…Findings of an investigation carried out on Sin!
One amazing adventure that we can all have is while seeking answers to the process whereby Jesus received illumination from the Father, or how the early apostles fetched spiritual understanding from Christ’s light (Eph. 3:4/17/5:14/) and God’s light (Matt. 5:48/1thes. 2:12/2thes. 2:141Jn. 1:5), or how this experience (education) would someday become a reality in us (Gal. 2:20e/1Jn. 1:1/5:20). These are musings on salvation that angels desire but can’t behold (1Pet. 1:12), and one sure way to embody these lights is by being as restless and single eyed as David was with the present creation (Ps. 27:4/63:1/Matt. 6:22).
While doing so, we would realize they all had one common trade secret – they knew sin sought a relationship with them and they had to respond on all occasions with what sin can’t comprehend – God’s Power (i.e. Faith)! They came to a place where they saw sin in its true color because sin was an angelic problem (Eze. 28:14-15) that thrives when man attempts to solve it carnally, and it would take something higher and stronger than the angelic realm (i.e. God’s Love) to come over it!
They saw beyond the use of human wisdom to carnally solve problems and knew that the empowerment that solving problem would bring their way (i.e. comfort, money, fame, influence) was no substitute for the empowerment that comes via the learning Faith. So Jesus learnt the Father’s Faith until he inherited it, the apostles also learnt it until it became theirs (1Jn. 1:1-3/Rev. 12:11) – and it became the tool with which they untied the works of darkness and liberated believers from the bondage of corruption (Jn. 8:32/Rom. 8:21).
Man came into different definitions of exploits by his ability to solve problems created by an unknown problem called sin. Sin has persuaded man till date that all other legitimate cares of life requires more attention than the actual learning of Christ (Rom. 16:25-26/Eph. 4:20). Somewhere, sin doesn’t mind if a believer uses any other faith other than God’s Faith (commandment) which God tried to teach Adam in Eden. Sin put in place an arrangement on earth whereby man labours for the meat that perishes (Isa. 55:1-3/Jn. 6:24-27), one that can only be sighted by Christ’s Faith, and sin doesn’t want believers or ministers to settle for it lest they come into perfection (Matt. 5:48/Heb. 6:1/5:14). So most cares of life till date continues to be at the expense of inheriting eternal life.
Flesh (man’s carnal nature) has hijacked the ministry of solving problems (miracles/giving of fishes) on many occasions! By so doing, men have their physical breakthroughs but don’t have a breakthrough into God afterwards (i.e. get fishes but can’t become fishers of men or saviors of souls – Obad. 1:21/Matt. 4:19/Rom. 8:19-20). This was why Jesus (and his apostles) employed wisdom while solving carnal/earthly problems and didn’t allow them create a ministry for him (Jn. 6:26-29 – pls read). Jesus focused on solving man’s actual nature problem and this really pleased the Father
In God’s wisdom, He used almost every opportunity where he solved problems or did miracles to witness or advertise something higher than miracles – the need for lost strength to be restored back to their souls through the bread of life. So man’s primary need has always been to receive an immovable kingdom called God (Ps. 90:1-2/Heb. 12:28), and our eyes has to be opened (recovered or enlightened) to receive Him (Lk. 4:18e/Acts 26:18/Eph. 1:17-18). We can therefore paraphrase Jn. 6:27 by saying, “labour not for the meat (i.e. what miracles can give) that perishes, but for the actual bread that the person (nature) of Jesus has to offer”, which is the best way to get breakthroughs, miracles, additions (Matt. 6:33)
SO THE PROVISIONS OF GOD’S HANDS (PROVISIONS, BREAKTHROUGHS ETC) CAN END UP SERVING A LESSER PURPOSE – IF IT DOESN’T STIR US TO COME TO GOD FOR PERFECTION (HEB. 11:6B/5:9/7:19). We really need miracles in the church no doubt, but it shouldn’t become the unique selling point or branding of a believer, minister of ministry. MIRACLES HAVE BEEN SOUGHT AT THE EXPENSE OF SEEKING GOD, AND HAS BECOME A SUBSTITUTE FOR THE PREACHING OF CHRIST AND HIS FORMATION IN THE LIVES OF NOT A FEW BELIEVERS.
Christ is the remedy to the situation we have in the church whereby we keep hearing (before and after we receive our breakthroughs) but are never able to come to the knowledge of truth or experimentally handle His life (2Tim. 3:7/2Tim. 1:12c/1Tim. 2:4). We receive our breakthroughs from Jesus of Nazareth (i.e. by leveraging a provision of His name that caters for our present life) but we don’t proceed to receive the actual breakthrough from Jesus The Christ (whom we can only know in the Spirit by the light of His Faith).
Another secret of these men was what they were empowered to love what uproots sin – i.e. righteousness! Like Jesus, they learnt God’s Faith (i.e. Christ) to a place where they were empowered to love and to hate what God hates – unrighteousness/sin (Heb. 1:9/1Jn. 5:17). This was how Paul journeyed to the end of Faith, gained mastery of righteousness and became a king of righteousness (2Tim. 4:8). This was how they loved the light/judgments that came their way when headed to God (perfection). The loved the light that emanated from the Holy Place of the New Testament (Christ), and they used this light to extinguish the world’s darkness in themselves and in others.
Through the leading of the Spirit (i.e. the sufferings they went through while unlearning sin and learning of Christ), their souls prospered by gaining God’s life. Without worldly goods (1Jn. 3:17a/1Tim. 6:17a/2Cor. 6:10e) they enriched and empowered men with Christ (2Cor. 6:10d). They were gods (Ps. 82:1/Jn. 10:34-35), ambassadors of righteousness, kings of peace, elites of Christ and givers of God – and I believe every true believer should look forward to being a part of that roll call someday. Selah.