The Living Word

For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God (1 Pe.4:17)?
In the vision of Christ in glory walking midst of seven golden lampstands is a preview of Christ as the Head. The seven lampstands are memorial of the church, his Body to be revealed. Considering that He informs Apostle John of the shortcomings of the churches and what he shall do with those that do not come back to their first love is a clear indication. “As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten…(Re.3:19)” The iconography of the lampstand also signals the saved of the nation of Israel shall be pressed into the Body as and when the Marriage of the Lamb do occur. Memorial of the souls that are predestined does not go away in eternity. The seven is therefore a number to denote multitudes,- countless of souls that shall be resurrected after an order only known to God.
Gospel of God is Gospel of Christ unto salvation and it is what death and resurrection of Christ means for whosoever believes in the Gospel. Our Christian Living is in context of the Life the vision of John delineates at the outset. His word remains in us when we restructure our lives in keeping with the example he has shown us.
A certain lawyer wanted to know who his neighbor was. By this name it is not any particular person but whosoever shall be represented in all such divisions of mankind: Us and Them. In the time of Jesus Samaritans represented the other collectively labelled ‘them’ and the good Jews took care to keep it that way. Jesus asked the lawyer to give opinion as to his understanding of the law. He condensed the law rightly in two articles Lk.10:27. Jesus agreed with it and said simply,”This do ad thou shalt live.’
The Parable of the Good Samaritan touches the very core of religion that makes one aspect obscure the other. It was with the Jews then; so is with modern Christianity. The priests and the levites of his time could pass for ‘godly’ and anyone was pious without having to be unduly bothered about his obligations to the neighbor. Now we have evangelicalism that does not connect with life. The Word that we preach is not only for others but must reflect in our own lives. ‘Do this and we shall live’ must be activism of loving others as much as you love yourself. When such divisions are removed in Christ,- so Us and Them have become the body of Christ, would there be any point to feel holier-than thou’? Holding on to the Head makes each part serve as much as our Lord Savior would want.”If the part of the dough offered as firstfruits is holy, then the whole batch is holy; if the root is holy, so are the branches.(Ro.11:16-NIV)”
We who were branches of wild olives have been grafted as much as the Jews as to Him. So the Word would not mean merely what the nation of Israel would observe but in intent and in action the very Life that animates it. This Living Word (Life and Word) is what signifies Jesus Christ in the midst of the seven lamp-stands.
Benny

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About bennythomas

I am a Dutch citizen. An architect by profession I am married and have six grandchildren. I am still keen on expressing myself and each day is new and an occasion where I might bring out from within something worthwhile.
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