“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.