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Can a Spirit Be Put to Death - A Second Message Witness for Easter Consideration

Can a Spirit Be Put to Death - A Second Message Witness for Easter Consideration

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Does the Bible cover the Resurrected Life -Yes From Acts to Jude, Why Theologists fail to understand the Resurrected Life.
Does the Bible cover the Resurrected Life -Yes From Acts to Jude, Why Theologists fail to understand the Resurrected Life.

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Can a Spirit be "Put to Death" - What of "the Cross"?
The Gospel account of the ³death´ of Jesus of Nazareth is juxtaposed with theslaying of the Pashcal lamb at the Passover in the Jewish ceremonial. Jesus o Nazareth, the personification of a righteous Spirit was to be put to death. This iswhat we are told. But can a Spirit be ³put to death´ (Luke 18:33) - a literal death?Or does death have some other meaning?In the story the words ³put to death´ have not been understood. This phrase comesfrom SUNIEMI ± to put together (mentally) - Luke 18:34. Next ask what does³death´ mean in this context? Notice the word ³death´ from Greek APOKTEINOmeans to slay - to kill outright. This word taken from the prefix OPO[1]usuallydenotes separation, departure, cessation, completion or reversal. Death can now inthis context be understood. The Messianic Movement of the just and steadfastcitizens must be psychologically separated from the staid mental furnishings of therest of society. Effectively this meant they must differentiate themselves, depart or cease their cause and association.
The next question is what did Crucifixion mean?
 The question became, how was this strengthening momentum (Reformation)against established traditions contained? By crucifixion was the answer. The wordcrucifixion is interchangeable with persecution, a point less than comprehended.This wider perception of meaning broadens the integrating dimensions of deviousforms operating in society. Crucified from the word STAUROO, means extinguishand cross from STAUROS means, something upright. Also STAO[2]means tostand, set up, or stand by. From this, it can be gathered, something upright must beextinguished. However, we have been taught, crucifixion on a cross.Confirmation of these thoughts is given by the fact that nowhere in the gospels, canwe read that Jesus of Nazareth was nailed to a cross. In Acts, hanged on a tree, yes, but that is something very different. Let us stand aside momentarily from the word³cross´ and briefly consider the meaning of the phrase ³hanged on a tree´.³Hanged on a tree´ was chosen from Deut. 21:23. Hanged meaning, to remain indoubtful suspense, again to be taken figuratively. In Acts 5:30 it is a tree. To those possessing a torturous, injurious intent, the only tree they would have is a tree of 
 
the knowledge of evil, and of course, persecution is sadistically executed.Speaking of Christ (a title) representing King of righteousness, King of peace,Peter said, ³Who his own self bare our sins in his body to (margin) the tree«´ Theword ³on´ is written in the KJV text. The word ³to´ is written in the reference, asthe word ³on´ is incorrect. This text in the Book of Peter has the word the (thedefinite article). The Revelator confirms this tree to be the tree of life (Rev. 22:14),³blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city´. Rev.22:14. So much for themyths taught and ingrained into our minds. It is not difficult to say that ³venerablefaith´ cannot save when we see the absurdity of what it has taught.
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et us look at ³cross upright and horizontal´. What did this mean?
 As already stated, ³cross´ from the Greek word STAUROS, means - a stake or  post as set upright. Coming from the base word HISTEMI it is used in variousapplications including stand-up - an upright and active position. We today mightsay, ³stand up and be counted.´If the cross has anything to do with the Spirit person, there needs be reference to ahorizontal disposition also, to form a cross. You cannot have a cross without theintersection of the vertical with the horizontal. John 10:15-18 reads, ³«I lay downmy life for the sheep«I lay down my life that I might take it up again´ (John15:13). ³Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for hisfriends´.Look up the original word for ³lay´ coming from the Greek TITHEMI and the primary word THEO meaning in a passive or horizontal posture. It indicatedcompassion. A curriculum of life would say, receiving or suffering withoutresistance, and in judgement, non-discriminatory.Put the vertical upright with the horizontal compassion and we find a cross. But itis far from an actual, ritual cross. Was the purpose of Jesus of Nazareth solely tostand for justice, and to love and be helpful? No. His cross was a bit more purposeful in a missionary sense. And that is why, he did come not to send peace but a sword against darkness in high places. Nevertheless, the spirit person did healand love from the heart and stand for justice.Familiar to all, the word ³cross´ appears in several texts. Jesus advising the rich
 
man said, ³«take up the cross and follow me´. The spirit person also said, ³if anyman will come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily andfollow me´. The gospel of John gives this account of the Son of God, ³And he bearing his cross went forth to a place called Golgotha.´ Then there is the well-known text in Matthew at the time of Christ¶s death. ³If thou be the son of Godcome down from the cross´.Ask, why use the word ³cross´ in these settings? It appears that the primaryimplication of these texts is to imply a cause, a commitment or an understanding.As there is no Gospel mention of Christ being put on a cross maybe we shouldexamine the term ³come down´ for more elaboration. Yes, it means descend, getdown, go down, step down, and fall down. In today¶s parlance one might say,³Back off´ ³Drop dead´. Also if a voice of dissent be uttered the reaction mightwell be, ³come down off your high horse´. I believe this is primarily the sentimentacrimony engenders. Where there is little debate, judgement becomes rife, andhuman progress in the light of love is extinguished.
Now a distortion regarding Cross.
However, there is one text that shows a blatant distortion in the translation of the New Testament - Phils. 2:8. In older versions this text reads regarding Christ Jesus,³And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedientunto death, even the death of the cross´. Modern versions read as follows« ³eventhe death on the cross´. This is wrong. The ³cross´ was a ³cause´ not a woodenobject: ³Take up the cause and follow me.´ The word ³of´ is consistent with theoriginal Gospel story. Lexicons also maintain the word ³of´ to be correct. It seemsto me, theists in a virtually desperate and panic attempt to prolong their deception,have changed the rendition of this text to read ³on the cross´. This alteration of thetext appears in most of the recent versions. One could say, it is best to alwaysresearch the original meanings of words. There is a need to see what the author thought and wrote, and not what the translators¶ pre-conceived ecclesiastical viewwould have us believe.Additionally, after much investigation, it becomes obvious the names of thecharacters tell us a great deal about the God-experience of biblical days. This hastaught me that the intention of the scriptural writers was, to show imagination of spiritual implications or the essence of events. The writers artistically painted vivid pictures turning undertakings into memorial experiences to perceive living and personified behavioural principles of higher philosophy.

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