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Copyright © February 2008
Understanding the Basics...Part 17
The Truth About Miracles....
~written from the common sense perspective of The Winds of the Soul~
by Dr. Gregory C.D. Young, Ph.D./D.Phil.(Oxon.)
|What I will be talking about here, as way of introducing the topic more formally, is in the manner we (the Christian Church) claim to "see" the truth, and how generally mistaken we are in the process, not really knowing how to discern or what to look for, no matter our protests to the contrary.||
Continuing on from last month in the defense of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, there is yet another reference for us to consider in determining what other things are missing from today's rendering of what Jesus actually said and meant.
There are a number of Scriptures that could be chosen to setup this month's argument (See The Winds of the Forgiveness for more), but I think one of the most succinct is that which is given in the third chapter of John where Nicodemus comes to the Lord at night seeking for more understanding, but not knowing how to get it, or from where it would literally come.
What I will be talking about here, as way of introducing the topic more formally, is in the manner we (the Christian Church) claim to "see" the truth, and how generally mistaken we are in the process, not really knowing how to discern or what to look for, no matter our protests to the contrary. So let's get right to it....
We'll start by first examining the first few verses of John 3:
John 3:1-3 KJV John 3:1 ¶ There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews:
¶2 The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him.
¶3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
I've taken the liberty to separate these verses more visually than normal so as to point out something that must be made in order to understand everything that comes hereafter.
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|You should be capable of sensing "a bump in the road" regarding the segue from verse 2 into verse 3, as if the train of logic from "question" to "response" was somehow interrupted, and the transition is not as smooth as it can be found elsewhere in the Scriptures.||
Namely, in reading verses 2-3, you should note that something odd is experienced, as if something is missing in between the verses themselves, and there is not smooth segue from one thought to the next. You should be capable of sensing "a bump in the road" regarding the shift from verse 2 into verse 3, as if the train of logic from "question" to "response" was somehow interrupted, and the transition is not as smooth as it can be found elsewhere. This "bump in the road," so to speak, is nonetheless common throughout the Scriptures, and generally signals to us that something is being directly hidden from the eyes of the reader to specifically test their faith..., and if they're not careful or discerning (proving unworthy at the moment to see anything further or deeper in meaning), they'll generally pass right on by without further question.
The "bump in the road" is a necessary cautionary red-flag which implicated asks the reader to turn within themselves and ask if what they just read makes any sense. Accordingly, we should query what needs to be done in order for it to make "Goodly sense." For instance, should something be added, some thought, some nuance, some missing piece or motivation, to bridge the verses in question? Should the question be reformulated, etc, or are we just misunderstanding the verses in question?
In principle, we should always be about finding the sense of anything that is before us, seeking after the "order of God's Goodness" which acts to edify anything that is Good----that's the smoothness of understanding that we're after. In a strange way, it's kind of like algebra, wherein the equation is given with an unknown "x" value, and we must solve it in order to move on. Only here, we are asked to prove our faithfulness, looking for the value that has the most love and intelligent understanding that would glorify the Lord and prove, therefore the most sensible... In the end, that is, when we think we have an answer, "that answer," if correct, will be confirmed directly by His Holy Spirit, so that we will "know" that our faithfulness has proven correct.
In other words, it will have the unmistakable "fit" of the Lord... It will edify or reconfirm all that we know before of Him, enlarging our understanding of His Goodness. Moreover, anything that we newly learn from Him will fit in with what we have always known of Him. There will be no disparity. In sense, once we understand and "see" clearly, we'll wonder how it is that we didn't see the Truth before us any sooner!
Without that confirmation, though, we will be left as we were, in the state of "still not understanding." We should, therefore, continue on prayfully seeking more understanding under the Lord's guidance, looking for possible clues and hints of resolution that are before us, but not yet "seen."
So, here's how we do it.... Let's examine the "bump." It all starts here....
Nicodemus comes to the Lord at night, and immediately professes that:
"Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him."
|The Lord's response appears to us as encoded, even cryptic, dictating that something is possibly a foot.... It does not appear to directly address Nicodemus, because it's cadence seems out of step, out of rhythm, as to where Nicodemus left us. In other words, the baton was not successfully passed here, not successfully exchanged, or in the least it seems fumbled by our surface understanding.||
Now here we note that Nicodemus is being respectful, calling the Lord Rabi, and teacher come from God. He obviously has heard the Lord before, and perhaps has even witnessed some of the miracles that were accruing around His Ministry, because he confesses that no man, according to his learned understanding, could possibly do these miracles "except God be with him."
In turn, and in what we must assume is a response, the Lord's words appear to us as encoded, even cryptic, since the one doesn't necessarily follow from the other. This fact, as mentioned previously, alerts us to the possibility that something is a foot.... The Lord's response does not appear to directly address Nicodemus, because the cadence seems out of step, out of rhythm, as to where Nicodemus left us. In other words, it seems as if the baton of understanding was not successfully passed here, not successfully exchanged, almost if the two were abruptly speaking of different things. In the least, it seems fumbled by our surface understanding.
Point aside, most of us are somewhat conscious when these "bumps" in the road occur elsewhere in life, over and above our reading of the Scriptures. Whether in simple conversation with others, or just in the script of life that is played out in front of us, we note the often uncomfortable, bumpy and seemingly confused transition from one thing into the next before us. These are daily occurrences.
Drastically, and most unfortunately, very few of us have ever been taught as to what to do when we experience these proverbial "bumps in the road" except to ignore them and move on as it they really didn't happen.... being in denial as when we hear something go wrong in our vehicle's transmission.
But the "bumps" are real, and ignoring them or thinking that they're somehow not important simply puts off for tomorrow that which should be our business today, and again, makes us less safe as individuals to be around.
Okay, so let's get back to where we were....
To resolve this "bump," we must suspect, and therefore investigate the possibility, that the Lord heard other things in Nicodemus' confession..., things that we didn't hear ourselves. Indeed, there must have been something in Nicodemus' confession which prompted the Lord to answer Nicodemus as He did, otherwise one would wrongly conclude that the Lord was simply obfuscating. As we know the Lord would never do such a thing to one who came so respectfully, as did Nicodemus, we may faithfully conclude that the Lord's intention was to lovingly steer Nicodemus to a better understanding than with which he came.
So what did the Lord possibly hear?.... With a little guidance from Heaven, we may begin to hear Nicodemus from the Lord's intelligent perspective.
First note, that Nicodemus calls the Lord, "Rabbi," meaning "master." He did this respectfully, of course, as well with the same regard as acknowledging that only a "man" come from God could possibly do these miracles. But note, according to his words, he could acknowledge no more....
For instance, did we notice that Nicodemus did not call Jesus, "Lord?" Though he seemed to recognize that something special was going on here, and rightly so, as he wanted to learn more from this mysterious man. But Nicodemus still hadn't make the obvious connection. He still didn't "see," despite what his eyes and ears have already conveyed to him, that this man was possibly more than "man," possibly a candidate for the Messiah Himself.... Yes, he recognized that this man was sent from God, even a great teacher. But he couldn't make the leap in "seeing" or recognizing Jesus as the Only Begotten of the Father, despite the things he had already witnessed Jesus do and say.
That's what the Lord heard, I suspect.... That's how He measured the man before Him.
And the connection could not be made because Nicodemus, like many of us, only saw with his eyes and only heard with his ears..., but not with His Spirit, not with and from his heart.
And now we come to the crux of it. What is it that Nicodemus, like so many of us, don't see, though it's right in front of us. What is it that remains hidden from us, and indeed is rarely, if ever spoken about from the Pulpits of this Nation? I promise you, once you see this, it will seem so natural and a part of you, you'll wonder why you've never seen it before.
Like Nicodemus, we often only see and hear on one dimension as well. We don't know what to look for otherwise. We don't know how to see and hear with our heart. We no longer seem to know that without humility and a broken-hearted countenance, the sensations of the Spiritual world become dimmed. We have forgotten how lost and fallen we have truly become. We have since learned to rely on the world for our deliverance, having avoided the sensitivities of His Spirit and Name within us. And too, not that we can blame others, but few if any in the Church have taken the time or effort to teach us about these very valuable, if not quintessential, realities.
Indeed, many of us, like Nicodemus, remain blind and deaf, not being able to see anything more than what is demonstrated outwardly, physically. Lest Nicodemus would have come to the Lord and said more..., confessed more, because he witnessed more..., as did Peter and the apostles.
Only now by considering these possibilities does the Lord's cryptic answer begin to make more sense to us, though the fullness of the lesson still remains hidden. What is happening to our understanding at this point is that options of insight and discernment are opening up to us. The promise of a possible resolution can be "felt," as it were, in the thoroughfares of our minds and hearts. It points us to a previously missed doorway that holds some even deeper understanding for us. Earlier, by not being careful in this way, we walked right on by thinking that we knew everything that we needed to know..., patting ourselves on the back while vainly believing what good Christians we are..., thinking that we were not like Nicodemus....
And now we come to the crux of it. Though Nicodemus witnessed the Work of the Lord, and was suitably impressed with what he saw, he obviously couldn't understand that which he did see. Likely, he saw the unparalleled miracles, heard the poetic words of the Lord, but had yet the capacity to fully digest the meaning. He could not make the connection between what he saw and what he knew.
So how is it that Nicodemus, like so many of us, don't see and understand, though the Truth is often right in front of us. What is it that remains hidden from us, and indeed is rarely, if ever spoken about from the Pulpits of this Nation? I promise you, once you see this, it will seem so natural and a part of you, you'll wonder why you've never seen it before.
The answer to these questions were actually given to Nicodemus directly from the Lord's own mouth. Indeed, this is what the rest of the discourse that evening was all about, and which we can now begin to understand ourselves.
The Lord was slowly teaching Nicodemus that what he (i.e., Nicodemus) saw and heard the Lord do, he beheld only on one level..., only on one dimension. He gently pointed out that there were other things going on that Nicodemus was yet privy to understand. Nicodemus was not conscious of anything more than what he could physically see and hear. Everything else about the Lord's Word, no matter the strength of declaration, was hitherto dimmed and clouded within his consciousness.
The Lord was declaring once again that in everything that He does, He does fully and perfectly and openly, yet few have understood what that means. As it is written, though He came unto His own, His own received Him not, for the dark cannot comprehend the Light.
Therefore, there were many that witnessed the miracles of the Lord, but did not follow Him, even later cohering with the mob in demanding His Crucifixion. There were many, too, who found initial wonder and awe in what they heard and saw the Lord do, but having insufficient root, could not weather the times to remain a disciple. It takes more than the outward sign to convince someone of the Truth, no matter the sign's importance or its entertainment value.
Indeed, it takes the Still Small Voice declaring these things to the inward man/woman, explaining these things to an open-minded, humble and grateful heart for there to be a real conversion to the Lord's Will. It takes this inner activity of the Spirit to awaken us to these realities of Heaven, to its enduring Goodness and Faithfulness, to its all encompassing Justice and Mercy, otherwise we think our own way to be better. Without that willing honest sincerity of heart, and without preparing for Heaven's reception through repentance and belief on His Name, this most important part of the Miracles of the Lord remains hidden from all of us.
In a sense then, the Lord was declaring that in all that we see in His Miracles, there are two things happening at the same instance.... The Outward Miracle and the Inward Miracle. And Nicodemus revealed himself to be able only to see the former....
Indeed, everyone on earth can see or witness the outward miracle, though they may not understand it or know that it is truly from God. They can stand in the very presence of it but still not grasp the significance of it, the meaning of it, nor understand it. Similarly, the Lord recognized these same limitations in Nicodemus. And so He being the Great Physician, spoke to those limitations in an effort to lift him up, so that he could begin to see that which he was yet unable to see.
Beside the outward sign, we don't often clearly see the inward activity of the Kingdom that actually begets the former. We see the sign, but don't recognize from whence it comes, or how it came, and what more there may be to it. Indeed, we see only in one dimension; the breadth and depth of the other possible dimensions of His Kingdom generally remain outside our purview and interest.
Nevertheless, the inward Power of His Word is there, and it's been "there" since the Foundation of the World, subtly resonating within every outward sign we can behold. Sadly, but perhaps wisely, only those that are truly "born again" to this Spiritual Awareness "see" and experience the inward Miracle, the inward declarations of the Kingdom of Heaven. These few and few alone thus literally "see" the Kingdom of Heaven actually physically and spiritually "reaching through into this world" testifying of things that are still to come, realities that are unfolding right before our eyes! They see ripples of glorious consequence that others cannot, connectivity and harmony that others only dream about. Let me explain this now in more detail using some examples.
When the Lord healed those of His followers who had the necessary faith (and we are told that this happen thousands of times), He also told us that there was no difference for Him to say, "get up and walk" to the lame, than it was for Him to say that "their sins were forgiven" (see Luke 5:20-26). Though one was outwardly manifested, the other inward realty occurred simultaneously and could not be parsed from the first. They both stemmed from His Same Commandment..., and fulfillment was immediate on both counts.
The outward manifestation of a crippled person suddenly taking up his bed and walking away was undeniable to those who witnessed the event. The event of a blind person suddenly receiving their sight was captivating to all that saw it. The raising of the dead was without question alarming to all those present.
|For you see, with "healing" came also the orchestration of Heaven's justice and mercy, like an unseen but nonetheless real "shockwave" reverberating from the source, like a spring of water bubbling to the surface, an unparalleled and "concussive event" which truly impacts us, flowing into this world from the portal of the Kingdom of Heaven, reaching into that specific crippled person's world...., and subsequently promising us, if we would listen to the sympathetic resonations of His Name within us, that the same could happen in our personal worlds as well....||
But these events were also something much more. What wasn't seen and felt by everyone was the manifestation of the Kingdom of Heaven that was simultaneously being experienced within the healing miracle itself, and within that person themselves. The power of these inner Spiritual manifestations, those of the inner Miracle, were also experience by those that were gathered around and witnessed the outpouring of Heaven's power amongst them, weeping uncontrollably as the humbling resonations of His Merciful Spirit touched them too, as they too now witnessed that the Promises of Heaven had suddenly come in amongst them.
For you see, with "healing" came also the orchestration of Heaven's justice and mercy, like an unseen but nonetheless real "shockwave" reverberating up from the source. These powers were like a spring of water bubbling to the surface, an unparalleled and "concussive event" which truly impacted the recipients and those already "born again." These unseen but powerful declarations flowed into this world from the portal of the Kingdom of Heaven, from the Still Small Voice and reached into that specific crippled person's world. Heaven's Power changed them at their very root, changing them inwardly and not just outwardly. For all those that had the capacity, they heard the Promise of Heaven unfold within them too, and subsequently heard the promise that if they would listen to and obey the sympathetic resonations of His Name within themselves, that the same could happen in their personal worlds as well....
The Lord did not come to offer a partial solution, a partial healing, in anything that He did. His Will was never performed in half-measure. It was always perfect in its execution and fulfillment. Accordingly, the Lord came to offer us something that would makes us all "whole," and would answer our every need. Not partially, but completely. And thus He came to demonstrate the entirety of the Kingdom of Heaven.
And with everything that He did, He did so, so as to perfectly and joyfully manifest He Father's Will. Thus, in His ministry to us, the waves of Spiritual Intensity which flowed from Him, His very Virtue, was lovingly and intentionally delivered. It was offered (1) without obstruction into the person of faith who was being healed physically, and (2) flowed without obstruction into them spiritually as well. The Miracle was simultaneously received as the physical healing as well as the quiet promise of forgiveness inwardly from the Lord. This would mean by necessity and by definition, that the Miracle would also include all those inseparable promises of joy, peace, justice, mercy, etc. In other words, all the treasures of the Kingdom of Heaven. All would suddenly be made real and made whole by His Word, bestowed and unveiled to all those that sought His Goodness in this world... To be sure, when He made someone "whole," "whole" they became.... no half-measures...
In truth, the Revelations of the inseparable things of the Kingdom were suddenly upon them, witnessing to them within their hearts and minds, confirming what their eyes have already seen, and what their ears have already heard. But now, besides just the physical manifestation, it abundantly gave them a deeper understanding and context of what they beheld and experienced. It's a dimension of understanding that only those akin to His Spirit would be aware. In truth, contained within the Spiritual shockwave was the impending certainty of the fruition of the Eternal and not-to-be-denied Promises of Heaven, being unfolded into the reality of this world.
Moreover, when the Lord spoke the Word, the same inner miracle was resonating as well, moving those that chose to hear into His Eternal Perspective, calling us home, assuring us again and again that His and His Father's Promises were true, though less obvious to those who listened skeptically.
|This experience, I would suggest, is in part a simple but honest reflection of the greater promise of deliverance that runs deep within our psyche, within our Spirit. It resonates within us, that any that are engaged in Goodness should have a grand, glorious and well deserved triumphant respite, an ending to this life of toil that settles all outstanding debts, a fulfillment of the Promises of Heaven, and a new beginning....||
These are the things our Churches no longer clearly teach us. To their shame, most of them don't even see the need to, nor what happens when these very Truths are neglected.
Here's an even simpler way to look at this... Unknown to most of us, we have on many occasions been witness to something very similar to the inner miracle itself---- this inner activity, being manifest right in front of us. For instance, if you've ever read a good book or seen a good movie, wherein the hero of the story led by his Goodly dreams overcomes all the obstacles in front of him, a glimpse of what I'm talking about here can be quickly understood. To be sure, when we follow our hero's story-line intently, we empathize with his life's enduring hardships, betrayals and rejections from those around him. We await for his deliverance, believing that somehow in the end, Fate will step in and finally find him worthy..., perhaps because of having righteously overcoming all those that opposed him, now granting him the success of being delivered into the realization of his dreams. At this point our nurtured hope for such an ending finds satisfaction, and bursts forth in satisfaction deep within out hearts. Indeed, we feel the release of tension and anxiety from within us, witnessing the final triumphant success of our hero...
But more importantly, we witness the sense of final justice and mercy being endowed upon our hero's life. In a sense, we feel the shock wave of, "Of course, this is how this should have and must have ended..., it would be tragic and unfair if it hadn't ended this way!" Everything is thereafter settled in its place, and there is a final, pleasing, triumphant resolution as well as the fruit of success to bask within.
This experience, I would suggest, is in part a simple but honest reflection of the greater promise of deliverance that runs deep within our psyche, within our Spirit. It resonates within us. It promises that any that are engaged in Goodness should have a grand, glorious and well deserved triumphant respite, an ending to this life of toil that settles all outstanding debts, a fulfillment of the Promises of Heaven, and a new beginning....
These hopes, I suggest, rather than being something falsely sentimental and inanely self-absorbed, are really poignant reminders of the Larger Promise of Jesus Christ first given to us spiritually as we were born into this world, something that we were at one time in our lives quite close. I mean of course to cast our minds back to when we were the children we used to be, when we were close to the Kingdom of Heaven, bathed in the Light of Hope and Reconciliation.
The Promise of Heaven is that there will be an end to the misery and sorrow we have known, that our joy will be full, eternal and consequential. The Promise is that the activity of the Kingdom of Heaven will be made exquisitely real and saliently realized in our very being. The Promise of Heaven is no half-measure, assuring us that we will indeed experience the triumphant "Of course, this is exactly how the Lord said it would be!---and it's right, and it's good, and it's true!"
I believe Jesus immediately realized that this capacity of Spiritual Awareness was missing in Nicodemus. And that is why Jesus said what He did in verse 3, witnessing that without such a blessing of awareness, the Kingdom of Heaven will remain unseen, and all its hopes un-tasted, the Promises of Heaven frustrated.
Such a missing capacity within Nicodemus was again verified as in how Nicodemus questioned the Lord regarding his need to be "born again." Proof certain that Nicodemus was really off track, asking the wrong type of question, and further proving that he just didn't get it.... How often, we are the same.
|The "faithful" can see these things, but others cannot, for they have long since disconnected themselves from the very means to "see." The "faithful" remain connected to the Kingdom of Heaven within themselves, but the faithless do not. They have severed those connections in favor of the tributes from the world.||
The Lord then went on to explain, in part, more about that fundamental impoverishment He had already observed in Nicodemus, noting in fact that this bump in the road was one that Nicodemus could not immediately get over on his own. Then, pardoning his infirmity while welcoming and respecting his integrity, the Lord chose to deal with the impediment, something in which Jesus could immediately be of some help, instructing that:
KJV John 3:6-7 ¶ 6 ...Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. 6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit.
7 Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.
Then directing Nicodemus to not marvel, or get stuck in the mud, so to speak, over that point in particular of being born again, He added something marvelous:
KJV John 3:8-10 ¶ 8 The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.
9 Nicodemus answered and said unto him, How can these things be?
10 Jesus answered and said unto him, Art thou a master of Israel, and knowest not these things? 11 Verily, verily, I say unto thee, We speak that we do know, and testify that we have seen; and ye receive not our witness. 12 If I have told you earthly things, and ye believe not, how shall ye believe, if I tell you of heavenly things?
So we can now perhaps understand that from the beginning, the Lord clearly saw from what frame of reference his night visitor came enquiring. Though intrigued, Nicodemus didn't understand any of this, nor previously did he fathom what he had on occasion seen the Lord do. He thus came to the Lord as he did, honestly and respectfully asking in the way he did, revealing that he saw only the outward signs and not the inward realities of the the Lord's Work.
In so thinking, I believe that this resolves the issue of the "bump," as well as brings us closer to a deeper understanding of His Miracles, namely, that they are just not an outward show, but much more for those that can "see."
The "faithful" can see these things, but others cannot, for they have long since disconnected themselves from the very means to "see." The "faithful" remain connected to the Kingdom of Heaven within themselves, but the faithless do not. They have severed those connections in favor of the tributes from the world. They have since lost contact with the children that they used to be.
Can you not now feel how this "fits" together, making more sense of the flow, adding momentum to what the Lord was really teaching? Can you not feel the edification, the excitement of understanding His Spirit within you at this moment?
And there's even more consistency and relevance to behold in all of this. For thus the Lord went on to speak even more fundamentally to Nicodemus, using the analogy of the Wind as His Spirit. Here He instructed Nicodemus that though he could feel the wind upon his face, and heard the sound of it all around him, he could not as yet, having not been born again, discern from where it came or where it went thereafter. He could only understand it's direct impact, but was left without understanding its direction and purpose.
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But in direct contrast, the Lord then affirmed that those born again of His Spirit can so discern, and do so, , everyday! These know and see where the Wind (His Breath, His Spirit) truly comes from, and where the Wind (His Breath, His Spirit) goes, and most importantly, would see the direction and purpose of the Lord's work as it truly is.... namely, the fulfillment of the coming of the Messiah, the promises of Heaven being unfolded in the flesh.
Indeed, these would see the "inner miracles," personally experience the deafening shock wave from its source, inwardly feel the stamp of authority from Heaven, observe the "Spiritual" simultaneously being made manifest within the "physical," and most importantly witness, too, the change of those things being wrought anew within themselves. They would see and understand the cause and effect, the inseparable connection that was suddenly upon them. The Goodly Promises of Heaven were unfolding in their presence, and they could not help but be personally and forever changed by these events.
When we see and observe such things in our own lives, we should hope that we are too changed by them.... Indeed, pray that we are. Something has happened to us and should not be forgotten. Sometimes these resonations are so profound and overwhelming, they leave one speechless. At times they move the mountains within us, making the heights of our pride and arrogance a flat unfamiliar plain. Other times, they bring us to tears of gratitude and joy. Still others, to our sorrow and shame. But in all times, pray that when Heaven speaks, we will be in a position to lovingly listen and obey. As it is written, and perhaps this should make more sense to us now...
John 1:12-13 12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: 13 Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
In still other words, those that are born again, witness that His Spirit comes from Heaven, for they see the promises of Heaven unfold before their very eyes, reaching through from the Kingdom of Heaven into this world into their very heart and giving them an understanding that they could not invent themselves. These then witnesses the workings and consequences of the Word of His Spirit in this world before it returns to whence it came, fulfilling the purpose and intent for which it was sent out. (see Isaiah 55:8-11) They note the journey of the Winds of the Soul and the fulfillment of His Word in all things they are privy and blessed to behold.
To these experiences, Nicodemus was all but dumbfounded. He was completely unaware of the entirety of this "other" reality, to the workings of his inner world. To which Jesus chided, "Art thou a master of Israel, and knowest not these things? ...We speak that we do know, and testify that we have seen; and ye receive not our witness."
Indeed, until one repents of their sins and chooses once again, as Jesus taught Nicodemus, to be "born again," we will remain deaf and blind to these other realities, i.e., the ones that give birth to our physical world and circumstances. Until we wish to remember, restore and reconcile with His Living Name and Presence of Goodness within us, we shall be unable to witness the beauty, the majesty and wonder of the things involving the Kingdom of Heaven again.
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