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He shall cover thee with His feathers, and under His wings shalt thou find refuge: His truth is a shield and buckler
Psalms 91:4

Be it ours,when we cannot see the face of God, to trust under the shadow of His wings. C.H. Spugeon

Saturday, February 10, 2007

Transitively Reflexive

Transitively reflexive - moving from who I was to who I am, the subject becoming the object, or the object becoming the subject. The person before Jesus to the person after, the same yet different, changed but remaining whole, without loss of identity yet new within context of the past, self yet un-selfed into a character renewed but still intact as old. Movement statically changed, change statically moved.(I don't know either)
A reflexive statement is one where the object and subject are the same. Example: " I wash myself."
With reference to God we have examples like Genesis where Abraham states 'God will provide for himself a lamb';
Ephesians 2:7 '...that in ages to come he might show the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.';
Luke 15:15 where the prodigal son '...joined himself to a citizen of that country, and he sent him into his fields to feed swine.';
John 11:33 ' when Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews also weeping with her, he groaned in the spirit, and was troubled,...';
2 Corinthians 3:5 '... not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves, but our sufficiency is of God;'
Matthew 6: 19 '... lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal;';
Mark 8:34 '... whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.'.
A reflexive statement by means of its intent requires the voluntary assent to an action. God has said He will provide and He does. It is a indicator of the sovereignty of God, in that as he declares so it will be done. John 3:3 '... except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.' 2 Corinthians 5:17 ' Therefore of any man be in Christ, he is a new creature:...' these are the things of God enfolded in the mystery and wonderment of a holy and sovereign God.
There are four principle qualities of a follower of Jesus:
1] willingness - the foundational condition upon which the following principles impinge;
2] renouncing - surrender, to decline further association with, to separate from all things which impede the sanctified pursuit of the new birth
3] submission - to the yoke of Christ, Matthew 11:29 'Take my yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart; and you shall find rest for your souls.'
4] faithfulness - Ruth 1:16,17 ' Entreat me not to leave you, or to turn back from following after you; for wherever you go I will go; and wherever you lodge, I will lodge; your people shall be my people, and your God, my God. Where you die, I will die, and there will I be buried. The Lord do so to me, and more also, if anything but death parts you and me.'
Jesus further states in Mark 8:35 'For whoever desires to save his life shall lose it, but whosoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel will save it,' It would be nice if we could pick our crosses and only bear the burdens we would choose. Romans 8:28 declares '... but we do know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose' The invitation extended to us by God to partake of the blessings of the covenant relationship we have with God through Jesus involves a love which transcends our daily circumstances to acceptance that God works out for us that which is best for our healthy and wholesome existence. It presupposes that God knows best and that we are to submit to that wisdom.
Mark 8:36 '...for what does it profit a man to gain the whole world, and suffer the lose of his soul?
There are three things evident about a man on a cross:
1] he no longer has any plans of his own;
2] he is only facing one direction;
3] he is not going back.

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