Thursday, 9 March 2017

Pork & Prawns

Something can be cleansed and sanctified in one sense, but not cleansed and sanctified in every sense.

For example, Paul explained that an unbelieving spouse is sanctified by the believing spouse; and he said that if that was not so, their children would have been unclean, but in fact they were holy. But that didn't mean unbelieving spouses were saved.

Similarly, speaking of formerly unclean foods in a vision, God instructed Peter, "Call not common what I have cleansed". So in one sense at least, those foods were cleansed of their former "common" status. But did that mean those foods are clean in every sense?

For example, could some flesh still be less clean than other flesh in a physical sense, even though all "unclean" flesh has been "cleansed" in a sanctimonious sense?

Was any flesh ever unclean in a physical sense? Jesus did explain that it's not what goes into a man that makes him unclean but what comes out from his heart. So maybe there really never was any flesh that was utterly unclean in a physical sense. Or maybe He just meant food couldn't make a person unclean in a sanctimonious sense.

Some flesh might have always been better than other kinds of flesh though. And of course, too much of a good thing can be bad. The Scripture says that: "Hast thou found honey? eat so much as is sufficient for thee, lest thou be filled therewith, and vomit it."

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