PAUL IS TO THE CHURCH WHAT MOSES WAS TO ISRAEL
I have seen criticism of the apostle Paul, some even calling him a heretic. I realized these critic's were apostates. Paul out distances, out grew those of his day and our day too. I will sit as Paul's advocate by God's Spirit, through Jesus Christ my Advocate by His witness given and revealed to me. even by Paul's spirit in Christ's Spirit, even as essentially being one with the Lord Jesus Himself.
"I am crucified with Christ: yet I live; but not I, for Christ lives in me: the life I now live in the flesh I live by the Son of God's faith, who loved me, and gave himself for me." Gal. 2:20. "My temptation which was in my flesh, you despised not, nor rejected; but received me as an angel of God, or as Christ Jesus." Gal. 4:14. "We are ambassadors for Christ, even God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ's stead, be reconciled to God." 2 Cor. 5:20.
Paul testified in word, deed and manifestation that for him to live was actually, in reality Christ living in him, through him, as he himself. Through his union with Christ as one. "He that is joined to the Lord is one spirit." 1 Cor. 6:17. "By one Spirit we are all immersed into one body...,and have all been made to drink into one Spirit." 1 Cor. 12: 13.
We come to know real - I - ize ( eyes - see ) through spiritual realization. 1 Cor. 2: 14, 15. "The natural man receives not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness to him: neither can he know them, for they are spiritually discerned. But he that is spiritual discerns all things, yet he himself is discerned of no man."
You who are awake know by experience that we are immersed-merged-baptized into spiritual union into one spiritual body, and in one Spirit in Christ - in one another for all ages. For there is one Spirit that we are all in, and He in us, and we in Him - as well as one another.
This is a present reality in the Spirit that Paul experienced and was conscious of as well. He was not limited to his finite physical body, but by union through Spirit infusion, was in many places at various times, because of his great apostolic ministry in and to the body of Christ. Even though he was not physically able to be at certain locations at certain times, he was by spiritual union, empowerment and ability able to literally be there in his spiritual celestial body through this union-one-ness, atonement in Christ.
If Christ is there in them, with them, we can be (and are) there too. Col. 2:1-5, 1 Cor. 5:3, 4, knit together. Why did Paul have this ability and enablement, and authority? Possibly because he did always speak from his position in Christ: apostle, special messenger, ( angel ) ministering spirit. Gal. 1:8, 2 Cor.10: 1, 8, 13, by Spirit authority Phil. 2:12.
"We are not as many, which corrupt the word of God: but as of sincerity, but as of God, in the sight of God speak we in Christ." 1 Cor. 2:17.
Paul was "born out of due time:" A headship, "right hand" Benjamite Rom. 11:1, Phil. 3:5, 8th day??? Paul said he "had finished the course - he had not run in vain. He was "obedient to the heavenly vision." He was running to attain the prize he was apprehended for." 2 Tim. 4:6. He knew in the early stages of his ministry what great things he must suffer for Jesus name! He was told before hand - prophesied to of the sufferings he must endure.
Prophecies did not deter him, for he was bound in the Spirit of whom Christ's and his were one. They prophesied from another realm, order or vision by their love for Paul contrary to what Jesus Himself had already showed him. Acts 9: 15, 16.
The Lord told Paul that he must appear before Ceasar - (C Zar: Kaiser): at Rome, the capitol of the civilized world system. Perhaps we should call it Babylon as Peter did. 1 Pet. 5:13. Paul set out to save the religion of his fathers from the heresy of the Galilean, but found in that ONE a Way to save that religion. Having found that Way, he went across the world, certain that the kingdom of God was a secret in mankind through the indwelling Christ. "The mystery which has been hidden from ages and generations, but is now been made manifest to his saints:
To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the nations; which is Christ in you the hope of glory." Col. 1:26, 27.
Paul was to "BEAR WITNESS," and he did succeed in converting Ceasar's household to the glorious Gospel- Good Tidings.Phil. 1:13. "Now I wish you to know, brethren, that the things which have befallen me resulted rather for the advancement of the Good Tidings; so that my bonds (imprison-ment) for Christ have become manifest in all the Pretorium (court), and in all other places."
"All the saints salute you, but especially those from Caesar’s household. The favor (grace) of the Lord Jesus Christ be with you all." Phil. 4: 22, 23.
The Old Testament prophets proclaimed Christ (Messiah) coming, but Paul proclaimed "Christ in you," now, and "When it pleased God to reveal his Son in me..." The Son of God is in us now!
Beloved, "Christ who is our life" is perfect in us and we are to labor as Paul did. Col. 3:4. "We announce, admonishing every man with all wisdom, that we may present every man perfect in Christ; For which I also labor, ardently contending according to that energy of his which operates in me with power."
<Paul is to the church what Moses was to Israel ! "Now to him that is of power to establish you according to MY GOSPEL, and the preaching of Jesus Christ according to the revelation of the MYSTERY which was kept secret since the world began, but now is made manifest..." Rom. 16:25, 26.
"Even the mystery which has been hid from ages and generations, but now is made manifest to his saints: to whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory." Col. 1: 26, 27.
Now the truth is: If you don't know Christ within, you don't know Christ ! Unless one sees Jesus in the Spirit, he won't see Him. Paul said, "Though we have known Christ after the flesh, heretofore we know Him not after the flesh." So it is not waiting to see Him, but we see Him now.
Paul, to whom the entire "Dispensation of Grace" was given as a Gospel that he calls, MY GOSPEL. Rom 2:16, pinpoints the heart of the teaching of grace in these words:
"For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to ALL MEN, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age." Titus 2: 11, 12.
We who are partakers of Father's infinite grace are happy indeed, and do not use it for an occasion for the flesh. It is by the grace of God revealed to Paul, and finally us that all that Christ has becomes the believers property. "As He is , so are we in this world." In Christ and His grace we are "heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ." In Jesus death and resurrection, He willed to us all possessions of heaven for eternity. He made us in Him partakers of all His grace, virtues and His divine nature. Christ bestows on us every blessing of the gospel of His kingdom, and eternal salvation. Rom. 4:16 "To all the Seed."
Paul wrote the majority of the New Testament. God commissioned him to present to us the fullness of God's word in his writings. Paul suffered many hardships to reveal the mystery that Christ lives in all His saints. We believers are God's saints. 1 Cor. 1:2. Paul was home less on many an occasion, and slept in the cold and rain. He went hungry, and was stoned by angry mobs of people and run out of town, lashed with whips, beaten with rods. He was shipwrecked, and locked up in dungeons and beheaded for preaching the Gospel of Christ. He gloried in infirmities, and tribulations. 2 Cor. 11: 23-30.
You would think that Paul would complain and give up because of what he suffered for Christ's gospel. He wrote, "Thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourself fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain." 1 Cor. 15:57, 58. The Lord spoke to Paul after he had entreated Him three times, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my strength is made perfect in weakness." Then Paul said, "Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me....When I am weak then I am strong." 2 Cor. 12: 9, 10.
Our Father's grace in Christ is sufficient for us. We must never give up, and we must give ourselves fully to the work of the Father. He in us works in and through us as One spirit with us to will and do of His own good pleasure. We are to preach the Gospel of Christ, the All sufficient One, to ALL.
When Christ took His seat with the Father in the heavens, He showed conclusively that the devils devastation was completed, and it was his undoing. He was literally stripped of his dominion. He was throne into bankruptcy.
And when Jesus rose from the darkness of the tomb, and "ascended on high" we believers, all were raised and seated together with Him. And God our Father raised us to life with Jesus. And we in union with Christ Jesus He raised us up and enthroned us with Him in heavenly dimensions. Eph. 2: 4-6.
We believers are identified with Christ in His death and resurrection! In the Father's mind all believers’ shares complete identity with Christ from the cross to His throne. According to the word of Paul's Gospel, we are crucified with Jesus, buried with Him, raised with Him, with Him we are enthroned. Jesus carried the entire human race to the cross in Himself, even to His utter glorification were we in Him. "We thus judge that if one died for ALL, THEN WERE ALL DEAD." 2 Cor. 5: 14. "I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I that live, but Christ who lives in me."
"It is a faithful saying: For if we be dead with Him, we shall also live with Him."
We are also identified with Jesus in His glorification and enthroned exaltation. Are you surprised that you are identified in Christ, and that "ALL THINGS has been put under His feet" and that He took you through it all with Him? "He that is joined to the Lord is ONE spirit." 1 Cor. 6:17. His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all, the church needs to comprehend that being a part of Him, His "brethren," all principalities and powers are beneath our feet, for we are "in Him." "He is the Head over all to the ecclesia which is His body, the compliment by which all in all is being completed." Eph. 1:22 C.L.N.T.
Christ's Headship over all is assured and fixed to the benefit of His body the ecclesia, and He directs all things toward His purpose for it. When you understand the supreme purpose of the Father for the body of Christ, it is the motive and center of all His activity from before the world was formed. Our Father is not selfish, He has included Christ's body as full participant in all His purposes and intents. Christ's body is the "many sons" in "His Son," the fullness of Him that fills all things" in heaven and in earth. Christ is a many membered Body. 1 Cor. 12:12. He is not complete or full without His body, the ecclesia.
Christ's body can not function absent of its Head. Yet, He has made His many members His judicial equal. Saints, this is true because of Father's self-voluntary limitation.
Now the body cannot function apart from the Head! And just as true, the Head ( by His own choosing) cannot function apart from His body. The Head and Body are equally important for functioning as a branch on a trunk for bearing fruit. Can a tree limb grow fruit apart from the tree? No! Can a tree without the limb grow fruit? No! Each must equally participate to bear fruit. Jesus spoke of that fact in John 15. 1-8.
You are generated partakers of the "divine nature"by the "great and precious promises of God. By being "birthed from above" we are distinguished from all other orders of beings that are just created. We being "born of the incorruptible Seed" are not created, but birthed of God's Life which is without beginning and without end. Does "eternal" have a beginning or an end? Not at all. So we who are in the Life of the Father, have eternity within our Divine Being. "In Him we live and move and have our being." He is inherent, we have Divinity within our breasts. And beloved, it is my pleasure to "live and move and have my being in Him" in and among you who have Divinity residing in your breasts.
Paul being to the church the Body of Christ what Moses was to Israel taught these divine truths by the revelation of the Spirit.
"Write the vision, And make it plain on tablets..." Hab. 2:2. Make it plain on the tablets of your heart. Paul says, "Clearly you are an epistle of Christ, ministered by us, written not with ink but by the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of flesh, that is of the heart....Not of the letter, but of the Spirit, for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life."
"Love never fails..." 1 Cor. 13: 8. Not to love is hell. Adam turned creation into a graveyard, but Jesus turned it into the Garden of Eden. depicting for us His spiritual feasts for His Body of over comers. Jesus depicts "The Feast Of Passover." Christ (anointing) depicts "Feast Of Pentecost." Lord depicts "Feast Of Tabernacles." God the Father becoming "all in all" residing in His people. "The tabernacle Of God Is With (IN) man." Rev.21:3. But in final reality, "God Almighty and the Lamb are the Temple of it," (the New Jerusalem which we are).
We are no longer Jew or Greek, no longer slave or free, there is no longer male nor female, for we are all One in Christ. Made one in Father's LIFE-(zoe). The uncreated life. Rom. 5: 10. "For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, MUCH MORE, being reconciled, we shall be saved by HIS LIFE."
Is God's Life created life? Or is His Life (zoe) uncreated? If we are saved by His Life, Incorruptible Life, then His eternal Life has no beginning nor end is now in us via Him residing in us. "Being born again of the Incorruptible Seed, the word of God." 1 Pet. 1: 23.
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