Unclothed, THEN Clothed

2nd Cor. 4:
16  Therefore we do not lose heart, but though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day.
17  For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison,
18  while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal.

1 ¶  For we know that if the earthly tent which is our house is torn down, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.
2  For indeed in this house we groan, longing to be clothed with our dwelling from heaven,
3  inasmuch as we, having put it on, will not be found naked.
4  For indeed while we are in this tent, we groan, being burdened, because we do not want to be unclothed but to be clothed, so that what is mortal will be swallowed up by life.

 Within these passages lie the key to experiencing all that God has promised us concerning sonship and resurrection. Verses 16-18 tell us that momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison. But what does this mean? If we have been following the Lord and submitting to his dealings, we know very well what devastation means. But let’s look carefully at verse one of chapter five. “For we know that if the earthly tent which is our house is torn down, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.” Our “building” from God, our “house” eternal in the heavens, is the life of Christ manifested in us, what we call resurrection life. Notice carefully that these passages say IF the earthly tent which is our house is torn down we have a building from God, eternal in the heavens. In other words, there is no “house” from God until the earthly house is torn down. This means more than just physically dying. Physically dying can sometimes be the easy way out. It means no amount of revelation, no amount of desire is going to propel us into resurrection fulfillment. It is a work of Christ that must be done in us. This is where many will seek to enter, but not be able.

Let’s look at verse two. If we have been following the Lord, if the promises of resurrection life are real to us, then we are groaning. We are longing to be clothed with our dwelling from heaven. Something within our spirits is travailing to be free. Here is where the rubber meets the road. We can’t cloth ourselves until we are naked. We cannot put on new clothes over old ones. What does it mean to be naked? It means the innate bonds with the entire adamic seed are broken. In Adam we have a self preservation instinct that is very strong. It is so strong we cannot break it by ourselves. Regardless of how cruel life may treat us at times, there is still an innate comfort in a realm we are familiar with. To be unclothed, or naked, means to be severed from everything familiar to us. It is a horror Adam cannot bear to face. Another way of saying we don’t want to be unclothed but clothed is, “We don’t want to be caught in a void.” The adamic nature recoils from a void with all its strength. But a void must be faced. Jesus faced this void on the cross. Certain explanations have been given for Jesus’ cry, “Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?” which is translated, “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” The explanation is that Jesus, at that moment, took upon Himself the sins of the world, thus being separated from the Father’s presence. What happened to Jesus at that moment was that all His bonds with His human bloodline were broken. Yes, He took upon Himself the sins of the world, but He also overcame Adam’s seed in us at that moment as well. It’s significant that right after He uttered these words, He said, “It is finished,” and breathed His last. Immediately the veil in the Temple was torn in two, from top to bottom, signifying the way into the presence of the Lord and resurrection life. If we allow God to lead us into the void, which is what the momentary, light affliction Paul talks about does, THEN we have the promise that what is mortal will be swallowed up by life.

Heb. 2:
10 ¶  For it was fitting for Him, for whom are all things, and through whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory, to perfect the author of their salvation through sufferings.
11  For both He who sanctifies and those who are sanctified are all from one Father; for which reason He is not ashamed to call them brethren,
12  saying, “I WILL PROCLAIM YOUR NAME TO MY BRETHREN, IN THE MIDST OF THE CONGREGATION I WILL SING YOUR PRAISE.”
13  And again, “I WILL PUT MY TRUST IN HIM.” And again, “BEHOLD, I AND THE CHILDREN WHOM GOD HAS GIVEN ME.”
14 ¶  Therefore, since the children share in flesh and blood, He Himself likewise also partook of the same, that through death He might render powerless him who had the power of death, that is, the devil,
15  and might free those who through fear of death were subject to slavery all their lives.

These passages confirm that Jesus not only shared in flesh and blood, but that He overcame that bloodline on the cross. It was through death that He rendered powerless him who had the power of death, the devil. And Jesus won this victory to free those who through the fear of death are subject to slavery all their lives. The fear of death is the self preservation instinct. It is the bondage that holds us in slavery to a fallen nature. We are to enter into Christ’s sacrifice for us, i.e. His death on the cross, until it frees us completely, just as it did Jesus. Notice carefully verse 10. It speaks of bringing many sons to glory. This is what these passages are about.

Here is the trust of a son in His Father’s love. We cannot break the self preservation instinct. We cannot make ourselves naked. But God can. If we are willing to break this last bond with the adamic life itself, and not just facets of it, God will help us. We can’t be afraid of the void, for in the void we are clothed with our heavenly garments, which is the fullness of His life. Jesus spoke mystically of not being in, or of, the world. This was played out experientially in His life. So must it be for us. We don’t know yet what it means to break these final adamic bonds, but we must be willing to find out. We must entrust our selves to our Father who will not leave us unclothed, just as He did not leave Jesus unclothed. The following passages from Hebrews say it all.

Heb. 12:
1 Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,
fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Heb. 6:
17  In the same way God, desiring even more to show to the heirs of the promise the unchangeableness of His purpose, interposed with an oath,
18  so that by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have taken refuge would have strong encouragement to take hold of the hope set before us.
19  This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, a hope both sure and steadfast and one which enters within the veil,
20  WHERE JESUS HAS ENTERED AS A FORUNNER FOR US, having become a high priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.

 

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