Let’s get this straight, the devil has no power beyond lies and deception, he was put in his place via the cross, sin was definitely put in its place by the finished work at cross…. why do people still give the devil any credence? Sin and death are lies and deception. We spend so much of our time concetrating on overcoming sin with the 12 or 7 steps to overcome. God has only one view of his peeps.
2 Corinthians 3:18
He sees us right now fully righteous fully whole in Him. He died once for all sin. He doesn’t have to go back to the cross every time I screw up. There Is no more condemnation is an accounting term meaning my account has been fully credited wiped out no longer to be seen. It says we look in to the mirror and the image we see is his image. We are seen in him, mirrors dont see the past or future they show the present what is there at that moment. God sees us hidden in him. In his grace in his righteousness. We pray for our food to be blessed/sanctified before we eat it. We dont wait fo a 9 month process for its sanctification. Why do we fall for satans lie that we are anything less than what God defines us as. We are. his sons and daughters, we need to change our mentality. We concentrate on the sin and devil too much. I find when my concentration is off sin and on God sin is not an issue. The devils grip is not a issue. People! Quit giving the devil your attention. His only power is deception. Our fears and lunacy have put a no power has been in a place of authority.
My rant is done now
Think about this,
I have been reading Jonathan’s book Raptureless and it aint your mommas version…. Although it could be your great great great great great great grandparents version
My response to a question about Matthew 24 I received recently:
Thank you for taking the time to respectfully write and explain your position. I am very familiar with your opinion as an AG Pre-Tribber, and you have stated it quite succinctly. Personally, I hold to a Historical-Contextual Hermeneutic, which means that I cannot make a passage mean something that it could have never meant to the original hearers. Thus I cannot take the Eagle in Scripture and say it means America, because that has no Hermeneutical justification, how do I know that I am interpreting that correctly? Couldn’t there be another nation with an Eagle as its symbol another 500 years from now? Anyway, I use the same hermeneutics that are taught by Dr. Gordon Fee, the most respected Theologian of the AG movement.
When I read Matthew 24 in its Historical-Cultural context, I start further back…
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1 To go back to the very beginning is to find the Word already present there. The Logic of God defines the only possible place where humankind can trace their genesis. The Word is I am; God’s eternal eloquence echoes and concludes in him. The Word equals God. (arche, to be first in order, time, place or rank. The Word, logos, was ”with” God; here John uses the Greek preposition pros, which indicates direction, forward to; that is toward the destination of the relation. Face-to-face. “For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven and return, having accomplished their purpose (canceling distance and saturating the earth and awakening the seed in the soil), so shall my word be that proceeds from my mouth.” [Isa 55:10, 11]). The destiny of the word is always to return face to face.
Three times in this sentence John uses the imperfect of eimi, namely en, to be, which conveys no idea of origin for God or for the Logos, but simply continuous existence, “I am”.Quite a different verb egeneto, “became,” appears in John 1:14 for the beginning of the Incarnation of the Logos. See the distinction sharply drawn in John 8:58, “before Abraham was born (genesthai from egeneto) I am” (eimi, timeless existence.)
2 The beginning mirrors the Word face to face with God. (Nothing that is witnessed in the Word distracts from who God is. ”If you have seen me, you have seen the Father.” [John 14:9])
3 The Logos is the source; everything commences in him. He remains the exclusive Parent reference to their genesis. There is nothing original, except the Word!
4 His life is the light that defines our lives. (In his life man discovers the light of life.)
5 The darkness was pierced and could not comprehend or diminish this light. (Darkness represents man’s ignorance of his redeemed identity and innocence [Isa 9:2-4, Isa 60:1-3, Eph 3:18, Col 1:13-15].)
6 Then there was this man John (Jesus’ cousin) commissioned by God;
7 his mission was to draw attention to the light of their lives so that what they witnessed in him would cause them to believe (in their original life redeemed again).
8 His ministry was not to distract from the light, as if he himself was the light but rather to point out the light Source.
9 A new day for humanity has come. The authentic light of life that illuminates everyone was about to dawn in the world! (This day would begin our calendar and record the fact that human history would forever be divided into before and after Christ. The incarnation would make the image of God visible in human form. In him who is the blueprint of our lives there is more than enough light to displace the darkness in every human life. He is the true light that enlightens every man! [Col 1:15; 2:9, 10; 2 Cor 4:6])
10 Although no one took any notice of him, he was no stranger to the world; he always was there and is himself the author of all things.
11 It was not as though he arrived on a foreign planet; he came to his own, yet his own did not recognize him. (Ps 24:1, “The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof, the world and those who dwell in it [RSV].” The word, paralambano, comes from para, a preposition indicating close proximity, a thing proceeding from a sphere of influence, with a suggestion of union of place of residence, to have sprung from its author and giver, originating from, denoting the point from which an action originates, intimate connection; and lambano, to comprehend, grasp, to identify with.)
12 Everyone who realizes their association in him, convinced that he is their original life and that his name defines them, in them he endorses the fact that they are indeed his offspring, begotten of him; he sanctions the legitimacy of their sonship. (The word often translated, to receive, lambano, means to comprehend, grasp, to identify with. This word suggests that even though he came to his own, there are those who do not grasp their true origin revealed in him, and like the many Pharisees they behave like children of a foreign father, the father of lies [Jn 8: 44]. Neither God’s legitimate fatherhood of man nor his ownership is in question; man’s indifference to his true origin is the problem. This is what the Gospel addresses with utmost clarity in the person of Jesus Christ. Jesus has come to introduce man to himself again; humanity has forgotten what manner of man he is by design! [Jas 1:24, Deut 32:18, Ps 22:27].
The word, genesthai [aorist tense, which is like a snapshot taken of an event that has already taken place], from ginomai, to become [See 1:3]. The Logos is the source; everything commences in him. He remains the exclusive Parent reference to their genesis. There is nothing original, except the Word! Man began in God [see also Acts 17:28]. “He has come to give us understanding to know him who is true and to realize that we are in him who is true.” [1 Jn 5:20].)
The word, exousia, often translated “power;” as in, he gave “power” to become children of God, is a compound word; from ek, always denoting origin or source and eimi, I am; thus, out of I am! This gives legitimacy and authority to our sonship; teknon, translated as offspring, child.
“He has given,” didomi, in this case to give something to someone that already belongs to them; thus, to return. The fact that they already are his own, born from above, they have their beginning and their being in him is now confirmed in their realizing it! Convinced, pisteo; his name onoma, defines man [see Eph 3:15].
“He made to be their true selves, their child-of-God selves.” — The Message)
13 These are they who discover their genesis in God beyond their natural conception! Man began in God. We are not the invention of our parents!
8 Suddenly the invisible eternal Word takes on visible form! The Incarnation! In him, and now confirmed in us! The most accurate tangible display of God’s eternal thought finds expression in human life! The Word became a human being; we are his address; he resides in us! He captivates our gaze! The glory we see there is not a religious replica; he is the authentic begotten son. The glory (that Adam lost) returns in fullness! Only grace can communicate truth in such complete context! (In him we discover that we are not here by chance or accident or by the desire of an earthly parent, neither are we the product of a mere physical conception; we exist by the expression of God’s desire to reveal himself in the flesh. His eternal invisible Word, his Spirit-thought, became flesh, ginomai, as in be born and theaomai, meaning to gaze upon, to perceive. We saw his glory, doxa, the display of his opinion, the glory as of the original, authentic begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth. He is the “only begotten,” monogenes; begotten only by the Father and not of the flesh; in him we recognize our true beginning. as in the authentic original mold. He is also the “first born from the dead”, declaring our new birth. [Col 1:18, 1 Pet 1:3]. He is the revelation of our completeness.
And of his fullness have we all received, grace against grace, garin anti garitos, grace undeserved. For the law was given through Moses, grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. He who is in the bosom of the Father, the only original, authentic begotten of the Father; he is our guide who accurately declares and interprets the invisible God within us. Interesting that the revelation of the Incarnation in verse 14 doesn’t follow verse 2 or 3, but verse 12 and 13! Genesis 1:26 is redeemed!)
14 John the Baptist raised his voice to announce emphatically that Jesus was what his ministry and prophetic message were all about. He declared that Jesus, though younger than him, ranks above him and was “born” before him, since he always was!
15 He is the source of our completeness. Grace against grace! (garin anti garitos, grace undeserved. Grace prevailed against the tide of darkness due to Adam’s fall. His fullness is the source of all that grace communicates as our portion, against all odds!)
15 Against the stark backdrop of the law, with Moses representing the condemned state of mankind, Jesus Christ unveils grace and truth! (He is the life of our design redeemed in human form).
16 Until this moment God remained invisible to now the authentic begotten son, the bluepr man; int of man’s design who represents the innermost being of God, the son who is in the bosom of the father, brings him into full view! He is the official authority qualified to announce God! He is our guide who accurately declares and interprets the invisible God within us. (Begotten only of God, monogenes. Official guide, eksegesato, from ek, preposition denoting source, and hegeomai, the strengthened form of ago, to lead as a shepherd leads his sheep; thus hegeomai means to be officially appointed in a position of authority.
2 Cor 4:18 It is the unseen eternal realm within us that has our full attention and captivates our gaze!
2 Cor 3:18 The days of window-shopping are over! In him every face is unveiled. In gazing with wonder at the blueprint likeness of God displayed in human form we suddenly realize that we are looking at ourselves! Every feature of his image is mirrored in us! This is the most radical transformation engineered by the Spirit of the Lord; we are led from an inferior mind-set to the revealed endorsement of our authentic identity.)
Mirror Bible http://www.mirrorbible.com
My last post, Total Totality, told how mankind is God’s glory. I started out with Romans 3:24 “Jesus Christ is proof of God’s grace gift; he redeemed the glory of God in human life…” This morning I was with a group talking over the James 1 and John 1. I really enjoy hashing out scripture with others. I hear others and what they are thinking and working through. I am reminded of the story of the 12 blind guys describing an elephant feom their vantage point. It takes multiple views to get a full picture not necessarily a perfect picture but a better picture than one going at it alone.
James 1:22-25 Mirror Word
22 Give the word your undivided attention; do not underestimate yourself. Make the calculation. There can only be one logical conclusion: your authentic origin is mirrored in the word. You are God’s poem; let his voice make poetry of your life! (The word, akroate, means intent listening. James is not promoting the doing of the law of works; he is defining the law of perfect liberty. Doing the word begins with your undivided attention to the face of your birth. A doer of the Word, poetes, means poet. Make the calculation, paralogizomai, from para, a preposition indicating close proximity, union, and logizomai, to reckon the logic in any calculation.)
I really like the language “do not underestimate yourself. ” and “there can only be one conclusion: your authentic origin is mirrored in the word. You are God’s poem; let his voice make poetry of your life! ” Of your life! I was talking with a friend who was down on himself after 10+ years of making music and being involved in ministry he was feeling burnt out and looking to gey a vocation. We talked and I realized that he was compartmentalizing his life. I have been seeing things differently than I used to. In evangelical and charismatic teachings it was always taught to me:
4. Job and whatever else
We are His glory, our lives are an expression of His glory. I don’t just do this when I am creating or singing or ministering! That’s me all the time, His Glory! In my ups and in ny downs, in my success and failure, I am His glory. I am, mankind is, His poetry. We are his artwork! Our lives are the paint on an eternal canvas. There is beauty in us beyond our comprehension. Take the Mona Lisa vas an example. If you were to look at it without knowing the painter who made it it would just be old paint on an old canvas. It’s the artists touch and renown that gives it its value. The artist/creator defines it.
Mankind is defined by its creator. Your creator is God of the universe. His act of creation defined you! You are his masterpiece. You are his poem.
23 The difference between a mere spectator and a participator is that both of them hear the same voice and perceive in its message the face of their own genesis reflected as in a mirror;
When you understand who you are, when your identity is revealed, the revelation changes your perception of everything. You are God’s poem. You are a direct result of His creation (pre-dirt). 2nd Corinthians 5:17 < <In the light of your co-inclusion in his death and resurrection, whoever you thought you were before, in Christ you are a brand new person! The old ways of seeing yourself and everyone else are over. Acquaint yourself with the new!
(Just imagine this! Remember we are not talking law language here! The ‘If’ in, “If any man is in Christ” is not a condition, it is the conclusion of the revelation of the gospel! Man is in Christ by God’s doing [1 Cor 1:30 and Eph 1:4]. The verses of 2 Corinthians 5:14-16 give context to verse 17! >> In Him you are a new person a new masterpiece! There is nothing left from the delusions and lies of your past you!
24 they realize that they are looking at themselves, but for the one it seems just too good to be true, he departs (back to his old way of seeing himself)
It is not to good to be true! You can never over exaggerate or underestimate God. You are His masterpiece! Don’t forget that!
25 The other one is mesmerized by what he sees; he is captivated by the effect of a law that frees man from the obligation to the old written code that restricted him to his own efforts and willpower. No distraction or contradiction can dim the impact of what he sees in that mirror concerning the law of perfect liberty (the law of faith) that now frees him to get on with the act of living the life (of his original design.) He finds a new spontaneous lifestyle; the poetry of practical living. (The law of perfect liberty is the image and likeness of God revealed in Christ, now redeemed in man as in a mirror. Look deep enough into that law of faith that you may see there in its perfection a portrait that so resembles the original that he becomes distinctly visible in the spirit of your mind and in the face of every man you behold. I translated the word, parakupto, with mesmerized from para, a preposition indicating close proximity, originating from, denoting the point from which an action originates, intimate connection, and kupto, to bend, stoop down to view at close scrutiny; parameno, to remain captivated under the influence of; meno, to continue to be present. The word often translated as freedom, eleutheria, means without obligation; spontaneous.)
I’m going to repeat myself, It is not to good to be true! You can never over exaggerate or underestimate God. You are His masterpiece! Don’t forget that!
So you are His masterpiece. Every part of your life is included. Your eating, sleeping, ministry, worshipping, family time, working, are all part of you being His glory. Being found In Him defines you. Being In Him completes you and fulfills you. The walking out of your daily life is a journey into being His glory. There is no price you have to pay to enter. There is no conditions to meet. He has done it, paid the price of admission fully. Live your life in that reality.!
Life is a journey, go live it!
Your life is your prayer in totality!
From praying, talking, eating, working, playing, sleeping, pooping, etc. It is all prayer.
Jesus Christ is proof of God’s grace gift; he redeemed the glory of God in human life; mankind condemned is now mankind justified because of the ransom paid by Christ Jesus!
(He proved that God did not make a mistake when he made man in his image and likeness! Sadly the evangelical world proclaimed verse 23 completely out of context! There is no good news in verse 23, the gospel is in verse 24! All fell short because of Adam; the same ‘all’ are equally declared innocent because of Christ! The law reveals what happened to man in Adam; grace reveals what happened to the same man in Christ.)
1 Corinthians 2:7
We voice words of wisdom that was hidden in silence for timeless ages; a mystery unfolding God’s Masterful plan whereby he would redeem his glory in man.
In the above verses it states that mankind is his Glory. We are His glory! Our lifes are living prayers towards Him. It is the realignment of our very being to our original identity and redeemed innocence. His DNA was in us pre-dirt. Mankind has succumbed to living a lie that we are less than His sons and daughters. Wake up people! We were never not His kids! (For those of you who need help, we are and always have been His sons and dsughgters from before the world was created.) Daddy has been trying to reconcile our hearts and minds to that fact.
Have you ever heard of the term kinsman redeemer?
A kinsman redeemer can be defined as; The relative who restores or preserves the full community rights of disadvantaged family members. let’s make up an example. Your brother or sister has a family, they were sold into slavery because of a debt they could not repay. You as the closest living relative would have the first rights or option to pay the debt for their family and restore them. The payment you provide to redeem them had absolutely nothing to do with what they did or could do. It was a free gift that only qualifier was realtion or DNA.
I know many hold to the idea of adoption into Christ.
Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,
He is the architect of our design; his heart dream realized our coming of age in Christ. Adoption here is not what it means in our Western society, it is a coming of age, like the typical Jewish Barmitsva. (See Galatians 4:1-6) adoption should be translated as coming of age, stepping into adulthood or maturity. I have always looked at it as adoption.
“Adoption” infers not a natutal born full blooded child. But that is a deception a lie! If we were made in His image (Gen 1:26) pre-dirt we were never not His child. We were never less than His image.
1) We are made in His image
2) We were created pre-dirt
3) We are His sons and daughters
4) We are His Glory
5) The totality of our lives is prayer
6) It is a free gift nothing man does can gain it outside of free grace
We glorify God by just being. As I stated in the beginning. Your life is your prayer in totality!bFrom praying, talking, eating, working, playing, sleeping, pooping, etc. It is all prayer.
We were created to be his family. He is love. The only view he will ever have of you is that of a blameless son our daughter. He is outside of time and space. He never had a plan B! Adams fall was a given not an oops. The trinity did not have to draw straws to see who was going to come down an clean up Adam’s mess. Jesus willingly came down Incarnate to be a man with us forever. By dying on the cross we were crucified, died, buried, and ressurected with Him. Through doing this our original identity and redeemed innocence was restored. This was not some penal substitution from a wrathful God. It was a all loving God redeeming us as His sons and daughters.
I will get into wrath another time, still working the language out on that.
Your life is His glory, your life is a prayer! You are His natural/spiritual born sons and daughters!
“If God is for us who can be against us!”
This is a declaration not a question! A conclusion! The “if” is not a question.
“YES, God is for us who can be against us!”
Go ahead smile and know He is the God without conditions on his love towards you!
Josh Garrels – Farther Along
Farther along we’ll understand why
Cheer up my brothers, live in the sunshine
We’ll understand this, all by and by
Tempted and tried, I wondered why
The good man died, the bad man thrives
And Jesus cries because he loves em’ both
We’re all cast-aways in need of ropes
Hangin’ on by the last threads of our hope
In a house of mirrors full of smoke
Confusing illusions I’ve seen
Where did I go wrong, I sang along
To every chorus of the song
That the devil wrote like a piper at the gates
Leading mice and men down to their fates
But some will courageously escape
The seductive voice with a heart of faith
While walkin’ that line back home
So much more to life than we’ve been told
It’s full of beauty that will unfold
And shine like you struck gold my wayward son
That deadweight burden weighs a ton
Go down into the river and let it run
And wash away all the things you’ve done
Still I get hard pressed on every side
Between the rock and a compromise
Like the truth and pack of lies fightin’ for my soul
And I’ve got no place left go
Cause I got changed by what I’ve been shown
More glory than the world has known
Keeps me ramblin’ on
Skipping like a calf loosed from its stall
I’m free to love once and for all
And even when I fall I’ll get back up
For the joy that overflows my cup
Heaven filled me with more than enough
Broke down my levee and my bluff
Let the flood wash me
And one day when the sky rolls back on us
Some rejoice and the others fuss
Cause every knee must bow and tongue confess
That the son of God is forever blessed
His is the kingdom, we’re the guests
So put your voice up to the test
Sing Lord, come soon
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