I read a story from the gospel of Phillip, that clearly illustrates how the words of Christ is expected to be applied to everyone’s life. The image is of a craftsman who colors fabric with dye. The craftsman is offering the dye, but its the material that receives the dye or not. Check it out:
“God is a Dyer. Just as the good dyes, said to be genuine dyes, dissolve into what is dyed in them, so also those whom God dyes become immortal through is colors, for his dyes are immortal. And God dips those to be dipped in water.”
Craftsmen who dye materials, don’t waist their dyes on materials that won’t take, so before the dyeing, the material is put to the test. The metaphor of testing the material is perfect for the application of the words of Christ.
Think of yourself as the material. Understanding the mind and will of God, solely through the scriptures, is impossible. There is a point that scriptures will be insufficient, and angelic visitations, the presence of the Son, and eventually seeing the Father will become necessary, …which is the dye and color of God. But the words of Christ make a good test to see if a material will receive God’s color, that produces immortality.