OUR IMPERFECTION LIES IN OUR CONSCIOUSNESS OF OUR IMPERFECTION [1052a]

And it is by this that we rise to the level of our incompetence. Operating by yourself, from within yourself, means you will be both defensive and aggressive in the protection of who you are. Since you don’t really know who you are, you are fearful of any change that might impinge on your established status quo because it might lead to negative territory as far as your vulnerability  to harm.

In order to live life, we need to be able to leave behind our preconceived ideas about who we are or might be in this life we find ourselves to be part of. We need to put behind us that which appears to be the reason for our vulnerability, and the consequence of that, which is fear.

This is what the cross does. It takes our apparent life and submits it to apparent death, so we can then appropriate the apparent [temporary] life that is presented to us through Jesus. Faith will then turn that apparent life into real [permanent] life as we pursue the path presented to us by the new life of the Spirit, instead of the old life of the flesh. We rely upon spiritual information instead of fleshly (natural life) information.

When by accepting Jesus as the one who has dealt with our problems, our imperfections, our death; we move into a life marked by expressions of the Spirit and the Spiritual life, and being the expression of HIS life, we will lose that old identity of insignificance and of imperfection, and thereby the vulnerability of it all, as well.

Since our imperfections are of and by the flesh, and he has cancelled out the flesh through his own flesh suffering the effects of all imperfection, we are free to concentrate only on things of the Spirit and the perfection that this brings to our consciousness. Life consciousness thereby overwhelms death consciousness, since death consciousness is removed by [faith in] his removal of death.

[“He has abolished death…”]

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OPERATE OUT OF LIFE NOT FROM DEATH [1053]

The Christian life is just that – a life operating out from the premise of death defeated and behind you, rather than before you. The spectre of death having been removed, the vacuum left by this is then filled with the things of life, of a positive nature, instead of things negative and destructive to life itself.

The basic premise of life is LOVE. Where love exists, nothing else really matters, everything of worth hangs and pivots on love and only love. The natural family structure, where it performs more or less as it should do, is meant to be a demonstration of communal love, family love in action.

Of course, families can also be dysfunctional because of the lack of love within them, caused by deviation from love because of sin. Many people are hurt by poor family relationships. This also then becomes a demonstration of the trouble that sin, the lack of love, causes in the world.

Believing that God is the ultimate father who loves his children to the point where his love is allowed to correct them when they go astray, allows us to enter into an appreciation of what love is and what it does. Having a big brother who has gone “all out” or “the whole hog” (all the way) in self sacrifice to ensure his brethren can come to a full understanding of the qualities of love, completes the picture of the love creative nature of the Father.

[The law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set me free from the law of sin and death]

OUR IMPERFECTION LIES IN OUR CONSCIOUSNESS OF OUR IMPERFECTION [1052]

And it is by this that we rise to the level of our incompetence. Operating by yourself, from within yourself, means you will be both defensive and aggressive in the protection of who you are. Since you don’t really know who you are, you are fearful of any change that might impinge on your established status quo because it might lead to negative territory as far as your vulnerability  to harm.

In order to live life, we need to be able to leave behind our preconceived ideas about who we are or might be in this life we find ourselves to be part of. We need to put behind us that which appears to be the reason for our vulnerability, and the consequence of that, which is fear.

This is what the cross does. It takes our apparent life and submits it to apparent death, so we can then appropriate the apparent [temporary] life that is presented to us through Jesus. Faith will then turn that apparent life into real [permanent] life as we pursue the path presented to us by the new life of the Spirit, instead of the old life of the flesh. We rely upon spiritual information instead of fleshly (natural life) information.

When by accepting Jesus as the one who has dealt with our problems, our imperfections, our death; we move into a life marked by expressions of the Spirit and the Spiritual life, and being the expression of HIS life, we will lose that old identity of insignificance and of imperfection, and thereby the vulnerability of it all, as well.

Since our imperfections are of and by the flesh, and he has cancelled out the flesh through his own flesh suffering the effects of all imperfection, we are free to concentrate only on things of the Spirit and the perfection that this brings to our consciousness. Life consciousness thereby overwhelms death consciousness, since death consciousness is removed by [faith in] his removal of death.

[“He has abolished death…”]

HE TOOK OUR DEATH UPON HIMSELF SO WE DON’T HAVE TO THINK ABOUT IT [1051a]

Let’s face it, man got into trouble by an original thought which then went beserk and created a whole lot more of a problem when it spread into the ultimate sin disease that it did.

And we find today that man who lives in his mind which is by nature both corrupted and corruptible, continues to operate from those sin processes which perpetuate the death of that which is spiritual.

Most disappointing, yet to be expected, is that the simple gospel has been corrupted by these same processes by which those of the sin nature then exploit, to further and expand their sinful mind control over explanations of this gospel, which explanations are intellectually based and are designed by the sin nature to complicate and corrupt the gospel into something which appeals to the intellect instead of how it is meant to be accepted, which is by the heart.

The gospel is an appeal to the heart which recognises its own corruption and desperately wants to be relieved from it, the cross providing that relief by the empathy it reveals and then invokes in its recipients. The revelation of love forgiveness and mercy, as being the very nature of God, is its aim.

Given that it is meant to be ‘a sacrifice for sin through faith in his blood’, relieves us from all the mental and mind complications of the sin scenario, which through the corrupted natural mind continues to twist and turn in order to at any cost avoid the simplicity of the ‘Godly proposition’ put before us.

Its simplicity means we can ‘cut off the head of the snake’ without having to actually enter into the sin scenario as Jesus did on our behalf. We are meant to simply accept it and Him at face value, taking Him at his word, and thereby accepting release from the death caused by sin and the sin nature. Our sinful mind is cut out of the equation so that the ‘rawness’ of the sorrowful heart can override it and grasp the full impact and implication of this death of the son of God on a cross for us.

Having taken it all at the simplest of levels removes from us the responsibility of having to call the mind to account, as it will be renewed by the Spirit as it and the heart continue in following the Spirit of Him who now being revealed to us, has become a part of us, so as then to be revealed as also being in us.

THE LAW OF FORGIVENESS [1050a]

The (law of) the Spirit of life [in Christ Jesus](has set) set me free [HAS SEPARATED ME] from the law of  [the Spirit of] sin and death. The law of the Spirit of life (in Christ Jesus) has set me free from the death of myself.

As an aside, where it says that Paul “I do not know which I will choose, to remain in the body or to go to be with Jesus” may not be that He was expressing that he HAD a choice, but simply a theoretical (hypothetical) as to which he would choose if he DID have the choice. He could not literally CHOOSE to die in all sensibleness. Also it was an expression from the heart that he would rather die to be with Jesus (not meaning immediately though) than perhaps to “remain in the flesh”. What would he choose if it was a matter of choice? That would be “no contest” after what he had been through in his life!

God has made forgiveness a law. He could not rely on us to follow through on what he had done, that would be a “work” which we could not and would not achieve. Anything that was left up to us to “finish” was bound to failure, because we are the very definition of what failure is.

So he had to bring about something that was untouchable by us, although we could be touched by IT. Rather than make forgiveness something that we would then turn into something conditional, so that we could then manipulate it into something that would become just another one of our failures, He made it to be a LAW, untouchable and unchangeable, it just IS.

By removing sin and death and demonstrating the truth of this through his son on a cross, to be taken at face value, a sacrifice on his part to bring his love to our attention, He only requires our belief and our captivity to this belief, in order to be freed from the death which is our unbelief.

Then the truth of the law of the removal of death becomes as true in us as it is in him.

[Forgiveness separates us from unforgiveness][We were separated from God by the law of our sin, now we are separated from our sin by the law of our God][So we then can let law be law so that Spirit can be Spirit].

IT IS ONLY BY THE ACCEPTANCE OF OUR DEATH THAT WE CAN COME TO LIFE [1049a]

Jesus presents to us the sad but real state of affairs of our lives. Unless we remain blinded by sin we refuse to see through, our heart recognises the truth of this as the cross presents it to us and the Spirit reveals it.

This enables us to recognise our plight, that we are dead in sin and have no life in us at all, that we are just in a temporary state of being as temporary creatures until death finally takes us to whatever miserable consciousness of it all that the consequences of it may be.

Only as we accept the truth of our own unrighteousness compared to his righteousness can we recognise and accept the necessity for us to let go of our miserable existence and to take hold of His exalted existence in its place. He has provided forgiveness in the form of His death for us, that then enables us to recognise his life for us as we come to Him and accept His terms and conditions of participation in that life, which are total surrender to Him.

Only as we take up the death he offers to our flesh, can we join with Him in the life of His Spirit. He releases us from death by our acceptance of that death that, in like manner with Him, we find to be both repugnant and repulsive.

HE TOOK OUR DEATH UPON HIMSELF SO WE DON’T HAVE TO THINK ABOUT IT [1051]

Let’s face it, man got into trouble by an original thought which then went beserk and created a whole lot more of a problem when it spread into the ultimate sin disease that it did.

And we find today that man who lives in his mind which is by nature both corrupted and corruptible, continues to operate from those sin processes which perpetuate the death of that which is spiritual.

Most disappointing, yet to be expected, is that the simple gospel has been corrupted by these same processes by which those of the sin nature then exploit, to further and expand their sinful mind control over explanations of this gospel, which explanations are intellectually based and are designed by the sin nature to complicate and corrupt the gospel into something which appeals to the intellect instead of how it is meant to be accepted, which is by the heart.

The gospel is an appeal to the heart which recognises its own corruption and desperately wants to be relieved from it, the cross providing that relief by the empathy it reveals and then invokes in its recipients. The revelation of love forgiveness and mercy, as being the very nature of God, is its aim.

Given that it is meant to be ‘a sacrifice for sin through faith in his blood’, relieves us from all the mental and mind complications of the sin scenario, which through the corrupted natural mind continues to twist and turn in order to at any cost avoid the simplicity of the ‘Godly proposition’ put before us.

Its simplicity means we can ‘cut off the head of the snake’ without having to actually enter into the sin scenario as Jesus did on our behalf. We are meant to simply accept it and Him at face value, taking Him at his word, and thereby accepting release from the death caused by sin and the sin nature. Our sinful mind is cut out of the equation so that the ‘rawness’ of the sorrowful heart can override it and grasp the full impact and implication of this death of the son of God on a cross for us.

Having taken it all at the simplest of levels removes from us the responsibility of having to call the mind to account, as it will be renewed by the Spirit as it and the heart continue in following the Spirit of Him who now being revealed to us, has become a part of us, so as then to be revealed as also being in us.

THE LAW OF FORGIVENESS [1050]

The (law of) the Spirit of life [in Christ Jesus](has set) set me free [HAS SEPARATED ME] from the (law of) the Spirit of sin and death. The law of the Spirit of life (in Christ Jesus) has set me free from the death of myself.

As an aside, where it says that Paul “I do not know which I will choose, to remain in the body or to go to be with Jesus” may not be that He was expressing that he HAD a choice, but simply a theoretical (hypothetical) as to which he would choose if he DID have the choice. He could not literally CHOOSE to die in all sensibleness. Also it was an expression from the heart that he would rather die to be with Jesus (not meaning immediately though) than perhaps to “remain in the flesh”. What would he choose if it was a matter of choice? That would be “no contest” after what he had been through in his life!

God has made forgiveness a law. He could not rely on us to follow through on what he had done, that would be a “work” which we could not and would not achieve. Anything that was left up to us to “finish” was bound to failure, because we are the very definition of what failure is.

So he had to bring about something that was untouchable by us, although we could be touched by IT. Rather than make forgiveness something that we would then turn into something conditional, so that we could then manipulate it into something that would become just another one of our failures, He made it to be a LAW, untouchable and unchangeable, it just IS.

By removing sin and death and demonstrating the truth of this through his son on a cross, to be taken at face value, a sacrifice on his part to bring his love to our attention, He only requires our belief and our captivity to this belief, in order to be freed from the death which is our unbelief.

Then the truth of the law of the removal of death becomes as true in us as it is in him.

[Forgiveness separates us from unforgiveness][We were separated from God by the law of our sin, now we are separated from our sin by the law of our God][So we then can let law be law so that Spirit can be Spirit].

IT IS ONLY BY THE ACCEPTANCE OF OUR DEATH THAT WE CAN COME TO LIFE [1049]

Jesus presents to us the sad but real state of affairs of our lives. Unless we remain blinded by sin we refuse to see through, our heart recognises the truth of this as the cross presents it to us and the Spirit reveals it.

This enables us to recognise our plight, that we are dead in sin and have no life in us at all, that we are just in a temporary state of being as temporary creatures until death finally takes us to whatever miserable consciousness of it all that the consequences of it may be.

Only as we accept the truth of our own unrighteousness compared to his righteousness can we recognise and accept the necessity for us to let go of our miserable existence and to take hold of His exalted existence in its place. He has provided forgiveness in the form of His death for us, that then enables us to recognise his life for us as we come to Him and accept His terms and conditions of participation in that life, which are total surrender to Him.

Only as we take up the death he offers to our flesh, can we join with Him in the life of His Spirit. He releases us from death by our acceptance of that death that, in like manner with Him, we find to be both repugnant and repulsive.

OUR ASSOCIATION WITH HEAVEN IS WHILE WE ARE ALIVE [1047c]

Do we go to heaven when we die? NO. Do we go to heaven when Jesus reappears? NO. there will be new heavens and a new earth and we will be on the new earth, not in the new heaven.

Our only association with heaven is while we are alive, when, as new born creatures of God in Christ, we are raised in consciousness with Him to where He has ascended, “Heaven”. From there, this place that Adam forsook, we are to act as kings and priests. Why do people say that the 1000 year reign of Christ will be on earth, if that is where the Kings and Priests are also to be? If it speaks of us as ascended to heaven with Him and ruling with Him from there, as a consequence of belief and baptism, how can they say it is on earth? And it is also the old earth not the new one.

By faith we, as earthly creatures, behave as heavenly ones, in obedience to the image and Spirit of Jesus that is given us. We, though in earthly form, follow both Him and the Spirit [the same thing] in obedience to that which is placed before us as children of  “the most high”. Living with the new parameters of forgiveness and love to which we previously were strangers, we follow his desires and his will in relationship to Him and to others.

While there well may be a “heavenly reward”, it will come from heaven to us, we will not go to heaven to receive it, but when Jesus returns he will present it to us, “in the air”.

We pray to Him in heaven via the Holy Spirit of His presence in us, it is by the Spirit that we are actively in communication with Him and He with us, by the oneness of it. Experiencing heaven while on earth is open to us as we become one in Spirit with him*. But all by faith. [Work out your salvation now, there will be no “purgatory”].

[“In the air” could mean “in the Spirit”?][People also experience hell on earth by the spirit of death][Conformed to the image of the son]