You Can’t Just See What People In The Bible Saw

We’re not supposed to see what we see in the bible.

There is this rising sentiment in radical Christian circles that is suggesting that Christians today “can” do everything they read in the bible.

They think that we, today, are somehow supposed to see what Jesus saw, or live a life like Paul, David, or Abraham.

But;

The bible clearly states not that we “can” do the works of Jesus,

It says that we will do the works of Jesus and also greater things still.

Yessiree, what if Jesus said “Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father”? (John 14:12)

What if it truly was to our “advantage” for Christ to go and the Holy Spirit to come (John 16:7)?

We aren’t able to see what we see in the bible; we get to see what’s in the bible, and greater things!

Yep; the bible isn’t a bar to hit, it’s a diving board to jump from (into deep rivers of living water)

We Jesus-lovers are part of a new and better covenant. And this follows with new and better manifestations of glory. Let’s see this (warning, long passage of scripture ahead);

“You yourselves are our letter of recommendation, written on our hearts, to be known and read by all. And you show that you are a letter from Christ delivered by us, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts. Such is the confidence that we have through Christ toward God. Not that we are sufficient in ourselves to claim anything as coming from us, but our sufficiency is from God, who has made us sufficient to be ministers of a new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit. For the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life. Now if the ministry of death, carved in letters on stone, came with such glory that the Israelites could not gaze at Moses’ face because of its glory, which was being brought to an end, will not the ministry of the Spirit have even more glory? For if there was glory in the ministry of condemnation, the ministry of righteousness must far exceed it in glory. Indeed, in this case, what once had glory has come to have no glory at all, because of the glory that surpasses it. For if what was being brought to an end came with glory, much more will what is permanent have glory.” ‭‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭3:2-11‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Greater glory; Jesus won,

And now we have the same Spirit that rose Jesus from the dead, and this Spirit goes from glory to glory;

There’s no training, experience, or knowledge needed; just be a child of God: You don’t matter (sorry), God matters, and God moves miraculously. So stop drowning yourself on normalcy, trying to control what God’s able or unable to do, and accept that He loves you and wants you to walk as His son and daughter with authority and intimacy like never seen before. He wants you to see greater things than in the bible, under a new and more glorified covenant; He wants to be closer than with anyone before you on this earth. After all, you’re His favorite child (He died for you).

Don’t live by what you think, you can’t possibly think big enough, just dance on your daddy’s feet and let him steer the car, you’ll find you’re a better dancer than you ever thought possible;

He loves living in you. You’ll mess up, but that’s okay, because He loves you. Just turn towards Him and you can reflect the light of His face; your destiny is to manifest His glory.

You were uniquely made for His glory, don’t settle for less.

You Can’t Just See What People In The Bible Saw

Did God Give my Grandma Cancer?

The two walk through the warmth of summer grass. Mathitis, the younger of the two, has just experienced a tragedy, and now seeks truth. The story unfolds…


Aletheia:
What does Satan do?

Mathitis: I am a believer, I know this; “the thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy,” John 10:10.

Aletheia: That is right Mathitis, the enemy has come to steal, kill, and destroy. And why did Jesus come?

Mathitis: Well sir, “I came that they may have life and have it abundantly,” the same verse. And while I’m on this, “the Son of man is come to seek and to save,” in Luke 19:10.

Aletheia: Good; Jesus has come to give, seek, and save. Now I have another question, did Satan come to restore, save, and bring life?

Mathitis: Now I suppose he did not, quite the opposite, in fact.

Aletheia: That’s correct my brother, and one more item of trivia, but in the reverse; did Jesus come to steal, kill, and destroy?

Mathitis: Here again, I suppose quite the opposite! I understand that Jesus had come not to steal, but give, not to take life, but to give life, not to destroy, but to restore!

Aletheia: So to your question, brother; of the will of God, is it sickness?

Mathitis: I recall, my friend, in Luke 10:9, Jesus instructing us to heal the sick, and tell those same people that the kingdom has then come near. Am I right to understand that the kingdom of God is healing?

Aletheia: It is the safest to say so, brother; for when did Jesus put his hands on someone and not bring restoration and life?

Mathitis: Good sir! The Lord Jesus conveyed many miracles, and saw the dead raise! Was he in the will of God?

Aletheia: Brother, you have asked a trenchant question! Indeed, as a fellow brother Dan Mohler has said, Jesus is the will of God revealed; the word became flesh, as John 6:38 and 5:19 describes, to do the will of God; “by his wounds you have been healed.”

Mathitis: So God brings life, not death?

Aletheia: Most wise man, you have observed well; Acts 3:15 described the Son as the Author of life, and Hebrews 2:14 speaks of “the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil.”

Mathitis: But what of the evil people? What of the sinners? Do they not deserve death?

Aletheia: What pride your tongue is finding! Here, and who are you? in 2 Peter 3:9, God reveals his will “not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.” I would ask you Mathitis, how many people does God desire to perish?

Mathitis: I can see this to be none.

Aletheia: Very good. And what causes us to perish?

Mathitis: The wages of sin is death, I know this.

Aletheia: And so is it God either willing for or causing us to die?

Mathitis: No sir.

Aletheia: Then we have our answer. Sin brings death, sin makes us sick, God brings life, God heals us; do not get the two confused.

Mathitis: What a very simple and obvious truth? From where does the controversy about this come?

Aletheia: I have found it a dangerous thing for people to build doctrine to suit their experience. Satan is the destroyer, Jesus is the life bringer; I say again, do not confuse the two.

Mathitis: But sir, what particularly of sickness (of which I asked)?

Aletheia: My friend, I would ask back, where does sickness come from?

Mathitis: Does sickness not come from God himself?

Aletheia: No my friend, you have been misled. God does not cause sickness. When God made man in his image, was sickness part of the plan?

Mathitis: I figure brother, considering we were made in God’s image, and I suppose that God is not subject to sickness, so we, in his image, are not subject either, through Christ; sickness comes not from God, but every good and perfect gift comes from the Father, and sickness is neither good nor perfect! God does not cause sickness, Satan the accuser and sin causes sickness!

Aletheia: You understand; if God made sickness, Jesus would have been going against the Father by healing it, and this cannot be. No: disease is from Satan.

Mathitis: But could God not cause things that are not of Him, or allow things not of Him, in order to do His will?

Aletheia: Brother, you have contradicted yourself; one cannot go against one’s own will to accomplish one’s will, or else one or the other is not truly one’s will. God would never cause sin, death, or sickness; He would never touch anything apart from Him, and furthermore He intensely hates it, and loves to work through us to destroy it. That is what sin is; anything apart from God’s will, and of course God cannot sin. He hates sin and everything that comes from it; death, sickness, and separation.

Mathitis: I see; God did not have any part of the process! If it was up to Him, we would be well. He did not cause it, or even allow it? Is this true?

Aletheia:  It is most true, brother, because, as we have discussed, it is not His allowance and reign that brings sickness, but the kingdom of darkness.

Mathitis: So sir, I infer that you assert God does not only cause sickness, but also that it is His will to heal all sickness?

Aletheia: I will make no assertion, sir, but I will look on these things;

Mathitis: Tell them to me, so that I may learn!

Aletheia: I see here in Matthew 7, “Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!”

Mathitis: And so?

Aletheia: If you ask your heavenly Father for healing, is it His will to give you sickness?

Mathitis: I understand now. By no means!

Aletheia: And how much more, my friend, will he bestow what he has already promised, for God is never unfaithful.

Mathitis: What now has God promised us?

Aletheia: We look again to the word, God commands and empowers us, under all the authority in heaven and on earth in the name of Jesus (Matthew 28:18), with the same power that rose him from the dead (Romans 8:11), to heal the sick, (Luke 10:9) raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons (Matthew 10:8), and do greater things than Jesus, speaking in new tongues; picking up serpents with their hands; drinking deadly poison without harm, and laying their hands on the sick, and seeing them recover (Mark 16:17)!

Mathitis: Amazing sir, that not only does God want to heal people through us, but also do many other great works! How unworthy we are, and how worthy He is!

Aletheia: It does not stop there, sir, the will of God for healing is overwhelmingly obvious and prevalent! We were instructed by Christ to pray for God’s kingdom to come on earth as it is in heaven, where God’s will is perfected, without the influence of sin. In heaven, death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore (Revelation 21:4); this is God’s will, God’s plan, to use heaven inside of you, to bring heaven onto the earth.

Mathitis: God’s plan for us is abundant life, of which sickness has no part!

Aletheia: Indeed, abundant beyond what no ear has heard, nor eye has seen, nor heart of man has imagined (1 Corinthians 2:9).

Mathitis: And sir!

Aletheia: Yes brother?

Mathitis: I see now, in the word God’s will in 2 Corinthians 5:18; “All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation.” God desires for us to be reconciled to Him, not sick, not broken, not distant; healed, restored, close, and desires furthermore that we would reconcile others to Him through healing and love. I have learned much, and my heart is at peace.

Aletheia: I am proud. And what did you learn today, friend?

Mathitis: I now know that God did not make my grandmother sick, that he did not want her to be sick, that he wanted to heal her. I now know that the enemy and sin’s enterprises are where disease and cancer comes from, and that Jesus came to destroy these works (1 John 3:8), and this is his will! I now know that I can be fully assured that when I am praying for healing (James 5:14-16, 3 John 1:2, 1 John 5:14), I am asking kingdom come! I don’t need to fear an angry, unfaithful God, but instead, I believe in a God that always wants to see us healed.

Aletheia: My friend, we should never be afraid. Never be afraid of God; He is your Father, and He is always good. You have no reason to doubt in fear of either of these things; fear God in reverence and love, but you need never fear His hand when you know His heart.

Mathitis: God loved my grandmother, He loves me, He loves you, and He loves everyone else I will ever meet. I want to spread this joy to others; I will stop seeing things how I want to see them from my experience out of fear, and let the Light of the World shine on how things really are: God’s plan to bring us closer to Him through powerful love, and unending grace.

Aletheia: Sickness always comes from the kingdom of darkness, and in God there is no darkness at all (1 John 1:5). I am glad your grandmother is finally at peace; God works out all things to the good of those who love Him. God did not take your grandmother’s life.

Mathitis: I do not understand sir, how can any man refuse to see what is so obviously the will of God?

Aletheia: Brother, people live in fear, fear blinds.

Mathitis: Thank you. I see now, brother; love doesn’t take, love gives.

By now, it was long past time for lunch, and the friends had finally found themselves back home, where they rested in knowing that Mathitis’ grandmother, and they themselves, are loved by the Father of Lights.
Did God Give my Grandma Cancer?

I Gave up Nothing to Follow Jesus

I wish I could say when Jesus came up to me and told me cast down my net and follow Him, I had to leave behind a great treasure of possessions, dreams, ambitions, family, friends, safety, security, and lifestyle, all the things you leave behind when you die. But when I died, I lost nothing. I had nothing. When I let go and ran to my Father with abandon I had nothing to abandon, but I was given everything. I had nothing, but as my inheritance, I was given everything.

All I had to do was die to a life I didn’t like, wasn’t made for, and that didn’t do anything. I died to nothing, and entered a kingdom of everything. Flesh is nothing, flesh is nothing, to die to flesh is to die to nothing.

I wish I could say it was hard, but the only reason it was hard is because I didn’t yet know what I was getting. A thousand dollar cookie is expensive, but a thousand dollar house is cheap; the toil is weighted by the harvest, and I paid absolutely nothing for absolutely everything—that is not hard, that is the easiest decision anyone has ever made.

You can’t see it? That’s because you’re in your own way; oftentimes our ego grows bigger than our head and blocks our view, your old self doesn’t want to die, so it’s telling you to stop. You can’t see it because you’re not looking in the right direction: where is God? He is not where you go when you do whatever you want to do. You’re not going to find Him like that, you’ll only be able to see God when you submit yourself, when you decide you can’t; you realize who God is when you realize you have nothing.

If you think you have it all, you’ll only ever have as much as you already have, which is nothing. If you realize you have nothing, you will have everything.

Let go, receive your inheritance.

I Gave up Nothing to Follow Jesus

Don’t Believe in Christianity

I don’t believe in Christianity. You shouldn’t either.

In fact, I can’t believe in Christianity.

Christianity is not a belief system.

And I do hope I’m disagreeing with someone; if I’m not disagreeing with anyone, I’m not saying anything.

It’s not a belief. It’s not a culture (don’t get me started on this). It’s not a destination. If it was a destination, you wouldn’t be there. Christ is the destination.

What does that mean?

It means you never stop. It means you never reach the point where you’ve given God enough of yourself: you give Him every thing every day, and when you discover more about Him, as He is infinite, you can follow Him even more deeply. That’s what discipleship is. Discipleship is not drinking coffee together, learning about God, and reading John Piper (though I do recommend all three of these things), it is cooperatively becoming more like Christ; the purpose of everything you do.

You will never arrive at Christianity because it is no place you can go, it is a direction you travel.

We are called to live in a paradox; absolute contentment with who God is, and absolute discontentment with flesh, so that we become less and less of flesh, and more and more of God.

We have a belief system mindset; as if a person’s soul is won and the person “becomes a Christian.” This leads to complacent, halfhearted Christians that don’t feel as if God requires anything more from them, waiting until they reach heaven to have intimacy with the Father. But that mindset comes from people running away from their responsibility to die to themselves; it’s not what Christianity is.

But here is the reality:

We can’t be content with wherever we are with our “Christian walks.” If we are not actively pursuing Christ, actively giving ourselves over to more of God’s heart and less of our own, then we are not Christians; we are not a Χριστιανός, or Christianos, meaning follower of Christ.

You will never reach righteousness, but rather breathe the righteousness Christ purchased. You will never love, but rather overflow from the love of God. You will never be happy, but rather find the contentment of living through the Holy Ghost.

You are a coheir of Jesus the Christ, everything you needed to do to follow Him, He purchased on the Cross. You are a finished work; accept your identity in Christ, not your identity in Christianity. It’s not about where you are, it’s about who God is.

We can’t believe in Christianity, or “become a Christian.”

The goal is not to be Christian, the goal is to become Christ.

Christ, or Christian,

What are you following?

Don’t Believe in Christianity

Sex is the Best

The fact that this is a risqué topic is telling not only of how sex has been absolutely perverted in culture, but in even the church. We apply our flesh-filled mindsets and sprinkle it with Jesus terminology and call that biblical. I will say it in no uncertain terms: the church as a whole does not have a Godly view of sex.

The legalistic sentiment of “don’t have sex before marriage and don’t be gay and you’re good” is nice. But, as is usually the case with the American Church, God’s view of sex is so much more than that.

We are currently in the most biblically illiterate culture. And I believe we are relatedly in the most sexually illiterate culture. I’ve alluded to this in my past posts.

It is a well known, yet underutilized fact that a Christian should be a Christian in all fronts: how they talk, how they act, and how they understand the world. How much more does this apply to the highest form of intimacy there is.

So what is the problem?

The way we perceive and act about sex is not a Christian way.

In all the “Christian” relationship literature I have read, and in most all the Christians I have met, I have seen human-centered relationships with some “God on the side,” instead of a God-centered relationship.

I’m going to detail where exactly we have gone wrong in the church with sex, and then explain for what God has designed sex.

Where we’re wrong:

  1. It is not a drive.

I hear far too much in the church about “crossing the line” in relationships and “staying as far away from the line as possible” and “keeping your virginity” and “not kissing,” and I am hearing far too little about what actually matters: God. God isn’t a line you cross, He’s a direction you live your life in; He’s someone you give yourself fully to, and that includes your sex life—we need to stop “managing” our sex drive and starting figuring out what God designed it to be (I’ll get into that later).

Here’s what’s wrong with the “sex management” mindset,

If you don’t eat for a year, you die. If you don’t drink for a year, you die. If you don’t sleep for a year, you die. These things are drives. If you don’t have sex for a year, you’re going to survive. A drive is “an innate, biologically determined urge to attain a goal or satisfy a need.” But sex is different. Sex isn’t some bodily function, it’s not an instinctual drive; it is so much more than that. A husband and a wife should not have sex because their bodies are telling them that they need to. That’s not what love is about.

It’s not a drive; we are called, as Christians, to be filled with the love of Christ is to be filled with all the fullness of God: A house with no empty rooms, not needing or lacking of anything. You don’t need to have sex. You need Jesus. Jesus is the one, singular drive of a Christian life.

Marriages were not designed to come out of “I need this,” but “I give me to you.” And God didn’t make woman to be an object of the drives of man, but because man was made to be so filled with love that there would be an absolute outpouring of love toward woman, one of the results of this outpouring being sex.

Sex isn’t something to be managed, it is not an issue; God didn’t create woman to fix man’s sexual problem. God created sex as a symbol, a union, and a gift.

2. It is not a bad thing.

Simply put, we have twisted God’s good gift to satisfy us, and called it normal: sex has been taken out of its context and become a bad thing. The reality is that sex is not a perverted thing, it is a thing that has been perverted; it has been twisted from its original value.

God has called us into a place where our conscience is so unviolated, so clean, that we can be in any situation and any situation and nothing makes it dirty; our conscience must be unseared; Ephesians 5:3, “but among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality.” Especially in sex. Hebrews 13:4 says “let the marriage bed be undefiled”; the only room in our beds is for God, no room for flesh.

The reality:

  1. It is a blood covenant

Around Jesus’s time, when man and woman got married they had a celebration, and they would hang their bedsheets, the chuppah, as a sign of their consummation: everyone knew what was happening the children too—because it is a pure, God given thing.

It’s not perverted, it’s not something to hide from, it’s not even something you talk about in church to show you’re more holy than the people who don’t want to speak about sex; it’s a blood covenant.

If you have ever read through the bible, a practice I high suggest, you will see that blood covenants are pretty dang important.

Through the blood of the Son we have become with The Father, and it is through blood that a husband becomes one with his wife (which generally occurs through consummation). Hebrews 10:19-10 says “Therefore, brethren, since we have confidence to enter the holy place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way which He inaugurated for us through the veil, that is, His flesh.” Man and a woman enter into a covenant to each other, and to God, by tearing the veil in blood, as a symbol of exactly what Christ did for us. I’m being stark here, but, the hymen is a sign; it (generally) never grows back, it is a covenant, a promise: a sign of coming into the covenant with God. It is cutting the covenant with blood with each other as with Christ, as far and closely intimate as two people can be with each other: becoming one flesh (Genesis 2:24), as Christ and the church becomes one, so does man and woman—it’s all there for a reason; God created us for His glory, and out of love.

Sex is entering the holiest place, in communion with God; it was through a sprinkling of blood and breaking of flesh that one could enter in to the holiest of holies; sex is a covenant between man and woman, and a symbol of the covenant between God and man, in triumvirate communion.

God created man and woman because the reality of marriage to show the covenant he wants to have with His people

  1. It is communion

Sex is a union one with another in Christ Jesus: we are called to be satisfied with God, and come into union with Him. It is both an intimate union and communion; the nearest thing to communion with God you can get.

 Ultimately, here it is:

Sex is “I am yours and you are mine” just like Christ, it is “I’ve forgiven you from the beginning” just like Christ. We are to take on the very image of God, the very image of love, because we were made it love’s image: sex is saying “I love you, and you’re the only person I can be in this with, and all that I am in yours” in the very same intense, set apart love Christ has for us: we are the bride of Christ.

We are the bride of Christ: marriage is a mirror of The Ultimate Love–my, what a call.

And people without Jesus can’t truly enjoy sex, because they don’t have love, they just have mutualistic sexual desire. This is why so much more we must be different. Christ holds unconditional love, and sex is a symbol of unconditional love.

It’s an “I love you” thing; it’s in the fullness of love, in security, and valuing, and comfort.

God reached into Adam at the start and took another out of one making two out of one so the two could be one: Surrendered and dead to themselves. One plus one equals a greater one; the ultimate love story.

Sex is so much more romantic than we make it out to be;

It is the most holy thing on the planet with two people.

It is communion with the Father.

It is a symbol of God’s covenant with man.

It’s amazing, holy, and complete; not dirty, not lacking, not Godless.

We can’t afford to live out sex without God, we can’t afford to miss God in even a single aspect in our lives, much less the most important one: God’s not someone you add on to your life, He’s someone that you completely give yourself over to.

Sex is made, like everyone else in our life, to glorify God.

It’s not a drive, it’s a triumvirate union and a heartcry to unconditional love,

Don’t miss that gift; that’s true romance.

 

 

 

(Thank you to Dan Mohler whose theology I often referred to and at many times drew from verbatim)

Sex is the Best

Slavery Is Back

We’re a slave to culture.

Here we are again–pure mindless groupthink: The death of objectivity has led to one thing trailblazing our perception of reality—the majority. In the stead of objective principles of the like in The Constitution, The Bible, or Logical Thought, our values are now guided by the various landslides of generality.

In some front running beast called liberalism, reality has been disturbed, because these is no longer objectivity: we don’t know why we do things anymore, and so we are left to the whims of the majority. Transgenderism is no longer societally perceived as mental illness as objectively and clinically stated in the DSM-IV, and V, now known as gender dysphoria. Society is being pushed to accept and condone obese models, even though this occurrence leads to increasingly unhealthy eating habits (see The Daily Banter’s comments).

You may be thinking to yourself, “well this can’t be such a bad thing? There must be something good to come of this?”

And you’re right! Sometimes we get it right. Example? Sure.

Somewhere around 1865, culture thankfully decided it was a good time to abolish slavery. Thankfully for all those enslaved, it became uncool. Go ahead and start laughing at yourself if you thought Americans suddenly had some sort of moralistic revelation all at the same time: it wasn’t about whether slavery was right or wrong—it was that the majority of people decided against it. If it were about morality, it would not have taken Uncle Tom’s Cabin to stir the war into disunity throughout cessationistic friction between the South’s agricultural society, and the north’s industrializing society: slavery was becoming impertinent. That is why the American government didn’t move until little old Harriet Beecher Stowe spurred an epidemic of culpability across the northern states.

We can only hope that slavery doesn’t become socially beneficial again, or else a good portion of the country is in bad luck.

Everything follows culture. And that’s a scary thought; that we have no morality, no principles, no values, but instead base our legislation, and philosophical schema on a large scale, on the current conformations of opinions of the majority.

For example, the recent developments in same sex marriage, which unconstitutionally proceeded in a Supreme Court Ruling that applied nationally, rather than holding it as a reserved power, as is outlined by the constitution, in the hands of the individual state governments.

It’s not about the constitution, it’s not about what is right, or what is true; it is about what “we” want.

It’s like that saying goes: If you stand for nothing, you’ll fall for anything.

Ladies and gentleman, I present to you Exhibit A; a nation enslaved to culture.

Slavery Is Back