The Substance of Our Inheritance
If we, the born from above children of Yahweh, have any degree of spiritual discernment, we are conscious of the schism and immaturity that plagues the Church family and we long for the promised change.
In his letter to the Corinthians (12:), Paul speaks of a limited, or partial, Spirit operation that is available to the young Church, but he doesn’t stop there. He goes on to inform us of a more perfect way (13:). This more perfect way is the utopia of our expectations. But how to lay hold of it is the big question.
We understand the more excellent way is the unlimited expression of love that Christ taught—but doesn’t that endeavor lay us wide open to an attack from the enemy? Common sense affirms it will. How can we possibly survive if we honestly attempt to follow the instructions Christ laid down for us in Matthew 5:39-44? “But I say unto you, That you resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite you on your right cheek, turn to him the other also. And if any man will sue you at the law, and take away thy coat, let him have thy cloak also. And whosoever shall compel you to go a mile, go with him twain. Give to him that asks you, and from him that would borrow of you turn not you away. You have heard that it has been said, You shall love your neighbor, and hate your enemy. But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you.”
As I look at the above command, I do not marvel that this philosophy will not fit into the modern concept of religion. It seems the Lord expects us to stick our necks out to be persecuted and then expects us to rejoice and be exceeding glad when it happens. As we look at this text square on, we do not wonder that the teaching of Christ is a stranger in his house. Though no one has said it outright, few accept it as a workable principle in our society. Yet we do not come into our inheritance without it.
Recently I came across this scripture in Genesis 15:1: “… the word of Yahweh came unto Abram in a vision, saying, Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward.” Knowing full well that I, as Abraham’s seed, inherited his promises (Know you therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham. For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. And if you be Christ’s, then are you Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise?” Galatians 3:27, 29), I instantly recognized that I was in line to inherit Yahweh. But how in this world could any person expect to inherit Yahweh? Is not that what I am doing when I allow his Spirit to possess me until I am overflowing with, that is, gushing out of my innermost being the River of Life: love, goodness, meekness, cleanness, joy, peace, righteousness, etc.? But if I accept Yahweh’s attributes, I must let go of my own, which is contrary to his. The only way we can inherit our substance is to esteem it highly enough to sell all we possess to inter into it.
After being involved in the ministry for the past forty-five years and observing it, I feel qualified to diagnose its illness. We are, as a whole, obsessed with protecting our “ministry” and our “spiritual standing.” There are ministers out there that do not fit the category that I am about to describe, and I pray you be not among them. But the truth is clear; most of our ministers love and protect those that “love” and support them. They will punch, claw, badmouth, or do whatever it takes to keep “their” flock. They live in fear of losing prestige and face. The bottom line is their ministry is the thing they serve, and many of them do not know if their doctrine is biblically based or not.
I would to God that the ministers of Yahweh would go back to the four Gospels and read all the passages printed in red and then pattern their ministry after them. We need to forget the system devised by Rome in the dark ages and begin to think of ourselves as love messengers.
We will never be able to walk in the principles of Christ if we refuse to abandon our common sense. The principle of love does work. Love has power; it will not fail. But we must have faith enough in Christ to try his philosophy.
If I am a minister of the “more excellent way message,” I have one, and only one, valid expression—that is to manifest Love. Not love for my comfort, my church structures, my possessions, but love for the person that is standing in front of me. I can have no respect of person, for in Christ we are to know no man after the flesh.
In the Church realm, there are all sorts of conflicts; this is as is expected, but I am convinced it is time for the more excellent way ministry. If you want in, you will need to sacrifice your ambition and your high self-esteem. You will have to fall out of line with the world, abandon your sports shows, abandon religion with its denominations, segregation, with its “isims” and “schisms,” and present your body a living sacrifice.
Paul left the instructions with the infant Church, but he told them it would be in the ages to come before the Body would unite in one. He knew the spirit of man and that it would take a long time for the Church to birth her son. But it is now birthing time.
Are we followers of a dignitary that the world is impressed with? No, we are the followers of a man that walked from place to place—he experienced the hardships of the environment he lived in. He was despised and rejected, a man of sorrow and acquainted with grief. His one objective was to give himself to the world. His actions were clear. He loved and pleaded for his enemies from the cross of his crucifixion and we should expect to do no less.
Certainly you will be lied on and persecuted to the maximum; this is as it should be. We are introducing a philosophy to the world that they do not believe can exist. They will punch at it, stomp it, and bat it around every which way. They have a drive to know if one can trust Love. If they cannot trust love, they cannot trust a loving God. And who wants to serve the god that religion has presented to the world?
The only way the inhabitants of the world can know love, is for the sons of Yahweh to express it. We cannot have life until we lay down our old religious self and begin to flow from reality. We need not worry about doctrine or wildfire. If we will manifest Christ to them, they will thirst no more. But we must accept the teaching of Christ before we can convince others that uninhibited love is the answer to the woes of the world.
Love has power; love can and will win. I set my faith for my conviction on the knowledge that Love will not fail.
The best way to be sure your faith stands in the philosophy Christ taught, is to quote it from the pulpit without feeling the need to modify it with “if” or “but.”