YOU ARE FORGIVEN [347c]

You don’t have to scrape and bow and try to become worthy of forgiveness. You are already sons and daughters of the living God, and he has provided your forgiveness so you will be drawn to him, because he has done something to attract your attention.

Religion says you must do something or believe a set of beliefs or ritualistically cleanse yourself to even become worthy of forgiveness. Kind of defeats the whole point of it? You can do nothing to earn or merit or attract forgiveness or otherwise it would not be forgiveness.

Forgiveness starts with the recognition of the need for it. That without forgiveness there is no way to change the status quo of our inadequacy and deficient makeup, of being. If God is love and truth then that love and truth already exists without human aid to sustain it or even to prove it.

We readily accept that we are in far less than the desired position, unless we are unusually mentally deficient. Right and wrong, good and bad are observably considered as comparative, regardless of the mean or average standard of our personal experience of such.

But there has been given an absolute standard, which is one where there is no deficiency and no lack of provision of what is good and right, while what is wrong and bad is notably absent from the scene altogether. What draws us to this is that we sense our own identity is tied up in what we ultimately believe.

Any rituals or structures which are presented to us as a religious necessity to gain acceptance for forgiveness are not absolutes, but are only to be considered as tools or helps for us to gain understanding, and are there to bend our thinking towards that which God desires for us.

At stake is our very identity, and our consciousness of it. This is what materialises as we draw near to God through the sacrificial offering that has been made of and through the ultimate righteousness available, Jesus. As we accept forgiveness of our past and project our thinking forward into the future, we become receptive to the Spirit of God in the form of the risen Jesus who comes to help us in our acceptance of him.

As we, by this Spirit, begin to comprehend the nature of Christ and that we are now joined to Him and are participant in his nature, we become aware of our true identity as a son of God, and that our true self lies in His true self – that His true self is actually our true self as it was created to be. When we begin to apprehend the reality of our deficient (sinful) nature having been removed by the mercy of God, we begin to comprehend who we really are, in Him.

As Jesus said, that they might have life and have it more abundantly. In other words, the real, true life and identity that was intended from the beginning. We are not wiped out by “denying ourself”, we are established in identity the more fully, when we realise that our identity is the same as his, we are family, and we recognise our own individual selves as individuals who are loved by Him, and are thereby established in our own right and identity as a worthy child, known by name.

When we discover our identity as a child of God, we finally become who we were intended to be all along. As children of (the) righteousness, we have all things at our disposal, there is nothing that can hurt us, we are at one with Him. Rather than have lost our identity, we have found it*.

Forgiveness is free because love is freely given. There are no conditions to this love, you either believe it exists for you or you don’t. This love has wiped out your past, and the past of all people, so they can apprehend His present and so secure their future. His love has wiped out your past so you might dwell in its, his, present presence. This love continually cleanses you. You become the real you instead of the false you. You have moved beyond the physical realm and into that which is immersed in the spiritual, whose reality far exceeds earthly ones.

[Just as the law as an inferior structure came into fullness through love, so do we, as those who failed and ran foul of the law, do become the product of the reversal of our death state, and appreciators of the righteousness (and its identity) we have been given]

*[Matt 10-39][he that loses his life will find it]

THE ARCHAIC LANGUAGE OF THE BIBLE [1004b]

Salvation is not about hard facts and figures, salvation is of the heart, it is a “sensitive” matter, and as such, the biblical language used to express such matters is probably adequate to the task of understanding the thinking that is coming from a place of spirituality.

But in this day and age with all its complexity, to at least enable the ability to be able to see the “basic facts” about what God has done, “how and why it works”, the “plan” of God, then maybe a more understandable use of the English language would enable people to grasp what is going on.

“Flesh” is a prime example. “Flesh” is simply that thing that we are, as an organic creature with desires and selfish motives in order for self preservation. It is completely self contained and operates in a self serving circular motion of self satisfaction in such a way that “all the loose ends” seemingly meet together to form a cohesiveness that allows this entity of “flesh” to exist in its own world.

Unfortunately,  this “flesh” (us) cannot last forever. It is simply a tool of base material in order to allow God to work his work to bring out from this flesh, a product of His final design that is to His liking.

The natural order of this flesh, in its raw state, may be animalistic, without conscience. But God has found a way to “give it some conscience” by various means. With this added conscience, there emerges a conflict between the basic nature of flesh, and the nature of this conscience, to the effect that there is an identity shift from the animalistic nature of flesh, to an identity which recognises this “higher order” of thought.

This flesh appears to have its own identity, one which is not easily usurped or overthrown. Its desires are strong and self serving, and some of this is a necessary protection that protects the basic existence or life of the “person”. For the most part we live with a truce between our conscience state and our flesh state, we compromise and live in the lower identity of flesh, but are in fact subservient to it and what it wants.

To remain in this flesh state is to die. It was never intended to be the final result of God’s intention, even though it carries God’s “stamp”, His “image”. The thief on the cross recognised this, “we also are under the same penalty of death”. God’s plan is that we should recognise this also, and desire a better way, a better outcome for the creature that we are and have become.

“Flesh” then, is a description of the lower natural order, which is apparently designed to fail. I say designed because even though God did not create an evil creature, He created one which was capable of evil as soon as it had gathered together in its consciousness the wherewithal, the resources, to establish its own world, based on itself and its desire for “self” satisfaction.

On the cross, God presents us (natural man) with a dilemma – Stay in the flesh, in its basic controlling nature, and die: or leave it before it is too late to do so. Maintain your identity and your cosy arrangement with your flesh and its death, or deny its operation as a host for your spiritual and true identity and shift your identity to that of Jesus as host for you, your spirit, your life, which then exists within the promise of eternal life with Him.

So there exists only two possibilities. Anytime you indulge the nature of the flesh, you suppress and inhibit the nature of God. You are either maintaining the nature of flesh as your host, and submitting yourself to its nature, finding your identity in it; or you are building up the image of God within you as represented by the Christ nature (Spirit) within you.

Death is at work in you, or life is at work in you – building up or destroying compatibility with God, (His image). “Lust” the biblical name for fleshly desire, is ‘the enemy of the soul’. The answer? “Be led by the Spirit and you WILL NOT fulfil the lust of the flesh”, you will not satisfy it because you no longer “live” or “dwell” in it; you live and dwell in the new nature that has been established on the foundation of Christ, by the acceptance of His unconditional provision for you by removing from you the death status of the flesh, and adding to you the life status of Jesus by His Spirit.

So accept His Spirit and be filled with it, having accepted the free gift of life, that your fleshly body  has been pronounced dead with His fleshly body, except that HIS fleshly body was perfected and rose again in promise of what is in store for us also. By faith we rise with Him and continue to live in Him and with Him, taking on His identity, even as His brothers and sisters, though He still be Lord of all.

Through His cross He removed the wrongness of our identity as being in the flesh, and placed it rightly in Himself. Sin and death have no power over us anymore. Sin flesh and death have been judged and condemned in Him, in His body. This is the fact and foundation on which we build, that we HAVE BEEN set free from flesh sin and death. Whether we still choose to remain in it and so be found in it when he comes again, or rise with Him to righteousness, to be found in Him, is our prerogative. We only have to believe in Him to be joined with Him.

[Sow to the flesh of death and die, or sow to the Spirit of life and live][If anyone be in Christ they are a new creature, behold the old has gone, the new has come][crossed over from death to life].

IT’S NOT ABOUT RIGHTS AND WRONGS IT’S ABOUT LOVING OR NOT LOVING [969b]

There could never be enough pages to write down that which is wrong against that which is right, never enough rules laws or regulatory obligatory requirements to designate right from wrong. There is one simple way to do that, and it is to ensure that everyone is doing their best to look after the needs and interests of others, regardless of personal interests that might contradict that aim.

“Make love your aim” says scripture. The fundamental basic way of thinking has to undergo change, the very essence of our being has to be in tune with the  essence of being of that ultimate purpose of creation, as given within the nature of the creator himself. To love and be at one with the nature of love, which is His nature, and must also be our nature.

Our nature can only change as we are at one with He Himself, who laid down His life for all so they might acquire Him and His life with Him. It is allegiance to Him and His very essence of being, that which is called Spirit, that is required. That to have His nature we must have His Spirit, His life force, His driving force, to “participate in the divine nature”.

That Spirit was a gift. He promised to return to us and live in us, that He and the Father would be in us. “We will come and make our home with him”, reminiscent of “Let us make man in our own image”. Pentecost demonstrated this reality of the gift of the Spirit to be received by faith. That His characteristics might characterise our own lives, that they may be the reality in which we daily dwell.

Laws rules and regulations are nonsensical considerations when compared with the glory of God and His Son as encapsulated in the Spirit of their very being. Those who continue to push such antiquated notions on people in the light of the gospel of love are continuing to do the work of the enemy.

YOU ARE FORGIVEN [347b]

You don’t have to scrape and bow and try to become worthy of forgiveness. You are already sons and daughters of the living God, and he has provided your forgiveness so you will be drawn to him, because he has done something to attract your attention.

Religion says you must do something or believe a set of beliefs or ritualistically cleanse yourself to even become worthy of forgiveness. Kind of defeats the whole point of it? You can do nothing to earn or merit or attract forgiveness or otherwise it would not be forgiveness.

Forgiveness starts with the recognition of the need for it. That without forgiveness there is no way to change the status quo of our inadequacy and deficient makeup, of being. If God is love and truth then that love and truth already exists without human aid to sustain it or even to prove it.

We readily accept that we are in far less than the desired position, unless we are unusually mentally deficient. Right and wrong, good and bad are observably considered as comparative, regardless of the mean or average standard of our personal experience of such.

But there has been given an absolute standard, which is one where there is no deficiency and no lack of provision of what is good and right, while what is wrong and bad is notably absent from the scene altogether. What draws us to this is that we sense our own identity is tied up in what we ultimately believe.

Any rituals or structures which are presented to us as a religious necessity to gain acceptance for forgiveness are not absolutes, but are only to be considered as tools or helps for us to gain understanding, and are there to bend our thinking towards that which God desires for us.

At stake is our very identity, and our consciousness of it. This is what materialises as we draw near to God through the sacrificial offering that has been made of and through the ultimate righteousness available, Jesus. As we accept forgiveness of our past and project our thinking forward into the future, we become receptive to the Spirit of God in the form of the risen Jesus who comes to help us in our acceptance of him.

As we, by this Spirit, begin to comprehend the nature of Christ and that we are now joined to Him and are participant in his nature, we become aware of our true identity as a son of God, and that our true self lies in His true self – that His true self is actually our true self as it was created to be. When we begin to apprehend the reality of our deficient (sinful) nature having been removed by the mercy of God, we begin to comprehend who we really are, in Him.

As Jesus said, that they might have life and have it more abundantly. In other words, the real, true life and identity that was intended from the beginning. We are not wiped out by “denying ourself”, we are established in identity the more fully, when we realise that our identity is the same as his, we are family, and we recognise our own individual selves as individuals who are loved by Him, and are thereby established in our own right and identity as a worthy child, known by name.

When we discover our identity as a child of God, we finally become who we were intended to be all along. As children of (the) righteousness, we have all things at our disposal, there is nothing that can hurt us, we are at one with Him. Rather than have lost our identity, we have found it*.

Forgiveness is free because love is freely given. There are no conditions to this love, you either believe it exists for you or you don’t. This love has wiped out your past, and the past of all people, so they can apprehend His present and so secure their future. His love has wiped out your past so you might dwell in its, his, present presence. This love continually cleanses you. You become the real you instead of the false you. You have moved beyond the physical realm and into that which is immersed in the spiritual, whose reality far exceeds earthly ones.

[Just as the law as an inferior structure came into fullness through love, so do we, as those who failed and ran foul of the law, do become the product of the reversal of our death state, and appreciators of the righteousness (and its identity) we have been given]

*[Matt 10-39][he that loses his life will find it]

RELIGION BRINGS DEATH [1056a]

Many people might say or express this sentiment in various ways. Paul found this to be the case in his own religion, and once set free from it, never ceased to point out that religion cannot bring life and in fact brings death instead.

The new religion that Paul had discovered gave him a life that was totally unlike his previous captivity to a set of laws. This new religion was not actually a religion, but was instead, an expression of the righteousness of God as embodied in the son of God, Jesus. This new life was testified to by many supernatural events as to its reality and authority, but ultimately settled down to its true form, which was that life must come through faith; that trust and hope must be the active ingredients that enable the production of the true nature of life, that nature being love, the very nature of God the Creator Himself.

Repeatedly, many have sought to raise up religions which are not based on faith, IE on trusting and believing: Instead, they are based on all sorts of laws and commands and demands that God Himself has put aside by resolving all these legal conflicts within His Son’s body on the cross. But they never stop trying to reduce this amazing grace, this amazing life of love to a set of demands which human nature cannot meet. Rather than accepting that they are in the midst of death and accepting this death which God has provided through Jesus FOR US, they persist in trying to establish these legal situations which have been proved time and time again to produce nothing but the works of death.

Life is a gift, and we must recognise this and embrace it completely and wholeheartedly. Definitely connect with a Christian organisation, your local church, but never submit to legalised requirements of any nature at all, because these are the very elements of death that Jesus died to overcome for us and He now brings this victory of His to us as His gift of life to us. Righteousness is freely obtained through belief in His sacrifice. He DECLARES us righteous through what He has done and through who He is. He DECLARES that sin and death are no longer “monkeys on our backs”, and it is His express will and desire that we consider ourselves to be free to take up this position of righteousness that He has revealed through the one who died to make it so. In fact, realistically, He COMMANDS it; but perhaps this is itself too legalistic. He IMPLORES us to respond to His redemption as obtained through the revelation of Jesus who was and is Love’s example and its unveiling.

This is such an amazing thing that it may be little wonder that these legalistic religions cannot understand it; as it is written, ‘I do something YOU WILL NEVER BELIEVE though someone tell it to you’.

RELIGION BRINGS DEATH [1056]

Many people might say or express this sentiment in various ways. Paul found this to be the case in his own religion, and once set free from it, never ceased to point out that religion cannot bring life and in fact brings death instead.

The new religion that Paul had discovered gave him a life that was totally unlike his previous captivity to a set of laws. This new religion was not actually a religion, but was instead, an expression of the righteousness of God as embodied in the son of God, Jesus. This new life was testified to by many supernatural events as to its reality and authority, but ultimately settled down to its true form, which was that life must come through faith; that trust and hope must be the active ingredients that enable the production of the true nature of life, that nature being love, the very nature of God the Creator Himself.

Repeatedly, many have sought to raise up religions which are not based on faith, IE on trusting and believing: Instead, they are based on all sorts of laws and commands and demands that God Himself has put aside by resolving all these legal conflicts within His Son’s body on the cross. But they never stop trying to reduce this amazing grace, this amazing life of love to a set of demands which human nature cannot meet. Rather than accepting that they are in the midst of death and accepting this death which God has provided through Jesus FOR US, they persist in trying to establish these legal situations which have been proved time and time again to produce nothing but the works of death.

Life is a gift, and we must recognise this and embrace it completely and wholeheartedly. Definitely connect with a Christian organisation, your local church, but never submit to legalised requirements of any nature at all, because these are the very elements of death that Jesus died to overcome for us and He now brings this victory of His to us as His gift of life to us. Righteousness is freely obtained through belief in His sacrifice. He DECLARES us righteous through what He has done and through who He is. He DECLARES that sin and death are no longer “monkeys on our backs”, and it is His express will and desire that we consider ourselves to be free to take up this position of righteousness that He has revealed through the one who died to make it so. In fact, realistically, He COMMANDS it; but perhaps this is itself too legalistic. He IMPLORES us to respond to His redemption as obtained through the revelation of Jesus who was and is Love’s example and its unveiling.

This is such an amazing thing that it may be little wonder that these legalistic religions cannot understand it; as it is written, ‘I do something YOU WILL NEVER BELIEVE though someone tell it to you’.

DEATH HAS BEEN REMOVED, YOU WILL LIVE FOREVER, YOU WILL NEVER DIE. [1048a]

Strangely, God’s requirement is for us to believe Him that our death has been removed, IE that we are now alive in Him, Jesus saying that “He who believes in me will never die”.

It is strange because in the garden of Eden, the false statement made was also that “you will not surely die…” The lie of the flesh (serpent) is now countered by the truth of God, that accepting the death of the serpent’s accusatory power as taken and destroyed by Jesus in His body will result in life for the one who believes it.

Anyone who has any experience of Christianity at all, in the sense of trying or attempting to follow in belief of Him, of being connected with Christian things in a sincere way, can be assured that it is God’s purpose to give you complete freedom to accept a position of life that will last forever.

He expects you, as a matter of faith, of a matter of what it is all about, to firmly believe that you have eternal life on the basis of what Jesus has done for you, through the grace mercy and love of God, and on nothing else. If you do not believe that you have eternal life, if you do not believe that you are going to live forever, and if you don’t believe that you will never die; then you are not believing what he has set in place for you.

The whole power of obtaining life lies in the belief that God has given it to you. This is how it has been from the beginning, it was never any other way. Only now through Jesus has He made it plain and obvious that a way into this state of grace is available, but it is not as though it never previously was, it is just that we were blinded to it.

The power of believing in the gift of eternal life is the power that will dispel any thoughts of death or eternal death, as long as it is based on recognition that Jesus obtained this for you, and you ‘own’ Him as saviour, just as He now owns you.

“He who believes in me has eternal life that will not be taken from him”. “He has crossed over from death to life”.

[And so we know and rely on the love that God has for us][You are alive only if you are prepared to leave behind, non-life][Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called][Fear not little flock, it is the Father’s good will to give you the kingdom.]

DEATH HAS BEEN REMOVED, YOU WILL LIVE FOREVER, YOU WILL NEVER DIE. [1048]

Strangely, God’s requirement is for us to believe Him that our death has been removed, IE that we are now alive in Him, Jesus saying that “He who believes in me will never die”.

It is strange because in the garden of Eden, the false statement made was also that “you will not surely die…” The lie of the flesh (serpent) is now countered by the truth of God, that accepting the death of the serpent’s accusatory power as taken and destroyed by Jesus in His body will result in life for the one who believes it.

Anyone who has any experience of Christianity at all, in the sense of trying or attempting to follow in belief of Him, of being connected with Christian things in a sincere way, can be assured that it is God’s purpose to give you complete freedom to accept a position of life that will last forever.

He expects you, as a matter of faith, of a matter of what it is all about, to firmly believe that you have eternal life on the basis of what Jesus has done for you, through the grace mercy and love of God, and on nothing else. If you do not believe that you have eternal life, if you do not believe that you are going to live forever, and if you don’t believe that you will never die; then you are not believing what he has set in place for you.

The whole power of obtaining life lies in the belief that God has given it to you. This is how it has been from the beginning, it was never any other way. Only now through Jesus has He made it plain and obvious that a way into this state of grace is available, but it is not as though it never previously was, it is just that we were blinded to it.

The power of believing in the gift of eternal life is the power that will dispel any thoughts of death or eternal death, as long as it is based on recognition that Jesus obtained this for you, and you ‘own’ Him as saviour, just as He now owns you.

“He who believes in me has eternal life that will not be taken from him”. “He has crossed over from death to life”.

[And so we know and rely on the love that God has for us][You are alive only if you are prepared to leave behind, non-life][Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called][Fear not little flock, it is the Father’s good will to give you the kingdom.]