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.

Revelation

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

Your purpose for existing is to experience revelation given from God Himself.
Revelation is seeing what God sees, And He has fixed His attention on His Son.

You can study revelation all you want with your natural faculties, and fleshly energies but when you begin to experience Christ Himself teaching you in His appearing, You will find your own understanding overthrown as the Person of reality Himself is revealed in you.

The ad reads something like: Study Revelation with one of Palace Theological Cemetery’s most renowned professors.  Revelation is taught by Dr. Super Duper Amazingness, the Senior Professor Emeritus of Bible Exposition at Palace Theological Cemetery. He taught in cemetery for 47 years, He pastored for more than 20 years, etc, add nausea.

What did Paul say about boasting in credentials?

“Are we beginning to commend ourselves again? Or do we need, as some do, letters of commendation to you, or from you? You yourselves are our letter of recommendation, written on our hearts, to be known and read by all.” 2 Cor. 3:1-2.

Why is Paul against boasting?  It is not just because because God can, and usually does, reveal Himself in the weakest and most broken vessels. The humility of man still won’t qualify you to experience revelation either.  And It isn’t just because Jesus said, “do not be called Rabbi, because One is your teacher, the Christ, and you are all brothers” Mt. 23:8. 

The obedience of Christ is not a blind obedience. It an obedience that is filled with clarity. All the accomplishments of men come to nothing in His presence. When we see Him, we see  all the works that have their source in man disqualified, and the Son as the only Life pleasing to the Father. Then we say with Isaiah,

“O YHWH Thou has ordained peace for us:
for Thou also hast wrought all our works in us” Is. 26:12.

Our glorying in anything of our own only exposes an absence of His glory.

There is no teaching that is of God unless it is Christ revealed.

When I read “revelation taught by Dr” So & so, I see pure irony.

Ok. Yes. You can study all about revelation.

Or

You can experience revelation by God revealing His Son in you.

No amount of studying, no Bible memorization, no sitting through ages of lectures about revelation, can cause your heart to experience the presence of Jesus Himself as the teaching of God.

“No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal Him” Mt. 11:27.

“None has seen God at any time; the Only Begotten, Who is in the Father’s heart, He has revealed Him”. Jn. 1:18.

The Gospels begin with Jesus calling them to “Come and See” Jn. 1:39

The Gospels end with His disciples being sent out “teaching them to observe” Mt. 28:20.

The one and only Church is founded on the solid “rock” of God Himself revealing His Son.  “Flesh and blood” can never be the avenue of true revelation. Mt.16:17-18.

The Father spoke in Isaiah “All your sons are taught of YHWH” Is. 54:13 and Jn. 6:45.

He spoke In Jeremiah that a New Covenant relationship is one of experiencing the presence of Christ inwardly.

“This is the covenant that I make, With the house of Israel, after those days, declares Yahweh, I have given My law in their inward part, And on their heart I do write it, And I have been to them for Elohim, And they are a people that are Mine. And they do not teach any more each his neighbor, and each his brother, Saying, Know you Yahweh, For they all know Me, from their least unto their greatest, declares Yahweh”  Jer. 31:33-34.

I love how in Hebrew the Law that Christ is is revealed in “their inward part.”  not parts. There is one place where Jesus Christ can be  known. In the heart. Have you noticed how the Apostles completely reject anything that had its origin in man. Peter wrote,

“For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of His majesty.  For He received from God the Father honor and glory, when there came such a voice to Him from the excellent glory, ‘This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.’  And this voice which came from heaven we heard, when we were with Him in the holy mount. We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shining in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts: Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.  For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost” 2 Peter 1:16-21.

Peter is talking about experiencing Jesus Christ in you by revelation, when He writes about having a “more sure word of prophecy,” he is saying that the light of Jesus shining “in your hearts” is even “more sure” than the voice of the Father that they heard with their ears, and “more sure” even than the words of scripture written on paper with ink.

John warned us about anyone who would make themselves mediators of revelation. He said,

“I write these things to you about those who are trying to deceive you. But the anointing that you received from him abides in you, and you have no need that anyone should teach you. But as his anointing teaches you about everything, and is true, and is no lie—just as it has taught you, abide in him.” 1 Jn. 2:26-27.

And Paul wrote, “I would have you know, brothers, that the gospel that was preached by me is not man’s gospel. For I did not receive it from any man, nor was I taught it, but I received it through the revelation of Jesus Christ” Gal. 1:11-12.  

Turn our hearts O YHWH that we may know You.
Teach us and we will hear. Reveal Your Son in us and we will see by His light.

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