Resurrection Life – Life like a cork!

2009/04/12

 

By Apostle Aje Pelser

Preached Easter Weekend 2009, at Harvester Cape Town by Teacher Chantal Pelser; at AFM Witfield by Apostle Aje Pelser

 Resurrection Life compared to Cork

 

Article about why cork floats

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The little boy who brings his line to the old fishing hole uses a piece of cork as a "floater" without ever wondering what keeps that piece of cork bobbing on top of the water. But the capacity of cork to float has been known since ancient times, and cork life-preservers saved many a life thousands of years ago! Cork is much lighter than water. The reason it floats is that water does not easily penetrate the walls of the cells, which are filled with air. This prevents the cork from becoming water-logged and sinking. Cork is the outer bark of the cork oak tree. Two-thirds of the world's cork supply comes from Spain and Portugal, where the cork oak is cultivated extensively. The cork oak grows from 6 to 12 meters tall and can measure as much as 1 meter in diameter. The bark of this tree is usually first stripped when the tree is about 20 years old. This doesn't injure or kill the tree; instead, the stripping actually benefits it.

 

About nine years later, another stripping is taken. The cork obtained from these first two strippings is coarse and rough. Later strip pings, which are made about nine years apart for about a hundred years, give cork of a finer quality. After stripping, the cork is stacked for several weeks to season, and then boiled to soften it and to remove the tannic acid. After boiling, the cork lies in pliable flat sheets, which are dried and then packed for shipping all over the world. There are two kinds of raw cork: One is known as corkwood. This is the material used to make cork stoppers, floats, and life pre servers. The second kind of raw cork is called grinding cork. It is ground up and then baked, some of it with binder materials. This is made into pipe covering, shoe fillers, automobile gaskets, and liners such as you find in the crown of bottle covers. One of the greatest uses of cork today is for soundproofing rooms, and for insulating warehouses, freezer rooms, and refrigerators.

 

Apostolic Perspective:

The wonderful thing about cork is that it is not the amount of water in which we require it to float! It is the inner configuration of the cork itself that keeps it coming up to the surface: "Cork is much lighter than water. The reason it floats is that water does not easily penetrate the walls of the cells, which are filled with air. This prevents the cork from becoming water-logged and sinking".

 

This is just like the resilience of Christians and Christianity. Death where is your sting?

1Co 15:51-57  Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed-

in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.

For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.

So when this corruptible has put on incorruption, and this mortal has put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written: "DEATH IS SWALLOWED UP IN VICTORY."

"O DEATH, WHERE IS YOUR STING? O HADES, WHERE IS YOUR VICTORY?"

The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law.

But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

 

Look at the process of developing floatable cork:

Process:

Apostolic Perspective:

Tree has to be 20 years old

It takes time to develop a resurrection lifestyle

Bark is stripped from the tree, at this age, the stripping benefits the tree. Done earlier it could damage the tree.

As we mature, God's pruning process stimulates us to bear more fruit.

1st two strippings cork is course and rough, later strippings have a finer quality.

As young believers we have rough edges, but abiding in the vine will eventually develop higher quality fruit

Strippings have to be made 9 years apart over a hundred years

There are cycles of pruning and death to self in our lives and we should allow the Holy Spirit to determine those times in our lives when we are stripped bare.

Cork is stacked for a season.

Sometimes we feel like we are not being used. Actually we are being prepared for use!

Cork is boiled to soften it and remove tanic acid

We go through the fire of testing so we can receive the fruit of gentleness and acidity and bitterness is removed from our inner being!

Stacked in sheets

We learn not to break rank and fit into a group of sent ones!

Cork is shipped all over the world

Christians that have been prepared over years and stripped bare of sin nd self, that have submitted to the preparation can be sent out to fulfill the great commission to go into all the world preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ's resurrection making disciples!

 

 

 

 

 

These are some of the requirements to access the resurrection life Christ freely gives.

 

•1.       Get to know God and  Jesus Christ whom He sent.

This includes studying the Word of God, because the more you know the Scriptures, the more ht Holy Spirit can remind of His words!

Joh 17:1  Jesus spoke these words, lifted up His eyes to heaven, and said: "Father, the hour has come. Glorify Your Son, that Your Son also may glorify You,

Joh 17:2  as You have given Him authority over all flesh, that He should give eternal life to as many as You have given Him.

Joh 17:3  And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.

 

 

•2.       Realize that your High Priest is elected according to the power of an endless life and that He is praying for you!

Heb 7:15  And it is yet far more evident if, in the likeness of Melchizedek, there arises another priest

Heb 7:16  who has come, not according to the law of a fleshly commandment, but according to the power of an endless life.

Heb 7:25  Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.

Your resurrection life is covered in prayer!

 

•3.       Get baptized with the understanding that your old life is buried with Christ, and that your New Creat