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The Promise of the Living Parable

by Bill Wong

 

 

 

Introduction

 

Man’s fall in sin has created so much pain and sorrow, and suffering and death are now all around us. They are not indications that God does not exist, but they are signs of a world – all creation, that is desperately sick and in a diseased state, and needs to be healed to prevent this condition from becoming fatal.

 

God loves us so much and He empathizes with us; He knows our pain, and He cries with us. He does not want us to suffer anymore and He sent His son Jesus 2000 years ago to show us His love and the promise that awaits those who have faith in God and His Christ/Messiah (please note that the real name of Jesus is Hebrew: Yahusha‘ – or Yahushua‘ / Yeshua‘; see the article: ‘The Name of God and Messiah’). 

 

Jesus is the one who heals. He atoned for our sins by putting them upon Himself, and His resurrection and promised return, will restore us and all creation:

 

Isaiah 52:

13   Behold, My Servant shall deal prudently; He shall be exalted and extolled and be very high.

14   Just as many were astonished at you, So His visage was marred more than any man, And His form more than the sons of men;

15  So shall He sprinkle many nations. Kings shall shut their mouths at Him; For what had not been told them they shall see, And what they had not heard they shall consider.

 

Isaiah 53:

1   Who has believed our report? And to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed?

2   For He shall grow up before Him as a tender plant, And as a root out of dry ground. He has no form or comeliness;

    And when we see Him, There is no beauty that we should desire Him.

3   He is despised and rejected by men, A Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. And we hid, as it were,

    our faces from Him; He was despised, and we did not esteem Him.

4   Surely He has borne our griefs And carried our sorrows; Yet we esteemed Him stricken, Smitten by God, and afflicted.

5   But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him,

    And by His stripes we are healed.

6   All we like sheep have gone astray; We have turned, every one, to his own way; And the LORD has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.

7   He was oppressed and He was afflicted, Yet He opened not His mouth; He was led as a lamb to the slaughter,

    And as a sheep before its shearers is silent, So He opened not His mouth.

8   He was taken from prison and from judgment, And who will declare His generation? For He was cut off from the land of the living;

    For the transgressions of My people He was stricken.

9   And they made His grave with the wicked --- But with the rich at His death, Because He had done no violence,

    Nor was any deceit in His mouth.

10 Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise Him; He has put Him to grief. When You make His soul an offering for sin,

    He shall see His seed, He shall prolong His days, And the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in His hand.

11 He shall see the labor of His soul, and be satisfied. By His knowledge My righteous Servant shall justify many,

    For He shall bear their iniquities.

12 Therefore I will divide Him a portion with the great, And He shall divide the spoil with the strong,

    Because He poured out His soul unto death, And He was numbered with the transgressors, And He bore the sin of many,

    And made intercession for the transgressors.   (NKJV)

 

1 Peter 2:

21   For to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps:

22   " Who committed no sin, Nor was deceit found in His mouth";

23   who, when He was reviled, did not revile in return; when He suffered, He did not threaten,

     but committed Himself to Him who judges righteously;

24   who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins,

     might live for righteousness --- by whose stripes you were healed.

25  For you were like sheep going astray, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.   (NKJV)

 

Matthew 24

29   "Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light;
      the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken.

30   Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn,

      and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.

31   And He will send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they will gather together His elect from the four winds,

      from one end of heaven to the other.   (NKJV)

 

Revelation 1:

4   John, to the seven churches which are in Asia: Grace to you and peace from Him who is and who was and who is to come,

    and from the seven Spirits who are before His throne,

5   and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler over the kings of the earth.

    To Him who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood,

6   and has made us kings and priests to His God and Father, to Him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.

7   Behold, He is coming with clouds, and every eye will see Him, even they who pierced Him.

    And all the tribes of the earth will mourn because of Him. Even so, Amen.   (NKJV)

 

 

When Jesus first came, He likewise felt our pain and sorrow. He was sad. He cried. He cried and was moved to compassion not because these people were His friends, but because He knew how such great sorrow was caused by sin and death entering the creation. Jesus knew what a powerful hold of bondage that sin and death – the enemy Satan, has over mankind:

 

John 11:

30   Now Jesus had not yet come into the village, but was still in the place where Martha met Him.

31   Then the Jews who were with her in the house, and consoling her, when they saw that Mary got up quickly and went out,

     they followed her, supposing that she was going to the tomb to weep there.

32   Therefore, when Mary came where Jesus was, she saw Him, and fell at His feet, saying to Him,

    "Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died."

33  When Jesus therefore saw her weeping, and the Jews who came with her also weeping,

     He was deeply moved in spirit and was troubled,

34   and said, "Where have you laid him?" They said to Him, "Lord, come and see."

35   Jesus wept.

36   So the Jews were saying, "See how He loved him!"

37   But some of them said, "Could not this man, who opened the eyes of the blind man, have kept this man also from dying?"

38   So Jesus, again being deeply moved within, *came to the tomb. Now it was a cave, and a stone was lying against it.   (NASB)

 

Luke 7:

11   Soon afterwards He went to a city called Nain; and His disciples were going along with Him, accompanied by a large crowd.

12   Now as He approached the gate of the city, a dead man was being carried out, the only son of his mother,

     and she was a widow; and a sizeable crowd from the city was with her.

13   When the Lord saw her, He felt compassion for her, and said to her, "Do not weep."

14   And He came up and touched the coffin; and the bearers came to a halt. And He said, "Young man, I say to you, arise!"

15   The dead man sat up and began to speak. And Jesus gave him back to his mother.   (NASB)

 

 

He cried with us not only for what we are going through, but also because He prays (He will not force us) that we will all know the Bible truth that God, His father, is the one true God who loves us so very much and sent His only begotten son to save us from our sins and give us the gift of eternal life. He cries with us, because He wants us to know the truth that pain, suffering and death are only temporary, and we must not be caught up in worldly things and miss the time to seek, know and live this truth that looks toward what is eternal:

 

Luke 19:

37   Then, as He was now drawing near the descent of the Mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples

        began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works they had seen,

38   saying: " 'Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the LORD!' Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!"

39   And some of the Pharisees called to Him from the crowd, "Teacher, rebuke Your disciples."

40   But He answered and said to them, "I tell you that if these should keep silent, the stones would immediately cry out."

41   Now as He drew near, He saw the city and wept over it,

42   saying, "If you had known, even you, especially in this your day, the things that make for your peace!
        But now they are hidden from your eyes.

43   For days will come upon you when your enemies will build an embankment around you,

        surround you and close you in on every side,

44   and level you, and your children within you, to the ground; and they will not leave in you one stone upon another,

        because you did not know the time of your visitation."   (NKJV)

 

 

 

Suffering and death will be no more

 

God has set a fixed time that everything will be healed, that everything will be restored back to perfect health.   He does not want anyone to perish, but wants everyone to come to repentance, so they may have eternal life in the creation that will be remade – the new heavens and the new earth:

 

2 Peter 3:
8     But, beloved, do not forget this one thing, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.

9     The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us,

        not willing that any should erish but that all should come to repentance.

10   But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise,

        and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up.

11   Therefore, since all these things will be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness,

12   looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be dissolved, being on fire,

        and the elements will melt with fervent heat?

13   Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.   (NKJV)

 

 

In this life there is currently suffering, but God has promised one day soon that there will be no more pain, suffering and death, and we will live forever with God who will dwell among His children once again:

 

Revelation 21:

1   Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. Also there was no more sea.

2   Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.

3   And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, "Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them,

    and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God.

4   And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying.

    There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away."

5   Then He who sat on the throne said, "Behold, I make all things new." And He said to me,

    "Write, for these words are true and faithful."

6   And He said to me, "It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End.

    I will give of the fountain of the water of life freely to him who thirsts.

7   He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God and he shall be My son.   (NKJV)

 

Romans 8:

18   For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.

19   For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God.

20   For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it in hope;

21   because the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.

22   For we know that the whole creation groans and labors with birth pangs together until now.

23   Not only that, but we also who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves,

     eagerly waiting for the adoption, the redemption of our body.

24   For we were saved in this hope, but hope that is seen is not hope; for why does one still hope for what he sees?

25   But if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with perseverance.   (NKJV)

 

 

In Romans 8 above which we have just read, God lays out His plan of salvation for us. The hope and expectation of all creation to be reconciled and remade into the new heavens and new earth, begins with the transformation of those of faith – the children of God. These children of God are considered co-heirs with the Lord Jesus, and their bodies will be redeemed, changed, into glorious bodies that not even death has power over:

 

1 Thessalonians 4:

13   But we do not want you to be uninformed, brethren, about those who are asleep,

     so that you will not grieve as do the rest who have no hope.

14   For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who have fallen asleep in Jesus.

15   For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord,

     will not precede those who have fallen asleep.

16   For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God,

     and the dead in Christ will rise first.

17   Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air,

     and so we shall always be with the Lord.

18   Therefore comfort one another with these words.   (NASB)

 

 

The Bible describes further how it is that those with faith in Messiah are changed. The fleshly, earthly and what is dead that is planted in weakness becomes spiritual, heavenly and immortal, raised in power:

 

1 Corinthians 15:

35   But someone will say, "How are the dead raised? And with what kind of body do they come?"

36   You fool! That which you sow does not come to life unless it dies;

37   and that which you sow, you do not sow the body which is to be, but a bare grain, perhaps of wheat or of something else.

38   But God gives it a body just as He wished, and to each of the seeds a body of its own.

39   All flesh is not the same flesh, but there is one flesh of men, and another flesh of beasts,

     and another flesh of birds, and another of fish.

40   There are also heavenly bodies and earthly bodies, but the glory of the heavenly is one, and the glory of the earthly is another.

41   There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars; for star differs from star in glory.

42   So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown a perishable body, it is raised an imperishable body;

43   it is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power;

44   it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body.  

45   So also it is written, "The first man, Adam, became a living soul." The last Adam became a life-giving spirit.

46   However, the spiritual is not first, but the natural; then the spiritual.

47   The first man is from the earth, earthy; the second man is from heaven.

48   As is the earthy, so also are those who are earthy; and as is the heavenly, so also are those who are heavenly.

49   Just as we have borne the image of the earthy, we will also bear the image of the heavenly.

50   Now I say this, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable.

51   Behold, I tell you a mystery; we will not all sleep, but we will all be changed,

52   in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for the trumpet will sound,

     and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed.

53   For this perishable must put on the imperishable, and this mortal must put on immortality.

54   But when this perishable will have put on the imperishable, and this mortal will have put on immortality,

     then will come about the saying that is written, "Death is swallowed up in victory.   (NASB)

 

 

The Almighty God is telling us that He is the creator and giver of life, and as this creator and giver of life, He is able to – and will, resurrect to new eternal life those who are His children who have faith in Him and His son Jesus.

 

This is not reincarnation or giving our spirits a new body. The Bible makes it very clear that we are not immortal spirits given bodies, but we become living creatures only when God breathes life into us. When we die, the breath of life returns to Him who gave it and we live no more in any form; our thoughts and everything about us are no more. Please also see the article: ‘The Bible Truth about Death’.

 

The template of our bodies will be used to transform us into a new creation. We are the same person, but we will have entirely new bodies; the template of our bodies will be resurrected in glory for eternity. What was dead is brought back, restored to new life.

 

 

 

The butterfly

 

This wonderful promise and gift of resurrection to eternal life is given to us as a sign which is present with us every single day. God has placed in our midst the living parable of the butterfly.

 

When we speak of the living parable of the butterfly, we are not merely referring to the great beauty of the transformation of a caterpillar to a butterfly.  There is a lot more to this change, this metamorphosis.  It is about what happens inside the chrysalis/cocoon --- what actually happens to the caterpillar and how the butterfly comes to be.  These events that transpire in the life-cycle of the caterpillar/butterfly is the living parable that reveals the awesome truth of the death and resurrection to glory that awaits those whose faith is in Christ.  

 

It is only recently that we are able to know this fact: the caterpillar does not just grow and transform into a butterfly like a child to an adult as we might assume.  What happens to the caterpillar is that it essentially DIES and this is not metaphorical language for effect.  Inside the chrysalis the caterpillar does not grow into something different.  No, what it does is dissolve itself – it liquefies itself, turning itself into a mass of liquid soup.  It has disintegrated. 

 

But what unexplainable thing happens next?  

 

The DNA which is the mapping program – the template, takes this liquid material which was the caterpillar and uses it to create a butterfly: an entirely new and different creature.  The fact that it is a new creation like one creature with two phases of existence as two different lifeforms – yet the same entity, is seen by the fact that the caterpillar cells attack the newly forming butterfly as an immune system response. 

 

The butterfly is truly a different lifeform, but yet there is no denying that they are the same entity – they are two lifeforms in one.  One DNA/template has the blueprint for two different creatures – the caterpillar is dissolved and practically dies, and then everything quite literally starts over from scratch as the liquid is used to create a new creature, the butterfly.

 

The caterpillar and butterfly is truly a living parable for us to see the life that we have now and what also awaits for those who have faith in the God of the Bible and His son Jesus.

 

From its beginning, the caterpillar has a voracious uncontrollable appetite.  It can think of nothing else but itself and satisfying this appetite.  It eats and eats; its god is its belly/appetite (Philippians 3:19).  But then comes the time that its days are ended.  It is entombed and dies.  The caterpillar represents the human condition which is that man is fallen in sin.  Mankind is weak, fleshly and returns to dust.        

 

For all mankind dies:

 

Hebrews 9:

27   And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment.

28  so Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many.  To those who eagerly wait for Him He will appear a second time,

       apart from sin, for salvation.    (NKJV)

 

 

However, for those who have faith in the atonement and resurrection of Jesus, the Son of God and Messiah, they will not die in their sins and the weakness of the flesh.  They have accepted Christ and repent of their sins.  Instead, what was dead is brought back to life and this life is spiritual and in power. What was once lowly is now heavenly; what was grounded now takes flight in glory and eternal life:

 

Philippians 3:

18   For many walk, of whom I often told you, and now tell you even weeping, that they are enemies of the cross of Christ,

19  whose end is destruction, whose god is their appetite, and whose glory is in their shame, who set their minds on earthly things.

20   For our citizenship is in heaven, from which also we eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ;

21   who will transform the body of our humble state into conformity with the body of His glory,

      by the exertion of the power that He has even to subject all things to Himself.   (NASB)

 

2 Corinthians 5:

1   For we know that if the earthly tent which is our house is torn down, we have a building from God,

    a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.

2   For indeed in this house we groan, longing to be clothed with our dwelling from heaven,

3   inasmuch as we, having put it on, will not be found naked.

4   For indeed while we are in this tent, we groan, being burdened, because we do not want to be unclothed but to be clothed,

    so that what is mortal will be swallowed up by life. (NASB)

 

 

In the living parable of the caterpillar and butterfly we see what was once earthbound with a ravenous appetite for solid food is now soaring skyward as a pollinator that drinks nectar.  The butterfly has become the very opposite of what it once was. 

 

Indeed, this is what will happen to us if we come to faith.  For as we read before, when we are given new glorious bodies, no longer are we in bondage to death.  We are no longer like a caterpillar who is given life and selfishly consumes, but now we are like the butterfly who is given new life and we in turn give life; the restoration of all creation awaits our transformation first: 

 

Romans 8:

14    For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.

15    For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out,

       "Abba, Father."

16    The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God,

17    and if children, then heirs --- heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him,

        that we may also be glorified together.

18    For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.

19    For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God.

20    For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it in hope;

21    because the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.

22    For we know that the whole creation groans and labors with birth pangs together until now.

23    Not only that, but we also who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves,

       eagerly waiting for the adoption, the redemption of our body.    (NKJV)

 

 

The resurrection of the Lord Jesus is the model of the eternal destiny of those who have faith in Him:

 

2 Peter 1:

13    Yes, I think it is right, as long as I am in this tent, to stir you up by reminding you,

14    knowing that shortly I must put off my tent, just as our Lord Jesus Christ showed me.

15    Moreover I will be careful to ensure that you always have a reminder of these things after my decease.

      (NKJV)

 

 

And not only does our change initiate the restoration of all creation, but when we are changed God has given us authority to rule along the side of His son Jesus as monarchs and priests when Jesus returns in glory to establish the Kingdom of God.  He came the first time as the suffering servant, but will return as the conquering king.  Christ is the glorious king:

 

Matthew 16:

24   Then Jesus said to His disciples, "If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself,

        and take up his cross and follow Me.

25   "For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it; but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.

26   "For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?

27   "For the Son of Man is going to come in the glory of His Father with His angels,

        and will then repay every man according to his deeds.   (NASB)

 

2 Timothy 4:

1  I charge you therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ,

   who will judge the living and the dead at His appearing and His kingdom:   (NKJV)

 

Revelation 5:

9     And they sang a new song, saying: " You are worthy to take the scroll, And to open its seals; For You were slain, And have redeemed us to God by Your blood Out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation,

10   And have made us kings and priests to our God; And we shall reign on the earth."    (NKJV)

 

Revelation 20:

4   Then I saw thrones, and they sat on them, and judgment was given to them.

    And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of their testimony of Jesus and because of the word of God,

    and those who had not worshiped the beast or his image, and had not received the mark on their forehead and on their hand;

    and they came to life and reigned with Christ for a thousand years.

5  The rest of the dead did not come to life until the thousand years were completed. This is the first resurrection.

6   Blessed and holy is the one who has a part in the first resurrection; over these the second death has no power,

    but they will be priests of God and of Christ and will reign with Him for a thousand years.   (NASB)

 

1 Corinthians 6:

2   Do you not know that the saints will judge the world? And if the world will be judged by you,

    are you unworthy to judge the smallest matters?

3   Do you not know that we shall judge angels? How much more, things that pertain to this life?   (NKJV)

 

 

The Bible gives us an example of this parable of the butterfly.  Lazarus was already dead for four days and decaying, but He is restored to life.  And as Jesus said, we sleep and are dead.  We sleep the sleep of death and are not alive in any form; our thoughts perish and we wait for our resurrection by the power and voice of the Lord Jesus when He returns. Not even decay or dissolving can prevent the promise and power of God from resurrecting life from the dead:

 

John 11:

11   This He said, and after that He said to them, "Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep;

        but I go, so that I may awaken him out of sleep."

12   The disciples then said to Him, "Lord, if he has fallen asleep, he will recover."

13   Now Jesus had spoken of his death, but they thought that He was speaking of literal sleep.

14   So Jesus then said to them plainly, "Lazarus is dead,

15   and I am glad for your sakes that I was not there, so that you may believe; but let us go to him."

 

39   Jesus said, "Remove the stone." Martha, the sister of the deceased, said to Him,

       "Lord, by this time there will be a stench, for he has been dead four days."

40   Jesus said to her, "Did I not say to you that if you believe, you will see the glory of God?"

41   So they removed the stone. Then Jesus raised His eyes, and said, "Father, I thank You that You have heard Me.

42   "I knew that You always hear Me; but because of the people standing around I said it,

        so that they may believe that You sent Me."

43   When He had said these things, He cried out with a loud voice, "Lazarus, come forth."

44   The man who had died came forth, bound hand and foot with wrappings, and his face was wrapped around with a cloth.

        Jesus said to them, "Unbind him, and let him go."

45   Therefore many of the Jews who came to Mary, and saw what He had done, believed in Him.   (NASB)

 

 

 

We must have faith

 

This beautiful living parable is given to everyone as a sign and a promise from God of what awaits those who have faith and return to their first love – our Heavenly Father. This faith is in His son whose atoning death and resurrection gives us the gift of eternal life as co-heirs with Christ in the coming Kingdom of God:

 

John 3:

16   For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son,

     that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

17   For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.

18   "He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already,

      because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

19   And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light,

     because their deeds were evil.

20   For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed.

21   But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God."     (NKJV)

 

Acts 10:

34   Opening his mouth, Peter said: "I most certainly understand now that God is not one to show partiality,

35   but in every nation the man who fears Him and does what is right is welcome to Him.

36   "The word which He sent to the sons of Israel, preaching peace through Jesus Christ (He is Lord of all)--

37   you yourselves know the thing which took place throughout all Judea, starting from Galilee,

     after the baptism which John proclaimed.

38   "You know of Jesus of Nazareth, how God anointed Him with the Holy Spirit and with power,

      and how He went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.

39   "We are witnesses of all the things He did both in the land of the Jews and in Jerusalem.

      They also put Him to death by hanging Him on a cross.

40   "God raised Him up on the third day and granted that He become visible,

41   not to all the people, but to witnesses who were chosen beforehand by God, that is,

     to us who ate and drank with Him after He arose from the dead.

42   "And He ordered us to preach to the people, and solemnly to testify that this is the One who has been appointed

      by God as Judge of the living and the dead.

43   "Of Him all the prophets bear witness that through His name everyone who believes in Him receives forgiveness of sins."   (NASB)

 

Romans 1:

1   Paul, a bond-servant of Christ Jesus, called as an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God,

2   which He promised beforehand through His prophets in the holy Scriptures,

3   concerning His Son, who was born of a descendant of David according to the flesh,

4   who was declared the Son of God with power by the resurrection from the dead, according to the Spirit of holiness,
    Jesus Christ our Lord,

5   through whom we have received grace and apostleship to bring about the obedience of faith among

    all the Gentiles for His name's sake,

6   among whom you also are the called of Jesus Christ;   (NASB)

 

Romans 5:

6   For while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly.

7   For one will hardly die for a righteous man; though perhaps for the good man someone would dare even to die.

8   But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

9   Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him.

10   For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more,

     having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.

11   And not only this, but we also exult in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation.

12   Therefore, just as through one man sin entered into the world, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men,

      because all sinned--

13   for until the Law sin was in the world, but sin is not imputed when there is no law.

14   Nevertheless death reigned from Adam until Moses, even over those who had

     not sinned in the likeness of the offense of Adam, who is a type of Him who was to come.

15   But the free gift is not like the transgression. For if by the transgression of the one the many died,

      much more did the grace of God and the gift by the grace of the one Man, Jesus Christ, abound to the many.

16   The gift is not like that which came through the one who sinned; for on the one hand the judgment

      arose from one transgression resulting in condemnation, but on the other hand the free gift arose

      from many transgressions resulting in justification.

17   For if by the transgression of the one, death reigned through the one, much more those who receive the abundance

     of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.

18   So then as through one transgression there resulted condemnation to all men, even so through one act

     of righteousness there resulted justification of life to all men.

19   For as through the one man's disobedience the many were made sinners, even so through the obedience

     of the One the many will be made righteous.   (NASB)

 

Colossians 1:

9     For this reason we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you,

       and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding;

10   that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God;

11   strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, for all patience and longsuffering with joy;

12   giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light.

13   He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love,

14   in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins.

15   He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.

16   For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible,

       whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him.

17   And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist.

18   And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead,

       that in all things He may have the preeminence.

19   For it pleased the Father that in Him all the fullness should dwell,

20   and by Him to reconcile all things to Himself, by Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven,

        having made peace through the blood of His cross.

21   And you, who once were alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now He has reconciled

22   in the body of His flesh through death, to present you holy, and blameless, and above reproach in His sight ---     (NKJV)

 

1 Peter 1:

3   Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born

    again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,

4   to obtain an inheritance which is imperishable and undefiled and will not fade away, reserved in heaven for you,

5   who are protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.

6   In this you greatly rejoice, even though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been distressed by various trials,

7   so that the proof of your faith, being more precious than gold which is perishable, even though tested by fire,

    may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ;

8   and though you have not seen Him, you love Him, and though you do not see Him now, but believe in Him,

    you greatly rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory,

9   obtaining as the outcome of your faith the salvation of your souls.

10   As to this salvation, the prophets who prophesied of the grace that would come to you made careful searches and inquiries,

11   seeking to know what person or time the Spirit of Christ within them was indicating as

     He predicted the sufferings of Christ and the glories to follow.

12   It was revealed to them that they were not serving themselves, but you, in these things which now have

     been announced to you through those who preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven--things

     into which angels long to look.

13   Therefore, prepare your minds for action, keep sober in spirit, fix your hope completely on the grace to be brought

     to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.

14   As obedient children, do not be conformed to the former lusts which were yours in your ignorance,

15   but like the Holy One who called you, be holy yourselves also in all your behavior;

16   because it is written, "You shall be holy, for I am holy."

17   If you address as Father the One who impartially judges according to each one's work, conduct yourselves in fear

     during the time of your stay on earth;

18   knowing that you were not redeemed with perishable things like silver or gold from your futile way of life

     inherited from your forefathers,

19   but with precious blood, as of a lamb unblemished and spotless, the blood of Christ.

20   For He was foreknown before the foundation of the world, but has appeared in these last times for the sake of you

21   who through Him are believers in God, who raised Him from the dead and gave Him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God.

22   Since you have in obedience to the truth purified your souls for a sincere love of the brethren,

     fervently love one another from the heart,

23   for you have been born again not of seed which is perishable but imperishable, that is, through the living and enduring word of God.

24   For, "All flesh is like grass, And all its glory like the flower of grass. The grass withers, And the flower falls off,

25   But the word of the Lord endures forever." And this is the word which was preached to you.   (NASB)

 

 

 

We must repent of our sins

 

However, with faith must also come repentance from sin. We must know what sin is, realize we are sinful, and repent of it. To repent is to turn away and make an 180-degree change from sinning – we must stop sinning. God is holy and cannot abide with sin. His son Jesus is holy. We are to be holy children and co-heirs with Christ, imitating Christ in His behavior and actions.

 

It cannot be stressed enough, we must stop sinning:

 

1 John 2:

5   This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all.

6   If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth.

7   But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another,

    and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.

8   If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

9   If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

10  If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.   (NASB)

 

Deuteronomy 18:

9    "When you come into the land which the LORD your God is giving you,

        you shall not learn to follow the abominations of those nations.

10    There shall not be found among you anyone who makes his son or his daughter pass through the fire,

        or one who practices witchcraft, or a soothsayer, or one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer,

11    or one who conjures spells, or a medium, or a spiritist, or one who calls up the dead.

12    For all who do these things are an abomination to the LORD, 

        and because of these abominations the LORD your God drives them out from before you.

13    You shall be blameless before the LORD your God.

14    For these nations which you will dispossess listened to soothsayers and diviners;

        but as for you, the LORD your God has not appointed such for you.    (NKJV)

 

1 Corinthians 10:

14   Therefore, my beloved, flee from idolatry.

15   I speak as to wise men. Judge what I say.

16   The cup of blessing which we bless, isn't it a sharing of the blood of Christ? The bread which we break,

     isn't it a sharing of the body of Christ?

17   Because there is one loaf of bread, we, who are many, are one body; for we all partake of the one loaf of bread.

18   Consider Israel according to the flesh. Don't those who eat the sacrifices participate in the altar?

19   What am I saying then? That a thing sacrificed to idols is anything, or that an idol is anything?

20   But I say that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to demons, and not to God,

     and I don't desire that you would have fellowship with demons.

21   You can't both drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons. You can't both partake of the table of the Lord,

     and of the table of demons.   (WEB)

 

Revelation 9:

20   But the rest of mankind, who were not killed by these plagues, did not repent of the works of their hands,

     that they should not worship demons, and idols of gold, silver, brass, stone, and wood, which can neither see nor hear nor walk.

21  And they did not repent of their murders or their sorceries or their sexual immorality or their thefts.   (NKJV)

 

Romans 1:

18   For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men

     who suppress the truth in unrighteousness,

19   because that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them.

20   For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature,

     have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse.

21   For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their speculations,

     and their foolish heart was darkened.

22   Professing to be wise, they became fools,

23   and exchanged the glory of the incorruptible God for an image in the form of corruptible man

     and of birds and four-footed animals and crawling creatures.

24   Therefore God gave them over in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, so that their bodies would be dishonored among them.

25   For they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator,

     who is blessed forever. Amen.

26   For this reason God gave them over to degrading passions; for their women exchanged the natural function

     for that which is unnatural,

27   and in the same way also the men abandoned the natural function of the woman and burned in their desire

     toward one another, men with men committing indecent acts and receiving in their own persons the due penalty of their error.

28   And just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God any longer, God gave them over to a depraved mind,

     to do those things which are not proper,

29   being filled with all unrighteousness, wickedness, greed, evil; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, malice; they are gossips,

30   slanderers, haters of God, insolent, arrogant, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents,

31   without understanding, untrustworthy, unloving, unmerciful;

32   and although they know the ordinance of God, that those who practice such things are worthy of death,

     they not only do the same, but also give hearty approval to those who practice them. (NASB)

 

1 John 2:

22   Who is a liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist who denies the Father and the Son.

23   Whoever denies the Son does not have the Father either; he who acknowledges the Son has the Father also.   (NKJV)

 

1 John 3:

4    Whoever commits sin transgresses also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.   (AKJV)

 

1 John 4:

1   Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God;

    because many false prophets have gone out into the world.

2   By this you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God,

3   and every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God.

    And this is the spirit of the Antichrist, which you have heard was coming, and is now already in the world.

4   You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.

5   They are of the world. Therefore they speak as of the world, and the world hears them.

6   We are of God. He who knows God hears us; he who is not of God does not hear us.

    By this we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of error.   (NKJV)

 

2 John 1:

7   For many deceivers have gone out into the world, those who do not acknowledge Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh.

    This is the deceiver and the antichrist.

8   Watch yourselves, that you do not lose what we have accomplished, but that you may receive a full reward.

9   Anyone who goes too far and does not abide in the teaching of Christ, does not have God; the one who abides in the teaching,

    he has both the Father and the Son.

10   If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not receive him into your house, and do not give him a greeting;

11   for the one who gives him a greeting participates in his evil deeds.   (NASB)

 

 

We must not be deceived by empty philosophies and religions, or be controlled by the weakness of our flesh and succumb to its desires. We must do the will of God. Narrow is the road to life and wide is the road to death.

 

We must do away with sin, because that which is sinful cannot inherit the kingdom. If we continue to sin, we cannot imitate Christ in His resurrection and change, and redeem the gift of eternal life. Sin cannot dwell in the eternal Kingdom of God, because when everything is recreated, it will be holy and nothing sinful will remain.

 

The promise of the living parable of the butterfly can only be fulfilled in children of the Kingdom of God.  Please repent of your sins and turn to God and Christ in faith, because the blood of Christ covers/atones for our sins.  Please do not throw away the precious free gift of eternal life in the Kingdom, but rather throw away your sins so that you may enter into the Kingdom:

 

Matthew 7:

13   "Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction,

      and there are many who enter through it.

14   "For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it.

15   "Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves.

16   "You will know them by their fruits. Grapes are not gathered from thorn bushes nor figs from thistles, are they?

17   "So every good tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears bad fruit.

18   "A good tree cannot produce bad fruit, nor can a bad tree produce good fruit.

19   "Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.

20   "So then, you will know them by their fruits.

21   "Not everyone who says to Me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven,

      but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter.

22   "Many will say to Me on that day, 'Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons,

      and in Your name perform many miracles?'

23   "And then I will declare to them, 'I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness.'

24   "Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts on them, may be compared to a wise man

      who built his house on the rock.

25   "And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and yet it did not fall,

      for it had been founded on the rock.

26   "Everyone who hears these words of Mine and does not act on them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand.

27   "The rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and it fell--and great was its fall."   (NASB)

 

Galatians 5:

19   Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness,

20   idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies,

21   envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past,

     that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.

22   But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,

23   gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.

24   And those who are Christ's have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.

25   If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.

26   Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.   (NKJV)

 

Revelation 22:

12   And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.

13   I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.

14   Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life,

     and may enter in through the gates into the city.

15   For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and fornicators, and murderers, and idolaters, and whoever loves and makes a lie.

16   I Jesus have sent my angel to testify to you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David,

     and the bright and morning star.

17   And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that hears say, Come. And let him that is thirsty come.

     And whoever will, let him take the water of life freely.

18   For I testify to every man that hears the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add to these things,

     God shall add to him the plagues that are written in this book:

19   And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy,

     God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city,

     and from the things which are written in this book.   (AKJV)

 

 

Note: The Greek word for ‘sorcerers’ in verse 15 is ‘pharmakos’:

 

Strong’s #5333: from pharmakon (a drug); a poisoner, sorcerer, magician

 

The sense is of people who use drugs, poison, potions and magic/spells for ungodly reasons.

 

 

1 Corinthians 6:

9     Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God?

     Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals,

10   nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God.

11   Such were some of you; but you were washed, but you were sanctified, 
     but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God.

 

 

 

Changing from within

 

We must realize that it is not just about the transformation of our bodies, but our resurrection to eternal life begins with our transformation from the inside as our hearts and minds receive Christ, and God and Christ abide in us.  We must be changed in our hearts and minds first before anything else; to no longer sin, but be holy:

 

Ephesians 4:

15   Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ,

16   from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped,

       when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.

17   Now this I say and testify in the Lord, that you must no longer walk as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their minds.

18   They are darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them,

       due to their hardness of heart.

19   They have become callous and have given themselves up to sensuality, greedy to practice every kind of impurity.

20   But that is not the way you learned Christ!---

21   assuming that you have heard about him and were taught in him, as the truth is in Jesus,

22   to put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires,

23   and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds,

24   and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.

(ESV)

 

2 Corinthians 5:

17   Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.   (NKJV)

 

Romans 6:

3     Know you not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?

4     Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the

       dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.

5     For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection:

6     Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed,

       that from now on we should not serve sin.

7     For he that is dead is freed from sin.

8     Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him:

9     Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dies no more; death has no more dominion over him.

10   For in that he died, he died to sin once: but in that he lives, he lives to God.

11   Likewise reckon you also yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God through Jesus Christ our Lord.

12   Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it in the lusts thereof.

13   Neither yield you your members as instruments of unrighteousness to sin: but yield yourselves to God,

       as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God.

14   For sin shall not have dominion over you: for you are not under the law, but under grace.

15   What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid.

16   Know you not, that to whom you yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants you are to whom you obey;

        whether of sin to death, or of obedience to righteousness?

17   But God be thanked, that you were the servants of sin, but you have obeyed from

        the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you.

18   Being then made free from sin, you became the servants of righteousness.

19   I speak after the manner of men because of the infirmity of your flesh:

       for as you have yielded your members servants to uncleanness and to iniquity to iniquity;

       even so now yield your members servants to righteousness to holiness.

20   For when you were the servants of sin, you were free from righteousness.

21   What fruit had you then in those things whereof you are now ashamed? for the end of those things is death.

22   But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, you have your fruit to holiness, and the end everlasting life.

23   For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.   (AKJV)

 

John 14:

23    Jesus answered and said to him, "If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him.    (NKJV)

 

 

Our change from inside our hearts and minds, turning away from darkness and into God's light in Christ, is what will make the living parable of the butterfly become a reality where we will have eternal life: 

 

Ephesians 5:

1    Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children;

2    and walk in love, just as Christ also loved you and gave Himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God as a fragrant aroma.

3    But immorality or any impurity or greed must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints;

4    and there must be no filthiness and silly talk, or coarse jesting, which are not fitting, but rather giving of thanks.

5    For this you know with certainty, that no immoral or impure person or covetous man, who is an idolater, has an inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God.

6    Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience.

7    Therefore do not be partakers with them;

8    for you were formerly darkness, but now you are Light in the Lord; walk as children of Light

9    (for the fruit of the Light consists in all goodness and righteousness and truth),

10   trying to learn what is pleasing to the Lord.

11   Do not participate in the unfruitful deeds of darkness, but instead even expose them;

12   for it is disgraceful even to speak of the things which are done by them in secret.

13   But all things become visible when they are exposed by the light, for everything that becomes visible is light.

14   For this reason it says, "Awake, sleeper, And arise from the dead, And Christ will shine on you."

15   Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise,

16   making the most of your time, because the days are evil.

17   So then do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.

18   And do not get drunk with wine, for that is dissipation, but be filled with the Spirit,     (NASB)

 

 

 

Jesus humbled Himself for us

 

In His love, the only-begotten Son of God Jesus actually went in the reverse to save us.  He loves us so much that He died for us; there is no greater love.  He was great, spiritual and heavenly, but humbled Himself and became lowly; so that we can change from being lowly into that which is great, spiritual and heavenly:

 

John 15:

1  "I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser.

2   Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit.

3   You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you.

4   Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine,

    neither can you, unless you abide in Me.

5   "I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.

6   If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire,

    and they are burned.

7  If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.

8   By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples.

9   "As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love.

10   If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father's commandments and abide in His love.

11   "These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full.

12   This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.

13   Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one's life for his friends.

14   You are My friends if you do whatever I command you.

15   No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends,

     for all things that I heard from My Father I have made known to you.

16   You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit,

     and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you.

17   These things I command you, that you love one another.

18   "If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you.

19   If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world,

     but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.

20   Remember the word that I said to you, 'A servant is not greater than his master.' If they persecuted Me,

     they will also persecute you. If they kept My word, they will keep yours also.

21   But all these things they will do to you for My name's sake, because they do not know Him who sent Me.

22   If I had not come and spoken to them, they would have no sin, but now they have no excuse for their sin.

23   He who hates Me hates My Father also.

24   If I had not done among them the works which no one else did, they would have no sin;

     but now they have seen and also hated both Me and My Father.

25   But this happened that the word might be fulfilled which is written in their law, 'They hated Me without a cause.'     (NKJV)

 

Hebrews 2:

10   For it was fitting for Him, for whom are all things and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory,

        to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings.

11   For both He who sanctifies and those who are being sanctified are all of one,

        for which reason He is not ashamed to call them brethren,

12   saying: " I will declare Your name to My brethren; In the midst of the assembly I will sing praise to You."

13   And again: " I will put My trust in Him." And again: " Here am I and the children whom God has given Me."

14   Inasmuch then as the children have partaken of flesh and blood, He Himself likewise shared in the same,

       that through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil,

15   and release those who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.

16   For indeed He does not give aid to angels, but He does give aid to the seed of Abraham.

17   Therefore, in all things He had to be made like His brethren,

        that He might be a merciful and faithful High Priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people.

18   For in that He Himself has suffered, being tempted, He is able to aid those who are tempted.   (NKJV)

 

Philippians 2:

5     Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus,

6     who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped,

7     but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men.

   Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death,

       even death on a cross.     (NASB)

 

2 Corinthians 5:

21   He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.   (NASB)

 

 

Can you even imagine what Jesus did, because He loves us?  It is one thing for a caterpillar to long to be a butterfly, but Jesus the divine Son of God wanted to become a caterpillar and experience death for us, so that we will be free from suffering, pain, death, and the evil one forever.

 

 

Speaking of what He came to do in atoning for our sins, Jesus referred to Himself as a seed or grain that dies in order to produce a bounty of fruit, of life: 

 

John 12:

24   Most assuredly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone;

     but if it dies, it produces much grain.   (NKJV)

24   "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies,

     it bears much fruit.   (NASB)

 

 

This is in fulfillment of Isaiah 53:10-12 where His loving bearing of our sins upon Himself will produce much fruit, justifying many in the eyes of God and giving us eternal life and a return to the loving relationship we were always meant to have with our Creator:

 

Isaiah 53:

10  Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise Him; He has put Him to grief. When You make His soul an offering for sin,

     He shall see His seed, He shall prolong His days, And the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in His hand.

11   He shall see the labor of His soul, and be satisfied. By His knowledge My righteous Servant shall justify many,

     For He shall bear their iniquities.

12   Therefore I will divide Him a portion with the great, And He shall divide the spoil with the strong,

     Because He poured out His soul unto death, And He was numbered with the transgressors,

     And He bore the sin of many, And made intercession for the transgressors.   (NKJV)

 

 

 

Do not scoff, but believe

 

We must not scoff at this truth and miss the time of our visitation, but believe.  The living parable of the butterfly shows us that not only is evolution impossible (how and why would a creature dissolve itself into liquid in a chrysalis and then is recreated as an entirely different creature from scratch.....once a creature liquefies itself it will surely die?), but it shows us much more.  It shows us that there is a Creator and it is the God of the Bible. 

 

The living parable of the butterfly shows us exactly the Biblical truth of the resurrection and change of the chosen of God.  God is telling us in the butterfly that He has the power to, and gives us the promise of, taking that which was dead and giving it new eternal life.   

 

2 Peter 3:

1   Dear friends, this is already the second letter I have written you, in which I am trying to stir up your pure mind by way of reminder:

2   I want you to recall both the predictions foretold by the holy prophets and the commandment of the Lord

    and Savior through your apostles.

3   Above all, understand this: In the last days blatant scoffers will come, being propelled by their own evil urges

4   and saying, "Where is his promised return? For ever since our ancestors died,

    all things have continued as they were from the beginning of creation."

5   For they deliberately suppress this fact, that by the word of God heavens existed long ago and

    an earth was formed out of water and by means of water.

6   Through these things the world existing at that time was destroyed when it was deluged with water.

7   But by the same word the present heavens and earth have been reserved for fire,

    by being kept for the day of judgment and destruction of the ungodly.

8   Now, dear friends, do not let this one thing escape your notice, that a single day is like a thousand years

    with the Lord and a thousand years are like a single day.

9   The Lord is not slow concerning his promise, as some regard slowness, but is being patient toward you,

     because he does not wish for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.   (NASB)

 

Acts 17:

24    God, who made the world and everything in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands.

25    Nor is He worshiped with men's hands, as though He needed anything, since He gives to all life, breath, and all things.

26    And He has made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth,

       and has determined their preappointed times and the boundaries of their dwellings,

27    so that they should seek the Lord, in the hope that they might grope for Him and find Him,

        though He is not far from each one of us;

28    for in Him we live and move and have our being, as also some of your own poets have said, 'For we are also His offspring.'

29    Therefore, since we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Divine Nature is like gold or silver or stone,

       something shaped by art and man's devising.

30    Truly, these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent,

31    because He has appointed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by the Man whom He has ordained.

       He has given assurance of this to all by raising Him from the dead."

32    And when they heard of the resurrection of the dead, some mocked, while others said,

       "We will hear you again on this matter."

33    So Paul departed from among them.

34    However, some men joined him and believed, among them Dionysius the Areopagite,

       a woman named Damaris, and others with them.   (NKJV)

 

Mark 5:

35    While He was still speaking, some came from the ruler of the synagogue's house who said, "Your daughter is dead.

       Why trouble the Teacher any further?"

36    As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken, He said to the ruler of the synagogue, "Do not be afraid; only believe."

37    And He permitted no one to follow Him except Peter, James, and John the brother of James.

38    Then He came to the house of the ruler of the synagogue, and saw a tumult and those who wept and wailed loudly.

39    When He came in, He said to them, "Why make this commotion and weep? The child is not dead, but sleeping."

40    And they ridiculed Him. But when He had put them all outside, He took the father and the mother of the child,

       and those who were with Him, and entered where the child was lying.

41    Then He took the child by the hand, and said to her, "Talitha, cumi," which is translated, "Little girl, I say to you, arise."

42    Immediately the girl arose and walked, for she was twelve years of age. And they were overcome with great amazement.   (NKJV)

 

 

We must not scoff and mock, because the word of God is true; it is the truth that sets us free.  Jesus is not only the one who suffered and died for our sins, but He is also the king and the judge.  He is the giver of eternal life; He is the way, the truth and the life:

 

John 5:

24   "Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life,

        and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death into life.

25   Most assuredly, I say to you, the hour is coming, and now is, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God;

        and those who hear will live.

26   For as the Father has life in Himself, so He has granted the Son to have life in Himself,
27   and has given Him authority to execute judgment also, because He is the Son of Man.

28   Do not marvel at this; for the hour is coming in which all who are in the graves will hear His voice

29   and come forth --- those who have done good, to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil,

        to the resurrection of condemnation.   (NKJV)

 

John 8:

32   And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free."   (NKJV)

 

John 12:

44   Then Jesus cried out and said, "He who believes in Me, believes not in Me but in Him who sent Me.

45   And he who sees Me sees Him who sent Me.

46   I have come as a light into the world, that whoever believes in Me should not abide in darkness.

47   And if anyone hears My words and does not believe, I do not judge him; for I did not come to judge the world but to save the world.

48   He who rejects Me, and does not receive My words, has that which judges him --- the word that I have spoken will judge him in the last day.

49   For I have not spoken on My own authority; but the Father who sent Me gave Me a command, what I should say and what I should speak.

50   And I know that His command is everlasting life. Therefore, whatever I speak, just as the Father has told Me, so I speak."    (NKJV)

 

John 14:

6  Jesus said to him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.    (NKJV)

 

 

 

Conclusion: Do you understand the parable

 

In the living parable of the butterfly, God gives us a foretaste of what God has prepared for those who love Him: 

 

1 Corinthians 2:

9  But as it is written: " Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, Nor have entered into the heart of man

    The things which God has prepared for those who love Him."   (NKJV)

 

 

But we must remember it all starts with faith and repentance.  We must change ourselves from inside in our hearts and minds.  We must shed the weakness of the flesh and its appetites, and set our minds on things above and not on earthly temporal things.  We must forsake sin and lay hold of the love and truth of God and His Christ:

 

Colossians 3:

1   If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God.

2   Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.

3   For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.

4   When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory.

5   Therefore put to death your members which are on the earth: fornication, uncleanness, passion,

    evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry.

6   Because of these things the wrath of God is coming upon the sons of disobedience,

7   in which you yourselves once walked when you lived in them.

8   But now you yourselves are to put off all these: anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy language out of your mouth.

9   Do not lie to one another, since you have put off the old man with his deeds,

10   and have put on the new man who is renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him who created him,

11   where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcised nor uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave nor free,

     but Christ is all and in all.   (NKJV)

 

Ephesians 2:

1   And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins,

2   in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air,

    the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience,

3   among whom also we all once conducted ourselves in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind,

    and were by nature children of wrath, just as the others.

4   But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us,

5   even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved),

6   and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus,

7   that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.

8   For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God,

9   not of works, lest anyone should boast.

10   For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works,

     which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.

 

 

God is love and He reconciles us through His son Jesus.  Those who have faith in Christ need not fear death, but can redeem the promise:

 

1 John 4:

7    Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.

8    He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.

9    In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him.

10   In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.

11   Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.

12   No one has seen God at any time. If we love one another, God abides in us, and His love has been perfected in us.

13   By this we know that we abide in Him, and He in us, because He has given us of His Spirit.

14   And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent the Son as Savior of the world.

15   Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God.

16   And we have known and believed the love that God has for us.

         God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him.

17   Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness in the day of judgment;

         because as He is, so are we in this world.

18   There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment.

         But he who fears has not been made perfect in love.

19   We love Him because He first loved us.     (NKJV)

 

 

In the living parable of the butterfly, God shows us the hope of what awaits us.  Those who are pure like Christ in this life, will also be raised, pure and glorified, to be like Him when He returns:

 

1 John 3:

1  Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God!

    Therefore the world does not know us, because it did not know Him.

2   Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be,

    but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.

3   And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.   (NKJV)

 

 

God wants you to understand what He is telling you. Do not turn a deaf ear. Be the one who hears and heeds.  Be the one who is the seed sown on good soil; who hears and understand God's word and His truth, and brings forth much fruit and life: 

 

Matthew 13:

1   That day Jesus went out of the house and was sitting by the sea.

2   And large crowds gathered to Him, so He got into a boat and sat down, and the whole crowd was standing on the beach.

3   And He spoke many things to them in parables, saying, "Behold, the sower went out to sow;

4   and as he sowed, some seeds fell beside the road, and the birds came and ate them up.

5   "Others fell on the rocky places, where they did not have much soil; and immediately they sprang up,

     because they had no depth of soil.

6   "But when the sun had risen, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away.

7   "Others fell among the thorns, and the thorns came up and choked them out.

8   "And others fell on the good soil and *yielded a crop, some a hundredfold, some sixty, and some thirty.

9   "He who has ears, let him hear."

10   And the disciples came and said to Him, "Why do You speak to them in parables?"

11   Jesus answered them, "To you it has been granted to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven,

     but to them it has not been granted.

12   "For whoever has, to him more shall be given, and he will have an abundance; but whoever does not have,

      even what he has shall be taken away from him.

13   "Therefore I speak to them in parables; because while seeing they do not see, and while hearing they do not hear,

       nor do they understand.

14   "In their case the prophecy of Isaiah is being fulfilled, which says, 'You will keep on hearing, but will not understand;

      You will keep on seeing, but will not perceive;

15   For the heart of this people has become dull, With their ears they scarcely hear, And they have closed their eyes,

      Otherwise they would see with their eyes, Hear with their ears, And understand with their heart and return, And I would heal them.'

16   "But blessed are your eyes, because they see; and your ears, because they hear.

17   "For truly I say to you that many prophets and righteous men desired to see what you see, and did not see it,

      and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it.

18   "Hear then the parable of the sower.

19   "When anyone hears the word of the kingdom and does not understand it,

      the evil one comes and snatches away what has been sown in his heart.

      This is the one on whom seed was sown beside the road.

20   "The one on whom seed was sown on the rocky places, this is the man who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy;

21   yet he has no firm root in himself, but is only temporary,

      and when affliction or persecution arises because of the word, immediately he falls away.

22   "And the one on whom seed was sown among the thorns, this is the man who hears the word,

       and the worry of the world and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful.

23   "And the one on whom seed was sown on the good soil, this is the man who hears the word and understands it;

      who indeed bears fruit and brings forth, some a hundredfold, some sixty, and some thirty."  (NASB)

 

 

The living parable of the butterfly shows us the wonderful Bible truth of God's love and power, His promise and our destiny. If we believe in Jesus, pain, suffering, sin, and death are conquered; God shows us in the living parable of the caterpillar and butterfly that what has died in the old body will be raised up in new life and an altogether new and different body – our once mortal and perishable bodies will become immortal imperishable bodies (as we read earlier in 1 Corinthians 15:42-55; Philippians 3:20-21 above).

 

It is truth.  God loves us so much and He gives us the gift of eternal life through faith in His only-begotten Son.  God speaks to us through the living parable of the butterfly.  He is not only the giver of life, but He looks to reconcile us to Him through His son Jesus and give us new and eternal life, even if we die:

 

John 11:

25   Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live.

26   And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?"

27   She said to Him, "Yes, Lord, I believe that You are the Christ, the Son of God, who is to come into the world."    (NKJV)

 

 

Truly, He speaks to us all the time, but will you listen?  Do you hear His voice?  Are you one of His own?

 

John 10:

1  "Truly, truly, I say to you, he who does not enter by the door into the fold of the sheep,

     but climbs up some other way, he is a thief and a robber.

2   "But he who enters by the door is a shepherd of the sheep.

3   "To him the doorkeeper opens, and the sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.

4   "When he puts forth all his own, he goes ahead of them, and the sheep follow him because they know his voice.

5   "A stranger they simply will not follow, but will flee from him, because they do not know the voice of strangers."

6   This figure of speech Jesus spoke to them, but they did not understand what those things were which He had been saying to them.

7   So Jesus said to them again, "Truly, truly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep.

8   "All who came before Me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not hear them.

9   "I am the door; if anyone enters through Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture.

10   "The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.

11   "I am the good shepherd; the good shepherd lays down His life for the sheep.

12   "He who is a hired hand, and not a shepherd, who is not the owner of the sheep, sees the wolf coming,

      and leaves the sheep and flees, and the wolf snatches them and scatters them.

13   "He flees because he is a hired hand and is not concerned about the sheep.

14   "I am the good shepherd, and I know My own and My own know Me,

15   even as the Father knows Me and I know the Father; and I lay down My life for the sheep.

16   "I have other sheep, which are not of this fold; I must bring them also, and they will hear My voice;

      and they will become one flock with one shepherd.

17  "For this reason the Father loves Me, because I lay down My life so that I may take it again.

18   "No one has taken it away from Me, but I lay it down on My own initiative. I have authority to lay it down,

      and I have authority to take it up again. This commandment I received from My Father."     (NASB)

 


Please do not throw away your God-given inheritance as His children and His free gift.   Do not be lost in the sin and cares of this world, but listen to God's truth that speaks to your heart.  He is our Heavenly Father and loves us so very much.  He wants to walk alongside with us in the Garden again as we once did, and He wants you to want this, too.  It is the purpose of our lives.  He will not force you.  Please do not turn away from God's truth and His promise, but know and do not deny the truth, but take it to heart ----- and rejoice!   For God rejoices when you rejoice in His truth and faith in His son:


Luke 15:

3    So He spoke this parable to them, saying:

4    "What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he loses one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness, and go after the one which is lost until he finds it?

5    And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing.

6    And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and neighbors, saying to them, 'Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep which was lost!'

   I say to you that likewise there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine just persons who need no repentance.   (NKJV)

 

 

 

The days are dark and the time short.  We must make the most of our time and do what is right and turn away from our sins, to claim the free gift of eternal life with the God who loves us so much:

 

Romans 13:

11    And do this, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep;

         for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed.

12    The night is far spent, the day is at hand. Therefore let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light.

13    Let us walk properly, as in the day, not in revelry and drunkenness, not in lewdness and lust, not in strife and envy.

14   But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts.    (NKJV)

 

 

 

Also see the articles: ‘The Bible Message to All’, ‘The Prophesied Messiah’, ‘The Bride of Christ’ and ‘The Salvation Plan of God in the Biblical Feast Days’.