2 Chronicles 16-17 / Ezekiel 48 / John 17-18
And the name of the city from that time on will be: THE LORD IS THERE.
Jesus said, "My kingdom is not of this world. If it were, my servants would fight to prevent my arrest by the Jews. But now my kingdom is from another place."
The Lord establishes the existence of two separate and distinct realities—the world where the human animals rule, and the spiritual reality, which is God and His existence. The kingdom of man is the natural world, the observable things we can see with our eyes and understand with our mind—the world that Pilate and the Jews understood. The kingdom of God is the kingdom of the spirit, the reality of God, the heavenly reality—what Jesus understood because the spiritual reality lived in him and provided that agreement for him so he could understand.
You are right in saying I am a king. In fact, for this reason I was born, and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me.
Jesus said that his kingdom was from another place and of another place. It was different than they could perceive or comprehend, because it was not a natural thing. As much as natural beings are concerned with the kingdom of God, they can't perceive it because it is the life and power of God living inside a man's natural dying body, as it did in Jesus', which allows him to be able to perceive. It was the thing that was good about Jesus; without it he was doomed to the fate of all the natural creatures.
That condition doesn't just happen because the animals will it to happen in them, but because of the specific plan of God who plants that condition within a man's heart as per the Father's desire that he become a son to Him. In other words, it's not a generic deal that is up for grabs, but has to be purposefully planted inside the human, according to the Father's particular choosing of that man, in order for it to be genuine. Otherwise it can only be the farce that christianity is—a bunch of animals trying to get something for themselves.
The desire of the Father as to whom salvation is given is specific and particular. It is not generic; that would be considered a fraternal institution, a social organization or any other group the humans form, in which they all converge to agree on a specific thing that binds them together as per what they want their group to be called and what its aims are to be. The christian groups are the same as any other be it duck hunting clubs, elks club, knitting clubs or anything else. Each group serves the same function as they all agree together on the purpose of their meeting together and continuing to agree. Some want to support each other's efforts to kill ducks, some want to just socialize, some want to help, encourage and provide support for each other in producing a finished product, and some want to provide and maintain that agreement for each other that they are right about the gods, while everyone else must be wrong, because they possess the truth while the others fall short.
"What is truth?" Pilate asked.
Their agreement with each other provides a certain amount of psychological security that they are and will be okay enough with the gods in order to live forever. Living forever is an extension of their wild animal purpose in their temporary existence; that is, to survive. Living forever is a logical carrot to dangle in front of an animal whose purpose it is to want to survive. To the humans it instinctually means everything, which is something they readily agree on with each other.
I pray for them. I am not praying for the world, but for those you have given me, for they are yours.
Those for whom the Son prayed in this section aren't a generic group of unknowns, but 11 guys who were specifically chosen by the Father to become sons, which is why the Son chose them to follow him. He is praying for them because he has chosen them, as directed by the Father who lived in him, who Himself had chosen them to be for him. He gave these men to the Son, to provide that agreement for him, the support and validation he needed to continue to go further in to the Father and to do His work.
I have brought you glory on earth by completing the work you gave me to do.
It is also why he purposefully drove away those who weren't chosen by the Father for him with the hard words he spoke about what it would take to follow him—what he knew that most of those Jews wouldn't accept. He said the things which would weed them out because they were generically attracted to him and wanted something from him, while these 11 men were chosen by the Father for His purpose i.e., they didn't choose him.
You did not choose me, but I chose you.
Even though the Son was alone a lot of the time, and was left alone to die, nevertheless the Father gave him a band of friends who were given an ability to hear and see the Father's reality, by which they were drawn to him to give him support and validation that what he was thinking he was hearing from the Father (that he indeed was the Messiah) was true. They were a group of living beings for whom his work could actually be aimed at, who even though they didn't know it, were totally dependent on him to do and finish the work the Father gave him to do if they were to become a part of the Father's secret family of sons.
...that he might give eternal life to all those you have given him.
And what is the purpose of the Father giving life to certain humans? For one, as a reward for them being faithful to the One whom the Father loved, for being loyal to him the best they could. For staying true to the One who was true, which gave the Son support, comfort and encouragement while he was being faithful and true to the Father even though it was the most difficult thing.
Now this is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.
What the son was doing for them wouldn't be providing them with merely an extension of the animal instinct to survive (living forever), but an extension of what the Son had already begun to do for them—that is, revealing the Father to them, giving them the secret information about their secret Father that they needed in order to get to know Him as their real Father while he was alive and had them under his wing. Ultimately though, his work was to provide a way for them to become clean from their condition of being unclean animals who must be separated from God the Father.
I have revealed you to those whom you gave me out of the world. They were yours; you gave them to me and they have obeyed your word.
The ultimate purpose of this is of course for the Father's sake, so that all of His true sons can come near Him and be with Him, only because the firstborn Son heard the Father's voice and was obedient to His command.
The reason my Father loves me is that I lay down my life—only to take it up again. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again. This command I received from my Father.
To lay down his life instead of taking it up is 100% against what the animal wanted him to do. His choice for the Father and away from the animal—upon which the salvation of God's secret family rested—was real because he *wasn't* a god as the christian myth goes; in which case there wouldn't be a choice, and his obedience to the Father's command would have been the joke that christianity is, since it's based on lies made up my humans e.g., that he was a god.
If I drive out demons by the spirit of God, then the kingdom of God has come upon you.
The Son establishes that there should be separation between the natural world, the kingdom of the animals, and the ones who were chosen by God to be able to comprehend this other world—the Father's reality. This separation seems to be crucial in their continuing to stay in the teaching they had been given—the foundation of the new way. When the entire world who came into contact with Jesus was unable to comprehend this reality, there were 11 who could and were willing to give up everything to continue what was already started. Yet even for them it was never in the bag, even though they saw him do miracles.
That's because the natural reality, reinforced by the animal instincts individually, which are reinforced by the other humans collectively, is so strong and undeniable, unconquerable—unable to even be noticed by the humans at large. When the disciple first saw Jesus do miracles, that observation only strengthened the animal within them, and the mixture of the two things made them think that he would be able to fulfill their will and make them great individually, once he made collective Israel great among the nations, because that's what the animal is driven to do—self-promote in order to survive. The natural reaction comes from the reality that that's all they were and understood.
Because they came from the natural reality, it's all they had, so they couldn't do anything but take what was good and drag it down into the earth and make it evil, by their craving to be special, honorable, respectable, acceptable (as per the drive of the egotistical component of the animal nature that drove them to want to get that for themselves). They couldn't understand what Jesus was actually going to do, because he "came from" God, which means that he had another nature driving/leading/guiding him than the animal, which is from below, of the earth, bound to the dirt which is hell (sheol, the grave). Not that he was a god, with the Father, and came down from heaven to become a human; but that he was different than all the other humans because they are from below, one with the earth (hell, their final resting place) while he was the first to be born from above—the only one who was and would ever be that way from conception—what sets him apart from all of God's other sons.
I came from the Father and entered the world; now I am leaving the world and going back to the Father.
He's just setting himself apart from all the human animals, every one of which "came from" an animal mother and an animal father who are bound to the ground, so they come from the earth whereas Jesus "came from" heaven (the spiritual world where God is). Jesus didn't come from any of the humans, but he was born of God—the first One to ever be conceived directly from God. That's why he said that he came from the Father, and was going back to the Father—not because he existed as the jesus god with the father god and the holy spirit god, came down for a little while and then went back.
That is a truly stupid thing to think because it wipes out the meaning and purpose of everything the Son did for the Father, and also what the other sons are expected to do—follow the firstborn Son and do what he did, go the way he went (secretly because that's how he was called, and how the Father made him to be, unnoticed by the humans and considered just a blight). It wasn't until the whore made up all her lies that the jesus god was created, who became the mythical leader of yet another religion filled with human animals whose first and only concern must always be to survive as long as they possibly can, and forever falls nicely into that.
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.
While the animals are individuals, driven to be and remain concerned with their own welfare, the intention of God was the opposite for those He had chosen to become His sons. The force that must drive the sons of God is opposite to that of the wild animal, which is driven to take care of itself and whatever comes out of its body (its own brood). This is the power of God, which to the humans seems like no power at all, but the opposite of power—like the secretly ignoble death of Jesus. And they're right because it is, naturally speaking. The death of Jesus had a power the humans couldn't see, because it had spiritual, not natural, significance. It meant life for God's secretly chosen sons, the birth of His family. It meant that all of the people whom the Father loved from the time before the Son came would be able to be with Him. What's valuable to the humans is detestable to God in all areas, which can be incorporated into the son as sort of a guiding rule as he is on his journey toward the Father, going the way the Son went (secretly and quietly, in spirit and truth). Whatever the humans are driven to do and be, go the opposite way.
I am coming to you now, but I say these things while I am still in the world, so that they may have the full measure of my joy within them. I have given them your word and the world has hated them, for they are not of the world any more than I am of the world.
What did Jesus give them, or what did it look like that he gave them the Father's word? It was the specific intention of God to make them sons, which God told to Jesus and Jesus told to the men. Although in their natural selves that wasn't what they wanted—all their natural aspirations toward greatness and the fulfillment of every kind of dream was more what they had in mind—it was more than they could have ever asked for, because in the spiritual reality that's the highest thing a human can attain to: to become unhuman by being driven by another force than the animal which makes the humans human. They couldn't see or understand the spiritual reality, because they came from the world, but they were being pulled out of it, according to God's intention, which is His word.
I have revealed you to those whom you gave me out of the world. They were yours; you gave them to me and they have obeyed your word. Now they know that everything you have given me comes from you. For I gave them the words you gave me and they accepted them.
The fact that the 11 men had accepted the words Jesus spoke to them meant that they were faithful and loyal to him, which is a highly rewardable thing to the Father because He loves the Son and those who love him. They obeyed the word, which meant believing the word he spoke, that he was the One he claimed to be (the great prophet, the Christ, the Messiah). The humans who didn't believe that Jesus was the One he claimed to be did not make God happy, because He loved the Son and wanted the humans to treat him as He would treat him. Instead they treated him like they wanted to treat him, by shoving him out of their midst because he was a threat to their power.
Believing that Jesus was the One he claimed to be—the Son of God, the Messiah, the great prophet Moses spoke about, the Son of David spoken by Nathan—is an important deal to God because it declares a loyalty to the Son, whom the Father loves. On one level they knew that Jesus was the Son of God, but on another level he didn't look at all like he was. That is the work for the sons of God, to overcome the natural by the spiritual eyes and ears which only they have, and it is done by believing in the unseen, more than the seen; which is going the opposite way than the animal goes, who can only see what it seen.
Believing in what is not seen is a hard thing, because when that opportunity truly comes from God, it has significant consequences in the natural. Another dilemma for the called son who is natural, is that it will not be validated in the natural by the other humans. So truly believing the secret voice of the secret Father is a trial in itself, because God creates situations so that belief will have natural consequence. That is so that our choice for the Father can be a real one, just as the firstborn Son's choice had real consequences. The first part of the son's life in relation to God will have been static like all the others; when the revelation of the Father comes it will be dynamic and interactive in that way, so that things like belief and faith actually have meaning (because there are consequences), and do not remain theoretical.
This is the folly of the christians and other groups who claim to know the way to God. They "believe" because they surround themselves with others who validate that "faith" in what they have agreed upon, which creates the agreement in each other that the animal needs, craves and is instinctually driven to get for itself, so that it feels okay and validated by the agreement it has secured for itself. In this way they create a god who isn't there because he only exists within the confines of their ability to see that the others also "believe," and so they propagate the many lies which are based on that the preserved words are for them and any other generic being who wanders in off the street (as long as they agree to enter into that animal covenant of agreement on which they all rely for their "faith"). The way they live—like all the other humans except for the myths they reinforce for each other—says what's actually true about them. That isn't to say that there aren't sheep within their ranks who honestly want to find God, but the leaders tell them lies and they believe them.
The true God isn't validated in the natural, by natural means or beings because He is secret, hidden from the humans at large and revealed only to those whom He has chosen. They know the revelation when they hear it, which will drive them away from the liars and the humans at large, because these must unlearn the way of the animal while they learn the way of the son of God—in secret, separated from the humans and their culture. The truth of the existence of the true God can only be because of that unseen, unheard word that will live in the son's heart, to validate God's existence and truth, not in the world amongst the humans who rule the world, but in the spiritual reality ruled by God and the good Son.
That is where the belief in that existence, which will not be validated by the humans, is important because it's the actual belief that Jesus is talking about—that they believed he was the One who was to come into the world, and remain loyal to him and trust him even and especially though in the natural it very much didn't look that way. What it looked like according to the natural was that he was going to abandon them and leave them while he fulfilled this crazy idea that he must go and die, which didn't seem right to those who left everything to follow him on the assumption that he would take care of them, but here he was going to die. To remain loyal to him and trust him even in the face of that, took a belief that was unnatural, because it was based upon the unlikely promise from a Father they barely knew that He would raise the Son up out of hell where he was laying for 3 days. That's belief.
I consider my life worth nothing to me, if only I may finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me.
Since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.
A first century son said that he had to persevere and keep running the race he started, which was to continue to believe, even in the face of so much resistance. His metaphor about running a race was that he couldn't just stop and rest, becoming one of the mere spectators of the race. If he saw something appealing to his eyes while he was running, he couldn't just stop and become one with it in purpose, which is the temptation all the time for the sons to allow themselves to be bound to the animal by fulfilling whatever craving is welling up within them. He knew that he would always be tempted to veer off to enjoy the things of the world, but he had to keep pressing on toward that prize for which he had been called. The real prize is not some earthly, tangible thing—not money, respect or anything the animals wants ("What a great man of God he is"—the craving to be worshipped), but to know the Father's love as Jesus did.
It's not instantaneous or automatic, nor should it ever be assumed that it will be the way it seems to be written about in the NT. It's the rest of our lives slowly moving toward the Father, trudging along by denying that animal so that our heart can become more pure along each leg of the journey. Pure toward God means the loss of what the animal loves, moving away from what the humans love and run after to become one with God, set apart from what we were before. Sanctified means "set apart for sacred use," accomplished by the truth, by the word of the Father which was given to Jesus, and which Jesus gave to the 11, that God intended them to become set apart from the rest of the humans by the power of the word that lived in their hearts—the secret family that the observable nation of Israel was a copy of.
Neither circumcision nor uncircumcision means anything; what counts is a new creation. Peace and mercy to all who follow this rule, even to the Israel of God.
The word taught them that they and the other hidden sons of God were the true Israel, the fulfillment of it, the better thing—the spiritual reality. This word made them clean, maintained by them being separated from the world of unclean animals. This is distinctly different than the preserved words, written down, the scriptures. The word as Jesus referred to it was the truth, a living thing that could only be planted by God Himself, and would grow if it was nurtured. It maintained a life and power of its own, apart from mere words. It uses the preserved words to validate itself within the sons.
You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. Remain in me (instead of the world, or going back to it), and I will remain in you (the living word, Jesus himself, who will come back as spirit, will live in your heart). No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit (be useful to the Gardener) unless you remain in me.
Judas was not with them when the Lord said this to them. He had just left them to do what he was going to do—not remain loyal to the Son. Judas was not separated from the world. Even though he heard the word and understood the reality of the miracles, he despised it in favor of the world, of his own intentions instead of God's. He aligned himself with the way of the animal instead of God. Because he was a zealot, he could have easily justified what he did, even by the scriptures, for "the glory of God and Israel." But what was his real motivation? Ego, self-glory, and greed—the fulfillment of everything the animal craves and desires for itself.
Judas is the example of one who knows the truth about God, but chooses the way of the animal instead. Sitting with the others and Jesus even to the last hours; he was not sanctified from the world, but instead he bonded with it for his own gain. While the others heard Jesus and wanted to know and believe, yet could not grasp it because it was so different than what they knew; Judas planned another way in his heart, even right there with Jesus as he sat and shared food with him and thought he was not going to be found out. They accepted that Jesus came from the Father, even though he didn't look like they wanted him to look. Judas accepted the word of the animal, the serpent that spoke to him, and obeyed it instead of Jesus' word, the command and intention of the Father to make them clean.
I will remain in the world no longer, but they are still in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them by the power of your name—the name you gave me—so that they may be one as we are one. While I was with them, I protected them and kept them safe by that name you gave me.
What was Jesus doing with the 12 men for 3 years anyway? Was he not teaching them the real truth about God, about the kingdom, about man as opposed to the supposed, assumed truth? We can read the things that Jesus taught them, and realize that he was so many times saying, "Look, it is assumed that the truth is this or that, but I'm going to tell you what the real truth is, directly from the real God," and he actually did miracles to back up the fact that he indeed was from God.
They knew with certainty that I came from you, and they believed that you sent me. I pray for them. All I have is yours, and all you have is mine. And glory has come to me through them.
He was the prophet who was to come into the world. He heard God's voice and said what he was told to say. The fact though that he spent so much time with these men, and personally taught them the truth, and yet they still could barely understand even at the last moment, says something about the power of the animal to conceal what is true according to the Father. It's not easy to understand what the real truth is, behind all the lies and BS of the humans who rule of this world. It's not just assumed by the Lord that the Father will keep these men safe from being beguiled by the world—he is sincerely concerned that they will remain loyal to him and the Father, separated unto them for His purpose, to continue to remain clean by believing. It's not so easy, so cut and dry, such a thing to assume will just happen.
Separation from the world is not just going to church, doing what we think we're supposed to do, thinking we are separated from the "bad people" because we possess "the truth," yet secretly loving the world in our hearts. Not strangers of the world as Peter suggests the sons remain, but full on citizens with full rights and privileges, living like and blending in perfectly with all the beasts of the field, doomed for destruction. That is the only possible reality for the humans, because the natural reality, the nature of the serpent, rules them and they can only believe it.
Separation is separation, through and through, even to the deepest places in us where it is dark and we think we can hide our motives and desires. Yet the light will shine in every part of us to reveal to us what we are doing in those secret places for God's purpose, so that He might call out from the world, and have a people whose hearts are fully committed to Him and His purpose.
His heart was devoted to the ways of the LORD.
The eyes of the LORD range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him.
When the sons have the light shined in those dark places, they can realize that they have been hiding from God, keeping things from Him in the deep, secret parts where they think He cannot see. And if they turn toward Him, with a humble and honest heart, He will respond with mercy and strengthen their hearts, and the life of the seed that has already been planted in them will continue to grow.
It's not easy, and the animal hates the idea because the animal loves the world—it is his domain. But it is necessary for the son to know the Father. He is not the God of the dead but of the living, the clean, the people who are separated unto Him for His purpose and not their own. He is not the God of every beast in the field, which has the purpose of being born only to die, never to be known by Him.
I am not praying for the world, but for those you have given me, for they are yours.
Not by our own power, but by our own choice. That is what God counts as highly valuable, because He can't make that. That is love, when we choose the way of our Father over ourselves, even though it seems impossible, nasty and the last thing we want to do. God regards that like men regard riches. The Son knows that the only thing valuable is knowing the Father and His love.
I have made you known to them, and will continue to make you known in order that the love you have for me may be in them and that I myself may be in them.
Now this is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.