WHAT IS TRUE JUSTICE?

WHAT IS TRUE JUSTICE?

True justice is in the application of judgment that is not based on and generated by our personal fears, anger, and hatred. This means that true justice is in the application of judgment rooted in love for the good of all (1Thessalonians 5:15). This can involve discipline or punishment that is intended to heal and restore a person to the wholeness and balance of love, in response to the action that is in violation of the true nature and freedom of love, and which is therefore, hurtful to self and others (Hebrews 12:9-11). Basically true justice can only come from a love that is free from the conditions we place upon love, and therefore is free to act from pure goodness to bring about healing and restoration through its application and redemptive nature, which gives and restores life to the fractured, broken pieces of a person’s life from which their loveless actions spring forth.

We adulterate pure love with our prejudices. Prejudices are preconceived opinions and judgments that are rooted in fear, and they are therefore, hate based by looking at another as our enemy or the enemy of society based on our perceived fear of threat. God is the pure source of love which is unconditional in nature, and therefore cannot be destroyed or diminished by conditions or actions outside love’s true nature (Psalm 36:9; 1John 4:7,8) God’s love is referred to in the Bible as Light (1John 1:5 compare with 2:9,10).

Jesus said to love our enemies, and not to return evil for evil (Mathew 5:38,39,44; 1Thessalonians 5:15). He taught the power of love is in nonresistance which is non judgment (Luke 6:35-37; Mathew 5:38,39; John 3:16). He said “He who lives by the sword will die by the sword” (Mathew 26:52). This statement simply means that war and violence makes more of the same, and never truly resolves anything because it can’t reach the root of the problem. It is a dead end! It means that a person, society, or nation that lives depending on its military strength and or power over others to resolve conflict, will eventually fail and die in their pursuit. When Jesus said “he who lives by the sword” He was referring to a “mind set” of looking for the answers or solutions to conflict in the power of resistance through violence or the threat of violence. The “enemy” is never really “conquered” through force, only temporarily subdued. However the “enemy” can be “conquered” or permanently transformed through the experience and personal realization of unconditional love. That alone brings about the perfection and unity of the love that Jesus spoke about in John 17:23,26, and which He said is our only true witness to the world to draw others into the realization and unity of that love.

True justice is born of love it is the fruit of the “tree of life” rooted in love and compassion, and mercy and reveals the heart of grace (James 2:8,12,13; Mathew 23:23; Luke 11:42; Galatians 5:22; Hebrews 10:16-22; Ephesians 5:2,8,9; Philippians 1:9,11; John 1:17). The Bible teaches that the power of transformation exists only in unconditional love (1John 4:7-13,16-19; Romans 12:21; Luke 6:35-38; Titus 3:4,5; Ephesians 3:19,20). It says that God is just and the justifier of those who place their trust in Jesus atonement sacrifice for their sins, and are thereby reborn in their heart and spirit through His love by the free gift of His grace and righteousness bestowed by grace (Romans 3:22-26; 5:5; 1Peter 1:2,3)

The Bible says that grace and truth are realized through Jesus Christ (John 1:17). Absolute Truth is found in the revelation of His love (Psalm 36:9; Ephesians 3:17-19; John14:6; Colossians 2:2,3 1Corinyhians 13:8,9,10,12,13; John 8:31,32,34,36; 14:6,16,17,18,23; 18:37; 17:23,26). His love reveals the truth principles of the life sustaining wisdom and power of His love, and fills you with the light of life (Psalm 36:9; John 8:12; 1John 1:1,2,5; 2:10; 3:11,14; Colossians 2:2,3). It is indestructible! (1John 4:8; Psalm 36:9).

True justice is never divorced from the heart of pure love (Luke 11:42; John 1:17; Romans 8:33,34,38,39; Luke 23:34). True justice creates the atmosphere in which true change and healing can take place. It is never fueled by hatred, un-forgiveness, or fear. The Bible says that those who accept God’s gift of grace and salvation in Christ are freed from the power of sin because they are no longer ruled by fear, under the penalty of the Law given by Moses, but are ruled under the power and freedom of grace, which overcomes the power of sin in our life through the revelation in Christ of the unconditional love of God in our minds and hearts (Romans 6:6,14; 8:1,2,15; Hebrews 2:14,15; John 8:31,32,34,36).

Jesus came to reveal that love to mankind, and lift us out of the judgment nature of our fears, hatred, and prejudices, all of which exist in conditional love, which is what the Bible actually calls the sin nature (1John 3:4,5; 4:18,19). You can read and learn the way of true justice and redemption through His love in the pages of the Bible. The Bible says in Colossians 2:2,3,10 that in Christ is hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge, and that in Him we are made complete. His grace through His atonement sacrifice on the cross, and resurrection, is the greatest action of true justice and of love on our behalf in Human history. In Him the revelation of unconditional and unadulterated love is gradually realized and we are perfected in that love and freed from the power of sin (1John 4:8-12,14,16-19; John 17:23,26; 15:12.13; Ephesians 3:17-19).

Sin itself is injustice. It violates the purity of love. As already mentioned, falling short of love is what the Bible calls sin (1John 3:4). That is the only form of injustice! You cannot “cure” injustice with more injustice or loveless actions or motivations. That is why Jesus said to love your enemies and pray for those who mistreat you (Mathew 5:43-48; Luke 6:27,28,29,35,36,37). The law to be truly just must be governed and ruled by love in its enforcement and application, in order to bring about true healing and transformation. The human application of law is always flawed because it is created and applied and enforced within their limited conditional perception of love, and filtered through personal prejudices and limitations.

Jesus took upon Himself all of our sins and sickness on the Cross so that in Him we can find true unconditional love and forgiveness, and be completely healed as we surrender our life to the power of His love through faith (Isaiah 53:4,5,11,12; 1Peter 2:24; 1John 4:7-10,17,18; Galatians 5:6; Colossians 2:12,13; Ephesians 3:17,18,19). He promises to never leave us or forsake us, and promises His love will dwell in our hearts forever and He will send the Holy Spirit of His love to guide us into all truth and fill us with His love (Hebrews 13:5; John 17:23,26; 16:7,13,14,15; Romans 5:5; Ephesians 3:17-19; 2Thessalonians 3:5).

He will give you a new beginning (2Corinthians 5:17,21). When you accept His love and ask Him to come into your heart, forgive you of your sins and dwell in you with His eternal Spirit of love, you will receive His gift of righteousness and be transferred out of the kingdom of darkness into the Kingdom of the eternal light of life (Colossians 1:13,14; John 8:12; Psalm 36:9; Romans 5:17,20,21). You will be a new creation in Christ and He will guide you and perfect you in His love (2Corinthians 5:17; John 17:23,26; 1John 4:7-12,14,16-19; Galatians 3:3,5; Titus 3:4-6).

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FOR ONTO US IS BORN A SAVIOR

FOR ONTO US IS BORN A SAVIOR

Luke 2:10,11

Have you ever asked yourself “why do I need a savior?” A savior implies we cannot save our-self from a particular situation and need rescuing does it not? So why does the Bible teach we need a savior? What are we being saved from?

The Bible teaches that we are being saved from a condition called sin (Mathew 1:21; John 1:29; 8:34,36; Romans 6:6). What exactly is sin? In the Bible it is defined as falling short of perfect love (1John 3:4; Romans 13:9,10). With this salvation comes true freedom (Galatians 5:13,14; John 8:34,36; Luke 4:18). Freedom from what? From the pain of injustice, from violence, from hurtful acts, and from a guilty conscience. Freedom from addictions, and depression and feelings of powerlessness and feelings of not being “good enough” or of not being loved. The Bible also promises freedom from sickness and death! (Ephesians 3:15-20; Romans 8:37-39; 6:22,23; 1John 3:1,2,8,9,11; 4:7,9,10,14,16,17,18,19; 2Timothy 1:7; John 17:23,26; 14:23; 15:4,5,9,12,13; Colossians 1:13,14; Revelation 21:1,4,5; 2Peter 3:13). Would you agree this is a salvation that we are all in need of?

You might ask yourself, “How can this kind of salvation come about? The Bible gives us the answer.

Back in the Biblical account of Adam and Eve God promised a savior for the human race who would restore God’s original purpose for mankind when He created Adam and Eve and placed them in the Garden of Eden (Genesis 3:15; 1Corinthians 15:24,25; Romans 16:20; Revelation 20:1-3,7,10). This Savior arrived on the scene exactly as prophesied in the person of Jesus Christ of Nazareth in the first century (Romans 5:6,8; John 1:14-18). He was born without sin to the virgin Mary by the power of the Holy Spirit as promised by the angel (Hebrews 4:15; Luke 1:34,35,37). She was told by the angel that He was therefore to be called the Son of God and was to save the people from there sins (Luke 1:35; Mathew 1:21).

How was Jesus to save humanity from their sins? He would do this by giving them a new nature (2Peter 1:3,4; 2Corinthians 3:18; 5:17; Ephesians 4:24; Philippians 1:6,11; 3:21). How? By an event that would chance the course of human history. This was to be by His sacrificial death on the cross in atonement for our sins, and by His resurrection from death. How does this save us from our sins? Let’s take a closer look.

The sin nature exists as judgment. That judgment nature exists within the concept of good and evil which is divided within itself and at war within its very nature (Romans 7:14,15,18,21,23). There is not one sin that can take place without fear based negative judgment as its root cause (Romans 13:9,10; Galatians 5:13,14; 1John 4;18). The negative judgment which exists within the judgment nature of sin is always fear based (1John 4:18; Genesis 3:1-7). The Bible defines how sin happen in James 1:14,15 which says: “But each one is tempted when he is carried away and enticed by his own lust. Then when lust has conceived it gives birth to sin, and when sin is accomplished it brings for death.” The judgment nature that sin carries is rooted in selfish desires and longings which when examined are rooted in fear based judgments (1John 2:15-17; 4:18). Our fear based judgments are the result of our sense of separation from God who is perfect love and goodness, which causes us to experience a disconnect or separation from one another causing us to live in fear based judgments of ourselves and others and of God (Genesis 3:5-13; 1John 4:18). Selfish desires which the Bible says give birth to sin, are rooted in fear of not being loved or lovable, fear of not having or of being less valued than someone else and then placing our love on having and getting and satisfying our desires for more, instead of what gives true value to a person, which is how fully and completely they can love themselves and others. This takes place by our realization, experience, and connection with the source of Love in which we breath and exist, which the Bible says is God (Acts 17:27,28; Psalm 36:9; 1John 4:8,9,10,16,18,19; Ephesians 3:17-19; Romans 8:38,39) Fear sees lack and creates lack, love sees fullness and creates wholeness (1Corinthians 13:7,8). Before lust and desire gives birth to sinful, unloving thoughts and actions, negative judgments of self and others must take place.

Jesus died to bring us to a place of unconditional love and non-judgment, by taking the judgment of all our sins upon Himself, taking the punishment for all our sins, so that we cannot justly hate anyone or hold unforgiveness toward anyone or fail to love our-self and others unconditionally. How does what He did give us a new nature in perfect love? The Bible says that we are made a new creation in Jesus through faith (Galations 6:15; 2Corinthians 5;17). Jesus said that this happens through a new spiritual birth which takes place through His teachings, which He refers to as the waters of life, and by the power of the Holy Spirit which is given in His name (John 3:5; 4:13,14; 6:63; 7:38,39; 15:3; 14:26; 16:13,14,15; Romans 5:5). He went on to say that this new birth takes place in Him through faith in His sacrificial death on the cross as the free gift of God’s love and grace to the world (John 3:5,14,15,16). He taught our rebirth takes place by the cleansing atonement sacrifice of His shed blood on the cross in our behalf, for the forgiveness of sins and cleansing of conscience from guilt and condemnation, by which we are then reborn into His unconditional love and are freed from the power of sin and death (Hebrews 1:3; 9:14; 2Thessalonians 3:5; John 3:3,5,14,15,16; 15:12; 17:23,26; 1John 4:7,9,12,14,16,17,18,19; Romans 6:6,14,22).

Everyone who places their trust and faith in Jesus as their personal Lord and Savior is sealed in the power of the Holy Spirit for eternal redemption in Christ which will include the redemption of our bodies to eternal bodies of light of the highest energy of Love and perfection within that love (2Corinthians 1:21,22; 3:18; Ephesians 4:30; Hebrews 9:12; Romans 8:23; Philippians 3:20,21; 1Corinthians 15:45-49; 1Timothy 6:16 compare 1John 3:2; 4:12,16-19). The Apostle Paul teaches that these redeemed bodies will be fashioned after the resurrected body of our Lord Jesus and not be subject to death (1Corinthians 15:45-49,51,52; Luke 20:36). The Apostle Peter says there will be a new heavens and a new earth where perfect love will rule the hearts of all those who are saved and made a new creation in Christ (2Peter 3:13).

The Apostle Paul says Jesus is being formed in us through the power of the Holy Spirit (Galatians 4:19; 3:3; 5:5,6). The Apostle John said in 1John 3:9 that Jesus “seed” is in us so that He is born in us and in Him we are freed from sin. Paul said in Romans 6:3,4 that we are baptized into Christ death through faith and raised up with Him to new life by the same power of God that raised Him from the dead. He taught we have a new birth in Christ and are freed from the power of sin through His grace and gift of righteousness (Romans 5:17-21; 6:3-6,14,22,23).

How do we receive His gift of righteousness? Jesus was without sin and thus at the cross He took our sins upon Himself and by thus paying for our sins He imparts to us the gift of His righteousness which is His perfect love as the divine exchange (Romans 5:5,,8,9,10,11,17; Ephesians 5:2; Colossians 2:12,13; 3:1,3,4). He indwells us with the Holy Spirit and thus perfects us in the Holiness of perfect love and is gradually born in us as divine man and woman to the full maturity of the Christ perfected in the love of God (Romans 8:2,9,10,11,15; 1Peter 1:15,16,18,19,22; Galatians 4:19; 2Corinthians 3:18; Ephesians 4:12,13,15,16; 1John 4:10,11,12,13,16-19; John 17:23,26; 15:12,13). Sin cannot exist in God’s perfect love (1John 1:5; 4:18; John 8:12; James 1:13,17). Thus we are freed from the nature of sin and death and enjoy eternity in the heavenly kingdom of God’s presence in the Paradise of God, where eyes have not seen and ears have not heard what He has in store for those who love Him (Revelation 2:7; 1Corinthians 2:9).

The answer to all of humanities problems and pain and suffering is in our spiritual rebirth in the love of Christ Jesus (2Corinthians 1:20; John 14:6,16,17,26,27; 15:1,5,9,10,11,12,13; 17:23,26; Ephesians 3:17,18,19). He is the only Savior of the world and our only hope for a new beginning and a new world of mankind, having the divine nature of perfect love in the unity with the One Spirit of perfect love and eternal Life source (2Peter 1:1,3,4; Acts 4:12; Psalm 36:9; Revelation 21:1-6; Mathew 11:27-30).

Jesus said:
“I am the way, the truth, and the life”….. He is the Road…the embodiment of love as Truth…and the living principle of Life and Existence.

Jesus also said:
“No one comes to the Father except through Me”….. 
No one comes to know and experience God in relationship as our Father, except through His beloved Son Jesus who He sent into our world to redeem us from sin and separation and restore us to His love. John 14:6 and 11:27; 3:16; 2Thessalonians 3:5; 1John 4:8,9,10,18,19; Romans 8:15,37,38,39; Galatians 4:6

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WHAT IS TRUE WORSHIP?

Jesus said in John 4:23,24 that true worshipers must worship the Father in spirit and truth. What did He mean? One thing we can derive from this is that all forms of worship are not true worship. Thus, we can conclude from Jesus words that God does not approve of all forms of worship. Another way to say this is that His Truth and Spirit are not present in every form of worship. So all roads do not lead us to the One God. Also, since we are to worship in our spirit, we can conclude that true worship involves our innermost thoughts and emotions and heart motivations. So what exactly is true worship?

Jesus summed it up quite simply and beautifully in the two greatest commandments upon which He said everything else having to do with worship and right living is summed up. His words are recorded for us in Mathew 22:37-40 in which Jesus says “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the great and foremost commandment. The second is like it. You must love your neighbor as your self. On these two commandments depend the whole Law and the Prophets.”

Of importance to note here is how Jesus linked these two commandments upon which true worship is based. Love of God and love of neighbor are linked as one, and are inseparable. You simply can’t have one without the other (1John 4:20,21). Also the order given is of utmost importance. Without fully loving God with all that we are, we cannot fulfill the second commandment to love our neighbor as our self. Why is that?

Simply because God is the fullness and complete reality of love, as the Bible says “God is love.” So in order for us to love God with all that we are, we must first come to know our self in His love, because He is the source of our love. We must first come to know and receive the fullness of His love before we can love Him with all that we are and love self and others completely in unselfish love. This is made known to us in 1John 4:7,8,19.

The Bible teaches that God’s love for us is unconditional in nature (John 3:16; Romans 5:8; Luke 6:35,36; 15:21-24; Mathew 5:44-48; 1John 4:8-10,19). What does this mean? It means that He does not love us because of anything we do to earn that love. He loves us because He is love (1John 4:8). He does not have love to “hand out” and give to those who “measure” up to His standards, That kind of love is judgment based and is a “counterfeit” love. It is a controlling fear based love. The Bible teaches that the fruit or that which is birthed by fear is not of love (1John 4:18). It teaches that true unadulterated love is the fruit or result of God’s Spirit in our life (Galatians 5:22; Romans 5:5). God is love itself, it is His very nature (1John 4:8). God loves because He is love. Once we truly experience that love, we will be free to love without judgment and without selfish motives. Loving in this way is living in Truth and worshiping in Truth (Mathew 5:223,24,43-48).

When we love God with all our mind, heart, and soul, we are living in Truth and in unity with His Spirit, which is perfect love. His Truth is only revealed in the light of perfect love (Ehesians 3:19; 1John 4:7; Mathew 5:45,46,48; John 1:17; 14:6; 8:12; Psalm 36:9; 1John 1:5; 2:10). So to worship God in Spirit and Truth is to live and walk in the Spirit and wisdom and Truth of perfect love (Ephesians 5:2,8,9; John 6:54-58,61,63; 8:31,32,34,35,36; 15:9,10,12).

Jesus taught that unity and peace comes in the perfection of love, and the perfection of love is revealed in our creator’s love, through His Son Jesus and to whom He referred to as Father (John 17:22,23,26; 1:17,18; 14:8-11). Jesus taught that it is only through Him, by His teachings, life, death and resurrection, that we are granted entrance into the kingdom of heaven through the door of Grace at the foot of the cross (John 3:5,14-16; 10:7,9,15,18; 14:6). It is through His death and resurrection on our behalf and our rebirth into the unconditional love of God through faith, that we are perfected in love through the power of the Holy Spirit of His love which He refers to as the Spirit of Truth, and which then comes and indwells us and perfects us in love through faith (John 3:16; 14:17,26,27; Romans 5:5; 1John 4:9-12,16,19; 1Peter 1:2,3,5,8,9; Titus 3:4,5,6; Galatians 3:2,3,5).

The Bible says plainly in John 1:17,18, that grace and truth were realized through Jesus Christ, and that Jesus who is in intimate son-ship relationship with the Father has revealed God to us. Jesus said that He came to bear witness to the truth (John 18:37). He is the living way to the father (John 14:6; 15:1,4,5,8,9,10,12,13; Hebrews 10:19-22; 1Peter 1:2,3). He said that He is the way, the truth, and the life (John 14:6). And added that no one comes to know their son-ship and the Father’s love except through Him, the door of grace and rebirth through faith (John 14:6; 3:5,6,7,9,14,15,16,17; 10:7,9,11,17,18; 15:1,4,5,9,12,13; 1Peter 1:2,3,5,8,9; 2Peter 1:4).

Therefore, to worship God in Spirit and Truth we must come to know Jesus, because He came directly from the Father’s perfect love into this world to reveal Him to us (John 1:14,17,18; 17:23,26). Jesus said that He and His Father are one. He said that He who has seen Him has seen the Father also (John 14:8,9,10). Jesus said that to enter the Kingdom of heaven we must be born of water and Spirit (John 3:5). This was referring to the living waters of truth He spoke of, which would become in us the source of Truth by the indwelling Holy Spirit of God’s love (John 14:17; 7:38,39; 4:14; Romans 5:5). He added that He was the door or entry point to the kingdom of heaven by virtue of His sacrificial death on the cross for the atonement of our sins and complete forgiveness and revelation of the unconditional love of God (John 3:3,5,14-17; 10:7,9,17,18; 1John 4:9,10,19; Romans 5:8).

God’s grace is realized at the cross where Jesus died to redeem us from the power of sin through His shed blood for the atonement and forgiveness of sins (Romans 5:1,2,5,8; 6;14; Ephesians 2:4-8). God’s Truth is realized in His perfect love, which is unconditional and revealed to us through faith, in relationship with His Son Jesus (Psalm 36:9; 1John 4:8-10,14,16,19; Ephesians 3:17-19; 4:15; John 1:14-18).

Why is this relationship with Jesus necessary for true worship? This is because the Bible teaches us that God gives us the gift of righteousness through grace (Romans 5:17,18,20,21). This grace is the gift of His love through the death and resurrection of His beloved Son Jesus, who volunteered to come into our world and give His life on the cross for our sake, to provide the way of redemption in order to end the judgment of sin and death in our life and bring us into the freedom of the Son’s of God in the perfection of His love (Romans 8:19,21,23; 1John 4:18,19).

Thus the Bible teaches us that Jesus gave us the right to become true son’s of God in the power of His Name (John1:12). On the cross, He overcame the power of sin to judge and condemn us and hold us bondage through guilt and condemnation (Romans 8:1,2,3,4,32,33,34,37,38,39). Through His eternal Spirit and the power of His resurrection, we also can overcome the power of sin and death in our life (Romans 6:3,4,5,6,8,14; 8:2; 2Timothy 1:10; Ephesians1:19-21). The Bible says that we are raised up with Jesus from the power of sin and death (Ephesians 2:4-10; Romans 6:4-6,14; Romans 8:2; Colossians 2:12,13).

The Bible teaches us that His seed of life is implanted in us through faith and Jesus is then formed in us and is born in us through the power of the Holy Spirit! Wow! (1John 3:9; Galatians 4:19; 1Peter 1:2; Titus 3:5; Romans 5:5; Ephesians 3:16-20). That is the immaculate conception of the Son of God in us, to whom we give sacred birth to as He is born in us through faith and love working together (Galatians 4:19; 5:6; 2Corinthians 3:18). Jesus resurrected life, is our soul’s spiritual DNA blueprint for eternal life (1Corinthians 15:45-49; 1John 3:9) We give birth to the eternal Son of God in us, as us whose exact image and likeness the Bible says we will become!!! (2Corinthians 3:18; 1John 3:1,2). God incarnated in us through the Holy Spirit of His perfect love!

We are the Body of the risen Lord (1Corinthians 12:27). And the Bible says we have been given the Mind of Christ (1Corinthians 2:16). This incarnation or rebirth of the Son of God in us, is our divine heritage encoded by the Holy Spirit in our spirit soul’s DNA, which is the book of life that our name is written on for eternal life because we are the body of our risen Lord, and His word says His “seed” is in us, so that we have His “life force” in us, and we shall become His exact image and likeness with resurrected heavenly bodies not subject to death, having immortality (1John 3:9; Galatians 4:19; Colossians 2:12,13; 3:1,3,4; 1Corinthians 15:47,48,49,50,51,53; 2Corinthians 3:18; Philippians 4:3; Ephesians 1:13,14). This immaculate conception of our Lord in us by the Holy Spirit, takes place when we accept Jesus through faith as our Lord and Savior. Wow! What a gift! Our rebirth into the divine nature as sons and daughters of God’s grace and love in Christ Jesus (2Peter 1:3,4; John 1:12; 1John 3:1,2; Philippians 3:20,21). As we stay living in faith, eventually in this life or after our death, our egoic mind will transcend its divided consciousness which exists in the perception of the false “reality” of “good” and “evil,” and which was symbolized by the tree of the knowledge of good and evil; and we will be reborn into the unity of the One Truth which is held in eternal love, in the heart and Mind of our eternal Father, and manifested in His eternal Son, born into humanity as Jesus Christ whose exact image and likeness we will become through the power of His resurrection (John 17:22,23,26; Ephesians 4:4-6; 1Corinthians 2:16; 2Corinthians 3:18; Philippians 3:10,11,20,21; Psalm 36:9).

The Bible teaches us that just as we bore the image of the first man Adam, we shall bear the image of the last Adam, which it says is the resurrected Jesus (1Corinthians 15:49). We are through faith and love being created anew in His perfect image and likeness, and are to have resurrected heavenly bodies the same as His with the same Glory of perfect love and divine nature! (2corinthians 3:18; Galatians 4:19; Philippians 3:20,21; John 17:22; Philippians 3:20,21). We are each individually to become perfect and unique reflections of the eternal Son of God and enjoy all the privileges and inheritance of His Son-ship and eternal life with the Father (Acts 26:18; 20:32; 1Peter 1:2-5,8,9; 1John 5:11,12; 3:1,2). One eternal Son, reflected in the many. Jesus died to give us all of this and more. The Bible says that ear has not heard and eyes have not seen what God has in store for those who love Him (1Corinthians 2:8,9). Would you like to be included? The Bible says “…for the witness of God is this, that He has born witness concerning His Son. And the witness is this, that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He who has the Son has the life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life.” (1John 5:9,11,12).

In summary, we see that according to the Holy Scriptures true worship involves our relationship with God through a living faith in the life, death, and resurrection of His only begotten Son Jesus, who was and is the living Word of God made flesh, walked among us, died to atone for our sins and give us the gift of His righteousness, and rose from the dead on our behalf as the living testimony that He overcame death, and all of our sins are forgiven in His name. What a gift! Will you accept God’s gift of Himself, and surrender your life to Him in faith and love? Just tell Him, and ask Him to come into your heart and life and cleanse you of your sins. Our sins are all the ways we fall short of perfect love (Galatians 5:13,14; Romans 13:9,10; 1John 3:4). Follow continually the living Word of life Jesus, and read His written word, the Bible (1John 1:1-3; James 1:21; 1Peter 1:23; 2:22; 2Timothy 3:16). Find others who teach the true Gospel of Grace and who follow Jesus from a pure heart (1Timothy 1:5; Galatians 3:2,3,5; 5:1,4,5,6; Hebrews 10:24,25).

Jesus said He will never leave you or forsake you (Hebrews 13:5,6). Trust your life to Him, He believed in you enough to die for you. The Bible says while we were yet sinners Christ died for us. He will overcome sin in your life. He will give you of His Spirit, and give you new life. The Bible says in Him you are a new creation, the former things have passed away (2Corinthians 5:17). Trust Him. The Bible says “…He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus (return).” Philippians 1:6

Jesus said “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you, and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you shall find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My load is light.” (Mathew 11:28-30). This is His personal invitation to you. Jesus loves you with an everlasting love (John 15:13; 3:16). Revelation 22:17 further invites you saying: “And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let the one who hears say, Come. And let the one who wishes take the water of life without cost.”

           PEACE
© hand of grace 2018

Poem: Love Is I Am

Love Is I Am

Love dwells unhindered,

In this ever present moment.

Free from the past.

Existing in timelessness.

The eternal now,

unburdened by our past,

Free from our regrets and failures,

From what is birthed in fear and held in guilt.

Free from all that is not love,

From the future and the past,

Free to be fully present,

Here and now.

Eternal in this moment.

Pure and undefiled,

Dwelling in eternal innocence.

Waiting to be discovered.

Waiting for our arrival.

Dwelling in our heart forever,

Our One and only Truth.

Love Is I Am

(Exodus 3:14; John 8:59; 1John 4:8,16,17,18,19; 8:12; 2John 1:1-6; 2Corinthians 3:18; Psalm 36:9; 46:1) (c) Hand of Grace 2018

WHAT IS LOVE?

WHAT IS LOVE?

Have you ever asked yourself what is the true nature of love? In our human experience we recognize different types of love, such as love of friends, family, spouse, children, pleasure, possessions, nature, animals etc. As we go through life we experience love that is very conditional and comes and goes depending on how circumstances and events play out in our life and that of others. Is there a love that exceeds our present capacity to love, and if so how can we come into the conscious awareness and experience of that love? Is there a love that is constant, doesn’t judge and condemn us, and by virtue of its very presence in our life transforms us into a true image of itself? Is that where true freedom is realized? If we are not able to love unconditionally, are we truly free? I’d like to take you on a journey and exploration of this subject, into perhaps new insights and understanding which can greatly enrich your life and open a whole new world for you, bringing you true freedom and into the true peace and nature of a love that no one nor any circumstances can take away from you.

You will see that in the truth of perfect love, you are greatly loved, no matter what you have or have not done in your past or might do in your future. This love I speak of does not excuse wrong behavior, it fills you with itself, and all the dark places of pain and hatred and anger and hurt surrender to the overwhelming beauty of this love that fills those dark places with itself, and they just disappear (1John 4:7,8,10,11,12,17,18,19; Ephesians 3:17-19; 2Corinthians 3:18; Psalm 36:9). This love, not only forgives us but it liberates us from the root causes of our pain and suffering and the motivations that caused us to behave in destructive ways towards our-self and others whether intentionally or un-intentionally (Colossians 2:12,13; 1John 1:7; 3:5,8,9,11; Ephesians 2:10; 3:16-19; Hebrews 4:12-16; Romans 6:4-6,14; 8:1,2: 2Corinthians 3:18; Galatians 4:19; Philippians 1:6,11). It is a love whose source the Bible reveals to us, and through its pages teaches us how to come into its presence, and through faith release its power in our life. It is a love that brings us to our knees in repentance and at the same time raises us up to new life in the fullness and complete acceptance of that love that fills us completely (Romans 2:4; 8:37-39; Ephesians 2:4-10; 1John 4:8,10,16-19; John 3:16; 17:22,23,26). In fact, it is a love that redeems us not only from the debt of our loveless thoughts and actions, but which liberates us from the power and control of our thoughts and impulses which have a negative and destructive force in our life and that of others (2Corinthians 10:5; Philippians 4:6-8; Ephesians 4:21-24; Galatians 2:20; 1John 4:18,19). Is this not a love worth discovering and coming into the full experience and revelation of? (Ephesians 3:18,19; Romans 8:38,39; John 15:9,11,12,13; 17:23,26; Psalm 36:9)

The Bible tells us in John 1:17 that “Truth and grace were realized through Jesus Christ,” and verse 18 goes on to say, that Jesus the only begotten Son of God, and therefore in the most intimate relationship with the Father, has taught us about Him (1John 5:20; John 1:14). The Greek word used their for “has explained Him” means to thoroughly or particularly teach. This Greek verb translated “explain,” comes from our English word “exegesis,” which means the unfolding through teaching. So we see here that John 1:18 is telling us that Jesus truly unfolded or revealed the true nature of God to us through His life and teachings. That is why He could say to His disciples that those who have seen Him have seen the Father also, because He and His Father are one, and said His Father dwells inside Him, just as Jesus said He dwells in all of His disciples who place their trust and Faith in Him, thus receiving the progressive revelation of His love unfolding in their life through the obedience of faith working through love (John 14:9,10; 17:21,23,26; Galatians 5:6; Philippians 1:9-11; 1John 4:16,18,19).

Jesus teaches us that God is love and that the true nature of love is unconditional, redemptive, transformative, and will be with us and in us, forever, and is entered into through our personal relationship with Him (Mathew 5:44-48; Luke 6:35,36,37; 15:13,14,17,2024; 2Corinthians 3:18; John 17:23,26; 14:17; 2John 1:2,4,5,6; 1John 4:8,10,12,16,18,19; Ephesians 3:16-20; 4:15,16,22,23,24; 5:2,8,9; 2Thessalonians 3:5; Psalm 36:9). The Bible also teaches us that the truth of who we are and of our true nature in the love of the Father is revealed in Jesus, whose exact image and likeness we are destined to become as children of His perfect love (2Corinthians 3:18; 1Corinthians 15:48,49; Colossians 3:4; 1John 4:17; 3:1,2).

IJohn 4:8-18 is one of the scriptures that addresses what love is. It tell us that God is love, and the source of love, then goes on tells us how we can come to know and experience His love. This scripture teaches that God’s unconditional love has been made known to us by sending His beloved Son Jesus to die as an atonement sacrifice for our sins, for the purpose of bringing us into the full experience and perfection and personal realization of that love which frees us from the power of sin. Verse 9 says “the love of God was manifested in us by sending His only begotten Son into the world so that we could live through Him.” Verse 10 says “in this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation (atonement sacrifice) for our sins. The following verses teach us that this demonstration of unconditional love for humanity, was for the purpose of bringing us into a personal relationship with God as our Father and His Son Jesus as our Savior, and bring us into the experience of the fullness of perfect love which is unconditional in nature and beyond what words, or thoughts and our human experience can reveal or conceive (1Corinthians 2:9; Ephesians 3:17-19).

Verse 19 of 1John chapter four tells us that “We love because He first loved us.” And how did He first love us? Unconditionally. So then how is it we are to love? Unconditionally. The Apostle John is telling us that in our experience of God’s unconditional love, and our intimate relationship to Him in that love, through faith in the atonement sacrifice of His Son Jesus, we are then able to live through His love and in and by His unconditional love, and thereby, come to know, experience and believe in the unconditional love of God.

Verse 18 reveals to us that His love frees us from fear and the suffering fear brings. It says “There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts fear out…” This is because as it explains in those verses, the love of God is redemptive by the assurance of His grace through the atonement sacrifice of His Son for the forgiveness of all our sins. It goes on to say that if we have come to know and believe His love as revealed in His Son and walk in its truth, then we will be brought into the perfection of that love, and be free of the destructive guilt that fear brings into our mind and heart, and the destructive ways that it plays out in our lives and relationships (1John 4:10,16-18).

1John 4:11 says we are to love each other with the same unconditional love that God has demonstrated on our behalf through Jesus. And, verse 13 says that He has given us of His Spirit so that we can abide and dwell in His love and walk in its truth. Verse 14 says God sent His son to be the Savior of the world. Through Jesus we are saved in His love, by His love, and for His love (Romans 8:31,32,34,37,38,39; 1John 2:12; 4:9,10,12,16,19; John 13:34,35; 15:1,4,8,9,12,13; 17;23,24). Jesus said He is the “way, the truth, and the life,” and that “no one comes to the Father except through Him.” He came to reveal the Fathers love through His life, death, and resurrection. He became the living way into the experience of that love and its redemptive power through grace (John 1:14,17,18; 17:23,26; 15:1,9,12,13; 1John 4:8-10,16,19; Hebrews 10:10,15,17,18,19,20,22, Ephesians 3:17-20). He established grace as the living pathway and entrance into the presence of God and the love that is truly love, and will set us free from the false self of the ego and its conditional love which is divided in judgment of itself and others between the “good” and “evil” it perceives and creates within its own split nature (Romans 7:15,17,18,19,21,23,24,25; 8:1,2; 6:14; John 8:34,36; 17:23,26; 2Thessalonians 3:5; 1John 4:8,9,10,18,19).

Jesus said He is the door to freedom, to salvation, to realizing the fullness of joy, life, and love (John 10:7,9,10,11). He is the only one with those God ordained credentials and able to restore the human race in the redemptive power of divine love (Acts 4:12; John 3:16; 1John 4:14; Hebrews 1:2,3; 2:9,14,18; Ephesians 3:17-21; John 1:1,3,4,14,17,18; 14:6; 1John 3:5; 5:7,11,12; Philippians 3:14,20,21; 1Corinthians 15:45-49). He is the real deal! Don’t miss out on the promises and blessings and freedom that are freely given to us in the authority of His Name, paid for by His shed blood on the cross on your behalf (John 1:12,13,17; 8:31,32,34,36; 1Corinthians 2:9; 1John 1:7,9; Romans 5:17,20,21; 2Peter 3:13). Through faith, we enter through Him, by Him, for Him, and in Him into eternal life in His love, and find our true nature and true identity in the eternal love of our heavenly Father, and of our Lord Jesus Christ (1John 1:1-3; 5:11,12; Ephesians 3:17-19; 2Thessalonians 3:5; Colossians 3:3,4; John 3:16; 17:22,23,26; 1John 4:9,10,19; Psalm 36:9).

When we accept Jesus as our personal Savior and walk in faith through His love which is pored into our hearts by the Holy Spirit breath of God, our lives are made new and we are gradually transformed by His unconditional love into the same image and likeness of His love (Ephesians 3:16-20; 4:22,23,24; Romans 5:1,2,5,8; 1John 4:9,10,17,18,19; 2Corinthians 3:18). Even our bodies will be redeemed from death and changed into eternal bodies of the purest energy of light and love which is eternal in nature (Philippians 3:20,21; Romans 8:23; John 8:12; 1Corinthians 15:50-53). The Apostle Paul says in Philippians 3:21 that He will do this by the power of His mighty life force, which like a magnet brings all things together in Himself to be transformed into His Glory and likeness. The Bible also speaks of a new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness will dwell in the hearts of men and there will be no more wars or sickness or death. Jesus says look “I am making all things new” (2Peter 3:13; Revelation 21:1,5).

If you would like to be a part of this “new world” just ask Jesus to come into your heart and life with the Spirit of His love, and forgive you for your sins and cleanse you and purify you by the power of His love and shed blood on the cross for the forgiveness of all your sins, and surrender your life to Him as your Lord and Savior to walk in faith through the power of His love (Ephesians 5:1; 2Corinthians 5:19-21; Romans 5:1,2,5,8-10,17,20,21; 10:9,10,11; John 1:12; 3:16; Galatians 5:6).

If you prayed that prayer sincerely from your heart you have now come into a special relationship through faith, as a child of God’s grace, conceived in His love and have passed from death to eternal life (John 8:12; Ephesians 5:2,8,9; Titus 3:4,5,6,7). Read the Bible as it contains the living testimony of those who walked with Jesus when He was on earth and were witnesses of His resurrection. The Bible is God’s letter to you for your salvation, treasure its contents. Your salvation is a daily walk and journey of faith in the awakening beauty of God’s love and power in your life, and its transforming presence (1Peter 2:2; 2Peter 1:16; James 1:21; 2Timothy 3:14-17; Hebrews 4:12; John 6:63).

Jesus taught us what love is by His teaching, life, sacrificial death on the cross and resurrection. He reveals that love in our heart by the Holy Spirit and perfects us in that love through faith.

The Apostle Paul gives a beautiful explanation of what love is in 1Corinthians chapter 13, he says that love is the strongest power in life, and can overcome all obstacles and challenges of life. He first mentions what love is. Love is patient (it considers the needs of others and their weaknesses and is not overbearing or demanding), love is kind (it expresses thoughtfulness and consideration of others feelings and needs). Then Paul tells us what love is not. It is not jealous, does not brag, does not look after its own interests apart from that of others, does not keep track of injuries received, or seek to “get even.” Love is not overcome by the enemy and provoked into hateful behavior, and retaliation, it does not rejoice in unrighteousness (deceit and lies), but rejoices with the truth (with what is good and birthed in love), He concludes by saying that love never fails when we live, walk, and dwell in its truth. What the Apostle Paul is describing is unconditional love. That is love that is not self-serving, self-centered, self absorbed, selfish, and that holds negative judgments against others in un-forgiveness.

To be truly free we must love unconditionally. If we don’t then we are still holding anger, hatred, resentment, and un-forgiveness in our heart. Jesus said that we must love our enemies, pray for those who treat us badly. Jesus taught that we are not to hold un-forgiveness in our heart towards anyone, in order to prove ourselves to be true sons and daughters of our heavenly Father who’s image we are as His children, born of His Spirit (Mathew 5:43-48; Genesis 1:27; 1Corinthians 15:47-49; John 1:12,13; 3:5,6,17,18; 2Cointhians 3:18; 1John 4:12,13,14). The Bible teaches that in order to be able to love in this way we must first receive His Spirit and unconditional love in our life (1John 4:10,13,16,19; Romans 5:5; 6:14; 8:37-39; Ephesians 3:17-19; Philippians 1:6,9,11). We do this by opening our heart to Him in faith to receive the truth and grace of His love, and the forgiveness of all our sins through the atonement sacrifice of His beloved Son Jesus as a means for our complete redemption in His unconditional love sealed in His blood, by the life giving power of His death on the cross, which opens the pathway for us to come into the experience of His love as we surrender our self to receive it through repentance and by letting go of our un-forgiveness towards our-self and others (1John 4:8-19; Hebrews 10:10,17,18,19,22; Titus 3:4-6; Mathew 6:12,14,15; 18:21,22,33,34,35; 22:37,38,39; Luke 6:35-37). We are then filled with the fruit of His love blossoming in our life in loving thoughts and actions towards self and others (Philippians 1:11; Galatians 5:22-25; Philippians 1:8; Ephesians 5:2,9; John 15:1,4,9,12,13). We are gradually brought into the perfection of His love by faith working through love (Philippians 1:6; 1John 4:10-1218,19; Galatians 5:6). Galatians 5:22 tells us that love is a fruit of God’s Spirit. It is not something that we own and give out in measure as we choose and judge whether someone deserves to be loved, rather, it is the direct result of having God’s Spirit of unconditional love in our heart. In other words, we come to know our-selves as that love and as our natural state, by dwelling in the fullness of His love and knowing we are fully loved unconditionally. If we live in that awareness we will automatically be loving others unconditionally because our love will not have any conditions by which to be measured and thus judge others negatively in un-forgiveness. If we love our neighbor as our-self as Jesus taught us, then once we come to love our-self in God’s unconditional love, we would be loving others the same way.

If we don’t love others unconditionally, we have not yet come to know ourselves in God’s love and still hold judgment against our-self. 1John 4:17 says basically that the reason there is no fear in love is because love is free of guilt and the need for punishment, and says that he who lives in fear, has not yet been made perfect in love, and therefore has not come to know fully the redemptive love of God’s grace, so as to be able to live in the truth and fullness of His love towards self and others. Verse 18 follows by stating clearly that we love because He first loved us. We must receive and appropriate His love into our very being and consciousness and knowing, before we can love others in the same unconditional way that God loves us. This is why Jesus said in John 17:53-58 in reference to His sacrificial death on the cross for the forgiveness of our sins and realization of God’s unconditional love, that unless we eat His flesh and drink His blood, we have no life in ourselves. He is the doorway of grace into the perfection of the Spirit of God’s love, and eternal life. He refers to Himself as that door in John 10:7,9,11,17,18.

Jesus describes unconditional love in Mathew 5:43-48; 18:21,22,23,27,28,33,34,35; Luke 6:35-38; 15:12,13,17,20,21,22,23,24; John 3:16; 15:12,13)

BLESSINGS & PEACE

THE STANDARD FOR DISCERNING WHAT THE WILL OF THE LORD IS

THE STANDARD FOR DISCERNING
WHAT THE WILL OF THE LORD IS
Ephesians 5:8-10 & Colossians 1:9,10

The standard is love, made perfect in grace (1John 4:9-12,18,19). True judgment can only be discerned in perfect love (Ephesians 4:15; 5:2,8,9,10; 1John 4:8; Mathew 7:1-5; John 7:24; 8:15). To discern God’s will on a matter, we can ask our self: What would love do or require to fulfill the greatest good in this situation? (1John 4:8; Galatians 6:10; 1Thessalonians 5:15; Ephesians 5:9,10).

Fear cannot discern what the will of love is (1John 4:18). God is love (1John 4:8). His will is discerned and fulfilled in love (Philippians 1:9-11; Galatians 5:6,14; 6:2; John 15:5,9,12). True worship can only be given in love, which involves all we think, say, and do (Mathew 5:23,24; 22:36-40; John 17:23,26). The truth of love, which is the nature and wisdom of love, is not understood in fear or motivated by fear or blinded by fear (1John 4:18; John 14:27). The wisdom of love Is free of fear and doubt of what is right in any given situation (James 3:13,17,18; 1John 4:18). Love’s truth is revealed in its pure nature and wisdom only when we are free of fear and the hatred and division that is born of fear (1John 4:18; James 3:17,18).

Jesus told His disciples that He would send the Holy Spirit in His name (carrying the essence and revelation of His divine nature, truth, and will) to dwell in their heart and teach them all truth (John 14:17,26;16:13-15). The Bible teaches that the Holy Spirit is the Spirit breath of God’s love, which is poured into our heart through faith In Jesus atonement sacrifice on the cross, for forgiveness of our sins, and rebirth into the love of God (Romans 5:5; John 3:5-8; 2Thessalonians 3:5). It is a love that surpasses the intellect, and is discerned in spirit through a heart that is surrendered to the love of God by faith (Ephesians 3:17-19; Philippians 4:6,7).

That is why Jesus said that true worshipers must worship the Father in spirit and truth, and that to enter the kingdom of heaven, we must be born of the spiritual waters of truth and of the Holy Spirit (John 4:23,24; 2Thesalonnians 2:13; Ephesians 1:13,14; 4:21; Colossians 1:5; John 4:14,23,24; 6:35,51; 7:38). In other words, we must be born of God’s love, in our spirit, and live in its truth by the progressive revelation of His love in our heart and mind, born of His Spirit (Romans 8:14; 5:5; John 1:12,13,17). We receive God’s gift of righteousness through the sacrificial sacrifice of His eternal Son Jesus, whom God sent to die on the cross as an atonement sacrifice for our sins, and through which we are sealed in the Holy Spirit of His love by faith, when we accept Jesus as our Lord and savior through the living way of His cross, in which we are born again unto eternal life in the kingdom of heaven (1John 4:7-13,16-19; Ephesians 3:16-19; 2Thessalonians 3:5; John 3:3,5-8,14-16; 17:23,26; Hebrews 10:17-22; Titus 3:4-7; Romans 5:5,17; 6:17; 8:38,39; Colossians 1:13,14). In this way, we personally receive the truth of the Gospel of His grace, as we in faith receive Jesus as sent from God to redeem us from sin and death and reveal the kingdom of God in our heart and life, perfecting us in His love and by His love and eventually redeeming us from these bodies that are subject to death, in the resurrection to life, which takes place in Him (Colossians 1:5,6,27; 2:2,3,12; 3:14,15; Galatians 4:19; Philippians 3:21; Romans 8:22; John 1:14,16,17,18; 11:25,26; 17:23,26; 3:16; Ephesians 2:4-10; 3:16-19; 2Thessalonians 3:5; Titus 3:4,5,6; 2Corinthians 3:18; 1John 4:9-10,12,16-19).

Through faith in the gospel of grace, we are transformed in His love by the Holy Spirit as we surrender our life to receive His forgiveness and unconditional love, by which we enter the kingdom of heaven and are made perfect in His love to enter life eternal (Romans 5:2,5,10,21; 8:38,39; Galatians 2:20; 3:3,5; 4:19; Ephesians 3:16-19; 2Peter 1:5,7,9-11; 2Corinthians 3:18; Philippians 1:6,9,10,11; 1John 4:7-12,18,19; 2Thessalonians 3:5; Titus 3:4-7). We are declared sinless in God’s eyes by Jesus sacrificial death on the cross, in which He took upon Himself our sins, and gave us the gift of His righteousness by grace, when He rose from the dead free from our sins which had now been atoned for (Romans 5:8,17,21; 6:6,22,23; 1Corinthians 15:17; 2Corinthians 5:21). This is the divine exchange. Through faith, we receive His gift of righteousness, give Him our sins through repentance, and receive His unconditional love at the foot of the cross. Jesus had to die a sacrificial death on the cross for our sake, to bring us to the realization of pure unconditional love, which is free of sin, because the nature of sin is one of judgment, and is imprisoned in fear and guilt within the egoic mind, and we are not able to redeem ourselves from our judgment nature which is self created within our dualistic perception of “good” verses “evil,” both of which exist in resistance to each other within the one nature, as two sides of the same coin. Thus we are held captive within our sinful nature, which demands payment and punishment for the guilt it creates (Romans 7:15,17,22,23,24,25). That is why Jesus said He gives His life as a ransom for the forgiveness of sin (Mathew 20:28). It is not God, it is sin (the sin consciousness and guilt associated with it) that demands the ransom payment (punishment) to release its prisoners, (free the human conscience from the root cause of sin and guilt) (John 8:34,35,36; Romans 6:6,10,11,12,14,16,18,22,23; Hebrews 10:1,2,3,14,17,22; 1Peter 1:2; 3:21; 1John 3:5,8,9,10,11,14,15,16; 4:8,9,10,11,12,16,18,19; John 15: 5,9,10,12,13; 17:22,23,26).

Grace, based on the atonement sacrifice of Jesus who was free of sin, was the only way to satisfy and thereby overcome the guilt ridden consciousness of sin experienced by the ego, and its need to punish and be punished, and was the only way that the sin consciousness of mankind could be freed from itself (1John 3:5; 4:9,18,19; 1Peter 3:21; 4:1,2; 2Peter 1:3,4; Romans 6:5,6,14; Hebrews 10:1,2,3,17,18,22; 2Corinthians 5:21). The atonement sacrifice of Jesus and the power of pure unconditional love, which allowed Him to leave our sins paid for and buried in the grave, and to rise to life again free from the judgment of sin and death which He took upon Himself on our behalf, is what provides the way, truth, the life, (the direction, the revelation, and the power of life), needed for us to rise in His love out of our duality based perception of “good” and “evil” and the judgment nature it carries, and into the pure undivided nature of perfect love which is free of sin and the judgment it carries (1John 4:18,19; John 14:6; Romans 4:25; 6:3-6,14; James 1:13; 1John 1:5,6,9; 2:10; 3:2,5; 4:8-12,18,19; Psalm 36:9; Hebrews 10:14,17,18,22).

Jesus voluntary death on the cross was the greatest sacrifice that unconditional love could make to provide a living path and inner journey in Him and through Him, for our complete redemption, to set us free in His love and by the power of His resurrection from the powerful grip of the nature of sin and death (John 10:17,18; Hebrews 10:5,7,9,10,17,18,19,20,22; 1Peter 1:2,3,5,,8.9; Romans 6:4,5,6,14,17,18,23; 8:2,9,10,11,22,37-39; Ephesians 2:4-10; 3:17-20; 5:2; Galatians 4:19; 2Thessalonians 3:5; Philippians 3:9-14,20,21; 2Corinthians 3:18; 1Corinthians 1:22,23,30; 15:42,45,49,50-57; 1John 4:18,19; 2Timothy 1:10). It is unconditional love that paid the price and in the process destroyed the power of sin over our life (John 3:16; 1John 4:8-13,18,19; Romans 6:14). It is grace that unlocked the prison door of sin and sets us free from its power (Hebrews 2:9,14,15; Romans 6:6,14,18,22,23; 7:23,24,25; John 8:31,32,34,36; 1John 3:5,8; 4:18,19).

True grace does not excuse sin, it releases its grip on our life and dissolves its root system and the ground it feeds on, and the false based “reality” within human consciousness that gives birth to sin in our life (James 1:14,15; 2Peter 1:3,4; 1John 4:18; Romans 7:22-25; 8:2,13,14,15). The blood of Jesus shed at the cross was the life blood of Grace shed upon human hearts to cleanse, renew, and redeem human consciousness from the ravages of sin and self destruction (Romans 7:18,19,23,24,25; 8:2; 6:6,1419,22,23; James 1:12,13; Psalm 36:9; 2Peter 1:2,3,4). It is a precious gift to be valued above all else and received by faith and obedience to the gospel of His love, the gospel of grace (John 3:16; Romans 1:4,5; 16:25,26; Ephesians 2:4-10; Titus 3:4-7). It is the key that unlocks the door to the wisdom and truth of the kingdom of heaven within us (Colossians 2:2,3; Galatians 4:19; John 3:5,8; 14:16,17,18,19,20,23; 17:22,23,26; Luke 17:21; 2Corinthians 3:18). It is the key to the gateway of the heart that directly connects us to the truth of our being and gives us direct access to our heavenly Father and source of life (2Thessalonians 3:5; Ephesians 3:17,18,19; Hebrews 4:16; John 8:12 compare to Psalm 36:9; Hebrews 6:19,20 compare to 10:19,20,21,22; Mathew 5:8). Pure Grace is our only source of true freedom (Galatians 5:1,4,13,14; John 8:34,36). It is the only entrance into the fullness of life and into eternal life (John 10:7,9,10,27,28).

To be free from the power of what the Bible calls sin, which is actually falling short of pure love, we must become free from the judgment nature of sin which is divided against itself in its perception and creation of “good” and “evil.” Jesus died on the cross to set us free from our divided nature of “good” and “evil,” and from the judgment nature of sin (Romans 7:19,21,23,24,25; 8:1,2,3; 6:6,14). Grace takes away the power of sin to judge and condemn us (Romans 8:1,3,33,34,38,39; 5:1,2). We are not to judge and condemn anyone if we have been saved in His grace, and walk in it (2Corinthians 5:19; Ephesians 5:2; Luke 6:37).

The “counterfeit” love that our consciousness is trapped in, is in our judgment nature of “good” and “evil,” which coexist within the divided nature of sin. There, love has to be earned and thus judgment is always involved. There, love comes with a “price tag.” There, love can be gained or lost. Love and hate, “good” and “evil,” feed off each other and live off each other in the field of opposites in judgment of one another, as two sides of the same coin within the one nature.

True freedom does not exist and can never be realized within the ego’s perceived “reality” of “good” and “evil,” and the judgment it carries within its own nature. That is why Jesus said that you will always have the poor with you (John 12:8). When we judge we are looking out from within our split nature of “good” verses “evil.” We are always looking out from within our divided ego nature and trying to resolve it through the judgments we make, thus from the nature of judgment itself! Thus we live in constant judgment of ourselves and others, in self denial, in fear and in guilt of one form or another. Even though we justify the judgments we carry, they are held in a negative context within that justification and thus there is always some degree of fear, guilt or conflict in there application.

Conflict itself is fueled by fear and guilt which creates resistance. And because of our judgment nature, we are always in a state of resistance or conflict both in our “inner” world and in our “outer” world, as we strive to resolve what in our fear based perception of “reality” we ourselves create and perpetuate, even by our very efforts to resolve it! It is a delusional trap! And most of humanity at present has not been able to see or break free from the illusion or “dream” that they are living in (2Corinthians 3:17,18; 4:3,4,6; Ephesians 5:2,14). They are trapped in the “matrix,” which is the world of illusion.” (John 16:33; 1John 2:15-17). This is the false illusion of the ego, and the dream “state” in which it perceives itself as the center of the universe, and sees life as existing to serve its individual “reality” and meet its every need and desire, which the ego selfishly pursues, and feels its needs and desires are ultimately more important than “others.” The ego basically lives to serve itself. The ego is trapped in its own separate self identity. This is even true in its service to others and self made sacrifices out of duty or obligation. This is why even in such service the ego often feels victimized, unapreciated and empty.

Jesus overcame completely the false illusion of the ego when He was led into the wilderness by the Holy Spirit, to be tempted by the devil (Mathew 4:1-11; John 16:33; Hebrews 2:18; 4:15). There He overcame the temptation of self seeking, of power and control over others, greed, and pride. He was thus prepared for His role in the ministry He was about to enter into, and to fulfill His mission as Messiah and Savior (Hebrews 2:17,18; 4:15). There in the wilderness, Jesus overcame the temptations placed upon His ego by the devil. He said in John 16:33, “take courage; I have overcome the world.” The only “world” there is to overcome, is the false illusion and deception of the ego, which perceives itself as our true self, separate from others and from God, and is self-centered, self-willed, self seeking, and self survival based, exists in fear and judgment, and basically worships itself (Genesis 3:1-7; 1John 2:15,16,17; John 16:33; 8:43,44).

Jesus said that He judges no one at all, and that if He did judge anyone His judgment would be true because He seeks not His own will (the will of the ego) but the will of His heavenly Father (source of pure, undivided, unconditional love) (John 8:15,16; 5:30). Only that singular vision can apply the true judgment of love and promote healing through its judgment, because its vision is clear and can see the true heart of everything (Psalm 36:9; Luke 11:34-36; Colossians 3:15; Mathew 7:1-5; Romans 2:29; Ephesians 3:17-19; 1Timothy 1:5; Mathew 5:8; John 7:24).

When we stop judging, we will come into the realization of that singular love which is not trapped and imprisoned within the dualistic sin nature of our present human consciousness (Luke 6:37; 1John 4:18,19; John 17:22,23,26; James 1:13-15; 1ohn 1:5; 2:10). We cannot love that which we hate, and we cannot hate that which we love. When we live in duality consciousness, we live in a love/hate relationship with all things and give birth to “evil.” If we love our enemies as Jesus taught us, then we actually perceive no one as our enemy. If everyone in the world did this there would be no wars, or crimes or evil in the world. When we love the enemy within us, we will love the enemy “outside” of us, and we will then have transcended our present human consciousness of perceiving the world and our-self in the limited and self-defeating judgmental concept of “good” and “evil,” and will then have become consciously aware of the singularity of perfect love, which is unconditional in nature, and is the undivided nature of God (James 1:13; 1John 1:5; Psalm 36:9).

We in our present humanity, are involved in a fight and struggle which our judgment nature creates through resistance within itself. It is thus self-perpetuating, and creating more of the same. Its like a bad dream that humanity as a whole hasn’t woke up from (Ephesians 5:13,14; 2Corinthians 4:4,6). As such we are trapped within the judgment nature of that duality, and cannot free our-self (John 8:34,36; Romans 7:15,18,19,21,2324,25). We can at times keep an acceptable balance of “good” and “evil” in our personal lives and within society through fear of consequences and behavior modification, and by goals and strategies for motivating and creating change within individuals, and maintaining that which society as a whole acknowledges as correct and acceptable behavior, but we cannot eliminate the “evil” potentiality within ourselves and in the world (Romans 7:23).

Our present human consciousness in its dualistic perception of “good” and “evil,” creates resistance and the “evil” we judge (Luke 6:27-30,36,37; Romans 12:17,21; 7:15,18,19,23,24,25). As such we are in an eternal battle with our-selves and each other (Romans 7:15,18,19,23). That is why Jesus taught not to judge at all, because judgment creates resistance and that creates conflict, and that perpetuates evil (Mathew 7:1,2; 5:38,39; Luke 6:29,30,35,37). Jesus taught not to judge by the surface appearance of things, but through the heart of pure love which is undivided in nature and which is where true honesty dwells, and which he referred to as judging with righteous judgment (Mathew 5:43-48; John 8:15; 7:24; 15:12,13; 1John 4:7,8; 1:5; 2:10; Psalm 36:9). True discernment and righteous judgment only comes through pure unconditional love (Psalm 36:9; Philippians 1:9; Ephesians 5:1,2,8,9,10; 1John 4:9-11,18,19).

As already stated, true and perfect love is unconditional in nature, and does not exist within the held “reality” of the field of opposites in the judgment nature of “good” vs. “evil.” That love which Jesus came to reveal to us, which is undivided in its nature, and existing as a singular reality, is what the Bible refers to as perfect love (John 17:22,23,26; Mathew 5:44-48; 6:22,23; 1John 4:8-12,16-19; Psalm 36:9). We are taught in the Bible that God is love, and that perfect love is unconditional and has no opposite reality in truth (1John 1:5; 4:8; James 1:13; Luke 6:32,33,35,36,37). God’s love exists undivided and eternal in nature, beyond and outside the field of opposites; it was never created and cannot be destroyed (James 1:13; Psalm 36:9; 1JJohn1:5; 4:8). There is no darkness in Him as the Bible says, and no evil can exist in God’s perfect unconditional love. Perfect love cannot sin, and cannot create the conditions which give birth to sin (James 1:13; 1John 4:18). This is the love that Jesus came to bring us into the realization of, and which will free us from the divided judgment nature of what the Bible calls sin, which is missing the mark of the perfect unconditional love of God and unity with the one Spirit of life, in eternal communion and union with His love (1John 3:4; Psalm 36:9; Acts 17:28; Ephesians 4:3-6; John 4:23,24; 17:22,23,26).

Jesus said whom the Son sets free from sin and death, is free indeed (John 8:34,36). He also said that if we remain in His word and follow His teachings, which include faith in His sacrificial death and resurrection, we will then, know the truth (our true divine nature as children of God conceived in His perfect love) and that truth by His grace, will set us free from the power of sin and death (John 8:31,32; 3:5-9,14,15,16; Psalm 36:9; 1John 3:5,9; 4:7-11,18,19; 5:4,5; 2Petr 1:2-4; Romans 6:14; 2Corinthians 3:18).

The truth Jesus said would set us free, is revealed to us in Him, through our walk of faith, as we follow Him in His love all the way to His cross for our complete liberation, and resurrection to life in Him (Romans 6:3-6,14; Philippians 1:9-11; 3:20,21). By a living faith sealed in His love, we die to sin and are raised to new life in Him, whereby we are gradually made perfect in His love (1John 4:8-19). His sin atoning death and resurrection, holds the power of His love, to be released by faith, and through which we receive complete redemption (2Corinthians 3:18; 1John 4:9-12,16,18,19; Romans 1:9; 5:1,2,5; 6:6,14,22; 8:11,38,39; Galatians 4:19; Ephesians 1:13; 3:16-19; Philippians 3:9-14; Colossians 2:13,14).

The cross is the access point to the throne of God’s grace and unconditional love (1John 4:9,10,16; John 3:16). It is the door through the heart of Jesus by which we must enter to experience our death and rebirth into that love which sets us free (1John 4:8-12,18,19; John 1:12,13,17; 3:3,5,9,14-16; 10:9,15,17,18; 15:1,5,9,11,12,13; Romans 5:8; 6:14; 8:2,38,39; 2Thessalonians 3:5; Ephesians 3:17-19; 1Peter 1:3,5,10,11,13,22,23,25; Psalm 36:9 compare with John 8:12 & 1John 2:10& 3:14,16).

As mentioned earlier, Jesus said in John 4:23 that true worshipers are those who worship the Father in Spirit and truth. True worship allows us to access the power of God’s love in our life, and allows true communion with our Heavenly Father in Spirit. How do true worshipers worship the Father in spirit and truth? The Bible teaches that there is one Spirit, which it refers to as the Holy Spirit of God’s love, which is the feminine creative principle of God’s nature or the Mother nature of God as unconditional love (Ephesians 4:4-6; Romans 5:5; Genesis 1:2; 17:1El Shaddai, one of the names of God, means the many breasted one, here God is seen as the Infinite Mother, pouring forth blessings). It is through our heart center that we can connect our spirit with His Spirit in the Holy communion of love. It is a Holy union in the One Spirit of perfect love whose truth is revealed in that love and springs forth naturally from that love in revealed wisdom, and knowledge (Ephesians 2:2,3; 5:2,25,26,27,31,32; John 14:17; 16:13; 17:22,23,26; Romans 5:5; Acts 17:27,28; Colossians 2:2,3; Galatians 5:22; Ephesians 4:15; 5:2,8,9; Psalm 36:9 compare John 8:12; Isaiah 11:2). Thus, In spirit and truth means worshiping Him in love through our spirit, in holy communion with His Spirit, where we enter the purity and innocence of His unconditional love, and its truth is revealed in the sacred spiritual temple of our being, where God’s presence dwells and His glory shines, and there in sacred unity, we receive love’s wisdom and truth into our heart and understanding directly from our heavenly Father (John 4:21,23,24; Mathew 22:36-40; Acts 17:27,28; 1Corinthians 3:16,17; Ephesians 1:17; 2:20,21,22; 3:17-19; Philippians 1:9; 2Timothy 2:7; 1Thessalonians 3:12,13; 1John 4:7,8,19; John 4:14; 7:38; 14:17,26; 17:22,23,26; Psalm 36:9; John 8:12; Mathew 5:8).

Jesus said He is the way, the truth and the life. He is the way to enter heaven through His death and resurrection, which becomes our death and rebirth in Him (John 14:6; Romans 6:3-6; 1Corinthians 5:45-49; Galatians 3:26; 4:19; Ephesians 2:4-6; Philippians 3:9-12; 1Peter 1:3). This means we die to the ego’s self-centered perception as separate from God and others, and we also die to the ego’s judgment nature, and are reborn into the unconditional love of the Father, in the unity and the One undivided nature of His perfect love (John 17:22,23,26; Psalm 36:9). We become one with Him in that One Spirit of perfect unconditional love (1John 1:5,6; 4:7-11,18,19; 2Corinthians 3:18; Ephesians 3:17-19; 5:1,2,8,9; John 17:22,23,26). Jesus is the truth … the revelation of perfect love and who we are in the truth of that love (1John 4:7,9,10,19; Ephesians 3:19; Colossians 3:3,4; 2Corinthians 3:18; 1Corinthians 13:8-10,12,13). He is the life and love which is eternal in nature, and through which we enter eternal life (1John 4:8,9,10,19; 1:5 compare to John 17:3; Psalm 36:9; John 17:22,23,26; 3:16; Ephesians 3:19).

The Bible teaches that we come into the experience of the fullness of God’s love, through our relationship in the love of Jesus and the gospel of our salvation (Ephesians 3:11,12,17,18,19; 2Thessalonians 3:5; 1Peter 1:8,9,10; 1Jon 4:8-11,18,19; John 17:23,26). God’s children are led by His Spirit, and their mind is renewed by the operation of the Holy Spirit in their life, through which their heart receives the love of God which transforms the mental perception of truth, guided by the wisdom of that love which is revealed by the Spirit of God (Romans 8:14; 5:5; Titus 3:4,5; Ephesians 4:15,16,23,24; 3:16-19; Colossians 2:2,3).

There is no truth to be discerned outside of God’s love. The intellectual mind is to be the servant of the Mind of Christ in love, which is revealed in the heart by the Holy Spirit (Colossians 3:14,15; 1:8,9,10; Philippians 4:7; 1:6,9,11; 1Corinthians 2:16; John 17:23,26; Romans 5:5; Ephesians 4:23,24; Hebrews 10:16). In other words, the mind of the ego, the human intellect, is to die to self seeking, power, and control, and serve the truth of love, which is the mind and heart of Christ. Christ rules through the awakened heart not the mind (Colossians 3:15; 2Thessalonians 3:5).

The true mind, which is the eternal un-created Mind of Christ, and which the Bible says we have, is awakened in us through the heart center, by faith and in relationship with the love of Jesus (1Corinthians 2:16; Colossians 3:15; 2Thessalonians 3:5; Hebrews 10:16; Ephesians 5:2,8,9,13,14; 3:16-19; 1Peter 1:3,5,8,9). Jesus said He is “the door.” (John 10:7,9; 14:6). A door is an entrance point is it not? He is the door through which our heart opens and we enter into the revelation of unconditional love as our undivided truth of being, in which we eternally exist in unity and communion with our heavenly Father and His Son Jesus (John 17:19,20,21,22,23,26; 8:12; 5:24; 2Thessalonians 3:5; 1John 4:7,8,9,10,13,14,19; 3:1; Psalm 36:9). We go through Jesus, into eternal love and life (John 17:22,23,26; 8:12; 15:4,5,7,9,12,13; 1John 4:7,8,9,10,11,19; Ephesians 3:17-19). This is the living way (Hebrews 10:19,20; 1Peter 1:3,5,8,9). It is an inner journey and experience of awakening in the unconditional love of God through faith and love (Luke 17:21; Galatians 4:19; 5:6; Colossians 1:27; 2:2,3; 3:15; Ephesians 5:2,8,9,10,13,14; 2Thessalonians 3:5).

The heart is the channel through which truth is perceived and received (Ephesians 1:18; 3:17-19; Galatians 5:5,6). It is the rightful throne from which God rules in our life, in perfect love (Colossians 3:15; Ephesians 3:17,19; Psalm 36:9). When the heart which is the seat of love, and the mind which processes thought, receives and serves the revelation and truth of love as revealed in the heart of man through the Holy Spirit of Gods love, then heaven and earth have become one, and it can truly be said that God’s will is done on earth as it is in heaven (Mathew 6:10; Ephesians 1:17,18; 4:15,23,24; Romans 5:5; Hebrews 10:16). Then, there will be a new heavens and a new earth where righteousness and love reigns in all human hearts (2Peter 3:13). God’s kingdom will be manifest and His will which is fulfilled in perfect love, will be done on earth as it is in heaven. His standard is love, made perfect in Grace.

PEACE

WHAT IS TRUE ENLIGHTENMENT

WHAT IS TRUE ENLIGHTENMENT

Psalm 36:9 “In Thy light we see light”

There is much interest today on the subject of spiritual enlightenment. Many are searching for enlightenment as the “ultimate truth and liberation” from the pain and suffering in their own lives and in the world. This actually is not a new quest, as it is spoken of in all of the world’s major religions. However here in the West it has taken on a life of its own with many different teachers on the subject, claiming to have had a true “awakening” to enlightenment and sharing their experience and their personal path to “liberation.”

Many people are confused about this subject from sometimes conflicting viewpoints and what sounds to them very ambiguous and hard to understand or follow. Here I am sharing what the Bible teaches is true enlightenment and liberation. Many people do not realize that the Bible has a great deal to say about this, and so did Jesus, whose teachings are recorded therein. So I invite you to take this journey with me into the Sacred Biblical narrative and explore what it has to say about this very important subject.

First let’s briefly consider the following question: Was there a time that we as the human race had true enlightenment and lost it? The Bible’s answer is yes. In the narrative of Adam and Eve found in the Bible book of Genesis chapter 2 and 3 we read the account of the creation of the human race. Adam and Eve had full communion with God in the Garden of Eden, experiencing themselves in the complete unity and innocence of unconditional love (Genesis 3:6-11; 1John 4:8). There was a “tree of the knowledge of good and evil” in the garden which God told them not to eat from it, or they would die. They were tempted by the prospect of being “enlightened” and becoming gods themselves(Genesis 3:5,6). The tree looked delicious, and appealed to their physical senses, so they ate of its fruit (Genesis 3:6). At that point, they became “awakened” but not to true enlightenment; they now experienced in themselves an inner world of duality of “good” and “evil.” For the first time they now experienced a sense of separation from each other and from the innocence and unity of love that they had enjoyed with their creator and life giver (Genesis 3:7,8,12,13). They “lost” or “fell out of the unity of love” and the pure innocence and spiritually awakened state of the love that they were conceived in and brought into life from, in the eternal Mind and heart of God, and in which they enjoyed perfect communion with their creator.. (1Corinthians 2:16; Genesis 3:7-11). This now became the point when humanity “lost” their true enlightened state of being, and entered the world of duality in the self centered awareness of a personal ego, which has a split personality between the perception of “good” and “evil” as opposing forces existing within its nature (Genesis 3:4-10). This created the state of bondage to what the Bible calls sin, which is simply “missing the mark” of love’s perfection, and thus experiencing a sense of separation from the source of that love and from one another, which creates a sense of lack and fear based perception rooted in feelings of guilt and condemnation (Genesis 3:10,12,13; 1John 4:18). Simply stated, a consciousness or self-awareness that exists divided between “good” and “evil” exists in fear, guilt and a sense of condemnation, because only perfect love is free of fear and guilt, revealing itself in the soul’s union and communion with the source of that eternal love, which has no opposite and in which eternal life and true awakening exists (Psalm 36:9; 1John 1:2,3,5; 3:3,4; 4:7,8,12,13,16,18,19; John 17:22,23,26)

After Adam and Eve “fell” out of the innocence of perfect love, came man’s need for restoration to the true state of innocence, enlightenment and liberation in the unity of pure undivided unconditional love. This is the state of conscious awareness that exists within perfect union and communion with God’s divine nature, and in which eternal life exists (Psalm 36:9). How does the Bible now address this need? Right away God foretold that the “seed” of the woman would give a fatal blow to the “serpent” which the Bible identifies as the Devil, which lied to “Eve” and enticed her to eat of the forbidden fruit of the “tree of the knowledge of good and evil” (Genesis 3:4,5; Romans 16:20; Revelation 12:17) This “seed” of the woman the Bible identifies as the coming Messiah Jesus, who would take away the sin of the world. In other words restore humanity back to a state of innocence in unity with the undivided unconditional love of God as their eternal Father and life giver. Thus they would return to a state of true enlightenment and liberation in the purity of love, which the Bible calls the Mind of Christ, or in other words a pure enlightened state of consciousness free of the sin nature, which exists in the self centered self of the ego (1Corinthians 2:16; 13:8-10,12,13; 2Corinthians 3:18; John 15:9,12,13; 17:22,23,26; 1John 3:1-6,11,14,16; 4:8-12). In Christ, the self of the ego would die to itself, and would undergo a transformation and become fully merged into the Mind of Christ and heart of the Eternal Father in unconditional love (1Corinthians 2:16; 1John 4:8-11,16-19; Ephesians 3:16-19; John 17:21,23,26; Galatians 4:19; 2Corinthians 3:18; John 3:16). This is the new birth that Jesus spoke about saying in John 3:3,5 that to see the kingdom of heaven and enter eternal life a person must be born again of Spirit and waters of truth (Jeremiah 2:13).

How does this new birth into the unconditional love of God, and true enlightenment happen? Jesus said “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father (the source of all that is) except through Me (the gateway to the eternal).” Parentheses are my translations of meaning in the spoken words of the Lord. In John 8:12 Jesus said: “I am the light of the world; He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness (blind ignorance), but shall have the light of life.” (Shall possess conscious unity and awareness and communion with the eternal source of life and thus eternal life itself, and the eternal love of that light which is unconditional and pure in nature, existing as the reality of the undivided unity of life, within the One who is all and in all (Mark 12:29 the Greek word here refers to one inumber) (Ephesians 1:23, Colossians 1:17; Acts17:28; Psalm 36:9).

Jesus said His words are Spirit and life (John 6:63). Let’s look closely here at the meaning of His words. Why did Jesus say He is the only way to the Father? Jesus in the scriptures refers to God as His Father and our Father. He refers to Himself as the Son of God and those who believe in Him and walk in unconditional love, as true sons of God (John 1:12; 6:40; 10:36; Mathhew 5:45,46,48; Luke 6:35). To know God as Father is a different relationship than to know God as creator (1John 3:2; Romans 8:14-15; Galatians 4:6,7). In referring to our Father in the Lord’s prayer Jesus used the Aramaic word Abwoon, which denotes a personal relationship with God as Father. And the scriptures describe the relationship we have with our heavenly Father through Christ Jesus as a close intimate one by referring to Him as Abba Father. The closest equivalent to this in English is Daddy. It denotes an intimate relationship of complete innocence and trust, knowing that we are loved unconditionally (John 17:23,26; Ephesians 1:4-8; 1John 4:8-10,18,19).

Jesus said only the son remains forever in the Fathers house and is truly free (John 8:34-36). He said in reference to Himself that “whom the Son sets free is free indeed.” He said He came to set us free from the slavery of the sin nature and death itself (John 8:34,36; 5:24; 11:25; Romans 6:6,14,22,23). He said He came to “set the captives free, and give sight to the blind and heal the brokenhearted” (Luke 4:17-21).The sin nature exists in the ego’s self centered identity and dualistic judgment nature, within its perceived duality of “good” and “evil,” through which it judges self and others, and lives in fear, guilt, and a sense of not “measuring up.” Thus, the ego exists as a product of thought, in its own isolated self made identity and self deception, experiencing itself as separate from the unity of all life, revealed within the eternal Spirit of Gods, unconditional love. Because of this, the ego is always “wanting” and never getting “filled,” it exists in its own emptiness, in the illusion of its self-made “reality,” never fully finding and resting in the love it seeks, because the ego by its very nature and self made identity, exists in direct denial and contradiction of the unconditional love it seeks to find in order to fill the emptiness and void of its self-perception, and sense of separation. The ego exists in its “own” will, it is a “god unto itself,” that is why Jesus said we must die to self to be born of the will of God, into everlasting life (Mathew 16:24,25,26; Genesis 3:4,5,7,8,9,10; John 1:12,13). Jesus came to give birth to us in the God-centered identity of the true Self in which we exist as one in the unconditional love of God as Father. Our true identity as children of God’s love, created in the image of His love, exists as “one” with the will of God in perfect unity with His unconditional love (John 1:12,13; 17:23,26; 15:4,9,12,13; 3:3,5,16,17; Ephesians 3:19; 4:22-24; Mathew 6:10; Galatians 4:19; 1John 3:1,2; 2Corinthians 3:18).

Let’s look once more at the meaning of Jesus words “I am the way, the truth and the life, no one comes to the Father except through Me.” He was in effect saying: I embody the way to the Father; I embody the truth of the Father, I embody the life of the Father (Colossians 2:9,10). He is the reveal-er of the unconditional love of the Father and the way to the true enlightened state of that love, in which eternal life is granted in the Father’s House (John 1:17,18; 17:23,26; 8:35; Ephesians 3:16-19; 1John 4:8,9,10,16,19; 3:14; Psalm 36:9).

How does Jesus give us new birth into the eternal presence of the Father’s love which He also referenced as the kingdom of God? Through faith we are spiritually reborn into the reality of the kingdom of God and the eternal love of the Father (2Peter 1:3-11; 1Peter 1:3,5; John 3:5,14,15,16). That is how we will feel and know the eternal presence of that love which will transform our perception of our self and others, and lift us out of the sleep, spiritually un-awakened state of the ego, which exists in ignorance of our true nature in Christ as children of God’s love in the undivided unity of the Spirit. (Ephesians 3:16-19; 4:3-4; 5:13,14,17; 1John 3:1,2,9 to be born of God is to be born of His love revealed in His Son. Compare 1John 4:7,8,19; Titus 3:4-7; John 15:4,9,12; Mathew 5:44-48).

Jesus also tells us at John 12:24 “Truly, truly I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies it remains by itself alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.” Jesus planted Himself into the soil of humanity through His death on the cross. There Jesus shed His pure sinless life blood to atone for the sins of mankind. This was necessary in order to free the ego from its fear based self identity within the judgment nature of sin and the ego’s perceived sense of separation from the unity of life, which is experienced only in unconditional love (1John 4:18,19). The ego perceives itself within the field of opposites of “good” and “evil” through which it creates judgments and filters its self-concepts and behavior and derives its sense of separation from God and others. In Jesus death and resurrection is held the power of non-judgment, unconditional love, and eternal life, through which He said He would “draw all men to Himself” (John 3:14,15,16: 12:32). He planted Himself in the field of humanity, by His death on the Cross, and rose from the soil of mankind by His resurrection from the dead with the power of new life for those who place their faith and trust in Him (Romans 6:4-6).

In John 3:5 Jesus speaks of the new birth into the kingdom of God as being born of the Spirit and water. And brings our attention to this birth as happening in the Love of God as Father, through the gift of His Son to humanity, and in His atoning death on the cross to lift us out of our sin nature, and assure us of God’s unconditional love and forgiveness. With this assurance, sustained by faith, we come to experience His unconditional love in relationship with Him, and in our relationship to others (John 3:3,5,16; 15:9,12,13; 1John 4:8-12,16-19; Titus 3:4-7; Ephesians 3:17-19; 5:2,8,9).

Faith is the door that opens and transcends the limited intellectual thought processes and perceptions of the egoic mind and its preconditioned filters, and materialistic sense orientation, and through which the soul is able to tune in to the eternal Spirit of life, truth, and unconditional love that is everywhere present (Hebrews 11:1,3; Galatians 5:6; Philippians 4:7). Faith bypasses the egoic mind and allows the revelation of the Spirit, and wisdom of the higher intelligence of the eternal Light of Truth and love, to enter the heart and mind of a person and perfect it in that unconditional love that the Bible says passes all the human understanding of the intellectual mind of the ego (Ephesians 3:19; Philippians 4:7; Psalm 36:9). In that transformation and rebirth is the “death” of the ego to self and its spiritual rebirth in the God revealed self as perfect reflections of His divine nature of perfect unconditional love (Ephesians 3:17,19; Philippians 4:7; 2Corinthians 3:18; 2Peter 1:4). Our ability to perceive is not limited to the intellectual mind of the ego. True understanding comes through the “mind of Christ,” by means of the Holy Spirit of Truth, which He promised He would send to those who trust and follow Him (John 14:17,28; 16:13-15; 1Corinthians 2:16). The Bible says those who walk in relationship to God through Christ, have the “mind of Christ” (1 Corinthians 2:16).We are able to receive the higher frequencies of the Spirit of Life and love, through faith, which opens up our ability to perceive and receive direct communion and insight from the eternal Spirit of life and love which Jesus called our heavenly Father, and refers to as the Holy Spirit of truth which comes from the Father to teach us all truth that He Himself receives from the Father (Psalm 36:9; John 6:63-65; 14:16,17; 1Corinthians 2:16; Galatians 5:6; John 16:13-15).

True enlightenment and transformation comes through the personal relationship, experience and awareness of the unconditional love of God as eternal Father. The Son Jesus brings us into that personal awareness and intimate relationship because He is the eternal Son of the Father who came to reveal the Father to us (John 1:18; 14:9,10). Only the Son can reveal the Fathers love and reveal the truth of the Father and the eternal life which comes from the Father (1John 1:1-3; 5:12; 4:9,10,19; John 1:17,18; 14:9,10; 17:22,23,26). Only a Son can know and reveal the Fathers heart and love to others, that is why Jesus could say that no one comes to the Father except through Him (John 14:6). He said He came from the Father and was returning to the Father, and would prepare a place in His Father’s house for those who place their trust in Him (John 14:2,3). He did this through His life, death and resurrection.

The Bible says that the Word of God became flesh and dwelt among us as His only begotten Son, to reveal the Father to us and bring us into a true son-ship relationship with our heavenly Father (John 1:1,2,10,12,18; 1John 3:1,2). The Bible also reveals to us that in Christ, we also share in the divine nature and will bear His exact image and likeness, and says we are being transformed even in this life, into His exact image and likeness, in the perfection of His unconditional love (2Peter 1:4; 1John 3:2; 4:10,12,16-19; 2Corinthians 3:18).

This divine birth in Christ is described in the Bible as an immaculate conception through faith by the power of the Holy Spirit and the implanting of the word and of the “seed” of life which comes from the spiritual life force of the risen Jesus (Galatians 4:19; James 1:21; 1John 3:9; Ephesians 1:3; 2:5,6; Romans 8:2,11,14,15,16). Paul refers to this immaculate conception of Christ in the life of a believer as Christ being born in us (Galatians 4:19). This birth of Christ in us, brings about true enlightenment and liberation from the unenlightened ego, which exists as “self will” in our sin nature, within its dualistic perception and judgment of “good” and “evil.”

Accepting Jesus as our Lord and Savior, is only the beginning of our spiritual journey into the full awareness of the unconditional love of the Father and of our giving birth to the divine nature of Jesus in our life. It is only the beginning of our birth into the full realization of that love and full experience of the enlightened state of being, lived in communion with that eternal love, which brings about the true liberation of the soul (2Thessalonians 2:16,17; 3:5; 2Peter 1:4-12; Ephesians 3:19; 5:8,9,10; Revelation 2:7; 3:12,13; 21:7; Psalm 36:9; 1John 4:7-13,16-19).

Jesus said “I and the Father are one” (John 10:30). He also said those who keep following Him would also become one with Him and His Father in the perfection of love (John 17:22,23,26).That will be our true enlightened state, when we awaken into the fullness of our divine nature as children of God’s unconditional love, perfect reflections of His nature (2Corinthians 3:18; 1John 3:1,2; John 1:12; 17:22,23,26; Ephesians 3:17-19; Galatians 4:19; 2Peter 1:4). We will then be a fully awakened, eternally liberated, and enlightened soul (Psalm 36:9; John 8:36).

Although many today experience what they perceive to be a true state of enlightenment in unity with the eternal presence of God, and while this may be the case, since God is everywhere present and the Apostle Paul said that we exist in God and live in God, and thus we are not separate from God in Acts 17:28. However, the true enlightenment that that the Bible speaks of which frees the soul unto eternal life in the Father’s house, comes through Jesus Christ in our realization of our true son-ship with the Father in His eternal love (Ephesians 3:17-19; Mathew 5:44-48; 11:27; Luke 6:35; 2Thessalonians 3:5: John 1:12,13; 14:1,2,3,6; 17:23,26; 16:26,27,28). Jesus said in John 14:3 that He was going back to the Father’s house to prepare a place for those who believe in and follow Him in true spiritual rebirth (John 3:5,6,14,15,16). He did this through His death and resurrection (Hebrews 10:16-22; Titus 3:4-6). Jesus is the manifested reality of the Fathers love in our world. He became “the way, the truth, and the life.” Jesus invites you to come and follow Him, and He will give you true rest for your soul (Mathew 11:28,29,30). John 1:9 says He “was the true light which coming into the world enlightens every man.

PEACE

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