Archive for February, 2010

Your Conscience Only Responds To What You Do, But The Spirit Of God Reveals Who You Are

Posted in Blog Entry on February 26th, 2010 by James Barron – Be the first to comment

Saints,

Think about what Hebrews 9:8-9 and 9:14 are saying.  Take a look at that chapter again.  The Holy Spirit is saying that the secret to going beyond the veil into the Holy of Holies (i.e., a present experience on earth of engaging and communing with the living God within our spirit while in our body) is a cleansed and perfect conscience.  We now have that perfect conscience by revelation and faith in Christ and His work of death and resurrection on our behalf. The enemy knows this.  He continually accuses the children of God through religious systems and religious thinking to try to keep your conscience active accusing you.  But there is a higher authority than your conscience.  “If our heart (conscience) condemns us, God is greater than our heart (conscience), for He knows all things,” John writes in his letter.  (John refers to the inner working of the conscience as the “heart” in his letter.)  What does God know about you?  God knows you are His child, if you have believed on His Son.  The Lord knows those who are His, and if you are a son or daughter, then you are His heir.  Period.

It is not what we do.  It is who we are.  The conscience knows nothing of who we are, it only responds to what we do.  Fallen man has a conscience, but fallen man does not have the Spirit of God.  Only the Spirit of God, joined to our human spirit (as a result of being born from above), can reveal to us who we are in Jesus.  See it?  Because we have believed on Jesus, we have received the Spirit of the Son, crying “Abba” or “Daddy” to God our Father.

The cheribum who held the flaming swords to guard the way to the Tree of Life and to keep man away from that tree are like the conscience.  It is no accident that God had Moses put pictures of the cheribum on the great veil that concealed and blocked the way to the Holy of Holies, a picture on earth of the realm of heaven itself.  When the veil was torn from top to bottom at the very moment of Jesus’ death, the pictures of the cheribum were split and divided.  In other words, the angels stood aside, so to speak, when the veil was torn.  The message from heaven was clear.  The death of Jesus removed all our sin from us and God has stopped counting our sins against us forever.  “I will remember their sins no more,” says the Lord.  With this understanding, your conscience will no longer be able to keep you from coming boldly to the throne of grace to find help and mercy in time of need.  The way to the Tree of Life is open again and His name is Jesus, the way, the truth and the life.  And you are in union with the Tree of Life now, grafted in, bearing His fruit.  In union with Jesus Himself.

Religion is in the business of “sin management” (and without a doubt it is a multi-billion dollar business) and to take away sin is to put religion out of business.  That is exactly what Jesus did.

In Him who lives,
James

Removing Sin Consciousness Removes the Veil (Hebrews 10:1-4)

Posted in Blog Entry on February 9th, 2010 by James Barron – 1 Comment

Saints,

The very moment Jesus died on the cross the veil of the temple was torn from top to bottom.  A veil is something that conceals something.  You cannot “see” what is behind the veil because the veil blocks your view.  God is showing us the only way to “see” heavenly realities.  The simultaneous death of Jesus and tearing of the veil is saying something to us.  God is saying that the Old Covenant is over and sin has been literally taken away, not just covered, but He is also linking the removal of the veil from the Holy of Holies (or “seeing”) with the removal of sin.  See it?  The writer to the Hebrews actually says that Jesus’ body was the true veil (Hebrews 10:20) and the veil in the temple was but a picture or symbol of the real veil, which was Jesus’ body.  Jesus’ death removed our sin from us completely.  He no longer keeps a record of our sins.  This is the New Covenant.  It is this truth that opens our blind eyes to “see” as when great scales fell off of Paul’s eyes and he saw the reality behind all that was visible for the first time.

When we come to the place where we are no longer conscious of any sin in our lives that needs further cleansing from God, then we will begin to “see” more and more into the heavenlies.  We will “see” God as He really is.  We will “see” who we really are.  The removal of sin removes the veil.  We still sin as believers from time to time, of course, but we must see that sin is no longer imputed to the believer because we now live under grace and not under law.  Where there is no law, sin is not imputed.  This growing awareness of no consciousness of uncleansed sin is the secret to a growing awareness of our union with Christ Jesus Himself.  It is counter-intuitive.  It does not make sense to the natural mind.  Religious people will resist this truth and are even hostile toward it.  It is, however, the wisdom of God and the power of God.  This reality is already present in the believer, we must simply believe it fully.  No sin is ever counted against a believer again.  Jesus Himself is joined to the believer.  Christ is really inside of us and we are inside of Him.  We now can “see” into heaven itself and understand the mysteries of the Kingdom of Heaven.  The great love of God will continually fill us in this state of awareness.

It is written that in the last days those who know God shall be strong and do exploits.  A great awakening of these truths is coming to the body of Christ.  A new day is dawning brighter and brighter in the highlands of the Spirit.  “Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon you.  For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people, but the Lord shall arise upon you, and His glory shall be seen upon you.”  (Isaiah 60:1-2)

Love,
James