Retent and Believe

For many years we have put up a big colorful, tent during our June Bible conference. When we were cleaning up, we took down the tent and afterwords my friend Kay was telling me I need to “Retent” and believe.

So punny.

But the thing that got me thinking about her pun, was I had just been contemplating this verse:

“In that day I will raise up the tent of David that has fallen, and I will wall up its breaks. And I will raise up its ruins, and I will build it as the days of old” Amos 9:11

The restoration of the tabernacle of David was fulfilled in the third day. James quotes Amos as evidence that God has gathered up the gentiles into His Son (see Acts 15:13-18). James understands that the fulfillment of what David’s tent represented had come. He is not predicting a new tent would be built in the future. May the Father give revelation in us to see how His tabernacle was God’s testimony of Jesus and the work He has finished. The tabernacle was a “parable” about the New Covenant era.

“Holy Spirit signifying by this that the way of the Holy of Holies has not yet been made manifest, while the first tabernacle was still standing; which was a parable for the present time” Heb. 9:8-9.

Jesus has put away the old first house and raised up as a whole new house in Himself (see Jn. 2:19).

“Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself shall be with them, and be their God” Revelation 21:3.

You are not waiting for some other era before this Word is for you, His presence is with you, You are His people, And He is your God and God Himself is with you. This is “for the present time” Heb. 9:9.
The tabernacle testified of the coming of Jesus Christ and His finished work.

The Jews said to him, “What sign do you show us for doing these things?” Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” The Jews then said, “It has taken forty-six years to build this temple, and will you raise it up in three days?” But he was speaking about the temple of his body. When therefore he was raised from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this, and they believed the Scripture and the word that Jesus had spoken.” John. 2:18-22.

How was the temple a parable of your salvation?

The first tent was commanded in Exodus.
The tabernacle of Moses bore witness of the coming of Jesus Christ, God’s Man. The righteous man. Who is Spirit Soul and Body. And so God commanded that the tabernacle to have an outer court, a holy place and then at the very heart and center, was the Holy of Holies. This tabernacle represented a creation filled with God’s Spirit.
The Ichabod house bore witness of the first man Adam, who is soulish. The wrong man.
This tent represented a man who was only soul and body.
His spirit was empty and without the Glory of God.
Every one in this tent needs to be born of the Spirit. Meaning we receive the Spirit of God where He was absent. So that the Spirit of Christ is at our heart and center. In this we have been translated out of Adam and placed into Christ. True Repentance is in fact to receive this change; It is to be taken out of the first old man and find our home in the Second. It is through His death and resurrection that all believers have in fact been “Retented.”
The Tabernacle of David represented Jesus of Nazareth as the Last Adam.
After the Ark of the Covenant was brought up from Abinadab’s house it was brought up into God’s “rest” in Jerusalem. Therefore they sang,

“Arise, O LORD, into thy rest; thou, and the ark of thy strength” Psalm. 132:8

The Glory of God was found in this tent for thirty three years. This was at the time when King David reigned in Israel. 33 Years was the same length of time that Yeshua, the Last Adam, would walk the earth. Then there was no veil covering the Glory of His Spirit. So the Son of God came as God’s place of rest. The tabernacle of David did not have an outer court or holy place. This pointed toward what would be accomplished in His death. Where Jesus shed both soul, and body, and the Spirit of YHWH was Glorified.
That tabernacle was taken down. This tent was “fallen”(Amos 9:11) so a greater house could be established. As the Last Adam Jesus took down the old tent and raised up a New House in Himself.
Solomon’s Temple modeled the House of His Resurrection, Jesus Christ living in His Body the Church. There is no greater resurrection than the Spirit of Christ living in a people. If you are born of the Spirit today, then you have already received resurrection Life. You are a member of the Body of Christ. No more waiting. The hope of another general Resurrection where God is said to the restore your flesh back to you after death is a false hope. It is another Jesus, and another gospel. In the book of Acts Paul while was on trial he explained that the hope of Israel is the promise of the resurrection. Then he tells us that the resurrection was completley fulfilled when Jesus rose from the dead. It is false teaching to say that God has fulfilled the resurrection only “in part” because Word of God says God “hath in full completed this to us their children, having raised up Jesus, as also in the second Psalm it hath been written, My Son thou art—I to-day have begotten thee ‘And that He did raise Him up out from among the dead, no more to return to corruption, he hath said thus—I will give to you the faithful kindnesses of David” Acts 13:33-34.

There was a tent that represented the first man Adam. Also there was a house that represented One New Man in Christ. In the eyes of God there are only two people: Adam and Christ. Your relationship with God can only be thru one or the other. The first was a represented by a house of condemnation without the glory. The Second is the House from heaven. This is our home. It is Christ Himself. It is the House of Grace and Glory. In the New Testament there are more than 200 different statements where the Holy Spirit tells you that you are “IN Christ.” While you can intimately, and personally experience the perfect favor of the Father through His Son Jesus Christ. You are not actually having your own relationship with God. You have been given Jesus’ relationship. And even though this love and favor can be experienced in a personal way, this relationship is thru the person of Christ. He is your Head. You are His Body

A tent represents a body, in the Bible. For example Peter says:

“But I deem it right, so long as I am in this tabernacle, to stir you up by a reminder, knowing that the putting off of my tabernacle is soon, as indeed our Lord Jesus Christ made clear to me.” 2Pe. 1:13-14.

In the same way the writer of Hebrews also describes everything from the veil outward to represent “the first” man Adam. During the days of Eli the Ark of the covenant was removed from tabernacle of Moses. And the glory of God departed. All that the tabernacle represented was in fact happening to Israel. The people had said: “appoint a king to us, to judge us, like all the nations” 1 Sam. 8:5. And so Saul became the ruler that made them “like all the nations” in Adam.

The Tabernacle of Moses was at Gibeon. Empty. Void of the presence of Gods Spirit. and yet the priests and Levites continued going thru the motions in ignorance as if God was still there. They were determined that the show must go on, with or without the Spirit of God. I shudder to think of how much of christianity goes on in this way now, in the ignorance of our own understanding.

The condition represents the false worship of empty false religion.

At that time, it was as if the tabernacle only had two parts. It had an outer court and a holy place. The Holy of Holies was an empty, dark, nothing. Was it musty, dusty and covered with spider webs? Was it swept clean? The Word doesn’t say.

It was as if it never had been.

It is a testimony of the first man Adam. The soulish man. Soul and Body. Without the Spirit. And so Israel was in the same condition. They were given exactly what they had asked for. He made them “like all the nations.” The soul was King, reigning over the flesh by the power of the flesh; of the earth, earthly, Groping around in Spiritual blindness. What else is there to go on? The longer I follow the Lord in this the deeper this parable goes. When they looked for Saul, “he could not be found. So they inquired again of the LORD, “Is there a man still to come?” and the LORD said, “Behold, he has hidden himself among the baggage” 1 Sam. 10:21-22.

King Saul hid himself from the Lord at his own coronation. Why?

He was conformed to the image of Adam for a testimony of the Gospel. Do you remember Adam saying, “I heard the sound of you in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked, and I hid myself.” Gen. 3:10.

But God would raise up the testimony of Jesus in contrast to the man of flesh.

One of the ways the soulish man fails to see what God understands is that we assume that God deals with us as individuals. May the Holy Spirit teach us how God “sums” us all as One Man, judged together in one judgement and sees all raised up in one resurrection being justified together. We assume God is angry with us whenever we are disobedient. We Assume that we make God happy when we do well. But you do not determine God’s peace or wrath. God is the same and His security is as consistent as His covenant. He has judged all men together as evil because of the sin of our “first father” Adam. And He has made a way of justification in Christ Who is to God a second Father of One New Man in Christ. God says,

“I, even I, am He who blots out your trespasses for My sake; and I will not remember your sins. Cause Me to remember; let us enter into judgment together; sum up yourself, that you may be justified. Your first father sinned, and your interpreters transgressed against Me.” Isaiah 43:25-27LITV.

The tabernacle has always been a parable of God’s covenant. Let’s get back to His parable.

In the days of Saul where was God? The Ark of the Covenant was at Abinadab’s house.

When David was anointed King he returned from battle with the head of Goliath. It was not won by clever strategy or by the strength of numbers. The Spirit of God gave the victory. It is remarkable that he removed the head and carried it with him up to Jerusalem. The Hebrew word for head speaks of the source. A “head” is more than a father who is the source of a certain family. It can refer to a spring that becomes a river. A head of grain will come into its fullness in a harvest. A body is the fullness of a head because it gives expression to the head. A body gives full expression to the head.

Goliath was the head of the Philistines. In this one death they all died. Goliath was a champion in that he represented the whole army of the enemy. So that by the one man’s death the many were made dead. David was also a champion for the army of Israel so by the one man’s obedience the many were made victorious. This death was a testimony of the cross of Christ. It was a decisive victory in that tens of thousands were killed together in that one day because of removal of that one head. David had only wrought one death and yet,

“the women sang to one another as they celebrated, ‘Saul has struck down his thousands, and David his ten thousands.’ And Saul was very angry, and this saying displeased him. He said, ‘They have ascribed to David ten thousands, and to me they have ascribed thousands, and what more can he have but the kingdom?'” 1 Sam 18: 7-8.

Saul burned with jealousy. He represented the first man. The rejected man. David represents the Second. So that the one representing the flesh persecuted the king that testified the Spirit, even so it is now.

David brought out the ark of the covenant to his own house. And YHWH was worshiped there without a veil for thirty three years. The same length of time Jesus lived until He was crucified. So also The tabernacle of David was taken down. There was no holy place/soul. No outer court/flesh. Only the Spirit: represented by the ark of the Covenant.

Then Solomon built a greater house. This son was the revealed son of David. And the same Ark that gave life to the tabernacle quickened the temple of Solomon. This house points us to see Christ in His Church. One New Man. One Spirit Soul and Body. The Body of His Resurrection. One New Man Risen and seated together in Christ Jesus. When Ark of the covenant was brought in the staves were removed. “And they drew out the staves of the ark”, 2 Chronicles 5:9 It says that there is not another house. This is it. This the permanent place where His presence resides. It says to me, Christ in you is enough. He is our Home.

The Resurrection is Spirit and Life.

The substance of the resurrection is One Spirit. It is Christ in you. It is not flesh. The Resurrection is spiritual because the Resurrection is the Spirit of Christ in you. How much time have I wasted arguing for this. Even words like “Flesh and blood will not inherit the kingdom of God” cannot persuade. Reading “till the heavens be no more, they shall not awake, nor be raised out of their sleep” Job 14:12, the argument fails. The soul must see His Appearing. Until the soul is made to witness Him, hearts will look to future and postpone the inheritance. As long as there is ignorance of Jesus we will look to the flesh. The natural mind imagines Paul was describing many different kinds of resurrection bodies:

“God gives it a body as he has chosen, and to each kind of seed its own body. For not all flesh is the same, but there is one kind for humans, another for animals, another for birds, and another for fish. There are heavenly bodies and earthly bodies, but the glory of the heavenly is of one kind, and the glory of the earthly is of another. There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars; for star differs from star in glory. So is it with the resurrection of the dead. What is sown is perishable; what is raised is imperishable.” 1 Cor. 15:38-42.

There is a rationalization in theology that Paul was trying to convince that there will be many different kinds of resurrection bodies some day. And I have had no answer to this until now. Look at how Paul was referencing Deut. 4:15-19. It says,

“Take ye therefore good heed unto yourselves; for ye saw no manner of similitude on the day that the LORD spake unto you in Horeb out of the midst of the fire: Lest ye corrupt yourselves, and make you a graven image, the similitude of any figure, the likeness of male or female, The likeness of any beast that is on the earth, the likeness of any winged fowl that flieth in the air. The likeness of any thing that creepeth on the ground, the likeness of any fish that is in the waters beneath the earth, And lest thou lift up thine eyes unto heaven, and when thou seest the sun, and the moon, and the stars, even all the host of heaven, shouldest be driven to worship them, and serve them, which the LORD thy God hath divided unto all nations under the whole heaven” Deut. 4:15-19.

This is a warning to all of God’s people to continue to knowing the Lord in His appearing. God is warning us that if we do not see Him we will make idols of the flesh. The flesh of men and beasts and birds and Fish are all one thing: Flesh. In 1 Cor. 15:38-42, Paul was only comparing two things: Flesh and Spirit. Flesh worships flesh. Gaining new fleshly bodies is not the substance of the resurrection. Christ in you is the substance of the resurrection. The resurrection of flesh and blood is a great idol in modern christianity. It says to God: what is in it for me? The Resurrection is not something other than Him. The answer is seeing the Lord. When we see Him, the Spirit of Christ living in His Body the Church, we see a finished work. This body is Now. It is today that you are in Christ or Paul would not have written,

“knowing the time, that for us, the hour already is to be aroused out of sleep, for now nearer is our salvation than when we did believe, the night did advance, and the day came near; let us lay aside, therefore, the works of the darkness” Rom. 13:11-12

“We know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens”. 2 Cor. 5:1

The Lamb of God

As with all the Law, the feast of Passover was in God’s perspective a Premorial of the work of Christ. If you will allow for a new word to be coined, a Premorial would be a prophetic memorial to a past work of God; Who’s main purpose actually pointed forward to the coming of His Son in the future. The Passover was instituted by God in memorial of their great deliverance out of Egypt, when the destroying angel killed all the firstborn of Egypt, and in one night passed over all the Israelites houses, whose doors were “striked” with the blood of the Lamb slain and the Lamb was eaten inside the house.

The WYCLIFE BIBLE reads,

“Dip ye a bundle of hyssop, in the blood which is IN THE THRESHOLD” Ex. 12:22.

How is it that the blood was “in the threshold”?

In the land of Goshen, their houses were built with a kind of gutter under the door so that if there was rain it would not come under the door into the house. So, at the first Passover, the blood was poured out “in the threshold” of the door and they dipped Hyssop in the blood and struck the door with the hyssop.

This became a premorial testimony of Jesus, who shed blood from His feet, hands and His crown. So also the door was anointed with blood in all four places, as also the four horns of the altar.

Most English translators have used the word “basin” instead of “threshold” here, Since later it became custom for Israel to pour the blood into bowls at the Passover. But in looking up the Hebrew the word, 05592 סף – saf: from 05605, its meaning conveys a sense of containing. This word refers to threshold of a door 24 times and a bowl only 4 times in the KJV.

The Septuagint (an ancient Greek translation of the Old Testament) says “The blood which is “OF”– 3844 “THE”– 3588 “DOOR” -2374, confirming that the blood of the Lamb is also literally the Blood “of the Door” since it anointed the door in all four places originally. This also points us to the Life of the One would become the fulfillment of the door. In His coming Jesus said,

“Truly truly, I say to you—I am the Door” Jn 10:7

And though the sign of the cross was so vividly depicted on their door, His people are not to fix their eyes in the external sign, and not on our temporal deliverance from slavery; but that door calls for eyes of faith to look on Him, the true Lamb of God, by whom the wrath of God passes over all those who have passed through His death and judgment, into Christ Himself. Just as Jesus said.

“I am The Door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved”, Jn.10:9

He is the the cross and Door into the house of God, having our hearts sprinkled with His blood, by true faith we are to follow Him, passing through His death and having entered into His Life, where we feed on Him.

It is amazing how this has become a message about how Jesus died so we can live unto ourselves when the testimony clearly shows Israel participating in the death of the Lamb by passing through a blood stained cross on the door entering into the house of God and eating the Lamb of God.
The second half of this verse reads…

“…None of you shall go out of the door of His house until the morning” Ex. 4:22.

Here they were to abide until the dawning of The Day. This is about standing still, resting, until Jesus Christ is revealed in you. Peter says “till the Day dawns in your heart,” 2 Pe.1:19. Paul describes the revelation of Christ to be the fulfillment of the first light of the day of creation.

“God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ” 2 Cor. 4:6.

This is why YHWH caused the ninth plague to be darkness so that the dawning of the Passover would also testify of the Light of Christ in you, The Dawning of the New Creation Day of The Lord. This is the day of Salvation in which the Lamb is the Light.

We come to see and live in and by His eternal Light, so that there is “no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof” Rev. 21:23

The Passover was such a living portrayal of Christ that it makes the heart cry out, O foolish Israel, who has bewitched you, that you should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified?

But we are as blind as they. At this time there are myriads of messages in Churches about how His blood has enabled us to escape from death.

But this is not the Truth. This is not the way the Father sees the cross. It is written,

“We thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead” 2 Cor. 5:14.

The witnesses of the first Passover had no testimony of escaping from death that night. They saw that they all had actually passed through death itself, and so it is written,

“The Egyptians were urgent upon the people, that they might send them out of the land in haste; for they said, WE BE ALL DEAD men” Ex. 12:33 KJV.

Unless The Father enlighten the eyes of our understanding and give us the Spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him we also will miss the reality of the Passover. The Door urges us to enter into his death, rest and abide in the substance of the Fathers house till the Day of The Lord. Jesus Christ is our true shelter. The shadow can only be “kept” by truly living and abiding in His substance.

“Dip ye a bundle of hyssop.” The hyssop is the faith of the Son of God.

The bare hands of man do not touch the blood of the Lamb. And so also we do not believe into Him through our own determination or fleshly energies.

This finished work was the work of God. It is not the work of man.

‘My purpose will be established, And I will accomplish ALL My good pleasure’; Isaiah 46:10 NASB

In Christ you are without spot or blemish. You are unleavened. So purge out the old rejected Adam because “ye are unleavened.”

“Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed. Let us therefore celebrate the feast, not with the old leaven, the leaven of malice and evil, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and Truth.” 1 Cor. 5:7-8 ESV

There is nothing left undone for you finish or perfect. Therefore live and move and have your being in Him, Abide in Him and in His absolute perfection.

In the Passover we see the whole Gospel of grace and salvation by the cross of Jesus Christ. In the choice of sacrifice, in its preparation, in the shedding of blood, in anointing the door with the blood, and in the eating of the Lamb.

In the Sacrifice:
The Father appointed that it be a Lamb or a kid to testify of the nature and character of Jesus. His innocence, patience, meekness, and humility.

“Consider Him…. Consider Him that endured such contradiction of sinners against Himself,” Heb. 12:3.

His obedience to the Father was unto death “He was oppressed, and He was afflicted, yet He opened not His mouth: He is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is silent, so He opens not His mouth.” Is. 53:7.

He gave Himself as a Lamb. He gave His flesh to feed us. He gave His own righteousness as a fleece a more pure white than the snow, to clothe us.

Just as in the foundation of the world it was written,

“Unto Adam also and to his wife did the LORD God make coats of skins, and clothed them” Gen.3:21.

In the cross, the person of Salvation was glorified. The cross was the outward manifestation of the very Life and nature of Jesus Christ. He is the “Life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.” Rev. 13:8

“For 1,400 years after the first Passover out of Egypt, the Passover lambs carried a little name tag of their owners before the Passover sacrifice. They had to keep the lamb for four days before the sacrifice. The tag would hang around the neck of the lamb; it was tied with a red cord” -Richard Samuel

“Just like the Jews put their family name on their lamb for sacrifice at the Temple, God put His name on His Lamb for His family, which includes you and me” The Lamb, Yahweh- Michael Norten.

In the last post we looked at the inscription that was nailed to the cross, and how It bore the Name of YHWH. Now consider how that Titulus was first hung on His neck.

The inscription of the crime with which one crucified was accused was called a “Titulus” in Latin. In the section called “the trilingual titulus crucis tradition” of the book… “It would normally be hung around the neck”– The Embroidered Bible: Studies in Biblical Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha in Honour of Michael E. Stone: Studia in Veteris Testamenti Pseudepigrapha, Volume: 26 The Trilingual titulus crucis Tradition in Oxford, Bodleian Library, Hatton 20 by Daniel Anlezark – Page 4. E-Book ISBN:9789004357211 Publisher:Brill January 2017 brill.com

“Verse 37. – Set up over his head his accusation written. This was the titulus.”… “This, which had been hung round the criminal’s neck or carried before him on the way to execution, was now affixed to the upper portion of the cross over his head.” Pulpit Commentary Mt. 27:37

May He turn our hearts to see how Jesus is The Lamb of God given for the House of YHWH. What Pilate meant for evil God meant for our Good. Have you come to be washed in the blood of the lamb? May we come. Come in through His death. Come and rest in the House of YHWH. Come and eat the lamb completely.

Do we understand the priceless value by the blood of The Lamb?

“You were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your foolish behavior received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot” 1Peter 1:18-19

Do we prize the blood of the Jesus?

Consider the infinite worth of His blood; In that it was able to purchase the whole Church of God, which a thousand worlds of gold could not. There is no wealth in heaven or on earth that could redeem one single soul. But His blood has bought redemption for all out from sin and death.
What was bought with His blood?

His blood has purchased more than your acquittal from guilt. But the blood has caused His very own righteousness and favor to be imputed to you in Christ.

Jesus is the One “Whom God has set forth to be a propitiation through faith in His blood, to declare His righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God” Rom. 3:25

And so the Apostle John writes how the saints have “washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb”. Rev. 7:14

There is not one treasure on earth that could have prepared a place for you in the Fathers Love, which is better than life, except the blood of Jesus. In His Love there is no lack or want. But the full supply of everything needed for both life and godliness. His blood is true wealth because it is His eternal Life.

The blood of the lamb has forever purchased perfection for His Body, the Church.

“For by one offering He has perfected for all time them that are being sanctified”. Heb. 10:14

His blood has made the way for you into a New Covenant relationship with God.

“Without shedding of blood is no remission of sin. It was therefore necessary that the patterns of things in the heavens should be purified with these; but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these. For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us” Heb. 9:22-24

The blood of the covenant even speaks when we don’t know how we ought to pray but the Spirit intercedes for us, as well as His blood since “The life”.. “is in the blood” Lev. 17:11. You have not come to some created thing but to a Life that pleads for us, In Christ you have been placed in Zion, so you are come unto “Jesus, and to the blood of sprinkling, SPEAKING better things than that of Abel.” Heb.12:24

“And the Holy Spirit also bears witness to us; for after he has said, This is the covenant that I will make with them After those days, saith the Lord: I will put my laws on their heart, And upon their mind also will I write them; then says He , And their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more. Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin.” Heb. 10:15-18

And so the writer of Hebrews goes on to explain that it is the blood of Jesus Christ that has made ACCESS into Christ Himself and into His pure relationship of favor with the Father.

“Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest of holy BY THE BLOOD OF JESUS, by the way which He dedicated for us, a new and living way, through the veil, that is to say, His flesh; and having a great High priest over the house of God; let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience: ” Heb. 10:14

His blood has rent the veil in two and made the way into the Holy of holies giving entrance into the kingdom of heaven and into an unveiled face that we may behold His Glory. Without this blood the Lord dwells “in the light which no man can approach ; whom no man has seen, nor can see”1 Tim.6:16.

His blood is the one key which unlocks heaven by which,
We have peace toward God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have the access by the faith into this grace in which we stand.”Rom.5:1-2

“In whom we have the freedom and the access in confidence through the faith of Him” Eph 3:12. His Blood has purchased peace with God the Father and reconciliation in that, we which were far off “were made near by the blood of Christ”.
The blood of the Covenant has purchased victory over all the enemy even satan who,
“They overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.” Re 12:11

If there was such power in the blood of a lamb “striked” on their doors on the first Passover so that the Israelites lay safe within their houses untouched by the angel of death, how much more can we trust in the blood of Jesus Christ to cover believers in His name from the hand of God because of our trespasses and sins? So the Blood of Christ (our true Passover) has bought immunity and safety from all the judgment and dangers threatened against us because of our own sin.

Do we see the blood of Jesus Christ as a common thing?

Do we undervalue Him by not considering His matchless worth of His blood? Many look at His blood as insufficient for salvation. So many think it necessary for man to add his own righteousness. As if the sweat of Adam’s brow needed to be mixed together with the blood of the Lamb? By underestimating the true wealth of His blood many are carried away into a prosperity gospel. A false gospel promoting natural success as evidence of the favor of God. It is an empty pursuit stemming out from an ignorance of true wealth and value. There can be no boasting in our comfort or acceptance in the presence of The One “despised and rejected by men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief; and as one from whom men hide their faces” Isaiah 53:3. By adding financial gain, comfortable circumstances and gifts of tithes of corruptible things, to a salvation that is already complete and perfect; they assume that His death is not enough to extinguish the sinful nature, and continue to attempt to crucify again their own flesh by fleshly energies. And so the fleecing God’s flock is covered up in the religious garb of “spiritual disciplines”. No. Not one drop of the sweat of Adam will fall within the same creation as the blood of the Lamb. By His death and resurrection “out from among the dead” Jesus Christ has sanctified Himself from the world of man. So that there is now no relationship with God in earth except between The Father and Christ in you.

The blood of Christ is so precious that we are to take heed against profaning or sinning against it. Consider the punishment that he is worthy of who would tread….
“under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and insulted the Spirit of grace?” Heb. 10:29

So stand fast in this grace and do not trespass out from Christ in any attempt to produce another grace of your own. None of this is about finding a shiny new scriptural principle, or getting our theology squared away. Neither is this some attempt to persuade you to adopt some kind of “Hebraic view of the Messiah;” It is about the Eternal Gospel. God Himself is preaching this Gospel. It is about knowing and experiencing the Son Whom God has declared from the beginning. He is in you. Turn to Him. Trust in Him to reveal Himself to you and in you. God Himself has declared His Son in all these laws, rituals, types, and shadows. The eternal gospel does not have man as its source. And it is not taught by Man. It more precious than gold. The Holy Spirit has been revealing Jesus in a way that gives a new depth of meaning to the most legalistic passages in the Bible: the words of Moses. I write these things to show you some evidence that He is still revealing His Son in a direct way. Write you that you can know that His Love is in His Son, And that He has played you in His great love. His love is far bigger than we know. There is far more value in knowing the heart of God in true relationship of prayer trust and waiting for His appearing than by reading books or attending seminars.He is your Eternal Inheritance. Abide in Him until the light of this full day dawns.

YHWH crucified

This post is kind of long so get yourself a cup of coffee and settle.

Do you know His Name?

“‘My people are taken away for nothing. Their rulers wail’, declares YHWH, ‘and continually all the day My Name is despised. Therefore My people shall know My Name. Therefore in that day they shall know here I AM, behold it is I Who speak.’ How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of Him who brings good news, who publishes peace, who brings good news of happiness, Who proclaims Salvation, who says to Zion, “Your God reigns.” Isaiah 52:5-7.

Jesus is the Great I AM.
His coming is the good news of the Gospel.
He is the salvation and peace that was promised here in Isaiah.

There is this notion in the heart of the old man that God is pleased with having slaves. This comes from the “darkened understanding” (see Eph. 4:18). It is is a view that attempts to minimize His righteousness. Modern christianity has become a patchwork of soulish theologies constructed to cover our sin and bring God down to something that we can to wrap our natural minds around. This is the philosophy of the prodigal soul:

“I am no longer worthy to be called your son. Treat me as one of your hired servants.” Luke 15:19.

But in the parable, the Father is having none of this. Who our Heavenly Father is, is so much higher, greater than our own imaginations and concepts of Him. There is only one way to come to Him.

His Way.

That way is by the revelation of God in Christ. And His way has you clothed in the very best garments of His own beauty and Glory. God’s people are a people who are called by His Name.

“If my people who are called by My Name humble themselves, and ask and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land” 2 Chron. 7:14.

The Bible shows that God has given Himself many names. “YHWH your healer” is a Name given by God in Exodus 15:26. Allah for example is not a God given name. It is man made. Adonai is another of His names. Adonai is a God given name. Adonai means Master or Lord. Lord is found 419 times in the Hebrew Scriptures. So there is a true relationship where He is “Lord” of all Adam and of all the earth. However this is an Old Covenant relationship. A New Covenant relationship is a relationship of freedom and union within God because of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Notice that the New Testament describes the end of a Master/slave relationship in Adam and the inauguration of a New Covenant relationship in the Son:

“You are My friends if you do whatever I command you. I no longer call you slaves, for the slave does not know what his lord does. But I called you friends, because all things which I heard from My Father I made known to you” Jn 15:14-15.

“But I say, for as long a time as the heir is a child, even though he being lord of all, he is no different from a slave, but is under guardians and housemasters until the time pre-set by the father. So we also, when we were children, we were under the elements of the world, being enslaved. But when the fullness of the time came, God sent forth His Son, having been born out of a woman, having come under Law, that He might redeem the ones under Law, that we might receive the adoption of sons. And because you are sons, God sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying, Abba! Father! So that you are no more are a slave, but a son, and if a son, also an heir of God through Christ” Gal. 4:1-7.

Jesus also said, “Truly, truly, I say to you, Everyone practicing sin is a slave of sin. But the slave does not remain in the house forever; the Son abides forever. Therefore, if the Son sets you free, you are free indeed” Jn. 8:34-36.  

Another example of how Yeshua has become your freedom is seen in the great Passover deliverance of God’s people out from slavery in Egypt and then His carrying them into the land of inheritance. This emancipation was a prophetic testimony of the freedom from slavery to sin, in Adam, and of our being carried out to be placed into an eternal inheritance. All this shows Yeshua to be the true deliverer and Lamb of God.

These are all examples of how the Spirit teaches that a master/slave relationship falls short of the relationship that Jesus died to give you.

You may love to serve God, but He has not made you His slave.

In the New Covenant, God makes Himself known as your heavenly Father. He also reveals the Spirit of His Son in you as the only true servant of God.

Come and see how the very Name of YHWH touches all of this.

He did not reveal Himself as “the Lord” from the beginning.

I should mention that His Name isn’t really God. In the Bible the word “god” is a generic term referring to all kinds of gods. In Hebrew this word is “El.” In English, believers capitalize the G to distinguish between the One true God and the god’s worshiped in other cultures. And that when men curse, saying things like “god damn” this or that, it is not technically a violation of the third commandment, (using The Name in vain). It is of coarse an expression of a wrong heart since this is speaking empty, disrespectful, words in anger as prohibited by Jesus on the mount in Galilee. But this is not the same as using the Name of YHWH in vain.

The Proper Name that God has given Himself is YHWH.

The name Jehovah is just as much a manmade name as Allah. As we continue on in this, we are going to look at how the Name YHWH was changed into “The Lord” also “Jehovah”. Unfortunately the name of YHWH has been removed from most English translations of scripture. Even in your Bible. Originally The Name YHWH is written in the Hebrew Bible 6970 times. His name is more than a term that merely refers to the Divine entity. YHWH is the written representation of Who He is. His divine name is the nearest representation of God in language;

The glorious name of YHWH is blessed forever. The Name of YHWH literally means I AM. As it is confirmed in Isaiah,


“You are my witnesses,” declares YHWH, “and My Servant whom I have chosen, that you may know and believe me and understand that I AM he. Before Me no god was formed, nor is there any after me. I, I AM YHWH, and besides Me there is no savior. I have declared and saved and proclaimed, when there was no strange god among you; and you are My witnesses,” declares YHWH, “and I am God” Isaiah 43:10-12.

It is God revealing Himself as the fullness and fulfillment of everything that He has promised, required, and prophesied. The title “The Lord” in most places is not actually a translation of YHWH but a tradition of man intended to keep the name from being used in vain. “The Lord” is also a term that affirms and reinforces the relationship that Adam has with God. For the believer in Christ this is the wrong relationship. Modern christian religion perpetuates this misunderstanding and the mistranslation of YHWH exacerbates the problem. The Name YHWH has been changed into “The Lord” almost 7000 times in most of our English Bibles.

Are we more comfortable with a “Lord” than the One Who has named you His “friend” (Isaiah 43:8) One Who we are unable to comprehend with our own mind?

Since God has not revealed Himself as “the Lord” in the vast majority of these these Old Testament verses, let us throw off this tradition of man and embrace Him in the light in which He has truly revealed Himself.

From the beginning He has always been I AM. And as we go on, we will show how He saw to it that The Name of YHWH was even written, on the cross above Jesus. He has not concealed Himself or His name from His people. This is something man has done.
David didn’t coverup the Name. He wrote,

“The name of YHWH is blessed, From now, and forevermore From the rising of the sun to its going in, the Name of YHWH is to be praised” Psalm 113:2-3.

YHWH is a God of revelation. And He unveils Himself. When God reveals Himself as YHWH, He is proclaiming Himself as the source of all things. And Who He is, shows that mankind is the source of nothing.

When did God reveal Himself as YHWH?

“God spoke to Moses and said to him, “I am YHWH. I appeared to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, as El Shaddai [God Almighty], but by My Name YHWH [I AM] I did not make Myself known to them” Ex. 6:2-3

The Lord declared His Name to Moses at the burning bush.

“Now Moses said to the One God Behold! When I come to the sons of Israel, and I say to them, The God of your fathers sends me to you, then they will say to me, What is His name? What shall I say to them? Then God spoke to Moses: I AM THAT I AM. And He said: say you to the sons of Israel, “ I AM has sent me to you. And God said to Moses: say you to the sons of Israel, YHWH, the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you. This is My Name for the age, and this is the remembrance of Me for generation after generation” Ex. 3:13-15 ELT.

God has defined His own Name to mean I AM. He did not leave the interpretation or definition to man. You do not have to consult a Hebrew Lexicon or scholarly commentary. It is right there in your Bible. In verse 14 God told Moses to tell them, “I AM has sent Me to you.” and then in verse 15, “Say you to the sons of Israel, YHWH, the God of your fathers has sent” me. Whenever you look at the Name in the original language of the Bible you find the tetragrammaton in the Hebrew Scriptures. YHWH is written not Adonai. It does not mean Lord. These four Hebrew letters are pronounced: Yod Hey Wav Hey. It should not read “The Lord” in your Bible unless you believe you also should be protecting His Name from blasphemy or cursing. This was the reason the Jewish people began replacing YHWH with Adonai. But is this is unnecessary. Since you are under His protection; He isn’t under yours.

I AM that I AM communicates how He is present to produce His own Divine Life in you. HE IS the source of all that He is, and He produces His own increase. You cannot produce His increase. Your soul has never produced anything acceptable to God. HE IS the sum of all Spiritual things. YHWH fulfills everything that has been created typified, promised and prophesied. Therefore The Name YHWH is the expression of grace itself. More pointedly, I AM that I AM also declares how I AM not so that you can be any more. I AM THAT I AM. I AM declares that I AM all that I have created, promised, and required. And We are none of this, unless our souls are made into vessels of Him.

Some of your Bibles may read “I AM WHO I AM” for example the English Standard Version. This also muddies up living water. The word for “who” isn’t found there in Exodus 3:13. “Who” in Hebrew is pronounced “Mi.” When it says I AM THAT I AM, the Hebrew reads: Eh Yah Asher Eh Yah. Not Eh YaH Mi Eh Yah. So it should not be translated “I AM WHO I AM.” Asher is properly translated “that” as it in the KJV. It is a difficult expression in English because it can be so broadly used in Hebrew that it can seem to be all over the place. But it is simple enough to that He revealed Himself as “I AM THAT I AM”. YHWH was not trying to convince Moses that He is not an imposter. Since “I AM WHO I AM” would lend itself to the idea that God is trying to convince Moses that he is true. God wasn’t being defensive. He was not being cryptically evasive either. He is revealing Himself. It is our place to simply believe.

And if there is anything that I want you to take away from this word study it is this: God is present to cause everything of His own glory. It is not up to you. God has done it and He is going to continue to do it and you can bank on it. Everything of your sanctification, Salvation, and growth up into Christ is God’s own working in you. And we are to stake everything on this. So come and rest with us completely in His finished work.

Understand that the real reason that the Name of YHWH seems so obscure is because the natural man cannot face Him. Knowing the God of Glory comes at the loss of our own glory. The soulish man is ruled by a darkened understanding that makes the easiest truths the hardest to accept. Knowing YHWH is to know grace. There is much more to say about this.

Many of Literal Translations offer JEHOVAH the proper Name of God.

יהוה YHWH is also called the Tetragrammaton by those who assume the name YHWH is so mysteriously holy that no one really knows how say it anymore. But that is not how it was in the beginning. In the second century BC the Jewish community started a new tradition. To keep people as far away from blaspheming the Name as possible, they basically built a wall around a law (Lev.24:16) to protect GOD from blasphemy. It was thought that יהוה:(YHWH) was too holy to be spoken (except on the Day of Atonement.)

Now since the Name YHWH is in the scriptures almost seven thousand times, man’s religion felt that it had to do something about speaking the Name when they read from the Law. So it was decided that everyone will just say Adonai (Lord) instead when they read the Name. Unfortunately “Lord” became thought to be a literal translation of the Tetragrammaton, and this has been carried over by Christians into almost all our English Bibles. I AM has been removed from most of our English translations of scripture. Some of the Jewish people would say “HaShem” to show a reverence instead of just changing the scripture. “Ha, “is Hebrew for “the.” It isn’t a word by itself in Hebrew. “Ha” is tacked on to the word in the same way as we use a prefix in English. “HaShem” is the Hebrew word for “the Name” and it found is here in the 24th chapter of Leviticus:

“And the son of an Israelite woman, and he was a son of an Egyptian man, went out among the sons of Israel. And the son of the woman of Israel and a man of Israel struggled together in the camp. And the son of the woman of Israel blasphemed the Name [haShem], and cursed. And they brought him in to Moses; and his mother’s name was Shelomith, the daughter of Dibri, of the tribe of Dan. And they put him under guard, that it might be declared to them at the mouth of YHWH. And YHWH spoke to Moses, saying, Bring out the reviler to the outside of the camp. And all those who heard shall lay their hands on his head, and all the congregation shall stone him. And you shall speak to the sons of Israel, saying, When any man curses his God then he shall bear his sin. And he who blasphemes the name of YHWH dying shall die. All the congregation shall certainly cast stones at him. As to the alien, so to a native, when he blasphemes the Name [haShem],, he shall die” lev. 24:10-16.

To keep יהוה from being verbalized, the Jews inserted the vowels from Adonai (Lord) between the four consonants יהוה to help the reader remember to say Adonai instead of Yahweh when reading Torah aloud. The rabbis have plainly recorded all this.

“‘God whom they call “Lord.” This common nomenclature is the result of a long and complex development. In the Jewish tradition, the Tetragrammaton, הוהי, the four letter name of the God of Israel, is no longer spoken but is replaced by the reading adonai (יָֹנדֲא).”‘ Tradition and Innovation: English and German Studies on the Septuagint Martin Rösel Society of Biblical Literature Atlanta, 2018, pp. 291–316.

Also “Understanding The Name of God in Biblical, Rabbinic, and Medieval Jewish Thought by Hillel Ben-Sasson is an excellent reference book on this. Here are a couple more scholarly books that say as much for those who want scholarly verification.

“The meaning and pronunciation of YHWH , commonly known as the Tetra- grammaton (four letters),YHWH… “of Israel, which in the course of time fell into oblivion; (2) that it was pronounced “Yahweh,” rather than “Jehovah,” as had … doubt, the rendering Kyrios ton dynameon, Dominus exercituum, “the Lord of Hosts” -which we know is untenable, the word YHWH not being used.” Obermann, Julian. “The Divine Name YHWH in the Light of Recent Discoveries.” Journal of Biblical Literature, vol. 68, no. 4, 1949, pp. 301–323.

There is really no such word as Jehovah in Bible. It is a hybrid word man made to keep people from speaking the Name.

If you know a little about Hebrew you may be scratching your head asking yourself; but wait a minute I thought the original Hebrew didn’t have any vowels? And you would be correct. The Masoretic text was a later version of the Hebrew where they added indications of vowels. They were jots and tittles added about 700 AD. Some time later Christian monks in Germany where reading this text, not knowing anything about how the Jewish people were trying to restrict verbalization of YHWH, pronounced the hybrid word Jehovah. And they thought, AH HA! Now we have discovered the super secret Old Testament name of God….

Ah ha, His Name is Jehovah! And unfortunately, it stuck. And so this is why some literal translations (LITV and YLT) published Jehovah instead of Lord.

Sometime back I wrote a blogpost called “Jehovah and the Giratypus” Where I was showing the word Jehovah is like morphing the words platypus and Giraffe into Giratypus. The Name Jehovah is as much a silly man made word.

(My apologies to the Jehovah’s Witnesses).

Should we continue man’s tradition of cover up?

No. It is clear from the scriptures that יהוה was commonly spoken in conversation. Here Boaz says to Ruth,

If he is not pleased to redeem you, then I will redeem you, YHWH lives!” Ruth 3:14

“YHWH lives” was a common an expression before the prohibition of His Name because they understood back then that YHWH doesn’t really need anyone to protect Him. He is God. YHWH lives was probably used as an expression of assurance like people say today, “as sure is the day is long” or “As sure as eggs are eggs.” Here in Arkansas we say “Sure as shootin.” maybe because we have more guns per square inch than anywhere else in the world. But “YHWH lives” also says He lives and no other soul actually has Life unless His Spirit is living within that soul.

God has not called His people to veil His Glory or His Name.

The Name of YHWH was bought to fulfillment in the Person of Christ. The cross is the very manifestation of the glory of YHWH, The Great I AM. In the finished work of the cross Jesus “crossed out” the created life of man and replaced it with the Divine Life of YHWH. Both the Name of YHWH and the the finished work declare I AM, you are Not. So God caused the name YHWH to be written on the cross. Some have read this and somehow missed this point so I will say it again:

The Name of YHWH was actually written on the Cross of Christ.

“Pilate also wrote a title and put it on the cross. And having been written, it was: JESUS THE NAZARENE, THE KING OF THE JEWS. Therefore, many of the Jews read this title, because the place where Jesus was crucified was near the city. And it had been written in Hebrew, in Greek, in Latin” Jn. 19:19-20.

This is where we will show you the Name of YHWH was written, on the cross above Jesus. This inscription highlighted the first letter of these four words forming an acronym in all three languages. Now you can find plenty articles online giving reasons why it is far fetched. But I want you to understand that Greek, Latin and Hebrew in those days had no punctuation, and no spaces between the words, (Latin writers sometimes used hederas to separate paragraphs). But in general, if you have ever looked at a manuscript the letters just run together Scriptio continua. They wrote this way partly to save space on valuable parchment, but also because punctuation had not been invented. But there were different ways that writers would distinguish where one word stops and another began. Capital letters were used or at times the first letter of a word was written a little bigger than the other letters.

The Catholic church has traditionally made an acrostic from the Latin written on the cross so that INRI is still found on every crucifix since the first century. Because JESUS THE NAZARENE, THE KING OF THE JEWS in Latin was written: IESVSNAZARENVSREXIVDÆORVM. So INRI became basic abbreviation because the first letter was highlighted to show where each word begins.

And because ησοῦςὁΝαζωραῖοςὁβασιλεὺς τῶνουδαίων was the way this was written in Koine Greek, INBI also became the acrostic abbreviation written on all the crucifixes in Greek orthodox Churches. יהוה

In the same way, whenever the first Hebrew letters are made larger or in bold face it would be written: ישועהנצריומלךהיהודים Yeshua TheNazarite Andtheking TheJews. This is the proper way these four words were constructed in Hebrew according Dr. Eli Lizorkin-Eyzenberg of the Israel Bible Center. (https://weekly.israelbiblecenter.com/hidden-hebrew-message-pilates-cross/). Then the first letters of the Name YHWH form an acrostic abbreviation above Yeshua where he was crucified. There is also a fourteenth century painting by Fra Angelico highlighting the the Name of YHWH above Jesus Christ. The inscription in the painting reads in Hebrew, ישוע הנצרי ומלך היהודים.  This translates as, “Jesus the Nazarite and the King of the Jews.” Fra Angelico painted “and” because this is the way the original text appeared. “And” begins with Vav in Hebrew and it is tacked onto the beginning of a word in the same way as we us a prefix in English. I found this by looking at an interlinear translation of ū·me·leḵ 4428(e) וּמֶ֣לֶךְ in Genesis 14:8 (Look for yourself at https://biblehub.com/interlinear/genesis/14-8.htm) this one word literally translates: “and the King.” Then I found other Hebrew scholars such as Dr.Lizorkin-Eyzenberg confiming this.

It is no wonder that the Chief priests attempted to have it removed. Though John writes that when the chief priests speak to Pilate they deftly argue that they have a problem with Pilates scribe using of the definite article “The” King. They asked him to change the sign to read “a king” indirectly removing the name of YHWH from the cross, which was likely their true purpose. They would never complain to Pilate about the use The Name on the cross because the argument would require them to verbalize the Name of YHWh before Pilate. See John 19:19-22.

I know it is all complicated stuff that was lost in translation so that many will just categorize this as extra biblical speculation. However, this is the Truth. Jesus is God. That is the Gospel. And it perfectly affirms Who Jesus is,

“I and my Father are One” Jn. 10:30.

“And Philip said to Him, Lord, show us the Father, and it is enough for us. Jesus said to him, Am I so long a time with you, and you have not known Me, Philip? The one seeing Me has seen the Father!” Jn. 14:8-9

Jesus Christ “is the image of the invisible God” Col. 1:15.

In the Book of Revelation John writes: “When I saw him, I did fall at his feet as dead, and he placed his right hand upon me, saying to me, ‘Be not afraid; I am the First and the Last, and he who is living, and I did become dead, and, lo, I am living to the ages of the ages. Amen! and I have the keys of the hades and of the death” Revalation 1:17-18 see also verse 11.

This is the fulfillment of the words of Isaiah: “Who has planned and done it, calling forth the generations from the beginning? I YHWH am the First and the Last; I am He.” Isaiah 41:4

The name of YHWH requires knowing Him by revelation. You are not called to figure Him out with your own mind, or discover Him. He makes Himself known. It is not up to us to learn Christ or reveal Christ. Flesh and blood has not revealed Him and cannot reveal Him. He IS in you. And He is making Himself known. HE IS that HE IS.
There is a tremendous rest in this.

Why does His presence cause your heart to rest?

Because you are released from all your impersonations of Jesus to find His Life living in you, and you living in Him.

So live Life. His Life.

It never was about you.

“We preach not ourselves” 2 Cor. 4:5.

This is the preaching Christ alone. Period. We are not preaching a method. I am not proclaiming a message of saying the right words, as if saying the right Name will make something happen for you. The Gospel is not a formula, etc. This is not about adding “IN THE NAME OF YHWH” to the end of your prayers, It is about knowing Him in truth.

To face Him as He is, is to find our own end at the cross.

“I am YHWH; that is My name; and I will not give My glory to another, nor My praise to graven images” Isaiah 42:8 ELT.

There is a message in many Churches today that will tell you that Jesus died to enhance your life. Jesus died so that you can live. It says that God’s character is this:

“I AM SO THAT YOU CAN BE”

And if you mean Jesus died so that you can live by God’s own Life, then Okay. But the Jesus who died so that I can live my own natural life is also a false god. The underlying deception is that He is a Santa Clause Jesus who died so that I don’t have to. This is a false religious christianity that romanticizes the slavery of the soul to God’s Spirit. Your soul was not kept alive to be become a slave of the Spirit. These two natures do not coexist together. We have lost our soul life at the cross. The cross of Christ has brought rest for the soul.

The New Covenant is Christ living in our stead not us living in His stead. The finished work of Christ has exchanged your heart for His. “YHWH lives.”

Paul wrote “to me to live is Christ” Phill. 1:21.

He did not say “For me to live is Christ” Although you have probably heard many say these words.

Can you see the difference?

And the name Adonai or Lord falls short of the glory of this exchange. In John 12:25 Jesus said “Whoever loves his soul-life loses it, and whoever hates his soulish life in this world will keep it for eternal life”. This also is about rest for the soul.

In the book of Joshua the Gibeonites deceived Joshua so that they might escape from death.

Why have ye deceived us, saying, We are very far from you, and ye in our midst dwelling? and now, cursed are ye, and none of you is cut off from being a servant, even hewers of wood and drawers of water, for the house of my God” Joshua 9:23-24

So what is this story really about?

These scriptures were written for our admonition. What was happening was bigger than Joshua. He made them slaves because he was deceived. This is about the deception of taking up a false cross. It is a common deception in the Church. Wouldn’t our own souls rather deceive us and live as slaves to teachings of men and external laws rather than be subject to the cross of Christ? Two cannot coexist together. You lost your soul at the cross. You have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. Your soul is not kept alive to be made a slave of your Spirit. It is a false christianity that romanticizes the slavery of the soul to God’s Spirit. The cross of Christ has brought rest for the soul thru that death. God has destroyed the soul of Adam at the cross. Then Jesus was raised as both the Spiritual Life of every believer, as well as the restoration of the soul. So it is written,

“He restoreth my soul” Ps. 23:3

I AM that I AM communicates how He is present to produce His own Divine Life in you. HE IS the source His own increase. The Name Yahweh/I AM is the expression of grace itself. We cannot produce His increase. More pointedly I AM that I AM also declares how I AM not that you can be any more.

Who is God?

I AM THAT I AM.

Who am I?

I am crucified with Christ.

Secure In Christ

“Lift up your eyes round about, and see: all of them have been gathered together, and they are come in You. I live, says YHWH, Truly You have clothed Yourself with them all, as with an ornament, and You have fixed them in you, as a bride” Isaiah 49:18 English Literal Translation.

Who has gathered “all of them” in Himself? Who has clothed Himself with God’s people?

Jesus the Messiah.

This was accomplished in His finished work.
He is now your heavenly Husband, Who spoke through Isaiah. Saying,

“I greatly rejoice in YHWH, My soul exults in My God, For He has clothed Me with the garments of salvation, With the robe of righteousness He covered Me, As a bridegroom decorates Himself in ornaments, And as a bride adorns herself with her jewels” Isaiah 61:10 ELT.

In Isaiah God declares that He would make His Son our husband and Head. This was accomplished when you were raised up together with Him in His Resurrection. Now He has gathered you into a marriage union in His own perfect righteousness. This is the manner in which you are loved by God.

“Fear not, for you are not ashamed, do not blush, for you art not confounded, For the shame of your youth is forgotten, And the reproach of your widowhood remember no more. For Your Maker is your Husband, YHWH of Hosts is His name, And your Redeemer is the Holy One of Israel, ‘God of all the earth,’ He is called. For, as a woman forsaken and grieved in spirit. YHWH has called you, Even a youthful wife when she is refused, said your God. In a small moment I forsook you, And in great mercies I have gathered you, In overflowing wrath I hid my face for a moment from you, And in a kindness enduring forever I have loved you, So says your Redeemer—YHWH!” Isaiah 54:4-8 ELT.

In the cross we all were gathered together where He said “In overflowing wrath I hid my face for a moment from you.” In His death was when He “forsook you” in the “small moment.” And because “it is finished” He will never leave or forsake you again. It was in His Resurrection that the words “in great mercies I have gathered you. And in a kindness enduring forever I have loved you.” This love is with you now by His Spirit. In His Resurrection all believers have been gathered into this Marriage union whether they know it or not. This is for you. This union is fulfilled, it is eternal. Christ our Husband is the The Head; The Church is now His Body.

“Therefore, my brothers, you also have been made dead to the law by the body of Christ; so That you belong to another, to Him who is raised from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit unto God.” (Rom. 7:4)
This spiritual Marriage union was also illustrated in the clothing of the high priest in the days of Moses. Aaron’s clothes were a prophetic parable teaching us about a coming relationship with God through our Resurrected Savior. The significance of the High priest’s ephod previewed our New Covenant union within our heavenly Great High Priest. It was a parable commanded by God pointing to the coming of Jesus and the New Covenant union. His image shows a relationship of pure grace and Divine Love where the man of sin, Adam, has been so far removed from God’s sight that no man except Jesus ministers in God’s house. It is an eternal relationship showing how the kingdom of Israel was a testimony fulfilled in the Body of Christ. In His view the Church is the true city of God and the expression of His heart and Word. The image that God was depicting, when seen by the eyes of the Spirit, shows us how Jesus has clothed Himself with all of God’s people, who are, to Him, more precious than costly jewels. And as you look on  these “garments of salvation,” Is. 61:10, let the Spirit encourage your soul in all the ways you are securely fastened and fixed within God’s Grace. And may your heart find rest and comfort within the breast pocket of judgement, seeing that these are the same living stones that are built up together into the heavenly New Jerusalem.

Why? What does it mean?

It means that all who have come to rest in this secret place of the Most High, in Christ Jesus, have already come to Zion, the heavenly New Jerusalem, They are the Wife of the Lamb. There is no future event that has yet to take place before the marriage of the Lamb is come. In Him, You are already seated in the heavens reclining at the table, enjoying, even feasting, at the the marriage supper of the Lamb.

“He made us alive together with Christ (by grace you are saved, and raised us up together and seated us together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus” Eph. 2:5-6.

None of this was postponed until the afterlife, or until God can perform some other miracle. It is now IN Christ. May He grant you favor to see the One He sees. It is a breath taking panoramic sight wherein all His people are clothed with the beauty and glory of Jesus Christ in God’s own sight. It is written:

2“You make holy coverings for your brother Aaron, for beauty and for glory. 3 So you speak to all the wise-hearted whom I have filled with the Spirit of wisdom; and they make the coverings of Aaron to sanctify him for his serving as priest to Me.
4 And these are the garments which they make:
A breast pocket, and an ephod, and a robe, and an embroidered coat, a crown, and a girdle. And they make holy garments for your brother Aaron and for his sons, even for him to serve as priest to Me. 5 And they take the gold, and the blue, and the purple, and the crimson, and the bleached linen. 6 And they make the ephod of gold, blue, and purple, crimson and bleached, twined linen, skilled work. 7 It has two shoulder pieces at its two ends; and it is joined together.
8 And the band of the ephod which is on it, is like its work, gold, blue, and purple, and crimson, and bleached, twined linen. 9 And you take two onyx stones; and you engrave on them the names of the sons of Israel. 10 Six of their names on the one stone, and six of the remaining names on the second stone, according to their birth. 11 You engrave the two stones, the work of a stone engraver, the engravings of a signet, according to the names of the sons of Israel; you make fastenings in a work of gold. 12 And you affix the two stones on the shoulder pieces of the ephod, stones of remembrance for the sons of Israel. And Aaron carries their names before the presence of YHWH, on his two shoulders for a premorial.
13 And you make of gold settings:
14 and two chains of pure gold, you make them entwined, a work of cord; and you place chains of the cords on the plated work.
15 And you make a breast pocket of judgment, skilled work, like the work of the ephod you make it: gold, blue, and purple, and crimson, and bleached, twined linen you make it. 16 It is square, being doubled, its length a span and its width a span.
17 And you have fixed in it settings of stones, four rows of stones: a row of ruby, topaz, and carbuncle shall be the first row. 18 And the second row: emerald, sapphire and diamond. 19 And the third row: jacinth, agate and amethyst. 20 And the fourth row: chrysolite, onyx and jasper. They are plaited with gold in their settings.
21 And the stones are according to the names of the sons of Israel, twelve according to their names, the engraving of a signet; they are each according to his name for the twelve tribes.
22 And you make chains of woven work on the breast pocket, a work of cords, in pure gold.  
23 And you make two rings of gold on the breast pocket.
24 And you join the two rings on the two ends of the breast pocket. And you fasten the two cords of gold on the two rings, at the end of the breast pocket. 26 And you weld the two ends of the two cords on the two plates. And you affix them on the shoulder pieces of the ephod, to the front of it. 27 And you make two rings of gold, and you weld them on the two ends of the breast pocket, on its edge, inward across from the ephod.  And you make two rings of gold, and you weld them on the two shoulder pieces of the ephod, from beneath, at its front, near its joining, above the band of the ephod.  28 And they bind the breast pocket from its rings to the rings of the ephod with a blue ribbon, to be above the band; and the breast pocket may never move itself from the ephod.
29 And Aaron has borne the names of the sons of Israel on the breast pocket of judgment on his heart, in his going into the holy place, for a premorial before the presence of YHWH continually.
30 And you put the Urim and the Thummim into the breast pocket of judgment; and they are on the heart of Aaron in his going before the presence of YHWH. And Aaron has borne the judgment of the sons of Israel on his heart before the presence of YHWH continually. 31 And you make the robe of the ephod all of blue. 32 And the mouth in its top is in its middle; a binding is all around its mouth, of woven work; it is like the mouth of a corselet; it is not to be torn. 33 And you make pomegranates of blue and purple and crimson on its hem, all around on its hem; also bells of gold are among them all around: 34 a bell of gold and a pomegranate; a bell of gold and a pomegranate, on the hem of the robe all around.
35 And it is on Aaron for ministering; and its music is heard in his going into the sanctuary before the presence of YHWH, and in his coming out, that he should not die.
36 And you make a blossom of pure gold. And you shall engrave on it the engravings of a signet: ‘HOLINESS TO YHWH’.
37 And you put a ribbon of blue on it, and it shall be on the crown, to the front of the diadem.
 And it is on Aaron’s forehead, and Aaron shall bear the iniquity of the holy things which will sanctify the sons of Israel to all their holy gifts. 38 And it is on his forehead continually, that they are accepted before the presence of YHWH.
39 And you weave the coat of bleached linen, and you make a crown of bleached linen, and you make a girdle, the work of an embroiderer. 40 And you make the coat for the sons of Aaron; and you shall make girdles for them; and you make crowns for them, for glory and for beauty.
41 And you clothe your brother Aaron with them, and his sons with him; and you anoint them, and you consecrate them, and you sanctify them. And they minister as priests to Me. 42 And make bleached linen shorts for them, to cover the naked flesh, from the loins as far as the thighs are. 
43 And they are on Aaron and on his sons in their going into the tabernacle of the congregation, or in their drawing near to the altar to minister in the sanctuary, and so that they do not raise up iniquity and die. It is a perpetual statute to him and to his seed after him. Ex. 28:2-43 ELT.

How does God see you?

He sees you in His Son.

Jesus is your Head. You are One in Him, just as He is One with His Father. He is your identity in the presence of God. You are His Body. You are not known by the identity of your flesh. You are known by Him. The Resurrection was the answer to this prayer,

“That they may all be One, just as You, Father, are in Me, and I in you, that they also may be in Us, so that the world may believe that You have sent Me. The glory that You have given Me I have given to them, that they may be One even as We are One” Jn. 17:21-22.

Jesus is now the holiness and identity of His Body the Church. He is your acceptance with God.

“And He is the Head of the body—the Church—Who is the beginning, the first-born out from among the dead, that He might be in all things —Himself—having been first from before all. Col. 1:18 ELT.

 “Now you are the body of Christ and members of Him in part.” 1 Cor. 12:27 ELT.

When Paul wrote the letter to the Ephesians He shared from this same heavenly view of the marriage union in our High Priest. When he says “You are accepted in the beloved” Eph. 1:6. He is describing this Divine union as a relationship of pure Grace. And it is a description in accord with: “‘Holiness to YHWH’ shall continually be on his forehead, that they may be accepted before YHWH” Ex. 28:38. Paul was showing us the same Jesus as Moses wrote of because all Israel was depicted in the body and their holiness was seen in their head.

Holiness in God’s understanding is not your behavior or a lifestyle. True holiness is in a place where you abide by faith. It is in a Person. And it is a true relationship in Him. Holiness to YHWH is not about man’s impersonation of Jesus. Holiness as it is to YHWH is all about abiding in the One Who is Holy and bearing true fruit out from a relationship of union.  The need for this distinction comes from our ignorance of this union in Christ. And the insistence of being known by our own individual holiness is a rejection of being gathered IN Christ.

“O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the one killing the prophets and stoning those sent to her. How often I desired to gather your children in the way a hen gathers her chicks under her wings! And you would not be gathered” Mt. 23:37 ELT.

The New Testament tells us that we are “in Christ” more than two hundred different ways. And yet there is a great blindness among God’s people concerning what it means to be gathered up and known by God in His identity, under His crowned head.

Most translations read “miter” which is considered a kind of hat denoting authority. And though some may dispute whether it was a crown, or not, it was made to bear the appearance of a crown in the traditional form. In the way that a crown has a similar form with flower or blossom. One of the Hebrew words describing his crown is actually a word for describing a blossom. Youngs Literal Translation reads: “And thou hast made a flower of pure gold, and hast opened on it—openings of a signet—’Holy to Jehovah” Ex. 28:336-37 YLT.

This crown pointed toward the coming of the One Who would be both King and Priest. God had long ago declared the coming of the end of Aaron’s priesthood through Samuel in the days of Eli.

“I said indeed that your house and your father’s house should walk before Me. But now YHWH says, Far be it from Me! For those who honor Me, I will honor; and those despising Me will be despised. Behold, days come when I shall cut off your arms, and the arms of your father’s house,” 1 Sam. 2:30-31

Eli’s father was Aaron. The coming of Jesus as both the true High priest and King was the fulfillment of Aaron’s priesthood and established in the order of Melchizedek (a priesthood of Gentile nations, more ancient than Israel). But the order of Melchizedek is not priesthood of men. And in Ezekiel we are told plainly that the authority represented by both the miter and crown can truly only belong to the Messiah.

“Remove the miter and take off the crown. Things shall not remain not as they are. Exalt that which is low, and bring low that which is exalted. A ruin, ruin, RUIN will I make it. This also shall not be, until He comes, the One to Whom judgment belongs, and I will give it to Him,” Ezekiel 21:26-27 ELT.

And so Jesus came and was clothed in these “garments of Salvation” since they have always belonged to Him. But He did more than go into holy rooms in symbolic natural tabernacles, into clouds of incense, He ascended into the clouds of heaven and sat down in the throne of God. His own throne. And He has carried you there just as He said.. “I am coming again and will receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also.” Jn. 14:3. You are now represented there in Him in this throne of grace. And you cannot be “torn” from Him.

“The mouth in its top is in its middle; a binding is all around its mouth, of woven work; it is like the mouth of a corselet; it shall not be torn” Ex. 28:32.

It is amazing to me that Caiaphas’ own unbelief caused him to break the Law of Moses tearing the garments disqualifying himself from his High priestly office while accusing Jesus face to face.

“By the living God, You tell us if You are the Christ, the Son of God.  Jesus said to him, You have said it. I tell you more. From Now on you shall see the Son of Man seated in the right hand of God, and coming in the clouds of heaven. Then the high priest tore his garments, saying, He blasphemed! Mt. 26:63-65 ELT See also Ps. 110:1, Daniel 7:13.

The Days of symbolism and testimony had come to their end and the reality of the Day of Atonement began. It is the Day of Christ.

This is the New Covenant Day.

“My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand” Jn. 10:27-29 ESV.

 

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Christ our Secret place

Yet a little while and the world will see Me no more, but you will see Me. Because I live, you also will live.  In that day you will know that I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you”  Jn. 14:19-20.

What does it mean to know Jesus is “in” God and you are “in Christ”?

When He says “a little while and the world will see me no more,” He is telling us that even though He will forever make Himself invisible to the natural eyes and minds of the world, you can be made to see Him by faith, and in seeing Him, you will be made to know God’s own view of you. Seeing God’s view of Jesus is key to knowing the Truth.

When he says “Because I live, you will live” He is telling us that to God, His eternal, Resurrection Life has now become your eternal Life.  Jesus is declaring to us, just as He is “in” His Father, so also every believer is, to the same measure, “in” Him, and also has the presence of His Spirit within.  Jesus Himself is the substance and foundation of Salvation,  righteousness, and union with God.  His union with the Father secured your union in Christ and He in you. He is the New Covenant. Living in covenant with God is bound together with knowing Jesus and abiding in Him.

I was a believer a long time before I experienced anything of the reality of being in Christ. It was a familiar expression among Christians. I had heard it said of groups of believers in a far away lands, that they were “in Christ.”  I had read letters from believers who would sign “in Him”, for the postscript.  I had even read the words many times in my Bible; but they had no real meaning in me until I began to be taught by the Lord Himself. Until then, the words “in Christ” were formless and empty. Only the light of His presence unveils this reality, 

I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you.” 

When Jesus began making Himself known in me, then the scripture came alive.  As if my black and white heart had its first taste of color. 

It’s all Him.  

Where should we begin? 

Let us start with the first man, Adam. In seeing what it means to be “in Adam” we can begin to behold a contrast to being “in Christ.”

The Day of Christ exposes Adam to be the “man of sin.”   He was not always the man of sin, but he became this, when he “sold”  himself to the serpent. But before this, in the beginning,  Adam was created in the image of God as a type, or “figure of Him that was to come” Rom. 5:14.

“We are members of His body, of His flesh, and of His bones. For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be One flesh. This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the Church.” Eph. 5:30-32. 

Here Paul clearly shows the relationship of marriage union in Adam as the first prophecy testifying of the coming of Jesus Christ. When “God created man in His own image, man male and female, ” Gen. 1:27, the image was a specifically of Christ crucified. 
And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him… And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof; And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made He a woman, and brought her unto the man. And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man. Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh” Gen. 2:18, 21-24. 

So in the beginning, the natural, created life of Adam was created as a testimony of the cross of Christ. Animals were not a suitable helper for Him since they were not an increase of Adam, so were not a suitable testimony of the work of Christ. When it is said, “a man shall leave his father, and shall cleave unto his wife,” it was said to be a promise of how Jesus would leave His Father to be joined in union with His wife, the Church. Notice that in Christ “We are members of His Body, of His flesh, and of His bones,” Eph. 5:30. This saying is the New Testament fulfillment of Adam’s statement, “This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh” Gen. 2:23. When it was written that, “the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept” it was also a promise of how, Jesus in the cross, was put into the deep sleep of death. When Jesus was put into death, His side was pierced so that the Life which was of Him issued forth to the increase of His eternal life. 
“One of the soldiers with a spear pierced his side, and forthwith came there out blood and water” Jn. 19:34. 
Therefore the image Adam bore in his creation was a testimony of Jesus Christ crucified.  
There is a common, misconception in christian religious systems assuming that because God is triune, that the image of God in which Adam was created testified of the Trinity. The thought is that God must have created man with a human spirit, soul, and body. But this is an imagination being projected on the Bible.  Adam did not have a spirit to be regenerated. The Word of God says that he was created merely as a “living soul” Gen. 2:7, having a body. The doctrine of a tripartite Adam goes on to say that Adam’s human spirit died in the garden as the result of sin, and the logical conclusion is that it is a human spirit that is “regenerated” when believers are “born of the spirit.” But being “born of God” is not a restoration of the created life of man, but the coming of the presence of God’s own Divine Life, where He was absent.  It is the very Holy Spirit of God Who is received through Christ when you are born of the Spirit. In Christ, the Church is an entirely new creation that is made Life of His Life, and Spirit of His Spirit, out from His own Life-blood. In Christ, this “One New Man” Eph. 2:4 is entirely other than the “old man” and completely new. So when it is written, 

“The first man Adam was made a living soul, but the Last Adam a Life giving Spirit” 1Cor. 15:45, 

Paul is declaring that the judgement of Christ is the division between the first mankind and Jesus Christ, “the Last Adam.” So we are told Adam did not have the Spirit but in Christ alone is a sanctification of the Spirit, soul, and body. 
 Relationship with God has always been one of abiding and faith. 

In the first temptation Adam, already created in the image and likeness of God, was being tempted to reject his rest, and to reject God’s Word. And because of unbelief in God’s view of the likeness of His Son, they were provoked to do something to be “like God,” and in doing so he rejected the likeness of Christ crucified and so the fruit of unbelief became sin. And so death entered the world through the man of sin.

Why is Jesus called “the Last Adam”?

Because the cross of Christ was the end of Adam both head and body.  In the Bible God at times shows us His corporate view of all mankind. Just as a child is born head first, and then afterward the feet appear, God’s Word has shown all humanity as a single man spanning history. 

For example in the second chapter of the book of Daniel, God showed Nebuchadnezzar’s dream to be the statue of a man. And in that vision Adam is seen as an idol.  The head represented the king of Babylon and the different metals represented other kingdoms that followed in time until the days of Jesus when the stone was cut without hands, broke in pieces the iron, the brass, the clay, the silver, and the gold when it struck the image at the feet. The timeline shows when the coming of the Lord would be fulfilled. It also shows the head as the beginning of the man and the heel is the last or end of of that man. God communicated the same corporate timeline of man when He cursed the serpent in the garden. God declared Adam as a corporate humanity, saying that the serpent was “the head” of the old man. Jesus was the end of that man. Jesus as  “the heal” is the “Last Adam” because the work of the cross would destroy the old man.

“YHWH God says to the serpent, ‘Because you have done this, cursed are you above all the cattle, and above every beast of the field: on your belly you go, and dust you eat, all the days of your life;
and I put hatred between you and the woman, and between your seed and her Seed; He crushes you—the head, and you strike Him—the heel.’” Gen. 3:14-15.  English Literal Translation.  

Young Literal also reads: enmity I put between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; he doth bruise thee–the head, and thou dost bruise him–the heel.’” Gen. 3:15 YLT.
    
God is describing the first humanity as one serpent. God’s purpose for this man is the cross. And Jesus understood the will of God perfectly.
 
As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up:That whosoever believes into Him should not perish, but have eternal life.” Jn. 3:14-15
 
“You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him” Jn. 8:44. 

”Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the prince of this world be cast out. And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto Me. This He said, signifying what death He should die.” Jn. 12:31-33. 

When the work of Christ unveiled we see that “all men” died on the cross according to God’s view: The Apostles wrote from this same unveiled view:

The love of Christ constrains us; because we thus judge, that if One died for all, then were all dead” 2 Cor 5:14.

The cross has affected us all in a mutual and corporate way. And though we can accept this as a teaching or a message, we don’t really know it until we see this in His appearing.

When the veil remains over the heart that soul can only see themselves alone in his walk thru this world. In ignorance, the soul will war through a world struggling to attain to a relationship of rest and favor that Jesus has already brought them into. Knowing nothing of Jesus Himself as the secret place of the Most High God we assume God will love us if we change instead of first abiding in His love and being changed by Him. Underestimating the power of the blood of Christ as nothing more than a covering for his past sins and wrongdoing. This place of peace rest full provision and victory is within God’s Son Jesus Christ. And though it is good to know and believe the statements such as “because of Him you are in Christ Jesus” 1 Cor. 1:30.  The Father’s intention is for your own heart to made an eternal witness of “Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus” Eph. 2:4.

Already you are clean because the word which I have spoken unto you. Abide in me, and I in you” Jn. 15:3-4.

“‘If you abide in My word, then are you my disciples in reality; And you will know the Truth, and the Truth will make you free’.
They answered Him, ‘of Abraham we are, and have never been in slavery to any man: how can you say, ‘you will be made free’?
Jesus answered them, ‘truly, truly, I say unto you, everyone committing sin is the servant of sin.
And the servant does not abide in the house to the age: but the Son abides to the age. Therefore if the Son shall make you free, in reality you are free’” Jn. 8:32-36 English Literal Translation.

Why the Law?

Have you seen how YHWH was declaring His Son in the Law of Moses?

I cannot stress how important it is to see Jesus Christ here.

Like a two edged sword, the Law was given for two reasons.

The first reason was to prophesy of the coming of Jesus.

“All the Prophets and the Law prophesied until John” (the Baptist)-Jesus Mt. 11:13.

The other reason was that it would show us what we are outside of Him.

“The law came in so that the trespass would increase”- Paul, Rom. 5:20.

Good behavior isn’t one of His reasons for the Law.

Did the Law of Moses improve the behavior of Israel?

What were the first two commandments?

“Thou hast no other Gods before Me.”

“Thou dost not make to thyself a graven image.” Ex. 20:3-5 YLT.

What was the first thing God’s people did after this?

They made a graven image.

A golden calf.

The first commandments they received were the first that they broke.

Think about that.

Because they had applied Gods words to themselves, the sin, seizing an opportunity through the commandment, deceived” them and through it killed them, But when the Law is seen to point to the Life that Jesus is then “the commandment is holy and righteous and good,” according to Rom. 7:11-12. Few realize this but the law actually has the same affect on people today.

“The power of sin is the law” 1 Cor. 15:56.

Nevertheless people go on proclaiming external righteousness.

We need to see Jesus in Ex. 20:

The original language here doesn’t actually say don’t do this, don’t do that or “thou shalt not” etc.

Most don’t know this, but there is actually no future tense in Hebrew, (only perfect and imperfect tense, this is more like past and present tenses in English).

ALL of the futurist language you have read in your Old Testament has been added by translators to “help” us understand what they assume God really meant. In the preface of Youngs Literal Translation it says,

“The Hebrew has only two tenses, which, for want of better terms, may be called “Past” and “Present”-Dr. Robert Young.

God purposely chose a people with a language where it was impossible to say “will” or “shall” but only “let there be” what already is.

If the Spirit causes this understanding to get a hold of you it will radically and profoundly change the way you read the Old and New Testament.

Can you see God’s view of Jesus in this?

It shows how the foundation of all of God’s word has always been an expression of an eternal finished work. Even before Jesus came to manifest His eternal Life.

When the Father looked on Israel He did not see many individuals, He only recognized One Son. As it is written,

“So says YHWH, Israel is my Son, even my firstborn.” Ex. 4:22 ELT.

The 10 commandments were always a communication of God’s view of His people in Christ. Jesus is the “You” in these verses.

“You have no other Gods before Me.”

“You do not make to yourself a graven image.”

“You do not take up the name of YHWH your God in vain….”

“You do not murder.

You do not commit adultery.

`You do not steal.

`You do not answer against your neighbor a false testimony.”

The “ten words” are not Commandments for you to keep. Because He didn’t even say “don’t do this or that” because in God wasn’t even addressing man. He was speaking to One Son that fills His View. The Law was spoken out from His knowing of the Son. This was the Gospel, the good news spoken to Israel, even though they did not believe God’s view.

“For, indeed, we have had the Gospel preached to us , even as they also; but the word did not profit those hearing it, not having been mixed with faith in the ones who heard. For we, the ones believing, enter into the rest” Heb. 4:2-3

This is beautiful. The Gospel of grace is right there in the ten words. The Son. The Person of the Gospel. But this invitation was also refused because the words were not mixed with faith; they didn’t perceive this from God’s view. So the words were rejected and broken as a type of how Christ Himself (The Word) would be rejected broken.

The Father never stopped declaring His Son. And after they had applied the ten words to themselves, and failed to live up to His perfection. YHWH wrote a second set of tablets and put them into the heart of a tabernacle that was just a pattern or parable of the New Covenant in you. This time the stone tablets came with a glorious shining face. But they refused Him again, putting a veil over that face. They could not live in the land because of their lack of vision, faith.

In view of Him, this passage is also so clear.

“Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.
And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image out from the glory [of the first] to the glory [of the Second] For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.” 2 Cor. 3:17-18 ELT.

There is an incredible rest in seeing His unveiled face. It is to see with His eyes. In seeing Jesus we are brought out from the glory of the first covenant and into the glory of the Second.  It is Christ in you, the glory that Israel had hoped for.

Commandments weren’t even what God was trying give them.

They were being called into relationship.

They were being drawn to know and observe YHWH Himself.

But because of fear they rejected this relationship at the foot of Mountian.

“At the sounding of the ram’s horn, they shall go up INTO the mountain.” Ex. 19:13 LITV

Most translations make it sound as if there never was any invitation into His presence, but only a rejection of everyone but Moses.

“Take heed to yourselves, that ye go not up into the mount, or touch the border of it: whosoever toucheth the mount shall be surely put to death: There shall not an hand touch it, but he shall surely be stoned, or shot through; whether it be beast or man, it shall not live: when the trumpet soundeth long, they shall come up TO the mount” Ex. 19:12-13 KJV.

But just coming “to” the mountain falls short of what this was really about. The warning to Israel illustrated how there is no relationship with God except in the third day. Only then. Only when the voice sounds long as a trumpet, then was Israel invited to turn “to see the voice” Rev. 1:10-12. The translators of the NRSV, The Schocken Bible, YLT and LITV get it. Thats why in Ex. 19: they describe an invitation to come up “into” the Mountain.

This invitation is fulfilled by the Church coming boldly to the throne of grace in His Son Jesus Christ. Only in Christ. Only in the Life of of The Resurrection. As in,

“After two days He revives us:

in the third day He raises us up,

and we Live in the sight of Him.” Hosea 6:2

We have no access in our own name, righteousness, or strength; no relationship. The ban spoke of how flesh and blood can never inherit the kingdom of God. Everything from, and of, man is rejected. The administration of death was fulfilled in the cross. The New Covenant is the administration of Life. All this testifies of an invitation to Gods people to come to Him in The Person of the Resurrection. But this invitation was refused. So that generation did not come unto Him as He intended. Only Moses, and Aaron, Nadab, and Abihu, and seventy of the elders would be invited up later in Ex.24:9-10.

Obscure translations aren’t necessary to see how this was an invitation unto Himself.

“When thou hast brought forth the people out of Egypt, ye shall serve God UPON this mountain.” Ex. 3:12 KJV

“Ye have seen what I did unto the Egyptians, and how I bare you on eagles’ wings, and brought you UNTO MYSELF. Ex. 19:4 KJV

“Take ye therefore good heed unto yourselves; for YE SAW NO manner of similitude on the day that the LORD spake unto you in Horeb out of the midst of the fire” Deut. 4:15 KJV

Now this is saying something huge. They were being warned because they didn’t see Him, or even a similarity of Him. That first generation is being told to watch there step because the didn’t come up into relationship of seeing Him on that Day.

“Therefore, diligently guard yourselves, for you saw no form when יהוה :YHWH spoke to you at Ḥorĕḇ out of the midst of the fire” Deut. 4:15 TS

Most commentaries suggest that He purposely didn’t appear to them because He believed they would have just make graven images of Him, but why would he warn them to be careful not make images of a form they didn’t see any form to begin with?

They were being warned because they had refused their only means of transformation. We can only be transformed into His image by beholding His Glory. Only seeing Him by revelation can change you.

“But we all with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, as in a mirror, are being changed into the same image from glory to glory, as from the Lord, the Spirit.” 2 Cor. 3:18

Because they feared death, they removed themselves nine miles away from the mountain. Then He spoke the ten words.

But this was far was less than His best for them. But even then the Gospel was offered to them even as He was being rejected.

The Father has never failed to clothe His Israel in Jesus Christ.

He has already provided all that He required.

His Love endures forever.

 

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Where are we to look to see His face?

Where He is.

“God Who said, “Out of darkness Light shall shine, has shone…”

Where?

“…in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.” 2Cor. 4:6. LITV.

Where did Paul know Jesus to be revealed?

“When God was pleased, He having separated me from my mother’s womb, and having called me through His grace, to reveal His Son in me, that I might preach Him among the nations, immediately I did not confer with flesh and blood” Gal. 1:11-16 LITV.

He is in your heart. He is your Spirit.

“When He comes to be glorified in His saints, and to be admired in all those who believe in that Day” 2 Thessalonians. 1:6.

Where did Peter say we should look to see His coming.  He writes:

“We have the prophetic Word more fully confirmed, to which you will do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the Morning Star rises in your hearts” 2 Peter 1:19 ESV.

Where did John see the revealed Christ?

“And I turned to see the voice that spake with me. And being turned, I saw seven golden candlesticks; And in the midst of the seven candlesticks One like unto The Son of Man” (Rev.1:12-16)

John saw Him “in the midst” of the Churches, This is just as the prophets said it would be.

“Sing and rejoice, O daughter of Zion, for Behold, I come and I will dwell in the midst of you  declares YHWH your God” Zechariah 2:10.

Jesus Himself has told us that world will not see His presence, but to believers he says “you will see me.” 

“Yet a little while and the world will see me no more, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. “In that day you will know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and

I in you”  Jn. 14:19-20 see also Jn 16:16-19.

Jesus plainly taught that,

“The kingdom of God is not coming in ways that can be observed, neither will they say, ‘Look, here it is!’ or ‘There!’ For behold, the kingdom of God is in within you.Luke 17:22.

Therefore the seeing of faith is by revelation, this kind of knowing is the foundation of the Church, and it cannot be experienced by the seeing of “flesh and blood,” He said,

“Flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven”. Mt. 16:17.

The return of Christ is concealed to the Adamic man. His appearing in your heart comes as “a thief in the night”, because His unveiling is an inconspicuous experience. It is as intimate as the consummation of the marriage of Lamb. So it is written

“Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, neither has it entered into the heart of man, the things which God has prepared for them that love him. But God HAS revealed them unto us by His Spirit” (1Cor. 2:9-10).

It is so sad that the religious mind is so ignorant of Christ that it uses this same passage of scripture to sing an unbelieving declaration that “we can only imagine” what God HAS revealed unto us.  It is a false worship of a soulish christianity, that finds itself in the same condition as the Old Covanant worshiper. Holding to an unfulfilled external expectation of His coming in the flesh. Those who have yet to experience a spiritual appearing are clinging to an outward carnal expectation. For example:

“Behold, He is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see Him” Rev. 1:7.

The natural mind has twisted these words into a false hope that directly contradicts the meaning of all these scriptures. This tangible coming was fulfilled a very long time ago, albeit in a very different form than so many assume. When it is said “every eye will see Him” we should not forget that His coming was with the obscurity of “clouds”. Every eye did see Him come, and destroy the temple. As it is written,

“Set the trumpet to thy mouth. He shall come as an eagle against the house of the LORD, because they have transgressed my covenant, and trespassed against my law” (Hosea 8:1).

When the Romans came into the temple, having already been set on fire by the Jews themselves, they quickly set up their ensign, an idol in the form of an eagle, over against the eastern gate in and offered sacrifices to it (see Josephus War, b. vi. chap. 6,). This external apocalypse was fulfilled long ago. It was about an external judgment on those who did not obey the Gospel. The natural eyes of “all nations” saw Him. As it was written,

“And thou shalt become an astonishment, a proverb, and a byword, among all nations whither the LORD shall lead thee.” (Deut.28:37)…“Even all nations shall say, Wherefore hath the LORD done thus unto this land? What does it mean? The heat of this great anger? Then men shall say, Because they have forsaken the covenant of the LORD God of their fathers” (Deut 29:24-25) 

The early Church believed that His coming was already fulfilled and wrote these things down for our benifit. This view of a continual advent of Christ comes from the earliest traditions of Christianity. This was the teaching of the Church in the second century.  For example Origen the Bishop of Alexandria (185-254 A.D.) taught an internal Apocalypse for believers. He said,
“He comes everyday with great power to the heart of the believer in the clouds of prophecy, that is, in the Scriptures of the Prophets and Apostles who utter the word of God with a meaning above human nature. Also we say that to those who understand, He comes with great glory, and that this is the mole to be seen in the second coming of the Word which is to the perfect. And so it may be, that which all three evangelists (Mt, Mk, Lk.) have said concerning Christ’s coming, if carefully compared together and thoroughly examined would be found to apply to His continual daily coming in His Body which is the Church, of which He said in another place, ‘from now on you shall see the Son of Man sitting on the right hand of the power of God, and coming in the clouds of heaven” (Aquinas Catena Matt. 24:30).

Just as they have said I am telling you that God has called you to know the return of Jesus Christ by faith and not by sight. God’s will for His people has always been for us to come to an inward apocalypse so that we will never experience an external apocalypse.  Another verse so often twisted into to rejecting His coming  by faith is,

“Why do you stand looking into heaven? This Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw Him go into heaven” Acts. 1:11

Assuming that this can only mean that natural sight will witness a future physical coming of Jesus, very few will pause at the question, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into heaven?  The question was asked because the sky is the wrong place to be looking for Jesus’ return. And the manner of His ascension was never about His flying up into the sky like superman. We are not to be looking up in the sky for a flying Jesus. Because we are to be looking for His appearing in our hearts.

Ascending into a cloud was a specific fulfillment of the rituals of the High Priest. Once a year the High Priest would ascend into the Holiest in a cloud of incense. The manner of His ascension was in fulfillment of the Law of Moses.  And the manner of His return is in fulfillment of the same ministry. The next time the High priest was seen by the people he wore the white linen ephod “no more”.  When Jesus ascend into a cloud the ministry of Christ became Spiritual ministry. The ministry of Christ is fleshly “no more”. As in,

“the world will see me no more”- Jesus Jn. 14:19.

“Though we have known Christ according to the flesh, yet from now on we know Him so no more” – Paul 2 Cor. 5:13 ELT.

The white garment represented Jesus as the Last Adam. That first creation had “waxed old like a garment; as a robe Thou changes them, and they have been changed” Ps 102:26. Now He has put on a heavenly Jerusalem in garments of beauty and Glory. These garments represented the Person of the Resurrection, “One New Man,” Eph. 2:15 IN Christ. Jesus, the Head, and God’s people are His Body. Just as twelve tribes were depicted in the breastplate of Judgment, Spiritual Israel is defined in the body of the Great High priest. As it is written,

“Isreal is my Son, even my firstborn (Ex. 4:22).

The New Jerusalem is His increase, the Church. If you compare Ex. 28:17-21 with Rev. 21:16,20-22.  You will understand that the Church is the New Jerusalem now, because she is defined as the Body of the Great High priest. The Church is Christ Himself. In Him she is more precious than jewels. She is His own Body. “flesh of His flesh and bone of His bones”. As it is written,

“Lift up round about thine eyes and see, All of them have been gathered, They have come to You. I live, says YHWH. Surely all of them as an ornament You put on, And you bind them on like a bride.” (Isaiah 49:18 YLT)

This Jesus”… “will come in the same way as you saw Him go into heaven” Acts. 1:11, is about how His return is to be seen as the fulfillment of the High Priest, that is, after he had appeared in the presence of God for us, then he returned out from the holy of holies, changed his clothes, and then he appeared to the people, so God’s people could see what God now sees. That is now all of God’s people are in Christ. We have been gathered into the perfection of “the Second” Man “without sin, unto salvation” see Heb. 9:28.

Through eyes of faith we know that we all have been gathered into Jesus. Then in the light of His day we..

know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you”  Jn. 14:19-20.

In Hebrews the concordant Literal translation says,

“Christ also, being offered once for the bearing of the sins of many, will be seen a second time, by those awaiting Him, apart from sin, for salvation, through faith.” Heb. 9:28 CLV.

The two words, “by faith” have been omitted from almost all of your modern Bibles. It was first removed from the Codex Sinaiticus and the copiers of later manuscripts blindly followed suit. Even though two out of three of the oldest Greek manuscripts tell us that “unto those that look for Him, He will seen, the Second” Covenant, by faith.”

I expect modern reform theologians would have picked up on this if they only believed that the holy Spirit still deals with God’s people by revelation. The sad fact is that the Church is now crippled by an unbelief in the presence Jesus Christ. The return of Christ will never end faith and begin a dispensation of pure law, as the dispensensationalist religion teaches. The fact that this idea isn’t laughed out of our Assemblies should be enough cause for a wake up call. Your relationship with God is one that is of Grace through faith. This is no temporary relationship, it is just as eternal as Hope and Love. The seeing of faith is part of  spiritual faculties that God has called to be exercising in this world, see Hebrews 5:14.

Hear what the Spirit is saying to the Church:

“Set your hope completely on the grace that will be brought to you in the revelation of Jesus Christ”. 1 Peter 1:13 ELT.

Seeing Jesus as He is, is seeing Grace.

Grace thru faith remains eternal.

The answer has never been to adopt a more consistent or logical interpretation. The answer is seeing and knowing Jesus Christ revealed in you. Then you will be persuaded of God that the hope of the true Church has never been set on an external Apocalypse. It has been on knowing the Person of the Truth by revelation knowledge, as it is written,

“Having been hidden from the ages and from the generations, but now is revealed to His saints; to whom God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the nations, Who is Christ in you, the hope of glory”Col.1:26-27 LITV.

His light shows us God has never wanted man to muster our fleshly energies to try to please God. In view of Him we see that our own works have never made us pleasing to God. Following Jesus in His death and resurrection is about finding our end in Him, and accepting Jesus as your eternal Life and in Him you already have a perfect relationship with God. When we perceive the words of Jesus in the light of the Truth we begin to understand Jesus is calling us to a specific kind of obedience. That is, an obedience of waiting on the Lord until He appears. There is nothing shallow about the mind of Christ in this. Before the wise man could build anything, he “dug and went deep” (Lk. 6:48). The foundation that Jesus is, must be revealed before anything can be built of Him, or it will come down. This foundation is Jesus himself. When Jesus asked them Who do you say that I am? Peter said,

“You are the Christ, the Son of the living God. And answering, Jesus said to him, ‘Blessed are you, Simon, son of Jonah, for flesh and blood did not reveal Me to you, but My Father in Heaven. And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My Church, and the gates of Hell will not prevail against her” Mt. 16:16-18.

The rock is Christ unveiled. Eternal Life is more than Christ in you, it is knowing Him. Of course the foundation is Christ, but there is more than just having His presence in you. There is knowing Him, and being taught by Him.

What value is keeping an unopened gift?

When the gift is Jesus Christ Himself, it is of great value. Because He is in you, the Father does not relate with you, but with His Son Who is in you. So you are already blameless in Him. And this is the grace of God in Christ. When Paul writes,

“You are not lacking in any gift, while you wait for the revelation of our Lord, Jesus Christ, Who also will confirm you until the end, blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ” 1 Cor. 1:8.

“May the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole Spirit and soul and body remain blameless in the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ” 1 Thess. 5:23.

Because You have the presence of Christ in you you are already blameless before God,  But is more than just having Christ. There is knowing Him in the Spirit. In seeing Jesus, we are made free from self, and the false worship of a self help christianity.  We are made free of trying to please God by our own fleshly energies. Because in seeing the real Jesus we see the Life that pleases God. You see Him as Your Life, see Col. 3:3. And its not you It is Christ, See Gal. 2:20.  Jesus is your Spirit; He is your core. Seeing Him is freedom from external religion because it is His presence that has already made you clean, and perfect. His coming is the end of the attainment of the flesh. And that why we don’t preach ourselves: that is, our own righteousness, or us  becoming anything, but Jesus Christ is already our everything.

“For we Do not preach ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, with ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake. For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ” 2 Cor. 4:5-6.

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Who is the New Creation?

“So says God, YHWH, creating the heavens, and stretching them out, Spreading out the earth and all its productions, giving breath to the people on it, And Spirit to those walking in it. I, YHWH, have called You in righteousness, And I take You by Your hand, and keep You, And I give You for a covenant of the people, And a light of the nations. To open the eyes of the blind, To bring forth from dungeons the bound ones, From the prison house those sitting in darkness. I am YHWH, this is My name, And I give not My glory to another, Nor My praise to graven images.” Isaiah 42:5-8 ELT.

God often speaks in the book of Isaiah in surprising ways. The seals are coming off this passage for me. There is such a bright newness shining in a way I never imagined.
It’s all about Jesus, of course. Jesus is the New Creation.
But more specifically God showing how the Person of Jesus is the New Creation and our New Covenant. The language of creation here isn’t God just trying to cause us to remember how He created the old heavens and the earth. He is pointing our hearts to see His Son as a New Heaven and Earth for us to abide in.

“So says God, YHWH, creating the heavens, and stretching them out, Spreading out the earth and all its productions, giving breath to the people on it, And Spirit to those walking in it.” Isaiah 42:5-6

He is declaring the Son of God to be the Head of “One New Man” Eph.2:15, and the Spiritual light of a creation who is different from the first. He is our inheritance. We are to experience Him. posses Him, and Abide in Him. He is the only Man Who brings the presence of the Spirit within Him. The Seed of God is the Newness of this land. And as we abide in Jesus, we see that He is more than the keeper of the New Covenant, He is our covenant with God. Gods purpose in revealing Him is “to bring forth from dungeons the bound ones, From the prison house those sitting in darkness.” This is a people who don’t even know they are in darkness. And there is a burden in me for them.

So what is New about the New Creation? He is ONE Spirit, soul and One Body. Adam had received a created kind of soulish life, breathed into his nostrils in the beginning. But Adam never had the “Spirit” within his soul. Only Jesus came filled with the eternal, Spiritual, Life of God at the core of His being. Adam was void of Spiritual life in the beginning. That is to say, there is nothing that is of man that was accepted by God, and that there is absolutely nothing that has its source from a created kind of life that is regarded of value to God. Has God not said?

“Cease yourself from man, whose breath is in his nostrils, for in what is he to be esteemed?” Isaiah 2:22 KJV.

The rhetorical question is meant to cause us to face the vanity of our natural life so that we will turn from the fleshly energy of self to be found in this One Who is eternal Life. This One NEW Man is Jesus Christ Head and Body. He alone is honored and held in the highest esteem before YHWH.

Now I understand that this view is commonly rejected because there are theologies that twist the scripture in attempt to prove that Adam had a kind of “human spirit” breathed into him in the beginning. The rational is that this is the part of Adam that died at the fall of man. But whenever this train of thought is followed to its logical conclusion, it portrays salvation and spiritual birth as nothing more than a restoration of man to a former state: a state where communion with God was external not internal. And it follows that being “born again” is just a recreation of the glory of man. True salvation is Jesus Christ being revealed in you as the Newness of all things. In the counterfeit salvation, old things are made new. And Jesus is not the center of this old creation, but man. All of this this is complete nonsense in God’s view. God has declared the life of first, soulish, man equal to animal life.

“For what happens to the sons of man and what happens to the beasts is the same; as one dies, so dies the other. They all have the same breath, and man has no advantage over the beasts, for all is vanity.”. Ecc. 3:19 ESV.

Even though Adam has opportunity through the death resurrection of Jesus, to be received in a better place. A place where he is “in Christ”, and Christ is in Him; Man without the Spirit is nothing more than a beast. The view of a tri-part Adam,  is a view that is ignorant of God’s distinction between the first kind of man, Adam and the Second Man: Jesus Christ, both head and body. The false view, is a view where the restoration of the Old creation is the pinnacle of God’s Intention; instead of a New Creation filled with the eternal “Life-giving Spirit” of God Himself. This same separation between the two creations and two men can be seen right here in Isaiah 42:5 where it is written,

“Giving breath to the people on it, And Spirit to those walking in it.” Isaiah 42:5 ELT.

So YHWH said that “Spirit” and “breath” are two different things. “Spirit” is Gods Divine Life and “breath” here represents the life of the soul. Even though they may seem interchangeable when you read the definition of “Pneuma” in a Greek lexicon, but this idea doesn’t bear out in the Hebrew scriptures. The coming of Jesus fulfilled the judgment of the world as it is written,

“Two men will be in the field; one will be taken and One left. Mt. 24:40

It was the work of Christ that removed the old man from relationship with God and now Christ alone remains. So it is written,

“Behold, I come to do, thy will O God; He takes away the first that he may establish the Second” Heb. 10: 9.

The Second what?

The Second Man, the second Covenant, and the Second coming. Christ in you is the fulfillment of all three.

The judgment of the Person Christ Himself is a permanent seperation between the first who was a soul and “the Second” Who is the only Spiritual Man. This is one of the themes of the Book of Hebrews:

“The Word of God is living, and powerfully working, and sharper than every two-edged sword, and piercing deeply as far as the division of both soul and Spirit” Heb. 4:12.

In the coming of Jesus Christ we see this judgment between the first mankind,
Adam; who was merely a soulish life breathed into the nostrils of a body of flesh,
and Jesus: Who as The Resurrection, is the Head of One New Man.
He alone is Spirit, Soul and One Spiritual Body.

Let’s look again at Isaiah 42: where the Father is speaking to the Person of His Son, Who is the Second. He names Him exclusively “the Servant of God.”

“Behold My servant, whom I uphold, My chosen, in whom My soul delights” Isaiah 42:1. This declaration is fulfilled the appearing of Jesus at the baptism of John.

“It happened, in the baptizing of all the people, Jesus also being baptized, and praying, the heavens were opened; and the Holy Spirit came down in a bodily form as a dove upon Him. And there was a voice out of Heaven, saying, You are My Son, the Beloved; in You I have been delighting Lk.3:22.

Isaiah 42 was God’s preview of this age ending event: the coming of Jesus. Gods voice out of heaven was a covenant changing event. The voice of God had not been spoken from heaven since Mount Sinai. Not in a way that God’s people as a whole heard God Himself speak. We often miss the significance of what God saw in the appearing of His Son here. But Jesus didn’t miss it. This change of ages from the Old Covenant to New had already taken place in the coming of His presence. That is why Jesus taught:

“For all the Prophets and the Law prophesied until John” Mt. 11:13.

Jesus said that the rituals of Law of Moses prophesied of His coming, and the words of the prophets were already fulfilled at the time that John baptized Jesus.

This is still an extremely controversial statement for Christians today.
You can hear the arguments:

The New Covenant wasn’t inaugurated until He shed His blood on the cross!
Jesus did not have a finished the work until He had conquered death and the grave on the third day! Or The New Covenant could not begin until the disciples began to experience the presence of the Holy Spirit. Right? No. No. Our proof text is Hebrews 8:13. The writer said that Old covenant was only “ready” to vanish away” The words of the prophets Old covenant could not be fulfilled until the destruction of Jerusalem! Only then did the first covenant become “old”.

But obviously these ideas don’t hold water with the way Jesus sees. He believed, “all the Prophets and the Law prophesied until John” Mt. 11:13.

Why is the mind of Christ so contrary to our own? Is it because our own natural mind is so consumed with external works and events that we miss God’s eternal perspective. That is that…

His Divine Life is enough.

Before Jesus has preached One word.
Before He had performed one miracle,
before He has shed on drop of his blood,
The Person of Jesus was enough.

Before there was any external manifestation of Divine union,

His Spirit is enough.

 “And as for Me, this is My covenant with them,” says YHWH: “My Spirit,” Is. 59:21 ELT.

Seeing the Person of Christ is the foundation of grace. It is the foundation of grace because your salvation is not based on what you are going to do for God in the future, but on the presence of His Spirit within, He is your Salvation. He is the source.

This is why when Paul writes “Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates? 2Cor. 13:5 KJV. His meaning is that you have passed this examination if you “know” that Jesus Christ is in you. Don’t let anyone lie to you that this is about examining your behavior to see if you are “Christ like” enough to be saved. Paul also wrote,

“If any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of His”. Rom. 8:9 because God’s Spirit is enough.

Man can be so focused on the finished work of Jesus (His death and resurrection) that we miss the person of the New Creation. When Jesus is declared to be The Son of God by the mouth of YHWH Himself the end of the old covenant age had already come to an end.

So God declared Him to be the Gift of God in saying “I give You.” (verse 6). And then He declares His gift to be our covenant.

“I give You for a covenant of the people”, Verse 6. That means that as an individual you do not keep the New Covenant. So the New Covenant it is “not I but Christ” Who is serving God. You can only be a vessel of this servant, (Gal. 2:20)
You abide In Him by faith. It means that Jesus Christ is the promise of God.
If God has made any promises to you, He has promised you His Son.

“For as many promises as are of God, in Him they are yes, and in Him are Amen, for glory to God through us.” 2 Cor. 1:20.

Its normal for the natural mind to look past Jesus to imagine God promising things beyond Jesus. But God has not promised you anything apart from His Son. Jesus is told the Jews the same thing when He said,

“Search the scriptures; for in them you think you have eternal life: and they are that which testify of me.” Jn. 5:39.

God has promised you benefits in His Son. He has promised a new Heaven and earth, eternal Judgment, Resurrection, and He has promised a New Creation. But none of these are separate from Who He is.

Does God need to destroy planet earth, then create a new planet, before the New Creation could be fulfilled? The answer is no. It is also a false assumption that there will be be no more physical death in the new Heaven and earth. This belief is not based on what is written in the scriptures.

“I For, Behold, I am creating new heavens, and a new earth, And the former things are not remembered, Neither do they ascend on the heart. But you joy, and rejoice for ever, that I am Creator, For, behold, I am creating Jerusalem a rejoicing, And her people a joy. And I have rejoiced in Jerusalem, And have joyed in My people, And the voice of weeping, and the voice of crying is not heard in her any more. There is not any more a suckling of days there, And an aged man who does not complete his days, For the youth dies at hundred years old. And the sinner, a hundred years old, is lightly esteemed. And they have built houses, and inhabited, And planted vineyards, and eaten their fruit. They do not build, and another inhabit, They do not plant, and another eat, For as the days of a tree are the days of My people, And the work of their hands wear out do My chosen ones. They labour not for a vain thing, Nor do they bring forth for trouble, For the Seed of the blessed of YHWH are they, And their offspring with them.
And it has come to pass, They do not yet call, and I answer, They are yet speaking, and I hear.” Isaiah 65:17-24.

This is a description of a people in union with the Seed of YHWH: Jesus. In Christ you are part of the household of God. In Christ physical dying has no sting because though we pass away. We never depart from being in Christ. God’s Life cannot be extinguished.

Dispensationalist religion offers an interpretation that postpones any present enjoyment of a New Creation that is in Christ. It is unbelief. It is a teaching that postpones the present reality of resurrection into the New Covenant, and puts it off until some other future miracle.

Do the scriptures describe the New Creation as if it is yet to come?

“If any man is in Christ, he is in the New Creation: the old things have come to an end; behold all things have truly become new” 2 Cor. 5:14 ELT.

“Neither circumcision counts for anything, nor uncircumcision, but a new creation” Gal 6:15.

No. The New Creation is now in Christ, not yet to come.

How is Jesus already be the New creation?
Paul is describing the New Creation when He writes:

“There is a natural body, and there is a Spiritual Body. And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a living Spirit.” 1Cor.
15:44-45.

Adam was created as a living soul who had a body. He was the first Old creation. You are part of that creation if you are not yet “born of the Spirit.” The New creation is the Man who has the Spirit of God present in His soul. Eph. 2:15 says that He is One New Man. The first creation was not inhabited with the Spirit of God. The New creation is the Spirit of Christ living in a people. “The Church” is another scriptural term for the New Creation. The Old creation was the first humanity. Though Adam was the crowning achievement of the natural world, he did not have the Spiritual Life according to Paul’s words, “The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a living Spirit.” 1Cor. 15:44-45. He is making a distinction the first soulish kind of man and the heavenly Man Who is a second Man.

As the Resurrection, Jesus became the Life giving Spirit. In our self-centeredness we like to think of Jesus’ resurrection as an example of another future miracle where we will get our own resurrected bodies. But in truth Jesus is our resurrection out from among a dead humanity into a pure and perfect relationship with God. Resurrection Life is Spiritual Life. This yours is NOW. Unfortunately dispensational religion rejects a Spiritual resurrection Body. So it is assumed that the resurrection of Jesus is fulfilled but our own resurrection is still unfulfilled until some glad day far away. But this view directly contradicts the Word of God. As it is written,

“knowing the time, that for us, the hour already is to be aroused out of sleep” Rom. 13:11YLT.

“If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God” Col. 3:1

“He revives us after two days, In the third day He raises us up, And we live in the sight of Him” Hosea 6:2 ELT.

When did Jesus raise “us” up? The Word of God plainly tells us,

“In the third day He raises US up.”

The issue is about our willingness to trade union in a true Spiritual resurrection for a false expectation of a resurrection of fleshly bodies. When so many are in unbelief concerning the present reality of the resurrection, they have been rendered powerless to receive the inheritance that is already theirs in Christ. And no wonder that there is so little unity among Christians since so many are still waiting for our Oneness. But the Body of Christ is already a Spiritual Body. As the Apostle Paul taught, “There is a natural body, and there is a Spiritual Body. And so it is written,“The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a living Spirit.” 1Cor. 15:44-45.

This Resurrection Body is already a Spiritual Body. When it is said that something is “Spiritual”, I often see a vacant look on the peoples faces. Because the natural mind too often defines “spiritual” as if its a synonym for something vague or without definition. People think if something is spiritual than it is not even “real.” No. The Word of God plainly tells us that this line of thinking is outside the truth. In reality, the Spiritual realm is more real than the tangible realm. Since this external world was given substance by the Spiritual realm Himself.

 “By faith we understand that the ages were framed by the Word of God, in regard to the things are seen, they did not appear out from things that are seen” Heb. 11:3
Everything we can see and touch was created by “the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God” 1 Timothy 1:17.

There is nothing more substantive than the Spirit of the Living God. And if you begin to believe into Jesus you will begin to experience the “unity of the Spirit” in a way that you have never know before. This has to come before they can know we are Christians by our love.

“I therefore, as a prisoner in the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the naming to which you have been named, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing one another in love, eagerly maintaining the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” Eph. 4:1-3 ELT.

In reading commentaries about Ephesians I am surprised by the misunderstanding of the presence of His Spirit, and the ignorance of union with Jesus. It comes from “not holding fast the Head, from whom all the Body having been supplied through the joints and bands, and being joined together, will grow with the growth of God.” Col. 2:19 LITV.
But whenever we are believing into The True Resurrection that is now we begin to see what is true above. We begin to see the expression of the Head living in His Body. There is no separation in the mind of Paul. Here in Ephesians the Holy Spirit is urging the Church to abide in a unity that Jesus already is. Unity is not about creating a superficial environment where there is doctrinal agreement. And this is not about trying to quash disputes or find common ground among denominational leaders for a cause of unity. Paul is encouraging the Ephesians to maintain a union that Christ is. This is a unity that Jesus Christ is already the substance of. This a fellowship that is based on His presence in you. Christ in you is the foundation of our bond of peace. The key to maintaining this unity is all about knowing Jesus and relating with each other in the way God knows us. That is in Christ and thru Him. 1 Cor. 13: tells us how to walk in Love. It requires a kind of knowledge.

“Then I will know fully even as I am fully known” 1 Cor. 13:12 ELT.

This is walking in Love. This kind of knowledge requires revelation knowledge. It shows you Who Jesus is in His people. And in His Divine perspective, we see how the Person of Jesus Christ already is the New Creation the Resurrection, and the Life. It is Jesus living in His people.  As we experience the revelation of the Son of God, we are made to see that we have no life except in the One Spirit of God, living in His One Body, The Church. In fixing our hearts on Him we find that we are members together of a radical new humanity. It is a people inhabited by the living God Himself.

Are you knowing the union of Christ within His people?
Who is this “Christ in you”? He is:

“One Body and
One Spirit, according as also you were named in
One hope of your naming;
One Lord,
One faith,
One baptism,
One God and Father of all,
Who is over all,
and through all,
and in you all.” Ephesians 4:4-6 ELT.

Above Dystopia

No gentle touch or kiss could wake me from the slumber

Until I realized self had held me under

Pilgrimaging in a world, never quite awake.

Being held, in some dreaming state

Then I heard thunder and saw lightning crack

Above the world waking never to go back.

Dawns flashing east to west,

the darkness torn wide open,

And finally the spell was broken

And there He was.

Born with wings, The New

The Man, the House, all creation in its Creator.

I felt it through His fists, in my feet, behind my eyelids

Shaking through my skull, through my spine and ribs.

All my bones began to shake,

my hearts eyes were quickened

Heaven and earth were taken,

my eyes flew open

No more dreams of the dead seeing death itself undone

No more calling like a ghost for a home, for a body in a garden

No more dreaming like the lost so in love, with the wrong world.

No more imagining the One spoken of in a scroll.

I heard thunder and

saw lightning crack

Above the world I was waking,

Never to go back.

Dawns flashing east to west, the darkness torn wide open

And finally the spell was broken

Overstanding

“This is eternal Life, that they know You the only true God,
and Jesus Christ whom you have sent” (Jn. 17:3.)

How can we know?

This kind of knowledge does not come by good teaching, memorizing scripture, or confessions of faith. We are made to know Him by the revelation of Christ. It is not “of man”(Gal. 1:11). If Christ is in you, then

“The anointing which you have received of Him abides in you, and you need not that any man teach you: but the same Anointing teaches you all things, and is the truth, and is no lie, and even as it has taught you, abide in Him.” (1 Jn.2:27)

Though we need relationship and fellowship with others in the Church, revelation cannot be learned by “flesh and blood”(Gal. 1:16). It must be received directly from God Himself. This is revelation knowledge. It is the very mind and heart of God revealed in you by His Spirit.

“Peter said, You are the Christ, the Son of the living God. And answering, Jesus said to him, Blessed are you, Simon, son of Jonah, for flesh and blood did not reveal it to you, but My Father in Heaven. And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My Church,” (Mt. 16:16-19)

If “flesh and blood” did not “reveal” Jesus then Peter did not even learn this this from Jesus. Remember those days were “the days of His flesh” (Heb. 5:7). In those days, Peter had seen many demons cast out, powerful healings, and had witnessed thousands fed with almost nothing. And yet none of these experiences made him to know the truth in the way that is the foundation of the Church. It only came by direct revelation from God Himself. This is received from the inside out. From the Spirit to the soul. It is not understood from the outside in, that is through the flesh to the soul,
If we understand that this is the will of God, should we be seeking God for power to perform miracles when the true knowledge of God does not come as the result of external experiences? Why then, are we praying for revivals? (Or scheduling them on billboards?) Are we praying in accord with God’s will? Now don’t misunderstand me, asking the Father to draw a souls to Himself in Salvation may be a more true view of revival, but the I am telling you that eternal Life is found in a certain kind of knowing the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom He hast sent Jn. 17:3.

Seek to know the Lord by the Revelation of Jesus Christ.

When Israel passed through the Red Sea they witnessed one of the greatest revivals in “flesh and blood” of all time. And yet seeing real signs and wonders did not produce faith in them. For most, the peace and freedom that they experienced was only external. Soon after, they turned back in their hearts to a land of their own imaginations. Though they had seen for themselves how God had destroyed Egypt, they began to grumble and long for the land of their own slavery again.

How could this happen?

They had no inward revelation of God.

And without inward revelation there is no true foundation.

We rely on His temporal provision; both miraculous and ordinary, but providing for our needs is not even close to the center of God’s highest purpose. At the wedding in Cana of Galilee Mary asked Him to provide wine for the feast.

“Jesus said, ‘Woman, what have I to do with thee? mine hour is not yet come.’”

His meaning was not that she should stop pressing Him because it was a little too early for Him to begin working miracles. He said this as a kind of disclaimer. His meaning was to say, even though I am about to perform this first miracle, I have not come to perform signs. Though water be turned to wine, though the blind see and the lame walk,

this is not it.

I am come to make the Father’s heart known at a certain time and place. Then “Mine hour” is come. This is when my purpose will be fulfilled. Then I will display the eternal Life of God. This is the true eternal provision. When they began coming from the ends of the earth to see Jesus, then,

“Jesus answered them, saying, The hour is come, that the Son of man should be glorified. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit. He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal. If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be: if any man serve me, him will my Father honour. Now is my soul troubled; and what shall I say? Father, save me from this hour: but for this cause came I unto this hour.” (Jn.12:23-27)

It is in the cross that Jesus Christ is glorified. This is when His hour is come. Here is where He “drew all men” (Jn 12:32) into Himself to put to death our death. This is how His death became our death. This was the death of death!

As I meet believers and talk with them about the faith, I find that few have received the reality that what happened to Jesus Christ happened to us. Because Christ died, you died. Because Christ was buried, you were buried with Him. And because Christ is raised, you also are risen together with Him. Though most can give mental accent to these scriptural concepts, it is rare to find a heart that has experienced the inward crisis of passing “from death unto Life” (Jn. 5:24,1Jn.3:24). As a result, few are experiencing the true Grace and favor found in the revealed presence of God. Because so many are without this foundation, the Spirit continues to ask,

“Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?” (Rom. 6:3)

As we enter into this time and place, “this hour” is placed right into our own hearts. Be it unto you according to your faith, we also are “crucified with Christ” (Gal. 2:20). Too many preach a gospel that brings forgiveness but still leaves us alive to continue in our own self-centered existences. But the true Gospel shows us that we have been put to death and then reveals the Spirit of Christ within to become our only Life.

The Passover pointed to our becoming participants in the death of Christ. Remember how first, it was required that the people kill the Lamb. Then, they were required to paint a cross on the door of the house with the blood. They were to pour the blood into the basin that was the threshold of the door. Next, they were to apply the blood side to side on the doorposts and then vertically to the lintel, above the door. This ritual was fulfilled when Christ was crucified. He shed blood from His head when He was pierced by a crown of thorns. He also shed blood from His hands and feet when He was pierced by the nails. If we can see how the cross was depicted on the Passover door, we should also recognize how the people of God were being required to pass through this door into the house.

Come unto Me through this Door.

There they were to eat (receive inwardly) this Lamb. That is, they where directed to abide in the house until the Day dawned. This continuing to abide pointed to the true eternal Day that is known in the Revelation of Christ. It is a result of abiding in His Word, until you know the truth.

“If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the Truth, and the truth shall make you free.” (Jn. 8:31-32).

If the Passover was a testimony of work of the cross then we must also recognize how God’s people are required to become participants in and through His death. We should not think of this as our way of escape from death. But it is about receiving God’s own viewpoint, which is that we all died there together with the Lamb of God. And in doing so, we find that we have passed through “the judgment of this world” (Jn. 12:31) into the house of God. The result was clear to those who were the witnesses of the first Passover.

“For they said, We all be dead men.” (Ex. 12:33 KJV.)

The finished work says that the obedience of Christ has brought us to and through His death. “We thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead” (2 Cor. 5:14).

How have we been made to be dead?

Because of His death and resurrection, your soul is no longer the center of who you are. The Spirit of Christ has displaced the soul of Adam from reigning in you. Your mind, will, and emotions are now a vessel of the Spirit of God. You have been possessed by God Himself. The Spirit has taken over the throne of the soul. Jesus Christ has overthrown your heart. You are experiencing the Kingdom of God! It is to know and experience the reign of Jesus Christ in you. This is where the heart and Life of Jesus Christ is revealed. It all happens deep within.

The Foundation is a rock of revelation.

It is the removing of a veil so that Christ Himself appears in you.

“Everyone who comes to me and hears my words and does them, I will show you what he is like: he is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. And when a flood arose, the stream broke against that house and could not shake it, because it had been well built. But the one who hears and does not do them is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. When the stream broke against it, immediately it fell, and the ruin of that house was great.” Lk. 6:47-49

We should not be surprised that so much of christian religion is a house built on sand. Too often this parable is used as proof that if you just do the good works that the Bible tells you to do then you can please God. They say just take the words of the Bible at face value. And what they mean is that, if you just go with your first impression you will know the truth. But Jesus was not saying that a good foundation is one of just doing works, He is telling us that it is necessary that we continue in His word until this rock is unveiled. This is what He meant when He said before the wise man could build anything, he “digged deep” (Lk. 6:48). So the foundation must be revealed before anything can be built on it.

James is often misunderstood in the same way, Look at how He begins his letter telling us

“if anyone is a hearer of the Word, and not a doer, this one is like a man studying his natural face in a mirror; for he studied himself, and has gone away, and immediately he forgot of what kind he was. But the one looking into the perfect Law of liberty, and continuing in it, this one not having become a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in his doing” James 1:23-25.

He goes away blessed because if you wait on the Lord, and continue in His word until you experience this law of freedom your doing will be animated by His Divine Spirit. James is not telling the Church: Just do it. But if you are only studied yourself: your “natural face” in the mirror of God’s word, you have yet to reach the Rock. Continue until you see the face of the Spirit. He is the “brightness of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ” (2 Cor. 4:6 & Isaiah. 42:6.)

If any of us have been involved in construction at all you understand that foundation work is more preparation than anything else. This is the kind of dealing that we all resist because it appears to be counter productive. There is all this digging up and tearing down. At this stage God does more tearing down than building up, especially if we have already grown in the direction of self sufficiency, whatever build of our own will have to come down, if the Lord is going to build us into His House. It is because we all are so bad at waiting on the Lord that so much of christian religion has become a man made house built on sand.

If you do a word study on the Hebrew word behind every “DO” in the Old Testament, You will find that it is the same word As “bear” or “yeild.”

“And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so” Gen. 1:11.

Look a good translation of this could read: “and the fruit tree doing fruit after His kind” As in only a fruit bearing tree “bears” or “does” fruit. In Hebrew it is more than inferred that a fruitless tree needs to be cut down completely and replaced with a different kind of tree, a fruit tree. God has never required thorn trees to produce fruit. He does require His fruit tree to bear fruit

When Jesus says “by their fruits you will know them” Mt. 7:17-20 He was declaring our need for the cross. The natural mind just assumes that he is demanding that we change our fruit from evil to good, as if that were even possible. But salvation is a far greater miracle, by the cross the “Axe was laid to the root” of the first kind of man. So true repentance is really all about changing the kind of man. The focus is not really even on his external works, It is all about which Man is living. Every “DO” written in the Old Testament points us toward the death of the cross and the eternal Life of the Son of God living in you.

“The righteous answer him, saying, Lord, WHEN DID WE see you an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink? WHEN DID WE see you a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? Or WHEN DID WE see you sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? And the King shall answer and say unto them, truly I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto Me” Mt. 25:38-40.

It is impossible for a goat to transform itself into sheep by changing its behavior. A leopard cannot change its spots and a serpent cannot become a sheep by learning to stop hissing and starting to bleat.

In eating of the knowledge of good and evil Adam and Eve’s focus fell to their flesh. They became disturbed with their own condition and nakedness.

This separation of fellowship from the presence of God is a death that entered into all men through Adam.

“To be carnally minded is death” Rom. 8:6.

What was the effect on Moses when he saw the Great I AM?

“When Moses came down from Mount Sinai, with the two stones in his hand, he was not conscious that his face was shining because of his talk with God” Ex. 34:29 BBE.

He was delivered from a death of self consciousness. Paul is sighting this as a testimony of the liberty we have in the unveiling of Jesus Christ.

Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.” 2 Cor. 3:17-18.

Brother Sparks said:
“While we are in the realm of what man is by nature we under the limitation of the veil. Even though we may be towards ourselves. If we are looking in our own direction, as Moses looked in the direction of the people, and taking ourselves into account, as to what we are by nature, we come under a veil and the glory is at once arrested.
Every kind of limitation falls on us, and all that we do is in the realm of bondage.

Face yourself in what you are by nature, and a veil is imposed.

There are a lot of the Lords people who are laboring under the veil. BUT when they turn away from themselves ‘unto The Lord’ on the ground of what Christ is, the veil disappears, The limitation goes, the bondage goes and the glory becomes full.”
T Austin Sparks- Spiritual Fruitfulness.

The foundation on which the true Church is built is revelation knowledge. The first realization is that it is “not I but Christ livith in me” (Gal. 2:20). Jesus Christ is present. He is here. He is now. He is not far away. This is the greatest miracle of all. No. I have to back up on that. The revelation of Christ is not the greatest miracle of God. Christ in you is THE miracle of God. All the other works of God were signs that pointed to the miracle of God, Who is Christ in You. Though “Christ in you” may not look like the most spectacular miracle because He cannot be seen outwardly; this is the glory that all creation has hoped for.

“Having been hidden from the ages and from the generations, but now is revealed to His saints; to whom God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the nations, who is Christ in you, the hope of glory”(Col.1:27-28)

Jesus Christ has greater expression in His Body, the Church, today than He did in the days of His flesh. You might say, “I cannot see it”, but Jesus, Himself, said it would be so. “If it (the Seed of God) die, it bringeth forth much fruit” (Jn.12:24). It is a matter of increase. This is the joy that was set before Him in enduring the cross. His goal was a body that “increaseth with the increase of God”(Col. 2:19). This is the “fullness of Christ” in you. When He said, “greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father”(Jn.14:12). He did not mean that you personally should expect to do more sensational things than Jesus did. The works are “greater” in the sense that there is a greater measure of Christ in the Church throughout the earth as a result of His death.

Can you see that?

“Greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father”. We only need to allow His heart to defeat our mind, with all of its false expectations, then we will be able to see how,

“Greater is He that is in you than he that is in the world” (1 Jn. 4:4).

All believers usually will say they already know that Jesus is in their heart. But too often there is still some conflict within, or else the Spirit would not have to ask us questions like, “Know ye not, how that Jesus Christ lives in you” (2 Cor. 13:5)?

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:8-9

“You are from below; I am from above. You are of this world; I am not of this world.” Jn 8:23.

“We do not cease praying on your behalf, and asking that you may be filled with the full knowledge of His will in all wisdom and Spiritual understanding” Col. 1:9.

The sight of God has a completely different seeing than man. His sight is faith. Man’s first understanding comes from his own mind. It is an issue of self expression. It is from below. The soul is the source. A symptom of Adamic understanding is that his view is self centered and self conscious. And so the mind of the flesh is bent upon the improvement of the external world and the flesh. But the understanding of the Spirit is from above; this is the Divine perspective, in other words Spiritual understanding is from the mind of God.

For the sake of contrast, Let’s say that The mind of Adam is understanding but God’s sight is overstanding.

The heart with understanding continues to strive to live a christian life.
While overstanding shows Jesus Himself as rest and He lives the Divine Life.

Understanding tries to become by doing. But the heart of overstanding does everything out from being who He already is.

This view can only be revealed.

We all come to God leaning on our own understanding. We all begin reading the words of scripture using our own souls definition of the truth. We all place ourselves at the center of God’s plan and purpose, and assume God’s purposes are hindered when we sin and we assume His kingdom is expanded whenever we demonstrate external obedience. But He is wisdom itself. He need not rely on the strength of man. He has fulfillment of all things in His Son.

“I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with Mine eye.” Ps.32:8.

Is Jesus our seeing?

When our hearts are fixed on ourselves. We don’t even know there is alternative knowing.

Then the Father begins to reveal His Son in you.

Whenever the veil is removed from off our heart we begin to experience the Truth, by the revelation of Jesus Christ. Then everything changes. Then understanding begins to be displaced by overstanding. This is the renewing of the mind.

What is the Revelation of Christ?

Simply, it is God making Himself known within a believer.

When we see Him, our imagined concepts of getting closer to God vanish away because we see that He is in us. He is the Spirit. Our spirit and God’s spirit are One Spirit. And this was not for our enhancement but to show us our end in the cross, so that He can be our beginning. We are not supposed to try to imagine Christ or heaven, or anything. We are to…

“Cast down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ” (2 Cor. 10:4-5)

When the veil is removed we see that Jesus is now the Spirit. This is not my understanding, it is the Truth; it is experiencing spiritual overstanding. One of the first things that I was confronted with in the face of Christ was that God looks not at the outward works of men, but at the heart. Wherever He sees Adam He sees sin. And wherever He sees the spirit of Jesus in the heart; He sees righteousness, because He sees His own Spirit.

I always thought sin was a verb. But sin in the Bible sin is most often a noun, a person place or thing. Sin is a person: Adam living instead of God. Look at how Paul talks about sin in Romans.

“The law came in, that the offence might abound, and where THE sin did abound, the grace did overabound, that even as THE sin did reign in the death, so also the grace may reign, through righteousness, to life age-during, through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Rom. 5:20-21 YLT.

All thru Romans it is “THE sin.” Jesus is the only One Who pleases God. Nothing produced from man has ever pleased God. It does not stand eternally. In putting Adam out of sight The Father has also put sin out of His view. Therefore,

“For we do not proclaim ourselves, but Christ Jesus as Lord, and ourselves your slaves for the sake of Jesus” 2Cor 4:5.

It is so much bigger than us, and all our little kingdoms. It was never based on your doing because it isn’t based on you. Only in experiencing His knowing are we made able to let go of our external anchors fixed in the world, self, and the flesh. Knowing Jesus in His appearing is an eternal kind of knowing.

This statement came to me recently:

“So they cast away the anchors and left them in the sea,” Acts. 27:40.

It was as if He was saying, in view of My Son the eternal anchor for your soul, You will release all your so called “ministries” that are fixed in the flesh, and the earth. You can let go for the joy set before us fixed in that eternal New Creation. My Son will minister in the “land of the living”. Because,

“We have a strong consolation, those having fled to lay hold on the hope set before us which we have as an anchor for the soul, both certain and sure, and entering within the veil,” Hebrews 6:18-19.

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