Since Calvary, all stand forgiven for every sin they have ever committed (John 1:29). But forgiveness standing alone cannot produce full salvation—something stronger is needed.
Forgiveness from sin is in the reach of millions that shall never, in this age, take advantage of it or benefit by it. Some are unaware that it is needed while others do not know it is available.
Though forgiven for his sins and accepted in the beloved, man must yet become enlightened before he will become aware of his spiritual condition and understand that he is dead in his sins and trespasses and wrongly motivated. A heavenly light must penetrate his mind to enable him to feel remorse for his sins and to see the necessity of redemption, but, even as he possesses forgiveness and understands his lack and need for conversion, something more is needed. These, standing alone, are not sufficient in themselves to redeem the creature—something greater must be added. If man seeks forgiveness, our heavenly Father stands ready to forgive him (1John 1:9). If he desires the Word, sufficient Word will be revealed (James 1:59). But until the Spirit of Christ, which is the Spirit of truth, takes up his abode in the temple (body of man) and abides there, nothing can save him and he will continue to sin. Without the Spirit of truth being there to motivate and restrain him, man will continually oppose Yahweh and resist truth; he will continue to make judgment from the seeing of his natural eyes and the hearing of his natural ears.
The adamic creature can only act out of that which he is—a substance from the earth’s realm, a created earthly being. He cannot please Yahweh (Rom. 8:5-8). Until the Spirit of Life and Truth transforms the creature from an earthly being into the heavenly, or spiritual, realm from a created being into a Spirit-begotten son, he will remain a part of the created, or earthly, kingdom. He is not of the heavenly, or new, creation until he becomes born from above. “Yasha answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again (born from above; mistranslated, born again) he cannot see (comprehend) the kingdom of Yahweh,” John 3:3.
The Son Abides Ever
As a part of creation, man cannot find fellowship with the One that fashioned him. The children that are Spirit-born are able to abide in the Father’s house and inherit his substance. These Spirit-begotten, or born from above, children fellowship with the Father and understand his heavenly language (Rom. 8: 14-17) because they have inherited his nature: love, joy, peace, faith, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, meekness, and temperance (Gal. 5: 22-23). The created being must receive the birth from above that transforms him out of the earthly; he must be born of the Spirit (John 1:12; 3:5-6) and become a living abode for the Spirit of Truth.
The righteousness of the law gives us a shaded light that reveals the sinful nature of man and his need for Life. But the knowledge that eternal Life does exist and that Christ is the only source of Life that we need, cannot transform the created into the Spirit-born man. This knowledge is from above—it is a heavenly message. But knowledge alone cannot save man (1 Cor. 12:2).
Only the Spirit of Truth Can Illuminate a Lie
Man cannot understand the things of the Spirit until it is revealed to him by the Spirit. After it is revealed, it must find an abiding place within him. He cannot live because a word has been spoken unto him; the speaker of that word must become the Spirit of his hearing and the vision of his seeing. Man’s principle of life and motivating force must proceed out of the substance of the Almighty Father. Our inheritance in Christ is to receive the nature and attributes of our Father.
Only truth can overcome our darkness or natural understanding. Unless the Holy Spirit abides within our mind, we will act out of a carnal, or natural, understanding. We will not be transformed from death into life—we shall perish in our sins.
“For every one that does evil hates the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. But he that does truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in Yahweh,” John 3:20-21.
“He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. He came unto his own, and his own received him not. But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of Yahweh, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of Yahweh. The word was made flesh and dwelt among us…,” John 1:10-14.