1 Chronicles 16 / Ezekiel 28 / Galatians 1-2
I want you to know, brothers, that the gospel I preached is not something that man made up. I did not receive it from any man, nor was I taught it; rather, I received it by revelation from Jesus Christ.
Such is the same for us, some 2000 years after Paul wrote this proclamation. We were quickly separated from the humans, just after the call came for us to hear the gospel, reworked from the original, new to the present age but certainly not new in the world of God dealing with humans—merely forgotten since it left so many hundreds of years ago. After we were separated from any humans who might influence us for the evil (what the humans inherently are), we started hearing this new (but not new) gospel as it was and still is being given to us by a process of revelation that is anything but natural. As it stands right now, the framework for the explanation of what it is can be gotten from the various daily ramblings about what we're hearing. What is its end or purpose we haven't a clue, nor should we assume to be able to know (so that we aren't tempted to control it by our animal cravings to control and be in charge). What we do know is just to put it down into words that can be read, and that's good enough. We know that what we're saying will be met with declarations of heresy and abomination by those who claim to know the way to living God.
As we have already said, so now I say again: If anybody is preaching to you a gospel other than what you accepted, let him be eternally condemned!
The irony of ironies (a major characteristic of the personality of God in dealing with the humans) is the present state of "the gospel" in the world now—that it is this gospel of condemnation predicted by Paul. Here is yet another warning from a first century author about the gospel that would bring condemnation—the present darkness and desolation—over the earth. There are warnings from other writers about how the love of many (most, then all) would grow cold as the elect are being deceived, how believers would be given over to myths and wives tales to abandon the truth, given over to whatever lie they chose to embrace. There is Jesus telling his own disciples that the truth would be in the world living among men for a time, but after it was preached around the world as they knew it, the end of that condition would come. Daniel is the first to predict, while a captive in literal Babylon (the first to gobble up God's people), the abomination which would cause our present desolation and darkness. He said it would be accomplished by a new force (what John later called the new, mysterious babylon), the last of his kingdom prophesies which would be the iron and clay feet, representing what was left of the church being melded with the Roman state so that the two became like one as the humans finally gobbled up what had existed among men for just a little while before the desolation started.
Since then there has been no truth among the humans, rather everything that stood up and said "I am truth" has been based on the fundamental lies made up by that new babylon, controlled by the human power mongers who consolidated their control over what was once controlled by the life of God living in the bodies of men (when the truth was in the world). Since then the humans have been left to their own devices by modeling themselves after new babylon, which was modeled after the nation of Israel—a group of inherently evil humans who considered themselves good, the people of God (who were formed and actually existed just to be a copy of the better thing, what the humans aren't privy to).
"Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?" Jesus replied: " 'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.' This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments."
The new (but not new) gospel:
The good news for the teeny tiny sliver who are called to become sons by the Father who chooses them is that they can (actually, they must) become separated from the vast bulk of humanity, that which is bound up and tied to the rest of the temporary (natural) creation via the nature that is laid upon them—what they can't escape from because they don't want to (because they don't recognize it). Those who are chosen are called in secret, and they like their true Father remain hidden from that vast bulk of humanity (to whom the calling isn't happening). They are put onto a road that leads to the Father, that narrow one on which the Son walked; metaphorical because it's not a spatial or geographical thing but a condition of the secret places within the called son that are hidden from the other human animals, who can only observe the outward things.
That a cursed, unclean and inherently evil animal which is destined to forever be alienated and separated from God can be transformed into another creature who looks like God (only according to God's perspective and view since its true identity remains hidden from the humans at large—the vast bulk of them) is truly good news for both God and the son who is chosen and called. Finally it is good news for the secret family of God's true sons, that which He has secretly and privately been gathering up to be with Him. That action is what the Son of God keeps referring to when he talks about the importance of the sons doing the will of God, which is what they are. The collective family of the chosen sons of God is the will of God and the reason for the existence of everything that is seen (the natural creation). The sons of God receive a new family—brothers and Father—along with a new purpose for the remaining balance of their natural existence, because they become effectively gobbled up into the purpose of God when they stop fighting and give themselves over to it. Then they start to become one with their new purpose and family,a nd especially their new Father and the Brother who saved them from their fate of being forever forgotten in the ground like everything else that exists for its appointed time.
"Let us bring the ark of our God back to us, for we did not inquire of it during the reign of Saul." The whole assembly agreed to do this, because it seemed right to all the people.
David called on the people to renew the covenant of God and point their hearts toward Him. God approved of David's heart, which was drawn to serving and recognizing his God, and leading the people in the right way, which was His prescribed way. David's life was, like Moses before him, made into a representation of the Son who would lead all of the chosen sons of God the way David did—in a specifically prescribed way, with a pure and honest heart that was devoted to the purpose of the God that he served and loved honestly, with a clean and pure heart devoted to his Father who had chosen and called him. Without a prescribed, orderly way, the humans are just given over to do whatever they want, according to whatever's in them which defines how their own need to self-preserve can be advanced for their own cause (as opposed to the cause of God they are unaware of).
As the ark of the covenant of the LORD was entering the City of David, Michal daughter of Saul watched from a window. And when she saw King David dancing and celebrating, she despised him in her heart.
While David was ministering to God by bringing His way back to the people so they could be led back to Him, Saul's daughter was despising him for being so given over to God, for not caring that he looked undignified and unkingly in front of the people she despised more, being the privileged daughter of the false king. She is the copy and epitome of the human attitude toward God, inherently good and privileged, agreeing with serving Him as long as the human way of honor and the respecting of persons was obeyed.
When David returned home to bless his household, Michal daughter of Saul came out to meet him and said, "How the king of Israel has distinguished himself today, disrobing in the sight of the slave girls of his servants as any vulgar fellow would!"
David said to Michal, "It was before the LORD, who chose me rather than your father or anyone from his house when he appointed me ruler over the LORD's people Israel—I will celebrate before the LORD. I will become even more undignified than this, and I will be humiliated in my own eyes. But by these slave girls you spoke of, I will be held in honor."
And Michal daughter of Saul had no children to the day of her death.
That was like shooting a gun backwards, like poisoning her own meal, because it's not service to God but outright disdain, however impossible it is to recognize. Nothing true about God is easy for the humans to recognize because He's hidden from them and He can't just be uncovered because of their whims, that they might be able to get something from Him by their half-hearted service. You might be aiming at something, but you're going to shoot yourself in the face, the exact opposite of what you thought you were doing. When the humans think they know something about God, they're wrong, because the humans can't know anything about Him—only the stuff they make up and are given over to. They may be allowed to believe a lie about Him, even the angels may make it real to them in some sub natural way, but that's for His purpose, so that no one can reach out his hand and take from the fruit of the tree of life, as per the condition of man being totally bound up to the animal nature, unclean before God.
The animal perfects its own system of self-justification geared toward surviving, so the humans remain dishonest and unclean (inherently evil, the true definition of sin, what the humans naturally are because of the curse they're under). Honesty about how completely given over we are to the animal is a good thing for the sons to find out about and seek refuge in, because it can only help us to undermine ourselves and our need to survive all the time, which is the instinctual drive of the animal to define it as such. It's not easy to deceive the animal nature that drives us, which is effective because God made it so completely perfect, to keep the humans unclean so they don't see, hear, then turn and be healed.
Am I now trying to win the approval of men, or of God? Or am I trying to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a servant of Christ.
It's so perfect and seamless that the humans, who are completely plagued by this condition—under the membrane that keeps them defined as unclean animals and separated from God—can't even begin to get a hint of recognition about their condition. They just go along, each one on their way down their own path of self-promotion, self-absorption and self-fulfillment, thinking they're clean and good, that their gods love and accept them because of some inherent good in them (that only they can truly see and appreciate about themselves, which should be a hint). Each one's existence is just like that, each life under the little bubble of living to and for itself, in its own house, under its own roof, to and for itself and their own cause.
This is what the Sovereign LORD says: When I gather the people of Israel from the nations where they have been scattered, I will show myself holy among them in the sight of the nations. Then they will live in their own land, which I gave to my servant Jacob. They will live there in safety and will build houses and plant vineyards; they will live in safety when I inflict punishment on all their neighbors who maligned them. Then they will know that I am the LORD their God.
God's family of sons is different than that. "The people of Israel" is not a group of humans who may or may not even care about God—who are blown to and fro by the whims of their leaders, at the mercy of other men to either lead them to Him, or leave them stranded in a ditch—enough to perform some occasional outward rituals as their outward acts of worship to Him. The people of Israel (God's chosen people) are only a copy of the spiritual reality, and represent His family of sons who have been and will be gathered up by Him throughout all the generations of the humans on the earth.
It's definitely not talking about the Israelites at large, because He was never able to show Himself holy among them in the sight of the nations. The land that was given to Jacob was also a copy of the better thing, not the physical land, what was merely another part of this temporary creation based on death, which was handed down to the Israelites, the inferior thing. The key to understanding the inheritance of Abraham is not in the earth, as is illustrated in what chunk of earth with boundaries they inherited. The key is the fragment of the sons, that which is represented by Joseph being chosen above all the other more fit (humanly speaking) brothers, to receive the secret and hidden inheritance of God, that which God promises to Abraham.
After this, the word of the LORD came to Abram in a vision:
Owning a piece of physical property (the land) is all that matters to one of the creatures who have been born an integral part and piece of the temporary creation (they came from the land and go back into it to forever become one with it), which can all only exist and then die; precisely because they are that part of it and defined as such, that definition stretching out to their fate and dilemma as temporary creatures merely destined to be forgotten by God, remembered no more. However, those who are that temporary creature will never know that, because of God's mercy on them while they're existing.
What God promised to Abraham was not another piece of the inferior creation (which is only passing away anyways). This is the secret promise of the small piece of God's life in Abraham, chosen above all other men. Then Jacob, chosen by God contrary to how the human (Isaac) would choose, over Esau. Then Joseph, chosen over all the other brothers, against how man would choose. It is a fulfillment of the inferior copy that existed when Abraham existed—God choosing him, teaching and leading him out from where he was, to a new place of God's choosing and desire.
On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you. Whoever has my commands and obeys them, he is the one who loves me. He who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love him and show myself to him.
The promise of God's life being/living in Abraham is what would guarantee that Abraham would not merely remain a part and parcel of the natural, temporary, dying creation, and that he would not have the same fate as everything else that merely exists only to die and be forgotten by God, to become integrated back into the earth, to become a part of it, some organic matter for some other thing to exist on as the creation spins along in its circles of death, always becoming renewed. This is the secret promise to Abraham, continued in Joseph, promised by the prophets and fulfilled by the Son which existed for a short time as God inhabited the bodies of His sons, even in the powerful way in which it existed in the time directly after His Son became One with Him.
Blessed are your eyes because they see, and your ears because they hear. For I tell you the truth, many prophets and righteous men longed to see what you see but did not see it, and to hear what you hear but did not hear it.
It is such an incredibly important time because it was the fulfillment of so much prophesy. The preserved words are an accounting of this powerful fulfillment, and show how it all came to pass. They also show how it wasn't openly disclosed to the humans, as the misguided religious leaders say and teach their unsuspecting followers that it was.
"How foolish you are, and how slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken! Did not the Christ have to suffer these things and then enter his glory?" And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself.
Even his own disciples were kept from knowing what the OT message was, which found its fulfillment in what Jesus did, unceremoniously to the humans, yet the reason God loved him, because he gave up his human right to his earthly existence to do and be the good Son, the true leader and shepherd of His true sheep, at which David could only point and represent as the inferior copy of who was coming.
The reason my Father loves me is that I lay down my life.
I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me—just as the Father knows me and I know the Father—and I lay down my life for the sheep.
I have other sheep that are not of this sheep pen; I must bring them also. They too will listen to my voice, and there shall be one flock and one shepherd.
The Father was counting on the Son to save all of His other sons, to give the Father what He's wanted from the beginning—a family of sons who love Him, in whom He can take pleasure and enjoy, with whom He can live in peace forever. The Son didn't let the Father down, but became what He wanted/needed him to be (pure and untouched by what makes the humans unclean), instead of what the animal wanted him to be (exactly what the terms of the curse put onto the humans in the beginning sets forth—bound up with the animal, a slave to that nature). So in order to kill the animal power which kept the sons separated from the Father, so they could instead be pulled away from it and be led to their Father, the firstborn Son had to become the animal (serpent on the pole lifted up, Lamb of God).
But in order to become the animal that was worthy to be offered by God as the sacrifice that could make His sons clean, Jesus had to not become an animal, like all the other humans (including the sons) as per the curse on them, and remain untouched by its power to make him unclean, unfit to be offered as the sacrifice that carried so much importance. In order to lift the curse (not for everyone; only for God's sons), he had to become the curse, by not being the curse. He had to become then remain the innocent, vulnerable, dependent child whose only desire and universe was that little bubble around them both—represented by the human bond of parent/newborn but a million times stronger and more real.
I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. Before long, the world will not see me anymore, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live.
I want you to know, brothers, that the gospel I preached is not something that man made up. I did not receive it from any man, nor was I taught it; rather, I received it by revelation from Jesus Christ.
What Paul knew as the fulfillment of all those ages of prophesy, of which he was a prime pupil and knew very well, he and the others were the recipients of that promised new covenant, when God would live by His spirit in the bodies of His sons. Ironically, not accidentally, the law that only served as an inferior copy of the better things—what Paul was living under and experiencing—was creeping in to the community of believers who had been pulled out from it into the superior, better, spiritually real condition which the law only ever pointed to (as the inferior copy). Some were wanting to go back to worshipping what God had nullified, which was abhorrent to Paul because he knew it was a total negation of the work and purpose of what the Son actually had done for the Father, to create that age and condition—the fulfillment of the law and prophets. To Paul that was like making himself a nice meal, but having to cut off his arm as the main ingredient in order to make it.
When God, who set me apart from birth and called me by his grace, was pleased to reveal his Son in me so that I might preach him among the Gentiles, I did not consult any man.
If I rebuild what I destroyed, I prove that I am a lawbreaker. For through the law I died to the law so that I might live for God. I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing!
Paul was verbally/logically/argumentatively fighting those who tried to make what Jesus did into nothing by making the inferior copy into the superior thing, that which should be upheld and worshipped instead of what Paul knew was right, not because he was swayed by men or human logic, but because of the direct manifestation of the living word inside Paul's heart—by the terms of the new covenant. What is ironic, what Paul was aware would happen although he had no idea how, is that what would actually do that (make what the Son did and was into nothing while making the earth desolate), was not Judaism or the law, but what the gentiles did to the truth of what Paul knew, shortly after his earthly existence was over.
When the truth became a human power institution (the church and state bound up together), when the Son of God got turned into the jesus god, and the mechanism of the new covenant (the spirit) became yet another god—both equal to the only living God and Father—then the work and purpose of Jesus' life and sacrifice in his earthly body became effectively nil. Since the work he did was in reversing that curse by obeying the Father instead of being led by the animal, the act of raising him up to being a god meant that the work he did meant nothing, since it wouldn't be a problem for a god to obey himself, or a god to do the right thing. In fact he didn't need the Father because he could have just raised himself up. Then the work he did in his spiritual body by remaining One with the Father by believing Him instead of the serpent, was credited to some being which didn't even actually exist—the new definition of the spirit made up by the humans, that was another god. That was the main thrust of the abomination done not by the Jews, but by the gentiles—the Holy Roman Church in the human's successful attempt to make what was good into what was entirely human, evil—which caused the desolation of the life of God living in the bodies of men while they were still in these flesh and blood tents. The darkness of that condition has existed in the world all the way up through the present time, so that there is no trace of what once was.
The eternal spirit of the only living God, the Father, became the vehicle for the fulfillment of all the prophesies when the Son and the Father were united, made One. The component of Jesus' life in this newly created being—the Father and the Son being made One—was the very thing that allowed this condition of God living in the lives of some humans to be in place. So making that life which was the very substance of the new covenant into yet another god, not only is preposterous, but undermines that whole fulfillment. So everything that happened, that which had been long-awaited by God, that which had been promised to Abraham, was all of a sudden (not since it took hundreds of years) made into something it wasn't.
Give thanks to the LORD, call on his name; make known
among the nations what he has done.