We are connected one to another. Jesus is a part of this connection. We witness for each other as The Son of God.
You took a lot of notes on “Those who are ashamed of Me before men, them will I be ashamed of before God.” This was rather carefully clarified, even though the quotation is not quite right, but it doesn’t matter.
*King James Version reads: Mark 8:38 Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.
*Remember that these are not the direct words of Jesus but the translation many years later and translation has to go through the translators view of the world. Do not get riled up over the verbiage “adulterous and sinful generation”. It is only referring to the fact that we do not know who we are as children of God/Christ.
*Luke 9:26 For whosoever shall be ashamed of me and of my words, of him shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he shall come in his own glory, and in his Father’s, and of the holy angels.
The important thing is that elsewhere in the Bible it also says “Those who represent (or plead for) Me to men will be represented (or pleaded for) BY Me before God.”
(Note: This quotation is also not the correct Biblical phrasing, but it IS what it means.)
Note that one who represents also “witnesses for.” The quotation thus means that you represent or “witness for” the authority in whom you believe.
*We understood last time that we are the authors of what we believe in and it is logical that this is what we live by.
Your witnessing DEMONSTRATES your belief, and thus strengthens it.
*Witnessing is portrayed in your existence. What you think, how you behave, how you speak, how you treat others, what you choose to do with your time, etc..
I assure you that I will “witness for” anyone who lets me, and to whatever extent he himself permits it.
*This Jesus can say because he knows of our “being”; our creation in Christ.
Those who witness for me are expressing, thru their miracles, that they have abandoned deprivation in favor of the abundance they have learned BELONGS to them.
*I cherish this as a promise. Today at 63 I am not serving the community in ways that I have done in the past. I would like to help those who cannot help themselves, but even there I have no desire to rush out, because I know that any action on my part brings out jealousy or self-recrimination on behalf of others and I do not desire that.
*Even in having friends or associates, it is so clear to me the pull and push that occurs as we are invited to enter into someone else’s agenda and made-up world. As you get older, no one is “alone” and “free”, it is not unlike that of when you are a child. If there is family or other organizations they belong to you become entangled in their agenda and assumptions, as well.
*I have found that I have greater peace and sense of connection with creation when I am in a meditative state of prayer and study.
*This issue will not be resolved until Christ is acknowledged and recognized. Whether we call him by that name or not. Even amongst believers fear directs behavior toward one another and not the recognition of Christ in each other and ourselves.
*The Miracle of seeing Christ where ever you go and in whom ever you encounter is a gift we give to one another as it honors the Oneness and Wholeness that we are.
Text is in bold. My comments are *’d. Please invite the Holy Spirit to this review. I am using the 2003 edition from Hungary. I share as I am guided by the Spirit at this time in my life with the intent to lift humanity out of chaos.
I pray this serves.
Till next time, God bless, Namaste~