2 Chronicles 25 / Daniel 6 / Acts 5-6
How could you agree to test the spirit of the Lord? Look! The feet of the men who buried your husband are at the door, and they will carry you out also.
Their agreement to conspire in their greed, then assume to be able to hide it was such a serious evil because it's just what the would have done as animals who wanted to keep something for themselves so they could have a net to fall into.
It's related to why the Son was so emphatic about "blaspheming against the holy spirit," because they're related.
It will do us a service if we start translating "holy spirit" as "life of the Father," when it applied to Jesus as in the above verse, and "life of the Son and the Father," after he ascended to the Father. In the same way, "the spirit" should be read as pertaining to the mechanism of the new covenant, the very unnatural life and force which was living in the believers in the first century, the manifestation of the promised new covenant. The power he had the third time he came to the disciples was given to him by the Father after they became one perfect being, as the Father has always been perfect, so that anyone who is made one with Him also has been made perfect, and must be if they are to live forever.
Jesus was brought into God's body as a kind of buffer that He needed so His life could live in unclean animals just as He had lived in the only clean animal, as long as the intention also existed to make them clean sons. He took over the Father's work, which the Father could do in him before by living in Jesus without the need for that buffer because Jesus was a clean animal, kept clean and perfect by the life until he was of age, then the choice he continually made for the Father and against the animal. Denying the animal the right to live in him meant that the Father could continue to always live in him. The one time He did leave him He had to, and the world went dark because that's when the animal nature entered Jesus' body, when he was lifted up and made into the snake while on the pole so that he could kill its power and curse for the chosen sons of God before, during and after he lived in his human body. When the animal entered him, the Father had to leave, because He couldn't inhabit the same body at the same time that nature inhabited the body of Jesus for those few hours. That's also why the first humans, just after they inherited that animal nature, had to be kicked out of the place where God was. The animal is unclean, about death, which cannot come near to God. It's a spiritual reality that is difficult to comprehend even for those who are given eyes to see, and impossible for the mere animals who aren't.
I tell you the truth, all the sins and blasphemies of the sons of men will be forgiven them. But whoever blasphemes against the holy spirit will never be forgiven; he is guilty of an eternal sin.
Jesus says that if they were speaking against him as a human, it didn't matter. Where it reads "blasphemies of the sons of men," it should read "blasphemies against the sons of men," i.e.. him, and he didn't care if they spoke against him—he knew they would. At this time however they were not speaking against him, but the life of God inside him, which was the power that did the miracles and gave him the consciousness not of an animal but of the Son of God. Within himself he had nothing, and he was nothing.
The life of God in him was what made him able to do and say anything extraordinary; it allowed him to do the miracles he did and understand that he was the long-awaited Messiah, the Son of David. Without God life living in him, he would have just been any other ordinary human. This is one of the important truths on which everything we know hinges. Its significance is completely nullified if we were to believe that Jesus had anything special in or about him other than the life of the Father living in him, which made him special and important because it meant he was a clean animal—totally unlike any other one.
All the people were astonished and said, "Could this be the Son of David?" But when the Pharisees heard this, they said, "It is only by Beelzebub, the prince of demons, that this fellow drives out demons."
Jesus wasn't interested in defending himself and what he did and said, because like Daniel and all of God's sons who came before Jesus, he knew he was right. He heard the voice of God and he felt and understood the power of God in him and he was just sure, beyond any natural consciousness. He was so aware of its presence in him and so convinced of his righteousness because of it, that that was the only thing worth defending—the honor, glory and rightness of God his Father—as he understood that it was only God, living and working in his body which enabled him to do the things he was able to do. When they spoke about the power of God, the life of God, they were speaking against God and calling God evil, and that is unforgivable because there is only One who is good. Everything else is evil, because it's not good.
The miracles that Jesus did were a direct attack on the blindness, numbness and dull ineffectivity of the animal nature put onto the humans—the flaming sword that guarded the tree of life so that ordinary men could not understand God unless His spirit enlightened them and became the key for them to the hidden door. We know that the experience of the Israelites was different than all of the other nations around them, and that the spirit was on them—if even to a lesser degree than some more special people whom God chose. It was there nonetheless; telling them, reminding them to know, love and honor God above all else. Even if it was only the memory of the spirit of God working mightily among their fathers to do the great miracles that made them aware of His presence, righteousness, and love for them as His people over and above all the other humans on the earth.
Day after day, in the temple courts and from house to house, they never stopped teaching and proclaiming the good news that Jesus is the Christ.
The outward miracles that Jesus did showed that he had God's authority, that he indeed was the Messiah whom they were all waiting for. The reason for that was so he could show them the new way of God, the new face of God that wasn't new, only hidden but still revealed in the OT scriptures. However, the animal nature in the humans made them dull to any message that His own sons from the same era understood. He could grab their attention, because he was giving them something new, but not new at all. No more of the animal, which had completely dominated man until Jesus came. God's people would now be marked by something different than external markings, and their internal natures would be changed from this animal to a son via the greatest miracle, that of the only true and living God, living in, inhabiting their bodies, making them the true temple, at which all the other man made temple only pointed.
Don't you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me? The words I say to you are not just my own. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work. Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of the miracles themselves. I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.
All the outward miracles that Jesus did were to prove to the 12 men that he came from God, that he was the genuine deal and they could trust him and believe that he would do what he promised them. All this was true, because it was God they were talking to when they talked to Jesus since the two were One and He did indeed live in Jesus. This is why there is so much in the preserved words alluding to how Jesus was like God, because of the condition of God living in his body, and they were One even in that imperfect sense (because Jesus was still in a human body. He was One with God, because of the unity between them, and God's intention that they would become One being perfectly, after Jesus went to Him for that purpose.
God has raised this Jesus to life, and we are all witnesses of the fact. Exalted to the right hand of God, he has received from the Father the promised Holy Spirit and has poured out what you now see and hear.
Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.
When they were still mere men, they didn't care that he came to do the great work for them, because as dull, lifeless animals they could only care about their own immediate circumstances. They could not even begin to comprehend the sacrifice he had come to offer, becoming the perfectly clean animal—the spotless Lamb of God—whose work would set them free. They didn't even understand that they weren't free. The animal nature that ruled them made them completely oblivious to what was going on in heaven (the spiritual world), where God lives and where His will is always done.
The opposite of the animal nature is the nature of God, which is that nature of love, and love is what all of the miracles that Jesus did came to were about and for—to get the disciples whom the Father intended to transform into sons to see what they otherwise were too dull, lifeless and naturally prone toward their own animalistic survival to ever see.
Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.
His effort in revealing the Father to those men was not for his gain, because the Father had already been revealed in him, and he accepted that life and way, and rejected the way of the humans, of the serpent, of death. It was for their own and the Father's benefit, that they would know who they had been chosen to become—sons of the Father, part of His true family, the better thing that the nation of Israel was the copy of.
The reason my Father loves me is that I lay down my life—only to take it up again.
Jesus' love for the Father and love for them caused him to do what the animal cannot do, because if its pervasive mode of self-preservation without letting up, keeping them unclean animals who can't come near to God. Instead of getting for himself, he chose to search for the favor of the Father, whom he loved and wanted to please. Instead of taking the kingship for himself, as the serpent urged him in the temptation accounts, he chose the way of love for the Father's will to be accomplished and faith in what God told him was the right way—what his Father desired of him, as per Isaiah 7—but only he knew.
He will eat curds and honey when he knows enough to reject the wrong and choose the right.
Daniel answered, "My God sent his angel, and he shut the mouths of the lions. They have not hurt me, because I was found innocent in his sight. " Daniel had trusted in his God.
Daniel was the same way, because he knew that God spoke to him and told him certain things. He knew the power of God in him because it gripped him, and he believed more in God than in what he could see with his eyes and what his natural mind told him. Same with Abraham, who also had to make a choice for God—not whether to stop smoking or go on a diet, but whether or not to kill his very loved son. To obey God and believe something other than what he could understand with his animal mind, which made him want to keep what he loved—definitely not to purposefully destroy it.
"Do not lay a hand on the boy," he said. "Do not do anything to him. Now I know that you fear God, because you have not withheld from me your son, your only son."
The most beautiful thing which ever happened in the history of the universe is that God in His humility, because the family He wanted meant so much to Him, offered up His own Son—the thing He loved most—as His own sacrifice and offering to show the sons how much He loves them, and as an example for them to copy and follow.
"Who is my mother, and who are my brothers?" Pointing to his disciples, he said, "Here are my mother and my brothers. For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother."
Faith in what God has told us is true is actually a weapon of defense against this animal nature that rules us and always wants to self-preserve—the flaming arrows Paul talks about in Ephesians 6:16. Those who receive the pull of the life of God in them will always have to make choices between what they want to preserve as theirs—what the human animals are always driven to do—and what that life is telling them to do. It is somewhat universal, but each one has his own way of preserving the things that are his—the things that constitute his "life." That is why the new covenant was put into the very hearts of each of the humans God chose to live in, in the first century.
A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.
Even something higher than faith exists for the one who would have that life of God living in him, IF that condition is ever available to the humans again on a scale larger than just one or two at a time. Faith in what he knows God has told him, and hope for more of the life he has already tasted will come to that one; but love for the Father and His possessions are the highest a man can go. This can only come to the one who is mature, who has chosen God's way—the hard way—over the animal's (the serpent's, the way of the humans) way, which is obviously the easier way, like floating downstream. It makes sense, because love is God's nature, at the opposite end of the spectrum from the animal nature, and only the mature son can have the nature of God instead of the animal (as Jesus did, then Paul).
Then Peter said, "Ananias, how is it that Satan has so filled your heart that you have lied to the holy spirit and have kept for yourself some of the money you received for the land? Didn't it belong to you before it was sold? And after it was sold, wasn't the money at your disposal? What made you think of doing such a thing? You have not lied to men but to God."
It takes time for the seed of that life to sprout and grow and take over, and the son will have to constantly be choosing God over himself day in and day out, so that it takes over and pushes the animal out. Ananias chose himself, to satisfy that animal craving, need and pull to self-preserve, to keep for himself and lie about it. He was made an example by the spirit, to show that they were not like the other humans, and that they had to choose no to go back to the way of the animal, once the transformation had begun to make their hearts pure before God—unlike the first humans who tried to hide from God right off the bat.
In those days when the number of disciples was increasing, the Grecian Jews among them complained against the Hebraic Jews because their widows were being overlooked in the daily distribution of food.
Love is the absence of that animal nature in the man, which prohibits him from being able to love—the presence of the nature of God, which is taking him over, changing him from dead to alive, enabling him to actually love instead of being a servant of himself, the serpent. Real life, the life of the one true God who offered up His own Son, lives inside him. That is also the life of Jesus, which is the highest a man can attain to, and is the model for the son. It is the life of the newly created Jesus/Father being, in spirit form, that lived in the humans who were being chosen to receive it.
If their purpose or activity is of human origin, it will fail. But if it is from God, you will not be able to stop these men; you will only find yourselves fighting against God.
We must obey God rather than men! The God of our fathers raised Jesus from the dead--whom you had killed by hanging him on a tree. God exalted him to his own right hand as Prince and Savior that he might give repentance and forgiveness of sins to Israel. We are witnesses of these things, and so is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey him.
All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of his possessions was his own, but they shared everything they had. With great power the apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and much grace was upon them all. There were no needy persons among them. For from time to time those who owned lands or houses sold them, brought the money from the sales and put it at the apostles' feet, and it was distributed to anyone as he had need.