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I remember my college psychology studies very well. The professor had the typical evolutionary theory about human nature. Evolution permeates as a foundation many of man’s theories. He believed that all a person’s activities were about self preservation. Even a mother, who runs back inside a burning house to save her child, only does so to keep herself from feeling guilt. We had some great debates there. Makes you think. It would seem to make sense to a lot of young minds who have no other reference point from which to measure. The so called father of psychology, Sigmund Freud, was a patch work of weirdness himself. Not only did he have a lot of family problems that he incorporated in his theories but Charles Darwin was one of his heroes. He also believed some weird stuff, like the persistent notion that he would die at 3 times the number 17. He didn’t. Oh well, the blind cannot lead the blind, they both will end up in the ditch. Fortunately psychology did not begin with Freud. We see it at work from the very first in the book of Genesis. From the book of Genesis onward we see how humans and even nature itself went into bondage, from which many terrible things have come. All these things affect the minds of men. These things include murders, thefts, and all sorts of sexual abuse, assaults, sorceries, bad attitudes, weird thought and fears. These things constitute a tall order for any discipline to deal with. These are the things psychiatry purports to help people to overcome. In today’s world almost everyone seems to need this help at some point in time. Something happens at School, home, Church, work, marriage, war or even on the other side of the world and the psychiatrist is called to help people work through it. I remember suggesting to my professor, that the psychologist seemed to serve much of the same purpose as the local witch doctors did in many primitive societies. To my surprise, he didn’t disagree strongly.
When you think about it, unless there is something physically wrong that can be fixed, most of the rest of psychiatry is about being a sounding board and expecting the patient to find a reference from which that person works out a protocol of thought and actions that allow him to be able to get along with others and himself. That way, at least he may be productive or more productive in society. In other words, you learn to live with it, bubbling under the surfaces of conscious, somewhere. So many individuals do not have real freedom from bondage. From the person who killed someone needlessly, abused sexually, did assaults, thefts, caused fears and hatreds to all those that were their victims, they continually fight the bondage to a more or less degree, all their lives. “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,”…Jesus Christ, Luke 4:18 In Scripture, Jesus is called the beginning of the creation of God, not because of the old creation, but because of the new. He is also called the Second Adam, for the very same reason. As with the fall of Adam, in that creation, bondage abounds, even so with the Second Adam (Jesus) comes freedom that much more abounds. If anyone has a heart to see this, he will. Ever wondered, why royalty in ancient Egypt, never seemed to have a problem with incest? Even Abraham married his half sister and we the people in the western world goes eeeewwww! Then we think, hold on, that was Abraham. Yea, many a person is in bondage right now, both the abuser and the abused for ostensibly doing what Abraham did. People standing in anger, rage and turmoil suffered until death because of these very things. Question: when there is no consciousness of error, is there any reason for shame or anger over something?
The Apostle Paul put it this way. “Until the law came, Sin was in the world, but sin is not reputed, where there is no law.” None of these people had a consciousness of doing wrong and was not held guilty of any, because God is Just. But when God determined to show his way more perfectly, he knew this knowledge would bring blessings for those who used the information correctly and would make those that walked in ignorance responsible for doing wrong. So after these times, to use modern vernacular, the same acts became a psychological problem. Neither can we pretend that we are of those that do not know. Men everywhere now know. Of course that does not help those that have done any of the deeds above. They cannot go back in time and change their own actions or the pains of those who were anguished by abusers. The doer of these things knows he is guilty and those mistreated feel soiled and often finds themselves incapable of thinking anyway reconcilably towards the criminal. “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,”…Jesus Christ, Luke 4:18 God sent Jesus, to put to death, lawfully every sinner. (Everybody) As the Apostle Paul noted, “We judge (logically understand) that if one died for all that means all IS DEAD.” Adam sinned and started a fleshly line of dying individuals. Jesus was sent to be born into that line to reverse death. Not by somehow defying God, but because of His will. And not by stopping dying flesh but by putting it to death and giving them a new opportunity while they live out the rest of their time, to become a super being as he had with the Father before the earth was. Understand: A man who has a wife who goes to be with another is called an adulterer. But if he does the same thing after his wife is dead, he is not called an adulterer. This is a key that God used and still held on to his principles.
So, if you can receive it, as a fleshly human being, the sentence of death has been carried out in Christ. If you cannot believe it, the sentence has been carried out in Christ still and all there is to look forward to is death. Neither is there any freedom from the bondage that we speak of as long as you finish you lifetime (or rather death time). You must learn to live with. Eat drink and be merry for tomorrow you die. There are those that will always refuse and think they have escaped God’s hand. They refuse to see very plainly that they cannot do anything without the laws of the universe. In them they have a being. Without them there is nothing. They have bought into the lie that to obey the Almighty is the bondage. God has shown his faithfulness in that after his higher spiritual laws, under free-will were broken, instead of saying they no longer apply and allowing the universe to burn itself asunder, he sent his Son to fulfill the rule that to break his law is to cease to function. This is shown in all things that man does, so no one can say I didn’t have any sense of it. Violate the laws of electricity, biology, or physics of any kind and everything that depends on the laws (and everything does) ceases to function. So Jesus came to cease to function for us. To die. All who accepts God’s way, even if he is the criminal and may be headed to execution (Paul said after his arrest, if I have done anything worthy of death, I don’t refuse to die) He is free. He will receive his punishment by man, but if he is truly a changed man God knows. Now hear this plainly: He that has been put to death by Christ and is now living Christ’s life in place of his own, is not guilty of anything, nor can he or she be filthy of anything. This person willingly gives up all to Christ. He may fake men but he cannot fake The Father of all. Because as the Apostle put it, that through Christ, “I am crucified to the world, yet I live, but it’s not me that is living but Christ” You will know them by what they do.
Neither can any man Judge that person, because who has known the mind of God. Neither is he sufficient to judge himself. As it is written, “if any mans heart condemns him, he should know that God is greater than his heart.” Now, here is what may seem a tricky statement by the Apostle Paul, You should understand it now, if you didn’t before. Read all of Romans 7- 8 and understand, Paul is not talking about philosophical way of thinking here; he is speaking of the state of the universe as God has laid the foundation for the beginnings of the new creation by Jesus’ mission and the recreation of a people that will be ruling that universe. Paul had just acknowledged that God’s Law is right. Then he continues below. 16 If then I do that which I would not, I consent unto the law that it is good. 17 Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me. 18 For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not. 19 For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do. 20 Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me. 21 I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me. 22 For I delight in the law of God after the inward man: 23 But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. 24 O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death? 25 I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin. ROMANS CHAPTER 8 1 ¶ There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. 2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.
3 For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: 4 That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. 5 For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. 6 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. 7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. 8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God. 9 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. 10 ¶ And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. 11 But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you. 12 Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh. 13 For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live. 14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. 15 For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. He references the fact that he as we all are allowed to continue to live in this lawfully dead body and as long as we do, It will always want what a natural person wants. It is our task, in the midst of this, to choose what the Spirit tells us. Even if we fail in that endeavor at times, it’s not even thought of by God as us that fails. He counts that to be the lawfully dead man who cannot legally break the law anymore because he’s lawfully dead. He doesn’t want anyone to get the wrong idea, because if you love the natural self and nurture all it’s desires all you still receive is death when it expires. But if you use the Spirit to over come the natural self tendencies that are against God’s way, then you show Christ life in you and it is NOW ONLY
those things that you do through the SPIRIT that is counted to be YOU, the new creation of God. “But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass(mirror) the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord. ..2 Cor 3:18 It’s like lifting weights, where you build muscles. Only with the weight of the legally dead natural body, we build character and do things that no natural man can do that are not being transformed by God. If any person, that is a Christian claim that he is only like every other natural person, he is denying God’s salvation. As it is written, there is nothing that profits in Christ except a new creation. And it states if “any man be in Christ he is a new creation.” Old things have passed away and everything has become new. Many treat this as just philosophical, just a mental construction and are still in bondage. Know this. It’s the Almighty’s doing and it is true wither anyone frames their mind in any particular way or not. No one has a right to hold you or anyone guilty of anything once transformation begins. But no man will accept this either, so if you have done wrong, not as the new man, but as the old man. Man will punish you. He cannot tell, Neither has he been required to try to know your state. The natural man cannot know the things of God. They are foolishness to him. They can only be understood by someone with God’s spirit. If we are they that have accepted this saving Grace from the Almighty, let’s not stand around wondering, nor try to hold on to things that God says no longer is binding. Let’s move forward doing things that we could not naturally do. Let’s not just have a form of Godliness, while denying the power of it. Let’s have total trust in God’s work in us AND UNDERSTAND THAT If someone is willing to die for you there is no way he will hold back from us any good thing and those that think he will does not know God. Years ago, I heard a man ask a question saying, how do you think they hold those big Elephants with a small stake hammered in the ground? He said, as small young elephants, they put Iron stakes way down in the ground. The young elephant tries his best to break away. After he has been conditioned to
the belief that he cannot escape, even when he is a grown multi-tonnage elephant, a small stake is able to hold him because he doesn’t even try. This is a saying by a man and is useful to everyone. How much more useful is the WORD of the Creator! Since anyone who has been involved in any bondage mentioned above and in Christ is truly free and does not have to find a way to just live with it. In fact that person he or she used to be is dead. God says they are not held regardless what man thinks. Only what they do through the spirit is counted as their doings, now in God’s sight. We establish the law perfectly because nothing ever done through the Spirit is sin or against God law. So we still have the law as a plum bob so we all have the same standard and know when we are in his will and not deceive ourselves. If they do this to the best of their continued learning of and following God’s way, no matter the failures, nothing or no one can lay a charge of guilt against them. 33 Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God's elect? It is God that justifieth. 34 Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us. 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 36 As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. 37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. 38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, 39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord…..Romans 8:33-39 Then let them know also, that they know the truth and the truth have set them free! Bill Sullivan
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