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On Certainty, and Rightly-Grounded Assurance in Matters of Religion. By Isaac Penington, c. 1681

On Certainty, and Rightly-Grounded Assurance, in Matters of RELIGION

There is a witness of and from God in every conscience; which, in his light, power, and authority, witnesses for Him, and against that which is contrary to Him.

From this witness proceeds the true and well-grounded religion in the mind towards God: for this witness both testifes and demonstrates that there is a God, and also inclines the mind to desire and seek after the right knowledge and true worship of Him.

And those who keep to this witness, and wait upon God therein, are taught by it the true spiritual worship; the true and pure fear of the Most High; the faith which he gives to his saints; the love which is chaste and unfeigned; the hope which purifes the mind, and anchors it on the eternal rock; the meekness, patience, gentleness, humility, etc., which is not of man’s nature, but rather the gift of God, and the nature of the heavenly Giver.

And then, as for the exercises of religion, such as praying to the Father of spirits, hearing the heavenly voice, reading in the Spirit, and with the renewed understanding, singing and making melody in the heart (and also with the voice) to the Lord, as His life is felt, and the spiritual blessings and treasure received; all of these, and whatever else is judged necessary for the soul, are taught by this witness of God in the conscience, as the soul grows up in the light, Spirit, nature, and holy power thereof.

But now, when the Lord reaches to His witness in men, and is teaching their hearts by it, then the enemy, the other spirit, whose seat is in the other part, makes a noise there, to overbear the voice of God’s true witness. This enemy causes men to take up religion in another part, which is shallow, and reaches not to the depth and weight of truth, which is in the witness of God.

Thus the enemy stirs up reasonings, imaginations, and consultations about God and his worship; wherein he raises up the vain, shallow mind, which creates and brings forth something pleasing and suitable to the earthly understanding. The mind is then involved therein, and the heart also engaged in some such practices that may quiet and satisfy that part in men. For the religious ways that men take up in their reasonings and understandings, these satisfy their reasonings and understandings. And so they walk in their own light, and warm themselves by the fre of their own kindling. But none of this answers the witness of God in them.

Now from this part in man arises all the uncertainty, and doubts, and dissatisfaction about religion. And hence arise the opinions, and judgments, and reasonings, in the minds of men. Indeed, the best of men’s religion here is but an opinion or judgment, which the breath of God’s Spirit will shake and dissolve everywhere, sooner or later. All fesh is grass; and all the beauty of men’s knowledge, religion, and worship here, will wither like grass. All the buildings and churches that are raised here (however beautiful) are but Babylon, built by man’s understanding, by man’s knowledge, by man’s comprehension, by man’s wisdom, by man’s skill, and indeed in man’s will and time, and their standing, beauty, strength, and glory, is but from man, and in man’s day, and will fade away like a flower.

But the true certainty is the Day of God, from the light of his Spirit shining into man’s spirit, from God’s inward reaching to the heart by his power, and testifying his truth there. And against this all the powers of darkness cannot prevail. No, nor against that man that is kept in this. For it is the rock (the only rock) upon which the whole church is built, and which cannot fail to preserve every member of the church which is built upon it.

You then, who desire to come to certainty in religion, observe the way which is made manifest from God, which is this: mind the witness of God in thy heart, and come to, and build upon, the light thereof. Dwell not in reasonings; take not up your religion in reasonings of the mind; but pass through them, pass beyond them, into a light of a higher nature. Wait to know the birth which is from God, and the light which he gives to that birth. What is the birth? Is not the birth of and from the second Adam? And what is the heavenly birth’s light? Is it not the light of the second Adam? Is it not in nature and kind above the light of the frst Adam? Where is the seat of reasonings? Is it not the earthly mind, the fallen mind? Here lies man’s strength; here is man’s wisdom; here is man’s life. But the wisdom of Christ, the light of Christ, the life of Christ, the power of Christ, is a cross to man’s strength, wisdom, and life. The light of Christ discovers in it the enmity against God, crucifes it, slays it, brings it to nothing. And he that will become wise unto God, must become a fool unto all this, a child, a babe, entering the kingdom without this. He must remain there naked as to man’s life and light, and never more put it on.

Now observe (you that have understanding and true sense) the difference between the religion which God hath taught us, and led us into, and the religions of all men upon the earth besides. Our religion stands wholly out of that which all their religion stands in. Their religion stands in the comprehension, in a belief of a literal relation or description. Our religion stands in a principle which transforms the mind, wherein the Spirit of life appears to, and witnesses in the conscience concerning the things of the kingdom. We hear the voice, and see the express image of the Invisible One, and thus know things, not from an outward relation, but from their inward nature, virtue, and power. Yes, here (we must profess) we so know things, that we are fully satisfed about them, and could not doubt concerning them, though there never had been a word or letter written of them. Although it is indeed a great comfort, and sweet  refreshment to us, to read in Scripture the outward testimony of what we feel and enjoy inwardly. And in this our whole religion consists; namely, in the silence and death of the fesh, and in the quickening and fowing life of the Spirit. For he who is of the new birth, of the new creation, of the second Adam (the Lord from heaven), is as really alive to God, and as really lives to him in his Spirit, as ever he was really dead in trespasses and sins in the time of his alienation and estrangement from God.

 
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Posted by on March 21, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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Moses to Christ = Shadow to Substance

“Now Moses was faithful in all His house as a servant, for a testimony of those things which were to be spoken later; but Christ was faithful as a Son over His house—whose house we are, if we hold fast our confidence and the boast of our hope firm until the end.”  -Hebrews 3:5,6

I’d like to expand on the meaning of this passage a bit.  Warning!  Rabbit trail immediately ahead, skip the portion in parenthesis if you wish.  (I realize that to some, it seems  pointless to examine the Greek meanings of Biblical words and phrases, but this isn’t always the case.  When I look at the Greek, I do so for one simple reason – I want to know the meaning that was being conveyed by the author!  There are many great English translations, but none are without any deficiency.  I prefer more literal translations, but I have also learned that a strict, literal interpretation from Greek to English might not make much sense unless you approach the text spiritually, which many translators didn’t.  In reference to the King James Version, I’ve heard it said that those who translated the text were “more interested in translation than in truth,” and priority number one for most translations is to make the text readable.  While this is understandable, it is also a problem if an awkward or strange literal meaning was conveying a spiritual truth.  This is just one example of why looking at the Greek can be useful). 

Notice that Moses was a faithful servant (meaning attendant) in God’s house.  It’s hard to overstate the importance of Moses’ role in regards to God’s plan for the Israelites of his day.  In Hebrews, Moses is basically being considered as the old covenant equivalent of Christ. Moses was THE go-between for God and all of Israel.  The Israelites actually said to Moses: “speak to us yourself and we will listen; but let not God speak to us, or we will die.”2  Moses carried out this duty very well, and in Jesus’ day, Moses was still given the highest place of honor short of God Himself.

This is well and good, but Moses is long dead and most believers know (to an extent) that we aren’t under the law of Moses anymore.  So why would the author of Hebrews, who understood the new covenant very well, give such attention to Moses?  The reason is stated in the passage above: Moses’ ministry was for a testimony of those things which were to be spoken later…”  This means God had a greater purpose behind Moses’ ministry.  All the laws, regulations and commands God gave to and through Moses were intended primarily to be a “testimony” – a physical, earthly representation – of this greater, ultimate spiritual purpose and reality which was to come thousands of years later in Christ.  In fact, all of the Old Testament stories, laws, and rules, (many of which seem strange and pointless), served this purpose in one way or another.  Amazing, isn’t it? 

Here’s the main contrast: Moses = attending servant in God’s house. He had no claim to rulership or authority over the house, he just was a faithful servant in the house. Jesus = son over God’s house (which consists of true believers!) Jesus had authority and rulership over God’s household which Moses never had.  Remember, Moses = servant, Jesus = son.  In a household, a servant, no matter how faithful and valuable they are, can never reach a status higher than a guest.  A son (or daughter) are and will always be a part of the household, an heir, an equal.  Jesus came to bring this transition; bringing carnal, law-aware servants into adoption as God-aware, spiritual sons.  He came to bring those who followed the shadow (the physical law of Moses) to those who possess the substance (spiritual reality).  It’s as stark a contrast as that between a reflection of an object and the object itself, or a drawing of a house and the house itself.  With the exact same thing in mind, John wrote: “For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth were realized through Jesus Christ.”3  Paul wrote of this also, at length.4

Having laid this foundation, our passage states we are members of, participants in, and the very building materials of the house of God, “if we hold fast our confidence and the boast of our hope firm until the end.”  There always seems to be a pesky “if,” and we better not ignore it.  Having looked closely at the Greek, here’s what this means: “We are of God’s house if we seize and refuse to let go of the truth of the (radical) freedom of our sonship as well as the glorious rejoicing we have in the expectation of all that is given and promised, until these things fully mature within us and we take ownership of them.”  Amen!  I encourage you to re-read and meditate on these things, and look at the scriptures I referenced.  God bless you. 

  1. Hebrews 3:5,6
  2. Exodus 20:19
  3. John 1:17
  4. Primarily in the book of Galatians. Perhaps most clearly in 4:1-7.
 
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Posted by on March 4, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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Alienated from Life

“This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye no longer walk as the Gentiles also walk, in the vanity of their mind, being darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God, because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the hardening of their heart…”1

For several reasons, I’d venture to say that few church-goers have really examined this passage. But it really jumped out at me recently and I knew I had to look at it closer.  Paul prefaces this statment by saying he is “testify(ing) in the Lord.”  I was surprised to discover that in all his writings, this is the only time he uses this phrase!  I believe this means that what Paul is about to say is something extra pressing upon God’s heart, something he is especially concerned we hear.  Here it is again:

“…ye no longer walk as the Gentiles also walk, in the vanity of their mind, being darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God, because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the hardening of their heart…”1

A “walk” is a common idea in the New Testament, which refers to one’s manner of inward and outward life.  Many “walk” based on a mind and understanding that is vain and darkened, and the terrible outcome of this is being “alienated from the life of God.”  As I wrote about in my last post, God’s life, which is in Jesus Christ, is the only means of our salvation.  If we are alienated from this life, we cannot produce anything of value to God and cannot be “saved.”  This is actually very sobering. 

If you look closely, a “hardened heart” seems to be the root cause of this alienation, so we must be careful to understand what that is.  The “heart” could be said to be the core of one’s being where information is processed and where beliefs and ways of perception are formed and established.  The word “hardening” here literally translates “covered in a callous,” thus meaning impenetrable and unresponsive to stimulation.  In a nutshell, a hardened heart is a mindset that cannot receive or incorporate spiritual revelationThis is what God is primarily warning against

Check out these verses as well:  “He hath blinded their eyes, and hardened their heart; that they should not see with their eyes, nor understand with their heart, and be converted, and I should heal them.”2 

“And when Jesus knew it, he saith unto them, Why reason ye, because ye have no bread? perceive ye not yet, neither understand? have ye your heart yet hardened?”3 

Christianity has perpetuated the mistaken notion that a hard heart is a lack of compassion.  This mistaken idea has taken root because our natural mind ALWAYS dumbs down deep, spiritual concepts in order to deal with them using the non-spiritual intellect.  What’s scary is many pious and well-behaved Christians unwittingly have hardened hearts; they cannot and will not receive anything that doesn’t fit in with their current understanding.  If you’ve been around Christianity very long, you’ve probably seen this.  Don’t forget this sober warning is given to believers.  Similar terms used in scripture are “stiff-necked,” “uncircumcised in heart,” “deaf,” “blind,” “stubborn” and “foolish.”   

I hope we comprehend how important this is.  Adherence to rigid doctrines and creeds is so dangerous, because they tend toward hardening our heart and alienating us from God’s life!  Also mentioned in this passage are ignorance (absence of knowledge/perception) and a darkened understanding.  Both are results of a hardened heart.  A darkened understanding is very simply an understanding that is without a basis in (spiritual) reality as exposed by “light,” which is always used in scripture to represent inward, spiritual revelation and truth from God.  Just as natural light exposes and reveals things, so does spiritual light.  In the spiritual realm, only what is revealed by light is properly called “truth.”  We see much evidence of this in scripture, including Jesus saying “I have come as light into the world, so that everyone who believes in Me will not remain in darkness,”4 and Paul writing “…all things become visible when they are exposed by the light, for everything that becomes visible is light. For this reason it says Awake, sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.”5   Let us seek God’s light to shine on us and be brave enough to admit our absolute need for it.  I hope some light is dawning within us right now.  Let’s ask Him to teach us, seek to learn His voice, to rely opon Him.  God, who is Spirit, will do it.  It’s a process.

I want to look at the rest of this passage next time, which looks at the other side of the coin, focusing on what TO do instead of what NOT to do.  

  • 1. Ephesians 4:17,18 ASV
  • 2. John 12:40
  • 3. Mark 8:17
  • 4. John 12:46
  • 5. Ephesians 5:13-14
 
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Posted by on December 27, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Reconciliation Before Salvation

“And as for you, the anointing which you received from Him abides in you, and you have no need for anyone to teach you; but as His anointing teaches you about all things, and is true and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you abide in Him.” 1

I think about Christianity quite a bit, the way it thinks and works.  I grew up in it and my thinking was greatly influenced by it.  Over the past several years, I’ve been re-learning and coming to fresh understandings by being taught by the Spirit of God Himself.  1 John 2:27, quoted above, is therefore a verse that means a lot to me.  It’s been a delicate and amazing process.

My observation is that Christianity has stopped pursuing truth and therefore been unable to change, grow, and follow God.  Change is often uneasy and costly.  For example, in many cases, if a pastor of a typical church were to make a significant or fundamental change, even if this change were toward the truth, it could very well result in the loss of the only livelihood he has ever known.  For others, turning toward the truth could mean being ostracized or persecuted by their own family.  These things are too costly for many to accept.  As a result, the average Christian who is content to follow his/her pastor  is rarely exposed to new, deep or uncompromised truth, and if they are, it seems foreign and strange.  Thus, many christians live their entire lives in a largely stagnant state.

As I’ve said before, probably the primary doctrine of focus in all of Christianity, one that is incessantly proclaimed, is “salvation.”  At it’s core, the common teaching of salvation is that through Jesus, we can be rescued from eternity in hell, promised eternity in heaven, and enter into “relationship” with God.  Salvation is said to be what all the “lost” people in the world need.  In the interest of brevity, I want to look at only one scripture that gives a better understanding of what salvation truly is.

“For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.” 2 

There are two main concepts here: reconciliation and salvation.  Tragically, concepts like these are all too easily glossed over as vague “christianese” terms, and their sharp distinctions are lost in the gloss.  In reality, these concepts are incredibly important, being purposes and results that intertwine with both the death and life of the Son of God!  

Allow me to point out a few things from this verse.  What the “lost world” needs is reconciliation, not salvation.  The enemies of God were reconciled to him by the death of Jesus Christ.  The word reconciliation has to do with an exchange; in this case an exchange from being an estranged enemy to being part of the “household of God” and at peace. 3  Reconciliation, at least in potential, is what was accomplished by the death of Jesus Christ at the cross.

It’s believers, who have already been reconciled, that need to be saved!  The agent of our salvation is the life of Jesus Christ.  How so?  We are progressively saved as the life of Jesus Christ, his spiritual nature, grows and matures within us, and our natural life diminishes.  That is salvation.  Multitudes of scriptures allude to this, and once you understand more of what salvation is, they make more sense. 4 Salvation is not an entirely future event or something you have right now, it’s a present unfolding process wherein the life of Christ grows within you and the influence of self, your natural life, diminishes.5  Isn’t that something you need?  No matter how good your behavior, it’s something we all need.  God doesn’t desire well-behaved believers, He desires wise sons who are filled with the same life that His only begotten son was filled with.  Without that life, the best-behaved among us are simply “whitewashed tombs;” nice on the outside, but spiritually dead inside.5

  • 1: 1 John 2:27
  • 2: Romans 5:10
  • 3. Ephesians 2:19
  • 4. Colossians 3:3-4, 2 Timothy 1:1, 1 John 5:11, 2 Corinthians 4:11, 2 Timothy 1:10…
  • 5. 1 Corinthians 1:18, Philippians 2:12, Matthew 24:13…
  • 6. Matthew 23:27
 
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Posted by on December 18, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Joints and Marrow

For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.  (Hebrews 4:12) 

I didn’t realize until recently that this popular (and terribly misunderstood) verse appears in the middle of a discussion about the sabbath rest for God’s people!  Look at the immediately preceding verses:  “There remains therefore a Sabbath rest for the people of God. For the one who has entered His rest has himself also rested from his works, as God did from His.  Let us therefore be diligent to enter that rest, lest anyone fall through following the same example of disobedience.  (Hebrews 4:9-11).  Then comes Hebrews 4:12, which starts out with the word “for,” meaning that the following idea of the word of God dividing and discerning is a result or product of the previous idea, regarding “rest.”

The sabbath rest which God has ordained for us today has nothing to do with a certain day of the week or anything physical.  It is all about soul and spirit being divided.  I want to look at this idea more closely. 

The distinction between our inner parts of soul and spirit is compared to that of our outward, physical parts of joints and marrow.  “…of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow…”  This comparison isn’t meaningless.  The word “joints” refers to a place of connection of two parts; an “articulation.”  At these places, there is movement.  The soul is also a place where two parts meet, namely the spirit and body.  It came about when spirit met flesh.  It’s a mixture of the two, and touches both.  It is the soul that causes most of the “movement” within us, which we are naturally so aware of, such as our feelings, thoughts, etc.  “Marrow” is a hidden substance found inside our bones.  I have been told that blood cells and even DNA are formed in the marrow.  Though it’s hidden, the function of marrow is perhaps even more important than the parts of our body we are aware of.  The spirit is this way – we can’t sense it with our physical senses, or always detect it with our inner self of feelings and mind.  We may at times be oblivious to it, but it’s there, and it’s vital. 

Hebrews 4:10 says the sabbath rest that God has ordained for His people is a resting from OUR works.  This “our” refers to the soul, which is our natural life.  All the works of the soul must cease for a believer to enter rest – all our beliefs, actions, considerations, traditions, way of thinking, etc.  Many of these things are seen as very good and can be defended using scripture or convincing reasoning.  This makes no difference, because soul and spirit are totally distinct.  If you want to follow God’s way, the way of the spirit, then everything founded on the soul must cease.  You have to let go of all that you have gathered, and rely on the spirit to teach and led you, in his way and time.  Hebrews 4:11 says that God sees failure to do this as “disobedience.” 

This isn’t easy or automatic.  It’s actually likely to be difficult or even traumatic.  But it’s not optional.  Only when we cease from the works of our soul, refuse its ways and urges, are we are in a position to begin to be spirit-led.  That’s when we begin establishing the Kingdom of God on earth, and become disciples of Jesus Christ.  It’s also when we’ll find ourselves diverging from mainstream Christianity.  Count the cost, and keep your mind on the reward (a truly spiritual existence and communion with God).  Amen.

 
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Posted by on October 24, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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The Ground – A Deeper Look at the Parable of the Talents

In Matthew 25, Jesus tells what is known as the parable of the talents.  In an attempt to keep this post reasonably short, I’ll summarize it: 

A man is going on a journey.  Prior to leaving, he gives all his possessions, including a varying number of “talents,” to his servants to tend in his absence.  (A talent is a measure of weight, I believe representing grace, – the influence of the Holy Spirit.  I first heard this from Dan Gochnour).  After a long time, the master returns.  He calls a meeting with his servants to review his affairs.  The one who had five talents had labored and gained 5 more.  The one with two had labored and gained two more.  The one with one talent hid it in the ground in fear, and hadn’t gained anything.  The master was pleased with the first two servants, and rewarded them with more trust and responsibility in His kingdom.  The fearful servant had his one talent taken and given to the one with ten, and he was cast into “outer darkness.” 

Here’s one thing I found interesting: the master in this story didn’t directly order these servants to gain more talents.  So, the two profitable servants labored to gain more talents simply because they wanted to please the master and make him wealthier.  As we will see, the primary difference in the unfaithful servant was his fear-based perception of the master. Ironically, he ends up being rejected because of his fear!  Here’s his explanation for failing to produce a profit: 24 …Master, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you scattered no seed, 25 so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground.”  (Matthew 25, ESV)

“I knew you to be a hard man” is the main excuse this servant gives for his failure to produce.  This phrase could translate: “My perception of you is that you are a harsh, stern man…”  I think his perception was such because he never had any real intimacy or relationship with the master.  Notice also, he accused the master of a history of expecting yields where he had made no investment: “reaping where you did not sow.”  It therefore seems he didn’t trust that the talent (measure of grace/Holy Spirit) the master had given him was capable of producing an  increase.  This mistrust, perhaps more than anything, dishonored and offended the master.  More could be said, but the bottom line is this – the unprofitable servant was self-focused and didn’t truly care about the master’s affairs.

The unprofitable servant chose to keep his one talent in the ground.  In Matthew 13, Jesus tells a parable about seed, representing God’s word, being planted in various types of ground.  Only one plot of ground yields mature fruit.  Jesus explains that understanding is the key to God’s word bearing fruit.  I believe “ground” represents a fundamental, basic mindset or way of perceptionRemember, the Kingdom of God is within you and I.  So, the ground within you and I is the seedbed of our heart which God’s word enters.  Our ground will either nurture the seed into mature fruit, or somehow hinder and render it useless.  

The fearful servant’s ground, from his own mouth, was this: “the master is a harsh and stern man, and expects more than He rightfully should.”  I believe this common mindset caused him to cling to and hide what little he had been given, rather than use it.  Do you see the application?  Seeing God through a lens of fear and mistrust will hinder you from going out and using the influence of the Holy Spirit He’s given you to gain more.  It will keep you stuck in the same place.  TRUST Him.  Seek and ask Him.  And get to work using what He’s given you, large or small.  Amen.

 
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Posted by on September 24, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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The Predecessor of the Spirit

As you may or may not know, the familiar phrase “a man after my own heart” originates in the Bible.  God says: “I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after my own heart, who shall fulfill all my will.”  This basically means David was a man who God found appealing and who corresponded with the desires of His heart.  

 

As we will see, regarding Saul, Israel’s first king and David’s immediate predecessor, God could have truly said to Israel:I have found Saul the son of Kish, a man after YOUR own heart… In the book of 1 Samuel chapter 8, we learn how Saul became king.  At the time, Samuel was the prophet/judge in Israel and Israel prospered under his faithful leadership.  As he aged, his corrupt sons were set to take his place.  The people of Israel fearfully cried out for a human king, saying: “…that our king may judge us and go out before us and fight our battles” (1 Samuel 8:20 NKJV).  God declared that this request was tantamount to rejecting Him as their King.  He said he would give them a their king, but warned that this wouldn’t turn out as nice as they imagined.  God may grant His people’s selfish cries, but the results may be terrible.

 

In Saul, God gave Israel exactly what they wanted.  Look at the first description of him: “a choice young man, and a goodly: and there was not among the children of Israel a goodlier person than he: from his shoulders and upward he was higher than any of the people. (1 Samuel 9:2 KJV).  The word “goodly” in Hebrew basically means “good” in the widest sense:  handsome, appealing, pleasant, strong, etc. 

 

For our generation, Saul represents the rule of the soul over the kingdom of God, which Jesus said is within man, under the title of Christianity.  The religion of Christianity is based on the desires and reasoning of the carnal, fearful human soul.  Like Saul, this kingdom appears very “goodly” – impressive in appearance, offering security, and winning victories over the enemies of God’s people. But all of this proves to be hollow or temporary, because at the core is religious, human desire, understanding, tradition and fear.  

 

Consider that the beginning of Saul’s reign foreshadowed that of the religion of Christianity.  In both, God’s people desired to be governed by something easily accessible and familiar, like the physical governments of the world.  There was also a wish for this tangible system to judge them and arrange an army to fight their battles for them (clergy, anyone?)  Saul remained king long after God had rejected him for choosing his own way over God’s.  I believe also that Christianity has been rejected by God but has continued to reign over His people for a season. 

 

Israel then and the church now make a grave mistake by looking back (using the reasoning of their minds) on the impressive beginning and victories of Saul/Christianity as evidence these kingdoms continue to be legitimate before God.  After Saul chose his own way over God’s, here is what God said to Saul through Samuel: Hath the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams. For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the Lord, he hath also rejected thee from being king.” (1 Samuel 15:22-23, 16:1 KJV). No matter how much religious good one is doing in the eyes of self or others, even in the name of Jesus, God sees stubbornness against change and rebellion against His desires as grave evils.

 

The kingdom of David, which immediately followed Saul’s, represents an inward rulership of God’s people by His spirit; a kingdom where God is trusted, sought, waited for, known, obeyed, and loved.  The establishment of David’s kingdom was declared long before he became king, but from a young age he was mighty and victorious and it was evident that God was with him. Right now, “David’s” rulership of the spirit is gaining strength and growing, while Saul’s is weakening, shrinking and headed for destruction.  This truly spiritual leadership which David represents is humbly and patiently waiting to be established king in “Israel” (the hearts of God’s people) in God’s time and in God’s way, being content in Him.

  

The religion of Christianity has become infiltrated by corruption, selfishness and blindness, from the souls of men over many generations, and has been rejected by God.  Let go!  Humble yourself!  Follow the prompting of the spirit of God on your heart right now!  Abandon totally all of your own religious ways, desires, understandings, and interpretations of scripture.  Trust God’s spirit and with all you have, ask God to teach you Himself (1 John 2:27).  It’s new, foreign, largely uncharted, but it’s the only way.  God bless you.

 
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