Sun 2 June 2019 – Kobus Swart
Series: Love; Renewal of the Mind; Spirit, Soul and Body
(Heb. 4:12); 2 Cor. 5:17-19; NASB & MSG; John 3:16; Revelation 2:1-4 TPT; Matt. 22:36-39 TPT; Col. 3:1-4 MIRROR; (Eccl. 3:11); (John 7:38); (John 20:21); Rom. 8:19-23 MIRROR; Eph. 1:4 MIRROR; (Rev. 13:8 KJV); 2 Cor. 3:18
There are gateways from our spirit to our soul and from our soul to our body. We need to understand the importance of opening these gateways. Right in the centre of our being is the glory of God and then you have your spirit. Then you have your soul and then out to the third circle, your body. From there we are called to impact the surrounding community – not dripping unforgiveness or bitterness, but being salt and light driven by the love of God in the inner man. Ian Clayton names these gateways through which we can impact our soul from our Spirit: Prayer, the fear of the Lord, intuition, revelation, worship, hope, faith and reverence. These are the qualities that must be settled in our inner being – the spirit man. You cannot manipulate that. We need to absorb and digest a Living Word to deal with our inner man (Heb 4:12). If we do not do this to impact our soul, our soul will dominate our spirit, because in our soul are the activities that are absorbed from the spirit of the age. What goes on around us – our finances, our relationships, our emotions – will affect our mind and our mind will impact our spirits negatively.
Consider the following Scripture: Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come. Now all these things are from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation, namely, that God was in Christ reconciling the world (the Greek word is ‘cosmos’) to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and He has committed to us the word of reconciliation (2 Cor. 5:17-19). God reconciled humanity to Himself (2 Cor. 5:19a MSG). Do we believe that God, in and through Christ, reconciled humanity to Himself? Your natural mind says that you are not so sure, wondering about all the people that hate God. Now either we believe this Scripture or we will have problems. God has reconciled humanity to Himself through Christ, and He has given us the ministry of reconciliation, not condemnation. You can only do that when the inner core of your being is full of divine love. For God so loved the world (‘kosmos’), that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life (John 3:16). The Darling of heaven crucified, so that we can be reconciled again with our heavenly Father. Without being reconciled with our heavenly Father – the Father of all creation – there will not be fulfilment, there will not be peace in our lives.
Listen to these words like a testimonial to the church of Ephesus. I know all that you’ve done for me—you have worked hard and persevered. I know that you don’t tolerate evil. You have tested those who claimed to be apostles and proved they are not, for they were imposters. I also know how you have bravely endured trials and persecutions because of my name, yet you have not become discouraged. But I have this against you: you have abandoned the passionate love you had for me at the beginning (Revelation 2:1-4 TPT). I do believe this is a word from the Lord for us. This is a timely, ‘now’ word, because without us coming onto that frequency of divine love, we will not see the supernatural; and we are desperate to see the supernatural in many realms!
“Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?” Jesus answered him, “‘Love the Lord your God with every passion of your heart, with all the energy of your being, and with every thought that is within you.’ The church of Ephesus, after all the good they had done, had lost their first love. Do you know how easy it is to become arrogant when everything is going well? This is the great and supreme commandment. And the second is like it in importance: ‘You must love your friend in the same way you love yourself.’” (Matt. 22:36-39 TPT). Other translations say, Love your neighbour as yourself. How far are we in terms of being salt and light in today’s world? Be honest, ask yourself: do I love the Lord with all my heart, my soul, my mind and my strength? Do I love my neighbour like I love myself? This is a deep question!
In order for us to change the power of the soul so that the soul does not rule over our spirit but my spirit impacts my soul, we have to know the following: You are in fact raised together with Christ! Now ponder with persuasion the consequence of your co-inclusion in Him. Relocate yourselves mentally! Engage your thoughts with throne room realities where you are co-seated with Christ in the executive authority of God’s right hand (Col. 3:1 MIRROR). This is truth. We are seated with Christ in heavenly places. Not one day in heaven, one day in eternity – eternity does not have a beginning or an end! God has put eternity in the heart of every man (Eccl. 3:11). We are co-seated with Him, but we need to relocate ourselves mentally. Becoming affectionately acquainted with throne room thoughts will keep you from being distracted again by the earthly (soul-ruled) realm. Your union with his death broke the association with that world; see yourselves located in a fortress where your life is hidden with Christ in God! These are eternal truths, not predictions of one day – these are present truths. The exact life on exhibit in Christ is now repeated in us. We are being co-revealed in the same bliss; we are joined in oneness with him, just as his life reveals you, your life reveals him! (Col. 3:2-4 MIRROR). Until we have made this mind shift, we will not impact the world like we can and like we should. We need to ask the Holy Spirit to help us to digest this critical truth for the Church – the Body of Christ. From our innermost being will flow rivers of living water (John 7:38) when we have dealt with the power of the soul!
Live consistent with who you really are, inspired by the loving-kindness of God. My brothers, the most practical expression of worship is to make your bodies available to him as a living sacrifice; this pleases him more than any religious routine. He desires to find visible, individual expression in your person. This is the ultimate incarnation. Do not allow current religious tradition to mould you into its pattern of reasoning. Like an inspired artist, give attention to the detail of God’s desire to find expression in you. Become acquainted with perfection. To accommodate yourself to the delight and good pleasure of him, will transform your thoughts afresh from within (Rom. 12:1-2 MIRROR). God has a desire for you and me to put Him on display in this world – like He did with Jesus. God became visible in Jesus 2000 years ago and Jesus said, “As the Father has sent Me, so also I am sending you” (John 20:21). We need our minds renewed!
Our lives now represent the one event every creature anticipates with held breath, standing on tip-toe as it were to witness the unveiling of the sons of God. Can you hear the drum-roll? Every creature suffered abuse through Adam’s fall; they were discarded like a squeezed-out orange. Creation did not volunteer to fall prey to the effect of the fall. Yet within this stark setting, hope prevails (Rom. 8:19-20 MIRROR). Hope! Without hope faith falls apart! We sense the universal agony and pain recorded in history until this very moment. We ourselves feel the grief echo of their groaning within us while we are ready to embrace the original blueprint also of our physical stature to the full consequence of sonship. What we already now participate in as first fruits of the spirit will bloom into a full gathering of the harvest (Rom. 8:22-23 MIRROR). Do you know what that is talking about? Overcoming death into resurrection life! Glorified physical bodies; starts in the spirit, through the soul, into the body. The whole of the universe is waiting for the demonstration, the manifestation, the unveiling of the sons of God. We have to go back and come back to our original blueprint, and God has that on His mind. When was that? Long before the fall!
He associated us in Christ before the fall of the world! Jesus is God’s mind made up about mankind! He always knew in his love that he would present us again face-to-face before Him in blameless innocence (Eph. 1:4 MIRROR). A wonderful explanation by Francois du Toit: God found us in Christ before He lost us in Adam! Do you know that Christ, the Lamb, has been slaughtered before the foundation of the world? (Rev. 13:8- KJV). That means we have to break out of the time-barrier thinking pattern. We still think yesterday, today and tomorrow. In God everything is now – He is the I AM.
The entire fall was a falling away in our minds from our true identity and likeness-bearers of Elohim. So why do we need our minds renewed? We have to find our original blueprint identity. We came from God. That is all God looks at. Through the finished works of Christ He looks at us and He sees the finished product, the original blueprint. We look into the Word as into a mirror and we see not the old self, but we see ourselves in Christ – He is the finished worker (2 Cor. 3:18).