You cannot mentally ascend to Christ. You can study and analyze all you want but salvation requires such an intimate relationship with Him that He becomes you and the Will of God shines out of you. The sex act under the marriage covenant symbolizes this.
Matthew 3:2, Matthew 4:17, and Mark 1:15 Repent, for the Kingdom of YHWH is at hand. Translation: Change your mind, your heart, your effort—your very life (soul), for YHWH is here to dwell within you.
Colossians 1:27 …Christ in you, the hope of glory. Translation: The Living Word transforms you into His Light to shine upon (give hope to) the world.
Leviticus 11:44, Leviticus 11:45, Leviticus 19:2, Leviticus 20:7, Isaiah 35:8, 1 Peter 1:16 “Be holy, for I am holy.” Translation: I am separated from the influence of the physical plane, therefore, through Me, you will also become separated.
John 4:23 “…worship [serve the Kingdom, minister to the Body] in spirit [our connection to the Father, the Holy Spirit] and in truth [His knowledge and wisdom, the Living Word, Yeshua]…”
The entire Bible is a parable, full of parables. And guess what? Your entire life is a parable, full of parables.
An epiphany for church-seekers: Instead of asking Yah for fellowship, why not ask Him for more opportunities to serve Him and the Body along with the words and actions needed to accomplish His desire? Solomon asked for wisdom in order to guide all of Israel (2 Chronicles 1:7-13). Jesus repeatedly said He only did what His Father wanted Him to do (Matthew 26:39, John 4:34, John 5:19, John 5:30, John 5:36, John 6:38, John 8:16, John 8:28, John 8:29, John 12:49, John 12:50, John 14:10, John 17:4).
Unless one studies Torah, one may get a wrong impression about what sin is. For example, some teach that those who are in second marriages after a divorce must divorce and remarry the first spouse. Torah says otherwise, Deuteronomy 24:1-4. Also see the symbolism of it in Jeremiah 3:1.
Contrary to popular belief, there can be people devoted to His will and yet be under an unrighteous teacher or in a spiritually dead assembly. May He get the glory, always!
“You can lead a horse to water, but you cannot make him drink,” goes the saw. Yet, the Holy Spirit can make an ass speak. It is the power of the Father that changes hearts, not education.
Why can’t I think of wise, spiritual things to say when I need it? Yeshua, please, I need Your Words; I crave Your Wisdom!
What is active submission? Persistently seeking the will (not permission, unless you want to know if it is His will) of the Father while either doing good works (Acts 10:1-4) OR accomplishing whatever He told you to do (Acts 10:5-8).
“Lord, people are going to think I’m touched in the head.” “But I was taught this, not that…” “This is crazy! It can’t possibly be from You, Jesus.” He does not care about what we or anyone else thinks—obey Him, go through the fire, and ask for more of Him to fill that empty space which used to contain self.