April 5th.

Numbers 20-21 / Proverbs 15 / Ephesians 1-2

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Stern discipline awaits him who leaves the path; he who hates correction will die.

The human is primarily afflicted with this disease of self-importance; everything it thinks and understands is colored by this disease. That's why it's easy for each one of the humans to think that their gods prefer them over the other humans, no matter who or what they are.

As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our sinful nature and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature objects of wrath.

The sons are also afflicted with this disease because they are taken from the stock of humanity and it lives in them like the scourge. The suffering comes when it has to be taken out of them if they are chosen to be sons of God, because the Father is a strict disciplinarian of the sons.

Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and aliens, but fellow citizens with God's people and members of God's household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.

The sons should also be strict with each other, not allowing one who is consistently causing havoc and chaos to bring that into the family where the Father wants peace. Paul used terms like "turn them over to satan" for these, which is enigmatic but the point is clear—do not put up with it because it will just continue along like a cancer. They cannot trust what is unseen, but must continue to hold on to what is familiar, what they can control for their own good, according to their unfaithfulness. These people are either afraid and need their fears appeased, or hungry and need their cravings satisfied, and they continue to try to get what they want at the expense of the others, who are giving up that which makes them unclean for the sake of the family.

In abbreviated terms, it's not fair because the sons must come away from the world and culture of humans and go like Abraham to a place that is unfamiliar to them, and these are reluctant to go, like the riffraff amongst the people against Moses in the desert. The promised land is better than Egypt because it is the place the Father has prepared for them, but they cannot comprehend that now because that is the way the Father wants it to be, so the sons *have to* trust Him instead of what they know and are able to hold on to and control, like all the things they have always been able to and are familiar with because they are the things of the natural.

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.

What the heavenly realms actually are must be understood in order to know anything about God. Heavenly means spiritual, and heaven is the spiritual world where God exists as spirit—as in the opposite of natural, what can be seen and comprehended by these eyes and ears which are in our head, and therefore controlled by us. The separation of the two is fundamental; however, it is a stumbling block for those who cannot know God, and a working understanding of the absolute necessity of that separation is crucial for the sons of God. If we look around we'll notice that those who claim to follow Jesus try to mix the two together, unaware of what needs to be separated, ignorant of the fact that a human can't get to God as a natural being without being consecrated from what they assume they can just continue to remain as. Just like the priests couldn't come near to God until they were consecrated or they would die, so too the sons have to be made holy in order to live in their Father's presence and not die. That requires a long, hard process of suffering from being torn away (separated) from that old way of death that we love so much.

Jesus was incorporated into God's life and being when he ascended to Him, and became pure spirit, as God always was. But spirit is so different than natural that it's hard to explain the life of God in terms of natural words that the humans can read, digest and cognize. It's actually impossible to comprehend spirit until you've experienced it, which is why everyone assumes it's something different than what it actually is. But what about all the people who just know that what they believe is right because they can actually feel something within themselves that is so real they can't deny it? They claim that to be the spirit, but scripture says that because they want to believe the lie, God just gives them over to it. I would guess that all of that work, such as the paranormal activity that persists, serious or not, which causes so many different people to feel something regarding their belief so strongly that they can't help but continue in it—even though they all believe different things—is being done by angels to keep them away from God.

That accomplishes two immediately recognizable things for God. First it extends His mercy to the animals who are not a part of God's plan and intention, instead who are going to the grave and then will be no more (no heaven or hell, just nothing, like all the animals). He allows them to believe whatever they want, and also, by the work of the angels who accomplish the extra normal activity around them, it gets validated to them. Instead of the grim reality of nothingness, that this life is all they have, they believe what they think is going to happen to them actually will. It's quite brilliant, because they believe so strongly that they're going to some grande heaven by God's mercy, when actually they're just going back to the ground. And when they finally do expire, there's no consciousness or ability to regret, no being tormented in hell or anything; just nothingness.

We call it the morphine dripper deal. The son should see something obvious: since everyone believes as strongly in their own brand of religion, yet they all claim exclusivity, how can they all be right? Yet it's obvious that they all feel as "right" about what they believe as the next one. There is obviously some sort of supernatural thing going on in many of their consciousness'. The atheist claim that nothing exists, that people aren't actually experiencing something beyond the natural scope of their mundane lives, is much more precarious than that something does. That doesn't mean that what they think is actually real, just that something is happening within them to make them believe it so strongly. It must be something more than just wishful thinking, which seems logical, but it isn't, if they'd think it through. We know that there aren't a bunch of demons flying around causing people to do things, however angel activity seems much more plausible, since they are God's messengers, and they are spiritual beings. And the work of administering God's great mercy, while at the same time protecting the sons' inheritance, actually makes a lot of sense.

So secondly, by doing this, God is able to protect the valuable inheritance of the sons who actually are chosen to be part of His intention, purpose and will. If what all of the others think is actually true, that they and just about everyone else who ever lived is "going to heaven," then it wouldn't be such a great deal after all. If it's as watered down a salvation as everyone supposes, then being a son doesn't mean that much. But what Jesus knew, and what he desired his 12 appointed men to know—what his life was for—was that being a son of God is the only thing that's valuable. So much so that he was willing to not have anything in this life that the humans usually run after and secure—even though he very well could have—but instead was willing to lay down his life for those men who were specifically chosen by the Father to be in His secret family. He did it primarily for God, and then His sons—for the sake of Him having a family, which is God's will.

For He chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will.

What matters in this verse isn't whether or not each one was specifically chosen then interjected into the population, or what every detail about predestination actually is. What matters is that before the natural world was created, this desire of God existed. God's will is that He might have a family of sons who love Him, and whom He also loves and can take pleasure in, as a good father naturally enjoys his son, which is the natural copy of the reality that exists in the "heavenly realm." That is seen right from the beginning with the creation of the first human, a creature with a will who could either accept, trust and love God; or mistrust and conspire against Him. It runs all through the scripture, as in His raising up the nation of Israel. It is most profoundly demonstrated by the life of Jesus, whose purpose was to redeem the family, pulled out of the natural creation. Everything is about God's family, as will be the point and purpose of our lives if we are to follow the good Son, our master.

First he said, "Sacrifices and offerings, burnt offerings and sin offerings you did not desire, nor were you pleased with them" (although the law required them to be made). Then he said, "Here I am, I have come to do your will." He sets aside the first to establish the second. And by that will, we have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.

Are all the humans made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus, or just those God has chosen? His family is able to be redeemed because Jesus chose the right way and rejected the wrong way. To learn that is the point of the son's life. That's why he's so important to God, and why God loves him so much—because he was willing to not enjoy the temporary things of the world, what the common animals do, for his Father's sake. He gave up having children, a wife, his own natural family for the sake of God having His family instead, which was a living statement that he believed the Father enough to do that. He gave up having a career, wealth and power which he was naturally entitled to, being Messiah, for the sake of trusting that his Father would give him something much better.

The reason my Father loves me is that I lay down my life—only to take it up again.

By faith Moses chose to be mistreated along with the people of God rather than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a short time.

It's not just having sons, but having sons who trust their Father who cannot be seen more than what can (how the animal nature operates). The Father desires sons who want to be different than the common animals, who spend their lives fighting to get away from the nature that binds them up so tightly, so they can live for their Father's sake instead of what naturally compels them. They cannot know God's love by being an animal with the nature that they grew up into, and are willing to do whatever to get that treasure, even lose everything in this life to get it. They begin to understand that that's what is required to get it as they understand what Jesus told the 12 sons he taught while in his earthly body.

The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field.

So we come back around to the original question of what is heaven, and more specifically what is the kingdom of heaven? It's not so much a place, but a state of being and existing as Jesus existed when he said that the kingdom of heaven was among those he was speaking to, and would be inside them. Being in the kingdom of heaven was having the situation that he was in happen to them too—the Father's spirit body living inside his earthly body, that close and intimate a deal. The humans cannot understand that or the value of that because that is the thing that was taken from them when they were cursed with the nature of the animal who is afflicted with fear and the craving to survive, instead of the craving to be close to the Father and the Son. That is what's being offered to the sons but they have to choose to come away from what is familiar and they think is valuable to go where it's unfamiliar and scary, so they have to trust in what they cannot control by their own power.

While everyone else in Israel wanted the earthly kingdom of David, Jesus said that being inhabited by the Father's life and presence was the real kingdom of God and heaven; that was the only way to be known by Him, and to know His love.

***THAT IS WHAT WAS TAKEN AWAY FROM THE HUMANS***

It is a hidden treasure that is worth throwing everything the humans consider valuable away in order to get it. The fellowship of the spirit is the only way to talk to God, to know who He is, and to know His love and the plan He has to save us from death. In the end there is no greater knowledge than that, because the grave is certain for all animals; the only thing uncertain is whether they will be remembered by the Father and be redeemed from it.

For this reason, ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints, I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers. I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better.

I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is like the working of his mighty strength, which he exerted in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every title that can be given, not only in the present age but also in the one to come.

And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way.

 

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