You or Him?

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

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.

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

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 

Jesus is our true Noah.

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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Come up Here

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

In seeing Christ is given as our covenant we are facing the person of Jesus as our agreement with the Father. He is God’s gift, given as our whole relationship with God. It is Him. Everything of eternal reality is bound up with Him.

Since the Father has “delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not also with Him freely give us all things?” Rom. 8:32 ASV.

Everything that is true is in Him and “with Him.”
All that Christ has accomplished, God’s people have accomplished.
All that Christ is, His people are. The Truth is bound up with Him.

Do you know that that love which the Father has set on His perfect Son, Is now set on you?

When you have the grace of witnessing His Life in your soul, He sinks every condemnation of self awareness to bottomless depths and you find yourself risen and set at the very right hand of God in Jesus Christ. You find yourself “in the midst,” at the dead center of every eternal goal. It is in the person of Christ. All attempts at preparing your heart, all our religious processes and pilgrimages, within and without, all our labors and sojourning closer to God, fall far away.

In seeing Him you are brought to all journeys end. He is The One. He more than just a finished work He is a living person in Whom the Church is gathered. You are in Him and He is in you.
Do you know that all that Christ is,  is yours?

Do you see this One Who is God’s gift high and lifted up? Do you see the majesty of that awesome crown, inscribed with “holiness unto the YHWH?” How that His Body, the Church, lives and moves and is crowned with His very identity? Do you see this breastplate of His judgment? That on His breastplate your name is engraved in more than precious stones but by His very Spirit with marks of grace and truth?

“Come up here!” Revelation. 4:1.

Lets begin with accepting that it is only in knowing Him that we are knowing the Truth.
He is the Truth. Just as He has said,

 “I AM the Truth” Jn 14:6.

We are knowing Him to be “The Truth” as opposed to falsehood.  We are also knowing Him to be the Truth as opposed to the shadows and figures that testified of Him in the first covenant. Again and again throughout every generation the Father has declared One New Man to be our eternal covenant. He gathered mountains of animal sacrifices, nations, altars, houses, temples, rituals, places and objects to testify of Jesus Christ.
But that He should not be objectified, The Father has also has conformed people to the image of Christ as a testimony of His coming.  And in this, He testified of the covenant of grace. Which is in substance One Covenant. As God is One. And Christ is One, and the substance of it. As there is one hope of one eternal Life; The Life of the covenant. One faith which is the way into this One Who is the covenant.
Christ the Covenant is “the same yesterday today and forever” Heb. 13:8. And the substance has only changed from the form that was once natural to Him Who is Spiritual. This is found in our Bibles to be the Old Testament and the New. 

In the first, the Person of Christ is declared and testified of as the Messiah to come, From Adam till His incarnation. And in the Second, He is known as the Savior already come, His presence giving substance to the Church.
As long as Christ was yet to come it pleased God to train His Church by heaps of rituals, ceremonies, figures and shadows, to strengthen there faith in expectation of Him.
This first age was the time of infancy of the Church. When the household was not capable of the higher mysteries of the knowledge of God. But was taught by the external; by the eyes and the ears. And as one just out of the cradle, it pleased God to put the ancient Church “under tutors and governors until the time appointed.” Gal. 4:2. And so He appointed feasts and rites as elements and introductions to The Truth. Which was to be brought forward little by little until the true image of God being depicted came, Who is the Truth and the Light in opposition to those shadows. It is only in His appearing that we know true fulfillment.
God’s order has always been first the natural and then the spiritual. As in God’s order of creating the natural world, He determined to have darkness go before the light, and then to have the dawning go before the light of the full Day. So in edifying His Body the Church, It was God’s will to have Jesus shown to the fathers in the same way as the wise men saw Him, in swaddling clothes, which hid His glory. He respected them as children in a kind of pre-school set up in a corner of the world, in Israel, He set up the Law of Moses as a primer, a kind of A B C’s in which Christ was foreshadowed in obscure ways.
Just as in the eighth chapter of Genesis Noah’s ark came to rest on a mountain that was still concealed under dark waters. Noah opened a window in the ark, letting in a little light and letting out a dark bird.  But after the dove returned with that great treasure of the olive branch, which was a kind of natural evidence of the gospel of rest. Then, “Noah removed the covering off of the ark” Gen. 8:13,

Then he stepped out, showing himself.

At that time, in His appearing, a new creation also was made apparent.

And also with Joseph, Who at first made himself obscure to his brothers, but at “The second was Joseph made better known to his brethren” Acts 7:12-13.

So Christ is “seen as the second [covenant, & Man] by those looking for Him, apart from sin, for salvation, through faith.” Heb. 9:28 ELT.

And so in going forward into Christ, the wisdom of God, when we compare the first law with the person of the Gospel, Jesus Christ is manifested in a far greater brightness and glory than the glory of the first. His glory is a glory not to be explained, but a glory to be experienced in every soul by the revelation of Christ in you. His glory is the true purpose, fulfilling the real meaning of all that was of the first.

 “For the Law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.” John 1:17.

The gospel of Christ is the gospel of grace not because the same grace was not present under the first covenant.

It was.

He is “Jesus Christ, the same yesterday and today and forever” Hebrews 13:8. But because of the darkened understanding, He was only known to be a grace promised in the first. But in His newness we see that the Grace of God is come because Christ is come. In seeing Him the night is passed. But the things of that age are not just discarded as if invalid or usless, but the first has it’s purpose fulfilled in His coming.

“The light of the moon has been like the light of the sun, And the light of the sun is sevenfold, like the light of seven days, In the day of YHWH’s binding up the brokeness of His people, When He heals the wound of His smiting.” Isaiah 30:26 ELT.
In His appearing, we see that He has always been the “eternal covenant” with an unchangeable God and Father in Whom there is “no shadow of turning”, or changing of purpose. The writer of Hebrews says,

“Now may the God of peace who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great shepherd of the sheep, by the blood of the eternal covenant, equip you with everything good that you may do his will, working in us that which is pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.” Heb. 13:20-21

So today is the Day of the eternal, New, Covenant. Peter calls this “the day of the age” 2 Pe.3:18 YLT.  And in this growth out from the shadows into the perfection and light of faith, believers in the whole earth are finding themselves hidden in this “One New Man”, Who is perfection.   So the Law was merely “a shadow of the good things coming—not the very image and truth itself, every year, by the same sacrifices that they offer continually, are never able to make them perfect” Heb. 10:1.
Paul points us to the Person when he writes, that the commandments were only “a shadow of the coming things, and the Body is of Christ” Col. 2:17.
In this we see that Jesus was the original cause of shadows. And so His Spirit, is greater than all the natural effects. And because a shadow just represents the shape of the body, whatever His actions and motions, It is not the substance itself.  So Jesus was always the One that the Father had in view in creating and commanding the laws and ceremonies. And these “elements” are called shadows in that they were only dark representations bearing an obscure resemblance to His body.

Christ in you is worship in “Spirit and Truth”.

It is held in external religion that nothing is actually “true” until it has had some effect on the tangible. 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. For example, the faith movement has set it’s hopes on the miraculous instead of Christ and so 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 fearful 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 it.

Now.

His presence does effect this shadowy natural realm in ways that confound the first man, and yet the changing of things of the natural realm has never been God’s end. Yet still He heals, helps and holds. But the Goal is coming into Him, abiding in Him, our eternal inheritance.
Jesus has always been the new heaven and earth.
When Abraham, had come to a rest under a new sky and in a new land, then, YHWH began to testify of this Son Who is a realm completely above any tangible inheritance. The One being formed in you is a new heaven and earth, a heavenly country, all found in One Seed. And seeing Him is key.

“Look now at the heavens and count the stars, if you are able to count them. And He said to him, So is your Seed” Gen. 15:5 …“The whole earth which you are seeing, to you I give it, and to your Seed—to the age. As the dust of the earth, so I have established your Seed” Gen. 13:15.

So Christ in you is “in Spirit and Truth” the fulfillment of all these natural things. Him living in you is Spiritual worship. He is the substance of all the relationships, things and persons who were conformed to be testimonies of Jesus. They are God’s sketches, and only in His appearing, does His color fill with all His fullness.

As we find the souls of our feet standing in His substance, and our toes digging into this heavenly country, we see that Jesus is more than just the fulfillment of the shadows, He is The person of the New Creation.

Everything to Nothing

I have a love-hate relationship with factory work- I like the steady money and hate just about everything else about it. Before I had a family, I did millwright work in factories all over the country. We built and installed a lot of different machines that processed glass bottles. One of the biggest machines we installed was called an IS machine. It was a huge 30 ton machine that blew like five hundred glass bottles per minute. Mostly beer and Snapple bottles, some in shapes as strange as Ms. Butterworth.
In the glass factories there were huge furnaces that heated sand, and other ingredients into what looks like red hot lava sliding down shoots into the machine.  They called this the “hot end”. Sometimes we built and installed steel duct work and blowers to cool the whole area.  The cold end was all new equipment, the best of clean work. The blowers we installed were always under the floor of the hot end where liquid blobs of glass would fall down under the plant. The roar from the blowers was deafening. There was no shouting over the tumult.  We wore hearing protection so that after a while it seemed as if there was no sound at all. They ran water across the floor in these basement dungeons where glowing hot glass would fall steaming and hissing into the dark puddles.

I am not sure no why there was always so few lights down there but I remember that the concrete walls were always stained black. It was one of those dark creepy places in the end of an action movie where they would finally kill the bad guy.

After working long hours in factories for a month at a time, it usually felt as if I was coming up out from the netherworld or being set free of some kind of sensory deprivation experiment.  I was always shocked by the depth of color in nature when I got out on the road to travel back home.  Most factory work isn’t so dark, but since those days work has taken on a sense of going to hell and back again to get provisions for the ones I love.

Lately, I have been doing something I love, wood carving, but it hasn’t really been paying the bills, so I am back to doing factory work again. Now I am working up on the rooftops doing roofing maintenance, fixing leaks. Mostly on flat commercial roofs. And it is turning into some traveling work again. It may be the hardest work I have done in my life. But I joke that I am moving up in the world.  So far, I like it up there in the wind and sun.

I worked in a particularly hellish factory recently where they process the inedible meat and chicken offal into dog food. They all warned me about the smell. They said it would be so strong that I was going to want to bag up all my clothes at the end of the day so I don’t stink up everything on my way home.
My work these days is kind of like being a roofing Sherpa, staging repair jobs up in high places. My job always begins with finding out where we are going to be setting up. So up we go, flight after flight of steps through mazes of pipes flowing with the most toxic chemicals.  When I get to the roof of the rendering plant I am thinking, no big deal. It just smells like dog food.
“Smells like money to me.” I said all gruff.

Then it hit me.

The overpowering stench of rotten, burnt flesh in a cloud of steam bellowing out of a huge stack.  The sky was filled with buzzards.

“You should see how many there are in the summer,” a foreman said.

I was just glad to be bringing up the rear in the single file line because I couldn’t stop choking and gagging and I was sure I was going to lose my breakfast after talking tough.

‘Breath through your mouth, not your nose’! I kept telling myself. If I breathed through my nose, my forgetfulness was punished with a choking, nausea and gagging.  I am surprised that I never threw up. When the wind blew the smell of death came off of this water treatment area where the factory drains empty into bloody lakes surrounded by vultures.

The strange thing is that this pure smell death doesn’t actually have a scent. There is an odorless and colorless chemical that rotting flesh puts off called oleic acid. Scientists say that this chemical causes our body to instinctively react in such a powerful way. All the other revolting smells coming from a corpse are just outliers.

My eyes watered. My throat burned. Finally my nose and head became so congested that I had no sense of smell at all. And so I settled into a kind of sick relief. We repaired all the holes in the roof. The cloud of steam overhead rained down a putrid mist on us all day.
These words kept coming up in my heart as I worked,

 “We are unto God a sweet savor of Christ, in them that are saved, and in them that perish: To the one we are the savor of death unto death; and to the other the savor of Life unto Life.”                           2 Cor. 2:15-16.

I couldn’t help but to pray for the poor souls who had to work in this environment day in and day out. And then I was so surprised to meet so many smiling faces working there that day. At first I assumed that their joy must be some kind of evidence of Christ living in those people. But the Father gave me the big

NO.

“Flesh and Blood has not revealed” Mt 16:17.

Not My Son.

Flesh and blood cannot give any evidence of My Son.

“Henceforth we have known no man according to the flesh, and even according to the flesh, yet now we know Him no more” 2Cor 5:16 YLT.

Knowing Him in His kingdom is not a knowing that can be detected in this world through natural means. Whenever the savor of Christ is experienced by the dead it is interpreted as the odor of death because He is the judgment of the world. In seeing the King we see that all flesh is grass. God is Spirit and He alone can make Jesus truly known.

When God began to reveal His Son in me, it was both great and terrible. I have no words to describe the utter devastation of His coming and I also cannot describe the richness of color that began to fill my soul at that time.

There He was. 

And He alone was Newness. It was as if the whole natural word went black and white and faded into the background. His appearing has to be experienced. It cannot be explained.

God is Spirit. He alone reveals the New Creation that Christ is. Only the Son is truly New.

There is nothing new under the Son.

Nothing natural can truly be made new. Christ alone is pure Newness.  In Him there is nothing of the old. Nothing of the first. A pure encounter with this One Who is the “Newness of Life” and everything apart from Him is seen to be what it is, oldness and death. By the cross He has lade waste to the whole natural creation.

In seeing Him and everything comes to nothing.

He cannot be seen or sensed with natural faculties. He is spiritually discerned.  There are so many who wrongly believe that a real encounter with Jesus can only be an experience of sweetness and goodness for the natural man. We are too quick to attribute man’s goodness to be motivations of the Divine nature. We assume that because Jesus did miracles that He comes just to help us and salvage our world. But Jesus said

“Do you think that I have come to bring peace on earth? NoI tell you, but rather division” Luke 12:51.

There is a reason that the world crucified Him. “My kingdom is not of this world” Jn. 18:36. In the presence of eternal Life, Jesus Himself is a judgement of death to all Adam. And so the flesh revolts against a Christ that has no intention of fixing us and our problems. Jesus performed miracles for one reason; to show that He alone is God’s miracle.  And sadly, so much of Christian religion has invented a Jesus who is a only sweetness and light toward us and our things. This self-help Jesus is a cross-less Christ, a false Christ.  But the pure Gospel of Christ crucified is actually offensive to every heart that has yet to been overthrown by reality Himself.

“The word of the cross is foolishness to those being lost, but to us being saved, it is the power of God” 1 Cor. 1:18.