JESUS ENTERED INTO THE DARKNESS [165t]

The difficulty of understanding all aspects of the cross may be lessened by understanding why Jesus said “My God…” in relation to his Father, since that is how most of mankind views God, as some sort of distant upholder of the law who is intent on bringing us to justice for our sins.

The subject of light and darkness is present in scripture as a means of understanding the good happy stuff as distinct from the bad sad stuff. That God is light and we (sin) are darkness. That he dwells in light while we dwell in darkness. [darkness is scary because you can’t see where you’re going].

When Jesus “bore our sin”, he entered into the darkness that is common to mankind, he entered into the state of separation from God who is light. This separation from God is a theme which began in the garden when Adam failed to maintain his relationship with God, who was his Father. Henceforth his relationship would be felt by him [Adam] as one who was an outcast from God’s presence, and as one who was unworthy of God’s love.

He felt this condition because his PERCEPTION of God had been altered by the cloud of sin and guilt that acted as a filter to prevent his own view of himself as being one who was acceptable and lovable. Where once there was only the singularity of God and his love, there now lay the complexity of sin and guilt, which heavily filtered out the light and brought darkness to his “soul”. [this darkness is seen as condemnation and “wrath” ]

Jesus was “made in all points as us”. This means he was not only the perfect son of God, but that he was a “heavenly Spirit” who lived in an earthly body. As such, his identity was always that of consciously being “The Son of God”, and to him, God was his Father. “Do you not know that I must be about my Father’s business” he said when he was twelve years old or so. This identity heavily “polarised” him so that his conscious self always dwelt within this identity, and any temptation that came to him was immediately isolated as being from an “alien” source.

This position/condition remained with him throughout his life until he began to enter into his “passion”, which means until he began to enter into the realm within himself that was identified as man’s “world”, man’s consciousness, man’s deficiencies, and man’s sins and the very mechanism within from which and by which sin is generated. This passion began in the garden, where he began to feel the effects of it so severely that he literally began to die*. “Father if it be thy will let this cup pass from me, but nevertheless, thy will be done”.

This is ultimately portrayed on the cross where literal darkness came over the scene. Jesus cried “My God, my God, why have you forsaken [abandoned] [left] me.” He was no longer feeling the loving presence of his Father, he was feeling the same sense of isolation from Love that we feel, he was caught up in the darkness of “soul” that we feel, his perception was not that of his loving Father but that of an angry God who was confronting him with the sin that by indwelling mankind, continued to express and produce the works of darkness that he now felt within him.

He stayed in this condition, feeling what we call “hell”, subject to all that we perceive to be the “punishment” of hell, feeling the burning wrath of the inner conflict that had now erupted into anguish and agony of soul. Until at last all of the inner death that mankind had “brought to the table” had been extinguished, had been overcome, had been brought to a state of life, where previously there was only death. Sure, he could have bailed at any time, he could have, as Spirit, returned to the Father. But once entered into the battle, it was inconceivable that he would quit the mission for which he was born. He was entitled to retain life, but having uttered the words “It is finished”, having defeated the “enemy” and restored the human condition, he surrendered his life, his Spirit,  to God. To his now restored perception, of God as Father. He died.

God the Father was never any different, had not changed, yet sin had changed man’s idea, view, of God into being someone who was out for revenge, someone who wanted to set things right by punishing us for sin. And we feel that sense of punishment within, we feel the impending doom through guilt and fear of death, yet God has never changed from being the loving Father to us all. He has never wanted us to die in our sins, he has always been available to wash us in his love, to restore us from darkness to light. We simply have been blinded to him in that way, because of the indwelling  darkness of sin.

Jesus was the revelation of the true nature of God. He came to remove the blinkers from our eyes, to take the shroud of death from our hearts, to release us from the misery of self condemnation that was empowered by the law that exists within us because we were made as sons of God. That law that is reinforced by the correct judgement we bring to bear on ourselves, so that, unable to bear it, we hide from it and from him, because the perceived unattainable love is so painful and miserable a condition. Jesus entered into this same condition, and destroyed its validity, destroyed its falseness of accusation against us and God, so that by our recognition of his loving righteousness in restoring us in Jesus, we rightly judge and agree with his action in forgiving us in this way as being the ultimate righteousness of all.

As created sons of God, we condemned ourselves to the point where our perception was that God was of the same nature as our false perception.

Christ didn’t remove the barrier between us and God because there never was one. What he did was to reveal his Father as being our Father, by presenting him in the correct perspective in relation to us and our own faulty perspective. Certainly he destroyed the faulty nature of man and suffered that which was the natural outcome of our “sickness”.

But by showing the outcome of this process as being life itself, he draws us to himself and the heavenly Father. We are drawn to his love which is able to cleanse us as we submit to that which always was, from the perfection of his concern for us to perfect us in the love that he is. By faith our sins are remitted, as they do not exist in his eyes, but only in our eyes. Such sorrow there may be as to hold us back from such submission, but such love must ultimately bring us to his heart and allow that love to consume us and consume our faults, our defects, our sin and darkness. “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life”, no man comes to the Father but by me”.

Jesus exampled the father and also humanity within his own body. In this way he has become the high Priest for us, the intermediary for us. We are perfected in him, once we commit to him. We are not perfect as he is perfect, but we are perfected in that we will live with him regardless of our “performance” as we continue in the process of ultimate perfection, in which we are saved regardless of our ultimate condition, as long as we remain in him. “live a life of love”. “All things are yours”.

Love is the active ingredient that engages the enemy and suffers because of it. The nature of love is something that is continued in as faith builds a new reality which is really an old reality (I give you a new commandment which is really an old commandment) but is the reality of God and his love for us. Love one another, bear each others burdens, and so fulfill the “law” of Christ.

[* The idea of Jesus beginning to die was introduced by a certain theologian, but which should not dispel the accepted concept of it simply being the repugnancy of/for the condition of the sin experience he was about to enter. He also knew that when he was in this state that he would be unable to understand this separation from the Father, giving rise to “why have you forsaken me?”]

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GO AND SIN NO MORE [475]

Jesus spoke these words to the woman caught in adultery. He also spoke similarly to a man he healed. This means that he expected of them that they not sin again in the fashion from which he had delivered them. If they were thankful for their deliverance they would perhaps follow his advice.

Paul spoke of being a slave to sin, that people who sinned were its servant, and had been taken captive to do the will of something other than they themselves would desire to do. Paul showed that it was the heart that was captive to sin, and it was the heart that needed to be cleansed and liberated from being in captivity to something they could not control.

Jesus said it was the one who loved him who would do what he told them. This is seen where the woman washed his feet with her tears and hair, and he explained that her love for him was the expression of her sins having been forgiven, however that had occurred?* Who is forgiven much, loves much.

When a person comes to Christ, he is meeting him on similar grounds, that is, that he, being highly aware of being a sinner and caught up in sinning, is meeting the one who is full of forgiveness, being full of love, and in the action of forgiving, is also conferring and projecting that love onto the forgiven one.

So the two important states are that of loving and that of not loving. The cleansed heart is capable of love, the uncleansed heart being captive to the guilt of sin, is incapable of love, being caught up in the state of condemnation that sinning brings. Jesus said that he did not condemn them, he forgave them.

The reason Jesus died on the cross was to release us from the sin that condemned us, by taking that sin and its penalty (death) upon (inside) himself. In this way he became to us a sacrifice for sin, and scripture says that because one died for everyone, this means that everyone has been credited with that death** as having satisfied their “debt” to sin. [The wages of sin are death]. His love caused him to take upon himself our sinful human nature and to do battle with it and to overcome it, and to give the results to us. The “due debt” which is death because of sin, has been paid by him, for us, on our behalf, on our “account”. But the way of life that we led that gave rise to that sin, giving rise to that death sentence, must now be abandoned. It is fair enough that we lived within the deathly processes of sin when we were ignorant of his great forgiveness and mercy, but now we are aware of his infinite love and forgiveness, which are really one and the same thing; and knowing that NO sin is incapable of being removed by his love, and that this action is already observably guaranteed as forgiveness by his body on the cross, means we are without excuse.

He has said that Jesus bore our sin in his body on the tree. He has said that as far as the East is from the West, is how far he has removed our sin from us. But we do not simply cease from one way of life in an attempt to take up another, no, we are forgiven of our former life and this gives rise to gratitude, and having been released from the burden of sin guilt and death at such a cost to him, should cause a response in us that is an acknowledgement of the cleansing he has performed, as an automatic reaction.

The love that he IS, continually forgives and cleanses the heart that is in submission to him. It is a relationship based on a state of existence that relies on Him and his love, and we know him through the forgiveness of our sins which occurred in the body of Christ. Sin and death have lost all authority because he has removed them. “He has abolished death..” It is the death of the innocence of our heart that we see in him on the cross as the sacrificial lamb of God, the innocence we long to return to, and which is now freely available to us again because of his intervention. The cleansing of the conscience.

  • [ *The woman attended him in faith of who and what he was, and was effectively throwing herself on his mercy, having literally “thrown herself” at his feet in an attitude of humility, sorrow, and surrender to his love. It was an act of submission to his love by faith in his love, and by which faith and trust created the reality of forgiveness within her, similar to the woman healed by touching his garment. It was after her actions that Jesus simply vocally confirmed what had already happened in her, she had experienced forgiveness.] [** We have also been credited with his suffering?]

JESUS BORE OUR INNER CONFLICT [469a]

I put this title up for all those who are familiar with the internal conflict that appears to be man’s natural lot. And for all those who are familiar with depression, anxiety, and fear and anger, and all forms of inner darkness.

Man is capable of high reasoning, and it is this that condemns him internally, because he is aware of his inadequacies. So he has the capability of the knowledge of good, and he also has the capability to realise that the best outcome for all, is service to all.

But this goes against SELF, against natural self interest, and self preservation. Only when sufficient evidence to support the notion of universal benevolence appears, is he then encouraged to trust the “higher instinct”. The quality of love is built into the human condition, being revealed in the form of denial of that love, which then imprisons him.

Jesus entered into this condition of mankind, taking responsibility for it and then bearing it away by suffering its effects in his own body. He knows the full impact of this insidious disease which is the manifestation of the sin that Adam brought us into.

Once for all having dealt with it for us at the ultimate, divine level of authority; he then takes up the position of one who is capable of intervening on our behalf to heal us as we trust in HIS healing for us, which was also OUR healing, being the cross.

The inner conflict which seems to come from so many sources, is due to our separation from God and his love, his what-is-rightness. Jesus has restored us to the position of sinlessness and innocent-ness  so that we can have life to the full, providing we embrace the wholeness of the new life he has WON for us. Knowing we are completely justified in denying the inner oppression, and fully justified in taking up the life that he offers us and has already put in place for us, means we can pursue the good things for their intrinsic value, and for His sake alone, and completely deny any claim that darkness may try to impress upon us.

By his word and Spirit of life, we can be, because we already are by HIS suffering of the inner conflict, as far as HE is concerned, removed from the power of the oppression of darkness. You are not guilty of anything that you might see as being your fault, you are free to be free. You are forgiven to live freely in his gift of life.

Because He has restored mankind, the resolution of this inner conflict results in peace.

[   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xxic5OfdGlI   ]

THE REALITY OF THE MESSAGE [474]

Religion can be a sort of traditional self contained idealistic fantasy inherited from your parents kind of preoccupation. Christadelphians have long brought to bear on (and in opposition to) the various localised doctrinal denomination type of thing, a strong line of thinking which focuses attention on something that is real and present with us today, and that is the reality of the nation of Israel.

It is hard to confine one’s thinking about religion to a theoretical theological book of historical accounts of things that happened thousands of years ago, when it is realised that the nation of Israel which is the foundational subject matter of our bible, is still here and deeply involved in world affairs, and in particular is still fighting for survival, surrounded by its enemies.

One of its historical enemies was Syria, the country now devastated by war and trigger for much of the terrorism of today around the world. The reformed nation of Israel was born around 1947, some 70 years ago. The 6 day war of 1967 involved conflict between Israel and Syria. When it is realised that Israel is surrounded by the same nations as enemies that existed in “biblical” times, and that prophecies are still in play and in progress as they move towards the end of time, this brings a certain gravity and reality to what otherwise could be considered today as non-relevant religion.

It is not only Christadelphians who have made a study of prophetic events, there are other denominations and theologians who have also contributed to knowledge in this area. [sometimes at the expense of more important issues]. Although some groups have attempted to forecast the “time of the end”, history has proved them wrong when the predicted event, typically the return of Christ, had failed to materialise.

It is written in the book that scoffers would come saying, “where is the predicted end? for since the time of our fathers, things have continued the same” or words to that effect. It is written that in the last days there would be perilous times, children disobedient to parents, men thinking only of themselves, and “men’s hearts failing them for fear of what was coming upon the earth”. Plagues, earthquakes, wars. There is even a new acceptance of homosexuality.

I think that what we are seeing today exhibits evidence that we are in the last days. There is in the N.T. Jesus words about when you see these things beginning to happen. He also said (or inferred)(correct me if I am wrong) that those (of that generation) who saw the re-formation of Israel (1947) would by no means pass away before he came again. If we go by that then there is not a lot of time remaining, as this generation would be at least 70 years old today. North Korea adds a new element of tension in the world, as if it were not enough with Russia and China in the mix also.

Whether or not these are indeed the end times, it would be foolhardy for anyone to dismiss the bible as irrelevant today, as indeed many have appeared to have done, and especially as they appear to have not bothered to familiarise themselves with its contents.

THE LOVE GENERATOR [473]

God being love means it is necessary for any entity outside of him to be also of the nature of love.  Nothing that is outside of his nature of love can be allowed to remain indefinitely, without it either being converted to the nature of love, or being destroyed by God’s nature of love.

God is love. Love is a fruit of the Spirit (of love). God is love, God is Spirit. We know we are a part of him when we love the brethren. We are also to love our neighbour. The requirement is to LOVE, and we can only love when we are “in” HIM.

I just read an article by a school teacher, Sanjeev Jain, entitled “come back, the only way out is in”.  [  https://www.shoutmepassion.com/2017/09/19/come-back-way/  ] This appears to be a good article about children and their inner loneliness and expresses a sensitivity of terminology regarding a solution to what is, ultimately, mankind’s common problem.

It appears this article is painted against the backdrop of Buddhist  philosophy, and the solution offered involves terms like “mindfulness” and “focus” and “concentration”. This terminology is foreign to the Christian belief, even though the ultimate aim to gain a solution appears to be similar.

Christians believe that no “inner” solution can be found, because man is inadequate to the task, having suffered from inner corruption and the guilt of it, which prevents him from being able to escape such problems in a manner which also corresponds with and satisfies an eternal religious solution, an ultimate righteous destiny. Jesus said “without me you can do nothing”, and that pretty-much sums it up.

Those outside Christian belief can have no idea of the ultimate liberation and reclamation of the human form that is the result of following Christ, ‘It has not entered the heart of man what God has prepared for those who love him – but He has revealed it to us by his Spirit’.

And so to the title of this piece, the generation of love. Love appears to be the result of the whole human personality drawing together every aspect of itself in its failure to measure up to expectation, both of itself as well as external expectation placed upon it. This it can only do once the “missing piece” has been entered into the picture, that of the forgiveness of our failures, by an eternal and authoritative, righteous deity. The forgiven complexity of this (horrific) failure then presents as love.

We see Mary weeping at the feet of Jesus, washing his feet with her hair and tears, and Jesus says “her sins, which are many, are forgiven, for she loves/ed much”. My take on this is that the forgiveness of so much sin has resulted in much love. The conversion of guilt into love took place because she ALLOWED her sin to be forgiven, [desired her sin to be forgiven] allowed a greater one to relieve her of the ultimate burden of death, and allowed the consummation of spiritual love to take place in her heart.

The gratitude expressed itself as a huge debt that could only obtain expression of the love felt, in tears of probable relief and joy, with a further fuller expression to come in  continuing to follow the one who released her heart from its inner death.

Conversely, Jesus said that ‘the one who is forgiven little, loves little.’ This seems to mean, not that a person has little to forgive, but rather, that the person refuses to allow that forgiveness to impact on/in their heart, due to that heart having been “hardened” (by sin).

It is therefore necessary that this primary creation had to undergo the suffering of the corruption of sin, in order that the “work” of forgiveness would be able to take place in the heart of man, so that love could be generated. In Christian reality this means that the Spirit of the living God is able to draw together all the pieces within the human personality that have been disintegrated by guilt sorrow and sadness and fear, and to integrate them with the personality of the creator himself, “Christ in you, the hope of glory”.

Christianity finds its authority in the scriptures and in the pouring out of the Spirit at Pentecost.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xxic5OfdGlI  ]

NOT GUILTY [472]

Not guilty is the verdict  of God on his creation. Since he brought it into being he is also aware of the futility into which it was born. God overlooks former ignorance because it could not reasonably be expected that such primitive beginnings could end well, and certainly not end up in the place he wants for his children.

But now he has brought immortality to light through the gospel. The gospel that proclaims all men are justified to life simply by believing, by “faith”. By believing God when he says he has exempted all men from retribution for their wayward ways, and the things they have done.

Simply by agreeing with God that he has dealt with our guiltiness within the body of his Son, that the son has taken on board the very nature of humanity and its sin, brings man to the place that God wants of him, to recognise his mercy in dealing with our sin by his love, and by the son of his love. That He himself, the Creator, has absorbed the cost of bringing his creation to its final position of being able to accept Him as being of the nature of love, having acted to produce in his son the first of the finished “product” that is the intended creation.

NOT GUILTY of being responsible for the guilt and shame and the suffering of it. RELEASED from the burden of it all, so that man can be free to experience a life without the guilt shame and futility, and to be able to reach out in newness of life; to explore it in  childlike freedom as was always intended.

God has released man from the inevitability of death by freeing him from his sin, by completely absolving him of guilt of it all, so he might turn back to God and be reconciled to him. Jesus was our reconciliation. Jesus was our forgiveness. Jesus is the way the truth and the life. Only through him can man be completely released from his conscience of terror, to a conscience that is continually cleansed just as God’s love is continuous love.

Your sin has no power over you anymore to condemn you, to accuse you, because you have been pronounced NOT GUILTY by God himself, who only requires that you leave your death which is due to unbelief in him and through the hardness of your heart. That your heart be softened to accept him and his merciful release of yourself from the guilt that you feel. That new life, as you believe, might spread through you and give you wings of freedom to experience real life without restriction.

Sin has forevermore lost its power to accuse and condemn, the pivotal point is whether or not you prefer to remain under a condemnation that he has removed. In other words you prefer to stay in this death of soul that sin has brought to you, or whether you prefer to believe that this is true, and to take hold of what this means, what it means to be released from all the pain and suffering of the old immature creation, and dare to enter into the liberation of the new.

[Which side of “the great gulf” do you want to be?]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xxic5OfdGlI  ]

THE PROMISE OF LIFE [471]

The proof of this is that you are still alive even though God has pronounced death on sin. – And you sense this prison of death and are enslaved in it. Because Christ’s death was judgement on all sin, sin being placed upon the Creator’s son, on the Creator himself, his love JUSTIFIES us (from death) in gaining new life and pursuing it, apprehending it, (He joins us to himself) in the PROMISE of it.

Our sin and death being placed on Him, and appropriated by Him, shows His willingness to provide (and has provided) every necessity by which we may become “participators in the divine nature”; and then, us also having risen in the nature of life that He is, live in Him and out of Him until that promise is fulfilled in us even as it is in him.

JESUS BORE OUR SIN AND DEATH SO WE COULD GAIN HIS LIFE.

[There is no conflict if you do what God wants][As you come to him][It is no longer sin that kills, but the death that we won’t leave].

BOOK RECOMMENDATION [327y]

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

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This book is available at Amazon and LuLu. –

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Extensive THEOLOGICAL resource   https://mjthompsons.wordpress.com (except for Romans 7)

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HOW MANY OF YOUR SINS HAVE BEEN FORGIVEN? [470]

If the memory of some sin pops up now and again, you might tend to think that there are still problems in the area of your forgiveness, that you might need to confess it, or confess it “again”, and maybe so.

But if you are thinking that the cleansing of your sins is dependent on your conscious recognition of them, you are wrong. If our forgiveness was dependent on our own attribution of forgiveness to individual sins, we would never be able to do that.

Jesus has in blanket form, dealt with all sins by assigning them to death. In other words, the only status that your sins have in reality, is that of non-existence. Your memory of them has little bearing on your actual state of spiritual being (other than that you should perhaps try rejoicing a bit more). If you were to go to the local priest to have a particular sin “dealt with” and forgiven, you are then treading on ground that Jesus has already walked, and you have too if you have already become a believer.

To think of a few individual sins as being registered in your brain somewhere as having a “forgiven” tag attached, and to try and register all such sins in this way, is to negate the actual operation of the forgiveness intended. You might end up with a huge list of such forgiven sins, but such is not the point of forgiveness. But instead, by assigning the “primary creation” (us) to death, judgement actually attaches “tags” to every single possible sin or potential sin scenario throughout our memory, or mind, or being.

Because Jesus’ resurrection to life is attached to those who have accepted their death as a necessary judgement on sin, on their former life, these tags are stamped “forgiven” and are attached to every brain neuron and cell in preparation for the spirit of life to sweep through like an avalanche and give them new perspective, new life.

Being born again would seem to be the description for a life time of sins being reversed, and for the brain cells, the brain, the mind; to acknowledge and attribute their new life as being the result of forgiveness. This has to be the rebirth, the awareness, the definition, formation, of LOVE.

The whole question of sin is finished, sins have been assigned to the death they deserve, but because we recognise the rightness of this, we ourselves are separated from the judgement they deserve. Strictly speaking, we should not deserve this separation, but the nature of love and mercy has decreed that this be so, and we have been justified from sin and death.

Life is now a matter of living to him and for him, to that which is true life; sin is like law and death from which sin is born, it is abolished.

JESUS BORE OUR INNER CONFLICT [469]

I put this title up for all those who are familiar with the internal conflict that appears to be man’s natural lot. And for all those who are familiar with depression, anxiety, and fear and anger, and all forms of inner darkness.

Man is capable of high reasoning, and it is this that condemns him internally, because he is aware of his inadequacies. So he has the capability of the knowledge of good, and he also has the capability to realise that the best outcome for all, is service to all.

But this goes against SELF, against natural self interest, and self preservation. Only when sufficient evidence to support the notion of universal benevolence appears, is he then encouraged to trust the “higher instinct”. The quality of love is built into the human condition, being revealed in the form of denial of that love, which then imprisons him.

Jesus entered into this condition of mankind, taking responsibility for it and then bearing it away by suffering its effects in his own body. He knows the full impact of this insidious disease which is the manifestation of the sin that Adam brought us into.

Once for all having dealt with it for us at the ultimate, divine level of authority; he then takes up the position of one who is capable of intervening on our behalf to heal us as we trust in HIS healing for us, which was also OUR healing, being the cross.

The inner conflict which seems to come from so many sources, is due to our separation from God and his love, his what-is-rightness. Jesus has restored us to the position of sinlessness and innocent-ness  so that we can have life to the full, providing we embrace the wholeness of the new life he has WON for us. Knowing we are completely justified in denying the inner oppression, and fully justified in taking up the life that he offers us and has already put in place for us, means we can pursue the good things for their intrinsic value, and for His sake alone, and completely deny any claim that darkness may try to impress upon us.

By his word and Spirit of life, we can be, because we already are by HIS suffering of the inner conflict, as far as HE is concerned, removed from the power of the oppression of darkness. You are not guilty of anything that you might see as being your fault, you are free to be free. You are forgiven to live freely in his gift of life.

Because He has restored mankind, the resolution of this inner conflict results in peace.

[   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xxic5OfdGlI   ]