Out of the Darkness Into the Light

 

 

Chapter 7 – Relationships

The purpose of this chapter is to further establish the relationships that have been discussed throughout this book. A relationship is the quality or state of being related. These relationships can be thought of in terms of simple mathematics – some things equate or equal and some things do not. Mathematics can symbolically represent precise and accurate relationships and their attributes. Let us consider some of the relationships that are so clearly defined in God’s Word in a sort of spiritual mathematics. We should be able to come to some very logical and real conclusions.

Jesus is the Word of God! John 1:1-2, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God.” Jesus is God! When Christ came to the earth as a man, He became the very embodiment (personification) of the Word - incarnate. John 1:14, “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.” Therefore we can now establish the following relationships (in any combination):

(1) Jesus = The Word

(2) Jesus = God

The Word of God is the truth (Jn 1:14)! John 17:17, “Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.” Jesus said that He was the truth (Jn 14:6). John 8:31-32, “Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” So, we can now establish the following relationships (or combination thereof):

(3) Jesus = The Word = the truth

(4) God = the truth 

The Holy Spirit is the truth (Jn 14:7, 15:26)! 1 John 5:6, “This is he that came by water and blood, even Jesus Christ; not by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit that beareth witness, because the Spirit is truth.” John 16:13, “Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.” Therefore we can establish:

(5) Holy Ghost = truth

(6) Jesus + Holy Ghost  = one (unity) = truth

We can easily understand from (3) and (5) that the Spirit and the Word will always be in agreement. They are representing the same truth of God. Jesus said: John 14:26, “But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost (which is the Spirit of truth, Jn 15:26), whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.” In other words, the Holy Spirit will verify (bear witness, lead-in) the Word or truth that Jesus spoke. Since the Word, which is Jesus, is truth and the Holy Spirit is truth, then Jesus (the Word) and the Holy Ghost are one in perfect unity dwelling within the truth of God. The Word of truth equals the Spirit of truth, which will always equal perfect agreement.

`Jesus came speaking the Father’s Words! – not His own words as a man. John 12:49-50, “For I have not spoken of myself; but the Father which sent me, he gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak. And I know that his commandment is life everlasting: whatsoever I speak therefore, even as the Father said unto me, so I speak.” John 14:10-11, “Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works. Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works’ sake.” Jesus further stated: John 12:45, “And he that seeth me seeth him that sent me (also Jn 14:9).” Jesus was sent of the Father (Jn 5:23, 30, 36-37, 6:44, 6:57, 8:16, 18, 29, 42, 12:49, 17:21, 25, 20:21). Finally, Jesus stated quite bluntly: John 10:30, “I and my Father are one.” Therefore, we can undoubtedly conclude:

(7) Father =Word = Truth

(8) Father + Jesus = One (unity) = truth 

Now combining some relationships we can conclude from (3), (5) and (7) that the Father, Son (Word) and Holy Ghost all equate to the truth. There is only one eternal truth and this truth is God. God’s truth does not change (Ps 96:13, Ps 100:5, Ps 111:8, 146:6, Heb 1:12, 13:8)! Psalms 33:4, “For the word of the LORD is right; and all his works are done in truth.” We can further conclude by combining (6) + (8) an astounding truth of God as follows:

(9) Father + Son (Word) + Holy Ghost = One ( perfect unity

Can this be verified elsewhere in scripture? Yes! 1 John 5:7, “For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.” The Lord God (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) is in perfect unity of purpose in truth.

Jesus is referred to in scripture as the Word of life (1 Jn 1:1). John 1:4, “In him was life; and the life was the light of men.” 1 John 5:11-12, “And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.” Christ further stated: John 11:25-26, “Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?” Jesus stated that He is “the life” (Jn 14:6). John 17:3, “And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.” You only have life by coming to Jesus. John 5:40, “And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life (also Jn 5:47-48, 51, 58).” We can now conclude:

(10) Jesus = Word = life.

Combining other previously defined relationships, we can conclude from (3) + (10):

(11) truth = life

 

Jesus expressed the reality of this statement when He said: John 14:6, “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” This of course concludes that God’s “way” is found in truth and produces life. Therefore:

(12) the way = truth = life

We are told very matter-of-factly throughout the bible, that we must obey God’s commandments or truth, to be found in His life. Jesus stated this very plainly when He said: John 14:15, “If ye love me, keep my commandments.” John 14:21, “He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.” John 14:23, “Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.” 1 John 2:5, “But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him.” 1 John 3:24, “And he that keepeth his commandments dwelleth in him, and he in him. And hereby we know that he abideth in us, by the Spirit which he hath given us.” Christ’s commandments equates to God’s Word or truth. Therefore we can conclude:

(13) obedience + truth (Word) = relationship in God (unity) = life. 

Another way of saying this {(12) + (13)} is that the way to life is through obedience to the truth. Similarly, our life is found in relationship with God (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) through our obedience to His truth or Word. Jesus spoke of our obedience as being the manifestation of our love for Him. Love is clearly defined in scripture as the sacrifice of self for the benefit of another. God made this clear through His sacrifice of His Son for our benefit – a great act of love (Jn 3:16). 1 John 3:16, “Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.” Romans 8:32, “He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?” God is love! 1 John 4:16, “And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.” Love is a pillar of truth. How does one dwell in love? You must sacrifice self for the benefit of God and then others (neighbors). Christ expressed this in the Two Great Commandments: Mark 12:30-31, “And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.” So, those that sacrifice self for God foremost, and then others is to dwell in love and thus dwell in God. This is why Jesus stated: Matthew 16:24-25, “Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.” 2 John 1:5-6, “And now I beseech thee, lady, not as though I wrote a new commandment unto thee, but that which we had from the beginning, that we love one another. And this is love, that we walk after his commandments. This is the commandment, That, as ye have heard from the beginning, ye should walk in it.” Therefore, we can now conclude:

(14) God = love = sacrifice of self for others

(15) obedience = sacrifice of self for God = love for God = dwelling in God

Our complete/total (heart, mind, soul and strength) obedience to God is our love for God and is reciprocal to God’s love for us in that He laid down His very life for our benefit. The love is mutual, one for another and this is a relationship. So, our relationship with God {(13) + (15)} is based upon our sacrifice of self (love) or obedience to God’s will (truth, commands). So what is self? Self is that which the flesh desires known as your way. This is the lust of the flesh/eyes, pride of life, deceitfulness of riches, pleasures of this life, love and cares of the world, etc. (Mk 4:7, 19, Lk 8:14). This is the sacrifice of God to seek your way. Self, which equates to the flesh comes first. God says: 1 John 2:15-17, “Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.” Therefore we can conclude:

(16) flesh = your way ≠ love of God ≠ relationship with God

This is easily verified or proven through scripture. Romans 8:5, “For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.” John 4:24, “God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.” Romans 8:8, “So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.” Romans 8:13-14, “For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live. For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.” So, we must be led of the Holy Spirit and not be led of the lusts of the flesh. The two are diametrically opposed and seek different things. Galatians 5:17, “For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.” Therefore:

(17) flesh ≠ Spirit thus from (5): flesh ≠ truth (Spirit = truth)

Thus, we can conclude from (16) + (17) that those that seek after the things of the flesh are not found in God’s truth and have not the love of God. Those led by the flesh are not led by God’s Spirit and cannot achieve truth. If you are not found in truth, then you can only be found in Satan’s lie. John 8:44, “Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.” We can now conclude:

(18) your way (flesh) + profession of Christ ≠ truth ≠ relationship

(19) (devil = lie) ≠ truth

Those who do not do the truth walk in unrighteousness, which is the violation of the will of God (i.e. the truth). 1 John 5:17, “All unrighteousness is sin…” 1 John 3:8-10, “He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil. Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God. In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother.” So, we can now conclude:

(20) flesh = sin = devil = lie ≠ truth

The devil represents the darkness (Col 1:13)! Ephesians 6:12, “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” John 3:19, “And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.” We may now conclude:

(21) Love (obedience) + lie/darkness = relationship with Satan

To love the darkness (Jn 3:19) and obey the lie (abide not in the truth) is to have relationship with Satan (i.e. he is your father, Jn 8:44). Seeking the desires of the flesh is the way of Satan and is the power of the darkness. There is absolutely no way, religious or not, that you can walk in darkness (the ways of the flesh) and still be found in God’s truth or love thereof. This is not achievable from scripture (God’s truth, the Word). Jesus said: John 12:46, “I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness.” Those who follow Christ come out of the darkness and into His light (truth) – this occurrence is a must. Jesus is the light of truth and the light of the world (Jn 8:12, 9:5). 1 John 1:5-6, “This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. Those who remain in the darkness are not following Christ. If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth.” Therefore:

(22) darkness = cannot see = blindness = deception ≠ truth

(23) {darkness = lie = death} ≠ {light = truth = life}

Walking in darkness is a great blindness and deception regarding the truth. The darkness is founded in Satan’s lie. No lie is of the truth (1 Jn 2:21). From (20), sin or transgression against the truth of God is a principle of the darkness. God’s original condemnation to man for the violation of His will was: “thou shalt surely die” (Gen 2:17). Romans 6:23, “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” If ye live after the flesh ye shall die (Rm 8:13). Therefore:

(24) flesh = darkness = sin = death 

(25) transgression against God's will = death 

(26) living after the flesh = death

(27) transgression of God's will = living after the flesh = death

This is the original condemnation given by God to man in Eden. The Lord told man that if he transgressed (disobeyed) God’s command (truth) then: “thou shalt surely die” (Gen 2:17). Those who follow their way or the flesh (thus disregarding God’s way = truth) will die. Conversely, those who walk in God’s way, which is truth, find life – through Christ (Jn 14:6). Sin is unrighteousness which results in death (1 Jn 5:17). Unbelief embraces the things of the flesh while disregarding the things of God and results in death. Faith disregards the things of the flesh while embracing the things of God (opposites) – cleaving to the Lord (surrender, love, obedience, trust). Faith is righteousness to God (Rm 1:17, 3:22, 4:13, 9:30, 10:6, Gal 5:5, Php 3:9). Proverbs 11:19, “As righteousness tendeth to life: so he that pursueth evil pursueth it to his own death.” Proverbs 12:28, “In the way of righteousness is life; and in the pathway thereof there is no death.” Therefore:

(28) unbelief + flesh = sacrifice of God for self = death 

(29) faith = righteousness = life

The Lord said a perfect man feareth God and escheweth evil (Job 1:1, 8, 2:3). To fear God is to lovingly surrender to the will of God. This requires obedience to God’s commandments and trust in God’s purposes. Abstaining from evil is to avoid those things which dishonor God and violate His will. This is the beginning of wisdom (Ps 111:10, Pv 1:7, 9:10). Fearing God equates to faith. Ephesians 4:13, “Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ.” Jesus was a perfect man (fearing God and eschewing evil) and our faith leads us to conform to Christ’s image (Rm 8:29, 12:2).

(30) perfect man = feareth God + escheweth evil 

(31) feareth God = loving surrender + obedience + trust = belief 

(32) feareth God = faith = righteousness

We must approach God through faith (Heb 11:6). Faith bypasses the flesh and trust in God for all things. We walk by faith and not by sight (that which the flesh can see and understand, 2 Cor 5:7). We walk as Jesus walked (Col 2:6, 1 Jn 2:6, 2 Jn 1:6) – totally surrendered to the will of God. Our faith procures God’s grace (Rm 5:1-2), which is the forgiveness given through Christ’s shed blood and the gift of the Holy Ghost to work in our lives (teach, convict, comfort, lead, enpower, etc.) and lead us in paths of righteousness (Ps 23:3). God’s grace was discussed extensively in Chapter Two. The Lord God is righteous (Ps 5:12, 9:8, 11:7, 15:1-2, 18:23-24, 24:3-4, 32:11, 33:5, 34:15, 17, 21, 45:7, 92:5, 13, 97:2, 6, 106:3, 146:8, Pv 8:20, 10:2, 30, 11:4-5, 13:6, 12:28, Hos 10:12, Zech 2:3, 8:8, Zeph 2:3, Lk 1:74-75, Heb 1:8-9, 1 Jn 3:7, Rev 19:11) and we must be righteous (Pv 11:5-8, 18-19, 23, 30, 12:3, 7, 28, 13:6, 9, 25, 14:2, 15:9, 16:8, 18:10, 28:18, Ps 97:12, 119:142, Is 26:7, 45:23-24, 51:1, Dan 12:3, Mal 3:18, 2 Cor 6:7, 7:1, 1 Pt 2:24, 1 Jn 2:29, 5:18).

(33) God's grace = forgiveness + Holy Ghost 

(34) faith + grace {forgiveness + Holy Ghost}= eternal life (salvation)

What we must realize is that there is no way that you can “profess Christ,” yet walk in darkness (your way) and be justified before God. This is not a possible scenario in God’s Word. If any religious man tells you that you can (or alludes to such) then he is a false prophet. The opposite of faith is unbelief. Those who are unbelieving do not walk as Christ walked. In other words, they do not apply Jesus’ Words to their lives. To regard God’s Word is to practice God’s Word. So, faith is actually living a life of loving surrender, obedience and trust to the will of God – everyday! In order to do this one must be very humble and meek or dying to self. This is the example that Jesus set and is very apparent in the gospels. Those who walk in faith in Christ are justified before God. To walk in unbelief is to regard your way or will. This is a self exaltation (pride) or living for self. Jesus never sought or exalted self. However, Jesus did point out quite often how the religious men around Him did seek self (i.e. Mt 6:2, 5, 7-8, 16, 19, 23:5-8, 13-16, 28, Mk 12:38-40). These men were sure that they represented God, but really lived for self – they were blind and deceived (22). Ultimately, they killed God’s own Son who did nothing but live for the will of God (spoke God’s Words and worked God’s works). Are you so sure that your religious practice is not the same as the Jews at the time of Christ? What did Jesus say about these men? Matthew 5:20, “For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.” Jesus also said of these highly esteemed religious men, Matthew 23:33, “Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell?” AND Matthew 12:34-35, “O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh. A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things.” Jesus told others to beware of the doctrine of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees (their religious teachings, Mt 16:6, 12). Jesus further said to these religious men: John 5:42, “But I know you, that ye have not the love of God in you.” Recal from (16) above that seeking “your way” or the “flesh” is to not have the love of God. Finally, Jesus said: Matthew 15:13, “But he answered and said, Every plant, which my heavenly Father hath not planted, shall be rooted up.” That which is not found in truth will surely be destroyed. Woe to them who do not walk in truth!

 

What Equates?

(A) Jesus = Word = truth = the way = life = love = light = faith = righteousness = obedience = sacrifice of self for God (humbleness)

(B) Satan = lie = fleshly lusts = unrighteousness = sin = unbelief = hate = darkness = disobedience/transgression = sacrifice of God for self (pride) = death

List (A) will never equate to list (B). These are complete opposites. To be found in one list is to be absent from the other. Those walking in the principles of list (B) while professing to be in list (A) are deceived and know not the truth (1 Jn 1:6). Those who are obediently found in God’s truth receive life.

 

 

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