12/2/08 Pursuing Truth of the Tree of Life
In the 25 years I’ve been teaching God’s Ways that He taught me, one thing I’ve learned I have to do is to repeat principles often and from many different illustrations (to the same disciples), because mankind has been eating of the tree of knowledge all their lives and it has fed us knowledge through the wrong source; namely our own soulish minds, and this knowledge can prevent us from coming into the fullness of Truth.
Truth isn’t just about studying and knowing the Word in our minds, but it’s a matter of obeying the Word in every situation and allowing our minds to be renewed so that we have His mind. And it is having His mind that will result in our actually being led by the Spirit which is much more than seeking the Lord for direction. We casually quote Rom. 8:14 “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God,” not having the revelation of what it means to be “led” by the Spirit.
Prov. 14:12 ¶ There is a way which seemeth right unto a man,
but the end thereof are the ways of death.
Is. 55:9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.
In Matthew 9:13, Jesus tells us we need to go learn what He meant. This speaks of a spiritual application of the Word which cannot be understood except by seeking Him for that understanding through prayer, study and being Doers of the Word. As we continually seek to “learn what He means” we receive the needed revelation knowledge, we rely more and more on the Lord and learn to not depend upon our own knowledge and reasoning. This process is renewing our minds and is equivalent to circumcision or the cutting away of confidence in our own selves.
Phil. 3:3 For we are the circumcision, which worship God in the spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus,
and have no confidence in the flesh.
The Commandments of the Lord are designed to get us free from the Tree of Knowledge and to be restored again to the Tree of Life. But the “way” is hidden and reserved for those who will be
be humble and obedient enough to be Doers of the Word. That’s why He says in the last part of Matthew 9:13 that He came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance. The “righteous” in this case are those who have confidence that they are right with God according to their own understanding of the letter of the law; whereas the “sinners” are those who press in to “learn” what He means and who find out they are wholly in need of His salvation and learn to “tremble” at His Word. They eat the whole lamb.
If someone is working on a 5000-piece puzzle they know ahead of time that every piece has to fit in order to complete it and to get the right picture. When there are pieces seemingly left over, they know that there’s an error somewhere. That’s how it is to be a Doer of the Word. As we search the scriptures, there can’t be one contradicting piece left to be discarded. We always have to go back to the Lord and learn what He means until it all fits together with no parts left over.
In the end, we have to be looking like Him and fulfilling all righteousness like He did.