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One of the powerful things about having a relationship with Christ is that we have a direct relationship with our creator. Through this relationship, study, and prayer, we learn more and more about God and ourselves. As we mature in our relationship with Him, the mysteries of Christ are continually revealed through revelation! Here are a few of mine...

- James

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Living On The Other Side
November 18, 2018 @ 12:21 pm EST

One of the earliest symbols found in the ancient ruins of the homes and meeting places of the first century Christians was an anchor. It was the old style anchor that ships used during that time to hold a ship steady in the midst of storms to avoid being pushed violently against a rocky shore or just to hold a ship steady in calm seas to rest in one place for awhile. The symbol of an anchor was everywhere among the followers of Jesus when the church was young.

The writer to the Hebrews wrote: “This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, a hope both sure and steadfast and one which enters within the veil.” (Hebrews 6:19) The hope that the writer is referring to is Jesus Himself and more specifically “the hope” is speaking of the fact that God not only promised to no longer count our sins against us again because of the offering of Jesus on our behalf for all our sins but God also swore with an oath that He would never count our sins against us again because of Jesus. Those are the two unchangeable things the writer had previously referred to in this passage. God’s promise and God’s oath to back up that promise. Those are the two unchangeable things. Since it is impossible for God to lie, the writer says, then these two things are unchangeable. This amazing proclamation by God is to give the believer strong encouragement and great hope, especially when the believer sins and finds himself in the age old battle between flesh and spirit. Now in Christ we can go boldly “beyond the veil” to the throne of grace and find mercy and help in time of need for all our needs.

Jesus, and the reality that His death has taken away our sins forever before God, is the hope and anchor that can see us through anything because in that reality is the truth of our union with God by the Spirit. The crowning achievement of Jesus for all of mankind was the removal of all sin forever and the joining of man to God by the gift of the Spirit. God has always yearned to have man with Him and Himself with man. For God to be with man is the eternal purpose of all that is, and was and is to come. When Jesus uttered those few words on the cross to the thief next to him He was speaking forth the eternal purpose of the heart of God: “This day you will be with Me.”

The apostle Paul wrote that he who is joined to the Lord is one spirit. Christ in us and we in Christ are the words of union. A person need only believe to enter into this new covenant and amazing reality. The unbeliever is alienated from the life of God and darkened in their understanding of God’s love and goodness but if they would only believe on Jesus then they too would be joined to God and rest secure with an anchor not of this world.

This anchor, which is Jesus and Him crucified, literally takes us beyond the veil even while we live on this earth. Just before His death and resurrection, Jesus said He was going to prepare a place for us that where He was we could be also that we might be where He is. Contrary to most of the teachings in the church today on this subject, Jesus was not referring to His second coming in this passage, which is now over two thousand years later. Jesus specifically said that He was going away to prepare this place for us and then return in “a little while.” He said the world would rejoice at his leaving and that His disciples would be sad but that in “a little while” they would see Him again and the joy they would have no man would ever be able to take away. The “little while” was three days and three nights. He came back in three days and three nights having prepared the place for them that they might always be where He is.

The apostle Paul said that believers are now seated with Christ in heavenly places in the place He prepared for us. That place is in Himself. We believers have now become the living stones of the true temple that was raised in three days, just as He promised. We believers have become the habitation of God by the Spirit and the Father and the Son have made their abode within us by the Spirit. We are now from above and no longer from below having been born of the Spirit through Jesus’ death and resurrection. We have this anchor that allows us to go beyond the veil directly to the throne of grace. Jesus is coming back to earth physically and visibly for sure but we need not wait until then to enjoy His work whereby He prepared a place for us in Himself that we might be where He is now. Jesus said when He returns, “Will I find faith on the earth?”

Jesus said that He was the Door and that His sheep would be able to go in and out and find pasture from another world even as they walk in this world. This is now the reality for all believers. He is with us always, even unto the end of the world. To live with this understanding allows us to live on the other side of the trouble in this world. Jesus said that in this world we would have trouble but He said to be of good cheer because He had overcome this world and opened a Door that no man would ever be able to shut. In Jesus we believers can literally live in His world, in Heaven, as we walk this earth. Jesus said the Kingdom of Heaven would come not like men think. It would come within man by the gift of the Spirit. The believer now can experience another reality within even though the reality without is full of chaos, trouble, pain and suffering. We have an anchor that holds us steady beyond the veil in another world. His world of peace and joy. His peace and His joy. His realm of light and love.

Awake believer and Christ shall give you light! We can know these things by the Spirit and rest in the middle of our battles knowing that Jesus Himself is with us and we are with Him beyond the veil and if Jesus is with you and for you, like He is, then hope can never die.

James Barron

The Amazing Final Truth That Changes Everything
November 12, 2017 @ 9:03 pm EST

People are always trying to improve themselves and that is a good thing. But much of the effort goes nowhere and even when there is some improvement, it can be an empty victory because there is no joy in it or no lasting spiritual value in the change.

The key to real change is seeing that a new creation has come. That changes everything. This is huge. The wisdom of this world is focused on trying to improve the old creation but since there is a new creation, all that “wisdom” is useless. Those who try to analyze the natural mind in order to help people be better people are wasting their time and the time of those who think that is the answer.

Religion is blind to the new creation. So is Psychology. They both are branches from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. Two branches from the same tree.

Jesus said that when the leaders are blind and they seek to lead the blind, then they both shall fall into the ditch. They both miss it and it is a mess. Many preachers seem to think they need to get believers saved or “right with God” every Sunday. Because they do not “see” that the work of Jesus brings a rest because His work of union with Himself is finished.

We are in Him and He is in us and as He is so are we in this world now, if we are believers. All that remains for the believer is a gradual renewing of the mind to a spiritual understanding of what “already is” and the final redemption of the body, upon leaving the body, when the mortality of the body shall put on the immortality of a son or daughter of God. With the renewal of the mind the new creation is manifested as we put on the deeds of the new man.

To see the new creation requires a revelation by the Spirit of God and faith. Religion has neither and Psychology has no clue. The truth is in the Tree of Life. The heavenly tree. Jesus Himself.

The truth has been there all along. We just could not see it. Jesus said if we continue with Him that eventually we would come to know the truth. The truth that can set all people free, if they will believe. The unbeliever has no part in this.

We are forgiven and Everlasting Love has made us new, just like Him, and together with Him we live now and forever.

That is the amazing final truth that changes everything and brings real change.

James Barron

Grace Is A Person
September 15, 2017 @ 11:44 pm EST

God’s mind works in concentric circles and His creation is a manifestation of the way His thoughts work. From the huge swirling galaxies to the tiniest molecules with neutrons and protons we see the signature of God in all that has been made in circles within circles. Wheels within wheels the prophet saw as he beheld the glory of God in the Spirit. Concentric circles are circles that all have the same common core. That common core in all that God has made and done and will do is the Son. All things were made by Him and through Him and for Him. The Word made flesh was with God and is God. His name is Jesus.

Man’s mind was corrupted by Satan when he ate of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. Man’s mind was re-wired to think in terms of concepts of right and wrong and he was deceived to think he could be like God without God with this mere knowledge. If we are a believer, God in Christ has restored our minds to think like He thinks. To see the truth or the reality as He sees reality. Jesus said to Pilate that for this purpose He came into the world: To bear witness to the truth or the reality. We now have the mind of Christ. The Spirit is renewing the believer’s mind to see Jesus as the center of all things and all concepts. Jesus is truly the way, the truth and the life, as He said. Paul wrote that all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge are hidden in Him. We now know right from wrong because we know the Father through Jesus. To know Him is life. Whatever is like God is good and whatever is not like God is evil. We now live by Him who lives within us.

The enemy wants to move us away from the simplicity and centrality of Jesus to mere knowledge of concepts thereby weakening the personal relationship with Jesus Himself. The letter kills but the Spirit gives life. That applies not only to the law but to any mere knowledge of just concepts or precepts apart from a personal revelation and relationship with Jesus Himself by the Spirit.

There is a subtle move in some “grace churches” to proclaim more of a concept of grace than to proclaim the person of Jesus Himself. There is much praise for “the message of grace” but the person of Jesus is not being revealed in power so that faith in Him personally is not being strengthened. The result has caused the true grace of God found only in Jesus to be distorted. Grace in these churches is now being explained as an acceptance for same-sex relationships and marriages as something that is pleasing to God; or as a doctrine that means all are saved, or will be saved, and all are going to Heaven; or as being inclusive of all people, including Muslims, since we all worship the same God and therefore we should see every person on earth as a child of God. These are all great distortions of the true grace of God in Jesus.

When we cease to think like God thinks where His Son is the center of all things then we are corrupted in our thinking regarding heavenly realities. We lose sight of the great mystery of our own death and resurrection with Jesus and this great work of God through His Son is rarely mentioned. Our vital union with the person of Jesus is no longer the strength for all we do. The apostle Paul said that he was determined to know nothing among the saints but Jesus the Christ and Him crucified. The Son and His work. Paul said he was called by God to proclaim His Son to the world. Our primary message is not grace. Our primary message is Jesus. Only in Jesus can the true grace of God be revealed, understood and experienced unto life and holiness.

Jesus is our everything for God has made Him to be everything to us. Jesus alone is the center of all the circles. He is Lord of all. He is our bridegroom and He is our best friend. We can lay our head on His chest as the apostle John did and rest in His love for us personally. He knows our name. You cannot lay your head on a concept of grace. Grace is a person.

James Barron

What Does It Mean To Walk In The Spirit?
April 14, 2017 @ 4:57 pm EST

Seeing the reality of living in both heaven and earth through our union with Jesus is so key to understanding what it means to “walk in the Spirit” and Paul said walking in the Spirit is how we fellowship with God and overcome the flesh. Pretty important.

Most believers say that walking in the Spirit is yielding to the impulses of the Spirit within as He guides you in day to day decisions. They see walking in the Spirit primarily all about making godly choices and hearing God’s voice lead you. In many cases, that is really just a way to promote a life lived by principals and laws without saying so. That is an inferior view of what God really did through Jesus. Very inferior.

In reality “walking in the Spirit” is living on earth with the awareness that you are not from here anymore and you live in and from the realm from which you came. The heavenly realm. As Jesus said, “You are no longer from below (Earth) but now you are from above (Heaven).”

This is how our mind can set itself on things above and how we can look at the unseen. This is how the new world within us by union with Jesus is experienced personally and manifested visibly for others to see. This is how we can continually bask in God’s love as if from a light from another sun that shines on another world of blue skies and green meadows.

To be sure, a person who lives with the awareness that they are not from here anymore will make godly choices but those choices arise from a new insight and a new life deep within and not a mere mental choice to do what is right.

Jesus did not come to suffer and die and be raised again on that first Easter morning to merely help you make godly choices so you could have a good life. Jesus came to utterly end the human race which began with the first Adam and begin a new creation born in Heaven! Jesus came to take away the sin of the world so God could start over again. The apostle Paul said Jesus is the last Adam and the first glorified Man from Heaven for a new reality. To see this is to begin to understand what it means to “walk in the Spirit!” Anything less than this is just men playing religious games for financial gain in this world.

To see the new world in Jesus is totally life changing. Imagine a new world within you that is full of God’s love and peace and joy. Imagine that reality so filling you that it overshadows this present, visible world such that nothing in this world moves you from your place of rest and peace as a son or daughter of God, born in Heaven. This is the inheritance of the saints available now to be enjoyed because of the Door who is Jesus. This understanding is what “walking in the Spirit” is all about. This is the glad news of the Kingdom of God!

James Barron

The Garden of Eden on Earth Again
March 31, 2017 @ 3:21 pm EST

Consider what Jesus said again: “I am the door; if anyone enters through Me, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.” (John 10:9)

Most teach that Jesus is saying here that He is the only Door to heaven when our bodies die. And that is true. Gloriously true! Thank God there is a Door! God did not have to provide a Door, but He did. God so loved the world that He gave us a Door. But most do not know what to do with the rest of His statement. They who are His “shall go in and out, and find pasture.” Jesus is speaking of the use of “the Door” while we live now on earth and not just when our bodies die.

Jesus is saying that the believer lives in two worlds at the same time. In heaven and on earth. Just like Jesus. The believer finds “pasture” or nourishment and rest in another world, in heaven, and we bring that reality into this world, as we “go in and out,” so to speak. This is how Jesus lived every day and it is how the apostles and early disciples learned to live. The Spirit seeks to renew our minds to this new and living “Way.” The scripture speaks of angels ascending and descending on Jacob’s Ladder and then Jesus claims the same thing for Himself, clearly telling us that He is the reality of which Jacob’s Ladder spoke. He is the Door of Heaven! When angels ascend and descend from heaven to earth, they are still angels. We are the sons of God and we “go in and out” between heaven and earth and remain the sons of God.

In context, Jesus is speaking of His followers as sheep. What do sheep find in a pasture? They find grass to eat, or nourishment, and they lay down in pastures of green grass to rest. It is another world. His world. And that world is now inside of us who believe Him. He said that He gives to us His peace and His joy, not as this world gives. Only believe, Jesus said, and we will experience His new world within, no matter what trouble surrounds us in this world. This new world is the Kingdom of God within us through the Spirit. Jesus said that in this old world we would have trouble and pain, but that we can rejoice in it all because He overcame this world and brought us to His new world. Not just when our bodies die, but now.

Rarely, if ever, is this awesome truth taught to the church. But when it is explained to the bride of Christ, her heart leaps within for her Beloved and the Spirit bears witness to the truth. He is the Door not just for us after our body dies but now while we live on earth. Now we are where He is, seated in heavenly places together with Him, and now He is with us on earth, always, even until the end of the world. All possible because there is a Door.

In His world the great love of God continually shines upon us without hindrance or pause. He knows your name and He is for you and not against you. This is the glad news of the Kingdom of God! The miracle of Eden is here again on earth for all who believe, yet better! Eden was a place on earth where heaven and earth intersected. Where two worlds met. A place where God and men could walk together in the beautiful garden on earth. A place where the heavenly Tree of Life stood in all its majesty freely accessible by mankind. Where all things were on earth as they were in heaven. Eden is back because of Jesus, the true Tree of Life. Paradise is not lost. Let him who has eyes to see and ears to hear enjoy his inheritance now and forever. There is a Door.

James Barron