VERSE 1 – For the earth which drinketh in the rain that cometh oft upon it, and bringeth forth herbs meet for them by whom it is dressed, receiveth blessings from God.
The word meet in this verse means fit or suited for. The idea is that the soil's sunlight,
nutrients, and moisture are blessings from Our Father, which make the soil fit or suitable for
bringing forth food that humans living on Planet Earth can eat. Accordingly, what Our Father
does to, for, and in the soil is more important than what the soil does itself. Holy Spirit wants
you to remember this principle as we) teach you about the idea of you being fit or suitable to
be of value in the Kingdom of Our God here on Planet Earth. This means that what Holy Spirit
does in and through you is more important than what you actually do yourself.
For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God.
Not of works, lest any man should boast.
“The word saved in this verse refers to Born Again Christians. Of all human beings ever to live
on Planet Earth, those who become Born Again Christians are the ones who will make it to the
City of God Above. The word boast means for one to have glory or pride in a personal
accomplishment. And, as you know, it is only by accepting the free gift of Our Father’s Grace
that one becomes saved. One of the teachings of this verse is that this matter of one
becoming fit or suited for the City of God Above is totally the doings of Our Father. Now even
though you are fit or suited for living in the City of God Above as a Born Again Christian, there
are some things you need to do if you are to be part of the Kingdom of Our Father that is
already present on Planet Earth. Right now the New Testament Church is the expression of Our Father’s Kingdom on Planet Earth.”
And Jesus said unto him, No man having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.
“This verse is part of a teaching Christ gave about being His Disciples. However, you may have never plowed fields with a team of mules, if you had ever plowed a field with a tractor. you would know that you make the first furrows through a large field by sighting a point at the end of the field and keeping your eyes focused on it as you drive towards it. If you ever look back, there would also be a crook in the furrows.”
“First of all, the context of this verse is that when Christ Your Lord called some to be disciples,
sometimes they wanted to take care of money and other natural matters before they followed
Him. This meant that, in a very real sense, they were placing more priority on material and
natural things than spiritual things. The obvious teaching is that if one is to be fit or suited for
being a disciple in the New Testament Church, one must give more priority to spiritual matters
than to money, material things, and natural things.
Secondly, when (HS) gave me a calling to leave the Church where I was attending and start
another church, I had to make a decision.”
With that decision, I could not be mostly concerned about how my family would eat because, during that time, most of my work was now out of town, and I not know where my family and I would live and how I would have money to provide for my family. Because now I had an obligation to both families, sometimes I did not leave town, and that was hard. But I knew (HS) was calling to do this, so I focused my eyes on the calling (HS) led every step of the way. As I think about it, I did this without any fear of the future or ever thinking about what it would have been like if I had not obeyed.”
“This is an example of giving more priority to spiritual matters than natural and material
Salt is good: but if the salt has lost his savour, wherewith shall it be seasoned?
It is neither fit for the land, not yet for the dunghill: but men cast it out. He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.
“The word fit in this verse is the word that means fit or suited, but in this case, meaning not fit or suited. The word savor is about taste, but it also has the meaning of stupid or foolish. The guideline (HS) want to give you today is that even for Born Again
Christians, if one begins to give more priority to material and natural values than spiritual
values, that one begins to become unwise in how he or she understands the Scriptures.”