Regeneration of Job
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In order to decipher spiritual truths, we must know two languages-1) spiritual language in the absolute sense and 2) the worldly language in the relative sense. The spiritual books such as the Bible, Mahabharata, Ramayana, Quran, Vedas etc. uses both the languages to convey the ideas and messages to the mankind.
The Bible is written in a dual sense:
(1) Absolute sense
The Absolute sense is the sense of the spirit. i.e. when it is mentioned light, it means perfect light and when it is mentioned good, it means perfectly good. (2)Relative sense. The relative sense is the sense of the human beings. In relative sense, when it is mentioned light, it just means that it is more lit than any other area of less light. i.e. in comparison with another area of less light, or with a fixed standard, it is light. e.g. when compared with bright sunlight, the moonlight is dark. The same moonlight is bright in comparison with a dark night. i.e. the brightness of the moon is dark in comparison with sunlight and it is bright in comparison with the dark night. Similar is the case of mentioning of good, hot, cold etc. Human knowledge fell from the absolute sense to the relative sense when man ate the fruit of the tree of knowledge.
The Bible is written in a dual language:
Theologians study a text from the Bible and interpret it in different ways. As a spiritual book, it contains different meanings, messages, advices and exhortations for men living in different generations, environments and life situations. So it is quite natural that the same text of the Bible carries different meanings in different dimensions or realms. Sometimes, the interpretations contradict with each other and some other Bible verses. This problem arises because the Bible is written in a dual ‘language’ – (i) spiritual language and (ii) Earthly language. This is because the Bible deals with ‘eternal truth’ pertaining to human spirit and its Creator, both eternal. But the Bible conveys its message to human beings, who live on the earth, having a very short span of life. So a spiritual language and an earthly language are mixed together in the Bible.eg. Job was really a very good man when compared with all other men of his time. i.e. a good man in the relative sense. God asked Satan: “Have you considered My servant, Job, there is none like him on earth, a blameless and upright man, who fears God and turns away from evil”? (Job 2:3) God certified that there was none like Job on the earth. But this does not mean that Job was perfectly holy in the absolute sense or in God’s parameters or standards. Jesus explicitly said: “Truly I say to you, among those born of women, there has risen no one greater than John, the Baptist; yet he who is least in the Kingdom of Heaven is greater than he” (Matthew 11:11). Jesus teaches that the men whom we call the greatest or the holiest need regeneration and sanctification by His noble Blood to attain the minimum standard of purity or holiness required to enter the Heaven.
John, the Baptist lived on the earth about 1500 years after Job. God had certified that Job was the noblest man, in his life time, in this world. Jesus Christ said that no one born of women was as great as John, the Baptist. From these two verses, we can infer that Job was the noblest man in his life time. When compared with John, the Baptist, Job is below John, in holiness. Even the holiness of John, the Baptist is insufficient to take him to the Kingdom of God or the Heaven (Matthew 11:11). As such we can infer that Job falls much below the requisite minimum holiness to enter the Heaven i.e. Job was not holy, in absolute sense, or in God’s standard or parameters.
“There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man was blameless and upright, one who feared God, and turned away from evil” (Job 1:1).This is the statement of the biographer of Job, a learned man in the relative sense “Have you considered My servant, Job, there is none like him on earth, a blameless and upright man, who fears God and turns away from evil”? (Job 2:3) is a statement of God in the absolute sense.
We see four levels of holiness in the above discussion
a) the holiness of common man during Job’ period
b)the holiness of Job
c)the holiness of John, the Baptist
d) the minimum holiness required to enter Paradise
The above discussion shows that Job, the holiest man on the earth in his life time, needed regeneration for attaining holiness needed for entry into Paradise. All the suffering he passed through was meant for leading him to his regeneration.