Eternal Faith

“We look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal” 2 Cor. 4:18

“Yet I know in part, but then I shall know, even as I am fully known. And now faith, expectation, and love, these three abide.” 1 Cor. 13:12-13.

Faith, Hope, and Love are eternal things. They are eternal because they are of Christ.

Jesus is both the Author and Finisher of Faith. This eternal Faith is not of man. It is “the faith of the Son of God” Gal. 2:20.

Faith is God’s own revelation of Himself.

It is the Fathers view of His Son; it is His sight filling, even overwhelming our perception of reality. Eternal faith is God’s own knowledge continually establishing the Truth in our soul. It is a clear view of the Person of the Truth.

“For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith” Rom. 1:17

This transition from “faith to faith” is more than coming from my own imagined beliefs about God to the faith of the Son of God. When Paul writes “from faith to faith” he is describing a work of the Spirit where we are made to see we have been carried out from an Old Covenant faith. This first faith, was when God promised Christ by using tangible things,“the things which are seen.” A New Covenant faith is a faith that causes the soul to “endure seeing Him who is invisible” Heb. 11:27. Faith is a the faculty of spiritual sight, created in you for Knowing Him, it is “in the sight of God”.

We are not as the many, peddling the Word of God; but as of sincerity, but as of God. We speak in Christ, in the sight of God” 2 Cor. 2:17 LITV.

There is no shortage of faith teachers out there peddling the words of God for money. Their doctrine usually places the responsibility squarely on the believer to produce a faith that can obtain things. They point to “faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God” Rom. 10:17. This is assumed to mean that you should memorize Bible promises and speak the words out loud until a trusting belief in God is produced. This religious practice is out of order. It is speaking so that we may believe.

“Having the same spirit of faith according to what has been written, “I believed, therefore I spoke,” we also believe, therefore we also speak,” 2 Cor. 4:17 also Psa. 115:1; & Psa. 116:10.

Faith comes from the inside out. It is the overflow of a heart “in the sight of God”. Christ in you is the One in view. We are not the source of anything accepted by the Father. Faith is required. But all that is required is also fully supplied of God. We are to trust Him for this “faith of God.”

“Jesus said to them,‘Have faith OF God’” Mk. 11:22 LITV, YLT.

The “faith of God” is the Mind of Christ working in you. I love the “of” because it points us to the source. Unless God is the source of the faith in you, you will be tossed by every wind of doctrine. If you are the source of your faith, your faith will be as shaky as you are. Unless Christ in you be the One you trust, then it is up to you to keep faith. Are you faithful to keep your faith or is faith something the Spirit animates in you? Faith is a fruit of the Spirit. Romans 12:3 says it is God who has provided “a measure of faith” to each.

Faith grows to the removal of our beliefs. All things must come to the cross; even my faith.

For some time I did factory work far from home. I worked 12 hour swing shifts and it was too far to drive home after working all night. So I got an apartment in town and came home on the weekends. This went on for years. One of my coworkers said, you must have “great faith” in your wife. But I cannot say that there was any greatness in my faith in her.

Great faith has never been necessary because I have a great wife.
If you have had much relationship with my wife you also know why I rest assured. The point is that great faith is only needful in the absence of a true relationship. When you truly know One who is faithful and true, then your need for great faith fades off into the background.

Before I knew Christ in His appearing I was involved with the “faith movement”. I sought out “Word of faith” teachers to encourage my faith. The fact is that my ignorance of the greatness of Christ left me with insecurities that made it necessary to aspire to have a greater faith.
But when I was turned to see Him, what a rest I found! How great a Christ I have seen! Seeing Him was the end of my faith movement.

And so the faith of the Son of God began to replace my empty beliefs about God. The answer is not really about having “our” faith increased. The answer is found in knowing Him. The appearing of Christ causes my own faith to become inactive in the coming of this eternal faith. There is no patting ourselves on the back for the faith of the Son of God. I cannot glory in this faith. It is not my own.

There are two kinds of faith. An Old Covenant faith: a faith for obtaining natural things, in contrast to our New Covenant Faith: a faith that receives Him: The faith for seeing and abiding in the invisible inheritance. The first faith is described in Hebrews 11:, The second, in Hebrews 12:.

In Chapter eleven, we see that even though they had a faith that “overcame kingdoms, worked out righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions quenched the power of fire, escaped the mouths of the sword, acquired power from weakness, became strong” etc, Heb. 11:33-34, “these all, having been testified to through the faith, did not receive the promise.” Heb. 11:39.

So we are to understand that even though this first kind of faith was good for obtaining a testimony; KJV says, “a good report”. But their testimony was only “good” to the measure that the things they acquired pointed to Him. They were commended in that they acquired the testimony of Christ, and a promise of the New Covenant. But the Holy Spirit is saying that now that the faith of the Son is come, this first faith is seen to fall short of the mark. That is why they looked for a better country, a “heavenly”“city”, Heb. 11:16.

The first kind of faith says things like “Faith is to believe in what you cannot see. The reward of faith is to see what you believe.” -Augustine.

But if our temporal kind of faith is rewarded with things that are visible to natural eyes, it has come to an end; It has come to a conclusion other Christ Himself. This is not the eternal faith that abides, 1 Cor. 13:12-13.

Don’t get me wrong. There is not a thing wrong with believing Him for provisions and health for ourselves and our loved ones. I recently obtained healing from an uncurable condition. And I am so very thankful to Him for all His benifits. But we must know that these things testify of a greater witness.

Do not settle for the testimony of Him. Press on to know Him in His appearing in you. This is the greater witness.

In seeing Him, we see the finisher of our temporal faith. We also see that our temporal faith was shakable.

So in Chapter twelve, we have come from “faith to faith” Rom. 1:17. From a faith that is looking to receive things that “might be touched,”12:18, visible things, (a mountain that “shook” Heb. 12:26), to a finished eternal faith.

This is a faith “looking unto Jesus.” Heb. 12:2. This is a faith where in Christ, you are come to Mount Zion, and to the city of the living God” vs. 22. This is a faith that has seen and has received the the presence of the invisible God, He is the kingdom that “cannot be shaken” Heb. 12:28.

With Christ I have been crucified, and I live no more, but Christ lives in me; and that which I now live in the flesh– I live by The faith of the Son of God, who did loved me and did give Himself for me” Gal. 2:20 YLT.

The faith of the Son of God is His faith living and growing within. In seeing Him, man’s faith is brought to the cross. Jesus Christ is the Man of Faith. He is One New Man, and He is in You. Look for His Appearing.

In His Appearing your need for your own great faith is put away by a true relationship with a far greater Christ.

Here are some examples where we are used to reading about faith “in” Him, but the literal translations show us that the original language was actually pointing us toward faith of God working in us.

“And on the faith of His name, this One whom you see and know was made firm by His name, and the faith which came through Him gave to him this complete soundness before you all” Acts 3:16 LITV.

“For what if some did not believe? Will not their unbelief nullify the faith of God? May it never be! But let God be true, and every man a liar” Rom. 3:3-4 LITV.

“Even the righteousness of God through the faith of Jesus Christ toward all and upon all those believing; for there is no difference.” Rom. 3:22 LITV.

“For a demonstration of His righteousness in the present time, for His being just and justifying the one that is of the faith of Jesus.” Rom. 3:26 LITV

“Having known also that a man is not declared righteous by works of law, if not through the faith of Jesus Christ, also we in Christ Jesus did believe, that we might be declared righteous though the faith of Christ, and not by works of law, wherefore declared righteous by works of law shall be no flesh.” Gal. 2:16 YLT.

“I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me” Gal. 2:20

“But the Scripture locked up all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to the ones believing” Gal. 3:22 LITV.

“And be found in Him; not having my own righteousness of the Law, but through the faith of Christ, having the righteousness of God on faith” Php. 3:9 LITV.

“Being buried with Him in baptism, in whom also you were raised through the faith of the working of God, raising Him from among the dead” Col. 2:12 LITV.

“My brothers, do not with partiality have the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory” Jas. 2:1 LITV.

“Here is the patience of the saints; here are the ones keeping the commands of God, and the faith of Jesus” Rev. 14:12 LITV.

What is seen was not made out of things that are visible” Heb. 11:3 ESV.

The point the writer of Hebrews is making is that the invisible God is the source of all visible things. So that we can know that the eternal realm is where you are to grow up to live and move and have your being. The goal is not about getting God to change the temporal realm. The goal is knowing Christ.

I used to assume that “kingdom come” would be when faith would finally come to be fulfilled by natural sight. When I prayed “let thy kingdom come in earth as it is in heaven,” My understanding was I was asking for something that would make faith inactive, something that could be seen of Him or His effects. But I asked amiss, My prayer was not in accord with His will.

This faith abides eternal and is never fulfilled by sight.

When Jesus told Nicodemus “Truly, truly, I say to you, If one is not born from above, he is not able to see the kingdom of God.” He was talking about the seeing of faith. He was saying that the Spirit would enlighten “the eyes of the heart” to know the invisible God. These spiritual faculties are given that we may see Him who is, and will always be, invisible to natural eyes and the natural mind.

Faith is eternal.
It is the revelation of Jesus Christ.

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Eternal Hope

Hope is eternal.

Too often the Church has yet to see “hope” already fulfilled in Christ. The “hope of Israel” was fulfilled in the Resurrection. God’s subjection of the creation (Natural Israel) to vanity (of the Law), was in a hope that was fulfilled
at “the manifestation of the sons of God” Rom. 8:19-23. This was fulfilled in 70 A.D, when Jerusalem was destroyed and the Church was manifest to be the “sons of God” the true Israel, temple, and City of God. And when you read about “the hope of eternal life” it is not about hoping to go to heaven. Christ in you is the object of this eternal hope. If we see ourselves as the object our eye is not single.

“The mystery having been hidden from the ages and from the generations, but now was 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

In the same way the Church often teaches things like “Christ is in you” gives you a hope that you will get into glory after you die. But the context shows us that the Holy Spirit was showing us that “now” Christ in you is the Glory that Israel hoped for. It is Christ in you is the mystery “now was revealed to His saints”

In seeing Christ so many of these hopes are seen finished that it is easy to assume that all future hope is fulfilled because we do not hope for what we already have. But the hope of continuing on knowing the One we already have perfectly abides eternal
Knowing Christ is the only eternal thing. It is the continual perpetual, expectoration. Jesus alone is the object of this eternal expectation.

In English the term “hope” is a very flimsy kind of expression. It about the same as wishing for something. Expectation is closer to the “hope” written of in the scriptures.

My employer doesn’t hope I will do my job. He has expectation of me. I have expectation in Him.
In seeing Him we see complete perfection.
And we become sure nothing can ever be future because we have seen Him, we have seen all. And it is so.

And then He appears again.

And in this we are made to bear more of Him.
He is magnified. He is magnified in a way that is greater and greater in brilliance than before. This increase is the experience of the soul being made to bear a more enlarged view of Him. The experience is real. But the experience is not reality. This is the Person of Reality is filling displacing, not just my perception, but my identity, who I am. Perfection is seen more and more, on and on I see more of what is already done, it was always finished before the foundation of the world. The more I know Him in His appearing the more I see that this expectation is eternal. Always growing to His increase.

“The hour has come that the Son of Man should be glorified. Truly, truly, I say to you, If the grain of wheat that falls into the earth does not die, it remains alone. But if it dies, it bears much fruit.” Jn. 12:24-25

This was God’s expectation in the cross. This is His why. The eternal purpose of the cross was all about the expectation of His increase. And a view of His glory is required for this transformation.

A language is pronounced “dead” whenever there is only one left to speak it. The nature of language is that it lives as it is expressed “One with another”. This means something very different from having fellowship with each other. So it is in Christ. I am not really talking about words or languages. Words mean little to Him because Because He is the Word of God. God does not communicate Himself by language.

He comes.

There is no conclusion to His increase. Isaiah 9:7

So there is an eternal expectation. He comes as our One and only Life. All that He is made present to the destruction and removal of all that is apart from Him.
This is glory. He is the object of increase. This is the purpose of the cross. If there is no room in our heart for the increase of the One then we have yet to see Jesus’ hope in the cross. When the New Testament speaks to us about the “Hope,” Christ is the object of this great expectation. If we see ourselves as the object of salvation our eye is not single.

The twenty four elders do not worship Him out of duty or for any reward. They fall down and worship because they are continually in awe of the One who continues unveiling Himself in the newness of all that He is. The twenty four elders fall down and “bow before Him who is living to the ages of the ages, and they cast their crowns before the throne, saying, `Worthy art Thou, O Lord, to receive the glory, and the honour, and the power.” Rev. 4:10-11
This is an eternal view of worship. The division between soul and Spirit is eternal. You dont get to be God. And you don’t grow up into becoming Christ. Those who are saying this may be enjoying the new marajuana laws too much. You filled within and clothed without with Christ. We all have tried to bring our things into Christ. In His appearing we see Him and so the things of self seem the more appalling. They have no place here. The casting off of our crowns is just the displacement of all that is not Him. The crowns were ours, our accomplishments our best, our own glorying etc. We cast them down in seeing Him. Our crowns are not Christ. They are not our unique expressions of Christ. There is no such thing. Only Christ. In seeing Him we see there is nothing of our own.
Only Christ.

Because it is God who said, “Out of darkness Light shall shine,” who shone in our hearts to give the brightness of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. Isa. 42:6, 7, 16 But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, so that the excellence of the power may be of God, and not from us” 2 Cor 4:6-7

My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness.” 2 Cor 12:9

The casting off of crowns is not worship. We cast down our crowns because we would remove ourselves as far as we can from them.
The worship is seeing Him; seeing what is not Him is outside of faith. Worship is His adoration. As we see Him we begin to see that there is no end of Him or of His appearing. And so the expectation continues eternal. I am afraid for the heart that can only say I “saw” the Lord. His appearing is never past. Never history. Therefore the expectation is eternal.

The Testimony requires the Witness.

What do I mean?

The only proof of faith, hope, and love, is Christ revealed in you.

Only the Father can reveal His Son in you. And the testimony of scripture declares this.
A relationship of union in the Author is the witness, and the goal; His opening of the scriptures is a result. If you wait on The Author, He does open the scriptures.
Our translations have made a mess of things, but He has faithfully guarded the testimony. The more literal the translation the more clearly we see that the writers of the New Testament have always declared the Gospel to be Christ revealed in you. The Gospel is not a message, or a teaching, He is Jesus living in His people.

In places Paul can be “hard to understand” (2 Pe. 3:16) because at times he writes hypothetically, as if he is yet under the law when he is not.
Paul told us that he wrote this way:
For though I am free from all, I have made myself a servant to all, that I might win more of them. To the Jews I became as a Jew, in order to win Jews. To those under the law I became as one under the law (though not being myself under the law) that I might win those under the law.” 1 Cor. 9:19-20
Romans seventh chapter is a perfect example of this. Romans 7:1 begins: “I am speaking to those who know the law.” This is how it is when you see yourself. Seeing yourself is an Old Covenant relationship; this is seeing in part. But Romans Chapter eight is all about how it is now “in Christ”, we with an unveiled heart, in a “face to face” relationship, this New Covenant relationship is now there is not even one bit of condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus.” Rom. 8:1 Wuest.
The confusion isn’t in hearts because of his style of writing, it is there because of an absence of relationship with the Author of scripture. Many people read Romans chapter seven and assume that Paul was still conflicted when he wrote those words. But it is because Paul wrote specific letters to specific Churches. Had he known that the whole Church would come to read his letters as if they were addressed to the whole, I expect He would have said things differently. For the same reason there is a lot of misunderstanding about the end of Corinthians thirteen
Because the Corinthians (also the Thessalonians) were not yet able to bear some of the things revealed (as the Ephesians and Colossians could for example) Paul could not speak to the Corinthians in the same way. He could not speak to them as Spiritual but only as “infants in Christ” So he could only feed them milk, not solid food. 1 Cor. 3:1.
We should keep this in mind when we read this next passage.

Love never fails. And whether there be prophecies, they shall become inactive; or tongues, they shall cease; or knowledge, it shall be inactive. For we know in part and we prophesy in part. But when that which is perfect has come, then that which is in part shall be inactive. When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I thought as a child, I reasoned as a child. But when I became a Man, I have made inactive the things of the child. For yet we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Yet I know in part, but then I shall know, even as I am fully known. And now faith, expectation, and love remain – these three. But the greatest of these is Love.” 1 Cor. 13:8-13ELT

When Paul writes “yet we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face“. This is another place where Paul goes hypothetical on us. He is just coming down to meet them where they are to walk them through this. He has made himself as one who has not seen Him face to face, so that he may win those who have yet to see “face to face”. We should not take this to mean that Christ cannot be known face to face until the after life. Many have have taken this to be some proof that the Church can only see Yahweh in the dull shadows that were only reflections of Him until some glad day when this life is o’er.

Mistranslations only add confusion. Most translations read:
“When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways. For now (ἄρτι 737) we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now (ἄρτι 737) I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known. So now (νυνί 3570) faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.” ESV. 1 Cor. 13:11-13

Paul wasn’t saying I can only imagine, (that song makes my skin crawl), As if we can only see a dark reflection for now, only know in part now, as if in this world we can only have a temporal kind of faith hope and Love.

No thank you. This is false.

Let’s look at these three “now”s. They are not the same word in the original language. The first two are ἄρτι (737) and they point toward the first. Seeing as in a glass darkly and knowing in part are to be associated with the things of the child: unfulfilled prophecies, tongues, partial knowledge, These become inactive when that which
Perfect is come, that is, Christ in you.

So faith, hope and love abide now and are to be associated with the perfect New Covenant, “face to face” relationship. This is to be lumped in with knowing by God’s full knowledge in Christ. I do not become mature. The coming of the perfect Man is maturity. He is our end.
Nestle rightly translates the first two “ἄρτι”s as “yet” and the last, νυνί: “now”. So it should read like this:

“Love never fails. And whether there be prophecies, they shall become inactive; or tongues, they shall cease; or knowledge, it shall be inactive. For we know in part and we prophesy in part. But when that which is perfect has come, then that which is in part shall be inactive. When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I thought as a child, I reasoned as a child. But when I became a Man, I have made inactive the things of the child. For yet we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Yet I know in part, but then I shall know, even as I am fully known. And now faith, expectation, and love remain – these three. But the greatest of these is Love.” 1 Cor. 13:8-13 ELT.

That last “now” is an eternal now in Christ.

Here are some other examples of how Paul uses νυνί 3570:

“But now a righteousness of God has been revealed apart from Law, being witnessed by the Law” Rom. 3:21

Now, having been freed from the sin, and having become servants to God, ye have your fruit–to sanctification, and the end Life age-during.” Rom. 6:22 YLT.

“But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near.” Eph. 2:13

Now we all with uncovered face mirroring The Lord’s glory, are being transformed into the same image, from glory to glory even as from The Lord, the Spirit” 2 Cor. 3:18 CLV

“Mirroring” His glory is about “The Spirit Himself bearing witness with our Spirit, that we are the children of God.” Rom. 8:16. This is no proof of a distinction between a human spirit and The Spirit. You are a soul. Jesus did not say God is a spirit. As if God is just another spirit. The definite article was used here. It literally says, “God is The Spirit” Jn. 4:24. You do not have a Spirit except The Spirit Himself. “Our Spirit” bears witness because “our Spirit” is “the Spirit Himself”. And when you see Him, He is not off away in heaven. He is in your hearts. “The expectation does not put us to shame, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts through the Holy Spirit given to us” Rom. 5:5.
Mirroring His Glory is about being made to see as He sees; Knowing Him “face to face”1 Cor. 13:12, is now. It is a New Covenant relationship.
When you see someone looking into a mirror it seems as if there are two, but there is only one because the mirror only reflects the image of One. There is an increase of God’s image. The Spirit Himself bears witness by reflecting and in our Spirit showing that we are the children of God. There is no addition to Christ. This is not the face of your soul and God’s face looking at each other.

No.

It is an increase of the same image. It is Him. This mirroring is about His appearing in you. It is just Him and His increase in you.

And their faces are one towards another—towards the mercy-seat are the faces of the cherubs. ‘And thou hast put the mercy-seat on the ark above, and unto the ark thou dost put the testimony which I give unto thee; and I have met with thee there, and have spoken with thee from off the mercy-seat (from between the two cherubs” Ex 25:20-22 LITV

Why would the the ark of the testimony show two Cherubim “face to face” on the mercy seat in the holy of holies?
There were never really two.
This testified of the increase of One.
It was always about His Appearing in you.

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The Greatest is Love

God Loves You.

The greatest of these is love” 1 Cor.13:13 LITV.

God’s love towards you is great.

But His great love is known far too little in the face of Jesus Christ.
To know His great love we must know Him;

All of Him.

In the cross He has made Himself known as love. Here we face both His severity and His goodness, Rom.11:21.

He does not appear as less than He is.

His goodness is not known apart from His severity. In attempt to have one without the other, hearts are robbed of experiencing the fullness of a complete death in Christ as well as knowing the full hight and depth of His great love found in the gift of Jesus. In seeing Him, we see a complete end of our own empty, fickle life, and we also see our hollow love replaced with His perfect goodness by the presence of Christ in you.
But until He appear, we imagine the work of God as an unfinished process still dealing with our lack; and if we continue to see ourselves, instead of Christ in you, some condemnation still remains, and we find ourselves tentative and closed to the fullness of His tender mercy and good will towards the miserable and the afflicted. And in turn we fail to be a vessels of Him and of His great love.

So Father reveal your Son in us, and in this, cause us to see that you have brought us into the depths of the death of the cross, and how you have made Your heart live in us that we may be made see Your own view, from the full hight of Your throne, in love, seated in heavenly places in Christ Jesus.

So God loves you… to death.

“God demonstrates His love for us in that while we were still sinners,
Christ died for us” Rom. 5:8.

God does not demonstrate His love by giving us fortunate circumstances. He has shown us His love in the death of the cross. His love was our death. But we think His death “for us” is a death so that we could escape death. This is a half truth. It is described like this: “Christ died so you may live”. But the whole truth of the gospel is that he died “for us” by gathering us into His death once and for all.

No man escaped the death of the cross.

His Love did not leave us as we were. He made a complete end of us in the cross.

“The love of Christ constrains us, having judged this, that if One died for all, then all died” 2 Cor. 5:14

When Christ died “all men” died. He loved the world by crucifying the world in His Son. Then He raised this One Son as the only Life of the New Creation. Before He described how he would be “lifted up” Jesus said,

“Now is the judgment of this world; now will the ruler of this world be cast out. And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to myself” Jn. 12:32-33.

So when Jesus says “God so loved the world” He did not mean God loved the world “so” much that He traded His Son’s own life for yours. This is completely opposite the gospel. But by the cross, God has replaced your life with the Life of His Son.

God had no illusions about the loveliness of the world. Jesus knew what was in man.
And if we see His view we will see a much deeper Love than we ever imagined.

In the verse before John 3:16 Jesus said that God saw all mankind as a serpent.

Yes. All Adam is a snake.

All men are a snake because his heart has become a vessel of his father the devil. And so the cross declared the world to be the offspring of the serpent, the ruler of this world, and He sent His Son to make a complete end of that man. So when we look at the context of John 3:16 we are seeing the manner in which God has loved His enemies.

“As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that everyone believing into Him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God loved the world in this way, He gave His only begotten Son, that everyone believing into Him should not perish, but have eternal Life” Jn. 3:14-16 Lexham English Bible.

Jesus didn’t say that God loved the world so much. He said God loved in this manner.

In the first testament God Himself was depicting Christ crucified as a serpent, the form of man, though He knew no sin, He became sin to destroy the man of sin.

“Moses made a serpent of bronze, and lifted it up on the ensign, and it hath been, if the serpent has bitten any man, and he has looked expectingly unto the serpent of brass—he lived” Nu.21:9

His great love is a love that is demonstrated, lifted up for all to look on, by Gods own sight, and in His sight, the faith of the Son of God, the poison of the enemy, our life, that has flowed through our veins is eradicated.

When we are made to look expectingly to Christ, we see that the cross displays the death of the serpent. In seeing Him we face the severity of God because we see that God has declared all men to be one with the enemy. When we Him, we see God’s view of the work of the cross. We see that this old man has been drawn into this death and executed. Why would The Father show us His Son in the form of a serpent, except to show us that all mankind was put to death there and then?
Jesus never sinned.
Jesus took on the form of the serpent when He drew us into the judgment of the cross. So in this testimony, Jesus was not the one the Father saw on the cross. It was us. His wrath was poured out on you and me. God saw our death there. It was out from His understanding that Paul declared the Gospel.

“Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. For he that is dead is freed from sin.” Rom. 6:6-7.

And so in seeing the cross we are made to see the severity of God in that the cross was against us, and against our life.

If we are just understand this intellectually, it will seem true and right, but when we are made to see this in the face of Jesus, what is sweet in our mouth becomes sour in our stomach. In seeing Him we find ourselves completely undone, truly devastated, because we are made know the full weight of knowing we don’t just commit sins, we are sin. We didn’t just deserve execution we all have been crucified with Christ.

And this is the truth in love.

“I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave Himself for me” Gal. 2:20.

As I said before, we cannot know the one without the other. As we continue in His word we also see the goodness of God because in being made to truly see Christ, at the same time, we also see that the cross was also for us.

All who “looked expectingly unto the serpent of brass—he hath lived” They Looked to live. So in beholding Him we are transformed.
As we look expectantly we see that the cross was both a complete destruction of the first man, Adam, us, as well as the perfect Second man is made present by Christ in you.

This touches the eternal hope. When You read in your bible about the hope of eternal life it is not about hoping to go to heaven. Christ is the object of this eternal hope. If we see ourselves as the object of salvation our eye is not single.

“But if we died with Christ, we believe that also we shall live with Him” Rom. 6:8

So God loves you… to Life.

“By this the love of God was revealed in us, because His Son, the Only begotten, God has sent into the world that we might Live through Him” 1 Jn. 4:9 LITV.

“A man with friends is to show himself friendly, And there is a lover adhering more than a brother!” Proverbs 18:24 YLT

This Lover is Christ in you.

He is eternal love.

We must know Him as Love. He is in you. All other loves cease. all other loves grow cold. We are used to reading: “there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother” KJV. But if you look into the Hebrew you will find the word for love here. He is the spirit of Christ.

“The love of God has been poured out in our hearts through the Holy Spirit given to us” Rom. 5:5 LITV.

God’s wrath was satisfied in the cross. He loves you in His Son. He Loves you in His Body the Church. The Church is Christ. She is clothed without and filled within with Him.
We say that the Church is not the buildings that she meets in. And it is an important distinction when many are so flippant in saying, “let’s go to Church,” as if we go in and out of being the Church. But words and locations mean little to Him. The Life is the important thing.

“He favored us in the One having been loved” Eph. 1:6 LITV.

The Church is Christ because if you could remove Him from Her, She would no longer be the Church. And just because you can find the word “Churches” in your Bible does not mean that there is more than One Church. She is One as He is One Son. Though there be many gatherings in earth in Him, in an eternal sense there is only One Church as He is One.

In seeing Him we see a New Jerusalem: many living stones filled with One light and clothed in One glory. These stones have passed from death unto Life. They are clear.

This is light into the manner of death that has been accomplished in her.

They show forth nothing of themselves. They cannot be seen. YHWH and The lamb are the Light there of. Clear stones are clear in that they have had the outward crust and filth polished off to transparency. Who Is this city?

It is Him.

It is Him, within and without, and yet there are many dwellings in the Fathers House. Remove Him and there is nothing but a pile of rocks out in the darkness. But She is many living stones filled with One Light and Clothed in One Glory, She is the Church,
Him. He is the light and the manner of love that has been accomplished in her.

“In that Day you shall know that I am in My Father and You are In Me and I Am in You”

In seeing Him we see One.
The Church is in Him and He is in Her. The Church is One. He is her Oneness.

In seeing Him we see the One who is the fulfillment of the Ark of the Covenant, or the Gatherer of the Covenant. Ark means gatherer. He could have left the wood out of the ark, but it was in the ark of the testimony. This is also light into the manner of love that has been accomplished in her. It was wood filled with gold within and clothed with gold without. There were many boards in that vessel.

This is also light into the manner of death that has been accomplished in her.

These boards were crooked and thorny acacia trees in there former lives. But having had all there external crookedness, cut down completely, thorns and sapwood, the flesh, removed cut off, there is nothing but heartwood strait and true, joined together as One vessel hidden in the gold. They cannot be seen. One perfect Man is seen.

“We are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works” Eph 2:10.

In the Resurrection you were created in union with Christ. You are not recycled in Him. This heart is not of the old.

“of Him, you are in Christ Jesus” 1 Cor. 1:30.

You have been clothed without and filled within with His great Love.

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