MA – Biblical Studies Essay – Questioning the Mixture

In John 9:39 Jesus said, “For judgment, I am come into this world, that they which see not might see; and that they which see might be made blind; and that they which see might be made blind.”  Man had become blinded by the law and couldn’t accurately see God. Jesus said that no one perceived God… they were not intimately acquainted with God who was their Father. They had forgotten they were sons of the Eternal God. Sons not because they were the “chosen ones” but because He is the Father of ALL. They had forgotten they (and all mankind) were sons of God, made in His image and likeness, heirs of ALL that is His. Their minds had become dull to the eternal truth that they were ALWAYS righteous, holy, and complete. Blind to the truth that they were masters of ALL, designed to rule and reign, lords, kings… gods!

Instead, they thought their “sins” separated them from God and made them His enemies who needed forgiveness. Believing that only the shedding of blood through sacrifice could make them clean and forgiven. Thinking that God was a rewarder or punisher of their behavior. And so, they were forever seeking His favor and righteousness through good deeds. Chasing after what had always belonged to them as sons and heirs.

Today we are still blinded by our religious theology, unable to accurately see what God says has always been true about us. Our wrong perception of God has caused us to make everything time sensitive and blind to His eternal truths. We thought forgiveness and grace were manufactured at the cross. We believed that His death and resurrection were necessary to create a relationship between God and man, rather than realizing that forgiveness, grace, and oneness between God and mankind had ALWAYS been. So, Jesus came to this earth to reveal the truth, so that those who do not see might see and have a revelation; and those who think they see might be made blind to what they believe is the truth.

I’m not going to lie, that was a hard revelation to understand…. That nothing was manufactured at the cross. And that Jesus going to the cross was to absorb all of the lies and everything that hindered man’s ability to walk in these eternal truths. And to reveal what has always been true about us from before the foundation of the world. The only time I ever heard about eternity was in the context of where we would spend it… heaven or hell? And that was contingent upon whether or not I put MY faith in Jesus, said the sinner’s prayer and asked Him into my heart. I am so glad I took this Biblical Studies course before embarking on my MA in Theology, it’s an excellent foundation of truth from an eternal perspective. My eternal focus is becoming much clearer!

We thought Jesus came to redeem us from the fall and to make us righteous, removing from us a sin nature and placing within us His nature. But redeemed is to RE deem something. Deem is defined in the dictionary as to regard or consider, to see as, to account! I like that one… account! Jesus RE-deemed the God Account of us! Father deemed us in His image and likeness to rule and reign. He deemed us as divine like Him…Psalm 82:6 “I have said you are gods.” Jesus RE-DEEMED what Abba had originality deemed or what He had crowned us with! Redemption is the revelation that we never lost our crown! That we were never anything less than what He originally said about us.

So, we were redeemed, we were once again deemed to be lords over the earth! It was never lost…except in our understanding, in our minds (Col 1:21)!!!  David said in Psalm 8:4, what is man that you are MINDFUL of him, and the son of man that you care for him? From before time began, God could not get us out of His mind… His mind has always been full (mind-full) of thoughts of us! He has no other concern in the universe but US!  When He wrote the script of our DNA, He gave birth to a being that was equal to His likeness, bearing His image. He has ALWAYS been mindful of us…. even BEFORE we realized it and believed. And this is what Jesus came to reveal and RE-deem. Jesus did not come to redeem servants… He came to bring “many sons” to glory (Hebrews 2:10).  To bring ALL sons to the view and opinion of God… to walk in the eternal blueprint of their design.

God has ALWAYS been our Yahweh Tsidkenu (Righteousness), our Yahweh Yireh (Provider), our Yahweh Rophe (Health), our Yahweh Shalom (Peace). Yahweh which we translate as Lord is the Name that was unspoken in the Old Covenant and simply referred to as Ha’Shem or The Name. According to Rabbis, it is the most important of God’s names and the root of this name, which is hei-yod-hei means “to be.” It speaks of God’s eternal existence. In these names, it would speak of His eternal existence as Righteousness, Provision, Health, and Peace. And since He breathed ALL of Himself IN mankind, then it would also speak of our eternal existence IN HIM.

From God’s perspective, man’s condition had never changed. It had only changed in their thinking – which happened as a result of the fall. Adam didn’t eat from the tree of the “nature” of good and evil – he ate from the tree of the “knowledge” of good and evil.  What he knew was what changed after he ate from the tree. Colossians 1:21 says that we were once alienated (separated) and hostile IN OUR MINDS. Jesus came to reveal who we ALWAYS were in Christ Col 3:10: And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him (11) Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all and in all. New is not something that had never been – new from a Hebraic mindset is renewed or restored. Adam’s knowledge had changed after the fall – NOW man is renewed or restored in their knowledge of their image and likeness they ALWAYS had IN CHRIST.  Man’s nature wasn’t made new – their knowledge was now renewed or restored to know who they had ALWAYS been! Man’s nature was ETERNAL – unchangeable!

Ecclesiastes 3:11 says, He hath made everything beautiful in his time: also he hath set the world in their heart so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end. This verse begins with an Aleph Tav, which I believe is our eternal realities IN CHRIST. If you read it like that it says, IN CHRIST the ALL or the WHOLE has been made (perfect tense) beautiful in His time. I see both the eternal and time in this verse. Eternally, before time ever existed, ALL was made beautiful. ALL mankind, as sons, existed IN CHRIST. ALL were holy, righteous, perfect, and complete. ALL had abundant life, had a glorious inheritance, and possessed every blessing. There was no death, no sickness or disease, no poverty or lack. There existed ONLY wholeness in every area of life… nothing missing, nothing broken. There was only the cool of the day experience… only oneness with God. Mankind was created with a divine nature, filled with ALL of the fullness that is Elohim (Father, Son, and Spirit), living life in this circle of Divine union. This was man’s existence that they were intended to live eternally in with no boundaries or limits of times and seasons.

In that portion of the verse, I also see the beautiful eternal plans of God RE-deemed in TIME in the incarnation of the Son. Time in this verse is the word “eth” and means season or time; long, due season, and always. The root of the word is to answer, to respond, to announce. The ancient root is two Hebrew letters, ayin, and tav. In picture language, it is an eye and a cross; ayin also symbolizes revelation. The eternal plans and purposes of God, the eternal life He designed for us was made beautiful in TIME… Jesus came as the Eternal God made flesh and revealed to us who we ALWAYS were – eternal, immortal sons.

I love the next part – Also, (Aleph-Tav) eternity He has put in their hearts, yet they cannot find out what God has done (Aleph-Tav) from beginning to end. There is another Aleph Tav in this verse between also and eternity. Also, IN CHRIST (Aleph-Tav) He set eternity in our hearts. Our hearts hold the consciousness of eternity. We weren’t created to forget who we were. We were ALWAYS created to know, to ALWAYS be aware, of His eternal plans. YET, it says they cannot find out what God has done IN CHRIST (Aleph-Tav) from beginning to end. They can’t seem to find that eternal knowing.

The Hebrew gives a clearer understanding of why men can’t find it. It says m’beli, which is the word beli with a prefix of mem. The prefix mem means from out of, and beli means a wearing out, corruption, and ignorantly. The root is balah meaning to decay, to fail.  The ancient root is flow, as in a flowing away of function, life, or strength. Man can’t find it, not because He doesn’t desire us to know as some translations imply! He placed it in our hearts, in our minds, so that we would know and also walk in it. But it is only known by the Spirit… being spiritually minded as Paul said. From out of the flow of the consciousness of corruption, decay, and failure is the ignorance of the eternal purposes and plans of God. It is like a veil over the heart or mind, not allowing the flow of life and immortality that He has placed in us. And the result of that death mindedness is a flowing away of our function, our life, and our strength.

When Adam introduced death into man’s thinking, there was a carnal, lower realm, death thinking that men walked in. Walking out life in the sense realm, living life from a false identity. And that false awareness of who they were, that lie, caused experiences in their lives that weren’t what God had intended for them… things like sickness, disease, poverty, violence, being death minded in all areas of life. This caused them to draw conclusions about God, about who He is, from these life experiences. Always striving after the eternal purposes that pricked at their hearts, yet they were unable to find…. And so, they walked according to the law, offering blood sacrifices to make them right with God. But God NEVER desired blood sacrifices.

Today we have the same problem. Most teach that Jesus exchanged His life for our life.  This belief, based on a blood sacrifice to make us who we ALWAYS were, is based on death rather than life. The book of Hebrews was written for a transitional generation to help them transition OUT OF Old Covenant belief system of sacrificial offerings (that were still being offered at the Temple daily!) into a New Covenant belief system which has NOTHING to do with sacrifices and burnt offerings for sin. Hebrews was written for us! 2000 years after the cross, we were meant to be walking in freedom from this death mindedness. Not reading Scriptures that were written to a specific group of people in 1st Century AD as if they were intended for us.

We thought when we read Hebrews 10:5 that God prepared Jesus’ body specifically for the purpose of becoming a sacrifice and an offering for sin AND that it was the will of God! But verses 6 and 8 tell us that God neither desired these sacrifices and offerings, NOR were they His will. We missed the word BUT in verse 5. It says, sacrifices and offerings You did not desire BUT a body You have prepared Me. Why did He prepare a body? Because sacrifices and offerings are NOT His will. I’m not saying His sacrifice wasn’t necessary, but it wasn’t the will of God. According to verse 8, His sacrifice was according to the law. Man needed the sacrifice, so in that respect, it was necessary. Jesus became the sacrifice that the law demanded and that man thought was required to atone for sin. But to believe today that Jesus’ sacrifice was the will of God and for the purpose of becoming an offering for sin is to remain death minded. The cross was not the will of God. So, what was the will of God that Jesus came to do?

Jesus came to do the Father’s will by taking away the first and establishing the second.  The first was in NO WAY like the second IN THAT there needed to be an offering as a medium of exchange! God never wanted their sacrifices and offerings… He only wanted them. He wanted them to discover their eternalness that He had placed in their hearts. But they couldn’t do that by remaining death minded. So, He did away with the first by becoming the sacrifice that we thought was needed, and thereby doing away with, ONCE AND FOR ALL, the sacrificial system.

2 Timothy 1:9-10 says, “Who hath saved us, and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began” (10) But is now made manifest by the appearing of our Savior Jesus Christ, who hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to light through the gospel.” The word death in this verse is an adjective used as a noun; it was the false estate of man. Jesus destroyed what was in man, hindering them from life and immortality, and hindering them from the understanding of their union with the Father. Jesus destroyed the awareness in man of thinking that he ever had a sin nature, and He also revealed the lie of man’s belief that God needed to be appeased with blood sacrifices. Jesus revealed the life that we ALWAYS had… the life that we had lost awareness of because we walked in the consciousness of death. That whole system was taken out of the way, and that death mindedness that hindered us was utterly destroyed. We were now FREE to walk in the restored mind in the FULLNESS of the eternal covenant that was ALWAYS ours.

Hebrews 3 in most Bibles is subtitled The Dangers of Unbelief and ends with verse 18 asking and answering a question: to whom did God swear that they should not enter His rest? But to them, that believed not. And chapter 3 ends with a warning that it was unbelief that kept Israel from entering the Promise Land and the rest God had promised them.  Then Hebrews 4 starts off let us, therefore, fear lest, a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it.  So, we’re taught fear! Fear of being left out His promises, of not entering His rest – which popular Bible teachers today teach is His salvation and heaven. How very sad. God doesn’t use fear as a motivator.

The writer of Hebrews was telling this transitional generation of believers that Israel survived by supernatural means in the wilderness for forty years, but they failed to grasp what God had in mind for them. Their unbelief disqualified them from resting in His rest… they remained more persuaded about what they could see in the natural realm and the lie they believed about themselves, and as a result, they perished in the wilderness. They remained enslaved to their own opinion of themselves.

Verse 3 looks like God swore in wrathful anger that they would NEVER enter into His wrath! NO, God is Love, and He responds in Love. He doesn’t retaliate in anger. It is His passionate love crying out, “Oh! If only they would enter into My rest!” Faith hears the echo of God’s cry in their spirit and responds. He put eternity in our hearts when faith hears his echo of God’s cry, it awakens to the realization of this living blueprint of our design. We don’t have to strive to have more faith and stay out of unbelief… it is His faith in us that we live by. The only thing that keeps us from experiencing His rest, that keeps us from discovering our eternal-ness in the NOW, is wrong thinking. Jeremiah said that He even put His fear (reverence) in our hearts so that we wouldn’t turn from Him. All that we need He has put in us! Oh, that we would discover the eternal life of our design! And simply rest in HIS rest. Waking up to and experiencing the Is-ness and Now-ness of His eternal covenant.

All of creation is groaning waiting for the manifestation of the sons of God! The Mirror puts it so beautifully, Our lives now represent the one event every creature anticipates with held breath, standing on tiptoe as it were to witness the unveiling of the sons of God. Can you hear the drumroll? The manifestation or the apokalupsis of the sons of God. The unveiling or uncovering. They are not waiting for a future event to happen. They are waiting for the sons of God to wake up to the FULLNESS of who they are and what they possess.

We’ve been too sin focused, and death minded in the church, and it has hindered our waking up to our eternal sonship. Paul said in Romans 6:11 that we were to reckon ourselves dead to sin and alive to God. In other words, the only mindfulness we are to have about death is that sin and death are no longer a part of our life, we have no association with them. And we have no association with the effects of death… sickness, disease, poverty, lack, depression, etc. We are FULLY alive to God… FULL of His eternal, abundant life IN us, AS us and flowing THROUGH us.

We in the modern church have sat down at the foot of the cross and made our home there. But the cross is a communication of sin consciousness… it was a tool with which sin was taken care of. The cross was about sin. If you’re staying at the foot of the cross, you’re going to have difficulty having any vision beyond the cross… you will stay sin conscious and have no vision for the eternal inheritance.  You won’t enter into His eternal rest.  Rest was not Canaan. In Hebrews 4:8 the writer is saying that the old understanding of rest (Canaan) is obsolete… rest had a new revelation. The New Covenant revelation of rest was the indwelling, forever presence of their God. In other words, the Kingdom of God is within you… you’re not a servant but a son.

Hebrews also tells us the MAIN POINT is He IS seated. And we know that we are seated with Him. This rest is now a COMPLETED reality because we have a High Priest who is SEATED. This rest isn’t something to be sought after any more… it’s a FINISHED thing… it’s DONE! We are in His rest because we are seated with Him. All we need to do is wake up and be aware of it. And not only is our spirit at rest, but our physical body is equally RE-deemed and should be experiencing the same rest. This is the eternal life that Jesus revealed to us and that Paul exhorted us to live FULLY in. We are sons, COMPLETE, PERFECT, WHOLE in every area of our life.

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