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LET PATIENCE HAVE HER PERFECT WORK
2 My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; 3 Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. 4 But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.
Yeah right, easier said than done right? Well the truth, as they say, hurts but it also heals. So settle into this essay with an open mind and remember there is no such thing as coincidence, and everything has purpose.
This is a topic I have briefly touched on before in the past. But today, I am going to really dive into this and point out some things that jumped out at me (revelation you see:)) Hopefully what I write will help you to see that there is much bigger picture that we are working with here. Hopefully you will see by the end of this essay that there is a reason for everything you go through. Hopefully you will understand that nothing good comes easy, as they say, but everything good comes to those that faithfully wait for their promise. Hopefully you will understand everything has purpose, the good and the bad, and in the end everything will be brought to the knowledge of the truth and peace.
Now I wasn’t planning on writing an essay this morning, when I woke up at 5am and sat down at this computer. In fact, I was simply going to revise an older essay but I began to write and below is what came out of it. As always I just go with the flow when I write and I rarely go back and edit so forgive me for any mistakes you may find. I look forward to your comments and I hope you enjoy it.
So let’s begin shall we.
If you’ve been to this site before you know I write much about the allegory of scripture. I write about the same thing the apostles and prophets of old wrote and spoke about. Paul said the “Letter” kills, which basically means if you take everything that is written literally, it will keep you in the darkness of death (ignorance/carnal mind). In a story, it’s never about whether or not there was a real Little Red Riding Hood or a Wolf, it is what we learn from the story that is important. Which is why Jesus spoke to the masses only in parable.
All these things spake Jesus unto the multitude in parables; and without a parable spake he not unto them
Remember the things of the Kingdom (reign/rule) of God is a mystery. And a mystery is something that must be revealed, understood, and found out. God has always spoke to us in allegory.
I will open my mouth in a parable: I will utter dark sayings of old
We should always seek God to reveal the deeper meaning of the stories we read in the scriptures. Because when you do, you will find the stories you are reading about have more to do with you and your life than they do about literal people from thousands of years ago. It’s all about finding out the mystery, which is not of private interpretation, but insight given by God, who wants us to come to the understanding of these things and in fact He will be succesful. As ALL WILL COME TO THE UNITY OF THE FAITH, AND KNOWLEDGE AND STATURE OF THE PERFECT MAN.
5 A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels: 6 To understand a proverb, and the interpretation; the words of the wise, and their dark sayings
The only way to increase in learning is to seek God, and allow God to reveal the interpretation of the proverb, parable, and dark saying (which are basically words that can’t been perceived naturally).
I want to point out that the word “God” I am using is the same spirit of love and truth that is within each and everyone of us, it is the beginning and end of all things and then some. God is everything seen and unseen, God is all in all. And who you are is God’s child. Or should I say, who you think you are is a creation of something that your conscious mind cannot fathom, God, or who we all really are the offspring of. Jesus’ prayer was that mankind would become ONE with God, which he called the “Father”. “That they may be one, as we are one.” Now, if you are ONE with something there is no seperation between who you are and who God is. For you are IN THE FATHER AND THE FATHER IS IN YOU. However, for the sake of this paper, I will use the word God to make my point. It is my hope that one day we too will be able to say we are one as Jesus did.
The scriptures state that it is impossible to know the mind of God. Much like it is impossible for the conscious mind to know what the subsconscious mind is up to. And that my friends is what the mystery is all about, finding our way home, finding our way to the truth of who and what we are, which is salvation indeed.
What few people are able to grasp is that their own lives are in fact a road map toward their own salvation. – Salvation mind you, is not freeing you from some future suffering in the afterlife, but freeing you from your ignorance and suffering in the here and now. For those that say, oh everyone is saved already, in my opinion they are terribly wrong. Otherwise, we wouldn’t have been taught to WORK OUT OUR SALVATION.
Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation
You have to understand the future is not something we need salvation from. The FUTURE does not yet exist does it. We need salvation in the HERE AND NOW! Salvation is all about the NOW. It is about being freed from your fears, worries, hang ups, addictions, anger, sadness, etc… and I’m sorry to say but for those that say, “we already overcame because of what one man did two thousand years ago”, I say, I believe strongly you are wrong. For those who say we are perfect as we are, the murderer and the saint, I say you are wrong. There is only one way to salvation and that is coming to the fullness, the knowledge and wisdom of who you are in Christ. And when you understand this, and the DAYSTAR has risen in your heart, then you are no longer ruled by your carnal fears and hang ups but you are set free. It is a dangerous teaching to tell people that you can be anything you want to be, even if that hurts others, and you can still enter the kingdom. I believe one day ALL WILL ENTER IN, BUT, and that is a very big BUT, it will only happen when they have been set free from their carnal old man, and have reaped what they have sown. This is why we are told to love others, to do unto others as we want done to ourselves. So don’t be fooled thinking you are already perfected, if you were, you would FEEL IT, you would KNOW IT! And it isn’t as simple as just turning on a switch, this is a process. This is why we MUST have patience and faith, because I am confident that God will bring us all to the knowledge of the truth, but EACH MAN IN HIS ORDER.
Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ
So how does God do this? How do we find the path?
Well, the answers are all around us, from the car we drive, to how messy or clean our home is, to our relationship, enemies, friends, and illnesses. Now this is hard for many to grasp. But the answers are all around us, in world events, natural disasters, to the television programs and movies we watch. God has inspired it all, to bring us all to a place of understanding and ultimately peace.
I know many of you will say, NO THERE IS TOO MUCH PAIN IN THIS WORLD, how can God possibly be using this to bring us to a place of peace and rest. Well consider how God chose to perfect us according to scripture.
Behold, I have refined thee, but not with silver; I have chosen thee in the furnace of affliction
In fact if we think of many precious things in the world, there is a great torment (testing/and trying) of these things. To produce the perfect pearl the oyster suffers its whole life and has to die for that pearl to be harvested. To create WINE (which is such a wonderful allegory) choice grapes ar ripped from the vine, that they are trampled under foot, pressed, scraped, left to stew in their torment, all the flesh is taken away, left to sit some more until that SPIRIT is ready to drink. All precious metals are held under the hottest part of the flame until all the impurities bubble to the surface. In fact in the refining of silver, the way the smith knows the silver is pure is when he or she sees their reflection(image) in the silver. The same is true for us. Let’s face it the easy road is never the road we benefit the most from. It is climbing the mountain and enduring the storms and escaping death and finally ending your journey on the mountain’s peak that you feel that sense of awe and accomplishment. If it was easy, no one would bother. Where’s the fun in that? Also consider the things you remember the most in life, things you are MOST PROUD of, they are usually the things you have overcome. In fact that is what our “testimony” is all about. All we have been through and where we stand today, what we have learned from our journey, and why others should be encouraged in their time of trouble.
I understand life can be so hard. I am not immune to the cares of this world (thorns) and the death (pain, ignorance, and suffering) it causes. I have been abandoned, attacked, hurt emotionally/physically, I have lost everything, I have suffered great depression and still do at times, I have been deathly ill for years thanks to my Crohns disease, but because of it all I am here today writing this article to encourage you that no matter what you are going through, IT IS ALL FOR YOUR BENEFIT! Now I understand it may not seem that way but trust me when I say it is.
12 Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: 13 But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.
There is a teaching out there, that Jesus took all of our suffering and we need not suffer anymore. Let me tell you that is the farthest thing from the truth. As hard as this is going to be for many of you to hear, there is no difference between you and Jesus. When he was crucified we were crucified.
I am crucified with Christ
Just who do you think the TWO THIEVES that were crucified with Christ were. They were the two natures in man. The one that is TAKEN (embraces the truth) and the other that is LEFT (cast off/divorced). – By the way, those are the actual definitions of those words, look them up.
Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left
Remember CHRIST in you is the HOPE OF GLORY. Christ IN IN IN you. Your life is HID in Christ.
It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honour of kings is to search out a matter
Yes, and we ALL HAVE this TREASURE, PROMISE, LIFE, LOVE, POWER, AND WISDOM within us.
2 Corinthians 4:7
But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us
Notice the last part of that verse. This truth has been HIDDEN from our understanding, so that when it is revealed we would know it was of GOD and not ourselves. THIS IS WHY OUR THIEVES need to be crucified. Because yes, once again, a THIEF is an allegory.
Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber
The THIEVES are those natures in man who believe we can enter the Kingdom of God by any other way, than the straight and narrow door of BECOMING CHRIST.
And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me
Let me first point out what the word “WORTHY” means in the Greek. Because it will open your eyes to a much deeper meaning. It doesn’t mean, “If you don’t do this you’re not good enough for me to love you.” God forbid, it actually means, if you don’t do exactly what Jesus did (laying down his old man) you cannot be as he is. DON’T BELIEVE ME… well look at what the word “WORTHY” means.
WORTHY – aàciov – having the weight of another thing of like value, worth as much
It means if you don’t embrace your suffering in this world, you will not have the same WORTH as Christ. The good news is, in the end of days (the last days of your ignorance, not the last days of this literal world) all will come to this understanding. And it is our suffering and trials that bring us there. This is why, we are told to rejoice in our sufferings because they are doing a great work within us.
6 Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: 7 That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ
And yes that word APPEARING DOESN’T mean Jesus is going to come again soon and stand before you in a separate body. Wake up people YOU ARE THE BODY OF CHRIST. That word appearing, once again when properly translated makes it clear. That the trial of your faith is precious so Christ can and will be manifested IN YOU and Made known to the world THROUGH YOU.
APPEARING: a)poka/luyiv – a disclosure of truth, instruction, concerning things before unknown,
used of events by which things or STATES OF PERSONS hitherto withdrawn from view ARE MADE VISIBLE to all.
There it is in black and white. Do you believe it?
I know, I know this is a hard saying, as they say. But would you rather think that all you are going through is totally pointless, that you have a dark cloud over your head, and your unlucky… OR, would you rather believe that ALL THINGS ARE WORKING TOGETHER FOR YOUR GOOD. That even the most difficult of experience, and most devastating of events are here simply to push us to the revelation of who we truly are in Christ.
For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.
Notice, it DOES NOT say the glory is revealed OUTSIDE OF US. But within us! We are where it all takes place, the beginning and the end, the last and the first, it is all part of our journey. As HE was SO ARE WE IN THIS WORLD. We need to take our eyes off of the Jesus man from two thousand years ago, and go to GOD AS HIS CHILD. For we are HIS CHILD. Even Jesus instructed that there will come a time in your walk WHEN YOU WILL NO LONGER GO TO HIM but you will KNOW GOD LOVES YOU!
23And in that day ye shall ask me nothing. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you.
When you come to this understanding. You will no longer pray to Jesus, or pray in “jesus’ literal name” because you will be ASKING IN HIS NATURE, which is what the word “name” literally means. You will be asking as CHRIST. So you won’t need to ask Jesus, you’ll be asking as Jesus (in other words). Look at this next line.
24Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.
The scripture says, YOU HAVE NOT ASKED “IN” my name. This doesn’t mean you pray, and then say, “I ask this in Jesus name…. To be IN something, it to be ONE with that something. When you ASK you MUST ASK knowing that YOU AND CHRIST ARE ONE!
And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one
Read that again.
And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one
Now what glory did God give Jesus. It was the revelation that he was the only begotten son of God, and savior of the world. THIS IS THE SAME GLORY WE ARE GIVEN. And how are we given this Glory. Did Jesus wave his hand and magically impart this to us…. NO! What is the GLORY OF GOD AGAIN?
It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honour of kings is to search out a matter.
Christ comes (is revealed) in the Glory of God (the Hidden truth with us). When Jesus is saying the Glory God gave give, he is saying God made known the TRUTH to him, and this he relayed to his disciples, and the glory given to them they gave to those God gave them, and the Glory given to me and you, we give to those God gives us… why? SO THAT WE MAY BE ONE! So we may all come to the understanding, that no one is better than another, no man or woman regardless of if there name is Jesus or Mohammed or Siddhārtha is greater than Bob, Sally, Antoine, Jacob, or Sue. FOR WE ARE ALL ONE and there is no DIVISION in ONE. There is no one greater than another IN ONE. For they are ALL THE SAME. Different members, different gifts, different purposes, but all ONE. As the hand is not greater than the foot, Jesus is not greater than you. The CHRIST in US, the CHRIST IN JESUS (which he was speaking out of and from) IS however greater than our carnal nature. Our HIGHER SELF is greater than our lower ignorance self.
When you understand this, then you begin to see other scriptures in a different light.
Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father
What do you think Jesus meant when he said, the THINGS I DO YOU SHALL DO… the reason is, you and Christ are the same. So what Christ does you do, and what you do Christ does. Because when you have LIFTED UP THE SON OF MAN then you shall know THE “I AM”, and that you too can do NOTHING OF YOURSELF, BUT EVERYTHING THAT FATHER HAS TAUGHT YOU. Taught you by what you have gone through, experienced, through the allegory of your physical life.
Still having problems with this? Well look at this next verse.
2 Corinthians 1:5
For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also aboundeth by Christ
Christ sufferings ABOUND IN US… Not outside of us, not many years ago, but NOW! But the best part is so our CONSOLATION also abounds BY CHRIST. In other words, we may SUFFER to attain the POWER AND WISDOM OF GOD, we may Suffer for Christ. But it is so our COMFORT ABOUND BY CHRIST. There is a point and purpose for it all. Every broken bone and every broken heart, it is working a FAR GREATER THING in us. And when we trust in God, regardless of our circumstance, and understand that it is for our good. When we learn to love even those that hate us, help even those that hurt us, and lift up those that tear us down, we will not only be growing in grace and allow Christ to rule our hearts, but we will be saving those we help, lift, and love from their own ignorance.
Consider for a moment, if we are ALL INFINITE beings, then does it really matter what is happening for the moment. If we are all Infinite beings, than no one who has died, has truly died, no one who has suffered will not one day be comforted, and no one’s life will be lived in vain. The world right now is a scary place, but consider that everything is a natural allegory of what is universally going on in the hearts of those around the world. Dictators are being overthrown, great earthquakes, terrible storms, wars, and rumors of wars, everything that is happening outside of us is also happening within us. Our carnal nature is being overthrown by Christ, our foundational error is being broken up, and there is indeed a war within us, one that will end with our peace.
And just remember you are NOT ALONE in your suffering. Your suffering is there to get you to LET GO and LET GOD RULE! Your suffering is working out a great salvation in you. This is why you have people coming against you, so you can learn to return their attacks with Love because you will then be able to see that it isn’t happening to you (as my friend Dave Fields always says) it is happening FOR YOU! And no one is immune to it, and everyone will go through the fire. But BLESSED ARE THOSE that have taken part of the First resurrection because the FIRE DOESN’T hurt as much. Because you understand what you are going through is for the greater good for yourself and the world.
2 Corinthians 1:6
And whether we be afflicted, it is for your consolation and salvation, which is effectual in the enduring of the SAME SUFFERINGS WE ALSO SUFFER: or whether we be comforted, it is for your consolation and salvation
The last thing I want you to take away from this, is the GREAT AND EXCEEDING PROMISE we were given in 2nd Peter. It shows us an order of things. How one thing we experience, leads to another thing, and that things leads to another and so on and so on.
4 Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. 5 And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; 6 And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; 7 And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity. 8 For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ
Once we reach a point in our walk when we begin to understand that God is in control of every single thing in our lives, we will change, and we will do this by the above list and notice how brotherly kindness and charity is close to last on this list. It is because we must understand diligence, faith, virtue, patience, temperence and godliness and partake of the divine nature, and see that what we do to one we do to ourselves for we are one. And WHEN these things abound in us, AND THEY WILL, we will be fruitful and come to the same knowledge and stature of Jesus Christ, for we shall see him as he is and we shall be LIKE HIM, we shall know as we are known, which means, we shall know ourself in Christ, as Christ, and we shall never again care about the testing of our faith, the second death will not hurt us, it will be a fruitful walk in the park.
So hang in there, let patience have its perfect work, and know that whatever you are going through is for you. So ask God what am I to learn from this. Ask God who am I. Ask God teach me the truth and then trust that God delivers. Because God does!
I hope this essay helped a bit. Peace to you and yours,