SEPARATING THE SPIRITUAL FROM THE PHYSICAL
THE HIDDEN MEANING
In these next scriptures, we at VAL-TE’ believes reminds us that no person or situation is perfect, and that all people and circumstances have both positive and negative aspects. Just as it is written: “God has given them a spirit of stupor, Eyes that they should not see, And ears that they should not hear, To this very day.” And David says: “Let their table become a snare and a trap, A stumbling block and a recompense to them. Let their eyes be darkened, so that they do not see, And bow down their back always.” Romans 11: 8-10 NKJV
THE CURSE – Since you died with Immanuel to the basic principles of this world, why, as though you still belonged to it, do you submit to its rules: “Do not handle! Do not taste! Do not touch”? These are all destined to perish with use, because they are based on human commands and teachings. Such regulations indeed have an appearance of wisdom, with their self-imposed worship, their false humility and their harsh treatment of the body, but they lack any value in restraining sensual indulgence. Colossians 2: 20-23 NIV
Isaiah 29: 10, 13-14 – The LORD has made you drowsy, ready to fall into a deep sleep. The prophets should be the eyes of the people, but God has blindfolded them… The Lord said, “These people claim to worship me, but their words are meaningless, and their hearts are somewhere else. Their religion is nothing but human rules and traditions, which they have simply memorized. So I will startle them with one unexpected blow after another. Those who are wise will turn out to be fools, and all their cleverness will be useless.” GNT
Ambivalence – We at VAL-TE’ also believe that our old being has been put to death physically with Immanuel on his cross, in order that the control over physical death might be destroyed, so that we should no longer be afraid of death physically. For when we physically die, we are set free from the wrongdoing which once formed a wall of separation from God. Since we have physically died with Immanuel, we believe that we will also spiritually live with him. For we know that Immanuel has been raised spiritual from a physical death and will never physically die again – physical death will no longer be feared by him; and now he lives his spiritual life in fellowship with God.