QUESTIONS & RESPONSES

FEBRUARY 2012

 

 

 

02/29/12    1 Corin. 15:52; Matt. 24:30,31 (Incorruption/the Last Trumpet)

02/26/12    2 Tim. 4:8; 1 Peter 5:4 (the Manifestation and Final Sealing

02/25/12    Can you explain Acts 2:17? (Do anointed Christians get visions today?)

02/24/12    Can you explain John 14:21? (Jesus Plainly Showing Himself)

02/23/12    Can you explain how one is born of the spirit?

02/22/12    Did you err in saying that ALL Christians have the heavenly hope? (Are there 2 groups with                     different hopes Matthew 25:30-35,40,46)

 

 

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On February 29, 2012, we received the following comment:


“Can you explain this.  In 1 Corinthians 15:52 Paul writes, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet Shall Sound, and the dead Shall be raised incorruptible, and we Shall be changed.  But in Matthew 24:30,31 it is written, And then Shall Appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: And Then Shall all the tribes of the earth Mourne, and They Shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.  And he Shall send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and They Shall gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.  Is this the last trumpet?"

    To the author, we thank you for your inquiry; however, we have difficulty providing an appropriate response.  The problem is that many of us have a limited perspective of the expansiveness of the Kingdom of the Heavens.  We tend to apply every scripture in the context of its relation to the earthly realm and activities occurring thereon, when, in fact, many of the scriptures pertaining to prophesy and future events occurred, occur and/or will occur in the context of the heavens and heavenly activities.  The two scriptures you refer to are two such scriptures. 

    Rather than providing a direct response, we think it best to pose some questions for you to ponder.  

    What transformative powers do you suppose occur in connection with mortal death?  Are you of the opinion that all errors and deficiencies of personality are instantaneously corrected with the death of a person such that upon their resurrection, they are perfect and incorruptible?  The Bible does tell us that at death, sins are paid for.  But does that mean we are perfected simply by dying?  Or could it be that there are other and further lessons and experiences we must go through before we attain to incorruption?  Is it possible that these scriptures are discussing ultimate outcomes, not immediate outcomes?  Remember, the Apostle Paul spoke of “the third heaven.”  (2 Corinthians 12:2)  Is it possible that we must ascend through three or more heavens before we attain to incorruption? 

    Also, please notice that the ‘elect’ or 'chosen ones' are gathered, not from one end of the earth to the other, but ‘from one extremity of the heavens to their other extremity.’  This scripture is referring to events occurring in a heavenly context.   

    As for the last trumpet, we simply do not know when that will occur.  But we are confident that whenever it does occur, all those ‘seeking first the kingdom’ will find themselves on the favorable side of events.  A son of God need not fear or be overanxious over anything having to do with his Father’s work.

    We find ourselves in a similar quandary as did the apostle Paul who became aware of heavenly things, but found it difficult to express them.  At 2 Corinthians 12:1-7, Paul stated:

 

“I have to boast.  It is not beneficial; but I shall pass on to supernatural visions and revelations of [the] Lord.  I know a man in union with Christ who, fourteen years ago—whether in the body I do not know, or out of the body I do not know; God knows—was caught away as such to the third heaven.  Yes, I know such a man—whether in the body or apart from the body, I do not know, God knows— that he was caught away into paradise and heard unutterable words which it is not lawful for a man to speak. Over such a man I will boast, but I will not boast over myself, except as respects [my] weaknesses.  For if I ever do want to boast, I shall not be unreasonable, for I shall say the truth.  But I abstain, in order that no one should put to my credit more than what he sees I am or he hears from me,  just because of the excess of the revelations.”

– 2 Corinthians 12:1-7

 

    We are not claiming to have had ‘supernatural visions.’  But these expressions of Paul certainly expand our personal spiritual context and our expectation of what the Father has in store for us in the heavens! (1 Corinthians 2:9)     

 

    Rather than pursue what may be “unutterable” or what may cause stumbling to those not prepared for spiritual things (John 3:9-12), we simply urge you to focus on imitating the Christ to the best of your ability. You may find encouragement in Letter No. 3 of our series on “Ambassadors Substituting for Christ.”      

 

    We also urge you to continue praying for the spirit of truth to guide you, as Jesus explained to his apostles:

 

“I have many things yet to say to you, but you are not able to bear them at present.  However, when that one arrives, the spirit of truth, he will guide you into all truth, for he will speak not of his own impulse, but what things he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things coming.”

–  John 16:12-13

 

    We are reminded of a saying: “The fastest way to be a butterfly, is to be the best caterpillar you can be.”  We pass that saying on to you and to all our brothers and sisters in the faith.

 

“Elaia Luchnia”
    
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On February 26, 2012, we received the following inquiry:     

 

“Something I cannot find the answer.  2 Timothy 4:8.  1 Peter 5:4.  Manifestation, it will happen during the final sealing?  What do you think about it?  Paul had [been] finally sealed by Jesus?”  The scriptures read:

 

“From this time on there is reserved for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will give me as a reward in that day, yet not only to me, but also to all those who have loved his manifestation.” – 2 Timothy 4:8

 

“And when the chief shepherd has been made manifest, you shall receive the unfadable crown of glory.” – 1 Peter 5:4

 

    To the author, we thank you for your inquiry.  You are diligently searching the scriptures for understanding and that is highly commendable.  We encourage you to continue, all the while praying for understanding so that your spirit will recognize truth.  With that in mind, here is our response:     

 

    “Manifest” and/or  “manifestation” is used as common speech in the scriptures and, as such, it has various meanings depending upon the context.      

 

    In 2 Timothy 4:8, the context refers to the time Jesus walked the earth – when he appeared before men and revealed himself as the Son of Man and the Son of God – but only as vicegerent of the Kingdom.  In 1 Peter 5:4, it refers to a future time when the glorified Jesus will reveal himself, not as vicegerent, but as one who has been fully inaugurated as a result of the life he led on earth.      

 

    Notice how Paul explains this:

 

“Keep this mental attitude in you that was also in Christ Jesus, who, although he was existing in God’s form, gave no consideration to a seizure, namely, that he should be equal to God.   No, but he emptied himself and took a slave’s form and came to be in the likeness of men.  More than that, when he found himself in fashion as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient as far as death, yes, death on a torture stake.  For this very reason also God exalted him to a superior position and kindly gave him the name that is above every [other] name, so that in the name of Jesus every knee should bend of those in heaven and those on earth and those under the ground, and every tongue should openly acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father.”

– Philippians 2:5-11

 

    Prior to his bestowal mission on earth, the Son of God was “appointed” as king of the kingdom – “existing in God’s form.”  And although having legal authority to act fully in that capacity, he chose to wait until he had “earned” his right – “a superior position” – after he completed the bestowal assignment.  Shortly before his death, he prayed:

 

“I have glorified you on the earth having finished the work you have given me to do. So now you, Father, glorify me alongside yourself with the glory that I had alongside you before the world was.”

– John 17:4-5

 

    As of the time of Peter’s writing in 1 Peter 5:4, Jesus had received that glory, but our being able to see it for ourselves – the manifestation – it is for a future time.    

 

    As to your question of whether Paul had been finally sealed, we do not know.  That is between Paul, the Christ and the Father.  We believe our focus should be on our own sealing, making our own calling sure (2 Peter 1:10), and then on our work as ambassadors substituting for Christ assisting others to be reconciled to God.    

 

    We hope we have satisfactorily responded to your inquiry.  

 

“Elaia Luchnia”

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On February 25, 2012, we received the following comment:    

 

“What do you think about the visions, has anointed Christians the opportunity to get visions today?  Acts 2:17?  The scripture states:

 

“‘And in the last days,’ God says, ‘I shall pour out some of my spirit upon every sort of flesh, and your sons and your daughters will prophesy and your young men will see visions and your old men will dream dreams.’” – Acts 2:17

 

    To the author of this inquiry, we want to thank you for submitting this question as we feel this is a subject that may benefit many, especially those who are hesitant about accepting their sonship.  Many such persons believe that anointing grants a person some special abilities, perhaps including visions.  We hope by way of our response to assist those brothers as well as provide a satisfactory answer to your question.  We will start by discussing what anointing is.    

 

    Anointing, also called being ‘baptized in holy spirit’ (Acts 1:4), also called being ‘sealed with a token of the spirit’ (2 Corinthians 1:22), is simply a realization and an awareness that you are a unique son of the Father of All – not a slave, not a servant, not a friend, not a subject. Jesus came to reveal the Father to mankind. The spirit of truth came to reveal the son. (John 16:12-13)  By accepting this realization, this gift, Jesus lives through us as we manifest the fruits of the spirit (Galatians 5:22-23), in the same way as the Father lived through Jesus.  In the fullest of our expression, we can be the exact representation of the Christ!

(John 14:12) Indeed, ambassadors in his stead.    

 

    Though a simple concept, it has been associated with such grandiosity that many humble and unassuming brothers and sisters have shied away from accepting this freely given gift.  They may read the account in Acts and conclude that unless they have these manifestations of the spirit, they cannot be “anointed.”  Let us now dispel this notion.     

 

    The mere realization, or revelation, that you are a son of God is a powerful and liberating idea. It means that “you are enough,” for a human cannot gain a higher station than a son of God.  It reminds us of Jesus admonition to his followers:

 

“You are the light of the world.  A city cannot be hid when situated upon a mountain. People light a lamp to set it, not under a measuring basket, but upon the lampstand, and it shines upon all those in the house.  Likewise let your light shine before men, that they may see your fine works and give glory to your Father who is in the heavens.” 

– Matthew 5:14-16

 

    By the time of Jesus arrival, mankind had lived “under a measuring basket,” heads hung low believing themselves to be sinners worthy of death, prostrating and sacrificing until their lights burned out.  Jesus reminded them of their true worth and that all it takes is to remove the measuring basket.  And by his life and death, he demonstrated how to remove it, and then beckoned “follow me.”      

 

    As a free gift, it is not necessary to specifically pray for it.  However, prayer does serve an unparalleled purpose.  Prayer determines the capacity of receptivity by the individual praying believer.  Prayer often digs out larger and deeper channels wherein the divine spirit of truth may flow to the hearts and souls of those who remember to maintain unbroken communion with their Father.  But there is a danger, though slight.    

 

    There exists a vast gulf between the human mind and the divine mind, between man and God.  The human is so largely electrically and chemically controlled, so highly animal-like in our common behavior, so emotional in our ordinary reactions, that it is exceedingly difficult for the spirit to communicate directly with the human mind.      

 

    And, unfortunately, when a spiritually growing human does find it possible to receive a communication or spiritual revelation, the person is often so blinded by the experience that it precipitates a convulsion of fanaticism or initiates some other intellectual upheaval which results disastrously.  The individual may feel he is especially chosen and, as a result, many a new religion and strange "ism" has arisen from the misunderstood communications of the spirit.      

 

    If, when such an experience occurs, the mature spiritual individual understands that the message he or she receives is a normal process for a spirit-oriented soul, they can much better manage the experience.  If it involves visions, likely the vision is for themselves alone and provides an insight into how to better imitate the Christ.      

 

    Rather than starting a new religion, spiritual insight can be utilized to uplift the existing house of believers. There are enough sects of Christianity, but not enough spirit oriented Christians.        

 

    So then, while such spiritual experiences as referred to in Acts 2:17 may occur, it is not necessary in order for a person to be spirit-born.  And if we are blessed with such a divine communication, let us use that insight, not for self-aggrandizement, but to uplift ourselves and our brothers as sons of God and as ambassadors of Christ.

 

“Elaia Luchnia”
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On February 24, 2012, we received the following comment:

“Can you explain John 14:21?”  The scripture states:
 

“He that has my commandments and observes them, that one is he who loves me.  In turn he that loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and will plainly show myself to him.”  – John 14:21

 

    To the author of this inquiry, we want to thank you for visiting the site and submitting your query.  And we commend you for your determination to understand the Christ and his teachings.      

 

    You will note that we did not post the full text of your question because we do not wish to cause any friction between you and your elders.  As Our Mission* page states: “Our purpose is to build up the spiritual house of anointed brothers and sisters in order for them to become sources of encouragement and spiritual lights to the congregations with which they are associated.”  So, you see, our primary concern is with Jesus’ work of the “revealing of the sons of God.”  (Romans 8:19)       

 

    As such, we wish not to attempt an explanation of every scripture in the Bible.  There are many other fine sources for general Biblical expository.  However, your question does allow us to discuss a subject that we feel would be beneficial to the entire Body of Christ.  So with the above spirit in mind, we respond to your inquiry as follows:    

 

    We suspect that the portion of the scripture you are most concerned about is the phrase “and will plainly show myself to him.”  The first portions of the scripture are quite  unambiguous.  They tell us that if we take Jesus’ commandments (Matthew 22:37-40) and make them our very own, we demonstrate that we love him, and, in turn, the Father loves us.  However, the phrase that Jesus ‘will plainly show himself to us’ is another matter that even the other apostle Judas was not clear about:

 

“Judas, not Iscariot, said to him: ‘Lord, what has happened that you intend to show yourself plainly to us and not to the world.” 

– John 14:22

 

    Jesus explains this by admonishing his apostles to remain in peace and not fret that he would be going away because he would be returning. (John 14:23-29)  True to his words, Jesus did go his way to the Father after his resurrection, and did return shortly thereafter where he plainly showed himself to his disciples and apostles on various occasions. He first appeared to Mary Magdalene at the memorial tomb where he explained to her that she could not ‘cling’ to him because he had not yet ascended to the Father. (John 20:11-18). But eight days later, he returned, apparently after having presented himself to the Father, and showed himself to the apostles in the upper room where he did allow them to touch him and to see him ‘plainly.’ (John 20:26-29).  He also appeared to the disciples at the sea of Tiberias and even ‘breakfasted’ with them.  (John 21:1-17).    

 

    So, you see, the answer to your question was there in plain sight. Judas did not know the answer because the event had not yet occurred.  But to us, we have the benefit of the scriptural record.  And it required simply a reading of the context of the record, not isolating verses.  Sons of the kingdom must be proactive in their search for truth.  As the Apostle Paul said:

 

“For, indeed, although you ought to be teachers in view of the time, you again need someone to teach you from the beginning the elementary things of the sacred pronouncements of God and you have become such as need milk, not solid food. For everyone that partakes of milk is unacquainted with the word of righteousness, for he is a babe. But solid food belongs to mature people, to those who through use have their perceptive powers trained to distinguish both right and wrong.” 

– Hebrews 5:12-14

 

    We cannot emphasize this enough.  The realization that we are sons is just the beginning of the journey. It is the 'unadulterated milk.’  (1 Peter 2:2) There are so many other things that must be discussed in view of the time – the meat, the “solid food,” the things of the spirit.  But first, we must lay the foundation. It is as Jesus said to Nicodemus:

 

"If I have told you earthly things and yet you do not believe, how will you believe if I tell you heavenly things?” 

– John 3:9-12

 

    Until then, we are constrained by the spirit.  Jesus taught his apostles many things.  He used illustrations to the crowds, and afterward, he would explain to his apostles the meaning behind the illustrations. (Mark 4:34)  Still, there were many more things he could not teach even his apostles because mentally and emotionally they were unable to receive them.  Jesus told them: 

 

“I have many things yet to say to you, but you are not able to bear them at present.  However, when that one arrives, the spirit of truth, he will guide you into all truth, for he will speak not of his own impulse, but what things he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things coming.”

–  John 16:12-13

 

    Therefore, we strongly urge you to apply yourselves in your own study of the Bible.  And more importantly we implore you to pray for understanding and allow the spirit of truth to direct you into all things.  And above all, never forget:

 

“Eye has not seen and ear has not heard, neither have there been conceived in the heart of man the things that God has prepared for those who love him.” 

– 1 Corinthians 2:9 

 

  We sincerely hope our response has been encouraging and causes a strengthening up of your determination to follow closely in the footsteps of the Christ.  If our words have proved a bit strong, please consider them the strikes of a lover (Proverbs 27:6), from those who care about your spiritual growth and your eternal future.

 

“Elaia Luchnia”
 

*As stated in February 2012. Our mission page is revised occasionally as this ministry progresses.

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On February 23, 2012, we received the following inquiry:   

 

“Can you explain how one is born of the spirit?  How do you explain 2 Corinthians 1:22?”  The scripture states:

“He has also put his seal upon us and has given us the token of what is to come, that is, the spirit, in our hearts.”  – 2 Corinthians 1:22

 

    To the author, we want to thank you for your inquiry and for the opportunity to expound on this most important subject.  A similar question was posed to Jesus by the Pharisee, Nicodemus.  

 

“Nicodemus said to him: ‘How can a man be born when he is old?  He cannot enter into the womb of his mother a second time and be born, can he?’  Jesus answered: ‘Most truly I say to you, Unless anyone is born from water and spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.  What has been born from the flesh is flesh, and what has been born from the spirit is spirit.  Do not marvel because I told you, You people must be born again.  The wind blows where it wants to, and you hear the sound of it, but you do not know where it comes from and where it is going.  So is everyone that has been born from the spirit.’” 

– John 3:4-9

 

    By saying “What has been born from flesh is flesh,’ Jesus was telling Nicodemus that he is not talking about fleshly birth, or returning to a woman’s womb.  And when he says that you may hear the sound of wind but not know from where it is coming, he means that being born from the spirit is not discernible by the eye. In other words, when a person is born again, there are no outward manifestations.       

 

    We want you to know that the Father’s work is simple and straight forward.  There is no hocus pocus, no pomp and circumstance, no mysticism, and no rituals.  The bestowal of the spirit of truth is independent of all forms, ceremonies, sacred places, and special behavior by those who received the fullness of its manifestation.     

 

    When the spirit came upon those assembled in the upper chamber, they were simply sitting there, having just been engaged in silent prayer. (Acts 1:12-14; 2:1-4)  The spirit was bestowed in the country as well as in the city.  It was not necessary for the apostles to go apart to a lonely place for years of solitary meditation in order to receive the spirit.  For all time, Pentecost disassociates the idea of spiritual experience from the notion of rituals and sacred environments.     

 

    Being born of the spirit is simply a realization that you are not a slave, but a son.  It merely signifies the conscious reception of the gift of the spirit of truth and the personal acknowledgment of a new spiritual power, and dignity.  When a king summons his slave, the slaves arrives and prostrates himself, saying “Yes, my Lord.”  When a king summons his son, the son arrives, stands face to face and says “Yes, Father” even as we say “Abba, Father.”  (Galatians 4:6)    

 

    We recognize this world as our divine inheritance, not as a scary and evil place.  We recognize difficulties we encounter in day to day living as opportunities for growth, not as punishment from an unforgiving potentate.  We are free – free sons of the living God, free brothers of the living Christ.  (1 Peter 2:16)  While we still fall short, we have done away with the “consciousness of sin.” (Hebrews 10:2; Acts 24:16)   And with that new found self respect, we can courageously face all obstacles.     

 

    Having said that, we do acknowledge that the realization that one is a son of God may bring with it a profound emotional reaction or experience.  Being the child of the ineffable Father of the universe can be an overwhelming joy.  But that experience is a human reaction, not a manifestation of spirit.      

 

     Neither make the mistake of expecting to become strongly intellectually conscious of the outpoured spirit of truth.  The spirit never creates a consciousness of himself, only a consciousness of the Christ. From the beginning Jesus taught that the spirit would not speak of itself.  

 

“I have many things yet to say to you, but you are not able to bear them at present.  However, when that one arrives, the spirit of the truth, he will guide you into all truth, for he will not speak of his own impulse, but what things he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things coming. That one will glorify me, because he will receive from what is mine and will declare it to you.”

–  John 16:12-14

 

    The proof, therefore, of your being born of the spirit is not to be found in your consciousness of this spirit but rather in your experience of enhanced fellowship with the Christ.      

 

    Do not overlook the fact that the spirit of truth was bestowed upon all sincere believers; this gift of the spirit did not come only to the apostles. The one hundred and twenty men and women assembled in the upper chamber all received the new teacher, as did all the honest of heart throughout the whole world.  This new teacher was bestowed upon mankind, and every soul received him in accordance with the love for truth and the capacity to grasp and comprehend spiritual realities. After that bestowal (or baptism), a person would experience accelerated spiritual growth – often, but not necessarily, intellectual, but certainly in revealing the Father’s love and the son’s mercy; the Father’s nature and the son’s moral character.      

 

    The bestowal of the spirit of the Father is the token:

 

“He has also put his seal upon us and has given us the token of what is to come, that is, the spirit, in our hearts.”  

– 2 Corinthians 1:22

 

    At last, true religion is delivered from the custody of ritual priests and all sacred classes, and finds its real manifestation in the individual hearts of men.  And it fosters the highest type of human civilization in that it creates the highest type of spiritual personality and proclaims the sacredness of that person. Yes, being born again of the spirit is a fresh start where we can leave the superfluous things behind and press forward to the goal of the kingdom of the heavens.  

 

“From the days of John the Baptist until now, the kingdom of the heavens is the goal toward which men press, and those pressing forward are seizing it" 

- Matthew 11:12 

 

    We perhaps have gone a bit beyond your inquiry, but we felt these thoughts would be encouraging so that you would know the tremendous love your Father has shown and continues to show to all those accepting this wonderful gift.  Press forward!    

 

    If you have any additional comments or questions, please email us.  We respond to ALL inquiries.

 

“Elaia Luchnia”

 

 

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