Insight To His Sight: Recognizing God’s Purpose For You
Chapter: Christ and Division (Pages 21-24)
When we look into the teachings of Christ in regards to division of peoples, we see that Christ came to the earth not to unite people but to set those who were lost onto the straight and narrow path.
Christ never said that it would be the easiest route, and I can tell you from my own personal experience that it is not. However, understanding that what we see here on earth is not all that exists is where we find comfort. We find comfort in the fact that by seeking to know Christ and serving Him, we are making our rewards in heaven. Making our rewards in heaven and not on earth should be at the center of our life.
Division is not something that Christ wanted to do in order to create conflict but in order to teach those who have not come to know Him. He wanted to help people understand clearly how the teachings in the Bible were to be used in our every day lives.
Christ was the example for us to follow. He was and is the life, the way, and the truth. There is to be no adding to or taking away from the teachings of Christ, and the Bible warns us about the consequences in taking such action. To know the Bible is to know that God has the best intentions for us at heart, but remember that He disciplines us as a Father disciplines His own son. He will always correct us when we are being led astray and help us to better perceive the world around us when necessary.
Unity is where we begin to walk a fine line of blending religions and Christianity. Christianity is not just any other religion as some would like to think but it is the beginning and the end of all things. In regards to Christianity, nothing came into being that was not ordained by God. Uniting different denominations into one Trinitarian View is acceptable. As result of man not understanding God’s law as He intended it to be lived out, He sent his only begotten Son into the world that through Him we might believe. There was no other way to communicate the truth to man except by sending Jesus Christ into the world to be our living example to follow.
If we truly want to know Christ and what His life was like before He began His ministry, we must read the full context of the Bible.
Reading the gospels is great, but in order to better know Him, we must study the entirety of the Bible. There is a reason for every single word that was written. There was a specific time and place for every event that occurred. The more we read, the more we can understand Him and know who He was during His time here on earth…specifically His Trials and tribulations…The Five Johns of the Bible contain a vast amount of information regarding what God saw through a man sent into the world as the predecessor to Jesus Christ… John was a defense for the Messiah and felt the pain that Christ endured within himself…Of all the men who were born of God, there was no man greater than John…but he who is least in the kingdom of heaven was greater than he…IN a way John was like a Father to the Son of God…as Jesus was adopted by many, especially the Angels who ministered to him…He was perfect, without sin, and put into the world as a living sacrifice for our sin.
“But we do see Him who has been made for a little while lower than the angels, namely Jesus, because of the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor, that by the grace of God He might taste death for everyone. For it was fitting for Him, for whom are all things, and through whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory, to perfect the author of their salvation through sufferings…Since then the children share in flesh and blood, He himself likewise also partook of the same, that through death He might render powerless him who had power of death, that is, the devil; and might deliver those who through fear of death were subject to slavery all their lives…For assuredly He does not give help to angels, but He gives help to the descendant of Abraham. Therefore, He had to be made like His brethren in all things, that He might become a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people. For since He himself was tempted in that which He has suffered, He is able to come to the aid of those who are tempted.”
Hebrews 2:9–10, 14–18
“Then the Lord God said, “Behold, the man has become like one of Us, knowing good and evil; and now, lest he stretch out his hand, and take also from the tree of life, and eat, and live forever” therefore the Lord God sent him out from the garden of Eden, to cultivate the ground from which he was taken. So He drove the man out; and at the east of the garden of Eden He stationed the cherubim, and the flaming sword which turned every direction, to guard the way to the tree of life.”
“I have come to cast fire upon the earth; and how I wish it were already kindled! But I have a baptism to undergo, and how distressed I am until it is accomplished! Do you suppose that I came to grant peace on earth? I tell you, no, but rather division; for from now on five members in one household will be divided, three against two, and two against three. They will be divided, father against son, and son against father; mother against daughter, and daughter against mother; mother-in-law against daughter-in- law, and daughter in law against mother-in- law.” And He was also saying to the multitudes, “When you see a cloud rising in the west, immediately you say, ‘A shower is coming,’ and so it turns out.”
“The multitude therefore answered Him, “We have heard out of the Law that the Christ is to remain forever; and how can You say, ‘The Son of Man must be lifted up’? Who is the Son of Man?” Jesus therefore said to them, “For a little while longer the light is among you. Walk while you have the light, that darkness may not overtake you; he who walks in the darkness does not know where he goes. While you have the light, believe in the light, in order that you may become sons of light.”
Insight To His Sight: Recognizing God’s Purpose For You
Chapter: The Force (Pages 117-119)
As we take a closer look into the depths of Jesus Christ, we begin to see that His spirit, the Holy Spirit, is similar to that of a magnetic force. It simply continues to draw us closer and closer to Him. When we put Christ at the center of our lives, we begin to gain full understanding of how he walks us through each step of every day.
When we consider the light that He projects, it is a light that goes beyond the comprehension of the flesh and can only be grasped through our life in the Spirit.
To better understand we can try to imagine the stars at night, that shine very brightly, but as the sun begins to come up, the stars gradually vanish. Actually, the stars are still there and have not stopped shining, but the sun is so much brighter that you cannot see them. The same is true in spiritual matters. There is a strong and universal light which absorbs all of the smaller lights of your soul. The smaller lights of your soul grow fainter and eventually disappear under the powerful light of your Spirit. Self activity is no longer able to be distinguished or noticed.
Experiencing the Depths of Jesus Christ-Mme. Guyon
You can begin to say that when this brilliant light, which is Christ Himself, shines on you and in you, you are under examination. It is an examination that he conducts in order to help us to obtain a reflection of ourselves and areas of our lives that we need to adhere to in order to get closer to God.
As we walk on in this experience, we become amazed at how difficult it is to remember our sins. We do not need to allow this experience to cause us to be uneasy, but embrace it and understand that forgetting our sins is a proof of us having been cleansed from them. We know that God has forgiven us, but in order to forgive ourselves, we need to acknowledge God at the center.
As we strive to draw closer to God, through prayer, we pour out our hearts and soul unto Him. By handing all of our problems over to Him, we find closure to all the problems that we thought we could never overcome in our lives. “Prayer is a melting or a dissolving and uplifting of the soul. This warmth of love, this melting, this dissolving and uplifting causes the soul to ascend to God.”(Experiencing the Depths of Jesus Christ- Mme. Guyon)
As the soul melts, sweet fragrances begin to rise from it. These fragrances pour forth from a consuming fire of love…and that love is in us. It is a consuming fire of love in your innermost being, a fire of love for God. (Experiencing the Depths of Jesus Christ-Mme. Guyon)
All true worship is in spirit. To be in spirit, the soul is annihilated. In spirit, we are able to enter into the purity of the Holy Spirit that prays within you. We are drawn away from our own human methods of prayer into a new light. You are in reality because you are placed in the reality of the all of God and the nothing of man. By giving up our own lives, our old sinful ways, we make way for His coming and His filling us up with His glory wisdom, justice, and truth.
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being by Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.”
By none less than Jesus Christ, it was Him who was able to restore man’s spirit and the image of God. This is simply due to Jesus Christ alone being the exact image of His Father. He alone brings life into man.
(Key Scripture): “I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh afte me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire…”
Its like this, if a canvas is unsteady, an artist is unable to paint a perfect picture upon it.The same is true of us. The activity of the self disrupts the design which Jesus wishes to engrave upon us. By remaining at peace, we are able to respond only to the Holy Spirit working.
“For you have not received a spirit of slavery leading to fear again, but you have received a spirit of adoption as sons by which we cry out, “Abba! Father!”The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, heirs also, heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him in order that we may also be glorified with Him.”