What Does "Every Word" Mean?
Hi Mike,Hi S____,
Thanks for the email. I just wanted to clarify so that I am not misunderstanding. When you say "down payment" form, do you mean that the Holy Spirit is given to man, only not experienced in its fullness? Some people might say that the Holy Spirit isn't available now, only that we have inherited a promise of it to come in the future.
Also, I am beginning to see more what you are saying, that the Kingdom has an outward and inward application. For example, Jesus mentions that all the branches "in me" which bear no fruit will be cast out and burned. Do you see this to have internal application now, and an external fulfillment to come.
What I mean by "external fulfillment" is that the "branches" Jesus is referring to are people. Some might say the "branches" are the internal conditions of sin.
Using the example of the fish (good and bad fish) do you see this as an eventual pruning of the kingdom of actual sinful servants, or do you see it as a pruning of sinful conditions within, OR both?
Thanks for taking the time to answer my questions. God bless you.
You are beginning to see the things of the spirit. Continue to ask God to give you eyes that see and ears that hear the mysteries of the kingdom of God. That is the subject of all of Christ's parables, be they fish, good or bad: seed, good or bad; wheat or tares; Pharisee looking down on a publican or the publican himself; a woman caught in adultery, or those who caught her and want to stone her; a prodigal son or the elder son who hates the prodigal; 99 sheep left in the wilderness who need no repentance, or the one lost sheep; all concern the kingdom of God and that kingdom is within each of God's elect at this time:
Mat 13:10 And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables?
Mat 13:11 He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given.
Christ spoke in parables to hide the mysteries of the kingdom of God. This tells us that the parables all concerned the kingdom of God, be that parable about any of the subjects mention in any parable, including all the stories and parables mentioned above. Now all we need to find out is, where that kingdom of God is. And the answer is:
Luk 17:20 And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, The kingdom of God cometh not with observation:
Luk 17:21 Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.
So yes, It is all within. The answer to your questions are all the same. "Every word" is primarily, for God's elect, meant to be inwardly applied as God's work within the kingdom of God which is within. It matters not what is the subject. Be it Israel or Egypt, or any other beastly nation mentioned in God's spirit words, they are all revealing Jesus Christ, and they are all within, as far as God's elect are concerned. Any outward, physical, dispensational application is for those who have not been given eyes to see or ears to hear the depth of the Truth of these spiritual words of our Lord.
Mat 4:4 But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God."Man shall live by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God."
I hope Christ Himself has answered those questions for you.
Your brother in Christ,