For God so loved the world that He Sent His only begotten into the world that through him the world would be saved
It is John 3:16 that is the most preached about and spoken about and displayed scripture of all time. But what does the verse right after that say? 3:17 “God sent His Son into the world not to condemn the world but that through him the world would be saved”.
This verse is over looked. It was the purpose of God the Father to send His Son to save the world, to reconcile all things to himself through Jesus Christ. And He did. “It is finished “. Paul said that “God was in Christ Jesus reconciling the world to himself and has given us this message of reconciliation”. This is the gospel. He reconciled the world already. It is restored to the purposes of God and given to us through the gospel. Not a 2nd coming. John said “here comes the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world”. And He did. He delt with the sin that separates us.
So any gospel message that stopped short of this purpose is not a full gospel message. Reconciled is what Adam lost. Walking with God with a one on one relationship with all the curses removed. To have things back to when God said of His works that “they are good, very good.
So here are some things we need to understand about the broken relationship between God and man before we can understand the saving and the reconciliation of all things. God never left man. God never separated from man. God covered him even from the beginning and even now is the covering for the whole world. (1 John 2.1 )
God did not condemn men. Adam received the guilt of condemnation when he disobeyed God and received a guilt ridden conscience. Man needed to be delivered and saved from his own actions promoted by wrong thinking. And because men departed from God, God did not want man to eat of the Tree of Life and live forever in a fallen state. If he was to live forever in a fallen state he would be condemned to an eternal Fallen death. To preserve Fallen man from an eternal death, He protected and guarded the Tree of Life “lest they eat of it and live forever”. Because the natural consequence is that they would have to die forever and a loving God did not do this. Their death was that they lost the Spirit of God and we’re left to their carnal state of decay saying “For dust thou art and to dust thou shalt return” and that the earth would no longer yeild it’s strength.
This is why we are to be born again and regenerated by His spirit unto to eternal life to undo the self imposed curses and Subsequent condemnation by right thinking and by rewarding each one according to their works. The creation operates just fine as designed but mankind walks contrary to God and creation is designed to bless man when he is aligned and reconciled to his Creator. Creation is His.
We need to understand that the departure from God happened by man. God did everything he could do from the beggining. You see this when He covered Adam after the fig leaf. He clothed him with skin. He also pleaded through the law and the prophets to bring people back. The failure of the law and the prophets showed that reconciliation to the father is impossible by our Adamic/gentile endeavor. Hence a replacement for was necessary to accomplish what no man could do. Deity knowing this said Whom Shall go and whom shall I send for us. One of Them had to become a man to do this. It was man who fell in understanding in the spirit of His mind and departed. A man had to erase what Adam did. What Adam could not fix and what none of Adam’s predecessors could do, because they were all born from his likeness, God did by sending His Son in the likeness of sinful man to condemned sin in the flesh and put out of business this way of thinking to those who are rescripted in thought.
The whole human race had fallen. God sent his son into the world not to condemn the world because mankind was already in that state of condemnation saying “he who beleiveth not in the Son is condemned already”. But that “through Him the world would be saved”. This new man Jesus, did not have to bandage our knees or fix broken bones to reverse the fall. And he did not have to show by cataclysmic displays of earthquakes and thundering either.
For redemption He did have to show the way of a renewed spirit and a renewed mind. He showed a new way of thinking. For us to be transfigured by the renewing of the mind. This is the reconciliation and the restoration of all things. “That God the Father was in Christ Jesus reconciling the world to Himself and has given us this ministry of reconciliation”. 2 Corinthians 5. This is the true gospel. The good news.
So let us show you the main obstacle for humanity today. Adam and Eve first showed lack of trust and believing in God by eating of the forbidden fruit and the result was they were left fending for themselves with fig trees and excuses. The guilt and condemnation that they received was brought on by themselves. And in themselves were walls they resurrected in their own minds. They turned from God in their thinking and they were ashamed. Condemnation was self generated. Feeling empty and naked they are now experiencing the reward of their works of unbelief. They are now given into all types of addictions and carnal feasts to try and fill this void that had been made to be occupied by the holy spirit.
You see God never cursed man or denied man or did anything against men. “Adam where are you? Even today the message from God is “Peace and goodwill towards man”. God protected man. He covered them. He made propitiation from the beginning. He is the propitiation, meaning the covering of the whole world (1 John 2.1)
The tree of Life would have been detrimental to the whole human race had Adam and Eve eaten from it. The fruits of man’s departure was to be short-lived by returning by faith. This is our invisible response to our invisible fall to the invisible God that took place in the recesses of our mind and spirit that we cannot see. We were “alienated in our mind by wicked works”. (Eph 2)
So let’s look at some more of the departures man took from God. Cain departed from God when he slew the image of God seen in his brother Abel. This was hatred towards God and hatred towards humanity. Cain said that it was more than he could bear. He said that he would be avenged seven times for his sin. But God never said that. God covered him by saying “therefor if anyone tries to kill Cain he shall be Avenged 7 fold”. Then he put a mark, or a covering on Cain as proof. Then again with Cain’s son Lamech who said “surely if God Avenged my father seven times for his sin, I shall be Avenged 70 times. But God didn’t say that either. This is the product of the fallen sin based conscience that is enmity against God. The “accusing and excusing one another”. This is the self-inflicted judgment of each human in themselves. It is personal condemnation. Some call this karma. But God sent his son into the world not to condemn the world or the people in it, but to save the world. This is the way the world needed to be saved. Mans conscious needed to be cleansed from condemnation. And Christ does this saying “for the worshipers once purged should have no consciousness of sin.” Hebrews 10. We must learn to apply the cleansing to be free from the self inflicted curse of condemnation by receiving the free gift of life by associating with Christ and not our Adamic nature so that we can understand that “there is no condemnationto those who are in Christ who walk bot of the mandates if the flesh but the unction of the spirit. These are Gods offspring.
So it is the personal judgment each one puts on themselves, then by making up excuses and blaming and trying to bury it, or cover it, or compensate by doing good deeds people hide. This includes man made religions. We do not submit to the righteousness of faith.
Adam where are you? And we ask you, where are you? God knew where he was but wanted him to come clean, to confess. He wanted him and us to figure it out. “Sin is crouching by your door but you must master it” (Gen 4) .This Adam did not do.
John said “If our hearts condemn ourselves we shall receive nothing from God. Like a cup turned upside down cannot receive water. God is not condemning. God is not throwing people in hell. He wants to fill you up. These concepts are the fruit of the fallen broken spirit. But the father stands with open arms and wants you to come clean. “Behold I stand at your door and knock”. God showed himself in His Son at the cross with arms wide open, bearing our curse of thorns for us to exchange to partake of His crown of glory. We “come to the light to see clearly that what is required of us is done in Christ ” (John 3.20).
This is the gift for “By His stripes we are healed ” He was stricken for us”. And to as many as received him, that is those who accept the free gift, to them he gives power to become his children. He gives them the ability to depart from the self inflicted curse of personal condemnation and all the consequences. That is the broken mind that sees wickedness in everybody and everything.
This broke-ness grows to where the whole world looks damned and broken, but it is not. For “God sent His son into the world not for condemnation but to save the world” and “God was in Christ Jesus reconciling the world to Himself and has committed to us this message of reconciliation”. Everyone who receives this saving sees things in a new way “all things become new” for those who are in Christ.
To God the world is not out of control that He need to re-perform another reconciliation or saving because He does not repeat Himself or have to do something over as though He overlooked something and was caught off guard. His creation from the beginning is perfectly capable of containing the wicked and honoring the righteous simultaneously.This is why the man Jesus said “Father don’t take them out of the world, but keep them from evil”. This you have if you learn to trust God in this way. He’s got it covered. His Son is the propitiation not just for us but for the whole world. (1 John 2.1)
It wasn’t the world that fell and changed its composition and disposition towards man. It was man changed his disposition towards God by the way he thinks. And Earth is part of the package deal because it remains under Gods control “If our heart condemn us God Is greater than our hearts and knows all things”.
So there are religious sectors that do not believe condemnation has been dealt with that profits off of condemnation and sin.They act as the mediator between God and man by imposing confessionals and washing’s and baptisms and religious duties and personal sacrifices for one to find peace with God for yet another week. In this way they keep people in their sin at the cross in condemnation for profit and financial gain and for their own personal self worth. By covering themselves in this way they deny the very God they think they represent. They are not entering the kingdom of God nor are they allowing those who are trying to do so.
“But we have an anointing from the Holy One and need not that any man teach us”. We need no go-between. If we did, reconciliation would not be complete. But now “there is one mediator between God and man the man Christ Jesus”. If we allow the saving of God to take place in us, the saving “apart from the law” away from religious institutions, like John the baptist in the desert, we learn to see “here comes the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world”. And He did. We receive the reconciliation, the propitiation, and Gods covering, His perfect sacrifice for our sin laden conscience so that it can be said of you too “for the worshipers once purged would have no more consciousness of sin” (Hebrews 10.2). We loose and discard the broken conscience that is forever trying to bring you further down. For “we come to the light to clearly see that what is required by us is done by God”. (John 3.20)
So God drove man out of Eden not to punish man but to save him and return him to his original purpose then we can eat of eternal life. It is as we learn to live our life “In Christ” and not “in Adam”. This is our exchange old for new. In the place of the fall we are lifted back up. We are raised up by the spirit of the mind. Which is a clear conscience so you can understand this too “Titus 1:15
To the pure all things are pure, but to those who are defiled and unbelieving nothing is pure; but even their mind and conscience are defiled.
So be ye renewed and purified by the gospel for this purpose.
THE KINGDOM OF GOD IS (now) AT HAND