The Believer’s Six Positions in Christ


 

How to Make Our Position in Christ a Reality in Our Lives

2 Cor 4:10  Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body.

 11 For we which live are alway delivered unto death for Jesus’ sake, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh.

  • 2 Corinthians 4:10 and 11 teaches the death and the resurrection of the Lord in our lives.
  • Let us now look at the six scriptures below.
  • These verses describe six specific events that every ‘believer shared in common “TOGETHER” with the Lord Jesus Christ.
  • Every Christian believer partook in these six incidents instantly with the Lord Jesus.
  • These historical occurrences have exerted an identical influence, and produced matching outcomes for us as they did for the Lord Jesus.
  • We are absolutely one with the Lord in the progress and conclusion that these six events took Him through.

Rom 6:6  Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.

When Christ was CRUCIFIED, we were CRUCIFIED “TOGETHER” WITH HIM.

 Rom 6:8  Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him:

 When Christ DIED on the cross, we DIED “TOGETHER” WITH HIM.

Rom 6:4  Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.

When Christ was BURIED in the tomb, we were BURIED “TOGETHER” WITH HIM.

Ephesians 2:5  Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;-)

When Christ was BROUGHT BACK TO LIFE, we were BROUGHT BACK TO LIFE “TOGETHER” WITH HIM.

 Ephesians 2:6  And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:

When Christ ASCENDED UP TO HEAVEN, we ASCENDED UP TO HEAVEN “TOGETHER” WITH HIM.”

When Christ SAT DOWN AT THE RIGHT HAND OF THE FATHER TO RULE AND REIGN, we SAT DOWN AT THE RIGHT HAND OF THE FATHER TO RULE AND REIGN “TOGETHER” WITH HIM.

 In Christ

  • We know that the crucifixion, death, burial, resurrection, ascension, and the sitting down of Christ at God’s right hand to reign, ARE ALL HISTORICAL EVENTS.
  • Roughly two thousand years ago, in the succession of time, theses six incidents left their mark in history. Their historical occurrences will influence time for all eternity.
  • All “born again believers” from the past, the present-day, and the future, were “TOGETHER WITH CHRIST” and therefore PRESENT AT THESE SIX EVENTS;
  • EVERY BELIEVER WAS THERE EXACTLY AT THE SAME TIME, AND IN THE VERY SAME LOCATION AS THE LORD JESUS WAS, when these events took place.
  • THE IMPACT, AND THE FINAL OUTCOME OF THESE SIX EVENTS UPON THE LORD JESUS’ LIFE, WAS IN EVERY WAY OUR IMPACT AND OUTCOME.
  • How can this seeming impossibility be a reality?  You and I, were not even born two thousand years ago!  Secondly, Jesus died and rose in Israel, and most of us live in different parts of the world, which is not Israel.
  • The answer lies that every born again believer IS IN CHRIST!
  • Envision for a moment that Christ Jesus is “a book.” You, and I, and every believer that has and will pass through the pages of global history, is a piece of paper.
  • We open the book, slip the piece of paper deep within its pages, and close the book.  The piece of paper is now IN THE BOOK!   Hence every born again believer is IN CHRIST! Every person, at the moment of his or her conversion, automatically becomes IN CHRIST.
  • Whatever happened to the book or wherever the book went, will also be the paper’s destiny because it is forevermore in the book.  So it is with us, and the Lord Jesus.

John 14:20  At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you.

1 Cor 15:22  For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive.

Rom 5:12  Therefore as sin came into the world through one man and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all men sinned—

Rom 5:19  For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by one man’s obedience many will be made righteous.

  • Every person in human civilization is IN ADAM.   Even though billions of us were not yet born when Adam roamed the face of the earth, spiritually speaking, he and Eve gave birth to all of us, through a long line of their descendants.  Let us look at the result of our being IN ADAM.
  • Romans five and twelve tells us that sin came into the world through this one man, Adam. Sin has spread and will continue to spread to all men and women in civilization causing the eventual death of all humanity.  In other words, the impact and the outcome that sin had upon Adam have now become our impact and outcome. Our being IN ADAM has caused us partake “TOGETHER WITH” him of his sinful nature.
  • However, at the very moment that any man or a woman becomes “born again,” they have now become IN CHRIST, and forevermore have partaken TOGETHER WITH Christ in His life, death, and resurrection and ruler ship.

The Past Tense

  • These six historical events that we partook “TOGETHER WITH” the Lord Jesus Christ are all in the “past tense.”
  • The Indicative And The Subjunctive Moods
  • Every grammatical tense in the Greek language is further explained by its grammatical “moods.” The grammatical mood gives life to the past tense in this case.
  • There are three moods in the Greek grammar; we will however only deal with the two that concern us today; the indicative and the subjunctive.
  • The indicative mood is a “statement of fact.”  When used with the past tense it tells us the following:  An event without fail has occurred, or will occur, and will punctuate the progression of history, makes no mistake about it!  This is called the past indicative. There is no possibility of its not coming to pass.
  • The subjunctive is the mood of “probability and possibility,” and its occurrence is conditional upon a person’s free will to make it happen.
  • The past subjunctive can be defined as an event that will punctuate the succession of history if an individual is faithful to carry out it as an act of their free will.

The Six Events

Rom 6:6  Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him(Past Indicative), that the body of sin might be destroyed(Past Subjunctive), that henceforth we should not serve sin.

  Rom 6:8  Now if we be dead with(Past Indicative) Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him:

Rom 6:4  Therefore we are buried with(Past Indicative) him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk(Past Subjunctive) in newness of life.

Ephesians 2:5  Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together(Past Indicative)  with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;-)

Ephesians 2:6  And hath raised us up together (Past Indicative), and made us sit together (Past Indicative)in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:

7  That in the ages to come he might shew(Past Subjunctive) the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.

Romans 3:22  Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference:

  •  As we study the six events, I want you to take special notice of the glorious beauty of the Lord’s accomplished works as seen in the scriptures above.  His crucifixion, death, burial, coming back to life, ascension, and sitting down at God’s right hand to reign, are all in the past indicative!  This tells us that without fail, He faithfully executed theses six events to utter completion!  Hallelujah!
  • You will notice however that as we progress through this section of our study, that because Christ has once and for all unmistakably accomplished all in the past indicative, our walk with the Lord is tied up in the past subjunctive.
  • The big problem throughout history is that the church, through its ignorance of its position in Christ, and by a disobedient free will, has left the accomplished tasks of Christ in the heavenlies, unaccomplished on earth.
  • I don’t think that we yet understand the eternal ramifications of our not habitually completing the accomplished tasks of Christ on earth through a life of disobedience.
  • It is most sobering for us to know that in our hands lies the responsibility to become free, Spirit filled Christians, which can bring, or fail to bring, the spiritual kingdom of God into the earthly realm, through the obedient or disobedient exercise of our free wills.
  • A free will, which is uncompromisingly obedient and continuously yielded to the Spirit of God, will bring forth the reality of God’s accomplished acts into the earth, and will cause all circumstances to line up in accordance to it. Let us look at one example

Rom 6:6  Knowing this, that our old man is crucified(Past Indicative) with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed,(Aorist Subjunctive) that henceforth we should not serve sin.

  • Our old man was crucified “TOGETHER WITH” Christ.  Please notice the past indicative.  In that the Lord died two thousand years ago, we died two thousand years ago together in Him. The apostle Paul stresses that it was “our old man” which died. Our old man was made up of the body, or the essence of the sin that dwelled within us. The “old man” is all that embodied and defined sin in us.  In the reality of our spiritual position in Christ however, we are sinless. There are several reasons for this.

Rom 6:7  For he that is dead is freed from sin.

  • The King James does an inferior job in translating verse seven of Romans chapter six. This verse should read as “For he that has died is justified from sin.” Justification is defined as innocence. A corpse has no sin. Therefore, he cannot sin, nor can he be tempted by sin.
  • Because of his sinlessness, and his inability to sin, he is innocent from, or of sin. A corpse is therefore justified from sin.
  • When we died and were buried together with Christ, we became a corpse, totally set free from sin. However the manifestation of this reality in our lives is tied up with our free will, our faith in believing this positional reality and our obedience to the Lord as seen with the past subjunctive in Romans 6:4 below,

Rom 6:4  Therefore we are buried with(Past Indicative) him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk(Past Subjunctive) in newness of life.

The Righteousness of God Which is by Faith

Romans 3:21  But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets;

Romans 3:22  Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference:

 Romans 10:17  So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the ( Rhema) word of God.

  •  God’s righteousness is defined as the deeds and works of God executed on our behalf.
  • God’s righteousness is released by our faith, and comes upon all those who believe.
  • The faith, which releases God’s righteousness, is His rhema word in our lives as seen in Romans 10:17 above.
  •  The six events become a reality in our lives as God works them into our lives through the righteousness of God by faith.
  • Our daily Christian walk is nothing else than taking the accomplished events of the Lord, which dwell positionally in the spiritual realm, and making them a manifested reality to us in the earthly realm.
  • To the proportion that these positional events in the heavenly realm become a reality to us in the earthly realm as a rhema word, and we can then believe them in faith so that God can make them come to pass through the righteousness of God by faith, is to the same proportion that they will become, or not become, a reality in our lives either setting us totally free, or leaving us in partial bondage.

John 8:32  And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

  • Greek: And you shall know through progressive learning what is genuine and correct about God, and in proportion to your correct understanding of the things of God will be the same proportion that these truths will set you free.
  • The devil will constantly hit us in any area of our lives that these positional events are yet not a reality to us as a rhema word. We can have 99% truth as rhema word and 1% uncertainty or unbelief.  The devil will hit this 1% percent until it becomes revealed as a rhema word.  It is imperative to know that in these six events we were IN CHRIST and that they are all PAST INDICATIVE OCCURENCES.
  • In God’s kingdom everything of His kingdom becomes a manifested reality to in proportion or degree of our faith as a revealed rhema word.

Matthew 9:29  Then touched he their eyes, saying, According to your faith be it unto you.

Matthew 8:13  And Jesus said unto the centurion, Go thy way; and as thou hast believed, so be it done unto thee. And his servant was healed in the selfsame hour.

  • If we are not fully assured by the revelation of the rhema word that these six events occurs as we have taught they will not become a full reality to us and we will stay in bondage.

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Eph  1:19  And what is the exceeding greatness of his power ( DUNAMIS) to us-ward (FUNNELED INTO) who believe ( CONTINUALLY BELIEVING) , according to the working( ENERGY PUT OUT) of his mighty ( ISCHUN) power,(KRATOS)

  • What is the throwing beyond (homerun) greatness of His dunamis power funneled into us the ones believing according to the energy that is put out as God’s inner spiritual strength is translated into His external dominion.

 20 Which he wrought (ENERGIZED) in Christ, when he raised him from the dead (CORPSE), and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places,

  • Which He energized (PAST TENSE) in Christ when He raised Him out of a corpse…..
  • Working in verse nineteen, and wrought in verse twenty are exactly the same root word; ENERGY; Working, is the noun, energy.  Wrought is the verb to energize.

Eph  1:19  And what is the exceeding greatness of his power ( DUNAMIS) to us-ward (FUNNELED INTO) who believe ( CONTINUALLY BELIEVING) , according to the working( ENERGY PUT OUT) of his mighty ( INNER SPIRITUAL STRENGTH) power,(EXTERNAL DOMINION)

  • What is the throwing beyond (homerun) greatness of His dunamis power funneled into us the ones believing according to the energy that is put out as God’s inner spiritual strength is translated into His external dominion.
  • Dunamis power is the inherent power within every created being, living, and non-living.  God has His own inherent dunamis power. This dunamis power of God now deposited in us allows for His glory to be revealed in the saints as He puts down and renders useless all that is not of him.

20 Which he wrought (ENERGIZED) in Christ, when he raised him from the dead (CORPSE), and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places,

  • The definition of God’s DUNAMIS POWER was the energy that was “put out” (in the historical event 2000 years ago), as Christ was raised up from a corpse and made to sit far above in rank, power, and physical distance over all principalities, powers, and might, dominions, and all names which are named both in heaven and upon the earth.
  • This dunamis power was once and for all energized INTO CHRIST. Because Christ lives in us, so does this DUNAMIS POWER.
  • However the living reality of this dunamis power, as it is funneled or manifested into us, comes in proportion to our faith.
  • Let us look now in more detail now the properties of the dunamis power that we have resident within us and available to us when we walk in childlike obedience and faith

Eph 1:21      Far above all principality (BEGINNING), and power(AUTHORITY), and might, (DUNAMIS POWER) and dominion( LORDSHIP OR BONDAGE), and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come:

  • Far above in rank, power, and physical distance
  • Every type of principality – Or the beginning of every created thing
  • We know a principality to be an authoritative demonic being.  However, in the NT, the word principality is also used for a physical beginning, the creation of something, and the root source of something.  The dunamis power of God in Christ, and available to us, is far above in rank and power, above every root problem such as generational sins, curses, judgments, and the root causes and beginnings in diseases

Revelation 1:8  I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning  (ARCHE)and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.

Revelation 22:13  I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning (ARCHE)and the end, the first and the last.

Authority Power of choice; liberty to do as one pleases; jurisdiction such as a state police has over every road within a state; the power of rule and government

  • Authority is the power of choice; or the liberty to do as one pleases, such as the jurisdiction enjoyed by a state policeman or woman over every road and highway within the state wherein they work.  Cancer, for example,  has its own authority, in that it can spread at will throughout the human body. However the authority found in Christ’s dunamis power has an authority far above in rank and power over that of cancer. By our words, as they are tempered or alloyed 50/50 with faith, the kingly sway, the power of choice, or the liberty of action to command the cancer where we please, is available to us.
  • Dunamis power The inherent power in every created thing that defines it and gives to it its life.
  • As we spoke earlier on, dunamis power is the inherent power exclusive, to every created thing.  Water, has an inherent power of its own, which gives to it its life, and defines it as water exclusive of any another object.
  • Cancer has another type of dunamis power.  God has His own dunamis power.  The dunamis or inherent power of Christ resident in us is far in rank and power above the inherent power of any other created object.  Hallelujah!  When we minister, we know that Christ’s inherent power will subordinate, subjugate and destroy the inherent power sustaining the evil that we are ministering against.
  • The inherent or dunamis power of something gives to it life, glory, and honor.  Cancer, though evil in nature, has its own evil glory and honor.
  • Lordship- Someone or something which can bring into bondage.
  • And every name that identifies something for what it is exclusive of anything else.
  • A miracle is an OPERATION of DUNAMIS POWER. The OPERATION is what makes the work fully operational and effective in the physical world.  The DUNAMIS POWER, in this case being God’s, is FAR ABOVE in rank and distance above all root beginnings, bondages, jurisdiction, inherent power, and every name that is named, of anything else in which it is ministered into.

22  And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church,

  • All these Christ subordinated and subjected under His feet.  When God gave Christ be to be head over these things to the church; this same power is now available to us.

 Colossians 1:16  For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:

Because in Him were all types of things were created, the discernable and the indiscernible, there being thrones (ones reigning), kuriotes(exercising control and bringing into bondage) arches and exousisas; all things work through Him and Into Him ( obedience and bringing Him further glory).


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Saul Alinskys’s Fifth Rule For Radicals


I’ve been baffled at why there is  much mocking and ridicule from the “mainstream media’  and  liberal folks.

I never think of myself mocking anybody.

Ridicule, when it’s done against the foolish and unfounded is bad enough.

It is rude, and disgraceful to mock.

God admonishes people to honor one another.

Ex 20:12 Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.

Good leaders take time with a rival in trying to nobly answer his queries.

When millions asking fundamental questions of Mr. Obama’s leadership are derided, and become a buffoonery, I’ve scratched my head in disbelief.

I thought that any decent  leader takes time to respond to the uncertainties of those whom he leads.

The burden of  proof usually begins with the leader.

Lo, and behold, today  I got my answer.

It comes from Saul Alinsky’s “Rules  for Radicals.” It’s rule number five.

Take a look for yourself.

“Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon.” There is no defense. It’s irrational. It’s infuriating. It also works as a key pressure point to force the enemy into concessions.

Now, you know.

A Primer on Faith


Mark 11:22  And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have  faith in (Have the “God kind” of faith, or the faith OF GOD!) God.

 Gal 2:20  I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith, of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.

  • (Greek: The life which I now live in the flesh, I live in faith, this being the faith which dwells in the Son of God. (Genitive Greek: case signifying possession
  • The faith flowing through Christ; even the faith that comes out of Christ living continuously in me.

Romans 10:17  So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Rhema word of God.

  •  (Greek:  So then faith gets its life from hearing, but the type of hearing, which describes faith, must be exclusively one which comes through the rhema word ( voice) of God.

John 1:1  In the beginning was the LOGOS (word), and the LOGOS(word) was with God, and the LOGOS(word) was God.

 Matthew 12:36  But I say unto you, That every idle RHEMA (word) that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.

  •  The “logos” describes “the word of God” as an idea or a concept, usually in written form.
  •  The “rhema” however is a personally spoken word of revelation, prophecy, or knowledge, through the mouth of God to us, in regards to a particular circumstance.
  •  We have all said at one time or another, “this scripture really leaped out at me”!  This is a “rhema word” given you by the Lord to minister to you in a particular situation.
  • Gross misunderstanding and ignorance of the distinction between these two types of “words”, lends greatly to the weak state of our church today.  Let us look at some examples that will help us to learn.

Matthew 4:4  But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every RHEMA that proceedeth(from moment to moment) out of the mouth of God.

 Romans 10:8  But what saith it? The rhema word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the rhema word of faith, which we preach; (Dative relationship)

  • Every rhema word represents an itemized description of God’s measure of faith, as He has tailored it for every situation in which He speaks the rhema word into.  It is an account of what the Lord can carry out within a particular circumstance.

Luke 1:37  For with God nothing( Rhema word) shall be impossible.

  •  (The English is a poor translation:  Greek: For with God every rhema word has the (indwelling) dunamis power to come to pass.
  •  Secondly, the rhema word not only carries with it God’s measure of faith, but also God’s dunamis power.

John 17:8  For I have given unto them the rhema words which thou gavest me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came out from thee, and they have believed that thou didst send me.

  • Thirdly, every rhema word reveals the Person of Christ.  As Christ is revealed, the faith and power that He possesses, is manifested along with Him.

Hebrews 11:6  But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

  •  Without faith there is a vacuum of dunamis power to please God.

The Might and Ability of Faith 

Mark 10:27  And Jesus looking upon them saith, With men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible.

  • Greek paraphrase: God is capable and able, and mighty and strong, to successfully carry out His will in every affair in heaven and upon the earth.

Luke 18:27  And he said, The things which are impossible with men are possible with God.

  • Greek paraphrase: In all those things that people find impossible to accomplish because they have no power, God is able and capable, and strong and mighty, to carry out.

Mark 9:23  Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible  to him that believeth.

  •  If you have the ability to believe for something, without allowing for a chronic pattern of doubt to set in, that very thing that you believe for becomes transformed into something, mighty and strong, and powerful and capable, to get what you are seeking for.

“As” Thou Hast Believed

Matthew 8:13  And Jesus said unto the centurion, Go thy way; and as thou hast believed, so be it done unto thee. And his servant was healed in the selfsame hour.

 Matthew 15:28  Then Jesus answered and said unto her, O woman, great is thy faith: be it unto thee even as thou wilt. And her daughter was made whole from that very hour.

  • The word “as” has a powerful connotation in New Testament scriptures.  It is defined by some of the following terms;   As, like, even as, just like, in the same way, and a carbon copy of.
  •  In Matthew eight and thirteen, Jesus in fact tells the centurion, that in the very specific thing that he has targeted his belief for, that very targeted thing he will receive.
  •  When we ask in Jesus’ Name, our request must be very specifically targeted to what we want.
  •  From the rhema word that Jesus grants us, we find ourselves with a host of things that we can ask from Him, within the sphere of the rhema word.  Any specific point that we target our request for, believing, which is void of the two types of doubting taught above, we will receive as a specific carbon copy or reduplication of what we requested. The specific thing that we ask for believing is the specific thing that we receive.

Matthew 9:29  Then touched he their eyes, saying, According to your faith be it unto you.( LET IT BECOME OR BE CREATED FOR YOU)

  • In Matthew nine and twenty-nine the “according to your faith” is very similar to the word “as”. We will receive from the Lord in proportion to our faith.  Receiving is a matter of degrees. The more is the proportion of our faith, to believe without doubting, the greater will be the proportion of our receiving.
  •  Our faith, or lack thereof, directly limits what we will receive or not receive from the Lord.

The Authority of Faith

  • A very important quality of God’s faith, is that resident within it, lies God’s authority to cause circumstances and situations to submit to the faith itself, change them, and line them up to God’s rhema word. Let us analyze three scriptures below.

 Matthew 8:13  And Jesus said unto the centurion, Go thy way; and as thou hast believed, so be it done unto thee. And his servant was healed in the selfsame hour.

  • The so be it done unto thee” is in the Greek imperative mood, or the mood of command.  The faith of the centurion has God’s inherent authority to command circumstances to change and line up in accordance to what the centurion specifically targeted for in his request.

Matthew 9:29  Then touched he their eyes, saying, According to your faith be it unto you.

  • The “be it unto you” is in the Greek imperative mood.  In reality faith commands the circumstances that kept them blind to change and line up into God’s normalcy for vision.

Matthew 15:28  Then Jesus answered and said unto her, O woman, great is thy faith: be it unto thee even as thou wilt. And her daughter was made whole from that very hour.

  • Your faith has commanded the future circumstances to line up and submit to and finally give to you what you want.

The Inner Strength of Faith

Matthew 17:20  And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove (FUTURE MIDDLE INDICATIVE “it will happen without fail by the inherent power resident in faith”)  and nothing shall be impossible unto you.

  • The indicative mood is the mood of certainty or fact.

Matthew 21:21  Jesus answered and said unto them, Verily I say unto you, If ye have faith, and doubt not, ye shall not only do this which is done to the fig tree, but also if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; it shall be done (FUTURE MIDDLE INDICATIVE “) (it will happen without fail by the inherent power resident in faith”)

 Faith In The Perfect Tense

  • In the beginning of our study, we dealt with the Greek perfect tense.  We discussed that the Greek perfect tense defines an event completed in the past, but its results and impact are eternal, affecting and influencing us today, and in our future.

 Matthew 9:22  But Jesus turned him about, and when he saw her, he said, Daughter, be of good comfort; thy faith hath made thee whole. And the woman was made whole from that hour.

  •  “Hath made thee whole” is in the Greek perfect tense.  The faith of the women completely healed her with the results that her healing is secure from now, the future, and until the time of her natural death, unless she sins and opens up a door to the enemy.

Mark 5:34  And he said unto her, Daughter, thy faith hath made thee whole go in peace, and be whole of thy plague.

  •  Here Jesus tells the woman “Thy faith has cured you now and forevermore.” The faith itself accomplished it with a completed and everlasting result.  Jesus then tells the woman; “Immediately go into a constant and enduring state of shalom peace brought about by being whole and sound from your plague.

The Causative Action of Faith

Exodus 8:5  And the LORD spake unto Moses, Say unto Aaron, Stretch forth thine hand with thy rod over the streams, over the rivers, and over the ponds, and cause frogs to come up upon the land of Egypt.

 Mustard Seed Faith

Luke 17:5  And the apostles said unto the Lord, Increase our faith.

 6  And the Lord said, If ye had faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye might say unto this sycamine tree, Be thou plucked up by the root, and be thou planted in the sea; and it should obey you.

Heb 11:1  Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

  • Mustard seed faith is three-dimensional faith. A grain of mustard is three-dimensional. In Hebrews eleven and one we are told that faith must have substance.  In John one and fourteen we are told that the Word of God must become flesh.
  •  In these instances we see that faith must become a reality to us.  More than that, faith must become our ONLY reality. The reality of faith and the rhema word of God must become OUR ONLY REALITY.  It is what must become three-dimensional to us.  Our circumstances must all become two-dimensional and our UNREALITY.
  •  Let us look at a few excerpts from the book of Hebrews.

Hebrews 11:7  By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith.

  • Being divinely instructed and admonished about the things that he could not see with human the human eyes.
  •  “The things yet not seen” what was what well-known to Noah, or what had a three-dimensional substance to him.   The physical world acquired no reality or became simply two-dimensional.

8  By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went.

  •  He was called was in the present tense.
  •  He obeyed   Greek: “a military submission to hearing”
  •  He went out; As we go out with the word of God.
  •  Not knowing ‘Having nothing in the physical realm which was set and standing before him so that he could grasp and follow.  He had no acquaintance with what God had called him to do.

10   For he looked(was expecting) for a city which hath foundations, whose builder (technician or craftsman)  and maker ( “the worker for the people,” as technician and craftsman of the new foundations which only faith builds) is God.

 27  By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king: for he endured, as seeing him who is invisible.

  • Moses dominated and endured by seeing in the Spirit what was invisible or void of discernment in the natural or to the human eye. His substance was the rhema word of God.  The natural world was not a reality to him.

The Faith of Abraham

Romans 4:12  And the father of circumcision to them who are not of the circumcision only, but who also walk (Greek: march as a soldier ) in the steps ( footprints) of that faith of our father Abraham, which he had being yet uncircumcised.

 Romans 4:17 (As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations,) before him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead (corpses), and calleth those things which be not as though they were.

  • Greek translation and my paraphrase; Abraham once and for all, (aorist tense) believed God.  Who is the God whom he believed in?
  •  Abraham believed in the God whose nature is to continuously give life to the dead i.e. (Greek; Circumstances which are so dead that they are corpse like).
  •  He is also the God who continuously calls the things which are not, as if they are.  (The word “as” is a very interesting word.  It means in the same way as, or having the same content).

Romans 4:19  And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead ( now in a permanent state of a corpse) , when he was about an hundred years old, neither yet the deadness ( the corpse-likeness) of Sara’s womb:

  • He considered his own body now in a state of a corpse and the corpse of the womb of Sarah.

 11    Through faith also Sara herself received strength(received dunamis power) to conceive( to lay down a foundation of) seed( spermatos), and was delivered of a child when she was past age, because she judged him faithful who had promised.

 12  Therefore sprang there even of one, and him as good as dead, so many as the stars of the sky in multitude, and as the sand which is by the sea shore innumerable.

  • Greek paraphrase: Therefore also from one were born (many) though that specific one is a corpse; and these many, in relationship to the stars of heaven, equal to the number of the fullness of their multitude; and just as the sand by the side of the shore of the sea is so much in number that arithmetic cannot calculate it.

Understanding Aorist Faith 

Mat 8:8  The centurion answered and said, Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldest come under my roof: but speak the word ( Greek: a word)) only, and my servant shall be healed.

 9  For I am a man under authority, having soldiers under me: and I say to this man, Go (aorist), and hegoeth; ( present ) and to another, Come,( present) and he cometh;( present) and to my servant, Do this(aorist), and he doeth it(present).

  •  In verse eight of Matthew eight, we find the centurion dialoguing with Jesus and acknowledging that His rhema word spoken in regards to the sickness would result in his complete healing.  The phrase “shall be healed”, is in the indicative mood.
  •  If you can remember, this Greek mood describes a statement of fact, an absolute certainty, a done deal.  The centurion is relaying to Jesus that he is aware that the Lord’s rhema word will carry out with certainty all that it intends to do.  This is what deeply touched the Lord.
  •  The “aorist tense” in the Greek, can be compared to our “past tense” in the English. Simply speaking, it describes a past occurrence.  However, the aorist tense is stronger than the English counterpart.
  •   This verb tense has the element of “punctiliar action.” This means nothing more than a “punctuation” or “punctuation mark” in the succession of time.  Can you see the similarity between punctiliar and punctuation? Whenever we place a question mark, a period, we insert one mark in the sequence of time and go on writing.
  •  This one single event jotted down in one moment of time, is called punctiliar action.  I call the use of the aorist tense, “punctuation in time.”
  •  The present tense describes action which is presently and continuously occurring in “the hear and now” i.e.; “at this very moment.”

Mark 11:22  And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith(Present) in ( Have the “God kind” of faith, or the faith OF GOD!) God. (God is in the genitive Greek case of “ God possessing something”, hence His possessing faith).

 23  For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed(Aorist), and be thou cast(Aorist) into the sea; and shall not doubt(Aorist) in his heart, but shall believe(Aorist) that those things which he saith shall come to pass(Present); he shall have whatsoever he saith.( future indicative).

 24  Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe(present) that ye receive them(present), and ye shall have them.(future indicative)

    Hebrews 11:29  By faith they passed through(A thorough stepping through) the Red sea as by dry land: ( just like if going through dry land) which the Egyptians assaying to do were drowned. (Were swallowed up; the outcome of having no faith)

 Hebrews 11:30  By faith (The domain and instrumentality of faith ) the walls of Jericho fell down, after they were compassed about ( encircled upon) seven days.

 Hebrews 11:31  By faith the harlot Rahab perished not (In absolutely no way was destroyed together; the outcome of faith)  with them that believed not (non-compliant or in persuadable to the voice of God; non-Christians and Christians alike), when she had received the spies with peace.

 

My Dog Brutus: A Final Observation


Thank you, for your prayers.

I particularly dreaded going to bed.  Brutus would come up to the bedroom and sleep between my legs, until Mary would come. Then he would sleep with her.

I feared the loneliness of not having Brutus after these nine years. After a bit of crying and talking, God allowed a blanket of peace to settle over our hearts, which still continues this morning. Truly I have beheld what Paul said.

Php 4:7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Before his death, God said that He would make all things new. I had preached that after Brutus got sick. I did not know that the outcome would be this. Yet, Brutus passing inaugurates an era of new beginnings, not just for my family, but for the body of Christ and even this nation.

That is, if we can receive and act on it.

I feel pretty good this morning. I know that some of you have prayed. It’s strange how God works. Yet He does all things well.

We love you and thank you.

My Dog Brutus: R.I.P.


 

 

A little after 8:00 am this morning, my dog Brutus went home to the Lord Jesus.

Brutus was born with an enlarged heart. A few days back, in front of my eyes, Brutus collapsed. We rushed him to the vet. They put him on oxygen and offered us a grim prognosis. Not only was his heart damaged but there was fear of injury to his liver and pancreas.

Though he improved in the last few days, Brutus had an ongoing bloody diarrhea. We were to do a special ultra sound.

After his first episode, Brutus was brought home for several days. When the bloody diarrhea would not break, we took him back to the vet. Brutus was not to come home again. We came to understand this was the mercy of God.

Yesterday, Brutus was doing fairly well. We went to visit him at the vet and showered love on him.

Last night, I went on my knees and prayed over Brutus for at least an hour.

I saw the Lord take off a chain from his heart and minister to his liver and pancreas. When I got up I felt a lot better about his prognosis. I had more faith for him. Something in my mind, however, told me that in the issues of sickness and death, it is difficult to estimate what God will do.

This morning Mary was to go back at 8:00 AM, pick up Brutus, and take him home until the sonogram appointment.

She was running late, having to go to church to set up the bagels and juice.

At 8:00 AM the vet telephoned that she was going to instruct Mary on medicines and food for our taking Brutus back. Everything was proceeding as normal as could be. Most of his vital signs were better, the vet said.

When Mary arrived, however, she was met with the sad news. When she telephoned I was expecting to be advised on the bill. I never anticipated receiving news of Brutus abrupt death.

Sarah and Hannah were with Mary. They saw Brutus, whose body was still warm.  They wept as they blessed him, and sang over him, thanking him for being such a wonderful dog these nine years.

In the midst of tears flow this morning, I want to thank God so much for Brutus.

I have no regret for Brutus’s life. I rejoice with exceeding joy.  I extol that God chose him from the time that he was just a baby to be blessed. Brutus was a favored dog. He only knew love and happiness. He was secure, trusting, daring and confident. We’d carry Brutus as a little infant, cradled in our arms, his paws totally at ease.  From the time that he was a seven week Chihuahua, Brutus slept between my legs, something that he never stopped.

Brutus adored playing fetch with an old knotted sock. For hours on end, even till the day of his collapse, Brutus was a playing machine.  He brought so much joy to us.

Brutus and our other wonderful dog Muffett were missionaries. They lived in Kenya for 18 months.

Even in the midst of the bloody diarrhea Brutus would dutifully walk to his bathroom pad. He was valiant. This was a sign of a secure, whole and loved living being, at peace, and courage, even in illness.

God in His immense mercy did not allow Brutus to die in our home. We did not have to put him down.  He was taken in an instance by God, as great men and women of God are sometimes taken. Such was the case of Smith Wigglesworth.

What if Mary would have been at the vet’s at the scheduled time of 8:00AM?  Brutus would have gone into cardiac arrest in her arms.

In retrospect, the life of Brutus is a lesson in love. It’s so imperative to love people. It’s so important to love everybody.  Brutus was a shining example of wholeness, happiness, utter confidence, bravery, and unrestrained security.

Human beings whom are loved from birth and brought up in the blessing of the Lord Jesus do not grow up broken.  They become leaders, confident in their own identity and destiny.

If God did this for a pet, how much more does He want give what is awesome splendid and superb to us human beings?  The secret lies in totally surrendered and obedient lives. The secret also lies in our really loving and cherishing those around us. No one teaches us to love better and more perfectly, than Jesus Christ.

I want to thank everybody for praying for Brutus. We are left with our other wonderful dog, Muffett.

Just a few days ago I read the obituary which the great conservative commentarist, Mark Levin, wrote in the passing of his dog Pepsi, just last week.

Like Mark, I wonder if my tears will ever go away. I know they will by the grace of the Lord Jesus.

“Pepsi passed away at 3:30 pm eastern time today. He was the most precious and joyful dog a family could have. He now joins Sprite and Griffen. The world is a less joyful place today. He was with us nearly 13 years.  They were the best years.  Until about 3 weeks ago, he had the energy of a puppy.  

 Pepsi welcomed Sprite and later Griffen into the family. If you read Rescuing Sprite, you know all about him.  His tail was always wagging and he always had a smile on his face. He loved everyone and was so darn smart. Pepsi never left my side. Now he’s gone.

Thank you all. As I build the strength to pick up all his toys and his bowls, I wonder if these tears will ever go away.

I need to tend to my family now. Won’t be back for a while. Thank you all again.”

The Paradox Called God


 Luke 5:26  And they were all amazed, and they glorified God, and were filled with fear, saying, We have seen strange things to day.

Literal: “We have seen paradoxes today. “

A paradox is a strange, baffling or contradictory thing.  It comes from two words, “beside or near to the glory.”

When God shows up, He manifests things which are paradoxical, illogical and irrational.  At the end, all of His doings turn out magnificent.

We cannot place God in our perceptual box and mandate that He be demonstrated in the confines of our “comfortable, cookie cutter, and politically correct” thinking.

The glory of God is many times paradoxical, and strange.

This is why many will not believe Him.

Western countries like America, seek comfort and ease. If God is not manifested like that, they become offended. Westerners are offended with God because He is paradoxical.

But to those who believe Him like “little children”, He is wonderful.

How Does God Want?


Strongs # 2307 is the word thelema for will or want.  To walk after the Holy Spirit is to walk by the wants of God. Take these scriptures and substitute the word will, for want.

Matthew 6:10 Thy kingdom come. Thy will “Want”<2307> be done in earth, as it is in heaven.

Matthew 7:21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will “Wants” <2307> of my Father which is in heaven.

Matthew 12:50 For whosoever shall do the will “Want”<2307> of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother.

Matthew 18:14 Even so it is not the will “Want”<2307> of your Father which is in heaven, that one of these little ones should perish.

Mark 3:35 For whosoever shall do the will “Want”<2307> of God, the same is my brother, and my sister, and mother.

Luke 11:2 And he said unto them, When ye pray, say, Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will “Want” <2307> be done, as in heaven, so in earth.

Luke 12:47 And that servant, which knew his lord’s will “Want”<2307>, and prepared not himself, neither did according to his will “Want”<2307>, shall be beaten with many stripes.

Luke 22:42 Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will “Want” <2307>, but thine, be done.

John 1:13 Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will “Want”<2307> of the flesh, nor of the will <2307> of man, but of God.

John 4:34 Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will “Want”<2307> of him that sent me, and to finish his work.

John 5:30 I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will <“Want”2307>, but the will “Want” <2307> of the Father which hath sent me.

John 6:38 For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will “Want” <2307>, but the will <2307> of him that sent me.

John 6:39 And this is the Father’s will “Want”<2307> which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day.

Acts 13:22 And when he had removed him, he raised up unto them David to be their king; to whom also he gave testimony, and said, I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after mine own heart, which shall fulfil all my will “Want” <2307>.

Acts 21:14 And when he would not be persuaded, we ceased, saying, The will “Want” <2307> of the Lord be done.

Acts 22:14 And he said, The God of our fathers hath chosen thee, that thou shouldest know his will “Want”<2307>, and see that Just One, and shouldest hear the voice of his mouth.

Romans 1:10 Making request, if by any means now at length I might have a prosperous journey by the “Want” will <2307> of God to come unto you.

Romans 2:18 And knowest his will “Want”<2307>, and approvest the things that are more excellent, being instructed out of the law;

Romans 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will “Want”<2307> of God.

Romans 15:32 That I may come unto you with joy by the will“Want” <2307> of God, and may with you be refreshed.

1 Corinthians 1:1 Paul, called to be an apostle of Jesus Christ through the will “Want”<2307> of God, and Sosthenes our brother,

1 Corinthians 7:37 Nevertheless he that standeth stedfast in his heart, having no necessity, but hath power over his own will “Want”<2307>, and hath so decreed in his heart that he will keep his virgin, doeth well.

1 Corinthians 16:12 As touching our brother Apollos, I greatly desired him to come unto you with the brethren: but his will “Want” <2307> was not at all to come at this time; but he will come when he shall have convenient time.

2 Corinthians 1:1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will “Want” <2307> of God, and Timothy our brother, unto the church of God which is at Corinth, with all the saints which are in all Achaia:

2 Corinthians 8:5 And this they did, not as we hoped, but first gave their own selves to the Lord, and unto us by the will “Want” <2307> of God.

Galatians 1:4 Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will“ Want” <2307> of God and our Father:

Ephesians 1:1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will  “Want” <2307> of God, to the saints which are at Ephesus, and to the faithful in Christ Jesus:

Ephesians 1:5 Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will “Want” <2307>,

Ephesians 1:9 Having made known unto us the mystery of his will “Want” <2307>, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself:

Ephesians 1:11 In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will  “Want”<2307>: