This sequel to “As God Sees it” reveals incredibly beautiful and intimate details of God’s ways that opens an entirely new and personal revelation of Jesus; the focus and fulcrum of everything in God’s plan.
This article started out as part of “As God Sees it” but it grew into something I wanted to highlight in its own right. I still refer to sections in that article, so although it is not prerequisite reading, it is a very good article to prepare you for what is going to unfold here.
Sometimes I want to be like a story teller who keeps the big climax hidden until the end, to keep the reader in suspense. But as an internet writer, you always try and hook the reader quickly so that he doesn’t browse somewhere else. In this case I just have to spell it out up front so that you can then see how all the bits of the puzzle fit together.
Jesus is a filter for our spirit just like our kidneys are to our body. Our kidneys filter something like 180 litres of blood a day and removes unwanted chemicals and waste products which are then excreted from the body in the urine. The purified blood then carries on its way through the body. What Jesus does for us is to remove all that rebellion and anti-god stuff from our spirit. The waste has to be dumped somewhere and that is what he did when he died on the cross and descended into Hell. Then, just as he rose from the dead, he delivers us purified and spotless to his Father in heaven.
Before I show a myriad of scriptures that support this analogy, can you see how unique this makes Jesus? There is no academic debate about right and wrong and the law or about good deeds and works. I just had some problems with my own kidneys and I can tell you that you will drown in your own body fluids if they fail. Do you recall anything about dying in your sin without Jesus? (John 8:21-24)
After Jesus died on the cross, his
side was pierced and blood and water poured out (
Now for miscellaneous supporting scriptures:
Jesus is a living way to heaven
Everyone has sin and only through
Jesus can man be saved
Jesus said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life.
No one comes to the Father except through me”.
Jesus is a life giving spirit
The life is in the blood (
Jesus said I am the bread that came from heaven and that
we must eat his body and drink his blood (
There are many scriptures
talking about Jesus in me and me in Jesus
There are many scriptures that talk
about being cleansed through the blood of Jesus, for example
God is frequently described as the ‘living God’ throughout the Bible. We often take the ‘living’ adjective as differentiating our God from lifeless idols and false gods. But the preceding sections here and in As God Sees it, allow us to see so many physically intimate issues. You might even say that He is an organic God because His ways are living ways, not mechanical.
The layout and utilities
in the tabernacle were based on what Modes saw in heaven. But now we
see that believers are a temple of the Holy Spirit.
God made man in His image and likeness. So we discover more and more things in our
physical makeup that is a reflection of God. The “
This culminates with Jesus as the head of His body, the
Church. The relationships of father and son, husband and wife are extremely
powerful and reflected in the God-man relationship. These all involve two parties, but the analogies here deepens the relationship to the level of
the interconnectedness of different organs in the body. Scriptures like
Ultimately, we look back to the very beginning. In
All through the Old Testament, special care of the bones is described. It was even prophesied and recorded
in the Gospels that none of Jesus bones were broken
I had often wondered why Jesus said that he had to depart in order
that the Holy Spirit could come in
Some of the sections in
As God Sees it, like “The Pipe” and “The Power
Cable” emphasised the need for the dual action of dumping sin and connecting
us to the righteousness of God, but they were inorganic analogies. The
kidney is a living filter and being a living filter it emphasises why Jesus had
to be born of man. Jesus had to be able to receive the sin of mortal man and also
to impart spiritual life, so he had to be both son of man and son of God. But
the kidney needs somewhere to dump the waste. Now I can see why Jesus had to die
and physically descend into hell. And by
the way, while he was there it seems he was able to save those already there that
had believed in God’s promise to send a messiah (
As discussed so far the kidney/filter just removes the junk. This allows Jesus to present us, purified, cleansed and spotless before his Father. But we don’t see how God’s righteousness flows back to us from the kidney analogy. However many scriptures, some already mentioned in here and in As God Sees it, talk about Jesus as the bread of heaven that we feed on. So, as the kidneys remove the rubbish, the other organs supply the food or energy. This energy can now be pictured as the righteousness of Jesus that flows to his body.
Our physical lungs are the source of oxygen that passes into our blood and subsequently
empowers our body. Can you now picture the breath
of God, (synonymous with the spirit of God) coming into the body of Jesus, that is believers.
Wow, exactly what God did when He created Adam in
OK, that was a beautiful account. We tend to see the
references to his flesh and his blood pointing forward to the communion bread
The point to catch here is that His flesh and His blood are not just indicators of our salvation through His sacrifice on the Cross. Our ongoing existence in Christ is fuelled by Jesus Himself. We derive our strength from his body and our life from His blood—in this world and the next. If you are catching what I am saying, then we no longer live just in thankfulness for what our glorious God has done for us, but we live in this amazing intimate relationship where our daily strength and life flows from Him; from His very own eternal life.
Jesus is absolutely unique. He is indispensable and the only way that we can be separated from our sin and qualified for heaven. In him, in his supernatural being and inseparable from his being, is the path, the way, the filter, the fuel and the source of life to do this. He is fully able to do this no matter what our state is, if we will just let Him—if we will just acknowledge Him!
For days and weeks after I started
“A consuming fire” and
“The living filter” sections (Jan 2016), I was enthralled at seeing how scripture
revealed these attributes of the Father and the Son. I started to see not
just what unfolded but why it had to unfold the way it did. These attributes
are life; they impart life; and they cleanse life. I still cannot grasp it all, just as
David was overwhelmed by God’s intimate knowledge of him in
Scriptures and parables that had always been beautiful
were even more so because they no longer pictured some academic notion of my
positon in Christ. You see, I used to picture myself as an individual who held a
close affection and relation with this other individual called Jesus. Although
we were connected through his Holy Spirit
I was still an individual. But now, though still an individual, I am inside Jesus—not just connected
to Jesus. My life is truly hidden in Christ