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The knowledge about the spiritual feeding at the table of the Lord.

Feeding at the table of the Lord - Communion - Comment on 2016 May 22

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The handing of the bread was only a simile of what Jesus offered with his word – divine truth, which certainly earns the soul the degree of maturity when it is assimilated with heart and intellect. Read more:

Bertha Dudde:

 

Feeding at the table of the Lord. Communion.

12. May 1948. B.D. NR. 4297.

Words which come from above enlighten the spirit; they extent knowledge; they strengthen the soul and also help that the substances of the body spiritualize and turn towards the soul, which is why the body also willingly submits to what the soul, driven by the spirit, demands of it. Words which come from above can only be heard when an agreement of soul and spirit takes place, when therefore the thinking, feeling and willing of man is directed inwardly, from where the spirit of man, which is of divine origin, can announce itself to the soul. Therefore the spirit gives something away, what directly flows from the spiritual kingdom and has taken the way to it because the spirit spark in man is connected to the father spirit from eternity and therefore it can also ceaselessly get the power from it, which expresses itself as knowledge, which it now also passes on to the soul, which it inhabits. Consequently it is a diversion of divine power on the soul, which it now has to use when the soul is to achieve a spiritual success. It must accept the word from above and let it have an effect on it, and the consequence of the divine word will be a drive for action in love. Then the soul has therefore also influenced the body to join the will of the spirit, and man acting in love establishes now thereby the direct union with God, who now has an effect in him through his love power. This is a process which is so easily understood when it is properly explained to men, and which still again presupposes the work of the spirit in man, to be understood. Because the world with its earthly orientated sense knows nothing and also understands nothing of the union of God with man through love. Man certainly assimilates it word-wise, but he does not grasp the connection, as he also has no real idea of God’s work in man. The latter he explains to himself with clear intellectual thinking, but he does not acknowledge direct word transfer, by which he furnishes proof that he does not believe in the work of the spirit and therefore also does not know that and how the spirit of God expresses itself in man. And that is why men also lack the knowledge about the spiritual feeding at the table of the Lord. The deeper connection of the transmission of the divine word with the communion employed by God they do not grasp, and they also lack every understanding that for the word starting from God himself being the highest and best property, which is attainable on earth and exceedingly necessary for the development of the soul, and that Jesus Christ only knew the one aim on earth, to show men the way which earns them the favour to get that property, the divine word, imparted. Because he himself was in that state where his spirit, in connection with the father spirit from eternity, imparted deepest knowledge and spirit, soul and body had united to permanent work of love. He permanently got power out of God; he was united with the father from eternity; his soul was fed by the father with his word, and so he gave back to fellow men what he received himself. He handed out the bread of heaven; he passed on the divine word and admonished them to do likewise; he gave bodily and spiritual food to those who hungered and thirsted. The handing of the bread was only a simile of what Jesus offered with his word – divine truth, which certainly earns the soul the degree of maturity when it is assimilated with heart and intellect. He offered men the word, which the father in him spoke, as proper food and proper drink and admonished them to do likewise, to spread the divine love teaching and thus to refresh men with food and drink, so that the union with God was then aimed at by them and God himself can refresh them at his table, so that the spirit spark in each man flares up and God’s word from above can be heard by all who desire it, who hunger and thirst for spiritual food. Amen. B.D. NR. 4297.

 

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