THE PRINCIPAL THING

THE PRINCIPAL THING

Over the years many Christians have been taught that the most important thing for them to do is to go around and get people to come to their particular churches, and then get them to confess Jesus as Lord. It doesn’t matter if you are Catholic, Pentecostal, Baptist, Lutheran, Jehovah Witness, Mormon, Non-denominational, shoot the list goes on and on, there are so many division in this faith we call Christianity, but the point is, every single denomination teaches the same thing, “get those people to our faith, and get them to confess Jesus.” Now of course, each have different ways of doing this, different means of getting people into “heaven” as they say. For the Catholics its infant baptism then confirmation, for the Church of Christ baptism as an adult is the key, for the Pentecostal’s it’s all about confessing and then getting “spirit filled”, as if somehow the spirit of God is outside of us just waiting for us to say, “Come on in.” For many Evangelicals it’s the same, it’s the sinner’s prayer. You simply ask Jesus to come into your heart. Which of course places the spirit of God’s son somewhere far away, and renders God’s spirit powerless unless you first ask for it and want it. Let me let you all in on a little secret, God doesn’t need an invitation, and the Son of God is closer to all of you then you have ever thought. In fact, this essay is about getting that understanding for yourself. Because it is Wisdom and Understanding that brings you into the Kingdom of God, which by the way is NOT some Kingdom in the sky like the palaces and kingdoms man has made. The Kingdom of God is WITHIN YOU, and scripture tells us clearly what it is.

Romans 14:17
For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost

The word “Kingdom” in fact doesn’t mean a literal kingdom, but denotes a RULE OF AUTHORITY. The literal translation is “Reign or Rule”. Here is the Greek word for it, “basileiða” and it’s definition, royal power, kingship, dominion, rule not to be confused with an actual kingdom but rather the right or authority to rule over a kingdom

I know that alone is a wake up call for some of you, but look it up. The Kingdom of God, simply means the RULE OF GOD, and that is WITHIN YOU ALREADY. But back to our essay.

So, for many the key is getting people to come to their places of “worship” and getting them to go up for an altar call, or to “accept Christ in their heart”. Then some churches, ironically will put these people through a training program and test them to see if they are “ready” to truly be baptised in their churches tap water. But the question I have, and you should have, is this what God meant when we read about preaching the Gospel. Is the good news to simply accept a man from two thousand years ago into your heart, get dunked, go to Church, tithe, and scour the earth to find others to join that church?

Matthew 23:15
Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, ye make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves

Back in the day, it wasn’t much different. It was all about getting people to join the club. The problem Jesus saw with this is that these religious leaders were actually doing more harm than good.

Ecclesiastes 1:9
The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun.

Is Solomon right, could the same thing be happening today? Are religious leaders really bringing people into the Kingdom of God, which is the Rule of God, which is the Righteousness, Peace, Joy, and Power of God’s spirit? Well, for many that I know in the “religious system” the answer is no. Of course that doesn’t mean that everyone that goes to man-made “church” is in error, but let’s just say many, many people are missing the PRINCIPAL THING, many are missing the TRUTH, many are missing SALVATION. In fact, many people believe they are saved from some future event, they think that since they literally said “Jesus is Lord” that their afterlife is secure. How wrong they are. Salvation has nothing to do with avoiding a place of infinite torture (since such a place doesn’t exist read my article “to hell with hell” or “lake of fire revealed” for more info on that topic). No Salvation is for the HERE AND NOW!

Luke 19:9
And Jesus said unto him, This day is salvation come to this house, forsomuch as he also is a son of Abraham

2 Corinthians 6:2
(For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.)

Yes, SALVATION is for the here and now. And if truth be told Salvation and Resurrection go hand in hand. In fact they are two sides of the same coin. Because to be Saved is to be Born from Above, and to be Born from Above (which means, a higher understanding of the things of God), is to be Resurrected. And like salvation it is in the HERE AND NOW!

John 11:25
Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:

So if we are not saved from some scary place after we literally die, what are we saved from?

Revelation 12:10
And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.

We are saved from our CARNAL OLD MAN, the FALSE IMAGE, the FATHER OF ALL LIES, we are saved from OURSELVES. The reason is, we have become ignorant of the TRUTH of who we are in Christ. We have forgotten who we are and believed ourselves to be something we are not. Ephesians puts it beautifully, both how we became LOST and what is done so we are SAVED.

Ephesians 4
18 Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart: 19 Who being past feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness.

Notice what the problem is, and was? Our understanding, like the Gentiles of past, was DARKENED. In other words we no longer understood the Light of the Truth, and because out understanding was Darkened, because we became ignorant we became ALIENATED from the LIFE OF GOD through our ignorance. And we began to believe God was somehow far from us, angry at us, we believed ourselves to be unworthy and because of this insecurity and fear we began to act ignorantly.

And unfortunately, religion perpetuates this darkness. As the scripture states, making the congregation TWICE THE CHILD OF HELL (ignorance) that their leaders are. Most churches only reinforce the belief that you need to work for God’s approval, when the OPPOSITE is true. We need to stop believing we are in control and simply put off the WORKS of the OLD IGNORANT MAN and come to the knowledge of the TRUTH OF WHO WE REALLY ARE!

Ephesians 4
13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ.

We MUST come to the measure of the STATURE of the FULNESS of CHRIST. We must become the PERFECT MAN. And you can’t do this if you only believe there is one from two thousand years ago. We can’t do this if we continue to believe Jesus is somehow special and we are not AS HE IS IN THIS WORLD. And we only come to understand this when we put off the former conversation of the OLD MAN, when we stop accusing ourselves and condemn ourselves and others, when we finally LOVE GOD, AND LOVE OTHERS, and our love is perfected. When this happens we understand, there is no difference between Jesus and Ourselves, in fact we are all ONE.

1 John 4:17
Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because AS HE IS, SO ARE WE in this world.

If you have brothers or sisters, you don’t esteem one greater than another. The First Born isn’t somehow better than the middle child or the youngest. They are all the same.

Romans 8:29
For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren (siblings).

Now, I know this is new for a lot of you. Jesus was condemned for saying he was God’s son. Years later, Christians said, okay, “It’s okay for Jesus to be God’s son, but he’s special and we are definitely not (as he is).” – You see today a greater mystery is unfolding. Many are coming to the knowledge of the truth and the stature of the perfect man. Many are beginning to see that Jesus is the pattern son, meaning we are the same, his story is our story, what he did we must do. And no I don’t mean literally be crucified, but spiritually we are to crucify this Flesh (carnal thinking).

Matthew 16:24
Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.

Look at that verse carefully. Jesus took up the Cross, so must we, sure that is easy to see. But what you are missing is the most important part… YOU NEED TO DENY YOURSELF (old belief/ego/carnal nature).

Now this doesn’t mean DEPRIVE yourself which many have taught. It doesn’t mean that at all. In fact the definition of the word a DENY according to any dictionary is to “REFUSE to acknowledge something or someone EXISTS” – (de·ny/diˈnī/Verb 1. Refuse to admit the truth or existence of (something).

Now that opens the floodgates of revelation for those who have eyes to see. If any many will come after me, he must first deny that HE AS HE THINKS HE OR SHE IS does NOT EXIST! And then after the great revelation that who you think you are is nothing, and doesn’t really exist, you TAKE UP THE CROSS and you put that old nature to death and FOLLOW THE SAME PATH AS JESUS. – This my friends is how salvation is found, it is in PUTTING OFF your former beliefs and the belief in who you once thought you were and understanding that YOU ARE GOD’S CHILD! And if a child a JOINT HEIR IN ALL THINGS!

Ephesians 4
22That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; 23And be renewed in the spirit of your mind.

We have to stop thinking of ourselves as less than, and start seeing ourselves through the eyes of grace. We need to stop condemning ourselves and listening to people who say “you aren’t worthy, you’re worthy of hellfire you darn sinner.” We need to stop listening to people who say, “Do this, join us, and you’ll be saved.” Because the truth is not found there and it never will be found there.

Matthew 7:21
Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven

You can say Jesus is your Savior until you’re blue in the face. You will never KNOW SALVATION in you don’t know who you are in CHRIST, and the only way to do that is to DO THE WILL OF THE FATHER. And notice how Jesus DOESN’T say, whoever does the WILL OF THE FATHER is my servant or slave.

Mark 3:35
For whosoever shall do the will of God, the same is my brother, and my sister, and mother

Once again we see, Jesus saying, WE ARE AS HE IS, brothers and sisters. The question is, what is GOD’S WILL?

John 7
16Jesus answered them, and said, My doctrine is not mine, but His (FATHER’S) that sent me. 17If any man will do GOD’S will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself.

To do God’s Will is to know the DOCTRINE OF GOD, to know the TRUTH of GOD! This, this is the principal thing. This may come as a shock to you, but the PRINCIPAL THING, means MOST IMPORTANT THING. And according to the scriptures, the PRINCIPAL THING IS WISDOM AND UNDERSTANDING.

Proverbs 4:7
Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding

This is what we MUST get. WISDOM! It is a TREE OF LIFE! We MUST understand who we are and DENY who we thought we were to know Salvation. I know many will say, “Oh this is gnosticism!” and to be honest it doesn’t matter what you think, what matter is what you know and can confess!

When Jesus was saying “I am the way, the truth, and the life”, he was saying YOU MUST BE AS ME. He wasn’t saying worship me Jesus, he was saying BELIEVE IN ME AND WHAT I AM TELLING YOU! Many looked to Jesus (the man) as being the most important thing there is. The Rich man said…

Matthew 19
16And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life? 17And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God

Jesus always pointed to God, always pointed away from himself. He taught us how to pray “Our FATHER” not as some churches have you praying “our jesus”. We must come to the understanding the ONLY HOPE for our salvation is WITHIN US ALREADY! This is the mystery that has been hidden. Not Christ outside of you, but Christ within you.

Colossians 1:27
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 my friends it is all about wisdom and understanding. Some will say NO! It is about Christ, to which I will point out what Christ is….

1 Corinthians 1:24
But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God

To which I will point out what Christ BECOMES for us.

1 Corinthians 1:30
But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption

OF HIM YOU ARE – in Christ Jesus! Jesus means (God is Salvation) – And in understanding you are God’s child and in no need of having to WORK YOUR WAY TO HIM. God delivers you IN HIM, through wisdom, righteousness, sanctification, and redemption.

The very SPIRIT of God is WISDOM AND UNDERSTANDING! When God’s spirit is revealed in you, it is UNDERSTANDING THE TRUTH OF WHO YOU ARE IN GOD THROUGH CHRIST that delivers you.

Exodus 31:3
And I have filled him with the spirit of God, in wisdom, and in understanding, and in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship.

So many people are waiting for their savior to come. They wait and they wait. But the longer you believe in salvation outside of you to come, the longer you will be deceived. Many are questioning to this day, WHEN WILL JESUS COME, and they did the same thousands of years ago.

Luke 17
20And 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.

In other words, STOP WAITING AND LOOKING IN THE SKY and start looking within, because salvation is here and now. And it is only found in understanding and having the faith that WITHIN YOU is every answer you will ever need.

Jesus never said, I MADE YOU WHOLE… He always said “YOUR FAITH” made you whole.

Luke 8:48
And he said unto her, Daughter, be of good comfort: thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace

It’s time for everyone to stop listening to mankind and religion. It is time for people to turn to God and ask God to teach them the truth, to lead them into the truth. You don’t need to check with your Pastors or Religious teachers to find out if what God is revealing to you is truth, you simply need to continue to ask God and seek God and have faith. Because it is your FAITH that makes you whole. And that FAITH comes from the CHRIST IN YOU! The POWER AND WISDOM of God WITHIN YOU!

This is what every single apostle, disciple, prophet, etc, desires for you to know.

Colossians 1:9
For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding

Like them, I too want you to know the TRUTH, I desire to know the TRUTH. But the only way to know the TRUTH is to have WISDOM and UNDERSTANDING.

Psalm 51:6
Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom.

And why does God desire us to have WISDOM and TRUTH? Why is WISDOM the principal thing? Because without it, you can never be free.

John 8:32
And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free

The TRUTH is, YOU ARE GOD’S CHILD and you died (became ignorant) as Adam did when he began to think he had to do something to be like God, when Adam was like God all along!

So pray for wisdom already! And don’t go to man for it, go to God!

James 1
5 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.

Jacob
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IS JESUS GOD or WHAT?

IS JESUS GOD OR WAS GOD IN JESUS?

Malachi 3:6 “For I am the LORD, I change not.”

Hebrews 11:1 Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, 2 but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things.

SO IS JESUS GOD OR WHAT?

This is the big question on everyone’s mind. Many different religions make different claims as to who, and what, Jesus is?

Here are some QUESTIONS that pop up:
Is Jesus God? Is God Jesus? Is Jesus only God’s son? Is Jesus just a prophet? Is Jesus a Man like you and I, the image of God?

The list of questions over the divine, or less than divine, nature of the man with salvations plan in hand, JESUS, has been debated for more than a couple of centuries, to say the least.

Few know the History of how Jesus came to be known as God and worshiped as God, and why there are pictures, statues, and a host of other “Icons/Idols” that represent this GodMan (as He came to be known after the votes were cast and the decision was made) BY RELIGIOUS MEN and POLITICIANS AND PRINCIPALITIES AND POWERS… (Don’t we wrestle against such?) at The Council of Nicaea in 325 CE to decide the issue… In addition, when the Divinity of Jesus was established as Man Made Doctrine, it wasn’t the ONLY major Doctrine established by men, there were many others… Oh yes, what a web has been weaved by men indeed. But I have no need to teach you history, I will use the scriptures and hopefully common sense, as well as logic, to make this point. But if you ARE interested in the history of how, and when, Jesus was said to be the only “God”, you can google it. As the “Gospel of Thomas” states…

“Let one who seeks not stop seeking until that person finds; and upon finding, the person will be disturbed; and being disturbed, will be astounded; and will reign over the entirety.”

Few people truly seek out the meaning of this here mystery called life. I implore you, SEEK THE KINGDOM! Keep looking, keep knocking, keep asking, never settle (Those who settle never move forward again because they are stuck)… So, I triple dog dare some of you reading, really seek out your beliefs, find out where they originate, find out why they exist, and find the TRUTH! It will set you free.

Now, a majority of Christians say the Man Jesus is GOD, the Only One to be God. While a minority today say that God was IN Jesus, no different than you and me, as blasphemous as that sounds. But this concept is not a foreign one to scripture, as…

1 John 4:17
Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because AS HE IS, SO ARE WE in this world.

Matthew 1:23
…and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with us”).
– Notice the name MEANS GOD WITH US. Not God separate from us.

Jesus prayed, John 17:22…that they may be one as we are one – One cannot be divided. Jesus was praying that his disciples would come to know, what he knew, what God revealed to him, that we ALL ARE ONE.

Romans 12:4-6
4 For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, 5 so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.

Yes scripture always seems to be pointing to UNITY, oneness. That we are all connected, all made of the same stuff, we are all one. And yes science agrees. Look into string theory if you get a chance. But when it comes to RELIGION, there is a very big disconnect. Many state that we are not ONE, we are not the same, we are not worthy, and only Jesus can be “God” in flesh.

So today’s essay is about Jesus of Nazareth. Before we begin, I would like to note the very first documented scriptures in the canon was written by the apostle Paul, The books of Thessalonians I believe, and Paul never met Jesus in the flesh, and wrote these books some 30-40 years after Jesus was said to be crucified. The Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, didn’t appear till almost one hundred years after Jesus was said to be crucified. And many things that most Christians seem to focus their faith on, the miracles, virgin birth, Jesus being God, etc… none of these are found in Paul’s writings, who presents a much more mystical view of Jesus. Is this the stuff of LEGEND? Is it true? Or is this an allegorical telling of a great hidden spiritual truth, which relates to us all?

But once again, another topic for another time. Today we focus on whether Jesus is GOD or Not.

It would have been nice for Jesus to clear that whole mess up for us and just come out and said, “I, Jesus am GOD!” But Jesus never said that, he only called himself the “son of Man” and the “son of God” – Both of which by the way, we can say about ourselves. We are children of mankind (ignorance), and children of God (enlightened).

But let us look at the words of Jesus, to see if he spoke as God, or if he spoke on behalf of God.

JOHN 7:16
“Jesus answered them and said, MY Doctrine (Teaching) is NOT MINE, but HIS that sent me. 17 – If ANY MAN will do HIS WILL, He shall know of that Doctrine, whether it be of GOD or whether I speak of MYSELF (jesus)

Jesus also says in that very chapter in verse 42 :I proceeded forth and came from God; NEITHER came I of MYSELF, but He who sent me.”

Jesus made it clear, he did not come of himself. He said God sent him, he did NOT send himself.

Jesus is clearly saying, he is not TEACHING “his” TEACHING, but what GOD TAUGHT HIM TO TEACH. He isn’t saying, I am teaching MY TEACHING AND SPEAKING OF MYSELF… he clearly makes a distinction between God’s words and his own.

Jesus shared that he could do NOTHING of himself. If he was God, he certainly could, don’t you think?

John 5:30
By myself I can do nothing; I judge only as I hear, and my judgment is just, for I seek not to please myself but him who sent me

Jesus seems to be pretty clear. That his “Ego/self” was NOT IN CONTROL… God was.

Now this of course flies in the face of Christianities belief in free will… But I already wrote a paper on that, feel free to find it and read on here.

Jesus also needed to LEARN to be obedient to God… Many people forget/ignore this. And guess who taught Jesus, GOD. Now if Jesus was God, and the only God, why would he need to learn anything?

Hebrews 5:8
Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered

Jesus also did NOT consider HIMSELF (Jesus the Ego Man) to be GOOD. He said ONLY GOD was good. Once again making a clear distinction.

Mark 10:18
And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God.

You would think that Jesus really wanted people to know that HE WAS NOT THE THING PEOPLE NEEDED TO FOCUS ON… BUT GOD! Jesus when asked, “How should we pray?” He didn’t answer them and say YOU SHOULD PRAY TO ME! NO!!! God forbid, Jesus made it clear, people needed to pray to GOD, THE FATHER!

Luke 11:2
And he said unto them, When ye pray, say, Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth

Once again, Jesus the man making it clear… THE WHOLE POINT OF LIFE IS TO MANIFEST GOD IN THIS WORLD. And that GOD’S WILL is the will that must be done, NOT THE WILL OF JESUS THE MAN, THE WILL OF GOD… But this many Christians have a problem with… Why they do is beyond me. When Jesus was in the Garden before his crucifixion he also made clear that HE/JESUS had a separate will from God’s. Now if Jesus was God that would NOT be so.

Luke 22:42
Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done

Again, this makes it very clear. Jesus the man, is clearly not God the man. But revealed God in himself.

2 Corinthians 5:19
To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation

Notice the scripture does NOT say, God was Jesus. But that Jesus was called the CHRIST (ANNOINTED OF GOD, THE POWER AND WISDOM OF GOD REVEALED) – And that GOD WAS IN CHRIST (that Power and Wisdom) to reconsile the world (our lusts of the flesh, eyes, and pride of life) back to GOD, our SOURCE, OUR LIFE!

So why with all of this scriptural evidence do people still pray to JESUS THE MAN, and consider that Jesus the Man was God, and not simply, the first born among many brothers and sisters (meaning we are all the same/same family/come from the same source, etc)

Romans 8:29
For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.

Notice, JESUS the man, was predestined BY GOD — He did not predestine himself (ego/jesus in flesh)… an important point is, we also are predestined, but once again, another essay :).

Many pray to Jesus today as God, and picture God as the Man Jesus. Many worship what God created, the man “Jesus” as the Creator… And maybe they are right, then again maybe they are not. Confused yet? Well get ready, because if God is the Literal Flesh Man Jesus as so many claim, then why is it that from Genesis to Revelation we find scriptures stating very clearly, GOD IS NOT A MAN (book of Numbers), should never be compared to anything we can see in the earth, sky, sea (Deuteronomy)… well I could go on and on, but one of my favorites is found in Romans. People state they KNOW that Jesus is GOD, and that he is completely unique from us, and separate from us, and we must ask Jesus to come into our heart… And when scriptures are shared to the contrary, they tell you how smart they are and why what we point out is invalid, because they are wise and we are foolish. (Then again, God does save these things for those the world considers foolish)….

Romans 1:22
Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, 23And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an IMAGE made like to CORRUPTIBLE MAN, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things. 24Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: 25Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and WORSHIPED AND SERVED THE CREATURE more than the Creator.

Paul is basically telling the Romans that they started worshiping MAN, MANKIND as God, as opposed to worshiping GOD, which, by the way NO MAN has ever seen, AT ANY TIME.

John 1:18
No man hath seen God at any time,

So we see the dilemma. If Jesus is NOT GOD, but the SON OF GOD, and we are worshiping Jesus as God as opposed to seeing him as the express IMAGE OF GOD, then this could keep us from finding who WE ARE in the grand scheme of things. We will begin to believe that we cannot be as Jesus, that Jesus is God and we are not worthy to do as he did, or be as he was… YET, once again we bump into a problem with this belief jiving with scripture. Because Jesus himself said, WE WOULD DO GREATER THINGS THAN HE DID.

John 14:12
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

Look, if we believe Jesus to be God, and claim this Man such, and this is yet another false teaching that could keep up from the KINGDOM OF GOD, then we wouldn’t want that, right?

NOT REALLY 😦

John 3:20
For every one that doeth evil (ACTS OUT OF IGNORANCE) hateth the light (TRUTH), neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved

Most people are unwilling to get rid of a belief that has been handed down from generation to generation. I know many wonderful people who have come into a different understanding than their families and have lost their families for such. (These families consider themselves to be Godly, but does that sound like God to you?)

The question I pose today is… Are many misled into worshipping something they should not. If there is only ONE GOD, and ONE SON (And that ONE SON is Humanity as a whole (which I believe, as that is what the name ADAM literally means), either dead in ADAM (Human thinking) or Risen in CHRIST (The Power and Wisdom of God) then why the confusion? Why do many believe Jesus is somehow far removed from us, and God in the flesh?

First of all, we all would agree Jesus never came out and said. “I am God” … He did say “Before Abraham was (I AM)” – But let’s be real, according to scripture, before Abraham was, WE ALL WERE AS WELL… And we don’t go around claiming to be God, DO WE? Well, some do 🙂 But let’s not get into that right now either.

So if this Jesus God Man teaching is error then why are so many intent on teaching that Jesus is God. Doesn’t the fact that so many believe something is true, make it true? … Doesn’t it?

Of course not! Most didn’t believe Jesus was EVEN THE SON OF GOD, so much so, that they killed him. And we know they weren’t right just because everyone agreed. “they knew not what they did”

I believe the answer is simple. Man wants to worship a MAN. We all love our IDOLS… We, just like back in the day, worship the STARS! Can anyone say Brad and Angelina? HELLO!!!! We even WORSHIP HOLY WOOD, we call it Hollywood. And the AMERICAN IDOL goes to TAYLOR HICKS! Remember him, what ever happened to that guy? Okay, maybe Taylor wasn’t our idol, but many others are.

So, Man wants to worship Man. That would be ONE reason to worship the Man Jesus as God… And scripture clearly tells us, that Jesus was a MAN. “The Man Jesus Christ”.

We are visual creatures, and we have been conditioned to only worship what we can literally, tangibly see. (yet this is NOT FAITH)…

Hebrews 11:1
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen

Many people claim that many people LITERALLY SAW JESUS. And many people today see the IMAGE OF JESUS (who by the way looks like a MAN, when scripture clearly states we should NOT reduce God to the image of a CORRUPTIBLE MAN)

Romans 1:23
And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.

So faith, is believing in that which you cannot literally see, and…

Hebrews 11:6
But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

Notice the scripture doesn’t say diligently seeking Jesus the man, but seeking GOD. Yet, many today are still waiting for a literal return of Jesus the Man, in the Literal clouds, riding a horse, cracking the Mount of Olives, with the Saints, in the Saints, as Rain, as Lightning, (The many ways Jesus is supposed to return is vast, if literal it would not make sense, but as allegory is makes complete sense.)

Many look to John Chapter One as the answer… They say, in John 1 it is clear, that Jesus is God… However…

If you read carefully, and closely inspect the text. John 1 is not saying Jesus is God, John states the Word (God’s Truth and Spirit) is GOD… And then goes on to say that “the law came by Moses, but grace and truth by Jesus Christ..” Many will say this line makes it clear that Jesus is the Word which is also God. But does it?

What the scripture is teaching is that MOSES brought us God’s Law, it wasn’t Moses’ law that he delivered, it was God’s Law.

With that in mind, it wasn’t Jesus’ Grace and Truth that Jesus brought, it was the revelation of God’s Grace and Truth that Jesus brought, as Jesus was the WORD OF GOD revealed IN MAN! … I wrote a whole essay on JOHN 1, which really goes into detail about this. It’s on this blog, called “Word Became Flesh” check it out, it might surprise you.

In the beginning was the WORD.. this is the commandment, the will, the truth, the spirit of God…The WORD is not a flesh man named Jesus.

The WORD was revealed in the FLESH MAN named Jesus… In the BEGINNING was the WORD, not JESUS the Man. Jesus (as we’ve come to know Him), the flesh man didn’t even appear on the scene until much, much later. And who did Jesus say he was, THE SON OF GOD!

Jesus in his own words told us, He was the Son of God, and Jesus was a MAN. As was, ADAM, who by the way is also the Son of God.

Adam was the 1st MAN (soulish/ignorant) and Jesus was the LAST (enlightened/resurrected)Man

Jesus was the LAST ADAM (Man)… Clearly making his humanity known.

So why the confusion, why isn’t it clear? Well I believe the scriptures are clear, it is man’s interpretation of scripture that clouds the issue. And hundreds of years of indoctrination and teaching that makes this such a tough topic to touch.

Keep in mind, while reading this essay that never once did Jesus say he was God. He called himself two things “The Son of Man” and “The Son of God”

I started this essay with a quote from Malachi = God doesn’t change. We must keep this in mind as well.

Now let’s go Old School and see with the Old Testament says God is and what God is NOT. Let us see what we CAN compare God to and what we CANNOT.

In “Deuters” 4 we see that when God “appeared to Mankind” he did not appear in any VISIBLE FORM, and we learn we should NEVER liken God to Man or Beast, or Stars in the Sky, basically anything that is seen… CHECK IT!

DEUT 4:15 YOU SAW NO FORM of any kind the day the LORD spoke to you at Horeb out of the fire. Therefore watch yourselves very carefully, 16 so that you do not become corrupt and make for yourselves an idol, an image of any shape, whether formed like a man or a woman, 17 or like any animal on earth or any bird that flies in the air, 18 or like any creature that moves along the ground or any fish in the waters below. 19 And when you look up to the sky and see the sun, the moon and the stars—all the heavenly array—do not be enticed into bowing down to them and worshiping things the LORD your God has apportioned to all the nations under heaven.

Pretty clear, we shouldn’t be setting up any corrupt images of God as a Man or Woman. But let’s go further.

We know the Old testament teaches us to NEVER liken God to anything in the world, animal, mineral, man, beast, anything. Yet, as I stated earlier, many “Christians” often Compare God to a Fish on their bumper, or a Cross around their neck, or Jesus in paintings, statues, etc.

Could this be man’s biggest offense? Worshiping the Image of Jesus “the Man” as Jesus “the God”, as opposed to seeing Jesus is the image of GOD… God’s only begotten SON, which is the only way to the FATHER… (By realizing you are ALSO GOD’S SON/CHILD) – Jesus was the IMAGE of the invisible God. The scripture does not say, Jesus the man was and is God.

Remember NO ONE HAS SEEN God at any time… The SON reveals GOD… Jesus says, if you have knew me you knew God… WHY? Because Jesus revealed God. Just as the Kingdom comes without observation and is within us, so too is GOD A SPIRIT that cannot be literally seen. However, the IMAGE of God can indeed REVEAL God… and that is what WE ALL ARE… not to mention what Jesus was.

Colossians 1:15
Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:

As are we (The image of the invisible God, no different than Jesus)

Now let’s chit chat about what an IMAGE of Something is, and what an Image is not.

The Image of Something is NOT the Something, it is merely a REPRESENTATION of that Something. Which makes that SOMETHING KNOWN… Make sense? I sure hope so, because I am CONFUSED by what I just wrote. 🙂

I would also like to draw attention to the words “INVISIBLE GOD” – Invisible is NOT VISIBLE. YOU CAN’T SEE AN INVISIBLE GOD! But people see the IMAGE OF JESUS everywhere they go, and back in the day when he walked on this planet in the flesh people say, they literally saw Jesus.

1 John 4:12
No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us

No one can see God, God is spirit and Truth and Love. Just as you cannot SEE LOVE! But if you have SEEN MY WIFE AND I TOGETHER YOU HAVE SEEN LOVE… That is what Jesus meant when he told his disciples, “If you have seen me, you have seen the Father.” He didn’t mean he was the Only Father there is, he simply meant, if you got to know my nature, than you got to know God, for God is the Love (Jesus revealed).

AN INVISIBLE GOD cannot be literally seen as the literal man Jesus was… But the literal man Jesus can MANIFEST (REVEAL) the INVISIBLE GOD, through fruit.

Luke 6:44
For every tree is known by his own fruit.

If Jesus is NOT GOD and JUST THE SON OF GOD, than we are worshiping as Paul puts it, the “Creature and Creation” instead of the “Creator”. And vice versa, if Jesus is GOD, than I need to wake up to this truth! So feel free to comment away, as iron sharpens iron… But worse than all this is if Jesus is NOT GOD, and we believe Jesus the MAN is, we are placing GOD outside of ourselves, and not INSIDE.

This is what it means to enter death. Christ is our LIFE… THE INSTANT WE PLACE CHRIST outside of ourself, we enter into death (ignorance). We deny the very essence of our existence and place God far from us, as opposed to seeing that God is WITH US (Immanuel).

Now, I don’t really have the time to list every scripture in regards to the matter. But I have listed a bunch below that if you cannot reconcile wisely with your own beliefs, be they, that Jesus is the SON OF GOD a Man, or Jesus is God, then you have to throw out every single scripture written below and only hang on to the three of four references that HELP YOU to believe what you believe. Many say Jesus is actually 100% God and 100% Man… Even though that would be 200% wouldn’t it?

I pray this at the very least opens a discussion among us all and God lead us to the Truth whatever that may be.

1 Cor 8:6: “Yet for us there is but ONE GOD, the Father, from whom are all things and we exist for Him; AND ONE LORD, Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we exist through Him.”

IS GOD A MAN? CAN HE BE A MAN

Numbers 23:19 “God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?”

hath he said, and shall he not do it -Would God say this if it weren’t true?

Psalm 146:3 “Put not your trust in princes, nor in the son of man, in whom there is no help.” – Jesus called himself the Son of Man.

Matthew 18:11 For the Son of man is come to save that which was lost. (Jesus told many he is the SON OF MAN)

GOD IS ALL KNOWING… IS THE SON?

Psalms 147:5 Great is our Lord, and of great power: HIS UNDERSTANDING IS INFINITE.

So God is all knowing, if he is, would he then INCREASE IN WISDOM? Nope! But Jesus did, as we do.

Luke 2:52 And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man.

Jesus’ wisdom increased. Meaning Jesus’ began to understand more and more as he grew in God’s grace. He was in process as all of us. He had to learn to.

Hebrews 5:8 Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered;

Jesus, like us, LEARN from what we SUFFER. Through much tribulation we enter the Kingdom. But there is NOTHING FOR GOD TO LEARN, because God IS WISDOM ITSELF.

Jesus also wasn’t in on, the ins and outs of how God brings about the end of the carnal man/thinking/ignorance (apocalypse)

Mark 13:32 and Matt 24:36: “But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in Heaven, NEITHER THE SON, but the Father.”

It is pretty Clear, the FATHER (GOD) knows all and does not need to learn. But the SON (JESUS/humanity) does NOT know everything, and grows in wisdom and must LEARN.

GOD IS ALL POWERFUL – IS THE SON?.

Jesus told us clearly he can ONLY do what the Father tells him to do.

John 5:19: Verily, verily I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do…”

If the SON IS GOD how come he can’t do anything except what he sees the FATHER DO?

Like many Christians today, we seek to do GOD’S WILL, not our own. If Jesus was, and is, God, how could he have a will contrary to God?

But watch how the SON (like many of us) wants only to do God’s will, EVEN THOUGH the SON understands he has a WILL of his OWN (outside of God).

John 5:19. … I seek not MINE own will but the will of the Father, which has sent me.

Jesus was begging for the FATHER’S WILL, if Jesus was God, he would be the FATHER and have no other WILL but God’s and would have no need to ask for it.

Luke 22:42… Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.

This is my prayer all the time as well… LORD NOT MY WILL BUT YOURS… I also, pray God LET THIS CUP PASS (Whatever I am struggling with now) But I am not God. I know God has a Will for me and my life, and I know I have a will that is contrary to God. – Just like Jesus. Think about that for a moment.

CAN GOD HAVE A GOD?

John 20:17: “I ascend unto my Father and your Father, and to my God and your God.”

Matt 27:46: “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?”

Matt 26:36: O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless, not as I will but as thou wilt. – (Was Jesus praying to himself?)

Eph 1:3: “Blessed be the God and Father OF our LORD JESUS CHRIST, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:

Please read that again .. It states VERY CLEARLY

BLESSED BE THE GOD AND FATHER OF JESUS.

It does not say Blessed be our GOD AND FATHER WHO IS JESUS does it?

No, it doesn’t, it is clear that, like us, Jesus has a GOD and FATHER… It is clearly written.

CAN GOD BE A MAN

Jesus of Nazareth, a MAN approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs, which God did by him in the midst of you.

Would God need to approve himself? But more importantly, can God be a man?

Numbers 23:19
God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?

Okay, pretty clear. Jesus the man. God the Spirit. Jesus is a MAN appointed by God. And GOD is NOT A MAN! Nor the SON OF MAN (which Jesus also claimed himself to be)

IS GOD FLESH AND BLOOD? THE SON IS.

John 5:37: “Ye have neither heard His voice at any time nor seen His shape.”

No one has heard God’s voice (They heard Jesus’) – No one has seen God’s shape (They saw Jesus)

John 4:24: “God is a spirit and they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth.”

God is not a Man. God is an INVISIBLE SPIRIT within us and all around us. Not just that, but His kingdom cannot be inherited by flesh and blood.

John 1:18: “No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.”

No one sees GOD but the SON DECLARES him (Makes God known). Jesus is the WORD OF GOD revealed in Jesus, and now we IN CHRIST are the very same LIVING EPISTLES that are read of all men.

Many people see and hear us, as they saw and heard Jesus, but NO ONE AT ANY TIME, HAS SEEN GOD. (Can Jesus be God then?)

1 Timothy 6:15,16 God the blessed and ONLY RULER, the King of kings and the Lord of lords, who ALONE IS IMMORTAL and who lives in unapproachable light, whom no one has seen or can see”

Paul said God is IMMORTAL, which means God cannot DIE. But the SON did die for us all, didn’t he?

IS ANYONE GREATER THAN GOD? IS GOD GREATER THEN GOD?

John 14:28: “My Father IS GREATER than I.”

Jesus taught clearly that the FATHER is GREATER then he (JESUS) is. It pleased God to allow Jesus to suffer so he would learn obedience. If Jesus is God would he need to learn anything at all? Aaaah, I think Not!

WHO ARE WE SUPPOSED TO WORSHIP AND PRAY TO?

Acts 24:14: “I admit that I worship the God of our fathers . . . ”

Paul makes it very clear, I WORSHIP THE GOD OF OUR FATHERS (Who by the way, did not know Jesus as he was not yet born into the world, but was in the Father yet to be sent) The Fathers of Paul, worshipped the ONE TRUE GOD IF ISRAEL, not a Man named Jesus.

Acts 3:13: “The God of our fathers has glorified his SERVANT Jesus”

Here we see, the God of Paul’s Fathers, GLORIFIED, his “servant” Jesus. Jesus is the SERVANT/SON of God. Who God sent and Glorified. Jesus could do nothing of himself.

Paul makes it plain as day in this next passage.

1 Corinthians 8:6: “For us there is but ONE GOD, the Father . . . AND ONE Lord, Jesus Christ”

Shall I repeat this, for us (Paul’s and company) there is but ONE GOD, THE FATHER…. AND (which means in addition to) ONE LORD JESUS.

God cannot be seen or known, the SON who God glorifies makes known the FATHER, AS THE FATHER is IN THE SON, reconciling the world unto himself.

WOULD GOD PRAY TO BE SAVED?

Heb 5:7 “During the days of Jesus’ life on earth, he offered up prayers and petitions with loud cries and tears to the ONE who could save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission.

Jesus clearly prayed to God to save him from Death. Jesus worshipped God… shouldn’t we? Shouldn’t we stop praying and worshipping a man, but know God ourselves.

LUKE 4:8 “And Jesus answered and said unto him, Get thee behind me, Satan: for it is written, THOU SHALT WORSHIP THE LORD THY GOD AND HIM ALONE SHALT THOU SERVE.”

John 17:3 And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, AND Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.

In closing, I want to say I understand that for many this is a difficult study and for others, this is something that is already understood and it is clear as day. I also want to say, move on to some of my earlier essays, as this revelation is unfolding and there is MORE TO SEE.

Because Jesus may not be GOD alone, but that doesn’t also mean that God is the projector of Jesus while Jesus is the projection… Just as the conscious mind is part of the subconscious mind but far less sophisticated. GREATER IS HE THAT IS IN YOU… then the YOU you believe yourself to be IN THE WORLD.

But the great falling away from the Truth has happened, and as hard as it was for me to sit and write this paper today, knowing it would offend so many, I couldn’t sit back and just allow what “Man teaches” to go unchallenged.

We must learn that there is no difference between Jesus and Us.

John 14:12
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.

This is why Jesus said “I need to leave”. They were putting their faith in ONE MAN, and were not putting their faith in the GOD INSIDE thet One Man. The Man Jesus that he was bearing witness of and revealing God to those God had given him in the world.

There is so much for all of us to learn and God has not given us the spirit of fear, which I have to remind myself of every time I write one of these essays. As I know many of my friends and contemporaries may completely disagree and may even take offence.

We must ask ourselves are we WORSHIPING MAN (by calling Jesus God) and changing the likeness of the incorruptible God into that of a corruptible man.

Scripture says it is IMPOSSIBLE FOR GOD TO BE TEMPTED… Was not JESUS tempted in the wilderness? If Jesus is God, how could he be tempted? And are not we all tempted and drawn away by our lusts?

James 1:13
Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man:

I also know, that no amount of biblical proof will change a heart that is blinded. For the “wise” of the world will call this foolish, but the foolish things of the world indeed confounds the Wise. And it is my prayer that we begin to see the ONE TRUE GOD.

So for those whose hearts are troubled by this essay, I pray you read and find comfort in this last passage of John.

John 14:1 Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; Believe ALSO in me.

Notice the word ALSO? 🙂

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Much love and peace to you all,
Jacob
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ITCH MY EARS ALREADY!


COME ON, ITCH MY EARS ALREADY!

This weekend I wrote this article but wasn’t sure if I was going to share it. But tonight I was feeling FRISKY!!!!!! So listen up people because this one may get ugly!

Okay so here’s the deal, no one likes bad news, right? Everyone wants to be told, hey everything is going to be okay, you don’t need to suffer, God doesn’t want you to be sick, God wants to be rich! “BY HIS STRIPES WE ARE HEALED!” …

Okay, first, let me address, the whole “By his STRIPES we are healed line.” – Jesus learned obedience through the things HE SUFFERED! Okay, news flash people, the servant is NOT ABOVE THE MASTER, what is good for the King is good for his joint heirs! How can we be healed by another’s stripes, you ask? Well, when you are CRUSIFIED WITH HIM, His stripes are actually YOUR STRIPES. As we are all ONE in Christ Jesus, and if we are ONE, then HIS STRIPES ARE OURS and VICE VERSA!… Too much?… Okay, I’ll try and explain this one in another essay, but pay attention now because I’m about to write one of the most “UN – itchiest articles of all times”

Many people won’t like this one. But just because you don’t like, don’t make it any less true! Nah Nah na na Nah!

I have titled this essay, “ITCH MY EARS ALREADY!” I would love to tell you, my F.I.V. infected adopted stray cat Oreo gave me the idea when he came up to me this morning and jumped on my keyboard until I gave him the old scratchity scratch, but Oreo does not get this honor.

The idea for this paper came to me when driving to the store. I turned on the car radio, which is always programmed to the Christian Radio station because all other music is of the devil! And anyone who says different, is of the Devil too! … Kidding folks settle down in the peanut gallery. As it turns out, we have a pretty awesome Christian Radio station out here that plays amazing music in the morning because I gotta have me my Kirk Fraklin and Third Day! Not to mention RICHIE RIGHTEOUS, WHO IS THE BOMB DIGGITTY DOOO!… But did I get my southern gospel size helping of Christian tunes tonight? NO!

Like all Christian radio stations, time is purchased by preachers to further the “good news of the Gospel”, or at least whatever their “version” of it is… And we all know, how different VERSIONS there are… Baptist, Pentecostal, Catholic, Non-denominational, Lutheran, Trinitarian, etc, etc, blah, blah, blah, there are more divisions in the Christian faith then in any other major religion. But they all have one thing in common, many of those who grace their doors all crave a good serving of that down home FEEL GOOD PREACHING!

For years, I had thought the “Itching ears” passage in Timothy, spoke of the “damnable heresies” we all know and love and share door to door, especially like the nice Jehovah’s Witness ladies who came a knocking yesterday asking me if I “knew the Truth”… “What is Truth?” I replied with a smirk on my face and then graciously took her flyer…
Well, I believed those “damnable heresies” to be false beliefs, false doctrines, vain traditions etc… But tonight, I understood for the first time, what this passage in Timothy really meant.

2 Timothy 4:3
For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;

It sounds like a bad joke… So I turn on the radio and I hear this big name preacher screaming, “I am telling you God is doing something… If you have given up on your family, don’t! If you have lost your children, get ready to find them again! If you have suffered, if you have hurt, if you feel like you can’t TAKE IT ANYMORE!!!!” — Insert big audience reaction, … “Then get ready, because GOD IS DOING SOMETHING! He is going to turn it all around for you, he is going to heal you, he is going to bring that loved one back, He is going to give you every little thing your heart desires!!!! Because GOD IS GOOOOODDDDDD!”

Then it hit me! I said to myself, “He’s telling them, exactly what they want to hear.” I mean sure, who wouldn’t want to hear everything is going to come up roses when all you smell is the manure of life piling around you! And I got sad, because I knew he was lying to them all.

WHAT JACOB? … Yeah, I know, we all want to believe that God is going to make everything all right, and YES, I promise one day, we will come to stature of the perfect man and the knowledge of the truth. And that day, we won’t care what we have endured, we will have learned to endure it joyfully, because we will have understood that it works patience, and that our present suffering will be as nothing compared to the glory revealed in us later…

But right now, itching people’s ears is not setting anyone free. Promises of hope mean nothing to those who continue on in their illness, thinking, “If only I had more faith.” Empty words mean nothing, to those who continue giving more than they can afford to only find their home foreclosed on.

This man’s words were empty. Thousands of people were in that audience, and I know, without a shadow of a doubt, that for thousands of people, things were not going to miraculously turn around over night. The reason, is because our lives, our troubles, our circumstances are more lessons for us than they are plagues that God does not want us to endure. What we suffer actually brings us closer to God than never having to struggle to begin with. And when we negate the importance of our struggle and our suffering, and say, God does not want thus in our life, weu miss the most important thing God is trying to teach us.

Hebrews 5:8
Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered;

There is no greater teacher than the pain of a mistake. If you have ever done anything foolish, and God knows I have… Like that time I tried to impress the kids in my neighborhood by sticking my tongue to the frozen flagpole and ended up stuck there until the fire department came. I became the laughing stock of the town. Thank God, My wife finally forgave me for doing that last year…

My point being, when we do something foolish that causes us pain, we think… DUH! I’LL NEVER DO THAT AGAIN!

For someone to say, that God doesn’t want us to go through what we are going through, does a hell of a lot more harm than good.

Here’s the reason, you’re in the situation to begin with. So what are you chopped liver? What is God like, “Well I don’t want Jacob to be stuck to that flagpole but he just needs to have more faith?” No, to say that God does not want this or that in our life is to say God is not in control. And believe me, the CONTROL is all about our REAPING WHAT WE SOW… But, we’ll get to that.

And then you have those miracle healers, you watch them on TV and its like a miracle a minute, people cured from cancer, jaundice, back problems, but never gullibility (I wonder why that is?) Listen diseases go into remission, I have Crohns, asthma, and terrible gas (insert smiley face) — Now if God is all about healing the FLESH (which he wants to perish) how come amputees don’t have their arms or legs miraculously grow back. Can God not handle this feet? Of course he can. But the point is, what we suffer is what is healing us to begin with. And once we learn this, it makes our disabilities easier to handle.

Now am I saying, God doesn’t heal? Of course not, but its not, “BE WHOLE IN THE NAME OF JEEEESSSSSUSSSS!” and then you fall over to the floor and some over weight men in three piece suits, two sizes to small, pick you up, stick a microphone in front of you, and you say… “I’m healed!”

Now, birth is a process, so is healing. Cut yourself and see how long it takes. It heals, sure, but not in one instant. And whatever is bound in the earth is bound in heaven… Whatever is without is within. If you want TRUE HEALING, If you want a way out of your suffering, find the cause, the way any good doctor does. There is a reason, Jesus is called the good physician. A Physician finds the source of a problem and gives you your medicine! SO WE HAVE TO LEARN TO TAKE OUR MEDICINE and not go to these knucklehead multimillionaires to gets our ears itched.

If you heal the inside first, the outside will follow. These are words to live by.

I mean really what do you think Jesus, who is TRUTH, was going around and healing? The Blind, the Deaf, The Lame, The Leprous, the Demonic and The Meatheads.

Scripture is an allegory “Church”, I am not going to argue over whether or not, he literally healed anyone, as it doesn’t matter at all if he literally healed anyone, as God looks to the INWARD MAN, not the OUTWARD MAN. The Outward man Perishes, the Inward Man is renewed!
I had a conversation with a dear friend who told me, “God doesn’t want people to shrivel up and die.” I replied, “Name one that doesn’t.” It is determined, that this flesh body, this temporary Buick we are driving around in perishes. WE DO NOT! But, we learn a great deal through this wondrous pilgrimage that has been set before us. We learn through the things we suffer, so why not learn to enjoy the ride and learn from the signs along the way.

Many religious leaders today are promising all sorts of awesome things instead of telling us that we reap what we sow, that we must endure until the end, that “through great tribulation we enter the kingdom”, that “he who does not pick up his cross” is none of His!

No, the preachers talk about healing your club foot, finances, relationships, health, family, and when that’s not enough, they throw in the future bliss of eternal buffets in heaven, std free relations (notice I didn’t use the “s” word). And, of course, my favorite, being poofed away to the clouds while God torments those evil chooches who got that dreaded chip implanted in their hands so they can buy food at the grocery story, HOW DARE THEY!… (I think I should add a good old fashion LOL for that last one.) I mean the truth is so much easier to believe than the lies this world will feed you.

Is there not a greater comfort knowing you are suffering for a great purpose, than believing God doesn’t want that for your life? Would you rather believe God has somehow overlooked this minor detail called Crohn’s disease and abuse, (which I suffered from both)

When people told me, God wanted me to be free from Crohn’s, I thought, “Than He must not be a very powerful God, because I’m in intensive care right now enjoying my third blood transfusion”.

Now I want to add, that I have been symptom free for three years now. What has changed? Has God healed me? Sure, why not? And if I get sick again, did God give it back to me? Sure, why not. The Lord giveth and the lord taketh away… BUT ONLY BECAUSE I NEEDETH IT… and because in the end, like Job, I am DOUBLEY BLESSED and I’m not talking double your pleasure, double mint gum blessed, I’m talking, unity of the spirit…. But if I am meant to suffer a terrible death to further my journey to the Kingdom, what choice do I have but to accept, if the Lord gives there is good reason, if the Lord takes away there is good reason. Whether I live or die, I do ALL UNTO THE LORD.

You know usually, I like to break down the scripture and show the allegory of it. But these scratching scratchersons are doing the world and their so-called flock a terrible disservice. And I will tell you why. There is a way out of suffering and our pain. And that is by LEARNING OUR LESSON.

Paul learned the hard way. I learn the hard way. I hope you all aren’t like me. Listen, because, I’m about to give you the keys to the Kingdom here!

WHAT JACOB? HOW DARE YOU? ONLY JESUS CAN GIVE THOSE KEYS OUT? – He gave the keys to us, and now I am going to give ONE MASTER KEY to you all!

I HOPE YOU STAYED WITH ME, because IT IS WORTH IT!

You cannot BELIEVE your way out of your situation, you must change what it is that got you into your situation. In other words, You are reaping what you have sown! I KNOW, I KNOW, there are people suffering with terrible diseases right now, who were probably sweet as pie in this life. And my carnal nature wishes it weren’t so. But my higher nature, understands there are greater things at work here, that many of us aren’t ready to accept. But we never truly know what has gone on, do we? We don’t truly know, why one is blessed and one seems cursed. If God does not respect one over another, then why are some born with privilege and others without. Well, I’m afraid, I’m not ready to share that one with you. But I am ready to share, what Jesus shared. And it was ALL OVER HIS MINISTRY!

I learned this lesson, when I tried to get a free lawnmower bag from the Home depot because a year earlier my lawnmower didn’t come with one. I didn’t believe they would honor my purchase, so when I told them I bought it and it didn’t have the bag, well, I just left out the little detail about it being a year old… I didn’t lie to the guy, but I wasn’t completely honest and I could have been… The instant I left, the thought came to my head, clear as day “The lawnmower is going to break” … One week later, I had to spend two hundred dollars as the mower broke down, and I returned that bag… But learned the lesson of reaping and sowing. A MASTER KEY.

I want you to think now about everything Jesus taught.
1) Forgive your enemy
2) Love those that hurt you
3) Pray for those that persecute you
4) Give to those that steal from you
5) Live by the sword die by the sword
6) Reap what you sow
7) Give and it shall be given
8) Forgive and it shall be forgive
9) Show mercy and mercy will be shown
10) Love and be loved

Look the list goes on and on. Now, think about it. Why would Jesus say, you reap what you sow and then say, forgive you enemy… Well, if you reap what you sow, your enemy you brought on yourself and if you don’t forgive this enemy and you return violence for violence, it is like your throwing the karmic ball back into play.

Yes, that’s right I used the word “Karmic”, what you got no love for the Buddha? Everyone loves a half naked guy who smiles with a big fat belly! … Or is that just me? (snicker, snicker)

Jesus was teaching us the way into the Kingdom, and the ONLY WAY IN, is to DO UNTO THOSE AS YOU WANT DONE UNTO YOU!

Think about that verse. “Do unto others, AS YOU WANT DONE UNTO YOU” – he understood, that our thoughts, our words, our actions, are causal and there will be a rebound effect. So, he implored everyone, to take their lumps joyfully as their reward for doing so would be great. The reason, is IF THEY DIDN’T, they don’t break the CURSE!

Jesus was simply was teaching that whatever comes around, goes around. This is a great lesson, if you can bear it. There is a purpose for your suffering. You are not going through hard times for no reason at all. And you will not be going through these hard times for ever. Once you learn whatever it is you are meant to learn from these hardships you will see these burdens fall away.

When our actions get us into trouble, there are consequences. The appropriate course of action is to admit your fault, not blame some outside entity and continue on in your sin.

Now Jesus wasn’t saying stay in an abusive relationship, continue to stay where someone is hurting you, quite the opposite, on the cross he forgave everyone, rose above them and never hung with them again! Hung was a poor choice of words I admit. But thank God he did for us all! The Pattern Son. And now we must Hang on our CROSS! Not go to some millionaire preacher to tell us that God doesn’t want us to hang on it.

So yes things may stink for the moment, but take a moment to ask God what you are meant to learn from them. See where you can love. See where you can forgive. See where you can step out in faith. We all have hard times, we all suffer, and we all will overcome, but there is only ONE WAY TO DO THIS!

It is through the straight and narrow gate of Love!

So the next person that tries to scratch your ears for you, you can tell them to scratch something else… your nose.. because… well, because, it’s, it’s itchy of course.

Try LOVE on for size and watch your true healing begin.

Peace out!
Jacob