SEPARATING THE SPIRITUAL FROM THE PHYSICAL
THE HIDDEN MEANING
In these next scriptures, we at VAL-TE’ believe describes people who often feel they have a “leg up” on others, and their focal point is to make others around them feel inferior. “Take heed that you do not despise one of these little ones, for I say to you that in heaven their angels always see the face of My Father who is in heaven. For the Son of Man has come to save that which was lost. “What do you think? If a man has a hundred sheep, and one of them goes astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine and go to the mountains to seek the one that is straying? And if he should find it, assuredly, I say to you, he rejoices more over that sheep than over the ninety-nine that did not go astray. Even so it is not the will of your Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones should perish. Matthew 18: 10-14 NKJV
THE LOST – Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion, blot out my transgressions. Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin. For I know my transgressions, and my sin is always before me. Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight, so that you are proved right when you speak and justified when you judge. Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me. Surely you desire truth in the inner parts; you teach me wisdom in the inmost place. Psalm 51: 1-6 NIV
Romans 3: 22-23 – God puts people right through their faith in Jesus Christ. God does this to all who believe in Christ, because there is no difference at all; everyone has sinned and is far away from God’s saving presence. GNT
God’s Children – We at VAL-TE’ also believe that the whole world is under the power of sin; and so the gift from God which is promised on the basis of faith in Immanuel (which means, “God is with us”) is given to those who believe. But before the time for faith that God existed came, the Law which is spiritual kept us all locked up as prisoners until this coming faith that God exists should be revealed. And so the Law was in charge of us until Immanuel came, in order that we might then be put right with God through faith. Now that the time for faith that God exists is here, the Law which is spiritual is no longer in charge of us. It is through the gift from God that all of you are God’s children in union with Immanuel. You were baptized into union with Immanuel, and now you are clothed, so to speak, with the life of Immanuel himself. So there is no difference between Jews and Gentiles, between slaves and free people, between men and women; you are all one in union with Immanuel. If you belong to Immanuel, then you are the spiritual descendants of Abraham and will receive what God has promised.