Think about all the voices we hear.
All the messages that you and I pick up. Both the ones that are directed specifically at us. And that ones that, for whatever reason, just feel that way.
Now think about the effect that those messages have on us. Especially the ones that stick, the ones that stay. The ones that have really sunk in, deep inside us.
So much so that they prevent other voices, other messages from having any effect on us at all.
The messages that live deep within us? The ones we repeat to ourselves? They shape who we are.
Depending on what those messages deep within us are, they may be doing us a lot of good. Or a lot of harm.
A big part of the impact that those messages have on us turns on the “why” of those messages. The reason behind that message.
Sometimes the reason can be obvious. Someone is trying to warn us. Or to teach us. Or to help us.
Other times it’s not so clear, or as benign. Someone is trying to sell us. Or to manipulate us. Or to take advantage of us.
But no matter the “why” behind the message, the message that sinks in the deepest will be the one that has the most impact on us. And it will crowd out the other messages.
God knows this about us. God knows the damage that the wrong messages can do to us, when they sink in deep.
Which is the “why” behind today’s Gospel. About the Spirit of truth, the Holy Spirit. And why Jesus is so adamant about making the Holy Spirit the voice that sinks in the deepest.
So that you and I will be grounded in the truth. So that the message that’s having the most impact on us will be the one flowing from the Spirit of truth.
And that truth, the truth that God wants to plant deep within you?
The “why” behind every message that the Holy Spirit will give you? Every warning. Every insight. Every time you know just what to say or what to do.
The message that God desires to have the most impact on you? The message that God wants to crowd out the other messages?
Is that you are loved with an everlasting love.
THE CHRISTIAN CHURCH (Part 5)
THE TEMPLE OF THE HUMAN BODY
Nevertheless, the Apostle Paul and also the Apostle Peter emphasized that on an individual level, the human body of the Christian who worships God, may also represent the spiritual temple sanctuary made to worship God:
"Do you not know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that the spirit of God dwells in you?" (1 Corinthians 3:16).
"But I consider it right, as long as I am in this tabernacle, to stir you with reminders, knowing as I do that my tabernacle is soon to be removed, just as also our Lord Jesus Christ made clear to me" (2 Peter 1:13,14).
The Holy represents the symbolic heart where Christ must symbolically live: "and that through your faith you may have the Christ dwell in your hearts with love. May you be rooted and established on the foundation" (Ephesians 3:17). The human symbolic heart represents the spiritual inner part of the human being. This symbolic heart must have a spiritual circumcision, that is to say, to remove the symbolic "prepuce", the bad reasonings that can make impure: "However, whatever comes out of the mouth comes from the heart, and those things defile a man. For example, out of the heart come wicked reasonings, murders, adulteries, sexual immorality, thefts, false testimonies, blasphemies. These are the things that defile a man; but to take a meal with unwashed hands does not defile a man" (Matthew 15:18-20). "But he is a Jew who is one on the inside, and his circumcision is that of the heart by spirit and not by a written code. That person’s praise comes from God, not from people" (Romans 2:29; Deuteronomy 10:16).
The lampstand that illuminates the inner part of the human body, the spiritual heart, the spiritual Holy, according to Jesus Christ, are the eyes: "The lamp of the body is the eye. If, then, your eye is focused, your whole body will be bright. But if your eye is envious, your whole body will be dark. If the light that is in you is really darkness, how great that darkness is!" (Matthew 6:22,23).
The altar and the offerings, made in the spiritual courtyard of the temple sanctuary, represents the lips (altar) and the words that come out of it (spiritual offerings): "And we will offer the praise of our lips as we would young bulls" (Hosea 14:2). "Through him let us always offer to God a sacrifice of praise, that is, the fruit of our lips that make public declaration to his name" (Hebrews 13:15).
The preaching of the Good News is a spiritual sacrifice as spiritual offering to God (Matthew 24:14)
Human life is sacred
Blood is sacred and it is the symbol of life
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