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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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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

The Mind of Christ
February 26, 2017 @ 3:25 pm EST

The apostle Paul said that the believer now has the mind of Christ. That is an amazing statement. (I Cor. 2:16) That means that we can think the thoughts of Jesus which are the thoughts of God. (Contrary to Islamic teaching, Jesus was not just a prophet. He is God in the flesh and the teaching of the Koran is blatantly anti-Christ. Wake up Christians.) In fact, Paul said clearly in his letter to the Corinthians that the Spirit is given to the believer in Jesus so that we might know the thoughts of God. The unbeliever has not this capability. The apostle Paul said the unbeliever is “darkened in his understanding and alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is within them due to the hardness of their hearts.” (Eph. 4:18)

The good news of the Kingdom of Heaven is that it is here now for all who will believe that the death of Jesus, the Son of God, took away our sin. It is that simple. If you really believe and trust that Jesus is the Son of God and His death on the cross took away all your sin, including past sins, present sins and future sins, then you will be given the gift of the Spirit and be born new from above and be able to “see” the new reality in God called the Kingdom of God. You will not only “see” it but experience it within with the joy and peace of God.

The believer is a new creation with a new heart and lives in two worlds at the same time. We sit with Jesus in heavenly places at rest while we walk the earth. As Jesus is so are we in this world. The great mystery of our own death and resurrection through the death and resurrection of Jesus is the secret path to His Kingdom. To His invisible realm. To believe on Him and live in two worlds at the same time is truly awesome.

Some believers hear about the two worlds and about living in heaven while we walk the earth and they ask how can I do this? How does it work? I think we ask the wrong question when we say “How do I do this?” If we are asking the wrong questions then we will never get the answers we are really looking for.

It is primarily all about “seeing” the revelation itself. Jesus is the Door to a new reality in the Spirit and the apostle Paul said because the Spirit is within us then we can access and know that new reality. Paul lived in two worlds continually and that is the explanation for what and how he was able to accomplish so much during his time on earth.

The renewal of the mind such that we see as God sees and think like God thinks is a completely new way of understanding things. It is a paradigm shift of gigantic proportions for mankind. The Spirit brings us away from the thinking that originated from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil all the way over to a new way of thinking that emanates from the Tree of Life.

His ways are different from our ways like the heavens are high above the earth, but the believer is shown His ways and now His ways are our ways. One of the few things Moses asked of God was that God would show him His ways. Let him who has ears to hear, hear this: In God there is no time. When you live in the new reality, in the Kingdom of Heaven, you live in the end of all things, in the fulfillment of all things, and earth is the place where the glory of God can be manifested in time, day by day, for His glory. Jesus is the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end.

As we ponder these things we will find the peace and joy that Jesus promised and the answers to our prayers. We will find ourselves living in heaven while we walk the earth and men will see our good works of love and glorify our Father who is in heaven. To have the mind of Christ is a wonderful thing.

James Barron

On Earth As It Is In Heaven
February 14, 2017 @ 7:11 pm EST

In the Gospel of John, Chapter 14, Jesus is recorded as saying that in His Father’s House are many dwelling places. He said He would prepare a place for us that where He is we would be also. That place He prepared for us is in Himself.

He said He would raise up the true House of God in three days. Jesus is the true House of God for which the temple made with stones was just a picture. We have become the living stones in the true temple by the Spirit. He prepared the place for us in Himself in three days through His death and resurrection and then returned to His disciples on the third day as promised and received them into Himself even as He imparted Himself into them by the gift of the Spirit.

Where is Jesus now? He is in Heaven. So joined to Him we are where He is now, in Heaven. Seated with Him in heavenly places. That is how Heaven can be in us now. Because we are one with Him, and because He is the Door and only Mediator between God and men, we transcend this realm and live in two worlds at the same time. We are where He is in Heaven and He is where we are on earth. Even as Jesus was one with the Father and lived in Heaven in fellowship with the Father while He walked the earth, so we also live in Heaven through union with Him and our fellowship is truly with the Father and the Son by the Spirit while we walk the earth.

As Jesus is, so also are we now in this world. (I John 4:17)

These are the deep things of God that only the Spirit can show us. The Spirit has been given to reveal the thoughts of God to us, the apostle Paul taught. God’s great love for us has accomplished what was impossible for man. His Kingdom has come in us who believe. Through Jesus we live now in two worlds. He said we have His peace and His joy now within from His world and not as this world gives. He is with us always and we are never alone. On earth as it is in Heaven.

James Barron

The Fantastic Parallel Reality
February 6, 2017 @ 10:53 pm EST

It’s really quite fantastic when you think about what Jesus came to do and actually did.

Jesus began His public mission to mankind by announcing a new reality was here on earth and within reach for all people! He called this new reality the Kingdom of God or the Kingdom of Heaven! This new reality was in Him and soon would be in all those who believed. Then He revealed the only way one could “see this Kingdom” was to be born from above or recreated new. What? That’s different! He referred to Himself as the Door to this new world. He said this new world was not coming like men think. He plainly said it would be inside of you. His heart’s cry was “on earth as it is in heaven.” All fantastic!

Then the mystery of His grace and the Kingdom of His Heaven slowly was revealed by Him through His teachings. Especially through His parables. He showed the legalists how the Law could never be kept by men and that angered the high achievers and the hypocrites. The secret was that God would take away the sin of the world in a day and open the Door that no man could shut. God would give His own righteousness to those who believe and forever end the question of whether or not a person was good enough for heaven. All who believe on Jesus would pass through the Door by the gift of the Spirit, passing from death to life, passing through judgment without being judged! A great mystery of a death and a resurrection through Him!

In this new reality, union with God becomes the every day experience. A new and living way was prepared by Jesus and now we are in the new reality and where He is always while we walk this earth, seated with Him in heavenly places! We live our lives now on earth from within for our life is now hidden in God with Christ and God is hidden in us through Christ.

No eye saw this! No ear heard this! No man imagined this! But the Spirit now reveals it all to us who believe! Behold the genius of God! Behold the great love of God! The believer lives in two worlds at the same time. Just like Jesus did when He walked among us. The good fight of faith is to reject the criticism, condemnation and persecution from this world because you belong to Jesus and embrace the words of your God who loved you and gave Himself for you.

Jesus cooked breakfast for Peter on a beach after His resurrection when Peter was frustrated from working all night and catching no fish and distraught about the death of His friend, Jesus. Two worlds. When Peter saw Jesus he suddenly caught a net full of fish and found himself talking with Jesus over grilled fish on the beach. Two worlds. See it? It’s yours. He came to give you the Kingdom. Enjoy. This is not theory. This is real. Find your beach. It’s waiting.

Do you see the picture of the two realities in that scene with Jesus and Peter on the beach? Moments before Peter recognized Jesus on the beach, Peter was tired and frustrated with no fish. Then he sees Jesus and suddenly he has a boatload of fish and he is so excited and energized that he jumps off the boat into the water and swims ashore to have a meal with Jesus on the beach. Two different worlds.

The sea and land (beach) symbolize the two worlds that exist at the same time and “parallel” to each other. Maybe that is one reason we are drawn to the beach. We step through the Door to the other side when we see Him. That invisible realm can reverberate into our seen realm and fill our boat with fish and bring joy to our heart. The Kingdom of Heaven manifests in this kingdom of darkness and men see God’s goodness. Jesus planned it that way.

Another picture of the two parallel realms is when Jesus walked “alongside the two disciples” on the way to Emmaus. He walked parallel to them on the same road. See it? The same road but those on that road were in two different worlds.

They could not see who He was at first. In the breaking of the bread their eyes were opened and they saw it was Him all along walking “parallel” with them. The Covenant meal is a bridge to the unseen realm of the Spirit because it reminds us that God is not counting our sins against us anymore because of the broken body and death of Jesus. With great joy they ran all the way back to Jerusalem to tell the others. Two worlds.

After His resurrection, when He appeared and disappeared to His own for 40 days, He was teaching them that He would be with them always even though they could not see Him with their natural eyes. Soon they would learn to live in two worlds at the same time and they did.

One day Peter said to a lame man, “Silver and gold we do not have to give you, but what I do have I give you: Be healed in the name of Jesus!”

And the lame man walked again.

Two worlds.

James Barron