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we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which
God ordained before the world unto our glory: 1 Corinthians 2:7 Which
none of the princes of this world knew: (2:7) for had they known it,
they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. 1Co 2:9 ¶ But as it
is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into
the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love
him. 1Co 2:10 But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for
the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. Tools
specific to 1Co 2:11 For what man knoweth the things of a man, save
the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth
no man, but the Spirit of God."
But the natural man receiveth
not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him:
neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.
1 Cor. 2:14
We are given understanding in the light of Jeshua (Jesus) in a line by line, precept upon precept, understanding that Jesus is the Word of God, Itself the greatest mystery. For when the Scripture is made known in its completeness we shall See Him as He IS.
The following writings deal with the subject of Mysteries. They do little more than introduce the topics of God's mysteries, some of the mysteries. There remains, more, much more to be gleaned within these domains of study. Moreover, there are likely more and more mysteries and mysteries within mysteries which will come into our field of view in due time. Revelation is progressive and always deepening as His truth is being revealed by God's Holy Spirit in God's divine time. God is withholding certain things from us because it is not yet His time. Contrary to some ecclesiastical authorities we do not have all the answers (facts) as to Who God is and what His complete plan is for His Body, The Church (another mystery).
16:16 But who say ye that I am?
can access the life of God
Characteristics & Definitions of Religion
The Church is Not a Building
The Church is the Living Body of Christ on Earth
The Body Manifests Christ's Love
Our Heart's First Call is to Fellowship with God
The Church's First Call is to Fellowship
Who Ministers "The Gospel?"
Growing into the Stature of Christ
What is the nature of fellowship in God? How does the concept of "The Church" relate to the life of believers? What is the importance of ritual and programs in the life of a "Church?" The following will address the question of the nature of the true church and the nature of the fellowship of all believers. Institutional Christianity has done disservice to us by presenting the life of God as being predicated upon church activities or services that occur inside a physical edifice!
Christianity is not a philosophical belief system. Christianity isnot an ideology. Christians are not Christians by virtue of their attending a particular church or denominational fellowship. We are not a Christian because our mother or father told us that we were. We are not Christian by default because we are not Buddhist, Hindu or Muslim. God has no second generation Christians. We are not even a Christian by virtue of an act of your own will or choosing! We are a Christian because Almighty God in heaven enabled you to believe through His Grace and with his hand upon you, brought you into the fellowship of the son of his love, Jesus the anointed.
The Gospel message teaches that believers are supernaturally joined into an elect (elected) spiritual body, after our names have been written in the Book of Life. Our names are not written in the Book of Life by God in heaven without our knowing it! The day we become a believer is the day that we encounter God! In this encounter he touches us, he begins to transform us, and he fills us to overflowing, we will never walk in the darkness of unbelief again! "Behold all things become new!" (2 Corinthians Chapter 5;17.) In the years that we live in this world we see a lot of religious behavior and a great amount of 'church-related' activities but we have witnessed very little of the 'manifestation of God,' within the context of the 'church.'
Forms of Godliness without Power
Writing in the second letter to the Corinthians in Chapter 6.14, Paul exhorts believers not to 'yoked' to unbelievers, idolaters, the domain darkness or the devil. The admonition concludes that we should dis-attach ourselves from that which has an appearance of Godliness but is without (spiritual) Power!
Most of what we see in our culture as representing Christianity in no more than formalistic, tradition-bound religion it does not teach either the power of God or the reality his fellowship with us.
Here are some practical definitions of religion. Man's attempt to explain God or God's ways; Second hand or third-handed accounts about God or the truth revealed in his Word; Rituals and customs which are seen to gain favor with God; Forms of Godliness without manifesting God's presence or power; Things that happen inside of church buildings The Church is not a Building
The Greek word "Ecclessia" is the word translated "church." Its definition refers to those who are called out, "the called out ones." In the writing of Peter's letter, Peter a disciple and apostle declares: " You are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a special and peculiar people, that may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light." (1 Peter 2:9.)
The "Church" is this special called out people. The word church to most of us has come to refer to a building or a place of worship. Some habitually call the church building "God's house." However, the true church is a NOT a building but the spiritual body to which we gave reference. The apostle said, "Do you not know that you are the temple?" When believers come together even as few as two or three, and we gather in Jesus' name, he promises to manifest himself in their midst. Thus the body of Christ gathers itself together in fellowship. This is the church, the body of believers.
walked the earth and ministered in the flesh. He is now walking in the
flesh in us who believe. Any who do not believe that Jesus has come
in the flesh is anti-Christ.(1John 4:2,3)
Jesus has come to live and manifest his life within us!
Jesus has come to live and manifest his life within us!
Sometimes things have to be repeated to jolt us out of our lethargy. The reality of Christ in the flesh has got to impact our theology! It is so amazing so full wonderment that for it to be a mere concept is to indicate a kind of spiritual deadness.
The Body of Christ is comprised of many members, many parts and many useful giftings which God chooses to impart. Each member has a part to play, each member is needed and has significance. We are members of him. Each is a part of Jesus Himself. He loves his Body. He is one with it as a husband and his bride are one. The union of the body is a great mystery. Christ is the head over it. The fullness of the spirit which filled Christ is fully and freely available to every member of The Body. We honor the Body. We love it. We do not declare war against ourselves by speaking evil against a brother or sister in Christ. We also are given the task of sharing in its growth and edification, therefore each of must contribute of our gifts and substance to its health.
A Mystical and Spiritual Life
The true church is a spiritual body selected from heaven and connected to heaven by the Holy Spirit to the enthroned Christ. In the book of the Acts, people heard the Gospel, believed the word preached, and made a public witness confirming that they believed that Jesus was the one begotten Son of God who was given as a sacrifice for them. They were given power and authority to become "sons of God".
When this public confession was made the Spirit of God came upon them with transforming power and they experienced the miracle of the New Birth. Old things changed and passed away and new things came, (2 Corinthians 5;17.)
New love came, new fellowship came. They gathered into houses and praised and worshipped God, men and women prophesied, The Scriptures were read with enlightenment and they knew God and Christ were in their midst. This was the church of the Book of Acts. Since that day his body has never left it was only added-to. It is the same spiritual body that we may join.
"Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not." (1 John 3:1) "Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren." (1 John 3:16)
The power and redemptive quality of God's love has to have a place to manifest and to shine as a light. It is in this body of believers that it shines. Those who see enlightened believers who are Spiritually aflame see kindness and affection, that is unlike the rest of the world.
In the fellowship of Christ there is openess (or bond) of affection among true believers not mere civility. There is a sense of care and sharing because we have the nature of God's love within us. Perfect love, the Scripture says, casts away all fear.
The self consciousness of the unredeemed man or woman does not allow freedom and openess in shared affection. While the unredeemed person is fearful of being hurt or looking foolish of such openess and vulnerability, these fears vanish in the life of the Spirit of Christ.
All of us crave companionship and fellowship. Believers crave and hunger for the fellowship of others of like faith. It is not only this inner desire fueled by God's nature but the fact that "we are edified through love" in this fellowship. Thus all are prepared to share this common life with others. This is why that fellowship is essential.
The word for this fellowship that God initiates in us is called in the Greek "Koinonia."
Koinonia has several important meanings associated to it; sharing, fellowship, communion, support, and participation. All of these things describe the fellowship we have with God and through God.
Because of the power and grace which God supplies we are first able to share his Spirit and his nature, we therefore have fellowship with Him. We become partakers of the Divine nature of God. We become "bone of his bone and flesh of his flesh," an expression used to describe 'marriage.' It is this "Bond of Love" that is Jesus' description of the church, His Body (Ephesians 4) and His Bride, (Revelation 21).
are each are given the ability through supernatural enablements to do
the works that Jesus did. (For this purpose the son of God was manifested,
that He might destroy the works of the Devil,.) This was the mission
that God gave to Jesus. Jesus announced his mission by reading the prophetic
text, in Isaiah 61 as recorded in Luke 4:18, "The Spirit of the Lord
is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the Gospel to the poor;
he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the
captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them
that are bruised,"
No Believer is Expected to Minister or Live the Christian Life by His Own Strength or Native Ability
The power from God (the Holy Spirit baptism at Pentecost) empowered or enabled all of the disciples to receive supernatural abilities: Many theological traditions exclude this divine enablement and see the life of disciples at the time the Bible book of Acts as different from God's operation in the present day. This 'cessationist' doctrine is extremely unfortunate. Any doctrine that is denied or excluded, can not be received by faith. Please, my friends be assured. Take the word of one who has seen, touched and tasted the reality of the present manifestation of God's power, that this spiritual enablement exists today. Spiritual enablement exists for anyone who can set aside his or her own natural abilities to seek, with faith, and to receive the "down payment of our divine inheritance,"(read Ephesians 1:13,14). regarding the giftings from the Holy Spirit.
disciples of Jesus saw and heard many wonderful things as they walked
with the Master, the Son of God. But after 3 years of walking with Him
and seeing all the wonders and hearing all the teaching, they were told,
" - wait in this city (Jerusalem) until you are supplied with POWER
from heaven.-" Jesus' disciples needed a power which was above their
own, a power divinely enabled by God, to minister with the intentions
that Jesus required of them.
The Holy Spirit provided power, love and a new mind. The disciple who was to minister needed a Spiritual transplant so they could be after His image.
Disciples were chosen by Jesus as He walked the shores of Galilee. He is still making disciples today. He chooses men and women. He reveals himself to them. He changes their nature. He prepares them with wonderful gifts from heaven, freely given by grace.
Disciples reach out to make other disciples, Christ's Spirit works in them to reveal a love nd compassion which cares about the lost and the hurting; to have a heart for those who are oppressed and bound.
We do not minister with the objective that we are enrolling a candidate for church membership. We meet their needs and share the promises of Christ. Love is God's best for each person. Ministry is what we do to provide or make possible for God's best for each person.
We follow the doctrine of the apostles; the way of demonstrating the reality and power of the Kingdom of God.
We are invested with Powers granted through Christ Jesus, the power of the Holy Spirit. We share a bond of fellowship with those who we rescue from the fire.
We bless them and instruct them in the way of God. We remove the grave clothes from their lives just as Jesus instructed his disciples to do after Lazarus was called forth still bound from the tomb.
We share the joy of salvation with singing and rejoicing, and making melody in our hearts. We praise God with songs, hymns and spiritual songs. We share and rejoice in the wonderful testimonies of deliverance.
We lay on hands to heal the wounds of the afflicted and we take authority over demonic powers which would attempt continued harassment of a the fledgling believer, who is still struggling to sort out things which are spiritual from things which are soulish or psychological.
We feed the young with milk and the old share meat. We are not owned by any other but hold another's interest in common with our own. We know the ruthless operations of a spiritual enemy who is always at work to enter into the fellowship, to steal the glory, to divide and conquer, to steal our confidence and our joy.
are not ignorant of the devices of the enemy. We stand against him. The
zeal of the father's house has eaten us.
Church should not a matter of scheduled meeting times for the believer, the doors are never closed in the temple of the human heart. The altar is not mortar or wood, it is a place within us, a holy place sanctified by God by the blood of a lamb most Holy, A lamb without spot or blemish.
DEFINITION OF LOVE
"Knowledge makes arrogant, love edifies."