THE WRATH OF GOD [7e]

Wrath and Love are the same thing where the love is perfect. We may not think so, if we had our hand in the biscuit jar, and Dad or Mum caught us. Human anger is often irrational, whereas God’s “anger” is always rational, because it is a constant, and always has the same motivation, to benefit his creation.

This is because God’s Love and Anger are the same thing. He is not multifunctional, he is a constant being whom, though we see him in the progression of time, is actually fixed in time. Not that this has a lot to do with anything.

“Our God is a consuming fire.” The Holy Spirit is spoken of in terms of fire. At Pentecost the Spirit came on them all and appeared as flames of fire. When Moses came down from the Mount, his face was glowing from the residual Glory of the Lord, and from the glory of the given law. There is a principle of cleansing with fire. The wheat will be gathered into the barn, but the chaff will be burned.

The task of the Spirit is to burn out sin from believers, whether in large lumps or bit by bit. The Spirit confronts sin and destroys it. Similarly it will burn up the physical creation to reveal the Spiritual creation, when Christ returns with his fiery angels.  Men feel the presence of God’s wrath, because the sin within them filters it as anger and guilt and judgement. Paul said it was better to marry than to burn, whether with passion or whether he meant the Spirit perhaps. Errant cities were consumed by fire. True, some were also drowned in water, but that symbolism seems reserved for better things like baptism and rivers like the Jordan. Here too is the symbolism of cleansing, perhaps also by destruction.

At the end, it is God’s love that removes all sin from the creation. Love cannot be love if even a small part of hate is left to survive. It is spiritual matter in confrontation with earthly matter. Matter and Anti-matter. Fire and paper. And as for the hypothetical believer whose “works do not stand”, “he himself will be saved, but only as one escaping through the flames”.

The Spirit confronts sin. Galatians shows conflict and confrontation between Spirit and flesh. All flesh will be destroyed. All sin will be destroyed. Righteousness destroys unrighteousness. God’s love and wrath are the same thing, it is only our perception of it (him), as perceived by us, that sees a difference.

[see also “Punishment and Passion (wrath II) ” ] [and “Rising to life (wrath III”)]

THE FIRST RESURRECTION [1l]

Christian belief has it that there are two basic resurrections, the “Judgment seat of Christ”, and the “Great white throne”.

These are taken from the book of Revelation.   (it is also said there is a resurrection of the just and the unjust)

However, greater importance regarding resurrection, arises because Revelation also says, “Those who take part in the first resurrection will not be harmed by the second death”.

It can be reasonably discovered that the “First Resurrection” is actually when people become Christians, when they are “born again”. These are those who are not harmed by the true (second) death that follows natural (first) death, they are unharmed by the spiritual judgment that is to come, because they have already accepted their judgment in Christ*, and so their death (judgment) has already taken place in Christ, just as they have also “risen with him”.**

In Revelation, the commonly accepted “Judgement seat of Christ”, can only be where, in common with all creation, they will be subjected to the proof testing of their spiritual position, by “fire”. Christians will emerge from this in varying degrees according to the good they have done on earth. The “Great White Throne” is said to be the general mass of humanity, where it has to be assumed they will not survive, this being the “Second Death”.

So though the “Judgement seat of Christ” may actually precede the “Great White Throne” judgement, the greater meaning is obtained from understanding that Christians, who have taken part in “The First Resurrection”, as “born again” believers on this earth, will not be harmed by the “Second Death”, which is that judgement which will come upon the whole of creation and where the chaff will be burnt up and the wheat survive.

“Our God is a consuming fire”, When Christ returns, he will come, in flaming judgement, upon all. That which is of him, compatible with his nature, will be assumed into him. That which does not contain his nature or substance, will be consumed by him. It says that those who disbelieve stand self condemned. “This is the judgement, that they believe not…”

By refusing to accept God as Supreme creator, and his sacrificed son as true redeemer, they continue their separation (“willingly ignorant”) from God. Separation occurred when Adam disobeyed and went his own way. Now God offers reconciliation and a free “ticket” to return to him, just like “The Prodigal Son”. The cross was his forgiveness offered to all, but only those who believe will actually “take advantage” of that offer, the rest will remain “dead”. The judgement is simply confirmation of that death they are already in.

This “fire” is seen as the “Wrath” of God. In fact, it is simply his nature of love which, being incompatible with anything that is NOT love, will by natural consequence of incompatibility, annul or destroy it. Men in their lives, via their consciences, feel this “wrath” of God, which is really the consciousness of their separation from God, and their subsequent “hiding” from the reality of what this really means. They are hiding from their punishment, judgement, and death. In this state they are confused by the deceitfulness necessary to cover up their “sin”, they hide in the lie, and cannot stand the truth.

Those who take part in the first resurrection, will also reign with Christ while they are on the earth, as “kings and priests” , doing God’s will “on earth, as it is in heaven”. Denial of this is part of the deception that some are caught up in, where they believe that in the kingdom to come, even animal sacrifices will be reinstated. But this is small error compared with what some of them do to the cross, where major error holds them in captivity to the flesh, as they deny the totality of Christ’s victory on our behalf. [just have to add a comment to repudiate the idea that there will be a literal 1000 year reign of Christ, once he returns. This period is figurative, and denotes the time roughly between Christ’s first and second coming].

Captivity to sin through the flesh is via the law, which Christ has satisfied on our behalf. Paul said the law was “temporary” until Christ had come, and, “now that Christ has come, we are no longer under the supervision of the law”. He also said, “He has abolished the law”. there are those who assert that we should be keeping all the law, and so want bondage to continue. The freedom of the Spirit is a rare and precious thing, and not to be given up so easily as to fall for this one.

Major error exists in Romans chapter seven, where Paul, speaking as one under bondage to sin through the law, is taught as being a Christian, (even an apostle) while he was in a position of total captivity and wretchedness such as to cry out “Who will deliver me from this body of death”. [similar in a way to Christ’s cry “My God why have you abandoned me”]. Both of them were in a very dark place, and to place Paul as being a Christian is just so wrong on every level. [This dark place is to be seen as the darkness of sin, of broken relationship with God].  [they were both under “wrath”.]

EDIT Someone has said that the first resurrection is actually Christ’s. This makes sense because of verses like “we are raised with him” and so has a more direct connection to things. Rather than isolating believers as the group who make up the first resurrection, (which they do), it ties them to the one who IS the resurrection. (“I am the resurrection”). It also strengthens verses about baptism (buried with him, raised with him). He also may have provided further information that strengthens my prevailing view that there is only one event that encompasses all the common beliefs regarding resurrection and judgement and supposed millenniums etc and reduces them to this one return of Christ in fire. [although I have problems with his “souls” aspect, the rest seems pretty good.]. https://wordwatchman.wordpress.com/the-first-resurrection/  [LATER EDIT those who “take part in”, participate in, are participants in; not so much the first resurrection as the event of their own “spiritual” resurrection, so much as being participants in HIS resurrection]

*Latest edit [And so also transferring this to within themselves by the empathy involved]**[And He has risen in them][‘Until the dawn star rises in your heart’]

First published before May 2015 ( The First Resurrection)

Cresurrection

JESUS WILL RETURN IN FLAMING FIRE [1387]

I am not going to get technical with this, it will float straight of the top of the head, as are most of my other posts.

People see the end times differently, there are all kinds of thinking available to peruse. The 1000 year reign is one aspect of this, post millennial and premillennial views, along with rapture and etc. etc.

I see it as important, from the point of view that I always seek the spiritual implication rather than the statistical or analytical one. For me it is not a matter of rational analysis built up on a reasonable explanation of scriptures, but rather the spiritual impact they have on my understanding.

My theology is largely based on what has seeped into my spirit from the reading and re-reading of scripture over a long, long period of time. Memory of course is a factor, and I never professed to be any good at memorising things, but it is amazing how scripture just seems to pop into one’s head. Occasionally, because of the memory factor, I get it wrong. Also sometimes it seems to be a matter of wanting a scripture to exist that actually doesn’t.

I recall this particular case where I was certain there was a verse “We know Him by the forgiveness of our sins” but I can’t find it anywhere. It may have been in a book by one of the known Christian authors, perhaps.

The friend I mentioned a few posts ago, is one of the usual “There is a 1000 year reign” brigade. Not unusual because these are the very words of Revelation. But it is still the book of Revelation, which is VERY disputable in terms of its literalness.

I asked him (now I am not going to research this or check any references for it) how could there be a 1000 year reign when it says that when Jesus returns, the earth will be destroyed? Perhaps I am missing something. (Yes, I know, you will say ‘quite a lot’).

Anyway, just threw that one in against the backdrop of “Our God is a consuming fire” and all the references to fire through the bible. The Spirit is symbolised by fire. The face of Moses returning from the mount, symbolises the ‘fire’ of the glory of God, as reflected in the law.

Daniel in the fiery furnace, the fire revealed at Pentecost, the fire of the popular “hell”, the fire of the righteousness of God as it burns into the conscience, as it burns away the uncleanliness of  our lives and consciences as we respond to Him. The “heaping of coals upon their heads”.

God’s Spirit is the fire that works in our lives now, to make us fit for His world then. When the fire that comes upon every man’s work to test Him arrives, it is Jesus, God, the Spirit in company with a host of angels (are these not all ministering spirits sent to serve?). This is the fire that destroys, converts, renews the world, the earth and the heavens, when the melting with fervent heat and loud noise, occurs.

And why would it not be with heat and noise if the very structure of the creation itself is being torn asunder, the atomic structure of all things as we understand it now to be, is reconstructed after the divine image, in the divine nature that He is. There are spiritual matters and physical matters. The old creation will go (and does go) as the new arrives. “As they went, they were healed”. As the old creation goes, it will be “healed” to end up as the new creation.

All those of the old will vanish in a puff of smoke (after they have been confronted with the reality of what they have become) as the new spiritual nature emerges from the clash of the difference between the old and the new. But there I go, asserting spiritual realities which I have not seen with my eyes, only felt in my heart as guided by scripture and my desire for spiritual things. [But also by directly asking Him for illumination by the Spirit].

[It is the stress of the incompatibility between Spirit nature and the physical creation that brings about the final creation itself, it either heals and reconstructs, or opposes and destroys][Inherent is the conflict between righteousness and unrighteousness]

JESUS DESTROYED HELL IN HIS BODY [1331b]

As a companion piece to the previous post (1330), this one reveals the nature of Hell, that it is not a place but an experience, a situation resulting from what we are when confronted with God’s righteousness. Also see “Christ’s Personal Armageddon” post number 57. See also post 865.

“Our God is a consuming fire”. The fire of hell as popularly depicted, while (perhaps) a reasonable expression of what may be considered as “punishment for sin”,  wildly distorts the true position with regard to the understanding and relativity of “hell” to the overall Christian message.

The suffering Jesus underwent on the cross was this self same “hell” that all people will be confronted with to varying degrees of ‘severity’. It is the confrontation between righteousness and unrighteousness, between God and man, in the final summation of man’s ‘reign of terror’ on the earth, in the form of a ‘faulty’ creation ‘gone wild’. It is also the only way that God could bring about the desired result of the revealing of His final and permanent creation.

Because Jesus experienced it for us, “it” being what could be considered to be the ‘legalistic’ ‘demands’ of a law of cause and effect, of a law of ‘justice’ whereby the natural result of all that we are or have become in the process of living this earthly life; (Karma?), is put aside by a God of not only true justice, but also of mercy and of loving forgiveness towards this, His intended creation.

The Creator Himself bears the cost of the creation, of its waywardness and exploration of itself and its own fallen nature. But the pain of the ‘childbirth’ must ultimately be shared by both Creator and created, they must together ‘work’ to see this creation through to the end, and for man this means the end of his lifetime.

So when through Christ, man accepts his responsibility in the scheme of things, allowing God to bear ultimate responsibility FOR us, the inherent conflict between man and God becomes more obvious, if not already so. Then Spirit can work with man to resolve the inner conflicts, both initially and ongoingly, but yet not without some stress and pain in the full realisation of the nature of love, being that it was Christ’s love that enabled Him to do for us what we could not do for ourselves.

Man enters into God’s ‘rest’ as he allows the finished work of Jesus to do its ‘work’ in him. Having found that rest, that peace, he then must continue the journey onwards while retaining it and outworking its reality, both in himself and towards others, as being already one of the new creation.

On the last day, God Jesus and the fire of the Spirit will come upon the creation to “prove” it, to test it, to see what of it is eternal and permanent, is spiritual, of the Spirit. EG to see where Jesus is in all His believers and to convert them into permanent spiritual form.

Everything which is not of the Spirit will be consumed by the Spirit, that which is of the Spirit will be made permanent, as will be the ‘new’ creation itself. It is this consummation by the Spirit which is the hell we are familiar with in contemporary writing, as well as scripture. Time frames for this are not notifiable, but the experience will be true to scripture, if not to man’s interpretation of it.

[“Every man’s work (every man) will be tested by fire”]. [Associated with the condition of hell, is the condition of “wrath”][“Wrath” is actually God’s love in confrontation with all that is not of love, of Him].

[Do not be surprised at the fiery trial that comes upon you to prove you, as though something strange were happening to you][Although this seems to be talking of actual external opposition, (if we accept it is not spiritually designed) it also describes what happens at the end when all will be tested].[Though a fiery trial could also be the direct result of Spirit flesh interaction].

JESUS DESTROYED HELL IN HIS BODY [1331a]

As a companion piece to the previous post (1330), this one reveals the nature of Hell, that it is not a place but an experience, a situation resulting from what we are when confronted with God’s righteousness. Also see “Christ’s Personal Armageddon” post number 57. See also post 865.

“Our God is a consuming fire”. The fire of hell as popularly depicted, while (perhaps) a reasonable expression of what may be considered as “punishment for sin”,  wildly distorts the true position with regard to the understanding and relativity of “hell” to the overall Christian message.

The suffering Jesus underwent on the cross was this self same “hell” that all people will be confronted with to varying degrees of ‘severity’. It is the confrontation between righteousness and unrighteousness, between God and man, in the final summation of man’s ‘reign of terror’ on the earth, in the form of a ‘faulty’ creation ‘gone wild’. It is also the only way that God could bring about the desired result of the revealing of His final and permanent creation.

Because Jesus experienced it for us, “it” being what could be considered to be the ‘legalistic’ ‘demands’ of a law of cause and effect, of a law of ‘justice’ whereby the natural result of all that we are or have become in the process of living this earthly life; (Karma?), is put aside by a God of not only true justice, but also of mercy and of loving forgiveness towards this, His intended creation.

The Creator Himself bears the cost of the creation, of its waywardness and exploration of itself and its own fallen nature. But the pain of the ‘childbirth’ must ultimately be shared by both Creator and created, they must together ‘work’ to see this creation through to the end, and for man this means the end of his lifetime.

So when through Christ, man accepts his responsibility in the scheme of things, allowing God to bear ultimate responsibility FOR us, the inherent conflict between man and God becomes more obvious, if not already so. Then Spirit can work with man to resolve the inner conflicts, both initially and ongoingly, but yet not without some stress and pain in the full realisation of the nature of love, being that it was Christ’s love that enabled Him to do for us what we could not do for ourselves.

Man enters into God’s ‘rest’ as he allows the finished work of Jesus to do its ‘work’ in him. Having found that rest, that peace, he then must continue the journey onwards while retaining it and outworking its reality, both in himself and towards others, as being already one of the new creation.

On the last day, God Jesus and the fire of the Spirit will come upon the creation to “prove” it, to test it, to see what of it is eternal and permanent, is spiritual, of the Spirit. EG to see where Jesus is in all His believers and to convert them into permanent spiritual form.

Everything which is not of the Spirit will be consumed by the Spirit, that which is of the Spirit will be made permanent, as will be the ‘new’ creation itself. It is this consummation by the Spirit which is the hell we are familiar with in contemporary writing, as well as scripture. Time frames for this are not notifiable, but the experience will be true to scripture, if not to man’s interpretation of it.

[“Every man’s work (every man) will be tested by fire”]. [Associated with the condition of hell, is the condition of “wrath”][“Wrath” is actually God’s love in confrontation with all that is not of love, of Him].

JESUS DESTROYED HELL IN HIS BODY [1331]

As a companion piece to the previous post (1330), this one reveals the nature of Hell, that it is not a place but an experience, a situation resulting from what we are when confronted with God’s righteousness. Also see “Christ’s Personal Armageddon” post number 57. See also post 865.

“Our God is a consuming fire”. The fire of hell as popularly depicted, while (perhaps) a reasonable expression of what may be considered as “punishment for sin”,  wildly distorts the true position with regard to the understanding and relativity of “hell” to the overall Christian message.

The suffering Jesus underwent on the cross was this self same “hell” that all people will be confronted with to varying degrees of ‘severity’. It is the confrontation between righteousness and unrighteousness, between God and man, in the final summation of man’s ‘reign of terror’ on the earth, in the form of a ‘faulty’ creation ‘gone wild’. It is also the only way that God could bring about the desired result of the revealing of His final and permanent creation.

Because Jesus experienced it for us, “it” being what could be considered to be the ‘legalistic’ ‘demands’ of a law of cause and effect, of a law of ‘justice’ whereby the natural result of all that we are or have become in the process of living this earthly life; (Karma?), is put aside by a God of not only true justice, but also of mercy and of loving forgiveness towards this, His intended creation.

The Creator Himself bears the cost of the creation, of its waywardness and exploration of itself and its own fallen nature. But the pain of the ‘childbirth’ must ultimately be shared by both Creator and created, they must together ‘work’ to see this creation through to the end, and for man this means the end of his lifetime.

So when through Christ, man accepts his responsibility in the scheme of things, allowing God to bear ultimate responsibility FOR us, the inherent conflict between man and God becomes more obvious, if not already so. Then Spirit can work with man to resolve the inner conflicts, both initially and ongoingly, but yet not without some stress and pain in the full realisation of the nature of love, being that it was Christ’s love that enabled Him to do for us what we could not do for ourselves.

Man enters into God’s ‘rest’ as he allows the finished work of Jesus to do its ‘work’ in him. Having found that rest, that peace, he then must continue the journey onwards while retaining it and outworking its reality, both in himself and towards others, as being already one of the new creation.

On the last day, God Jesus and the fire of the Spirit will come upon the creation to “prove” it, to test it, to see what of it is eternal and permanent, is spiritual, of the Spirit. EG to see where Jesus is in all His believers and to convert them into permanent spiritual form.

Everything which is not of the Spirit will be consumed by the Spirit, that which is of the Spirit will be made permanent, as will be the ‘new’ creation itself. It is this consummation by the Spirit which is the hell we are familiar with in contemporary writing, as well as scripture. Time frames for this are not notifiable, but the experience will be true to scripture, if not to man’s interpretation of it.

[“Every man’s work (every man) will be tested by fire”]. [Associated with the condition of hell, is the condition of “wrath”][“Wrath” is actually God’s love in confrontation with all that is not of love, of Him].

WE WILL ALL BE SUBJECTED TO THE SECOND DEATH EXPERIENCE [1326a]

“Our God is a consuming fire”. The Second Death is that experience spoken of as being when Christians are “as those escaping through the flames”. Christians will escape, but others will be consumed. This is when “everyone’s work is tested”.

The work that we do is actually another way of saying what we have become, it is difficult to separate the good entity we might be, from the good work we might do, as that entity. In other words, the outworking of God’s nature from us towards others.

Jesus died our old death so we might live His new life. For those who have not allowed Him to have dealt with their old death, their old death will still be their present death, and the Spirit will seek them out and consume them, similar to the “Passover” where the first born of Egypt were struck down because they did not recognise the blood and apply it to the entrance of their building (temple), now it will be that all [Egypt] will be struck down who have not accepted the Son of life into their life, so as to banish death from their makeup. This is “The Second Death”. [Coming after the first (spiritual) and literal physical death]. [It is appointed to man once to die, and then the judgement].

Three people in the “fiery furnace” were saved because Jesus was with them in it, and they were relationship or covenant bound to Him. But those outside of this relationship are not known by Him, and will be destroyed when He appears again. They have nothing in common with Him, nor He with them, declaring, “I never knew you”.

We are saved by faith that God “passed over” our former sins, having presented them as having been laid on Jesus, by virtue of Him taking upon Himself the burden of being human, and overcoming it and converting it back to life, making life freely available by His grace. Death and the things of death no longer have power over us to control our behaviour, because faith in Him now controls us, so we do not produce the works of death, but of life, being that we live in the life He gives us and has given us.

But if this acceptance of His death substitution for our former sins does not occur, if we reject this plainly presented forgiveness of our old lives and fail to join with Him in Life’s victory that He achieved on our behalf, for us, then we remain in the old death ridden life on which the Second Death will feed. If we feed on His body and his blood, the Second Death will find nothing left in us on which to feed, [He has nothing in (on) me] and we will join Him in immortality. Or not.

WE WILL ALL BE SUBJECTED TO THE SECOND DEATH EXPERIENCE [1326]

“Our God is a consuming fire”. The Second Death is that experience spoken of as being when Christians are “as those escaping through the flames”. Christians will escape, but others will be consumed. This is when “everyone’s work is tested”.

The work that we do is actually another way of saying what we have become, it is difficult to separate the good entity we might be, from the good work we might do, as that entity. In other words, the outworking of God’s nature from us towards others.

Jesus died our old death so we might live His new life. For those who have not allowed Him to have dealt with their old death, their old death will still be their present death, and the Spirit will seek them out and consume them, similar to the “Passover” where the first born of Egypt were struck down because they did not recognise the blood and apply it to the entrance of their building (temple), now it will be that all [Egypt] will be struck down who have not accepted the Son of life into their life, so as to banish death from their makeup. This is “The Second Death”. [Coming after the first (spiritual) and literal physical death]. [It is appointed to man once to die, and then the judgement].

Three people in the “fiery furnace” were saved because Jesus was with them in it, and they were relationship or covenant bound to Him. But those outside of this relationship are not known by Him, and will be destroyed when He appears again. They have nothing in common with Him, nor He with them, declaring, “I never knew you”.

We are saved by faith that God “passed over” our former sins, having presented them as having been laid on Jesus, by virtue of Him taking upon Himself the burden of being human, and overcoming it and converting it back to life, making life freely available by His grace. Death and the things of death no longer have power over us to control our behaviour, because faith in Him now controls us, so we do not produce the works of death, but of life, being that we live in the life He gives us and has given us.

But if this acceptance of His death substitution for our former sins does not occur, if we reject this plainly presented forgiveness of our old lives and fail to join with Him in Life’s victory that He achieved on our behalf, for us, then we remain in the old death ridden life on which the Second Death will feed. If we feed on His body and his blood, the Second Death will find nothing left in us on which to feed, [He has nothing in (on) me] and we will join Him in immortality. Or not.

THE FRUIT OF THE TREE OF THE KNOWLEDGE OF GOOD AND EVIL IS WRATH [1307a]

We are by nature angry children. “By nature we were children of wrath” Eph.2-3. We need to let Jesus to have taken, and thereby to take, that anger from us, producing PEACE.

ANGER. “He who is angry with his brother is liable to hell fire*”. And the anger IS the fire of hell which impacts in our lives now, and more completely when our lives are over, if we do not let Him have taken this anger of the “fires of hell”.

By nature we live within the scenarios of anger, we create them as a result of the confusion born from the conflict between good and bad, righteousness and unrighteousness, which lives within us. These scenarios are the result and the product of unresolved anger because of the unresolved conflict between what is right and what is wrong, righteousness and unrighteousness.

These scenarios are born of legalisms associated with attempts at self justification, and that is why they fail, being born of SELF which cannot resolve itself by itself of itself. The only true “legalism” is that which is the very nature of God, of righteousness, which is His Spirit, which is the truth. Only the Spirit of Truth [the truth of righteousness] can install in us it’s, His, righteousness [Jesus]. All other legalistic requirements are born out of this inner conflict inherent in man and are now rendered either redundant or false, be they of the ‘Mosaic law’ or of any other supposed laws or principles of ‘righteousness’ as so-called by men.

“Law brings wrath”. When righteousness and unrighteousness meet, there is “wrath”, ANGER, burning inside us. This fire is quenched by the water of Jesus’ Spirit, this water satisfies the thirst for righteousness and answers the demand for unrighteousness to be removed. It is the fire in us that is quenched, not HIS fire. HIS fire burnt out from within Himself, in His body, those components which were of the natural body, of the natural creation, and the wrath and anger which was resolved in His own body of flesh, being like our own body of flesh, was declared to be enough to declare and transmit to us the acceptable resolution of the conflict forever, being that the result was people who willingly allowed the same conflict to be resolved in their own bodies also.

Righteousness will deal with our unrighteousness as well, but not in the same manner as Jesus, NOT LEGALISTICALLY BY US, but legalistically by Him, then as the gift of His life, His Spirit to ours, and His righteousness to us, taken “on faith”, by faith. Trusting in this resolution brought about by the conflict between good and evil by the knowledge of it, in Him, which was brought on in us prematurely, but necessarily, for the fulfilment of His creative purpose in us. Conflict is the enemy, peace is the solution, the peace He BOUGHT ‘with His own blood’, by which He also bought US out of conflict and into His peace. He bought us from the wrath we had incurred on ourselves, both by nature, and by the outworking of this nature, and having been set free of this, our nature, we become instead “participants in the divine nature“.

*[A little ‘hyperbolic’ but near enough for the purpose][We are in conflict because we live unrighteously, of ourselves, instead of righteously, of Him]

THE FRUIT OF THE TREE OF THE KNOWLEDGE OF GOOD AND EVIL IS WRATH [1307]

We are by nature angry children. “By nature we were children of wrath” Eph.2-3. We need to let Jesus to have taken, and thereby to take, that anger from us, producing PEACE.

ANGER. “He who is angry with his brother is liable to hell fire*”. And the anger IS the fire of hell which impacts in our lives now, and more completely when our lives are over, if we do not let Him have taken this anger of the “fires of hell”.

By nature we live within the scenarios of anger, we create them as a result of the confusion born from the conflict between good and bad, righteousness and unrighteousness, which lives within us. These scenarios are the result and the product of unresolved anger because of the unresolved conflict between what is right and what is wrong, righteousness and unrighteousness.

These scenarios are born of legalisms associated with attempts at self justification, and that is why they fail, being born of SELF which cannot resolve itself by itself of itself. The only true “legalism” is that which is the very nature of God, of righteousness, which is His Spirit, which is the truth. Only the Spirit of Truth [the truth of righteousness] can install in us it’s, His, righteousness [Jesus]. All other legalistic requirements are born out of this inner conflict inherent in man and are now rendered either redundant or false, be they of the ‘Mosaic law’ or of any other supposed laws or principles of ‘righteousness’ as so-called by men.

“Law brings wrath”. When righteousness and unrighteousness meet, there is “wrath”, ANGER, burning inside us. This fire is quenched by the water of Jesus’ Spirit, this water satisfies the thirst for righteousness and answers the demand for unrighteousness to be removed. It is the fire in us that is quenched, not HIS fire. HIS fire burnt out from within Himself, in His body, those components which were of the natural body, of the natural creation, and the wrath and anger which was resolved in His own body of flesh, being like our own body of flesh, was declared to be enough to declare and transmit to us the acceptable resolution of the conflict forever, being that the result was people who willingly allowed the same conflict to be resolved in their own bodies also.

Righteousness will deal with our unrighteousness as well, but not in the same manner as Jesus, NOT LEGALISTICALLY BY US, but legalistically by Him, then as the gift of His life, His Spirit to ours, and His righteousness to us, taken “on faith”, by faith. Trusting in this resolution brought about by the conflict between good and evil by the knowledge of it, in Him, which was brought on in us prematurely, but necessarily, for the fulfilment of His creative purpose in us. Conflict is the enemy, peace is the solution, the peace He BOUGHT ‘with His own blood’, by which He also bought US out of conflict and into His peace. He bought us from the wrath we had incurred on ourselves, both by nature, and by the outworking of this nature, and having been set free of this, our nature, we become instead “participants in the divine nature“.

*[A little ‘hyperbolic’ but near enough for the purpose][We are in conflict because we live unrighteously, of ourselves, instead of righteously, of Him]