Thursday, October 21, 2010

Tabernacle of Flesh

Mat 6:25  Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?

The world is so caught up in maintaining the physical body

  - as opposed to taking care of the soul that dwells within it.  The world spends billions of dollars on fitness and weight loss programs but almost zero dollars comparatively on repentance and spiritual growth programs.

If someone says that your body needs 30 minutes of daily exercise and a healthy 2000 calorie daily diet including nuts, grains, fruits and vegetables that make sense right?  What if someone says that you need to read 10 chapters of the bible daily and spend one hour  praying and worshipping in the spirit and seeking God?

How would the worldly non covenant person respond to that?

In the original Greek the underlying word for life in Matt 6:25 is more often translated as ‘soul’.   Jesus refers to the body as being more than clothing indicating that the soul inside is to be more of our focus than the apparatus that clothes it.

We find the same Greek word translated as ‘soul’ in:

Mat 10:28  And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.

This verse clearly indicates that our physical bodies are of less value to us than our souls. Similar to our cars being less important than the occupants that drive them.  

Peter understood this teaching.  He was about to be crucified as Jesus had prophesied in John 21:18,19.

2Pe 1:14  Knowing that shortly I must put off this my tabernacle, even as our Lord Jesus Christ hath shewed me.

Peter went on to be crucified upside down because he didn’t feel worthy to be crucified in the same manner as our Lord King Jesus.

Peter knew he was continuing on to the promises of eternal life.  He regarded saving his soul of much more importance than saving the tent that houses it.

Lets spend more time on spirit maintenance than flesh maintenance.

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