Posted January 26, 2007
The part the church has been blind to is basically this: The gift of the Holy Spirit was because of the fullness of the success that Christ’s overcoming atonement provided (this is very involved and I’ll say more on it in a moment). And then that gift was for the primary purpose of empowerment. This empowerment is for character development through the cooperation of the one who has been redeemed, who participates with the Holy Spirit with ongoing application of the Blood of the Sacrifice. That Blood, that “Korban” is that which cries out for mercy over God’s just demand of penalty and wrath on lawbreakers and rebels. Those who participate in cooperation with the Holy Spirit in that atonement through confession and sincere desire for Christlikeness are actually offering Christ’s blood as atonement.
Mercy = Time = Character development into Christlikeness.
Christ’s atonement with the gift of the Spirit was not what the church has believed it was for, even since the 1st century. The error being that Christ primarily was to pay the price, or redeem man from the curse of the law, give him authority over the devil and get his name written in the Lamb’s book of Life. The Truth is that Christ did not need to die to accomplish any of this. Open your Bible to Luke 9:1. “And He gave them power and authority over all devils…” He could give them this authority not because He was God’s Son but because He had successfully withstood Satan in all tests, all temptations and trials. Look at John 14:30 “…for the prince of this world cometh, and hath nothing in me.” Satan had nothing in Him. None of His nature. Why? Because He was the Son of God? No, but unlike the first Adam who succumbed to rebellion and died spiritually and inherited the nature of Satan, this 2nd Adam did not in any of numerous temptations rebel against God but honored Him who was His Father but also hallowed Him who is God. Thus Satan had no authority in this seed of Abraham, this seed of David, both of whom God had promised eternal blessings through their seed. And with David, God said He would raise up from him “One who’s kingdom would never end”. We must understand that this is the basis for Paul’s comment in 1 Corinthians 1:8, “…for had they (Satan and his underlings) known it (the wisdom of God’s plan of atonement) they would not have crucified the Lord of glory…”
What I’m saying is that Satan believed that this Son of man/Son of God was the Messiah that would NOW establish His kingdom upon the earth, the One who would “crush his head”. Look at it from Satan’s perspective…This was the Messiah whom he had nothing in, One who by the authority of God, (Who gave forth the Torah to the first Adam when He said, “Be fruitful and multiply, and REPLENISH the earth and SUBDUE it…”) Satan now sees as fulfilling as Christ, the 2nd Adam, sends out the seventy with authority. AUTHORITY OVER HIM. There is much I could say here about how the Israelites were types and shadows which we can learn from and that they have a unique place in our roots, but they were more about GOD hiding His real intent of atonement than anything else.
Go to Luke again when the 70 disciples returned. Here I venture to say something you’ve probably never seen, as this also was revealed to me by revelation.
Luke 10:17 “And the seventy returned again with joy and saying Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through Thy Name…”
***Then here is a statement few have understood correctly***
“And He said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven, (This has to do with the atonement beyond man, I’ll come back to it) behold I give you power to tread on serpents and scorpions and over ALL the power of the enemy; and nothing shall by any means hurt you. Notwithstanding in this, rejoice not that the spirits are SUBJECT unto you, but rather rejoice, because your NAMES ARE WRITTEN IN HEAVEN.”
See this! It was not necessary for Jesus to die to give the believer the authority over the devil!
See this! It was not necessary for Christ to die to get the believers name written in the LAMB’S Book of Life!
That was a FACT that Satan was experiencing at that moment in time! “Wow”, Satan thought, “I’m doomed. Jesus is HE whom God spoke of as the Redeemer and Jesus is going to set up His kingdom on the earth NOW and He’s going to crush my head. What will we do? Let’s try to kill Him!”
And had they known the wisdom of God, they would not have killed Him. Why? What was that wisdom of atonement that they were unaware of? What possibly could be worse than what they were presently experiencing? Why did God let Satan kill Jesus if He had already defeated Satan and had authority to give his disciples, and already had recorded their names in the book of Life?
BECAUSE it wasn’t about authority over the devil. Because it wasn’t about getting their names written in book of life. It was about something MUCH deeper. It had to do with Satan polluting the heavenly utensils of worship in the throne room of God before even the creation of man. It was about God satisfying HIS own righteous demands, the high price HE Himself placed on the atonement of all His creation for what Lucifer did. That PRICE was no less than the BLOOD of HIS own SON…Himself. That Blood, and that Blood alone, would atone not only for man, but more importantly for heaven and all creation. It was His own blood that cleansed the heavenly utensils of worship that had been polluted by the very presence of Satan for thousands of years, as he had access into the very throne room of God (See Job 1). This is what Christ was prophetically referring to when HE said; “I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven”.
What was/ is worse than what Satan was experiencing while Christ was alive? Why did/ does he now regret what he did in killing Messiah? He has been purged from heaven. Lucifer’s very being that he himself created, that is Satan himself, has been atoned for throughout the creation. He has fallen like lightning. Christ’s blood has judged him and brought his kingdom to an end and sealed his eternal end and all those he defiled. He is placed into confinement in a place where they will never pollute anything again in heaven or in the new earth. And this is not all the reason Christ would lay his life down.
“To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known the manifold wisdom of God, according to the eternal purpose which HE purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord….” Not only has Christ’s death and resurrection, that atonement, cleansed Heaven’s throne room and sealed Satan’s fate, but God is revealing His many-fold wisdom through His RE-CREATED being… man! The coup-de-grace – GOD through CHRIST’S atonement and the HOLY SPIRIT infilling has put man back into the original “very good” posture of man’s state, in that God desired to create a being that would have the inherent ability through the power of choice, to develop character, that of Christ likeness. See what depth that character of Christ had to be, what urgency, what obstacles, what resolve, what purpose, sorely tempted, far beyond the first Adam. See how that character of overcoming was not without tremendous merit. This very same overcoming character He looks to develop in those He atoned for.
It wasn’t about authority. It wasn’t about your eternal residence. It wasn’t about repentance and forgiveness. It wasn’t about deliverance from the curse of the Law. It’s about SONSHIP. BUT hallowing Him as GOD also. It’s about you valuing the inheritance. Now that you have gotten out of Egypt, it is about cooperating with the gift of the Holy Spirit to get Egypt out of you. “Not every one that saith unto me LORD, LORD, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that DOETH the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? And in thy name cast out devils? And in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me ye that work iniquity.” This is the cheap grace message. Following Christ unto the eternal inheritance is not BELIEVING in Him and what He did. It’s cooperating with the Holy Spirit in crucifying the carnal soul, and thereby through our will and desire, purging the very nature of Satan which we inherited, and in a sense fulfilling the same heart of sonship and obedience Christ did. THAT is following Christ.
It is religion that has determined that this sinlessness cannot be “done”. It is ignorance of justifying faith and imputed righteousness. It is their ignorance of God’s atonement plan, their willful ignorance of the application of the blood of Christ to obtain mercy (that equates to not critically appraising God’s goodness to continue in acts of that nature that defiles them). We and they are to correctly discern God’s intent in not only honoring Him as Father with their lips, but hallowing Him as a Holy God who requires this willing participation with the empowering Holy Spirit to choose death to “Self” (the nature of Satan within the soul) and the accompanying resurrected Life that flows into the Being that forms Christlikeness. To each believer this process is being worked out. God is able to ascertain in each individual the level of willing participation, for this Glory to Glory to Glory.
Not all will reach the same level of Paul, but like Paul, we buffet our body daily so as not to be found a reprobate (one He never knew). We continue to daily appropriate the Blood that cries out for mercy. With fear and trembling we are working out our salvation, beholding the goodness and the severity of our God. Acknowledging reverently what a High price He paid to maintain HIS own Holy integrity! Praise His name! What an Awesome God we serve. Behold the wonders that God has in store for those who love Him like Christ did, more than their own self wills. Eye has not seen… ear has not heard… nor has it even entered into the heart of man the things God has in store for those who Love Him.