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[Manna - November 7]  PDF  <  >

And I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the Word of God. Revelation 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 hath appointed to be the Head of the church, which is His body....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 Romans 6:3, where he declares that we are 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 our wills, and ultimately a full laying down of our lives, faithfully unto death. Z. '00-285 R2700:6