In this next group of reports, we are going to deal with the issue of the walk TO the living Christ, and by exploring what the Bible actually says about it, and comparing that to what modern Christian theology says, we will discover why the vast majority went wrong in their profession of faith. From that determination, we can be sure that we are NOT numbered among the 'MANY'.
We have now shown you that it is possible to believe most sincerely you are saved and regenerate Christian, to believe that you are in union with Jesus Christ, and still be rejected because Jesus did not know you. We have seen the outright statements of Christ, and in some of the parables that IT IS JESUS KNOWING US THAT DETERMINES OUR SALVATION, NOT US THINKING WE KNOW JESUS.
IT IS JESUS CHRIST KNOWING US THAT DETERMINES OUR SALVATION, AND NOT US THINKING WE KNOW JESUS.
The vast majority of Christians rejected THOUGHT THEY KNEW JESUS, BUT DID JESUS KNOW THEM. He says He did not, and thus FOR THAT REASON ALONE, THEY WERE CAST OUT OF HEAVEN. We have also proved that the reason given by Christ that He did not know them was their failure to be regenerated or born again IN TRUTH. They did not have the SPIRIT OF CHRIST, THE SPIRIT OF AGAPE LOVE. Do we not then have the right to draw this conclusion?
HAVING JESUS CHRIST KNOW US DEPENDS UPON AUTHENTIC REGENERATION OR REBIRTH
HAVING JESUS KNOW US IS DEPENDENT UPON AGAPE LOVE BESTOWMENT WHICH IS THE SPIRIT OF CHRIST FOR AGAPE LOVE IS CHRIST.
HAVING JESUS CHRIST KNOW US THROUGH HIS SPIRIT OF AGAPE LOVE IS UNION WITH CHRIST.
If this is true, then we have also proved that THE VAST MAJORITY OF PEOPLE HAVE A FAULTY CONCEPT OF WHAT REBIRTH OR REGENERATION IS, FOR THEY ARE SENT AWAY FOREVER. They were positive they were born again or regenerated or whatever their theology told them union with Christ meant. We have also proved that TRUE UNION WITH CHRIST IS CONNECTED TO AGAPE LOVE BESTOWMENT. We can then conclude that the vast majority of people had a very faulty concept of what AGAPE LOVE REALLY IS, AND HOW ONE OBTAINS IT. They claimed they had it, they claimed they knew what it was, they claimed A UNION WITH CHRIST THEY DID NOT HAVE, WHY?
We have implied that there is a difference between the CONSCIOUS HEART AND SOUL and the SUB-CONSCIOUS INNER HEART. We have hinted that IN THIS AREA MIGHT BE ANOTHER KEY TO FIND OUT WHAT HAPPENED TO THE 'MANY'.
When ever you attempt to bring that which of the invisible world to graphics or words in an attempt to explain the virtually unexplainable, you run the extreme likelihood of over simplification, and being incorrect because of it. It has been said by those in modern Science
that the mind is the final frontier. We know very little about the mind and how it operates, but we do know some things. The Bible does have much to say about the make-up of man, and we are going to attempt to unravel its comments, and then distill them down so we grasp the key essentials.
We have some questions that we must ask. Is there a radical difference between the soul and the inner core of or heart? Is man constructed just like the tabernacle of Old Israel? Does regeneration occur only in the Holy Of Holies? Is this where the TRUE UNION WITH CHRIST ACTUALLY OCCURS? Is the strait gate and the narrow way the DISTANCE BETWEEN THE CONSCIOUS SOUL AND HEART AND THE DEEP INNER AND HIDDEN HEART? Is that why Jesus said it was full of anguish and agony, full of mental pressure and mental tribulation? Our answers will determine our eternal destiny. Does the IMAGE OF GOD, THE LIKENESS OF GOD EXTEND BEYOND THE AGAPE LOVE AREA? What does Jesus mean when he says that we have A MIND, A SOUL, AND A HEART?
"And Jesus said unto him, THOU SHALT LOVE THEY LORD THY GOD, WITH ALL ALL THY HEART, AND WITH ALL THY MIND." (Matthew 22:37)
"AND THOU SHALT LOVE THE LORD THY GOD WITH ALL THEY HEART AND WITH ALL THEY SOUL AND WITH ALL THY MIND." (Mark 12:39)
"And he answering said, THOU SHALT LOVE THE LORD THY GOD WITH ALL THY HEART, AND WITH ALL THY SOUL , AND WITH ALL THY STRENGTH, AND WITH ALL THY MIND, AND THY NEIGHBOR AS THYSELF." (Luke 10:27)
There is no question here that Jesus taught there are THREE SECTIONS TO MAN IN THE INVISIBLE REALM. THE HEART, THE SOUL, AND THE MIND. I also believe that the sequence He gives is important to our understanding. God constructs or creates everything from the INSIDE OUT, THAT IS TO SAY, HE DOES NOT BUILD A TREE BY PUTTING ON THE BARK, AND THEN MOVING TOWARDS THE CENTER, HE STARTS AT THE CENTER, AND MOVES OUTWARD.
If this is the case, then Jesus is giving us a clue as to the stepping stones of the invisible realm of man. THE HEART IS AT THE VERY CENTER. THE SOUL IS NEXT and THE MIND IS THE OUTER PORTION OF ACTIVITY. We should find a verification of this concept. If we look up the definition of the word 'heart' as used by Jesus, it does indeed verify that the heart is the center. The Expanded Vines EXPOSITORY Dictionary of the New Testament Words says on page 537 about the heart ('kardia')...
" The Bible describes human depravity as in the 'heart' because sin is a principal which has its seat IN THE CENTER OF MAN'S INWARD LIFE, and then defiles the whole circuit of his action. (Matthew 15: 19,20)
It is the SEAT OR THRONE UPON WHICH THE GREAT 'I AM' SITS ENTHRONED IN THE MAJESTY OF GODHOOD. The heart is the VERY CORE OF HUMAN EXISTENCE. From the heart of man, from his CENTER, spring the issues of life. It is the heart that lost the AGAPE LOVE ESSENCE. It is the heart, that Jesus Christ must change.
The heart however, is not considered as a SINGULAR ESSENCE. The heart has more than one section or layer, according to the Scripture. A heart can be DIVIDED; IT CAN BE DOUBLED, NOT WHOLE.
"They speak vanity every one with his neighbor; with flattering lips and WITH A DOUBLE HEART DO THEY SPEAK." (Psalm 12:2)
The word 'double' here is in reality a mis-translation. It was simply put in there to express something implied, in reality, the Hebrew used the word 'leb' TWICE. In other words it says 'leb leb'. The word 'leb' means CENTER OR HEART. This is important to us to realize for what the Old Testament is telling us IS THAT THERE ARE TWO CENTERS, TWO HEARTS, TWO 'I AM' LOCATIONS. This is the key to what happened to the MANY CHRISTIANS THAT ARE REJECTED.
If we interpret this exactly as it is written, it means in the most literal sense TWO SEPARATE AND DISTINCT HEARTS; LEB (1) LEB (2). One heart says one thing; the other heart says something else. Could this by why the Bible says we must be of a WHOLE HEART, OR WITH ALL OUR HEART? Could it be that the many Christians rejected did not worship Christ with their WHOLE HEART, WITH ALL OF THEIR HEART, THAT ONLY ONE OF THEIR HEARTS WAS INVOLVED THE OUTER HEART, THE CONSCIOUS HEART, THE CONSCIOUS 'I AM' AND WILL? THAT THE OTHER REMAINED COLD AND UNYIELDING, HARDENED.
Notice that we have drawn it like two ice cream cones that overlap each other. The centers of both represent the TWO HEARTS. The center of the outer cone represents the conscious heart of man, the conscious "I AM", in this heart, a man wills to do and operates on the conscious level. You might decide to go to town, or buy something, this is done by this OUTER CONSCIOUS MIND, WILL AND HEART. If I ask you your name, you reply with it. This is your CONSCIOUS 'I AM'. The evidence would suggest that this conscious I AM is more aware of the good side of the knowledge of good and evil, while the sub-conscious is more activated by the evil side of this knowledge. The INNER HEART, THE INNER 'LEB' REMAINS UNKNOWN AND HIDDEN, A SECRET, A MYSTERY TO THE VAST MAJORITY OF MAN.
This secret inner heart, mind and will of man is represented by the second cone, and this is the REAL TRUE SEAT OF MAN, WHERE THE GREAT 'I AM' SITS UPON THE THRONE IN THE HOLY OF HOLIES DIRECTING THE SECRET AFFAIRS OF MAN. It is THIS HEART that is the target of God, for it is THIS SECRET INNER HEART that MUST BE REGENERATED OR ALL IS LOST . The strait gate and narrow way are then a way of UNMASKING THE EVIL WITHIN, OR UNMASKING THE TRUE NATURE OF THE HUMAN HEART.