LIVING BACKWARD IS EVIL AS EVIL SPELLED BACKWARD IS LIVE!! ( How Do We Honor the Spirit in Such a Materialistic World?)




( How Do We Honor the Spirit in Such a Materialistic World?)

Hello all!

Yesterday I had a very rude awakening into the Spiritual workings of my own nature and realized that I am the epitome of an “empath”…after reading about what an “empath” is I realized that my picture could be in the dictionary under the word!! It made me stand back and look at why so many things have happened, the way they have for me in my life. I am thrilled that I finally know what happens to me when faced with all the backward living that takes place on this planet. I always feel I am swimming against the tide of this world…it is good to finally understand why.

I would have to say that I am a Christ honoring “empath” and even though a lot of what is out there about empathetic people is mostly New Age and not thought to be something a follower of Christ would claim to be. But, it all honesty, it has to be Spirit based or it becomes a curse and not a blessing.

So what does my being an “empath” have to do with this article about living backward and evil? Just that it is so very difficult to live in the Spirit in a world where everything and everyone seems to be going in the opposite direction!! From my relationships with family and friends to interacting with the world in person, place or thing! It is the energy that affects me so much, taking in energy that is bombarding me all the time it is so very difficult to discern what is what and who is who. I have to learn to cling to Christ in the NOW every moment or I will be overwhelmed by the tide. Maybe it is about learning to “walk on water” to become a “fountain of living water”.

Most of us live our lives thinking we are just material (flesh and bones) and we have a “spirit”. This “spirit” is just a very small part of us, somewhere underneath mind and body. We live our lives obsessed with mind and body and our “spirit” dies of atrophy! Yet, the Truth is we are Spirit living in a material world and Spirit has to be number 1, or head of household, so to speak…or we live rather narrow meaningless lives while ignoring the glorious Kingdom of God that we become blind to. It is materialism overload and overkill for our Spirit connection.

I once heard it said that living on earth is the opposite of living in heaven, that by living on this plane we are experiencing the reverse of what is really true. This obsession with the physical and material world is exactly the opposite of Spirit first. Therefore, the great majority of us are living backward!!

It seems the more materialistic we get the more we are throwing spiritual things into the mix of materialism…a big soup of pride, arrogance and backward living!! It is interesting to note that the word “evil” spelled backward is the word “live” and the word “devil” spelled backward is the word “lived”.

Funny how we use these words to describe so many people and things in our world when in Truth we are guilty of living evil and worshiping devils! We have no interest in “heaven” as that has become just another mystical place far removed from the reality of this world. But, at the same time everyone wants to go to their idea of what heaven is. Everyone is trying to get to a place that if they but put Spirit first they would be living in right Now! The Kingdom of God is within and we ALL have access to it!! Heaven is on earth if we live Spirit first.

That is what the New Covenant is all about! No more material concerns or animal sacrifices or codes of conduct that one can never live up to! No! Grace abounds! The free choice to be at the right hand of God! Jesus (God Himself) came in the flesh to die for all our sins…past present and future!! Jesus (God Himself) came again in Spirit (the Second Coming) to do away with religion and the Old Covenant, the Law. Now, (and I mean NOW, this very moment!!!) we can ALL be in the Kingdom of God, we ALL have access to God through the Holy Spirit.

What are we doing with this ultimate FREE GIFT of Grace? What else does it take for us to truly understand what God did for us? He came as a man in Jesus the Christ and He came as Spirit in the Holy Spirit! There is nothing else He can do…IT IS FINISHED!!! We have become a world of people who disregard what is clearly inside of us and choose to look to some other miraculous cure for our sorry conditions…some future coming of the Lord, someone else to blame our lives of spiritual poverty on.

Let us look for a moment at what the Bible has to say about how we should be living in this world. In the words of Jesus (God Himself):

Mat 6:24
No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.

We cannot serve the world and the Spirit at the same time!

Mat 6:25
Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?

We have become obsessed with our bodies and how they look and what we wear and what we eat…to the point of total distraction from anything remotely Spirit filled!!!

Mat 6:26
Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?

The animal kingdom has something we do not…the innate ability to “Live in the moment”! Jesus tells us to live in the light as that is where He is…He is in the moment, the NOW…not in the past or future! We are always obsessed with the past and future to the point of losing the Light of the Now!!!

Mat 6:27
Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature?

Just as we cannot make ourselves taller just by thinking about it…neither can we change what we are or do just by thinking about it! We can only change by direct Spirit interaction.

Mat 6:28
And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin:

If we stay in the Moment (the Light) then we will know what we need and what we don’t without thinking about it to the point of distracting from the Truth.

Mat 6:29
And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.

There is no greater glory for mankind than to be in the Kingdom of God (the NOW with Christ).

Mat 6:30
Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?

If the Lord takes care of the least of this material world, even though the future for these things is limited and short lived…how much more He will take care of us who have been made eternal by the gift of His Spirit.

Mat 6:31
Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?

We must not make these concerns our top priority but put Spirit first and all the rest shall be added on to it. Honestly it seems this world is way more concerned with how one eats, drinks or dresses than what is inside of them…thus missing the point of living, entirely.

Mat 6:32
(For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.

The Spirit knows what we need and as head of our household shall make sure we receive it on time all the time.

Mat 6:33
But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

Put God first and one shall begin to live FORWARD and not backward…not forward as into the future, but forward into the NOW!

Mat 6:34
Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.

Sufficient onto this day is the backward living enticements (evil and devils), deal with that first and have no thought for the evils and devils of tomorrow!

Therefore we must understand that if we choose to live backward we cannot be fit for the Kingdom of God. The Lord tells us this plainly in Luke 9:62

And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.

We have our hands on the “plough” and we are deciding what to do with it and not letting Spirit direct our lives. In doing thus we live backward and will continue to do so until we wake up and remove the scales from our eyes.

I want you to know that I am not only speaking to you out there that are “futurists or unbelievers”, I am speaking to all people, all kindred of this planet, myself included. It is a daily deal to stay Spiritually based and the more one tries to do this alone (without the Holy Spirit) the more materialism sneaks in.

Jesus tells us plainly that we must be “born again from above…Spirit is above all else and must be the head of our lives. If we choose Spirit we live forward lives, resting in the peace and love of the Lord’s will for us…or if we choose this world then we live backward lives and as spoken of before, living backward is all about evil and devils. One is the Good News and the other is Bad News!

In this supposed New Age (ha!) we all seem to be going nowhere fast! Our choices of worship have become Youtube and Netflix!! Where is your “spirit”? Is it located somewhere in that mound of flesh above your heart?

In conclusion all that really matters is if we are living forward or backward lives…in Heaven, or in Hell. God gave us the necessary tools…personally delivered to each of us and it is our choice to use them or not! We don’t have to spend our lives searching for the tools we need we have only to look within and find them in Spirit. “The path is narrow, and only a few will find it” is so true of this world! Let’s work to change that, so that together we can all live in heaven (the Kingdom of God) right this minute. Would not that be awesome?!

These are not future places these are our daily choices NOW! Our choice, in every moment…your choice in every moment and my choice in every moment.

May we all choose wisely!


Patti C.





Hello all!

I ran across this article this morning and really enjoyed what this author had to say because it is so true. We are not only wrong in thinking that Jesus is returning to this earth sometime in the future (over 2000 years removed from when He said He was coming in Spirit) it is downright blasphemy to believe and to teach this horrendous misinterpretation of the Holy Scriptures! In this world when everyone has to be so very “politically correct” we allow such soul and spirit damaging heresies to continue to rule our concepts of the Truth.

The following article is right to the point and maybe a slap in the face is exactly what we need to wake up and smell the coffee.


The Blasphemous Malignancy Known as Futurism

By SuperSoulFighter – Posted on 12 May 2011

I have deliberated for a considerable length of time over how to approach this subject in a way that’s not considered completely disrespectful to my fellow Christians who are non-Preterists at this time and yet at the same time remain forthright and sincere in my presentation of the actual nature of Futurist Christianity.

As Preterists we have been accused of being “heretics” and “heterodox” which is true in terms of the “orthodoxy” established in later, post-AD 70 “church” doctrine. The peace of heart and mind I enjoy in accepting those labels is offset by the awareness that my immediate family members and friends who are still immersed in Christian Futurism (enshrined in all denominations and sects within the broad parameters of “Churchianity”) are burdened with – and psychologically enslaved by – notions, beliefs and ideas which are not only false, but actually represent a direct assault on the character and integrity of God. Futurists believe and promote ideas about God and His Kingdom that are not only unBiblical and heretical (in the truest sense of that term) – they are blasphemous. And that is an extremely serious charge.

There are many texts that troubled me (and continue to trouble me) in this regard, as I began to become aware of the horrifically distorted, erroneous nature of futurist Christian beliefs when considered in the light of a contextually accurate treatment of the Scriptures.

One of the most troubling features of this situation is that, supposedly, spiritually reborn Christians are directly guided in their understanding of God’s Word by the Holy Spirit. It is unthinkable and inconceivable that God the Holy Spirit would permit Christians to continue in such blatantly false delusions based, supposedly, on His Word and even deliberately prompt their understanding to continue in this direction.

The other troubling aspect of this reality is that futurism does involve, I believe, a psychological and spiritual malignancy that has a self-destructive, weakening, debilitating effect on those committed and devoted to it.

One of the Scriptures I have pointed out to various futurists as a prime example of this is found in Hebrews 9:23-28. It reads as follows, in the NKJV,

“23 Therefore it was necessary that the copies of the things in the heavens should be purified with these, but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these. 24 For Christ has not entered the holy places made with hands, which are copies of the true, but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us; 25 not that He should offer Himself often, as the high priest enters the Most Holy Place every year with blood of another— 26 He then would have had to suffer often since the foundation of the world; but now, once at the end of the ages, He has appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself. 27 And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment, 28 so Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many. To those who eagerly wait for Him He will appear a second time, apart from sin, for salvation.”

There are so many things in these verses that could be discussed at considerable length – including the rest of the context in this chapter and the preceding ones. What stands out to me, though, in the immediate context alone, is that – clearly – the spiritual economy and system of the Mosaic Covenant “world” (cosmos) is solely in view here (as it is in the rest of the book of Hebrews) and that the “appointment” exclusive to the Israelites/Jews of that First Covenant “world” to die only once (in contrast to the reincarnational death cycles of other people – more on that another time) included Christ’s death for “many” (not ALL of humanity)and His reappearance to THOSE WHO EAGERLY WAIT FOR HIM.

That last sentence in particular really troubles me, and it should deeply concern every Christian who claims to love God and His Word. It makes me angry in fact. I am angry because Christian futurist ministers, theologians and lay people consistently claim that Jesus Christ did NOT “appear a second time apart from sin, for salvation” to those First Century Christians who awaited his return with greater eagerness and intensity than any Christians have anticipated it since.

This Scripture was written to THEM and for THEIR encouragement and…guess what? God’s a trickster, according to futurists. He likes to play games with human language and trick people involved in a faith relationship with Him according to a psychologically and inferentially deceptive scheme known, blasphemously, as “immanency”. This means that in order for Him to ensure faithfulness and continued love for Him on the part of His followers, he must keep everyone on a short leash, expecting the Return of Christ and Great Day of Judgment for hundreds and thousands of years.

Generations of Christians come and go eagerly anticipating His Return and still God dangles the proverbial carrot of “some day” and “no man knows the day or hour” so “remain watchful and vigilant” etc. etc. This is a direct violation of His Word, His Promises and the Character He reveals to man in the Scriptures as being His own. In essence, if God did NOT fulfill the promise of Hebrews 9:28 to those First Century Hebrews, within the lifespan of their generation, then He is NOT the God of Israel, but a liar and deceiver and the Scriptures are invalid and a fraud. THAT is the blasphemous nature of futurist Christian belief, regardless of how they may try to sugar-coat and soft-peddle their own inconsistencies and blatant disregard for context.

Futurist Christians have distorted the meanings of terms like “world”, “end of the ages”, “sin”, “judgment”, “appointment/appointed”, “salvation”, etc. Their phony time-lines and interpretive mishandling of prophetic time statements are fraudulent and lead to various forms of psychological, spiritual and, ultimately, physical distress. Their system of faith is a lie and those who learn to love, promote and defend it become liars, unwittingly, themselves.

I am reminded of Rev. 21:23-27, “23 The city had no need of the sun or of the moon to shine in it, for the glory of God illuminated it. The Lamb is its light. 24 And the nations of those who are saved shall walk in its light, and the kings of the earth bring their glory and honor into it. 25 Its gates shall not be shut at all by day (there shall be no night there). 26 And they shall bring the glory and the honor of the nations into it. 27 But there shall by no means enter it anything that defiles, or causes an abomination or a lie, but only those who are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life.” And Rev. 22:14,15 “14 Blessed are those who do His commandments, that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter through the gates into the city. 15 But outside are dogs and sorcerers and sexually immoral and murderers and idolaters, and whoever loves and practices a lie.”

On the basis of these texts, I don’t see a place in the Kingdom of Heaven (or the heavenly City of Zion) for futurists who remain committed to the blasphemous, malignant lie of a future expectation of Christ’s Return and final establishment of the Kingdom of Heaven including its full manifestation. The fact that all of those things occurred approximately 2,000 years ago makes all modern “Christian” expectation of those things at some point in the future, essentially, a continuous, repeated slap in God’s face. They unwittingly disparage and discount all that He accomplished in Christ and in Christ’s Body (His First Century Church). They unwittingly, ignorantly blaspheme His Nature and Character and “worship” Him as being no better than Satan the Deceiver.

These are troubling, harsh words – but I believe these things must be acknowledged, both by ourselves and other Christians, in order to begin to resolve the discrepancy between the clear statements and teachings of the Scriptures, and so-called “orthodox” Christian doctrine and belief.

Serving the Truth,



Thanks JM for this refreshing and truth filled take on how sad it is that so many so called Christians are being of service to the traditions of man and the doctrine of demons. I can look back at my own journey and see how very influenced I was by the teachings of all the churches I attended and what I studied in Bible College…I feel much like a fool, now, for not finding out for myself in researching His Word with the aid of Spirit and not men. Yet, I am so very grateful to be set free from all the searching and to know for sure that He has come, and that is truly the GOOD NEWS!


Patti C.

THE HOLY SPIRIT: (Three words of the Baptism)


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Hello all!

I found an old draft of an article I was writing way back in 2014 and decided to post it today, as I feel it is relevant to the topics I have been covering lately.  When I wrote this I had just discovered what the 7 seals represented and was speaking of the White Horse and the sending of the Holy Spirit…the opening of the first seal at Pentecost, 10 days after Christ ascended into Heaven and sent the Comforter.


THE HOLY SPIRIT: (Three words of the Baptism) 

Hello all, 

I have been presenting articles and studies about the White Horse of the first seal being the Holy Spirit. Although most disagree with this assessment, I want to stress the immense importance of what happened at Pentecost by the sending of the Holy Spirit and how this new Covenant was celebrated in heaven.  This event is of crucial importance… it was the very creation of the Church and the Body of Christ, and the first step in reclaiming the earth from Satan.  

The book of Revelation is the Revelation of Jesus Christ, from His ascension until His Second Coming.  What John is seeing in Rev.5 is a pre-Christ heaven, or heaven before Christ ascended.  Why else is he weeping when no one is found to open the sealed book?  

Rev 5:2 -4 

“And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, Who is worthy to open the book, and to loose the seals thereof? And no man in heaven, nor in earth, neither under the earth, was able to open the book, neither to look thereon. And I wept much, because no man was found worthy to open and to read the book, neither to look thereon.” 

The New Testament speaks much about Pentecost on earth, what occurs in this chapter is a view of what happened at Pentecost in heaven.  This is a view of Jesus ascending to heaven and sending the Comforter, the Holy Spirit, as promised to his disciples. He sent what the Church needed to overcome the world and the tribulation thereof. 

The rest of the seals depict what the Church will endure before His second coming, and how through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit they will be able to overcome these tribulations and be able to stand until He returns. They did overcome and left Jerusalem before it was totally destroyed.  He is not coming again…there is no need!!  He came first in flesh and then in Spirit…it is a done deal!

Jesus is reclaiming the earth from Satan’s influence…why would he send the Antichrist?  Why would he send evil?  Evil is already in the world.  He is sending the only weapon that will overcome the attacks of the world…Himself in Spirit as the Holy Spirit.  He already gave His body, now He sends His Spirit. The only way His believers will overcome War, Famine, and physical death will be to be made alive by the Holy Spirit in which they attain eternal life, and therefore need not worry about losing their physical life.  The other seals are the tools of the devil that will be used against the church…war, famine, disease and death….which believers are not to fear and are able to endure by having the Holy Spirit living in them. 

The book of Revelation is  about the end times that were to come SHORTLY and QUICKLY.  It is about Jesus and His Church and what He did to redeem His people.  From His ascension to His Second Coming… FOR ALL TIME AND FOREVER…His story….history.

The following study shows how the Holy Spirit worked in the world prior to Pentecost and how everything changed after Pentecost, when the Holy Spirit was able to live inside believers. This indwelling of the Holy Spirit defines His true followers, yet became available to everyone when He sent the “Comforter” and is the most crucial component in our relationship with Christ and is mandatory for obtaining eternal life and in understanding His Holy Word. 

As the author points out it is more about what we receive from God, than what we give to God. 


Three Words of the Baptism

By David A. DePra 

But you shall receive power, once the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and you shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth. (Acts 1:8) 

There are three important words in this passage that tell us the nature of, purpose of, and end result of, the baptism with the Holy Spirit – RECEIVE, UPON, and WITNESSES. 

Of course, Jesus spoke these words immediately prior to His ascension. Despite much erroneous teaching to the contrary, the Holy Spirit had NOT YET been given, and could not be given, until Jesus did ascend. This is vital to see. For the descent of the Holy Spirit from heaven to earth was the direct result of the ascension of Jesus from earth to heaven. 

There were two vital reasons why the Holy Spirit could not come until Jesus ascended. First, before the Spirit could come, Jesus had to complete His redemptive work and win all victory, and then take that victory to heaven, and sit down at the right hand of the Father – only then could He send it all back down to us through the Holy Spirit. The purpose of the Holy Spirit in us is to make Jesus Lord of us, and this work could not begin until Jesus was made Lord in heaven – through His finished victory. Thus, if Jesus had to take to heaven all redemption and power and victory, before He could sent it back down through the Spirit, then obviously any notion of the indwelling of the Spirit before Acts 2 is error. The second reason the Spirit could not come before Christ ascended is that Christ dwells in us through the Holy Spirit – and that could not happen before He ascended. Christ could not, for example, dwell in the apostles by the Spirit while He was physically present on the earth with them. Christianity is Christ in us through the Holy Spirit. This demands the ascension of Jesus to heaven, before the He can descend by His Spirit to dwell in us. 

The ascension of Jesus into heaven, and the descent of the Holy Spirit to dwell in His people are two events that cannot be separated. Jesus continually said so. 

Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you. (John 16:7) 

He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.) (John 7:38-39) 

And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it sees him not, neither knows him: but you know him; for he dwells with you, and shall be in you. (John 14:16-17)

These passages prove beyond a doubt that the Holy Spirit did not come before the ascension of Jesus Christ. But do we realize what that means? It means that before Acts 2, the Holy Spirit had NEVER BEEN present on this earth the way He would be after Acts 2. You cannot escape that fact. And once you accept it, it ought to change your thinking about much of both the old and New Testament. 

But wasn’t the Holy Spirit present in the Old Testament? Sure. And yet Jesus continually said, “WHEN the Comforter comes…..” He continually taught that the Holy Spirit COULD NOT come until He ascended. So what was the difference between the work of the Spirit BEFORE Acts 2, and the work of the Spirit AFTER Acts 2? Just this: Only after Acts 2 did the Holy Spirit actually dwell IN PEOPLE. 

Read again John 14:16-17. To His own disciples Jesus said, “The Spirit is WITH you, but shall be IN you.” So the Spirit had never come to be IN people, although He had been WITH people. Well, if the Spirit is WITH you, that is no small thing. All of the miracles of the Old Testament, the prophecies, the inspiration, and even the miracles worked by the disciples themselves during the ministry of Jesus – all of these were the result of the Holy Spirit being WITH them. But not IN them. 

This should not be surprising. For the VERY DISTINCTION that God Himself makes between the OLD and NEW covenants is exactly that – the INDWELLING. For example, Hebrews records:

For finding fault with them, he saith, Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah: Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt; because they continued not in my covenant, and I regarded them not, saith the Lord. For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people: And they shall not teach every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for all shall know me, from the least to the greatest. (Heb 8:8-11) 

According to God Himself, the fundamental distinction between the two covenants was that the old was merely outward, and the new was INWARD. Can you see that? This is stated loud and clear. What this tells us absolutely aligns with the words of Jesus to the effect that the Holy Spirit never dwelt in anyone before Acts 2, but would dwell in us since then. 

Do we realize what this means? It means that Acts 2 ushered in the New Covenant. Sure. That may not be news to many people. But do we now realize what that means? It means that Acts 2 was the first time the Holy Spirit ever dwelt in anyone. It means that Acts 2 was the first time anyone was BORN AGAIN – which is the inward dwelling of the Holy Spirit. All of these things are really ONE EVENT. It should not be surprising that the first time anyone was born again of the Spirit of God would be the birth of the church! – since the church is comprised of born again believers! 

Now, I do realize that there are many Christians who try to say that Acts 2 was none of the above. They try to say that the disciples were already born again prior to Acts 2, but that Acts 2 was a second blessing. From this false premise it is reasoned that before Acts 2, the disciples were indwelt by the Holy Spirit, but in Acts 2 they were filled with the Holy Spirit. This is really the entire premise upon with the charismatic doctrine of the baptism with the Holy Spirit is based. But it is wrong. The baptism with the Holy Spirit is not a second experience. It is THE ONE experience – of the new birth, all of the gifts, and everything else that belongs to the New Covenant.

If you doubt that, then you don’t believe Jesus when He said that unless He ascended the Comforter could not come. In fact, if you believe that the OT saints, and the disciples, were born again before Acts 2, then you believe they were indwelt by the Holy Spirit before Acts 2 – the indwelling of the Holy Spirit is the MEANS by which we are born again – and if you believe that they were indwelt by the Spirit before Acts 2, then you must say that Jesus was silly to continually promise them that the Comforter would come. Why would Jesus promise them the Comforter WOULD COME if He was already living in them? No. Jesus promised them He would come TO DWELL IN THEM – which had never before happened to anyone. 

In fact, even AFTER the resurrection of Jesus, but BEFORE the ascension, Jesus continues to promise them the Holy Spirit would come: 

And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry you in the city of Jerusalem, until you be endued with power from on high. And he led them out as far as to Bethany, and he lifted up his hands, and blessed them. And it came to pass, while he blessed them, he was parted from them, and carried up into heaven. (Luke 24:49-51) 

And, being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith he, ye have heard of me. For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence. (Acts 1:4-5) 

All through the ministry of Jesus – read John 14 through John 16 – Jesus promised them the Holy Spirit. He reminds them here, in these two passages, of that promise, and tells them it is going to happen after He ascends – they must go and tarry in Jerusalem. The Holy Spirit had therefore NOT YET BEEN GIVEN prior to Acts 2. No one had ever been born again. The New Testament had not yet begun. The church had not yet been born. All of this began in Acts 2. 

Prior to Acts 2, God provided a LEGAL salvation through the OT, as embodied in the baptism of John. If you came under the OT, then you were saved legally by the same Christ – but not born again. The Spirit was WITH you, but not IN you. You would still go to heaven, but your experience in THIS life of the things of God would not be the same as it would be after Acts 2. You could experience God, and see miracles, and know the Lord. But you could not be made a new creation in Jesus Christ for this life.

 Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints: To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory: (Col. 1:26-27)

 Now to him that is of power to establish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began, But now is made manifest, and by the scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, made known to all nations for the obedience of faith: (Rom 16:25-26)

 So Acts 2 really did begin Christianity. It was not a second blessing on top of a new birth. It was the new birth – both of the individuals in that upper room, and of the church. In addition, after Acts 2, we find examples in Acts where people had received only John’s baptism of legal salvation for the remission of sins, but who still needed to receive the Holy Spirit. From that point forward, however, new converts would no longer need John’s baptism, but would receive ALL that God had for them through the single experience of the new birth through Jesus Christ by the Holy Spirit.

I’ve taken the time to go through all of this so that it might be clear as to what the disciples were promised that they would receive when the Holy Spirit came upon them. But before concluding this point, I want to address one passage of scripture that is usually brought in to supposedly prove that the disciples were indwelt by the Holy Spirit prior to Acts 2, thus making Acts 2 a second blessing on top of the new birth. That passage is found in John 20:

 Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God. Mary Magdalene came and told the disciples that she had seen the Lord, and that he had spoken these things unto her. Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you. And when he had so said, he showed unto them his hands and his side. Then were the disciples glad, when they saw the Lord. Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you. And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost: Whose soever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them; and whose soever sins ye retain, they are retained. (John 20:17-23)

 Here we find Jesus clearly stating that even after His resurrection that He had still not ascended to the Father. He states this directly. So right off the bat we have a problem – if the disciples received the indwelling of the Holy Spirit just a few verses later in John 20:22, then everything Jesus had told them about the necessity of Him first ascending, before the Comforter could come, was wrong. For it is inescapable that if the disciples received the indwelling of the Spirit here in John 20, then the Spirit DID COME before Jesus ascended. This is exactly what those who teach that Acts 2 was a second blessing do believe and must believe.

The Truth about this is so important to see. You cannot have it both ways. The question is this: Did the Holy Spirit come to indwell believers BEFORE Acts 2?  Of course not. Jesus said He could NOT. Indeed, even after John 20, when Jesus breathed on them, Jesus is still promising them the Holy Spirit is going to come, “not many days hence.” But that leaves us needing to explain John 20:22. What did Jesus mean when He said, “Receive the Holy Spirit?”

 I think the key here is the phrase, “And He breathed ON THEM.” You will notice that He did not breath INTO THEM. In other words, they received the Spirit WITH them, but not yet IN THEM. This agrees completely with Jesus’ promise that the Spirit could not come to dwell IN THEM until He ascended. And it agrees with the passage of Acts 1:8 where Jesus continues to promise them they will RECEIVE the Holy Spirit from on high – something that would be unnecessary if they had already received the Spirit. In point of fact, in John 20:22, we find the narrative of what appears to be the very first time that Jesus appeared to the disciples as a group – Thomas was not there that night. When He breathed on them and said, “Receive you the Holy Spirit,” this was a reassurance that the Spirit was again WITH THEM.

 In Acts 1:8, just prior to His ascension, Jesus promised, “But you shall receive power, once the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and you shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth. (Acts 1:8) Again, we find our three key words: Receive, upon, and witnesses.

 You Shall Receive

 What is Christianity? Christ in us, the hope of glory. (Col. 1:27) Christianity is a new birth as a new creation. In all of this, we see that in order to be a Christian, you must RECEIVE something – Someone – from above.

I don’t know how that strikes you. Most of us think that our Christianity is defined by what we give to God. No. It is defined by having RECEIVED from God. Now, certainly, we must surrender ourselves to God. But that isn’t the point. The point is — unless you have received new life from above you are NOT a Christian.

 New life in Christ is not a THING. It is a Person – it is Christ. When we receive the Holy Spirit we are receiving Christ Himself – His resurrection life. But note: The source is not US. The source is not of this world. There is nothing of the earthly, and nothing found in any of us through natural birth that can manufacture or generate this eternal life. We must receive from above.

 This seems so obvious and evident, and yet I’m not sure that most Christians get it. What we usually do is try to figure out how God wants us to live, and then try to do that. We try to establish a religion we call Christianity out of Bible verses – equipped with doctrines to believe in and rules to follow – and then we try to gather together all of the assets of our natural man and try to live in accordance with this religion. In short, we try to mold our flesh – our religious flesh – in the pattern that we believe God requires. And yet none of this is new life. It is the flesh. Have we yet realized that we are doomed to failure?

 There is absolutely nothing about the flesh that can please God. This is not only because the flesh is inherently weak, but also it is because the flesh is all about SELF. Thus, no matter what you try to do through SELF, it will always be about SELF. People are pretty good at making themselves into martyrs – not for the sake of Jesus, but for the sake of the religious satisfaction and the self-righteousness that comes from it. The only solution for SELF is the Cross. But that is not the end. Once SELF is subtracted, you must still RECEIVE.

Christians continually try to offer to God what He wants by trying to produce it through religious flesh. And then when we don’t get anywhere, we blame God. What God is trying to do is bring us to the end of our attempts, so that He can then GIVE us what He wants to GIVE us – and then we can truly RECEIVE it. If God were to release us in the fullness of what He wants while we continue in religious flesh, we would bring corruption to the things of God. So He must often wait.

 Many Christians spend years trying to club to death their flesh, trying to make it behave. Well, if that didn’t work for Paul – read Romans 7 – it won’t work for us. The solution is not to force your flesh into patterns you believe will please God. Neither can we subtract from ourselves the flesh. All of that will have to run it’s course until we see it won’t work. Rather, we must RECEIVE – have added to us – the Spirit of Christ. Do that and the flesh will come under the Cross. And the Spirit will emerge and be released.

 You must be born again from above – get that – from above. This is really another KIND of life than is possible from this present age. It is not life that is OF this world. Rather, it is life that is received from the outside of this world, INTO US from above.

Jesus said, “You will receive…..” The Bible also states:

 Know you not your own selves, how except Jesus Christ is in you, you are reprobates? (2 Cor 13:5)

 John answered and said, A man can receive (possess) nothing, except it be given him from heaven. (John 3:27)

 We must RECEIVE. But then, after we receive, we must COME UNDER what we receive, or else we will continue walking according to the flesh. This is why Jesus also said that the Holy Spirit would COME UPON the disciples.

Come Upon

 Jesus said, “You will receive power when the Holy Spirit COMES UPON you…..” Isn’t it amazing how, when we read a verse like that, we instantly think about the power we are going to be able to USE – to God’s glory, of course. Sure. We think that if we receive power, we will then POSSESS power – to work miracles and to serve, etc. But note the working of Acts 1:8 very carefully. Jesus said that the Holy Spirit would COME UPON us. Clearly, this means –NOT that I will so much POSSESS power – but it means that when we receive the Spirit we are to COME UNDER the power of the Spirit.

 We cannot possess the power or authority of Christ unless we first come under the power and authority of Christ. We are never given power as a THING to use, even if we think we want to use it to serve God. No. We are to come UNDER that power – and then it won’t be us possessing it. It will be God possessing us, and using us as He desire for His glory.

 When we talk about coming under the power of the Holy Spirit, we are clearly talking about coming under the Lordship of Jesus Christ, or, if you like, the kingdom of God. All the same thought. The purpose of the Holy Spirit for this age is to take all that Jesus is, and all that Jesus has done, and make Him real in us, to us, and through us. But all of this can be gathered up into one statement: The Holy Spirit will, if we yield, make Jesus Christ our personal Lord in all things.

 When we RECEIVE the life of Christ from above, we are coming UNDER that life; under Him as our Lord. His is resurrection life – it is the power of God over all. But only as we come under His Lordship, and under His life, which will mean we must lose OUR OWN LIFE, do we really experience what His life holds. He that loses his life for the sake of Christ will find life. You cannot operate in the power of the Holy Spirit unless you are under Jesus as Lord – unless you are under the power of resurrection life. It is impossible.

 What is the purpose for which we are to come UNDER the Holy Spirit? That Jesus might be our Lord – or, to put it another way, that we might be His witnesses.


 A witness to Jesus is someone whose life is a testimony to His Lordship. We are to become living epistles of what it means for Jesus to live in us. A witness is not someone who merely tells about Jesus. He is someone through whom Jesus tells about Himself!

 God doesn’t use us, and neither does Christ live through us, by BYPASSING US. God does not, “take people over.” Neither does God say, “Because you are a child of God indwelt by the Holy Spirit, from this time forward, everything you do and everything you say is OF ME.” Nonsense – but it is amazing how many people think the opposite! Many people walk around daily thinking that what they feel with their emotions, or think with their mind, MUST be of God, because the Spirit is in them. This is wrong – they are actually walking according to the flesh. It doesn’t have to be a, “bad flesh,” or an, “immoral flesh.” It can be a religious flesh. And if God doesn’t break up such a pattern, people will end up using the things of God to glorify themselves and profit themselves – which is the only thing religious flesh can do if it is allowed to govern.

 The Holy Spirit always DOES and always LIVES the will of God, to the glory of Christ. The Holy Spirit will not give us OUR will – He wants to give us God’s will, indeed, cause us to BECOME God’s will. This is what it means to BE a witness. Thus, if we are not walking in according with this purpose of God, we are NOT being led by His Spirit – and it doesn’t matter how sure we are to the contrary, or how good it feels.

 If you examine what I just said about the intent of the Spirit to give and make us into expressions of God’s will, you will see the necessity of a big CHANGE IN US. In order for you to DO the will of God – from the heart out of a real faith – you must BECOME the will of God. You must KNOW Jesus and be yielded to Him. But none of us come close to that except through much dealing. None of us. We find that out loud and clear when God does begin to deal.

 I’m not saying that a sincere Christian stands in open rebellion against God. No. We may be as yielded to God as we know to be, and really, we may be yielded in everything that God has brought before us in life. If we are, well, we are where God wants us to be – we are indeed IN the will of God. But we don’t know our own hearts. Have we recognized the incredible battle and warfare that is necessary for God to get His will in a life? Read the NT. Spiritual warfare is business as usual – it is continual and intense. Therefore, before we congratulate ourselves for our great faith and spiritual condition – before we think we stand – we need take heed lest we fall.

 I am convinced that many Christians today – those who think they have, “arrived” – I am convinced that God simply doesn’t disturb them. I know of Christians that seem to be blessed no matter what they do, and no matter where they are. Everything goes right, and they are quick to point out that it is God blessing them. It is good to give thanks and glory to God, but sometimes there is a subtle BOAST in this – “I am blessed because God is pleased with ME.” You know what I mean. Again – read the NT. Despite God’s blessings and grace, if you want to truly come into fellowship with Christ, it is going to cost you much. You absolutely MUST be broken of the notion that YOU determine what you get from God. You don’t. God does. In fact, there may come a time when God takes everything away. Will you continue to say that you are blessed?

 It is here that we must get something straight. There is nothing about our Christian life that belongs to US. We have nothing to say about it. Of course, we do have choices of faith and obedience to make – beginning at salvation. But this is not a matter of us having a say-so. It is a matter of us yielding to God’s will and say-so.

 Today in the church, so many people continue to think that the work of the Holy Spirit is to HELP US achieve our goals, and really, to help us possess our lives. We don’t think of this in a rebellious or sinful way, of course, but we think that we belong to ourselves, and that the Spirit is here to help us belong to ourselves. We think that the when Jesus said the Holy Spirit was The Helper, that He meant that WE get to decide God’s will for our lives, and that the Holy Spirit is here to help us come into what we have decided is God’s will. So we walk around having, “leadings,” as to the will of God – but the will of God is really OUR will, with the name of Jesus pasted on it. Most people don’t even realize what they are doing. But this is all wrong.

 Well, doesn’t the Spirit lead the sons of God? I have heard that quoted again and again by those who think that God leads them every five minutes in life – they think that whatever they think or feel is of God; is God’s leading of them. Well, let’s read that passage and see what it is really saying:

 Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh. For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live. For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. The Spirit itself bears witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: (Rom 8:12-16)

 This passage from Romans 8 is NOT talking about LEADINGS – it is not talking about God speaking to you and telling you what to do. I’m not saying that God doesn’t sometimes lead that way – but I am saying that in this passage that issue is not being discussed. Read the context and you will see what the Greek bears out. Paul is saying, “For as many as are GOVERNED by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.” In other words, you are going to ultimately be GOVERNED by either the flesh or the Spirit. But if you are a son of God, the Holy Spirit is going to seek to GOVERN you, and break down all barriers to this. In short, the work of the Holy Spirit – once again – is to make Jesus Lord of every part of you.

 What this means is that you do not belong to yourself. You do not have the right to decide your life, or even the right to decide WHO YOU ARE to God. The Holy Spirit has not come to help you achieve your dreams. Jesus is not going to hop aboard your bandwagon. Rather, the Spirit has come to take your life completely out of your hands and to bring you under the sovereignty of God – and the Lordship of Jesus Christ. In other words, when you gave your life to Christ, it was no longer your own. The work of the Spirit is to bring you under the GOVERNMENT of Christ.

 The sons of God are those who are more and more being GOVERNED by the Holy Spirit. The result is that they will not only DO the will of God, but they will BE the will of God. But since God cannot achieve this by bypassing OUR wills, it is necessary for OUR wills to be brought to the ground, so that OUR wills shall become HIS WILL. This is why God must deal with us through the Cross.

 Jesus Christ is not fire insurance. God is not a contingency plan. The Holy Spirit is not here to release our greatness. Jesus did not come to enhance our lives, or to give us, “Your Best Life Now.” Rather, the purpose of the Holy Spirit is to bring down every kingdom that was not built by God – including all of the very nice religious ones that men have built to God’s glory – and to establish in the lives of people the absolutely Lordship of Jesus Christ.

 Does this sound negative to you? Does it sound like you will be deprived? Well, it might sound like that to the flesh, or natural mind. But only if we don’t know God. When will we get it through our heads that God has only GOOD for us? That the worst possible condition is for us to belong to ourselves – even if we think that it is unto God’s glory? When will we realize that if God ever got us fully under the Lordship of Jesus, that WE would be the greatest benefactors?

 There is nothing Satan will fight against more strongly than the Lordship of Jesus Christ in a life, or in God’s church. He has provided not only opposition to the Lordship of Jesus, but has provided many a SUBSTITUTE. For example, the release of the Holy Spirit into the full potential that God has for a person is only achieved when that person comes under the Lordship of Jesus Christ – through the work of the Cross and the enlargement of His resurrection life in us. But Satan says, “No. You don’t need all that trouble. You can receive the fullness of the Spirit all at once through a second blessing.”

 I don’t know if we really see the magnitude of what I am saying. If the work of the Holy Spirit is to make Jesus LORD of us personally, then it is a fact that only if Jesus begins to be made Lord of us – really and operatively – that the true fullness and release of the Spirit will begin to be possible. What? Do we actually think that we can experience the fullness of the Spirit if we dismiss, neglect, or remain ignorant of the very work of the Spirit of making Jesus Lord of us? Nonsense. And yet millions today think they are experiencing the fullness of the Spirit, and living in the power of the Spirit, simply because they got a second blessing. They think God just poured it out on them, and now it works – they think God is leading them and enhancing all they do.

 Even the NT doctrine of, “the laying on of hands,” has been corrupted along this line. The laying on of hands was symbolic of the fact that God was laying hands on an individual for HIS possession and purpose. That individual, from that point, no longer belonged to himself – he was set aside for God’s use. Thus, the laying on of hands was indicative of the Lordship of Jesus over that person. Can we now see why, at salvation, when a person was baptized with the Holy Spirit, that the laying on of hands was done? Sure. They are coming under the Lordship of Jesus. But today, many are saying that it is through the laying on of hands that an anointing is imparted or transferred. The emphasis is upon some anointing that is passed from one person, and received by another. Such teaching is never in the Bible.

 These things have I written unto you concerning them that seduce you. But the anointing which you have received of him abides in you, and you need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teaches you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it has taught you, you shall abide in him. (1 John 2:26-27)

 There is NO, “transferable anointing!” None! The anointing of the Holy Spirit is from God directly to each of us. Sure. The anointing of God is not a THING. It is a matter of us being apprehended by a PERSON. How much more clear does God need to be about this matter? Indeed, John states that he is assuring us of this Truth SO THAT NO MAN SEDUCE US. If you and I think we can ignore such warnings and remain clear of deception we are already deceived.

 Now, if you grasp what I am saying about all of these things, you will see that the Christian life is a matter of, yes, us surrendering to God’s call to Christ, but once we do, it is a matter of God apprehending us for His will, purpose, and glory. It is not a matter of us apprehending God for our goals in life. Sure. Can we see that this gets back to us COMING UNDER the power of the Holy Spirit, rather than us possessing some power? In order to BECOME a witness unto Christ, you must COME UNDER the Holy Spirit, COME UNDER the Lordship of Jesus, and COME UNDER the kingdom of God. This is what it means to be GOVERNED by the Spirit of God as a son of God.

 It has always been the goal of Satan to get people to try to possess the things of God, but not as the result of being GOVERNED by God. The gospel of Satan is that you can have what God has for you, but that you don’t need to come under the work of the Cross or Lordship of Jesus. Of course, it won’t be taught that way – it will be taught as the real gospel.

 A witness unto Jesus is one who is apprehended by Jesus for HIS purposes, unto HIS glory. A witness is one who, yes, has RECEIVED life from above, but who is more and more being GOVERNED by that life – is one who has come UNDER the power of the Holy Spirit.

The results of being governed by the Holy Spirit are that we will become living epistles of what it means for Jesus to be Lord of a human being. The fruits of the Spirit will emerge. Good works will be there. We will actually experience God Himself – we will be set free. And we will serve God through ministry. But all of it will be the outcome of the government of God OVER US.

 So we have these three words regarding the baptism with the Holy Spirit: RECEIVE, UPON, and WITNESS. In the end, they all come back to ONE Truth – Christ in us, the hope of glory. Jesus is Lord, not just in word, but really.


 Wow!  Powerful words!! I certainly was convicted by much presented here, as I was reminded of what it means to daily pickup my cross and follow Him.

 Jesus warned us of this happening, and we should worry more if the world loves us.  I seek comfort in His Word and just today I asked for His words of encouragement and prayed and then opened the Bible.  I opened to Romans 8:1-2:

 “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death”.  This is reality, this has happened we are free in Christ!  There are no more end-times to be waiting for!!


 Patti C.














Hello all!

Many Christians, today, think that attending Sunday services makes them part of God’s Kingdom; or at least in line for the “pearly gates” when all is said and done. Although, I feel it is good that people go to church and be of service, in that realm, I have to think, as a whole, there is much settling for the “bathwater’ and “throwing out the baby”!

There is no one better, in my mind, that Oswald Chambers to tell it like it is. So, as I read today’s reading (Jan 18th), I just had to share what he shared on this matter of “service”. Enjoy!


It Is The Lord!

“Thomas answered and said unto Him, My Lord and my God.”
(John 20:28)

“Give Me to drink”. How many of us are set upon Jesus Christ slaking our thirst when we ought to be satisfying Him? We should be pouring out now, spending to the last limit, not drawing on Him to satisfy us. “Ye shall be witnesses unto Me” – that means of life of unsullied, uncompromising and unbribed devotion to the Lord Jesus, a satisfaction to Him wherever He places us.

Beware of anything that competes with loyalty to Jesus Christ. The greatest competitor of devotion to Jesus is service for Him. It is easier to serve than to be drunk to the dregs. The one aim of the call of God is the satisfaction of God, not a call to do something for Him. We are not sent to battle for God, but to be used by God in His battlings. Are we being more devoted to service that to Jesus Christ?


It is so true! I pray that I can remember each day to listen or wait. To hear His call as to how I can be of service to Him right where He put me; or wait until I can hear clearly what He wants me to do. To be of service in His battles not to ask Him to fight mine.


Patti C.


NO MORE LOOKING THROUGH A GLASS DARKLY : His-Story is history… not some continuing Saga!!!


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His-Story is history… not some continuing Saga!!!

Hello all!

Today I have been working on a series of articles that I want to share. I will be the author of them, and not be relying on other’s works, although having read them I have been enriched beyond compare. But, before I get into all that, I was prompted by the Spirit this morning to write about how free I am in Christ because I now know that His-story is history!! For the very first time in my life, and after all the countless years searching for the Truth, I am finally able to understand the entire story of the Bible, it has become crystal clear and I am no longer looking through a glass darkly, as the disciples were before the Second Coming. They told us loud and clear that we would be able to see the whole Truth once Christ came in the Spirit as the Holy Spirit that lives inside of us.

It is so very wonderful to pick up the Bible and read any chapter and see how it all plays into the whole picture. Can there be anything greater than that for a person who has wanted to understand it all for so long? I do not think so. It is difficult to understand where it all got side-tracked into a continuing saga, and that Christ did not already fulfill something that He promised to do in the first century! If that is true, and He is still coming, then there is still only Hades for all who have died, and the promise of resurrection to heaven is still a faraway dream. How did we get so lost in our understanding of the Word.

That is the topic I will be covering at length here in a few days, but before I put my take on it all, I just have to share this most amazing post about not having to look through a glass darkly, anymore. It is rather lengthy, and you can go to the website of the author as I am providing a link, He has some very interesting articles that just may be what you are looking for. The author of this article goes into great detail and presents proof from the Bible, and after reading this, you have to know that we are now in His Light and can see Him face to face.


Through a Glass Darkly

“Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away. For we know in part, and we prophesy in part. But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away. When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things. For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known. And now abideth faith, hope, and charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.” (I Cor. 13:8-13)

I Corinthians 13 is among the most famous chapters in the Bible. Its use is so common in wedding announcements and bulletins that it is known even among those that never read the Bible or attend church. The lessons of the chapter concerning the qualities of charity, compassion and love are clear enough. But what about the rest of the chapter? What about those verses referring to the passing away of miraculous gifts and seeing through a “glass darkly” versus “face to face”? To what does this language refer? Some have taken Paul’s language of seeing through a “glass darkly” as referring to our lives upon the face of this dark and sinful globe, and that his use of the phrase “face to face” refers to when, in Heaven, we shall see God. Does this interpretation bear scrutiny? Probably not. As we shall see, the better view is that Paul is referring to the Mosaic versus Christian age.

The Two Covenants

If we would understand I Cor. 13:8-13, we must first understand its companion text, II Cor. 3:12-18:

“Seeing then that we have such hope, we use great plainness of speech: and not as Moses, which put a veil over his face, that the children of Israel could not steadfastly look to the end of that which is abolished: But their minds were blinded: for until this day remaineth the same veil untaken away in the reading of the old testament; which veil is done away in Christ. But even unto this day, when Moses is read, the veil is upon their heart. Nevertheless when it shall turn to the Lord, the veil shall be taken away. Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is there is liberty. But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.”

Even a cursory glance at these verses will reveal their relationship with I Cor. 13:8-13. They were written by the same apostle, to the same church and use the same images. In both texts, Paul refers to a mirror or “glass.” In I Cor. 13:12, he says they see through a glass “darkly.” In II Cor. 3:18, he says they behold as in a glass with “open face.” That Paul is referring to the same things in both texts is almost beyond dispute. Although his language seems furtive, the context shows that Paul is making allusion to the Old and New Testaments.

The Corinthian church was being troubled by false teachers from the Judaizers. The church at Corinth had given these Jews a forum to teach and they were subverting the gospel and seeking to turn the Corinthians away from Paul. (II Cor. 2:17; 10:10,11; 11:4,13-15) The Judaizers were preaching “another Jesus.” (I Cor. 11:4) The Judaizers were gainsaying Paul’s apostleship, twisting the fact Paul did not accept money to preach, saying it was an insult the Corinthians. They also called his credentials as an apostle into question, saying he was not an eloquent speaker. (II Cor. 11:5-12;12:12,13; cf. I Cor. 2:1-4) Thus, one of Paul’s purposes in his second letter to the Corinthians was to demonstrate the superiority of the Christian system and its complete incompatibility with the Old Law. Paul wants the Corinthians to separate themselves from the Judaizers (II Cor. 6:14-18), his thorn in the flesh (II Cor. 12:7), and be reconciled to him and, through his ministry, be reconciled to Christ and God. (II Cor. 5:19,20;7:2)

It is against this background of the Judaizers troubling the church that Paul wrote II Corinthians, chapter three, comparing the ministry of Old and New Covenants. In the course of the chapter, Paul moves back and forth from one covenant to the other, comparing the attributes of each: The Old Law Paul says was of the “letter” (i.e., “fleshly ink”); the New is written with the Spirit of God. (vv. 3,6) The Old was written and engraven in stone; the New upon the believer’s heart. (v. 3) The Old, Paul called the “ministration of death” (v. 7); the New, the “ministration of righteousness.” (v. 9) The one system gendered death, the other life. (v. 6) The glory attending the giving of the Old was fading (vv. 7,13; cf. Heb. 8:13); the glory of the New surpassing. Paul concludes, saying, Moses put a “veil upon his face” so the children of Israel could not see clearly the end or purpose of law (v. 13), but that he (Paul) used “great plainness of speech” in declaring the gospel of Christ. (v.12) In the gospel, believers behold the glory of the Lord with “open” (i.e., “unveiled”) face (v. 18), but the mind of the Jews remained veiled and blinded in reading the Old Law. (vv. 14, 15)

The Old Testament Concealed

A familiar saying has it that the “Old Testament is the New Testament concealed, and the New Testament is the Old Testament revealed.” If this saying is attributable to any particular passage of scripture it is to II Cor. 3:13, above. In saying Moses put a “veil upon his face,” Paul avers to the fact that there lay concealed with in the types and shadows of the Mosaic law prophetic images of the substitutionary death of Christ. “For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect…For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins.” (Heb.10:1,4) Because the mystery of the gospel was concealed and not openly declared, the Jews could not “steadfastly look to the end” of the law: They could not see that the law was merely transitional, to lead men to Christ, but mistook it as an end in itself. “Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved. For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge. For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God. For Christ is the end of the law to all that believe.” (Rom. 10:1-4; cf. Gal. 3:24) The Jews mistook the law as an end in itself; a perfect and complete system of righteousness and not the shadow that it was. Hence, they did not submit to the righteousness of God in Christ.

From what has been said, it is plain that the apostle’s reference to Moses putting a veil upon his face is merely a metaphor for the types and shadows of the law; the prophetic aspect of the temple service and other Old Testament laws pointing to Christ. But if Moses put a veil upon his face, Paul used “great plainness of speech” (vv. 12,18), depicting plainly the glory of God in the “open” (i.e., “unveiled”) face of Christ. In other words, the apostles did not use types and shadows to convey the message of Christ’s redeeming blood. Their job was not to conceal the mystery of the gospel, but to reveal it. Thus, when Paul says that they behold the glory of the Lord as in a mirror clearly, with open face, we understand that he is simply averring to the fact that the gospel is not veiled beneath types and shadows like the Mosaic law. With this explanation of II Cor. 3:12-18 in mind, we are prepared to look at I Cor. 13:8-13.

New Testament Revealed

The context of I Corinthians, chapters 12-14 revolves around the purpose and use of spiritual gifts. In Cor.13:8-13 Paul explains the purpose and duration of miraculous manifestations of the Spirit, likening them to the stuff of childhood, saying that upon attaining maturity they would be done away. The time of childhood reasoning and understanding Paul describes in terms of seeing through a “glass darkly;” but upon maturity, “face to face.” (vv. 11,12) Based upon his comparison of the two covenants in II Cor. 3:12-18, it seems clear that Paul is referring to them again here.

God’s people were in their infancy under the law, but would come to maturity in Christ. “Now I say, that the heir, as long as he is a child, differeth nothing from a servant, though he be lord of all; but is under tutors and governors until the time appointed of the father. Even so we, when we were children were in bondage under the elements of the world.” (Gal. 3:24; 4:1-3) The period of infancy that obtained under the law corresponds to the childhood Paul mentions in I Cur. 13:11. The spiritual gifts associated with the early church were given for the very purpose of equipping God’s people with the doctrine and ethical teaching necessary to bring them to majority; to an understanding of man’s need of a Savior and that that Savior is Christ. These gifts were distributed in the beginning of the Christian era during the final days of the Mosaic age. “And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams: And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy.” (Acts 2:17,18; cf. Joel 2:28-32) The “latter days” of the Mosaic age was the beginning of the Christian era. The two overlapped by approximately 40 years, or from Pentecost to the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 A.D. During this period, the infancy that attended bondage of the law was being brought to maturity in Christ:

“And he gave some apostles; and some prophets; and some evangelists; and some pastors and teachers; for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ. Till we all come to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ. That we henceforth be no more children tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine…but speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him that is the head, even Christ.” (Eph. 4:11-15)

Note that the Christian era did not mark the beginning of spiritual gifts, but their end. The gift of prophecy and power of the Holy Ghost had existed under the Mosaic law, as evidenced by the powerful works of the prophets, but came to completion and ceased in Christ. This is an important fact often overlooked. The infancy Paul refers to in Ephesians is often assumed to belong solely to the church, and somehow different from the infancy under the Mosaic law. But this is incorrect. The infancy that characterized the early church was the same infancy that obtained under the law. It is the doctrine of the gospel that brings those who were children under the law to the “measure and stature” of Christ. Hence when Paul characterizes spiritual gifts as belonging to childhood in I Cur. 13:11, he is saying that they were associated with the era belonging to the Old Law which was about to “vanish away.” (Heb. 8:13) If this is correct, then Paul’s language in I Cur. 13:12 about seeing through a glass “darkly” may be clearly seen to refer to the indistinct image and shadows cast by divine revelation during the pendency of the Mosaic age.

Through a Glass Darkly Versus Face-to-Face

The term “darkly” in I Cur. 13:12 in the Greek is enigma (i.e., “in a riddle”). Opposite of seeing through a glass darkly, is seeing “face to face.” (v.12) These correspond to the “veiled” speech of Moses, and the “great plainness of speech” and “open face” characteristic of the gospel in II Cur. 3:12-18. The Hebrew writer says substantially the same thing: “God, who a sundry times and in divers manners spake in past unto the fathers by the prophets, hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son.” (Heb 1:1) That is, God spoke to the father in types and metaphors, but now speaks to us openly and clearly (i.e.,”face to face”) through Christ. That this is the correct meaning of the phrase “face to face” is easily demonstrated.

In Numbers chapter twelve the story is recorded how Miriam and Aaron reproached Moses for having married an Ethiopian woman. This displeased the Lord, who rebuked the two with the following words:

“And he said, Hear now my words: If there be a prophet among you, I the Lord will make myself known unto him in a vision, and will speak unto him in a dream. My servant Moses is not so, who is faithful in all mine house. With him will I speak mouth to mouth, even apparently, and not in dark speeches; and the similitude of the Lord shall he behold. How then were ye not afraid to speak against my servant Moses?” (Num. 12:6-8)

Notice that the phrase “mouth to mouth” and speech that is plain or “apparent” is set in opposition to “dark speeches.” This language corresponds with I Cur. 13:12. The phrase “mouth to mouth” is equated with seeing “face to face,” and “dark speeches” equates with “seeing through a glass darkly.” Similar usage occurs in Exodus 33:11, where it is said that the Lord spoke unto Moses “face to face” as a man speaks to his friend. This does not mean that Moses saw the face of God, for “there shall no man see me, and live.” (Ex. 33:20) Rather, use of the phrase “face to face” and “mouth to mouth” signify that the Lord communed openly with Moses, perhaps telling him plainly of the coming substitutionary death of Christ, whereas God communicated the plan of salvation to other prophets through more obscure, indirect means. Jesus himself made a similar remark to the apostles shortly before his crucifixion, saying that he had concealed nothing from them. (Jn. 15:15; 16:29)

Although God spoke “mouth to mouth” and “face to face” with Moses, Moses put a veil on his face when speaking to the sons of Israel. (Ex. 32,34; Deut. 9:7-21;10:1-5) But the veil woven from the law of Moses is taken away in the gospel, and we behold the glory of God’s salvation openly in the face of Christ. “For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.” (II Cur. 4:6) The “shining” in the hearts of the apostles was the inspiration of the Holy Ghost; the glory of God in the face of Jesus is the redemption he wrought in his death, burial and resurrection.

That Which is Perfect

Some will ask, Why does Paul say in I Cur. 13:12 that they saw “darkly,” but in II Cur. 3:18 he says we see with “open face?” Doesn’t Paul contradict himself? This can be explained in two ways. First, Paul’s use of “darkly” in I Cur. 13:12 versus “open face” in II Cur. 3:18 reflects the different emphasis of the two passages. In I Cur. 13:8-13, Paul is emphasizing the temporary nature of spiritual gifts and their identification with the age that was passing away. In II Cur. 3:8-18, the emphasis is upon the surpassing glory of the gospel of Christ. The age to which spiritual gifts belonged was a time of types and shadows wherein man saw only darkly the mystery of the gospel and the glory of the age to come. On the other hand, in the gospel, God causes the radiance of his glory to shine openly in the face of Christ. Jesus has brought his blood within the veil (Heb. 9:12,24); the glory of God’s presence has illuminated his skin, which now shines openly in the face of Jesus, our High Priest, as he blesses the people. (Ex. 34:29-35)

Second, Paul’s use of “darkly” versus “face to face” reflects the “already but not yet” character of the first century A.D. It must be borne in mind that the church was in a period of transition. That which is perfect was indeed come; however, the withdrawal of the spiritual gifts was gradual. They could not be taken away until the full revelation of the gospel was given. The apostles needed the gifts to finish up the sacred canon. Moreover, the gifts were God’s testimony that they were his messengers. Thus, while God’s plan of redemption was perfect from the cross, the gifts, like the moon, would gradually wane and vanish away.


During the pendency of the Mosaic age, man saw through a glass darkly. The mystery of the gospel was veiled in Moses, but is done away in Christ. The gifts of the Spirit belonged to the latter days of the world-age identified with the types and shadows of the Mosaic law. Their existence testified to the fact that that which was complete had not yet fully come. “For the law made nothing perfect, but the bringing in of a better hope did.” (Heb. 7:19; cf. 7:11; 8:7) Just as the types and shadows of the law found fulfillment in Jesus, so the gifts of the Spirit found completion in Christ also. Their utility ceased when the body of believers was come to majority; the age set by the Father for inheritance in the kingdom of Christ. (Gal. 4:1-4; Eph. 4:11-13) Childhood has yielded to maturity; and Christians now behold the glory of God “face to face” in the open, unveiled face of Jesus.


Is there any doubt that…


Patti C.



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Hello all!

Just thinking about the holiday season and how it is the best time to get a clue about the Truth of the Bible and to see it as a done deal and to get close to the Lord on a personal basis. So many “Christians” are looking to some kind of “end of the world” scenario and it JUST ANIN’T SO!!!

Of course I found another awesome article by Dr. Cisco from his web-site and will just have to include it here. Let us be so very thankful and not at all fearful that there will be a time of scarcity and famine and fire… when in fact, all this end of the world stuff happened in 70 AD with the end of the Old Covenant, and now we all live in the glorious Kingdom promised by our Lord and Savior. We are all saved and we are all offered the opportunity to live in the Kingdom of God right this minute. Hold on to that and have faith that everything in our lives works together for our good.


How Bad End Time Theology Makes Every Day Black Friday
By Dr. Chuck Cisco

There is a psychology at work every Black Friday based on the principle called scarcity. It can be used positively or negatively for motivation. On Black Friday it is used to incite sales fervor by creating a limited supply of a product along with a limited time offer. Those limitations trigger a fear of lack that cause people to camp out for hours, stampede into stores and even get arrested in order to save $100 on the latest TV or electronic device. As someone said, “You mean people trample each other for sales one day after being thankful for what they already have?”

What happens when the same mentality is being fostered on a national scale by Christian leaders through faulty end time theology? The result is a latent fear of scarcity which manifests as hoarding, endless conspiracy theories, withdrawal from expecting the kingdom to increase, refusing to have children, distrust of anyone in government, foolish decision making, and yes even deaths.

In a fascinating article by Dr Cindye Coates called, “Christians Having Last Days Abortions?” she describes how studies have shown that just as many Christian women get abortions as those who are not believers. Over 30 years of hearing tearful confessions she noted one of the main motivations that kept coming up was rooted in scripture. Many of these Christian women confessed privately it was because of their fear that the Great Tribulation was coming soon, and in particular it was this verse: “But woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing babies in those days!” – Matthew 24:19
One mother told me how she woke up every morning to check if her baby was still in the crib. It was her way of measuring if she had missed the rapture because she “knew” God would take all babies.

When false “prophet” Harold Camping worked up the whole world with his rapture and end of the world predictions one teenage girl in Russia hung herself because she was afraid of going through the tribulation. One man drowned after swimming out to the middle of the lake to wait for Jesus to come. Still another woman tried to kill herself and her children. When asked if he would take any responsibility for the influence his predictions were having he said, “I don’t have any responsibility. I can’t take responsibility for anybody’s life. I’m only teaching the Bible.”

Scarcity is a powerful motivator, and when it is wrongly applied theologically it can be a catalyst for acting like every day is black Friday…at its worst. The greatest lack that is threatened is the LACK OF TIME till either a rapture or a Great Tribulation. Think about the message: the end of the world is near and great crisis will not simply happen, but will overtake the world. The antiChrist is alive right now, and you are powerless to do anything about it. Time is running out. The only thing you can do it get ready? How? No one knows, but be ready.

As you can discover in other articles on this site, the Great Tribulation is not in our future, but in our past. I won’t try to prove that here, other than to say that Jesus said it would happen in “this generation” not “that” generation in some distant future. He also said “For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be.” (Mt 24:21) It was a once in a lifetime event where the convergence of covenant curse, earthquakes, famines, false christs, and the destruction of the city of Jerusalem would never happen again.

In particular, the “be ready” and “watch and pray” passages had a very specific purpose. In responding to the disciples question regarding the signs of when the end of the old covenant temple age would be, he said “But when you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, then know that its desolation is near.” (Luke 21:20)

Their readiness was to be prepared to flee. They were to flee to the mountains, which was of course counterintuitive. It required great trust in Christ’s words. The natural response would be to flee to the stronghold of a walled city, but Jesus warned them that the city was going to be destroyed. “Therefore when you see the ‘abomination of desolation,’ spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place” (whoever reads, let him understand), “then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. Let him who is on the housetop not go down to take anything out of his house. And let him who is in the field not go back to get his clothes.” (Mt 24:15-18)

The time that was running out for THEM wasn’t the end of the world, but the end of the old covenant age. (Mt 24:3) It was the end of the Jewish world built around the temple, sacrifices, and priesthood. When he came in judgment “speedily” on the unfaithful city, Jesus asked if he would find “faith on the earth?” (Lk 18:8) Indeed he did, because according to history no Christians died in the siege by Rome against Jerusalem. Why? Because they believed Jesus.

We should not project a message that was meant for a Jewish audience, in the old covenant city of Jerusalem onto America or the rest of the world.
In fact, the Bible doesn’t describe an end of the world. Ephesians 3:21, “Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, WORLD WITHOUT END. Amen.”

Nor does it describe the total destruction of the earth, especially in light of Genesis 8:21 where God looked over the results of the flood and in mercy, “The Lord said in his heart, I will never again curse the ground for man’s sake, although the imagination of man’s heart is evil from his youth; nor will I again destroy every living creature as I have done.” He doesn’t say, “except by fire”. It is unequivocally a statement of mercy for every generation not a delineation of means of destruction. (What encouragement are we to derive from dying by world-wide fire verses a world-wide flood?)

The reason many ministers are confused about this subject is that they don’t understand how to interpret apocalyptic language such as Jesus’ words of “Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken” (Mt 24:9).

These are to be taken in light of the entire Bible’s common prophetic language of the destruction of a city or nation such as Isaiah’s prophetic words to Babylon “For the stars of heaven and their constellations will not give their light; The sun will be darkened in its going forth, and the moon will not cause its light to shine.” (Is 12:10). Babylon was destroyed just as the prophet said, but the apocalyptic language is meant to convey the idea in our idiom saying, “your world is about to fall apart.” The rulers and governing powers are about to be put out of place.

The fruit of all this confusion? The fear of the lack of time left in the world will drive people to do things they wouldn’t normally do. Dear friends, we live in the time where the kingdom of God is increasing in the earth (of the increase of his kingdom there will be no end). Let’s make every day thanksgiving instead of black Friday.


Amen to that! It truly is the GOOD NEWS! May we remember this as we go into this Holy Day Season.


Patti C.



Hello all!

Taking right off from where I left off in my last post because that was the prompting I got from the Spirit this morning. I read a daily devotional written by Oswald Chambers called “The Utmost for His Highest” and the message for today just happens to coincide with the topic of religion verses the Truth and the article I put on written by Chuck Cisco. I was so amazed at what I was reading I just had to share it with you here today.


The Absoluteness of Jesus Christ
November 29th

The pietistic movements of today have none of the rugged reality of the New Testament about them; there is nothing about them that needs the Death of Jesus Christ; all that is required is a pious atmosphere and prayer and devotion. This type of experience is not supernatural nor miraculous, it did not cost the Passion of God, it is not dyed in the Blood of the Lamb, not stamped with the hallmark of the Holy Ghost; it has not the mark on it that makes men say, as they look with awe and wonder…
“That is the work of God Almighty.” That and nothing else is what the New Testament talks about.

The type of Christian experience in the New Testament is that of personal passionate devotion to the Person of Jesus Christ. Every other type of Christian experience, so called, is detached from the Person of Jesus. There is no regeneration, no being born again into the Kingdom in which Christ lives, but only the idea that He is our Pattern. In the New Testament Jesus Christ is Savior long before He is Pattern. Today He is being dispatched as the Figurehead of a Religion, a mere Example. He is that, but He is infinitely more; He is salvation itself, He is the Gospel of God.

Jesus said, When He the Spirit of truth is come…He shall glorify Me.” When I commit myself to the revelation made in the New Testament, I receive from God the gift of the Holy Spirit Who begins to interpret to me what Jesus did; and does in me subjectively all that Jesus Christ did for me objectively.”


Chambers gives such a great example of the difference between Truth and religion. Truth equals a personal passionate devotion to the Person of Jesus Christ; whereas religion equals detachment from the Person of Jesus. Man has become more reliant on churches and the traditions of man than the personal indwelling of Christ via the Holy Spirit. Chambers also notes that in most Christian churches today, Jesus has become a mere figurehead of a religion, a mere example to follow like Buddha or Mohammad or Joseph Smith!!!

It seems that Christians that are into the religion of Christianity are missing the boat on what it is all about, and are really more about being anti-Christ than Christ like. Almost like keeping the bathwater and throwing out the baby!

We must always remember that Jesus is all and Everything and today it was nice to be reminded that He is also The Glory of God!!! He is all we need!

Glory be to Him!

Patti C.


Hello all!

I am going to begin this series of writings by sharing this most awesome post from Chuck Cisco. His website is beyond wonderful in its simplicity, yet astonding in how much research he has done to prove his points. This is all so exciting to me, now knowing that the whole of the Bible can be understood, especially the BIG PICTURE!

Grab your Bible and check out how true the following article is…it will blow your mind. We are not called to follow a religion or any religious practices! We are called to the Truth and to be set free from all the ties that bind us to the Law. I pray you enjoy this article as much as I did and that it fills your hearts with renewed hope and renewed faith.

You can find Chuck Cisco’s website at


Did Jesus Come to Start a New Religion?

Of course Jesus wasn’t a Christian technically since he was/is the Christ. Do we see any signs that he was instituting a new religion called Christianity though? Let’s check out some common “church” beliefs and see if Jesus’ ministry aligned with them.

Did Jesus demand that his followers adhere to a set of beliefs about his birth narrative in order to follow or know him? No. The gospel of Mark which is considered the oldest gospel doesn’t even mention it.

Did Jesus require that his disciples believe in hell? No, the Old Testament scriptures never spoke of hell, and Jesus only warned his generation of “hell” on earth… Gehenna, the valley of Hinnom where hundreds of thousands of bodies would be cast and eaten by worms after the fall of Jerusalem in AD 70. Here are numerous articles demonstrating Jesus never taught on HELL.

Did Jesus teach anyone that they must believe in him in order to go to heaven when they die? Not once. The indisputable fact is that there is not even one verse in the entire Bible that teaches one must believe in Jesus in order to go to heaven when they die. Jesus said if they wanted to know what God the Father was like, they were to see how he lived and loved and forgave others. Jesus didn’t say… “I am the Way…” to heaven. He said he was the Way to knowing the Father.

Did Jesus start an institution? No. As difficult as it is to believe, Jesus wasn’t starting institutional churches, nor was he creating a new religion. He fostered relationships. The word in the epistles “church” just meant “called out ones”, ecclesia. These “churches” were gatherings of like minded Jews and sometimes Gentiles who were called out of the Law system and bonded in fellowship so that they might encourage one another as they saw the Day of the Lord approaching. That Day was AD 70 when 1.3 million Jews were horribly slaughtered and/or burned. The believing ones, the ones called out of the darkness of the Law into the marvelous light were able to transition into the new era of the spiritual kingdom and were saved from the wrath of the Law.

Did Jesus tithe to the local church? No. There were no churches. The only time he mentions the tithe is that under the Law system he told the religious leaders that they missed the point. They tithed mint and cummin but neglected the weightier matters of the Law. He told those under the Law system that it was good they did the former, but they should not have neglected the latter. But we are not under the Law of the tithe given to Israel.

Did Jesus say they must believe in him in order to be born again? Not one time. He simply told Nicodemus that the Jews (in Greek he uses the plural for you) must be born again and that it was something the Spirit did, not something that they had any part in whatsoever. Being born again or born from above was the corporate experience of all, not the individual experience of a few. For a mind-blowing full explanation see The Born Conspiracy: Is Everyone Born Again?

But didn’t John say some have life and others don’t therefore we need to believe in Jesus in order to go to heaven? Eternal life is not heaven. Jesus said eternal life is knowing God. Lets look at that momentarily… John 3:36, “He who believes in the Son has everlasting life; and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.”

Let me paraphrase: “He who trusts in Jesus holds on to (“to have, to hold, to embrace, to hold fast to”) the foretaste of the age of life with the non-religion of knowing God by direct internal experience, but if he doesn’t hold on by his trust in him, then he stays under the passion of God against the system of Law (the wrath of the Law) and will not pass into the age of life.” This verse can’t apply to us because we are already on the other side of that “wrath” event. If you think this is a stretch and fanciful interpretation just check out both Eternal Life Does Not Mean Going to Heaven and You Were Born Into Grace.

Did Jesus teach that the church would do evangelism for 2000 years trying to reach the planet with the gospel? No. Yes I know that you want to throw the Bible at me now. It might surprise you to know that Jesus never called it a “Great” or “Commission”. It was a commission for that generation to reach throughout the Roman world with the good news of the soon coming kingdom that was inaugurated in AD 70 when the earthly kingdom of religious Judaism fell.

Remember Jesus told them to “teach them to observe/obey EVERYTHING I commanded you”. There are many commands that were limited to that generation and cannot and should not be kept today such as “sell everything and give to the poor and come follow me” or for them to be ready to “leave father and mother and houses and land”. Don’t believe me? Check out… The Great Commission vs the Grace Commission.

Did Jesus teach people a “sinners prayer” to say after they raised their hands that they wanted to go to heaven? No. There is no such thing as a sinners prayer in the Bible. Stringing together verses that are out of context to create a religious hoop to jump through is a foolish attempt to institutionalize a separation theology.

Did Jesus teach an end of the world? Not once. He taught them that the end of their religious system, the Jewish-religious “world” as they knew it, was coming to an end in just a few short years. Matthew 24:3 for instance doesn’t say “tell us about the end of the world” as the KJV translates it, but rather the “end of the age”. All the writers of the NT spoke of the end of the age as the end of the Old Covenant age and the “last days” of that system.


Well, this is supposed to be a blog not a book, but here are my working theories:

1. After the fall of the Jewish religious system there was a growing antisemitism as the idea of Deicide developed among the Greek-Gentile believers. It was the idea that the Jews killed God (Jesus) and so they eventually rejected Jewish understandings of the scriptures altogether. This led to speculative interpretations of the scriptures from a Greek philosophical point of view rather than out of the Jewish cultural historical context from which it was written. By doing so they missed the most important message… Jesus came to testify to the end of any religion as a means to knowing God. Instead they became dispensers of their philosophical views that continued an us/them religious mindset… except it was reversed from Jew to Gentile, to now Gentile to Jew.

2. Arguments arose for the first three hundred years over what was the “right” way to understand the gospel and even Jesus himself. Those factions were no different than the ones we still have 2000 years later in that popularity or pressure or threats of curses and heresy created “sides” which coalesced into a continuing of the “churches” as a developing institution. So here is a question to the Fundamentalists… over the first 300 years until the Council of Nicaea was no one saved and able to go to heaven since there was no uniform agreement of how the gospel worked?

3. Constantine’s conversion ended Roman persecution of those who trusted Jesus, but it introduced the toxic marriage of government power to institutionalize religion.


“Saved” has a context… and does not really refer to going to heaven. Sometimes has to do with physical healing as in saved or delivered from sickness. Most of the references to saved in the NT meant saved from the destruction of Jerusalem. “You will call his name Jesus for he will save HIS people from their sins”. (See the insightful article How Saved Are We).

They needed to be saved from the effects their sins were having in provoking the Romans, saved from the consequences of breaking the Jewish Law which according to scripture was a nation coming to destroy them, just as happened with Babylon. Jesus was an eschatological Jewish prophet who in harmony with the prophets before him such as Ezekiel and Jeremiah was sent by God to warn them of the coming destruction.

They expected a Messiah who would come and deliver them by fighting the Romans and overthrowing their rule. But Jesus came and in his messianic rule taught them that what they needed to be saved from was the end of the old covenant age, the law, and from their unbelief. Instead of fighting the Romans, they were to follow his way of loving their enemies, forgiving them, and fleeing their possessions when Rome came, as such they would experience the joy of the coming age of the spiritual kingdom in which one had a relationship from the inside out without Jewish external religion.

In the process, as God’s Son, he demonstrated at the cross the kind of love and forgiveness he was speaking about. He revealed what the Father was like. And by including us in himself as the Son of Man… his death, burial and resurrection declared that all belong to the Father and are seated before the face of the Father. In this sense ALL are saved spiritually in the sense that all will see him in truth either in this life or the next.

The point was to put an end to religion. Not to create another one. The New Covenant was the declaration that all humanity belonged to God… without religious ritual or hoops to jump through!

This is why Paul said in Ephesians 2:14 For he himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, 15 by setting aside in his flesh the law with its commands and regulations. His purpose was to create in himself ONE NEW HUMANITY out of the two, thus making peace, 16 and in one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which he put to death their hostility.

The kingdom of God is not a religion one enters into. It is an era that came after the end of the Jewish temple earthly kingdom. It is the the realm that all enter into now by virtue of existence. They on the other hand had to see it by faith because it had not arrived yet.


The Greek word for “religion” used in James 1:27 is Original Word: θρησκεία, ας, ἡ
Part of Speech: Noun, Feminine
Transliteration: thréskeia
Phonetic Spelling: (thrace-ki’-ah)
Short Definition: ritual worship, religion.

He said to those believing Jews that the kind of religion (ritual observance) God accepts and is pure and undefiled religion expressed as visiting the widows and orphans in their trouble. In other words acts of love, mercy and kindness are the only rituals that mean anything to God.

Jesus told the woman at the well that the time was already arriving in her day where worship would have nothing to do with going to the temple in Jerusalem, but rather the non-ritual, non-religion of Spirit and truth.

Is Jesus the Savior of the whole whole. Yes. It is finished.

Yes Jesus revealed the Father.

Yes everyone has the Holy Spirit (See this great article Does Everyone Have the Holy Spirit?)

Yes, everyone will be with the Father after death because everyone belongs to him already. See Is God the Father of Us All?

Yes, God wants everyone to know him. So he took it upon himself to accomplish this: “No longer will they teach their neighbor, or say to one another, ‘Know the Lord,’ because they will all know me, from the least of them to the greatest.” Hebrews 8:11.

A few years ago I sensed the Lord speak to me saying, “Quit calling yourself a Christian. Christianity is a religion. You are not a religion. You are my son.”


Wow! Isn’t that incredible! How wonderful the truly GOOD NEWS is!


Patti C.

I am back!

Hello all!

After 18 months of not having a computer, but continuing to study, study, study, I have so much new information and sources to share. I am amazed that all the Lord has been putting on my heart for these last 20 years has been leading to this major awakening that has taken me so far away from religion and so close to the Truth!

Perhaps the most important thing is finding like hearted people who have come to the same conclusions I have and whom share their years of wading through the wastelands of religion and the lost leading the lost. I am happy that I did all that as I can certainly see things from both sides now, and the Truth really is GOOD NEWS whereas religion is a dead pinned down thing made up of dogma and ritual and reflecting the same mistakes made by the religious community of Christ’s time. Jesus came to end religion, He did not come to start one!!!

On that note, I will be starting my new posts by delving into that aspect with some excellant articles by a man named Dr. Chuck Cisco. I cannot wait to get started on exposing how the Truth truly does set us free. Free from searching for it as it has already arrived and what Jesus did is a done deal…all are saved and all are going to heaven and it matters not what the modern day priests of religion try to sell us.

Jesus is all and everything!!!

Patti C.





Hello all!

I am trying to organize how I want to approach sharing what I have been learning, and realized a great place to start is to show the difference between “spiritual” and “social” Christianity. Sadly, most Christians have become “social” Christians, and so much has been lost or perverted by the “traditions of men”.

It is not about going to church it is all about being the church. Israel is the church, and anyone who believes and follows Christ is Israel! I have shared much about who Israel is and one can search for these studies, on this site, if interested. We must know this, it is crucial to understanding biblical truth.

That being said, here is a short article by Michael David Gantt that gives us a list of the major differences between spiritual and social Christians.


Spiritual Christianity vs Social Christianity

Spiritual Christians focus on the Lord Jesus Christ. Social Christians focus on each other.

Spiritual Christians are the church. Social Christians go to church.

Spiritual Christianity is about living righteously, doing the right thing. Social Christianity is about living religiously, attending the “right” church.
Spiritual Christianity is about doing the right things in the right way. Social Christianity is about holding the “right” views and identifying with the “right” group.

Spiritual Christians seek the approval of God. Social Christians seek the approval of each other.

Spiritual Christians seek time with God. Social Christians seek time with other social Christians.

Spiritual Christianity is based on faith in God. Social Christianity is based on faith in other social Christians.

Spiritual Christianity is directed by God. Social Christianity is directed by human beings.

Spiritual Christianity is true Christianity, the purpose for which Christ died and was raised. Social Christianity is a poor and misguided imitation of the real thing.

Pursuing spiritual Christianity will make you a new person in the midst of people you already know (i.e., your family, friends, and coworkers). Pursuing social Christianity will leave you as the same old person in the midst of a different group of people (i.e., your new church).

There is a world of difference between spiritual Christianity and social Christianity. Choose the real thing.”


One has to choose spiritual over social or we have no chance to truly “know” the Lord nor truly begin to understand His Word. This is what “being born again” is all about…becoming a new person in Christ. Great place to begin! We are Israel!  As His followers we are spiritual Israel and it matters not if you are Jew or Gentile!!  This is major…so seek until you find this truth as it will set you free to understand oh so much more!


Patti C.