Going On!
Paul L. Garlington
 
“Therefore leaving the principle of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God.” (Heb 6:1)

The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, according to Mark, occurred after John had been taken into custody when Jesus appeared on the scene proclaiming the gospel of God. The gospel of God declares, without apology, that there is one, infinite, indivisible power, mind, presence and being by whom all things came into being and apart from whom nothing came into being. This message asserts that anything this one and only power did not create doesn’t exist. Everything conceived/created by this one and only power is good and very good. It boldly declares, “Let God be found true, though every man be found a liar.” (Rom 3:4)

Furthermore, this gospel of God affirms joyfully that since God/good is all that is, God is all there is of all that I am, inclusive of perfect everything. This is the everlasting gospel that is being proclaimed to the ends of the earth. (Rev 14:6) I plead with you not to settle. Please don’t be content merely to talk the walk and not walk the talk. “This day is a day of good news, but we are keeping silent; if we wait until morning light (whenever that is), punishment will overtake us. Now therefore come, LET US go and tell the king’s household.” (2 Kng 7:9) Is anything too wonderful for the Lord? Since God’s life is the life that I am, unfolding precisely as it should, nothing—absolutely nothing—is too wonderful for me. Rise up now and embrace with joy the invitation, “O taste and see that the Lord is good.” (Psa 34:8)

My goal is to “proclaim Him (i.e., the one God), admonishing every man and teaching every man with all wisdom, that we may present every man complete in Christ... and in Him [we] have been made complete.” (Col 1:28; 2:10) The Christ is the infinite, universal Self identified as the infinite, individual identity I am. Divinity is my identity for there’s none else. “For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever. Amen.” (Rom 11:36) In His great discourse on love, Paul said, “When the perfect comes, the partial will be done away.” Accepting the truth you BE, here and now, is all that’s necessary to eliminate the extremely frustrating experience of lack that tied us to the feelings of futility and despair.

It is only from the vantage point of the gospel of God that we can understand the statement of Jesus, “Therefore you are to be perfect as your heavenly Father is perfect.” How bizarre that any human would even think to attempt such a feat. On the other hand, God present as the life that I am is infinitely capable of fulfilling the command, “be perfect”, by fulfilling itself as us.

“According to the grace of God which was given to me [since the inception of Heartsight], as a wise master builder, I laid a foundation...” (1 Cor 3:10) I have dug deep and laid that foundation upon the rock of unassailable truth that God/good is the only one and beside this one there is none else. “Now when the builders had laid the foundation of the temple of the Lord, the priests stood in their apparel with trumpets, and the Levites, the sons of Asaph, with cymbals to praise the Lord according to the directions of King David of Israel. And they sang, praising and giving thanks to the Lord, saying ‘for He is good, for His loving kindness is upon Israel forever.’ And all the people shouted with a great shout when they praised the Lord BECAUSE THE FOUNDATION OF THE HOUSE OF THE LORD WAS LAID.” Ezra 3:10, 11)

“Also the word of the Lord came to me saying, ‘The hands of Zerubbabel have laid the foundation of this house, and his hands will finish it. Then you will know that the Lord of hosts has sent me to you.’” (Zech 3:8) The successful laying of the foundation is the guarantee that the finishing of the house is fait accompli.

Let the celebration commence, “For who has despised the day of small things?” I haven’t, have you? “Though your beginning was insignificant (i.e., in the eyes of others and perhaps your own), yet your end will increase greatly.” “Behold, a cloud as small as a man’s hand is coming up from the sea... and there is the sound of the roar of a heavy shower.” Not only is the drought over, but God will make up for the wasted years.

We’re going on! Like the disciples of Jesus, we’ve stumbled and bumbled, feared and dissembled, yet to our utter amazement, we’re still going on! Staggering onward, rejoicing as we go, our resolve has deepened and our joy has been multiplied. We’re going on! We’ve given up this ego driven need to go it alone. It is God who works in us, AS US, to the glory and honor of His great name. There’s no credit that will accrue to any human personality. “That no man should boast before God.” We’re going on making our boast in the Lord with a shout of joy such that the humble will hear it and be glad. These are they who will become our fellow accelebrants on this glorious journey of no distance.

We’re going on, singing as we go. It doesn’t take a crowd. “If two of you agree on earth about anything that they may ask, it shall be done for them by my Father who is in heaven.” Why? “For where two or three have gathered together in my name, there I am in their midst.” If two or more share, with rejoicing, the vision that the whole earth is full of His glory, “nothing which they purpose to do will be impossible to them.”

Oh yes, we’re going on, letting go of all guilt, shame, fear, frustration, futility, and despair. Since we’re going in a way we’ve never been before, we have to make it up as we go along. We let go of our need to be right in order to be all right when we discovered that we were already perfect and complete, lacking in nothing in Him. “Behold, this is the joy of His way; and out of the dust others will spring.” (Job 8:19) “And he said to them, ‘Hinder me not, seeing the Lord has prospered my way. Send me away that I may go to my master (i.e., the consciousness of union with God as all that is).’” (Gen 24:56)

We’re going on understanding the healing transforming power of forgetting. According to the American Heritage Dictionary, to forget is “to treat with thoughtless inattention.” Do you get it? We treat the disease by forgetting about it. Turning your full attention to God as the only power takes away the illusion of power from the sickness. “Do not call to mind the former things, or ponder things of the past. Behold, I will do something new, now it will spring forth; will you not be aware of it?”

“Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the Pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds and shall find me unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.”

“Invictus” By William Ernest Henley



Ah, “but he knows the way I take; when He has tried me, I shall come forth as gold.” (Job 23:10) “So let us know, let us press on to know the Lord. His going forth is as certain as the dawn; and He will come to us like the rain, like the spring rain watering the earth.” (Hos 6:3)

WE’RE GOING ON!

 
 

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