What if..?

What if whatever you’ve ever dreamed of doing, and whomever you’ve ever dreamed of becoming, has already happened?

What if, whatever you ever believed in, determines whom you will become and whether-or-not your dreams and plans will ever come true?

Then, what if there’s a plan for your life that’s already been made and matched to your every good, and your every bad decision, covering all your mistaken beliefs?

So, what if that plan and belief-covering-grace depends not on you but on another’s gift to you, that this other’s gift is already given, just for you to receive?

And, what if everything works this way?

That all we need to do is to receive the life-force of God’s Spirit through the gospel of His Son and the positional honour He gives us in His Son, in order to enable us to work an eternal plan that’s been engineered just for each of us?

You know? I think our focus has been all wrong! Take for example the Christian teaching on eschatology, which would mean: teachings about last things.

Eschatology is a theological word, not a Bible word. It’s a word that theologians have used to describe a teaching, not the teaching itself.

Eschaton is the root, or origin of the word and means: the final event in the divine plan; the end of the world. So, it’s the study – eschatology – of what’s to come.

So, anyone’s study of things to come would focus their faith and hope on those things coming true.

But, what if the things you’ve desired to come true have already been planned, and while you’ve been focusing on things to come you’ve overlooked that plan?

Even worse, what if that plan is the only plan that can make your hopes for the future come true but you’ve been looking for things to come, instead of the plan?

So, we come back to the original hope that I expressed:

What if there’s a plan for your life that’s already been made and matched to your every good, and your every bad decision, covering all your mistaken beliefs, and that plan alone can make your most pure-hearted hopes come true?

What if that plan and belief-covering-grace depends not on you but on another’s gift to you, that this other’s gift is already given, just for you to receive?

And, what if everything works this way? “God said it. I believe it. That settles it”.

No: “That does it”.

Let me suggest that the Plan I’ve been provoking you to believe in, is God’s plan from all eternity about the way that God himself has designed to give you His own righteousness.

That linked text is for this Speech Script document, pictured here by its cover:

It’s a summary of how God the Father has given Christian believers the same right in His kingdom (righteousness) as Christ now has, as the first man to enter heaven, bringing heaven on earth.

How would you feel about that if all-the-while, you’d been putting your hope in some other thing that’s proposed to come true in the future but hasn’t come true yet, when all-the-while those who have focused on this gift of righteousness’ plan, have it and have learned to work it?

What if ‘the beast’ of eschatology is not some sort of spiritual monster, nor some sort of evil religious organisation that’s to come, but it’s the combination of mankind’s entire corruptions that work evil plans?

What if the antichrist is not a person nor a global leader of any sort, but it’s a spirit?

And what if the millennium is only typical of eternity and of the character and nature of eternal life, rather than a literal period of one thousand years?

Finally, what if that which is taught by eschatology as being an end-of-the-world, seven-year period of extreme trouble and judgement, really only typifies the troubles we continually go through day-by-day and that peoples the-world-over have had to contend with since sin came into the world?

My very brief and probably inadequate summary of these things is here in another study, called: Today’s Reformation.

What if…?

It would mean that the focus of our faith has been wrong all along, causing us to wait for an outcome that’s expected to be in the future when all along, it’s been happening all around us!

This current crisis of a global pandemic has opened my own eyes to how Christians are responding with claims of end-times-events coming true! Please wake up. It doesn’t need to be the beginning of a one-world government, a one-world money system, a one-world religion, nor the beginning of great trouble, judgment and persecution.

If we’re focused on what we expect to come true, it surely will! But if we’re focused on our right-in-Christ to claim the goodness of His will on earth as it is in heaven, we’ll triumph and see goodness come true. I’ve gone into a 14-page description of our current world’s-view in order to explain this honour we have from God.

If you’re concerned about this scenario, and especially if you’re finding that you have a lack of answered prayer at the moment, maybe you’d like to avail yourself of this explanation of an eBook: Forewarned is Forearmed.

So, what if this scenario is true of us as Christians?

It would mean that, due to such future-focused blindness, we’d neglected to acknowledge the true and eternal plan of God for our lives, lost all our dreams’ comings true, and forsaken the authority to do what’s right.

All because we’d forgotten that God’s gift of salvation to us, is a gift and that it’s the gift of His right stance :in: Himself that He’s given us: gratis! – His grace-gift that can’t be earned by looking ahead or by any other means but by believing in Him – believing in Him in this now-time, in this eternal “one thousand years to Me is as one day, and one day is as a thousand years”, timeless faith He’s given us, so that we can work His miracles.

Commissioned as Priests

The apostle Paul says in Ephesians 3:14-15: So I kneel humbly in awe before the Father of our Lord Jesus, the Messiah, the perfect Father of every father and child, in heaven and on the earth ~TPT.

Whereas the ESV puts it this way: For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named.

So, the question must be asked: For what reason?

For reason of the apostle Paul’s ownership claim of the gospel of grace that’s been given to us in Christ, for Paul writes in verse 6:

Here’s the secret: The gospel of grace has made you, non-Jewish believers, into coheirs of his promise through your union with him. And you have now become members of his body – one with the Anointed One! ~Ephesians 3:6, TPT.

But then, the result and outcome of the personal effect of the gospel of grace – its modus operandi in our lives and the way it works in us – is described in verses 11-12.

This perfectly wise plan was destined from eternal ages and fulfilled completely in our Lord Jesus Christ, so that now we have boldness through him, and free access as kings before the Father because of our complete confidence in Christ’s faithfulness ~Ephesians 3:11-12, TPT.

There are parallel outcomes to these claims of the apostle Paul’s, stated-as-written in Ephesians 3:6-12, but they’re also recorded in parallel as a priest’s commissioning in Zechariah 3:7.

In Zechariah chapter 3 the prophet Zechariah records the vision that the Lord gave him of the commissioning of Joshua the high priest. The vision along with the prophet’s prophetic words describes the Angel of the Lord’s instruction and His promises to Joshua for the effectiveness of his high priesthood, for these are parallel instructions and promissory outcomes with the apostle Paul’s in Ephesians 3:6 & 10.

Here’s the secret (says Paul): The gospel of grace has made you, non-Jewish believers, into coheirs of his promise through your union with him. And you have now become members of his body – one with the Anointed One! ~v6, TPT.

Therefore we’ve become in Christ: the royal priesthood of this great and merciful High Priest, just like Joshua’s commissioning! ~cf. Hebrews 4:14-5:10. Us-with-Jesus, the Son of Righteousness who’s passed through the heavens and now is glorified on our behalf, interceding for us, advocating for us in the court of heaven, and transferring His divine counsel and judgments to us for our use and for our overcoming and triumph in all of life!

The purpose of this was to unveil before every throne and rank of angelic orders in the heavenly realm God’s full and diverse wisdom revealed through the church ~v10, TPT.

Since we have it, then let’s use it!

So, it all comes together in vv11-12:

This perfectly wise plan was destined from eternal ages and fulfilled completely in our Lord Jesus Christ, so that now we have boldness through him, and free access as kings before the Father because of our complete confidence in Christ’s faithfulness ~vv11-12, TPT.

Our cheif Shepherd leads us beside still waters

and restores our souls ~cf. Psalm 23.

What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? ~Romans 8:31-32, ESV.

So we take our priestly place in the auspice of God, as a flock of birds, wheeling and swooping in unison as if choreographed of course: by our Author’s providence!

Let’s go!

Zechariah 3:7 Our priestly place in our King’s court and counsel:

“Thus says the Lord of hosts:

If you will walk in my ways and keep my charge,

then you shall rule my house and

have charge of my courts, and

I will give you the right of access among those who are standing here”, ~ESV.

“…those who are standing here” included the Angel of the Lord: Christ himself, Zechariah the prophet and a number of servants whether people or heavenly spirits, also Satan.

So, our Lord promises to give Joshua the high priest and us as His new covenant’s priesthood: the right of access!

He promises to graciously give us the right of access to divine wisdom, enabling us to walk in God’s ways and keep His charge of – whatever the charge you know, is given to you by God!

Your charge in life could be fatherhood, motherhood, family nurture, vocational authority in your workplace, alliances with your peers, friends and acquaintances, and/or the loving charge of an apostle, prophet, evangelist, pastor or teacher of His people etc.

He’s graciously promised us the right of access to the Divine Counsel that righteously rules His house, whether ‘His house’ is your family, your whole workplace, your group of peers and friends, or a small church group or a large one, He’s given you the right of access to the Divine Counsel that you need for them and for yourself.

He’s graciously promised us the right of access to our Judge’s judgments that rebuke and overthrow Satan’s lies and strongholds in each, every and all those realms.

And our Lord’s promise to Joshua that He will give us the right of access to all these things, is promised ”among those who are standing here”, meaning all these roles, response-abilities and authorities are being performed in the presence of our Overcomer: the King of the ages, in the presence of His servants, in the presence of His honouring and honourable prophets, and in the presence of the angelic host who long to look into this perfect salvation we’ve got.

I write this with this hope that this writing and holy ownership claim will restore any reader’s focus in God’s heavenly kingdom, that we are commissioned by Him as priests, causing praise and worship in heaven’s court of the Most High God who is our King-Priest and judge, the Commander-in-Chief of angel armies, our Redeemer and all judgments’ Deliverer!

The commissioning of Christ’s priesthood is quite simple:

If you will walk in My ways and keep My charge,

then you shall rule My house and

have charge of My courts, and

I will give you the right of access.

That is, it consists of just two things: If you will walk in My ways and keep My charge.

Surrender is surely the key to knowing God’s ways and doing things His way.

There’s a preaching & teaching video by Art Katz called: Eternal Rule and Rewards

which is really enlightening on walking in God’s ways and keeping His charge.

Therefore, I think we could all do with these encouraging and instructive words of the apostle Paul’s, which will surely bring comfort:

~2 Timothy 1:7-14, TPT.

“For God will never give you the spirit of fear, but the Holy Spirit who gives you mighty power, love, and self-control/spirit-strength.

“So never be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor be embarrassed over my imprisonment, but overcome every evil by the revelation of the power of God!

“He gave us resurrection life and drew us to himself by his holy calling on our lives. And it wasn’t because of any good we have done, but by his divine pleasure and marvellous grace that confirmed our union with the anointed Jesus, even before time began!

“This truth is now being unveiled by the revelation of the anointed Jesus, our life-giver, who has dismantled death, obliterating all its effects on our lives, and has manifested his immortal life in us by the gospel.

“And he has anointed me as his preacher, his apostle, and his teacher of truth to the nations. The confidence of my calling enables me to overcome every difficulty without shame, for I have an intimate revelation of this God.

“And my faith in him convinces me that he is more than able to keep all that I’ve placed in his hands safe and secure until the fullness of his appearing.

“Allow the healing words you’ve heard from me to live in you and make them a model for life as your faith and love for the Anointed One grows even more. Guard well this incomparable treasure by the Spirit of Holiness living within you”.

Since Holy Spirit – the Spirit of Holiness – is given to us as on that day of Pentecost when He was given to the 120 disciples of Christ who had waited worshipfully in that upper room, and He has been given to us in our baptism of fire, also since He is given on the irrevokable grounds of Christ sacrifice, then I reckon we can keep the apostle Paul’s charge: Guard well this incomparable treasure by the Spirit of Holiness.

A ‘rough but ready’ priesthood we are, and a royal priesthood we shall be!

Kingdom Culture and the Prophetic Voice

For any visitor here and for any of those who are following my posts on this web site, please acknowledge these three new pages I’ve now posted.

The-three are one whole conception’s claim!

Each of these new pages goes with the other, for they’re claiming to be a guide into changing church culture into Kingdom Culture and for the use of the prophetic Voice.

The purpose of these three claims is for the unity of the churches’ equipping meetings, and for the making of true disciples of Christ.

1. Kingdom Culture
2. Prophetic Voice

3. Spiritual Dominion

Please access the whole pages’ posts either through the header bar on this page or through the linked and colored titles above.

Thank you for your consideration of these messages.

Since God Did It, You Can Trust Him

Holy Spirit is reminding us that we must always “remember the Lord our God’s covenant that He commanded for a thousand generations, the covenant that He made with Abraham ~1 Chronicles 16:14-16.

Many may think, that God’s covenant with Abraham was the covenant of circumcision, as given in Genesis 17:10-11, for the Hebrews’ religious practices, practise this rigorously and even Jesus was circumcised on the eighth day.

But the apostle Paul shows us in Romans 4:9-12 that circumcision is only “a seal of the righteousness that Abraham had by faith while he was still uncircumcised ~4:11, and Genesis 17:11 also agrees, that circumcision is merely a sign of God’s covenant.

So, what is this covenant that the Lord our God made with Abraham that king David says, we must remember, and are commanded to remember for a thousand generations?

To find out, we must refer to the very site that the apostle Paul refers to in Romans 4, that is: ~Genesis 15:6 “And Abraham believed the Lord and He counted it to him as righteousness”. For, in this context where the Lord promises Abram a son, the Lord also confirms His promise to Abram for his descendants that they will inherit their lands.

The process where the Lord our God confirms and establishes the covenant He made with Abraham, is simply wonderful and extremely important for our faith.

~1 The Lord instructs Abram to prepare a sacrifice, by preparing five animals and laying them out in order. Some time elapses, as Abraham waits upon the Lord ~15:7-11.

~2 The Lord puts Abram to sleep! A ‘dreadful and deep darkness’ falls upon Abram in his sleep and the Lord speaks to him in his sleep ~15:12-16.

~3 A smoking fire pot and a flaming torch passes through the pieces of the sacrifice that Abram had prepared, and God himself seals the covenant while Abram is still asleep.

How wonderful is that!

There’s all sorts of parallels that can be drawn from the process God used to establish this covenant with us – cp. God commanded that it’s to be observed and remembered for a thousand generations ~1 Chronicles 16:15 – but only one is most important, and that is that God himself sealed the covenant. God took the initiative. God made it, and not man.

No covenant would ever be effective if it was left up to man to establish and maintain it. That very fact – this eternal truth that mankind can never uphold an agreement with God – was proven by God giving us His law, and it was the purpose of the law, to show us that only God can justify anyone. Anyone’s meditaion on Romans 3:19-26 will show us so!

“Now we know that whatever the law says it speaks to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be stopped, and the whole world may be held accountable to God. For by the works of the law no human being will be justified in His sight, since through the law comes knowledge of sin.

“But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it – the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe.

“For there is no distinction: for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God put forward as the peacemaking, sacrificial offering through his blood, which offering is to be received by faith.

“This was to show God’s righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins. It was to show his righteousness at the present time, so that he might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus ~Romans 3:19-26.

If it is God who justifies you, then no man can condemn you! If it is God who has established His covenant in the blood and body of Christ with you, then no man can take it away from you. Just like the smoking fire pot and flaming tourch of Abram’s ‘dreamtime sleep’, the Lord your God ‘did it all while you were asleep’.

For, “the righteousness of God” is “for all who believe” ~3:22.

There is no longer any distinction between Hebrew believers who practice law and others who do not ~3:22-23, because “all have sinned ..but… are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus” ~3:23-24.

The “smoking fire pot and flaming tourch” with which God has cut this covenant for us, is that life of Christ that is offered to us for our justification, for the correction of our wrongs – the perfect Life that was lived in our place and was sacrificed for our sins, but was raised by the Spirit of Holiness in order to give us His virtue and position, not ours but His complete and perfect life, postion and virtue, given to us through our faith in Him.

God did it, while we were asleep!

Eternal Life in the Garden

I wonder if this really is God’s call to each of us,

as the apostle Paul put it to “his son” Timothy:

“Lay your hands upon eternal life, for this is your calling – celebrating in faith before the multitude of witnesses! ~1 Timothy 6:12, Passion Translation.

And Paul gets even more emphatic, later on in this same paragraph to Timothy: “I instruct you before the God of Resurrection Life and before Jesus … that you follow this commission faithfully” ~1 Timothy 6:13-14. It’s definitely a commission! a commission of divine origin, as is evident by Paul’s zeal.

In Timothy’s case, “the multitude of witnesses” may have been a company of people, for Paul himself laid hands on him and commissioned him ~2 Timothy 1:6; but it may also be “the great cloud of witnesses” mentioned in Hebrews 12:1 which follows immediately the “heroes of faith” -chapter, which are past saints – those who have passed on to glory but who are somehow present as witnesses.

For Paul instructed Timothy about his calling: Lay your hands upon eternal life, for this is your calling – celebrating in faith before the multitude of witnesses!

That’s something like we do, in church, in our prayer meetings and as oft as it happens, daily! – celebrating in faith before the multitude of witnesses! and laying our hands on, or taking hold of eternal life.

Could it be, that Timothy’s father in the faith was instructing him that this is his whole duty and honour in this, his lifetime? – to ‘lay hold of eternal life and celebrate through faith in God before the multitude of witnesses’.

I know by experience that Holy Spirit’s presence comes to such worshipers, and it’s heavenly for sure!

We are called to “hold” eternal life, which is “a given” from anyone’s reading of John 17:3, Hebrews 7:16 cp. Romans 6:4. The power of an indestructible life such as Hebrews says is ours, through God’s gift to us by the resurrection ~Romans 6:4.

Also 1 John 2:17 makes it more plain: “The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever”. The term: ‘lives forever’, is equal to ‘lives eternally’ in the original Greek wording. Therefore, eternal life is here-and-now, a real and true ownership and possession of the believing one, life-long!

But the presence of heaven’s great cloud of witnesses, each one would have to decide on, through our experience in worship and through our ‘walking with Him in the garden’.

For has God or has He not, perfected our righteousness and sanctification? ~Romans 5:17 and ~Hebrews 10:14 as examples; so that we can walk with Him ‘in the garden’ as Adam and Eve did, pre sin? ~Genesis 2:8-15 cp. ~3:8. For it was the Lord’s habit to walk with His made-people, in the “breeze of the day”, in the garden in the evening.

Will we walk with the Lord by holding onto eternal life, walking in the presence of His heavenly witnesses? Has God called us to this, as our main ‘lifeline’ in this world? I believe so. For where else do we belong, since we are strangers and pilgrims in this world, but to heaven’s presence and to an everlasting life through our worshipful lifestyle?

In my eyes, we need to consider these things as now-time truth; if we are ever going to walk in them – eternal life and a presence of heavenly witness. For, wasn’t it Stephen the martyr in the early part of Acts, who ‘saw heaven open’? ~Acts 7:56 as though it was already there, but it only appeared to comfort him as he was being martyred.

While we’re here, throughout this pilgrimage, we fix our eyes on the things that are unseen, for what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal ~2 Corinthians 4:18. Therefore, we have an enchanting “garden-walk” with Holy Spirit that captures our hearts with God’s will and heaven’s immediacy, where He captures our hearts with all goodness, love, mercy and truth so as we are enabled to walk upright, confident and ‘in command’.

Take a walk in His garden, won’t you. The apostle Paul says we’re called to it, by God! and that it’s our very life’s stay and stability, this stay of our now-time knowledge and walking in the way of Eternal Life, and our conviction of the Presence of Witnesses, whether natural or supernatural; as this coupling of our commission “here on earth as it is in heaven”.

The ‘coming together’ of this post and article was inspired by:

Brian Simmons’ prophetic post as posted on Facebook on Wed. 18th Oct. 2017

The old order is quickly passing away

The season of change you have anticipated has now come, My child. It will be your love for Me that will see you through the most difficult of times. Disruptive revelation that brings the shocking truth to the media, to the government, and to My church—disruptive revelation that overturns the tables of religious profit—will bring about My righteous ways.

New mission strategies are coming to you in dreams and through prayer. Great understanding of My mysteries are coming to those who sit with Me on My blood-sprinkled love seat. The old order is quickly passing away, and a new breed is arising. They will be known as daybreakers and dawnmakers. They belong to Me and to Me alone. As My fiery servants, they accelerate the changes I am bringing to the earth. They will bring back My ways of holiness and passionate love.

Have I not called you to love with all of your heart and all of your passion? This is the day of all, not part, My child. You will see all of My love and all of My power at the disposal of those who have sought My face with all of their hearts.

The season of change has come, My child. You have heard it before, but know I declare it again: you will never be the same again, for I have placed My hands upon you, My church, My bride.

“Timothy, you are God’s man, so run from all these errors. Instead, chase after true holiness, justice, faithfulness, love, hope, and tender humility. There is a battle raging, so fight with faith for the winner’s prize! Lay your hands upon eternal life, for this is your calling—celebrating in faith before the multitude of witnesses! So now, I instruct you before the God of Resurrection Life and before Jesus, the Anointed One, who demonstrated a beautiful testimony even before Pontius Pilate, that you follow this commission faithfully with a clear conscience and without blemish until the appearing of our Lord Jesus, the Messiah.” ~1 Timothy 6:11–14.

Landscape of our Heritage

Methuselah lived 996 years, there being no ultra violet radiation before the world-wide flood and therefore limited ageing, for the globe was watered with a sun-protecting mist.

What will be your longevity?

Throughout life, we stand on land, in the lands and depend on land for our welfare and survival. Where has your life prospered? Our faith in God also has a spiritual landscape that courts our attention, charms our life and captivates our obedience or following of God.

The ‘spiritual landscape’ of the generation we live in, and of our own generation(s) is captured in this eBook I’ve written: Key to the Knowledge, for anyone’s free download.

For the eternal gospel is generational and it’s a scandal by nature:

“We preach Christ crucified, preaching which to the Jews is a scandal and an offensive stumbling block that springs a snare or trap. And to the Gentiles – meaning all other nations’ peoples and lands – our preaching appears absurd and a load of unphilosophical nonsense!

“But to those who are called, whether Jew or Greek, Christ is the Power of God and the Wisdom of God.

“This is because the foolish thing that has its source in God, is wiser than men, and the weak thing that springs from God is stronger than men. For simply consider your own call, brothers and sisters” ~1 Corinthians 1:23-26, clarified Amplified Version.

Methuselah was called “when he dies, it comes”, which is the literal meaning of his name in Hebrew. And when he died, the world wide flood came! Judgment is not a popular word, but it is when anyone knows that they’re called of God.

Any reader may like to see here, for a couple of God’s most gracious and merciful judgments, and they’re made entirely for our sakes.

Imagine in those times before the flood, Methuselah’s mother calling him for dinner as a child, for she’d literally be saying: “when he dies, judgement comes”, dinner’s ready! Have you heard the voice of God calling you and do you know if He’s chosen you? This is our whole security, stability and victory in all of the landscape of life.

If you’ve heard God and followed God by hearing His voice – the voice of the nurturing, consoling, healing and nutrifying Holy Spirit; just like Methuselah’s mother’s voice – then you will know that He’s called you and chosen you, for He cannont lie when He calls you by name: “John”, “Cyndie”, “Terry”, “Joel”, “Harmony” or whatever.

Because then, you know that He knows you.

But then, where do you stand in the landscape of life? Do you stand on a mountain top, courting His right stance and judgments? Do you stand on a hillside, ready to slide or still climbing? Do you stand in a deep, dark valley of woe, or in a fertile valley of delight?

Ages may pass, and it seems like no one cares or has cared, but you’re called by God, and you know He cares, even though you’ve been living a scandal. It’s alright, because God himself is scandalous, He’s used to you, because He knows the exact place in the landscape that you’ve traversed and are now standing in. He can speak to you there.

Interesting! When Methuselah was born, Adam was still alive, and would have easily comprehended Adam’s creation naratives as an adult. So, what if this Bible narrative is true? Will it fit your age?

For simply consider your own call, brothers and sisters ~1 Corinthians 1:26 – for it’s ageless and it’s in the landscaper’s hands by the calling and choosing of the Ancient of Days.

So, for a sense of agelessness, please read this scripture. It’s a heavenly mist. I may need it to become a foundation stone for me, hence-forth!

Heirs of the World

It seems a common case to me, for “we-as-Christians” to lose our vision in God’s kingdom, and just “rattle around at the bottom of the barrel”, by losing our hope in eternal things.

This may help.

And yet: What do you value?

“The Lord God is my strength, and he will make my feet like hinds’ feet, for he will make me to walk upon my high places” ~Habakuk 3:19

As the author of this post, I’m not intending to explain in detail, what I mean by quoting these scriptures, for the revelation of scripture comes with meditation – see Psalm 1:1-3 and 1 Corinthians 2:13-15, also John 3:5-8.

Therefore, let the reader meditate prayerfully on the comparison colored words. Orange, is for God’s promises; green is for God himself, and purple is for our faith in God and it’s aims in this world, or our own personal faith’s vision and it’s clarity or hope.

My reading of the above quoted scripture in Habakuk today, lead me to read this one in Deuteronomy as a comparison:

But the Lord’s portion is his people,
Jacob his allotted heritage.
He found him in a desert land,
and in the howling waste of the wilderness;
he encircled him, he cared for him,
he kept him
as the apple of his eye.

Like an eagle that stirs up its nest,
that flutters over its young,
spreading out its wings, catching them,
bearing them on its pinions,
the Lord alone guided him,
no foreign god was with him.

He made him ride on the high places of the land,
and he ate the produce of the field,
and he suckled him with honey out of the rock,
and oil out of the flinty rock.
Curds from the herd, and milk from the flock,
with the fat of lambs, rams of Bashan and goats,
with the very finest of the wheat—
and you drank foaming wine made from the blood of the grape ~Deut. 32:9-14.

This verse:

Like an eagle that stirs up its nest,
that flutters over its young,
spreading out its wings, catching them,
bearing them on its pinions,

describes how the Lord God trained Jacob, making him into Israel: “Prince with God”.

It’s like the eagle’s training of her young egrets. She throws them off the cliff face! But then, this parent-eagle catches them, and brings them back to their nest, and she repeats this until they learn to fly themselves.

Learning how to “fly” in God’s kingdom – trusting in His promises so that you see them fulfilled by Him, which itself lifts you above your circumstances through faith in God – is a training ground, and will ever be a training ground “this side” of seeing Jesus face to face.

Hebrews chapter eleven, gives us many examples of the Bible characters from whom we can learn, how to trust God as they did, and “fly”. But we each need to learn to lift ourselves up through our trust in God’s word and Spirit.

“I have given you wings”, says the Lord!

For the promise to Abraham and his offspring (that’s us!) that he (and they) would be heir of the world did not come through the law, but through the righteousness of faith ~Romans 4:13.

Hold on! For I think that Mother-Eagle, will be “tossing us off the cliff” until we become heirs of the world. Let’s learn how to fly, aye.

It’s “fair dinkum”, because the scripture from Deuteronomy 32:9-14, is immediately preceded by the contrasting case of “whose portion it is”, by claiming: “The Lord’s portion is His people” (v9), whereas “the Most High gave to the nations their inheritance, when he divided mankind. He fixed the borders of the peoples” (v8).

So, the preceding verses were all about dividing up land for social, cultural, economic and even for ceremonial purposes; “but the Lord’s portion is His people”. As Christians, our love for others and for God, is quantified by the degree of love we have for each other – see 1 John 4:20-21 – so, besides being Abraham’s offspring, we are our Lord’s portion.

We “fly” in Him, for He has claimed us as His inheritance!

:Heart’s-Sight

Does any reader, have a heart’s-sight of this description?

“Wherever we see Christ, he is imparting blessings as the sun imparts light and warmth. While he was here on the earth, he was always reaching out his hand to give a benediction to some life that sorely needed it.

“Now it was on the children’s heads, now on the leper, now on the blind eyes, now on the sick, now on the dead, that he laid those gracious hands, and always he left some rich gift of blessing.

“Then, we remember one day when those gentle hands were drawn out by cruel enemies, and with iron nails fastened back on the cross; yet even then, it was in blessing that they were extended, for it was for our sins they were transfixed thus on the wood.

“As we :see: them thus stretched out as wide as they could reach, the attitude suggests the wideness of the divine mercy. Thus the arms of God are open to the utmost, to receive all who will come and seek refuge. There is room for the worst sinners” ~Dr. James R. Miller.

1 Refuge & FortressQuestion: Would that picture above, be a picture of a refuge, as a place for your security and safety; or a picture of some awe-inspiring majesty, or maybe even a picture of an evil hide-out?

It all depends on the way we :see:

2 PerspectiveEach person’s perspective or point-of-view, is a heart-matter! We see through “the eyes of our heart” and interpret what we see, by the preconditioning of our judgments, and/or by our experiences and our current state-of-heart and mind ~e.g. Ephesians 1:18 & Luke 12:54-56. That is: we may see injustice and react with anger as the state of our heart; or we may see something that’s heart-warming and respond with empathy and compassion.

The Greatest Heart of all, saw us down-through the ages, through His own state of extreme persecution, pain, anguish and contempt: but said: “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do” ~Luke 23:34. He saw an angry and grief-stricken mob, even from the torment of His cross. But what did his heart see? He saw our need of forgiveness.

So, how can we :see: and follow this Great-Heart’s example and life-of-love? Anyone with real faith who’s reading this, has probably seen it already, and experienced the love of God flowing through your own love for people, as you’ve reached out.

Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. You are My friends if you do what I command you. No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from My Father I have made known to you. You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you, so that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in My name, he may give it to you. These things I command you, so that you will love one another ~John 15:13-17.

So that! Great-Heart said: These things I command you, so that you will love one another.

1_Love's Tender TouchYes, this Great-Heart was tested, just like you and I are tested:

For, when the Pharisees heard that this Messiah had silenced the nation’s political leaders by his response to their questions, they gathered together. And one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question to test him. “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments, depend all the Law and the Prophets ~Matt. 22:34-40.

So, our interpretation of all that we see in our outside world, and all that we read – another way of seeing! – in the Holy Bible, depends on how we’re fulfilling these two commands, for: On these two commandments, depend all the Law and the Prophets – love the Lord your God with all that you are; and love your neighbor as yourself.

For, all that we experience in life – our ups and our downs, our torments and our peace, our drudgery and our victory – are all conditioned by the love of God, that’s shed abroad in our heart by the Holy Spirit who is given to us, through our faith in the eternal gospel ~see Rom. 5:1-5. So, our heart’s-sight of the love of God, is right there as the Son of God took our place of punishment on the cross, and this is crucial for us knowing the love of God.

Therefore, in living our lives, we’re in the same position as Great-Heart! For, we have supernatural love, and we therefore have the ability to see all of our surrounds through His love, and so: respond just the same as He does to the heart-felt-needs of our surrounds.

ForgivenessOur start-point is: Father forgive them, for I know you’ve forgiven me.

Then, as we continue in our joyful faith, knowing God’s own forgiveness and the freedom it brings, we’re enabled by the spontaneous knowledge of God’s love, to say along with Christ:

For the Father loves me as His son, and shows me all that He himself is doing ~John 5:20.

So, what about those commandments? Those only two commandments that “are left”, for this guide of our conduct, in love. “Whoever says “I know him” but does not keep his commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in him, but whoever keeps his word, in him truly the love of God is perfected. By this we may know that we are in Christ, that: whoever says he abides in Christ, ought also to conduct himself in the same way as Christ conducted himself ~1 John 2:4-6.

Therefore, by our great and merciful God’s enabling power of the Holy Spirit’s communication of God’s love to us, all things are possible, for we are enabled by God, to conduct ourselves as Christ conducted himself.

Of course, this love-response, is conditioned upon our state of purity, and upon whether we’ve “crucified our carnal nature, with its passions and desires” ~Gal. 5:24; and/or whether we’ve “circumcised our hearts” ~e.g. Rom. 2:28.  But these are teachings that Holy Spirit must train us in, in order for our characters to be strengthened in love; so that we respond in love, live a life of love, and love others as much as we love ourselves.

Each of us goes through similar trials and tests or through the strengthening of our characters, in these ways; so we therefore have taken-on-board this saying of Great-Heart’s “These things I command you, so that you will love one another”, for we’re all learning together, and being made holy, together – we rejoice with those who rejoice, and we weep with those who weep ~Romans 12:15; so that our love-together is strengthened into His love.

1 Fiery FurnaceLove and uprightness will guide us home, and we are being enabled through our practice of the knowledge of God’s love, to work the works of God whilst-ever we’re here on earth.

Notes & References

Ephesians. 1:16-19 I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe

Luke 12:54-56 He also said to the crowds, “When you see a cloud rising in the west, you say at once, ‘A shower is coming. ’ And so it happens. And when you see the south wind blowing, you say, ‘There will be scorching heat,’ and it happens. You hypocrites! You know how to interpret the appearance of earth and sky, but why do you not know how to interpret the present time?

Romans 2:28 For a person is not a Jew who is one outwardly, and true circumcision is not something visible in the flesh. On the contrary, a person is a Jew who is one inwardly, and circumcision is of the heart — by the Spirit, not the letter. That man’s praise is not from men but from God.

So: Does God praise people? Yes, as we walk in His ways, He praises us! or similarly: He confirms and establishes our good qualities ~see also, Philemon 1:6.

Romans 8:16-18 The Spirit Himself testifies together with our spirit that we are God’s children, and if children, also heirs — heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ. We will experience being co-glorified with him, provided that we accept his sufferings as our own ~ a ‘marriage’ of the English Standard Version and The Passion Translation.

Romans 8:18 We will experience being co-glorified with him, provided that we accept his sufferings as our own ~The Passion Translation. Does that ‘sound like’ the vision or heart’s-sight of God’s love that we’re looking for, that enables us to conduct ourselves in Christ? It does to me.

Exposing the Death Cult

Normally, a cult is a group of people who’ve gone wrong, and who’ve gone into extremes.

1_Self ImageConverse to “the normality of a cult”, please consider that a cult may be a way of thinking, for such people in a group always have their own teachings, that condition their thinking and unite them in their cause.

“It’s only natural”, we often say; and use this claim of our thinking’s way, to opt out of just about anything!

If eternity is at stake, all-the-while as we live, then our thinking is the only tool we’ve got to get us there, enable us to live there or here, and to take-us-on gloriously, as we live. It’s important.

Fixing Problems & ThinkingDespite the heading of this article, this script is not about Islam’s apparent domination of our western world’s outlook at this time. “Thinking”, ..though! It’s an important issue and people ARE concerned about “the Muslim uprising”, and with good cause.

I’ve recently posted this article on the web – Nations & Global Islam – and it can be accessed through that link. It’s evidence that people ARE concerned. This web site of mine is not a major news source, obviously; but my write-up of “global Islam” has been downloaded 465 times to date – it’s now early October. Evidence that demands a verdict!

So, let’s get back to the original article:

Many people think of eternity as some condition or state in the future, after death. But eternity and spirituality are also in the here-and-now.

The apostle John wrote that: The world is passing away and is disappearing, and with it: the forbidden cravings – the passionate desires, the lust – of it; but he who does the will of God and carries out His purposes in his lifetime, lives and remains forever” ~1 John 2:17.

Let’s see this last phrase of that verse, in an explained version that’s closer to the original text – he who does the will of God and carries out His purposes in his lifetime, lives and remains forever.

Doing the will of God is a surprisingly simple topic, with only four explicit criteria to it: for the will of God is our salvation: see John 6:39-40; the will of God is our sanctification, that we live a holy life by surrendering to the gospel’s claims: see 1 Thessalonians 3:1-8; the will of God is for our joy, through our thanksgiving: see 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18; and the will of God is that we do good by doing what’s right: see 1 Peter 2:15.

Please follow this highlighted link, for a more complete insight into doing God’s will.

Joyful Boys_ChildrenSo, we come back to this explanation of this key part of the verse from 1 John 2:17 – he who does the will of God, lives and remains forever.

The phrase: “lives and remains forever”, is commonly translated with just two words: “lives forever”, but is actually three in the original writings: “lives”, being a verb; and then the missing word which is a preposition meaning “into” or “amongst”, and then “forever” which is a noun.

The original meaning for “forever” in Vines Expository Dictionary is very interesting. The Greek word is aion, meaning: an endless age of spiritual and moral force. Now, that sounds better!

Therefore, by using these comparisons, we can get an original interpretation: He who does the will of God, lives into and amongst this endless age of eternity’s spiritual and moral force.

If, in doing God’s will, the believer in Christ has entered into a timeless age, of spiritual and moral force, then he-or-she, is living eternally.

The author of Vines Expository Dictionary is very emphatic, that the Greek word aion, must not be translated as “world”, which is used as a substitute at other textual sites where it would mean a temporal world, but that the Greeks’ conception of it, is that of an ongoing, eternal and timeless age.

This is an important conception or: ownership-claim for anyone’s true faith, because in the days of the Bible’s writing, the Greeks’ thinking condition was very philosophical, as the people thought deeply about life and therefore, to interpret the original words according to their original use is of paramount importance.

Therefore to bring in this idea of aion’s meaning, into the interpretation of 1 John 2:17, is a key to comprehending the true, spiritual nature and value of our Biblical and supernatural faith, because: how we think by our faith, is how we’ll each respond to the demands and opportunities of life.

Divine Conception_Soaring EagleTherefore, our conception of “death”, takes on a whole new light. That is, if we’re living in a timeless age of spiritual and moral force, by doing God’s will, then our lives are not defined by this lifetime alone, but by the ongoing, timeless age that we’re now living in, and death is just a “hiccup” in the continuum of Life.

It’s a world of controversy! We see, hear, smell, taste and feel all that is around us. But do we judge by what we see? Or do we deny the outward appearances and continue doing God’s will?

For, if the eternal gospel is true, that Christ has claimed our very souls, by living our life – the perfect life; and then: by dying our death – the death that we were due at God’s hand for our sin, but through His death: taking away our sins, sicknesses and weaknesses; and then being raised from death on our behalf so that we have His very own Life, then He avails us of the power to life a new life; and so: we have this new freedom to do God’s will.

For Christ himself has claimed: “Just as the Father raises up the dead and gives them life, even so the Son also gives life to whomever He wills and is pleased to give it.

“Even the Father judges no one, for He has given all judgment – the last judgment and the whole business of judging – entirely into the hands of the Son, so that all men may give honor, reverence and personal homage to the Son, just as they give honor to the Father. In fact, whoever does not honor the Son does not honor the Father, Who has sent Him.

“I assure you – Christ speaking! – most solemnly I tell you, the person whose ears are open to My words: who listens to My message and believes and trusts in and clings to and relies on Him Who sent Me, now possesses eternal life.

“Furthermore, such a person does not come into judgment – he does not incur sentence of judgment, and will not come under any eternal condemnation – but he has already passed over, out of death into life” ~John 5:21-24.

Christ AloneSo, Jesus’ words have surely “sealed the deal”, that we live now, by doing God’s will, into and amongst this timeless age of spiritual and moral force, by having passed over from death into Life, though our ownership of the gospel’s message, and through our true faith in the One who seals this message in our hearts – our divine companion, the Holy Spirit.

Divine Conception_Holy SpiritJudgment! If any reader has “come in here” with skepticism and is reacting to this message with contempt, please consider the Divine Companion’s role in your salvation:

Therefore I tell you, every sin and blasphemy – every evil, abusive, or injurious speech and thought, or indignity against sacred things – can be forgiven men, but blasphemy against the Holy Spirit shall not and cannot be forgiven ~Matthew 12:31.

The immediate context where Jesus spoke these words, warning about blasphemy and defining what blasphemy is, points towards spiritual discernment – judging between true and fraud claims of moral and spiritual goodness: see especially Matthew 12:28 in the context of the whole chapter.

Therefore it’s for the very reason that the Holy Spirit is our only source of eternal counsel, and guide into all truth, that Christ warns us against speaking against Him. That is, if you deny His presence and role, there’s no forgiveness, because He is the effective agent of cleansing: see Titus 3:4-7; and the only One who can guide us in true and right thinking: see John 16:13-15.

Testing ElephantThis is why the Christian believer seems to walk the tightrope between life and death, in our thought life. Our hearts are conditioned by the eternal gospel through Holy Spirit’s cleansing of us, and our minds are therefore conditioned to think about the circumstances in which we live, by the gospel’s wisdom, so that we are constrained by our conscience and thinking, to see life in a stark contrast – Spirit and Life vs. sin & death.

We choose life, through our lifestyle of spiritual worship. And we choose to live eternally by doing God’s will.

Our Lord has “put pay” to any death cult’s way of thinking, by these words, as they were uttered by Him to his dear friend Martha, at the grave scene of Martha’s brother’s burial:

Jesus said to His dear friend: Your brother shall rise again.

Martha replied, I know that he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.

Jesus said to her, I-Am myself, the Resurrection and the Life. Whoever believes in Me, although he may die, yet he shall live; and whoever continues to live and believe in Me shall never actually die at all. Do you believe this? ~John 11:23-26.

Hm. Do you believe this?

Death, only “opens it’s jaws” on those who’ve continued to live in sin. But by believing in Holy Spirit’s illumination of our souls, through our knowledge of the gospel, we pass through.

Yes. Death is our enemy according to 1 Cor. 15:26, but each of us must pass through death – “ten out of ten people die”. This condition is pictured, although not named as such, as the first death; but there is a second death, when death itself and hell are cast into the lake of fire, thus ending and/or starting eternal punishment: ~Revelation 20:14.

I say: “thus ending..”, for we have the promise of God: “The face of the Lord is against those who do evil, to cut off the memory of them from the earth” ~Psalm 34:16.

And: “Let them – those people who have wicked and deceitful mouths – be before the Lord in remembrance continually, that He may cut off the memory of them from the earth” ~Psalm 109:15, cp. v2.

Finally, the great Victor over death is ours! For: since He conquered death and we belong to Him, then this thinking condition of our faith, defies death as an enemy.

So, let’s say along with the apostle Paul: “The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ” ~1 Cor. 15:56.

We do not “court death” by sinning, but instead: we hold fast to Holy Spirit’s counsel, who is the Spirit of our Victorious Christ, and Himself: our victory indeed.

Kermit's Advice_LifeIt’s not by might, nor by power but by My Spirit, says the Lord.

Divine Conception_Holy SpiritIt may seem “a hard act to follow” when death, our last enemy, is still “on our battlefield” until the day we die. But we have our ever faithful Companion and His word as our divine “usher”, helper, guide, friend and comforter: throughout this corridor of time, as our everlasting spiritual and moral force Who guards our way, and makes our lives real :in-and-amongst: this ongoing, eternal and timeless age.