October 7 “16 “Seeing What Really Is!” Part 5 ~Paul Gray
Following are some comments (paraphrased) by Baxter Kruger
“Adam and Eve’s deception literally left them in the dark…blind to what was true. Even though Jesus fully did away with Adam’s race in His finished work at the cross, and even though He made us all objectively right with God forever, we still aren’t individually able to see that because our minds are still in the dark.
I’ve found that it’s very helpful to see what we tend to do when we can’t “See What Really Is.”
We tend to create something we can see…in our imagination, and then we defend it with a vengeance because it’s all we think we have! That’s why so many well-meaning, but deceived people get very angry when they hear about pure grace and hear that sin is no longer an issue for anyone in their relationship with God!
Well-meaning people are determined, but they are blind. They cannot “see what is” so they invent things that they can see in their own head, and they die of exhaustion pursuing their invented ways of “getting in” with God. If we believe that we are separated from the Lord (and we are not) then we must find a way back. One’s eternal existence would hang in the balance. That makes us wide open to anyone’s claim to know how to get back to God.
But since we are NOT separated to begin with, ANY IDEA AS TO HOW TO GET BACK TO GOD WON’T WORK! AND WE EVENTUALLY DIE OF EXHAUSTION OR SADNESS OR CYNICISM OR DESPAIR…EVEN THOUGH WE HAVE BEEN FAITHFUL AND TRUE TO ‘THE’ CAUSE!' WRONG IDEAS LEAD TO DESTRUCTION!
The battle is between believing and seeing Union or Separation. Separation appears to be true because of what we can see, hear, feel, taste & touch with our five senses. But what is real and eternal is Union/Oneness!”
John 16:20 Mirror (Jesus) In that day you will know that just as I am in my Father, you are in me and I am in you! (Picture 4 circles with the one fitting into the other – The outer circle is the Father, then Jesus in the Father, then us in Jesus, and the Spirit in us! This spells inseparable, intimate oneness! Note that it is not our knowing this that positions Jesus in the Father or us in them! Our knowing simply awakens us to the reality of our redeemed union! Gold does not become gold when it is discovered but it certainly becomes currency!)