Connected in Spirit
Matthew 2:18 -
In Rama was there a voice heard, lamentation, and weeping, and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children, and would not be comforted, because they are not.
We all give great importance to our family relationship. We love our mother, father, brothers, sisters and even those connected to the family. It is very important as a Christian to know the purpose why God instituted a family and went on to call it a Church in which He dwells.
Family relationships are earthly - our earthly father, our earthly mother, brothers and sisters, they all will cease to be related in that context the day we die or they die and leave the natural body.
Jesus stated in Heaven we would be like Angels. Heaven is a Spirit place and those who dwell there are of spirit. The inhabitants in Heaven do not have gender like earthly male and female. They are referred to in only one gender 'male' and this has nothing to do with earthy male / female but with the image (symbolic nature) in which man is created and that is why Jesus refers to us as His brethren. In Heaven there is only God and brethren to which all the Angels and all other Heavenly beings belong to.
People do not realize calling another spiritual brother or sister has great importance. When we call another believer brethren (brother or sister), we extend or come into the spiritual net unto that person. For example if that person is more spiritually grown then the protection on that person is extended unto us, the blessings on that person is extended unto us. The other way is also valid that is by calling another spiritually growing person a brethren we extend our spiritual protection and blessings on to that person. We people should realize the value of calling each other brethren and how dangerous it is when someone disconnects spiritually. Paul knowing this used this disconnection as the last weapon against those who refuse to change and who continued acting in the flesh. Paul literally called the disconnection as handing over that person to the devil. By removing the spiritual protection Paul exposed the person to spiritual attacks by Satan so that by this they would come to senses and turn back to God; so we see this too was done out of love, but as the last resort.
There is also another spiritual connection before we enter Heaven and is related to how we enter this world.
In today's message it is written that Rachael wept when her descendants the small babies who were killed by Herod in his bid to kill baby Jesus. They were not a few but may be hundreds since all males under the age of 2 years. The wise men (it is not written they were 3 but only given that they bought 3 gifts, some Churches think there were 3 and some 12, both are assumptions) followed the stars and according to Prophesy there were 2 astrological alignments one when Jesus was born and the other on the 25th December when the wise men reached Bethlehem. That is why when the wise men saw Jesus He was no longer in the stable but in a house and no longer a just born baby but a grown baby. Keeping this fact into mind Herod ordered the killing of all males from 2 years and below (the actual age of Jesus on December was about 4 to 6 months).
It is written we the children of God are born from the loins of Abraham. This has to do with the spiritual connection between us and Abraham unto whom the promise of the Seed was given.
I have yet to figure the details of this relationship but there are many scriptures which show how we are spiritually connected to our descendants until we enter Heaven. So let us understanding this connection, make sure that our children and their children are saved and bought up in the Lord. This will not only affect them but also affect us.
[ Prayer Starter ]
Lord, You are Spirit and You made us too spirit and bought us into this world in the flesh. When we leave this flesh we too will be our real selves in the real world which is spirit. This world is temporary but has purpose and understanding which helps us in our walk to our salvation. Lord Jesus, we thank You for calling us your brethren and bringing us under the protection which is on You. Help us realize the value of being brothers and sisters unto each other. Help us also realize the world does not end when we die and how we are all connected to each other in spirit. Help us work today for those who are spiritually connected unto us...
This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.
[ Reference Scriptures ]
29 Jesus answered and said to them, "You are mistaken, not knowing the Scriptures nor the power of God.
30 "For in the resurrection they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels of God in heaven.
18 For through Him we both have access by one Spirit to the Father.
19 Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God,
Revelation 22:8-9 (also Revelation 19:10)
8 Now I, John, saw and heard these things. And when I heard and saw, I fell down to worship before the feet of the angel who showed me these things.
9 Then he said to me, "See that you do not do that. For I am your fellow servant, and of your brethren the prophets, and of those who keep the words of this book. Worship God."
29 So He said to them, "Assuredly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or parents or brothers or wife or children, for the sake of the kingdom of God,
30 "who shall not receive many times more in this present time, and in the age to come eternal life."
1 Peter 3:8-9
8 Finally, all of you be of one mind, having compassion for one another; love as brothers, be tenderhearted, be courteous;
9 not returning evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary blessing, knowing that you were called to this, that you may inherit a blessing.
2 Thessalonians 3:6,13-15
6 But we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you withdraw from every brother who walks disorderly and not according to the tradition which he received from us.
13 But as for you, brethren, do not grow weary in doing good.
14 And if anyone does not obey our word in this epistle, note that person and do not keep company with him, that he may be ashamed.
15 Yet do not count him as an enemy, but admonish him as a brother.
1 Corinthians 5:1-5
1 It is actually reported that there is sexual immorality among you, and such sexual immorality as is not even named among the Gentiles-that a man has his father's wife!
2 And you are puffed up, and have not rather mourned, that he who has done this deed might be taken away from among you.
3 For I indeed, as absent in body but present in spirit, have already judged (as though I were present) him who has so done this deed.
4 In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, when you are gathered together, along with my spirit, with the power of our Lord Jesus Christ,
5 deliver such a one to Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that his spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.
10 When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceedingly great joy.
11 And when they had come into the house, they saw the young Child with Mary His mother, and fell down and worshiped Him. And when they had opened their treasures, they presented gifts to Him: gold, frankincense, and myrrh.
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