TO BE CHRIST'S
It's important to understand the basics of our belief in Christ. A faulty foundation produces a faulty building. If our basic understanding is defective we will go off on a tangent, which takes us far away from the truth. A tangent can be compared with a crescendo symbol in music. At first the difference may be minimal, but eventually the difference is very marked.
Differences in belief are very evident in the Christian religious denominations worldwide. They reproduce themselves after their kind - Lutherans make Lutherans, Baptists make Baptists, etc. People are afraid to leave the cover or umbrella of their denomination, for their denomination is their security. If they leave, who will take care of them, who will teach them, who will help them, and who will keep them from false doctrine and wrong thinking? Nor do they want to face the consequences of the rejection associated with leaving a particular affiliation. This kind of thinking is all in the natural realm.
The Holy Spirit can use a spoken word to produce faith and a new realization from God, but this realization has to come to us from within. It doesn't come from any external source. It is not enough to listen to various testimonies; we need to know the Spirit of truth experientially and actively, otherwise we will fall prey to all kinds of teachings. The natural man assumes that reasonings are truth, so he embraces them. However, natural man's truth is error. The Adamic or soulish man births a wrong idea of God and a wrong idea of self!
We know that God is omnipresent. People all over the world find that God is constantly active in their lives even though their understanding of Him may be faulty. If God were not omnipresent, we might miss Him for He might not be where we are. Paul told the pagans on Mars Hill that they lived and moved and had their being in God. (Acts 17) They didn't know that, so they were to repent of their ignorance. Paul had a true realization of God, but the pagans didn't. The Holy Spirit had come to Paul and revealed to him that God was his nature, God was his being, God was his substance, God was everything to him! If we hold on to our own conception of self and God, we will not receive the true realization of who God is.
God has created all things; He fills all things and He sustains all things by His mighty power! He reveals Himself to us through the Holy Spirit; He comes into our consciousness - our realization of who we are! That is the only way we can understand His presence. As we actively submit ourselves to God we experience His presence! (Submission to God differs from submission to an earthly individual.) His presence is received by us individually, personally - in our own private being.
Since God is omnipresent, there is no place where God is not! He is not only present in a specific place - He is everywhere! He doesn't need to move toward us when we call nor when we pray. In the physical sense, He can't even move because He IS! He fills all things, He is the substance of all forms, and He is that all the time! He has created both the seen and the unseen things in the universe - like air, electricity, gravity, etc. God does not change. If God changed, everything would change.
It is very important that we know God is the source of all things; there is no other source! He is omnipotent and He has all power! His power is the only power. God's power is truth, because He is the truth! He is the Creator, Sustainer and Source of all things! Jesus Christ came to teach us that He is the truth. The lie always opposes truth by deception. It brings its believers into a delusion. The father of lies is called the adversary, the devil,
By believing the lie, man entered into the law of the lie, and made lies his refuge. Adam, the natural man, became the priesthood of lies, for through one man sin ENTERED the world. However, man was not the originator of sin; he did not bring it into being. Sin was present before man sinned. Man was deluded; sin began to work in him and he brought it into the world. The lie came from the adversary who opposes God's truth. The lie is not a power; but to us it has been a power, because we become slaves of that to which we submit ourselves.
God is omniscient; He knows everything. Since a higher authority than God's is not in existence, He cannot be subject to a higher authority. However, He has not experienced all things. His mind has never had a sin-consciousness because He has never sinned. God has never experienced humanity, so He sent His Son into this world to participate in humanity. This God is the substance of our faith!
In the beginning God created the universe. In this creation a development took place. God spoke light into the darkness; then the earth emerged out of the waters and the heavens began to rule. The Word was the Seed that produced everything, for it says,
Because of man's disobedience, a disruption of God's rule in man occurred. A number of scripture passages refer to this. Again, it's a mistranslation that misleads us. That which should read, "since the DISRUPTION of the world", has been translated
A flaming sword and the cherubim guarded the entrance to the way to the tree of life. So this Adam man could not get back into the garden - and he never will! It's important to understand that this man, this humanity, this I-consciousness that God cast out of the garden, can never come back in! He is never redeemed! He is destined to die because his consciousness cannot live in a harmonious relationship with God. The consciousness or sense of being of our old Adamic man was crucified with Jesus Christ; He ends in Christ, and Christ becomes the last Adam!
There are only two men. One man, Adam, was cast out of the garden. (Gen. 3) However, there was another man in the garden who was not cast out. We read about Him in Genesis 1; He is the One of whom God said,
This leads me to believe something that might be a little difficult for many to understand. That is, in essence man is the same as the consciousness he possesses. I believe God is the same as the consciousness He possesses. God's mind is not a receptor like man's. Man's mind has to receive thought and thus is subject to deception. But consciousness is a sense of being, of knowing. Since we are made in the image of God, we must also possess consciousness. Death occurs when this consciousness is estranged or separated from God. So I believe that the first Adam has a false sense of being and realization of who he is; his consciousness of reality and self is born of the lie.
On the other hand, Christ, the last Adam, has a true sense of being and realization of who He is; His consciousness of reality and self is born of God and is truth. Only the Holy Spirit can make this alive to us. As a matter of fact, we will not understand the meaning of the scriptures nor of these writings unless we let His Spirit speak to us. Do not expect an audible voice, but let your spirit be energized, for Christ is a quickening Spirit.
"In Him was life; and the life was the light of men."
God is the reality of the Son! God's Son in a flesh form was called Jesus. He was called Jesus, for He would save His people from their sins.
In Acts 10:38 it says that God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power, and He went about doing good. He came as a human being, was circumcised and operated under the law and was governed by the law. During that time He never did any miracles. After He was baptized and anointed by the Holy Spirit at the Jordan, He came under the government of the Holy Spirit.
Years ago this change of government had been symbolized by Israel. Before they could enter the Promised Land they had to receive a new circumcision and pass over the Jordan. Twelve stones were taken out of the Jordan and new ones from the Promised Land were put in. This symbolized a change of government. They were no longer to be led by their fleshly desires; God was to be their Lord and King! Jesus Christ was the fulfillment of that symbolic act when the government in His life changed! Jesus repented of the old law government of His life. That is why John the Baptist was there in the spirit of Elijah (repentance). Jesus fulfilled the Old Testament prophecies and types about Himself and became the sum of all these things! The anointing of the Spirit did not change His physical body, but it did bring about a change in His consciousness.
The words ANOINTING and MESSIAH are derived from basically the same root word. The word CHRIST (Christos) corresponds to the Hebrew MESSIAH (Messias), a title used especially of the Anointed. It is the Greek equivalent of the Anointed, indicating His exaltation to the office of Messiah. The word ANOINTING has the same meaning.
Jesus came in the LIKENESS of sinful flesh; flesh, or human nature cannot give a correct impression of God. God is not flesh.
"And you do not have His word abiding in you, for you do not believe Him whom He sent.
As we compare the teachings of Jesus Christ with what is happening in Christendom today, we see many aberrations. Jesus said, "I don't receive honor from men." How hard it is for us to be free from this desire! Yet if we receive glory from people we are not free to follow Christ! In
The Jews thought they loved God, but Jesus said,
"For if you believed Moses, you would believe Me, for he wrote of Me."
This is the state they were in when Jesus said,
Jesus explained to the Jews who the true God is; He actually demonstrated the true God! Since their concept of God did not agree with what they were hearing, they were incensed! So they killed Him! This showed that Israel was worshiping their own imagination of God; this is a false god, a god who is no God. Christ was the true expression of the invisible God! He was the first man who ever truly demonstrated who God was in Spirit. He proved that by what He said and did. The big indictment against most of the church systems in this world is that they are worshiping the same conception and idea of God that Israel had. The church and natural Israel are still waiting for their Messiah - the Anointed One, the Anointing. Let's remember that THE ANOINTING HAS COME!
Peter talked about that in
"When the fullness of time came, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the Law, in order that He might redeem those who were under the Law."
Jesus Christ said,
In John 14-16 Jesus talked about the coming of the Holy Spirit. He said it was to our advantage that He should go away, and that the Holy Spirit would come and take the things of Christ and disclose them to us. He reveals to us the consciousness that He walked in. Jesus no longer walked in the consciousness of the law. It had worked in Him the fruit of repentance, so He now obeyed the Spirit. He knew the promises of God; He knew that God had promised to make all things new! (Rev. 21:5) In Christ we are new creatures! Old things have passed away and new things have come!
Jesus Christ was a true believer, and what happened to Him is a pattern for us. Just as Jesus received the Holy Spirit so we too have to receive Him. Unless we have been enlightened by the Holy Spirit, we will be strong in our own delusions and think we have the right idea of God that we know all about Jesus and His death which took place about 2000 years ago. We will still think He died as our substitute, etc. Since that understanding of His death and resurrection is wrong, it will not have any effect on us.
Unless we have died to that Adamic man like Jesus did, the Adamic man will still live in us and continue to delude us. We'll continue to think that we are pretty good, and that our idea of God and our understanding of the Bible are right. We'll still worship the same deluded idea of God that Israel had and wait for a physical return of Jesus - not realizing that very few could then get near Him. In many evangelistic endeavors overseas, preachers are simply reproducing their own denominations.
The flesh of Jesus Christ, the Son of God was a veil; this was typified by the veil of the temple, which was torn when the flesh was broken at the cross, and the consciousness and Spirit of God that were inside that veil of flesh were released. The Spirit we receive is the Spirit of sonship. The Spirit teaches us that we are sons of God; sonship is not dependent on our color, beauty, or social standing! The Spirit who brings us the Christ is all we need! If the desire of our heart is to only have God's presence come to us, we won't need prayers for security, health, etc. We will rest in the knowledge that God will supply all our needs and give us the ministry He has designed for us.
When Jesus came to the Jordan, He was the sum of the various steps in salvation represented by men like Adam, Noah, Moses, Elijah, and David. These were incorporated in Him for they all had a part in God's revelation of His plan of salvation. They were all there in His consciousness. Noah symbolized redemption; the dove brought a message of life to Noah in the ark. Moses represented the law; Jesus came to the Jordan as an Adamic man governed by the law. Elijah was there in John the Baptist, symbolizing repentance from one's old life. Jesus repented from being under the law and received the anointing of the Spirit. We too have to repent from our old government - our I, our ME, our perception of who we are. Repenting of this I, this me, this self, results in living the Christian life. In order to do this, we have to have faith in God. Unless we understand that He will give us something better, we cannot give up our old self, for we will think that our essence of being will be lost.
A careful reading of 2 Cor. 4:11 - 5:6, reveals that we have an earthly tent called our house. Even before this one is torn down, we have a building from God, a dwelling place, a spiritual house not made with hands, but eternal in the heavens. This is our spiritual dwelling place in God even before the physical one passes away! This is the faith we live by!
A Christian is someone who has been born anew or regenerated in spirit and given a new nature. There is a difference between those who are trying to achieve a new level of goodness by self-effort (trying to keep the
But there is another way, and Christ came to show us this new way! He showed us that He is the way and He is the life! If we have passed from Adam to Christ, we have passed from death to life.
No human being has ever seen Christ because He is invisible. Christ is the spiritual anointing and can never be seen by human eyes. However, since He has quickened our spirit and made us alive, we have received a new consciousness. Now we can understand and believe it! This is the faith we live in! Christ, the Messiah (the Anointing) is already here!
Everything we experience comes into our inner being through our senses. Whatever we see, hear, smell, taste or feel,
Humanity could not see the Christ. People didn't know what was transpiring in Jesus Christ - they didn't know that He didn't fear man, that His faith would survive the onslaughts of man - even the gruesome death of crucifixion. Piercing nails through His hands and feet, a crown of thorns on His head, and the derision of mocking men, showed that man's atrocities could not take away His faith.
Humanity's evil hands put Him on the cross; humanity killed Him - that is they killed the tabernacle of the body, the likeness of sinful flesh that He had taken on. Only the human form died there; that was all humanity could kill! They could not deal with the Christ. The Son of God is still alive! God the Father is still alive! The anointing that was on Jesus Christ never died - it is still alive today! It now comes to us in the form of the baptism of the Holy Spirit!
Although humanity crucified Jesus, it was the god of this world or Satan that put that thought into humanity. The lie came through Adam, but Adam was not the source nor the originator of the lie. Sin entered the world through one man, namely Adam, but he was not the first liar; he is not the father of lies. Jesus said to the Jews,
Three worlds are mentioned in 2 Peter 3, so creation differs from worlds, for there are not three creations. In 1 John 5:19 it says that the whole world lies in the evil one. The world system is governed by Satan, and unbelieving man is simply a pawn in it. Man's thoughts are either fathered by Satan or by God. Race or ethnic origin doesn't make any difference. You are either fathered by Satan or by God. He that is not for Christ is against Him! He that is not gathering with Him is scattering! He that does not know the Father does not know the Son! These are some wonderful absolutes!
Satan has put us into a delusion and caused us to think we can make choices. For instance, we may think we can make a choice between following God or Satan. But we can't! Unless we know the truth, which is in God, we will be deluded by the lie, which is in Satan, for we are a product of either the truth or the lie. Regeneration or being born anew means that our spirit is made alive and regenerated and we begin to understand what the Holy Spirit is teaching us.
The Bible is a wonderful book and contains two testimonies. The letter kills but the Spirit brings life! The law testifies to the truth, but the truth is Christ; the truth is the Spirit! The spiritual realization of the truth must come to us, or the Bible will only be a letter of death. (2 Cor. 3:6) We are to serve in the newness of the Spirit, not in the oldness of the letter. (Rom. 7:6) Those who are uncircumcised, yet keep the law, will judge those who have the letter of the law, yet are transgressors of the law. (Rom. 2:27)
Can you see that being born again is more than what most people in the church have thought? It is more than just being forgiven! FORGIVENESS DOES NOT CHANGE OUR NATURE! Being forgiven by people or the courts, etc., does not change our nature. As long as we live under the law, our nature will not be changed; we will be sinners and servants continually! We need to be born anew to become sons! The regeneration Jesus experienced at the Jordan changed His life completely! He began to preach the kingdom of God! He did miracles, testified that God was His Father, that He was the Son of God, the Christ, etc. He did none of these things before the Jordan experience. In fact, only one direct quote has been recorded, namely, "Why is it that you were looking for Me? Did you not know that I had to be about My Father's business?" We probably find it hard to understand that He increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men. But He did! Whatever else happened to Him spiritually before He was baptized in the Jordan has not been revealed to us.
The government of our old life also has to be left in the Jordan! The law was our old government. In checking the various verses about the law in the scriptures, we find that the knowledge of sin is through the law; the law works wrath and is not of faith. We need to be delivered from the law and the sin-consciousness it produces. Jesus came to redeem us from the righteousness of the law - that is, of doing good in order to obtain righteousness. He did this by giving us a new nature; this new nature doesn't require a law, which commands us to be good.
Pilate asked Jesus, "Are you a king?" Jesus answered,
We cannot change our past; the important thing is that we are changed! As we constantly submit our inner life to God a spiritual change will occur in us. In Christ our Adamic man has been put to death! Our physical body - whether black, white, old, young, sick, healthy, etc., does not determine who we are. When we welcome the light of Christ, the darkness of the old understanding disappears and we are changed immediately! This change does not apply to the outward appearance (our skin color and weight remain the same), but to the source of life that supplies all our needs! Jesus said, "Do not be anxious then, saying, `What shall we eat?' or `What shall we drink?' or `With what shall we clothe ourselves?'" People are so worried about THINGS instead of their spiritual growth! Having money does not make people good, nor does it prove that God is pleased with them.
Many Christians are deluded about Christ and His kingdom. If they are in delusion, their missionary outreach will produce the same type of Christianity - denominations which are in a delusion. I call it organized ignorance. People are given a false hope and led into bondage; a bondage of giving to the church and serving the church - not the Christ. Christ is available to everybody! There are no prerequisites such as education, money, etc. We need to welcome whatever God provides for us!
The death of our old self will come by believing that we have been crucified with Christ and by living in the new resurrection life of Christ! We cannot get rid of our old nature by crucifying ourselves; we cannot rid ourselves of our old man by our own efforts, because this takes place in the spiritual realm! On one hand, the old man will always be there to tempt us; but on the other hand, the Holy Spirit is present to teach us so we can grow in Christ. We will grow in our realization of justification, of being a new creature and of having immortality. These are resident in the mind of Christ and we have the mind of Christ! His mind knew who God was. He also knew He was God's Son, that He had immortality, that the cross could not kill His true being (who He really was), and that man could do nothing to Him outside of the will of God. He came here to lay down His life for man, to offer Himself to man, but man rejected Him.
Jesus knew that He was crucified in the hearts of men before He ever went to the cross. He knew they wanted to kill Him. That is why He asked,
This attitude toward the Christ has been present from the foundation (or rather disruption) of the world. Ever since Adam became a child of delusion, Christ was put to death. He was put to death in the hearts of men throughout the Old Testament - except where God brought in stages of redemption through people like Moses, Elijah, etc. When Jesus came to the Jordan all these stages were fulfilled in Him. The visible hatred toward the Son of God, veiled by flesh, proved that men had been killing Him in their hearts all the time. They crucified Him and put Him in the grave! God did not kill Jesus; nor did Jesus die as our substitute! We have been crucified with Him! Yet human nature continues its rejection of Christ.
However, when we are spiritually quickened, the realization of that which Christ has done comes to us like the dawning of a new day. It's a spiritual realization that brings life and depth to the words of the Bible. This is the
God deals with sin through the crucifixion of the old man. Our old man was crucified together with Him! The man of sin through whom sin entered the world needs to be put to death! This death put an end to the emotions of sin, which are produced by the law. God does not deal with sin by telling us to suppress it, nor by having us wait for Jesus to come back to deal with sin again. He has dealt with sin through the crucifixion of the man of sin - the antichrist. Israel proved that every Adamic man is an antichrist.
Becoming a new creature in Christ really sums up this teaching! Amen.