LIFE OVERCOMES DEATH [1152b]

This is the message to us, that we are by faith, to appropriate the truth that Jesus HAS OVERCOME death by His life, and that life is available to us to also appropriate in reality that which He has overcome on our behalf. That we might look forward in an assured hope for the future, being that the God of the future is assuring us of it.

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN.  All of our lives and thinking have been, and are, dominated by the certainty of death. That this is all there is, that we are by nature children and subjects of death. That we will die, as we see others die in all the past gone before and as far as we can see, all the future lives that are ahead. Death and taxes are considered to be the two certainties of life.

But there is this outstanding message of a man who died but then came to life again. Now this is impossible? Or is it. If we close off our minds to any possibility of any kind of “supernatural” event or unknown, “impossible” situation being able to take place, then we may be as Thomas who doubted even to the point of requiring that he physically place his hand inside the wounded side of Jesus.

People say, “unless I see it I won’t believe it”.

But there are things which defy logic, you would have to be a very closed off minded person not to appreciate this. God is asking us to consider the possibility that He exists and that there is life beyond death, that far from life being futile, it has a definite aim and purpose of existence, and that is to get us to project forward in our thinking towards something which can be imagined even if it were not yet to exist.

That the fact of exercising faith in the power of good to overcome evil AGAINST OPPOSITION could have far flung consequences. That by this, the very thing being hoped for IS CREATED. After all, God created “by his word”, He spoke and it appeared. Faith is said to do the same thing, if you speak in faith you can expect results, this is the teaching of Jesus.

Once the negativity of the spectre of death is removed, is it not possible that the things we envisage, if within the given parameters of faith, could manifest themselves? And primarily, that faith finds its realisation in the way we perceive life from then on?  If we truly believe we are liberated from death, will that not find its expression IN THAT LIBERATION?

Does this then not mean that we are free to express life as it really exists, as we allow ourselves to be led by this expression of life, away from the expression of death? “The law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set me free from the law of sin and death

Life overcomes death can be better expressed as “Life HAS OVERCOME death”. Because Jesus did it. He did it “IN HIS BODY”. The death due to all flesh and blood has been defeated in His body, so that the power of life that He had, was able to repair the damage done to our physical bodies by the actions of those things in our physiology that causes death, he healed and restored in His own body the damage done by the corruption of our designed perfection that came about by Adam’s intervention in his design process.

In this way did Jesus “bear our sins”, by bearing the pain and suffering that comes as a result of less than Godly activity, and which causes death. The physical is just a pattern of the spiritual, and if the physical is not willing to perform decently, why should it be given permanency, eternal life? It was natural for Jesus to tackle the damage done to God’s creation via Adam, by the will of one who needed to be subservient and not dominant. That final proof of how righteousness overcomes unrighteousness, was by the raising of His mortal body to immortality.

It is said He “became a life giving Spirit”. He himself had said this also when He was on earth, that He would return, that it was for this very reason He had come. This life giving Spirit is available to all who want it, by faith, by believing and accepting Him. “Only believe”. It is not about “doing things” it is about “believing things”. It is about the willingness to believe that the God of love and life truly exists, and you are willing to place your life on it, after all, what is your life if it is empty and futile because of how natural life dictates the emptiness of the results of unrighteousness. What else can be expected from the making of wrong decisions, of wrong choices, of following one’s own will, the will of one who is caught in the futility of life.

The doing of worthwhile things can only come from the believing of worthwhile things.

The most “worthwhile thing” you can believe is that JESUS HAS CONQUERED DEATH for us, so we might also accomplish it, that is to make it true in us also, ‘simply’ by believing it has been done FOR US. To believe in Him and what He has done is to change our whole perspective on life, to open us up to His world and to our acceptance of it, of Him, so we also might be participant in that life with Him.

The future that is to come is being decided NOW BY YOUR ACTIONS WHICH ARE A RESULT OF YOUR BELIEFS. You either do what is right because you value it and trust it, or you do what is wrong because you are more comfortable with that. He holds nothing against you, He realises that mistakes come naturally to those who were born into a deficient world which by its very nature consumes all before it.  But having given the remedy for it all, He expects us to turn away from it and to take up the ideal which He has put before us in His Son Jesus. That ideal is that the nature of love is real and will be vindicated in the world which is to come, and which is available now to alter our destinies beforehand.

Your life, in conjunction with HIS life, can result in your life overcoming your death, even as it is said that He has already done this for you, so you can participate in HIS life because of what HE has done in you by your confession of faith.

ROMANS 10-9.  The word of faith. “That if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved;..”

[JESUS HAS GAINED AUTHORITY OVER DEATH][THE SPIRIT OF JESUS GIVES US AUTHORITY OVER DEATH]

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LIFE OVERCOMES DEATH [1152a]

This is the message to us, that we are by faith, to appropriate the truth that Jesus HAS OVERCOME death by His life, and that life is available to us to also appropriate in reality that which He has overcome on our behalf. That we might look forward in an assured hope for the future, being that the God of the future is assuring us of it.

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN.  All of our lives and thinking have been, and are, dominated by the certainty of death. That this is all there is, that we are by nature children and subjects of death. That we will die, as we see others die in all the past gone before and as far as we can see, all the future lives that are ahead. Death and taxes are considered to be the two certainties of life.

But there is this outstanding message of a man who died but then came to life again. Now this is impossible? Or is it. If we close off our minds to any possibility of any kind of “supernatural” event or unknown, “impossible” situation being able to take place, then we may be as Thomas who doubted even to the point of requiring that he physically place his hand inside the wounded side of Jesus.

People say, “unless I see it I won’t believe it”.

But there are things which defy logic, you would have to be a very closed off minded person not to appreciate this. God is asking us to consider the possibility that He exists and that there is life beyond death, that far from life being futile, it has a definite aim and purpose of existence, and that is to get us to project forward in our thinking towards something which can be imagined even if it were not yet to exist.

That the fact of exercising faith in the power of good to overcome evil AGAINST OPPOSITION could have far flung consequences. That by this, the very thing being hoped for IS CREATED. After all, God created “by his word”, He spoke and it appeared. Faith is said to do the same thing, if you speak in faith you can expect results, this is the teaching of Jesus.

Once the negativity of the spectre of death is removed, is it not possible that the things we envisage, if within the given parameters of faith, could manifest themselves? And primarily, that faith finds its realisation in the way we perceive life from then on?  If we truly believe we are liberated from death, will that not find its expression IN THAT LIBERATION?

Does this then not mean that we are free to express life as it really exists, as we allow ourselves to be led by this expression of life, away from the expression of death? “The law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set me free from the law of sin and death

Life overcomes death can be better expressed as “Life HAS OVERCOME death”. Because Jesus did it. He did it “IN HIS BODY”. The death due to all flesh and blood has been defeated in His body, so that the power of life that He had, was able to repair the damage done to our physical bodies by the actions of those things in our physiology that causes death, he healed and restored in His own body the damage done by the corruption of our designed perfection that came about by Adam’s intervention in his design process.

In this way did Jesus “bear our sins”, by bearing the pain and suffering that comes as a result of less than Godly activity, and which causes death. The physical is just a pattern of the spiritual, and if the physical is not willing to perform decently, why should it be given permanency, eternal life? It was natural for Jesus to tackle the damage done to God’s creation via Adam, by the will of one who needed to be subservient and not dominant. That final proof of how righteousness overcomes unrighteousness, was by the raising of His mortal body to immortality.

It is said He “became a life giving Spirit”. He himself had said this also when He was on earth, that He would return, that it was for this very reason He had come. This life giving Spirit is available to all who want it, by faith, by believing and accepting Him. “Only believe”. It is not about “doing things” it is about “believing things”. It is about the willingness to believe that the God of love and life truly exists, and you are willing to place your life on it, after all, what is your life if it is empty and futile because of how natural life dictates the emptiness of the results of unrighteousness. What else can be expected from the making of wrong decisions, of wrong choices, of following one’s own will, the will of one who is caught in the futility of life.

The doing of worthwhile things can only come from the believing of worthwhile things.

The most “worthwhile thing” you can believe is that JESUS HAS CONQUERED DEATH for us, so we might also accomplish it, that is to make it true in us also, ‘simply’ by believing it has been done FOR US. To believe in Him and what He has done is to change our whole perspective on life, to open us up to His world and to our acceptance of it, of Him, so we also might be participant in that life with Him.

The future that is to come is being decided NOW BY YOUR ACTIONS WHICH ARE A RESULT OF YOUR BELIEFS. You either do what is right because you value it and trust it, or you do what is wrong because you are more comfortable with that. He holds nothing against you, He realises that mistakes come naturally to those who were born into a deficient world which by its very nature consumes all before it.  But having given the remedy for it all, He expects us to turn away from it and to take up the ideal which He has put before us in His Son Jesus. That ideal is that the nature of love is real and will be vindicated in the world which is to come, and which is available now to alter our destinies beforehand.

Your life, in conjunction with HIS life, can result in your life overcoming your death, even as it is said that He has already done this for you, so you can participate in HIS life because of what HE has done in you by your confession of faith.

ROMANS 10-9.  The word of faith. “That if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved;..”

[JESUS HAS GAINED AUTHORITY OVER DEATH][THE SPIRIT OF JESUS GIVES US AUTHORITY OVER DEATH]

LIFE OVERCOMES DEATH [1152]

This is the message to us, that we are by faith, to appropriate the truth that Jesus HAS OVERCOME death by His life, and that life is available to us to also appropriate in reality that which He has overcome on our behalf. That we might look forward in an assured hope for the future, being that the God of the future is assuring us of it.

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN.  All of our lives and thinking have been, and are, dominated by the certainty of death. That this is all there is, that we are by nature children and subjects of death. That we will die, as we see others die in all the past gone before and as far as we can see, all the future lives that are ahead. Death and taxes are considered to be the two certainties of life.

But there is this outstanding message of a man who died but then came to life again. Now this is impossible? Or is it. If we close off our minds to any possibility of any kind of “supernatural” event or unknown, “impossible” situation being able to take place, then we may be as Thomas who doubted even to the point of requiring that he physically place his hand inside the wounded side of Jesus.

People say, “unless I see it I won’t believe it”.

But there are things which defy logic, you would have to be a very closed off minded person not to appreciate this. God is asking us to consider the possibility that He exists and that there is life beyond death, that far from life being futile, it has a definite aim and purpose of existence, and that is to get us to project forward in our thinking towards something which can be imagined even if it were not yet to exist.

That the fact of exercising faith in the power of good to overcome evil AGAINST OPPOSITION could have far flung consequences. That by this, the very thing being hoped for IS CREATED. After all, God created “by his word”, He spoke and it appeared. Faith is said to do the same thing, if you speak in faith you can expect results, this is the teaching of Jesus.

Once the negativity of the spectre of death is removed, is it not possible that the things we envisage, if within the given parameters of faith, could manifest themselves? And primarily, that faith finds its realisation in the way we perceive life from then on?  If we truly believe we are liberated from death, will that not find its expression IN THAT LIBERATION?

Does this then not mean that we are free to express life as it really exists, as we allow ourselves to be led by this expression of life, away from the expression of death? “The law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set me free from the law of sin and death

Life overcomes death can be better expressed as “Life HAS OVERCOME death”. Because Jesus did it. He did it “IN HIS BODY”. The death due to all flesh and blood has been defeated in His body, so that the power of life that He had, was able to repair the damage done to our physical bodies by the actions of those things in our physiology that causes death, he healed and restored in His own body the damage done by the corruption of our designed perfection that came about by Adam’s intervention in his design process.

In this way did Jesus “bear our sins”, by bearing the pain and suffering that comes as a result of less than Godly activity, and which causes death. The physical is just a pattern of the spiritual, and if the physical is not willing to perform decently, why should it be given permanency, eternal life? It was natural for Jesus to tackle the damage done to God’s creation via Adam, by the will of one who needed to be subservient and not dominant. That final proof of how righteousness overcomes unrighteousness, was by the raising of His mortal body to immortality.

It is said He “became a life giving Spirit”. He himself had said this also when He was on earth, that He would return, that it was for this very reason He had come. This life giving Spirit is available to all who want it, by faith, by believing and accepting Him. “Only believe”. It is not about “doing things” it is about “believing things”. It is about the willingness to believe that the God of love and life truly exists, and you are willing to place your life on it, after all, what is your life if it is empty and futile because of how natural life dictates the emptiness of the results of unrighteousness. What else can be expected from the making of wrong decisions, of wrong choices, of following one’s own will, the will of one who is caught in the futility of life.

The doing of worthwhile things can only come from the believing of worthwhile things.

The most “worthwhile thing” you can believe is that JESUS HAS CONQUERED DEATH for us, so we might also accomplish it, that is to make it true in us also, ‘simply’ by believing it has been done FOR US. To believe in Him and what He has done is to change our whole perspective on life, to open us up to His world and to our acceptance of it, of Him, so we also might be participant in that life with Him.

The future that is to come is being decided NOW BY YOUR ACTIONS WHICH ARE A RESULT OF YOUR BELIEFS. You either do what is right because you value it and trust it, or you do what is wrong because you are more comfortable with that. He holds nothing against you, He realises that mistakes come naturally to those who were born into a deficient world which by its very nature consumes all before it.  But having given the remedy for it all, He expects us to turn away from it and to take up the ideal which He has put before us in His Son Jesus. That ideal is that the nature of love is real and will be vindicated in the world which is to come, and which is available now to alter our destinies beforehand.

Your life, in conjunction with HIS life, can result in your life overcoming your death, even as it is said that He has already done this for you, so you can participate in HIS life because of what HE has done in you by your confession of faith.

ROMANS 10-9.  The word of faith. “That if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved;..”

[JESUS HAS GAINED AUTHORITY OVER DEATH][THE SPIRIT OF JESUS GIVES US AUTHORITY OVER DEATH]

WE ARE THE SON, WE ARE NOT THE FATHER [1151a]

Adam’s fall was due to self exploration with a view to domination of his environment, himself. He sought to be equal to the Father, when he should have been content with being the son. It is this immature uninformed and ignorant desire to be autonomous, that has caused all the troubles we have today, although it is perfectly natural in line with the impetuousness of youth and the desire to increase in all manner of our consciousness, to expand it.

The true son Jesus came to show us our rightful and correct place in the world, that being the same position or place that He assumed while He was here with us. That we are to be subservient to the Father and to that which He has established, which is that Jesus is the ultimate authority who, for us, has become our source of life and of living. We must be content to be a son, along with THE Son, who ultimately also is subservient to the Father.

[Maturity may also bring with it a sense of fatherhood as well as sonship]

WE ARE THE SON, WE ARE NOT THE FATHER [1151]

Adam’s fall was due to self exploration with a view to domination of his environment, himself. He sought to be equal to the Father, when he should have been content with being the son. It is this immature uninformed and ignorant desire to be autonomous, that has caused all the troubles we have today, although it is perfectly natural in line with the impetuousness of youth and the desire to increase in all manner of our consciousness, to expand it.

The true son Jesus came to show us our rightful and correct place in the world, that being the same position or place that He assumed while He was here with us. That we are to be subservient to the Father and to that which He has established, which is that Jesus is the ultimate authority who, for us, has become our source of life and of living. We must be content to be a son, along with THE Son, who ultimately also is subservient to the Father.

[Maturity may also bring with it a sense of fatherhood as well as sonship]

THE GREAT TRAGEDY OF SIN [1150a]

It is all around us, the darkness, the depression. We see it in those we hardly know, as well as in those dear to us. All the possible circumstances and scenarios that could exist as a result of both random and deliberate forces of nature, forces of human will and self will. People hurting people. People not forgiving, people accusing others, especially those who are close to each other, typically in a marriage or relationship environment.

What is this sin nature that is so hurtful, so inconsiderate, so self orientated that it is not satisfied unless others are left hurting as it seeks the ultimate supremacy of self assertion at all costs. A dominating nature that seeks to establish its domain above all others, that selfishly exploits those around them. The squashing and stifling of life.

For goodness sake, make it your business to encourage and support others, to be kind and loving, not hurtful and hating.

How are we to rescue these hurting ones from themselves, to bring them strength and purpose, to lift them up and give them self belief, hope and faith in a purpose in life that sustains until death?

We must first establish within ourselves the very truth of life we desire for them. We must raise our game to find ways of reaching them with a sense of direction that is tangible and demonstrable. Life has overpowered death in the person of Jesus as a demonstration of life’s purpose, that we also by life might overpower death in us by faith in His promise of eternal life to be freely acquired by transfer of our ownership from ourselves to Him, from our world, our kingdom, to His world and His kingdom.

“Without me you can do nothing”. We must have Him, we must put Him on as a garment by the gift of His revealed self as being the blueprint for OUR lives also. This is the great imperative, this is the essential necessity which cannot be avoided if we wish to proceed into that supernatural sense of being which He has become and wishes us to also be, WITH HIM.

 

THE GREAT TRAGEDY OF SIN [1150]

It is all around us, the darkness, the depression. We see it in those we hardly know, as well as in those dear to us. All the possible circumstances and scenarios that could exist as a result of both random and deliberate forces of nature, forces of human will and self will. People hurting people. People not forgiving, people accusing others, especially those who are close to each other, typically in a marriage or relationship environment.

What is this sin nature that is so hurtful, so inconsiderate, so self orientated that it is not satisfied unless others are left hurting as they themselves seek the ultimate supremacy of self assertion at all costs. A dominating nature that seeks to establish its domain above all others, that selfishly exploits those around them. The squashing and stifling of life.

For goodness sake, make it your business to encourage and support others, to be kind and loving, not hurtful and hating.

How are we to rescue these hurting ones from themselves, to bring them strength and purpose, to lift them up and give them self belief, hope and faith in a purpose in life that sustains until death?

We must first establish within ourselves the very truth of life we desire for them. We must raise our game to find ways of reaching them with a sense of direction that is tangible and demonstrable. Life has overpowered death in the person of Jesus as a demonstration of life’s purpose, that we also by life might overpower death in us by faith in His promise of eternal life to be freely acquired by transfer of our ownership from ourselves to Him, from our world, our kingdom, to His world and His kingdom.

“Without me you can do nothing”. We must have Him, we must put Him on as a garment by the gift of His revealed self as being the blueprint for OUR lives also. This is the great imperative, this is the essential necessity which cannot be avoided if we wish to proceed into that supernatural sense of being which He has become and wishes us to also be, WITH HIM.

 

MY GOD MY GOD WHY HAVE YOU ABANDONED ME [675d]

My interest here revolves around Paul and Jesus from the point of view of both of them not understanding what was going on, what was happening to them. Paul plainly states so in Romans 7-15 when he says “For that which I do, I don’t understand…”. He is talking about the conflict that has arisen between his law enlightened mind and his ‘mind of the body’ (flesh). In that what he purposes to do, does not actually happen, he is not in control of his own actions as they arise from the ‘will of his flesh’, in contradiction of his ‘own’ will, his rational mind.    [really his heart]

There is a whole other mess of internal contradiction going on, which prohibits the outright performing of the righteousness as prescribed by law. This mess is the product of internal corruption, the conflict between natural (earthly) desire and heavenly desire.

Jesus was also in conflict. His was of his Spirit derived righteousness being in conflict with these very forces that Paul was encountering. From his initial encounter in the garden, to his definitive cry from the cross of “My God, My God…”.  “Why have you forsaken me?” this is revealed on two counts, the first being that he is calling his previous Father ‘God’, and the second that he is asking the question “WHY…”

Jesus was not understanding his position at the time, because of the turmoil of the conflict in which he was involved with the indwelling sin nature of his flesh. During his time on earth he had distanced himself from this indwelling flesh/sin nature, he had identified it as foreign to his nature, his Godly nature, but now he was in battle with this internal contradiction of himself and he was exposed to the very condition that man brings to the table, which is separation from God.

His “Father” had distanced into the background, as the “other” father came to the forefront, the father of lies, whose “works” were now in evidence before him. The father whom he himself had earlier contexted in his address to the Pharisees with “You are of your father the devil…” (and the works of your father you do). Jesus was confronting this corrupted “father” and destroying his right to lay claim to our lives. It was from within this inner darkness of conflict that he was experiencing our humanity and also experiencing our separation from our heavenly Father because of this father of lies.

Under the condition of experiencing this separation, he felt what we feel, he perceived God as judge and executioner, [the law of sin and death was at work] and felt abandoned to his fate. He was on his own. But then, suddenly, the battle was over and the war had been won. “It is finished”. Understanding was once more restored to him and he relinquished his hold on this earthly life. The law of sin and death had been vanquished by his righteousness. Later, love mercy and forgiveness were to introduce us also to this righteousness which had now been revealed to be the true nature of all things pertaining to us and our wellbeing, and which was a free gift because of his grace.

Paul also, once having been involved with the unwinnable conflict which this natural life presents, was to gain victory over his human nature as he submitted to the righteousness of God, by faith in whom he* [God] really was, as revealed through his son. Romans 7 shows this unwinnable conflict without Jesus, and Galatians shows the winnable (won by faith) one with him. Initially there was separation and non-understanding, then there was reconciliation and integration as understanding was gained.

[ In amongst this was also polarisation and depolarisation, as it occurred in both Jesus and Paul.]*[And Paul as a son of God].[He will appear suddenly].

FOR THE SPIRIT WAS NOT YET [1149b]

According to Murray, this verse which is normally rendered “for the Spirit was not yet given”, is literally written as above, that the Spirit was not “given” because it did not exist, it was NOT YET because it came from the glorified Christ who was not yet glorified.

“The Spirit of Christ” Andrew Murray 1979, chapter 5.

John 7-39. View also this article     https://holdingtotruth.com/2017/02/25/the-spirit-was-not-yet-/

FOR THE SPIRIT WAS NOT YET [1149a]

According to Murray, this verse which is normally rendered “for the Spirit was not yet given”, is literally written as above, that the Spirit was not “given” because it did not exist, it was NOT YET because it came from the glorified Christ who was not yet glorified.

“The Spirit of Christ” Andrew Murray 1979, chapter 5.

John 7-39. View also this article     https://holdingtotruth.com/2017/02/25/the-spirit-was-not-yet-/