“For I desire to have you know how greatly I struggle for you, and for those at Laodicea, and for as many as have not seen my face in the flesh; that their hearts may be comforted, they being knit together in love, and gaining all riches of the full assurance of understanding, that they may know the mystery of God, both of the Father and of Christ, in whom are all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge hidden.”
(Colossians 2:1-3 WEB (R))
“Now concerning things sacrificed to idols: We know that we all have knowledge. Knowledge puffs up, but love builds up. But if anyone thinks that he knows anything, he doesn’t yet know as he ought to know. But if anyone loves God, the same is known by him.” “…Therefore, if food causes my brother to stumble, I will eat no meat forevermore, that I don’t cause my brother to stumble.”
(1 Corinthians 8:1-3,13 WEB (R))
Let’s be real for a minute. Do you or I sense our hearts being “knit together” with others IN LOVE? In other words, are we coming to a consensus of agreement regarding our genuine oneness and unity with one-another in Christ, and does this cause us to care for each-other as ourselves and esteem each-other higher than ourselves? In love, are we bearing with patience and kindness the ways of ignorant and fearful men, despite the pain and hardship that this brings our way? If not, we’re not following the way of Christ, it’s as simple as that. In the end, what matters isn’t knowing the Bible, moral behavior or refraining from “sin,” but loving one-another as ourselves.1 What matters, according to Paul, is “faith working through love.“2 This means the essential thing is being able to see through the eyes of the Spirit rather than our (often religious) mind and understanding, and in so doing, relating to men based on the finished work of the cross which was the death of every man, whether they know it or not. If we really see this, we will be able to walk in love and kindness and towards even the cruelest person.
These things come by divine revelation, to anyone who genuinely seeks. However, one has to be willing to give up what he or she has known and worked for, totally and finally, in order to be taught by the spirit, because the Spirit will ALWAYS differ from anything that was devised by man. It’s true there are people gifted or called to teach, but those who are following the Spirit will ultimately point you to the one true teacher within you – the anointing of God’s spirit.3 A few months ago, a friend of mine referred to me as a “theologian.” While I suppose in a way that is correct, I have no desire (actually I have a desire AGAINST) being labeled such by any institution or person. In truth, I am just one member of the corporate, worldwide body of Christ.
This blog, which I’ve updated regularly since 2012, is primarily aimed at teaching and explaining the ways of God and correcting the numerous falsehoods within Christianity. I cannot help but continue to point out the irony I see and the frustration I feel at the fact that the religion which uses Christ’s name has often served to hinder the very things Jesus Christ promoted and labored for. For example, so much of Christianity promotes morality and self-righteousness, instead of love, resulting in criticism and self-righteousness instead of mercy and truth. It promotes the hierarchies, institutions, traditions and doctrines of men instead of the manifestation of sonship and the establishment of the Father’s Kingdom on earth!
I have no intentions of ceasing to create new posts, and have a few in the works right now. However, I think you will notice in the future a greater emphasis on love, as this is where the Spirit is leading me. Especially since reading about and listening to the story and teachings of “Peace Pilgrim” a few months ago, I am sensing a real and lasting change in my heart toward the realization of my unity with mankind, and toward demonstrating love for all men in more practical ways. I am noticing this same trend among other believers as well. Even after 15 years as a true believer, I am still often surprised by how the way of the Father differs from mine. Anything devised in the mind or heart of man, no matter how well-intentioned, will always, at its core, be self-serving and based on fear. Anything devised by the Spirit will be based on love and the edification of others.
Right now, I invite and challenge anyone reading this to ask and seek the Father that His vision of things and the love of His spirit might take over your heart. I invite you to stand firm on the truth that God is good and that our very life and being are in Him – therefore, we can rest assured that His ways are worth losing ours for! As sons of God, we don’t lack anything and we don’t need to hold on to things when others need them more than we do. I hope we all will see that sharing, giving, and laying down our lives for others will not result in “death” as our flesh thinks, but will actually produce life!
There is nothing harder on the flesh than love, but there’s also nothing more divine. The world actually needs less religion, not more. It needs less sin-awareness, less self-focus of doom and gloom. It needs to see the love of God displayed in real ways, and to be pointed to the spirit within. It needs to have fear replaced by love and death by life, and sons of God are the ones to bring this to fruition. So be it.
John 13:34, Matthew 22:39.
1 John 2:27