A wise man once said: "Cults are started when the text is taken out of CONTEXT". As for myself and others we have entered a season where context has become everything !  Bible teachers have an obligation to embrace Sound Doctrine. Context must not be rushed and must be thought through. There are "literal meanings", "historical meanings", meanings based on Jewish Culture, but the most significant ,in my opinion, are Spiritual meanings. These must come by revelation of the Spirit who is our Primary Teacher!

     Apostle Paul's words here are most enlightening; "Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. Which things also we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual"(I Cor.2:12-13). These verses could well be posted on our refrigerators, so we don't forget. The Holy Ghost is not only our Primary Teacher, but He uses Spiritual Revelations which are vital to our understanding and maturing.

     "And so it is written, the first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam (Jesus) was made a quickening spirit. Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual"(ICor. 15:45-46). This is a Bible pattern and always worthy of our attention! Keeping in mind the importance of context, let's examine the coming of Jesus. For sure there is His natural coming, the stable scene, being laid in a manger and wrapped in swaddling clothes. However the natural coming is not complete by itself, there is also a spiritual coming!  Completion demands first the natural then the spiritual.

     There are two very important "appointed times" in dealing with the New Covenant. "But when the fullness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law," And so we sing NOEL, NOEL, NOEL !! I must admit I've sang this carol not really knowing what the meaning was. Both Latin and French have a derivative of the word Noel, and as I soon saw it has many uses. One meaning was "news", and this certainly was astounding news announcing the arrival of a "newborn King"! It also means "a birth"  with much emphasis on a glorious joyous occasion. This certainly describes the birthing of Jesus! How great and wonderful was the natural coming!

     Here's your next appointed time: "And when the day of Pentecost was fully come..."(Acts 2:1)  Pentecost was exactly fifty days after the feast of Passover. "And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance".(Acts 2:4) All these events were carefully orchestrated, first the natural then the spiritual: here comes the Teacher, the Comforter, the Spirit of Truth, the Councillor, yes as much of the Spirit as we are able to receive. I will close this from the book of St. John, with the glorious "red letters" of the words of Jesus: "I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you " !!  Thank God He did in the person of the Holy Ghost!

In-Christ Always Elmer Hart (  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  )


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