An Atheist’s Birthday Present!


 I had the pleasure of meeting Bob and Dori  Schnelle at one of our healing meetings in Martin County, Florida, yesterday.

Bob was a professing agnostic and or atheist for 45 years, who encountered Jesus on his 60th birthday.

His story follows the note which he included with it.

 Jose,

It was amazing watching the Holy Spirit work through you and your wife and Alicia last night.  I felt like I had been given a fresh infusion of the Spirit and will do great things in the name of our Lord.  We talked a little about my testimony afterward and I told you I would send it to you.  So, I have attached a copy of it, just as it was written and given, at the Vineyard Church Northwest, in Cincinnati, during the Alpha celebration dinner, November 2011.

Feel free to share it however you like.

God bless you and keep you!

Bob Schnelle

Testimony of Bob Schnelle

November 15, 2012

I come from a poor family.  Both my parents worked nearly all their lives to support their five children.  My older sister and I were taught how to care for our younger siblings; how to cook, how to do dishes, wash and iron clothes, clean the house.  My father was an alcoholic and wasn’t home a lot.  Mom was the real disciplinarian.  And she was really good at it.

I had my first alcoholic drink when I was four years old.  My father gave it to me, so we could have a “man-to-man” talk.  I was six the first time I got drunk.  My father took me to a party where beer was available and I asked if I could have a little.  He said, “Sure,” and just laughed.  It was self-serve so I served myself.  I don’t remember the argument my parents had that night because I was passed out.  My older sister told me about it later.

When I was ten, a race riot broke out in the projects, sparked by a stabbing at a school dance.  And on a mound of dirt piled near the property line between our back yard and the school ball field, someone had erected and burned a cross.  We moved the following summer, into a rented house in Winton Place, now known as Spring Grove Village.  Our church attendance stopped then.

My introduction to church was made possible only by weekly bus trips from the government housing projects we lived in to whatever church would pick us up for free.  My early understanding of Jesus was through the usual Bible stories and memorized verses in Sunday School.  And since the churches with buses were mostly Baptist and Mom didn’t want us learning too many Baptist teachings, we didn’t think much of all of it.

When I was ten, a race riot broke out in the projects, sparked by a stabbing at a school dance.  And on a mound of dirt piled near the property line between our back yard and the school ball field, someone had erected and burned a cross.  We moved the following summer, into a rented house in Winton Place, now known as Spring Grove Village.  Our church attendance stopped then.

I started smoking that same year.  I was drinking on a regular basis when I was thirteen.  The year I started high school, was my re-introduction to church.  I attended Confirmation Class for seven months of Saturdays.  Eventually, I was baptized, the United Church of Christ ceremony for cleansing us of our Original Sin from Adam & Eve, and the beginning of our “adult” membership in the church.  My mother and I were the only ones of our family who attended church, fairly regularly for a couple of years.  It was the closest she and I would ever be.

By the time I was sixteen, our regular church attendance had slowed to intermittent, then to only Good Friday, Easter and Christmas, then stopped altogether.  I had added taking drugs to my repertoire of sins.  I began to feel that being a Christian was too restrictive and the Bible was merely a good, allegorical book written by well-meaning men about one Supreme Being among many (God), and about a teacher (Jesus) who couldn’t possibly have been born the way we were told to believe.  So I quit believing in Jesus as anything other than the main character in Bible stories.  My belief in God quickly followed suit.  I began declaring that I was an atheist, or an agnostic.  I said it often enough to convince myself it was true and I said it sincerely enough to rationalize my life choices.

I began skipping school—a lot.  Going to school seemed almost as pointless as going to church.  I learned to pick locks with a knife.  I broke into churches, cars and schools.  I stole cigarettes and Playboy magazines from the neighborhood stores.  I stole money from my father.  The violence of the 1960s, internationally, nationally, and even in our neighborhood seemed incompatible with a reasonable and merciful God.  I was nearly mugged, in broad daylight, just two blocks from my house.  The only thing that saved me was that I actually knew one of the guys!

By the time I was seventeen, the military seemed the only way out of life as an unemployed, alcoholic, juvenile delinquent, well on his way to becoming an unemployed, alcoholic, adult, with no future beyond being unskilled labor in a low-paying job.  My parents didn’t argue.  I got a G.E.D., thanks to an Army recruiter who drove me to Thomas More College to take the tests.

After the Army, I focused on getting to college.  At least my attitude about school had changed in four years.  I made it my singular focus, much to the detriment of my family life.  I was married and divorced three times in twenty years.  I got my degree, but my life was a mess.  I alternated visitation with two daughters and two stepsons, by two different women, all while working and going to school.  My older sister was murdered in 1977.  My father died four years later, at age forty-eight, of liver disease and, perhaps, a broken heart.

My oldest daughter became a drug addict and ultimately lost custody of all four of her sons, each of whom were by different men.  I testified against her at one of the custody hearings.  My youngest daughter had trouble in all her relationships with men.  She went to Canada and married her lesbian college lover, had a child by in-vitro fertilization and is now back living with her mother—her “marriage” a shambles.  I always felt like that was the legacy I left for my children.

Today, I stand before you twice blessed.  My first blessing is my wonderful wife, Dori.  If not for her, I may not have even been here today.  I mean here, on this earth today, and certainly not here, in this building today.  If not for her, it’s likely I would have gone the way my father did.  I was well on my way.  My brother and my two sisters are alcoholics.  If not for Dori, I would never have come to church.  She didn’t ask me to come, because she knew my feelings about church and religion.  But since I retired three months ago, I began to wonder if I ought to explore this whole religion thing again.  Dori seemed to enjoy it and I wanted to make sure she hadn’t joined a bunch of Jesus Freaks or some kind of cult, so I thought it was a good idea to go to church with my wife.  You know, to check things out and be ready to talk her out of it, or de-program her, if necessary.

The first time I came here with her, it was a day when people were asked to heal others with prayer.  I almost walked out.  I was waiting for the snake-handlers to come out next.  I was skeptical, to say the least, but I didn’t dismiss it out of hand and agreed to continue going, so long as really weird stuff like that didn’t happen every day.

After only a couple more times in church, I decided to sign up for Alpha with Dori, as I thought it would be a good way to get more information about Christianity—I am a firm believer in getting all the information you can before making a decision about anything, including Christianity.  I had lots of questions I had built up over my years of atheism/agnosticism.

In our first Alpha session, we were asked if we thought of ourselves as Christians.  I said, “I can state unequivocally, that I am not a Christian.”  And it was okay to say that, in a group of regular, church-going Christian-type strangers!  Nobody was shocked!  Like a good student (rather ironic, that!), I did my homework and read the Bible verses referenced in the Alpha booklet.  I found myself reading other verses and chapters in the Bible, even reading the wrong passage a couple of times.  And all the questions I’d stored up over the years were answered, even many I failed to ask.

My second blessing came on October 9, 2012, my 60th birthday, while sitting at my dining room table (which doubles as my home office desk), praying for understanding and proclaiming, “Jesus is Lord,” over and over and actually believing it.  I felt a sudden inrush of light and love that took my breath away and I cried because it felt so good.  And I knew then, that the Holy Spirit had come to me.  Immediately, I felt changed, peaceful, content.  That was my heart.  Mentally, I still had to come to grips with what had happened.  So I didn’t tell anyone about it right away, not even my wife.  In Alpha, two days later, I announced to the group that I do believe that Jesus Christ died for me and that I had accepted Jesus Christ as my Savior.

I know that accepting Jesus is only the first step in a journey and that being a Christian takes work!  I have to change some things!  But I also know that I have put to death my old self and have been reborn in Christ and I feel, deep inside of me, different and new.  I’m excited about my new life and I’ve begun to tell others, friends and relatives.  That’s why I wanted to be here tonight, in front of you all.  And I’ve invited my mother to come to church with us and have thought about inviting my sister as well.  I hope they come and I hope they can experience what I have.

Dori and I have had a wonderful marriage and I didn’t know how it could have been much better, but now, we are truly together in Christ and it’s amazing how much more in love we are.  Dori is retiring next week and we don’t know what God has planned for us now, as we begin our new life together as a retired, Christian couple.  We’ve finished Alpha now and have already made new friends in our group and with so many more of you here tonight.  And I can’t wait to participate in another group, or lead a group, and learn even more and get to know more people.

Dori and I make time to read the Bible every day and pray all the time, to give thanks, for understanding, for guidance, for other people, for forgiveness, to praise Him and to be filled with the Holy Spirit.  We pray for help in living a Christian life and for God to show us the way to put what gifts we have been given from Him to His use, instead of ours.  I can’t wait to see what He has in store for us!

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Praying for Bob Schnelle!

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After The Order of Melchisedec


Heb 5:6  As he saith also in another place ( according to  hetero), Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.

Let’s look at the comparison between Christ Jesus and Melchizedec. In  Melchizedec, the Christian finds her new identity.

The saint must come to grip that her old identity has been killed on the cross. It has been buried with Christ, resulting in having no sight and remembrance of it. Also by burial, the identity has been brought to decay.

The believers’ supreme struggle is to separate herself from this old identity. This has been so ingrained as part of who we are that we embrace it, even after many years of salvation. Identity means that we identify.

I believe that the root of the old identity is pain. The identity of Christ has no pain. Yet, for us to stop embracing and agreeing with pain takes a lifetime mental renewal on earth.

Heb 5:6  As he saith also in another place ( according to  hetero), Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.

“Another place:hetero”

“Hetero” is an influential Greek word. It is defined as “another’.

There are two words for “another” in  the Greek. One is “allos”. The second one is “heteros”.

Let’s say that we have three apples. We place them on a table individually.

As we place the first apple down and then get ready to place the second one we say, “ We are placing another apple”. After placing the second and then placing the third we  say. “we have finally placed another apple.”

This is the word “allos”. The three apples are all the same fruit, and yet each apple is another apple or “allos”. So allos is another, simply by number but of always of the same kind.

“Heteros” is a more powerful version of another.

Let’s say that instead of having three apples you have an apple, a pear and a mango. You still have three fruit, and each one is another fruit from the other two. Now the three fruit are of a different kind. Whereas the three apples were three fruit of the same kind but “allos” by numbers, the three fruit, the apple, the pear and the mango are “heteros” by kind.

Allos is another one  of the same kind. Heteros is another one because it’s of a totally different type or kind.

Look at Paul’s ingenious play in words using “allos” and “heteros”. Try to figure out what Paul what saying about spiritual gifts.

 1 Cor 12:7  But <1161> the manifestation <5321> of the Spirit <4151> is given <1325> (5743) to every man <1538> to <4314> profit withal <4851> (5723).

8  For <1063> to one <3739> <3303> is given <1325> (5743) by <1223> the Spirit <4151> the word <3056> of wisdom <4678>; <1161> to another (ALLOS) the word <3056> of knowledge <1108> by <2596> the same <846> Spirit <4151>;

9  <1161> To another (HETEROS) faith <4102> by <1722> the same <846> Spirit <4151>; <1161> to another (ALLOS) the gifts <5486> of healing <2386> by <1722> the same <846> Spirit <4151>;

10  <1161> To another (ALLOS) the working <1755> of miracles <1411>; <1161> to another (ALLOS) prophecy <4394>; <1161> to another (ALLOS) discerning <1253> of spirits <4151>; <1161> to another (HETEROS) divers kinds <1085> of tongues <1100>; <1161> to another (ALLOS) the interpretation <2058> of tongues <1100>:

Heb 5:6  As he saith also in another place ( according to  hetero), Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.

Jesus Christ has a priesthood which is “heteros” to Aaron’s priesthood. It’s of a totally different type and kind. It has nothing to with the sinful Adamic lineage through Aaron.

Our identity in Christ is an “heteros” identity. Its has nothing to do with who we were in Adam.

The arrangements, the order, and the principles governing this new identity is “heteros” to what we had in Adam.

Heb 5:9  And being made perfect, he became the author (the cause) of eternal salvation unto all them that obey ( submitted in order to hear) him;

And being matured, Jesus became the cause (adjective) of salvation (noun). The adjective modifies the noun. As regarding our salvation, the revealed Christ in us has become, “The Cause”. Instead of The Terminator, Christ is The Cause of all of God’s things.

Christ Jesus by His sacrifice has been matured and made perfect. Not that Christ has to become matured in anything. But as  the  pioneer of our salvation, He matured His work of redemption and salvation on our behalf.

The crux of salivation is that God has made Jesus Christ into all things that we need. Christ does not only give us what we need. He has been made into all things that we need. Christ does not only give us power. He is The Power of God. Christ does not only give us wisdom. He is The Wisdom of God.

Heb 5:9  And being made perfect, he became the author (the cause) of eternal salvation unto all them that obey ( submitted in order to hear) him;

The word “author” falls short in the English. More correctly because Christ has pioneered and perfected salvation He has become the cause of eternal salvation. God has made in into The Cause. Thus the more that Christ Jesus is revealed in you, the more liberty and wholeness you will experience, because He has been made into The Cause of your salvation.

Heb 6:1  Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto( be borne like seed spores) perfection ; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God,

I love the Greek play on words. Because Christ is The Cause of your salvation as a  high priest with an “heteros” identity “let us go on unto.”

“Let us go on unto”: Let us be borne or allow ourselves to be carried into perfection. Here is an illustration of this. I forget  what the type of flower is. It’s the one which has seed spores and when split open, its spores are borne by the wind and taken to another place where they fall and germinate.

This image portrays “let us go on unto”.

In other words, let us release our identity of bondage and pain and let us be borne by the winds of the Spirit into our new ‘heteros” identity. We let go of two things. One is letting go of the old identity. The other one is letting go of doubt and fear into a life of trusting, believing and receiving our new identity.

Heb 7:3  Without father, without mother, without descent, having neither beginning ( arche) of days, nor end of life; but made like unto the Son of God; abideth a priest continually ( dienekes).

What is our “heteros identity”?  It can be found in the life of Melchisedec who was made like unto Christ.

Melchisedec was unnfathered, unmothered, ungenerated, neither had he beginning or originals of days, and neither did he have an extermination, ending or completion of living and life.

Our new “ heteros” identity has no connection with the sinful lineage of Adam negotiating itself through our fathers and mothers. Neither is it generated from anything sinful from this word. Our heteros identity is unfathered, unmothered, and ungenerated.

Heb 7:3  Without father, without mother, without descent, having neither beginning ( arche) of days, nor end of life; but made like unto the Son of God; abideth a priest continually ( dienekes).

The word “ arche” is beginning or original. The new identity has nothing of the  beginning or original patterns of the fallen world. Nothing, and I mean nothing, of the original sicknesses or bondages which have been passed down through the  Adamic lineage are part of this new identity.

Heb 7:15  And it is yet far more evident: for that after the similitude of Melchisedec there ariseth another priest,

16  Who is made, not after the law of a carnal commandment, but after the power( ability) of an endless life

Not according to fleshly precepts and precepts which govern humanity but according to the ability of a life that can never be loosed down, or dissolved. This is the “heteros” identity. The eternal type of life in us is indestructible, endless, not subject to corruption or decay and cannot be annulled.

Heb 10:12  But this man, after he had offered( towards carrying) one sacrifice for sins for ever (dienekes) sat down on the right hand of God;

Our “heteros” identity is rooted into what Christ did for us. Look at the words “for ever” which is the Greek “dienekes”.

Dienekes:  What occurs continually, bears and functions throughout all eternity without a break, or interruption, forevermore.

Christ’s sacrifice for our sin is maintained continually without break or interruption, throughout eternity, in remembrance, before the face of the Father. Praise God for that.  How can the devil accuse us? Because of this we can claim our “heteros” identity right here and right now and forever more.

Heb 10:14  For by one offering he hath perfected for ever (dienekes) them that are sanctified.

Through the one sacrifice Christ has perfected ( perfect active) the ones being hallowed ( perfect passive/ denotes reality, state, or existence). The permanent reality and essence of the heteros identity is one who is perfectly hallowed, untainted, un deformed, without disability or sin, unmarred, unfathered, unmothered, ungenerated, and nothing to do with the original patterns of this fallen world. It is maintained continually without break or interruption, throughout eternity, in remembrance, before the face of the Father. Let us us receive immediately from this identity.

Heb 7:22  By so much was Jesus made a surety of a better testament.

Christ Jesus because of this work has become our surety, bond,  pledge, the down payment and sponsor of our new identity.

Heb 7:24  But this man, because he continueth ever, hath an unchangeable priesthood.

“Unchangeable”: Unviolated, untransgressed, nontransferable, and cannot be touched. This is our “unchangeable” and  heteros identity.

Heb 7:25  Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost ( panteles) that come unto God by( through) him, seeing he ever liveth ( He is always living) to make intercession (entugchan/ hit the bulls eye)for them.

Because of this Christ can save us to the uttermost.

Uttermost: “Panteles”. This word comes from the compound Greek “pan” and “telos”.

“Pan” means every. “Telo” is to mature, perfect and complete.

Salvation is defined that every last iota or part of us is perfectly saved by the one who lives on behalf of making intercession for us.

Intercession is a potent word. To hit the mark or bull eyes with the throw of a javelin is intercession. When the saint intercedes by the Spirit of God, she hits the bull’s-eyes God’s will

Conversely, because Christ is in heaven living to hits the bull eyes of God’s will on our behalf every part of us can be completely saved or “panteles”. Salvation is already here. It takes our obedience to experience its reality.

Heb 7:27  Who needeth not daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifice, first for his own sins, and then for the people’s: for this he did once (ephapax):, when he offered up himself.

Ephapax: One of the most powerful of all NT words. Done at once, everything done at one time, only one time needed, and done once and for all, is the word ephapax.

All that Christ did for us, He only had to do it one time, He did it all at once, at the one time when He was on the cross, and once and for all eternity! Think about that.

To finish, look at these scriptures with the word “ephapax”.

Have a great Monday!

Ro 6:10  For in that he died, he died unto sin once (ephapax): but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God.

Heb 7:27  Who needeth not daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifice, first for his own sins, and then for the people’s: for this he did once (ephapax):, when he offered up himself.

Heb 9:12  Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once (ephapax)  into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us. (redemption finding)

Heb 10:10  By the which will we are sanctified ( perfect passive) through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once (ephapax) for all.

After The Order of Melchisedec


Heb 5:6  As he saith also in another place ( according to  hetero), Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.

Let’s look at the comparison between Christ Jesus and Melchizedec. In  Melchizedec, the Christian finds her new identity.

The saint must come to grip that her old identity has been killed on the cross. It has been buried with Christ, resulting in having no sight and remembrance of it. Also by burial, the identity has been brought to decay.

The believers’ supreme struggle is to separate herself from this old identity. This has been so ingrained as part of who we are that we embrace it, even after many years of salvation. Identity means that we identify.

I believe that the root of the old identity is pain. The identity of Christ has no pain. Yet, for us to stop embracing and agreeing with pain takes a lifetime mental renewal on earth.

Heb 5:6  As he saith also in another place ( according to  hetero), Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.

“Another place:hetero”

“Hetero” is an influential Greek word. It is defined as “another’.

There are two words for “another” in  the Greek. One is “allos”. The second one is “heteros”.

Let’s say that we have three apples. We place them on a table individually.

As we place the first apple down and then get ready to place the second one we say, “ We are placing another apple”. After placing the second and then placing the third we  say. “we have finally placed another apple.”

This is the word “allos”. The three apples are all the same fruit, and yet each apple is another apple or “allos”. So allos is another, simply by number but of always of the same kind.

“Heteros” is a more powerful version of another.

Let’s say that instead of having three apples you have an apple, a pear and a mango. You still have three fruit, and each one is another fruit from the other two. Now the three fruit are of a different kind. Whereas the three apples were three fruit of the same kind but “allos” by numbers, the three fruit, the apple, the pear and the mango are “heteros” by kind.

Allos is another one  of the same kind. Heteros is another one because it’s of a totally different type or kind.

Look at Paul’s ingenious play in words using “allos” and “heteros”. Try to figure out what Paul what saying about spiritual gifts.

 1 Cor 12:7  But <1161> the manifestation <5321> of the Spirit <4151> is given <1325> (5743) to every man <1538> to <4314> profit withal <4851> (5723).

8  For <1063> to one <3739> <3303> is given <1325> (5743) by <1223> the Spirit <4151> the word <3056> of wisdom <4678>; <1161> to another (ALLOS) the word <3056> of knowledge <1108> by <2596> the same <846> Spirit <4151>;

9  <1161> To another (HETEROS) faith <4102> by <1722> the same <846> Spirit <4151>; <1161> to another (ALLOS) the gifts <5486> of healing <2386> by <1722> the same <846> Spirit <4151>;

10  <1161> To another (ALLOS) the working <1755> of miracles <1411>; <1161> to another (ALLOS) prophecy <4394>; <1161> to another (ALLOS) discerning <1253> of spirits <4151>; <1161> to another (HETEROS) divers kinds <1085> of tongues <1100>; <1161> to another (ALLOS) the interpretation <2058> of tongues <1100>:

Heb 5:6  As he saith also in another place ( according to  hetero), Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.

Jesus Christ has a priesthood which is “heteros” to Aaron’s priesthood. It’s of a totally different type and kind. It has nothing to with the sinful Adamic lineage through Aaron.

Our identity in Christ is an “heteros” identity. Its has nothing to do with who we were in Adam.

The arrangements, the order, and the principles governing this new identity is “heteros” to what we had in Adam.

Heb 5:9  And being made perfect, he became the author (the cause) of eternal salvation unto all them that obey ( submitted in order to hear) him;

And being matured, Jesus became the cause (adjective) of salvation (noun). The adjective modifies the noun. As regarding our salvation, the revealed Christ in us has become, “The Cause”. Instead of The Terminator, Christ is The Cause of all of God’s things.

Christ Jesus by His sacrifice has been matured and made perfect. Not that Christ has to become matured in anything. But as  the  pioneer of our salvation, He matured His work of redemption and salvation on our behalf.

The crux of salivation is that God has made Jesus Christ into all things that we need. Christ does not only give us what we need. He has been made into all things that we need. Christ does not only give us power. He is The Power of God. Christ does not only give us wisdom. He is The Wisdom of God.

Heb 5:9  And being made perfect, he became the author (the cause) of eternal salvation unto all them that obey ( submitted in order to hear) him;

The word “author” falls short in the English. More correctly because Christ has pioneered and perfected salvation He has become the cause of eternal salvation. God has made in into The Cause. Thus the more that Christ Jesus is revealed in you, the more liberty and wholeness you will experience, because He has been made into The Cause of your salvation.

Heb 6:1  Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto( be borne like seed spores) perfection ; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God,

I love the Greek play on words. Because Christ is The Cause of your salvation as a  high priest with an “heteros” identity “let us go on unto.”

“Let us go on unto”: Let us be borne or allow ourselves to be carried into perfection. Here is an illustration of this. I forget  what the type of flower is. It’s the one which has seed spores and when split open, its spores are borne by the wind and taken to another place where they fall and germinate.

This image portrays “let us go on unto”.

In other words, let us release our identity of bondage and pain and let us be borne by the winds of the Spirit into our new ‘heteros” identity. We let go of two things. One is letting go of the old identity. The other one is letting go of doubt and fear into a life of trusting, believing and receiving our new identity.

Heb 7:3  Without father, without mother, without descent, having neither beginning ( arche) of days, nor end of life; but made like unto the Son of God; abideth a priest continually ( dienekes).

What is our “heteros identity”?  It can be found in the life of Melchisedec who was made like unto Christ.

Melchisedec was unnfathered, unmothered, ungenerated, neither had he beginning or originals of days, and neither did he have an extermination, ending or completion of living and life.

Our new “ heteros” identity has no connection with the sinful lineage of Adam negotiating itself through our fathers and mothers. Neither is it generated from anything sinful from this word. Our heteros identity is unfathered, unmothered, and ungenerated.

Heb 7:3  Without father, without mother, without descent, having neither beginning ( arche) of days, nor end of life; but made like unto the Son of God; abideth a priest continually ( dienekes).

The word “ arche” is beginning or original. The new identity has nothing of the  beginning or original patterns of the fallen world. Nothing, and I mean nothing, of the original sicknesses or bondages which have been passed down through the  Adamic lineage are part of this new identity.

Heb 7:15  And it is yet far more evident: for that after the similitude of Melchisedec there ariseth another priest,

16  Who is made, not after the law of a carnal commandment, but after the power( ability) of an endless life

Not according to fleshly precepts and precepts which govern humanity but according to the ability of a life that can never be loosed down, or dissolved. This is the “heteros” identity. The eternal type of life in us is indestructible, endless, not subject to corruption or decay and cannot be annulled.

Heb 10:12  But this man, after he had offered( towards carrying) one sacrifice for sins for ever (dienekes) sat down on the right hand of God;

Our “heteros” identity is rooted into what Christ did for us. Look at the words “for ever” which is the Greek “dienekes”.

Dienekes:  What occurs continually, bears and functions throughout all eternity without a break, or interruption, forevermore.

Christ’s sacrifice for our sin is maintained continually without break or interruption, throughout eternity, in remembrance, before the face of the Father. Praise God for that.  How can the devil accuse us? Because of this we can claim our “heteros” identity right here and right now and forever more.

Heb 10:14  For by one offering he hath perfected for ever (dienekes) them that are sanctified.

Through the one sacrifice Christ has perfected ( perfect active) the ones being hallowed ( perfect passive/ denotes reality, state, or existence). The permanent reality and essence of the heteros identity is one who is perfectly hallowed, untainted, un deformed, without disability or sin, unmarred, unfathered, unmothered, ungenerated, and nothing to do with the original patterns of this fallen world. It is maintained continually without break or interruption, throughout eternity, in remembrance, before the face of the Father. Let us us receive immediately from this identity.

Heb 7:22  By so much was Jesus made a surety of a better testament.

Christ Jesus because of this work has become our surety, bond,  pledge, the down payment and sponsor of our new identity.

Heb 7:24  But this man, because he continueth ever, hath an unchangeable priesthood.

“Unchangeable”: Unviolated, untransgressed, nontransferable, and cannot be touched. This is our “unchangeable” and  heteros identity.

Heb 7:25  Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost ( panteles) that come unto God by( through) him, seeing he ever liveth ( He is always living) to make intercession (entugchan/ hit the bulls eye)for them.

Because of this Christ can save us to the uttermost.

Uttermost: “Panteles”. This word comes from the compound Greek “pan” and “telos”.

“Pan” means every. “Telo” is to mature, perfect and complete.

Salvation is defined that every last iota or part of us is perfectly saved by the one who lives on behalf of making intercession for us.

Intercession is a potent word. To hit the mark or bull eyes with the throw of a javelin is intercession. When the saint intercedes by the Spirit of God, she hits the bull’s-eyes God’s will

Conversely, because Christ is in heaven living to hits the bull eyes of God’s will on our behalf every part of us can be completely saved or “panteles”. Salvation is already here. It takes our obedience to experience its reality.

Heb 7:27  Who needeth not daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifice, first for his own sins, and then for the people’s: for this he did once (ephapax):, when he offered up himself.

Ephapax: One of the most powerful of all NT words. Done at once, everything done at one time, only one time needed, and done once and for all, is the word ephapax.

All that Christ did for us, He only had to do it one time, He did it all at once, at the one time when He was on the cross, and once and for all eternity! Think about that.

To finish, look at these scriptures with the word “ephapax”.

Have a great Monday!

Ro 6:10  For in that he died, he died unto sin once (ephapax): but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God.

Heb 7:27  Who needeth not daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifice, first for his own sins, and then for the people’s: for this he did once (ephapax):, when he offered up himself.

Heb 9:12  Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once (ephapax)  into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us. (redemption finding)

Heb 10:10  By the which will we are sanctified ( perfect passive) through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once (ephapax) for all.