The last few posts I have made all seem to highlight dying and being crushed through the work of the cross. I realize these messages are not something the soul life delights in. They are not popular with Adam. The religious side of Adam would prefer to hear how he is going to be blessed. But it is so important to “read between the lines” and see the wonderful relationship with the Father these messages are to open for us. There is a revelation of the Father’s love we have not experienced yet. We embrace the cross not just for the sake of dying, but that we might know the fullness of the love of Christ. Continue reading
In the Scriptures the phrase, “A dwelling place of jackals,” is often used as a metaphor for the utter destruction and desolation that comes from the judgments of God. The jackal was regarded as a scavenger, an animal of reproach. We will read a few passages that bear this out. Continue reading
The pure realm of sonship is very impersonal. When we come to this realm, we do not find some deeply intimate relationship with the Lord that we might have been expecting. It becomes very impersonal. This is so because the soul realm of Adam thoroughly dies on this level. Everything we have known in a “personal” relationship with the Lord has had its roots in our soul lives. Yes, God meets us in this realm. As we grow in Him it is very necessary that God confirm His love towards us. We need that. It enables us to keep moving forward. If God suddenly pulled back from our soul lives while we were in an adolescent stage of spiritual growth, it would devastate us beyond what we could bear. But ultimately, the religious/soul realm within us must be crucified. This realm embraces our most innate needs. We all have within us the need to know we are loved, that we are wanted, and have worth and merit before God. But these needs are born out of Adam, not Christ. I have brought many, many messages in the past on how we are each unique and special in God’s sight. The Scriptures themselves bear this out, most notably 1st Cor. 12. In these passages Paul expounds the diversity of the body of Christ. None of this is “wrong.” It is a necessary step in our growth in God. Continue reading
I am overwhelmed again tonight at how totally and completely Christ’s provision for us is “impersonal” with God. A familiar passage from John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” WHOEVER believes in Him… Christ died to save an entire race of people — Adam. Christ is the second Adam. God does not cherry pick those whom He would save. The invitation is to all of the race of Adam. In Christ, the second Adam, we become a new race of people. The Lord Jesus Christ is the source from which a new race of people grow and multiply, just as the first race did in Adam. We will never feel worthy of His great love and goodness towards us because it doesn’t exist in Adam. His love and fullness towards us is realized only in Jesus Christ. He will not love us “personally” apart from His love for the only begotten son, Jesus Christ. This frees us from the lies of satan and the restrictions placed upon us by the Fall. To walk and live as a son means to walk and live in the worthiness of the only worthy one, Jesus Christ. Continue reading
It is very difficult to fully accept it is not about us, but about Christ. The lie of satan continually pounds the soul life. Col. 3 tell us:
1 ¶ Therefore if you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.
2 Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth.
3 For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God.
4 When Christ, who is our life, is revealed, then you also will be revealed with Him in glory.
Living in the new nature, living with the motivations and drives of the second Adam, is a faith endeavor. It can’t be any other way. God is not just going to “fall” on us. Those who are waiting for some type of individual fulfillment to happen to them will wait forever. It won’t happen. Our lives are hid with Christ in God. Or, as Paul once said, “It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me.” This does not mean we reach some type of refined state where we walk around feeling spiritual all the time. It means we learn to live in another person’s life altogether, and that person is Jesus Christ. Continue reading
There is a reason the Scriptures speak of the Day of the Lord coming as a thief. While there is certainly a basis for spiritualizing the “Day of the Lord” as an occurrence within us as we grow in Him, it is also literally a time (kairos) in which many things come to completion. This is not a popular topic, especially among certain Christian groups. Hearing the phrase “the wrath of God” conjures up images of fire and brimstone preachers proclaiming damnation upon sinners’ heads. This imagery is not by accident. Everything emanating from the present world system mocks the righteousness of God. Zeph. 1:12 states, “It will come about at that time That I will search Jerusalem with lamps, And I will punish the men Who are stagnant in spirit, Who say in their hearts, ‘The LORD will not do good or evil!’” Peter voices a similar statement in 2nd Pet. 3. Continue reading