1 Chronicles 23 / Ezekiel 33 / Ephesians 5-6
Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of such things God's wrath comes on those who are disobedient. Therefore do not be partners with them.
Who comes with empty words in the present day? Those who follow after the traditions of their fathers, who turned the truth into a lie and made the good land desolate by the abomination they set up in the true temple of God, which was the manifestation of the terms of the new covenant. There are sheep who want to know the truth, but their leaders can only tell them lies, the "official" line of the many groups who call themselves the bride of the christ god, yet are merely prostitutes like their mother, the whore of babylon and the mother of all prostitutes (not brides of the true, forgotten Christ). The whore took the truth into captivity in the second, third and fourth centuries. All of her daughters who have been born since then who adhere to the same lies look like her, with a few superficial differences.
BABYLON THE GREAT
THE MOTHER OF PROSTITUTES
How they don't look like her is the unimportant part, which ironically they say is the important part. How they look like her is why they are prostitutes like their mother the great whore, because by the very adherence to her lies they call themselves the bride, but they in fact are just a common street whore (since the basis for their assumed marriage is a lie made up my humans). How they don't look like her is abandoning the rosary beads, the Mary issue, priests called fathers, purgatory, etc—as though those things are what's important ( they're just distractions to smoke over the truth).
How they do look like her are things that matter more than can be described with words in their ability to be effective toward either being able to begin to comprehend or forever being lost in the pervasive lies that man trusts in. The most fundamental is their adherence to the lie that God's only obedient Son, who saved the other sons and gave God the family He desires to have—by his obedience in denying the animal nature the right to lead, guide and rule him—was a god, just like the father god.
The reason my Father loves me is that I lay down my life for the sheep.
If that were true, then it would have been no problem for a god to do the work for which the Son is loved by the Father. If that were true, then the basis of God's love for Jesus becomes just a novelty and sham, along with the work he did in doing that great thing for God's sake—denying that animal the right to rule him even though it was obviously the hardest thing to do, so much so that Jesus wasn't sure he could actually do it.
Abba, Father, everything is possible for you. Take this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will.
Another irony in this is that the ones who made up this lie about Jesus (the holy roman church), as well as the ones who hold fast to it still (christians) assume they're doing him a favor by honoring him with the title of god, giving him some respectability and venerability. It's one of the bases of their religion, that one must hold fast to that "trinity" lie (concretized in the late 4th century) if one would call himself a christian, which still holds fast and true. It's at the top of the list in their statements of faith, that holy and sacred idea of the trinity. It's hard to imagine that the entire christian world could be based on lies made up by men, however that's what happened in the time period shortly after the apostles left the scene. It is probably the most heinous single part of what was done by the humans in that time. Nevertheless it is only one piece of the abomination that happened then, which caused the land to be made desolate. The truth and condition of what happened to the disciples and a few other people in the first century left when the land was made desolate because of that abomination.
It should be remembered though that it was all planned and purposed by God, according to the plan He has always had. There is no rebellious fallen angel acting contrary to God's will, having the power to wreck God's plan by deceiving the world of eligible humans while dragging his followers into the pit—although actually there is, just not the way it is assumed by so many who ascribe to an actual devil god entity; the external fallen angel evil god with a will and personality all his own called the devil, satan, lucifer, etc.
Among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God's holy people.
Here is some insight into what Paul thought the devil actually was. According to this we might say that he considered the enemy as that which caused him and his brothers to be sexually immoral and greedy. The religious lie is that the bad god (the fallen arch angel called satan) and his army of fallen angels (demons) go around trying to make the humans bad by making them want to sex each other up. It also presumably makes them greedy, along with everything else that the good gods don't like the humans to be. That is what they arbitrarily label "god's law" and then say that since the humans have all broken it they need to be saved by the jesus god, so all they have to do is believe the rubbish which exists as their totally arbitrary and therefore confusing system created by them called christianity, and that then the jesus god will take them all to heaven (the ultimate form of survival).
What does cause sexual immorality and greed? If we actually defer to the words and not be influenced by the mythology, we could agree that its origin is from an animal, the serpent which was actually just a thing created by God to act as an alternative to the humans choosing to trust Him instead of it (same as Job's "satan"). If we go with the idea that the serpent was an animal, and that because the humans trusted and believed (loved) it instead of the Father, then we can see that as the original sin (not trusting the Father), wanting what the snake had to offer (greed). We might also see that the curse put onto/into the humans has nothing to do with arbitrary and useless things like god's law being broken or everyone being a sinner for no apparent reason other than abstract religious ideas that nobody can relate to, and everything to do with the animal that led the humans astray.
The reason we might be able to see that is because of the instincts that are in us which drive us to do whatever is welling up within us to want to follow, which are pretty much identical to that which naturally lives in all the wild animals. For instance, a female dog is overwhelmed by something that just magically happens inside it, and a male dog is instinctually drawn to run it down, jump on it and hump it without even thinking. There is no planning or strategizing; it just all happens. In another instance, the female dog may have a big hunk of a partial animal it has just killed in its mouth. If the male dog can, it goes over and takes it away from her. Why? Because it's instinctually driven on the most fundamental levels, just to survive. There is no planning or strategy; the animals are driven by something inside them that is just there, causing them to do what they do.
The same kind of thing exists in the humans, although it is a little more complex because of their complex natural abilities, who like the dogs are (though they don't like to admit it, and mostly won't admit it) just fundamentally driven by instinct to do what they do. For instance, a man sees a woman who has made herself into what the culture has decided is attractive (the human version of a dog in heat, similarly done by the woman by an instinctual need to be acceptable, accepted, worthwhile, etc.), which makes the man instinctually want to make moves toward the civilized version of jumping on her and humping her, which is what would happen if not for man's civilized laws and what not (if the laws of the jungle applied). In the same way the dog is driven to survive, so also the man, which is why greed wells up within him in whatever form it takes. It is why the humans are always drawn to love money, because money is a very salient way to appease the fear that instinctually lives in the human animals to make them want to find ways to quell that. Money is a real good and effectual way to do that.
The similarities between humans and animals isn't because they evolved from the same organism, but because they were cursed with the same nature, of the animal instead of the son of God, which is what Adam the first human was intended by God—who wanted to be his Father—to be. The reason it is a bad thing is only because it keeps them away from God. However, that is also a good thing, because that is God's intention as to how He set it up to work. In the shortest explanation of it being good and bad, it is good for the animals who are destined to be just animals because it is the thing that makes them want to survive, until they can't survive any longer, then they go into the earth. However, it is bad for the humans who are intended by God to become sons of God (because they have been specifically called by God who wants to be their Father), because it was created by God to keep the humans away from Him, as per the terms of the curse when God bound up the humans with the animals, who are bound to the earth.
That is why this thing called satan, the devil, the deceiver and adversary is called evil, because it keeps the sons away from the Father. It still exists the same way it was originally created to exist as—the created alternative and choice against God. In the highly complex way that God is able to make it happen, all of the sons have that same garden scenario between the humans and the serpent replayed inside them, although it isn't just a one moment then it's over type of deal but a long process of constantly choosing and being able to choose the Father or the created alternative, which is definitely not just some static thing (but also not the fallen angel).
I will rain down bread from heaven for you. The people are to go out each day and gather enough for that day. In this way I will test them and see whether they will follow my instructions.
This (remnant) I will bring into the fire; I will refine them like silver and test them like gold. They will call on my name and I will answer them; I will say, 'They are my people,' and they will say, 'The LORD is our God.' "
In a way, the devil is also good, because it causes the sons to become tested and refined so they learn to not be led by the instincts, like all the wild animals are. The sons have to first see that they are totally ruled by this thing called the animal nature, in order to be able to come away from it, and there are none who aren't, which is why Paul insisted that "all have sinned (been ruled by that instinctual nature) and fall short of the glory of God."
Another way the prostitutes look like their whore mother lies in her idea that the spirit, along with the Son, was turned into yet another god, alongside the Father, who is actually the only living God, who said "There are no other gods beside me." Jesus, once the obedient son, upon whose obedience the new covenant was given, was made into a god (more like a sham whose obedience is token or arbitrary and in any case doesn't actually matter because a god has no problem being obedient to itself). The spirit made into another god—a totally new and distinct entity alongside the Father and the Son, a god itself—is to do away with the new covenant and why it was so incredible. The spirit was the life of the Father who lived in Jesus' body, who guided and led him instead of the animal, what leads all the humans because of their nature. The spirit, before Jesus did his great work of obedience, which was the life force of the Father living in him; could only live in Jesus because nothing unclean can be brought into His presence without it being consecrated, made holy.
After Jesus did his great work of obedience, he said "It is finished," because the animal nature (the devil and adversary of God) could not tempt him any more. Even while he was on the cross, before the time he said it was finished, he could have changed his mind. He could have given in to that which was pulling on him to lead him, to be disobedient to the thing he knew he had to do for the Father's sake, but which was infinitely more difficult than we can imagine. He had the power as the legitimate Messiah to call down legions of angels to rescue him from what was happening to him. But he didn't, which is why the Father loves him. So we can see why it's such an abomination to call him a god, because it makes his obedience to the Father a sham and a joke. It doesn't do him any honor, but a great dishonor, because the work that actually saves God's whole family is made into a novelty, just a token gesture without any substance of genuine suffering.
Jesus knew that the time had come for him to leave this world and go to the Father.
Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of the miracles themselves. I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing.
He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.
You heard me say, `I am going away and I am coming back to you.' If you loved me, you would be glad that I am going to the Father, for the Father is greater than I.
I have told you now before it happens, so that when it does happen you will believe.
Some of his disciples said to one another, "What does he mean by saying, `In a little while you will see me no more, and then after a little while you will see me,' and `Because I am going to the Father'?" They kept asking, "What does he mean by `a little while'? We don't understand what he is saying."
After he was redeemed from the grave, he appeared to the ones he was sent to, to verify what he had told them about being resurrected, to validate the words he had spoken to them to reveal the true Father to them and lead them to Him as the good shepherd. But he hadn't yet become that life force which could be the perfect shepherd. Before, in his earthly body, he was only able to speak to them as they spoke to each other. He was very much limited to the natural limitations all humans are limited to by the earthly body he had. The new covenant was still unable to be given, because he had not yet gone to the Father, to become One with Him.
Do not hold on to me, for I have not yet returned to the Father. Go instead to my brothers and tell them, `I am returning to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.'
When he went to become One with the Father, then both of them, as the newly formed, more complete being—Father and Son together—would be able to come back to those whom Jesus loved, who believed in him even though he wasn't what they wanted in their animal selves with all its limitations. The Father and Son, now together as One more perfect being, could come back in spirit form to those who were chosen to be under the terms of the new covenant. These were the new Israel of God, the sons of God who were inhabited by the spirit in its newly formed capacity to be able to live in them. So to turn the spirit into another god completely undermines the new covenant, since it was the mechanism that drove it. What it was and what it was intended to do was made by the whore into another illegitimate joke, if the spirit is made into another god, equal with God the Father, who had already declared that there are no other gods beside him. No other gods, He's the only One who ever was God and ever will be God.
The third most important way that the whore daughters look like their whore mother is what God's adversary got turned into. That is, the devil, lucifer, satan, the evil one, him who issues the sinful nature. In a very real way, it got turned into another god, but an evil adversary of God, yet it was given an actual identity as one of God's messengers who revolted against God and became the devil. There's no time to prove this, but only to show how it undermines the truth that the disciples had, based on the work of obedience Jesus did and because of it. If Jesus had given in to the animal which wanted to lead and rule him, he would not have remained spotless, unblemished, and perfectly led by the Father, as no human had ever been before him. If he had given in to the animal urges, cravings, impulses to obey it, satisfy it, according to the instincts that pulled on him, then he would not have been able to come back for the ones he loved. He wouldn't have been worthy to be that perfect sacrifice that God wanted to offer—his broken body—which could save the other sons whom God loves.
Of central importance in the work Jesus did is the temptation, and what was actually tempting him as recorded in the accounts of it. The words say it was satan, but that's just how those guys who wrote the preserved words spoke about spiritual things, in metaphors and illustrations. They knew what it meant when they said satan appeared before him. It was the picture of what was going on inside Jesus' mind and heart, which was at that point in time super intense because he was just at the point of being ready to do the work he was "sent" to do. Everything that this "satan" tempted him with, was and is what the animal nature is based upon—the preservation of self, and the instincts that create the urges, cravings, impulses and needs to satisfy that drive to survive and self-preserve and promote.
In a very brief nutshell the temptation was about physical appetite, ego and wealth, the most basic and fundamental things that the human animal wants to satisfy within itself in its drive to survive and self-preserve. The first is the appetites created by the instincts that are in the humans—indulging in those base and common things like eating and the drive to mate, common to all the animals, so sexuality of all different kinds, gluttony and debauchery being the extremes. Whatever satisfies the body and its constant cravings, common to all the humans. The next is more complex, but still rooted in the drive for self-preservation and promotion. The need to be accepted, respected and honored by the other humans, the drive to do whatever one can to appear not shameful or humiliated amongst them. The last is what humans love because it is a tangible thing that can satisfy everything else. Wealth can buy whatever one needs to survive better, it can allow one to easily satisfy whatever cravings and appetites it has. It makes one more acceptable, honored, and respectable. It gives one power and manipulability amongst the humans. It can buy love and whatever else it is instinctually driven to have.
The devil standing before Jesus wasn't an actual evil entity standing before him, what God's adversary was turned into by the great whore. It was his own thoughts, those instincts within him—common to all the animals—that wanted to pull him away from doing that work of being perfectly obedient to the Father, being ruled and led only by Him, so he could be the perfect, spotless, unblemished sacrifice God could offer to redeem His family of sons from the grave. The fact that it is not some evil, separate entity standing before him, but instead those instincts that are naturally in the humans to make them unclean—when they are led by it (which Jesus wasn't, but he could have been)—gave it a meaning to the sons of God that they could relate to and understand, because it is the very thing in them which continued to define them as animals instead of sons of God, if they continued to be led by those instincts that continually pulled on them to get them to obey it, as Jesus didn't.
Paul saw the devil for what it was, not some external evil entity that he could just divorce himself from by being a "good person," but that which continually pulled on him, as the very instinctual and impulsive nature that was in him, but which he, in the footsteps and like manner as Jesus, now needed to deny by not giving in to those impulses and animal needs so that the transformation could take place, from animal (defined as a creature who was led, driven by the animal instincts within him) to a son of God (defined as one who listened to and obeyed, was led by the spirit of God).
Therefore, brothers, we have an obligation—but it is not to the sinful nature, to live according to it. For if you live according to the sinful nature, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live, because those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship. And by him we cry, "Abba, Father." The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God's children. Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.
Raising the devil up to the status of yet another god, this one the fallen evil one, makes it possible in the mind set of the whore, to divorce oneself from the evil they actually are, because of what lives in their heart to continue to define them as merely an unclean animal before God. They think they can do that by being "good," which gets reduced to not what God considers good (what Jesus did, what made him loved by God), but what their leaders say is good. So what ends up happening is that they try to skirt what they are, and force a condition that they cannot do because of how utterly strong their actual nature is inside them. The leaders are able to convince others that it can be done, because their hearts are not open and exposed for the humans to observe, so the charade that they're good, different than a base evil animal just continues. The thoughts and attitudes of their heart, when the spotlight is not on them, when no other human can observe how they are, is what God can see, and how they are according to Him.
As for you, son of man, your countrymen are talking together about you by the walls and at the doors of the houses, saying to each other, 'Come and hear the message that has come from the LORD.' My people come to you, as they usually do, and sit before you to listen to your words, but they do not put them into practice. With their mouths they express devotion, but their hearts are greedy for unjust gain. Indeed, to them you are nothing more than one who sings love songs with a beautiful voice and plays an instrument well, for they hear your words but do not put them into practice.
So making the devil an external entity undermines once again the work that Jesus did by denying what was so close to him, what always pulled on him to try to get him to obey it instead of God. It also divorces the humans, esp. potential sons of God from what they also need to do/be, because they think it's not them but something external they can just separate themselves from, because of this lie that it is not them, not their own nature but some devil.
Of this you can be sure: No immoral, impure or greedy person—such a man is an idolater—has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.
"Of this you can be sure" is the word of the Lord, the great prophet in spirit form, united with God who is the spirit, living in Paul's body. The words that Paul wrote are a true testimony to what was happening then, before that truth and condition went away from the land—before it was made desolate as it is today of that condition. He was different than other men in that he heard the living word in him which transformed him from dead to living—it made him alive to God, when before he was dead, like all the other humans, because he was merely an unclean animal before Him. In fact Paul couldn't even recognize the fact that he was merely another animal, until he was under the new condition of being inhabited by the teacher who told him so. It was Paul's burden to try to constantly encouraged those he believed to be under the same condition, to be led by that spirit, the voice of the teacher, Jesus in his new form being united with God, instead of the animal nature that pulled on them to fulfill all the instinctual animal cravings, urges and needs.
Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the house of Israel; so hear the word I speak and give them warning from me. When I say to the wicked, `O wicked man, you will surely die,' and you do not speak out to dissuade him from his ways, that wicked man will die for his sin, and I will hold you accountable for his blood. But if you do warn the wicked man to turn from his ways and he does not do so, he will die for his sin, but you will have saved yourself.
Like all of God's prophets, a love and burden for the people of God grew within him, because the great prophet's life force lived inside him, and he became a watchman for them in the tradition of Ezekiel. His heart was for God primarily, and for His people, God's family secondarily. God doesn't need to be taken care of, but He desires/craves/wants a son who has a faithful heart toward Him more than anything else. His sheep need to be taken care of though. He wants to accomplish that through a cooperative method of Himself and the one He has chosen to become a shepherd of His people, to guide them toward Him like Moses, David, Paul, and especially Jesus. God loves His sons to be so concerned about His sheep, his possessions, that they are willing to become the shepherd who leaves everything behind to take care of his Father's sheep.
I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. The hired hand is not the shepherd who owns the sheep. So when he sees the wolf coming, he abandons the sheep and runs away. Then the wolf attacks the flock and scatters it. The man runs away because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep.
Jesus took the responsibility of being a shepherd to care for God's sheep, for His sake, as the genuine response of love to Him. That is what God values most, more than anything else. He spoke truth to them, as opposed to those who merely told them what they wanted to hear with empty, deceiving words. Jesus was the spirit, the life force of the new covenant once he and the Father were made into the One united being who could live in the bodies of unclean animals, not just willy-nilly but those who were chosen—the elect—with the direct purpose of that inhabitation being that they could be transformed from dead animal to son of God. That could happen in them because the teacher was now not bound to the earthly physical limitations that all animals are bound to. As the spirit and life force of the new covenant, he could dwell in the deepest parts of the animal destined to be a son's heart, so that purpose could be accomplished in him.
Before Jesus was made One with Him, when God was alone, He could only live in the body of a perfectly clean animal, one who hadn't become dead by the process all the humans go through when they become mature, adult animals, dead to God. So God set the precedent by living in the heart/body of Jesus first, to guide Jesus into all truth, to keep him perfect and clean, teaching him the right way (God's way) and how to choose and embrace it, versus the wrong way (the humans' way) and how to deny and reject it.
Hear now, you house of David! Is it not enough to try the patience of men? Will you try the patience of my God also? Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel. He will eat curds and honey when he knows enough to reject the wrong and choose the right.
The people of God as Paul knew it was the group of believers who shared with him in the fellowship of the spirit; they believed that Jesus was the Messiah, once killed but now raised up, and more than that united with God so that he could be alive inside their bodies, as the eternal spirit, the only One who could do that. That was the incredible miracle which was the new covenant, so the sons of God could learn from the teacher who lived in their heart how to become a good son for God their Father—how to actually be pleasing to Him, instead of merely unclean animals who could only live for, be led and driven by the instinctual urges and cravings that were in them, which defined them as such. The sons of God follow Jesus, who recognized and denied those instincts for the Father's sake.
Paul recognized them as true sons of Abraham because they believed as he believed, in spite of how the natural appeared, and were willing not to just say it with words, but do the hard thing with their life, abandoning what their nature taught them to love and hold as the most valuable things. It was something they could not see with their natural eyes, and which didn't seem right according to their natural senses and judgment, but they knew that the spirit of Jesus lived inside their bodies. The conflict of the natural not finding agreement in what the spirit was teaching them wasn't important to them, though, because they knew it was real and true, and that it superseded everything else, even their very lives. The proof of that wasn't just in words, but that they were willing to give up what the humans consider so valuable, because the natural consequences didn't matter to them. They had the life of God living in them, and it was true and real beyond anything they had known—real enough to leave the lives and everything else they loved for the sake of their Father and the teacher who lived inside them.
Remember those earlier days after you had received the light, when you stood your ground in a great contest in the face of suffering. Sometimes you were publicly exposed to insult and persecution; at other times you stood side by side with those who were so treated.
You sympathized with those in prison and joyfully accepted the confiscation of your property, because you knew that you yourselves had better and lasting possessions.
So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised.
Whatever was to my profit I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in him...
Paul fought against the empty words of the liars, which were easier to accept because they sounded better to the animal nature that lived inside the believers. They were things geared toward alleviating the believers' suffering and saving their natural lives, like being circumcised, another example of the animal nature at work in its constant mode of survival at any cost.
Those who want to make a good impression outwardly are trying to compel you to be circumcised. The only reason they do this is to avoid being persecuted for the cross of Christ.
That is a very logical and rational animal thing to want to do, since its main goal is to always just survive at any cost. Whatever the animal in us is prone toward doing or accepting, we should probably go the other way. That might be a good, albeit very general, rule to live by. First, though, we have to clearly see the animal in us and its unceasing tendencies toward the preservation and love of its self. Only the sons of God will be given eyes to even be able to see and recognize that, the elect, those who are chosen to become sons of God, and that is only the beginning of the journey.
When all this comes true—and it surely will—then they will know that a prophet has been among them.
There is a kind of smug, privileged feeling amongst the general population, that they are already acceptable to God. That's what the animal nature, common to all the humans tells them, that there's something intrinsically good about them already. It doesn't tell them the truth, that they are merely animals destined to go into the grave, but that there's always something in them so valuable to God that He wants to redeem them all, no matter who they are.
Certain traditions and rituals, originally developed by the great whore, now morphed into the particular rituals of whatever prostitute daughter we're talking about, based on Bible passages which are thought to produce adequacy in the believer if they are followed. They figure that if they just continue to do these things, by the book, following the rules, doing what they're sposed to do like everyone else, then they will be okay and won't have to give up what's in their hearts—their secret love affairs with everything that is in their heart to love and run after, according to the instincts that are programmed into them to be that way, common to all the humans.
That is fine for the animals who were never intended to be anything more than that. But the message from the Lord has always been the same for those who have been chosen to be sons of God, who truly want to find God's love: that's not good enough, and it's not what God wants. Unless we are as righteous as Jesus, unless we do what he did, there is no hope for our resurrection. If he is some god, we can never think we can do what he did, denying the animal within him. Since he is a god, only he could do that and we don't have to. We can just live on the made up promises, that God loves everyone the same and wants everyone to be with Him, so we don't have to do the work of a son of God and deny what's hardest, what pulls on us all the time to obey it.
Unless we are known by him, intimately via the spirit, we are not known by him, and cannot come in—the door will be shut on us. Unless we go through the narrow gate there is no entry. Leave the half-hearted attempts at living for God and following the Lord to the religious people—God either wants everything or nothing. If we're not willing to give Him everything (what Jesus did), we may as well just live it up and enjoy our time here. No need to be superstitious, the word has already been spoken by the great prophet:
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.
Finding the mystery of the love that is hidden in God is like treasure hidden in a field. Before the man may have walked past and over that field countless times and it meant nothing to him. Although, when he realized that there was treasure in the field, it took on a whole new meaning for the man. The man had possessions which he normally would never have parted with. But he knew that the value of the treasure hidden in the field was worth far more than what he already possessed. He was therefore willing to sell everything he had to purchase the field and secure that treasure for himself.
That is what the spirit does for those who will become sons; it reveals to us the treasure which is the mystery of God, on levels deep within us that were never inhabited before. He will give us a taste so that we can see that the Lord is good (and worth it). But the treasure cannot be secured unless we give up the thing(s) we already posses (like the man)—our "life," as Jesus defined it; everything which before gave us meaning, purpose, identity and hope. This is what the Lord says we must die to—everything the humans love and run after. It was the life of Paul, and what the Lord says is demanded of those who wish to follow him. It is the thing the Lord is referring to when he says, "whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will find it." (MT 16:25)
Then Jesus said to his disciples, "If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me."
In other words, you can't live for yourselves anymore and still be important to God, which is "Eating your cake and having it too." God requires a lot, because He gives a lot. If you want to be important to God, you have be willing to die to your own nature—that which is always pointed toward your self-preservation and advancement.
If we are truly willing, in our heart where God sees, then He will provide us with what can deny that nature slowly, as we are given more. As we are given, we have an obligation to use what we're given to become transformed from what is displeasing to God, into what is pleasing to Him. There is nothing more valuable to God than a son whose heart is open and honest before Him, and is willing to obey as he is able to. It's a progression, slow and steady, toward God and away from the serpent, what ruled us before.
We must be willing to kill it by not allowing it to make us serve it, as we have all our lives until now. That is easier said than done, because it is very powerful and tricky—the craftiest of all the animals. It is the thing that keeps us truly in love with our selves, so that we cannot ever love God, therefore can never care for His possessions, the other sons. Here I mean love as the Lord meant love—giving up your "life" for another, for God and His family, to keep them safe as Jesus did, according to the Lord's definition of life (as he lived in Paul, what gave Paul the life that is truly life, instead of just existing as a natural creature).
In this way (being generous with, giving away what the humans consider so valuable, therefore actively caring for God's family more than themselves) they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life.
This was instruction from one who knew he was a son, meant for those he believed to also be sons, because of the life that lived in them. It speaks to purity and devotion to their God, instead of the thing that pulls on the animal so hard, devotion to its self. Jesus was attempting to reveal to them who God was and what He has always required from the man who wants to be His son. The details are a little different for each person, the ways in which each one serves his own animal nature. Not ironically, Jesus said these things to the disciples directly after he rebuked Peter and called him an adversary. Peter was merely looking after his own interests (the things of men), which is what all animals are programmed to do.
Jesus turned and said to Peter, "Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the things of God, but the things of men."
One step is to identify the enemy living inside us. Each one is individually accountable to God; each one has the animal nature living in them. However, it is not possible in and of ourselves to produce any kind of righteousness, or even be a tiny bit effective against the animal. It is such an integral part of our fabric that we can't even get at it. It is too strong and impossible to kill from the outside. The teaching of the spirit does that work, to first identify it and is working in the hearts of those who have ears to hear it within them, and then make it possible to deny it—how to become pleasing to their Father. The spirit is revealing to them that the treasure is definitely in the field.
Anyone who says they love God, who wants to follow the Lord, wants to "be in the kingdom," or wants "to know the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord;" should be aware of who the enemy actually is, and that it keeps them from these things. They should also know what God requires from them. Otherwise they will be fighting against the wind, and may as well be counted amongst the ranks of the unbelievers—those who think that the enemy is outside of themselves, some fallen angel with his band of tormentors, tempting people to do "evil."
We should know that "evil," or "unclean," is something that emanates from us, and that part of us is God's adversary. Evil is not what the bad or scary people do necessarily, but something much more mundane, yet ubiquitous. It is the nature of the serpent, who persuaded the man and woman that they could "be like God." It is the nature of man since he believed the serpent. It is the thing that we would be least inclined to say was evil—our own selves, the nature which drives and motivates us.
The things that come out of the mouth come from the heart, and these make a man 'unclean.'
The demands of the Lord haven't changed over time. The words don't take on new meaning according to what we want them to mean. Nor do they change because a bunch of people think they should, or because the experts decided they should. The word seeks out those who have the desire to listen, to sell everything they have and follow the Lord with their heart. There is nothing worth saving, nothing worth holding on to.
Your countrymen say, `The way of the Lord is not just.' But it is their way that is not just. If a righteous man turns from his righteousness and does evil, he will die for it. And if a wicked man turns away from his wickedness and does what is just and right, he will live by doing so. Yet, O house of Israel, you say, `The way of the Lord is not just.' But I will judge each of you according to his own ways.
Then the word of the LORD came to me: "Son of man, the people living in those ruins in the land of Israel are saying, `Abraham was only one man, yet he possessed the land. But we are many; surely the land has been given to us as our possession.' Therefore say to them, `This is what the Sovereign LORD says: Since you eat meat with the blood still in it and look to your idols and shed blood, should you then possess the land? You rely on your sword, you do detestable things, and each of you defiles his neighbor's wife. Should you then possess the land?'
"Say this to them: `This is what the Sovereign LORD says: As surely as I live, those who are left in the ruins will fall by the sword, those out in the country I will give to the wild animals to be devoured, and those in strongholds and caves will die of a plague. I will make the land a desolate waste, and her proud strength will come to an end, and the mountains of Israel will become desolate so that no one will cross them. Then they will know that I am the LORD, when I have made the land a desolate waste because of all the detestable things they have done.'