Anticipating Our Transformation
When we are dealing with progress into spiritual truth, we are not dealing with good and bad consequences, per se. I think of this experience as an awakening—our transition from the materialistic into realistic. The Father is not dealing with consequences, but with motivations or intentions.
On this realm in which we have our existence, our objective is to experience or become functional in Spirit reality. We are involved with human concept and our reactions to that which we understand. When people are in darkness to truth, there is constant activity; though much of the time, we find their motives excellent, the degrees of the good consequences range from mildly good to grossly intolerable.
I knew a very nice lady several years ago: she was what is known as a very moral person. Before accepting Christ, she did not curse, drink, smoke, gamble, or take drugs. She was good to her friends, helpful, and honest, at least to the level of her understanding. She was considerate, friendly, and very clean. Outwardly she seemed to be faultless, but in reality she was biased, self-righteous, jealous, resentful, limited in wisdom, and hostile to her situation. In spite of the fact that she strove to be good, she did not create an ideal home environment for her children because her principles were wrong. In adulthood, they loved her dearly, but they carried many scars and unpleasant memories because of her lack of wisdom.
Hitler’s régime is a good example of bad consequences; his administration stands equal with the worst miscarriage of justice in the history of mankind, even so, Hitler did his evil works under a warped religious conviction. He felt that Yahweh had chosen him to rid the world of the Jewish population. His motive was, in his perverted concept, for the highest good to mankind. He felt he was chosen to destroy the people that were causing disharmony in the mind of his god, which included the blacks, the browns, and all the variation of colors in between.
Hitler’s original plan was to achieve a lofty goal that would repopulate the earth with a pure white race. History stands witness to only a fraction of the depth of his ignorance. It is impossible to determine the destruction that Hitler, one ignorant intellect, brought in human suffering and waste. We hope there will never again come upon this earth a person that creates such devastation. But, regardless of the cost in human suffering and waste, the man’s carnal mind saw his works as good. He was not alone in his evil imagination. Millions of people fell in line with him on that issue and supported his actions; some of his supporters were marching under a Christian flag. There are many Christians alive today who are in agreement with his thinking. Lord help us. Who can fathom the price we pay each day because our influential leaders and parents refuse to turn to Yahweh for wisdom?
“The natural mind receives not the things of the Spirit of Yahweh, 1 Corinthians 2:14” Only good can produce good results. Human government is corrupt, unfair, and devious when it is administered by unconverted individuals. Their motives may be good, and their design is often aimed at achieving the best results for the benefits of the administrator, but their highest good is limited by their personal wants and needs because the carnal mind can see no higher goal.
As Kingdom-priests, we will become detached from carnal government; we cannot change it, nor apply the Kingdom principles to it. We cannot function under its rules, but we will not be hindered in any way because of it. The only thing we are told to do is petition Yahweh concerning it. Human government is ordained by Yahweh; it must be enforced to control the masses. But it cannot produce the good that we comprehend as good, nor can it operate under the Kingdom principle. In the realm of human government, the people will not tolerate a perfect government. The natural concept of law is unfair when it deals with the letter of the law.
I remember an incident that happened when I was three and a half years old. We lived in an apartment house with two other families. One was a man and his wife. The other tenant was a widower, his teenage boy and an eleven year old son.
Mother, Daddy, and the older children were working in the field, and I was left to care for my baby sister. I had her on a pallet on the porch when the eleven year old lad came around the corner. He had a boot box and pitched it to me. He suggested that I sit my sister in the box. I did as he suggested. He then told me to push her over where he could reach her. He was standing on the ground. I did, but the next thing I knew she was on the ground and he was telling me I was in trouble. I ran to her, but could do nothing but try to comfort her while he taunted me. The porch was very high, because we lived in an area that was subject to overflows from the White River. I could not climb the steps with the baby and I could not leave her to get the pallet and a wash cloth.
The lady from the other apartment returned from the field a few minutes after the incident and, as is human nature, she repeated the boy’s version of what happened to my parents, who came up not too far behind her. The boy had laid the blame on me. Dad did not ask me what had happened. He laid the razor strap to my squirming body that lay beneath him on the floor. Was my dad evil? No! not at all. In his motive, my dad was not evil; his only crime was his lack of information. He was ignorant to what had happened and just as ignorant to what needed to be done to bring the greatest good from the incident.
I was wrong for listening to the boy and carrying out his instructions, but I was not guilty of purposely hurting my sister, though I did, in fact, cause her great pain. My actions were also guided by my ignorance to the boy’s motive. My motivation was to be cooperative with an older child.
I never told my parents or the neighbor the true details of what had transpired. They never asked me; therefore, the image of me that the lie created remained in their minds. But I learned a lesson that day that helped guide me through my years of parenting, “Never assume you have the answer until you investigate to get all the facts.” Dad assumed the lady had witnessed the incident; therefore, there was no reason to ask a frightened child. I had never lied to him before, yet it never occurred to him that he did not have the facts. He was motivated by the desire to teach his children to love and care for each other and was guided by a hair-trigger temper. He used the only effective force that his intellect could supply.
The incident became a stepping stone for me. I kept it in mind that a parent could be too hasty and commit a crime against their innocent children. Parents are in control of the government of the home; they should look to it that all judgment and verdicts are initiated and climaxed by the wisdom that is from above.
Fear replaced respect in my childish mind that day. While the lacerations from the strap healed quickly, it was decades before the revelation of the principles of the two kingdoms could produce the balm that brought healing to the wounds that the incident inflicted on my spirit. This heavenly insight also released me from the false image my carnal mind had created of my daddy and gave me the freedom to truly love and understand him.
James describes that healing balm for us. “But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be entreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy. And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace,” James 3:17-18.
I again repeat my former statement; there is no wise and good government when its administrators are unconverted. To substantiate my conviction, let us look at Saint Peter’s action in Luke 22. This is another example of good motives but bad judgment. Peter had walked with Christ three and a half years, witnessing the most extraordinary and awesome miracles that had ever been seen by man. He listened to Yasha’s sermons on the power of the principle of love, yet when the crises came he reverted to natural warfare. How many of us would make the same mistake? Only the Lord knows.
The incident produced an accelerated emotion in Peter. He acted upon the highest good according to his concept of good. He was defending his friend, the Lord of glory, and the most innocent man that ever walked the earth. Surely he was justified in his method of defense. He did exactly as his carnal mind commanded. His motive was good. He had no choice; his conscience forced him to do as he did. He would have felt condemned had he done less. The Lord had understood Peter’s heart and dealt with his problem, “And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan has desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat: But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art ‘converted,’ strengthen thy brethren,” Luke 22:31-32.
Was Peter a believer? Did he love the Lord? Did he have good intentions toward the Lord? Is it good to cut a man’s ear off? His problem was that he was moved by the right motive, but his carnal principle was from the death realm; nevertheless it made a demand on his conscience to be expressed.
Peter reacted in the highest degree of good according to his concept? He was enslaved by his carnal conscience which demanded a violent reaction; he was blind to the truth. “Peter, after you are converted strengthen the brethren.” Would you have reverted to violence under those circumstances? The word of Life says, “Do violence to no man.” See Luke 3:14.
Peter had a problem that he did not know he had. Have you ever noticed how the Lord worked to reveal it to him? He knew the solution and furnished a mirror for Peter to glimpse a reflection of himself before the scene was displayed in the garden. “Then said he unto them, But now, he that has a purse, let him take it, and likewise his scrip: and he that has no sword, let him sell his garment, and buy one. For I say unto you, that this that is written must yet be accomplished in me, And he was reckoned among the transgressors: for the things concerning me have an end. And they said, Lord, behold, here are two swords. And he said unto them, It is enough,” Luke 22:36-38.
The Lord had been communicating with the apostles about the crucifixion that was about to take place. Did you ever wonder why the Lord made sure Peter would have a sword handy when the officers came to arrest him? They had managed to find two swords. Actually he did not need but one to make it convenient for Peter to manifest the spirit that controlled him. Did the Lord know Peter would resort to violence under pressure? Yes, he knew. But Peter needed to discern the difference between the Lord’s principles and his own. Peter had said, “Lord, I am ready to go with thee, both into prison, and to death,” Luke 22:33.
Peter never walked in harmony with Yasha’s principles, but he did not know that he didn’t; he was unaware that such principles existed. Christ told him, “Peter, after you are converted strengthen the brethren.”
The display of the more excellent way Shekinah is nothing less than awesome. Folks, the time is upon us, Halleluyah. “For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. For (or because) the earnest expectation of the creature is waiting 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 into the glorious liberty of the children of Yahweh. For we know that the whole creation groans and travails in pain together until now. And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit (that is), the redemption of our body,” Romans 8:18-23. WOW! What an awesome statement! This revelation is too high, too spectacular for my mind. My spirit is absolutely overwhelmed. Can you fathom it? Brethren it is coming!
At this time, Yahweh is converting a priesthood that will stand as kingdom-priest. They will function as kings in the order of the Melchizedek Priesthood.
The Kingdom-priest will be an order of mature ones who have reached their status through the exercising of their senses; they will usurp authority without violence or criticizing, they will not be celebrities that are highly esteemed by the masses, their life-ministry will be behind the veil—flesh will not see nor exalt them. Hebrews 5:14, “… strong meat belongs to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.” This is the administration of the more excellent way that Paul mentioned in First Corinthians 12:31.
In this realm of maturity, we will become aware of our highest emotions so that we exercise dominion over them and act upon them in an unattached way, that is, we see a scope that elevates our mind from fleshly slavery of the carnal senses into our heavenly dominion. Our motives and goals go beyond the earthly because we are hearing a call that beckons us to a pinnacle that takes us beyond self-will, fleshly ties, and carnal prejudges.
In this present administration, we are to experience the culmination of the old nature, or creation’s firstborn son, which will propel us past the total human or adamic experience into the manifestation of the new creation; this realm is the administration of reality. We will have finally responded to the call to put on the whole armor. “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armor of Yahweh, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high (heavenly) places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armor of Yahweh, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith you shall be able to quench ‘all’ the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of Yahweh: Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all,” Ephesians 6:10-18.
Though we are still waiting for this experience, it is available. It is waiting for our understanding to grasp it so strongly that Truth (reality) takes over the control of our actions. We cannot take hold of it until we allow it to fully take hold of us.
We gain our goal through faith. There is a faith-work that we must accomplish. Paul sums it up this way in his admonition to the Christians in Ephesians 4:22-24: “That you put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; And that you put on the new man, which after Yahweh is created in righteousness and true holiness.”
I have heard that all we have to do now is sit back, relax and enjoy our salvation. I hope you are able to do this if a heavenly vacation is your goal, but my highest ambition is to answer the cry of the travailing creation that is groaning in pain waiting for us to help them come to birth (Romans 8:18-23).
By faith I am, as Paul was, travailing with them and struggling to follow his instructions in Colossians 3:8-17: “But now you also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth. Lie not one to another, seeing that you have put off the old man with his deeds; And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him: Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all. Put on therefore, as the elect of Yahweh, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do you. And above all these things put on charity (love), which is the bond of perfectness. And let the peace of Yahweh rule in your hearts, to which also you are called in one Body; and be ye thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. And whatsoever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Yasha, giving thanks to Yahweh and the Father by him.”
I like reading these precious lines from other translations, and this one in particular I found to be quite moving as I read it from The Living Bible, “But now is the time to cast off and throw away all these rotten garments of anger, hatred, cursing, and dirty language. Don’t tell lies to each other; it was your old life with all its wickedness that did that sort of thing; now it is dead and gone. You are living a brand new kind of life that is continually learning more and more of what is right, and trying constantly to be more and more like Christ who created this new life within you. In this new life one’s nationality or race or education or social position is unimportant; such things mean nothing. Whether a person has Christ is what matters, and he is equally available to all.
Since you have been chosen by Yahweh who has given you this new kind of life, and because of his deep love and concern for you, you should practice tenderhearted mercy and kindness to others. Don’t worry about making a good impression on them, but be ready to suffer quietly and patiently. Be gentle and ready to forgive; never hold grudges. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. Most of all, let love guide your life, for then the whole church will stay together in perfect harmony.
Let the peace of heart that comes from Christ be always present in your hearts and lives, for this is your responsibility and privilege as members of his Body. And always be thankful. Remember what Christ taught, and let his words enrich your lives and make you wise; teach them to each other and sing them out in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing to the Lord with thankful hearts. And whatever you do or say, let it be as a representative of the Lord Jesus (Yasha), and come with him into the presence of Yahweh the Father to give him your thanks.”
Peter comments again on the same subject in First Peter 1:13-16: “Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Yasha Christ; As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance: But as he which has called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.”
Peter sees us as living stones in First Peter 2:5-10: “You also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to Yahweh by Yasha Christ. Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Zion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded. Unto you therefore which believe he is precious: but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner, And a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence, even to them which stumble at the word, being disobedient: whereunto also they were appointed. But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that you should show forth the praises of him who has called you out of darkness into his marvelous light: Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of Yahweh: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.”
Do not fret or be alarmed if your carnal mind rejects the above scriptures, it will, as does mine. The natural mind cannot grasp the message of the Kingdom, but our spirit-man does. Let us be thankful that we have been given eyes to see and ears to hear so that we may rejoice in the Spirit always.