Will Within Will

 

John 6:44 No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.

When the invisible Spirit
Moved upon the formless earth
And quickened it to life
Twas a parable of life from birth
The journey of man till death

All life came from the Spirit
All pulses from spiritual impulses
All that is swift was quickened
And all that is living was given

From creation of the physical
To birth of the spiritual
The story changes not by a jot
No man can come to Me except
The Father draws him first
You hatch because of the nest

You believed after wooing
Over heart was Spirit brooding
You opened the gate of self-will
Because the Father willed you to
So His was the Will within will

Those not drawn by the Spirit
May sometimes come drifting
Curious to see the gathering
The assembly of called and faithful
But their singular will
Flails at any buffeting wave

Those who have Will within will
Do not float mindlessly
The Will within propels
To a preordained destination
Berthing at the haven of salvation

A Tale Of Three Suppers

 

One day in the life of Abraham, he was informed by escapees that his nephew’s city had been attacked by an alliance of kings. The invading army overpowered that of the King of Sodom and his allies.

As a result most Sodomites were captured and become spoils of war for the victors.

Abraham could have demurred at that point. And why not? Lot had deserted him. He had chosen prosperity over solidarity with he that had the promise. Abraham had a good reason to shrug his shoulders and move on.

He did not. Instead he armed 318 servants (all born within his house). Abraham and this fledgling, untrained army went to war. God granted them victory against the might of gleaming swords wielded by battle hardened veterans.

He liberated all the Sodomites captured by the enemy kings including the errant Lot and his family.

Victory Supper

As his cobbled army marched back home, weary but victorious at day’s end, they met a mysterious figure named Melchizedek.

Abraham, stirred by revelation, realized who He was. Melchizedek was the Priest of the Most High God. Abraham paid tithe to Melchizedek and in return Melchizedek blessed him and gave him, bread and wine (Genesis 14:18-20).

Bread and wine. This foreshadowed the communion that was to instituted in the New Testament. This Bread and Wine was served to Abraham at the end of the longest day of his life. A day of battle, a day of winning back erring brothers and sisters, a day of fighting the enemy who came only to steal, kill and destroy.

Last Supper

God promised that He will raise up a descendant of Abraham through whom the people of all nations will be blessed. This Man would also be a priest after the order of Melchizedek (Psalm 110:4). Who is this Man, whose coming is prefigured in the Abrahamic covenant and the priesthood of Melchizedek?

That Promised Seed was Christ. He came to earth among His own. He toiled for three years and some, preaching the gospel and trying to win back his fallen brothers. His chosen people, His kinsmen in the flesh, had been captured by doctrines of devils. Lot was in physical captivity at the time Abraham rescued him. Israel was in spiritual captivity at the coming of Christ.

When Christ came to the end of His good fight, He called for a Supper, where He served exactly what Melchizedek did many centuries before.

It was at the end His earthly battle, in the evening of His Messianic day and ministry.

Marriage Supper Of The Lamb & Bride

Intriguingly, He left us a promise of another Supper. He said “I will not drink this cup again, until I drink it anew with you in my Father’s Kingdom.” (Matthew 26:29)

He had come to the end of earthly ministry, then He instituted the Supper with a solemn promise.

This promise is to us and ours, for in the book of Revelation, we see that prophecy being fulfilled.

There is an invitation to attend another supper of bread and wine – the Marriage Supper of the Lamb.

As with the two others before, it is a victory supper, a feast for only the over-comers. The rest of the dead ‘lived not for a thousand years’. (Revelation 20:5)

The Church (as the Bride of Christ) is toiling to fulfill the Master’s mission. She is fighting battles to redeem and rescue her fallen brothers like Abraham did and Jesus did during His ministry.

After the day is done and the battle is won, in the evening of her triumph, a Marriage Supper will be convoked (Revelation 19:9). The Bible was clear that it is a Supper, not a lunch or breakfast. Anything else would be breaking the congruence of the Word.

When Christ, the Melchizedek of the New Testament welcomes his victorious church after her hard-fought battle, He will as promised, drink the fruit of the vine with us again in the ramparts of heaven.

Till then, fight the good fight of faith. The reward of communing with Christ in that great Supper is for those whose swords slack not. If we are the Seed of Abraham, we shall attain with unflinching resolve, the reward of Abraham.

 

Underserved Atonement

Numbers 16:41-50

On Israel’s march to the land
Promised to them by Grace
Some men rose on pride’s wings
And flapped at the Moses’ face

It was a rebellion of equality
For as they said Moses was not
The only man called to lead
None in Israel is a robot
To follow commands without question
And rely on fabled inspiration

God in anger slew the rebels
They descended into dark hades
No tombstones or relics
No graves or digging spades
The earth swallowed them
Like you furtively swallow phlegm

Israel was aghast; Moses and Aaron
Had conspired to kill great men
They failed to see it was retribution
For defying the Anointed men
They mourned instead of learning
The sombre lessons of usurping

God’s judgment descended
A whip of a plague for the sinful
Moses with the Mind of Christ
Began to intercede for the scornful
And Aaron with censer of sacrifice
Raced through the camp of vice

The plague was stopped in its path
Pardon for the sinners obtained
They sought not but they found
Mercy over judgement had prevailed

So it was two millennia ago
While men walked in sin and scorn
Flourishing in reprobation
Defying the Royal Firstborn
Christ came to intercede
Giving mercy-our unknown need

Israel chose Korah over Moses
Again Barabbas over the Messiah
Still He pardons our ignorance
Saving us despite our desire
Let us be glad and rejoice
For He has made us His choice

End Of All Things

The world grows old and ready
For it’s fiery cleansing baptism
But love for God grows cold
Like the ashes of a cataclysm

The earth sits on a timer
Ticking merrily while iniquity
Abounds and rises to the detonation
That causes the annihilation

Some are cold because of gold
Such will attract the refiner
To purge out the dross
Cleaning like the fabled Fuller

Others are ashen and cold
For the many sundry cares
For fame, title and passion
Are fanned to slumber for years

At Year-end the credits roll
And new targets are set
An endless cycle of chasing
And getting keeps us inert

Hurry and scurry,
Flurry and flourish
Round and about
Until the volcanic kettle
Finally belches its spout

And all accomplishments of man
Melt into dark oblivion
Feats crushed by fervent heat
Greatness faces worry’s extinction

Knowing The Time

For of times and seasons
You are not woefully blind
Unlike those in the dark
Staggering in the midst of mist

There are those that flounder
Away from the coming light
And go further from the star
These are children of the night

Not you – the sun of righteousness
Is rising before your eyes
No more dozing in unbelief
Or tossing to rhythm of lies

You see the signs of His coming
It is time to be sharp and sober
We are heading out at the shout
Onward – not like the rest
Snoring in a thousand year slumber

New Heart & Spirits

Ezekiel 36:26-27

A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.

And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them.

 

New heart

He promised a new heart
Not at all like the old
Coarse with sins untold
The joys of the world desiring
Hiding away while God is seeking

But the new heart comes without
The force of forceps
Or the scar of the scalpel
The old one is renewed
Purged with fire by Messiah

New spirit

A new spirit He promised us
If the old departs like that
Then we are twice dead
The old man can not survive
Death or judgement of afterlife

Old becomes new by transformation
New senses pick new stimuli
Old notes become hated melody
No more harmony with imagination
That the Word terms highly contrary

His Spirit

In the midst of heart and spirit
Like the mainspring of the clock
He promised to send His Spirit
A balm to heal the soul
A wheel to steer and control

We can call it a seed now
Planted in a fleshy heart
Teachable now-unlike its stony
Past-when it played Cain’s part
Now God is conducting the Symphony

Enduring

He that endures to the end
He that fights his flailing
Faith and unbelief’s inertia
Shall smile on the day of winning

But to endure one must cure
The syndrome of uncertainty
For who can fight for a cause
That he knows not-with alacrity

The knowing is not for showing
For times come to dig and resolve
When what seems like defeat
Stalks wounded pride like salve

It matters not in the plot
For the whims and tides of battle
Do not determine the outcome
So be not like cowardly cattle

Might of the Spirit is right
Not fleshy warring with tech
And Grace lifts drooping hands
Far higher than sinews can fetch

When the race’s medals are given
After the veil of flesh is riven
The reward for forever running
Will be the crown of forever living