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NOVEMBER 7

 

 And I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God—Rev.20:4.

 

 Although this beheading is figurative and not literal, it nevertheless has a deep significance.... It signifies, not only death to self-will but also to be cut off from all other heads, governments and law-givers, and to recognize no “Head” but Jesus, whom God has appointed to be the Head of the Church, which is His Body the Head of every member of it. It means not only to be cut off from institutional heads and authorities but also to cease to have heads and wills of our own, and to accept, instead, the Headship, the will, of our Lord Jesus. It is the same thought that is drawn to our attention by the Apostle in Rom. 6:3, where he declares that the Little Flock have been baptized into the Body of Christ, as members of that Body, under the one Head, Christ, by being baptized into His death a full consecration of the wills, and a full laying down of the lives, faithfully unto death.

 

 

Parallel passages: Matthew. 13: 44-46; Rom. 6: 3-11, 16, 19; 12: 1-5; 2.Cor. 8:12; Matthew. 7: 21-23; Mark 10: 35-39; 12: 42, 43; Acts 18: 5; Romans. 10: 9-11; 1. John 1:6; Rev. 6:11.