Who Crucified Jesus?

By Lloyd Ellefson

Greetings in the name of the Christ of God! Thanks to Him, we have received the Holy Spirit who blesses us, edifies us and enlarges our knowledge of spiritual things. The natural man cannot receive spiritual realities because they can only be discerned spiritually.

Some people say God could have provided our salvation without the death of Jesus, because with God nothing is impossible. But the fact is that God has His own way, the best way of doing things, and His ways are not man's ways.

When people reflect on the crucifixion of Jesus, they mainly think about the horrors of it. Crucifixion was a punishment for criminals, and considered a curse. People were nailed onto poles called crosses and left to die. As they were being crucified they were jeered and taunted by those watching the execution. So people only see the physical Jesus hanging on a cross, a crown of thorns on His head, and the blood flowing from His sword-pierced side. They mistakenly think of Jesus dying as a substitute for them, and their redemption being secured through this blood. Now they don't have to die for their sins. This is what man sees through his physical eyes and understands in his natural mind. But this is not the message of the cross and the crucifixion, for the natural mind cannot receive things of the Spirit, nor can it know who the Christ actually is.

In this message I would like to address the real meaning of the crucifixion. We are interested in God's perspective -not man's. What does the cross of Christ represent? Let's see what Paul meant when he said, "I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me...But may it never be that I should boast, except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ...But we preach Christ crucified." (Gal. 2:20; 6:14; 1 Cor. 1:23) We know that Paul was not on the cross with Jesus physically. If Jesus died as our substitute, we would not have to die. However, when He died, we all died; we were crucified together with Him, and so was Paul.

The real crucifixion of Jesus could not be seen by natural man; therefore man does not understand it. Man can only see the form and the type. Everything that was going on in the Christ was veiled by His flesh; it was veiled by the fact that man cannot see beyond the flesh of Jesus. But we are no longer to know Him after the flesh. (2 Cor. 5:16) To better understand this we'll have to go back to some basics.

On the cross Jesus said, "Father forgive them for they know not what they do." The people who were crucifying Jesus were completely ignorant of what they were doing by crucifying Him; they didn't understand what was really happening!

To help clarify this, we will look at 3 verses. In Eph. 1:4 it says, "Just as He has chosen us in Him before the foundation of the world..." We are chosen IN Him - not only BY Him but IN Him. The Greek word translated FOUNDATION, is KATABOLE; it actually means a CASTING DOWN, a DISRUPTION. Some versions correctly translate it DISRUPTION. Now let us read it as it should be. "According as He has chosen us in Him before the DISRUPTION of the world." The WORLD is not synonymous with CREATION; it is the rule that is in creation. Christ's kingdom is not of this world.

God in Christ is not rectifying nor stopping all the horrible things going on in this world, because His kingdom is not of this world. That is not where He is ruling. This world is being ruled by the god or ruler of this world. The god of this world controls people through their minds, their mental processes and their fleshly senses in their physical bodies. But God in Jesus Christ came in a different manner, because Christ is spirit and God is spirit. He has given us the Spirit, and He is giving us spiritual understanding. "He has chosen us in Him before the disruption of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before Him in love."

The next verse is Rev. 13:8: "And all who dwell on the earth will worship him (the beast), every one whose name has not been written from the foundation of the world in the book of life of the Lamb who has been slain." Again, the word FOUNDATION should have been translated DISRUPTION. It speaks about the Lamb slain from the DISRUPTION of the world.

The third scripture is 1 Peter 1:19-20, "But with precious blood, as of a lamb unblemished and spotless, the blood of Christ. Who verily was foreordained before the foundation (disruption) of the world, but was manifested in these last times for you (and for me)." The blood of the perfect lambs that were offered in the Old Testament, was a figure, type, or shadow of Christ's blood. Since "the soul is in the blood," the blood typifies the soul. The soul has to do with our sense of being - who we are or who we think we are. The blood of Christ represents His sense of being. It is not to be used as a fetish, charm or superstition, for His blood redeems us in a different way. He, the Lamb of God, was foreordained and present before the disruption of the world. The world is the rule that is in creation. According to these verses, when man sinned God's rule was disrupted and the Lamb was slain in the hearts of people. This was the disruption of the world.

Rev. 21 tells us that the new Jerusalem, the holy city, is the bride of the Lamb. Jesus doesn't marry a geographical city with gates, streets and stones, so this city must typify something. Gal. 4 explains that the old Jerusalem was a city of law and bondage. Jesus said (in effect), "I'd like to have your children - the ones you have spawned as law people and who are therefore living with a guilt conscience - and I would like to redeem them." Christ was manifested to redeem those that were under the law in the present Jerusalem. But there is another Jerusalem, the new Jerusalem, a new heavenly city. This city is a covenant which was typified by Sarah who bore children to Abraham in a miraculous way.

In the book of Genesis we learn that the Adamic man was seduced by an adversary to God's word which caused the rule of God to be disrupted. Then Adam and Eve found themselves naked; they had a guilt conscience before God so they wanted to hide themselves from God's presence. There was a disruption of God's rule because they had forsaken God's rule and had accepted someone else's rule - the rule of the adversary, satan or the devil. His rule is one of darkness and ignorance - a persuasion that is not of God. This persuasion rejects (slays) the Lamb.

The Lamb of God does not have a sin-consciousness. Christ realized He was the Son of God and was loved by God. The Lamb was innocent; it had done nothing wrong, but it was slain. By whom? A lot of people think that God sent His Son into the earth, then killed Him for our sakes that we might go free. That simply is not true! God did not kill His Son! If God killed that Son He could kill all His sons. Actually, the Son of God cannot be killed; He is the same as His Word, as Christ and as God, because they are all one. So death cannot invade Him. However, God's rule of mankind was disrupted. The rule of the kingdom of God was superseded by another rule - a rule which came through the Adamic man. "Through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin."

Jesus Christ is the One who makes things alive. He was crucified by the sin-consciousness in humanity. In the beginning, man did not have a sin-consciousness. When God gave the law to His chosen people they became very conscious of sin. Through the law is the knowledge of sin, and the law is a form of truth. (Rom. 3:20) After Israel received the law of Moses, they became very sin-conscious. This was part of God's plan. Jesus Christ came as the Lamb of God, and was manifested in Israel with a pure guiltless conscience. He was free of sin. There was a beautiful relationship between the Father and Son! He was actually the Word of God made manifest in the flesh, because God rules through His Word. So Jesus Christ was a manifestation of God's rule. He was the kingdom of God; the kingdom of God was unveiled and revealed to humanity, but it remained ignorant of it.

The people of Israel had the worst sin-consciousness in the whole earth at the time Jesus entered the land of the law. This was because they had the law, and the law kept accusing them. Jesus said, "Don't think I will accuse you. The one that accuses you is Moses." (John 5) These accusations gave them a sin-consciousness; because they couldn't fulfill the law, they tried to justify themselves. They were a living proof of the fact that humanity had been slaying the Lamb since the disruption of the world. It was their sin-consciousness that crucified Jesus Christ. The truth in Christ revealed the lies and delusion under which they were operating, so they wanted to do away with the truth.

The lie constantly confronted the truth. Because people believed the lie, the rule of the guiltless, sinless Jesus Christ was put to death. That is how the Lamb was slain since the disruption of the world. The Lamb was this Jesus Christ who said, "Before Abraham was I am." Nothing was made that was not made by Him! This Christ of God is actually God's true rule. He is guiltless and without any sin-consciousness. When that lack of sin-consciousness met with Israel's full consciousness of sin, it wasn't long before the hierarchy began to say, "Let's get rid of this Man." The leaders did not like to hear Jesus talk about God as His Father.

Many scripture passages mention the fact that people had it in their hearts to kill Christ! John 5:16 and 18 talk about the Jews persecuting Jesus and wanting to kill Him. In the seventh chapter of John alone it makes reference to their evil intent four times! It was a well-known fact that the leaders were scheming to kill Jesus. That is why the people asked, "Is this the one they want to kill?" Murders come out of the hearts of men. Jesus said satan was a murderer from the beginning; he never had any truth in him and he fathered every lie. (Jn. 8:44) Satan influenced people in the garden and He influences them today. It was not God who fathered those thoughts that led Adam to fall prey to the lie. It was not God who fathered the thoughts to crucify Jesus Christ. It was satan who fathered those thoughts in the hearts of men!

The law gave people a really guilty conscience but it did not change their desires. They still clung to their desire for self-rule, for being their own lord, and to their own idea of God. It was quite obvious that Christ had an entirely different idea of God than Israel had. That is why Jesus Christ was crucified in the hearts of men before He was put on the cross. 1 Cor. 2:8 says that if the rulers of this age had understood, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. After satan entered Judas' heart, Judas betrayed Jesus. These men who already had it in their hearts to kill Jesus, took Him and put Him on the cross.

The place where Christ is crucified is in the hearts of men. It is through death that we are resurrected into the life of Christ! Through death we are severed from our Adamic nature; we are made alive and begin to hear the Spirit. Everyone who has a guilt- and sin-consciousness is slaying the Lamb by that consciousness. The law shames us and tells us how bad we are. So those who preach the law are killing Christ instead of making Him alive. Christ identified with us! Those who suffer from a sin-consciousness are constantly crucifying the Lamb nature. It is the GUILT OF SIN THAT PUTS TO DEATH THE CONSCIOUSNESS OF RIGHTEOUSNESS AND JOY IN THE HOLY SPIRIT!

Matt. 24:27 "For just as the lightning comes from the east, and flashes even to the west, so shall the coming (PRESENCE) of the Son of Man be." Who is the Son of Man? Only those who know the Son of Man will recognize His presence. Nobody can see the Son of Man. Those who are quickened in the Spirit can understand and know who the Son of Man is.

Paul said, "You are the body of Christ." Believing that you are part of the body of Christ helps you to understand that when He comes in His body, you are part of that body. The way Christ comes into the world now, is through that body of humanity which is the new man, for he is raised from the Adamic death to the Christ man. That is where His presence is in the earth and that is the way Christ is coming. God is not in time or place, for there is no time in God and He fills all things. He is always the same and there is no place where God is not. We have to realize that! Since God is omnipresent, the only way He can be recognized and received is simply in experiencing His consciousness. Then we will know.

Let's look at some verses which talk about the Son of Man. "And then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky with power and great glory." (Matt. 24:30) This is a prophetic and commonly known verse from Dan. 7:13. "For the coming (PRESENCE) of the Son of Man will be just like the days of Noah." (v.37) This is the day of the Son of Man. The coming really means the unveiling or presence. "And they did not understand until the flood came and took them all away, so shall the coming (PRESENCE) of the Son of Man be." (v.39) "For this reason you be ready too; for the Son of Man is coming at an hour when you do not think He will." (v.44) You can't think it if you cannot identify with the Son of Man. "...the Son of Man must suffer many things, and be rejected by the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised up on the third day." (Luke 9:22) So He died as the Son of Man, was raised as the Son of Man, and He is coming as the Son of Man. The Son of Man is corporate, and everyone who has been raised from the Adamic man to the new man in Christ is part of Him. If you do not understand who the Son of Man is, look it up in the scriptures.

It is very important to understand that the Lamb of God only has a consciousness of guiltlessness, innocence and relationship with God - peace, love, joy and righteousness in the Holy Spirit. Man's consciousness is one of separation from God because he doesn't understand God correctly. The consciousness of guilt and sin has to be based upon the premise that man takes the responsibility for his own sin, when actually he was put in a position where he was seduced by a lie that was presented as truth. No wonder God can justify us! It is because man did not originate sin. Sin came into the world through man, but man did not originate it. All sin is iniquity or missing the mark. This is due to the lie, and satan is the father of lies; humanity is not the father of lies!

God is delivering us through Jesus Christ. He is not just TRYING to deliver us; He IS doing it through Jesus Christ. If we say God is TRYING to do it, it sounds as though He isn't able to do it, and He is putting effort into something that doesn't work. But God is able to deliver us! He has provided a way in which we can come back and get rid of all the lies, our false consciousness and our wrong idea of God! He doesn't do it through any undue persuasion, nor by shaming us because of our sin. He does it by giving us the power to live the life that we have come into!

Natural man's concept of the crucifixion and exaltation of Jesus is all in the natural realm. He only sees the physical Jesus taken by the hands of man and put on a cross and crucified. After Christ's resurrection, man again sees Him in this body, and believes this body is His real dwelling place. Now He is sitting in a geographical heaven somewhere. This is natural man's conception.

But God has given us His Spirit so that we come to realize that which was veiled to the natural man - that which had darkened the hearts of those men who crucified Him. These people certainly were gods in their own eyes; they unquestionably had a wrong idea of God. A complete indictment of human nature is found in John 5:37-47. Jesus told Israel that they didn't know God, they had never seen His form, they had never heard His voice, they didn't know the One that the Father had sent, they didn't believe Moses, and they received honor from men. Israel misused the law. It should have destroyed their self-righteousness and their efforts at obtaining righteousness through their own works, but it didn't! Their false idea of God caused them to abuse Christ, to reject His presence, and to finally kill Him. Christ was the exact image of the invisible God. He was the only unadulterated testimony of the invisible God that ever came to earth in human form, yet humanity wouldn't accept Him!

We have to be careful to accept what Christ has done for us! We have to understand that we have been crucified with Christ, and when He died we died. In Heb. 2:14-15 it says, "Since then the children share in flesh and blood, He Himself likewise also partook of the same, that through death He might render powerless him who had the power of death, that is, the devil; and might deliver those who through fear of death were subject to slavery all their lives." In other words, the children took part in flesh first. If you are a child of God there is nothing that separates you from God. In that sense you have no beginning. You are simply an extension of God, like you are an extension of the flesh.

Death is generally spoken of in reference to the physical body. However, when it says, "In Adam all die" this is not the case. Everyone who has a consciousness of guilt has a consciousness of separation from God. He lives in the death of his carnal mind, and also crucifies the guiltless consciousness that is in Christ, the Lamb of God. It was through death that Jesus destroyed the devil. Therefore, Jesus had to go through death in order for the devil to be destroyed, because death is the crowning height of the devil's ability. And that death is separation from God! After the devil through his lies had separated man from God, God sent Jesus Christ as the truth, to bring us back into truth. Truth does away with the lies! Yet without truth lies could not exist. For example, if a child steals cookies, then denies it, the lie could not exist if there had not been any cookies and if he had not stolen them. However, when witnesses declare the child to be guilty, the truth does away with the lie. Lies depend on the truth as their foundation. So when truth comes, it dissipates the lie.

This is the reason why we need to be cleansed from our guilt consciousness. For this we need the blood of Jesus Christ. In the Old Testament the high priest took the blood of animals and went from the outer court (which is not a part of the temple proper), into the first holy place and then into the second holy place - but "not without blood". In other words, it is only the blood which can take us all the way in.

The blood of Jesus Christ typifies the soul, the consciousness or the understanding that was in Jesus Christ. The physical blood that flowed out of His physical body is simply a historical event; it will not do anything for us. Since people just depend upon the physical blood, they retain their guilty conscience. The constant repetition of offerings (in the Old Testament) because of sins committed, did not rid the people of their sin-consciousness. In those sacrifices there was a reminder of sin year by year. (Heb. 10:1-4) If these offerings had really worked, people would not have had a consciousness of sin. But the blood of Christ is superior to the blood of animals. The soul is in the blood, and His soul cleanses our conscience from all sin.

What puzzles us is how or why this sin-consciousness returns. This is simply because we haven't lived, walked or grown in this. So people give up and say, "Well, I am just a sinner saved by grace, and I pray every day to get rid of my sin-consciousness." They haven't anything permanent in which they can grow, because the state of their conscience depends on whether or not they sin. So they just want to give up and say, "Forget it". We can sear our conscience, suppress everything, and live as if everything is OK. Some people do that, but there is a day of reckoning for everybody. So that is not the answer. The answer lies in the fact that God has taken care of our sins! But people still have a sin-consciousness because of unbelief. The only way we can get rid of our sin-consciousness is to get rid of our wrong ideas and come into truth. We need to see who the Lamb of God is; to see the reality beyond the physical cross and what humanity did to Jesus; to see what Jesus was portraying in His humanity. The Holy Spirit was sent to teach us this truth!

The general concensus of religious people in the Christian community is that God sent His Son into the world to be killed, and the shedding of His blood would be the remission of our sins. If that act alone took care of sins, then there would no longer be any sins. But there was more to it than that. He gave us a new covenant and sent the Holy Spirit to fulfill the promises of God! The many wonderful promises in the Old Testament could never be fulfilled under the old covenant, because that covenant required man to do his part. But man could not even keep the ten commandments! The commandments told man what to do and what not to do in order to receive the blessing. But they did not help man to keep them - and man by himself cannot keep them!

Eph. 2:10 says, "For we are His workmanship created in Christ Jesus..." Not only are we in Christ and Christ is in us, but WE ARE CREATED IN CHRIST JESUS! The Word of God is creating in us a new sense of being, a new consciousness, a new understanding of God, a new relationship with God, and a new understanding of human nature. This is created in us by a spiritual word. If we died in Adam and were made alive in Christ, we realize that we are now the sons of God, and it does not yet appear what we shall be! The sons of God need to be unveiled; they are now being unveiled by the Spirit.

"We are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them." Our own minds cannot conceive what these works are that God has for us. We just walk in what He wants. Even Jesus didn't do the works, it was the Father in Him who did the works! That means that the Father God was in Jesus, but nobody saw nor understood that. When Jesus claimed that, the Jews got very incensed at Him. "What good work are you going to kill Me for?" Jesus asked. They answered, "It is not because of your good works, but because You called God your Father. That's blasphemy." But it wasn't blasphemy!

Paul explained that circumcision of the flesh doesn't count anymore. In Eph. 2:11-12 Paul said, "Therefore remember, that formerly you, the Gentiles in the flesh, who are called "Uncircumcision," by the so-called "Circumcision," which is performed in the flesh by human hands - remember that you were at that time separate from Christ, excluded from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world." They were without hope in THIS world - that is, in the rule they were under. However, in the beginning of this chapter Paul said, "And you were dead in your trespasses and sins, in which you formerly walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, of the spirit that is now working in the children of disobedience. Among them we too all formerly lived in the lusts of our flesh, indulging the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, even as the rest." This does not refer to the wrath of God - that is the wrath of this world; our nature was one of wrath or indignation. Christ's kingdom is not of THIS world!

Every man was walking according to the course of this world at one time. That is the area in which people were walking when they crucified Jesus in the flesh. Christ can still be crucified today; He is being crucified every day by a guilt-consciousness. The Word of God (Christ) is being crucified or put to death by guilt-consciousness. When you have guilt-consciousness, then there is no room for Christ, because they are incompatible - one washes out or excludes the other. Only by continually allowing the Spirit to bring us into this realization of guiltlessness and relationship with God, can we get hold of this! There is no condemnation in the Spirit of Christ which has come to us!

"But now in Christ Jesus you who formerly were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ." (v.13) Although Christ's blood was shed long ago, most of the world is not yet near to Christ. Christ is the Anointed, the Messiah! He is the Anointing! When the Messiah (the Anointing) comes He will teach you all things. The Holy Spirit is our new teacher - the law no longer teaches us. The Holy Spirit is exactly the same as the Messiah. If you have received the Holy Spirit, you have received the Messiah. The Messiah is Christ and He has come. People could not see Him; they could only see the man Jesus, the outward form who identified with humanity and through whom God spoke. People did not like what Jesus said; they did not understand Him. Neither do people understand the Anointing today! They seem to think it is a feeling of ecstasy or power. The Anointing is the Spirit of truth!

Christ is our peace; He has made the circumcision and the uncircumcision one. People are no longer divided into groups - Jews and Gentiles, circumcision and uncircumcision. Oh yes, in the world, in man's mind and in the church system they still exist, but in Christ NO! He "broke down the barrier of the dividing wall, by abolishing in His flesh the enmity, which is the Law of commandments contained in ordinances..." The law brought sin-consciousness. Christ abolished in His flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments! Can you believe that? He has abolished the law of commandments. ABOLISHED! The ordinances - thou shalt not do and thou shalt do, have been abolished! Those who serve God in the commandments, serve God in something that has been abolished in Christ.

The world patterns itself according to the morality described as good or evil. It is living in the knowledge of good and evil as contained in laws and ordinances. God is not good and evil; Christ is not good and evil. No man is good. Jesus said, "No one is good except God alone." (Lk. 18:19) So we might as well quit living like that!

"...that in Himself He might make the two into one new man, thus establishing peace." This was not done by something outside of Himself; it was IN Himself! Christ is that anointing; it is in Himself, in His knowledge, in His consciousness, in His realization, that He has made in Himself of the two, one new humanity, one new mankind! This is the Son of Man, the Son of mankind! Jesus said that the Son of Man is coming again. His presence in the world is the Son of Man. Anyone who has the anointing must allow the anointing to properly teach him what is truth. Jesus said, "I am the truth." His witness is always true!

Christ is the wisdom and the knowledge of God; He is the Word of God. What a tremendous revelation that He has made "...the two into one new man, thus establishing peace." ONE NEW MAN! This brings us into the realization that there is only one man - a new man! This new man is not the old man who was under the law, whose consciousness was one of good and evil. The guilt-consciousness is abolished in the new man! This one new humanity is the new man, the Son of Man!

Let's look at this in the symbolism of the tabernacle. The outer court, where Jesus preached, wasn't part of the tabernacle. Interesting, isn't it, that here on earth Jesus was not qualified to enter the tabernacle because He was not a Levite. Even the high priest could only enter the second holy place once a year - but not without blood. So Jesus, our true High Priest, went into the presence of God with His blood. This was not the physical blood of Jesus. The blood represents the soul or the consciousness of Christ. The death of the old man took place in the outer court, for we were crucified with Christ. The blood then had to enter the first holy place where the lampstands were. In Rev. 1 we see that the church is to manifest the likeness of the Son of Man. Unfortunately, it doesn't.

On the Isle of Patmos, John received a message from the seven Spirits who are before the throne of God and from Jesus Christ. John heard a voice behind him, and when he turned to see the voice, he saw seven golden lampstands. These illuminated one LIKE a son of man standing in the middle of the lampstands. We are all made in His image and are being conformed to the image of Christ. He made Himself this new man. This new man is actually the only man, the only humanity that can touch or reach God.

There is only one Mediator between God and man, and that is this new man. People who are trying to mediate God through Moses (the law), the letter, or the Old Testament, can only mediate that consciousness. The letter kills. It can only bring an explanation to people and cause them to change their minds, but it cannot make them new creatures in Christ.

Eph. 2:16: "And might reconcile them both in one body to God through the cross, by it having put to death the enmity." Notice that both the circumcision and the uncircumcision needed reconciliation to God. "In one body to God" - that's the body of Christ. Now we are the body of Christ. This is how He is coming. The enmity was put to death on the cross; He took away the enmity, and this brought reconciliation!

"And He came and preached peace to you who were far away, and peace to those who were near: for through Him (Christ) we both have access in one Spirit to the Father." Our access to the Father comes through Christ IN His Spirit. It does not come in any other way! It is not through our works, nor our zealousness in doing good things like reading the Bible, praying, etc. It is only in the Spirit of Christ! We are sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus - not in any other way. We have to be regenerated in the Spirit of the Son so that we can cry "Abba, Father," and pray "Our Father who art in heaven."

In reviewing these things, we must first realize "That God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, NOT COUNTING THEIR TRESPASSES AGAINST THEM." (2 Cor. 5:19) Jesus Christ was the exact image of God, and there's no condemnation in God. But the sad thing is that people have thought that God is a God of good and evil; that He is both good and evil, and expects us to do something for Him. God doesn't expect us to do anything but to allow Him to do it! That may not sound right, but if we allow Him, He will take care of it.

Jesus came to correct our mistaken idea of God. Had there not been a wrong idea of God, He would not have had to correct it. Christ, the Holy Spirit or the Spirit of truth, brings us His Son, the exact image of the invisible God. He is the right idea of God! Jesus manifested a true image of God while on earth, yet people crucified Him; this proves that He was being crucified in the hearts of people since the disruption of the world. When He appeared in the flesh they crucified Him again - and they are still doing it today! Every man who is living under the law and has a guilt-consciousness does not understand that God does not impute sins in Christ. Since he does not understand that he has been taken out of Adam and has been created a new man, he still crucifies Christ. God made one new man, one new mankind being an image of God!

Now we are made a new man - an image of God. That is why we are bearing witness to the fact that a guilt-consciousness crucifies Christ in our hearts - even as it did long before the cross. Christ's mind and a guilt-consciousness are diametrically opposed to each other; they are not compatible! "For the flesh sets its desire against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh;├┐for these are in opposition to one another...!" (Gal. 5:17) This is the battle of Armageddon that has been going on since the disruption of the world.

Since we have been crucified with Christ and our minds and testimony are like-minded with Him, the world will also crucify us; so will the church systems of organized religion because they are a part of the world. They are married to the world, they get along well with the world, and they co-exist with the world. Just as the world tries to rectify things through legalism, so do they! They are out there with their anti-abortion marches, anti-drug slogans, etc. Instead of dying to their own efforts, being made alive in Christ and maturing, they are fighting in the flesh. They are still striving and breaking the Sabbath instead of entering into the rest of God.

The true consciousness of the crucifixion only comes to us when we are willing to be crucified with Him, to be buried with Him, to be raised with Him, and to enter a newness of life with Him. Then we receive the realization that He is not condemning us! When we are in Christ we have no consciousness of sin; Christ is our life! We are living, growing and maturing in Him now! The truth will dissolve the lies of the enemy; it will do away with our self-effort in trying to overcome our weaknesses, to better ourselves, and to take away our guilt-consciousness.

I hope this gives you a better idea and understanding of the crucifixion. God bless you. "Consider what I say, for the Lord will give you understanding in everything." (2 Tim.2:7)

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