Looking for Our Mother, New Jerusalem

The old hymn goes: “When we all get to heaven, what a day of rejoicing that will be. When we all see Jesus, we’ll sing and shout the victory.”

[The song comes to a screeching stop. And this newsflash cuts through the ether of our minds: Heaven is coming to earth. The capital of the Kingdom of Heaven, the New Jerusalem, the city built by God and not man, is coming to earth, along with its King.]

And this spectacular city will come down out of heaven and land right over the current geographical location called the Holy Land. This is what makes that piece of real estate “holy” in the pure sense of the word. It has been set apart for the landing zone when the heavenly Jerusalem comes down from above.

So we should be singing about this city. We should be singing about how the New Jerusalem will get to us here on earth, not us getting to heaven.

Yes, I know that when we die, our spirits return unto God who gave it to us. Our present earthly vessels will wither and turn to dust as we await His glorious appearing and return to earth. For when He returns, He has promised that His faithful will receive a new incorruptible spiritual body (I Cor. 15: 42-45, 52).

The Unseen City

The Spirit admonishes us to look “at the things which are not seen.” Why? Because the material physical world is temporary. Sensory gratification lasts but a moment. So we should seek for the invisible eternal things (II Cor. 4: 18). We should seek those things that only faith-filled eyes can see.

New Jerusalem fulfills this. It is invisible and eternal and holy and righteous. It is “the city of the great King.” It is the city that Abraham sought. “For he looked for a city which has foundations, whose builder and maker is God” (Heb. 11: 9-10). God called and chose him out to start a new nation of human beings that would be His spiritual offspring. These faithful few God protects, “for He has prepared for them a city” (11: 16).

And God gave this real estate, this holy piece of ground, to Abraham and to his seed after him. “I will give unto thee…the land wherein thou art a stranger, all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession, and I will be their God” (Gen. (17: 8). There. Abraham knew that the  Holy Land was special to God, and he knew that God had given it to him and his children. But all he saw were hostile people and barren rocky land.

We talk of the faith of Abraham. Well, this is it. This is where it started. He looked for the New Jerusalem, and he knew that the land God promised to him was the landing zone! This is why wars rage on and on over Jerusalem. This is where the New Jerusalem will set down.

The True Bride of Christ

New Jerusalem is “the bride, the Lamb’s wife” (Rev. 21: 9). Let’s stop and meditate on this simple statement. This heavenly city is Christ’s bride, the Lamb’s wife. There is only one Lamb, and that is Christ. I think we all can agree on that. New Jerusalem is His bride or wife.

I know. We were taught that the church is the “bride of Christ.” The above refutes that very plainly. This false doctrine clouds the meaning of this passage about New Jerusalem: “But Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us all” (Gal. 4: 26).

Now, to be a mother, one must give birth to sons and/or daughters. The heavenly city New Jerusalem is our mother. We are her children. The “Jerusalem which is above” gave birth to us. We are not the “bride.” We are children of the Father and New Jerusalem. This is why Christ said, “Except a man be born again [born from above in the Greek], he cannot see the kingdom of God” (John 3: 3). We are born out of the matrix of the Father’s Spirit working through New Jerusalem. This is why we should be seeking our spiritual mother New Jerusalem. That is our roots. That is our home. And that heavenly city, prepared for His faithful followers, will be our eternal home after it touches down right over the Holy Land.

Now these passages make more sense: “Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth” (Col. 3: 2). And, “Honor thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.” Which “land”? Revelation time: The Holy Land, the land that God has given us, the land that is the “landing zone” for the New Jerusalem coming down from above. Thank you, Father. You are wonderful.

Kenneth Wayne Hancock

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Agape Love—The Last Addition to the Faith

Life and its meaning boils down to one thing—love. Without love hearts petrify into parched limestone. Without love man’s tears become empty waterless mirages. When man cares not for others, he becomes a deserted island where no fresh water runs into the salty sea.

Our reality, our dreams, and our destinies hinge on love. But this is no ordinary Eros love, which is the fleshly romantic love seared in lust. Neither is it man’s love. No. This is agape love, the love that comes from above, not beneath. This love is the beating heart of God our Creator and Savior. “God is love.” And it is this love that gives, forgives, and has mercy on human beings. We are talking love that is the “divine nature.”

God’s purpose in our existence is not just to show His love to us; rather it is to love others through us. It is all about “Love from above—down and through.” His plan is profoundly simple, and yet impossible to fulfill in mankind’s first estate of sinful selfishness.

We have a very important part to play in His purpose, which is this: God is in the process of reproducing Himself in human beings. Since He is agape love, He is reproducing Love—Himself. The abiding that we refer to is when His Spirit, which is Love, comes into us and abides/remains/stays in us. This abiding grows when we give, forgive and do the other “New Commandments” Christ has given to us. When we channel His love onto another, His nature of love is reproduced magnified, thus fulfilling His purpose.

God has a plan to guide us into a position to receive His Spirit of agape love into the center of our being. Christ, the Son of God is central to this plan. It is only He that shows us the way to receive the Father into our hearts. For He is the way. He is the road, the avenue to get there.

He lined out the secrets and mysteries to His apostles. They have shared the way with us in the letters they wrote to the church in the first century A.D. Peter tells us that we will reach spiritual maturity when we add seven additions to the faith (II Peter 1: 3-11). The last one is agape love.

This agape love is the “Spirit of truth” that will inhabit and actually remain in us, guiding us into all truth. Agape love is based in truth. If there is any falseness, then it is not agape love, for He is truth; His word is truth. If there are any false teachings, then the Spirit of truth cannot abide/remain/stay in us. [It is not coincidental that the very next chapter of II Peter is a stern warning to us all concerning “false prophets” and “false teachers” who will bring in heresies that will prevent us from fulfilling God’s purpose.]

Remember Christ clearing out the temple? We are the temple—the temple of God! All money changers of selfish and worldly thinking and error filled thoughts must be banished from our hearts. Then His Spirit will abide/remain/stay in us and take up residence. And through the presence of His Spirit within, His love will grow, and He will be reproduced within us.     Kenneth Wayne Hancock

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God Chooses Our Destiny in Becoming the Manifestation of the Sons of God

Human beings in the 21st Century really do think that they are in control, that they call the shots, that they are the captain of their own destiny. And no wonder—we have been taught that since childhood.

And it admittedly does seem so. A thought enters our mind, and we act on it, and—voila!—we have made a choice in life. We are in control. We commandeer our own successes or failures. We, we, we…

Today mankind is swimming in a pool of existentialism and humanism. And they will drown in that pool unless their Maker and Savior chooses to throw them a life line and reel them back to shore.

Mankind is so humanistic that they think that they make the choices that govern their existence. Christians the world over are some of the staunchest purveyors of the doctrine of man’s free will, professing their belief on the Bible.

But upon deeper reflection, the scriptures reveal a God who has pre-written the script of life and has already assigned parts for us to enact. He has made His choices, according to the script that was sealed with seven seals. He chose us before we ever grew in our mother’s womb, before we awoke from that watery tomb, before we began to breathe the good air provided to us.

Yahweh said to Jeremiah, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; before you were born I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations” (1: 5). This proves that God provides a personal destiny to man.

Isaiah concurs. “Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name…Thou art my servant, O Israel, in whom I will be glorified” (Isa. 49: 1-3). God’s servant is no longer in prophecy one lone prophet, like a Jeremiah or Isaiah, but a people, a nation that God calls Israel. And with this expansion of destiny, God reveals His plan for His glorification. It will be in a body of people.

He calls it “the manifestation of the sons of God.” The whole creation is waiting for this. It is that glorious time when death will be defeated for all of us. The doors of immortality will blow open, and we shall enter that dimension where physical suffering and decrepitude will no longer exist (Rom. 8: 18-23).

He Chose Us

The point is that He chose us; He is in control. Christ said, “You have not chosen Me, but I have chosen you and ordained you that you should go and bring forth fruit…” (John 15: 16). Think back to when you were converted to Christianity. Before that day of deliverance, He had already chosen you for that honor—to be His son or daughter. He chose you for His purpose, to fulfill His plan. And this “much fruit” that we are to bear is the glorification He spoke of in Jeremiah above.

It is with this choosing that He exercises His sovereignty. We see a glimpse of it in Proverbs 16: 1. “The preparations [disposings] of the heart in man, and the answer of the tongue, is from the LORD (Yahweh).” “Preparations” is translated from a root word in Hebrew meaning “to arrange in order, or in a row, to put in order.” Consequently, we see an arrangement of the things of the heart, which God answers—through our mouth. Remember when Christ told His disciples to not worry about what they should say when they are delivered up before powerful world rulers, for “it is not you that speak, but the Spirit of your Father which speaks in you” (Matt. 10: 19-20). We have been ordained by Him to be His mouthpieces.

God is in charge of preparing our hearts. Yes, He has given us a mind that thinks of things to do or say. He puts us into situations, predicaments, and struggles to help us grow spiritually. “The answer of the tongue is from Yahweh.” He prepares us to answer and to respond to the very stimuli that He brings.

His loving hand leads and guides our hearts and mouths. “The way of man is not in himself. It is not in man that walks to direct his [own] steps” (Jer. 10: 23). God is orchestrating our walk here on earth. We sometimes pray that He will lead and guide us; He is already doing just that. He is behind our thoughts, reactions and movements. He is the “wise master builder who is constructing stone by stone His holy temple, the body of Christ.

How our inner heart and spirit is arranged—its development spiritually, its trials and triumphs, the heart’s pain and joy—all of the things that our hearts go through, is arranged and ordered by the LORD.     Kenneth Wayne Hancock

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Answering the Biggie: “What’s the Purpose in Life”

As God’s sons and daughters, we search, and we receive from Him insights as to what He has done, is doing, and shall do.

Man’s most often asked question is “What’s the purpose in life?” To understand what the Father is doing, we must begin with His purpose. What is He up to? He has written the answer in the pulsing vibrancy of nature. We can look at the natural created world and see what is going on in the spiritual invisible world. “For since the creation of the world, God’s invisible qualities–his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse” (Rom. 1: 20 NIV).

Nature is not God; it is not to be worshipped. But we can gain understanding about what nature’s Creator is doing by observing nature. The living things in both animal and vegetable kingdoms are reproducing themselves. It is in their drive, their DNA, their instincts to reproduce; it is their purpose. Look outside and you’ll see squirrels in trees with insects crawling and flying by. And their actions are derived from one purpose: to reproduce themselves.

God’s purpose? He is reproducing Himself. And that is where you and I come in. He is using you and me. That is what distinguishes humans from nature. God created us as a medium to be used to reproduce Love, for “God is love.” Agape love. That is our purpose.

It Starts with a Seed

In the natural world, it all starts with a seed. You bury a seed in the earth; it dies, and then it springs to life. It is the same with God and how He is reproducing Himself. The man Christ was the Seed. He was chosen by the invisible Father to be the Seed that through the Son, we humans could be used by God to reproduce Himself. The Seed, the Son of God, had to be sacrificed and buried in the earth, and be resurrected after three days and three nights.

He gave up His life so that those who followed His example might be resurrected with Him. To be used by God to reproduce Himself in us, we, like Christ, must choose to give up our old selfish life by letting it die on the cross in revelation with Christ. Then we are “buried with Him in baptism, and “by faith in the operation of God” who raised Him from the dead, we, too, have been “quickened together with Him” (Col. 2: 12; Rom. 6: 1-12).

We rise with Him and become new creatures that can mature like that little blade of corn in springtime’s field. He gives us of His Spirit, and He leads us into paths of growth all the way to His throneroom.

But God is sovereign and will use both “good things” and “bad things” to achieve our spiritual growth. It is like a gentle rain upon an early crop of corn. A good thing. And then a storm smashes down those tender blades with strong winds and hail. And yet the next morning the sun comes out, and its rays caress the stalks and blades of corn, and the crop raises up and dances with the joy of summer’s warmth. So it is spiritually with us.

Those whom He has called and chosen to reproduce Himself will embrace this message. They will be guided by the Spirit of truth, as He leads us into all truth—the truth as to why we are here and where we are to go and what we are to be.

The Son of God is the Great Teacher and has outlined in John 14-17 how the Father will hasten our growth. Christ has given us a series of New Commandments, that when followed, will pave the way to the door of His difficult to see Kingdom. Obeying them produces agape love growing inside our hearts. This is the Abiding. And His Spirit within will enable us to bear “much fruit.”

We are on the ultimate treasure hunt. “Its price is far above rubies.” Gold and silver cannot touch this treasure. For this treasure is what all of the civilizations that have ever populated this planet have wanted. This treasure is nothing less than Everlasting Life, nothing less than being complete Love Incarnate, with joy radiating out from the pure heart of God within us. It is nothing less than fulfilling what all of us humans have longed for—to be loved and appreciated. And those who answer this “high calling” will be in God’s family, and He will move over and let us sit with Him on His throne.

Sound farfetched? As a competent teacher, I am merely relating now what is in the text concerning sitting on God’s throne. I am not extrapolating. I am getting this knowledge from Christ’s own lips, written down by the apostle John on the isle of Patmos. “Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest, and repent. Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me. To him who overcomes, I will give the right to sit with me on my throne, just as I overcame and sat down with my Father on his throne…” (Rev. 3: 19-21 NIV).

Several articles on the New Commandments, the Abiding, and the Spirit of truth have been published here over the past several months. It is my wish that this overview will increase understanding as to God’s purpose and how He will use us to fulfill it.

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The Royal Destiny of God’s Elect. It explores God’s vision for us, to be kings with Christ and how He will use us to reproduce His nature of Love.

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Agape Love and the New Commandment

Would Christ give us a commandment that is impossible to keep? He tells us this: “A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another” (John 13: 34).

We have seen that God’s eternal purpose is to reproduce Himself, to reproduce and multiply Agape Love, for He is Love. And now Christ has commanded us to love each other the same way that He has loved us.

We are to love each other with the Christ-like love, the love from above. But how do we begin to obey this commandment—to love each other like Christ loved us? We need help from God to obey this one. We need His presence within us, for only God, who is agape love, can love with the love from above.

He knows our frailties. He knows that we need His help to keep the new commandment to love each other with Christ-love. So He has promised to send the “Spirit of truth” to those who believe. That is a promise, the most precious promise that we could ever receive from God—His very Spirit coming down from above and dwelling in us!

We have been called to be recipients of the glory of His presence within us. After our conversion to Christ, God has “given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness.” These “things” are His promises—“exceeding great and precious promises.” And it is through these promises contained in the presence of His Spirit within us now, that we can be “be partakers of the divine nature” (II Peter 1: 3-4). He has promised; we have to believe His promises to actualize them.

The Promise

Christ’s promise to us is to give us the Spirit of truth so that we may love each other. In that general promise are several other promises. First, the Spirit of truth will abide with us forever (John 14: 16). “Abide” is the key word here. It is translated from the Greek word meaning “continue, dwell, stay, remain,” and is translated in other places as such. He did say, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”

Second, the Spirit “dwells with you, and shall be in you” (v. 17). Here He promises us that the Spirit will stay with us and reside in us.

Third, He will not abandon us. “I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you” (v. 18 NKJV). His presence in us will comfort us; we will not feel alone, “for Thou art with me.”

Fourth, through His resurrection, we obtain everlasting life. He promised, “Because I live, you shall live also” (v. 19). We will live eternally because of His Spirit residing and staying in us.

Fifth, He tells us, “You shall know that I am in my Father, and you in me and I in you” (v. 20).

Sixth, to all those who keep His new commandments and thereby prove their love for Him: “He that loves me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him and will manifest myself to him” (v. 21). Here Christ is promising us that He will make Himself known to those who keep the  new commandments.

Seventh promise: He will make Himself known to those who love Him and keep His words. “And my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him” (John 14: 23). Here He promises that the Father, who is the Spirit of truth, will come and take up residence within us. And He will stay and remain within us. This only happens to those of us who keep His sayings, who obey His new commandments. Knowing and doing these new commandments of Christ is of the utmost importance to fulfill our calling and election of being His sons and daughters.

Eighth, the Comforter, the Holy Ghost, the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of truth, the Father—they are all the same Entity—“He shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you” (v. 26). Teachings will come; revelations of truth will come from the very Spirit of God and not from the false imaginations of man.

Ninth, “My peace I give unto you.” His peace insures that our hearts will not be troubled nor afraid (v. 27).

Tenth, we have the promise of answered prayer. But it is prayer in accordance with His teachings on the new commandments. “If you abide in me and my words abide in you, you shall ask what you will, and it shall be done unto you” (John 15: 9-10).

Qualities of the Spirit of Truth

These promises are staggering, although they are contingent on the presence of the Spirit in us. With these qualities of the Spirit of truth in mind, Christ commands us to “continue ye in my love.” In essence, He is saying, I have loved you with the same love that the Father has loved me. With the Spirit of truth that will abide in you, you can continue or remain or abide in this agape love (John 15: 9).

But how do we stay/remain/continue/abide in this agape love? Christ answers the question in the next breath: “If you keep my commandments, you shall abide in my love.” Commandments. Plural. Back in John 13: 34, it was a new commandment—singular. “A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another…”

The secret is this. In order to obey the new commandment of loving others the way that Christ did, we need obey a series of commandments from Christ’s own mouth. Each one sheds light on a facet of agape love. When we obey them, agape love is manifested.

Some of Christ’s “new commandments” are don’t judge, forgive, give, love your enemies, pray for others, do good to your persecutors, turn the other cheek, and others.

He tells us to abide in Him and commands us to forgive others like He forgave us. When we obey this command, His divine nature of agape love is shown and witnessed by others. This is how we continue in His love. His love is agape love, and it is only His love, now shown through us when we forgive each other, that can truly forgive.

When we forgive someone who has hurt us, then a facet of Christ’s love begins to shine through us. This is the abiding of His Spirit inside of our hearts. This is the continuing in His love. He said, “This is my commandment, That you love one another as I have loved you (John 15: 12). This love from above flowed through Him to forgive the world and all in it. Now He has commanded us to love each other as He was moved to love all of us—by first forgiving everything in everyone. Pre-emptive forgiveness. Forgiving people for being human. Forgiving God for dealing us an imperfect hand.

A Word about Human Nature

Everything that humans say or do is driven by the spiritual nature they are of. When we think on this then we see that if someone has the old, sinful nature of selfishness, then they are going to eventually hurt the people that they are with. Under pressure, true colors are manifested. A selfish old heart motivates one to use another. But we now have this knowledge, and we begin to see others with spiritual eyes, after the Spirit, and not just on the outward appearance.

It is only when we take this personally, that we resent these unfortunate ones, those who have not yet been converted from darkness to light. “We who are strong must bear the infirmity of the weak.” We, the sons and daughters of God, must reach out and love them by forgiving them. And in so doing, we will “continue in His love.” This means, Let the love keep flowing down through Christ the Vine and on into us the branches, thereby bearing sweet clusters of loving and peaceful and joyous fruit of the Spirit to be plucked and eaten by passersby.

The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, and peace, and there is no law against it. Every heart yearns for this fruit. The sons and daughters of the God have the privilege to be the ones to give this fruit to everyone in the world.  Kenneth Wayne Hancock

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Adding Agape Love to Our Faith–The Greatest Love

“Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends” *

Those Christians chosen by God to answer the “high calling” in being His manifested sons and daughters in these last days must add seven things to their faith “obtained” from Him. The apostle Peter clearly lines them out in his second letter. The last one is agape, the divine love that is God Himself [1].

When added, these seven attributes make us “partakers of the divine nature.” They insure that we will never be “barren nor unfruitful” in Him. Adding them is the way to “make [our] calling and election sure.” In other words, they are extremely important to study out and incorporate into our being.

Adding “godliness” is adding an increased love and appreciation of God. Adding “brotherly kindness” is loving your fellow man as God does. Adding agape love to them is when the very essence of God’s divine nature, which is Love, is placed by Him into His temple, you and me.

“Love, Love, Love”

The poets and writers know that “love is all you need,” that “love is the answer,” that “nobody gets too much” of it. They herald love’s necessity  today as they have since mankind first spoke of their inner feelings. They know that “what the world needs now is love, sweet love.” We hum the tunes and whisper the words of this ancient truth, but how do we tap into and receive into our hearts that divine entity, that attribute of the divine nature that eludes us?

We first look to family for love, to our dear mothers who innately gave of themselves to us. Then to friends and acquaintances we go searching for love and acceptance. Then on to our search for “the one,” the one we will marry, the one who will love us surely; surely they will.

Natural mankind is filled with this longing to be loved. But the very people that he wants love, respect, and admiration from do not know how to give it really. Unconditional love is not man’s forte because it is the divine love that mankind is really craving. For only divine love is strong and selfless enough to forgive  mankind’s sins and shortcomings. Besides, the very person that we seek unconditional love from is limited, also, and doesn’t have the capacity to love like that. Most are bogged down in their own pursuit of love for themselves from others in this world.

And so this unrequited love on all sides seethes oftentimes into a bitter bile of dissatisfaction and dismay. The swirl of perceived rejection and angst can begin to flush one’s mind down into the pit of despair.

Consequently, the real need for us all is to forgive those who have not loved us like we thought they should have. But forgiveness only issues from a heart of love.

Alexander Pope, the 18th Century English poet, was right. “To err is human; to forgive divine.” The water of forgiveness can only be drawn from the divine well of Love. Agape love is the fountain of forgiveness. I cannot forgive you unless I love you because forgiveness is fashioned only from a heart of love.

Where Is This Fountain of Love?

But where do we get that divine love? Where is that rarefied pool of love, the “living waters” that we sojourners may drink and fill our hearts for our journey through “the valley of the shadow of death”?

It comes from God, for “God is love” [2]. Everyone knows that; it’s been repeated over and over down through the millennia. Yet, repeating it will still not fill us with this most ethereal of elixirs, agape love.

The Key

The key lies in answering this question: How is it that “God is love”? How is He agape love? Why is He love? We begin to sip this life-giving love when we finally see it in action. But not just see it. We must believe it, believe in it, trust it, breathe it, and live it.

For God, who is Divine Love, poured His essence of love into a man. Agape love is the Word, and the Word was God, and Love “was made flesh and dwelt among us” [3]. This Divine Love was incarnated in Christ and dwelt with mankind in the form of our Savior.

When we believe Christ’s story of God’s great love displayed when Christ laid down His life for the salvation of the world, we begin to add His nature of divine love to our spirit. When we believe in His death, burial, and resurrection, then through faith (belief) in Him and this very action of love, we begin to tap into that flow of the Spirit of love. He begins to love that hard to love person in our life through us. It is God who is loving them through us. He is the actor, we are the medium.”

Our belief in His resurrection in us localizes God, who is love. Our belief in His resurrection raises up His Spirit of love in us, the divine Spirit of love. This is how God magnifies and multiplies Himself. He reproduces Himself through His spiritual nature of love manifested through us, His offspring.

Christ showed the greatest love in the universe when He willingly laid down His life for us. Meditating on this revelation of the greatest love witnessed on earth in Christ is the key to exponential spiritual growth. It is the key to understanding the Holy Bible. It is the key to solving all the mysteries of God.

It is when we follow Him in His baptism, when we willingly lay down our selfish lives on the cross with Him, when we are buried with Him, and when we believe that we are risen with Him–then that very same Love–the greatest Love of all–flows through us from Agape Love Himself. Our belief in the greatest Love of all is believing in Christ’s laying down His life and taking it back up again. When we follow Him in this, we tap into that Spirit of Love and add it to His divine nature in us [4].     Kenneth Wayne Hancock    [For more information on this topic, I invite you to peruse these articles found here: https://immortalityroad.wordpress.com/?s=additions

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*John 15: 13

1. II Peter 1: 4-11; Eph. 1: 4.  [Agape is the Greek word that is translated in many versions as “charity.” Because of “charity’s” obvious modern connotation, it clouds the true meaning of the passage.]

2. I John 4: 8, 16.

3. John 1: 1, 14.

4. Romans 6: 1-12

*John 15: 13

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Suffering as a Christian—Why Is It Part of God’s Plan for Us?

Why the betrayals? Why must we go through outrageously painful heartbreak? Why do marriages explode and relationships with brothers and sisters in Christ turn from the sweet fellowship of our youth in Christ to painful arrows of accusations, recriminations, and acrimony? Why does God allow us to suffer so?

Yet, we have all read, “If so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.” And we all derived great joy thinking on that glorious day when we, the sons and daughters of God, would be a part of Christ’s cadre. We liked the “glory” part, but shuddered and ran away from the “suffering” part of the walk with Christ.

And when that ghostly knife came so swiftly at the hands of the ones that we loved the most, when it stabbed deep into our hearts, we knew that the suffering in Christ does not come from the outside evil forces, but from the words and actions of a “friend.” And we knew that it would never be the same as we barely crossed over that burning bridge.

Many years have passed now, yet that old question stirs up in us, an itch that must be scratched, a reason must be mined out of the mountain of the past. Why must we suffer as a Christian?

The Need for God and the Suffering for Salvation

When all things are going great, we really have no need for God. It is only when things fall apart, initially through our own sins and shortcomings, that we need Him. When we finally come to the end of the road of sin, we realize that we need Him to save us.

“When God first desires to reveal himself to the unregenerate, he begins by allowing them to reap the consequences of their own actions. They wake up one day and find themselves face down in the gutter. The unregenerate are consumed with carnal, self-destructive desires. The consequences of their behavior are suffering, personal castigation, family censure, community shame, poverty, grief, loneliness, and possibly prison.

“While this suffering can be intense, it is not too bewildering, because the cause of the affliction is immediately apparent. Scales come off their eyes and they are allowed to see that their problems were generated from within themselves. They are suffering because they have done evil. Like the two thieves hanged with Jesus, those who suffer into Salvation recognize that their suffering was caused by their own sins…

“This first suffering establishes man’s initial relationship with God. It is called, “Salvation.” In the Salvation experience men receive the revelation of Jesus Christ and learn that their sins are unconditionally forgiven. They also discover that good excels evil as the heavens are higher than the earth. Through pain men learn that evil activities are unproductive. Their suffering is thus corrective and will teach them that God’s ways are best. It is good for me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn thy statutes.

“After the Salvation experience, men will turn away from evil and seek after good. Then shall ye remember your own evil ways, and your doings that were not good, and shall loathe yourselves in your own sight for your iniquities and for your abominations. With this new revelation animating their lives, everything in their world is then categorized into either “evil” or “good.” Salvation is thus distinguished by tireless campaigns against evil, and continuous efforts for the acquisition of earthly wealth.

“In the Bible, Salvation is characterized as “hearing.” Those who have suffered into Salvation have had their ears opened to the word of God. He delivereth the poor in his affliction, and openeth their ears in oppression.

“This is the revelation that Moses received, along with the Ten Commandments. While Moses could “hear” the word of God, he was not allowed to see God’s face…Those who have attained Salvation only, can hear the word of God, but they do not yet see him as he is. They operate by hearing, and not by sight. So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

“Those who have found Salvation normally feel that they have obtained all there is from God, but this is not so. Salvation is only the first step in the unveiling of God. After suffering into the “hearing” of Salvation, you must then press on and complete an additional ordeal–suffering into the “seeing” of Sonship. He that hath an ear, let him hear.

Suffering for Sonship

“When you find Salvation, the “evil” in your life is struck down, or at least revealed for the malignancy that it is. But after the Salvation experience, God still leaves you deluded and dazzled by all the “good” things of earth. This earthly “good” still originates from the Tree of Good & Evil, and this is still the realm of spiritual death. Of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.

“In his own time, God selects some for the second step in his revelation process. Adding to their loathing of “evil,” he will bring them also to a dissatisfaction with earthly “good.” As before, this second step will be instigated by suffering. But this time you will not suffer for any evil found in you. Rather, you will suffer for undeserved evil that comes against you. Let none of you suffer as a murderer, or as a thief, or as an evildoer, or as a busybody in other men’s matters. Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf.

“There is no permanent glory in suffering for your sins. God expects every Christian to put away evil and to do the right thing. Continued suffering for your sins is unacceptable to God. His lasting, permanent, and eternal blessings will be procured only by those who suffer with clean hands and a pure heart. For this is thankworthy, if a man for conscience toward God endure grief, suffering wrongfully. For what glory is it, if, when ye be buffeted for your faults, ye shall take it patiently? but if, when ye do well, and suffer for it, ye take it patiently, this is acceptable with God.

“There is a “righteous suffering” that occurs when God brings evil against “good” people. Those who have attained Salvation and are doing the right thing are candidates for this suffering. Some of them will be selected by the divine wisdom of God to endure grievous affliction. An upright life that is lived for God will qualify some mortals to suffer bewildering trials, and by them, to be ushered into a new relationship with God. For it is better, if the will of God be so, that ye suffer for well doing, than for evil doing.

“Even your “good” desires, worship, and works, are yet carnal. Your concepts of God arise in part from the carnality that is still within you. These present ideas are minuscule, inconsequential, and incomplete, when compared with the true goal that God has in mind. God will therefore dismantle them all, before he allows you to eat from the Tree of Life.

“This operation begins as an intense situation of unwarranted and confusing evil against you. You will be subjected to agony, through no fault of your own. Your “good” will be evil spoken of. Your upright works will be slandered, your character profaned. Your body will turn against you. You will be rejected of men and cursed by those you love.

“As you traverse this experience you will find it an intense and enduring battle, where Life engages Death. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. You will begin to seek God with an intensity not found amongst mortals. When your heart is broken by God himself, you will draw close unto him. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.

“With the one, huge, staggering question of “Why?” you will seek out God in search of an answer. The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit. Many are the afflictions of the righteous. This is where Overcomers are born, and those who are successful will be ushered in to the presence of God. Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.

“After you have been through this second step, this “Sonship” process, you will have suffered the destruction of both “evil” and “good.” Your human pride will have been profaned. Your earthly desires will have been reduced to nothing. Your carnality will have been systematically destroyed.

“Then you will find a new revelation of God. You will learn of his absolute sovereignty. You will learn to see him in darkness and affliction. But and if ye suffer for righteousness’ sake, happy are ye: and be not afraid of their terror, neither be troubled.

“With this new revelation you will begin to eat from a different tree. No longer will you divide your world into “good” and “evil.” Instead, all things will begin to appear only as a sequence of events that emanate from the throne of God to accomplish his purpose. With this new understanding you will leave the Tree of Good & Evil entirely, and begin to eat for the first time, from the Tree of Life. He that loseth his life for my sake shall find it.

“This new relationship to God is called “Sonship.” Sonship does not merely teach you about God. Rather, it makes you like him. Through this process, agape-love will be born within you and forgiveness will flow from you. The Sons of God are not created beings. They are the spirits of men, begotten from the spirit of God.

“Sonship is based on “seeing,” for the Sons of God will not operate by faith, but by sight. As you come through a suffering that seems futile and senseless, you will begin to see into the spirit realm. I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear, and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see. You will begin to look beyond earthly circumstance and see that every event that has touched your life has occurred at the direction of God. I know, O LORD, that thy judgments are right, and that thou in faithfulness hast afflicted me.

“When your eyes are opened to see God in every earthly event, then he can no longer hide from you. When he can no longer hide from you, you will have become what he is. But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image.

“Suffering is the process that produces the perfection of Sonship. This path leads from evil, to good, and eventually unto life. When you suffer for sin “in you,” God destroys your addiction to “evil.” When you suffer for sin “against you,” God slays your addiction to “good.” By these your carnal mind is eradicated and the Tree of Good & Evil vacated. Only then can you eat from the Tree of Life. For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.’’

[The preceding passage is from Chapter 13, “Suffering,” from Garrison Russell’s book SonPlacing. It has helped me so much to understand what  happened those many years ago during our youthful days at the mission. The book is online, found here: http://www.sonplace.com/sonplacing/sp_chp13.htm    I plan to share more of it soon.]

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