Fixing Our Eyes

“The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light. But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!” “ Mt. 6:22-23

Jesus did not say that the lights of the body are the eyes; He said, “The light of the body is the eye.”

If an eye were to live independent of the other, it would divide the focus of the body. But it is the life of a body that causes the two eyes to function as one. The body is filled with the light of seeing because the life of the head makes the eye single. So the life of a natural body testifies of the Life of the Spiritual Body.

“In Him was Life and the Life was the light of men” Jn. 1:4.

It is the Life of Christ in the Church who causes His Spiritual Body to function in union and to be filled with light. This is the functioning of true marriage; it is a relationship of union.

The eyes were not created equal;
they were created in union with the life of the body.

An individual eye has no life in itself, and a member of Christ’s body has no Life apart from Him. Whenever we identify as equal members we will see ourselves separate from Life. And we become the source of dysfunction and division.
Equality is not the same as union.

Before a member can be measured for equality, it must be considered separate from the Life of the whole.

“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, cleanseth us from all sin.” 1Jn. 1:6-7

To walk in the light is to walk in Christ. Jesus is the Life that is the light of seeing. He is the One seen in the light. The light does not reveal us; it reveals Him.

Walking in Religion is walking in darkness because it reinforces a double-minded view of each member having his or her own life, apart from Him. The focus is divided between seeing Him as the Resurrection, and seeing the resurrections of our own bodies or our own lives in the future. Though many waver between these “two opinions” 1 Kings 18:21, there is no division in Christ. The single eye of the Body lives to see and know Christ alone.

That I may know Him, and the power His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being made conformable unto His death.” (Php. 3:10

This is the same controversy that I have experienced in the relationship of marriage. When we believe that we have an independent life, we struggle to function as “one” (Eph. 5:30-32). When we fix our eyes on ourselves instead of on Him, the question becomes “which one”? There is no other Life and no other resurrection body because “The Head of every man is Christ” (1 Cor. 11:3). In knowing our husband as “the Head,” the testimony of Christ in the harvest, the body, and marriage, are seen gathered up and fulfilled in Him. May the Lord make our eye single as we live “holding” joined to the Head” (Col. 2:19).

“Speaking the truth in love, may we grow up into Him in all things, which is the Head, even Christ.” (Eph. 4:15)

May He also establish in us the marriage of the Lamb by the revelation of Jesus Christ.

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Jesus Fulfilled Religion

It is a popular notion that christian religion is man’s imitation of Jesus. But Christianity is not a religion.

Christianity is Christ.

The book of James is sometimes sighted as proof that Christianity is a religion. It is assumed that because there is a Bible verse that uses the word “religion” in a positive way, that in God’s eyes, “religion” is a good thing.

The Father has no regard for the quality of your external behavior. The issue is completely about who is living.

Clean the inside of the cup and dish, then the whole vessel is made clean, Mt 23:26.

Is it you? or is it Jesus Christ Who is animating and motivating you?

When I say something this way, sometimes people respond,

Oh. So now I can just do anything I want?

If you think we are saying that Christ in you enables you to live any way you want, you have misunderstood me completely. Your death with Christ does not enable you to live at all.

Most of the New testament references to “religion” are used in a negative sense. For example, Paul writing about the emptiness of “The Jews religion” says,

Do not handle, Do not taste, Do not touch” (referring to things that all perish as they are used)—according to human precepts and teachings? These have indeed an appearance of wisdom in promoting self-made religion and asceticism and severity to the body, but they are of no value in stopping the indulgence of the flesh.” Col. 2:21-23 ESV.

I can’t find the term “religion” in the Old Testament. The only use is in the Septuagint: (the Greek Old Testament) is a reference to the “worship” of idols in the Wisdom of Solomon 14:27.

So is “religion” good?

Only Christ in you is good. Religion is only good to the measure that it points hearts to Jesus. Sure, James wrote affectionately about religion:

“Religion pure and undefiled with the God and Father is this, to look after orphans and widows in their tribulation, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.” Jas. 1:27

This religion is purely fulfilled. It is fulfilled in the appearing of Jesus Christ. In seeing Him each and every heart experiences the reality that by Him you have become born of God. By the cross Christ has made Himself the Head and Father of the Fatherless. And that by His Spirit, you have been brought into the family of God.

My brothers, you also were made dead to the law through the body of Christ, for you to become married to Another, to One raised from the dead, so that we may bear fruit to God” Rom. 7:4

So by the cross Jesus Christ is Head and Husband to the Church. The Marriage of the Lamb
is not an unfulfilled event.

The Gospel of Christ is the fulfillment of true religion. Through Christ God has more than cared for orphans and widows He is Father to the Fatherless. He has married the fruitless widow and brought her into Union.

Do not forget the poor in there need. Give.
But do not to neglect to give the gospel of Christ.

Give Them Christ.

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To me, to Live is Christ

“For to me, to live is Christ,
and to die is gain” Php. 1:21.

Notice the first “to” in this sentence. Paul is simply saying, my understanding of Life is “not I, but Christ living in me” Gal. 2:20.

It is often said “for me to live is Christ, even though my living instead of Him is is the opposite of Paul’s meaning.

Who are you seeing as the object of the Gospel?

Is it you, or is it Christ?

It is just not about you.

“Fear not, nor be afraid, Have I not from that time caused you to hear, and declared? And you are My witnesses, Is there a God besides Me?
Yea, there is no (other) Rock
I have known
Framers of graven images are all of them emptiness, And their desirable things do not profit, And they are witnesses of their own. they see not, nor know, that they may be ashamed.” Isaiah 44:8-9

Yahweh is contrasting the witnesses of God from those who are witnesses of themselves. His witnesses are hearts being brought into the Fathers view of His Son. But witnessing our own works and our own glory is a blindness that is the same as idolatry: The works of our own hands.

So great is the freedom of beholding Jesus!

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.

I beg you to stop and read the whole third chapter of Second Corinthians. See what The Spirit is saying to the Church. He was saying, in beholding the glory of Jesus Christ you are transformed and translated, out of the first glory, which was only the testimony of Christ, into the New Covenant Glory of knowing Christ in you as the substance of every thing ever promised of God.

Knowing Jesus is the ONE thing you are called to.

His true sheep rest in this liberty from both sin and self consciousness.

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? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.” Mt. 25:37-40

In Him we are self aware no more, we are knowing Him as All and in all.

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The Yoke of Christ

His yoke is the crucified Life.

Remember in Acts 15: when the Church met to settle the dispute? The disagreement was about what is required for salvation. Some were teaching that God requires some kind external religious demonstration. The issue was circumcision. But the Apostles taught that you are in the faith when you know Christ in you. Paul wrote,

Examine yourselves, whether you be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know you not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except you be reprobates?” 2 Cor. 13:5

The plain meaning is that you pass the test when you know Christ in you. But the darkened understanding can only see examining the flesh in these words. I am often surprised by how quickly the darkness of the natural mind can turn the focus of the gospel from Christ to self. It’s not really about the right interpretation. It is about the condition of the heart looking into the scriptures.

In Him we lose this mind.

During the counsel Peter stood and said, “Why do you test God by putting a yoke on the neck of the disciples which neither our fathers nor we had strength to bear? But through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, we faith to be saved” Acts 15:10.

Peter used the word “yoke” to refer to the Law because it was a saying among the Pharisees: a man must take upon him “the yoke of the commandment.” This is written in the Mishna (Beracot, c. 2. sect. 2)

When Jesus said Take My yoke upon you and learn of Me,” (Mt.11:28-29) He was completely invalidating this darkened understanding of the Law.

Paul wrote the whole book of Romans to show us freedom in Christ. Jesus just said:

“Come unto Me,
Take My yoke upon you.”

Mans idea of the “yoke of the commandment” was God’s “to do” list for man and if we achieved it we could attain eternal Life. Jesus said that this mindset was false.

“You search the Scriptures, for you think in them you have eternal life. And they are the ones that testify concerning Me. And you are not willing to come to Me that you may have Life” Jn 5:39-40

Today in christian religion it is still taught that the Bible is God’s “manual for living your life”.

Same false understanding.

It redirects the view of the heart from Christ to self. And you can find plenty of places where it seems like Jesus is agreed with this false interpretation.

Jesus said to the rich young ruler: “Why do you call Me good? No one is good except One, God! But if you desire to enter into life, keep the commandments.” Mt. 19:17

This man had not come to his end. Knowing that nothing of the first man was accepted by God Jesus was administering death.

In ministering death Jesus never relaxed the law. He made it even more strict because they spoke of Him and His Life.

Gods ultimate purpose was the destruction of our life so that we could be saved in His Life. There are plenty of places in the gospels where Jesus was saying “do it” to those who were not His disciples even when He knew they were unable, because up until the Resurrection, He was administering death.

Christ in you is the New Covenant. The New Testament is not the New Covenant. The scriptures testify of the New Covenant. The New Covenant began with the Resurrection. Jesus of Nazareth continued to minister death to those “outside” (Mark. 4:11) all through the gospels until the cross became the death of death.

Jesus said, “I speak to them in parables, because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand. Indeed, in their case the prophecy of Isaiah is fulfilled that says: ‘You will indeed hear but never understand, and you will indeed see but never perceive. For this people’s heart has grown thick
and with their ears they cannot hear,
and their eyes they have closed” Mt 13:14-15.

Lets look at more of Isaiah’s prophecy Isaiah saw The I AM and in seeing Him Isaiah was undone. And having been cleansed by fire Isaiah was told to,

“Declare the heart of this people thick. And its ears declare heavy, And its eyes declare dazzled, Lest it see with its eyes, And with its ears hear, and its heart consider, And it hath turned back, and hath health.’ And I say, `Till when, O YHWH?’ And He saith, `Surely till cities have been wasted without inhabitant, And houses without man, And the ground be wasted–a desolation” Isaiah 6:10-11

But why would Jesus tell them to do what He knew they couldn’t?
Because He was making a complete end of the first man.

Get this: All that is of man is torn down.

God tore down all men in Christ crucified so He could build up His Son. Only the Appearing of Christ can show our heart this end.

We all have an aversion to our destruction. It is called self preservation. People can only hear what they want to. Words and teachings change nothing. Only death completes the law. In His appearing we see He has brought a complete destruction of self.

Jesus fulfilled more then just the rituals of the Law. He has also the fulfilled all the commandment. If the Ten Commandments are to be fulfilled by you why did Paul say that the Commandments written in stone were brought to an end?

Now if the ministry of death, carved in letters on stone, came with such glory that the Israelites could not gaze at Moses’ face because of its glory, which was being brought to an end” 2Cor. 3:7

The death of Jesus Christ brought the ministry of death to an end. So Christ is in you so now you should be able to do it. Right?

It is just not about your external life.

Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the LORD sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the LORD looks on the heart” 1 Samuel 16:7.

Whenever you make the outward man object of the command you have turned from Christ. Then “the strength of sin is the law”.1 Cor 15:56.

Then why would Paul say the Law was Good in Romans 7:? Because the law was never a “to do” list for Adam. Look at what God said,

Thou hast no other Gods before Me. `Thou dost not make to thyself a graven image, or any likeness which is in the heavens above, or which is in the earth beneath, or which is in the waters under the earth. Thou dost not bow thyself to them.” Ex. 20:3-5 YLT.

The Hebrew doesn’t even call them “Commandments.”
The literal translation reads: ten “words.”
The God who said, “Israel is My Son” Ex.4:22, was declaring His Son to them. The law is “good” because God was declaring the gospel to them. “But the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it.” Heb. 4:2. So it because it is our unbelief that deceives us by twisting God’s original view into a false interpretation of the writings of Moses.

had ye believed Moses, ye would have believed me: for he wrote of Me” Jn. 5:46

The goal of requiring Adam to do what he could not was to show us what we were made of. God already knew what we were made of. He subjected Israel (the old creation) to vanity in hope that we would turn to the One who is Life. He is One New Man. He is the New Creation. He did not come to make your flesh good, He is come as eternal Life to His Body the Church.

“I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah: Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I TOOK THEM BY THE HAND to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, saith the LORD: But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people” Jer. 31:31-33.

“I the LORD have called thee in righteousness, and TAKE THINE HAND and will keep thee, and give thee for a covenant of the people, for a light of the Gentiles” Isaiah 42:6.

The New Covenant is Christ living. In this covenant He does not take other individuals by the hand and guide them throughout their day telling them what He wants them to do or not to do. The law of the Spirit of Life in Christ is your inward parts working automatically deep within.

The yoke of Christ is not a double yoke. This is a single yoke. It is not you and Jesus pulling for God. The scriptures are not really even about you.
Christ in you is the doer of Word.

“For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.” Gal. 5:1

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