The Theology Of The Deeper Life

What is it? It's the theology to walk the deeper life-- understanding righteousness, love, fellowship with Christ, the bride etc...

Theology = study of divine things or religion, truth. (Gr.) Theos = God, Logos = word or discourse or a discourse with the word of God.

The result of what God's word says = doctrines. The word deeper life is not in the bible,  but the concept is. (i.e.) The overcoming life, sanctified life, crucified life etc.. Understanding the truth is most important; it will help you grow in God etc..

There are false concepts about the deeper life

A.) Baptism of the Holy Spirit is the end of the deeper life. Acts11:17 calls it a gift, not a reward of the deeper life. Because the Holy Spirit gives you potential, it's not the end. (i.e., bank account-- you have to use it before it does any good.) Ephesians 5:18 says be continually filled w/ the Holy Spirit. We need to learn how to walk in the Spirit, (i.e., 1 Corinthians 13:1-4 " love " ) Also praise!

B.) A one time experience is not sanctification. What is sanctification? Being set apart from the world, an inward work of God. When and how are we set apart? Conversion is legal sanctification and as you go on; you are experientially sanctified. Legally it is a one time experience but continually walking in the spirit is experiential sanctification. Walking and living in the Spirit is found in Galatians 5:16 " This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. "

Sanctification is a progressive walk, not a one time experience. In Hebrews 2:11 sanctification is in the present tense and is a verb showing continued action " those who are being made holy. "  It's a process as we yield to God's Spirit and die to self.

Genesis 1:26 " Let us make ( a process ) in our  image  after our likeness. "

                    Image = the outward, and Likeness = the inward.

Image =        1.) Head ship.
                      2.) Ability to communicate by articulated speech.
                      3.) Head and fountain of the human race.
                      4.) Fitted for dominion.
                      5.) Intelligence.
                      6.) Reason.
                      7.) Erect bearing ( dignity and manner and elevation of being. )
                      8.) A visible representation of God on earth.

Likeness =      1.) Inward relationship.
                        2.) Similarity of heart of God.
                        3.) Holiness of character.
                        4.) Unity of heart and mind.

Adam was created in the image of God. After this creation, God began to make him into His likeness. This was interrupted by the fall and man lost much of the likeness of God. This, in turn, affected the image of God in which man was made. God has since been making  man into His likeness and, therefore, also making man into His image, which shall be completed when we receive a celestial body.

C.) The deeper life is only for a select few, not everybody. But this is not true. Everybody can yield to God; Everybody's different and important to God's plan. We need to believe God for GREAT THINGS! ( Hebrews 11:6 ) Acts 10:34 -- God is no respecter of persons.

Genesis 1:26 " And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion, etc... "  Rom.8:29 " For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate TO BE CONFORMED TO THE IMAGE OF HIS SON, THAT HE MIGHT BE THE FIRSTBORN AMONG MANY BRETHREN. " Luke 11:9-13.

God wants all to be the bride!  God has a calling for you that's only for YOU. 1 Timothy 2:4 God wants all to be saved, so God wants all to experience the deeper life.

God is the only one who can do it, not man. Colossians 1:28 " Christ in you the hope of GLORY."

To present you perfect in Him--God wants to finish the work He's started. Hebrews 6:1 " Go on to perfection. James 1:4 " That you may be perfect--this is for everybody! James 1:2 Through your trials--This is one vital ingredient to perfection, Hebrews 2:10 " Bringing many sons unto GLORY, to make the captain of their salvation PERFECT THROUGH SUFFERINGS. "

God knows how to get you where He want's to get you. Ephesians 4:15 " Grow up into Him in all things. " Every area of your life. Colossians 1:9,10 " That ye might be filled w/ the knowledge of HIS WILL IN ALL WISDOM AND SPIRITUAL UNDERSTANDING: THAT YE MIGHT WALK WORTHY OF THE LORD UNTO ALL PLEASING, BEING FRUITFUL IN EVERY GOOD WORK, AND INCREASING IN THE KNOWLEDGE OF GOD. " He wants all to know His will.

1 Thessalonians 4:9,10 Increase more and more in brotherly love.

D.) Ephesians 2:8,9;Galatians 2:16 Says we are saved by GRACE, but this is the foundation; we are to build upon it and that requires works.

Philippians 3:7-14 v. Commitment first, v.8 To give up all second, vs.9,10 He already knew Christ. This is a deeper life of knowing Him. A power Paul wanted to experience in His life, and the fellowship of his sufferings and to DIE. Deeper knowledge of Christ through sufferings.

Philippians 2:6-10 Christ died on the cross. You must go down first--you must conform to his death TO GAIN CHRIST. Not by works only, but by following our example. 1 Peter 2:21.

Philippians 3:11 " If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead or dead ones. " This is not a for sure thing, but something to attain. A goal! A goal of what? Perfection  (Gr.) = complete.

Philippians 3:13 " Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I DO, FORGETTING THOSE THINGS WHICH ARE BEHIND, AND REACHING FORTH UNTO THOSE THINGS WHICH ARE BEFORE. "

This is man's part. God will do the rest. We've got to release ourselves from our past and go on w/ God, forgetting those things which are behind.

Philippians 3:14 " I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. "

Pressing towards the mark. Press in (Gr.) = To really press as a runner neck to neck at the end.

This can only be done by GOD'S SPIRIT! Galatians 5:5 " For we through the SPIRIT WAIT FOR THE HOPE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS BY FAITH. "

Zechariah 4:6 " Not by might, nor by power, BUT BY MY SPIRIT, SAITH THE LORD OF HOSTS. "

James1:2-4 Perfect, lacking nothing. Trials of life to perfect us. 1 Peter 2:2 To all Christians. 2 Peter 1:5-8 Be diligent to add these things, or we will be barren and unfruitful. 2 Peter 3:18 Grow in grace and in the knowledge of Christ. Mark 12:30,31.


E.) There is a hope or belief, that there are short cuts or magic formulas.

Man is basically lazy anyway--there are no short cuts in the deeper life, there are laws God has set in motion, (i.e.) gravity etc... so also in the spiritual realm, Jn.14:6 " No man cometh to the father but by or through me. " no other way but through him. No other way to God or the spiritual realm, Jn. 10:1 " Verily, Verily, I say unto you, he that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber. "

HE IS THE ONLY WAY TO THE DEEPER LIFE. THIS IS EVERYTHING: Salvation, cross, power, baptism of the Holy Spirit, etc... In one sense, we are in a head on collision with God's will and our will.

Phil.chapter 3-- No other way!

Acts 20:27 Paul was tempted to preach an easy or short cut gospel, but He delivered the whole package.

We can't just have the Spirit--We need the cross w/ sufferings and decisions. (i.e.) Our body can't live only on candy and sugar; Your body needs other ingredients to be healthy.

We have a path to walk on. There are no tricks w/ God; You just do it, step by step. Matt.24:13 It's not how we look--but he that endures to the end shall be saved--don't give up!

We end up taking the long way around. We make Christianity to hard by walking in our own strength.

We need to hasten the day of the lord--the time clock is in our heart, or we can have 40 years in the wilderness, as the Israelites did. This was only a 11 day journey! We need to believe God and that settles it. God was still w/ them, but they were out of God's will--They slowed the plan of God down--walk w/ child like faith is the key. 2 Cor.11:3 " But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtlety, so your minds should be corrupted from the SIMPLICITY THAT IS IN CHRIST. "

F.) Only certain people, with certain talents or abilities, can have the deeper life.

(i.e.) Keen intellect and put them in a super spiritual level.

Understanding of God's word is not intellect, but your willingness to submit to God's will!!

1 Cor.2:13-16 " Which things also we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Spirit teacheth; comparing spiritual things w/ spiritual. But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man. For who hath known the mind of the lord, that he may instruct him? but we have the mind of Christ. "

Jn.7:17 " Be willing to do God's will. " (Keneth Wuett's) Look at the Pharisees, They rejected the gospel and said Christ was of the devil. It comes down to the willingness of the heart to receive it.
It's the openness of the heart, not the intellect; It has nothing to do w/ anything in you, per se. People come to a cross road of unwillingness, to walk it, because of hurts, disappointments, etc.... The cross becomes to heavy.

It's your heart! Do you want the deeper life? This puts everybody on the same level--it takes us off the works syndrome. 1 John 2:20 This gives you all the knowledge you will need to make it w/ God, we need to keep plugged in w/ God. 1 John 2:27 We need teachers who know the word, that have the anointing of God w/ God's heart; man is involved to a degree but ultimately it's God. God knows how to speak to you; He speaks to you in many different ways--we have an anointing w/ in us that is teaching us; we're always in the school of God.

John 16:13 Spirit will guide you into all truth--this is the Spirit's job; To teach and guide you into all truth. The potential is unlimited w/ God. How deep do you want to go?

We have as much of God as we want. We're going thru the salad bar of life and all is free--eat all that you take--no left overs! Christ said, drink all--we need all that God offers. We need all the attributes of God in this life. We don't want to get into works--trying to find something w/ in us to merit God--but we need the Revelation of God's grace. Its not in what we can do or how smart we are etc... but by God's grace. So eat all you can from God's salad bar of life.

                  *1 Cor.2:14 We need Spiritual understanding.
                  *Gal. 3:28 Equal access to the Spirit of God.
                  *Psalms 119:130 God gives understanding to the simple.
                  *Look at Peter and John--Acts 4:13 They were unlearned and ignorant men.

 Jesus was not a highly educated man. He was not of the Levitical Priesthood, but he knew the Word of God. He was just a carpenter, but he yielded to God's Spirit w/ a willing heart. So God used him like no other man that has ever lived. Faithfulness to God is the most important thing--not your talents or intellect etc...  God wants us to be faithful w/ what we have. Look at the parable of the talents (Luke 19:11-28) does not matter how many, but what you do w/ what you've got! What are you doing w/ the 1 or 5, etc.. Don't look at the cup as ½ empty but ½ full.

 Don't compare yourself w/ others (2 Cor.10:12). Look at Shamgar (Judges 3:31) he did w/ what he had in his hand. Find your place in God and move into it. Be like Christ: (Luke 2:47; John 7:46; Phil. 2:1-5).

G.) The whole idea of the deeper life is something extra--its not really what God wants.

 Actually the deeper life is the normal life that God wants for everybody, but the subnormal has become the normal Christian life. God's Word does not leave room or speak to lukewarm Christians--in a matter of speaking. He does not desire to have categories of Christians, but God's foreknowledge knows that everybody will not respond to the deeper life--that's why He speaks the way He does. God can only work thru our faith. The mistake is reading 20th Century Christians into the Bible. A potter never sets out to make a bad vessel; God started out to make man whole (Gen.1:26). We will be responsible for how we turn out--because of our free-will. Not God, Satan or anyone else; we make the final decision. God has only one will for everybody (His over all will).

1 Thess.4:3 sanctification = set apart unto God. Experientially set apart to the Lord--this is to all! Our ministry etc... is based upon the degree of faith, but sanctification is God's will for everybody. God is not a respector of persons, we've got to get this! 2 Cor.11:2 For I am jealous over you (plural) with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ. This is to all (you is plural). This is the heart of God.

Eph.5:26,27 That he might sanctify and cleanse it........That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. (it) corporate (all). But individually we have to allow it.

James 4:5 God has put His Holy Spirit in us and bought us--the Holy Spirit is jealous to possess all of us--out of love. Now we are legally His, but He wants us experientially. (e.g.) A marriage needs to grow into an experiential oneness, its only legal at first. God is asking for Marries (who set at Jesus' feet in prayer to know him experientially), not Marthas (who only know him legally and just do a lot of works).

Matt. 22:37,38 This is the first Commandment! The deeper life should be the normal Christian life. God wants nothing less than all of our heart, body and soul in total abandonment to Him.

Col. 1:28 This is the reason and whole purpose for his ministry, that every man be perfect or complete in Christ. Totally complete in every area of our life. O --both are complete in themselves, but both look different. The devil wants us only to be partly there, still have the Spirit, etc... but not complete. Eph. 5:18 (Greek) " Be continually filled "

We can't serve or love God to much! But we can't do principle A and forget principle B--we need a balance! (i.e.) Pray all day but will not work, etc.. Now there are exceptions--if God is drawing you for a period of time, then yield! Lead a balance life is more glory to God--be a good testimony in every area of your life. We Need to do the whole package of God's Word; God wants quality, not quantity.

Everybody is not the mouth, etc... 1Cor. chapter 12. We need to find God's will for our life--a balance life in God's will is the deeper life, not just looking spiritual. What are you doing w/ what you've got in Jesus? Luke 19 the parable of the talents.

H.) The deeper life is a relevant term. You can have the deeper life a new convert, because he has the deeper life for where he's at.

1 John 2:12-14 Writing to 3 categories of people. 1 Cor. 3:1 They should of been further along, so Paul rebukes them--there is a time to grow up in the things of God.

         *Young man stage--to do more warfare.
         *Fathers--I'm a father in the faith. I care for your children in the faith.
         *Children--New babies need milk and care, etc..

We can continue to grow--no matter where we are on this earth. (Rom.11:33). The deeper life is getting all of Jesus you can get for where you are at. Actually there is a deeper life for all of eternity. (Eph. 2:7 it will not end even in heaven).

Jesus said: (Acts 9:15,16) that Paul also is a pattern. Look at how he grew from conversion (Acts 9:11) praying as a new Christian. (Acts 9:18) Commanded to be Baptized and he did it, he obeyed as he received light. (Acts 9:19) Broke his fast. (9:20) Preached Christ (straightway = immediately) Christ did not tell him to but probably from the impact of what had happened. Probably was rejected immediately, started out blind and now this.Acts 9:22 Increased all the more--He continued and did not look back to what he was doing before. He dropped everything! This is the deeper life.

This same Paul, after everything he had done, said: Phil. 3:12,13. Acts 16:23 He was in prison for the first time, etc... Yet, he had not yet arrived--full time ministry, an apostle, exercised the gifts, caught up to heaven, etc... and he says this! If anyone, you would think Paul had attained. God had a course for Paul to run, and He was not finished w/ him yet. God was more concerned about Paul, not what he could or had done. God might require something of you more than your neighbor. (2 Cor.10:12). A runner needs to cross the finish line or all is in vain, Matt.24:13. Christ was called to a different ministry than Paul--but Paul finished the course that was set before him, (2 Timothy 4:6-8). Christ also finished the work, (John 17:4). Peter knew, (2 Peter 1:13-15).

I.) We need to distinguish between fruit and the source of the fruit.

The deeper life is the source of the fruit--nothing you can do to have the deeper life. There's no other way around (John 15) if you have life, you will have fruit. (i.e.) An apple tree--the fruit comes from the source. You have the life--you have the love.

What we want is life (Christ) this is the goal, not the fruit. We want the source of life, Jesus, the fruit will follow. We can't copy others, because we are all different and have different callings--but we can copy the principles--such as: prayer, love, meekness etc... You must become--in order to do! We need a compelling from God to do the fruit, not just copy the fruit in someone else. You can't copy just to get the fruit; we need the life (Christ). You can't copy peace, joy etc... it will just come as you abide in Christ. Trying to produce these by the flesh will only be temporal, not life living. The source of life is God--John 15. This is when you will bear fruit--John 7:39. Letting the life of Him live in us--it's nothing we can do.

When we get God, we get what He has. Let the soulical man die, put on the new man and live by the faith of Christ, Gal.2:20. We need to check our motives, Matt.23:5-7;Jer.17:9,10 God knows who you are, you may be surprised. Acts 13:46 You are worthy to receive the grace of God by faith; need to know who you are in God to do the work of God--i.e. Christ (John 14:10).

Luke 14:16-24 With out proper self evaluation--this is what we can do and we will not receive. Our worth is in God's estimation of us. Look at the gift He gave for you, Jesus Christ His son. Heb.12:3 (Greek) "against themselves" I will come in and the dead will go--light dispels darkness. We need to bring the light in. You must judge yourself worthy of eternal life and the deeper life, or you will not pay the price. It needs to start here by grace! God has chosen to give you eternal life and love you. All we need to do is receive--mostly starts in the heart. Matt.10:11-14,37,38; Rev.3:4 Our worth is in God!

Threefold: Intrinsic worth, extrinsic worth and enhanced worth

1.) Intrinsic worth = Pertaining to the essential nature of a thing. Inwardly, on the inside. Something that's with in. God created us and said it was good, Gen.1:26,27. Man has a spirit to worship God--man is worth more than all the other things He created. Gen.9:6 Capital punishment because God created man in His image. Everybody means something to God.

Matt.16:26 Even one who is not saved is worth more than the whole world. 2 Peter 3:9; John 3:16. The devil tries everything he can to lower our self worth i.e. looks, talents, etc... The world's standards!

We are unique to God, everyone is different to God--there's never been one like you to God. Totally irreplaceable to God, 1 Timothy 2:4--if He loses you, He loses you forever! This must hurt God, Isa. 53:3. All because you think your unworthy! What about God's needs in heaven? Look at a watch you may have that's not worth much, but to you it's worth a lot because of personal value.

2.) Extrinsic worth = External worth based upon something without or outside you. Based upon the fact that God is a God of AGAPE (an unconditional love).

John 3:16 This is God's AGAPE based upon extrinsic value. Something giving about God--loving the unlovable.

Rom.5:8 Sinners! This lowers our intrinsic value to God, but He still loves us, and had His son die for us. We have a little of this in us--even when someone blows it, we can still love and accept them. 1 John 4:8 because God is love (agape). Nothing we can do to change this--we can affect our intrinsic value but not our extrinsic value. God's love never changes--even to Hitler!

God's love if rejected does no good. i.e. A bank account, it doesn't do you any good if you don't use it. We have a big Spiritual bank account just setting there waiting for us to use it, by faith--No matter what we have done! It does not affect our extrinsic worth.

3.) Enhanced worth = Those that have responded to God's call and have been forgiven, studied His Word, gotten delivered and so on.

(i.e.) Give a cup of water to a prophet, you share in his reward. God also has a conditional love. Proverbs 8:17 This does not negate our extrinsic worth John 3:16. More or a different kind of love for them that love Him. We are saved by grace, but rewarded according to our works. (Eph. 2).

Romans 5:8-10 God loved us even when we were sinners, but much more now that we are saved through Christ's blood. God can do more for you now that your saved. Now your will is surrender to Him. As you respond to God it becomes reciprocal, and your worth more to Him--because He has put more of Him in you. You are becoming more like Jesus Christ; who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature.

Philippians 2:1-11

*We need to become likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind.

*Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.

*Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.

*Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus.

*Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal w/ God.

A.) Being = the state of being--it lays stress on the reality of the thing, who was realty in the form of God.

B.) Form = outward appearance or shape of something--dealing w/ the essence or reality of something, not just the outward alone. Vines--it involves the characteristics or natural appearance. Thayer's-- external appearance. JFB's-- more at the external but reflecting the inward nature. Talking about Jesus having the nature of God--His heart, characteristics, His mind.

C.) Thought it not robbery to be equal w/ God. The man (he was fully man-- body, spirit and soul--just like we are, or he could not require us to walk in his footsteps) Jesus Christ became; he was God manifested in flesh having the fulness of God dwelling in him.

1 Timothy 3:16 This is the mystery of godliness or God-- likeness: (Greek) Who was manifested in flesh. But he thought it not robbery or snatching or a thing to be seized. He was in the position to use all the power of God, but he snatched it not--his heart was not to snatch the power of God but to humble himself and made himself of no reputation, etc....

*He made himself of no reputation. He emptied himself of any self gain or glory. He healed and said not to tell anyone. Everything was directed towards God. He had all the fulness of God but did not used it for himself; we should have the same mind.

*He took upon him the form of a servant. He took on the outward appearance of a love slave to God. He used God's power for God's kingdom, not for himself.

*And was made in the likeness of men. Greek, "having become in the likeness of men"

*And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself. Fashion = the change of outward fashion--the way he spoke, dressed etc...  He humbled himself even further than man.

*He became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. He surrendered to death--he did not have to! Jesus had never sinned, so he may of never died a natural death. He was not under the bondage of sin (Rom.6:23). This shows his love for us, because he did not have to die--especially not on a cross, which was the most humiliating way to die.

*The result vs. 9-11 God highly exalted him etc....

We need to have this same attitude; for Christ is our example to follow after 1 Peter 2:21.

God has more invested in you now that you are saved etc.. Based upon this foundation, we need to walk w/ this light. Without this you will never walk the deeper life. We need to know this and love ourselves, because we are becoming like Jesus. If you don't love yourself, you can't love Jesus.

Without--this will happen

*You will not forgive yourself when you sin; you will not accept God's grace.

*You will not open your heart to God's love (Rom.8;John 3:17-19).

*You will not appropriate God's power in your life.

What is the reason you can't receive love? Many cases it's unbelief.

All comes back to our free will--need to believe and receive God's promises. According to your faith so be it! We only receive part of the cake but the whole cake is waiting for us, not just a piece of it.

We need to keep everything in balance, we don't want to think more highly of ourselves than we should. 1 Cor.10:33 Not seeking our own profit. Rom.12:3 Not to think to high of ourselves. We need a Revelation from God of who we really are Jer.17:9.

We need to apply truth to God's Spirit Gal.6:3,4. Demons, sin, unwillingness are not part of us, so we don't love these--Rom.7:15,18,24;Psalms 97:10;Rom.12:9; 1 Peter 3:11.

The more we become like God, the more we will hate these. Christ received God's love and trusted Him, John 10:17. Christ is the most loved man on earth because of this. Christ received perfect love from his Father and this drew the people and is still drawing people--he spoke simple truth, John 14:10.

We need to believe God loves us--this is faith! John 20:29. Things not seen or felt; these are the eternal things (2 Cor.4:17,18). Rewards are based upon the heart for God--how we walk w/ the light we have, things done for God in this life, commitments made and the faithfulness through our trials. Not just experiences in the Spirit in itself, but our faithfulness in the hard times in this life. The parable of the 5 talents! It's not just what you experience in God but what you do w/ it. This will allow the roots to go down, and you will be stronger to face the trials to come. Be faithful to do what God wants is the bottom line.

Feeling God's presence is not a barometer to how well we are doing in God, or feeling His love that day, etc.. You still love God no matter what! (i.e.) Take a marriage for example, if your not in the presence of your mate, you don't love her less; you still love her the same. Your just not experiencing it at that time, but you still have it--love is an estimation of someone, not just feelings. It's a commitment, a dedication for the one you love--faith! Not feelings. We can't have candle light dinners all the time, sometimes you have to walk by faith. The problem is there's more to life than just good feelings, i.e. --trials, decisions, demons, loneliness, etc... Christ was a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief (Isa. 53:4).

We think the deeper life is slain in the Spirit or experiencing the Spirit but it's more than that--God looks at the heart, that's what counts. Greater rewards when in a valley (Phil. 2). Become a love slave and empty yourself out for Jesus--even to the cross of death. We should not care if anyone notices us in this life!!! So we've got to accept that God loves us, John 15:9. We need to receive God's love first to manifest it-(Rom.5:8;Eph.2:4;3:19; 1 John 3:1;4:8, for God is love). Love is the end of the Commandment! God desires us to be all that we can be for Him; he has put this in us. The most important thing is how we go about it. God wants us to be great, but by Him and not in ourselves; we need to become least in the kingdom of God. Do what the hand finds to do and let Jesus do the rest--Phil. chapter 2.

We need to lose our life to gain it--the kingdom of God is just the opposite of the world. We need to know what God wants for us--need to do the dirty work. i.e. wash feet, etc.. as Christ did--GIVE! Find what the hand finds to do and die. This is where it all starts--dying for others (1 Cor.11:25-34;Matt.25:40;20:28). Matt.6:33 this is first but need to do it God's way--look back at what God has done for you, this builds confidence for you to go on. The more we can be for God, the more glory it will bring to God. Matt.5:16 Let your light shine for the Glory of God. Christ is our bridegroom, and we are his bride (in the making) soon to be his wife, it is for our self interest to be in subjection to His will--you will be Spiritually blessed in doing so. You will get the benefits of it.

Matt.16:24 "Deny" this is for your own self interest, so we can become what God wants us to be. Our biggest problem in this generation is selfishness--we need to be delivered from "self."

Eph.5:18 "Continually be filled w/ the Spirit. 1 Timothy 6:12 "Fight the good fight, lay hold on eternal life." James 4:7 "Submit yourselves therefore to God. resist the devil, and he will flee from you."

Relationships--with God and each other

Matt.22:36-40 Everything comes down to a love relationship w/ your maker. This is essential for the deeper life--don't confuse doing things for God w/ becoming in God. i.e. Mary verses Martha. God wants and needs our love--God wants us to be a Mary who lays at His feet in prayer and know Him experientially, not just head knowledge about Him and doing a lot of works, etc.. Just to fall deeply in love w/ Him and become His bride without spot or wrinkle. DIE--SURRENDER AT HIS FEET! Christianity involves love and works but what is the better part? LOVE HIM. If you love Him, the works will follow. First, love God, second, love your neighbor--it's the same, He gives us love to love others. The problem is not horizontal, but from w/ in, James 1:23.

Other people can be a mirror to ourselves; we need to confront others to overcome. We need to break thru, so we can love others as God loves us. We can't do one w/ out the other--love God and you will love others. Love others, and you love God. We always get out of balance w/ this. Matt.5:23,24 If a brother hath aught against thee; leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift. We can't just go w/ God and forget thy brother. Read 1 John 2:9-11;3:14-17.

We need to let go of hate and hurts, etc... against our brothers--this is the deeper life. Are we willing to accept Jesus Christ in one another? This is the issue, 1 John 4:7. The prayer room is only one aspect of the Christian walk, another aspect is our interfacing w/ each other. i.e. Achan's sin brought defeat at AI, Joshua chapter 7. We are to bear one another's burdens, Gal.6:1-8; 1 John 4:11,12. God wants to perfect His love in us, 1 John 4:20,21. Love God, you will love your brother also. We need to love ourselves first in order to love others, and this only comes by seeing who we are in God and loving Him.

*You love God *You love yourself *You love your neighbor. This is the order we need in order to have good relationships.

Most problems often can be traced back to a Spiritual problem--back to neglect of the first Commandment. Vertical relationship will affect our horizontal relationships. The bottom line is if we love God, we will love others.

New Section: Living by God's Word, Duet.8:1-3

God's Word is part of God, i.e. a car--body, wheels, engine, etc.. You need all the parts to operate properly--the same w/ God, you need all of God's parts (in a matter of speaking) to operate properly.

1.) Eph. 1:17,18 We need understanding in the heart. Spirit of wisdom and Revelation of Him that you may know what is the hope of His calling. We need this to understand the deeper life. Only thru Revelation from the Spirit by faith will enable us to go thru the trials. (1Cor. 2:14-16) Christ said, his words are Spirit and life (John 6:63).

2.) After understanding, we need to believe it. John 20:31 But these things are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the son of God, and that believing ye might have life through his name. We need to believe--an active faith as mentioned in James 2:10-26. You live it and practice it. Faith without works is dead! By our works (which is faith in action) faith is made perfect or complete--Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness; and he was called the friend of God. Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only. Because faith without works is dead, being alone.

3.) It must be appropriated = to take! Proverbs 4:13 Take fast hold of instruction; let her (wisdom) not go: Keep her; for she is thy LIFE. For my words are Spirit and life.

4.) Next we need to become the word. 2 Cor.3:2,3 Ye are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read of all men: forasmuch as ye are manifestly declared to be the epistle of Christ ministered by us, written not w/ ink, but w/ the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone, but in fleshly tables of the heart. We are to become living epistles, known and read of all men. No one concept of God's Word is complete in itself but all put together to understand it. Isaiah 28:10 For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little. So we need to search the Word of God daily in order to get the whole plan of God for our life Acts 17:11.

The Grace doctrine or teaching

People treat grace in different ways. Some liken it to weakness, some abuse it, some say it's only needed when we are babies, others say it does everything for us and we have no responsibility anymore.

What is Grace? The Supreme expression of God's heart of love John 3:16 God's love is the motive for Grace.

(Gr.) CHARIS = Unmerited favor--the idea of a gift. God really owes us nothing for we are a rebellious people. Rom.6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. Grace is not only the source of salvation, but the source of everything we receive in this life and the next life. There's no way we are going to earn the deeper life, the bride is only the bride by grace.

1 Cor.4:7-- For who maketh thee to differ from another? and what hast thou that thou didst not receive? Now if thou didst receive it, why dost thou glory, as if thou hadst not receive it?

James 1:17-- Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.

1.) The power of God is not something we can earn. 1 Cor.3:10 According to the grace of God.
1 Cor.15:10 But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was w/ me.

2.) Grace gives us the ability to live the simple life 2 Cor.1:12 For our rejoicing is this, the testimony of our conscience, that in simplicity and godly sincerity, not w/ fleshly wisdom, but by the grace of God, we have had our conversation in the world, and more abundantly to youward.

3.) Grace to endure trials 2 Cor.12:9 My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness.

4.) We need grace to make it to heaven Rev.12:10,11 they overcame by the blood of the lamb and the word of their testimony--all by God's Grace.

It even takes grace to understand grace. Grace leads you to humility and vice versa. 2 Cor.6:1 That ye receive not the grace of God in vain! Don't receive it in vain--don't abuse it. Rom. 5:21;6:1,2 That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord. What shall we say then? shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?

Are part is to do something w/ it Gal. 2:21 I do not frustrate the grace of  God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain. Jude 4 Ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.

It's appropriated by faith--Rom.3:28 Therefore we conclude that man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law. Rom.4:2-6/James 2:14,17,21,24 Romans speaks of a different kind of works than James, there are no contradictions; living faith will produce works out of love.

God has provided everything we need for the deeper life in Jesus Christ. 2 Peter1:3 According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain into life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue.

Legally we have this, but we need it experientially

Reasons for not experientially having it

*Ignorance of God's Word.

*Sin and unwillingness.

*Spiritual warfare--Satan's contesting it.

*Living in an imperfect world and God has given man and demons a free will to work. We're not in heaven, yet.

*We're not discerning the Lord's body ( 1 Cor. 11).

*Unbelief--possibly the main and greatest reason. Joshua 1:3 He wants us to have this experientially. Israel failed to posses all of Canaan--why? Lack of faith!

Romans 6--legal death and experiential death to sin. Abraham believed and it was accounted or imputed to him for righteousness. (Rom.4:16-25)

We need to believe like Abraham, he staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strong in faith, giving glory to God.

We need to believe that it is possible for us to experientially posses the land God has promised us (Spiritual Canaan--living in heavenly places--being the bride without spot or wrinkle, etc...).

Genesis 1:26, This is God's desirer--that we be made in His image and likeness. God was speaking here prophetically and anticipatively of his son Jesus, the last Adam, who working w/ his Father would make man in His image. God created man (Adam) in his own image, and Adam had glory and fellowship w/ the Father before the world ( the world system) was (John 17:5), i.e. before there were any other people on earth. But Adam fell from his position w/ God and the curse came upon all mankind.

Jesus became the true Adam (man) that God started out to make--it was a process from innocence to perfection. In his sinless life he had unbroken fellowship w/ the Father; he became the new order and pattern for men.

Notice the following references: Eph.2:10,20-22;4:24;Col.3:10,11; 2 Cor.5:17; Gal.4:19; Romans 8:29.

In Genesis 1:26,27, both "make" and "create" are used. "make" = "asah" = to labor, work about something, to make, produce by labor; it shows a process of time. "Create" = "Bara" = to cut, carve out, form by cutting, implies that it's done from nothing, instantly.

Summary: God in beginning created man in his image, but after the fall, God has been working w/ His first perfect son Jesus through the blood of the cross to make man (process of labor) into the image and likeness of God. See John 4:34;5:17,18.

We the saints, now are in Christ's stead in this work--2 Cor. 5:18-21.

John 17:5: And now, O father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was.

This verse is to be admitted as being difficult--we must proceed carefully and allow scripture to interpret scripture.

A.) Determining the overall theme of John 17 is step one.

1.) The theme is prayer:

*Verses 1-5 For himself
*Verses 6-19 For immediate disciples
*Verses 20-26 For disciples yet to come

2.) It shows Jesus becoming our great High Priest, intercessor, and mediator. The one who was baptized in water for us, the one who would die for us, is the same who was praying for man here.

B.) With this in mind, we will turn to the verse itself.

1.) The word "world" is our first concern; the Greek involved is "Kosmos." The context shows the meaning to be, "the order of things on earth as determined by the people; man's world system which began after the fall of Adam." See John 17:6-9,14,21,23;3:16; 2 Peter 3:6--in each "Kosmos" is translated "world", in KJV. The word is clearly speaking of people.

2.) How then did Christ have glory before the people?

A.) Apparently, Jesus is speaking as Adam--mankind, and asking God to restore that glory he, Adam, had with God before the fall and before the world system. Fellowship was broken at the fall and the glory was lost; Christ is praying as man for its restoration.

B.) "Glorify me" = glorify mankind in and through Christ so that man can dwell in God's presence, in close fellowship with Him.

C.) Christ is recalling to God's mind His original intent for man; it was for man to have God's glory, image and likeness.

D.) Possibility: Christ is speaking here as logos (word or plan) made flesh, and this would show the logos seeking to be restored to the position of  John 1:1, "toward God". The logos is God's plan, purpose and will that He purposed in the beginning before the fall of mankind--to be in unbroken fellowship w/ Him in His Glory.

We need to pursue this Glory of God, experientially

Heb. 12:14 Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord.

Through communion with God will bring this about through faith (Heb. 11:1). So faith puts us in the right place with God to receive, faith = acknowledgment of God and to follow Him.

Most things are traced back to unbelief John 16:9. Heb.12:2 We need to be looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith. Looking away from something else is what the Greek implies, looking away from anything that detracts you from your goal--to become like Jesus.

Faith is based upon knowledge of His Word (Rom.10:17), so we need to be continually filled with His Word. Faith is energized by love (Gal.5:6).

Based upon our knowledge of what He's done already in us and others. Knowing and observing God's Word--observing things around us--sowing and reaping--communion w/ God in the Spirit--exercising the faith we already have to get more, etc...

Sanctification: It involves set apart form this world unto God

This is a progressive walk "experientially", because we are already legally "set apart" in Christ.

God's Word and Spirit changes us as we yield and walk in it (2 Cor. 3:17,18). Holiness is a virtue and attribute of God--it's His nature. Everything that is Holy is because it is related or set apart unto God. Holiness is a state of being-- something that's sent down from God, super naturally given by God. We are a son, and God wants us to live like one (Ro. 12:1,2). Holiness is to set apart-- same concept. Receive His Word and walk in His Spirit, and He changes you to become like Him.

Love: There are 2 Greek words used for Love in the N.T.

1.) Agapao
2.) Phileo

1.) Agapao or agape is used of God's love toward man and vice versa, but Phileo is never used of the love of men toward God. Agape and never Phileo is used of love toward our enemies, Luke 6:27.

Agape = Charity = benevolent love, it's an unconditional love, self sacrificial 1 Cor. 13:1, etc. John 3:16, etc...

2.) Phileo-- is to be distinguished from agape in this, that Phileo more nearly represents tender affection. The distinction between the two verbs remains, and they are never used indiscriminately in the same passage; if each is used w/ reference to the same objects, each word retains its distinctive and essential character. Phileo is more at friendship based upon conditions, where as agape is an unconditional love not based upon how we feel or upon the object we're expressing the love towards.

Agape is the highest word for "love" in the N.T., Phileo is more at affection, so affectionate friendship. Phileo is affection for a friend which is conditional, one would rarely die for a friend but agape is unconditional love were you love no matter what the person or object does to you, no matter what the circumstances are. God is Agape 1 John 4:8,16, we see His love for the world John 3:16. We are commanded to Agape God w/ all our being Matt.22:37 and to love our neighbor as ourselves Matt.22:39--Christian love is Agape love.

Phileo = To love w/ the meaning of having common interests w/ another Matt.10:37;John 5:20. Friendship having common interests with, James 4:4 friendship w/ the world having an affection for the world which is the enemy of God. Read 1 Cor. chapter 13.

Look at John 21:15-17-- 2 times Jesus asked Peter if he Agape Him v.15,16 and both times Peter said, thou knowest that I Phileo you. Verse 17, 3rd time Jesus asked if Peter Phileo him and Peter was grieved because he said it the 3rd time--Lord thou knoweth all things, you know I Phileo you.

God may be asking us the same thing, do we just Phileo Him or do we Agape Him--remember the church of Ephesus in Revelation chapter 2, God said they left, or dismissed or sent away their first love. Do we just have an affection for God? Do we just get excited when things go right? Do we just like the feelings? Do we just like church or the fellowship? or do we Agape Him w/ all are being, no matter what we go through or feel? These are powerful questions to ask ourselves.

Love is an attribute of God, as holiness is (1 John 4:8). It is the highest attribute of God (1 John 4:7). Love is the end, not the means to the end (1 Cor.13:8,13). The highest motive to walk the deeper life is love, all else will fail (1 Cor.13). We can't produce it without God!

In conclusion

1.) The deeper life is possible, FOR ANYONE!

2.) Don't seek experiences of love, seek love--seek God! Seek First to know God through Spiritual enlightenment. There will be changes a long the way, so expect them; you will need to pay new prices.

3.) Don't become impatient or discourage, or you will fall into legalism. Seek a progressive, steady upward climb, let God do it in His own time and way. God is trying to wean us from reliance upon everything, except Him.

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