THE TEN MOST IMPORTANT VERSES of the BIBLE

BY: DANIEL YORDY

2013

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INTRODUCTION

THE FIRST most IMPORTANT VERSE in the BIBLE

THE SECOND most IMPORTANT VERSE in the BIBLE

THE THIRD most IMPORTANT VERSE in the BIBLE

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THE FOURTH most IMPORTANT VERSE in the BIBLE

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THE SIXTH IMPORTANT VERSE in the BIBLE

THE SEVENTH most IMPORTANT VERSE in the BIBLE

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THE EIGHTH most IMPORTANT VERSE in the BIBLE

THE NINETH most IMPORTANT VERSE in the BIBLE

THE TENTH most IMPORTANT VERSE in the BIBLE

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PART ONE

Abide in Me and I in you. John 15:3

There is no other commandment in the Bible. As we keep this commandment we see Christ Himself fulfilling the entire Bible in our lives. Those who fail to keep this commandment, though they “keep” all others, live only separated from Christ in their minds and can never please or know God.

Inside this “bubble” of abide in Me and I in you everything inside of God is found for us. Outside of that place, everything is all wrong, including every word in the Bible.

When I was in college, one of our teachers gave us a “quiz.” It was a page of little things to do, such as “write the date on the top left corner of your paper,” “circle the word ‘because,’” and so on. But the test was timed and we had to work fast. We all attacked the “quiz” in full earnestness. The directions said, “Read all the questions before you begin.” Well, I followed the directions. When I read the last thing on the quiz, it said. “Do not do anything except #1.” Number 1 was “Write your name in the top right corner.” I happily obeyed #1 and sat back laughing at all the other students but one who were busy, busy, busy, doing all that the test said to do.

They all did all the questions correctly and failed the whole purpose of the quiz.

Inside of all those who name the name of Jesus there is a great divide. The majority give no thought to how we abide in Jesus and how Jesus abides in us. Whenever I read anything that does not place us utterly inside of Jesus and does not place Jesus in every part of us that does not see all things out from that place alone, I am utterly uninterested. I receive those brethren as Jesus receives me, but I cannot commit myself to them, not yet.

Inside of all those who consider how we abide in Jesus and He in us, there is also a great divide. Too many attempt to answer that question with some or other form of human ability, some personal scheme to “get the flesh under control,” or to “get rid of some sort of ‘Adamic’ nature.” They look for “someday” when they will finally walk “in” Jesus and Jesus “in” them, someday, after they have? Who knows what they must accomplish first, they do not, no matter how strong their foreheads might be. They will not abide in Christ by faith and reject those who do.

Paul says that Jesus lives in our hearts by faith. John says that we are in Him by faith. We know that means today; now is the day of salvation. 1 Corinthians 6:2 – Today if you will hear His voice. . . Hebrews 3:15

Whenever I read anything that does not place us utterly inside of Jesus today and does not place Jesus in every part of us in the present moment that does not see all things out from that place alone, I am uninterested. They can NOT know Him.

In that day you shall know that I am in the Father and you in Me and I in you. John 14:20

Today is that day. Today we know, today we see that everything that we are right now in this world is IN the Lord Jesus and the Lord Jesus Christ fills every particle that we are. Absolute and today.

Abide in Me and I in you. There is no other commandment in the Bible, and even this word is not a command, it is an invitation only.

What do you want?

This is the most important question in the Bible. Jesus asked it over and over. “What do you want?”

I know what I want; I believe you want the same.

When Jesus stands in the full revelation of His glory upon this earth, I will be with Him, just like Him in all ways, His glory revealed through me. I want to know God. I want to know Jesus Christ whom God has sent. I cannot, I will not see myself anywhere else than inside the full revelation to all creation of the knowledge of God.

What do you want?

Jesus said, “Seek and you will find.”

We know Jesus’ words are not hypothetical. He was referring to no “maybe someday.” Everyone finds what they seek; everyone experiences exactly what they are looking for. In the end, everyone will have from God precisely what they want. And for most people that will be happiness and blessing, and they will be blessed.

What do you want?

The goal of the believer is zoe aeonian, the life of the age to come in us today. There is one definition only of zoe aeonian, “eternal” life, in the Bible and that is John 17:3.

And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.

Eternal life is NOT anything else. – To know God. – To know Jesus-Sent.

Why must we know the most important verses of the Bible?

First there is God, infinite, eternal, absolute, self-sustaining. Then God does three incredible (incredible with a thousand zeros after it) things, three things so bizarre we can hardly know why.

The first mind-blowing thing God does is to create the universe, heaven and earth. God brings forth into existence all the realms of spirit substance, filled with spirit creatures great and small. At the same time and in full conjunction with the realm of spirit, God brings into existence all the realms of physical matter moving through space filled with physical creatures great and small. And in the day all things are created, God calls them good.

The second thing God does we simply cannot comprehend. God creates man in His likeness as both a spirit creature and a physical creature in one person and as the express representation – image – of God through man’s spirit to all the heavens and through man’s body to all the earth.

What is man?

There is one definition only of man in the entire Bible.

God manifest in the Flesh. Manifest – revealed, seen, made known, that’s what an image is. Man is God revealed.

Jesus, the only true Man as yet, the first One of our kind.

Third, God does something horrible, something that makes no sense whatever to us. God places a serpent against His image, against the Word that He speaks. God places a serpent word to oppose Christ at every point. This IS the DOING of God for an incredibly glorious purpose.

God says, “Let there be light,” and there is light. The serpent says, “Did God really say that?” And ruin comes upon all those who heed his words. The entire creation is subjected to vanity – in HOPE!

By the determination of God, the serpent continues to speak against all that is Christ – “Did God indeed say?”

Jesus said in the parable of the tares, Matthew 13:24-30, that the enemy would plant lies in His church, that these lies would grow up side by side with the truth looking identical to the truth, and that, “NO,” He would not remove those lies until the very end.

The words of the serpent, “Did God really say that,” press against all believers equally with the word of redemption they hold in their hearts. The two words are intertwined all through Christian theology and practice. This also is the intention and determination of God.

How do the serpent’s words appear in the hearts of most?

NOT ON THIS EARTH! – NOT IN HUMAN FLESH!

What are God’s words? Thy will be done on earth . . . – . . . the life of Jesus revealed in our mortal flesh.

God manifest in the flesh.

This is the great battle of the ages, set by God for glory, the battle upon which our days and our lives hinge.

The first question we must ask in order to know God, in order to know Jesus Christ-Sent, in order to see Him in our lives and in the Bible is – WHY?

That question is of vital importance: we must ask it. Because the four most important verses in the Bible were written by God to answer that question.

The Purpose of God for Man

I have heard or read many pastors and teachers of the Bible over many years share their understanding of the purpose of God for man. I have never heard one of them use the four most important verses in the Bible to answer the question – why? As a result, their answer for the purpose of God for man ALWAYS falls short of His glory. Most say that we are created by God to glorify Him; they are seeing completely backwards.

Let me explain. If I build a row of houses, putting all of my skill and knowledge, with unlimited resources, into those houses, each showcasing a unique style, then I can take visitors through that row of houses and they can see my skill and artistic vision. Those houses would glorify me. That is what most teachers of the Bible say that God’s purpose for man is. They are seeing completely backwards. They are leaving God Himself out in the cold.

We must know these four “verses” (I use the word “verse,” but most are more than one verse), not just by heart, but all through the fabric of our being. Any teacher of the gospel who is not teaching these four verses through everything they speak is not giving us what we want. They may be giving blessing to many, and that’s wonderful, but what we want, what we seek, what we demand of God cannot be found anywhere else but these four verses permeating all the consciousness of our lives, followed by the three most important verses in the Bible that answer the question – how? And then followed by the three most important verses that answer the questions – who? and –  what? including the most precious to us of all verses in the Bible.

One more thing before we look at the Ten Most Important “Verses” in the Bible.

The serpent has been speaking his words against Christ inside of you all your Christian life. His words fill Christian thinking, writing, speaking, and practice, looking just like the truth exactly as Jesus said. This is an incredibly wonderful reality! God never does anything that is not glorious; placing the serpent against Christ is for a glory far beyond what we can imagine. God has a purpose up His sleeve that is beyond all wonder.

You are reading this letter because the Lord Jesus wants you to know exactly what those serpent words are by KNOWING what His words are in full triumph. He has purposed for you to defeat the words of the serpent and thus reveal His glory.

You read something big God says in the Bible and the serpent says, “That’s not for here, that’s not for now, that’s only for heaven after you die – NOT ON THIS EARTH!” Then you read some other incredible thing God says, and the serpent says (usually through pastors), “Your flesh is the problem. Your flesh gets you into trouble with God. As long as you carry this wretched body of flesh, you can never really KNOW God, not in that way – NOT IN HUMAN FLESH!”

Almost all Christian theology was created to place those two phrases upon everything God says in the New Testament about His purpose for man.

Our faith defeats the words of the serpent. All that God speaks, His will – ON THIS EARTH! All that God is, His Person – IN HUMAN FLESH!

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THE FIRST most IMPORTANT VERSE in the BIBLE

1. Romans 8:28-30

And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified.

Let me give my paraphrase first. We must always put God’s words into our own words, making them personal and now, making them Christ in us.

And we know that God and we work together to make all things good, we who love God and are the called according to His purpose. For from the very beginning, God determined to conform us to the image of His Son, to make us just like Jesus, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren, the first One of His kind. Inside that original determination, we were called, we were justified, and we were glorified in all the glory of Jesus before God right now. We have never lived anywhere else.

The entire gospel of the purpose and revelation of God is found in these three verses together as one. We are the image of Jesus Christ revealed to all creation; we stand fully in the glory of Jesus before God in all ways right now, and we and God together cause all things to pass from evil to good, from death into life.

First, obliterate that word, “predestined.” It is an ugly religious word used by the King James translators to describe a God they did not know.

Right from the start, God DETERMINED that I would be just like Jesus. “Determination” includes three things; it includes purpose, it includes passion, and it includes certainty. God is fierce, and He has seized you and me fiercely in His determination to reveal Himself to the universe through us.

Our absolute certainty, the thing by which we must partake of all that is Christ (Most Important Verse #7) is rooted utterly in the fierce determination of God.

The purpose of God for man is that we be the express image of God, just like Jesus, to all creation, both heaven and earth. God is invisible and unknowable; He is determined to be seen and touched and handled by all spirit creatures and by all physical creatures forever. He does that by entering into a perfect union with His image, man.

Let us make man in our image and after our likeness.

You and I are more like God than we will ever understand. A million years from now, as we reckon time, we will still be overwhelmed at the unending discovery of just how God is able to show Himself to all through us. Never do we put any limit on the meaning of “His image and likeness.”

Romans 8:29 confirms God’s purpose for man, stated from the beginning, by showing us that the Lord Jesus Christ IS that very revelation of God, Man as God intended, and that we will be just like Jesus. Verse 30 tells us that it’s already a done deal, that before God, we are already just like Jesus – Man as God revealed. And Verse 28 tells us how everything in our lives and in the universe will pass from its present state of vanity into all the goodness of God. The common translation is poor. Nothing ever “just” works out for good. God does not push people around for good or for evil; God does not sin. No, the transformation of the universe takes place as God and we together turn all things intended for evil into incredible goodness and life.

Let’s bring in those supporting verses that establish the full meaning of the most important verse in the Bible.

Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is. 1 John 3:2

For it was fitting for Him, for whom are all things and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings. For both He who sanctifies and those who are being sanctified are all of one, for which reason He is not ashamed to call them brethren. . . Hebrews 2:10-11

For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. Romans 8:18

But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord. 2 Corinthians 3:18

I will not go into depth on these verses, rather, they add the depth we need in order to know Romans 8:28-30.

God is bringing many sons to glory, just like Jesus, the first One of our kind.

The whole point of the gospel is that we are just exactly like Jesus in all ways, the full expression of His glory. Glory is one thing alone: God Himself in Person revealed through man. Man is God revealed. We are His glory. We get there by seeing Jesus as He really is, and our transformation is from one level of glory to the next. There is no shame in us or inside our path or in any part of who and what we are.

Compare 1John 3:2 and 2 Corinthians 3:18 very carefully. These two verses must NEVER be separated. John said that it is by seeing Jesus AS HE IS that we are just like Him. Paul makes it clear that this seeing is progressive, from glory to glory, and that this transformation IS taking place right now.

But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. John 1:12-13

I have the right to become a son of God, just like Jesus. It is my right, given me by God Himself, inherent in my very make-up as His image.  Nothing can deny me my right. I will be all that Christ is.

Now, the most important verse in the Bible is glorious enough to outshine everything else – except God. And God is always too much. He talks endlessly, there’s no way ever to keep Him quiet: He loves Jesus too much ever to be silent. And so God adds the next three most important verses in the Bible to make the most glorious revelation of God found in the most important verse far beyond what we can even think about.

Yet these verses in all of their meaning, we MUST be thinking and speaking and knowing all through the fabric of our lives. And understand, though I have listed these in the order you see here, with reason, yet all these verses are completely intertwined together at all times. Because of that, my explanation of the remaining nine most important verses in the Bible is simply a further explanation of this most important verse.

But the next three most important verses of the Bible enable us to know exactly what God means by Romans 8:29. What are we?

THE SECOND most IMPORTANT VERSE in the BIBLE

2. Ephesians 3:17-19

That Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height — to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

FILLED with ALL the FULLNESS of GOD!

Can you believe that? We must.

Are we talking about man? Yes, we are. If all of God in all of His Being and Person and Character is not found inside of anyone’s definition of man, it’s not man they are defining.

Does that blow things right out of the water or not?

Deal with it. Now. We must! God said it, and He always speaks the truth.

When God formed us in the beginning, He designed us to contain all of God. That is our shape. There is nothing found in God that cannot be revealed through man. More than that, God designed our hearts always to be filled with, to know, Omnipotence. Human ambition is the heart of man desiring in all ways the Omnipotence, the All-power of God, but empty of that very God it was designed to contain.

Your heart desires power. It longs to know the God who fills you full. Your heart is filled with Christ; He lives there, it is His dwelling place, His throne, the throne of heaven.

Let’s paraphrase this verse before bringing in its companion verses that give it the full depth it must have in our knowing.

The Lord Jesus Christ, ascended above the heavens, dwells in our hearts through faith and not by any outward seeing, that is, through the utter certainty of what God says against human sight or human emotion. We, every one of us, thrusting ourselves deliberately and absolutely into Love, the Love that fills our hearts to overflowing, seize hold of the extent in every possible direction through which God Himself, Love in Person, reveals Himself through us, we KNOW (eternal life) the love of Christ which is beyond all knowledge. We are filled with all the fullness of God. Everything that is God in Person in all that God is resides in fullness in every particle of our being, spirit, soul, and body.

Is this true?

God says it. Is it true?

If this is true, how is it possible that this truth does not fill and flow through every sermon preached in Christendom? Is God so small in our eyes that we can look at ourselves and fail to see Him? If you were in the presence of God upon the throne of heaven would you not fall on your face and worship? Yet everything that is there upon and around that throne and all of God besides fills you full. How could we possibly “see” anything else?

“Filled” means every particle of who and what I am, spirit, soul, and body. “All” means all. There is not a particle, a dimension, a realm, a place, a character trait, a quality that is God that is not also IN me, filling every particle of me as me. All of God. Love. The Holy of the Throne.

The “Fullness” of God. Fullness is billowing, it is explodingness, it is above and beyond. All of infinity is inside of me, yes, but infinity in FULLNESS, omnipresence in fullness, omnipotence in fullness, eternality in fullness, holiness in fullness, love in fullness, light in fullness, exploding, billowing, rushing mighty rivers of God, all of Him inside of me, all of Him flowing out of me.

You see, by itself, the most important verse in the Bible, Romans 8:29 could still leave us in the thinking that man’s purpose is to showcase God’s workmanship. Ephesians 3:19 turns that understanding completely around. Our purpose is not to showcase God’s workmanship and thereby bring glory to Him. Our purpose is to be God’s body – a body you have prepared for Me – so that God Himself in Person can be known by all creation.

Look down at yourself. You contain God. You contain ALL of God. Do you “see” Him? Don’t say, “No way.” Don’t call God a liar; you are not the serpent.

What are the companion verses that expand this reality in our understanding?

And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong. 2 Corinthians 12:9-10

God created man with enormous capacity, but no ability. God made our humanity weak. Everything else God created, He created it sufficient in itself, able to do what it is called to do by drawing on what is inside of it. God did not make man that way. God made man weak, with all the capacity to contain God, but none of the ability to fulfill our purpose.

We were created to contain God in Person, can we do that? We were created to reveal God in Person, can we do that? Animals and angels can do what they were created to do; you and I cannot.

Our weakness is our glory; our weakness is designed entirely by God as we find ourselves to be SOLELY as the counterpart of His glory in us. Adam hated weak; the hatred of human weakness is rebellion against God. We glory in the weakness of our flesh, knowing that God designed that very weakness entirely as His dwelling place.

Perfection, that is, the real perfection of God requires weakness from which to be seen. No human weakness means no perfection of God revealed.

But we have this treasure in earthen vessels that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us. We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed— always carrying about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body. For we who live are always delivered to death for Jesus’ sake, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh. 2 Corinthians 4:7-11

Almost all Christendom demands a God utterly separated from our human flesh. John said the argument that separates Christ from flesh was the spirit of anti-Christ already coming upon the church in his day. Filled with ALL the Fullness of God cannot be anywhere else but IN the vessels of weakness He made us to be – forever.

 And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God manifest in the flesh. . . 1 Timothy 3:16

Yes, we contain all of God. God fills us full. But God is not in us to sit. God designed us specifically to contain ALL of Himself in Person as His body to both heaven and earth. But God is God and God always moves out through us into His creation in two mighty ways both at the same time, always together.

Those two mighty ways of God flowing out from us are the third and fourth most important verses in the Bible.

THE THIRD most IMPORTANT VERSE in the BIBLE

3. John 7:37-39

On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.” But this He spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those believing in Him would receive. . .

Thus, not only are we designed to contain all of God, but we are also designed to release God Himself, through His Spirit, as a river of life flowing out of our hearts setting all creation free, blessing, healing, and bringing life and joy to all.

But here’s the deal. God is love. That means He never ever violates our person. God flowing out of us ALWAYS is subject to us. God and us together. We are always the gates through whom the King of Glory rides.

Subdue the earth. This is the task of man given to him by God. But man attempting to accomplish this task apart from God brings only curse and ruin. At the same time, God Himself cannot do this task because God cannot sin. Sin is treating another with disrespect, pushing people around, violating the dignity and right of their person as God’s image.

There is one way only by which subdue the earth can happen – out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.  God and man together – God and man together make all things good.

Jesus spoke these words on the last day of the Feast of Tabernacles, the last time the Feast was celebrated before His death. The last day of that Feast in Israel’s religious year typifies the final moment of this age when God inhabits His fully formed body, His temple, with all of His glory, when our bodies cannot stay as they are and are transformed, swallowed up by Life. It typifies the gathering together of God’s people as one in love.

Just before Jesus spoke, one priest had entered the outer court of the temple bearing a cup of water from the pool of Siloam. Another priest had come out of the temple bearing a cup of wine. The two together stood above the altar of sacrifice, the cups held high in the air, waiting to be poured out together. As the two priests approached the altar, all the people filling the courtyard were waving palm branches, beating them upon the ground, and shouting at the top of their lungs, “Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord.” But as the priests raised the cups the shouting turned to “Higher, higher, higher.” All Israel demanded to see the wine and the water poured out together.

Then, without any human cue, everyone went quiet. The wine and the water must be poured out in total silence. For a moment not a sound was heard from anywhere.

Into that pregnant silence, as the poured-out wine swirled together with the poured-out water, Jesus cried at the very top of His lungs: ““If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.”

His words penetrated and stunned all. They knew what He meant; they knew it was blasphemy.

The river of life from the throne of God flows out of our bellies, out of our hearts, out of our innermost beings. God Himself limiting Himself to that sending forth that comes entirely out of you and me. God Himself going out from us to touch, to heal, to set free, to bring life and joy to all.

How thirsty are you?

And he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding from the throne of God and of the Lamb. In the middle of its street, and on either side of the river, was the tree of life, which bore twelve fruits, each yielding its fruit every month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. Revelation 22:1-2

The throne of God, the Mercy Seat, our very hearts, the River of God released. That river of God Himself flowing entirely out of us is the only thing that will subdue the earth and all creation, bringing all things into the love and joy of God. God and us together make all things good.

Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father. And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything in My name, I will do it. John 12:12-14

The question remains and must be answered. You alone will give the answer. How thirsty are you?

But is this reality NOW, or is it waiting for some future day when we have accomplished something or other that gets God to do what God seems so “reluctant” to do? Almost all Christianity believes only “some day.

Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out, shed abroad, in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us. Romans 5:5

Deal with it. Your heart is right now filled with all the Love of God out-poured and overflowing. Do you “feel” that it is? Do you “see” that it is? Not much! The decision you MUST make, a decision that all make, is whether God is telling the truth or whether He lies. I have begun to suspect that God speaks the truth even against our eyesight.

Because you see, in complete conjunction with God flowing out of us as rivers of living water, this capacity God designed us to be, to release God Himself in Person into His creation that He might be known and touched and handled by all, this quality of God out-flowing moves in complete conjunction with that other great task, the task given to the Son, the Champion of God, the One who lives in all ways in our hearts, to PROVE God TRUE against all accusation and deceit.

PART TWO

THE FOURTH most IMPORTANT VERSE in the BIBLE

4. Revelation 12:10-11

Then I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, “Now salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren, who accused them before our God day and night, has been cast down. And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death.

Here is the most misunderstood reality of God in us, misunderstood in all possible directions.

All evil, all darkness, all sin, all hurt, all sorrow, all sickness, all death, all of these are NO-things. They do not exist as anything in themselves. Yes, they have an appearance of reality that must be dealt with, but we must know the purpose and reality of God to know where and how to place all these no-things.

Those who do wicked things are created by God, sustained by God, and honored by God as He made them regardless of their present doing. We distinguish entirely between the person and the deeds at every level.

All evil and death come as a result of the first four words of the serpent. “Did God indeed say?” They don’t come “from” those words because they are no-things. Rather they are known as the necessary result of any hearer giving heed to those serpent words. The result of hearing those words IS that God goes quiet.

All evil, darkness, sin, hurt, sorrow, sickness, and death are the result of the seeming silence of God, the “absence” of Jesus, the emptiness of a man created to contain God, but absent of God, a heart of daring boldness, created for Omnipotence, but absent of Christ.

All anger of God in the Bible is simply God’s emotions when He sees anyone treat Jesus, the Word He is always speaking, the Joy of God’s heart, with open disrespect. “Did God really say that?”

If a man saw someone contemptible come up to his wife, spit on her, and strike her, he would get mad. He would most certainly place himself between to take whatever garbage this despicable person cares to dish out. A man would react that way because he is made just like God. To strike at his dear and precious wife is to strike all that is him at the deepest place of his heart.

Every form of “Did God really say that?” is exactly that picture against the Lord Jesus, against the very heart of God. If I say, “Be perfect, just as our heavenly Father is perfect,” how many pastors and Christians would say, “You don’t really believe that, do you?” NOT ON THIS EARTH! NOT IN HUMAN FLESH!

It’s not a good idea to spit on Jesus. We are free to do that, yes; God does not defend Himself. But I don’t think it will work out for the best. I think 6000 years of sorrow and death are enough to prove that attempting to silence God is not the thing to do.

The accuser accuses God. All other accusation flows out of that one accusation. “God, You LIE!”

God Himself set the accuser in his place, inside the law, the outward form of God separate from His Person, the tree of knowledge (the law is the knowledge and strength of sin), found inside the claim “be like God by trying hard to do all that He says.”

God did that for purpose; God set the serpent word against Christ for glory.

Before paraphrasing Revelation 12:10-11, let’s set against the words of the serpent the most important words spoken aloud by any human upon this planet, save Jesus. Let these words be the constant refrain in your mind, ever present upon your lips, shouted out with your voice box every time you read anything God says in the Bible.

“Behold, I am Your servant, let it be to me according to Your word.” Mary, when told she contained God Himself and that God would come forth from her body into this earth. Mary, at the very moment Christ was conceived inside of her.

LOOK AT ME, God, I belong to You!!!

Let every Word You speak, the Lord Jesus Christ,

Be fulfilled in all ways in all of my life in all of it’s meaning,

Right here on this earth, right now in this age – IN ME!

(At this point, it’s okay to wipe the tears from our eyes.)

God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.

Here, then, is a paraphrase of the fourth most important verse in the Bible.

The Salvation and Kingdom of God are come now, the full Power of Christ revealed is known now upon this planet as the accuser, claiming that God lies, the accusation standing hostile against every believer in Jesus, “Not here, not now, not you.” That accusation has been cast down by a simple people who know that what God says is true. And they overcame that accuser by the Blood of the Lamb-Slain always flowing over them. They overcame that accuser by speaking Christ, “Christ is ALL there is in me; I am alive unto God.” They overcame that accuser by gleefully abandoning all sense of self, all idea that they are anything other than the One life of Jesus filling them full. They replace the human psychosis, double hearted, doubled minded, pretending to “please God” by outward show, with the One death of Christ; they are alive unto God.

Here is the pinpoint upon which all things turn.

Why?

We must accept that God Himself sets this great contest, the lie of the serpent against the Word of Christ, from the very beginning. God sets this great contest all the way through.

I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. Romans 12:1-2

God intends to prove His will, to prove Christ, to prove Himself IN our bodies.

Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Matthew 5:10

God intends to prove His will, to prove Christ, to prove Himself right here on this earth.

That the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh. 2 Corinthians 4:11

God intends to prove His will, to prove Christ, to prove Himself IN our human, dying FLESH.

For we who are in this tent groan, being burdened, not because we want to be unclothed, but further clothed, that mortality may be swallowed up by life. Now He who has prepared us for this very thing is God. . . 2 Corinthians 5:4-5

God intends to prove Himself by the very defeat of death, our physical bodies swallowed up by life. Those who would attempt to remove “the battle” from our present Christian experience are attempting to remove the determination and proving of God. Their ideas will be forgotten.

There is no civil war inside of me. I am at peace with God; His will and my will are the same. God proves Himself in my body. My enemy is outside of me, this one who always attempts to silence God. I do not hear him; I hear only what God says about Christ my ONLY life.

You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is IN you is greater than he who is in the world. 1 John 4:4

We are created to cast down every voice that opposes the Word God speaks. That quality of our makeup always moves in full conjunction with the rivers of living water – God in Person, flowing out of us.

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The first four most important verses in the Bible all answer the question – WHY? The next three most important verses in the Bible answer the question – HOW? How does the beyond-all-belief wonder of the purpose of God for us become real and complete in our lives right here on this earth? How does it happen?

We must ask the question – how? because God wrote the next three most important verses specifically to answer that question. The first four most important verses show us the determination of God to fill man with all of Himself and to flow out from man setting all creation free. The next three most important verses are the salvation verses, the verses that enable us to be all that God intends.

You see, the whole picture of our entering into God, of our seeking and knowing God, of our walking the path by which we are led into life, that picture is from the earthly point of view. We see that way as babes in Christ, growing up into Him. But there comes a certain point in our knowing of God that the whole picture reverses. We discover that it never was us going into God, not really. No, from the very beginning this whole thing is about God Himself winning for Himself a body, both a spirit body and a physical body in one, Man, so that God in Person can be known and seen and touched by His entire creation, most of which has not yet come into being.

Yes, we read the next set of three most important verses in the Bible as how we come to know this incredible God who fills us with all of Himself. And we must walk this path. But the further we are led in this way, the less we see ourselves “going into” God and the more we see God in Person going out into all of His creation through us.

THE FIFTH most IMPORTANT VERSE in the BIBLE

5. Galatians 2:20

I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.

All redemption, the way that leads to life begins here. Let’s bring in two companion verses first in order to set the context of this incredibly vital verse, the only entrance into knowing God.

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. Now all things are of God. . . 2 Corinthians 5:17-18

Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 6:11

Could I be honest with you here? I have never heard any preacher, declaring the importance of “obedience to what God speaks,” ever obey Romans 6:11.

Reckon, put to your account, speak, SHOUT! I AM dead to sin INDEED, that means, utterly and completely! I AM ALIVE unto God, utterly and completely!!!

To be dead to sin is to be disconnected from all sin, to be incorruptible. God alone is incorruptible. “Dead to sin” is real only as the Person of God Himself fills me full. I AM alive unto God. Those who choose to believe they cannot be filled with all of God until after they “stop” sinning will never know Him. They cannot; they do not believe that God speaks the truth. They don’t understand that the absence of God IS sin. The presence of God alone causes sin to cease.

Call those things that “be not” as though they are. Let’s put this entrance into salvation verse into our own words.

I AM already and fully crucified with Christ, but I am still alive – alive unto God, only it’s not me, it’s Christ, only it is me, the me brand-new alive unto God. And the life I live in this present body of flesh, flesh of God’s flesh, I live by the faith of the Son of God who fills my heart full.

Everything inside of me is brand new; everything in me and in my way is of God.

Those who face sin to defeat it will never stop sinning. Give them a million years, and they will never “die.” Those who face God abandon all consciousness of “sin.” They don’t know it because God fills their eyes.

Three words in this verse we must KNOW. Those three words are the word “am/have been,” the word “flesh,” and the word “faith.”

Let’s start with faith. Faith is very definite and specific. Faith is neither “blind” nor wishy washy. Faith does not grasp for murky vagueness. First, the faith that fills our hearts is Jesus Himself, the faith of the Son of God. Second, faith is specific to the word God speaks. Faith connects directly with the specific things God says.

Every word from God comes into our lives as a seed. Inside that word, “Let there be light” is the power to create in us ALL that is in that word, “and there was light.” Yet as a seed, that word cannot bring forth the life that is in it apart from faith. God never pushes anyone around. He never does anything with us, in us, or through us apart from our active and willing participation – faith. Faith is that quality of the Lord Jesus filling our hearts that says, “Be it unto me according to Your word.”

Then faith holds without wavering to the absolute certainty that what God says is true. And faith holds to that certainty without regarding the human condition, the human body, the sight of the eyes, or the feelings of the emotions. Faith is not “blind”; faith sees God in TOTAL disregard to outward appearance.

But faith as “believing” only is not yet complete. Faith sees God, yes, but then faith DOES something. Faith speaks; faith speaks what God speaks against all other voices.

God says, “You ARE crucified with Christ.” “Have been” is actually stronger than “ARE.” Yes, “ARE” is the absolute state of reality, but “have been” is present perfect tense, something that began in the past but is made perfect in the present moment. Thus “have been” roots the absolute “are” fully in the Son of God who gave Himself for us, fully in the one death of Christ.

Knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, dies no more. – One sacrifice for sins forever.

There is only one death; there is no other death. Either that one death IS our death or we are without hope.

Now here is how faith works.

God says, “You ARE crucified with Christ.” The serpent says, “Look at yourself. Can you honestly say that you are dead to sin. Come on. What a joke. Look at you. God didn’t really say, “ARE,” did He? No, He meant to say, “You have to die.” Get with it, loser, die to your flesh. Ha, you never will, but you’d better try in all misery and self-righteous pretending.”

But faith refuses to look at the human in present outward appearance. How can we look at the human when we are filled with all of God and when God Himself flows out of us as rivers of living water?  Unbelief is not too bright.

Faith speaks what God speaks. “I am dead. Good, that’s over with. It is finished. I AM alive unto God, the One who fills me full and who flows out from me mightily. Wow! That’s forever, and it is here, it is now, it is me.”

But hidden inside of Galatians 2:20 is the most precious truth in the Bible, the one I have placed as the tenth most important verse in the Bible, though first in precious value to us. Do you see Him there, planted in your flesh?

Let’s bring in three more companion verses that show us this hidden reality, this most precious thing.

Unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much grain.  John 12:24

Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness in the Day of Judgment; because as He is, so are we in this world. 1 John 4:17

For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as the Lord does the church. For we are members of His body, of His flesh and of His bones. “For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.” This is a great mystery, but I speak concerning Christ and the church. Ephesians 5:29-32

We understand Jesus’ words in John 12 that He was speaking of no literal “death.” A seed does not “die” when it enters into the earth, rather it takes on a completely different appearance. The seed becomes the plant. The seed becomes the very plant that will produce many more seeds identical to the first.

Christ and I are one flesh. Christ became me. It’s no longer I who lives, but Christ. Yet I remain me, for Christ Himself lives as me in this world. He is what I find myself to be.

I am the flesh of God.

If I am sick, God is sick; if I stumble and fall, God stumbles and falls. If I am crippled, God is crippled. If I suffer, God suffers. In all things God and I are one flesh. I am the flesh of God. If I sin, God does not sin; He does not know it. Yet all my sin is inside of Jesus dead upon the cross. All my sin God cannot remember; He does not know it.

Some imagine that salvation is somehow up to them, to their own doing “what God says”. How a Christian can think such a thing I do not know, but many do. Some of those become entirely a pretense, an outward show with no substance, judging and being judged; others become weary and heavy laden, just the way God wants them to be, just before they discover Christ. I am so glad that Jesus is Salvation, the He carries me, that He has become all that I am.

Now, if I were to regard the serpent, if I were to look at myself by outward appearance, I would most certainly find God to be a liar. There is every outward human reason to find God a liar.

I am so glad that what God says is true. Christ IS our life; we have no other life. Christ IS our only life.

The life of Jesus apocalypsed in our mortal flesh.

This would be a wonderful place to worship Him in all out-flowing joy.

THE SIXTH most IMPORTANT VERSE in the BIBLE

6. Hebrews 10:19-22

Therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way which He consecrated for us, through the veil, that is, His flesh, and having a High Priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.

Look carefully all through these verses. Do you see anywhere in these words that require this reality of entering the Holiest to wait until after our physical bodies perish and we are found in heaven only? Yet almost all Christianity insists that we CANNOT enter the Holiest until “heaven.” NOT ON THIS EARTH!

No, we enter the Holiest of All with our present hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our present bodies washed with pure water. What on earth does this mean? In some ways the sixth most important verse in the Bible is the pinnacle, the highest point of all.

The Holiest is the very Throne of Almighty God. It is the Mercy Seat of heaven.

To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with Me in My throne just as I overcame and sat down with My Father in His throne. – As you overcome JUST AS I overcame, you sit with Me IN My authority over all things JUST AS I sit with My Father IN His authority over all things.

Daring, daring boldness. Only the heart of man, the heart of God would dare such a thing.

There is not one ounce of “Oh me, oh my,” inside that word BOLDNESS. Let’s paraphrase this sixth most important verse.

I enter with all the daring boldness of God’s heart filling mine right into the Holiest Place in heaven, the very throne of God – KNOWING that my flesh is His flesh, the wide-open Veil – with my heart, the Mercy Seat, sprinkled always with Blood, and with my body, flesh of His flesh, washed with pure water. I continue to speak and will never stop speaking that I am just like Jesus before God right now.

I have the right to be just like Jesus; I have the authority to set all creation free.

Timidity dishonors God; the bold audacity of faith is the only thing that pleases Him. Yet here is no arrogance of the separated human, here is Heart, the heart of flesh, the very Mercy Seat of God, sprinkled always with Blood, sprinkled always with Blood, sprinkled always with Blood.

Those who see the Blood cannot see sin. Those who see sin cannot see the Blood. It’s all of one or all of the other; there is no compromise or mixture. NO consciousness of sin.

There is a mighty barrier standing before the Holiest Place in God, that barrier is the Veil of Jesus’ flesh.

Either our flesh IS His flesh or He can have no part with us. If our flesh is not His Flesh, we will never enter in. Those who believe that their hearts are deceitful and wicked, that their “flesh” is far away from God that they are always going against God’s will, those will never give their hearts to God. He will never win their hearts; He cannot. No one will give God a heart they believe is unclean. They will always hide with Adam behind outward pretense.

“Look, God, I did what you said, I obeyed Your Voice, I deserve life.” Pretending, pretending, and empty of God.

I am not speaking of us, dear believer in Jesus, for there is one place only in which we live. You and I are found inside the loudest words shouted in the universe, words so loud that if we could hear all things as they really are, no other sound could come near our hearing. Here are the loudest words in the Bible.

Where are you, My Son? – HERE AM I, I AND the children whom You have given me.

When Jesus spoke those words, bearing inside Himself all the sin of the universe, there we were inside of Him. We have never been anywhere else.

Jesus sprinkled His blood one time only; He did not sprinkle it twice. Jesus sprinkled His blood upon the throne of God, the Mercy Seat of the Holiest in heaven; Jesus sprinkled His blood on our hearts.

They are one and the same. My heart IS the throne of heaven; my heart IS the authority of God in the universe.

The love of God has been poured out, shed abroad, in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us. Romans 5:5

God and we together make all things good. God and we together set all creation free.

And she brought forth a male child who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron, and her child was caught up to God and to His throne. Revelation 12:5

Romans 5:5 and Revelation 12:5 are the same thing, two verses never to be separated; they are the normal Christian life.

Christ, in ALL that He is, is our very and only life.

Now, what does it mean not just to enter boldly, but to live entirely inside the Holiest of All?

The Holiest of All is everything most Christians mean when they say, “Go to heaven.” Remember that God Himself has placed the serpent speaking against everything that is God. Those words, “Did God really say that,” are best expressed by “not on this earth,” and “not in human flesh.” “When we get to heaven” is the speaking of the serpent, something God never ever says, a someday gospel that takes no faith and has no form of reality right now.

In complete contrast, we boldly live in and through everything that is God, everything that is heavenly, everything that is holy, right now, right here, personal in us. We live in the Holiest by faith now, yes, before our Spirit-eyes open and we can see. But when we see all things as they really are, we will see the same things that we see now by faith – because God is telling us the truth.

THE SEVENTH most IMPORTANT VERSE in the BIBLE

7. Hebrews 3:6/14 & Mark 11:24 & 2 Corinthians 2:14

Christ as a Son over His own house, whose house we are if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm to the end/For we have become partakers of Christ if we hold the beginning of our confidence steadfast to the end. – Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them. – Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place. (Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.)

Every other one of the most important verses in the Bible are primarily verses we believe, because God says. This verse is the one thing we DO. Any doing in our lives that does not flow out of this Doing, is without purpose. I brought the last portion of Hebrews 10:19-22, the sixth most important verse in the Bible, down into this “verse,” because here is where it fits. This is what we do.

I declare with all confident boasting that I am just like Jesus before God right now. I partake of all that is Christ as I keep my confidence high all the way through. I ask all that God speaks to be fulfilled in fullness in me, and I know that I have already received ALL that I have asked. I give thanks for all things, expecting God always to arise in me, carrying me on high and I in Him. I exult boastfully in the full and final victory of Christ in me, though I see it not and though I remain forever in the perfect weakness God made me to be.  God ALWAYS leads me in triumph. I always speak Christ my life in all things.

Don’t think I’m cheating here by drawing from five different references for the Seventh Most Important Verse in the Bible. These are all very close facets of the same thing – speaking Christ.

There is so much inside this verse, so much critical to the Proving of God Himself in all that He says in us and as us and through us. The seventh most important verse is the greatest jeopardy verse in the Bible. We are partakers of Christ IF. Everything God speaks hangs on that one word “IF.”

We will never know Him unless we produce the IF exactly as God speaks it.

Seize absolute confidence and never let it go. Ask all that God speaks and believe that you have received without limit. Exult boastfully in absolute victory in Christ AGAINST what you see with your eyes. Speak Christ as your only life. Call those things that “be not” as they ARE.

And He shall bring forth the capstone, the completion, with shouts of “Grace, Grace,” unto it. Zechariah 4

The seventh most important verse in the Bible is the DOING by which we abide in Christ and by which Christ abides in us. Grace, the gift of God Himself in Person filling us full right now, is where we stand. Jeopardy, the IF, is what we do. Jesus said, “This is the work of God that you believe in Him whom He sent.” John 6:29

Faith has three expressions. First, faith believes that God speaks the truth concerning Christ our life. Second, faith IS daring boldness, assertive and overwhelming confidence, and three, faith speaks. Faith speaks Christ.

But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith which we preach): that if you confess (speak) with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved (conformed to the image of Christ, seated upon the throne of God). For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession (speaking) is made unto salvation. Romans 10:8-10

Faith speaks Christ; faith speaks what God speaks with all daring boldness. Faith is God, right now in this present moment. Faith is God, right here on this earth. Faith is God, Personal in me, in all that is me.

We are partakers of Christ by the confidence, the speaking of faith.

The Lord Jesus Christ was conceived inside of Mary’s body BECAUSE she asked God to fulfill His word in her and then she believed that she had received ALL that she asked. We can ask anything God speaks concerning Christ our Life and God will fulfill His word in our lives – but only as we believe with all boasting confidence that we have already received ALL that we have asked.

God always leads us in triumph, in the celebration of our full victory – just like Jesus, right now BEFORE we see it with our eyes. Israel at the Red Sea waited until after they saw victory with their eyes before they danced in celebration. God will have a people upon this earth in this age who dance in celebration of all that God is resident in fullness in them before they see anything with outward sight. Just because He says.

Have you asked God to fill, to saturate all that you are with all that He is in fullness? And having asked, do you believe that you already have all you have asked for regardless of your present ignorance? Have you asked God to flow out from you in rivers of living water setting all creation free? And having asked, do you believe that it IS happening in all fullness regardless of your present blindness?

Let it be to me according to Your word. – Let it be to you according to your faith.

Finally, we “hold fast” the confession of our hope without wavering. This is the second most important commandment of the Bible. It is how we “DO” the first and only commandment of the Bible, Abide in Me and I in you. The formal translation into English words hides the incredible action described by these words. Let’s break them down.

Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.

“Hold fast” is to seize with all white-knuckled tenacity, with a grip that is unbreakable. “The confession” is to speak, to speak, to shout, to declare, to speak with all boldness, to speak out loud with the voice box, to speak against all other voices, against all wailing cries, against all “Christian” pretenders, to speak.

“Our hope” is defined specifically by both John and Paul. Hope is as specific and as substantial as faith. Faith sees God. Hope sees what is not seen. Two sides of the same thing. Paul defines “our hope” as something that appears to be quite different from how John defines “our hope.” Don’t be fooled by outward appearance: those two differing definitions are the same thing.

John states that our hope is that we are just like Jesus before God right now, though we see it not. Paul says that our hope is the redemption of our body, when our physical body is swallowed up forever in the life of Jesus’ resurrected flesh. These two things are the same. Those who see the Lord Jesus Christ when they look in the mirror in the middle of the night are just like Him, flesh of His flesh.

When we are full of faith in God, we are full of God, for God is faith full.

So let’s paraphrase Hebrews 10:22.

With all tenacity of grip, speak Christ, that you are just like Him before God right now, speak Christ your only life, Christ all there is in you, against all other voices, speak that your flesh IS the very flesh of God, flesh of His flesh, and do not waver in your speaking.

On this faith, the gospel of Jesus Christ is founded.

(Abraham) in the presence of Him whom he believed—God, who gives life to the dead and calls those things which do not exist as though they did; who, contrary to hope, in hope believed. . . And not being weak in faith, he did not consider his own body, already dead. . . He did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God, and being fully convinced that what He had promised He was also able to perform. Romans 4:17-21

Daring, daring boldness, reckless assertion of all that God speaks, that Christ is true now, that Christ is true here, that Christ is true, personally, in all that is me, with no regard to any outward form or appearance – is the ONLY thing that pleases God.

I have found a man after my own heart who will do all my will.

PART THREE

The final three verses are not the “last.” Because of our human limitation, we must list things in some order. These verses are listed more in an order of understanding than any order of importance. The final three verses answer the questions – Who? And – What?

THE EIGHTH most IMPORTANT VERSE in the BIBLE

3. John 15:12-13 & 1 Peter 1:22

This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.Love one another fervently with a pure heart.

The truth is, “Abide in Me and I in you” is not a commandment, but an invitation. We are never commanded to partake of life, but only invited to do so. Eating of life is by invitation only.

However, once we find ourselves utterly inside of Jesus by faith, once we know that Jesus fills all that is us in all of our doing by faith, inside that precious bubble of union with the Person of Jesus, Christ living as us, then we come into direct encounter with the absolute passion that fills the heart of the One who fills us full.

Love one another.

We do NOT receive this word as something we “try to do.” We receive it only as the creative word of our Savior, the One who fills our hearts, as the very nature of His heart. Because we believe in Jesus, that word, “This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you,” is always fulfilled in our hearts regardless of what we “see” or feel. The more we believe that the love of God does fill our hearts, the more we see it’s reality in outward circumstances, yet we never leave our original rest in God regardless of any outward “seeing.”

Notice that Jesus says: “This is MY commandment.” Thus it is Jesus Himself loving others through us.

But now that we are utterly at rest inside the Lord Jesus Christ, we can know this Love that always fills our hearts. He is different than we thought.

God is Love. – This is love that a Man lay down His life for His friends. – This is God; know Him.

Jesus said that everything said about God in the Bible is figurative. He said that the only seeing of God granted to the entire universe, both heaven and earth, IS a Man laying down His life for His friends.

Here is a first supporting verse. There are many in 1 John that we know only as we know God as He really is.

By this we know love, because He laid down His life for us. And we also ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. 1 John 3:16

Paul said, Love suffers long. John said, And we also.

Just as faith is specific and substantial, so also is love. Love is not some mushy, all-pervasive “force.” Love is specific and substantial. Love is the scariest part of God and the most contrary to serpent thinking.

If I love you, I am always setting you free of myself. You are free of me. It is also called the deepest respect and the highest regard. But love is not just setting all others free of itself; love is also bearing inside itself all costs of that freedom, all sorrow, all loss, all the pain of mistaken choices, love bears inside itself.

Love stumbles with His enemies along their way. Love limits Himself to their limitation. Love carries those “enemies” all the way into death and all the way into Life upon the Mercy Seat of God, inside Himself as His closest and dearest friends.

Love bears all. Love endures all.

If I love you, I will always be setting you free of me, and I will always be bearing in my own being all cost of your freedom.

To “force” others to do “what is right” is disrespect and not love. God never forces anyone, ever. Yet love is no permissive “anything goes.” In complete contrast to both of those human stupidities, Love sets free and then love bears all the costs of freedom. Bearing the cost of freedom IS the most powerful power in the universe.

A Man laying down His life for His friends.

Let’s bring in another supporting verse, one that simply blows this reality right out of our human limitations.

That they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me. And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one: I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me. John 17:21-23

By these words, Jesus created the New Creation; He spoke into existence the Kingdom of God. It is impossible to spend too much time on these words or to take them “too far.” There is no limit upon them nor what they mean in our lives and in fulfillment here on this earth in this present age. These words are God revealed.

To limit ourselves by any limitation is not to know God. The God who fills us with all of Himself has no limit, therefore we have no limit.

And then, finally, this.

I now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up in my flesh what is lacking in the afflictions of Christ, for the sake of His body, which is the church. Colossians 1:24

This is not something we could ever think of “doing” apart from God Himself filling us full. Yet as we are filled with the God who shows Himself through a Man laying down His life for His friends, we know Him. And in knowing Him, we bear His heart inside of ours.

Every part of our lives is the Lord Jesus Himself filling up in our bodies the cost of setting His beloved church free. For the sake of His body. We are, in every moment of our lives, the very intercession of Christ.

THE NINTH most IMPORTANT VERSE in the BIBLE

8. Romans 8:18-21

For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God. For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it in hope; because the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.

Our eyes are set right now on one thing alone – to know Jesus-Sent.

God has hinged everything upon one thing. God proves Christ true in the earth and in all creation.

You see, God requires all of the other most important verses in the Bible to be fulfilled by the Lord Jesus Christ in our lives at one pinpoint of time and place, in the fullness of times, and in our human flesh, right here on this earth, right now in this age.  That PROOF is the casting off of the curse in all of its shadow from off of all creation, heaven as much as earth. That PROOF is the defeat of death; it is the setting of all creation free into glorious liberty.

There is one way only by which we can understand the significance of this ninth most important verse in the Bible and that is by understanding story.

God is the great story-teller; His story is Christ. There is no story without an enemy, an accuser. The accuser, the serpent word, is absolutely essential to the telling of God’s great story, Christ. Christ is without the accuser, yes, but we could never have known Him that way. Without the accuser, creation could never know the God who is invisible and unknowable.

In the end, we will see that the accuser in all of his accusation is only a servant of the Holy Revelation of God.

One of the “just as” verses in the Bible applies directly to this knowing Jesus-Sent, the task resting upon us to set all creation free.

As the Father has sent Me, I also send you. John 20:21

Christ is our life; we have no other life. We are the revelation of Jesus-Sent.

Here is the story. The entire creation, both heaven and earth, labors under the darkness of both the curse and the vanity of not knowing God. All creation is groaning in open travail right now. All creation longs and weeps for freedom. All who have died in Christ, having lost their physical bodies, are groaning for wholeness right now. All heavenly creatures, caught in the vanity of not knowing the God who created them, are groaning for freedom right now. All humans on this earth are groaning for freedom right now. All the shadows wandering in Hades, both human and angelic, are longing and groaning for freedom right now. All the fabric of the heavens, all the substance of earth and stars, all groan and labor, waiting with all tears for the hour of their release.

Not only that, but we also who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, eagerly waiting for the adoption, the redemption of our body. Romans 8:23

For we who are in this tent groan, being burdened, not because we want to be unclothed, but further clothed, that mortality may be swallowed up by life. 2 Corinthians 5:4

Everything groans and travails for the defeat of death and for the full release of the rivers of living water out of our bellies. We also groan by the Holy Ghost for that same swallowing up of life.

This is the story God is telling; this is Jesus-Sent.

Every story is about a hero who leaves the comfort of home behind and goes on a far journey. On that journey the hero gathers friends and companions; he battles enemies along the way and enjoys places of rest and refreshment. These companions join with and follow their hero; though sometimes they are a silly distraction.

Then the day comes when the hero returns to fight for his people and his kingdom, to deliver them from the oppressor. In that final showdown, at the point where everything counts, those companions who were once a silly distraction give their all out of the bond of love. The hero faces the enemy at the point of the lie and defeats him. He restores the kingdom and brings joy and life to all.

Here is the most important thing Jesus asked of God.

Father, I desire that they also whom You gave Me may be with Me where I am (in the Father). . . that the love with which You loved Me may be in them, and I in them. John 17:24-26

The unveiling of Jesus Christ and the unveiling of the sons of God are the same thing – to know Jesus-Sent, that we are just like Him, He sent in us and we sent in Him.

Our eyes are set in full right now on the great sending of the Son, on the telling of the Great Story of God. To reveal to all creation the God who fills us full and to set all creation free in the glorious liberty flowing out of us.

We give ourselves with all our hearts to the laying down of our lives for our friends – all creation – as the very revelation of Almighty God.

However, to give ourselves fully to this Great Story of God, we must know its end. God tells us the end of all creation very plainly.

Then comes the end, when He delivers the kingdom to God the Father. . . For He must reign till He has put all enemies under His feet. The last enemy that will be destroyed is death. . . Now when all things are made subject to Him, then the Son Himself will also be subject to Him who put all things under Him, that God may be all in all. 1 Corinthians 15:24-28 (Feel free to read this in context)

There are many other verses that say the same thing. There is no “eternal” lostness: the word aeon, mis-translated “eternal” (a mighty tare in the field, just as Jesus said) is correctly translated “a period of time.” The end result of God’s Story is God all in all – all creation restored back to the Father. Jesus was sent to seek and to save what was lost. Jesus will return to the Father having won all things to Himself.

The entire Story turns, however, on the defeat of the Lie.  The Lord Jesus defeats the lie through us. But in order to see the lie defeated, we must know what it is – “Did God really say that?” – NOT ON THIS EARTH! NOT IN HUMAN FLESH!

And we must know the truth that defeats the lie: Christ Himself proving the will of God on this earth through a complete and fused union with us, Christ Himself revealing His very life in our mortal flesh.

All creation is eagerly waiting for the moment in the fullness of times when God takes the cover (apocalupsis – reveals) from off the sons of God, and God Himself in Person in fullness is seen and known by all as both the insides and the outsides of His elect, man as God revealed.

And all creation will know that God is meek and lowly of heart, gentle and kind, filled with life and joy and goodness. And all creation will know that God carries each one, sharing all their hurts and joys, all their grief and laughter, all their dreams and hopes, that God carries me, personally and really, all the way through death into life.

All creation will be set free into the glorious liberty of the children of God.

Romans Chapter 8 is the most important chapter in the Bible, filled with critical truth to our life and to the victory of Christ in the earth. It is the capstone of Paul’s great explanation of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Romans 8:29 is the most important verse in the Bible, yes, but how can it be that this focus of the gospel, this focus of Paul, this focus of the heart of God, the manifestation of the sons of God, has been ripped right out of the heart and view of all Christianity? How can it be any other than the serpent who has done this?

The accuser of God and of the brethren is cast down. And THEY overcame him.

I have found a man after my own heart who will do all My will.

THE TENTH most IMPORTANT VERSE in the BIBLE

9. John 14:20 & 15:3-4 & 17:3

At that day you will know that I am in My Father and you in Me and I in you. –  You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you. Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. – And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.

This set of verses I have placed at the end, but not because they are the “last,” rather, because they are the completion, and the most precious reality to us now and through all the ages to come. This verse is the rear guard; it is the One who always carries us. Much of what has come before is simply too much. How can we bear the reality of being filled full with all of God? How can we sustain mighty rivers of God flowing out from us in every direction? How can we sit boldly inside all the authority of God over all? How can we throw all darkness off of this planet?

No. In all ways, at all times, we lean our heads upon Jesus’ breast. He is the One who carries us.

Abide in Me, and I in you.

Precious, precious words. I tell you what. If you are receiving from any direction teaching that does not contain these words in all that they mean all the way through all, then I would suggest that you kindly and quietly separate yourself from that teaching. We don’t have to explain; we just have to know Him.

Just as Jesus is IN the Father, so I am in Him and He is in me, every part of me in Him and Him in every part of me.

We have a simple choice to make. Either this word is NOW, personal and real in all ways concerning us, or it is NOT and never will be.“Someday” does not exist. “Eternal” means, “always right now.” “Infinite” means “always right here.” “God” means “always Personal in me.”

We cannot know God by looking at God; we cannot know the Path of the Atonement by looking at Jesus from the outside. We know God only by knowing that we are inside of Him; we know Jesus-Sent only by looking out from His eyes in the way by which He was led to life. For we are entirely and only inside of Him.

Declare it to be true. Speak Christ.

At that day you will know that I am in My Father and you in Me and I in you.

Today is that day. Today we know, today we see that everything that we are right now in this world is IN the Lord Jesus and the Lord Jesus Christ fills every particle that we are. Absolute and today.

My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him.

None of this is about us; all of it is about God, the Father. God is the One who wants a home for Himself, a body, through whom He can live and be seen and touched and known by all.

The Father filling us full; the Father flowing out from us; the Father proving Himself faithful and true.

Christ is made perfect in our weakness.

All of me, in all of my ups and downs, my ins and outs, my fears and distresses, I am always and totally fused together with the Person of the Lord Jesus Christ and He with me in an intimate union of the complete immersion of my spirit into His Spirit and His Spirit into my spirit. His consciousness is inside of me, my consciousness is inside of Him, and we walk together in an utter sharing of life.

Jesus shares my life in all that it is, and I share His life in all that it is. I am saved by His life.

Once, going through great emotional and physical difficulty (fairly common), I was greatly distressed, weeping over my gross inability to fulfill the reality that is in my heart – and to provide for my family’s needs. I felt as if all I long to see accomplished was nothing more than my fleshy “fallen” ambition and that it could never ever be. The next morning, when I felt a bit better, I heard the Lord nudging me inside, “You passed the test.”

What had I done that He approved of? Simple. In all of my weakness and inability, I saw no shadow of separation inside myself between me and Jesus. I looked at my center and saw Jesus. I knew, with no shadow of thought otherwise, that He is my life and that we are joined together in perfect communion, soul to Soul. I knew that He shares all things with me that I am. I knew that I share all things with Him that He is. I knew that we are joined in a perfectly fused union, His consciousness inside of mine, and my consciousness inside of His.

I knew that ME, in all the distress of my weakness and anger, inability and despair, He carries ME inside Himself, and He walks in intimate union with that very me.

This relationship, this union, IS eternal life. Eternal life is nothing else.

“Abide in Me and I in you.”

The life of the vine is God Himself filling us full; the fruit of the vine is God Himself going out from us. Jesus is the Vine. He is the only life we are. And the Lord Jesus Himself, filling our hearts with His glory, our very and only life, Jesus fulfills all that the Father speaks in our lives and through us into all the concourses of the universe.

Why would any Christian want to live anywhere else than inside of Jesus. Why would they want to know anything else inside of them but Jesus? It makes absolutely no sense to me.

I gleefully abandon all delusional “sense of self”; I am found only inside of Him. I am found nowhere else. He is found in all that is me.

And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.

This is the ONLY definition of eternal life given in the Bible. Eternal life cannot mean “living forever,” or “going to” heaven upon the destruction of our physical form. What a misnomer, clearly of the serpent, the idea that “eternal life” begins only upon the victory of sin and death over us!

No, life, the life of Jesus that we are defeats sin and death.

The goal of the believer is zoe aeonian, the life of the age to come in us today.

– To know God. – To know Jesus-Sent.

Let’s bring in three companion verses that enable us to understand this very special verse.

. . .the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 6:23

Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life. . . 1 Timothy 6:12

And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us an understanding, that we may know Him who is true; and we are in Him who is true, in His Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God and eternal life. 1 John 5:20

The gift OF God. God Himself is the gift, come in Person to be our insides and our outsides. We know God as the One who fills us with all of His fullness. We know Him as the One who flows out from us as rivers of living water.

Paul instructs Timothy, a mature ministry, filled with the Holy Ghost, to SEIZE HOLD of eternal life with all the fight that is in him. But John tells us something beyond all belief. God has given us a “dianoia,” a mind, an understanding – to know God. God did give us something, not separate from Himself, for this gift is the Holy Spirit, but God gives us the ability, the capacity, the faculty to KNOW God.

And here is the most incredible thing. As we see God, as we know Him, we discover that we are just like Him. We love as He loves, we forgive as He forgives, we are perfect as He is perfect, we overcome as He overcame, we are one, just as God is One.

There are two purposes for our present lives, on the inside to KNOW God, on the outside to set creation free. These are two sides of the same thing. On the one side to know the One who fills us with all of Himself. On the other side to know Jesus-Sent, as rivers of God flowing out from us, bringing life and healing to all.

Every breath we breathe, every word we speak, every step we walk is God going out from us. Know Him.

But what is God?

To most, God is far, far away. They do not know Him. God is invisible and unknowable. Yet we have been given the capacity to know Him. We cannot begin to know God except that we see Him in all ways first through the most important thing God says about Himself: I am meek and lowly of heart. God is always lowly; He is always gentle and tender and kind.

At only one time in all the history of heaven and earth, in one place only, one circumstance, does God show Himself as He is for all to see. A Man laying down His life for His friends.

The walk of the Lord Jesus through the Path of the Atonement is the only outward knowing of God granted to the universe before now. That walk was not something God did; it was God Himself as He is. There is no other God; know Him.

We cannot define God; He is not found in any human ideas. But we can describe Him by the only visible knowing of God that exists.

– God always reveals Himself through weakness, swallowing up into Himself all that we are including our sin and rebellion, becoming us in our present state, limiting Himself by our weakness. Thus, carrying us inside Himself, stumbling and falling along the way, He arises out of death into life, ascending on high, and we in Him. –

This is God; know Him.

But we can know Him only as our equal in heart, eye to eye, sharing the same heart.

And thus the most incredible part of knowing God are found in these three words: AND WE ALSO.

By this we know love, because He laid down His life for us. And we also ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. 1 John 3:16

God is not ideas; He is not “far away.” God is action; He is story. A Man laying down His life for His friends – and we also. This is God, know Him.

But he who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with Him. 1 Corinthians 6:17

In movies or books you see at times a joining of two beings by direct connection in which the mind and consciousness of both are inside of one another. This is our relationship with God. When Paul said, “We have the mind of Christ,” he was not speaking figuratively.  Neither does Jesus’ “mind” come separately from His Person.

I am literally bound person to Person with the Lord Jesus Christ through a direct connection, a total fusion between His Spirit and mine. As a result, His consciousness, His mind, is inside of me. And my consciousness, my mind – and every other part of me is literally and substantially inside of Him.

Does He not say that? — In that day you shall know that . . . you are in Me and I am in you.

To what degree are these words not literally true?

Christ is made perfect in our weakness. All of me, in all of my ups and downs, my ins and outs, my fears and distresses, I am always and totally fused together with the Person of the Lord Jesus Christ and He with me in an intimate union of the complete immersion of my spirit into His Spirit and His Spirit into my spirit. His consciousness is inside of me, my consciousness is inside of Him, and we walk together in an utter sharing of life.

Jesus shares our life in all that it is, and we share His life in all that it is. We are saved by His life.

CONCLUSION

If these ten verses are true, then they must rule over all. These are the ten most important verses in the Bible.

When I look at other “lists” of the most important verses in the Bible, I am filled with great sorrow. Not one list includes “Abide in Me and I in You.” Therefore, they must be darkness. Most of these verses come nowhere near the other lists. Yet how can the outer, peripheral things of God stand over being filled with all the fullness of God in Person, in us, right here, right now? If the second and third most important verses in the Bible be true, than all others must arrange themselves in obeisance.

But what would a Christianity be like that teaches these ten most important verses in the Bible in every sermon preached, in every lesson taught, in every possible aspect and way? Are we not free to proclaim and believe and bring forth all that God speaks?

What would the Christian life be like if every child coming home from Sunday School could say in simple child-like words the full meaning of these ten verses: “Mommy, God intends to make me just like Jesus!” “Daddy, did you know that all of God is right here inside of me? Did you know that He is like a little child, tender and kind?”

Why would we settle for little, when these beyond-all-belief verses are in our hearts and in our mouths?

But I do not present ideas about God. Everything we know “about” God cannot be God.

God can only be known by these words; AND WE ALSO.

Whatever God is – and we also, God in Person in us. Whatever God does – and we also, God flowing out from us as rivers. A Man laying down His life for His friends – and we also, the revelation of Jesus-Sent.

LOOK AT ME, God, I belong to You!!!

Let every Word You speak, the Lord Jesus Christ,

Be fulfilled in all ways in all of my life in all of it’s meaning,

Right here on this earth, right now in this age – IN ME!

Mary’s words must be our continual refrain, spoken in every possible way in response to every word God speaks.

Father, You say that you are conforming me right now into the image of Jesus, the first One of our kind. Father I ask that you conform me fully into His image in all ways right now. I believe, Father, that I have received what I ask. I am in all ways in all fullness the very image of Jesus Christ, the express image of God.

I am God revealed, just as You intended from the beginning.

Father, You say that You fill me full with all of Your fullness. I ask that You be all that You are entirely inside of me. I believe that I have what I ask. Therefore, I go from this moment on knowing You only as the God who fills me full in Person with ALL that You are. You are so big in my sight, Oh Father, that when I look in the mirror in the middle of the night, all I can ever see is You.

Father, You say that since I believe in Jesus, rivers of living water, You, God, by Your Spirit, flow out from me in all directions, healing and giving life, setting creation free. Yet I know that You do nothing apart from me, from the exercise of the faith of Jesus that is my only life. God, I ask that You abound in love out from me in all ways right now and forever. I believe with all commitment that it is true right now. I don’t have to see it, I don’t have to feel it; I know that the river of life flows out of me, reconciling the world to Yourself – because You say.

Father, You say that I defeat the accuser, that I cast down every shadow of the voice that speaks against Christ, the Word You speak, revealed in human flesh. Father, I ask for the full experience of that victory. It is mine, given to me by Jesus, all victory over death. I will not die; I will defeat death and prove the will of God upon this earth. Father, I ask that I never speak contrary to Your words ever again. I speak all that You speak. I am Your victory; I am the proving of Christ.

Father, You say that I am already dead to sin. You say that Christ is my life. I know that what You speak is true. I will never blaspheme You by calling myself or any part of myself or anything in my way anything except Christ my only life. My flesh is Your flesh, Oh Father; I will never again lay claim to it as mine. Father, I ask You to give me full and complete knowledge of my utter union with Your Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. I know that I have already received all that I ask for.

Father, You say that I sit upon Your throne, the Mercy Seat of Heaven, my heart, with all boldness. I ask for the full knowledge and release of Your authority through me, the authority of Love, the power by which You bring all things into subjection to You, the One who is meek and lowly of heart. In asking, I believe that I have all that I ask, for I ask according to Your will; Your word is Your will. I exercise that all-authority by drawing all things into love upon the Mercy Seat, upon my own heart.

Father, You say that You always lead me in triumph and in no other way. Therefore I speak with all boldness and joy that Christ is all there is in me. I exult boastfully in all the victory of Jesus, though I see it not, yet I will see with my eyes, as You defeat death itself in my body. I speak Christ; I prophecy Christ into all of my being, into all of my ways, into all of my present and future and past. Father, I am so full of Christ that I hardly know what they mean when they refer to anything else.

Father, You say that I lay down my life for my friends just as Jesus laid His life down for me. Father, You say that I love others with a pure heart fervently. Father, I ask that Your love abound in my heart in all ways. Father I ask that at all times and in every way, I set others free of myself and that I bear in my own being all the cost of their freedom from me. Father, I believe that I have received all that I ask. Father, I am, in all of my ways and doings, the very intercession of Jesus.

Father, You say that Your Son, Jesus, sets all creation free through me. Father I ask that you remove the cover of blindness and that You reveal me as Your son right now. I ask that the glorious liberty that fills me full – You, My Father – would flow out of me and set all creation free. The earth is my inheritance; heaven is my inheritance; all creation is my inheritance. I ask for all my inheritance, that I might release all creation from all the bonds of obligation and set everyone free to be who and what You made them to be. And in asking, Father, I believe that I have all that I ask for.

I set creation free.

Father, You say that “eternal life” is to know You and to know Jesus-Sent. I have a mind to know You, God. I know God; I know Jesus-Sent. Father, I ask that I would know this full experience of walking together with You, Your Person inside of my person, Your consciousness inside of my consciousness, and all of me inside of You, this most precious and sweetest  communion – and increasing forever. I know that I receive now all that I ask.

Father, there is one thing only I really want. I want to be inside of Jesus, every part of me, and I want Jesus to be all there is in me. I don’t want to live anywhere else. When I look at me, all I see is Him, and when I look at Him, there I am, all of me, entirely inside of Him. I see only out from His eyes.

I abide in Him by faith; He abides in me; He conforms Himself to me, becoming all that I am. I know He does by faith.

Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Ephesians 3:20-21

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That the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ, whom having not seen you love. Though now you do not see Him, yet believing, you rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory. 1 Peter 1:7-8

Nothing of God can be true until we know that it is true, now, when we see Him not. Yet as He is revealed for all to see, we also are revealed with Him in glory that we are just like Him.

None of it will be a surprise to us, overwhelming glory, yes, but no surprise. For we have seen Him as He is all along. We believe what He says.

And He reveals Himself through us. God, our insides and our outsides; we, in all ways just like Jesus. As He says.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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