Wednesday, March 14, 2012

#58 - Art of Living

Åґ☂ ◎ḟ ʟ☤√ḯη❡ #58: "At that day you will know that I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you." (John 14:20).

There was a time in the life of apostles in which though they all walked with Jesus for nearly three and half years on earth hearing His sermons, seeing His radical life of purity, experiencing all the supernatural healing power, miracles and even seeing Jesus excercise unusual authority over the nature through His word, still they had this doubt about who is the Father that Jesus is speaking about always like the air that He breathed. When Jesus said at the end of his earthly life, “If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; and from now on you know Him and have seen Him.” (John 14:7). Trying to understand what Jesus said honestly, one of Jesus' disciple named Philip dared to ask Him the following question, "8 ...“Lord, show us the Father, and it is sufficient for us.” 9 Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and yet you have not known Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; so how can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? 10 Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me? The words that I speak to you I do not speak on My own authority; but the Father who dwells in Me does the works. 11 Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father in Me, or else believe Me for the sake of the works themselves." (John 14:8-11). Here we see the natural heart of Jesus' disciples which were not born again at that time trying to understand the spiritual things that comes to be revealed intuitively through divine revelation in our spirit-man (1 Cor 2:11-14). It was a insult to ask Jesus the only begotten Son of God to show Him the Father who is in heaven, when He Himself has come to show and reveal the Father God's nature on earth as it is in heaven. “No one has seen God at any time; [except] the only begotten God who is in the bosom of the Father, He has explained Him.” (John 5:37). Every human should understand that we do not have a physical capacity to see God face to face and live in this body (Exod 33:20). This is why Jesus who is God Himself just as His Father, has become human to reveal God the Father to us (John 1:1, 14; Heb 1:5, 8).

Because we being a finite creation of God do not have the capacity to comprehend the infinite God, God made man in His spiritual image through which He had planned to reveal Himself personally (Gen 1:27). But because of a wrong choice that our forefather took in the Garden of Eden, all humans lost this spiritual capacity to be connected with God and understand Him. This lost spiritual capacity to understand God was due to sin which is called by God as lawlessness toward God's purity and perfection that entered all of our lives from birth, which also brought death to all men on earth (Rom 5:12; 1 John 3:4). So all humanity were desperately trying like this apostle Philip to see God and understand Him without understanding, but all their efforts were in vain as no man can see God and live. Jesus came for this purpose, he became human as one among us and pacified God through his sinless perfect obedience to Him and thus God was pleased with His life and God began to again quicken all the spirit of those who would believe in Jesus (Rom 5:19). God again became the Father of all human spirits though Jesus (Heb 12:9). The spirit life which was lost in the Garden of Eden was regained by all those who believed Jesus and so He is called as the last Adam who is giver of life to our spirit (1 Cor 15:45). All those who believed Jesus were made righteous and as a result of it they were all positionally in the eyes of God became as righteous as Jesus is (Rom 5:19). This positional righteousness was given to all people who were declared as just men because of their belief in Jesus whose spirits were made perfect not because of their effort but as a gift from God (Heb 12:23). God made a way through Jesus to be just and be the justifier of all humans who come to Him through their belief (Rom 3:26, 21-22).

Jesus Himself explained this secret of spiritual life to all the disciples and apostles, but because they were not still born again, they were not able to comprehend this wonderful message of Jesus. After Jesus died on the Cross for all of our sins once and for all time (Heb 10:10, 12, 14), Jesus came and blew the Holy Spirit upon the apostles and their spirit-man was born again at that time (John 20:21-23). Thomas the apostle was missing at that time when Jesus came to awaken the spirit of his disciples and thus he was not ready to believe that Jesus rose from the dead when they told to him. Thomas the disciple of Jesus told that unless he sees with his eyes and touch the wounds of Jesus with his own hands, he will not believe that Jesus is alive. But Jesus graciously appeared to him again and said that, 'All can be born again and know Him in a blessed intimate way even without seeing Him if they just believe.' (John 20:24-29). The only precondition to receive this spirit awakening experience is to belive and accept Jesus as our Lord and God of our life (John 20:29). Thus we who have believed this have been born again gloriously and those who are not born again can also be easily born again in their spirit-man if they belive Jesus to be the Lord and God of their life (1 John 5:10). No disciples or apostles who received this spiritual awakening of being born again inside the recesses of their heart ever questioned about God (John 3:3-8). Why? Because God has become closer to them than the air that they were breathing and God started to move in to the core of their being consciously after this event (Acts 17:28). Once after being born again in their spirit-man inside them, they understood God in such a way of interpenetration that nobody have to explain to them the enigma passage which Jesus said in John 14:20 that says, "I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you". They knew all of it by revelation knowledge within them. THOSE WHO ARE BORN AGAIN GENUINELY BY THEIR BELIEF IN JESUS WILL ALSO KNOW THE MEANING OF THIS ENIGMA PASSAGE OF WHAT IT MEANS TO BE "JEUS IN THE FATHER GOD, WE IN JESUS AND JESUS IN US." It is good that we are born again gloriously by God's grace through His faith (Eph 2:8). But do not get satisfied with this initial born-again experience, go on higher... ALL OF US WHO BELIEVE IN JESUS MUST GO HIGHER IN OUR SPIRITUAL LIFE TO SEE GOD WORK IN OUR LIVES CONTINIOUSLY BY HAVING A PURE HEART (MATT 5:8). Others who have not yet taken Jesus seriously to surrender their lives to Him must do so now. Today is the day of your salvation (2 Cor 6:2). Praise the Lord!

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