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The word translated as ‘sin’ is really a word that means ‘to miss the mark’. It is the Greek hamartia. It is an archery term. To miss the mark and fail to share the prize.

Someone commented on my blog the other day, about what intercession is as far as Jesus interceding for us. It turns out that intercession means ‘to obtain by hitting the mark’. It’s the antonym of hamartia. It’s the antonym and antidote for ‘sin’.

What a revelation!

Jesus hit the mark and sat down, ever living as our intercession. He hit the mark and we share in the prize with Him. That is the new covenant.

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You maybe have heard this: “….as He is so are we in this world.” (1 John 4:17b).

Some have been told this means we are like Christ, that we are in fact Christ (or that He is us) the word made flesh.

Well, don’t believe everything you hear. One snippet out of context is not doctrine. They even leave out the word “because” and just quote the last bit.

Please read the whole thing. Read it in other versions. Get what it says.

1 John chapter 4 (The Message)

Don’t Believe Everything You Hear 

1My dear friends, don’t believe everything you hear. Carefully weigh and examine what people tell you. Not everyone who talks about God comes from God. There are a lot of lying preachers loose in the world.

2Here’s how you test for the genuine Spirit of God. Everyone who confesses openly his faith in Jesus Christ–the Son of God, who came as an actual flesh-and-blood person–comes from God and belongs to God. 3And everyone who refuses to confess faith in Jesus has nothing in common with God. This is the spirit of antichrist that you heard was coming. Well, here it is, sooner than we thought!

4My dear children, you come from God and belong to God. You have already won a big victory over those false teachers, for the Spirit in you is far stronger than anything in the world. 5These people belong to the Christ-denying world. They talk the world’s language and the world eats it up. 6But we come from God and belong to God. Anyone who knows God understands us and listens. The person who has nothing to do with God will, of course, not listen to us. This is another test for telling the Spirit of Truth from the spirit of deception.

God Is Love 

7My beloved friends, let us continue to love each other since love comes from God. Everyone who loves is born of God and experiences a relationship with God. 8The person who refuses to love doesn’t know the first thing about God, because God is love–so you can’t know him if you don’t love.9This is how God showed his love for us: God sent his only Son into the world so we might live through him. 10This is the kind of love we are talking about–not that we once upon a time loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to clear away our sins and the damage they’ve done to our relationship with God.

11My dear, dear friends, if God loved us like this, we certainly ought to love each other. 12No one has seen God, ever. But if we love one another, God dwells deeply within us, and his love becomes complete in us–perfect love!

13This is how we know we’re living steadily and deeply in him, and he in us: He’s given us life from his life, from his very own Spirit. 14Also, we’ve seen for ourselves and continue to state openly that the Father sent his Son as Savior of the world.

15Everyone who confesses that Jesus is God’s Son participates continuously in an intimate relationship with God. 16We know it so well, we’ve embraced it heart and soul, this love that comes from God. God is love. When we take up permanent residence in a life of love, we live in God and God lives in us.

To Love, to Be Loved 

17This way, love has the run of the house, becomes at home and mature in us, so that we’re free of worry on Judgment Day–our standing in the world is identical with Christ’s.

18There is no room in love for fear. Well-formed love banishes fear. Since fear is crippling, a fearful life–fear of death, fear of judgment–is one not yet fully formed in love.

19We, though, are going to love–love and be loved. First we were loved, now we love. He loved us first.

20 If anyone boasts, “I love God,” and goes right on hating his brother or sister, thinking nothing of it, he is a liar. If he won’t love the person he can see, how can he love the God he can’t see? 21 The command we have from Christ is blunt: Loving God includes loving people. You’ve got to love both.

 

You know, what I was looking for, I had all along. I got it when I first met Jesus. Then I was in Oz for a while, on a journey, ever learning bunches of stuff. Then I finally saw that what I was looking for I had all along. I’ve come home to just Jesus.

I see Him clearer now, through the eyes of grace. I was on the yellow brick road for thirty-eight years. Some of it was scary, but most of it was very beautiful. I didn’t know until recently that I had the power to just see Him.

I had it all along. It’s called faith. It’s called love. It’s called knowing.

There’s no place like home!

 

OK. Let’s get sensible. God does not dream. He knows. He does not sleep.

C’mon, you who say this. It sounds nice. Someone said it once, and it caught on. But it is not true.

We have to stop ascribing human attributes to God. We are in His image, not the other way around. We are not Him and He is quite far beyond us in ability and power.

If God has dreams for us, that’s not very reassuring. Dreams don’t always come true. They are fleeting images in the time of sleep. They can be daydreams, imaginings. Things we wish were so.

God knows, and God created. Perhaps He imagined it first, and then He did it. That is not dreaming. That is intentional. Plans carried out. Not hopes and dreams. God does deeds.

So, now we dream and believe and have visions. One day we will know, as He does. And we will cease our dreaming.

The way of this free life of grace through Christ is summed up nicely in Galatians chapter five. If our lives look more like the fruit of the spirit and less like the selfish works of the flesh, we have understood all we need to know. God will continue His work in us to grow that good fruit and keep it pest free!

 

Galatians 5 ~ The Message Bible

The Life of Freedom 

Christ has set us free to live a free life. So take your stand! Never again let anyone put a harness of slavery on you.

I am emphatic about this. The moment any one of you submits to circumcision or any other rule-keeping system, at that same moment Christ’s hard-won gift of freedom is squandered. I repeat my warning: The person who accepts the ways of circumcision trades all the advantages of the free life in Christ for the obligations of the slave life of the law.

I suspect you would never intend this, but this is what happens. When you attempt to live by your own religious plans and projects, you are cut off from Christ, you fall out of grace. Meanwhile we expectantly wait for a satisfying relationship with the Spirit. For in Christ, neither our most conscientious religion nor disregard of religion amounts to anything. What matters is something far more interior: faith expressed in love.

You were running superbly! Who cut in on you, deflecting you from the true course of obedience? This detour doesn’t come from the One who called you into the race in the first place. And please don’t toss this off as insignificant. It only takes a minute amount of yeast, you know, to permeate an entire loaf of bread. 10 Deep down, the Master has given me confidence that you will not defect. But the one who is upsetting you, whoever he is, will bear the divine judgment.

11 As for the rumor that I continue to preach the ways of circumcision (as I did in those pre-Damascus Road days), that is absurd. Why would I still be persecuted, then? If I were preaching that old message, no one would be offended if I mentioned the Cross now and then–it would be so watered-down it wouldn’t matter one way or the other. 12 Why don’t these agitators, obsessive as they are about circumcision, go all the way and castrate themselves!

13 It is absolutely clear that God has called you to a free life. Just make sure that you don’t use this freedom as an excuse to do whatever you want to do and destroy your freedom. Rather, use your freedom to serve one another in love; that’s how freedom grows. 14 For everything we know about God’s Word is summed up in a single sentence: Love others as you love yourself. That’s an act of true freedom. 15 If you bite and ravage each other, watch out–in no time at all you will be annihilating each other, and where will your precious freedom be then?

16 My counsel is this: Live freely, animated and motivated by God’s Spirit. Then you won’t feed the compulsions of selfishness. 17 For there is a root of [law born] self-interest in us that is at odds with a free spirit, just as the free spirit is incompatible with selfishness. These two ways of life are antithetical, so that you cannot live at times one way and at times another way according to how you feel on any given day. 18 Why don’t you choose to be led by the Spirit and so escape the erratic compulsions of a law-dominated existence?

19 It is obvious what kind of life develops out of trying to get your own way all the time: repetitive, loveless, cheap sex; a stinking accumulation of mental and emotional garbage; frenzied and joyless grabs for happiness; 20 trinket gods; magic-show religion; paranoid loneliness; cutthroat competition; all-consuming-yet-never-satisfied wants; a brutal temper; an impotence to love or be loved; divided homes and divided lives; small-minded and lopsided pursuits; 21 the vicious habit of depersonalizing everyone into a rival; uncontrolled and uncontrollable addictions; ugly parodies of community. I could go on.This isn’t the first time I have warned you, you know. If you use your freedom this way, you will not inherit God’s kingdom.

22 But what happens when we live God’s way? He brings gifts into our lives, much the same way that fruit appears in an orchard–things like affection for others, exuberance about life, serenity. We develop a willingness to stick with things, a sense of compassion in the heart, and a conviction that a basic holiness permeates things and people. We find ourselves involved in loyal commitments, 23 not needing to force our way in life, able to marshal and direct our energies wisely.Legalism is helpless in bringing this about; it only gets in the way. 24 Among those who belong to Christ, everything connected with getting our own way and mindlessly responding to what everyone else calls necessities is killed off for good–crucified.

25 Since this is the kind of life we have chosen, the life of the Spirit, let us make sure that we do not just hold it as an idea in our heads or a sentiment in our hearts, but work out its implications in every detail of our lives. 26 That means we will not compare ourselves with each other as if one of us were better and another worse. We have far more interesting things to do with our lives. Each of us is an original.

 

Do you see it? The contrasting of the works of the flesh, which comes from law-born living, and the grace-born fruit of the spirit?

 

Looking back, I think the pentecostal movement, right up through today, was so huge. And we don’t leave one revelation but we go on. God adds to it. I think the revelation of grace is what He has added to us.

One way to tell is how some grace teachers want to dump the moving of the Holy Spirit when He comes to us, in us, upon us.

Another way to tell is how the pentecostals tend to reject the grace teaching, and cling to their ‘balance’ of law and grace. This is indeed the purer gospel of peace and grace.

It’s a new day, truly. We are in it. There are growing pains. But it’s truly the most wonderful thing since I first met Jesus.

 

“We are not preaching the Gospel of ADAM where our choice and FAITH was robbed from us. We are preaching the Gospel of JESUS where choice was restored. We have a free will now, we had no freedom under ADAM. It can be likened to slavery. When freedom comes they have choice, they are not placed into NO CHOICE again, that is bondage. Many can still not believe what Jesus has done for us, we are restored to HIM (JUST LIKE HIM). If He can choose I can choose… simple.

I refuse go back to bondage…” ~Bertie Brits

Chose this day whom you will serve, said God. When Jesus came, He said to His disciples that they hadn’t chosen Him but He had chosen them. What? Well, they still had choice. Most dropped everything and followed the rabbi who had the words of life. One said, not now, because he had to bury his father (which was a polite way in those days of saying, “No”).

When we hear the message of the gospel, we can be persuaded by it and believe. Or we can not be persuaded and not believe. We of course are drawn to Him by God and He knows just the right way to present Himself to us at just the right time. That is why most will, at some point, respond by believing. Faith (belief and trust) will rise up and they will recognize Him for who He is. We are designed to know God.

This is good news. Many tell us that we do not choose. What? Are we puppets? No! We all have the ability to believe, to have faith, to be persuaded, and to trust. We are made that way. 

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