REDEMPTION

BY:  LLOYD ELLEFSON

 

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LET'S SEE WHO CHRIST IS IN US:

 

Greetings in the name of the Lord! Redemption is a well-known word in Christian circles, and we may think we know what it means, yet only have a very superficial idea of its meaning. Many believe it only has to do with Jesus coming down as God's sacrifice for sin, and that it enables them to be redeemed and go to heaven when the time comes - whether through death, the rapture, or His coming again. But is the purpose for our redemption only to enjoy the millennium and the holy city that has come down from heaven? 

 

I believe it is time for us to re-think our ideas about redemption! In the Old Testament God shows that redemption comes to us in stages. This is evident in type and shadow. Promises of redemption came in the various time periods -from the time of Adam to Noah, from Noah to Moses and the prophets, then to the appearing of Jesus Christ. However, when the reality of redemption appeared, shadow and type faded away! If we look at the prophecies as though redemption were only for the future, we will not walk in the reality of our present redemption. We will not know that Jesus Christ IS the REDEEMER and that He IS our REDEMPTION! 

We may need some clarification about the various aspects of our redemption. We need to know what is included in our redemption and how Christ achieved it. Is He redeeming us FROM the Adamic man with his wrong conception of self (the egotism of who he thinks he is as an individual), his estrangement from God, his carnal, natural, intellectual ideas and concepts of God and Christ, or is He redeeming us OUT OF this Adamic man and putting us into a new man? 

 

We will have a problem with understanding redemption if we do not understand that we are no longer to view Christ Jesus as a natural or physical man. If we think that Christ returned to heaven in a physical body, and is coming back in a physical body, we will only get a natural idea of redemption. We will only relate it to our natural being, believing that our Adamic nature with all its wrong thinking is going to be redeemed. But if our SELF LIFE is crucified with Him, then our old man of sin has died with Christ on the cross, and he no longer lives! If the Christ is in you, the body is dead to sin! God said that our physical body is destined to return to dust. It will not be redeemed. Then what is being redeemed, and how are we involved in redemption? Is our crucifixion with Christ our redemption? 

 

Paul said, "It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me..." (Gal. 2:20) Who is this Christ who lived in Paul, and now lives in us? He cannot be a natural man and dwell within us, can He? Christ indwells us by His Spirit, for He is spirit. He is not flesh but spirit! This is clarified for us in Matt. 16:15-17. When Christ asked the disciples who they thought He was, Peter replied, "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God." Christ IS the Son of the living God! The living God is the actual presence of God! He dwells in those who have received Him; He does not dwell in the natural man. A LIVING God cannot dwell in the concepts of our own mind nor in our own natural mental comprehension of the Bible! Only dead gods dwell in man's own concepts! 

 

God sent His own Son into the world in the likeness of sinful flesh. (Rom. 8:3) Christ IS the Son of God! "But 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, that we might receive the adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying, `Abba! Father!" (Gal. 4:4-6) In these and other passages we notice that God's Son is called by different names - Christ, the Son, the Spirit of the Son and the Holy Spirit, and are one with God. There are no divisions in God! Life cannot be separated from God, because separation from God is death. 

 

Jesus, the Son of God, had been with the Israelites for three and a half years, doing miracles, and teaching about the Father, about Himself, the kingdom, the purposes of God, etc., but they would not listen to Him, nor receive His teaching. The Jews accused Jesus of calling God His Father when in their eyes He was only the son of a carpenter. They chided Him for not obeying the Sabbath, and said that He healed by Beelzebub's power. In spite of all the teaching the Jews had received, they remained ignorant and used the law to prove He was saying things that were against the law. It was interpreted according to their own ideas, and Christ's teaching was not in accord with their understanding. They considered this sufficient reason to have Him convicted and crucified! Jesus recognized their ignorance, for on the cross He said, "Father, forgive them because they know not what they do." This was an indictment, for humanity was in ignorance, darkness, sin, delusion and separation. 

 

The Jews were angry at Jesus but they did not have the power to crucify Him; crucifixion was under the authority of the Romans. That is why they asked the Romans to crucify Him. Pontius Pilate had a lot of trouble with that because he couldn't fault Jesus on anything against the Roman law; nothing incriminated Him! There was nothing to justify their putting Him to death. Finally he asked Jesus if He was a king. Jesus replied, "You say correctly that I am a king." The Jews said, "We have no king but Caesar." So they cried for the release of Barabbas instead of Jesus. They got Barabbas the criminal, and Jesus was put on the cross! Then Pilate put a sign on the cross, which read, "King of the Jews." The Jews did not want Him to be called their king and wanted the sign changed. Pilate refused to do that, because he had to have some justification for putting Him on the cross. Pilate had to save his own skin by finding something he could use against Jesus Christ. Jesus was innocent, but Israel used their law wrongly to indict Him. Israel accused Jesus of being against their traditions and of breaking their law! The Romans couldn't have cared less, but they feared the Jews! 

 

So you see it was really the Law of Moses, misunderstood and unjustly used by the Israelites, that became the leverage to get the Romans to crucify Jesus. However they could only put the body, the visible manifestation of Jesus, to death. But death could not hold Him! After He ascended, He poured out His Spirit upon the believers. Receiving the Spirit is not the same as forgiveness; it is beyond that. Peter clarified that in his first message to the church in Acts 2. He said, "Repent and be baptized in the name of Jesus for the remission of your sins." There you have forgiveness. "And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit." So when the Spirit came He brought us the Godhead! 

 

It says that the fullness of the Godhead dwelled in Jesus Christ bodily. This does not refer to His physical body. It means that the complete spiritual image of God dwelled in one body in the consciousness of the Man Jesus. The body of the Father, the Son, the Christ, the Holy Spirit dwelt in Him - not in His bones and flesh, but in His realization, in His awareness of life, in the mind of Christ. Christ's body is made up of light and truth! So the fullness of light and truth dwelt in Jesus Christ! They dwelt in Christ in the same way that you and I dwell in Christ, and Christ dwells in us. Many verses refer to us being IN CHRIST; we are not alongside Christ, nor just in company with Him. It says that we are "alive IN Christ... if anyone is IN Christ he is a new creation... God was IN Christ reconciling the world to Himself... He has given us all the spiritual blessings IN heavenly places IN Christ... we were chosen IN Him before the disruption of the world." 

 

In Eph. 2:15 it says that He took the uncircumcision and the circumcision and made IN HIMSELF one new man! IN Himself, IN Christ, He has made one new humanity, thus establishing peace. IN Christ we are built as a habitation for God! IN Christ we are a place for God to dwell! Jesus said, "My Father will love him, and we will come to him, and make our abode with him... in My Father's house are many dwelling places;... for I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also." (Jn. 14:23b;2-3) He was there in a physical body talking to some of the disciples as He said this. He said, "Where I AM you may be also." He was talking about being in His Father, being in God in the essence of who He is. He has made it possible for us to be in the same place He was! At this present time while we are still in our physical bodies we are to understand that we are in God, and God and the Son have come and made their abode with us! 

 

I believe this is what redemption is. We are redeemed or bought back by a ransom that was more than fully equal to that which held us in bondage. We were in bondage to death, because all die in Adam. Now we are redeemed by the life that is in Christ! His life is much greater than death, and it abolishes the hold death has on us. Christ, our Redeemer, does not redeem the Adamic man; He does not redeem that old consciousness that is based on delusion, and functions in ignorance. 

 

God wants us to repent of the ignorance that is in the natural mind. Just as the people on Mars Hill were totally ignorant of the fact that they lived and moved and had their being in God, so many are today. Paul said, "Therefore having overlooked the times of ignorance, God is now declaring to men that all everywhere should repent." (Acts 17:30) People are to repent of their ignorance! They don't know who they are and from what they have been redeemed; nor do they know who God is! So they are walking in darkness! 

 

In Titus 2:14 it says, "Who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself a people for His own possession, zealous for good deeds." He gave Himself for our redemption; our redemption is Christ! He cannot come down from heaven to deal again with the sin that has already been totally dealt with. That is why we have to be IN Christ to experience redemption. Redemption does not come to us in a gift-wrapped box. We have to get out of Adam and be put into Christ, because Christ is the One who is redeeming us! It took many years for me to see that the old Adamic man is not to be redeemed; he is to be put away; he is to die! Redemption consists of the transfer from the Adamic natural man (the one who carried a desire in his heart to kill Jesus) to the new man in Christ. 

 

Christ came to be our redemption! In Himself He has made the uncircumcised and the circumcised into one new man; this new man is in the image of God. There is an earthy image of God and a heavenly image of God. As we have borne the earthy image (an earthy concept) of God we are now bearing the spiritual image (a spiritual concept) of God. This heavenly image is the Christ. Christ is now our life! It also says that we are going to appear together with Him; since we are together, we are not entities that are separated from Him. 

 

Christ becomes our redemption when we are put into Christ! If we remain in Adam, we are not being redeemed. To obtain redemption we have to turn away from our Adamic consciousness - from that mind which can never be redeemed nor improved. People try to die to self! At the same time they try to improve the same self; they present it to God, try to make it keep the law, and hope that some day they will go to heaven after they die or are raptured. This is not according to God's program for us. In Christ we receive a new understanding! Our awareness or consciousness passes out of death (separation from God) and brings us into the realization that God is our life! This is the work of God's Spirit within us. He teaches us by His Word, His Christ, His Son! He has come to us individually and thus makes each of us a new creature in the Spirit. This does not change our physical appearance. 

 

Jesus said, "Where I am, there you may be also." At that time, while still in His physical body, He understood that He was the Son of God and was being a witness to Israel. His witness in the world was for us. We need to be redeemed out of our wrong thinking of Christ! Christ did not come into being when He was born in a stable. He has been present all the time. It says that we were chosen in Christ before the disruption of the world. (Eph. 1:4) He was present before the disruption! Christ was in the prophets; He was the rock in Israel; He has always been present! 

 

Since Christ is always present, why hasn't His dominion been manifested in the seen realm? Why don't we see Him ruling everything as the King of kings? Why does it seem as though man is ruling everything? Where was Christ in the Old Testament when God's program was portrayed in types and shadows? Where was He when Israel desecrated all of them? What is the Son of God doing during this time when His dominion is not seen? He is working in the unseen realm until everything is brought under subjection to Him, and then He hands everything back to the Father! This is the way the Son of God operates, because everything Jesus did was of the Father. He was sent by the Father, He did nothing of Himself, for it was the Father in Him who did the works! He relied upon the witness of the Father - not upon His own witness! 

 

Do we believe God is as He was portrayed in Christ, or do we still rely upon our own ideas? Jesus said, "You have heard, An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth... resist not evil... love your neighbor... pray for them that persecute you... and if any one wants to sue you, and take your shirt, let him have your coat also'." Jesus lived what He taught! He was meek and lowly of heart; He didn't retaliate when He was abused; He was like a lamb led to the slaughter. He did not rebuke nor condemn those who arrested Him! He never told them that His Father was going to punish them by casting them into hell! When He was crucified He said, "Father forgive them." Christ Jesus, the Son of God, was the express image of God! He is the truth! The virtues inherent in Him were the exact virtues of the Father! There is no difference! They are one! 

 

To really know God's nature, we have to see Him as He is revealed in Christ! We have to put away the ideas of God gained from the Old Testament. There God commanded the Jews to war and fight, and He afflicted people with plagues and diseases. We have to differentiate between the old and the new covenant! Under the old covenant the law of sin and death prevailed; under the new covenant the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus prevails. It is the life in Christ that reveals who God is! 

 

Those who interpret God according to the futility of human reasoning, only have the impressions and ideas that come from their natural minds. They think God is like they are. They think they have to please God in order for Him to love them and bless them; they think they have to earn their righteousness. They have to be redeemed from their wrong ideas of Christ, the Son of God. The problem is that they are not really hearing God. God's instructions have been disobeyed and trampled on ever since Adam and Eve defied them in Genesis 3. 

 

The Word was made flesh! The Word is the Christ, the Son of God! The Word and Christ are the same! We need to be redeemed from our wrong thinking, so that God's word is not trampled on by humanity. He allowed Himself and His words to be trampled on, to be put down and be rejected! He said that the kingdom of God would be taken away from Israel because they didn't bear the fruit of the kingdom. 

 

The kingdom of God is one of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. It IS righteousness, it IS peace, it IS joy, it is IN the Holy Spirit! It cannot become ours apart from Him! It cannot be detached; it is IN the Spirit! If we have the Holy Spirit, it is inherently ours in the Spirit. That is how Christ gives us His peace! He gives us Himself, and in Him we have His peace! He is the "the way, the truth, and the life." He is the way to God; He is truth and life! 

 

This of course could not be understood in the Old Testament; neither did the Israelites understand this when Jesus came. In fact, they were extremely angry at Jesus who is the way, the truth and the life! This anger demonstrated man's attitude toward God since the disruption in Genesis. But God is not to be ignored! He rules the whole earth. Yet we think that if God would rule this earth, evil things would not be happening. We think His rule would force people to obey His laws. We don't understand His rule of love; we don't understand God's pacifism, nor do we understand His love. God's love is perfect, and He only does good to others and loves others as much as He loves Himself! 

 

Natural humanity always puts self first; it wants to be blessed, go to heaven and be changed instantly. It wants its corruption to be changed into incorruption. But corruption does not inherit incorruption; flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God! Flesh and blood are not included in our redemption! Only the spiritual life and reality of the Son inherit the kingdom of God. So don't expect the physical person with his carnal, fleshly mind that lives in mortality to be brought into immortality! Immortality IS. It was present before we were born and it continues after our physical life ends. In a sense, humanity is only a parenthesis, whereas God is life ALWAYS! Man begins and ends, but there is no beginning or end with God! 

 

It is interesting to note that 1 Cor. 15:50 says that "flesh and blood cannot INHERIT the kingdom of God; nor does the perishable INHERIT the perishable," and in v.53 it says that "this perishable must PUT ON the imperishable, and this mortal must PUT ON immortality." At first glance this looks like a contradiction - as though Paul is speaking out of both sides of his mouth. But we know he isn't, so we must let the Holy Spirit lead us into all truth. We notice that two different words are used - INHERIT and PUT ON. It CANNOT inherit the incorruptible, but it can PUT IT ON, or be CLOTHED with it. We cannot put something on that we don't have. The imperishable must first be inherited before it can be put on. In Christ we have inherited immortality and He wants us to be clothed with it - to live in it now! 

 

Repentance brings us into an understanding of things we never understood before. We used to think that after we had repented of our sins, we still remained sinners. We had to ask for forgiveness continually, but this did not produce a change in us. God wants to make us new creatures - righteous people who have a new heart! God wants us to turn away from the government of the fleshly mind and the fleshly body. He asks us to repent of our sense of being separated from God and joined to creation. Having been put into Christ makes us completely new creatures with an entirely new understanding of life. He comes to us in the Spirit and He quickens our spirit; He makes us alive to spiritual realities! He becomes the source of our information, and we receive a true image of God in our spirit! The anointing of the Holy Spirit teaches us and leads us into all truth! Jesus said that His physical leaving would be to our advantage, for then the Comforter could come! This shows us the importance of having the anointing teach us spiritual realities! 

 

Christ is the Word made flesh. The Word was made flesh and dwelt among us. In John 1:1 it says, "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God." Then John begins to talk about Christ, who is the life. In 1 John 1:1 it says, "...what we beheld and our hands handled, concerning the Word of life." Then in Rev. 19:11 it says, "And I saw heaven opened; and behold, a white horse, and He who sat upon it is called Faithful and True; and in righteousness He judges and wages war." Here a white horse comes out of heaven, and the One who sits on it is called the Word of God, the King of kings and Lord of lords! (v.13,16) The First-begotten of God was God's Word; He is the seed. God manifests Himself in the Word, in the Seed, in the Son, in the Christ, in the Holy Spirit! This is totally unfathomable to natural man! Christ, as the Word of God, does everything; God's Word accomplishes everything that is in the mind of God! 

 

"...if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him...an hour is coming and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God; and those who hear shall live." (Rev. 3:20; Jn. 5:20) That is called resurrection! If you can hear the voice of the Son of God, you are hearing the Father speaking! You are hearing the Spirit, the Christ, the Word of God - the Word that comes as the Seed. God does everything through His Word! God began His work of creation in Genesis by speaking the Word! And Jesus Christ is the Word of God; He is the Word of the kingdom, He is the good seed! God's Word is the seed of reproduction, and it operates in the realm of the Spirit. 

 

"Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, or of me His prisoner; but join with me in suffering for the gospel according to the power of God, who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was granted us in Christ Jesus from all eternity." (2 Timothy 1:8-9) Christ has given us His testimony of the goodness of God, and we are not to be ashamed of it! His wonderful testimony draws us unto Himself. He saved us and called us with a holy calling according to His own purpose in Christ Jesus, before the world began. Since Christ was present before He was born of Mary, his birth was a continuing testimony of God's redemption - now appearing in physical form in His identification with humanity, speaking, not in King James English, but in the vernacular of the day so everyone could understand Him. In this identification He could be a Mediator between God and man. 

 

Moses also was a mediator, but his mediation was inadequate because the old covenant had faults in it; it couldn't produce what God wanted. That is why God gave us a new covenant. But the old covenant could not be done away with until it was replaced by the new covenant! The new covenant ushered out the old! We embrace the new covenant, for it is actually Christ. The new covenant is the Word; it contains a promise and its fulfillment - and that is Christ the Son of God! 

 

"But now has been revealed by the appearing of our Savior Christ Jesus, who abolished death, and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel." (v.10) In Christ God revealed that He had saved us and called us with a holy calling according to His own purpose and grace; this was given us in Christ before the world began. But we did not know that; the revelation of this came to us in Christ, for we could only see it in the natural. We could only hear it when it was spoken through a human being - through a figure. By the appearing of our Savior Christ Jesus it was revealed to us! He has abolished death; He has abolished our separation from God by bringing us all back to God! This knowledge comes to us through the gospel. 

 

Death has been abolished in the spiritual realm! God sees death as being abolished! Natural man cannot understand this because it has to come in spiritual realization! Therefore this is meaningless to him and he continues to live in the death realm - in the realm of delusion, because he does not know that it has been abolished in Christ. He will think that death is not abolished, so he projects the abolishment of death into the future - not realizing that it has already been accomplished. It is NOW! In the purpose of God it happened before the world began. 

 

Now look what it says, "...and He has brought life and immortality to light." Jesus Christ was the great light that came into the world to light all men! This was heralded by the prophets. "Arise, shine; for your light has come." (Is. 60:1) What kind of a light is this? What did Jesus mean when He said, "I am the light"? The light He brought was the enlightenment of the Spirit! He brought to light the nature of His Father God! He was spiritual enlightenment because of His spiritual substance. He was inherently one with God, so the light of His understanding - the things His mind received from God - was not understood by man. 

 

The fact that even all of Christ's chosen disciples deserted Him when He was arrested, showed that they did not really understand His message. When the shepherd was struck, the sheep were scattered, so He trod the winepress of God alone. He alone understood our redemption; He understood that He is our redemption! When He now comes to us in the Spirit (the Holy Spirit, the invisible Christ who is the Anointing, the Spirit of the Son placed in our hearts by the Father) He enlightens us to life and immortality. This comes through the gospel! 

 

Jesus Christ came preaching the gospel of the kingdom. The gospel comes to us through the words of Jesus Christ! It is good news because His words are redeeming words -- we are redeemed by these words! Jesus Christ IS the Word of God! He is the Son of God; He is the Word, the Seed of God. So the gospel, the Word of God, is actually the light that brings us redemption; it brings us into life and immortality! We cannot find out who God is through mental gymnastics even though they are based on a study of the Greek and the Bible, nor by memorizing the Bible. We simply have to put aside the vanity of our mind. 

 

Redemption is for the present time; we do not have to die and leave our planet earth to receive it. Repentance brings a change in our thinking. It takes us out of our ignorance and darkness of who God is and who we are. In order to have a correct image of self, we need to have a right image of God, for we are His sons. A wrong idea of God gives us a wrong idea of His offspring, because they are His image. Repentance involves giving up our SELF for the purpose of being newly created into a new understanding of who we are as sons of God - one with God our Father! 

 

This does not apply to our external appearance but to who we are internally. Once we understand that God is our Father because we have been regenerated (reborn), and that we are sons of God, we will never again call ourselves sinners! This knowledge does not come to us suddenly as by the snap of our fingers. It comes as we grow up in Christ. We also thank God for those who have grown, and have passed their insights on to others. No one has attained to the ultimate knowledge of who God is, but vistas of His unfathomable depths have opened up to us, and we are NOW receiving revelation knowledge of who He is. We can grow up into Christ because we are IN Christ. Through death we have been taken out of our death in Adam, and have been birthed again and regenerated in Christ. We know that we have passed from death into life, and have been resurrected out of our ignorance into knowledge. 

 

Every seed has its own distinctive body. We are born again of incorruptible seed. Since it is in the unseen realm, we cannot see the body of this seed composed of the way, the truth, life, resurrection and immortality - the nature and essence of the "I AM" of Christ. That which He IS has to form the spiritual realization of the body of Christ into which we have been baptized. He only has one body - He doesn't have one body for the Jews and another for the Gentiles. He has put both the Jews and the Gentiles, the circumcision and the uncircumcision, into one new man, thus making one body for a habitation of God! 

 

Those that hear the voice of the Son of God shall live. His voice does not only come in one blast of a trumpet in the end-time, nor will only those hearing it at that time live. His voice comes to us in our hearts. In the Holy Spirit God has given us the Spirit of His Son. To hear that spiritual voice we need a new sense of being; we have to give up our dependence on our natural mind. We have to realize that in being born again, we've been born from above and regenerated spiritually! We've been awakened out of our sleep in which we were unconscious of the presence of God. Being unconscious of the presence of God separates us from Him. Paul said, "Awake, sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you." (Eph. 5:14) 

 

Here is the crux of what I am saying. God is redeeming us out of the ignorance and darkness that is in man's natural mind. Man's concepts of Christ are wrong, and he needs to be taken out of them! The only way this can be done, is by putting to death that old humanity. Out of that death, a new man in Christ is raised up - one with a new realization and comprehension of the Son of God. The things God has done need to be revealed in their true light. God is not redeeming evil and ignorance - that fleshly, temporal, sinful, Adamic man. He is not improving nor cleansing that old consciousness. We are being delivered out of it; we are being raised out of Adam and ascended into the consciousness of Christ! This is redemption! Christ IS our redemption! 

 

"For consider your calling, brethren, that there were not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble; but God has chosen the foolish things of the world to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to shame the things which are strong, and the base things of the world and the despised, God has chosen, the things that are not, that He might nullify the things that are, that no man should boast before God." (1 Cor. 1:26-29) 

 

Jesus Christ did not come to this earth as a great and noble man. The hierarchy thought it could handle this unlearned man from Galilee. He was nothing in their eyes! He came as one who was meek and lowly in heart, yet He confounded the mighty! The things of this world are the concepts of men and they are foolishness compared to what God knows and thinks. 

 

God has chosen humility, service, non-resistance and love toward others - the things that are not valued by the world, to confound the world. They are diametrically opposed to the desires and aspirations of the world. It wants glory, honor, prestige, money, wealth, health, etc. God is bringing to nothing the things that are, by causing us to see the futility of striving for fame, wealth, worldly honor, and accomplishing a lot in politics and science and economics for posterity. All these things have no value for us now, because God is our sufficiency! He is our life, He is our supply, He is our wisdom! It says, "That no flesh should glory in His presence." When the presence of God comes to us in the spirit, the flesh finds nothing to glory in! It loses its glory in the presence of God! 

 

"But by His doing you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption." (v.30) Christ is our redemption! God has put us in Christ. Isn't that marvelous! Christ, the Son, the Seed of God (for He came out of God), is MADE these things to us! He is not giving these things to us. He has BECOME to us wisdom, righteousness, sanctification, and redemption. Christ is our redemption from death. He is our life! "For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God." (Col 3:3) 

 

LET'S SEE WHO CHRIST IS IN US: 

 

He is our WISDOM: Christ is our wisdom so we don't have to rely upon our own wisdom. 

 

He is our RIGHTEOUSNESS: we don't have to do any works to become righteous. We have been declared righteous by God, and we can't become more righteous by our own works. 

 

He is our SANCTIFICATION: we have been set aside for God! He is our REDEMPTION - we have been redeemed, ransomed, bought back by the mind that is in Christ Jesus. 

 

The Spirit of Christ brings us the understanding of what God is really saying! A natural understanding of the Bible only brings satisfaction to the carnal mind; it only fools us into believing that what the natural aspires to is the end result. We have to repent of that and wait on the Spirit to illumine us. This illumination may come immediately, or it may take awhile. Nevertheless, true understanding will dawn on us. This doesn't come through our mind, through our natural senses or through verbal sounds. It comes to our spirit suddenly and takes on new meaning as we see things spiritually. 

 

It is very dangerous to continue to live in the carnal mind! How wonderful it is to repent and receive Christ as our life! The coming of Christ causes this old man to die. That is the only way we can get rid of him. Light dispels darkness! We can now glory in the Lord, because He is our life now! All these things are out of God. Before we were in Christ we had a false impression of everything. We thought we were entities in ourselves, but now we understand that we actually weren't. We were living in a delusion, in a lie and in darkness. We were opposing ourselves and God. If the natural man does not repent and receive the Christ, he becomes an antichrist. Jesus said that He who is not with Him is against Him! 

 

In truth, the word REPENTANCE is incredible in its depth of meaning! And the law prepared us for repentance! Since natural man could not keep the law, it was to convince us that our attempts to be righteous were folly. Therefore we have to give them up and find out from God how we can be righteous. We have to let Him do it. If we want His righteousness, He'll make us righteous! But of course if we don't want it, we become antichrist. It's as simple as that. 

 

The Adamic man with his carnal mind is destined for death. So there is no use trying to convince oneself that there is redemption for the Adamic man. That is why we need Christ! In Christ we have now been raised up. We are redeemed out of that mind of SELF, out of our wrong attitudes, ideas and understanding about God. Now we can be very comfortable with God because we know that He is just like Jesus was, and He doesn't condemn us! Isn't that wonderful! 

 

Ever since the disruption of the world, when Adam allowed a voice other than God's to supersede the voice of God, the true knowledge of God has been suppressed in man's carnal mind. Man became subservient to a different rule - and God let man continue to be under this rule. Even His Son, His Christ, was subject to it until the fullness of time came. This rule will not come to an end by a big war; it ends through the rule of the meek and lowly Jesus. He allowed Himself to be mishandled by men, just as the Word of God had been mishandled from the beginning. Those who have allowed the Word of God that is in the law to work in them, have come to repentance - for it is the fruit of the law. The Word of God causes us to understand that we are not only repenting of our sins, but of the vessel of sin - for through one man sin entered the world; it entered through his carnal thinking. 

 

Once we see what repentance means, we will no longer try to save ourselves. We now realize there is a new life, a new rule in Christ. Consider what I say, and may the Lord give you understanding. Amen. 

 

PART TWO

 

In this paper I want to continue to share about redemption and further explain what it is. We want to see who is redeemed and how this is accomplished. 

 

"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being by Him; and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being. In Him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness; and the darkness did not comprehend it." (John 1:1-5) In Genesis 1 God began His work by calling light to come forth. That was the light of enlightenment - not the natural light of the sun. His Word reveals who God is. "Let there be light..." Let there be enlightenment, let there be redeemed understanding! 

 

Evening and morning were called a day in Genesis 1. The same God who commanded the light to shine out of darkness in the beginning as recorded in Genesis, has shone in our hearts to give us the knowledge of Jesus Christ. "For God, who said, `Light shall shine out of darkness,' is the One who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ." (2 Cor. 4:6) This light cannot be measured in days, times, seasons or years. This light came out of God, bringing enlightenment in stages. The mind of God is expressed in the Word, and the Word produced forms. The Word produced the progression of a counsel or plan that was implemented by God. "The Word was God." God and the Word are synonymous, or the same! 

 

No human being was present to hear God say, "Let there be light". Nobody heard that voice when it was registered in the letter; nor were those words spoken in a particular language. God simply implemented everything through His spiritual realization. However, Christ was there because He is the Word and all things were made by Him. He is the Son of God, the first-begotten of the Father, the Lamb slain from the disruption of the world! God REVEALED to Peter that Jesus was the Christ, the Son of the living God! (Matt. 16) God reveals Himself to us as the Word, the light, the anointing, the Christ, the Son, the Holy Spirit. They are the manifestations of one mind, one God, one Father of all things; all things were produced by His Word. Everything was made by Him, and nothing was made without Him! 

 

"In Him was life, and His life was the light of men." The Word has life in whatever form (Father, Son, the Holy Spirit) it takes, and this life is the light of men. How can life be the light of man? Light brings enlightenment. It brings us an understanding of what the Word meant and what it is producing - at least to some degree. In the Word was life. The Word is the first-begotten of God. Obviously there wasn't anything that was begotten before the Word. In the beginning was the Word and this Word is Christ. The scriptures make this very clear. 

 

"And the light shines in the darkness; and the darkness did not comprehend it." (Jn. 1:5) This was the light that was in Him! It was not the natural light of the sun, moon and stars, nor humanity's natural understanding. And the darkness was not the natural darkness of the night. The light was life, and it was a revelation of God's mind. It was the greater light that only dwelt in God; it did not dwell in the forms of His creation, but in Himself and in His Word. The darkness that was in mankind did not understand it. It could not comprehend the life that was in Christ, the Word of God. Man's ignorance separated him from God. He was unable to find and understand God. Man with his natural mind and five senses did not really know what God was doing. His natural conception of God kept him from seeing the light in Christ. 

 

It is very difficult for man to believe that his natural conception of God is wrong, so he is unable to lay it down and give it up. He has to know that the spiritual promises of God are true before he can repent of his wrong ideas. He won't take a leap of faith if there is nothing to land on. In order to believe that his natural concepts of spiritual realities are false, he has to believe that Christ is the truth! Then he can repent and turn from his dependence on self, and let God's light come into his darkness! His understanding will then be enlightened! Christ's life was the light of men! 

 

Hearing the voice of the Son of God brings us an understanding of what He is saying. This brings life and causes us to live. (John 5) In Rev. 3:20 it says, "BehoId, I stand at the door and knock; if any one HEARS My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him, and will dine with him, and he with Me." Hearing the voice of God means that we comprehend it, understand it and act upon it! God doesn't speak like humans do; He speaks to us in our spirit. His thoughts are higher than our thoughts as the heavens are higher than the earth. To receive His higher thoughts, we have to relinquish our own lower thoughts. Our problem is that we want to receive knowledge about God and what the Bible says about Him, according to our own understanding. And that is our darkness! But we do not want to believe that we are in darkness! We think we see, so our light is actually darkness. It's like Jesus said, "If therefore the light that is in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!" (Matt. 6:23b) So the light that is in the Adamic man is actually darkness when it comes to comprehending the things of God! 

 

"There came a man, sent from God, whose name was John." (Jn. 1:6) This is John the Baptist. He was of priestly Levitical descent, and should have functioned as a priest in the temple. But God called him out of that! He called him into a lonely desert life so that he might learn God's ways. At the right time he entered the public ministry to preach repentance - the fruit of the law. People were to recognize that their sense of being and appreciation of God were wrong. They were to turn away from that sense of being and receive a new one. The law was to have prepared them for this by showing them that their own righteousness was inadequate! John brought in a new declaration of the covenant by introducing Jesus Christ to them. 

 

"He came for a witness, that he might bear witness of the light, that all might believe through him." (v.7) Jesus Christ is the light; He is the light of the world, and the world doesn't comprehend it. So God sent John to be a witness, that through his light and understanding of spiritual things, we might believe - and believing we might have life in His name! 

 

"He was not the light, but came that he might bear witness of the light." (v.8) John heralded the coming of the One who is light. "There was the true light which coming into the world, enlightens every man." Since Christ is the TRUE light, there has to be a FALSE light, otherwise it wouldn't make sense to talk about a true light. The false lights are believed to be light, but actually they are darkness. That is how the Bible identifies them. 

 

"He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him." (v.10) Because of its ignorance, the world does not recognize the Christ! Ignorance caused Jesus, the Lamb of God (figuratively speaking) to be slain from the disruption of the world! We can only be redeemed by the precious blood of this Lamb. In reality, He was not a lamb, and His blood, even though it was spilled on the cross in the natural, didn't bring the understanding of salvation to anyone. It is the light that brings enlightenment, and this comes to us by the Holy Spirit. 

 

"He came to His own, and those who were His own did not receive Him. But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name." (v. 11-12) Those who receive Him receive the authority to become His children! When our understanding is enlightened, it suddenly dawns on us that we are the sons of God! This is the work of the Holy Spirit! The enlightenment of the Spirit gives us this realization. We are given the authority to confess this. We are to believe it, live in it, and grow in it! 

Children of God are born of God. "Who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God." (v.13) They are not born as the result of man's will, like our natural progeny is. The flesh does not will this - it can't. Children of God are not born of blood because they are spiritual beings. They are born of God! They are regenerated of God - brought into a spiritual understanding by God! This helps us to understand that we weren't born of natural things, but of God! If we, God's children, are living in fear of death, thinking that we are temporal, having an existence that is to end in death, we are living in the darkness and ignorance of the lie. The lie has brought us into a delusion. It is not the good news of the gospel of which we read in the Bible. 

 

"And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth." (v.14) Obviously the Word is greater than the flesh! Yet it was the WORD that was made FLESH! The inherent characteristics of the Word were demonstrated in the flesh, operated in the flesh and used the flesh as a tabernacle for our enlightenment! The light that was in the Word of God lived in the flesh! 

 

The Word is the central object - not the flesh. People have turned their attention on the flesh, the physical Jesus; they cannot see beyond the flesh that veiled His true being. Natural man could not see beyond it, so he could not see the Word that was the life and the light of all men. Nobody understood that until Jesus had divested Himself of His physical body, and God had given His Son to us in the Spirit. 

 

The Word is the only begotten of the Father! The Word has produced the Son and the Word has produced creation! Everything happened through the Word! A great truth is revealed here. The only thing that was ever birthed or generated out of God is His Word. Everything else is produced in forms through the Word. The Word is identified as a Him. He is the light of the world. This is the Messiah Word that John the Baptist heralded. 

 

Jesus went to the Jordan as an ordinary man living under the law; He went there as being in Adam, in the likeness of sinful flesh - in the form of a human being. But when He left the Jordan He had completely fulfilled all the law and the prophets! Some people josh about this, saying that if He fulfilled everything, why are we still like we are? It is simply because we don't believe! 

 

We have to receive the understanding of the Spirit before we can grow in it! We cannot grow in it unless we are already regenerated into spiritual thinking and spiritual realization! Jesus, the Word of God, is light, but if we have not gone through the process of answering John's call to repentance and have not received the Holy Spirit, it has no effect on us. The pattern is given us in Acts 2:38-39 by Peter. He said, "Repent, and let each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is for you and your children, and for all who are far off, as many as the Lord our God shall call to Himself." So the Holy Spirit comes on the basis of a forgiven and cleansed vessel! 

 

As long as we are in Christ, bearing His name, we have forgiveness of sins. The Holy Spirit only indwells a cleansed vessel. He comes to a regenerated person, one who has had his sins forgiven, because the Holy Spirit does not reside in the natural man! The natural man cannot receive the things of the Spirit for they are foolishness to him. He resists spiritual knowledge by operating in the confidence of his own mind. 

 

"And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying, "Abba! Father!" (Gal. 4:6) That is a wonderful start! Many are satisfied with the thought of having forgiveness and going to heaven as they seek to proselytize everyone into that same experience. That is not entering into the fullness of the gospel! 

 

"John bore witness of Him, and cried out saying, `This was He of whom I said, "He who comes after Me has a higher rank than I, for He existed before Me."' For of His fullness we have all received, and grace upon grace. For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth were realized through Jesus Christ." (v.15-17) Grace and truth are not the law! They do not bring condemnation, for they are not dealing with sin. They deal with the truth of who we were before we were enlightened by the Spirit, and who we are after we are enlightened by the Spirit! We begin to see the grace and mercy of God! Now everything else that thought we were and operated in, and the acts we did, come under the grace of God! They do not come under the punishment of the law! 

 

"Now all these things are from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ... namely, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them..." (2 Cor. 5:18-19a) Just think, God was in Christ, reconciling the world to Himself! The world was not reconciled to Jesus - it was reconciled to God! He does not count our sins against us now! We know that Jesus is the truth and He does not lie. The good news of the gospel is that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, and He does not count our trespasses against us! This is the truth, folks, and it is up to us to believe this! Even though people are still sinning, it does not change that fact. If we don't believe this, it is our problem - not God's! 

 

"No man has seen God at any time; the only begotten God" (some manuscripts read SON), "who is in the bosom of the Father, He has explained Him." (Jn. 1:18) That is the Word! The Word, the Son, the only begotten of God, has life. The Son emanates from the Father and identifies Himself as being one with the Father. The Father is the source of the Son; they are the same in their essence. Christ declares the Father. It is ridiculous to think that Jesus has to stand in the gap to shield us from God's wrath - as though God does not love us. Jesus Christ is one with God in every sense of the word and in every sense of the ministry! 

 

Jesus said, "He who has seen Me has seen the Father." (Jn. 14:9b) Jesus came into the world as the light of God, but man's darkness didn't comprehend what the light was saying and revealing. This created a problem. Jesus looked so ordinary that people couldn't recognize His spiritual essence! He spoke in the vernacular of the day, but His words had a deeper meaning; they conveyed the enlightenment that was in Him through the Father! However the hierarchy (those in office) didn't like Him because the people were following Him. This bothered them. They were content with having Moses - he didn't give them any competition! So they sought to kill Jesus. The fact that the leadership wanted to kill Jesus is frequently mentioned. This proves that the crucifixion of Jesus was occurring in the hearts of people before He was nailed to the cross. But even before that, from the disruption of the world, man was crucifying the Christ. (1 Peter 1:18-20) That is why we needed a Redeemer! 

 

"Knowing that you were not redeemed with perishable things like silver and gold from your futile way of life inherited from your forefathers." (1 Peter 1:18) The words REDEMPTION and RANSOM are both used in explaining our deliverance from darkness. REDEMPTION is sometimes translated DELIVERANCE. The Greek word actually means LOOSENING, and it means you are loosed, you are delivered. To be RANSOMED means you are bought back. God is sending us the message that we have been delivered, loosened, redeemed, ransomed or purchased back from the problem of our darkness! Our futile way of life did not come from God but from our forefathers. The things of the Spirit are foolishness to the natural man for he cannot understand them. The wonderful things God has prepared for us have never entered the heart of natural man, so he substitutes his own natural ideas of what will happen to us in heaven, etc. We must not pay any attention to them. 

 

Heaven is the realm of the Spirit - a realm in which God's voice and God's enlightenment operate. Since it is above the realm of the flesh, the flesh can't comprehend the enlightenment that is being brought to us in the spiritual realm. People could see the works of Jesus, but they could not understand them. Neither could they understand what He was saying! They thought He was blaspheming when He called God His Father. Claiming Him as Father automatically meant that He was the Son of God. So they sought to kill Him! 

 

After Jesus was baptized in the Jordan River, God spoke from heaven saying, "This is My beloved Son." Jesus operated in that witness given Him from the Father. Peter also received this revelation, for He said, "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God." And Jesus said, "My Father has revealed this to you." (Matt. 16:17) Peter had not received this through his natural mind but by revelation! Later, after Jesus was arrested, Peter flatly denied that he knew Him. To add emphasis to his denial, he even cursed! How could he deny knowing Jesus after the Father had revealed Christ's identity to him? At that time Peter had not yet received the Holy Spirit. He followed Jesus Christ, but even the revelation that came to him from God did not change him. It is the same for everybody. The revelation that comes to the natural man does not change him, for he cannot receive it. All who follow the Christian message of the church system in the sense that Peter did, will eventually fall, for natural man cannot conceive it in its reality. Since it doesn't register spiritually, it doesn't change him. It can be in his knowledge, and he can try to live up to it, but it doesn't work, because a spiritual message has to come to the spiritual man in order to change him! 

 

"Knowing that you were not redeemed with perishable things...but with precious blood, as of a lamb unblemished and spotless, the blood of Christ." (v.18a, ccc19) The blood and water that flowed out of the body of Jesus symbolize a spiritual truth. It flowed out of His side. And the church comes out of the side of Christ even as Eve was taken out of Adam's side. The Holy Spirit is symbolized by the water, and the consciousness that was in Christ by the blood - for the soul is in the blood. So it is a picture of the church being born of the Holy Spirit, having the consciousness that is in Christ! We are redeemed by the precious blood of Christ! 

 

Only the physical Jesus has been seen by mortal eyes; Christ has never been seen. Jesus began to manifest the Christ at the Jordan River. Before that He lived under the law as an Adamic man, and went through the rites of circumcision, going to the temple and making offerings. His fullness of understanding and calling was not manifested until the Holy Spirit came on Him at the Jordan River. He then began to operate in the Christ - that is in the enlightenment that takes us out of the law, for Christ is the end of the law for all who believe! 

 

It says that we are redeemed by the blood of Christ. This blood cannot be seen any more than His spiritual body can be seen. It is part of that which is beyond the veil. In Lev. 17 most translations say that the life is in the blood. Blood should not be eaten because the life is in the blood. The Hebrew word NEPHESH, which means SOUL, and is usually translated SOUL, is here translated as LIFE. So it is actually the SOUL that is in the blood. In the New Testament we have the same problem. For example, Jn 10:11 says, "...the good shepherd lays down His life for the sheep." The Greek word PSUCHE, usually correctly translated SOUL, is here wrongly translated LIFE. So actually it should read, "The good shepherd lays down His SOUL for the sheep...He gave His SOUL a ransom for many." 

 

Many think a legal transaction took place when Jesus' blood was spilled onto the earth; that somehow this freed them from everything. Just saying, "the blood of Jesus" does not free people from their sin, their sin-consciousness and ignorance. Singing and talking about the blood is not enough. Jesus said, "You have to drink My blood." That certainly is not the blood that flowed from His fleshly body onto the ground. And eating His flesh does not refer to His physical body. He said we have to eat His flesh and drink His blood to receive life. This means we have to eat of Him spiritually, and drink His soul (participate in His nature). People have substituted communion - a wafer for His flesh and a little drink of wine for His blood. When Jesus ate the last Passover together with His disciples, He said, "I shall never again eat it until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God." (Luke 22:16) And in Matt. 26:29 it says, "I will not drink of this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in My Father's kingdom." Since the kingdom of God is within us now, we are partaking, together with Christ, of the same spiritual food and drink! 

 

The kingdom of God is a spiritual kingdom. It is "not meat and drink, but righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit." The kingdom of God is IN the Holy Spirit so it is not in the seen realm. It is the rule of God within us; it is actually the rule of the Holy Spirit that is in Jesus Christ, and given to us through the baptism in the Holy Spirit. It is for NOW as we live here on this earth to lead and guide us in everything! 

 

"...but with precious blood, as of a lamb..." It says AS of a lamb; this is a simile. The Jews would understand this because they had to offer perfect lambs, without blemish and without spot. This means Jesus was spotless in His consciousness and in His relationship with God; He didn't have any blemish, any guilt, nor any sin-consciousness. His mind simply did not receive any wrong ideas. 

 

Christ was slain from the foundation (disruption) of the world. The Greek word KATABOLE, here translated FOUNDATION, actually means CASTING DOWN or DISRUPTING. Its meaning is quite different, in fact almost the opposite of foundation. At the beginning, God's rule in man was in order, but when man sinned, His rule in man was disrupted. When man's pure and undefiled consciousness was destroyed, a consciousness of guilt was spawned by the lies of the enemy. A disruption of God's rule brings death, and this death was passed on to all of Adam's succeeding generations. So in Adam we all die. Man began to live in the delusions of the lie, and lies became his truth. Man became ashamed of God; his offspring became murderers, and all kinds of evil became evident. 

 

But the Christ man, the Christ image of God or the Christ testimony of God that comes in the Word is pure. Jesus Christ came to restore His undefiled consciousness in us. The restoration of His consciousness in man constitutes redemption! We have to be spiritually-minded to grasp this. This restoration redeems us from our carnal mind of death. That is why Christ is our redemption! When He came, every man was dead in Adam. No Adamic human being is going to be saved, because he is dead in his sins and trespasses. Our old man has been crucified together with Christ on the cross, and he is not redeemed. The carnal mind is death; Christ, the Lamb of God, the light, the Word, dwelt in that death. He had to be raised from that mind of death. As we see this spiritually, He becomes our redemption. 

 

In order to experience redemption we first have to recognize that in Adam we are dead. The image of Christ was marred in the hearts of men. Ever since the disruption of the world, Christ, like an innocent lamb, has been slain in the minds of men. Every man's conscience was full of sin. In redemption, we were crucified and raised with Christ. When Christ died, everybody died; when Christ was raised, we were all raised together with Him. He didn't die alone, nor was He raised alone! This is appropriated by faith! So in redemption our wrong image of Christ is being replaced by a true image of Christ, and we receive His consciousness - one which does not have a sin-consciousness! 

 

The old law could not cleanse the conscience. Under the old covenant, sacrifices had to be made continually because they could not take away the consciousness of sins. (Hebrews 10) They could not make the people perfect. Those sacrifices constantly reminded them of their sins; people were never purged completely. But when Christ offered Himself, He took care of sin forever! All our sins have been forgiven, yet we think we need forgiveness every time we sin! We may think God is dealing with sin, and that He is putting pressure on us by giving us a guilt trip as an incentive to stop us from doing our own thing. But that does not come from God, because God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting our trespasses against us. It is our own heart that condemns us! 

 

Here is the key. God is not dealing with the humanity that is in ignorance and darkness, and does not comprehend the light that is in His Word; He is not trying to improve that humanity with its mind of death - nor is He redeeming it. He is redeeming us out of it. We are put into Christ, and Christ is our redemption! God doesn't give us redemption; He IS our redemption and sanctification! He IS our life! He doesn't give us an allotment of eternal life to use as we please. That would not work because God is life, and life can never be separated from Him! That is why Christ said He was one with the Father. Redemption pertains to having the mind of Christ restored to us. This brings about a restoration of the relationship with God that had been lost to humanity. Christ is the redeemer! When we are in Him, we are redeemed. He is the resurrection! When we are in Him we are in resurrection. He is the truth! It is the Spirit of truth that leads us into all truth! 

 

The judgments of God come on the earth through the law of sowing and reaping instituted by God. The evil is in the hearts of unregenerate men! That is where all evil, fighting and hatred originate. Therefore humanity can never get rid of its sins independently of God! The mind of Christ will never dwell in the flesh! Flesh and blood can never inherit the kingdom of God. The flesh lusts against the spirit, and that which is born of flesh is flesh. God has given us Christ, the truth, and those who do not believe are judged because of their unbelief! There is no condemnation in Christ - and God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself! 

 

God is intent on getting us out of the Adamic humanity and putting us into the new man! This brings about a complete separation from the Adamic humanity! Through one man death entered the world, and death through sin. When we grasp this, we realize that God deals with the death of a man to bring us into Christ who is the resurrection, and then we are new creatures in Christ Jesus! Wow! 

 

But what about our sin-consciousness? As we grow in Christ it disappears, just as light drives out darkness. When enlightenment comes, darkness goes. Growth takes place as we continually receive light; it's a progression. But we cannot grow from the old man into the new man; we cannot grow in it before we have been placed into the new man. We can't grow from a guilt-consciousness to a cleansed consciousness. We first have to understand and believe what we are in Christ in God, namely, that we are regenerated, reborn, sons of God, having received the Spirit! Then we can grow! Through the law is the knowledge of sin. If people keep preaching sin, they are preaching the law. 

 

"For He was foreknown before the foundation of the world, but has appeared in these last times for the sake of you." (1 Peter 1:20) So His manifestation is for us! It was to bring us back into what He is! Christ went through the process of identifying with us to the extent of submitting to the baptism of repentance, then receiving the Holy Spirit. His manifestation took place in the flesh because there was no other way He could reach us, for natural man doesn't hear the Spirit! Man walks in total ignorance until someone who operates in the Spirit begins to testify what the Spirit is saying. 

 

The Jews didn't like the spiritual testimony of Jesus Christ. It did not fit in with their own ideas, so they put Him away. But that didn't stop God's plan! In fact, He had planned all along to send the Holy Spirit for all those who believe. If we receive that, we begin to function in the mind of Christ, and begin to understand the enlightenment that is in the Word. "Who through Him are believers in God, who raised Him from the dead and gave Him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God." (1 Peter 1:21) We were raised together with Him! This is appropriated through faith! 

 

"Since you have in obedience to the truth purified your souls for a sincere love of the brethren, fervently love one another from the heart." (v.22) This is genuine love. "For you have been born again not of seed which is perishable but imperishable, that is, through the living and abiding word of God." (v.23) Incorruptible seed can never be corrupted by sin! Never! It was not corrupted in the beginning, nor will it ever be! Christ is the incorruptible seed of which we were born! The Word of God, Christ Jesus, has regenerated us into a new creation and it has spiritual understanding! Therefore it is entirely separate from the Adamic man; it is a flawless new creation and cannot be corrupted! 

 

In Rom. 7:17 Paul said, "So now, no longer am I the one doing it, but sin which indwells me." He repeats this in v. 20. This is hard for us to understand, but it is true nevertheless. Furthermore, in Gal. 2:20 he said, "I have been crucified with Christ; and 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 faith in the Son of God, who loved me, and delivered Himself up for me." The life part is the Christ; the death part is the old humanity. We need to come to an understanding of our separation from death. The Word of God lives and abides forever, but flesh is like the grass, and the glory of man is the flower of grass, and the grass withers and fades away, but God's Word goes on forever. We live by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God! 

 

"But by His doing you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption." (I Cor. 1:30) Christ is made this in us and as us. Christ is our life and our existence! He is our everything! This is what God has done for us in Christ! The law could not do it, and natural man could not understand it. 

 

There is so much more to know about the blood and redemption, but for now this is it. Take heed to what I say, and may God give you the understanding! Amen!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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