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Luke 20: 27‐40
1. The Sadducees had used the example of the “late brothers’ widow” to test Christ Jesus = the wrong views and wrong understanding from those who lives according to the flesh / according to principles of “reality”. a. Those who do not believe in the Heaven, angels and the resurrection will never be able to understand even if they had studied the “words of God” daily <27>. i. God has created two worlds, which is the Heaven and the earth <Gen 1: 1>. For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible. All things were created through Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist <Colossians 1: 15‐18>, that in the dispensation of the fullness of the times He might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven and which are on earth—in Him <Eph 1: 10> = The Sadducees did not understand the invisible realm and they did not understand Christ Jesus. ii. The foundation of God’s word lies in the spiritual realm. That is why for people who only dwell in the flesh will never be able to comprehend the essence of God’s word <1 Cor 2: 8, 2 Tim 3: 7>. iii. For all whom could not understand the essence of content in <Gen 3> relating to the “fundamental problem of humans” and “the heir of the woman, who is Christ Jesus” will not be able to understand the entire content of the Holy Bible, the human spirit and life, and the history as well as the world <Col 2: 2‐3>. b. Therefore, these people could not understand the beautiful will of God regarding the matters of the brother being able to marry and have children with the widow of the late brother <28‐33> i. Think about this: <Deuteronomy 25: 5‐10, Ruth 2‐4>, the event when Boaz marries Ruth, <Gen 38> the events between Judah and Tamar. ii. God doesn’t really focuses on whether the brother should take the widow of the late brother as wife or not, but God emphasizes on the descendents of the late brother. = that is, those who are the children of the flesh, these are not the children of God; but the children of the promise are counted as the seed <Romans 9: 8> c. Because of the inability to understand the realities of the spiritual realm, therefore they could not enjoy of the blessings from the spiritual realm, and for everyday, they lived without strength and were unable to yield any fruits of life. i. There are limitation and confusion in the theories of science, psychology and humanism if these theories doesn’t relate it selves to the spiritual realm. ii. For those believers of Christ whom dwells in the flesh, they too will encounter many confusing and ironical events between their faith and the practical world. iii. For those who serve the Lord, if they have not grasped the mysteries of the spiritual realm, they will be like the blind leading the blind. This will create more serious problems in the future.
2. The Lord answered and said: “He is not the God of the dead but of the living” a. The God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, the God of Jacob…for those whom are with Him, they will live <27‐38> i. Abraham did not only live for 175 years in four thousand years ago, as of today, he is still living among the living people; Therefore the meaning of “the God of Abraham” doesn’t refer to the God of Abraham four thousand years ago, but it refers the God of today, who is the same God as the God of Abraham! ii. The Lord said: “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die.” <John 11: 25‐26>. For the citizens of God are called to be born again, we live with the surroundings of the cloud of witness <Hebrews 12: 1>. b. Therefore, the matters of heaven and earth, the matters of the past, present and the future are all in one accord; only a “living person” could be able to continue the works of a “living future, and could be able to understand how the Kingdom of God has descended and how to enjoy the spiritual strength and authority. They will also be able to save the people, heal the people and nurture the people, all these contributing to the rewards of the crown of glory and for the future era. i. Since the beginning, God’s works will always have an objective, point of focus, procedure and His works has never stopped. All of His works has a relationship with each other from the past with the future… ii. For the spiritual people of the era like Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Moses and David, their works were related. They continuously had the instructions and inheritance from God and for their days on earth, they had enjoyed the spiritual blessings from God. iii. After Christ had finished His works on earth and ascended to Heaven, on the day of Pentecostal, the Holy Spirit descended upon the 120 disciples. From there onwards, God’s gospel was spread from Jerusalem and to the ends of the world, expending day by day; Therefore, for the spiritual people of today, we do not only continue the works of the Holy Spirit, but at the same time, we enjoy the blessings of the Holy Spirit and we save lives, heal the people, nurture the people and continue to establish the eternal Kingdom Of Heaven. c. The mysteries of the spiritual realm should not be pursued with the adoption of the ideology of signs and mysticism. These ideologies or knowledge has no proper fundamental and basis, and it is never practical in real life. The only way to call a “dead” to be a “living” person and from a person who lives according to flesh to become a person who is spiritual is the way of Christ Jesus. * Why do we pursue mysticism and signs? Some people went after the supernatural experiences, which is NOT RELATED TO PRACTICAL LIVING. * Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses, David…became a living person because of Christ Jesus; But what they had seen was only the shadows of Christ Jesus. What we can see today is the body of Christ. i. It is only through the live of Christ Jesus that we are able to see how God lives within us.
ii. It is only through the explanation (exposure) of Christ Jesus, that we are able to understand the invisible world, the mysteries of the spiritual matters and also the matters of the future. iii. It is only through the teachings of Christ Jesus (the truths) that we are able to understand God’s perfect will, hear God’s voice and be able to see God’s works. iv. It is only through the Holy Blood of Christ Jesus (the death on behalf of us) that we are able to understand that God is love and God loves His children and we are of one body of Christ. v. It is only through the entrustment of Christ Jesus (the promises of God) that we are able to examine God’s plans in all of our attributes and qualifications. vi. It is only through the presence of Christ Jesus (the Holy Spirit), that we could obtain authority and strength, and we could be able to serve the Lord. vii. It is only through the prophecies of Christ Jesus (the future), only then we could understand our future and the things of eternal. * If we live in Christ Jesus, we will obtain a faith with foundation which is rooted properly and we could draw a relationship between the matters of the spiritual realm and the carnal world. * It is only through Christ Jesus that we can understand why we get married, have kids and for everything, which is in the perfect will of God. 3. Through our practical way of living, we must obtain the inheritance and the crown of glory every day. a. In Heaven, there is no such thing as getting married. While living on earth as husbands and wives, all these for our inheritances of the eternal. i. The Lord said: “But those who are counted worthy to attain that age, and the resurrection from the dead, neither marry nor are given in marriage; nor can they die anymore” <34‐36> = In the entire human history, those whom are called to be blessed (the living people) are already part of the Kingdom of Heaven. Therefore, when the numbers of saved had been reached, there is no need to make marriage, have children and multiply in human numbers; for every saint, they will receive a new resurrected body and will become the bride (the will of the spirit) of the Christ Jesus who is the lamb who was killed <Rev 19: 7‐10>; all the saints will be rewarded according to their fruits of life with the crown of glory and cities, so that they will become kings with Christ Jesus and perform new works in eternal (the mysteries of mysteries). b. But God didn’t only call us to emphasize only on spiritual matters, we have to revived in such a way that we are able to unite and relate the matters of the world with the matters of the spirit, and the matters of the current moment with the matters of the eternal. i. As for the matters of eternal, those which are of the Heaven and the spirit could be discovered in our life on earth (our life as husbands and wives, nurturing the children and our practical living)… c. How are we able to achieve this?
i. We have to first revive the ultimate objective of our practical lives 1. We have to establish our living objectives as being able to glorify God, be a blessing to the people and contribute towards the establishment of the Kingdom of Heaven. 2. According to our living objectives, we have to examine ourselves, our attributes and all other matters in order to discover God’s perfect will. ii. We have to grab whole of the essence of spiritual living in our practical lives 1. A spiritual person could see through all things; we have to learn the spiritual essence in all things and how to decide according to the spiritual point of view. iii. We have to preserve our spiritual strength to live our practical lives 1. We have to truly grasp the secrets and the mysteries of what the Lord has said: “When I depend on the God, Father in Heaven to cast out the demons, truly the Kingdom of God has descend upon you all”, and Paul said: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” < Philippians 4:13> “praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit” <Eph 6: 18>. iv. From there on, the more we can see that the practical world (carnal world) and the spiritual realm that it is of one. The example of Abraham and Jacob / the example of Peter / the example of Mark / the things which we had testified and the things which are to come.
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