A physicist will tell you that even though one cannot see physical energy, one can see it moving. It is what enables a person to move, causes ocean waves and makes a magnet function.To do so it must interfere with raw physical materials.
Thus when I use the term physical significance i simply mean what matters to us physically. We grow and eat food, locate water to drink, build shelters to protect us from the elements and wear clothing. If we didn’t do these things, we’d die. Physical needs are very important. That is why we develop pills, drugs, vaccines, and forms of homeopathic medicines to make our lives better. How thankful we are when vaccines for malaria, polio, flu, and other threatening diseases have been put on the market. We’re working on ways to prevent suicides and addictions. And psychologists are trying to remove our fear and anger. They say that fear is the feeling of helplessness. But who wants to be a coward, so we react to fear by becoming angry--to show strength.
More knowledge, more words, better explanations, being better people, or trying harder won’t remove us from this enslavement to our own physical significance. The story of the adversity Satan did to mankind can never be repeated enough.
The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, but God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.’” “You will not certainly die,” the serpent said to the woman. “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”
When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves. Genesis 3:2-7
Here you have a master theorist at work, clever as he was. He tells her, “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”Notice how Genesis mentions that physically she saw with her eyes that the fruit looked pleasing. It looked desirable, and it would enhance her wisdom, so she bit into it. Now myth will interpret this story symbolically. The Word of God tells that this was the point at which man condemned himself in the eyes of God.
As a result of this cunning theorist “The eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked;” Again, myth sees this as a symbolic expression. Literally, the Word of God tells us that God’s love is so great that He puts no conditions on it. He of course wanted Adam and Eve to choose to listen to Him, but from their disobedience, they separated themselves from God. The following verses explain the results of this disobedience.
And the LORD God said, “The man has now become like one of us, knowing good and evil. He must not be allowed to reach out his hand and take also from the tree of life and eat, and live forever.” So the LORD God banished him from the Garden of Eden to work the ground from which he had been taken. After he drove the man out, he placed on the east side of the Garden of Eden cherubim and a flaming sword flashing back and forth to guard the way to the tree of life. Genesis 3:22-24
You might want to slough this off as myth, but tomorrow morning when you wake from your sleep, you will be met with the reality that you are going to have to tend to your physical significance, however you choose to do it, as a sluggard or someone who goes to work. And certainly you can’t regard as myth the fact that when you wake in the morning, your day will be filled with meeting the needs of your own physical significance.
To Adam he said, “Because you listened to your wife and ate fruit from the tree about which I commanded you, ‘You must not eat from it,,’ “Cursed is the ground because of you; through painful toil you will eat food from it all the days of your life. It will produce thorns and thistles for you, and you will eat the plants of the field. By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food until you return to the ground, since from it you were taken; for dust you are and to dust you will return.” Genesis 3:17-19.
This is not myth. Life is not always a pleasure but brings on fatigue and pain. Thorns and thistles can also mean hail, storms, and diseases. Genesis repeats itself in each new generation. Each death is a verification of Genesis 3:17-19.
If such has come true as it has in Genesis, what Jesus tells us in the New Testament will also come to pass. “Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire." Matthew 7:19. Your life has become fuel for an unquenchable fire.
“But I will show you whom you should fear: Fear him who, after your body has been killed, has authority to throw you into hell. Yes, I tell you, fear him.” Luke 12:5
“But I tell you that anyone who is angry with a brother or sister will be subject to judgment. Again, anyone who says to a brother or sister, ‘Raca,’ is answerable to the court. And anyone who says, ‘You fool!’ will be in danger of the fire of hell.” Matthew 5:22 Raca, the Aramaic word reka means empty-headed. Again, the Word of God is not a myth because are we all not guilty of this?
Therefore all the more real is the admonishing to seek the living God. God is Spirit and therefore invisible to the human eye. But the Spirit of God is revealed to us through Jesus Christ who became us in every way so that in becoming as us, we may through Him become fruitful unto life. The Gospel of John, along with the entire Word of God, is rich in the imagery of becoming fruitful through Christ.
"I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” John 15:5. This is a call to continue in what Christ has begun as an apologist. When Martin Luther used the term, being “Little Christ’s,” he did not mean what our enthusiasm may lead us to do. When Luther used the term “Little Christ’s,” he meant that like Jesus Christ, we ought to seek God’s will in all that we do.
It is not ours to treat Jesus Christ as a personal possession but as the Way to God. This means unequivocally that one cannot earn their way to God. I base this on Scripture. “So that they could not buy or sell unless they had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of its name. Revelation 13:17
As one becomes a student of Scripture, it is only wise to turn to students of Scripture to help understand more clearly the truth in the Scriptures. In People’s Bible Commentary: Revelation, Wayne D. Mueller addresses the question “What does the name of the beast or number mean?” The matter concerns false prophets. The book of Matthew warns us that they come in sheep’s clothing but are ravenous wolves. They promote themselves through false promises. “If you do this your lives will be better,” as if they know God’s plan for you. Mueller writes that they will do this by appearing to be one’s friend and confidant. The only sure defense against such a one is the Word of God. Martin Luther comforts us with these words explaining the third of the three articles of faith.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Christian church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting.
In explaining what this means, Luther wrote the following.
I believe that I cannot by my own reason or strength believe in Jesus Christ, my Lord, or come to Him; but the Holy Spirit has called me by the Gospel, enlightened me with His gifts, sanctified and kept me in the true faith. In the same way He calls, gathers, enlightens, and sanctifies the whole Christian church on earth, and keeps it with Jesus Christ in the one true faith. In this Christian church, He daily and richly forgives all my sins and the sins of all believers. On the Last Day, He will raise me and all the dead, and give eternal life to me and all believers in Christ. This is most certainly true.
The comfort is in what God is doing for us through His Spirit which He gives to us. Through the receiving of the sacraments, through receiving the Word of God, through preaching grounded in the Word of God, through fellowship in the Word and through being held captive to the Word, God provides us with a faith. This faith enables us to live not through physical concerns but with trust that God will supply all our needs, both physical and spiritual.
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