Why the World Doesn’t “Get It”

“God offers a full report on the gifts of life and salvation that he is giving us. We don’t have to rely on the world’s guesses and opinions. We didn’t learn this by reading books or going to school; we learned it from God, who taught us person-to-person through Jesus, and we’re passing it on to you in the same firsthand, personal way. The unspiritual self, just as it is by nature, can’t receive the gifts of God’s Spirit. There’s no capacity for them. They seem like so much silliness. Spirit can be known only by spirit—God’s Spirit and our spirits in open communion. Spiritually alive, we have access to everything God’s Spirit is doing, and can’t be judged by unspiritual critics. Isaiah’s question, “Is there anyone around who knows God’s Spirit, anyone who knows what he is doing?” has been answered: Christ knows, and we have Christ’s Spirit.” (1 Corinthians 2:12-16)
The Message (MSG)

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4 thoughts on “Why the World Doesn’t “Get It”

  1. tobeme,

    Interesting. The id would be the soul we are born with, fused with the earth becoming the body. The ego would be our maturing natural spirit, and the superego would be our infused Spirit from God. Of course you could say that our natural spirit is transformed by God’s Spirit thereby creating a new spirit altogether, but the tripartite aspect of humanity implied in this is fascinating. Thanks for the thought! 🙂

  2. To me there are only two states one that is connected with Cosmic consciousness – you can call it Chirst, you can call it Spirit. or better Christ consciousness.

    the other one is when you are not in consciousness – You can call it Mind, you can call it EGO.

    When you are not connected is what I call crucification. you crucify Christ every moment because you are not connected to Christ spirit.

    beautiful passage,

  3. so true, suresh. My question, how (and you seem to do it very well) do you stay in this state of Cosmic consciousness, so that the Christ consciousness is ever present? I think the mistake I make, and many others make, is to force it. The real point is merely to recognize it, right? The mind inserts itself between? Thanks for the comment.

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