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“Oh, the unspeakable greatness of that exchange,—the Sinless One is condemned, and he who is guilty goes free; the Blessing bears the curse, and the cursed is brought into blessing; the Life dies, and the dead live; the Glory is whelmed in darkness, and he who knew nothing but confusion of face is clothed with glory.” Trailady

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Sunday, May 20, 2018

A YouTube testimony comment

“And there was war in heaven: Michael and His angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels,
And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven.
And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.
And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.
And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.
Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.” (Rev. 12:7-12).

There are many testimonies about sleep paralysis and night terrors, and they are all connected with attacks by shadowing demons. My neighbor confessed to me that he had been attacked one night and felt a dark being right over him. He could only cry out the name of Jesus. The experience was a horrific.

The devils are real. Like you said that so much that is within us is passed off as junk, but which over time reveals itself to have definite purpose for its creation. We were created in God's image, in His infinite spiritual image that man cannot comprehend. Even with all of man's collective scientific studies over the eons, we will never understand everything that our Creator put into the human being. We are amazing creations. We have something that the animal kingdom doesn't have, and that is the ability to commune with our spiritual Creator, His spiritual Son, and Their spiritual hosts. But, many of those spiritual hosts have rebelled and are trying to distort the image of God in the human so that they can take pleasure in communing with us and turning us into evil beings like they are. They are cut off from the Father of life and happiness, and they want us to have the misery they suffer. Not only does that bring them great pleasure, but they know that it gets total revenge on our heavenly Parents who suffer because of our misery under the new overlords that we have chosen. I hope this makes sense to you. Like you promised, “I am open to everything.” So I hope you don't dismiss the Bible's explanation for your demonic attacks. Thank you for your honesty and willingness to leave no stone unturned for the solution to your problems. Amanda, I promise you your answer will come from your Creator.

To watch her testimony it is here,
Sleep paralysis / shadow beings and my experience

Here is another similar testimony,

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CuEI5UnVQX4

Friday, May 18, 2018

History being repeated?

“But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed. Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.” (Gal. 3:23,24).

“Now go, write it before them in a table, and note it in a book, that it may be for the time to come for ever and ever.” (Isa. 30:8).

“The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done.” (Ecc. 1:9).

Many, who don’t want to come under the Law as a Schoolmaster, treat Galatians 3 as only a lesson in history. It doesn’t apply to them or to anyone since Christ came! It applies only to the Jews who rejected Him in that generation. Thus they are safe from its message of the Law’s condemnation of sin, the Law’s rebukes and warnings. But, everything Jesus wrote in the Bible is forever. The writings of scripture are eternally sacred principles.

Knowing this, have we Adventists fallen into a similar trap with the visions recorded by Ellen White in Early Writings? Isn’t all that she wrote then to be feared today, as the second pass through the same enchanted frame of minds and hearts, which then filled Protestants, now seems to fill Adventists? We are now in the final time of strong delusion. Everywhere around us is bewitching ground. Every SDA must realize the dangers that surround them in our foggy, dimmed, dusky world that has been stripped of the Bible’s light to give awareness of the end of time. Every SDA must realize that they are prime targets of Satan and of his satanic wrath and cunning. Yet we are willingly being swept off our feet by the television, the cinema, internet, magazines all of which celebrate people and cause a pervasive forgetfulness of God. Papists and satanic angels love to see such an apostasy. Then, after living enchanted by the world, we bring all of that into our worship services and Sabbath Schools. The lack of conversion is ubiquitous. “I saw…total darkness… no connection between them and Jesus”.
  

The Advent Movement Illustrated

     I saw a number of companies that seemed to be bound together by cords. Many in these companies were in total darkness; their eyes were directed downward to the earth, and there seemed to be no connection between them and Jesus. But scattered through these different companies were persons whose countenances looked light, and whose eyes were raised to heaven. Beams of light from Jesus, like rays from the sun, were imparted to them. An angel bade me look carefully, and I saw an angel watching over every one of those who had a ray of light, while evil angels surrounded those who were in darkness. I heard the voice of an angel cry, “Fear God, and give glory to Him; for the hour of His judgment is come.” 

     A glorious light then rested down upon these companies, to enlighten all who would receive it. Some of those who were in darkness received the light and rejoiced. Others resisted the light from heaven, saying that it was sent to lead them astray. The light passed away from them, and they were left in darkness. Those who had received the light from Jesus joyfully cherished the increase of precious light which was shed upon them. Their faces beamed with holy joy, while their gaze was directed upward to Jesus with intense interest, and their voices were heard in harmony with the voice of the angel, “Fear God, and give glory to Him; for the hour of His judgment is come.” As they raised this cry, I saw those who were in darkness thrusting them with side and with shoulder. Then many who cherished the sacred light, broke the cords which confined them and stood out separated from those companies. As they were doing this, men belonging to the different companies and revered by them passed through, some with pleasing words, and others with wrathful looks and threatening gestures, and fastened the cords which were weakening. These men were constantly saying, “God is with us. We stand in the light. We have the truth.” I inquired who these men were, and was told that they were ministers and leading men who had rejected the light themselves, and were unwilling that others should receive it. 

     I saw those who cherished the light looking upward with ardent desire, expecting Jesus to come and take them to Himself. Soon a cloud passed over them, and their faces were sorrowful. I inquired the cause of this cloud and was shown that it was their disappointment. The time when they expected their Saviour had passed, and Jesus had not come. As discouragement settled upon the waiting ones, the ministers and leading men whom I had before noticed, rejoiced, and all those who had rejected the light triumphed greatly, while Satan and his evil angels also exulted. 

     Then I heard the voice of another angel saying, “Babylon is fallen, is fallen!” A light shone upon those desponding ones, and with ardent desires for His appearing, they again fixed their eyes upon Jesus. I saw a number of angels conversing with the one who had cried, “Babylon is fallen,” and these united with him in the cry, “Behold, the Bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet Him.” The musical voices of these angels seemed to reach everywhere. An exceedingly bright and glorious light shone around those who had cherished the light which had been imparted to them. Their faces shone with excellent glory, and they united with the angels in the cry, “Behold, the Bridegroom cometh.” As they harmoniously raised the cry among the different companies, those who rejected the light pushed them and with angry looks scorned and derided them. But angels of God wafted their wings over the persecuted ones, while Satan and his angels were seeking to press their darkness around them, to lead them to reject the light from heaven.

     Then I heard a voice saying to those who had been pushed and derided, “Come out from among them, and touch not the unclean.” In obedience to this voice, a large number broke the cords which bound them, and leaving the companies that were in darkness, joined those who had previously gained their freedom, and joyfully united their voices with them. I heard the voice of earnest, agonizing prayer from a few who still remained with the companies that were in darkness. The ministers and leading men were passing around in these different companies, fastening the cords more firmly; but still I heard this voice of earnest prayer. Then I saw those who had been praying reach out their hands for help toward the united company who were free, rejoicing in God. The answer from them, as they earnestly looked to heaven, and pointed upward, was, “Come out from among them, and be separate.” I saw individuals struggling for freedom, and at last they broke the cords that bound them. They resisted the efforts which were made to fasten the cords tighter and refused to heed the repeated assertions: “God is with us.” “We have the truth with us.”

     Persons were continually leaving the companies that were in darkness and joining the free company, who appeared to be in an open field raised above the earth. Their gaze was directed upward, the glory of God rested upon them, and they joyfully shouted His praise. They were closely united and seemed to be wrapped in the light of heaven. Around this company were some who came under the influence of the light, but who were not particularly united to the company. All who cherished the light shed upon them were gazing upward with intense interest, and Jesus looked upon them with sweet approbation. They expected Him to come and longed for His appearing. They did not cast one lingering look to earth. But again a cloud settled upon the waiting ones, and I saw them turn their weary eyes downward. I inquired the cause of this change. Said my accompanying angel, “They are again disappointed in their expectations. Jesus cannot yet come to earth. They must endure greater trials for His sake. They must give up errors and traditions received from men and turn wholly to God and His Word. They must be purified, made white, and tried. Those who endure that bitter trial will obtain an eternal victory.” Early Writings, p. 240-243.
   
I saw that as the Jews crucified Jesus, so the nominal churches had crucified these messages, and therefore they have no knowledge of the way into the most holy, and they cannot be benefited by the intercession of Jesus there. Like the Jews, who offered their useless sacrifices, they offer up their useless prayers to the apartment which Jesus has left; and Satan, pleased with the deception, assumes a religious character, and leads the minds of these professed Christians to himself, working with his power, his signs and lying wonders, to fasten them in his snare. Some he deceives in one way, and some in another. He has different delusions prepared to affect different minds. Some look with horror upon one deception, while they readily receive another. Satan deceives some with Spiritualism. He also comes as an angel of light and spreads his influence over the land by means of false reformations. The churches are elated, and consider that God is working marvelously for them, when it is the work of another spirit. The excitement will die away and leave the world and the church in a worse condition than before.


     I saw that God has honest children among the nominal Adventists and the fallen churches, and before the plagues shall be poured out, ministers and people will be called out from these churches and will gladly receive the truth. Satan knows this; and before the loud cry of the third angel is given, he raises an excitement in these religious bodies, that those who have rejected the truth may think that God is with them. He hopes to deceive the honest and lead them to think that God is still working for the churches. But the light will shine, and all who are honest will leave the fallen churches, and take their stand with the remnant. Early Writings, p. 260.

Tuesday, May 08, 2018

Dominated by grace

“For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.” (Rom. 6:14).
“What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid.” (Rom. 6:15).

This verse has caused many to reject the Law of God as something that is opposed to grace. They desire to be without control, with a will free to do whatever it desires. In their doctrine, in their mind, if they want to murder that doesn’t change their standing before God—because they are under His good graces. Once saved, always saved. They have believed in Jesus as the Saviour. Now and forever their name is written in the book of life. This, of course, is preposterous, and unbiblical. If in the civil life they were to live the same way they think in the religious life, how long would they last before spending life in federal prison and taken off the roles of a good citizen? They believe that they can perjure themselves, they can steal, they can murder, they can commit adultery, sell drugs, and still be listed on the heavenly records. But, the click of the federal marshal’s handcuffs, the rap of the federal judge’s gavel, and the horrible sounds of the rugged, steel door of bars going shut, will probably awaken them out of their delusion. Likewise, the day Jesus says to them, “I know not whence ye are; depart from Me, all ye workers of iniquity.”

That is not at all the true experience of living under grace. Living under grace means being dominated by the power of God unto salvation. It means having a whole new Master and Lord. He takes “captivity captive” (Ps. 68:18; Eph. 4:8). They are under a new Slavemaster, as Paul put it, “I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord….” (Eph. 4:1). And he wrote,

“Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:
Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:
But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:
And being found in fashion as a man, He humbled Himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.”(Phil. 2:5-8).

“Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?” (Rom. 6:16).

Romans 6:16 declares most clearly that even after the new birth, even after surrendering—yielding—to the Law of the Schoolmaster and the mercy of Christ, if we are under grace we must continue to yield to the Law—forever. The big difference will be that the Law won’t be a schoolmaster anymore, but the best guide a person could ever wish for. Jesus said it this way:

“Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in My word, then are ye My disciples indeed; and ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” (John 8:31,32).

A continual choice must be made to remain yielded to the mercy of Jesus, and to His Lordship, Him as Master. They believed on Him, and yet He left the promise of free will conditional. “If ye continue in My word…” Paul again makes salvation conditional upon perfect faithfulness to the end of the discipleship period. “For we are madeG1096 partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence stedfast unto the end.” (Heb. 3:14). The word, “made” “made partakers” is the same as “become” in “become the sons of God”.

“But as many as received him, to them gave he power to becomeG1096 the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.” (John 1:12).

Both conditions of being born again and being made partaker of Christ will continue if we keep our confidence in Jesus steadfastly to the very end. Otherwise, all bets are off. And that’s only fair for Jesus. He deserves our lifetime of love.

“Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord. Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof.” (Rom. 6:11,12).

But, not to end this post on the negative, there are those who do hold the beginning of their confidence stedfast unto the end. Such a person was Shayne. I transcribed his beautiful testimony on another post at the following address,

And you can hear his testimony at, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VK5zDfD4XdM

Below, what I want to showcase is how he analyzes and describes the effect of the power of grace upon his heart and mind, and its lasting effects. His scientific analysis glorifies his Saviour and shows that nature and revelation alike declare the glory of God.

Notice these key statements: “My whole being responded in a way that is very hard to explain. In a moment my life was given meaning and value. In that moment I knew I was created to be a home for this incredible, loving God. From that moment, I knew that life was serving this amazing God. There was now no other option.”

“I was suddenly struck by how luminescent the room had become and everything in it. I raised myself up on my elbow to look at the wall and why it was so bright. The very next moment, from a position about half a meter behind me on my left-hand side, I heard a voice loud enough for anyone in that room to have heard, ‘I am your God who loves you.’

My whole being responded in a way that is very hard to explain. In a moment my life was given meaning and value. In that moment I knew I was created to be a home for this incredible, loving God. From that moment, I knew that life was serving this amazing God. There was now no other option.

Everything then returned to normal. The whole event was probably no longer than a few minutes. The room was again a normal hotel room. Except I was left a different person, on my way to becoming a new creation.

After saying my first prayer, the day proceeded as normal. The meeting I had for work went smoothly, and was more successful than I expected. On returning home, I went through the house throwing out all the material that was unhealthy for my young faith. I also threw out all my books on philosophy, especially those which conflicted with my young relationship with Jesus. I avoided all the places and people that may have placed my young faith at risk. The people that I had wronged in some way, I sought out and apologized for my sinful behavior. I became a regular member of the Bible study group with my wife. And immersed myself in scripture, and attended any course that would help me gain a better understanding how I might best serve my loving God.

Not long after, I prayed for a sound, spiritual mentor. And within a few days I met one of the most enthusiastic of Jesus’ followers, who had a recognized gift for teaching.

In summary, I can say that the one most important aspect I can recall [of that motel room experience] was God’s absolute majesty and holiness. I remained motionless, as there was no possibility I would turn around and look to see who had spoken. There was a sense, there was an authority, in the room; and I would only do what I was given permission to do.”

“My whole being responded in a way that is very hard to explain. In a moment my life was given meaning and value. In that moment I knew I was created to be a home for this incredible, loving God. From that moment, I knew that life was serving this amazing God. There was now no other option.” An amazing statement.

Look at the words Shayne used. Obviously, as a believer in existentialism Shayne’s mind had never found meaning and value in life. Meaning and value came with the presence of Christ, a new Master to whom Shayne at that moment chose to bow his will. Another thing that came with the presence of Christ was the knowledge that he was created to be a home for God—if he so chose to believe that this supernatural Being was the God of the Bible, and if he so chose to serve this “incredible, loving” supernatural Being. And Shayne did just that—he chose that “incredible, loving” supernatural Being to be his Master forever. The love that came with the presence of Christ was so incredible that Shayne felt compelled to need it.

Just such value and purpose, and incredible love was experienced by Saul of Gibeah. All that he could do was revel in it and be transformed into a new creature.

“And it was so, that when he had turned his back to go from Samuel, God gave him another heart: and all those signs came to pass that day.
And when they came thither to the hill, behold, a company of prophets met him; and the Spirit of God came upon him, and he prophesied among them.
And it came to pass, when all that knew him beforetime saw that, behold, he prophesied among the prophets, then the people said one to another, What is this that is come unto the son of Kish? Is Saul also among the prophets?” (1Sam. 10:9-11).

Even after departing from such a wonderful state in later years, and gaining Satan’s presence at the loss of Christ’s wonderful presence, when Jesus chose to come into Saul’s apostatized heart again all the same meaning and purpose and joy in the Holy Ghost returned as in former years.

“And Saul sent messengers to take David: and when they saw the company of the prophets prophesying, and Samuel standing as appointed over them, the Spirit of God was upon the messengers of Saul, and they also prophesied.
And when it was told Saul, he sent other messengers, and they prophesied likewise. And Saul sent messengers again the third time, and they prophesied also.
Then went he also to Ramah, and came to a great well that is in Sechu: and he asked and said, Where are Samuel and David? And one said, Behold, they be at Naioth in Ramah.
And he went thither to Naioth in Ramah: and the Spirit of God was upon him also, and he went on, and prophesied, until he came to Naioth in Ramah.
And he stripped off his clothes also, and prophesied before Samuel in like manner, and lay down naked all that day and all that night. Wherefore they say, Is Saul also among the prophets?” (1Sam. 19:20-24).

The affect was so pronounced that Saul could only revel in it once again. Choosing to have the incredible love of God was not irresistible, but once having it, the fruits were irresistible. Therefore, after the presence of Christ left him again because he couldn’t choose to keep it and “devilish” (Jas. 3:15) “bitter envying and strife in [his heart] (Jas. 3:14), he turned back to his old ways of seeking the murder of David.

Jesus’ presence was so full of obvious love that it was as Rose, a new convert from Islam called Him, “Love”. His love for her was tactile. Before she learned that “God is love”, she had already met the God she named, “Love”. Shayne met the same God of love and He is love to everyone who meets Him in their great need.

Another statement from Shayne was of “God’s absolute majesty and holiness”. “There was a sense, there was an authority, in the room.” Notice that Christ has authority when He comes to present His grace and love to a sinner. His love is not a thrill or an emotional high. It comes with authority that means it is an everlasting principle that must be accepted and forever adhered to. But, when it comes to being loved and having new meaning and value, the incentives to forever accepting and adhering to its conditions are light and easy to receive. The accountability to the relationship that comes with relationship is understood to come together. As beings made in God’s image, this is a given, logical.

And under that choice Shayne remained saved “unto the end” (Heb. 3:14). Love and authority together, mercy and justice, are the power of God unto salvation. Not a single preposterous thought ever enters Christ’s newborns that they can leave the authority of God and still retain the meaning and value in life that came with the acceptance from the only “incredible, loving God”. No false prophet can ever convince them otherwise.

“But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him.” (1Jn. 2:27).

The last thing I want to bring into this amazing work, the work of salvation is that it was Christ that came to Shayne that night, not another.

“Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Rom. 6:11). It was not a third person of a trinity of Gods that brings new life and purpose to His regenerated children. It was the only begotten Son of God. It is Jesus! They are brought to life “through Jesus Christ our Lord”. “God, having raised up His Son Jesus, sent Him to bless you, in turning away every one of you from his iniquities.” (Acts 3:26).

This is what Paul says later in Romans chapter 8.

“But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of His.
And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness.
But if the Spirit of Him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, He [God the Father] that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by His Spirit that dwelleth in you.” (Rom. 8:9-11). The Father will quicken us, not by a delegated third God, but by Himself, His Spirit, His own Spirit.

The Spirit, being in the Spirit is having Christ in us, by His Father’s power. “Ye … yourselves … [are] dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Rom. 6:11). The Spirit is Christ, His Spirit from His reconciled Father, Christ’s presence as God’s Representative. “He that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by HisG848 Spirit that dwelleth in you.” (Rom. 8:11).

G848 hautou Contraction for G1438; self (in some oblique case or reflexive relation): - her (own), (of) him (-self), his (own), of it, thee, their (own), them (-selves), they.

God quickens our mortal bodies by sending us His Son.

As in: “And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in His ownG848 blood”. (Rev. 1:5). As it was Christ’s own blood that was shed for us, and not another’s, so it is God’s own Spirit that dwells in us, and not another.

The Spirit is God’s own Spirit, not another person’s or another person. He gives Himself to us through His Son. “The Spirit” is “His Spirit”, “the Spirit of the Lord” (1Sam. 11:6), “the Spirit of God” (1Sam. 19:23; 10:10; 11:6), and “the Spirit of His Son” (Gal. 4:6).

It’s the same Spirit that God gave His only begotten Son to perform His mission here.

“For He whom God hath sent speaketh the words of God: for God giveth not the Spirit by measure unto Him. The Father loveth the Son, and hath given all things into His hand.” (John 3:34,35). And as many as receive the Son of God, receive God and His reconciled Spirit.

“He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.” (John 3:36).

“That thou keep this commandment without spot, unrebukeable, until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ:
Which in His times He shall shew, who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords;
Who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; whom no man hath seen, nor can see: to whom be honour and power everlasting. Amen.” (1Tim. 6:14-16), “that God may be all in all.”(1Cor. 15:28).

The Father alone “hath immortality…. Amen.” (1Tim. 6:16). In time the divine Son of God will show that His almighty Father is the blessed and only Potentate. By the Son’s perfect representation of His Father’s justice during the Old Testament and by the Son’s perfect representation of His Father’s mercy at Gethsemane and Golgotha, when He met all the wrath that His Father could bring upon Him with equal mercy upon a world of sinners, Christ showed Himself equal with His Father, even while sitting at His right hand (a place of honor and subjection). Yet, the Father was forever greater and existing before He brought forth His first, and only begotten Son.

 “The self-existent One” statements from Patriarchs and Prophets, Desire of Ages, and Great Controversy.

“The King of the universe summoned the heavenly hosts before Him, that in their presence He might set forth the true position of His Son and show the relation He sustained to all created beings. The Son of God shared the Father’s throne, and the glory of the eternal, self-existent One encircled both. About the throne gathered the holy angels, a vast, unnumbered throng—‘ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands’ (Revelation 5:11), the most exalted angels, as ministers and subjects, rejoicing in the light that fell upon them from the presence of the Deity. Before the assembled inhabitants of heaven the King declared that none but Christ, the Only Begotten of God, could fully enter into His purposes, and to Him it was committed to execute the mighty counsels of His will. The Son of God had wrought the Father’s will in the creation of all the hosts of heaven; and to Him, as well as to God, their homage and allegiance were due. Christ was still to exercise divine power, in the creation of the earth and its inhabitants. But in all this He would not seek power or exaltation for Himself contrary to God’s plan, but would exalt the Father’s glory and execute His purposes of beneficence and love.” Patriarchs and Prophets, p. 36.
    
“Jehovah, the eternal, self-existent, uncreated One, Himself the Source and Sustainer of all, is alone entitled to supreme reverence and worship. Man is forbidden to give to any other object the first place in his affections or his service. Whatever we cherish that tends to lessen our love for God or to interfere with the service due Him, of that do we make a god.” Patriarchs and Prophets, p. 305.

“Silence fell upon the vast assembly. The name of God, given to Moses to express the idea of the eternal presence, had been claimed as His own by this Galilean Rabbi. He had announced Himself to be the self-existent One, He who had been promised to Israel, ‘whose goings forth have been from of old, from the days of eternity.’ Micah 5:2, margin.” Desire of Ages, p. 469.

“He ‘shall sit and rule upon His throne; and He shall be a priest upon His throne.’ Not now ‘upon the throne of His glory;’ the kingdom of glory has not yet been ushered in. Not until His work as a mediator shall be ended will God ‘give unto Him the throne of His father David,’ a kingdom of which ‘there shall be no end.’ Luke 1:32, 33. As a priest, Christ is now set down with the Father in His throne. Revelation 3:21. Upon the throne with the eternal, self-existent One is He who ‘hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows’.” Great Controversy, p. 416.
 
There is no conflict between the Spirit of Prophecy and the Bible. Ellen White exalts Christ to be Jehovah, but as subservient, as Jehovah’s Son. Christ’s subservience to His Father in no way diminishes Christ’s deity and Godhead. It never diminishes His eternal status, “whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.” (Mic. 5:2). But, the greater Father, who only hath immortality, was first. Whenever He begot His Son in eternity past, the Father had already existed from eternity. It is all incomprehensible, yet simple. It is not so incomprehensible that we have to wrap it up in mystery, as in the mystery of a Trinity, “MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.” (Rev. 17:5).

The Trinity minimizes the Father’s sole status as the almighty One. “And the four beasts had each of them six wings about him; and they were full of eyes within: and they rest not day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come.
And when those beasts give glory and honour and thanks to Him that sat on the throne, who liveth for ever and ever,
The four and twenty elders fall down before Him that sat on the throne, and worship Him that liveth for ever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying,
Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for Thou hast created all things, and for Thy pleasure they are and were created.” (Rev. 4:8-11).

In the same Revelation language of “Lord” and “O Lord God Almighty” as the Father, “He shall reign for ever and ever”.

“And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of His Christ; and He shall reign for ever and ever.
And the four and twenty elders, which sat before God on their seats, fell upon their faces, and worshipped God,
Saying, We give Thee thanks, O Lord God Almighty, which art, and wast, and art to come; because Thou hast taken to Thee Thy great power, and hast reigned.” (Rev. 11:15-17).

Thou” (singular) and not “Ye” or “You” (plural), “Him [(singular)] that sat on the throne, who liveth for ever and ever”, “Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come”, speak to only one Person, the Father, “God the Judge of all” (Heb. 12:23), who is “a consuming fire” (Heb. 12:29).

“Which in His [our Lord Jesus Christ] times He shall shew, who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords” (1Tim. 6:15), His Lord, “My God” (Ps. 22:1), “God the Father” (John 6:27, cf Gal. 1:1,3; Eph. 6:23; Phil. 2:11; 1Thess. 1:1; 2Tim. 1:2; Tit. 1:4; 1Pet. 1:2; 2Pet. 1:17; 2Jn. 1:3; Jud. 1:1), “God and His Father; to Him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.” (Rev. 1:6).

Together, “God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord” (2Tim. 1:2), They both make up the deity, the Godhead. And there is no third person, no other included in that sacred premises whom They say, “Draw not nigh hither: put off thy shoes from off thy feet, for the place whereon thou standest is holy ground.” (Ex. 3:5).

But, God’s eternal life, His regenerating life, His incredible love comes to us through His only authorized Representative, His only begotten Son, the Prototokos (G4416).

The only begotten, divine Son who is “Jesus Christ…the first begottenG4416 of the dead” (Rev. 1:5), “the firstbornG4416, [whose church is] … written in heaven” (Heb. 12:23), “who is the image of the invisible God, the firstbornG4416 of every creature” (Col. 1:15), “the firstbornG4416 among many brethren” (Rom. 8:29), is also, “the firstbegottenG4416” (Heb. 1:6) who God incarnated into human flesh. “A body hast Thou prepared Me.” (Heb. 10:5).

Together, They are exalted to equal glory. God’s full authority stands behind the grace of Christ.

“Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:
Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:
But made Himself of no reputation, and took upon Him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:
And being found in fashion as a man, He humbled Himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.
Wherefore God also hath highly exalted Him, and given Him a name which is above every name:
That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;
And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” (Phil. 2:5-11).

“And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in His Son.
He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.
These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.…
If any man see his brother sin a sin which is not unto death, he shall ask, and he shall give him life for them that sin not unto death. There is a sin unto death: I do not say that he shall pray for it.
All unrighteousness is sin: and there is a sin not unto death.
We know that whosoever is born of God sinneth not; but he that is begotten of God keepeth himself, and that wicked one toucheth him not.…
And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know Him that is true, and we are in Him that is true, even in His Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life.” (1Jn. 5:11-13, 16-18, 20).

But, the Father is the ultimate authority.

“For He hath put all things under His feet. But when He saith all things are put under Him, it is manifest that He is excepted, which did put all things under Him. And when all things shall be subdued unto Him, then shall the Son also Himself be subject unto Him that put all things under Him, that God may be all in all.” (1Cor. 15:27,28).

“Whose are the fathers, and of whom as concerning the flesh Christ came, who is over all, God blessed for ever. Amen” (Rom. 9:5). “And without all contradiction the less is blessed of the better.” (Heb. 7:7). The Son of God is infinitely great; but God the Father is the greatest.

“O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are His judgments, and His ways past finding out!
For who hath known the mind of the Lord? or who hath been His counsellor?
Or who hath first given to Him, and it shall be recompensed unto Him again?
For of Him, and through Him, and to Him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen.” (Rom. 11:32-36).

Amen! And, Amen!

Friday, April 13, 2018

Eternal evaluation and improvement, for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it


“He will swallow up death in victory; and the Lord GOD will wipe away tears from off all faces; and the rebuke of His people shall He take away from off all the earth: for the LORD hath spoken it.” (Isa. 25:8).

“And it shall be said in that day, Lo, this is our God; we have waited for Him, and He will save us: this is the LORD; we have waited for Him, we will be glad and rejoice in His salvation.” (Isa. 25:9).

“And He will destroy in this mountain the face of the covering cast over all people, and the vail that is spread over all nations.” (Isa. 25:7).

“And in this mountain shall the LORD of hosts make unto all people a feast of fat things, a feast of wines on the lees, of fat things full of marrow, of wines on the lees well refined.” (Isa. 25:6).

“For in this mountain shall the hand of the LORD rest.” (Isa. 25:10).

It’s a strange thought that correction and performance evaluations can be given without bringing into it the feelings of superiority and superior worth. This is so often what we see in our supervisors, and so often imagine it when we are examined and corrected. That’s why sinners despise assessment and judgment. They believe their worth is being brought into question. Then rebellion rises up.

Eternity will involve endless performance evaluations by God and by everyone higher than us. Can we let that happen to us? Eternal pressing upward and onward to grow and improve. Can we do that? Can we live under that law? Endlessly being made perfect. That is what heaven had before sin began. That’s what will be restored. Am I weaker vessel than you? Then you will be responsible to take me under your wing and help me fix my imperfections and weaknesses. And I will be responsible for those weaker than me. And God will hold me accountable if I don’t. The principle of Ezekiel 33:7 will forever remain in force. It will be a massive schoolhouse operation. Forever. But love will never cease between all levels up and down the ladder to God the Father. Just as God is the head of Christ and Adam ruled over Eve, so teaching and accountability, humble supervision and selfless service to one another will pervade the eternal kingdom to be reestablished.

The unity that has bound Father and Son will bind Their family, and happiness will be restored forever. Never to removed again. No more misgivings. No more tears. Eternal happiness everywhere, and health, praise and song. The laws of God no longer doubted because sin will be eradicated. Perfection and excellence, knowledge and love forever increasing higher and higher, just as God would have it. And He will be satisfied. So will His only begotten Son, the Prince of peace. The guidance at each grade will be appreciated and enjoyed. No more envy and strife.

Imagine.

Constant correction but no more punishment because there will be no more rebellion. And the punishing hand of the Lord will rest.

Will we die to become perfect? Will we do like Christ? Will we accept any amount of punishment to please God, like Jesus did? Remember, our God is a consuming fire.

“And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.” (Rev. 21:4).

Thursday, March 29, 2018

The wonderful mystery of Gethsemane

At this time of Easter, much has often been said about the crucifixion, but, not so much is said about the night before in the Garden of Gethsemane.

The movie, The Passion of Christ, by Mel Gibson, gave the impression that in the Garden of Gethsemane Jesus was wrestling over the pain that He would endure in His crucifixion. There is also a beautiful song entitled, A Bridge You Cannot Burn (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fWyEeAYGRxA), which focuses on the crucifixion. The lyrics say, “With only three nails and two pieces of wood, with one rugged cross Jesus built a bridge the only way He could, so we could live in glory land some day.”



Surely in the Garden of Gethsemane Jesus foresaw much physical agony during His soon-coming 6 hour torture. But, what we want to look at today is that Jesus was in agony, suffering something mysterious, something unaccounted for, prior to His cross on Golgotha while He was still in Gethsemane. More than prayer for the crucifixion must have been going on the night before.

I would like to read the short gospel accounts of Jesus' experience in the Garden of Gethsemane as related by Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. Jesus in the Garden has been the essence of Christianity since its inception. This is what has given courage to Christians in all ages during times of persecution and difficulty.

No matter what the denomination, this is the central point of our religion, Christianity. For almost 2,000 years this is what Christians have rehearsed. This tradition is your gift from Jesus. May it never get old. So, together we are going to lovingly, and with great reverence, look at this ancient source of faith and hope, like the earliest congregations read it together while in hiding during the days of the Caesars and during the Dark Ages.

According to Matthew:
Mat 26:36  Then cometh Jesus with them unto a place called Gethsemane, and saith unto the disciples, Sit ye here, while I go and pray yonder.
Mat 26:37  And He took with Him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to be sorrowful and very heavy.
Mat 26:38  Then saith He unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death: tarry ye here, and watch with Me.
Mat 26:39  And He went a little further, and fell on His face, and prayed, saying, O My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from Me: nevertheless not as I will, but as Thou wilt.
Mat 26:40  And He cometh unto the disciples, and findeth them asleep, and saith unto Peter, What, could ye not watch with Me one hour?
Mat 26:41  Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.
Mat 26:42  He went away again the second time, and prayed, saying, O My Father, if this cup may not pass away from Me, except I drink it, Thy will be done.
Mat 26:43  And He came and found them asleep again: for their eyes were heavy.
Mat 26:44  And He left them, and went away again, and prayed the third time, saying the same words.

According to Mark:
Mar 14:32  And they came to a place which was named Gethsemane: and He saith to His disciples, Sit ye here, while I shall pray.
Mar 14:33  And He taketh with Him Peter and James and John, and began to be sore amazed, and to be very heavy;
Mar 14:34  And saith unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful unto death: tarry ye here, and watch.
Mar 14:35  And He went forward a little, and fell on the ground, and prayed that, if it were possible, the hour might pass from Him.
Mar 14:36  And He said, Abba, Father, all things are possible unto thee; take away this cup from Me: nevertheless not what I will, but what Thou wilt.
Mar 14:37  And He cometh, and findeth them sleeping, and saith unto Peter, Simon, sleepest thou? couldest not thou watch one hour?
Mar 14:38  Watch ye and pray, lest ye enter into temptation. The spirit truly is ready, but the flesh is weak.
Mar 14:39  And again He went away, and prayed, and spake the same words.

According to Luke:
Luk 22:39  And He came out, and went, as He was wont, to the mount of Olives; and His disciples also followed Him.
Luk 22:40  And when He was at the place, He said unto them, Pray that ye enter not into temptation.
Luk 22:41  And He was withdrawn from them about a stone’s cast, and kneeled down, and prayed,
Luk 22:42  Saying, Father, if Thou be willing, remove this cup from Me: nevertheless not My will, but Thine, be done.
Luk 22:43  And there appeared an angel unto Him from heaven, strengthening Him.
Luk 22:44  And being in an agony He prayed more earnestly: and His sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground.
Luk 22:45  And when He rose up from prayer, and was come to His disciples, He found them sleeping for sorrow,
Luk 22:46  And said unto them, Why sleep ye? rise and pray, lest ye enter into temptation.

According to John:
Joh 18:1  When Jesus had spoken these words, He went forth with His disciples over the brook Cedron, where was a garden, into the which He entered, and His disciples.


Let's look a little deeper at the original Greek words.
Mat 26:36  Then cometh Jesus with them unto a place called Gethsemane,G1068
 and saith unto the disciples, Sit ye here, while I go and pray yonder.
Mat 26:37  And He took with Him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to be sorrowfulG3076 and very heavy.G85
Mat 26:38  Then saith He unto them, My soulG5590 is exceeding sorrowful,G4036 even unto death:G2288 tarry ye here, and watch with Me.
Mat 26:39  And He went a little further,G3397 and fellG4098 on His face,G4383 and prayed,G4336 (G2532)  saying, O My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from Me: nevertheless not as I will, but as Thou wilt.
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G1068 Gethsemane Of Chaldee origin (compare [H1660] and [H8081]); oil press, Gethsemane, a garden near Jerusalem
G3076 lupeo From G3077; to distress; reflexively or passively to be sad
G85 ademoneo From a derivative of adeo (to be sated to loathing); to be in distress (of mind)
G5590 psuche From G5594; breath, that is (by implication) spirit, abstractly or concretely the animal sentient principle only; thus distinguished on the one hand from G4151, which is the rational and immortal soul; and on the other from G2222, which is mere vitality, even of plants: these terms thus exactly correspond respectively to the Hebrew [H5315], [H7307], and [H2416]
G4036 perilupos From G4012 and G3700; grieved all around, that is, intensely sad
G2288 thanatos From G2348; (properly an adjective used as a noun) death (literally or figuratively)
G3397 mikron Masculine or neuter singular of G3398 (as noun); a small space of time or degree
G4098 pipto peto The first is a reduplicated and contracted form of the second (which occurs only as an alternate in certain tenses); probably akin to G4072 through the idea of alighting; to fall (literally or figuratively)
G4383 prosopon From G4314 and ops (the visage; from G3700); the front (as being towards view), that is, the countenance, aspect, appearance, surface; by implication presence, person
G4336 proseuchomai From G4314 and G2172; to pray to God, that is, supplicate, worship

Mar 14:33  And He taketh with Him Peter and James and John, and began to be sore amazed,G1568 andG2532 to be very heavy;G85
Mar 14:34  And saith unto them, My soulG5590 is exceeding sorrowfulG4036 unto death:G2288 tarry ye here, and watch.
Mar 14:35  And He went forwardG4281 a little,G3397 and fellG4098 on the ground,G1093 and prayed that, if it were possible, the hour might pass from Him.
Mar 14:36  And He said, Abba, Father, all things are possible unto Thee; take away this cup from Me: nevertheless not what I will, but what Thou wilt.
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G1568 ekthambeo From G1569; to astonish utterly
G85 ademoneo From a derivative of adeo (to be sated to loathing); to be in distress (of mind)
G5590 psuche From G5594; breath, that is (by implication) spirit, abstractly or concretely the animal sentient principle only; thus distinguished on the one hand from G4151, which is the rational and immortal soul; and on the other from G2222, which is mere vitality, even of plants: these terms thus exactly correspond respectively to the Hebrew [H5315], [H7307], and [H2416]
G4036 perilupos From G4012 and G3007; grieved all around, that is, intensely sad
G2288 thanatos From G2348; (properly an adjective used as a noun) death (literally or figuratively)
G4281 proerchomai From G4253 and G2064 (including its alternate); to go onward, precede (in place or time)
G3397 mikron Masculine or neuter singular of G3398 (as noun); a small space of time or degree
G4098 pipto peto The first is a reduplicated and contracted form of the second (which occurs only as an alternate in certain tenses); probably akin to G4072 through the idea of alighting; to fall (literally or figuratively)
G1093 ge Contracted from a primary word; soil; by extension a region, or the solid part or the whole of the terrene globe (including the occupants in each application)


Luk 22:41  And He was withdrawnG645 from them about a stone’sG3037  cast,G1000  and kneeled down,G5087 G1119 and prayed,G4336
Luk 22:42  Saying, Father, if Thou be willing, remove this cup from Me: nevertheless not My will, but Thine, be done.
Luk 22:43  And there appeared an angel unto Him from heaven, strengthening Him.
Luk 22:44  And beingG1096 in an agonyG74 He prayed more earnestly: and His sweatG2402 was as it were great dropsG2361 of bloodG129 falling down to the ground.
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G645 apospao From G575 and G4685; to drag forth, that is, (literally) unsheathe (a sword), or relatively (with a degree of force implied) retire (personally or factiously)
G3037 lithos Apparently a primary word; a stone (literally or figuratively
G1000 bole From G906; a throw (as a measure of distance)
G5087 tithemi A prolonged form of a primary word theo (which is used only as an alternate in certain tenses); to place (in the widest application, literally or figuratively; properly in a passive or horizontal posture, and thus different from G2476, which properly denotes an upright and active position, while G2749 is properly reflexive and utterly prostrate)
G1119 gonu Of uncertain affinity; the “knee”
G4336 proseuchomai From G4314 and G2172; to pray to God, that is, supplicate, worship

“And being in an agony He prayed more earnestly: and His sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground.” (Luke 22:44).

Before He even began to pray in earnest, Jesus was almost unable to walk. What hit Him came so suddenly that it caused Him to fall after just a few steps of leaving His friends.

Jesus could barely walk “a little further”;  Mark says, “forward a little”; Luke says, “a stone’s  cast” before His collapse. He wanted some privacy as He sought His Father’s face. But, all was dark and only silence from His Father. He was not hearing the normal response from His Abba. He was alone in the world, rejected by the humanity that He had created and loved, forgotten by His closest friends who were fast asleep. He was also despised by Satan and hunted by men who Satan had taught to hate and murder.

Jesus stumbles into the garden and collapses onto the ground, deranged, exhausted, a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. Do you see the picture that God is developing here so that the fallen human can grasp something that the eye can’t see, but faith can appreciate and comprehend it? We don’t have to be sleeping through the most important focal point in all of its Earth’s history. We don’t have to miss His great sacrifice for us when, today, Jesus on the throne is trying to attract our attention to it.

“Luk 22:44  And beingG1096 in an agonyG74 He prayed more earnestly:G1617 and His sweatG2402 was as it were great dropsG2361 of bloodG129 falling down to the ground.”

G74 agonia From G73; a struggle (properly the state), that is (figuratively) anguish
G1617 ektenesteron Neuter of the compound of G1618; more intently

Luke 22:44 was a wave of mental torture that engulfed the Son of God, and Luke 22:44 gives the impression that that wave of agony was one of many waves. Like a birthing mother in her contractions, His agony was always present, but then it would surge up again and again, and overwhelm the Son of God. The three separate hours of prayer involved many other waves of agony that forced from Jesus muffled screams and deep wails and more desperate pleas for His Father’s help in the trials.

“Who in the days of His flesh, when He had offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears unto Him that was able to save Him from death.” (Heb. 5:7). His agony, this “struggle, anguish”, involved wrestling over whether or not to go through with the final events of His life. But, this anguish was superhuman, so much that it forced blood from His pores. Isaiah 52:14 shoes that more than only his forehead was sweating blood, but also His whole body exuded blood. “As many were astonied [astonished]  at Thee; His visageH4758 was so marred more than any man, and His formH8389 more than the sons of men.” (Isa. 52:14). Yes, He was looking at the physical torment that He would endure, but, His torments were far greater in nature than anticipation of physical pain.
H4758 mar'eh From H7200; a view (the act of seeing); also an appearance (the thing seen), whether (real a shape (especially if handsome, comeliness; often plural the looks), or (mental) a vision
H8389 to'ar From H8388; outline, that is figure or appearance

A special prophecy from the Old Testament illuminates this mysterious agony that Jesus was suffering. That special prophecy was the Messianic prophecy of Isaiah chapter 53. It says that God would “see of the travail of His soul” and “make His soul an offering for sin”. It says, “He shall bear their iniquities”.

“Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise Him; He hath put Him to grief: when Thou shalt make His soul an offering for sin, He shall see His seed, He shall prolong His days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in His hand.
He shall see of the travail of His soul, and shall be satisfied: by His knowledge shall My righteous Servant justify many; for He shall bear their iniquities.” (Isa. 53:10,11).

It wasn’t physical pain causing mental pain and death, but vice versa. It was rather mental pain; causing physical pain and death.

“Surely He hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem Him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon Him; and with His stripes we are healed.” (Isa. 53:4,5). The people would believe that His punishment was for His transgressions and iniquities, instead of for theirs and ours.

Jesus was going into labor that turned into hard labor. And though his hard labor ended in His death it has produced many new births, even still today. In the garden He was taking our place in damnation, suffering Judgment Day in our place. And, with His mental trauma and His sinking into eternal torment and death, we are saved from all of our mental trauma and then eternal death.

This life is full of mental trauma. We call it “anxiety” and “depression” and even “stroke”. Isaiah 53:5 calls it “the chastisement of our peace”. I prefer the Bible's terminology over the terms from psychology because its perspective is from God's viewpoint. Depression is related to unbelief. That living death is the consequence of the lack of trusting in Jesus. “He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.” (John 3:36).

“The chastisement of our peace was upon Him; and with His stripes we are healed.” “The chastisement of our peace”, His whipped conscience, is what Jesus was experiencing in Gethsemane, but it was exponentially worse that anything we face in our minds and lives because He was bearing that depression and anxiety for 10 billion people—everyone who ever had lived, was living then, and would live until He returns in glory. All have sinned, and sin has separated us from God, the God of love. Love is what makes the world go around, not money. Love is what keeps us sane and contented. Infinite love is what surrounded Jesus every day of His life.

“For He whom God hath sent speaketh the words of God: for God giveth not the Spirit by measure unto Him.” (John 3:34). God gave the Spirit without measure unto Him. The Spirit without measure from the Father to His beloved Son was the Father’s love inundating Jesus constantly, day and night, awake and asleep. Imagine having what Jesus had!! No wonder He was so happy and full of life that devils ran away and so did disease. Death couldn’t even remain if He entered its space and looked it in the face. Life! Life is all that can exist in the presence of Jesus, because He was divine and divinity means creative life! Divinity means righteousness and joy unbounded! Jesus was the second Adam because He came with the same sinless nature that Adam had before sin came into this world. Joy and communion with Jesus was everywhere in the Garden of Eden. No depression or doubts or sadness anywhere! Adam looked forward to each new day with all of his Creator’s gifts spread out all around him—the infinite varieties of loving animals and the limitless plant kingdom. And above all that, the constant, open communion with his Creator and his Creator’s angelic visitors.

“I have set the LORD always before Me: because He is at My right hand, I shall not be moved.
Therefore My heart is glad, and My glory rejoiceth: My flesh also shall rest in hope.…
Thou wilt shew Me the path of life: in Thy presence is fulness of joy; at Thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.” (Ps. 16:8,9,11).

Christ had constant communion with His Father. It was deep, full, continuous blessing from heaven. Heavenly light and purity raining down from His Father was Jesus’ experience every moment of His life. Everything Paul wrote to the church described the walk Jesus always had talking with His Father.

“The riches of His [Father's] glory, strengthened [Jesus] with might by His [Father's] Spirit in [His] inner man;
[God] dwelled in [Jesus’] heart by faith; [the Son of God], being rooted and grounded in love, comprehended...what was the breadth, and length, and depth, and height;
And He knew the love of [His Father], which passed knowledge, thus [the Son] was filled with all the fulness of [His Father].” (Eph. 3:16-19).

Everything the church was enjoying Jesus had. In fact, let's substitute Jesus' name instead of the church's name, just to give us a better sense of the power Jesus was experiencing.

His Abba, His God of love, His beloved Father was forever by His side, with whom He had spent eternity past in perfect  happiness in heaven and with whom He had spent 33 years of human life on earth. He had known constant love and obedience, serving God the Father who He admired and adored, just like the first Adam.

But, now the Spirit without measure was all taken away.

All of the joy, all of the purpose, all of the peace, in which the first Adam rejoiced in the Garden of Eden and which the second Adam, Jesus, had enjoyed, now disappeared in another garden—the Garden of Gethsemane. From the ever glorious Garden of Eden that Jesus walked in every day to the woeful and dismal and dark Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus knew a change from supreme happiness and pain-free health in the fullest extent to supreme emptiness and painful anxiety that wouldn’t go away. In the place of drinking in the Spirit given from His Father without measure in quantity and quality, Jesus was drinking of His Father’s wrath without measure. It was a wasteland in His soul, a soul desolated, “blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke” (Joel 2:30), devastation and wreckage.

This is what caused the waves of agony in Jesus in Gethsemane. This is the torment that our sinfulness caused the innocent Son of God and had plagued our Father in heaven.

We get an even clearer picture of Christ’s horrific separation from God in Revelation 14. Although He never fell into sin or into any temptation, such as the mark of the Beast temptation, Jesus experienced the plagues that everyone would receive for their life of unforsaken sin. Jesus suffered exactly as we read:

“If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, the same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of His indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the [Father]: and the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name.” (Rev. 14:9-11).

“…the wrath of God, … poured out without mixture into the cup of His indignation; … tormented with fire and brimstone … their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night.” Revelation 14:9-11 speaks of the Father’s wrath without measure. upon Jesus for everyone who won't trust in Him. Jesus takes their place in the wrath of God. Revelation 14:9-11 is the best description of what Jesus was passing through in the Garden of Gethsemane. Being tormented with fire an brimstone to death looks worse than all that happened to Jesus’ body the next day. Jesus was what every Old Testament burnt offering prefigured.

But, certainly the next day’s whipping and abuse by Jewish and Roman soldiers, and the crucifixion added to His tortured mind and soul from the wrath of God without measure.

The anxiety and painful disillusionment pounded Christ mind, soul, and body in bursts that knocked Him to the ground. It was being forsaken by His Father that later wrung from His lips, “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthaniG4518? that is to say, My God, My God, why hast Thou forsaken Me?” (Matt. 27:46).
G4518 sabachthani Of Chaldee origin [H7662] with pronominal suffix; thou has left me; sabachthani  (that is, shebakthani), a cry of distress

That cry was not from His faith failing, but it was the natural distress that all children experience when their parent(s) are not visibly present. The spiritual and emotional agony was the real sacrifice of the Lamb of God. And it came from the loss of His Father and His Father’s measureless Spirit of truth and comfort. It revealed the strength of His love. The separation looked like a bottomless emptiness, like a gaping cavern thousands of feet deep, it was measureless separation from the God of love and judgment, which killed the Son of God.

Christ’s cry was a lesson for us all. We all probably have experienced depression and sadness that steals from us all joy. We may know disappointment and emptiness and anxiety the cause of which seems to be such a mystery. But, Jesus in Gethsemane shows us the cause of all of our troubles—and that cause is sin. and the lack of God's love. Our sorrows come from our separation from the holy God of love that our sins cause.

“Behold, the LORD’s hand is not [too] shortened, that it cannot save; neither His ear [so] heavy, that it cannot hear: but your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid His face from you, [so] that He will not hear.” (Isa. 59:1,2).

This was the situation with Christ, but not because of Himself, “not for Himself”. But, rather, it was because of “the overspreading of abominations.” (Dan. 9:26). Jesus suffered in that last Passover because of our abominable sinfulness. “For He hath made Him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him.” (2Cor. 5:21).

Remember what Isaiah wrote about the Father’s treatment of Jesus, His beloved, suffering Servant. “It pleased the LORD to bruise Him; He hath put Him to grief…. He shall see of the travail of His soul, and shall be satisfied” (Isa. 53:10,11). It was the soul, the heart, of Christ, that took the most beating during that 18 hours.

Jesus told His disciples, “A woman when she is in travail hath sorrow, because her hour is come: but as soon as she is delivered of the child, she remembereth no more the anguish, for joy that a man is born into the world.” (John 16:21).

The scriptures are they which testify of Jesus. Scriptures also have written of Him, “…she bowed herself and travailed; for her pains came upon her. And about the time of her death the women that stood by her said unto her, Fear not; for Thou hast born a son. But she answered not, neither did she regard it.” (1Sam. 4:19,20). The Father said unto His Son, Fear not; for Thou hast born a son. But His Son answered not, neither did He regard it.”

Jesus had great travail of soul and chastisement of peace. And we are the reason He suffered the trauma. It was for our second birth—“that a man [child might be] born into the world”. He died in hard labor, in an extended 18 hour, night and day travail. But though He could see nothing but darkness and hopelessness, He died hoping in His Father’s love for Him, and trusting in His Father’s determination to save many of Their children.

The scriptures again testify of Jesus.

“Who against hope believed in hope, that He might become the father of many nations, according to that which was spoken, So shall Thy seed be….
He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God;
And being fully persuaded that, what [His Father] had promised, He was able also to perform.
And therefore it was imputed to Him for righteousness [as our substitute and surety].
Now it was not written for His sake alone, that it was imputed to Him;
But for us also, to whom it shall be imputed, if we believe on Him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead;
Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification.” (Rom. 4:18,20-25).

The Garden of Gethsemane reveals the real message of the Passover and of Easter. This is the power that gave birth to the apostolic church and the power to save from the hold of sin. And it will raise us up also from our depression and anxiety and addictions and sinful habits. It will start a revival that will travel around the world like fire through the stubble.