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.” 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.” This shows us 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” 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 resurrection of 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? Sin is not your job, your focus or your calling. Heavenly Glory is. You give Satan power and glory 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 it 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. You have to learn to see what God sees, 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. He took our death to die no more, He died for sin to deal with it no more. He defeated Satan who was not His battle but man’s. As a man He recaptured the Glory from Satan that Satan stole from mankind in the Garden and He gives it back to us, 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. We are 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 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 does 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.” How? 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 Paul learned to say for us to understand 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 with Moses with 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.
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 “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 too 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. We who are in Christ see our inheritance here.
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 scriptures 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 on earth called Jerusalem 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. 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 Hebrews says, 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 in eternity, the forever place that never changes or fades, that is forever new. Our stuff gets old, His does not.
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 verse 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.
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 future events that follow Satan’s demise. But Satan was defeated by the cross happened by “The Lamb slain from the foundation of the world, showing us 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. Amen!
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. But in Christ it is restored. Just as Paul said about Christ “cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree”. The cross becomes our tree of life.
We are “in Adam or “in Christ”. In that day you shall surely die, or “In That Day”, a phrase from the Old Covenant, and is equal to “The Day of the Lord”. We who are “in Christ”, are “in That Day”. We rejoice and we are glad like Christ said of Abraham. We rejoice and are glad too.
After that Paul 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, but through assorted revelations from Christ, being the same bright light revisiting, that Paul had first encountered on the road to Damascus, who 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”. Paul was still expecting physical events to happen for Christ’s comings, but it is the bright light that transforms and transitions us to our full inheritance.
Even as a more mature Paul told Timothy about Christ “16 Who only 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 Him. From within.
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 (Word), 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 it says in Isaiah 8 “here am I and the children God has given Me. They are for signs”. And so we are.
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” so that we could follow him, 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 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 said ” Then he measured its wall: one hundred and forty-four cubits, according to the measure of a man, that is, of an angel”. In reference to our new personage like Christ “whom no man has seen or can see”, reconciled, or 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” whose according to the measure of a man, that is, of an angel”. 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 and focus of 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 departure from the persecution of the first believers in Jerusalem on earth.
According to Paul’s own words to Timothy he says “For I am the least (and 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 an 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 we stand. In escence he stood 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 his 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 if 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 determined. 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”.