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“The priest is to pour some of the oil … and … put [it] on the same places he put the blood of the guilt offering—on the lobe of the right ear of the one to be cleansed, on the thumb of their right hand and on the big toe of their right foot. – Leviticus 14:25-29

Early Jewish Christians believed the Old Testament, with all its sundry laws and ceremonies, actually pointed to Christ and godly living.1

So, why would God specify in the law, the priest was to apply oil, not just anywhere but only on top of the blood that was, first, placed on the ear lobe, thumb, and big toe?

Here’s what I think.

Oil represents God’s Holy Spirit which brings joy,2 healing,3 enlightenment,4 and endurance.5 The ear lobe represents the mind and what we allow into it. The thumb indicates the action of our hands and what we do with them. The big toe represents what we do with our feet – where we go.6

Gods blessings upon our lives through the Holy Spirit follow the applied forgiveness of Christ, not before. This also indicates God’s desire for us is not just forgiveness but life!

– fritz

1 – Written for our sakes, 1st Corinthians 9:9-10
2 – Oil of Gladness, Hebrews 1:9
3 – Elders anointing with oil, James 5:14
4 – He leads into all truth – John 16:13, Anointing teaches us all things, 1st john 2:27
5 – Wise and foolish vergins, Matthew 25:3-4
6 – Ear Lobe, Thumb, and Big Toe – Part 1, February 26, 2010

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“Grace be to you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ…in whom … ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise” – Ephesians 1:2

Paul was not confused about the Holy Trinity. He held the oneness of God with the diversity of persons without complaining or confusion.

Being both one and more at the same time is and every day occurence – in ourselves. Who do you argue with when your conscience tells you something? Or, how do you know your body is hungry? Do you give it everything it wants or tell it to pipe down?

This is spirit, soul, and body 1 interacting normally. My conscience is its own person, my mind is its own person, my body is its own person – each acting independently, yet still only one of me.

Which one rules? Well, in my imperfection, sometimes its my body, sometimes my will, sometimes my conscience. I accomplish great things when my conscience confirms what my mind envisions and my body obeys.

God acts together. There is no struggle for attention or dominance. The Father loves, plans, feels and directs. The Son acts in voluntary obedience, and the Spirit communicates God’s motives, intentions, and joy.

It is God, our Father, who planned the way of Salvation. It is God, the Son, who of his own free will chose to obey, even to the cross. It is the Holy Spirit who gives us a taste of heaven and tells us God’s true intentions and motives.

– fritz
1 – 1st Thessalonians 5:23

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More than Mere

For since there is jealousy and quarreling among you, are you not worldly? Are you not acting like mere humans? – 1st Corinthians 3:3b(NIV)

“I’m only human!” is no longer an excuse because we more than mere!

We are not only human – we have God, in Christ and through his Holy Spirit, living within. It’s time to realize it and start acting like it!

– fritz

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“[A]fter that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption” – Ephesians 1:13b-14a

Anyone in business knows of earnest money. It is something tangible paid to the seller for assurance.

The buyer is assured full payment is coming, the seller is assured the product won’t be sold to someone else.

Businessmen have used this system for years, even in bible times. Ephesian believers were told God, too, uses this method of assurance.

How could they, personally, know God’s would give them salvation in the future? He would give them the Holy Spirit now.

This tells us at least two (2) things:

1) God wants us to be assured we have a place in heaven – that we won’t be left behind when Jesus comes back;

2) Having the Holy Spirit is something which can be known. After all, what businessman would accept earnest money he could not know if he had or not.

– fritz

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