|John 3:16 What does it really mean?|
God so loved the world, that is the cosmos, the universe and its order, that He gave His unique Son so that whoever believes into Him should not die but should have the life of the coming age, an uncreated life that does not end. And how do we believe into Him? It is "into" in the original language.
Well, who is Christ? Christ is the Head of the Body in Heaven, yes. Christ is also a many-membered Body here on Earth. When we serve each other, we do serve Him. When we build up each other, as you are doing, we build Him up. 1 Corinthians 12:12 For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ. Paul is comparing the physical human body to the Church, the members of the physical body and the members of the Church. Then he calls the Church, Christ. And the Church is Christ. It is the Body of Christ in a very real sense. It is Christ the Body on Earth that is joined to Christ the Head in Heaven.
To believe into Christ, a person must first be born again. From that point, this person begins to believe Christ rather than believing all the teachings of men and evil spirits. As the Holy Spirit unfolds His revelation, the orders that are so clearly shown in the Bible become real and understandable to the believer. God speaks to every person all the time. We were created to be directed, as God utters His Word to us, and powered by the Holy Spirit from moment to moment so that God is doing His Works through us as we yield to Him in submission to His Love. Most people don't listen to God at all. A remnant, a small company of believers, are beginning to learn to listen and respond in God's faith which comes as God utters His Word to us.
Believing into Christ is a process of:
See, sayeth He, that you build all things according to the pattern. God is speaking to us about the pattern that He has given in Scripture. The foundation of the Church must be laid first. First Christ, then the apostles built on Christ as foundation of the Church. These apostles were restored to the Church in the late 1940s. God has been restoring His Church to its original glory and purpose since it left God's pattern in the early centuries after Jesus ascended and gave gifts to men. May God bless you in this work.
eis ice a primary preposition
Where eis is translated as "for" it would sometimes be better translated as "into." For example, in Acts 2:38, the Authorized Version says: 38 Then Peter said to them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins , and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost .
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