Who are the lawless ones?

Could it be that those who insist on keeping the Law are the lawless ones? Many accusations are thrown at people who preach Grace by the Law keeper section of the church. They love to quote the anomia word as in Matthew 7:23 and other places. It is true that Grace is not a license to sin. But on the other hand trying to “live for God” by keeping laws does away with the Grace of God altogether. So we have two camps of people, one majors upon Grace and the other upon Law. Who is right?

The issue here is not who is right or who is wrong. The issue is always Jesus Christ Himself. That whole world of right and wrong died when you died on the cross. It appears to be carrying on everyday…but the substance is Christ Jesus.

The true reality in which we live is Jesus Himself. The pretender reality is right and wrong.

The one who has died and now lives only inside of Jesus is living in true reality.

The one who imagines that the Christian life is doing good and not doing bad- lives in unreality, some place God does not inhabit.

The one in Jesus knows he can do nothing of himself therefore he is not trying hard to be like Jesus. He rests in the certain knowledge that he already is like Jesus by God’s doing not his own.

The one trying to be like Jesus thinks that in himself there is some ability to be like God. He imagines that Jesus lived this way too. He thinks that Jesus was a good man who chose moment by moment to do good and not to do bad. Nothing is further from the truth!!

Oh you say…”Are you saying Jesus was a bad man then?”

God is Good. No one is good but God. And Jesus like us had died to any idea that He of His own self could do anything. “I of mine own self can do nothing!!”

Act 10:38  how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.

God was with Jesus. God is with you. The difference is that one imagines that in himself he has ability  to do good–while another has come to see that he has NO ABILITY WHATSOEVER so do anything of himself. That all he does is the outflow of God’s Spirit.

The wilderness is for us to learn that we can do nothing of ourselves.

All this is important to answer the question ‘who are the lawless ones’?

The ones who run around trying to be like the Jesus they imagine to have been a good man–these are the lawless ones.

The ones trying to keep laws and not break laws, these are the lawless ones.

The ones who see themselves as separate individuals who have the responsibility to be good before God–these are the lawless ones.

The ones who imagine that they have a sinful heart which they must try very hard to clean up–these are the lawless ones.

The ones who imagine Jesus far away up in the sky who will come back one day to sit upon a throne in a temple in Jerusalem -these are the lawless ones.

Jesus says depart from me for I never knew you.

You see, you only exist in God and nowhere else.

If you insist on imagining yourself to be next to God, trying to be closer to Him, then you are already in outer darkness!

If you imagine that Jesus is far away and God is watching your performance so He can judge you on it, then you already dwell in Gehenna, in torment and agony of soul.

I never knew you!!

2Co 13:4  For though He was crucified in weakness, yet He lives by the power of God. For we also are weak in Him, but we shall live with Him by the power of God toward you.
2Co 13:5  Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Do you not know yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you are disqualified.

The verses above are exactly what Jesus was saying in Matthew 7:23.

We are in UNION with Jesus. We are the weak one that lives ONLY by the power of God in us. It is Galatians 2:20 lived out in truth.

Gal 2:19  For I through the law died to the law that I might live to God.
Gal 2:20  I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.
Gal 2:21  I do not set aside the grace of God; for if righteousness comes through the law, then Christ died in vain.”

Being lawless then, is to imagine yourself to be separate from Jesus having the responsibility to be a good Christian.

These lawless ones , throw stones at those found only inside of Jesus. They cannot tolerate those who rest in Him because they themselves know NO rest.

But God loves all, and brings all to Himself through fire if need be…and fire is needed to for all of us in order to burn away the chaff and expose the true in each of us….setting us free into the liberty of being ONE with Him.

Bless you!!

 

 

 

 

 

Total KJV Occurrences of ANOMIA/ἀνομία : 17

iniquity, 9
Mat 7:23  And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

Mat 13:41  The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity

Mat 23:28  Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity.

Mat 24:12  And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.

Rom 6:19  I speak after the manner of men because of the infirmity of your flesh: for as ye have yielded your members servants to uncleanness and to iniquity unto iniquity; even so now yield your members servants to righteousness unto holiness.

2Th 2:7  For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.

Tit 2:14  Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.

Heb 1:9  Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, even thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows.

iniquities, 3
Rom 4:7  Saying, “Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered”.

Heb 8:12  For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more.

Heb 10:17  And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more.

law, 2
1Jn 3:4  Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.

1Jn 3:4  Every one committing sin, also lawlessness commits;  and sin is lawlessness. (ABP)

transgresseth, 1
1Jn 3:4 -SEE ABOVE

transgression, 1
1Jn 3:4- SEE ABOVE

unrighteousness, 1
2Co 6:14  Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?

You can only be yourself

Tonight on the “The Voice Australia ™” the judging panel told a contestant he needed to be more self assured because he is really talented. They said he needed to “be himself and not try to be someone else“. His reply was tremendous.

I am being myself! This is what I am like. I am always unsure of myself.

The world does not like lack of self assurance, especially in a potential celebrity. But hey, it is from that place of self doubt that the artist digs deep to find answers for himself and others.

Those who are forgiven much love much said Jesus.

Blessed are the poor in spirit He said.

The self assured are sometimes the self deceived.

Paul said “He who thinks himself to be something when he is nothing deceives himself.”

You see our outer man may be a mess at times and confident at other times…but that is not where we get our full identity from.

It is the inner person of the heart that is our true nature and being.

And for the believer that means that Christ Jesus IS THAT INNER MAN.

Thus even though my outer man may appear to be unsure and timid and weak and lowly or self assured….it is my inner spirit man that is constantly resting in and finding it’s Life in Jesus.

We do not try to change our outer man in order to be pleasing to God. If He wants us to be a dithering idiot then that is what we shall stay. We can be an idiot for Him. The proud man shall quickly brush us off as unimportant and not someone he wants to be around. But other dithering idiots and weak minded people will find comfort by being with us, for Jesus is in us, being us.

We imagine that by coming to Jesus He is going to make us like Himself through giving us power to change our behaviour for the better. We see Him in the Scriptures and we see ourselves and the difference seems to be massive.

So we lament our weakness and our failings and desperately try to get some help from God to be a good person like we imagine Jesus did.

That is not how Jesus was or even now how He is.

Jesus meant it, really meant it when He said often The Son CAN DO NOTHING OF HIMSELF.

He also admitted freely that there is no one who is good except God. There was nothing within Jesus himself separate from Father that had any ability to be good or to obey God. NOTHING!

But Jesus was not alone in himself was He? We know that. He was filled with God’s Person in His S/spirit.

Yet in being filled with God He did not view HImself as a separate entity from God, but as ONE perfect human being. His perfection was ALL because of Father in Him.

His ability was ALL because of FATHER in Him.

His wisdom and love and kindness and mercy were all there because of Father in Him. None of those fruits were his own as if they came from Jesus son of Mary after many years of saying no to his flesh and yes to God.

The OBEDIENCE God is looking for is not obeying rules but is an obedience of faith.

With our eyes we still see a weak human being when we see ourselves. We know that we fail daily to obey. But when we catch a hold of the thing God HImaself has done in us we REST in Him DESPITE the mess our outer man may be in.
This can be seen with Abraham…who did not consider his aging body..but walked by faith in what God had said of him.

What has God said of you and me?

The list is too long to put here but the bottom line is that He says we are perfect and just like Jesus.

So we do not spend any time trying to change our outer man. We look not at the things that are perishing and that are temporal. We look at Jesus. Where is He? In you of course. You are the visible manifestation of Jesus Christ in the heavens and the earth…right now…right here in this life. Yes we know that the contrary things about our humanity say the opposite….but His faith carries us and urges us to believe.

You can get on that works bandwagon and try to stop your fleshy self from manifresting. But when you think you have gotten rid of one button on your back…another button pops up some where else for the Devil to push. This is an endless cycle of distraction keeping you a slave to the Old Man who can never please God no matter how good he becomes. God KILLED YOUR OLD MAN AT THE CROSS!! So why are you trying to fix him up all the time. Let him be himself, but you come and follow Me says Jesus.

If you unsure of yourself all the time….no matter…be unsure but say of your unsure self that you are one with Jesus and held in Father’s heart of love. God will do any changing in your outer man only as you believe that you are conformed to His image right now.