BRINGING GOD TO LIFE

TAKEN FROM SAVIOR OF THE WORLD WEB SITE

BY:  BRAD EDWARDS

MAY, 2003

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BRINGING GOD TO LIVE

     A Matter of Faith

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THE DEATH OF CHRIST

     A Sacrificial Treasure Hidden in Faith

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SEPARATED FROM GOD

     The Need for Faith

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GOD COMES TO LIFE

     The Power of Faith

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THE KNOWLEDGE OF SALVATION

     The Transformation of Faith

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PART ONE

BRINGING GOD TO LIFE

A MATTER OF FAITH

The title “Bringing God to Life” may sound a bit peculiar to some and perhaps even blasphemous to others. I can already hear some retorting that they didn’t know God was ever dead! It is never my intention to anger anyone, but I am usually inspired to write articles and select their titles that will “break up” a little ground when read. This is always a good practice before planting can begin- if you know what I mean? So before any judgment is handed down to the plowman, let me explain why I believe this title is perfectly fitting.

The whole notion and reason for that intangible thing called faith is deeply mysterious and intriguing to consider. So what is faith? According to Webster’s Dictionary, faith is: 1) Believing in something for which there is no proof, or 2) Complete confidence. So, which of these best describes our relationship with God? However the real question may not be what is faith, but why do we need it the first place? Why is our relationship with God so dependent on this elusive spiritual sixth sense?

Faith is a projection beyond our understanding, our self and our life. Faith is a vehicle for the soul to ascend to a higher life. Faith mysteriously seems to be able to bring to life that which we thought was not alive before. So by believing in something greater than our world and ourselves, we are thereby lifted into that higher life. It seems that before God comes into our life and awareness, faith must first lay a foundation. Before God is alive to us, we must bring God to life through our faith.

For this reason, I felt this title describes the reason for faith. It is the catalyst, the substance that is bringing God back to life- to our life. Without faith God is (as if) dead to us. Like milk for newborns, faith feeds us long before we can understand the One who have given us life. Our souls are nourished by faith until we are mature enough to digest meat, which is the knowledge and will of God. Faith provides a means to bring God’s life into our life. We must first believe in God before we pray to God. So, faith begins our relationship and life with our Creator. Without faith, we remain unaware of God, and God is dead to us.

Most certainly in the highest sense of the Truth, God cannot die because God, by definition, IS life and responsible for ALL life. However in this lower realm where we have lost our true identity and life, God can seem very dead to us. Here in hell, we are alive to sin, but dead to God. Here in the darkness of Hades (place of the dead) we have come to know “life” through our natural senses. We define what is alive and what is dead by using these limited, carnal perceptions. These are what feed the mind- the natural mind that is. However, the spiritual mind is fed by our higher senses and perceptions.

Faith is one of those higher perceptions that tells us there is something more than what we can see or hear. Our natural senses would lead us to believe there is no God since we cannot hear, see or touch Him. Because of this deception, the ego of the carnal mind will then call itself “God” because there is nothing perceived greater than itself. If something miraculous were to happen, the natural mind will simply explain it away rather than accept there is someone greater than itself. It is written that the carnal mind cannot know God or please God, and so it is. So how will God ever reach his lost children? He will reach them by lifting the consciousness of their minds and then showering them with the gifts of faith, hope and love. Let us begin with faith and the reason for faith- to bring us back to God and to bring God back to life.

Our life has purpose. Our purpose is to serve God by being as God has created us to be. In other words, just be you. Yes, but who are YOU- the real you? You are who God says you are. This is the simple truth we must come to understand. We are all children of God because we all have our origin in Him. I suppose the highest truth we can ever fathom is that God is and everything else isn’t. In other words, God is all in all. Before anything was created, there was God. When all things have served their purpose, there is God. God never changes, but certainly we do. We change because faith is calling us to believe that we are more than what the world says we are. We are God’s image.

If we can even begin to accept this truth, then we should also begin to accept where God, by faith, is leading us. Our existence has been born from the Son of God. It is our purpose and destiny to become the fullness of the Son of God, which is to become our part in the Body of Christ. We are called by faith to realize that we are all co-heirs in Christ, which is God’s very image. God is all in all, right? Then understand that there is God and the image of God expressed. In other words, there is God unseen and there is God seen. This is where we find ourselves- becoming the image of the One God.

We are “here” to bring God’s image back to God. So in a very real sense, this is bringing God back to life. God is dead to us because we are dead to God in our awareness. Because of this natural condition, the only hope that we, “the dead,” have in receiving the salvation of Christ is through faith. Through faith and experience, Christ becomes our new (higher) reality. This is not one we can physically touch with our hands, but rather one we can feel in our souls as the peace and love of God. Faith is like a divine conduit and catalyst for that higher life and salvation from this lower world. Faith is born, and the journey begins. Let us now consider the necessity of faith in bringing God back to life and simultaneously back into our life.

PART TWO

THE DEATH OF CHRIST

A SACRIFICIAL TREASURE HIDDEN IN FAITH

1 PET 3:18 For Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive by the Spirit.

Yes, Christ died for our sins once for all, but when did Christ do this? Peter’s statement sounds simple enough to understand, and many would suppose that Peter is speaking of Jesus the anointed man chosen by God, which is true. However if we examine closer the higher truth revealed here, we will see that Christ was sacrificed long before Jesus was. Let me repeat that. Christ sacrificed His life for all of us long before Jesus gave himself up to the cross. Jesus showed us the physical shadow of what Christ (the Word of God) has already accomplished spiritually before time. Jesus also showed us that Christ is brought to life through faith.

It is written that Jesus suffered, died and was buried then rose from the dead. He rose from the dead because he found the treasure and eternal life of Christ. So not only did Christ give life to Jesus, but also Jesus brought Christ to life and to the world. This transformation was rendered through the vehicle of faith. Jesus believed in what God was telling him. Jesus was obedient to God and God’s will. Because of this he was perfected and transformed into something the world had never seen Christ. We need to understand that Jesus was simply a man chosen by God to bring our true nature to maturity. We can think of Jesus as our older brother leading all his siblings to the promise land. What Jesus became is what we will all become the image of God. Many have difficulty discerning the son of man, Jesus from the Son of God, Christ.

In the article, Jesus the Chosen Man, I spoke more in depth on this subject. This matter of our humanity and divinity must be understood, or we will remain separated from God. Consider the son of man. We read that the man called Jesus grew in stature and in the knowledge of the LORD. In other words, Jesus grew into the knowledge of who he really was- the Son of God! As this chosen man grew by faith and into knowledge, he CHOSE to serve God thereby “crucifying the old self” as Paul might say. Again it was through faith and obedience that Jesus was saved by God through his and our true life, which is Christ.

We all must lose our (false) life to find our (true) life. This is what Jesus did because he died long before his body expired on the cross. That is his devil ego (natural self) was crucified and removed, so he could then put on Christ as his identity. In this way, Jesus brought Christ to life. You may be asking when did Christ die if not on the cross? Christ, the Son of God died for our sake before any man had even set foot on the earth.

REV 13:8 All inhabitants of the earth will worship the beast–all whose names have not been written in the book of life belonging to the Lamb that was slain from thereation of the world.

In spite of popular teachings, this is NOT speaking of the man Jesus, but of Christ, the Word and Son of God. Jesus wasn’t the Word, but Jesus was the Word (Christ) MADE FLESH. So, Jesus represented Christ in the flesh. Jesus was the perfect human being. Jesus showed us how it is done, and for this he is Lord! Again, Jesus became the true image of God by crucifying himself- his false self. Certainly, Jesus did die on the cross, but his true spiritual crucifixion came before this moment. It came when Jesus (the carpenter’s son) died and Christ (God’s Son) rose from the dead within him (Jesus). So in this way Christ has been raised from the dead through Jesus. God has been brought back to life through faith! It is in Christ where our salvation is kept and has been hidden until the time is right.

Jesus didn’t die “from the creation of the world” but Christ did, then Jesus returned the favor and brought Him back to life! We must become living sacrifices to God, which is to say we must let God live through us by letting go of who we thought we were. We are called to let go of our life in the flesh and know our life in the spirit. Because of his faith and obedience, Jesus is a “life-giving spirit” even called the head of the Body of Christ. Christ Jesus is the “head” leading the rest of the body (us) to life. Jesus’ ultimate sacrifice illustrates clearly what Christ has already done for us in eternity.

We must understand that before Jesus and even before all matter, space and time, Christ laid down his life for us. As you might have read in The Meaning of Life, “creation” is for the sake of Consciousness. Within this eternal cycle of Consciousness, God speaks His Word into the void. God the Father gives His life completely to His Word and Son who, in turn, empties Himself into His creation. This is all for the sake of Consciousness, and this is why Christ is all in all.

COL 1:16 For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him. 17] He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.

The only One begotten of the Father is the Son. Yet from the Son, all things have been created for the purpose of Consciousness. Just as the Father pours Himself into the Son, so did the Son empty Himself into creation. So in a very real sense, this LIFE of the Lamb (Christ) was slain at the moment of creation and must be resurrected from this world were it was sacrificed. This is exactly what Jesus did. Christ is our ONLY way back to God because all has come from Christ.

There are certainly times when I know I am repeating myself, but perhaps this will serve a purpose other than annoying my readers. In this particular case, I believe strongly that we need to be able to separate Jesus and Christ so that we can bring them back together. In this way will better understand why they are one, and just as importantly why we are also part of this holy union. Is Christ in you or only in Jesus? Christ is all and in all says Paul, the servant of God.

So again if we can accept it, Jesus showed us in the natural what Christ has already done in the spiritual. Jesus was sacrificed, buried and then raised from the dead. In the same way, Christ’s life has been poured out into creation and buried like a treasure deep within us waiting to be resurrected again at the appointed time! So, this eternal purpose and plan of God was in place before time and creation were manifested. God’s love and sacrifice for us are part of the divine plan for God image to return from the utter darkness of the void. All that is lost will be found because Christ is all in all. Christ will awaken in each of us and bring us to salvation. In the same way, Christ will subdue all things seen or unseen with the power of His love and restore that former glory. Here is what Jesus the Christ came to realize.

JN 17:24 “Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, and to see my glory, the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world.

Jesus was now aware that he was no longer that man of flesh from Nazareth, but that he was the Christ- the Son of God. He wanted us to be where he was- Christ conscious. He wanted us to see his true glory, which is also our true glory. He understood that this love and glory was given to him before the creation of the world. Considering all of this, we should have better understanding that Christ has died for us, is buried in us and will be our salvation! Yet, before salvation can come, there must first come faith. We must reject what the world says we are and accept through faith what and who God says we are. It is though us that the Body of Christ will be resurrected from this world. This can only be done if we believe.

JN 11:27 “Yes, Lord,” she told him, “I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, who was to come into the world.”

PART THREE

SEPARATED FROM GOD

THE NEED FOR FAITH

MT 9:29 Then he touched their eyes and said, “According to your faith will it be done to you.”

Faith is a powerful necessity in our spiritual life. God has already sacrificed for us, and now it is our turn to believe and sacrifice for Him. This is what faith calls us to do for the sake of God’s Kingdom. But why must we believe for God to come alive in our lives? Trying to understand faith seems almost impossible because it eludes common sense. Still, faith can certainly be described. To me faith can be thought of as the spiritual substance that fills the void where knowledge of the truth is lacking. Without faith filling this void in our souls, it would be fear, anxiety and despair creeping in to create an even deeper darkness. So we can think of faith as a protector for the mind- filling it and comforting it until knowledge comes. Yet faith can be likened to so many other things.

Faith can be thought of as a spiritual catalyst in our lives. Faith is able to transform our soul’s troubles into blessings. If God says that he wants us to walk through the valleys of life, then faith will be our comfort. Because of this faith can bring joy from any worldly sorrow we must endure. Through faith our anxiety can be changed into peace because we know God is always with us. And ultimately our faith in God and who we truly are will transform our will and desire into God’s power and glory to be revealed to the world!

I sometimes think of faith as a conduit between the soul and the spirit. Faith carries energy transmissions from one realm to the other. In this way, we can begin some rudimentary communications with God and then be able to construct some ideas of what God is like. So, faith helps us to understand that which cannot be explained, but only experienced.

Finally, faith is like that small seed that matures to produce the fruit of knowledge- the knowledge of God that is. Faith isn’t knowledge, but it can certainly become this through time and experience. Just as a seed from tree isn’t a tree, faith is not really knowledge, but it has the potential to produce an abundance of knowledge. Faith let’s us believe in God, but knowledge let’s us know God. For the small seed of faith to grow it must be watered with grace and basked with light of hope. Grace keeps our faith alive like rain from the heavens while hope gives our faith the energy and desire to grow higher and higher. The fruit of our faith in God will be our increased knowledge of the Truth.

Faith can be likened to many different things of our world, but it should be fairly clear why we need faith. Faith brings God to life. Or perhaps more accurately stated, faith brings God into our life. Without God in our lives, we are lost and alone. Without God in our lives, the devil rules our will and desires. How would our natural minds ever be transformed? Faith is the system used by God to “denature” our minds. We need to be freed from the flesh and it’s cycle of death. Without faith in God, our souls remain hopeless attached to a body that will die again and again. Not only this, but we remain connected to the pain and misery associated with it. Through faith, this hell is transformed into heaven.

Yes, as Jesus realized, this world is hell and Hades – the place of the dead. The only hope we have in this world is connecting with our true life in Christ. When anyone finds Christ, he not only finds his true life, but also becomes a light to the world. Through faith, Jesus found his higher life in Christ and showed us the way to salvation. Through faith and obedience Jesus grew in wisdom and knowledge of God. Faith leads us to knowledge, which leads to godliness. So it is by faith that we bring God back into our life and thereby bring God back to life for the sake of the world and the growing Kingdom of God.

TIT 1:1 Paul, a servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ for the faith of God’s elect and the knowledge of the truth that leads to godliness  2] a faith and knowledge resting on the hope of eternal life, which God, who does not lie, promised before the beginning of time.

Our purpose is to be the image of God, which is Christ. To reemphasize what I said earlier we read here that this plan of salvation through the use of faith was placed in Christ “before the beginning of time.” It was then found by Jesus at the appointed time to share with the world. The plan is to bring God back to life in us through faith and powered by God’s divine love. The purpose of mankind is to take the leap of faith as Jesus did. Jesus brought the Word of God into flesh form. Jesus brought God to life in this lower world.

Consider the earth before any plants or animals existed. Was God known at this moment? Even after the plants and animals appeared on the earth, did they know God? If God wasn’t known, was God alive? How can God prove or qualify His existence without being known? Are we coming to see that this is mankind’s purpose and the purpose of faith? We are being raised into the Consciousness and image of God because this is way of God. God breathes Consciousness like we breathe air. The Word goes out and the Word returns because God believed. God is the fountain of all faith. We believe because God first believed. We live because God lives. This is all a matter of faith.

Just think about it. Where is God without faith? Does He exist? By God’s very design it seems, God cannot become a reality in this world without faith coming first. Faith is the precursor of knowledge and fills the gap where knowledge is lacking. We must believe there is God, so that we can build a relationship with God. Without faith, God’s voice calling us would not be recognized. Without faith, God’s grace and blessings in our life would be attributed to our own efforts or chance. Without faith, God’s face will never be seen. Without faith, we cannot come to know God.

Now, faith is more than just a word. Faith is a way of life and the WAY TO LIFE! Words like love, hope and faith are thrown around like rugs then soiled as we wipe our feet in passing over them. These spiritually strong words merely become faint shadows in our every day life to the point they retain little if any significance or power at all. “I love chocolate!” “I hope my team wins.” And of course there is my favorite, “I have faith in God.” Oh, really? Many Christians would likely profess that they strongly believe in God. Yet, how great is this faith? Of course, Jesus had something interesting to say about our so-called faith.

MT 17:20 He replied, “Because you have so little faith. I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, `Move from here to there’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”

Nothing will be impossible, Wow! I have seen no one with such faith. Is Jesus speaking literally here? Even if Jesus didn’t physically move any mountains, it should be safe to assume that walking on the water and raising the dead are just as incredible feats. Given this, it should be clear that Jesus was speaking the truth here – the literal truth. To be sure, faith releases unimaginable power. Faith is able to raise the dead, calm the seas and turn water into wine. Jesus said that nothing “will be” impossible for us once we have such faith.

So, the question is- what does all of this say about our faith? It would seem that we have no such faith because no such power is being wielded. The point I want to make here is that faith brings life to where it wasn’t before. Faith brings God’s will to life by triggering unimaginable latent energy buried in the Holy Spirit.

By believing we can reach the moon, we came to discover the means to do make the trip a reality. Think about it. Who would ever try to do what is thought impossible? This is the purpose of faith – to remove doubt and give us reason to try. Faith says, “maybe I can.” Faith says, “Give it a try.” So it is by believing in God that we can come to know God as our reality and life. The natural mind of man has already taken us to the moon and back because we first believed we could. Now, faith planted by God in our higher mind is telling us we can reach our true life in Christ. The question is do we believe what God is telling us through faith?

PART FOUR

GOD COMES TO LIFE

THE POWER OF FAITH

MT 21:21 Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, if you have faith and do not doubt, not only can you do what was done to the fig tree, but also you can say to this mountain, `Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and it will be done. 22] If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.”

Now that is faith! This level of faith must be at least the size of a pumpkin seed! Again Jesus confirms that anything will be given IF we have faith and do not doubt. Again another very bold statement concerning the power of faith, but is Jesus for real here – throwing mountains around? This all sounds like foolishness to the natural mind, but these words come from the mouth of the man who backed them up with miracles. So, we do well to accept his testimony as gospel.

Now if we take Jesus’ word on this matter of faith then there must be something terribly amiss concerning OUR so-called faith. Either what we call our “faith” isn’t TRUE faith or the one asking in prayer isn‘t TRUE. Yes, something must be FALSE to cause this breakdown and the impotence of our faith. Many pray, petition and even beg for God to do this or that, but nothing apparently happens. So where is the missing link in the spiritual law Jesus preached about? Well, the missing link is that link which is false. All that “God is” is true. So if we bring anything false into our relationship with Him a breakdown must occur. You see, our faith isn’t true is because the “one” asking isn’t true. If our faith is based in the carnal mind, it is false and is part of that false self who is apart from God and His power.

Certainly if any child of God asks in truth and love, it will be given to him according to his faith. However, if a child of the devil asks, being deceived in the ignorance and fear of the carnal mind, it will not be given according to his own desires. Are some finally coming to see the realization that we live in hell and are “naturally” the children of the devil? Misconceptions about hell and the devil abound, but before we can realize we are God’s kids, we must acknowledge whom we currently follow. Who or what is the devil? Isn’t the devil the “adversary” of God? So then isn’t it ANYTHING that is keeping us from God and His Kingdom? Man likes to personify the devil by calling him Satan, but poor Peter realized that Satan and those who follow him are one in the same. So then who are the children of the devil? Aren’t these who are in love with themselves and the desires and pleasures of this lower world?

Consider the “men of God” during the time of Jesus. These men had dedicated their entire lives to serving God and knowing the Scriptures, yet are some shocked that Jesus called many of these religious leaders children of the devil? We shouldn’t be. Do we believe that it is any different today of the many religious minds preaching various religions around the world? I don’t believe so. Not much has changed in 2,000 years. Many religions are designed to pacify the carnal mind with a false sense of eternal security. Most religions will tell us that if we believe this or that and do this or that THEN we will have eternal life. This is all the work of the devil to keep the carnal mind in power. You will know the carnal mind is at work if fear instead of love is used to motivate. God is love. The devil is fear and uses it to hold us trapped in time.

We all have a devil to overcome just as Jesus did. Overcoming this devil is the KEY to opening the power of our faith! The natural mind (ego, false self) is the adversary of God and therefore the devil. The natural mind loves this world, the body and being a god in its world. It has its own selfish will and desires satisfied through the flesh, through power and through greed. The natural mind may claim to be very religious, but the carnal mind does not know God nor can it please God. This false image (idol) that we bring before God is NOT His image. It is a shadow of our real self. This dark image of our true self lives in the covering of the ego where God is not known and God doesn’t know. That is right; God does not know that false self as His own.

1 COR 8:1 Now about food sacrificed to idols: We know that we all possess knowledge. Knowledge puffs up, but love builds up. 2] The man who thinks he knows something does not yet know as he ought to know. 3] But the man who loves God is known by God.

MT 7:23 Then I will tell them plainly, `I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’

“I NEVER KNEW YOU!” Wow, who can explain why the God of the universe does not know something or somebody? Either God isn’t omniscient, OR those that come before God are not based in God’s reality. Do you believe that God knows you? Which “you” does He know- is it the you the world knows that is clothed with the ego or the you that is born of God and is clothed with Christ? We all must shed the ego because it is a false image of who we really are. False idols are forbidden. Yet, we take on a false image in each life we live. We are not what the world says we are, but what God knows we are- His Image! God does not know those false images, those children of the devil. These of the devil are those that are on the wide path to their destruction along with the devil himself. John wrote plenty about the children of the devil.

1 JN 3:7-10 Dear children, do not let anyone lead you astray. He who does what is right is righteous, just as he is righteous. 8] He who does what is sinful is of the devil, because the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work. 9] No one who is born of God will continue to sin, because God’s seed remains in him; he cannot go on sinning, because he has been born of God. 10] This is how we know who the children of God are and who the children of the devil are: Anyone who does not do what is right is not a child of God; nor is anyone who does not love his brother.

Love seems to be the litmus test for who we really are. Our false self (ego/carnal mind) is not God’s child, nor will the false self be saved. The children of the devil hold tightly to the world and their ego for life, but they will lose this life again and again. Even so, the spirit of these lost souls continues on until they find their true life in Christ. Nothing is lost except time. Time will not end until Christ has brought all creation back into submission. It is in Christ where we are known by God and receive from God all that we ask for.

So it should be clear that any faith living in this shadow region of the carnal mind is not TRUE faith, but simply another deception to keep us in chains. True faith lives in our true life, which has been hidden in Christ before the foundation of the world. When we find Christ, we become exactly as Jesus is. In this way, God’s will and love come to life through us through faith.

MT 21:22 If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.”

Again Jesus is testifying that “if we believe” we will receive. How many have desperately prayed for healing of their child’s dieing body and did not receive? How many have prayed for the suffering of others to end and it did not happen? Did God hear them and simply say, “no? Well, this is not what Jesus taught, but this is what many are taught to falsely believe. Jesus NEVER said that God would answer our prayer with “no.” Jesus said that we would receive whatever and anything we could possibly imagine if we believed with a faith as small as a mustard seed. So again it must be that God simply didn’t hear these request because they come from the shadows of the carnal mind. We all have one- even Jesus did. Jesus battled his carnal thoughts in those many and continuous temptations that it would conjure up to test him. Yes, the devil has its purpose- to test us and keep us grounded until we are ready to fly in Christ’s life.

So here is my point in all of this. We may THINK we have faith in God and Christ Jesus, but what is the truth? Do we move mountains or trees with this faith? How small then is our faith if we cannot even move our bodies off the couch and much less those mountains? Do not be discouraged in all of this. Understand that faith is a gift from God and each one is given his measure of it according to what is best for us. Faith is given when we are ready for it. Faith is like the fuse to release God’s power, and it will not be given hastily. What loving parent would an infant power tools to play with? We all are given enough faith for the moment. Finding that true faith and using that true faith is only way to God’s life and power being release through us.

In our natural state, we are called dead in sin and dead to God. It is written that the dead know nothing. So it is then that the dead cannot pray to God or receive from God, as they desire. What we need to become is alive to God! We, the dead, need to be resurrected. The key to all of this is faith in the truth of Christ Jesus.

ROM 6:11 In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus.

Jesus brought Christ to the world. Jesus, the Christ, accepted his true identity – the Son of God. In other words, Jesus believed completely in who he really was and is. Jesus let go of that false image that world had formed and took on that image that derived from God before the creation of the world. Being Christ, he had the will and mind of Christ. Everything that the Son asks for is given to Him, but the key is we must be the Son, which is to say we must be IN Christ.

We know that ALL things have been created through and for Christ. Then it makes perfect sense that the mind of Christ rules all things created. Paul said, zealously I believe, that we have “the mind of Christ. I believe that very few have even begun to tap into the mind of Christ and its power because Jesus set the precedent of what it means to be fully Christ conscious and to know the Father. However, it is the eternal destiny of all to be brought back into this glory from which we came where faith is transformed into power.

MK 11:23 “I tell you the truth, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart but believes that what he says will happen, it will be done for him. 24] Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.

We are being called back into the fullness of God through Christ. This is our eternal destiny using the catalyst of faith. It seems, however, that every catalyst has a neutralizer. Without a doubt, DOUBT is the extinguisher of faith. It will douse our faith like water on a flame. The carnal mind is the doubting mind when it comes to the One, True God. Our adversary lives with us each day waiting for its moment to tempt us and test us and bring us back down. Our false self only lives in THIS lower, shadow world, and for this reason it desperately clings to it.

Do NOT be discouraged! Who you really are is the child of God! This child is growing and maturing and can never die because this child has been born of God. This child of God in each of us holds our true life and true faith securely from the reaches of the world and the devil. We will become this child of God in time. Each lifetime is like a period of sleep full of dreaming in which he imagines he is many things, but these images are not based in God’s reality. These dream characters and images are based in this lower world. When we are ready, God will fully awaken us into His reality.

It is that love and faith from God that will bring us home to the Kingdom. As our love and faith grow, the carnal mind is overcome. Faith in someone greater than the false self (ego) wears it down. Do you recall John writing, “…the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world?” We know the one in the world is the devil, so Who is this “ONE” in you? What if one day you realize that this “one” is really the true you! Then faith in our higher life helps us let go of our lower life. Faith that our life is found in Christ releases the power of Christ through us into this world. We become part of the Body of Christ. God’s will and power are only brought to this world through Christ and of course faith in Christ. In this way, we are only saved when we come to find our true life in Christ. This is because our false life will always fade away just as the dream does upon awakening.

Now while faith may be leading us to salvation, it is the knowledge of the Truth that creates a solid platform on which we stand. So then faith may be our spiritual compass along the path to God, but it is knowledge of God that gives us stable footing as we ascend the mountain of Truth to God. Through faith God is brought into our lives, and it is then through faith that we come to know God and our true salvation.

PART FIVE

KNOWLEDGE OF SALVATION

THE TRANSFORMATION OF FAITH

LK 1:76 And you, my child, will be called a prophet of the Most High; for you will go on before the Lord to prepare the way for him, 77] to give his people the knowledge of salvation through the forgiveness of their sins.

As it is written, Christ comes into our lives to give us the KNOWLEDGE of salvation. Christ releases from our sins where we are kept from God in a state of death. It is one thing to believe we are saved and quite another to KNOW we are saved. We are not saved until we KNOW we are saved. Our spirits are trapped here in hell like birds in a cage. The time will come when the door is opened for us to leave, but until we know this we remain prisoners. We must come to know that we are free spirits that can fly. Again, faith leads us to believe we can fly, but knowledge proves it. Knowledge is the result following our faith through our life experiences and thereby growing in awareness of God and his will. Jesus was very concerned with spiritual knowledge and critical of those who were impeding it.

LK 11:52 “Woe to you experts in the law, because you have taken away the key to knowledge. You yourselves have not entered, and you have hindered those who were entering.”

In some ways, this is still happening today. Many religions and “experts” want to control their followers instead of letting Christ be Lord. This is why we must believe Jesus the Christ when he says, “I am in you and you are in me” or “When you do it to the least of these, you do it to me.” Christ and His Kingdom reside in US and not in worldly buildings. If we cannot come to believe the reality of Christ in our life and being our life, then we cannot be saved.

LK 7:50 Jesus said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.”

It all begins with faith and ends in the knowledge of salvation. So through our life experiences, faith is transformed into knowledge. For so long we will follow Christ and simply believe, but the moment will come when we are in Christ and know. This is a matter of consciousness- being awake to God, His Kingdom and His power. Heaven is not where we go when we die, but rather where we are found when we are alive in Christ! Heaven is a state of the spirit and soul, not the body. Heaven is where God is and that will be with us!

REV 21:3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God.

This is our eternal destiny and nothing can keep it from coming to be. Jesus told us that knowing the truth would set us free, and so it is. The Truth frees the spirit and the soul married to it. When we come to know our true self that lives in Christ, we come to know God as our Father. Finding our new self in the Body of Christ means our old self (the sinner, the liar, and the murderer) is now dead. We are no longer that sinful image we thought we were; he is forgotten. We now stand clothed in righteousness and completely forgiven because we know that our Savior and we are one. Yet before our faith can be transformed into this saving knowledge, we read above there is a certain someone that precedes the Christ.

As we read earlier before the Christ comes into our lives, the “Baptist” metaphorically and quite literally comes into our lives and turns us back to God. Certainly on one level this passage is referring to John the Baptist, but on a higher and more personal level there is that spirit of repentance that precedes the spirit of Christ in our being. We see this told in the story of the prodigal son who had to first be led by the spirit of the Baptist to repent and seek to return to his father. Faith helps us to accept what the Baptist is telling us and to prepare the way for Christ the Lord in our lives.

So again, the goal of faith is to lead us into the knowledge of the Christ and realize our true life and self. Each of us can be thought of as a cell in the Body of Christ. Like the cell, we cannot live outside of Christ, and we act as One Body under One Mind under One Spirit. Each and every cell (spirit self) in brought back into consciousness until the complete Body of Christ is resurrected!

EPH 4:12 to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up 13] until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.

Paul expresses this so well so many times throughout his writings. He says the Body of Christ is being BUILT up and is being unified by faith and knowledge. He says that we are maturing in this knowledge until we attain the fullness of Christ. In other words, Christ is subduing all of mankind and all things until Christ is all in all.

GAL 3:26 You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus, 27] for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. 28] There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.

In every relation between God and man, faith must be present. Not simply just faith in God, but in God’s Son who is the Way back to God the Father. During this journey faith can act as a light and guide to keep us from stumbling. Faith also brings God’s voice to our ears so we can hear the voice of the LORD speaking within us. Faith does all of this and more. It is utterly vital in our quest for the treasures of heaven. How could we come to know God without faith? How could any be saved without faith?

EPH 2:8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith–and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God 9] not by works, so that no one can boast.

Gifts! My friends- all that we need is given to us freely! It may seem like we must “work” to be saved, but in truth, we are saved by faith through grace (God’s overpowering love). Both faith and grace are divine gifts from God, so there is no reason to boast. However this also means that there is no excuse NOT to be saved. Everyone will be saved because God is controlling this unconditional process. We are saved by something unconditional- God’s love. How many times do some preachers say that we are saved by God’s love through faith, not works? Then next Sunday’s sermons he preaches what we must do to be saved. What? Salvation is unconditional because God’s love is the same. What many fail to understand is that God cannot stop loving Himself or His Image.

2 TIM 2:13 If we are faithless, he will remain faithful, for he cannot disown himself.

I wonder if the full knowledge of what is written here really sinks in to the many who read it each day? God cannot deny us because are “part” of Him. Not that God could be partitioned, but it is easier to understand this way. Collectively, we are the Body of Christ. Each of us is coming into to focus as God’s image. God gives us His life, His love, His faith. There is absolutely no way that these divine attributes can they fail to do what they have been purposed to do. This is certainly an area where the carnal mind clouds our understanding. We “think” we must do something to be saved, but God is the beginning and ending of our faith. Time is the only thing that separates us from God-time to grow; time to learn; time to know. Time will not end for us until we are back in the eternal life of God’s love.

We are saved because God loves Himself. God has emptied all that He is into Christ- His only Son and Image. Many times I have used the example of gravity to demonstrate the way God’s love pulls us together into oneness. In this way, faith can be seen as our spiritual compass in all of this. Faith leads us on the “straightest” path for each of us although we may not always choose to go that way. Also I think faith can be thought of as a life preserver that keeps us afloat while drifting in the sea of life. Faith supports us from sinking, but it is only meant to be a temporary aid in our journey. Again, faith is leading us to knowledge. So if faith is the life vest around our souls, then knowledge would be the island we discover that gives us solid ground to rest on.

COL 3:10 and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in KNOWLEDGE in the image of its Creator. 11 Here there is no Greek or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all, and is in all.

The images of being a Muslim or Christian, male or female, black or white, fat or skinny are all false images that the world dresses us with to disguise who we really are. Our true covering is the righteousness and glory of Christ! This is the knowledge that we are acquiring by living our lives by faith. Faith matures into knowledge until everyone comes to know Christ as Savior, Lord and Self.

JER 31:34 No longer will a man teach his neighbor, or a man his brother, saying, `Know the LORD,’ because they will all know me, from the least of them to the greatest,” declares the LORD.

ISA 11:9 They will neither harm nor destroy on all my holy mountain, for the earth will be full of the knowledge of the LORD as the waters cover the sea.

What a wonderful vision of the future this is! All the seeds of faith sown by God will produce an abundance of knowledge in the day of the Lord. This will not be the knowledge of the world, but knowledge of the LORD and His will. As we come to know Christ as our life and God as our Father, we will come to accept the will of God as our own. Jesus said that only one who would be saved are those who did his Father’s will. Well it should be clear that before we can do God’s will we must KNOW God’s will.

COL 1:9 For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you and asking God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding. 10] And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God.

Here Paul says that he is praying that God fill them with the knowledge of His will and even the knowledge of God Himself. To know God we must experience God. God is love (unconditional love), and this is what we are learning to be- God’s love expressed. We are coming to know that this is the purpose of life. It may seem that God and His love are far from us, but this is only our perception. Any darkness we may experience has its purpose. We can think of ourselves as if we are contained in a dark cocoon undergoing spiritual metamorphosis. As we break free from the covering of the ego, our wings of love can begin to take shape. When we are ready, we emerge a new creation that is the image of God! And to think that this all started with a small seed of faith planted in the field of time and watered by God’s love. Every seed of God cannot fail to become what God says it is. God is sovereign and calls all to come to know Him and our salvation in Christ.

1 TIM 2:3 This is good, and pleases God our Savior, 4] who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.

Through logic and by definition, whatever has a beginning also must have an end. And so it is with faith. Faith’s end comes when knowledge is sufficient. There seems no need for faith in God if we know God. However just as faith is transformed into knowledge it seems that knowledge is the not the end of our journey either. While faith is leading us to the knowledge of salvation, it is God’s love that powers and subdues all things in the end.

And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love. 1 COR 13:13

Faith, hope and love in all their divine fluidity fill the void of the unknown. Unknowing is the darkness of the mind where deception and ignorance reign, but faith brings a light to give us sight. Faith, hope and love are the spiritual anecdotes to combat all doubt, despair and fear, respectively. However, love is the greatest power of God’s divinity. Love like gravity grows stronger and stronger until it overpowers (subdues) everything else including even knowledge.

EPH 3:18 may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19] and to know this love that surpasses knowledge–that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

We are being filled with the fullness of God! This is unimaginable, and as we read, cannot actually be known as knowledge. We come to realize God as love- a Love that is all in all. Just as the Father subdues the Son, so does Love transcend and secure the knowledge of the Truth. Love overpowers all other things. God is love and there is no other, so all will join the union of Love. Yes, a blessed union is going to take place for each of us! The bride of Christ is being prepared for her wedding day.

We have come a long way in our relationship with God. We are first are courted by faith to leave the darkness of our minds and believe in something better. When our faith has matured then we are consecrated in the knowledge of Christ and dressed in the Son of God’s righteousness. Finally, we find ourselves joined eternally with Love and at peace. We are back here and now with God, our life who never left us. It was we who left Love for the sake of Love with only the instrument of faith to lead us back. We left God to find God again because this is the eternal cycle of Consciousness within the eternal mind. This is the purpose of life to return to God and show God Himself. When we finally stand before God we will be His one and only Image, which is the complete Body of Christ.

So let us accept and use the gift of faith that leads us back into the knowledge of God. Then let us embrace the knowledge of the Truth as our true life so that God will be again revealed as Love – a Love that is all in all. It is this Love of God that powers us as we return from the darkness of the void where we forgot who we were and from where we came. Jesus and all the saints are leading us home! It is these who are led by faith, supported by knowledge and powered by Love that are bringing God back to life!

May God’s life and fullness come to us all through faith in Christ our Savior!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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