Seed picking with Philosophers

 

Then certain Epicurean and Stoic philosophers encountered him. And some said, “What does this babbler want to say?” Others said, “He seems to be a proclaimer of foreign gods,” because he preached to them Jesus and the resurrection. Acts 17:18 NKJV.

Babbler, spermologos, Strong’s #4691: Athenian slang for:

  1. A bird that picks up seeds;
  2. Men lounging around the marketplace, making a living by picking up whatever falls from the loads of merchandise;
  3. A babbler, chatterer, or gossip retailing bits and pieces of misinformation;
  4. A pseudo-intellectual who insists on spouting off.

Tragically, the super-intellectuals on Mars Hill failed to see in Paul all the necessary ingredients for being a truth bringer.

Epicureanism (seeking tranquility as the highest good) and Stoicism (being free passion and passively accepting everything in life as inevitable, impersonal fate) were popular philosophies.

 

 

The Elephant in the Room

And He said, “What comes out of a man, that defiles a man.” “For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, thefts, covetness, wickedness, deceit, lewdness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness.” “All these evil things come from within and defile a man.” Mark 7:20-23 N.K.J.V.

Pride, huperephania, Strong’s #5243 Twelfth on the list of thirteen inner vices, the word means haughtiness (blatantly and disdainfully proud) arrogance (an attitude of superiority manifested in an overbearing manner) ostentatious pride bordering insolence, and disdainful attitude toward others.

It is a pharisaical sin characterized by superiority of attitude. It is a state of pride that is the very opposite of Jesus’ claim for Himself, meek (praotes) and lowly (tapeinos).

When the Elephant in My Room is Pride

The Bible is clear on pride.  Pride is not from God but from the world (1 John 2:16).  Pride will bring us down (Prov. 29:23; 16:18) and bring disgrace (Prov. 11:2).  Jesus said that it is one of the defiling expressions of a heart opposed to God (Mark 7:22).  It is one of those pervasive heart problems that can drive a life like few other struggles can. It can even drive good things we do in ministry.

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Will your mind and heart stand up under examination?

I will kill her children with death, and all the churches shall know that I am He who examines the minds and hearts. And will give to each one of you according to your works.” Revelation 2:23.

Hearts, kardia, Strong’s # 2588 is from a root word meaning “to quiver” or “to palpitate.” The physical organ of the boy, the center of physical life, the seat of one’s personal life (both physical and spiritual), the center of one’s personality, the seat of one’s entire mental and moral activity, containing both rational and emotional elements.revelation2v23

It is the seat of feelings, desires, joy, pain, and love. It is also the center for thought, understanding and will. The human heart is the dwelling place of the Lord and Holy Spirit. In verse 23, the omniscient Lord sees into the innermost being where all decisions concerning Him are made.

Are You exercising Your Spiritual Ministry With Authority?

 

And you, being dead in your trespasses and the circumcision of your flesh, He has made alive together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses, having wiped out the handwriting (certificate of debt with its) requirements that was against us, which was contrary to us. And having taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the Cross. Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it. Colossians 2:13-15.29bd8d64cafbe4926a698eade7ed45db

Wiped out, exaleipho, Strong’s # 1813. From ek, “out,” and aleipho, “to anoint”; to wipe out, wipe off, wash. Use metaphorically, the word means a removal or obliteration, whether of sins (Acts 3:19), of writing (Col. 2:14), of a name (Rev. 3:5), or of tears (Rev.21:4).

Jesus Christ’s triumph over sin and evil powers was accomplished in “it”—that is in the Cross. This text, joined to and studied beside others (Eph. 2:13-16; Gal. 3:13,14; 2 Cor. 5:14-17; Rom. 5:6-15; and Rev. 12:10,11), firmly establishes Jesus suffering, shed blood, sacrificial death, and resurrection triumph as the only adequate and available grounds for ransom from sin, reconciliation to God, redemption from slavery, and restoration. The Cross is the sole hope and means for full reinstatement to relationship with God and ruler ship under Him –to “reign in life” (Rom. 5:17).

Two points need to be expressed to avoid presumption or imbalance.

  1. God’s sovereign authority and almighty power is the source from which mankind derives any ability to share in the exercise of God’s kingdom power.
  2. But even more important, seeing sinful, fallen man had lost all claim to his early privilege of ruler ship under God, let us remember the grounds upon which all kingdom privilege or power may be restored and by which such spiritual ministry with authority may be exercised.

Can a man change a man—short answer-NO, only Jesus can change a man.

And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. Romans 12:2 NKJV.

Renewal, Anakainosis, Strongs#342, a renewing or a renovation which makes a person different than in the past.butterfly

To “renew” is “to renovate” implying a restoration to freshness or to an original state. It implies the potential of redemption’s power to reinstate features of God’s original intention for humanity and a recovery of many potentialities of the soul as designed before the fall.

The mind speaks to the intellect or understanding, but also includes all that is described in the word “mind-set,” that is, the feelings (emotions) and the will (a group as a definition of the soul, mind, will, emotions). Being “transformed” by the renewal of the mind indicates a literal “change in the form or formulas of thought or being.”

This speaks of redemption’s provision of power to instill godliness in us—a power that transforms:

  1. Our thoughts, which lead to formulating
  2. Our purposes, which proceed to dictate our actions; and, so,
  3. Our actions become character-determining habits, shaping the life and setting the course for the future.

The path to godly living is not some complex plan, nor is it energized by the flesh, but it does call the believer to willing submission to the Father’s provision and ways.

Seeing the invisible: Therefore, we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing yet the inward man is being renewed day by day (speaks to a process over time) 2 Cor. 4:16.

And have put on the new man who is renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him who created him… Col. 3:10. By your patience possess your souls. Luke 21:19.

Seek the one who can transform a man Jesus.

 

 

Justification through the Blood, Sanctification through the Spirit.

He-is-Risen

Being justified freely by his grace, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God: to declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus. Romans 3:24-26 KJV.

Redemption, apolutrosis, Strong’s #629. “To deliver by paying a price.” The N.T. records the fulfillment of the O.T. types and prophecies of redemption through the sacrifice of Christ. The completed truth is set forth in the three words which are translated redemption:

  1. Agorazo, “to purchase in the market.” The underlying thought is of a slave market. The subjects of redemption are “sold under sin” (Romans 7:14), but are moreover, under sentence of death (Ezk. 18:4; John 3:18, 19; Rom.3:19; Gal.3:10). And the purchase price is the blood of Redeemer who dies in their stead (Gal.3:13; 2Cor.5:21; Mat. 20:28; Mk. 10:45; 1 Tim. 2:6; 1Pet.1:18).
  2. Exagorazo, “to buy out of the market.” The redeemed are never again to be exposed to sale.
  3. Lutro, “To loose,” “To set free by paying a price (John 8:32; Gal.4:4,5, 31,5:31Rom.8:21). Redemption is by sacrifice and by power (Ex. 14:30); Christ paid the price, The Holy Spirit makes deliverance actual in experience (Rom.8:2).

He is our Redemption, He is Risen, let us rejoice.

Character is the backbone of the soul

“Do not fear any of those things which you are about to suffer. Indeed, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested, and you will have tribulation tend days. Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life.” Revelation 2:10 NKJV.

Tested, peirazo, Strong’s # 3985. To explore, test, try, assay, examine, prove, attempt, tempt. The word describes the testing of the believer’s loyalty, strength, opinions, disposition, condition, faith, patience, or character. Peirazo determines which way one is going and what one is made of.  Tested in a good sense John 6:6; 2 Corinthians 13:5; Heb. 11:17 and in a bad sense Matthew 16:1; 22:18; 1 Corinthians 10:9.

A current example of the latter is found in the cesspool of our highly payed branches of organized government the Kleptocracy.

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God’s prerogative, “you are forgiven”

Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits: who forgives all your iniquities, who heals all your diseases…Psalm 103:2,3. forgiveness-i

Forgives, salach, Strong’s # 5545: To forgive, pardon; spare someone; to relieve someone of the burden of their offense. This verb occurred 50 times in the O.T. in every occurrence God does the forgiving; never does salach represent a man’s forgiving anyone.

No small wonder why Jesus’ listeners were shocked when they heard Him say “your sins are forgiven” (Luke 5:20). They responded, “Who can forgive sins but God alone?” (Luke 5:21). These supposedly well-educated scribes knew that forgiveness is God’s prerogative. In Isaiah 55:7, salach is intensified by a helping verb: “He will abundantly pardon.” Jeremiah 33:8 proclaims God’s eagerness to forgive His people.

I have been locked out this blog by mistake, sorry for the absence.

Do you answer to the Heebie-Jeebies?

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For God has not given us the spirit of fear, but of power and love and of a sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:7 NKJV.

Sound mind, sophronismos, Strong’s # 4995: combination of sos, “safe,”and phren “the mind”; thus, safe-thinking. The word means good judgment, disciplined thought patterns, and the ability to understand and make right decisions. It includes the qualities of self-control and self-discipline.

The spirit of fear may find a place by reason of one’s natural temperament, but it is not merely a human mentality; it is not from God; and it can immobilize and torment its victims, making them feel powerless and alone (1 John 4:18).

Indecision or wrong decisions are then made that could give place to bondage and great human suffering. In the face of fear, we are to remember our calling from God (2 Tim. 1 :6). We have within us:

  1. The power of God, through the Holy Spirit, enabling us to no longer be victims (our text);
  2. The perfect love of God, poured into our lives through Jesus Christ and His abiding presence (Rom. 5:5);
  3. The mind of Christ by which we can apply the ways of God in making “sound” choices (2 Tim.1:7).

Applying this truth determines whether we overcome fear or are overcome by it (1 John 5:4).

 

Stony Hearts

Hearts of Stone

Word Study

 Heart: Kardia. The heart, the chief organ of physical life. {“for the life of the flesh is in the blood” Lev 17:11). By and easy transition the word came to stand for man’s entire mental and moral activity, both the rational and the emotional elements. In other words, the heart is used figuratively for the hidden springs of the personal life.

“The bible describes human depravity as in the ‘Heart,’ because sin is a principle which has its seat in the center of man’s inward life, and ‘Defiles’ the whole circuit of his action.

Matt 15:19,20 On the other hand Scripture points to the heart as

the sphere of Divine influence, Rom 2:15 Acts 15:8,9. …The heart, as lying deep within, contains ‘The hidden man’ 1 Pet 3:4 the real man. It represents the true character but conceals it”.

 Hardened, hardness of heart: Poroses. A hardening, a covering with a Poros, a kind of stone, indicating a process- used metaphorically of dulled spiritual perception, (perception comes through yieldness) spiritual blindness, and hardness. Rom 11:25, Eph. 4:18 verse 19 ‘being past feeling’hardheart 03

Matt 19:8, Mark 10:5, Mark 16:14. Warning to obey, Rev 2:23. Can we walk in and or receive our Lords love with a hardened heart?

Humanity: Human. The best qualities of human beings- kind, tender, merciful, sympathetic, considerate, patient, gentle, loving and forgiving. Our Lord Jesus is the only true human being in all the fullness of being human as defined by God the Father.

Truth, in the context of John 4:24. “God is Spirit and they that worship Him

must worship Him in spirit and truth “…. Definition: ” The ability of heart and mind to interpret meanings and cherish others intents.” Spirit to spirit without truth causes a relationship to flow like a bank-less river in the desert —soon gone (Must have boundaries).

Truth alone is only mind to mind –and barren. Neither without the other can produce or sustain fellowship. Both spirit and truth together spark and enhance into blessed fellowship.

Remedy. Only the fire of love can melt a heart of stone.

The warmer the love given, the meaner the response. Fear of vulnerability creates hate. Each stony heart has a life of its own. It sings lies into the mind. “You know what happened the last time you risked yourself.” “You don’t want to get hurt again.” The lie is that it’s better to be alone and dying. So, the person we are trying to love to life strikes back.

The love of God is made manifest in Jesus, whose walk of love on earth culminates in crucifixion in love for humanity. It is when a heart suffers unjustly while loving the attacker that love turns to fire.

 

 

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