Ressurection

 It’s commonly preached in mainstream Christianity that if we accept Christ and are “good” Christians, we will go to heaven as a reward. This is a universally accepted axiom. But nowhere in the Scriptures does it say our reward for accepting Christ is “going to heaven”. What does “going to heaven” mean anyway? People like to quote from the KJV of the Bible the passages in John 14:2:

¶  Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.

2  In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.

3  And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.

From these verses Christians take comfort in knowing that there is a “mansion” laid up for them in “heaven.” However, the Greek word for mansion, mone, is better translated abiding place. In the Father’s house are many abiding places. In God there are many levels of Spirit we can live on. Jesus said He was going to prepare a place for us, and He would come again and receive us to Himself, that where He was we would be also. “Oh, that mean’s He is going to come and take us with Him to heaven.” No. Let’s read the verses that follow the above passages. Continue reading

Resurrection Fulfillment

 Heb. 11:5:

By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God.

Enoch was translated. He was taken by God. He did not see death as we know it. But here’s the thing: The entire emphasis of Heb. 11 is faith. Many great and wonderful things were accomplished through faith. But in spite of the great faith and accomplishments of past saints, there lies a fulfillment beyond what they experienced. This is what the last two verses of the chapter emphasize: Continue reading

IT TAKES TWO TO MAKE ONE

Heb. 11:

39  And all these, having gained approval through their faith, did not receive what was promised,

40  because God had provided something better for us, so that apart from us they would not be made perfect.

12:1Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us…

These verses are difficult to understand although they are mentioned frequently when addressing sonship. What is the writer really saying here? There must be the merging of two worlds, the seen and unseen. Until the gap is bridged between the natural and the spiritual, a conjunction of two worlds, the plan of God remains uncompleted. I don’t know if we have fully understood why the cloud of witnesses apart from us are not made perfect. It’s because that which is separate must be merged into one. We could turn that passage around and say we are not made perfect apart from those who have gone on before. We stand on one side of the veil, they on the other. While this separateness may be theoretical, (we like to say, “Hey, we are all one in the Spirit), it’s real to the extent we have not fully experienced the oneness we talk so much about. This is why we must experimentally break through the illusion of the veil that separates the seen from the unseen. When we stand fully in both awareness and experience of the merging of two realms, then we will have the fulfillment we have hungered for. Then comes about the fulfillment of these passages from 1st Cor. 15: 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

THE LAND OF THE LIVING

There are seasons we go through in which God exposes the shame and corruption of the adamic nature within us. It is a necessary ordeal but not a pleasant one. God has a way of seemingly wiping the canvas clean, leaving nothing of His previous work. We are left with nothing to fall back on, nothing to draw on as a present reference point. It’s a time of all things being made new.

 These seasons of exposure are very difficult. If we walked by our feelings we could say we feel rejected and abandoned. This is because we sense the corruption and reproach of the Adamic nature very deeply. This is exactly what Jesus felt on the cross as He bore the sins of the world. “My God, My God, why has Thou forsaken Me,” was His cry. It would be easy to despair and thus comes about a fulfillment of the passage from Mat. 5:4: “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.”  The grieving and mourning over what we see of ourselves is also linked to another of the Beatitudes: “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.” Continue reading

WE WILL NOT BE ABANDONED

Psalm 27:

1 ¶  A Psalm of David. The LORD is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear? The LORD is the defense of my life; Whom shall I dread?

2  When evildoers came upon me to devour my flesh, My adversaries and my enemies, they stumbled and fell.

3  Though a host encamp against me, My heart will not fear; Though war arise against me, In spite of this I shall be confident.

4  One thing I have asked from the LORD, that I shall seek: That I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, To behold the beauty of the LORD And to meditate in His temple.

5  For in the day of trouble He will conceal me in His tabernacle; In the secret place of His tent He will hide me; He will lift me up on a rock.

6  And now my head will be lifted up above my enemies around me, And I will offer in His tent sacrifices with shouts of joy; I will sing, yes, I will sing praises to the LORD.

7 ¶  Hear, O LORD, when I cry with my voice, And be gracious to me and answer me.

8  When You said, “Seek My face,” my heart said to You, “Your face, O LORD, I shall seek.”

9  Do not hide Your face from me, Do not turn Your servant away in anger; You have been my help; Do not abandon me nor forsake me, O God of my salvation!

10  For my father and my mother have forsaken me, But the LORD will take me up.

11  Teach me Your way, O LORD, And lead me in a level path Because of my foes.

12  Do not deliver me over to the desire of my adversaries, For false witnesses have risen against me, And such as breathe out violence.

13  I would have despaired unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the LORD In the land of the living.

14  Wait for the LORD; Be strong and let your heart take courage; Yes, wait for the LORD.

 Mystically, this psalm is about resurrection. Like so many of David’s psalms, it speaks prophetically beyond his own present circumstances. Verses 1-3 describe quite accurately the battle against sons breaking through to completion. It’s the revelation of the Lord’s acceptance of us that becomes the defense against all the accusations of satan. “The LORD is the defense of my life; Whom shall I dread?” It doesn’t matter if the accusations against us are true or not. Of course they are true! But satan has a way of accusing us while conveniently leaving out the revelation of the grace of God. He will never emphasize God’s provision for us, only our failures and weaknesses. The bottom line victory of sonship is this: Continue reading

JONAH

All the world flees from the presence of the Lord. It is the innate thing down in the adamic nature that will not face Him. The fallen nature would rather live in a world filled with all the heartache, sorrow, tragedy, pain and suffering that exists than face His presence. Why? The adamic nature cannot bear to face its shame and corruption so it hides. Even all the aforementioned horrors are more acceptable than facing His presence. In its hidden state, the adamic nature has a certain peace. It is not confronted. It can sleep and be at rest even in the midst of the greatest storms. The suffering and pain, which are inevitable in this world, are preferable to the confrontation with the presence of the Lord. Even in it’s most agonizing moments, such as the death of loved ones or some other personal tragedy, it holds tightly to its independence and existence apart from God. There is no tragedy so great as to forfeit its own life by facing His presence. We see this principle expressed in Rev. 6: Continue reading