New Humanity

The miracle of the virgin birth wasn’t the virgin giving birth, but that God created a new man in the virgin.

Icons for childrenThe ancient future hope of the world from the dawn of time was that a Seed of the Woman would come to be the Deliverer, Savior of the World, the One.

The OT is the story of the seed & the woman… women like Sarah, Hannah, Elizabeth, the barren were longing to be the ones gifted with the life of the Messiah born in them.

Israel comes out of Egypt. She carries the seed…Son was called out of Egypt. Mary is the flower of the Woman Israel…who conceived, carried & delivered the Seed/Son. Maternity Ward: People come to see the baby, not the woman.

Then out of the silence of four centuries an announcement that fills the skies tells us that a Child is Born, a Son is Given! He is called God-With –Us. Immanuel

If this infant, is God among us? If that son is God what is God doing here?! Why is God here as the son of man?

HE IS HERE AS OUR COVENANT REPRESENTATIVE

PRESENTATION IN THE TEMPLE• A person who is the embodiment of everything the people/family/tribe/nation is and stands for.
• He had to be of the same blood and family as those he represented.
• The entire nation is summed up in a person. He is no longer a private citizen. He now stands as and for the people and acts on their behalf.
• Whatever happens to the representative happens to everybody.
• The nation is now considered to be “in him”. He is carrying their hopes, aspirations, dreams, purpose, destiny, values, and traditions.
The history of the world is the story of two men, called covenant representatives. Whatever happens to them happens to the entire race.

There can only be two men, two bodies of humanity (Old Man, New Man) because both are born directly from God, all other men are born or born again from them.

When Jesus was conceived in the womb of the Virgin Mary there was at that exact moment two separate and distinct human races.  The major contributor of racial division in any part of the world is the failure to identify there are only two races of people on the planet.

ADAM, the Old Man, the representative of the human race. In him are all of his yet unborn descendants. The family tree of all nations were “in Adam.”

the LAST ADAM, the New Man in Jesus. The Creator has become creature, the Infinite has become infant. As the Creator, he must be at least equal to His entire creation, here is a man who is worth all men. He is the firstborn. He is the only one born on earth who is not condemned to die, because He is not of, from, or in Adam.

Narnia lamp postIn his resurrection from the dead Jesus breathes upon them (mirroring creation) to receive the Holy Spirit and they are BORN AGAIN…and a new race of people that never existed is alive.

Jesus inaugurated a new branch of humanity.  Christ showed us an entirely new way of being human.

Isaiah 9:1-7 Jesus is the everlasting father…the progenitor of the new humanity, the original ancestor of the regenerated human race. In his resurrection he is a life giving spirit, causing us to be born again into his new humanity.

At the manger Jesus joined Mary’s family. At the cross Mary joined Jesus’ family. –John Ortberg

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Advent – Ancient Future Hope

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Deity in Humanity

I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s Day, and I heard behind me a loud voice, as of a trumpet.  Revelation 1:10

The plot of Revelation is to reveal Jesus. Here is the author of this book – Jesus, glorified Lord, and here is the subject of the book – Jesus glorified Lord, UNVEILED.

NativityApocalypse means the revelation of what took place in the Incarnation hidden in a humble form. –Eugene Peterson

What revelation allows us to see is the deity inside the humanity. Not two, but one person. If you take away the swaddling clothes you can see the eternal king in the holy child, but not everyone could see. But many did…Simeon, John the Baptist, Bartimaues, Joseph of Arimathea

That little baby – I am not awestruck before that little baby, I don’t believe anybody fell on their faces before that little baby – Simeon came the closest, but I certainly do not believe that the little Jesus running around had a halo. Only at times when they saw a miracle or if you think back to his words spoken on the shores, marketplace, or on the temple grounds no wonder people were astonished at his teaching, they were a drawn sword coming out of his mouth.

He is not a pale Galliean, but a towering and furious figure who will not be managed. – Tom Howard

He talked like a king and acted like a slave. He adopted the title son of man, the most glorious of titles and yet lived a menial lifestyle. He was a vagabond, a wanderer, drifter, nomad. Jesus assimilated his destiny into his dailiness of ordinary life.

You cant drift on Jesus.  John’s vision is describing the preeminence of his being the Lord God, God of gods, King of kings, Lord of lords, Man of men. Creator of creation, Savior of the world. Be held by him, be arrested, don’t divert your attention for one moment.

Don’t let your faith flat-line, don’t let the church shortchange the Christ for a better life message.  Don’t let your denomination let you sink to the lowest common denominator about who Jesus is or what he wants to do in your life.  Do not dose off, don’t just get religion, don’t just hang out with disciples without a vibrant, bell ringing Jesus.

Jesus is not the MVP of all those enshrined COEXISTin the religious hall of fame of the world. He does not take his place as the most honored among, buddah, moses, muhammed, joseph smith, sun myung moon, the dalai lama, confuscious.

Yes we can coexist on earth as people, but what cannot coexist is the gods of the world’s religions and the Christ. You can have as many gods as you desire and you can call all of them or one of them by the same name, BUT the creed of the one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church declares, We believe in ONE Lord, Jesus Christ.

The very first time you hear the sound of a trumpet in a significant way is in Exodus 19. It was a sound like that of a trumpet that called them into the presence of God, the whole company of the Israel is gathered at the foot of Mt Sinai as it quaked with the presence of God.

A great trumpet sounded and called all the people to hear the words of their covenant God speaking to them. It is significant that the unveiling of the New Covenant is accompanied by a voice that sounds like a trumpet. Revelation is a call to the whole covenant people of the New Testament. – Come and hear the words of the New Covenant.

BearsTo grasp this requires faith and to live it requires courage. I call you to be enraptured in the mystery, vision, whirlwind, the dream of Christ Jesus the Lord. Quit treating Jesus like the Snuggle teddy bear, he is a Montana grizzly.

The trumpet is a call to worship…to halt, heed, hear and hail. To come and fall at his feet and worship him.

What was guessed at is now known in detail. As John comes he turns and he sees a vision of Jesus.  There is no doubt about that as He identifies Himself, I am the First and the Last, I was dead, I am alive. John saw Jesus, but what he saw was beyond words and the only way he could describe what he saw was by the symbolism by which Jesus chose to present Himself.

This full disclosure of Christ here in chapter 1 gets parceled out to each of the seven lampstandchurches. Christ remains incarnationally connected to humanity in his ascended deity in and through the church.  The church doesn’t need you, you need the Church. The body of believers, the fellowship of followers, the community of the covenant, the table of his presence…

Advent 2 – 2014

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Revelation the Prophetic Arts

Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear, and who keep what is written in it, for the time is near.  Then I turned to see the voice that was speaking to me… Revelation 1:3,12

Revelation is the PhD level course of being able to master the prophetic arts of “Seeing and Hearing”.  The hearing ear and the seeing eye, the LORD has made them both. Prov 20:12 But blessed are your eyes, for they see, and your ears, for they hear. Matt 13:16

HyperlinkWhat is written in Revelation is the hyperlink between the spiritual sensory experiences of seeing and hearing.

1 John 1:1-3 That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, concerning the Word of life— 2 the life was manifested, and we have seen, and bear witness, and declare to you that eternal life which was with the Father and was manifested to us— 3 that which we have seen and heard we declare to you, that you also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ.

The word was spoken before it was written, so that what was written would also continue to be spoken. The scriptures are in danger of losing the living presence and replaced by it being studied, interpreted, but not heard personally. We can’t allow our senses to the Word and the prophetic to atrophy. Lord, circumcise or ears and our hearts.

The moment that a word is written it is Capt Jackseparated from the voice that spoke it and therefore can become depersonalized. God will keep his word. Words link spirits.
• You can’t read Braille with your eyes, it has to be touched.
• You can’t follow Captain Jack Sparrows compass with your eyes, it has to be discerned.

Words separated from the person who speaks them, can be beautiful just as seashells, or interesting as skeletons, or studied just as fossils. But apart from the act of listening and responding, they do not function as they were intended by the speaker.

Pharisees knew the words of God better than everybody, but they did not hear or know the voice of God. They found themselves embattled against the Word of God spoken in flesh. The printers ink had become embalming fluid.

Pathetic Chart

Pathetic Chart

Revelation is the Musement Park of the Prophetic Arts, but we have made it into an Amusement Park of Pathetic Charts.
• Muse: to consider something thoughtfully
• Amuse: divert the attention of so as to deceive

The Spirit’s emphatic declaration is that the written word has not done its work until we hear the words in a personal/relational act of listening. The blessing is not for those who read the information of the prophecy, but those who can translate them into a personal encounter with the living God. We have the prophetic word confirmed, which you do well to heed as a light that shines in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts. 2 Peter 1:19

Night at the MuseumWe enter the book of Revelation not like visiting a museum, but like a Night at the Museum when all of life and history comes to life.

This generation hears with their eyes and thinks with their feelings. If those generational habits can be harnessed and trained properly then the book of Revelation can become an Encore of the Gospel in our day and time.

Advent 1 – 2014

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the Human spirit…part of our daily prayer

This is a prayer that I wrote over a series of weeks that I have incorporated into my daily office of prayer since 2012.

breathCreate in me a clean and sacred heart, O God.  Purify and renew a right spirit within me.

I call my spirit to awaken, to come to attention, to come alive, to be alert, to be Transfixed, Transformed & Transfigured upon the Incarnation, Crucifixion, Resurrection, & Exaltation of the Son of God.

I call my spirit to preeminence among my body and soul.  For my inner man, my true identity and nature infused with the resurrection and life of Christ now in me by the Spirit of God, the spirit of holiness. I call my spirit to intimate communion and conversation with the same Spirit that raised Christ from the dead.

I expect the mysteries and secrets of the new covenant to be spoken and revealed to me and for them to manifest in my life.  I expect the in working of the fruit of the Spirit (love, joy, peace, patience, gentleness, goodness, faithfulness, meekness and self control) and the outworking of the gifts of the Spirit (wisdom, knowledge, faith, healings, miracles, prophesy, discernment, tongues, interpretation) in my life for the redemptive pentecost prayingpurposes of God in peoples lives and the glory of Christ Jesus the Lord!

As I pray in the tongues of men and angels I am bringing forth, exercising, enunciating, releasing and participating in the re-creative laws of faith, the incarnational life of love and the perpetual gift of hope.

The going forth of my spirit into the heavens and earth is to invite the divine nature of the holy Trinity to bring forth in me, through me and as me the Father’s Will as the Son’s Jesus-and-his-ApostlesWord in the Spirit’s Way.

By praying in this way I am tapping into and coming into agreement with the prayers of the Son while he stood upon the earth and I am executing his right to rule as King of the nations now as he sits at the right hand of the Father in heaven. Amen

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Listening Government

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Jesus-and-his-ApostlesThe Church is governed under Jesus Christ as the Head of the Church, the Chief Shepherd and Bishop of our Souls and the Apostle of our Faith who through the teaching, leading, counsel and abiding presence of the Holy Spirit grants men who are called to ministry, the power and apostolic anointing to continue the work of the local and global church on earth.

The process by which men carry out this governing work is identified as Consensus Government. At times it has been referred to as Plurality of Elders, Shared Leadership, Listening Government, Episcopal (Bishops rule) or the “First Among Equals”.

Defining Government by Consensus

Consensus is a destination arrived at by men, who willingly set aside their personal round tableagenda, in order to discover what the will of God is. In consensus the leadership of the church can together claim an authority which individually none of them possess.

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God’s Hiding Place

body-and-blood-james-thomasThe Incarnation Mystery is being repeated and represented in the Eucharist. Here we have material reality, in the form of these universal foods of bread and wine, as the hiding place and the revelation place for God. We are reminded that God is always perfectly hidden and perfectly revealed in the material world. If we deny that the spiritual can enter the material world, then we are in trouble, since we hope to be just that—spiritual and fully material human beings.

The 16th question in the Baltimore Catechism, “Where is God?” is answered straightforwardly: “God is everywhere.” The summit of Christian prayer is accomplished when you can trust that you are constantly in the presence of God. You cannot NOT be in the presence of God! Where would you go? As the psalmist says (Psalm 139:7-9), if you go up to the heavens or underneath the earth, you still can’t get away from God.

In the Eucharist, we slowly learn how to surrender to the Presence in one place, in one missionalthing, in one focused moment. The priest holds up the Host and says, “See it here, believe it here, get it here, trust it here.” Many people say they believe it here, but they don’t make the transference to everywhere—which is the whole point! They don’t seem to know how to recognize the Presence when they leave the church.  Jesus spent a great deal of his ministry trying to break down the false distinctions between “God’s here” and “God’s not there.” Usually, early stage religion is not yet capable of that, but fortunately God is patient.

Adapted from Eucharist as Touchstone by Fr Richard Rohr

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