You Are What You Eat

Most agree that to be fit and healthy you need to eat good food. But what should you do to stay spiritually fit and strong?

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What exactly are you eating? Gourmet? Organic? Junk food? Walk down the supermarket aisle and you'll see all kinds of foods that claim this one is healthy and that one's nutritious.

Most agree that to be fit and healthy you need to eat good food.

Now take that thought to another realm: To be spiritually fit and strong you must choose what is good.

Now is there a connection between food and holiness?

Prepare to be challenged on Beyond Today as we examine: "You Are What You Eat."

It was just an expression in my life that went in one ear and out the other. You are what you eat. But could my mom be right?

I think I was in college when I learned it's literally true. Every one of the body's cells is replaced in about seven years, and food is what those new cells are made from. So I started to take a different look at what I had on my plate because it was about to become a part of me.

Now what's becoming a part of you? To some food is a religion. Yet did you know that God is most concerned about what we are becoming? No wonder He says a lot about choosing—choosing what's best for you so you can grow. Not just physical growth but spiritual growth.

So the Bible is full of examples of this fact. Go back to the very beginning. Think about the diet that God wanted for Adam and Eve. He set before them the perfect spiritual meal, a wonderful, pure, healthy way, symbolized by the tree of life—an eternal relationship with their Creator. But, what did they choose? They chose the junk food of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

And we know the result: Their choice led to spiritual malnutrition; instead of holiness they filled their plate with sin. What an important lesson for all of us! God's plan is for all mankind to choose the best spiritual diet so we can grow to be more like Him.

In 1 Peter:1:15 it says: "but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, because it is written, 'Be holy, for I am holy.'"

The New Living Translation puts it this way: "But now you must be holy in everything you do, just as God who chose you [to be his children] is holy."

You see this word "holy" signifies being 'separated' or set apart. So spiritually speaking, it's being separated from sin and dedicated to God—separated from that sin, removed from it and dedicated to our Mighty Father.

You see He requires us to choose holy conduct, separated from this sinful world around us. And so like obedient children, we're to follow God doing what's according to His will, partaking of His way and following His direction.

Now, we each have the choice of what we consume. So how do you know what standard to judge by?

Well, when it comes to grocery shopping, we look at the label. Is this food really nourishing? Is it made with quality ingredients? Will it have the nutrition that I need to be healthy? The label will tell us quite a bit, if we take the time to read it.

Do you take the time to read the spiritual label so that you can grow? That label is the Bible—it explains the standard of behavior. Showing the ingredients of how to distinguish right from wrong, the holy from the common and ordinary. You are what you eat.

It's also evident in another spiritual example: 2 Corinthians:6:17 says "...Come out from among them and be separate, says the Lord. Do not touch what is unclean, and I will receive you. I will be a Father to you, and you shall be My sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty."

God is calling His people and instructs them to separate themselves from this unhealthy world. The influences of wrong ways of thinking are bombarding us all over. God's people must distinguish what should be on their personal menu. Making a distinction between the good and the bad, the right and the wrong, the holy and the unclean—and then choosing right actions. You see we must separate from wrong and dedicate ourselves to God.

So I wonder, how important is this? You know if you claim to be a godly person, you must think differently—think like God thinks. God must be the authority in our daily diet. He says don't even touch, let alone consume anything that's impure. So He instructs us to bring every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ (2 Corinthians:10:5).

So God's people? His people reflect godly values and God's way of thinking—recognizing the difference between biblically right and wrong behavior. Now this means the only recipe for success is basing your life on the Word of God, the Bible. God says in Ezekiel:44:23 that "They shall teach My people the difference between the holy and the unholy, and cause them to discern between the clean and the unclean."

Can you discern the difference? God wants you to be different, to be holy. Since we belong to Him, He doesn't want us to contaminate ourselves through any kind of impurity, any kind of defilement, any uncleanness. Honoring God means choosing a diet of holiness in our thoughts and in our actions. It's true with food, and it's true with God's way of life. God requires it. He requires holy conduct, a good way of life that's distinctly different from the common world around us. So, we distinguish what's right and we extinguish the wrong.

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You know our life choices reveal much about us. How different are you from the ordinary? Are you choosing to be different? Some choose the TV diet by watching any and everything on TV for hours on end. For others, it's the Internet diet; taking in anything that might catch their eye. And then there's the smartphone diet, ringing or buzzing endlessly into your distracted life.

So even our choices, our choices in food say a lot about us. Isn't it true that the kind of food you choose is a reflection of the kind of person you are?

Now imagine, if we came to your kitchen, if we went to your refrigerator and looked inside, what would it tell us about you? Visualize what a college student's fridge might look like. That would be quite different from what a vegetarian's refrigerator would be like. Now the owner of this one doesn't seem to cook at home very often, does he?

Isn't it amazing how the items we have in our fridge speak to who we are.

Now when we look to the Word of God it provides a pattern for physical and spiritual healthy living. God gives His principles of health and holiness for our good, and they have eternal consequences.

Ephesians:5:5 reminds us of this critical, important idea of making right choices. "For this you know, that no fornicator, unclean person"—that's someone that's impure—"nor covetous man, who is an idolater, has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God." There it is again. Distinguish what's right and extinguish the wrong. You see only those who have faith in Jesus and have chosen to live the holy will be in the Kingdom of God.

Now in a sense, God wants us to be a spiritual connoisseur. That theme of drawing a line between what's right from what's wrong, from what's holy and sinful, and the way to overcome and partake of that clean and right food. That's a spiritual principle that runs throughout the entire Bible.

You know we see it again in Deuteronomy:30:19 where God tells us: "... I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live; that you may love the Lord your God, that you may obey His voice, and that you may cling to Him, for He is your life and the length of your days."

God has set a table and He says it's up to you to choose right. He doesn't impose His will on us. He doesn't force us. He doesn't make us do what He wants. God gives us the choice on this buffet of life.

Now this is important: Choosing rightly identifies who we are and to whom we belong. Our perfect, pure and holy God wants us to choose to be His holy people in every aspect of life. We are to separate from sin and be dedicated to God.

He makes this a vital point. Jesus Christ Himself gave many object lessons in the Bible—things we can all recognize that we can learn from. He spoke of camels going through needles, workers in the vineyard, reaping and sowing. Or how about the Kingdom of God being like a mustard seed? You know He even gave us lessons about food—real, physical food. Now why is that?

Well, just as any of our choices reveal so much about us, our eating also reveals who and what we are. What we like, what we dislike. Certainly it can identify us and even reflect our culture.

You want an example? Think of this. What do you think of when someone says, let's go out for Italian tonight? Well you probably think of spaghetti or lasagna. Now others might say, I want real American food; so give me a steak or a burger and fries. Now if someone suggests Chinese? Chicken fried rice or Kung Pao chicken, maybe that's what comes to mind.

But here's a vital one: What would you think if someone asked, what's a Christian meal? What should be on a Christian's plate? Now we're talking about actual food, not a spiritual analogy. What should we literally put in our mouths? Would you go as far to allow God to tell you what you should eat and what difference would it make?

Now it may surprise you but God says that your choice of food reflects your identity, your values, and can even reveal your spiritual health.

It's illustrated in an interesting event that took place about 10 years after the death of Christ in the New Testament through the symbol of food. The apostle Peter learns an critical lesson about people.

There's a voice that tells the apostle Peter to kill and eat animals that were not to be consumed. He says: "Not so, Lord! For I have never eaten anything common or unclean" (Acts:10:14). So here in the book of Acts, Peter, probably a decade after the resurrection of Christ under the New Covenant, says he was continuing to keep God's dietary food laws.

Now was the meaning of that vision to go ahead and eat everything and anything? No. It's a continuation of the object lesson in what is set apart by God as clean and what's unclean. That's why he says: "God has shown me that I should not call any man common or unclean..." And later Peter said: "In truth I perceive that God shows no partiality" (Acts:10:28). In other words, no favoritism.

So, as Peter was distinguishing between right and wrong actions, clean and unclean conduct, holy or immoral behavior; He was shown that when it comes to people, it's different. Whether it was Jews that had become converted Christians, or Gentile non-Jews; the lesson is that God doesn't discriminate. He shows no preferential treatment when it comes to people. So no wonder the whole Church came to the same conclusion much later in Acts 11 saying, "Then God has also granted to the Gentiles repentance to life" (verse 18).

Now what about those dietary food laws of God that Peter and the New Testament Church was still keeping a decade after Jesus' death? Were those done away? Not at all! The object lesson was still there for them and it's still there for us today. We still have to distinguish what's right behavior and extinguish sin, not discriminate against people that God is calling.

So God still wants you to make a spiritual connection to food, to your daily bread. Let's notice this:

There are two main sections of Scripture that discuss it very clearly: Leviticus 11 and Deuteronomy 14. These chapters describe animals that God says are good to eat and those that are not to be food. Did you know that God instructs Christians today not to eat pork? No pork products—no bacon, ham, sausage, pepperoni; anything that comes from a pig should not be eaten. It's clear in Leviticus 11. You know He also says to avoid shellfish: so shrimp, crab, lobster, clams.

Now you might wonder, well why would God do that? What's the point? And it can't be important today, can it? Well Leviticus:11:47 tells us—this is God Himself speaking: "You must distinguish between the clean and the unclean, between living creatures that may be eaten and those that may not be eaten" (NIV).

God goes as far as to tell us the lesson that's involved, the object lesson that should make the choosing, make the distinction, make the difference. And that choosing to make a separation between the clean and the unclean, even when it comes to the food you eat. Why? Deuteronomy:14:2 and verse 21 says, "for you are a holy people to the LORD your God." You see there it is again. You are to be separated from sin and dedicated to God.

So God's given you a reason to change your diet and avoid unclean foods! It's a reason. It's a lesson in holiness. It's about holiness! It's a reminder to choose God's way in everything we think and in every action.

In the New Testament, Philippians 2:5 says we're commanded to "Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus." We're to have same mindset, the same attitude. One translation puts it this way: "In your lives you must think and act like Christ Jesus" (NCV).

So every day, when you choose what to eat, that's your daily reminder to make a conscious choice to select good, clean, godly food—what God says is good and clean. Now by extension, it reminds you that you must make a conscious effort to choose holy conduct as your way of life in attitude and in actions. Since we belong to God and He's purchased us with Christ's blood, He does not want us to contaminate ourselves through any kind of defilement.

So God's given us the perfect object lesson in physical food. He reminds us that we shouldn't let just anything come into our mouths. So in the same way, we shouldn't let just any thought come into our minds and turn into a wrong action. So just like choosing good food to eat, we have to choose a diet of godly actions in our life.

Now this concept is summarized in 1 Corinthians:6:19-20 (NLT): "Don't you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself, for God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body."

There's much more to say about God's dietary food laws. So in a moment, our Beyond Today panel will be here to give us additional insight into this vital subject.

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We're going to continue our discussion on "You Are What You Eat" now with fellow hosts, Darris McNeely and Gary Petty. I wonder if most people realize how this theme of holiness and choosing between the clean and the unclean really does extend all the way into the New Testament.

[Darris] Well it does. Peter says at one point, be holy, repeats Christ's phrase to his people to be holy. You quoted Ephesians 5 earlier in the program where it talks about avoiding fornication, which is immorality, covetousness and greed in that way. That's talking about physical matters of life that certainly touch on God's Commandments but he says avoid those. And to avoid those is to be holy in that sense, and so it doesn't end there.

[Steve] There's a connection!

[Darris]Physical things all the way down to the food we eat as well as the actions that we take define holiness in its full context in our relationship with God.

[Gary] You know Steve earlier you had quoted the apostle Paul who said that our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit. You have to realize what that really means. When we receive God's Holy Spirit, Jesus said that He and the Father come and they abide in us. So if God is living in us then that should affect the way we think, the way we act. But it should affect everything, down to the way we dress and down to the way or what food that we eat and the food that God tells us we should eat.

[Steve] Really it's unfair then to think that we've got a spiritual life of our life and a secular side. We can't really subdivide our life into categories like that.

[Darris] No we can't. What we do physically does impact us spiritually and defines again that holy aspect of our relationship with God. Maybe I can best illustrate it by an example from my youth. When I was a kid, very young, I picked up language from the neighborhood and other adults, and one day I just popped off and I said something I shouldn't have said. I took God's name in vain. I didn't know what I was saying. I was just repeating what I had heard. My mother grabbed me by the arm, she took me into the bathroom and had a bar of soap and a toothbrush in her hand. She lathered it all up and scrubbed my mouth out with soap! And she said, don't you ever take God's name in vain again! That taught me something. Now it wasn't the soap that cleansed it out of my mouth, it was the action. It was the fervency of my mother. But it's an illustration of when God says don't eat these particular food products because I say they are unclean, He is teaching us something that when we avoid that, we are learning something about a holy relationship with Him. And there's no other way really to get around with what God said there in Scripture and it carries all the way through. The challenge is, to us is whether or not we will do what God says.

[Gary] You go back to the second century A.D. There was a movement, spiritual movement called the Gnostics and one of the things that the Gnostics taught was that the body and the spirit were separate and therefore you had to nurture the spirit but the body didn't matter. Now, when you look at the teachings of both the Old and New Testament there is a concept there that God wants us not only to take care of the spiritual, He wants us to take care of the physical. So we can't ignore the body and clean and unclean meats is a command from God for that very reason. It teaches us control.

[Darris] Yeah. This comes down to a matter of whether or not we will tremble at God's Word. Isaiah 66 says to this man will I look, he who trembles at my Word. You start right where God says. He says don't eat these particular foods. And when you're going on down that cafeteria line, avoid what God says not to eat. Just pick out the right food and you'll stay on the right track and you'll be obeying God and you'll be beginning to tremble at His Word.

[Steve] Because it does come down to choices, doesn't it? What choices are we going to make? Are we going to follow God's direction and choose what He says is the best for our life, in every area, or do we think we have the authority to do that?

I mean it's an amazing choice and we all have that choice. And we want to help you with your choices, remember our free offers today. You'll find them invaluable as you study. What Does the Bible Teach About Clean and Unclean Meats? will help you understand God's dietary laws and what it means to live by His standards in every area of your life.

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Now's the time to begin to draw closer to God. So every day, when you choose what to eat, remember to make that conscious choice to follow what God says about good food.

It's your daily reminder to make a deliberate effort, not only in the food you choose, but most importantly in choosing holy conduct as your way of life in attitude and in actions every single day.

So you see, it's not just a matter of diet, it's a matter of holiness. Remember you are what you eat!

Now I'll be right back for a final comment right after this.

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BBud Bailey

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Good program. Good anologies. Good logic. Would have also liked to see a strong anology as to the eating of junk foods, fried foods, and processed foods which are killing millions. Clean alone is not enough --- from seed to table, and even as to how food is being prepared is quite important. Some of our brethren eat a steady diet of fast foods, junk foods that are delivered right to our doors. No wonder there are so many having health problems, we're not having healthy diets. Time was that wholesome was stressed -- exercise was stressed -- having a balanced lifestyle was stressed. Don't hear much about it anymore, although eating the "Clean meats" is stressed quite often. Please correct me if I'm wrong about the matter. Perhaps my world is smaller than realized.
Also, cannot find the word "sexualer" in my dictionaty. It was in Mr. Meyer's comment to Mr. Petty's comment during their panel discussion (written). The word "secular" seems fitting. No big deal, however, if I'm the only one that has commented so far on this written transcript possible error, then it's food to wonder if our website information is being read. Reason? I'm considered a very poor speller, and have trouble with grammer. Surely others would have picked-up on this error, if it is an error. There are a lot of critics around. Perhaps this word was placed there just to see if anyone was reading the presentation. If so, then it seems to be an excellent way to find out. Maybe there are other things in the message (written, again) to determine even how educated a person is (oh boy! If that's the case, then my stupidity is revealed).
As part of UCG, I feel we do quite well when it comes to preaching the Gospel. We're not the mouth-pieces, but we are the supporters and pillars supporting the work you do. You three do an excellent job, and all I know that are UCG feel the same. Our prayers are with you. Respectfully submitted, Bud Bailey, Troy, IL. Congregation.


davepermar's picture

Great program! I really like how you stressed the point that we have to make a distinction of what's holy and not holy in every aspect of our lives. Clean and Unclean is a daily reminder to help us.

linda effenberger

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I am very much encouraged to keep on praying for BT and the staff. It is evident God is blessing this great work, and giving you all the inspiration to present the right picture to the public's eye what the Bible really teaches. Thank our marvelous, mighty God!
I encourage everyone to join in and pray for this too!

Laurel Fish

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I really enjoyed how they brought out that what we eat actually becomes us! The comparison of what we eat and how we live is truly a reflection of our spiritual lives. Overall it creates an entirely new perspective!

In our congregation, out teen bible class recently went through the Trinity booklet, and going through that has made me more aware of how the Christian community as a whole views God. So I am a little concerned about the reference that was made to 1 Corinthians 6:19-20. I realize that the context of the verse is excellent and fits perfectly with the discussion, however I am worried that people who are aware of our views on the Trinity would view this reference, to the Holy Spirit as a who, as a contradiction. I looked for some other verses that might serve to communicate the same overall purpose, and was wondering, would Ephesians 2:19-22 work as well? Or 1 Corinthians 3:16?

D. Miller

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You quoted Peter saying, Not so Lord. For I have never eaten anything common or unclean. He's talking about EATING here. Yet, God then says...What God has cleansed you must not call common. Right before your quote, A voice told Peter to rise, kill and eat. Again, food to eat here.

The reason Peter, and some others were observing food laws is because they were physical Israelites and the laws on food is forever for them as stated in Deut.

Also, The Jerusalem Decree states in Acts 15:29 that Gentiles are to abstain from things offered to idols, from blood, from things strangled, and from sexual immorality.

So can you trace your lineage to the physical descendants of Israel? Or are you a Gentile? You need to know that to know what you should do. Until you do know, you should be on the side of caution.

Steve Myers

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Hi Laurel
We know references to the Holy Spirit are not a matter of gender but of language. Here's a link to a good explanation:

Steve Myers

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Hello D. Miller!

It is interesting to note that Peter’s vision was not a revelation about food. After wondering about this experience he later realized the significance. He says: "God has shown me that I should not call any man common or unclean" (Acts 10:28). Recognizing the real intent of the vision, Peter baptized the first gentiles (non-Israelites).

By reading the entire account we see it did not concern food at all. Rather, it concerned people. Because the Jewish religious leaders at the time of Christ had erroneously considered gentiles to be unclean.

It’s also interesting that we do not find any evidence that Peter ate unclean meats after this experience.

Steve Myers

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Hello D. Miller!

It is interesting to note that Peter’s vision was not a revelation about food. After wondering about this experience he later realized the significance. He says: "God has shown me that I should not call any man common or unclean" (Acts 10:28). Recognizing the real intent of the vision, Peter baptized the first gentiles (non-Israelites).

By reading the entire account we see it did not concern food at all. Rather, it concerned people. Because the Jewish religious leaders at the time of Christ had erroneously considered gentiles to be unclean.

It’s also interesting that we do not find any evidence that Peter ate unclean meats after this experience.

Steve Myers

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Are God's dietary food laws for everyone or Jews only?

Most don't realize that the first biblical account regarding differences between clean and unclean animals occurs long before the Exodus. Almost a thousand years before there was a covenant with the nation of Israel, God told Noah to take two pairs of unclean animals and seven pairs of clean animals into the ark (Genesis 6:19-7:2).

God does not tell Noah in this account that He was, for the first time, making a distinction between animals. God simply says, " You shall take with you seven each of every clean animal . . .; two each of animals that are unclean . . ." (Genesis 7:2).

It is very interesting that God did not have to define for Noah the meaning of "clean" and "unclean"; Noah understood God's instruction and what was required of him, and obeyed.

The account about Noah shows that the distinction between clean and unclean existed early in human history, long before God ratified His covenant with Israel. So the idea that animals' cleanness and uncleanness originated with the Old Covenant or is only for Jews is shown from the Bible to be untrue.

Since these distinctions existed before the Israelite sacrificial system and Levitical priesthood, it does not follow that these distinctions would cease with a change in the sacrificial system or the priesthood. The Bible teaches that the distinction between clean and unclean has never been rescinded.


Ivan Veller

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The Jerusalem Decree was a starting point for Gentile converts. The writers didn't have to go into detail about every law because they would subsequently go on to learn the rest in their home congregations: "'For the law of Moses has been preached in every city from the earliest times and is read in the synagogues on every Sabbath'" (Acts 15:21, NIV 2010). Here, we see the Jerusalem Conference prepare a plan of action for new converts that actively engages them in learning the law and observing the Sabbath.

linda effenberger

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Hello Steve,
Regarding the comments about the Holy Spirit, there are three verses in the old testament (NIV Bible) that uses the word „Holy Spirit:“ in Psalm 51:11, Isaiah 63: 10 and also in verse 11. In these three verses, is the Holy Spirit an “it” or a “he”? How could an “it” grieve the Holy Spirit?

D. Miller

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I'm just reading what it says Ivan. I don't see where we're told of a starting point here. There are many uses for terms clean & unclean. When we're talking about food, the Bible says that Gentiles abstain from blood and things strangled. Israelites abstain from uncleans animals thruout their generations. There might be some ways to "get around" applying unclean animals for food to non Israelites decendant peoples but maybe we should look at the clear words. I realize that I can't be agreed with because of British Israelism doctrine and that's okay. I just follow what God says.

Ivan Veller

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Hi Mr. Miller,

These articles are available:

The Jerusalem Conference of Acts 15: What Was Decided?

God's Food Laws

Does the New Testament Abolish Meat Distinctions?


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To Linda: reading in context will help in this being(It)His Holy Spirit...Isaiah 63:9 In all their affliction he was afflicted, and the angel of his presence saved them: in his love and in his pity he redeemed them; and he bare them, and carried them all the days of old.

10 But they rebelled, and grieved his holy Spirit: therefore he was turned to be their enemy, and himself fought against them.

11 Then he remembered the days of old, Moses and his people, saying, Where is he that brought them up out of the sea with the shepherds of his flock? where is he that put his holy Spirit in the midst of them?


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Very good program! Thank you.

Bryan DesJardins

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I thought that this program of You are what you eat was especially interesting. About a week ago I finished an indepth Bible study of Clean and Unclean meats and found it very interesting. All through school I was always asked by students and teachers why I won't partake of any of the ham sandwhiches or the unclean foods and all I could tell them was that I know that God said in Leviticus 11 and Deuteronomy 14 that we are not to eat anything unclean. They always said that "Well, they clean the meat before they sell it." So there was an obvious disconnect there. One scripture I found inspiering while I was going through my Bible study was 2 Timothy 3:16-17 it states "All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, v. 17 that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work." This hit me because many people that I have talked to about this subject usually get things mixed up. For example in Acts 10 it talks about Peter having a vision (Acts 10:11-15) "and saw heaven opened and an object like a great sheet bound at the four corners, descending to him and let down to the earth. v. 12 In it were all kinds of four-footed animals of the earth, wild beasts, creeping things, and birds of the air. v. 13 And a voice came to him, "Rise, Peter; kill and eat." v. 14 but Peter said, Not so, Lord! For I have never eaten anything common or unclean. v. 15 And a voice spoke to him again the second time, "What God has cleansed you must not call common." Peter was thinking about the physical aspect of the verse when it was not talking about meat but about not calling any man common or unclean.

I enjoyed very much this program of Beyond Today and the analogies of junk food and what food is doing to us now. Thank you for the insightful program.

linda effenberger

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Thank you, BrianA for your comments.

Beginning in Isaiah 63: 11, God’s people "recalled the days of old, the days of Moses." They were remembering the old times, in the time of Moses.” In God’s love and mercy he redeemed the Israelites and carried them all the days of old, but they rebelled. God turned and became their enemy and he himself fought against them. (Isaiah 63: 9-10) Then they began to recall what God had done for them."Where is the one (God) who brought them through the sea with the Shepherd (John 10, 14) of his flock (the Word or preincarnate Jesus Christ)? Where is he (God) that set his Holy Spirit (the Word) among them, who (God) sent his glorious arm of power (the Word/Jesus Christ – see John 12: 38, 41) to be at Moses' right hand, who divided the water before them, to gain for himself everlasting renown, who led them through the depths? Like a horse in open country, they did not stumble (Isaiah 8, 13-14, Romans 8:33); like cattle that go down to the plain, they were given rest” (Jeremiah 6:16, Hebrews 4: 10-11, Matthew 11: 28).

Isaiah 63: 9 mentions “the angel of his presence.” In Exodus 33:14 we read “My Presence will go with you and I will give you rest.” Who is the angel or His Presence? The Presence of God in the old testament that saved them is the same Presence in the new testament that saves us, and He is the Word, the preincarnate Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit is God and He sent His Holy Spirit, His Son, to the Israelites and to us. Can we not see the parallels?

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