WE HUMANS HAVE NO NATURE

We humans are symbolized in the Scriptures as being containers, expressor, developers, but not originators. We have our “being” in Him (Acts 17:28)—the quantity, the potential (much like a computer). But then also, the quality of what is expressed by our being is not we, but He in His nature (like the programmer of the computer). Thus He is named “All in all”—not just the One being invisible, but having derived created beings by whom He can express His Allness. Not just the “All,” but also “in all,” which is why the coming of His Son taking flesh, and now, in the resurrection, still being “the man Christ Jesus,” confirms the eternal truth as being the Person in the persons, and not some vague dissolution of essence into essence as in a religion without an incarnate Christ.

These symbols used to describe us humans are all those which express no nature of their own but the nature of that to which they are attached Vessels contain the liquid, but are not the liquid; the cup is not the coffee. We don’t speak of a cup and coffee. So we are branches, but the branch is not the nature. Rather the nature is that of the vine which reproduces itself in leaf and fruit form on the branch. Thus in Romans 6:20-22, we were bearing fruit for which we are now ashamed, but now the same branch (no difference in that) is bearing “fruit unto holiness”—solely vine-nature expressed by the branch, which has no separate nature of its own.

We are called temples. In the Old Covenant days that could have been the tabernacle by which God manifested Himself in Shekinah Glory, or alternatively a temple of Baal. The emphasis is not the nature of the temple, but of the deity who manifests himself by it. And now in the New Covenant, our bodies are the temple of the Spirit, and God is spoken of as “dwelling in us and walking in us” (2 Corinthians 6:16). We are called “slaves” (mistranslated in the King James Version as “servants”). But a slave has no operating nature of his own in relation to his owner, and solely reproduces the activities of his owner, whether of Satan (sin) or Christ (righteousness) (Romans 6:16). We are the wives reproducing the nature (seed) of the husband and in that sense with only the husband’s nature (Romans 7:4, 5).

“It’s as simple as this”
Norman Grubb

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CHRIST AND ANTICHRIST

When someone talks of Antichrist a picture of a particular man may come to mind. When you watch movies or listen to sermons about Antichrist it conjures up a visual of a one world dictator. While these ideas may very well be true, in reality the spirit of Antichrist has been in the world for a very long time. In fact we are all born into the spirit of Antichrist as a result of the fall of man.

All the way back to the Garden of Eden we see the Antichrist spirit. In fact this is the spirit that caused the fall of man. The Serpent enticed Adam, through his wife Eve, to partake of the forbidden tree. I want you to notice what he said, “In the day you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” So you see the spirit of Antichrist is really a spirit that is claiming to be God. In other words this spirit sets himself up as God in man.

The term Anti tends to sound like it means in opposition to and it does, but it also means “in place of.” So it isn’t just that this spirit is an adversary it is actually attempting to take God’s place. If we look back in Isaiah 14 we find the origin of this Antichrist spirit, and most believe this is referring to Lucifer, the one we now know as Satan. He said, “I will ascend to heaven; I will raise my throne above the stars of God, and I will sit on the mount of assembly in the recesses of the north. I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High.” Lucifer wasn’t content being a vessel, or servant of the Most High God, he actually thought he could be God.

Shortly after God created man this same Antichrist spirit went to work to gain access within man. I guess he thought this is the way I will be “Like” God. God designed man to be a vessel, or Temple, in which he would dwell; so Satan thought “If I can gain access into man I will be like God.” What a bold idea, take over God’s creation by infiltrating man. The big question was how he would get in.

Of course there is a great deal of mystery involved with these things, but it seems to me Adam was allured into this deceptive relationship under the promise of being like God, not because Adam wanted to replace God, rather because he longed to be godly, which sounds like a good thing on the surface. Adam loved God; so it was natural, in a way, for him to want to be like him. The problem with this line of thinking is Adam was never meant to be like God instead he was created to contain God.

We are told throughout the New Covenant man is a vessel, Temple, body and branch. So we were never meant to be “Like” God but rather to be the place he dwells. The problem occurred when the container was deceived into thinking he could be the contents. One of the best ways I have come to understand this is it’s as if man was designed to be a cup but was tricked into thinking he could be the coffee, or the Temple becomes convinced it can become like the Deity housed within.

When Adam joined Satan in his folly mankind fell. It wasn’t just that Adam disobeyed the rules he inadvertently allowed the spirit of Antichrist to take up residence with him. Adam had unwittingly opened himself up to the one who thought he would replace God as the Most High. This is why Jesus said of the devil “He is the father of lies.” There is no way Adam would have taken him up on this if it wasn’t presented to him in such a deceptive manner. If the truth be told the world at large still suffers from the blindness that was caused by this original deception.

In 2 Corinthians 4 we read “the god of this world (Satan) had blinded the minds of the unbelieving so that they might not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.” This blindness has led many, many church going, God lovers into the deception that they can be “like Jesus.” Once again the deception is very subtle. While the enemy is pushing believers to make themselves like the Most High, God is saying, “Let my Son shine through you.” You see our attempts, through self effort, to make ourselves more like Jesus is really just a deception. It is just more of the same lies from the enemy. Mankind was never meant to be “Like God” rather we were meant to be the Temple in which he lives.

Through Lucifer’s pride he wasn’t content to just be the vessel, he wanted to be the contents. It takes revelation from God himself to show us these things for without enlightenment from the Holy Spirit we are blind. The Good news is once you see it you’re life will never be the same. You will find the love, joy, peace and rest that has eluded you your whole life. You will begin to enjoy life as a vessel. The life Paul told us used to be a hidden mystery, but has now been revealed, which is Christ in you the hope of glory!

“Greater is he that is in you than he that is in the world.” 1 John 4:4b

Louie

  

INSTRUMENTS OF RIGHTEOUSNESS

I love guitars. I mean, I love how they look, sound and feel. There is just something about a guitar that makes everything right in the world. I don’t care if it is an acoustic or electric they are both wonderful works of art. It is amazing how different guitars sound, not only from other guitars, but even in the hands of other players. I heard a story once about someone who was given the opportunity to play Eddie Van Halen’s guitar. He played his guitar, amp and his whole set up, and yet he couldn’t get it to sound at all like it sounds when Eddie plays.

Everyone holds their hands and pick slightly different so there is always going to be a slightly different tone coming out. Therefore the same guitar may sound completely different in the hands of a different player.

In Romans 6 Paul tells us we are dead to sin and we are to count, or reckon, ourselves so. He goes on to say “don’t let sin reign in our mortal bodies, and stop presenting our bodies to sin as instruments of unrighteousness; but present yourselves to God as those alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God.”

The word instrument in this passage is actually referring to a weapon rather than a musical instrument, but I think the example is still valid. We are merely an instrument in the hands of whomever we allow to bend our strings. If we present ourselves to be an instrument in the hands of Sin then we are going to be used for committing sins. If we are an instrument in the hands of God we will be used for righteousness. It isn’t really the instrument as much as the one who plays it.

Years ago, before being born again, I used to play guitar and most of the sounds I created came from a very dark and angry place. Now, since Christ is Lord of my life, I play and it is quite a different approach. The sounds now have a more soothing, mellow feel.

The Bible tells us we humans are a vessel, branch, and Temple. I would like to add this example and say we are in fact an instrument. Just as a vessel contains something, a branch is attached to something, a Temple houses someone, and an instrument expresses the mood or inner attitude of the one playing it. The instrument is an expression of the musician playing it.

Paul is telling us to not let sin be the one to play us. He’s telling us, in this case, the instrument has an option on who gets to play it. No longer are we a slave to the dark, angry musicianship of Sin. We are now available to the one who will play the music through us that expresses the beauty of the Creator of the universe. He can transmit marvelous sounds through our lives if we would only present ourselves to him. Besides, no one could ever play an instrument like the one who designed it in the first place.

Written by Louie