One to Many, Many to One

Religion is a trap that is easy, almost impossible not to, fall in to. Be careful since the snares are everywhere and the land mines don’t even make noise when they take you out. It is all very quiet and subtle, not disturbing anyone’s peace.

Here is how it works. You are a new believer and have this amazing love for God that is growing in your heart. You have been renewed in your spirit-man and that life within you surges and begs for relationship with God, for Connection with Him.

But you (your spirit-man) are new, brand new, yet your soul is very fragile at this point. Your spirit has soared to its place over the soul but the soul has not bought in yet. It is still full of its old thinking and emotional trenches dug and fortified with years of reinforced fortresses.

You must begin to “work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.” Philip. 2:12. You must be busy, “Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.” 2 Cor. 10:5. You must become and continue to become sanctified in your soul.

Here is where it gets tricky. Our spirit is longing for Connection with God but our soul is still deeply entrenched in the “old man”, Self and his ways. The soul is looking for something it can sell you other that a spiritual life. When you become spiritual the soul loses its control over your person (Christ has control when you are being led by the Spirit) and is very crafty in fighting back against this.

It (the Flesh of Self) knows better than to just come right out and say, “I hate God”, so it just finds something else to love. This is where a Religion Factory comes in handy. Self says to you (in your thinking), “I know, I’ll join with the others who are trying to learn how to do this Christian thing.” And very subtly, very quietly the focus of your walk with God shifts from Christ to the many who are “working out their salvationn”.

But God did not say in His Word, “work out your salvation”, He said, “work out your own salvation”. Our salvation is in Christ, and in no other. You can’t look to others to find your salvation nor your sanctification. Granted others are used in mighty ways by God both knowingly and unknowingly to lead us to understanding and knowledge about Him, but they do not change us by looking into their faces.

Religion is a one to many scenario, where each one is looking at many others to learn and find out about God. Relationship is a one to one scenario where each one is looking at One, even God in Christ, to know Him. “And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.” John 17:3. Relationship gets each individual’s heart turned toward God and toward nothing or no one esle.

“Thou shalt have no other gods before me. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God.” Exodus 20:3-5.

When each of us are looking at God for our own salvation, to be like Him we have a many to One situation. Many one to one situations. We are each created uniquely to be a manifestation of our Father. Only He knows what and who we are meant to be. Don’t look to men, look to your Creator — God. Read Psalm 139 to find out just how unique and wonderfully you were created.

“And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” Rom. 12:2.

“Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Heb. 12:2

“But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.” 2 Cor.3:18.

Many to One, not one to many.