SEPARATING THE SPIRITUAL FROM THE PHYSICAL
THE HIDDEN MEANING
In these next scriptures, we at VAL-TE’ believe means getting support from another person to help you express your views and wishes, and help you stand up for your rights. “If anyone comes to ME and does not hate his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and his own life also, he cannot be My disciple. And whoever does not bear his cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple. For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not sit down first and count the cost, whether he has enough to finish it – lest, after he has laid the foundation, and is not able to finish, all who see it begin to mock him, saying, ‘This man began to build and was not able to finish’? Or what king, going to make war against another king, does not sit down first and consider whether he is able with ten thousand to meet him who comes against him with twenty thousand? Or else, while the other is still a great way off, he sends a delegation and asks conditions of peace. So likewise, whoever of you does not forsake all that he has cannot be My disciple…” Luke 14: 26-33 NKJV
DISCIPLE – In those days Peter stood up among the believers (a group numbering about a hundred and twenty) and said, “Brothers, the Scripture had to be fulfilled which the Holy Spirit spoke long ago through the mouth of David concerning Judas, who served as guide for those who arrested Immanuel – he was one of our number and shared in this ministry.” Acts 1: 15-17 NIV
John 6: 63-69 – What gives life is God’s Spirit; human power is of no use at all. The words I have spoken to you bring God’s life-giving Spirit. Yet some of you do not believe. (Immanuel knew from the very beginning who were the ones that would not believe and which one would betray him.) And he added, “This is the very reason I told you that no people can come to me unless the Father makes it possible for them to do so.” Because of this, many of Immanuel’s followers turned back and would not go with him any more. So he asked the twelve disciples. “And you – would you also like to leave?” Simon Peter answered him. “Lord, to whom would we go? You have the words that give eternal life. And now we believe and know that you are the Holy One who has come from God.” GNT
The Believers (Advocates) – We at VAL-TE’ also believe the message you heard from the very beginning is this: we must love one another. We must not be like Cain; he belonged to the spirit who controls the people who disobey God and murdered his brother Abel. Why did Cain murder him? Because the things he himself did were wrong, and the things his brother did were right. So don’t be surprised, my friends, if the people who follow this world’s evil way hate you. We know that while we were spiritually dead in our disobedience he brought us to spiritual life with Immanuel; we know it because we love others. Those who do not love others are still under the power of the spirit who controls the people who disobey God. Those who hate others are enemies of God, and you know that enemies of God do not have eternal life in them. This is how we know what love is: Immanuel gave his life for us. We too, then, ought to give our lives for others! If we are rich and see others in need, yet close our hearts against them, how can we claim that we love God? Our love should not be just words and talk; it must be true love, which shows itself in action.