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Posted by Paul Edwards (Fr. Paul) on Apr 14, 2014 | Comments (0)


Second Sunday in Easter

Unlocking the Gospel Secrets of Spirituality

Discover what difference reading these scriptures while Thinking Legalism or Feeling Grace can make.

The Grace Language of Jesus

SPIRITUALITY CAN CHANGE OUR LIFE

Jesus spoke a foreign language. He took literal words the legalist understood and gave them a new spiritual meaning.

Literal religious words are beliefs that are conditional, exclusive and for special groups. Spiritual grace words are experiences that are inclusive, unconditional and for all.

Legalism thinks all truth is literal. Grace knows the difference between literal and spiritual truth.

Legalism will use the law and call it love. Grace will use Love and call it the Law.

Not sure how to apply these? Click here to read the introductory text for the new Bottom Line Meditations

OLD TESTAMENT: Acts 2:14a, 22-32

Literal Religion: Believes they are full of gladness because His Presence is in us.

Read this scripture literally for its religious meaning.

“you will make me full of gladness with your presence.”

Spiritual grace: Believes they are full of gladness because they are in the Presence of God.

Now quietly move into God's Presence and read this scripture again.

“you will make me full of gladness with your presence.”

Did you feel the Grace?

Our heart is a dwelling place of the Beloved, when we depart, He will enter!

PSALM: 16

Literal Religion: Protection is physical when we take refuge in Him.

Read this scripture literally for its religious meaning.

“Protect me, O God, for in you I take refuge.”

Spiritual grace: Protection is spiritual when we take refuge in Him.

Now quietly move into God's Presence and read this scripture again.

“Protect me, O God, for in you I take refuge.”

Did you feel the Grace?

The greatest battle is the personal conquest which must happen within!

EPISTLE: 1 Peter 1:3-9

Literal Religion: Our hope is given to us through His resurrection.

Read this scripture literally for its religious meaning.

“By his great mercy he has given us a new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead”

Spiritual grace: Our hope is given by our receiving His Resurrection.

Now quietly move into God's Presence and read this scripture again.

“By his great mercy he has given us a new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead”

Did you feel the Grace?

The Divine seeds of enlightenment are continually being showered upon us, and it is our task to make the ground ready so that the seeds may bloom into their fullness!

GOSPEL: John 20:19-31

Literal Religion: “As” means to do what Jesus did.

Read this scripture literally for its religious meaning.

“As the Father has sent me, so I send you.”

Spiritual grace: “As” means how He did it by being in the Presence of the Father.

Now quietly move into God's Presence and read this scripture again.

“As the Father has sent me, so I send you.”

Did you feel the Grace?

Get our basic self in tune with our higher self!

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For further study see the follow on Easter II Meditation.


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