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To the elect of the Holy Spirit set aside by the Lord to do His work:

We all know that Jesus quoted Moses when asked which was the greatest command of the law, saying, “’Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind,’” leaving out ‘strength’ and placing ‘mind’ there when Moses spoke of heart, soul and strength.  Although in Mark 12.30 the author puts “‘…and with all your strength’” back into the reply.

However, what is interesting and of foremost importance is that the love of God begins with all your heart, then soul, then mind and lastly strength.  But in Matthew 22.37’s answer, it is as if strength does not matter.  By now I trust you realise such idiosyncrasies are not errors of translation or omissions by the writers, but are specifically placed there by the Author so that those who have come to Him for life and then diligently search out the Scriptures to learn more about the Life will see these little differences and be shown the reasons and secrets behind these differences.  Whereas those whose motives are not centered on knowing all there is to know about Him, but are still more interested in what they can receive from Him, those who are still distracted by the cares and worries as well as the pleasures of the world, will be blind to these anomalies.  For them, the lies of men that the translators got it wrong or it is an omission of the writer without a purpose, will serve to keep them where they want to be, always seeing but never perceiving, growing without being fruitful.

Part of your apprenticeship involves the acquisition of the skill to see the subtle moves of God, the finest stroke, the smallest grain of sand, the single mustard seed.  For perfection is defined by the finest stroke of a painting, the last grain of sand on a beach, and the faith that moves a mountain is the smallest of all seeds.  Whereas like all babies and children whose eyes can only see broad shapes and objects, now as mature sons and daughters, your eyes must be like that of an eagle’s, able to see a single blade of grass in a broad field.  The attention to detail without obsession or fear, but rather, a love for detail is what you will acquire so that in the midst of a hurricane, you are aware of the position of every grain of dust the hurricane has lifted up.  Impossible with men?  Yes, definitely, but remember with God nothing is impossible.  And your qualification for apprenticeship demands that you know this, not believe this.  The righteous may live by their faith, but Christ died for what He knew.  The basic minimum prerequisite for your apprenticeship is that you know that with God nothing is impossible.  Thus, as you continue in your unceasing consumption of the word of the Lord, you will see more and more of such anomalies, and you will have learned not to dismiss them, but look through the crack between them and peer into that which is hidden between what is written and what is not written. 

In answering the questions:  “…which is the greatest commandment in the Law? and, “Of all the commandments, which is the most important?” Jesus gave answers that were similar with a slight difference.  But in both He said, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart,” first.

Since the heart of a man is wicked beyond understanding and every inclination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil all the time, as well as the truth that the first thing that comes out of a man’s heart are evil thoughts, then the love of God with our hearts must begin with the inclination of the thoughts of our hearts, not our minds, but hearts to God with thoughts that are good at least, and the evidence of this inclination is that we say nothing bad about God.  As much as you need to learn to think well of God with your mind, before that you must first learn to speak well of God from the overflow of your heart from all the good thoughts that are stored in your heart.

However, where do men get to store these good things in their hearts in the first place, when they have hearts whose every inclination of the thoughts are only evil all the time?  As Jesus said, “What comes out of a man is what makes him ‘unclean.’  For from within, out of men’s hearts, come evil thoughts…”  Where did we get this evil in the first place if we were made in the Image of God, male and female?  Surely God did not put this evil in our hearts as part of His making us His image.  No!  So, where did we get this evil?  Through the Parable of the Sower, Jesus tells us that it is words that get into a man’s heart, as He said, “The farmer sows the word,” and this word is either snatched away by Satan from the heart or the heart receives it and produces a crop. 

The first person to speak to Adam was God, and the first person to speak to Eve was Adam, and the first person Satan spoke to was Eve.  Now see that Satan did not speak to Adam first, for in the heart of Adam was already a word more powerful than his.  However, in the heart of Eve was the word spoken by Adam who said, “This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called ‘woman,’ for she was taken out of man.”  Words that are not God’s and, as such, they are not words of absolute truth, absolute knowledge and absolute life, but rather, words that were flawed and laced with possessiveness over something that was not Adam’s to possess without any gratitude.  Words that were placed into Eve’s heart so that the first thing Eve would reply to Satan was not absolute truth, for Eve added to what God did say when she said, “…and you must not touch it…”

The absence of absolute truth in Eve’s heart gave a yield of half truth with exaggeration, opening the way for Satan to respond with words that were a lie with a half truth as he said to Eve, “You will not surely die.  For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”  The absence of the words of absolute truth in Eve’s heart gave space for words of half truths, which gave place to lies and opened her heart to the words of Satan, and the rest is history.  So, where did the evil inclinations of men’s hearts come from?  Men, without any help from Satan, for our words afforded the opportunity to Satan.

Eve could only think the way she thought because of the quality of the word sown in her heart.  And Adam, within his own heart, showed he was able to leave God out of his heart entirely despite the words God had sown there.  For in the first words of Adam to Eve, there was no room for God in his heart.

Thus, the thoughts of a man’s heart come from the inclinations of his heart and the words that have been sown into his heart.  Since the inclination of Adam’s heart was wicked in the first place, that is, God forsaking, it did not take much for the wickedness (God forsaking) to be changed to evil, that is, God opposing, for since God alone is good, then evil is opposed to God whilst wickedness forsakes God.

A wicked man does not want to have anything to do with God though he may not oppose God, but an evil person is one who opposes God.  One ignores God and the other fights against God.  As the command is, Do not resist an evil person,” thus the change of a man’s heart is when his inclinations do not oppose God anymore, but are in agreement with God.  Hence, anyone who can say, “Amen Holy Spirit,” is not opposing the Holy Spirit.  Having said, “Amen,” he may ignore the Holy Spirit and do nothing more with the Holy Spirit, but he has not spoken against the Holy Spirit.  And when his inclinations are not evil, then his thoughts are not evil.  From Adam came the inclination to be wicked, so it is no surprise that he would not keep the Lord’s words in his heart, but accepted Eve’s words and ate the fruit with Eve.  So, from the beginning we permitted God’s words to be snatched away by Satan, because we were not inclined to retain them, and Satan replaced God’s words with his words, and evil thoughts became the first product or the first crop of our hearts.

Thus, what you hear and what you choose to retain determines the product of your heart and the inclination of your heart will decide what you retain.  A heart that is inclined to forsake God, that is, prefers to ignore God and finds God’s ways not to his liking or taste, will not retain the words of God, but will be a fertile ground for words of Satan.  Although we, like Adam and Eve, have no choice as to what we get to hear, we do get a choice as to what we will retain.  Adam had no choice but to hear God speak.  Eve had no choice but to hear what Adam said.  But both had a choice to retain God’s words, and in Eve’s case, to reject Satan’s words.  Thus, the secret of the evil of men’s hearts lays in this understanding, that the heart of men was God forsaking from the beginning, for Adam’s first words left God out of the picture completely.  Man is completely self centered, not God centered.  And here is the genius of God:  When Jesus came as Man, God Himself became man centered also, except that anyone who now believed and followed Jesus the Son of Man had also become God centered though he is man (self) centered.  Thus, by His grace, the Lord took the weakness of man and used it to make His power perfect, so that man, through Jesus Christ, would be completely God centered by His self centered weakness.

Thus, through Jesus Christ, the word of God became the word of Man, and as other men and women listened to Jesus, their self centeredness (wickedness) was transformed to God centeredness, for Jesus is the Man who is One with God, being God Himself when He was the Word.

Thus, anyone who believes in Jesus and His Name and practises any of His words could no longer say anything bad about Jesus or God, and therefore, could no longer be evil or God opposing.  Hence, when John said, “Teacher, we saw a man driving out demons in Your Name and we told him to stop, because he was not one of us,” Jesus said, “Do not stop him.  No one who does a miracle in My Name can in the next moment say anything bad about Me, for whoever is not against us is for us.

Therefore, understand this:  It is what you choose to retain in your heart that determines what is produced by your heart.  Whether your heart’s thoughts are evil depends on whether you choose to retain the words that are opposed to God.  Whether your thoughts are wicked depends on whether you choose to retain the words that are God forsaking and for self seeking, which is why Jesus said, “Therefore consider carefully how you listen.”

How you listen is how much attention you pay to what is spoken to you, and by the attention, you choose what you retain.  What a person listens to or get to listen to may not be up to him to choose, but what he retains is his choice.  The reason we are to preach the Good News is so that every person is given a choice to what they can choose to retain, that is, accept, believe and strive to understand.  And that is why even the dead were permitted to hear the voice of the Son of Man and live, for many died and continue to die without having heard the Good News of the absolute truth of God because we, the servants of God, did not do what we were commanded.

And Jesus said, “Consider carefully what you hear.”  For what your hearts will be filled with also depends on what you hear, and although you may not have the choice as to what you hear, you have a choice to consider what you hear, and by that consideration, choose to retain it or reject it.  Thus, in Mark 4 and Luke 8, each time after the Parable of the Sower, which speak of words sown into your heart, Jesus said, “Consider carefully what and how you hear.”

With what you hear, He said, With the measure you use, it will be measured to you—and even more.”  So what you hear is what you use, and what you use is what you will get back.  Use the wicked and evil words you hear and that is what you will get back.  Use the truth you hear and that is what you will get back.  Thus, the thoughts that are generated in your hearts are determined by firstly, what you hear, and secondly, by how you hear, that is, by what you retain or reject.  And in both cases, the law is the same, “Whoever has will be given more; whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken from him,” and “Whoever has will be given more; whoever does not have, even what he thinks he has will be taken from him.”

By the natural inclination of Adam’s heart and the reality that Eve received just the words of Adam and not of God, all men are born to receive the words of men that give no life and carry within them wickedness and evil.  It is through Jesus Christ that all men are able to receive words that are opposed to the nature of men’s words, words that are life and truth, words that are good and perfect, and therefore, always mindful and inclined towards God.

Thus, it is not so much the rejection of men’s words that determine the condition of a man’s heart, for if that is the case, the rejection of Jesus’ words would carry no punishment.  Rather, it is the acceptance of another man’s words that decide the condition of our hearts.  So the law of Mark 4.24 and Luke 8.18, “Whoever has will be given more; whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken from him,” and “Whoever has will be given more; whoever does not have, even what he thinks he has will be taken from him,” speaks of the measure of God’s words we have retained and accepted.

Thus, those who listen to Moses have an opportunity to hear some of God’s words, for Moses often spoke on his own, and he is not God but just another man.  Those who listen to Jesus exclusively have listened to God only, for Jesus spoke only the words the Father gave Him and did not speak on His own until His work was complete.  And being One with the Father, even when He did speak on His own, the words of the Man they call Jesus of Nazareth are the absolute words of God.  Therefore, it is no wonder that God commanded the disciples of Jesus saying, “This is My Son, whom I love; with Him I am well pleased. Listen to Him!”

How great then is God’s love for us whom He has drawn to Jesus.  For what is measured to us is determined by what we hear.  Then those who are privileged to listen to Jesus will have more of Jesus measured to them.  And those who are permitted to listen to more men who are servants of God, be they true or false, good or wicked, will have measured to them more of the words of men mixed in with some words of God. 

So rest assured, you who have inclined your heart to listen to no one else except Jesus with full attentiveness and submission, what will be measured to you is even more of what the words of Jesus contain, as He said, “The words I have spoken to you are Spirit (spirit) and they are life.”  Words that will guarantee that the thoughts of your heart can never be evil in the sight of God, but pleasing, for they are generated now by the words of He who pleased God.

Contained in the words of Jesus then is Spirit, the Holy Spirit, that is, His words are Wisdom, Understanding, Counsel, Power, Knowledge, Fear of the Lord, Truth, Holiness, Life, Revelation, Grace and Glory, and the Spirit cannot be spoken against and be forgiven.

Then the truth of Jesus’ words is that they are absolute, unchallengeable, unchangeable, unopposable… and those who are led by the Spirit are being led by He is who is absolute in wisdom, understanding, counsel, power, knowledge, fear of the Lord, truth, holiness, life, revelation, grace and glory, until the life that is led is the absolute life of absolute sonship, for He is also the Spirit of Sonship.

Thus, the retention of what you have heard and how you have heard has determined how the thoughts of your heart are judged.  Those who have listened only to Jesus the way He deserves to be listened to have a heart whose every inclination is not evil, but also well pleasing to God, a heart that can begin to manifest the person who is also a son or daughter with whom God is well pleased.  It is to these well pleasing sons and daughters who love God with all their hearts, even with the thoughts of their hearts, that all things absolute are revealed.  Amen.

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