Written by Mildred Garner
“All things are delivered unto me of my Father: and no man knows the Son, but the Father; neither knows any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal him” Matthew 11:27.
We, as Bible-believing Christians, know that Yasha [Jesus] purchased our salvation when he hung on the cross almost two thousand years ago; but as I pondered the scriptures concerning Christ and his introduction of the Father to me, I became aware that it was many years after the cross before he revealed the true identity of the Father. The man that ministered on the shores of Galilee and died for my salvation did many, many wonderful works; but I must say that as glorious as his ministry on earth sounds, reading about it over and over many times did not truly reveal my heavenly Father to me.
When I became awakened to the reality of the Word and accepted the Bible as the revealed will of the Father, I was energized and jubilant. I saw a God that was high and lifted up. I saw, for the first time, a God that I could love and adore. I saw a God that was loving and tender in mercy, and He was no longer the stern old pulpit villain of my childhood.
Neither the flesh, which is a veil that hides Yahweh’s glory, nor the written testimony of man, which is limited by inadequate verbal expressions, can reveal Yahweh in his essence.
It was the resurrected indwelling Christ that finally revealed the brightness of his Shekinah that rejuvenated me and set my heart ablaze. It was the abiding Christ that revealed the invisible, inexpressible Father in a glory that has never been expressed by the human tongue or written by the human hand. This revelation took away all doubt and fear, and helped me to understand what Paul meant when he said, “But as it is written, Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which Yahweh hath prepared for them that love him. But Yahweh has revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searches all things, yea, the deep things of Yahweh. For what man knows the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of Yahweh knows no man, but the Spirit of Yahweh. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit which is of Yahweh; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of Yahweh. Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teaches, but which the Holy Ghost teaches; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. But the natural man receives not the things of the Spirit of Yahweh: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned [scrutinized]. But he that is spiritual judges all things, yet he himself is judged of no man, For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ” (1 Corinthians 2:9-16).
Before I took a better look at the subject of Christ revealing the Father, I was of the opinion that when he decided to reveal the Father to someone, he would allow them to have a spiritual experience. The Son would bring the invisible Father down to the earth realm and the two of them would appear in person to the individual.
Later I graduated to the opinion that Yahweh was an invisible Spirit and if and when his Son decided to introduce his Father to an individual, he would zap the knowledge into his brain and suddenly the person would know the Father. Now I see how this just cannot be correct. Zapping knowledge into one’s head would be programming; it would produce pre-programmed robots. We see the Father through the revealed truth; this truth comes to us precept upon precept, line (experience) upon line (experience), a little here and a little there. This is the way truth has been given to me. Each little morsel was spread before me as a banquet; each was like the little cake and the meat that Elijah was served by the angel (1 Ki. 19:6-8). I walked in the strength of each little feast for many days. But I had to do more than hear the truth: I had to believe it strongly enough to experience the Word before it could become part of me. I had to spiritually digest the food (word) that I received—Word and Spirit are one.
I have become aware that if we are to become the light of the world, we must take action to allow the word of Yahweh to be resurrected in our mind. As the Church of the living God, we are to become the epistles of Yahweh, read and known of all men. The epistles were written to the Church, but what the world sees of the truth is seen through the words and actions of the Church. It will not be denied that the Church of this age presents a very strange paradox to be reckoned with. That is, on one hand it reveals the love and reality of a merciful Creator, full of wisdom and power; while on the other hand, it reveals nature with all its weaknesses and limitations. Has not the revelation of the Father always been revealed as a paradox? Does not nature itself present the same strange paradox? Does it not reveal, and at the same time conceal every bit as much as it reveals of the wondrous works of the Creator? In the cold winter months, when ice and snow covers the earth, we view it as a dead, unyielding and almost barren planet, only to witness its response to the warmth of the vernal sun; it is then that it experiences a resurrection from the dead and everything becomes beautifully alive and fruitful.
This will not seem so strange when we consider the manifestation of the Father is revealed in his Son. Though his deeds were many and his testimony was spotless, many were unable to look beyond that veil of flesh to see the Life and Light of the Creator. The life of the Son veiled every bit as much of the mysteries of the Father as it revealed to mankind. To some, he was an open door, to others, he was the illegitimate son of a peasant lass.
Who could have witnessed the life and death of that man of Galilee without witnessing the reality of this strange paradox? See, a pregnant destitute couple searching for shelter while birth pangs wracked her body, only to finally find shelter in a stable. Oh, how beautiful are the stable scenes that are displayed on Christmas; they are a far cry from the stables I visited as a child. In those days, if one was to be in town for some time, their horses were taken to a stable. Believe me, before the day was over, those places reeked with animal waste and molded fodder; one could hardly breathe. One would never hope to find the heir of the world in such a repulsive place, but he was there.
Yasha’s death was no less a paradox. Who could have witnessed the strange activities and gloom of that dreadful day of His crucifixion and connected it with divinity? Could we have looked upon that lifeless, bleeding form without seeing humanity in all its weakness and limitations? This was the scene of a bleeding lamb that no one can deny. Carnal eyes will never look beyond the cross to see the glory that was hidden from the world. Yet, most of those who followed Yasha [Jesus] were unable to see the light that was shining from that dead form until the end of the third day—when the groaning and travailing earth birthed her firstborn Son—a firstborn that was destined to eventually deliver her from the bondage of sin and death.
Considering the apparent contradiction and the absolute victories that have been revealed through the Church as a young and vibrant virgin, and yet as an aging and barren woman (revealed through the allegorical life of Mary and Sarah), we should be encouraged to thrust forward with new zeal, even though it would appear to the naked eye that the Body of Christ lies crushed and dying under the heel of her enemies.
As the Savior groaned and gave his last breath, all who looked on considered it a heartbreaking defeat, and so it is today as his body is once again smitten and bruised, while flesh is experiencing its death. This is not defeating any more than it was in that day so long ago, for it is needful that we suffer also. The Spirit and resurrected Life in the body of Christ will raise it up, and the veil will once again be removed so that the groaning world shall stand before him aghast, filled with wonder and say, “Is this the man who we despised and persecuted.”
The bones of Yasha would have lain barren in the earth until this day had he not been filled with enough power from the Living Word within him to ignore that weighty stone that concealed him. That same power is offered through the Spirit and the Word today, and is not withheld from his body. Remember, no one stood at the mouth of that sepulcher that evening to say, “Come forth, you son of man,” as there had been at the tomb of Lazarus. It took the indwelling of the Spirit of Life in the Word to manifest Life out of that seemingly hopeless situation.
Paul opened the door for us when he, through the anointing of the Holy Spirit said, “But if the Spirit of Him that raised up Christ from the dead dwells in you, He that raised up Christ from the dead shall also make alive your mortal bodies by His Spirit that dwells in you” (Romans 8:11). Please notice we are dealing with the “mortal” body here and this transformation is to take place while the Spirit is dwelling in a mortal body. This alone is great news, but Paul goes even farther to reveal a glory that is veiled as much from those who would follow Yasha today as his resurrection was from those who watched him bleed and die. Yet it is the theme of the Bible and the golden cord that unites the Body to the bosom of the Father.
Pride and false dignity of the flesh hangs between Christ and his would-be disciples and will continue to separate and divide until the Spirit of Truth mortifies the deeds of the body. Even that does not pose a problem if we are willing to allow His Spirit to have preeminence in our life, for again Paul assures us “…if so be that we suffer [mortify our flesh as Christ did] with him we shall also reign with him, that we may be also glorified together. For I am convinced that the suffering of this present time is not worthy to be compared with the glory that shall be revealed in us” [Romans 8:17-18].
Someone might ask, “When will Yahweh’s glory be revealed in us?” and some would answer, “At the end of the age, at the great white throne of judgment.” But that answer cannot satisfy the suffering sons. If we cannot reveal the Son to a world that still has the potential to accept Yasha’s gift of salvation, our mission of mercy would fail and we would only add more torment to those tormented, blinded, and confused souls. No! We will not settle for that. If our suffering here only produces results after the decay of our mortal bodies, our glory would not be manifest to the world to promote the acceptance of the Word—remember, they are waiting with expectation.
Paul confirms this thought, saying, “…the earnest expectation of the creature [creation] waits for the manifestation of the sons of Yahweh. For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of Him who has subjected the same in hope, because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption [decay] into the glorious liberty of the children of Yahweh. For we know the whole creation groans and travails in pain together until now, and not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the [Holy] Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption [son placing], to wit (that is), the redemption of our body” (Romans 8:19-23).
The concept of the resurrection being limited to a graveyard experience completely veils the meaning of the redemption of the body. Our spirits were redeemed at the cross, but our bodies remain in death until the Living Word in us mortifies the deeds of our flesh, “So then they that are in the flesh cannot please Yahweh. But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of Yahweh dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ [the Son], he is none of His. And if Christ [the Son, the Hope] be in you, the body is [yet] dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. But if the Spirit of Him [Yahweh] that raised up Yasha from the dead dwells in you, He that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken [make alive] your mortal bodies by His Spirit [Yahweh’s] that dwells in you. [In Christ we are still in the flesh, but we have the Hope and a mediator, Christ, our righteousness, but in Christ we, in our individuality, are incapable of pleasing the Father with our works until we mortify the deeds of the flesh by experiencing tabernacles that is the indwelling of the Father.] Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh. For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if you through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body ye shall live” [Romans 8:8-13].