I don’t believe in an afterlife I believe in a resurrection.

I don’t believe in an afterlife I believe in a resurrection.
God is making man to have dominion over his creation; but he cannot entrust this task to anything less than himself. Therefore he is making man in his own image.
Currently it is a work in progress and the earth is His crucible.
“God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.” ” Genesis 1:28
“Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all things under his feet:” Psalm 8:6

In much the same way that Egypt was a place where the Hebrews were strengthened and multiplied this realm of vanity that we are in is a place where man is strengthened and multiplied.

Note how God refers to Egypt as a fiery furnace:

“But the LORD hath taken you, and brought you forth out of the iron furnace, even out of Egypt, to be unto him a people of inheritance, as ye are this day.” Deuteronomy 4:20

Also note how the same imagery (that is of a furnace, a tempering place) is used to describe the function and action of God’s wrath:

“Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Because ye are all become dross, behold, therefore I will gather you into the midst of Jerusalem. As they gather silver, and brass, and iron, and lead, and tin, into the midst of the furnace, to blow the fire upon it, to melt it; so will I gather you in mine anger and in my fury, and I will leave you there, and melt you. Yea, I will gather you, and blow upon you in the fire of my wrath, and ye shall be melted in the midst thereof. As silver is melted in the midst of the furnace, so shall ye be melted in the midst thereof; and ye shall know that I the LORD have poured out my fury upon you.” Ezekiel 22:19 – 22

Also note how Jesus baptizes in fire:
“John answered, saying unto them all, I indeed baptize you with water; but one mightier than I cometh, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to unloose: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost and with fire:” Luke 3:16
What is the fire Jesus baptizes in?
“For our God is a consuming fire.” Hebrews 12:29
I am convinced that the lake of fire in revelations is nothing less than God himself.
Anyway yeah – excuse that tangent – so currently man does not have dominion but we do see Jesus who is currently the only finished Man.

“What is man, that thou art mindful of him? or the son of man, that thou visitest him? Thou madest him a little lower than the angels; thou crownedst him with glory and honour, and didst set him over the works of thy hands: Thou hast put all things in subjection under his feet. For in that he put all in subjection under him, he left nothing that is not put under him. But now we see not yet all things put under him. But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man.” Hebrews 2:6 – 9

There’s a hell of a lot of space out there that needs billions and billions and billions of”quickening (life-giving) spirits” 1 corinthians 15:45 to bring the glory of God which is life and love to every corner of it!!!

The bible is very explicit on what we have to hope for. It is not a vague hope; it is an unseen hope.

I’ll leave you with a quote from A. E. Knoch:

“Our political allotment is not on earth … The apostate church has retained a vague hope of “going to heaven,” after death. But their idea of what they will do there is not at all unlike the paradise of the Mohammedans.”

See you in Glory

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All things are lawful to me means I can do what I want!

The word translated as church in our scriptures is ekklisia. It simply means “Called out ones”.

The church as most people conceive of it is a system of worship directed at an individual. This is the definition of a cult by the way and the character of worship acceptable to god under the law.

Now God requires us to worship him in spirit and in truth. How do we do that? If you don’t know than I can’t tell you. I could try but all I could give you are laws and ordinances and you would be no better off than you are now.

I think the history of the church is nothing less than the history of Babylon. It has been the attempt by man to turn the power of God into a technique man can use to (at it’s best and most ineffective) save man and (in the main) control man.

There have been numerous authentic revivals – I have no doubt of this – but they have become dead when turned into a formulae, a method, a set of doctrines.

Walking by the spirit is not mimicking.

It’s all about present truth!

Just as at the close of the age of Law Jesus and John preached a more severe version of law

“You have heard that it was said, ‘YOU SHALL NOT COMMIT ADULTERY’; but I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart” Matthew 5:27-28

now at the close of the age of Grace people of the spirit are preaching a more severe grace.

This is because grace in its most radical and pure form weeds out the chaff!

Grace is the utter absence of instructions. Of guides. This is why we walk gracefully with fear and trembling because there is nothing to hold onto.

We desperately want to hold onto stuff – go back into egypt because at least in egypt we knew what we were supposed to do.

To live gracefully, TO BE FREE, requires absolute FAITH IN GOD!

Sanctification is an act of God and as such is something to be left to God; God will accept no sacrifice you offer to him.

The cross of Christ is the end of all human endeavor to please god.

“All things are lawful to me” 1 Corinthians 10:23 that is an absolute term; any caveats utterly negate it.

All of Paul’s statements concerning what he is going to do are him refusing to be brought under the power of things. They have nothing to do with paul sanctifying himself to god or of Paul pleasing God but of Paul maintaining his freedom!

Remember this is a guy who according to the law was blameless. But he counted that as what? As refuse!

I am saying that after redemption the work of God in you ramps up.

God was implicitly in control of you before he redeemed you; now you are redeemed he is explicitly in control.

I’m sorry but if you try not to sin you are going to sin. You are a failure.

In fact the sole purpose of the law is to show you that you are a failure and in need of a saviour TO DO FOR YOU WHAT YOU CANNOT DO FOR YOURSELF!

So why did Jesus ask her to sin no more (to the woman he saved from stoning)? I see 1 of two possible answers.

Either

1 Because a command of GOD IS IMPOSSIBLE TO DISOBEY. This would mean that she would find it easy to sin no more, she wouldn’t even need to think about it she simply wouldn’t sin because her nature had been transformed.

Or

2. To show her that she was a failure – maybe she needed the law for a bit more as a schoolmaster to bring her to christ.

I know from experience that certain things drop away and become easy to not do or to do.

The reason I no longer smoke is because cigarettes have become foul to me. I actually fought against the sickening taste of them for a few days after God freed me from them. In the end they were making me gag so much that I JUST COULD NOT CONTINUE SMOKING THEM.

That hasn’t changed!

I tried smoking one a week ago. In the past after quitting them I would give one a go months or weeks later and they would taste awesome. This time I couldn’t have any more than 2 drags BECAUSE IT WAS SICKENING.

Got drunk and stoned though.

Again I am not telling you to do what I do. That’s between you and God.

Oh and this should scare you because grace is one scary place. It is the leaving behind of everything visible and the entering into the place of blindness where all you have is a small calm voice and your faith in that small calm voice which the small calm voice tells you is a gift He gave and is giving you.

 

Truly, You are a God who hides Himself, O God of Israel, Savior!

“He made known his ways to Moses, his deeds to the people of Israel:” Psalm 103:7

“Truly, You are a God who hides Himself, O God of Israel, Savior!” Isaiah 45:15

“Now we are aware that God is working all together for the good of those who are loving God, who are called according to the purpose that, whom He foreknew, He designates beforehand, also, to be conformed to the image of His Son, for Him to be Firstborn among many brethren. Now whom He designates beforehand, these He calls also, and whom He calls, these He justifies also; now whom He justifies, these He glorifies also. What then, shall we declare to these things? If God is for us, who is against us?” Romans 8:28-31

God hides himself.

Not many Christians are willing to accept this. They want God to be open to all now. They want to have the power to be able to choose to believe in him or not.

The fact is you do not choose to believe anything. You can choose whether or not to announce a belief; but you cannot choose to believe something or not.

To show you this I challenge you to believe that I went to Mars yesterday. I didn’t but such trivial things as what I say or what you are used to shouldn’t hinder your capacity to choose to believe what you want to now should it?

Why did Jesus speak in parables? The common reason given and the reason I was given in Sunday school was that He spoke in parables to make the truth plain. But Jesus gives a very different reason.

“And, approaching, the disciples say to Him, “Wherefore art Thou speaking in parables to them?” Now, answering, He said to them that “To you has it been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of the heavens, yet to those it has not been given. For anyone who has, to him shall be given, and he shall have a superfluity. Yet anyone who has not, that also which he has shall be taken away from him.

“Therefore in parables am I speaking to them, seeing that, observing, they are not observing, and hearing, they are not hearing, neither are they understanding.

‘And filled up in them is the prophecy of Isaiah, that is saying, ‘”In hearing, you will be hearing, and may by no means be understanding, And observing, you will be observing, and may by no means be perceiving.” For stoutened is the heart of this people, And with their ears heavily they hear, And with their eyes they squint, Lest at some time they may be perceiving with their eyes, And with their ears should be hearing, And with their heart may be understanding, And should be turning about, And I shall be healing them.’

“Yet happy are your eyes, for they are observing, and your ears, for they are hearing. For verily I am saying to you that many prophets and just men yearn to perceive what you are observing, and perceive not, and to hear what you are hearing, and hear not.” Matthew 13:10 – 17

See how plainly Jesus declares that to some it is given to hear these things and to others it is not!

How comes this revelation to people? “Now, answering, Jesus said to him, “Happy are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood does not reveal it to you, but My Father Who is in the heavens.” Matthew 16:17

The Pharisees and the Sadducee were jealous of Jesus because He had no learning yet He spoke with authority as one who had learning.

“The Jews, then, marveled, saying, “How is this one acquainted with letters, not having learned?” Jesus, then, answered them and said, “My teaching is not Mine, but His Who sends Me. If anyone should be wanting to be doing His will, he will know concerning the teaching, whether it is of God or I am speaking from Myself.” John 7:15 – 17

The most wicked distortion of God to date: Eternal Damnation

And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me.” John 12:32

The word here translated as “Draw” is the Greek “helkó”. It is also translated as: I drag, draw, pull, persuade, unsheathe. (http://biblehub.com/greek/1670.htm)

Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.” 1 Timothy 2:6

The plan of God begins with “in the beginning God created the heaven and the earth” Genesis 1:1 and ends with “God may be all in all” 1 Corinthians 15:28.

“For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive” 1 Corinthians 15:22

That is why we labor and strive, because we have put our hope in the living God, who is the Savior of all people, and especially [NOT EXCLUSIVELY] of those who believe.” 1 Timothy 4:10

The love of God is so unfathomable, His wisdom is so unsearchable and His power is so efficacious that it is barely fulfilled in saving everyone!

The greatest revelation of God to date is Jesus the Christ. He is the image of the invisible God and He is our destiny. That is to say that we are being made exactly like Jesus because he is the first-born amongst many brethren.

The moment in Jesus’ life when He showed the character of the invisible God most was when he was on the cross, when he was being jeered at, given vinegar to drink and – despite and because of all that – He said “Forgive them Father for they know not what they do!”.

God’s love is shown to its full extent in His act of forgiving all of humanity at the moment when humanity is displaying its most wicked, malevolent and despicable side.

In fact this is a love that we can have trust in because despite knowing all our grotty little secrets He still sent His son – who came willingly – as a supplication, an offering, a sacrifice to us!

What was Jesus’ work on the cross? It was to take away the sin of the world.

Was Jesus successful in this? You bet he was successful! He even said before dying “It is finished!”. It’s done folks! All you got to do is sit back and watch the Father beam this realization into everyone’s lifes.

If the bride is the body of Christ and all that will be saved are going to be saved in this age then who are the bride and the spirit talking to here?

And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.” Revelation 22:17

GOD IS GOD

There is nothing we can do to please or displease God.

This is because God is in absolute control.

There is no such thing as free-will.

Ask yourself these questions:

Why do I choose what I choose?

Do I choose something before I choose it?

Where does my choice come from?

These questions will take you to the realization that you are not in control of you.

GOD IS GOD.

The hebrew word for God is El. This word means subjector.

The greek word for God is Theo. This word means placer.

God not only creates every single thing.

He places it into the place it is.

And he subjects it to the conditions necessary to transform it into exactly what He wants it to be.

God is love.

It is because I know Him personally. I walk and talk with him.

That I have security. I know that he is both willing and able to do what He has promised to do.

Why God does what He does!

Everything God does is for our benefit.

Sometimes he is silent, sometimes he is loud, sometimes he chastens us, and sometimes he rewards us.

Never is it because we have gone against his council.
It is because he is making us exactly like his Son. When he is done we will be able to say with Jesus “He who has seen me has seen the Father” John 14:9

“Consequently, then, to whom He will, He is merciful, yet whom He will, He is hardening.” You will be protesting to me, then, “Why, then, is He still blaming? for who has withstood His intention? O man! who are you, to be sure, who are answering again to God? That which is molded will not protest to the molder, “Why do you make me thus? Or has not the potter the right over the clay, out of the same kneading to make one vessel, indeed, for honor, yet one for dishonor? Now if God, wanting to display His indignation and to make His powerful doings known, carries, with much patience, the vessels of indignation, adapted for destruction, it is that He should also be making known the riches of His glory on the vessels of mercy, which He makes ready before for glory -” us, whom He calls also, not only out of the Jews, but out of the nations also.” Romans 9:18-24 (concordant literal version is epic isn’t it!?)

If you look at the process by which raw clay is taken from the ground and turned into a beautiful vessel you would be forgiven for thinking that the craftsmen hated the clay at some points!

I mean the clay was happy in the ground! But God rips it out.

Then he squeezes it and whacks it and does all sorts of unspeakable horrors to it.

He even puts it into a furnace!!!!

But eventually it comes out a beautiful pot fit for what????

Well in our case fit for the fulness of God himself.

Also notice this bit: “out of the same kneading to make one vessel, indeed, for honor, yet one for dishonor?”

I am convinced that each person (or “same kneading”) is for a certain time in their life is a vessel for dishonour and then a vessel for honour.

In answer to: “Where do you think that imitating christ ends and usurping christ begins?”

When you rob people of their freedom!

“It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.” Galatians 5:1

When you try to make people feel like they are inadequate and cannot come to understand things without the help of men.

When you seek to put authorities over others.

Imitation isn’t that good either – emulations and strives – notice how Paul mentions Christ in the sects passage in Corinthians?

“For it hath been declared unto me of you, my brethren, by them which are of the house of Chloe, that there are contentions among you. Now this I say, that every one of you saith, I am of Paul; and I of Apollos; and I of Cephas; and I of Christ. Is Christ divided?” 1 Corinthians 1:11-13

God gave you you for a reason you know!

Every single one of us can speak with authority concerning that which we know or can speak with authority on. By authority I mean: If you’ve read a book you can speak about it because you know it.

You can’t demand belief of people you can only refer them to your sources. My sources are the Spirit (which can only be given by Jesus and is down to his choice I am afraid. Which means if you don’t believe what I say then don’t believe what I say. Live your life as you see fit. The same applies to you if you do believe what I say. It is between you and Father how you live your life if you believe what I say!) My own experience and (when I am talking about it) the bible.

Does that mean I want you to follow me? Hell no what a bind; I’d have to mind my ps and qs and keep up with your expectations!

I have always used the truth as a shield and my utter lack of any desire to rule over anyone as a foundation. That’s why I can now say what the fuck I like because I seek not to be an example.

I genuinely want to be amongst equals and till I am I will act like I am.

“He made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His kind intention which He purposed in Him with a view to an administration suitable to the fullness of the times, that is, the summing up of all things in Christ, things in the heavens and things on the earth.” Ephesians 1:9-10

Guess what? You have no responsibility; God is responsible for everything!

I am fully convinced that one of the key foundations of the good news is the absence of personal responsibility.

In fact if man is personally responsible for anything then we have something to worry about. Namely any single thing that man is responsible for.

Man is a habitual misser (that is sinner – it means to miss) whatever target he aims for he will miss!

God on the other hand is a habitual hitter – every target he aims for he hits.

Now God has many arrows in his arsenal and a lot of those arrows are things that seem wicked – but do we say that sin is with God because he uses sin?

A better way of solving this problem is to exchange sin with missing.

Does God miss because he uses the misses of other beings to hit his target? Hmmm… funny how that way of articulating it shows us the unsearchable riches of God’s wisdom!

God is so wise and powerful that he uses our misses to hit His target! He is such a hitter – his aim and might are so spot on – that he can hit the target with a miss.

Oh mighty God!

Necessary Evil in God’s divine plan

Have you ever thought that if Adam and Eve weren’t disobedient in the garden of Eden that you wouldn’t be here?

Strange that isn’t it? That if Adam and Eve hadn’t have committed one of the worst sins – according to the orthodox perspective – then the best thing in your life wouldn’t have happened.

Not only your own life but that of your parents, your brothers and sisters, your friends, and all the people you hate and love.

What about the holocaust? Surely no good could have come of that right?

Well think about it… If the holocaust hadn’t of happened then different people would have got together and people that are alive now wouldn’t be alive. The human race would be differently constituted.

Now you may or may not be one of these people but imagine you are. Think of the conflicting emotions you’d experience upon looking back at the holocaust.

Your Mum or Dad might tell you a story about a man or woman they loved before or during that time. They might have survived the holocaust but the person they loved may not have.

You hear your parent telling you this story and you see the regret and tragedy in their eyes. They really did love this person and this person’s death hurt and still hurts them.

But you look to your other parent. You see that if that other person was still alive your mum or your dad wouldn’t be with your mum or your dad. You realize that you wouldn’t be here. You are both grateful and saddened at the death of a person.

Don’t you see the close relationship between Good and Evil? Don’t you see how Good comes out of Evil? How ultimately all Evil will be brought to account and transformed into Good? How all things work to and for Good from the divine perspective?

Have you ever realized that the most wicked event in history was the crucifixion of Christ? Yet if he hadn’t of sacrificed himself like that, if those people hadn’t tortured him, if Israel had a different history (and their actual history contained tragedies such as parents eating their own children! Which crimes God takes full responsibility for!), if Israel had repented of what it was doing before it had slain the Lamb then the Lamb’s death wouldn’t have happened and – more importantly for us – neither would his resurrection have been necessary!

“that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of the glory, may give to you a spirit of wisdom and revelation in the recognition of him, the eyes of your understanding being enlightened, for your knowing what is the hope of His calling, and what the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what the exceeding greatness of His power to us who are believing, according to the working of the power of His might, which He wrought in the Christ, having raised him out of the dead, and did set [him] at His right hand in the heavenly [places], far above all principality, and authority, and might, and lordship, and every name named, not only in this age, but also in the coming one; and all things He did put under his feet, and did give him — head over all things to the assembly, which is his body, the fulness of Him who is filling the all in all,” Ephesians 1:17 – 23

If there were no evil there would be no inheritance.

If there were no death of Christ there would be no resurrection of Christ.

If we do not die then we shall never be raised into incorruptibility! (1 Corinthians 15 READ IT!!!!)

If Adam hadn’t of been disobedient then Jesus would have been unnecessary.

“He was chosen before the creation of the world” 1 Peter 1:20.

If God chose Jesus before the creation of the world that means that the disobedience of Adam was… was… was… Come on!!!

“For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly” Romans 8:20

Again read that whole passage it is glorious!

Once you realize that we are heirs of God, that God is in absolute control and that God loves us so profoundly that we just cannot begin to comprehend his love then you will have peace beyond understanding. Then you will be able to enter into His rest (Hebrews 4)!

But only He can give you that revelation!

GIVE UP and rest!

“Thus you nullify the word of God by your tradition that you have handed down. And you do many things like that.” Mark 7:13
 
First the Word of God is not the bible! If you think a little about this it will become quite clear!
 
The bible refers to itself as the scriptures or writings.
 
Who is the Word of God?
 
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” John 1:1
 
“He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and his name is the Word of God.” Revelations 19:13

If you believe that the bible is the Word of God you are an idolater! Simples.

 
“Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls.” James 1:21

Do you notice how vague the prohibitions in the new testament are? I mean drunkenness? How much do you have to drink before you can be called drunken? Do you have to be out of control? Puking up? Tipsy? I mean come on!

What does Paul say about drunkenness and fornication?

“Or know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with men,” 1 Corinthians 15:50

Damn! How is anybody going to do that especially considering what Jesus said:

“But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” Matthew 5:28

Shit! Who is going to be able to do that now? I mean women are so damn beautiful that you can’t not want them!

Hang on a second it looks like God is making it impossible for us to be righteous and inherit the kingdom of God! You God damn right he is! Just look at what else Paul says will not inherit the kingdom of God:

“Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.” 1 Corinthians 15:50
Damn it! What the hell am I gonna do? I can’t not be flesh and blood! I mean I can kill myself but that doesn’t make me incorruption that makes me worm-food!
Get this into your thick head: you gotta die! You got to get on that cross and give up. Slacken! “Be still (relax) and know that I am God!” Psalm 46:10
Am I saying that if you do this then God will reveal himself to you? No I am not – but you might as well fail without trying than fail through trying!
Why? It’s easier duh!

That is what the law is for! Who was Paul talking to in the majority of these epistles? New churches – churches that were led astray by people teaching law unlawfully.

“I would like to learn just one thing from you: Did you receive the Spirit by the works of the law, or by believing what you heard? 3Are you so foolish? After beginning by means of the Spirit, are you now trying to finish by means of the flesh?” Galatians 3: 2-3
How can you be blind to this? What are the works of the flesh? The works of the flesh are made manifest through trying to keep the law. Once the law has borne fruit unto death (that is made you give up) and brought you to Christ it is no longer useful to you.
Except maybe as a mark against which to check your progress every now and then.
Recognize the places where you fail and bring them before Daddy. Say “Oi Dad you missed a bit!”

“But when Jesus heard this, He said, “It is not those who are healthy who need a physician, but those who are sick. 13“But go and learn what this means: ‘I DESIRE COMPASSION, AND NOT SACRIFICE,’ for I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners.” ” Matthew 9:13

“”I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves.” Matthew 10:16

The writers of the new testament were being a bit tricksy. They knew that by setting up a target for you to hit that you would fail. They did this quite openly in fact and their intention was to bring you to that wretched state where you say with Paul:

“O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death? 25I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Romans 7:24 – 25

“And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight. 23And this is his commandment, That we should believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as he gave us commandment. 24And he that keepeth his commandments dwelleth in him, and he in him. And hereby we know that he abideth in us, by the Spirit which he hath given us.” 1 John 3:22-24

Now I am convinced that ultimately when God has finished with us we will all be utterly righteous – as righteous as Jesus was. That is to say we will all be utterly blameless before the law because the law is the mark. Why is it the mark? Because God fulfilled it in Jesus first and He will fulfill it in us; but through NO EFFORT on our part!

“All things are delivered unto me of my Father: and no man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal him28Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. 30For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:27 – 30

The thing is we do not do this ourselves but God does it in us for his own glory and pleasure!

“For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.” Philippians 2:13

Why does God do it this way? So that no man may boast before him