SOMEHOW THE WORKS JESUS TOLD US TO DO GOT REVISED?
THEY WERE JUST CHANGED, AND NO ONE SEEMS AWARE OF IT, OR EVEN CONCERNED.
I AM UNWILLING TO WAIT ANOTHER 100 YEAR TO DO WHAT 2000 YEARS AGO JESUS TOLD US TO DO; AND THAT WAS NOT TO JUST GO AND PREACH THE GOSPEL, BECAUSE THE KINGDOM OF GOD IS NOT IN WORD BUT IN POWER: AND THAT POWER IS JESUS WITHOUT WHOM WE HAVE ONLY THE APPEARANCE, OR JUST ANOTHER FORM OF GODLINESS.
Just right before Martin Luther published the “Just shall live by his faith”; how long do you suppose those people lived under the prevailing order of things. Before the ground-breaking revival at the turn of the 20th century; again, just how long do you suppose people lived in error under that spiritually static mode of life. The book of Acts is still being written and people are still awaking to, not so much new truths, as they are an acknowledgment of old truths that have been written of old times. The Just shall live by faith was not new, just newly acknowledged. That is the fundamental of any revival, ….an acknowledgment of bedrock truths that have been forgotten.
Jesus made it a point of choosing his disciples from among the societies most unlikely group to make the point that no special qualifications are required to do what he does; only believe. When a person becomes a “believer” they are spoon fed by leaders. That’s the beginning of troubles. If you are taught by human leaders you learn humanism; and take that approach to the kingdom of God to no avail. The leaders didn’t make it and you being taught by them won’t make it either. Martin Luther said we are not only responsible for what we say, but also for what we do not say. What will never be heard coming out of the mouths of any of those who lead, is anything that purports to what Jesus expects of they that believe him. Why should they tell it to new believers when they themselves as leaders do not believe it. Paul referenced the prophets who said: I believe, therefore have I spoken; and indeed we also believe and do speak. If people are to speak about what they believe, then our silence on these things speak volumes about our unbelief. Leaders deny it and omit it from their offerings of services to a needy world, and God cries against the leaders saying my pastors have healed the hurt of the children of my people slightly saying peace peace, where God insists that there is no peace made with afflictions of sin, sickness, disease, death, but as spirits they are utterly ruined in defeat by Jesus who triumphed gloriously over them trampling them under foot in an open show of three years in his ministry.
Non-Christians can do development work, be competent counselors, and run successful service programs. If we claim to have the very Spirit of God within us, shouldn’t we be able to offer something distinct from altruistic atheists?
A DIVIDE TOO GREAT TO CROSS: THE GREAT CHURCH FAULT.
Jesus had 12 disciples and at one time sent 70 others out to minister with instruction to heal the sick that they encountered and tell them that the kingdom of God is near them. It is near them because that kingdom is not in word, but the power that just healed them: a sample of the power of the kingdom that is near to come. If we do not demonstrate the power of God what kind of message can we possibly have to declare? If you were to check you would find that everyone of them did what Jesus himself did, and told them to do. When he told us to go made disciples of men, the assumption was taken for granted that the men making disciples would have been men who did what did. Today everyone is making disciples but nobody is a disciple of Jesus in the ministry that he demonstrated across his 3 years on earth and told us to do the same and greater things.
If you were one of Israel’s children, you moved into Canaan which God gave by promised to Abraham. God says it is his good pleasure to give us his kingdom. He has given to us everything in heaven and earth. We are supposed to be now occupying this planet by enforcing the rule of the world to come now in this world, till that world come. It is supposed to flow outward from within us. There is supposed to be this sampling of it, and then later the actual permanent physical bringing in of that kingdom when Jesus returns.
How is it that the kingdom is hidden in us when it is plainly declared to be in us? Well you have to be saved to go to heaven, but you can still be saved and not be able to operate in or “enter into” the kingdom of heaven. There is the kingdom of heaven occupation force that heralds to the world, telling of that permanent kingdom of heaven that is soon to come, replacing the default fallen order of things. For now though, it is about occupying by means of the powers of that world to come till Jesus returns, or till you go to him. Drawing on powers of the coming kingdom to enforce the principles of that world now before it comes is what we are told to do. You have to be led into that capacity of ministry by the Spirit of God; it is not something you can go read up on and then follow ten steps and you are there. Jesus said my sheep hear my voice and know it. If you cannot discern God’s leading by his Spirit you cannot be led into that kingdom (sphere of operation).
If you are led by human leaders, they will lead you into humanism. This kingdom is kept guarded by the powers of that same world. Where the kingdom is spoken of plainly, there are also other utterances that when you will read them, they will turn you aside unless you are led by the spirit of boldness in sons of God. That’s why today church leaders quibble: we don’t know how to do these things that Jesus did, we don’t even think they are for us to do them, because they were only done by Jesus as a one-time showcasing of things that are coming. An uglier lie that ever crawled out form the pit of hell never got sight of daylight. This is the kingdom of power that we inherit whereas before us Israel inherited and entered into Canaan. Somehow we cannot seem to find our way into operating in this kingdom of power given us to inherit so we have covered it with lies and excuses to save our human face. Because church leaders operate under false premise, almost every argument they offer in apolagetics is either false, or irrelevant.
CONCERNING THE SINGS THAT ARE TO FOLLOW BELIEVERS, THEY ARE NOT FOR BELIEVERS, BUT FOR UNBELIEVERS TO SEE THEM AS A WITNESS OF THE POWERS OF THE WORK TO COME IN THE KINGDOM OF GOD WHETHER OR NOT THEY BELIEVE THEM. IF WE SAY WE ARE SONS OF GOD, YET HAVE NO SINGS ATTESTING TO THAT CONFESSION, WE DECEIVE OURSELVES.
If you convinced yourself you’re already doing the works of God, even though such works of human efforts were so missing the mark, in spite of that, you are not going to give it a second thought cause you’re so sure you are already doing what you are supposed to be doing. How could you be so sure? Cause that’s what your were taught, and that’s what everyone else does who are supposed to be doing these things. That’s why you are so sure that you are right. THE POWER OF GOD CANNOT BE TAUGHT… ONLY DEMONSTRATED, SO YOU WOULD NOT HAVE LEARNED IT ALONG WITH OTHER THINGS LEARNED: FOR THE KINGDOM OF GOD IS NOT IN WORD BUT IN HIS POWER DEMONSTRATED. THE WORKS OF GOD IS THE PERSON OF JESUS SHOWING UP AS MIRACLES. THEY ARE THE SIGNS THAT FOLLOW OUR PREPARING HIS WAY FOR HIS COMING AS SUCH MIRACLES BY OUR CONFESSION FOR HIM TO SHOW UP AS SUCH MIRACLES. BECAUSE WE HAVE KEPT SILENT ABOUT THESE SIGNS, WE SEE NO MORE OUR SIGNS. Before Herod executed John, Jesus said go tell John that the gospel is preached, and the dead are raised. We preach the gospel well enough, but forget all about the sings. No one speaks of raising the dead seriously. How many times throughout history have most of the people been wrong before? You just are not able to learn what you think you already know even if the demonstrable facts point to the contrary you are just going to keep going.
ABOUT: Purpose Restated
These posts are not arbitrary topical ramblings, but purpose specific. Their purpose is to establish on record the unfolding of a narrowly focused point of development; a sort of bread crumbs trail that culminates in the waking of the proverbial the sleeping giant.
We are the image of the living God. Not just a still image; but a live action image mirroring whatsoever God is doing in real-time. Whatsoever I see my Father do; likewise do I the same, said Jesus. That’s what an image does, it imitates the source. God is the source not just of our appearance, but also of actions which go well beyond what is possible with the ordinary manner of men.
The purpose, simply stated is: to have the days of Jesus’ ministry in all its dimensions revisit the wayward Church, where the church is to play this defined role in the ministry of reconciliation. In all fairness, I don’t think it serves any meaningful purpose for me to gratuitously level wide-ranging criticism without committing myself by way of being an example in the reconciliation ministry of the power of God demonstrated to deliver. I anticipate therefore that as in the Azusa Street tradition; as we acknowledge these truths in common, God will begin to show himself consistent with his promise to show us these things that he is doing right now. As we do this reconciliation ministry mighty works of the Lord Jesus I have targeted a goal where a minimum of 4.5 billion souls (3/4 of the world’s population) are to be reconciled with God through this ministry of reconciliation which God began in Jesus, and passed on to us to continue in the same tradition as Chris did. Things that are not possible with man are possible with God. His church is worthy of this. God will do more than we’ve have asked.” Joseph had a powerful dream which he could have kept hidden, cause I think he knew what it meant. The sun, moon, and stars were bowing down to him. He told his dad, and his dad didn’t beat him down; his dad said, you know son, I think you’re ok. God gives the power to dream, and the mind of Christ to know what is given to us, and we shouldn’t be ashamed of it. God has given to us all things, it depends on how much of it we desire to receive: all things are given to us, and are ours; whether Paul, or Apollos, or Cephas, or the world, or life, or death, or things present, or things to come; all are yours, and we are Christ’s, and Christ is God’s. The world is included in the things that are given to us. Take it or walk away.
That is frankly the inescapable reality for the church, where the church holds true to form. As an instructive undertaking to help us clearly see, and learn form our past missteps, these posts selectively highlight throughout history the infidelity of the Church to it’s true purpose. The intent then is point out the solution, act upon it, and enter into this awakening of a sleeping giant.
HOW IS THIS POSSIBLE?
Every now and again you see Archaeologists, and Anthropologists attempting to recreate some staggering feat of human achievement from the ancient world with modern technology and little success. You can’t help but to be animated with the assurance of success here when you consider what Jesus himself had to say about how the mighty works he did was accomplished. When people want to back away from this challenge the first thing they throw out is: you have to be so holy that you are made of the gossamer translucency of angels. Fact is God purposefully called people fraught with foibles of imperfections declaring: Elijah was a man of like passions as we all yet by praying he stopped the heavens from raining three and a half years. Let those that are perfect be thus minded; God is more interested in your particular leaning than what you have done. If your leaning is toward him, your present and future actions will bear that out—where the tree leans, that’s where it will fall. It’s usually a matter of the degree of our leaning that makes the difference. Peter being often reproved was not the poster boy for perfection, but he did walk on water; to date, no other human can boast that.
I happen to have purchased this DVD of “The Elegant Universe”, a PBS Nova presentation which contains this segment called the Quantum Café after viewing the broadcast a couple of years ago. I was surprised to find it presented in short segments on YouTube and introduced by a some unfamiliar “religious” entity.
All the miracles that Jesus did are actually built into the fabric of our universe when seen at the scale of sub-atomic particles that are invisible to us, and are not detectable at the ratio of our one to one human scale.
Here is what Jesus had to say about the mighty works that he accomplished; which by design now implicates us in God’s plan for us to do the same things Jesus did. He said: I can do nothing of myself any more than any of you can. All the things I did were not done of myself, so I have no special advantage over you, but all things were done by my Father who is always doing these things. All the things I saw my Father doing, I did them likewise….I imitate, or mirror him for I am his image, as are you all his image. If you believe in him, believe in me; for I am with you soon will be in you. My Father will show you likewise all these things, and you can do them too.
To the extent that there is even the slightest acknowledgment by the church’s talking heads of this promise given by God; the feckless, appalling excuses that are given to explain this vapid state of church life just falls like so many led balloons to me…and there are many such excuses.
Even When it is Manifested, We Often Don’t Recognize What We Are Not Anticipating or Willing to See.
Instead of looking to God, the rock of divinity form which we were hewn, whose attributes define us, we keep looking to the pit of humanity from whence we were digged. Since we are the reflected image of God, whatever we are, is to be defined by what God is; If we want to know what we are we need to first know what God is, because what we reflect of him defines us.
We worship on the mountain, but serve in the groves. We may think about God, but that’s a theoretical exercise on distant mountains. We act, and live in the groves of human weaknesses that has nothing to do with God. Instead of looking to God, the rock of divinity form which we were hewn, whose attributes define us, we keep looking to the pit of humanity from whence we were dug. Since we are the reflected image of God, whatever we are, is to be defined by what God is.
How aware of what you are seeing are you. Test your awareness!
If we want to know what we are, we need to first know what God is, because what we reflect of him defines us. All that we are is of whatever God is. A mirror can only reflect what is set in front of it. To that end God has given us his mind, nature, divinity, spirit, power, kingdom, glory, name; in fact all those things to which God answers as God is given to us to give the same answer, yet God says no man lays this to heart. No man considers this. We are not only responsible for what we say but what we do not say; and the church do not say these things. Accordingly as we believe, we are suppose to speak these things; but these things are not spoken of because they are not believed.
I AM UNWILLING TO WAIT ANOTHER 100 YEAR TO DO WHAT 2000 YEARS AGO JESUS TOLD US TO DO; AND THAT WAS NOT TO JUST GO AND PREACH THE GOSPEL, BECAUSE THE KINGDOM OF GOD IS NOT IN WORD BUT IN POWER: AND THAT POWER IS JESUS WITHOUT WHOM WE HAVE ONLY THE APPEARANCE, OR JUST ANOTHER FORM OF GODLINESS
“Every man must do two things alone; he must do his own believing and his own dying.”—Martin Luther
We cannot allow men to believe for us or to speak for us. God has no grandchildren; we must interact directly with him and learn first hand for ourselves the truth by the spirit of truth sent by the Father to lead us into all truth.
“…the driven ship may run aground because the helmsman’s thought lacked force to balance opposites.” George Eliot