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“The Way, the Truth, and the life”

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worksbyJ.J.

 

[Scripture taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version “NIV” copyright ã 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible society. Used by permission of International Bible Society. All rights reserved worldwide.    NIV and “New International Version” are trademarks registered in the United States patent and trademark office by International Bible Society.]

 

When I ask a preacher or pastor, “What is the Way?” and clarifying that it is the Doctrine of God; I get answers of – Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life; we need to follow his commandments, repent and be baptized.

All true but all wrong! They are wrong because they omit the instructions of How we fulfill them.

Repentance is to change ones mind, but to what do we change it to? Baptism is still widely believed to be of water, though it is to be in spirit. And even if many believe the baptism of spirit comes later, the fact is, spiritual baptism is spontaneous with being saved and not with water baptisms.

Finally, yes Jesus is the way the truth and the life, but how do we come to God through Jesus?

You say we accept him as our Lord and savior, but how do we do that? What’s that you say- we follow his commandments… Which are? What?

And here it is that the many, many different “Christian” doctrine teaching churches proliferate.

Why is it that most every pastor doesn’t know of the instruction found in God’s Doctrine called the Way? Have you ever heard tell of it? I haven’t and yet there are several verses that refer to it.

Let’s look in the book of Acts. First off, acts 16:17 we read of the girl that is demon possessed and able to “predict” events, she shouts: “These men are servants of the most high God, who are telling you the way to be saved.”niv

Granted the emphasis on the way is not capitalized and it can easily be thought of as the way is what they teach. Not in itself a title word with a capital W.  yet think, if I was to say I can teach y6ou the way of the alphabet, you would know I had to teach you 26 letters A thru Z; and when I was done you would know the alphabet, and so would everyone else.

Yet for the sake of argument, I will allow this mention of the way to be a referral to the teachings of what the apostles taught, and not be thought of as a title of a set of instructions. I will do the same for the way (not capitalized) of the next verse found in 18:25-26 where a Jew named Apollos “taught about Jesus accurately with a thorough knowledge of the scriptures.”niv but only knew the baptism of John, which was of water, not the baptism of Jesus which is by spirit.

But in verse 19:9 we read that Paul taught about the kingdom of God and about the baptism of Jesus, but was rejected. Where, “those who refused to believe, publicly maligned the Way.” (capital W.) No longer a representation of a scriptural knowledge about Jesus, but clearly a title of the knowledge it takes to believe in Jesus.

Look to verse 20:21 and see that Paul’s teaching was: “to both Jews and Greeks that they must turn to God in repentance and have faith in our Lord Jesus.”niv

Where the Way, (capital W), shows how to “turn to god in repentance and How to “have faith in our Lord Jesus.”

Then verse 22:4 shows Paul referring to Gods teaching as “this Way”, (capital W.) and in 24:14 Paul says to Governor Felix, “…I admit that I worship the God of our fathers as a follower of the Way, (capital W.), which they call a sect.”niv

Interestingly he clarifies that he, “strive(s) always to keep my conscience clear before God and man.”niv  another indicator of the Way of God’s Doctrine…first: turn to God in repentance and have faith in our Lord Jesus…second: to strive to keep a clear conscience. To which governor Felix who was well acquainted with the Way, closed the preceedings. Verse 24:22

In conclusion, every preacher should have an understanding in the Way. This understanding should reveal God our heavenly Father through repentance and establish our faith in Jesus and allow us to a know a clear conscience. So you see, all those responses given by the pastors…Jesus is the way the truth and the life; or repent and be baptized ; or follow the commandments,  are all lacking the instruction and understanding of how to accomplish them and know God, have faith in Jesus and have a clear conscience; all in a teaching that every church is to follow.

Not a clear conscience based on a stubborn belief in Jesus atonement but a clear conscience based on living in the Way. A knowledgeable and assured faith that believes rightly.

A Way supported by verse and spiritual growth. Understand…Faithfulness to believe in Jesus is a fruit of the spirit and not an inclination of our will when we first accepted Jesus as taught to us. Many Christians are led to think that all they need to do is believe by faith before they ever substantiate their faith or prove the evidence thereof.

You, if I have my way, you will learn to support your faith with the substance and evidence of the Love of God that comes through the Truth in Jesus. (see Heb. 11:1 and Gal. 5:6)

In Him,

J.J.

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“How now Brown cow?”

by:

worksbyjj

 

When I look around me I see much. When I listen to the news detailed according to various big time critics, or newscasters, I stand amazed.

I can understand why they are popular. Mostly because they fill you in on current events and grand stand the values that ‘they’ those whom are in the news, have violated.

But pointing out the short comings of a person or persons, doesn’t give any value towards spiritual growth. For if all I do is say you sinned, no matter that I show you how and where, and hold up the values that you can see the way you ought to be expressing, and don’t tell you how to get there from where you are at, then all I’ve done is complain…though in this example it wouldn’t be called complaining but rather news casting.

You see, every false religion does the same thing…in false Christianity we say turn away from sin and love one another; but this love is human love when it should be God’s Agape love that we love one another with. Such is the reason Jesus added a new commandment saying: “love each other as I have loved you.”

So, not knowing the Way of God’s love we fake it with our human love of eros, epithermia, storgee, or philio; and end up believing by blind faith that we are good Christians when we couldn’t be further from the truth.

How do we love with God’s Agape love? The bible says we are corrupted by our deceitful desires. Why deceitful? Because you have a reason or motive for committing any sin.

Jesus says we are choked and do not mature in the spirit of our minds because of our desires to satisfy either a riches, worries and/or pleasure. So when you simply resist sinning you are not even looking at the reason/motive behind your sin; and so you never deal with the cause of it.

Yes you can resist sin but it does nothing to eliminate it. Only by looking at the reasons for it can you allow the Holy Spirit to show you a loving and truthful alternative Way to submit to. Once you submit to and abide in the acknowledged Way of love in truth, you will begin to transform your mind into the mind of Christ. And the scriptures will begin to make sense.

With this in mind do you now see to understand such verses as: Matthew 7:all.

When you cast the plank out of your own eye first then truly you will know how to cast the speck out of your brothers eye…experience has taught you to know the many faces of desire and your innermost being has valued the answers you chose to become one with.

Now when you reach out to someone in peril to help them overcome the tormentor of decision, you can teach them to question their reasons for desire, then they can choose to move in change. Or not…after all, God doesn’t make us choose whom we will serve, he only delivers on his promises, and lets us be responsible or irresponsible.

Or how about Ephesians 4:17-24, Romans 12:1-3? There are many more verses that will become clear along the Way. But first you have to begin repenting in the continuing effort to become the person you have it in you to be. But beware….

Today we have over 34,000 different doctrines of the Bible being taught when there is only one true doctrine given. Only the Elite in Christ Jesus will be able to know the one true doctrine of the Way but it doesn’t come about by studying the Bible or by birthright or by blind faith…no the only Way you can know it is first by repenting of your sins; then you will begin to see to understand the scriptures as they are given to be understood.

The bible says that in the last days our Lord Jesus will call out to his chosen to come out from the churches. Out of the church and into his bosom…a wife prepared for the Groom. The Bride is also called out because the time is close that the churches will sin to keep their doctrine beliefs.

While the anti-christ has fooled all but the Elite, it has been done by his words of rebuke and of blind faith; he tells you to believe in your love…he won’t tell you that he is mis-leading you and he won’t teach you to know the truth for there is no truth in him.

I smile…I smile because of the core values that America has learned to value and yet abuse over and over; as the newscasters have so aptly pointed out; But have not shown the Way of, for you to learn. But then, they are not there to teach us, only to report the news that allows them to show us their core values are the same as ours.

To learn the Way of Love and Truth we were meant to assemble and hear the prophets speak, two or more and weigh carefully what is said; all so that we can Love God with all our heart body and soul, and love our neighbor as we love ourselves and as Jesus loved.

Do you know how now…cast the plank out first brown cow and you will.J

 

In Him,

J.J.

“The Teaching Prophet”

By

worksbyJ.J.

 

[Scripture taken from the Holy Bibl, New International Version “NIV” copyright ã 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of International Bible Society. All rights reserved. NIV and “New International Version” are trademarks registered in the United States patent and trademark office by International Bible Society.]

 

Paul said, “Follow the way of love and eagerly desire spiritual gifts, especially the gift of prophecy. For anyone who speaks in a tongue does not speak to men but to God. Indeed, no one understands him; he utters mysteries with his spirit. But everyone who prophesies speak to men for their strengthening, encouragement and comfort. He who speaks in a tongue edifies himself, but he who prophesies edifies the church. I would like every one of you to speak in tongues, but I would rather have you prophesy. He who prophesies is greater than one who speaks in tongues, unless he interprets so that the church may be edified,” I Cor. 141-5niv

I find it interesting that so many quote- “Christians”-unquote; read I Cor. 13:9-10 “For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when perfection comes, the imperfect disappears.”niv and say, that which is perfect to come is The Holy Bible and with it we do not need anyone to prophesy to us any more; we can now read it for ourselves. Hence prophets no longer exist.

After hearing this I ask them to read I Cor. 14:1-5 (and beyond), and say, Then why would Paul earnestly desire that we desire the spiritual gift of prophecy? And being that Paul is a minister to the gentiles and writes his letters to ALL Christians everywhere, and works to preserve his letters for coming generations; why would he NOT tell us, “…oh, by the way, once the Bible is written down, we will no longer need any prophets to teach us to know the comfort, strength and encouragement that comes from knowing the way of Love, and you can forget this part.”???

Okay, then, you teach me to know the way of love so that I can know it’s comfort, strength and encouragement…only, you can’t!

I’ve listened to you, I’ve read your publications and frankly…you are lost!

Yes, lost. I say this because I was once just like you, I believed by faith that Jesus is Lord and redeems the saved, born-again soul that believes by faith that Jesus is Lord and redeems the saved, born-again soul that believes….

Enough already! When I did get saved and become born-again, I was also given the gift of prophecy about six months later; and after another thirty some odd years later, was my gifted fruit of prophecy able to see clearly so as to reach out and share the Way of God’s Love and Truth with you, and tell you: “You are lost.”, even as I once was and didn’t know it.

Why does Paul say in verse 14:22 “tongues, then, are a sign, not for believers but for unbelievers; prophecy, however, is for believers, not for unbelievers.”niv

Why does the church refuse to hear them? And claim they no longer exist; claim we only need the bible to teach us, and yet so misunderstand the Bible that The World Christian Encyclopedia says that there are over 34,000 different Christian churches teaching different doctrines?

One Bible, one doctrine, not hundreds nor thousands…ONE! (Eph. 4:1-6)

Okay. You have to see the problem here. Many churches actually do see the problem and preach a doctrine so uniquely them, that they actually claim to be the only true Bible teaching church.

Wow! Are you feeling me? Some ask, How’s a person to know what or who to believe? Some say no one can know, so do what you think the bible wants you to do as you read it for yourself, and let God guide you and correct you.

Because of this way of thinking, most all of you will reject any teaching given by anyone who thinks they are a prophetic teacher of God’s Doctrine and his Way of Love; and you will go to the church that says what you most want to hear them say.

It’s a pickle! Ain’t it? (smile) Not my pickle though! I’ve seen the Way of God’s Love and Truth, in His doctrine The Way; and I have no problem with having a strong, healthy and knowledgeable faith in Jesus The Christ!

Like me, you will be able to see through the B.S. and the con. So much so that when the bible talks about, …if it were possible, even the elect would be blinded to believe the lie of the antichrist…you too would know it’s not possible!

Satan will blind practically the whole world and have them expel the true Christians from their midst so that they can be killed.(See John 16:1-4)

I’m not worried, yet. The world is changing but it is not too late yet. And until it is, I’ll not worry, but take prepared steps.

Will you join me in my Bible studies where I will show you the error of the world’s teaching of the Bible and you will learn of the True teachings. If you don’t know the Way of God’s Love and Truth, then you need to; it’s not a sham of loving as the good book declared all good Christians will do; that’s by the letter. A true Christian is responsible for their actions and makes sure his actions are in accordance to scripture. It’s about discovery, choices, change and awareness.

I know your feeling, your predicament. Been there and done that. I now know I wasn’t really a christian then. Not only was the expression of faith, taught to me, in error, but so was the belief in the preachers assurances that if I was sincere in my sinner’s prayer then I was a child of God. No way Jose! Listen, if you didn’t experience The Love of God in your confession of sin and Repentance, then you can bet you are not yet saved. Sorry to say that, but let the pain of truth allow you to truly seek out the truth and any sorrow you feel now will be removed once you are born-again and gain the understanding of the doctrine of God and walk in the joy of his Love and Truth.

I’ll show you How to know this Way of Love that Paul is talking about and you will come to know it for yourself firsthand.

 

Till next time.

In Him,

J.J.

“When I was young”

by: ‘worksbyjj’

 

I was in my 20’s working for an insurance company in Beverly Hills California, I worked warehouse, office supplies.

Interesting are the two memories that stand out of the many.

In the first I was able to do good by way of sharing understanding that was enlightening to the woman who received it.  I will share that story in a moment.

In the second of the two memories, I am given to remember the words from a co-worker who said, “Everyone is not as religious as you!”

She was right and I was wrong…I was certain that Steve Perry’s song was a declaration of spirituality…what other lights could he be referring to?

I smile now seeing my two memories; so naïve in one and so wise in the other. And then, to know what I know now that I didn’t know at that time in memory. I smile at myself, yet seeming melancholy sadness grips at me when I attach to my co-workers words the truth of the message to the rest of the world I see today.

Yet even more so am I heartened by the proof that “Now is the time for salvation.” it doesn’t matter when the time occurs, sooner or later but only if you are seeking answers of truth on your own, or someone shares with you some wisdom even “IF” the wisdom shared was also naïve of the deeper foundational wisdom.

And so I share this other memory of ‘beginning’ wisdom hoping the persons involved will see themselves and take heed of the message I would have them Attain to, at the end of this recital.

It happened at a Burger KingÔ. I was off work and on my way home when I decided to have my dinner at Burger KingÔ. Retrieving my tray and selecting an open table behind a certain family of two boys about six and seven years old, a girl about nine or ten, the mother and grandmother. The father was absent.

The mother sat with her back to me, across from her were her daughter and own mother. The two boys sat at a seat set to our left; there they played with their toy balsa wood airplanes…tho’ now a days I think they are made of pressed Styrofoam.

As the boys would run to fetch the airplanes they had thrown, they would distract their mother whom was listening to her own mother.

I could hear the grandmother telling her daughter, ‘don’t let yourself get so upset over it.’ but she definitely was upset.

I then heard the young mother tell her daughter, “Go get me some

Ketchup.” as the girl got up to go get the ketchup she walked by me, and of its own volition, my left arm reached out and stopped her. We looked at each other for a moment and then the mother turned around and I said to her, “Are you asking her to get you some ketchup, then say please.”

This was a surprise to me as I didn’t plan to do that, but it turned out to be the right thing to do, the mother struggled with her feelings for a moment and then said to her daughter, “Would you please go get me some ketchup?” and the little girl took off running to get it.

When she came back I was paying no mind and taking a bite of my hamburger. When I looked up at the girl, she was waiting and she gave me a big smile. But as hopeful as she must have been for her mother it was soon apparent that the young mother was still upset over something.

The grandmother must have asked if the young girl could spend the weekend with her because I could hear the mothers exasperated cry: “You always ask for her, why don’t you take one of these brats.” indicating the boys. And almost on cue, one of the boys, the older one, came crying to mama, his plane got stuck up on one of the hanging beams used to hold potted plants.

In a fit of frustration she took the other boys plane and said to them, “Just sit there and behave.” while I stood to retrieve the stuck plane.

Needless to say the boys sat there and would have started crying; I saw it and the girl saw it, if I hadn’t pointedly looked at the older boy and said, “That’s the breaks guys.”

Ha. Ha. That boys sniffles quickly left him and he came over to my table and sat down in front of me and then leaned forward looking me in the eye all the while his right hand would reach under the table and up the side to try and snatch one of my French fries.

“Don’t do that.” I said. And he quickly withdrew his hand only to start up again, reaching under the table and up the side to try and snatch one of my French fries.

By this time his mother was made aware of the situation and turned around to scold her son but I stopped her saying, “That’s okay, I can handle it.”

I then talked to the boy… “I don’t like people that do wrong things on purpose. I told you not to do that and you should have stopped but you didn’t. I see you sitting there and I didn’t mind you sitting down at my table, and if you would have asked me for one of my French fries I would have given you one, but not when you are acting bad.’

I then turned to talk to the mom, “You are just as much at fault as he is. Don’t you love your kids? Then show them your love and don’t let life’s problems make you act differently. Let go of the problems, don’t let them be the reason for you to forget your love. Then I began telling her a story embellished with all of the theatrics of swaying hands and emphasis.

There were these two monks walking a mountain pass to their monastery, when they came to a rope bridge across a deep chasm, blowing in the wind. At the bridge was a young maiden wanting to cross the bridge but holding back for fear that she would fall off into the chasm because of the blowing wind. When the first monk said, “Here I will carry you across.”

But the second monk began wailing, “Oh no you can’t touch a woman; you’ll break your vows.”

The first monk paid him no mind and he picked up the scared woman and carried her across the bridge and set her down and then went along his way. But the second monk continued wailing at him for five miles, “you broke your vows…the masters will be angry at you…you will be kicked out of the monastery…” when the first monk stopped and said, “Look! I left the woman at the bridge, you are still carrying her!”

At the end of the story the young mother saw the truth of it and experienced a complete change of attitude. She started to smile and when the younger boy saw it he jumped up on the bench seat next to her and laughed as his mother ruffled his hair.

When I left the Burger KingÔ a little later, I know I left a happy family behind me.

I fondly remember this also because of how the young girl got up and came over to stand next to me, watching and listening, hoping her mother would be able to overcome the negative reactions caused by something outside of the moment…and I hope she too learned something worthy of understanding in life.

As for myself, younger then and still blind to the acknowledgment of the final Truth; I was still able to help using my limited understanding, but I was not able to show them the Way of all truth, which I’ve come to an understanding of since then. And I’ve learned to value the Way of Love and Truth much more as it has set my feet on a firm foundation for a life in abundance.

Now…to the young mother, to the young girl and the two boys, listen carefully…here’s what I needed to say then but couldn’t:  Since that time we met at the Burger KingÔ I have experienced becoming a Christian. Not like your common Christian confessors, but gifted in the gift of prophesy that I learned over a twenty-six year period.

I’ve learned that there is a “Way” of coming to see the truth that rules all of life through the Love of God. That the Spirit of Truth and the co-existing Love of God that goes with it, is REAL, and can only be found and acknowledged ‘in’ the Holy Spirit given by God the Father as a result of walking in “The Way” of repentance.

No other teaching can reveal “The Way” to you as it is tied to the scriptures that are given to allow you to “see” the “Hidded Wisdom” of  The Word. My sharing of understanding back at the Burger KingÔ was fine for opening your eyes to your obsessive hold of a negative attitude unrelated to the moment where you would lash out on the innocents because of it. But the foundation to your understanding needs to be established on the Word God the Father and the Word God the Son, Jesus.

And so I urge you and encourage you to read my other ‘Teaching’ articles so that you can ‘move’ yourself to find and acknowledge the connection of understanding that you learned that day, with the knowledge of understanding found in our Lord Jesus in this day! Hopefully the day of your salvation!

For Now truly is the time of your salvation! And as you find and submit to the Way of Love and Truth, linked to your existing knowledge as experienced that day back when, then you will begin to grow in your ability to become sons and daughters of God.

That’s it!!! My last word is this… you valued my wisdom then, even as incomplete as it was, then value my wisdom now, I tell you truly it is even better and more rewarding for the abundant life.

Come to see that the love and understanding you felt come alive within you then is founded on the love and understanding found in true Christianity. Not like the churches express, but as a loving and truthful heart expresses in The Way of spiritual maturity.

So… “IF” when you ask yourself, do you believe in Jesus, and find you do not acknowledge him in the understanding of love and truth in faithfulness; then I urge you to put yourself to task and find your salvation in your repentance. It’s a free gift, given simultaneously with your acknowledgment. And in time and continued growth you will be able to see to understand that Jesus truly is ‘The Way The Truth and The Life.’

In Him, J.J.

“The Story of Barabbas”

From

“Works by J.J.”

 

“The Dream”

 

There is chaos all around, people shoving one another aside to be able to move closer to the road. There was the shouting of obscenities: “May you rot in hell blasphemer!” And more pushing, more shoving. Those closest to the road busy spitting or throwing small stones, screaming their hate – “CRUCIFY HIM!”

And he, to whom all the abuse was directed, bent overt near to the ground, struggling to drag the heavy cross he is forced to carry, often slipping from his blood covered shoulders; wincing in the intense pain caused as it scrapes across open cuts that dripped blood in scattered drops upon the rough hewn stones laid down for a road, his every step a smear of blood and sweat.

This was the man that everyone hated so much that they freed me from the certain death that I had faced, rather than to free him. I looked at him and thought: ‘better him than I.’ But to look upon him and feel the sharp pain he must have felt with every step he took, every breath an agony, I couldn’t help but wonder at the look upon his face reflecting only the pain of deep sorrow as his tears ran unchecked down his cheeks mingling with the blood and sweat that covered his entire body…to look at him and know what was to come, the suffering of crucifixion, the gasping of every breath, relieved only as he pushed down with his legs, lifting his body to ease the strain on his arms. Both arms and feet pierced by spikes nailed into the beams he hung from. His shame of nakedness revealing and sharply defining his very bones.

Some of those who stood near cried quietly for fear of being seen as collaborators of the cursed blasphemer.

The Roman Guard was laughing and rolling stones for purchase of his costly garment; while the mockers mocked, and the scoffers threw stones until the guard gave chase.

There were also two thieves crucified beside him, being punished for their sins; not as lucky as I have been. And then the final disgrace of placing a twisted wreath of Acadia Thorns upon his head. With thorns over an inch long penetrating his skin. And a sign nailed to the beam over his head, words written upon it in Greek, Latin and Hebrew saying: “This is the King of the Jews, Jesus of Nazareth”; causing many to protest- “Remove that sign or at least change it to say he claimed to be the King of the Jews!” But to no avail, the sign remained by order of Pilate the King.

From where I stood I saw it all, but when this man Jesus spoke, I could not hear and moved closer.

I began pushing through the crowd that laughed and called for more wine from the innkeepers who profited by the occasion; my anger kindled and rising from the awareness that were it not for this man Jesus, I would be hanging there paying the penalty for my sins committed in my greed, my envy, and yes even in my ignorance! And to my death they would be making toast to!

Closer I stepped so I could hear his words, jostled this way and that; feeling the slap of some strangers hand to my back while the drunken sod would yell amidst the noise: “Take heed Barabbas! There hangs your savior!”

Pushing past I felt I had to get closer to hear his words. As I drew near he spoke in a loud voice: “Eloi Eloi, Lama Sabachthani!” He then hung his head and died.

As I stood transfixed, I heard someone wailing in terrible grief, and as I looked I saw a woman carefully being carried away supported in the arms of a man whose countenance was deeply etched in sorrow. Yet my eyes and thoughts were drawn back to the man Jesus.

His body was torturously covered in blood and sweat and pieces of hanging skin and I noticed that not a single bird stood upon him to feast. And while flies covered the two thieves none were seen on Jesus. Even as I wondered at this suddenly within my chest my heart exploded and…I awoke!

“After the Dream”

Unlike most dreams that are not much more than fancy, this dream was the re-enactment of that long ago day. I, Barabbas, am not the same man I was before that fateful day. And as I laid there awake I once again remembered what followed…

I remember leaving Golgotha clutching my chest, breathing in the hot air and sour odors of sweat covered men who smelled of the sickly sweet cloying reek of spilled wine, while being pressed on all sides by those that crowded around me. I had to get away fast before…but I could not escape before I screamed the primal scream of anguish…”AAarrrggghhhaaa!!!

Such a sudden and painful outcry, so loud it startled those around me, and in fear they scrambled to move away from me lest they might be touched and be contaminated with what? They knew not.

The way before me was now clear of the crowding mass, allowing my shivering body to leave in haste.

I remember leaving that place of skulls, seeking a dark place, a hole of darkness, wanting only to lay down in solitude before the augur I felt creeping up within me should take control and shake me like a wet rag wringing me inside out.

Such an inconsolable loss as I’ve never felt before wracked my body in spasms of pain as my every muscle clenched, and I knew…I KNEW!! That man’s words were true! “Take Heed Barabbas! There hangs your savior!”

After a length of time passed, I knew not of how long, I slept the sleep of the damned, often flinching so hard I would awake only to feel my eyes close, to sleep again.

When I awoke the final time the sun was already up and I was exhausted. Every bone, every joint was sore. I would have lain longer but nature called and I took strong step to keep from becoming soiled by my own waste.

I walked away from the city aimlessly traveling east. I passed many who stared at me until I came to the town of “Bezer” and understood their looks. In my wandering I had ended up in one of the six cities of refuge.

Aptly named was “Bezer”, for indeed I felt the need for a hiding place…a place I could hide while I wrestled my demons within.

There was much I needed to come to grips with, much I needed to understand. Who was that man Jesus? Why am I so afraid of him? Why does my heart feel so empty and lost? I needed these answers, for until I had them, life was my burden – life was my curse. I was but the walking dead.

 

Today…

 

The years have come and gone, twenty and five. It was only in the last year that all of the words given by Jesus and expounded on by his apostles began to come together into the understanding focus of “The Way”.

Though I was steeped in sin, much of the religion around me was rooted deep into my character so that I was hard pressed to throw its cloak off from my shoulders so I could then put-on the mantle of Truth in/of Jesus.

I now see that Jesus was the promised Messiah, God in the flesh! It raises goose bumps on my arms and neck! Shivers of delight course through me when I contemplate his being. How could we…HOW COULD “I” have been so blind to not have seen it? Yes, though I laid no hand upon him I am still part to blame for his death. But praise God my sorrow has changed to rejoicing since it was reported that Jesus has risen from the grave just three days later! How I wish I could have been among the few who saw him, spoke to him.

It is rumored to this day that his disciples came and took his body from the grave only to hide it in an unmarked grave so they could falsely claim he lives; but it is the Rabbi’s in the synagogues who swear to this. And yet it is strange that the Roman Guard put on charge over his tomb still lives to tell the tale. Strange because it is cause for death to have failed their duty to the King.

Since then some of the apostles have been beaten and thrown into jail and told to be silent in their claims and accusations. But they were bold, lions of men, going around telling all about the Messiah that was crucified. There was no denying the miracles they have done since the day of Pentecost, so they were bold to question whether they should do God’s will or man’s. And they rejoiced in their suffering.

At their teaching many became believers, as did I, but I did not receive the assurance of my salvation, The free gift of the Holy Spirit, until I started to repent of my deceitful ways, so as to know and submit to the ways of God in love, and then acknowledge the truth found in Jesus.

As I look at those around me I am saddened by the “Agape” love, which is missing in them. I see that so few seem to really strive to know God’s Agape love, found in the alternatives to their reasons for sin.

Most only pretend to care but they are full of envy and boasting; taking it upon themselves to spread the words of Jesus, but only as words with no meaning except what they themselves give to them, or as they learn in their churches.

They say these words are life, correctly so, but they refuse to come to Jesus to have this life. They seem to believe the words themselves are life and spend much time studying them, memorizing them, doing them. They are blind!

Life is found in the spirit of God’s love, not in the letter! Find life in the spirit of God’s love and the words become a reflecting light that validates the truth the words point to!

They still practice the 10 Commandments of Moses, yet fail to see that if they were walking in the love of God they would be found to be in accordance to the commandments.

Jesus himself gave only two commandments: “Repent and be baptized and believe the good news.” And, “to love one another as he loved us.”

So wise in his words; he said he only speaks what his Father has given him to speak. To the discerning his words are clearly understood. Listen to his words: “As I have loved you, that ye also love one another.” Again: “This is my commandment, that ye love one another, as I have loved you.”

We are to love as he loved, not as we love, but as HE loved! He loved us with the love of God The Father; an all compassing unconditional love known as Agape. A love we cannot know unless we repent from the lies of our sins reasons and see his loving and truthful alternatives by way of the Holy Spirits gift of discernment, in which we are then to choose to submit to, with a determined perseverance until it transforms us into HIS conformed image!

Jesus is not practicing love, he is love; and we are to strive, in repentance, to become one-with-him! It is not about doing well but of bringing all we do into the good that is in the spirit of God’s love. “Let love be your guide, let love be your goal.” In the truth acknowledged in repentance.

My time is short now. I will die soon. Yet I will strive to teach others to repent to know God in his love revealed by Jesus, and have faith in Jesus because of it. The world moves too fast for most to take the time needed to find his love, and only know the love of our passions for family, friend, lover or self, when what we need to do is follow after Jesus by way of repentance.

It is as it is meant to be. Praise God in His unlimited wisdom and knowledge. The word – for whatever reason of man, is being spread like a wildfire! Its understanding hidden from all except his apostles, prophets, and those that know his agape love.

The apostles are being killed…James was beheaded. Phillip, Andrew, Jude and Bartholomew were all crucified; as was Peter, though he chose to be crucified upside down not counting himself worthy to die the same death as did our Lord Jesus. Thomas was killed with a spear, Luke was hanged, and Mark was tied to a rope and dragged to death.

I believe John still lives on the island of Patmos, but of the others I’m not sure of. And let us not forget Paul who sits in prison and writes his letters to be shared in the churches. Teaching them, encouraging them, and comforting them as if by Gods own words as they have been revealed to him.

His letters shall be treasured some day as Paul does all he can to safeguard them for the future; and added to the letters written James, Jude, Peter, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John they shall make a formidable record of the life and message of Jesus The Christ. Every word written as if by Gods own hand, expressing spiritual truths with spiritual words, undefiled by mans mis-interpretation.

Yet for a time, until the time of the gentiles are fulfilled, the word will be written, but its wisdom hidden from all but the apostles, prophets and those that love God.

This too is as it should be, so as to establish the faith of those that find it, in God’s Agape love.

But lack of understanding in the word of wisdom does not prevent one from being given the Holy Spirit, for the Holy Spirit is cast about in the sincere yearning of man’s heart.

The devil himself causing the hearts of men to faint in fear and thus foster their efforts to find God in repentance. Never able to stop the time to come of his own destruction.

His demon influenced followers may kill us, but we will live in unity with Christ Jesus, the first fruits of our eternal life. “Come soon my Lord Jesus, comer soon!”

This has been my story, written in my own hand, with hope of my prayers being answered in your hearts with the reading of it.

I am prepared to die, yet while I live I will continue to seek to be an example by living a life of love in all I say and do.

If I have offended anyone I pray you will forgive me. It was not my intention to do so. Yet if these few words did somehow stir offense, I beg that you reconsider its source…you may find that I have done you no wrong and have simply shared with you the truth, and that it is Jesus that offends you.

If that is as I expect it is so, then I say to you with all my heart, all my soul – “PLEASE! Take Heed! For there on the cross died your savior! May you yet find he lives.”

Sincerely,

Barabbas: aka: ‘worksbyjj’

Repentance in The Way

By: worksbyjj

Repentance is to stop doing wrong and do what’s right, right?

Yes, you are right but what is the right thing to do?

Do what the bible says…if it says stop stealing, then we need to stop it.

Yes, we do, but how do we stop it, and again, what do we do instead?

We just stop it that’s all and we put our faith in Jesus to deliver us unto salvation.             But what is faith? Faith has substance and evidence. What is that substance and evidence?

Whew… when you start trying to explain The Way of true worship it can sound like an interrogation by detectives, only you don’t know the answers they want to hear; and when you say: repentance is to stop doing wrong and do what’s right and I agree but say it’s wrong because – to stop; doing wrong and do what’s right requires that you know what the right thing to do is. You get mad and say it’s in the bible. And I say yes, it’s in the bible but your understanding is incomplete.

That is why several verses tell us that all sin has a motive! A reason for doing the sin. And Jesus tells us that all motives fall under three categories; worries, riches and/or pleasures.

So you see, even though you want to stop sinning, let’s say stealing for example, if you simply stop the act of sinning you will still suffer from having a desire that doesn’t mind being satisfied by your stealing; That is still in you, and that is what keeps you from maturing in your faith.

And when you once again experience the temptation to sin for those hidden motives that seek to worry, be rich and/or derive pleasure, then you may or may not steal again, but when you are weak in your faith you are also weak against the doing of sin. And if all you do is resist, or as you say, stop sinning, then your desire will overcome you and you will once again fight for your freedom from sin. From the same sins desire to express a worries, riches and/or pleasure. That is why we are told to “…with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires;…”Eph. 4:17-24NIV

Deceitful desires!! You see, stealing isn’t the problem but the desires that you fulfill with whatever it is you stole or whatever you used the stolen for, whether it be money for drugs, sex, food… That’s the problem!!!

And if all you do is stop stealing then you will never understand the underlying cause nor will you find the loving alternative that you need to submit to doing in our Lord Jesus.

So it goes, and when you see the Way of love and so choose to abide in it, it will either come with your salvation, or an increase in the knowledge of faith, for faith expresses itself through love. But resist your temptation to hold onto a blind understanding and revealer of nothing is to your shame.

In Him,

J.J.

Bible Study by the prophet J.J.

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Hello,

 

Thank you for allowing me to come into your bible study for the purpose of leading you to a stronger understanding in your faith to know Jesus as your Lord and Savior.

In fact, with a working knowledge of The Way of God’s Doctrine, you will come to know our Lord Jesus In a personal relationship that expresses the Love of our Heavenly Father through your senses with a joy that makes His yoke easy to carry.

You can stop asking yourself, “What Would Jesus Do?” because the love you find and submit to becomes your love; and your emotions, will, and thoughts become one with our savior Jesus; your actions come as naturally as if they were yours by choice.

And indeed they are! As you walk in The Way of Repentance unto God’s Love and Truth, you begin a work of transformation. In essence you are learning to put-off the old man, corrupt according to its deceitful desires; and to putting-on the new man created to be like God in True-Righteousness and Holiness.

All you and I are asked to do is to put to death the misdeeds of our sins and submit with perseverance to the way of a new attitude in life that has love and truth as our guide and our goal. In other words: Repent!

Doing this will fulfill any commandment, for love is the fulfillment of the Ten Commandments and of Jesus’ personal new commandment to love one another as he has loved us…this is how we love with God’s Love even as He loved us with God’s Love.

Let us read Ephesians 4:17-24NIV

“So I tell you this, and insist on it in The Lord, that you must no longer live as the gentiles do, in the futility of their thinking. They are darkened in their understanding and separated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them due to the hardening of their hearts. Having lost all sensitivity, they have given themselves over to sensuality so as to indulge in every kind of impurity, with a continual lust for more.

You however, did not come to know Christ that way. Surely you heard of him and were taught in him in accordance with the truth that is in Jesus. You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put-off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put-on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.”

If there was a verse that could give the doctrine of God in a nutshell, this would be it. Because Paul “insists on it” this section is a mandatory revelation of the teaching that he received from Jesus for all Christians! Every non-believer is a gentile. Only after we are ‘born-again’ are we adopted into the house of Israel, and become sons and daughters of God The Father.

In the gentile state, you can SEE we are “separated from the life of God” due to our sinful ways of living. But we didn’t come to know God by living that kind of life. We heard of Jesus, by way of the gospel; and were taught by the word in him, also by way of the gospel, to put off the old man which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires.

Deceitful desires means: lying desires!

For example: when you steal it is because you want to buy something to satisfy your desire for either a worry riches and/or pleasure. Why not satisfy the desire without stealing? Perhaps you don’t have the money, because you don’t have a job. Why!?

That you have to sin to gratify your burning desires makes the reasons for the desires your number one consideration to finding out. Why? If you don’t know why you do the sin that you don’t want to do, then you are living a hidden life. Are you hiding, or do you just not want to dig up the ugly past that buries the reasons for your sin.

But we must!!! How else can we look for the alternative choices of love and truth? Love does no harm to its neighbor and truth applies to everyone equally. Find this Love and Truth and submit to doing it until it becomes a part of you and you will have found God’s Love and Truth and become one with Him.

“What causes fights and quarrels among you? …” (James 4:1-10)

Any wrong that is hurtful or personal is a sin that you need to eradicate through your continuing efforts of repentance. If you look intently into the perfect law of love you will find your answers and by the power of God’s Holy Spirit you will become, either, born-again or more knowledgeable in The Way of God’s Doctrine teaching.

When you are able to acknowledge the way of love and truth and choose to submit to doing it, you will begin to grow in the fruits of the spirit. This “Transformation” is how we put-on the new man, The Mind of man/God: Jesus

His mind becomes our mind! Now, we know firsthand, the love of God as revealed to us by Jesus so that we can be one with God and know the substance and evidence of faith…we believe in Jesus because He reveals the love of our Father to us, and it increases as we pursue it, to know loving and truthful alternatives to all the reasons for why we do the sin we don’t want to do; Remember: “All things are permissible, but not all things are beneficial!”

You will have ample time to indulge in your worldly pursuits; what child doesn’t rebel from his Father, only Jesus; and he speaks in our behalf, always intervening for us claiming his blood has paid the price for our sin, and holding on to us so that none of the chosen will be lost; enjoy life, but when the need for love in your life draws you back into the movement of repentance, don’t let the world trouble you so that you make excuse for your attitude, don’t resist striving again, for as many times as it takes; seek out the cause, root out the motive, find the reason for why you sin and acknowledge The Way of Love as your desired goal. Put-it on! Abide in it until it transforms you and becomes you in a controllable way; then enjoy the joy of life’s True Agape Love.

InHim,

J.J.