Jul 28, 2021 – Matthew 5:29/ “Stumble”/ 1 Peter

But if your right eye causes you to stumble”, pluck it out and cast from you, for it is good to you that one of your members may perish, and not your whole body be cast into Gehenna.

The “right eye” represent the right side of the mind, which is our creative mind. So, the verse tells us that if our creativity/ our imagination causes us to fall into sin, then we should “cut it off”. The way we cut it off is by diverting our attention somewhere else and rejecting it within ourselves.

Our eyes is the most sensitive part of our body, which means it’s the most vulnerable. All the lust of the eye enters into the heart and if we are delighted in our hearts by the sin our eyes, we are living in darkness. The light of this world, the pleasures of the flesh all perishes. The true light, which is the light of Christ never perish for it is perfect.

When we seek the pleasures of this world we are rejecting the perfect gift of God, his righteousness. If we defile ourselves with this world, we will find ourselves under the same judgement of that which have defiled us. One of the things God did in exodus was that he prevent the Children of Israel from experiencing any of the curses that plagued the Egyptians.

God will do the same for us, when we walk in his righteous light of holiness and don’t cause ourselves to stumble by falling to the lust of the flesh. Eve in the garden was consumed by the lust of the flesh and cause her whole body to sin and when she did, she became naked and ashamed. That’s how we are without God’s light we are ashamed and naked, though thru the perversion of the flesh the world have taken great pride in their nakedness and glorified in the body clothed in shame. Ye, they and their sins shall have the same judgement.

Let’s look at what Peter says about our “stumble”>

1 Peter 2:6
“See, I lay in Zion a stone,

a chosen and precious cornerstone;

and the one who believes in Him

will never be put to shame. 
Shame is what we are left with after we stumble. If we walk in his righteous we will not stumble.
Philippians 3:19
For their end is destruction,
 whose God is their belly
 and their glory is in their shame- 
these whose minds are in the dirt.

The glory comes in the end, the glory is what we all work towards, it’s a reward.

In Philippians it speaks to those who rejected that stone spoken of in Peter, whose glory is in their shame. As I have mention, the shame comes in the end, and their end, shall be their shame.

God is whom we serve while we are alive but those who have rejected God, they live to serve themselves, their belly is what the live to serve. They seek to fulfill the least desire in the flesh, but God cause all of them to fall into destruction, all of those who thoughts are not of God but of the filth of this life. They can never reach the fullness of their pleasure, they are caused to make continual sacrifices to please the flesh, lest it hunger unto death. There is no escaping it, you’re master is your belly and it’s a cruel master, who punishes all who serves it and reward the guilty. Let us rejoice for we serve a righteous God, who desire for all of us to be full and complete like him, not having any of us lacking any good thing.

1 Peter 2:8
To you who believe, then, this stone is precious.
 But to those who do not believe,
...“A stone of stumbling

and a rock of offense.

If we believe Christ, we receive his gift of light, the very light that Adam and Eve was deprived of when they sinned. This light is precious and the stone, which the world have rejected is the foundation of our lives, so not only is this stone what saved us, it sustains us, like a foundation of a house. They who don't have the light and walk in darkness, are bound to fall and Peter says that it is Christ who cause them to fall for they eventually run against him. Just like those who live a lie, their enemy is the truth, but those who live in truth, their greatest advocate/defense is the truth.

The truth offends those who live a lie, just like those who live in darkness are offended by the light, because it reveals all their sins.

Christ was the one who laid the foundations of the world, so that which last, is built upon him. He is the rock of salvation, he is the rock that Moses strike to give water (life) to the people of Israel. He is the stone that David slung at Goliath, that cause the philistines to serve the Israelites, which means those whom have rejected Christ, eventually Christ will rule over. 
1 Peter 2:7
“The stone the builders rejected
 has become the cornerstone,”
In 1 Peter verse 8, the stone was called an “offense”
We being believers aren’t offended by the “stone” which is the “truth” and when we aren’t offended by the “truth”, we are called “blessed”.
“And blessed is he,
 whoever will not take offense at me.” - Luke 7:23

Christ came so that we might be blessed and blessed beyond measure. When we hear the words of Christ and we don’t get offend we are wise and blessed. Let’s look at proverbs to see how the scripture describe those who aren’t offended by the “truth”.

Proverbs 9:8
Do not rebuke an evil one,
 lest he hate you,
 but rebuke a wise one, 
for he will love you.
Proverbs 3:12
For whom the LORD loves He reproves, 
Even as a father, 
the son in whom he delights.

When we hear the truth let us not reject it from entering into our hearts, just because the truth may offend us, lest we be deceived by a pleasing lie, from lying lips that appeals to the deceit in the heart. Let your heart be bountiful with the word of the Lord which establishes every good & true thing within us, creating a seal of protection from the wrath of the Lord that we may not be accursed. 
1 Peter 2:8
They stumble because they disobey the word—
and to this they were appointed.

When the scripture says they was “appointed” that means that God, knowing all things, knew that they was going to do it beforehand, and when the did disobey, God already had a plan in place for it to happen. This is even true for Adam and Eve, God knew that if they sin, they would die and even told them, that’s what would happen and intended for this to happen. He didn’t want nor cause them to sin and the same for us, but he appointed them to be in a position to sin, know that they would. This is why when we pray, we say “led us not into temptation” in the hopes that God delivers us from that appointed time of temptation. God knew in genesis, that he was going to flood the earth and in Revelation that he was going to destroy the earth, these are appointed times in the world. We should pray that we don’t have to face it, we should pray that God delivers us and we find a way of escape from these troubling hours.

Salt of the Earth

Matthew 5:13
"You are the salt of the earth..."
What makes us the salt of the earth?
1 Peter 2:9
"(you are)...to proclaim the virtues of Him
 who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light."

When we have the virtue of God, that’s what makes us the salt of the earth. Salt is a preservative, when we preserve God’s word in our hearts, he will preserve us. It is him in us that saved us and if he’s in us then we are in him.

When we lived in darkness we had no virtue to God but when we are in God’s light, the virtue of that light is on us and we are the virtue of God in the world/ the light of the world.

Matthew 5:13
...But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot"

As we have spoken of, the salt is virtue. If you being the virtue of God, lose your virtue, how then will you regain the virtue of God and be again the virtue. This is not possible for you’ll become hypocrites and there is no virtue with God in hypocrisy. Even if you seem good to the world, you will longer be any good to God, causing you to lose your reward.

Just as Adam and Eve lost the virtue of God, they was thrown out of the garden and had to toll with the earth, to reap the reward and the virtue of the world, instead of the virtue of God.

What’s interesting is that, God condemned Adam to toll with the earth and Jacob being the patriarch of the 12 Tribes, tolled with God, he wrestled with God until day broke. This is significant because for us to toll with some/wrestle with something it has to be in our possession and we are in its. We are called to wrestle and toll with the world of God until the light returns, The returning of the light is the return of Christ, so if we being like Jacob, wrestle with the word of God which is God and we prevail, we will gain favor with the Lord and just like Jacob be blessed, if we endure and wrestle to the end, until Christ return. The wrestling of God and Jacob, is the wrestling between flesh and blood. We all must wrestle with our flesh, and if we overcome it, we will have power and dominion over it.

When Jesus was in the wilderness being tempted, he wrestle with his own flesh and when he prevailed he had angels serving and ministering unto him. This is what makes the virtue of the world, because we have overcame just as Christ has.

What’s also interesting about the Jacob story is that, God touched his hip and caused him to limp when he walk. This is the same of us with Christ, we are caused to stumble in our walk with God. God is trying to get us to submit but we are going against God, in our carnal understanding, the Word of God won’t makes sense to our simple worldly mind, we must wrestle with the Word of God, to gain the power of it and when we prevail with God, we can overcome the world. If wrestle with the truth and prevail, lies will not have power over us, we can trample over demons. This is incident speaks to how when we encounter God’s word we shall forever be changed, just as Jacob was after wrestling with the angel. The truth of the spirit is against the lie of the flesh, we must not let the flesh prevail in us, because it won’t in the world, God will allow evil to endure for a little while, but only a little while before it perishes.

1 Peter 2:11
"...desires of the flesh, which war against your soul."
12 "...they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day He visits us."

Matthew 5:14
 "A city set on a hill cannot be hidden;"

If we are the salt of earth, then we savor God’s word. His word is nourishment to our bodies, food for the soul.

Our body are like a city. A city like Sodom and Gomorrah was destroyed and Nineveh was saved. If we reject God’s word from entering our bodies (heart), then we will be like Sodom and Gomorrah and be destroyed. If we preserve the wickedness of this world in our heart’s we would be like Lot’s wife and we will not escape the Judgement of the Lord. God turned her into a pillar of salt because she looked back. Whatever you give your attention to, you preserve, when she looked back, she was preserving the wickedness of that city in her body. God seeing that, turned her into salt, to keep her from leaving that which she preserved in her hearts. We are called to forsake wickedness and unrighteousness, leaving all that we have in this world to obtain that which is of God. We cannot mingle the virtue of God and the virtue of this world in our hearts (body).

Revelation 3:16
“And you are lukewarm 
and neither cold nor hot, 
I am going to vomit you from my mouth.”

If we don't reject the world from our lives and living in our hearts, God's going to reject us. We cannot enter into him with the residue and filth of this world, still residing in our heart. God seeks for us to be fully his and he will accept/receive us or fully belong to the world where he will reject/forsake us.

God has already forsaken this world, as Jesus cried out on the cross. If he has forsake this world and the world rejected him and his son Christ, how will you being like the world, will not get rejected from God or be saved if you reject is son? 

Ye, the father was the first to reject the world, sending Adam and Eve out the garden, them and all their generation will be rejected, expect one that is Christ and if we are the descends of Christ, we will not be rejected also. We will return to the "garden". 

The garden is hidden. The garden is "God's Den", the place where God dwells. God placed man in the garden, so that he can have his own "kingdom" which means "King's Domain". The garden was Adam's Kingdom, and when we return, we shall be kings, have power and dominion over all the earth. Christ left the earth but shall return and we shall leave this body but return with a new body. Christ will have new form but that body, with the wounds of his crucifixion, shall remain and we shall see as Thomas have seen the wounds and believe as Thomas believed.

Even though Adam and Eve was immediately separated from God's Light, which was Christ, they didn't die. Just as we in this world, separate from Christ, because of sin. Christ defeated sin, so we no longer have to be separated from Christ, he can be joined unto us and we unto him. When we have Christ, we are clothed in God's marvelous light. All is restore when we return back unto the garden being clothing in the light of Christ as we were in the beginning.  

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