If you have read about being born kidnapped, you are now ready for the rest of the story—the unbrainwashing.
6. After the rescue: But a child born kidnapped and brainwashed, even after they realize they have been ransomed, has a lot of “unprogramming” to go through. Some kidnapped children can never come to understand who they really are, and that they have been rescued. Occasionally kidnapped children choose to continue identifying with the kidnapper.
Others finally realize their true identity, but have to go through a process of unbrainwashing to come fully into their true and joyous identity. That is what the law of the universe, God's law of love does for us. It shows us our true identity, what we are being transformed back into.
“To restore in man the image of his Maker, to bring him back to the perfection in which he was created, to promote the development of body, mind, and soul, that the divine purpose in his creation might be realized—this was to be the great work of redemption” (God’s Amazing Grace, p. 246).
David seemed to understand this process, and he outlined it in Psalm 51:5-13.
7. The Holy Spirit, the unbrainwasher: Each member of the triune God Family has had a vital and distinct role in the dramatic ransom and rescue. The Holy Spirit is the primary unbrainwasher as the adored, wanted children focus on the “firstfruit” Elder Brother who provides the example of what it is like to live as a true, adored, wanted only child of the God Family.
“When one turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord (2 Corinthians 3:16-18, NKJV).
8. There is no condemnation. There is therefore no condemnation to those who have accepted the ransom, embraced their true identity, and who walk following the Elder Brother pattern, Jesus Christ, through the indwelling Spirit of the God Family (see Romans 8:1-17). They know they are free from kidnapped bondage.
Sometimes they may stumble. Sometimes their “being unbrainwashed” minds go back to ingrained patterns of negative, selfish thought and action. But they are living by the Spirit of their family of origin. They keep returning to the wonderful Good New that they are brothers of Jesus, sons of the Father, protégés of the Spirit who dwells in them.
The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God. When we stumble we cry out, “Abba, Father, Help.”
There is therefore no condemnation. There is only loving unbrainwashing. “By the transforming agency of His grace, the image of God is reproduced in the disciple; he becomes a new creature. It is the Holy Spirit, the Comforter, which Jesus said He would send into the world, that changes our character into the image of Christ; and when this is accomplished, we reflect, as in a mirror, the glory of the Lord.”
Where could condemnation possibly fit into this storyline? There is condemnation only for the kidnapper, and all those unfortunate children who never accept that they were free to choose their real Father, and to go to their true home.
Message "It's the Law," shared in Meridian, Idaho, December 12, 2016 [From a cell phone]
Message "It's More About the Arrows Than the Hearts," shared in Meridian, Idaho, February 11, 2017
Message "The Daily Take and Give," shared in Meridian, Idaho, December 23, 2017
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