A CHANGING GOD?

BY:  LLOYD ELLEFSON – JANUARY 2004

Many of the ministries on television that send out booklets and teachings about prophecy are saying that prophecy was fulfilled when Jesus came into Israel. It was fulfilled also with the healings, the suffering, and the death that were predicted in the Old Testament. Also, fulfilled were those things about the kingdom and the cross. 

 

The real fulfillment of prophecy is in Jesus Christ in the spirit. The fulfillment is for those who have been put into Christ by the Holy Spirit, that is, they've been put into a spiritual realization of God's word about who Christ really is. They have come to the understanding that that fulfillment comes with identity in Jesus Christ, with a oneness with him, and thus partaking of the true fulfillment of spirit. Who are the sons of the most high? Who are those that are raised together with Christ? Who are those who understand what the kingdom of God really is? Fulfillment has nothing to do in its completion with the coming of the man Jesus. Fulfillment is when his spirit is released from that body and we can receive it.

 

Acts 17:25, "It is God who gives life and breath to all men." 

 

The occasion of God breathing or giving breath (soul) to Adam was symbolic of reality. Adam was a figure of him who was to come. When this one came, he breathed on a gathering of the chosen ones. The word offered was, "Receive the Holy Spirit." This was an introduction to the awareness of spirit beyond the mind of flesh. Without this breath, would Pentecost be realized? Would Pentecost (spirit of the law) mean much to one who has not been quickened in the spirit? Jesus said, "Receive the Holy Spirit." This spirit brings the spirit of the law in Christ Jesus. The word of God is a two-edged sword that divides flesh from spirit. It divides soul and spirit. The purpose of the dividing is so that we might have a true sense of who we really are and who we have become in Christ.  

 

We are not soulish. We are spirit, and there needs to be a division (not a union) of these things. This is a result of the coming of the spirit of the Son. Who is this God that we read of in the Old Testament? Is he the father of Christ Jesus? Jesus is called the Son of the living God. This is the God of life. It is the Son that is spoken of by the prophets, by Moses, and by David. Does he appear as this Old Testament word made flesh? Yes, the man Jesus is a fulfillment of the word of God in the Old Testament. Why then do we have a contrast of his message and that of Moses? There was stoning in the Old Testament for adultery. In Jesus' message, "It was neither do I condemn thee, go thy way." In Noah's day, we have the destruction of all flesh except a remnant family. Now in Christ all are made alive. Jesus said, "It is the Father in me that does the works." This is Jesus' confession, that it was not he, but it was actually God who was doing the works. This is the same God of the Old Testament. Has God changed? Has he now become a God of unconditional love? Let's face it - this is the same and only true God, whether it's the Old Testament or the New Testament. It is Christ who makes the difference.

 

The Old Testament reports that God spoke through man and commanded obedience to Moses. Now, through Jesus, he asks man to repent and believe on his own words. Is the penalty the same? The penalty of the law of Moses is separation from God. The result of rejecting Christ Jesus is the same separation. The New Testament says, in Jesus' own words, "Repent or perish… Believe or perish." These are Jesus' own words. Physical death, on the basis of two or three witnesses, came with Moses' law. God then sent his Son in the likeness of sinful flesh for sin. Sin always results in death of spirit. Jesus came as God's son. He came to a dead humanity to give them life. John 10:10, "They had no life." John 18:37, "He came to bring truth to man who had no truth." He came to be the way to man who could not find the way.  

 

"No one comes to the Father except by the Son." The Son carries the seed (word) of the Father. John 5:21, "As the Father raised the dead (out of the humanity) and gives life, so also the Son gives life to whom he will."  This is the same God of the Old Testament. The change is in the relationship of Father to Son. To the believer, who has received Christ, there is given the authority to confess being a Son. It is no longer the "I" of the self, but Christ who is the life, now being born of the word of truth, e.g., born of God (John 1:12-13).

 

I John 3:1-2, "God has given the elect that they should be called the Sons of God by God, and now as Father." God has sent the spirit of the Son into our heart causing us to address God as Father. God confirms the relationship, not as servants, but as Sons (Galatians 4:4-7). It is through this testimony and experience in spirit that the seed (word) of God brings forth Sons out of the dead garments of flesh. It is a state in which all mankind dwells. The matter of the intent of God is substantiated by the manifestation of Sons in the earth. These are delivered from others, who continue to corrupt the creation, which creation is reality only in spirit.  

 

The true creation is in Christ Jesus and is not realized by mortal, temporal, or fleshly humanity. These continue to be the corruption of spiritual truth. The Sons are delivered and now are the agents of deliverance. The true creation awaits. These are manifesting Son-ship out of the presence of the Father and spirit - not like the world servants who are waiting for a change in the system that is to be rejected and not redeemed. It is the word of God that brings forth all his intentions. The true dwelling of Christ, the Son, is not in the flesh, but it is in the Father who is spirit. The realm of dwelling in the flesh is corrupt, temporal, of the creation and not knowing the creator. This is the Father's house and the true place of existence for our Lord and his body of Sons of God.

 

Some folks teach that all things that come upon one are from God. The question then is: Why did Jesus come and cast out these things? They claimed it was for his purpose, as a chastening for growth and obedience. Yet they ask others for help in praying that God would heal and deliver them. We may ask of them again: Why did Jesus heal the sick, cast out demons, give sight to the blind and multiply fish and bread? Was he working against God's correction system? I don't think so.

 

Did God bring rejection, scourging, and mocking for Jesus to learn obedience? Paul says, "By one man's obedience, many are made righteous."  The writer of the Hebrews says that he learned obedience through suffering (that was as a man). In the flesh, he learned the consequence of being obedient to God and this brought about death by man's hands. His true nature, as a Son, was a mission of being the only one that desired to obey God. This is the spirit he came in and God, the Father, knew this. He had obedience even unto death and rejection. This is all a result of God's word. Can you find a way in which God has changed? Jesus is the way to God in the relationship of Son to Father. This has not come as a change to God, but as a change to man. Sanctify them in the truth - thy word is truth. Jesus said, "I am the truth (revealed)."

 

This Son of God is the word of the Old Testament and also of the New Covenant. This is the same word of God in manifestation. Do not try to change the word of God in your own idea of Jesus Christ. There is only one true word, one true God, and one true Son. The word in Jesus comes as a way out of the judgment of God's word - a word that never changes.  Repent and receive life in the Son. If you don't, you will remain dead in the flesh. Psalms 2:12, "Kiss the Son, lest he be angry and you perish from the way. When his wrath is kindled but a little, blessed are they which put their trust in him."

 

Consider what I say and may the Lord give you understanding.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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