When Yasha said, “You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free,” he was speaking not only of the present truth but also of the omniscience of the Holy Spirit. This is having the discernment to know what we are dealing with as well as the foresight to know what reaction will occur as the results of any particular action. This power, alone, will set us free from sin and death.
Knowledge comes, not only through seeking but also through yielding ourselves to the Spirit of knowledge, which Yahweh gives us through the Spirit of Truth. It is most difficult to act upon his revealed information, because we usually do not have any material evidence that it will work. The things of the Spirit most always seem contrary to the flesh—very unnecessary and foolish to the human mind.
Another wall that stands in our way of dealing in pure truth is our human attachments. We must become completely unattached, or un-self motivated. Usually our first subconscious reaction to the truth is based on our relationship to the proposed actions and its potential effect upon our personal kingdom. “If I do that, it will…” If I do not do that, it will…” are phrases that did not enter the Lord’s heart.
“Not my will, but thine be done,” was our Lord’s heart’s cry. It was his mission on earth. He received his instructions without rationalizing or considering the after-effects on his person. He said, “… I do nothing of myself; but as my Father hath taught me, I speak these things,” John 8:28.
Yasha’s mission was to the highest good of the human family, and it cost him his life. He could carry his mission to its complete climax because he was unattached, or disconnected, from his humanity.
Until we reach that perfect understanding, or the omniscience in Spirit, our actions and decisions will be governed by limited understanding; therefore, division, confusion, and unnecessary problems will continue to plague the Church.
Cleansing of the heart is not enough to destroy sin; we must also be “renewed” in the spirit of our mind (Eph. 4:23).
At one time or another, most of us have asked, “Why did Yahweh allow sin to be introduced to the innocent couple (Adam and Eve)?”
Sin is produced by ignorance, or lack of knowledge. It is necessary for man to grow and develop into maturity by exercising his will and initiative, without will and initiative man would be reduced to the lowest realm of created things—such as minerals and vegetation. Man’s immature actions are what are understood to be sin.
Before we become mature adults we must first be born and then develop through the infant and adolescence stages. As we become adults, we put away childish things. This is also true in the realm of the Spirit; as long as we must function and make judgment with a limited understanding, we will make mistakes. This does not suggest that we are willfully sinning; it just shows that we are spiritually immature and capable of making mistakes.
As we mature into spiritual adulthood, we will put away those foolish and childish things-along with their disruptive consequences. To say we are spiritually immature and capable of missing the mark is not implying that we are sinning.
We are now living in the age where judgment is not according to right and wrong or on the consequences of people’s actions, but upon the motivations of their hearts. This is why some people get by with things we cannot get by with. Their sense of right and wrong is not developed on the realm of Truth.
Immature decisions, regardless of the intentions, often produce bad consequences, but our Father judges motivations, not the consequences; therefore, rebellion remains a transgression even if the action appears to produce good results. If we willfully rebel against the knowledge we possess, it is sin unto us. But if we are mature, we will not be so ignorant that we rebel against life and happiness.
Think! If Christ had refused the cross, it would have appeared to the carnal mind that he had reacted in the best interest of his humanity; therefore, he would have been justified. But the results would have had the most extreme bad consequences for all humanity, especially his.
“Therefore, to anyone knowing to do good, and doing it not, to him it is a sin,” James 4:17.