What a weekend! Seems the devil got into my computer along with a thousand imps, viruses and trojan horses from the bowels of hell. The evil one gave my computer a will of it's own and then to add insult to injury spammed me none stop with all kinds of perversion from pornography to greedy Internet security manufacturers wanting to help me for a price. This was more than your typical computer crash. It was the suffering of the Computer's Terrible Infernal that proceeds it's purification and newness of life ;-)

Praise God all things are made anew, as I feel like I can worship Him again on SONSHINE. When you get to the foundation of our blog that's the "all of it." We just come here to worship Jesus in our writings, sharings, comments and even our viewings. Personally, I think of this blog as my hands stretched heavenly and not to be able to write and share for a few days is as if my arms were cut off. Surely it is not until you lose something that you really appreciate it and how thankful [tears now] I am to be able to wake up and first thing, pray about how to share more of His Glory on SONSHINE.

With that desire, I felt led to share a part of Preston Eby's latest message that I thought was as beautiful as I have ever seen him write. This excerpt so speaks to and even echos that which we have been pondering and commenting concerning, "creation set free and Heaven and earth met." What a beautiful picture is this, as Brother Eby attempts to describe the indescribable. May we also, ever do as our brother has attempted here. May we use what ever means we have to give voice to that which is glorious beyond imagination. I speak of our wonderful Christ in whom all things are birthed, sustained and ended.
Jack and Joian

“And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne and the living creatures and the elders: and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands…” (Rev. 5:11).

............Oh, yes! THY WILL BE DONE IN EARTH is something for now, not tomorrow, nor during the millennium, nor in the ages to come. You see, my beloved, when I (that is, my human consciousness, my Adamic identity, my carnal mind) resign from the dominion I have exercised in my life and abdicate the throne, in that same blessed moment the whole realm of dominion which I have usurped and reserved unto myself IS GIVEN TO THE LORD, THE SPIRIT! The power I once held in my own hands is yielded up to Him so that He now exercises the power and authority that I previously exercised. Thus, HE RECEIVES POWER! He receives the right to rule my life. He never took that right by force — but He receives the right when I yield it up to Him. All things shall be “subdued unto” the Son of God! That is the testimony of scripture. And that is how He receives the power, the riches, the wisdom, the strength, the honor, the glory, and the blessing! It is all the wealth and strength and glory of the kingdoms of this world yielded up to Christ the Lord. “And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of His Christ; and He shall reign for ever and ever” (Rev. 11:15). Oh, the wonder of it!

We are to crown the Lord, the Spirit, as King in every place of our being, outer and inner. It was the humiliation of France, in the fifteenth century, that her king Charles VII, was not crowned in the proper city, where former kings were crowned. Joan of Arc, burning with the high resolve to resolve this dishonor, and have the king crowned in Rheims, emerged from obscurity, gathered an army, drove the enemy back from one point to another, until she dislodged him from Rheims. The king came then. The crown was placed upon his brow in the right place; and the fair maiden bowed at the foot of the throne, with tears of joy streaming down her beautiful cheeks. Where are we to crown our King? We are to crown Him in the most sacred and authoritative chamber of our nature, from whence proceed the impulses and propensities of spiritual life. The authority and dominion of life is in the spirit, in your spirit and my spirit. AND FROM THENCE HE WOULD BE CROWNED AND RULE IN LIFE OVER THE KINGDOM OF OUR BEING.

So, precious friend of mine, when you conduct the King to the place of crowning in your nature, you may have to escort Him down a winding passageway, intricate with illusions, imaginations, fears, errors, and distortions of the carnal mind, dismal with sin, sickness and weakness, bare and jagged with earthly consciousness and evil tendencies, on through the gloom and grind of carnality, corruption, and death, to the most sacred altar of your heart. There implore Him to arise and cleanse and purify all your entire nature every whit. Submit — trust all the powers of your being into His mighty hands that HE MAY RECEIVE THE POWER OF RULERSHIP in you and through you in the kingdom of God!


“And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne and the beasts and the elders: and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands…and every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto Him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever” (Rev. 5:11,13).

As John goes on with his songs we might have expected him to say, “I heard,” but he first says, “I beheld.” This is a book of visions, and there are continuing references to what is “seen.” But he did also hear! Though there are many singers he speaks of the voice, which is the one voice heard through the many — the voice of the spirit, the voice of the truth and the revelation in the Spirit of the Lord. There is only one voice! Hearing the voice goes beyond the sound, beyond even the words. Jesus said, “My sheep know my voice, and a stranger they will not follow.” It’s not just that the sheep understand the words the shepherd speaks, but they know — recognize, discern, and perceive the voice.

There are various Greek words for “know,” each bearing its own shade and depth of meaning, in this case it is oida, denoting absolute knowledge. Praise God, there is a realm where you can have absolute knowledge of His voice — without doubt or questionings. I do not hesitate to say that such absolute knowledge comes as a result of prolonged and intimate association, communion, and relationship with HIM. I “know” my wife’s voice, not merely its sound, but also its meaning and intent. By each inflection of her voice I discern her attitude, determination, state of being, etc. Such knowledge has developed as a result of more than fifty years of being her HUSBAND! His sheep — His mature ones — shall come to the place where they unmistakably know His voice, not just hear it, but know it. It is precious as we tune out the voices of this world, and of our own carnal minds, and listen only to the voice of the spirit within; the more we do so day by day the stronger and more resonant and meaningful becomes His voice unto us.

There are many pitiful words and pathetic messages pawned off on God’s precious people under the guise of “the word of God.” But the Lord is bringing forth a people in this day who have gotten beyond dead doctrines and religious traditions. God is causing us to hear with our spirit the Voice of the Living Christ, for He is the Word of God, the Truth of God, and the Reality of God. I cannot emphasize too strongly that it takes more than sermons on sonship, and exhortations on perfection, and claims about our high attainments in God, and boasts about immortality to make truly manifest sons of God. We must HEAR HIS VOICE, for it is only those that hear His voice who shall live!

It takes more than having meetings, singing choruses, clapping hands, shouting Amens and Hallelujahs, prophesying, and preaching to one another about the deep mysteries of God to bring us to the knowledge of God and transformation into His likeness. We shall have to see Him and touch Him and hear Him and walk with Him as did John on the Isle of Patmos. We must hear His voice speaking to us in the deepest recesses of our being. We must commune with Him in the glory that radiates from the face of Jesus Christ. Sonship comes only by personal association with the living Christ! And think not, precious friend of mine, if you cannot now discern His voice amidst the confused babble of voices that fill the earth, that you will hear HIS SHOUT when He comes in that glorious Word by which He shall finally deliver us from the last vestiges of sin and death and present us faultless before His Father as holy sons of God with power and great glory.

In the heavenly mists of that long ago Eden, Adam “heard the voice of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool (Heb. — spirit) of the day.” Every “day” has a voice! Every “day” of the Lord bespeaks of a season of a particular dealing and purpose of God in our life. The voice of the Lord is speaking in the spirit — anointing and purpose — of that particular day. All who have truly been called to sonship to God are now hearing the “voice” of the Lord God walking in the spirit — in the anointing and purpose — of this new kingdom day to which we have now come! We hear not just the message, for multitudes hear the message but never truly hear the voice. Because they do not recognize the voice they do not discern the importance and significance of the word they hear. It bears no fruit of righteousness and power in their lives. They continue on in their carnal ways, and often in the old-order religious systems of man, professing to embrace the revelation of this new kingdom day, but void of its transforming power. Those apprehended for this day are now hearing the voice of the Son of God and they that hear shall live! The voice is a tone, a note, a chord, a knowing, an inner hearing and quickening beyond the message of the words.

In our text above great pain is taken to declare another glorious day — a day when not a single creature of God, whether in heaven or upon the earth, whether in the sea or even the lowest realms of degradation “under the earth,” shall fail to bow the knee and joyfully proclaim the worthiness of the Lamb! This includes all men and all creatures of all worlds throughout the universe! This includes all angels, holy and fallen, and includes the devil as well! “And every creature…heard I saying…” It means that absolutely everything that has life or breath will, in that great day, rejoice and exult and jubilantly cry, “Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto Him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever!” Praise shall be universal for the Lamb, for He is worthy indeed!

John beheld in spirit the wonder of a day when the universe shall be free from sin and sinners, and a universal song of adoration goes up to God and the Lamb. It is futile to attempt to apply this to the church in its present state, or to any time in the past since Adam fled from the garden of God. At the time of which John speaks, every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth without any exception sends up its anthem of blessings to God and the Lamb! While we praise God for every moving of His Spirit and every step of His all-wise plan, the fact remains that none of the revivals of history has ever once-for-all defeated Satan, sin, and death. No revival at any time in any land has ever turned the whole world to God! No dealing of God with humanity has ever brought to pass the total triumph of His kingdom in all realms! Sin and death still stalk across the earth, the vast masses of humanity held tight in their terrible clutches, with sorrows beyond description. Is there no deliverance for these?

How truly the whole creation groans and travails in pain together until now! And creation waits — not for another Luther, nor another Paul, nor another Finney, nor another Peter, nor another Moody; waiting not for another Pentecost, nor for another evangelistic crusade or healing campaign, nor for another prophet. “For the earnest expectation of the creation waiteth for THE MANIFESTATION OF THE SONS OF GOD” (Rom. 8:19). And why does all creation stand in the wings waiting with bated breath, crowding the door and standing on tiptoe to see the wonderful sight of God’s sons coming into their own? “For the creation itself ALSO shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the sons of God!” (Rom. 8:21). Think about it!

Thank God, Daniel 7:27 is really true! “And the kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdom, under the whole heaven, shall be given to the people of the saints of the most High, whose kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and ALL DOMINIONS SHALL SERVE HIM!” Thank God, Ephesians 1:10 is actually the fully inspired word of God! “And this is in harmony with God’s merciful purpose for the government of the world when the times are ripe for it — the purpose which He has cherished in His own mind of restoring the whole creation to find its one Head in Christ; yes, things in heaven and things on earth, to find their one Head in Him.” (Weymouth translation).

What love! What wondrous love! What victory! What an unspeakably glorious consummation! The might of God’s strength which operated in Christ, raising Him from the dead, was sufficient to exalt Him to the highest pinnacle of the universe, thus ensuring that all His enemies would be reconciled to Him, that every opposing power would be made subordinate to Him, that all sin and death in every realm and in every man and in every creature throughout all the unbounded heavens would be so swallowed up of HIS LIFE until God would be ALL IN ALL, bless His glorious name! The gospel of the grace of God! Truly it is not just for this age, but extends to all ages and realms, for every creature cries blessing and honor and glory and power be unto Him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb “for the ages of the ages.” That’s how it reads in the Greek! May it flood our hearts that they may, indeed, be illuminated with the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ!

The redemption of God’s elect, men out of every tribe, tongue, people, and nation, is far from being the whole story of Christ’s reconciliation and redemption. John hears the choirs of heaven joined by the voice of the whole creation in a universal outburst of praise to God and the Lamb! Hear it! “And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto Him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever!” (Rev. 5:13). Such is the universality of Christ’s achievement that His victory cannot stop short of universal response. No wonder that the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders sing a new song proclaiming the worthiness of the Lamb to take the book and open its seals! No wonder an innumerable company of angels round about the throne take up the refrain: “Worthy is the Lamb that was slain!” No wonder that every created thing in heaven and in earth and throughout the underworld unites in the great chorus of blessing, glory, honor, and power unto the Lamb!

This is the very music of heaven! As we look at the praises rising up out of chapter four and chapter five of the Revelation, it can be seen that they comprise in substance two great oratorios — the Oratorio of Creation in chapter four, and the Oratorio of Redemption in chapter five. It is interesting to note that an oratorio is a musical composition in which solos and choruses combine to the accompaniment of instruments. Here the voices of angels and the living creatures and the elders with their harps form an immortal choir, chanting celestial praise. As one writer has pointed out, the arrangement of these musical numbers is most artistic. The worship begins with a quartet as the four living creatures sing the seraph’s song, “Holy, holy, holy, Lord God almighty, which is, and was, and is to come!” This is followed by the choir, consisting of the twenty-four elders, which continues the praise of God, “Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for Thou has created all things, and for Thy pleasure they are and were created.”

Then are heard the solo voices: “Who is worthy to open the book, and to loose the seals thereof?” Then comes the response: “The Lion of the tribe of Judah hath prevailed to open the book and to loose the seals thereof!” Then as the Lamb takes the book out of the hand of Him that sits upon the throne, there is heard the unison of the quartet and the choir of elders singing the new song concerning the worthiness of the Lamb, “For Thou hast redeemed us unto God by Thy blood…and hast made us unto our God kings and priests, and we shall reign on the earth!” Scarcely had the quartet and the choir finished this ascription of praise, than with thrilling crescendo the climax and grand finale are reached. The limitless expanse of God’s universe became vocal, and, led by the unnumbered angelic host, the infinite reaches of creation, filled with its myriads of worlds and suns and these all peopled with the creatures of the mind of God, joined the sublimest anthem of praise to the Lamb that divine ears will ever hear. The strains of this mighty coronation song swell until their echoes fill all the ceaseless ages of eternity with unspeakable melody! Then, as the tumult of universal praise dies away, there is heard the sound of a grand “Amen!” It is from the lips of the four living creatures. A breathless silence follows, and the elders fall down and worship. Such is the Universal Song — the Celestial Song of Creation and Redemption!

The following is a beautiful writing which appeared some years ago in The Sharon Star. No name of an author was attached to it, so whoever the author is, deeper than the human heart can fathom is the meaning and mystery of the words he shares. I quote:

“Many centuries ago there was a Greek musicologist named Boethius. Boethius theorized that there were three main levels of music, and he gave each level a name. The lowest form of music was what he called musica instumentalis. This referred to audible music, either sung or played, performed mainly for entertainment purposes. This is the kind that all people are most familiar with. As we all know, there have been countless works of music written and played over the years which have been and still are incredibly beautiful but which still belong to this category.

“The second highest level of music, according to Boethius, was what he called musica humana, which was an audible music, but referred only to that which existed between God and man. It was not intended to be entertaining, but the music was spiritual in nature. The song being sung could be a prayer, an exhortation to people, or it could even be a prophetic song. We, of course, are familiar with and thankful for the gift of spiritual singing, that of singing a higher song in the Spirit that has never been sung before.

“But Boethius recognized that there existed music of yet a far higher nature. He recognized that there are symphonies that have always been playing in a realm that far transcends our natural ears. He recognized that the earth, nature, the atmosphere, and all of Creation are lost in melodies far, far more beautiful than any human ear can hear, but which can be heard only by those who have spiritual ‘ears to hear,’ those who listen to the voice of the Spirit. He called this level of music musica mundana, also given the names ‘Music of the Cosmos,’ ‘Harmony of the Spheres,’ or the ‘Symphony of the Universe,’ which referred to this very vibration of all celestial and terrestrial bodies and all of Creation. The scriptures declare that even the very elements give glory to the King of kings! (Isa. 55:12; Job 38:7; Isa. 44:23). Yes, there is indeed such music saturating even the air all around us. But only the sons and daughters of the living God can tune in to that higher frequency and sing its melody, for these are they WHO ARE LED BY THE SPIRIT OF GOD!

“This music is more than just sound. There are not necessarily any words with it. It is not learned in words, nor does it depend upon words. But it is a living, throbbing vibration of all that God is, which is felt and released from the very center of the spirit! This music is the beauty and glory of the Resurrected Christ! It is the unbroken communion between Christ and His Church, between the Bridegroom and the Bride, and between the Creator and His Creation!

“The source of power behind this Song of Songs is not musical overtones but SPIRITUAL VIBRATIONS of Perfect Love, Life Everlasting, Joy Unspeakable, and unending expressions of Praise and Thanksgiving, springing up from deep within a heart that is filled with all the fullness of Him who reigneth forever and ever! It is a song BORN OF LOVE! It doesn’t just tickle our natural ears, but it pierces the heart and spirit of men! The Song actually operates on a Love so great that men’s hearts shall be opened and melted as they hear! The Day shall come when they shall respond to the quickening power of that Song and join their voices with all the angelical host and sing and sing with such a lyrity of heart, mind, soul, body, and spirit until they become enraptured into the beauty of infinite harmony! Creation shall then be truly lifted! Chains shall be broken! Captives shall be liberated as the Resurrected Christ is made alive!

“We, as members of this glorious body of Christ, are called not only to sing that Song, but to BECOME that Living Song of Songs! ‘And give Him no rest, till He establish, and till He make Jerusalem a praise in the earth’ (Isa. 62:7). It is when we BECOME this precious melody of love that its power is made manifest. We then BECOME this rhythm of glorified life, yea, earth’s heartbeat of Joy. I pray that we all put on ‘ears to hear’ and join our voices with all the myriads of angels and become that Song. For each individual who develops the power to hear it with spiritual ears can send it on and lift the burdened hearts of a weary world! Hallelujah! For, “Blessed are the people that know the joyful sound…!’ (Ps. 89:15).

“As the never-ending fire of God which cannot go out, this Song has always been ringing throughout Creation and it cannot die. Its melody of Life, Love, and Praise DEMANDS expression! Some men may slam their doors, and try to drown it out, but all their noise cannot smother the living crescendo of Love! Its power and impact are too great; it cometh from above” — end quote.

Some time ago a word from brother Carl Schwing crossed my desk and I was especially impressed by the following testimony: “Some nights ago, upon my bed, as my thoughts were upon the Father, my spirit was carried away to the KINGDOM OF THE ELEMENTS…I felt the strong wind blowing against my face, I reached out to touch the rain and snow, I could hear the heaving of the oceans, and the song of the four seasons; I heard the clapping of the trees, I heard the mountains shout for joy and the valleys sing, and the song was always the same: ‘Christ is Lord! Christ is Lord! Christ is Lord!’ I remained in that realm for an hour or so, as my body was in a state of perfect peace. Tonight I understand more deeply what I experienced: The Kingdom of God had visited the kingdoms of the earth (not of the world), for as He had created these kingdoms before creating man, so now they are first to receive the ‘Knowledge of the Lord’ (the awareness of His presence). My brethren, can you not see how close the Hour is? The Father is walking amid His creation and all creation is being shaken by His presence…and we, O sons of God, are being changed in a ‘moment, in the twinkling of an eye’ by His presence!” — end quote.

Some years ago brother Paul Mueller shared the following illuminating experience in one of his papers. “To help us understand this truth, I would like to share with you a wonderful experience I had while in Nigeria, West Africa thirty years ago. One afternoon the Lord appeared in my room, and said to me, ‘The Kingdom of God is at hand!’ As soon as He said that, He immediately turned away and left the room. Needless to say, I was surprised and amazed by that visitation. As I thought about it later, I began to doubt that it was of the Lord. Since I saw no other manifestation of the Kingdom, I thought the whole experience should be questioned. A few days later, as I was walking down a path from our house to the Bible School where I taught Bible classes, the Lord again got my attention. This time, as I was walking through the lush Nigerian bush, I heard the leaves, the shrubs, and the plants singing a combined song of praise to the Lord, and of travail for the Kingdom of God. I stopped to listen! The sound of it all was so arresting that my attention was fixed for a few minutes on the awesome, majestic wonder of that scene. The sound was so awe-inspiring, I thought it to be a most heavenly sound. The whole creation around me came alive with that combined song of praise and travail. In fact, the creation is always singing and travailing (Rom. 8:22), but for those few minutes I was given ears to hear it! As I stood there transfixed by the wonder of it, the Lord spoke again and said, ‘Now do you doubt me when I tell you the Kingdom of God is at hand?’ I replied, ‘No Lord, help me never to doubt your word again’” — end quote.

A distant relative of mine, Dr. Richard Eby, was accidentally killed a number of years ago when he fell to the street from a three-story building. Instantly he was conscious in the realm of the spirit. One moment he was conscious with a flesh-restricted mind, the next moment with a spirit-released mind whose speed of function was that of light. He was instinctively aware that the Lord of lords was everywhere about him, though he did not at that time see Him. Hours later he was raised from the dead, and of one of the wonderful experiences encountered in that heavenly sphere, he says, “Music surrounded me. It came from all directions. Its harmonic beauty, unlike earthly vocal or instrumental sounds, was totally undistorted. It flowed unobtrusively like a glassy river, quietful, worshipful, exceedingly edifying, and totally comforting. It provided a reassuring type of comfort much like a protective blanket that whispered peace and love. I had never sensed anything like it! This music was sounding within my head, not from an eardrum. Obviously it was not airborne. Most unusual to me was the absence of any beat. Then I realized that without time this heavenly music could have no beat which is a measure of time! I was hearing harmonic perfection, undistorted by any interposed medium between me and its source, as heard mind-to-mind.”

Richard Eby explains that since God is the Creator of the universe He is the Composer of the Song of Creation. This universal Song is the prime communication of worship, praise, and thanksgiving. Music became the resulting harmony from all creation, both of matter and energy. All resonated in unison with the Spirit. It is like a triad of sub-electronic particles with and around which God constructed everything in the universe. The wave-forms we call Light; whereas the material forms we call earth and water and air. The original creation mirrored the composition and perfection of Person-God. All things vibrated in unison with Him! There was total accord and harmony everywhere as the whole cosmos was resonating with and in God. Each separate thing or being thus carried out an appointed task in His scheme for the universe. A celestial-form of music resulted as the morning stars sang together and all the sons of God shouted for joy! Dr. Eby adds: ‘The music around me suddenly seemed louder. I rushed to a nearby tree and grasped its trunk to my ear; it was singing! I lifted my right elbow to my head; it too emitted the same joyous, beatless melody. Excitedly I stopped to pick some flowers, and found them already in my hand. They too were ‘playing’ the tune!”

There is a story of the Lost Chord that has been told in exquisite verse, and in rapturous music. Perhaps you have heard of the lady who in the autumn twilight laid her fingers on the open keys of a great organ. She knew not what she was playing, or what she was dreaming then; but she struck one chord of music, like the sound of a great Amen. Something called her away, and when she returned to the organ, she had lost that chord divine. Though she longed for it and sought it earnestly in unnumbered hours of practice, it was all in vain. It was a lost chord.

And so in our world today a voice of longing cries out of every human soul in surges of incomprehensible yearning. It is a voice that is felt, not heard. None has ever walked the pathways of this planet who has not felt the haunting refrain of that “Lost Chord” moaning out its unutterable lamentation. And one and all try to silence that plaintive cry as it sobs forth its heartbreaking sorrow beneath the burden of a faint glimmer from some long forgotten memory…or world…or lost existence. Whenever I hear the story of that Lost Chord it reminds me of the lost memory, the lost understanding, the lost knowledge, the lost joy, the lost peace, the lost power, the lost glory, the lost life that has fled from mankind. That whining refrain of sadness, darkness, and death, echoing weirdly out of each man’s soul, is but the fragmented, scrambled notes of the great Lost Chord, as they are released with harmonic dissonance and discord. It is like the exquisite notes of a masterpiece sounded forth indiscriminately without harmony at the hands of an unlearned child. The notes may all be there but there is no lovely melody, only a raucous racket.

There is recorded in the book of Job the statement of a glorious former time when “the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy” (Job 38:7). That exquisite harmony was muted when man was lowered out of the realm of pure spirit into this gross material realm, and then muted further by sin and the subjection of creation to the bondage of corruption, as mankind became overwhelmed with the consciousness of this dense realm of the earthly, material, and temporal. But through the quickening of the Spirit of the resurrected and ascended Christ A NEW SONG IS ARISING — the Universal Song, indeed, the Lost Chord begins to vibrate and sing within our hearts again!

Down in the human heart, crushed by the tempter,

Feelings lie buried that grace can restore,

Touched by a loving heart, wakened by kindness,

Chords that are broken will vibrate once more!

There is a glorious company that stands upon mount Zion with the Lamb, they are of the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north (Isa. 14:13; Ps. 48:2), brought there by the transforming grace of God, and they sing as it were A NEW SONG before the throne, which no man (earthly realm, carnal mind) can learn. It is called “as it were” a new song because though it seems new, it is not new at all! It is the same song Creation sang in that long ago beginning when the morning stars sang together and all the sons of God shouted for joy! It is heard through the celestial realms again as the new morning stars take up that lost chord and express the Life and Glory and Reality of God in spirit and in truth. Well did Ray Prinzing write, “Thrilling to note that the word ‘song’ is the Greek word for an ode. An ode isn’t the same as a hymn which is a song composed and sung, whereas an ode is a spontaneous outflow of melody and praise that finds its expression in song by the Spirit’s inner prompting. Now a morning star means the first, early, or foremost one. And it is given as the herald or messenger to announce the day which is coming forth. The night might seem dark, but the morning star shines out to announce that the GREATER LIGHT OF GOD shall soon be seen over all the earth. Truly ‘the knowledge of the glory of the Lord shall cover the earth, as the waters cover the sea.’ Ah, this gives new hope for coming days, His lighted stars betoken the victory” — end quote.

I cannot tell how all lands will worship

When, at His bidding, every storm is stilled;

Or who can say how great the jubilation

When all the hearts of men with love are filled.

But this I know, the skies will thrill with rapture

And myriad, myriad human voices sing;

And earth to heaven, and heaven to earth, will answer,

At last the Saviour, Saviour of the world, is King!

Thirty centuries ago the Psalmist cried out in spirit, “Praise ye the Lord. Praise the Lord, O my soul. I will sing unto the Lord as long as I live: I will sing praise to my God while I have my being.” All the way through the book of Psalms, even in its most sorrow-laden passages, you feel that you are walking in a smoldering volcano of praise, liable to burst out at any moment into a great flame of thanksgiving to God. And as the book draws to its close, the flame leaps high from the crater: here you have praise, and nothing but praise! You have perhaps watched a great conductor bringing every member of his orchestra into action towards the close of some majestic symphony; have seen him, as the music climbed higher and higher, signaling to one player after another, and always at the signal another instrument responding to the summons and adding its voice to the music, until at the last crashing chords not one was left dumb, but all were uniting in a thrilling and triumphant climax.

So these final Psalms summon everything in creation to swell the glorious unison of God’s praise. They summon symbolically to the sun riding in the heavens, “You come in now, and praise Him!” And then to the myriad stars of night, “You now, praise Him!” Then to the mountains, piercing the clouds with their summits, “Praise Him!” Then to the kings and judges of the earth, “Praise Him!” Then to manhood in its strength and maidenhood in its grace and beauty, “Praise Him!” Then to the multitude of the redeemed in earth and heaven, “Praise Him!” The crescendo continues until the whole wide universe is shouting with every voice the praise of God alone. The Psalms in their sequence show forth the redemptive progression that can only end when every heart beats in unison with the heart of God; when every mind shall harmonize with divine wisdom and purpose; when every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father!

The loving, praising, worshipping attitude of the whole universe is to be complete and perfect. Thus all the ends of the earth shall offer up their praise and thanksgiving to Him for His great love, salvation, and inflow of life. What a THANKSGIVING DAY that will be! Every knee on this globe, and in the heavens above, and in the underworld shall confess the Lordship of God and His sons. What a TESTIMONY MEETING! There has never been one like it. The summing up of the universe is the revelation of harmony. It is not that the harmony comes at the end, but that the harmony is revealed at the end. The universe is all music, but it is not all music to our ear. We only hear a few chords, and they are most often minor chords. The minor chords seem discords when we hear them in their fragmented position; they lack the full symphony to bring out their symmetry. Often our hearts cry out that we are living in a world filled with discords. The Father must teach us that we are living in a world of perfect music, but we only hear a small portion of the music. Sorrow, pain, disappointment, heartaches, frustration, and travail, not to mention sin and death, seem to our ear sad and discordant notes. Often we feel that the coming melody shall atone for the grating chords. Nay, my brother, my sister; say rather that the grating chords themselves shall be revealed as parts of the completed harmony. Then shall we fathom the depths of the wisdom and knowledge of God! Then shall we understand His ways that are past finding out! Then shall we see just how it is that all things work together for good! The melody is not to come, it has come already; it has only to be completed to be revealed, and then the harpers shall stand upon the glassy sea.




There is no introductory needed for this article. The title of this paper should grab you and the answer this author gives to the age old question, "why the suffering" will bless you I am sure. You may weep.


How can a good God be all-powerful and allow suffering?
How do we deal with unanswered prayer? Where is God when we hurt?

Silence, disappointment, doubt, and suffering are not things that are foreign to Christians - they are common to us all. When we are at our end, desperate, alone, surrounded by darkness, and it seems like God is not there, that he is hiding his face; the feeling of abandonment can be devastating. It can feel worse than the trouble itself to feel alone in our pain. When we set our hopes on something, our trust, our heart, and it shatters at our feet, this can hurt more than to have never hoped at all. They say it is better to have loved and lost than to never have loved at all, but the pain and loss are very real. Silence hurts.

.......... Arthur Custance writes,
At such times thoughtful men do not become atheists because they find it irrational to believe in a spiritual world which is above and beyond demonstration by ordinary means, but because of emotional insult, the feeling that if God is really such a Being as we His children claim Him to be, He could not possibly remain silent, He would have to act manifestly, mercifully savingly, publicly.

Theodicy, the issue of how a loving God can allow suffering, is a perennial atheist question, and a legitimate and honest one. But I think it is first and foremost a question for believers. It is of vital importance to us, precisely because we do believe in a good and sovereign God, that we resolve this issue with ourselves and with God. It is crucial to our development and a healthy growing trust with God that we face these questions and our pain head on. That is what this paper is about.

But first I would like to talk about what this paper will not be about.

I find it profoundly lame when Christians search to justify injustice as if it was a good thing: "it's freewill", "it's cause of Adam". "The real question is, what does God want to tell us by making us ask?"
In a misguided attempt to defend God they take a biblical concept that could offer profound insight into our situation and trivialize it into a trite intellectual justification for suffering. I find it equally naïve and dumb when atheists coolly condemn God as cruel and impotent as if they could objectively sit above it all, detached, untouched, as if these issues didn't effect them just as much as they do every other human being on Earth.

This is not an abstract concept, these are issues that touch us at the core of our being. We can justify suffering or say that God is unjust, but either way we pull the rug out from under our feet when we do. It is symptomatic of both sides to search for a detached intellectual answer rather than to really face the problem and ourselves. We need to all stop kidding ourselves. We are not above the problem so that we can push it off on God, in a denial of our human need, or say "well praise the Lord" and stick our head in the sand.

Theodicy is not a cold theological question. It is one of passion. "I cry to you God but you do not answer. I stand before you, and you don't even bother to look" screams Job in desperation. Clever intellectual answers won't cut it here. The answer we seek in our pain is not so much one of explanation but of relief. When we cry "Why!" what we mean is "Make it stop."

Before we can really approach an answer to the problem we need to stop for a moment and realize just how close this question is intertwined with our very being. We cannot approach this from a distance. This is not neutral for us. It deals with our lives in the most intimate and central way imaginable. So long as we, or our theories, stay on an intellectual level and do not touch us where we live, they will remain merely academic. We will have to approach these questions from a different angle, a personal angle, if we want an answer that will touch us and heal us rather than a superficial and theoretical explanation. Whether atheist or believer, these are our questions and no amount of mental gymnastics will make the questions, or our need go away.


CS Lewis said we live in a universe that contains much that is bad and apparently meaningless, but at the same time containing creatures like ourselves who somehow know that it is bad and meaningless. God has created us as creatures that cry, as creatures that recognize the injustice and emptiness and long for something more. He didn't have to. He could have made us like fish just swimming around and not noticing much of anything. But he didn't. This outrage at injustice, this cry for reconciliation, this need for love that sits at the fundament of who we are, has been put there by God.

The only reason you recognize injustice at all, is that you have been made with an God-inherited need for justice, just like God has given all of us an inborn need for love and meaning. These are primarily God's questions inside of you. You have these questions because God has placed them in your heart. God wants you to ask. When you stop asking you stop being truly human.

Ultimately, until "every tear is wiped away" we will carry these questions in our hearts. As soon as we stop asking why, as soon as we stop yearning for justice, yearning for God to step in and heal and restore, as soon as we accept the darkness, as soon as we justify suffering and Hell, there will be something very wrong with us. We cannot ever stop asking these questions on this side of eternity. It is fundamental to who we are and how God has made us. What we need to know is how to live healthily with these questions. How to live in the tension of being in a fallen world, full of pain and injustice, but having hope and trust in a good God. These questions - because they are so deeply ingrained in our being, so crucial to us - have the potential to pull us into despair and away from God, or, if we have the guts to face them, can tell us a great deal about ourselves, about what life is about, and who God is. The real question is, what does God want to tell us by making us ask?


The question of Theodicy - "how can a loving and all-powerful God allow suffering?" is a question of God's character - of who God is. Therefore understanding this wont be accomplished with a theoretical explanation, but by encountering God in a deep, profound, and personal way. We need to look God directly in the face and see his character first hand if we really want to understand it.

This is what Job longed for. When he was assaulted with suffering and tragedy and underwent the silence of God, he was not helped a bit by the theories of his friends. He wanted God. But how can you see God and live? How can you commune with one who is invisible? Job asks: "Can you by searching find God? Can you know the Almighty to perfection? It is high as Heaven; what can you do? Deeper than Hell; what can you know?" But Job longed to see God's face just the same. In the end he did, and it changed him. He had expected to find a cold uncaring face. Or even a sadistic one. But when he encountered God, Job was completely turned around as God opened his heart up to him. Job's bitter and cynical words turned to praise.

What did he see? What did that face look like?

Christianity offers a simple yet astounding answer. God's face looks like Jesus, because Jesus is God among us. Immanuel. The Word made flesh. In Jesus we see the face of God. It is a profound and amazing statement that the invisible unknowable unsearchable God is made known to us in the face and person of Jesus Christ. And that statement deserves some explanation. All too often it has meant that we take Christ and squeeze him into the narrow mold of a triumphalistic authoritarian judgmental God in heaven. But Jesus jumps out of this box just like he jumps out of every box we try to contain him in and challenges us to radically alter our concept about who God is.

Albert Nolan in Jesus before Christianity writes
, If we accept Jesus as our God, we would have to conclude that our God does not want to be served by us, he wants to serve us; he doesn't want to be given the highest possible status in our society; he wants to take the lowest place, without any status; he does not want to be feared; he wants to be recognized in the sufferings of the poor; he is not supremely indifferent and detached, he is irrevocable committed to the liberation of humanity, for he has chosen to identify himself with all the people in a spirit of solidarity and compassion. If this is not a true picture of God, then Jesus is not divine. If this is a true picture of God, then God is more truly human, more thoroughly humane, than any human being. He is a supremely 'human God'

And this is precisely what Jesus said. "I tell you the truth, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the father does the Son also does." Everything he did, everything he said, was demonstrating the priorities and character of the Father. "Have I been with you so long and you still don't know who I am? If you have seen me, you have seen the Father." God did not become human so that he could finally relate to us, we were made in His image and that image is perfectly reflected in Jesus. Jesus is the heart of God, everything that really matters about who God is we encounter in Jesus because Jesus reveals and embodies God at his core. The New Testament says "He is the image of the invisible God. The exact representation of his being"

Now how can we get a hold of that? Really we can't. But it can get a hold of us. This is what Christians mean by "knowing". They don't mean that they have somehow proven by rational means something that is beyond human knowledge, but that they have been encountered, been loved, been known and their hearts reaction is to cry out "I know you! I trust you!". This goes way beyond rational proof. It is a deeply profound and liberating revelation that reveals the core of what life is about, of what reality is, not in a reflection of our own superior reasoning and ability, but an expression of devotion and love to the Other who has come and known us, touched us intimately, like a sword piercing the heart.

This is a very different paradigm from the predominant western one of rationalization and deduction, so it is hard to grasp for many people. The best way to understand "knowing" with God though, is how we mean it when we say that we know that another person loves us, or that we know another person. We know it through trust. We know it through relationship. Because we have seen that other person's heart and given ours to them, as we live in that relationship, we become more and more sure of the love. Out of that trust we say I know. It is exactly the same with God.

This kind of personal relational proof is the only kind that we humans have available to us. It keeps us humble because we cannot prove it, or dissect it, or put it in a box. But once you really get a hold of it, or rather once it gets a hold of you, it is like dynamite. It completely turns your life up side down. When you give yourself to the reality of who God is, it can transform your whole life and all of who you are. It encompasses and touches you and changes you completely down to the core of your being. I do not argue this, I simply testify to its reality.

This is the only way something of this nature can be "proven" - individually. No one else can experience it for you. All I can tell you is of my subjective experience with the face of God and trust that as you open your heart to God that this same reality will be demonstrated to you personally, individually, subjectively so that it becomes yours. Truth can only be possessed, understood, owned when it is lived and experienced personally. I say Jesus is the face of God. I am absolutely convinced of it. How do I know? Because I have seen that face. My reaction was like Job's - it blew me away. Seeing God's face is the answer to the question of suffering embedded in our hearts. So let's look at that face.


Since the question of Theodicy is essentially a question of the character of God, we are going to look at Jesus who is the embodiment of the very heart of God. It is my prayer that as you read this and meditate over it, that the truth of who God is as seen in Christ will go beyond mere concepts and theories and become a living reality in your heart and life. So I would ask that you would open your heart for God to encounter you, and that you would read on prayerfully.

We find in the gospel account of the resurrection of Lazarus profound insight into the nature and character of God in our lives in times of silence:

Now a man named Lazarus was sick. He was from Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha. This Mary, whose brother Lazarus now lay sick, was the same one who poured perfume on the Lord and wiped his feet with her hair. So the sisters sent word to Jesus, "Lord, the one you love is sick."

It is clear from the text that Mary knew that Jesus loved her and her brother. It tells us that she is the same Mary who washed Jesus' feet with her tears, and in the letter the sisters refer to Lazarus as "the one you love", so the familiarity and trust between them is quite evident. But Jesus chose to remain where he was for two days. He only conveyed the message "This sickness will not end in death".

When he heard this, Jesus said, "This sickness will not end in death. No, it is for God's glory so that God's Son may be glorified through it." Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. Yet when he heard that Lazarus was sick, he stayed where he was two more days.

Jesus did not come. Her brother died. Mary was absolutely devastated.

When she has most needed God's help he was inactive, and his promise that the sickness would not end in death turned out to be, in Mary's eyes, false. She felt abandoned, alone, helpless, and without hope. Even if we know that God loves us as Mary did, silence is crushing.

Four days after Lazarus' death, Jesus came. There were people all around who had come to comfort the sisters in the loss of their brother. Mary fell at his feet in tears and said to him "Lord if you had been here, he wouldn't have died".

Partially because we know the story and its outcome already we half-expect Jesus to respond by saying something like "Oh ye of little faith did you not know that this is for the glory of God?". But he doesn't. His response is extraordinary and offers great insight into God's character.

When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come along with her also weeping, he was deeply moved in spirit and troubled.

The Greek word translated in the English as "deeply moved" means to make the snorting noise of a horse. In other words he was so overwhelmed with the sorrow that it literally knocked the wind out of him. It was the kind of pain where you can't catch your breath. Christ's second response is to be "troubled", the Greek word translated here conveys a feeling of outrage or anger- in his heart Jesus was instinctually insulted at the injustice of suffering. To anyone familiar with grief, these two reactions: on the one hand shock - an intellectual and spiritual numbness, and on the other hand anger at the evil of suffering - are exactly how we feel. And at the same time it mirrors God's heart as seen in throughout the Old Testament in the prophets. Jeremiah writes,

My grief is beyond healing, my heart is sickened within me, because of the plight of the daughter of my people from the length of the land to he breadth of the land. For the wound of the daughter of my people is my heart wounded. I mourn and dismay has taken hold of me. Declares the Lord.
This all culminates in what Jesus does next: two powerful words:

Jesus wept.

Even though he knows that in a few minutes Lazarus will rise from the dead, the next thing he does is to weep. Not some pious controlled socially appropriate tears, but hot honest choking tears. He is deeply and intimately involved with us in our pain. God suffers with us, feels every anguish, knows every doubt. Being infinite does not mean merely infinitely large, but infinitely small as well, so that he understands and experiences our silence, our pain with us, not just in a theoretical way, but deeply and completely. Sometimes in our suffering, in the midst of silence we have the wind knocked out of us, and there is nothing left to pray with. God knows this, and you can be sure that he is at that moment praying for you.

Jesus, once more deeply moved, came to the tomb. It was a cave with a stone laid across the entrance. "Take away the stone," he said. "But, Lord," said Martha, the sister of the dead man, "by this time there is a bad odor, for he has been there four days." Then Jesus said, "Did I not tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory of God?" So they took away the stone. Then Jesus looked up and said, "Father, I thank you that you have heard me. I knew that you always hear me, but I said this for the benefit of the people standing here, that they may believe that you sent me."

When he had said this, Jesus called in a loud voice, "Lazarus, come out!" The dead man came out, his hands and feet wrapped with strips of linen, and a cloth around his face. Jesus said to them, "Take off the grave clothes and let him go."

Mary knew that Jesus could have healed her brother, but she did not know that he was even stronger than death. Paul writes that "nothing can separate us from the love of Christ" Nothing.

Now Mary knew this first hand. She learned that she could trust in God, no matter what the situation looked like. Not based on her understanding of promises or principles, or the strength of her faith, or her at all, but based on the very character and person of God revealed in Christ. Jesus did not say "I will resurrect" but "I am the resurrection and the life." The difference is immense.

Though this was a crucial lesson for Mary to learn, it did not make the death of Lazarus a good thing. Jesus felt this, and suffered it with Mary. God suffers with us and always has. God is not sitting comfortably in Heaven in our times of silence observing us from a far. God knows and experiences our pain vitally and intimately. This is not some celestial game of Chess for Him. God did not become human in order to finally understand and relate to our suffering, but to demonstrate to us that he always has understood it, felt every tear, known every doubt more that we know ourselves. God came down to us, not expecting us to rise above our suffering, or to deny it, but knelt beside the empty faces, and cried with us.


But the story does not end with Jesus just crying. Like Job, we are most afraid of hearing God say in response to our cry of suffering either: "shut up!" or "sorry". We expect to hear (to borrow a phrase from our parents) "Because I said so that's why! Now quit balling or I'll really give you something to cry about!" or else we fear to encounter a sad eyed emaciated Christ who would like to help, but just can't, so sorry. Both of these images of God are extremely limiting, and shortsighted. God is way bigger than that. And these two responses we fear the most, and half expect to hear from God, are blown out of the water by this account with Lazarus. We see in the story of the resurrection of Lazarus that this is patently not the way that God is.

We see that God is love, that God identifies with us in our pain, so much so that it is shocking. We see Jesus grieving and this revolutionizes our picture of who God is, and we see in the same picture that God is able to help us beyond anything we would have dared ask or expect. We see a God who is able to completely relate to us in the deepest way imaginable, and who is at the same time unimaginably powerful. Seeing the human aspects of God as revealed in Jesus does not limit God, it bursts the seams of our limited definitions. In seeing God small, our understanding of God becomes enormously big.

Jesus came to show us God's character, who God was, how God responded to suffering, to need. The culmination of this was on the cross, God's ultimate response to suffering. The answer to the question "where is God when I hurt?" is quite clear: He is on the cross giving everything to restore us, to bring an end to suffering once and for all. The cross demonstrates just how hard and grave the problem of suffering is. The same God that snapped his fingers and made the world had to sacrifice everything, dying on a cross to solve this. We see not only that love takes on all the sin of the world - that God takes on every hurt, every injustice, every rape, but that God takes on the blackness and the lostness as well, not just taking on the rape, but the blackness in the heart of the rapist as well - being both the rapist and raped. The image is staggering. The cross shows us that God is willing to break every rule, to sacrifice absolutely everything to solve the problem. It hurts him. He hates it. It shows us that he is deeply intimately involved in our suffering. And it gives us reason to hope.

I hope you noticed that I said that God died on the cross for us. Christ is the image of God, the heart of God, not the victim of God.
As J.B. Philips put it, "the man on the cross was no demigod, no puppet-godling. no fragmented piece of Godhead, but God himself. Once people begin to realize that, there is bound to be an explosion in their thinking."

God was not sitting comfortably in Heaven, pouring out his wrath on a separate third party. God was in Christ on that cross, suffering, taking on the sin and pain of the world and securing hope and liberation for a lost world that he loved. This is an incalculable mystery that goes so beyond our ordinary ideas of God that it is difficult to comprehend. But this is absolutely crucial: God died for you.

This image of God that we see so vividly reflected in the character and life of Jesus and that culminates on the cross and resurrection needs to inform how we approach the question of Theodicy. The cross is about passion. God demonstrated how passionately he cares about us on the cross in wanting to break the silence, to end the suffering. God does not care how much it costs, who's fault it is, or what the rules are. God cares about you.

"Jesus does not come giving explanations, he comes giving himself."

Through Christ, God put to death the worst of agonies - our fear of abandonment. God is with us. Imanuel. No matter how dark it gets or how bad it hurts, you are never alone. But pain hurts. Silence hurts. Knowing that God is there in the darkness is hard. When Jesus was in Gethsemane he clung to God, but he was in agony. He said "My heart is overwhelmed to the point of death" and asked his friends to stay with him for the night. On the cross he cried out to God "My God, my God why have you forsaken me?" and heard nothing. And in this silence, holding onto a lifetime of trust and knowing who God is, he said into the darkness "Father, into your hands I commit my spirit" When that same Jesus says to us "my peace I leave with you" we know immediately he doesn't mean some feeling, but a profound trust and a hope that was strong enough to carry him to Hell and back. It is the face of a God like that which allows me to pray even when it hurts. When it hurts too much, I need you to pray for me.


So we have our answer, not in the form of an explanation, but in the form of Christ. Suffering exists, and Theodicy concludes that therefore God must either not be sovereign or not be loving. Jesus grabs our face in his hands and says to this "look at me! look in my face. I am love. I am in control. And it will be hard. Very hard. But trust me" Jesus calls us to see in that face a radical vision of a God who is one with us in our suffering, who is close to the broken hearted. In him we meet a God who identifies with us in our pain, and calls us to participate with him in healing it.
Jesus does not come giving explanations, he comes giving himself.

Derek Flood
The rest of Derek's article can be read at:

I thought this a wonderful epilogue to a number of recent posts here at SONSHINE. Derek gives another exclamation to the much repeated and shared thought of late; "But, we see Jesus"

Thou hast put all things in subjection under his feet. For in that he put all in subjection under him, he left nothing that is not put under him. But now we see not yet all things put under him. But we see Jesus

Hbr 2:8,9


PRAYER and the soul at rest

After these things the word of the LORD came unto Abram in a vision, saying, Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward.

And Abram said, Lord GOD, what wilt thou give me, seeing I go childless .... And Abram said, Behold, to me thou hast given no seed: and, lo, one born in my house is mine heir.

And, behold, the word of the LORD came unto him, saying, This shall not be thine heir; but he that shall come forth out of thine own bowels shall be thine heir. And he brought him forth abroad, and said, Look now toward heaven, and tell the stars, if thou be able to number them: and he said unto him, So shall thy seed be. And he believed in the LORD; and he counted it to him for righteousness. And he said unto him, Take me an heifer of three years old, and a she goat of three years old, and a ram of three years old, and a turtledove, and a young pigeon. And he took unto him all these, and divided them in the midst, and laid each piece one against another: but the birds divided he not. And when the fowls came down upon the carcases, Abram drove them away. And when the sun was going down, a deep sleep fell upon Abram; and, lo, an horror of great darkness fell upon him. And he said unto Abram, Know of a surety that thy seed shall be a stranger in a land that is not theirs, and shall serve them; and they shall afflict them four hundred years; and also that nation, whom they shall serve, will I judge: and afterward shall they come out with great substance. And it came to pass, that, when the sun went down, and it was dark, behold a smoking furnace, and a burning lamp that passed between those pieces. In the same day the LORD made a covenant with Abram

For when God made a promise to Abraham, because he could swear by no greater, he sware by himself (Gen 15:1-6,9-18, Heb 6:13)

How different this is

Normally both parties involved in making a covenant would walk between the severed pieces. They each would make an oath one to another saying something like, "I promise to you ..... and if I don't fulfil my promise let it be done unto to me ....."

However here Abraham never walks between the pieces. Instead Christ does and He does so twice, once for Himself and once for Abraham. The Bible says, "a smoking furnace, and a burning lamp that passed between those pieces." What a picture this is and I can only imagine such symbolism as it represents the Father and Son, Son and Holy Spirit or whomever. And my heart even leaps to think that it is not beyond belief that the "whomever" might even be a couple of sons filled with the fullness of the eternal glory of God.

The greater lesson I care to light on is that it is God by whatever form that walks this covenant for He will uphold both ends: both Abraham's and His. This covenant did not rely on Abraham for fulfilment but it was totally God's part and He took the whole. Abraham didn't even enter into laying out the terms of the oath. Instead God maintained the privilege of defining the terms and parameters of the oath and most importantly God would fulfil these everlasting promises of this covenant relationship.

What a great illustration this is for us that have tasted the GOODNESS of God, mixed with His SOVEREIGNTY, to make up that which we know as GRACE. And as it was with Abraham I do believe God cuts covenants with us even as we sleep. As we surrender all our petitions at His feet in prayer God is taking them up and laying out the terms that end in a YEA and AMEN. Just as with Abraham His terms and fulfilment are greater than we can even imagine. As the infinite number of stars in the night sky are compared to the single son Abraham yearned for, so are our yearnings, compared with that which God grants us. Father grant us, that we should ever REST in your overwhelming goodness and Your ability to perform your love, beyond our greatest dreams. Oh my! Our God's Love toward us runs deep and if there be but one lesson I care to share in these next blogs it would be how we must learn to carry nothing of ourselves into prayer where I believe most covenants are made. If we are to realize the deeps of His Love we must bring nothing to know His All.


For such a long time I have wanted to share a series of blogs on prayer. I hope to even tell of how Jesus taught me to pray and why it is the most important part of my walk. Augustine might have gotten alot of things wrong however I believe he hit the mark with this quote.

"He that loveth much prayeth much and he that prayeth much loveth much"

Along with Augustine's words I have found this quote by an unknown, as a most beautiful description of prayer.

"Prayer is helplessness casting itself upon power; it is misery seeking peace; it is unholiness embracing purity; it is hatred desiring love. Prayer is corruption panting for immortality; it is the eagle soaring heavenward; it is the dove returning home; it is the prisoner pleading for release; it is the mariner steering for the haven amid the dangerous storm; it is the soul, oppressed by the world, escaping to the empyrean, and bathing its ruffled plumes in the ethereal and the divine."

Some years ago Jesus began to teach me to prayer. In a matter of a few weeks I went through some of the most horrendous experiences and also the most glorious.I was left bewildered and quite confused. Then, as only our faithful God can do, He confirmed my experiences in prayer by introducing me to the writings of the old contemplative prayer warriors of centuries past known as the "Quietists." As their title alludes these dear saints knew above all that to know God deeply one must be "quiet" and even moreso bring nothing. Please, take note of that ...... "BRING NOTHING" .... as that I believe, is the key to entering into the deepest realms of God through prayer.

In closing I want to share an old forum post of mine from a few years back. Following that is a beautiful writing by one, San Juan de la Cruz, whom probably has been most used of God to confirm my deepest prayer experiences.These two messages echo my thoughts here and even enlarge them. And lastly please continue with you comments as you have in our previous messages. Your words are even more than that which I share. I believe the comments portion of our blog have become the great fire of His love that is but sparked by the posts we write. I only wish more could read the rare and beautiful thoughts that everyone has been sharing of late.

A lesson by Guyon

But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.
Jhn 4:23,24

We must learn how to come into the very presence of God, naked in our words and abilities but clothed only in the priestly garment of Christ. There is a place we can come to where we know we have entered the throne room of God and that our petitions are not ours but Christ's that dwells within. It is a place where we know, without doubt, that the Father is touched by our petitions and His reply is "yea and amen."

For some time I have been studying about prayer and have poured over the writings and accounts of many older saints of centuries gone by. I have gleaned much from these contemplative souls that truly knew the value of prayer and were consequently given over to the spiritual awakening of a supernatural prayer realm.

These succinct words of Madame Guyon speaks to the truth of our stature and from which we must bring forth the pure and perfect petitions of Christ within.

"This is the prayer of truth; It is worshipping God in spirit and in truth (Jn 4:23). In spirit, because we enter into the purity of that Spirit which prayeth within us, and are drawn forth and freed from our own carnal and corrupt manner of praying; In truth because we are thereby placed in the great Truth of the All of God, and the Nothing of the creature.

There are but these two truths, the All, and the Nothing; everything else is falsehood."

This Guyon quote would be applicable also with regard to our daily life. Truly we must walk in the "All and nothing" realm to perform God's perfect works. This realm is almost entirely a vision for me now, but I am sincerely reaching for it. Every once in a while I believe I even touch it.

Self-forgetfulness in prayer

"........ soft and savoury sleep of nothingness;" where the soul is content to fold its hands, and wait in dreamy musing till the message comes; meanwhile it will think, do, will as little as it can.

You are a hidden God. Neither is the sublime communication nor the sensible awareness of His nearness a sure testimony of His gracious presence, nor is dryness and a lack of these a reflection of His absence. A person who wants to find Him should leave all things through affection and will, enter within himself in deepest recollection, and regard things as though they were nonexistence. God is hidden in the soul. You yourself are His dwelling and His secret chamber and hiding place. God is never absent. In order to find Him you should forget all your possessions and all creatures and hide in the interior, secret chamber of your spirit. And there, closing the door behind you, you should pray to your Father in secret. Remaining hidden with Him, you will experience Him in hiding, and love and enjoy Him in hiding. God is the substance and concept of faith, and faith is the secret and the mystery. Faith and love are like the blind man’s guides. They will lead you along a path unknown to you, to the place where God is hidden. Pay no attention to anything which your faculties can grasp. You should never desire satisfaction in what you understand about God, but in what you do not understand about Him. Never stop with loving and delighting in your understanding and experience of God, but love and delight in what is neither understandable nor perceptible of Him. Spiritual wounds of love are very delightful and desirable. The soul would desire to be ever dying a thousand deaths from the thrusts of the lance, for they make her go out of herself and enter into God. The wounded soul, strengthened from the fire caused by the wound, went out after her Beloved Who wounded her, calling for Him, that He might heal her. One goes out from oneself through self-forgetfulness.

......... a sweet and admirable Tranquility, arising from the conquest of Fightings within, and frequent Prayer; and this, very, very few have Experience of. Here the abundance of Joy, and Peace is so great, that the Soul seems to be in a sweet sleep, solacing and reposing it self in the Divine breast of Love. "

San Juan de la Cruz

O Lord bring us to the place in prayer that our soul is content to be silent and do nothing. Teach us to forget our self, and plunge into perfect submission to your Spirit,


PS. Lord willing in either the comments portion of this blog or the next post I hope to be able to share how such submission in prayer brings forth benefits in the conscious realm of our walk. Truly that which is sown in prayer is reaped in myriads of ways of which, as we grow into Him, we are made more aware of. The result being, the more we become aware of, the more we desire to pray. What wonders to behold as our soul looses itself in God. This surely must be the ever increasing circle of earth and Heaven met!

Whew! There are not many things that surprise me any more as I write. But I kept seeing the word "helplessness" highlighted when ever I typed it this morning and also to see the same word highlighted in the side bar of this blog. I was taken me aback. That quote in the sidebar has been there for ages and it became highlighted in yellow as I wrote this post. I believe I get the message Lord!



Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Arnion that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing. And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Arnion for ever and ever. Rev 5:12,13

ARNION {ar-nee'-on}
outline of Biblical Usage
1) a little lamb, a lambkin

One of the most awesome and beautiful visions I have of Christ is of Him breathing His pure breath into Adam. The first act of spiritual life in man was a "sacrificial act", as Christ knew, that with the impartation of His Hagios Pneuma/Holy Spirit He would ever suffer the soul of man. Christ would serve the soul as the "Arnion (little lambkin) slain from the foundation" and this was the primordial event. I am sure should you take a moment and picture this in your mind, you might almost hear the holy hush that enveloped all of heaven and all of earth as the last Adam breathed His own life into the first. This is the beginning of Christ, Our Father's great gift of love, come to this world to die in the form of a suffering servant. Christ Jesus through His Spirit would suffer the futility and vanity of of this first man and all men there after. Christ, as the spotless Arnion descended from the eternal throne would die and be buried like a seed in the flesh of every man until the appointed time when this Holy Thing would arise, carrying the whole of man both individually and corporately into the Glorious Kingdom of Heaven and the very Throne of God. Oh my heart does stand often in tears of awe as I contemplate our precious Christ taking the form of the extreme diminutive as "the Little Lambkin" to raise all of creation into the infinite and immeasurable grandeur of the Godhead as the All in All.

O our precious Arnion, Who has suffered us from the very beginning. How incredibly blessed we are to know such a Saviour, such a Priest and such a Lord. He has born all our infirmities from the first to the last without exception. God's spotless lamb has carried the dark blot of every sin ever dreamed of. Surely, this is the horrific burden that the bleeding Jesus knelt under, while in the Gethsemane garden during His loneliest night. Let us be undone as we contemplate the magnitude of the cost this dear Jesus has paid. And then let out hearts rise in glorious endearing rapture as we realize this Suffering Servant King who gave His life for you and me when we were yet adversaries, knows and loves each of us in the most intimate of terms. More than a husband knows and loves a wife ....... more than a mother understands and loves a child ...... Jesus knows and loves us in such a deep and unfathomable fashion that another word must be used to describe it ......... "AGAPE"
Surely "AGAPE" and "JESUS" are the same. I shall ever believe so!

The most mind bending and heart touching view of Christ pictured in the mystical book of Revelation is not Christ the Lion, nor Christ the Ram, nor the Ox or even Christ the Man but instead Christ sitting upon the throne, high and lifted up, is seen as the Arnion, the little lambkin slaughtered. This is the beautiful illustration of the deepest nature of Christ. This is Our Servant King, and as We view Him, it should bring us down to our knees in realization that suffering our fellow man and dieing to self in service, is the way to the throne ..... twas for Jesus ..... twill be for us.

There is a place where one learns to be still in God and deep from His Kingdom within, the great mysteries in Christ are glimpsed. This author, Dora Van Assen, concludes in her writing shared below, that there is but "One Son" and I can only concur. Yes, there was, is and will be, but "One Son." The first Adam through Christ's shared death and resurrection is become the last Adam. From God's perspective it is a done deal but experientialy we are walking it out, as "now we see not yet all things put under Him. But we see Jesus." (Heb 2:8,9)
But, praise be to God, "WE SEE JESUS!"
How I love that simple beautiful term that encompasses and accomplishes so much. "WE SEE JESUS!"

As we see Jesus, we see the Omega Man who is also the Alpha Man and all in between. Jesus suffered and succored "all men" that He might gather "all men" unto and into Himself and present "all of mankind sinless and perfect" before the Father. Oh, the wonder of this God-man Jesus! Truly only One Man is worthy, and His name is Jesus! I see this Jesus today and praise God, I am seeing Him more clearly with every succeeding day, until it be in a twinkling of eye I shall finally see Him as He really is. With that I shall be fashioned as He. My prayer and driving purpose for all that visit here at SONSHINE is only, that we "SEE JESUS!"

I pray the following message blesses you. It is a deep word shared by one of those hidden sons that served her fellow man in the Spirit of the Arnion. I don't agree perfectly with all that is written below but I can say this dear saint of God had a real handle on the mystery we know as Christ.

(note: I have inserted a few of my comments [in red]
and also highlights within this message below)

by Dora Van Assen

While we were living in the Mojave Desert of Arizona as missionaries to the American Indians I really came to the point where I hated dust. It could be so hot, 121 degrees in the shade. To make it even worse a dust storm would arrive, blowing the fine dust of the sand dunes through every crack and crevice of the old wood-framed house in which we lived. Under every window sill and door, through the screened porch, sweeping into every room. Then an electrical storm would pass through the sky bringing just enough rain to turn the dust into mud.

What a mess to clean up! And yet I loved our ministry among the Indians. As we grew to know them, we learned to love and respect them for their courage and ability to survive in such a desolate place. They taught us so many things we could not have learned any other way. One has to live with them in order to know them - beautiful saints of God. They learned to survive in a hot and barren land, and in surviving to love it, and I must say, looking back to that time in my life, I learned to love it too. Love grown through sacrifice.

To me in all my travels around the world, when the desert was in bloom, which I had the privilege to see, was the most beautiful sight I had ever seen in my life. It lasted only about a week but during this short period of time, thousands of people came to see it. Driving hundreds of miles to this hot, barren land knowing these flowers bloom only when it rains at the right season. A miracle! For miles the desert was turned into a carpet of many-colored flowers, so beautiful and delicate, some only about one half inch high covering the fine desert sand dunes.

What amazed us so much - these tiny seeds lay dormant in the hot dry dust for years, waiting for the the rain in the right season. We lived there seven years before it happened, and we never saw it again during the nineteen years we were among the Indians. I thank God for allowing us to see it!

It taught me that the incorruptible seed of the Christ can lay dormant in our earth dust-form for thousands of years and still spring up and bloom as a rose.


About two years ago I read an article in the Reader's Digest called: "The Kingdom of Dust". In this article I began to see the important place dust has in our daily life. It made me see that even though we are clothed in dust, we are beautiful to God who sees us in our true colors. God sees all creation in Christ, or under the Blood as we say - meaning Christ died for all and He now lives in all and all live in Him.

Without the fine dust floating in the air we would not be able to see a sunbeam. A sunbeam is formed by the sunlight shining through a window pane on the fine dust floating in the room. What a delight it was as a child to run my fingers in this light causing a stream of dust to flow from each finger. Dust was not problem to me then. The unending chore of dusting and even scrubbing the dirt out of the cracks soon caused me to forget the joy of playing in the mud as a child.

In God's plan, dust plays an important role in the natural realm. It brings a lot of beauty for us to see in the world around us. Without dust we would not see the many shades of green grass and foliage, or multi-colored flowers. There would be no blue skies with fleecy white clouds. No haze over the mountains and valleys, making different shadows; and no breath-taking sunrise or sunset, which we so enjoyed in the hot Arizona desert.

This article made me cry! I could hardly believe what I was reading. The beauty so graciously given to us through dust so fine, it is invisible to the natural eye. Just think, God made us out of this "highest dust". Prov. 8:26. How wonderful to know that our dust bodies radiate the beauty of God's divine thoughts. "We are fearfully and wonderfully made and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth." Psa. 139:13-16

Dust also gives us many practical things. One of them is rain. To form clouds, rising vapor needs the dust suspended in the air around which it collects to form clouds full of rain; like a pearl is formed around a grain of sand in the oyster. Without the fine dust being moved by the air currents, the million tons of pollen would not be carried all over the US, pollinating the flowers and trees.

An average 43 tons of dust falls on us each year. Where does it all come from? We make tons of it ourselves. In our factories, in our daily work on the job and at home. Minute flakes are rubbed off this paper as I write. We gather about forty pounds a year in our home. Some dust is so fine it goes through the vacuum cleaner bag into the motor causing friction and we get that hot smell. Another place it comes from is the ocean. More salt is blown inland from the sea than the total mined by men - 300 million tons per year. All this carried by the wind.

Jesus said, "Ye are the salt of the earth!" Each one of us scattered like salt to be the preserving power in the place where we are called! God knows the time and the boundaries of our habitation on the earth and the purpose we are to fulfill in His great plan of redemption of all men. Act. 17:26


Millions of dust mites so small that at least twelve could sit on the head of a pin, live in our beds and rugs. They consume the millions of invisible skin particles we shed from our bodies each day of our lives. Their waste creates the strongest allergies that plague humanity. Yet we need them for the yeast produced by these tiny spores; mites are the chemists of this Kingdom of Dust. Too much bacteria in our bodies is harmful, yet we need the right amount to keep this natural body alive. So dust mites actually keep the balance in nature. And man formed in dust has been given the dominion to keep this balance in God's Kingdom of Dust.

Another amazing thing about dust is its ability to travel all over the world. From the highest realms that telescopes have probed, scientists have seen dust floating in the air throughout space. The surface of the earth has been moved around from the beginning of time. The finest dust grains are airborne for centuries, the wind blowing it from place to place. As you are wiping the dust on your living room furniture, you may be picking up some dust from the moon! Or the ordinary dust in your back yard may have some specks from Halley's Comet that just passed through our hemisphere recently. Even Adam's dust is still here somewhere, nothing is annihilated!

What I am trying to convey is that all the dust from the beginning of time is still on this planet or universe somewhere. It is either in the ground or floating in the atmosphere. All the dust bodies of our ancestors from Adam to our day are still here in specks of dust somewhere. They may be mixed in the dust of our own living bodies right now. As one generation of natural man passes away, another one arises to take its place. Ecc. 1:4


Just reading this statement as it stands alone, it seems a very hard sentence for such a small act of disobedience. It seems to make God hard and cruel. In my meditation on this text, and the context surrounding this verse, I began to see that this sentence of death was really for Adam's good! It gave him hope for a better life. God never cursed Adam! - only the ground from which his body was formed. Read Gen. 3:17. "Cursed is the ground for thy sake!" Adam himself was never destroyed. The Lord breathed into his nostrils or his earthen body formed out of dust, the Breath of Life. This vital principle of Life is the Spirit of God and can never die or be annihilated. It lives and moves in all creation, sustaining and controlling all things. The breath of God is the Spirit of God in all men - the candle of the lord, making up his Inner Man, the treasure hidden in an earthen vessel. That vessel will be swallowed up by The Treasure, metamorphosed into a glorious form of life.

God actually blessed Adam by giving him work to do as he developed from glory to glory. Work seems a curse to us, but just try to do absolutely nothing for a while. It will drive you crazy. God gives us this beautiful body with the ability to use our minds to create useful things, and delightful things, to see and smell and hear and taste and feel. He gave us a body to bring into manifestation the thoughts and ideas of our mind for all to see and enjoy. And what joy our children brings us. Who really cares about the pain and work they bring with them!! What delight we have seeing them grow - how proud we are of them. Don't you think God enjoys His children? I know He does. Acts 17:28, Rev. 4:11. God is happy in His creation of man in every stage of their development as they progress into His exact image. God sees Himself in man. "God manifested in flesh" 1 Tim. 3:16

Eph. 1:1-4

We were chosen in Christ before the foundation (casting down or disruption) of the world. This took place between Genesis 1:1 and Genesis 1:2. "In the beginnings God created the heaven and the earth". From the Ferrar Fenton translation. There is more than one beginning. The heavens were created first. This is the invisible spiritual realm - the ruling realm. There is a natural realm and there is also a spiritual realm, implying we cannot have one without the other. 1 Cor. 15:44 and Heb. 11:3.

The spiritual realm rules over the natural realm. But the natural realm is manifested or seen first. This is seen in the birth of a baby, it is seen first. But there would be no baby without the inner-spirit body. We need both to manifest life. 1 Cor. 15:46. Life is invisible. It existed long before it was made visible to the human eye. When God created the first heaven and earth, He simply spoke a Word, and it was done, complete and whole. Psa. 33:6-9. The Word is Christ, Anointed Spirit which is God. Christ is the Image and Form of God, yet invisible to human eyes. Col. 1:15 and Phil. 2:5. He is also the Angel of God's presence. Ex. 32:34. This is Christ in angelic form in order to be made visible to Moses. This Word-Christ was made flesh and dwelt among us. God manifested in flesh, AND FLESH IS DUST!

Thus we find there was a race of angelic (celestial) men long before our present heaven and Earth was created which lived between Gen. 1:1 and Gen. 1:2. "In the beginnings God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit moved upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit moved upon the face of the waters. And God said: Let there be light, and there was light."

I cannot conceive or imagine God speaking to inanimate things like land and water. I believe "face" of the "deep" and "face" of the "waters" speaks of the conscious or sub-conscious minds of intelligent beings able to hear and obey the Word of God. The Bible is allegorical, like the parables of Jesus, and cannot be taken only literally. We can only compare spiritual things with spiritual. 1 Cor. 2:13-14, Gal. 4:24.

2 Peter 3:5-7 and 13

In these verses, Peter speaks of three heavens and earth. "That by the word of God the heavens were of old".... the world that then was overflowed with water, perished: but the heavens and the earth that are now, by the same word are kept in store.....nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for a new heaven and earth. 2 Pet. 5:13

Peter is not referring to the flood, but to the chaos between the first two verses in Genesis. He tells us the first heavens and earth perished. Comparing this with Jeremiah 4:23-25, who also is speaking of this disaster, claims in verse 25, "I beheld, and Lo, there was no man." In Noah's flood there were eight souls saved in the ark. All had not perished. See Isa. 24:1. The world we have today is actually the second heavens and earth. But we are looking for New Heavens and Earth in which dwelleth righteousness - the Third Heaven and Earth.

Now going back to Genesis 1:2, God did not leave this heaven and earth in this chaotic condition. We read that the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the deep. "Face" speaks of intelligence and "deep" speaks of the unconscious realm. God is speaking to beings able to respond. In Revelation "water" speaks of a multitude. God is always the first "Mover" in the restoration of His creation. "And God said, Let there be light - and there was light." Spirit speaking to spirit and Christ speaking to Christ.

I see this is an allegory describing our own awakening. Christ within is the first mover. He moves upon our unconscious mind, awakening our memory to who we once were in God. Christ awakens our inherent or pre-birth wisdom, lying dormant within us. Causing us to "come to ourself", as the prodigal son "came to himself". For he said, "I will arise and go to my Father." So we remember our Father. "By faith are ye saved, and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God." freely given to all men. This takes us back to the very beginning, before there was any thing - No-Thing - just the Spirit-thought or God's Idea.

Before time began we were just a thought in the mind of God. We were chosen in Christ or before the foundation (disruption or casting down-Gk) of the world. Eph. 1:4; when Christ was foreordained to be the Lamb of God, (1 Pet. 1:20). BEFORE TIME BEGAN, in the mind of God, Christ was chosen, though He was SLAIN FROM THE DISRUPTION. Rev. 13:8 I see a difference between the word, BEFORE AND FROM . He was chosen BEFORE the disruption when time began, and he was slain FROM the disruption or when TIME BEGAN, long before the literal cross on Golgotha's hill and our names were written in the book of life long before we knelt at a mourners bench. Rev. 17:8

[transcriber's comment: when spirit manifested into form, the slaying began....death began.....this is when the Word became flesh...this is when the Word became Dust.....and remains as the desert of dust until watered by the spirit to bloom and blossom. Remember how Genesis chapter one tells how "dry" land appeared and then in chapter two, man is formed from this dry land. This 'dry land' condition was the lowering of man. In the OT the spirit or the water came 'upon' man to empower him but in the NT the spirit or water comes up from the deep or from within returning us to the original order and making us a well watered land.]

(Jack's comment: I believe the comment above is right on and one to contemplate. Oh precious Arnion, who has suffered man from the very beginning.)

Rev. 3:14

"These things saith the Amen, the faithful witness, the beginning of the creation of God." KJV

"The Prime Source of all God's creation." NEB

"The Primeval Source of God's creation." TLB


These four translations are all speaking of the Word-Christ, the Anointing, spoken out of God as the first creative act. The Word-Christ or The True and Faithful Witness, is the beginning of the creation of God. Not only is the Word-Christ, the beginning of all things created, but He is also The Vital Primeval Life Source and Force through which all things were created and sustained. The Word-Christ is the original creative power God used to speak forth His own SON out of His bosom, conceived in thought, and now expressed and manifested in Image and Form. "Christ the image of the invisible God." Col. 1:15 "Who being in the form of God." Phil. 2:5, John 1:18.

"In a beginning was the Word, and Word was WITH God, and a God was the Word. This was in a beginning WITH the God. All through IT was done, and without IT was done not even one, that has been done." John 1:1-3
This is the word by word translation out of the Greek, Diaglott.

"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was TOWARD God; and the God was the word. This was in the beginning toward God. All came into being through IT, and apart from It not even one thing came into being which has come into being. In IT was life, and the life was the light of men." Literal Concordant New Testament.

"Before anything else existed, there was Christ with God. He has always been alive and is Himself God. He created everthing there is - nothing exists that He did not make. Eternal life is in Him, and this life gives light to all men." John 1:1-3 TLB

There is an explanation in the Living Bible concering Christ: "The Word, meaning Christ, is the wisdom and power of God and the first cause of all things; God's personal expression of Himself to men." This is in harmony with the translation given of Rev. 3: 14, Christ is the primeval Source or Power through with God created all things.

COLOSSIANS 1:15-20 - paraphrased

The spoken Word-Christ is the exact image and likeness of God. He existed before anything was created as he is the FIRSTBORN of every creature, and is also the FIRSTBORN of the dead, therefore He is the Head of both the Old and the New Creation. He is the original creative power through which God created all things; all authorities, rulers and kingdoms, visible and invisible. All came into existence through the Spoken Word-Christ, all was created in Him and through and for Him, and He is holding all things together. He is the Head or First Representative One of His people, called The Body of Christ. He has first place or preeminence in all things. All the fulness of God dwells in Him. ("God was in Christ reconciling the world unto Himself" 2 Cor. 5:20) "Making peace through the blood of His cross, in Him to reconcile all things unto Himself, in Him, I say, whether things in earth or in heaven." Col. 1:20)

This is a tremendous foundational scripture. All things natural and spiritual are created in and through and for Christ. This includes the dust out of which all things are made or formed. It is His invisible power and life force in all things which is holding all things together, in Himself. He is the center and circumference of all things. There is NO-thing outside of Christ. He is the first original representative man made visible through DUST. God's original creative or Firstborn of every creature, or living thing - giving life to all things. Christ is first in all things. A "thing" is spirit made visible through dust. Even His visible body is called "That Holy Thing" when formed in the womb of Mary.

The First Adam is called, "The Son of God." Matt. 1 and Luke 3:38. In Rev. 1:8 we read, "I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the almighty." Again we read, "I am the root and the offspring of David and the bright and morning star." Rev. 22:16

Meditating on these scriptures I began to hear a word in my spirit, that the First and Last Adam are One. God only has One Son - the Son of His Love, the Christ/Word/Seed spoken out of His own bosom. The First and Last Son of a family have the same parents, or come from the same seed. These questions arose in my heart, how can anyone be the last of something without being part of the first? The first and the last piece of cake must come from the same cake - not two different cakes. How can anyone be the end of something without also having a part in the beginning of it. One piece of string has both a beginning and end. First and last speak of a series of things in the same category. Like a series of apple trees or a series of human beings.

The questions continued. How could Jesus the Christ be our example without being in the fall of Adam? Or how could Adam be a figure of the One who was to come? Rom. 8:14...unless they were of the same seed? And how could He be tempted in all points as we are without belonging to Adam's race?

Praise God! He is the Son of Man! He called Himself the Son of Man over and over again, identifying Himself with the fallen Adamic race, not only as The Word-Christ made flesh in the body of Jesus, but reaching back to Eden when he was formed from the dust of the earth to become The Head of the old creation, "the firstborn of every creature". Col 1:15

To be our example, or representative man, Christ Jesus who is the The Last Adam, had to also be the First Adam. He actually needed to feel the pain and sorrow of humanity, living in a lowered, dying dust body returning to dust, seeing His own children born of His seed dying before His eyes. He needed to experience the frustration of being lowered into vanity (uselessness and futility) and realizing that during His 930 years He had produced nothing but death. Death was in His seed. Rom 8:20

Thank God! We read that God lowered all creation into death, in HOPE! God gave every man a hope or an expectation. When I was pregnant I did not hope to have a baby! I expected a baby! A seed had been planted within me! So I began to prepart myself for its arrival. Like a pregnant woman, the whole creation is waiting in EXPECTATION to be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the sons of God. They are waiting in expectation for the unveiling of the sons of God. Rom 8:19-23

Yes! We also who have the firsfruit of the Spirit as an earnest or guarantee our downpayment are groaning together with creation. God Himself is groaning, in groanings that cannot be uttered. The Spirit of intercession groaning in and through us! Rom. 8:26

GOD HIMSELF HAS A HOPE! An expectation in His creation - to be magnified in all the earth, "For to expectation were we saved". Rom. 8:24 God has faith in His Creation!! Creation is an extension of Himself. Jesus call Himself the "Finger" of God! He never pointed to Himself, but always enlarged and magnified His Father. So also creation is a manifestation of God's love and mercy; His wisdom and power in all the earth.
(Jack comment: some years ago I had this same revelation. I only weakly uttered the thought of the Two Adam's being One to a couple people because I couldn't articulate my revelation inteligibly. It was still being formed.
How often I have seen many a wonderful and respected teacher jump through a multitude of hoops to explain Jesus' conception. Some even saying Mary was but a surrogate and Jesus shared none of her DNA nor blood. This is to get around the "sin is in the flesh" issue. How often also in the midst of "sovereignty discussions" have I heard one ask, "if God is sovereign who is responsible for our acts of sin?" This of course gets back to God creating and utilizing evil; one of the toughest of all concepts for many to accept. All I can say is that God is God and perfect in all His ways. We are not, as we still soulishly dwell in our sinful flesh and are oft overcome by such. Only Jesus ever lived a sinless life and this, because He was obedient to the Spirit in all things ......... this is the same Spirit that suffered the soul of man from time beginning. Jesus suffered also his own soul and overcame it thus He is a worthy Priest. He suffered just as we do accept He suffered sinless.

"And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression. 1Tim 2:14" (allegorically "the woman" speaks to the "soul" here. This is a good verse to contemplate in light of that which we have been sharing)
This which is shared here must be prayed about before one can see or embrace it. And if one doesn't see it by the Spirit it should be laid down for another time. If it be truth it will arise again to be tested. Lord knows, we have seen how the New Ager's and New Tollerance peeps have soulishly and pridefully run with this, to their own detriment and undoing. They have lowered Jesus where as I have demonstrated how deep was Christ's sufferings. Jesus is greater in this view bacause we see His scrifice of Himself from the foundation. His Spirit has suffered the soul from the begining. This is why the soul must die to itself and be resurrected in union with the Spirit.
Only as we rest in the Spirit of Chrsit Jesus do find freedom from sin in both thought and deed. And only as we focus our heart's eye upon the beauty of Jesus, the perfect expresion of our Holy God, can we find rest for our souls. We see Jesus! Our hearts cry should be that we see Him more clearly with each day. For, only as "we see Jesus" are we changed from glory to glory. How great is His love toward us to ever suffer our souls and the souls of all men. And because Jesus suffers the souls of men we must also thus the scripture:

Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh: yea, though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we him no more. 2Cor 5:16

We know the "seed of Christ is in every man" thus we look beyond the souls and flesh of our neighbors. Mix that with an understanding of God's sovereignty and we can even love our enemies knowing God works all in our lives for good.

Eby has a wonderful writing on the "Seed of Christ in Every Man" and it is an incredible and important writing if one cares to understand more fully the workings of the "spirit and soul" in man. We have the link to this writing listed in our blog sidebar. Here it is also:



When creation was yet an idea in the mind of God, it was spoken forth as The Word/Christ/Seed, deep in the Inner parts of Man before he was conceived in his mother's womb. This is the true light that awakens man to what is already written in his cells. Every man is awakened in his own order. Like a seed it will spring up from within. No matter how darkened his mind may be or how ignorant to the things of God, all men still have a sense or premonition of what he once was in God. "With the scent of Water (Spirit) it will sprout and grow again like a tree in the desert." Job 14


In closing let us summarize a few thoughts.

1. In the beginnings God created the heavens and the earths...denoting more than one beginning.

2. Both the heaven and the earth were created by The Spoken Christ/Word/Seed. "He spoke and it was done; He commanded and it stood fast." Psa. 33:6,9

3. This was a dust creation - created in Christ Jesus. Even the invisible heavens contains fine dust. Col. 1:16-17, Prov. 8:26 which we cannot see with natural eyes.

4. This includes God's creaton of man in Gen. 1:27. "In the image of God created He him; male and female created he them." This first man was not really in the full image of God for Adam was only a "figure of He who was to come". The First spoken Christ/Word/Seed is the the one who is in the image of God. Col. 1:15, 2 Cor. 4:4

5. The True and Faithful Witness or the Spoken/Christ/Word is the begining of the creation of God. Rev. 3:14, God's Orginal Creative Word. Rev. 3:4

6. God said: "Let there be light and there was light." Gen. 1:3 compare John 1:1-4 and 1 John 1:1-3. All things were made by the Spoken/Christ/Word/Seed. Without IT was not anything made that was made; is made, or will be made! In IT is life and that life is the light of men (undertanding). This is the true "light" that awakens every man who comes into the world to his true identity in God.

7. God was in Christ, the anointing in the Word/Jesus when He died on the cross. In this way God Himself became our sin, and we became His righteousness. God made The Man Jesus the Christ, to be sin for us that we should be made Jesus the Christ who is the righteousness of God. Rom. 1:16-17, 2 Cor 5:21.

8. In his resurrection Jesus was made Lord and Christ. Acts 2:36. When he arose, we arose with Him back into the Spiritual Glory of the Father; which we had before the world was. Eph. 1:4, John 17:45.

9. WE are made One in the Name and Nature of God. God in Man. God is The Word clothed in flesh - "dust-form" - to manifest God or Emanuel - God with and in Man. He has only One Son!

(Jack comment: I can only concur. Yes, there, was, is and will be, but "One Son." The first Adam through Christ's shared death and resurrection is become the last Adam. From God's perspective it is a done deal but experientialy we are walking it out, as "now we see not yet all things put under Him. But we see Jesus." (Heb 2:8,9).
But, praise be to God, "WE SEE JESUS!" )

10. We have the mind of Christ Jesus. Phil 2:5. "Let" means we already have it. Only we need to "let" it operate. God gave Christ to be head of all things to the church which is his body. Eph. 1:23 CHRIST is the creative Word for our Spirit Mind realm typified by our Head. The mind rules the body. But LORD is the creative Word for the body. He is Lord of the body. We are weak and sick and dying because we do not discern the Lord's Body, which is our body. We manifest Christ Jesus our Lord and glorify Him in our Body. 1 Cor. 6:20.

11. The Christ/Word is Spirit, the vital life principle in all created things - animate or inanimate. It is the (power) in all things created; even the highest or finest dust floating in the highest heavens; holding all things together. The hardest stone is solidified matter. When placed under terrific pressure solid matter turns into light. Christ is Light! "The entrance of His Word giveth Light". We are formed out of this living Light substance of Spirit-Dust. The aura around our bodies already radiates the presence of God's Spirit within us. It can never be destroyed or annihilated. Our body can only be changed from glory to glory into His very same image by the LORD, the Spirit. 2 Cor. 3:18. It shall be fashioned like unto His glorious body. Phil. 3:21.

12. The Man Christ Jesus is not left out of the Godhead, "I Am that I Am." When Stephen was being stoned for his witness before the council, we hear him say: "Behold, I see the heaven open, and the Son of man standing on the right hand of God." He called upon God, saying, "Lord Jesus, receive my spirit, and kneeling down he creid with a loud voice, "Lord lay not this sin to their charge." Acts 7:55-60

Jesus died and rose again as Lord and Christ to live in you and me. In this way making sure that we become the beneficiaries of His Will and Testament. In other word, He became the executioner of His own will or the New Covenant. Heb. 9:16-17. Hear Paul: " The life I now live in the flesh (this dust body) I live by the faith of the Son of God who gave Himself (for and to) me." Gal. 2: 20


"The Lord has His way in the whirlwind and in the storm, and the clouds are the dust of His feet." Nahum 1:3

We are the clouds of dust caught up in Christ Jesus; prepared and ready to rain upon the dust creation of God, so fulfilling God's promise to Abraham. God promised Abraham that he would have a seed numberless as the stars in heaven, (which are are made of dust) and more than the sand on the seashore, even as vast as the dust of the earth, inumerable.

"Of His own will begat He us with The Word of Truth, that we should be a Special Kind of Firstfruit of Himself Creatures." James 1:18 from the Diaglott.

Our dusty "feet shod with the preparation of the Gospel of Peace", to be declared to all men. This the the message of total reconciliation of all creation back into the knowledge of God's unfailing love for all men everywhere. God is already conciliated unto mankind in His Son, Christ Jesus our Lord. And now God is pleading through us to the world, "Be ye conciliated to God!" 2 Cor. 5:20 This will bring Re-conciliation for it takes both sides to become friends to be re-conciled.

Praise God! We have a special calling of God to declare His gospel of peace, that is to awaken mankind to what God had already done for them, but lying dormant in their own heart or subconscious mind. That His covenant of peace and love is already written in their mind and heart. Ro. 2:14-16

God has never forsaken any man. It was Adam that hid from God out of fear, giving him a false image of God's true character of love, making Adam his own worst enemy. Our own carnal mind is an enemy of God. We all need to be awakened that we are now the Sons of God, growing into maturity, standing as His Ambassadors with the Word of Life and Truth unto all who have an ear to hear what God is saying today.

In His ministry Jesus said that He was the Finger of God. Luke 11:20. "If I by the finger of God cast out devils, no doubt the Kingdom of God is come upon you." Jesus likened the finger of God unto the power of the Kingdom or the Spoken Word. Again He demonstrated this authority when the scibes and lawyers of His day challenged Him with the woman taken in the act of adultery saying that she should be stoned according to their law.

Without saying a word, Jesus stooped and with His finger wrote in the sand. When these men read what He had written, they were condemned in their own heart. Silently they left, one by one, leaving the woman standing there alone. Jesus asked her, "Where are thy accusers?" and she answers, "There are none!" and Jesus said, "Go and sin no more!" He delivered her by these very words of correction spoken in love! Jesus was giving these men (and also us today) a visible sign that He was the very One who had written God's Law on two tablets of stone. Ex. 31:18 These tablets represented the stony heart of the natural man. Yet in Eze. 11:9 and 36:26 we read that God would give us a new heart and a new spirit within us, taking away the stony heart, and give us a heart of flesh. This was done in His death and resurrection, when He was made Us and We were made Him! 2 Cor. 5:21

The law of God was written on stone by the disposition of angels. Acts. 7:53. Christ Jesus is the Angel of God's Covenant. Mal. 3:1

Disposition means: arrange, institute, ordain, order, give, appoint or instrumentality.
Christ/Word/Spirit is the mind and soul of God. Strong #1299

I now realize that The New Covenant is written on our heart and mind by Christ Jesus our Lord who is the Savior of the Body. Chirst Jesus the Living Spoken Word is the Finger of God manifested in flesh, the Kingdom of God manifested in the earth today, manifested through these fleshly bodies of DUST.

"Ye are our epistle written in our hearts known and read of all men."
"For as much as ye are manifestly declared to be the epistle of Christ ministered by us written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God: not in tables of stone, but in the fleshly tables of the heart." 2 Cor. 3:2,3

The lives we touch in the spirit are the visible proof of our ministry, won for Christ through the living spoken Word out of our own mouth. We are a "Word" creation manifested in dust. Our relationship and fellowship is through the spoken Word out of our mouth today. In this way we visibly glorify God and each other, through these dust bodies. Let us thank God for the skin covering our Inner Spiritual Man, as we grow and mature into responsibility. Through experience we are learning how to glorify God in these dust bodies! 1 Cor. 6:20

I am finding out that anything God created or will create is beautiful!


Yet a little while and I will shake all nations - the heavens and the earth, oceans and dry land. The desire of all nations shall come unto thee. I will fill thee with my glory! Thou are my Temple, the place where I dwell. Thy spendor far exceeds the glory of the former, which faded away, but thou remaineth unto all ages! Haggai 2:6-9

Peace I leave with thee!

In His Great Love for All,
Dora Van Assen

Rom. 11:36 - Job 10:11

Out of Thee Father
My spirit was thrust,
To dwell in a body
Made out of dust;
Now being re-formed
Through God's own decree,
To sit on The Throne Seat
Reserved in Heaven for me!

You clothed me in skin
And with bones fenced me in,
With sinew and flesh
I'm still being confined;
Yet, you've broken the seal
That's covering my mind,
I know I am One
In your Nature Divine!

Prepare for re-entry
Asborbed in Thy Self,
A bright shining vessel
Displaying Thy wealth;
Re-clothed in Thy Image
I ever shall be,
Radiating Thy love
Till all men are free!

Dora Van Assen