Afterthoughts

Only personal ideas about general things, spiritual or secular. A keepsake of some realizations I especially encountered in my student-life.


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Phase Changes of Matter: Economical vs. Essential

It confused me when I encountered the word economical to explain passages in the Bible like Matthew 27:46 such that when the Lord was saying, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?”, He did not actually mean that He wasn’t God but that they were only separated economically but not essentially. He is still God but at that time, just God essentially but not economically. How can that be? How can something be essentially the same if it had already changed? To me, it sounded like alchemy.

But the Lord must be sovereign to put me in a course that will be dealing so much with matter that it is very basic to know the transformation of matter from one physical state to another. And this one is quite simple.

Just think about water. When we say “water” maybe we can directly think of the liquid water because solid water to us is “ice” and gaseous water is “water vapor”. But all three, despite being physically different from the each other, are just composed of the same molecule – water, or specifically/chemically saying, that is H2O (an oxygen with two hydrogens bound to it). The H2O molecules in ice are closely held together and are not free to move unlike that of liquid water in which they are loosely held together and freer to move but not as free as that when it becomes water vapor in which the molecules can be “assumed” to collide elastically. Hence, we can say that the three (ice, liquid water, and water vapor) are essentially the same but economically separate.

When God incarnated it’s like ice melting to liquid and when He became the life-giving Spirit it’s like water evaporating to thin air. But this analogy is not quite exact as the Father, Son and Spirit coexist and coinhere. It’s really absurd to think of a substance where ice, liquid water, and water vapor exist and the same time and as the same substance. Nevertheless, phase changes of matter simplified the difference of “economical” and “essential” for me.

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P.S. I owe this thought from a dear sister who is a biology student and who shared to me how it amazed her that the processes God had undergone is like the transformation of water from ice to vapor.


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Not just “in” but also “with”

Phrases like “Christ in me”, “Christ formed in us”, “Christ living in me” are famous for using the preposition in. This little word creates a great impact such that the unsearchable, immeasurable, vast, and exceedingly rich God is now living and making His home in us. Wonderful.

But aside from this preposition, another important little word is also worth apprehending. The word “with” has something more to imply.

A brother shared that in sociology man is considered to be a social animal for the fact that he is less able to live alone. Man is more likely to form a society where he can have somebody else to live with him. Hence, it is embedded in our nature that we go along with someone and socialize.

This natural tendency of being sociable can be simplified by the relationship of a father and a son. It is the natural tendency of a son to depend his life to his father. The son lives, walks, and even plays with the father. As long as the father is near, the son is at peace. The father’s nearness is what is important to the son. However, even if the son is with the father, he does not have the equal of position as with the father. The son does not decide for himself, rather, he is dependent to the father’s decision. The son waits for the father to decide because he knows who this person is who is with him.

In like manner, the Lord Jesus is not just a Person who is in us but also with us. In the book of Matthew, His Name is not just Jesus (Matthew 1:21) but also Emmanuel – God with us (v. 23). The footnote of verse 23 says, “Jesus the Savior is God with us. He is God, and He is also God incarnated to dwell among us (John 1:14). He is not only God but God with us.”

As the One who is in us, He is our life, our life supply, our Person. As the One who is with us, He is the One leading our way, our decisions, our security. We should not just be impressed with the fact that we are not alone, that the Lord has not left us as He said, “…behold, I am 2cwith you all the days until the 3dconsummation of the age” (Matthew 28:20). But we also need to have a fresh realization of who this One is who is with us.

If we realize that the one who is with us is the God who created all things, who was processed to be our all, the Sovereign who arranged every environment for us, the King of Kings sitting on the throne, we would all behave as if we are in the presence of our earthly royalties. With us is the Person clothed with all majesty who was incarnated, crucified, resurrected, ascended and became the life-giving Spirit to be our reality. He dwelt among us as One who is “full of 6dgrace and 6ereality” (John 1:14). Having realized who this One is, will you still make your own decision?

May the Lord open our eyes more that we would appreciate who this One is who is living in and with us that we would treasure every “today” that we have “to live with Christ as Emmanuel. Our living is always with another person, Emmanuel, God with us. We also have to walk by Him, not as Emmanuel but as the life-giving Spirit.”* Then such an enjoyment of Him as the individual Emmanuel will consummate in the New Jerusalem as the corporate Emmanuel. Let’s all pursue to experience and enjoy this One TODAY!

*quoted from: The Triune God to Be the Life to the Tripartite Man. Read this book online here.

#all verses are quoted from the Recovery Version of the Bible. Follow this link to have a FREE Bible!

#this post is based on our corporate enjoyment from The Holy Word for Morning Revival, Week 3, Day 6. Grab a copy here.


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Habit of Praying for the Lord’s Move

“What keeps you going on is not your enjoyment but your habit.”

That is what the brother shared just this morning and I was so watered by it. And I devote this post to what he shared.

Proverbs 22:6 says,

Train up a child according to the way he should go;
Even when he is old, he will not depart from it.

This is why an old person who does not have a habit of reading the Bible gets a habit of not reading the Bible when he got old. If we, as young persons build up a habit of reading the Bible, loving the Lord, attending meetings, even praying, it will not be difficult for us to do the same things when we get older.

We should not be worried whether we have prayed the right thing or not. What is important is that we build up the habit. If the habit is there, when the Lord comes to work out something in us like for instance in our prayer life, it will not be that difficult to adapt since the habit of praying has been built up.

We, young people in the Lord, are so privileged that we have heard such speakings as the “The Prayer and the Lord’s Move” in our young age since we can still work on it and exercise for it. We should not be like those who are compelled to pray just because they already had some ailments. Indeed, sometimes the Lord is sovereign to give us some illness just to cause us to turn to Him and pray. But that would be too late. It’s just like Samson who did not pray when he was young and when he got an illness in the eye, what he prayed was only about his eye. His prayer was limited. If only he was used to praying when he was young, he could have just neglected his illness and prayed for the Lord’s move at that time instead.

The recent speaking concerning prayer has really imparted a great burden to saints both young and old. It is admittedly not easy to keep a prayerful life being that it’s very contrary to our habit – gossip. In spite of this, the Lord’s grace superabounds and we always have a new beginning. If we have committed or had been committing  the sin of prayerlessness, then let us exercise our will and make a decision to make a deal with the Lord concerning this matter. The Lord is our consecration, and He is ever faitful to do it for us. Just as we want the Lord to come back, we should be as desperate in the matter of prayer. Our habit keeps us going and our prayer keeps the Lord moving.

What habit are you building up today?