Archive for February, 2017

The Mind of Christ

Posted in Blog Entry on February 26th, 2017 by James Barron – Be the first to comment

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

Posted in Uncategorized on February 14th, 2017 by James Barron – 2 Comments

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

Posted in Blog Entry on February 6th, 2017 by James Barron – 1 Comment

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