The Empty Tomb
~by Cliff Newman
Far too many Christians today [and even most of the world as well] have been taught, hoodwinked and brainwashed into believing that the Bible is a set of unbreakable rules and commands and if you do break them… you go to hell.
But this is very untrue as Gods word so explains in John 3:16 & 17…
For God did not send the Son into the world in order to judge (to reject, to condemn, to pass sentence on) the world, but that the world might find salvation and be made safe and sound through Him. [John 3:17 (Amplified)]
For God so greatly loved and dearly prized the world that He [even] gave up His only begotten (unique) Son, so that whoever believes in (trusts in, clings to, relies on) Him shall not perish (come to destruction, be lost) but have eternal (everlasting) life. [John 3:16 (Amplified)]
Does that sound like God is a rule and command Maker to you?
Well Cliff… if not a set of rules… then what are they?
What appear in the Bible to be rules and commands are directions like on a map, directions on how to safely and prosperously navigate through Dad’s [Gods] kingdom and this is Gods kingdom.
What knowledge do I base this on?
In Second Corinthians chapter five we read where we have been given the ministry of reconciliation… not condemnation. Whether you previously knew it or not, we must remember Dad gave each of us a freewill and it is our freewill responsibility to choose to follow God [Light] or… Satan [darkness] and regardless of the many and varied choices and distractions Satan and the world throws at you, darkness & Light ARE the only two choices to choose from [this time of decision being the reason your spirit was temporarily tied to earth in your physical tent (body)].
So if you choose [with your freewill] to follow darkness, then the directions the Bible gives are not only meaningless to you [they are not meant for you]… scripture stating that we through our freewill set free or condemn ourselves by our choices… Dad [God] not being the condemner but it is His kingdom and we merely His offspring [children] sons.
OK… so The Living God had created an untold amount of beings previous to creating us but He longed for a family [or sons] of His Own so… before time began…
God said, Let Us [Father, Son, and Holy Spirit] make mankind in Our image, after Our likeness, and let them have complete authority over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, the [tame] beasts, and over all of the earth, and over everything that creeps upon the earth. [Genesis 1:26 (Amplified)]
Then the Lord God formed man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath or spirit of life, and man became a living being. [Genesis 2:7 (Amplified)]
Literally… before time began Dad created a DNA & genetics map of every person that would ever live… and then filling [infusing] that map with His presence [spirit or breath of life]… placed that map in the bloodline of the first mankind… placing him on a specially created planet in a specially created universe just for His children [sons]… and as time progressed, each of us has been born in our own time according to that original DNA & genetics map.
But how would Gods children [sons] know how to maneuver safely and prosperously through His kingdom without a roadmap to guide them for they are spirit, flesh and blood while God is only Spirit?
They would not.
So God [our Dad] inspired key people to create a roadmap [storyline] on how to safely and prosperously maneuver through His kingdom [this current universe]. But how could it be a rulebook or set of commands… when Dad gave each of us a freewill [meaning there are NO rules]? Even scripture states that all things are possible but… not all things are prosperous.
So if you have been taught to believe the Bible is just a set of rules & commands you must obey or end up in hell… think again!
The Bible is a roadmap to lead you safely away from hell.
Even scripture states that it is a Light unto your path. The Bible is merely a roadmap of directions from Dad on how to safely & prosperously find your way back home to Dads front door [not a list of do’s & don’ts to keep you away]. No, it's so that you and your Dad can spend eternity together and just that first click on the clock of eternal clicks is… eighty trillion years to the tenth power.
Boys & girls… to find that hidden path [trail] of safety & prosperity to Dads front door… you NEED a roadmap and such a map inspired by our Dad is the best map we could ever hope to have… and that is His word [the Bible] the roadmap of all roadmaps.
Where do I start Cliff?
For with the heart a person believes (adheres to, trusts in, and relies on Christ) and so is justified (declared righteous, acceptable to God), and with the mouth he confesses (declares openly and speaks out freely his faith) and confirms [his] salvation. [Romans 10:10 (Amplified)]
All whom My Father gives (entrusts) to Me will come to Me; and the one who comes to Me I will most certainly not cast out [I will never, no never, reject one of them who comes to Me]. [John 6:37 (Amplified)]
And I know that His commandment is (means) eternal life. So whatever I speak, I am saying [exactly] what My Father has told Me to say and in accordance with His instructions. [John 12:50 (Amplified)]
Only it must be in faith that he asks with no wavering (no hesitating, no doubting). For the one who wavers (hesitates, doubts) is like the billowing surge out at sea that is blown hither and thither and tossed by the wind. 7 For truly, let not such a person imagine that he will receive anything [he asks for] from the Lord, 8 [for being as he is] a man of two minds (hesitating, dubious, irresolute), [he is] unstable and unreliable and uncertain about everything [he thinks, feels, decides]. [James 1:6-8 (Amplified)]
For as the human body apart from the spirit is lifeless, so faith apart from [its] works of obedience is also dead. [James 2:26 (Amplified)]
If My people, who are called by My name, shall humble themselves, pray, seek, crave, and require of necessity My face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven, forgive their sin, and heal their land. [2 Chronicles 7:14 (Amplified)]
Therefore if any person is [ingrafted] in Christ (the Messiah) he is a new creation (a new creature altogether); the old [previous moral and spiritual condition] has passed away. Behold, the fresh and new has come! 18 But all things are from God, Who through Jesus Christ reconciled us to Himself [received us into favor, brought us into harmony with Himself] and gave to us the ministry of reconciliation [that by word and deed we might aim to bring others into harmony with Him]. [2 Corinthians 5:17-18 (Amplified)]
Thus… if you have been [ingrafted] in Christ [by your freewill decision based on Romans 10:10]… you are NOT a poor old sinner saved by grace but… a new creation (a new creature altogether).
For those whom He foreknew [of whom He was aware and loved beforehand], He also destined from the beginning [foreordaining them] to be molded into the image of His Son [and share inwardly His likeness], that He might become the firstborn among many brethren. [Romans 8:29 (Amplified)]
Yes I have been murdered five times… even recent health tests show the dent in my skull is from a deathblow to the head received when I was only two years old. How is that possible when scripture says we only die once? Because scripture states it is appointed for a man once to die.
Appointed… is NOT set in stone.
So how did you just come back to life Cliff?
Understand this… after Jesus was crucified He was put in a tomb. On or about the third day Dad [with great signs of power and wonder] burst His Firstborn Son out of the ground so… just as through His shed blood when Jesus was crucified on the cross He broke the hold of spiritual death upon us… on that third day when Dad resurrected Jesus, He spiritually broke the hold of physical death upon us.
Cliff you are CRAZY!
And from the days of John the Baptist until the present time, the kingdom of heaven has endured violent assault, and violent men seize it by force [as a precious prize—a share in the heavenly kingdom is sought with most ardent zeal and intense exertion]. [Matthew 11:12 (Amplified)]
I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, if anyone observes My teaching [lives in accordance with My message, keeps My word], he will by no means ever see and experience death. [John 8:51 (Amplified)]
Jesus said to her, I am [Myself] the Resurrection and the Life. Whoever believes in (adheres to, trusts in, and relies on) Me, although he may die, yet he shall live; 26 And whoever continues to live and believes in (has faith in, cleaves to, and relies on) Me shall never [actually] die at all. Do you believe this? 27 She said to Him, Yes, Lord, I have believed [I do believe] that You are the Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One), the Son of God, [even He] Who was to come into the world. [It is for Your coming that the world has waited.] [John 11:25-27 (Amplified)]
Still think I’m crazy?
Yes, I was in fact murdered five times. Been shot three times [which did NOT save those who shot me]. Been stabbed three times. Poisoned six times. The beatings with fists and crowbars just to mention a couple of weapons were endless… one night two men bludgeoned me for twenty minutes beating me till my heart & lungs stopped…
have faced Italian hitmen, multiple assassins imported out of New York with guns in their hands more than once, crazed raging drug lords with machine guns, mad screaming Islamic Muslim terrorists and an endless stream of armed robbers and murderers [even facing a black bear in the Oregon wilderness when I was only nine years old] and I survived all of this and much more as if it were nothing… literally violating the laws of physics just like Jesus came and taught us to do two thousand years ago and for that… you think I’m crazy? Well I think you are lukewarm and someone taught you to think that way.
How is this possible, you ask?
We are the sons [children] of The Living God… mankind [spirits wearing physical tents]... NOT human animals who descended from monkeys but immortal spirits who create with their words & thoughts.
So… you claim not to believe in God. I’m OK with that but… are you absolutely positively certain that choice was your freewill decision?
For the god of this world has blinded the unbelievers’ minds [that they should not discern the truth], preventing them from seeing the illuminating light of the Gospel of the glory of Christ (the Messiah), Who is the Image and Likeness of God. [2 Corinthians 4:4 (Amplified)]
Still sure it was your personal freewill choice not to believe in The Living God [your Dad]?
Then… as the Holy Spirit will not violate your freewill, neither will I. Just don’t forget you are not merely a physical being and that first click of endless clicks on the clock of eternity is… eighty trillion years to the tenth power.
In closing, we are immortal spirit beings…
It is the Spirit Who gives life [He is the Life-giver]; the flesh conveys no benefit whatever [there is no profit in it]. The words (truths) that I have been speaking to you are spirit and life. [John 6:63 (Amplified)]
…and you are temporarily bound to your physical tent to make a freewill decision between darkness & Light [literally choosing between The Living God Who created you and Satan (Lucifer the fallen angle)] and for no other reason.
Know and understand that it is [really] the people [who live] by faith who are [the true] sons of Abraham. 8 And the Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify (declare righteous, put in right standing with Himself) the Gentiles in consequence of faith, proclaimed the Gospel [foretelling the glad tidings of a Savior long beforehand] to Abraham in the promise, saying, In you shall all the nations [of the earth] be blessed. [Galatians 3:7-8 (Amplified)]
It’s your move you speaking spirit.
Remember… I’m never further than an eMail away.
Until the next time I put ink on paper,