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Jesus Christ, the Door

15.11.2017, Daniel Glimm

Jesus Christ, The Supplier Of Salvation And Provision
Jesus said that He is the door to bring real safety and provision (see John 10:9)
John 10:9:
9 I am the door; whoever enters through me will be saved. They will come in and go out, and find pasture.
The door Jesus spoke about is His sacrificial death on the cross of Golgotha because a door also consists of two sides, the vertical and horizontal line.
Staying At The Entrance And The Greater Presence Of God
This means that if we position ourselves in the door of Jesus Christ which involves the process of the inner circumcision of the heart, the negative behavioral pattern from the past is separated from us because we have decided to move into the new field of salvation and provision in Jesus Christ (see Galatians 2:20 i.c.w. Philippians 3:13-14).
Galatians 2:20:
20 I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
Philippians 3:13-14:
13 Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead,
14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.
When we position ourselves at the entrance of Jesus Christ, we begin to see the Lord in a greater way, as Abraham and Lot experienced it (see Genesis 18:1-3; Genesis 19:1-3).
Genesis 18:1-3:
1 The Lord appeared to Abraham near the great trees of Mamre while he was sitting at the entrance to his tent in the heat of the day.
2 Abraham looked up and saw three men standing nearby. When he saw them, he hurried from the entrance of his tent to meet them and bowed low to the ground.
3 He said, “If I have found favor in your eyes, my lord, do not pass your servant by.
Genesis 19:1-3:
1 The two angels arrived at Sodom in the evening, and Lot was sitting in the gateway of the city. When he saw them, he got up to meet them and bowed down with his face to the ground.
2 “My lords,” he said, “please turn aside to your servant’s house. You can wash your feet and spend the night and then go on your way early in the morning.” “No,” they answered, “we will spend the night in the square.”
3 But he insisted so strongly that they did go with him and entered his house. He prepared a meal for them, baking bread without yeast, and they ate.
The Three Appearing Angels To Abraham
Abraham saw three angels in human form and he recognized them as a higher authority because he called them “Lord!”.
At that point of time Abraham and Sarah were a married couple and they did not have any children, which meant that they were not yet an own family.
These three angels can also be seen as God's triune apparition as Father, Son and Holy Spirit, bringing incredible promises.
It was the spiritual structure of family in which God encountered Abraham. And it is the strength of family that God sees as a threefold cord (see Ecclesiastes 4:12).
Ecclesiastes 4:12:
12 Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.
The Family Of God
According to Jesus' statement in the spiritual sense, one is part of the family of God when one does the will of the Father in Heaven (see Matthew 12:47-50).
Matthew 12:47-50:
47 Someone told him, “Your mother and brothers are standing outside, wanting to speak to you.”
48 He replied to him, “Who is my mother, and who are my brothers?”
49 Pointing to his disciples, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers.
50 For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.”
The Place Where Abraham Stayed
When the angels met Abraham, he stayed in the grove of Mamre (means “oiliness, strength, manhood”) and sat in the entrance of his tent.
The stay of Abraham is an indication to us that he moved in the structure of the community of saints (note: a grove consists of many trees) and was flexible to move forward by the Spirit of God, which the tent represents (see Psalm 1:1-3 i.c.w. Hebrews 10:25).
Psalm 1:1-3:
1 Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, 2 but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night.
3 That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither – whatever they do prospers.
Hebrews 10:25:
… 25 not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another – and all the more as you see the Day approaching.
The Structure Of A Tree And The Son Of God
The structure of a tree can also be seen as the structure of the Son of God, because Jesus Christ is the tree of life and is the center of the divine relationship (Genesis 2:9).
Genesis 2:9:
9 The Lord God made all kinds of trees grow out of the ground - trees that were pleasing to the eye and good for food. In the middle of the garden were the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
And it is no coincidence that Satan was close to the tree of knowledge of good and evil in order to seduce Adam's wife to eat from the tree of knowledge of good and evil in order to destroy the relationship with God (see Genesis 3:1-5).
Genesis 3:1-5:
1 Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?”
2 The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, 3 but God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.’ ”
4 “You will not certainly die,” the serpent said to the woman.
5 “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”
In the spirit realm, the sons of God appear in a remarkable greatness so that I personally do not consider it as a coincidence that the blind man, during Jesus' time of healing, saw men as trees walking around (see Mark 8:23-25).
Mark 8:23-25:
23 He took the blind man by the hand and led him outside the village. When he had spit on the man’s eyes and put his hands on him, Jesus asked, “Do you see anything?”
24 He looked up and said, “I see people; they look like trees walking around.”
25 Once more Jesus put his hands on the man’s eyes. Then his eyes were opened, his sight was restored, and he saw everything clearly.
The eyes of the heart of the blind man saw into the spirit realm in order to be able to see the structure of the sons of God.
The people whom the previously blind man saw as wandering trees were Jesus' disciples and the people who came out of the village with Jesus and him.
Leaving the village was a sign that they were no longer in the darkened structure of the past, but that they were ready to go ahead with Jesus Christ as sons of God (see John 1:12).
John 1:12:
12 Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children (note: sons) of God – …
True Spiritual Discernment An The Required Factor Of Grace
True spiritual discernment can only take place where first the sacrifice of Jesus Christ is personally accepted in the heart of men. Without it, discernment destroys!
Love and grace are first needed in order to use discernment to bring deliverance in the life of the relevant person.
This is why God said to Adam that he was allowed to eat from all the fruits of the trees in the garden except of the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
Despite the instruction of God to be allowed to eat from all the trees of the garden except the tree of knowledge, Adam and his wife didn't eat from the fruit of the tree of life (see Genesis 2:16-17 i.c.w. Genesis 3:22.24).
Genesis 2:16-17:
16 And the Lord God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden;
17 but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die.”
Genesis 3:22.24:
22 And the Lord God said, “The man has now become like one of us, knowing good and evil. He must not be allowed to reach out his hand and take also from the tree of life and eat, and live forever.” …
24 After he drove the man out, he placed on the east side of the Garden of Eden cherubim and a flaming sword flashing back and forth to guard the way to the tree of life.
What was the reason why they did not eat the fruit of the tree of life first, but preferred the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil?
I am personally convinced that Adam and his wife didn't eat of the fruit from the tree of life because they were prevented from eating by the serpent in the form of distraction.
But praise be to God who gives to the saints, who walk in His first love and true teachings to eat the fruit from the tree of life (see Revelation 2:7)!
Revelation 2:7 (note: message to the saints of the church in Ephesus):
7 Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who is victorious, I will give the right to eat from the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God.
In order to be allowed to eat this fruit, it is necessary to pass the gate with the flaming sword and the two Cherubim. Walking through the gate is only possible if one moves in Jesus Christ in true love for the Father and holds fast to his truth (see Genesis 3:24).
Genesis 3:24:
24 After he drove the man out, he placed on the east side of the Garden of Eden cherubim and a flaming sword flashing back and forth to guard the way to the tree of life.
This gateway is the circumcision of the heart through the sacrificial death of Jesus Christ on the cross (see Hebrews 4:12-13)!
Hebrews 4:12-13:
12 For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.
13 Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.
The Place Where Lot Stayed
Compared to Abraham's place of position, Lot sat at the entrance to the city of Sodom (means “encapsulation, enclosed, blocked up place”). There he met two of the three angels who visited Abraham. Lot didn't consider them as one unit but saw them separated which is illustrated by his statement to them, referring to them as Lords (see Genesis 19:2a).
Genesis 19:2a:
2a “My lords,” he said, “please turn aside to your servant’s house. …
While God, the Father remained with Abraham to speak to Abraham about the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah, the sonship (note: Jesus Christ) and motherhood of God (note: Holy Spirit) went to Lot after Sodom to preserve him and his family (see Genesis 18:16.22 i.c.w. Genesis 19:1).
Genesis 18:16.22:
16 When the men got up to leave, they looked down toward Sodom, and Abraham walked along with them to see them on their way. …
22 The men turned away and went toward Sodom, but Abraham remained standing before the Lord.
Genesis 19:1:
1 The two angels arrived at Sodom in the evening, and Lot was sitting in the gateway of the city. When he saw them, he got up to meet them and bowed down with his face to the ground.
The city of Sodom represents a society with a cold heart that has no true love (see Matthew 24:12).
Matthew 24:12:
12 And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.
The Two Send Angels To Sodom
These two angels can also be seen as Jesus Christ, the Son of God and the Holy Spirit in the form of motherhood. God didn't want to destroy Sodom and Gomorrah in the first place, it was normally His plan to save it by His given love and power (see John 3:16 i.c.w. John 16:7.13-15).
John 3:16:
16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
John 16:7.13-15:
7 But very truly I tell you, it is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Comforter will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you. …
13 But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come.
14 He will glorify me because it is from me that he will receive what he will make known to you.
15 All that belongs to the Father is mine. That is why I said the Spirit will receive from me what he will make known to you.”
But the people of Sodom and Gomorrah resisted the given gift of God by desiring it in a perverse way and mocking it (see Genesis 19:4-7.12-13).
Genesis 19:4-7.12-13:
4 Before they had gone to bed, all the men from every part of the city of Sodom – both young and old – surrounded the house.
5 They called to Lot, “Where are the men who came to you tonight? Bring them out to us so that we can have sex with them.”
6 Lot went outside to meet them and shut the door behind him 7 and said, “No, my friends. Don’t do this wicked thing. …
12 The two men said to Lot, “Do you have anyone else here – sons-in-law, sons or daughters, or anyone else in the city who belongs to you? Get them out of here, 13 because we are going to destroy this place. The outcry to the Lord against its people is so great that he has sent us to destroy it.”
The people of Sodom and Gomorrah could see the angels which meant that they had spiritual discernment, but they used it for their own lust and desire.
As a result, the angels had to beat the inhabitants with blindness before God's judgment hit the cities. This blindness included not only natural blindness, but also spiritual blindness within their hearts so that they couldn't find the entrance of “THE DOOR” (see Genesis 19:10-11).
Genesis 19:10-11:
10 But the men inside reached out and pulled Lot back into the house and shut the door.
11 Then they struck the men who were at the door of the house, young and old, with blindness so that they could not find the door.
The Warning Of Jesus
But Jesus, in His time when He was living on earth, warned that the land of Sodom and Gomorrah will receive a lesser degree of judgment than those who reject the given grace of the Father, that came in flesh and blood and which is Jesus Christ (see Matthew 10:11-15)!
Matthew 10:11-15:
11 And into whatsoever city or town ye shall enter, enquire who in it is worthy; and there abide till ye go thence.
12 And when ye come into an house, salute it.
13 And if the house be worthy, let your peace come upon it: but if it be not worthy, let your peace return to you.
14 And whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear your words, when ye depart out of that house or city, shake off the dust of your feet.
15 Verily I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrha in the day of judgment, than for that city.
Amen and Amen.
In His Wisdom,
Daniel Glimm