The Flourish 

The flourish is in Christ alone.

You can spend so much life knowing what you aren’t, that you have no idea who you are.

Isaiah writes:

“The Glory of YHWH has been revealed,

And all flesh together have seen, For the mouth of YHWH has spoken.

A Voice is saying, 

`Call,’ 

And he said, `What do I call?’ 

‘All flesh is grass,

and all its goodness is as the flower of the field: 

Withered has the grass, faded has the flower, 

For the Spirit of YHWH blew on it, 

Surely the people is the grass;

Withered is the grass,

faded is the flower,

But the Word of our God rises forever'” Isaiah 40:5-8 ELT.

It just sounds wrong to read: “Surely the people is the grass” because I expect it should say, Surely the people ARE grass? But God said the people “is” grass because all the people were one thing together in Adam.

I love how it is written that the Word of our God “rises” forever.

The Hebrew word behind rises is קוּם. It is pronounced koom.

Koom is a Resurrection term.

It can mean stand up, remain or abide. But it has the connotation of rising.

Most hearts refuse to face the withering of what was because the mind of the flesh stubbornly holds onto an idea that when the Spirit blows on flesh that somehow His Spirit will make our flesh flourish, as if the Spirit is come for the enhancement of people.

He must? He is love.

Not so much for the old man.

He is the end for that one.

Of course your sins are taken away in Him.

He is Jesus.

But when we say things like: The Gospel is all about how He has taken my sins are away, we are still see ourselves at the center, and we have removed Jesus from the center.

The Gospel is Christ.

The Spirit of YHWH has worked death in all that is not Him, of His Spirit.

Only the One Spirit of I AM remains.

All that is apart from His Spirit is not.

He alone is.

The Name YHWH actually means I AM.

In facing Him, I see that I am not.

I see the Spirit of Christ alone as the center of God’s Life and view.

I cannot focus on the things that were made not. The things that are not are peripheral.

Is your heart set to know the One who is?

Knowing any other is off center. It is a ministry of death, and works death.

Seeing things that are not the One Who is, is not the same as knowing the I AM.

Focusing on a lack of Him, is not knowing the One Who is.

All that is not Him has been brought to nothing.

All that is outside of the faith of God.

“Would you call yourself a spiritual Christian? I was asked.

The one asking had no foundation or frame to build on.

I couldn’t even answer yes or no.

Yes. because His Spirit is in me. No because my flesh cannot reveal My center.

Even though the whole earth is filled with the testimony of the glory of I AM, so many hearts can only glory in self.

The name of the Lord: I AM came to fulfillment in the death burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ, because this is when all that is other than Him was made not.

With Christ I have been crucified together and live together; and I am not, but Christ lives in me: and the life Who I live now, in the flesh, I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loving me, and gave up Himself for me ” Gal 2:20 ELT.
In the original language Paul only wrote “I” once in this passage, when he said “I am not.”

My soul was made “not” by the death of Jesus.

This is what the cross is all about. Jesus said,

“The one who is loving the life of his soul will lose it, and he who is hating the life of his soul in this world will keep it to eternal Life” Jn. 12:25 ELT.

This cross is rest for the soul.

It is good news to me because I am lost in Him.

“I have known the thoughts that I think toward you, says YHWH, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you hope in your final end.” Jer. 29:11 ELT.

I have been brought to my end and beyond in the work of Christ.

All of the old things have passed away.

I am found in Him, By His Resurrection, having nothing of my own.

Nothing of the Old.

One New Man, One New Creation.

Let go of this human spirit.

It is a false imagination.

There is no “spirit of man” found in Christ.

A human spirit is part of the lie.

“Having lifted up their eyes, they saw no man, except Jesus only.” Mt. 17:8 ELT.

Are you a spiritual Person?

The only spirituality is the Spirit of Christ living in a people.

This is not just being contrary.

The “first man”, Adam, “became a living soul;” the last Adam a life-giving Spirit. (Gen. 2:7) But not the spiritual first, but the soulish; afterward the spiritual.” 1 Cor. 15:45-46 ELT.

Spiritual birth is not where God transformed you back into a spiritual being.

The restoration of your human spirit is the false salvation of a false christianity.

Being “born of God”* was never the enhancement of man. There is no such thing as a human spirit in God sight.

The Resurrection was never the promise of you again, but Him in you.

“You have known that I am YHWH, In My opening your graves, And in My bringing you up out of your graves, O My people. And I have given My Spirit in you, and you have lived, And I have caused you to rest in your land” Ez. 37:13-14 ELT.

In The Resurrection, Jesus Christ is the Only Begotten Spirit of man. The Body of Christ is filled with only One Spirit, God’s own Divine Spirit filling all and in all.

The soulish man can only look on the outward, the external, the chaff.

The inward Man must be revealed.

His Seed is in you.

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Obedience of Faith

    We went kayaking on the Buffalo River yesterday. And in getting ready my daughter was searching for a lunch box. And she was asking others if they had seen it. But no one could imagine which lunch box it was. So she went into a detailed description about it. It was small. It had a certain picture on it, etc. Any way, no one seemed to be able to think of which lunch box she was looking for. So Gnomey gave up on explaining and continued her searching until she found it. 

 When she found it. She showed it to everyone. When we saw it then everyone understood all her words. Judith even said something like “now that I see it, I know exactly what you were describing”. As if to admit that there was nothing wrong with her words at all. The only real solution was seeing the object. 

I thought it was a good illustration for how scripture relate to the appearing of Christ. Only the Lamb is worthy to open the sealed testimony. 

“Now to Him who is able to establish you according to my gospel, and the proclaiming of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery having been kept secret for long ages but now has been made plain, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, and the prophetic Scriptures, made known for obedience of faith to all the nations” Rom. 16:25-26
What is the revelation of Christ?
When Paul writes about the gospel in Galatians, he told them that the good message was made known to Him by the unveiling of Jesus Christ.
“I certify you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached of me is not after man. For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ” Gal. 1:11-12 KJV.
Many assume that he was talking about when Jesus appeared to Him on the road to Damascus, but he is not describing seeing Jesus on a road here. He was telling the Church that God was pleased because of His Son, and that God was pleased “to reveal His Son IN me, so that I can preach Him” Gal 1:16. 
The revelation of Christ isn’t a special revelation so that Paul could write the New Testament. All believers are to be looking for and loving His appearing by faith. 

At His ascension Jesus “charged them not to leave Jerusalem, but to await the promise of the Father, which you heard of Me.” Acts. 1:4-5 LITV.
When did Jesus describe the promise of the Father?
“If you love Me, keep My commandments. And I will petition the Father, and He will give you another Comforter, that He may remain with you forever, the Spirit of Truth, whom the world cannot receive because it does not see Him nor know Him. But you know Him, for He abides with you and shall be in you. I will not leave you orphans; I am coming to you” Jn. 14:15-18 LITV. 
The coming of Jesus does not only coincide with the coming of the Spirit, according to Jesus the coming of the Spirit is His coming. Notice where He said,

“I am coming to you.”

 He also told us that “the world cannot receive” Him because they cannot see or know Him by sight. The Spirit of Christ in you is the coming of Salvation and to those who look for Him He is appearing as “The Second” Heb. 9:28.

The Second what?

When He appears as The Second, Jesus is seen to be The Head of a “Second Man” 1 Cor. 15:47 in opposition to “the first man Adam” 1 Cor. 15:45. And since the Old Covenant, the law, had jurisdiction over this “the man of sin”, 2 Thess. 2:3, this “One New Man” Eph. 2:15 & 4:24 is also seen to be the second covenant because “the priestly office having been changed, of necessity a change of law also occurs.” Heb. 7:12. That means Christ in you is the Second or New Covenant. The Covenant is more than words. 

His Life is the New Covenant.

This of coarse is the plan meaning of the whole book of Hebrews. So when He writes,
“Unto them that look for Him shall He appear the second time without sin unto salvation.” Heb. 9:28 KJV.
He is describing the unveiling of a salvation that is already present. Take note of the word “time” here. 

This passage has been all jacked up in our English Bibles.  One thing that is messed up is the word “time” cannot be found in the original Greek. It has is added by translators acting as interpreters and should be crossed out of your Bible because it only futurizes the Person salvation Who is already in you. 

The writer has not changed the subject to a future flesh and blood return of Jesus. He is still comparing two men and two covenants: the first and the second. And He has just establish that the finished work of Christ was the inauguration of the second.

“Now once for all, at the completion of the ages, He has been manifested for putting away of sin through the sacrifice of Himself” 9:26 LITV.

He has just established His death burial, and resurrection was the end of the ages. Jesus came first as “the last Adam” put an end to all that was of the first. And now as “One New Man” hearts are turning to know Him as the “Life giving Spirit” this is eternal, resurrection, Life, as it is written,

“The first man Adam became a living soul. The last Adam became a life-giving spirit.Howbeit that is not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; then that which is spiritual. The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second Man is the Lord from heaven” 1Cor. 15:45-47.

To say that Christ in you is “the Second” is enough. This flows together in accord with the main thought of The letter, and continues on the contextual theme of “the first” and “the second” in Hebrews. It also points toward the presence of His Person as the New Covenant. 
Another problem is that two words  have been omitted in most versions. “By faith” are there in the Greek in two out of three of the oldest manuscripts. The Concordant Literal has the words that reflect the original language in bold. It reads:

He “will be seen a second time by those awaiting Him, apart from sin, for salvation, through faith” Hebrews 9:28 CLV.
The writer of Hebrews has declared that His appearing as the second will be seen “through faith” not by sight. 

Looking for something to happen at another “time” obscures the true meaning of the writer. The word “time” has only fabricated a false hope of a visible future event instead of pointing the Church to look to know Christ in you by faith. 
The revelation of Christ is an unveiling of what God has already accomplished in Christ. And so it is in agreement with this, that Peter also taught the Church that we will not even be able to properly understand grace until we know His presence revealed.
“Hope perfectly upon the grace that is being brought to you in the revelation of Jesus Christ, as obedient children” 1 Peter 1:13-14 YLT. 
Notice that the Church is taught to look expectantly as “obedient children” for the revelation of Christ. If there is an “obedience of faith” Rom. 16:26, then it follows that there is also a disobedience to faith. Our obedience is about looking to know Christ revealed in your heart as the Spirit. This to observe the One Who is invisible. This in in accord with the both the letter of scripture as well as “the Spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him” Eph. 1:17. Jesus said, 

“The kingdom of God cometh not with observation: neither shall they say, Lo, here! or, There! for lo, the kingdom of God is within you.” Luke 17:20-21

The disobedience to faith is to continue to look for Jesus by sight instead of by faith. Standing there looking up at the sky instead of going to Jerusalem was an example of this disobedience. 

Why else would the two men ask them,”Men, Galileans, why do you stand looking up to the heaven?” Acts 1:11?
They were being told to go on and do what you have already been told to do. Go to Jerusalem and wait on the coming of the Spirit by faith.
There is no place in the scriptures where Paul tells the Church that we should hope and pray for a vision or an external experience where we see Jesus as He was. Unfortunately Christians all over the globe have an expectation of knowing Him as He was, according to the flesh again.
“We now know no one according to flesh, but even if we have known Christ according to flesh, yet now we no longer know Him so” 2 Cor. 5:16 LITV. 
Jesus is now the Life of our Spirit so we are to be knowing Him by His Spirit. In many places the Churches are exhorted to set their affections on clearly understanding the mystery of “Christ in you, the hope of glory” Col. 1:27. 
This mystery is solved when your soul sees the Spirit of Jesus Christ revealed in You. When the the veil is taken up off the heart, then soul is made to see The presence of the Spirit in the heart. 
Paul is describing The Revelation of Christ in second Corinthians.

“Until today, when Moses is being read, a veil lies on their heart. But whenever it turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. Ex. 34:34 And the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is , there is freedom. But we all with our face having been unveiled, having beheld the glory of the Lord in a mirror, are being changed into the same image from glory to glory, as from the Lord Spirit” 2Cor. 3:15-18 LITV.
Paul is telling us that there is veil over every heart that will not turn to the Lord to know Him as He is. 

This is blindness. 

Even a perfect Bible translation is no cure for blindness. I don’t say this enough. Unfortunately this veil isn’t only covering Jewish hearts reading Torah in synagogues. This veil remains over Christian hearts that refuse to turn to the Spirit of the Lord.

When is taken away off the heart then Jesus is seen in the heart.

This veil divides your soul from seeing the presence of His Spirit.  In the first man, we can only see self . We see separation from God and separation from each other. Lost in this darkness self we only know isolation and nakedness. We labor and are heavy laden under the delusion that our will power and good works are the only way we can satisfy God. Until the soul sees The Spirit of Christ unveilled there is no freedom from self.

This is Pauls description of what we see when the veil is taken away.
  “Now the Lord is the Spirit,       Now where the Spirit of the Lord is there is freedom!” 2 Cor. 3:17 ELT.
Has it ever occurred to you how how emphatic this statement is? He uses the genuine article twice. So he isn’t saying oh, and by the way, the Lord is A spirit. No. The Lord Jesus is THE Spirit and there is none other. And Paul wrote all this is NOW! (δέ). Two times He writes “now”. After He declares that now The Lord Jesus is the Spirit, he says again, NOW He is freedom!
This is the Braveheart moment of the New Testament. 

Paul has seen the glory of the Lord and He is freedom itself. And when your soul sees Him you will understand exactly what his words meant. Christ in you is God’s evidence. In seeing Him you also see that He is freedom. Now the cross has come into you and divided soul from Spirit. 

Now you are free from yourself. 

 But in His appearing there is freedom because when you see the Spirit, you have seen the only Man God has ever been pleased with. 

The pressure is off you. 

It is nothing like your soul being enhanced in some way. And this is no loophole for you to live however you want to.

 No man can see the Lord and live Ex. 33:20.

I have died in His appearing. When you truly see Him, His appearing is a traumatic experience in you. In His appearing the Spirit has displaced you from the core of your being. 
Christ has deposed the soul from the throne of your own heart. You are no longer your own. He is now.

He is come.

You or Him?

“We preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord” 2 Cor 4:5.

The Spirit of Jesus Christ in you is your covenant with God. 

“And I–this is My covenant with them, says YHWH: My Spirit.” Isaiah 59:21.

The Spirit of Jesus Christ in you is eternal Light and Life. He is Spiritual light. He is not seen with natural sight, because God is Spirit.

“I give You for a covenant of the people, for a Light of the Nations” Isaiah 42:6.

In the beginning, first, there was darkness and then second, there was a Spiritual light. The first darkness became a testimony of man’s darkened understanding Eph 4:18.  The darkness represented what would become the first age; The old covenant. The light that shined out of darkness when he said “let there be light,” represented the Second covenant, Jesus Christ in you. He is the New Covenant. The original light was the light of the Truth creating this realm. This is now fulfilled in Christ. Do you remember how God did not create physical light until the fourth day when He created the sun, moon, and stars Gen. 1:14-19? Natural light is not the light of the New Creation. This light can only be seen in the face of Jesus Christ.

“They shall see His face, and His name is upon their foreheads, and night shall not be there, and they have no need of a lamp and light of a sun, because the Lord God gives them light, and they shall reign—to the age of the ages.” Rev 22:4-5.

This passage is not a description of the after life. It is a description of seeing Jesus in you as the New Covenant.

It is now.

David wrote:

“The stone which the builders rejected is become the Head cornerstone. This is YHWH’s doing; it is marvelous in our eyes. This is THE DAY which YHWH has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.” Psa 118:23-25

Look again at what is being said here. This day is not a day in time. The stone the builders rejected is about Christ crucified and the cross. The Day of the Lord is the Light of Christ shining in you. The day of the Lord began when He was rejected, crucified and raised up from among the dead. David had eyes to see this day and he rejoiced in it long before it was fulfilled in time.

Jesus told us that the light that He is, is an internal light. He said,

“Watch, then, that the light in you is not darkness.  If, then, your whole body is light, not having any part dark, all will be light, as when the lamp enlightens you with its shining” Luke 11:33-36.

The day of the Lord is not a light to be observed with natural sight. No man knows this day or the hour because this Day can only be witnessed in your heart.

“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.4:6

Are you looking for a natural manifestation of the day of the Lord? Or are you walking in the Eternal light that has shined out of darkness? He is the light of the world, the Light of Glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. If you are born of God, the Light that He is, is revealed “in” your heart. And His coming is in you, as it is written,

“When He comes to be glorified in His saints, and to be admired in all those who believe in that Day, because our testimony to you was believed.” 2 Thess. 1:10.

In Peters second epistle his final message to the Church is about growing in the knowledge of Christ, growing up into a specific place, an inheritance. He said,

“Increase in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ; to Him is the glory both now, and to the Day of the age! Amen.” 2 Peter 3:18 YLT.

“The Day of the age” is living in the light of the New Covenant age, it is seen when the Father reveals His Son in you. This is Spiritual knowledge we are to be growing in.

There is a false christianity.  It is of man. It is an external religion. It begins with the notion that God is A spirit.  It declares that Adam was also spiritual. That man was created with spiritual life in the beginning, but when he ate of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, his human spirit died. It follows that spiritual birth is God restoring man to his spiritual state. So Jesus came to fix man and his world. In this religion, man is the one God has in view.

This is the wrong man and the wrong world.

This superficial christianity depicts the death of Christ to be only a covering for our sins. (It is that, but He is so much more) The resurrection of Jesus is not an example of what man can achieve. The false view teaches that Jesus’ resurrection on the third day was only a foretaste of a future general resurrection where we are supposed physically come out of graves in amazing new bodies and Jesus will return in His flesh again.

It is taught that this event will be the day of the Lord.

All this is going to happen on a certain day in time, in a way that all men will be able to witness it with their eyes. It is accepted that then God will destroy this world and move everyone to a new planet after that. And so nothing is finished until you see all this happen before your eyes. This christendom sees itself in a kind of limbo until Jesus comes back from being absent.

It is held in external religion that nothing is actually “true” until it can be tangibly be seen. The natural man will always have this backward.  He only accepts something spiritual “so that” his natural things can have some remedy.  “But it is not the spiritual that is first but the natural, and then the spiritual.” 1 Cor. 15 :46. The hope of false worship is not Christ Himself but what He can do for us. They have the wrong creation in view. This is out of order, and in a twisted way, is an expression of unbelief, because it is a looking for God to to do what He has already accomplished in His coming. God has fully effected the natural for the testimony of Jesus Christ, “so that” Christ is the end and goal of all. Jesus is God’s ALL.

If you start wrong you will always end wrong.

“God is Spirit” John 4:24 ESV, CLV, Nestle, Wuest.

Jesus taught that God is Spirit and Man is not. God is not just another spirit. Changing the scripture to say God is “A spirit” is like the Jehovah’s witnesses changing the Bible to say “the Word was a God.”  Before the coming of the Jesus, man never had his own spirit, except for a demonic spirit possibly.

“The” first “man”, Adam, “became a living soul;” the last Adam a life-giving Spirit. Gen. 2:7
  But not the spiritual first, but the natural; afterward the spiritual.” 1Co 15:45-46.

Man was created as a soul having a body. It was this created kind of life that God breathed into his nostrils. It is false teaching that says all mankind have spiritual Life because the Bible says that God “breathed into his nostrils the BREATH of life; and man became a living soul” Gen.2:7. It is taught that because the word “breath” here is very similar to the Greek word pnuma:spirit that God gave Adam spiritual Life. But this was not written in Greek it was written in Hebrew. The kind of Life Adam received was soulish life. Search it out. This is the same kind of created life as the birds, fish and the beasts of the field.  To say that the life of Adam was in any way “spiritual” is to misconstrue the scriptures. And this false teaching is the foundation of the idea of universal reconciliation: that is that all men already have salvation and do not need to be born of God. If man had anything of spiritual life in the beginning God would never have said anything like,

“Stop regarding man, Whose breath is in his nostrils, For—in what is he accounted?” Isaiah 2:22.

Eternal Life is Spiritual Life. This Life is uncreated Life. Eternal Life is a completely different kind of life. Without coming to Him, we do not have life Jn. 5:39-40. Even though eternal Life is everlasting, it has no beginning. And even though eternal Life has no beginning, it does have an origin. God, is the Father of eternal Life. Yes, He is the creator of the soul of man, but this soul-life is a created kind of life. Eternal Life is not the permanent extension of created life.

The Word of God has makes an utter division between the Life of the Spirit and created, soulish, life of man. This division is the judgement of the cross. When the writer of Hebrews says, “The Word of God is living, and powerfully working, and sharper than every two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of both soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge of the thoughts and intentions of the heart” Heb. 4:12. He is telling us that the cross of Christ has forever separated, the soulish man from the One New Man who is Spiritual. This judgement separates two men. The first is at his core a soul, it was me and you. We were rejected from reigning. The Second is the spiritual man, it is Jesus Christ.

In ignorance of full impact of the finished work of Christ, external religion depicts the cross as an example for men to follow so that you can be glorified by daily crucifing your evil nature through self discipline so that you can qualify for your own resurrection  some glad day. Here is the problem, this resurrection isn’t Jesus.

Its just you again?

“He that loveth his soul life shall lose it; and he that hateth his soul life in this world shall keep it unto Life eternal” Jn. 12:25

External religions version of new birth is said to be a second chance for you to live ” for God,” motivated by the good part of your soul , instead of facing the end of you and your self-centered heart.

But the last Adam ended of the whole race of Adam by crucifying his so called life and heart. The cross was our repentance from both our evil and our goodness. The cross not only demands the end of our life, it fulfilled that demand so that in Christ, we have repentance from living “for God”. Jesus of Nazareth came as “the Last Adam” to gather all men into the judgement of death.

Was the whole world judged in the cross? Jesus told us it was.

“Now is the judgment of this world; now is the ruler of this world cast out. If I be lifted up from the earth, I will draw all into Myself. But He said this, signifying by what kind of death He was about to die” John 12:32-33.

This is the Christ that the apostles declared.

“For the love of Christ constrains us, having judged this, that if One died for all, then the all died; and He died for all, that the living ones may live no more themselves, but to the One having died for them and having been raised.” 2 Cor. 5:14-15

His coming affected all. All men, and all the world because the cross of Christ cut to heart. God gathered all the iniquity of our former father Adam and crucified all men in the one death.

“I have recompensed; And I have recompensed into their bosom, Your iniquities, and the iniquities of your fathers together, said YHWH”….”And I have measured their former work into their bosom” Is. 65:6-7.

When it is said that “The LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart.”1Sam.16:7, God is telling us that He has only ever seen two men: Adam and Jesus Christ. Because of the cross all Adam is dead to God. But the natural man is blind to this view. We would like to believe we are all special original, individuals, but this is just not true. We cannot “see the forest for the trees”.

Now there is only one relationship with God left to us, it is through the spirit of Jesus Christ.

“An hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth. For the Father also seeks such, the ones worshiping Him.
God is spirit, and the ones worshiping Him must worship in spirit and truth” John 4:24

The witness of man is only men seeing. The witness of God is greater because it is His eternal perspective in you. There is no spirituality except Jesus Christ living, seeing and animating His body. This spiritual Man is neither sin conscious or self conscious.

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

If you are seeing yourself you are looking at the wrong house, the wrong man, and the wrong witness.

“I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, WHEN did we see you hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? And WHEN DID WE see You a stranger and welcome You, or naked and clothe You?” Mt. 25:35-38

Look at how these sheep are unaware that they are doing anything right or wrong. They are unaware that they were feeding Him, giving Him drink, clothing Him, visiting Him.

Look to Him.

The cross of Christ is the fulfillment of the destruction of the world in the days of the flood. 

God said, “behold, I, even I, am bringing a flood of waters on the earth in order to destroy all FLESH in which is the BREATH OF LIFE from under the heavens. Everything which is on the earth shall die. And I will establish My covenant with you” Gen. 6:17-18 

Notice how created life is associated with the “flesh” and this rejected life is described as the breath of life in the nostrils.

“ALL FLESH DIED that moved on the earth, birds, livestock, beasts, all swarming creatures that swarm on the earth, and ALL MANKIND Everything on the dry land IN  WHOSE NOSTRILS WAS THE BREATH OF LIFE DIED” Gen7:21-22.

  Jesus is our true Noah.

The finished work of Christ has made a complete end of the life of the flesh for “all mankind.”

 In the days of Noah, after the flood subsided, God made a rainbow as the sign of His Covenant with man. God said, “The rainbow shall be in the cloud; and I will look upon it, that I may remember the everlasting Covenant between God and every living creature” Gen. 9:16. This rainbow testifies of the New Covenant in Christ. Before His coming, “the eyes of The Lord ran to and fro throughout the whole earth” 2Chron.16:9. “And I sought for a man among them.. but I found none” Ez. 22:30. As long as the eye of The Lord was on man, “God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually” Gen. 6:5. But when Jesus was come, God declared, “to this Man will I look” Is. 66:2. In this Covenant The Father has directed His focus so that it is Christ alone that fills His view. It is Christ alone that God has relationship with. If you are in Christ, God sees His Son. His eye is turned away from man because “The judgement of this world” and that of “all men” Jn.12:31-32 has been accomplished in the cross. Therefore His heart is no longer grieved, just as He said, “I will look upon it that I may remember the everlasting Covenant” Gen. 9:16. So it is fulfilled, “to this Man only will I give my attention” Is. 66:2 BBE.

Certain conditions must be met before you can see a rainbow.

First of all you have to be in the light. You have to be standing in a position within the light before you can see it. If you are separate from the light, then you are in darkness. You will never see the glory of the waves of light. Also your gaze has to be fixed in the same direction that the light is shining. As long as you are looking at the light perpendicular to its direction of travel you will see nothing.

This is the witness of God: The Father has His eyes fixed on the Son.

This is the New Covenant.

“And I–this is My covenant with them, says YHWH: My Spirit.” Isaiah 59:21.

The witness of God is God’s own seeing of Christ, One New Man. This Man is salvation. He is in you. Salvation is “Not I but Christ” living in you Gal. 2:20. He alone is Resurrection Life. The Church is His resurrection Body, Now. One Spirit One Body One Hope. Fellowship is seeing this same One that God sees.

Who are you seeing?

“If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship One with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.” 1 Jn. 1:6-7

 

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This image was taken on Roan Mountain in Tennessee. The phenomenon is called the spectre of the brocken because it was first seen up high in Brocken mountain in Germany.  It can only be seen when a person stands above.

 

 

 

 

The Quiet

“So says YHWH, Heaven is My throne, and earth is my foot rest: what house will you make for me, and where is My resting-place? For all these things My hand has made, and they are Mine, YHWH says; but to this Man only have I given My attention, to Him who is poor and broken in spirit, fearing My word. 

   He who puts an ox to death, puts a man to death; he who makes an offering of a lamb, is [as] one who has beheaded a dog; he who makes a grain offering, makes an offering of pig’s blood; he who offers incense, worships an idol: They have gone after their own desires, and that soul takes pleasure in disgusting things.

  So I go after trouble for them, and am sending on them what they fear: because none answered My voice, or gave ear to My word; but they did what was evil in My eyes, doing that which I took no pleasure in:” Isaiah 66:1-4 ELT.

Where is the place of His rest?

His rest has always been “One New Man”  in Jesus Christ, Eph. 2:15.
The temples were only models that testified of Christ being revealed in souls as the New Man.  The Body of Christ is One New Man. This is Jesus living is His people.

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

Seven centuries before the coming of Jesus, YHWH is telling us that He has never desired the ritual sacrifice of animals. The sacrifices and offerings were a testimony of His Son.

Why would the commanded things  be “disgusting” to Him? 

This is the wrong question.

The right question is, “who makes these things disgusting?

Every work of the first man Adam is an expression motivated by sin and death. That whole race is rejected. It makes no difference how good his works may seem, He is the wrong man. The first man cannot see beyond the external. He is ignorant of the Divine One Who is the Fathers good pleasure. Being afflicted with self conscienceless, He can only see himself. So the natural man assumes as long as he is doing something that the law says is good, then he is good. This is why the natural soul loves rituals and religion.

It is an expression of self-love.

So the first kind of man is content just going through the motions of Christ, at the same time as He is rejecting His eternal Life. The love of self and religion cuts to the heart of why we crucified Him.

You may be thinking, “now wait just a minute, I didn’t crucify Him. If I were alive back then I would have been one of the good guys!”

Jesus taught that whenever we see our soul as good, outside of union with Christ, then it is evidence that we have actually refused the justification that is found in Christ, and we are guilty of self-justification. We are the Pharisee who said,

“If we had been in the days of our fathers, we would not have been partakers with them in the blood of the prophets. 31So you witness against yourselves that you are the sons of those who murdered the prophets. “- Jesus Mt. 23:30-33.

The truth is that whenever a man sees himself inherently good, this is the wrong man. The father of this man is the serpent. The only remedy for this man was the cross.

Jesus is the “One New Man” that the Testaments speaks of. When “YHWH says; but to this Man only will I give My attention.” (Some translations may read “this One” But “this One” is masculine in the Hebrew so ‎יְהוָ֑ה וְאֶל should read: “this Man.” For example: ACV, ASV, BBE, KJV).

This is the Spirit of Christ in you. If you are born of God, He is in you. This passage is not about you conforming your soul into an imitation of God’s Man. Your soul has been put to death in the cross and now Christ is risen in you as your Life. Your soul was made empty and void to be filled with the right Man. Until the Father reveals Him in you, we all just assume it is our responsibility imitate the righteousness of God. Until we see Him, we will lean on our own understanding, and in our ignorance, we turn the works, and rituals that pointed toward His beautiful Son, into things of horror.

The Putting an Ox to death, the offering of a lamb, burning incense and making grain offerings were acts prescribed by the law of Moses, just like the Ten Commandments these laws pointed us to the coming of the spirit of Christ, not man’s attempts at being Christ-like. Today there are other ways the man tries to imitate Life. Monks make vows of silence, Quakers wait in silence. As the sacrifices of animals flesh has evolved into offerings of Adam’s fleshly energies, they are still loud and disgusting in His sight.

When Moses made the tabernacle, He made it in accord with likeness the eternal Son of God that He saw on the mountain. It is written,

“All [His] likeness [whom] I am making you see, the tabernacle, even the instruments, all [His] likeness you shall make.” Ex. 25:9 ELT.

The “all” here is also masculine in Hebrew. The word that speaks of a Son who is “all” is also found inall these things My hand has made, and they are Mine” Isaiah 66:2 ELT.

Jesus is the “[male] all.” The Father was seeing His beloved Son in the tabernacle, priesthood, and the offerings,  When He says “they are Mine” God was saying,

“This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.” Mt. 3:17

Moses didn’t see a blue print for the temple on the mountain, he saw Jesus. The is the same Jesus that John saw on the island of Patmos.

Moses saw the holy of Holies in His face. His eyes were the pillar of fire that gave them light in the darkness. And His hair is as white as the cloud that overshadowed them sheltering them from the heat of the desert sun.

He saw His heart is the true holy place chest is the gird with a golden lamp stand, table and altar.

He looked on His bronze feet that are our true altar and laver. Moses did not just look on plans for a temple but He saw the Lord God, the Almighty, and the Lamb is the Person who is the “all” of the temple, Rev.21:22.

Moses saw YHWH as I AM that I AM. He faced the One Who reigns in the soul. Jesus is the One.

“The one who loves his life loses it, and the one who hates his life in this world will keep it to everlasting life.” Jn.12:25

He lives not so we can live to ourselves, but Him Who created your soul to be inhabited with, possessed by, and filled with I AM. Not a soul living out from self, saying, I AM. But the cross of Christ has made the soul crucified with Christ. This soul says “NOT I, but Christ lives in me”

As the Resurrection Jesus says “I have set my self and have quieted my soul, like one weaned from its mother is my soul on me” Ps. 131:2.

This alone is truly living. The soul is quiet and yet the Spirit roars.

“I AM THAT I AM, 

I AM not that you can be anymore, 

I AM THAT I AM. 

Then I turned to see that voice and I saw the the person of the cross, the One Who is All.

I place my hand over my mouth.

My soul has come into the quiet.


Right As Rain

“The earth is full of the knowledge of the glory of YHWH As the waters cover the sea.” Hab. 2:14.

When I first read this I thought it was saying that the earth is partially covered with His glory in the way that waters partly cover the earth. But It says,

“As the waters cover the sea.”

In creation the Father has completely covered the earth with the testimony of His Son.

Water is His example.

There is no account of God creating water in the beginning.
In Genesis you will find Him saying “let there be… “ basically everything, except the most abundant substance on earth.

Why?
There is profound significance in His silence about creating water.
The natural, earthly things were fashioned to illustrate spiritual, heavenly realities.

“The invisible things of Him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead” Romans 1:20.

The seed falls into the ground, It sheds it’s husk, and then it’s inward heart is resurrected above, separated out from the earth. The life that is above grows bending toward the light.
The destructive caterpillar sheds its skin as it enters the chrysalis, where it is completely dissolved into goo before it is transformed into the matchless beauty of a butterfly. Then it rises on wings into a new world above, pollinating as it goes.

These things are fulfilled in Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection Life.
“In that day there shall be a fountain opened to the house of David and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem for sin and for uncleanness” Zach. 13:1.

And having finished the work, His Spirit and Resurrection Life have become “Rivers of Living water” in His Body the Church Jn. 7:38.

Rivers not sprinkles.     And His Life descends anew…

“And I John saw the holy city, the New Jerusalem, COMING DOWN from God out of heaven” Rev.21:2.

“Then shall we know, if we follow on to know the LORD: His going forth is prepared as the morning; and His coming is AS THE RAIN, as the latter and former rain unto the earth” Hos. 6:3

Water represents His eternal Life. We cannot live long without it. It refreshes, it washes clean, it satisfies our thirst. It is manifest in three forms and yet it is one.

In the narrative of creation it’s as if water is “without lineage, having neither beginning of days, nor end of life” (Heb. 7:3).

He is silent about the creation of water  because water represents His uncreated substance filling the earth.

Water always brings earth with it as it flows down. So also only His Resurrection Life brings our soul into participation with the cross. It has not been left to you to crucify your self. This is a work of the Spirit.

“O That I may know Him, and the power of His Resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being made conformable unto His death!” Phillipians 3:10

Water is relentless in its descent. It cannot be stopped. Diverted temporarily, yes. But eventually it is released and it humbly flows down. The longer it is held back, the greater it’s release.

The religious heart struggles to be given to God because the natural man seeks to ascend to a likeness of Christ instead of resting in being inhabited by the Spirit of Christ Himself. That man resists the decent of the Spirit. But The Person of the Resurrection relentlessly  gives Himself. It is Who He is. In seeing Him, letting go of self is as natural as the flowing of a river of water.

“There is one who is making himself rich, and hath nothing,           And there is One Who is making Himself poor, yet has all things” Prov.13:7. 

This is Christ our Life.

When Jesus comes to fully know His union with the Father, did it cause Him to be puffed up or demand service of others? When God’s knowledge worked in Him it caused Him to come low in serving His Body.

“Jesus knowing that the Father has given all things into His hands, and that He came out from God, and goes away to God, He rose up from the supper and laid aside His garments. And taking a towel, He girded Himself. Then He put water into the basin and began to wash the feet of the disciples” Jn. 13:3-5.

Water flows down to brooks and creeks until it joins into rivers. We give names to these bodies of water. But eventually the names and bodies are lost, swallowed up in the greater. They cannot be found. It points us to Christ,the Head, He is the Resurrection and Life. In  fullness there is but One. He alone is God and there is no other.

When I was young I grew up near the ocean, surfing, fishing and sailing. After being away from the sea at least twenty-five years, I find I am still haunted by it. Sometimes I crave its salt on my lips. The ocean can be both beautiful and terrible. It is a vast realm of unsearchable depths where man cannot live.

“Whom have I in heaven but Thee? and there is none upon earth that I desire beside Thee” Ps.73:25.

Revelation

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

Your purpose for existing is to experience revelation given from God Himself.
Revelation is seeing what God sees, And He has fixed His attention on His Son.

You can study revelation all you want with your natural faculties, and fleshly energies but when you begin to experience Christ Himself teaching you in His appearing, You will find your own understanding overthrown as the Person of reality Himself is revealed in you.

The ad reads something like: Study Revelation with one of Palace Theological Cemetery’s most renowned professors.  Revelation is taught by Dr. Super Duper Amazingness, the Senior Professor Emeritus of Bible Exposition at Palace Theological Cemetery. He taught in cemetery for 47 years, He pastored for more than 20 years, etc, add nausea.

What did Paul say about boasting in credentials?

“Are we beginning to commend ourselves again? Or do we need, as some do, letters of commendation to you, or from you? You yourselves are our letter of recommendation, written on our hearts, to be known and read by all.” 2 Cor. 3:1-2.

Why is Paul against boasting?  It is not just because because God can, and usually does, reveal Himself in the weakest and most broken vessels. The humility of man still won’t qualify you to experience revelation either.  And It isn’t just because Jesus said, “do not be called Rabbi, because One is your teacher, the Christ, and you are all brothers” Mt. 23:8. 

The obedience of Christ is not a blind obedience. It an obedience that is filled with clarity. All the accomplishments of men come to nothing in His presence. When we see Him, we see  all the works that have their source in man disqualified, and the Son as the only Life pleasing to the Father. Then we say with Isaiah,

“O YHWH Thou has ordained peace for us:
for Thou also hast wrought all our works in us” Is. 26:12.

Our glorying in anything of our own only exposes an absence of His glory.

There is no teaching that is of God unless it is Christ revealed.

When I read “revelation taught by Dr” So & so, I see pure irony.

Ok. Yes. You can study all about revelation.

Or

You can experience revelation by God revealing His Son in you.

No amount of studying, no Bible memorization, no sitting through ages of lectures about revelation, can cause your heart to experience the presence of Jesus Himself as the teaching of God.

“No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal Him” Mt. 11:27.

“None has seen God at any time; the Only Begotten, Who is in the Father’s heart, He has revealed Him”. Jn. 1:18.

The Gospels begin with Jesus calling them to “Come and See” Jn. 1:39

The Gospels end with His disciples being sent out “teaching them to observe” Mt. 28:20.

The one and only Church is founded on the solid “rock” of God Himself revealing His Son.  “Flesh and blood” can never be the avenue of true revelation. Mt.16:17-18.

The Father spoke in Isaiah “All your sons are taught of YHWH” Is. 54:13 and Jn. 6:45.

He spoke In Jeremiah that a New Covenant relationship is one of experiencing the presence of Christ inwardly.

“This is the covenant that I make, With the house of Israel, after those days, declares Yahweh, I have given My law in their inward part, And on their heart I do write it, And I have been to them for Elohim, And they are a people that are Mine. And they do not teach any more each his neighbor, and each his brother, Saying, Know you Yahweh, For they all know Me, from their least unto their greatest, declares Yahweh”  Jer. 31:33-34.

I love how in Hebrew the Law that Christ is is revealed in “their inward part.”  not parts. There is one place where Jesus Christ can be  known. In the heart. Have you noticed how the Apostles completely reject anything that had its origin in man. Peter wrote,

“For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of His majesty.  For He received from God the Father honor and glory, when there came such a voice to Him from the excellent glory, ‘This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.’  And this voice which came from heaven we heard, when we were with Him in the holy mount. We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shining in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts: Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.  For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost” 2 Peter 1:16-21.

Peter is talking about experiencing Jesus Christ in you by revelation, when He writes about having a “more sure word of prophecy,” he is saying that the light of Jesus shining “in your hearts” is even “more sure” than the voice of the Father that they heard with their ears, and “more sure” even than the words of scripture written on paper with ink.

John warned us about anyone who would make themselves mediators of revelation. He said,

“I write these things to you about those who are trying to deceive you. But the anointing that you received from him abides in you, and you have no need that anyone should teach you. But as his anointing teaches you about everything, and is true, and is no lie—just as it has taught you, abide in him.” 1 Jn. 2:26-27.

And Paul wrote, “I would have you know, brothers, that the gospel that was preached by me is not man’s gospel. For I did not receive it from any man, nor was I taught it, but I received it through the revelation of Jesus Christ” Gal. 1:11-12.  

Turn our hearts O YHWH that we may know You.
Teach us and we will hear. Reveal Your Son in us and we will see by His light.

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I Am The Resurrection

“There is hope of a tree, if it is cut down, that it will sprout again, and its shoot will not cease. Though its root becomes old in the earth, and its stump dies in the dust, at the scent of water it will bud and bring forth branches like a plant. But man dies and is cut off, and Adam expires; and where is he? As the waters go away from the sea, and a river wastes away and dries up, even so man lies down and does not rise until the heavens are no more, they shall not awake, nor be roused out of their sleep. Who will grant that You would hide me in Sheol; You would conceal me until Your anger turns back; that You would set a limit for me and remember me? If a man dies, will he revive? All the days of my warfare I will wait, until my change comes” Job. 14:7-14 ELT.

No doubt this was the Sadducee’s proof text for saying that the Bible teaches that there is no resurrection. But they misconstrued Jobs words. Job describes His hope as one of waiting for a “change” from his individual fleshly body, which will never be raised in that form, but is “sown in dishonor” 1 Cor. 15:42. But in transformation it is raised as the New Spiritual Body of Christ. Water changes forms before it is raised. Drops of liquid do not ascend up into the sky. It is raised in an intangible form as steam. Liquids flow “down and does not rise.”  All this is a testimony of Christ.

So few have been brought face to face the Person of The Resurrection. When we truly see Him we see our self centered christian traditions exposed as empty and foolish.  Job spoke these words by the Spirit. He is really is saying the same thing as Paul “Foolish one! What you sow is not made alive unless it dies” 1Cor. 15:36.
It is helpful to see that Job used the Hebrew word אדם: “Adam” there in verse ten, because He is describing the outward man as the man of death. When we identify in the first man, if we are honest to God, we will all cry out,  “O wretched man that I am! Who shall deliver me from the body of this death?” and only in seeing Jesus can we say,  “Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord” Rom. 7:24-25.
The Spirit is saying that there is no resurrection for the outward man. Before we see Jesus, we just overlook the fact that the scriptures plainly say that “flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God” 1 Cor. 15:50. We all just reinterpret those words to mean something like NonChristains will not inherit the kingdom of God. That way we never let the cross touch our flesh centered identity:    self.

But whenever we are truly made to face the person of Christ we will see that Jesus has gathered all men into Himself and put us to death. Then the focus of our heart is moved from seeing ourselves to knowing Jesus, then we are changed. “In a moment, in a glance of an eye” 1 Cor. 15:52 LITV. When Nestle comments on his translation of this verse, He says Paul is not really speaking of this change as in the “twinkling” or “winking” of an eye, but as fast as in the “throwing of the gaze” we are changed.  And so the original language points us to turning the focus of the heart away from ourselves to Christ.

You are in Him.

He is in You.

In this, we see that Jesus is far greater than just One who does resurrections, Christ is exclusively the Resurrection and the Life of His Body The Church. He has risen from the dead as a kind of vehicle of Resurrection. This Body is already risen as a New Spiritual Body being born of God through Spiritual birth. This is a better resurrection then God restoring your flesh again.

“Women received their dead by a resurrection: and others were tortured, not accepting their deliverance; that they might obtain a better resurrection” Heb. 11:35 ASV.

Jesus did raise Lazarus, and others, from death and they only died again. But the eternal Resurrection is found in Christ. This is “better”, because it is not your outward man again. A “better resurrection” is not that some elite believers will get to be closer to Jesus in the afterlife because they suffered persecutions. The better Resurrection is in union with Jesus Christ. This was “the hope of Isreal” Acts. 28:20.

When Paul first preached in Antioch, He preached that Christ’s Resurrection completely fulfilled the hope of Israel.

“God did raise Him out of the dead, and he was seen for many days of those who did come up with Him from Galilee to Jerusalem, who are His witnesses unto the people. ‘And we, to you, do proclaim good news—that the promise made unto the fathers, 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 today have begotten Thee” Acts. 13;30-33 YLT.

If Paul believed that Jesus’ resurrection was just a foretaste of another “general resurrection”, He would not have said “God hath in full completed” the promise given to the fathers.  Paul preached that Jesus was born of the flesh, as the Last Adam, And then He was “begotten” again as the Resurrection and the Life of Spiritual birth of all believers.

Yes. Jesus was “begotten” again. He was speaking of the third day when he said,

“This day have begotten Thee” Ps. 2:7

As the Resurrection, He was born out from our sin and death, as the Head of a entirely New Man born out from the death of the cross. You are only “born again” through His being “begotten” again as the Resurrection. The apostle Peter wrote, He “did beget us again to a living hope, through the rising again of Jesus Christ out of the dead” 1 Peter 1:3 YLT.

The Spiritual birth of Jesus out from the death of Adam is the Resurrection that the prophets declared.

“Before she travailed, she brought forth; before her pain came, she was delivered of a Man child. Who hath heard such a thing? Who hath seen such things? Shall the earth be made to bring forth in one day? or shall a nation be born at once? As soon as Zion travailed, she brought forth her children” Isaiah 66:7-8   

This Man Child is the the Second Man. In the same way Jesus described  His Resurrection as life Spiritual born out from the Church when He says,

“A woman when she is in travail has sorrow, because her hour is come: but as soon as she is delivered of the child, she remembers no more the anguish, for the joy that a Man is born into the world.” Jn. 16:20

You may ask, ‘but what could Paul mean  when he writes “each in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; then they that are Christ’s, at His coming’” 1 Cor. 15:23? It is self-centeredness that looks for the restoration of the flesh to become the fulfillment of the Resurrection. “Christ the firstfruits” is a description of this birth of the One New Man appearing Head first. Just as a body is born, the head is seen first, then the body is seen in union with the Head, so Paul is describing the order of His appearing. It is not about a future general resurrection when all believers will get their own resurrection bodies separate from Jesus.

My question to you is, Is the Resurrection just your flesh again, or is it Christ in His return?

The Resurrection is One New Man. Salvation is not a crowd of people getting new bodies some glad day when this life is o’er. The Resurrection has not been postponed. This salvation is today. “If, then, you were raised with Christ, seek the things above, where Christ is sitting at the right of God” Col. 3:1. If you are knowing Him in His appearing you are also knowing that this is “now”. “Knowing the time, that now is the hour for you to be aroused from sleep,” Rom. 13:11 LITV. This Christ is The Resurrection that the Apostles and Prophets have Declared. So turn the eyes of your heart to Him and let go of these selfish, false expectations. Come into The Light that all things being exposed by the Light can be clearly revealed, for everything having been revealed is Christ. Who “says,

‘Arise, sleeping ones and stand up out of the dead ones’, and Christ will shine on you” Eph. 5:14.

 

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