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THE GORDIAN KNOT: Out of The Box Believing—cantinued

Before leaving, Jesus asked a searching rhetorical question—”When I come back will I find faith on the earth”. If things as he is leaving them would continue until his return, what would possibly have prompted such a troubling question. If we were to look across the great Atlantic of time we would see various developments that would certainly go that answer. Apart from the holy scriptures, all the available information that man operates by is gathered from down here on earth and will produce after it’s kind the things that affect things on earth. This is an informational loop within the box produced by insider information……information that is local to life inside the box.No one has a problem saying what is believed in the heart and what is spoken with the mouth to produce the born again new creation in Christ. Everyone who is born again does it, because it is the formula that produces the new birth.

Looking at more strong meat we see 2 Cor.5:16: even though it were Christ that I had know as a man, yet from now on I will know him as a man no more.

The nature of the active denial mechanism in the faith culture, as discussed in the previous post, that has decimated the church across the last two millenniums can be understood in the examples where we retreat from God’s declaration of his purposes in us where those purposes exceed what we know to be true of man by the knowledge of things on earth below. These things are not standard fare but strong meat for the believer who is of full age, and by reason of exercises in discernment can tell the will of God. One of many instances is where God says as in Psalm 82:6, you are my children therefore I declare that you are gods. The hysteria that ensues at the thought that God could be so benevolent at once bends the mind and clouds the truth so we cannot benefit from this galactic endowment. When God gives you the gift of himself, whatever you were before no longer matters, you are now whatever he is. Along with noting in that place that “gods” is spelt with a little “g” the naysayers ought to have notices as well that it has an “s” which is not denoting a person’s name but a category of life form which names God in that category—God is a god—there are lords many and gods many, but the Lord God is the only true god. Not only are we subsumed into God’s category of life with the small”g”, we are subsumed into his person more importantly who is the large “G” God. This is dormant information in us which is awaiting our confirming it by acknowledging and speaking it. To speak it is to speak the unspeakable, the unlawful, the invisible, the unutterable, unserachable, that no man understands, sees, knows, or hears.

To speak these things creates in you adequate room for God to show up in that capacity in you and do what he does, working according to the pattern of his work in heaven. These things are like a capacitor that moderates electric current. It moderates the volume of current. There is not a capacity setting for man who is like the old wine skin to be  replaced by the new creature in Christ, so don’t try this a man. This is the idea of providing new wine skins for new wine. These confessions are the new wine which we speak to accommodate the person of God in us in his fullness.

The new birth in Christ portends a whole new creature whose reach of influence transcends the traditional aspirations of good manners, and human behavioral modifications. This new creature in Christ is endowed by the creator with capacity to exercise dominion that reaches beyond time and space to whom nothing is impossible. Unable to embrace this reinstatement of his original creation mandate, man is ever shrinking away into the shadow of fear of things from which he has been long since made free.

That new life assumes a birth or beginning, cause you were not always so. Natural babies don’t continue to eat baby formulas and drink milk their whole lives, at one point the food source changes in response to growth experienced. The same way it works in the natural where a change of food source is required, is the same way it works in the spiritual; not so much a change of food source, but a change in the kind of food from the same source is required for the perfect man.

Jesus witnessed that he did nothing of himself but only those things that we also will see our father do in heaven as a pattern for things in the earth. This is the prayer we are instructed in from our earliest years….(thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven). We should be alarmed when we look through history and see where the church stood on critical issues of the day. The Church was ruled by the prevailing mood and thoughts of the time rather than the unadulterated word of God in all too many instances. Now today when we are told to put on the Lord Jesus, we slip away into the denial mode. It is evident that Jesus is God. We are commanded to put him on and be him so we portray on earth the pattern of him who is in heaven. What God told us to do isn’t complicated because he also showed us by example. We make it complicated because we don’t have a mind to do it. We make up all kinds of rules and assert all manner of man’s traditions. Moses witnessed that God gave ten commandments and that he wrote no more, but now we have 613 that creates a vast distance between us and God. There’s just something about man that wants distance between him and God. Conversely there’s something about God that wants no distance between him and man.

The things of God that we are to put on are: (unspeakable, unutterable, unsearchable, unlawful, invisible, no man has understood, nor seen, nor heard, nor known these things……they are in heaven, and God promises to show them to us)

Arguably there is general consensus about such things that are believed, and are to be spoken for entering into the life that God offers as a newborn babe desiring the sincere milk of the work to grow thereby. Beyond the new birth experience Galatians 4 speaks of a childhood stage of growth where at this stage the child though he is lord of all yet for his being unaware of the fullness of the gift of God for him, he at that stage of growth is no different form a servant. The impossible is not possible with him at this stage. The aim is to emulate the fullness of the measure and stature of Christ. We are to grow up into him in all things—we are commanded to put him on. When this is accomplished according to Galatians 4 this child who was just before a servant is no more so but by putting on the fullness of Jesus, he is above the laws of nature and the elements.

Beyond the new birth experience Galatians 4 speaks of a childhood stage of growth where at this stage the child though he is lord of all yet for his being unaware of the fullness of the gift of God for him, he at that stage of growth is no different form a servant. The impossible is not possible with him at this stage. The aim is to emulate the fullness of the measure and stature of Christ. We are to grow up into him in all things—we are commanded to put him on. When this is accomplished according to Galatians 4 this child who was just before a servant is no more so but by putting on the fullness of Jesus, he is above the laws of nature and the elements.

This is required for operating in the capacity as minister of reconciliation, the role that Jesus left for us to do. In this role you have to reckon with more than man; so being just man isn’t good enough. In this role if you will be successful where you do exactly according to the pattern of things in heaven that are to be manifested upon earth.

We make up all kind of excuses and arguments regarding the interpretation and meaning of scripture, but none of them hold water in front of the truth. God is a show and tell God. We might have had a chance of an excuse if God had only told us what his will is, but he showed us by a living breathing, walking around example in Jesus who also told us in no uncertain terms you have to eat my flesh and drink my blood, by way of example of us becoming him……we are what we eat.

Anything that is done in the church today you can take a man, and with sufficient training that man can also do those things; that is not the model of the church that Jesus set up on earth. These days you don’t even have to be saved to be preaching the Gospel. The reconciliation ministry model that God set forth by example is that where God the Father is in heaven working, and God who is Jesus in on earth working after the same pattern of things that God is doing in heaven. That is the model we are to follow, and it does not include man in the picture….. man is suppose to die and stay that way so that God who is Jesus whom we are commanded to put on can balance the equation of patterns of God in heaven and on earth, and the work of God in heaven and on earth. Isaiah declares of God’s work in this ministry of reconciliation where he takes vengeance on Babylon who (I will take vengeance and not meet you as a man) In order to be consistent with this pattern of God’s design we are asked to put on God who is Christ. The things of God that we are to put on are: (unspeakable, unutterable, unsearchable, unlawful, invisible, no man has understood, nor seen, nor heard, nor known these things……they are in heaven, and God promises to show them to us)

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