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On "transmitting holiness":
My father took me on a short vacation to Philadelphia when I was about 9 years old. We entered an elevator in the downtown motel where we were staying. A man, who my father later told me was Billy Graham, placed his hand on my head for just a few seconds and closed his eyes. As you can see, I still remember that incident even until today. Was that "transmitting holiness"? I think so.
Now, I too like to touch someone on the shoulder and say a short, silent prayer for them--try it sometime!
Grace and Peace,
Jeff

Ezekiel 45:13-46:24.

Mike I never thought much of that 20th verse in the 46th chapter until you brought it up, hmmm. I went to my commentaries and I read the text, in context, in different translations and found the writers had not clear-cut explanation of this. Yes, I do think this command,

And he said to me, This is the place where the priests shall boil the guilt offering and the sin offering, and where they shall bake the [bloodless] meal offering, to prevent their having to bring them into the outer court, lest they should thereby wrongfully sanctify (separate and consecrate for holy service) the people who are there.
(Ezekiel 46:20 AMP)

has something to do with Ezekiel 44:19, not wearing the priestly garments when they are in the outer court. They would have to take off their garments to carry the sacrifice/offerings; however, out of their garments they could or were not suppose to perform their duties.

Also in thinking about human nature, the nature to identify oneself as being important based on where you’ve been, what you’ve seen and what you have, the people may begin to believe they were holy because they were next to, brushed by or actually came into contract with said sacrifices and or the priests and his garment. Just think of the people who press into the stage to “touch” a entertainer’s hand. We Christians are good for running from Convention to Convention to see and hear some great man or woman of God who we think preaches the best, heals the best or “operates in the gifts of the spirit” the best. We do this despite the Words of God that state,

But the word is very near you, in your mouth and in your mind and in your heart, so that you can do it. (Deuteronomy 30:14 AMP). According to John 1:1 the Word is Jesus Christ and it is He that we should be running after and seeking. The man or woman of God is just a vessel God is using to point us to Christ.

I don’t know if this is any help at all. Maybe your question, Mike, is one we will have to ask God when we get to heaven.

1 Peter 1:13-2:10

I’m going to string or connect two passages together, one is the first chapter and the other in the second. In my mind, and this doesn’t mean that anyone else should see this connection, the two are related and interlocked. This translation uses the word, self-control while others use the concept of preparing one’s mind only,

1:13 Therefore, prepare your minds for action; be self-controlled; set your hope fully on the grace to be given you when Jesus Christ is revealed, and 2:1 So get rid of all malicious behavior and deceit. Don't just pretend to be good! Be done with hypocrisy and jealousy and backstabbing.

Self-control is something I’ve thought about for a long, long time. If one is self-controlled then they are who they are when no one is looking because that is really who they are, for good or bad. Most of us are “good” because of laws, edits, the threat or fear of shame, and or the fear of going to jail or winding up in hell. Negative motivation to behave rightly does nothing for the heart, where the problem is. I believe the condition of the heart is what truly controls our behavior, which can be suppressed by outside or external controls. That is why Jesus said if a man thinks about committing murder or other evil deed and/or adultery (Matt. 5:21-28) he has already committed it and is in danger.

So again, Mike thank you for beginning this Blog to encourage us all to read through the Bible yearly and to develop a relationship with the Word of God. The Word in our hearts is the only way we can develop true self-control as stated in the 119th Psalm.


Proverbs 28:11

I really like this Proverb as written in the New Living,

Rich people picture themselves as wise, but their real poverty is evident to the poor.

This confirms for me in my own mind that there is a “poverty” that has nothing to do with a lack of natural or monetary resources. In fact according to the Parable of The talents, everyone has been given a “talent” or gift to be used. Godly wisdom is free if one pursues God, yet many fail to pursue the One who is Wisdom how poor is that?

"Hey, all who are thirsty, come to the water! You who have no money, come! Buy and eat! Come! Buy wine and milk without money and without cost! Why pay money for something that will not nourish you? Why spend your hard-earned money on something that will not satisfy? Listen carefully to me and eat what is nourishing! Enjoy fine food! Pay attention and come to me! Listen, so you can live! Then I will make an unconditional covenantal promise to you, just like the reliable covenantal promises I made to David.
(Isaiah 55:1-3 NET.)

Grace and peace and Happy Thanksgiving Holiday, but us Christians know that for us everyday is a Thanksgiving Day!

Ramona

Opps!

I had wanted to add the Hebrew word used behind the NLT’s word “holiness,” in the 20th verse of chapter 46 of Ezekiel.

It is: qâdash (6942 Strong’s Number)
kaw-dash'
A primitive root; to be (causatively make, pronounce or observe as) clean (ceremonially or morally): - appoint, bid, consecrate, dedicate, defile, hallow, (be, keep) holy (-er, place), keep, prepare, proclaim, purify, sanctify (-ied one, self), X wholly.

If someone who is morally “dirty” has holiness transmitted to him or her without taking care of the condition of their heart and repenting, changing directions, their would be no incentive to clean up their act, so to speak.

I just offer these verses. Having intimacy with our Father God in Jesus' Name in the power of the Spirit depends on FORGIVENESS.

Matthew 6 (CEV – Contemporary English Version)
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If you forgive others for the wrongs they do to you, your Father in heaven will forgive you.
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But if you don't forgive others, your Father will not forgive your sins.

Matthew 18 (CEV – Contemporary English Version)
An Official Who Refused To Forgive

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Peter came up to the Lord and asked, "How many times should I forgive someone [a follower of Christ] who does something wrong to me? Is seven times enough?"
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Jesus answered: Not just seven times, but seventy-seven times! [never stop forgiving another]
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This story will show you what the kingdom of heaven is like: One day a king decided to call in his officials and ask them to give an account of what they owed him.
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As he was doing this, one official was brought in who owed him fifty million silver coins.
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But he didn't have any money to pay what he owed. The king ordered him to be sold, along with his wife and children and all he owned, in order to pay the debt.
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The official got down on his knees and began begging, "Have pity on me, and I will pay you every cent I owe!"
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The king felt sorry for him and let him go free. He even told the official that he did not have to pay back the money.
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As the official was leaving, he happened to meet another official, who owed him a hundred silver coins. So he grabbed the man by the throat. He started choking him and said, "Pay me what you owe!"
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The man got down on his knees and began begging, "Have pity on me, and I will pay you back."
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But the first official refused to have pity. Instead, he went and had the other official put in jail until he could pay what he owed.
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When some other officials found out what had happened, they felt sorry for the man who had been put in jail. Then they told the king what had happened.
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The king called the first official back in and said, "You're an evil man! When you begged for mercy, I said you did not have to pay back a cent.
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Don't you think you should show pity to someone else, as I did to you?"
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The king was so angry that he ordered the official to be tortured until he could pay back everything he owed.
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That is how my Father in heaven will treat you, if you don't forgive each of my followers with all your heart.

Vance

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