THE WORD MADE FLESH
KEVIN C. BLACKER, SR.
FEBRUARY 17, 2008
THE PRIVILEGE of SIGHT and HEARING
UNITY WITH THE FATHER
SPIRIT of REGENERATION
THE PRIVILEGE OF SIGHT AND HEARING
Rev. 2:7(WNT): “Let all who have ears give heed to what the Spirit is saying to the Churches. To him who overcomes I will give the privilege of eating the fruit of the Tree of Life, which is in the Paradise of God.”
Some have suggested the existence of privilege of entitlement but without any stipulations. This may seem easy to answer; however, let’s first consider this belief from careful examination of the scriptures. In daily life, we tend to take a lot of things for granted. Sometimes losing a privilege reminds us that it was a right, but it is only a right if we haven’t violated the laws governing the privilege.
It is believed by some that they have a right to drive a car, but violation of certain driving laws can result in a loss of this driving privilege. We can complain all daylong of having lost the privilege, but until we meet the requirements to gain back our privilege we’ll not be legally allowed to drive. We could still drive our car, but when stopped will still be in violation and subject to even greater judgments. God’s dealings with man are much the same way.
God does not have to answer our demands on our terms. There doesn’t exist in the kingdom of God entitlement without stipulations. Do we not have to submit unto the terms God sets forth in order to receive the privilege of the Life He offers to us? It is also believed God is going to bring them into full reconciliation to Him without any involvement of the submission of their will. They believe He is just going to do it, but they are unsure of just exactly how it will happen. If it’s without my will I have no responsibility; therefore, there is no need of my submission to what might be required. This is the belief of many. A search of the scriptures always gives us the answer. The answer can be plainly set before us, but if there is a veil over our hearts we might be unable to see (2 Cor. 3:12-18).
Fear often hinders our walk with the Lord. If we’re fearful of this unanswered question then the fear of dying to our independence is what is keeping us from seeing the answer. The fear of death will become a barred gate keeping us from the treasure hidden on the other side (Gen. 2:17). As we explore these thoughts, I hope that you’ll come to see and hear the path that leads to Life – Jesus (Heb. 2:15). God is leading us away from the path of self-will which leads us from the path of Life, God’s will.
I’ve been lost at times in my life. To find a way back to the path of life, we must first realize that we are lost. Many wander around for a time trying to find a familiar marker to take them back on course. It isn’t easy to admit that we are lost, even though it is obvious to others. The problem is that we are all born lost and out of The Way.
When it came time for Israel to be lead from their captivity not a one knew freedom by experience. All had their own imaginations as to what freedom meant, yet none truly knew, and this is where we are today. We are born into the captivity of sin and death and have no idea that we are lost, much less where we are at. We aimlessly wonder about in hopes of finding the satisfaction of Life, but we never seem to find it. At times, we search down a path in hope only to come to a dead end filled with self-effort. Some may stop to give us directions, but we don’t think we need their advice. Perhaps, we think their advice will misdirect us. The truth is we are blind to the path of Life, the truth and light of God, and don’t realize it. It isn’t until He sees something in our heart, through all our vain searching’s, that He touches our hearing. He alerted me to a Way that I’d never traveled.
In the spring of 1975, voices singing as a choir seemed to surround me. I neither understood the language nor understood the source. Spinning around, I saw the news was still on TV and the stereo was off. Suddenly as it had come it was gone, leaving me shocked and shaken. I wasn’t raised in church nor had I heard of such an experience. The reality was God had allowed me to hear something that had been beyond my ability to hear. Did He then force me to follow a Way in which I had no map, or was I left with choice? I knew my will was in jeopardy. I would have to surrender my will in order to follow, whatever that meant.
Since I wasn’t quite ready to follow, I ran from my invisible pursuer. I neither knew where He’d come from nor where He’d gone. For eight months my thoughts were filled with this experience. It is a call for submission. When truth is heard a response comes forth. If we’ve truly heard, then the response of obedience will be the evidence. What I’d heard had yet to find root in me. I didn’t understand the experience as the voices and sounds were still confusing to me.
1 Pet. 3:11-12: “Let him turn from evil, and do good; let him inquire for peace and go in pursuit of it. For the eyes of the lord are upon the righteous, and his ears are open to their supplication; but the face of the lord is set against evil-doers.”
During eight months of open rebellion to what I’d heard, I tried to give my heart to Jesus several times with no response from my pursuer. What was I doing wrong? What wasn’t being understood? After all, He’s the one that called me. The fact was I had reservation. In my heart I was going to try it and if I didn’t like this new path I’d go back to my old path. God wasn’t after me to say I was sorry or to just turn me from the path I was on. All of this was a part of my experience, but Jesus still was looking for something more.
Conrad C. Donald has written several booklets on the subject of repentance or submission. These booklets will bless the reader with the beauty of unveiled truth. Now 83 years old, he has sat on the backside of the desert writing for the past forty years. (Address given on request) God unveiled to him the true meaning of the words metanoeo and metanoia translated repent and repentance. These words don’t mean to do penance as the Latin Volgate suggests. Jerome, in translating the New Testament into Latin, translated metanoeo (verb form) and metanoia (noun) using paenentia or paenitens. These Latin words mean do penance. Quoting from Conrad’s booklet:
The word metanoia is made up of two words: meta (after) and noia (mind). The verb would then have been understood as to have the after mind and the noun would be after mindedness. Three English words must be employed to express the Greek meaning: submit, yield and ease. We can submit to but we cannot submit from. The Greek word goes both ways but there is no English word which will do this. The word ease must step in when from is present. ‘Come unto me, all you that labor and are heavy laden…’ Matthew 11:28. This is an invitation to submit to and to be released or eased from a burden. The word isn’t present in this text, but the idea is.
There are times when examples can be given to define a word rather than attempting to explain its meaning.
Joshua demands complete submission when he declares, ‘Choose you this day whom you will serve.’ Joshua 24: 14, 15. Submission without qualification was required. He set the example when he said, ‘as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.’ His mind, on the day he spoke those words, would also be his mind in the future days. He had the after mind. It mattered not what the future circumstances might be; he submitted himself to God with an after mind being the same as the present mind. This is the meaning of metanoia; submission without reservation is the exact English meaning. Ruth declared this same after mindedness (submission) to Naomi when she said, ‘…Wherever you go, I will go, and wherever you lodge, I will lodge, your people shall be my people and your God my God’, Ruth 1:16. They could be better translated submit and submission. No future circumstances could alter her commitment. She was not her present-mindedness with the possibility of a different attitude later due to a change of mind. She made a true submission not subject to any alteration. This is what the writers of the New Testament knew to be metanoia—aftermindedness; submission. When the word metanoia is used in scripture, it always conveys one single message – submission to God without qualified reservation
The turning point in my life was when I read the following bible verses and heard in my heart:
Luke 9:62, “And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.”(Also Rom. 12:1)
The scripture is stating this must be done without reservation holding nothing back. How can you have faith without submission? Neither can one have submission without faith. There is a good test as to which tree we are eating of. Are we in submission to God without reservation, now or in the future? You’re not the one that can answer the question, only God can confirm this truth. He, the Word, and the Spirit give witness (1 John 5:7). We can’t bear witness of ourselves.
We must begin to hear by the Spirit in the inner man of the heart. He is leading us into a new country and the road signs are written in a different language. If we are in violation of its laws, ignorance is no excuse. Although God is merciful to our unrighteousness, we still need to understand the language so that we may obey the new laws governing our new country. He is bringing us back into agreement with the laws of The Spirit. The old laws were of the region of sin and death (Rom. 8:2).
Adam and Eve became self-willed (so they thought) forsaking the path of Life which was full submission unto God’s commandments. They entered into the realm of darkness. The light they once enjoyed is now obscured from them. Instead of living by every Word that came from Father, now they are in fear of His voice. Why? Because of what was now hidden in their hearts: darkness and a lie.
A lie is the twisting of truth. They believed that they can have life outside of union with God. Instead of walking with God, they are alone. Their hearing is altered, hearing by self intelligence. “… I was afraid, because I was naked…” (Gen. 3:8) God was no longer their source of wisdom. After all, this is exactly what the serpent tells her in verse 6: wise means intelligent. He lies about the part of dying. Also, they became naked. When it said, “…both naked … and were not ashamed” (Gen.2:25), there was nothing in them to be ashamed of. Then in Gen.3:10, “…I was afraid, because I was naked …” This word naked (erom–nudity) goes back to the word that described the serpent as being subtle (Arum–cunning, crafty, prudent, subtil). Aram is the primitive root; properly to be (or make) bare; smoothness, be cunning) and is also the same root of erom-nudity. They are now thinking like the serpent. They have left the life of manifesting the image of God and are now manifesting the image of the serpent. This is the shame which they are trying to hide. Instead of having authority over the beasts of the field, now the beast had power over them (Gen.1:24-28, 3:1)
Once we understand that which was lost and what country and life they roamed away from, we’ll then understand more clearly the path that God is bringing us back into. It is plain that we’ll not find it through our own intelligence, but we will find it through the mind of Christ. Jesus is The Way and we need to hear His voice. Saul, the Pharisee, was a prime example of this kind of self intelligence. Even his name Saul comes from a primitive root: (Shaal) meaning, asked, to inquire; to request; to demand. This is the way of the unconverted, “Always learning, but never being able to come to a full knowledge of the truth” 2 Tim. 3:7 (LITV). They want to know about God, but they did not want to come into the full acknowledgement of Him. One of the first things you notice as a new Christian is the reproach that comes from walking in the same way with Christ.
Rev. 19:14 (WNT) “The armies in Heaven followed Him–mounted on white horses and clothed in fine linen, white and spotless.”
Follow means; ‘to be in the Same Way with.’
To recognize someone means to also acknowledge acquaintance with. In John 3:1-2, “Nicodemus … came to Jesus by night…” The reason was he doesn’t want to bare the reproach of being associated with Christ (Mat.10:33), a good sign whether someone is walking with Christ. You’ll not seek nor desire this relationship without being submitted or yielded to God without reservation. (Matt. 10:33; 16:24; 26:34; 2Tim. 2:13; Tit. 1:16)
Saul’s hearing was only carnal intelligence after the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. Going to a bible college will not open your spiritual ears or eyes. As a matter of fact, encountering Jesus, the light of the world, will blind you to the carnal sight that you once had. In Acts 9:9, Saul hears and submits without reservation. The change of name testifies to this fact: He began to be called Paul (Acts13:9). Paul-Paulus meaning little, to stop, restrain, quit, desist, and come to an end. Paul has come to the end of the self-life and begins to find his strength in God (2Cor.12:10)
I’d like to return to 2 Cor. 3:12-18 to explore these passages a little deeper. Paul is making plain (not hiding) the light of God’s heart towards man. He is referring back to when Moses put a veil over his face (Ex. 34:28-35). Understanding what transpired at this time with Moses will help us to understand what Paul is seeing.
In Ex. 32-33, Moses’ delay in coming down from the mount helps to reveal the weakness of idolatry hidden in their hearts. This is also happening with Christians today when God delays. When not fixed in God, the enemy will be able to move us out of The Way. They worship the false gods of the Egyptians while in Egypt, so when Moses delays they fall back to their old ways of worshiping false images. They are looking for an excuse to turn back: To follow the God of Moses is requiring too much of their wills. They are stiff-necked or self-willed. Their self-will is becoming a barrier keeping them from the blessings of God.
Exod. 32:8, “They have turned aside quickly out of the way which I commanded them…”
Exod. 33:3, “Unto a land flowing with milk and honey: for I will not go up in the midst of thee; for thou art a stiffnecked people: lest I consume thee in the way.”
God wants to dwell in the centre of them, but their hearts keep God from doing so. When they see the glory upon the face of Moses, their hearts aren’t ready for that kind of God encounter. This is why Moses puts a veil over his face while speaking to the people. So today, nothing has changed; the heart condition still needs to turn. These things happened as a pattern for us to learn from (1 Cor. 10:16). Today God is calling us to surrender in full submission, instructing us to turn from the stubbornness of our self will and to serve Him with all our hearts and all our minds.
2 Cor. 3:12-17:
Seeing then that we have such hope, we use great plainness of speech: And not as Moses, which put a veil over his face, that the children of Israel could not steadfastly look to the end of that which is abolished: But their minds were blinded: for until this day remaineth the same veil untaken away in the reading of the old testament; which veil is done away in Christ. But even unto this day, when Moses is read, the veil is upon their heart. Nevertheless when it shall turn to the Lord, the veil shall be taken away. Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.
Although the glory, the image of the Lord, the transforming Life is available, the heart condition is the barrier that keeps us out. Many are still waiting upon God to do something, but He is waiting upon us to do something: turn our hearts. If we are forced, then we are not giving of our heart freely. John 12:32, “And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw (to drag) all men unto me.” He’ll drag us by His unrelenting love. Not resting until every knee is willingly bowed and partaking of His wondrous grace through faith from a heart that is fully submitted with no reservations (Is. 45:23; Rom. 14:11; Php. 2:10).
2 Cor. 3:18, “But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.”
In so doing, He’ll pull back the veil from off of our hearts. And when He does pull back the veil, we’ll see Him in a brand New Way, by the revelatory vision that will change us into the image of the one we’re beholding (Matt.16:18). This isn’t a onetime thing.
Years ago a speaker taught on the word turn and what he said still rings true to me today. He said, “Some in the west think this word turn is a onetime experience as in your salvation. Turn doesn’t mean just one time, but is a circular word; meaning over and over again.” This doesn’t mean you’re backsliding and having to come back to God again. This means every time you see something in your heart that isn’t turned toward the Lord, when you turn He’ll pull back the veil over and over again. Notice that it is from glory to glory; over and over in an ever increasing measure of clarity. You’re not looking in a mirror and seeing yourself. You’re seeing Him as if looking in a mirror and you are changed by seeing Him as He is: We see Him and not ourselves.
Continuing with the question of entitlement without accountability or requirements, we see in the preceding verses a turning or submitting of our hearts is being required in order for the veil to be removed. Yielding is required in order to benefit from what is being offered. Webster dictionary: Yielding 1: to give way 2: to give place (syn) relinquish, cede, waive, submit, capitulate, defer.
Heb. 12:25: “Be careful not to refuse to listen to Him who is speaking to you. For if they of old did not escape unpunished when they refused to listen to him who spoke on earth, much less shall we escape who turn a deaf ear to Him who now speaks from Heaven” (See also Matt. 13:9-23; John 12:40-43)
And he said, Go, and tell this people, Hear ye indeed, but understand not; and see ye indeed, but perceive not. 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. But yet in it shall be a tenth, and it shall return, and shall be eaten: as a teil tree, and as an oak, whose substance is in them, when they cast their leaves: so the holy seed shall be the substance thereof.
Adam and Eve try to cover the sin hidden in the loins of their minds with fig leaves of lifeless works, cut off from the flow of life, and so are all outside of Christ. As we receive the Holy Seed of Christ, our regeneration, it must come to maturity in order to be eaten. We must continue to abide in the Vine and the flow of the Life of Christ. (John 15:5) The sign of maturing is when we cast off the unfruitful works of our rebellious self-will. When we turn our hearts away from listening, we can lose the gift of having an ear to hear. We shouldn’t take this gift for granted. When we do not judge ourselves God has to bring rods of correction in order to remove the idolatry from our hearts. He does this out of Love (Heb. 12:6).
When we quit listening, all of a sudden we can’t hear. Then we begin the search of our hearts as to what took place causing this deafness. The problem isn’t with God, but with what has found its way into our heart. Until we understand where our heart roamed away, the eyes and ears will remain closed. It is plain, entitlement with accountability are a part of God’s Kingdom; otherwise, we’d be benefactors of the treasures of the Kingdom of God without being subject to its King. Accountability requires responsibility and being answerable for one’s acts and decisions. When there is no responsibility, there’s no need for submission. You can’t have faith without submission, nor have submission without faith.
Eph. 2:8, “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
John 12:28-29: “Father, glorify thy name. Then came there a voice from heaven, saying, I have both glorified it, and will glorify it again. The people therefore, that stood by, and heard it, said that it thundered: others said, An angel spake to him.”
The people hear something, but their level of hearing isn’t enough to be changed by what they are hearing. Many people hear the word, but have no understanding of what is being said. Lack of understanding isn’t always the speakers fault, but the lack of understanding is dependent upon the condition of the heart of the receiver. Ultimately, God has the responsibility of creating us, through whatever means He sees necessary to accomplish this task, “the design of His own will….so that we should be devoted to the extolling of His glorious attributes” (Eph.1:11-12) This grace is accomplished through faith; this gift He has given grows into full submission to His will. We come into union with His will. Mary said to the messenger Gabriel in Luke 1:38, “I am the Lord’s maidservant,” and Mary replied; “may it be with me in accordance with your words!” And then the angel left her.
She submits to the will of God without reservation. She turns away from her path and gave her whole heart unto the purposes of God that He determined for her and the Seed of Christ. A word that gives independence from submission to God’s will isn’t liberty, but it is a word of bondage that will keep you bound behind the bars of sin and death separated from the Way of The Tree of Life.
UNITY WITH THE FATHER
The purpose of this writing is to unify in The Christ, who is Jesus and His Body, in union with Father, our source of Aionios Life.
“‘Question everything.’ Truth is never threatened, so it never minds being questioned. It is error that despises being questioned. If someone doesn’t have proper answers, you can know that something’s not quite right with their position.” An excerpt from the booklet “Unlimited, Unmerited, Unrequested Atonement” authored by Mr. Common Reason.
When we see ourselves beyond the bible and the laws of the Spirit we are in lawlessness (1Tim. 1:9). The Law is defined as regulation or principles. The argument is that grace has set them free from the law of a carnal commandment. When the subject of obedience is brought up, an accusation of trying to bring them back under the law comes forth. One isn’t under the law until they’re in violation of the law. Jesus paid my debt and now I’m in service to the one who paid my debt, Jesus. I’m no longer in service to the law of sin and death, but to the law of the Spirit of Life (Lev. 25:47-53, Rom. 6:22).
2 Cor. 3:17, “Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.”
To claim liberty in Christ, we must be submitted to Christ. How can we have faith in Christ if we aren’t submitting to the Will of the Kingdom of God? Walking in the Will of God in our earth is Kingdom Life (Matt. 6:10).
Act 5:29, “Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, we ought to obey (peitharcheo) God rather than men.”
peitharcheo: to be persuaded by a ruler, that is, (generally) to submit to authority; by analogy to conform to advice: – hearken, obey (magistrates).
Mat 8:27, “But the men marveled, saying, what manner of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey (hupakouo) him!”
hupakouo: to hear under (as a subordinate), that is, to listen attentively; by implication to heed or conform to a command or authority: hearken, be obedient to, and obey.
These scriptures show even the elements obey the voice of Jesus. Jesus is in unity with Father, and Father calms the wind to demonstrate the truth of this unity. Notice that the wind hears His voice (John 8:54). The wind didn’t first think about whether to obey the command, because the Creator had total control. Peter and the other apostles are not forced against their will to obey, but they have a choice and that choice manifests the condition of the heart. When we truly hear the Lord’s voice, the evidence that we hear is our obedience.
Rom. 3:31 “Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid: yea, we establish the law.”
When man is self-willed, eating of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, he is becoming a law unto self. Man is deciding from his own intellectual viewpoint as to what is good and evil. He is no longer submitting unto the law of the Holy Spirit. The sting of death is sin. Death occurs in the natural body when the spirit departs from the body (1Cor.15:55-56). As it is in the natural, so also it is in the spirit: Adam and Eve disobey the Word of Life and, therefore, feel the sting of death. Adam and Eve try to hide their shame, but nothing can be hidden from the eyes of God (Gen.3:8). We have come full circle, putting our faith not in an outward commandment, but in full submission “to the power of an indissoluble life” (LITV Heb.7:16). God is bringing us back into the unity of His Spirit through Jesus (2Cor.3:3, 18; 1Cor.2:10; 1Cor.12:8-9; Gal.3:2, 3, 5; Eph.2:18).
Rom. 7:11, “For sin, taking occasion by the commandment, deceived me, and by it slew me.”
But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. O wretched man that I am! Who shall deliver me from the body of this death? I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh (sarx) the law of sin.
Sarx- human nature when referring to man and Christ nature when referring to Jesus: -carnal (-ly, + -ly minded), flesh ([-ly]).
There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh (sarx), but after the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.” That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh (sarx), but after the Spirit. So then they that are in the flesh (sarx) cannot please God. But ye are not in the flesh (sarx), but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his. And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. 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. Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh (sarx), to live after the flesh (sarx). For if ye live after the flesh (sarx), ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live. For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.
Our relationship to the will of The Spirit, flowing out from God, gives liberty showing a requirement of submission to the Law of the Spirit which will result in a change of nature. This nature change brings us into agreement with the character of the Spirit. When the choice is made not to submit, there will be no other avenue to partake of the Spirit of Life. Righteousness can only be fulfilled through the Spirit of Christ. We enter in through the veil of His flesh (sarx-Christ nature) (Heb. 10:20). When do we know we’re in right order? God gives witness of His approval or endorsement (1 John 5:6-7). We can never get above the Throne of God in our lives. We are to remain before His Throne whether it is day or night. God’s Spirit dwelling among us is His witness of our union with His Word (Rev. 7:15). We must be exercised in hearing (obeying) our Captain’s voice.
Luke 8:14-15(LITV): “And those falling in the thorn bushes…do not bear to maturity. And those in the good ground, these are the ones who in a right and good heart, hearing the Word, they hold it and bear fruit in patience.”
Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? The words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works. Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works’ sake. Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.
The one thing these scriptures are saying is that we have to be in the Father and He in us. The word ‘in’ means: a fixed position, a position of rest. If He is fixed in us, then we also are to be fixed in Him. We’re not to be moveable. The Word must remain in us in order to bear fruit (James1:21). Immature fruit is not fit for eating. For instance, eating immature apples have been known to cause death. Staying attached to the vine is necessary to mature properly.
Peter asks John to ask Jesus who of the disciples would betray Jesus? (John 13:24) Peter doesn’t realize what is in his own heart. He thinks his heart is fixed and nothing in him is out of tune with Jesus or out of The Way. He hasn’t sinned yet, but Jesus knows the seed of iniquity is still buried in his heart needing to be removed. Peter is blind to the fact that a tare of the seducer still hides in his own heart. It was sown into him while he was asleep. (Matt. 13:25) Jesus tells Peter he can’t follow Him where He is going, not yet, and that he will first deny Him three times before the cock crows (Mark 14:30,68,72). Love doesn’t leave us in our fallen condition. Jesus had a plan for its removal and He has a plan for ours.
Psa. 111:10, “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments: his praise endureth for ever.”
Consider what takes place in his conversion: first, Peter is put to the proof and is found wanting or moveable; secondly, he is called back to the fold; and thirdly, he’s given instruction where to meet the Lord and he comes with a steadfast resolve.
Luke 22:31-32, “And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat: But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen (to set fast, to turn resolutely) thy brethren.”
Mark 16:7, “But go and tell His disciples and Peter that He is going before you into Galilee: and that there you will see Him, as He told you.”
John 21:15, “So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these?”
Jesus draws him back into the fold and leads Peter back into an agreement of heart. Not many days later, on the day of Pentecost, empowered by the Holy Spirit, he is an immoveable force to be reckoned with.
Psa. 57:7, “My heart is fixed, O God, my heart is fixed: I will sing and give praise.”
Reconciliation is not just that God has purposed to save all creation; but how he is going to do it, and what the condition is He is bringing us to. Many believe He is unable to save creation by converting every man into the unity of Christ. Can every man be turned resolutely towards God? Can God convert every man to where that man is not able to be seduced away by the enemy? (1 Cor. 15:28, Isa. 45:23, Rom. 14:11, Php. 2:10-11, 1 Cor. 12:3)
He is big enough, He is powerful enough, and He does love you enough. The belief that it is finished at the cross, or the belief it was finished before the foundation of the world, or the belief the change will just happen prevents us from turning resolutely to the Lord. Perhaps we hold on to the belief there exists in us no need for change. Caution! We must be cautious to discern the voice of the son of perdition still inhabiting the temple of God showing that he is god (2 Thes. 2). The voice suggesting Life outside of abiding in the Word (rhema) of God is pernicious to the soul (Luke 4:4). Recognizing that which is trying to preserve itself at the expense of our Spirit led life is crucial (Gen. 3:4, Rom. 8:14). God’s determination is not to make us puppets, even though it is in His power to do so. He could command us as He did the wind, but His purpose is far greater. His determination is that He is big enough, wise enough, and by the same way He did us, to compel every heart to his love, willingly. As we willingly turn our hearts acknowledging Him fully, we enter into the Unity of the Faith without force.
Some believe God is going to bring this about without submission; they’re just waiting on God to accomplish it without their involvement. Believing that submission is not required, but somehow He’ll still bring us into the Unity of Christ, is to be forced against our will.
He knows what it’ll take to get the job done without force. Our hearts aren’t in it if we are forced. Quoting from the poet John Milton, “Who overcomes by force, hath overcome but half his foe.” God is turning us whole-heartedly back to Him. I believe every knee shall bow whole-heartedly converted and obedient to every Word that comes from the Father, not because they have to, but because they want to. Father wants the whole heart of every soul, willingly, fully, and freely given in total obedience to His every Word, because His Words are Life. It is not to be given legalistically, but to be given from the heart. This is how big I see Him. My heart goes out to the first fruit company. They have run against the current of the muddy river of idolatry, but His reward is with Him to give to those that have not denied His name.
John 14:15, “If ye love me, keep my commandments.”
Can we fulfill His commandments after the legalism of Mt. Sinai (Pentecost)? Pentecost is our encounter with the Law of the Spirit of God, which reveals our condition of heart, even as it exposed the idolatry of Israel. Forty years of learning to be led of the Spirit took place before Israel was ready to enter the promise land. Those unwilling, died in the wilderness (Exod. 32).
It is daring to suppose, as Ananias and Sapphira, idolatry can be hidden (Acts 5:1-10). Trying to perform outward obedience, in the presence of the Spirit and Kingdom of God, brings judgment upon the kingdom of darkness hidden in their hearts. A new Day brings a new Way. Fooling others with legalism, serving only outwardly, while hiding iniquity in the heart does not go unseen – the Lord sees all (John 4:24). Even though God uses whatever means necessary to convert the heart, His dealings with Ananias and Sapphira were not without love. I trust He’ll always deal from love’s viewpoint even while chastening to bring about necessary purging.
Leaven in the bread (active sin) requires being baked in an oven (put through the fire) to stop its activity. Grace isn’t meant to excuse sin, but to bring sin to an end through processing. Adam and Eve fail in their outward attempt of legalism by trying to fulfill the law through the strength of the flesh (sarx-carnal nature) (Gen. 3:7-8). Instead of an outward serving of God, the Word (Law) of God written in the heart brings about true unity (Rom. 8:2, 6). Obeying the law, when it isn’t in the heart to do so, is to see God only as our Lord, Master, and Owner (Baali). Hearts must change to see Him as Champion (Ishi). A change in the way He is perceived must happen: The heart has to be won. (Hosea 2:14-16)
When the use of force becomes necessary to bring us under the law, this serves to show the laws are not written in the heart. He is taking the law and placing it where it is no longer in the way – placing it in the heart. Jesus, the perfect example of a heart completely submitted without reservation to Father, is the example of The Way. Knowing no Life outside of Father, He is our example to follow (Isa.11:10). God uses the law as mediator and school master between man and God until Christ. Once we place our faith in submitting unto the cross of Christ, then the law is no longer necessary to enforce obedience. Now, we no longer serve Him through an outward law (concealing a heart of disobedience) but through faith in the Law of the Spirit of Life- our regeneration (Gal. 2:20).
Heb. 10:16, “THIS IS THE COVENANT THAT I WILL MAKE WITH THEM AFTER THOSE DAYS,’ SAYS THE LORD: ‘I WILL PUT MY LAWS UPON THEIR HEARTS AND WILL WRITE THEM ON THEIR MINDS;”
2 Pet. 1:17, “For he received from God the Father honor and glory, when there came such a voice to him from the excellent glory, this is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”
Not focusing on being pleasing in God’s sight, but focusing entirely on receiving God’s love, is to miss a crucial point. Jesus was pleasing to Father; consequently, He was given Father’s acknowledgment of Him. This acknowledgment, this relationship, from Father isn’t meant to be exclusive to Jesus.
John 8:29, “And he that sent me is with me: the Father hath not left me alone; for I do always those things that please him.”
When in agreement with the Father, the Word, and the Spirit, His acknowledgement testifies the hearts are correctly joined together. These two hearts in agreement, with nothing hidden or held back in fear, achieve complete union. Confessing our sins, that which isn’t in agreement with His heart, He faithfully forgives and cleanses all unrighteousness. As we saw concerning Peter, this cleansing of unrighteousness does not take place instantaneously.
Father’s promise to us is His life, which can not be moved into corruption – yet The Way of it can be forsaken.
John 1:33, “I did not yet know Him, but He who sent me to baptize in water said to me, The One on whom you see the Spirit coming down, and remaining, He it is who baptizes in the Holy Spirit.”
God is calling to those that have an ear to hear what the Spirit is speaking, His first fruit company, to turn their whole hearts to Him acknowledging every Word flowing out from Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit. This is the one that obeys My voice and whose Words are not his Words but are My Words
The Aion Life of Father, through His Son, has permeated the orderly arrangements of this present evil aion (life of the age) leaving no place to hide. Life flowing out from God will over flow and burn up all that opposes His Kingdom, making alive all that turn with bowed knee in submission. This large and mighty Wave of His Presence is overflowing all other aions of the past. Do not turn against the flow. The time is now to turn and flow with God in order to be carried into the new heights of the Life of His Aion in which no darkness abides.
Isa. 18:3, “All ye inhabitants of the world, and dwellers on the earth, see ye, when he lifteth up an ensign on the mountains; and when he bloweth a trumpet, hear ye.”
He concludes all dead in trespasses and sins, so He might forgive all (2 Cor. 5:14). Forgiveness isn’t the conclusion and end of His grand plan. Reconciliation is not that God is being reconciled to us and our darkness, but reconciliation is that we are coming back into agreement with Him who is light.
The serpent seduces Eve from The Way. Eve roams away from the truth believing a twisted Word and, in so doing, forsakes the path of Life. Eve has Father’s Word, but that Word is not written in her heart. His Words are not fixed and set in her to where they are immoveable. Rather than being separated from Eve (Soul), Adam also eating comes into agreement with Eve (his seduced Soul) forsaking unity with God. Adam was unwilling to die to his soul’s way of thinking; consequently, they both were to lose the Breath (Holy Spirit, Anointing, light) of Olam (O.T.)/Aion (N.T.) Life. Adam loves Eve (his Soul) more than he loves his unity with God. Jacob, however, (representing the Overcomers), learns through his wilderness experience to rule in the Spirit.
Gen. 31:32, “With whomsoever thou findest thy gods, let him not live: before our brethren discern thou what is thine with me, and take it to thee. For Jacob knew not that Rachel had stolen them.”
Gen. 31:34, “Now Rachel had taken the images, and put them in the camel’s furniture, and sat upon them. And Laban searched all the tent, but found them not.”
Jacob (The regenerated Spirit man in processing) makes an oath that he will not be in agreement with idolatry, even if it is Rachel (his soul). Jacob makes a vow, “with whomsoever” and God holds him to that Word. Even though Laban doesn’t find the idols, God still judges Jacob by the words of his mouth (Matt.12:36-37). Spiritually this is a good thing.
And they journeyed from Bethel; and there was but a little way to come to Ephrath672
(Fruitfulness; another name for Bethlehem/house of bread) and Rachel travailed… she was in hard labor…And it came to pass, as her soul was in departing, (for she died) that she called his name Benoni (son of my sorrow): but his father called him Benjamin (son of my right hand).
Rachel, while nearing the gates of fruitfulness, still has idolatry hidden in her heart. When the soul (mind, will, and passions) hides false images of gods, the old soul has to die. Coming into agreement with the idolatrous soul is not acceptable in God’s eyes. From Rachel’s viewpoint to bring forth the Son of my Right hand will be the Son of her sorrow; thus, paying with her life (soul) to bring forth this Son. The regenerated Spirit man will also lose what he holds as dearest, the idolatrous soul. Anything valued more than the Life of Christ will have to be laid down (Luke 17:33).
God has already told Jacob his name is to be called Israel (Gen. 32:28), but sometimes it takes awhile to come into agreement with what God sees manifesting in us. Jacob is still being called Jacob, but a new nature was operating called Israel – he will rule as God. Jacob sees something through the eyes of the Spirit. He does not permit this Son that comes through this hard travail to be called Benoni (son of my sorrow), but he’s to be called Benjamin (Son of my right hand). The ‘idolatrous soul’ will have to die in order to birth Benjamin. We can’t allow our ‘idolatrous soul’ that is hiding false images of gods, to see the travail of our soul as a sorrow. Though we are losing what we’ve worked so hard to gain, we’re to see through the eyes of the Spirit. The Son that is being birthed during this dying process is one that will be in agreement with the one on The Throne. “The one on The Throne will not be satisfied until He sees your face standing before Him (Gen. 42:20). Oh, how He’s longed after you and desired to see you (Gen. 43:16). The one that He looks for is bone of His bone and flesh of His flesh. He longs to show you His favor, by bestowing upon you His delights,” (Gen. 43:29-34). We all have been idolatrous in our soul, but grace has been our only hope. Not that we’d retain our old ways of thinking, but with hope we’d be changed from barrenness to fruitfulness.
Rachel is our soul that is impregnated through the regenerated Spirit of Christ (sperma-Seed) that comes by way of our inner man. Jesus breaths His Holy Spirit Life into us (John 3:3-5 Born anew – to regenerate). In turn, this new mind of the Spirit (Phil. 2:5) impregnates our soul; mind, will, and passions, in hopes of producing a life in agreement with the one on the throne – Father and Brother. To hold this Seed back is unrighteous (Rom. 1:18). Allowing the Spirit of regeneration to impregnate our soul, a change of mind starts to take place, a change of will, and a change of emotions. The mind begins to come into agreement with the mind of The Spirit; begins to be governed by the will of Jesus, and begins to align passions with His passions. In hard labor to produce (manifest) this Seed of Promise, the ‘idolatrous soul’ finally dies. Birthing of the Seed administers judgment upon the ‘idolatrous soul’ by the Son of the right hand, producing one that is wholeheartedly in obedience to The Throne of The Christ/Joseph.
SPIRIT OF REGENERATION
Eating of the forbidden fruit in the Garden is another example of idolatry. Eve’s mind is seduced to reject God’s Word and, in so doing, strays away from the truth. Redemption of her soul will be brought about through her travail in birthing the Seed of Promise.
Gen. 3:15-16: “And I will put enmity (foe) between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel. Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee.”
Adam will also labor in the vanity of unfruitful endeavors. Adam, the carnal man, sowing in hopes of fruitfulness, yet seeming always to end with a harvest of thorns, sighs with the spirit of heaviness and wonders if he will ever find rest for his weary soul. He doesn’t realize he’s dead in trespasses and sin. His life is always cut off or comes up short at the end of the day of manifesting holiness, righteousness, and unity with God.
1Cor. 3:9-17: (LITV)
For of God we are fellow-workers, a field of God, and you are a building of God. According to God’s grace given to me, as a wise master builder, I laid a foundation, but another builds on it. But let each one be careful how he builds. For no one is able to lay any other foundation besides the One having been laid, who is Jesus Christ. And if anyone builds on this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, grass, straw, the work of each will be revealed; for the Day will make it known, because it is revealed in fire; and the fire will prove the work of each, what sort it is. If the work of anyone which he built remains, he will receive a reward. If the work of anyone shall be consumed, he shall suffer loss; but he will be saved, but so as through fire. Do you not know that you are a sanctuary of God, and the Spirit of God dwells in you? If anyone corrupts the sanctuary of God, God will bring that one to corruption; for the sanctuary of God is holy, which you are.
These scriptures give several instructional views: Taking only one view limits the full picture and intent of what Paul was trying to convey in these scriptures. Looking at the other side of the coin, to see only the need for the foundation (Christ) while disregarding the purging fires of proving is to build foolishly and suffer loss. Or, I may consider the work finished at the cross of Jesus and; therefore, see no need to build upon the foundation. A foundation plainly shows a need to build and to build with proper materials. Or, I may try to build without a proper foundation, trying to live a righteous life, but seeing no need for Christ in my life. In all of these circumstances, an encounter with the proving fire of God is mandatory. Only in seeking His face will we learn how to tear down false images and how to build properly. Don’t try to avoid the fire of God, learn how to stand in it without suffering loss.
Exod. 3:2, “… behold, the bush burned with fire, and the bush was not consumed.”
The burning bush was a prophetic promise of God’s intentions toward us. As the young men of Judah found out: Hananiah (Jah has favored), Mishael (who (is) what God (is), and Azariah (Jah has helped). (Dan.1:6-7, 3:24) Notice their Hebrew names are given, not their Babylonian names. The enemy wants to conceal your true name (character/authority) that is found in Christ (Rev .2:17). Since we were born into captivity, we don’t know who we are in Christ. Hananiah, Mischael, and Azariah didn’t bow down to their captors gods, but remained fixed in their hearts not knowing whether they were to be delivered or not. When our backs are against the wall, hidden things of the heart are brought to the surface not to condemn but to bring us to a change of mind and resubmission of our wills. Our debt has been paid and we are to no longer bow down as slaves to sin.
Col 3:5-7: Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry: (image worship) For which things’ sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience: In the which ye also walked some time, when ye lived in them.
The scriptures plainly state there is a wrath that comes upon those in disobedience; therefore, God does see disobedience. The word wrath used in verse 6 is different than that used in verse 8. In verse 8, wrath pertains to slaughtering and killing with passion (the zeal of a religious spirit). In verse 6 it means this:
G3709 orge from G3713; properly desire (as a reaching forth or excitement of the mind), that is, (by analogy) violent passion (ire, or [justifiable] abhorrence); by implication punishment
Middle voice of apparently a prolonged form of an obsolete primary (compare G3735); to stretch oneself, that is, reach out after (long for):
God is hot and passionate against anything that comes into His temple and seduces His bride away from union with Him.
Col. 3:8-9: “But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth. Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds;”
Once Eve has eaten the fruit of the forbidden tree, thinking …the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she lies to her husband offering him its fruit also.
Walking in anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, and filthy communication are lying against the truth of Christ. The nature of Christ in us is the truth, but the seduced nature of Adam lies against that truth. Walking in anger is not speaking from the life of Christ within us. We are to be found walking in love, loving our brother, and speaking truth to him. When we don’t speak the truth, then truth has been twisted into the night, and we are as Paul said, “holding the truth in unrighteousness” (Rom.1:18)
Col 3:10, “And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him.”
Using Colossians 3:11 as a basis, it is being taught that Christ is already in every man. English grammar dictates certain rules and one of these rules is being overlooked in concluding that Christ is already in every man.
Col 3:11 states, “Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all.”
When it states, “Where there is neither Greek nor Jew…” it is referring back to the previous scripture. The previous scripture should then be brought forward to be included with the scripture in question. Putting on the new man is to be included with verse 11. The Weymouth bible includes the new creation with the verse, also reinforcing this thought.
Col 3:11 (WNT), “In that new creation there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, barbarian, Scythian, slave nor free man, but Christ is everything and is in all of us.”
When anything is remaining in us that is not Christ, He is not our all. The servant (slave of sin), the imposter is still in the house (2 Th. 2) speaking from the vessel, twists the truth where God cannot bear witness, nor give His full endorsement to what is being spoken in Word or Deed. The word being spoken isn’t His Word, the Word that comes through the Spirit of His Son. A friend correctly stated, “Doctrine is good, but you need to understand the life in it.”
John 8:34-35, “Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant (slave) of sin. And the servant abideth not in the house for ever (Aion): but the Son abideth ever (Aion).”
The servant of sin doesn’t abide in the Aion Life of Christ. The foundation is Christ and His life is God’s grace to us. Receiving His Seed of Life, we are receiving the Spirit of regeneration: the New Creation Man born from above. The Seed/Sperma is the evidence of the indwelling Father and Son. We must allow their Words to be engrafted and formed in us. He’ll not bear witness to what isn’t Him. If fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness are speaking from us, then it is the twisted image of idolatry still speaking from us. This isn’t in agreement with His plan of what is to be manifested (James 1:20-21; Gal 4:19).
Eph. 1:4 (WNT), “even as, in His love, He chose us as His own in Christ before the creation of the world, that we might be holy and without blemish in His presence.”
Eph. 1:12 (WNT), “so that we should be devoted to the extolling of His glorious attributes–we who were the first to fix our hopes on Christ.”
1John 2:22-23, “Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son. Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father: (but) he that acknowledgeth the Son hath the Father also.”
Even though we have asked the Father and the Son into our house, we can still ignorantly disavow (not acknowledge) and deny the Father and the Son.
1 John 2:24 “Let that therefore abide in you, which ye have heard from the beginning. If that which ye have heard from the beginning shall remain in you, ye also shall continue in the Son, and in the Father.”
Abide, remain, and continue are the word “meno” meaning: to stay. This is the base word of “Mone” used in John 14:2 and 23 translating the words ‘mansion’ and ‘abode’: as a residence. Father and Son are making residence in us and we must come into permanent union with them.
1John 2:25, “And this is the promise that he hath promised us, even eternal (aionios) life.”
This verse is so compelling in relation to what is being shared here. The “promise” refers back to abiding, remaining, and continuing in the Father and Son. If the Words can be twisted or stolen, we’ll be robbed of the Aion Life flowing out to us.
1John 2:26, “These things have I written unto you concerning them that seduce you.”
From G4106; to (properly cause to) roam (from safety, truth, or virtue)
Feminine of G4108 (as abstraction); objectively fraudulence; subjectively a straying from orthodoxy or piety:
Of uncertain affinity; roving (as a tramp), that is, (by implication) an impostor or misleader
But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him. And now, little children, abide in him; that, when he shall appear (to render apparent), we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before him at his coming (presence). If ye know that he is righteous, ye know that every one that doeth righteousness is born of him.
People state that they are not under the law, yet Jesus is always instructing with commandments such as “man shall not.” A commandment can’t be performed through the outward attempt of our carnal mind, but can only be done through a converted heart in union with The Father, the Word, and Holy Spirit. Our Spirit must be in obedience to every Word that proceeds from the mouth of God.
Matt. 4:4, “But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.”
The statement is rebutting the Devil’s attempt at twisting the Words of Father. Jesus is living proof that every Word from Father’s mouth is written on His heart. Nothing can take those Words of Life from Him.
Deut. 8:3, “And he humbled thee, and suffered thee to hunger, and fed thee with manna, which thou knewest not, neither did thy fathers know; that he might make thee know that man doth not live by bread only, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the LORD doth man live.”
Psa. 119:130, “The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple.”
Col. 3:3, “For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.”
If I am dead then I have no spirit and I am a walking dead man. If I do not yet have the Spirit of Christ in me, I have to receive Him and I have to be born (regenerated) again by The Holy Spirit from above (John 3). When we put on the incorruptible life of Christ we are disavowing the enemy: no longer allowing him to move us into corruption of this present evil world/age (Aion) (Gal.1:4). Holy Spirit Life doesn’t deviate into corruption, but we can forsake or allow ourselves to be seduced away from abiding in The Christ Life (1 John 2:14).
The Lord is teaching us to abide in Him and to be expectant of His approval. When He acknowledges our abiding in Him, we have His approval, not by naming it and claiming it, as the voice of idolatry teaches, but as Father testifies (Luke 24:19, 1 John 3:18). It’s easy to claim things if you only have to present empty words, but what if your proof must be Father baring Witness. Giving testimony alone is a false witness, but we’re not alone when He is speaking His Words from our lives.
“Hear My beloved, I call to those that have an ear to hear, awake from the seducer that has beguiled you to slumber in the sleep of idolatry. Give heed for I shall shatter the heavens in which you’ve dwelt at ease. Come away with me to a place of rest and peace from the toil of sin. Can you not hear?”
Abiding in Him and His Words abiding in us, Father then bears Witness. God is not acknowledging those found walking in the twisted words of the imposter. The Spirit and Word must agree (1 John 5:6-12).
God’s pressings teach us how to abide in Him. It is to him that overcomes and endures to the end that wins the prize. In Adam we’re unable to make it to the end of the day. We’re always cut off before we can produce an acceptable offering of mature fruit, but it is not so in Christ (Isa. 56:5). We need to turn resolutely to Him. Unless we abide in Him we aren’t abiding in His Life even though Life is within us (Col. 1:27). The Word of God, through His Spirit, sanctifies us from all unrighteousness. (1 Thes. 5:23, Eph. 5:26, John 17:19)
Rev 20:5-6 (WNT), “No one else who was dead rose to Life until the thousand years were at an end. This is the First Resurrection. Blessed and holy are those who share in the First Resurrection. The Second Death has no power over them, but they shall be priests to God and to Christ, and shall be kings with Christ for the thousand years.”
Some see this as a thousand year literal timeline, but it is also speaking in type and shadow of a fully mature people turning resolutely to the Lord, staying fixed in Him, and immoveable in the Kingdom of God. The Words of God abiding in them, they live in every Word that proceeds from the mouth of God. Through enduring the fires of proving, the enemy has been unable to change the Word that is written within their hearts and minds. They are casting down the accuser from out of their heavens, rendering him totally idle – useless. The Words of the Father are speaking from them and He is there Witness. We are dying to our old conversation (our ways, behavior, and manner of living) and His breath is all that we are breathing.
And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness (evidence) of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.
Those partaking of the First Resurrection not only are entrusted with judgment, but they must endure certain qualifying, among which is beheading. Some literally having lost their heads, but I am seeing this also spiritually. Notice in Rev. 20:4, it is the souls, which speaks of the mind, will, and passions. To be a witness (manifesting the evidence) of the Life of Christ, you’ll have to lose your carnal fleshly mind, will, and desires (your head, your way of thinking) in order for Jesus (the Word) to speak from you. The Overcomer understands this high calling and gladly sees the cost, as Paul, of being unworthy of comparison to the Glory that shall be revealed in us (Rom. 8:18). Their way of thinking (forehead) is in agreement to the cross, as well as the operation of their hands. The meaning for one thousand as seen in Rev. 20:4-6 is maturity, full stature, mature judgment, divine completeness, and the glory of God.
Jesus said, “I am The Resurrection” and we need to look from this view point. Looking at the word ‘first’ concerning the resurrection in Rev 20:4-6 gives us some insight. This is the most important Resurrection to seek after. The word first doesn’t mean one, two, and three, but the (foremost/chief) First Resurrection to seek after.
Many are looking for the manifestation of ‘The Feast of Tabernacles.’ Beginning on April 11th, 2007, God began to speak a Word to my wife, Kathy, and I. When I awoke 4/11/07, I saw a vision of a row of numbers: 772777. I knew the meaning of the numbers individually: 7-perfection and 2-witness. Also, that morning God began to unveil revelation to Kathy concerning Noah (Kathy’s study is available). Kathy reminded me that Gen. 8:4 tells of the ark resting in the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the month upon the mountains of Ararat, one of the kingdoms that had brought down Babylon (Jer. 51:27). Could it be, 7th year, 7th month + 2 months (Sept), and the three week Feast of Tabernacles, 7-7-7, (Feast of Trumpets, Feast of Atonement, and Feast of Booths)? I don’t believe in setting dates, but I do believe in seasons when God reveals the meaning of things. We were to see a manifestation of what ‘The Feast of Tabernacles’ represents: Jesus, being the true Passover Lamb was offered up at the beginning of Passover. Also, the Baptism of The Spirit, (…in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory… Matt.19:28) came during the Feast of Weeks (Pentecost) showing forth an Earnest of our inheritance, of which we’re to expect a full measure (Full Maturity). The Feast of Tabernacles speaks of the Christ coming to maturity in His Bride (the church and His body) being bone of His bone and flesh of His flesh, manifesting His Life in the earth.
May 19th 2007, I received a dream: ‘I was traveling down streets helping Mothers with Children (Churches with their young). I was seated in an office chair (a type of ministry), rolling along tapping out a tune with a pair of drum sticks (in tune with the heartbeat of God and or a beat of war), and I was looking in storefronts. While standing before an open window, I saw a group of men across the street. One of the men was tapping out a tune with drum sticks as I was and using his mouth as musical cymbals (Praise and worship). The dream continued with the story of a man investing $37,000,000.00, into a business venture that would eventually grow to be worth one billion dollars, but only after first being reduced down to $10,000.00. At this point I knew that I had been given a word from the Lord, and I fell headfirst laughing through the open window. Then I picked up an electronic address book. As I awoke, I saw a very fine window screen.’ End of Dream
Interpretation: 37 (means, The Word of God), 10, 000 = 10 (Law and Order, trial and testing) and 1,000 (Maturity, full stature, mature service, mature judgment, divine completeness and the glory of God). The Word of God is breathed into us, the Holy Spirit, His Seed/Sperma, and our Regeneration. Before His Word can come to its full potential in our life, we must come to the full maturity of His law and order. Not an outward manifestation, but His law and order must be written on the tables of our hearts and minds. If we seek to fulfill the laws of God outwardly, instead of from the heart, then it is legalism. The heat of the wilderness is required (the oven) to bring to an end to the activity of the idolatry/iniquity (leaven) hidden in the heart through legalism. When His laws are written in our hearts, then we are driven by love to retain the unity of the relationship with God. Looking back at the numbers 772777 given to me on April 11th, I realized that when added together, 7+7+2+7+7+7, equaled 37: The Word of God. Isn’t The Lord wonderful in how He speaks to us!
Act 17:28 (WNT), “For it is in closest union with Him that we live and move and have our being; as in fact some of the poets in repute among yourselves have said, ‘For we are also His offspring’.”
God determines that all creation will obey every Word that comes from his mouth, not because we’ve been forced, but rather because His Words are written in our hearts. Choosing to pick up our cross and follow Jesus by faith is the path of righteousness and is the path to full reconciliation.
1 Cor. 15:28, “And when all things shall be subdued (to subordinate, to obey) unto him, then shall the Son also himself be subject (to subordinate, to obey) unto him that put all things under him, that God may be all in all.”
The word ‘all’ is defined as being the whole of, every, everything, and everyone. If anyone is left out, no matter where they’re at, then it’s not all. The scripture doesn’t state all except those or these, but uses the word ‘all’. Not believing for everyone’s salvation doesn’t change my or your salvation. Neither will belief or disbelief change the responsibility in our relationship to the Lord. When born again by the Spirit of regeneration, found through faith in Christ, Christ becoming your all is the road to manifestation. (Col. 3:5-12)
The road to manifestation isn’t something we claim by a declaration of faith, but rather we lay hold of it by a walk of faith. Many claim righteousness in God through having been born again and by this rebirth claim they are in Christ. This statement or belief might sound good on the surface, but what is the proper conclusion when put to the test before the eyes of the Spirit and Word. In Colossians, Paul is identifying many things that aren’t a part of the Christ Life and that we are being asked to put these many things to death: These things are not of the new man and, therefore, aren’t in Christ. These things are corruptible and He’s abiding in the incorruptible Cloud of Glory of the Father. Further, He identifies that which characterizes the Christ Life we are to manifest. As an example, when we are found walking in the mercy of the Spirit, there is a rest in Christ where vengeance can find no hiding place. Yet, when the flame of the eyes of mercy Himself looks upon our woeful attempts at mercy, shame covers our face manifesting our true nature: a dead man possessing no strength. The man of sin never passes undetected onto the Highway of the Lord (Dan. 10:6, Rev. 1:14, 2:18, Isa. 35:8-10). Man’s futile attempts at imitating light and righteousness only seek to disguise darkness as light. Only the true Light of Christ will dispel the hiding place of darkness. The principles or laws of the Spirit, written in us, will serve to deliver us from the hold of the false images of idolatry.
One may claim that my old man was crucified with Christ Jesus on the cross. Jesus died so I wouldn’t have to, besides His blood covers me and my sins aren’t seen. Jesus destroyed the devil on the cross; he’s just a memory. These statements contain elements of truths but are mixed to form an opinion from an intellectual view point, but is it the Spirit of the Word?
Another scripture that speaks of being subordinate is found in Mark 4:41. “And they feared a great fear and said to one another, who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey (to hear under, as a subordinate), Him?”
God could make us obey His voice as the wind obeyed Jesus, but Father has something greater in mind. Paul said, “I have fought a good fight …have kept the faith: …there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness… unto all them also that love His appearing (manifestation)” (2 Tim. 4:7-8) Here Paul, receiving the Spirit of Christ, has an understanding, not just that Jesus was in him, but also that he, Paul, is being called forth to reveal the Christ (Gal. 1:16). He was revealing Christ, not as the old Saul through the Law of Moses obeying a carnal commandment, but he was revealing Christ through his union with the Incorruptible Life of Christ. Jesus speaks from the Cloud of Glory hidden within Paul. Instead of the Glory of God being in an outward temple, He is residing in the Melchisedec priesthood, the heavenly Jerusalem, governing by the power of an incorruptible Life (Heb. 7, 16, 1 Pet. 2:5, 9, Col. 1:29). The revelation of the Apostle Paul and his life-long pursuit was in learning how to die to self and living in submission to the Life of The Father and Son in order that they may be seen through him. (Php. 3:10, Eph. 6:10, Col. 1:9-13) Paul had an understanding of the process to bring the Christ Life to manifestation (Col.1:27). He was acknowledging God as his only source of Life; living submitted to the Spirit of the Kingdom of God. His old identity was being swallowed up by the Life of the Spirit of Father through Jesus. Many are giving testimony of being in the proper image of Christ, but according to scripture you’re not to bear witness of yourself, that is for someone else to do. (John 2:25, 5:39, 7:7, 15:26)
A Prophetic Word given October 2006, at a conference in Tennessee stated:
“I don’t need you to speak for me. I can speak for myself. When you seek not to be seen, when you do speak, you will speak as the oracle of God.”
This word shook many of those present, including myself. Many have been trying to speak for God. Jesus is the Word made flesh and His Words aren’t His, but they are Father’s (Yahweh). Hear Their Words and let them find root in our hearts and when we do the fruit of Life will speak for Him. (James 1:21, Matt.13:23)
Rev. 19:10, “And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, See thou do it not: I am thy fellow servant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony (evidence) of Jesus: worship God: for the testimony (evidence) of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.”
What was it he had seen? He saw the evidence of Jesus. He fell at his feet to worship him because he saw Jesus. He thought it was Jesus. After His resurrection, Jesus appeared unrecognizable during three different times; never appearing as the same image as the time before. John knew what Jesus looked like spiritually. He was looking for Jesus through the eyes of the Spirit. Whenever he saw the messenger, he thought it was Jesus because he saw Jesus (Holy Spirit) in him. This is prophesying of His manifestation in those that are abiding in the Word. (Luke 4:6, 8:14-15; John 8:51, 15:10)
The truth is that the evidence of Jesus is to be seen in us. When the word in us has been altered by the seducer and imposter, then that word isn’t from Father, and He’ll not acknowledge what isn’t His. But if the Word being written and speaking from us is Jesus, then Father will bear witness. (2 Cor. 3:3, 1 John 5:6-7)
1 John 5:9-13:
If we receive the witness (evidence) of men, the witness (evidence) of God is greater: for this is the witness (evidence) of God which he hath testified of his Son. He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness (evidence) in himself: he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record (evidence) that God gave of his Son. And this is the record (evidence), that God hath given to us eternal (Aion-age abiding, incorruptible) life, and this life is in his Son. He that hath the Son hath life: and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal (Aion-age abiding, incorruptible) life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.
The Spirit of the indwelling Father and Son are our evidence. The Father and Son aren’t in the house if we haven’t received the Holy Spirit. (John 14:22-23) The following scriptures verify this truth.
Rom. 8:9 (WNT), “You, however, are not devoted to earthly, but to spiritual things, if the Spirit of God is really dwelling in you; whereas if any man has not the Spirit of Christ, such a one does not belong to Him.”
Act 19:2, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you first believed?” he asked them. “No,” they replied, “we did not even hear that there is a Holy Spirit.”
The Holy Spirit isn’t lying dormant in an unbeliever, as has been suggested; no more than the spirit is in a dead body. After serving in funeral service for twenty-four years, never once was a body laid to rest with the spirit still in it. The proof of death is the absence of the spirit. Jesus gives up his Spirit in order to die on the cross, and Father raises Him up by breathing His Holy Breath back into Him (Acts 4:10). We are dead in trespasses and sin without the Holy Spirit. (1Tim. 5:6; John 11:2; Acts 5:10; Rom. 6:4, 7:6, 8:10-11; Eph. 2:1, 5; Col. 3:3; Jude 1:19)
The four days Lazarus was left in the tomb is speaking spiritually of Adam being dead for four thousand years. The suggestion that something in our DNA is drawn to the life of God and this is why we respond to the Spirit is unfounded. Being dead for four days the body is incapable of passing on DNA, RNA, or anything else. No memory is retained in the cell/soul; you’re dead. The dead know nothing. Once breath or spirit leaves the body the cells break down and self destruct very quickly. The soul is renewed (regenerated), from its death state, by that which comes from above, His Holy Spirit (breath) (Rom.12:2, Titus 3:5). Man is futilely trying to find the source of life in Adam, but they won’t find Him there. Jesus is our Resurrection Life. The DNA form of Adam is a spiraled double-helix.
This spiraled double-helix speaks of the man of sin, twisted into the night and double-minded. The word ‘night’ in Zech. 1:8 “…I saw by night…” means a twist (away of the light), that is, night, to fold back; a spiral step. The adamic man is in and of the night. Unlike Jacob’s ladder (Gen. 28:12), the carnal man’s ladder is twisted upon self. Looking to give credit or looking to find any remnant of life in sinful man is wasting precious time and looking in the wrong place. Our crowns are unworthy of comparison to the Crown of Life found through Christ.
We need to heed Paul’s analysis. Paul once depending on his self-intellect, his heritage, his associations, his self-righteousness, and his self-reliance finds these things to be utterly worthless, and compares them to dung (Php. 3:3-11). Paul made clear where his approval or disapproval comes from and remains in subjection to the judgment that matters the most (1 Cor. 4:4). The laying down of one’s crowns can be a difficult thing to do, especially for those that have used those crowns to exalt their self-importance in order to gain the favor or witness of men. Jesus didn’t rely on men to promote His ministry, but He only relied upon the favor of Father.
John 2:24-25 (WNT): “But for His part, Jesus did not trust Himself to them, because He knew
them all, and did not need any one’s testimony (to be a witness) concerning a man, for He of
Himself knew what was in the man.”
John 6:63, “It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth (to be useful) nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.”
DESCRIPTION OF LIGHTNING DISCHARGE PROCESSE
With the initial breakdown of the air in a region of strong electric fields, a streamer may begin to propagate downward toward the Earth. Moving in discrete steps of about 50 meters each it is called a stepped leader. As the ladder grows, an ionized path is created depositing charge along the channel, and as the stepped leader nears the Earth, a large potential difference is generated between the end of the leader and the Earth. Typically, a streamer is launched from the Earth and intercepts the descending stepped leader just before it reaches the ground. Once a connecting path is achieved, a return stroke flies up the already ionized path at close to the speed of light. This return stroke releases tremendous energy, bright light and thunder.
Looking from a spiritual viewpoint, (a type and shadow of our experiences with God) before lightning is seen through our spiritual vision, there is something transpiring in the invisible realm that is beyond the view of the naked eye or carnal sight: God working in our life from the cloud of glory unseen by others. The cloud coming down on Mount Sinai and God giving His laws through His messenger is a type of Pentecost (Ex.19:9). Pentecost was 50 days after Passover. Fifty is also speaking of The Jubilee and captivity being set free (Lev. 23:15). A path from God begins descending towards us (Lev. 25:10). God begins speaking to us through His Son from His position in the Cloud, one measure at a time, from glory to glory. Jacob spoke of a ladder set up on earth and reaching to heaven. A ladder speaks of steps of progression bringing us back into union with God.
Gen. 28:12, “And he dreamed, and behold a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven: and behold the angels of God ascending and descending on it.”
Jesus, from the Cloud of Glory (Spirit), begins descending toward our earth with the purpose of delivering us from the bad air (breath-Eph. 2:2) of our heavens (ways of thinking) and we begin giving way to the mind of the one descending. Will we rise to meet this invisible stream of light stretching out to us? When we ascend into the heavenlies and meet the Light of the World (Jesus), we’re coming into union with His Words of Life that is descending (Luke 21:27). Meeting the Lord in the air is speaking of our coming into unity with the Holy Spirit (Air/Breath) of God (1Th .4:17). It is in this union that the lightning becomes visible with the demonstration of light, heat (Holy Spirit power), and thunder (Rev. 6:1, 14:2).
Lightning, ranging five to seven times hotter than the surface of the sun, can boil the sap of a tree instantly bursting the tree asunder: Sap is a tree’s life blood. When struck by the light of God, life as we knew it is forever changed. Paul had this kind of an encounter with Jesus; his life was never the same from that day foreword.
The return stroke from this union speaks of Jesus’ Life returning back to Father as praise from the life of the believer (1Peter 2:9). The word praise in this passage is a masculine word meaning: manliness (valor), that is, excellence (intrinsic or attributed). We’re reverberating back the Life of Christ to the sender. As one artist sings, “let this life song sing to you!” His Word of Life doesn’t return void, but sings out, “I’m alive, but not the old me, it is Christ who is living in me!” The return stroke travels at nearly 186,000 miles an hour heating the air around the ascending path breaking the sound barrier. Since light travels faster than sound, others have a delay in hearing what they’ve seen, but not with the one that has had the direct encounter. When God flashes across our heavens, through someone else’s personal encounters, it takes a little while for us to hear what is being spoken. This is determined by the distance that we are from the lightning. Some have a first-hand experience, but others see the lightning, but can’t hear (understand) the sound. The farther you are from the truth, the harder it is for you to hear. Some only see the flash, but they don’t hear a sound.
Lightning releases Ozone into the lower atmosphere near the surface of the earth, cleansing the air of impurities. Ozone is O3, three parts of oxygen fused together, forming Ozone (1John 5:7). This can only come through the unity with Jesus. Some may try to produce unity with one another, but if they haven’t a relationship with Christ, then they’ll only produce a false image of idolatry. You can’t produce what you don’t first possess. This releasing of Life cleanses the lower atmosphere of pollution; the (air) breath of the enemy (Eph.2:2). Ozone, while it cleanses the air, remains pungent to the (carnal) natural man. The natural man can’t receive the things of God.
In 1976, I thought, “If I were taken right now, as a new Christian, into the presence of God, the darkness still in me would draw back from the light.” (1John 1:5) At that moment God spoke audibly to me in my right ear, “Yea and I shall try you in all points of your life.” Try, means: to be put to the proof. He isn’t agreeing with our darkness, but is in the business of removing the man of sin from our lives. This is His righteous judgment and grace to us. I’ve remained in faith to His processing’s in my life. Even when others said, “It’s finished so you are finished and you don’t have to do that; that is works,” “we’re not under the law”, “I’m the righteousness of God, even if I’m not manifesting it yet”, and “You just need to breathe.” Oh, I was breathing, but just not that breath. I was in union with the Holy Breath (Living [rhema] Word) that had been breathed into my right ear in 1976. They wanted me to eat of the tree that they had eaten, the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, even as Eve offered its fruit to Adam; the fruit of self-intelligence.
Eph. 2:2 (WNT) “which were once habitual to you while you walked in the ways of this world and obeyed the Prince of the powers of the air (breath), the spirits (breath) that are now at work in the hearts of the sons of disobedience – to you God has given Life.”
Your obedience will be a thorn to those that are being deceived. When you’re seduced, you in turn become a seducer. When God deals with individuals it isn’t for one member, but is a Prophetic Word spoken to those of His Body that have ears to hear. In the statement, “Yea and I shall try you in all points of your life”, is a promise to His Bride that when He is done, there will be nothing in her that will draw back from His light. He will have removed all darkness and shadow of turning from her (Eph. 5:27). His Words are her Words and His Nature is her nature; coming into the full redemption and reconciliation to the unity of His Life (1 Tim. 6:14, Heb. 9:14, 2 Pet. 3:14). I remain in full faith and submission to the one that breathed into me the Spirit of regeneration (John 3, Matt. 19:28, Tit. 3:5). I believe that He is well able to do that which He has promised. If I would allow my faith in Christ to be seduced, I’d be roaming away from truth (1 John 2:7). Over the years the enemy (even crossing the property well intended Christians) has tried to turn me away from those Words, but I’ve kept what I’ve heard from the beginning (1 John 2:24). Now I’m seeing the Wisdom and fruit of keeping His Words. I am seeing why it is so important to hear and keep Every Word that comes from Father through the mouth of His Son. And my ears remain open today to what He’s speaking. We need to heed the warnings in the scriptures and be not robbed or turned out of The Way.
1 Kings 13:17-21:
For it was said to me by the word of the LORD, Thou shalt eat no bread nor drink water there, nor turn again to go by the way that thou camest. He said unto him, I am a prophet also as thou art; and an angel spake unto me by the word of the LORD, saying, Bring him back with thee into thine house, that he may eat bread and drink water. But he lied unto him. So he went back with him, and did eat bread in his house, and drank water. And it came to pass, as they sat at the table, that the word of the LORD came unto the prophet that brought him back: And he cried unto the man of God that came from Judah, saying, Thus saith the LORD, Forasmuch as thou hast disobeyed the mouth of the LORD, and hast not kept the commandment which the LORD thy God commanded thee,…
The young prophet was seduced to follow another voice. The significance of this story is not only what happened to the young prophet, but why he was there in the first place and his relationship to the message. He had prophesied against the high place at Bethel (house of God). The young prophet got out of agreement with the message he delivered. He spoke against idolatry (image worship) and what God was going to do about it. God was sending a King who would turn his whole heart to the Lord and remove the high places. This coming King would “turn with all his heart to the Lord like…no King before him, with all his soul and with all his might… neither after him arose there any like him” (2 Kings 23:25) This coming King, Josiah, is a type of Christ and His Body.
Josiah was eight years old (new beginnings) when he began to reign. 2008 is the year of New Beginnings. I’ve been looking for a people that have the heart of Christ (no shadow of turning). In the tenth (number of law and order, trials and testing) year of Josiah’s reign he began to remove the high places (2 Kings 22:1-3). Jesus Christ began to reign after being tempted of the devil (being put to the proof). The young prophet wasn’t remaining in agreement with the message that he was delivering. He was prophesying against those that had roamed away from the truth; idolatry. Neither was he to eat or drink in the place where idolatry was taking place. Jeroboam had turned the people out of the way. Josiah would be one who wouldn’t turn to the left or the right. Today messengers (angels of light/old prophet) promise liberty, but instead turn God’s people out of the Way. The old prophet would’ve had no effect upon the young prophet if he had no shadow of turning in him. Our liberty comes from learning to abide in the Spirit.
2 Cor. 3:1, “Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.”
Has there been a message, as from the old prophet, to tempt you from the Path of Truth? Did you listen because you respected the messenger, without judging the message? Words have gone forth to mislead the hearts of The Elect. Some look at the Sonship message as an old word without merit. Are we to burn the Bridges of Truth as we progress forward? Would a message asking you to abandon the path, on which God has set your feet, be the voice of idolatry? The Sonship message spoke of a people that would walk in union with God as Jesus Christ also walked with Father. The living Word would be spoken through their lives. Manifestation is through the path of the refiner’s fire of proving. It is through the cross of Christ that leads to the river of Life. Do we progress forward from falsehood to falsehood or do we progress from truth to truth. The message of Sonship is one step on Jacob’s ladder giving us an example to follow. The message of processing is witnessed by the Word and the Spirit, but is avoided at all cost by those that fear the death to self. Peter saw a Day coming that would remove the orderly arrangement of man’s vain imaginations (2 Pet. 3:10).
John 10:1, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber.” (1 Pet.4:15, Rev.16:15)
A thief is unwilling to pay the price and takes what doesn’t belong to him (Rev. 3:18). King David, when purchasing the threshing floor, wouldn’t take it without a price (2 Sam. 24:21-24). A message comes along suggesting another path of, “it is finished, no need of submitting your will, no processing, devotion, nor faithfulness required, besides you’re already finished before the foundation of the world, and you can’t give God anymore glory, honor or praise than He had in the beginning.” Anyone of those statements should’ve made your Spirit cringe, but because of the vessel through which it came, the respect of persons, it clouds your judgment. There is one voice who has been a thief and murderer from the beginning: the serpent. While there is an element of truth, it is a ploy by the seducer to twist the truth causing you to abandon the path God has set before you. The path is to bring the implanted Word to maturity. (James 1:21; Gal. 4:19; Luke 8:14-15; John 8:55, 15:5, 6, 8, 10, 16)
Fruit has to come to full maturity before it can be eaten. God knows the end from the beginning, but we don’t know what path of processing God will use to accomplish His task. Just because we see something revelatory in the scriptures doesn’t mean we’re to abandon a previous truth. At one time Reconciliation was hidden along with Sonship. Both doctrines were understood by the Apostles and in harmony from their spiritual viewpoint. Alongside the understanding of …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:, also in the Word “…But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected:, He that saith he is in the light, and hateth his brother, is in darkness even until now. I have written unto you, young men, because ye are strong, and the word of God abideth in you, and ye have overcome the wicked one.” (Eph.1:4; 1 John 2:5, 9, 14)
So much for the wicked one being killed at the cross, as some preach, sounds to me we’re to put him under foot through the out raying of the Christ Life.
The kingdom of Israel had been divided because of the oppression of Rehoboam and only two tribes followed Rehoboam; the house of Judah, with the tribe of Benjamin (1 Kings 12:11, 21). The other ten tribes appointed Jeroboam as their king. Fearing the people would turn their hearts back to Rehoboam, when going up to sacrifice in Jerusalem, Jeroboam built high places in Bethel and Dan (1 Kings 12:27-33). Today we see this pattern in Bethel (The House of God) and in Dan (judge). The tribes of Israel, who followed Jeroboam, were seduced into following false images of God and appointing a priest hood that wasn’t approved of by God. Now they were following another voice other than what God had commanded in the beginning. It would be many years later before these high places would finally be removed. Many kings would turn their hearts back to God, but they would not remove the high places (1 Kings 15:14, 22:43, 2 Kings 12:3, 14:4, 15:4, 35, 17:32). They would serve the Lord in a measure (reservation), but not single-eyed. It wouldn’t be until King Josiah (foundation of Jehovah) heard in the Word of God’s impending judgment, that the cleansing would occur (2 Kings 22).
Many today serve the Lord with reservation, but consider not the absence of His face or favor (Gen. 39:4, 1 Kings 11:6, 21:25, Est. 2:17). God at times shows His displeasure to the haughty and rebellious by turning His back for a season because man has done the same to God. A characteristic of a rebellious heart is the unwillingness to turn one’s face towards the one speaking. It is called being stiff-necked. We see those stiff-necked, rebellious souls, or perhaps, we don’t see that characteristic alive and working in ourselves. This darkness doesn’t go unnoticed to the eyes of God and He has a plan for its removal (Amos 5:18-20). Dwelling in fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness isn’t a safe place (1 John 1:5-7; Eph. 5:5-11, 13-14, 17).
THE WORD MADE FLESH, Parts 1-4 [Kevin C. Blacker, Sr.] 2-17-08 1