Author Archives: John Robert Lucas
First Draft Date: March 7th, 2015
The Bible starts off with God seeing a world without “form”. God’s response to the void and formlessness was to provide form–but a form with life.
It is very easy for the prophetic people of God to forget some of God’s fundamental principles. In this case, that God works through form, structure, a plan, a process, and even discipline to carry it all out to His good pleasure.
As of this writing, I am a senior leader in our capability practice called Methods. I have always found it useful to take what I have learned in the natural world and allow the Spirit to apply it to the spiritual. In many cases, my role is to look at current practices in corporate America and compare their current state in a given area to a best-practiced structure or method, and explain the gap. Further, my role requires (John Robert Lucas)
Revision Date: June 30, 2014
As a senior leader for a Chicago consulting firm, one of my roles is thought leadership. It is my job to bring new ideas to the table and cause the client, even my peers, to look at solutions differently. This usually includes both a strategic and theoretical overview, but also includes a tactical and practical approach that makes the strategic successful. A good Thought Leader in the corporate world is a pioneer of sorts, creating a new path for new opportunities, dealing with business and technical pain points, and proving a clear roadmap to achieve the well-defined goal.
For the last 3 months what has been stirring up in me is how pulpit ministry lacks thought leadership, and specifically in the Finished Work, Grace, Sonship, or Kingdom message, as we are called. This message is not new even though many are hearing it for the first time (John Robert Lucas)
John Robert Lucas | April 18, 2014
As Passover and Easter are complete this year, let’s take some time out and consider a fresh perspective of God’s redemption. I pray that there are some truth nuggets in this article that may cause your spiritual eyes to see something more clearly. I encourage you to meditate on this article and may the Spirit cause you to see this Passover season in a new light.Bookends of Redemption: The Thread of Blood
The Bible is a love story that threads redemption from Genesis to Revelation, focusing Jesus as the Alpha and Omega, and the central figure of this divine romance. Truly we are as a bride, even the city of God, adorned in the radiance of glory and every precious stone. Even more, the scriptures end with the bride being clothed in crystal clear walls of jasper, seventy-two yards high. The beauty of (John Robert Lucas)
This article is taken from Temple Builders: The High Calling book by John Robert Lucas. This is a powerful chapter and goes along with my newest article on “Church in the Wilderness” written and posted here on Temple Builders in March 2014. Also be sure to LIKE our Facebook Page at http://www.facebook.com/templebuildersministry
DEUTERONOMY 30:15–20 – See, I have set before you today life and prosperity, and death and adversity I command you today to love the LORD your God, to walk in His ways and to keep His commandments…that you may live and…that the LORD your God may bless you in the land where you are entering to possess it. But if your heart turns away and you will not obey, but are drawn away and worship other gods and serve them…you shall surely perish. You will not prolong your days in the land where you are crossing the Jordan to enter and (John Robert Lucas)
1 Cor 10:1-6 For I do not want you to be unaware, brethren, that our fathers were all under the cloud and all passed through the sea; and all were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea; and all ate the same spiritual food; and all drank the same spiritual drink, for they were drinking from a spiritual rock which followed them; and the rock was Christ. 5 Nevertheless, with most of them God was not well-pleased; for they were laid low in the wilderness.
Now these things happened as examples for us, so that we would not crave evil things as they also craved. NASU
1 Cor 10:11-12 Now these things happened to them as an example, and they were written for our instruction, upon whom the ends of the ages have come. NASU
This is that Moses, which said unto the children of Israel, A prophet shall the Lord (John Robert Lucas)
Tabernacle of Moses Poster
Below is a tabernacle I have had for several years. I had it framed and has been a blessing for many years. The artists’ son still sells the poster at the address below:
(John Robert Lucas)
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The Bible is a love story that threads redemption from Genesis to Revelation, focusing Jesus as the Alpha and Omega, and the central figure of this divine romance. Truly we are as a bride, even the city of God, adorned in the radiance of glory and every precious stone. Even more, the scriptures end with the bride being clothed in crystal clear walls of jasper, seventy-two yards high. The beauty of the Lord is beyond our imagination, but the bride’s Husband’s brilliance is the only thing one will see outside the city. In all this, do we understand where God STARTS redemption? Do we understand what it took for God to get us to New Jerusalem?
If redemption is a thread going through the entire Bible, it is the wisdom of God to find out where that thread started, and what seed truth surrounds that first occurrence. In doing so, we peer into (John Robert Lucas)
Grace doctrines that go too far are nothing new. In the early church they were rampant, alongside the other extreme: law doctrines. So it’s grace versus law today, even as back in the New Testament. Paul agonized over his letters to the church, always dealing with one of these issues, or even both.
I consider myself a grace minister, and a minister of the finished work of Christ. Other ministers calling themselves grace and finished work ministers are now spreading a bit of leaven with this message in a way that we must differentiate the error.
So, what am I seeing that is causing the most recent stir: an article “3 Reasons Why I Don’t Preach on Repentance” by Paul Ellis.
Mr. Ellis takes the approach in his article that he is the new order of grace ministry and those teaching contrary are religious. His argument is that unbelievers and Christians should not turn from (John Robert Lucas)
The following is a set of principles that will assist any student or teacher in understanding scripture better. One of the core messages of Temple Builders is that everyone should learn to trust their relationship with the Holy Spirit as Teacher. Additionally, never allow any teacher to bully you with their interpretation. The Holy Spirit guides you gently into truth, and never force feeds you truth. If you are pressured by the teacher, it may be an indication that you should judge that message.
As you learn this set of principles, it will help you to discern better when you hear doctrinal controversies. The largest benefit I think you will notice is less confusion and more confidence to disagree with interpretations that do not bear witness, and that disregard God’s principles and ways.
We live in a day when teachers are circulating interpretations such as no literal hell/lake of fire, that the church is not the (John Robert Lucas)
Occasionally, the Lord will give me a clear word—a word that I am usually not too pleased to get, “Step it up son.” This means He is pushing me up to the next level of the mountain, when I was comfortable at the altitude that I had already attained. For all of us, there is a time in our walk where God urges us up to the next level. We can resist, and many times life will go on as normal, as if nothing happened. The one thing you can count on is, if you are walking close to Jesus, you will not escape a push, whether gentle prompting or forceful compelling, to come up higher.
Recently, my cardiologist strongly suggested I give up caffeine. I took the advice of the doctor and decided to give up caffeine. To get to the next level of good health for me, this was needed. But the (John Robert Lucas)
In the Old Testament, there was a brook outside of Jerusalem called Kidron. This is the brook that was used to discard the idols whenever a righteous king was in office. It was also set as a boundary marker by King David to confine Shimei as part of his sentence for doing evil to God’s anointed.
Everything on the Jerusalem side of Kidron represents the kingdom of Light. Everything on the other side is darkness, and is full of idols.
The word “Kidron” means, “dusk.” Dusk is where light ends and darkness begins. Shimei did not heed the sentence and died.
We must rid our life of idols and clean up our own Jerusalem, for we are eternal Jerusalem and Kidron is the dividing line! Kidron is the dividing line where we DEAL WITH these idols in our heart.
Part of TRUE MINISTRY is about division. It shows you the idols, it contrasts the dark (John Robert Lucas)
Paradigm shifts and sometimes radical changes are the norm for God, but we tend to stay within comfortable spheres of stability and predictability. Further, when we start tampering with the idea of rethinking how it is we do church, we not only find great resistance, we can expect an avalanche of criticism. Over my 32 years of attending and visiting many churches, little seems to change; yet, I also see at times a pendulum swing to the opposite extreme: leadership changing church just for the sake of changing it.
When you look at the business model changes of HP and Netflix of recent weeks, you see that they did the right thing in wanting to change a business model that was doomed to lose corporate revenue and profitability. What these 2 examples failed to consider is that change should be well thought out and must be truly strategic, with mapped out goals, (John Robert Lucas)
In regards to types of christian teachings, we tend to coin a new phrase to differentiate ourselves from something that is more commonly accepted. In this case, the term “message of the finished work.” Sometimes the new phrase is just a re-branding of the same old thing. At other times, it is a new perspective, but essentially the same principle or doctrine. Yet, there are times when a teaching will add something that has never been widely taught, or has been misunderstood. Sometimes the teaching will radically reinterpret scripture to mean something totally different than how the modern church understands it. So, when one says “I teach the finished work message, or the finished work of Christ message”, it can mean lots of different things.
It is best to start a definition by establishing common denominators. For this term, the following seems to be widely agreed about the cross:Jesus perfectly accomplished His work Jesus left nothing undone or (John Robert Lucas)
God has woven throughout the Bible numerous types, shadows, and symbols. Proper and thorough interpretation of scripture is lost without understanding the meaning of these symbols. To neglect this field of study will lose the richness of God’s word, and the many different apsects of who Jesus is, and the destiny of His church. The letter ‘B’ is defined with primary meanings.
PRIMARY MEANING: False gods, idols.
KEY SCRIPTURES: Judg. 2:13; I Kg. 18:19-40; 2 Kg. 10:18-28.
BASIC INFORMATION: Baal is the name of a fertility and nature god of the Canaanites and Phoenicians. “Baal,” transliterated from the Hebrew “ba’ al” (Strong’s #1167), means “a master; hence, a husband, or (figuratively) owner,” and has also been translated as “lord, possessor, owner, guardian.” The word could be used as a title for any person or god considered to be a lord or master, but became identified with various regional gods that were thought (John Robert Lucas)
God has woven throughout the Bible numerous types, shadows, and symbols. Proper and thorough interpretation of scripture is lost without understanding the meaning of these symbols. To neglect this field of study will lose the richness of God’s word, and the many different apsects of who Jesus is, and the destiny of His church. The letter ‘A’ is defined with primary meanings.
PRIMARY MEANING: The ministry of the High Priest.
KEY SCRIPTURES: Ex. 4, 28-29; Mic. 6:4; Heb. 5-7.
BASIC INFORMATION: Aaron, the older brother of Moses (from the tribe of Levi), was first high priest of the Hebrew nation. “Aaron” is from the Hebrew “‘Aharown” (Strong’s #175), which is of uncertain derivation. Some have translated “Aaron” to mean “illumined, enlightener, mountaineer (very lofty), high.” In the exodus from Egyptian bondage, Aaron was chosen by God as Moses’ official spokesman. Aaron’s sons were Nadab, Abihu, Eleazar, and Ithamar. At his death, Aaron’s (John Robert Lucas)
Exodus 25:30 –And you shall set the showbread (the bread of the Presence) on the table before Me always.
Leviticus 24: 5-9 – And you shall take fine flour and bake twelve cakes with it; two-tenths of an ephah shall be in each cake [of the showbread or bread of the Presence]. And you shall set them in two rows, six in a row, upon the table of pure gold before the Lord. You shall put pure frankincense [in a bowl or spoon] beside each row, that it may be with the bread as a memorial portion, an offering to be made by fire to the Lord.Every Sabbath day Aaron shall set the showbread in order before the Lord continually; it is on behalf of the Israelites, an everlasting covenant. And the bread shall be for Aaron and his sons, and they shall eat it in a sacred place, for it (John Robert Lucas)
Ex 25:23-29 and 37:10-16: The wooden table is a representation of Christ. Covered in Gold, it reminds us of his everlasting majesty. He became man for us, but kept his deity so he could be our Eternal Life. Its measurement of one cubit wide represents unity, while its two cubits long represents fellowship, both of which stand for the union in Christ, while its height of 1 1/2 cubits suggest the Trinity.
All of this ties into the fact that tables remind of fellowship, which is dependent on unity and involves the Trinity. As Christians, we fellowship together at the table with Jesus Christ at the New Testament Communion table.
The table is topped by Golden crown, standing in for jealousy exclusively held for God, since he is the king of kings, the one true God. In addition, the crown stands for His power and ability to protect his children, which is (John Robert Lucas)
Ex. 27:1–2 – And make the altar of acacia wood, five cubits square and three cubits high [within reach of all]. Make horns for it on its four corners; they shall be of one piece with it, and you shall overlay it with bronze.
The altar simply represents the Cross. It was the only place sacrifices could be offered and God made sure to specify every detail of its design. God chose the location of the altar, what was to be sacrificed there, the material it was made out of, and the size of it. Like the rest of the Tabernacle, everything making the altar also had symbolism in the Kingdom of God.
The wood is humanity, reminding us that Christ became man to experience our pain, as well as to give his life in exchange for ours. The length and width, which makes a square, typifies that (John Robert Lucas)
GAL 4:13–14 – But you know that it was because of a bodily illness that I preached the gospel to you the first time; and that which was a trial to you in my bodily condition you did not despise or loathe, but you received me as an angel of God, as Christ Jesus Himself.
We see Paul revealing that he was bodily afflicted. Because of this affliction Paul remained at Galatia to father them in the faith. God allowed a bodily affliction to exist in this man of faith for a purpose: God wanted Paul to stay at Galatia, doing His will—the illness was used as a course-changer.
Did the Galatians look down on Paul for having this bodily affliction? Not at all. In fact, Paul commends them. For this bodily affliction was a burden to the Galatian church yet they received him as an angel of God, and as Christ (John Robert Lucas)
One subject we touched on but did not complete was the topic of bodily affliction. Before completing the topic of affliction, it is needful to complete the topic of bodily affliction. May you find direction in your course after reading this topic.
First…for balance sake…the Holy Spirit does not always prompt you to even ask why—why am I sick—why have You not healed me yet? Sometimes you need to rest in the fact that He is Lord over your body and will manage your body as He sees fit. Otherwise, you may be disrupting the fruit of peace in your life, causing great stress and unrest. The season that you are ill may simply be a summer of affliction, yielding great fruit, that is, if you respond correctly.
I think that this “healing” controversy reveals the difference between those seeking a Spirit-led life and ones who are bound by law. For those (John Robert Lucas)
God reveals His will in affliction. It is in affliction we have revelation of our own pride. It is in affliction we see the old man, the natural man. It is in affliction we can appropriate, make relevant, and make applicable the truth of us being dead to sin and alive to God. Now, we can reckon ourselves dead to it. We can consider ourselves freed from the slavery of our own pride. Why? Because now we see it. If you can see it, you can walk in it. You are in Him, Whom all the fullness of the Godhead mightily dwells; you must see this fact, even as you see your own pride.
GALATIANS 6:8–9 – For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life. Let us not lose (John Robert Lucas)
JOB 33:13 – Why do you contend against God? For He does not give account of any of His actions. [Sufficient for us it should be to know that it is He that does them]. (The Amplified Bible)
Job contended and judged God as being unfair instead of listening to His voice. That voice causes us to understand our affliction. When we understand our affliction, we see ourselves as God sees us. When we see ourselves, we can respond to God in repentance of our vile pride, accepting His grace for true deliverance; that is, deliverance from ourselves. Even as Job was self-righteous, God shows us our self-righteousness; if we resist Him, we remain self-righteous. We are guilty of having measured our own level of righteousness against a criterion that is not God, and then we are stubborn to change it.
JOB 33:14–17 – For God [does reveal His will; He] (John Robert Lucas)
After Job and his three friends concluded their unprofitable discourse, we see God’s man come on the scene. God loves us so much that He sends a true messenger of God. Elihu means God of Him. Elihu definitely belongs to God, and God has much to say through Elihu the prophet.
Elihu begins by stating the problem with Job, “He justified himself instead of God.” Self-justification is dangerous because we justify our motives instead of seeking the motives of God. We become right in our own eyes. We see ourselves as victims, not deserving of affliction because we have done right. May we fear and tremble in His holy presence, never degrading to this place of blindness. We can use scripture to justify ourselves. We can use accomplishments done in Jesus’ Name to justify ourselves as well. If this is how we respond, God responds, “give them up to their own (John Robert Lucas)