Don’t you hate it, when people lie to you? They say you can eventually trust a thief, but you can never trust a liar. Why? They will always lie again. We hate lies. It’s an innate human desire for truth. We want it, hunger for it and wage war to find truth. IF that were not the case, we better stop scientist from searching for cures, life in space and medical miracles. Why do humans do this?
Why not accept the lie?
I propose that most people do, even though we aren’t wired that way. That is…until they’ve tasted the real deal. The devil is known as the Father of Lies. He starts out on children young enough to understand and he starts feeding them lie after lie. We are, after all, in a war. Sometimes I think we underestimate how serious the devil takes this war. We think a lie is silly and won’t hurt them to believe. It’s the silliness that keeps their attention. But the devil has us laughing all the way into the oven.
So what’s the big deal Terri. So there’s a few lies out there. We all know that.
I’m not going to wage war on the lies. I never have. All I want is to do is set a buffet before you of truth. God already waged and won the war on lies. The Father of Lies has a reserved set of chains because he already lost. As he goes down though, he covers as much truth as he can. Okay, so what’s the big deal with Truth?
“And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” John 8:32
The truth makes you free. That’s no big deal right. HA! Most of us never discover how much bondage we’re in, till we’re out of it. In this series on your spiritual body, I want to show you what’s available and how to receive it. But you need to go to God and decide what to do with it after that.
Let’s continue on with Jesus as he speaks to the Pharisees in John chapter 8.
Here’s Verse 33; “They answered him, We be Abraham’s seed (lineage), and were never in bondage to any man: how sayest thou, Ye shall be made free? 34 Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin. 35 And the servant abideth not in the house for ever: [but] the Son abideth ever. 36 If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed. 37 I know that ye are Abraham’s seed; but ye seek to kill me, because my word hath no place in you.”
Jesus Christ always did the will of God, his Father. When these men, who were planning to murder him, what does he do? He calls them on it. He says, you’ll never change. They had already hardened their hearts with pride. They were already planning to harm him, when all he spoke was God’s Word and truth. No one should ever approach God’s Word with that prideful, I’m right your wrong attitude. On the whole, neither of our opinions matter. The truth is what matters.
God’s Word is truth.
What does God’s Word say about our spiritual body? First we must know what we were without it.
“11 Wherefore remember, that ye [being] in time past Gentiles (rank unbelievers) in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands; 12 That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world:” Ephesians 2:11-12
That sounds terrible. Like we talked yesterday, life before freedom was a handicap. There was no light, no hope. It was a sad state. BUT…
“13 But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh (near) by the blood of Christ. 14 For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition [between us]; 15 Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, (division between God and Man)[even] the law of commandments [contained] in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, [so] making peace;” vs. 13-15
Now we have something new. A new man, or woman, inside us, a new spiritual body. We have peace. What did that new man gain us?
“16 And that he might reconcile (bring back together, heal the gap between) both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby: 17 And came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were nigh. 18 For through him (Jesus Christ) we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father. 19 Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God;” vs. 16-19
Wowzah! What a wonderful truth! God knew we had no way to heal the handicap for ourselves, heck we were spiritually blind, we couldn’t even see it was there. The word enmity is used several times here. “Echthra” is the Greek word for enmity there and comes from the root word “echthros” which means opposition, hatred, opposing sides, hostile one, enemy. We were made enemies with God when Adam and Eve chose to disobey. Natural enemies. Here God had given us Holy Spirit and we threw it and sided with the enemy, the devil. All the devil did was enslave us and put us under bondage. Jesus Christ snuck into our prison, disguised as a poor carpenter, and made a way out destroying, for each of us that believed followed, the enmity between God and us.
But here’s the thing. God needs us to help others along. We still live in this encapsulated world, but we are not bound by the same rules or schemes as everyone else. We don’t have to believe the propaganda and lies anymore.
Tomorrow we’ll go over the basic structure of the new man. What is it like? What did we receive? AND, what are some of the perks?
God bless you today!
Yesterday’s Post #1 of the series called: John 3:16 is the Tip of the Iceberg