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Study: 14                     

With my Dead spirit, I did celebrate the anniversaries of my flesh


   Before to be quickened by my Great God and Saviour Jesus Christ, I was Dead in trespasses and sins (Ephesians 2:1); but since both my Conversion and Baptism in the Unique Name of Jesus Christ (Acts 2:38 and 4:12), His Holy Spirit did Resuscitate my spirit and I was Born Again (John 3:1-8; Romans 6:4); thus from that time, I began to walk in Newness of Life in Jesus Christ, Who will Perfect me till His soon Coming (Philippians 1:6; 2 Corinthians 7:1; Revelation 22:20). Therefore, now I Understand that everything I did when was living in the flesh (without the Knowledge Granted to me by my God and Saviour) remained behind, joined to my old nature (1 Peter 4:2-3), and among those actions I also count the celebration of my birthday after the flesh (see below “Specific Biblical Support”).


What did happen with my body thereafter the Resurrection of my spirit through Baptism?

   My body did remain on its way toward death (Romans 6:6; 6:12 and 7:24); but if I do Endure till the End, my spirit will Live into a Spiritual Body Eternally (1 Corinthians 15:44 and 15:51-52) at the side of my Brothers (being we all members of the Church which is the Heavenly Wife of our Great God and Saviour Jesus Christ) in the New Earth already prepared for all of them Saved through His Name (Revelation 21:1-2; 2 Peter 3:13).


Is it possible for a person physically dead to celebrate his birthday?

   No, not at all; even so nor we either, for since our Baptim we are dead to sin living therefore now no more after the flesh but after the Spirit (Romans 8:1), if it so be that the Spirit of God dwell in us. Now if any man has not the Spirit of Jesus Christ, he is non of His (Romans 8:9).


Specific Biblical Support

   Now, we do transcribe out from the Holy Scriptures two fragments, the first from the Old Testament and the other one from the New Testament; in both of them birthday’s celebrations and their consequences are described.

  • “And it came to pass the third day, which was Pharaoh's birthday, that he made a feast unto all his servants: and he lifted up the head of the chief butler and of the chief baker among his servants. And he restored the chief butler unto his butlership again; and he gave the cup into Pharaoh's hand: But he hanged the chief baker: as Joseph had interpreted to them” (Genesis 40:20-22).

  • "And king Herod heard of Him; (for His Name was spread abroad): and he said, that John the Baptist was risen from the dead, and therefore mighty works do show forth themselves in him. Others said, that it is Elias, and others said, that it is a prophet, or as one of the prophets. But when Herod heard thereof, he said, it is John, whom I beheaded: he is risen from the dead. For Herod himself had sent forth and laid hold upon John, and bound him in prison for Herodias' sake, his brother Philip's wife: for he had married her. For John had said unto Herod, it is not right for you to have your brother's wife. Therefore Herodias had a quarrel against him, and would have killed him; but she could not: For Herod feared John, knowing that he was a just man and a holy, and observed him; and when he heard him, he did many things, and heard him gladly. And when a convinient day was come, that Herod on his birthday made a supper to his lords, high captains, and chief estates of Galilee; and when the daughter of the said Herodias came in, and danced, and pleased Herod and them that sat with him, the king said unto the young lady, ask of me whatsoever you wish, and I will give it you. And he swared unto her, whatsoever you shall ask of me, I will give it you, unto the half of my kingdom. And she went forth, and said unto her mother, what shall I ask? and she said, the head of John the Baptist. And she came in straightway with haste unto the king, and asked, saying, I will that you give me by and by in a charger the head of John the Baptist. And the king was exceeding sorry yet for his oath's sake, and for their sakes which sat with him, he would not deny her. And immediately the king sent an executioner, and commanded his head to be brought: and he went and beheaded him in the prison, and brought his head in a charger, and gave it to the young lady: and the young lady gave it to her mother. And when his disciples heard of it, they came and took up his corpses, and laid it in a tomb” (Mark 6:14-29). (Let you also read Matthew 14:1-12).


Interpretation through Jesus Christ’s Spirit

  • Only in the above two Biblical fragments are expressly reported celebrations for birthday’s sake.

  • Both reverenced persons, Pharaoh and Herod, do not belong to God’s People; they were not believers in the True God, but adversaries (Exodus 5:2; Acts 4:23-28)

  • As for celebrations, in both of them did happen a person’s violent death. However, in the first one it is not crearly expressed why Pharaoh forgave the chief butler and condemned the chief baker (Genesis 40:1); nevertheless, according to Joseph’s Interpretation of both dreams, the chief baker should be slain (and he was) the third day since his dream, in coincidence with Pharaoh’s birthday feast.

  • Apparently there are some differences about Herod’s birthday report in the Gospel of Mark in comparison with that of Matthew, but from both of them it is possible crearly understand what was the reason which led Herod to command John the Baptist’s beheading. Let you consider that according to Matthew 11:11, the Lord Jesus Christ Himself said that among them that are born of women there has not risen a greater  than John the Baptist (Luke 1:13-17); therefore, John had the Holy Spirit’s Authority for exhorting Herod to stop adultery with Herodias, his brother Philip’s wife.

  • In Matthew’s gospel, Herod seemed to be more decided than Herodias for killing John, whereas in that of Mark Herodias would have killed John and Herod feared him knowing that the Baptist was a Son of the True God. However, the subsequents facts are in a whole coincidence in both Gospels, showing that Herod did want keep himself on Devil’s way, due his sinful relationship, rather than to repent and approach himself to the Blessed Light of the Lord.

  • It was already a fact that Herodias would have killed John, but she had no opportunity. Do you know when she found a convinient time to concrete her evil desire?. The Word crearly reports that it was during Herod’s birthday celebration

  • What kind of feast is it?; does it come from God and it is for Good Works and Love?. No, not at all, for Herodias during her lover’s birthday celebration could satisfy her necessity to shut up John definitively. And it was so: Herodias’s daughter danced and pleased Herod and them that sat with him, therefore the king said to the young lady, ask of me whatever you want, even the half of my kingdom (promise in the Devil), and he sware to her saying: I will give it you; Herodias said to her daughter: ask the head of John the Baptist. The head of that just man, who tormented them hardly due their evil relationship.

  • When the young lady asked the head of John the Baptist in a charger, Herod was exceeding sorry, for he exactly knew who was John, but for his oath’s sake and for their sakes which sat with him he didn’t want reject her; keeping his word before those who were invited to his feast.

Shall you Brother-Sister be able to celebrate birthday after have perceived deeply in your spirit the former antecedents?

   For those who have not received the Holy Spirit is more than normal to celebrate birthday, but a son of the Living God must “defile himself no more into Devil’s mire” and look for his perfectness against Jesus Christ’s Day. Our Brother Paul wrote: “You observe days, and months, and times, and years. I am afraid of you, lest I have bestowed upon you labour in vain”. (Galatians 4:10-11).

For any Christian birthday’s celebration is a great inconvenient for it is an idolatry sin; yes, Brother-Sister, don’t amaze yourself, it is idolatry toward oneself by attracting attention from relatives, friends, etc; once a year at least. Then, where does “let him deny himselft” remain? (Matthew 16:24). A Lord Jesus Christ’s faithful disciple has both mutual communion and Brotherly Kindness along the year. In addition, if you do celebrate another person’s birthday, are contributing to increase that person’s selfidolatry, being partaker of other person’s sins that way (1 Timothy 5:22) defiling yourself and grieving the Holy Spirit wherewih you was sealed unto the Day of Redemption (Ephesians 4:30). Let you not misunderstand, Reflect and Think yourself that none Believer (even so nor our Master either) did celebrate birthday; contrariwise, did celebrate it (and do it nowadays) ungodly men like Herod and Pharaoh.

   Let you avoid disobey in anything the Lord by keeping a tradition, or because of those who don’t Love the Lord try to persuade you saying “there is nothing wrong” about birthdays’ celebration…, consent you  not (Proverbs 1:10); It is Wrong!, “For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? For if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ (Galatians 1:10).

   From now on you have more knowledge about this subject and shall not be able to tell to the Lord: “I did it because I didn’t know”; you must leave that custom, and increase your Brotherly Kindness by Searching the Scriptures. And whenever someone wants to know about reasons which led you to leave that celebration, you Brother-Sister shall be able to answer him: “We ought to obey God rather than men” (Acts 5:29). If you can do it, the Lord shall bring upon you much more Blessings. Amen. Maranatha. John 5:14


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