The Spiritual things of God were presented to HIS disciples by the Word, that they might know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but because of their dullness of mind, many of HIS disciples rejected the Word and walk no more with Him.

Today, many consider themselves to be followers of Christ who follow Him wherever He leads, yet the Spiritual things that God has revealed to us through HIS Word many choose to reject, because they appear to be hard to understand and they do not fit with man's understanding of the Word. Like the disciples of old, many choose to follow their own way and the mysteries of heaven we seek to understand remain a mystery to them.

Like the disciples of old, only those who rely on the Spirit of God to guide them into all Truth will accept and believe in the things of God. The majority will find the Spiritual things of God hard to accept and will convince themselves that these Spiritual things of God cannot be understood until the Lord returns again. If this is the case, many have failed to see the Truth that the LORD has not left us alone to try to understand these things on our own.

Paul made it clear when he spoke about the Spiritual things of God and said, "God hath revealed [them] unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God." "Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. Which things also we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual" (1 Corinthians 2:10, 12)

Paul also said, "That which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, [even] his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse" (Romans 1:19,20).

Again, Paul testifies of the Word and said, "I thank my God always on your behalf, for the grace of God which is given you by Jesus Christ; That in every thing ye are enriched by him, in all utterance, and in all knowledge; Even as the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you: So that ye come behind in no gift; waiting for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall also confirm you unto the end, that ye may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ" (1 Corinthians 1:4-8).

From the Word through His servant Paul, the answer is clear. We have no excuse for not understanding the Spiritual things that have been freely given to us of God. For the eternal things of God will become more difficult to comprehend for those who rely only on the milk of the Word. For it is the Will of God that we labor not for the milk of the Word only, but for the meat of the Word that will enable us to stand against the deceptions of the evil one during the time of the end.

It was because of their human thoughts that were formulated in the minds of the Jews and His disciples that caused them to reject the Word. The Spiritual things presented by the Word to their minds were contrary to their thoughts, which led to their rejection of Him and cause them to follow Him no more. It is then possible that today, when the opportunity is given to discern the Spiritual things of God; many might also reject the revealing of the Word because of the thoughts previously formulated in their minds.

What did the Word say to His disciples that resulted in their rejection of Him and could cause many today to do the same? If you have not understood the concepts of faith presented by the Word, you might react as the disciples did, who turned and walk no more with Him. If you are not sure of your understanding of these concepts, you might want to go back and restudy what has been presented before going on in the study of faith. Make sure that everything presented in this study is founded on the Word of God, that you might build your faith on the Word of God and not on the wisdom of man. Believing and trusting in the Word of God is the work of men.

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Understanding the concepts of faith, we look by faith to see what it was that Jesus said to all His disciples, which some understood not and rejected Him. Just before the disciples separated themselves from the Word, leaving Him with the other twelve, Jesus said to them, "My flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed. He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him. As the living Father hath sent me, and I live by the Father: so he that eateth me, even he shall live by me. This is that bread which came down from heaven: not as your fathers did eat manna, and are dead: he that eateth of this bread shall live for ever" (John 6:55-58).

By using the natural to reveal the Spiritual, Jesus presented through Himself a concept that He wanted all His disciples to understand. Not only was this concept important for all the disciples with Him, but it is important for us as well that we might receive and understand the Truth. Although we read and hear the Word of God, many do not digest what the Word is saying to us. To understand the importance of this concept, we must comprehend the spiritual through the natural.

Digesting, or Understanding this important concept

In this illustration, the Father sent into the world HIS Word, Who then put on the form of flesh and revealed Himself to men as the Water of Life, the Bread of Life, the Meat of the Word and the Drink of the Word, Which came down from heaven to dwell with men.

In order to reaffirm the concepts presented to HIS disciples, the Word said, "It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life. But there are some of you that believe not. For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were that believed not, and who should betray him" (John 6:63, 64).

There is something of substance and critical to our understanding of the Spirit that was revealed to His disciples in these words. Only those who believe in the Word of God would receive HIS Truth. But those who have not the eyes to see and the ears to hear would find it difficult to discern the evidence seen by faith and would therefore reject the Word given by God. Although we have read this passage before, many may not have understood it in the way the Word has presented it.

In other words, it was He, Who spoke the will of God to the minds of the prophets. It was through the prophets that He spoke to the children of Israel. And when the children of Israel rejected the Word spoken by the prophets, it was the Word or the Spirit of God that they rejected.


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Before the Word of God put on the form of flesh, He was 100% Spirit, or the offspring
that was born of the SPIRIT (the Father), Who became the Spirit born in 100% Flesh
that He might dwell among sinful men.

The phrase "the Word of the LORD" is written over two hundred and thirty-nine times in the Old Testament. Of those verses, ninety-two of them refer to the Word, Who came to the prophets or the servants of the LORD and revealed the will of God. But now as John said, the Word became flesh and dwelt among us. The living Father gave all things to the world through HIS Word, and the Word came to earth and presented Himself to man in the form of flesh. Being in the form of flesh, He revealed to men the perfect vessel we can become through receiving Him. It is He who gave Himself to us as the Light and Life of men. If man do not receive Him, men will remain in darkness and death.

To establish this concept in the minds of His disciples, the Word said, "My flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed. He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him. As the living Father hath sent me, and I live by the Father: so he that eateth me, even he shall live by me.... It is the Spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life." The Word of God, Whom the Father has sent to dwell among men in the form of flesh, is the Spirit and Life of men.

In order for us to stand against the deceptions of the devil, we need to partake of the Word of Life and live by Him. Jesus, our Example said when He was confronted by the devil, "It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God" (Matthew 4:4).

And since we receive Life from God through receiving HIS Word, He has taught us to ask of the Father to "Give us this day our daily bread" (Matthew 6:11). After receiving the Word from the Father, we can thank Him by saying, "Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee" (Psalms 119:11). "Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path" (Psalms 119:105).

Although many might begin to understand the concepts presented by the Word, the formulated thoughts in their minds on Scripture once thought to be understood will appear to be in conflict with the things revealed by the Word. If these Scriptures are not looked at in the Light of faith, many will reject the evidence revealed by the Word as His seventy disciples did. For this reason the Word said, "Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil" (Proverb 3:5-7).

Through the Word, the Father continued to take us deeper in the revealing of HIS Word of Truth. And the Word revealed through Himself, the Spiritual things through the natural, that all might have eyes to see and understand more about Himself and the Father.

He said unto them, "Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber. But he that entereth in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. To him the porter openeth; and the sheep hear his voice: and he calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out. And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice. And a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him: for they know not the voice of strangers.

"This parable spake Jesus unto them: but they understood not what things they were which he spake unto them. Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep. All that ever came before me are thieves and robbers: but the sheep did not hear them. I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture. The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.

"I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep. But he that is an hireling, and not the shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, seeth the wolf coming, and leaveth the sheep, and fleeth: and the wolf catcheth them, and scattereth the sheep. The hireling fleeth, because he is an hireling, and careth not for the sheep.

"I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine. As the Father knoweth me, even so know I the Father: and I lay down my life for the sheep. And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd.

"Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again. No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father. There was a division therefore again among the Jews for these sayings. And many of them said, He hath a devil, and is mad; why hear ye him? Others said, These are not the words of him that hath a devil. Can a devil open the eyes of the blind?

"And it was at Jerusalem the feast of the dedication, and it was winter. And Jesus walked in the temple in Solomon's porch. Then came the Jews round about him, and said unto him, How long dost thou make us to doubt? If thou be the Christ, tell us plainly. Jesus answered them, I told you, and ye believed not: the works that I do in my Father's name, they bear witness of me. But ye believe not, because ye are not of my sheep, as I said unto you.

"My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father's hand. I and my Father are one" (John 10: 1-30).


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The Father is the SHEPHERD of the sheep, WHO enters the sheepfold by the Door
of the Sheep, Who is the Porter Who is the Way that leads the way for the sheep.

In reviewing what was said, we discover the mysteries Jesus sought to reveal to the Jews and His disciples. He said, "I am the Door of the sheep," and he that enters the sheepfold not by the Word is a robber and a thief to steal, to kill, and to destroy. But He came to give of Himself-Life to men, that they might have Him more abundantly.

He said to them, HE that enters by the Door into the sheepfold is the SHEPHERD of the sheep. The Porter opens to HIM and the sheep hear HIS Voice. HE calls HIS own sheep by name and leads them out. HE put forth HIS own Sheep and HIS Sheep leads them: for the sheep discerns HIS Voice and knows not the voice of strangers.

To elaborate and illustrate more on this point, The Father said through the Door of the sheep, "I am the GOOD SHEPHERD and know my Sheep and AM known of Mine". To confirm in our hearts what the Father said through Him, the Word said, "As the Father knoweth Me, even so know I the Father: and I lay down My life for the sheep. And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear MY Voice; and there shall be one Fold, and one SHEPHERD.

The Spiritual things of God that were presented to the hearts of the people were hard for them to understand. And because of their dullness of mind they rejected the Word sent by God. This rejection brought about a division among them. The natural minded disciples saw Christ as having a devil within Him, WHO had gone mad. They suggested, Why should anyone hear HIS Word. But the Spiritual minded disciples saw Him as One, Who could open the eyes of the blind.

The Jews then came to Him and said, "Tell us plainly if you are the Christ?" The Word answered them and said, "I told you, and ye believed not: the works that I do in my Father's name, they bear witness of Me. But ye believe not, because ye are not of My sheep, as I said unto you." Again, the Father sought to reveal Himself through His Son unto them when He said, MY sheep hear MY Voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.

I give unto them Eternal Life, and they shall never perish; neither shall any man pluck them out of MY Hand. The Word then testified of the Father and said, My Father, WHO gave them Me is greater than all, and no man is able to pluck those who have received Me out of My Father's Hand. My Father and I are One.

Notice that even the statement that Jesus made of being One with the Father is a hard saying for many to understand, but those who have ears to hear will understand and become One with God.


Notice: To fully understand the concept of faith, read each section in the order presented.

1. What is Faith?   2. Through Earthen Vessels   3. Through The Word   4. Discerning The Word
5. Receiving The Word   6. One with God   7. Working with God   8. Glorifying the Word

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