WHATEVER HE SAYS TO YOU, DO IT. [1618a]

What simple instruction! This is what Mary said to the servants regarding the turning of water into wine. As Christians, and as those in His service, there should be no if’s or but’s about our response to Him, we should simply be following His word to us as by His Spirit, as His expectation of us appears to be.

The things which may prevent us in this simple following action of simple obedience, may be all the usual trappings of the world, all that which would appear to offer opposition to simply doing what He says to us.

These may include embarrassment because the action or word required by Him, from us, may appear to offend others, or inconvenience to ourselves because of busy schedules, or fear to varying degrees depending on what the feared outcome of your actions or words could possibly be.

Any and all of this is simply that which differentiates you from the world and is to be expected to reveal itself as being that which indeed DOES separate you from the world, because this is what it means to be Christian in the first place, that you exhibit these differences, which should be present in your demeanor, behaviour, actions, words, and in the outgoing obviousness of love, Joy, peace, hope ETC.

You are IN the world but not OF the world. You are citizens of a HEAVENLY country, not an EARTHLY one. You are to be as those RETURNED from DEATH to LIFE. So there HAVE TO BE OBVIOUS DIFFERENCES.

TO WHICH SOME PEOPLE MAY OBJECT. What, you believe in GOD? Are you CRAZY??!!

[John 2:5 “Do whatever He tells you”.]

 

WHATEVER HE SAYS TO YOU, DO IT. [1618]

What simple instruction! This is what Mary said to the servants regarding the turning of water into wine. As Christians, and as those in His service, there should be no if’s or but’s about our response to Him, we should simply be following His word to us as by His Spirit, as His expectation of us appears to be.

The things which may prevent us in this simple following action of simple obedience, may be all the usual trappings of the world, all that which would appear to offer opposition to simply doing what He says to us.

These may include embarrassment because the action or word required by Him, from us, may appear to offend others, or inconvenience to ourselves because of busy schedules, or fear to varying degrees depending on what the feared outcome of your actions or words could possibly be.

Any and all of this is simply that which differentiates you from the world and is to be expected to reveal itself as being that which indeed DOES separate you from the world, because this is what it means to be Christian in the first place, that you exhibit these differences, which should be present in your demeanor, behaviour, actions, words, and in the outgoing obviousness of love, Joy, peace, hope ETC.

You are IN the world but not OF the world. You are citizens of a HEAVENLY country, not an EARTHLY one. You are to be as those RETURNED from DEATH to LIFE. So there HAVE TO BE OBVIOUS DIFFERENCES.

TO WHICH SOME PEOPLE MAY OBJECT. What, you believe in GOD? Are you CRAZY??!!

[John 2:5 “Do whatever He tells you”.]

 

HE WHO BELIEVES IN ME WILL NEVER DIE [1617a]

Simple eh? But from thereon it all falls apart. People argue about what “believing” means. Then they add all kinds of stuff, conditions, on that belief, and proclaim to the world that unless you believe in exactly the same way THEY ‘believe’ then you are not saved, you don’t have eternal life. And most of this is so as to justify their own position from being inadequate to the simple requirement of ‘believe’, because they really don’t WANT to believe in the simple manner that Jesus spoke of. That might cause embarrassment to them, or might reduce what they see as being their standing or identity in their community. Which really means that they don’t want to “die” to themselves to allow Jesus to live in them.

Simply believing in Jesus EQUATES to eternal life, because we all know He died to take away our sin, to release us from the power of sin that we might escape the shameful condition of sin. We are well aware of that which we KNOW in regard to our sin, that sin causes death, did indeed cause our death, and so to then be gifted eternal life is understood as being released from death and the sin that caused it. To enter into life on the basis of having been released from death, supplies its own answers in the matter of the seriousness of sin causing death, and the Spirit of life reveals the things of life as the heart is opened up to them.

Since Jesus took all condemnation from us, how can we then condemn others, even people of the world, let alone those who are willing to share themselves with others who take the name of Christ, who enthusiastically embrace true life as a result of embracing Christ as being Saviour from death. But we would indeed point out to those who deny acceptance to the true children of God, that by denying them they are also denying Christ Himself. By denying those who display the qualities of Jesus, the very qualities of the Spirit, they are indeed denying and rejecting that Spirit of Christ, they are denying their own selves.

And usually it is because they have already by their doctrines REJECTED the Spirit of Christ in PREFERENCE FOR those doctrines that pronounce His exclusion, because they want to “do their own thing” and make their own groups exclusive to their membership alone, to declare themselves as the “elite” in order to maintain various legalistic aspects of domination over others, to hold control over their lives. These are they that are lost in the delusion that only their own particular brand of knowledge of scripture equates to eternal life, and there are many such groups.

But don’t be deceived, believe as a little child was the advice of Jesus, believe in Him, and enter into life. Or believe in others, and remain in death.

[You have been reconciled by Christ’s physical body through death][To the pure, all things are pure][Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called][“He will never SEE death”]

HE WHO BELIEVES IN ME HAS ETERNAL LIFE [1617]

Simple eh? But from thereon it all falls apart. People argue about what “believing” means. Then they add all kinds of stuff, conditions, on that belief, and proclaim to the world that unless you believe in exactly the same way THEY ‘believe’ then you are not saved, you don’t have eternal life. And most of this is so as to justify their own position from being inadequate to the simple requirement of ‘believe’, because they really don’t WANT to believe in the simple manner that Jesus spoke of. That might cause embarrassment to them, or might reduce what they see as being their standing or identity in their community. Which really means that they don’t want to “die” to themselves to allow Jesus to live in them.

Simply believing in Jesus EQUATES to eternal life, because we all know He died to take away our sin, to release us from the power of sin that we might escape the shameful condition of sin. We are well aware of that which we KNOW in regard to our sin, that sin causes death, did indeed cause our death, and so to then be gifted eternal life is understood as being released from death and the sin that caused it. To enter into life on the basis of having been released from death, supplies its own answers in the matter of the seriousness of sin causing death, and the Spirit of life reveals the things of life as the heart is opened up to them.

Since Jesus took all condemnation from us, how can we then condemn others, even people of the world, let alone those who are willing to share themselves with others who take the name of Christ, who enthusiastically embrace true life as a result of embracing Christ as being Saviour from death. But we would indeed point out to those who deny acceptance to the true children of God, that by denying them they are also denying Christ Himself. By denying those who display the qualities of Jesus, the very qualities of the Spirit, they are indeed denying and rejecting that Spirit of Christ, they are denying their own selves.

And usually it is because they have already by their doctrines REJECTED the Spirit of Christ in PREFERENCE FOR those doctrines that pronounce His exclusion, because they want to “do their own thing” and make their own groups exclusive to their membership alone, to declare themselves as the “elite” in order to maintain various legalistic aspects of domination over others, to hold control over their lives. These are they that are lost in the delusion that only their own particular brand of knowledge of scripture equates to eternal life, and there are many such groups.

But don’t be deceived, believe as a little child was the advice of Jesus, believe in Him, and enter into life. Or believe in others, and remain in death.

[You have been reconciled by Christ’s physical body through death][To the pure, all things are pure]

LOVE WAS LEGALISED ON THE CROSS [1616a]

On the cross, God’s right of possession of us was legalised, was put on an undeniable footing of ownership. The redemption that was put in place was nothing of our doing, so it was not tainted in any way by aspects of a fallen creation, but had the whole backing of righteousness through mercy and love and justice; which is God Himself.

Mankind was redeemed by the action of the creator who brought it to being in the first place. It’s inherent defects because of the necessity to give it free will to choose righteousness, were overcome and removed totally from the equation, so that mankind has no excuse for NOT choosing the life inherent in the action that He took, because everything that stood AGAINST life has been removed.

And the requirement for a free will choice is now available on the simplest of foundations, that you BELIEVE GOD instead of the INEVITABLE disbelief that Adam exercised in the free exploration of his existence, of who he was, of his identity. So we have all been there, we have experienced the failure of Adam’s life, and we have seen the redemption gained through Jesus’ life. The circle is complete and now we TRULY have a will freed to follow Him in His paths of life without fear of condemnation, forever. But it is a choice.

Our own objections regarding our unsuitability for His righteousness were removed by Him, and our qualification for being one of His children was established by Him, and therefore, the form of creation that was put into place was one whereby the necessary criteria that had to be met before righteousness as coming from a man could stand alone in its own state of validation, was presented as being a matter of FAITH, IE on the basis of WANTING to believe. On the basis of the DESIRE to believe in Him and His righteousness being strong enough to apprehend to ourselves, that which He has given us. And this DESIRE is the response to His LOVE for us.

LOVE WAS LEGALISED ON THE CROSS [1616]

On the cross, God’s right of possession of us was legalised, was put on an undeniable footing of ownership. The redemption that was put in place was nothing of our doing, so it was not tainted in any way by aspects of a fallen creation, but had the whole backing of righteousness through mercy and love and justice; which is God Himself.

Mankind was redeemed by the action of the creator who brought it to being in the first place. It’s inherent defects because of the necessity to give it free will to choose righteousness, were overcome and removed totally from the equation, so that mankind has no excuse for NOT choosing the life inherent in the action that He took, because everything that stood AGAINST life has been removed.

And the requirement for a free will choice is now available on the simplest of foundations, that you BELIEVE GOD instead of the INEVITABLE disbelief that Adam exercised in the free exploration of his existence, of who he was, of his identity. So we have all been there, we have experienced the failure of Adam’s life, and we have seen the redemption gained through Jesus’ life. The circle is complete and now we TRULY have a will freed to follow Him in His paths of life without fear of condemnation, forever. But it is a choice.

Our own objections regarding our unsuitability for His righteousness were removed by Him, and our qualification for being one of His children was established by Him, and therefore, the form of creation that was put into place was one whereby the necessary criteria that had to be met before righteousness as coming from a man could stand alone in its own state of validation, was presented as being a matter of FAITH, IE on the basis of WANTING to believe. On the basis of the DESIRE to believe in Him and His righteousness being strong enough to apprehend to ourselves, that which He has given us. And this DESIRE is the response to His LOVE for us.

THIS IS SALVATION – WILL YOUR NEXT THOUGHT BE OF LIFE OR OF DEATH? [1429e]

First published April 25 2020

So much is emerging from the Romans 7 saga – it appears that Paul is explaining his thought processes behind the power of sin over us through law and flesh. His message strikes at the heart of sin and destroys its power base. This is the great tragedy of those who say He is speaking as a Christian, because they are destroying the great victory of the cross.

Worse still is because they seem to do it to excuse sin, that because of weaknesses in a humanity which fails to grasp the full import of Him who is the power of life itself, that they need to be able to have some excuse and reason to cover up their sin, or to excuse it and explain it. This is the only reason they would be unable to see that R7 is the complete story of humanity’s  death state and condition.

So death is not just some distant thing to be feared, it is an ever present thing which will overpower you if you drop your spiritual guard. [If you are not in the Spirit]. It appears in the form of the very next instantaneous thought that will come to you, because this thought is going to either go through the filter of Christ, or the filter of law, sin, and death. If through Jesus, then life emerges as a product of inner hope and His Spirit. If through the sin death filter, the hope of an even semi-righteous thought will be dashed on the rocks of legal condemnation.

This is why it says we are “saved by hope” because the new living hope has appeared to remove legalistic condemnation from the table, that a new arrangement has been tabled by which we are released from law, flesh, sin and death. This is called the new covenant, and is based on the new Spirit of life provided to overpower the old spirit of death as enshrined in the former laws of our fallen humanity. This old humanity, born of flesh and blood, must be reborn spiritually, of the Spirit of the living God, of Christ Jesus.

Only when the power base of sin has [seen to have] been completely destroyed, as indeed it has been, can we then even begin to think about possible lapses by whoever in terms of Christians who “sin”. Without first considering the immense power of the Spirit to change our basic humanity to resemble something of HIS “humanity”, as we become “partakers of the divine nature”.

[All things are lawful….but not all things are beneficial][Taking every thought captive to Christ][..they have crossed over from death to life][..(also crossed over the Jordan)]

WHAT JESUS WAS ACTUALLY DOING ON THE CROSS [1615a]

Christian teaching does not seem to cover what Jesus actually was DOING on the cross, how and in what manner He actually BORE OUR SIN, which is what He was DOING. He “bore our sin” by allowing the effects of human sin to ravage his body which was the same kind of body that we all have, otherwise He would not have been able to “bear” it, IE to experience it within Himself, so that as WE have “sin in the flesh”, so did HE have it as do we all.

This is an important part of why it had to be acknowledged that HE had “come in the flesh”, because it had to be the same “flesh” that we also were of, the same flesh that Paul said he was “OF” in Romans 7. Because He had “come in the flesh” he also had the SAME “sin in the flesh” that we had. The difference between Him and us was that He had a perfect spirit, Him being the Son of God, and KNOWING IT.

Because of this, His spiritual “perfection”, He was able to “heal” His own body from the deadly effects that sin had established in the human form since Adam. By the time He went to the cross, He was mature and ready to confront the indwelling sin nature of mankind, within His own body, and to meet the unrighteousness of the flesh with the righteousness of His own Spirit.

This meeting resulted in the inner conflict which is common to man, that which He had avoided, had put aside until the time came for the final resolution of the problem of sin to take place, to be resolved, and to be resolved in His own body of flesh. This inner conflict was painful, was traumatic and was the cause of much anguish which He experienced and we saw in the garden beforehand. This resolution was the meeting of heaven and hell, of life and death, and was His personal “Armageddon”.

The struggle resulted in the defeat of the corruptive forces of sin and brought about the restoration of His mortal body which though brought to the point of death, as He gave up His life, was immortalised and then resurrected. Jesus never “did” personal sin, He was in the same body as ours, subject to the same temptations as ours, but which all temptation He rejected.

Unlike Paul in Romans 7 who was completely under the power of his sin in the flesh, but who also represents this struggle shared with Jesus, when he cried “Wretched man that I am, who will deliver me from this body of death?” And Jesus cried, “My God my God, why have you abandoned me?”

He like Paul was in the darkest of places, but unlike Paul had the power OF Spirit to do something about it. But also like Paul, was in confrontation with the forces that arose from the evil desires of the flesh that resulted from man’s free will to depart from God’s will and to create, to bring into being, an entity which then opposed God’s will and His created design, through the distortion of the purpose of the commandment.

So Jesus had to suffer to restore the design of mankind in Himself, so that He would then be in a position to restore the same recreative process to us by His Spirit of life, but in us to be by faith in the promise, but to be realised, to be made real, manifest in us as it is in Him, in THIS PRESENT LIFE. We are to be “born again”, to be made “new creations”, to have “crossed over from death to life”, because “we have been raised up with Him to the heavenlies..” from where we are to operate as kings and priests in this world on His behalf.

[As Paul had said, the problem was not with Him and his mind, his “will” in the matter, the problem was that of over-riding forces which lived in him in his “flesh” – “sin in the flesh”.][Both Jesus and Paul were suffering from what is called “The wrath of God” which is the consciousness of the effects of this inner conflict between good and evil, righteousness and unrighteousness.][Wrath is how love is perceived in its action on evil][Love is PERCEIVED as wrath by those on the wrong side of it]

 

WHAT JESUS WAS ACTUALLY DOING ON THE CROSS [1615]

Christian teaching does not seem to cover what Jesus actually was DOING on the cross, how and in what manner He actually BORE OUR SIN, which is what He was DOING. He “bore our sin” by allowing the effects of human sin to ravage his body which was the same kind of body that we all have, otherwise He would not have been able to “bear” it, IE to experience it within Himself, so that as WE have “sin in the flesh”, so did HE have it as do we all.

This is an important part of why it had to be acknowledged that HE had “come in the flesh”, because it had to be the same “flesh” that we also were of, the same flesh that Paul said he was “OF” in Romans 7. Because He had “come in the flesh” he also had the SAME “sin in the flesh” that we had. The difference between Him and us was that He had a perfect spirit, Him being the Son of God, and KNOWING IT.

Because of this, His spiritual “perfection”, He was able to “heal” His own body from the deadly effects that sin had established in the human form since Adam. By the time He went to the cross, He was mature and ready to confront the indwelling sin nature of mankind, within His own body, and to meet the unrighteousness of the flesh with the righteousness of His own Spirit.

This meeting resulted in the inner conflict which is common to man, that which He had avoided, had put aside until the time came for the final resolution of the problem of sin to take place, to be resolved, and to be resolved in His own body of flesh. This inner conflict was painful, was traumatic and was the cause of much anguish which He experienced and we saw in the garden beforehand. This resolution was the meeting of heaven and hell, of life and death, and was His personal “Armageddon”.

The struggle resulted in the defeat of the corruptive forces of sin and brought about the restoration of His mortal body which though brought to the point of death, as He gave up His life, was immortalised and then resurrected. Jesus never “did” personal sin, He was in the same body as ours, subject to the same temptations as ours, but which all temptation He rejected.

Unlike Paul in Romans 7 who was completely under the power of his sin in the flesh, but who also represents this struggle shared with Jesus, when he cried “Wretched man that I am, who will deliver me from this body of death?” And Jesus cried, “My God my God, why have you abandoned me?”

He like Paul was in the darkest of places, but unlike Paul had the power OF Spirit to do something about it. But also like Paul, was in confrontation with the forces that arose from the evil desires of the flesh that resulted from man’s free will to depart from God’s will and to create, to bring into being, an entity which then opposed God’s will and His created design, through the distortion of the purpose of the commandment.

So Jesus had to suffer to restore the design of mankind in Himself, so that He would then be in a position to restore the same recreative process to us by His Spirit of life, but in us to be by faith in the promise, but to be realised, to be made real, manifest in us as it is in Him, in THIS PRESENT LIFE. We are to be “born again”, to be made “new creations”, to have “crossed over from death to life”, because “we have been raised up with Him to the heavenlies..” from where we are to operate as kings and priests in this world on His behalf.

[As Paul had said, the problem was not with Him and his mind, his “will” in the matter, the problem was that of over-riding forces which lived in him in his “flesh” – “sin in the flesh”.][Both Jesus and Paul were suffering from what is called “The wrath of God” which is the consciousness of the effects of this inner conflict between good and evil, righteousness and unrighteousness.][Wrath is love in its action on evil]