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He is from above; we are from below.

by Trent (originally posted Jan 14, 2006)

"You are from below; I am from above. You are of this world; I am not of this world." - Jesus

If you have ever seen "Men of Honor" then you can imagine the drama that can take place underwater in diving suits like in the picture. These atmospheric diving suits were not self-sufficient. Air had to be pumped through long hoses from the surface to the suit to enable people to explore or work in the deep seas.

To the sea creatures below, they could encounter someone that was "from above." Though there is little doubt that such a concept would not be apprehended by all the creatures below. However, to the One going below that is "from above" the context of their existence would make this obvious, and all sea creatures would be unambiguously from below, as they-themselves are from above.

This is an illustration of Jesus, the Lord and His coming "from Above".

Jesus, is the Word, that was given an earth-suit so that He could go under ... and exist among us, though an invisible tether joined Him to the Father above, and nourished Him with the Spirit.

Why did He come? What was His ultimate objective?

Our faith answers these questions. He came to give all the elect the same Spirit that sustained Him. We, the elect, are connected to Him.

This is like unto a diver in a diver suit, connecting sea creatures to his own suit. Not connected direct to the above pump, but a diver supplying the hook-up through their own selves ... their own diving suit, a surrogate ... a go-between.

"I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. ... Remain in me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. If anyone does not remain in me, he is like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned." - Jesus

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Comment from: Zeke [Visitor] ·
Jesus never wore an outfit like that, silly.
Permalink 01/15/06 @ 20:33
Comment from: Timothy [Member] ·
Thanks Trent. This is "deep" :-)
I am printing this and going to discuss it at Bible study Saturday.

Abundant blessings in Christ to you and your beloved,
Permalink 11/06/07 @ 13:26
Comment from: pam [Visitor]
I understand what you are describing. The only thing that I might change is that when the diver went below to the fish, the creatures below, to be like Jesus, he would have to have a divers suit made of the same substance as the fishes bodies. He would have to be born of a fish and a virgin fish at that.:0)

Anyway, it is a complicated concept easier to visualise than explain. I have my own internal images and I don't know if I could do very well at trying to describe them.

Permalink 06/25/08 @ 00:26
Comment from: Trent [Member] ·
His suit would need to be made of and just like that of the sea creatures. Either that or the sea creatures would need to already have the same suit as He who dove below.
Great point!

Permalink 06/25/08 @ 09:14

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