And many shall follow their pernicious ways

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And many shall follow their pernicious ways

MAN created in the image of God (i.e., Adam) failed to obey God. Man even though he was created in the image of God -cannot be like God -who is perfect in all His ways. (And that man -who was created in the image and likeness of God has by God been replaced in/and by Jesus Christ, who is the Second Man and who is Himself the express image of the Father!)

Man is not capable of obedience, but he can ask HIM who is perfect in obedience to hide rebellious man in Jesus Christ, who is the New Man; man can ask Jesus to stand in our place and ask Jesus Himself to be obedience for us on our behalf. But because man is determined to have his share of the glory, through the devices of the enemy man has been seduced (the seduction of Christianity is the "great apostasy") into believing that "as a believer" empowered by Christ, man himself can now "be like" God...AKA, like Jesus (Christianized Humanism) And the unbeliever believes that he -man himself can be as god without Christ, by knowledge and skill and technology etc. (Humanism) ...but who is more deceived?

As a result of the rebellious condition of the natural mind of man which is enmity against the Spirit, i.e. man in his soul/mind, will, and feelings opposes the things OF the Spirit. When a man is carnally-minded in his thinking (whether he or she is a believer or not) because of the carnality of his own mind, and the stubbornness (idolatry) of his own will, the unbeliever is blind and cannot see and the carnally-minded believer (either ignorant of the Truth or choosing to rebel against it) "refuses to see" that man could never be and was never called to be "like God."

Men which are "yet carnal in their thinking" pervert the things of God (many in ignorance of the Truth) by striving to be like the Most High God by believing that man through science and man's technologies and by personal empowerment (perverting and miss-using spiritual gifts) through learning and knowledge (which man considers power) by activating the power of faith and pressing on to what man is still convinced is his high-calling: he yet believes in his rebellious heart that he can reach his ultimate potential: to be as God, AKA: "like Jesus".

It would be far better if we/all men would humble our haughty selves at the Feet of Him who IS God and admit that even though we were created in the image of God, after His likeness, we of our own selves disobedient, proud, boasters rebellious covenant breakers -who vaunt ourselves in our vain conceits...and that we have become "inventors of evil things" (false sciences, false teachings, false doctrines and a false gospel.) By the very act of thinking we can be or by trying to be like God (and/or like Jesus) we "fall from grace" by ignoring -not only the work of the cross of Christ, but we are also ignoring the judgment of Adam -and are putting ourselves back under both "the law and the judgment of Adam".

By striving to perfect ourselves in the flesh, (Christianized Humanism) -we do despite the Spirit of GRACE and place ourselves in defiant opposition to the will of God which He purposed in Christ!

According to the plan of God, in which He purposed "in Christ" (who was slain before the Foundation of the world) that "HE HIMSELF" might slay the "man of sin" (fallen man/Adam) and hide his life IN CHRIST -which is where he (man) was predestined to be "crucified with and then hidden in Christ" --in, by and through His Only Begotten Son our Lord and our Savior Jesus Christ, who is Himself very God and His Christ.

We would do well to REPENT of our folly (the folly of men -humanism) and to acknowledge that we are men/Adam who cannot be "like Jesus" (because HE is God) and that we need HIM to hide us "in HIS likeness" -IN JESUS CHRIST who HIMSELF is the express image of the Father.

Rather than exalting ourselves and all that WE can be "as sons of the Most High God" we ought to humbly accept the "gift of grace" in Christ -by and in whom we are "changed by exchange" by grace as a Sovereign act of the Father who purposed in His Wisdom which is Jesus Christ, that HE might hide us in the "one" New Man, i.e., in His Only Begotten Son, the Second Man: JESUS CHRIST who HIMSELF is the express image of God, perfect in obedience, holiness, righteousness so that... because we have accepted Him and asked HIM to STAND "in our place" we will not be destroyed with the wicked.

We do not become "little Jesus'" nor "little christs" and we are not Him, but we become "like Christ" or "like Him" only by being hidden IN HIM/and By Him -having "put on" Him/i.e., Jesus Christ. "BECAUSE we have (by His grace) been hidden in and by Him, then we shall not be ASHAMED AT HIS APPEARING for we know that when HE appears, then we shall be like Him for we shall see "HIM" as "HE" is!

Shall we (abuse the Grace of God) continue in sin, that grace may abound? God Forbid! HOW shall we, that are dead to sin,live any longer therein? (cf. Rom 6:1, 2)

"HOW" DOES ALL THIS APPLY TO "DAILY LIVING" RIGHT HERE AND NOW??

WE are to Walk in Newness of Life -but we "walk" by resting in Him" who is that "New Life." We "walk in newness of Life" by "resting" by faith in Him -which is by grace -and by grace means that it is by the faith of Him which GOD WORKS for us by/in/through Christ in us. (Him abiding in us and us abiding in Him) IN CHRIST means in and by Him who is that New Life!

And HOW do we "walk by resting" -by ASKING HIM. JESUS HIMSELF is the WORD OF GOD and HE HIMSELF is the POWER OF GOD. And whatsoever you ask of Him/ must be in His Name/which means in the person of and according to His purposes. And whatsoever we ask in His Name, then HE (God "in the person of" Jesus Christ) will HIMSELF do!

But many say "I have asked and He didn't..." James 4:3 tells us: We ask and receive not, BECAUSE we ask AMISS, -THAT YE MAY CONSUME IT UPON YOUR LUSTS. We have not, not just because we ask not, but because we (with our twisted doctrines, have lusted after "trying to have the power to perfect ourselves -or- be like Jesus) -Remember: if we ask any thing according to HIS will means according to His purpose -and His will/His purpose is to redeem us to Himself and grant us "repentance and rest" in HIM...it is HIS will/He has purposed to: hide us in Himself and to HIMSELF be our all, and in all -on behalf of all, who receive Him.

It is NOT however His will that we should in and of ourselves simply be empowered against sin. The weight of sin is God's testimony against man -that he himself cannot be (perfect and sinless) like God -and when we (in our own strength strive against sin, then our striving becomes losing!) Sin (which is man's trangression of the Law) then becomes the weight of the Law which is like a cruel taskmaster that is meant to drive us back to Him (that we might find both repentance and rest -which is in Him/of Him/by Him and through Him alone "In Christ".

It is not His will or according to His purpose for you to ask the Lord to give you (yourself) p-o-w-e-r or to personally enable you. Instead, it His will that you ask HIM to be the power that worketh "all things in Himself" on your behalf. ASK HIM to work all things/for you/as He wills according to His POWER/i.e., HIM!

Don't ask HIM to give you wisdom so that YOU YOURSELF can be "wise." Although the scripture does tell us: if any man lacks wisdom let him ask...the carnal understanding of our own minds tells us THAT means that we can be wise by/through what we are given, but there is a far better Way (to Him be the glory!) The "Spirit of the Word" will reveal some "thing" far better than the wisdom of Solomon!

Solomon with all the wisdom + understanding God gave him still blew it! And so will any of us, no matter how much w-i-s-d-o-m God could give us...(in our rejoicing in the gifts we all ought to consider Solomon -he still corrupted himself in spite of his gifts.) But a "better than Solomon" is here: Jesus Christ! Rather than asking amiss for: w-i-s-d-o-m for ourselves in order to make you yourself wise (only to fail in our misuse of the gifts -as did Solomon) ASK Jesus Christ to "HIMSELF" BE WISDOM unto you. Ask HIM "to be" Wisdom for you on your behalf! For it is written: that Jesus Christ has been made Wisdom unto us! No matter what things God gives to man, man himself will fail -he will always fall/come short of the glory of God, but Jesus NEVER fails! God commands us to be holy, as HE is Holy and to "be perfect" as our Father in heaven is perfect. By our interpretation and our understanding of His written word we fail to see HOW that command is fulfilled IN and BY JESUS CHRIST who is HIMSELF the fulfillment of E-V-E-R-Y requirement and command!

Although God commands you to be holy as He is, He knows that you cannot be holy (you cannot fulfill or meet His requirements, but Jesus Christ has already done so for us, on our behalf! Do not reject so great a gift by trying to fulfill in the flesh that which is begun in the Spirit! Do not ask HIM to make you holy -but instead just ask "HIM" (ask Jesus Himself) to be holiness "for you" on your behalf. HE is our Great High Priest who is not just our Advocate but our replacement, HE HIMSELF stands (in our place) before God and has HIMSELF become our HOLINESS UNTO THE LORD.

Jesus Christ HIMSELF (in whom we are hid) has HIMSELF become "HOLINESS" for us, on our behalf. Do not "crucify the Son of God afresh" nor trample the Blood of the Son of God under foot by trying to "be holy" or by trying to perfect yourself by "dead works done in the flesh" but seek Him and ask Him, ask JESUS to be "HOLINESS" for you!

AND PATIENCE: if we ask Him to make us or give us patience, then He must also allow us to see that we cannot succeed in "being patient" because HE alone is perfect patience. Ask Him/Jesus Himself to be patience for you, on your behalf! AND CHASTITY, ask Him to be that -for you. and OBEDIENCE. ASK Jesus to HIMSELF "to be obedience" -for you, on your behalf! And HEARING...don't ask Him to make you (dead Adam) able to hear His voice -we (ourselves) are naked, and wretched, and deaf, dumb and blind to the things of the Spirit, and we (ourselves) are carnally minded with what we do with the things of the Spirit! So ask Jesus HIMSELF to be HEARING for you. And SIGHT -ask Him to cause His Face to shine upon you, that you may see HIM! ask HIM to reveal the Father...And "right choices" - ASK HIM to be DISCERNMENT (for you) concerning whether a thing is of the Spirit of Truth (of Him) -or- if it is of the spirit of Error.

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