Grace & Wrath

July 18th, 2020 § 5

To understand how the grace of God in Jesus and the wrath of God for an evil world are both a present reality, you must be able to see the two worlds.

As a believer we have been translated from this world of flesh and darkness through the Portal into the kingdom of the beloved Son.  The evil world still exists and those who are in the flesh are subject to that world and in that world the wrath of God abides upon them.

“He that believes on the Son has everlasting life: and he that believes not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abides on him.”  John 3:36

We have the Good News that Jesus took all of the wrath of God for us and if we only believe then all our sin will be considered as taken away completely and we will pass through the Door into a new world where there is no law and no judgment.  A new reality in the Spirit.  We are witnesses to this new world.  Witnesses of Jesus primarily. 

As Paul said to the Galatians, Christ will be of no benefit to the one who does not believe.  No benefit.  The unbelieving world receives no benefit from the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross, except for the love of God they receive from believers.

So while it is true that God loves the whole world and that He judged the whole world on the cross at the death of Jesus, that universal act only benefits the individuals who believe on Jesus.  If we believe then God baptizes us into the Spirit of God and thus into the history of Jesus where we also died and where we also were raised again.  If a person does not believe then he has no history with Jesus and he remains one of the fallen sons of disobedience still in Adam under the power of the evil one and subject to judgment.  Still a prisoner of this fallen world.

We see the judgment of God falling on Herod in the book of Acts after the resurrection.  Ananias and Saphira were also judged as unbelievers who were trying to become a member of the body of Christ with the wrong currency, a living faith being the only coin of God’s realm.  These were judgments from God falling on unbelievers even as the Good News of God’s grace was being proclaimed.  Believers need not fear the judgment of God.  Jesus said, “He who believes in Me shall not come into judgment but has already passed from death and into life.”  Believers have passed over into another world.  His world.  His realm where we sit with Him in heavenly places.

Paul said, “Behold the goodness and severity of God.  Goodness toward you who have believed but severity toward those who have refused to believe.”  So Aslan is not a tame lion and though He seeks to rescue the lost and has given His life that all may live, His roar and terror still lives because He lives and evil will be judged, one way (the cross) or another.

James Barron

What Men Call Balance God Calls Mixture

July 13th, 2020 § 1

Men sometimes mix law and grace when they teach the Gospel. They are afraid of teaching “too much grace” so they will say we need “balance” when we preach the Gospel. But when you add law to grace it is no longer the Gospel and God calls it mixture and not a pure Gospel.

This mixture of law and grace (that men call balance) goes something like this: A person is forgiven and born of the Spirit when they believe that Jesus is the Son of God and that He took away all our sin by His death on the cross and that He was raised again on the third day, BUT a believer must keep the law in order to be righteous and confess his sins every day and ask God to forgive his sins again and again every day to stay right with God. Those added words after the BUT are not balance. That is mixture. That is error.

This thinking will cause a believer to not enter into God’s rest and allow Jesus to live His own life through the believer. Now as a believer we let the Spirit guide us, not the law, and when we sin as believers we thank God for the forgiveness we already have because Jesus died once for all sin, for all people, for all time and we don’t keep asking God to forgive us.

The true Gospel leads us to a growing revelation that we are one with Jesus. Paul said he who is joined to the Lord is one spirit. Jesus prayed in John 17 that we would be one with Him even as He was one with the Father. He in the Father, the Father in Him and now we in Him and He in us. One. That is now the reality for every believer. This awareness of our union with Jesus, where He Himself is our righteousness, is what brings a deep peace in our lives. We have peace with God and the peace of God that surpasses all understanding. This is the root of all rest.

When we know God’s love is toward us unconditionally and that we have the gift of righteousness then we know we can never mess up or not measure up before God. He loves us as much as He loves Jesus. Jesus said that in John 17.

So let this unconditional love of God and this rest in Him grow in you and you will find a new freedom and you will not worry about meeting other people’s expectations or be concerned about being perfect all the time. Ask God to make life full of joy again for you. Ask Him to show you how you can mentor other believers because that will bring joy. Ask Him to give you the desires of your heart and then go after it knowing Jesus is with you and in you to bring it to pass. Dream big because He is a very big God and He likes to bless your socks off. If you are a believer, you are His son or daughter and there is nothing you can do to cause Him to love you less or love you more.

James Barron

Heaven Is Within You

March 7th, 2020 § 0

“If it were not so, I would have told you.”   Jesus (John 14:2)

Jesus began His public ministry by proclaiming to all who would hear that the Kingdom of Heaven was suddenly near and within reach of anyone.  This was His simple but profound message.  Heaven was coming to earth through Jesus.  He called on the people to change their minds about Heaven.  He said to “repent” or, in other words, “change your mind,” for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand. They had heard from the prophets that it was coming one day in the future and that only the holy would ever see it.  Their view of Heaven was a far away place and certainly not a place within reach now.  Yet, that is exactly what Jesus was announcing.  Heaven was coming to mankind.  Now. 

He demonstrated the power of Heaven by healing the sick and even raising the dead.  He told His disciples to go out and tell everyone the Kingdom of Heaven is here and heal the sick in my name.  If the people rejected these disciples’ message, Jesus said tell them the Kingdom of Heaven came close to them today and move on to the next city.  This was revolutionary.  How can these things be?  That is what thousands began to ask themselves as this carpenter from Nazareth worked His way across the country side in the land of Israel many years ago. 

Jesus said, “The Kingdom of Heaven is not coming like men think.  It shall be within you.”  Jesus came to clear the way for God and mankind to be joined together by the gift of God’s Spirit.  The Lamb of God would truly take away the sin of the world and all who would believe on Him would receive the forgiveness of all their sins and the gift of the Spirit of God.  In union with God through Christ by the Spirit, Heaven would come within the believer and being joined to Jesus the believer is where He is always, seated with Him in Heaven. 

Great is this mystery but now the believer lives in two worlds at the same time.  On earth as it is in Heaven.  Yes, on earth as it is in Heaven.  As we walk this earth as a believer we can experience Heaven within us.  His gift of righteousness, His peace, His joy.  All within us even though in this world we experience trouble and difficult times.  Two worlds at the same time because He is the Door to another world.  If it were not so, He would have told us.

James Barron

Once And For All

September 6th, 2019 § 0

Scripture tells us that one of the names given to our enemy the devil is “the accuser of the brethren”. It also tells us in Revelation that “the saints overcame him by the blood of the Lamb …”. I don’t know about you, but my experience has been that the enemy never misses an opportunity to point out my past sins or failures (whether from 10 years or 10 minutes ago). But what I have also learned is that the “the enemy who prowls around like a roaring lion seeking whom he may destroy” can be rendered powerless if I simply remember what the Lord Jesus has done for me. Specifically, how His work on the cross for me was totally complete and perfect. So, in this writing I will be emphasizing the “Once and for all” nature of the death of Christ in hopes that you may come to know in experience that “there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus”. As you will see, as it relates to both you personally and to mankind, the redemptive impact of Christ’s death was so far reaching that it took into account ALL THE SIN OF ALL PEOPLE FOR ALL TIME.

Hebrews 2:9 says, “But we do see Him who has been made for a little while lower than the angels, namely Jesus, because of the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor, that by the grace of God He might taste death for everyone.” This reminds me of another scripture in 2 Corinthians 5:18-19, which states “Now all these things are from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ, and gave us the ministry of reconciliation, namely, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their sins against them, and He has given us the ministry of reconciliation”. Then there is that popular verse displayed at sporting events around the world, John 3:16, which says, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life”. There are many more verses like these but the main point here is that CHRIST DIED ONCE … FOR ALL PEOPLE.

Furthermore, Hebrews 9:26 says, “Otherwise He would have needed to suffer often since the foundation of the world; but now once at the consummation of the ages He has been manifested to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself”. Likewise, “without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins” (Hebrews 9:22). In the same vein, the Apostle Paul states in 1 Corinthians 15:3-4, “For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the scriptures”. Again, I could quote a multitude of other scriptures that show that CHRIST DIED ONCE … FOR ALL SIN.

Moving on to another eternal aspect of the gospel, the Spirit of God bears witness in Hebrews 10:12 that “He, having offered one sacrifice for sins for all time, sat down at the right hand of God”. This scripture captures the essence of the third aspect of Christ’s death being elaborated upon, that CHRIST DIED ONCE … FOR ALL TIME. Unfortunately, over many centuries starting literally in the year 1 AD, the enemy has planted a multitude of false doctrines in the churches and in many cases we have adopted church practices which can be traced back to a lack of faith in, and understanding of, the 3 aspects of the gospel mentioned herein. So, to once again reiterate my main point, Christ died once and for all … once for all people, for all sin, and for all time.

I believe that the main purpose of preaching & teaching is twofold, one is for evangelizing a lost world and the other is for the edification of the church. Although the Protestant Reformation in the 1500s brought a great deal of light to the church of Christ, it is my firm belief after 500 years that the teachings of the Protestant Reformation need to be replaced by a fresh revelation of Christ’s death and resurrection. We need to rid ourselves of the residual religious dogmas that have attached themselves to our belief systems like barnacles on a whale. In many cases the church has become like the religious crowd in Jesus day, to whom He said, “You are experts at setting aside and nullifying the word of God in order to keep your man-made tradition and regulations” (Mark 7:9). Let us not be like them but let us follow the instructions of the apostle Paul in his letter to the Galatian saints and “cast out the bondwoman and her son”.

In closing I want to offer up this simple prayer to my God and yours. “Dear Father, deliver us from the devil’s lies that would seek to rob us of our inheritance as your children. Open our spiritual eyes to see that the death of your Son was indeed once for all people, for all sin, for all time. As the classic hymn “It is Well with My Soul” says, “My sin, not in part, but the whole, is nailed to the cross and I bear it no more”. May we see that Jesus’ death was in fact our death and that we have now been raised through His resurrection power to sit with Him in heavenly places. As we rest there through the mystery of union with your Son, let us gaze upon His face and glimpse His eyes of flaming fire, thereby being transformed into His likeness through Your Spirit. Equip us to love one another even as He loves us. Last but certainly not least, Magnify Your Son Jesus who was dead but is alive forevermore! In Jesus name. Amen.”

Chris Wiley

The Business of Church

September 6th, 2019 § 1

Even though there are great churches and great leaders of churches, too many believers have seen first hand behind the scenes the hypocrisy of the religious business of Christianity in some churches. They have been hurt by churches that are run primarily like a business and a source of income for a few leaders. When these believers needed encouragement they were perhaps neglected because of some moral stumbling or weakness. The business and its income must be protected at all costs. Even if it means the embattled saint must be discarded and shunned.

Churches that are operated primarily like a business usually teach a Gospel that is mixed with law and grace, human wisdom and heavenly wisdom, flesh and spirit. Many believers get burned out sitting under the messages delivered by these leaders. A mixed Gospel will make Christianity feel like just another religion. Believers want “genuine truth.” They are crying out for the “real.” But the real is not being proclaimed widely.

Only in a few places can you hear boldly and clearly how, because of God’s great love for the world, Jesus terminated the entire Adamic race by His death on the cross, took away the sin of the world, released believers from all law, given us the eternal life of God within by His resurrection, created believers new with a new heart, joined us to God Himself, brought us through a Door to another world called the Kingdom of Heaven which is now inside the believer by the Spirit that we might always be with Jesus! Is the church you are a part of teaching these awesome things?

This is the good news that will feed the spiritual hunger in all our hearts. He who goes to Jesus, the real Jesus, will never hunger again nor thirst again. But if he who is in search of the real attaches himself to a church that is primarily a business operation for profit then he will be profoundly disappointed.

James Barron

The Place

July 29th, 2019 § 0

It has always been about a “place” for God and man to be together. Eden was the prototype. The promised land for Israel was another picture. God said to Israel that He had “prepared a place for them, a place full of milk and honey.” God told Moses there is a “place” by Me where you can see my glory and He placed him in the cleft of a rock, a picture of Jesus.

Finally we see the reality when Jesus said I go to prepare “a place for you” that where I am, you may be also. That place is in essence in Himself. By being in Him we are now where He is. He has prepared for us a city. A place. And now in the Spirit we have access to that place. Mount Zion. Seated with Him now in “heavenly places.” That we might be with Him and He with us.

Seeing there is a Door to another world in Him as a fixed reality is very important. Heaven on earth within us has come through the gift of the Spirit just as He promised. He began His ministry on earth by declaring that the Kingdom of Heaven was at hand and within reach.

The apostle Paul said we have been translated from this kingdom of darkness and placed in the kingdom of the beloved Son now. This understanding is key to being established in grace. Once we begin to see more and more how we are literally in a different world in Him it becomes easier to not be moved by the false legalistic teachings being championed in much of the church today or the swirling winds and storms of adversity in this fallen world. In the “secret place” of the Most High we are safe.

This is how Jesus lived on earth. He constantly referred to this world when speaking to men as “your world” because He lived with the awareness that He was not from this world but rather from Heaven. Even so now we can say the same.

Jesus said of His disciples, “They are not of this world, even as I am not of this world.”

James Barron

Heaven In Us Now

June 20th, 2019 § 1

Man’s heart yearns for the new world God has given in Christ. On earth as it is in Heaven was the Master’s prayer for us. Man feels the longing of the distant memory of Eden long, long ago, still in our DNA somehow. Jesus is the Door to that new world now for all who will believe and walk through that Door. The Cherubim have stepped aside by the decree of God and we may now freely partake of the Tree of Life in a new place even better than Eden was. For we have died and our life is now hidden with Christ in God Himself forever. Behold the Kingdom of Heaven is within you now!

Do you see how this “message of grace” is so much more than just believing that God is not counting our sins against us, as great as that is? The primary message of Jesus and the apostles was the good news of the Kingdom of God. The main message was that God was bringing Heaven to earth for man to enjoy in his innermost being. No matter what this world throws at you, within you is Heaven. No weapon formed against you will prosper.

God with us always. No matter what. Blue skies are within you though the dark clouds rage around you on this earth. He prepares a table for you in the midst of your enemies. For the Kingdom of God is within you now and you rest in His righteousness, His peace and His joy through His gift of His Spirit. His love fills us by that same Spirit.

He wants us to have life and life more abundantly now on earth through our union with Him. He wants us to know that we need not ever thirst again or hunger again for spiritual drink or spiritual food. He wants us to know what He accomplished for us is real and it is for now and not just when our bodies die. If it were not so, He said He would have told us. Believe only and we will see the glory of God now.

Lazarus was dead and Jesus came four days after he had died and been buried to see Mary and Martha, Lazarus’ sisters.

Martha told Jesus that she knew that her brother would live again one day in the future at the resurrection of the dead. Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me though he be dead shall live again. Do you believe this?”

Martha saw the resurrection as a future event where all that she desired from God would be experienced. Jesus showed her how she is not to look at the resurrection as merely a future event but rather a present reality in a person. That person being the Christ.

This whole scene with Jesus, Martha, Mary and Lazarus, though an actual historic event, is a metaphor to teach us that what Jesus came to accomplish for us is not something we must wait to experience as an event at the end of the world. We are not to wait for an event called the resurrection to experience Heaven. Jesus wants us to see that “He is the resurrection!” Jesus said that in Him we have already passed from death and into life!

The revelation from this metaphor is that Heaven is here now for us because Jesus is our resurrection and joined to Him we have been raised from the dead already and have already ascended to sit with Him in Heaven. He is the resurrection and the life for us now!

Do you believe this?

And Jesus told them to remove the stone and He called out, “Lazarus! Come forth!” and he who was dead came forth alive again!

Jesus is the resurrection and He calls us to come forth from the old world of death and walk into His new world of life! Come forth believer! Allow the Spirit to renew your mind and go through the Door and behold Heaven with your own eyes. Experience by faith Heaven in you now. Jesus is the resurrection and life has come to us through Him now. Abundant life.

Like Jacob, we must “awaken” and see the Gate of Heaven and the Ladder that has joined Heaven and Earth! Jacob said, “This is the Gate of Heaven! This is the House of God! God is in this place and I knew it not!” Jesus is the Gate of Heaven and He is the true House of God. Jesus is the Ladder who joins Heaven to earth. He did it!

The resurrection is not just a future event, it is a present reality in the person of Jesus. Did He not say that if we would only believe we would see the glory of God?

This is an awesome metaphor. Jesus is clearly saying to Martha that there is no time in Him. We need not wait for the passage of time to experience what He accomplished for us outside of time. He offered Himself up by the eternal Spirit. By one sacrifice He has taken away all sin for all men “for all time.” Jesus is the resurrection and the life now and forever! We can now go boldly beyond the veil into the Holy of Holies, into Heaven itself, the scriptures teach.

Martha thought she must wait for time to pass before she would see Heaven’s power and glory but Jesus said to her that what she was waiting for was actually standing right in front of her. She was going to count the days until the final day of resurrection but Jesus says to her, “I am the resurrection!”

James Barron

Lord, To Whom Shall We Go?

May 27th, 2019 § 0

Although Spotify and I-Tunes are the popular music formats of today, most of you can probably still relate to the frustration that occurs when the radio reception goes bad on your favorite station. You are jamming out to a great song while heading down the highway and then the broken lyrics and scratchy sounds take over. After fiddling with the dial and pushing the search button to find the signal again, you get impatient and end up switching to another station. I liken this scenario to the current Christian climate in America, where there is an endless variety of “new radio channels” in the form of “dynamic” preachers, contemporary praise services, churches for the unchurched, trendy best-selling books, TV programs, social media sites, etc. This analogy reminds me of the story in Acts chapter 17 where the Apostle Paul was speaking to the Epicurean and Stoic (Greek) philosophers. The scripture says that “all the Athenians and foreigners who were there spent their time in nothing else but either to tell or hear some new thing.”

This is one of the crafty tactics of the enemy to attempt to deceive you, much like he did with “Eve, with your minds being led astray from the simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ” (2 Cor 11:3). Scripture tells us that God is not the author of confusion, but of peace. So, it is no surprise that the enemy of our souls uses confusion to discourage us and rob us of our peace. Nor is it strange that he would use this obsessive-compulsive search for “some new thing” to complicate our minds and distract us from that “simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ” to which we have been called.

Can you think of any Christian fads, popular movements, or best-selling books that you got all excited about in the beginning but after some time had passed you realized that they were just “some new thing” that was being peddled for money and/or religious prestige? I have a recollection from the 1990s that in my zeal to “go hard after God,” I attended a large religious meeting in a stadium where we all stood up with our swords of the spirit and slayed a demon hovering over the city. Unfortunately, that demon must have been like the multi-headed Hydra monster of Greek mythology, because in the following weeks that city saw the same crimes and sins being committed as before. Live, learn, and thank God for his patience!

To emphasize my original point further, I now turn to an event in the life of the apostle Peter. In chapter 6 of the gospel of John, Jesus says to the Jews in foreshadowing his death and resurrection, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you … for My flesh is food indeed, and my blood is drink indeed. He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood abides in Me, and I in him.” As a result of this and other related “hard sayings,” scripture says “from that time many of His disciples went back and walked with Him no more.” At that point, Jesus said to the twelve, “Do you also want to go away?” Then Peter said, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.” It should be obvious and go without saying, but there is no other Person to turn to for the things pertaining to life and godliness.

In summary, the next time you hear some “hard saying” in scripture or you encounter some difficult life experience that you just can’t believe God would allow, remember the words of Peter, “Lord, to whom shall we go?” In like fashion, when bad reception obscures the music on your life’s favorite radio station, avoid chasing after “some new thing” on the other channels. There is simply no “new thing” to substitute for Christ Himself that will bring you the satisfaction and joy that your heart longs for and for which He died. As scripture says in Colossians, “Therefore, as you have received Christ Jesus as Lord (by faith), so walk in Him (by faith).”

– Chris Wiley

Living On The Other Side

November 18th, 2018 § 0

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 12th, 2017 § 0

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