By Fred Pruitt
(What appears below are short or quick answers I have shared with various people about questions which are common among us.)
Thanks for writing and expressing your thoughts [regarding Jacob and Esau]. I admit on the surface what I have written to some sounds contradictory to scripture. It took me years to come to that understanding, and years more to express it clearly. Apparently, I still have some ways to go with that. But it does not surprise me that folks initially balk at some of what I have said. But I can only give it as I believe it has been given to me.
I don’t have time at the moment for a lengthy explanation, but even if I did, I would not be able to say it more succinctly than in the link below. I have reworked that piece since I first wrote it in 2012 and have posted each “update” (about 4 or 5 I think) on my blog. The one below is the latest, from March of this year .
One thing I’ll mention and then I must go. If you can, take your attention away from the historical Esau, and consider “Esau-ness” like a spiritual condition. Because that’s really what it is. Everybody who does not have the Spirit of Christ is Esau, or Adam, or Cain. The point of the scripture is not to point out how Abel or Jacob were better people and therefore acceptable to God, but to realize that Christ comes into our lives first to save US, and then through and as OUR lives to save others! To change them from First Adam, Cain, or Esau, into “Christ in us — Last Adam,” Cain into Abel, and Esau into Jacob. God hasn’t sent us out to curse anyone and if we find someone cursed, I can’t see any other responsibility on our part but to lift that curse, because we are sent to save, not destroy. We see people as who they truly are/could be in the sight of God, instead of leaving them in the condition and captivity of and to sin.
One grave problem I see in the Body of Christ in our day is that we make too much of the worldly people being our “enemy.” It’s rampant. It’s amazing how fast the transition happens sometimes, too. People who are walking around their whole lives in the kingdom of wrath, deceived by Satan and Sin, doing the deeds and thinking the thoughts of darkness, were at one time us! We were that! No one is righteous. No, not one. We “get saved,” join the church (and it also depends on the church), and after a while we forget that we were those folks not that long ago, and begin to think of “them” as enemies — Esaus if you will. Jesus died for the Esaus, the Adams, the Cains. To bring them back. Adam’s “opposite” is Christ, Cain’s is Abel as representing Christ essentially dying for Cain, and Esau’s is Jacob, who also represents Christ to Esau. These people are the people God sends us to, not to condemn, but to lift up, to declare God’s already accomplished reconciliation toward them.
“For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. 7 For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. 8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
21 And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled 22 In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight.”
Well, that’s it for the moment. This below may or may not clear things up for you.
You ask, are we in a spiritual war?
No, actually, we are not. We are living in an already accomplished victory, accomplished by the Holy Blood of Jesus as well as the marring and death of His Body, in a once-for-all-time sacrifice, visible in earth in time and space to multitudes of credible witnesses, yet having already been established from eternity since He is called the “Lamb slain from the foundations of the earth,” sitting in the midst of the Eternal Throne.
It is into His Eternal Kingdom we have been translated from darkness to Light as Paul wrote. We live out of that kingdom. We are already there in Spirit/spirit, (union of our human spirit and the Eternal Spirit of God, thus making one), but not yet in body. Still, that does not matter. So we acknowledge no spirit that does not bow to this truth. Since we are now in Him and He in us, we can say, because He says it in us, that, “The prince of this world cometh, but He hath nothing in Me.” Even as Paul said the same thing in his admonition to give “no place” to the devil. For him, there’s no room in our inn. No vacancy. In every area he is already defeated, and his only “weapon” is to get us to disbelieve the truth we know in Christ, and accept his condemnations of us.
Now, in the sense there is struggle sometimes in regards to these things, we still get pitched to and fro on the waves of our souls and bodies every day. That’s called temptation. Nothing to worry about when you know you are not you, but HE as you, so that you no longer live out of your own self-understanding and inadequacy, but to begin to realize He is within you every moment upholding you in His adequacy, that your life expresses Him in you and as you. So, you don’t “fight” darkness, just turn on the light. Where is the darkness then?
God has you in His rest. Abide there.
In working on a reply to you, I realized that the attached link to my blog was everything I could say regarding your questions. Sometimes you just have to slog it out, day after day after day. You are right to only seek and acknowledge the “keeping” of the Lord, because you know you cannot “keep” yourself. I know many people who have had times such as you describe, including bi-polar, manic depressive, alcoholism and smoking cigarettes. Keep on doing what you are doing. Rest in the Lord, regardless of how you feel, regardless of how many times you think you have “fallen,” just get back up, don’t blame yourself and don’t blame God, but just trust trust trust that He has you and IS your deliverance, which always starts and is realized “within,” before it shows up in the outer, or even if it never shows up in the outer. The Inner is the REAL! The outer is passing by faster than the scenery from a fast moving train. You know you can’t look straight out into the scene when is a fast vehicle. Immediately in front of our vision the scene moves so quickly it is sometimes difficult for our brains to comprehend what we say. However, when we view it looking at and angle to the left or right, everything looks normal, not rushing by, but it keep proceeding forward as we keep entering into different vistas and environments, while where we came from recedes from sight and often even memory. That’s what’s happening when are trying so hard, even trying hard to not try, wanting so much to be released, it’s because of the confusion we see before us when we look directly into the whizzing scenery directly not far from the ends of our noses, and we cannot make any sense of it nor will be ever! Remember what Paul said,
“Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, 14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” (Phil 3:13,14).
Get your eyes off the past which was gone before you even perceived it, let it recede, don’t look at the confusion, but look always forward and upward. That is the moving of the Spirit in you and continually see Christ in your vision, not apart from you, but as You, He has the reins, and HE IS YOUR TEACHER who guides you every step of the way and ultimately you see He IS you!
So anyway, I recommend you read the article linked below, and let these things simmer in you, and above all, do not know any fear, be no longer afraid, and trust the Shepherd in you in everything you do.
In the “knowledge of God,” there is a difference between objective knowledge, which I am certain you understand, and as you phrased it, “subjective” knowledge. One, the former, is simply information, theories, hypotheses, ways of thinking, stuff we “deal with,” or what we attempt to “apply” in any given situation. All of that stuff is outside us, not a part of us, but rather out there milling around in a hodge-podge patchwork of trying to understand or grasp God in some way. … The “Biblical knowing,” is we are what we know. There is no “gap” between us and God in this state. We are spontaneously living as ourselves, but it is also Christ in us as one with us.
And while this is a necessary period almost all of us experience, the Spirit comes one day and says, “Ok, we’re moving on.” The “moving on” is what John Bunting calls, “Graduation.” We graduate from spiritual babies or teenagers, where much of the day by day knowledge is objective and eventually frustrating, because we keep trying to grasp and hold on to objective truths and make them work. But that is a lost cause, because objective truth isn’t truth at all, since it has no substance in and of itself. It is only meant to be a pointer, road signs if you will, of the greater reality that lies ahead. … When the Spirit moves us into that final subjective “knowing,” we have found the inner rest and inner peace. We ARE, not one day will be. Finally we take it to be a “fixed” thing, that we are He living and expressing Himself as our human selves.
But before we see the glory, we are privileged by the Spirit to see the lie in all its shame, and find the Spirit’s and our full hatred for it. Having seen it for what it is, it is the “accursed thing,” and we know not to touch it. It is “Achan’s sin.” It is that wicked thing we learn to “touch not.” It was John Nash’s delusions (the film “A Beautiful Mind”). He still saw them in the end, but their power had been broken and he was no longer under their spell! You hear it cranking up in your mind, that “I-I-I-I” voice, that you always used to respond to, but now it holds no power.
Because the beauty of this, is once one sees the delusion of independence, instead of producing shame and humiliation that one could be caught in such a thing, it becomes a great joy! First, because we can now ridicule what once held us, because now that we see the delusion, its power is broken! We cannot escape a nature – like a sin nature, that can’t be fixed!
And that is why this is such good news, and even a greater joy! It is not ME!!! It has NEVER been “me” that was the problem. This is not escaping “responsibility” for my sins and/or actions, because it is not about excusing or getting myself off the hook. I participated and was willingly at heart “for” myself, though I thought I was a pretty good nice guy. But at this juncture, we have hit the bottom source, there is no further source to seek, for that which caused our fall, and that same thing, which now cannot prevent our resurrection! We are NOT imprisoned in an unchanging “sin nature” from which physical death is the only escape, but rather, the offense, the “liar and father of it,” has been rejected, and as Proverbs says, “Cast out the scorner, and contention shall go out; yea, strife and reproach shall cease.” (Prov 22:10).
It will come back again and again as temptation, and we may fall for it here and there as the Lord determines, but it will never be back again as our boss and owner. We’re shed of that now. It will reappear as temptation time and again, but now we have seen it for what it is, and have the consciousness of it, and when it does come back which it will, we’re pretty quick to spot it and say, “Flee – out! I’ll have none of that!” When once we see how dark and lightless it was, we marvel that it held us, for it is so pitiful in the light.
On earth as it is in heaven. And the Word was made flesh. And now the Word is made flesh in us, and this is on earth, as it is in heaven.