For the past several years, I have been resonating with the following concepts found in the New Testament: Jesus reconciled the world unto Himself and doesn’t impute our trespasses against us (II Corinthians 5:17-21), and God didn’t send Jesus to condemn or judge the world, but to save it (John 3:17; 12:47).
Embracing this reconciliation and non-judgment has created a distinct shift in my spiritual outlook. Spirit of love isn’t finding fault with me; I am forgiven for all the irresponsible, thoughtless and painful actions I have caused myself and others. Even though I grew up believing I was a hopeless sinner, doomed to hell, this is not my outlook anymore.
Not only is Spirit of love not finding fault with me, Spirit of Love isn’t finding fault with anyone else, either. Love has forgiven everyone and Love expects me to do the same. I have held my share of grudges and have kept score, but I have worked very hard with EFT and other personal work to release and let go and tear down walls I have built.
Those above “time-honored” verses have renewed my mind, and the concept of forgiveness and letting go has made its way into my heart/spirit/soul. What has helped me internalize this concept is a forgiveness prayer meant to be prayed/meditated when thinking of dissonance with someone who has hurt me or is an annoyance.
You came here.
You played your part.
You helped me reveal my magnificence.
There is no need to forgive you,
for you are innocent,
and we are One.”
What if life is a big giant theatrical production where we all have a role and are acting on the stage of existence? How would I view my wounding circumstances if, after a chaotic or traumatic scene, the Spirit of Love Director yells, “Cut, that’s a wrap for today,” and we mingle in the break room contemplating the scene, making jokes and enjoying each other’s presence?
“You and I have played our parts” --- all of those I have hurt and those who have hurt me. You have been my teacher just as I have been yours. We are all innocent because Spirit of the universe doesn’t find fault with us. We are not judged. We are one. I choose to release and let go. I am trusting that the natural law of reaping what we sow graciously teaches us all how to be the best people we can be; specifically, speaking up for ourselves, being responsible and trusting our souls to the faithful creator in doing what is right.
The Interpretation Bible Study workbook and individual studies on my website are the bi-product of my many years of searching for answers and has led to understanding the deeper meaning of the mysteries of the Spiritual reign of Godde (Kingdom of Heaven). The majority of people during Biblical times were not able to read or write, thus storytelling was the main mode of communication. As I realized that Jesus and most of the disciples, apostles, and writers of the Old Testament books were Hebrew, it makes sense that the Hebrew language is bursting with idioms and metaphoric phrases to paint pictures for understanding.
An effective way to comprehend the mysteries of Scripture, I’ve learned, is to understand that Scripture interprets Scripture. When seeking the understanding of a verse, it is thus important to determine its context and to gather “the rest of the story” by studying the other words/concepts all throughout Scripture, Genesis to Revelation.
I’ve come to see that there are many obstacles to understanding the mysteries of the reign of heaven. First, the religious system is a major barrier. Jesus said, “Beware of the scribes” (Luke 20:46-47); a system of the supposed wise religious world that is made foolish by the truth of God (I Corinthians 1:20). Also, most of us have our own biases.
“We do not start our Christian lives by working out our faith for ourselves; it is mediated to us by Christian tradition, in the form of sermons, books, and established patterns of Church life and fellowship. We read our Bibles in the light of what we have learned from these sources; we approach Scripture with minds already formed by the mass of accepted opinions and viewpoints with which we have come into contact, in both the Church and the world.... It is easy to be unaware that it has happened; it is hard even to begin to realize how profoundly tradition in this sense has molded us. But we are forbidden to become enslaved to human tradition, either secular or Christian, whether it be "catholic" tradition, or "critical" tradition, or "ecumenical" tradition. We may never assume the complete rightness of our own established ways of thought and practice and excuse ourselves the duty of testing and reforming them by Scriptures.” (Fundamentalism and the Word of God, by J.I. Packer. [Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1958.] pp. 69-70)
Second, language poses another barrier. Biblical ancient truths were written in Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek. Most readers do not know these languages and must rely on concordances and Biblical handbooks for understanding. Lastly, the nature of the material requires Spiritual guidance.
But as I ask to know and understand, and seek to let go of any biases that I have formed over the years, I believe Godde is faithful to illuminate. As I see in the passages below, when Jesus is revealed in the Scriptures, eyes are opened. I love what Jesus said to the two men on the road to Emmaus:
“And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning Himself. And they drew nigh unto the village, whither they went: and he made as though he would have gone further. But they constrained him, saying, Abide with us: for it is toward evening, and the day is far spent. And he went in to tarry with them. And it came to pass, as he sat at meat with them, he took bread, and blessed it, and brake, and gave to them. And their eyes were opened, and they knew him; and he vanished out of their sight. And they said one to another, Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the Scriptures?” Luke 24:27-32
Jesus said similar things to the rest of the disciples later that day:
“And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me. Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the Scriptures…” Luke 24:44&45
During his time in the desert, the Apostle Paul received and delivered important revelations regarding the mysteries of God (Galatians 1:17). John, while exiled on the Isle of Patmos, received and delivered the revelation of Jesus in the book of Revelation (Revelation 1:9-11). Often times, like Job, seekers endure periods of sickness, loneliness or isolation and the end result of their trial (which can include wrestling with God), is enlightenment.
“…when He shall appear, we shall be like Him; for we shall see Him as He is...” I John 3:2
I desire to have my physical eyes and the eyes of my heart opened to understand more and more the magnitude of the riches of the Spiritual realm of love.