The most subtle influence satan has on the believer is not temptation to do evil, but rather temptation to do good. The temptation to live by a set of ethics, morals and values and focus on self-improvement is by far the most effective method the wicked one has to keep the believer from realizing union with the Father. Let us then see by faith our union with the Tree of Life — Jesus — and refuse the temptation to eat from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil.
The Meaning of Union 22 by David Heisler
Look again at how John describes Fathers: “I write unto you, fathers, because ye have known him that is from the beginning.” [I John 2.13] There is such clarity in that vantage point – knowing Him – the One from the beginning. All the nonsense of religious Christianity drops away at that point. Get it? It is not religion – it is knowing Him.
“And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent. “ [John 17.3] That statement is beyond human grasp – except by intuition.
So how do you get it? How do you “know” your union? How do you know “Him from the beginning”? Well, for one, you do, whether you know it or not. That fact is eternally true. You are a father whether you appear to be or not. Your feelings are irrelevant as to eternal truth. Appearances can be irrelevant as to eternal truth. Feelings and appearances are not relevant unless they align with eternal truth.
But, there is one thing you must know. He always gives confirmation of what is real – eventually. That old missionary always talked about expressing faith like committing yourself to sitting in a chair. Have you ever seen someone sit in a chair and the chair broke. I have. It’s very funny if it’s not you. It does happen. Sometimes chairs break. However, He does not break. So, just take your seat.
More on that in Part 23
The Meaning of Union 21 by David Heisler
So – we are now the expression of Him who is Love. And, we are in fact, Love ourselves. We know that we are Fathers. We know that it is important to know this. But, ultimately, what is the purpose in all this? Are we created to be a race of immature Children and Young Men? Is there some eternal purpose in all being self-centered – “getting the blessings” like kids in a candy store? No, of course not.
The truth is that we are mature. We do know who we are. We are safe. We are His expression. He is the Lover. We are lovers. He is the Creator. We are creators. He gave His Life. We shall give our lives. This is truly Christianity. This is who we are. The process of going from the consciousness of Children to Young Men to Fathers is what Paul described as the “renewing of your mind”. “… be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind …” [Romans 12.2] “And be renewed in the spirit of your mind …” [Ephesians 4.23] Understanding that, as a Father, you exist for others is very different and very much bigger than your original thoughts about Christianity.
The Father’s mind is renewed. He does not see Christianity as a religion to improve his self. His self will never be improved, only replaced by Christ Himself. Fathers do not look to “get something” out of Christianity – rather – he sees himself as one who gives all because he loves and is love himself.
More on that in Part 22