I often read familiar passages from the Bible with new eyes. When I do, I am amazed what I missed the first 100 times I read the passage. These last
few thread I have written represent an awakening of sorts for me. The dummies title of my last few threads is not intended as an insult to anyone
here on ATS, but to my own lack of understanding on these simple and obvious truths. We are all dummies when it comes to topics hidden in mystery and
wrapped in enigma.
There is a great passage in 1 Peter 3 that gives away part of the biblical mystery of who we are here on Earth. Before I get to this, examine this
verse in Deuteronomy 4 and another in Galatians 3.
19 And when you look up to the sky and see the sun, the moon and the stars—all the heavenly array—do not be enticed into bowing down to them and
worshiping things the Lord your God has apportioned to all the nations under heaven. 20 But as for you, the Lord took you and brought you out of the
iron-smelting furnace, out of Egypt, to be the people of his inheritance, as you now are.
---In this passage, we are said to be in bondage to Egypt (Cruel Master) and in a refinery. We are also reminded that the Heavens will be our future
23 Before the coming of this faith,[j] we were held in custody under the law, locked up until the faith that was to come would be revealed. 24 So the
law was our guardian until Christ came that we might be justified by faith. 25 Now that this faith has come, we are no longer under a guardian.
26 So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, 27 for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.
28 There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. 29 If you belong to
Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.
---Here, we are reminded that the law is a guardian while we are held in custody. Faith removes the law by allowing the mind to attach to love for
others. We must first love God for this to engage. God uses our faith to prepare us for departure from this place. Keep this in mind as you read
the reason Jesus came here to free the captives. Before you do, ask yourself a few questions: Where do you go when you die? What does it mean to be
baptized into the waters of life? Why are we baptized (to repent)? Where were we before we were born again?
1 Peter 3
13 Who is going to harm you if you are eager to do good? 14 But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed.
---If you read the links below, you will see that suffering for something brings reward. Peter agrees on this point. It is also an obvious part of
all life. We must work if we desire to eat. Suffering work brings reward. taking reward ends in suffering. Smoke and you harm your health.
Workout in a gym and you gain health.
“Do not fear their threats; do not be frightened.” 15 But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone
who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, 16 keeping a clear conscience, so that those who
speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander.
---Here on ATS, Ad Hominem seems to be the way to answer any thread that deals with truth. I stick to the context of the argument and keep my
comments to the truth of the Bible. God is invariable and I try to do the same. God's law is invariable. Many people confuse my threads with an
attack on them. Not so. My thread reflect my own struggles in life. I am constantly seeking truth and trying to avoid my own sins in life. All of
my threads are outlines for me to follow on this path. If truth judges you from my threads, it is truth only that can accomplish this. I cannot
17 For it is better, if it is God’s will, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil.
---Again, my contention that taking reward (like drinking, smoking, overeating...) brings suffering. Suffering on purpose (Like working a job),
brings reward. Smoke and you have health problems. Suffer exercise in a gym and you gain life and vitality. This is what he is saying above.
Suffer for good. Work for your family. Save your money for your kids rather than spending it on self-gratifying behavior. Again, I do not judge
you. The truth may judge you. This is not my work.
18 For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive in
---This is the pattern. When we suffer in the flesh, we are finished with sin. This is why we must suffer for the benefit of others in this life.
You cannot give a gift without earning it first. Christ suffered for us all.
HERE IS THE MYSTERY REVEALED
19 After being made alive, he went and made proclamation to the imprisoned spirits— 20 to those who were disobedient long ago when God waited
patiently in the days of Noah while the ark was being built. In it only a few people, eight in all, were saved through water, 21 and this water
symbolizes baptism that now saves you also—not the removal of dirt from the body but the pledge of a clear conscience toward God. It saves you by
the resurrection of Jesus Christ, 22 who has gone into heaven and is at God’s right hand—with angels, authorities and powers in submission to
---As I outlined in my last thread, the flood and ark are symbols for baptism and the beasts riding the waves of immersion into reality. Here, he
outlines the fact that baptism is our chance to repent in the water. Who were the imprisoned spirits? That would be you and I here in this life. We
have been baptized and resurrected so we can repent. Repentance means bearing fruit. We must give to others in the form of our own suffering of
work. We must bear fruit.
7 But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to where he was baptizing, he said to them: “You brood of vipers! Who warned you to
flee from the coming wrath? 8 Produce fruit in keeping with repentance. 9 And do not think you can say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our
father.’ I tell you that out of these stones God can raise up children for Abraham. 10 The ax is already at the root of the trees, and every tree
that does not produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire.
11 “I baptize you with water for repentance. But after me comes one who is more powerful than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will
baptize you with[c] the Holy Spirit and fire. 12 His winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will clear his threshing floor, gathering his wheat into
the barn and burning up the chaff with unquenchable fire.”
---To be sure, there is a coming wrath. The way to put out the fire is with the water. We MUST bear fruit by faith in Christ. We have been
resurrected into this life through the process of baptism (Involution). This process is so we can raise to new life (Evolution). All of the symbols
in the Bible are there to show us these facts. All of my threads are here to outline these simple truths so that even a dummy like me can see them
Consult this Link for more 'Threads for Dummies...'
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