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“My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness.”[1] When Jesus said this to Paul as he pleaded three times to have the messenger of Satan that was tormenting him removed,[2] Jesus knew what Paul was talking about. For three times Jesus petitioned the Father to have the cup taken away from Him that night at Gethsemane. Yet the Father did not, and Jesus submitted His will to the Father’s.

A tormenting messenger of Satan is a thorn in the flesh, and even Paul asked for its removal as you and I would also if we had one. However, a thorn in the flesh is nothing compared to being flogged 40 lashes and having three iron thorns nailing you to a Roman cross with a crown of thorns set into your forehead. Thus, when Jesus says to us, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness,” we have a Saviour who knows what it is to be weak as much as He knows more than anyone of us what it is to be powerful, so powerful that one word from Him would have destroyed us, one word would have unleashed twelve legions of avenging angels. And if there is anyone who knows what it is like to be tormented by messengers of Satan, Jesus did. As He hung on that cross, those who condemned Him lied about Him, conspired against Him, mocked Him, and taunted Him, tempting Him to use His power to deliver Himself. In human terms, He became as weak as anyone could ever get, but this is no ordinary Man, He is One who has the power to deliver Himself and not only was He able to do so, He was authorised to do so. Jesus said, “The reason My Father loves Me is that I lay down My life—only to take it up again. No one takes it from Me, but I lay it down of My own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again. This command I received from My Father.”[3]

Jesus had the power to deliver Himself, but more than power, He had a nobility of heart to which the words, good, pure, honest, just, right and worthy can be used to illuminate the extent of its nobility. Instead of displaying His power to deliver Himself and to destroy His enemies, He used His might, together with His strength, to remain on that cross and He forgave His enemies. And when He was forsaken, He finished the work without a plea, and when it was finished, with a shout He cried out, “Father, into Your hands I commit My spirit.”[4] He who was without sin was made sin and became sin, forsaken by God because He had become cursed for hanging on a tree, even though it was through obedience that He had come to hang on that cross. Now, in order that the Father is proved true and just in all His judgements and actions; in order that the Father truly did know the end from the beginning, and in order that the forsaking of Him though it accorded to Jesus a righteousness that exceeded God’s, for it is the righteousness of an innocent Man forsaken by God for obeying God, He would now disobey a command given to Him by God. “…I lay down My life… I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again. This command I received from My Father.”[5]

He would lay down His life for the salvation of the world just as the Father commanded, but He would not take it up again by His own authority. Rather, the very power that He had to raise Himself up with He would commit to the Father. In that moment, the will of God was accomplished. Jesus had laid down His life as the Lamb of God and atonement was made once for all for sins, and through His perfect obedience of the Father to be on the cross, He had produced a righteousness for man that God could not ever reject, a righteousness that exceeded God’s. However, it was a righteousness that must be given back to God so that God is above all. In that twinkling of an eye when a Man had a righteousness that exceeded God and God had forsaken an innocent Man who obeyed Him, in an instant when Satan appeared to have gained a foothold in accusing God, in an instant when it would appear that the Oneness of the Godhead had split, Jesus put it all back under the Father, relinquishing all rights over God for forsaking Him and did the one thing that both accomplished the prerequisite of a sin offering for atonement and yet mastered the sin, obeying God’s command to Cain, “Sin is crouching at the door; it desires to have you, but you must master it.”[6] In committing His spirit to the Father, He submitted His right to the greater righteousness and gave it back to God, and at the same time, disobeyed the Father’s command to Him to take up His own life again. Thus, He proved God right, true and just in His judgement of Him to forsake Him, and at the same time proved God’s faith in Him to be justified and vindicated, for He fulfilled that which Paul wrote of later, as a deposit to God guaranteeing that which is to come.[7] For He “has put everything under His feet.” Now when it says that “everything” has been put under Him, it is clear that this does not include God Himself, who put everything under Christ. When He has done this, then the Son Himself will be made subject to Him who put everything under Him, so that God may be all in all.[8]

That which was rightfully His, the greater righteousness, He now gave back to God by proving the Father right in forsaking Him by disobeying the command. In refusing to hold onto His spirit but committing His spirit to the Father, Jesus had disobeyed the command, but His disobedience came at a point in time that was too late for Satan and Death to take advantage of. In that disobedience, Jesus mastered the sin. He disobeyed a command that no creature, flesh or spirit, would disobey, the command to lay down one’s life and to take it back up again. It was, in fact, the one command that no creature, clean or unclean, could resist to obey. But He did, and in doing so, Jesus did what was impossible for all creation, for He disobeyed the command that would give a creature of God life outside of God. Instead, He waited on the One Person of the Godhead who had not yet made a decision, for the Father had decided to forsake Jesus and Jesus had decided to finish the work and not take up His life again so that the Father would remain righteously unaccusable in all His judgements. He left it to the Holy Spirit to cast His vote. The Father would not raise Him for He had forsaken Him and Jesus could not raise Himself for He had given up His spirit and as such had disobeyed God. Since the Holy Spirit had neither judged nor had He commanded, the Holy Spirit remained free to do whatever He willed, and by raising Jesus from the dead, He declared Jesus to be the Son of God in agreement with the Roman centurion who said, “Surely this was the Son of God.”[9] And since God is not the God of the dead, the Holy Spirit was free to agree with that centurion and make Jesus alive as Peter wrote.[10]

Thus with His resurrection, Jesus was declared the Son of God who had done all that the Father commanded Him. He became sin and mastered the sin, choosing to disobey God at the only point where no other creature of the old creation would disobey and yet by so doing, brought God into a greater perfection. For now, it was the Holy Spirit’s turn. It would be His work that would declare Jesus Christ to be all that He said He is. And since the Holy Spirit raised One forsaken by God, and declared One who had disobeyed God to be the Son of God, so now He could be poured on all flesh, all flesh, not just those who had observed the Law, but all flesh, all flesh that has ever been forsaken by God and all flesh that has ever disobeyed God.

Now, the Godhead, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, was in a place They had never been before and perfection became perfected in resurrection. Even Their Oneness was now resurrected… Their Oneness to be the Truth, to be righteous, to be Justice, to be Love for Each Other, to go the extra mile for Each Other, God’s manifold wisdom being displayed in such glory that creation would need eternity to comprehend it fully, and yet God had already moved on. Within Themselves, the Law of God was fulfilled and had accomplished its purpose, Their truth, justice, mercy, love and compassion, even slowness to anger had been manifested to Each Other. Their power, might and strength had been put on display at a level no other creature or power or authority could manifest. In that deep thick darkness, the Lord, the Lord and the Lord did Their finest work and brought forth the new creation that all who put their faith in Jesus Christ would partake of. So great is this new work, we now understand that even some of those condemned to the Lake of Sulphur[11] would benefit becoming dogs that live outside of New Jerusalem.[12]

Our limited knowledge and understanding permits us to go thus far and speak thus far without violating the Laws of the Third Heavens. But now in this greater light, we see the power of the cross of Christ that Paul spoke of, for the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved is the power of God.[13] For who would subject themselves to being forsaken by God in doing that which God commanded and not say a word but finish the work in silence? Who, having acquired for themself a righteousness that exceeded God’s, would give it back to God and prove God right and true at the expense of their own life, even becoming sin itself by disobeying the one command that no creature subject to death could disobey? Jesus Christ… that’s who! He relinquished His power to deliver Himself, and by His might and strength mastered the disobedience of God, which is sin, and turned it into the very source of not only salvation for all who believe, but the launch pad of God into a greater perfection for Himself.

For truly now, it was not by might or by power, but by the Holy Spirit of God that all things would be resolved by the resurrection of Jesus Christ. The Father is justified and the Son is glorified, and if One is the Other is, all because the Holy Spirit made Jesus alive. So, once made alive by the Spirit, Jesus was able to go to prison and [He] preached to the spirits in prison who disobeyed long ago when God waited patiently in the days of Noah while the ark was being built.[14] Jesus entered Hell as the Master of Sin, He who had mastered sin but was declared righteous by the Holy Spirit, could now preach to all who had sinned before God’s first judgement on Earth. For from Noah onwards, all who listened to the voice of God and obeyed Him carefully would be saved and delivered as Noah was. As Noah would bring forth a new world through obedience and waited on God for his release from the tomb of the Ark, so Jesus brought forth the new creation as He waited on the Holy Spirit to make Him alive. Thus, all who follow Him would be made alive to God by the Holy Spirit as He is, becoming the new creation that not only can the Holy Spirit live in, but possess forever.

In mastering sin, Jesus did what Cain could not do and so also won the right to set free the descendants of Cain who lived until they were wiped out by Noah, the preacher of righteousness. Cain’s descendants were all killed without hope of redemption for their father had failed to obey God in that one command. “Sin… desires to have you, but you must master it.” Now, through Jesus, they had a Kinsman Redeemer, a Descendant of Noah, who was descended through Seth, brother of Cain and Abel. A Kinsman Redeemer who did what was right, obeyed God and yet was forsaken. One who annulled God’s words to Cain: “If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must master it.”[15]

Jesus mastered sin by becoming sin for us and disobeyed the one command of God that ensured that He would die to keep God true to His judgements. In doing so, Jesus brought glory to the One who sent Him, no, not only brought glory to the One who sent Him, but kept glorious the One who sent Him declaring Himself then to be a Man of Truth, worthy of the Spirit of Truth to take hold of Him. So, the Holy Spirit, in raising Him from the dead, declared Himself to be the Spirit of Truth and Jesus Christ His True Witness, for Jesus called Him the Spirit of Truth.

In Christ, not only are you set free from the power of sin, which is the Law, for Jesus mastered sin and removed its sting so that the Law is obsolete for all who are in Christ whilst remaining in full force on all who have not put their faith in Christ.[16] That is why there is nothing but sure and present condemnation for all who have not put their faith in Jesus Christ when they have heard the Gospel. Thus, the sin has as much power over you and me as a scorpion without a sting or a serpent without its fangs. Since the wages of sin is death, even death has no power over anyone who is in Christ. It is only up to them to choose what they wish for themselves, to live and die only to live again as Jesus did or to live and never die as Jesus promised.[17]

In obeying God as He did, Jesus did that which Satan dreamt of having but could never have, and having acquired it, the righteousness that exceeds God’s, Jesus gave it back to God, destroying forever Satan’s dream of ever being the one who would raise his throne above God’s first. For Jesus did, but then subject Himself under God again, locking Satan out forever from ever hoping to achieve his ambition. Destroying the ambition of the ambitious is to condemn them to eternal death. Thus, through Jesus Christ, the descendants of Cain were preached to and He became their Kinsman as well having fulfilled God’s command to their father Cain.

The power of the cross of Christ, death to the ambitions of the ambitious, for in absolute weakness Jesus exercised an exceeding grace to His Father and submitted His spirit into His hands and died, disobeying the one command that the wisdom of the wise and the intelligence of the intelligent would ever contemplate. Thus, as it is written: “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise; the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate.”[18] Satan’s wisdom and knowledge would not have permitted him to disobey God if God were to have given the same command to him to lay down his life and take it up again by his own authority. That one act of Jesus destroyed Satan’s wisdom and gives continuous frustration to his knowledge, a legacy that is played out again and again on those who are the kinsmen of Satan who do not have in mind the things of God, but of men.

Now, can you come to know the power of His resurrection as Paul desired to know when he wrote: I want to know Christ and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, becoming like Him in His death, and so, somehow, to attain to the resurrection from the dead.[19] Now, to become like Him in His death, you must have been given the same authority by the Father to lay down your life only to take it up again as He was given. And no one can do so unless they have paid the price of discipleship to have given up their lives for Jesus only to find it again as He promised and then, yes, to lay down that life for Him again to be witnesses for Jesus whom even the beast could not overpower unless you permitted the beast to do so, just like the two who will be made a spectacle of in the city where their Lord was crucified.[20] Thus, the power of His resurrection raised up all of the hopes and dreams and plans of God into a new level that will be displayed on New Earth in New Jerusalem under the New Heavens.

Thus, it is no empty promise or boast that you are being educated into the power of God, not trained. For you can be trained to avoid sin and so appear to be holy, but to master sin as Jesus mastered sin is no appearance of holiness but a manifestation of holiness. Indeed, the cross of Jesus had no appearance of holiness, but is holiness manifested. And who can you follow to master sin except Jesus Christ? And who can make known to you that which belongs to Jesus except the Holy Spirit? And if you do not recognise the voice of the Holy Spirit, how can you ever learn?

The command by the Lord to His churches to listen to the Holy Spirit is so that His churches would not appear to be holy but be the very manifestation of holiness without the dictates of the rules of men. The martyrs who have gone before us were mighty men and women who stood their ground and defended their fields of faith, just like Shammah and Eleazar, whilst all deserted them, but they were mighty without the power, for it was stolen from them when men from James and disciples of Nicolas brought the church back under the curse of selective and partial observance of the Law that only carried the sting of death through sin. Without the power, the church can only hope to avoid sin but not master it. And as the teaching of the sons of Satan multiplied, even the grace that was available to all who repented was replaced by works of penance to secure that which had always been freely available until God raised up Martin Luther to restore to the church the salvation that is by grace through faith.[21] Still, six hundred years later, the powerless church can only preach against the sin rather than overpower it, overcome it, and master it, relying on flimsy rules and codes of behaviour, speech and thought that is about as effective in preventing a bushfire as a wall of hay to hold back the flames.

To do justice to the work of our Lord and the saints who lost their lives for His Gospel and their testimony,[22] there must be a generation of not only mighty men and women of faith, but of powerful men and women of the Holy Spirit. Ones who move as the Spirit moves and have on their minds only the deep things of God as the Holy Spirit reveals them, ones who can give the Holy Spirit His rest.

AMEN


 

[1] 2 Corinthians 12:9

[2] 2 Corinthians 12:7-8

[3] John 10:17-18

[4] Luke 23:46

[5] John 10:17-18

[6] Genesis 4:7

[7] 2 Corinthians 1:22; 5:5; Ephesians 1:14

[8] 1 Corinthians 15:27-28

[9] Mark 15:39

[10] 1 Peter 3:18

[11] Revelation 21:8

[12] Revelation 22:15

[13] 1 Corinthians 1:17-18

[14] 1 Peter 3:19-20

[15] Genesis 4:7

[16] John 3:18

[17] John 11:25-26

[18] 1 Corinthians 1:19 [Isaiah 29:14]

[19] Philippians 3:10

[20] Revelation 11:7-8

[21] Ephesians 2:8

[22] Revelation 6:9

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