The risen Lord with two disciples on the road to Emmaus
~ The New Jerusalem ~
|James The Son Of Alphaeus – The New Mind|
“Now the names of the twelve apostles are these; The
first, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother; James the son of
Zebedee, and John his brother; Philip, and Bartholomew; Thomas, and Matthew the
publican; James the son of Alphaeus, and Lebbaeus whose surname was Thaddaeus;
Simon the Canaanite, and Judas Iscariot, who also betrayed him. These twelve Jesus
sent forth, and commanded them, saying, Go
not into the way of the Gentiles, and into any city of the Samaritans enter ye
not: But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of
“Did then that which is good become death unto me? God forbid. But sin, that it might be shown to be sin, by working death to me through that which is good; - that through the commandment sin might become exceeding sinful. For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin. For that which I do I know not: for not what I would, that do I practise; but what I hate, that I do. But if what I would not, that I do, I consent unto the law that it is good. So now it is no more I that do it, but sin which dwelleth in me. For I know that in me, that is, in my flesh, dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me, but to do that which is good is not. For the good which I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I practise. But if what I would not, that I do, it is no more I that do it, but sin which dwelleth in me. I find then the law, that, to me who would do good, evil is present. For I delight in the law of God after the inward man: but I see a different law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity under the law of sin which is in my members. Wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me out of the body of this death? I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then I of myself with the mind, indeed, serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.” Romans 7:13-25 ASV
“For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God. But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his. And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you. Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh. For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live. For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.” Romans 8:3-14 KJV
“And the sixth angel poured out his vial upon the great
“From the place wherein I was held and supported I could see “I AM THAT I AM” upon the Throne with Jesus at His right hand by looking to the left. Jesus wore the garments of the High Priest with the Ephod. As I turned my head to the right and looked down I could see the earth, both were in front of me. Before the Throne were lamps of fire and an altar filled with coals. I heard the Lord say “I will give but a measure of My judgment in the earth….” (This next part I am told to leave out.) (Now continuing.) I saw then an Angel (Holy Seraphim – guardian of the Glory of the Lord) take a coal off of the altar with tongs and cast it into the earth. The coal of fire rolled as a ball of fire across the surface of the earth and across the dust in the seas. As it rolled my heart trembled in fear and I cried unto the Lord concerning the fire of this coal, “Lord, would you save any flesh alive?”. My heart wondered at the extent of this fire for it seemed as though it would destroy all flesh in the earth. I cried unto the Lord that this was more than I could bear to see. But then while beholding this on the earth the Angel which was with me bid me to see and I looked and I saw the Army of the Lord – this which shall be – marching forward upon the earth as though they were but the size of a man’s hand. Before them was a massive billowing of fire, behind them a flame that kindled and burned. But what I noticed encouraged me greatly for I saw that under the feet of this Army flowed forth rivers of livings waters. These waters flowed unabated over the parched earth, flowing with a continued velocity to soften and heal the earth and the places that the fire had burnt were covered after by this living water that flowed as though it were a spring of water, unlimited, out from under the feet of the Army of the Lord. My tears were turned to tears of joy as I saw the answer of the Lord in healing and restoring all creation outside the curse of the fall.”
the son of
This foundation layer of James the less, one of low stature, is to be worked in a slowness of time in the lives of they that overcome by a life lived, learning to base the experience of life to a continued growth in learning to ‘think’ with the mind of the Lord. This is VERY IMPORTANT. There is in us the need to know that we must abandon the carnal mind, the mind that protects itself in the life of this world, and to take on the mind of Christ, the mind that walks, talks and speaks according to the Spirit of the Lord. As one learns to overcome all things day by day through daily trials and testings, they will also learn to discern the carnal mind from the spiritual mind. For the Overcomer has this ability, to know the difference of ‘minds’.
This is a very important thing to learn. One cannot overcome every area of this life and of our life in this present world unless they learn how to walk in the mind of Christ. This is not a “word of faith” doctrine, where you glibly believe for something and therefore you have it. This is the practical outworking of the nature of the Lord in our very thinking, something that is tangible and evident, even though it comes by faith. The mind of Christ in the earth is extremely rare to find and even harder to keep. But it happens as one GROWS UP INTO THE LORD. The mind of learning to think as Jesus thought is the goal of daily overcoming.
So then James Cleopas represents overcoming the carnal mind and replacing it with the mind of Christ. I see in scripture 4 areas that are in the life of a believer. Depending upon your faith, these areas need to be overcome and submitted to respective of the calling of the Lord to “put off the old man and his deeds”. “If so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus: That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.” Ephesians 4:21-24 I see that we have more than just a ‘dual nature’, we actually have 4 parts in us that need to be seen for what they are. Anyone who is desiring all that the Lord has for their lives will in time confront all 4 of these areas in themselves. This is a true working of the Spirit of the Lord and it gives us all we need to overcome the carnality we bear in our natural thinking and the impetus needed to overcome that carnality with the actual thought structure of the mind of Christ.
Overcoming is not just conquering sinful tendencies, the world, the devil or the mind of carnality. Overcoming is also held in equal balance by taking ON the mind of the Lord. Just as the nature of the beast in our flesh needs to be conquered, so the Overcomer needs to “overcome” and take on the nature of the Lord in every respect. Just as the Overcomer learns to conquer the mark of the beast, 666 in the thoughts and works of iniquity in their lives, so the Overcomer also learns to take on the inscribed name of the Father into their thoughts, replacing bestial thoughts with Godly thoughts. Overcoming therefore works in these two realms.
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For these 4 things will endear themselves to you as the mainstay of your faith, you will admit your need for the Lord to keep you, then you will at the same time learn to walk in obedience as a verbal action to see your faith practically made whole.
Here are the 4 things in the life of a believer, and in the life of an Overcomer, they are worked out day by day.
1) The mind of Christ. “But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man. For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.”
1 Corinthians 2:15-16 KJV
2) The carnal mind. “The unspiritual man rejects the things of the Spirit of God, and cannot attain to the knowledge of them, because they are spiritually judged.”
1 Corinthians 2:14
“Because for the mind to be given up to
earthly things means death; but for it to be given up to spiritual things means
Life and peace. Abandonment to earthly things is a state of enmity to God. Such
a mind does not submit to God's Law, and indeed cannot do so. And those whose
hearts are absorbed in earthly things cannot please God.” Romans 8:6-8
3) We have a heart that is deceitful above all things. “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? I the LORD search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings. As the partridge sitteth on eggs, and hatcheth them not; so he that getteth riches, and not by right, shall leave them in the midst of his days, and at his end shall be a fool. A glorious high throne from the beginning is the place of our sanctuary. O LORD, the hope of Israel, all that forsake thee shall be ashamed, and they that depart from me shall be written in the earth, because they have forsaken the LORD, the fountain of living waters. Heal me, O LORD, and I shall be healed; save me, and I shall be saved: for thou art my praise.”
4) We have the power of CHOICE, yielding to whomever we choose to obey. “so also ye, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to the sin, and living to God in Jesus Christ our Lord. Let not then the sin reign in your mortal body, to obey it in its desires; neither present ye your members instruments of unrighteousness to the sin, but present yourselves to God as living out of the dead, and your members instruments of righteousness to God; for sin over you shall not have lordship, for ye are not under law, but under grace. What then? shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace? let it not be! have ye not known that to whom ye present yourselves servants for obedience, servants ye are to him to whom ye obey, whether of sin to death, or of obedience to righteousness? and thanks to God, that ye were servants of the sin, and--were obedient from the heart to the form of teaching to which ye were delivered up; and having been freed from the sin, ye became servants to the righteousness.” Romans 6:11-18 Young’s Literal Translation
Amazing that this duality seems to be outdone by flesh rather than spirit. Have you ever known a time where the flesh does not rule and you wonder where your new created nature actually resides? You look in the mirror and you see that there is nothing of the new nature present. It all seems to be that which is carnal, that which is at enmity against God, that which you HATE.
This is where faith comes in. When James Cleopas walked with the risen Lord on the road to Emmaus after Jesus resurrection, he did not know it was Jesus until they got to the end of the road. Why? Because this same clouding of not knowing where the life of the new nature is was present in his mind at that time. He practically shared the entire story of Christ’s passion with Christ himself, not knowing that it was actually Jesus whom he spoke with. “And, behold, two of them went that same day to a village called Emmaus, which was from
He was hidden from their eyes. There is the crux of this writing. That we are held back from beholding the fullness of our risen Lord because of the nature of flesh we bear. To deny you have a flesh nature disannuls any further work of overcoming. To say you have one sets you into the daily trial of scourging and testing to see this carnality overcome. If you are aware of it or not, it is still a fact that the Mystery of Iniquity is going to work in your flesh until He appears. Or rather, until He makes Himself known to you IN YOU. This is an all out conflict of the righteous confessor verses the ragings of the bestial nature, all happening within those 4 points above and all happening in the faith of the Overcomer. Will there be an end? MOST CERTAINLY. For the end will be when the Lord Himself comes, both by appearing in you in a Holy Myriad of Himself, and by His actual appearing in His Glorified, raised body, that body which is alive now and remains. That body which stands at the right hand of the Father. When HE COMES, your duality will be over and point 1 above will be all that remains.
To be continued...............
Kenneth B Visscher