Friday, 17 April 2020

Breaking The Power Of Death Through Reconciliation Of Knowledge (2)

When I started on this topic, I didn't expect it to be this long. But it got so long that I realized one post would not be enough to state all that I am being led to state. So here I want to expatiate on some things that I stated in the previous post. If you haven't read the previous post, please read it; Breaking The Power Of Death Through Reconciliation Of Knowledge (1) . In the previous post I stated that if the knowledge we have is dead knowledge (a knowledge separated and independent of the knowledge of God), then out works would be dead works. This is because our works are based on our knowledge. These are the things I seek to explain further in this post.

Once you teach that holiness is defined as keeping to a certain standard and doing certain works, then it means that people would be focus on trying to attain this standard by their flesh, and doing all those works by the flesh—after all, it is all about the standard and the works. They will, by any means, try to get that standard and works. As humans would say, "the ends justify the means". However, anything done by the flesh is dead. The flesh can only produce dead works. Hence, the holiness that would be produced through such teachings would be dead holiness (see Isa 64:6).

By producing more dead things you are strengthening death and giving the devil more power among the Christian community. But if you can reconcile the definition of holiness to God through Christ, by saying that Christ is our holiness, and holiness is about expressing Christ, then people would be forced to abandon the flesh and learn to live by the Spirit because one can only express Christ by the Spirit. Christ is the life, expressing Christ means you are pouring out life into this dead world, hence breaking the power of death and disarming the devil.

There is so much talk about love among humans. And we think love is about feeling certain way and doing certain things. As such we are so focused on attaining such feelings and trying by our dead-man's effort to do these things. Hence, we are producing more dead works. Dead works does not necessarily mean doing something bad. You might be doing a very good and noble thing but it is dead works and it is empowering the devil one way or the other.

The definition of love must be reconcile to God through Christ, by teaching that God is love and love is all about expressing Christ. Christ is the only life, and only the expression of Christ can give life to this world. So when love is defined as the expression of a dimension of Christ, then people would be focused on expressing Christ, hereby producing more life in this dead world. We talk a lot about wisdom and grace as independent things that would be given to us by God.

By "independent", I mean something that exists on it own. So we crave to receive this wisdom and grace that exists on there own. We ask and beg God to give us these things, and we all about trying to express these things. No, Christ is our wisdom and our grace. Wisdom and grace to us are not things that God would give us, rather they are a person (Christ)—this person which God has put inside of us. This understanding wound make one focus on coming into a fellowship with wisdom/grace (a living person), where wisdom/grace begins to teach, instruct and direct them.

And whatever he direct them to do, they try to do by the Spirit, because this fellowship only exists by the Spirit. Yes, grace directs and instructions us. Grace is not some dead thing, it is a living person and he is Lord over us. Wisdom and grace are not independent things, they cannot exit outside of God, whenever they do they become dead, and we have no business with dead things.

So we are not looking for God to give us a thing that can exit independent of Himself. Rather, we are looking into God to discover that dimension of him that is wisdom/grace so that we can come into fellowship with that dimension and learn to express it. Christ is the expression of God, so whatever dimension you seek to express it is Christ you are seeking to express.

We talk about pastor and prophet as things that exist outside God. We define them as conformity to certain virtues (independent things). No we must reconcile all things to God in Christ. The word pastor is gotten from pasture—it is about leading the sheep to pasture and taking care of them. Being a good pastor is not about doing this and that, it is about expressing the one who is the "the good shepherd" (John 10:11). And being a prophet is not about doing this and that, rather it is about expressing Christ the Prophet (you might like to read my series on the Prophet to understand this).

Now, the measure by which a knowledge is reconciled to God is the measure of life that knowledge would produce in us and through us. If you define pastor as doing this and that, and then relying on the Spirit. Well, this definition is partially reconciled to God since it includes the Spirit. However, the main focus is the works, and the problem with this is that one can be easily tempted to follow the law of, "the ends justify the means", leading one to do whatever it would take (even if it involves doing it by the flesh) to get the job done. This way one would do some things by the Spirit and do some things by the flesh, especially in desperate times—because it is all about the works, getting the job done.

No, it has to be Christ expressing himself through you otherwise whatever you have just done is not pastoring, holiness, grace, wisdom, righteousness, love or etc. When this is understood, then expressing Christ becomes our focus rather than doing the works, or getting the job done. It is only when Christ is being expressed that we disperse life, hence the expression of Christ must become our focus. And in order to establish this as our focus, then our definition of Christian things should be centered around expressing Christ who is the embodiment of all the different dimensions of God. 

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