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The passages that the church looks at today are Acts 18:9-18 and the Gospel John 16:20-23. Though there is historical and theological context, there is also a life lesson context, a metaphysical context, a symbolic one, so I present these questions for you to ponder:
- What is the metaphysical meaning of Paul’s going from Athens to Corinth? What do each of these represent on different levels of consciousness and self? Is this a journey you might need to make, perhaps from subconscious acceptance of certain truths to conscious acceptance, even if painful to face?
- What mental attitude is represented by Paul shaking his raiment and saying, “Your blood be upon your own heads”? From a purely spiritual and consciousness levels perspective what is this about and how can it be applied to our own lives, living?
- When this realization that the spiritual life is unlimited in its capacity of expression is established, what is the next step? How can this help us with the first two questions put forth?
- What city represents constructive thought? What in our lives does so? It could even be others who bring wisdom to the table to help you reflect and reconstruct in your vocation, in your personal life…..
- Is Christ an afterthought in your life, or along with the Father and the Holy Spirit a solid guide?
- As there is cohesion in the Trinity, synergy, not fragmentation, can we say the same about our lives in any sphere of it? If not, how can we look to the Trinity to give us an example of cohesion in our projects, lives, vocational path etc..?
Speaking scriptural truth, holistically, not bending to our will or desire for it to be what we want, but what it is, is not easy in our world today. It is also sometimes difficult to speak what is in our hearts to others, but the Trinity can teach us to trust with whom we can share what it is in our hearts etc…, it can teach us much, as can Paul’s courage. He also gave a cohesive structure for the church, and cohesion is important. I hope this helps you on your life journey in all areas of your life, to look at scripture and ask these questions.