You have come to love the cross of Christ. You have seen His death as yours, the permanent end of your own sinful, shameful heart.
He wants to reveal Himself in you in a new way.
“Do not remember former things, nor consider the things of old” Isaiah 43:18
Forget the Old man and his former ways of knowing.
The things you know, the Former lessons, the former way of learning through the natural mind, and the natural senses,
All of it.
The natural man and his whole natural realm
No place is found for him..
Have you seen obedience to burial with Him? There is more here than getting wet.
When Israel built a tabernacle so that the I AM would dwell among them. The women melted all their mirrors down to make the bronze laver. There was a cost in building the house for the presence of God. They had to give away their own view of themselves.
When Sarah had died Abraham said,
“I am a stranger and a sojourner with you: give me a possession of a burying place with you, that I may bury my dead OUT OF MY SIGHT” Gen. 23:4
Notice that the purpose of the work of burial is so that the flesh of the dead are put out of our sight.
He says it again.
“If it be your mind that I should bury my dead OUT OF MY SIGHT; hear me, and”… “give me the cave of Machpelah”…”for a possession of a burying place.”Ge.23:8-9
Abraham and Sarah only possessed the land in their death and burial in the inheritance.
Are you still looking at the flesh and judging according to appearances?
How about yourself?
Are you judging yourself according to the flesh?
“It is a small thing that I should be judged by you, or by by the light of man’s day. But I DO NOT EVEN JUDGE MYSELF. For I know nothing of myself, but I have not been justified by this; but the One judging me is the Lord” 1Co 4:4-5.
Like Mary, Paul chose the “one thing (that) is needful” Lk 10:42. He lifted up His eyes. Made strait paths for his feet and considered only the goal. He looked away from all accept Christ
Paul said, “For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and Him crucified” 1 Cor. 2:2
We cannot know ourselves anyway
“The heart is deceitful above all things, and it is incurable; who can know it” Jer. 17:9
Only Jesus knows it. So we need to be knowing Him. The one thing that needful is knowing Jesus. Knowing Jesus involves not allowing ourselves to be troubled about many things, including ourselves. I believe this is a work of the Spirit. We cannot just decide to ignore the troubles or those who depend on us. But as He makes Himself known we can give Him our full attention.
It was after Joseph had revealed himself to his brothers that he told them, “Regard not your stuff; for the good of all the land of Egypt is yours” Gen. 45:20
But Jacob had not yet seen him. When they told him that Joseph was alive and that he was reigning as the right hand in the kingdom of Egypt, it is written that “Jacob’s heart fainted, for he believed them not” Gen. 45:26. But afterward Yahweh spoke to him in a dream saying,
“I will go down with thee into Egypt; and I will also surely bring thee up again: and Joseph shall put his hand upon thine eyes.” Gen. 46:4
What does it mean he “shall put his hand upon thine eyes”? It is a normal part of death for someone to have to close the eyes of a dead body. It is the beginning of the work of burial.
When I say this is a work of the Spirit I mean that the dead cannot do this themselves. We are dead. As our soul is prepared to see his face we begun to enter in to a participation in this death and burial.
There is a good kind of blindness.
“Who is blind but my servant, or deaf as my messenger whom I send? Who is blind as my dedicated one, or blind as the servant of the LORD? Isaiah 42:20
This is a blindness to a natural perception of the old man.
“We now know no man according to flesh, but even if we have known Christ according to flesh, yet from now on we no know Him this way no more” 2 Cor. 5:15.
“Do not judge according to sight, but judge righteous judgment.” Jn. 7:24
We cannot do this without seeing His face. Until He appears, until the gaze of our heart becomes fastened upon this living One we will be troubled with many things. But because no man can see YHWH and live, Ex. 33:20. In seeing Him we can let go of it all in gladness, As Jacob said,
“Now let me die, since I have seen thy face” Gen. 46:30
To see Him Is to see The Resurrection. and whenever He appears He appears as our eternal Life. We see Him as our perfect relationship and identity with the Father.
“And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals. And I heard one of the four living creatures, like a sound of thunder, saying, COME AND SEE” Rev. 6:1-3
This new light is a new kind of knowledge.
It is His.
His knowing shining “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.
These are the faculties of Gods Spirit working in you.
“Solid nourishment is for the mature, who, because of habit, HAVE FACULTIES EXCERCIZED for discriminating between the ideal and the evil.” Heb. 5:14 CLV.
“They HAVE AWAKENED SENSES out of the snare of the devil” 2 Tim. 2:26
The rock is the revelation of Christ. It is the end of Adam.
Remember how Goliath’s end was five smooth stones?
You will find all five.
“the EYES OF YOUR UNDERSTANDING being enlightened, for your knowing what is the hope of His calling, and what the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints” Eph. 1:18
“Today, if you HEAR His voice, do not harden your hearts” Heb. 3:7-8
“seek the Lord, if perhaps they might FEEL after Him and might find Him, though indeed He not being far from each one of us” Acts. 17:27
“TASTE and see that Yahweh is good; Happy is the man who takes refuge in Him” Ps. 34:8
Smell of His savor
“Walk in love, even as Christ also loved us and gave Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for an savor of a sweet SMELL” Eph 5:2.
Let us fix our whole heart on Him.
Oh that I may know Him!