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The 12 Books
Of
CHRIST WITHIN

AN INTRODUCTION


By


David K. N. Lekwa & Uzo N. Lekwa













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David K. N. Lekwa & Uzo N. Lekwa



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TABLE OF CONTENTS


DEDICATION

THE 12 BOOKS OF CHRIST WITHIN” General Description

ABOUT THE AUTHORS

1 The Unchangeable Word of Truth Vs The Dynamism of the “New Wine” Message of Jesus

2 No One Understood the Words and Footprints of Jesus

3 Jesus Used Parables, Symbolic Footprints and Events to Express his Message to his Audience

4 Freedom to Interpret the Words and Footprints of Jesus as we Please

5 Uncertainty in the Words Brings Dynamism and Futurism to the Message and to Christ’s Promises

6 Far-Reaching Implications

7 The Teaching of the First Apostles and the First Generation Believers

8 Time of Harvest/The First Shall Become the Last

9 Plain and Final Interpretation of the Words of Christ is with Christ Only

10 The Second Coming of Jesus and all God’s Promises to Us

11 Introducing “The 12 Books of Christ Within”

12 How and When Did God Interpret His Words and Symbolic Footprints to Us?

13 What Benefits are there for Us in the Words of “Christ Within”?

14 Availability of the Books

15 Meet the Author & His Mandate

16 Brief Descriptions of Each of the Books in the Christ Within Series





DEDICATION



I dedicate this book to Naomi, Ruth, Boaz, Jesse, David, Joseph, Mary, John and Jesus, all from that obscure family in the little place of Bethlehem of the Bible days.

To them, and to any other family on earth who is one with them. God calls us the “remnant” and we are His “seed forever”.

I salute you and I give you the courage, strength, zeal, and determination to trace your root back to God.

I salute my mother -- who is typical Ruth, and my father -- who is typical David. Your house has become “the house of God”.





THE 12 BOOKS OF CHRIST WITHIN
General Description



Do you believe in Christ, like I do? Do you also believe there is to be a Second Coming, a Day of Judgment, the Destruction of this world, the Resurrection of the dead or Rapture, the Recreation of man and his transformation to the divinity of God, Immortality and Eternity for man and all thoughts of God and of man, End of Death, End of Corruption and the Child of Corruption called “Time”, Recreation of the earth and all things therein?

These are the signs of heaven; they are what Christ stands for, and they are the unchangeable promises of God to His people who are living in prodigality and in death on earth today.

But are you, like most faithful followers of Christ, getting skeptical of the words of the Master? True, time has passed, many followers have closed their eyes in the sleep of death, the name of Christ is being constantly blasphemed; it all seem like a big hoax?

Rejoice and shout for joy! I have Good News for you! No word of Jesus shall pass until they are all fulfilled. And the hour of fulfillment is now! It is all in “The 12 Books of Christ Within”. You can’t look any further. And in forty days! Forty days! All the promises of Christ you have been waiting for would be staring you in the face.

This is the last book you will read on Christ, and on all the matters of which he is the only faithful witness from heaven.





ABOUT THE AUTHORS



David K. N. Lekwa and Uzo N. Lekwa are brothers. The call of Christ in this book has been running in their family for many generations, and it caught up with the two in their adult lives.

David took a degree in law in 1985, but embraced the call of Christ into the wilderness of purity, from where he emerged with no carnally exalted qualifications, but with the most honorable, though unbelievable, credential of having Christ within him, and the wisdom, power and authority to teach the resurrection. He is a leader of thought in matters of Christ. For more than two decades, David lived and roamed in the wilderness of nothingness.

Uzo is David’s younger brother and has been his worthy companion in the writing of these books in more ways than can be mentioned in a few words of credit.

The two were equally involved in the search for the truth of God. Together, they turned the ancient books of the various sects and pagan groups, analyzed the practices of the churches, considered what the Muslims were up to, and speculated on the vital ingredients on which the words of these books are pivoted.



The Beginning…

ONE

The Unchangeable Word of Truth Vs The Dynamism of the “New Wine” Message of Jesus



We must first acknowledge the obvious fact that there are as many Christian book publishers as there are many authors on Christian literature. Why are there so many interpretations and diverse practices from the very same words of our master Jesus? Why is there so much uncertainty and futurism in the words and footprints of Jesus more than in any other religion or sect on earth today?

You must be prepared to think deep thoughts! The words of this book deal with the thoughts of God –not man. If we must be attuned to their frequency we must be prepared to think very deep thoughts, because God‘s “thoughts are very deep” –Ps. 92: 5. “My thoughts are not your thoughts…” (Isa. 55:8) So says our God. The “pearl of greatest value” is found deep beneath the surface of the earth, and deep thought is the only way to it.

Jesus Christ never spoke a word in idleness; his thoughts –from his short statements to his lengthy parables—ran very deep. His listeners, at a time proclaimed thus, “Never man spake like this man.” (John 7: 46) At many other times they could not understand him. He is clearly a messenger of God who came many years ahead of his time. He said,

But these things have I told you, that when the time shall come, ye may remember that I told you of them.” (Jn 16:4)

He laid his words, like marble, on the solid rock of truth that does not ever change. He added,

Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him to a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: and the rains descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.” (Matt. 7:24 – 25)

Such assurances are many in his words, and they allow us to build our faith and belief solidly on this messenger of God. Yet, we notice that what Christianity is today is not what it was one thousand years ago. Today, we have varieties of practices amongst believers in the same unchangeable truth.

Jesus is the Word of truth made flesh; he also described his words as the “New wine”. This is an apt description for something that does not only improve with time, but gets stronger, more valuable (with time), and purifies itself by discarding the very elements that gave it meaning, power and good savor yesteryears. He warns us thus;

No man putteth a piece of new cloth unto an old garment, for that which is put in to fill it taketh from the garment, and the rent is made worse. Neither do men put new wine into old wine bottles; else the bottles break, and the wine runneth out, and the bottles perish: but they put new wine into new bottles, and both are preserved:” (Matt. 9: 16-17)

Jesus acknowledges his words are dynamic; and warns us not to curtail the dynamism in his words by putting the words in inelastic containers.

Did you notice the contradiction? How can something sound so “rocky” and unchangeable yet, at the same time, be referred to as the “New wine” in its dynamism? The point here is, since the word of Christ is the truth (rock) that does not change, what element is it that gives the message of Christ this dynamism of the new wine? We must first unravel this mystery.



TWO

No One Understood the Words and Footprints of Jesus



We must acknowledge Jesus as the greatest teacher ever; he never spoke a word in foolishness or in idleness, and he never did an act without first considering its implications in the life of those he calls to follow him today and in the future. He taught and demonstrated his words freely to the religious leaders of his time, the learned men, the ordinary Jews, his Disciples and to strangers alike. Check the scriptures to confirm that not one listener understood Jesus --from the questions they asked him.

Nicodemus, a Pharisee and one of the most learned men in Israel in his time, could not hide his incomprehension. It is recorded in John 3:9–12 that

Nicodemus answered and said unto him, How can these things be? Jesus answered and said unto him, Art thou a master of Israel, and knowest not these things… If I have told you earthly things, and ye believe not, how shall ye believe, if I tell you of heavenly things?”

Even among his chosen disciples, Jesus got frustrated in attempting to get his messages across. At one instance, He asked them, “Are ye also yet without understanding? Do not ye yet understand?” (Matt. 15: 16 – 17). Witness, for example, this conversation between the teacher and his disciple:

Philip said unto him, Lord, shew us the Father, and it sufficeth us. Jesus said unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me. (Jn. 14:8–9)

It is heartbreaking to know that his disciples, close as they were to him, never got to understand the minister, his ministry, and his proposed kingdom. We read again,

When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel?” (Acts 1:6)

This was well after his resurrection. Even at that point, they took him for an earthly king who would preside over Jerusalem. They were expecting a physical king and a physical kingdom of Israel. They had no knowledge as to the spiritual throne of Christ and the spiritual and everlasting kingdom of God. Again, of all witnesses, John the Baptist, popularly called the forerunner of Jesus Christ, is the personification of genuine repentance and purity, yet he did not understand Christ. He waited patiently for Jesus to raise up an army and lead his people against the Roman occupation of the time, and when this did not happen, he sent emissaries to Jesus to ask, “Art thou he that should come, or do we look for another?” (Matt. 11: 3)

We read in John 16:18 that

They (disciples) said therefore, What is this that he saith, A little while? we cannot tell what he saith?”

Throughout His ministry, Jesus was confronted with the task of teaching a spiritual message to a physical audience, who had no wisdom regarding spiritual matters. Instances are everywhere in the Scripture. He kept referring to his kingdom and implied that He is still the Messiah, even if He could not sit on Herod’s throne, yet they gathered “to make him king” (John 6:15). See also, “Why do you not understand my speech? even because you cannot hear my word” (John 8:43).

If the disciples who were closer to Jesus could not understand him, what was to be the fate of his message with the ordinary Jewish listener? Let us witness this dialogue:

Then said the Jews unto him, Now we know that thou hast a devil. Abraham is dead, and the prophets; and thou sayest, if a man keep my saying, he shall never taste of death.

Art thou greater than our father Abraham, which is dead? and the prophets are dead, whom makest thou thyself? Jesus answered, If I honour myself, my honour is nothing: it is my Father that honoureth me; of whom ye say, that he is your God. Yet ye have not known him, but I know him: and if I should say, I know him not, I shall be a liar like unto you: but I know him and keep his sayings. Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day: and saw it, and was glad. Then said the Jews unto him, Thou art not yet fifty years old, and hast thou seen Abraham? Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily I say unto you, before Abraham was, I am. Then took they up stones to cast at him...” (John 8:52–59)

The teacher did not make it easier for his listeners then as he could not resist delving into harder sayings. We read in John 6:48–60 that

I am that bread of life. Your fathers did eat manna in the wilderness, and are dead. This is the bread which cometh down from heaven, that a man may eat thereof, and not die. I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live forever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world. The Jews therefore strove among themselves, saying, How can this man give us his flesh to eat? Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I said unto you, Except you eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you. Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day. For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed.

He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him. As the living Father hath sent me, and I live by the Father: so he that eateth me; even he shall live by me. This is that bread which came down from heaven: not as your fathers did eat manna, and are dead: he that eateth this bread shall live forever. These things said he in the synagogue, as he taught in Capernaum. Many therefore of his disciples, when they had heard this, said, This is an hard saying; who can hear it?”

The words and deeds of Jesus are the words and deeds of the Spirit of the Father dwelling within Jesus. (John 14: 10) The Jews had no privy to this basic truth, and their incomprehension increased. The climax of which came in Matthew 22:46, “And no man was able to answer him a word, neither durst any man from that day forth ask him any more questions.”



THREE

Jesus Used Parables, Symbolic Footprints and Events to Express his Message to his Audience



This obvious incomprehension led Jesus to teach in parables or use images of earthly things, which the audience was familiar with, to demonstrate heavenly or spiritual matters. He said,

Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand… For this people’s heart is waxed gross, and their (spiritual) ears are dull of hearing, and their (spiritual) eyes they have closed…” (Matt. 13:13–15).

This use of earthly images by Jesus is numerous. He told Nicodemus, “Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God” (Jn. 3: 3) He employs the purity and innocence of a newborn baby to teach the heavenly and spiritual concept of purity. In Luke 10:2 for instance, we read,

The harvest truly is great, but the labourers are few; pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he would send forth labourers into his harvest.”

The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field” (Matt. 13:24).

The kingdom of heaven is like to a grain of mustard seed…” (Matt. 13:31).

The kingdom of heaven is like unto leaven,” (Matt. 13:33).

Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto treasures hid in a field” (Matt. 13:44).

In explaining a parable to his listeners, Jesus said,

He that soweth the good seed is the Son of man. The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom: but the tares are the children of the wicked one. The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world: and the reapers are the angels. As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world.” (Matt. 13:37–40)

His use of apt parables, metaphors, and symbols is an expression of His great wisdom. In this we must acknowledge that all his words, footprints, deeds, and the entire events in his lifetime, are indirect or symbolic references to other things. God Himself, throughout the past and even up to the present, has spoken to man in parables. He uses images of physical things or symbols to reveal vital information to us in revelations, visions, and dreams of the night.

In the days of the Bible, we read the account of events in the Garden of Eden, Egypt, the wilderness, the parting of the Red Sea, and the story of Job and other notable figures. These stories refer to other vital lessons from God to us. Do not forget the fall of Goliath, the image of Nebuchadnezzar, and the many revelations given through Daniel.

In the time of Jesus, we read of the birth of Jesus in the stable of animals, the fact that he carried his cross himself, his death on the cross, his physical resurrection from death, and so many of his footprints. All these are physical or earthly events that represent or symbolize other events or spiritual lessons of his truth.

We have personalities too like Nicodemus, Zacchaeus, the Good Samaritan, and the Pharisees, and all these represent peculiar groups or persons on earth today. Jesus used many symbolic expressions too, such as “a greater than the temple, fountain of living waters”, “out of his belly shall flow rivers of living waters,” “Except a man be born again,” and these are all words that hold the secret and future of his ministry.

We are called to view the life of Jesus—the words he spoke, the path he walked, the rites he performed, his call of the twelve disciples, as parables referring to other hidden matters of the truth he brought to this world.

Jesus chose the twelve disciples from the house of Israel. The essence of this choice is not in the twelve, but in the many elect of Christ who are to be chosen from all the nations of the earth to fulfill the salvation that He proposed. The twelve disciples were, therefore, used as a metaphor to symbolize the truth of the choice by Christ of his elect in his Second Coming.

While it is true that the generous use of symbols and images by the Master was an attempt to make his messages understandable, it is ironic how our level of understanding is now creating difficulties for us to decode these symbols/images. John reported this thus,

This parable spoke Jesus unto them: but they understood not what things they were which he spake unto them” (John 10:6)

For instance,

Nicodemus said unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born? (John 3:4).

God’s use of parables to teach man over the years has achieved success in their relationship, but in many other areas it failed in that the men, from the abundant impurity within them, misunderstood the illustrations and took them as if they were the things being referred to.

Refer again to this conversation between Jesus and his hidden admirer:

Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, Verily I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born?” (John 3:3–4)

Take another instance of water baptism –a rite that was performed and instituted by John the Baptist to demonstrate that as water washes dirt and filth from the body, so does genuine repentance wash off sinful impurities from within the soul. For this reason, the Baptist calls all men to genuine repentance. But today, the practice of water baptism has assumed a different meaning or physical dimension amongst the followers, as if sin is washed away by water baptism. The underlying lesson taught by John the Baptist is lost on the people.

The same fact applies to the taking of Holy Communion among the followers. Instances like these can be taken at random from the practice of Christianity today. There are several rites and rituals the followers indulge in today, which are misleading and superfluous and clearly not intended by our God for us to abide in. Some Christian congregations engage in feet washing as they seek for true followership of the master. Thus, the practice of Christianity is far from the expected standard because of the different interpretations of the words spoken in parables and symbols or demonstrated in rites and rituals.



FOUR

Freedom to Interpret the Words and Footprints of Jesus as we Please



We have identified why Jesus was constrained to use parables and symbolic footprints in his ministry. But we notice that in ninety eight percent of cases Jesus never interpreted his words and actions despite the fact that he knew his audience did not understand him. Such a great teacher couldn’t have made such a glaring neglect. It is for a noble purpose that he did not interpret his words in the majority of cases. If one teaches in parables, innuendos and symbols, to a people who are not one with him, without explaining his words and deeds, he obviously gives the people right to interpret his words anywhere and anyhow they so desire. The freedom to interpret the words and footprints of the master-teacher freely, and as one pleases, was clearly given to the world by the owner of the words, also for a purpose.

A parable is the use of a physically familiar subject, object, image, or event, by God to convey His particular message to His people. Consider if God had to reveal the same message or concept to an American, Nigerian, Buddhist, Christian, Muslim, teacher, lawyer, etc. Try to picture the different familiar images He would employ to reach these different people. In the universal interpretation of what has been revealed, there would be controversy. This is how we have different views on certain concepts of God like the resurrection, end of time, and the destruction of the world.

Christ’s use of familiar symbols and images –without interpreting them-- and the gradual unfolding of their hidden meanings with time, succeeded in giving the message of Christ the much-needed dynamism of the “new wine”. The words do not change but the interpretation of the words is designed by the master teacher to change with time and according to the spiritual understanding of the listener or reader.

FIVE

Uncertainty in the Words Brings Dynamism and Futurism to the Message and to Christ’s Promises



Uncertainty in the words and footprints of Jesus means that the words and footprints are capable of different interpretations. It is this uncertainty in the very words and footprints of the teacher that brings dynamism to his “new wine” salvation message. As generations of followers come and go so do their various interpretations of the gospel truth come and go, and thus the “new wine” is refined and unfolds into the future. Time is the best friend to the full realization of the truth in the message of Christ.

It is the renewed understanding that different people, different generations, bring to bear on that same unchangeable words of truth that gives the message the dynamism of the “new wine”. One word of Christ is capable of many interpretations, and as interpretations and understanding varies from man to man, church to church, generations, and places, so do the words mature until they reach their perfection in what has been revealed as the Second Coming.

Now we must know that no spiritual teacher can stand at a point in time and document or teach spiritual lessons that would forever remain relevant in the life of a people. One spiritual platform calls in for more or higher spiritual lessons, and so if the lessons are not updated from time to time, it would become obsolete, outdated and counter productive, or leave the people without befitting spiritual guidance at a point in time. The lessons would at a point become static, inelastic and inadequate or out of tune with present realities.

There are religious sects whose teachings would, in the next one hundred years, become completely obsolete, meaningless, and out of tune with established spiritual and physical realities of the coming days. This can never happen to Christ’s teachings; they would remain relevant forever. Christ was in the beginning. He knows the beginning and the end, so only He can declare the end. It is, therefore, for this purpose that Jesus left many of those words, expressions, symbols, or parables without interpretation. The manifold meanings of which are very essential for the dynamism of the new wine; as the words or parables unfold in their various meanings for the understanding of upcoming generations, the Gospel truth unfolds into the future. Every generation is very free to (indeed any man can) interpret them with an understanding suitable for it (him).

Stagnation and inertia is exactly what has happened to the documented words of some religions and sects like Buddhism, Islam, Judaism, etc; they are unresponsive like the dead, and laden with ghosts of yesteryears service to God. They are static, and filled with outdated precepts, practices, rites and rituals in need of reformation. And so like a pool filled with dead microbes, no reformation can renew them. What they deserve are coffins and funeral chants and eventual burial, because they are yoked down with outdated religious practices.

It is in this aspect (as in other aspects) that Christ excels over other teachers or writers of spiritual messages. Jesus is the only spiritual teacher of all times who was able to build into his words the self-renewal, dynamic and self-reformation element. His words would continue to unfold into the future --like the fountain of living waters-- as different interpretations are brought to bear on the same words of truth.

The words and footprints of Christ are therefore like trees and their fruits, which must be allowed time to come to maturity. It is wrong to harvest the fruit in the words before time. Obviously, it is wrong in Christ for anyone to try to curb this dynamism in the words of Christ before their time of harvest. In Mark 4: 26 - 29 Jesus gave a pointer to this fact of the dynamism and growth to maturity of his kingdom messages; he said,

So is the kingdom of God, as if a man should cast seed into the ground. And should sleep, and rise night and day, and the seed should spring and grow up, he knoweth not how. For the earth bringeth forth fruit of herself; first the blade, then the ear, after that the full corn in the ear; But when the fruit is brought forth, immediately he putteth in the sickle, because the harvest is come.”

The seed, the blade, the ear, the full corn, these are different stages of understanding in the message, yet they are integral parts of his one effective truth. Jesus concluded this line of thought with these words;

The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field. But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way. But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also.” (Matt. 13: 24 – 26)

If Jesus had interpreted all his words or parables—except in the very few occasions—to help the understanding of his time, then he would have curbed the self-dynamism (expansiveness) of the new wine.

Again, there were certain teachings or sayings Jesus had to refer to indirectly, for to refer to them directly would have jeopardized his popularity and further discredited him before the Jews as one in league with the devil. In those instances, we see God’s conscious efforts to hide the true meaning of His words in innuendos and secret contexts of words and expressions and even events. We would locate such teachings later in these books.



SIX

Far-Reaching Implications



The implications in the above passages run very deep to the fabric of the message and the messenger who is one with his message.

a. By allowing for very many interpretations to the same words and deeds Jesus imported the savor of uncertainty in meaning to his same words and deeds. Uncertainty in the words simply means the words are capable of different interpretations.

b. This uncertainty in the message puts much of the vital promises of Christ in the future.

c. Since Jesus permitted all the versions of interpretation of his words and footprints, it becomes therefore an offence in Christ for anyone to cast aspersions or imputations on any version of interpretation of the message or the messenger.

d. Overall message here is that in Christ, we must be ready for a change in meaning and understanding of the pungent words of the master. It is wrong for anyone to refuse to renew his understanding of the message and messenger of Christ and thus refuse to change/update his practice of the same. This is particular to those who ask for the “same old religion”. We need to know that in Christ worship of God is dynamic, and that true concepts of God are in the future, never in the past. Out of the same old things the future shall emerge though, but we must be willing to renew our understanding.

e. Summarily, I dare to say that renewal of understanding is the very vital element that gives life to the words of Jesus. The future of his words is in its seeming past; what we term past is the future revealed to us and then kept, until we gradually access it through renewing our understanding of the past and present.



SEVEN

The Teaching of the First Apostles and the First Generation Believers



The strength of the words of the letters of the Apostles derives from the fact that their writers and teachers comprised mostly of the first followers of Jesus. Refresh your thoughts on what we discussed above as you consider this dialogue between Jesus and Thomas, one of his disciples. Jesus said,

Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions. If it were not so, I would have told you, I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there you may be also. And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know.

Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way?” (Jn. 14:1 - 5)

Jesus was a teacher of spiritual realities who used physical or earthly realities (for parables and symbols) to drive home his lessons. Witness how, in the extract above, Thomas responded to Jesus; he probably thought that Jesus was planning a trip to Samaria, Rome, Titus or anywhere physical. Jesus continued by saying, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” (Jn. 14: 6)

Do you think this reply helped the understanding of Thomas? The report continued thus;

Then said some of his disciples among themselves. What is this that he saith unto us, A little while, and ye shall not see me; and again, a little while, and ye shall see me; and, Because I go to the Father. They said therefore, What is this that he saith, A little while? We cannot tell what he saith.” (Jn. 16: 17 – 18)

Let us look again at this report in Matthew 16: 6 – 11:

Then Jesus said unto them, Take heed and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees. And they reasoned among themselves, saying, It is because we have taken no bread. Which when Jesus perceived, he said unto them, O ye of little faith, why reason ye among yourselves, because ye have brought no bread? Do ye not yet understand, neither remember the five loaves of the five thousand, and how many baskets you took up? Neither the seven loaves of the four thousand, and how many baskets ye took up? How is it that ye do not understand that I spake it not to you concerning bread, that ye should beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees?”

A “Leaven” is an additive used by bakers of bread to enhance the savor and increase the quality and quantity of baked bread. Jesus used the word “leaven” symbolically to refer to the various doctrinal additions that has found their way into his Gospel massage. “Leaven” symbolically refers to the Jewish tradition on holiness, the ancient Commandments, and the various other rites of the Jewish religion --representing the old wine and its containers, which eventually found their way into the Gospel message of Christ. Modern Christian teachers have also, in their attempt to be progressive, added all manners of carnally exciting “savors” to the Gospel message of Jesus. These also rank as the “leaven” of the Pharisees or religious leaders. But his listeners, the disciples, quickly misunderstood his symbolic use of the word “Leaven” and took it for exactly what it literally stands for.

There is enough proof to hold the view that ninety percent of the words, deeds, and footprints of Jesus are parables and symbols signifying other matters of the truth, and also that of the ninety percent, eighty percent are today being misunderstood and interpreted and followed literarily, while the truth in Christ remains concealed in this misunderstanding. Read this reaction from the audience then;

And they said, Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? how is it then that he saith, I came down from heaven?” (Jn. 6 - 43)

How can the world be saved by one it does not understand? There is to be a Second Coming, and we shall see in these books how such matters are reserved for the living Christ. Presently, the followers of Jesus follow him physically, through the physical images or symbols, without bothering about the plain meaning in the images, symbolic deeds, or footprints.

I just brought these paragraphs to further make my point that the contemporaries of Jesus, whether they were disciples or ordinary Jews, never understood him in their time, and yet they were veritable pillars in his message after the Ascension.

The call to constant renewal of understanding in the words and footprints of Jesus is sent to all people, from the past to the present and future. The direct words and footprint of Jesus, as recorded in the four synoptic Gospel books of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, overrides all other teachings, whether documented in the Bible or not. If our able Apostles Peter and Paul, and the host of teachers and followers of the first generation Gospel era, were to be around today, there is no doubt they would have renewed their understanding of the words of the man from Galilee many times over. If Abraham were to come on live on the earth today, I am sure he would begin to doubt if he ever heard God correctly in his era. He would be constrained to renew his understanding.

This does not doubt the fact that the earlier Apostles were anointed and inspired by the Holy Spirit; all scriptures are so inspired, even today. Obviously, the Spirit can only teach a man what he can understand (bear) and his understanding depends on how spiritually lifted up he is at the point in time.

In their understanding of the word and ministry of Jesus, the first believers were not any better than those who heard Jesus directly, even though they understood that the man who was crucified was resurrected. Nevertheless, the fine spiritual teachings of the Master eluded them. Some have argued that they were taught of the Holy Spirit. Yes, but the Holy Spirit can only teach a man what he can understand (bear); otherwise, the man would go mad or simply become more confused. If the Jews did not understand Jesus being present and teaching them physically, do you think they would understand better if he teaches them in Spirit?

The first believers, through their very inspiring letters, handed over to us a message adulterated with doctrines of men and Jewish traditions, and their (mis)understanding was handed down to us, and is still influencing Christian practices and beliefs today.

I cannot end these paragraphs without addressing Peter’s confession in the book of John, where it is reported thus, “He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am? And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.’ (Matt. 16: 15 – 16)

Two things must be said on this seeming knowledge of Peter; first, this simple confession cannot fill the place of the lack of deep-seated wisdom on Christ and his ministry. Another fact is that even with the confession Jesus acknowledged that it was beyond the people of his time to comprehend such matters of his personality, except if they are instructed by a special power of God. He said, “…for flesh and blood (carnal understanding) hath not revealed it unto thee, but my father which is in heaven.” (Matt. 16: 17) No matter how often we orally or physically confess Jesus as the Christ, Son of God, we would never understand his spirit and words till we “do his will”. (John 7:16–17)


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