THROUGH FEAR OF DEATH MEN ARE HELD IN LIFE LONG BONDAGE [1746a]

So here we have the bondage and slavery to sin and the reason for it, that by fearing death we are isolated from the God who is love. But now JESUS has come and died FOR US, has taken our place in death to release us from it and the FEAR of it. “He who believes in me will never die, HE WILL never SEE death.”

Jesus exposed the reality of life and death and provided a “new and living way” through His body, to release us from death and provide us with life. If we accept the death He provided for us to escape the outcome of our sin and judgement upon ourselves for it, if we accept His bearing of it for us in such a way as to cause us to turn from our past and to accept a new future of life in Him; then death is behind us and life is before us and IN us, because we are in Him and He in us.

Jesus took our death upon Himself in His own body so that we might be free of it and free to serve life and the love that He is. Life and love are now ours unless we deny it by denying Him and His nullifying of our old death and the acquisition of new life for us. One died for all, therefore all died. There is now no reason to fear death as long as we leave it behind us and grow in the life that He is and freely gives to us. “Live a life of LOVE”. “He has abolished death”.

[By breaking the fear of our death we are released from its bondage][by breaking the bondage we are released from the fear]

THROUGH FEAR OF DEATH MEN ARE HELD IN LIFE LONG BONDAGE [1746]

So here we have the bondage and slavery to sin and the reason for it, that by fearing death we are isolated from the God who is love. But now JESUS has come and died FOR US, has taken our place in death to release us from it and the FEAR of it. “He who believes in me will never die, HE WILL never SEE death.”

Jesus exposed the reality of life and death and provided a “new and living way” through His body, to release us from death and provide us with life. If we accept the death He provided for us to escape the outcome of our sin and judgement upon ourselves for it, if we accept His bearing of it for us in such a way as to cause us to turn from our past and to accept a new future of life in Him; then death is behind us and life is before us and IN us, because we are in Him and He in us.

Jesus took our death upon Himself in His own body so that we might be free of it and free to serve life and the love that He is. Life and love are now ours unless we deny it by denying Him and His nullifying of our old death and the acquisition of new life for us. One died for all, therefore all died. There is now no reason to fear death as long as we leave it behind us and grow in the life that He is and freely gives to us. “Live a life of LOVE”. “He has abolished death”.

[By breaking the fear of our death we are released from its bondage][by breaking the bondage we are released from the fear]

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”]

IF WE FEAR DEATH WE WILL ALSO FEAR LIFE [1538a]

We contain fear because of what we are by nature, basically just fearful creatures to varying degrees. The bible says that the one who fears death is held in life-long captivity, is in bondage to that fear, and therefore to sin because of the fear of impending judgement, and therefore that judgement is inherent within us.

As knowledgeable people we are capable of self assessment, of self judgement, but when compared to any standard of righteousness ‘of self’, we fail the test miserably. It is by the mistakes we make that because we are capable of recognising them, we can also recognise what would have been the correct course of action to take, or the correct decision to make, invariably it should have been the opposite action or decision to that which we DID make.

This results in us being “scrambled” in our thinking, in our psychology, we end up in conflict, in turmoil of thought and action. The fact is that FEAR is irrational unless it is used with the understanding that there is an ultimate standard, an ultimate judge, GOD who knows all and controls all and has arranged that we should be conflicted so we might search for Him and His truth, His judgement, hopefully to arrive at the correct conclusion that releases us from the futility that natural life delivers us.

Until we ‘get there’, this fear of death, this lack of knowledge, this indecisiveness, prevents us from proceeding forth into life in a positive way without FEAR to confuse how we should be operating, which is to THINK GOOD and to DO GOOD. We cannot operate as “free” moral agents without being released from the captivity of fear, into the freedom of captivity to righteousness itself, to the one who IS righteousness FOR US.

The free flow of life has to come from a free flowing SPIRIT of life that has already set up within us the conditions of righteousness, so that instead of us legally referencing certain moral points or guidelines, we are already committed to that which has become recognisable within us as the perfect ‘legality’ of LOVE as being the perfect and complete righteousness of all. And JESUS dwelt on the earth to demonstrate to us just what RIGHTEOUSNESS looks like, that we might be able to recognise the Spirit by which He lived and died and rose again.

That Spirit of life was manifested at Pentecost as supernatural power, and subsequently as the power of life itself as Jesus is replicated in His believers. Having then CLARIFIED the issues of life and death and judgement, by believing Him we are freed from the fear of death to continue in life determined to serve Him and His cause, which is to do what is right so that the kingdom of LOVE be spread to all. But while we continue to fear, we will fear our every next moment in life because it involves inherent failure unless we have been released from all failure for all time, which is what Jesus has done for us. So that even if we “fail”, we do not, because He has forgiven and continues to forgive because this is what LOVE DOES.

IF WE FEAR DEATH WE WILL ALSO FEAR LIFE [1538]

We contain fear because of what we are by nature, basically just fearful creatures to varying degrees. The bible says that the one who fears death is held in life-long captivity, is in bondage to that fear, and therefore to sin because of the fear of impending judgement, and therefore that judgement is inherent within us.

As knowledgeable people we are capable of self assessment, of self judgement, but when compared to any standard of righteousness ‘of self’, we fail the test miserably. It is by the mistakes we make that because we are capable of recognising them, we can also recognise what would have been the correct course of action to take, or the correct decision to make, invariably it should have been the opposite action or decision to that which we DID make.

This results in us being “scrambled” in our thinking, in our psychology, we end up in conflict, in turmoil of thought and action. The fact is that FEAR is irrational unless it is used with the understanding that there is an ultimate standard, an ultimate judge, GOD who knows all and controls all and has arranged that we should be conflicted so we might search for Him and His truth, His judgement, hopefully to arrive at the correct conclusion that releases us from the futility that natural life delivers us.

Until we ‘get there’, this fear of death, this lack of knowledge, this indecisiveness, prevents us from proceeding forth into life in a positive way without FEAR to confuse how we should be operating, which is to THINK GOOD and to DO GOOD. We cannot operate as “free” moral agents without being released from the captivity of fear, into the freedom of captivity to righteousness itself, to the one who IS righteousness FOR US.

The free flow of life has to come from a free flowing SPIRIT of life that has already set up within us the conditions of righteousness, so that instead of us legally referencing certain moral points or guidelines, we are already committed to that which has become recognisable within us as the perfect ‘legality’ of LOVE as being the perfect and complete righteousness of all. And JESUS dwelt on the earth to demonstrate to us just what RIGHTEOUSNESS looks like, that we might be able to recognise the Spirit by which He lived and died and rose again.

That Spirit of life was manifested at Pentecost as supernatural power, and subsequently as the power of life itself as Jesus is replicated in His believers. Having then CLARIFIED the issues of life and death and judgement, by believing Him we are freed from the fear of death to continue in life determined to serve Him and His cause, which is to do what is right so that the kingdom of LOVE be spread to all. But while we continue to fear, we will fear our every next moment in life because it involves inherent failure unless we have been released from all failure for all time, which is what Jesus has done for us. So that even if we “fail”, we do not, because He has forgiven and continues to forgive because this is what LOVE DOES.

LOVE HURTS [258c]

How can we describe the pain of guilt, of fear, of hurting for another’s suffering? This thing called anguish is so real, yet it is “just” a thought process. Physical pain we can understand because we can see the cause, but the inner torment of something that comes against what otherwise might be a peaceful condition of the mind, is unseen, although the effects of it may be visible.

What is the torment that will come against those who disbelieve, who are “caught” in their sin? Jesus says that this pain is very real. In another way he puts it that those who see they have been [are] excluded from the kingdom will “gnash their teeth”, such will be their distress.

But what of the pain that Jesus underwent for us? The reality has to be that he felt everything that people feel under these very same conditions. In other words, he experienced the hell that will be felt by those excluded from the kingdom.. [Some part of hell may be currently experienced by those presently not in the kingdom]. He experienced the fear that people experience. He experienced all that the human condition could throw at him, and he overcame it all. Otherwise he could not be a true sacrifice for sin.

He foresaw this in Gethsemane – he knew that all this would be his experience, and that when it came, he would not be able to understand why it came. It was in this condition on the cross that he cried “My God why have you abandoned me?”.

How deep the suffering of anguish, for whatever the reason. This condition is called “The wrath of God”.  We may feel it on our own account, or feel it for another.. Jesus felt it all. His righteousness enabled him to overcome it. Those who are not “in him” will feel it also, but will not be able to overcome it.

How great the victory we have inherited from him, that we can now exercise faith in his overcoming on our behalf so that we can be fit to live with him.

Clove

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].

RELEASE FROM SELF CONDEMNATION AND ACCUSATION [1464]

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].