Redemption ManagementBronson Haley
I want to make it clear that the purpose of this post is not to hate on the Christian Church. In this post, I am only touching base on a topic I have been studying for 10 years—the demon of religion. I am currently writing a book on this that will delve much deeper than what you find in this post. I believe that even as the various Christian denominations disagree, in sometimes very aggressive ways, that God has revealed facets of Himself to them all. I believe the problem is that each religious institution believes that God has revealed Himself entirely to each of them. The teacher preaches that his doctrine describes Him perfectly and they are responsible for managing Him. I believe that is one of the most deceptive forms of pride and pride restricts the Holy Spirit and limits the teacher to whatever truth they do have and nothing more. The teacher is basically holding up his or her most pure doctrine and declaring “Look! This describes Him perfectly and there is nothing else!” I don’t believe it and I have not witnessed it either. Nor do I believe the He has revealed Himself entirely to me. At some point, we as believers will need to humble ourselves and consider that maybe we haven’t discovered all of Him. Through this humility we will subject each other as teachers and the children of God to receiving additional facets of His Glory. We will discover that redemption is of many colors and goes deeper than we can possibly comprehend. It took the Son of God to bring redemption to earth and it takes the Son of God to manage it.
When we feel deflated, helpless, alone, or lose sight of the hope of recovery and redemption, we need to replace that fear with the understanding that if God were going to ever withdraw redemption on any level, at any time, He would have done it in the Garden of Eden. Adam and Eve had never tasted the lust of the flesh before eating the fruit in the garden in which God had commanded them not to eat. They were so in tune with the straight and narrow during their early days on earth that they could not even entertain evil. Evil simply didn’t exist in their lives. It was impossible for evil to have any spiritual influence on Adam and Eve in the beginning. They sinned only because the serpent had deceived Eve and not because her body and spirit ached toward sin or responded to evil in any way. They were both disobedient to God by a mere decision, which is the very essence of sin—disobedience to Him. Adam and Eve had never tasted the lust of the flesh prior to the fall and had never experienced any kind of unclean spiritual fellowship. Just as we cannot fathom a life without a struggle with sin, they could not fathom a life with any kind of struggle. Adam and Eve only walked with God under His spiritual protection and desired nothing else. And then it happened. Even with all that protection and lack of any desire to sin, they fell.
Not only did God not withdraw redemption in the garden, He also put it in place. Redemption was actually set in stone from the garden within seconds of sin. Before God even spoke to Adam and Eve about their sin in the garden and the consequences for their actions, He sent a message to Satan. God immediately told the serpent that redemption was on His way to crush Him. “And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel.” (Genesis 3:15)
Today, the fight is never-ending and puts on a production at every corner. We as human beings were all born into a world of evil and under the curse of sin, no matter how righteous our mom and dad may have been. You and me have always known the lust of the flesh since the very beginning of our lives. We can be sure today that if God did not withdraw even a fraction of redemption in the garden, that it’s still available to us today NO MATTER WHAT. Some people and various religions have a hard time describing redemption and what it might mean in your life and many miss the mark. However, when it comes to the redeeming power of the blood of Jesus Christ, we need to be confident that its described perfectly within the context of His “manifold” wisdom noted in Ephesians 3:10. “His intent was that now, through the church, the “manifold” wisdom of God should be made known to the rulers and authorities (angels) in the heavenly realms.”
The Greek word for “manifold” in this scripture is poikilos and means “of many colors”. The religious institution has put in a good effort to perfectly discern the many colors of His Wisdom concerning redemption, but has not been able to describe it perfectly, not even close. To further clarify my point, notice in Ephesians 3:10 that it was only through the church (God’s Children who are born again) that even the angels would begin to understand His Wisdom of many colors. Please take another look at that scripture. Redemption was not available to angels and they had never witnessed it before Christ. The angels only began to understand the different colors of His Wisdom when they witnessed what Jesus did for man by dying and rising from the dead, which is where God introduced redemption to the world. Jesus basically fulfilled the Words of the prophets of old when no one had understood what they meant when they prophesied about the coming of the Messiah—Jesus Christ. “It was revealed to them (the prophets in the Old Testament) that they were not serving themselves but you (Their Words pointed in the direction of Jesus our redeemer and our need for Him), when they spoke of the things that have now been told to you (Jesus dying and rising from the dead) by those who have preached the gospel to you (Those in which His Glory would be revealed) by the Holy Spirit (The revealer of His Glory) sent from heaven. Even angels long to look into these things. (The angels become spectators as they discover the many colors of His Wisdom revealed through the church)” (1 Peter 1:12) Making sense? Therefore, according to this scripture as well, angels only began to learn the depths of His redemption by watching His children (the church) receive and respond to the gospel preached by the Holy Spirit that was sent from heaven. It is through the redemption of His children that the depth of His Glory is revealed in the earth. How precious is this topic to the Father? Thankfully, redemption is under His protection so do not be discouraged that we might become confused by what we sometimes witness in some churches or some people. If there were no confusion, Christian churches would not be divided to the point where even the angels in heaven get lost in their teachings. He sent His Son to bring redemption to earth and chose Him to manage it. Not even the angels have a say in this.
Instead of simply standing at our own pulpit administering redemption to the people according to our own understanding and doctrine, let’s also keep a close eye on each one of His children who are struggling toward Him through the confusion and pain of this dark world. He plans to reveal Himself to them and through them. These precious miracles may not be listed in some of the various Christian doctrines no matter how prestigious and proven they may be. Didn’t we learn anything from Matthew 18:3? “And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” It takes a humble heart to become like a child. Do not judge them and do not reject them. They do not have to be perfect in their understanding as they are only children. They are going to fall and they will be lifted up again. If we do not become like them (in the context of humility) it would only be out of disobedience and pride, which puts us in opposition to the Father (James 4:6). If He opposes us, we are restricted by Him to whatever Truth we have. However great our teaching may be, it certainly does not dissect the many colors of His Wisdom and likely does not get even close. It’s through this kind of humility where the many colors of His wisdom are revealed. This is the only way to approach Him in order to receive anything, especially in the hour of darkness, lest we become in danger of being deceived by a wolf in sheep’s skin.
Come on men and women of God! Let’s decrease so that He can increase in them (the children of God, all of us)! Let’s take a seat beside the angels in heaven to discover the depths of Redemption from the front row. We should take notes during this time. As they arrive (the children of God), no matter how long they have been gone or how extreme the heights from which they have fallen, they will grow toward Him and they will recognize His voice. He will describe the various colors of redemption as the see it unfold in them. Through Jesus Christ, as the redeeming power of His blood drips from the heart of our Father and manifests in their lives, the children of God will be restored and we don’t want to miss the opportunity to become a witness in this hour. It is through the children that King of Glory and every facet of His majesty will be revealed in this earth. We must become like them! We are them!
“Now, brothers and sisters, I have applied these things to myself and Apollos for your benefit, so that you may learn from us the meaning of the saying, “Do not go beyond what is written.” Then you will not be puffed up in being a follower of one of us over against the other. For who makes you different from anyone else? What do you have that you did not receive? And if you did receive it, why do you boast as though you did not?” (1 Corinthians 4:6-7)