Paul claims his true heritage is from Abraham, which dispels the idea of him being a Jew and affirms with his own words from 2 Corinthians 11.22 “Are they Hebrews? So am I. Are they Israelites? So am I. Are they the seed of Abraham? So am I.”
Paul further defines his lineage with these words from Romans. “For I also am an Israelite, of the seed of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin. God has not cast away His people whom He foreknew.” But God did cast away the final generation with these words, “That on you may come all the righteous blood shed on the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel to the blood of Zechariah.”
This is why Paul said, ” For I could wish that I myself were accursed from Christ instead of my brethren, and my countrymen according to the flesh.” Showing their divorce from God.
Many consider the elect and foreknowledge of God to be modern day Jews but scripture just does not support that.
Paul was not out to promote the Law Covenant, or Judaism, but the pre-law faith of the father’s Abraham, Isaac and Jacob as we will further demonstrate. They are the ones Paul’s roots are from and where he obtains his instructions for faith, as should we.
This faith of the father’s is something before Moses and before “The Law and Prophets. The law was added till faith comes.” And, “The law was given to make sin exceedingly sinful.” It was an addendum to something before that as we will demonstrate.
The law was designed to bring us to our knees and accept the gift of righteousness by faith.
The Law culture centered on sin and sacrifices is not the New Covenant focus. The Glory is what we set our sights on. As Paul said “Therefore I endure all things for the sake of the elect, that they also may obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory.” This is what we set our sights on.
You become your fixation. What you focus on becomes you. As it says here from Romans 3 “19 Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law, that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become [e]guilty before God.” Why? Because the focus on sin creates guilty sinners.
What those of Moses did over and over, of putting up and taking down, of feasts and sacrifices for sin, were just pictures of what Christ did once, then He returned to His natural habitat of Spirit and Truth, for us to follow Him there. This is why we are on a pilgrimage. We are going somewhere in the faith.
The Law culture with all their offices, buildings, fixtures and feasts are fulfilled and expired, having been dealt the final blow of the cross as shown in Colossians 2. He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross”. They are shelved only to be used for correction purposes only. The purpose of the Old Testament was temporary. Christ’s New Testament is eternal, being present, future and past as we will demonstrate through scripture.
From Exodus 3
When we look at Moses, he was instructed by “The Great I AM” to promote the faith of the fathers with these words, “Thus you shall say to the children of Israel: ‘The Lord God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you. This is My name forever, and this is My memorial to all generations.” So what is it to be remembered forever, Law? And what is supposed to be our fixation, Sin? “The Covenant of God to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob” is not the Law culture with the . That was the plan B used as a redirect for a wayward people.
God goes on to instruct in Exodus 3 saying to Moses “16 Go and gather the elders of Israel together, and say to them, ‘The Lord God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, of Isaac, and of Jacob, appeared to me.” If you remember, Paul validated his apostleship by “having seen the Lord” because the Lord appeared to him in His eternal form as well. He defined his encounter with Christ, not as a burning bush but as “the bright light from Heaven” who visited Paul many times. Nevertheless it is this burning brightness that scores a likeness from that realm on our invisible part. We use words like heart, soul, mind and spirit to define our invisibleness.
If we clearly understood His kind of appearing, a second coming appearance to impress us has no relevance because we too can be of those “having seen the Lord” now in His natural element of Spirit and Truth. This is how He interacts with our invisible part which we are called to participate in saying “work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. This becomes our duty of seeing Him and knowing Him perfectly, because we accept Him as he is. We, too, are “accepted in the beloved.” As the book of Job said, “He who is perfect in understanding is with you.”
Christ spoke to us in John 14 saying “those who have seen Me have seen the Father”. And “from here on you have known Him and seen Him“. And so we take Him at His word.
This is why Paul prayed that the eyes of your understanding would be enlightened, showing we have a different set of senses. But this takes faith as defined in Hebrews 11. Now Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. By this the elders and forefathers obtained rapport with God the Father.
We see in Deuteronomy 29 that
God offers the Law culture another chance . They were reminded of the initial promises to the father’s, and re-introduced to them 40 years later, after their sentence in the wilderness for unbelief was complete, God reiterating this.
29. 1″These are the words of the covenant which the Lord commanded Moses to make with the children of Israel in the land of Moab, besides the covenant which He made with them in Horeb” meaning, other then the Ten Commands written on something that resembled the condition of their hearts, stone.
It is here we ask why all of the modern day expositors overlook this plea from God to get the Israelites back on track with the pre-law Covenant of the fathers, being Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. They say without a blood sacrifice there can be no annulment of The Law. But the writer of Hebrews says that “For when God made a promise to Abraham, because He could swear by no one greater, He swore by Himself” meaning no sacrifice is necessary. Who also says “Thus God, determining to show more abundantly to the heirs of promise the [f]immutability of His counsel, [g]confirmed it by an oath, 18 that by two [h]immutable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we [i]might have strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold of the hope set before us.” Meaning, He doesn’t need a sacrifice to make good on His word.
The writer of Hebrews continues to redirect us from The Law saying: 18 For you have not come [g]to the mountain that may be touched and that burned with fire, and to blackness and [h]darkness and tempest, 19 and the sound of a trumpet and the voice of words, so that those who heard it begged that the word should not be spoken to them anymore. 20 (For they could not endure what was commanded: “And if so much as a beast touches the mountain, it shall be stoned[i]or shot with an arrow.”21 And so terrifying was the sight that Moses said, “I am exceedingly afraid and trembling.”
So we return to the softer approach of faith of The Covenant besides the Law in Deuteronomy 29 saying:
10 “All of you stand today before the Lord your God: your leaders and your tribes and your elders and your officers, all the men of Israel, 11 your little ones and your wives—also the stranger (meaning Gentiles) who is your camp, from the one who cuts your wood to the one who draws your water— 12 that you may enter into (a different) covenant with the Lord your God, and into His oath, which the Lord your God makes with you today, 13 that He may establish you today as a people for Himself, and that He may be God to you, just as He has spoken to you, and just as (identical to) He has sworn to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, in Exodus 3 before the 40 year stint in the wilderness.
The Lord goes on to describe this Covenant besides the Ten commandments to include the gentiles and all future would be believers saying
14 “I make this covenant and this oath, not with you alone, 15 but with him who stands here with us today before the Lord our God, as well as with him who is not here with us today. (Just like Christ asked the Father in John 17.20 “I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who[j]will believe in Me through their word;)
Showing for us that the 40 years was an expected detour, but not God’s perfect will. His perfect will was and is for us to have the same faith in Christ as Paul and the pre-law forefathers.
Moses completed this re-introduction to the pre-law Covenant of faith from the father’s and how to activate it with these words from Deuteronomy 30, 11 “For this commandment which I command you today is[c]not too mysterious for you, nor is it far off. 12 It is not in heaven, that you should say, ‘Who will ascend into heaven for us and bring it to us, that we may hear it and do it?’ 13 Nor is it beyond the sea, that you should say, ‘Who will go over the sea for us and bring it to us, that we may hear it and do it?’ 14 But the word is very near you, in your mouth and in your heart, that you may do it.”
Which if you think about it, this should be fairly soothing to those who are bound by keeping laws of having to do this and do that to try and please God, now they can do a work of faith by implimenting God’s Word.
What God had proved to the Israelites after they crossed the red Sea, was that He was perfectly capable of feeding them and housing them and clothing them and keeping them warm and giving them shoes, with clean teeth and great opportunities to advance toward Him.
Christ reiterated this by saying, for even the lilies of the field are clothed more than Solomon how much more shall He clothe you?
Deuteronomy 30 is where many years later that Paul taps into the Hebrew scriptures, to circumvent the law, to tap into the pre-law faith of the fathers and graft it into the New testament, bridging over the redundancies that the faithless floundered in, even up to the annulment of the Law culture and all its embellishments. He created a bypass so that we wouldn’t have to walk through the wilderness, and the subsequent meandering till Christ came and made all things new.
Paul quoted Moses succinctly from the discourse from Deuteronomy 29-30 when defining the faith of the fathers and belief in Christ, as seen here from Romans 10, the righteousness of faith speaks in this way, “Do not say in your heart, ‘Who will ascend into heaven?’ ” (that is, to bring Christ down from above) 7 or, “ ‘Who will descend into the abyss?’ ” (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead). 8 But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith which we preach): 9 that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. 11 For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.”12 For there is no preference for the Jew over Greek, for the same Lord over all is rich to all who call upon Him. 13 For “whoever callson the name of theLordshall be saved.”
As with all the old testament analogies, the 40 years and all that followed of those who reject the call, were given so that we wouldn’t have to experience their mistakes first hand and avoid those pitfalls ourselves.
Ultimately Christ closed that era as Paul spells it out in Galatians 3 like this “13 Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us, for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree”, 14that the blessing of Abraham would come upon the Gentiles (affirming the law bypass) in Christ Jesus, for us to receive the promise of the Spirit through faith”.
That’s a good point, faith not works, as a means of righteousness and perfect standing with God.
Note the term “gentiles”. This is a reiteration of what the Lord promised to Abraham during his life, that “In your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed”. Seed being singular meaning Christ, and all the nation’s means Gentiles. This concept is always coupled with the completion of the Gospel. Christ is the completion of the Gospel and why at Pentecost those speaking in tongues of all nations, (meaning Gentiles) professing the Glories of God, signifying that the Hebrew scriptures are infatically all fulfilled.
Hebrews 1.1″God who in past times spoke to the father’s through the Prophets, has had His final say so with His Son”. It is over.
It is the Jews that call the Gentiles “Goyim” which means “cows”. I don’t think God likes that insult to people made in His image and likeness or of the redeemed from all Nations, as tho they alone are special.
Like Paul told Peter in his hypocrisy “God is a respecter of no man” in context of Peter favoring the Jews by withdrawing from the Gentiles as seen in Galatians 2.
If we truly understand the wilderness lessons second hand, we are the luckier ones. Even if not, we are fortunate to be able to get back on track with true faith after we step out of that.
The same can be said of Paul who transitioned from law, who said “now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up in my flesh what is lacking in the afflictions of Christ, for the sake of His body, which is the church.” Meaning it happened to him so that we don’t have to go through the same sufferings. So we can learn from the lessons of the 40 years and Paul’s transition by their mistakes. This is what it means when Paul says “to the Jews first”. Not meaning as a matter of preference, but because they needed God’s help the most. After all God called them “brood of vipers, whited tombs, sons of Satan” showing their opposition”. This shows God’s grace and not the Jews favoritism. No doubt about it, they were the enemies of God.
It is the grace of God, that we don’t experience everything first hand, and the purpose of scripture.
Paul further promotes the faith of the father’s being Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, in Galatians 4 ” 21 Tell me, you who desire to be under the law, do you not hear the law? 22 For it is written that Abraham had two sons: the one by a bondwoman, the other by a freewoman. 23 But he who was of the bondwoman was born according to the flesh, and he of the freewoman (was born by the Spirit) through promise, 24 which things are symbolic. For these are the two covenants: (the first alagory refers to law) from Mount Sinai which gives birth to bondage, which is Hagar— 25 for this Hagar is Mount Sinai in Arabia, which corresponds to Jerusalem (on earth) which now is, and is in bondage with her children— 26 but the Jerusalem above (being compositionally different) is free, which is the mother of us all.” Speaking of, The Kingdom of God at hand.
Notice: there is no talk of a third covenant but the one already empowered and put in place for our crossover and salvation.
This corresponds to The New Covenant established by the blood of Christ who is the heir of the promises to the Father’s as Paul explains here “16 Now to Abraham and his Seed were the promises made. He does not say, “And to seeds,” as of many, or jews, but as of one, “And to your Seed,” who is Christ.” This is for all who are “in Christ” who are renewed in the spirit of their minds by this Gospel we profess.
So it is us who are heirs of these things of Christ regardless of race or color as Paul further explains “Therefore know that only those who are of faith (the qualifying factor) are sons of Abraham. 8 And the Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel to Abraham beforehand, saying,“In you all the nations shall be blessed.” And We are9 “So then those who are of faith are blessed with believing Abraham.” Showing for us that modern Jewery has no preference with God as Paul also clarifies here saying “26 For you are all offspring of God through faith in Christ Jesus. 27 For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. 28 There is not the Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all (equal) one in Christ Jesus. 29 And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise”.
Even as Paul also says in Galatians “God is a not a respecter of persons”.
Our only access point is faith is the Christ of the cross. Not as though He is still hanging there. No, He is risen and accended to Glory now calling believers to join Him there, so we follow.
Time for calibrating your focus and purpose.
Christ told the eleven right before the cross, “you shall not follow Me now (meaning the cross) but you shall follow Me after, meaning, to the Father in Glory. Some of us already did that. Can you hear the wind of the Spirit say “Come up hither?” Where? With us the elect.
We are those who have put off the body of the sin of the flesh and put on another body in the image of Christ in Glory. (Collosians 3) This is our objective in conjunction with Christ. (Eph 4.13)
The Kingdom of God is at hand, exclusively for you who do this, if you are able to receive it.
Christ accomplished salvation at the cross and said, “It is finished.” Christ comes to us now in spirit, not to do a new work, but to reinforce in us the Work He has done. He comes to us in His forever construct of being “the same yesterday, today and forever,” to open our eyes to concepts about Himself. He then shows us how to implement and actualize them now, one revelation at a time until He is fully realized in us, until we are fully transformed and transfigured into His Glorious image.
We have this promise in 1 John 3 We know that when He comes and is revealed, we will be like Him, because we will see Him just as He is. 3 And everyone that hath this hope in them, purifieth themselves, even as He is pure. Yes, we have this hope, this aspiration and we have this cause and effect to be like Him. This is what it means to be godly, meaning, like the Son of God.
Just as Christ said, “If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; and from now on you know Him and have seen Him”. If you accept Him as He is.
We don’t need to physically die or wait for some 2nd coming man from heaven to deliver us from the ills of this age. We already have the cure. That’s what salvation means. For this we have a Savior. “God sent His Son not into the world to condemn the world but to save.” (John 3.17) He doesn’t come to rescue us later.
Peter tells us that “we have everything that pertains to God-like -ness, having escaped the corruption in the world. Check it out. (2 Peter 1)
At Paul’s conversion Christ came to him and said, “I have appeared to you for this purpose, to make you a minister and a witness both of the things which you have seen and of the things which I will yet reveal to you.” Meaning Christ would come to Paul on numerous occasions, in His forever construct, to show Himself and to unveil Himself. Why? So that we could become what we see because we see Him as He is. It is as; we behold as in a mirror the Glory of the Lord. We are transfigured into the self same image, from the Glory to the Glory, as by the Spirit. (2 Corinthians 3.18)
This Light, that Paul witnessed was 7 times brighter than humanly possible, would make multiple appearances over time to complete Paul’s conversion, showing to us that the only work left to do is the inner, invisible work of conversion and transfiguration.
Paul could only understand and assimilate so much at a time. Even as Christ said to the eleven, “I still have many things to say to you, however you cannot bear them now.” Because of these truths, we can see that the greater revelation of who Christ is, is developed through successive visitations and revelations.
Paul’s Epistles show this progression. Paul started out with some distorted Pharisaic views. From those views he needed to be cleansed and transformed. We should not be surprised that his Epistles would display these transformations, that are seen in the form of contradictions and inconsistencies of the things Paul writes. With this we can understand the order in which he wrote them. Why? Because his writings show his growth. His later Epistles override his earlier statements.
In Ephesians Paul said, “How that by revelation Christ made known to me the mystery as I have briefly written already.” Showing us that Paul learned something new, and that Christ made good on His continual appearances. That He is not restricted to just 1st and 2nd comings as many erroneously suppose. He is the, “Behold l stand at the door and knock” so you can understand His coming is even now. So don’t expect Him to show up in a form where you can shake His hand and pat him on the shoulder.
Thomas said he would only believe in the resurrected Christ if he could stick his fingers in Christ’s wounds. Thomas was able to do so after Christ appeared to him “in another form.” Mark 16.12 and John 16.19 “The doors were shut and the disciples were assembled, Jesus came and (mysteriously)
stood in the midst, and said to them, “Peace be with you.”20 When He had said this, He showed them His hands and His side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord.”
The truth is Christ said, “Wherever two or more are gathered in My name, there am I in your midst.” His Kingdom is proverbially at hand, but not carnally manifested. He manifested Himself to His disciples behind closed doors, without using the doors. Normal flesh cannot do this. Flesh and blood does not inherit the Kingdom (1 Corinthians 15.50). So He doesn’t appear like that.
We can see that Paul’s 1st Epistles were still influenced by his Pharisaic roots, while his later Epistles were clearer and more developed in New Covenant realities. This is because Christ showed Paul mysteries and consecutive revelations to accomplish this.
Paul was in transition, so we must understand that not all scripture has equal value. If it did, Christ would not have countered Satan’s scripture with another, “For it is written.” ( Matthew 4)
Paul could not understand the full message all at once, and we shouldn’t expect ourselves to either. We should see a continual growth pattern over time.
With this in mind, let us not be found stuck on introductory concepts of the faith. Like the writer of Hebrews says, “Therefore, leaving the discussion of the elementary principles of Christ, let us go on to [a]perfection (an attainable goal), not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God, 2 of the doctrine of baptisms, of laying on of hands, of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment. 3 And this [b]we will do if God permits.”
Warning: if you find yourself on your knees at the cross with continual confessions of fighting Satan and sin, you are not getting the gospel. God begat no beggars. God sent His Son to the cross to become our sin, so we don’t have to. For on Him was laid the iniquity of us all, and by His stripes we are healed,” if you can learn to accept this.
It is at the cross that we drop off our Adamic curse and leave with the blessing. We set our sights on the upward call of God in Christ, not the curse of the stench of sin laid on the Son. He is risen!
Our full inheritance is “in Christ,” our new residence. As John said, “He who sins has neither seen Him or known Him and (in Him) there is no sin.” Are you (in Him)? Why are you hanging out at the cross grovelling as tho our Christ is still hanging? He is risen.
Sin is not your job, your focus or your calling. Heavenly Glory is. You give Satan power by dwelling on the stench. Christ is our Passover lamb and even the Israelite’s were told to “eat it in haste,” you need to get up and move forward. Get as far away from that as you can because scripture is your delivery mechanism.
You are called to godliness, which is God’s likeness and glory. “All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.” But we have the Gospel that restores this.
“In Adam” the was glory lost. “In Christ” the Glory is restored. If you are “in Christ” you are no longer part of the Adamic race, you are fallen no more. Because He is risen, and you accept His payment, you are risen too. You have to learn to see yourself as God sees you, and He sees His Son in you. You are joint heirs of the things of God.
With any inheritance there must be a death to implement it and Christ died. The New Covenant is signed in His blood to expire the Old Covenant and there will be no 3rd covenant. Christ said He was finished, He hung His head and ceased in the flesh. He took our death to die no more, He died for sin to deal with it once. He defeated Satan who was not His battle but man’s. As a man Jesus recaptured the Glory from Satan that he stole from humanity in the Garden. Christ now gives it back to those who have faith in Him. “We are in Him” this is true.
This is why we are baptized into His death; to walk in newness of life, Resurrection life. As Paul said to “recon your old body dead. These are the basic principles of faith that set you free. Satan, sin and death have no hold on us any more. In this way we become the Elect. Amen!
We start out with carnal mindsets. Kind of like a detective saying, “Give me just the facts please, I want to see the evidence.” Like Thomas said, “Let me put my fingers in the holes in your hands.” Of which Christ replied; but more blessed are those who do not see and yet believe” because we get what carnal eyes can’t see.
You see, “Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things unseen.” Meaning, these consecutive revelations for Paul and ourselves never take place in the physical realm; however, the conversion of the inner man of the spirit affects the carnal man tremendously.
The new body is like the Lord’s from Heaven as Paul learned. “44 It is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body. 48 As was the [k]man of dust, so also are those who are made of dust; and as is the heavenly Man, so also are those who are heavenly. 49 As we have borne the image of the man of dust, we[l] can also bear the image of the heavenly Man. (1 Corinthians 15)
At this point, Paul still did not understand the new birth for the new body, that both bodies can simultaneously exist. That as a caterpillar cannot understand the life and flight of a butterfly, so, too, the carnal senses cannot experience the life of faith. Otherwise Christ would not have said “seeing with their eyes they see not, and hearing with their ears they hear not, for it is with the heart that one must see in here to understand the things of God. This is why Christ told Nicodemus that, “Ye must be born again,” and this one is not from the womb. Unless one has new sensory receptors, they cannot see or enter the Kingdom of God, which is why they expect a kingdom made on earth because they are yet carnal. This is why Paul prayed that the eyes of your understanding may be opened to know the hope of your calling.
Many of us have learned how to put off the old and put on the new, as Paul learned by the time he wrote Colossians 3, “Since you have put off the old man with his deeds,and you have put on the new man who is renewed in knowledge in the image and likeness of Him who created us.” This is to be a foregone conclusion. These words are fulfilled in Paul, and in those of us who have followed this transition by the Holy Spirit.
God’s things are compositionally different. That is why, “That which is born of the flesh isflesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.” 8 The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit.” (John 3) This is the composition that can appear behind closed doors, or that can resemble a gardner, or a stranger on the road to Emmaus.
This is our journey and why scripture calls us pilgrims and sojourners. To follow Christ to where He is. In the book of Acts, the believers were called the people of “The Way” first, because they were going somewhere. Where? Jerusalem, but not the one in Israel. They were going to Heavenly Jerusalem. This is why those who loved Jerusalem on earth persecuted the ones with heavenly aspirations. The same goes today, even as Paul explained through Jacob and Esau of old that those of the flesh always persecute and reject those of the spirit.
This is what Christ meant when He said, “Let us go up from here.” Meaning through these consecutive revelations, let us go up to Heavenly Jerusalem, “The Kingdom prepared from the foundations of the world.”
We must get this point; that a trade off takes place, old for new. Earthen, for Heavenly. Even as Paul instructed us to “cast off the bondwoman and her son. The two Jerusalem’s cannot simultaneously exist in importance in your mind. You have to love one and hate the other, to make the cut. “For this Hagar is Mount Sinai in Arabia, and corresponds to Jerusalem which is on earth, and is in bondage with her children— 26 but the Jerusalem above is free, which is the mother of us all, ” which comes down from Heaven, whose construct is according to the measure of a man who is of an angel.” Like Peter learned to say that “we are living stones built up a habitation of God in the Spirit” which is God’s natural element that we’ve learned to associate with.
The same is true when Paul said in Romans 10, “So then all Israel shall be saved.” Was He talking of the Israel of that day which was a plot of land with fixtures? Or maybe the Israel that was a people walking through the desert? Are they the ones to be saved?
You see the first introduction of Israel with Moses and God saying, “Israel is my first born Son,” showing for us the real Israel is a type of Christ. The body of Christ. Of those who are in Christ. Even as Paul learned correctly in 1 Corinthians 10.
“The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the [e]communion of the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not the communion of the body of Christ? 17 For we, though many, are one bread and one body; for we all partake of that one bread.
And even as we are associated in the body of Christ, so too the 12 tribes are associated in the Israel of Moses as Paul further expounds here;
18 Observe Israel after the flesh: Are not those who eat of the sacrifices [f]partakers of the altar?”
Paul shows us here that Old Testament visuals were given only to show invisible realities “in Christ,” the true Israel of the invisible. We who are “in Christ” are a part of the body of Christ and members of one another. Even as Christ quoted, “Lo, the volume of the book was written about Me,” affirming that all of scripture is given only to make visible, and knowable invisible realities with God “in Christ”. For us to assemble ourselves like His same self. And we are in Him this is true, in the Father and the Son.
Any other such application of Israel or Jerusalem, glorifies another. All glory to our Heavenly Father for teaching us these things. We are the body of Christ and in the true Israel who is Christ. The fulfillment of all things are in God’s Son. Amen! To take them out of His Son is to take them out of context and out of Christ.
God’s desire is that we fully enjoy Him now in His totality. As Paul learned that,”God has given us every spiritual blessings in the heavenlies in Christ Jesus.” This is so we can enjoy the delicacies the Godhead enjoys even now, if we are “in Christ” the Son of God, and the only Israel that matters to the Father. Are you palating this? Taste and see that the Lord is good, with your new senses.
Will all of Israel be saved? But of course. But not the plot of land on earth. Dirt has no lasting purpose with God. The flesh came from it and to that it will return.
The idea that a modern day Israel with a modern day Jew as being beneficiaries of the scripture, is steeped in Phariseeism. Cut that off. Like Paul said of the circumcision, “I would that they would castrate themselves. Paul also confronted Peter publicly saying, “You being a Jew living in the manner of a gentile, why do you compel the gentiles to live as a Jew.” Showing for us Peter’s hypocrisy. Even Peter was in transition to help develop the Gospel.
With these principals in mind, we can see throughout Paul’s Epistles that he may flounder, but in his later writings he straightens them out. You can see the changes and exchanges take place. Old for new, visible for invisible, physical things for spiritual. Even as Christ spoke to the Samaritan woman at the well with these words, ” The time that is coming is already here when you will not worship the Father in Samaria or Jerusalem but in Spirit and Truth.” So we do, we are the true Israel of God of those who are in Christ called the Elect. Amen!
Paul was a Pharisee from the beginning. The Pharisees challenged Christ before they ordered His arrest and death. They challenged Him because He was King of a coming kingdom called “The Kingdom of God at hand.” The apostates who controlled the replica of Gods Kingdom on earth called Jerusalem, who thought it was important to God, and thought of Christ and His Jerusalem as being preposterous as shown here.
Luke 20.20 Now when Christ was asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, He answered them and said, “The Kingdom of God does not come with observation;21 nor will they say,‘See here!’ or ‘See there!’ For indeed,the kingdom of God iswithin you.” Showing us that the things within supercede the things without.
The carnal copies were for instructive purposes only. To make visible the invisible to the human mind, of the things that pertain to the Spirit. Even as God said to Moses, “See that you make all things according to the pattern I showed you on the Mount.” God was showing that there was an invisible original in which the physical things were patterned after. As it says in Hebrews, that
they were only “copies of the Heavenly.” (Hebrews 9.23+)
Christ was speaking of His home of the pre-created realm, the place that we are called to participate in now as “The Kingdom prepared from the beginning” before time and eternity. The forever place that never changes or fades, that is forever new. Our stuff gets old, His does not. God’s things are always Glorious.
During the time in which Paul was a Pharisee, he was looking for a coming kingdom using carnal observations when Christ sought him out. The Pharisaic mindset above applied to Paul as well. He still had that view in Thessalonians when he tried to explain Christ’s coming with observable events saying “for that Day will not come unless…” Then Paul goes on to describe observable events because he still had some Pharisee in him. Jesus had just said “it cometh not with observation”. So 2 Thessalonians 2 has to be applied accordingly.
You see the Pharases chiding with Christ in John 8 and Christ told them “Abraham rejoiced to see My Day. He saw it and was glad.” Which day? The Day of the Lord that Paul was trying to lay out in 2 Thessalonians as a future series of events that follow Satan’s demise. But Satan was already defeated by the cross happened by “The Lamb slain from the foundation of the world, showing when it was implimented and the magnitude of His effect.
Eternity means past, present and future, of Him who was and is and is to come, who changes not. Even as Hebrews said “Christ is the same yesterday today and forever. Just like our Heavenly Father who said “I change not”.
As understood in the Garden of Eden “in the day that you eat of the tree of knowledge you shall surely die”? The death was the loss of the breath of life called The Holy Spirit. In that day was death by vacancy of the Spirit. They became dead to the things of God because of the absence of the Holy Spirit. But in Christ the Spirit is restored.
Just as Paul said about Christ “cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree”. The cross becomes our tree of life and the gift of the Holy Spirit, Comforter, Teacher and Christ’s Helper in us is our consumption with God and creation restored.
We are “in Adam or we are “in Christ”. In that day you shall surely die, or “In “That Day”, a phrase from the Old Covenant, and is equal to “In That Day” and “The Day of the Lord” in which we are alive. We who are “in Christ” and we are, are “in That Day”. We rejoice and we are glad like Christ said of Abraham. We see His Day and are glad too. Something Paul hadn’t learned yet.
After Paul referral to “The Day of The Lord” he rightly asserts of Satan “whom the Lord through assorted events will consume with the breath of His mouth and destroy with the brightness of His coming”. Which saying is true, however the brightness of Christ’s coming is not an event as Paul initially thought, but through assorted revelations from Christ, being the same Bright Light revisiting Paul like he had first encountered on the road to Damascus. Jesus told Paul “I have appeared to you for you to testify of the things I have shown you, and of the things I have yet to reveal to you“. But Paul was still expecting physical events to happen for Christ’s comings. We know it is the bright light that transforms and transitions us to our full inheritance, and not some future optical event.
Even as a more mature Paul told Timothy about Christ “16 Who alone hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; whom no man hath seen, nor can see“. Who also said that what he learned was not by man, but by revelation of Christ, showing us what direction to look for Christ and His Kingdom. From within. Hense the phrase “The Kingdom of God is within you”. ( Luke 17.22)
Christ is not experienced through a series of planetary events of catastrophes, but a series of revelations and bright lights from heaven like Paul’s first encounter saying “who are you Lord”. Christ is the Word of God, coupled with the Breath of God called the Holy Spirit, that enlightened Paul.
So too for us because it is “with the breath of His mouth, and the Brightness of His coming that we defeat all of our obstacles too. We call them “revelations” and Word applied through our mouths, with results as if God Himself said it. In this way we do the works of Christ too. Even as Christ said “greater works shall you do because I go to the Father” showing us that we were given the power and the authority to do so. And so we do.
It is by God’s Spirit and God’s word, with His special visitations to us that we can follow Paul who said that ” for this reason I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ would show all longsuffering, as a pattern to those who are going to believe on Him”. Yes, so that we could follow Paul, to learn from his mistakes so we wouldn’t have to go through the same hardships.
This is why “no other foundation can be laid then the foundation of the apostles and the prophets with Christ our Chief cornerstone”. We can stand on their works to accomplish more, without having to re-experience the same hardships and lessons. The cross is not ours to bear. This is why Christ said “greater works shall you do (than Me) because I go to the Father. And it is because He went to the Father, and we recon our old person buried with Him, to now recon to be alive with Him through the operation of faith to fulfill Paul’s pleading for us to be reconciled to the Father. Our works are now of a Heavenly sort.
This is why we are called overcomers. The carnally concrete things of creation have no hold on those who are Heavenly called the Elect who are living stones, of the light that John also experienced that also came to him in the same fashion as Paul’s.
John spoke of this building ” Then he measured its wall: one hundred and forty-four cubits, who is the measure of a man according to an angel. In reference to our new personage like Christ “whom no man has seen or can see”, reconciled, and connected to the Heavenly Father by the Holy Spirit, in Spirit and Truth. Showing how and what we are apart of now, of something that is not time sensitive.
It is not through a series of events to be carnally simulated, but a succession of “bright lights from Heaven”. Like Paul encountered “of the things you have seen, and if what I will yet show you” as spoken of by the Lord.
Paul had to have known the Lord to be qualified to be an apostle and he did, but not untill the encounter on the road to Damascus. And because he saw Christ in His pre-incarnate condition, he actually knew Christ better than those who were stuck on the man He was on earth before the cross. This is why Paul said “we once knew Christ according to the flesh, but from now on we don’t look at Him like that anymore. And for this reason we no longer regard any believer according to the flesh because God made Him who knew no sin, to become our sin, for us to become His righteousness”. We have to learn to see God in ourselves and others that identify with “the bright light” as being “living stones”. He who the Son sets free are truly free? Put on your Heavenly attire and proudly walk among the stones of fire here at His throne.
As the writer of Hebrews put it “Let us therefore go boldly to the Throneroom of grace. And from Paul “let this mind be in you that was is Christ who being in the form of a man, thought it not robbery to be equal with God. This is the gift you don’t deserve on human merit, but taking God at His word, that we are joint heirs of the things in Christ. With this God is pleased and allows us to enter “The Joy of the Lord”.
Let us not despise our birthright like Esau who for one morsal of stupid thinking caused his ejection. As Paul said “I strive to lay hold of why Christ laid hold of me”. Like Joseph and the robe of many colors. We too are a patchwork of what we have collected and assembled in the spirit of our mind to be Royalty of another Kingdom that comes down of God from Heaven whose first appearance is a blinding light but takes on more definition through successive encounters.
When God opened His mouth, what came forth was His Word and His Spirit with the specific task of taking us to the Father. This is why Paul pleaded for us to be reconciled to the Father. The Word said “follow me to where I am”. Who also said “the Holy Spirit will come and tell you all things”. “The Holy Spirit will take what is mine and manifest it to you”. To break down the things of God into portions you are able to appropriate. When your special test comes, you should be ready. To do what? To duplicate what Christ did and overcome one enemy after another through the word and working of faith, by applying God’s word, through your mouth, at the behest of the Holy Spirit coupled with the oxygen in your lungs so that you too overcome each challenge with the Breath of His mouth and the Brightness of His coming with your lips. “Who is it then that overcomes the world? Those who believe that Christ already came in the flesh”. 1 John 5
Christ said “up till now you have asked for nothing in My name (because you ask for carnal things). Ask and your joy will be complete. But you must ask in faith without doubting, for a double minded man is unstable in all his ways. Let not that man think ha shall receive anything from the Lord”. But those of us who waver not at the promises of God speak to the mountainous obstacles in our life “be thou moved into the sea and it shall be done for you. Some of us did that. We moved Mt Sinai, Satan Sin and death squarely at the cross where they hang limp and dead, and affirm the words Paul learned later in his development from Colossians that11 In Him you were also circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, by putting off the body [h]of the sins of the flesh, by the circumcision of Christ, 12 buried with Him in baptism, in which you also were raised with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead. 13 And you, being dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He has made alive together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses, 14 having wiped out the [i]handwriting of requirements that was against us, which was contrary to us. And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross. 15 Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it.
If you can learn to understand and appropriate these sayings from Paul, you can sidestep a lot of his personal struggles and sufferings and move on to perfection as explained with these words from Colossians as well, that we “became ministers according to the [g]stewardship from God which was given to us for you, to fulfill the word of God, 26 the [h]mystery which has been hidden from ages and from generations, but now has been revealed to us, His saints. 27 To us God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles: which is Christ in you, the hope, (focus and calculated ambition) for glory. 28 Him we preach, warning everyone and teaching everyone in all wisdom, that we may present everyone perfect in Christ” in the here and now before your physical departure. This is the reason you are a sojourner on earth.
This is how “The Kingdom of God is at hand” even now! Amen
By the time Paul had wrote to Timothy, he had understood more of why God used him. Having been a Pharisee of the most religious sect, taking pleasure in the death of Stephen, and a persecutor of the people of “The Way”. Which is a collection of sojourners and pilgrims of the persecution of the first believers departing from Jerusalem on earth as having any relevance with God.
According to Paul’s own words to Timothy he says “For I am the least (meaning most undeserving) of the apostles, who am not worthy to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church (a people not a building) of God.” And that “I was formerly a blasphemer, a persecutor (of believer’s), and an insolent man; and that “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief, meaning a prototype (chief originally from the Greek is “protos” and Paul being the first to follow made him a “prototype”).
Paul goes on to say 16 However, for this reason I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ would show all longsuffering, as a pattern (or progression) to all who would believe. Presumably us, and all who track him through his pilgrimage from being an enemy of God in whatever capacity they were, to being a Saint. Not in human terms of religious piety, but the righteousness of faith that squelches all accusation. Why? Because we rely on the things that God says about us. “For even the angels in Heaven behold the face of the Father in these little ones.” Meaning us.
Even as Jude said “Yet Michael the archangel, when contending with the devil he disputed about the body of Moses, but could not bring an accusation against him, but said, The Lord rebuke thee.” Showing two things. First, he did have the authority we have of rebuking demons. And second, Michael could not entertain wrong doing in Moses.
Again from Zechariah:
3 And he shewed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of the Lord, and Satan standing at his right hand to resist him.
2 And the Lord said unto Satan, The Lord rebuke thee, O Satan; even the Lord that hath chosen Jerusalem rebuke thee: is not this a brand I plucked out of the fire?
3 Now Joshua was clothed with filthy garments (his own feelings of himself), and stood before the angel.
4 And the Lord answered and spake unto those that stood before him, saying, Take away the filthy garments from him. And unto him he said, Behold, I have caused thine iniquity to pass from thee, and I will clothe thee with change of raiment.” The Lord does this for us as well. But you see Paul early on working for Satan with his accusations and condemnations towards the early believers.
Paul was in transit from being a son of Satan, to being “a fellow citizen, saint and member of the household of God having been built upon the foundation of the Apostles and the prophets Jesus Christ the Chief cornerstone.” A kingdom that takes no earthly form to appease the human senses.
You see Paul use to defend the old religious order of a physical Jerusalem that was despised by Christ who said “not one stone shall be left upon another” showing His distain for the idolistic notion it had become. From this Paul was in transition.
So we follow Paul through his steps, and realize the gift of God in Christ of “being seated at the right hand of the Father, far above all principalities and powers.” In “The Kingdom of God at hand”, the Jerusalem of God the one on earth dimly resembled, If you are able to accept it.
It’s kind of strange that Paul would use the phrase, having been built upon the foundation of the Apostles, because he became one of the first 12 foundation stones as being the 12th Apostle as he said here 10 According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon.
Paul was a foundation stone upon which he stood. In escence we stand upon his own works as well.
He was the 12th born in his own time, as one who has seen the Lord not in human form but in Christ’s original, always new form that never fades or ages. Like what we get. Like Paul said “we are newly created in Christ, old things have past away, all things become new and all things are from God”. Meaning not of creation. If indeed you have truly “put off the old man” which is not the flesh, but the deeds iyf the flesh carried about by it’s carnal persuasions. ( Colossians 3)
This is another concept from Paul’s mature Epistles. That the body is a body of beliefs. Like a political body. The physical body is neither good or bad but a vessel for either. “For we have this treasure in Earthen vessels that the Glory and the Excellency would be seen as God’s and not ourselves. If the body was bad, John would not have said that “as He is, so are we in the world”. And one of the reasons The Word became flesh and dwelled among us was to show us that we can be that too. To be “Christlike”.
Paul in an earlier Epistle said “I reach out to lay hold of why Christ laid hold of me” of being the resurrection that “the father’s strive for day and night” as being their earthen task and objective. Then later Paul instructs us in Romans to “recon ourselves dead to sin and raised in newness of life”. This is the purpose completion of the old Covenant . His task was obtained. And Christ’s purpose in Paul is that through his Epistles we can track his journey to arrive at the same place, and fulfill scripture that says “coming to Him as living stones, built up a spiritual house”. Of something that supercedes the structures of the Law and the prophets of being building blocks familiar to human senses.
This is what qualified Paul to be the twelfth apostle. The works that Christ worked in him when He said to Paul “for this reason I have appeared to you, for you to testify of the things you have seen, and the things I have yet to show you. God had completed that task and his sojournship by the time Paul had confessed his new citezineship.
With the concept of a progression in mind, it stands to reason that we would walk through his steps and go through his transformation to reach a destiny of s shared glory, if we use his more mature teachings to cancel his earlier ascertations.
Paul made some inaccurate accertations in his earlier Epistles, but they were mended along the way for us to follow, for “no other foundation can anyone lay but what is laid in Christ. And “if anyone builds upon these works, presumably us, they shall receive a reward.” Showing us that our eternal works have to do only with God’s building project of rescripted and re-spirited souls.
Peter testfies that “the earth and all the works associated with it will be burned “. So let us be sure to invest in God’s projects, and what platform is our foundation.
Joining Paul on the platform, we continue to build. “Come up hither”. This is the place of our building, out storage and what we own.
When Christ said “greater works shall you do because I go to the Father”, this is what He meant. Christ the Chief cornerstone had to be set in greater place, along with the foundation stones upon which we stand, we now build upon these works and fulfill Christ’s words that “greater works shall ye do”. Why? Because we have a place to do it. In spirit and truth with Christ “The Chief cornerstone” from whom all of the architectural angles are derived. Come join us here because we are “the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, with God the Judge of all, and the spirits of just men made perfect,
Christ spoke to the Samaritan lady at the well and said “the time that is coming is already here when you will not in Samaria, or Jerusalem worship the Father. For the Father is Spirit and truth and seeketh such”. This is God’s Kingdom and the place of our citezineship, the affections of our hearts and the other Jerusalem. The real one the one on earth mimicked in a finite way. But God’s things are infinite.
Store not up your treasures on earth where they corrode and are stolen, but store up your treasures in Heaven on that foundation, where they remain in their undeminishable eternal Glory. Where your heart is, so is your treasure.
It is not as though we are building something that didn,t previously exist though, because we cannot add to or take away of the things of God. Gods things are forever new. The building project that takes place is in the spirit of our minds. This is the place God replicates Himself. They just become new for us in that we hadn’t experienced them before.
The mind is a place for information, and the mind that has been expanded to house the Holy Spirit is far greater than the expanse above the earth because even an ounce of eternity far exceeds all of the created realm because “The earth with all its works shall be burned for the eternal to remain”. So if all we understood was an ounce, that is what you keep forever. Hopefully you recieve more.
This is our invitation too and why we can say “The Kingdom of God is at hand” just as much today as when Christ first said it. Reep your rewards today.
You see this invitation was never retracted. The blood of Christ through the eternal spirit was sufficient to deliver our Heavenly goods. Our full inheritance is in effect. We are in the New Covenant, there will not be a 3rd Covenant. And no the old wine is not better, and you cannot mingle the two.
Paul said in 1 Corinthians 13 “When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became an adult, I put away childish things”. He used this as an analogy of his transfiguration. That we transition into adulthood and spiritual perfection through a series of exchanges. Carnal things for spiritual things, earthly things for heavenly.
The writer of Hebrews put it like this, “the Holy Spirit indicating this, that the way into the Holiest of All was not yet made manifest while the first tabernacle was still standing. 9 It was symbolic for that present time”.
Symbolic, meaning a substitute, or a toy, demonstrating for us how eternal things work. When the substitute has taught it’s purpose, it’s mission is complete. It has been expired in the heavenlies. In this way the substitute was like a teaching with a toy, a playlike representative, but not the original that it mimicks.
Hebrews later states to “let us therefore go boldly to the throne room of Grace” of something human eyes have not witnessed. Showing that we have access to what that toy represented as touching the invisble. This is what God is.
Children play with toys, which are small copies of things adults do. Generally boys play cops and robbers and girls play house. The same is true of the faith.
The people of the old Covenant culture of the law were called “children” over two thousand times in the Bible. Even at the end of the 40 year wilderness wandering they were still called children when some of them were 80+ years old. Why? Because they could not “put away childish things” as having to do with the culture of the Law and Prophets, something that Christ fulfilled and shelved to save only for historical referencing for those of us in the New Covenant.
All the relics have no forward speaking relevance to the New Testament believers. As Hebrews 1 states “God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, 2 in these last days speaks to us by His Son”. Case closed.
Everything the law had is in God’s son, even as it says in Hebrews of the law. “I have come to do your will oh God. He takes away the first to establish the second”. The exchange is complete.
Peter explained the difference like this “Of this salvation the prophets have inquired and searched carefully, who prophesied of the grace that would come to you” showing to us that they knew they were going to be seperceded.
The whole 40 years of wandering would not have been so long if they learned the exchange rate of things on earth for things in Heavenly. We put away childish things, and have been given keys to the kingdom. The violent take it by force? We enter in valiantly. For us the kingdom of God has an open door.
Jesus said of the Jews in His day “But to what shall I liken this generation? It is like children sitting in the marketplaces and calling to their companions”. Or to the Pharisees He said “you are not entering The Kingdom, nor are you allowing those who are trying to do so”. Ironically they thought they were in the kingdom, being the Jerusalem on earth, but didn’t realize that was just a silly play thing as well, and they were actor’s in the play. God’s things are not made with men’s hands. These are the toys.
Even as the Lord chuckled with David wanting to build a house for Him. The Lord told David, you want to build a house for Me? See all these things I have made with My hands. And, from all those that went before you, did I (The Lord) ever ask anyone to build a house for Me? The firmament in the heavens cannot contain Me for all these declare My handiwork, that I accomplished in a moment.
The Israelites travels teach us that our spiritual pilgrimage is a journey too, an invisible one. Which is why we are called sojourners in the faith, showing us that there is a progression and an end. As Paul acknowledged to Timothy ”
7 I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:
8 Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness.”
This is why the first New Covenant believers were called the people of “The Way”. Like those from Abraham, they looked for the city whose builder and designer was God. He knew that no city on Earth qualified as a place for God to rest. God rested on the 7th day from His creating, to the place He was before He ever created as that of “The Kingdom before the foundations of the world”. This place is not created but the original all creation is patterned from, showing us what our toys are that we need to trade in. There is a one to one exchange rate for the toys.
Paul talks more about this exchange in Galatians saying “Now I say that the heir, as long as he is a child, does not differ at all from a slave, though he is master of all, 2 but is under guardians and tutors until the time appointed by the father. 3 Even so we, when we were children, we were in bondage under the elements of the world”. Speaking of the Old Covenant culture from Moses, in to the promised land (meaning the place of promises) through Zion and up to Jerusalem in the time of David. Paul then chided the Galatians saying “how is it you turn back to the week and beggarly things on the earth? Thereby discrediting them.
When David and his men went to take Jerusalem (2 Samuel 5) he was repelled by the lame and blind (symbolically those who see the invisble as future). But David said “Whoever climbs up, by way of the water shaft (being the gospel) and defeats the Jebusites (naysayers) the lame and the blind, who are hated by David’s soul, he shall be chief and captain.” Therefore they say, “The blind and the lame (faithless) shall not come into the house.” This is a parable of those who think that Heavenly Jerusalem needs to take on a form common to the carnal senses but there is a reason Paul called Heavenly Jerusalem his mother. She already exists in Her true form if he was born there.
As it was in David and in the time of Christ, it is again in our day. Believers are looking for something carnally tangible to fulfill scripture. Some are trying to set the corner Stone and start up the sacrifices, showing that they are like the lame and blind that David dispised. They are looking for another Jesus, when Paul specifically said “if anyone comes preaching of another Christ, let them be accursed”.
As Paul said of the damned in his day “22 Professing to be wise, they became fools, 23 and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man”. And furthermore anticipate God to appear as a man in a silly man-made city on Earth so that they can shake His hand, showing they are lame and blind, which are not only hated by David, but God Himself. These refuse to progress in the faith and allege themselves with the Pharases of a bygone age.
The progression that was given in the Old Covenant and Paul and even Jacobs ladder is for us to be god-like, not the other way around. There is no glory in the Son of God becoming man again.
The things the Israelites handled of the preisthood of putting up and taking down the tabernacle, the holies and the Holy of Holies. The installation of the Ark, the placement of the show bread and the barriers between the Most Holy, the Holies for those in service, the tabernacle for the congregation that protected them from without. All it’s sacrifices and services were only toys and replicas of invisble eternal things with God in the Spirit as Moses was instructed on Sinai “make all things just like the things you saw on the Mount” showing that there was an original, mature, fully functional, eternal reality they were mimicking on earth of things that symbolized real ones.
The things they had were toys and copies of the originals. That as they played out these parts on Sabbath and Feast days of things laid out in a liniar fashion on a timeframe for our understanding and growth in a progression, to realize the eternal realities in the Heavens to which we are called to “Today” of things that are all simultaneously true at the same time. These things don’t have to be assembled, put up or waited for a specific time to be true because they already are eternally assembled and opporational, fully functionable and implimentable to the mature in the faith.
This is why Paul said “when I became an adult, I put away childish ( old Covenant) things. And “when that which is perfect has come, that which is in part is done away with”. And “cast off the bond woman, being the Jerusalem on earth as the replica of the Heavenly but only in contrasts.
It is with Jerusalem on Earth that is dealt with specifics. Meaning at a specific place, Jerusalem for a specific time, the feast, for a specific people called the Israelites, with a specific language. However, in the New Covenant the only specific is, in Christ. The specific place is wherever two or more are gathered in his name. Into what kind of people? The gentiles. For even the Jews have no preference over another culture even as Paul had said where there is no longer Bond nor slave nor male nor female nor Jew nor Greek for God is all in all. If this is the fulfillment that God spoke and Abraham saying in you shall all Nations be blessed. the specifics have been respess ified and traded in four Heavenly things.
That which is perfect, is perfect in understanding. Even as job said, those who are perfect are with you. Speaking of God as being “The City whose Builder and Maker is God”. Whose location, design and composition are Spirit and truth, the original all others are patterned after. These all have their fulfillment in Christ with Paul’s words saying, all things have passed away all things are made new in Christ.and all things are of God who has reconciled us to himself in this way.
Humans external features experience compositions familiar to their senses, but the Elect have another set of senses as touching the invisble. Paul’s prayer was for the eyes of our understanding to be enlightened as being our new features. that we would know the hope of our calling and what his great power is towards us that he displayed in Christ when he raised him from the dead. The same power resident in us as we understand it inappropriate it elevates us to the very right hand of the father.
Paul went into his discourse of the sons verses slaves. That a slave and a child have the same instructors, being the law and the prophets, but the slaves being harnessed to their outer senses, being in bondage to the elements of the world, never transitioned from them. As Paul said “you have returned to the weak and beggarly elements, to which you desire again to be in bondage? 10 You observe days and months and seasons and years. 11 I am afraid for you, lest I have labored for you in vain.”
So let us be more diligent to learn from their mistakes and heed the warnings lest we be judged like they were “till not one stone shall be left upon another.
Therefore we must give [a]the more earnest heed to the things we have heard, lest we drift away. 2 For if the word spoken through angels proved steadfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just reward, 3 how shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation, which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord.
This Salvation however long the journey may be, the objective remains the same. Our crossover/Passover/baptism to the New life “in Christ”.
At the end of the book of Acts, after Paul testified to the Jewish Sanhedrin and in the Roman courts, being set free. Having accomplished his calling from Christ, to testify to the Jews first, then to the Gentiles Paul was in his own rented home preaching the Kingdom of God, as something different from all other kingdoms, nationalities and cultures.
This is the purpose of the book of Acts and the objective of Paul’s life, was to completely transfer his identity from Jerusalem on earth to a New Nationality and Heritage, having to do with The New Covenant and The Kingdom of God at hand, of something that absorbs all others. Not only is this a New Nationality, no far greater than that it is The New Creation of something that preceded and supercedes anything on planet Earth.
It was God’s will to solidify the gospel of “The Kingdom of God at hand”, to dispell any myths of old and to give clarity to all would be believers that God is supreme at anytime in every age, in all circumstances. That God is more than able to deliver us from evil any place at any time, to keep us safe, and clarify a people zealous for His good works of salvation. Christ is the Savior of the world now. Christ was the Savior then, and Christ will always be. To Him who was and is and is to come.
This is the Gospel clarified. The Kingdom of God is at hand and is the demarcation line between the old and new covenants and the old and new creations. Amen
Paul acknowledged this as the purpose of his calling as he stated in Colossians, for us not to be “moved away from the hope of the gospel which you heard, which was preached to every creature under heaven, of which I, Paul, became a minister”. Paul was God’s prototype.
That we would learn from Paul’s earlier blunders, to understand his sufferings so we wouldn’t have to experience them personally, and for us to recognize how Christ operates in us in our lives. Through revelations made possible by scripture, and the testimonies of the Elect. That you seeing something in us that resembles yourself and confirms that you can do it too. We cheer you on.
Paul said, for the gospel that I preached to you did not come by man nor was I taught it by man but it came through revelations of Jesus Christ, so we know whom we owe our lives to. Christ came in the form of a bright light from Heaven, that frequented Paul on several occasions, to what we attest. So you know what to look for and what to expect when you see Him.
Christ frequents us in the same way as well. It is “He who is the blessed and only [e]Potentate, the King of kings and Lord of lords, 16 who alone has immortality, dwelling in unapproachable light, whom no man has seen or can see, to whom be honor and everlasting power. Amen.
The Gospel is the delivery mechanism we call Revelations which fulfills all of God’s work in us, from faith to faith, as it is written, the just will live by faith.. So we must recognize Christ in His natural element of spirit and truth and associate with Him as such.
Peter and Paul’s disagreement over Judaism
It was Peter who warned us of people who misunderstand Paul’s conversion seen in his writings saying 15 and consider that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation—as also our beloved brother Paul, according to the wisdom given to him, has written to you, 16 as also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things, in which are some things hard to understand, which untaught and unstable people twist to their own destruction, as they do also the rest of the Scriptures.
Earlier in Galatians, Paul challenged Peter who sided with the Jews. Paul then withstood Peter publicly to his face and corrected him for his Jewishness and religious piety. That Peter was still tightly holding on to that which he was delivered from.
According to Paul’s own words “I said to Peter, publicly, before them all, “If you, being a Jew, live in the manner of Gentiles and not as the Jews, why do you compel Gentiles to live as Jews?” Paul had discarded his Jewishness as futile while Peter did not. Paul goes on to say of those who promotes Judaism, that they would cut themselves off, correctly meaning to “castrate themselves”. (Galatians 5.12) This shows us Paul’s distain for his former self, and why he counted it all as dung, properly translated crap or shit.
Paul completely detached from his former self and nationality for another, as the one that comes down of God from Heaven with his words saying “Heavenly Jerusalem, the Mother of us all” (Galatians 4.26) and not that dispicable thing on earth the murdered Christ. This was written so that we who know who our true Mother is, and it has nothing to do with Jerusalem on Earth.
As Paul said “cast off the bondwoman and her son. (meaning the Jerusalem on earth bound by gravity and time). Detach your affections from that.
This shows that that culture was not and is not Gods objective. It was expired and replaced with a new one for all mankind where the qualifications are not Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, make nor female who has any preferential treatment.
As Paul expounded on in Galatians “For as many as are of the works of the law, are under the curse.” And “Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, “Cursediseveryone who hangs on a tree”), 14 that the blessing of Abraham (not the Jew) would come upon the Gentiles in Christ.” As the Lord personally told Abraham “you shall be a father of many nation’s” and “in you all people’s of the earth shall be blessed” but God did not for-ordain the Jew as being better.
Like Paul, the Jews were given for us to avoid their mistakes. Look through out scripture for favorable verses about Jews. Let scripture form your opinions. They have equal access in the same way as anyone and “God is a respecter of no man” and the Jews were rejected as the de-generate branch, being the left overs from the 12 Tribes of Israel.
Paul excelled beyond his contemporaries. You could say the old Paul/Saul was discarded with the old Jew because of their weakness and un-profitableness. Paul became new but the Jew passed away. They expired with all the law and the Prophets.
“The Law was added till faith comes, and the law was added to make sin exceedingly sinful. The law culture and all its Feasts, officials and artifacts were gardians and tutors to bring us to faith in Christ. But after faith comes, the law culture has no relevance, if you have used it properly to help you see invisble realities “in Christ” the Author and finisher of our faith who redeems us from the Law culture as seen more clearly here with Paul’s own words from Colossians 2.
13 And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened (Raptured) together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses;
14 Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, (all the law) which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it (all the law) to his cross;
15 And having disarmed all principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.
16 Let no man therefore judge you (for not being a Jew) with meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days.
In the beginning God breathed into man and he became a living being. At the fall in Eden man became the walking dead by loosing the indwelling of God’s breath called The Holy Spirit. Because mankind had lost their inner unction and copilot of God’s breath, the law was added only as an external barrier to show ones need to re-invite Gods breath back into their lives. This is the Holy Spirit. This is the raise from the fall called “the resurrection” and this is the reconciliation to God that Paul pleaded with us to accept.
The purpose of the Law was to kill us, to make us see that we are dead to the things of God, all of which are invisble. This was the reason why Christ came and reversed that certain death. The tree of life that we were denied was restored as Paul had learned here saying “13 Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, “Cursediseveryone who hangs on a tree”), 14 that the blessing of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles in Christ Jesus, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.
With Christ’s single act of the cross by hanging on a tree, He became our tree of life and central source for everything that pertains to life and god-like-ness. He is our storehouse and shopping center where we get absolutely everything we ever need for this cause.
But Paul having been harolding the Jewish culture of death, being held in contempt, having been tried and convicted, corrected and restored, he was now qualified to convey the things that precede and supercede the Law and the Prophets as being a temporary bandaid.
Peter being corrected by Paul for doing the same thing in Galatians says “consider that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation—as also our beloved brother Paul, according to the wisdom given to him, has written to you, 16 as also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things, in which are some things hard to understand, which untaught and unstable people twist to their own destruction, as they do also the rest of the Scriptures.”
And why did Peter say this? Because Peter was one that was twisting scripture to his own destruction until Paul confronted him publicly. Showing us too that Peter was on a similar journey. Here we see “iron sharpening Iron”.
So we can see that if you take all Epistles at equal value, not understanding the progression, you may be holding onto old, Pharisaic concepts you have yet to expire. Even as Paul said “when I was a child I thought like a child and spoke like a child. When I became a man I put away childhood things” showing a progression. Even as he explained that a child is no different than a slave, but is put under guardians and tutors untill time appointed by the Father”. Fortunately for us we have many appointments for our continued growth, unless we get stuck in the process and can’t transition to the new.
17 You therefore, beloved, since you know this beforehand, beware lest you also fall from your own steadfastness, being led away with the error of the wicked; 18 but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.” So you have to be careful to not take all scripture as equal.
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Paul early on still saw the resurrection and the Lord’s coming as physical events to be experienced on planet earth as a social event, like the old testament Jews.
Towards the end of the book of Acts, Paul testified that the purpose of the father’s was the pursuit of the resurrection as attainable before the physical death of the body. As also he conveyed to us in Romans to “recon your body to be dead” as an act of faith. Then in Colossians 3
that “you have put off the old man with his deeds, 10 and have put on the new man who is renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him who created him” as a past tense fact.
Paul also says “but Satan hindered us” speaking of still not being fully delivered as he later said in Colossians that Christ “has delivered us from the power of darkness and [c]conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love” as a foregone conclusion, and something we must contend earnestly for as Pinnacle in the faith. Ressurection is just a first step.
Paul had to experience Satan’s opposition to help those overcome as he would, saying “lest by some means the tempter had tempted you, and our labor might be in vain”.
Paul had still not attained the plateaue of the spirit of the place above the voice of Satan the accusor who is toothless without the law. But the fact is we have been delivered from the power of darkness and conveyed into the Kingdom, if you are able to receive it.
Christ in His temptation showed us that we defeat Satan with word, quoting one scripture to eradicate another, showing that Satan likes you on the lower application of the scriptures because you are still attached to physical fulfillments and works of the flesh being blind to the greater works of the cross where the curse is eradicated and the spiritual polarity is reversed.
All of our victories and accomplishments come from the cross and there is no future saving act from God or that would insult the Son who said “it is finished’ if in fact it is not. Then both the Father and the Son would be liars but they are “Spirit and truth.
The concept of one verse being more powerful than another should not be strange. You have heard of “Jacobs Ladder”. The Ladder is fulfilled in Christ too by His own words saying “Most assuredly, I say to you,hereafter[o]you shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man.” We know Christ “In the beginning was the Word and the Word was God”. So it should not be strange that we go up by steps to the degree that you are able to attain. Even as Paul said to press on to lay hold of why Christ laid hold of us, it is His sayings that take us all the way to the Father, one revelation at a time to experience the Godhead unhindered.
This is the oneness and the “koinania” 1 John is wrote about. John also refers to these steps as to children, the young, and the fathers as seen here “I write to you, little children, Because your sins are forgiven you for His name’s sake. 13 I write to you, fathers, Because you have known Him who is from the beginning. I write to you, young men, because you have overcome the wicked one.” By these standards Paul was still a babe because Satan hindered him. He hadn’t learned to do combat with Word to overcome Satan. To overcome meets to never do battle with again, and the truth of the matter is, if you find yourself struggling with sin and Satan, you don’t know the tools of our trade. Word. And chances are, you use lower level verses and carnal concepts in your thinking and are not transformed by the higher level of the Word, unveiled by the Holy Spirit. For the weapons of our warefare are not carnal, nor are they physical, but they are mighty through God for pulling down strongholds and every high thing that exaulted itself against the knowledge of God”. Why? Because if we expire and dismantle lower level thinking, Satan has no defence. You can gain mastery over each level of faith with a word
Much like Moses was instructed to speak to the rock for water but used a stick, a physical work, and their struggle lasted 40 years. “How much worsepunishment, do you suppose, will he be thought worthy who has trampled the Son of God underfoot”. And insult the Spirit of Grace. But this people do if they do not realize that Christ who through the eternal spirit shed His blood to secure our inheritance now as being “The Kingdom of God at hand”. There is the storehouse for our goods to work out our own salvation with fear and trembling. Why? Because their are consequences to go about your life Willy Nilly. Once saved always saved?
2 Therefore we must give [a]the more earnest heed to the things we have heard, lest we drift away. 2 For if the word spoken through angels proved steadfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just [b]reward, 3 how shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation”. And “4 For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted the heavenly gift, and have become partakers of the Holy Spirit, 5 and have tasted the good word of God and the powers of the age to come, 6 [c]if they fall away, to renew them again to repentance, since they crucify again for themselves the Son of God.