No Penal Substitution Book 2
QUESTIONING THE MIXTURE, WE EMBRACED AS TRUTH
In our previous book, we referred to various Scriptures where it appears God killed and instructed others to kill as well. Those perceptions have caused a lot of confusion to people who embraced those beliefs and teachings. Later on, we will do a whole chapter on this subject. However, it would benefit the reader for us to go through another section of Scripture and see another example in the book of Lamentations. In this book we know Jeremiah was weeping over the carnal condition of Israel. In fact, Jeremiah was known as the weeping Prophet. If we read between the lines of Jeremiah’s metaphoric language in Lamentations, we will see how the Israelites brought destruction upon themselves. Willful choices caused the sufferings which Jeremiah talked about in Lamentations chapter 2.
Willful choices produced the evil results of un-rest in the children of Israel, by the leaders of the Babylonian Empire. There were no punishments from God; it was from consequences of their own willful choices and their ways. In chapter 2, we will see some of the quotes from Jeremiah that shows this point. This will be a rendering of what was written from a version other than the King James. Let us look at several different phrases from these verses.
Lamentations 2:1, “The Lord in his anger brought Jerusalem to shame; he has cast them down and he did not remember. Verse 2, the Lord swallowed up without mercy; in his anger, he pulled them down and, in his anger, he removed, took away and he burned up. Verse 4, Like an enemy, he prepared to shoot, like an enemy he killed and he poured out his anger. Verse 5, like an enemy, he swallowed up and destroyed; he caused moaning and groaning. Verse 6, he cut down his temple; he destroyed and in his great anger he rejected the children of Israel. Verse 7, he abandoned Israel, and handed them over. Verse 8, the Lord planned to destroy; he measured the walls to destroy and made the walls sad. Verse 9, he destroyed the bars and smashed the gates. Verse 17-20, it says, you killed them in the day of your anger, and you invited terror to come. No one escaped in the day of the Lords anger.”
In many other places in the Old Testament, these attributes are blamed on God. They make God appear as tyrannical, retributive and vengeful. They pictured God as one way in the Old Testament, and then seemingly after Jesus went to the Cross and appeased Him, His mood was changed.
In verses 22-23 of chapter 3 it says, “Because of the Lord’s great love, we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail.”
Now, what are God’s attributes? Did He kill them in His anger? Did He then come along later, as Jeremiah writes, ‘because of his great love and compassion, we are not consumed’? He wrote they are new every morning and great is His faithfulness. How is a person supposed to understand this writing from Jeremiah, especially considering the Scripture that says God changes not? In chapter 2 he writes of God killing, and in chapter 3 His mercies endure forever. Which way is it?
We see this vacillating back in forth all the way through the Old Testament. What are we supposed to do with this idea of God loving one minute and then hating the next? It often appears that God killed and told others to kill as well. We must remember this is metaphoric language. What many do is take these metaphorical descriptive actions of God and interpret them literally. When they are interpreted literally, something that was meant to be poetic, metaphoric, symbolic or parabolic is misconstrued, and they miss the entire meaning.
Therefore, this is what we find in Lamentations and other places in the Old Testament, of which we will deal with in the other book volumes of this series.
When we take these writings as literal, we see our Father Creator quite tyrannical, and we see Him as an angry God. This is where much of the confusion has come from amid the religious systems of our world. The same confusion was carried over into much of the eschatological teachings, which preach an incorrect coming of judgment, wrath, anger and rage of God upon the earth. They believe God is retributive rather than restorative. These teachings cause tremendous confusion and fear; to the point that many have turned away from reading the Bible and attending any kind of congregational gatherings. All one has to do is read some of the posts on Social Media. There is no shortage of people who have given up on God, the Church and the Bible. Even those who are not a part of any religion are affected by these teachings of literal fearful events coming upon the world from God. We now have many apocalyptic movies from Hollywood which blame all the destruction, death and mayhem on God.
One of the things people fail to understand about the apocalyptic disclosure of the incarnation of Jesus Christ is the meaning of the word apocalyptic. Much of what is called the “Church” has received much of their apocalyptic information from the book titled: The Late Great Planet Earth and the Left
behind Series. Those books are filled with the idea of an apocalyptic event that brings the end of all mankind on planet earth.
It is expedient that we visit Isaiah 46:10 again and refresh our memory of what we previously discovered in this section of Scripture.
Isaiah 46:10, “Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure:” KJV
God, declaring the end from the beginning, is bringing about the apocalyptic disclosure and unveiling of the incarnation of Jesus Christ. The apocalyptic disclosure is seeing the end from the beginning. Those who preach a future judgment and end of mankind are saying that the end is something different from the beginning. No, the end is really the pushing forth or a replicate of the beginning. So, God sees the end as Jesus and as us, the Many Membered Man. In Revelation chapter 1, it states, “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end.” So, we are the Christ man, as man was in the beginning, and as Jesus was in his earth walk. God was man manifested in the flesh and so are we. We can say it this way: Adam the Christ was in the beginning, and he/they forgot who they were; then Jesus appeared as Jesus the Christ, revealing the love of God, and declaring that man needed to wake up to who they are. Now, we as Christ the many-member man, are the end as Jesus was in his body. So, if Jesus Christ was the end and we replicate our Father Creator in our entire being, then how can there come an end to this planet and us, like many eschatological preachers are declaring? There is no place in the Bible where it records the end of the world and its inhabitants. Isaiah wrote that the earth will be inhabited forever.
Isaiah 45:18, “For thus saith the Lord that created the heavens; God himself that formed the earth and made it; he hath established it, he created it not in vain, he formed it to be inhabited and remain: I am the Lord; and there is none else.” KJV
There is never going to be an end to this earth, and the generations who live here. We evolve more and more with knowledge and understanding, and yes, races rise and fall, but man will always be on planet earth – prayerfully, fully awakened to who we are.
Once we come to understand and realize this, we no longer are basing the word “apocalyptic” upon fear or belief in dreadful things to come concerning mankind’s future.
We need to understand the word “apocalyptic” refers to the revelation or unveiling of the Father’s nature. When Jesus came as God in the flesh, He came to reveal the Father’s love and nature to mankind. When we use the term “incarnation” we are not only talking about the virgin birth, but also His life, ministry, death, burial, resurrection ascension and seating. All those events refer to Jesus’ earthly ministry. In doing all of that, Jesus perfectly revealed the love of the Father. He did not BRING (per sa) righteousness, redemption or holiness as in being the beginning of it. In fact, in the book of Matthew, the proper rendering of what Jesus said was: “All people are holy (saints) but not all live as holy.” The world “called” should be translated “saints” in the Greek, and the word “chosen” should be translated as people choosing to live out of that sainthood. If Jesus’ Passion brought holiness and righteousness to man, then that would mean they were non-existent from before the Cross, and that is not true. Our Father always was holy and righteous, and we always were His children, created in His image and nature. We always were and are in and of Him. Jesus came to reveal our Father’s nature and character, and the identical nature and character of man. God said to Peter, “Do not call common, polluted, unclean or unholy what I created clean.” God sees man in the end as they were in the beginning, and there is no pretending in God’s sight. He created every man pure and holy. It is religiosity that enforces an intense sense of uncleanliness. They do this by teaching that if a person is not “saved” by the manner prescribed by them and follows all their rules, they are unclean. So, the proper rendering of what Jesus said in Matthew is that “All people are holy (saints) but not all live as holy.” By the way, Jesus’ statement was made prior to the Cross not after. Accordingly, if Jesus said before the Cross that all were holy, then His going to the Cross, did not make man holy. It only brought an awareness of what had always been true of man and of God’s love.
We must see some important things in this chapter of the book, and we will start in Romans chapter 16. We want to glean a greater revelation of Jesus’ incarnation, being from his virgin birth and every event from that point to when He was seated (man at rest) together with God in Spirit. It is vital for us, when we talk about the incarnation events, that we understand each step or event of Jesus’ incarnation. Each one is the apocalyptic disclosure of something that was always true about God. What religion did, was take the events of the incarnation of Jesus Christ and interpret them backward. Religion is deeply involved in this, and what this belief causes is much confusion in the community of Believers. If we misinterpret the order, we are making it look like all that took place was that God was responding to man’s failure. In other words, when you reverse the order it looks like the reason God brought forth Himself in Jesus Christ, and all Jesus did, was simply to respond to man’s “fallen nature.” We have thought and taught that the Father responded to the fact that Adam partook of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Teaching from that vein brings much confusion to believers and pre-believers alike.
The first confusion this brings is concerning the understanding and purpose of the Cross. Religious teaching teaches that man was not holy and righteous prior to Jesus’ Passion on the Cross, and that we became righteous at the point when we prayed a “sinner’s prayer”. Neither of those is true. God is and always was our righteousness. He always has been the health of our body. Jesus, in his incarnation, simply revealed who God is and who we are in union with our Father. He revealed what had always been. To reveal or give a revelation is to disclose what was always true but was lost because man was not in the place where he could perceive and understand. Truth, if it IS the truth, is always the truth!
Therefore, all the incarnation events in Scripture must be seen considering God, in Jesus Christ, revealing something that did not take place because man transgressed; but because it must be revealed as always being true, from everlasting to everlasting.
Understanding this fact will change much of what we once believed about God, ourselves and others.
We will explore more verses of Scripture and will identify the apocalyptic disclosure to see the controlling factor of the incarnation event. It was not pertaining to men falling to a sinful state; it was the disclosure of something that was always true about man concerning his righteousness and true identity as InChristed sons of God. When Adam partook of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, what did God say? He said, “Adam, where are you?” God knew where Adam was, but he wanted Adam to know that he partook of a realm of knowledge that caused him to live out of a different life source. Then God said, “Adam, who told you, you are naked?” Who told them they were perishing, a sinner and unrighteous? “Who told you those things Adam (Man)?” Adam and mankind have believed those thoughts. The result is we believed we were all sinners. The truth is we were only sinners by possessing a mistaken identity. The word “sinner” means one who has a mistaken identity. Hence, a “sinner” is one who does not know who he is. He is mistaken about his identity. The word “perish” in John 3:16 is, one who is not experiencing the abundant life which Jesus revealed we always had. The Apostle John wrote in John 3:16 concerning the world saying, “…. would not perish but have everlasting life.” So, man was not experiencing their everlasting and abundant life. They had it but were not walking in the experience of that life.
As you read the next verses remember that this is the apocalyptic disclosure of God’s eternal love for man.
Romans 16:25, “Now to him that is of power to stablish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began…” KJV
The New King James renders this, “according to the revealing.” So, we can say, “According to the apocalyptic disclosure of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began.” Who kept the revelation secret? It certainly was not God. It was hidden from the foundation of the world because man left the awareness of Spirit and digressed to the sense realm of understanding. Mankind no longer possessed the perception and insight to see and understand the Truth. The word “mystery” is the NT number 3466, musterion (moos-tay'-ree-on); from a derivative of muo, meaning “to shut the mouth”; a secret or "mystery" through the idea of silence imposed by initiation into religious rites. When Adam became man who received information from the sense realm, (re-ligion - to bind and hold back again) he learned of the knowledge of good and evil, and it shut their mouths to the things of God – they could no longer speak the Truth, or the things of God. They were not obedient to the loving instruction God gave them. They did not listen with spiritual intelligence nor speak what was said – their mouths were shut. How do we know this to be true?
Adam said, “I am naked.” He blamed the woman, and then the great lie spread through generation after generation for thousands of years. Thank God, the lie is now being swallowed up and destroyed by proclaiming, teaching, explaining, and preaching the Truthful Gospel that makes one free. People are awakening to the truth of their being.
Romans 16:26, “…but now is made manifest, and by the scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, made known to all nations for the obedience of faith:” KJV
Remember, the phrase “made manifest” is talking about the love of God that Adam could not speak of and could not show forth in his/their life, and how it was revealed by Jesus and his ministry and passion. How did Jesus reveal the love of the Father? He did so by healing people, bringing them back to
their right mind, blessing them by multiplying food. Acts 10:38 states that “He went about doing good and healing all who were under the dominion of what Adam’s belief produced.” Then it says, “God was in Him.” Even when Jesus spoke harshly to the Sadducees and Pharisees it was an attempt to reveal to them the love of the Father. Everything in the incarnation was to reveal God’s love and that which was always true of mankind.
Romans 6:18, “Being made free from sin and enslaved by righteousness…” Man interpreted that from man’s (sin) mistaken identity, rather than considering the Gospel revealing a truth which was from before the foundation of the world. We do that all the time. We find ourselves getting tripped up, and we judge things according to what we erroneously think. We must understand that the Gospel had no relationship to what happened to mankind when he partook of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. The love of God and man’s union that always existed was always intact and unbroken, being revealed in Jesus Christ.
Why is it important to know these truths? The Scripture states, “You shall know the truth, and the truth will make you free.” When you read Scripture and see the phrase, “shall be or shall know,” it means “know” or “be” rather than “shall” as
something in the future. So, the correct rendering of John 8:32 is: “And you know, are aware of, and can speak of the truth, not concealing the Gospel. The truthful, unconcealed Gospel liberates and makes you exempt from the fruit of the Great Lie; unrestrained from religious servitude and no longer a slave; unrestrained, to go at pleasure, to live the abundant life.” RER Tree of Life Bible®
You already know the Truth that makes you free; it is in your Mind of Christ. You have been asking the questions your entire life. Our question is: Are you ready and unafraid to admit that you do know within yourself? When you have awakened, then you can experience the fruit of righteousness, and it will naturally be a part of your life. You will have the experience of where you no longer experience fruit one day, and then be fruitless the next day; you will experience the fruit that remains. We are not talking about this flowing from the knowledge of eschatology, and what we know or do not know; although it does help us to know some things. Rather than thinking Jesus brought some new things to us, we realize they always were a part of our being and life.
As mentioned earlier, God is not a God who merely heals me, but God is the very health of my body, from everlasting to everlasting. We are lifting the Cross into this higher dimension of understanding to experience everything God declared we ever were. We read in Isaiah 46:10 that God declared and said, “My counsel shall stand.”
The Spirit of God is revealing to us that God’s counsel stands, but it must have some people who will agree with it and walk in the dimension of faith and not sight. When people encounter this, they will experience more than just walking in this dimension. They will experience true peace and rest as well.
As we read in Romans chapter 16 Paul wrote, “My Gospel is the preaching of Jesus Christ.” Paul is not saying that Jesus preached like Paul wrote. He is saying it is apocalyptic, revealing of the mystery which has existed since the world began. Therefore, the apocalyptic disclosure is referring us backwards in eternity to something that has always been. The mystery is not something we cannot know; it was a “mystery” because of the fallen awareness of mankind who lived with their understanding coming from the sensory realm. Through the ages as mankind partakes of the knowledge of good and evil, they drop down in understanding, and their teaching or belief becomes a un-truth. This is the reason people don’t possess the mind-set, perception and understanding to really understand the Truthful Gospel.
So, the Gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ is the apocalyptic unveiling of the mystery since the world began, but now is made manifest and being revealed to all nations. Instead of teaching the incarnational events of Jesus Christ from His birth to His raising and being seated at the right hand of all authority, they have taught that Jesus brought certain things to man, and those were based on man’s performance. They taught that it was limited to just a few, instead of the higher dimension of understanding that Jesus’ passion on the Cross revealed the state of being of all mankind.
2 Corinthians 5:19, “To wit, that God was in Jesus, reconciling us unto himself, not imputing their willful transgressions unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.”
God was always reconciled to man; but man needed to be reconciled to Him. As we understand and receive the revelation of the apocalyptic disclosure of Jesus, we begin to clearly see the good news of the gospel. That is this: With or without any failure of man, God would always be the same. Whether or not man ever partakes of the knowledge of good or evil, God would always be the same. We read in the book of Malachi, Hebrews and James – God does not change. The Cross did not change God’s mood about man. God will always relate to man
with pure love.
In 1 Corinthians chapter 2 we find the Apostle Paul continues to write about the Gospel.
1 Corinthians 2:7, “But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory:”
The word “ordained” means, predetermined, predestined, decreed, or declared. Notice, Paul wrote, “But we speak the Gospel of God (wisdom) in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom (Gospel)... It was not unto God’s glory; it is unto our glory. God did not need more glory, man does. The word “glory” means the view and opinion of God. Man needs to experience Christ within, the hope of glory. One might ask, “Why are we sharing these Scriptures?” We want to identify the apocalyptic disclosure to be the controlling factor of the incarnation, rather than human failure being the controlling factor of the Gospel. Most sermons that are being taught concerning the Gospel are started with human failure and end with human failure. Their purpose is to move the listeners to “make a decision” at the end of the sermon. The Gospel is not about the fall of man. It is about the love of God and the uncovering and revealing of the true condition of man, which is that all mankind is righteous throughout eternity. Eternity is not only the future but the entire past of mankind. Before there was a problem in the mind of man, who partook of the wrong tree, God was the eternal solution.
What we glean from 1 Corinthians 2:7 is the Gospel being the wisdom of God, predestined for man’s glory, from before the ages.
The Gospel is not a historical addendum. It is not something that needed to transpire in the realm of time in order for God to make some changes to reverse the situation because of the fall of man. Like, “oops, our man fell, we need to do something to bring him back to the dimension in which we created him”. No, it has nothing to do with that, yet that is what we were taught. We were taught, “Jesus had to go to the Cross of Calvary because man partook of the tree of the knowledge of good or evil, and it changed his identity and nature to an unrighteous fallen identity and nature. So, Jesus bore that death, because God required it to make us righteous again. Yes, the Scriptures have been translated and interpreted in a way that would enforce that thought. But when you closely examine the original language you will find translation errors. You will find that God does not change when man willfully or unwillingly produces the fruit of mistaken identity. God was never “need conscious” in thinking that mankind has done something that has changed his identity, and now needs to have it reversed. If God were this way then everything Jesus did in His passion was to please God, because God required it.
Ephesians 1:4, “According, as he has chosen us in himself (God/Christ), before the foundation of the world, that we exist holy and unblemished, with eyes wide open toward Him in a relation of rest and love: 5 Having predestinated, predetermined, decreed, declared, revealed us, as Son, by Jesus Christ himself, according to the good pleasure of his will.” RERichmond Tree of Life Bible®
People were taught that they became holy and righteous only when Jesus resurrected, and they prayed a certain type of prayer. We were taught when Jesus bore man’s sin, then and only then, did we become blameless. The fact is you were always holy and unblemished. The KJV used the phrase adoption of children; that implies a non-biological or non-spiritual union. Paul was not telling us we were adopted. He revealed that Jesus’ passion revealed we were always Sons. It was always God’s will to have holy sons, and He got that in all people – even the first man Adam.
Ephesians 1:6, “To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved. 7 In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace; 8 Wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence; 9 Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself: 10 That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one, all things in (us), both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in:”
Normally, when we read verse 7, we would say we have redemption because of his blood, and forgiveness of sin, according to the richness of his grace. We would then identify that we have that through His crucifixion. We would view that as God’s response to human failure. We thought God had to respond to man partaking of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil and do something about that. We would relate that only to a historical event that took place at the Cross of Calvary. We make forgiveness, grace, redemption and salvation (all attributes of God) and understand them as time-sensitive. Making them time-sensitive is saying they only came about because of the work on the Cross, in Jesus. Jesus revealed these attributes of God as always being in us. All of mankind has always been righteous and holy!
The following is a translation of the above verses of Scripture in Ephesians 1:6, “Revealing the story of abundance and weight of His divine influence upon us, from the foundation of the world, He graced us with special honor and created us in His image, in a perfect relationship of rest, loved us, and doted over with His passionate love. 7 Because of Jesus in His passion, revealing the love of the Father, we possess an understanding of our eternal redemption and have freedom of life, according to Him, who is grace himself. 8 Wherein, exceeding abundantly above, more abundantly, exceedingly, very highly, beyond measure, more vehemently we possess in our mind (Spirit), the whole of, without lack of spiritual and mental activity to exercise intellectual and moral insight. 9 Always making known to us, who listen with intelligence to the Truthful Gospel (mystery) which religion shut our eyes too, but understand and our mouth does speak of. According to his good pleasure which he hath exhibited from His virgin birth, earth walk, ministry, crucifixion, death, burial, quickening (awakening) and then the ascension (raised) of man from the dust realm thinking, to living in the cool of the day (Spirit) (seated – at rest) 10 In Jesus, the fullness of life was active and revealed at the proper time; in Him was the sum of the whole (God) of the Spirit and of the earth. He treaded about in full awareness of which He was and lacked no knowledge or no-thing and so should we.” RERichmond Tree of Life Bible®
Again, when Adam told God he was unrighteous because of his action of feeding from the knowledge of good and evil, God said, “Who told you that Adam? You have always been righteous in my sight. So, you need to see your holiness from my perspective rather than a lower perspective, because you partook from the teaching/tree of good or evil.” God was trying to help Adam to realize his vantage point was from a lower perception and not from the Fathers perception, which is the truth. Once we realize God’s perspective, everything is good. This truth that we understand and experience today, is what will truly make people free. Jesus said, as recorded in John 18:32, “You know the truth, which is not the concealing truth
that binds you and holds you back. The truth is, you are exempt from ceremonial, mortal and religious liability and are free to tread about your life at pleasure as a citizen of the heavenly (Spirit awareness) and not a slave.” RERichmond Tree of Life Bible®
TRUTH – (NT: #1659) eleutheroo; from to liberate, i.e. (figuratively) to exempt (from moral, ceremonial or mortal liability): (NT: #1658) eleutheros; unrestrained (to go at pleasure), i.e. (as a citizen) not a slave but freeborn, exempt (from obligation or liability).
Jesus made that statement before His/God’s work of love on the Cross of Calvary. Always, when the word “shall” or phrase “shall be” is used, it is the word “exist” – a current position or knowing. In the first volume of our book on No Penal Substitution, you saw many places where Jesus made statements before the Cross revealing that man had always been holy and righteous.
As you continue to read the third volume of this book, we will reveal more statements from the New and Old Testament that reveal man’s eternal righteousness. This is the mystery being revealed to all who will look with eyes-wide-open.
In Ephesians 1:4-5, the Apostle Paul presents this apocalyptic disclosure first, and then he makes it the controlling story of the incarnation in his writing to the Community of Believers at Ephesus. How do we know that to be the truth? Because he wrote, “According to His pleasure, from before the foundation of the world.” In verse 4 Paul wrote, “the Gospel was that man was chosen in (God/Christ), from before the foundation of the world, that we exist holy and unblemished, with eyes wide open toward Him in a relation of rest and love:” RERichmond Tree of Life Bible®
Paul was writing of the revelation of the Gospel and of revelation that we were always sons. As sons, we were predestined and chosen when? Not after Jesus went to the Cross of Calvary, but before the foundation of the world. So, what does it mean in Ephesians where Paul wrote, “His quickening was our quickening?” It simply means to reanimate and to be begotten. Paul was revealing that according to the purpose of His goodwill from before the foundation of the world, we were always animated, lively, active, vibrant and alive. We were always the begotten and the beloved of God. We could say this about Jesus when He was quickened: We are as quickened as He was, and always have been. Jesus’ quickening was to reveal to man a truth that always was – nothing can separate you from who you are, or from God’s love – not even the death of the body [Romans 8:38].
Solomon understood the eternality of man. Eccl 3:14, “I know that, whatsoever God doeth, it shall be forever: nothing can be put to it, nor anything taken from it: and God doeth it, that men should reverence and be in awe.” Nothing can change us from our Holy state – God set it in motion, and it cannot be changed.
We know because of Jesus’ Passion, there was an animation and begotten-ness in our experience, but it was always so – it was not something that came into being at the resurrection. We are lifting those things that we were taught in past times concerning the Gospel and Jesus’ work, into a higher dimension. We now know, we always were the begotten, holy and righteous – we never needed to be reanimated. We thought we needed to be, so therefore, we got involved in all the religious reanimation efforts which are called “dead works” of righteousness. Paul wrote to the Hebrew community of Believers: “How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?” Hebrews 9:14 KJV
Paul did not write: “The blood of Jesus cleansed us of being an unrighteous sinner.” He wrote, “The revelation of what Jesus did, purged your conscience from religious works to gain right- wise-ness with God, (or as the O.T. uses, works that result in nothing but filthy rags, as in a menstrual cloth).” If a woman needs to wear a menstrual cloth it is proof that she did not receive the seed of her husband – she put it off just as the religion of man binds and holds back the true Seed (Spirit). We are helping you to acknowledge the seed of God that resides in you, so that you can allow your man-child nature to spring forth in full Spirit Life to rule in your awareness. Revelation 12:5 states: “And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and to his throne.” KJV
Revelation 12:5, “And Christ our life became a present reality. That which was always true in man ruled the conscious awareness of Man. Man now can minister the Word of God with great understanding; and himself as Son, being his purpose, being the abode of Father God, they, being the Throne.” RERichmond Tree of Life Bible®
In verses 7-10 of Ephesians 1, Paul revealed a certain event that expressed and made this truth known. In Verse 7 is stated that ‘in Him we have (possess in understanding) redemption’. This was not based upon the historical event of Jesus’ passion, but his teaching here is based upon man having been chosen from before the foundation of the world. God never had to forgive us. We looked at forgiveness and treated it as though it were non-existent before the Cross.
If man was forgiven at the Cross, as it appears to say in the many versions of the bible, then forgiveness was non-existent from before the Cross. God would not say, “Blessed is he that is not offended in anything,” then He would be offended at anything man did. There was never a need of forgiveness. We saw earlier that the word “forgiven” is like the word “foreordained” or “foreknowledge”. God is a GIVER and He gave us all things from before time. Peter wrote, “We have (God gave us His Spirit) all things that pertain to natural life and spiritual life.” It was all for-given (given before) to man before the foundation of the world, and we never lost the “all things”. We needed to know we were for-given all things. However, because of man’s false self-condemnation and false guilt, God had to talk about it and deal with it, but we were always for-given all things.
Now Ephesians 1:9 it states: “Having made known the mystery of His will” and verse 7 records: “Making known the mystery of His will.” Paul did not write of the “accomplishing of forgiveness,” as if we did something wrong that needed forgiveness; it is the making known of for-give-ness, and the understanding that we always were sons of God. Jesus pictured this truth in the parable of the prodigal son. He came back to the Father after he wasted all that was given to him. He saw himself as less than a son and was willing to do the lowliest work on the farm. The Father never even one time listened to the son’s self-condemning confession which he prepared to plead his case. He saw him coming from afar and told the servants to go get the coat, sandals, ring, and to kill the fated calf. He told them that they are going to have a celebration of his son’s awakening and returning to his true self. This is a great picture of the spiritual truth that we are eternally Sons – nothing can negate that fact.
So once again, the controlling story of all the incarnational events Jesus manifested is not man’s failure in feeding from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. The controlling factor is the pleasure of His will which was from before the foundation of the world. This is the Good News of the Gospel.
Colossians 1:26, “Even the mystery of the Gospel, which was hidden by man who receives information from the sense realm, from age after age and from generations, but now is rendered apparent to saints (sacred to God) themselves:” RERichmond Tree of Life Bible®
The King James translation changed the order of some of the words and made this seem like the mystery was revealed only to His saints. However, all people are declared saints in the Scriptures.
Jesus did not go to the Cross because man messed up; he went there to reveal something that was always the truth about mankind. The religions of man whose breath is in their nostrils (sensory understanding) only hides, binds and holds back that truth, which according to the Greek rendering, is the “deceitful and untruthful word.” The Greek states that the truth that makes you free is the “un-deceitful Truth.”
Until we really get a hold of this truth, we will still be fighting the inclusion of all men. He included all men. None were excluded. We are not going to be able to love all people and treat people the way we should treat them, if we do not look at them and see the end from the beginning. Many people who are awakened to the grace and finished work reality have a tough time with the Gospel of Inclusion. The reason is that they make it a time-sensitive truth, and have said, “We did not get anything until Jesus went to the Cross, and then we accept what he did, by saying a certain type of sinner’s prayer.” No, we were chosen from before the foundation. We must not make the Cross time-sensitive, because then we make it all based upon man’s choice rather than the fact that we were always of our Father and One with Him. He chose you and I before we were born of our mother. We were always begotten, always righteous, always holy and sacred. The work of the Cross revealed that which was always true. What Paul wrote is not him talking about whether you accepted Jesus as your Savior or walked an isle to get saved. We were taught we needed to know a date when we “got saved.” Some believed there would be a day when a winged angel would open a book and look for that date before allowing you into a planet called heaven. People experience the truth of our eternal salvation in diverse ways. Our eternal identity can be revealed to us over time. When the revealing takes place, then we begin to believe, and we then know some things about our Father. The real need is to have it rendered very apparent that we are the Christ Man.
We know the mystery revealed is the Gospel Truth. So, anytime we see the word “mystery” it is simply referring to the Good News of the Gospel. The Good News that was hidden from man, because of the descent to carnal knowledge, was then
revealed through all the incarnational events that took place from Jesus’ birth, to man being seated (at rest) with God in the heavenly realm. Paul was not writing about a person “getting saved,” but about receiving understanding at that point. People experience the truthful Gospel and one’s identity in unusual ways, and when that happens we begin to RECEIVE the truth. The word “receive” means: To take unto oneself that which is already ours. The word “saints” in the previous verse is not talking about people who accept Jesus as their Saviour. Saints literally means holy and sacred ones. It means they are sacred to God. We know Jesus said that all are holy and sacred, and yet few choose to live out of the realization of that sainthood. In the KJV the word “many” means the largest number; the word “called” is holy and sacred, and the word “chosen” was supposed to be “choose” [Matthew 22:14]. More people are beginning to live out of who they are. John 3:16 states, that God so loved the world, not a select group called the Church.
In Colossians 1:28, the Apostle Paul is explaining the fact that the Good News was hidden from ages and generations, but now is being revealed to the sacred ones; and the mystery is thein Contact with Father life as us, the hope of glory. The word “Christ” here, among other meanings, translates “to furnish that which is required daily.” Paul is also revealing that in Jesus and in us is something that was hidden or veiled but now is uncovered; something that was always true but was lost in man’s forgetfulness. What was forgotten was that all mankind is InChristed. It matters not whether people are dead as Holy Spirit, asleep as Holy Spirit or alive as Holy Spirit; this is the Gospel of inclusion. It matters not how a person acts, they are still Holy Spirit. They are still sacred and holy. How one’s
behavior is has nothing to do with who he is; it will only affect his experience, but not who he is. When we begin to treat people holy and sacred, then something will begin to work on the inside of them. When we see and treat people as who they really are it will help them in their awakening and experience of the spiritual life.
This apocalyptic disclosure is declaring that which has been from everlasting to everlasting, that which has always been true, but now is being revealed as never before. The seventh trumpet continues to sound, and that trump is a clear-sounding word of the truthful Gospel. The trump started in a wonderful way in our generation in 1988, even though there were apparent mixtures; but now the clear sounding Word is beginning to be sounded and we are seeing face to face, no longer seeing through a glass darkly, and we are embracing the truth which is making us free. We had it backward for so long in thinking that if we would not fulfill the lust of the flesh we were walking in the Spirit. No, it is the other way around. As we walk by the Spirit we do not fulfill the lusts of the flesh. All the events of Jesus Christ were only to reveal something that was always true of us. This will rid people of thinking they are not forgiven. This will rid them of a lot of doubt. This will bring peace and rest to know that no matter what we do, say, or what attitude we have, we are still the In-Christed. That is not volatile. We always were and always will be. I am not in favor of people deliberately doing what they know is wrong. If we do, there are consequences and we can learn from them; but we must realize God does not see that. He does not behold the carnal actions of man. Abraham is mentioned as the father of faith and Lot is mentioned as righteous. God sees man in their true state.
2nd Tim 1:9, “Who hath saved (rescued) us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began,”
So, He “hath” saved us – past tense, not when we say a sinner’s prayer. The phrase, “not according to our works” does not mean when we obey some man-made laws. He is saying the Gospel has nothing to do with the response to mans’ failure or the decent. It was not man’s problem that caused God to respond to us; He responded to us from before the foundation. His provision was always in man – man never lost the Spirit of God. Did God’s purpose change because of what man did or did not do? No, it did not. The purpose God gave us before time began was a purpose determined by the very nature of our Father, to pursue us from everlasting to everlasting; from eternity to eternity. We were given the revelation at the Passion of Jesus and the revelation was of His love and grace.
Verse 10 “But is now made manifest by the appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to light through the gospel:”
His “saving” was not the result of the failure or responding to the failure of man. He did so according to His own purpose from before the foundation of the world. The word “save” has nothing to do with responding to an action we took that would bring bad consequences. It is The Greek word, (NT:4982) sozo, meaning to live saved, live protected, live in divine health, do well and be whole. We were in God’s plan safe, protected, well and whole before God said, “Let there be light.” It was all according to his plan before the world began. All this is made manifest by Jesus’ incarnation events. Our salvation was not brought into being at the Cross. It had always existed. God always was our righteousness, our peace, our health and our True Supply. Gods’ nature and character is our nature and character. God did not become these things because of Jesus responding to man’s transgression. God always was these things and these things were always in man, from everlasting to everlasting. God does not suddenly become our health when we experience an apparent lack of health and need a healing. God our health is within every one of us. In other words, when Jesus appeared on the scene, the Gospel was not brought to man. The Gospel is what the appearing of Jesus confirmed. It is what the Cross confirmed and revealed that was always true. We all were taught the Gospel was Gods’ response to man’s horrible failure. There is a disclosure taking place right now in a people who awakening to the truth of the Gospel, which brings them to a higher dimension than they have ever seen or experienced before.
1 Peter 1:18, “Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation (NKJV – aimless conduct) received by tradition from your fathers; 19 But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: 20 Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you,” KJV
If we are not careful, we read these verses and get the idea that humanity received some futile way from their forefathers, and God responded to them by killing His Son, so He could be at peace with man. These mythological, paganist ideas have crept into religion and continue to enforce confusion. The revelation is the controlling factor of the incarnation; not human failure. The purpose of the will and pleasure of God was the controlling factor of the coming of Jesus Christ. Understanding Jesus as the apocalyptic disclosure of the Father reveals truth that was always truth from before the foundation and does not take away but reveals the Cross more clearly. Jesus identified with man’s confusion on the Cross, to reveal something greater, which is that we were never separate from our Father.
Hebrews 4:3 states, “For we which have believed do enter, into rest, as he said, As I have sworn in my wrath (love, longing desire), if they shall enter, into my rest: although the works were finished from the foundation of the world.” KJV
As we understand Jesus as the apocalyptic disclosure of Father God, revealing truth from before time, it is lifting the Cross up into a higher dimension of understanding. We now see that nothing was brought to man, as far as salvation was concerned at the Cross, but something was revealed. In that sense, it appears that something was brought, but it was the revelation and unveiling that was brought; then salvation was experienced by those who receive the revelation. It was always true from the foundation and was revealed in Jesus’ Passion. The Passion was the revealing of the eternal love of God.
Forgiveness did not suddenly become available because of the Cross. No, it was revealed to us that we were always for-given, for He already gave us all things that pertain to our spiritual and natural life. God never had to forgive us for anything. He for-ordained and gave us for-knowledge, and he forgave us life from before the foundation. All God did in Jesus was to reveal to us, who we always were, from everlasting to everlasting. This is the Good News of the Gospel. Jesus did not bring the Good News; He REVEALED the Good News which always was.
In our daily lives, we think good news is when we win a lottery and get millions of dollars. We think the good news is when we receive a healing in our body or a physical miracle. We think the good news is when we get a new job. It has always been about when we “get something.” No, the Good News is that we have always had all things that pertain to life and godliness, from before time ever began. Just listen to “testimony” services and discover what people believe to be the Good News. Many of the testimonies reveal man’s continuation in the knowledge of good or evil. The Good News is the eternal love of God. It is revealed in Jesus’ Passion and was always true.
Therefore, we must see the end from the beginning in the life of every person on the planet. People have seen the earth as cursed, and its inhabitants as cursed and condemned, and the result of that is just what they have believed. We must believe the truthful Gospel and see the entire earth full of God’s glory, just as it is. We must declare the end from the beginning – as it was in the beginning, so it continues to be.
Isaiah 46:10 states, “Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure:” KJV
The things that are not yet done needs to be seen from ancient times; see them from the beginning. We must see everything God created from the way He created them in the beginning. God sees everything and everyone as the way He created them. That is walking by faith and not by sight.
Notice Isaiah also wrote of God: “My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure.” He did all His pleasure from before the foundation, and now we must know this and implement it by walking by faith and knowing. Even in our personal lives where redemption, righteousness and salvation are concerned, all Jesus did is reveal what was always true of us. Who told you that you lack in any area? God took care of all that is required for our daily life, from before time ever began. Jesus came to reveal this fact to us. In His death He ABSORBED the lie, and in His resurrection, He REVEALED the truth!