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1 Chapter two on Wed Aug 29, 2012 10:20 am


Chapter Two

Matthew 16
21From that time forth began Jesus to shew unto his disciples, how that he must go unto Jerusalem, and suffer many things of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised again the third day. 22Then Peter took him, and began to rebuke him, saying, Be it far from thee, Lord: this shall not be unto thee. 23But he turned, and said unto Peter, Get thee behind me, Satan: thou art an offence unto me: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men. 24Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.

Fork in the Road of Jesus’ Ministry
There was a revelation there for Jesus just as there was a revelation there for Peter. Jesus saw that the disciples were beginning to have things revealed directly to them from God without Jesus help. And because of that, Jesus changed his focus. In fact, it may have changed more than that. The fact that Peter received the revelation that Jesus was the Messiah meant that it was the beginning of the end for Jesus. His task was complete. Their hearts were beginning to hear the true voice of God, albeit their minds didn’t have a clue as to what was going on. That’s one of the keys that you need to get a hold of. This is not about whether or not you understand it all. It’s about whether or not you have the ability to hear what’s being said.

He the hath and ear, let him hear me is not just a cliché that was overused by the religious. It was a call from the deep arena of heaven to the deep place in you where your spirit resides. It is the voice from within you that speaks to you, not from a voice without waiting for permission from your mind to be let in. The reason you are here doing what you are doing is because there was a call from within you that you could not ignore. It’s not telling you that you’ve arrived, it’s to tell you that there’s some changes that are about to come to your landscape of thinking. You’re not here to be amused, but to be transformed. You must submit yourself and commit yourself to allow this to happen in you.

Leveling the Playing Field
The foundation of truth can not be laid on uneven ground. As long as you continue to have things in you that rise up from the surface of your nature, the building of the kingdom within you will be restricted from truth to rising to it’s fullest potential in your understanding. The reason why Peter stumbled over the new message that Jesus was now proclaiming, you did notice that didn’t you? That Jesus changed the course of his message to the disciples? There in verse 21, it makes it clear, “from that time forth, Jesus “began” to show” that he must experience death, burial and resurrection . . And that’s when Peter jumped in to denounce the fact that Jesus would ever be murdered.

Jesus’ response is so key to us seeing that the major majority of the active church now is where Peter was with his thinking. Peter was so distracted with the idea of death, and his so-called “responsibility” to defend Jesus, that he was more of an offense to Jesus than a disciple. Jesus discerned something in Peter that also seems to be rampant in the church now. Thou savourest not the things of God. That’s an interesting choice of words there in verse 23. That word “savourest” actually means to affectionately think about.

Peter was still more interested in what others thought about him instead of what Jesus was showing him. And it blinded him from the light of truth. So much so that it became an offense to Christ. How many of our churches out there now are adamantly defending the words of Christ, defending the Bible, while at the same time are actually an offense to God?

We need to have truth remain constant. The truth is, Jesus didn’t say that upon this rock I will have man build my church. No, he said “Upon this rock “I” will build my church”. How many times have we seen God begin something, only to then see the church take over and build up something that God never intended to have constructed?

Take Up Your Cross
The call for us to take up our cross does not mean that you are expected to carry your burdens as you follow after Christ. Keep this in the context. This is out of Matthew 16, one breath after Jesus just rebuked Peter and called him Satan, and told him to get behind him because he knew nothing of the kingdom of God and was an offense to him. The very next breath, Jesus then said If any many chooses to come after me, let him first deny himself, take up his cross and follow me. He then goes on with another famous passage “if anyone tries to save their own life, will lose it, but if you lose your life for my sake, you will find it.

Keep it in context. Taking up my cross does not mean dragging the curse around behind me everywhere I go. The cross is not just a burden, Scripture says “Cursed is any man who hangs from a tree” (Galatians 3:13) and Christ broke that curse when “he” died on the tree. So why would Jesus turn around and say that we are still required to continue to drag our curse around that he already broke us free from? The truth is, he doesn’t require that of us at all.

What he’s actually saying there is, by “taking up” it means to pull anchor. In other words he’s saying that the curse has you buried, has you stuck. But you don’t have to be. If you deny yourself . .what’s that mean? If you realize that the Holy Spirit has already moved upon the face of your waters, the identity of your spirit has already been transformed. But you need to acknowledge and live according to that truth. Deny yourself, and realize that you are who you are because you are not you, but you are Christ manifesting in the form of you.

Deny what your mind tells you, you are. And See Christ is your identity. Pull up the anchors that hold you to the curse and follow Christ. The next verse is where he tells you if you try to save your own life, you will lose it, but if you lose your life, if you let go of your own wants and expectations of what “you” think should happen, or how “you” should be treated, and just let Christ change you, then your life will be saved.

This is why pursuing the spiritual realm of the Word of God is so important. It was from the Spiritual realm that Jesus was preaching and teaching in. That’s where everything comes from. One spirit flows out from the origin of one realm of God and for us to get into the river means we must get off the banks of the earthiness and let the current of his river take us where he chooses we should go. Take up your cross, pull up the anchors of the curse that have held you for so long and pursue Christ who is the spirit and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is not religion, denomination, law or doctrine, but there is liberty. And that should always be the focus of your attention.

Hebrews 12
25See that ye refuse not him that speaketh. For if they escaped not who refused him that spake on earth, much more shall not we escape, if we turn away from him that speaketh from heaven: 26Whose voice then shook the earth: but now he hath promised, saying, Yet once more I shake not the earth only, but also heaven. 27And this word, Yet once more, signifieth the removing of those things that are shaken, as of things that are made, that those things which cannot be shaken may remain. 28Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear: 29For our God is a consuming fire.

Spiritual Earthquakes
Before God can build anything in us, there first must be a tearing down “of” us. And “that” is the picture of the earth, my flesh, being dug up and moved around, and scraped, and gouged, until there is a totally even, and level field on which God can then build. Another way to see this is through a natural earthquake and how platelets far below the surface of the earth shift their position and it creates great havoc on the surface many, many miles around it. Beneath the surface of your nature, God is realigning some things in you that will create conflict and even a collapse of things in your natural earth, in your mind, your theologies and doctrines will all be affected

Many Are Called . . .
This course you are now embarking on requires an open heart that is ready and willing to allow religious, denominational as well as nondenominational mindsets, principles and values to be graded down to where nothing stands out above anything else. The only thing to be erected here is the image of Christ. And the only “one” to do that is Christ himself who is “in” us. He is the master-builder. There is a passage of Scripture that states “many are called but few are chosen.” This passage is one that has been attached to mainly two different groups of people. The first group are the sinners. God has called many, but few come to him. Well, right away, this doesn’t fit because Jesus didn’t die for many, he died for all.

God does choose us. He chose every living being to come into existence and glorify his name. But he doesn’t choose a few of us. Think about it. Many are called but few are chosen. Why would God call you if he wasn’t going to choose you? Many are called to do what? What’s the call essentially all about? It’s about relationship. It’s about intimacy. Many church goers may not have an issue with the relationship part. But intimacy? What’s that? The reason why it says many are called but few are chosen is because what the Holy Spirit is trying to say is, this isn’t about a sinner getting saved. It’s about a believer becoming a Son.

God calls out to those who have already invited him in. That’s why is says “many” are called and not “all”. Because it’s referring to those that have already heard and responded to his voice, the “whosoever” that have believed in him. But this “many are called” isn’t a call into salvation. Read that in context in Matthew 22 and you’ll see this isn’t a charge to the disciples to evangelize to the lost. It’s a charge to the Pharisees, who supposedly believed in God, this is a parable dealing with a person who came to the wedding but wasn’t clothed in wedding apparel, he didn’t know the groom.

It’s a call into intimacy. Don’t we all want to become intimate with God? On the surface, of course, everyone does. But as we sing about how much we want more of Jesus and how much closer we want to be drawn to him, he responds to our cry and yet when he does, we reject him because he doesn’t come in the form our Pastor says he’s coming in.

Count the Cost
To be among the select group of people who have been chosen, you have to make a commitment to yourself that no matter what, you are willing to let go of your identity and begin living in his. Count the cost. Another misinterpreted Scripture. That isn’t directed to people at the crossroads of accepting Christ or not. There is no cost to count in accepting Christ. That’s a freedom road. No, this is dealing with those who are comfortable in their shallow relationship but yet become emotionally stirred when hearing a speaker with charisma convince them the world is going to hell if they don’t take action.

This isn’t about getting engaged in ministry. It’s about pursuing spiritual truth through a more mature relationship. It’s about growing up in Christ which requires burning some religious bridges that got you here, but you still want to keep your exits open in case the road gets to complicated for you to follow. It’s not about becoming ultra-holy. It’s about being willing to change in the image you’re beholding which is Christ. The cost is, many others around you, especially church goers who have not yet come into the kingdom perspective, will question your decisions and will also likely take issue with many of your opinions on Scripture.

Because the closer you truly come to Christ, the more He will reveal the spiritual truth of the written word to you. The more he reveals to you, the more contrasts you will realize there are between what Scripture says, and what religion teaches that Scripture says. To him who much is given, much is required. This is not a commandment, nor is it condemnation. It is saying for those who are chosen to be transcended up into a whole new arena of truth in Christ, they must be willing to let go of all those things that got them here.

This may sound like a light thing. But when you begin sharing these things around very religious people, it won’t be long before you start hearing accusations toward you start to come out of their mouths. Your name will be grouped in with other names like, false prophet, false teacher, fallen believer, backslider, cult follower and so on. This is why few are chosen. The call is for those who have been born again, to become mature in truth, rather than embracing a doctrine or belief that conforms you to a system. Many can’t answer that kind of call. And that’s why only a few are chosen. It’s because only a few are willing to truly lose their identity.

A Great Awakening
This entire transformation that you’re right now, in the beginning process of experiencing in the depths of your own life, is not something that one man can teach another. It is something that only God alone can instill in you. Within you there is the spirit of life, waiting to hear words of freedom coming from the spirit of heaven. This freedom speaks more than just freedom from sin. Incidentally, it’s not sin you are being freed from. If that were so, then your flesh would never experience sin ever again. But as we know full well, just because we have become believers, does not mean that my flesh is still not weak. The freedom that this is referring to is freedom from the “power” of sin. We’ll get more into this later.

It is also freedom from our earthiness, freedom from our preconceived ideals, freedom from religion. Our goal and purpose is to proclaim these words of freedom, and the spirit of life within you responds by quickening your spirit and you will find yourself with a sense of knowing what’s being said, even though your mind has never heard the words before. That’s the phenomenon of the kingdom of God manifesting in you. But understand, it is God doing the work, not any man. The men bringing you this particular message are simply relaying the same truth that was revealed to them. It all comes through process and order.

Eye Hath Not Seen, Ear Hath Not Heard
If you’ve come from a traditional back ground, this kingdom perspective is not like any preceding message you’ve ever come into experiencing. That’s why it’s important for you to absorb this passage in Hebrews. There are things that tradition has built up in us that caused us to completely miss the true hidden truth in Scripture. The things that we were taught to be spiritual are not spiritual as much as they are moral. We really need to learn to read the Bible all over again. And that’s just what you’re going to do. The Message Translation puts it this way:

Hebrews 12
25-27So don't turn a deaf ear to these gracious words. If those who ignored earthly warnings didn't get away with it, what will happen to us if we turn our backs on heavenly warnings? His voice that time shook the earth to its foundations; this time—he's told us this quite plainly—he'll also rock the heavens: "One last shaking, from top to bottom, stem to stern." The phrase "one last shaking" means a thorough housecleaning, getting rid of all the historical and religious junk so that the unshakable essentials stand clear and uncluttered. 28-29 Do you see what we've got? An unshakable kingdom! And do you see how thankful we must be? Not only thankful, but brimming with worship, deeply reverent before God. For God is not an indifferent bystander. He's actively cleaning house, torching all that needs to burn, and he won't quit until it's all cleansed. God himself is Fire!

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