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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. John 14:23

Our God is not wanting us to forsake our all and to come and live with Him, to have a pilgrimage lifestyle where we journey from mountaintop to mountaintop, nor for us to "die and go home to Him."  All of these are religious ideas, but not New Testament ideas.  Keeping His Word is to do those things He said He would do.  It is preoccupation with His Word beyond legalistic observance of boundaries to stay between.  Living according to it's principles, though preferable to not living by it's principles, isn't keeping His Word as one's vital, military and religious service.

Jesus distinguishes keeping His Word from Himself, the Living Word.  If the Scriptures are not primary, according to this and a thousand other verses, then one is not keeping His Word.  It is not a Hebraism for being mindful of principles or methodologies, although one can scarcely imagine keeping His Word without dwelling in all of it's rooms!  There is no substitute for an obedience that goes beyond obedience and into habitation in the Scriptures as one would inhabit another series of dimensions of space and time.

The Father loves and moves His New Jerusalem, with Melchizedek as her King and Waiter, into the lifestyle, habitation, environment, reality, presence, consciousness, residence, bedroom, bathroom, kitchen, living room, and if there be any other room, as well, of the one who looks upon, treasures, obeys, serves, and is a living sacrifice to the very Scriptures, themselves, of the Old and New Testament, as interpreted by the Prophets, Jesus, and His Apostles.

None are more favored than any other in their access to their heavenly Father and their Lord Melchizedek.  Some simply believe what Lord Jesus said here, in John 14:23, and their living, conscious experience is a living Redeemer Who dines and converses with them day and night 365.25 days a year!

 

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For the idols speak delusion; the diviners envision lies, and tell false dreams; they comfort in vain. Therefore the people wend their way like sheep; they are in trouble because there is no shepherd. Zechariah 10:2

 

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