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It’s so easy to forget our purpose in this world.
We have endless chatter, opinions, competing viewpoints, and judgements of all kinds.
And the mysteries of God are higher than we can ponder.
In this complex and rapidly changing world, how can Christians possibly focus on their purpose?
Any reasonable Christian knows the answer. Tits and Ass.
…that our daughters may be as corner stones, polished after the similitude of a palace
Man was created as gardener.
…and there was not a man to till the ground…
And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it.
What is the purpose of gardening?
We are to create food, but also create beauty – that which is beautiful to the eye.
In fact – visual beauty comes first, even before food.
And the LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed.
And out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food;
Why are we on earth? To create beauty.
(Note that this beauty is indistinguishable from righteousness.)
To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified.
And they shall build the old wastes, they shall raise up the former desolations, and they shall repair the waste cities, the desolations of many generations.
And strangers shall stand and feed your flocks, and the sons of the alien shall be your plowmen and your vinedressers.
His branches shall spread, and his beauty shall be as the olive tree, and his smell as Lebanon.
They that dwell under his shadow shall return; they shall revive as the corn, and grow as the vine: the scent thereof shall be as the wine of Lebanon.
Ephraim shall say, What have I to do any more with idols?
Our original and still primary purpose is to create all kinds of beauty, and reject the ugly. Bring heaven down to earth.
For the earth which drinketh in the rain that cometh oft upon it, and bringeth forth herbs meet for them by whom it is dressed, receiveth blessing from God:
But that which beareth thorns and briers is rejected, and is nigh unto cursing; whose end is to be burned.
But with Adam’s sin (rebellion via listening to his wife)… beauty departed.
And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life;
Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field;
Proper Christians’ creation of beauty overtakes the ugly, and the nihilism and depression of the world of the Blade Runner (from 1982, the Final Cut).
Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that the plowman shall overtake the reaper, and the treader of grapes him that soweth seed; and the mountains shall drop sweet wine, and all the hills shall melt.
And I will bring again the captivity of my people of Israel, and they shall build the waste cities, and inhabit them; and they shall plant vineyards, and drink the wine thereof; they shall also make gardens, and eat the fruit of them.
In fact, all of Creation longs for the moment when we condemn all of the ugly and we only cultivate beauty.
How long shall the land mourn, and the herbs of every field wither, for the wickedness of them that dwell therein?
…Many pastors have destroyed my vineyard, they have trodden my portion under foot, they have made my pleasant portion a desolate wilderness.
They have made it desolate, and being desolate it mourneth unto me; the whole land is made desolate, because no man layeth it to heart.
For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now.
Let the heavens rejoice, and let the earth be glad; let the sea roar, and the fulness thereof.
Let the field be joyful, and all that is therein: then shall all the trees of the wood rejoice
Before the LORD: for he cometh, for he cometh to judge the earth: he shall judge the world with righteousness, and the people with his truth.
The LORD reigneth; let the earth rejoice; let the multitude of isles be glad thereof.
It’s so easy to forget and become ugly like the thorn.
He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful.
1 Timothy 6:10
…they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.
We look in the mirror that is the Bible – and do we remember?
For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass:
For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was.
But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.
Why do we forget our goal of creating beauty?
We are distracted by too much talk. They speak temporary worlds into existence.
But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.
2 Timothy 2:16
But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness.
2 Thessalonians 3:11-12
For we hear that there are some which walk among you disorderly, working not at all, but are busybodies.
Now them that are such we command and exhort by our Lord Jesus Christ, that with quietness they work, and eat their own bread.
We need to focus.
We need to work on refining our image.
God made man in his likeness.
This is the book of the generations of Adam. In the day that God created man, in the likeness of God made he him;
…for in the image of God made he man.
As we are in the image of God, we need to focus on God.
And it’s not easy – the mysteries of God.
O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out!
For who hath known the mind of the Lord?
God thundereth marvellously with his voice; great things doeth he, which we cannot comprehend.
And, when we read of God we have a paradox where God is one – and yet within oneness, there is more than one.
1 John 5:7-8
For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.
And there are three that bear witness in earth, the Spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one.
Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost
If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.
In the Hebrew language, Genesis 1:1 names God: “Elohim,” a plural noun, with a singular verb.
And this plural noun/singular verb grammatical pattern continues in the Hebrew Old Testament.
In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
How can we possibly focus and understand who we are as the image of God?
Where can we begin?
Any reasonable Christian knows the answer: tits and ass.
God sees his people as his wife – one bride.
…for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready.
For the LORD hath called thee as a woman forsaken and grieved in spirit, and a wife of youth, when thou wast refused, saith thy God.
Turn, O backsliding children, saith the LORD; for I am married unto you
But God’s people are multiple.
That in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea shore;
Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all.
There is one Holy Spirit, yet God’s many people have different roles.
1 Corinthians 12:4-11
Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit.
And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord.
And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all.
But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal.
For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit;
To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit;
To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues:
But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will.
Picture this: the bride/body of Christ (God’s people) is one body, but many parts.
1 Corinthians 12:12-13
For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ.
For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.
And God’s people (the parts) are linked to act united.
From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.
1 Corinthians 1:10
Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.
A proper Christian finds his role and is not separate from the body – but becomes part of the whole.
1 Corinthians 12:15-16
If the foot shall say, Because I am not the hand, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body?
And if the ear shall say, Because I am not the eye, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body?
If you are called to be a Christian, God has decided from Creation what part you are.
1 Corinthians 12:18
But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him.
God has created entirely different types of people across the world.
Shall the thing formed say to him that formed it, Why hast thou made me thus?
Hath not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make one vessel unto honour, and another unto dishonour?
Shall the clay say to him that fashioneth it, What makest thou? or thy work, He hath no hands?
Woe unto him that saith unto his father, What begettest thou? or to the woman, What hast thou brought forth?
If you are a foot, and you are trying to be a hand, you will run into trouble.
If you are struggling for faith, you might be trying to be the wrong part.
King David wanted to build a house for the Lord, but, as David was a man of war, God left that to King David’s son.
1 Chronicles 28:2-3
Then David the king stood up upon his feet, and said, Hear me, my brethren, and my people: As for me, I had in mine heart to build an house of rest for the ark of the covenant of the LORD, and for the footstool of our God, and had made ready for the building:
But God said unto me, Thou shalt not build an house for my name, because thou hast been a man of war, and hast shed blood.
We ask as King David asked:
1 Chronicles 17:16
And David the king came and sat before the LORD, and said, Who am I, O LORD God, and what is mine house, that thou hast brought me hitherto?
You might be a helper rather than a leader.
1 Corinthians 12:22-23
Nay, much more those members of the body, which seem to be more feeble, are necessary:
And those members of the body, which we think to be less honourable, upon these we bestow more abundant honour; and our uncomely parts have more abundant comeliness.
1 Corinthians 12:28-29
And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues.
Are all apostles? are all prophets? are all teachers? are all workers of miracles?
You might be not be the revered eye or hand.
1 Corinthians 4:10
We are fools for Christ's sake, but ye are wise in Christ; we are weak, but ye are strong; ye are honourable, but we are despised.
Perhaps you are a seemingly lesser part: a toe, a nail – or simply an asshole.
1 Corinthians 1:27
But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty;
Why are we doing all of this?
So that the body of Christ, God’s people, can be perfected (alternative translations of perfect are: fulfilled, completed, mature).
And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;
For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:
Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ
When this whole body is fitted together, what is that?
Edified (built up). Beautiful.
That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.
A beautiful bride:
2 Corinthians 11:2
…for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ.
But professing Christians can’t even picture it.
This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind,
Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart
We are to look in the mirror as the hot woman does, and beautifies herself.
It’s a long process.
Now when every maid's turn was come to go in to king Ahasuerus, after that she had been twelve months, according to the manner of the women, (for so were the days of their purifications accomplished, to wit, six months with oil of myrrh, and six months with sweet odours, and with other things for the purifying of the women;)
She first has to remove the veil to see her own body in the full length mirror.
2 Corinthians 3:14-16
But their minds were blinded: for until this day remaineth the same veil untaken away in the reading of the old testament; which veil is done away in Christ.
But even unto this day, when Moses is read, the veil is upon their heart.
Nevertheless when it shall turn to the Lord, the veil shall be taken away.
Mosaic Law kills sinners.
2 Corinthians 3:6-7
…for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life.
But if the ministration of death, written and engraven in stones, was glorious, so that the children of Israel could not stedfastly behold the face of Moses for the glory of his countenance;
For the wages of sin is death;
1 Corinthians 15:55-56
O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?
The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law.
Note the deathly darkness of those condemned under The Law.
Thou hast laid me in the lowest pit, in darkness, in the deeps.
He hath set me in dark places, as they that be dead of old.
…he hath smitten my life down to the ground; he hath made me to dwell in darkness, as those that have been long dead.
The Law is for the unrighteous – as it puts them to death.
1 Timothy 1:8-10
But we know that the law is good, if a man use it lawfully;
Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers,
For whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with mankind, for menstealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine;
Those who have put on Christ’s righteousness are not guilty under The Law.
I put on righteousness, and it clothed me: my judgment was as a robe and a diadem.
But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.
Under the Old Covenant (Testament), the children of Israel experienced a ‘passover’ – a shielding from judgement – by the blood of the Lamb.
They sacrificed a Lamb without blemish (sinless).
Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year
Shielded by blood Covenant:
And they shall take of the blood, and strike it on the two side posts and on the upper door post of the houses, wherein they shall eat it.
And they shall eat the flesh in that night, roast with fire, and unleavened bread; and with bitter herbs they shall eat it.
...And the blood shall be to you for a token upon the houses where ye are: and when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and the plague shall not be upon you to destroy you, when I smite the land of Egypt.
Note how they ate the flesh.
And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is my body.
We eat the flesh of Christ
And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us
The Word in us:
But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.
And the bread was unleavened (not puffed up, arrogant).
1 Corinthians 13:3-4
…though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.
Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up…
The passover did not have a broken bone, as with Christ.
In one house shall it be eaten; thou shalt not carry forth ought of the flesh abroad out of the house; neither shall ye break a bone thereof.
For these things were done, that the scripture should be fulfilled, A bone of him shall not be broken.
We died with Christ under The Law, but we rose with Christ.
For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth.
Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?
Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.
So that we are now in light, out of sins hidden in darkness.
Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son
Sinners love hiding their works.
…and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.
For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.
To deliver thee from the way of the evil man, from the man that speaketh froward things;
Who leave the paths of uprightness, to walk in the ways of darkness;
Who rejoice to do evil, and delight in the frowardness of the wicked;
The darkness is not for those in Christ, but for the evildoers who want to hide their works.
For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light
…And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.
If we walk in the light, and have fellowship, we continue clothed in blood of Christ, and we remain forgiven.
1 John 1:5-7
…God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.
If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth:
But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.
Now we can cleanse ourselves without fear of condemnation from The Law by examining ourselves and confessing our sins.
1 John 1:9
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
1 Corinthians 11:31
For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged.
Without light, we cannot see ourselves.
1 Corinthians 11:28-29
But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup.
For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord's body.
With light, we can see our true condition.
For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not.
For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do.
But with light we can see Christ.
Who is Christ? He is our judge.
2 Corinthians 5:10
For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.
…for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ.
More specifically – what judges us?
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
1 John 5:7
For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.
But Christ both rejects and accepts his judgeship.
His judgement comes from the inspired Word of God.
I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness.
And if any man hear my words, and believe not, I judge him not: for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world.
He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day.
He that heareth you heareth me; and he that despiseth you despiseth me; and he that despiseth me despiseth him that sent me.
We must behold the Word.
And Moses made a serpent of bronze, and put it upon a pole, and it came to pass, that if a serpent had bitten any man, when he beheld the serpent of bronze, he lived.
And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up
And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me.
What do we see in the Word?
We see where we could be if we take on the only righteousness acceptable to God.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.
But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.
And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.
1 Corinthians 13:4-7
Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,
Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;
Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;
Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.
When we look up at the Word, we don’t measure up.
Mine heart within me is broken because of the prophets; all my bones shake; I am like a drunken man, and like a man whom wine hath overcome, because of the LORD, and because of the words of his holiness.
O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?
But we are led by the Spirit to Christ.
…but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.
And our old nature is crucified with Christ.
Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.
Now that we see in the light, we can be perfected to the spotless bride.
Song of Solomon 4:7
Thou art all fair, my love; there is no spot in thee.
Day by day we improve.
2 Corinthians 4:16
For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.
God may be working on your faith…
…and then later, God will help you with your patience
…and then work on your kindness…
2 Peter 1:5-7
And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;
And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness;
And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.
And you feel great!
But then God needs to cleanse you regarding pride… and then envy…
In short, we examine ourselves via the Word – as tediously as the hot woman scrutinizes every square inch of her body in the mirror.
Just like the body/bride of Christ's parts, she will improve her legs, her waist, her buttocks, her hair…
1 Corinthians 13:12
For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.
By being tethered to Christ, we can have hope of what we can be.
How? By removing the veil and truly seeing in the light.
Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within the veil;
2 Corinthians 13:5
Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?
By becoming perfected individually, we can be the part (in the body of Christ) that God wants us to be.
…work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.
1 Corinthians 12:25-27
That there should be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another.
And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honoured, all the members rejoice with it.
Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.
With proper, perfected body parts, the body of Christ can edify (build up) itself.
1 Thessalonians 5:11
Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do.
Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another.
As one body of Christ, we speak in unity.
Only let your conversation be as it becometh the gospel of Christ: that whether I come and see you, or else be absent, I may hear of your affairs, that ye stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel;
Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind.
We are only unified as servants of each other.
Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.
We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves.
Let every one of us please his neighbour for his good to edification.
In our world, we have so much chatter, so much talk of all kinds: opinions, criticism, judgements.
1 Timothy 5:13
And withal they learn to be idle, wandering about from house to house; and not only idle, but tattlers also and busybodies, speaking things which they ought not.
In the multitude of words, sin is unavoidable: but he that refraineth his lips is wise.
…and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against him.
These are murmurers, complainers, walking after their own lusts; and their mouth speaketh great swelling words…
…let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath
It’s wise to quiet down and focus.
Seest thou a man that is hasty in his words? there is more hope of a fool than of him.
Set a watch, O LORD, before my mouth; keep the door of my lips.
Speak to cleanse your heart and to edify others in the body of Christ.
Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord;
Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus
1 Peter 3:1-2
Likewise, ye wives, be in subjection to your own husbands; that, if any obey not the word, they also may without the word be won by the conversation of the wives;
While they behold your chaste conversation coupled with fear.
Individually, we are beautified – that is perfected (fulfilled, matured, completed) and we can then help build up other Christians to become that beautiful body – the bride of Christ… the ultimate hot woman.
And now we can speak beautifully.
Whoso offereth praise glorifieth me: and to him that ordereth his conversation aright will I shew the salvation of God.
2 Timothy 3:7
Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.
While education can be great, by exalting education and turning it into our god, we spoke a temporary, unsustainable world into existence of expensive degrees/diplomas/certificates and disillusioned students who will never be able to pay off student loans.
And, we spoke of ‘useless studies’ and the necessity of ‘serious’ subjects like science and technology.
While science is very important…
Children in whom was no blemish, but well favoured, and skilful in all wisdom, and cunning in knowledge, and understanding science…
1 Kings 4:33
And he spake of trees, from the cedar tree that is in Lebanon even unto the hyssop that springeth out of the wall: he spake also of beasts, and of fowl, and of creeping things, and of fishes.
…we might be called to be the fool for the Lord.
1 Corinthians 1:25
Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men.
In the bride, the body of Christ, you might be called to be a boob.
2 Samuel 6:22
And I will yet be more vile than thus, and will be base in mine own sight
‘Useless studies’ such as the Fine Arts or Art History might be of the beautiful world – the beautiful art that we are to create for God.
Speak beauty – but also sing.
1 Corinthians 14:15
What is it then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will pray with the understanding also: I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing with the understanding also.
Instruments and singing:
Sing unto the LORD with the harp; with the harp, and the voice of a psalm.
With trumpets and sound of cornet make a joyful noise before the LORD, the King.
Let the sea roar, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein.
And thou shalt make a mercy seat of pure gold: two cubits and a half shall be the length thereof, and a cubit and a half the breadth thereof.
And thou shalt make two cherubims of gold, of beaten work shalt thou make them, in the two ends of the mercy seat.
And ye shall eat in plenty, and be satisfied…
Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things;
…but thou hast kept the good wine until now.
...to be a burnt sacrifice, an offering made by fire, of a sweet savour unto the LORD.
Take thou also unto thee principal spices, of pure myrrh five hundred shekels, and of sweet cinnamon half so much, even two hundred and fifty shekels, and of sweet calamus…
…build the house; and I will take pleasure in it, and I will be glorified, saith the LORD.
And when the builders laid the foundation of the temple of the LORD, they set the priests in their apparel with trumpets, and the Levites the sons of Asaph with cymbals, to praise the LORD, after the ordinance of David king of Israel.
And they sang together by course in praising and giving thanks unto the LORD;
And Miriam the prophetess, the sister of Aaron, took a timbrel in her hand; and all the women went out after her with timbrels and with dances.
Note how proper Christians’ art culminates in the destruction of the enemy. Vengeance.
Let them praise his name in the dance: let them sing praises unto him with the timbrel and harp.
For the LORD taketh pleasure in his people: he will beautify the meek with salvation.
Let the saints be joyful in glory: let them sing aloud upon their beds.
Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a twoedged sword in their hand;
To execute vengeance upon the heathen, and punishments upon the people;
Sing unto the LORD a new song, and his praise from the end of the earth, ye that go down to the sea, and all that is therein; the isles, and the inhabitants thereof.
Let the wilderness and the cities thereof lift up their voice, the villages that Kedar doth inhabit: let the inhabitants of the rock sing, let them shout from the top of the mountains.
Let them give glory unto the LORD, and declare his praise in the islands.
The LORD shall go forth as a mighty man, he shall stir up jealousy like a man of war: he shall cry, yea, roar; he shall prevail against his enemies.
With the defeat of the enemy, in the end, those in the body of Christ partake in the most beautiful garden.
And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb.
In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.
But, at the end of the Bible, the book of Revelation, don’t forget the first book of the Bible: Genesis.
In Adam’s garden of Eden, everything was good.
And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the waters called he Seas: and God saw that it was good.
…And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind: and God saw that it was good.
…And to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness: and God saw that it was good.
…And God created great whales, and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind: and God saw that it was good.
…And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and God saw that it was good.
In fact, it was very good… for a time.
And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good.
Adam had light, rivers, gold, forests, animals of all kinds…
…but, as revealed, the reality was that all was not good.
And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone;
…but for Adam there was not found an helper suitable for him.
Not good. Not good enough.
The garden, the rivers, the animals, the gold, the light were all beautiful.
But, at the end of the day, it was not good.
While architecture, abstract paintings, pottery, songs, savoury scents, gardens, food/drink and all kinds of beautiful art is what we should be creating – our primary purpose of creating beauty was never going to be good enough – without her.
And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man.
1 Corinthians 11:7
...but the woman is the glory of the man.
A virtuous woman is a crown to her husband…
Show us all your beauty, wearing only the crown!
To bring Vashti the queen before the king with the crown royal, to shew the people and the princes her beauty: for she was fair to look on.
Why not good enough?
Because Christ rejects anything but perfection (alternative translations: fulfillment, completion, maturity).
2 Corinthians 7:1
Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.
2 Timothy 2:21
If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master's use, and prepared unto every good work.
She needs to tediously cleanse herself.
That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word
In fact, the culmination of Christ and the body of Christ create the ultimate body:
And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
Come hither, I will shew thee the bride, the Lamb's wife.
And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and shewed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God,
Having the glory of God: and her light was like unto a stone most precious, even like a jasper stone, clear as crystal;
Why is this city a bride, a woman?
Because the final culmination is not like beauty in the start of the book of Genesis which was good – but ultimately not good enough.
Its beauty is not like landscape paintings, abstract sculpture, culinary arts, songs, or architecture.
This city has the refined beauty that only can be created by that hot woman meticulously scrutinizing herself in the mirror.
This new city is good – is good even by Godly standards – perfected as the beautiful woman examines herself in the mirror – looking at her legs, hair, torso, feet, tits and ass.
We are the city.
1 Corinthians 3:8-9
Now he that planteth and he that watereth are one: and every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labour.
For we are labourers together with God: ye are God's husbandry, ye are God's building.
Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God;
And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;
And even right now, we build the new heaven and earth.
The power of speech.
Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.
2 Corinthians 5:1
For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.
Build your heart to be not of this world.
Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:
But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:
For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
The wisdom of King Solomon recommended suicide for fat people.
And put a knife to thy throat, if thou be given to appetite.
Because the physical strength and wisdom that is beauty in men could never culminate as a fat person.
The glory of young men is their strength: and the beauty of old men is the gray head.
1 Corinthians 9:26-27
I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air:
But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.
More importantly, the crown of man that is necessary to be refined and good enough for a new heaven and new earth… would never even begin with a pursuit of fatness.
Contrary to the lies of the world… Fat chicks never can be beautiful.
Lest we be carried away by the whims of the world, remember that our original and primary purpose in the world is to create beauty – a beauty that is only good enough when culminating in that woman who has perfected her parts to create the only beauty good enough for God – for all to see in the light.
In short: tits and ass.
Shall thy wonders be known in the dark? and thy righteousness in the land of forgetfulness?