I AM CRUCIFIED WITH CHRIST
BY: KEVIN C. BLACKER, SR.
AUGUST 15, 2008
One must first have an understanding of the Ultimate Plan of God before being able to fully understand the Cross. Our sovereign God hasn’t lost control of His original plan, but His plan has been hidden and re-hidden over time from the vast majority. His plan is in plain sight, but the traditions of men have served to veil over their minds, obscuring The Plan. Once we accept a mistruth as truth, then everything else must first agree with our truth. If what we hold as light is but darkness how great is that darkness. (Matt. 6:23) So God’s plan was, “And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion… Gen. 1:26
Is the same God who created heaven and earth, the sun, the moon, and the stars so feeble and powerless that His plan went tragically awry? Did God, after all that God has done, including suffering his begotten Son to be crucified, do all that in hopes of saving less than ten percent of His creation from a doomed torment of an eternal burning hell. Believing in that would be forgetting that Jesus was preordained for the cross before the foundation of the world.
Eph. 1:4-5, According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will.
The lessons of contrast are some of the best lessons in life. One must first serve as a slave to appreciate the release from bondage and the new found freedom. So sweet is the glory of a righteously clean heart that replaces the shame and the degradation of corruption. To be set free from vengeance and to taste mercy upon one’s own tongue is so satisfying. Mercy is a hall mark of those having been delivered from the bondages of sin and death; whereas, self-righteousness blinds our eyes from the light of compassion. It isn’t that we have to endure the same bondages, but once we are set free our desire should be the same for every man, no matter their sin. When this is truly written on the tables of our hearts by the Master’s own pen, wouldn’t He devise a plan to satisfy His and our hearts? It amazes me to see from the ranks of the ‘righteous’, condemnation to those that have yet enter those gates of deliverance. What did I do to cause my salvation? I wasn’t seeking God, but He drew me by His great love. I’ve been responding every since to that awesome love. We don’t deserve anymore than those yet to have their awakening, it was just our time. I see the darkness of pride yet needing to be removed from such a heart. (1 Cor. 4:7)
Rom. 5:19, For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.
Rom. 5:19, (YLT) for as through the disobedience of the one man, the many were constituted sinners: so also through the obedience of the one, shall the many be constituted righteous.
Rom. 3:23, for all did sin, and are come short of the glory of God— (also Rom. 5:12)
The word states that all have sinned; therefore, all will be made righteous through Christ, but every man in his own order.
1 Cor. 15:22, For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.
If you were going to make a plan possessing absolute control to bring it to the perfection hidden in your mind, would it be acceptable to have a fail rate of over ninety percent? Would you even implement such a plan, or would you wait until you had a plan that would accomplish one hundred percent of your desire? Remember God didn’t have a dead line then and He doesn’t have one now. Also, remember that this plan is to bring Glory to Father causing all creation to praise and adore Him.
1 Tim. 2:5, For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;
1 Tim 2:6, Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.
Rom. 11:32, For God hath concluded them all in unbelief, that he might have mercy upon all.
Insight into God’s heart reveals a Creator that has been in total control of his goal from the beginning (Eph. 1:4, 9-12, 1 Pet. 1:20). He is executing His plan with absolute precision and control. From this viewpoint, it’s easier to respect the one in control of our life. The assumption that we are in control of our own life is a view from the realm of the god of self and just an illusion. Yes, we make choices that appear to be borne out of ourselves, but what are the results of some of those choices? Why do things happen with unexplained coincidences? It’s like someone was looking over our shoulder. As a Christian one quickly comes to understand that God sees all and judges all. Just as gravity, motion, pressure, time, space, and countless other laws govern our natural lives, so too are Spiritual Laws set in order over us. Learning to respect the natural laws, one needs to also understand and respect The Law of the Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus. The assumption that an entrance will be given beyond those laws is shear blind arrogance and would be saying that we shall be able to stand before Him in the darkness of pride; when in Him no darkness can abide. It would be wiser to fear the one that has the plan to remove the darkness, when you know not yet the plan for its removal. Wouldn’t it be wiser to yield than resist such a one? He’s able to remove the chaff without destroying the gold and silver. (Mal. 3:2-3)
1 Cor. 15:23, But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming.
The word ‘at’ is also translated ‘in’ (a fixed position of rest) and the word ‘coming’ is parousia which is also translated presence. The Youngs Literal Translation brings this truth out.
1 Cor. 15:23, (YLT) and each in his proper order, a first-fruit Christ, afterwards those who are the Christ’s, in his presence,
Notice that there is an order and a people who will first learn to dwell in His presence fixed in that order. It is the order of the Law of The Spirit of Life found in Christ. For example, some have heard the truth of Universal Reconciliation, yet they have missed the Path of Reconciliation. Picture yourself traveling on the road to paradise. Directions have been provided to arrive at your destination. You throw the map away assuming that you’ll just randomly arrive by way of paths of your own choosing. What could’ve been a direct route has now become an unbearable journey wreaked with many disappointments and dead ends. Instead of entering in through the path of honor, one is now on the path of shame. Jesus has come to lead and guide us into all truth. The Law of His Life makes us free from those disappointments (Rom. 8:2, 4). The problem was our unwillingness to be led; the path of self-will was the wrong way.
Before beginning on our journey, we must determine where we are in the economy of God. Every man in his own order, so where are we in the order of things. Once awakened, the next step is to find out where we are before proceeding forward to the next step. Is this us, ‘When Jesus comes to sit upon His throne then I’ll follow the Way?’ If so, what about Matt. 19:28.
Matt. 19:28, And Jesus said unto them, “Verily I say unto you, That ye which have followed me, in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.”
Here we see that the regeneration is the Path Way to follow, but is He NOW seated in His Throne of Glory? Is the evidence of His regeneration to be found in us, the Spirit of Truth (John 14:18, 23). Notice the Regeneration comes when He sits in the Throne of His Glory. It is only after someone is enthroned, that you can approach the Throne (Heb. 4:16).
Heb. 8:1, Now of the things which we have spoken this is the sum: We have such an high priest, who is set on the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens; (also Heb. 12:2)
Is He indeed seated in His Throne of Glory and has He come to us in that Glory? I say most assuredly, YES! It may not be in the way that we’ve imagined, but we shouldn’t make the same mistake as those of His first appearing. He has come in the Glory of Father; which is The Cloud of Glory (Matt. 16:28, Mark 14:62, Luke 21:27). Have you received Him as King and turned to face His Way?
Rev. 1:4, John to the seven churches which are in Asia: Grace be unto you, and peace, from him which is, and which was, and which is to come; and from the seven Spirits which are before his throne;
He which is on His Throne is NOW standing in the midst of His Church judging her in righteousness (Rev. 1:13, 1 Pet. 4:17). He is dividing out from her all that isn’t of His Kingdom. Judgment is set; for it is from His White Throne of Righteousness that he judges the hearts of men (Heb. 1:8).
There are those not realizing His Presence in the earth and that are behaving as drunkards being seduced of ‘other spirits’. Know that even now He is separating out the Children of The Kingdom (Matt. 24:48-49, 51). You may ask what of the Angels (messengers) of Fire?
Matt. 25:31, When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory:
Heb. 1:7, And of the angels he saith, Who maketh his angels spirits, and his ministers a flame of fire.
Zech. 2:5, For I, saith the LORD, will be unto her a wall of fire round about, and will be the glory in the midst of her.
His messengers are flowing out from His Throne of Glory delivering messages. It is vital in this hour that we are learning to try the spirits to see if they are of God. Many voices are speaking, but not all messengers are flowing out from His Throne. His messengers are those filled with Himself; the One in the Cloud of Glory. Even now Jesus separates those sheep that are submitting unto The Way of His Kingdom and permitting them entrance into His habitation. But the stubborn and self-willed goats are in need of more processing, for they choose to not walk by the Way of the map. We must stop and seriously ask ourselves exactly where are we? When I was first awakened thirty-three years ago, I realized that I was blind, naked, ashamed and in need of a savior. Acknowledging that I was blind, I was given sight and was able to see much of the harvest in my life was as a result of my own sowing; I was a goat. Submitting unto Jesus’ chastening is changing the once goat like nature into more of that of a sheep’s nature. When I hear His voice, I follow His leading. This one that has paid the ransom for all will bring us into the Way of His Kingdom through honor or shame. Where do we find ourselves, what is in our heart, and are we willing to follow Him who is speaking from heaven? Isn’t it better to avoid the way of the weeping and gnashing of teeth? Having laid a foundation, let’s have a closer look at the Cross of Christ and what it has accomplished.
Much has been said about the Cross of Christ and what it has accomplished, but our relationship to the cross is still one of the most misunderstood relationships in Christendom. The enemy is doing everything in its power to conceal or divert our attention away from our relationship to the Cross of Christ. The average Christian believes Jesus was crucified on a cross, but this belief isn’t to be the only relationship with the cross. Yes, Jesus was crucified on Golgotha making clear to all that would follow Him The Way and The Path that leads to Resurrection Life. Golgotha, the place of a skull, speaks of putting to death the body of sin and its way of thinking. There are many stumbling blocks to catch our toe along our walk with the Lord; hopefully, this writing will clear some of those stumbling blocks out of the Way. (Isa. 57:14, 62:10, 66:5)
1 Cor. 15:35-36, But some man will say, How are the dead raised up? and with what body do they come? Thou fool, that which thou sowest is not quickened, except it die:
Paul saw where man’s understanding was amiss. Man was concerned with the kind of body he would be given in the resurrection. Paul cleared up this misunderstanding by making it plain that a death would first have to occur. So what is it that is being put to death, but the body of sin. Why would Jesus ask us to come into relationship with the Cross, if He has already destroyed the body of sin. Why, because we have interpreted something incorrectly concerning the Cross. He has given us a path to follow not a path to avoid.
Rom. 6:5, For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection:
Being baptized into His death isn’t accomplished by merely being water baptized (the symbolic pattern), but it is to be walked out in reality. Some have not been water baptized, but a crucified life is evident in them as they live before the Lord. They’ve entered into the reality of the symbolism. On the other hand, I’ve seen many possessing water baptism who continue living after the ways of the body of sin; thus, remaining in bondage to sin unto death. Life is available, but The Way is not desirable. Which baptism does God accept, the one of symbolism or the one of the heart? Proof of God’s acceptance of the baptism into His death is by the Resurrected Life seen in the Body that once was dead – which is the morality of Christ. (Rom. 6:3-4)
Rom. 6:6, Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, (to be rendered entirely idle-useless) that henceforth (no further) we should not serve (slave) sin.
When we continue to live with active sin, we are supposing that we will still inherit the Kingdom of God, but personal experiences and the bible are in contradiction to that assumption (Gal. 5:21). Where do we suppose the works of the flesh come from; certainly they do not come from the Seed of Christ.
The Kingdom of God and His acknowledgements will only come to those living a crucified life in submission to the will of God. Let us finally put away all our vain imaginations.
1 Cor. 15:37-38, And that which thou sowest, thou sowest not that body that shall be, but bare grain, it may chance of wheat, or of some other grain: But God giveth it a body as it hath pleased him, and to every seed his own body.
Appearing forth from our lives is but the body that God has given to a seed, regardless of what kind of seed it may be. Christians disregard this principle having been seduced to believe this principle no longer applies because they believe that they are beyond this Law of the Spirit: they just name it and claim it. Where is my faith if I am not learning how to dwell in Christ and not manifesting His righteousness, but I am still claiming the righteousness of God in Christ? (Phil. 3:9, 2 Cor. 5:21) By turning a blind eye away from this truth, sin continues to manifest in the lives of believers, and Paul defines this as idolatry and lies (Col. 3:6-8). Fully understanding this principle, we shall be much more prudent in what seed we allow to be sown into our ground. The seed of illegitimacy is found out when the body appears; the evidence speaks for itself.
Man has done everything to disregard the principle of sowing and reaping, but the facts of the harvest keep declaring that what was once hidden in the soil eventually, if watered, comes to disclosure in the form of a body. We try to blame the harvest of the tares on someone else, but denial will only ensure the need of God’s judgments to bring about the removal of the tares. Acknowledging our ‘body of sin’ is the first step in being set free from its hold. The first two kings of Israel, King Saul and King David, prove this out. Both men had sin manifesting in their lives, but why then did God reject one and accept the other? Because Saul didn’t want to change from his sinful ways or to take responsibility for the harvest, he harbored the seed of iniquity. Rather than acknowledge what was birthed in Saul’s own heart, he was always placing the blame elsewhere, such is the way of the unrepentant. David, however, when confronted with the hidden sin, afflicted his soul and turned away from the sin showing a change of heart and mind; thereby, removing the seed of iniquity. Once the seed of origin is removed, the body of sin no longer manifests. (Matt. 13:37-43)
1 Pet. 1:23, Being born again (regenerated from above), not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.
Many are claiming to already have had The Seed within them, but that it had just been lying dormant within. The Spirit of the Lord doesn’t bear witness to this fact with my spirit and neither do the scriptures bear this out. Why would we want or need to receive something if we claim to already possess it. A corruptible body is from a corruptible seed. Adam and Eve had a spiritual life, but they died (corruption), and all born (generated) after their kind remain in that same death state until being born again (regenerated from above) of an incorruptible Spirit: The Spirit of Christ. If we already had an incorruptible seed, then a little watering would’ve produced after its kind an incorruptible body, but we should be able to acknowledge that we were all dead in trespasses and sins in a dead body (Rom. 7:24, 8:10). Corruption doesn’t produce incorruption. (1 Cor. 15:53-54) Captivity doesn’t set itself free, but it takes someone with a key to unlock the gate from without. We were bound up in chains of darkness, and Jesus has the Keys and gives us keys as well (Rev. 1:18, Matt. 16:19). Lazarus was in the tomb for four days portraying that Adam was in his tomb for four thousand years. Until Jesus raised him from the dead, he remained entombed in death’s grip. Until we receive the Breath of Life (Holy Spirit), The Incorruptible Seed generated from above, we are just as dead as Lazarus. (1 Cor. 15:47-49)
John 3:3, Jesus answered and said unto him, “Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born G1080 again G509, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”
John 3:5, Jesus answered, “Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born G1080 of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.”
G1080 gennaō – to procreate, to regenerate
G509 anōthen – from above
Through Christ God is the generator of His Holy Seed flowing out unmingled with any other seed. Those who are regenerated from above are His Holy Generation. For example, the light showing forth from a light bulb is being generated from a source and that source is the generator. If any breaks or interruptions occur in the circuit (Out Flow), the light of that out flow can be diminished or completely go out, dependent upon the measure of contact. The serpent is an example of another kind of generator, a generator that does not flow out of God, therefore, breaking that crucial circuit. These two generators are diametrically opposite and therefore cannot be unified. What has been generated out of the serpent opposes that which flows out of God. The serpent’s out flow has to be broken or destroyed.
Deut. 22:9, Thou shalt not sow thy vineyard with divers seeds: lest the fruit of thy seed which thou hast sown, and the fruit of thy vineyard, be defiled.
This verse shows a non-compromising view not held by some movements. There are those touting that God is accepting of everything mingled together. Defiled means common, everything mixed together. What then of, “…to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1John 1:9; Mal. 1:6-8, 3:1-3, Rom. 12:1) A revelation that excuses oneself from obedience and faithfulness is but a deceived heart looking to continue serving the god of self – the Tree of The Knowledge of Good and Evil. A portion of the revelation may have been true, but who spoke it and how you heard it can twist away the light. Some are trying to herald that we are beyond such things as obedience, faithfulness, holiness, the moving of the Spirit, baptism, fruit, praise, worship, the Cross, Spiritual gifts, and an acceptable sacrifice. Having no Witness of God’s Life operating in their lives, this may seem like a good excuse. Quoting from a dear minister, “An excuse is but the skin of reason stuffed with a lie.” We can never get beyond the throne of God, even if we are in rebellion to it. Spiritual blindness is a testimony of the sovereignty of God’s Kingdom.
Isa. 6:10-12: Make the heart of this people fat, and make their ears heavy, and shut their eyes; lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and convert, and be healed.
Then said I, Lord, how long? And he answered, Until the cities be wasted without inhabitant, and the houses without man, and the land be utterly desolate,
And the LORD have removed men far away, and there be a great forsaking in the midst of the land.
The mandate to enter into the gates of the Kingdom of God is to submit to The Way of God’s Kingdom. Either we are to be a subject of the Throne or we are to be a rebel to it. Today we see this going on in the USA. The government is rewarding disobedience, but this will never produce loyalty only more disrespect. The laughing behind our backs only proves the point that it is a weakened position of blind ignorance demonstrating the lack of insightful leadership. This is but the proof of God’s judgments upon those that refuse to hear. (Heb. 12:25-29)
Do we really believe God is just going to hand over the keys of His Kingdom to rebels? The entrance into His City is through repentance and the Cross of Christ, the pearl of suffering, and to try and enter any other way is a thief. Submission is a show of loyalty to the Throne of God which in turn gives favor with the King. Self-will has no place in God’s Kingdom. Just as doing God’s will brings the Kingdom of God (Spirit Life), doing our own will causes a disconnection from the Spirit. The Spirit leads not follows.
Luke 9:23-24, And he said to them all, “If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it.”
The nature and characteristics of the carnal mind (self-intellect) and self-will produce a body or manifestation that we’re to mortify. This mortified body goes on our Cross, putting to death what has manifested from the self-life. No longer enslaved, producing after the fleshly mind a body of sin, but now ultimately rendering the body of sin totally idle and useless (destroyed) by empowerment received through The Cross of Christ in obedience to the nature, direction, and leadership of The Spirit generating out of Father and Son. (Rom. 6:3-13, 8:1-14)
Col. 1:21-22, And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled In the body of his flesh (divine-nature) through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight:
Acknowledging Christ, in obedience to His voice, the dead body of sin is crucified, and that which is generating out of the spirit of the serpent is also mortified. Now the Seed of Christ sown into our dead body by Jesus is raised in the newness of His life producing a Glorified Body after His Kind. We say we want a Glorified Body, but yet we don’t want to glorify God in the body that we are in. A Glorified Body is only in so much as it reveals the very attributes, incorruptibility, and authority of the Life of God; it is the Glory of Christ not ours (Col. 1:27). Christ is our justification and to offer a dead body, thinking it to have any merit from its past glory, does shame to what is accomplished at the Cross of Christ. Only through the Incorruptible Seed of Christ will a Glorified Body appear.
Col. 1:10, That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge (recognition, i.e., full discernment, acknowledgement) of God;
I AM CRUCIFIED WITH CHRIST
Many religions are proclaiming self-denial (works born out of self-will) as the means to obtaining justification and merit. Works imposed from such a legalistic view lack a crucial ingredient: submission to the leading of the Spirit of Christ. Works born out of self-will, what one is willing to do, shouldn’t be confused with justification, nor should works be used as a replacement for submission to the leading of the Spirit of Christ. But we should find ourselves allowing the leading of the Holy Spirit, thereby denying the body of sin of its own satisfaction. We must not give the remotest consideration to the notion that we are at liberty to satisfy all the wants and desires of a body that has been born out of the seed of sin. We can’t simultaneously satisfy the will of the body of sin and the will of the Spirit of Christ as these two wills are at enmity with each other and shall never walk together in harmony.
While walking submitted to the Lord, being led of His Holy Spirit, we are learning not to be enslaved to our body’s carnal/fleshly desires that can produce only sin unto condemnation (Rom 8:1-8). Only through Jesus’ instructions, being sensitive to His thoughts, shall we be set free from the carnal or fleshly thoughts that would create enmity against the will of God. (Phil 2:5) At the same time we are found in obedience to the instruction of His Spiritual mind, we are also found denying the carnal thoughts of the body of sin.
Denying the carnal thoughts of the body of sin and following in obedience to Christ are being interpreted by some as works; consequently, this thought is causing those same individuals to deny the leading of the Spirit. But how could we not follow in obedience to Christ, for if we have been truly birthed out from His Spirit, we shall be found crying out Abba Father. (Mark 14:36, Rom 8:15, Gal 4:6) We that are generated out from His Spirit can do nothing but long after His voice that leads into His paths of righteousness.
If following His voice seems to be works, then we shall pray that all shall be born of His Spirit to such works. After all, those who have walked in faith have been led by the Spirit, such as Abraham, David, Jesus, and Israel in the wilderness for 40 years, along with countless others. Those found unwilling to be led of the Holy Spirit died in the wilderness not entering into the promises of God. Israel’s wilderness proving was a necessary catalyst to bring about their obedience prior to arrival at their destination: The Promised Land. It is there, in the wilderness, that they were sanctified unto obedience. This was a pattern and an example for us to follow.
The all too common misunderstanding of works becomes nothing more than a willful hiding place for sin. Paul brings this out in many of his writings (Gal 2:17, Gal 5:20-25, Rom 6:1-15). Jesus condemned sin in the human nature and we’ll find no justification by remaining in carnality. A change of mind must take place. Our justification is found only in Christ. Our sanctification is found only through the cleansing power of His blood. His Sanctified Life sown into our earth cleanses us from all unrighteousness found hidden in our hearts and in our minds. His determination is to present His people Holy, unblemished, and irreproachable in His sight, no matter the friction or pressures required to bring about this change. We shall find wisdom in yielding to His loving hands as He brings us into His desire. (Rom 12:1, Col 1:22, Eph 5:27, Heb 9:14, 2Pe 3:14)
Claiming truths that have yet to be manifested requires faith; faith being the path that shall bring into view those hopes (Heb 11:1). Being persuaded of what we’ve heard God speak is faith; especially, when nothing outside of Him is in agreement with what we’ve heard. The Body or substance is the Presentation of the Evidence of what we have hoped for. By faith we believe in, trust in, rely upon, and adhere to His Way that ultimately brings us to that complete manifestation. (1Cor 3:9-17) Our union in the faith of Christ is the path leading to complete manifestation.
The ultimate destination isn’t just to enter the Promised Land, but the ultimate goal is to abide or become immovable in that place; to abide The Day. There is no other way to accomplish this except by removing the seed of iniquity from within. The wilderness serves to not only reveal our sin, but the wilderness experience serves to remove any unwillingness found in us so that we yield to the leading by The Holy Spirit – The Cloud of Glory – the place where in our Savior dwells. That which is being generated out of the enemy must die in the wilderness of proving. Entering into the Promised Land is a type of the Feast of Tabernacles. The Feast of Tabernacles is the last of the three main/Great Feasts. The Feast of Tabernacles represents a culmination of partaking of all of the elements of the Cross of Christ: Coming into full union with Him, not speaking, not moving, and not doing anything that He has not spoken to us or that hasn’t been generated out of Him. To enter into such a union requires partaking of The Feasts of Passover and The Feast of Pentecost, not merely in symbolism, but in reality. The outward law cannot change our hearts, but it does serve the purpose of exposing what is found hidden in our hearts.
Times with God aren’t always seen as pleasant times, nor are we always able to see with our natural eyes that these are necessary experiences on the path into His promises. It has taken a faith of denying our natural senses and trusting in what He sees to continue this journey. Israel complained over the food, water, judgments, and the Path that God chose for them. All their viewpoints were seen from the natural senses of self – the body of sin. The battle isn’t over just because we’ve finally crossed over the Jordan River into the Promise Land. The other side brings with it a new level of warfare and also a new suffering.
Doing battle in this arena demands absolute precision and obedience. The true test of successful training is a blind obedience to the will of God – yes, even when we don’t understand why. This is where the faith comes in, believing and trusting in somebody or something without always having in our possession logical proof. Now all of our thoughts are being brought into alignment with God’s thoughts. The first job of the Day is cutting away all of the flesh that heretofore has been a reproach to the Kingdom of God.
There are giants in this Land of Promise over which we don’t yet possess dominion. The co-mingled seed of God with the daughters of men has produced giants in our Land of Promise (Gen. 6:4). It’ll require a pure Seed, a seed that has been circumcised from the co-mingled seed of Egypt, thereby removing the reproach and enabling us to defeat the giants in our land (Jos. 5:9). Joshua had to go in and possess the land according to God’s instructions at every intersection. He didn’t do it his way and get God to go along, but it was done according to God’s Way. We may claim it by promise, but it shall be faith that will go up to possess the land. It is, ‘where so ever you place your foot’. This process brings about a name change that declares this very truth: Israel – he will rule as God, an example portraying Christ and those that follow Him in the regeneration (Matt. 19:28). Just as Joshua followed the leading of Yahweh, so too did Jesus. Jesus laid out this truth in everything that He did, “…I can do nothing of Myself.” As ‘He stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground’, He was waiting on Father to tell him what to do concerning the woman caught in adultery (John 8:3) To do anything with doubt is to return to following the god of self. Let us wait upon the Lord (Psa. 27:13-14).
All too often the phrase “the finished work of the cross” originates from the unwillingness to face the active sin in one’s own life (giants). These are the same individuals that can also be found hurling accusations of condemnation, of “working out their salvation”, at those individuals who are found obediently pressing into Christ. (Phil. 2:12). The basis for their allegations is the following scripture:
John 19:30, When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.
This scripture has been used to conveniently promote a thought that the work is done and we are to quit working through the processings of God, for it is finished and you’re to just breathe. We’re just to rest in ‘the finished work of the Cross.’ When something is ended it is completed, executed, concluded, or discharged (of a debt), thereby releasing one of any further involvement. Weighing this belief against other scriptures will determine if this is true, or if it is but ‘a private interpretation’ resulting from a disregard of other conflicting scriptures. Since Jesus is the one found making the statement, could it possibly be that He was speaking of His work?
John 17:4, I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do. (Emphasis mine)
In John 17:4, one can clearly see that Jesus had a work to do, it shows Jesus acknowledging what the work was, and it shows Jesus accomplishing said work. He paid our sin debt, and we indeed accept His accomplishment being set free from slavery to the body of sin, but only in that we no longer have to be enslaved to sin. This fact doesn’t mean that we can claim sinlessness by the blood if we are still continuing to walk in the slavery of sin. This would, in fact, then be only our own vain imaginations. Through the sinlessness of His Life we shall be able to walk free, learning to abide in Christ wherein no sin dwells. I, for one, am accepting His purchasing my ticket into The Life of God; I’m learning now to dwell in that which is generated through Christ from Father (Rom. 7:24-25).
He wasn’t purposed just to die on the cross, but His purpose was glorifying the Father by revealing His mind and His nature through Jesus’ submission under the authority of Father while doing so. His submission to Father was evidenced by the works of God. His baptism, His Life, and His manner of death were also a pattern for all to follow, a pattern resulting in our being able to partake of His Resurrection Life flowing out from Father; the Generator of Holy Incorruptible Life. His shed blood not only forgives us of our sins, but also by our partaking of the eating of His flesh (nature) and the drinking of His blood we assimilate His Life. Assimilating or partaking of this His life brings us into the unity of His Spirit – to be one in relationship with God’s outflow or generation (John 17:21). We freely obtain our regeneration, freely obtain our justification, and we freely obtain our power over all death by receiving of His Holy Spirit. Proper care for His Seed hidden in our earth is paramount and this Seed will determine what fruit will spring forth from this dead body of sin (Rom. 8:9-11). If His Seed (Spirit) remains and abides in us, then God will give that seed a Body that will bring forth fruit in glorification of Him (2Cor. 5:1-5). His Seed will always produce fruit that corresponds with the Seed of Origin. When we are found producing fruit that doesn’t sound, feel, look, smell, or taste like Jesus then know it didn’t originate from the Seed of Regeneration that brings glory to the Kingdom of God, but instead it originates from the seed of sin of another generator that has missed the mark (Eph. 2:2). Our inheritance is to be regenerated by the Seed of Christ, the Seed that brings none other than Glory, Honor, and Praise to His Kingdom. Justification is not to be found through past generations, but our justification is hidden with Christ in God, the Generator that is now flowing forth from the Throne. (Col 3:3, Rev 22:1) Partaking of our inheritance to be found in none other than Christ demands there first exist an established relationship with Christ.
The following verses show two different mandatory relationships: the first relationship with the sufferings of the Cross (a dying to the self-life – past generation); and secondly, a relationship with the resurrection.
Know Absolutely-to believe firmly in the truth or certainty of something; to be acquainted, associated, or familiar with somebody or something; to be able to perceive the differences or distinctions between things or people; used in speech or dialogue as an emphatic way of agreeing with the other speaker. (Emphasis mine)
Phil. 3:10-11, That I may know (absolutely) him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship (partnership, that is, (literally) participation, or (social) intercourse, benefaction) of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death; If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead. (Emphasis mine)
Rev. 2:26, And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations:
John 17:3, And this is life eternal, that they might know (absolutely) thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent. (Emphasis mine)
Why would we have works to keep unto the end, if the end of the finished work has already truly occurred. The only place it has been finished is in God’s mind before he ever began His wonderful work. (Eph. 1:4, 1Pet. 1:20) It remains to be seen where we are factored into His great plan as well as what processing shall be required for us to endure to the completion of that great work. Be alert; be on guard against vain imaginations that invade for the sole purpose of diverting God’s people from their obedience to the present work. Prematurely declaring that the work has been finished and placing the self-professed ‘finished’ vessel on display will only show forth the shame of our self-will, our nakedness, and our body of sin for all to see. Even a child is able to discern nakedness. Paul asked us to put off the idolatry of this shame and to put on the new man that is renewed after the image of Christ that He may be the All in All. (Col. 3:9-14) No doubt putting off and putting on is work by any measure, yet it is inherent in our co-laboring with Him. Make no mistake, there is a land to be possessed, but that land that we so yearn for can only be possessed by faith. The foundation has been laid, now how will you build upon it (1 Cor. 3:11-17)?
Rom. 6:16 & 22, Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants (a slave) to obey, his servants (a slave) ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness? But now being made free from sin, and become servants (a slave) to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life. (Emphasis mine)
We are being delivered from the bondage of sin, a place where we were once unable to cease from sinning, but now being God’s slave we possess the ability to produce in righteousness the Holy Fruit from a Holy Seed that is acceptable in His sight. Make no mistake; this glorious feat can only be accomplished by partaking of a relationship with the Cross of Christ.
We are to continue keeping His Feasts until His Life is rendered apparent in us. We must not be found partaking in just the shadow of the Feasts, but we need to be found partaking of the Truth of what the Feasts were but a shadow of. The Feast of Unleavened Bread (part of the Passover Feast) symbolizes eating of Christ until His Nature appears (Feast of Tabernacles). The drinking in of His Life is found through the Holy Spirit (1Cor 5:5-8). The whole sacrifice is to be eaten before the morning. All must be eaten to keep the Feast, including eating of the innards and the bitter herbs. One of the requirements of keeping the Feast means we must also be found partaking of that portion that we most detest, but a part that is required none the less (Exod. 12:8-11). Jesus also endured the shame of the Cross.
1 Cor. 15:49 (KJVR), And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly.
Receiving the rhema Word through the Spirit of Truth brings about our Sanctification. Claiming sanctification doesn’t and won’t make us Holy. He is Holy and as we learn to live in Christ, we live in His Holiness.
Psa. 119:130, The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding (to separate mentally or distinguish) unto the simple. (Emphasis mine)
If His Words do not stay in us, then we are not remaining in The Life of Christ producing fruit unto righteousness. (1John 2:24-28, John 6:63) Jesus spoke of His relationship with Father and we’re also to have that same relationship with our maker.
John 8:28-29, Then said Jesus unto them, When ye have lifted up the Son of man, then shall ye know that I am he, and that I do nothing of myself; but as my Father hath taught me, I speak these things. And he that sent me is with me: the Father hath not left me alone; for I do always those things that please him. (Emphasis mine)
Looking out on a road, a train had stopped in the center lane. A wholesome young woman walked around the front of it and went over to a train depot. She placed her baggage into a locked steel cage. I was to purchase the ticket for her and I felt in this dream that I was also her (the Bride). Upon purchasing the ticket, the Ticketmaster told me after boarding the train to proceed to 220 and above 220 is 120, where I was to go. I asked, as I looked at the ticket, if he shouldn’t underline the 120, but he said he’d done this before and it was fine. (End of Dream)
The old baggage and all the things associated with the past are locked away never to be revisited. God is giving His bride new associations and new clothing.
120 – Speaks of the out pouring of the Spirit on the Day of Pentecost; there were 120 in the upper room (Acts 2); it is also speaking of the end of all flesh, beginning of all life in the Spirit;
Gen. 6:3, And the LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years.
There have been 120 jubilee cycles since Adam. The end of all flesh is the goal; until Christ is all and in all (Col 3:11). Then the final consummation, “ …then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him that put all things under him, that God may be all in all.” (1 Cor. 15:28)
220 – Gal. 2:20
Gal. 2:20, I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth 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.
Jesus has purchased the ticket for us to be able to enter into the Life of God, and we have to be in relationship with the Cross in order to partake of this same Life in the Spirit. We can’t by-pass Gal. 2:20. To be crucified with Christ is a relationship that we are to live out every day, being in agreement with the Cross and in the faith of the Son of God. We are to live in the same faith of Jesus; not living in the body of sin producing after its kind, but Taking Up my Cross and rendering the body of sin totally idle and useless. Choosing not to do the will of Christ only omits the witness of God in one’s life. God bears witness to His Words that are speaking forth from a host of expressions, such as the fruit of righteousness in the lives of His faithful children. He acknowledges them because they acknowledge Him. This is why the seed of iniquity has always sought to kill the Seed of Righteousness. The unrepentant heart despises the Witness of God in the lives of the righteous; as Cain despised Abel; and Saul despised David. The unrepentant heart sees no need to give God any praise and at the same time it is found despising those that do. Being in love with darkness it seems easier to extinguish the light, rather than to agree with its findings in their own hearts (Psa. 37:14). The unrepentant heart doesn’t love Jesus’ appearing and, in so doing, reveals the origin of the seed (a seed not of Christ) hidden in their hearts. Though they defer their obedience, God doesn’t defer His chastisements which are in fact a part of His Day and His reconciliation of man back to Himself (Heb. 12:6, 1Cor. 5:5).
There is to be a paying forward, as Paul understood of paying the price for others. As we bear our cross and render the body of sin entirely idle and useless, we begin to see the Life of Christ sprouting up from its hiding place manifesting to creation the Body of Christ. And, in so doing, those beholding our walk may be established, not by the intellect of men approved of by men, but established by the disclosure of Christ in us, approved of by Father.
Hebrews 2:4, God also bearing them witness, both with signs and wonders, and with divers miracles, and gifts of the Holy Ghost, according to his own will?” (Emphasis mine)
The tendency is to defer things forward, put things off. Possessing such a tendency also defers our responsibility as well, such as …when Jesus comes…then I’ll be given eternal life; when the time gets closer… then I’ll get right; when Jesus comes I’ll be obedient; and when Jesus comes I’ll be made like Him. But we’re to acknowledge Him today as He is. For when we see Him as He is, then we’ll be like him, immovable, incorruptible, and abiding in the light.
2 Cor. 4:10-14:
Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body. For we which live are alway delivered unto death for Jesus’ sake, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh. So then death worketh in us, but life in you. We having the same spirit of faith, according as it is written, I believed, and therefore have I spoken; we also believe, and therefore speak; Knowing that he which raised up the Lord Jesus shall raise up us also by Jesus, and shall present us with you. (Emphasis mine)
Just because Jesus isn’t manifesting in a physical body standing before us doesn’t mean we can’t know and see Him now as He is. Today, if we have the evidence of Him in our house, hearing Him produces obedience that acknowledges Him in all His Ways. This isn’t something for another day, but we’re to recognize Him as He is NOW in His Day. It is not how he’ll be or how He was that’ll change us, but it is how He is revealing Himself to us in His Day. Acknowledging Him today determines how His revealing will appear to us tomorrow. His revealing often brings correction (bitter herb), but if we’ll acknowledge Him none the less, then maybe tomorrow it’ll not be as a thief in the night, but rather we will be rejoicing in the light of His presence without shame being now of His Day and no longer of the night.
Light is always in different measures and the measure of that light determines the measure of the disclosure it brings. The full measure of the light of His Day is seven fold or a perfect measure (Isa. 30:26). As He who is The Day dawns, how are you receiving Him? How are you responding to Him who is Light? If you are seeing darkness in your heart, don’t try to hide it, but know that it is being exposed because of The Rays of His Day (2 Pet 3:10, 12). Be at peace knowing that this exposure is being brought about by Him and is a good thing – it is the means to a glorious end.
1John 3:6, Whosoever abideth (to stay) in him sinneth not: whosoever sinneth hath not seen (to discern clearly) him, neither known (to know absolutely) him. (Emphasis mine)
1John 3:9, Whosoever is born (regenerated) of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth (to stay) in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born (regenerated) of God. (Emphasis mine)
As we learn to abide in the Life of the Ages, the Life that is flowing out from God the Generator, we won’t sin. His generation doesn’t sin because in Him is found no sin. We find ourselves becoming more immoveable and incorruptible in His sight as we’re discerning Him now in His Day. Do I see myself there, no, but I see the mark for the prize and I’m pressing forward. God is the one that gives judgment of our condition and we should trust His judgments. It is He that has led us on this quest and how can we turn away. He is leading and guiding us into His habitation.
The Galatians reverted back to looking for justification in doctrinal beliefs such as baptisms, feast days, etc. Those no longer found remaining in the flow of the Spirit of Christ are found reverting back to religious self-rule; a rule reigned over by the dictates of their own carnal reasoning.
Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified. But if, while we seek to be justified by G1722 Christ, we ourselves also are found sinners, is therefore Christ the minister of sin? God forbid. (Emphasis mine)
G1722 – en
A primary preposition denoting (fixed) position (in place, time or state), and instrumentality, i.e., a relation of rest; “in”, at, (up-) on, by, etc.
Are we fixed in Christ or are we still able to be moved. Outside of Christ we can find no justification.
1Cor. 1:4-9, 17, 18, & 23:
I thank my God always on your behalf, for the grace of God which is given you by G1722 Jesus Christ; that in G1722 everything ye are enriched by G1722 him, in G1722 all utterance, and in G1722 all knowledge; Even as the testimony (evidence) of Christ was confirmed (to stabilitate, stable, to walk) inG1722 you: So that ye come behind in no gift; waiting for (to expect fully) the coming (disclosure) of our Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall also confirm you unto the end (to set out for a definite point or goal, limit, purpose), that ye may be blameless (unaccused, irreproachable) in G1722 the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is faithful, by G1722 whom ye were called unto the fellowship (partnership, that is, (literally) participation, or (social) intercourse, benefaction) of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord. For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect. For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God. But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness; (Emphasis mine)
If we are indeed the Body of Christ, then let’s be in the same faith of Our Head, picking up our cross and following after Him as He commands us, thereby demonstrating our faithfulness to Jesus Christ. It isn’t finished for us until we’ve arrived to the set goal as Paul pointed to – the finish line. Jesus is disclosing Himself from within to without, from darkness to light, and from invisible to visible becoming established, incorruptible, immovable, and blameless in His Day. When Jesus is evidenced in us, then we are nearing the finished work of the Cross and its intended purpose. The intended purpose is that creation might see His Body in the earth. He is in us bringing us to full salvation.
Heb. 9:28 (WNT), so the Christ also, having been once offered in sacrifice in order that He might bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, separated from sin, to those who are eagerly expecting Him, to make their salvation complete. (Emphasis mine)
When He is truly in us then He has truly come, and His purpose is to bring us to that complete salvation. We aren’t to hear Him tomorrow, we aren’t to obey Him tomorrow, we aren’t to submit to Him tomorrow, and we aren’t to become acquainted with Him tomorrow. We are to do all these things TODAY. If we’ll hear and obey whatever He speaks to us today, by listening carefully to His heart, He will lead us into The Way of Life by His Spirit and into the Truth of His Day.
Rom. 8:11, But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you. (Emphasis mine)
If we are outwardly looking for Jesus to appear sometime in the future, we are not seeing Him in His Day as He is. He is seated Today in The Cloud of Father’s Glory and on His Throne. We need to examine closely how we are hearing, seeing, touching, tasting, smelling and obeying Him. His Spirit/Breath needs to be found in us in order that He can raise us into newness of His Life. “He who is joined to the Lord is one spirit.” (1 Cor. 6:17) Are we becoming one with Him, coming into union with Him? It’s His breath that we must breathe in, a breath that is only exchanged during a very intimate relationship – the relationship between the Bride and The Bridegroom. “Being alone in His chamber is she now being drawn ever so near. Can you feel my breath upon you my love as I whisper ever so quietly my heart’s desire? Only in my presence will you find me.”
SofS. 1:2, Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth: for thy love is better than wine.
(to be continued)
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I AM CRUCIFIED WITH CHRIST [Kevin C. Blacker, Sr.] Year 2008 1