JESUS BECAME SIN (FOR US) [1879a]

There is nothing difficult in this, the only way Jesus could bear our sin was by being of the same nature as us, by being of that same nature that was subject to sin, yet without sinning. If He did not have the same nature as us, He could not have been in a position to bear the sin that we sin. All sorts of silly arguments centre around the sinless nature of Christ, His perfection and sinlessness, of being the spotless lamb.

So we were tempted and we sinned, Jesus was tempted but did not sin. How hard can it be? It is similar to those who say the law continues for us, when the statement plainly is that WE ARE NOT UNDER THE LAW. [yes, we are OVER it]. We having lost our identity through the accusation by the law of us sinning, not having the power of any moral authority behind us, did sin. Jesus knew who He was, the Son of God, and having all the moral authority under the sun behind [above] Him, and in Him, did not sin.

But it was when Jesus allowed Himself to enter into that same nature of ours which contained the possibilities of sin and to sin, that matters became more confused. We have to acknowledge that all sin comes through the thought processes of our brain, of our thinking. That if we arrange certain thought patterns in certain ways, we may end up with a structure that is ungodly. And that if our bodies have certain desires which tend to favour the self rather than others, then we may become self-serving instead of other serving or God serving.

So if the reason for these self serving desires can be sorted out and eliminated, then a completely new scenario is created. The righteous Spirit of Jesus entered into these physiological areas of physicality and of mentality and did battle with them. The righteousness He had become was able to confront and overcome all these areas of service to the self, similar to when temptation led Him to avoid food for forty days in denial of His body, and to refuse to take upon Himself the kingdoms of this world as His prize, because He knew He was in charge of all those kingdoms already, and also the kingdom of heaven.

So He defeated within Himself, not only those thought patterns set up within the human makeup necessary for our survival, he also altered the physical, psychological, and complete physiology of the human form, so as to destroy the very root cause of sin, that of the temptation itself. While this was in progress we hear Him cry “My God, My God, Why have you forsaken me”. The battle was hard and the darkness of evil was felt within Him as the struggle continued in His body, now dealing with the reality of inner sin, just as Paul said “evil is present in me, the one who wishes to do good”. Well Paul could NOT do the good, but Jesus fought until all the deficiencies that were of the natural human birth had been overcome and replaced by all the elements of the Spiritual birth, leaving no remnant of that human nature left by which it might resist or oppose God at all. “It is finished” He cried.

His body was now rendered as immortal, but death had to ‘seal the deal’ to set the scene for resurrection. HE ‘gave up’ His spirit of His life OF the flesh from which He had entered IN (into) the flesh, and then died. He literally became sin for us, He became the object of “the wrath of God” as the righteousness of God that He was, was brought to bear on the unrighteousness of elements of His “flesh”, His body, in which lay those miserable components of self generation and self preservation, until Holiness pervaded every part of Him, and not just in His Spirit. He became the completed perfected creature of creation that God seeks also for us, which is why the ‘hope of the Christian” is not stated to be heaven going or any such thing, but is the RESURRECTION OF THE BODY, of the WHOLE person, of the NEW CREATION in Christ, yet to be revealed by the fire of purification on the last day, but intended to be seen in THIS life as by faith people apprehend the message of complete redemption done for them at great cost, His life, His body, His blood, His immense SUFFERING for us.

[The question arises as to the nature of guilt that He bore for us, within Himself. The nature of the case suggests that He bore the pain and the suffering of the guilt for which we are guilty, no guilt of His own. And how could there be any of His own, He had done no wrong. Yet it must have been HIS conscience that was under attack, perhaps as being the god-head representative it was to do with the assumption of the responsibility for having created a wayward creation which produced so much evil. LOVE that suffers the consequence of loving enough to bring into existence the children of that love, yet then suffering the consequence of love unreturned, and the ultimate loss of those His children. Yet the internal darkness would be completely recognisable in terms of gaining that victory over those thought patterns of guilt, in terms of depression, anxiety and the absolute stress of having to justify the whole process within the body of His Son, as Love did its necessary work within Him.]

JESUS BECAME SIN (FOR US) [1879]

There is nothing difficult in this, the only way Jesus could bear our sin was by being of the same nature as us, by being of that same nature that was subject to sin, yet without sinning. If He did not have the same nature as us, He could not have been in a position to bear the sin that we sin. All sorts of silly arguments centre around the sinless nature of Christ, His perfection and sinlessness, of being the spotless lamb.

So we were tempted and we sinned, Jesus was tempted but did not sin. How hard can it be? It is similar to those who say the law continues for us, when the statement plainly is that WE ARE NOT UNDER THE LAW. [yes, we are OVER it]. We having lost our identity through the accusation by the law of us sinning, not having the power of any moral authority behind us, did sin. Jesus knew who He was, the Son of God, and having all the moral authority under the sun behind [above] Him, and in Him, did not sin.

But it was when Jesus allowed Himself to enter into that same nature of ours which contained the possibilities of sin and to sin, that matters became more confused. We have to acknowledge that all sin comes through the thought processes of our brain, of our thinking. That if we arrange certain thought patterns in certain ways, we may end up with a structure that is ungodly. And that if our bodies have certain desires which tend to favour the self rather than others, then we may become self-serving instead of other serving or God serving.

So if the reason for these self serving desires can be sorted out and eliminated, then a completely new scenario is created. The righteous Spirit of Jesus entered into these physiological areas of physicality and of mentality and did battle with them. The righteousness He had become was able to confront and overcome all these areas of service to the self, similar to when temptation led Him to avoid food for forty days in denial of His body, and to refuse to take upon Himself the kingdoms of this world as His prize, because He knew He was in charge of all those kingdoms already, and also the kingdom of heaven.

So He defeated within Himself, not only those thought patterns set up within the human makeup necessary for our survival, he also altered the physical, psychological, and complete physiology of the human form, so as to destroy the very root cause of sin, that of the temptation itself. While this was in progress we hear Him cry “My God, My God, Why have you forsaken me”. The battle was hard and the darkness of evil was felt within Him as the struggle continued in His body, now dealing with the reality of inner sin, just as Paul said “evil is present in me, the one who wishes to do good”. Well Paul could NOT do the good, but Jesus fought until all the deficiencies that were of the natural human birth had been overcome and replaced by all the elements of the Spiritual birth, leaving no remnant of that human nature left by which it might resist or oppose God at all. “It is finished” He cried.

His body was now rendered as immortal, but death had to ‘seal the deal’ to set the scene for resurrection. HE ‘gave up’ His spirit of His life OF the flesh from which He had entered IN (into) the flesh, and then died. He literally became sin for us, He became the object of “the wrath of God” as the righteousness of God that He was, was brought to bear on the unrighteousness of elements of His “flesh”, His body, in which lay those miserable components of self generation and self preservation, until Holiness pervaded every part of Him, and not just in His Spirit. He became the completed perfected creature of creation that God seeks also for us, which is why the ‘hope of the Christian” is not stated to be heaven going or any such thing, but is the RESURRECTION OF THE BODY, of the WHOLE person, of the NEW CREATION in Christ, yet to be revealed by the fire of purification on the last day, but intended to be seen in THIS life as by faith people apprehend the message of complete redemption done for them at great cost, His life, His body, His blood, His immense SUFFERING for us.

[The question arises as to the nature of guilt that He bore for us, within Himself. The nature of the case suggests that He bore the pain and the suffering of the guilt for which we are guilty, no guilt of His own. And how could there be any of His own, He had done no wrong. Yet it must have been HIS conscience that was under attack, perhaps as being the god-head representative it was to do with the assumption of the responsibility for having created a wayward creation which produced so much evil. LOVE that suffers the consequence of loving enough to bring into existence the children of that love, yet then suffering the consequence of love unreturned, and the ultimate loss of those His children. Yet the internal darkness would be completely recognisable in terms of gaining that victory over those thought patterns of guilt, in terms of depression, anxiety and the absolute stress of having to justify the whole process within the body of His Son, as Love did its necessary work within Him.]

FEAR [1700a]

There are many reasons to fear, and without fear there is very little to guide us on a safe path. But it is said “Through fear of death man is held in life long bondage”. And the bondage we know of is that bondage to the power of sin in our lives, and bondage to a body which dies. We fear death because we fear God and His judgement of us, we fear the penalty of our guilt, of our thoughts and actions. We fear death because of judgement, and we fear what may lie beyond death and the grave, we fear hell.

Fear may keep some people in control, and without fear there may be no restraint to anything we do, no self control. And that may place us in physical danger, in harm’s way, damage to life and limb may result.

But, widely speaking, without fear we may embark on the most severe of actions, without thought for the outcome for either ourselves or others. And because we fear death, we also fear life.

And so we recognise that it is fear that constrains us, controls us, and condemns us to a negativity and darkness which prevents us from venturing forth into life in full confidence and assurance of well being. Many suffer from anxiety and depression because of fear of what others may think, say, or do in response to what we are in our own lives while we are in community with others around us, with regard to the accepted norms and behavioral standards of society.

But back to the scripture. “The fear of God is the beginning of wisdom” it says somewhere. And so progresses a journey which must end with the opposite of fear, that being love. If we perceive God only as one who dishes out punishment for breaking His laws, then we may rightly fear Him. Scripture also says “Do not fear him who can only kill the body and after that do nothing, rather fear Him who has the power, after he has killed, to throw body and soul into hell”. Or similar. But this is simply a matter of getting one’s priorities right, so to speak.

For one operating outside of God’s free gift of righteousness, there should be some healthy fear involved, just as “The Law” prepared people for release from their problems by firstly accentuating them, and then releasing them from it all by the process of accepting God’s forgiveness and mercy for having transgressed those laws rules and regulations, and then removing them from that environment and placing them in a permanent environment of grace, forgiveness and love, forevermore.

“God so loved the world…” and “God is love” and “Love is of God”. So we also fear His love because we don’t understand it, and we don’t understand HIM.

And that’s why He sent Jesus His Son to explain it all to us. The Son who said “Through lack of knowledge my people perish”. He came to give us this knowledge of His own Father so we would understand the truth and come to rely on it and on Him. “And so we have come to know and rely on the love that God has for us”.

FEAR brings with it darkness and isolation from the truth of the light, and light dispels the darkness and reveals the truth of both darkness AND light. Jesus said “If the light in you be darkness, how great is that darkness”. If the best light we are conscious of still amounts only to darkness, then we are indeed in a great darkness. But now “those who dwell in the land of darkness have seen a great light”.

When fear is dispelled by the recognition of the incredible act of love that was enacted on the cross by the Father and the Son, when we are grateful for what it means for us and we gladly accept it as so, then darkness is vanquished from our consciousness and the wonder of His light begins to shine.

[“The one who fears is not yet perfected in love”]

FEAR [1700]

There are many reasons to fear, and without fear there is very little to guide us on a safe path. But it is said “Through fear of death man is held in life long bondage”. And the bondage we know of is that bondage to the power of sin in our lives, and bondage to a body which dies. We fear death because we fear God and His judgement of us, we fear the penalty of our guilt, of our thoughts and actions. We fear death because of judgement, and we fear what may lie beyond death and the grave, we fear hell.

Fear may keep some people in control, and without fear there may be no restraint to anything we do, no self control. And that may place us in physical danger, in harm’s way, damage to life and limb may result.

But, widely speaking, without fear we may embark on the most severe of actions, without thought for the outcome for either ourselves or others. And because we fear death, we also fear life.

And so we recognise that it is fear that constrains us, controls us, and condemns us to a negativity and darkness which prevents us from venturing forth into life in full confidence and assurance of well being. Many suffer from anxiety and depression because of fear of what others may think, say, or do in response to what we are in our own lives while we are in community with others around us, with regard to the accepted norms and behavioral standards of society.

But back to the scripture. “The fear of God is the beginning of wisdom” it says somewhere. And so progresses a journey which must end with the opposite of fear, that being love. If we perceive God only as one who dishes out punishment for breaking His laws, then we may rightly fear Him. Scripture also says “Do not fear him who can only kill the body and after that do nothing, rather fear Him who has the power, after he has killed, to throw body and soul into hell”. Or similar. But this is simply a matter of getting one’s priorities right, so to speak.

For one operating outside of God’s free gift of righteousness, there should be some healthy fear involved, just as “The Law” prepared people for release from their problems by firstly accentuating them, and then releasing them from it all by the process of accepting God’s forgiveness and mercy for having transgressed those laws rules and regulations, and then removing them from that environment and placing them in a permanent environment of grace, forgiveness and love, forevermore.

“God so loved the world…” and “God is love” and “Love is of God”. So we also fear His love because we don’t understand it, and we don’t understand HIM.

And that’s why He sent Jesus His Son to explain it all to us. The Son who said “Through lack of knowledge my people perish”. He came to give us this knowledge of His own Father so we would understand the truth and come to rely on it and on Him. “And so we have come to know and rely on the love that God has for us”.

FEAR brings with it darkness and isolation from the truth of the light, and light dispels the darkness and reveals the truth of both darkness AND light. Jesus said “If the light in you be darkness, how great is that darkness”. If the best light we are conscious of still amounts only to darkness, then we are indeed in a great darkness. But now “those who dwell in the land of darkness have seen a great light”.

When fear is dispelled by the recognition of the incredible act of love that was enacted on the cross by the Father and the Son, when we are grateful for what it means for us and we gladly accept it as so, then darkness is vanquished from our consciousness and the wonder of His light begins to shine.

[“The one who fears is not yet perfected in love”]

JESUS WAS BI-POLAR [510d]

2017. Jesus had two inner “states” and identities. The one was his identity as son of God. The second was the identity of the flesh that dwelt in him. From the beginning, he was from God and of God. His spirit was perfect and his will was always to do the will of his Father. That will was strengthened by the Spirit, which/who confirmed his identity as the only begotten son of the living God.

But He, his identity, inhabited a body that was typical of OUR bodies, with all the weaknesses and temptations of the flesh. This “flesh” had its own will and agenda, and, as we full know, it is a powerful force in the average man. In fact, it is the dominant force in natural man because man is said to be a slave to sin, and a servant of sin.

So we have two polarised states or conditions, both vying for the attention and service of man. The man that WE are, falls to temptation, serves the law of flesh that is due to natural desires and the sense of self-preservation. The man that HE was, served the presence of his Father, and denied the demands of his flesh. He kept the flesh at bay.

UNTIL He came to the end of his ministry on earth and entered into his ministry of reconciliation via the destruction of his fleshly body.

The polarisation of the state he was in, was then reversed, so that he now found himself in the state of his flesh, away from His Father. In this position He entered into conflict with his flesh and his identification with the identity of it. (He could do this because his spirit was ‘perfect’ and he had the power of righteousness with him). This conflict with his flesh was in the context of estrangement from external help, from the Father, and was severe to the point of it being able to be identified as the state we call “hell”.

His victory meant He had restored the original creative design intention of the human form, having altered/healed/destroyed/consumed the corrupted elements within, including death. This enabled him to be raised incorruptible and immortal.

We now, who have been corrupted ALMOST from the beginning, and certainly from the beginning of OUR lives; and who have ALSO been “Polarised” but in the opposite way to Him, that being that we “LIVE” in the flesh and are subject to its whims and “commands”, being that we are its servants: WE have been gifted his VICTORY by the WILL OF GOD, being that HE has established for us the reality of our forgiveness IN HIS FLESH and made it freely available via the Spirit that he has become, and in which form he was gifted to all men at Pentecost, and subsequently to us as the comforter, the Spirit of truth. (‘”Who is with you and will be in you’).

WE NOW are RE-POLARISED to be like he was, having been gifted HIS life to us, so we might be partakers of his blood and flesh, which he gave as food for our “consumption”; WE  have been joined to Him, having been “polarised” by the Holy Spirit, our identity now lives IN HIM and He IN US, and our flesh becomes to us as it was to Him, a foreign identity, our prior identification with our flesh having been broken by his “LAW” of forgiveness, which is his love. “..purify for himself a peculiar people, eager to do HIS will”. [To do what is right].

The will of the flesh, as empowered by law, has been broken, surpassed, banished, ABOLISHED; and the will of God as embodied in Christ and now in us, is in force via the gift of HIS Spirit. John says of this change that the believer “..cannot sin”. Such is the change in power of the position of the polarising forces of righteousness and unrighteousness. ‘We delight to do his will’, having had OUR identities confirmed as Children of God.

We have been gifted the same polarisation that He had, having the realm of our flesh disempowered by his forgiving love, and our spirit revived by HIS Spirit, to empower us to have dominion over our flesh, and to make real the victory over the flesh, in us, as it was in Him. We however, do not have to defeat the flesh in the same way He did. We do not and cannot overcome the flesh by any means or any virtue we may try to utilise of ourselves, from our own being: We INSTALL his victory of His now defeated enemies, in us (by faith). In fact His Spirit IS the victory which He now installs in us, and on which we now rely. Rather than defeat our enemies, WE INSTALL HIS DEFEAT  of our fleshly enemy.

Just as He reversed his polarisation in order to defeat the enemy, faith in him reverses our polarisation, installing in us that victory THAT HE IS, that we also might be PARTICIPATORS in Him, in His divine nature.

[His death guaranteed our life]

Canxiety Cdepression

EINSTEIN SAID THAT PROBLEMS CANNOT BE SOLVED BY THE SAME MINDSET THAT CREATED THEM [1096c]

And here lies the dilemma. What we are by nature, results in the problems of that nature. The only way to solve them is by introducing a different mindset, from one who has been through those problems, and emerged on the other side. Or from one who was always on the other side to begin with.

We need to have HIS mindset, one of love and peace, not one of crippling self delusion that goes around in ever decreasing circles until it runs the risk of disappearing down the black hole of despair and depression. We have an immense potential for success, but we only seem to be able to entertain failure, because of some strange set pattern of failure that appears as the inevitable consequence of being human.

So we try to eliminate our humanity by taking on superhuman aspirations and denying our vulnerability. We generate our own little worlds, but which still are constrained to fit within the greater pattern of humanity at large, and therein lies our downfall. If we remain within the jurisdiction of humanity, we die. If we however, rise above it in pursuance of that which is far greater, and actually catch the vision of it all, then we live, and will obtain confirmation of the higher will that enables us to continue doing so.

[Jesus entered into the darkness. See post 165]

EDIT.   You must be born again. Flesh gives birth to flesh but Spirit gives birth to spirit. Except a grain of wheat fall into the ground and die…but if it dies it bears much fruit. Must be born of water and the Spirit. This is like the flood to me. You were buried with Him in baptism. The Spirit will give life to your mortal bodies. A man must take up his cross and follow me. He who takes part in the first resurrection (Jesus) will not be harmed by the second death. Flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom. Unless a man be born again he can never see or enter the kingdom of God. He who believes has crossed over from death to life. He who believes in me will never see death.

THE ANALYTICAL STRUCTURE OF MAN AND SCRIPTURE [906f]

AMILLENNIAL SERIES

Here I wish to examine briefly some of the biblical concepts, precepts, analogies, types, patterns, shadows, metaphors, symbols etc. in one specific way.

That is, that man is portrayed as being various things to which we can relate. Specifically, that WE are symbolised as being the land or nation of Israel by the concept of ‘taking over the land, and destroying all the enemies encountered in the process’.

This relates to Jesus having gone before and wiped out all opposition FOR US, so we can claim HIS victory as being our own. That was just an example. Now I want to talk about different aspects of scripture as having symbolic, or spiritual meanings in a similar but more concentrated way.

Adam was kicked out of the “garden” and was prevented, encountered a barrier to returning. This barrier was the curtain that was torn in the temple, the curtain which separated the common from the holy place. It was his own conscience that had erected this barrier between God and himself, or the righteousness of God; from his own unrighteousness. Having betrayed love, he now judged himself unworthy. [Shades of Judas or Peter].

There was a division set up in his mind which was impenetrable. He felt estranged from God and from righteousness, he experienced guilt and shame from which he could not escape (He was a slave, in bondage to, sin of the sin nature).

“The devil” was likewise kicked out of heaven, lost his authority TO MAINTAIN THE VALIDITY OF THE “TEMPLE” CURTAIN. The separation from God (state of righteousness) in man’s mind* was no longer sustainable because of the permanent forgiveness of the cross.

The “great gulf” in the rich man and Lazarus parable is the same thing. Heaven and “earth” are separated by “sin”. Life and death, righteousness from unrighteousness. (Heaven and “hell”).

All of the suffering of man we can see as virtually one thing, that it is mental torment from being separated from the thing that gives peace, that is, LOVE and the source of it.

Jesus intervened for us and suffered this separation from God also. Adam (innocent perfection) lost his place and his flesh was then prone to corruption. Jesus (the second Adam) already HAD his “place”, was both  innocent and perfect also, but had ‘inherited’ Adam’s fallen nature, his corrupted body of flesh which also contained desires and temptations. He was made in every way like us, otherwise his victory would be hollow and contain no power.

Jesus “was in anguish in this flame”, that which is perceived to be the wrath of God is actually the wrath of man as he comes under the Spirit of God, or in Jesus case, as his righteous spirit met with the unrighteousness of the flesh WITHIN THE SAME BODY. This inner conflict is the pain and suffering of the combining of, the clash of, righteousness and unrighteousness, and a burning suffering results. Wherever love meets non love there will be a ‘burning’.

In the garden and on the cross the anguish was of the internal conflict, war being waged against the flesh, by the spirit, HIS spirit. The spirit of the son of God was defeating, healing his own body to restore it to its designed intention, but then beyond the natural, into the supernatural of the immortal body.

AND ALL THIS WAS GOING ON IN HIS MIND. This is the suffering of us all that separation (perceived separation) from God does to us. This is probably the affliction of most mental illness, that which is brought about by the absence of LOVE (God). And conversely, by the presence of guilt and loss and pain and shame, none of which can stand in the fire of His Spirit, of love.

God took action to restore our “state of mind” by removing the barrier that was partitioned across our mind, brain, thinking patterns. This opens up a whole new world of possibilities for us, because we are removed from the death of our own being, thinking, existence: and we are instead introduced to new thinking centred on the absence of darkness and the presence of LIGHT.

In accordance with HIS will, Jesus died for us to reveal himself and his love, to “put us to death” through the body of Christ, regardless of how we thought about it, so that now being “legally” “dead”, our defective thought processes have been rendered INEFFECTIVE and therefore also “dead”. IF WE WANT THEM TO BE SO.

We have been buried with Him and resurrected with Him. We have taken part in “the first resurrection” THAT HE IS. We have been RAISED with Him, and now sit WITH HIM in “the heavenlies”. WE are now the “temple” of the Holy Spirit. WE reign with Him. WE are “kings and priests” with HIM. We have HIS authority while on this earth.

The OLD covenant (agreement with God) has been torn up [fading away] and a new one provided. The laws of sin and death which previously had been given to the Jews in an attempt to control “transgressions” are completely non applicable to gentiles, and in any case there is now the NEW covenant by which we are to live according to the SPIRIT (The law of the Spirit of life) which has now overcome and overpowered the LAW OF SIN AND DEATH, the Mosaic law. The Spirit of truth will lead you into all truth.

We are now also in “The kingdom” with Him, even though not yet revealed or manifested as it will be at the “END”, nevertheless we are kingdom subjects NOW and are supposed to be doing “kingdom work” (sounds like the JW’s?).

We have been saved, resurrected, covenanted, risen, and entered into the kingdom of God. And all by “faith”.

JESUS IS THE MISSING PIECE which by faith, belief, is added to us, to our makeup so we can now be complete, the jigsaw piece of LOVE and FORGIVENESS has now entered to make it all complete, to make US complete, by his Spirit.

This was God’s work, this is his final product as the sons of God roll off the assembly line into His Kingdom. The full restoration of mankind is nearly complete.

[If Jesus had fallen to temptation and made the stones into bread, the outcome could have been different, the “second Adam” would probably have become as powerless as the first]*[Heart is the better term]

[“Be transformed by the renewing of your mind”]

THE ANALYTICAL STRUCTURE OF MAN AND SCRIPTURE [906e]

AMILLENNIAL SERIES

Here I wish to examine briefly some of the biblical concepts, precepts, analogies, types, patterns, shadows, metaphors, symbols etc. in one specific way.

That is, that man is portrayed as being various things to which we can relate. Specifically, that WE are symbolised as being the land or nation of Israel by the concept of ‘taking over the land, and destroying all the enemies encountered in the process’.

This relates to Jesus having gone before and wiped out all opposition FOR US, so we can claim HIS victory as being our own. That was just an example. Now I want to talk about different aspects of scripture as having symbolic, or spiritual meanings in a similar but more concentrated way.

Adam was kicked out of the “garden” and was prevented, encountered a barrier to returning. This barrier was the curtain that was torn in the temple, the curtain which separated the common from the holy place. It was his own conscience that had erected this barrier between God and himself, or the righteousness of God; from his own unrighteousness. Having betrayed love, he now judged himself unworthy. [Shades of Judas or Peter].

There was a division set up in his mind which was impenetrable. He felt estranged from God and from righteousness, he experienced guilt and shame from which he could not escape (He was a slave, in bondage to, sin of the sin nature).

“The devil” was likewise kicked out of heaven, lost his authority TO MAINTAIN THE VALIDITY OF THE “TEMPLE” CURTAIN. The separation from God (state of righteousness) in man’s mind* was no longer sustainable because of the permanent forgiveness of the cross.

The “great gulf” in the rich man and Lazarus parable is the same thing. Heaven and “earth” are separated by “sin”. Life and death, righteousness from unrighteousness. (Heaven and “hell”).

All of the suffering of man we can see as virtually one thing, that it is mental torment from being separated from the thing that gives peace, that is, LOVE and the source of it.

Jesus intervened for us and suffered this separation from God also. Adam (innocent perfection) lost his place and his flesh was then prone to corruption. Jesus (the second Adam) already HAD his “place”, was both  innocent and perfect also, but had ‘inherited’ Adam’s fallen nature, his corrupted body of flesh which also contained desires and temptations. He was made in every way like us, otherwise his victory would be hollow and contain no power.

Jesus “was in anguish in this flame”, that which is perceived to be the wrath of God is actually the wrath of man as he comes under the Spirit of God, or in Jesus case, as his righteous spirit met with the unrighteousness of the flesh WITHIN THE SAME BODY. This inner conflict is the pain and suffering of the combining of, the clash of, righteousness and unrighteousness, and a burning suffering results. Wherever love meets non love there will be a ‘burning’.

In the garden and on the cross the anguish was of the internal conflict, war being waged against the flesh, by the spirit, HIS spirit. The spirit of the son of God was defeating, healing his own body to restore it to its designed intention, but then beyond the natural, into the supernatural of the immortal body.

AND ALL THIS WAS GOING ON IN HIS MIND. This is the suffering of us all that separation (perceived separation) from God does to us. This is probably the affliction of most mental illness, that which is brought about by the absence of LOVE (God). And conversely, by the presence of guilt and loss and pain and shame, none of which can stand in the fire of His Spirit, of love.

God took action to restore our “state of mind” by removing the barrier that was partitioned across our mind, brain, thinking patterns. This opens up a whole new world of possibilities for us, because we are removed from the death of our own being, thinking, existence: and we are instead introduced to new thinking centred on the absence of darkness and the presence of LIGHT.

In accordance with HIS will, Jesus died for us to reveal himself and his love, to “put us to death” through the body of Christ, regardless of how we thought about it, so that now being “legally” “dead”, our defective thought processes have been rendered INEFFECTIVE and therefore also “dead”. IF WE WANT THEM TO BE SO.

We have been buried with Him and resurrected with Him. We have taken part in “the first resurrection” THAT HE IS. We have been RAISED with Him, and now sit WITH HIM in “the heavenlies”. WE are now the “temple” of the Holy Spirit. WE reign with Him. WE are “kings and priests” with HIM. We have HIS authority while on this earth.

The OLD covenant (agreement with God) has been torn up [fading away] and a new one provided. The laws of sin and death which previously had been given to the Jews in an attempt to control “transgressions” are completely non applicable to gentiles, and in any case there is now the NEW covenant by which we are to live according to the SPIRIT (The law of the Spirit of life) which has now overcome and overpowered the LAW OF SIN AND DEATH, the Mosaic law. The Spirit of truth will lead you into all truth.

We are now also in “The kingdom” with Him, even though not yet revealed or manifested as it will be at the “END”, nevertheless we are kingdom subjects NOW and are supposed to be doing “kingdom work” (sounds like the JW’s?).

We have been saved, resurrected, covenanted, risen, and entered into the kingdom of God. And all by “faith”.

JESUS IS THE MISSING PIECE which by faith, belief, is added to us, to our makeup so we can now be complete, the jigsaw piece of LOVE and FORGIVENESS has now entered to make it all complete, to make US complete, by his Spirit.

This was God’s work, this is his final product as the sons of God roll off the assembly line into His Kingdom. The full restoration of mankind is nearly complete.

[If Jesus had fallen to temptation and made the stones into bread, the outcome could have been different, the “second Adam” would probably have become as powerless as the first]*[Heart is the better term]

[“Be transformed by the renewing of your mind”]

RELEASE FROM SELF CONDEMNATION AND ACCUSATION [1464b]

This is the heart of man’s problem. As an independent free agent, he has been made with the ability to discern right from wrong, and to be conscious of the consequences of both. But he only is capable of remaining in the one state of self condemnation and accusation, and is unable to rise above it to the further conclusion and apprehension of the righteous solution to the problem, because being completely self-centred, he sees himself AS the problem.

This is the consequence of being apart from God, and separated from him. It is the sin remnant after the event that provides the separation from God, and it is this consciousness of remnant sin that isolates us from the solution to it. While we continue to lay claim to the right to run our own lives, we remain in denial of God as the solution.

But for righteousness to be the solution, we have to have a way of ridding ourselves of this guilt problem that self autonomy consequently automatically brings.

So if we can see the problem analytically, can we solve it analytically, or does the solution have to contain elements of an external source (God) and HIS answer, or His way of dealing with it. Does the softer emotional or relational aspect have to be involved, in other words, does the nature of love have to be disclosed in order for the solution to be applied?

Knowing the problem we might cry out for the answer to it, in recognition that what is wrong is truly bad, and that what is right is truly good. But how do we manage to escape from the one state to the other?

If we were complete within ourselves, we would recognise the necessity and also the capability of righteousness [forgiveness] to be present in us in order to deal with the discrepancies of self condemnation sin guilt fear etc. But there is no relief from being under the accusation of one’s own mind, especially when that accusation is reinforced by other external ‘laws’ or recognition of the stale mate of the recognition of inner guilt.

Guilt without moral capability could remain simple statements of logic. But we are more than machines, we have feelings because we were made to do so, we were made after the pattern of God, and often we can recognise that the God we would create if we were in a position to do so, would be like our own best projection or guess of him, based on our own feelings about right and wrong, and the nature of love.

And in a way, this is what happens, as we allow to be brought about in us the “image of His Son” by the knowledge of His Spirit which He gives us. But what is to remove the stalemate of inherent sin?

Can we forgive ourselves?  As long as we consider ourselves to be self-contained, self sufficient, we are in denial of the inherent problem of self failure. To admit to self failure we see as denial of self, of the disintegration of self, of the death of self. And this is what the law proclaims to us.

Is forgiveness the only way to go? There firstly has to be admission of the problem before the solution can be found. That by “flesh”, as we are, as we were born and lived, we have lived in failure of the ultimate way of living, we have failed righteousness, we have operated in unrighteousness.

Failure has to be accepted, confessed, brought to light, admitted to be the truth of the situation. Then the rest of the truth of the situation can be brought into play, that there has to be allowance made for error, in the pursuit of ultimate truth. That error has to be put aside and removed in order for truth and integrity to be established.

But the pain. We feel the pain. The truth of all things as connected with righteousness, demands the recognition of the pain suffered and the pain caused by the problem of imperfection. In order to connect with truth and righteousness, because of the way we have been made in awareness of right and wrong and our own experience of these things in worldly life, this demands recognition of the pain caused.

How to be free of the pain? The pain is focussed on and in ourselves so we are stuck with it. But if the focus shifts to another and that pain is seen in Him, and He is one of ultimate authority who declares that this pain has been taken for us on our behalf so we can be free of it, then as we accept this for what it is, a gift as a beneficial act for the purpose of our growth towards Him and in Him and His righteousness, then as we become recipients of the gift then our pain will turn into appreciation of the reality that has been purchased for us. It will turn to love.

God is the nature of love. Therefore the ‘analytical’ self is inadequate for the purpose of revealing God and His loving reality. God is FELT as love, brought about by the RECEPTION of the facts concerning this love, until those facts impinge upon our spirit and our heart to the point where rationalisation becomes indebtedness to righteousness and to love, and Christ becomes the focus of our lives. God is then apprehended as SPIRIT instead of KNOWLEDGE. The law of the Spirit of life. The Spirit of grace. The law of mercy. The law of righteousness. The law of love. The person of love. The Spirit of love.

Romans 7 displays the autonomous analytical self. With all its problems of inner self condemnation and outer accusation, fears and guilt. The answer is Jesus. Not to be, “of yourself”. To accept His forgiveness, to shift  FROM the old life TO the new life. To become the person capable of receiving forgiveness, and so of the giving of forgiveness.

[We have an obligation that as long as we live, we be set apart from the world and live for him, for the Spirit of righteousness, and not for ourselves][As long as weakness exists, love has the opportunity and the imperative to heal it into strength][Rejoice in the truth].[The defeat of past defeats is the enabling of the future][When we accept His forgiveness and then have His forgiving Spirit, we then also have the solution to the problem of inner unforgiveness].

RELEASE FROM SELF CONDEMNATION AND ACCUSATION [1464a]

This is the heart of man’s problem. As an independent free agent, he has been made with the ability to discern right from wrong, and to be conscious of the consequences of both. But he only is capable of remaining in the one state of self condemnation and accusation, and is unable to rise above it to the further conclusion and apprehension of the righteous solution to the problem, because being completely self-centred, he sees himself AS the problem.

This is the consequence of being apart from God, and separated from him. It is the sin remnant after the event that provides the separation from God, and it is this consciousness of remnant sin that isolates us from the solution to it. While we continue to lay claim to the right to run our own lives, we remain in denial of God as the solution.

But for righteousness to be the solution, we have to have a way of ridding ourselves of this guilt problem that self autonomy consequently automatically brings.

So if we can see the problem analytically, can we solve it analytically, or does the solution have to contain elements of an external source (God) and HIS answer, or His way of dealing with it. Does the softer emotional or relational aspect have to be involved, in other words, does the nature of love have to be disclosed in order for the solution to be applied?

Knowing the problem we might cry out for the answer to it, in recognition that what is wrong is truly bad, and that what is right is truly good. But how do we manage to escape from the one state to the other?

If we were complete within ourselves, we would recognise the necessity and also the capability of righteousness [forgiveness] to be present in us in order to deal with the discrepancies of self condemnation sin guilt fear etc. But there is no relief from being under the accusation of one’s own mind, especially when that accusation is reinforced by other external ‘laws’ or recognition of the stale mate of the recognition of inner guilt.

Guilt without moral capability could remain simple statements of logic. But we are more than machines, we have feelings because we were made to do so, we were made after the pattern of God, and often we can recognise that the God we would create if we were in a position to do so, would be like our own best projection or guess of him, based on our own feelings about right and wrong, and the nature of love.

And in a way, this is what happens, as we allow to be brought about in us the “image of His Son” by the knowledge of His Spirit which He gives us. But what is to remove the stalemate of inherent sin?

Can we forgive ourselves?  As long as we consider ourselves to be self-contained, self sufficient, we are in denial of the inherent problem of self failure. To admit to self failure we see as denial of self, of the disintegration of self, of the death of self. And this is what the law proclaims to us.

Is forgiveness the only way to go? There firstly has to be admission of the problem before the solution can be found. That by “flesh”, as we are, as we were born and lived, we have lived in failure of the ultimate way of living, we have failed righteousness, we have operated in unrighteousness.

Failure has to be accepted, confessed, brought to light, admitted to be the truth of the situation. Then the rest of the truth of the situation can be brought into play, that there has to be allowance made for error, in the pursuit of ultimate truth. That error has to be put aside and removed in order for truth and integrity to be established.

But the pain. We feel the pain. The truth of all things as connected with righteousness, demands the recognition of the pain suffered and the pain caused by the problem of imperfection. In order to connect with truth and righteousness, because of the way we have been made in awareness of right and wrong and our own experience of these things in worldly life, this demands recognition of the pain caused.

How to be free of the pain? The pain is focussed on and in ourselves so we are stuck with it. But if the focus shifts to another and that pain is seen in Him, and He is one of ultimate authority who declares that this pain has been taken for us on our behalf so we can be free of it, then as we accept this for what it is, a gift as a beneficial act for the purpose of our growth towards Him and in Him and His righteousness, then as we become recipients of the gift then our pain will turn into appreciation of the reality that has been purchased for us. It will turn to love.

God is the nature of love. Therefore the ‘analytical’ self is inadequate for the purpose of revealing God and His loving reality. God is FELT as love, brought about by the RECEPTION of the facts concerning this love, until those facts impinge upon our spirit and our heart to the point where rationalisation becomes indebtedness to righteousness and to love, and Christ becomes the focus of our lives. God is then apprehended as SPIRIT instead of KNOWLEDGE. The law of the Spirit of life. The Spirit of grace. The law of mercy. The law of righteousness. The law of love. The person of love. The Spirit of love.

Romans 7 displays the autonomous analytical self. With all its problems of inner self condemnation and outer accusation, fears and guilt. The answer is Jesus. Not to be, “of yourself”. To accept His forgiveness, to shift  FROM the old life TO the new life. To become the person capable of receiving forgiveness, and so of the giving of forgiveness.

[We have an obligation that as long as we live, we be set apart from the world and live for him, for the Spirit of righteousness, and not for ourselves][As long as weakness exists, love has the opportunity and the imperative to heal it into strength][Rejoice in the truth].[The defeat of past defeats is the enabling of the future][When we accept His forgiveness and then have His forgiving Spirit, we then also have the solution to the problem of inner unforgiveness].