The Great Transition
How many of you have heard the Spirit of the Lord speak about transition? You know that Jesus needs to purify the church before He comes and you want to be a part of the Great Transition.
Most of you are familiar with the scripture in Rev. 2:4, 5, “Nevertheless I have somewhat against you because you have left your first love. Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent and do the first works.”
So we see two things here: (1) the need for purification and (2) the need to return to something that God wanted the church to have but we lost. This describes change.
So transition is about change—a definitive change...a new education, not just something different, or a new way of presenting the same old things. Change means addressing religious ideas and habits that people grew accustomed to that did not represent Jesus Christ and caused faith to go into crisis.
When God addresses certain religious ideas and habits that worked themselves into your thinking and became part of your Christian mindset that He wants to change, He is addressing the tradition of man.
Many ministers talk about transition and change, but still cling onto the tradition of man. They do not know what traditions God is transitioning the church from and they do not know the original traditions of faith God is transitioning the church back to.
Change can be challenging and upsetting. Have you ever started a new job, moved to a new state, or transferred to a new school? Transition from the old to the new can be difficult. Even so, Christians who sought God for change often find it difficult to let go of the old traditions of man and embrace the covenant of Christ. The old feels familiar and despite the many years of crying out to God for truth, many will not embrace the transition simply because it was not what they were looking for.
Many ministers and Christians try to approach transition with the mind of bargaining with God. They put their theology on the table and try to pick through the pile sorting out what they think they should keep and what they think they should throw away. This is not transition. And God will not bargain with you.
Do you remember what Jesus said about the new wine and new wine skins? He said, “Neither do men put new wine into old bottles: else the bottles break, and the wine runneth out, and the bottles perish: but they put new wine into new bottles, and both are preserved” (Mt.9:17).
There is a dissolution with every transition and the temptation is the challenges that Satan presents to them at the time of transition. Jesus knows that transition is difficult. He came to transition faith from Moses to Himself and was met with much opposition. The very children of Israel who said they had prepared their hearts to receive their Messiah were the very ones who rejected Him and crucified Him.
Why did they do the very opposite of what they had intended to do? They had every intention of embracing the Messiah when He came. In their minds they imagined the glory of God coming down from heaven, avenging them of their adversaries, and seating Himself as king upon the throne of David. But Jesus did not come to fulfill their imagination of Him, He came to fulfill the plan of God. He knew that the reality of God’s plan was not going to work with their imagination and the tradition they built with their imagination.
Due to the fact that the religious leaders accepted their tradition as reality (their truth) they saw Jesus as a threat to their reality and fought against Him to preserve their truth. As the Spirit of the Lord ministers to your heart I encourage you to ask whether you have created reality of tradition and whether you understand that transition means change.
Do you know what tradition is? It is the things that leaked into the church that found its way into your thinking that really does not belong in the gospel. Tradition is the things that man does to try to please God his own way. Many times people say, “Well, it’s in the Bible so we have to do it.” Keep in mind that there is God’s way of looking at the Bible and there is man’s way of looking at the Bible. Even Satan quoted scripture his way to try to give Jesus a new tradition of worship.
How many traditions do you think Satan sneaked into the church to sabotage faith? Do you think that Satan was successful in sneaking 2 traditions into the church? Or 5? or 10? or 20? or 100? or more?
It is understandable that when people get used to doing something a certain way they take confidence and comfort in their traditions. They say it is RIGHT because it’s been done that way for a long time now. Breaking tradition is not easy. Let’s look at the woman at the well and draw from Jesus wisdom.
Jesus Teaches Transition
Jesus always taught TRANSITION. In John chapter 4 when speaking to the woman at the well He was speaking to her about the need for her to transition from the “tradition and custom of man” to the tradition of Christ.
The Tradition of Man: John 4:20 “Our fathers worshipped in this mountain; and ye say, that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship.”
Jacob’s well was her tradition of worship. Her religion. Her confidence. Her point of contact and point of identification for her:
- Our fathers drew from this well because Jacob dug this well, we worship here like this because this is where Jacob had his vision and this is where he built an altar to the Lord his God. We always have done it this way (Gen.28:11-22).
- What did Jesus ask her? “How many husbands do you have?” Was that a question of curiosity or was He teaching something? He was teaching the woman about her tradition: that it is powerless to change her life. No power to circumcise the heart.
- “You have 5 husbands and the husband that you have is not your husband.” Was Jesus trying to put this woman on the spot and embarrass her? NO. Jesus was revealing that there is a judgment of God against your tradition: It does not carry the life of God. God set a judgment upon every tradition of man and this is why the world suffers sin and despair and heartache and turmoil.
What did Jesus tell her? “Ye worship ye know not what,” Jn.4:22. You don’t know what you are doing. . .you are mindlessly following a tradition hoping that
- in it is some form of redemption. That’s intuitive faith. You are hoping that in the very end there is going to be redemption by this tradition of your fathers.
- The Samaritan woman wanted to have an anchor, she needed something to measure her faith by and she was choosing tradition to stand for her faith in place of covenant to anchor her soul. She was
- Choosing long tradition as the voice of truth. And as Jesus says:
- “You made the commandment of God of none effect by your TRADITION” (Mt.15:6).
- “Full well ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your own TRADITION” (Mk.7:9).
- Man is very weak, he does not know his own soul and selects traditions and customs to direct the soul.
bY asking about her marital status Jesus was not scolding her for her choices, but pointing out her own confusion and inequity of her powerless tradition.
The questions: Why continue the traditions of our fathers when it does not bring the life of Christ? Are you willing to set aside your tradition of man (which has not brought redemption) for the tradition of Christ and trust God that He will carry you through this transition and change?
She ran into town and told everyone about the new tradition of Christ. This demonstrates how the grace of God found entrance within her heart and her yielding to it.
Verse 25: “The woman saith unto him, I know that Messias cometh, which is called Christ: when he is come, he will tell us all things.”
- “I know”: Expectation of Christ. The expectation was tied to the tradition of man and did not bring reality.
- “I know” does not bring knowledge of covenant.
- When she acknowledged the coming of Messiah she was not aware of the challenge. Her tradition was her reality. She thought that Messiah would come to confirm her traditions. And this is was not the case.
Understanding How Traditions Start: Play a party game. Tell a secret to one and see how it changes after several people have repeated it to their neighbor. How much has the tradition of Christ changed over the past 2 thousand years? Rev. 2:4,5
Every tradition starts out with something that is true
- Jacob’s well: man built a tradition with it
- Moses law: man built a tradition with it
- Jesus command to the church to return to her first love and works means that there was something true there in the first place that was later changed by the tradition of man.
- What started out as revelation to Jacob ended up as the tradition of man to worship in a particular place.
- What started out as a revelation to Moses ended up as the tradition of man to worship by law and precept in place of faith.
- What Jesus originated as tithe, communion, worship, priesthood in Himself changed over time and became the tradition of man void of the power of God for redemption.
- Transitioning the church from the flesh to the Spirit.
- Transitioning the church from the covering of the flesh to the covering of Christ.
- Transitioning the church from the priesthood of the flesh to the priesthood of Jesus Christ.
- Transitioning the church from wandering in the wilderness to anchoring faith in Jesus Christ.
- Transitioning the church from pastoral headship to Apostolic Governance.
- Transitioning the church from the temporal tithe to the spiritual tithe.
- Transitioning the church from touching unclean carnal worship tools to the holy worship tools.
- Transitioning the church from projecting with the needs of the flesh to reflecting on Jesus.
- Transitioning the church from the things of Moses to the things of Christ.
- Transitioning the church from serving sin to serving righteousness.
- Transitioning the church from measuring faith against frailty to measuring faith against Christ.
- Transitioning the church from the bondage of the flesh to the liberty of the Spirit.
- Transitioning the church from many truths to one Truth who is Jesus.
- Transitioning the church from the wine of Moses to the wine of Christ.
- Transitioning the church from ambiguous faith to cognitive faith.
- Transitioning the church from hype and aspiration to grace and faith.
- Transitioning the church from the anointing of emotion to the anointing of truth.
- Transitioning the church from journeying towards their blessings to partaking of Him who is our blessing.
- Transitioning the church from fables to rehearsing, reflecting, and reciprocating the testimony of Christ in His truth.
- Transitioning the church from exploitation to the reality of Christ.
- Transitioning the church from the communion of the flesh to the communion of the Spirit.
- Transitioning the church from the peace of the world to the peace of Jesus Christ.
- Transitioning the church from experiencing the loop of sin unto sin to experience the loop of righteousness unto holiness.
- Transitioning the church from substitutionism to propitiation.
- Transitioning the church from lust giving substance to hope to faith giving substance to hope.
- Transitioning the church from the defiled conscience to the purified conscience.
- Transitioning the church from the promise that draws flattery to the promise that draws endurance of faith.
- Transitioning the church from sin qualifying one for righteousness to Jesus qualifying one for righteousness.
- Transitioning the church from salvation by precept to salvation by the power of the Spirit.
- Transitioning the church from experiencing the loop of sin and repentance to experience repentance sealed in Christ.
- Transitioning the church from the suffering of circumstance to build character to the suffering joined to grace to build faith and form Christ within.
- Transitioning the church from the humility that works with the honor of man to the humility that works with the grace of God to humble the will.
- Transitioning the church from the works of contrition to the works of the covenant.
- Transitioning the church from justification by the moral code to justification of faith.
- Transitioning the church from the God-Code joined to flesh to the God-Code joined to the Spirit.
- Transitioning the church from loving God by offering to Him one’s signature skills and talents to loving God by returning to Him the gift of Jesus Christ.
- Transitioning the church from judging according to the flesh to judging according to the Spirit.
- Transitioning the church from the Plumb Line Gospel to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
- Transitioning the church from Themistic Law to the Law of Grace and Truth.
- Transitioning the church from preaching Event Theology to preaching the Mystery of Christ.
- Transitioning the church from conditioning believers to make sense of their Mountain and Valley experiences to understanding the cycles of their growth—Revelation, Resistance, and Reward.
- Transitioning the church from expectation tethered to the rhythm of nature to expectation tethered to the rhythm of the Spirit.
- Transitioning the church from building faith with the record of the flesh to building faith with the record of Jesus Christ.
- Transitioning the church from the fear of man to the fear of the Lord.
- Transitioning the church from false knowledge, which seed of error grows weeds; to Jesus holy, ordered knowledge, which seed of truth grows the tree of life.
- Transitioning the church from physical contact points to spiritual contact points.
- Transitioning the church from laboring with the light of one’s own aspiration to laboring with the light of Jesus grace.
Every transitional point marks a deliverance for the church from the vine of Satan to the Vine of Christ and shifts the focus of faith from the flesh to again focus on Jesus Christ. When this revival takes place in the soul then revival will take place in the land.
the Transition of the Church Takes Place Through Apostolic GovernanceThe Church cannot transition her self. Apostolic education is needed for true reformation. The sword of truth believers are looking for and need comes by way of their new education to Christ. If you would like to receive this education I encourage you to sign up for my Free Email Courses.
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