OF THE EARTH, EARTHY,
OR CELESTIAL IN CHRIST
Rev. Dr. Robert E. Donaldson
Presented by World Wide Web Witness Inc.
I Corinthians 15 has some wonderful contrasts: the first man, Adam, the ultimate man, Christ the Lord. The first man is of the earth, earthy; the second man is the Lord from heaven.
Now we are finding the funding of nearly everything imaginable that is earthy, worldly, carnal, rapacious, insolent and demanding; and hearing nearly everything that is raucous, obtuse and insurgent, from bin Laden to Communism, from Islamic submission requirements of those subordinated to these false lords, to the arrant yabber, deemed funny for some reason, of cartoons which reduce man to a motivated, moulded relic of a meaning no longer to be found.
The celestial is abused, its name debased whether in the slaughter of people in shopping malls because somebody called ‘Allah’ allegedly wants it, to the devising of means of allowing what destroys to become the lord of what builds. And what sort of destruction would that be ? That is what the Bible has long called Apollyon, the devil, whose varied functions include accusing the brethren (normally falsely), contesting righteousness, inducing fear of death, alienating from God, inducing to love the means of life more than life (‘Mammon’), tempting and corrupting. He can come dressed in flowing white robes which do nothing for his heart, but much for those whom he dupes, surrounded with flowing verbiage, elevating himself or his false prophets to the heavens, while his ways are earthy.
These two courses, those of the bacteria and those of the body, those of the creation and those of the desecration, they continue parallel for a time, until the judgment. In biblical words, these are the wheat and the tares of Christ’s parable in Matthew13:24ff., which grow up together until the harvest, by which time … they are readily recognised.
That time is nearer than many think, and this
not because war and trouble, indeed tribulation is becoming a criterion of our Age, as it had to be of the end of the Gospel era, according to Christ in Matthew 24, Luke 21, and consistently with Daniel 12:1,
not even because the means of war can be so encapsulated with so much power that the very weak can destroy wonders and marvels of human construction cheaply; though both of these things had to occur simultaneously with many others, before the end of the Age could draw near. Other criteria of the last lap are noted in SMR Ch. 8 and Answers to Questions Ch. 5.
It is near, this end of the Age, because the false prophets
ALSO abound, from the followers of Muhammad, now spurting with oil money, and
many acting like burning oil wells before their time, to the endless sects
inhabiting America, like bacteria infecting teeth. It is near because the
hostility and enmity towards
It is here because
If this is not to endorse the contemplated war on Iraq, since it has been misconceived in its Islamic collaboration as often shown on this site (cf. Lord of Life Chs. 4, 8, 9, Red Alert … Ch. 6, Cascade of Truth Ch. 10), nor is it by any means to suggest an open or irenic Iraq, which as recently as the Gulf War confirmed its state of WAR with Israel. It is this which does not seem to concern clubs, committees and international bodies too much, perhaps because some of them are so accustomed to writing off Jewish real estate in grandiose manners.
In this book, the contrast between the earthy and the celestial will be in focus, in the midst of the travails of the times, which also had to be as Christ signified in Matthew 24:222-25, and this in the very multitude of popular false prophets, in our present world, such as those carrying on the massive malady of the Koran, which suppresses all ways of verification, and allows much to falsify, as seen in Ch. 10 of Great Execrations, Great Enervations, Greater Grace.
The world says, Look at me! It is better to look away, and now that it is making such a complete asininity of its ways, there is still no lack of those enthralled in its deceits, deceptiveness, lurid smiles and florid curses, such s those now very familiar execrations from bin Laden (cf. The Advertiser, p. 4, Feb. 13, 2003).
Yet the word of the living God, the ways of the Saving Christ, the testimony of truth does not vary, has not varied, is never falsified, alone is valid (cf. TMR Ch. 5, 7, SMR Chs. 1, 10), has been exposed to every variety of test, not least when Christ came, and is forever speaking as history spins like a top, its precise procession ordered and characterised in advance in the Bible. Fruit in celestial character in the Lord, and spirit in His domain, these are the necessary antidote to this rubbish, and His cross remains the only answer to the cross-purposes of the world, this passion mingling with that, this lust with the other, alive with strife in the dust, this nation defiled, wanting to defile further some other, with war and dissension, frail fraud and fiction seeking to trap simple truth and faith.
In order the better to keep the actual contrast strong and
clear, and the ways of each like light and darkness, these chapters follow,
showing likewise the reason for the faith in the fruits of faith, and the
reason for dismissing unbelief in its dysfunction, inadequacy and lack of all
tests to confirm it, even the logical sub-structure which would make it even
possible! (Cf. Barbs, Arrows and Balms
6 -7, SMR Chs. 3,10 and Highway to Hell.)
Many things …
The Purity of the Splendour and
the Depth of the Wonder of the Celestial …
that by Contrast, Makes Clay-mindedness,
a Shadow in the Sun
The Creator’s Imagination
Has Provided the Gospel
in Full Colour …
News 265, The Advertiser March 2003
No Shortage of Oil
As Saudi-Arabia says,
After John said it in Revelation
Around 2000 years earlier
WHO is invading WHOM ?
The Peaceless Pace or
the Peerless Peace
News 267, TV and Radio News Passim in late March, 2003
Wanting to Have your Cake and Eat it
and Eat Someone Else’s Too
The Advertiser. April 1, 2003
The Advertiser, April 10, 2003
The Law is not Earthy but Spiritual
THE EARTHINESS THAT RESULTS
WHEN THIS EARTH IS YOUR VISION:
WHEN THE CELESTIAL
is given MEANINGLESS TAGS
The Eternal Warrant
Not a mere matter of condemnation as for arrest
But of Eternal Life
Eternal Life Starts NOW!
ITS LIGHT IS MULTI-DIRECTIONAL,
ITS BEAUTY UNTOUCHABLE, ITS HARMONY RESPLENDENT