The Good Shepherd

Jesus spoke to them again:

“I tell you most solemnly,
I am the gate of the sheepfold.
All others who have come
are thieves and brigands;
but the sheep took no notice of them.
Anyone who enters through me will be safe:
he will go freely in and out
and be sure of finding pasture.
The thief comes
only to steal and kill and destroy.
I have come
so that they may have life
and have it to the full.
I am the good shepherd:
the good shepherd is one who lays down his life for his sheep.
The hired man, since he not the shepherd
and the sheep do not belong to him,
abandons the sheep and runs away
as soon as he sees a wolf coming,
and then the wolf attacks and scatters the sheep;
this is because he is only a hired man
and has no concern for the sheep.
I am the good shepherd;
I know my own
and my own know me,
just as the Father knows me
an I know the Father;
and I lay down my life for my sheep.
And there are other sheep I have
that are not of this fold,
and these I have to lead as well.
They too will listen to my voice,
and there will be only one flock,
and one shepherd.
The Father loves me,
because I lay down my life
in order to take it up again.
No one takes it from me;
I lay it down of my own free will,
ans as it is in my power to lay it down,
so it is in my power to take it up again;
and this is the command I have been given by my Father.”

 

John 10:7-18

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On kindness and perseverance

Brothers, if one of you misbehaves, the more spiritual of you who set him right should do so in a spirit of gentleness, not forgetting that you may be tempted yourselves. You should carry each other’s troubles and fulfill the law of Christ. It is the people who are not important who often make the mistake of thinking that they are. Let each of you examine his own conduct; if you find anything to boast about, it will at least be something of your own, not just something better than your neighbor has. Everyone h as his own burden to carry. People under instruction should always contribute something to the support of the man who is instructing them. Don’t delude yourself into thinking God can be cheated: where a man sows, there he reaps: if he sows in the field of self-indulgence he will get a harvest of corruption out of it; if he sows in the field of the Spirit he will get from it a harvest of eternal life. We must never get tired of doing good because if we don’t give up the struggle we shall get our harvest at the proper time. While we have the chance, we must do good to all, and especially to our brothers in the faith.

Galatians 6:1-10

The Meaning Behind Jesus’ Giving the Bread and Wine

You must know very well that God, who has been carrying on the work of salvation through the dispensation of resurrection for 4,000 years, has established a new promise. The dispensation of resurrecting Jesus alone could not combine the will of Heaven and the will of earth and bring completion, so He has used the new promise to combine the Will of Heaven and the Will of Earth and has tried to claim back the original garden that He promised.

When you look at this, it is written that the cup that Jesus passed and the bread that Jesus gave are the new promise. After Jesus left, we have received the flesh and blood of Jesus. You must know that this represents the life of the whole and the truth of the whole, which must be realized soon.

What do the blood and flesh of Jesus symbolize? They do not symbolize the flesh and blood of one individual, Jesus. From a broad perspective, they symbolize heaven and earth. In a narrow sense, they represent the center and the individual. Moreover, the flesh symbolizes the truth and the blood symbolizes the Holy Spirit.

Jesus has given us all this unconditionally. Jesus, who has been so giving, did not limit himself to his own problems. All the problems of any being connected to him, the center, were his problems.

What blocks the relationship between God and men? Heaven’s will should be manifested on the earth, and all situations on the Earth must be concluded as to the will of Heaven, moving with the same purpose. This process has been thwarted. Accordingly, Jesus, the hero of love, symbolizes the one will that is going to emerge for the glory of the victorious Heaven, and he has been working hard until now.

The fact that God has found one man, Jesus, after 4,000 years of suffering, symbolizes that He can possess the whole of heaven and also all of the earth. Consequently, those who believe in Jesus can possess all of Heaven, as well as all of the earth. However, we are entrusted with the will of the dispensation, which requires us not to permanently possess what we have as our own, but to return it back to God.

Because Jesus left after establishing the new promise, ever since there remains the unfulfilled condition that the spirit world and the physical world must communicate with each other centering on the apostles who follow Jesus. If Jesus had not passed away, then Heaven and Earth could have communicated with each other centering on Jesus, but because he passed away, Jesus came to represent the conditions of Heaven, and the Holy Spirit came to represent the conditions of Earth.

The Pledge that Must be Fulfilled
Reverend Sun Myung Moon
July 8, 1956

If You Love Those Who Love You

If You Love Those Who Love You

If You Love Those Who Love You

(from the book: Wisdom for Life)

Temptation

As I Can See

Never, when you have been tempted, say, “God sent the temptation”; God
cannot be tempted to do anything wrong, and he does not tempt anybody.
Everyone who is tempted is attracted and seduced by his own wrong desire.
Then the desire conceives and gives birth to sin, and when sin is fully grown, it too
has a child, and the child is death.
Make no mistake about this, my dear brothers: it is all that is good,
everything that is perfect, which is given us from above; it comes down from the
Father of all light; with him there is no such thing as alteration, no shadow of a
change. By his own choice he made us his children by the message of the truth
so that we should be a sort of first fruits of all that he had created.

James 1:13-18

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Salvation in Christ a free gift

As I Can See

And you were dead, through the crimes and the sins in which you used to live
when you were following the way of this world, obeying the ruler who governs
the air,a the spirit who is at work in the rebellious. We all were among them
too in the past, living sensual lives, ruled entirely by our own physical desires
and our own ideas; so that by nature we were as much under God’s anger as the
rest of the world. But God loved us with so much love that he was generous
with his mercy: when we were dead through our sins, he brought us to life
with Christ it is through grace that you have been saved and raised us up
with him and gave us a place with him in heaven, in Christ Jesus.
This was to show for all ages to come, through his goodness toward…

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Fight for the faith

As I Can See

Avoid anything in your everyday lives that would be unworthy of the gospel
of Christ, so that, whether I come to you and see for myself, or stay at a distance
and only hear about you, I shall know that you are unanimous in meeting the
attack with firm resistance, united by your love for the faith of the gospel and
quite unshaken by your enemies. This would be the sure sign that they will lose
and you will be saved. It would be a sign from God that he has given you the
privilege not only of believing in Christ, but of suffering for him as well. You and
I are together in the same fight as you saw me fighting before and, as you will
have heard, I am fighting still.

Philippians 1:27-30

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Life-giving union with the glorified Christ

As I Can See

Since you have been brought back to true life with Christ, you must look for
the things that are in heaven, where Christ is, sitting at God’s right hand.
Let your thoughts be on heavenly things, not on the things that are on the earth,
because you have died, and now the life you have is hidden with Christ in God.
But when Christ is revealed – and he is your life – you too will be revealed in all
your glory with him.

Colossians 3:1-4

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Some demands made by life in community

As I Can See

We appeal to you, my brothers, to be considerate to those who are working
among you and are above you in the Lord as your teachers. Have the greatest
respect and affection for them because of their work.
Be at peace among yourselves. And this is what we ask you to do, brothers:
warn the idlers, give courage to those who are apprehensive, care for the weak and
be patient with everyone. Make sure that people do not try to take revenge;
you must all think of what is best for each other and for the community. Be
happy at all times; pray constantly; and for all things give thanks to God,
because this is what God expects you to do in Christ Jesus.
Never try to suppress the Spirit or treat the gift of prophecy with contempt;
think before you do anything – hold on to what is good…

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Encouragement to persevere

As I Can See

But we feel that we must be continually thanking God for you, brothers whom
the Lord loves, because God chose you from the beginning to be saved by the
sanctifying Spirit and by faith in the truth. Through the Good News that we
brought he called you to this so that you should share the glory of our Lord Jesus
Christ. Stand firm, then, brothers, and keep the traditions that we taught you,
whether by word of mouth or by letter. May our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and
God our Father who has given us his love and, through his grace, such inexhaustible
comfort and such sure hope, comfort you and strengthen you in everything
good that you do or say.
Finally, brothers, pray for us; pray that the Lord’s message may spread
quickly and be received with honor as it was among you; and pray that we
may be…

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