Peace, kindness, mercy, joy, faith, trust, empathy, understanding, patience, encouragement…love…these are life. These are things that bind us together. They are characteristics of Christ – they are components of His nature, as much as we have words to describe it – and they are life – even everlasting life.
Fear, guilt, uncertainty, jealousy, pride, unworthiness, judgment…these are death. They separate us from each other, and they separate us from Christ. Our indulgence in these things is because we don’t truly BELIEVE in Christ, because we don’t truly have FAITH in Him – because we are satisfied to remain fallen, in which fallen state we shall surely die.
Forgiveness, of others and ESPECIALLY of ourselves, is the bridge between the two – between life and death. Forgiveness implies that we were offended or that we feared or felt guilt (from fear) – that we indulged in these characteristics of separation and death. Forgiveness is repenting of this indulgence, of casting away the things that are anti-Christ, that are death. As long as we indulge ourselves in this darkness, we cannot be with Christ. Forgiveness opens the door for us to return to Him. Forgiveness is the rejection of death.
The great lie is that death, as described above, is part of the human condition. We have actually been taught that these things are good. But what did Christ say? He said,in John 11:26, “And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?” He made numerous other references that were similar.
So, if we live (see definition of life above) and believe in Him (see the definition of His nature above – they are one and the same), we shall never die.
I want to shout from the rooftops! Christ’s words are true. Let us reject fear and guilt, and let us indulge instead in joy, that we may have everlasting life? Sound crazy? Not according to Christ! Did the inhabitants of Enoch’s Zion die? What is the mystery of Zion? Why is it so elusive? Is it because we continue to believe the lie, while failing to truly believe the Christ, who said of Himself, “I am the way, the truth, and the LIFE. No man cometh unto the Father (read – eternal life) but by me (read the definition of HIM above).
This rejection of death is not easy. These components of death seem to be part of our fallen nature. But let us partake of the fruit of the tree of LIFE, and root these seeds of death out of our hearts and our minds. Let us dedicate ourselves to first recognize their pernicious self-perpetuating existence, and then reject them when they rise up in us during our day-to-day interactions.
I hope at least one other person will recognize this miraculous, healing truth that I have been accumulating over the past while. It has been coming to me in bits and pieces. Today, it gelled. Today I have shared it with you.
And I feel confident in saying that I do so in the Name of Jesus Christ.