We must hear the Son of man above all of man’s private interpretations of the Scriptures. The “Son of man” speaks of His humanity…His life that is to appear in our mortal flesh in the here and now which gives us the “eternal life” that Jesus is already experiencing. John 3:14-18 KJV (14) And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: Whoever believes INTO Him (as we are transformed into His image) should NOT PERISH, but have eternal life. Our mortal bodies which are DYING from this earth because of sin is the “PERISHING” under the sun of God's wrath that arises upon all flesh. But there is a Way out of this as Jesus showed us the way to enter into His rest in the here and now. “Eternal life” is a CURRENT thing as the apostle John always wrote about it in a present tense. It is a "here and now" thing and not a "here after" thing. (15) That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. (16) For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. God did not sent His Son into THIS WORLD to condemn the world but that THIS WORLD through Him might be saved. Our MORTAL FLESH is to be saved….healed….preserved…so that we may show forth the glory of the Father in this dark world when we make the Word flesh by DOING it. (17) For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. The world and its lusts are ALREADY condemned for they are actively perishing away. NO FLESH that is conformed to this world’s ways is currently being saved for ALL FLESH is decaying away to the grave (“aging”). The wrath of God abides upon all as all mortal flesh is being consumed from off this earth “under the sun” of His wrath. All men are under sin. (18) He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. But he that believes on the Son HAS “everlasting life” (PRESENTLY). He that believes NOT the Son shall not see life but the wrath of God abides upon him ALREADY. John 3:35-36 KJV (35) The Father loveth the Son, and hath given all things into his hand. (36) He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him. The wrath of God abides upon all as the nations are allowed to walk in their own ways. Their mortal flesh is decaying “under the sun” of His wrath as ALL FLESH of men is as the grass which withers away. The glory of men fade away as they go about their business in their meaningless activities. But He does not leave them without the witness of His love towards them as He also does good and gives them “rain from heaven” and fruitful seasons, filling their hearts with food and gladness. Acts 14:16-17 KJV (16) Who in times past suffered all nations to walk in their own ways. (17) Nevertheless he left not himself without witness, in that he did good, and gave us rain from heaven, and fruitful seasons, filling our hearts with food and gladness. The world is condemned already but He allows men to rejoice in their works of vanity all of the days of their meaningless lives “under the sun” of His wrath as the book of Ecclesiastes shows us. Yet, He leaves them not without witness of His love as they pursue their meaningless laboring done under the sun. Ecclesiastes 1:12-14 KJV (12) I the Preacher was king over Israel in Jerusalem. He lets the men of the world do their works…and He has allowed them to rejoice in them even though it is a “sore travail” which God has given to the sons of men to be “exercised” therewith. The Hebrew word for “exercised” means “to HUMBLE, HUMILIATE, or make low”. Even though they may become rich in their activities and their hearts rejoice in those works, they are still DECAYING away in their MORTAL FLESH…being “humiliated”. Death still takes them away from this earth. (13) And I gave my heart to seek and search out by wisdom concerning all things that are done under heaven: this sore travail hath God given to the sons of man to be exercised therewith. (14) I have seen all the works that are done under the sun; and, behold, all is vanity and vexation of spirit. The men of the world are made LOW….HUMBLED….HUMILIATED…for their mortal flesh withers away as the grass “under the sun” of God’s wrath upon them which arises upon ALL FLESH. The rich men fade away in their ways but the Lord allows them to rejoice in their works as they REJOICE in their hearts in their activities as they are being made low in their mortal flesh. James 1:9-11 KJV (9) Let the brother of low degree rejoice in that he is exalted: (10) But the rich, in that he is made low: because as the flower of the grass he shall pass away. The sun of God's wrath rises upon their mortal flesh and withers them away from this earth. (11) For the sun is no sooner risen with a burning heat, but it withereth the grass, and the flower thereof falleth, and the grace of the fashion of it perisheth: so also shall the rich man fade away in his ways. As the subject of Ecclesiastes shows us, God has chosen the foolish things of this world to “confound”….that is, to shame down…the wise. Their MORTAL FLESH is being disfigured…being DECAYED…as they go about their worldly activities and all the while being allowed to rejoice in their works and yet never understanding why they decay away to the grave. Life is without meaning in the world (in the darkness ) and so they continue to work their works and rejoice ever so temporarily as their flesh withers “under the sun” of His wrath that arises upon them all. Yet, it all according to God’s plan. 1 Corinthians 1:26-29 KJV (26) For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called: (27) But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; (28) And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are: Their mortal flesh decays away to the grave even though they are wise and mighty and rich in this world. NO FLESH is allowed to glory in His presence as they are being “shamed down” with DECAY of the mortal body. (29) That no flesh should glory in his presence. That is the “portion” allowed for men in the world who are fading away as they go about their meaningless works of gathering riches to themselves. They are allowed to rejoice in their own works yet they decay away to the grave and shall not see what shall be after them. He has not left Himself without witness as He allows them to rejoice in their meaningless worldly pursuits. Ecclesiastes 3:22 KJV (22) Wherefore I perceive that there is nothing better, than that a man should rejoice in his own works; for that is his portion: for who shall bring him to see what shall be after him? But those who BELIEVE on Him unto righteousness and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation shall NOT BE “ASHAMED”. The mortal flesh shall not perish …decay…. “under the sun” of God’s wrath but shall be healed and preserved unto the praise of His glory as we enter into His rest from being underneath the sun of His wrath. The "sun" shall no longer smite us. Never again will they hunger; never again will they thirst. The sun will not beat down on them, nor any scorching heat. Romans 10:9-13 KJV (9) That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. (10) For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. Our mortal flesh shall not be "shamed down" in decay for His life shall appear giving us "eternal life" in the here and now. (11) For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. (12) For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. (13) For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. We are to hear and believe in His words of “eternal life”…. “laboring” for the meat which endures unto “everlasting life” which the Son of man gives unto us. John 6:27-29 KJV (27) Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: for him hath God the Father sealed. (28) Then said they unto him, What shall we do, that we might work the works of God? This is the “work” of God: that we believe on Him whom He has SENT to preach the words of life and spirit to our ears. (29) Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent. To them that will hear His words and by patient CONTINUANCE IN WELL DOING seek for glory and honor and “immortality” (undecaying of the flesh), He will give “eternal life”. Let us not listen to men who preach “liberty” from doing His righteousness for God is not mocked. Romans 2:6-8 KJV (6) Who will render to every man according to his deeds: (7) To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life: But some that will hear His words will be contentious and will not obey the Truth but will obey unrighteousness and will be rendered according to their deeds indignation and wrath. (8) But unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath, We are to deaden the members which are upon the earth so that Christ who is our life shall appear in our mortal flesh, then we shall also appear with Him in glory to this dark and dying world. Colossians 3:1-7 KJV (1) If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. (2) Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. (3) For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. (4) When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory. (5) Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry: (6) For which things' sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience: (7) In the which ye also walked some time, when ye lived in them. Let us not listen to and follow after the false prophets who promise us “liberty” from the keeping of His holy commandment: to have love for one another. They profess “no strings attached” to salvation and teach we may act in unrighteousness toward any who would preach the Word of Truth to their ears. They themselves are the servants of decay as they pursue after their lusts just like the rest of the world. They defile the mortal flesh and if we sit together with them in their churches then we become ONE FLESH with them and so the life of Jesus will never be made manifest in our bodies in the here and now. 2 Peter 2:19-21 KJV (19) While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption: for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage. (20) For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning. (21) For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them. Do not keep their covenant with death and their agreement with the grave. Do not be led to your grave by the flattering words…the good words and fair speeches….of men who want to defraud you of His appearing life because of money. They preach we are to “die” and go to heaven when Jesus already died for us. He tasted death for every man. They…the keepers of the covenant with death…will NOT BELIEVE that we have His life NOW. They will persecute those who will believe. They deny that Jesus IS COME in our mortal flesh. Those born after the flesh have always persecuted those who are born of the Spirit. We are not to render evil for their evil when they speak badly of us and so participate in His sufferings. Hebrews 2:9-10 KJV (9) But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man. (10) For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings. We are to be found of Him being hospitable towards those whom He will send out to preach the Truth to them in this coming time. Matthew 24:44-51 KJV (44) Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh. (45) Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath made ruler over his household, to give them meat in due season? (46) Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing. (47) Verily I say unto you, That he shall make him ruler over all his goods. Yet, some will be found not letting brotherly love continue when He does send out His disciples to the churches who are living in darkness. Some will not recognize His coming in the words of a stranger. (48) But and if that evil servant shall say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming; (49) And shall begin to smite his fellowservants, and to eat and drink with the drunken; (50) The lord of that servant shall come in a day when he looketh not for him, and in an hour that he is not aware of, Their portion will be in the “second death” as they are not found written in the book of life by letting brotherly love continue. They will say they love God but not DO His commandments. (51) And shall cut him asunder, and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. They will not listen and so we…the believers…must depart from their “tents”…their churches of wicked men who will resist what they hear the Spirit saying. They will despise authority and will continue to follow after their lusts. These will be bold men who will not be afraid to speak evil of “dignities” sent to them to preach His words of life and spirit. Let us depart from them or share in their sins and plagues. Numbers 16:26-35 KJV (26) And he spake unto the congregation, saying, Depart, I pray you, from the tents of these wicked men, and touch nothing of theirs, lest ye be consumed in all their sins. (27) So they gat up from the tabernacle of Korah, Dathan, and Abiram, on every side: and Dathan and Abiram came out, and stood in the door of their tents, and their wives, and their sons, and their little children. (28) And Moses said, Hereby ye shall know that the LORD hath sent me to do all these works; for I have not done them of mine own mind. It will not be a “common death” currently experienced by all men of the world but a “second death” of which they shall die in their sins thereby: sudden destruction. (29) If these men die the common death of all men, or if they be visited after the visitation of all men; then the LORD hath not sent me. They shall not live to see the promised earth but shall die in their sins. They will not remain alive in this earth to see the kingdoms of this world become His kingdom as they will provoke what the Lord says to us through His Spirit. We are to hear what the Spirit is saying and not contend with it…resisting. (30) But if the LORD make a new thing, and the earth open her mouth, and swallow them up, with all that appertain unto them, and they go down quick into the pit; then ye shall understand that these men have provoked the LORD. (31) And it came to pass, as he had made an end of speaking all these words, that the ground clave asunder that was under them: (32) And the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed them up, and their houses, and all the men that appertained unto Korah, and all their goods. (33) They, and all that appertained to them, went down alive into the pit, and the earth closed upon them: and they perished from among the congregation. (34) And all Israel that were round about them fled at the cry of them: for they said, Lest the earth swallow us up also. (35) And there came out a fire from the LORD, and consumed the two hundred and fifty men that offered incense. God is not mocked. If we continue to live after the flesh (believing that we have “liberty” from keeping His commandment), our mortal bodies shall DIE. We do not have “peace and safety” to obey unrighteousness.