The New Creation

2nd Cor. 5:
14  For the love of Christ compels us, because we judge thus: that if One died for all, then all died;
15  and He died for all, that those who live should live no longer for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again.
16 ¶  Therefore, from now on, we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we have known Christ according to the flesh, yet now we know Him thus no longer.
17  Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.
18  Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation,
19  that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation.
20  Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God.
21  For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.

These are powerful passages. All the more so when we realize they were not written to unbelievers, but believers. Verses 16-17 emphasize that we find our lives in Christ, the new creation. When verse 17 says that if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation, the words “he is” are in italics, indicating they are not part of the original Greek. A more accurate rendering is, “If anyone is in Christ, a new creation.” Christ is the new creation and we enter into Him. Old things pass away and new things come IN HIM; all things are not made new in separate entities apart from Him. This is very important. In spite of what Christ accomplished on the cross for us, the majority of Christianity still relates to God as separate from us. He is in heaven and we are on earth. There is a separation. As long as we relate to God as separate from us, we can never know the full extent of His provision for us. We are limited in what God wants to be in us and to us. Continue reading

Jesus or Immanuel?

Mat. 1:
20 But when he had considered this, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife; for the Child who has been conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit.
21 “She will bear a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.
22 So all this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying:
23 “Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which is translated, “God with us.”

In these passages we have two distinct references to the Lord. Verse 20 states that Joseph was to name Mary’s child Jesus. Verse 23 references Isaiah the prophet and calls the child to come Immanuel. Why two names? The names reveal two separate manifestations of the Lord to us. Continue reading

He Has Many More Things to Say to Us

There are seasons of sorrow we must pass through. These seasons are inevitable. God Himself is the creator of them. When we are abiding on a certain spiritual level, we can only see our need from the level we have attained. It may seem that all is right and wonderful in our lives; God is speaking, and we are learning and ministering. But as we ascend upward into new realms in God, these new realms bring an exposure. They bring an exposure of our need in a way that we could not see before. This is why Jesus told the disciples what He did in John 16:

12  “I have many more things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now.
13  “But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come.

Jesus had many things to say to the disciples, but they were not yet on a level where they could hear them. Jesus was telling them that the Holy Spirit would guide them into the truth as they were able to bear it. Continue reading

Has the Lord Entered Your Synagogue?

Mat. 12:
1 ¶  At that time Jesus went through the grainfields on the Sabbath. And His disciples were hungry, and began to pluck heads of grain and to eat.
2  And when the Pharisees saw it, they said to Him, “Look, Your disciples are doing what is not lawful to do on the Sabbath!”
3  But He said to them, “Have you not read what David did when he was hungry, he and those who were with him:
4  “how he entered the house of God and ate the showbread which was not lawful for him to eat, nor for those who were with him, but only for the priests?
5  “Or have you not read in the law that on the Sabbath the priests in the temple profane the Sabbath, and are blameless?
6  “Yet I say to you that in this place there is One greater than the temple.
7  “But if you had known what this means, ‘I desire mercy and not sacrifice,’ you would not have condemned the guiltless.
8  “For the Son of Man is Lord even of the Sabbath.”
9  Departing from there, He went into their synagogue.
10  And a man was there whose hand was withered. And they questioned Jesus, asking, “Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath?”—so that they might accuse Him.
11  And He said to them, “What man is there among you who has a sheep, and if it falls into a pit on the Sabbath, will he not take hold of it and lift it out?
12  “How much more valuable then is a man than a sheep! So then, it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath.”
13  Then He *said to the man, “Stretch out your hand!” He stretched it out, and it was restored to normal, like the other.

While reading the above passages verse nine leaped out at me. It doesn’t say the synagogue, it says Jesus went into their synagogue. Prior to verse nine, Jesus had been berating the Pharisees for their hardness of heart. When verse nine says He went into their synagogue it is conveying a lot more than just Jesus going into a building. The synagogue comes to represent the religious realm that exists apart from the Spirit of God. The “Synagogue Realm” exists in each of us. It is the religious realm of our old nature as it attempts to appear righteous and spiritual before man. Continue reading

Our Oneness With God

The Trinity, as in all things pertaining to God, must be viewed from the perspective of God inter-relating with His people, not as a doctrine or an intellectual exercise. Doctrines originate with man, but the realities of all spiritual truths are realized in our interaction with God Himself.

Mat. 28:
18  And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.
19  “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit,
20  teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

Jesus said to make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. The Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit; this is what constitutes the Trinity in the eyes of the religious world.

 So little of the reality of God is experienced by His people. It’s human nature to perpetually create doctrines and build monuments to Him without ever having experienced the realities behind them. How is the threefold manifestation of God played out in our lives as we endeavor to walk with Him? God always reveals Himself to us on the level we can receive Him. As we change and grow spiritually, the Lords’ manifestation to us changes also. Continue reading

One Person

The following was written by my dear sister, Emily.

A few evenings ago, my 26-year old son who has struggled in “coming to grips” with faith came into where I was sitting and said, “I think I am really understanding now, Mom, there is really only one person, God.” Well, my heart lept within because I knew he was on to discovering the outcome of our faith which is the promised seed – Christ – growing up in us. He had received he revelation of not I, but Christ, and Christ in me, the hope of glory. It is no longer I (independent self) that lives, but Christ lives in me as me – so yet I live (in Him) the one person – as son of God. This is, was, will be such an astounding revelation as Christ continues to come and ultimately will come to be glorified in all.

In Galatians, Paul identifies exactly who this one person is and who we are in Him through God’s promise to Abraham, given in Genesis 12:7: “Unto thy seed will I give this land,”. This is the Lord promises Abraham which was typified through Isaac – he promised seed/son. In Genesis 13:16, God expands this promise/revelation o Abraham when He says that Abraham’s seed will be such a multitude as if we could count the dust of the earth, and in 22:17,18, God promises Abraham’s seed will be as the stars in the sky in number, and in Abraham’s seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed. Paul brings out in Galatians chapter 3 that the “seed” God is talking about with Abraham is not plural, as in seeds, but singular in meaning.

Gal 3:16  Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ.

Abraham’s promised “seed” is Christ, THE CHRIST, in whom all the nations of the earth are blessed — but — it – the one seed- becomes plural in the sense that the one seed is as the dust of the ground and the stars in the sky in number, because that one “seed,” which is Christ in us, is the same seed in each of us, the same Christ, and therefore the same PERSON, who blesses all the nations of the earth, in each and every one of us, and AS each and every one of us – just as He – the one seed is the voice of many waters.  Because we are Abraham’s SEED, we are also of the seed of Christ. Father has only ONE seed, Christ, and that seed, the most powerful seed in the universe, produces Christ. When you plant tomato seeds, you get tomatoes, etc…. as God established in the beginning that each seed shall produce AFTER ITS OWN KIND, thus, when the Christ seed is planted, it is CHRIST WHO GROWS UP,  in us, as us – the Word alive in us.

Christ is bringing all back into Himself, the all, the one person who fills all and is in all.

Paul reinforces this same concept when he says that he labors and travails until Christ is formed in us. Christ — in our form (Gal 4:19). This is also our travail for those who yet without faith, hope and love.

This is the astounding, glorious, awesome work of Christ in the earth until we see no more a division but ONE PERSON – all in Christ – and is the basis of Jesus’ statement. “My meat is to do the will of the Father and finish His works.”

Rev 5:11  And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne and the beasts and the elders: and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands;
Rev 5:12  Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing.
Rev 5:13  And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever.
Rev 5:14  And the four beasts said, Amen. And the four and twenty elders fell down and worshipped him that liveth for ever and ever.

 

Our Faith: Created By God

It is faith towards God that brings us continually into a “now” revelation of the Lord. It is our faith in His word to our hearts that enables us to bypass the process of agonizing over our shortcomings. Sonship will never be “mighty warriors” without problems. One of my favorite passages is Heb. 11:21.

By faith Jacob, as he was dying, blessed each of the sons of Joseph, and worshiped, leaning on the top of his staff.

In Jacob’s youth he was a wheeler dealer. He conned the blessing from his brother Esau, and he did his thing with the spotted and solid colored sheep. He had a genuine hunger for God, but his methods did not pass muster. God put Jacob through many trials and hardships. He had to serve fourteen years to get Rachel, being conned himself by her father. He finally met God face to face when he wrestled with the angel of the Lord. He was touched in the socket of his thigh by the Lord, dislocating it. He limped the rest of his life. At the end he worshipped God, leaning on his staff. He had been completely transformed. We can aspire to no greater goal than to be so crippled by God that we can only lean on our staffs and worship. Continue reading

The Glories to Follow

There is a realm we have yet to fully enter. It’s the realm of reality beyond process. As we know, the realm of process is valid and binding to those who live in it. It’s the realm Christianity has lived in since Jesus died on the cross. Maturity has been a process of growing spiritually and progressively seeing the work of the cross have its way in our lives. You have to be 18 before you can be 21, right? Only in the realm of process is this true.

Maturity is going to be defined differently. We have not seen yet what maturity will mean in the realm beyond process. We who have been walking the process road into maturity must break through. But once the breakthrough fully comes, the sky is the limit as far as becoming goes. We have barely scratched the surface of the ministry of impartation. We don’t know yet the wonder and glory of how people will change and mature through pure impartation. Continue reading

Living in the Moment

Living in the moment is the most important thing God is emphasizing right now. It is the key to bypassing the “process realm” by which God traditionally has brought forth His people into maturity. There was a prophecy spoken once years ago that God’s sons would be as plants grown up in their youth. This is only possible through bypassing the time realm of process, otherwise only those with years and years of the dealings of God under their belts would see maturity. This bypassing the process realm of time and living in the moment is a faith endeavor. Continue reading

Our Faith: Created by God

It is faith towards God that brings us continually into a “now” revelation of the Lord. It is our faith in His word to our hearts that enables us to bypass the process of agonizing over our shortcomings. Sonship will never be “mighty warriors” without problems. One of my favorite passages is Heb. 11:21.

By faith Jacob, as he was dying, blessed each of the sons of Joseph, and worshiped, leaning on the top of his staff.

In Jacob’s youth he was a wheeler dealer. He conned the blessing from his brother Esau, and he did his thing with the spotted and solid colored sheep. He had a genuine hunger for God, but his methods did not pass muster. God put Jacob through many trials and hardships. He had to serve fourteen years to get Rachel, being conned himself by her father. He finally met God face to face when he wrestled with the angel of the Lord. He was touched in the socket of his thigh by the Lord, dislocating it. He limped the rest of his life. At the end he worshipped God, leaning on his staff. He had been completely transformed. We can aspire to no greater goal than to be so crippled by God that we can only lean on our staffs and worship. Continue reading

No More Worms in Our Manna

A dream came early this morning. I was in an old farm house with a conglomerate of believers. I use the term “conglomerate” because they each held different ideas about the way the kingdom of God was to unfold. After a lengthy conversation with one brother, I stated we were right on the edge of major breakthroughs. The brother then said to me, “So-and-so believes this.” He then elaborated on a certain teaching. (I am using “so and so” in place of the person’s real name.) I said, “Yeah, so-and-so (another person) believes that way too.” What the brother I was talking with was conveying was the belief that we have such a long way to go, and that the kingdom of God only progresses through process.

The dream shifted and I was in the kitchen of the farmhouse. I looked down and there were small piles of live bugs and worms writhing around. It looked like a street after a very hard rain when you see worms everywhere. At first I started trying to just pick them up and throw them out, but it was if they were multiplying. I then got a broom and dustpan to sweep them up. That didn’t work. Finally, the floor was covered in white worms, like those associated with maggots. I grabbed a vacuum cleaner to suck them all up, but there were too many. It was like the entire floor was moving. Continue reading

Bypassing the Process Realm

Gen. 5:
19  Then Jared lived eight hundred years after he became the father of Enoch, and he had other sons and daughters.
20  So all the days of Jared were nine hundred and sixty-two years, and he died.
21 ¶  Enoch lived sixty-five years, and became the father of Methuselah.
22  Then Enoch walked with God three hundred years after he became the father of Methuselah, and he had other sons and daughters.
23  So all the days of Enoch were three hundred and sixty-five years.
24  Enoch walked with God; and he was not, for God took him.

The experience of Enoch is the classic example of bypassing the process realm. Jude says:

14  It was also about these men that Enoch, in the seventh generation from Adam, prophesied, saying, “Behold, the Lord came with many thousands of His holy ones,
15 ¶  to execute judgment upon all, and to convict all the ungodly of all their ungodly deeds which they have done in an ungodly way, and of all the harsh things which ungodly sinners have spoken against Him.”

Enoch looked down through thousands of years of history and saw the manifestation of Christ in His sons. He saw it, and then experienced it. Continue reading

A Way That Seems Right

Prov. 16:25:
There is a way which seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death.

We want to examine this passage in a new and radical way. Traditionally, we would interpret this verse as pertaining to the way of the flesh, the way of Adam. It seems right, but it’s end is death. But there is a deeper truth hidden here and it is for God’s sons right now. This small verse holds the key to fulfillment.

All of Christianity, even the realm of sonship, has been conditioned by the process realm. God deals with us, exposing our lack, and then we must agonize before Him until we change. We feel deeply the corruption of Adam as we are laid bare before Him. In this process realm we speak of the need for appropriation. We must appropriate the spiritual man and see Adam crucified. All of this takes time because it’s accomplished in the realm of time. Herein lies the difficulty. God is indeed in the process realm IF we accept this realm as valid. We will go through the dealings of God again and again, and yes, eventually, come out of them with a greater revelation of the Lord. But this pathway will never carry us to completion. Continue reading