Sometimes, for whatever reason, a question will pop into my mind – often something that begs further exploration – right before falling asleep. I’ve gotten into the habit of writing it down, with the intention that it will be answered.
God happily obliges. That can happen in dreams, or upon awakening, or at a later time (when it will be called into remembrance that I asked the question days earlier).
Last night’s question goes like this: What does it mean and imply, in practical and experiential ways, when Scripture declares that if the Son sets free, then you are free indeed? (John 8:36)
The reason I asked this question is because of a sense of urgency that things need to change, first of all for all of us who know we are called to bear the name of the Lord throughout life, to call upon that holy name, and to exemplify His power here and now. Our world is still in captivity because we do not understand the nature of our freedom in Christ or our reason for being here.
We tell ourselves that we have this freedom, that we have victory in Jesus. Yet upon an honest effort of examination of the state of our inner reality and our outer life, we must ask, what about us and our life actually bears witness to the genuine freedom for which Christ has set us free?
First of all we are informed by St. Paul in several passages that the old self has been crucified and has died in Christ. Moreover, not only have we been raised up as new creations where “not I but Christ liveth in me” (see Galatians 2:20), but also in Him, we are seated in Christ Jesus (Ephesians 2:6), at the most powerful position in all the heavenly realms and dimensions – at the right hand of our Heavenly Father. By that we conclude we are free from the flesh, the world, and the evil one.
In truth everyone needs to receive the extension of this invitation to participate in an entirely new reality, a new creation. Part of the reason we’re here on Earth is to extend that invitation, along with deeper understandings of what this implies for any life, as ambassadors of reconciliation.
The reality is that our new “place” in Christ has been almost entirely misunderstood, marginalized, dismissed, and missed as the intended legitimate and valid life experience of “believers”. Mental assent has replaced reality and “realization” – making it real here and now, in other words. The experience has been reduced to a doctrinal position rather than why it is taught – for the purpose of experiencing victorious empowerment whereby we transcend the limitations of the current entrapment, thus escaping the “Luciferian Occupation” of this world. This apostolic truth is bestowed, in other words, so that we can know how free we really are because of the work of our Lord Jesus. Not just know it, but participate in it as our reality.
It is imperative that we take a look at the church which seems to have lost track of the understanding of its legitimate position and inheritance. What is commonplace is almost a deification of suffering and martyrdom, Might we want to know why this, rather than victory and freedom, has been the lot of believers?
Certainly there are in these domains the agendas and programs of the “current occupation” (See 1 John 5:19) running the lives of many individuals. Any reality manifesting above the current “normal” existence is immediately regarded as suspect and a threat to the ways and indoctrinations of the status quo. And, yes, Jesus did inform us that in this world we will have tribulation, but He also said, “Fear not, for I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33).
That world was fully overcome in Him, in His cross, in His resurrection, and in His ascension! The old creation is dead and gone, but do our lives, views, and attitudes reflect our new freedom reality, or do we still keep turning around to have one last look at Sodom and Gomorrah – a type of the realm of rebellion and evil which has been destroyed in Him?
Do we consider the possibility that the whole point of His letting us know we would have tribulation in the world might be to point us to His making it possible to live high above it as our day to day experience?
The mission was after all to restore us to our original inheritance at our Father’s right hand – Home at the palace, so to speak, in order to be able to reign over all other principalities, powers, and names! The whole point of the Good News is to transcend this world, and to enter into a new and radical freedom and the powerful life restored to us through the work of His Passion!
We’re here like our Elder Brother Jesus – to be about our Father’s business, of sounding the call for all our lost “P.O.W.” family to come Home and actually live from the space of our original higher reality, not just “believe” in it – as if mental assent brings us into the reality of uniting with our Lord in identity, being, and purpose.
I’m honestly not convinced that much of the church through history, has actually entered into this awareness as its experience. It has been a dark glass into which we have peered. For the most part the church has been engaged for 2000 years in little more than conflict over various doctrinal positions, dogma, and the traditions of men. We’ve spent too much time sweating the small stuff.
When its mystic saints such as Meister Eckhart actually entered into this union with the Father, Jesus, and the new creation through the Holy Spirit, they were (and perhaps still are?) driven out or marginalized as heretics – persecuted for an experience of their actual freedom from the constraints of the status quo of religion. They had an experience in Christ rather than mere “belief”, or the vain works of the flesh performing obedience to the traditions and doctrines of men. Thus they were a threat to the consensus reality by reckoning themselves dead to this world and alive in God through Christ.
For the most part, traditionally, any “rebirth” experience has centered on moral change or conversion. Certainly this is a breakthrough for most of us, but is this where it stops? Life goes on from there. Now we are morally cleaned up, free along those lines, and in a lot of cases pretty self righteous about it. Yet life is still marked by struggle, conflict, dis-ease, and disagreeable circumstances we accept as “God’s will” – all the way up to and including martyrdom.
I would offer that this is because the church has seldom reckoned with the metaphysically powerful fact of its ever present, victorious freedom and reality in Christ, where we are joined with Him in the power of His resurrection. We are admonished by Scripture to set our minds in heavenly places. Our collective consciousness is still in the strata of suffering and defeat, but things could be quite different than this as we call upon the name of the Lord and consistently raise our sights into glory.
Enter the New Thought positions on this. What has troubled me about New Thought Christianity is that it has – at least insofar as I have observed it in its 21st Century form – done a poor job in providing the foundational teachings of traditional Christianity and then linking them to its emphasis on the abundant life.
Consequently many of the newer “cults” (similar to Unity or Science of Mind) miss the boat, as they seem to attract individuals seeking “spiritual experiences”, or phenomena, rather than seeking God Himself with a view to personal transformation via repentance and a renewed heart and spirit by the Holy Spirit’s power.
With these offshoots, as well as so much of the mainstream church going into the pursuit of the belly as god, glorying in what is shameful and permissive, and minding worldly things, is it any wonder that much of the Body of Christ has gone into corruption and demise, at a time such as this – when we ought to have been at our most powerful and pure? Instead of being spiritually clothed, armed, and ready for what is to come, so many of us have fallen asleep – drugged by the siren song of the world, the flesh, and the evil one.
How did all of this become so fooled and befouled, and thus robbed again and again of our inheritance through the Blood of the Lamb, whether we come from the background of mainstream evangelical thought or the offerings of newer insights which have Biblical basis?
The emphasis of manifesting the redeemed life was what drew me to New Thought Christianity in the first place (in the past). But at this point, like much of Christianity, it has been coerced, co-opted, and corrupted – because none of us have taken spiritual reality seriously enough (in other words, yes, evil exists). Truth has been marginalized by a lot of psycho-babble! And now we have what resembles “Psycho Babble-On” more than the Holy Bride, and she is fragmented and nearly completely compromised by the onslaught of the world’s current moral depravity. She is not free, but in Psycho Babble-Onian captivity.
Things have to change!
The Luciferian programs have been inserted through the unaware who, for example, think that “freedom” gives license to involve oneself in occult activities such as worship of angels, animals, or the Earth itself, or summoning the dead through spiritualist seances. Nothing could be further from the truth! This leniency toward what is forbidden draws in individuals who seek occult experiences, rather than seeking the Lord and His will – which is always for our good and His glory. There must be a clarion call to where the focus needs to be and to repentance!
“Seekers” may also be seeking their own definition of Grace, with the misunderstanding that it gives license to pursue the belly, the shameful, and the worldly. Yet many current adherents to the 21st century infiltrated version of any version of the faith seem to embrace, include, and give the smiling nod of approval to everything that leads currently to the destruction (of individual souls, the USA, and the world – so many levels!). There is little or no discernment that, in the tolerant embrace of sin and dark practices, they open portals to deception, and it of course willingly walks in… My, that was easy!
There is so much need to present fearlessly the need for moral underpinnings as the foundation for protection as we move more deeply into the fullness of the experience of salvation. From there we can go on to safely manifest the greater reality implied in our victorious redemption in the Lord Jesus Christ. The “full gospel” is all about the fulness of life in Christ, and nothing less. “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” (John 10:10)
Everybody wants to live higher and better, but we cannot enter into this dragging along a bag of moral filth and “ignore-ance”, which characterizes so much of today’s popular spiritual movements, in or out of the mainstream churches.
It goes back to the basic question, per Paul, “Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you.” (2 Corinthians 6:14-17)
Entering the Light of the new creation and all its benefits means that the bag of filth must be jettisoned and left to “burn” along with the rest of the old creation – which has already passed away through the redemptive work of Jesus Christ, Who has every right to be Lord here and now, not just in the sweet by and by.
Let us make it so in the power of the Holy Spirit, who counsels us in all His eternal Good, for it is our Father’s good pleasure to give us the Kingdom.
Those angelics who rebelled and precipitated the fall of human beings have been assigned a place outside of God’s good will. They were cast down. That is their reality and abode because they chose to ignore Divine Law: they are reaping what they have sown.
The Way home is the path open to God’s sons and heirs in Christ. We are in the space of being transformed and restored. Nothing must disturb this process, as our understanding develops. Nothing can disrupt it, except – as from the beginning – it comes by way of the cooperation of humans, to whom our own domains belong by our birthright. “The heaven, even the heavens, are the LORD’S: but the earth hath he given to the children of men.” (Psalm 115:16)
Consequently those rebels consigned to outer darkness have for aeons, through treachery and trouble, sought to possess what alone belongs to the sons of the Most High. So they have much skill at guile and deceitful ways whereby they seek to attempt to trespass boundaries, break through, and wreak havoc here on Earth (and per some, throughout the entire creation!). We must therefore understand the scope of our mission here, as well as all legitimate means whereby we, as the body of Christ, coming in the Name of the Lord, are one with Him in demolishing and abolishing these dark specters from our abode.
Let us be ever aware that our freedom to “be all we can be” exists in Christ alone, in Whom we live, move, and have our being. Let us embrace what it takes to bring this new creation forth as manifest reality!
Oh Freedom!!! _ Enjoy the song!