Let me start by saying that I believe Jesus is God. Some may not believe it, but I believe unconditionally that Jesus is God and that through Him the entire human race can enter into a deep relationship with God.
To me the notion that Jesus was just a teacher or just a prophet is foreign. Even Jesus’ own unusual speech patterns in the Bible declare He is One with God. Here’s only one example:
“(1) Jesus spoke these words, lifted up His eyes to heaven, and said: “Father, the hour has come. Glorify Your Son, that Your Son also may glorify You, (2) as You have given Him authority over all flesh, that He should give eternal life to as many as You have given Him. (3) And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent. I have glorified You on the earth. (4) I have finished the work which You have given Me to do. (5) And now, O Father, glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory which I had with You before the world was.” John 17:1 – 5
In verses 1 through 3 Jesus speaks of Himself in the third person by using the words “Son”, “Him”, “He” and “Jesus Christ”. What’s unusual about this that in verses 3 through 5 Jesus properly address Himself in the first person with the words “I” and “Me.”
If you look at the entire context of these verses, you’ll notice that they are part of one continuous prayer. So why does Jesus address Himself in the third person in the first part of the prayer and then in the first person in the last part of the prayer?
The key to unlocking this mystery is the phrase, “and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.” The voice is neither from the Father nor Jesus. By default, we must assume it comes from the Holy Spirit.
So in verses 1 through 3 the Holy Spirit speaks through the Lord’s mouth and requests the Father to glorify the Son so all who believe in Him may have eternal life. So verses 1 through 5 there's an interaction between the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, and our Lord Jesus vocalizes it.
Jesus is God!
I raise the point because if God’s word and commandments are to transform our lives, we need to comprehend their source, God.
There’s a silent movement in this country, and around the world. Large numbers of believers are seeking a deep spiritual relationship with God. They are seeking it out by profoundly cultivating an understanding of God.
They study and meditate on the Holy Word every day. The light of God illuminates their mind, and they see the world through God’s perspective. The very nature of God in them changes the way they think, speak, and act. They are becoming vessels of the Highest, and in this selfless consecration, they serve God.
Many Christians are waking up to the hunger within the soul and yearn for spiritual communion with God. For that reason, I decided to publish this article. The once obscure movement to truly know God through the study and meditation of His word is reaching a critical mass.
More and more people are reaching out to Christ Audio because they want to experience God as described in the Bible. An article is the easiest way to communicate the instruction needed to advance a disciplined spiritual life.
I hope that every person who studies and meditates the “120 Commandments” will enter into a relationship with God as described by Jesus, “Abide in Me and I in you,” “Keep my commandments and I will manifest Myself,” “Keep my word and We will dwell in you.”
Developing a life with the commandments and words of Jesus should by all means be is the singular most important pursuit of life. Even Jesus on several occasions instructed His followers to forgo things in the world in favor of discipleship with Him. That means we give up the most dominant thoughts that hinder our capacity to know God in favor of His cultivated word which opens our capacity to know God.
During His ministry, Jesus instructed all followers to become faithful followers by keeping His word and commandments. And if we follow His instruction Jesus promises a fantastic reward – a mind and body full of God's light. (Matthew 6:22, John 14:21, John 14:23)
The majority of the Church now seeks this type of relationship with God. People from all walks of life want to unify with God more profoundly. They desire His indwelling presence to motivate all thoughts, words, and actions. They want the fullness of God to enrich their lives.
As you read, it’s important to keep in mind that a person consists of two parts, the soul and the body. The soul is what animates the body, and it is the intelligent life-force of God individualized as personality. Without the soul, the body is a lifeless mass. The most dominant part of a human being, however, is the body or carnality. Carnality has a very strong influence on how we think and act because it’s entangled with the physical world. Left unchecked our physical senses and experiences can dominate how we think and create the false sense of reality that world is our source sustenance, when in fact it’s God.
As we grow in years, we can refine the mind with God's word and gain significant influence over carnality. Developing our mind with God doesn’t guarantee the carnal pull will cease though. The carnal pull never stops, and will not stop until Jesus Christ comes back to rules the world as King.
The only way to hinder the carnal pull is by cultivating God's word and commandments in ourselves. God's cultivated word is the only reality through which we can experience more of God and less of the world. Becoming well versed in the Holy Scriptures and living by its principles is how God’s word works in us to overcomes the carnal pull. If the mind isn’t cultivated it becomes fertile ground for worldly weeds to grow and wreak havoc. Fortifying the knowledge of God within ourselves, on the other hand, frees to experience God.
All carnality exists in opposition to God and is inherently dark. It tries to draws us away from God and His holiness.
Even though the soul is created in God's image, as soon as it is united with the body it becomes “tangled” with the physical world. It becomes divorced from its true identity and associates itself with the world. This is precisely the opposite spiritual activity we need to the inherent knowledge from God. Carnality depends on drawing us away from God deeper into the world.
God has declared that every soul must remain in the body and unless we embody His word our soul cannot act freely with God’s power and live unhindered by the world's influence.
The blending of soul and body is a permanent decree that will not pass away. Even death is a temporary state, existing only until the final resurrection when body and soul must coexist again, eternally.
During its life in the world, the soul must work to strengthen itself until the seductive draw of the world has little or no effect over it. This how we master the world in His Name.
The people who discipline themselves with God's word are the overcomers mentioned in the New Testament. They develop a powerful inner being by cultivating the study and meditation of God's word. The word of God in them is the psychology that dominates mind, body, and soul.
The soul must accomplish the spiritual mission directed by Jesus to overcome with faith and power until God's word shines brilliantly within. The cultivation of His word and commandments bestow upon us God's sovereign power which overcomes all things. The power is God's love manifested in the flesh. But it is up to us to allow its increase, and it happens by your faithful study and meditation of the word.
Without dedication to God’s word many Christians fall prey to the seductions of the world. Believer become deeply entangled with carnality. We need to elevate our souls with God, and that comes from consistently and persistently meditating over God’s word and practicing its details.
As long as people remain easy targets of the world, carnality will triumph and suppress God's light in the soul. In darkness the soul experiences spiritual dryness and distance from God.
Every effort must be made to overcome the seduction of the world through the cultivation of God’s word and commandments. An enlightened soul with Jesus will see and hear God. (Jn 14:23) This is our true and rightful state with God and one of the reasons why Jesus died for us. His saving power strips us of the heavy burden of sin and provides us with the Holy Ghost through whom we understand scripture which stimulates God light is us in ever-increasing proportions.