seeking the God who is obviously hidden for a good reason—because He desires to find those who want Him more than they want to just find that agreement with themselves and the other humans who are totally dominated by the nature that makes them want/need/crave to go the opposite way from God than where He actually is.
King Solomon was greater in riches and wisdom than all the other kings of the earth. Year after year, everyone who came brought a gift--articles of silver and gold, robes, weapons and spices, and horses and mules. Solomon accumulated chariots and horses; he had fourteen hundred chariots and twelve thousand horses, which he kept in the chariot cities and also with him in Jerusalem.
King Solomon, however, loved many foreign women besides Pharaoh's daughter—Moabites, Ammonites, Edomites, Sidonians and Hittites. They were from nations about which the LORD had told the Israelites, "You must not intermarry with them, because they will surely turn your hearts after their gods." Nevertheless, Solomon held fast to them in love.
Solomon inherited a kingdom that could command tribute and demand servitude to the great nation of Israel, made great under David. And Solomon basked in the benefits that came with being king of a nation like the other nations around them whose kings exalted themselves to positions of godhood, just because they could and the nature that is in all humans to completely rule them (unless it's being purged out of them via the transformation from animal to son) finds its zenith in this type of scenario. He took for himself all that he could to satisfy his animal lusts and cravings for more, which brought him down low to the level of just a glorified animal, no better than any of the others except for the name he inherited. But even legacy of being the son of God's loved servant David got pissed away by his incessant need for more to satisfy his animal cravings to be greater and more honored than anyone else, and not seek God like David had.
Do not call anyone on earth `father,' for you have one Father, and he is in heaven.
The only house that will do for God is a house made of sons, each brick alive with the personality and identity of one of an exact number of His sons who were chosen to become sons because they wanted more than what they were told was available, and they weren't satisfied with what the liars told them about the gods they serve. They were given a choice of being able to get what they wanted, but the cost would be that they would have to give their life and everything they have in this temporary existence to Him to get it, which would become a declaration of their intention to do what it takes to find the better thing they have been searching for, but couldn't find because it wasn't available until it was revealed to them—that it actually does exist but it isn't cheap or easy to find. And once they get it they won't be able to own it or possess it to the extent that they can become smug by thinking that they don't have to keep searching because it's elusive on purpose, so that they aren't ever able to do that with it, what the humans think they can do with everything in their little existences in order to find that agreement and safety among themselves—be able to control it for their own good to satisfy the evil that is always there tempting them to serve it.
They become being transformed from a mere animal happy with its life in the field, to a son who is worthy to be a little piece of God's house, because the Father found in that one's heart what He truly loves, and is rewarding that one with the reward intended only for the sons of God. His inheritance is never intended for the imposters who are merely humans, happy with being that, not wanting any more, yet thinking that they can buy for themselves an eternal place in some made up heaven, like they buy houses, cars, girlfriends and positions of honor. As the son is being transformed, his love for the Father grows inside him, so that that is the only thing that eventually drives him. That is the nature of the reward, that he would be able to actually feel and comprehend the way the Father intends for him. That is the mark of the son of God, the love he has for the Father, which logically spills out to his brothers because they belong to the Father and become good, whereas before, without the transformation made possible by the firstborn Son's work, they would have all just remained bad, wrong and evil—unable to be of any use to the Father.
As you come to him, the living Stone—rejected by men but chosen by God and precious to him—you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.
The house that God will build consists of us the living bricks, each one alive with that same life in themselves that the firstborn Son had in him, and each one becomes able to be radiating the same love involved in choosing to reward them, outward to Him as He is surrounded by them all. God is too incredible to contain, too fantastically complex to ever satisfy, but this will be a start—surrounded by every one of His sons' love for Him, what will amount to something great, what can satisfy Him and give Him the peace He has been working and living for, His purpose with this creation even since the beginning.
The LORD declares to you that the LORD himself will establish a house for you: When your days are over and you rest with your fathers, I will raise up your offspring to succeed you, who will come from your own body, and I will establish his kingdom. He is the one who will build a house for my Name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever. I will be his father, and he will be my son.
I will forsake my house,
abandon my inheritance;
The nation of Israel whom God was abandoning was only ever a copy of the better thing, just as David as shepherd of Israel was a copy of the Shepherd who was to come, who would save God's actual Israel, His family of true sons called out of the world of the humans, for His good purpose and not their own. It cannot be said that Jesus was much of anything in the natural, what the humans are fixated on and live their lives by, yet he was the great Son of David spoken of by God's prophets. So we can't say that one thing is true (that he was completely hidden by the Father from the humans), but it doesn't matter (that now he's not hidden anymore, as the liars claim—anyone can get to him which means that God's love is cheap and easy).
The Son of God wasn't anything in the natural because the natural doesn't mean anything—even still. We hear a different story every time we interact with the natural, observable reality as it tries to draw us back to its importance because its effectiveness is in completely ruling the humans without them even being aware, so that's what it will continue to attempt to do with the sons, even while they are being transformed, as the adversary to that transformation (its job is to keep the animals away from the Father, and it does its job perfectly). The sons have another kind of logic (from the Father), that tells us that if the long-awaited Messiah, the Son of David spoken of by God through Nathan, came to Israel and was merely a streak of light, hardly seen by anyone, then his importance must lie elsewhere—somewhere other than the natural, temporary creation ruled by the human animals who are all just happy to be that.
My kingdom is not of this world. If it were, my servants would fight to prevent my arrest by the Jews. But now my kingdom is from another place.
We know this creation is ruled by mere animals, inferior because the animals were allowed to have power over God's Son. The animals had so much so-called regard for Moses who was only a man, but had no regard for the One who was so much greater than Moses, at whom Moses only pointed, the only One who could have actually saved them from their dilemma of death and decay. That's because they didn't regard the Moses who actually lived to serve God as His own shepherd, but the moses they created who served them by becoming some kind of hero and icon afterward, by the humans who retained the power to transform him into that definition.
The teachers of the law and the Pharisees sit in Moses' seat.
Everything they do is done for men to see: They love the place of honor at banquets and the most important seats in the synagogues; they love to be greeted in the marketplaces and to have men call them `Rabbi.'
They only sat in Moses' seat, which declared a respect for the name of a son of God who pointed to the firstborn Son. But they didn't do as Moses did, who as shepherd and leader of God's people (appointed by God, not himself) gave up his life because he wanted more than what he could get from Egypt, even as a privileged son of Pharaoh. He wanted more, and it was in his heart to get more, but not more of what the world offered him. What God gave him was 40 years in the desert of Midian learning the new way, being transformed from a son of the world (Pharaoh) to a son of the only living God. He learned how to conform to another reality so that he could be of some use to God instead of just being another throwaway animal like the rest, living to and for themselves, only to be replace by a thousand others ready to take their place when their day is over.
Being 100% ruled by the animal nature, the Pharisees who appointed themselves to their positions could only care about themselves, which is all that is built into the animal nature to do and be—a devoted servant and slave to no one but your own self, life and circumstances, perhaps also to those who have a piece of your own DNA in them. That's why they are at all special to you, because an actual piece of you lives in them, which just comes back full circle to you loving yourself perfectly and thoroughly disguised as something noble and good. There is an instinctual love and devotion in the animal world between a parent and their child because of that chemical/DNA bonding. It is an egotistical fulfillment, an animal phenomenon because the only reason it occurs is because there is a piece of the parent that gets genetically transferred to the child, so they are able to love them because of the bond that's created that way. The animal is truly driven to only ever be truly able to love its own self, which is its demise in the eyes of God who demands a love away from itself from those who would seek to please Him. The only way to ever please God is to become pulled away from being led/ruled/dominated by the nature that rules the human animals without them even beginning to become aware of it.
You are not to be called 'Rabbi,' for you have only one Master and you are all brothers. And do not call anyone on earth 'father,' for you have one Father, and he is in heaven (as opposed to being earthly, another human). Nor are you to be called 'teacher,' for you have one Teacher, the Christ.
That's the relationship—one Master and everyone else brothers who are under the Master. One Father, and everyone else sons of the Father. One Teacher and each is subject to him and whomever he appoints to be over the others. There are no self-appointed teachers in God's family, like the humans are so quick to jump into the role of calling themselves teachers, even despite the warnings they assume to live by, making a mockery of even their own systems and rules.
Not many of you should presume to be teachers, my brothers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly. We all stumble in many ways. If anyone is never at fault in what he says, he is a perfect man, able to keep his whole body in check.
We don't claim to be teachers because just like is happening within our own selves, there is one Teacher. Only the Teacher has the ability to truly sway one of the humans away from its being dominated by the nature that keeps it where it's sposed to be and remain, according to the Father's plan and wishes. No human can persuade another about the things that are true; only the Teacher can do that, because it must be done from within the human, where the other humans aren't able to go. That is so that the human who is the subject of this discussion can truly know the genuineness of the Teacher's voice, above all that he's ever heard from the humans who cannot speak as he speaks to the one who has been chosen to have the truth of the Father revealed to him—because he wanted more than what he was/is being told is available to him.
The only reason the humans would ever want/demand to be called teacher is to get something they crave, which is the valuable yet intangible currency of having those deep egotistical cravings fulfilled by being honored in and of themselves, for what they are. Then, because it's in their nature to hide, they convince themselves and everyone else that they're doing it for the gods they are all worshipping so they can wash their hands clean from the guilt of their own selfish ambition to get and retain for themselves. Nobody is greater or lesser than the others, which is all the humans can ever be to one another as they constantly play their games and vie for their little positions of temporary power over each other. As animals the only thing we can ever think of is gaining an edge, having that little bit of power over others, because that is tangible currency to what lies deep within us (need to get which makes us feel like we're surviving better), and our mode is always to just survive at any cost. It's a constant game of survival on may complicated levels, and every subtle complexity that goes along with it is another plus to the animal. Everyone's playing that game because they're driven to, instinctually by a power they can't ever control (because it was created by the Father to be 100% effective without flaw).
The greatest among you will be your servant. For whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted. But many who are first will be last, and many who are last will be first.
For the sons it's the opposite, as the firstborn Son instructed them that their lives would have to be opposite to what lived in them to rule them to seek what they thought was valuable. This is the equation Jesus stated as the new equation for getting to God, the topsy-turvy secret nature of the new covenant. It totally baffles everyone, because as animals we're used to other ways, animal ways like this other game of power—constantly having the edge and gaining power over the other on many different levels and in many different ways.
At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, "Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?"
Jesus told those chosen by God to be sons the new way because he knew they were chosen, by the Father, to be able to recognize what none of the other humans could. He knew that they would soon have the ability to do that, once the spirit was sent to them to give them the knowledge of the Father's love for them and their Master's concern for their understanding the new covenant. The spirit was the same Jesus who was teaching them for 3 years, sent back to them in his new form, pure spirit like God was—unseen and who could live in them and teach them the new way of love instead of the animal mode of survival and power, lording their power over the others. The spirit would guide them into an understanding of all the things that the Teacher said when he was with them, when they couldn't understand what he was saying (because they didn't possess the ability to understand because they hadn't received the spirit).
Is it the same "holy spirit" that the christians made into a separate god along with the son, father and devil in their quest to develop a more acceptable story of good and evil, that which rivaled the mythological stories of the great Roman and Greek panoply of made up gods? The idea of only one God was something which the then inferior and mostly hated Jews (who had killed their jesus) held to, a most unappetizing and unappealing idea of the time and place which ruled the rest of the world, so much so that it had the power to change the story to make it more "Roman." And they did, and it still rules the landscape of man made christian religious systems that spring up amongst the humans like grass, each one promising some hope for life to the humans, while they remain just as they are, satisfied with being the dumb animals they want to be, standing out in the field waiting to be slaughtered so another can take its place. That's what we call the morphine dripper of God that He gives the humans who just want what all the others want—more for themselves and then to top it all off, a spot in heaven along with everyone else who couldn't have cared less about ever finding anything more about who God might be, or what He might like to see in a human.
We know that we live in him and he in us, because he has given us of his spirit. And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in him and he in God. And so we know and rely on the love God has for us.
The animal can't know love, nor can it know God because God is love. So if the disciples remained animals, they would have no possibility of carrying out Jesus' one command—to love one another. Love requires something that the animals do not have, which we can observe about them. They can only ever love themselves, and there's no escaping from that. They try to love but they cannot because of the presence of that ubiquitous, thick membrane which covers them all. They can try all they want, but even the slightest pressure will bring out what they are, and the fear that is in them will come out quickly as the natural instinct of their nature.
God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him. In this way, love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment, because in this world we are like him. There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.
His spirit is the Teacher Jesus spoke about. It is the body of Jesus in its present form, like God, because they were made One. The life of the Father and the Son in pure spirit form cannot be captured, held onto, or controlled the way men think they can control God. Love cannot be manufactured from within the individual, because love cannot come out of an animal, and an animal can't just decide it's not going to be an animal anymore, like a cat deciding it's going to be a bird and start flying, or a dog and start barking. It it'll ever do is what it's sposed to do—eat, sleep, make babies and bury its poop. In the winter it won't head out on the road looking for a warmer climate; it'll just grow more fur not because it decides it needs to but because it's instinctually in it to do it, and it's driven by those instincts, just like the human animals are driven by the same nature of instinctual drives that cause it to define itself by such—as it's ruled by that nature. What they all have in common is an animal nature, being driven by instincts, urges and cravings that are inherent to them all, and why the creation runs so smoothly (they don't have to think or plan anything, it's already in them to do whatever they need to do).
Love from God extended to a son is a total miracle, because it is tantamount to the cat becoming a dog or bird. It goes against the natural laws that are in place (the animal is instinctively programmed to kill and eat to survive, not love and take care of another that is not of its own brood) The intention of God (His word) to make one of the dead animals into a son is the only thing that can affect that transformation from animal to son of God—never the desire of the dead animal, since that desire can't exist in it, only perhaps the desire to want more, and to be willing to pay whatever the cost is to get it.
It isn't ordinary, transitory or impotent, like the animal versions of love are (all they ever need to be to accomplish what they need to accomplish). God's love and desire to have a family is the only true and enduring love, and the thing that is transferred to the individual who is chosen to make that transformation. It has to be genuine, and it genuinely has to be imparted directly from God to the individual, according to His wish, desire and will to give it to that one and make the transformation happen in him. God doesn't give that love unless there is a plan for that one to be part of His house and family, after the example of the firstborn Son. It is not random or up to man who gets to be a son of God, but God himself. He chooses each one because each son is an integral part of the house He is building where He will want to live amongst those who truly love Him, which makes sense because He can.
The true kingdom of God, what the nation of Israel points at, is the family of God consisting of the sons He has chosen out of the race of humans who were once animals but have been "pulled out" of the condition by that miraculous intervention, the planting of His life in their dead body as a good seed (that which has life in it, as God is alive). When the seed of the life of God is born into a man and it starts to grow, the things that the man thinks, says, and does will start to slowly change as the seed sprouts and then starts to grow. Then it will, just as slowly, begin to overtake the old animal self, which was the man's identity and fabric before he was born of God. The spiritual identity, of the newly born son of God, begins to overtake the natural identity, of the common animal he was before. Before he was born to God he was filled with hostility and antagonism toward God, merely because of his condition of being ruled by God's adversary. Even if he wanted to please God he couldn't, because he didn't carry God's spiritual DNA—that life had not yet been imparted to/in him.
It is the same in a natural man—the kids who are not his own can never please him like his own flesh and blood can, which is the copy pointing to the better thing. Even more so with God, who cannot even see those who are not His. What matters is a person's state of identity according to the Father—are they born of God, have they been chosen by Him to be sons, are they alive or dead? There is no in between, no gray area in God's reality—there is only the reality of living or dead. Intentions don't matter, words don't matter, nothing matters except the man's state—alive or dead to God, chosen or not chosen, intended to be a son or left alone to remain an animal.
There are many misconceptions about the human's identity and the need for the transformation from animal to spiritual. The beginning and end of any discussion of the spirit should be with Jesus. God, who is 100% spirit and 0% natural, worked in certain ways in the OT, but those only pointed to how He would eventually work in Jesus' life. What happened to Jesus must happen to anyone who wants to follow him. That is, he is the way to get to the Father (the way he went), so one must be spiritually (not as the humans define spirit, spiritual or spiritually) reborn or one cannot see the kingdom of God. The seed of God must be planted in the human in order for that one to be as He is, to be a son of God and to carry His DNA (the Father can actually see him). God is spirit so it is spiritual DNA, which cannot be comprehended by the natural man—only by the one in whom it lives.
The spiritual did not come first, but the natural, and after that the spiritual. The first man was of the dust of the earth, the second man from heaven. As was the earthly man, so are those who are of the earth; and as is the man from heaven, so also are those who are of heaven. And just as we have borne the likeness of the earthly man, so shall we bear the likeness of the man from heaven.
Being born of God is not ordained or sanctioned by man. Nobody decides who is born of God except the Father and the Son—either He does it or you remain dead, carrying the DNA of Adam, the animal—possessing only the animal nature. If the Lord doesn't give you birth, then you remain a natural man, unregenerate and without the seed of life living and growing in you to make you righteous enough to actually be a son—clean enough to be inhabited by God.
For I tell you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, you will certainly not enter the kingdom of heaven.
There isn't an earthly group of people officially delegated to perform this function—none who have the authority on earth to do it. This isn't an earthly thing we are talking about, it is heavenly, spiritual, of and from God who always was, is and remains secret and hidden from the humans. The only people who will have that authority are those who will have been given it by the Son, only because he lives in their body to give them that authority, as the Father lived in his human body. There's no way to boast about anything we were or did because it's not ever something that came from within us. The life was planted in us as a deliberate act of God, for His purpose, just as it was in Jesus' body when he was formed by God in the womb of the teenage servant girl. Everything that any of the true sons said about the spirit is different than anything natural man can understand, because the natural mind cannot comprehend the things of the spirit.
The man without the spirit does not accept the things that come from the spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned.
It isn't the substance of magic shows for the humans' entertainment, but it is very much supernatural (hidden from the natural creatures). The one born of God knows when it has happened because it also brings with it a truth about God that never existed before, because it is God—He is the spirit who abides in the man. It is a very subtle thing that happens to the man born of God. He will look for all kinds of outward signs at first, because that's where the man lives—it's all he can comprehend. When he understands that the spirit is growing slowly, in his heart where no one sees (even himself to the extent that he is seeking to see in the natural), then he begins to understand also how to nurture that life so that it continues to grow and overtake his natural man.
All in all, growing in the new life and abiding by the new covenant is about what we're led and driven by. The son begins to see the things he is driven to do as instincts, urges and cravings, and that becomes a key in seeing the situation for what it is, and what the Father wants him to become. It isn't about don't touch, don't taste necessarily, but the important thing is "Don't be an animal, because that's the opposite of a son." It comes down to what we are led, driven by, the one is the voice that's always been there, the other is the voice of the Lord which is harder to hear. The son is led by the latter, everyone else by the former.
No one can see the spirit because it exists on a dimension that is unavailable to humans (you can't tell where it comes from or where it is going). Because it isn't natural, it isn't subject to natural laws, or even what is possible in the natural. The son can tell it is there by the way it effects him in his heart with the truth that he never had before—the pure truth from God that is infinitely different than any other truth (you can hear its sound, and you can see that it's there by the way it effects you).
Jesus answered, "I tell you the truth, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the spirit. Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the spirit gives birth to spirit. You should not be surprised at my saying, 'You must be born again.' The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the spirit."
Once the man who is born of the spirit begins to see the truth of the spirit then he can begin to understand Jesus' words. Until then they cannot make any sense, because he spoke as one who understood the spiritual reality. The natural man might think he understands the words of Jesus, but the spiritual man knows that before he was born of God he had no idea how to comprehend what the Son actually said regarding spiritual things (what exists according to the Father's reality). That is why he spoke in parables, the truth about which was only a copy of the actual truth.
A big disparity between mere men and sons of God is not just their understanding of what is true (facts about God). That is only foundation on which the more important thing is sitting (the life that actually must be living in the son to effect the transformation). The foundation is important, and integral to the house's stability, but you can't live in a foundation. Knowing what's true is necessary to receive what comes later, but it's only the beginning. The difference that actually matters between animals and sons is that the former group cannot love, and the latter group can and must, or there is no family of God, nor a house for Him to live in. The life is the house, and vice-versa.
Do not call anyone on earth 'father,' for you have one Father, and he is in heaven.
For the natural man, familial ties are stronger than any other. The spiritual man understands more and more—as the life of God grows in him—that the natural means nothing, because God is not in the natural. Jesus' significance and the work he did has no bearing in the natural. It never actually had any, but was made to have some retroactively so that the humans could created a system they could control others by—something they're driven to do, what they tried to do to us via their system and the power they retained to control us with regards to it (not being able to be in it any longer because we were breaking the "rules"). The family they claim to be turned us out onto the street like a couple of orphans because that was the convenient thing for them to do, all done very legally in the name of their gods—upholding the rules we were breaking. The more important rules about love and hate continue to be conveniently ignored so they can continue to uphold their rules that keep them safe in their little world of righteousness because they know more correct facts than the other groups.
Who is my mother, and who are my brothers?" Pointing to his disciples, he said, "Here are my mother and my brothers. For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.
The fact that Joseph disappeared from the NT literature underscores the importance of the reality that Jesus had no father here on the earth. His own words attest to the fact that he didn't consider his flesh and blood brothers his own family, but only those men who were chosen by the Father to become his true brothers. Because he was born of God he was the Son of God, and no earthly man could claim him as his son. So it is the same with everyone who has been chosen to follow Jesus, the firstborn among many brothers.
The spirit gives life; the flesh (the natural) counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you are spirit (are true in the spiritual reality) and they are life (the living word, the voice that speaks to us in our heart, teaching us about the love of our Father).