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The Judgment of Eternal Life

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(John 5:19-22 NKJV): “Then Jesus answered and said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He sees the Father do; for whatever He does, the Son also does in like manner.  For the Father loves the Son, and shows Him all things that He Himself does; and He will show Him greater works than these, that you may marvel.  For as the Father raises the dead and gives life to them, even so the Son gives life to whom He will. For the Father judges no one, but has committed all judgment to the Son…”

(John 12:31-32 NKJV): “Now is the judgment of this world; now the ruler of this world will be cast out.  And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all peoples to Myself.”

In this post, I would like to look closer at the idea of “judgment,” which is one of several concepts men have understood and taught from a place of shallowness, fear and self-focus rather than from the peace and wisdom of the Spirit.  We have to understand that in the Greek language, the word “judgment” means “to separate, to choose, to decide, to make a distinction.”  Today, we tend to associate judgment with condemnation and punishment, but while God’s judgment can include these things, it’s still different than what we typically think.  In John 5:19-22, when Jesus says the Father has committed all judgment to the son, he wasn’t saying the Father was commissioning His son to condemn or punish the world.  In fact, Jesus said he came to do the exact opposite! (John 3:17).  Look again – Jesus said that he only does what he sees his Father do.  He then says the Father “raises the dead and gives life to them” and that the son does the same, because the Father has “committed all judgment to the son.”  The Father’s judgment, the way He makes a distinction among people, which He has administered through His son, is to “raise the dead and give life to them.”  That is what happened at the cross.  Now, this raising from death to life is isn’t primarily a physical one, but a spiritual.  Generally speaking, death = the mind and life of natural man/Adam, and life = the mind and life of the Spirit of God.  

Here are a couple examples:

  • 1 John 3:14 ASV: “We know that we have passed out of death into life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not abideth in death.”

  • Romans 5:17 ASV: “For if, by the trespass of the one, death reigned through the one; much more shall they that receive the abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one, even Jesus Christ.”

  • Romans 8:6 ASV: “For the mind of the flesh is death; but the mind of the Spirit is life and peace…”

In the passage from John 12 at the top, Jesus knows he is about to go to the cross.  He says that in his crucifixion and resurrection, the “judgment of this world” would be made, the “ruler of this world” cast out, and “all peoples drawn” to himself.  So, the judgment of the world took place at the cross, 2,000 years ago.  Then and there, God rendered His judgment of life toward mankind, going both forward and backward in time.  God’s judges the world by ending death and pouring out His Life through His son.  Now, it’s true that not all will receive or walk in this new Life while in these mortal bodies, and I’m not even sure all are able to.  But those things are another subject.

I think it’s also important we understand that this eternal life which God has judged upon us is not primarily eternal in the sense of “never-ending,” but eternal in the sense of quality and nature.  John 17:3 (MLV) records Jesus saying this: “And this is eternal life, that they should know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you did send.”  Eternal life is knowing the Father and the Son – not in a mental sense, but in the sense of receiving and participating in their life and union.  Remember in John 4, where Jesus meets a Samaritan woman at a well?  As they sat by the well together, Jesus said this to her: “Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.”1  This eternal life is to be springing up from within, right now, and is found in a current knowing of the Father and Son.  These and other scriptures make it clear that whatever this eternal life is, it’s for now, not just the future.  

Finally, let’s briefly think about what is meant by “life.”  I think, at its core, life is about having consciousness and the ability to use energy.  Jesus famously said that to gain this eternal life, we must lose OUR life.2  I believe he meant this: “in order to partake of and abide in the life of God, we have to be willing to let go of the death we have called life – all the beliefs and pursuits that have their foundation in fear, selfishness, and ignorance.  (This speaks more about letting go of our previous religious beliefs and practices than anything else!)  Really, this isn’t that controversial.  It only makes sense that light and darkness, love and selfishness, spirit and religion cannot co-exist.  As we embrace this eternal life and allow it room to spring forth from within us, we will find ourselves freely wanting to love and serve others, difficult as it may be.  We will begin to let go of what hinders the expression of this eternal Life within us – not out of guilt or obligation or fear, but freely, because our very nature wants to.  Our walk with God won’t be about “seeing results” so much as it will be about being faithful and walking in the Spirit.  And although this new Life is often difficult, it’s also full of glory, hope, and beauty.  We also have the promise that as the Reign of God comes to earth, pain and crying and tears will pass away, forever.  I think this is a long way off in human years, but the only way it’s coming is through the sons and daughters of God walking in the Spirit.  Not just in “miracles” but in wisdom, insight, love, and truth.

I’ve often thought that if I’m going to suffer, it better be for something worthwhile, and to me, nothing is more worthwhile than helping establish the reign of God on earth, partaking of and ministering His grace, truth, reconciliation and love to the world.  I still feel I’m just getting started and I still have days I feel far from these things…maybe I’ll always feel that way, but I intend to keep going!  God bless you.

 

  1. John 4:13-14 NKJV

  2. Mark 8:35

 
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Posted by on November 4, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

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How to Block Faith and Prevent Righteousness

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“I have come in my Father’s name and you do not receive me. If another comes in his own name, you will receive him. How can you believe, who receive glory of one another and the glory that comes from the only God, you do not seek?” -Jesus                      (John 5:43-44 MLV)

As I first learned from Jason Henderson of http://www.marketstreetfellowship.com, there really aren’t separate words for “believe” and “faith” in the Greek language, which the Bible was originally written in.  In the Greek, the word usually translated “believe” is pisteueo, which is just the verb form of the Greek noun pistis, which is translated “faith.” These words are so similar because they both come from the same Greek root verb, peitho.  So, in scripture, to “believe” is nothing more or less than to use faith.

Perhaps in part because the Bible uses both “faith” and “belief” to translate the same basic word, we have come to think of “faith” and “belief” as the same thing, defining them roughly as: “a mental confidence that something is true or reliable.  Of course, everyone has such a belief and puts it to use on a daily basis.  This is fine, but we need to realize that mere belief is both unreliable and spiritually inadequate.  While genuine faith INCLUDES a “mental confidence that something is true or reliable,” scripture makes it clear faith often includes something more, a spiritual component.  While everyone has belief, scripture says faith is given by God in various portions, and some have none at all.  In a nutshell, faith could be defined as “a divine gift of perception and insight, allowing one to agree with and walk in line with spiritual truth and reality.”  (See footnote 1 at the bottom for more scriptures).  In this way, faith enables righteousness, because without faith, we cannot perceive the ways of the Spirit and cannot walk according to the Father’s heart and will.

Understanding that faith involves using the gift of spiritual perception changes the meaning of many scriptures.  For example, in the passage at the top of this post, Jesus isn’t saying that those who “receive glory of one another” instead of God cannot “believe” in the sense that they cannot mentally agree with certain facts about God.  Instead, those who receive the glory of men cannot receive and have FAITH, and therefore cannot receive the grace of God or walk in righteousness.2  What Jesus actually said is this: “you cannot perceive and walk in the path of divine truth, when you selfishly receive and give glory and esteem to one-another, but do not seek the glory and honor of the only God, the source and object of faith.”

So, if you want to ensure that you are not able to walk in faith and righteousness, then make sure you are more concerned with receiving or giving esteem to other men than you are with seeking the esteem of God alone.  The lesson here, to me, is that if I want to continue to be granted faith and walk righteously with God, I must be sure that I am not in any way occupied with giving OR receiving glory/praise from men.  If men esteem you, fine.  If they don’t, fine.  But what is NOT fine is to in any way seek to be praised or esteemed by anyone but God, or put someone else in the place of esteem which God alone should occupy.  If we do, then according to Jesus we will be prevented from walking in faith and maintaining righteousness.

I know that “righteous by faith alone” is a central tenet of Christianity, and it’s true, but righteousness is not the same thing as justification!  We are justified and sanctified once and for all, by the death and resurrection of Christ, but one can be justified and sanctified without being righteous, because righteousness is a state that is maintained by faith, in which one is seeing and walking according to God’s heart and will in the present moment!  We will not face God’s wrath or end up in an eternal hell, period.  But we’ve got to move past the purely selfish focus on where we end up, and focus on the far bigger matter of God’s Kingdom!  If we want to walk with God and establish His Kingdom on earth, we must maintain righteousness by continually walking in faith. 

As I’ve said before, I believe humility is the prerequisite for just about everything of spiritual value we can receive or be a part of. 

“But don’t you be called ‘Rabbi,’ for one is your teacher, the Christ, and all of you are brothers. Call no man on the earth your father, for one is your Father, he who is in heaven. Neither be called masters, for one is your master, the Christ. But he who is greatest among you will be your servant. Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.”
(Matthew 23:8-12 WEB (R))

So, my aim is to humble myself before God, to acknowledge my weaknesses and propensity for error, and seek to be taught by Him alone.  As I rest in the fact that my Father is good and loves me, regardless of what happens in my natural life, as I rest in the fact that He will never leave or forsake me and dwells within, I can begin to let go of the beliefs and religious obligations I have accumulated out of fear and regard for men, and start the walk of faith and righteousness.

Bless you!

 

 

  • Footnote 1:
    • Romans 12:3: “For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith.
    • 1 Corinthians 12:7-9:  “But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all: for to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, to another the word of knowledge through the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit…”
    • Ephesians 2:8: “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God…”
    • 2 Thessalonians 3:1-2: “Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may run swiftly and be glorified, just as it is with you, and that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men; for not all have faith.”
    • Hebrews 11:3: “Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.”
 
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Posted by on October 15, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

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You Died

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If then you were raised together with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated on the right hand of God. Set your mind on the things that are above, not on the things that are on the earth. For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, our life, is revealed, then you will also be revealed with him in glory. (Col 3:1-4 WEB (R))

Would you be surprised to learn that you’re dead?  It’s true, and scripture declares it clearly and repeatedly.  We can believe it, even before we understand it.  The verses below lead to this startling though emphatic conclusion:  we died with Christ, and are therefore dead right now.  Confused?  Keep reading!  Each verse states our death with Christ in the past-tense, meaning it has already occurred and cannot be changed.  We don’t have to put ourselves to death – we already died!  And if we died, that means what we often call ou

  • Romans 6:4: “We were buried therefore with him through baptism to death…”
  • 2 Corinthians 5:14: “…we judge thus, that one died for all, therefore all died.”
  • Galatians 2:20: “I have been crucified with Christ, and it is no longer I that live, but Christ living in me.”
  • Colossians 2:20: “If you died with Christ from the elements of the world, why…”
  • Colossians 3:3: “For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.”
  • 2 Timothy 2:11: “This saying is faithful: ‘For if we died with him, we will also live with him.’

Let’s see if we can grasp these two verses; Colossians 3:3-4, which say: “For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When (literally: “whenever”) Christ, our life, is revealed, then you will also be revealed with him in glory.”

Most of us have missed or ignored the “you died” part, and been taught to think these verses somehow mean our “true” life will begin when we die, or when Jesus returns from heaven at the end of the world.  But that’s not what this is saying at all.  This says our death has already happened and our life being revealed with Christ is a reality now.  For example, in Galatians 2:20, Paul says he had died and Christ was “living in him at that moment.  A better translation of Colossians 3:4 is: “Any time Christ, which is our life, is made apparent, our life will be made apparent with him in glory.”  In a nutshell, this says that a great change has taken place, that “we” died and Christ is our identity.  Where and what Christ is, is where and what we are.

So how did we die?  What does that mean?  Whether we see the full expression of this or not, Jesus’ death was the death of all men (see 2 Corinthians 5:14 above), ending Adam’s reign in man and on earth, and his resurrection was the beginning of Christ’s.  As Paul wrote, Jesus was the “last Adam and the “second man.”8  Just like Adam was once the identity and life of all men, Christ is now the identity and life of all men, if they will just see and accept it.  I believe it is precisely because Christ is our life and identity that scripture says things like: we are eternally perfect, free from condemnation, beloved, accepted, complete, unable to sin, at rest, free from law, desiring to do good, full of love and peace, anointed, etc. These things are true of Christ, not of our old nature (Adam).  To begin to walk in their reality, we have to renew our mind to who and what we truly are, and put off the old things.

That brings me to another very important point: while what we might call our “old nature” (referred to as the flesh, Adam’s nature, the sinful nature, the carnal nature, the old man, the natural man, the human soul, the false self, the carnal mind, etc.) is dead, it isn’t “gone.”  The New Testament often speaks of “death” in a spiritual sense, where “dead” means condemned, without life, irrelevant, obsolete, thrown away.  Because of this, God has no recognition or dealings with our dead nature at all, and neither should we.1  Self-awareness is spiritually lethal.  God doesn’t hold the badness of our dead nature against us, nor does He reward us for its goodness!  If something is dead/obsolete, it is simply put away and forgotten.  All that matters is the increase of Christ in and through us.  The mind of Christ eats from the tree of life, but our natural/Adamic mind continually eats from the tree of knowledge of good and evil, remaining carnal and dead.  It can’t be improved or changed; it must be totally shunned and left in desolation.  If we don’t put off the old, we can and will continue to walk in death – Adam’s nature.  The most dangerous thing of all is to remain in death, but call it life.  Religion is full of that – labeling dead things as spiritual or divine.  It’s a terrible deception.

Let me give an imperfect and inadequate illustration, though hopefully still a helpful one.  Let’s say you are hired by a kind, generous, wealthy landowner to mow a large plot of land, mowing sections of it every day.  On your first day, you arrive with your own mower, which has been handed down for generations in your family, which looks like this.  Although this mower is slow, difficult, dirty, and inefficient, it’s all you’ve ever known, so you just make do. However, there is a mowing manual that describes what the landowner desires this plot to look like, as well as some of the wonderful enjoyment and excellent results which other people have had mowing similar plots owned by this wealthy landowner.  To your dismay, no matter how hard you try, how badly you want to, or how much you sharpen and oil your mower, you find mowing to be difficult, and are consistently unable to measure up to all the manual’s descriptions.  This causes discouragement and even fear and worry over the landowner’s disappointment.   You cope by reassuring yourself that the landowner is merciful, and you frequently send Him letters thanking him for His mercy and asking him to forgive your poor results and mistakesDespite that, you wish you could do better. One day, someone tells you that there is an unlocked barn nearby on the property with a seemingly endless supply of these, which the landowner purchased, expecting and hoping His mowers will use it.  You are so shocked and amazed, that at first you can barely believe it.  Almost everyone you know uses the same old style of mower you do, and some of them have seemed happy to do so for decades. Quite a few seem proud of how hard they work and how much they sacrifice to mow their plot with their old mower. You realize, however, that these people don’t really understand what’s in the manual and how far short they are really coming to the landowner’s desires. In any event, when you realize the free and permanent gift of the new mower is true, it dawns on you that this your family’s mower was obsolete (“dead”) all along, and that no one could truly have followed the manual while using it.  When you realize the landowner understood this, and wasn’t upset at you for getting bad results with a “dead” mower, your view of Him changes. He wasn’t expecting the impossible and he wasn’t angry with you for falling shortYou’re even a bit embarrassed by all the letters you sent him, apologizing for things He wasn’t upset about in the first place. The Landowner was mostly just waiting for you to begin using the second mower, which he freely provided.  You begin learning and using the second mower while unlearning the habits and expectations you had formed while using the first. You find your results and enjoyment begin to match what is written in the manual, and are excited to honor the landowner by using His gift and beautifying His land.

Admittedly, this illustration falls short in several ways, one of which is that God doesn’t “give” us Christ, but placed us in him!  But I still think it’s helpful.  As is probably obvious: the landowner = God the Father, plot of ground = our time on earth, first mower = old/natural/carnal/Adamic nature, manual = Bible, letters to landowner = prayers, second mower = nature of Christ in us, other mowers = fellow believers.   Now, in this scenario, why would someone ever continue to use the first mower?  I can think of a few reasons.  Maybe they don’t realize it is available, or don’t believe it.  Maybe they don’t know how to use the new mower, so they get discouraged or believe it really doesn’t work.  Maybe they don’t know how to keep gas in it, so they do well only for a while.  Maybe the high standards described in the manual are so intimidating, it’s easier to stay limited by using the first mower.  Maybe they are so familiar and comfortable with the first mower that it’s scary to change, or maybe because everyone they know still uses the first mower, changing would cause tension or persecution and so it’s easier to just keep going the way they always have.

The ramifications of our identity as Christ are both exciting and sobering.  If it is true, then our call and potential are much higher than if we were truly just “saved sinners.”  The appropriate results using an 1800’s push mower are far different from those using a 2016 riding mower.  While we, as Christ, are not under condemnation2 or any religious obligation,3 Christ in us contradicts what remains of Adam.  We have freedom to grow in the Father’s love, but Christ humbly serves others, loves those who mistreat him/her, and seeks the Father’s will and Kingdom above all else.  Seeing Christ as our identity and life is glorious, but thinking, speaking and walking according to that life isn’t always easy, and many never do.  It leads to suffering of various kinds, often through rejection or persecution from those stuck in religion who remain fearful, proud, and blind.  I have also found it takes desire, time and effort to learn to inwardly connect with and follow Christ instead of my old nature. While the way of Christ is full of challenges and even suffering, the glory of being manifested as a being of wisdom and light and love and peace and joy, just as Jesus was, outweighs any cost.

The truth is, you are not a “saved sinner.”  That is no longer your identity.  You are Christ!  It’s true!  I’m not saying you or I are the equal of Jesus, because we’re not, and never will be.  I’m saying we are individual members of Christ’s body,6 and together, we are the fullness of Christ on the earth.4  This makes Christ our identity, who we are, and God intended and accomplished this in JesusThis is a precious, glorious, amazing, sobering truth!  It’s not something to take and use selfishly, it’s something to rejoice in and submit to!  When Christ’s body realizes who and what it is, and connects with its head (Christ himself), we will again see the manifestation of Christ on the earth, just as we did 2,000 years ago in Jesus.  Perhaps the biggest limitation the church has had is identifying as “human” and “natural” and “sinful,”  which do not describe us, and never have. 

I understand this may sound heretical or crazy to some, and you are certainly free to disagree with me.  I’ll love you anyway.  However, I hope you won’t let offense or fear stop you from seeing the truth in the scriptures I quoted, and more importantly, from connecting with the truth of your inward being.  I don’t claim to know or fully live up to all of this, but I’m seeing it and growing in it.  If we can learn to silence our restless minds and let go of our own beliefs, allowing ourselves to simply be in God’s presence without agenda or distraction, humbly seeking His mind and His heart instead of validation of our own way, I believe some of these things will begin to make sense and the Spirit will reveal things that we couldn’t have seen on our own.  As 1 John 2:20, 27 says so plainly, you have no need for a man to teach you, but Christ, the anointing/spirit of God within you is your only teacher.  Trust and connect with Christ within you, and be taught there inwardly.7  You will find truth if you do.  Christ resides in you now, because that’s who you have been made to be.  What a gift!  God bless you.

 

  1. Romans 12:1-2, 6:11
  2. Romans 8:1
  3. Romans 13:8-10
  4. 1 John 4:17
  5. 2 Corinthians 5:21
  6. Romans 12:5, 1 Corinthians 6:15, 12:12, 27
  7. 1 John 2:20,27
  8. 1 Corinthians 15:45, 47

 

 

 
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Posted by on February 14, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

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The Glorious Christ Within

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So also it is written, “The first man, Adam, became a living soul.”  The last Adam became a life-giving spirit.2

Recently, while I was meditating, Paul’s famous statement in Colossians 1:27 came to mind: “…Christ in you, the hope of glory.” There is a staggering amount of depth in those seven words, but one simple thing they clearly show (as do numerous other scriptures) is that, at least here, Christ” does not refer to a person named Jesus.  There is no tiny human living inside our bodies.  So then, what or who is this “Christ” within us, providing our hope of glory?

As I noted recently, the word “Christ” an adjective, a word of description, meaning “anointed.”  An anointing is an impartation of God’s spirit upon or within something in order to set it apart and empower it for a specific purpose.  In Colossians 1:27, what Paul meant was this: the only hope of “glory” (manifesting God’s nature, achieving a higher, spiritual state of being), either for us as individuals or as the body of Christ as a whole, is for us to receive and walk in harmony with the inward anointing of God’s spirit.  Perhaps surprisingly, this holds true even of Jesus, a man whom God made to be “the Christ” by anointing him with power and then raising him from the dead (see my previous post for more on that).  

If all this is true, then the real issue is this: how does this anointing work; how does the Christ within us produce glory?   (I wish questions like these were given more attention).  To answer it, let’s first look at something Paul emphasized in his letters to at least three different congregations: the Romans (Romans 6), Ephesians (Ephesians 4), and Colossians (Colossians 3).  To each, he wrote about an “old man” who is dead and must be shunned, and a “new man” who is alive and must be embraced.  Each of these “men” represent a nature or a mind with which we perceive things and live according to.  In the passage from Romans 8 below, you’ll notice Paul specifically mentions the “mind of the flesh” and the “mind of the spirit.”  In brief, the “old man” is Adam and everything that comes from his fallen, lifeless nature, and the “new man” is Christ and everything that comes from his nature of abundant spiritual life.  (I wrote about this a bit more here). 

Romans 8:6-10 (WEB): “For the mind of the flesh (our natural/Adamic mind, the old man) is death (it’s dead, and everything that comes from it, good or bad, is dead), but the mind of the Spirit (mind of Christ within, the new man) is life and peace (connects with God and conforms to His will); because the mind of the flesh is hostile towards God (opposed to Him); for it is not subject to God’s law, neither indeed can it be (no connection with God, who is spirit and love). Those who are in the flesh (religiously living by the mind of the old man) can’t please God (and have no hope of glory). But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if (since) it is so that the Spirit of God (Christ) dwells in you. But if any man doesn’t have the Spirit of Christ, he is not his. If (since) Christ is in you, the body is dead because of sin, but the spirit is alive because of righteousness.”

Another literal Greek translation of “if Christ is in you” could be: “since Christ is in you…”   Paul was writing to believers, so I believe he was saying that since Christ (the anointing of God’s spirit) is within, then that inner spirit is full of life and at peace, though at the same time your own mind (“the mind of the flesh”) cannot connect with God (is dead) and is at enmity with Him (no peace).  In learning to follow the anointing of Christ within into glory, step #1 is to realize that there is a difference between  your own mind and will, and that of Christ is in you, and that the former is irreversibly spiritually dead and useless.  It’s the old man who is religious, fearful, guilty, prideful, blind, arrogant, and so on.  The new man is full of love, joy, peace, courage, life.

1 John 2:27 says: “As for you, the anointing which you received from him (Christ) remains in you, and you don’t need for anyone to teach you. But as his anointing (Christ) teaches you concerning all things, and is true, and is no lie, and even as it taught you, you will remain in him.” Do you want to be a follower of Jesus?  Living according to the mind of Christ/the spirit within IS to follow him!!!  That’s how Jesus lived!  Jesus was absolutely not religious, he had no awareness of separation from God his Father, no awareness of sin, no sense of fear, guilt or of obligation to do certain things he felt he “should.”  He knew his Father’s life, presence, and spirit were with him and in him, and so he simply did and said what that life in him naturally led him to.  Yes, he prayed to his Father, and we should too.  But as we mature, we will begin to realize that God is always with us and in us, and that often, our circumstances are from Him and our will and His will are one.  When “Christ in us” is what we are aware of and operate based on, and the mind of the flesh is shunned, there will be much more peace, trust, and use of authority, and much less begging and worry.

I wish I understood and could articulate more, but I will continue to share what I receive.  God bless you.

  1. John 14:28, John 5:30; 8:28; 8:42; 8:49; 12:49; 14:10.

  2. 1 Corinthians 15:45-47

 
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Posted by on September 8, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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Scriptural Compilation Regarding the Progression from Soul to Spirit

Recently I absent-mindedly got on facebook (a bad habit of mine), but then next thing I know, I’m compiling the following list of scriptures.  Each bullet point is scripture, and some have a bit of commentary. I think it’s worth sharing and think the spirit of God is behind it.

I think soul and spirit are issues God is revealing to more and more of His people today.  Thanks especially to Dan Gochnour for his amazing teachings on this subject lately.  Read through these scriptures carefully.  They deal with some of the biggest purposes addressed in scripture…  Soul and spirit have to be divided and the former (the soul) must become subject to the latter (the spirit).  This has largely been overlooked, and the results have been tragic.  These scriptures are meant to follow a logical progression, so read the list with that in mind.

 

-“There is a way that seems right to a man, but it’s end is the way to (spiritual) death.”

-“The first man Adam became a living soul, the last Adam became a life-giving spirit.” 

-“The natural (literal Greek: “soulical”) man (which all of us have within) does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned.”  -The soul is the “natural” part of us.  Our natural life and mind and feelings and will.  This part of us, which can be quite religious, cannot understand or receive things from the spiritual realm. 

-“…it is sown a natural (literal Greek: “soulical”) body, it is raised a spiritual body.

-“Just as we have borne the image of the man of dust (we have become soul-dominated like Adam), we shall also bear the image of the man of heaven” (we are destined to attain to Jesus’ spiritual nature and walk).

-“For the word of God (God’s voice, His expression) is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.”

-“God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.”

-“So Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of his own accord, but only what he sees (in a spiritual sense) the Father doing. For whatever the Father does, that the Son does likewise.”

-“whoever says he abides in him (in Jesus Christ) ought to walk in the same way in which he walked.”  -This doesn’t mean trying to imitate Jesus, it means follow His “walk,” his way of living – denying self and following the leading of the Spirit of God. 

-“For those whom He foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.”  -We are to be and one day will be conformed to Jesus’ image, being like him in his nature and his manner of life.

-“And we all, with unveiled face (this literally means “unveiled vision.”  The veil to be removed is the human soul, which causes spiritual blindness), 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.”  -With the veil of the human soul removed, we can grow in spiritual reality, from glory to glory. 

-“When all things are subjected to Him, then the Son Himself also will be subjected to the One who subjected all things to Him, so that God may be all in all.

-“For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be glory forever. Amen.”

 
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