Saturday, 6 August 2016

Doctrine - Water



Module 1 Lesson 3: Mysteries of the Scriptures – Water

Now that we’ve already dealt with the history of the OAC, warts and all without the typical sugar coating, let’s delve into the doctrine of “spiritual” interpretation. Here we will look at how the word “water” is interpreted “spiritually”.

The original document was updated in Afrikaans on May 10th, 2011.

Original Afrikaans:
 “…Om met lesing 3 te begin kyk ons wat staan geskrywe in GENESIS 2 die eerste drie verse.
Genesis 2:1-3 So is dan voltooi die hemel en die aarde met hulle ganse leërmag. VERS 2 En God het op die sewende dag sy werk voltooi wat Hy gemaak het, en op die sewende dag gerus van al sy werk wat Hy gemaak het.
VERS 3 En God het die sewende dag geseën en dit geheilig, omdat Hy daarop gerus het van al sy werk wat God geskape het deur dit te maak.
Kom ons staan net vir ‘n oomblik daar stil. Hier het ons nou gesien in VERS 2, God het sewe dae geneem om sy werke te voltooi en nie ses dae soos algemeen aanvaar en gesê word nie…”

English translation:
“…To begin with lesson 3 we’ll look at what’s written in GENESIS 2 the first three verses.
Genesis 2:1-3 Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. VERSE 2 And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made.
VERSE 3 And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made.
Let us pause here for a moment. Here we saw in VERSE 2, God took seven days to complete his works and not six days as is generally accepted and told…”

To the author and readers of the original document:
On the seventh day God created a day of rest, blessed it and sanctified it. The week was thus completed. In comparison to what He accomplished in the first six days, the seventh day was a definite day of rest.

Exodus 20:11 For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.

Jesus is also Lord of the sabbath and the sabbath was made for MAN, not MAN for the sabbath (Matthew 12:8, Mark 2:27-28 and Luke 6:5). You’ll notice that Jesus didn’t say the weekly sabbath was made for EARTH.

Original Afrikaans (continued):
 “…GENESIS 2:4-5 “Dit is dan die geskiedenis van die hemel en die aarde, toe hulle geskape is. Die dag toe die Here God die aarde en die hemel gemaak het, VERS 5 was daar nog geen struike in die veld, op die aarde nie, want die Here God het nog nie laat reën op die aarde nie, en daar was nog geen mens om die aarde te bewerk nie”.
Vraag: Wat het dan nou van die mense geword wat God op die 6de dag gemaak het?
GENESIS 1:27 “En God het die mens geskape na Sy beeld”.
Verduideliking: Ons het alreeds gesê, dat volgens JOHANNES 4:24 God Gees is, m.a.w, God het op die sesde dag die geestelike mens geskape. Hier in GENENIS 2 vind ons dus, nou ‘n meer volledige beskrywing, hoe God te werk gegaan het met die skepping van die geestelike mens wat later die naam van Adam ontvang het…”

English translation:
“…GENESIS 2:4-5 “These are the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created, in the day that the LORD God made the earth and the heavens, VERSE 5 And every plant of the field before it was in the earth, and every herb of the field before it grew: for the LORD God had not caused it to rain upon the earth, and there was not a man to till the ground”.
Question: What became now of the people that God created on the 6th day?
GENESIS 1:27 “So God created man in his own image”.
Explanation: We already said, that according to JOHN 4:24 God is a Spirit, i.e., God created the spiritual man on the sixth day. Here in GENENIS 2 we thus find a fuller description, of how God went to work with the creation of the spiritual man that would later receive the name of Adam…”

To the author and readers of the original document:
1 Corinthians 15:45-47 And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit. Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual. The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven.

Because of Adam’s disobedience he brought death into this world and would return back to dust, just like all the rest of us. That’s what became of the people that God created on the sixth day.

Genesis 3:17-19 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 bring it forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field; In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.

The context of John 4:24 is that God can be worshipped anywhere, not only in Jerusalem (John 4:20-26). Geography can’t confine Him. You’ll notice that Spirit doesn’t mean we must read everything as a parable or an allegory. Being “spiritually minded” doesn’t mean you must read Scripture out of context.

God isn’t only a Spirit (2 Corinthians 3:17).

  •          He is a consuming fire (Deuteronomy 4:24, Hebrews 12:29)
  •          He is a Word (John 1:1, John 1:14, 1 John 5:7, Revelation 19:13)
  •          He is Light (Psalms 36:9, Isaiah 60:19-20, John 1:4-5, John 1:4-9, John 8:12, John 9:5, John 12:35-36, James 1:17, 1 John 1:5-7, Revelation 21:23-25, Revelation 22:5)
  •          He is Love (2 Corinthians 13:11-12, 1 John 4:7-16)
  •          He is the Creator of everything that is visible and invisible, temporary and eternal, physical and spiritual (John 1:3, 1 Corinthians 8:6, Ephesians 3:9, Colossians 1:16-17)
  •          He is the first and the last (Revelation 1:8, Revelation 1:11, Revelation 1:17, Revelation 21:6, Revelation 22:13)

He is so much more than people seem to realize.

Image needs to be understood in the sense of being representitives of God. In much the same way that ambassadors represent their country, we should represent Christ (2 Corinthians 5:20-21). This means that God made man to depict Him, by displaying the image of God by his actions. Wind is invisible but when the trees move we can see the wind by the action of the trees. This is what is meant when we put on the new man that becomes renewed in knowledge after the image of Christ (Colossians 3:9-11).

Even though we grow in knowledge after the image of God, we also carry the image of Adam (1 Corinthians 15:46-49). The first man Adam was of the earth and we are his physical descendants. Science has proven that the substance of our flesh, sinews and bones consists of the very same elements as the soil (Psalms 139:14). God shared His breath with Adam and Adam became a living soul. His life originated in a different way from his body (Ecclesiastes 12:7, John 20:22). Then Adam was disobedient and eventually returned to EARTH dust outside of the garden of Eden. Of EARTH dust we are made and till EARTH dust we will return.

Only Jesus is the image of the invisible God (2 Corinthians 4:3-4, Colossians 1:15-16 and Hebrews 1:3-4). He was there in the beginning as the Word that created everything (John 1:1-3). He is the firstborn of every creature because He was there in the beginning before any creatures were created. Jesus is the Lord from heaven with the life giving (quickening) spirit.

Only through Christ can we truly bear the image of God (Romans 8:29-30 and 2 Corinthians 3:18).

The new life in Christ must be the lifestyle that we live each and every day (Ephesians 4:17-32).

The Genesis account doesn’t need to be twisted out of context to understand a spiritual lifestyle in Christ.

Original Afrikaans (continued):
 “…GENESIS 2:6 Maar 'n mis het opgetrek uit die aarde en die hele aardbodem bevogtig. Wat beteken hierdie mis wat uit die aarde opgetrek het? Die aarde is die verstand van die mens (soos ons geleer het in Lesing 1), maar wat is hierdie mis? Mis belemmer ‘n mens se uitsig en is ook ‘n vorm van water. Mis is dus vrae wat nou by my opkom, onduidelikhede, verdure verwarring. Jy probeer om nou self, die verborgenhede van die skrfte te verklaar op die metode wat ons hier geleer het en nou raak jy heeltemal deurmekaar, deur sekere aspekte wat nou eers na vore kom en jy kan jou pad vorentoe nie oopsien nie. Twyfel kan nou insluip. Waanneer jou vrae aan jou verduidelikking word sal al die onduidelikhede, verwarring en twyfel opgeklaar word. Die antwoorde het die aardbodem nou bevogtig, m.a.w. die antwoorde was ‘n vorm van water…”

English translation:
“…GENESIS 2:6 But there went up a mist from the earth, and watered the whole face of the ground. What does it mean there went up a mist from the earth? The earth is the understanding of man (as we learnt in Lesson 1), but what is this mist? Mist obscures a man’s view and is also a form of water. Mist is thus questions that arise in me, unclear, further confusion. You try by yourself, to clarify the mysteries of the scriptures using the method we learned here and now you get completely confused, by certain aspects that only now come to the fore and you can’t see your way forward. Doubts can creep in. When your questions become an explanation then the obscurities, confusion and doubt will clear up. The answers have now watered the whole face of the ground, i.e. the answers were a form of water…”

To the author and readers of the original document:
Something else could be obscuring your vision (Malachi 2:3). There was no need for rain because there was enough water for the whole face of the ground (Genesis 2:5-6). It only started raining when Noah was six hundred years old (Genesis 7:4-6).

Original Afrikaans (continued):
 “…Vraag: Hoe kan ‘n mens dit verstaan?
In GENESIS 1:2 lees ons “En die Gees van God het gesweef op die waters. MEERVOUD!
GENESIS. 1:7 God het toe die uitspansel gemaak en die waters wat onder die uitspansel is, geskei van die waters wat bo die uitspansel is.
Vraag: Is daar dan nou meer as een soort water? Dit wil so lyk!
GENESIS. 1:9 En God het gesê: Laat die waters onder die hemel hulle op een plek versamel, sodat die droë grond sigbaar word. VERS 10 En God het die droë grond, aarde genoem en die versameling van waters het Hy see genoem.
Nou die KERNVRAAG eerste:
Wat was hierdie waters wat my verstand bedek het?…”

English translation:
“…Question: How can a person understand this?
In GENESIS 1:2 we read “And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. PLURAL!
GENESIS 1:7 And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament: and it was so.
Question: Is there now more than one kind of water? It seems like it!
GENESIS 1:9 AND God said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear. VERSE 10 And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the waters called he sea.
Now the CORE QUESTION first:
What were these waters that covered my understanding?…”

To the author and readers of the original document:
The oceans, rivers, lakes, dams and clouds were all created by God. Notice all the plurals in my sentence? The miracle of Creation cannot be reasoned away with human (fleshly) accomplishments and interpretations (Psalms 33:6-9, Romans 1:20-23).

Water also has three seperate forms (plural):

  •          Gas – steam, mist, clouds etc.
  •          Liquid – water, rivers, dams, lakes, oceans etc.
  •          Solid – ice, icebergs, hail etc.
Water with different forms

Don’t become vain in your imaginations.

Original Afrikaans (continued):
 “…1. SPREUKE 18:4 Die woorde van 'n man se mond is diep waters, 'n stroom wat bruis, 'n fontein van wysheid.
2. JOHANNES 7:38 Hy wat in My glo, soos die Skrif sê: strome van lewende water sal uit sy binneste vloei.
3. JOHANNES 4:14 Jesus sê vir die Samaritaanse vrou: elkeen wat drink van die water wat Ek hom sal gee, sal in ewigheid nooit dors kry nie, maar die water wat Ek hom sal gee, sal in hom word 'n fontein van water wat opspring tot in die ewige lewe.
ONTLEDING: Dit het vir ons bewys, dat water, woorde is, woorde van die evangelie van God. Die evangelie het dus my verstand ontvanklik gemaak soos ons alreeds ook gesien het by die gelykenis van die Saaier. (LUK: 8)…”

English translation:
“…1. PROVERBS 18:4 The words of a man’s mouth are as deep waters, and the wellspring of wisdom as a flowing brook.
2. JOHN 7:38 He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.
3. JOHN 4:14 But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.
ANALYSIS: This proves to us, that water, is words, words of the gospel of God. The gospel has thus made my understanding receptive as we already saw in the parable of the Sower. (LUK: 8)…”

Say it, don't spray it!

To the author and readers of the original document:
Please go read Luke 8:11 again, the seed is the word of God, there’s no mention of water.

Wise speech on the other hand is like an exhaustless stream of benefit (Proverbs 10:11, Proverbs 13:14, Proverbs 16:22, Proverbs 20:5, Isaiah 59:21, Matthew 12:34).

The water that Jesus is referring to is the salvation that He obtained for us, it’s the water that will enable us to live forever (Isaiah 12:3, Revelation 21:6, Revelation 22:1, Revelation 22:17), He quenches the deepest thirst that man has for God and salvation (Psalms 63:1, Isaiah 41:17-18, Isaiah 55:1, Amos 8:11-13).

Just like a river that has visible signs of life around it, likewise will the person from which this water will flow also bring signs of life to those around them. Those that receive the Spirit will show signs of the new life that will flow from them. The water is the Spirit which is received by those who believe on Jesus (Isaiah 12:3, Isaiah 44:3, Isaiah 58:11, Ezekiel 47:1-12, John 7:37-39, Acts 2:1-41, Colossians 3:16). Salvation is also for those who are illiterate, physically deaf and physically blind.

Original Afrikaans (continued):
 “…Ek kan nou sê dat die antwoorde (water - evangelie) my as aardse mens insig (lig en
verstaanbaarheid) gegee het in die verborgenhede van God.
Vraag: Wat Beteken waters dan, meervoud.
Antwoord: Dit is dan verskillende evangelies, verskillende instansies. Dit het my so
deurmekaar en verward gemaak dat ek besluit het, dit is Gods verborgenhede wat aan Hom alleen bekend is. Die aarde (my verstand) was geheel en al bedek met hierdie menslike sienswyses, (waters) dat die Gees van God nie ‘n rusplek kon vind nie. Dit was dan nodig dat God skeiding moes maak tussen die waters sodat ek kon onderskei tussen die AARDSE en die HEMELSE, of die NATUURLIKE en GEESTELIKE…”

English translation:
“…I can now say that the answers (water – gospel) gave me as earthy man insight (light and understanding) into the mysteries of God.
Question: What does waters mean then, plural.
Answer: These are then various gospels, various institutions. It made me so disorientated and confused that I decided, this is God’s mysteries that are only known to Him. The earth (my understanding) was completely covered with these human opinions, (waters) that the Spirit of God couldn’t find a resting place. It was therefore necessary that God had to divide the waters so that I could discern between EARTHLY and the HEAVENLY, or the NATURAL and SPIRITUAL…”

To the author and readers of the original document:
In Genesis 1:2 the earth was still without form and void, uninhabited and man hadn’t been made yet. There is only ONE gospel, the glad tidings, the doctrine and message of Christ – singular. There is no other gospel and no such thing as various gospels, the gospel is unique only to Christ.

If all the ground on earth was levelled out, we would all be under water more than a kilometre deep.

Without form and void

Original Afrikaans (continued):
 “…GEVOLGTREKKING: Dit het ons dus ‘n kykie gegee na die skeppingswerk van God. Hoe, God die aardse mens omskep na die hemelse mens.…”

English translation:
“…CONCLUSION: This then gave us a glimpse at the work of creation of God. How, God converts the earthly man into the heavenly man…”

To the author and readers of the original document:
This then gave us a glimpse at how the Bible can be twisted out of context by reading single verses out of context and then adding own interpretations by ignoring all the other relevant Scriptures.

          Original Afrikaans (continued):
“…Dit bring ons by die einde van Lesing 3 en aan die einde van die eerste Module…”

English translation:
“…This brings us to the end of Lesson 3 and the end of the first Module...”

Thus ends the third attempt by the author of the original document to insult your intelligence. 

Summary:
In a spiritual sense, the water that Jesus gives us will spring up into everlasting life (John 4:14). When Jesus spoke of the rivers of living water, He was referring to the Holy Ghost (John 7:37-39). The river of water of life proceeds from the throne of God and of the Lamb (Revelation 22:1). 

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