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17 Which [hos] are [esti] a shadow [skia] of things to come; [mello] but [de] the body [soma] is of Christ. [Christos]KJV-Interlinear
17 things which are a mere shadow
of what is to come; but the substance belongs to
A shadow is something
that is undefined, without substance, without the usual sensations obtained by
the senses no texture, no aroma, no depth, no color, no substance and so
The body, here,
represents that which has substance, form and color and texture and sound
and aroma, etc.
In the last few verses,
we have seen that all of the rules and regulations of the Mosaic Law, all of
the rules and regulation, the norms and standards of society, all of these
things are inefficient and otherwise useless in completing our life existence.
What we lack from birth
is salvation, and then after salvation, maturity, and then after maturity, a
productive life, and then after productivity, wealth.And all of these things in dimensions so
vast, so abundant that we could never measure them all.
Anything of this earth
is but a shadow, an empty bodiless emptiness capable of accomplishing nothing.
Christ is the body, the
substance, the source of all growth, of all life, of all mechanisms for
accomplishing ones completeness in life.
Paul has stated that he
was graciously allowed to visit Paradise and Heaven,
and he has returned after those visits.He never wrote down anything concerning his visit, but explained that
what he saw and heard was so vast and so great, that words were inadequate for communicating
them.However, he was prohibited from
disclosing those things.So his visit
was for his benefit not ours.
John and Daniel saw
visions and they in turn wrote what they heard and saw, for our benefit. And this was the same for other prophets and apostles.
So if what we have in
this world is shadow only, then what could the reality, the substance of
reality be like?
If you have watched
something like the History Channel on TV, then you probably have noticed that
throughout history, there is a thread of violence resulting from mans arrogance, that flows through history.
With all of the reality
of heaven and the afterlife in full view of everyone, then how could humanity have
possibly ignored it all in pursuit of their empty efforts?All of those centuries of folks are
gone.What did they accomplish for
They are either in Heaven
or in Torments, and only now understand the uselessness of their efforts in
life.And what of
people of today?What has anyone
learned from history?What have we
learned from Paul and others?
That there is a vast
reality out there, beyond which we cannot even begin to imagine, but our access
is as near to our possession as our own thoughts.And what does anyone do about it?
Now is the time to post a prayer.
End Of Lesson
Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.
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