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 – Be the first to comment

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 – Be the first to 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

Look Up To The Sky

Posted in Blog Entry on January 9th, 2017 by James Barron – Be the first to comment

The Gospels record that Jesus would often look up to the sky to pray to the Father or just rejoice with the Father. What did Jesus see in the blue skies and white clouds? Why would the Son of God find great pleasure in looking up to the skies? He looked up during the day but also at night. He gazed at the stars at night too. He looked at the same moon you and I see. Think about that. Jesus looked at the moon in the evening just like you and I. Same moon. Same stars. Same blue sky.

Why is this important? There is a reason why Jesus looked up to the skies above this earth.

When was the last time you looked up? When was the last time you stood in your driveway and stared at the magnificent stars twinkling above in the dark night sky before you went inside your home after a hard days work? When did you last look during the day at the majestic white clouds towering over you in the blue skies? Look up to the sky and ponder these things. To look up is a powerful thing for your spirit.

God made the visible to “reflect” the “invisible” to our spirit! Directly to our spirit. Directly. Bypassing the mind. Those who are born of Him receive His light from creation instantly to their inner man. It is an unexplainable insight into His love.

This is why people who do not yet know Him seek the outdoors and the awesome views of creation. This is why people love to look at mountains and streams and forests. This why they love to look at the stars. Many people hear His call when they look at His awesome creation but do not know that it is Him calling. He loves them. He made it all for them. He calls them.

When we look up to the skies we see how big He is and all our problems seem so small. It’s true. He is bigger than all our problems. Look up to the sky and see Him afresh. Look up to the sky!

James Barron

Christmas Is All About The Incarnation

Posted in Blog Entry on December 22nd, 2016 by James Barron – 4 Comments

The word “incarnation” actually means “to take on flesh” or “embody flesh.” This is what we celebrate every Christmas. Few people in this world think about this, but this is what Christmas is really all about. Christmas is all about remembering the miracle of God becoming a man.

God living in all His fullness in the fleshly body of man. Think about that. God became a man. And His name is Jesus. As the angel said, He shall be called “Emmanuel” which means “God with us!” That simple but profound thought will be a game changer in your mind. If you let that one thought in, and do not resist it, you will be changed. Over time, you will be changed. This powerful thought will lead to other thoughts. His thoughts. We humans seek to change our lives for the better all the time but the secret to real change begins with a thought that we never think: Jesus is God.

This is an event that actually happened on earth in a stable in Bethlehem, Israel. You can actually visit the place where it occurred! This actually happened. God became a man. To see Jesus is to see God. Think about that. We can look upon the face of God by looking at Jesus. Makes me want to read again the Gospels! The eye witness accounts of the words and acts of Jesus! Matthew, Mark, Luke and John! Read what the witnesses wrote with the mindset that you are watching God live as a man before your eyes. It will change your life.

The Word was with God “and was God” and the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, full of grace and glory.
The Incarnation. He shall be called the Son of God because He is the express image of the Father. To know Him is to know the Father. To see Him is to see the Father. To know the Father is life eternal.

Why did God come to us like this? Why did God become a man? He came to us that we might see what is invisible. He wanted us to know Him. God is Spirit and His Spirit took on flesh that we might see Him.

He also came to us as one of us so that He could die for us. He came to take away the sin of the world so that we could always be with Him. Not just know Him but also be with Him. Jesus is the Lamb of God that took away the sin of the world. He was born to die and He planned it that way. His death on the cross was the judgment of the world for all sin, but only those who believe in Him are released from their sin. Never forget that. He came for the world but only those who trust in Him will be forgiven and delivered out of this world. Apart from Jesus there is no hope of eternal life.

He wanted to be one of us so that we could always be with Him. This is the eternal purpose of The Incarnation. Jesus said to the thief on the cross at the end of His life as a man on earth, “This day you will be with Me.”

That is why He came. He wants you and I to always be with Him where He is. He prepared a place for us “in Himself” that we might always be where He is. He who is from above was born from below that we who are from below might be born from above. This is why we celebrate Christmas. This is why a star in the heavens above shone brightly over the place where He was born. This is why the heavenly realm briefly opened to natural eyes and ears and shepherds beheld angels and heard words proclaimed of a great joy that would be for all people because of this One who was born that night. Born. Think about it. The King of all kings. The Creator Himself. Born a man. The Incarnation. Awesome, awesome mystery!

Truly great is the mystery of our godliness! The Father in the Son and and the Son in the Father. And now for us who believe, the Son in us and we in the Son. Now we are one with the Father and the Son through the gift of the Holy Spirit. Wonder of all wonders! And how can these things be? Because He is Emmanuel! Jesus is God with us! We can only fall on our knees in awe of so great a love and say as Thomas said that day, when he touched the nail prints in His body, in His hands and feet: “My Lord and my God!”

Merry Christmas!

James Barron

This Is Huge

Posted in Uncategorized on September 20th, 2016 by James Barron – Be the first to comment

The New Covenant brings us rest and it replaced the priesthood of the Old Covenant. This is huge. Priesthood is all about how to handle the problem of sin and man in his relationship with God. Priesthood is all about getting God and man together, in spite of man’s sin.

The Old Covenant priesthood could only cover man’s sins temporarily and God could only relate to man behind a thick veil. That all dramatically changed when Jesus came. Jesus is a High Priest after the order of Melchizedek pursuant to a New Covenant. This is really, really huge.

The Melchizedek priesthood is superior to the Levitical priesthood in that the Levitical priesthood, created temporarily under the law, could only “cover sins” through animal sacrifices but the Melchizedek priesthood has existed eternally, with no beginning and no end, and “took away sins” by the one sacrifice of Jesus, the Son of God, forever. In the fullness of time Jesus was born a man, under the law, to fulfill all law and open the door to the new, yet ancient, priesthood. For He is the Lamb of God slain from before the foundation of the world, yet not manifested to the world until the appointed time.

Because our faith is in Jesus, sin is no longer even counted against us nor remembered by God. What is counted for us is the righteousness of Christ as a gift and what is remembered by God is the great suffering and death of His Son.

Therefore there is no barrier ever between us and God as we walk the earth and especially when our bodies die and we leave this earth! This is the Gospel! The Good News! This is huge!!!

These are deep things that only the Spirit can show us. In our own minds with our own reasonings, we cannot see this or even imagine this. Religious thinking keeps us from grasping theses things. As Paul wrote, “Eye has not seen, ear has not heard, nor has it ever been imagined by men what God would do through Christ!”

Paul in his letter to the Corinthians said the Spirit is given to the believer to show the believer the deep things of God. The deep things of God. Think about that. The Spirit is not given to show us the deep things in our flesh. The Spirit’s work is not to show the believer sin. The flesh has been circumcised by God and God no longer recognizes the old man. All of the Spirit’s energy is focused on opening the eyes of the new man. Jesus said the Spirit will show the new man what belongs to Him, to Jesus, and what now belongs to the believer who is joined to this Christ!

Think about the Spirit as One who takes you by the hand and leads you to the resurrected Jesus. He does not take you by the hand and lead you to where the dead old man is buried to point out all his sins.

The Spirit is within you, if you are a believer, and He will open your eyes to this ancient priesthood after the order of Melchizedek. Under the Old Covenant God related to man from behind a thick veil but now under this amazing New Covenant God is inside the believer. Think about that. God is inside you. All the time.

The new priesthood is a priesthood that God established with His own oath, swearing by Himself, since He can swear by no one greater, that Jesus is your High Priest forever after the power of His endless life! He swore by Himself so that you would never doubt Him about this.

And what does that really mean? It means that as long as Jesus lives then your sins will never be counted against you again. And that means never!

Only by knowing this can you enter the rest of God and cease from your own works to try to earn His love. Only by seeing this will His light dawn within you and you will see your union with Him. Only by believing this can you finally experience His peace.

James Barron

What Did Jesus Really Mean About Abiding In Him?

Posted in Blog Entry on August 1st, 2016 by James Barron – 1 Comment

Jesus said, “If you abide in Me and my words abide in you, you will bear much fruit.”

“Bearing much fruit” is a description of a life that is not merely surviving or barely existing, but rather a life abounding with supernatural favor and manifest blessing, in spite of an evil world. It is a life that people are drawn to. And when they come into contact with that life they will see something they have never seen before about God.

Think of “abiding in Jesus and His words abiding in us” as really meaning “a conscious and continuous awareness and belief of another reality.” That is what Jesus is saying. He came to bring us the Kingdom of God!

Many believers only visit this new place in Him from time to time but few believers live there. They will go to heaven when their bodies die but heaven was never their home here on earth, just a place to take a vacation. Most believers live their lives on earth outside the warmth and wonder of their real home in Christ. They are in Him, they just don’t experience Him like He desires. He stands at the door and knocks and, if they will believe He is as good as He says He is, He will show them His reality experientially, and sit down and break bread with them. He will tell them their new name.

We must be purposeful and determined to keep our eyes on this unseen wonder. His name is Jesus. Not purposeful and determined to do good deeds, but rather purposeful and determined to “see!” To see Him. The good deeds will follow.

The passive and lazy believer will be swept away in the flood from the dragon’s mouth. They will be deceived and begin calling good what Jesus calls evil. They will cause many to stumble. They will bear little fruit.

This is the essence of the fight of faith. The good fight. The armor we clothe ourselves with, as Paul taught, is in essence a revelation of Jesus and the new realm He has brought to us and placed in us. We exist in hostile territory here on earth but the new world has already come to us in the Spirit. His glorious new world.

This is why the mind set on the things of the Spirit bring life and peace. This is why all the apostles taught us to look to the unseen reality in Jesus. This is why we can overcome all things in this world. This is why we have such hope and joy unspeakable. This is why people are attracted to those who abide in Jesus and have His words abiding in them. They come to see and hear of this new world within the believer. They come to see Him. And when you see Him, you will believe in Him.

They who live where Jesus lives will bear much fruit. Fruit that remains to the glory of God.

James Barron

REMEMBER ME

Posted in Blog Entry on March 26th, 2016 by James Barron – Be the first to comment

Just hours before Jesus was betrayed by one of His followers and arrested by the Romans and crucified, He told His disciples to remember Him. He took the bread and the wine at that last supper with His friends and said the broken bread and the wine was to be a reminder of His broken body and blood for the complete forgiveness of all sin.

The prophet Isaiah saw Him in the Spirit hundreds of years before His birth in Bethlehem, saying, “Your King comes to you, O Israel. Riding upon a donkey, even the colt of a donkey.” The indescribable and majestic Creator of the universe comes to you. Riding on the colt of a donkey. To give Himself for you. Behold the humility of God.

The prophet Isaiah also prophesied that the Lord would remove the iniquity of mankind in a day! That was the day. The day Jesus was crucified. Jesus said Abraham saw His day also and was glad. But, Isaiah said, who has believed our report? To whom is the arm of the Lord revealed? He shall grow up as a tender plant in dry ground. The iniquities of us all shall be laid on Him. He was wounded for our transgressions and by the stripes He took on His body we are healed.

He asked us to remember Him. We who believe in Him, do remember Him.

We remember that His death removed all our sin and His resurrection was in essence an act of creation which gave us new life and a new identity as the sons and daughters of God. If you are a believer, you died and were raised again when you first believed in Jesus. Since then, you have been living as one who has already been raised from the dead! A new creation! What an awesome mystery!

Rejoice because you left death behind you when you believed and only life is in you now! Eternal life! His life! Believers are hidden with Christ inside of God surrounded by the great love of the Father forever!

Jesus did it all and we remember Him. We remember His love. There is great power in remembering that your sins are no longer being counted against you because you have believed on Jesus. There is an unexplainable power in remembering Jesus.

James Barron

Heaven’s Star

Posted in Blog Entry on December 25th, 2015 by James Barron – 1 Comment

On the night of His birth a star shone brightly above Him. Heaven sent Him to us and the bright heavenly light was God’s way of saying that heaven was coming to man. All through the years man has asked himself how he might somehow get to heaven, but God brought heaven to man.

God would become a man and experience for the first time what it was like to live as a man among men. He now knows us like He could never know us before. He knows our fears, our hopes, our pain, our laughter. He has looked at the stars He made through the pupil of a human eye while standing barefoot in the sand on the earth He created. His star in the night sky signaled to all mankind that He wanted to be one of us, that He might be with us and we with Him.

He called Himself the Door. The Way. The Gate. All who believe in Him enter through that Door to heaven’s reality. Heaven has come to man when man could not go to heaven. He calls all men to believe on Him for the forgiveness of all sin. He was born to die that our sins would be removed forever and His everlasting righteousness might be given as a free gift to all who believe. Those who believe Him enter into the new world. His new world. As it is in heaven, so it is now on earth in the Spirit. Where all things are possible. Where all things are new. Where all His love abides.

We believe and rest in His love and are satisfied. Abide in Him by growing in your awareness of Him as your peace and your life. Heaven has come to you in Him. He shall be called Emmanuel! God with us! He is with us now and every day, even unto the end of the world!

James Barron

WHERE DO YOU WORSHIP GOD?

Posted in Uncategorized on November 24th, 2015 by James Barron – 1 Comment

What did Jesus mean when He said that God seeks those who worship Him in Spirit and in Truth? (John 4:24)

When Jesus said that to the Samaritan woman He was responding to her question of “where” should one worship God.

She said the Jews say we should worship on the mountain in Jerusalem where the temple is located but we Samaritans worship here in Samaria, on the mountain where Moses read the blessings and curses of the covenant over the people. Which mountain is correct?

Jesus said something new was coming. He said the hour is coming and now is that the true worshippers of God will not worship on either one of those mountains.

Then where?

Her question was about “where” and He answered her question.

He told her the “where” is not a place on earth. It is a place in a different realm. In the Spirit. God who is Spirit dwells in the invisible realm of the Spirit.

Jesus said the true worshippers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, or in the reality. The word in the Greek language which is translated as “truth” in this passage is better translated as “the real” or “the reality.”

The mountains were just pictures of the real place to worship, not the reality itself. A mountain lifts you up above the earth as a picture of the heavenly realm. People get enamored with the copies of the heavenly things and not the heavenly things themselves. We tend to default to the natural and easily forget the spiritual. The temple, priesthood and sacrifices were but shadows of the good thing to come. Even today, many believers find their identity as a believer more in “a church building” than in the invisible reality of the true House of God in the Spirit.

The Father seeks the true worshippers who live by faith in the unseen reality of His realm and His present reality. When believers worship with this mindset, whether alone with Jesus, or with a few other believers or with hundreds of others, the unseen is vivid and experiential and “the things of earth grow strangely dim in the light of His glory and grace.” All other “worship” is vain and meaningless and of the flesh.

Jesus fulfilled all things through His death and resurrection, removing all sin and bringing in an everlasting righteousness as a gift to all who would believe. He opened a door to another reality in the Spirit where true believers are in immediate contact with the real. God and man have become one in Christ, if we are a believer, and we are now where He is, seated with Him in the Heavenlies, and He is now with us, always, in our journeys all over this earth. An earth with no holy mountains and no holy lands and no holy places, just His Holy Spirit.

James Barron