Job 20 / Zephaniah 2 / 1 John 1-2
Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For everything in the world—the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has and does—comes not from the Father but from the world. The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever.
There is a contrast between the world and its will, which is just a collection of the same predominant will that inhabits each of the inhabitants of the world by God's design; and God with His specific plan and design which is separate and distinct from that of the world and its inhabitants. The will of God, which is hidden from the world and its inhabitants, is that what He desires comes to be. That will of God is a secret, so that only those who are secretly chosen to have that plan, and therefore the will of God revealed in and to them, will know about what the will of God actually is.
Everyone else will take their various stabs at it as they develop their systems of explaining the gods to each other, which has been happening since the beginning, but they will always be wrong and their explanations will always be weak and lacking because they simply don't have the revelation that is required to know, which is secret and not known unless specifically given by God to any He has chosen to include in that secret plan, purpose and will.
Dear children, this is the last hour; and as you have heard that the antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come.
Yet another warning that this secret reality that had been revealed to them, the secret calling of the Father specifically calling them, which only they were experiencing would soon be coming to an end. This is in line with similar warnings first spoken of by Daniel ("The abomination would cause the world to become desolate"), then reaffirmed by the Son himself ("Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold...then the end will come."); also by Paul ("The time is coming when people will not want this secret thing that we have, but will be given over to myths and everything else their itching ears want to hear") and Peter ("In the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil [their animal instincts instead of the voice of the teacher] desires").
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.
The very small community of those particular humans to whom the Son had revealed the Father were chosen to be a part of that secret family which is the will of the Father from the beginning. The love John speaks of is according to the true response to that particular knowledge. The love isn't a generic response but a specific response to a very specific thing—the knowledge that one had personally been chosen to know the Father's will, and that will included them, particularly, and the knowledge that another had also been chosen to know this very secret thing. Contrast that to the humans who must make generic gods who don't choose them, but their gods are chosen by the humans, which means they have no particular will at all, or that it's so generic it's not a will but a situation that was set up and is open to anyone and everyone who has half a whim to choose the god in question.
Seek the LORD, all you humble of the land, you who do what he commands. Seek righteousness, seek humility; perhaps you will be sheltered on the day of the LORD's anger.
That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched—this we proclaim concerning the Word of life. The life appeared; we have seen it and testify to it, and we proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and has appeared to us. We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ. We write this to make our joy complete.
This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with him yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live by the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.
If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word has no place in our lives.
Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For everything in the world--the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has and does--comes not from the Father but from the world. The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever.
See that what you have heard from the beginning remains in you. If it does, you also will remain in the Son and in the Father. And this is what he promised us--even eternal life.
And now, dear children, continue in him, so that when he appears we may be confident and unashamed before him at his coming.
If you know that he is righteous, you know that everyone who does what is right has been born of him.
Certain themes in John's letter are the same as in his record about the anointed, yet totally hidden, Son of God who was to come into the world. The humans always assumed they would be able to recognize him, because of what was written about him by the sons to whom the Father revealed the same reality and life beforehand. Although there were hints about him being disfigured and rejected, even the OT sons didn't know what he would actually look like in his full form, which was not much. Nor could they have imagined him being so plain and unassuming, looking so much like everything they *wouldn't* have imagined him to be, considering the greatness of the visions they were given concerning him, this One who would restore Israel and bring about the Day of the Lord. The reason he didn't appear as any of the humans, even the sons who wrote about him, could have expected was because it was the Father's will to keep his identity a secret, hidden from the humans at large and only known by 10 or 20 people in all of Israel. And the things that this Son of David would do were also of a secret nature that the humans even to this day aren't aware of, because it is the heart of the will of their Father, who is in heaven—in other words the Father who is spirit, in other words the One who is secret, unseen, invisible to the humans who cannot and will not be able to see what He is doing or what His will is.
When you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.
When you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.
Light vs. darkness, genuine love from the Lord and the Father, remaining, abiding in him vs. loving the world, Jesus remaining in the Father, and the Father remaining in him; are all things that in their true reality cannot be understood by the humans just by reading, studying and developing their interpretations of what they must mean. That's because the humans are ignorant of the secret Father's will, and biased toward their own which all of their interpretations reflect—what they want it to be. This is the reason why their are thousands of different groups which all claim an exclusive knowledge about what the words say and mean, yet they're also all different. Does this mean that one of them is correct and all the others are wrong, or that all of them are wrong because the ability to know the Father's reality was taken out of the world when the abominators took over in the second, third and fourth centuries, and all of the theories that the humans make up are just a stabbing in the dark at what they cannot know?
This scenario is so far removed from what the humans are able to accept because they don't have the ability to even think it, not to mention begin to be able to think that it might actually be true. Those who accept the myths and lies made up by me, along with those who are totally skeptical of their religions are both right and wrong. Those who adhere to a religion are right to want to assume that something outside of what can be seen exists, but wrong to think they can just develop a system based on whatever seems right to them as though the hidden God can just be found out. And the skeptics are right to observe the stories and come to the conclusion that they're just made up lies that don't make sense (which we were already sufficiently warned would happen), but wrong to assume that therefore there is nothing more than what's here. The sons find out that there is something beyond this miserable and unsatisfying existence, but the knowledge of that scenario came to them not from chance or their persistence, but by a specific revelation they receive from that secret God. And the most profound part of that revealing is the central reason about the knowledge they are receiving—that this secret God who remains hidden to the world of the humans is actually their true Father, and they have been chosen to be in that secret family of the sons of God who know their Father because He has been revealed, specifically to them.
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. They knew with certainty that I came from you, and they believed that you sent me. I pray for them. I am not praying for the world, but for those you have given me, for they are yours.
John oftentimes referred to himself and "The one whom the Lord loved," which is peculiar but also very specific and particular, supporting the argument about John's awareness of a particularly pointed relationship between himself and the Son, not one bit generic but one which existed as Jesus knowing him, and loving John because of that knowledge. John seems to have understood the goal of the new life that the brothers should live together in peace, taking care of each other as ones who knew that they were specifically called and chosen by the Father. That knowledge is first seen in the law of Moses about how important the love of God and each other as brothers (neighbors) was—more so than anything else one can recognize as one reads his words about the life he was chosen to participate in. The fact that he knew how much the Lord loved him attests to his comprehending what became the very purpose of Jesus' life, which also became John's purpose.
"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 love John speaks about is not a generic mushy character toward the humans; it is a peculiar devotion to a particular group of humans, those whom John understood had been chosen to receive the life in their bodies, that which he recognized because he had the same life living in him, which told him he had been chosen to become a son. It also told them that he was chosen because the Father knew who he was, and He chose John on the basis of that knowledge and not because of some generic condition that God loves everyone the same and wants them all to come near Him. If He did He would just reveal Himself to them all. Without that specific revelation of the Father's choosing, a human was just another piece of the dying creation and as such, something ordinary.
The paradox of the human condition compared to the reality of the Father's revelation is that the humans all think that each of them are so very special to themselves, which is the curse of how the animal condemns itself because all it can ever be is an arrogant, self-centered little creature bent on its own survival all the time because it thinks so highly of itself. And each one of them is driven by the same phenomenal instinct, which isn't so phenomenal to them because it's so common and accepted that they are supposed to be that way, which is right because there's no other way for them to be. They certainly aren't of the character or ability to be able to just all of a sudden adhere to some obscure commandment they read in a book that tells them to "Love their brother," which they consider an obligation they must fulfill to get something from the god who said it, but not to them. They try, rather pitifully, to adhere to it, but it always comes back to the most fundamental definition of what they actually are—fearful little creatures who are driven by instinct to hide, so the ability to love something that isn't them, or what doesn't come from their body (what doesn't share the same DNA with them) is literally and ubiquitously impossible for them.
Those who were extraordinary came from the logic that they were important enough for the Father to specifically choose to transform into His own sons, to receive His love, to be found in the assembly of the firstborn, surrounding Him forever, with Him where He is, made one with Him, as Jesus had been. Therefore, according to that logic, they were highly valuable and to be treated as such.
See that what you have heard from the beginning remains in you. If it does, you also will remain in the Son and in the Father. And this is what he promised us—even eternal life.
Starting at the 13th chapter of John's good news about Jesus, we can get a picture of how intensely the Lord loved his brothers, which came from a knowledge of who they were, from the Father who lived inside his body. After Judas is dismissed—right after Jesus washes their feet—he goes to great lengths to tell them how important they are, to assure them they will not be left alone as orphans (even though it will soon appear that way on the outside to teach them how to stand); to explain the relationship between himself and the Father, and promise the same thing for them as he revealed who the Father was to them. It is the picture of the perfection of brotherly love in the true family of God, unnoticed by the humans. That perfection is complete when the Lord fully submits himself to the Father's will on their behalf, so that they could be saved, given life, transferred out of the family of darkness into the family of light.
This is the section the Teacher kept directing us to in our beginnings by his purpose in us. He leads us in the effort to explain our life; what has happened and our purpose—to find and know the love that comes only from God so that we can in turn find then care for our brothers, those whom we know are also His. This is the only thing that is ultimately important, because the true family of God is the only thing that will last. It isn't important for the humans because they don't know. For the sons who hear the voice of the Teacher, it's the only thing worth anything.
At first it is confusing because of the conflict between the old and new consciousness, both living in the same body. We also receive testing and trials on the outside, engineered by the Teacher for our particular circumstance. These come so that we have to actually choose between what we want (the ultimate truth and life of God) and what we want (our life to remain intact with us in charge of it, undisturbed in all the forms we hold on to it and live for ourselves). The fact that these are from God will be virtually undetectable on the outside, but in our hearts we know where they come from because they're perfect and only we can see that perfection. We cannot explain them to anyone except to others to whom it has happened, or is happening.
As the kingdom (the inhabitation of God) grows inside us, we become more confident and able to choose the right instead of merely being a slave to our own existence, which before our birth into the new way is all we can ever be. Everything will be used for our good, even our desire to indulge ourselves with the things we always followed when we were dead. We were led around by our animal desires without even knowing it, unable to love God because we could only love and care for our selves. That is not a flaw in anyone's character, but rather a law of the animal consciousness versus the son's, which we are becoming.
"Whoever has ears to hear, let him hear," is a lot like the verse from Zephaniah. We know that the Lord chooses those who are capable of hearing the living word. They are ultimately able to seek righteousness and humility beyond what the animals tell them—who do not know and can only lie—about where they say He is, but is never found. I say ultimately, only because there is an ocean of lies which one must wade through in order to find the truth.
Now things are different than they were in Zephaniah's time regarding those who are God's people. There were some righteous people living in Israel in the times she was dragged away into the Babylonian captivity. Although they wanted God and obeyed Him as they knew how, they still had to suffer because of the evil their brothers did. Since the Lord accomplished the work and gave the new covenant by his body as the sacrifice, and his new body, which was the mechanism of the new covenant, it was not practicing a set of rules that made the sons right with God, but only the presence of the spirit of the Author of life living in them. Only that presence could do the transformation which could turn them into sons. That power went away
As He chose Israel to be His people, to love and to cherish Him all their life, to obey and be faithful to their true Husband; so also the Lord chose, based on the Father's knowledge, who he gave life to. "No one comes to the Father but by me," does not mean what the whore has twisted its meaning into, over the many centuries of its rule over the humans. What it means is that no one found God unless the Lord revealed Him to them, via the secret life of the hidden spirit of truth, as he revealed the Father to the disciples. That is the invitation.
"Stop grumbling among yourselves," Jesus answered. "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."
It doesn't matter what anyone says, or thinks they know. The Father doesn't conform to the humans; He acts and works right before their eyes, though they have no idea what's even happening. They live in a phenomenal, unexplainable world, yet they pretend that they know everything about everything because that makes them feel safe and secure with their place in the impersonal world where everything dies.
The seed could actually have been planted long ago, and the germination of the seed may not occur for years. For me it was 20 years before the germination actually occurred, although I'm certain it was planted even that long ago. I remember knowing at that time that I had the ability somehow to have the kind of relationship with the Lord that Paul had, although I couldn't imagine how. I certainly did not see it in any of my contemporaries. Yet I still believed, and prompted by that tiny bit of knowledge I remember asking God for the truth way back then. Even though I didn't actually receive it until 20 years later, nevertheless all along the way I knew what wasn't truth—what countless people kept telling me was.
They will say, "Where is this 'coming' he promised? Ever since our fathers died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation."
That is the message of the spirit of truth, even if it only lives as a tiny, un germinated, one-dimensional seed within the person who is destined to ultimately receive life. I believe that's why Paul talks about predestination; he could look back and see the events and situations that led him perfectly to where he finally was able to know who he was, even long before his encounter with the Lord on the road to Damascus. I imagine that he didn't know who he was until years after that encounter, when he wrote the letters to those who had been chosen to receive life in their dead bodies. That doesn't mean we're robots; actually it's all about the choice to follow and suffer, or hang on to what's temporary and dying like everything else.
The man who loves his life will lose it, while the man who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves me.
We learn that the life is incrementally given when we choose God over our own will, desire, satisfactions, aspirations, indulgences, etc. It's a process that happens, and it's about our choice for God instead of our selves, the preservation of our animal consciousness, holding on to our "life." In the end, those who were invited yet did not choose Him, who loved their lives more than His life; will not be partakers of the divine nature, nor members of the kingdom of God—simply because they didn't want Him.
If anyone is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will be ashamed of him when he comes in his Father's glory with the holy angels.
Finishing on the positive—those who did love the truth enough to lay down their life for Him, then in turn for their brothers; to those He will give the reward He promised to Abraham, of which has been given even more fully to Jesus the firstborn Son of all the sons of God. To be made One with the Father and receive Him as the reward.
Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your very great reward.
That is why we have the preserved words of the chosen, to keep choosing God. In them we find the problem, and the plan, then the encouragement to remain in him if we know we've been chosen to remain. To continue in the new way and not go back to the old, to keep choosing God over the animal, to persevere and continue running the race toward the finish line wherein lies the life and love of God—His treasure and life in them, which wells up into love and immortality.
I am writing these things to you about those who are trying to lead you astray. As for you, the anointing you received from him remains in you, and you do not need anyone to teach you. But as his anointing teaches you about all things and as that anointing is real, not counterfeit—just as it has taught you, remain in him.
Who is the liar? It is the man who denies that Jesus is the Christ. Such a man is the antichrist—he denies the Father and the Son. No one who denies the Son has the Father; whoever acknowledges the Son has the Father also.