THE MECHANISM OF LIFE AND DEATH [1431b]

So we receive salvation, new life, when we switch over from what we are in the naturalness of our humanity, to what HE is in the Spiritual. The statement in R8 about “if by the Spirit we put to death the works of the flesh” is what we need to see as being the requirement or condition of ongoingly maintaining our right standing before him in terms of the result of our faith, even though the foundation which HE has laid is always before us, IE HIS sacrificial death which covers (removes) our sin.

Internally, the sin mechanism is a matter of that which involves our inner conflict, our guilt and our condemnation. We inwardly condemn ourselves, regardless of any religious notion or belief system that tells us whatever it wants to. Under the Jewish (law) system, we are condemned to death. The mercies of God are not defined in the same way that Jesus defines them, and we are continually under law flesh sin and spiritual death, until something breaks the cycle, and that break is provided by the death of Jesus as a sacrifice for “sin in the flesh”.

As soon as we believe that he was the sacrifice for our sin, we are saved, because the key to guilt has been provided and has been turned in the lock of our fear and futility, so we are now released from condemnation and the fear of its resultant death. In Romans 7 we see how, as long as the condemnation of the law is in place, we have no answer to our guilt, that even though we may try to do right, wrong always results (and anything not of and other than, the Spirit, will never be the kind of “right” that God requires.) Locked into condemnation means our spirit, our life, is trapped in meaningless cycles of fear sin guilt law and spiritual death.

When condemnation is removed, by believing, FAITH, we are free to move forward into the better things as provided by the Spirit of life as He now encourages us to lift ourselves, to be lifted up with Him into the “heavenlies” where He is available to guide and direct our paths into His ways, not our old ways. So as soon as guilt is broken, is forgiven and removed “As far as East from West”, then that which held us back from being what we were intended to be, is no longer there to do that, to oppose and impede us, as long as we maintain our belief in His power of overcoming to have already sent the “enemy” packing.

[It is the Spirit who now opposes the ‘flesh’ or natural humanity in which we used to dwell, we are no longer on our own, (We are no longer “our own”) it is His righteousness, not ours, which has won the battle for us, and which victory we, by faith, do now apply][We are no longer under the law of sin and death, we are free of it].[If you have spiritual life, you will have spiritual fruit, but if you only have humanity’s life, life in the flesh, you will have works of death, of law.]

THE MECHANISM OF LIFE AND DEATH [1431a]

So we receive salvation, new life, when we switch over from what we are in the naturalness of our humanity, to what HE is in the Spiritual. The statement in R8 about “if by the Spirit we put to death the works of the flesh” is what we need to see as being the requirement or condition of ongoingly maintaining our right standing before him in terms of the result of our faith, even though the foundation which HE has laid is always before us, IE HIS sacrificial death which covers (removes) our sin.

Internally, the sin mechanism is a matter of that which involves our inner conflict, our guilt and our condemnation. We inwardly condemn ourselves, regardless of any religious notion or belief system that tells us whatever it wants to. Under the Jewish (law) system, we are condemned to death. The mercies of God are not defined in the same way that Jesus defines them, and we are continually under law flesh sin and spiritual death, until something breaks the cycle, and that break is provided by the death of Jesus as a sacrifice for “sin in the flesh”.

As soon as we believe that he was the sacrifice for our sin, we are saved, because the key to guilt has been provided and has been turned in the lock of our fear and futility, so we are now released from condemnation and the fear of its resultant death. In Romans 7 we see how, as long as the condemnation of the law is in place, we have no answer to our guilt, that even though we may try to do right, wrong always results (and anything not of and other than, the Spirit, will never be the kind of “right” that God requires.) Locked into condemnation means our spirit, our life, is trapped in meaningless cycles of fear sin guilt law and spiritual death.

When condemnation is removed, by believing, FAITH, we are free to move forward into the better things as provided by the Spirit of life as He now encourages us to lift ourselves, to be lifted up with Him into the “heavenlies” where He is available to guide and direct our paths into His ways, not our old ways. So as soon as guilt is broken, is forgiven and removed “As far as East from West”, then that which held us back from being what we were intended to be, is no longer there to do that, to oppose and impede us, as long as we maintain our belief in His power of overcoming to have already sent the “enemy” packing.

[It is the Spirit who now opposes the ‘flesh’ or natural humanity in which we used to dwell, we are no longer on our own, (We are no longer “our own”) it is His righteousness, not ours, which has won the battle for us, and which victory we, by faith, do now apply][We are no longer under the law of sin and death, we are free of it].[If you have spiritual life, you will have spiritual fruit, but if you only have humanity’s life, life in the flesh, you will have works of death, of law.]

THE MECHANISM OF LIFE AND DEATH [1431]

So we receive salvation, new life, when we switch over from what we are in the naturalness of our humanity, to what HE is in the Spiritual. The statement in R8 about “if by the Spirit we put to death the works of the flesh” is what we need to see as being the requirement or condition of ongoingly maintaining our right standing before him in terms of the result of our faith, even though the foundation which HE has laid is always before us, IE HIS sacrificial death which covers (removes) our sin.

Internally, the sin mechanism is a matter of that which involves our inner conflict, our guilt and our condemnation. We inwardly condemn ourselves, regardless of any religious notion or belief system that tells us whatever it wants to. Under the Jewish (law) system, we are condemned to death. The mercies of God are not defined in the same way that Jesus defines them, and we are continually under law flesh sin and spiritual death, until something breaks the cycle, and that break is provided by the death of Jesus as a sacrifice for “sin in the flesh”.

As soon as we believe that he was the sacrifice for our sin, we are saved, because the key to guilt has been provided and has been turned in the lock of our fear and futility, so we are now released from condemnation and the fear of its resultant death. In Romans 7 we see how, as long as the condemnation of the law is in place, we have no answer to our guilt, that even though we may try to do right, wrong always results (and anything not of and other than, the Spirit, will never be the kind of “right” that God requires.) Locked into condemnation means our spirit, our life, is trapped in meaningless cycles of fear sin guilt law and spiritual death.

When condemnation is removed, by believing, FAITH, we are free to move forward into the better things as provided by the Spirit of life as He now encourages us to lift ourselves, to be lifted up with Him into the “heavenlies” where He is available to guide and direct our paths into His ways, not our old ways. So as soon as guilt is broken, is forgiven and removed “As far as East from West”, then that which held us back from being what we were intended to be, is no longer there to do that, to oppose and impede us, as long as we maintain our belief in His power of overcoming to have already sent the “enemy” packing.

[It is the Spirit who now opposes the ‘flesh’ or natural humanity in which we used to dwell, we are no longer on our own, (We are no longer “our own”) it is His righteousness, not ours, which has won the battle for us, and which victory we, by faith, do now apply][We are no longer under the law of sin and death, we are free of it].[If you have spiritual life, you will have spiritual fruit, but if you only have humanity’s life, life in the flesh, you will have works of death, of law.]

FREE TO BELIEVE – YET NOW CAPTIVE TO MY LIBERATION, AND THEREFORE TO MY LIBERATOR. [1312a]

As individuals, our minds are in captivity to various patterns of thinking to which we are enslaved, being that we had no real choice in the manner or reason of these mind patterns being set up in the way that they are.

These thought patterns become established as ‘laws’ which we find difficult to break free of, or from, and in order to regulate the problem of some of these thought patterns or laws being too wayward and causing problems for society, for the rest of us, the rest of us then set up ‘laws’ or reasonable expectations of behavioural standards by predetermining what the outcome of these thought patterns should be in terms of their physical manifestation towards others, IE any resultant actions from this.

God set up His “laws” to guide man through difficult times, but man then altered or added to them to suit himself.

Jesus came to expose the hypocrisy of this and pursued a course of exampling what the true mind structure should be, and what it was based on. He provided a means of liberating us from dominating thought patterns, of releasing our minds from the kind of structuring that prevented us from reaching out to God and returning to Him and HIS thought patterns and patterning.

When we see and understand that He has liberated us from ‘ourselves’ and from external authority and influence over us and in us, our minds are freed to explore the outer reaches of them, of our minds, and also our hearts.

How great is this liberation! And how wonderful that we are free to become what we could be! But then what else would we desire to be except to be at one with the source of that liberation, and specifically to be at one with the liberator Himself, the one who liberated us.

This liberation then, places us in captivity, now that our wills are free to do so, to the one who liberated us (at His great cost) to the liberation that righteousness, the righteous one, brought to us. Therefore we become captive to the righteousness which liberated us from the thought patterns of unrighteousness, and therefore captive to our liberator.

External ‘laws’ which may have been instigated to temporarily guide and control, are now relinquished in favour of the greater ‘law’ that comes through understanding the nature and inherent ‘law’ of the liberator, the creator, Himself, and becoming immersed in His nature and His nature in us. That nature is LOVE.

FREE TO BELIEVE – YET NOW CAPTIVE TO MY LIBERATION, AND THEREFORE TO MY LIBERATOR. [1312]

As individuals, our minds are in captivity to various patterns of thinking to which we are enslaved, being that we had no real choice in the manner or reason of these mind patterns being set up in the way that they are.

These thought patterns become established as ‘laws’ which we find difficult to break free of, or from, and in order to regulate the problem of some of these thought patterns or laws being too wayward and causing problems for society, for the rest of us, the rest of us then set up ‘laws’ or reasonable expectations of behavioural standards by predetermining what the outcome of these thought patterns should be in terms of their physical manifestation towards others, IE any resultant actions from this.

God set up His “laws” to guide man through difficult times, but man then altered or added to them to suit himself.

Jesus came to expose the hypocrisy of this and pursued a course of exampling what the true mind structure should be, and what it was based on. He provided a means of liberating us from dominating thought patterns, of releasing our minds from the kind of structuring that prevented us from reaching out to God and returning to Him and HIS thought patterns and patterning.

When we see and understand that He has liberated us from ‘ourselves’ and from external authority and influence over us and in us, our minds are freed to explore the outer reaches of them, of our minds, and also our hearts.

How great is this liberation! And how wonderful that we are free to become what we could be! But then what else would we desire to be except to be at one with the source of that liberation, and specifically to be at one with the liberator Himself, the one who liberated us.

This liberation then, places us in captivity, now that our wills are free to do so, to the one who liberated us (at His great cost) to the liberation that righteousness, the righteous one, brought to us. Therefore we become captive to the righteousness which liberated us from the thought patterns of unrighteousness, and therefore captive to our liberator.

External ‘laws’ which may have been instigated to temporarily guide and control, are now relinquished in favour of the greater ‘law’ that comes through understanding the nature and inherent ‘law’ of the liberator, the creator, Himself, and becoming immersed in His nature and His nature in us. That nature is LOVE.

 

 

 

LOVE KEEPS NO RECORDS OF WRONGS [1282a]

But it DOES keep records of rights. Our deaths have already been accounted for within God, we are accounted as dead as far as our past life goes. But we are given the opportunity to live a new life because of the knowledge of Jesus and what He did for us in revealing the righteousness of God who does not keep records of wrongs (God is love).

Love is the power that destroyed the flesh, body of sin, in Jesus, by Jesus. This body that was ours which He took the form of to deal with the primary creation ‘gone astray’ as it inevitably would, that could then in its immortal form be resurrected to newness of created life.

Nothing of the past matters other than its power over us because of our unwillingness to believe that it has been dealt with, that we have been relieved of its responsibility by Jesus, so we could live free of all past implications for us in terms of fear of the future. We now create our future in Him as we go forward with Him in complete freedom to do so as far as He is concerned.

The righteousness which we become involved with in Him by faith, is “stored up” to be revealed on the last day. The rights, the good deeds that are the result of acting from faith, from the expression of love, are stored up to become the new us, the new body, resurrected and returned in power with Him, on that day when all will be revealed.

Any “record of wrongs” is kept within our own bodies, our own natural lives, if they are lived in separation from Him, and the corruption which these old unchanged lives contain [death] will be revealed as the fire of the Spirit [love] burns them out completely, just as it will burn only partly, the life that has been changed by faith in Him.

[One died for all, therefore all died][Judgement lies within us, either that which we have accepted on the flesh through Jesus, and having agreed with it and complied with it; or that same judgement denied and refusal to acknowledge his salvation of us][As love is given the opportunity, it destroys any record of wrongs][Our God is a consuming fire]

LOVE KEEPS NO RECORDS OF WRONGS [1282]

But it DOES keep records of rights. Our deaths have already been accounted for within God, we are accounted as dead as far as our past life goes. But we are given the opportunity to live a new life because of the knowledge of Jesus and what He did for us in revealing the righteousness of God who does not keep records of wrongs (God is love).

Love is the power that destroyed the flesh, body of sin, in Jesus, by Jesus. This body that was ours which He took the form of to deal with the primary creation ‘gone astray’ as it inevitably would, that could then in its immortal form be resurrected to newness of created life.

Nothing of the past matters other than its power over us because of our unwillingness to believe that it has been dealt with, that we have been relieved of its responsibility by Jesus, so we could live free of all past implications for us in terms of fear of the future. We now create our future in Him as we go forward with Him in complete freedom to do so as far as He is concerned.

The righteousness which we become involved with in Him by faith, is “stored up” to be revealed on the last day. The rights, the good deeds that are the result of acting from faith, from the expression of love, are stored up to become the new us, the new body, resurrected and returned in power with Him, on that day when all will be revealed.

Any “record of wrongs” is kept within our own bodies, our own natural lives, if they are lived in separation from Him, and the corruption which these old unchanged lives contain [death] will be revealed as the fire of the Spirit [love] burns them out completely, just as it will burn only partly, the life that has been changed by faith in Him.

[One died for all, therefore all died][Judgement lies within us, either that which we have accepted on the flesh through Jesus, and having agreed with it and complied with it; or that same judgement denied and refusal to acknowledge his salvation of us][As love is given the opportunity, it destroys any record of wrongs][Our God is a consuming fire]

FREEING THE BLACK SLAVES [1256a]

A friend mentioned how good it must be for slaves to have been set free from slavery. He mentioned how a well known actor was Morgan Freeman, and speculation ensued as to how He got that name, how far back in history it originated, and as probably coming from about the time of abolition.

I said yes, SET FREE just like Christians, but I think that comment fell on deaf ears. Oh well, one day, soon I hope!

FREEING THE BLACK SLAVES [1256]

A friend mentioned how good it must be for slaves to have been set free from slavery. He mentioned how a well known actor was Morgan Freeman, and speculation ensued as to how He got that name, how far back in history it originated, and as probably coming from about the time of abolition.

I said yes, SET FREE just like Christians, but I think that comment fell on deaf ears. Oh well, one day, soon I hope!

YOU ARE NOT IN THE FLESH IF CHRIST DWELLS IN YOU [1200a]

 

John said “I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day..”. If we are not in the flesh, we are in the Spirit according to Romans 8-9. John is no doubt deliberately making special mention of being in the Spirit “on the Lord’s day” when He had the revelation.

We also are said to be in the Spirit, and not in the flesh, “..if  the Spirit of God dwells in you”.

If we are in the Spirit, where IS this Spirit if not “with Christ in heaven..”? To have this Spirit and to be of the Spirit of Christ, to have His Spirit living in us, means we are doing His will at all times, because it is our new nature to do precisely that.

[The creation was subjected to futility..in hope.. that the creation itself also will be set free from its slavery to corruption into the freedom of the glory of the children of God. Rom. 8-20]

[It is finished]