This is in the bible!

“I also gave them statutes that were not good and ordinances in which they could not live. I was defiling them in their gifts when they made all opening up the womb pass through fire, that I might make them desolate, in order that they may know that I am Yahweh” Ezekiel 20: 25 – 26

Every now and then in the old testament you get a glimpse behind the veil. You see what is really happening.

The Law was sent to make sin increase to bring about judgment.

Here we have a good example of the function of judgment and the actual intention of God in all his doings with man. It is all “In order that they may know that I am Yahweh”. This reason for judgment is reiterated more times than I care to remember.

In a very real sense God is setting up a dialectic. His intention is to express Himself to us, to make himself known to us and He does this by setting up resistance to himself so that through this dialectic between God and the adversary we are shown God’s character.

A brilliant example of this is Pharaoh. “And in very deed for this cause have I raised thee up, for to shew in thee my power; and that my name may be declared throughout all the earth”

In the story of Moses’ dealings with Pharaoh we see that in order for Pharaoh to stand against God enough to fulfil God’s intention in raising him up God had to come in and harden Pharaoh’s heart. On his own Pharaoh could not have stood against God. So we see this declaration of God before Moses has even spoken to Pharaoh:

“But I will harden Pharaoh’s heart that I may multiply My signs and My wonders in the land of Egypt… And the Egyptians shall know that I am the LORD, when I stretch forth mine hand upon Egypt, and bring out the children of Israel from among them.” Exodus 7: 3 – 5

In the verse I began with we see God giving laws that were not good and ordinances the Hebrews could not live in so as to make them desolate! But the intention – the end goal – is so that they may know Yahweh and his mighty power and that He is for them!

Oh and that they would wise up and stop worshipping bits of wood by killing their kids. Stupid Hebrews.

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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/

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.

 

What is the Law for?

What is the law for?

The law is not for what you think it is for!

See most people believe that the law is something we are supposed to use as a guide; something we are supposed to try to fulfil. This is a total error.

The law is there to show us how weak, powerless, futile and wretched we are. In fact the main purpose of the law is to show us how we don’t even have control over ourselves!

In relation to sin the law is there to make us sin more!

What is sin? It comes from the Greek word “hamartia” (missing the mark). I believe it was a term used in archery. All the law is, is a mark set up for us to fail at hitting!

Anything can become a law.

Do not eat sugar, stop smoking, work harder.

We constantly bind ourselves up in law without even noticing it!

Ultimately the purpose of law is to bring us to Christ by making us realize how powerless and wretched we are so we cry out to him to save us!

Wretched man that I am! Who will set me free from the body of this death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord!”

(In fact read Romans 7 and 8! Paul says it much better than I do!)

The law is there to make sin appear sinful (Romans 7:13), to make sin bear fruit unto death (Romans 7:5) so that death will have its perfect work in making us die to this world of sin and death so that Father can make us live in Christ!

Forget the law, move on from the school-master and walk with Him who fulfilled the law!

The law can become an idol to us that are in the grace of God because we are supposed to walk by faith and not by sight. The law is a very visible comfort; it puffs you up, it makes you self-righteous, arrogant, disdainful, and ultimately it will kill you! But that is good because you die to death only so that you live to life!

“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