January 1, 2013

Coming Into Christ Consciousness by Gary Sigler

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There is a verse in Hebrews that says Jesus is the author and the finisher of our faith. We know that God drew us to Himself. He authored the birth of His seed within us. We had nothing to do with it. Anyone who thinks they had anything to do with his salvation and it was their goodness that brought them to God is a person most deceived. If you didn't bring yourself to God, if you had nothing to do with your redemption and your acceptability before God, then why do you think that you have to take Adam and perfect him? If God truly is the finisher of our faith, as the Word says, then when Adam rises up we simply realize that that is an opportunity for me to forgive myself. We should all walk in forgiveness. You must learn to forgive yourself when the flesh rises up.

How could I not be conscious of my sin? When I begin to walk in these truths that I am telling you tonight, not only did I lose a sin-consciousness, but I gained a life of peace. That's why I say, in reality, folks, there is only one reality. Seemingly there are two. But there is only one, and the reality; the truth of the matter is sin is no more. It was dealt with.

Because we haven't been living out of the right consciousness and we haven't been focusing on Christ, to us our carnality is very real. A lot of people say there is no sickness; there is no death. In Christ this is true. There is a lot of suffering in this world. There is a lot of pain in this world. How can we deny that? Yet, there will come a day when everyone of us will experience that death is no more. Sin is no more. Sickness is no more. Christ will come forth in us in all of His glory and then we will experience these things in their fullness.

If we are waiting for this like a fairy tale, that someday this is going to happen, we are missing the joyous journey of walking into it. If you are not walking into it, you will miss it until you do walk into it. We are so close today, and I am sure we all feel this, to see a group of people rise up on this earth that will absolutely bring the dominion and the kingdom of God onto the earth

Some of you have probably heard me share before how that the traditional Christian mindset is that someday Jesus is going to come back and we're going to rule and reign with Him. Are we? Not if He hasn't been ruling and reigning in us right now. The only way that we can bring the kingdom of God to earth is to recognize everything that should not be in His kingdom and make sure it isn't in us. If each one of us will do that individually, without making it a performance, we will succeed in bringing the kingdom to our earth.

If we soak ourselves in the presence of God and meditate in these truths we will begin to walk in the reality and freedom of not having the bondages of sin in the flesh. It is so wonderful. Nobody really knows except one who has been in the throws and bondages of the flesh how wonderful it is to wake up in the morning and to know that once again Christ is going to flow from your being. You don't have to worry about the pull of the flesh and make all of the resolutions and false promises to yourself. You just know that God is able to do that in you that He has promised to do.

 Paul says that this is so important...to be renewed in the spirit of your mind. "Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who thought it not robbery to be equal with God, but He humbled Himself." Phil. 2:5 A lot of people like that phrase "equal with God" but they forget about the humbling of themselves. Jesus said, "He that will be the greatest among you, let him be the servant of all." Mark 10:44

A lot of people want to preach the Word today. A lot of people want to get in pulpits. A lot of people want to do a lot of things. But when Christ really gets a hold of you, and you begin to understand who God has really made you to be, then you will become...not out of performance...but out of character one who serves. You will find it very easy to prefer others before yourself. It's your nature.

May 6, 2012

God is love by Barry DuPont

God is love. At first glance one might see a contradiction is scripture between some statements about love and the growing threat of condemnation and separation that was being communicated to the old covenant adherent.

In fact this "first glance" should not be ignored. When we read about "loving your enemy", and so then being perfect in the way like God is perfect (or mature), and when we listen carefully about what Paul said about love in 1 Corinthians chapter 13 we should be surprised by the simultaneous message of destruction and perishing.

Often in biblical futurism this is addressed in either some form of Universalism or by just ignoring the "love" verses and embracing the "judgment" scriptures.

The fulfillment approach offers a viable alternative to the "duality" of message that so often is embraced in some form or another. That alternative is that salvation was either through belief and holding fast until the end, or through destruction and perishing, where the perishing is simply the end of the old covenant creature.

This works very will with 1 tim. 4:10 for example. And also many statements in Corinthians chapter 3 and 5. Which paint a destruction "in the flesh" or the the glorying in the flesh and so then a salvation in the spirit. Not to be seen in a physical verses spiritual dichotomy but rather as a fulfilled revelation in human history. Where "the flesh" is a mind set in the standing of types and figures.

In this way then the threat of "punishment" also corresponds to the "law" mindset or the "consciousness" in the ending of types and figures.

All of this info then begins to fit together with forcing the puzzle pieces into places that they don't rally seem to belong.

So then God is love. But God did chose to speak with the defiled conscience of man in "religion". A "religion" of types and figures.

This matches also like glove the statement we see in 1 John. Especially chapter 2-4.

So we see then that those of "the faith" were being perfected in love in anticipation of the day of judgment so that they could have boldness in this "day".

Many more "parts" and "pieces" do fit together in this whole "picture". More than can be brought up in a little post.

One of the things that this approach answers is the problem of soteriology being linked directly to eschatology. It would be hard to dismiss the "perfection" the "completion" of the faithful in this very eschatolgical time restraint.

In other words we can have neither one or the other. Both are behind us. For both are framed in fulfillment. Both are framed in their holding fast until the end with the promise of their faith and hope being actualized.

This then fits perfectly with the whole concept of a fulfilled revelation. One of a love of God revealed. A love so deep that even through destruction there was life given. A revelation that man does not stand in any independence whatsoever. Types and figures removed! Yes God is love. No contradiction no glossing over passages of scripture or pitting some verses against others.

Where the severity of God in ending the old was for the benefit of all. Where we cannot brake love we can frustrate it. And while there is no condemnation there is consequence. But in all of this what we see is an inherent Union. God is inescapable. That simply cannot promote a mind set of exploitation of others in what we can get away with. No that's senseless in this scenario. Rather God is inescapable. So stop trying! It's fruitless.

Love is the meaning of life itself. Love is it's own reward.

Barry DuPont

February 5, 2012

Heaven Is An Experience

Most churches teach that heaven is where Christians go when they die... but let's take a different look.

Matthew 23:13
“Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You shut the door of the kingdom of heaven in people’s faces. You yourselves do not enter, nor will you let those enter who are trying to.

Here we have Jesus talking to the Jewish religious leaders of his day, telling them that they do not enter into into heaven, nor do they allow their fellow Jews to enter in.

Did you catch that???

Jesus didn't say that they wouldn't enter heaven when they died, but rather that they weren't entering into heaven right then in their present time! If heaven is just a place where people go when they die, then what Jesus says here makes absolutely no sense.

It is rather clear here that heaven (the Kingdom of God) isn't a place, but rather a mindset. Paul describes the Kingdom of God in Romans 14:17... is having the joy, peace & righteousness (righteousness means having a clear conscious before God) in the Holy Spirit!

November 6, 2011

Babylon in Revelations by Phil Liszewski

1) The only references to great city in the Greek are in the Revelation. The first reference definitely refers to Jerusalem "where their Lord was crucified."

Revelation 11:8 "and their dead bodies will lie in the street of the great city which is allegorically called Sodom and Egypt, where their Lord was crucified."

Revelation 16:19 "The great city was split into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell, and God remembered great Babylon, to make her drain the cup of the fury of his wrath."

Revelation 17:18 "And the woman that you saw is the great city which has dominion over the kings of the earth."

Revelation 18:10 "they will stand far off, in fear of her torment, and say, "Alas! alas! thou great city, thou mighty city, Babylon! In one hour has thy judgment come." 16 "Alas, alas, for the great city that was clothed in fine linen, in purple and scarlet, bedecked with gold, with jewels, and with pearls! 18 and cried out as they saw the smoke of her burning, "What city was like the great city?" 19 And they threw dust on their heads, as they wept and mourned, crying out, "Alas, alas, for the great city where all who had ships at sea grew rich by her wealth! In one hour she has been laid waste. 21 Then a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone and threw it into the sea, saying, "So shall Babylon the great city be thrown down with violence, and shall be found no more;"'

Jer 4:30 "And you, O desolate one, what will you do? Although you dress in scarlet, Although you decorate [yourself with] ornaments of gold, Although you enlarge your eyes with paint, In vain you make yourself beautiful; [Your] lovers despise you; They seek your life."

Also compare:
Matthew 23:37 "O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, killing the prophets and stoning those who are sent to you! How often would I have gathered your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you would not! 38 Behold, your house is forsaken and desolate."

Revelation 17:5 "and on her forehead was written a name of mystery: "Babylon the great, mother of harlots and of earth's abominations." 6 And I saw the woman, drunk with the blood of the saints and the blood of the martyrs of Jesus. When I saw her I marveled greatly."

Revelation 18:21 "Then a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone and threw it into the sea, saying, "So shall Babylon the great city be thrown down with violence, and shall be found no more... 24 And in her was found the blood of prophets and of saints, and of ALL who have been slain on earth."

Revelation 19:2 "for his judgments are true and just; he has judged the great harlot who corrupted the earth with her fornication, and he has avenged on her the blood of his servants."

Notice also...
Isaiah 1:1 "The vision of Isaiah the son of Amoz, which he saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem... 21. How the faithful city has become a harlot, she that was full of justice! Righteousness lodged in her, but now murderers."

Ezekiel 16:2 "Son of man, make known to Jerusalem her abominations..."

Jeremiah 2:2 "Go and proclaim in the hearing of Jerusalem, Thus says the LORD, I remember the devotion of your youth, your love as a bride, how you followed me in the wilderness, in a land not sown... 20. "For long ago you broke your yoke and burst your bonds; and you said, 'I will not serve.' Yea, upon every high hill and under every green tree you bowed down as a harlot."'

Revelation 21:9..."Come, I will show you the Bride, the wife of the Lamb." 10 And in the Spirit he carried me away to a great, high mountain, and showed me the holy city Jerusalem..."

There are two Jerusalems. There are two covenants. There is physical (shadow) and there is spirit (reality in God.) John in Revelations is concerned with the passing of the covenants...the judgment on the old and the installation of the new.

by Phil Liszewski
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