(Revelation 3) “20 Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, then I will come in to him, and will dine with him, and he with me. 21 He who overcomes, I will give to him to sit down with me on my throne, as I also overcame, and sat down with my Father on his throne. 22 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the assemblies.”
There are doors in our life. Door is by definition something which separates two connected spaces and can be opened in some way.
Christ teaches us that we should open doors. It may be a scientific breakthrough (that is when not just continuous development of science happens, but well breakthrough) or something other.
To him who both hears Jesus’ voice and opens some door, He gives a high reward. The condition of the reward is both a breakthrough and hearing His voice. If an unbeliever (and even a believer which fails to hear and understand Him) does a breakthrough, he is not rewarded. But we should do breakthroughs to be rewarded.
18 knowing that you were redeemed, not with corruptible things, with silver or gold, from the useless way of life handed down from your fathers, 19 but with precious blood, as of a faultless and pure lamb, the blood of Christ.
Here we see that (on the heaven) blood of Christ is an instrument of payment, just like as silver and gold are instruments of payment on the Earth.
For something to be used as an instrument of payment, it needs to be precious just like gold, and in this Bible fragment we see that blood of Christ is precious.
By the way in modern Hebrew the word “damim” may be translated both as blood and payments. Coincidence?
I now found some discrepancy in my understanding of New Testament and blood of Christ:
(Mt. 26:27-28) “27 He took the cup, gave thanks, and gave to them, saying, “All of you drink it, 28 for this is my blood of the new covenant, which is poured out for many for the remission of sins.”
(Mr. 14:23-24) “23 He took the cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave to them. They all drank of it. 24 He said to them, “This is my blood of the new covenant, which is poured out for many.”
How can this be blood of new covenant before the blood of Christ was poured out, “baptized” the underground waters of the Earth and entered into vine plants for us to be able to take Eucharist?
Hope to hear your answers.
(1John 5:21) “Little children, keep yourselves from idols.”
Biblical reference to little children means that we should not be like little children affected by toys. Toys are idols.
Such an idol may for some people be for example iPhone.
We know that Jesus really resurrected, that is not remained just a flesh-less spirit.
But what does this mean? What is the difference between being a ghost or a real man, when it comes to a body which is able to enter into a room with closed doors, to change the face to be unrecognized, but also able to be touched, and even to eat?
(1Pet. 3:18) “being put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the spirit”.
My interpretation is the following: Jesus Christ is the “living God” as prophesied in the Old Testament. Yes, because every verse of Old Testament witnesses about Jesus, accordingly (Jn. 5:39) “You search the Scriptures, because you think that in them you have eternal life; and these are they which testify about me.”
To be living it means that he can touch, get an item in his hands, build a mechanism such as a clock from physical details. This means that He is able to operate in our world, unlike flesh-less spirits which at most are able only to communicate with living people and ask them to do something in this material world, not to act in the world directly.
This means that Jesus Christ is in a spiritual body after His resurrection, but His spirit is so powerful that he can be called truly alive.
(1Cor 15:51-52) “51 Behold, I tell you a mystery. We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed, 52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we will be changed.”
From this verse it looks like that Paul claims that he will not be among dead when “we will be changed” events happen. We know that it is not true.
But claiming “we will be changed” does not imply “we will be not dead”. It can be understood as “we, both alive and dead, will be changed”.
So there is no error here.
The God’s word expressed through Paul is errorless, despite of that Paul seemingly meant something erroneous.
I am poorly motivated. I need yet to earn money to support my nonprofit activity. But I do not want to do business for profit only. At times it seems that I do useless stuff. This makes me a little despair and to work less than I could.
But Bible says (Hebrews 10:36) “For you need endurance so that, having done the will of God, you may receive the promise.” For me it means that I need to endure doing for-profit business to patiently earn enough to support my nonprofit effort which I like to do.