Jan Austin Antonsson
The Glory Road,
A Kingdom Highway
October 23, 1998
God has extended our "assignment" here in Neosho, MO. Lenny is continuing as an "ambassador" to the Calvary Baptist Church, functioning as intercessor for them and for the Church of Christ Preacher, out of whom flows rivers of living water. I continue to write as the Spirit prompts me and to minister on the Internet via e-mail. Being closely involved with two fundamentalist churches these past 5 months has been an interesting experience for me, as I observe their struggles to get it right, to follow the Lord, to obey His commandments, to quit sinning, and to be more righteous. I long to give them some of the insights that God has given me, but He has not yet released me to do so. So, I wait and pray and groan within myself at the fact that they stumble over what has become painfully obvious to me. They don't see it at this point, however, primarily because, as Paul proclaims in I Cor. 2:14, the things of the Spirit simply cannot be discerned by the natural man, because they are foolishness unto him, and "neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned." What they don't seem to understand is that you can't figure out spiritual truths with your mind, no matter how diligently you try. Still, it's predictable that they should continue to seek righteousness by their own efforts, for the church's main answer to everything regarding living the Christian life is works: read the Bible more; pray; repent, repent, repent; serve the church, your fellow Christian, and the community; obey and rededicate yourself to Christ. These are not bad things in and of themselves, but let's face it, they are things that only those folks on the "good side" of the tree of knowledge of good and evil can accomplish. Oh yes, there were good things on that tree that tempted Adam and Eve, but things which, nonetheless produced death, every bit as much as those bad things on the "evil side" of the same tree. (End Note "A").
When the Baptist pastor rails on the congregation to follow the Shepherd, to obey the Lord, to serve the church, he is preaching to the choir, as they say. These folks already know this and are doing it the best they know how, but what does this have to do with the lost and dying of the world? What does this have to do with the sin which so easily besets everyone on the planet? Practically nothing, I would guess. How does this message deliver man from his ever present sins? The truth is that it cannot deliver anything except guilt and shame, for there is no power in carnal man to save himself or make himself righteousness, no matter how hard he tries. Absolutely ALL our righteousness is as filthy rags! (Is. 64:6). All power in heaven and in earth is given to but one, Christ Jesus. (I Chron. 29:11; Matt. 11:27; 28:18; Jn. 3:35; Rev. 5:13).
I've been sorely missing my grandchildren and with Halloween approaching, I've been noticing all the little kids and their moms searching the racks at Walmart for the perfect costume. The Lord reveals the kingdom to me in almost everything that happens in our lives and this "pagan" holiday is no exception. (I make no excuses for using Halloween as a springboard, because all of our religious holidays, including Christmas and Easter, are tainted by pagan rituals, if you want to be technically correct.) Anyway, it seems clear to me that Halloween is enjoyed by old and young alike because people can change their identity by wearing a mask and a costume. They can hide their true selves and pretend to be someone they are not. I've heard some pop psychologists say that people dress up like the character they wish they were or perhaps the one they really are hidden within their psyche. Most of the time, they shove this secret persona down deep into the unconscious abyss, but one day a year, they can "let it all hang out," and act out their secret fantasy, whether it be a prostitute, or a nun, or the president or a gambler. Be that as it may, what came to me is that many church members wear masks all year long. They have to "dress up" like "good Christians" in public, because they dare not reveal who they are, what they really think, or what they truly believe. It's way too dangerous to be real in most churches, and it's especially dicey to admit your negative stuff out loud. The price tag might be higher than you would want to pay, like being criticized from the pulpit or actually being disfellowshipped by the flock.
For instance, when I was growing up in the Church of Christ, the people who went forward during the invitation hymn fell into two categories: those who wished to be baptized, a happy thing; or those who wanted to be restored, a shameful thing. Why shameful? because some in the congregation speculated about what kind of sex sin they'd been involved in. That must be the worst sin of all, I used to think, based on the shame and guilt associated with it and the condemnation heaped on the poor repentant wretch by the other church members when his back was turned. The result is that even today, I've rarely seen people coming forward to be "restored," as the expression goes, meaning, I think, to rededicate their lives to Christ. Now, so far as I can see in the New Testament, this coming forward deal is man's invention, as is the invitation hymn itself. Peter didn't need one on the day of Pentecost, you'll notice. When the Spirit of God moves on a sinner's heart, they do not need a preacher to beg and plead with them to come forward and repent. They say, "Men and brethren, what shall we do?" (Acts 2:37); or "See, here is water; what doeth hinder me to be baptized?" (Acts 8:36). The Apostle Paul spoke of repentance, but didn't mention it as a part of the church service. The Apostle James said to "Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep; let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness. Humble yourself in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up." (James. 4:9-10). However, he did NOT say one has to do this publicly. The only two that need to be there are the Lord and Jan.
One thing I do appreciate about the Baptist Church here is that they have a portion of the worship service, where you can go forward and "fall upon your face before the Lord," and pray or weep, or whatever, while the congregation is standing and singing. It's a wonderful blessing. If you want someone to pray with you, you raise your hand and a deacon will come. If you want this time by yourself with the Lord, you have it. Lenny and I went forward one Sunday and knelt at the bench, and both of us wept and wept, not over our sins, but because of the sheer blessing of being in the Lord's sweet presence in a very special, almost physical way. It was a lovely time, and I've noticed that many people make their way forward during this part of the worship, and do their business with the Lord, and then sit down again. The congregation never knows what that business is, because it's not their business to know. It is one part of the service that is not ritualized. It just flows from the Spirit, and it is very refreshing.
I remember one time years ago, when I was experiencing horrible problems in my first marriage. One of the elders in the Church of Christ I was attending was also having difficulties in his marriage. At a Sunday Night service, he invited anyone else who was having trouble, to come down front and join him for prayer for healing of the marriage. The tears welled up in my eyes, my throat constricted, and I got up and walked as fast as I could go the other way, to the back of the auditorium, and watched the proceedings from afar, with the tears rolling down my cheeks. I couldn't get past the stigma of admitting in public that I had a bad marriage. Why? Because the church I grew up in led me to believe that it was all up to me to be good and perfect, and always be in "right relatedness" (which is what righteousness means) to approach God. Such a sad thing; such a needless burden to bear. So, I pulled myself together, put on a happy face, and went back in and sat down. This is why I say that church folks often wear masks when they join in the religious activities of the church. They hide their fears, their shame, and their guilt for sin where no one can see them, and they bear this burden alone. It gets really heavy before very long.
Now, we get to the hell part. Follow me here, for I am NOT talking about the superstitious belief that Halloween night is the annual high point of the devil's powers, not at all. (Logic would tell you that this can't be true. His handiwork pops up all year long.) What I'm talking about is the need for people to hide their true identity. People who have to wear a mask to feel comfortable relating to others are in their own personal hell. They don't have to wait until they die to go there. They are in everlasting torments here and now, driven far from the peaceful, loving presence of the Lord by their sins, for which they can't forgive themselves, and see no way that God can either! I see people in both of these congregations struggling with sin, with doubt and despair, with horrible, gut wrenching fears, with envy and resentment, with judgment and condemnation of others, and worst of all, with doubt as to their own eternal salvation, or of someone they love. This, my friends, is hell. It is separation from the presence of God who is unconditional love. These unfortunates eke out a meager spiritual existence on a starvation diet of works and law, without the life-giving bread and water of life (Jn. 6:35; 49-51; 53-56) which flows from the eternal Spirit, Christ Jesus our Lord. Most of these Christians try hard because they fear hell after they die, but fail to see that they are in it right now. Jesus died to save us from our sin, and also to save us from writhing in guilt for that sin.
We have a neighbor in California whose husband is dying of cancer. They are out of state right now with their children, who are helping them. She told Lenny last week that she promised to stay right by his bedside to the bitter end, for he is horribly afraid to die. "He had some big sins," she explained, "and that's why he's afraid to meet God." Lenny talked to her about God's forgiveness, and Christ's atoning work. She said he knows that, but still he's afraid. Clearly, the husband is repentant at this point, sorry for what he did, but that's not enough to remove his fears. So in one sense, for him, it's as if Christ died in vain, because he is still in bondage to fear of hell and death. (Heb. 2:15). For him, his sin is too wide, and too deep and too tall for the blood of Christ to cleanse. How sad. This man was not a church member; so perhaps it's understandable that he would feel this way, especially if he were a victim of harsh preaching in his youth. If God does not answer my prayers to send an "angel" to comfort him on this side of Jordan, he'll have to wait until he crosses over to experience God's unconditional love that brings perfect peace and casts out all fear.
However, there are people in churches today, in this very town, who attend every service; take communion every week; give of their means; try the best they can to live a good life, and yet are afraid to die. Why? Well, I would guess that it's because they know all too well what's underneath the mask they wear in public, and are afraid that God just can't overlook it. They've never been given the power to overcome it and therefore, they fear death and what's beyond. "The human heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked" (Jer. 17:9. See also Matt. 12:34; 15:19) and who but God can tame the tongue? (Prov. 15:28; James 3:8). Were we honest with ourselves, we would all admit that we deserve punishment and death. In fact, it appears to me that the more self-righteous a person appears, and I've encountered some flaming Pharisees here, the more fearful they are, and the more they have to lie to themselves and others about how good they are. They dare not tell the truth, for they have never understood that righteousness comes by faith in Christ, not by law and works. (Rom. 4:13; Gal. 2:21; 3:21; Phil. 3:9). These modern day Pharisees have totally missed the point Paul makes so eloquently in Romans 9: "What then shall we say? That the Gentiles, who did not pursue righteousness, have obtained it, a righteousness that is by faith; but Israel, who pursued a law of righteousness, has not attained it. Why not? Because they pursued it not by faith but as if it were by works. They stumbled over the 'stumbling stone'." (Rom. 9:30-32). There's only one way faith comes, and that is by Jesus Christ. (Jn. 1:17; Gal. 2:20; Eph. 2:8-9).
The churches foster this "what a worm am I" attitude by railing on incessantly about sin, the need for forgiveness, and the hopelessness of our situation should we die unrepentant. What that does, my friends, is cause us to focus continuously on sin, rather than on the one who overcame it on our behalf. What it also does, as Gary Sigler puts it so well in his books and tapes, (End Note B) is to cause us to focus on old Adam, our carnal nature. Now, you can clean him up, dress him up, wash out his mouth with soap from time to time, and take him to church every time the doors are open. You can make him read the Bible endlessly, memorize passages of Scripture till the cows come home, pray, repent, recommit, rededicate, and serve, serve, serve, but old Adam is still old Adam. He's hopeless, and will NEVER be redeemed, but the GOOD NEWS is, he's dead! Crucified with Christ! The thing I long to shout from the housetops is this. God does not look at the old Adamic nature when He looks at us. He doesn't see our fears, our deceits, our selfishness, our envy, our lust, our pride, our dishonesty, our judgment of others, horrible though they appear to our own eyes. When He looks at Jan, He sees the NEW CREATION! Why? because Jan is dead! Now, I'll admit, that she sometimes sits right up there in her well preserved old coffin and says, "Oh Yeah?" But, this is why Paul said, "reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord." (Rom. 6:11). In this same chapter, he carefully explains that when we were baptized into Jesus Christ, we were baptized into his death. (Vs. 3). His conclusion? "Therefore, we are buried with him by baptism into death; that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so, we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection: Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. FOR HE THAT IS DEAD IS FREED FROM SIN." (Rom. 6: 4-7).
This is very good news indeed. A dead man cannot be ordered around, tempted or deceived by the devil, nor is he subject any longer to the laws of sin and death. It's over, completely over, finished at the cross. (Jn. 19:30). What it means is that we are not slaves to sin anymore. Paul wrote, "Don't you know that when you offer yourselves to someone to obey him as slaves, you are slaves to the one whom you obey &emdash;whether you are slaves to sin, which leads to death, or to obedience, which leads to righteousness? But thanks be to God that, though you used to be slaves to sin, you wholeheartedly obeyed the form of teaching to which you were entrusted. You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness." (Rom. 6:16-18, NIV). This is why the Apostle John says, "Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin;" (I Jn. 3:9). The idea here according to the Amplified Version, is "deliberate, knowing, habitual sin." The reason for this is that "God's nature abides in him (His principle of life, the divine sperm, remains permanently within him); and he cannot practice sinning because he is born (begotten) of God." (Amplified Version). What this is saying, is that we no longer have to be bound by, or enslaved to our carnal nature, for it has no power over us. When we don't understand this fully, our mind continues to try to resurrect old Adam, and either attempt to make him righteous, or try to hide from the shame and guilt of his failures. This is why Paul said we must be transformed by the renewing of our minds. (Rom. 12:2). We must have the mind of Christ, he said, to abide in the Spirit. (I Cor. 2:16).
I'll tell you what disturbs me the most about relating to these fundamentalist Christians. They know what they are supposed to do, and how they are supposed to act. It has been drummed into them since they were knee high to a duck. What they can't figure out, is how to pull it off. Take the problem of irritation, resentment, and anger for instance. I could give example after example of situations I know of where it is a brother or sister in Christ who is causing such aggravation that the offended person just wants to bite a nail in two and run screaming into the night. You will remember that when Jesus was hanging on the cross, and when Stephen was being stoned, both men, under the influence of the Spirit, prayed, "Father, forgive them." Jesus added to this, "For they know not what they do." (Lk. 23:34; Acts 7:60). How could such tolerance and acceptance be possible under such extreme conditions. To most of us, our first impulse is to write off an offending sister as, "a bitch," and an offending brother as the son of one. How do we get past irritation and aggravation to unconditional love? Yes, Jesus was the Son of God and totally without sin, so He had an edge, perhaps, but Stephen was a human man. He bled when he was cut, and he hurt when he was stoned. Yet, because of the life giving Spirit dwelling within him, he was able to be just like Jesus. And that is what's missing from most fundamentalists' doctrine. They are so convinced that we are sinful worms, groveling around in the dirt of sin and guilt, that they fail to see the truth of who we really are in Christ. We were "mud creatures" once, perhaps, but no longer. (See End Note "C"). The NEW CREATION is the most important creation that the sovereign God ever accomplished: it's worth and beauty surpassing the sun, moon and stars, this beautiful planet we call home, the solar system, and the far reaches of the lovely, mysterious universe that surrounds us. This is true because we, the New Creation, are the temple of God Himself! (I Cor. 6:19). He dwells in us. His kingdom is within us, and in Him, do we live and move and have our being. (Acts. 17:28). Out of all the worlds His hands have made, He chose to live His life in us and through us! (Eph. 3:17; Col. 1:27). Moreover, it is through the NEW CREATION that God is going to bring salvation to his entire creation, (Rom. 8:21-23) and it is through us, the Church, the body of Christ, His Sons, that the manifold wisdom of God will be unveiled or displayed to the principalities and powers in heavenly places. (Eph. 3:10). We have not yet fully understood this, and thus have not appreciated "this treasure in jars of clay (which is) to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us." (2 Cor. 4:7).
Most Christians are still looking for heaven out there somewhere, after we die, and hoping against hope to have a relationship with God "over there." Oh, that God would grant me the power to speak in words which would open your eyes and unstop your ears to the beauty of life in the Spirit right now, today on planet Earth, to help you look through the present reality which the natural eye sees, into the realm of the eternal, which is not seen except with the eyes of the Spirit. (II Cor. 5:18). When we begin to see as God sees, then we do not look at each other and discern only the carnal nature. I got warts and zits; you got warts and zits. All God's "chillins" got warts and zits, IF we focus only at the natural. However, if we ask God to show us what He sees, then we know why Paul wrote the Corinthians that he would henceforth know no man after the flesh. What Paul was focusing on here was not the carnal man, which he knew full well was dead, but the new creation. "Therefore, if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature; old things are passed away; BEHOLD, ALL THINGS ARE BECOME NEW." (II Cor. 5:16-17).
I'm a very practical person, and I need for a spiritual truth to minister life for me, or I must leave it behind and go on to one that will help me. I have struggled with my critical, judgmental nature for years. I don't like it; I know it's not what Jesus would do or feel, but there it is. At the least provocation, it leaps up and bites me on the backside. God has delivered me from this horrible condition in two ways, a) by showing me that He has already dealt with it at the cross. It's of no concern to Him because it's not who I really am, and b) by showing me that when someone just "pisses me purple," (sorry for the colorful language, but I want to be clear on my meaning), it is because I am looking at their flesh, at their carnal nature, instead of at the new creation. "But what if they are not saved?" you ask. Well, I'll tell you the hope that is within me, by the Spirit's revelation of truth in many, many scriptures. We all know that, "God so loved the WORLD that He gave his only begotten son," (Jn. 3:16) but sometimes we forget that Jn. 3:17 states, "For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world, THROUGH HIM MIGHT BE SAVED!" If God does not condemn the world, how can I? It is only by knowing that God was in Christ, reconciling to Himself (II Cor. 5:18) a lost and dying world that I can quit condemning myself and others. Before the foundation of the world, (Rev. 13:8) He knew what His plan of redemption would accomplish: that His salvation would be forever and that His righteousness would never be abolished; (Is. 51:6). He knew what power there is in the blood; (Rev. 12:11) and He planned from the beginning (Eph. 1:4) that Jesus would be the firstborn from the dead of MANY brethren. (Col. 1:18; Rom. 8:28; Rev. 1:5). So, what I came to is this: Not all are the New Creation today, it's true, but by the time God is through with His redemptive work, the whole creation will be new. Old things are passed away; behold, ALL THINGS ARE BECOME NEW. (II Cor. 5:17). It's God's promise that the old creation, our carnal nature, will pass away. (Ps. 102:26; Is. 51:6; II Pet. 3:10). It will be burned up with a fervent heat as it encounters the purifying fire of the living God, and ALL THINGS WILL BE NEW. They already are now, Paul says, because the verb is present tense there, but I'm allowing for the fact that the natural eye cannot see this at present. There will come a time, however, when every eye will behold HIM with whom we have to do, and every heart will sing praises to the one who has restored all things unto Himself. (Acts 3:21). And this, my friends is how I have learned to relate to those people who are unlovable, unforgivable, unpardonable, reprehensible, and in plain language, a pain in my drain. God is not through with them yet, or me either. Since He lives in me, and He loves the unlovely and He is kind to the ungrateful and wicked, (Lk. 6:35) I ask Him to love these irritating folks through me. This will never happen on my "ticket to ride," but it does regularly, on His!
Now, this brings me to the hind's feet, and by the way, thanks for hanging in there with me during this rambling ride through Halloween and hell. In Psalms 18:33, there is a beautiful statement, "He maketh my feet like hinds' feet, and setteth me upon my high places." (Also found in II Sam. 22:34). The reason this is so special to me is that the prophet Amos said, "He who forms the mountains, creates the wind, and reveals his thoughts to man, he who turns dawn to darkness, and treads the high places of the earth &emdash; the LORD God Almighty is his name." (Amos 4:13 ). God treads in the high places, Micah declares: "Look! The LORD is coming from his dwelling place; he comes down and treads the high places of the earth." (Micah 1:3). How wonderful that He sets me upon high places with Him, because He lives in me. It's far better than ascending Mount Sinai with Moses, who only beheld the glory of God as He passed by. (Ex. 33:18-22). When I stay in the high places, which clearly, is a metaphor for living in the Spirit, then I'm covered with His feathers, (Ps. 91:4) sheltered under His wings, (Ps. 17:8) and have all the benefits of the sons of God. (Rom. 8:14). When I descend to the wilderness of sin, the low places of criticism and judgment of another, or whatever other problem besets me, then I'm back at the funeral parlor, trying to resurrect old Adam and fix him up so he can function again in my life. The high places were very special to the children of Israel, even on a physical level of understanding. Moses went up into Mount Sinai, a high place, to talk to God; many Scriptures relate that the Israelites were subject to God's blistering wrath because they worshipped other gods on the high places in the land. (See II Kings 17:9; 23:13; II Chron. 28:25; Jer. 7:31; 19:5; 32:35). Isaiah wrote, "For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; 'I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones'." (Is. 57:15).
Ex. 19:10-22 gives the account of how it was that only God's chosen, in this case Moses, who could approach the high place on Sinai, from whence He spoke. He admonished Moses, "And thou shalt set bounds unto the people round about, saying, 'Take heed to yourselves, that ye go not up into the mount, or touch the border of it: WHOSOEVER TOUCHETH THE MOUNT SHALL BE SURELY PUT TO DEATH." (Vs. 12). In Verse 21-22, the Lord said unto Moses, "Go down, charge the people, lest they break through unto the Lord to gaze, and many of them perish, and let the priests also, which come near to the Lord, sanctify themselves, lest the Lord break forth upon them." (See also Deut. 4:10-11). What a marvelous illustration this is of the tremendous difference between the relationship that God had with His chosen people under the law, and that which He has with us today. The Hebrew writer tells us, "For ye are not come unto the mount that might be touched, (the natural) and that burned with fire, nor unto blackness, and darkness, and tempest .....But ye are come unto Mount Zion, (the Spiritual) and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels, to the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all and to the spirits of just men made perfect, and to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel." (Heb. 12:18, 22-24). This is why it grieves me that pastors all over the land, including the Reverend Billy, for whom I have enormous respect, still insist on threatening the people with Mount Sinai, with hell fire, with thick darkness and smoke and threats of eternal separation from God. These are the very things Jesus died to deliver us from: "The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light; they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined." (Is. 9:2). Besides, these scare tactics produce no better results today than they did then. "And Moses came and told the people all the words of the Lord, and all the judgments; and all the people answered with one voice, and said, 'All the words which the Lord hath said, will we do'." (Ex. 24:3). It surely sounded good, but Moses was hardly out of sight when they began making the golden calf. God told them to wait. Religion told them to find something to worship, and do it quickly.
This has been our story since Adam, and it is why revivals never produce long lasting fruits. What we need are preachers who will direct our attention to the glorious light that shines from Mount Zion, the heavenly Jerusalem, which Paul says is our mother from above. (Gal. 4:26). Notice that the text in Exodus says, "And the sight of the glory of the Lord was like devouring fire on the top of the mount in the eyes of the children of Israel." (Ex. 24:17). I submit to you that the hell fire so many Christians think they see today, is the glory of God, who is the consuming fire, (Heb. 12:29) the refiner's fire intended to cleanse the sons of Levi. (Mal 3:2). Lord haste the day when these pastors of the flock will repent of scaring God's children into repentance with hell fire, which at best is just a Band Aid over a gaping wound, and will fall upon their faces before the Lord to beseech Him for wisdom on how to present the kingdom in its true glory and light, so magnificent, so wonderful, so compelling, that all nations will flow into it, (Gen. 22:18; 26:4; Ps. 67:2; 72:11, 17; 148:11-13; Is. 2:2; 14:26; 25:7-8; 56:7; 66:18; Jer. 3:17; 27:7; 33:9; Hag. 2:7; Matt: 28:19; Rom. 16:26; Gal. 3:8; Rev. 15:4) and every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father of us all! (Phil. 2:10-11).
In the kingdom of God, today, right now, we are treading on the high places with Him. John the Beloved saw the temple of God opened in heaven, (Rev. 11:19). Of that magnificent, gold encrusted temple that He had built, Solomon declared that the heavens cannot contain God, much less a building made with hands. Yet wonder of wonders, Paul says that WE ARE the temple of the living God! (II Cor. 6:16). Open your heart to the Spirit to hear this most wonderful news! God's children all over the planet are waiting and hoping against hope that they will go to heaven when they die. Wake up brothers and sisters! If John saw the temple in heaven, and we are the temple, then heaven is here now, within us! Because God makes our feet like hinds' feet and sets us on high places, we are in heaven with Him now, today! Why should that seem like heresy to so many when Jesus said the kingdom is within us? (Lk. 17:21). There are an increasing number of God's elect to whom this revelation has been made real. Paul said we are seated in heavenly places with Christ. When, Paul? NOW! (Eph. 1:3). Let's give up this "pie in the sky, bye and bye" stuff once and for all and get on to what God has for us today! There's GOOD NEWS to share with the lost, and the glory of the Lord to share with the saved in the kingdom of our God and of His Christ. From this high place on Mount Zion, also within us, we minister love, mercy and kindness to a hurt and bleeding world. It's time to leave the milk and pabulum behind, dear ones, and go on to the meat that will mature us. (Heb. 5:13-14; 6:1-3). It's past time to ask God to remove the veils that law and religious tradition have put over our eyes, and the masks that we wear to hide our shame and guilt, so that "we all, with open face, beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord." (II Cor. 3:18).
by Jan Austin Antonsson
Jan & Lenny Antonsson
17178 Highway 59, Neosho, MO 64850 (Snail Mail)
End Note "A:" "Why Works Don't Work"
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The Glory Road
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