Love, Power and the Gospel Part 1/3

The function of sin is so that God can express an aspect of his character that can only be expressed through forgiving.

It’s not even that there is anything to forgive because it is God Himself that in the biblical narrative establishes man and supports man, even incites man to become His own adversary (David incited by God to number israel, the law’s function being to make sin increase etc).

For a long time I wondered about this. I could see that the biblical narrative had God doing this but I couldn’t see what for.

It’s so that love could express itself as power and as true power.

Most people think that power is what is portrayed as power. That is as front.

They think that power is attempting to make the world conform to their will, being able to remove discomfort etc… All that they think of as power is really the absence of power in that they wouldn’t do what they did if they didn’t already have a lack, a vulnerability.

Even the act of giving commands hides the truth that he who issues the command is not the sole wielder of power. The commandee has to acquiesce.

Then people call power the acts of coercion employed to bend the victim’s will but this act is itself the evidence, the effect, the symptom of the fact that the person they are being used on is actually not under their control, is not under their power.

Seeing this is the key to understanding the Gospels. It is the key to understanding Jesus and by proxy God.

Thoughts inspired from backlog 1

Thought I’d post from my backlog. This one is from before I was a believer. Though I don’t actually place as much significance on the salvation issue. That is to say on the issue of figuring out the prerequisites for salvation… I don’t think there are any.

I believe that that lovely man 2000 years ago expressed in his personality the way into the the holy of holies. He showed us that we are on a rollercoaster predestined and being transformed into divinity in the loving hands of the master craftsman Yahweh who knows us!

His death on the cross and His resurrection made abundantly clear that there is nothing we could do that would thwart His love.

He knows our weaknesses. He knows the mainsprings of our actions and decisions. (He is the mainspring of our actions and decisions!) He knows us the way only our maker could and his thoughts are higher than our thoughts.

I believe in this review of “Lolita” I may have expressed Father’s comprehension and attitude towards us. Especially in the paragraph where I talk about traits. Of course not His full comprehension and attitude but the bit which is the foundation for our faith.

It is knowledge of our own wretched impotent condition – not evil or good in itself but in the grip of entropy. A time-lapse putrefaction that in itself has no hope but the one hope that comes to all at the end… of a saviour, of more Life and Light that is the salvation that matters! Life not some petty rebate from eternal pain.

Not forgiveness from a God who had nothing against you and to whom you, you puny worm, could do nothing that would warrant even a shifting of the pupil in Yahweh’s eye let alone something deserving of forgiveness!

How can you believe in Him if He doesn’t first reveal himself?

I have talked previously how we have faith in our senses; in so far as we believe that they inform us of a “real” world. We have faith on the basis of past experience that the ground will be hard when we walk on it. And so on…

God doesn’t demand that we lay down our normal basis of evidence. For me personally there have been two occasions on which I have experienced the glory of God. Like fire pouring through me. The first time got me sectioned… I appealed and they let me out.

I’ve actually been intending to write about those experiences. They kind of bracket this blog – in that after being sectioned within months or so I just lost belief… well I say that – I just couldn’t fit the experience and insight that I’d had into the christian box. Not any box for that matter.

I tried meditation and mindfulness. Got good at it! Spend a whole week not thinking once – moved around like it wasn’t me, like I wasn’t there. But it wasn’t the experience I’d had before.

That experience was full of understanding and language. Not telling me to do anything but just like having my internal monologue taken hold of and spewing forth the effluvia of understanding (damn it effluvia is the wrong word… sounds nice though).

All of that resulted in this blog.

And then this time – well september time last year (so a 5 year bracket) I began to experience a fiery heat pouring through me out of nowhere. And then all this insight into what the good news meant. Now I’m not saying I’m infallible – – I’ve refrained from talking about this because I don’t think it is at all relevant when considering the strengths and weaknesses of what I say – the words stand or fall on their own!

Plus I’m stoned and should probably link the review before I descend into the realms of nonsense. Effluvia… I swear that meant the stuff like waves… what is it a theory about our consciousness, decisions and objects of conscious… like flotsam on the sea… epiphenomenalism… could use epiphenomena… accurate but still it’s not effluvia.

https://christopherjack101.wordpress.com/2014/05/26/nabokovs-lolita-forgivness-and-taboo/

Babylon, the Carnal Mind and Idolatry part 1

But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him.” 1 John 2:27

“Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.” Romans 8:7

Hearken unto me, ye that know righteousness, the people in whose heart is my law; fear ye not the reproach of men, neither be ye afraid of their revilings.” Isaiah 51:7

“I, even I, am he that comforteth you: who art thou, that thou shouldest be afraid of a man that shall die, and of the son of man which shall be made as grass;” Isaiah 51:12

“Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God’s elect? It is God that justifieth.” Romans 8:33

The truth that all these verses point to (and it is carried out if you take them in context) is this: You do not need man for anything when you have the anointing – after Jesus baptises you with fire you will need no man to teach you anything. Therefore any religious organisation that seeks to teach you the way is false and is Babylon! All they can give you are idols!

Babylon is a tricksy beast; it lives off the carnal mind.

What is the defining feature of the carnal mind? Idolatry.

At work today I was imagining various ways I could convince a certain person that they were in Babylon, that I had the anointing and so on. In the midst of these vain day-dreams I realized that what was fuelling them was my desire for his approval.

I was seeking in my mind for his justification.

Even though I know he is wrong I was idolizing him!

Do you see how subtle and wicked the carnal mind is? Oh and do not forget vain. Even if I managed to convince… What then? What could I possibly do after hearing him say “You’re right” that I couldn’t do before?

God gives you everything and asks for nothing; Idols give you nothing but ask for everything.

Babylon’s all about idolatry. That is Babylon’s chief cornerstone.

In the past they used to use molten images and statues but now a lot of people have wised up to this. You tell average Joe Bloggs to bow before a lump of wood and he’ll call you a twat.

So Babylon has wised up. It uses people instead and it calls these people pastors.

Now I’m not saying that the function of pastor (that is shepherd) is not active in the real Ekklesia. It is; but a good shepherd is one who quickly leads people to the Lamb. A good pastor is one who rapidly gives up his role. A good pastor is like a good sign-post; he becomes useless very quickly. He definitely doesn’t hang around for years feeding off the flock!

What is the Good News (aka the Gospel)?

What is the Good News?

This question reduces to another question:

What is good about the death and resurrection of Jesus the Christ?

Why should any of us be concerned about this event?

Well because Jesus was the first finished man. He is the first-fruits. He was the first man to pass-over from the carnal life through death to the life that is in the Father.

He was the first man that God made into God. (As an aside: Sin is missing the mark. What is the mark we miss? “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” Romans 3:23 If sinning is coming short of the Glory of God surely righteousness is attaining to the Glory of God!!! But I pre-empt myself!)

What is so good about that?

The fact that everyone – let me type that again with capitals – EVERYONE is going to be perfected with Him!

“Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world” John 1:29 (Who takes away the sin of the world? The Lamb! What do you have to do? Rest!)

“Who (the Christ) gave himself a ransom for all to be testified in due time” 1 Tim 2:9. Paul elucidates this due time in his unparalleled exposition of the Good News that is 1 Corinthians 15 when he says “For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ will all be made alive. But each in his own order (or rank)” 1 Corinthians 15:22 – 23!

“The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death” 1 Corinthians 15:26

See death has a purpose which is to make us die to death – the carnal life – so that we can live to life – Christ and the Father! Once everyone (Again EVERYONE! If any are left behind God is rendered a failure) has died to death and are alive in Christ death will cease to have a function and will pass away.

“And when all things shall be subdued unto him (that is the Christ), then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him that put all things under him, that God may be all in all” 1 Corinthians 15:28

(In fact study hard this whole chapter it is GLORIOUS!)

See that “God may be all in all”; that means that God will be ALL in ALL! All shall be as God!

What is God? “God is Spirit” John 4:24. What do we die as? Living souls. What are we resurrected as? Quickening (that is life-giving/creating) spirits!

When God has finished with us we will be able to say with Jesus the Christ “He who has seen me has seen the Father” John 14:9

What do we do to get this glory? Nothing! Absolutely nothing because it is a free-gift! That is to say it is of Grace.

“It is finished” John 19:30

“Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” Matt 11:28

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

This is the Good News! There is nothing to fulfil, there is nothing to do, it is finished! Jesus the Christ came in the flesh was crucified and Father raised him on the third day and we get to die and be raised again with him all of the Father’s doing and none of ours. We are His workmanship not our own!

“So then it is not of him that runneth nor of him that willeth but of God that showeth mercy” Rom 9:16 Or as the new living translation renders it “So it is God who decides to show mercy. We can neither choose it nor work for it”

But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.” 1 Corinthians 2:9

Oh glorious God and mighty Saviour. God is love!