BOOK RECOMMENDATION [327f]

I highly recommend the book “Present Tense Realities”  Freedom from the religious struggle. By  TR Holloway.

http://www.lulu.com/shop/tr-holloway/present-tense-realities-freedom-from-the-religious-struggle/paperback/product-17355288.html

Also available at Amazon and other bookshops.

Unrelated music VIDEO   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ARPLwBo6QEk

Extensive THEOLOGICAL resource   https://mjthompsons.wordpress.com

  GOOGLE BOOKS SAMPLE of “Present Tense Realities” TEXT below  

https://books.google.com.au/books/about/Present_Tense_Realities_Freedom_from_the.html?id=hZVRAwAAQBAJ&printsec=frontcover&source=kp_read_button&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q&f=false

HOW TO SEARCH THIS BLOG.

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The search bar can be used to find words*, primarily title words, but will find any word or letter string  anywhere in the blog except the comments.

So subject matter can be searched for in this way*, but with varying results, because there is a large spread of similar words throughout all posts. The more different words you enter will increasingly exclude posts not using those words, will narrow the search results to only those posts that do include all those words. Using creative searching may yield results.

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We have been given authority/permission to rise above our normal function – and it is imperative that we do so.             [“commanded” to love].

A spectator is not a participator. Many are called to a football match, but few are chosen to play.

Law states things as they are. [were] Grace states things as they can be. [are]    [Catch the fire.]

Jesus was not a religious nut – He was a wonderful person.

If you are full of belief there is no room left for doubt and you have (contain) what you believed. [for].

The bible guides us as to what to believe – The Spirit’s presence confirms when that is right.

I.I.F.

THE SHAME OF THE GOSPEL, THE CROSS, and JESUS [328b]

‘I am not ashamed of the gospel’. We all need to be able to say that with Paul. Yet shame is the very basis for this overwhelming power of God to be enabled.

‘If one is ashamed to confess me before men, then I will be ashamed to confess him before my Father’.

The shame of the gospel is OUR shame that the gospel reveals to us. We do not want that shame to be seen by others, so we hide it, we avoid the truth of the gospel. Conversely, the word says, ‘if a man’s works are good, he will come into the light, but if they are bad, he will (choose to) remain in the darkness’. (John 3-21).   [all ‘quotes’ are paraphrased].

So the POWER involved, is the power to separate the wheat from the chaff, those who want separation from the world, from those who don’t.  And the active ingredient here is PRIDE and the FEAR of being considered foolish by others. [God chose the foolish things of the world to bring to nought…]

So the shame of the cross is our shame that Jesus bore for us when he hung on the tree. It is the shame of sinful things done from a sinful life. It is the shame of rejecting truth and love and releasing the inner ‘murderer’ to exert his sin engorged will in/on the world. Yes, we killed Christ from the beginning. We joined the ranks of sinful human activity.

He hung there, naked on the cross, and this spectacle reduces us also to spiritual nakedness, and our sin is on show for all to see, exposed to eternal truth, eternal love. And this nakedness is necessary so that we can be re-clothed in Him, should we accept Him.

SHAME is something considered to be earned by the weak and by the sinful. It can have various implications depending on culture, not necessarily based in truth but more-so aligned with this same idea of it opposing the integrity of pride and ego and the ‘status quo.’

The dictionary says “The painful feeling arising from the consciousness of something dishonourable, improper, ridiculous, etc, done by oneself or another. Disgrace, ignominy.” [Ignominy is disgrace, dishonour, public contempt].

Yes, we admit to the shame of our sin, we see him bearing it on the cross for us, so as to release us from its dreadful effects and to join us to Himself in proclaiming that love is the very nature of life itself, which is now freely given and available to all who will accept it, who will accept Him. Our disgrace and shame have been removed, we have been forgiven and placed in a position to rise with Him. “Only believe.” Believe the Truth.

BOOK RECOMMENDATION [327d]

I highly recommend the book “Present Tense Realities”  Freedom from the religious struggle. By  TR Holloway.

http://www.lulu.com/shop/tr-holloway/present-tense-realities-freedom-from-the-religious-struggle/paperback/product-17355288.html

Also available at Amazon and other bookshops.

Unrelated music VIDEO   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ARPLwBo6QEk

Extensive THEOLOGICAL resource   https://mjthompsons.wordpress.com

THE SHAME OF THE GOSPEL, THE CROSS, and JESUS [328a]

‘I am not ashamed of the gospel’. We all need to be able to say that with Paul. Yet shame is the very basis for this overwhelming power of God to be enabled.

‘If one is ashamed to confess me before men, then I will be ashamed to confess him before my Father’.

The shame of the gospel is OUR shame that the gospel reveals to us. We do not want that shame to be seen by others, so we hide it, we avoid the truth of the gospel. Conversely, the word says, ‘if a man’s works are good, he will come into the light, but if they are bad, he will (choose to) remain in the darkness’. (John 3-21).   [all ‘quotes’ are paraphrased].

So the POWER involved, is the power to separate the wheat from the chaff, those who want separation from the world, from those who don’t.  And the active ingredient here is PRIDE and the FEAR of being considered foolish by others. [God chose the foolish things of the world to bring to nought…]

So the shame of the cross is our shame that Jesus bore for us when he hung on the tree. It is the shame of sinful things done from a sinful life. It is the shame of rejecting truth and love and releasing the inner ‘murderer’ to exert his sin engorged will in/on the world. Yes, we killed Christ from the beginning. We joined the ranks of sinful human activity.

He hung there, naked on the cross, and this spectacle reduces us also to spiritual nakedness, and our sin is on show for all to see, exposed to eternal truth, eternal love. And this nakedness is necessary so that we can be re-clothed in Him, should we accept Him.

SHAME is something considered to be earned by the weak and by the sinful. It can have various implications depending on culture, not necessarily based in truth but more-so aligned with this same idea of it opposing the integrity of pride and ego and the ‘status quo.’

The dictionary says “The painful feeling arising from the consciousness of something dishonourable, improper, ridiculous, etc, done by oneself or another. Disgrace, ignominy.” [Ignominy is disgrace, dishonour, public contempt].

Yes, we admit to the shame of our sin, we see him bearing it on the cross for us, so as to release us from its dreadful effects and to join us to Himself in proclaiming that love is the very nature of life itself, which is now freely given and available to all who will accept it, who will accept Him. Our disgrace and shame have been removed, we have been forgiven and placed in a position to rise with Him. “Only believe.” Believe the Truth.

THE SHAME OF THE GOSPEL, THE CROSS, and JESUS [328]

‘I am not ashamed of the gospel’. We all need to be able to say that with Paul. Yet shame is the very basis for this overwhelming power of God to be enabled.

‘If one is ashamed to confess me before men, then I will be ashamed to confess him before my Father’.

The shame of the gospel is OUR shame that the gospel reveals to us. We do not want that shame to be seen by others, so we hide it, we avoid the truth of the gospel. Conversely, the word says, ‘if a man’s works are good, he will come into the light, but if they are bad, he will (choose to) remain in the darkness’. (John 3-21).   [all ‘quotes’ are paraphrased].

So the POWER involved, is the power to separate the wheat from the chaff, those who want separation from the world, from those who don’t.  And the active ingredient here is PRIDE and the FEAR of being considered foolish by others. [God chose the foolish things of the world to bring to nought…]

So the shame of the cross is our shame that Jesus bore for us when he hung on the tree. It is the shame of sinful things done from a sinful life. It is the shame of rejecting truth and love and releasing the inner ‘murderer’ to exert his sin engorged will in/on the world. Yes, we killed Christ from the beginning. We joined the ranks of sinful human activity.

He hung there, naked on the cross, and this spectacle reduces us also to spiritual nakedness, and our sin is on show for all to see, exposed to eternal truth, eternal love. And this nakedness is necessary so that we can be re-clothed in Him, should we accept Him.

SHAME is something considered to be earned by the weak and by the sinful. It can have various implications depending on culture, not necessarily based in truth but more-so aligned with this same idea of it opposing the integrity of pride and ego and the ‘status quo.’

The dictionary says “The painful feeling arising from the consciousness of something dishonourable, improper, ridiculous, etc, done by oneself or another. Disgrace, ignominy.” [Ignominy is disgrace, dishonour, public contempt].

Yes, we admit to the shame of our sin, we see him bearing it on the cross for us, so as to release us from its dreadful effects and to join us to Himself in proclaiming that love is the very nature of life itself, which is now freely given and available to all who will accept it, who will accept Him. Our disgrace and shame have been removed, we have been forgiven and placed in a position to rise with Him. “Only believe.” Believe the Truth.

Cshame

JESUS DID NOT UNDERSTAND [198d]

When we see Jesus in the garden sweating great drops of sweat as he contemplates  the coming cross, we hear his words “Father, if it be possible, take this cup from me. Nevertheless, not my will but yours be done”.

There has been some postulation that he was speaking about the possibility of him dying in the garden, as he began to enter into the process of what the cross meant. This was said on the basis of him “not being a coward”, meaning that he was not seeking to avoid the cross, but that he was concerned about himself entering into death at that time, in the garden, perhaps dying there instead of in public view.

The truth would appear to be that the great stress he was under, was the result of him knowing that once he entered into the inner conflict of flesh and spirit, that he would be unable to understand what was going on. That once having entered into man’s position as being separated from God, the darkness involved would cloud his vision of his Father, such that he would experience the trauma of this separation, yet be unable to understand why it had occurred. There is no cowardice attached to this, it is simply that what he perceived was so repugnant to him that he had to state the obvious, that if there was any other way, then that would be preferable.

But there was no other way, reality is reality, and the human form with which he was “saddled”, could only recover through the reality of righteousness dispelling unrighteousness. Yes he could have aborted the mission. But as he himself had said, it was for this very reason he came into the world. Everything about him had led him to this place. He had to destroy death within himself to demonstrate the effect of God’s love on corruption, that love is able to overcome death, and that by the Spirit which came out of his resurrection, he would be able to restore all those who believed in him.

Just as we may be separated from God, so he also became separated by the activity of man’s flesh [human nature] with which he was now engaged. The dark cloud of conflict resulted in his cry from the cross of “My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?”. He was in the state he had foreseen in the garden, that of confusion as to why he now was not feeling his Father’s love. This is the position that unredeemed man is in. Separated from God and unable to feel his love. Yet Jesus knew this love, but was no longer able to sense it.

It is said the “wrath of God” was on him, just as it “is on us”. But, like us, it was not that God did not love either him OR us, it was that the inner corruption of his and our being simply registered unrighteousness in the face of righteousness, which gave rise to the conflict of guilt and vulnerability. Whenever righteousness meets unrighteousness there will be a conflict in which true righteousness will overpower unrighteousness. The cross was where Jesus overpowered death and disempowered it, proving that God’s loving purpose and intention was unshaken towards his creation.

Death corrupted man’s heart.  It is the physical death we see all around us [and the result of its impact] that corrupts our essential thinking. Our “heart”, which is our basic seat of truth and emotional response, has been reprogrammed by death, away from the connection with God that it [we] had.

Our heart says, “How can there be a God of love if he allows death?” [And how can he be loving me if I am doomed to die?]. To remove the corruption you have to remove the death. Redemption becomes a life giving Spirit.

“That by his death he might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the diabolos”. “For this reason the son of God came, that he might destroy the works of the devil”. To destroy the diabolos you destroy his power by enacting the death “he demands”.

The false personality built up around the diabolos resulted from fear of death.  Jesus died the death demanded by this inner diabolos, he destroyed it in himself, and thereby destroyed his power, his “kingdom”.

Since love and principally God’s love destroys corruption for us, recognition of his reality at work in Christ, promises us the same life and freedom from death. By accepting the Spirit of life that Christ is, we are really accepting the love that God is by accepting the need to allow his love to cleanse us. [by faith in Christ.]

Recognition of the death that sin is, results in our baptism of its acceptance, and recognition of the life that Jesus is, results in our baptism of its acceptance also.

Heb 2-14,15. Since then the children share in flesh and blood, he himself likewise also partook of the same, that through death he might render powerless him who had the power of death, that is, the devil; and might deliver those who through fear of death were subject to slavery all their lives.

Those who believe in me will never see death.  This is a promise.

Those in, through, Christ have become a new creation. One died for all, therefore all died. His death reality becomes our death reality. His life reality becomes our life reality. Through faith.

We receive the Spirit through faith.    “….have crossed over from death to life…”

[The Father also suffered]

BOOK RECOMMENDATION [327c]

I highly recommend the book “Present Tense Realities”  Freedom from the religious struggle. By  TR Holloway.

http://www.lulu.com/shop/tr-holloway/present-tense-realities-freedom-from-the-religious-struggle/paperback/product-17355288.html

Also available at Amazon and other bookshops.

Unrelated music VIDEO   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ARPLwBo6QEk

Extensive THEOLOGICAL resource   https://mjthompsons.wordpress.com

BOOK RECOMMENDATION [327b]

I highly recommend the book “Present Tense Realities”  Freedom from the religious struggle. By  TR Holloway.

http://www.lulu.com/shop/tr-holloway/present-tense-realities-freedom-from-the-religious-struggle/paperback/product-17355288.html

Also available at Amazon and other bookshops.

Unrelated MUSICAL VIDEO   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ARPLwBo6QEk

LINK for extensive THEOLOGICAL resources   https://mjthompsons.wordpress.com

BOOK RECOMMENDATION [327]

I highly recommend the book “Present Tense Realities”  Freedom from the religious struggle. By  TR Holloway.

http://www.lulu.com/shop/tr-holloway/present-tense-realities-freedom-from-the-religious-struggle/paperback/product-17355288.html

Also available at Amazon and other bookshops.

Unrelated music VIDEO   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ARPLwBo6QEk

Extensive THEOLOGICAL resource   https://mjthompsons.wordpress.com

  GOOGLE BOOKS SAMPLE of “Present Tense Realities” TEXT below  

https://books.google.com.au/books/about/Present_Tense_Realities_Freedom_from_the.html?id=hZVRAwAAQBAJ&printsec=frontcover&source=kp_read_button&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q&f=false

HOW TO SEARCH THIS BLOG.

At the bottom of the page, in the black area, there is a search box.

All the posts are numbered from 1 to 328 so you can search for the required number. This will bring up all the posts of that number, because some have been repeated at different times with a suffix of a,b,c, etc.

To select the single original post, enclose the number in the brackets  E.G. [???]

The search bar can be used to find words*, primarily title words, but will find any word or letter string  anywhere in the blog except the comments.

So subject matter can be searched for in this way*, but with varying results, because there is a large spread of similar words throughout all posts. Using a number of different words will increasingly disqualify posts not using those words. Creative searching may yield results.

(INDEX) CATEGORY – I have begun indexing the posts by category – In the search box below, just add the letter c to the beginning of a word that describes a subject of interest. EG catonement. Won’t be exhaustive, and don’t know when or if I will finish this, but there are some popular words already available so far.  I.I.F.