Surrender Control – BT5: What does it actually mean to ‘surrender’ control?
Surrender Control – BT5: What does it actually mean to ‘surrender’ control?
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Surrender control is ‘absolutely 100%’ by the definition of “surrender”: “cease to resist; to yield to the power, control, or possession of another; to give up completely.” Jesus says in Matthew 21:44, citing Isaiah 28:14 concerning Himself: “The one who falls on this Stone [of offense and Rock of stumbling] will be broken to pieces, but if it falls on anyone, it will crush him.” Yes, we must surrender control in order to be “broken to pieces” in order to be delivered and healed – that is the exact nature we saw in Surrender Control – BT3 of “repentance for the forgiveness of sins.” But if we continue down our “broad way/road that leads to destruction” and continue to resist the Lord, one day that Massive BedRock will roll right over us and crush us into dust.
Although the New Testament doesn’t use the word “surrender” as the Old Testament does for “giving up/over or falling to” as with cities and peoples to Israel’s armies, the Greek word hupotasso also translated “submit or subject to” is similarly used in the NT, which means “to arrange, rank, or place under, thus to being subject or subordinate to.” As we’ve seen in Surrender Control – BT3 the act of public confession in water-baptism and subsequent daily private confessing “Jesus is Kurios Lord (a)” means just that, submitting completely to Jesus as the “Master or Owner, the One who has absolute ownership rights over you.”
James 4:4-8 warns: “Do you not know that friendship (a) with the world is enmity with God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend (a) of the world makes himself an enemy of God. . . . Therefore it says, ‘God opposes (b) the proud (c) but gives unconditional-loving-favor-of-grace to the humble/lowly.’ Therefore, hupotasso submit/subject yourselves [under] to God. Resist the devil (d), and/thus he will flee from you. [I strongly urge you to] (e) eggizo draw very-close-beside-to (f) The God, and/then He shall actually [g] eggizo draw very-close-beside-to you.” Watch out! The power of God has just come to your rescue! Satan will have to flee. <Notes> a) philia, philos: fond friendship – see Fellowship, b) stands firmly against, c) self-sufficient, arrogant, d) by standing against his temptation, e) aorist: the action viewed as a whole to emphasize just getting it done, f) a Hebrew idiom for worshipful proseuche conversational-prayer, g) at some unspecified future time.
Absolute surrender or submission or subjugation or subordination is the essence of repentance. Jesus made this clear to everyone, even very religious people: “Unless you repent, you will all likewise perish” (a), and to many hard-working, older churches like those in Ephesus: “I have this against you: You have aphiemi ‘permitted to depart, so abandoned’ the unconditional-love you had at first [in time]. Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent, and do/act the first/foremost doings/works. If not, I will come to you and remove your lampstand (the presence of the Holy Spirit) from its place, unless you repent” (b). <Notes> a) Luke 13:3, 5, b) Revelation 2:4-5.
The “light” Christians and churches are to “let shine before others, like a lamp on a stand, so that the world may see your kalos ‘beautiful, outward-sign-of-inward-good, noble, honorable, inspiring, praiseworthy’ ‘doings/works’ and give glory to your Father in heaven” (a) sure isn’t OT “works,” but from this Revelation 2:4-5 verse above is clearly the “doings/works’ that are associated with “the unconditional-love that you had at first [in time].”
The Lord told me once that He meant both “first in time and first in importance” because: The things we do when we ‘first’ [in time] fell in love with someone aren’t ‘work’ or ‘effort’ at all, but natural ‘doings’ – we can’t wait to listen to every word of theirs, we long to feel their touch, we just want to spend every minute with them, and we want to kiss them – this proskuneo is the very meaning of worship.
This love fills us up with genuine-life! And when we aren’t with them we love just remembering when we were last together, because re-living our previous love fills us up with even more love and longing to return in person for more love!
Remembering and Returning can be an endless cycle! That koinonia intimate relationship and genuine, experiential, relational epignosis knowledge of Jesus that they ‘at first’ had with Him, is what Jesus wanted them to remember and then turn back to this through waiting, watching, listening, adoring proseuche conversational-prayer and worship. This intimate relationship is also what is foremost to the Lord! <Notes> a) Matthew 5:14-16.
This is what Jesus is calling many older Christians and churches, like Ephesus was, to go back to or “repent,” because we can see from the progression of NT writings and early Church history that “works” or legalistic Christianity crept in, for “a little leaven (a) leavens the whole lump” (b). <Notes> a) of the Pharisees and Sadducees, b) Matthew 16:6, 11-12; Mark 8:15; Luke 12:1; 1 Corinthians 5:6; Galatians 5:9.
Jesus is always having to call a straying Church back to the “first and foremost ‘doings’ of their first love” – proseuche conversational-prayer and worship for genuine, experiential, relational epignosis knowledge of Him through koinonia communing fellowship. If they don’t repent, Jesus will remove them from their chosen-purpose to spread Christ’s light to the world – He will no longer use them to shine His light.
This is exactly what Jesus promised earlier to His disciples (c): “As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself unless it presently/ongoingly meno abides-in/remains-connected-to the vine, absolutely-in-fact-NEITHER can you, unless you presently/ongoingly meno abide-in/remain-connected-to Me. I am the Vine; you are the branches. Whoever is routinely/habitually meno abiding-in/remaining-connected-to Me and I in him, it is this one [person] that bears/carries much fruit, for apart/disconnected from Me you can do absolutely in fact nothing.” He said this to the 11 disciples right after Judas left to betray him. See A 11-21-2021 Vision about Meno abiding. See also Holiness/Sanctification page. <Notes> a) John 15:4-5.
As Christian musicians, if we want the Lord to shine His light through us into the world, then we have to be in an intimate, communal relationship with Him, experiencing a deep love relationship with Him, because that ‘light’ is the unconditional-love of Christ that He shares with. The only way to do this is through total surrender, subjugation, subordination, or submission to Christ being our Lord or Supreme Master and Owner. We need to repent from being “the captain of our own ship” and turn to ‘Jesus as Lord’ and publicly confess this at our water-baptism, but then privately remain connected to Jesus as branches in the Vine if we want to continue to experience His genuine-life-giving unconditional-love flowing into us and through us to the world.
Yes, we must “fall on the Petra Massive BedRock of Christ” and be “broken to pieces,” dying to ourselves by “taking up our cross daily,” and taking that lowly, humble place at the foot of Christ’s cross each day. But it is here where we can be continually filled by the ‘light’ of Christ’s unconditional-love. It is here where we can first fall in love and then abide/remain in love. But Christ knows we are human, get distracted by the “cares of this world” and even by the “works of religion,” so He tells us to remember our first love with Him and the things we did at first during that love-relationship, and this will rekindle our love for Him and longing to return to that first love by being together very-close-beside Him in proseuche conversational-prayer and worship.
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