I don’t know if you can tell, but I’ve been having a LOT of clarity recently. It’s not just that many years of questions have firmed up, it’s not just that I’ve been having even more God experiences than normal, it’s not just that I’m seeing the very sick be healed, it’s not just that the scriptures are popping open to me… it’s all of that and more.
And in the end I have come to this conclusion. Only two things really matter. If you want to know how to be a Christian, or how to be a powerful Christian, or how to overcome the sin and evil of this world… then here is the bottom line.
There are just two things you need to know, and everything else is simply given to you (Matt 6:33) as you take note of these two things…
FIRSTLY: For non-believers the most important thing is not left and right politics, not taxation rates, not abortion or the death penalty or anything else.
It’s the fact that Jesus Christ took the sin of the world – your sin, my sin – and He took it onto Himself and He paid the FULL penalty of death. All of it. Not just some of it but all of it (1 John 2:2). Then He defied death and rose from it. And when He ascended on high He sat at the right hand of the Father and He received gifts for men (and women) and yes for the rebellious also (Ps 68:18). Amongst those gifts that He received was the Holy Spirit, which He poured out ON ALL FLESH (Acts 2:33).
What I am writing SO CLEAR to me that I could cry, in fact my eyes are welling up with tears as I write this. No one needs to suffer. No one needs to be in pain. No one needs to suffer for sin, they can be free! The payment IS made. Everything is done. But it has to be received.
What remains is for us Christians to go and TELL the world and to DEMONSTRATE this truth to people so that they can see and know. You see, we Christians don’t battle flesh and blood, we battle principalities and powers in heavenly places for the people’s freedom.
So that is the first of the two most important things. Here is the second…
SECONDLY: For believers who have chosen to believe what I wrote above… just as non-believers need to accept that truth in order for it to become theirs and to benefit (Heb 4:2), you the believer need to accept this next truth in order for it to become manifestly true for you (Heb 4:2).
It’s the fact that you HAVE BEEN baptised INTO Jesus Christ through your faith in Him. That is already done. And just as death could not hold Him, it has no hold on you either. Just as He is seated at the right hand of the Father, you too are seated with Him FAR ABOVE everything that can be named in this world. As He is IN HEAVEN, so are you – IN THIS WORLD!
It’s profound, if you believe what I wrote above, then these words I am saying are already true about you. But as the bible says, if you don’t mix the truth with your faith, daily, then you won’t benefit from it (Heb 4:2).
I have been searching the scriptures for years and just recently all my hard work has boiled down to just those two things.
The Holy Spirit says…
But right now the Holy Spirit has just said to me “1 John 2:4” and it is this verse
Whoever says, “I know him,” but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in that person. – 1 John 2:4
So don’t be fooled by people who say that they believe. If their life is not one of love (His one explicit command) doing not just speaking, then the truth is not in them and they are lying to you.
The scriptures say it too
And wouldn’t you know it… it’s more or less what Paul says is all that is important too… two things…
For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. – 1 Cor 2:2
I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection – Phil 3;10
I have come to that same conclusion, but i came to it the long way around. I went through living the covenants, living the law, I went through “father worship”, I made the oils, I anointed myself and my house, I did it all and I did everything. None of it freed me. I bought all the books and all the music. I went to services at the most famous church(es). I did not get freed.
All of it led me to this believe those two simple truths.
We are His bride
You see, we are His bride, we lose ourselves and then we find ourselves in Him. A bride loves her Husband. She is not to focused on her father in law. She does not to desire her father in law. She does not to fawn and adulate her father in law.
And as she comes to know and love her Husband Jesus Christ, through Him she is able to be seated at the right hand of God the Father, right in His very Presence. She becomes adopted by the Father. Her name is changed by her Husband. Her Husband’s God is her God. Her Husband’s people become her people.
Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God – Ruth 1:16
Apart from Me you can do nothing
The Holy Spirit seems to be telling me to quote this next scripture… “apart from me you can do nothing”… and I have no doubt it is for someone reading this…
“I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. – John 15:5
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