June 2017 Newsletter - Lenny King
In this season the LORD is really pressing us all to be transformed in mind through the washing by the revelation of the Word. The revelatory Word of Yah leads one into the death-to-self process, as he leads us into repentance and teaches us how to effectively lose the passions of the world unto the possession of eternal life.
The scripture that the LORD has placed on my heart is Matthew 16:25 "For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.” Learning to allow ourselves to be cleansed of all carnal mindsets and ideas through repetitive encounters with Yeshua is an essential part of the death-to-self process. In order to be a follower of the LORD and lift Him up in our lives, we must deny ourselves of anything that does not line up with the revelation of the Word. This is how one loses his life and gains life eternal, allowing the LORD to transform our minds through putting on the mind of Christ.
A perfect example of this concept of Jacob wrestling the message (the angel of the Lord), where he sees the LORD face to face and his life was preserved. When Jacob received a name change to Israel, he had a revelation of Yeshua and was thus infused with His divine character. Jacob names that place where He met the LORD “Penuel” which means “facing God” because he ventured behind the veil and met a facet of the LORD that he had never seen before, setting him free from the bondage of ignorance or lack of understanding. Jacob lost his head (or mindset), meaning he lost his life for the sake of holiness and his life was preserved. The word “preserved” in the Brown-Driver-Briggs lexicon is H5337, which means “to deliver from sin and guilt.” In Hebrew, the concept of sin is ignorance of truth or lack of understanding. It was a true exchange of revelation for his carnal mind, an appearing of the Holy One. The life of a person is in the blood and eternal life is in the blood of the lamb. Matthew 16:26 states "For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?
Origen speaks of the exchange for one’s life and states:
“But the saying, “What shall a man give in exchange for his own life,” (Mat_16:26) if spoken by way of interrogation, will seem to be able to indicate that an exchange for his own life is given by the man who after his sins has given up his whole substance, that his property may feed the poor, as if he were going by that to obtain salvation; but, if spoken affirmatively, I think, to indicate that there is not anything in man by the giving of which in exchange for his own life which has been overcome by death, he will ransom it out of its hand. A man, therefore, could not give anything as an exchange for his own life, but God gave an exchange for the life of us all, “the precious blood of Christ Jesus,” (1Pe_1:19) according as “we were bought with a price,” (1Co_6:20)“having been redeemed, not with corruptible things as silver or gold, but with precious blood, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot,” even of Christ. (1Pe_1:18, 1Pe_1:19) And in Isaiah it is said to Israel. “I gave Ethiopia in exchange for thee, and Egypt and Syene for thee; from what time thou hast become honorable before Me thou wast glorified.” (Isa_43:3, Isa_43:4) For the exchange, for example, of the first-born of Israel was the first-born of the Egyptians, and the exchange for Israel was the Egyptians who died in the last plagues that came upon Egypt, and in the drowning which took place after the plagues. But, from these things, let him who is able inquire whether the exchange of the true Israel given by God, “who redeems Israel from all his transgressions,” (Psa_130:8) is the true Ethiopia, and, so to speak, spiritual Egypt, and Syene of Egypt; and to inquire with more boldness, perhaps Syene is the exchange for Jerusalem, and Egypt for Judaea, and Ethiopia for those who fear, who are different from Israel, and the house of Levi, and the house of Aaron.”
Origen eloquently asserts that the true meaning of exchanging one’s carnal life for life eternal is the atonement or covering of the carnal mind or sin by the eternal blood sacrifice of the lamb of God. We accept the blood of Christ through learning his ways and exchanging the character of Egypt for Israel. This is a very weighty concept that highlights the transformative power of the knowledge/understanding of the deep things of God which produces faith unto action.
Origen asserts that the Passover was an exchange of the first born of Egypt for the first born of Israel. I can see that this is an intrinsic transformation that occurs in the minds of believers, who by faith, cross over from a mindset of limitation and mixture into a pure mindset that reigns over the carnal mind in victory. This is the inheritance of the overcomer, to take on the character of the Most High as we ascend and exude the power of Yah in our lives to glory.
Matthew 16:27 "For the Son of Man will come in the glory of His Father with His angels, and He will reward each according to his works.” The LORD will reward those who overcome the flesh by face to face encounters, as it is written: Isa 43:3-4 “For I am the LORD your God, The Holy One of Israel, your Savior; I gave Egypt for your ransom, Ethiopia and Seba in your place. Since you were precious in My sight, You have been honored, And I have loved you; Therefore I will give men for you, And people for your life.”
The true process of perfection, if we are taking it seriously, is what it takes to be released from the bondage and limitations of Egypt. The revelation process is what releases us from sin and into the divine order of heaven. The loss of an earthly or base life is the exchange for access into the eternal pleasures that the LORD has to offer all those that believe and understand the truth of His Word. May we all be transformed by the regeneration of our minds and to Yah be the glory.