We are wanted dead and alive: Dead unto the human label, but alive unto the label that is God. The things we are to inherit in God, are off-limits to man; flesh and blood cannot inherit things that belong to God; our ways, and thoughts are not God’s, and his, are not ours. Our ways are known unto God; there’s nothing for him to learn there. We however, are required to learn the ways of God, so we can act like, walk like, talk like him, to the end that as he is, or (whatever he is…I AM THAT I AM), so also are we now in this world. Surprisingly enough the ways of God are not part of the human label package. God is operating on one particular reality model, and we are operating on a totally incompatible reality model. We need to cross over to God’s reality model; that’s where what is called a transformation is required of us before we can enjoy that walk to which God has called to walk as Christ.
The ways of God are totally counter-intuitive to the human nature that we are born to.
When was the last time you actually saw someone standing at he edge of a body of water contemplating the possibility of really walking on water; or for that matter, reconstitute water at a molecular level to be something different, like wine. God interacted with nature in a seamless manner, as though he were in a company of familiar support apparatus instead of hostile elements; nature gladly obeyed, even revered him. We try to use the ways of man to comprehend God, and it hasn’t worked for over two thousand years. Rather than reconsidering what the scripture actually says, instead of what we think it says; we’d rather accommodate ourselves to failed ways, deeming them as the way things are supposed to be. Are the ways of God a steep learning curve for man? Judge for yourself; Jesus is the embodiment of the ways of God, and since Jesus’ death burial, and resurrection have you know anyone to have come up to his mark in the mighty ministry works of reconciling the world unto God?
If in two thousand years we never planted any such seeds of the faith of God, could we really ever expect to have such crop of fruits come up. What’s not planted will certainly not come up. We have not planted anything to that end neither do we look toward that crop.
Where our claim of the faith of Jesus requires that it be no longer we who are alive anymore, but he that lives in us, we can’t simply say it’s not we who’re living, and then act like it is we who are living. Why is it that we have not been able to make that leap any further than a tribute in lip service? To actualize that it is really not we who are alive any more but God, and as such we are vicariously God, even as he has vicariously died for us, to the intent that he would also live as we.
The faith of God is where we by faith on that basis believe to be God, so all the things of God comes to us, so we can do the works of reconciliation ministry exactly as God did them as Christ. We keep looking over our shoulders at history, never realizing that we may be looking at two thousand years of failure in men to believe unto God; if in two thousand years we never planted any such seeds of the faith of God, could we really ever expect to have such crop of fruits come up. What’s not planted will certainly not come up. We have not planted anything to that end neither do we look toward that crop.
It doesn’t work anywhere else, and it doesn’t work here either. Either you eat it and it’s gone, or you don’t eat it, and you have it stay around. God’s been trying to point out to us that if you are in Christ, to the extent that there is any life in you, it is not you anymore that’s living, it is not possible for it to be you anymore; it is Christ, and Christ is God; ergo: I have said you are Gods because you are the children of the Most High. If you are dead, then you are dead; if you are raised up, then you are raised up as something different from that which went down, or else, you might as well not have died in the first place if it’s you all over again that comes up. Jesus is by definition resurrection life; if you are in him, that’s the kind of life you are having…resurrection life.
If two streams of water are flowing down hill, merge and continue, it is not possible after they merge to tell which is which; they have both become one flowing thing. In the same manner your life is hid (indistinguishable) from God in Christ.
If you don’t know God, you’re probably in all likelihood not going to show the proper response to his attempts at communicating with you on so many levels. It’s possible to know him; where he is our shepherd, he says his sheep know his voice, and will not listen to another.
The talking heads in the church will tell you unashamedly ….no, no one is expected to actually function in the capacity of the Lord Jesus.
Without even trying I can produce a dozen scripture that says that is a bold face lie, yet they couldn’t produce one that supports their position; all they will tell you is about the doctrine of the label of man. God sent Moses in the capacity of God to go and contend with Pharaoh for the deliverance of Israel, and he sends us in the capacity of Christ to do His ministry of reconciliation work. God is never averse to man attempting to accomplish too much by the faith of God; if nothing is impossible, nothing is going to be too hard, or too much. To the contrary God is usually willing to stand with the David’s who stand up to the Goliaths, the Daniels who refuse to bow, the Moses who question the prevailing order of things and challenge a world-class superpower, a Gideon who will take the fight to the enemy, and the Abrahams who is willing to dislodge his roots in the culture of his nativity to seek one promised by God…hope to receive a child even when his and his wife’s bodies were reckoned dead in child-bearing.
(Hebrews 10:36-39) Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompense of reward. 36 For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise. Having done the will of God, we will need to have patience, because after we have done the things that God requires of us, it is going to look like a dead zone, and every thing appear to the contrary of what it should be; you’ll have to know that right there you are in a good place: that is the valley of the shadow of death where resurrection life takes place, and the still waters in green pastures are where the table is spread in the sight of your enemies. In this regard, Jesus uttered three fabled words “it is finished”; the work that he had accomplished is unsearchable in it’s breadth, and scope. The book of Isaiah presents an interesting insight into perhaps what the Lord’s view of things were of his work at that moment:
Listen to me, you islands; hear this, you distant nations: Before I was born the LORD called me; from my birth he has made mention of my name. 2 He made my mouth like a sharpened sword, in the shadow of his hand he hid me; he made me into a polished arrow and concealed me in his quiver. 3 He said to me, “You are my servant, Israel, in whom I will display my splendor.”
4 But I said, “I have labored to no purpose; I have spent my strength in vain and for nothing. Yet what is due me is in the LORD’s hand, and my reward is with my God.” 5 And now the LORD says– he who formed me in the womb to be his servant to bring Jacob back to him and gather Israel to himself, for I am honored in the eyes of the LORD and my God has been my strength– 6 he says: “It is too small a thing for you to be my servant to restore the tribes of Jacob and bring back those of Israel I have kept. I will also make you a light for the Gentiles, that you may bring my salvation to the ends of the earth.” 7 This is what the LORD says– the Redeemer and Holy One of Israel– to him who was despised and abhorred by the nation, to the servant of rulers: “Kings will see you and rise up, princes will see and bow down, because of the LORD, who is faithful, the Holy One of Israel, who has chosen you.”
Jesus says we are the lights, not just to the gentiles, but to the world…Jews and gentiles; God began this work in him and has left it to us to continue this ministry of reconciling the world to him; it is for that purpose that we are wanted dead to the human label, but alive unto the label that is God.
THE HEAVENS DECLARE
THE PLANS I HAVE FOR YOU
THE POWER OF GOD: Jesus
CONFLAGRATION: Starting To Believe…Transformation cont’d
AGE OF INCREDULITY
GOD’S OFFSPRING: A New Creature
THE GIFT OF GOD: Just Say’N Sow It