Before you read this, please understand I wrote this quick, early, early this morning and have not yet edited. So forgive me for the many errors and spelling mistakes. Forgive and you too shall be forgiven for your bad spelling and grammar (wink wink nudge nudge) 🙂
Today, we celebrate the FEAST OF ASCENSION. Which is awesome… if you’re into manmade tradition and all.
Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
Hey, I’m just messing around. There is nothing wrong with celebrating things, unlike the Jehovah Witness, I celebrate birthdays, Christmas, Easter, Thanksgiving, etc. etc… Don’t let anyone fool you there is nothing wrong with traditions, they can be so much fun after all. Hiding presents under the tree, eggs around the house, and watching the little one’s faces when they find it. Now I know many would disagree with me, but let me point something out, when I celebrate these things, I also make sure that my family understands the TRUTH about these holidays, that they are merely just fun days to celebrate. While many are giving birth to Jesus, Killing him, Raising Him, and then like Today Ascending Him, I am not taking any part of that, I just enjoy the fun that goes along with the tradition. You see, I don’t put my faith in what HAPPENED, but what HAPPENS. I put my faith in the present, not the past. I don’t recreate what happened, I experience what is happening WITHIN.
And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.
Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before.
SIDE NOTE: This is great advice for us all by the way. When you mess up, don’t dwell on it. Don’t look at what you did, press on.
In any event, here is why we need to be careful about traditions. You see they put their focus on things that HAPPENED, as opposed to pointing us toward what HAPPENS WITHIN, and that is a big no, no. We are not to put our faith in things we SEE, or anything OUTSIDE of us, but we are to focus our FAITH WITHIN.
And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, The kingdom of God cometh not with observation: 21Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is WITHIN YOU.
It should be pretty clear from this scripture we shouldn’t be looking up into the sky, and waiting to LITERALLY SEE any kingdom coming. And, it should be pretty clear we shouldn’t be WAITING around for some future event, as the Kingdom is NOW AT HAND. But so many today are WAITING and preaching about what is to COME in the FUTURE. Looking for something TANGIBLE like a physical body of Jesus… they want to see things with their two eyes, and this is the trap. You see, the TEMPORAL WORLD is TEMPORARY, we are not to put our faith in this, but in the ETERNAL, which cannot be literally seen.
2 Corinthians 4:18
While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.
We are told in many place we are NOT to look at that which is TEMPORAL. Our faith is the EVIDENCE of the UNSEEN, not the seen.
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
Yet, it seems the whole world is waiting to literally SEE something. As the TWO DISCIPLES who watched Jesus ASCEND were standing around WAITING and LOOKING up into the SKY waiting for JESUS TO RETURN. They, like people today, didn’t understand how Christ COMES (IS REVEALED)
YES, PEOPLE, when you see the word “COME” in scripture, in reference to Jesus COMING the translated word for COME is REVEALED, MANIFESTED, UNVEILED.
Jesus saith unto him, If I will that he tarry till I come, what is that to thee? follow thou me.
First I want to point out, the word “COME” is NOT a FUTURE TENSE, it is in PRESENT TENSE. The word speaks of presently COMING, (being revealed)
Here is the strong’s definition of the this Metaphor right here.
COME: Erchomai = To come into being, arise, come forth, show itself, find place or influence, be established, become known, to come (fall) into or unto.
Now, that would mean that when CHRIST COMES, Christ (who is the way, the truth, and the Light) he is revealed, shown, finds a place of influence, is established, becomes known, comes into existence.
Now this is a very important thing to point out and understand. Because scripture is NOT talking about Jesus RETURNING outside of us, but COMING (being REVEALED AND ESTABLISHED) WITHIN US…
So, those that celebrate past things like the resurrection of one man, the literal ascension of one man, are going to be very confused about how it all goes down. If, in fact, the ASCENSION takes place WITHIN. (Which of course, I believe to be true)
And if I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a bunch more times on this blog, the HOPE OF GLORY is NOT Christ OUTSIDE of YOU, but WITHIN YOU.
To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ IN you, the hope of glory:
YES, the Kingdom of HEAVEN is WITHIN YOU. Not outside you, not coming from a far, far away galaxy, not returning, but unveiling. The WORD KINGDOM itself, is translated thus, “not a literal kingdom, but REIGN”
So when we read, the KINGDOM OF GOD is within. It really means the REIGN OF GOD is within. And that REIGN/RULE is CHRIST. Who is HEAD OVER ALL.
Now, I know a lot of you are saying, Christ is going to RETURN. Even though scripture clearly states, Christ NEVER LEFT.
Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will NEVER LEAVE thee, nor forsake thee.
Simple logic (logos) states, that if Christ never LEFT, he never needed to RETURN. Christ simply needs to be REVEALED. An UNVEILING must take place. THE VEIL that is to say, the FLESH (your carnal mind) must be taken away. And then when that CARNAL NATURE called the ANTI-CHRIST is revealed, THEN CHRIST WILL DESTROY IT with the BRIGHTNESS of his COMING (UNVEILING). And you will know that Christ IS and has ALWAYS BEEN WITHIN you. And that your life has been HID IN CHRIST. (Colosians – read it some time)
I have in other articles, described how we are given the Mind of Christ, the Name of Christ, and we are the Body of Christ… with all of that stated, I surmise, that it is IMPOSSIBLE for us, in the end, to be anything else but CHRIST.
You see, there are only TWO MEN in scripture. ADAM (First born son of God) and CHRIST JESUS (The LAST MAN – ONLY BEGOTTEN OF GOD) – And we bear the IMAGE OF BOTH.
1 Corinthians 15:49
And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly.
Notice, it says, as we HAVE born (past tense) the IMAGE of the EARTHY (adam). This means all of humanity has sinned (become ignorant) of who they are in Christ. In doing so, they were expelled from the Garden (paradise/kingdom of heaven) and began to put their faith in the EXTERNAL instead of seeking salvation from their ignorance within, which is CHRIST.
Even today, we hear on almost every pulpit, Jesus is coming, Jesus is coming soon. This ADAMIC thinking is the big problem. To say he is NOT YET HERE, is to NEVER KNOW THE TRUTH… For Christ is the TRUTH. And if the TRUTH is NOT HERE, then you are still DEAD (Ignorant) in your trespasses.
1 Corinthians 15:13
But if there be no resurrection of the dead, then is Christ not risen: And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain.
Many will look at this word DEAD and believe it to be PHYSICAL AND LITERAL. Even though, scripture CLEARLY states NOT TO PUT OUR FAITH IN SUCH.
No, the DEATH Christ is RESSURECTED out of is YOU (Your ADAMIC THINKING/Your IGNORANCE)
For to be carnally minded is DEATH; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.
Now if there is no RISING out of our IGNORANCE, than even this blog of mine is in VAIN. If the TRUTH (Christ) is not RISEN IN ME then MY faith (evidence of the UNSEEN) is in VAIN.
Now watch this next verse: LOOK CLOSELY
1 Corinthians 15:20
But now is Christ risen from the DEAD, and become the firstfruits of THEM that slept.
The word DEAD is A PLURAL WORD… meaning THE word DEAD here refers to MANY… This is why the next line is, CHRIST is becomes the FIRSTFRUITS (PLURAL) of THEM (PLURAL/MANY/MANKIND) … THEM.
Notice, the word THEM is used, not HIM a singular word. What? Still need more proof that CHRIST is only RISEN WITHIN, and not WITHOUT?
If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.
Paul, is not talking about someone fresh from the literal grave, he is talking about someone who is RISEN (enlightened) into the TRUTH OF CHRIST. He says, IF YOU ARE RISEN seek the things which are ABOVE, where CHRIST sits, the RIGHT HAND OF GOD… which is WITHIN YOU, the Temple of God, which YOU ARE.
KNOW YOU NOT THAT YOU ARE THE TEMPLE OF GOD?
Know you not, that the THRONE OF GOD is your heart/mind? And the RIGHT HAND of GOD, where God sits is NOT a literal location. That the RIGHT HAND OF GOD is an allegorical representation of the AUTHORITY AND RULE, and TEACHING of God. This is the RIGHT HAND. (God’s WISDOM)
A wise man’s heart is at his RIGHT HAND; but a fool’s heart at his left.
Remember the FOOL in his heart says “there is no God” and who always shows up on the LEFT. Satan and the unbelievers (thoughts that aren’t true).
God judges the THOUGHTS and INTENTS of man. He doesn’t JUDGE LITERAL PHYSICAL PEOPLE as some would say. HE JUDGES OUR THOUGHTS AND WORDS. Scripture states clearly, that we will be judged for every word that comes out of our mouth. And every word that comes out of our mouth, comes from the HEART/MIND.
Recently, I have been condemned by some to be destined to the Left side at the judgment. As if this is a literal physical place where we, allegoricallly called sheeps and goats, are taken to be judged and condemned. Well it isn’t!
God judges and separates our thoughts from WITHIN. His THRONE of judgment is INSIDE US ALREADY. Don’t you know that JUDGMENT begins at the HOUSE OF THE LORD. (WHICH WE ALL ARE)
For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a DISCERNER of the THOUGHTS and INTENTS OF THE HEART.
Every thought that is not rooted in TRUTH is cut away and destroyed. This is how God deals with us.
TALK ABOUT TANGENTS… In any event, let me get back on track here.
I wanted to write about the ASCENSION. I pointed out how this is NOT a physical event that takes place, but a spiritual event that takes place WITHIN US ALL.
Now, today is the FEAST OF ASCENSION… And this man made tradition is brought to us courtesy of the first passage in ACTS.
ACTS 1: 10 They were looking intently up into the sky as he was going, when suddenly two men dressed in white stood beside them. 11″Men of Galilee,” they said, “why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven.”
Now, I want to show you something perhaps none of you have seen before. Now you need to pay attention.
Here is a picture of DISCIPLES looking UP in the SKY and WAITING for JESUS TO RETURN… Much like the millions of Christians around the world today. (By now, it should be obvios Christ never left. John 1, he is the Light that lights all from the womb.)
And what happens in ACTS here, is these disciples looking up in the sky are visited by a MESSENGER of God. Who says, 11″Men of Galilee, why do you stand here looking into the sky?
Why are you LOOKING UP IN THE SKY?
Now if Jesus was to RETURN that way, as many believe, don’t you think, the MESSENGER would have said, “Hey, good job, keep looking up there fellow Christian!” … But NO, that’s not what is said. The two are asked, WHAT ARE YOU DOING LOOKING UP IN THE SKY MEAT-HEADS?
The disciples were confused. Surely, THEY THOUGHT, Jesus would return by descending from the sky above, they thought. But look at what the MESSENGER says next.
“…This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the SAME WAY you have seen him go into heaven.”
Did you catch that? The SAME WAY he was TAKEN FROM YOU, he will COME BACK.”… THE SAME WAY. CHRIST ASCENDED out of their SIGHT (understanding), and this is the SAME WAY he will COME (BE REVEALED) BACK… By ASCENDING within us.
When Christ is RISEN within us, there are some things we cannot grasp. There are some TRUTHS that are BEYOND OUR SIGHT.
Now there are some that are waiting for a physical return, waiting and waiting. But if they kept that up, they’d be waiting for eternity.
Christ has been TAKEN from the disciples. The TRUTH is too much for some to see, so they cannot SEE (UNDERSTAND) Christ. There are some that cannot understand the TRUTH OF CHRIST when it is REVEALED within others, much less, themselves.
But CHRIST (THE TRUTH) is always WITH US. CHRIST is TAKEN from us, and COMES to us… Let me explain this further.
The Word TAKEN, in the Greek means to RECEIVE, to BELIEVE, TO ACCEPT as TRUE… It doesn’t mean to be physically TAKEN AWAY from.
The TRUTH of God, the WORD OF GOD, is WITHIN. And the same way CHRIST ASCENDED is how he comes back, by ASCENDING. The scripture does not say…
“this same Jesus that was taken from you will return in THE OPPOSITE way he left.”
No, the scripture is clear… “…This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in THE SAME WAY you have SEEN HIM GO into heaven.”
When REVELATION HITS, this is CHRIST within you, you SEE (UNDERSTAND) then when you no longer have further REVELATION, Christ is not gone, but will once again have to ASCEND for you to SEE (UNDERSTAND) the TRUTH AGAIN.
I know this is a tough saying…. But look at how Christ RISES.
6But the righteousness which is of faith speaketh on this wise, Say NOT in thine heart, Who shall ascend into heaven? (that is, to bring Christ down from above:)
Don’t say who will LITERALLY GO into HEAVEN. Because to ASCEND into HEAVEN is to BRING CHRIST (truth/word) DOWN from ABOVE (HIGHER TRUTHS OF GOD) – To ascend means to have REVELATION of CHRIST.
7Or, Who shall descend into the deep? (that is, to bring up Christ again from the dead.)
To DESCEND into the DEEP, means to bring CHRIST again from the DEAD (our ignorance)
8But what saith it? The WORD is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and IN YOUR HEART: that is, the word of faith, which we preach.
You see people. Jesus Christ is not far, far, away, waiting to return.
CHRIST is IN YOU, IN YOUR HEART/MIND…. All one needs to do is to either bring Christ down to others, or raise Christ up from your death (ignorance) — But if truth be told, none of this is in our control ANY WAY. So thank God for it all, and pray YOUR WILL BE DONE, NOT MINE!
I hope this article made a whip of sense to you, and I pray as always you SEEK GOD for the Truth. Because as always, I could be COMPLETELY WRONG. I just don’t believe that to be so. Peace out “Church”