“The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing,” Albert Einstein.
Any moralizing over the tenets of good verses evil will accomplish little. Because humanity is domed to do evil, with most relishing the accomplishments of evil or evil wouldn’t prevail. Sometimes it’s so because those who look on are to frightened to intervene. With many being silent admirers of evil. Because it’s the expected nature, when outside the influence of Jesus Christ.
That is why Jesus took upon himself our nature but without our evil aspects. Offering himself to the Father as a sacrifice for our evil. So that we might know God. And through God with our new natures, we have newness of life and purpose, 2 Corinthians 5:17. Doing evil, or looking the other way, are no longer acceptable options.
Because it falls under the jurisdiction of 2 Chronicles 36:16, which reads, “But they mocked the messengers of God, and despised his words, and misused his prophets, until the wrath of the LORD arose against his people, till there was no remedy.” With Revelation 22:12, giving notice, and behold! “I come quickly, and my reward is with me to give to every man according as his work shall be.”
What God expects is for his body of believers to prosecute his cause. That is what Jesus meant when he ordered Christians to take up his cross and follow in his tradition, Matthew 16:24.
This discussion is the final one that started with a series of teachings taught by Jesus and widely misunderstood. If you haven’t read the others, or might want to review them, click the calendar date 17 May 2015, titled, “Life in God’s 21 century.
During the course of those discussions, the focus was on what has been tagged, The Lord’s Prayer. Found in Matthew 6:9-13, where Jesus spoke these words, “In this manner, therefore, pray: ‘… Give us this day our daily bread,'” Mathew 6:11. There in that particular discussion it was established that ‘bread’ represents nourishment. Associated with Christendoms twofold responsibility, Matthew 7:10. Which is to provide for the mundane needs of others. And more important to be nourished spiritually, as one studies the Bible. The word of God is the bread of life.
Pay attention because what is to follow, is controversial. It’s about how one substance become another, called by the church, transubstantiation. It’s based upon a soundÂ scriptural foundation. The first is found in John 1:1, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” Cemented with the anchoring force of these words, “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us. We beheld his glory, as the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and mercy,” John 1:14. With the cathedral of His being made indestructible, thus everlasting, “And he (Jesus) was clothed with a vesture (body) dipped in blood; (humanities only redeemer) and his name was called ‘THE WORD of GOD,'” Revelation 19:13.
Transubstantiation the miracle of God, allowing one substance the body of Christ to be changed into something not humanly possible, so then, not humanly understood. And than again, into our scriptures which are more than just written scripts on paper. Being infallible by the breath of God through it’s numerous authors, 2 Timothy 3:16. With transubstantiation occurring through his church, you and me. Note this phrase from 1Timothy 3:15, “the church of the living God, the ‘pillar and ground of truth,'” God is alive through His word and church, you if redeemed!!! We the redeemed are his church and not those concrete, glass stained widows and roofed palaces.
If you have a Bible before you, look at it, page it, while it appears to be only paper it is very much alive. It’s the personage of God made live. One thing becoming another which is able to transform lives into something humanly, also thought impossible.
This miracle is also associated with the millions of Christians, who will break bread and drink of his cup on any given Sunday. This observance was important to Christ. With an emphasis upon the kingdom of God. Where we have this recording, “But I say unto, I will not drink henceforth of this fruit of the vine, until I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom,” Matthew 26:29.
Again associated with the great command of Christ, who said, “In this manner, therefore pray: … ‘Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven,'” Matthew 6:9-10. Every thing about New Testament Christianity centers aroundÂ Matthew 6:7-8 and expanded upon through, Matthew 6:9-13. Understood through the usage of the venn diagram from the previous discussion.
The fruit of the vine Christ referred to as the last passover as he gathered his disciples unto himself, Matthew 26:26-28. Later, how much later, we do not know, the church simulated that tradition as one of its sacraments which we call the Lord’s Supper. It is a sacred tradition with its abuses having serious consequences. Because it is associated with the cause (his cross), purpose (prosecution of his gospel) and is a sacrament for those worn out from being on the battlefields were evil is encountered. The power of the Lord’s supper is the source for regeneration of strength. Resulting in us (His church) becoming a movement not able to be defeated, if we want it to be that way for the causes we fight against. “Know you not that your body is the temple of the HOLY SPIRIT, who is in you, whom you have of God, you are not your own, 1 Corinthians 6:19. Transubstantiation one substance while the same becoming another. We are human (not perfect) but (perfection of God lives in us). Pretty amazing!!! The transubstantiation sustainability of our triune God.
The Lord’s supper it was not instituted to be one of those ‘happy days’ where warm smiles and handshakes are exchanged. It is a remembrance of the life works of Christ, accompanied with his suffering. It is past onto the body of believers for our association with him in the carrying of his cross and the prosecution of his causes.
Here is its sacredness, “And as they were eating, Jesus took bread and blessed it; and broke it, and gave it to his disciples, and said, Take, eat, this is my body. And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink you all of it. For this is my blood which is shed for many for the remission of sin.” Once again the miracle of God with one substance being two. Not comprehensible by human logic because by appearance the substance looks the same.
In so doing we are helping to prepare the way for the kingdom of God. No small matter for students of the Bible. If you recall, Jesus said, “In this manner, therefore pray. Our Father who is in heaven, Sacred is your name.” Who else but God Almighty can take a substance and convert it into something else which in appearance looks unchanged? At your next communion combine both observances his and yours.
That concludes this seven part series on what has been tagged, The Lord’s Prayer. With much more to be saidÂ from what is nonexistent from between the lines. Want those lines revealed? Open your Bible and study its contents. And end up with some mind stimulating spiritual experiences.