Christ our Secret place

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

It’s all Him.  

Where should we begin? 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Why is Jesus called “the Last Adam”?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Why the Law?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Did the Law of Moses improve the behavior of Israel?

What were the first two commandments?

“Thou hast no other Gods before Me.”

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

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

They made a graven image.

A golden calf.

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

Think about that.

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

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

Nevertheless people go on proclaiming external righteousness.

We need to see Jesus in Ex. 20:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“You have no other Gods before Me.”

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

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

“You do not murder.

You do not commit adultery.

`You do not steal.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

They were being called into relationship.

They were being drawn to know and observe YHWH Himself.

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

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

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

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

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

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

“After two days He revives us:

in the third day He raises us up,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

He has already provided all that He required.

His Love endures forever.

 

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Where are we to look to see His face?

Where He is.

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

Where?

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

Where did Paul know Jesus to be revealed?

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

He is in your heart. He is your Spirit.

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

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

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

Where did John see the revealed Christ?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jesus plainly taught that,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Just as they have said I am telling you that God has called you to know the return of Jesus Christ by faith and not by sight. God’s will for His people has always been for us to come to an inward apocalypse so that we don’t have to experience an external apocalypse.  The other verse so often twisted into to rejecting “Christ in you” by faith is,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

In Hebrews the concordant Literal translation says,

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

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

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

Hear what the Spirit is saying to the Church:

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

Seeing Jesus as He is, is seeing Grace.

Grace thru faith remains eternal.

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

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

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

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

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

What value is keeping an unopened gift?

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

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

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

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

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

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Who is the New Creation?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Second what?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

His Divine Life is enough.

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

Before there was any external manifestation of Divine union,

His Spirit is enough.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“He revives us after two days, In the third day He raises us up, And we live in the sight of Him” Hosea 6:2 ELT.
When did Jesus raise “us” up? “In the third day He raises US up.” The issue is about our willingness to trade union in a true Spiritual resurrection for a false expectation of a resurrection of fleshly bodies. When so many are in unbelief concerning the present reality of the resurrection, they have been rendered powerless to receive the inheritance that is already theirs in Christ. And no wonder that there is so little unity among Christians since so many are still waiting for our Oneness. But the Body of Christ is already a Spiritual Body. As the Apostle Paul taught, “There is a natural body, and there is a Spiritual Body. And so it is written,“The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a living Spirit.” 1Cor. 15:44-45.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Above Dystopia

No gentle touch or kiss could wake me from the slumber

Until I realized self had held me under

Pilgrimaging in a world, never quite awake.

Being held, in some dreaming state

Then I heard thunder and saw lightning crack

Above the world waking never to go back.

Dawns flashing east to west,

the darkness torn wide open,

And finally the spell was broken

And there He was.

Born with wings, The New

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

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

Shaking through my skull, through my spine and ribs.

All my bones began to shake,

my hearts eyes were quickened

Heaven and earth were taken,

my eyes flew open

No more dreams of the dead seeing death itself undone

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

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

No more imagining the One spoken of in a scroll.

I heard thunder and

saw lightning crack

Above the world I was waking,

Never to go back.

Dawns flashing east to west, the darkness torn wide open

And finally the spell was broken

Overstanding

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

How can we know?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

How could this happen?

They had no inward revelation of God.

And without inward revelation there is no true foundation.

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

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

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

this is not it.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Come unto Me through this Door.

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

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

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

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

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

How have we been made to be dead?

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

The Foundation is a rock of revelation.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Can you see that?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

This view can only be revealed.

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

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

Is Jesus our seeing?

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

Then the Father begins to reveal His Son in you.

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

What is the Revelation of Christ?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

This statement came to me recently:

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

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

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

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A Second Seeing

“We know that the Son of God has come, and He has given to us an understanding that we may know the true One, and we are in the true One, in His Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God and the eternal life” 1 Jn. 5:20.

I recently went through the book of Genesis again with our children’s church. I really love the book of Genesis because there so many “parables” to be found there; so many types of Christ. Two particular stories have been on my mind that don’t seem at all similar at first glance, but I’d like to try to tie them together to show something of a bigger picture in our knowing of Christ. Both pictures show a first sort of knowing and coming to the Lord, often with cloudy understanding of Who and what kind of relationship we have come into; and then a second knowing or revealing of Christ where eyes are opened and hearts are changed.

The first is the story of Leah and Rachel. Jacob’s first wife is Leah. Her name means weary, and Scripture says that her eyes were poor. She relates to her husband as one who must work to earn favor. She says things like:

“Surely I have hired thee with my son’s mandrakes” Gen. 30:16, or

“Maybe now my husband will love me,” Gen. 29:32 And,

“Surely now my husband will become attached to me” Gen. 29:34 or,

“Now my husband will dwell with me because I have borne him six sons” Gen. 30:20.

When her fifth son is born, she says plainly,

“God has given me my hired-wages,” Gen 30:18.

She is a picture of most believers who come to God believing that He will love us more if we earn His love through good behavior. We believe that God’s fruit in our lives (like Leah’s children) is something we should work for, rather than something that comes from a loving relationship. We grow weary (like Leah’s name means) in our efforts to please God, and joy is hard to find. When troubles come, we feel somehow cheated by the system, we thought was in place, and we have a hard time believing in God’s love. This view is a dim one, and one that has us at the center.

I’m going to jump now to the story of Joseph and his brothers. We are going to look at the journey Joseph’s brothers make to Egypt, because there is famine in their land. The brothers come into a Kingdom of plenty, where they purchase their salvation (grain) and then return to their own lives far away. They must leave one brother, and they attribute this unfortunate circumstance to their past sin against Joseph. Then they discover that their money has been returned to them (because the price of salvation has been paid by Another), but instead of rejoicing in their good fortune, they are dismayed and their hearts sank and they asked one another,

“What is this that God has done to us?” Gen. 42:28.

Whereas Leah believed she had earned favor, Joseph’s brothers are certain there is no favor for them. This is the roller-coaster ride of believers who relate to God according to their own works. We either believe we deserve God’s gifts or we believe we don’t, depending on our behavior, our mood, or the weather of our circumstances. I think most all of us come to God this way at first.

The unfortunate thing is that many continue in this way.

But I’m not done with the brothers… When they return home, the message they have for their father is basically this: “We have been to the Kingdom, and the ruler is a harsh man who demands that we bring others (specifically Benjamin) into his Kingdom.”

They do not yet have good news.

They return only when it becomes absolutely necessary; they are in danger of starving again. Their trips to see the King are motivated by self-preservation. In the same way, we often find ourselves looking for God only when we have exhausted all our own resources. God is so gracious, and meets with us even in this state, but He is looking to reveal Himself as more than just Provider and as something Other than an addition to our own life.

Let’s return to Jacob’s second wife, the wife of His desire. Rachel had her husband’s heart before she had done anything to deserve it. She was His choice (just as we have been chosen in Christ). Theirs is a love relationship, and although she also desires a son, Jacob makes it clear that only the Lord can perform this. God does give her a son, Joseph, which has a certain double meaning that includes both “He has taken away” and “May the Lord add.” Knowing the Lord in this way is an opening of our eyes to see and understand the work of the cross that both “takes away” the natural, law-based, me-centered way of relating and “adds” or brings an increase of the Spirit who is eternal Life in our stead. When we see Him, then we are given an understanding that our own soulish kind of  life was “taken away” from God’s sight, by the cross, and the Lord has “added” the eternal, resurrection Life of His Son, through Spiritual birth.

Now we’ll skip ahead, again, to Joseph’s brothers and their second seeing of Joseph. They have returned to Egypt with twice as much money and their brother Benjamin. Benjamin is accused of theft, and Judah offers his life instead of Benjamin’s for the sake of his father. The brothers’ hearts have turned toward their father and self-preservation is no longer the motivation. “When the heart turns to see the Lord, the veil is done away (2 Corinthians 3:16).” When the brothers’ hearts turn, Joseph reveals himself to them. He is the same man they saw on their first journey, but now they know him. They no longer call him a harsh ruler; Now He is their brother!! He is alive! He is ruler of all Egypt and he wants them to leave their land and home and to come be where He is. “I will provide for you,” (Genesis 45:11) “I will give you the best of the land of Egypt… Do not concern yourselves with you goods, for the best of all the land of Egypt is yours.” (Genesis 45:18-20).

God wants to reveal Himself in us in this way. He wants us to see Him as He really is. He wants us to know that the treasures of heaven are ours. He has made a place for us, a place in Him, where we can “live and move and have our being (Acts 17:28).” He also wants us to know how He sees us- NOT in reference to sin any longer.

And at the second time Joseph was made known to his brethren; and Joseph’s kindred was made known unto Pharaoh.” Acts 7:13.

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

Time” is italicized in both verses above, because it is not there in the Greek. Joseph was revealed when his brothers returned again. Jesus is revealed in hearts that look for him- and He appears in a “second” understanding- the understanding that He no longer relates to us according to our sin (OR our good deeds i.e. Leah) but He relates to us according to the work of the cross that has brought us into Salvation, into the Person of Christ, into something that is complete and lacks nothing.

You have begun to see the Gospel when you see Christ in this second appearing. This is the relationship where Jesus is at the center.

Leah could not help her weak eyes. Joseph’s brothers could not, at first, see Joseph for who he really was. They came to him with only an awareness of themselves and their failings. Who do you see when you look at salvation? This work is not one that we accomplish; it is a work of the Spirit. Turn to Him and He will remove the veil and reveal Himself “as He is”. – Judith Brown

“Beloved, now we are the children of God, and it was not yet revealed what we shall be. But we know that whenever He is revealed, we shall be like Him, because we shall see Him as He is” 1 Jn 3:2.