God’s Ideal Woman

Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies. ~ Proverbs 31:10

Abba wrote an entire Proverb just about us women. His ideal woman! Truth be told the woman in this Proverb seemed a bit overwhelming to me. A Martha Stewart on steroids! She seemed so unattainable to me as a young wife and mother. How could I possibly be all those things that this woman was?

But Abba didn’t give us a picture of a woman that we couldn’t be. He wasn’t dangling a carrot in front of us… teasing us with an image that was impossible to walk in. Nor did He give us a picture of a woman that we should strive to become! What He did give us in this picture of His ideal woman is a picture of us. A snapshot of who we already are. Of what we actually look like through His eyes.

The word virtuous used to describe the Proverbs 31 woman is chayil. This word includes the possession of whatever attributes are needed to carry out the task at hand. All of the attributes of what is needed for you to be the woman He designed you to be are already inside you.

There are 150 words in Hebrew in this poem.  Female in Hebrew is nekeiva (nun-kuf-beit-hei) Nun kuf is 150 and beit hei is a spelling for bah which means “in her.” Together that literally says “150 in her.”  All the words, all the meaning, all the potential and all the beauty of the 150 words is within us as females.  I love that!

The pressure is off! We don’t have to strive to become this woman. She is not an ideal that we are trying to achieve. All of her qualities are already in us waiting for us to wake up to and walk in.  We are fully equipped to be what our husbands and families need to excel and to prosper in their destinies.

The Proverbs 31 woman is more true to the Hebrew text when it uses words like this… “who can find a powerful, mighty, valiant woman?” Synonyms for these three words include wielding power, superhuman, influential, strong, unafraid and brave. WOW! This woman in the simplest translation is a warrior.

Abba is saying with this Proverb, “This is a picture of you My daughter of Grace!”

Rest in this!

Stop trying to become…. and just BE who you have always been, God’s ideal woman… perfect and complete in Him!

~ Robin

Branches NOT bearing fruit….

John 15:1-2: “I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. (2) Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away….”

takes away in the Greek is to lift up; to bear; to carry

Every branch not bearing fruit He lifts up and carries. He bears them up. He doesn’t cut them off!

No one bears fruit without Him… He is the Vine. Those who are bearing fruit, He prunes so they can bear more fruit. And those bearing no fruit He gently, lovingly, patiently, lifts up and carries… bearing them!

The Father is a good Vinedresser (Husbandman) taking care of ALL the branches.

#thesimpleGospel #gracefilledliving

Faith understands….

Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.   ~ Hebrews 11:3

I love this verse!  First it tells us that faith understands.  We know through Paul’s teachings that the faith we live by is not our own but it is Jesus’ faith in us.  In Galatians 2:20 Paul says I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith OF the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.  Our faith is His faith.  His faith in us understands!  What does faith understand?

That the worlds were framed by the word of God.  God spoke the worlds into existence.  Genesis 1:1-2:  In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. (2) And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.   There is so much in these verses!  Some rabbi’s spend their entire lives studying Genesis 1:1.  That’s what I love about the Hebrew language, it is a rich, meaningful language with layers and layers of meaning.

In Hebrew there are four levels of Scripture interpretation called Pardes.  Pardes in Hebrew means orchard or paradise.  It is an acroynm spelling: peshat (simple or direct meaning); remez (meaning hint — the deep, hidden meaning just beyond the literal sense); d’rash (meaning inquire or seek —  drawn out meaning of the verse, interpretive meaning; and finally sod (meaning secret — a mystery hidden and only revealed by revelation of the Spirit).  As a rule, the remez, d’rash, and sod interpretations never contradict the peshat – the simple, plain, direct meaning.

Today I don’t want to get in a deep study of it, I just want to look at the surface level of it. What I believe is the peshat of this verse.

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth and we know from later accounts of creation, ALL that He created is good.  But in verse 2 we are told that the earth was without form and void.  Without form and void in Hebrew is “tohu v’bohu.”    It refers to something with no shape and no definition.  Living Bible say “a shapeless chaotic mass.”  The Voice translation says it lacked shape, was totally empty and had a dark fog.   Then in the rest of Genesis 1 God takes the chaos, the dark fog, the formless and emptiness and brings order to it.  Makes it into what He purposed for it.  He takes it and makes it what He “created” in Genesis 1:1…. what He chose (bara in Hebrew).  He did that with words…. Genesis 1:3:  And God said!  He commanded, He declared.

Faith understands that!  God spoke order into the chaos, the fog and the emptiness… into the tohu v’bohu.  Speak is rhema in Hebrews 11:3.  We are speaking spirits, created in the image of our Daddy.  Co-speaking just like Him.  Forming our worlds just like Him. He formed the world to look like what He created it to look like… taking the not (the tohu v’bohu) and the dark and making them seen.  Forming them from the Light He spoke into them.

I love that the Greek word for formed in this verse is katartizo.  It is two words… kata meaning down and artizo meaning to adjust.  It is to adjust to be in good working order (which is tov in Hebrew! Everything God created He said was tov.. it was good!).  It is to adjust to make fully functioning… to mend and to restore.  The root of this word is my favorite!  It is viewed in terms of the present… the here and now! Complete, perfect, ready NOW!

Romans 10:8 connects the rhema to faith just like here in Hebrews 11.  It says the rhema is the spoken word (rhema) of faith.  Sometimes our worlds do not look like what God created them to look like.  They don’t look like what He has said about us… that in Christ we lack no good thing.  That we are saved:  healed, delivered and made whole in every area of our life (spiritual, physical, mental, social and financial.)  Sometimes, our lives look chaotic and empty.  Lacking.  It seems like we’re in a fog sometimes and can’t see the promises of God.

But faith understands!  It understands that God spoke to and formed out of nothing what we can see with our eyes.  Faith understands that just like our Daddy we are speaking spirits and can do the same thing.  Speaking His words (rhema) of faith… calling forth those things that be nought as though they were.

We don’t have to wait til someday when we get to Heaven to see the manifestation of things like healing, abundance, restored relationships, wholeness in every are of our life, etc.  Faith is NOW!  And according to Hebrews 11:3 forming our worlds by our words (like our Daddy) also results in NOW!

Our words are powerful… and faith understands that. Jesus said in Luke 6:45b out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.  He said that after he just said that out of the treasure (storehouse) of your heart you will bring forth good things.  Bring forth is prophero meaning  to move something to necessary manifestation!  How do we move something to necessary manifestation?  Through our words which speak and Heb 11:3 tells us that forming is rooted in the NOW… we can see it here in our lifetime.

Our words speak forth what is stored in our hearts.  His faith is stored in our hearts!  We don’t have to rely on our own faith… we simply, like Paul, live our new lives by the faith OF the Son of God.  Resting in His faith!  Speaking forth His faith!  Saying what He knows to be true about us.  Forming our (NOW) world by speaking words of faith that say…..

I am righteous

I am holy

I am complete in Him

I have abundant life!

I am filled to the FULL with the FULLNESS of the Godhead!

He is the Health of my body!

I have ALL things that pertain to life and godliness!

I am saved – healed, delivered and whole in all the 5 areas of life… physical, spiritual, mental, social and financial!

I have NO lack!

I walk in favor!

This is what faith… His faith in you.. understands! I challenge you to go find out what God says about you and begin to speak it forth and watch the manifestation of His abundant life begin to form your world in this lifetime!

Because faith understands that just like Abba framed the worlds by His words….we also frame our world by our words!

~ Robin

Speaking Spirit

Be imitators of God, therefore, as beloved children….. Ephesians 5:1

We are to be imitators of God.  Mimic Him.  Imitate the pattern He has set.  The amplified version says to imitate Him as well-beloved children imitate their fathers.  The Message Bible says watch what God does, and then you do it. Like children who learn proper behavior from their parents.  

I love that this verse starts with BE… just BE an imitator.  You don’t have to work at it.  You don’t have to practice it.  You just have to BE.  BE who you are IN CHRIST.  You were made in the image and likeness of God.  Genesis 2:7 says that He breathed life into man and he became a living being.  In the Targum (the Aramaic translation of the Old Testament), the Jewish sages have translated “living being” as “speaking spirit.”  He made us a speaking spirit….. made in His image….. to create our world through our words, just like Him.

Romans 4:17 says God calls those things that are not into existence…. He calls them – He calls aloud, utters in a loud voice, He calls them by name.  Mark 11:22-23 shows us that God’s faith “speaks.”  Job 22:28 says “you shall decree a thing and it shall be established.”  And of course, one of my favorites is 2 Cor 4:13 But having the same spirit of faith according to that having been written: “I believed, therefore I have spoken,” we also believe and therefore speak.  

God is a speaker!  He spoke everything we see around us into existence.   Hebrews 11:3: Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.  This is the faith chapter!  It says faith understands…. it understands that the worlds were framed by the word of God.  The word of God is the rhema word.  The spoken word.  Faith understands that the spoken word contains power to frame the worlds…. to accomplish or bring to pass what is spoken.

The word in Hebrew is dabar and is more than just the spoken word, it’s an act… something carried out or completed.  Dabar is not just sounds… it’s words that have within them the energy or power to accomplish what is said.  God said “Let there be light. And there was light” “We lay hands on the sick and say be healed.  And they are healed.”  We are speaking spirits just like our Daddy!  The words we speak carry within them the power to accomplish what was spoken.

Isaiah 38:7b says “…… that the LORD will do this thing that he hath spoken;”  In Hebrew it says Yahweh will do this.  Yahweh is the Covenant Name.  It is the unspoken name in Hebrew.  Instead of Yahweh, ancient Jews and conservative modern ones say Ha’Shem… The Name!  This Name was so sacred that they would not speak it nor would they write it in full (they left out the vowels: YHWH).  YAHWEH was the Holy One of Israel. In Hebrew it is spelled Yod-Hey-Vav-Hey, which means Behold (Hey) the Nails (Vav), Behold (Hey) the Hands (Yod).  Yahweh is Yeshua…. He is Jesus!

Then it says in Isaiah 38:7b, Yahweh (Jesus) will do that. What will Yahweh do?  The rest of the verse tells us, this thing that is spoken (dabar).  But right between “Yahweh will do” and “this thing that is spoken” is the untranslatable Hebrew word “et.” In modern Hebrew grammar it is a direct object marker, pointing out the subject of the sentence.  But I believe that it is actually direct object marker pointing to Jesus.  Alef tav in Hebrew is alef – the beginning letter of the alphabet and tav – the last letter of the alphabet.  Jesus said He is the Alpha Omega… the beginning and the end in Greek.  In Hebrew He would be the Alef Tav.  It also means power of the Cross or power of the covenant.  This little word “et” is scattered all throughout the Old Testament in various places. It’s an identity marker. A road sign if you will, alerting you to a New Covenant truth in the verse…. alerting you to God’s heartbeat.  It is an object marker, so to speak, directing you to the Object – Jesus!

John 14:13a says And whatever you might ask in My name, this I will do.  Whatever you ask… whatever you call for.  It also means whatever you understand.  Remember Hebrews 11:3 says “faith understands that the worlds were framed by God’s spoken word.”  Faith in us (His faith) understands that we are made in His image and likeness, and in Christ our worlds are framed by our spoken words. They have the power to accomplish what we say!

Let’s read Isaiah 38:7b in light of John 14:13 and include the alef tav marking.  Yahweh will do this thing that is spoken (by us)  IN CHRIST.  We are in Christ and what we speak has power!  We are speaking spirits just like our Daddy.

Prov 18:21 tells us that death and life are in the power of our tongue.  One meaning of power is border.  I like that… it’s within the “borders” of our tongue.. our words, what we say! One of the synonyms of border is hem.  Hem yourself in with the IT IS FINISHED!!

A border is an edge or boundary of something. So begin speaking and framing your world with this as your border…… IT IS FINISHED!

I am healed!

I am righteous!

I am holy!

I am loved!

I am complete!

I am as He is in this world!

I am prosperous!

I am delivered!

I am FREE!

I am whole in every area of life – spiritual, physical, mental, social and financial!

There is nothing missing and nothing broken in my life!

I am favored, I have favor and I continually walk in favor!

I have ALL things that pertain to life and godliness!

I am more than a conqueror!

I have the FULLNESS of the Godhead in me!

I am anointed and know all things!

I am love!

I am good!

I am IN CHRIST!

I am co-crucified, co-buried, co-resurrected and co-ascended with Christ!

I am co-seated with Christ in heavenly places!

I reign in this life through the gift of righteousness and the abundance of grace!

I am dead to sin and alive to God in Christ!

~  Robin

Is God Too Holy? A Look At Isaiah 59:2

Today we preach a gospel that says our sin separates us from God…. and that only those not in sin have a relationship or fellowship with God.  We categorize believers as those not in sin and unbelievers as those still in sin.  The problem with that is that there are plenty of believers who sin just like there are unbelievers who do not sin, who live pretty moral, upright lives.

But Paul preached a Gospel that wasn’t based on our actions but rather on the finished work of Christ.  He preached a Gospel that proclaimed that all mankind had been reconciled back to God regardless of their right or wrong actions.

And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; (19) To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; ~ 2 Cor 5:18-19

We were reconciled back to God not because of anything we believed, or anything we did.   But only because God desired us… desired to be reconciled to us.  So He was in Christ on the Cross and reconciled ALL men back to Himself.

Reconciling according to Webster’s Dictionary means to restore to friendship; to settle or resolve differences;  It also means to change from an enemy to a friend; and to admit into a community;

2 Corinthians 5:19 also says He didn’t impute their sins against them.  Actually, it says trespasses.  Trespasses in the Greek is paraptóma and means to fall away after being close beside;  a lapse from the truth, a slip-up, an error; sin; wrongdoing that can be unconscious or intentional.  He reconciled ALL men without considering their sins… those that were willful and those that were just slip-ups or mistakes.

Romans 5:10 says God did this reconciliation while we were enemies.  An enemy is someone with a deep-seated hatred for another!  Romans 5:8 says this is how God demonstrated His love for us, He did it while we were sinners.  No repentance or confession required on our part….. it was totally His doing.  It says this all happened while we were weak and ungodly (verse 6)… while we were sinners (verse 8).

HE reconciled us…. restored us back to friendship with Him, settled and resolved the differences we had with Him, changed us from an enemy to a friend and admitted us into His community of love.  He did that while we (all mankind) had a deep-seated hatred for Him, while we were powerless, ungodly, and sinners.

That verse in the Greek says “Moreover (on top of all that)… talking about v. 17, which we’ll have to save for another post!  Moreover, ALL are of God who reconciled us to Himself!  It doesn’t say “all things.”  It says ALL are of God!  I love that.  He reconciled ALL mankind to Himself on the Cross and that same mankind is His!  They are the ALL that is of God.  They belong to Him…. believers, unbelievers, sinners, non-sinners…. ALL are of God!  That doesn’t sound like separation to me!

And He did ALL of this on His own without requiring believing, faith, repentance, confession, a “sinner’s prayer,” etc.  It was simply to demonstrate His love for us.  His relentless, passionate, pursuing covenant love…. His chesed!  To demonstrate His resolve to never let go of us, no matter how far we had gone.  No matter how alienated we had become in our own minds toward Him (Col 1:21)!

So, if that’s Truth… if that’s the Gospel, where did we get the wrong idea of separation from God?  That God was too holy to have a relationship with us when we sin?

This concept of separation from God uses the verse Isaiah 59:2: But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.

This verse doesn’t say God has hidden His face from you and can’t hear you because of your sin.  But for years that’s what I thought it said!  I pictured God with His fingers in His ears and turning His head away from me….. because of sin.  How sad!  That must grieve God when we think about Him like that.

Let’s read it Isaiah 59:2 in context…..

Go to verse 1 of Isaiah 59:  Behold, the LORD’S hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear:

Thank God for verse 1!  What a beautiful description of God… His hand is not so short that it cannot save!  And His ear is not so heavy (so burdened or dull) that it can’t hear!

That’s our Daddy!!  Always reaching towards us… always listening to us!

Then verse 2 says:  “But your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden his face from you so that he will not hear.”

Yes, sin caused a separation, a hiding of God’s face, an inability to hear.  But it wasn’t on God’s part… it was on man’s.  Sin consciousness causes men to see and hear God through a lens of condemnation and judgment.  It wasn’t God who was in hiding, it was Adam.

In Genesis 3 Adam sinned but God did not turn His face from Adam, nor was He unable or unwilling to hear Adam. In fact, He showed up ready to fellowship with him just like always.  He didn’t hide His face and plug His ears because of Adam’s sin…. He listens and talks with him.  

It was Adam who hid.  God came looking for him.  Genesis 3:8 says, “And they heard (shema) the sound of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God among the trees of the garden.”  They hid from His face, from His presence.  Hid in Hebrew is chaba and means to withdraw; conceal.  Adam withdrew from God’s face.  Sin consciousness concealed God’s face. 

The word we translate obey is shema in Hebrew and means hearing with understanding, attention, and with a response.   God didn’t close His ears to Adam.  Sin consciousness closed Adam’s ears to God… he could no longer hear with understanding.  His hearing became dull and heavy…. burdened by sin.

God came looking for Adam.  Asking “Adam where are you?”  In the Hebrew, it is an idiom meaning “he is nowhere.”  God wasn’t asking a question; He wasn’t asking where Adam was.  He was crying out “Son, why did you leave My heart?”

This is not a picture of an angry God who is looking for Adam so that he can punish his “disobedience.”  This is not judgmental, condemning God who is hiding His face and closing His ears to His son.  This first look at sin for us is a picture of a caring Father.  One who is full of grief that His son left His heart.  A son who can no longer see and hear Him.

Adam, because of his sin, can no longer see God accurately.  Sin consciousness has hidden God’s face from him.  It is not God that is hiding from Adam because He’s too holy to look on sin!  Adam’s sin has hidden from Adam who God is.  Hidden his true nature from him.

He now sees God through a warped identity, through the lens of sin, guilt, judgment, and condemnation.  Instead of seeing God as a loving Father, he sees Him as judgmental and condemning.  

And it’s not God that refuses or can’t hear but it’s Adam that has a hearing problem.  Oh, he still hears God, but not accurately and not by the Spirit.  Now he hears Him through sin.  Instead of love and affirmation, he hears guilt and condemnation… he hears judgment.

Adam became a man with an identity problem…. no longer seeing himself as a son.  No longer seeing himself as loved and accepted.  Instead, seeing himself separated from God.

Isaiah is not saying that God is separated from man… turning His face and plugging His ears because He is too holy to look at a sinful man. He is saying that God is displeased with the whole situation that sin has caused.  

And what does Isaiah tell us that God does in response to man’s sin?  He doesn’t reject or abandon us.  He doesn’t separate Himself from us!  We must keep reading and not just stop at verse two and form a wrong opinion about God.  According to Isaiah, God springs into action.  He initiates a saving act whereby he rolls up his sleeves and comes to us Himself through his Son.  Through the beautiful incarnation of Jesus!!

And then he tells us that those who turn to God will find that He was ALREADY for them and toward them!  In other words, our repentance does not cause God to come, but rather, God’s grace precedes and even generates our repentance.  Isn’t that what Paul said in Romans 2:4?  That it’s God’s goodness (His covenant love for us – chesed!) causes men to repent, NOT men’s repentance causes God to be good!  He’s ALWAYS good… good is just who He is.  

This is how the New Covenant (announced in Isaiah, Jeremiah, Hosea and elsewhere) works.  Grace to His children who in their sin can no longer see Him for who He is or hear Him.  Thinking He has hidden His face and closed His ears to them! 

In Him Scriptures

IN HIM SCRIPTURES

In Christ

Rom 3:24; Gal 2:4; Col 1:28

Rom 8:1; Gal 3:26; 1 Thess 4:16

Rom 8:2; Gal 3:28; 1 Thess 5:18

Rom 12:5;  Gal 5:6; 1 Tim 1:14

1 Cor 1:2;  Gal 6:15;  2 Tim 1:9

1 Cor 1:30; Eph 1:3;  2 Tim 1:13

1 Cor 15:22;  Eph 1:10;;  2 Tim 2:1

2 Cor 1:21;  Eph 2:6;  2 Tim 2:10

2 Cor 2:14;  Eph 2:10;  2 Tim 3:15

2 Cor 3:14;  Eph 2:13;  Philemon 1:6

2 Cor 5:17;  Eph 3:6;  2 Pe 1:8

2 Cor 5:19;  Phil 3:13-14;  2 Jn 1:9

In Him

Acts 17:28;  Col 2:6;  1 Jn 3:3

John 1:4; Col 2:7;  1 Jn 3:5

John 3:15-16;  Col 2:10;  1 Jn 3:6

2 Cor 1:20;  1 Jn 2:5;  1 Jn 3:24

2 Cor 5:21;  1 Jn 2:6;  1 Jn 4:13

Eph 1:4;  1 Jn 2:8;  1 Jn 5:14-15

Eph 1:10;  1 Jn 2:27;  1 Jn 5:20

Phil 3:9; 1 Jn 2:28

In the Beloved

Eph 1:6

In the Lord

Eph 5:8;  Eph 6:10

In Whom

Eph 1:7;  Eph 2:22;  Col 2:11

Eph 1:11;  Eph 3:12;  1 Pe 1:8

Eph 1:13; Col 1:14

Eph 2:21;  Col 2:3

By Christ

Rom 3:22;  2 Cor 5:18;  1 Pe 1:3

Rom 5:15;  Gal 2:16;  1 Pe 2:5

Rom 5:17-19;  Eph 1:5;  1 Pe 5:10

Rom 7:4; Phil 1:11

1 Cor 1:4;  Phil 4:19

By Him

1 Cor 1:5;  Col 1:17;  Heb 7:25

1 Cor 8:6;  Col 1:20;  Heb 13:15

Col 1:16;  Col 3:17;  1 Pe 1:21

By Himself

Heb 1:3;  Heb 9:26

By His Blood

Heb 9:11-15;  Heb 10:19-20;  1 Jn 1:7

Heb 9:14-15

By Whom

Rom 5:2;  Rom 5:11;  Gal 6:14

From Whom

Eph 4:16;  Col 2:19

Of Christ

2 Cor 2:15;  Col 2:17;  Col 3:24

Phil 3:12

Of Him

1 Jn 1:5;  1 Jn 2:27

Through Christ

Rom 5:1;  1 Cor 15:57;  Phil 4:6-7

Rom 5:11;  Gal 3:13-14;  Phil 4:13

Rom 6:11;  Gal 4:7;  Heb 10:10

Rom 6:23;  Eph 2:7; Heb 13:20-21

Through Him

Jn 3:17;  Rom 8:37;  1 Jn 4:9

Rom 5:9

With Christ

Rom 6:8;  Eph 2:5;  Col 3:1

Gal 2:20; Col 2:20; Col 3:3

With Him

Rom 6:4; Rom 8:32; Col 2:13-15

Rom 6:6;  2 Cor 13:4;  Col 3:4

Rom 6:8; Col 2:12;  2 Tim 2:11-12

By Me

John 6:57;  John 14:6

In Me

John 6:56;  John 15:4-5 ; John 16:33

John 14:20;  John 15:7-8

In My Love

John 15:9

In His Name

Matt 18:20;  John 14:13-14; 1 Cor 6:11

Mark 16:17-18;  John 16:23-24

These verses do not use the specific phrases In Him but they convey the message of who you  are, what you are, or what you have because of Christ (a partial listing only)

Matt 8:17;  Gal 5:1;  Heb 13:5-6

Matt 11:28-30;  Phil 2:5;  Heb 13:8

Matt 18:11;  Phil 2:13;  James 4:7

Matt 18:18-20;  Col 1:13;  1 Pet 2:9

Matt 28:18-20;  Col 1:26-27;  1 Pe 2:21

Mark 1:8;  Titus 2:14;  1 Pe 3:18

Mark 9:23;  Titus 3:7;  1 Pe 5:7

Mark 11:23-24;  Heb 2:9-11;  1 Jn 1:9

Luke 10:19;  Heb 2:14-15;  1 Jn 2:1

John 4:14;  Heb 2:18;  1 Jn 3:2

John 6:40;  Heb 4:14-16;  1 Jn 3:14

John 10:10;  Heb 7:19,22;  1 Jn 4:4

John 14:12;  Heb 8:6;  1 Jn 4:10

John 14:23;  Heb 9:24;  1 Jn 4:15

John 17:23;  Heb 9:28;  1 Jn 5:1, 4-5

Gal 3:29;  Heb 10:14;  1 Jn 5:11-12

Rev 1:5-6

God’s wrath AGAINST us….

For the wrath of God is revealed AGAINST all ungodliness and unrighteousness  ~ Romans 1:18 

The word translated against in Greek is “epi” which is a preposition. The root of the word means UPON or TOWARDS.

Against is defined in the dictionary as in opposition to. This keeps us thinking God is angry and oppposed to us.   We read it with a lens of sin consciousness.

Instead His wrath/passion (the finished work of the Cross) was toward us or upon ALL. Upon also means the response or effect of the envisioned contract – God’s vision saw us IN CHRIST and Jesus’ response to the contract or covenant He made with the Father was to take our sin and give us His righteousness

If we read Romans 1:18 and replace against with upon or toward….. “The wrath of God is revealed upon or toward all ungodliness and unrighteousness” —  when we read it through the lens of the finished work and in conjuction with v. 17 and look at the root of “epi”, then it begins to sound an awful lot like Romans 5.

“For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. (7) For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. (8) But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. (9) Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him”  ~ Romans 5:6-9

 

Just a thought

What is the wrath of God

For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;   ~ Romans 1:18

As I was studying for this week’s Bible study on Romans 1:18, I found a definition of wrath that I hope will forever change your thinking when you read the word wrath in the Bible

Wrath is “orge” in Greek meaning passion. But it’s the root of this word that I really like… it is “orego” which means stretching oneself out in order to touch or grasp something.

It is a beautiful picture of Jesus stretching Himself out (on the Cross) in order to grasp us.

It also means to yearn after, to desire, to stretch toward (to pull towards)

The Father in His love for us, desired us and stretched toward us (through Jesus), pulling us to Himself. (1 Cor 5:19 -reconciling us to Himself)

That’s the wrath of God in the New Covenant.

God did not forget His righteous judgments….. He simply judged all humanity in Jesus righteous.

God’s judgments were all satisfied in the passion….in the “wrath” of Jesus Christ….as He stretched Himself out on the Cross drawing ALL men to Himself and as the Father was personally present in Christ on the cross reconciling the world to Himself.

God’s seasons

I take an online Hebrew class every Monday afternoon.  A couple of weeks ago, I was working on my vocabulary flashcards and I came across the word “season or time” which is “et” or עת in Hebrew.  And it got me thinking about it’s meaning.

Most of the prophetic words I hear are about seasons.   Season of miracles, season of favor, season of restoration, time of breakthrough, etc.  Almost all of these use Old Testament Scriptures to confirm them.  And the focus is on “doing.”  For example, God will release favor in our lives if we’re faithful to do all He has said.

I love the prophetic.  There have been times I’ve received prophetic words in my life that confirmed what the Spirit of God had already spoken to me regarding His direction or things concerning my destiny.  And it gave me the boldness to act on it… to walk it out.  

I don’t have an issue with “seasons” per se.  But the problem with seasons is it keeps us focused on a timeframe.  One of the aspects of me and my husband’s business is farming.  Farming is seasonal….. even in California where we farm year round.  We still have seasonal crops.  If we’re not careful, we catch ourselves using “catch phrases” that box us into ways of thinking in particular seasons.  For instance, cherry season is financially great, apple season we can finally rest, summer fruit season is BUSY, December – January is our leanest season, etc.  While all of that seems to be true in the “natural,” it can keep us boxed into certain expectations or limitations.  Keeping us walking in by sight and not by faith.

Prophetic “seasons” can do the same.  They keep us future focused on what Jesus is going to do, instead of what Jesus has already done.  They keep us looking at just one thing for the “season” such as God’s favor instead of looking at the FULL finished work of Christ in our lives and the truth that He has given us ALL things that pertain to life and godliness NOW.

So while I was studying for Hebrew and noticed the word season is “et”  or עת in Hebrew. It is made up of the letters “ayin” and “tav”.  

“ע” which is ayin in Hebrew is the idea of seeing and watching as well as knowledge.  ayin (Gen 6:8) referring to the eyes of the Lord.   a word describing an eye…or insight or seeing or perceiving with God’s perspective.

“ת” which is tav in Hebrew meaning cross or the sign of the covenant.

I love that!  God’s seasons in our life are all comprised of seeing things from His perspective, and that perspective is Jesus and His finished work (Heb 1:1-3).  In every season of my life, I should expect to the finished work of the cross to be in operation in my life.   No matter what a natural season may look like in my life, it is still a season of favor, abundance, health, goodness, grace, wisdom, breakthrough, prosperity, sonship, freedom, deliverance, etc.

Luke 4:19 Jesus declared it a “year of God’s favor or a year of Jubilee.”  Year is a cycle of time… a season.  The root word for Jubilee in Hebrew is yabal, which means “to flow.”  Jesus provided a continual flow for us in every season of our life.  We don’t just have a season of favor, a season of peace, or a time of abundance.  We have a lifetime of continual fulfillment…. of the ALL things that He provided for us for life and godliness.

I still read prophetic words that come across my path about seasons, but now I read them as a reminder of what Jesus has done and what is already mine.  Not dependent upon what I do, but mine by inheritance.  I read them as God highlighting certain things that are part of the finished work so that I can grow in my knowledge of them.  Gain more understanding of these things so that I can walk in victory.

What did the finished work of the Cross provide?  That’s your season!  Walk in the revelation of it.  Walk in the victory of it.

~ Robin

Led by the Spirit

But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the Law.  ~ Galatians 5:18

I love this verse!

This verse begins with the conjunction if.  If is a conditional word, which seems to imply that if I do something, then something will happen.  But not all Greek conditions work like that.

If” in the Greek is the word “ei” and it is a first class conditional conjunction or a simple condition conjunction.   It is based on the assumption of reality that invites the reader into the conversation, rather than just lecturing to him.

Because I had always read “conditional conjunctions” as “if and then” statements, my focus was constant introspection.  Making sure I was always allowing Holy Spirit to lead me.  Not straying from that leading.  So that He wouldn’t have to tug and pull to get my cooperation.  It was self-works on my part.

But Paul was inviting the reader into a dialogue… encouraging them to come to the conclusion of what was already true about their new life IN CHRIST.

When he said to the Galatians “if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under law”, the audience would most likely respond along these lines: If we’re led by the Spirit of God? He dwells in us! Of course, He leads us! And since that’s true, this means that we are not under Law.” Remarkable!”

So our response should be….. because the Spirit dwells in me, I’m led by Him, and therefore I’m free from the bondage of the law.

The other thing I like about this verse is the word led.  The word “led” is the Greek word ago, which described the act of leading about an animal, such as a cow or a goat, at the end of a rope. The owner would wrap a rope around the animal’s neck and then “tug” and “pull” until the animal started to follow him. When the animal decided to cooperate and follow that gentle tug, it could then be gently “led” to where its owner wanted it to go.

Although the New Testament is written in Greek, Paul was Jewish and had a Hebraic  way of thinking.  Tugging and pulling at my heart until I cooperate so that He can gently lead me where He wants me to go is not a very accurate picture of how Holy Spirit leads us.  It’s not the Hebraic mindset of leading.

The Hebrew word for lead is “nachal” meaning to lead or to rest.  The more literal meaning of this word is a combination of both of these ideas — leading to a place of rest.

I love that! It is to lead one to a place of rest.  Striving and bondage describe the yoke of the law – the yoke of the works of the flesh.  Rest describes the yoke of Jesus – the yoke of grace. That is a more accurate description of Holy Spirit’s leading.  He leads us to a place of rest.

Verse 18 really is an identity verse… telling us who we are and what our new life in the Spirit looks like

But the Spirit has led you to a place of rest, a refreshing place, free from the law and its fearful bondage.

So in verse 16 and 17, Paul told us that walking by the Spirit you will not fulfill the lusts (the desires of the flesh) and that the flesh opposes the desires of the Spirit.  But before you can begin to feel like “oh man, I better make sure I’m ALWAYS walking in the Spirit or my flesh will take over”… or “I better DO this or else.”  Before you can camp out in that condemning thought of “if and then,”  he reminds us of who we are IN CHRIST and what the benefit of being IN CHRIST means in your new life….

But the Spirit has led you to a place of rest, a refreshing place, free from the law and its fearful bondage. Freedom from carrying out the desires of the flesh.  He leads us to rest in the finished work of Jesus.

Oh, what freedom is released in that one simple statement.  The more I’m understanding and resting in the finished work of Jesus, the more I’m seeing Scriptures more clearly.  I’m no longer seeing them as rules and conditions or things I must do in order to please my Father and receive all He has for me.  But rather as freedom.   Freedom to live this new life IN HIM and as an expression OF HIM.

~ Robin