2 Chronicles 8 / Ezekiel 43 / John 9-10
The sons of God learn to repent from being mere mongrel dogs ruled by the God-hating animal nature, like the humans who do not have the spirit of the only living God living in their heart. The true sons of God are the tiniest little fraction of the population of the humans, and only they will know who they are because what's living in them is secret and hidden. The so-called christian "holy spirit" is made up by men in their ongoing attempt at getting to God by their own means (by their own choice, under the assumption that God is generic and indifferent towards who comes near Him), like the humans who tried to built a tower going up to God. Everything about christianity is made up, beginning with the holy roman church even until now, because the truth of what existed at one time, the life of God living in the bodies of men, went away and is gone from the earth, since about 450 a.d.
God's sheep are the ones He is choosing to put His life into, who will be able once again to hear the voice of the shepherd, and be brought out of the world of the humans into the place where they will all be taught by God and know His name, because it will be written on their foreheads—they will be His sheep branded with the name of their true Father, and the good shepherd (the Son and teacher of his brothers) will lead them to the Father. It's not a human thing; it will happen in secret, hidden from the humans.
All the people left from the Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites (these peoples were not Israelites), that is, their descendants remaining in the land, whom the Israelites had not destroyed--these Solomon conscripted for his slave labor force, as it is to this day.
The preserved words are for the benefit of the sheep, so that they might see the secret mystery of how the spiritual things of God are. They are given eyes to be able to see what the humans cannot see, and a mind and heart which can understand, because they have been given ears that can hear the voice of the shepherd/teacher that the humans can't hear.
But Solomon did not make slaves of the Israelites for his work; they were his fighting men, commanders of his captains, and commanders of his chariots and charioteers. They were also King Solomon's chief officials--two hundred and fifty officials supervising the men.
"Their descendants remaining in the land, whom the Israelites had not destroyed," seems to indicate, along with how Solomon didn't make the Israelites slaves, that it was okay that they didn't drive out and wipe out the inhabitants of the land, as God had commanded them to do, for reasons they couldn't completely understand. Nevertheless, their job wasn't to understand, but just to do, because God knew what was in them to lead them astray from the pasture where He wanted them to stay, and purging the land of *all* the foreign inhabitants, not matter how benign they seemed, was the command they were just to follow, whether they knew why or not.
Do not defile yourselves in any of these ways, because this is how the nations that I am going to drive out before you became defiled. Even the land was defiled; so I punished it for its sin, and the land vomited out its inhabitants. But you must keep my decrees and my laws. The native-born and the aliens living among you must not do any of these detestable things, for all these things were done by the people who lived in the land before you, and the land became defiled. And if you defile the land, it will vomit you out as it vomited out the nations that were before you.
The same type of scenario existed between God and the first humans, whom He commanded (for their own good) not to eat from the one tree in the middle of the garden. The reason He had to tell them was because He knew good from evil and they didn't. They, being blissfully ignorant children who didn't have to worry about death, fear, hiding and surviving; had to trust Him and just listen to Him tell them and believe that He knew what was best thing for them. However, they thought they needed to know themselves, to be able to independently choose what was best, so they chose to be able to choose themselves—meaning, they didn't *want* to have to trust the One who wanted to be their Father, but wanted to have that inherent ability to know right from wrong, which is what they got. Both of these examples have been preserved for the sake of the sons of God, to teach them about their position and how to act (much of the time how to not act), to show them what the Father loves and hates.
My inheritance has become to me like a lion in the forest. She roars at me; therefore I hate her.
I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
The Father loves His own children to learn about Him and come to know Him by learning from the teacher about how to become good sons. The teacher instructs the sons about how to deny and abandon the nature that wants to rule them and keep them like the animals, who can only trust what they can do and get for themselves, because they were forced to learn the difference between good and evil, as per how it affected their chances for survival—learning from their father the greatest of all the animals to take in (acquire, purchase, own and control) the good (what enhances their survival), and avoid the evil (whatever was a threat to their animal survival). When they become mature animals, they must take these principles into themselves, or else they will die because the world is a difficult, hostile place and the animals are all trying to do the same self-preserving things, at each other's expense.
Everyone who does any of these detestable things—such persons must be cut off from their people. Keep my requirements and do not follow any of the detestable customs that were practiced before you came and do not defile yourselves with them. I am the LORD your God.
At a certain point, the sons just have to abandon their need to understand everything that's happening to them and trust the Father. A major part of the animal's drive is to be able to recognize and weigh the difference between what's good for its survival versus what's evil, so the inherent tendency will not be to trust, but to keep doing what the curse of the animal dictates, which is anything but trusting something outside of our selves and the ability we learned to trust because no one loves us like we know how to love our selves. Sort of ironically, the thing the sons need to do mostly is the thing that will be the hardest for them, because it's built right into their nature to not do what they need most to do—let go of their need to know and understand everything that's happening to them, as per the call of the journey that has been initiated in them in their secret parts.
Then the LORD said to Cain, "Why are you angry? Why is your face downcast? If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must master it."
Doing right according to God was listening to what He told them and then doing that (bringing the correct sacrifice according to Him in this case). What it wasn't, was being led astray from what He said by whatever was inside these two brothers, as the contrary command to what God had told them. It wasn't deciding what was best and then going with that, according to one's own decision, but listening, hearing and doing the right thing. It was being comfortable with that, and with doing what pleased the Father.
Each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed. Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.
Cain's actions show what happens when the son is led astray. The evil just piles up and there is no fighting it because it's too powerful to stop once it starts. When we start to entertain what leads to enhancing the cravings that lead us astray, we open a door that is truly difficult to shut once it's been opened by us and we have allowed that thing to come in. We may only be toying with whatever is tempting us, thinking we can just entertain it a little. But once we start it up and it gets its head in the door we can't just shut the door because its long serpent body is in the way,a nd it slithers in more and more. Then we are weak and the things that stomp us down will come from places we never expected, because that's how it works.
Don't be deceived, my dear brothers. Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. He chose to give us birth through the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of all he created.
The gift that the Father gives to His own chosen son is knowing that he has been chosen first of all, then everything which follows from that knowledge. If that knowledge is genuine and true, then what follows will be the drive to know the Father and be right according to Him. Not necessarily legally right by justification, which makes God into some high judge with a protective bubble around Him; but right because we feel like we know that we are being good children who listen to the teacher and heed the commands by which he is instructing us, because we trust that those commands—whether we fully understand the reasons for them being given or are completely ignorant—are what will lead us to the Father. They will be what, over the long periods we learn to obey them, tends to transform us into being that the Father can actually enjoy, those whom He wants to draw near to Him because they are His, and they trust Him even over their selves.
The instruction that comes directly from the teacher to us isn't generic. It can't be gained by listening to some animal giving sermons on how to get to God because they don't know the way. They only know the way of the animal, no matter what name they slap on it or what source they claim their rules are based upon. The way of the son is a secret deal and must be revealed inside the son by the work of the spirit living in him. If that spirit is reinforcing the lies and myths of the humans then it can't very well be genuine, since the living God doesn't spout lies, nor allow His own children to learn them. The road that leads to the Father is so narrow because it's totally secret and not disclosed, so it's not often traveled. The way the son walks on the road is by following the teachings that must have already been initiated inside his secret place, that only he knows about. The son walks by adhering to commands because those commands come from the teacher who is the firstborn Son, and he knows what's best for the sons.
No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again. This command I received from my Father.
Jesus may have thought while he was growing up, knowing that he might be the Messiah, the same way all the humans thought about what Messiah would be and do. The human assumption was that he would be known and adored by all Israel the same way his father David was, and would fulfill the hope of Zion, making the Jews great amongst the humans. At a certain time, though, the Father gave him the command to be hidden and secret, and to lay down his life by submitting to the animals and allowing them to do anything they wanted to him, a command which was reinforced by the scriptures about how the Messiah must suffer and die at the hands of the unclean animals, and not be honored by them.
"How foolish you are, and how slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken! Did not the Christ have to suffer these things and then enter his glory?" And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself.
God clearly commands, as part of the covenant with His people, that the inhabitants of the land who were there before He delivered His people into it, must be wiped out completely, because He knew what was in them, and that they would be a snare to them and their ability to actually become God's holy people, set apart from all the rest.
On the plains of Moab by the Jordan across from Jericho the LORD said to Moses, "Speak to the Israelites and say to them: 'When you cross the Jordan into Canaan, drive out all the inhabitants of the land before you. Destroy all their carved images and their cast idols, and demolish all their high places. Take possession of the land and settle in it, for I have given you the land to possess. Distribute the land by lot, according to your clans. To a larger group give a larger inheritance, and to a smaller group a smaller one. Whatever falls to them by lot will be theirs. Distribute it according to your ancestral tribes.' "
However, many of them were not destroyed but made into slaves who could serve them, according to the drive inside them to not listen to God's command, but to decide for themselves that these humans could benefit them by becoming forced to be slaves, which was a relationship they knew intimately. Making the inhabitants into slaves was a totally human thing to do, very logical and reasonable on the surface. Why waste what can be used for their good? They didn't completely wipe them out, which God had commanded, a very non-human thing to do because of the perceived value of them, humanly speaking. Just like the woman couldn't perceive the severity of the curse put on her because she couldn't see the seed of death inside the fruit she was commanded to not eat, so also the Israelites couldn't see what these harmless, frightened foreign people would do to them, because of what lived inside them to corrupt them and lead them away from God, even though they were adamantly warned that if they allowed that seed to live in the land, it would destroy them from the inside.
" 'But if you do not drive out the inhabitants of the land, those you allow to remain will become barbs in your eyes and thorns in your sides. They will give you trouble in the land where you will live. And then I will do to you what I plan to do to them.' "
Only from God's perspective would they be able to see the value of wiping them out, because that command was for His benefit, so that His people would remain holy and separated from the rest of the world, something obviously valuable to Him, which would be for their benefit too. But the people did what was valuable to them instead, according to whatever was in them to serve themselves—greed, fear, etc. They did not wipe them out, violating that command and covenant. Did God change the covenant to serve the people, or make it okay that they didn't remain in the covenant by obeying His commands?
Your servants (Gibeonites) were clearly told how the LORD your God had commanded his servant Moses to give you the whole land and to wipe out all its inhabitants from before you.
Even the inhabitants of the land, those who were supposed to be wiped out, knew of the command given to Moses, then to Joshua. Remember, there was a good reason they were supposed to obey the command, with a singular dedication to God to do it just because He commanded them to, because He knew what they were not permitted to know. Any of their human logic about why they shouldn't obey the command was inferior. God knew what was in the humans, and what would happen if they disobeyed, and even if the humans couldn't see that, it didn't matter; it wasn't their prerogative to be able to comprehend the mind of God, but to listen and trust Him.
The angel of the LORD went up from Gilgal to Bokim and said, "I brought you up out of Egypt and led you into the land that I swore to give to your forefathers. I said, 'I will never break my covenant with you, and you shall not make a covenant with the people of this land, but you shall break down their altars.' Yet you have disobeyed me. Why have you done this? Now therefore I tell you that I will not drive them out before you; they will be thorns in your sides and their gods will be a snare to you."
That is the same scenario we can see in the beginning, when God told the first humans not to do that one thing. The animal (serpent) introduced that element of human logic to them, and convinced them by it that it would actually be good for them to do what God commanded them not to do, because it would give them something for themselves, it would enhance their own self. They believed the lie that by doing it they could promote their own selves and become this or that thing, better than what they were.
However all that reasoning was based on a lie, and was relative not to God's perspective, but their own which was made up. They couldn't understand God's perspective because they were unable to comprehend what God could. He obviously didn't want them to comprehend it, but just to trust Him that He knew best, and knew what would be best for them because He is God (like a young child naturally trusts its father). Yet they felt compelled to go around that command and trust the created alternative (the snake, greatest of all the animals) instead of the Father, and they obeyed that craving it put into them to get something more for themselves than what the Father wanted them to have, and in the process become convinced that God was lying to them by the liar.
Solomon brought Pharaoh's daughter up from the City of David to the palace he had built for her, for he said, "My wife must not live in the palace of David king of Israel, because the places the ark of the LORD has entered are holy."
On a hill east of Jerusalem, Solomon built a high place for Chemosh the detestable god of Moab, and for Molech the detestable god of the Ammonites. He did the same for all his foreign wives, who burned incense and offered sacrifices to their gods.
Solomon also received special instruction from God, who had even appeared to him twice, to give him the blessing of His presence and to deliver him the reiteration of the command to remain faithful to the covenant. Solomon didn't do that, but instead he used his earthly power and privilege to satisfy the cravings of the animal instincts within him to an inordinate degree of excess. He became a slave to his lusts, and the appetite for whatever satisfied his human, animal nature that always wants to survive and when it feels like it's safe then it wants to self-promote and indulge on whatever cravings are in it, which arise from that same animal nature in him.
The LORD became angry with Solomon because his heart had turned away from the LORD, the God of Israel, who had appeared to him twice. Although he had forbidden Solomon to follow other gods, Solomon did not keep the LORD's command. So the LORD said to Solomon, "Since this is your attitude and you have not kept my covenant and my decrees, which I commanded you, I will most certainly tear the kingdom away from you and give it to one of your subordinates. Nevertheless, for the sake of David your father, I will not do it during your lifetime. I will tear it out of the hand of your son. Yet I will not tear the whole kingdom from him, but will give him one tribe for the sake of David my servant and for the sake of Jerusalem, which I have chosen."
Solomon didn't just indulge; he gorged on them, and he couldn't get enough. His heart was turned far from the God who loved David, perhaps even because of David's sin when he gorged on the indulgences of his nature, using his earthly power and privilege to violate God's commands in many hideous ways, especially taking the wife of one of his most faithful servants (don't covet your brother's wife) and fighting men in a cowardly way, and thinking he could hide it from God.
While the man was standing beside me, I heard someone speaking to me from inside the temple. He said: "Son of man, this is the place of my throne and the place for the soles of my feet. This is where I will live among the Israelites forever. The house of Israel will never again defile my holy name--neither they nor their kings--by their prostitution and the lifeless idols of their kings at their high places. When they placed their threshold next to my threshold and their doorposts beside my doorposts, with only a wall between me and them, they defiled my holy name by their detestable practices. So I destroyed them in my anger. Now let them put away from me their prostitution and the lifeless idols of their kings, and I will live among them forever.
The current attitude of the world and the humans in it is just to do whatever is in them, and if they violate God's laws then it's not a problem because that made up god loves them all so much that it will just look the other way, since its work and mission is to serve the humans who made it up and in the end satisfy their ultimate survivalist instinct to live forever. The animal in them latches onto that because it's always interested in easing the burden on itself at the expense of everything else, going all the way back to the incident between the first humans, the king of the animals, and God.
This kind of free-for-all attitude of being able to do whatever they want all the time is fine for the mongrel dogs who do not have the covenant of God living in their hearts. That's what they're expected to do and be, to create and maintain their own version of the covenant, which is actually static because it's not alive, just a set of static rules they try to but cannot live by because the animal instincts are too strong to be able to adhere to anything but what's in them to lead and guide them.
Son of man, describe the temple to the people of Israel, that they may be ashamed of their sins. Let them consider the plan, and if they are ashamed of all they have done, make known to them the design of the temple--its arrangement, its exits and entrances--its whole design and all its regulations and laws. Write these down before them so that they may be faithful to its design and follow all its regulations.
...Then I will accept you, declares the Sovereign LORD.
This is the law of the temple: All the surrounding area on top of the mountain will be most holy. Such is the law of the temple.
God's true sons, those whom He is calling out of the world of the humans, are different because they are His and not the serpent's, so will have to become different than the humans, who belong to the serpent. The counterfeit sons remain just as they are—mere humans with a name slapped on them as though it were that easy.
Jesus said, "For judgment I have come into this world, so that the blind will see and those who see will become blind."
Some Pharisees who were with him heard him say this and asked, "What? Are we blind too?"
Not only that, they will become the enemies and adversaries of the true sons because they claim to see, and so will be held responsible because of their arrogance and presumption that they can have what is intended for God's true sons. They imply by their action and teaching that it's just some cheap easy thing to become a son of God, which says a lot about how they actually view God—that He's cheap and easy to please, petty and indifferent to who comes near Him. He doesn't actually require what the preserved words say He requires of those who would become His people—holy and set apart from all the rest. They can just be like every other self-driven animal and slap a name on themselves, then they will become special to God as though the relationships He participates in mean that little.
Jesus said, "If you were blind, you would not be guilty of sin; but now that you claim you can see, your guilt remains.
They can't see the message in the preserved words about what God has always wanted, that His true sons will be set apart from the rest of the humans. Not set apart to become idiots who learn lies about God from other idiots and become conformed to them, who slap the christian name on them as though it means anything. The sons will know and be able to hear the voice of the shepherd because it will be true, like none of the liars can be, because their teaching was all made up by other humans.
I tell you the truth, the man who does not enter the sheep pen by the gate, but climbs in by some other way, is a thief and a robber. The man who enters by the gate is the shepherd of his sheep. The watchman opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice. But they will never follow a stranger; in fact, they will run away from him because they do not recognize a stranger's voice." Jesus used this figure of speech, but they did not understand what he was telling them.
They aren't actually shepherds, just other sheep who have been approved by "official" sheep to become leaders, by the power they took for themselves to promote. They act as shepherds when they don't even hear the voice of the shepherd themselves, so they cannot actually just become shepherds because they're actually sheep who don't know the way.
Therefore Jesus said again, "I tell you the truth, I am the gate for the sheep. All who ever came before me were thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen to them. I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. He will come in and go out, and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.
"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.
"I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me-- just as the Father knows me and I know the Father--and I lay down my life for the sheep. I have other sheep that are not of this sheep pen. I must bring them also. They too will listen to my voice, and there shall be one flock and one shepherd. The reason my Father loves me is that I lay down my life--only to take it up again. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again. This command I received from my Father."
The pretend shepherds, those who claim to see but are blind, can only always work to satisfy themselves (thieves and robbers) because of the nature that's in them to do that, what they are a slave to. They claim that they can just deny the evil that's in them and it will go away, or they can separate themselves from it by some power in them, what they don't have because it's not there. The only thing that is there is the ability to be and remain 100% enslaved to the sinful nature, and not even know it because they think it's something it isn't, and they don't think it's what it is. They don't have eyes to see i.e., they're blind, yet they profess to see.
At these words the Jews were again divided. Many of them said, "He is demon-possessed and raving mad. Why listen to him?"
Another totally natural, human reaction to the truth and life of God living in His Son. The natural is all they have, because they aren't God's sheep and they can't hear His voice as Jesus heard it, and the disciples did too, because they were legitimate sheep and not strangers.
The Jews gathered around him, saying, "How long will you keep us in suspense? If you are the Christ, tell us plainly." Jesus answered, "I did tell you, but you do not believe. The miracles I do in my Father's name speak for me, but you do not believe because you are not my sheep. My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father's hand. I and the Father are one."
The humans will deny even they're own logic to maintain the lie that lives in them, what they have to maintain in order to keep things as they are, because that's what they love and want so it's what they do. They don't want the truth because it doesn't agree with what is in them to love and therefore accept. The covenant doesn't live in their heart so there is nothing to adhere to in order to please God, so they just do what they want and make up whatever covenant suits them in order to feel safe and secure, and yet keep their life like they want it, because it's their way.
Then Jesus went back across the Jordan to the place where John had been baptizing in the early days. Here he abode and many people came to him. They said, "Though John never performed a miraculous sign, all that John said about this man was true." And in that place many believed in Jesus.
The ecclesial exhortation today (this date in 2004) was about comfort, regarding 2 Cor 1:3-7, and the frequency of the word comfort. Paul wanted to suffer on the Corinthians' behalf so that they could have what he had—the ultimate comfort of the love that comes from God. Paul knew from experience that that was so valuable it didn't matter what he suffered in his body. As a matter of fact he considered it an opportunity to be closer to the Lord by being able to share in his sufferings and shame, so that he could also share in his humility.
That fellowship with the Lord allowed Paul to feel a kind of living brotherhood via the love of the Father that they both had and knew. It was a thing that bonded them together; and even though the Lord had been crucified and was supposedly dead, he was actually alive via the spirit of him united with the Father, who lived in Paul's heart. Paul knew that Jesus was very much not dead, and that he lived inside him and taught him what was right (the way of God) and what was wrong (the way of man). Jesus abode in him, and he in Jesus. This is the command that the Lord gave to the disciples in John 15:
Abide in me, and I will abide in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.
The word "abide" in the above verse is the same greek word as "abode" in the opening verse (different tense). The Lord went back to where John had done his work for the Father, which no doubt was a place of comfort for Jesus. The love of God that drove John to do his work, crying out in the desert to proclaim to the people about the time of God's favor for them, to "make his paths straight," was a thing that bonded Jesus and John together. Both doing the work of God, turning (shepherding) the hearts of the people back to God.
I honor my Father and you dishonor me. I am not seeking glory for myself; but there is one who seeks it, and he is the judge.
Jesus honored his Father; he gave Him the glory, honor and respect due to Him. He said that God sought honor, and He does because He can and should. He has always wanted that from a people who would be called His own. God doesn't have to be humble that way nor should He—He is a jealous God who seeks children who love Him more than their very lives, who would never assume to take His love for granted, who know how valuable it is above anything and everything. He deserves that level of faithfulness and loyalty from those He is promising to remember as His own sons.
God was humble, though, in another way; as He offered up the thing that was most valuable to Him in the universe—the Son who loved Him and did His will. God is holy and just and wants to set a good example for His sons, which is why He offered the most important thing He could besides Himself. He couldn't offer Himself anyway because He cannot die, so He offered His own Son as the example of how He wants all His sons to be. He had Jesus offer his life, also as a good example for the other sons, to teach them not by mere words but by doing, living, and acting.
That is God's humility. He could have just as easily brought Jesus up as the conquering Messiah, which would have been easier for both of them. Instead God took the hard way, and Jesus was not the conquering Messiah but the conquered Messiah, appearing before men as a lowly, humiliated failure. There is a good reason for this, because it is so completely against what man would naturally do, and the sons always need the example set of how to be (like the Son) and how not to be (like the animal).
Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus:
Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death— even death on a cross!
Paul knew the love of God, which gave him the impetus to drive on to turn the hearts of the chosen sons toward their Father. He had the proper response—to be a shepherd of God's people, to take care of the sheep as Jesus did. The sheep are God's possession, and the things Paul suffered to protect the sheep did not deter him because he was compelled, constrained and driven not by the animal instincts but by the love of the Father that lived in his heart, and Paul just responded to that love by taking care of God's sheep. He had more than just an idea in his head about God—he had the spirit, the life, the love of God in him as promised by the OT prophets. It was a thing which was alive and growing, thriving in his body. The fellowship of the spirit was fellowship with the Lord, feeling and knowing the Father's love in an active, living relationship. That's what made it real, able to transform Paul from one thing to the other.
If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any fellowship with the spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.
It's not about what we can get, but what we search for, what we long for and hope for. The elusive, yet unfathomably valuable love that comes from God. The treasure, which when tasted makes a man throw everything else, what he used to consider valuable, away to get more of it because he can perceive its true yet hidden value.