Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life.
The Reward of the Godly Woman
Having read this book thus far, it should be evident that the Father has established His government in such a way that everyone who submits to His government must go through a process of crucifixion and death. Yahshua set the example when He submitted to His head and He went to the cross. Man is to follow as he takes Christ as head and dies to his own soul life. Woman completes the pattern by taking man as her head and dying to her soul’s desires and will.
All would be bleak, however, if we merely stopped at the point of crucifixion. Yahshua did not stay on the cross forever. Despite all the crucifixes that adorn church walls and are hung on chains around people’s necks, Yahshua is no longer on the cross. As a seed is planted in the ground and dies, so too did He die and he was buried. But praise Yahweh, He has risen again to new life and has sat down at the right hand of the Father.
The government of God is ordered in such a way that those who will submit to it will find the hard outer shell of their life experiencing extreme pressures. The flesh does not want to die. The soul life of man does not want to submit to Yahweh’s rule and authority.
As we choose the path of obedience we find that our soul life is crushed, but then a marvelous thing happens. Even as the shell of a seed must be broken open for new life to spring forth, so too in our lives, when we submit to the breaking of God, we will find new life being released from us. This new life is not of man, it is of Christ. As we submit to the process of crucifixion, and as we lay down our life, we gain the release of the life of Christ within.
Many speak of having eternal life as if it is some gift that merely extends their mortal life. Eternal life is much more than this. Eternal life is a person. Yahshua said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life…” (John 14:6). When we are born again we receive the life of Christ within our beings. “We have this treasure in earthen vessels” (II Corinthians 4:7). But even as Gideon and his three hundred men had to break the clay jars that covered their torches for the light to shine forth, so too must the earthen vessels of our lives be broken to let the light of Christ shine forth. If there is no breaking, there is no light.
Many saints go around boasting that they have eternal life, yet the life is never released. Many are those who have received Christ as their life and light, but they keep Him bottled up. If the grain of wheat does not die, it will not produce life. If the vessels of our lives are not broken, no life will come forth. Yes, we have this treasure in earthen vessels, but sadly it is rarely seen or released.
The majority of the saints are engaged in protecting their soul life. Rather than allowing the life of Christ to be released through them, they keep it penned up, and they offer to God sacrifices and works from their own soul. Many desperately seek to retain their soul life, their will and their desires, being self-directed. As long as they can retain their soul life they are willing to offer sacrifices to God, but Yahweh does not want sacrifices. He desires obedience.
When Adam sinned in the Garden of Eden, death entered into all of mankind.
Therefore, just as through one man sin entered into the world, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men, because all sinned…
It does no good for man to offer actions and activities to God that originate with man. To do so is to offer that which is dead unto God. God wants a living sacrifice. He wants us to lay down our lives and allow the life within us, the life of His Son, to be unveiled and released. Many are the scriptures that reveal that Yahshua is the treasure that the saints possess. He is our life. He is our light. He is our truth. He is everything to us.
Yahshua said to them, “I am the bread of life; he who comes to Me will not hunger, and he who believes in Me will never thirst.”
“Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes has eternal life. I am the bread of life.”
Then Yahshua again spoke to them, saying, “I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life.”
Yahshua said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me will live even if he dies, and everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die.”
Yahshua said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.”
Then He said to me, “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give to the one who thirsts from the spring of the water of life without cost.”
God the Father has not given to us things, He has given us His Son. He has not given us truth, He has given us His Son who is truth. He has not given us eternal life, He has given us His Son who is eternal life. When we are born again by the Spirit we receive the life of Christ into our beings. Truly it is said that old things pass away. All things become new.
However much the church confesses that they have Christ, their words are hollow and empty if they do not allow the life of Christ to be released. Most do not do so because it requires a crucifixion first. Instead the church has adopted theologies that proclaim that man is to attempt to imitate Christ. They are to look at the scriptures and ask the question in every circumstance, “What would Jesus do?”
This is all wrong! Man cannot duplicate the actions of Christ. What folly and frustration this is. It leads to burned out saints who grow weary of trying to do that which is impossible for them to do. The church has lost the understanding that it is Christ who must be released to do His works through us. The apostle Paul put it this way:
“I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.”
This is the process in its most basic form. We submit to the government of Yahweh which will always lead to a crucifixion of our flesh. We lay down our soul life, so that it is “no longer I who live.” The life of Christ is then released within us and He accomplishes His works through us. Our life becomes a life of faith. We believe we are one with Christ. We believe His life is in us. We believe that He will accomplish His will through us as we submit to Him. We believe that we are already seated with Him in heavenly places. We believe that we are righteous in Him, and not by our own actions.
When the Jews asked Yahshua what they must do to do the works of God, He answered:
“This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He has sent.”
When the seed falls into the ground and dies, it does not arise as it once was. It now expresses a new life that has been present inside the seed. The seed does not have to strain to bring forth this new life, it simply has to submit to the process of death and the life will come forth of its own. We cannot bring forth fruit by striving. The whole life of Christ is entered into by belief.
No one can walk this path for you. Each person must enter in themselves. I cannot bring you to the place of total comprehension of all the dynamics of this life. But I can show you the doorway. Death is the door through which we enter into life. This book has been focused upon showing women that the way before them is the way of suffering and death, but this path leads to life. For any woman to embrace the government of God she must die to her own soul life, to her will, her desires, her own rule, her goals, her aspirations, and her dreams.
The woman who refuses to embrace this path of crucifixion will never find the door to life. She may feel that she is protecting her life by avoiding this path, but in the end she will lose it and she will never find within her being the release of true life. She will forever be walking according to the carnal nature that is passing away, forfeiting the experience of knowing what it is to have Christ live in her.
This at last is the glory and reward of the godly woman. By dying to her own life and having the hard outer shell of her earthen vessel broken open, she experiences the life of Christ being revealed through her. The treasure within is revealed for all to see. She is a transformed woman and all who come into her presence must note the difference. She has exchanged her life for the life of her Savior.
May it be said of many women that “they loved not their life to the death” (Revelation 12:11). May it equally be said that “In them was life, and this life was the light of men” (John 1:4). Yes, this was spoken of the Savior, but it should be equally true of each of us, for we have this treasure in earthen vessels.
Selah (Pause and consider)
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