Coming Full Circle
To
GOD
A Journey of Life
God will be All in All

By James Oliver Near

In the Beginning


You will find in the Book of John that the WORD was with GOD. And the WORD was GOD! And that He (the Word) existed in the beginning with GOD. And it makes a statement that (Through him   ALL THINGS were made, and apart from him nothing was made that has been made).  You can read this in: John 1:1-5   In the beginning, the Word existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2   He existed in the beginning with God. 3 Through him all things were made, and apart from him nothing was made that has been made. 4   In him was life, and that life brought light to humanity. 5   And the light shines on in the darkness, and the darkness has never put it out. ISV In Romans 11:36 For all things are from him, by him, and for him. Glory belongs to him forever! (Age without end)  Amen.
Let’s think about that for a moment. Look around you and what do you see. You see buildings, cars, etc. But let’s look at nature. And we see life Plants, animals, trees, humans. And when you look deeper at this sphere we live on. You see wind, rain, snow, storms, heat, cold, day, and darkness.  A very beautiful plant. As far as we know it is the only one that has life on it. If there is physical life out in the universe it would be a muted point. The distances that one must travel would make it impossible.  Oh I know man would love to have it so. In that way they could try to prove that God is not real. But they have to change the way they reason about the universe. And redefine mathematics to follow the course of the universe.  I like what J. Preston Eby said in his article “THE LAW OF CIRCULARITY”

To quote Eby, “The very laws of physics and mathematics establish with indisputable certainty the absolute inevitability of the creation's return back to God.  It is now concluded by the leading astronomers that the sun, with the entire solar system, actually does move through space at the tremendous speed of 600,000 miles per hour in such a gigantic orbit that it requires over two million centuries to complete it, but completed it shall, returning again and again, as the ages roll onward, to the point of its beginning. Furthermore, it is believed that our galaxy is also moving with respect to other galaxies. The sun's circuit IS from one end of the heavens to the other! Who can accuse the Holy Spirit of ignorance of modern astronomy? “   The entire universe is an infinite sphere and each galaxies solar system, star and planet within it moves continuously and harmoniously in circular motion; thus, all worlds and suns have circles for their pathway. This principle has been referred to by scientists as the "law of circularity." Science is beginning to tell us that in the highest development of physics and mathematics the old theory of straight lines of infinite length have to be changed and modified to satisfy all the data of electro-dynamics, light, and some of the new electrical phenomena. There is no such thing in the universe as an absolutely straight line of infinite length. All straight lines will be found to be portions of immense circles. This law of circularity runs through all nature. “End of quote. 

We read in Psalms 19: 1 - 7 The Heavens are declaring the glory of God, and their expanses shows the work of his hands. 2 Day after day they pour forth speech, night after night they reveal knowledge. 3 There is no speech nor are there words---their voice is not heard-- 4 yet their message goes out into all the world, and their words to the ends of the earth. He has set up a tent for the sun in the heavens, 5 which is like a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, or like a champion who rejoices at the beginning of a race. 6 Its circuit is from one end of the sky to the other, and nothing is hidden from its heat. 7 The Law of the LORD is perfect, restoring life. The testimony of the LORD is steadfast, making the foolish people wise. ISV

Do you think that maybe David understood? That life comes from God and will return to God. Everything in the universe has a circuit. It starts at one point travels on a path of an arc until it completes its full circle. Romans 11:36   for all things are from him, by him, and for him. Glory belongs to him forever! (Age without end)  Amen. Geneses 1:1   In the Beginning God created the universe. We find this in Job 38 God ask Job a question. Job 38:4 Where were you when I laid the foundation of my earth? Job 38:7 while the morning stars sang together and all the divine beings shouted joyfully? Job 38:21 you should know! After all, you had been born back then, so the number of your days is great! ISV More witness to this fact; In Jeremiah 1:4-5 this message from the LORD came to me: 5 “I knew you before I formed you in the womb: I set you apart for me before you were born; I appointed you to be a prophet to the nations.  I believe that we all came from the Father of Spirits.  God knew us before this earth was made. So here are some questions. 1. What is God made of?         2. How is he to be worshiped?  Look at: John 4:24 God is Spirit, and those who worship him must worship in Spirit and Truth.” 

Hebrews 12: 9 Furthermore, we had earthly fathers who disciplined us, and we respected them for it. We should submit even more to the Father of our spirits and live, shouldn’t we? So we see that God is Spirit. And He is the Father of spirits. More than one. God the Father is a Father of all spirits. And He made ALL Things By the word (Christ). And we must learn to worship in Spirit and in Truth!  This is what Christ said.  So ask yourself this question. Am I worshiping Christ in Spirit and in Truth? Do I learn of Spiritual things of God? Do I have a hunger to find truth? Or do I have a just make me feel good religion? 
It says in Colossians 1:21-22 And you, being in time past alienated and enemies in your mind in your evil work yet now has he (Christ) reconciled in the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and without blemish and un reprove able before him. ASV So at some point in time YOU are going to be brought back to Christ who made you and will not LOSE you!    “As in Adam ALL die! So also in Christ ALL SHALL BE MADE ALIVE”. But each in his own order: Christ, the first fruits; and then they that are Christ, at his coming.


The Casting Down


God made the universe. We read in: Genesis 1:2   When the earth was as yet unformed and desolate, with the surface of the ocean depths shrouded in darkness, and while the Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the waters, This is spoken of here by Paul in Romans 8:19-21 For the creation (universe) is eagerly awaiting the revelation of God’s children, because the creation (universe) has become subject to futility, though not by anything it did.
The one (this is God) who subjected it did so in the certainty that the creation (universe) itself would also be set free from the corrupting bondage in order to share the glorious freedom of God’s children.  And we find in  Isaiah 45:18 For this is what the LORD says, who created the heavens--he is God, and the one who establish it; he didn’t create it for chaos, but formed it to be inhabited--”I am the LORD and there is no other. 
We find the earth in a state of decay . Then God made this earth able to sustain physical life.  But why was the earth made this way?  Again we find in Romans 8: 19-21 For the creation (universe) is eagerly awaiting the revelation of God’s children, because the creation (universe) has become subject to futility, though not by anything it did. The one (God) who subjected it did so in the certainty that the creation (universe) itself would also be set free from the corrupting bondage in order to share the glorious freedom of God’s children. 

 
God is creating children to be with him. We read in Ephesians 1:1-6 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heaven lies in Christ; according as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, (universe) that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, having predestined us to the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will.
To the praise of the glory of His grace, in   which He has made us accepted in the one having been loved.
Foundation # 2606 (Gr katabole) from 2598 kataballo from 2596 and 906 to throw down, cast down, descended, fall     (down) lay.
# 2596 kata down in place or time can denote opposition, distribution, intensity.
# 2597 katabaino from 2596 base of 939 to descend (lit. or fig.) --come (get, go, step) down, descend, fall (down).
# 906 ballo a primary verb; to throw (in various applications, more or less violent or intense)-- arise, cast (out), dung, lay, lie, pour, put (up) send, strike, throw (down) thrust.


 So we can see that God threw us down or cast us down to a physical time frame. In Psalms 90:3 Thou turn man to destruction; and say, return, ye children of men. KJV, ASV    the word   “destruction” has the meaning in the original: A complete Collapse, Crumbling man to a contrite condition. Eby.

The Order from Above

Genesis 1:26 Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, to be like us.  This decree has gone forth from the word of God. Will it be fulfilled?  Isaiah 55:11 so will my message be that goes out of my mouth--it won’t return to me empty. Instead, it will accomplish what I desire, and achieve the purpose for which I sent it. ISV You were born from above you did not have a choice. You did not pick your family or your race. NO! You did not!  God put you where you are. Did you have a choice?  NO you did not! What did Christ say? 

In John 3:1—8 Now there was a man from the Pharisees, a leader of the Jews, whose name was Nicodemus. He came to Jesus at night and told him, “Rabbi, we know that you have come from God as a teacher, because no one can perform these signs that you are doing unless God is with him” Jesus replied to him, “Truly, I tell you with certainty, unless a person is born from above he cannot see the kingdom of God.”  Nicodemus asked him, “How can a person be born when he is old? He can’t go back into his mother’s womb a second time and be born, can he?” Jesus answered, “Truly, I tell you with certainty, and unless a person is born of water and Spirit he cannot enter the kingdom of God. What is born of the flesh is flesh, and what is born of the Spirit is spirit. Don’t be astonished that I told you, ‘All of you must be born from above.’ The wind blows where it wants to. You hear its sound, but you don’t know where it comes from or where it is going. That’s the way it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.” ISV

There are two steps in these words of Christ. 1. Born of water. That is what happened to you. You have a birth date. Mine is July 23, 1952. Do you find yourself looking for answers to question in your Life? Do you wonder if there is a better way? Have you come to some point in your life that you feel a need to learn about God? Do you study God’s word? Have you had enough of the trouble you find yourself?  Maybe you’re in prison or jail. Maybe you’re hooked on some drug or maybe you have great pulls of the flesh that move you to do thing you wished you did not do. You see God takes the responsibility in everything in your life!  He uses all that happens to you to bring you to him.  In Romans 11:36 For all things are from him, by him, and for him. Glory belongs to him forever! (Age without end)  Amen. And step two is being born from the Spirit!  I believe that all life of any kind has a spirit in it. And that God at any time can just click a micro switch in your mind and you are on your journey through life back to the Father. And it is ALL done through and by Christ!  I ask you once again, DID YOU HAVE A CHOICE IN BEING BORN FROM ABOVE?  What is your honest answer?  It has to be ABSOLUITLY NO! 

Walking in the Flesh

So where do you find yourself today?  Galatians 5:17 For what the flesh wants is opposed to the Spirit, and what the Spirit wants is opposed to the flesh. They are opposed to each other, and so you do not do what you want to do. ISV Paul said this of himself: Rom 7:14-20 For we know that the law is Spiritual, but I am merely human, sold as a slave to Sin. I don’t understand what I am doing, For I don’t practice what I want to do, but instead do what I hate. Now if I practice what I don’t want to do, I am admitting that the Law is good.  As it is, I am no longer the one who is doing it, but it is the sin that is living in me. For I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my flesh.  For, I have the desire to do what is right, but I cannot carry it out. For I don’t do the good I want to do, but instead do the evil that I don’t want to do. But if I do what I don’t want to do, I am no longer the one who is doing it, but it is sin that is living in me. This expresses what Paul felt like. So it’s no wonder you may feel the same way.  Ephesians 2:1-3 You used to be dead because of your offenses and sins, that you once practiced as you lived according to the ways of this present world and according to ruler of power of the air, the spirit that is now active in those who are disobedient. Indeed, all of us once behaved like them in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of our flesh and senses. By nature we were destined for wrath, just like everyone else. 

(So you see we are all in the same boat. We have all fallen.) Romans 3:23   since ALL, have sinned and continue to fall short of God’s glory. ISV Look at what Paul said, Acts 26:8-18   why should it be thought a thing incredible with you, that God should raise the dead? I verily thought with myself, that I ought to do many things contrary to the name of Jesus of Nazareth.  Which thing I also did in Jerusalem; and many of the saints did I shut up in prison, having received authority from the chief priest; and when they were put to death, I gave my voice against them... And I punished them oft in every synagogue, and compelled them to blaspheme; and being exceedingly mad against them, I persecuted them even unto strange cities. At midday, along the highway, O king, I and those with me saw a light from heaven, brighter than the sun; shining around me. And all of us falling to the ground, I heard a voice speaking to me and saying in the Hebrew dialect, Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me? It is hard for you to kick against the goads. And I said who are you Lord? And He said, I am Jesus whom you persecute. But rise and stand on your feet, for I have appeared to you for this purpose, to make you a minister and a witness both of what you saw, and in what I shall appear to you; delivering you from the people and the nations.To whom I now send you in order to open their eyes so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the authority of Satan to God, so that they may receive remission of sins and an inheritance among those who are sanctified by faith in Me. KJV

I have been thinking about this as too why Paul made that statement about himself. And I have over the years read this many times. But Christ had   to shine a light on it so I could see it. We need to look at what Paul wrote in the book of Timothy. In 1Timothy 1:1-17  Paul an apostle of Jesus Christ according to a command of God our savior, even the Lord Jesus Christ, our hope, 2 to Timothy, a true child in the faith: Grace, mercy, peace from God our Father, and our Lord Jesus Christ.  3 Even as I called on you to remain in Ephesus, (I going to Macedonia), that you might charge some not to teach other doctrines, 4 nor give heed to fables and to endless genealogies, which occasion doubts, rather than a stewardship of God in faith, 5 but the end of the commandment is love out of a pure and a good conscience, and faith not pretended, 6 from which having missed the mark, some turned aside to empty talking, 7 wishing to be teachers of the law, neither understanding what they say, nor about which they confidently affirm. 8 And we know that the Law is good, if anyone uses it lawfully, 9 knowing this, that the Law is not laid down for a righteous one, but for lawless and undisciplined ones, for ungodly and sinful ones, for unholy and profane ones, for slayers of fathers and slayers of mothers, for murderers, for fornicators, for homosexuals, for salve traders, for liars, for perjurers, and if any other thing opposes sound doctrine, 11 according to the gospel of the glory of the blessed God with which I was entrusted. 12 And I have thanks to Him empowering me, our Lord Jesus Christ, because He counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry,  13 the one (this is Paul) who before was a blasphemer, and a persecutor, and insolent; but I received mercy, because being ignorant I did it in unbelief. 14 But the grace of our Lord abounded exceedingly with faith and love in Christ Jesus. 15 Faithful is the Word and worthy of all acceptance that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief. 16 But for this reason I received mercy, that in me, first Jesus Christ might show forth all longsuffering, for an example to those being about to believe on Him to everlasting life. 17   Now to the King eternal, incorruptible, invisible, the only wise God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.  LITV   Forever and ever is best rendered (to the ages of ages without end).
The reason Christ intervened in the life of Saul. Christ changed Saul name to Paul. It was Paul who stated: I am Chief Sinner. There was not a greater sinner in all history that compares to Paul. And Christ shone a light around Paul. This light was Jesus Christ in Glory. Paul fell to the ground and in one or two seconds Jesus Christ converted him and put him in the ministry.  Christ took a man who was antichrist and turned Him into Pro Christ. And he went and did what he was called to do.  Did he have a choice in this! NO! Now let me ask you a question. Do you feel you are the worst sinner? I can tell you are not. Paul was the chief of sinners. Can Christ convert you? OH YES! But we all have our own order for that. My friend Christ will draw you to Him. He said so.  John 6:37- 40, 44   everything the Father gives me will come to me, and I’ll never turn away the one who comes to me. 38 Everything the Father gives me will come to me, and I’ll never turn away the one who comes to me. 38 I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will, but the will of the one who sent me, 39 And this is the will of the one who sent me, that I should not lose anything that he has given me. But should raise it to life on the last day! 40 This is my Father’s will. That everyone who sees the Son and believes in him should have eternal life, and I will raise him to life on the last day.” and verse 44 No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him, and I will raise him to life on the last day.

Does Christ have Authority? Matthew 28:18   And Jesus came and said to them, “All   authority in heaven and earth has been given to me.  Since Christ has ALL AUTHORITY in HEVEN and EARTH. Here is a question for you. Do you fall under that? Absolutely YES!  It is written in 1 Corinthians 15:22-23 for in Adam ALL die, so also in Christ ALL will be made alive. But each in his own   order: Christ, the first fruits; afterward those of Christ at His coming. The phrase “In Adam ALL DIE” cannot be argued with! It is a COLD HARD FACT!  That ALL of mankind dies at some time in their course under the sun. In Romans we read: Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is DEATH, But the FREE GIFT OF GOD is Eternal Life in UNION with the Messiah Jesus our Lord.  We have to be in UNION with The Messiah Jesus to have the FREE GIFT of Eternal Life.  There is ONLY ONE FORM that is TRUE LIFE.  And that is GOD LIFE!  And we know that God is a Spirit. John 4:24 God is Spirit, and those who worship him must worship in Spirit and Truth.”
In order to see God and worship God we NEED TO DO SO in Spirit and in TRUE.  What does that mean?

Walking in the Spirit

Walking in the Spirit is PROCESS that takes time. I say, this based on the time it takes for the physical process of a human being. There is a Time of conception, Time in the womb, Time of Birth, Time as an infant. Time as a Toddler, Time as a young child, Time as a Teenager, Time as a Young adult, Time as an Old adult.  Then Death.  This is the cycle of walking in the flesh. Just as 1st Corinthians 15:22 said,   “For in Adam ALL die,” What does it mean to walk in the Spirit?  I have heard a phrase “Slain in the spirit“. What does the word Slain mean? Slaying, slaying killing: a killing or murder.  What does spirit mean? n (plural spirits) 1.  The life force of person: the vital force that characterizes a human being as being alive.   I would QUESTION why someone would want to be slain in the spirit, if slaying is to kill or murder.  Why would you kill the vital force? That just does not make since! We are to be led by the spirit. Not slain by the spirit. It is the Spirit that gives life. Romans 8:1-2 Therefore, there is no condemnation for those who are in union with the Messiah Jesus. 2 For the Spirit’s Law of life in the Messiah Jesus has set me free from the Law of sin and death.

This is the flesh, the carnal mind, the works. The action we do.  Galatians 5:19-21 Now the WORKS of the FLESH are manifest, (made known) which are: fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, 20 idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousies, wraths, factions, divisions, parties, 21 envying, drunkenness, reveling, and such like; of which I forewarn you, even as I did forewarn you, that they who practice such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. Galatians 5:19-21 Concordant version 19 Now apparent are the works of the flesh, which are adultery, prostitution, uncleanness, wantonness, 20 idolatry, enchantment, enmities, strife, jealousies, furies, factions, dissensions, sects, 21 envies, murders, drunkenness’s, revelries, and the like of these, which, I am predicting to you, according as I predicted also, that those committing such things shall not be enjoying the allotment of the kingdom of God. CLNT

Remember that these words came from the Greek and were translated into English.  Have lost the original intent. It would be best if one looked these up in a Strong’s Concordance. And I also use the Concordant Version of the same verses so you can compare. You will see that most are nouns. And that most are ACTIONS.  We read in Romans 8:5 - 8 For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on things of the flesh, (Ask yourself what is my mind set on.) Back to verse 8 but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit.  6 To focus our minds on the human nature leads to death, but to focus our mind on the Spirit leads to life and peace.  7 This is why the mind that focuses on human nature is hostile toward God. It refuses to submit to the authority of God’s Law because it (human nature) is powerless to do so. 8 Indeed, those who are under the control of human nature cannot please God.
Do we have something that blinds us? The Concordant Version   2 Corinthians   4: 1 - 4 Therefore having this dispensation, according as we were shown mercy, we are not despondent. 2 But we spurn the hidden things of shame, not walking in craftiness, nor yet adulterating the word of God, but by manifestation of the truth, commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in God’s sight. 3 Now, if our evangel is covered, also, it is covered in those who are perishing, 4 in whom the god of this eon blinds the apprehensions of the unbelieving so that the illumination of the invisible God, does not irradiate them .ASV Romans 8:9 – 10 you, however, are not under the control of the human nature but are under the control of the Spirit, since God’s Spirit lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of the Messiah, he does not belong to him.  10 But if the Messiah is in you, your bodies are dead due to sin, but the Spirit is alive due to righteousness.  (And I will add it is Christ’s Righteousness not ours.)

Romans 3:23 - 24 for all sinned and fall short of the Glory of God, 24 being justified freely by His Grace through the redemption in Christ Jesus,  1 Corinthians 15:22 - 23  “so also in Christ ALL will be made alive. “ 23 But each in his own order: Christ, the first fruits; afterward those of Christ at His coming. Romans 8:3 - 4 For what the Law was powerless to do in that it was weakened by the flesh, God did, By sending his own Son in the form of humanity, he (God) condemned sin by being incarnate, (made human) 4 so that the righteous requirement of the Law might be fulfilled in us, who do not live according to human nature but according to the Spirit.  Romans 8:11 - 16  And if the Spirit of the one who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, then the one who raised the Messiah from the dead will also make your mortal bodies alive by his Spirit who lives in you. 12 Consequently, brothers, we are not -- with respect to human nature, that is--- under and obligation to live according to human nature. 13 For if you live according to human nature, you are going to die, but if by the Spirit you continually put to death the activities of the body, you will live. 14 For all who are led by God’s Spirit are God’s children.  15   for you have not received a spirit of slavery that leads you into fear again. Instead, you have received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out Abba! Father! ” 16 The Spirit testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. Romans 8: 17 - 18 Now if we are children, we are heirs---Heirs of God and Co-heirs with the Messiah -- if, in fact, we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory. 18 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed to us.
How does one walk in the Spirit? To begin with let’s look at Galatians 5: 18 But if you are led by Spirit, you are not under Law. Galatians 5:22-23 But the Fruit (or Work) of the Spirit is: Love, Joy, Peace, Long-Suffering, Kindness, Goodness, Faith, Meekness, and Self-Control, against such things there is not a law.  24 But the ones belonging to Christ crucified the Flesh with passions and lusts. 25 If we live in Spirit, let us also walk in Spirit. 26 Let us not become vainglorious, provoking one another, envying one another. Romans 13:8 – 10   Do not owe anyone anything---except to love one another. For the one who loves another has fulfilled the Law. 9 For the commandments, “You must not commit adultery; You must not murder; You must not steal; You must not covet and every other commandment is summed up in this statement “You must love your neighbor as yourself.” 10 Love never does anything that is harmful to its neighbor. Therefore, Love is the fulfillment of the Law.   Where does this Love come from? 1Timothy 1: 14 and the grace of our Lord overflowed toward me, along with faith and love that are in the Messiah Jesus. ISV

 (We see here that Grace, Faith, Love are in the Messiah Jesus. That is where it all comes from.)
Romans 8: 26 – 32   In the same way, the Spirit also helps us in our weakness, since we do not know how to pray as we should. But the Spirit himself intercedes for us  with groans too deep for words, and the one who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, for the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to God’s will. And we know that for those who love God, that is for those who are called according to his purpose, (that is everyone but each in their own order) all things are working together for the good, For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that the Son might be the firstborn among many brothers. And those whom he predestined, he also called; and those he whom he called, he also justified; and those whom he justified he glorified. What, then, can we say about all of this? If God is for us, who can be against us? The one who did not spare his own Son, but offered him as a sacrifice for all of us, surely will give us all things, along with his Son, won’t he? Jesus Christ is the only one who could live a righteous life on this earth.
Colossians 1:15-21The son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by him all things visible and invisible, whether they are kings, lord, rulers, or powers. All things have been created through him and for him. He existed before anything else did, and he holds all things together. He is also the head of the body, which is the church. He is also the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that he himself might have first place in everything. For God was pleased to have all of his divine essence inhabit him.

Through the Son, God also reconciled all things to himself, whether things on earth or things in heaven, thereby making peace through the blood of his cross. You who were once alienated with a hostile attitude, doing evil, he has now reconciled by the death of his physical body, so that he may present you holy, blameless, and without fault before him.(You see God’s will is to help you in everything that comes your way.)
This Psalms of David, Psalms 23:1 – 6  The LORD is the one who is shepherding me; I lack nothing. He causes me to lie down in pastures of green grass; he Guides me beside quiet waters. He revives my life; he leads me in pathways that are righteous for the sake of his name. Even when I walk through a valley of deep darkness, I will not be afraid because you are with me. Your rod and your staff -- they comfort me. You prepare a table for me, even in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil, my cup overflows. Truly, goodness and gracious love will pursue me all the days of my life, and I will remain in the LORD’S Temple forever. You may say that God would not dwell with me?

Have you read this?  1 Corinthians 6:19 – 20 you know that your body is a sanctuary of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have received from God, don’t you? You do not belong to yourselves, because you were bought for a price. Therefore, glorify God with your bodies. 2 Corinthians 6:16   what agreement can a temple of God make with idols? For we are the temple of the living God, just as God said:  I will live and walk among them. I will be there God, and they will be my people.” And have you read this? 1 Corinthians 3:16 - 17 You know that you are God’s sanctuary and that God’s Spirit lives in you, don’t you? If anyone destroys God’s sanctuary, God will destroy him, for God’s sanctuary is holy. And you are that sanctuary!


Do you see that God has His Spirit in You? It may be dying amber, but God can at any time blow on it and it becomes a flame. What about all the things you have   done or been through, good and   bad. Did you build on a wrong foundation?  Let 1 Corinthians 3: 11 - 15 answer that.   11 After all, no one can lay any other foundation than the one that is already laid, and that is Jesus the Messiah. Whatever a person builds on this foundation with Gold, silver, expensive stones, wood, hay, or straw, the workmanship of each person will become evident, for the Day of Judgment will show what it is, because it will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each person action.  If what a person   has built on the foundation survives, he will receive a reward. (Ruler ship with Christ) if his work is burned up, he will suffer loss, However, he himself will be saved, but it will be like going through fire.  (Who is this fire?) Hebrews 12: 29   for “our God is an all-consuming fire.”  

Becoming Like Christ


How can you and I become like Christ. That is to have the mind of Christ and the very essence of God.  It says in, Geneses 1: 26  And God said, Let Us make man in Our Image, After Our Likeness:  Geneses 1: 27 And God created man in His Own Image, In the Image of God created he him male and female created he them.

Notice: That in Geneses verse 26 God said, in our image and after our likeness. Yet in verse 27 says, God created man in His Image.  If you look at Geneses verse 26 you will see two parts here. 1.  in Our Image. 2. After Our likeness.  But in verse 27 God created man   in His Own Image, leaving part two yet to be completed. Remember John 4:24 God is Spirit, and those who worship him must worship in Spirit and Truth.”
You are going to be changed. 1Corinthians 15: 51 - 52 Behold, I tell you a mystery: We all shall not sleep, but we shall all be change, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at (or during) the last trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be change. And Job 14:14 - 15 if a human   being dies, will he live again? I will endure the entire time of my assigned service, until I am changed. You’ll call and I’ll answer you; you’ll long for your creatures that your hands have made.

It is writing in Psalms 82:6  I said ye are gods, and all of you sons of the Most High.  Jesus explained this in John 10:34 - 38 Jesus replied to them “Is it not written in your Law, ‘I said, “You are gods’”? If he called those to whom a message from God came ‘gods’ (and the scripture cannot be disregarded), How can you say to the whom the Father has consecrated and sent into the world, ‘You blaspheming,’ Because I said, ‘I am the Son of God’? If I am not doing my Father’s actions, do not believe me. But if I am doing them, even though you do not believe me. Believe the actions, so that you may know and understand that the Father is in me and I am in the Father.”

We need to become like Christ.

Let’s read Colossians 1: 9 - 22 For this reason, since the day we heard about this, we have not stopped praying for you and asking that you may be filled with the full knowledge of God’s will with respect to all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so that you might live in a manner worthy of the Lord and be fully pleasing to him as you bear fruit while doing all kinds of good things and growing in the full knowledge of God. You are being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might, so that you might patiently endure everything with joy and might thank the Father, who has enabled us to share in the saints’ inheritance in the light. God has rescued us from the power of darkness and has brought us into the kingdom of the Son whom he loves, through whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by him all things in heaven and on earth were created, things visible and invisible, whether they are kings, lords, rulers, or powers. All things have been created through him and for him. He himself existed before anything else did, and he holds all things together.

He is also the head of the body, which is the church. He is the beginning, the first from the dead, so that he himself might have first place in everything. For God was pleased to have all of the divine essence inhabit him. Through the Son, God also reconciled all things to himself, whether things on earth or things in heaven, thereby making peace through the blood of his cross. You who were once alienated with a hostile attitude, doing evil, he has now reconciled by the death of his physical body, so that he may present you holy, blameless, and without fault before him. Colossians 2: 1 - 11   for I want you to know how much I struggle for you, for those in Laodicea, and for all who never seen me face to face. Because they are united in love.

I pray that their hearts may be encouraged by all the riches that come from a complete understanding of the Messiah, who is the mystery of God. In him (Christ) are stored all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. I say this so that no one will mislead you with nice sounding   rhetoric. For although I am physically absent. I am with in spirit, rejoicing to see how stable you are and how firm your faith in the Messiah is.  So then, just as you have received the Messiah Jesus the Lord, continue to live dependent on him. For you have been rooted in him and are being built up and strengthened in faith, just as you were taught, while you continue to be thankful. See to it that no one enslaves you through philosophy and empty deceit according to human tradition, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to the Messiah, because all the essence of deity inhabits him in bodily form. And you have been filled by him, who is the head of every ruler and authority. In union with him you were also circumcised with a circumcision performed without human hands by stripping off the corrupt nature by the circumcision performed by the Messiah.

Note: (We have to have a circumcision by Jesus the Messiah. That has to do with the Carnal Mind. And the renewing of our minds with his.)
Back to Colossians 2: 12 - 19 When you were buried with the Messiah in baptism, you were also raised with him through faith in the power of God, who raised him from the dead. Even when you were dead because of your offenses and the un-circumcision of your flesh, God made you alive with him when he forgave us all of our offenses, having erased the charges that were brought against us, along with their obligations that were hostile to us. He took those charges away when he nailed them to the cross. And when he had disarmed the rules and the authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in the cross. (Paul is going to tell us something very important read careful) Therefore, let NO ONE JUDGE YOU in matters of food and drink or with respect to a festival, a New Moon, or Sabbath days. These are a shadow of things to come, but the reality belongs to the Messiah. Let no one who delights in humility and the worship of angles cheat you out of the prize by rejoicing about what he has seen. Such a person is puffed up for no reason by his carnal mind.  Note: (We can so easily be puffed by the carnal mind. And I believe that it is part of the Strong Delusions God sends). He does not hold on to the head, (Christ) from which the whole body, which is nourished and held together by its joints and ligaments, grows as God enables it. Colossians 2:20 - 23 If you have died with the Messiah to the basic principles of the world, why are you submitting to its decrees through you still lived in the world? “Don’t handle this! Don’t taste or touch that!” All of those things will be destroyed as they are used, because they are based on human commands and teachings. These things have the appearance of wisdom in promoting self - made religion, humility, and harsh treatment of the body, but they have no value against self-indulgence.

Colossians 3: 1 - 10 therefore, if you have been raised with the Messiah keep focusing on the things that are above, where the Messiah is seated at the right hand of God. Keep your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on the earth. For you have died and your life has been safely guarded by the Messiah in God. When the Messiah, WHO IS YOUR LIFE, is revealed, then you, too, will be reveled with him in glory. So put to death your worldly impulses sexual sin, impurity, passion, evil desire, and greed (which is idolatry). It is because of these things that the wrath of God is coming on those who are disobedient.
You used to behave like them as you lived among them. But now you must also get rid of anger, wrath, Malice, slander, obscene speech, and all such sins.  Do not lie to one another, for you have stripped off the OLD NATURE with its PRACTICES and have clothed yourselves with the NEW NATURE, which is being RENEWED IN FULL KNOWLWDGE, CONSISTENT with the IMAGE of the one who created it.

Genesis 1:26 Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, to be like us.  This is a two-step process. 1. Our Image 2. Like us. Remember that GOD IS SPIRIT.  So we have yet to be the   “LIKE US” part. That is being born (from, out) of Spirit.  Also how can one who truly lead by the Holy Spirit say that some are not God’s children.  We are all his children, every person in the world.  See the answer in the next verse Colossians 3:1 – 13   In HIM there IS NO GREEK or JEW, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, salve, or free person. (That covers a lot of people) INSTEAD, the Messiah is ALL in ALL. Now this is a reason: Therefore, as God’s chosen ones, holy and loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience. Be tolerant of one another and forgive each other if anyone has a complaint against another. Just as the Lord has forgiven you, you should forgive. What did Christ do on the cross?
He said, Luke 23:34 “Father Forgive Them, Because They Don’t Know What They Are Doing”.  If Christ could say that to the ones who killed him. Do you think you could learn to do the same, with those who have wronged you? It is part of walking in the Spirit! Colossians 3:14 - 17 Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which ties everything together in unity. Let peace of the Messiah also rule in your hearts, to which you were called in one body, and be thankful. Let the word of the Messiah inhabit you richly with wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another with psalms, hymns, and spirit songs, and singing to God with thankfulness in your hearts. And whatever you do, whether by speech or action,   do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and Father through him.
You have been chosen to be with and in Jesus the Messiah. Ephesians 1:3 - 14 blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus, The Messiah! God has blessed us in the Messiah with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realm, just as God chose us in the Messiah, before the creation of the universe to be holy and blameless in his presence. In love God predestined us for adoption to himself through Jesus the Messiah, according to the pleasure of God’s will, so that we would praise God’s glorious grace that God gave us in the beloved One. (Christ) In union with Christ we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our offenses, according to the riches of his grace that God lavished on us, along with all wisdom and understanding, when God made known to us the secret of his will. This was according to God’s plan that he set forth in the Messiah to usher in the fullness of the times and to bring together in the Messiah all things in heaven and on earth. In the Messiah we were chosen when we were predestined according to the purpose of the one who does everything that he wills to do, so that we who had already fixed our hope on the Messiah might live for his praise and glory. You, too, have heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed in the Messiah, you were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until God redeems his possession for his praise and glory.

 

You have been PREDESTINED for ADOPTION to God through Jesus, The Messiah.
This is the Eternal purpose. Paul wrote about this in Ephesians 3:8 - 15 this grace is given to me (remember that Paul was the Chief of the sinners) to preach the gospel of the unsearchable riches of Christ among the nations.  And to bring to light what the fellowship of the mystery which from eternity has been hidden in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ; (Note: You are being created into a Spirit being in union with Christ.) so that now to the rulers and power in the heaven lies might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God, according to the eternal purpose which He purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord; in whom we have Boldness and access with confidence through His faith. For this reason I desire that you faint not at my tribulations for you, which is your glory. For this cause I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, of whom the whole family in Heaven and earth is named, Did you see that according to the Eternal Purpose which GOD the Father purposed in The Messiah, Jesus.   The name of the whole family both in heaven and on earth is named. And that name is GOD!
Psalms 82:6 I said, ye are gods, and all of you sons of the Most High.  We have the very ability to become Like Christ.  Ask yourself Who, What is Jesus Christ?

Coming full circle


The Father God is the FRIST CAUSE OF ALL THAT IS! Christ came from The Father. And By Christ the Father made all that there is by Christ! God turn man to destruction, and order us to return to him. Psalms 90:3 Thou turn man to destruction; and say, return, ye children of men. ASV Romans 11: 25 - 36 For I want to let you know about this secret, brothers, so that you will not claim to be wiser than you are: Stubbornness has come to part of Israel until the full number of gentiles comes to faith. In this way, all (not some, not a few) of Israel will be saved, as it is written, “The Deliver will come from Zion; he will remove ungodliness from Jacob. This is my covenant with them when I take away their sins.” As far as the gospel is concerned, they are enemies for your sake, but as far as election is concerned, they are loved for the sake of their ancestors. For God’s gifts and his calling never change. For just us you disobeyed God in the past but now have received his mercy because of their disobedience, so they, too, have now disobeyed. As a result, they may receive mercy because of the mercy shown to you.
For God has locked all people in the prison of their own disobedience. So that he may have mercy on them all. (Not some, not a few) O how deep are God’s riches, and wisdom, and knowledge! How unfathomable are his decisions and unexplainable are his ways! Who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has become his adviser? Or who has given him something only to have him pay it back?” For ALL THINGS ARE FROM HIM, BY HIM, AND FOR HIM. Glory belongs to him forever! (Best render to the age of ages) Amen. John told us this: 1 John 1:1- 10 what existed from the beginning, what we have heard, what we have seen with our eyes, what we observed and touch with our hands--- this is the Word of life! This life was revealed to us, and we have seen it and testify about it. We declare to you this eternal life that was with the Father and was revealed to us. What we have seen and heard we declare to you so that you too can have fellowship with us. Now this fellowship of ours is with the Father and with his Son. Jesus, the Messiah. We are writing these things so that our joy may be full.

This message that we heard from him and declare to you: God is light, and in him there is no darkness---none at all! If we claim that we have fellowship with him but keep living in darkness, we are lying and not practicing the truth. But if we keep living in the light as he himself is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses from all sin. If we say that we do not have any sin, we are deceiving ourselves. If we make it our habit to confess our sins, in his faithful righteousness he forgives us for those sins and cleanses us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have never sinned, we make him a liar and his word has no place in us. 1 John 2:1 - 2 my little children, I’m writing these things to you so that you might not sin. Yet if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father--- Jesus, the Messiah, one who is righteous.  It is he who is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not for ours only, but also for the whole worlds. (That includes EVERYONE not some, not a few.  But ALL! So God can and will be ALL in ALL!) 1 John 3: 1 - 9, 24 See what kind of love the Father has given us: We are called God’s children--- and that is what we are! For this reason the world does not recognize us, because it did not recognize him either. Dear friends, we are now God’s children, but what we will be like has not been revealed yet. We know that when the Messiah is revealed, we will be him, because we will see him as he is. And everyone who has this hope on him keeps himself pure, just as the Messiah is pure.  Everyone who keeps living in sin also practices disobedience. In fact, sin is disobedience. You know that the Messiah was revealed to take away sins, and there is not any sin in him. No one who remains in union with him keeps on sinning. The one who keeps on sinning hasn’t seen him or known him. Little children, don’t let anyone deceive you. The person who practices righteousness is righteous, just as the Messiah is righteous. The person who practices sin belongs to evil one, because the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason that the Son of God was revealed was to destroy what the devil has been doing.

No one who has been born from God practices sin, because God’s seed abides in him. 24 The person who keeps his commandments abides in God, and God abides in him. This is how we can be sure that he remains in us: he has given us his Spirit. 1 John 4: 2 - 3 this is how you can recognize God’s Spirit: Ever Spirit who acknowledges that Jesus, The Messiah has become human--- and remains so--- is from God.  3 But every spirit who does not recognize Jesus is not of God. This is the spirit of the antichrist. You have heard that he is coming, and now he is already in the world. 1 John 4:13   this is how we know that we abide in him and he in us: he has given us his Spirit. 14 We have seen for ourselves and can testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world.   21 And this is the commandment that we have from him: the person who loves God must also love his brother.
Genesis 1:26   Then God said, "Let us make mankind in our image, to be like us. God is Spirit! We have to be made Like Him! For we will be like, He is. Psalms 82:6   "Indeed I said, 'You are gods, and all of you are sons of the Most High. Revelations 21:3   I heard a loud voice from   the throne say "See the tent of God is among humans! He will make his home with them, and they will be his people. God himself will be with them, and he will be their God. 4   He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There won't be death anymore.


There won't be any grief, crying, or pain, because the first things have disappeared." 5   The one sitting on the throne said, "See, I am making all things new!" He said, "Write this: 'These words are trustworthy and true.'" 6   Then he told me, "It has happened! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. I will freely give a drink from the spring of the water of life to the one who is thirsty. 7   The person who conquers will inherit these things. I will be his God, and he will be my son. 8   But people who are cowardly, unfaithful, detestable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars will find themselves in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur. This is the second death." (God is a consuming Fire)
Note: If there is No Death. Then ONLY LIFE CAN BE!  NO one is going die. But we shall be change to Spirit!

The new Beginning

ALL of our HUMAN CARNAL MIND, that is antichrist.  We WILL BE PURGED OUT BY THE LAKE OF FIRE. It is a very good thing. For NO ONE IS GOING TO DIE!  For we are to be changed into SPIRIT JUST LIKE GOD IS!  FOR THERE IS NO MORE DEATH ---- ONLY LIFE!!!!!
Job 14:14 -15   if a human being dies, will he live again? I will endure the entire time of my assigned service, until I am changed. You’ll call and I’ll answer you; you’ll long for your creatures that your hands have made.

The destiny that is waiting for US is greater than a million physical life times. For we will share the FAMILY NAME GOD!    And we will have an entire UNIVERSE TO FILL With GOD’S WAY OF LIFE.  EVERY WHERE   FOR GOD SHALL BE ALL IN ALL,  Not in some, not in a few.  But ALL IN ALL!   

May God open eyes and ears with His truth! In Jesus Name Amen!  
James Oliver Near
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