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Filled with Fullness

“For this cause, I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, that you may be strengthened with power through his Spirit in the inward man; that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; to the end that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be strengthened to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know Christ’s love which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.” -Ephesians 3:14-19 WEB (R)

In this post, I’d like to explore the idea of being “filled with all the fullness” of God.  It’s both a bit of a paradox and a very very high call!  Let’s keep in mind, as I wrote about here and here, Paul saw the church as a singular unit/body, so the things he prays are not for individuals, but for the entire assembly as one whole.

When trying to understand a certain word or phrase in scripture, it’s often helpful to look at other places it is used.  Here are a couple other examples of Paul writing about “fullness”: 

  • Colossians 1:18b-20 ESV:  “…He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.”  -Notice that Jesus himself was indwelt with “all the fullness of God,” exactly as Paul prayed the Ephesians would be.  Very interesting.

  • Colossians 2:7-12 ESV: “See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ. For in him the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily, and you have been filled in him, who is the head of all rule and authority. In him also you were circumcised with a circumcision made without hands, by putting off the body of the flesh, by the circumcision of Christ, having been buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through faith in the powerful working of God, who raised him from the dead.”  

So, here is a summary of these three passages:

  • In Ephesians 3, Paul prays that through Christ dwelling in their hearts by faith, the Ephesians would be rooted in love, comprehend the love of Christ, and be filled with the fullness of God.

  • In Colossians 1, he writes that the fullness of God dwelt in Christ and therefore Christ was able to reconcile all things to God.

  • In Colossians 2, he warns about being “taken captive” by empty human wisdom and tradition, reminding believers that the fullness of God dwells in Christ, and that by being “in Christ” (an idea he wrote of many times), we too have been filled with God’s fullness.  

In each of these passages, our being “filled with the fullness of God” hinges on our union with Christ.  That is the crux of the whole issue – you and I are IN CHRIST, something Paul wrote of over and over.  In fact, Paul saw our inclusion into Christ as so pervasive, powerful, and real that, apart from our individual involvement or choice, he writes we died with Christ (Romans 6:8), were buried with him (Romans 6:4, Colossians 2:12), rose with him (Colossians 3:1, Romans 6:5), and are seated in heaven with him! (Ephesians 2:6).  If we are truly “in Christ,” then these things MUST be so, right?  What is true of him is, at the deepest level, true of us, regardless of how blind we are to its reality or how stubbornly we resist it.

Now, as I intend to write more about in my next post, it’s certainly true that manifesting this new life is not instantaneous, not without difficulty, and not guaranteed, at least during our physical life.  But what I want to stress in this post is that if nothing less than the fullness of God dwells in Christ, then nothing less than the fullness of God dwells in us as well, as members of his body!  Lacking nothing, our own efforts to “be holy” (born out of fear and ignorance) become tremendously powerful and deceptive hindrances to the manifestation of this fullness in the church.  These carnal/manmade imitations, both inward and outward, are going to have to be done away with.  Nevertheless, because the fullness of God in Christ is an established fact, here is what the future holds:

1 Corinthians 15:22-24, 28 ESV:  “For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive. But each in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, then at his coming those who belong to Christ. Then comes the end, when he delivers the kingdom to God the Father after destroying every rule and every authority and power.” “When all things are subjected to him, then the Son himself will also be subjected to him who put all things in subjection under him, that God may be all in all.”

Ephesians 1:22-23 ESV: “And he (the Father) put all things under his (the son’s) feet and gave him as head over all things to the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.”  

Christ is the fullness of God, and God is the fullness of all.  God, in His mercy, gathered ALL men into Christ!   He adopted us as sons and put His nature within us to partake of and live from…it’s almost incomprehensibly glorious when we see it, and I think we still only see dimly and in part!  To whatever measure we can, I pray you and I would see the beauty and worth of this, that we might gladly suffer in laying down the old to take up the new.  Amen!

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Posted by on March 21, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

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Collective Consciousness and the Snowball Effect

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 “…that there may be no division in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another.  If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together.  Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it.”  (1 Corinthians 12:25-27)

Have you ever heard the term “collective consciousness?”  I’ve always suspected there is something true in it.  As I’ve heard it, it’s the idea that the thoughts and perceptions of all people are in some way connected, so that the “consciousness” (awareness, perceptions) of one group or even one individual will, at least to a small degree, influence the rest of mankind.

One thing many Christians wonder about is why there is so little power and authority being expressed on earth today among Christ’s body.  Why do so many alleged miracles and supernatural events seem bogus or weak?  I think the explanation for this is to a large extent found in the idea of Christ’s body as a “collective.”  If you’re around believers much, it’s obvious that many members of Christ’s body are sick and weak, being alienated from God’s spirit of love and power.  Therefore, I believe since all the members of Christ’s body are connected, the rest of the body is hindered and the expression of Christ and the manifestation of the Kingdom of God on earth are limited.  To illustrate this, think of your physical body.  If one leg is badly broken, while the rest of your body may be working fine, you’re still not going to be able to drive places and do things you otherwise could.  If you have a toothache, while the rest of your body may be fine, it affects everything and makes even simple tasks more difficult.  So it is with the body of Christ.

Last week, out of nowhere, it dawned on me that Paul himself wrote about “collective consciousness” nearly 2,000 years ago, in 1 Corinthians 12:25-27 (quoted at the top of this post).  Put simply, Paul said all members of the body of Christ are connected, so that what one part experiences is, to some degree, experienced by the whole.  This concept of the church as Christ’s body is an incredible, mind-blowing, and sobering spiritual reality – not just a neat title.  God’s spiritual anointing (Christ) is upon you and I – we are Christ on the earth!1  

There’s one more related term I’d like to look at, called the “snowball effect,” which gets its name from what can happen if you roll a small snowball down a snowy hill.  As the ball rolls down the hill, snow sticks to it, making the ball bigger and bigger, causing more and more snow to stick to it, until it very quickly becomes massive. What if this applies to Christ’s body?  What if, as you and I “forsake all that we have” (Luke 14:33)2 and become aware only of the life of God within, restoring connection with the head of our body (Christ, the spirit of God), we then exert an influence on the rest of the body to do so?  What if then, as more believers begin to do the same, there is an even greater influence on the rest of the body to do so, until one day Christ’s body, all over the earth, walks in the purity and power that Jesus did when he was here?  How amazing is that thought?

I truly believe that the spirit of God is forming the snowball right now, and will roll it down the hill when it’s nice and solid; how long that will take I don’t know.  I think it could be within a generation or two, as I seem to see more and more people, especially younger people, waking up and coming out of religion (I’m working on a blog about that).  That’s necessary, because religion is a tremendous hindrance to the Kingdom of God.  When the ball does get rolling, it’s going to be quite a sight.  

If this could be the case, it’s tremendously important that you and I put off the “old man” (Romans 6:6, Ephesians 4:22, Colossians 3:9), which is Adam’s nature, desires, and concepts, and express Christ instead of Adam.3  There are many, many sick members of Christ’s body.  Some are greatly held back by religious doctrines, duties, or concepts which they don’t realize God has no part of at all.  Many are weighed down by guilt, shame, and condemnation.  Many have tried and failed so many times they’ve essentially given up, having found almost nothing real within the Christianity they’ve been exposed to.  Deep down they want to know and please God, and have tried to “fake it till they make it,” but find they are powerless, and begin to believe that they will always be.  They are in the “Romans chapter 7” experience Paul wrote about, where they want to do good, but are powerless to do so because the power of sin within them is too strong.

Here’s what I suggest.  Get to know your God personally, not by learning things about Him from others.  I believe the best way to do this is to get quiet in His presence, commune with Him as best as you can, diligently and consistently.  Yes, reading scripture helps, but you’ll never reach Truth without divine revelation.  Forget what you’ve been taught, prioritize the knowledge and experience of love, and let the goodness of God and His presence begin to work on you inwardly and reveal Truth to you.  Share what you’ve learned as the spirit allows, and encourage others along the same lines.  The rest of your body, and many others, need it!  God bless you.

  1. 1 John 4:17, Colossians 3:3, Galatians 2:20, 1 Corinthians 12:12, 27, Romans 12:5
  2. I believe that in this verse, Jesus wasn’t saying we have to give up all our physical possessions like cars or houses or whatever.  He was referring to spiritual possessions – things like our own ideas and concepts about God, our own understandings and all the spiritual things we have accumulated, find comfortable, and hold dear.  We cannot follow Jesus as a disciple unless we forsake these things.
  3. All of these verses speak of the “old man” who is dead and who we are to “put off,” or shun.  I wrote about this more here, but the idea is that as we have inherited Adam’s fallen, darkened nature, we also have inherited Christ’s nature of life and light.  Adam’s nature can be very religious and good and well-meaning and kind, but is ultimately blind and opposed to God.  God only pays attention to and desires the expression of Christ – His spirit within us.  This is a huge key.
 
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Posted by on November 6, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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Body or Bodies? (“Our Body” Pt. 1)

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Paul, writing after Christ had ascended and the Holy Spirit had been given at Pentecost, made it clear in the scriptures below that he was still looking and waiting for something.  Jesus’ work was incomparable, immense and powerful, but more-so in the sense of preparation and potential rather than immediate fulfillment, like an acorn compared with a towering, mature oak tree.  We need to be patient and careful, waiting for divine illumination to relate to spiritual things, because Truth is only accessed by revelation, and if the foundation is faulty, so is everything built on it.

  • For we through the Spirit wait for the hope of righteousness by faith.  (Gal 5:5 KJV)

  • So that ye come behind in no gift; waiting for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ…  (1Cor 1:7 KJV)

  • For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look (wait) for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.  (Php 3:20-21 KJV)

  • So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look (wait) for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.  (Heb 9:28 KJV)

  • And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body. (Romans 8:23 KJV)

In getting to the (super awesome) point, I want to highlight something extremely important which seems so trivial it’s easy to miss: not once in all these verses does Paul mention personally awaiting or looking for somethingInstead, he includes himself in a group which is looking and waiting, using terms like “we,” “our,” “you (all),” “them,” and  “ourselves…”  Paul writes of himself individually in many other places1, but not in reference to waiting for Christ or the transformation of the body.

Ok, so why does that matter?  Well, look at Phillippians 3:20-21 and Romans 8:23 (MLV) again, and see if you notice anything unusual:  

  • “For our citizenship exists in the heavens; out of which we are also waiting for a Savior, the Lord Jesus the Christ.  He will fashion the body of our humbleness, *thatit may become transformed to the body of his glory according to the working of which he is able to even subject all things to himself.”

  • “And not only they, but we ourselves also who have the first-fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves are groaning in ourselves, waiting for our sonship, that is, the redemption of our body.”

Do you see it?  Until very recently, I didn’t.  In both verses (and others I didn’t list), Paul is discussing awaiting the transformation and redemption of “our body.”  Our body?  Think about this; wouldn’t it be strange if a patient told their doctor: “you know doc, something’s wrong in our body“?  We’d think that person was mentally ill or possessed, but that’s precisely what Paul wrote!  He didn’t say our bodies, but our body.  Is it becoming clearer?  Our (plural) body (singular)!    One body, consisting of many individuals. What Paul was awaiting wasn’t the transformation and/or redemption of his individual body, but for the entire church, the spiritual body of Christ, of which he was just one member, to be transformed and redeemed as a whole.  Paul wrote very very plainly that each and every believer (plural) makes up the body of Christ (singular), and that each individual is just a part of Christ’s corporate body.  This is Paul’s understanding of “our body.”2  What Paul was actually awaiting was the fulfillment of Jesus’ prophecy that he himself would raise his body up after 3 days.  Jesus didn’t mean his physical body, but his spiritual body, the Church.  If you want to see this proven from scripture in a really cool way, check out this article.  

(Edit: someone read this and said that emphasizing Paul’s use of “our body” instead of “our bodies” is semantics, but it’s not!  Paul did use the plural phrases “your bodies” and “our bodies”  plenty of times in other places, and in those cases, he was in fact referring to individual, physical bodies. Here are a few examples:

  • 1 Corinthians 6:15: “Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ?”

  • Romans 12:1: “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice…

  • 2 Corinthians 7:5: “For indeed, when we came to Macedonia, our bodies had no rest…”

Like Paul, we have to come to see our individual bodies and our personal “ministries” as important only as they contribute to the much larger and more important whole.  An eye or hand are only useful as part of a body.  This takes our individual importance down a few notches, which is a very good thing for most of us.  As I’ve said before, God’s purposes and plans are much, much bigger than your or I personally, and we need to change our way of thinking to match up with God’s heart.  In Christ, the seed of transformation has been planted and the full potential of the matured body is there.  I believe the right season is finally arriving for this growth to take place, and the result is going to be a new body, one that has never been seen before, save perhaps for a brief period shortly after Pentecost.

Thank you for reading.  I hope this pointed you to the Father and His Kingdom.  

  1. 1 Corinthians 3:10, Phillippians 1:16, many more.

  2. 1 Corinthians 12:4-31

 
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Posted by on June 12, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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His Winnowing Fork is In His Hand

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Here’s what Jesus said about John the Baptizer: “Truly, I say to you, among those born of women there has arisen no one greater than John the Baptizer” (Matthew 11:11).  

Here’s what John said about Jesus: “…He who is coming after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. His winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will clear his threshing floor and gather his wheat into the barn, but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire” (Matthew 3:11-12). Nothing about Jesus is as it seems at first glance, but let’s look at John’s words closer.

Here’s how the process of harvesting grain worked in Jesus’ day: When the grain is ripe, the stalks are cut and gathered. Then, in a process known as threshing, the stalks are placed on a hard, level surface known as a “threshing floor,” where they are beaten or rolled, which detaches the kernels of grain from the useless stalks and husks (chaff). Next, the mixture is “winnowed:” using a fork-like tool, the mixture is thrown into the air, where the wind blows away the lighter chaff, leaving only the desirable kernels behind. (You can watch a short demonstration of this process here, and see an actual winnowing fork being used here).

Jesus plainly stated in Matthew 15:24 that at that time, he was only sent to the house of Israel.  Israel was Jesus’ “threshing floor.”  The two prongs of Jesus’ winnowing fork, with which he separated the wheat from the chaff, were his authoritative words and his demonstrations of power.  Wheat and chaff represent states of the heart.  The wind that blows the chaff away from the grain is the Holy Spirit of God Himself.  Wheat represents a heart of humility, which has been given ears to hear the radical truth Jesus proclaims and eyes to perceive the reality of what Jesus is doing.  The humble wheat-heart doesn’t fear or resist change.  Chaff represents a heart of pride, which always opposes unfamiliar spiritual things which it doesn’t understand.  Prideful chaff-hearts, found most prominently (but not only) among religious leaders in elevated positions, have hard hearts (resist new truth), refuse to acknowledge their spiritually blind eyes and dull ears, and persist in the prideful way of religious tradition, human understanding, and self-righteousness.  Chaff can’t/won’t see that revelation from the Spirit, not doctrine and knowledge of the mind, is what counts.

Jesus said the pure in heart will “see God.”  This means it will be given them to see and perceive God’s heart and His hand at work among them.  When John said Jesus would “clear” his threshing floor, the word “clear” is related to the word “pure.”  This is basically what John meant in his statement above: Jesus will come boldly proclaiming new Truth and will powerfully demonstrate His divine origin and the heart of his Father.  By so doing, there will be a separation made between the pure and impure, righteous and unrighteous, humble and proud.  The humble will recognize God at work and forsake their old ways to follow His son.  The proud will resist the reality behind Jesus’ words and deeds, and will reject the way of Jesus and thereby dishonor his Father.  These will be cast out of God’s presence and suffer terrible and irrevocable destruction.   We can read in Acts that for a short time, as John had predicted, the church in Jerusalem was fully purified, walking in power and authority.  On one level, the process of gathering the wheat into the “barn” and burning the chaff culminated with the siege of Jerusalem and the total destruction of its temple in AD 70.  Jesus discussed and prophesied much of this in places like Matthew 24 and Luke 21:20-24.  Read the historical account of that time and you’ll likely agree.  Once the temple was torn down, Judaism was torn down with it. 

While that is interesting, there is a deeper fulfillment of Johns words, which is more relevant for us today. Jesus told his disciples, representing the church, that it was better for them if he left to go to the Father,1 because he would then pour out the Holy Spirit, who is not bound to one time and place.  Jesus is no longer a physical man on earth, but has become a “life-giving spirit”2 which vitalizes a corporate body consisting of many members (the “Church”), and he is the head of this body.3  I could say much more about that, but I believe once connection to the head is restored, the body of Christ will once again do the same works as Jesus, threshing and winnowing what Paul referred to as “all Israel;”4 both Jews and Gentiles who by faith are inheritors of the promise which was given to Abraham and his descendants long before Israel was a nation or the law put into place.5  The winnowing fork will be the same, but the scale will be worldwide.  Many will once again not recognize Jesus Christ at work before them, but some will.  

I don’t fully know what all this will look like or how it will all work. But I do know that right now, God’s prophets are telling people to flee to the mountains OUTSIDE of Israel, like Jesus warned natural Israel to do.  In the spirit, this means to leave one’s “house” and “possessions” behind, meaning the familiar and comfortable ways and understandings of Christianity, to be taught by the spirit of God Himself.  The “chaff” of Christianity will be destroyed like Judaism was.  Jesus didn’t promote Christianity, He said to FOLLOW his WAY, which was one of seeking and following the words of His Father. So let it be with us. Let’s go to Jesus outside the camp, bearing his reproach,6 because that’s where we’ll find him.  It’s not about a physical location, but a spiritual one.

  1. John 16:7 
  2. 1 Corinthians 15:45
  3. Colossians 1:18
  4. Romans 11:26
  5. Romans 4, Galatians 3:14
  6. Hebrews 13:13
 
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Posted by on October 4, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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Characteristics of Christ’s Body

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In this post, I want to look at a really neat passage in the Bible: Ephesians 4:13-16.  Just prior, in verse 12, Paul describes various ministries God uses men in.  Then in 13 he states: “till we all come…to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.”  You may noticethe “ministries” which Christianity recognizes are to cease once the body of Christ matures.  That’s a point worth looking at, but here I’d rather focus on the emphasis of this passage, which is describing a matured body of Christ.  Knowing what the desired outcome (maturity) looks like can help clarify one’s current path.  The beginning of verse 13 gives a summary of how genuine maturity comes about:

“…till we all come in (“into”) the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God…” 

The phrase “in the unity” is really “into the unity.”   Notice also, it is called the unity and the knowledge, meaning one specific unity and knowledge are being referred to, which already exist and into which we must enter.  This unity is: “…the unity of the faith (spiritual sight) and of the knowledge (recognition, discernment from experience) of the Son of God…”  Maybe this is news to you, but Jesus didn’t please God by acting really good or refraining from bad.  His awareness wasn’t even on those things at all.  He was submissive to his Father’s revealed will, doing what he saw and heard from his Father.  This is why he often did things which made little or no rational sense – he wasn’t going by what made sense. He didn’t care.  At all.

The unity that leads to maturity in Christ’s body comes only as the members of Christ’s body see and receive the spirit of Christ as their source of life.  Men simply cannot bring about this unity.  Christ’s life produces his way (faith) and his knowledge (spiritual discernment) in all members of his body.  This is the unity that we must enter into, and it’s a process.  This unity is not based on agreement among all members, it’s based on discernment and reception of a new source of life among all members.  It’s not a reformation of the old life, it’s recognizing the old as dead, shunning it, and receiving the new life which has already come.  It’s a radical change.

Verse 14 gives another characteristic of a matured body: it’s members will: “no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting…  A similar idea is found in 1 Corinthians 3:1-2 and Hebrews 5:12-13 where some believers are likened to immature children, only able to digest milk.  This passage is actually saying members of a mature body won’t let the latest trends or ideas influence them and will reject the schemes of men, who desire to form a system based on their doctrines.

Instead, (verses 15, 16): speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him, who is the head, even Christ, from whom the whole body, being fitted and held together by that which every joint supplies, according to the proper working of each individual part, causes the growth of the body for the building up of itself in love.

Here’s how the Amplified version translates these wordy verses:

15 Rather, let our lives lovingly express truth [in all things, speaking truly, dealing truly, living truly]. Enfolded in love, let us grow up in every way and in all things into Him Who is the Head, [even] Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One).  16 For because of Him the whole body (the church, in all its various parts), closely joined and firmly knit together by the joints and ligaments with which it is supplied, when each part [with power adapted to its need] is working properly [in all its functions], grows to full maturity, building itself up in love.

Building itself up in loveThat’s the given conclusion, the endgame.  In a sense, it’s simple: maturity is all members of the body doing their part, according to the intention of the head and the power of the spirit.  The body then grows and matures, as love is the relationship each member has toward the others.

Having laid this foundation, in the next verses Paul goes on to state the things the things the church must not do and the things that will prevent this process of maturity taking place.  You can read about some of them in my post “Alienated from Life” dated 12/27/2013.  They might surprise you.  More to come, and I hope to be writing more regularly now.  God bless you.

 
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Posted by on April 10, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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The Fatal Flaw

“If you were blind, you would have no sin; but since you say, ‘We see,’ your sin remains.”1

 “Let them alone; they are blind guides of the blind. And if a blind man guides a blind man, both will fall into a pit.”2

 In both of these verses, Jesus is speaking of the Jewish religious leaders, scholars, and teachers, and to those who followed them. What he said is extremely relevant to examine, because what was true of them has become true of the church today.  

 Jesus proved he was from God in many ways, not the least by performing life-restoring miracles and teaching with genuine authority.3  Sadly, while personally witnessing these things, the religious Jews were oblivious to what was happening (the ending of their season) and were only concerned with the threat to their elevated status which Jesus posed.  He frequently warned and lamented the state of the Jewish religious leaders, and told his disciples that they and those following them were blind and going to end up in a “pit,” separated and excluded from the path of walking and communing with God.  It’s very sobering.

 Though the Jews had many flaws, I think one in particular was fatal: they claimed to see. Their claim was founded on their lineage from Abraham, their status as God’s chosen people, and most of all in their knowledge of the law of Moses and their diligence in keeping it. Ultimately, their trust was in themselves, contrary to Jesus’ way of total self-denial.  In reality – things from God’s perspective – they were blind, hypocritical, and opposed to what God was doing through His son, right under their noses.   

Let’s look at the broader context of the first verse I posted above: “And Jesus said, “For judgment I came into this world, that those who do not see may see; and that those who see may become blind.” Those of the Pharisees who were with Him heard these things, and said to Him, “We are not blind too, are we?” Jesus said to them, “If you were blind, you would have no sin; but since you say, ‘We see,’ your sin remains.”4

As always, Jesus is referring to spiritual things and is concerned with the heart.  Jesus said he actually came to this world for “judgment.”  This is not talking about condemnation or punishment; the Greek word for “judgment” means to make a distinction.  Naturally speaking, the distinction (judgment) between blindness and sight is determined by the ability to receive and process “light,” which is a common metaphor in the New Testament basically meaning revealed truth from the spirit realm.  Therefore, those with “sight” are able to discern divinely revealed truth and understand it, and those who are “blind” cannot, often following the reasoning of their own human mind and becoming confident in their own righteousness.

Put simply, those who are without sight are those who in their heart know and admit their need for light, while those who claim to see are those who in their heart believe they have no need.  Jesus said if the Pharisees acknowledged their need for light, they would have had no sin.  Amazingly, Romans 3:25-26 states that God passed over the sins committed prior to Christ, in order to demonstrate his righteousness and justice in the season of the new covenant in Christ.  If they had only admitted their need for light (their blindness), the Pharisees would have discerned the new thing God was doing in Christ (been able to see) and had their sin removed by Jesus’ ransom payment.  Sadly, their contentment in their own righteousness and understanding of the law barred them from Jesus’ atonement, thus sin remained on their account.  Jesus knew that by his coming to this world, the self-righteous and confident would be nullified and blinded, and the humble and desperate would be given grace and enlightened.

 It’s essential we depend on God, who is spirit, for our sight, which is largely what the process of repentance is about.  This doesn’t come from reading the Bible, which is evident if you look around Christianity.  Ask God to grant sight to you.  Righteousness is ONLY that which conforms to God, so humble yourself.  You’ll begin to see that presumption and blindness are rampant among even devout and zealous believers.  But if the church will humble herself and begin to diligently seek for God and for truth in the spirit realm, I believe a revolution will take place.  Many are saying that such a revolution is coming soon and has already started.  Get ready.

  

  • 1. John 9:41

  • 2. Matthew 15:14

  • 3. Matthew 11:20-23, Mark 6:2, Acts 2:22

  • 4. John 9:39-41

 
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The Covering of Fig Leaves, Pt. 2

Thousands of years after the events in the Garden of Eden, as recorded in Mark 11, Jesus encounters a fig tree, a symbol of God’s people.  Jesus was hungry and desired fruit, but all he found was leaves, because “it was not the season for figs” (fruit).  So we see something very interesting.  Jesus found the fig tree (God’s people) entirely covered in fig leaves, the very same thing Adam and Eve made to cover their loins with after their eyes were opened by the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil and they realized their own nakedness.

The meaning of this story is that Israel, and now the Church have not produced fruit (established the Kingdom of God on earth), but instead have chosen to cover themselves in “leaves.”  Fig leaves represent the myriad of ways God’s people use to try to dress up self to be presentable to God – an impossible task.  Fig leaves are manifested among God’s people today as self-improvement programs or means, behavior management, self-examination, determination, motivation, etc.  Fig leaves remain the covering of choice since the garden, because since that time mankind’s natural state is to have the carnal, soulish eyes opened, causing God’s people to have a perception of self-awareness and fear.  This is utterly destructive to the spiritual life.  The first thing God says to Adam after he ate was: “who told you that you were naked?”  In other words, who caused you to see yourself?  This was God’s primary concern, and in the right season, he sent His son to undo this.

I do believe the current season of leaves is ending, and I see signs of this.  A remnant of God’s called people are beginning to see how completely pathetic and unnecessary “fig leaves” are now that Christ himself has been offered as their covering (Galatians 3:27, Ephesians 4:24, John 15:4).  Christ’s covering enables a restoration of innocence (unawareness of sin or self) and spiritual perception.  Law, rules and regulations meant to control the flesh were never satisfactory to God and never intended to remain.  Freedom from the mind of  flesh (carnality) is increasingly becoming a reality for more and more of God’s children.

When Jesus cursed the tree, what he actually said was “no one during this age will eat fruit from you again.”  He was speaking to Israel and the Church, both.  He was saying that until the season of leaves ended, leaves were all that could be produced by God’s people.  The Bible says that in “the fullness of time” (the proper season), Jesus successfully came to regain the spiritual sight that Adam lost, and then some.  The body of Christ on Earth is going to do the same, worldwide.  The result will be as far beyond what we know of as Church or Christianity as Jesus’ life and ministry was beyond that of the Scribes and Pharisees.  There will be no comparison, but many will reject it, just as many rejected Jesus in his day.  I believe our call right now is to seek the Kingdom of God, His will being done on earth.  Seek it daily.  Ask the Father to give you spiritual sight, and be willing to abandon everything you’ve known for that.  Cry out and seek this diligently and desperately, just as Jesus taught us to do in his parables.  For the remainder of this season, it will be a struggle to enter the Kingdom.  But it’s worth it.

I’m with you in this struggle and walk, friends.  May true peace, the peace of the Spirit, be upon you.

 
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