Numbers 35 / Proverbs 26 / John 8
Why is my language not clear to you? Because you are unable to hear what I say.
The dichotomy of merely human and those who belonged to God was clear in the mind of the Son because he was taught from above, by the voice that spoke to him and taught him how not to be defined as a human by being led by the nature that defines them as human animals—instead of being a goose, bear or son of God, based on which instinct is leading that one to be defined as any of those. Just like a bear cannot be a goose, so also a human cannot become a son of God just because they want to. That is the christian view, but if that were the case then their claims might seem even a little authentic. Five minutes observation in church however will declare to the otherwise. Some might be able to "put on" the happy winky face, but as soon as the screws are turned just a little, that face is betrayed by what lives in their heart—that of a threatened animal that just wants to survive, and survive it will at the expense of those around them. The happy winky face doesn't carry them very far when their true self is exposed, when as the saying goes, they show their true colors (that they're just a common animal driven to survive like all the rest and everything else—especially all the stuff they're going to "do" for their gods—takes a back seat to that drive they can't avoid or deny, once the environment changes a little).
You judge by human standards.
They judged him by how he looked on the outside and what he did and didn't do according to their ability to observe, which was in his own words, "as a human." The humans don't ever think of themselves as less, but always more and on different levels. That's the way every animal thinks of itself, which is why and how it's driven to survive (if it didn't feel special it wouldn't be driven to survive). They also conspire with one another against the other animals that they rule over and use to their own gain, which provides another level of feeling superior about themselves (their judgment about themselves). The fact that there haven't been any sons of God around for a long time makes them just think that it's a free-for-all and that their right to make up their own gods makes the gods real just because nobody's able to prove anything to the otherwise.
You are from below; I am from above. You are of this world; I am not of this world.
Jesus makes being "of this world" sound like a bad thing, just like he makes being a human and judging as humans judge by their standards bad things too. One clear right of passage for the sons is just to see what the humans are by noticing how they are because they're human and infested by the same force of power of natural instinct that makes a human a human (not a son, nor a goose). They can't all of a sudden divorce themselves from that nature, but they can observe how it works to define them as per what they are by following its cravings the same way the humans naturally do without even thinking about it.
Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the spirit gives birth to spirit.
What made Jesus from another "place" was the life of the Father who lived in his body (the spirit is how God interacts with humans who are flesh and blood). That life made him into a being who actually was from above, because that life of the Father who is from above lived in Jesus to make them One as the Son took on the identity of the Father so that he was from the same place the Father was from, by being made One with Him. The reason this is important is because it's the imperative for all the sons to become new creatures in the same manner that the firstborn Son was a human but was made not human because he was born from above and therefore was made One with the Father, which gave him his real identity no as a human but as the firstborn Son of God, the savior of many brothers like him, but who are unable to save themselves. If the Son could have existed as a god before he was as a human, then there is a huge chasm of identity between him and the sons who are chosen to become like him. The thinking will be that Jesus could do it because he was a god, so much higher than a human, and there will be a detachment from that imperative to become not human in the sense that he isn't ruled by the spirit/nature/condition that rules the humans and keeps them separated from the Father. That is the opposite of being made one with Him and the rest of the true family of God, those whom have also been chosen to become one with the Father and the Son.
I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one: I in them and you in me. May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.
The fact of that relationship existing between the Father and himself made Jesus good. Without it he would have been as all animals are. The good thing about the apostles was the same spirit living in them too, because only God is good, and the spirit is HIS life inhabiting them. We can witness what they were before it happened. It is what all humans are, common animals running about in survival mode, unable to believe, causing havoc, needing to rule, owning and possessing everything they think might lend value toward their survival efforts. We can witness the residue of that life in us as we desire to do the right thing but are compelled and ruled, against our will it seems, by this other nature, of the world, from below—our own craving and drive to be willful and do whatever we want, which is the same as the Baal worshippers and that which the Pharisees possessed, who presumed to know God but couldn't because they couldn't hear His voice because they didn't belong to Him.
If God were your Father, you would love me, for I came from God and now am here.
Recognizing this nature still in us is one of the more important conditions of growing up into the Father and the Son, one whom they consider to be a valuable part of the family of God. Recognizing how powerful that nature is to keep undermining our efforts to choose and do the right creates a humility of comprehension that without another more powerful force living in us we are totally unable to choose and do that which is able to make us right (clean) according to the Father. There is nothing good within us that can save us except that life who lived in the body of Jesus, who made him the good Son who chose to do the Father's work instead of living his own life for himself, as he wanted to, like all the other animals have the right to which defines them as that animal who is choosing to grab hold of that right to live like its natural impulses are telling it to live via the cravings that well up within it automatically.
I tell you the truth, everyone who sins is a slave to sin.
Seeing that the animal tendencies aren't good and then trying to fight them is something that some of the humans have attempted to do (buddhism and other spiritual pursuits), but fighting that which cannot be easily see (because it is the very nature and substance of the person who has initiated the fight) is impossible. Again, once the screws are turned, the ability to react another way than that which is naturally in them is limited. Also, that pursuit becomes defined as just another thing that person is trying to get for themselves—inner peace, enlightenment, etc—so it really is just a pursuit for the self and therefore motivated by the same intention that's trying to destroy that intention, which it won't want to do because it's like a dragon eating its own tail—enough pain and it stops doing it.
Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever.
The only way for this endeavor to be genuine is first of all to be freed from that animal that is driving everything its host does back to itself, according to how it always works to do just that, always and perfectly. The freedom of the son of God isn't to do whatever he wants, but to be free to love, as the firstborn Son loved the Father and His purpose to have His family with Him where He is, close to Him. No unclean animal can be there with the Father, hence the need for the animal to be transformed into a son.
So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.
We don't need to provide proof of the life of Jesus, who lived once in a flesh and blood body in the world of animals, and after his flesh and blood body expired came back a second time to inhabit some humans, in the form of the unseen life, the same as that which inhabited his human body. He is secretly proving his existence to whomever he chooses as he begins the gathering up of the rest of the Father's sons, so that His desire to have a family and have His own sons near Him will be fulfilled. His life is not for public consumption as the religious humans like to say, making it cheap and easy to follow their made up jesus and holy spirit gods. The life of the only living God is not cheap and following is not easy, or even possible unless one is specifically drawn to be able to see and hear what the humans cannot.
No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him, and I will raise him up at the last day. It is written in the Prophets: 'They will all be taught by God.' Everyone who listens to the Father and learns from him comes to me.
The spirit recognizes the spirit in the humans it inhabits, because they are sons and comrades in this struggle against the ruler of the world (animal nature) that inhabits the humans. It's what the NT writings are about, written by those who recognized their "neighbor," those who were able to hear and those who couldn't because he heard, and therefore knew them as brothers in the most secret sense, because only they knew. It wasn't just the beginnings of some enduring religion, but a supernatural anomaly that only lasted a little while and then went away as the world of the humans went into the darkness of the desolation predicted by Daniel, reaffirmed by Jesus and alluded to by a few of the NT writers.
After the sixty-two `sevens,' the Anointed One will be cut off and will have nothing. The people of the ruler who will come will destroy the city and the sanctuary. The end will come like a flood: War will continue until the end, and desolations have been decreed. He will confirm a covenant with many for one `seven.' In the middle of the`seven' he will put an end to sacrifice and offering. And on a wing of the temple he will set up an abomination that causes desolation, until the end that is decreed is poured out on him.
At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people. Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, but he who stands firm to the end will be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.
Dear children, this is the last hour; and as you have heard that the antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come. This is how we know it is the last hour. They went out from us, but they did not belong to us. For if they had belonged to us, they would have remained with us; but their going showed that none of them belonged to us.
First of all, you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires.
For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.
As a warning to the sons, the chaos of the flesh in one of them does the same thing as the spirit in also recognizing itself in the other(s). When it seizes an opportunity to stir the flesh in another and is allowed to reign in its host, it does that and creates the opposite of love amongst the sons. It always acts the same way, out of the need to promote and protect the self, which is the nature of all animals—not to love but to survive. The best thing the son can do is not quarrel or try to reason with it when another is giving themselves over to it, because there is no logic or reasoning which can be done. There is only the destruction and chaos it is driven to bring, which soothes its conflict seeking life, to kill and maim, primarily with the tongue to conquer and establish itself as the dominant one who feels it's in control.
Even if I testify on my own behalf, my testimony is valid, for I know where I came from and where I am going. But you have no idea where I come from or where I am going.
The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.
We have the witness within our bodies who can also recognize the same spirit in another body; it tells us what is and isn't counterfeit. The rest of those who believe that the spirit is alive today think he'll just inhabit anyone and everyone, the clean or the unclean, from below or above, human or son. It doesn't seem to matter to them as long as their gods can shove as many of them as possible into the pen. That's what the kingdom of heaven has been reduced to, a dirty animal pen filled with dirty, unclean animals who think that's the kingdom.
The kingdom of God does not come with your careful observation, nor will people say, `Here it is,' or `There it is,' because the kingdom of God is within you.
The kingdom of heaven is the invisible, spiritual reality of God's life—unseen by the humans—living in His sons. The kingdom of heaven as Jesus knew it was the life of the Father as it truly existed within him to make and keep him clean, unlike the humans who erroneously assumed they were what Jesus actually was, because of something they were or did on the outside. Circumcised, performing rituals, eating the correct food in the correct manner made them presume to be what they couldn't be.
I know you are Abraham's descendants. Yet you are ready to kill me, because you have no room for my word. I am telling you what I have seen in the Father's presence, and you do what you have heard from your father.
Their father that Jesus refers to here is not some evil, fallen angel that the abominators made him into, but that spirit/nature/condition that rules the humans to make and keep them what they are—common animals who are merely trying to survive according to what they're driven by, and this Jesus is a threat to their survival as leaders who have an upper hand amongst the rest of the animals. Their reaction and response to him is what any animal would do—protect itself and the status quo of its favorable position among the rest. That is being a child of the devil, satan, the prince of darkness. It is actually quite a mundane, even benign thing because it's what all the humans are and continue to be driven by. The devil is not a being with a will of its own that opposes the will of God. It is a condition that God created which exists. It is the drive of instinct that makes and keeps the humans in the category of what they are—not a monkey or a goat, and not a son of the God who created this devil, but a human animal that must remain separated from God because they are that.
We know that we were once wild animals just like all the rest in every way, unaware of anything real and just being led along by the same nature of wild animal instinct that inhabits them all. Because of God's choice we know another thing—that we're being slowly turned into sons who must slowly learn to turn away from the compulsions, impulses, urges and proclivities of that nature, so they can learn another way. It's not a process that is without pain and suffering; being broken is what must happen to any wild animal if the animal's to be useful to the one who owns it. It is a way that the animal would never choose to go, and it fights and spits and growls the whole time because it's just afraid of what's unfamiliar to it. Unless he is able to break it of the only way it used to know—the wildness which could only live for itself—it is useless for all practical purposes to the new owner.
You are not your own; you were bought at a price.
The animal itself isn't even aware it's in the process of being tamed. It cannot comprehend that it's having its life driven out of it and another put in it's place. It just knows it's somewhere it doesn't want to be, and every time it realizes that it freaks out and tries to get away. Slowly and slowly, each day in and day out it grows accustomed to the new place and begins to be more and more okay with the new way and at the same time the old way just as slowly disappears. Even as it happens so incrementally, it can't even observe the change.
I tell you the truth, everyone who sins is a slave to sin. Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever.
In the day this was spoken, believing that Jesus was the One he claimed to be was only able to be done by a genuine son. Everyone else would either partially want to but not be able to because it was too difficult a thing to accept, or smugly discard this truth because the natural led them to believe that they were right since other men testified to that fact (consensus achieved). Since Jesus said things they didn't want to hear they could do nothing but challenge him.
I tell you that no one who is speaking by the Spirit of God says, "Jesus be cursed," and no one can say, "Jesus is Lord," except by the spirit.
Nowadays this is not true, as we notice there are hundreds of jesuses that have been created, are all completely different, whose followers all claim they are authentic and can lead the way to God. So which way is authentic? It has much to do with the Elijah that was, came, and is to come. What Elijah originally did was recognize that God wasn't what everyone—including Elijah himself—expected. Not the fire, earthquake or windstorm but the gentle whisper. He was also confident that God was with him and not the others who falsely claimed what he knew was true, which in the natural seemed unlikely if not impossible because of sheer numbers. God also told John that He wasn't in the Jews or the law of Moses, but in the body of the Son, which was the mechanism of the new covenant.
I tell you the truth: Among those born of women there has not risen anyone greater than John the Baptist; yet he who is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he. From the days of John the Baptist until now, the kingdom of heaven has been forcefully advancing, and forceful men lay hold of it. For all the Prophets and the Law prophesied until John. And if you are willing to accept it, he is the Elijah who was to come. He who has ears, let him hear.
Because the actual life of God was in him, Elijah was able to prove to the sons where the real God was, as opposed to where He wasn't. It's easy to speak with the mouth and convince others by fear. However, only the real God can prove His authority, and only to those whom He desires it to be proven. That's all done in secret, by the hidden power of the life of the Father and the voice of the Teacher. Their purpose is to turn the son toward the Father and the Father toward the son, to accomplish the will of the Father to have His own family of sons with Him where He is.
See, I will send you the prophet Elijah before that great and dreadful day of the LORD comes. He will turn the hearts of the fathers to their children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers; or else I will come and strike the land with a curse.
He (John) will be filled with the Holy Spirit even from birth. Many of the people of Israel will he bring back to the Lord their God. And he will go on before the Lord, in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the fathers to their children and the disobedient to the wisdom of the righteous--to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.
To be sure, Elijah does come first, and restores all things. Why then is it written that the Son of Man must suffer much and be rejected? But I tell you, Elijah has come, and they have done to him everything they wished, just as it is written about him.
At noon Elijah began to taunt them. "Shout louder!" he said. "Surely he is a god! Perhaps he is deep in thought, or busy, or traveling. Maybe he is sleeping and must be awakened." So they shouted louder and slashed themselves with swords and spears, as was their custom, until their blood flowed. Midday passed, and they continued their frantic prophesying until the time for the evening sacrifice. But there was no response, no one answered, no one paid attention.
At the sixth hour darkness came over the whole land until the ninth hour. And at the ninth hour Jesus cried out in a loud voice, "Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?"--which means, "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?" When some of those standing near heard this, they said, "Listen, he's calling Elijah."
Then Elijah said to all the people, "Come here to me." They came to him, and he repaired the altar of the LORD, which was in ruins. Elijah took twelve stones, one for each of the tribes descended from Jacob, to whom the word of the LORD had come, saying, "Your name shall be Israel." With the stones he built an altar in the name of the LORD, and he dug a trench around it large enough to hold two seahs of seed. He arranged the wood, cut the bull into pieces and laid it on the wood. Then he said to them, "Fill four large jars with water and pour it on the offering and on the wood."
"Do it again," he said, and they did it again. "Do it a third time," he ordered, and they did it the third time. The water ran down around the altar and even filled the trench.
At the time of sacrifice, the prophet Elijah stepped forward and prayed: "O LORD, God of Abraham, Isaac and Israel, let it be known today that you are God in Israel and that I am your servant and have done all these things at your command. Answer me, O LORD, answer me, so these people will know that you, O LORD, are God, and that you are turning their hearts back again."
The curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. And when the centurion, who stood there in front of Jesus, heard his cry and saw how he died, he said, "Surely this man was the Son of God!"
Then the fire of the LORD fell and burned up the sacrifice, the wood, the stones and the soil, and also licked up the water in the trench. When all the people saw this, they fell prostrate and cried,
"The LORD—he is God! The LORD—he is God!"