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Death WITH Christ

“…one died for all, therefore all died…Therefore from now on we recognize no one according to the flesh…therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.” -2 Corinthians 5:14, 16-17.

“For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.” -Galatians 3:26-27

“For if we have become united with Him in the likeness of His death, certainly we shall also be in the likeness of His resurrection, knowing this, that our old self was crucified with Him, in order that our body of sin might be done away with, so that we would no longer be slaves to sin; for he who has died is freed from sin.” -Romans 6:5-7

“Therefore, my brethren, you also were made to die to the Law through the body of Christ, so that you might be joined to another, to Him who was raised from the dead, in order that we might bear fruit for God. For while we were in the flesh, the sinful passions, which were aroused by the Law, were at work in the members of our body to bear fruit for death. But now we have been released from the Law, having died to that by which we were bound, so that we serve in newness of the Spirit and not in oldness of the letter.” -Romans 7:4-6

I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.” -Galatians 2:20

“Every priest stands daily ministering and offering time after time the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins; but He, having offered one sacrifice for sins for all time, sat down at the right hand of God, waiting from that time onward until his enemies be made a footstool for his feet. For by one offering He has perfected for all time those who are sanctified.” -Hebrews 10:11-14.

 
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Posted by on June 19, 2014 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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Posted by on October 22, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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The Unity God Desires

A thought came to me last night: God gave what we know as the “leadership positions” in the body of Christ with an end in mind of UNITY, among other things.  Sadly, this isn’t what is readily apparent on the surface of things within the visible “church.”  I believe this unity is in spirit, not doctrine.  This unity is in Truth, not dogma or scripture.  This unity is with God, not other men.  This unity can’t be forced and is not all-encompassing.  This unity is not fully manifested yet, but is coming, and those in this unity are patient and loving with others in hopes they come as well.  The Father Himself will facilitate it in His time, through the revelation of Christ in his body, the church.

(Ephesians 4): 11 And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, 12 for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, 13 till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ; 14 that we should 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, 15 but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ—…

You probably noticed “pastors” in verse 11 above.  I was surprised to learn recently that this is the ONLY use of the word “pastor” in the entire New Testament.  Some translations read “shepherd,” which is closer to the intended meaning.  In a typical “church” as we know it today, why aren’t teachers, prophets, apostles, and evangelists as distinct, noticeable and revered as pastors?  All these things are just various functions in the body of Christ.  Nothing more, really.  And they all serve to, in selfless love and humble service, equip all those who have been set apart for the Father’s use by faith in Jesus Christ to then minister to God themselves.

All these functions are only temporary, you’ll notice.  In verse 13, Paul writes all these functions are given UNTIL…  There is coming a time when they won’t be needed anymore, because the body of Christ has manifested “perfect” and complete; this time in spirit in a worldwide, corporate body – the Church.  Christ will literally walk the earth again as a corporate body made up of many “members.”  This is the Church as God sees it.  It’s coming, praise God.  But first, much of what we know and see will have to be destroyed or removed.

A “pastor” is nothing more or less than a member of the body of Christ who is called of God to care for God’s people, as a shepherd.  Not to lead them in the sense of hearing God for them or teaching them (“teachers” are listed as a separate gift), not in the sense of  heading up a “church,” preaching weekly, etc.  This is shepherding in the sense of bandaging wounds of soul and spirit, serving selflessly with zero notoriety or recognition, protecting the weak and wounded from wolves, showing love, etc. – all to lead these sheep back to the fold of their shepherd in good health, to then hear and be led of the Shepherd himself.  An important function, for sure.  But nothing like many Christians know it today.

I simply pray we will all unify under the headship and “pastorate” of Jesus Christ.  This was a prophecy of Paul the apostle and a prayer of Jesus himself.  It will come, but woe to those who oppose it, even though this opposition was inevitable for a time.  A body works in unity when all members respond to the head.  Jesus Christ is the head of the body the church, but many members of it have lost connection with him.  I beg of anyone who believes in Jesus Christ to “forsake all that you have,” as Jesus said (Luke 14:33).  In this case, I ask you to forsake the doctrines you’ve been taught, the way you’ve known “church,” the way you want or think things should be, for whatever reason.  If you don’t do this, you CANNOT be a follower of Jesus Christ.  Jesus himself said this, as plainly as he could possibly have said it.  

Let me repeat this exclusive demand of Jesus (Luke 14:33 ESV): “So therefore, any one of you who does not renounce all that he has cannot be my disciple.”  Did Jesus demand that every follower of his for all time sell every material possession they have and live on the streets, with friends, or in homeless shelters?  Should we all right now put our homes on the market for sale, then give all the proceeds away?  Or maybe we should, right now, leave our computers behind and walk out the door, leaving our homes, cars, and everything else behind, permanently?  No, that is not what Jesus was talking about.  I believe he was speaking of things deeper than the physical world, as he always did.  I believe he was saying that we must “renounce” everything that is of US.  Everything that WE have accumulated in the invisible realms – our beliefs, preconceptions, religions, doubts, resentments, etc.

To be a “disciple” is to be a “learner and a follower.”  One who follows and learns from their master so closely that they come to look exactly like them.  This is the call of Jesus – to follow him in his example of pursuit, devotion, submission, and obedience to the Father.  If we don’t give up what WE have gathered, how can we follow Jesus?  Either we are going to serve what we have come to know, or we will forsake it all and follow Jesus Christ into ever-increasing knowledge of the Father.  When all do this, true unity begins.  Amen.

“In times of change learners inherit the earth; while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists.” –Eric Hoffer

 
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Posted by on March 3, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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