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Absolutes – Introduction

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For those who have come to know a little of God and Jesus Christ whom He has sent through the quickening of Scriptures by the Holy Spirit, you may or may not have realized it, but God deals in absolutes.  There are no ifs or buts, no negotiations possible, everything is either “yes” or “no,” black or white, life or death, prosperity or disaster—no in-betweens.

God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light, the first words of God recorded for us, and the first response and effect of those words, tell us the absolute nature of God.  There was light—as simple as that.  There are no degrees of light, no amount mentioned, but simply, there was.  We who have been brought into His presence by His grace and love, lose sight of this singleness of God —His absoluteness.  He is God, absolutely God; what He says and what He does can never be changed, negotiated nor negated.  Yet in the midst of this rock solid, unchangeable, unquestionable nature that is God, we have His grace and His love that reveal His loving kindness, compassion and mercy, even forgiveness for sinners.  It seems to be an irreconcilable paradox, absoluteness with forgiveness, kindness, mercy and love that gives sinners like Ahab and us a second chance just because we repent.  His kindness, patience and mercy that seem to make liars out of His servants and Himself, as when He told Jonah to tell Nineveh, “Forty more days and Nineveh will be overturned,” and Elijah to tell Ahab, “In the place where dogs licked up Naboth’s blood, dogs will lick up your blood—yes, yours!”  And yet, Nineveh was not destroyed nor Ahab killed, just because they repented.  That does not sound like a Person who deals only in absolutes, whose word is His bond and who does not change His mind, as one observed, “God is not a man, that He should change His mind.  Does He speak and then not act?  Does He promise and not fulfill?”

The failure to understand and to reconcile the absolute nature of God in all His absoluteness and His graciousness is what causes many to understand only the half of God that suits them.  For the two natures do not appear to be reconcilable.  That is why you will experience this duality in those who preach about the God they believe.  Some preach a hellfire and brimstone God who is not willing or is unable to compromise or negotiate one little bit, and others who seem to preach the God who is so desperate to love, forgive and be loved that He would put up with almost anything.  Thus, you will encounter many Christians who preach and believe that all sickness and disaster come from Satan because they cannot reconcile themselves to this word of God:  “But if you will not listen to Me and carry out all these commands, and if you reject My decrees and abhor My laws and fail to carry out all My commands and so violate My covenant, then I will do this to you:  I will bring upon you sudden terror, wasting diseases and fever that will destroy your sight and drain away your life…”  Likewise, you have Christians who believe that God is so obsessed about sin and the punishment for sin that successful avoidance of sin is paramount in a Christian’s existence before he goes to Heaven.  Out of this are bred the isolationists who separate themselves from the world in order to prove themselves holy.

To be a successful apprentice of the Holy Spirit, you and I must begin to acknowledge the absolute nature of God and learn to exist in the razor’s edge that defines the balance between His seemingly conflicting nature of wrath and mercy, judgement and grace, life and death, disaster and prosperity, light and darkness.  For God, the God of Jesus Christ and our God, the Father of Jesus Christ and our Father, openly and unashamedly declared this about Himself:  “I am the Lord, and there is no other.  I form the light and create darkness, I bring prosperity and create disaster; I, the Lord, do all these things.”

Do you see His “I… create darkness,” so that the so-called ‘prince of darkness’, as so many people refer to Satan as, is merely a tenant of what God created?  So that Satan has no claim over the ownership of even darkness, of which he is supposedly prince over.  He is therefore merely a puppet figurehead who can be disposed of from all that he claims to possess, for he is not the creator of all that he has.  Even the Lake of Sulphur will not be placed under his sole dominion for eternity, for indeed, not only has he to share it with the false prophet, the beast and Death, he can’t even claim squatter’s rights as he will not be the first to be there, for the false prophet and the beast will.  So then, he who ambitioned to have it all, as he said in his heart, “I will ascend to Heaven; I will raise my throne above the stars of God; I will sit enthroned on the Mount of Assembly, on the utmost heights of the sacred mountain.  I will ascend above the tops of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High,” is forever condemned to be subject to the will of others.  Enough now concerning that eternal sub-tenant. 

Back to our God and our Father who said, “I am the Lord and there is no other.  I am the Lord; that is My Name!  …and apart from Me there is no savior.  To whom will you compare Me?  Or who is My equal.  I am the First and I am the Last; apart from Me there is no God.” You see, He is the Creator, there is no other; He is the Lord, there is no other; He is the Saviour, there is no other; He is the Judge, there is no other; He is the Jury, there is no other. It is all just absolutely Him and Him alone—unquestionable, unopposable, unapproachable, undeniable and unchallengeable.

And yet, the same God also said, “Come now, let us reason together.”  “I am the Lord, who has made all things, who alone stretched out the Heavens, who spread out the Earth by Myself, who foils the signs of false prophets and makes fools of diviners, who overthrows the learning of the wise and turns it into nonsense, who carries out the words of His servants and fulfils the predictions of His messengers…”  Who says to those who abide in Him and allow His words to abide in them, “…ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you; ye shall ask what ye will, it shall be done unto you.”  He who could not stand any form of adultery that an adulteress had to be stoned by His law, yet said to a woman caught in adultery, “Then neither do I condemn you.  Go now and leave your life of sin.”

You might say Leviticus 20.10 was given by God the Father, the God of Moses, and John 8.11 was spoken by Jesus.  True, but you forget… Jesus’ every word was God’s word, for He said, “For I did not speak of My own accord, but the Father who sent Me commanded Me what to say and how to say it.”  There are just a few examples of what appears to be contradictory to such an extent there are some who attest that the God of Moses is not the God of Jesus because They seem so different.

You will never be able to reconcile these differences using the logical arguments, theories and traditions, not even faith.  For a man can believe one thing and another man can believe another, and you would only end up with an unholy war, all in the Name of God, because of what they believe.  What will set you apart, elect, is not what you believe, for you believe Jesus Christ is the Son of God, good, so do two billion or so others of all different denominations.  So what makes you ‘special’ or ‘different’?  So you listen to the words of Jesus and practise them, so what, others do too.  So you believe you can hear the voice of the Holy Spirit, so what, so do others, and so on and so on.  So, what makes you an apprentice of the Holy Spirit?  That is, what makes you a student, a disciple of the Holy Spirit, so that you can do what He does and even… imitate Him?  Yes, Paul exhorted the Ephesians to be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave Himself up for us…  Now, I say, not Paul, to paraphrase and extend and even define and delineate his word:  Be imitators of God the Holy Spirit, therefore, as dearly beloved children, for He is the Father of your spirit.

You see, the first thing you must learn and reconcile to yourself is that the Holy Spirit, even though He is God as the Father and Son are, has accepted and has always accepted the absoluteness of God the Father and God the Son that They are absolutely God, and whatever They say, do, think or plan, even desire, is the absolute will, against which there can be no opposition or negotiation.

You see, Jesus, yes, even Jesus, when it came to the crunch, asked the Father three times:

  • “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from Me.  Yet not as I will, but as You will.”
  • “My Father, if it is not possible for this cup to be taken away unless I drink it, may Your will be done.”
  • “Abba, Father, everything is possible for You.  Take this cup from Me.  Yet not what I will, but what You will.”
  • “Father, if You are willing, take this cup from Me; yet not My will, but Yours be done.”

(See that there are four versions of the prayer, yet we know by Matthew’s account that He only prayed three times.  Can you reconcile this?) 

As such, Jesus took up the offer, “Come now, let Us reason together,” and attempted as it were, to reason it out between God and Himself.  And certainly, all of us will and have come to the place where we have prayed, “If it is possible… if You are willing…” pleaded, reasoned, like Jesus, to negotiate another outcome to the inevitable that we faced.  And so, in that sense, many have fulfilled John 14.12 and have done what Jesus had been doing, even though it was not great miracles, but rather, in great anguish that we did likewise.  This place in Gethsemane would allow skeptics to question the validity of accepting the absoluteness of God, especially when even Jesus questioned the Father for the possibility of an alternate way. 

That is precisely why you are not just disciples of Jesus Christ, but have been set aside by the Holy Spirit to do His work.  You see, it is the Holy Spirit who can teach you total submission to the absoluteness of God for the Holy Spirit is the One who “will not speak on His Own; He will speak only what He hears, and He will tell you what is yet to come.”  He is the One who will not question either the Father or the Son if there is another way, but accept absolutely Their word, Their decisions, Their everything, without question.  He is the One who is poured upon all flesh —because God chose to pour Him on all flesh.  The Spirit is not the One who chooses who He will be baptized into, but it is Jesus who baptizes Him into His disciples.  The Holy Spirit is not the One who chooses who is drawn to Jesus—only the Father does.  So completely submitted to the words and therefore the will of the Father and the Son (and remember They are One) that whatever They have planned, decreed, prophesied, willed… He will absolutely bring it to pass. 

The Holy Spirit is the One who accepts the absoluteness of God without a word spoken, and in accepting the absoluteness of God, He Himself then is Absolute in all that He is.  Thus, the Holy Spirit is the only One who can teach anyone what it is to be able to accept God absolutely in all His absoluteness, without question, without interruption or disruption, and therefore, without doubt.  Indeed, He is the One who alone can help anyone work the Law of Faith to its full power and benefits so that you will have whatever you say because you have no doubt and you cannot doubt.  That is how in any war of words, you will always win, for he who doubts first loses.  (Satan loses because he doubted that he could achieve anything on his own, as he boasted in Isaiah 14.13, and hands over his authority to the beast.)

The Holy Spirit then is the Absolute Wisdom, Knowledge, Understanding, Counsel, Power, Fear of the Lord, Truth, Life, Revelation, Holiness, Grace and Glory of God, because of His absolute faith, trust and agreement with the Father and the Son.  And your apprenticeship will take you into the knowledge, practice and mastery of all things absolute.  The Holy Spirit Himself is able to do all this because of Jesus Christ, for Jesus is the One who was able to reconcile with His life the absoluteness of God of the severity of His law and judgement, as well as His grace and mercy.  So that anyone who believes in His life and death can be spared the paradox of God’s nature and come to know Him in such a way that God’s absolute holiness is one with His absolute grace, His absolute wrath is one with His absolute mercy, and so on.  Because, you see, Jesus displayed and received everything that is absolutely God through His life, where the lame were healed and the adulteress was spared, and His death, His horrific death. Everything about God’s seemingly conflicting duality, which is no duality, was reconciled in the one life, Jesus Christ, who fulfilled the law only to teach those who followed Him to break it, and He Himself broke it at one place so that all who would receive absolute grace through faith in Him would be witnesses of the absolute wrath of God on Him.  Through Jesus—all in Jesus—the two are reconciled as one, and because the Holy Spirit declared Him to be the Son of God by raising Him from the dead as the Spirit of Holiness, the Holy Spirit is the One who can Himself live and be all that is absolute about God—Absolute Wisdom, Understanding, Counsel, Power, Knowledge, and Fear of the Lord when it comes to the Law of God; and Absolute Truth, Holiness, Life, Revelation, Grace and Glory when it comes to the love of God.

So be resolute in being absolute, for we are called to bring the absolute solution, amen, to mankind, God’s Absolution.



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