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2 Corinthians 7

1THEREFORE, SINCE these [great] promises are ours, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from everything that contaminates and defiles body and spirit, and bring [our] consecration to completeness in the [reverential] fear of God. (AMP) And what are these promises? “I am the Good Shepherd; and I know and recognize My own, and My own know and recognize Me– Even as [truly as] the Father knows Me and I also know the Father–” (John 10:14-15a, AMP) Pause here. I know you’ve heard this before from me, but I have read these two verses many times before and never stopped to hear what Jesus is saying. “Even as truly as the Father knows Me and I know the Father…“ God knows God, and that must be a truly amazing thing because God is three persons, but He is One, and so He knows each personality better than you and I know our own minds or hearts. We know our own selves very well. No mortal person can be expected to know us the way we know us; I mean: we have things within ourselves that we can’t explain to others, not in words, sometimes not in actions. But we don’t even know ourselves the way God knows us. We have past that we can’t remember, pthoughts and emotion stimulated by our own unconscious mind which is rooted so deep; even today with the extensive knowledge we’ve gained through psychology we can’t understand everything about it. But God knows God. There is nothing about Him hidden to Him. Eeven more than this, God loves God which makes His knowing of Himself even deeper and more meaningful. And we are given the promise right here to know God and be known by God, the way that God knows God and is known by God.

“and I am giving My [very own] life and laying it down on behalf of the sheep.” (John 10:15b AMP) And we are promised by God to be loved by Him the way He loves Himself.

 

2-3Do open your hearts to us again [enlarge them to take us in]. We have wronged no one, we have betrayed or corrupted no one, we have cheated or taken advantage of no one. I do not say this to reproach or condemn [you], for I have said before that you are [nested] in our hearts, [and you will remain there] together [with us], whether we die or live. (Amp) Paul loves these people. He is chastising them but he loves them, which brings up a point that is connected to the one I made in verse 1. God wants us to love one another the way God loves God. We are a family, not a separated people. “I have loved you, [just] as the Father has loved Me; abide in My love [continue in His love with Me].” (John 15:9, AMP) “This is My commandment: that you love one another [just] as I have loved you.” (John 15:12, AMP) The Father loves Jesus, Jesus loves us just as the Father loves Him, Jesus  is asking us to love one another the way Jesus loves us, which is the way the Father loves Him.

 

4I have great boldness and free and fearless confidence and cheerful courage toward you; my pride in you is great. I am filled [brimful] with the comfort [of it]; with all our tribulation and in spite of it, [I am filled with comfort] I am overflowing with joy. (AMP) This is Paul talking to the Corinthians, but reread this verse, and imagine it as God speaking to you.

 

6But God, Who comforts and encourages and refreshes and cheers the depressed and the sinking, comforted and encouraged and refreshed and cheered us… (AMP) One of the very names of God, His own Spirit, Whom He sends to live in you when you say yes to Him is Comforter, another is Counselor. Any pain you have inside you, any sickness or confusion or doubt or psychosis, can be healed by the Comforter, the Councelor. I’m not merely talking about physical and mental pains, I am talking about the spirit. With God, even if our body is left unhealed for a time for what ever reason, our spirit is healed and whole. Not by drugs, but by God Himself. I am not talking here about something God will be doing to heal you, although that may be a part of it, I am talking about God. You take a pill to send away depression? Take God to send away depression. Jesus tells us to feed on Him. “And Jesus said to them, I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, you cannot have any life in you unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood [unless you appropriate His life and the saving merit of His blood]. He who feeds on My flesh and drinks My blood has (possesses now) eternal life, and I will raise him up [from the dead] on the last day. For My flesh is true and genuine food, and My blood is true and genuine drink. He who feeds on My flesh and drinks My blood dwells continually in Me, and I [in like manner dwell continually] in him. Just as the living Father sent Me and I live by (through, because of) the Father, even so whoever continues to feed on Me [whoever takes Me for his food and is nourished by Me] shall [in his turn] live through and because of Me.” (John 6:53-57, AMP)

I know this is hard to hear. It was hard for me to hear when I first heard it. I didn’t want to drop myself and my food and go to God and take Him. But He is the best meal I’ve ever had and God never ever is consumed.

“It is the Spirit Who gives life [He is the Life-giver]; the flesh conveys no benefit whatever [there is no profit in it]. The words (truths) that I have been speaking to you are spirit and life.” (John 6:63, AMP) “And we are setting these truths forth in words not taught by human wisdom but taught by the [Holy] Spirit, combining and interpreting spiritual truths with spiritual language [to those who possess the Holy Spirit].” (1 Corinthians 2:13, AMP)

 

10-11a For godly grief and the pain God is permitted to direct, produce a repentance that leads and contributes to salvation and deliverance from evil, and it never brings regret; but worldly grief (the hopeless sorrow that is characteristic of the pagan world) is deadly [breeding and ending in death]. For [you can look back now and] observe what this same godly sorrow has done for you and has produced in you: {fill in your own here}. (AMP) My question here is not, why would got direct pain toward us. That one is answered in these verses. God loves us. God gave His Beloved Son to die for us. The grief thatHe puts on our hearts to get us to come to His Son does not destroy us, it tugs us toward life. My inquirey lies with the fact that Paul says “permitted”. “the pain that God is permitted to direct?” God is God, He is permitted to do anything. Or is He? God is love and goodness and justice, He is the very source of all these things. In the Chronicles of Narnia, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, Lucy does a spell to make all things visible. Apparently Aslan had been there, invisible the whole time and Lucy made Him visible. “Aslan!” said Lucy almost a little reproachfully. “Don’t make fun of me. As if anything I could do would make you visible!” “It did,” said Aslan. “Do you think I wouldn’t obey my own rules?” What I am saying is: there are some things that God does not permit Himself to do. He is love, He is Goodness, He is justice, and so He does nothing that is of hate or evil or injustice. God obeys His own rules. He is faithfull. He never changes.

It all ready says in the Bible that all things that are good come from God; so when we are in pointless pain or depression, that is not caused by God, but it can be used by Him for Good. What is Godly sorrow then, and what is worldly sorrow. Is Godly sorrow that tugging of the Holy Spirit on Your heart? So does He use worldly  sorrow as a vessel to direct Godly sorrow? He can use us as vessels to direct Godly sorrow, which means, He uses us to introduce Him to people, and those peoples lives are, new, afterwords. “For even though I did grieve you with my letter, I do not regret [it now], though I did regret it; for I see that that letter did pain you, though only for a little while; Yet I am glad now, not because you were pained, but because you were pained into repentance [and so turned back to God]; for you felt a grief such as God meant you to feel, so that in nothing you might suffer loss through us or harm for what we did.” (2 Corinthians 7:8-9, AMP)

 
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Posted by on December 7, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

2 Corinthians 6

1LABORING TOGETHER [as God’s fellow workers] with Him then, we beg of you not to receive the grace of God in vain [that merciful kindness by which God exerts His holy influence on souls and turns them to Christ, keeping and strengthening them–do not receive it to no purpose]. (Amp) What does this verse mean when it says, “do not receive it in vain”? Is God saying: Do not turn away when you hear me calling to you to accept Me as your God? Or is He saying: Do not receive Me and then live like you have not received Me? Or does this verse tie straight in with what is being talked about later in the chapter—doing or not doing the things later mentioned in this chapter would be receiving God’s grace in vain?

 

2For He says, In the time of favor (of an assured welcome) I have listened to and heeded your call, and I have helped you on the day of deliverance (the day of salvation). Behold, now is truly the time for a gracious welcome and acceptance [of you from God]; behold, now is the day of salvation! (Amp) This is actually God, Himself, speaking, to me, to everyone! “Thus says the Lord, In an acceptable and favorable time I have heard and answered you, and in a day of salvation I have helped you; and I will preserve you and give you for a covenant to the people, to raise up and establish the land [from its present state of ruin] and to apportion and cause them to inherit the desolate [moral wastes of heathenism, their] heritages, Saying to those who are bound, Come forth, and to those who are in [spiritual] darkness, Show yourselves [come into the light of the Sun of righteousness]. They shall feed in all the ways [in which they go], and their pastures shall be [not in deserts, but] on all the bare [grass-covered] hills.” (Isaiah 49:8-9Amp) In the verse from 2 Corinthians, it sounds like he is saying, “I have listened to and heard you” to us, us being anyone who will call on Him. He has heard our cry for help, He is here to save us. In the verse from Isaiah He sounds like He is talking either to Jesus or to the people of Israel when He says “I have listened to and heard you” because He also says, “I will give You as a covenant to the people”. AS in, “Son, I have heard your love for these people and I will give You as a covenant to them to save them?” I could be way off here, but it just seems that this is how these two different sets of verses tie in together. “And therefore the Lord [earnestly] waits [expecting, looking, and longing] to be gracious to you; and therefore He lifts Himself up, that He may have mercy on you and show loving-kindness to you. For the Lord is a God of justice. Blessed (happy, fortunate, to be envied) are all those who [earnestly] wait for Him, who expect and look and long for Him [for His victory, His favor, His love, His peace, His joy, and His matchless, unbroken companionship]!” (Isaiah 30:18 Amp)

 

6By innocence and purity, knowledge and spiritual insight, longsuffering and patience, kindness, in the Holy Spirit, in unfeigned love; (Amp) This is how I am to live for God, in God. In innocence, and my innocence is Jesus Himself; He lived a pure life to God the Father, died for my guilt, and rose from the dead, and He lives inside of me. I would have no innocence in me if He were not in me. “Behold, the days are coming, says the Lord, when I will raise up to David a righteous Branch (Sprout), and He will reign as King and do wisely and will execute justice and righteousness in the land. In His days Judah shall be saved and Israel shall dwell safely: and this is His name by which He shall be called: The Lord Our Righteousness.” (Jeremiah 23:5-6 Amp) In kindness. In The Holy Spirit; literally living in the LORD Who is living in me. “But the one who joins with the Lord is one spirit with the Lord.” (1 Corinthians 6:17 NCV) In unfeigned love; this means genuine love, not a put on or half hearted but full blown in your face on your heart love. Who is Love? God is Love. “He who does not love has not become acquainted with God [does not and never did know Him], for God is love.” (1 John 4:8 Amp) “We have come to know and have believed the love which God has for us. God is love, and the one who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.” (1 John 4:16 NASB) And genuine love is stimulated by being in the love God has for us, and  by letting  the love of God live in us: “IF I [can] speak in the tongues of men and [even] of angels, but have not love (that reasoning, intentional, spiritual devotion such as is inspired by God’s love for and in us), I am only a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.” (1 Corinthians 13:1)

 

7By [speaking] the word of truth, in the power of God, with the weapons of righteousness for the right hand [to attack] and for the left hand [to defend]; And this is how I am to fight for God. By speaking the Word of Truth; now every Word that comes out of the mouth of God is pure, unadulterated truth. Who is the Word of Truth though? Jesus Christ is the Word of Truth. He is The Word we are born from. “For everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord [invoking Him as Lord] will be saved.” (Romans 19:13 Amp) “Because if you acknowledge and confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord and in your heart believe (adhere to, trust in, and rely on the truth) that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” (Romans 10:9 Amp) Jesus is the Word we fight by. “And take the helmet of salvation and the sword that the Spirit wields, which is the Word of God.” (Ephesians 6:17 Amp) But remember how we fight, which is how we live, in Jesus, Who is the Word, Who is One of the Three Persons of the LORD, Who is Love.

 

12There is no lack of room for you in [our hearts], but you lack room in your own affections [for us]. By way of return then, do this for me–I speak as to children–open wide your hearts also [to us]. (Amp) This is Paul, talking to the Corinthians; but could this also be God, talking to those Whom He has called who have not called back to Him? Could this be God, talking to those who have already called back to Him and belong to Him, but have shut Him out again for one reason or another? I truly don’t know, I am just speculating.

 

14Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers [do not make mismated alliances with them or come under a different yoke with them, inconsistent with your faith]. For what partnership have right living and right standing with God with iniquity and lawlessness? Or how can light have fellowship with darkness? He goes straight from asking them to open their hearts to them into talking about not being yoked with unbelievers. Is it tied in together and I’m missing something, or is this just the very next topic in the letter?

 

15What harmony can there be between Christ and Belial [the devil]? Or what has a believer in common with an unbeliever? What agreement [can there be between] a temple of God and idols? For we are the temple of the living God; even as God said, I will dwell in and with and among them and will walk in and with and among them, and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. (Amp) I’ve always heard it said that believers should not be yoked with, married to, under contract with, unbelievers because the believer will be ensnared by that person’s unbelief. And whenever you look at the Israelites and see how God told them not to mary foreign men and women because they would start to follow their idols, and the Israelites didn’t listen, and went and married foreign men and women, and forgot God and started worshipping things, you can see that this is true. I am not saying this in judgement, I don’t even have a husband to draw me away from God and I feel like I forget Him on a daily basis all on my own. I cheat on God with my self. How narsasistic and unloving can you get. Anyway, that whole little rant just to point out that I am merely making statements. But maybe God wants us to stay unyoked from unbelievers for their sake as well. Believers in Jesus are  one body, not one born of egg and sperm, but one born of the LORD. We are Jesus’ vary body. we can’t be, shouldn’t be grafted back into the earthborn body, we no longer even have the same characteristics, we could not go back into the unbelieving body if we tried. But it isn’t like we are fleeing from you who are in the unbelieving body, wanting nothing to do with you. If we love you, we should want everything to do with you. So we want you to be grafted into Jesus’ body with us by the Holy Spirit. This is the stuff arguments are made of, because I seem to be saying, it’s my way or the highway. That is not what I am going for. I am no one special to command that a person who does not follow Jesus change his or her mind and follow Him. No believer has this authority and none should. It is God who calls every single person: “No one is able to come to Me unless the Father Who sent Me attracts and draws him and gives him the desire to come to Me,” (John 6:44 Amp), and it is God Who saves every single person Who says yes and believes on Him: “For it is by free grace (God’s unmerited favor) that you are saved (delivered from judgment and made partakers of Christ’s salvation) through [your] faith. And this [salvation] is not of yourselves [of your own doing, it came not through your own striving], “or through my own striving,” but it is the gift of God; Not because of works [not the fulfillment of the Law’s demands], lest any man should boast. [It is not the result of what anyone can possibly do, so no one can pride himself in it or take glory to himself.]”. (Ephesians 2:8-9 Amp) We tell you about our LORD, and we should, out of and with love for our LORD, like an orphan who can’t stop talking about the mother and father Who have adopted him and shown him love; and out of and with love for you, like that same child begging you orphan to come and be part of Our family. We would be doing neither ourselves nor you any kindness by grafting ourselves back into that body, we should rather let God’s Spirit pour through us and around us to tug on you to be grafted into Jesus’ body if we love Him and you so much. Again, it sounds like it’s me verses you, us verses them. That is not how it should be. We are fighting satan and his demons along with Jesus, not people who don’t believe in Jesus as their LORD and Savior. I am asking you to come and be my brother, my sister, not because I am better than you, but because when Jesuscalled to me and gave me His Holy Spirit to fill me, it was amazing. The LORD is Who it all comes back to, He is the One. Come to the LORD if and when He calls you, not to me. Be my sister, my brother, a part of me, not my notch on a belt, not my project–that is worthless. Look to the LORD, He is God. And He loves us with all of His Heart, and with all of His Soul, and with all of His Mind, and with all of His Strength. “The Lord your God is in the midst of you, a Mighty One, a Savior [Who saves]! He will rejoice over you with joy; He will rest [in silent satisfaction] and in His love He will be silent and make no mention [of past sins, or even recall them]; He will exult over you with singing.” (Zephaniah 3:17 Amp)

 

17So, come out from among [unbelievers], and separate (sever) yourselves from them, says the Lord, and touch not [any] unclean thing; then I will receive you kindly and treat you with favor, And I will be a Father to you, and you shall be My sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty. (Amp) You are the LORD Almighty! You are a jealous and zealous God for us. You don’t want us to be distracted from You buy anything or anyone, like a husband with his bride; and I wouldn’t want You to turn away from me LORD. And this is a blessing to us, for You to give us Yourself and want us to be all wrapped up in You, You are already all wrapped up in us! I love You. “For the Lord your God is a consuming fire, a jealous God.” (Deuteronomy 4:24 Amp) “Set me like a seal upon your heart, like a seal upon your arm; for love is as strong as death, jealousy is as hard and cruel as Sheol (the place of the dead). Its flashes are flashes of fire, a most vehement flame [the very flame of the Lord]! Many waters cannot quench love, neither can floods drown it.” (Song of Solomon 8:6-7 Amp) “But let him who glories glory in this: that he understands and knows Me [personally and practically, directly discerning and recognizing My character], that I am the Lord, Who practices loving-kindness, judgment, and righteousness in the earth, for in these things I delight, says the Lord.” (Jeremiah 9:24 Amp) “You are My witnesses, says the Lord, and My servant whom I have chosen, that you may know Me, believe Me and remain steadfast to Me, and understand that I am He. Before Me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after Me.” (Isaiah 43:10 Amp) “Thus says the Lord, your Redeemer, and He Who formed you from the womb: I am the Lord, Who made all things, Who alone stretched out the heavens, Who spread out the earth by Myself [who was with Me]?—“ (Isaiah 44:24 Amp) even I, am the Lord, and besides Me there is no Savior.” (Isaiah 43:11 Amp

 
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Posted by on October 8, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

2 Corinthians 5 Part 2

9Therefore, whether we are at home [on earth away from Him] or away from home [and with Him], we are constantly ambitious and strive earnestly to be pleasing to Him. (Amp) There is nothing that I can think of to say about this verse accept Help me too LORD. I need Your help.

 

10For we must all appear and be revealed as we are before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive [his pay] according to what he has done in the body, whether good or evil [considering what his purpose and motive have been, and what he has achieved, been busy with, and given himself and his attention to accomplishing]. (Amp) There is a status going around facebook right now that says: “Before you judge my life, my past, or my character… Walk in my shoes, walk the path I have traveled, live my sorrow, my doubts, my fear, my pain, and my laughter!!! Remember, “Judge not least ye be judged.” Everyone has their own story! When you’ve lived my life, then you can judge me!” Jesus has already lived for us. “So it is evident that it was essential that He be made like His brethren in every respect, in order that He might become a merciful (sympathetic) and faithful High Priest in the things related to God, to make atonement and propitiation for the people’s sins. For because He Himself [in His humanity] has suffered in being tempted (tested and tried), He is able [immediately] to run to the cry of (assist, relieve) those who are being tempted and tested and tried [and who therefore are being exposed to suffering].” (Hebrews 3:17-18 Amp) He literally knows us better than we know our own selves. “For the Lord searches all hearts and minds and understands all the wanderings of the thoughts.” (1 Chronicles 28:9 Amp) “And all the assemblies (churches) shall recognize and understand that I am He Who searches minds (the thoughts, feelings, and purposes) and the [inmost] hearts, and I will give to each of you [the reward for what you have done] as your work deserves.” (Revelation 2:23 Amp) But He is not at all fair. He, Jesus, the One Who has never done a single bad or hurtfull thing, took our punishment, ours, the ones who can’t stop destroying one another and everything around us. “For our sake He made Christ [virtually] to be sin Who knew no sin, so that in and through Him we might become [endued with, viewed as being in, and examples of] the righteousness of God [what we ought to be, approved and acceptable and in right relationship with Him, by His goodness].” (2 Corinthians 5:21 Amp)

 

 

11Therefore, being conscious of fearing the Lord with respect and reverence, we seek to win people over [to persuade them]. (Amp) I am asking LORD that You will help me do this, and that You will help me do this: “[in short] become all things to all men, that I might by all means (at all costs and in any and every way) save some [by winning them to faith in Jesus Christ].” (1 Corinthians 9:22 Amp) This verse embodies how we should tell people about Jesus Christ, not haughtily and holier than thou, for we did not win Jesus Christ, but He gave Himself freely to us, not holding back from any person or any place, but going to anyone, anywhere in Jesus’ love, for Jesus came straight to us right where we are, even out of heaven and into earth, into our minds. “Let this same attitude and purpose and [humble] mind be in you which was in Christ Jesus: [Let Him be your example in humility:] Who, although being essentially one with God and in the form of God [possessing the fullness of the attributes which make God God], did not think this equality with God was a thing to be eagerly grasped or retained, But stripped Himself [of all privileges and rightful dignity], so as to assume the guise of a servant (slave), in that He became like men and was born a human being. And after He had appeared in human form, He abased and humbled Himself [still further] and carried His obedience to the extreme of death, even the death of the cross!” (Philippians 2:5:8 Amp)

 

13For if we are beside ourselves [mad, as some say], it is for God and concerns Him; if we are in our right mind, it is for your benefit, For the love of Christ controls and urges and impels us, because we are of the opinion and conviction that [if] One died for all, then all died; And He died for all, so that all those who live might live no longer to and for themselves, but to and for Him Who died and was raised again for their sake. (Amp) Yes LORD! I want to be urged and controlled and impelled by this powerfull, life changing, transfiguring love. “EAGERLY PURSUE and seek to acquire [this] love [make it your aim, your great quest];” (1 Corinthians 14:1 Amp) “This love” being:

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1%20Corinthians%2013&version=AMP

I want to be fully filled with this love so that it runs out all over everyone else LORD. “For God did not give us a spirit of timidity (of cowardice, of craven and cringing and fawning fear), but [He has given us a spirit] of power and of love and of calm and well-balanced mind and discipline and self-control.” (2 Timothy 1:7 Amp) Who is this Spirit? This Spirit is the LORD. How powerfull is He? He is so powerfull that He raised Jesus Christ from the dead, and can raise you up from the dead. “And if the Spirit of Him Who raised up Jesus from the dead dwells in you, [then] He Who raised up Christ Jesus from the dead will also restore to life your mortal (short-lived, perishable) bodies through His Spirit Who dwells in you.” (Romans 8:11 Amp)

 

16Consequently, from now on we estimate and regard no one from a [purely] human point of view [in terms of natural standards of value]. [No] even though we once did estimate Christ from a human viewpoint and as a man, yet now [we have such knowledge of Him that] we know Him no longer [in terms of the flesh]. (Amp) We know Jesus in the Spirit. When a husband an wife make love, they are “knowing” each other and being one in body, mind and heart. It isn’t just a physical act, they are doing life together. “But the person who is united to the Lord becomes one spirit with Him.” (1 Corinthians 6:17 Amp) We are spiritually making love with God: knowing one another and being one in mind, heart and spirit. We are doing life together. If this causes you to stumble, please disregard it, I pray that God uses it to help in the knowledge of Him.

 

And out of that love making we are born, one with God, His child. Therefore if any person is [ingrafted] in Christ (the Messiah) he is a new creation (a new creature altogether); the old [previous moral and spiritual condition] has passed away. Behold, the fresh and new has come!” (2 Corinthians 5:17 Amp)

 

18But all things are from God, Who through Jesus Christ reconciled us to Himself [received us into favor, brought us into harmony with Himself] and gave to us the ministry of reconciliation [that by word and deed we might aim to bring others into harmony with Him]. It was God [personally present] in Christ, reconciling and restoring the world to favor with Himself, not counting up and holding against [men] their trespasses [but cancelling them], and committing to us the message of reconciliation (of the restoration to favor). (Amp) “By Word and deed” And God isn’t asking us to do and say on His behalf when He Himself hasn’t already done and said all things in love for us, courting us to become His people. He gave His Word to us, His Word is Jesus Christ His dear one, His Beloved Son. And His Word did what we can never do: satisfied the wrath of God against us, and He did it in love for us. And God gives us the priviledge to hold the name of that Word in our mouth, on our tongue, to experience His feel in us and spread Him to others’ ears. “So we are Christ’s ambassadors, God making His appeal as it were through us. We [as Christ’s personal representatives] beg you for His sake to lay hold of the divine favor [now offered you] and be reconciled to God.” (2 Corinthians 5:20 Amp)

 

 

 
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Posted by on September 14, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

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2 Corinthians 5 part 1

4For while we are still in this tent, we groan under the burden and sigh deeply (weighed down, depressed, oppressed)–not that we want to put off the body (the clothing of the spirit), but rather that we would be further clothed, so that what is mortal (our dying body) may be swallowed up by life [after the resurrection]. (Amp) Not swallowed up in death, but swallowed up in life. This sounds like such a smooth transition. I’ve never thought of it this way before reading this verse. We go straitght from life into life? Jesus was swallowed up in death and now He lives so that we can be swallowed up by life in Him after we die. Do we feel death for a second, or just go straight into life? Either way, the grave is not what awaits us. We will either go to God and live with Him, or we will go to hell and live without Him. He has done everything including dying to make it possible for us to come to Him and live with Him. He loves us. “But God–so rich is He in His mercy! Because of and in order to satisfy the great and wonderful and intense love with which He loved us, Even when we were dead (slain) by [our own] shortcomings and trespasses, He made us alive together in fellowship and in union with Christ; [He gave us the very life of Christ Himself, the same new life with which He quickened Him, for] it is by grace (His favor and mercy which you did not deserve) that you are saved (delivered from judgment and made partakers of Christ’s salvation).” (Ephesians 2:4-5 Amp) But a true lover does not rape his beloved full of himself. The choice is fully ours. God does not want robots. God wants a family. “For He foreordained us (destined us, planned in love for us) to be adopted (revealed) as His own children through Jesus Christ, in accordance with the purpose of His will [because it pleased Him and was His kind intent]–” (Ephesians 1:5 Amp)

 

5Now He Who has fashioned us [preparing and making us fit] for this very thing is God, Who also has given us the [Holy] Spirit as a guarantee [of the fulfillment of His promise]. (Amp) God gave us a promise as the guarantee of His other promises. When I promise something I just say, I promise and sadly  lots of times I never get around to it. God didn’t just promise by Word, although He did that too and it is great because He never lies. In promising God literally gave us His Spirit Who is the LORD Himself as the promise; and He did this in order to guarantee the promise of giving us Jesus Christ, Who is the LORD, Who caries us to, promises us, the Father, Who is the LORD. God has fully given Himself to us. “And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Comforter (Counselor, Helper, Intercessor, Advocate, Strengthener, and Standby), that He may remain with you forever– The Spirit of Truth, Whom the world cannot receive (welcome, take to its heart), because it does not see Him or know and recognize Him…” (John 14:16-17 Amp) “Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty (emancipation from bondage, freedom). And all of us, as with unveiled face, [because we] continued to behold [in the Word of God] as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are constantly being transfigured into His very own image in ever increasing splendor and from one degree of glory to another; [for this comes] from the Lord [Who is] the Spirit.” (2 Corinthians 3:17-18 Amp) “All who keep His commandments [who obey His orders and follow His plan, live and continue to live, to stay and] abide in Him, and He in them. [ They let Christ be a home to them and they are the home of Christ.]” (1 John 3:22 Amp) “Jesus answered, If a person [really] loves Me, he will keep My word [obey My teaching]; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home (abode, special dwelling place) with him.” (John 14:23) And by this we know and understand and have the proof that He [really] lives and makes His home in us: by the [Holy] Spirit Whom He has given us.” (1 John 3:22 Amp) “Such hope never disappoints or deludes or shames us, for God’s love has been poured out in our hearts through the Holy Spirit Who has been given to us.” (Romans 5:3 Amp) This is incredible, and it is for everyone. “And consider that the long-suffering of our Lord [ His slowness in avenging wrongs and judging the world] is salvation ( that which is conducive to the soul’s safety),” (2 Peter 3:15 Amp) “The Lord does not delay and is not tardy or slow about what He promises, according to some people’s conception of slowness, but He is long-suffering (extraordinarily patient) toward you, not desiring that any should perish, but that all should turn to repentance.” (2 Peter 3:9 Amp) “For the promise [of the Holy Spirit] is to and for you and your children, and to and for all that are far away, [even] to and for as many as the Lord our God invites and bids to come to Himself.” (Acts 2:39 Amp) And there are more promises promised by that Promise that haven’t even occurred yet, maybe that we don’t even no about yet, definitely that we don’t even fully understand yet.

 

6So then, we are always full of good and hopeful and confident courage; we know that while we are at home in the body, we are abroad from the home with the Lord [that is promised us]. (Amp) NO matter where we go, God is there waiting for us, loving on us. “Where could I go from Your Spirit? Or where could I flee from Your presence? If I ascend up into heaven, You are there; if I make my bed in Sheol (the place of the dead), behold, You are there. If I take the wings of the morning or dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, Even there shall Your hand lead me, and Your right hand shall hold me. If I say, Surely the darkness shall cover me and the night shall be [the only] light about me, Even the darkness hides nothing from You, but the night shines as the day; the darkness and the light are both alike to You. For You did form my inward parts; You did knit me together in my mother’s womb. I will confess and praise You for You are fearful and wonderful and for the awful wonder of my birth! Wonderful are Your works, and that my inner self knows right well. My frame was not hidden from You when I was being formed in secret [and] intricately and curiously wrought [as if embroidered with various colors] in the depths of the earth [a region of darkness and mystery]. Your eyes saw my unformed substance, and in Your book all the days [of my life] were written before ever they took shape, when as yet there was none of them.” (Psalm 139:7-16) Okay, I was actually only planning on giving you a verse or two there, but I got kind of wrapped up in the beauty of that Psalm.

 

7For we walk by faith [we regulate our lives and conduct ourselves by our conviction or belief respecting man’s relationship to God and divine things, with trust and holy fervor; (Amp) Faith requires boldness of heart, and we should live boldly for God, myself included. Boldness is behavior born out of belief. Sometimes faith feels more like doubt. Sometimes it makes us want to cringe back in fear of all the questions that rise up. but what is wrong with questions? God wants us to ask, to hold out our hands to Him in faith. Look at what boldness Jesus gives us when we do. “This is in accordance with the terms of the eternal and timeless purpose which He (the Father) has realized and carried into effect in [the person of] Christ Jesus our Lord, In Whom, because of our faith in Him, we dare to have the boldness (courage and confidence) of free access (an unreserved approach to God with freedom and without fear).” (Ephesians 3:11-12 Amp) God has given us all of Himself. He is Imanual, God with us. Because of Jesus we can hug Him, kiss Him, talk to Him, be listened to by Him. We can call God our homeskillet if we so desire, He has given Himself fully to us.

 

8[Yes] we have confident and hopeful courage and are pleased rather to be away from home out of the body and be at home with the Lord. We are pleased to leave this world; not to die, but to live! We are not looking forward to death, we are looking forward past death to life Who is Jesus Christ.

 
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Posted by on September 12, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

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2 Corinthians 4

Verse 2, “We refuse to deal craftily… or to adulterate or handle dishonestly the Word of God…” I love to write, I try to do it with passion, but passion isn’t the heart of it, at least I don’t want it to be.” (Amp) I want God the Father the Son and the Holy Spirit to be the very heart of me and of my writing. I don’t want to write something down because it appeals to me or sounds good in my ears and my heart, I want to have the heart of God and God is truth and love and justice. I want to write about His Word just as He means it every second. His Word is so deep and manifold, and I want to write in truth and love of it, in truth and love of Him, not spoil it by taking things out of context when they shouldn’t be or saying it means something when it doesn’t. Help me LORD to write about Your Word with Your Words. In Jesus’ name Father.

Verse 3-4: “But even if our Gospel (the glad tidings) also be hidden (obscured and covered up with a veil that hinders the knowledge of God), it is hidden [only] to those who are perishing and obscured [only] to those who are spiritually dying and veiled [only] to those who are lost. For the god of this world has blinded the unbelievers’ minds [that they should not discern the truth], preventing them from seeing the illuminating light of the Gospel of the glory of Christ (the Messiah), Who is the Image and Likeness of God.” (Amp) I literally did not understand verse 4 until I pasted it into this blog. I was thinking it was saying, God, the God, The only LORD, has blinded those who are lost from the Gospel. No. It is saying that Satan, the temporary god of this world has blinded the lost from thee Gospel. But God is stronger than Satan. Jesus says: “No one is able to come to Me unless the Father Who sent Me attracts and draws him and gives him the desire to come to Me, and [then] I will raise him up [from the dead] at the last day.” (John 6:44 Amp) This fact, that we have to be called by the Father to Jesus, doesn’t make a relationship with God less attainable, it makes it more real. He is the Parent calling the child to Himself. Salvation isn’t something that we can carelessly grab, it is something that God has done for us and is holding out to us in love. God calls us to Jesus, and Jesus brings us to His Father. This is a relationship, not a religion. One of God’s names is YAHWEH. This name means: “To Be.” It shows God’s closeness to us, His mercy and love for us. “For God so greatly loved and dearly prized the world that He [even] gave up His only begotten (unique) Son, so that whoever believes in (trusts in, clings to, relies on) Him shall not perish (come to destruction, be lost) but have eternal (everlasting) life.” (John 3:16 Amp) God wants to be with us and He is calling.

Verse 8. Speaking of the Light, I saw an interesting explanation of how God is three Persons, but still one God. If you take three flashlights and shine all three beams on the exact same spot, you have three beams, but only one light. One is the LORD, One is the LORD and one is the LORD, but not One of them is separate from the Other Two, They are all One LORD.

Verse 10: “Always carrying about in the body the liability and exposure to the same putting to death that the Lord Jesus suffered, so that the [resurrection] life of Jesus also may be shown forth by and in our bodies.” (Amp) At first I thought that God is talking about fleshly death here. Is He talking about spiritual death instead though, or both? Is the death that we die to sin ongoing? I have heard that the Greek language shows that Jesus’ saving of us is ongoing, it doesn’t just happen, and then it’s done, He is continually here, saving and keeping us. Our life in Jesus Christ is ongoing, is our death in the world and to ourselves ongoing also? I suppose it is, it seems sometimes that I have to die every second to myself.

Verse 11: “Thus death is actively at work in us, but [it is in order that our] life [may be actively at work] in you.” (Amp) Paul was continually denying himself and his comfort for the churches so that they could grow. Even more, Jesus died for us so that He can live in us. I want to live the way Jesus did, dying so that my life, Jesus’ life, can be actively at work in others. I don’t even know a lot of what this will mean yet, but God knows, and I hope I will be fully submissive to Him, and my Hope is Jesus.

Verse 13: “Yet we have the same spirit of faith as he had who wrote, I have believed, and therefore have I spoken. We too believe, and therefore we speak,” (Amp) Afew weeks ago, I heard a sermon by a pastor named Craig Groschel about speaking God’s Word boldly. Boldness, is behavior born out of belief. In acts 4:20 the apostles said: “we [ourselves] cannot help telling what we have seen and heard.” They had seen and heard Jesus Christ the LORD, “the sole expression of the glory of God the Light-being, the out-raying or radiance of the divine”. (Hebrews 3:1 Amp) They were hearing and seeing the very same Beautiful LORD Who we are hearing and seeing today, Who lives in us if we are His. He is why we speak, “Assured that He Who raised up the Lord Jesus will raise us up also with Jesus and bring us [along] with you into His presence.”. (2 Corinthians 4:14 Amp)

Verse 15: “For all [these] things are [taking place] for your sake, so that the more grace (divine favor and spiritual blessing) extends to more and more people and multiplies through the many, the more thanksgiving may increase [and redound] to the glory of God.” (Amp) God is the ultimate goal, to be so deeply in love with Him that we praise Him, not thinking about us and, what about us, but about Him; living and speaking love and praise to Him constantly. He already loves us. I want this relationship with God, but I still have plenty of faith that needs to be put in Him before I get there.

 
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Posted by on September 2, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

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2 Corinthians 3

Chapter 3: Verse 3 I am a letter, from Jesus Christ, written by the Spirit of God, not on tablets of stone, but on the tablet of my heart. My dream is to write, and so that is one of the reasons this verse gets me going. We are Written, not with words, but with the Spirit of God. And this ties in with Ephesians 2:10, where Paul says, we are God’s workmenship created in Christ Jesus. The greek word in this verse is poiema, which is where we get our word poem, so the verse could read, we are God’s poem created in Christ Jesus. Jesus is the Word of God. I am God’s living poem, written in His Spirit, sung by his Word–Who is my LORD Jesus Christ.

Verse 17 “The LORD is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is…” I love this because, I know that the Holy Spirit is One with God, but this is one of only afew verses I’ve found that talks about it; there are probably more I haven’t come across yet. This is just one of the verses that touches on the Holy Trenity Who is God. Like I said earlier, I am an obsessive person, and this is one of my other good obsessions, and that is: God is One, meaning, The Father, Jesus and the Spirit are one beautiful LORD. Jesus says it in Mark 12:29, “Hear, O Israel, the LORD our God is One LORD.” God says it in Deuteronomy 6:4 “Hear, O Israel, the LORD our God Is One LORD the only LORD.” I’ve not yet studied Hebrew, but I have read that in the old testament, one of the names for God means three or more Persons, but still one God. The Hebrew name Adonai can be literally translated as my LORDS’.

The phraise Holy Trenity isn’t even used anywhere in the Bible, but verses like these are so deep and complex. “The LORD _is the Spirit.” “So there are three witnesses in heaven: the Father, the Word and the Holy Spirit, and these three are One;” (1 John 5:7, Amplified) I am a poem, but God is the three Person One LORD, the most beautiful, manifold, mysterious _One. I can’t even say what I am trying to say, just praise God the LORD!

Verse 18 And all of us, as with unveiled face, [because we] continued to behold [in the Word of God] as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, (Amp) We look at Jesus and see God. “The glory of the Gospel is in the face of JesusChrist.” (see verse 10) Relatives resemble one another, God wants to make us like His Son, not physically, but spiritually. So He comes to us in Jesus in order to make us His Spirit relatives—His blood relatives.

are constantly being transfigured into His very own image in ever increasing splendor and from one degree of glory to another; [for this comes] from the Lord [Who is] the Spirit.” (Amp) The hidden counsel of God decreed this event.” (See 1 Corinthians 15:51) And by “this event” I mean “men obtaining and being governed by the Holy Spirit,” see verse 8. Nothing that is flesh and blood can partake of the Kingdom of God Who is Jesus, the Father, The Spirit and all His people. But God wants to make us His actual, blood related, children. When a person accepts Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit comes and lives in that person and he is literally born again from the Spirit. A sperm and an egg join together to make an intirely new person. When we are born again the Holy Spirit comes into us and joins to our spirit, 1 Corinthians 6:17 “The person who is united to the LORD is one Spirit with Him.” (Amp) We are born of the LORD. John 3:34 says about Jesus, “boundless is the gift God makes of His Spirit to Him.” So when we have Jesus in us, boundless is the gift God makes of His Spirit to us. Again, someone please call me out if you see that I am believing and promoteing something that is not true.

 
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Posted by on August 27, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

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2 Corinthians 1-2

To blog or not to blog? That was the question. Now that it has been answered, I am not so sure of how to begin this, so I will just listen to the words of a wise king and “begin at the beginning and keep going until I get to the end.” I’ve been keeping a personal journal for about a year and a half and now God wants me to open it up to you, whoever you may be. This seems like a very bold statement to me, because I feel that I usually have a very hard time hearing God’s voice. However, in faith, here it is. He is the LORD and I pray that His will will be done with this.

I’ll start by better introducing this journal. It is about learning how to fully unsheathe, fight with, heal with and be penetrated by the Sword of the Word, that is, the Word of Jesus. This is about God and what He says. The way I have been doing it, is I will read some of the Bible, and then I will write down what I thought, understood, or didn’t understand about what I read. I want to learn. If you are willing, I want to hear what you think about what I read, and I want to hear what you think about what I think. If you see or feel that I am believing something that is not truth, call me out on it. Usually I read chapter by chapter. I probably won’t always have something to say in this blog about every chapter, I may only have one thing to say about a chapter, or fifty things. “I do not know –God knows.” (2 Corinthians 12:2) I’m not sure yet if this blog will be daily, weekly, monthly or randomly. We shall see.

Okay, now for the actual substance. The last book of the Bible I read was 2 Corinthians, so I will start there.

Chapter one: The first thing I have, is simply to quote part of a verse from this chapter that I pray God will make a reality for what I am writing here. 2 Corinthians 1:12 “with devout and pure motives and godly sincerity, not in fleshly wisdom but by the grace of God (the unmerited favor and merciful kindness by which God, exerting His holy influence upon souls, turns them to Christ, and keeps, strengthens, and increases them in Christian virtues).”

The second thing is this: verses 19-20, in Jesus, the answer is “always the divine yes.” This is just incredible! This was my first time reading through 2 Corinthians, and so I had not come across this verse until recently and I love it. I know that it doesn’t mean that I can ask for whatever my materialistic heart desires and get it if I ask in Jesus. It means something way more great than that. It means that God loves us. It means that He has already proposed to us! God got on His knees in Jesus Christ and asks us to become His children, His beloved, His. Jesus is my Yes Man.

Chapter two: Verse 14, I want God to use me to spread the fragrance of Him everywhere. Just imagine, the fragrance of God! I want His Spirit to fill me up. I want His Words to pour from my mouth and His movements to come from my limbs. Jesus Christ says: “I am the vine, you are the branches.” (John 15:5) I am grafted into Jesus Christ Himself, and I am a part of His body; so it is His life that I want to live. Wow, that took a whole ‘nother direction than I thought it would when I started writing it. The thing that was actually in my head when I first started writing about that verse is this:, I can write for Jesus all right, but when it comes to opening my mouth for Him in every day situations, or to saying His Name, I am hesitant. I may as well call it what it is, I am ashamed to say out loud the name of Jesus. So here. LORD, Father Jesus Holy Spirit, help me to live out loud for You and to never be ashamed of You. Help me to take it a second at a time with You. In Jesus’ name father. Amen.

Verse 15: “We are the sweet fragrance of Christ [which exhales] unto God… This goes right along with something that I am rather obsessed with, and for once it’s something I don’t mind being obsessed with. As this journal goes on you will see that I am a very obsessive person about many things, so I hope you will bear with me. Anyway, back to this particular obsession, it is that Jesus Himself actually lives in us. Not a metaphor. He and the Father sent Their Holy Spirit to earth for us, and They send Him to live in us when we put our trust in Him. Father, Jesus and Spirit are one, and that is amazing in itself, God is amazing in Himself, and because the Spirit comes and lives in us, all of God is living in us. (Colossians 2:9-10) Jesus is in our spirit. When our spirit breathes, it breathes Jesus, and when God breathes us in, He breathes in Jesus His Son with us. God can smell the fragrance of God in us. John 14:23 “Jesus answered and said to him, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our abode with him.” (NASB) And He says it here too: John 15:4 “Dwell in Me, and I will dwell in you. [Live in Me, and I will live in you.] Just as no branch can bear fruit of itself without abiding in (being vitally united to) the vine, neither can you bear fruit unless you abide in Me.” (Amp)

The DNA of God is in us, we are His Children. Ephesians 1:5 “For He foreordained us (destined us, planned in love for us) to be adopted (revealed) as His own children through Jesus Christ, in accordance with the purpose of His will [because it pleased Him and was His kind intent]—“ The message says it like this: Ephesians 1:4-5 “Long before he laid down earth’s foundations, he had us in mind, had settled on us as the focus of his love, to be made whole and holy by his love. Long, long ago he decided to adopt us into his family through Jesus Christ. (What pleasure he took in planning this!)

 

 
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Posted by on August 19, 2011 in Uncategorized