Teachings Of Jesus


(Psalm 107)

Ignorance, rebellion, spite, iniquity, adventurism, arrogance, wickedness and, in short, anything that is harmful to the human soul, and, in a word, evil, lead to hunger and thirst, gloom, affliction, bitter labor, temptation, instability, calamity, sorrow, fruitlessness, and death.

But to navigate those aspects of the Creation which are harmful to the human soul, the Creator provides His counsel, His Word, stability, fruitfulness and, in a word, a straight way, a Narrow Gate, to Himself within you.

Give thanks to the Lord for He is good, His love endures forever.

Now go see Colossians.

Or, to put it another way, make the deal, make the Covenant with God: accept His counsel, His Word, His laws and teachings, and you will navigate through the vicissitudes of the Creation and, with the power of your faith, the energy of salvation, ride the creative power, the love of God, into His peace and joy, into heaven.

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(Ro 2:25-29)

Again, though only the word νόμος is used, there is a distinction between the law of men and the law of God, the letter of the law and the spirit of the law.

Physical circumcision (της σαρκός) represents the laws of men, the letter of the law; circumcision of the heart (του σώματος) represents the law of God, the spirit of the law.

We can also extend this teaching to a general principle: just because you have heard or, by some happenstance of history are the custodian of, something of value (e.g. the law of God), does not mean that you are worthy of that value; to be worthy, you must put the value into use as it was designed to do.

(John 7:1-24)

Christ shows that men do not live according to God’s law, God’s teaching, but, in contrast, that they live against nature. He is the mirror against which they see how they really are in their current state. John 7:7 “εγώ ματυρώ περί αυτού (ο κόσμος) ότι τα έργα αυτού πονηρά έστιν.”

Jesus teaches in the temple. A man who wants to do the will of God will know whether the teaching is from God or man. His teaching is from God.

Moses – a man and elder men before him – gave men (the law of) circumcision, they circumcise someone on the Sabbath, the day set aside for special communion with God, on the holy day. Men circumcise on the Sabbath so that the law of Moses is not broken.

Yet these men, responsible for upholding the law, are angry at Christ when He heals the whole human being on the Sabbath, on the holy day, on the day set aside for special communion with God.

Christ teaches, “do not judge by appearances, rather judge according to what is right.”

In other words, men fail to distinguish between the letter of the law and the spirit of the law, they fail to discern the will of God. And that probably because of laziness and pride, because they want to control the will of other men for their own purposes rather than do the will of God.

(Lk 22:24-30)

True greatness is serving others as an example of the fruits of the Holy Spirit, even to the point of self-sacrifice.

(Lk 19:1-10)

Even for the greedy sinner it is possible, by faithful effort, to change his mind and treat others as one would like to be treated, and it is such lost souls that the Lord has a keen interest in saving.

(Lk 14:7-14)

Addressing members of a group that wields social power among men, Jesus teaches that it is fruitless in terms of the soul to stab at the material world with an attitude of greed and arrogance, for it should be remembered that in this petty game there is, sooner or later, someone more powerful who puts the greedy and arrogant to shame as mere men.

It is equally fruitless in terms of the soul for men of material means to gather together to celebrate themselves, trading favors, while excluding others in the community deserving of material help. More importantly, sacrificing for others with a sense of compassion for the soul is good for the soul, an important step towards salvation.

(Lk 13:1-5)

We are all equally susceptible to the vagaries of the material world, regardless of the extent to which we are sinners. Salvation of the soul, however, starts with a change of the mind, of the attitude towards the material world and the putting into practice of the teachings of Jesus, of God’s will.

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