Are You Seeing Red?

(I was inspired to write this after reading some of Watchman Nee's .. The Normal Christian Life.)

Ephesians 1:7 (Amp) In Him we have redemption (deliverance and salvation) through His blood, the remission (forgiveness) of our offenses (shortcomings and trespasses), in accordance with the riches and the generosity of His gracious favor,

The Blood of Jesus is applied to the life of a person who professes Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior and who asks Jesus to bring newness into their lives. (Heb. 9:12) The Blood of Jesus is applied to the life that understands that only through His Blood, can a person build on a relationship with the Father. The conscience repents and the soul cries out for the Blood.
The Blood is then applied in three ways. Godward, manward and Satanward. The Blood is the only means of satisfying God toward man. The Blood of Jesus is not so much for the satisfaction of man, but the satisfaction of God towards man. God must be satisfied first and the Blood of Jesus has met the requirements and expectations of God the Father. This is the Blood applied Godward.
How does the Blood work against Satan? The Blood allows us to have God on our side. Satan is the accuser and uses sin to accuse us before God. (Rev. 12:10) When we stand before both God and Satan, we must keep our attention on and our confidence in, the Blood of Jesus. This satisfies God that we are made righteous in Him and goes on to prove Satan to be a liar. (Rom. 8:31) The Blood is enough for God.
God is able to deal with a person's sin. However, He cannot deal with a person under accusation - As this person is not trusting (believing and putting faith in) the precious Blood. We should never try to persuade Satan that we are 'good' or 'worthy' or 'righteous', no matter the works we might have accomplished for the Kingdom of God. We must never throw our works into the face of Satan. How are we to answer the accuser? We remind him of the Blood!
When Satan accuses, a person will immediately look for ways to defend themself. Satan says, "You are weak and God has turned His back on you!" The temptation is then, to look within and find some goodness with which to defend ourselves. This will eventually lead to self-righteousness, which leads to allowing Pride and Ego to be our god. Or, we are accused and we look within and admit that we are indeed weak and we do feel as if God has turned His back to us. Which leads us to despair and eventually, we turn from God and return to our former selves. Either way, we are down for the count. Satan has us looking within ourselves, when all the while, we have been told by God Himself to look to the Blood of Jesus. When we do not understand or realize our Adamic nature, we will continue to have expectation of ourselves and our abilities. So when Satan does come along to accuse (and he will!), we are taken down, either immediately or eventually.
We must make a conscious effort to recognize that only God can answer the accuser and He has already done so - In the precious Blood of Jesus. (Rev. 12:11) So when you see 'Red' this season, let it be a constant reminder of the precious Blood of Jesus and the working power of the Blood in our daily lives. And when you see white, let it remind you that the Blood only, can purify and make new! And when you see green, let it remind you that with the Blood, all things become new!

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lifegate 6 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

That is a great book. It really points out how shallow some of us live the Christian life. Great Hub as well!


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Debradoo 6 years ago from Cocoa, Florida Author

It sure is Lifegate. It is not meant for those who want to just breeze through their Christianity. It is excellent for those who seek a deeper understanding, spiritually. And thanks for the compliment, as always, a pleasure to hear from you!


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jacksson47 3 years ago from Reedley, CA

Satisfaction theology is a heresy. God is not mad at man, He loves man and Jesus came to put down death and the grave, not to offer Himself as the means of satisfying the demands of the angry Father for satisfaction. The satisfaction garbage came primarily through Augustine to Aquinas and then was picked up by the Protestants. The causes of corruptibility and death are, first of all, the devil, and second, man's ongoing cooperation with him that brought in evil through man's departure from God. For this reason, "the present age and the future one are mutual enemies" (Clement of Rome, 2nd Epistle to the Corinthians, VI, 3.

Augustine, followed by Western Theologians in general, saw death and corruptibility as the consequences of a decision by a God that saw judged mankind guilty and punished it. This theory leads on to the concept of Satan as a tool of God with God being the cause of death and corruption. God did not create death, we brought it upon ourselves by our wicked purpose (our will); life is God and death is the deprivation of life.

There is an excellent book, in fact, the best one on the subject entitled "The Ancestral Sin" by Father John S. Romanides.


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Debradoo 3 years ago from Cocoa, Florida Author

Thanks Jacksson. I will check out that book.


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jacksson47 3 years ago from Reedley, CA

Fr. John was an interesting and some say a very holy man. I tend to go with the latter; several of my friends took classes from him in Thessaloniki and I heard some interesting stories. When he was defending his doctoral dissertation at the University of Athens, the committee head said that he would not accept any quotations by St. Gregory Palamas because he was not university educated. Fr. John replied, "then that means that I cannot use any of the writings of Saints Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, etc. There were quite a few snickers from the rest of the committee. He ultimately received his PHD. He lived in the U.S. from 1927 to 1968 and taught at Holy Cross Theological School in Brookline, Massachusetts until 1969 when he started teaching at the University of Athens. He does the best job of refuting the heresies of Augustine of anyone that I know of.


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Debradoo 3 years ago from Cocoa, Florida Author

Thanks Jacksson. Honestly, I had no idea this doctrine concerning the payment made to appease an angry God, began with Augustine. As I grow in my walk with Him though, I find myself questioning any beliefs I may have concluded about the relation between God and man at the time sin entered the world. And I am inclined to revise this post when time allows. Thanks for bringing this to my attention.


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jacksson47 3 years ago from Reedley, CA

My original solution as a Protestant at the time was the Holy Scriptures, but I heard too many conflicting opinions about the same passages and had read the entire bible many times including to some degree in Hebrew and to a larger degree in Greek. Many times I noticed that the man in the pulpit didn't seem to have a clue what the Bible obviously said in the proper context of the passage, he would twist it around to justify what he was trying to push down our throats. Don't get me wrong, there were also some very good men in the pulpits. But, along the way I read almost everything I could get my hands on in the book store and the bible college library (about 20,000 volumes - I didn't read them all). And I started having trouble with Calvin and Luther after I took "The History of Christianity" from a Mennonite professor. When I found out that Calvin had murdered around 12,000 Anabaptists because they didn't agree with his dogmas and when I found out that Luther had condemned about 300,000 peasants to their death (they were "rightfully" revolting) by telling the German rulers, to "kill them all, how dare they revolt against their lawful rulers", I could no longer look up to these so-called pillars of Protestantism. Roman Catholicism was out of the picture with all of their errors and I reached a dilemma in where to go to church. My epiphany moment came when my wife saw a notice in the newspaper that Frankie Schaeffer was going to be at the local Greek Church to present why he had become "Eastern (Greek) Orthodox"; I had read everything that his father had written as one of the few meaningful voices in Protestantism. We went to listen and walked out Orthodox, or at least on our way. Just the last few years (about 17) with much studying and reading under my belt have I finally reached the point where I can consider myself to be Orthodox. The main pivotal points that Orthodoxy has that the RCs and Protestants don't have is a solid reliance on not only the Holy Scriptures, but also the writings of the Early Fathers (who align their writings with the scriptures) and the ongoing tradition of the church which also aligns itself with the scriptures AND the fathers. Someone once said to me, the church ceased to exist in recognizable form around 312 A.D. when the Emperor Constantine made it the official religion of the Roman Empire and I answered him back, if that is so, then you don't have a bible because the Church in about 397 A.D. formalized the canon of scripture as to what was and what was not of apostolic tradition out of the 100s of writings floating around the Mediterranean world.


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jacksson47 3 years ago from Reedley, CA

Lots of what Augustine wrote was good, but there were also a lot of errors that did not line up with the teachings of the Church. He was isolated as the bishop of Hippo (surrounded by Vandal armies) and could not received the corrections that other theologians had in their interface with each other. At this point in time, the churches all around the Mediterranean world were basically in communion with the exception of the Copts in Egypts. As a result of his isolation, his writings did not receive immediate criticism from others who more than likely had a much deeper understanding of the scriptures and the teachings of the historic church. He also had previous religious experience with the Manichaeism heresy which many believe influenced his later writings. He was baptized by Saint Ambrose of Milan, a very holy and knowledgeable man; but, Augustine did not take advantage of the learning of Ambrose and was kind of a loose gun for a number of years; he never received any teaching in Christian doctrine by his spiritual father, Ambrose.


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jacksson47 3 years ago from Reedley, CA

Concerning Watchman Nee, right now I am re-reading Sit, Walk, Stand based on Ephesians. Good stuff, but I am seeing lots of problems, I will probably write a critique on the Hub in the future. Actually, I am comparing the Sit, Walk, Stand concept of Watchman Nee with the Walk, Stand, Sit concept of Psalm 1. I read the Normal Christian Life about 30 years ago. Along with Dr. Francis Schaeffer, Watchman Nee was an important voice in my early Christian growth.

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