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.


The Flourish 

The flourish is in Christ alone.

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

Isaiah writes:

“The Glory of YHWH has been revealed,

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

A Voice is saying, 

`Call,’ 

And he said, `What do I call?’ 

‘All flesh is grass,

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

Withered has the grass, faded has the flower, 

For the Spirit of YHWH blew on it, 

Surely the people is the grass;

Withered is the grass,

faded is the flower,

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

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

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

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

Koom is a Resurrection term.

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

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

He must? He is love.

Not so much for the old man.

He is the end for that one.

Of course your sins are taken away in Him.

He is Jesus.

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

The Gospel is Christ.

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

Only the One Spirit of I AM remains.

All that is apart from His Spirit is not.

He alone is.

The Name YHWH actually means I AM.

In facing Him, I see that I am not.

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

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

Is your heart set to know the One who is?

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

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

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

All that is not Him has been brought to nothing.

All that is outside of the faith of God.

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

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

I couldn’t even answer yes or no.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

This cross is rest for the soul.

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

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

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

All of the old things have passed away.

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

Nothing of the Old.

One New Man, One New Creation.

Let go of this human spirit.

It is a false imagination.

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

A human spirit is part of the lie.

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

Are you a spiritual Person?

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

This is not just being contrary.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The inward Man must be revealed.

His Seed is in you.

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Obedience of Faith

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

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

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

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

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

“I am coming to you.”

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

The Second what?

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

His Life is the New Covenant.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

This is blindness. 

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

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

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

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

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

Now you are free from yourself. 

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

The pressure is off you. 

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

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

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

He is come.

You or Him?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

It is now.

David wrote:

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

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

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

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

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

“God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ” 2 Cor.4:6

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

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

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

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

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

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

This is the wrong man and the wrong world.

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

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

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

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

If you start wrong you will always end wrong.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Its just you again?

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

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

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

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

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

This is the Christ that the apostles declared.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Look to Him.

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

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

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

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

  Jesus is our true Noah.

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

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

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

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

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

This is the New Covenant.

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

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

Who are you seeing?

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

 

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

 

 

 

 

The Quiet

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

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

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

Where is the place of His rest?

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

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

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

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

This is the wrong question.

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

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

It is an expression of self-love.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“I AM THAT I AM, 

I AM not that you can be anymore, 

I AM THAT I AM. 

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

I place my hand over my mouth.

My soul has come into the quiet.


Right As Rain

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

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

“As the waters cover the sea.”

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

Water is His example.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rivers not sprinkles.     And His Life descends anew…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

This is Christ our Life.

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

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

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

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

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