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The Books of the Bible

We are used to Bible editions that are divided into chapters, verses and often sections. Of course, this and in particular section headings are very practical for orientation. In the early centuries of the Church all this was lacking – and what may seem at first glance to be a real drawback was also a blessing. The books and texts of the Bible were read as a whole. In fact, today’s sections often make it much more difficult to discover deep and hidden strands and layers of meaning. The resources in this section offer an overall perspective on several books of the Bible, highlighting and surfacing strands of deep truths that help you to know God’s ways and understand the eternal principles of His Kingdom.

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Do we accept the Spirit or Form of the Divine Call?

And the reason behind this was those men who should have received, known, and discerned the spirit of the man of God, David, and understood God’s will and purposes during their journey with David and their companionship with him; yet this, unfortunately, had not happened! The exact opposite happened. They cared about the outer matters only; while, they were totally estranged from the matters of the heart and the spirit. This is a lesson for us as well to discern and to examine our heart and spirit as God has entrusted us with a spiritual walk where we experienced and tasted very blessed days, the open heavens of God, true and abundant graces of God being poured on us, and illuminating revelations given to us by the Spirit of God.

A Man After My Own Heart

It is a heart that was humbled because of the many pains it went through and has submitted to such sufferings and accepted them from God’s hands. This heart has bended to the sufferings in acceptance, so, they shaped the person. Hence, he became very sensitive to the pains of others and it became easy for him to identify with them and share their pains. [Paul’s sufferings increased as he went on his journeys; and his heart became enlarged. God enlarges one’s heart (spirit) through suffering. The contrite hearts and humble spirits are entrusted with spiritual power.]

The Epistle to the Ephesians

The nature and style of this epistle is different from the other epistles. It is not set out in the form of questions and answers where the Apostle replies to some questions that have been sent to him; or, where he deduces the questions of his readers and presents the question and the answer, as is the case with other epistles. It is different from that. The apostle actually flows with high and heavenly revelations. It is as though the Lord had turned the economy of the evil one that had led to the imprisonment of the apostle into an opportunity of quietness and contemplation for him where he is taken into these revelations and he releases them. Actually, the highest spiritual revelations were recorded in these two epistles: the epistle to the Colossians and to the Ephesians.

Song of Songs

This journey of the soul is like a play which consists of 8 scenes or chapters. After each scene, the curtain is drawn to be reopened unto a new scene which is the next chapter of the book until the story ends. The chapters are like stations or stops in a journey; each chapter takes us from one station to the other.

Proclaiming the King and the Kingdom of God

The aim of the gospel, which is also the aim of all ministers in every generation, is the growth and extension of the Kingdom of God. After speaking to His disciples about the extension of the Kingdom and its hindrances, as discussed in the previous part, Jesus speaks to them about proclaiming the King and the Kingdom of God. The Kingdom is the reign of the King. The King is Jesus. The word ‘Kingdom’ refers to His reign internally on the hearts and externally on earth. This is the complete meaning of the Kingdom of God: it is both an inner spiritual mystical Kingdom in the hearts and an outer Kingdom proclaimed on earth so that others may see it and believe.

Praying the Psalms

Praying the psalms is a worship that can be traced back as early as the start of the Christian faith and it was a continuation and extension of the worship of the Jews. The first Christian groups worshipped in the temple in the same way the Jews worshipped. According to historians, like Philo the Jew, Jesus used to pray the psalms with His disciples during His life on earth. In the book of Acts, we read: ‘Now Peter and John went up together to the temple at the hour of prayer, the ninth hour’ (Acts 3:1). We also read: ‘The next day, as they went on their journey and drew near the city, Peter went up on the housetop to pray, about the sixth hour’ (Acts 10:9). So, this prayer of the hours using the psalms continued and extended in the early church. The early fathers of the Church had a very close relationship with the Scriptures.

The Divine focus in the five Books of Moses

The problem is that we usually read and study the books of Scripture in a disconnected way, seeing each book or even each chapter as a separate unit. This disconnection or disintegration has become part of our human nature after the fall; everything became disconnected for us. This in turn reflects on how we read and study the Scriptures. The Holy Spirit is the One who inspired and dictated these books. He surely has one connected vision/mind and one purpose which He desired to transfer through the teaching in the Scriptures. Therefore, we need to find out this one vision or central train of thought that connects the 5 books of Moses.

Reading the Bible

The Bible presents to us the Spirit and Life of God. It introduces Him to us and testifies to Him through His revelation to the Prophets, the Apostles, and the Men and Women of God. It also entreats and invites us to taste what these biblical men of God have tasted and to know Him as they have known Him in order to enter into a personal fellowship with Him. The Scriptures show us the way we should walk, in order to behold God and be united with Him (2Corinthians 3: 18; 1Corinthians 6: 17). They light the path and provide us with the spirit of faith which strengthens our will to continue the walk towards the Lord. They testify to the Lord as the Only One who grants eternal life. The words of the Scripture accompany us from the beginning of the journey to its end, holding our hands, keeping us, and taking us gradually upwards to the top of the mountain in the different levels of fellowship with the Holy Trinity. They take us gently from one level to the other and from one depth to the other, progressively revealing their mysteries to us –as much as we can bear and take in (Proverbs 2 – 4; 2Timothy 3: 16). We are not meant to stop at the level of the intellectual knowledge of the Word of God: interpreting the words, understanding the backgrounds, analysing the biblical characters, and mentally meditating on God’s comforting words. The Scriptures entreat us and invite us to enter into our spiritual inheritance which the Lord has prepared for us beforehand. The Holy Spirit reveals to us this inheritance through the bible in order to live it, live for it and by it (Romans 8: 17; Galatians 4: 7). Therefore, as children, we need to hold unto the Holy Spirit, the utterer of the Word of God, who is like a mother who feeds us the pure milk (1Peter 2: 2). When our inner man grows, the Holy Spirit reveals to us the hidden mysteries behind the words of the Scripture which are solid food for the mature (Hebrews 5: 14) so that we may become strong and we no longer be children tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine (Ephesians 4: 14). As much as our souls are purified and sanctified, our spiritual eyes become enlightened and our minds are opened by grace to comprehend the secrets and mysteries of the Word of God and live by them: ‘the secret of the Lord is with those who fear Him’ (Psalm 25: 14).

Mystery of cleansing leprosy

Actually there is a deep mystery in this story about the leprosy. Especially when it is now connected to the house and there is a possibility for active leprosy to affect the house. It must be something that we need to take heed of. And interestingly enough that the way of cleansing a house is so parallel to the way of cleaning a person.

People of God 1-3

To be really kingdom minded people we need to know God’s mind concerning the characters that are supposed to be in the life of a man or of a woman of God. Also we sometimes read or hear expressions like „man of God“, „man of faith, „man of covenant“ and we need to examine these terms and understand the mind of God on them according to the bible. Usually the basic term among these terms is the „man of God“.

Spiritual Exodus

I believe that every group and every people who live in fellowship with the Holy Spirit and live in the faith of Christ, need to come at certain pauses and stops to examine themselves, examine their level of faith and their growth in the spirit. And the true and real examination of the spiritual life should not be separate from external circumstances. Usually when we talk about something like this kind of examination, we focus on our lives: Where are we? How are we doing in our spiritual growth? And this kind of examination actually lacks spiritual discernment.

Men of wondrous sign for their generation

Usually we maintain that all the charges and accusations against the children of God are nullified in Christ and in His cross. This is really true but it is not the full truth. It is only part of the truth. Let us look at the correct biblical truth in this respect. Of course this means that we will check some of the references to understand the whole truth regarding this very important issue. In Revelation 12:10 we read that the accuser accuses the children of God day and night.

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