MORNINGTIME 3667by Benjamin Munsell on January 18, 2021
(This is Jesus Praying, talking about His 12, (11), Disciples). I have given them Thy Word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. I pray not that Thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil. THEY ARE NOT OF THE WORLD, EVEN AS I AM NOT OF THE WORLD. Sanctify them through Thy Truth: Thy Word is Truth. As Thou hast sent Me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world. John 17: 14-18. Christ was physically born on this earth, ate food, walked with and among men, grew in Faith, Obedience and Boldness, (remember being tested for 40 days in the wilderness), He talked with people, He Prayed to His God, and taught men how to Pray to the Lord God Almighty. Ever heard, "If it walks like a duck, squawks like a duck and acts like a duck, it must be a duck"? No, not here, not in this case. Yes, Christ had every attribute of a man, except for the Sin nature, BUT HE WAS STILL NOT OF THIS WORLD. We Believers also have all the attributes of man, AND BEING "IN CHRIST" WE HAVE ALL THE ATTRIBUTES OF CHRIST, IN US, yet Christ still Declares that we ARE NOT of this world. Our life, AND OUR LIFE ETERNAL are now transferred to the highest level of IN CHRIST AND NOT OF THIS WORLD. When you come into the big doors of the church, you are coming into the front of the church. Yet, the instant you walk through those big doors, you are now at the back of the church. When the Preacher is done Preaching, you leave through the back of the church. Two different "places" at the same time. In Christ, and in this world, two different places at the same time. You come out of this world and into Christ, you are IN the world, but no longer OF the world. Physically, you are in the world, but Spiritually you are IN CHRIST. The world can't and doesn't understand this. All they can see is you claiming to be in Christ, they hate Christ, so they now hate you. What a great way to, Be Blessed.