THE MESSAGE SHOULD NOT BE THAT PEOPLE ARE GOING TO HELL, BUT THAT THEY HAVE ALREADY BEEN RESCUED FROM THE NECESSITY TO BE THERE [1277]

Death and hell are inevitable for those who are in effect, already there, in that ‘natural’ state into which they were born. Flesh and blood cannot inherit the ‘kingdom of God’. The old nature or creation is just a launching pad for the new to take place, so those who want to talk about the creation as opposed to evolution, have missed the point, it is the NEW creation which is needing exposure to the world, not the old.

The inevitability of death under the old creation, has no need of expose’, it is patently obvious that this is so, but what is not so obvious is that man’s destiny has been directed into life that exists forever, eternally, because the nature he is capable of becoming, has far reaching consequences that govern his future existence in the supernatural which is to soon become the ‘new natural’.

Those who deny the ‘supernatural’ will probably also deny the supernatural God of extreme power who brought several people back to life from the dead, one of whom became transformed into the first of the new creation people who will ultimately dominate that new creation when it is finally revealed, although which should presently be visible through those same new creational people as they make their presence felt while still on this earth.

But it is all by FAITH, by a belief  which arises from the desire of the heart for this to be true. “Those who would draw near to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him”. But He has through His Son, sought US out and revealed it all to those who enquire of Him, what the truth really is. Those who are not troubled by the existence of evil will not seek for the Good. Those who are not distressed by this present life and the troubles it contains, will not look for the God who can change those troubles into joy, who has provided the solution to all things.

Those who live in the land of the dead have seen a great light. Matt.4-16. Isaiah 9-2. Eph. 5-8.

[If you, though you are evil, know how to give good things to your children, how much more will the Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him?]

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ORIGIN OF SPECIES [1267c]

Made in the image of God means that our consciousness first was of God and Him alone. Then further exploration of who we are occurred, and only then did our separate identity arrive when and as we separated elements of our consciousness from HIS, in the action of what is commonly seen as the eating of the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

So evil was created by us as the inevitable happened as our consciousness expanded, this evil being what resulted from the exploring of and by our (now evil) imagination in ways deviant from His. This was an abberation never to be resolved or  corrected until Jesus came to do exactly that.

The inherent knowledge of God’s goodness in us condemned us through our knowledge also of the evil we had created, had done, and had now become. We were self condemned and forever to be internally conflicted by these two elements encapsulated in the human body.

Until Jesus came.

[D-eviancy to d-evil][God is Go-d]

YOUR CONSCIENCE WILL EAT YOU ALIVE [1185c]

The simplicity of the gospel message may be seen by this: That we being intelligent beings, do know right from wrong, if our conscience has not been “seared”. From various means ways and sources, our consciences accumulate the necessary information to be able to discern the good and bad about ourselves and mankind in general, and also depending on what part of the world you were raised in may alter your particular conscience through wrong culture or religion, or the bad experiences of war etc.

“When the gentiles, who have not the law, do by nature what the law contains, they show they are  law unto themselves, their consciences…” The gentiles (us) who were not privy to the Jewish law (not being Jews) still were capable of living in a civilised manner, with due regard for their fellow neighbours. Their consciences would then be subject to examination on “the last day” to determine just how far that conscience had been able to penetrate the areas of holiness (probably not) that God required, since only through Christ can this be achieved, it having been achieved for us to absorb and follow.

We make some kind of peace with our conscience as much as we can, we juggle what our mind says against what our heart tells us, and we compromise in order to function in this world.

The reality is, to varying degrees depending on the individual, that our  conscience (rational sense level?) can largely be at odds with our heart (emotional sense level?) and together they are at odds with God, with what is right.

Your stress levels, your peace, your inner conflict, are all involved. In ANY situation you are being subjected to these opposing forces, and as individuals, we may react to them to varying degrees of uncomfortableness.

This gives rise to guilt, grief, fear, anguish, torment, mental illness, anger, outrage, and all manner of deviancies and corruption of the desired correct functioning of the intended human personality.

This can make your life HELL, and if you die in this, you will be brought to the ultimate conscience realisation where imperfection of conscience is brought into perfect conflict with perfection itself, which is the same place where Jesus found himself while on the cross. This is HELL ITSELF.

YOUR CONSCIENCE WILL EAT YOU ALIVE…. Jesus is the solution.

[When your heart and mind become one in Him, nothing is impossible][Always do what is right, operating from a cleansed conscience in Him]

THERE IS ONLY ONE REAL RESURRECTION [1276]

When all is said and done, there is only one resurrection that really matters, and that is the one which Christ experienced on our behalf. I say on our behalf, because it is only because HE is resurrected, that we can be also. Our resurrection and His amount to the same thing, because we join with Him in His, by taking on all that He is, and dying with Him in the same way that He did, to self and flesh, and then also rising with Him, IN THIS PRESENT LIFE. THIS is our “resurrection”. If this is not the case then there will be no further resurrection to life at all at anytime.

The “First Resurrection” is His and Himself, and we only because we have died and been resurrected spiritually with Him, to the point where we are said to be seated with Him in heaven. If we have not been already ‘spiritually’ resurrected with Him, or deny that we have, then we NEVER will be. We may experience a “resurrection”, but it will be one of death, that results in death, since our resurrection in Him is that identical experience of “being born again”, without which you remain in death.

“Those who take part in the first resurrection will not be harmed by the second death”. But those who do NOT take part in that first resurrection, which is Christ Himself, WILL be harmed by the “second death”. ‘Futuristically’, believers will simply have the life they already hold in Christ, confirmed, just as those outside of Christ will have their death confirmed.

THE END RESULT OF GUILe IS GUILt [1275a]

Our guilt and self condemnation is a result of guile which caused deviation from truth. Guile is the mindset of the serpent ‘of old’, who ‘from the beginning’ in the garden of Eden deceived our predecessors Adam and Eve.

The serpent was lifted up in wilderness, the wilderness of our natural being, that from the uncultured wilderness of our lives we might see form and purpose and true reason by means of the antipathy of it all, that from the unstructured nature and futility of thought, action and purpose, we might see that the reversal of the condition of this primitive nature, reveals the source of both sin and love.

As the serpent was lifted up in the wilderness, so too was the son of man lifted up on the cross, that all who look may live.

[Can you believe there are people who are so deceived that they insist on arguing about whether or not the cross had a cross beam? This is similar to those who insist on the ‘magic’ or ‘specialness’ of Jesus blood as explaining the atonement].[Empathy].

SECURITY AND THE ASPECT OF FEAR [1274a]

We will always be self condemned while we remain in a state of self reliance. IF (or while) we remain from a base point of fear, always aware of our vulnerability, then there will always be a reason to fear because we will always be conscious of being of a nature that is faulty, that is contracting towards death instead of expanding in life.

Love is the only condition which denies all the negativity of self analysis, because for love to exist, all forms of death must go. This means that self has to be assigned to death, so that life can exist through trust, hope, faith.

[Perfect love casts out all fear][The one who fears is not yet perfected in love][Through fear of death man is held in lifelong bondage] 

THE END RESULT OF GUILe IS GUILt [1275]

Our guilt and self condemnation is a result of guile which caused deviation from truth. Guile is the mindset of the serpent ‘of old’, who ‘from the beginning’ in the garden of Eden deceived our predecessors Adam and Eve.

The serpent was lifted up in wilderness, the wilderness of our natural being, that from the uncultured wilderness of our lives we might see form and purpose and true reason by means of the antipathy of it all, that from the unstructured nature and futility of thought, action and purpose, we might see that the reversal of the condition of this primitive nature, reveals the source of both sin and love.

As the serpent was lifted up in the wilderness, so too was the son of man lifted up on the cross, that all who look may live.

[Can you believe there are people who are so deceived that they insist on arguing about whether or not the cross had a cross beam? This is similar to those who insist on the ‘magic’ or ‘specialness’ of Jesus blood as explaining the atonement].[Empathy].

GOD’S LOVE AND HIS WRATH ARE THE SAME THING [865c]

When two opposing forces come together, there is conflict, and a resolution must result. We see this conflict within man, and see his anger as an outworking or display of this conflict.

When righteousness and unrighteousness come together, there is conflict. Now God and his Spirit of love are righteousness, and man and his spirit of sin are unrighteousness. These two, like Spirit and flesh, are incompatible and conflict results.

The nature of this conflict is that there is an agitation of the elements involved, and the stronger of them will overcome the weaker, and God who is love and righteousness will always emerge victorious from such a contest, as he did in Jesus on the cross, where, although death resulted to the physical, confirmed spiritual life then re-emerged with a new physical, that of the immortal body.

So when God’s love is in confrontation with man’s sin which is IN man, the internal agitation caused by the fear of the judgement inherent in this action which seeks a remedy to the difference between God’s righteousness and our unrighteousness, results in anger and what we perceive to be God’s “wrath”. With this wrath “on” us and in us, we are extremely uncomfortable, to say the least.

But it is God’s love we are experiencing, it is just that it is in opposition to what we are or have become because we identify with our sin nature, not with His love nature. He is flame to our paper. His nature HAS to create drama and trauma in us, for us, because our human nature is only temporary and must undergo change to be atone with HIS nature, the divine nature.

We experience the judgement on sin WITHIN us, and this results in the inner guilt that we feel whenever anything to do with God or righteousness presents itself to our awareness or consciousness. And because we were made in HIS image, we condemn ourselves because, having the knowledge of good and bad, we are capable of judging ourselves as guilty also. We also create inner wrath because we know our position is untenable and unsurviveable, unsustainable.

God then reveals to us that His very own nature of love through his very only begotten son, has confronted the sin nature of man that lies in his natural body and which lay in Jesus body also, and brought about the ultimate conflict and wrath towards the nature of “sin in the flesh”. Jesus’ personal “Armageddon”, which is also OUR “Armageddon”, and brought about, in the nature of his love, the “final resolution”.

The nature of love has been assaulted and tortured to the death  within the same body of sin that hosted the perfect spirit nature that Jesus was, and the Father suffered this conflict also as he watched his son die a terrible death on his cross. The perfect Spirit of Jesus was in conflict with the, our, inner nature of sinful flesh. His loving righteousness was brought to bear on the corrupted sin nature of “sin in the flesh” and the inner stress of this was painful and of immense anguish, as He was confronted with the reality of what the absence of the Spirit of God means in the darkness of its terrible presence. He was ‘in anguish in its flame’. The fires of hell brought Him to the ‘pit’ of hell, the grave, the tomb, from which he would emerge victorious, having overcome his mortal body, having changed it through loving conflict, to an immortal body.

This victory is ours in Him who has wrought this victory and who now presents it to us as a completed gift of life, of righteousness. The battle is over, “It is finished” for him and for us. Our only “battle” now is to install by faith this victory over death and all its components. And this “battle” lies in accepting this truth, that he has come in the flesh and provided all that we need to live life in and from Him, he who is love, and the “installation” lies only in this one word, BELIEVE.

SECURITY AND THE ASPECT OF FEAR [1274]

We will always be self condemned while we remain in a state of self reliance. IF (or while) we remain from a base point of fear, always aware of our vulnerability, then there will always be a reason to fear because we will always be conscious of being of a nature that is faulty, that is contracting towards death instead of expanding in life.

Love is the only condition which denies all the negativity of self analysis, because for love to exist, all forms of death must go. This means that self has to be assigned to death, so that life can exist through trust, hope, faith.

[Perfect love casts out all fear][The one who fears is not yet perfected in love][Through fear of death man is held in lifelong bondage] 

THERE IS NO CONTRADICTION IN LOVE [1273a]

Seeming contradictions in scripture may occur in order to lead us to greater truth. Because thought patterns and scenarios are so wide and all encompassing, the pathway through them might be of necessity, somewhat convoluted.

General knowledge, including religious knowledge, may be likened to a pyramid where you start at the base line with a wide width of many facts to work through, few of which appear as absolute replication of the others, but as you work your way up through the ‘higher levels’, gradually the width and breadth of the number of ‘deeper concepts’ is reduced, until finally at the top of the pyramid, one single fact remains. GOD IS LOVE.

The cross of Jesus is the shortcut to this singularity.