Jan. 23, 2018

The Way

The Way Of Christ To The Kingdom of God On Earth

As It Is In Heaven.

The phrase: “the way” is a very short and simple phrase, yet it incapsulates the whole plan of God for man and all of creation. We read that Christ is the way, the truth, and the life (Jn 14:6). We read that the Lord will instruct us and teach us in the way we should go; He will counsel us with His eye upon us (Ps 32:8).

Jesus taught that He and the Father were one, and that all those who believe in Him would have the same relationship that He did with the Father and would be able to do even greater works than Jesus Himself did (Jn 14). John further qualifies what is required to attain this power and relationship with the Father as Jesus had (1 Jn 2:14-27).

Here we learned that there are three stages of spiritual growth: little children, young man, and fathers who know, and are aware of the Father in heaven as Jesus was. The father level of belief within the church always had the word of God abiding in their hearts, and thus were victorious over the wicked one, and had no need of men to teach them because the anointing taught them all things. This section of scripture clarifies that Christians must go through a process of maturing before Christ can be fully effective in them. Paul taught that it was the work of the church through men who are called and prepared by God to bring the saints to perfection/maturity (Eph 4:10-32). But before this can happen we must traverse...

The Path Of Descent - “I must decrease, that God may increase” (Jn 3:30).

Jesus is a person and, at the same time, a process. Jesus is the Son of God, but he is also “the Way”—the way of the cross. He’s the goal and the means. "Take up your cross and follow me" (Lk 14:25-35).

Jesus undoes religion by doing the most amazing thing: he introduces God among the impure instead of among the pure! (Mk 2:17). The Pharisees who believed that they were already pure were actually hypocrites but did not know it. On the other hand those who knew they were sinful realized their need for a savior and thus called to God for his mercy and salvation.

“To die and thus to become” is the pattern of transformation in the entire physical and biological world. Why not the human? There seems to be no other cauldron of growth and transformation. "They who seek to find their life will lose it, but those who lose their life will find it" (Lk 17:33). We must present our whole body as it living sacrifice to God in order to be transformed (Rm 12:1-2).

“God is not found in the soul by adding anything, but by a process of subtraction.” Our vessels - the old man - must be broken before the anointing of God Spirit can flow through the new man formed by Christ as we partake of the cross of death to self with Him in order to rise again to resurrection life (Rm 6:1-13). This life is God Himself who is love flowing through the mature believer, for God is love (1 Jn 4:7-10).

Jesus’ story of the prodigal son (Luke 15:11-32) and his story of the Pharisee and the tax collector (Luke 18:9-14) are both wonderful illustrations of how Jesus turns a spirituality of climbing, achieving, and perfection upside down. 

Little by little, breath by breath, love dissolves the illusions and fears born of our estrangement from the infinite love that is our very life. If you do not have love you are nothing (1 Co 13).

The church was first known as “The Way“ (Ac 9:2, 24:14). Let us all pursue the way of God and become fully manifest sons of God By the grace of His Spirit, in order to set ourselves the world and the whole creation free from the effects of sin and death in order that God‘s kingdom and will may be done on earth as it is in heaven (Rm 8). 

“Repent for the kingdom of heaven is at hand“ (Mt 3:2).