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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

What Happens If You're Stuck with Earthly Teachings?


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You must grow spiritually in Christ, no doubt. No growth means no life. No life means no part in Christ, whatsoever. And Jesus said the main reason why someone would have no life in him is because he refuses to eat Jesus' flesh.
Unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. [John 6.53]
And what does it mean to "eat the flesh of the Son of Man"? The context is clear. It's about swallowing Jesus' radical teachings---like eating his flesh and drinking his blood. He taught them: "This bread is my flesh...whoever eats this bread lives forever." 

Then later he told them what it all meant: "Whoever eats me (or feeds on me) will live because of me." He even hinted on how he also "ate" the Father (he lived because of the Father). All this eating business proved too much for some of his disciples so they left him for good.

In other words, they were stuck to earthly teachings and could not comprehend anything higher. All they understood was what would benefit them in the flesh, what their human theologies and doctrines allowed them to understand. They liked Jesus because they ate bread and fish for free. But the moment Jesus took them higher and let them taste radical heavenly teachings, their minds were rattled. Their theology couldn't accept it. 


Once religious people see that something trashes their traditions, theologies, doctrines and familiar ways of doing things, they reject it.

You have to eat Jesus' flesh. It is a must---or else you have no life in you. And this means you have to leave the elementary teachings about Christ and go on to maturity [Hebrews 6]---go on to the next level, to his radical teachings and way of life. And for sure, his radical teachings cannot be understood or accepted by those still on the level of earthly teachings.

Jesus' Earthly Teachings

A lot of spiritual things are just Jesus' earthly teachings. Being born-again was earthly teaching, and yet Nicodemus, Pharisee and teacher of Israel, seriously doubted about it. "How can this be?" he asked.
I have spoken to you of earthly things and you do not believe; how then will you believe if I speak of heavenly things? [John 3]
Elementary teachings about Christ are "earthly." You need them as basics while transitioning from your earthly awareness to your heavenly awareness. According to Hebrews, this includes doctrines like the doctrine on repentance, faith in God, baptisms, resurrection, laying on of hands, and eternal judgment. 

All our church activities and programs and "ministries" are also under earthly teachings---or probably even way below it (probably under "mundane"). Anything that does not hurt the devil is useless. Remember, the reason why God transfers us to his Kingdom through the born-again experience in Christ is to get out of enemy territory and start fighting him to rescue other souls he keeps as prisoners. 

As new born babes, we are gradually introduced to God's Kingdom, and this is done by first introducing us to Christ's earthly teachings, like being born again and born of spirit which, according to Jesus, are about how to "see" and "enter" the Kingdom. 

These are all basics and earthly, and the book of Hebrews advises that we leave them after a while. We should NOT be dwelling or stuck on earthly teachings. A lot of church people are stuck in this trap (another deception of the enemy) and all their lives all they do is their church ministry, which is really nothing but how to grow their church denominations.

You MUST go on to maturity. And what is maturity in Christ?

Jesus' Heavenly Teachings

Maturity, according to Hebrews, is when we advance in character and life. It's all about life and character. Watch this:
Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness. But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil. [5.13-14].
It says, if you're immature or carnal or earthly, you are "not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness." But if you are mature, eating solid spiritual food (radical teachings of Jesus Christ), you are an expert of righteousness and are constantly training yourself on the use of righteousness. You have developed sharp spiritual discernment for distinguishing good from evil. 

In other words, you are a deadly spiritual combatant, able to see the devil even if he masquerades as an angel of light. And you easily see God and his angels, too. And this is all about having the mind, character and life of Jesus Christ in you---because you eat his flesh and drink his blood. You are acquainted with the heavenly things of Jesus.

And this is NOT an option. This is a MUST. If you do not eat his flesh, you have NO LIFE in you. It's that serious. 

I remember Paul when he was being nicely introduced by a girl in Thyatira [Acts 16.17]
She followed Paul and the rest of us, shouting, "These men are servants of the Most High God, who are telling you the way to be saved."
If you lacked sharp spiritual discernment, you'd probably thank the girl for the wonderful intro. Most people appreciate good introduction like that. Not Paul. He had sharp discernment to distinguish good from evil. He knew it was a demon talking through the girl. He rebuked the demon. That's Jesus' heavenly teaching---teaching you never hear in church today. 

It's your worst nightmare if you get stuck to religion (to earthly teaching), doing nothing all your church life except church activities and programs and "ministries" that are useless in the spiritual realms. Devils are not scared by your church attendance or activities or programs or wonderful choir singing or ministry titles and seminary degrees. 

Jesus' heavenly teachings enable you to live in heaven everyday while on earth. For instance, you may not be rich but you begin to possess all things. 
Sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; poor, yet making many rich; having nothing, and yet possessing everything. [1 Corinthians 6.10]
You begin to command nature and objects and they obey you. You command spirits and they submit to you. You begin to understand what Paul said in 1 Corinthians 3.21:
All things are yours...the world or life or death or the present or the future—all are yours, and you are of Christ, and Christ is of God.
No Life in You Means Heaven's Gate is Shut on Your Face

Finally, remember the 10 virgins? The 5 foolish ones brought lamps but not enough oil. Oil is the life of the lamp. And Jesus said life is when you eat his flesh and drink his blood. You can't stay eating baby food all your life. You have to stop doing that and start eating solid food, which is Jesus' flesh and blood. You have to go on to mature teachings, to Jesus' heavenly things, to radical teachings about Christ.

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