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Speech and The Two Truths

John 21:25 ESV: “Now there are also many other things that Jesus did. Were every one of them to be written, I suppose that the world itself could not contain the books that would be written.”

1 John 3:18 ESV: “Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth.”

Ephesians 4:29 ASV: “Let no corrupt speech proceed out of your mouth, but such as is good for edifying as the need may be, that it may give grace to them that hear.”

In recent years, I have increasingly begun to value the practical instruction Paul gives in his Biblical letters; instruction about how those who are Christ’s are to live and relate to others.  While I still value and enjoy the deep spiritual revelations Paul shared, I think it is wise to be wary of intellectual assent without real-life application.  Let’s not forget that the same Paul who proclaimed profoundly deep revelation also said things like: “If I have the gift of prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge; and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but don’t have love, I am nothing,”1 and “Knowledge puffs up, but love builds up.”2 . It is easy to over-value knowledge and under-value applied love, because knowledge in itself demands no change, while love is always accompanied by humility and sacrifice (and glory)!  A question I’m asking myself is this: do I really “know” a Truth if it is not being expressed in the way I conduct myself in the world and relate to others?  

Ephesians 4:29, quoted above, is an example of one such practical instruction.  While it sounds like an ancient version of the modern saying: “if you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all,” it is actually much deeper than that.  To understand more fully what Paul was saying, let’s start by looking at the definition of some of the Greek words that this verse was translated from:

Corrupt:”

 Greek transliteration: “sapros.”

Definition:
1. rotten, putrefied
2. corrupted by one and no longer fit for use, worn out
3. of poor quality, bad, unfit for use, worthless

-Sapros seems to roughly mean: “worn out, unfit, useless.”

Edifying“:

– Greek transliteration: “oikodome.”

– Definition:
1. (the act of) building, building up
2. metaph. edifying, edification
a. the act of one who promotes another’s growth in Christian wisdom, piety, happiness, holiness
3. a building (i.e. the thing built, edifice)

“Edifying” seems to be a good translation of oikodome, which seems to mean “to build up, to strengthen.”

Grace:”

-Greek transliteration: “charis.”

– Definition:
1. grace
a. that which affords joy, pleasure, delight, sweetness, charm, loveliness: grace of speech
2. good will, loving-kindness, favour
a. of the merciful kindness by which God, exerting his holy influence upon souls, turns them to christ, keeps, strengthens, increases them in Christian faith, knowledge, affection, and kindles them to the exercise of the Christian virtues
3. what is due to grace
a. the spiritual condition of one governed by the power of divine grace
b. the token or proof of grace, benefit
1. a gift of grace
2. benefit, bounty
4. thanks, (for benefits, services, favours), recompense, reward

Charis is a harder word to pin down, as it describes something divine.  If I had to define grace, I would say it is “the influence of the divine.”  When a human heart is influenced by grace/the divine, it will always, at least in some way, change the way one lives and relates to others.

With these things in mind, here is what I think Paul essentially meant in Ephesians 4:29: 

Be very careful not to say anything that is spiritually or otherwise useless or harmful to the hearer.  Instead, as a child of God, what comes out of your mouth should be only things which give Life – things which are of the Truth and are helpful and useful in building up the hearer into a realization and manifestation of their identity as a son of God and a member of Christ’s body.  In so doing, you are literally acting as Christ – as a minister of God’s divine grace and Life and peace to that person – instead of a minister of self-awareness, death and condemnation.  

A friend of mine once pointed out that there is a difference between things that are true, and Truth itself.  Things that are true, also known as “facts,” are things which deal with the natural realm.  Statements like “I feel sad,” or “the sky is blue” are in the realm of the “true.”  However, Truth, with a capital T, is deeper, being exclusively reserved for the realm of the divine.  Truth cannot be changed by what is “true” or by “facts.”   Truth has to do with that which is part of the fabric of creation, of God’s nature Himself.  Statements such as “you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God,”3 like “one died for all, therefore all died,” like “(Jesus) is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not for ours only, but also for the whole world,” are in the realm of Truth.  Truth has to do with the heart and will of God for mankind, which was most clearly demonstrated in the life and teachings of Jesus Christ.  We don’t need to ignore facts, but we cannot let facts (truth) become more real to us than Truth.

What I’m saying, and I believe much of what Paul was saying, is that those who are Christ’s MUST speak and call to the divine within each person, speaking the Truth of their identity and being as sons.  This is what it means to speak things that edify, instead of things that corrupt.  Pointing out sin, as many Christians have erroneously taken it upon themselves to do, only INCREASES guilt, shame, and condemnation in the world – it is literally anti-christ to act as a law-giver and bring guilt.  It may be “true” that men are sinners, but it’s NOT Truth.  

Finally, the member’s of Christ’s body cannot just “proclaim” Truth, we must embody it.  IF and when we “see” Christ as our life, as the life of the world, we must let this truth permeate all of our being.  While this is certainly a lot deeper than merely “say nice things,” it includes that!  A better way of thinking about it is not to “be nice,” but to be Truthful and Edifying, building our world and it’s people into their identity as sons, rather than reinforcing a false identity as sinners, which just creates more sin and death (which scripture clearly says was the whole purpose of the law)!  Amen.  

 

  1. 1 Corinthians 13:2 WEB
  2. 1 Corinthians 8:1 WEB
  3. Colossians 3:3
  4. 2 Corinthians 5:14
  5. 1 John 2:2
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Posted by on August 18, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

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Lying with the Dogs

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“Outside are the dogs and the sorcerers and the fornicators and the murderers and the idolaters and everyone who loves and practices a lie.”

Consider this: what exactly is a lie, and how do you “practice” one?  As with many things, the answer depends on what perspective you are coming from.  From a natural perspective, a lie is essentially a false statement being presented as true.  From a spiritual perspective, a lie is deeper than mere words – a lie is a path or way in which things without life are considered or presented as alive or life-giving. The Bible refers to these dead things in many different terms, including  darkness, carnality, the night, the flesh, or the old man (referring to Adam). So then, within the New Covenant, “liars” are those who stubbornly continue to value, walk in and promote the (often religious) way of the flesh/old nature, despite the fact that God put it away, crucified and nullified it once and for all in Christ.   Just like those who tell lies in the “natural” sense, spiritual liars also present something false (the way of the flesh/Adam/natural man) as true (divine, life-giving, desirable).  

This isn’t merely important, it’s necessary to grasp if you want to follow the way of Christ in establishing the Kingdom of God and honoring the Father. The biggest reason the world and the church are in the shape they’re in is that believers have either been unable to recognize that most of what they have considered “spiritual” is nothing but dead flesh, and/or been unwilling to repent and follow the way of the Spirit (which includes sacrifice, love and laying down one’s life for the sake of others). However, if you merely want to get to heaven in the end, then you’re unlikely to ever repent and truly change the way you perceive and believe.

To follow the spirit into such a life of sacrificial love, I believe the key is that one must first be enabled to “taste and see” the goodness of the Father’s creation and Kingdom, which cannot be accessed or affected by anything physical.  Each of us can dwell in this Kingdom of love and peace and righteousness and joy NOW, before it becomes fully manifested in the physical realm. This is the “freedom” Jesus proclaimed he came to give mankind.  With one’s heart and life rooted in the Spirit,  one can let go of their hold and fascination with the natural world, which is struggling and dying due to it’s basis of self-preservation and fear.

Consider James 3:12-15 (MLV), with my comments in blue: “My brethren, a fig tree is not able to produce olives or a vine figs, are they? Thus no spring is able to produce both salty and sweet water (the spirit will not, and in fact cannot produce the works of the flesh (things like greed, anger, judgment and criticism, sexual immorality, jealousy, etc).  Who is wise and knowledgeable among you? Let him show out of his good conduct his works in meekness of wisdom (the truly wise and spiritual are those who do good from the heart, as evidenced by a natural humility and meekness rather than from a selfish motive such as as approval from men, blessings from God, or punishment-avoidance). But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your heart, do not boast and lie against the truth (if you walk in jealousy and with selfish motives (which are of the flesh), yet present yourself as spiritually mature, you are living and practicing a lie and blaspheming the way of Christ). This wisdom (labeling flesh as spirit) is not a wisdom that comes down from above (spiritual, heavenly, divine in origin), but is earthly, sensual, demonic (natural, fleshly, religious, doomed to destruction).” 

I am not perfect and am not free from the influence of flesh.  I am also not condemning anyone, keeping in mind there is no condemnation in Christ.  However, we know the flesh has already been condemned once and for all, therefore we must learn to recognize it and reject it in favor of the spirit.  If we align with and pursue what has been condemned, we will find ourselves “outside” the Kingdom, as the verse at the top says, and marked for destruction (though this does not mean eternal torture in hell).

I believe that as one becomes increasingly familiar with the presence/voice of God within, entirely separate from fear, selfishness, or preconceived ideas or religious doctrines, it becomes easier to discern between what is spirit and what is flesh. Hebrews actually says the Word of God is able to divide between the two. Learn to hear our Father, the voice of love and peace and truth and reconciliation. Let Him show you that all is well in His kingdom, that His Kingdom is still at hand, and be free to walk in it now, showing others it’s beauty and inviting them in.

1. Revelation 22:15 MLV

 
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Posted by on July 16, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

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Truth and Evil

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“For everyone who does evil hates the light, and doesn’t come to the light, lest his works would be exposed (reprimanded). But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his works may be revealed, that they have been done in God.”1

The verse above contains more than I can try to explain here, so I want to focus on one aspect of it which really hit me recently, regarding the contrast being highlighted.  It’s becoming increasingly clear to me that Christianity, the religion that has regrettably formed around Christ and his teachings, is rooted in the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, instead of the Tree of Life. This shouldn’t be the case, but it is.

Because so many of us were raised in this pseudo-spiritual environment which is rooted in the wrong tree, our understanding of God and His will has been distorted to see everything naturally. Outward behavior becomes a primary focus, and spiritual concepts such as good and evil are understood as actions that we perform. But notice that John compares those who do evil with those who “do the truth.” Think about that – do the truth!  The spiritual opposite of evil isn’t goodness, it’s truth. Evil fears being exposed as flawed by the light, but truth welcomes the light because truth comes from the Father and the light will only reveal more of Him.

Let me mention this: Jesus didn’t come to earth and die so we can go to heaven someday, or so that we can avoid torment in hell. That’s a shallow and extremely selfish understanding. Jesus came to open the way to the Tree of Life in the earth again, to restore spiritual vision and freedom to God’s people,2 paving the way for the Kingdom of God to be manifested on earth as it is in heaven. We’re involved in this process and God does love us, but salvation is toward a bigger end than us, our personal happiness or eternal security.  What really important is the will and Kingdom of God, and our hindrance or cooperation with its establishment.  

Jesus’ teachings and parables (both before and after his death and resurrection!) were almost entirely about the Kingdom of God! Acts tells us Paul preached the Kingdom of God right up till his death. We MUST begin to have a spiritual, Kingdom perspective if we are to ever begin to understand the scriptures and the Father’s heart. From a Kingdom perspective, good and evil become defined very differently. Good is what comes from in the Tree of Life and the heart of God (which are the source of Truth), furthering the Kingdom of God (His rule and reign) on earth.  Evil is what comes from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil and the mind and heart of man, hindering the will of God being done on earth.

Here’s a harsh statement that I only say because it’s true: much of what religious men, including Christians, see and do as good, God sees as evil.  I cannot put a blanket statement on each and every thing, nor am I the judge of anyone.  But I know that in God’s sight (which is very different than man’s), religion, including Christianity, is evil.  Again, not evil as we understand it in the sense of “bad,” but evil in the very real sense of being founded in the mind and will of man, the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, and therefore a distraction and hindrance to God’s kingdom.  Men presume to know what God desires and what His Kingdom should look like and then go about doing that, but God sees and labels the result “evil.”  Those who practice this religious evil avoid the “light” of God’s spirit and Jesus’ teachings because it will expose (literally: “reprimand”) their work.  Regardless of how good it appears in our own eyes, everything done from the mind of man, the Tree of Knowledge, is evil in God’s sight because it is a distraction from and hindrance to the Kingdom of God.

We aren’t the King. What we like, what makes sense to us, the way we think things should be, doesn’t really matter at all. We have to deny ourselves – our religious selves! if we’re truly going to be disciples of Jesus and walk as sons of God.  Let’s welcome and seek out the light of God’s spirit within, to expose what is evil and let us repent.  Let’s honor our Father and seek to have all our works be “done in God,” not our religious selves.  As always, I include myself in these things.  Amen.

  1. John 3:20-21 WEB ®

  2. Luke 4:18

 
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Posted by on January 29, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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Mushrooms

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A man decides to go explore a forest near his home, wondering what he might find there.  However, being inexperienced, he soon becomes lost.  Finding no food for several days, he begins to starve.  While wandering around one day, he comes across a clearing full of mushrooms.  His famished body desperately wants to eat them, but he knows some are probably poisonous.  Feeling helpless and unsure what to do, he suddenly remembers a survival guide he had packed in his bag, containing pictures of nearly every type of edible mushroom which grow in the wild.  All of a sudden this survival guide, which he had almost forgotten about, becomes extremely valuable to him and plays a very important role in his survival.

Before the man began to starve, this guide wasn’t important to him, he had no real need for it other than just being curious.  As well, until he actually found the mushrooms, the mere pictures of the mushrooms were essentially worthless, as they could give no nourishment to his starving body.  But once he found the clearing of mushrooms, these same pictures allowed him to identify and eat the actual mushrooms which COULD provide nourishment, strength and life.

The New Testament scriptures (the Bible) are kind of like this survival guide.  The Bible seems useless until you’re hungry (recognize your spiritual poverty).  Even then, the Bible can’t nourish you itself – it’s just ink on paper, like the pictures of the mushrooms.  But like the guide, what the Bible can do is help you avoid poisonous “mushrooms” (ways of belief) and recognize and find the mushrooms which can be eaten and provide (spiritual) nourishment and strength.  This is why wisdom and understanding (which require diligence and revelation) are so important – if you misread the survival guide, then even though you think you’re following it, you still can end up injured, starving, or poisoned.  This story also illustrates why it’s important to WALK the path of truth, and FOLLOW the spirit, because only by moving forward can you encounter new things which can give life to you and others after you.

If this man had “set up camp” somewhere instead of continuing to seek new territory, he would not have found the mushrooms and likely would have died.  This is  like many Christians – they “camp” around certain truths and ways of understanding, never going forward or looking for anything more.  In many cases, they have done this so long that they have begun to think the pictures of the mushrooms in the guide (words and descriptions in the Bible) are the actual mushrooms (spiritual realities) themselves.  They have mistaken the depiction for the reality.  Because of this mistake, they starve spiritually yet don’t even realize it.  But because this man refused to camp, he will now be able to update the survival guide for future travelers, helping them to find and benefit from the mushrooms in the clearing he found.  Maybe someone reading this will be diligent to seek new spiritual ground in Christ and will be able to add to the survival guide and help other travelers who follow you in finding the same spiritual realities you found by your pioneering ways.

 
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Posted by on September 26, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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Making Light of the Call of Light

 

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“The kingdom of heaven is like a certain king who arranged a marriage for his son, and sent out his servants to call those who were invited to the wedding; and they were not willing to come. Again, he sent out other servants, saying, ‘Tell those who are invited, “See, I have prepared my dinner; my oxen and fatted cattle are killed, and all things are ready. Come to the wedding.”’  But they made light of it and went their ways, one to his own farm, another to his business. And the rest seized his servants, treated them spitefully, and killed them. But when the king heard about it, he was furious.” (Matthew 22:2-6)

Lately, something has been “highlighted” to me and is becoming more clear. It’s difficult to put into words adequately, but my best effort is this:  “Everything needed in order to participate in the kingdom of God and to honor and please the King has already been purchased and prepared.”  Our primary need isn’t to obtain correct beliefs and improved behavior (or to “do” anything at all), it’s to recognize the nature of the King’s invitation and to value it above everything else.  In short, the King’s call is to partake of the finished work of Christ; to be joined to him.  I think you could rightly say the King gives invitations, not demands.  You can choose to ignore the invitation, but you’ll be shut out of the Kingdom.

If you look at the exact words Jesus uses in this parable, the meaning becomes clearer: 

  • King arranging a marriage for His son = God ordaining that the bridegroom (Christ) and bride (church) be united. (Remember, this is in context of the Kingdom). The King’s will is for His firstborn son to be the source and the Preeminent one over a Kingdom consisting of many sons and daughters.
  • King sending out servants two separate times = God’s old covenant apostles and prophets declaring the need for obedience, then later His new covenant apostles and prophets the need for repentance.  (Notice that only the second time, God’s servants are to proclaim that the preparations are finished and the marriage feast is ready to partake of.  The new covenant is one of fulfillment and reality (spirit and truth); the old was figures and shadows (natural and representative).
  • Oxen and fatted cattle have been killed = sacrifice has been offered and atonement made.
  • All things are ready = Everything we need is purchased and prepared.  It is only for us to see, believe, and cooperate.  See these scriptures below, for starters:  2 Peter 1:3, Colossians 2:3, Philippians 2:13, Colossians 2:10, Hebrews 10:14, John 15:5, 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24 (see footnote).

To “make light of” the King’s invitation to the wedding is incredibly dishonoring to Him and makes Him “furious,” perhaps like nothing else.  This isn’t because the King is shallow or easily offended, but because of the love and esteem He has for  His son, and the price of the wedding arrangements (the suffering of Christ, for starters). The Greek word for “made light of” means to be flippant, careless, to disregard or to neglect.  If you want to honor the King, start by earnestly, desperately, urgently seeking to understand the nature and value of His invitation to the wedding/kingdom. 

The end for many in this parable is tragic.  Though they were called, they never participated in the wedding/kingdom.  Jesus did give some parables showing the response of those who became Kingdom participants:

“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and hid; and for joy over it he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.  “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking beautiful pearls, who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had and bought it.”  (Matthew 13:44-46).

I pray you and I would be able to perceive what a supreme honor it is to be called to be united with Christ and to participate in the Kingdom of God.  What’s important isn’t how bad or good we are.  In fact, later in the parable both good and bad were called and came.  Again, what’s of primary importance is the value and urgency we place on this call.  Refuse to let the cares and duties of this life have place in your heart and mind, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind to see the greatness of the call and the glory of God (Romans 12:2).  Through union with Christ, the Father will illuminate Truth to your spirit by His spirit, bringing you into His image from glory to glory, as what is finished in Christ progressively becomes manifest within you (2 Corinthians 3:18).  Amen.

 

 

  • 2 Peter 1:3 “as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us…”
  • Colossians 2:3 “in whom (Christ) are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.”
  • Philippians 2:13 “for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.”
  • Colossians 2:10 “and you are complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power.
  • Hebrews 10:14 “For by one offering He has perfected forever those who are being sanctified.
  • John 15:5 ““I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.
  • 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24 “Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. He who calls you is faithful, who also will do it.”
 
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Posted by on July 9, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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Restoring Sonship – White Garments

Genesis 2: 22 Then the rib which the Lord God had taken from man He made into a woman, and He brought her to the man.25 And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed. This is much deeper than what’s on the surface.  The two things we learn about Adam and Eve here are that they were “naked” and “not ashamed.” Prior to their eyes being opened by eating from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, the nakedness of Adam and Eve seems to essentially mean “bare” or “without clutter.”  The word “ashamed” can mean “confounded, hindered, obstructed.”  Thus, I believe the deeper meaning is this: in their original state, Adam and Eve were without any self-awareness (which clutters one’s heart with guilt, shame, fear, etc), and were not hindered in their communion with God. I have heard it put this way: Adam and Eve were “full of wisdom and without any confusion.” I truly believe this is the deeper meaning here.

Genesis 3: 6So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate. 7 Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves coverings.  21…Also for Adam and his wife the Lord God made tunics of skin, and clothed them-Adam and Eve were “naked” before they ate from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, yet notice they are “naked” immediately after they eat. A drastic change took place upon eating, and it’s important to know the word “naked” is slightly different before and after they did so.  After they ate, the word “naked” seems to refer primarily to a state of being, essentially meaning “destitute.” Eating from the TOK caused their eyes to open (natural/carnal/selfish perception to begin), and only then did Adam and Eve see themselves as naked (spiritually destitute).    They then made their own loin-coverings to try to cover up their destitute state, but God gives them a covering of “skin,” a symbol of their “nakedness” – their destitution.  This seems tragic, and it is, but thankfully it doesn’t end there…

Adam and Eve were “unashamed” before their eyes were opened by eating from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. It makes sense when you think about it. Once they ate, a self-focused, carnal, natural perception of everything took root in their heart, bringing guilt, fear, shame and causing them to hide from God. The work of Jesus was and is largely about undoing and reversing what happened in the garden of Eden; restoring man’s spiritual perception, fellowship with God, authority, and providing a new garment for men to wear instead of the “skin” (nakedness, spiritual destitution) that God clothed Adam and Eve in, which all men since Adam are born clothed in. With the new garment of Christ, one can again commune with God, with an awareness free of guilt, shame, condemnation, and fear!

Revelation 3: 5 He who overcomes shall be clothed in white garments…                  

18 I counsel you to buy from Me…white garments, that you may be clothed, that the shame of your nakedness may not be revealed…

Revelation 16  NKJV:15 “Behold, I am coming as a thief. Blessed is he who watches, and keeps his garments, lest he walk naked and they see his shame.”

Galatians 3:27: For you are all sons of God (similar to Adam before the fall), through faith in Christ Jesus. For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. The garment of Christ restores and IS our sonship.

Romans 13:14: But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts. -“Putting on Christ” leads to or is a form of “making no provision for the flesh.” They are connected.

Colossians 3:9-10 “Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old man with its practices and have put on the new man, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator.” –God Himself is the creator of the “new man.” In a sense, Adam is the father of the corrupt, blind “old man.”   The cross of Christ put to death the old man, and this is progressively being made real in our experience as the reality of this is revealed within us.

 
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Posted by on June 16, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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“Revelation is like breaking chains.” This is something the spirit of God spoke to me a while back.  I’d like to share a few things about this, firstly about “revelation”. 

I’ve probably said this before, but it’s important: “revelation” in scripture literally means “to uncover, to reveal, to make manifest.”  I believe revelation is the only way Truth comes to mankind.  Genuine Truth is spiritual, and can’t be “obtained” or “earned.”  It’s a gift, bestowed.  Jesus said Peter’s famous declaration of Christ as the messiah and God’s son was Truth, revealed to Him by God the Father.1  God uncovered something, and Peter saw it. Jesus himself lived this way.2 

The “agent” or force empowering revelation is referred to as “light.” All through the New Testament, light is emphasized (click here).  In the physical realm, light enables one to see the reality of his or her surroundings, making it possible to go where you want and avoid obstacles and dangers. It’s the same idea in the spiritual realm – light enables spiritual reality to be seen and related to correctly.  The NT states this as well.3 

As I’ve been writing about, I think one of THE biggest spiritual pitfalls is an attitude in which one claims the ability to see, but is without the revelation of light. This is the essence of pride, and is FAR more dangerous spiritually than what many tend to focus on, like watching bad movies or going to a casino or losing your temper. Anyone can read the Bible or listen to teachings and come up with ideas about God’s heart or will, but without spiritual light, every idea and doctrine of the most devout and brightest men is nothing but darkness. 

Here’s an illustration of the state mainstream Christianity is in today: if you were to put ten people in a pitch dark room, they would soon form ten different ideas about what the room contains and looks like, but none would be accurate. If you flipped the lights on for a few seconds and then turned them back off, there would initially be a great increase in true perception and agreement about the room, but if enough time went by in darkness, different opinions would form once again and reality would fade. 

From concern only I say that I see a lot of errors and problems within Christianity.  I believe Christianity has been given glimpses of light in places, but has not continued to rely on light for its spiritual progress and beliefs.  If it had, it would not be so divided.  The few who do truly rely on and follow the light have been marginalized by or ostracized from mainstream Christianity (there are several reasons for this, not the least of which is these people expose its blindness and pride). Things that truly have been revealed and seen in the light are often made into a “golden calf” of sorts – people camp around them, dancing and worshiping day after day, instead of continuing to follow the light. Others wrongly assume that because they or someone else have seen something in the light, everything else is illuminated as well.

As a result of these presumptuous errors, division and blindness have prevailed in the visible church, leaving only the spiritually-blind human mind as a means of perception and relation to God.  However, God is a living, spiritual being, and you absolutely cannot know Him by the mind – by reasoning about spiritual things, theology, or whatever else.  God MUST be known in spirit, in the light, by revelation and communion. 

I am working on a parable of sorts that I wrote illustrating these things, specifically focusing on revelation being like breaking chains.  I may post it sometime.  : )  Thanks for reading.

 

  1. Matthew 16:17: “And Jesus said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon [a]Barjona, because flesh and blood did not reveal this to you, but My Father who is in heaven.”
  2. John 5:19: “Therefore Jesus answered and was saying to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, unless it is something He sees the Father doing; for whatever the Father does, these things the Son also does in like manner.”
  3. Ephesians 5:13: “But all things become visible when they are [a]exposed by the light, for everything that becomes visible is light.”
 
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