The Immanuel Factor© Preface

Preface

The present work is a companion volume to Marginalia,a concise guide to the Bible. Having set down in the first the divine Intent and its fulfilment in general terms I propose to show what it would mean to a believer. His realities as treated herein hold a range much more than his earthly circumstances would indicate. For a carnal mind what life holds is common to all more or less, being assured of his creature comforts and having enough towards his life annuities. All his glory at the end of it biting the dust is his lot.  For a Christian worth his salt his abundant life goes beyond human condition. Life for a Christian is life hid in Christ. His reality takes in realities of heaven as well. Ep.2: 4-7 It is the Will of God which St Paul in his epistle to the Ephesians writes as ordained that we should walk.. (vs.10,8-9)” Realities of the earth for a Christian consequently hold different meaning in his daily walks as well as concerning his good works. Riches of his grace are consistent with divine Will in that he sent his ‘only begotten Son to the world’ so whosoever beleiveth in him should have everlasting life. This is what implied in the verse “…But grace and truth came by Jesus Christ (Jn.1:17).” The Immanuel Factor explains what Jesus Christ represents in the Will of God.

The Holy Spirit writes of the advent of the Son thus, “But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law (Gal.4:4)” How do we reckon time? Time and space make no sense to God. His omnipresence and eternal power would have time as conceived in his mind. The Immauel Factor consequently makes our time reconcile with Time in God’s calendar. Thus we are not carnal as others looking fearfully to that point death shall overtake us. Those who without Christ as their personal Saviour are already dead only that they are yet to know. We were also like them once but God for his great love towards us made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus. How can we not witness abundant life if we have been adopted into the family of God?

Abundant life signifies a life testifying love of Christ. In our daily life walk with him in interaction with all we radiate the light of knowledge in word and in our actions. What light we have is the light drawn from the Father of lights. Jesus Christ testified his purpose for coming to the world as light that ‘lighteth every man that cometh to the world (Jn.1:8).’ So anyone who dare not walk as though he is in heavenly places need ask whether his light is kept under a bushel or on a candle stand?

The present work is divided in two books. In Heavenly realities we have the Word providing for our life and godliness while in the earthly realities grace and faith also free gift from above are to ensure we did not run in vain. Any one in Christ therefore walks in newness of life which shall have its practical application in every one of us. Our conversation is in heaven (Phili.3:20)and secondly “While we are at home in this body, we are absent from the Lord (2 Co.5:6)” ought to be set ‘before our frontlets between our eyes.’ We are yoked together with Christ in service; Evenas the Son of man did not abuse his position we shall serve in whatever state we are found so our abundant life flows out. Let us conduct our lives so our industry and daily walk with our Saviour Lord are a blessing to our families and the communities which may profit from our service. “For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour” who is the Immanuel Factor, Alpha and Omega and our Redeemer Lord.

Benny

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Overview of Marginalia,

 

1.Two Narrative Accounts

Time and space makes no sense to God: his omnipresence and eternal power make time as would have conceived in his mind. Thus the will or intent of God represents the Lord Almighty. “Hear, O Israel:  The Lord our God is one (De.6:4).” Creative account of God for example is outward manifestation of the Will in a series of events.

The Bible informs us that Jesus Christ was with God from the beginning (Jn1:3).” He represents fulfilment. Jesus said, “I and my Father are one (Jn.10:30).” Rightly so. God is one but in the narrative the Spirit keeps two narrative accounts of the Will as conceived and as fulfilled. The Spirit tags this by the Father-Son concept. “For God so loved the world, that he sent his only begotten Son,…(Jn.3:16)” Needless to mention both Father and the Son follow same Time scale. In the above mentioned we find however another time scale, the earth time. ‘Whosoever believeth in him’ obviously refers to mankind. Thus we have two time frames.

The Spirit found it necessary to make these two strands as one in which signs, symbols, typology, allegory parables all have their place. Messianic prophesies uttered by prophets were not their own but as they were moved by the Holy Spirit (2 Pe.1:21). The Holy Spirit in recording these narratives is Spirit of truth. He has to maintain truth not only with regards to the Father and Son but also w.r.t whomsoever that believes in the Son. Truth of God and of man consequently must be set in a mode under a proper Time frame.

One may ask why a veil over the body of narrative: spiritual mysteries are to be understood spiritually.

2. Alpha and Omega aspect of the Son

Jesus was designated as a lamb slain before the foundation of the world. Jesus was with God and nothing God did without him (Jn.1:3) Here is the alpha aspect of the Son of God. Jesus as the Son of man runs on Time in God’s calendar but in order to reconcile with earth time Holy Spirit had prepared the ground to which the above mention quote from the epistle of St Peter makes clear. (The ‘dove found no rest for the sole of her feet’Ge.8:9. is a clue.)Prophecies signify foreknowledge indicating God’s intervention into the time frame of man. Similarly typology is a device where persons double as antitypes for the Son. Consider the verse from St Paul’s epistle to the Romans. “For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one man shall many be made righteous (5:19). It is thus we have Adam as an antitype to Jesus. Their roles are with respect to two specific groups, namely children of disobedience and children of obedience. Adam represents children of darkness while Jesus represents children of light. Who is Adam? He is son of God (Lk.3:38) because God breathed into him and created a living soul. Jesus Christ is the Son of God. In this context we can understand why cherubim with flaming swords turned away Adam and Eve. The tree of life is only for one, the Son and whom he shall set up in eternity as signs and wonders.(Is.8:18;He.2:13-15). “Behold the man is become one of us (Ge.3:22)” makes sense. Both sons cannot have access to it.

The Spirit creates types and places them as markers. Adam is one. Jesus also is qualified as last Adam( 1 Co.15:45). First Adam represents children of disobedience and Jesus as the second Adam represents blessedness of children of God in eternity. Similarly Melchizedek the King of Salem coming to meet Abraham is a forerunner of the advent of Jesus and indicates his priestly office. As Christos or the Messiah Jesus is the Prince of Peace. Rightly so the saints are kings as well as priests in eternity. Jesus draws the believer to the blessedness of eternity. When the Spirit uses the expressions In the beginning or the end times Jesus has a crucial role to make the time element correct. He is alpha where Melchizedec is the fulcrum around which events of Israel, times of the gentiles revolve while the Millennial reign of Messiah points to Omega aspect of the Son of God.

3. Symbols create unity

In the Book of Genesis we read of the tree of life . In the last boook we read the same tree of life bearing 12 manner of fruits was there . But these are for healing of nations. There is no more curse and in that case what healing are we discussing about? Remember the stone cut without hands in the vision of Daniel? It filled the entire earth. In eternity the blessed saints are kings and priests: their ministry is for healing of nations of the earth; they also minister to their sickness by the Word. These are the children of light since no sun is found there, These testify the glory of God.(Rev.22:1-3) (Re.13:6;1 Pe.1:20)

Jesus Christ is the centre of gravity to which all scriptural passages must fall in as many sheaves in the field bowed down to Joseph’s sheaves. Moses thus is second to Jesus. Moses disobeyed God by smiting the rock in the second instance. Jesus died but once. By his disobedience he could not enter the Promised Land He thus is a sign for the nation of Israel whose falling off made the promise to Abraham fulfil. ‘In thee shall all families of the earth be blessed(Ge.12:3). The gentiles (‘wild olives’)were allowed to join in.

Without getting the time right we cannot fully understand the uniqueness of God document. The Bible unlike any other. Marginalia a concise guide to the Bible covers all these. It is just the primer for any student of the Bible. For those who wish to  know God more the Bible is essential. It is written by inspiration of God. Without inspiration one reads. In order to benefit grace and faith must come into play. Both are free gifts.  Whosoever shall be blessed must accept the Bible as God document. It is the bottom line.

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Why not truth than a lie?

The Bible is written by inspiration of God. Inspiration of God is not lost but words in the Scripture in transmission can be misunderstood or make weak impression. The reader of the Bible requires the self-same inspiration in order to change his scepticism. His mind-set is often shaped by his cultural background and unbelieving society. No church is the Church founded on the risen Christ. Each church is like a workshop engaged in spiritual transformation of souls who have accepted Jesus Christ as the saviour.  When some sects do not accept atonement paid by Jesus Christ as full and covers all what shall we make of it?

If Calvinism has underpinned the capitalist society of the USA, fine. Virtue of a dollar gives rise to industry and wealth. When it has given rise to 1% of the nation cornering national wealth (and consequently leaving great many to institutionalized indigence) we ned wonder how far the wrong interpretation of the Word has played a role. Without giving Jesus Christ as focus to which all scriptural passages must fall to we are building false values. Industry of wealth where the word of God does not fully reflects is as good as coming from mammon. Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever.  Those who preach prosperity theology and made themselves prominent are heard. Their reward is only for now and this world. When these TV preachers and false preachers promote values of Trump and narrow ideology of the right we may be sure how the word has been falsified. Such is devil’s trick when Christians have been fed with interpretation of the Bible where Christ is no longer the core value.

One shall never know when Jesus Christ shall come but the signs are becoming clearer and peace is eluding the nations around the world. It is time to know the truth.

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Marginalia: A fresh look into the Bible

By the title of this post no hyperbole is intended. it is only meant that the Bible is not to be read casually but with the aid of the Spirit. Similar to Pauline injunction with regards to the Holy Communion (1 Cor.11:27-30) one need apply great care to receive divine guidance from the passage one reads daily. Best way is to read is with the aid of the Spirit. Marginalia is part of my Word ministry since He revealed His grace in so many ways and I wrote it wholly by His grace: from the experience I witness that God did refresh me despite my failing vision and ageing body. It was thus in 2015 everyday for three months. I required one year to arrive at the final shape. I owe the Spirit for his unfailing power to have led me through the paces. I could complete yet another book in the series. I have left my third book half way in order to concentrate on publishing the present book.

Marginalia, a concise guide to the Bible in two volumes in paperback and Kindle available through Amazon.com

Author: Benny Thomas

The book is the result of the author’s spiritual experience of 70+ years.

How this book can help a Bible Student?

Marginalia helps the reader bear in mind the person and deity of Jesus Christ as holding the centre of gravity of the divine Will so everything else in the Scriptural narrative falls in place as one unified whole. It helps him from being distracted by sideshows which are but a shadow. This makes the role of the Spirit very vital in order to get the best out of the Bible. We have the testimony of Jesus of the role of the Spirit. “He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you (Jn.16: 14)”.

When we speak Father of lights what does that mean? The light of the Son shall have quality of life which is the light of life (Jn.8:12). Similarly Holy Spirit as Inspiration of God instructs each believer into righteousness. He  throws light so the reader can be helped into spirit of truth. His is laser light with which he glorifies role of the Son in the Scripture. The thrust of Marginalia therefore is to throw light on the Bible consequently as from laser than with an ordinary flashlight. In literal interpretation there is a danger of following incoherent light and the number of heresies still current owe to such misreading of the Scripture. With laser light of the Spirit it is hoped that this concise guide shall reveal to the reader the role of Jesus Christ as fulfillment of the Will and the Way to lead them to the rest that God himself has entered.

Finally the author’s faith-based approach is to show the inerrancy of the Bible (1Co.2: 5).

 

Marginalia, a concise guide to the Bible puts up guideposts so a student can safely navigate through the entire Scripture effortlessly. This serves as a Bible Study Help and not a substitute for the word of God.

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Divine Will in Fulfillment

‘I and Father are one’, Jesus affirmed Jn.10: 30. He was also with the Father in the beginning Jn.1: 1. In so many instances the Spirit elucidates the unfolding Will of God as coming from the Son in that these are fulfilled. Divine Will speaks for God the Father; whereas in its fulfillment it is Jesus Christ whom we see.

Jesus Christ as St Paul says is the image of the Invisible God.(Col.1:14) On analysis we can infer that Jesus as the Son of man and his Father are one.

 

In Marginalia I have laid the principle of Association in order to throw light on this Father-Son relationship. We shall see how Jesus chose to fulfil the Will of his Father.

There are two instances which the Holy Spirit narrates each specifying the jealousy of God for his holiness. Any transgression against it brought death. God made a covenant with Abraham which he was to keep as ‘an everlasting covenant’ (Ge.-17:13-14). After God had chosen Moses to deliver his message to the Pharaoh we read that the Lord met him in an inn, and sought to kill him(Ex.4:24). God’s Judgment probably arose over his son born to him in exile. From the subsequent passage indicating Zipporah’s intervention we can infer it has to do with his son who was not circumcised. Zipporah however averted God’s wrath by her quick action. Similarly we read how angel of the Lord met Joshua and would have slain him. He saved himself by putting his shoes away from the holy ground.(Jos.5:13-15). God the Spirit found it appropriate to contrast divine Judgment from two standpoints of God and the Son of man. The lesson, which the Holy Spirit teaches is this: Judgment under the law of Moses and the glorious liberty of Jesus Christ under grace.

When Apostle John in his gospel writes ‘Grace and truth came by Jesus Christ(Jn.1:14)’ what are we to understand? Judgment of God acquired a human face as it were. “(The Father) hath given him authority to execute judgment also because he is the Son of man (Jn.5:27,22).” When Jesus would want to visit Samaria and sent an advance party to make arrangements the Samaritans did not receive them. Response of James and John, his two disciples were typical. They would command fire from heaven as punishment even as Elijah did. ‘You know not what manner of spirit ye are of (Lk.9:55)’ God is a spirit which Jesus Christ expressed in a characteristic manner. Grace and truth came by him. By principle of association God the Son revealed the nature of God the father truthfully.

God is the Father of mercies. Grace and judgment are drawn from Mercy.

Benny

 

This is adapted and modified for this blog.

Selected from Marginalia- chapter 3. Eternal verities: grace and judgment.

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Divine Will in action

God as Omnipresent and Omnipotent. His sovereignty over the earth is evident in his creation.

The river from Eden branching into four heads (Ge.2:10) is an illustration. The creation account clearly states that God had not caused it to rain upon the earth (vs.5). The Spirit clues us that not natural causes but God is the Prime Mover. We read in the last book of the Bible :there was ‘a pure river of water of life proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb(Re.22:1)’ and it goes like straight as an arrow. The river from Eden forms four heads compassing different lands.

The number four has significance to which I shall come by and by.

God sets his Will in a series chains of events where man and his actions do count. Adam’s disobedience in eating of the fruit informs us nature is also a component or divine instrument. ‘Cursed is the ground for thy sake.’ Weirder climate and one-percenters of today did not spring out of nothing but are the result of accumulated effect of chains of cause and effect.

In fulfilling divine Will nations of the world are the living canvass wherein man is placed and chains of events are the means to build up his faith or correct him. His individual life shall bear the lights and shadows cast by the immediate context in which he is placed. The example of Ruth amply bears out this truism. During the time the Judges ruled Israel there was a famine. Although Ruth being a Moabite and outside the promise of God made to the House of Israel, she was predestined to glory. She is the matriarch from whose womb the Messianic Promise would stream forth.

The eternal verity of Mercy is unchangeable but chains of events. Similarly we see volcanoes are upheavals of the earth causing many hiccups but renewing the face of the earth. God’s sovereignty assures His children the greatest good not according to any time frame of man but in his Time. Sorrows are like the birth pangs a woman undergoes before the birth never thought of once she holds the baby to her bosom. A child of God bonded with God through the redemptive work of the Son never need concern of whatever happens. Ruth suffered her share of misfortunes but when God had put these under the heading of Mercy her case was unlike anything that she had imagined. What does Isaiah say? “Sing, O barren that thou didst not bear;… (Is.54:1)

In the Will of God nothing is created for itself. The earth is not singly created but in context of the heaven. If we examine the earth in detail we shall see the Lord God first set up whatever appurtenances needful for the wellbeing of Adam.

Mathematics and counting of numbers hold relevance only for man. The Alien shall have his own system of counting. When the Spirit uses numbers it with the intent of sharing the divine Will in a manner man can find use for. So what is the significance of the number 4? In the Book of Zechariah we read of four chariots (Zec.6:1) four artisans, four horns(1:18,21) These are instruments appointed by God. It is clear from so many clues how God establishes his sovereignty of history of nations.

This is adapted and modified for this blog.

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Originally posted today in my blog under a different title.

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The Left Behind Church- a vision

 

Shall all churches be redeemed to makeup the Bride of Christ? Answer to that shall be found in the Book of Revelation.

Merely because God did not spare natural branches it does not mean God cast aside the tree as well. Because of their unbelief they were broken off. If God rejected those who did not abide in him how much more his anger shall be kindled if the gentiles (branches of the wild olive) do note abide under his goodness? (Ro.11:24) In the end times those who are kept from the Great Tribulation shall be a remnant from the House of Israel and those who remained under the grace. These two shall constitute the male child.

The illustration is taken from the Book of Revelation.  In Chapter 12 Apostle John describes the vision  thus: “And there appeared a great wonder in heaven- a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars. And she being with child, cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered.” In the illustration I have also included a red dragon who having cast one third of the stars to the earth is posing a real threat to the woman in labor.

What does the woman represent?

She is the symbol representing the House of Israel and the Church. Promise of God shall never fail but election demands both meet certain criteria. When male child is lifted to safety  the woman is no longer a wonder in heaven but is the left-behind church and about to undergo the Great Tribulation.

The events described in the vision are under different time frames, scenes switching from heaven to the earth. In the illustration we also see God’s providence for the left out church in times of her greatest trial. The angels shall lead her to safe place were she is to be nourished for a time.

 

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