Reflection. Out of the old and enter the new. By Fabian Massa.

Translated from Spanish to English with Google Translator.

The Lord spoke to Abraham and ordered to leave his father's house and his land to the place He would show him . Abraham believed and came (Genesis 11.31) and when the time crossed the Euphrates and entered Canaan.

When God brought Israel out of Egypt ( a symbol of the oppression of the World) made ​​them cross the Red Sea ( Ex.13.22 ) , led Israel to the Desert where he was treated for self stripped of the things that was incorporated in Egypt their thinking and learn to have faith in God's Word :

8 " Be careful to follow all the commandments which I command you today , that you may live , you have increased and possess the land which the Lord swore to your ancestors. 2 Remember that for forty years the Lord your God led you all the way of the wilderness , and humble you tested to know what was in your heart and see whether or not you his commandments . 3 He humbled you , causing you to hunger and then feeding you with manna, which neither you nor your fathers had known , to teach you what not live by bread only * man, but everything that comes from the mouth Lord . 4 During those forty years I have not spent the clothes they were wearing , nor swelled pies.5 you know in your heart that as a parent * discipline his son, so the Lord your God disciplines ti.6 Observe the commands of the Lord your God and follow témelo his ways . 7 For the Lord your God is bringing you into a good land, a land with streams and pools of water, with springs flowing in the valleys and hills , 8 a land of wheat and barley, of vines and fig trees and pomegranates, of olive trees and honey , 9 a land where bread will not be scarce and you will lack where nothing , a land whose stones are iron and from whose hills bring forth copper . Deuteronomy 8.1 - 9

But unfortunately that generation did not believe what God said and perished in the wilderness :
If you hear his voice,

8 do not harden your hearts as at Meribah , [ a]
    like that day at Massah [b ] in the wilderness,
9 when your fathers tempted me ,
    when I tested ,
    despite having seen my works .
10 For forty years I was angry
    with that generation;
and said, " They are a misguided people
    not known my ways . '
11 And in my anger , I declared on oath
    "They shall never enter my rest . " Psalm 95 . 7b - 11 NIV .

The author of Hebrews ( 3.12 - 19) clearly explains this passage :
12 See to it, brothers , that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God . 13 Rather , during this "today" But encourage one another daily , lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin . 14 We have come to share with * Christ if we hold firmly till the end the confidence we had at first. 15 As has just been said :
"If today you hear his voice,
    not harden your hearts
as happened in the rebellion. "[ c]

16 Now , who were those who heard and rebelled ? Were not all those who left Egypt led by Moses ? 17 And with whom was he angry for forty years? Was it not with those who sinned , whose bodies fell in the wilderness? 18 And to whom sware God would never enter his rest , but to those who disobeyed ? [ D ] 19 As we can see , they could not enter in because of unbelief.

That first generation died in the wilderness . To enter had to cross the Red Sea and to leave, had to cross the Jordan (Joshua 3). Only their children and they succeeded entered Canaan .
Likewise today , the Christian must perform two basic movements :

Out of the World, (repentance ) to enter where the Lord will treat ( remember that even after his baptism Christ spent 40 days in the wilderness where he was tried - Matthew 4) .
Once the convert learns to walk by faith leads him to cross a " spiritual Jordan " which is to live by faith.

This passage from one side to another is clear from Hebrews 5 ( where the disciples do not understand the scriptures and therefore not act on it , why revolve on themselves without advancing ) and Hebrews 6 which are already experienced in practice the "Word of Justice."

Whoever does not make the second crossing , will not enter the Kingdom:

Not enough to be in church every Sunday but congregate and put the teachings into practice . (Jeremiah 7.4-5 )
Not enough to " Know the Word " , you need to live by them. When Nicodemus , an expert in the Law, came to Jesus He said it was necessary to be born again of water (repentance ) and the Spirit ( Anointing of the Holy Spirit) to see (and enter) the kingdom of God ( John 3) .

For all this , we need to grow in the knowledge of the Word of God and the laying of the same . Although the scheme of most churches today seem like people moving in " The Christian Way " to remain , ie , be seen and recognized by "always " , and because of this be put to lead, to supervise , heading a Ministry as Elder or Priest , etc. . but know / understand Scripture ( And therefore not implemented ) actually have advanced within the governance structure of the Church , which does not necessarily imply progress or have a spiritual growth.

It is unacceptable that the leaders / elders do not know the Bible. It 's time to change .


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