2 Chronicles 1-2 / Ezekiel 39 / John 5
You have sent to John and he has testified to the truth. Not that I accept human testimony; but I mention it that you may be saved. John was a lamp that burned and gave light, and you chose for a time to enjoy his light.
John was able to testify to the truth because the word of God lived in him. He was taken out to the place where there weren't a lot of humans to corrupt him, and was raised learning about God by his priest parents, who were obviously given wisdom to be able to keep him and teach him about the God he would serve. The spirit drove them out into the desert and guided them in teaching John about the One he was to go before, to make ready a people to hear the One who was to come after him. Although John spoke the truth about the Father and the Son, whom he knew to be the Lamb of God, nevertheless it wasn't John who validated the Son's authenticity as the One all Israel had been waiting for, the One Moses (and every other prophet) had written about. John was a human just like the Son, but the Son's genuineness came from another place than that which is human. Not that John's testimony about the Son wasn't valid, but being human it was limited to that which the humans could hear via their natural human faculties.
I tell you the truth, a time is coming and has now come when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God and those who hear will live.
The key phrase in this verse is "those who hear," which is not referring to the natural human ability to hear, for instance the words of John speaking about the One who was coming, that Jesus was this Lamb of God. Those who would hear that he indeed was the coming One would have to hear that truth from another source than the words of a human speaking about him. John's job was just to speak what he heard, and make the hearers ready for the new way that God had chosen to deal with the humans. To be able to hear the Son and recognize him for who he actually was—through all the human barricades of the disagreement in their minds about this one who didn't look like a Messiah or someone sent from God—came from a place that wasn't human. In the darkness of the humans' supposed light, the light that lit up the dark places had to be able to penetrate the human walls and seep into the place where another way of hearing could actually be accomplished inside them.
I have testimony weightier than that of John. For the very work that the Father has given me to finish, and which I am doing, testifies that the Father has sent me. And the Father who sent me has himself testified concerning me.
The voice of the Father who is secret and hidden, unseen because He exists as spirit, not flesh, is the voice that has to go into a human in order to create that agreement inside them that can battle their own dull animal voice, the brute beast who just needs to survive and lives to satisfy whatever craving comes along e.g., the craving to find the Messiah to be a certain way in order to be able to "believe" that he is the One sent by God. That is the human process of finding an agreement with what already lives inside itself, and accommodating that which is already there so as to maintain a peace with it. That thing is the wild animal nature which lives in the humans as per the curse put onto them, via the instincts that drive them to be what they naturally—wild animals who cannot ever come close to the Father.
You have never heard his voice nor seen his form, nor does his word dwell in you, for you do not believe the one he sent. You diligently study the Scriptures because you think that by them you possess eternal life. These are the Scriptures that testify about me, yet you refuse to come to me to have life.
Those who heard had the special ability to hear because of the Father's special ability He specifically put into them to allow them to be able to hear. It isn't puppetry, because there is a choice to be made after the ability has been given,a nd the choice was real because the Son was not easily identified as the savior of the world of God's secret sons. He looked less than ordinary, so far a cry from the humans' expectations of what the Messiah would look like because it was the Father's intention to keep him hidden from the humans in the very effective way that He did it, using the animal nature in the humans to do it (knowing what was in them, which would prohibit them from seeing him).
Simon Peter answered, "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God."
Jesus replied, "Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by man, but by my Father in heaven.
Those who were able to see who he was were able to because the voice of the Father spoke to them and told them the truth about his identity. They saw him as the Father saw him, but in a very dim way because the animal was so strong in them to keep them dull to the Father's reality. Its job is to keep the human animals apprised of the wild animal reality and nothing more than that, so we can see that its job just keeps getting done in the humans, as per how we can observe them acting—much more than that how it compels us to act, according to its dictates and initiatives as we find ourselves driven by the instinct that lives inside us to obey its voice (our natural father the devil, the father of all humans).
I do not accept praise from men, but I know you. I know that you do not have the love of God in your hearts. I have come in my Father's name, and you do not accept me; but if someone else comes in his own name, you will accept him. How can you believe if you accept praise from one another, yet make no effort to obtain the praise that comes from the only God?
The animal's purpose in the humans is to make them afraid so they run and hide behind the walls they build inside themselves that allow them to be and remain sold and bound to whatever lie they choose to bind themselves to. The animal nature in them makes the lie real so they can hide like scared little animals, thinking they're not because everyone else is doing the same thing, which gives them the agreement they need to keep hiding while they pretend they're not hiding. Accepting praise from one another is the agreement that allows them to "legally" hide via the consensus they have established from the other humans, that they are someone who is able to do what they claim to be able to do.
If God were your Father, you would love me, for I came from God and now am here. I have not come on my own; but he sent me. Why is my language not clear to you? Because you are unable to hear what I say. You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father's desire. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies. Yet because I tell the truth, you do not believe me!
If what lives in the humans is inherently evil, and they conspire together by that thing which binds them together to create that agreement of consensus for their own benefit in the name of the living God, claiming they're acting on His behalf when it's for their own good, is that something which will just be overlooked by the God they're pretending to serve? What about when they ostracize, shut out, defame or even kill those who are hearing the voice of their true Father, that it's actually being done *because of* that voice living in His true sons who are hearing His voice?
But do not think I will accuse you before the Father. Your accuser is Moses, on whom your hopes are set. If you believed Moses, you would believe me, for he wrote about me. But since you do not believe what he wrote, how are you going to believe what I say?"
The Father loves irony, and a perfectly poetic irony is when the humans use the words and the name of God to push Him out of their midst via whatever human power they have to do it, by conspiring with one another to act against those who are hearing His voice. It causes a vitriolic response in the animals, especially the ones who claim to know the way to God, and who are hanging on to that power they assume to have exclusive ownership of, using it to drive Him away from them (by doing whatever they wanted to the chosen sons of God). It is the Father's desire to retain exclusive rights to be the One to show the animals what they have done to His own sons who heard His voice and responded to Him. They want Him more than the agreement they could have maintained with the animal in them that wanted to survive by conspiring with the ones who could have given them that agreement.
Give me wisdom and knowledge, that I may lead this people, for who is able to govern this great people of yours?
The animal says, "I choose what is going to be better for me (fear driven), and I'll disguise it to make it seem like something noble (hiding)." The Son says "Learn to choose what is best for your true Father, what is going to do Him the most good, and don't care about your self because your interest should be in taking care of His interests. What will serve Him will actually serve you, although that's impossible to see through the animal filter. The great adjustment has to be made inside you, and you just have to believe that over the animal which always says 'take for yourself, you need this—God doesn't need your loyalty.' "
Belief is work, because it's hard to put off what I want to be and do for something altogether intangible to what I know is true and right in my animal self, which is the reality that became cemented in my psyche so solidly that I actually became one with it. I became it when it took root in me and grew strong, becoming mature. God doesn't need me to work for Him; He can take care of anything. The life of the son's obligation and work—that which he becomes responsible to—isn't like the human conception of work e.g., "doing the work of God," or "being used by God," which is just the human application to himself of what he knows,a nd assumes to be the same with God.
The Father loves a man who wants to be a son instead of what he naturally is, who chooses his Father over himself, who wants Him more than the things that gratify his self, who recognizes that his own nature is the enemy, and is willing to deny it for his Father's sake and His interests. That's what God values, like the humans value great wealth; and it is a great and difficult work to fight against what's naturally inside us, what we learned to love and protect with everything in us to do that. There is something tangible and real to give up to find the Father, and it isn't just the scraps that the modern teachers tell us their gods are satisfied with.
Any of you who does not give up everything he has cannot be my disciple.
The fact that what Solomon chose didn't last in his life is another lesson altogether. The fact that we have something nobody else has, a knowledge about what's true, does not mean we have it in the bag, or we can get sloppy or lazy, or that there's no actual teacher putting the living law in our heart that we are learning to be faithful to and we can just do whatever we want all the time. That's what we were before, when we were just like wild animals running after whatever was in them via those animal instincts, like orphans in the jungle. The sons of God have a new responsibility to be true and faithful to the new nature that's being put inside them, in the deepest parts of themselves so they can comprehend then believe what's true, rather than the reality that the humans are slaves to because it has complete control over them.
We are learning to become capable of seeing the Father and Son—and the enemy for what it is—even if only very dimly now because we're so young. That is a very important thing, because without that foundation of being able to see the most basic truths (what the humans are not permitted to see since they're totally blind to the Father's reality), there is no way of comprehending the real Father and His actual plan from the beginning of time as we know it. Just look at the humans who have been in their religions for 50 years, all the while studying it like a subject matter and never being given the key, so there is no real transformation, just assumption that it's already happened while the fear remains as the primary definition of the character of their most fundamental nature, driving them to be what they are and must remain hiding behind their thick walls they built themselves to protect their fragile animal lives. It's the native fear that causes them to kick us out of their religion clubs while they hide behind their walls of self-rightness and agreement with each other, which is discussed in the opening chapters of Genesis.
God said to Solomon, "Since this is your heart's desire and you have not asked for wealth, riches or honor, nor for the death of your enemies, and since you have not asked for a long life but for wisdom and knowledge to govern my people over whom I have made you king, therefore wisdom and knowledge will be given you. And I will also give you wealth, riches and honor, such as no king who was before you ever had and none after you will have."
Solomon's folly was because he went away from his first love—being true and faithful to God in his heart. He fell in love with the wealth he had been given, the satisfaction of his appetite with the wives he could afford to buy and retain, and the honor of *his* great name; which are the things that the humans naturally love, run after and preserve within themselves, if they have the means (which Solomon had). He used what God had given him to to gorge himself on the animal appetite instead of be the shepherd and leader he initially chose to be, like his father David—why God initially rewarded Solomon. But he got tricked by his own self, the serpent that always wants to only please itself, that can only love itself. He got smug with the external fanfare and took what God gave him for granted. He felt like he could do anything he wanted (which was the lie that David listened to when he committed his great sin against God), and did the very things that one who had wisdom from God wouldn't ever do. He allowed himself to serve and worship the things that drive the animal—his appetite, the advancement of his self, and worldly wealth (the three components of the recorded temptation account of the real Son of David). The animal needs within him swayed him away from God so that he served the enemy of God (the serpent nature he bound himself to) instead of God.
God gives rewards to those who sacrifice for His sake, who choose the better thing, the right way—to further His interests instead of their own—because they love Him and want Him, and they believe He is a rewarder of those who truly, diligently seek Him. To those who see the value in giving up everything they love, could have, and could get for themselves—the thing Jesus did which made him loved by God—the reward is God Himself, living in their body, the new temple. This is because their action is a true declaration that they trust their true Father, which is the difference between the animal and the son. That's what happened in the first century, and why that occurrence/condition was so desirable. It's also why what the humans did to that truth was so abominable, the legacy of it still holding fast in the earth.
That is real faith, to see we could have certain things, but we do not pursue them because we instead want to do the thing that's harder for us, because we know that that is pleasing to God. However, we can't even be true and faithful to something external, because what we love, in the deepest parts of our heart, is what we're going to run after, even if we have to do it secretly, in that secret life we live in our heart. That inability to be and remain faithful to something external is the lesson and reason of the copy of the Jews, and why their experience constantly inflamed God. It is the reason He calls for a truer implementation of His law and commands, right into the deep places within the man, where they will be alive and true, and where he can understand and learn them, where he can truly be faithful to his God because He isn't just some far off God who the humans tremble at, but He's the man's real, true Father.
That's why He wants to be so close to the son, because He wants to be a close, loving Father to the son He is choosing; not some far away God who wants sacrifices and offerings thrown at Him, then afterwards the man turns around and forgets what He looks like; or never knew to begin with, but thought he was satisfying some generic requirement that God established, and doesn't know that God desires to live with him, in him, and know the man like a Father. As the love which comes from God to the son is the most valuable thing He has to give, so also the faith that comes from the son to God is the most valuable thing he can give to his Father. His heart, not proud and filled with the ways of the animal, but broken and looking for the only thing he wants—his Father's love and to be known by Him, and to actually know Him because He lives in his body.
The son's faith doesn't say, "I believe in God," or "I believe in upholding these traditions," or "I want something from God—going to heaven." Faith is "I believe what He has told me more than what I can see with my eyes and understand with my mind; more than what I want within my self, or what these people want from me. I believe He has gripped me, and even though it doesn't look like anything anyone says it should, and everyone says I am either wrong or crazy; I nonetheless believe God over everything that seems to be, and I know I'm not wrong, nor am I just imagining this." There is no faith in religion, but merely an agreement with the other humans about a specific set of doctrines, which they claim is the only way to God, and they are the gatekeepers. How preposterous, yet true across the religious landscape. Turning faith, which was good, into this other thing which isn't faith at all, is just one more thing done by the great whore, what her daughter prostitutes picked up and implemented for themselves when they started spinning off of her in the late middle ages.
Without that supernatural pull from God, the ability to hear which is different than anything we have experienced in the natural, there is nothing to have faith in. If there was, we would see more people acting unlike animals and more like sons—but we don't. The sons of God have to be intrinsically spiritual, supernatural in nature, because that's what their Father is, and the son has to be like the Father by having a part of Him living in his body, in order to be a true son. The way of the humans, because they're animals, isn't the way of God, and you can't mix the two, which is what the religions think they must do because all they have is the natural. Hence, the erroneous idea of faith being something natural, or based on some natural idea, when it's just agreeing with a set of doctrines because you think that's going to get you something, the ultimate form of survival for the animal.
The sons of God can only do what they do because they feel that pull, and they respond to it and are true to it like Abraham, David, Moses, Noah, Jesus and Paul did and were. They see what the animals cannot see because God's spiritual truth has come to them, and they have a choice to make to be true to it, or what they see, know and feel is the right way because of the animal instincts. The ultimate good thing is God's spiritual DNA living in them, not natural like a natural father's is, because God isn't natural. This is precisely what made the condition of the new covenant, which had been promised for a long time, so incredibly great in the first century—the infinitely valuable life of God was actually living inside the bodies of lowly humans.
It went away, so of course He must actually be revealed in that way before it can be a true condition; otherwise it's the same as any other religious scam—man trying to get to God by his own efforts, which is what they're all about and can ever only be about because that perfect condition cannot be latched on to, nor is it something so common as to say it's worthless, as the christians do. For them to claim that what's in them is the same as what Paul's condition was is so offensive and damnable.
The first century believers had that supernatural pull on them, because it was real and intended by God to happen as part of His purpose. It compelled them to put their faith not in what was easy, but in what was the most difficult thing, but they didn't care because it was real. It was easiest just to be a Jew and avoid all the suffering, physical harassment, torture and ostracism. That is one of the big things Paul fought against, the animal tendency toward survival, because he knew that the Son of God was alive in him and told him something different about what real life was—not preserving this existence in the natural creation, but responding and being true to the real life inside his heart.
Those who want to make a good impression outwardly are trying to compel you to be circumcised. The only reason they do this is to avoid being persecuted for the cross of Christ. Not even those who are circumcised obey the law, yet they want you to be circumcised that they may boast about your flesh.
Totally animal on both counts. He easily could have rationalized and said that since Jesus was the fulfillment of the law, and the law was Jewish, then the believers could continue to be Jewish. That is the way of the animal, to survive at any cost, and that would have pleased the animal living in Paul. But Paul knew differently, and the decisions that he knew in his heart were right, he also knew he had to stick to; and it cost him a lot in his body. It was so totally worth it to Paul because he had the love of God in his sights; and it drove, led, guided, compelled and constrained him instead of the animal instincts/nature. It was real, not made up.