We see in Scripture in a prophetic week of seven 1000-year days such a loving purposeful plan of God’s dealings with mankind in history, to redeem us and then to join himself with us and then to return to be with us for all eternity. The genealogy from Adam to the present day is about 6000 years. Archaeologists agree that the region of Ur was the place of the first civilized city found (circa 4000 BC). The ruins were first excavated (1854-55) by the British consul J. E. Taylor http://history-world.org/ur.htm This means that the first civilization was around 6000 years ago. Genesis 4:17 Cain built a city. 2 Peter 3:8 … one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. 1John 5:7 there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Spirit: and these three are one. And there are three that bear witness in earth, the Spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one. The actual events of each day’s creation serve as a blueprint for the days of redemption after the fall of Adam. It is breath-taking to behold the wonder of God’s majestic design and purpose for his creation and for his determined plan of creating mankind in his own likeness, first as a creation separate from himself because of being of a lower order, and then recreating him as a New Creation in his Son Jesus, lifting us into being partakers of the divine nature as One Spirit with him. The Scriptures show us that nothing can obstruct this sovereign purpose. Ephesians 1:9 having made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure which He purposed in Himself, that in the dispensation of the fullness of the times He might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven and which are on earth—in Him. In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will, that we who first trusted in Christ should be to the praise of His glory. So no one can stop this purpose from being fulfilled, it’s just a matter of who wants to be partners with God in it. Satan works now, as he did with Adam and as he has always worked, to stop mankind from trusting in God’s wonderful plan and purpose for us – has God said? There will always be things going wrong in life, but this one thing, God’s eternal purpose, will always be on course because it happens ‘according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will, that we who first trusted in Christ should be to the praise of His glory’. This is an invitation (calling – klero) too worthwhile to reject or resist. There is an amazing parallel in the symbolism of events occurring on each day of God’s creative week, to those events occurring on the one thousand year days of God’s redemptive week.

GENERATIONS FROM ADAM TO JACOB * 1 - Adam (generation 1) is created.[1] * 130 - Adam and Eve receive a son, Seth (generation 2) * 235 - Enosh is born (generation 3) * 325 - Kenan is born (generation 4) * 395 - Mahalaleel is born (generation 5) * 460 - Jared is born (generation 6) * 622 - Enoch is born (generation 7) * 687 - Methuselah is born (generation 8) "Methuselah" can be translated "when he dies it comes". * 874 - Lamech is born (generation 9) * 930 - Adam dies, aged 930 * 987 - Enoch taken up by God (did not die [Gen5:24]), aged 365 * 1042 - Seth dies, aged 912 * 1056 - Noah is born (generation 10) * 1140 - Enosh dies, aged 905 * 1235 - Kenan dies, aged 910 * 1290 - Mahalaleel dies, aged 895 * 1422 - Jared dies, aged 962 * 1556 - Noah has three sons: Shem, Ham, and Japheth (generation 11) * 1651 - Lamech (Noah's father) dies, aged 777 * 1656 - Methuselah dies the same year as the flood comes, aged 969 * 1658 - Arpachshad is born (generation 12) * 1693 - Shelah is born (generation 13) * 1723 - Eber is born (generation 14) * 1757 - Peleg is born (generation 15) * 1787 - Reu is born (generation 16) * 1819 - Serug is born (generation 17) * 1849 - Nahor is born (generation 18) * 1878 - Terah is born (generation 19) * 1948 - Abraham is born (generation 20) * 1958 - Sarah, Abrahams wife, is born * 1996 - Peleg dies, aged 239 - this is the first death mentioned in the Bible after the flood * 1997 - Nahor dies, aged 148 * 2006 - Noah, generation 10 after Adam, dies at the age of 950 * 2026 - Reu dies, aged 239 * 2034 - Ishmael is born (generation 21) * 2048 - Isaac is born (also generation 21) * 2049 - Serug dies, aged 230 * 2083 - Terah dies, aged 205 * 2085 - Sarah dies, aged 127 * 2088 - Isaac is married at the age of 40, to Rebecca * 2096 - Arpachshad dies, aged 438 * 2108 - Jacob is born, with his twin Esau (generation 22) * 2123 - Abraham dies, aged 175 * 2126 - Shelah dies, aged 433 * 2158 - Shem dies, aged 600 * 2187 - Eber dies, aged 464 * 2228 - Isaac dies, aged 180 * 2238 - Jacob moves to Egypt at the age of 130 * 2255 - Jacob dies in Egypt, aged 147

Pathway to maturity


Colossians 2:6 My counsel for you is simple and straightforward: Just go ahead with what you've been given. You received Christ Jesus, the Master; now live him. You're deeply rooted in him. You're growing in him. You are grounded in the faith. Now do what you've been taught. School's out; quit studying the subject and start living it! And let your living spill over into thanksgiving.
We receive as children, humble and trusting . We interact with spiritual reality as children. But then we grow up so that we can take hold of the greater promises (2Peter 1:4…Mediator of better covenant…).
Hebrews 5:13 for everyone who lives on milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, since he is a child. But solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil (What is worthwhile from what is worthless).

This message can be illustrated by the two stages of maturity of Israel; The first stage was when they were rescued out of Egypt, and the second stage was as they entered into the promised land. Israel were miraculously taken out of Egypt and led and fed as children during their experience in the wilderness. Everything was done for them. They wandered around in circles for forty years and a generation perished.
1Corinthians 10:1 I don’t want you to forget, dear brothers and sisters, about our ancestors in the wilderness long ago. All of them were guided by a cloud that moved ahead of them, and all of them walked through the sea on dry ground. All of them were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea.
The cloud, Holy Spirit baptism, and the sea, water baptism, were ‘getting out’ not ‘going in’ experiences.

Israel was finally expected to cross the Jordan and enter in to the Promised Land. They were taken out to enter in. Being taken out and rescued is one thing but being take in and challenged is another.
Joshua 3:3 Joshua commanded the people, “As soon as you see the ark of the covenant of the Lord your God being carried by the Levitical priests, then you shall set out from your place and follow it. Yet there shall be a distance between you and it, about 2,000 cubits in length. Do not come near it, in order that you may know the way you shall go, for you have not passed this way before. A new pathway was to be walked 2000 cubits behind our Ark, Jesus, our forerunner. This new generation entered the land strategically, and had to fight the enemy - and they took the land (Nehemiah 9:7, Joshua 21:43-45, Joshua 23:14-16)

The Church was taken out of the world about 2000 years ago and there are always generations of people being prepared to enter in more fully to the promises of God in Jesus Christ. There is also a generation that shall be prepared for the coming of The Lord (at least 4x). Ps 22, Ps 102,

Holy Spirit is gathering and preparing a people to awaken to the invitation to go after the presence of God in their lives. There are people stuck in their circumstances, disappointed and lost or floundering in their faith, but they know there is something more in God for them. Holy Spirit will stir the need in them to set out from their place and go after the presence of God. They will be touched and inspired by God through an anointed company of faithful ones who live to bear His presence in their lives and who are leading the way forward into the fullness of God.
Hebrews 10:19 And so, dear brothers and sisters, now we may walk right into the very Holy of Holies, where God is, because of the blood of Jesus. This is the new and living way that Christ has dedicated for us by tearing the veil - his flesh - to let us into the holy presence of God.


On the day of Pentecost, over 2000 years ago The Holy Spirit spoke to people in a heavenly tongue that they each heard in their own language. This was the first time mankind had heard the voice of The Holy Spirit. This was the dawning of the age of grace and truth, and the law was written on their hearts. Three thousand people were added to the Kingdom on that day.
Acts 2:6 And when this sound occurred, the multitude came together, and were confused, because everyone heard them speak in his own language.

About 1500 years earlier, at the dawning of the age of the Law, Israel were given the Ten Commandments written on stone, as Moses received them on the mountain. On that day, because the people worshiped the golden calf, three thousand people were slain. (Exodus 32).

The age of the flesh gave way to the age of the Spirit, and from that time onwards humanity was in communication with God, through The Holy Spirit.
He speaks to us in our own language, in our own circumstances, simply and clearly, to all those who believe in the Lord Jesus, and who ask the Father for His Holy Spirit to reveal His Son and Himself (Father) to them.

We receive Holy Spirit humbly and simply, as children, trusting Him to lead us and teach us and comfort us through every situation in our lives.
As we receive simply in this way, we also walk in Him simply day by day Colossians 2:6

It has been found that a five year old has an intuitive understanding of physics. They learn a vast amount of science spontaneously and thoroughly, and more easily than they do when they have to study it in depth later on. They learn about Heat, light, sound, gravity, motion, energy, magnetism etc., because they interact with these things as realities and have a language for them and a simple way of measuring them. They know what to expect and what not to expect. Learning is not hard work for them at this time, as it can become when they have to learn definitions and proofs and abstract theories.

So let us not lose our first love, and let us abide in him, and be attentive to His voice.



Psalm 22:1 My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from saving me, from the words of my groaning?
Jesus took this darkness of separation for us so that we would know we would never be forsaken. Then he was able to confirm this afterward, for himself and for all of us and to all of us when he continues to speak from Psalm 22
Verse 24: For he has not ignored or belittled the suffering of the needy.
He has not turned his back on them, but has listened to their cries for help.
Hebrews 13:5 ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you.’
The body of the Psalm tells of his hands and feet being pierced, and the casting of lots for his robe etc.
He then goes on to speak from the Psalm to tell of his becoming our worship in Spirit and in truth
25 I will praise you in the great assembly. I will declare my dedication to you in the presence of those who worship you.
This is confirmed in the New Testament - Jesus becoming our praise and worship – our Hallelujah.
Hebrews 2:11 So now Jesus and the ones he makes holy are of one Being. That is why Jesus is not ashamed to call them his brothers and sisters. For he said to God, “I will proclaim your name to my brothers and sisters. I will praise you in the presence of your assembled people.” He also said, “I will put my trust in him, I and the brothers and sisters God has given me.”
Jesus thanks Father for his gift of us as his brothers and sisters to him.

This worship in Spirit and in truth (John 4:24) shows us how Jesus has words and thoughts about his Father that we do not have and the Spirit can help us in this just as he helps us in prayer (John 6:63 The Spirit alone gives eternal life. Human effort accomplishes nothing. And the very words I have spoken to you are spirit and they are life). Jesus then continues to speak to us from the same Psalm…

Then comes a word for the Church in the last days, before his return – for a special generation.

27 All who seek the Lord will praise him. Their hearts will rejoice with everlasting joy.
The whole earth will acknowledge the Lord and return to him.
28 All the families of the nations will bow down before him.
For royal power belongs to the Lord. He rules all the nations.
29 All those flourishing in Him will join the celebration and worship.
30 A seed shall serve him; it shall be accounted to the Lord for a generation.
They shall come, and shall declare his righteousness unto a people that shall be born, that he has done this.

Psalm 102:18 This shall be written for the generation to come: and the people which shall be created shall praise the Lord. For he hath looked down from the height of his sanctuary; from heaven did the Lord behold the earth To hear the groaning of the prisoner; to loose those that are appointed to death; (Hebrews 9:27…appointed for man once to die…) (1Thessalonians 4:16 …We who are alive and remain)



This is a story is about God accessing our hearts and minds with his good purpose and subduing our resistance because of our ideas of who we are and what we should be doing. God does the approaching.
God wants to guide us in the true manner of responding to him in faith, and to safeguard us from the two following extremes of misunderstanding – under estimating or over estimating our part in his will and purpose in our lives.
1. GIDEON - I’m not worthy so God would not bother with me.
Judges 6:15 So he said to Him, “O my Lord, how can I save Israel? Indeed my clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my father's house.”
God had to do a lot of convincing with Gideon that it was all about God’s grace and power (Grace is a gift [charis] that works in a multitude of expressions – loving spiritual empowerment Ephesians 2:8)

2. SAUL - I’ll make the decisions about what I believe God should endorse (3rd commandment).
1Chronicles 10:14 and Saul did not inquire of the LORD. So the LORD put him to death and turned the kingdom over to David son of Jesse.

Judges 6:11 Gideon was threshing wheat in the winepress, in order to hide it from the Midianites. And the Angel of the Lord appeared to him, and said to him, “The Lord is with you, you mighty man of valor!” Gideon said to Him, “O my lord, if the Lord is with us, why then has all this happened to us? And where are all His miracles which our fathers told us about, saying, ‘Did not the Lord bring us up from Egypt?’ But now the Lord has forsaken us and delivered us into the hands of the Midianites.”
Then the Lord turned to him and said, “Go in this might of yours (just previously proclaimed), and you shall save Israel from the hand of the Midianites. Have I not sent you?”
Judges 6:15 So he said to Him, “O my Lord, how can I save Israel? Indeed my clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my father's house.”
And the Lord said to him, “Surely I will be with you, and you shall defeat the Midianites as one man.”
And THEN the Lord said to Gideon - after shrinking his army from 32,000 to 300;
Judges 7:3 “The people who are with you are too many for Me to give the Midianites into their hands, lest Israel claim glory for itself against Me, saying, ‘My own hand has saved me. And twenty-two thousand of the people returned, and ten thousand remained. (The 10,000 was then reduced to 300)

3. DAVID understood the middle path of grace between the two deceptive extremes. David learned total trust that God knew what was right and best, and found rest and peace in his soul. Jesus is called ‘the son of David’ – the perfect example of that middle path. Acts 13:2 He will do everything I say… David did TWO BIG things – He trusted and he praised/worshipped God.
God has to be anchored somewhere in HIS BEING in the earth and it is in people who turn up as a Gideon willing to be God’s partner – Or as a Saul who is willing to become a David.

2Corinthians 4:7 But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us… 15 For it is all for your sake, so that as grace extends to more and more people it may increase thanksgiving, to the glory of God.


Show us the Father


John 14:9 Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me?
John 1:11 He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him. But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right (freedom) to become children of God, to those who believe in His name. (the freedom of becoming truly formed into who you are meant to be –(we also have the freedom to formed by whatever we might imagine)
John 1:18 No one has seen God at any time. The only begotten Son (the only One of his kind), who is in the bosom of the Father, He has declared Him (made him known).

We are made alive to God by the Spirit, made one with God by Jesus, and formed in God by the Father.
Jesus had the freedom to be formed perfectly into who he was in harmony with his Father. He had to take all of humanity upon himself, from Adam, with the sum total of all of our human imperfection, so he could give us that same freedom.
Luke 2:52 And Jesus grew (prokopto) in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men…
He did all of this so that when he sent his Spirit to be received by us we could also have that freedom to walk with Jesus, and live in accord and agreement with our Father, and become our true selves.
Holy Spirit will always be making us aware of our need for Jesus to be our prayer intercessor and saviour, but Jesus will always be making us aware of our need to be formed as mature sons and daughters by the Father. This becomes more meaningful to us than having our needs met.
Jesus (the complete Son) is and always was The Son and says to us hey get on board with me in this.

How accurate is our idea of what a father is like? What is our idea of our Father God? What is Jesus idea of our Father?
Hebrews 12:9 Furthermore, we have had human fathers who trained us, and we paid them respect. Shall we not much more readily be in subjection to the Father of spirits and live? For they indeed for a few days trained us as seemed best to them, but He does it for our advantage…

What does our training involve? – The reordering of our lives – a higher goal than just our needs.
Why is there disorder? - Our world is invaded by fearful greedy envious violent careless people and the temptation is to become harmful like that instead of loving, like Him.
What are the consequence of that harmfulness? - harmfulness causes suffering.
Why can’t Father do something about stopping those harmful people from causing suffering?
He says I am doing something by forming you into the real you. He says you become part of the answer to this world’s suffering, even in your suffering.
What does Father feel about our suffering? - Father is saddened by his child suffering but he can comfort us in it. So He is more saddened by his child separating from him than by the suffering, because we cannot be comforted when we are separated, but we can be when we are close.


John 16:28
"I came forth from the Father and have come into the world; I am leaving the world again and going to the Father." 
Luke 12:30
So do not be anxious… your Father knows that you need these things. But seek the kingdom of God, and all these things shall be added to you. “Do not fear, little flock, for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom.
John 14:23…
My father and I will come and make our home with you.
John 6:38
"For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me. 
John 14:31
but so that the world may know that I love the Father, I do exactly as the Father commanded Me Get up, let us go from here. 
John 5:19
Therefore Jesus answered and was saying to them, "Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, unless it is something He sees the Father doing; for whatever the Father does, these things the Son also does in like manner. 
John 10:30
"I and the Father are one." 
Even as the Father knows Me and I know the Father; and I lay down My life for the sheep. 
John 15:10
"If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love; just as I have kept My Father's commandments and abide in His love. 
1 John 4:14
We have seen and testify that the Father has sent the Son to be the Savior of the world. 
John 6:57
"As the living Father sent Me, and I live because of the Father, so he who partakes of Me, he also will live because of Me. 
John 10:36
Do you say of Him, whom the Father sanctified and sent into the world, 'You are blaspheming,' because I said, 'I am the Son of God'? 
John 8:18
"I am He who testifies about Myself, and the Father who sent Me testifies about Me." 
John 12:49
"For I did not speak on My own initiative, but the Father Himself who sent Me has given Me a commandment as to what to say and what to speak. 
John 6:32
Jesus then said to them, "Truly, truly, I say to you, it is not Moses who has given you the bread out of heaven, but it is My Father who gives you the true bread out of heaven. 
John 8:54
Jesus answered, "If I glorify Myself, My glory is nothing; it is My Father who glorifies Me, of whom you say, 'He is our God'; 
John 17:1
Jesus spoke these things; and lifting up His eyes to heaven, He said, "Father, the hour has come; glorify Your Son, that the Son may glorify You, 
John 10:18
"No one has taken it away from Me, but I lay it down on My own initiative I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again This commandment I received from My Father." 
John 3:35
"The Father loves the Son and has given all things into His hand. 
Matthew 11:27
"All things have been handed over to Me by My Father; and no one knows the Son except the Father; nor does anyone know the Father except the Son, and anyone to whom the Son wills to reveal Him. 




Jesus came to not only bring forgiveness once and for all, but to be always, every day in every way a saviour for us who believe, uniting his strength to our every weakness and our falling short of his glory, and he ever lives now to be doing that for each believer individually.
Hebrews 7:25 Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost (in every way, for his perfect result) those who come to God through Him…

But further to our individual salvation there is a corporate outworking for us together (with Jesus and one another) living out from and strengthening the gift of salvation that we already have, that bonds us to God and to one another through faith that works by love.
Philippians 2:12 work out (cultivate, carry out to the goal, and fully complete) your salvation (together) with reverence and awe and timidly quivering with apprehension from whatever might offend God and (discredit the name of Christ).

Philippians 2:1 If there is therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies, Fulfill my joy, that you be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. Let nothing be done through ambition or self-conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own things, but also for the things of others.

Hebrews 7:25 Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost (in every way, for his perfect result) those who come to God through Him…since He always lives to make intercession for them. (Intercession is a third party meeting)
Someone is interceding for you now individually. That someone is Jesus, in partnership with The Holy Spirit and The Father. His perfect prayer is always being offered to The Father. (Romans 8:26,34.)

We can join him together for one another. Each one has ‘things’ to face and to live with. We are told that we don’t know or even have to know what to pray for but The Holy Spirit bears the burden of the pain of that with us and Jesus then prays for us. Our Communion today can be a time of standing with one another and with God for the ‘things’ of one another, fears, griefs, sufferings, pain and perplexities. Our ‘thing’ today may be the carrying of ‘things’ for someone else.



We were on the life journey with Jesus when he was on earth, when he went to the cross and took us into death, and with him when he rose from the dead, and when he ascended into Heaven. He took fallen humanity with him.
Ephesians 1:4 He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world …13 In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise,

John 14:23 Jesus answered and said to him, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him. He who does not love Me does not keep My words; and the word which you hear is not Mine but the Father's who sent Me… But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things…

1Corinthians 1:30. But of God you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God
The Corinthians were not pleased with Paul’s preaching, and Paul was disappointed in the Corinthians willingness to embrace his preaching of the cross. Their culture had influenced their attitude to serving God. They were transactional in their relationship with Deity of any kind, and it had confused their understanding of wisdom. The hybrid culture of Jewish religion and diverse Greek philosophies shaped their wisdom into an earthly wisdom (James 3:13). They competed over spiritual things, quarrelled at their Communion services, took one another to court, and generally behaved as natural rather that spiritual people. Having natural wisdom gives people control over organizing their lives. But the cross means letting go of that control.

1Corinthians 2:2 For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.
The cross is mentioned only eleven times in all of the epistles, and all of them by Paul.
It was another one hundred years before the cross was devotedly embraced as a symbol of Christianity.
1Corinthians 1:20 Where is the wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the disputer of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of this world? For since, in the wisdom of God, the world through wisdom did not know God, it pleased God through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe. For Jews request a sign, and Greeks seek after wisdom; but we preach Christ crucified, to the Jews a stumbling block and to the Greeks foolishness, but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men. 30. But of God you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God—and righteousness (Our alignment with God) and sanctification and redemption…
1Corinthians 2:14 These things we also speak, not in words which man's wisdom teaches but which the Holy Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual. But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. But he who is spiritual judges all things, yet he himself is rightly judged by no one. For “who has known the mind of the Lord that he may instruct Him?” But we have the mind of Christ.

Paul explained having the mind of Christ in Philippians 2:5 …Jesus humbled himself and became obedient to the death of the cross. Jesus trusted the wisdom of his Father and we trust Jesus as our wisdom – like a master chess player who knows all the right moves. Paul yearned for them to love God and one another and reap the fullness of salvation of his gospel.
1Corinthians 2:9 “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, Nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.”

Extravagant Act


Jesus was the one and only New Creation (God and man sharing the one being) on earth. Jesus came to give God to humanity as God and man, and took humanity on his life journey to give us to God as God and man. Jesus came as God, to do everything for mankind, to be born as us and for us, live and die as us and for us. Everything he did he made us part of it. He is in Heaven now, as us and for us, and now prays continually for us.


We were also on that life journey with Jesus when he was baptised, for us and as us in water and in the Spirit. Matthew 3:14 And John tried to prevent Him, saying, “I need to be baptized by You, and are You coming to me?” But Jesus answered and said to him, “Permit it to be so now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness.”(You have to let me be baptized because it is what God requires to be carried out for us) Then he allowed Him. (Jesus had to align humanity with God and become the ‘Yes’ of man to God – the One Baptism of water and the Spirit – a commitment to living the Kingdom of God) When He had been baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened to Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming upon Him. And suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”

His baptism with the Spirit was for the empowering of his life as a living witness on earth that he was one with God in Heaven. He then took us on his journey into the wilderness and became our victory over the devil. Jesus went to the cross and took humanity on that journey with him into death (2Corinthians 5:14, Colossians 3:3). Then he rose from the dead and took humanity on that journey too. He went to the Throne room and presented himself on our behalf to the Father. From there his purpose was to give all of mankind the Holy Spirit, and complete humanity’s ‘journey with Jesus’ which would bring humanity as the New Creation into being on the earth.

This corporate New Creation came into being at Pentecost – as momentous an Act as the First Creation – God and man as One – God with us.

It is not us getting our act together, but us getting his Act – together.


Colossians 1:16 All things were created through Him and for Him. And He is prior all things, and in Him all things have their existence and are held together. 22 He has done this through the death on the cross of his own human body, and now as a result Christ has brought you into the very presence of God… (Christ in you, the hope of glory)

PENTECOST - BAPTIZED WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT – The power of living the New Creation Life.

Acts 1:4 Wait for the Promise of the Father, “which,” He said, “you have heard from Me; for John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.” 8 And you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me (a testimony that I AM) in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

The disciples were waiting and prepared on the day of Pentecost for the Promise of the Father, to be baptized with the Holy Spirit, not that they perhaps understood what that meant until it happened. These were the first, since Jesus, to experience being a New Creation.

Acts 2:16 But this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel ‘And it shall come to pass in the last days, says God, That I will pour out of My Spirit on all flesh. All were given God’s New Creation life within them but all did not KNOW IT (Ephesians 4:17). Not ALL were baptised with the Holy Spirit and power to be a living testimony that God lived within them.

1Timothy 4:10 … because we trust in the living God, who is the Savior of all men, especially of those who believe. These things command and teach.

Acts 19:2 he said to them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?” So they said to him, “We have not so much as heard whether there is a Holy Spirit.” And he said to them, “Into what then were you baptised?” So they said, “Into John's baptism.” Then Paul said, “John indeed baptized with a baptism of repentance, saying to the people that they should believe on Him who would come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus.” When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. And when Paul had laid hands on them, the Holy Spirit came upon them, and they spoke with tongues and prophesied.

We too have heard the truth and are able to personalise it and fall in love with it as the New Creation. We continue to be ‘being filled’. (Ephesians 5:18)


Mark 14:22 And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them and said, “Take, eat; this is My body. ”Then He took the cup, and when He had given thanks He gave it to them, and they all drank from it. And He said to them, “This is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many. Assuredly, I say to you, I will no longer drink of the fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new in the kingdom of God. ”And when they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives. Then Jesus said to them, “All of you will be made to stumble because of Me this night, for it is written ‘I will strike the Shepherd, And the sheep will be scattered “But after I have been raised, I will go before you to Galilee. Peter said to Him, “Even if all are made to stumble, yet I will not stumble.” Jesus said to him, “Assuredly, I say to you that today, even this night, before the rooster crows twice, you will deny Me three times.” But he spoke more vehemently, “If I have to die with You, I will not deny You!” And they all said likewise. Vs.50 Then all His disciples deserted Him and fled.

The disciples could not share a communion of the Spirit with Jesus, but we can!

2Corinthians 13:14 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all. Amen.

THE SPIRIT Ephesians 4:1…Live a life fitting for the invitation you have received from God, humbly, gently, patiently, forbearing one another in love, Be diligent to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit…

THE BLOOD 1Corinthians 10:16 The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of Christ? 1Corinthians 11:25 “This cup is the new covenant in my blood (cutting the covenant). 2 Corinthians 3:6 God has made us sufficient to be ministers of a new covenant, 2Corinthians 4:11 ... So death is at work in us, but life in you. We are called (invited) to be the anointing of God in the earth to bring the blessing that God desires for his children in the earth, so that they will respond to his goodness and come to know him.

THE BREAD 16. The bread which we break, is it not the communion of the body of Christ? For we, though many, are one bread and one body; for we all partake of that one bread. Hebrews 10:5 A body have you prepared for me; … Then I said, ‘Behold, I have come to do your will, O God, Romans 12:1 I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.

Where God is present through us in faith and love, there the situations are reordered by God. Our existence becomes a secondary existence. It becomes our grateful assistance to the good will of God, to feed the bread of his will into peoples’ lives

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