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The Hidden Mystery Part Two

Introduction

As we have seen in Part One, we, mature in Christ which leads to the Lord CAUSING  us to have understanding, inner happiness, worthiness of character, homemakers in His Kingdom and worshippers.  This leads us to act more like the weaker vessel [type of femininity] as His Bride, radiating joy, health, childlikeness and dependency upon Christ and Him alone. As always, we think spiritually, what it means for us today as we read, hear and keep the sayings of the prophecy of this Book [Rev 1:3].  There are certain qualities that Christ is causing us to have as we mature in Him. He has chosen us as His very own, as a kind of firstfruits of all humanity [Rev 14:4].

2Th 2:13  But we are bound to give thanks always to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth: 2Th 2:14  Whereunto he called you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. 

 Jas 1:17  Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. Jas 1:18  Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures. 

 Deu 7:6  For thou art an holy people unto the LORD thy God: the LORD thy God hath chosen thee to be a special people unto himself, above all people that are upon the face of the earth. Deu 7:7  The LORD did not set his love upon you, nor choose you, because ye were more in number than any people; for ye were the fewest of all people: 

Femininity

What is feminine?

We know there is no male or female in the Body of Christ.

Gal 3:27  For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. Gal 3:28  There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. Gal 3:29  And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise. 

We look at the topic of femininity spiritually, in other words, we look at the Body of Christ as the weaker vessel. As Christ is the Son of the Father and also His wife, so are we to Christ. We look unto Christ for everything. We, as the true sons of Christ, are being made to surrender to Him in all things because we know this:

Col 1:16  For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: Col 1:17  And he is before all things, and by him all things consist. 

Isa 44:24  Thus saith the LORD, thy redeemer, and he that formed thee from the womb, I am the LORD that maketh all things; that stretcheth forth the heavens alone; that spreadeth abroad the earth by myself; Isa 44:25  That frustrateth the tokens of the liars, and maketh diviners mad; that turneth wise men backward, and maketh their knowledge foolish; Isa 44:26  That confirmeth the word of his servant, and performeth the counsel of his messengers; that saith to Jerusalem, Thou shalt be inhabited; and to the cities of Judah, Ye shall be built, and I will raise up the decayed places thereof: Isa 44:27  That saith to the deep, Be dry, and I will dry up thy rivers: Isa 44:28  That saith of Cyrus, He is my shepherd, and shall perform all my pleasure: even saying to Jerusalem, Thou shalt be built; and to the temple, Thy foundation shall be laid. 

The Lord has chosen us, as a man chooses His Bride. We do not chase after Christ, but He chooses us and drags us to Him.

 Psa 135:4  For the LORD hath chosen Jacob unto himself, and Israel for his peculiar treasure. 

 1Pe 2:9  But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light: 1Pe 2:10  Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy. 

 As Christ’s Bride, we are in the process of obtaining the clothing of His Bride. Let us contrast this with the attire of a harlot [Mystery Babylon, state of death and spiritual disobedience] of which we are coming out of day by day, little by little.

Rev 19:8  And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.  Rev 19:9  And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God. Rev 19:10  And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, See thou do it not: I am thy fellow servant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.

Pro 31:25  Strength and honour are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come. 

 When we lose our first love, in other words, when we are being disobedient, is, was and will be, we are clothed with the attire of a harlot.

Pro 7:9  In the twilight, in the evening, in the black and dark night: Pro 7:10  And, behold, there met him a woman with the attire of an harlot, and subtil of heart. Pro 7:11  (She is loud and stubborn; her feet abide not in her house: Pro 7:12  Now is she without, now in the streets, and lieth in wait at every corner.) 

 Rev 18:16  And saying, Alas, alas, that great city, that was clothed in fine linen, and purple, and scarlet, and decked with gold, and precious stones, and pearls! Rev 18:17  For in one hour so great riches is come to nought. And every shipmaster, and all the company in ships, and sailors, and as many as trade by sea, stood afar off, 

Rev 18:18  And cried when they saw the smoke of her burning, saying, What city is like unto this great city! 

What is our feminine manner, as His Bride, do we walk like a woman speak like a man, or look like a lamb, speaking as a dragon?

Rev 13:11  And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon. Rev 13:12  And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed. 

 The true Bride of Christ has a meek and gentle Spirit.

Psa 149:4  For the LORD taketh pleasure in his people: he will beautify the meek with salvation. 

 Mat 11:29  Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. Mat 11:30  For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. 

 2Ti 2:24  And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient, 

 Jas 3:17  But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy. Jas 3:18  And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace. 

 The feminine nature [think spiritually] of the Bride of Christ is to trust her Husband above all else and to depend on Him for our care and protection.

Psa 4:4  Stand in awe, and sin not: commune with your own heart upon your bed, and be still. Selah. Psa 4:5  Offer the sacrifices of righteousness, and put your trust in the LORD. 

 Psa 5:11  But let all those that put their trust in thee rejoice: let them ever shout for joy, because thou defendest them: let them also that love thy name be joyful in thee. 

 2Co 1:9  But we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves, but in God which raiseth the dead: 2Co 1:10  Who delivered us from so great a death, and doth deliver: in whom we trust that he will yet deliver us; 

When we become a working wife [negative application] pursuing a career, making a name for ourselves we do not have the Spirit of God and Christ. This is spiritual speak for, when we do not have the gift of faith or walking that faith out.

Rom 3:20  Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin. Rom 3:21  But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets; Rom 3:22  Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference: Rom 3:23  For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Rom 3:24  Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: 

 Joy

 Christ’s Bride is being caused to have joy and an attitude of thankfulness about what her Husband is doing in our lives.

Joh 15:11  These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full. 

 Col 3:15  And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful. Col 3:16  Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. Col 3:17  And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him. 

Health

As the Bride of Christ, the Lord causes us to have food, sleep, exercise, and air [Spirit]. Think spiritually. Think about how these attributes to our physical health apply to us in Spirit. The Lord gives us food necessary for our spiritual health.

Pro 30:7  Two things have I required of thee; deny me them not before I die: Pro 30:8  Remove far from me vanity and lies: give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with food convenient for me: 

 1Ti 6:6  But godliness with contentment is great gain. 1Ti 6:7  For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. 1Ti 6:8  And having food and raiment let us be therewith content. 

 Psa 37:25  I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread. 

 As His Bride, we sleep [die daily] and exercise our senses comparing spiritual with spiritual [1 Cor 2:13], all things necessary for our spiritual welfare.

1Co 15:31  I protest by your rejoicing which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die daily. 

Php 1:18  What then? notwithstanding, every way, whether in pretence, or in truth, Christ is preached; and I therein do rejoice, yea, and will rejoice. Php 1:19  For I know that this shall turn to my salvation through your prayer, and the supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ, Php 1:20  According to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life, or by death. Php 1:21  For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. 

 1Co 2:13  Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. 1Co 2:14  But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. 1Co 2:15  But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man. 1Co 2:16  For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ. 

 The attributes of the Bride of Christ, which we are Lord willing, makes us so attractive to our spiritual Husband. The Lord causing us to have fresh air and a happy attitude about all the trials we go through which is saving us from spiritual death. Truth and grace come when the true Christ comes.

Joh 1:17  For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ. 

 Psa 61:5  For thou, O God, hast heard my vows: thou hast given me the heritage of those that fear thy name. Psa 61:6  Thou wilt prolong the king’s life: and his years as many generations. Psa 61:7  He shall abide before God for ever: O prepare mercy and truth, which may preserve him. 

 The renewed Covenant [my Words are Spirit and Life John 6:63], is the fresh air that we need and which is giving us newness of life.  Elihu speaks as a type of God’s Elect in rebuking Job.

Job 33:4  The Spirit of God hath made me, and the breath of the Almighty hath given me life. 

 Heb 8:9  Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt; because they continued not in my covenant, and I regarded them not, saith the Lord. Heb 8:10  For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people: Heb 8:11  And they shall not teach every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for all shall know me, from the least to the greatest. Heb 8:12  For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more. Heb 8:13  In that he saith, A new covenant, he hath made the first old. Now that which decayeth and waxeth old is ready to vanish away. 

 A little child

The Bride of Christ is not only dependant on Him for all things but is learning to become like a little child, laughing [positive application], lifting the spirits of others, optimistic about the future, asking in a specific way etc. Let us look with spiritual eyes.

Radiating happiness [laughing] living in the present moment, this woman [the Bride] knows the joy of being married to Christ, knows that her suffering is not in vain as she works out her salvation with fear and trembling being made into a vessel of honour.

Col 1:24  Who now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up that which is behind of the afflictions of Christ in my flesh for his body’s sake, which is the church: 

 Php 2:12  Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. Php 2:13  For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure. 

 This woman is and was overcoming her anger [being under the law] and has a gentle way, walking out that way in love which means keeping the commandments of Christ.

Sa 22:36  Thou hast also given me the shield of thy salvation: and thy gentleness hath made me great. 

 Lifting up the spirits of others, letting her Light shine, is what this woman is about.

Pro 13:9  The light of the righteous rejoiceth: but the lamp of the wicked shall be put out. 

Mat 5:16  Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. 

She is the doer of His Word if we look with spiritual eyes.

1Ti 2:8  I will therefore that men pray everywhere, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting. 1Ti 2:9  In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array; 1Ti 2:10  But (which becometh women professing godliness) with good works. 1Ti 2:11  Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection. 

 She has hope for the future knowing God’s sovereignty and that all is on schedule according to Christ’s perfect will, which reflects the will of the Father. The Bride of Christ is asking of her Husband as she is being taught by Him how to ask.

Mat 6:9  After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Mat 6:10  Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Mat 6:11  Give us this day our daily bread. Mat 6:12  And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. Mat 6:13  And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen. 

 Jas 4:3  Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts. Jas 4:4  Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God. 

 Summary

In this two-part study, we have look at the hidden Mystery or revelation of Jesus Christ within us which teaches us about the marriage relationship between Christ and His Bride.

Eph 3:3  How that by revelation he made known unto me the mystery; (as I wrote afore in few words, Eph 3:4  Whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ) 

We have seen that Christ loves us, chose us before the foundation of the world [Eph 1:4], prepares us [Matt 3:11], marries us and then refines us [fine tunes] us, giving us a roof over our heads [the gift of faith], food [pure doctrine], clothing [the righteousness of Christ, grace] and marital relations [Christ in us, the hope of glory or age-abiding life John 17:3].

Rev 19:8  And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints. 

 When married to Christ, we, as the true Bride, are being caused to bear children [1 Tim 5:14], raising our children and teaching others to love their husbands and children [Titus 2:4]. We are workers at home [in His Kingdom, Titus 2:5] trusting Him for all our needs, food and clothing. He is the one protecting us. We radiate joy and happiness and thankfulness as the new man for all Christ is doing to the Glory of His Father and our Father. We rest in Him and accept that He is working it all [Eph 1:11]. This is the Mystery hidden from the beginning.

Eph 5:30  For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones. Eph 5:31  For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh. Eph 5:32  This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church. Eph 5:33  Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence her husband. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Studies

Aholah & Aholibah

Aholah & Aholibah

 compiled into One Study for Women

Introduction

The sisters, Aholah and Aholibah, represent types of us at two different stages of our spiritual development. We are first Aholah, and then we are Aholibah, which both, mean His tent or My tent, [My dwelling place], in her. It takes a lifetime of fiery trials to come out of Aholibah [Mystery Babylon], come out of her My people [2 Co 6:14-18]. If Christ is within us, then we are His true tabernacle, which the Lord pitched, and not man [1 Co 3:16].

Heb 8:1 Now of the things which we have spoken this is the sum: We have such a high priest, who is set on the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens; Heb 8:2  A minister of the sanctuary, and of the true tabernacle, which the Lord pitched, and not man.

Aholah, the elder

Let us now look at these sisters, [typifying the church within us, Rev 2:7]. Look with spiritual eyes and discern the spiritual reality as it is for us today. The name, Aholah, means his tabernacle; his tent.

Eze 23:1  The word of the LORD came again unto me, saying,

Eze 23:2  Son of man, there were two women, the daughters of one mother:

Eze 23:3  And they committed whoredoms in Egypt; they committed whoredoms in their youth: there were their breasts pressed, and there they bruised the teats of their virginity.

Eze 23:4  And the names of them were Aholah the elder, and Aholibah her sister: and they were mine, and they bare sons and daughters. Thus were their names; Samaria is Aholah, and Jerusalem Aholibah.

Eze 23:5  And Aholah played the harlot when she was mine; and she doted on her lovers, on the Assyrians her neighbours,

Eze 23:6  Which were clothed with blue, captains and rulers, all of them desirable young men, horsemen riding upon horses.

Eze 23:7  Thus she committed her whoredoms with them, with all them that were the chosen men of Assyria, and with all on whom she doted: with all their idols she defiled herself.

Eze 23:8  Neither left she her whoredoms brought from Egypt: for in her youth they lay with her, and they bruised the breasts of her virginity, and poured their whoredom upon her.

Eze 23:9  Wherefore I have delivered her into the hand of her lovers, into the hand of the Assyrians, upon whom she doted.

Eze 23:10  These discovered her nakedness: they took her sons and her daughters, and slew her with the sword: and she became famous among women; for they had executed judgment upon her.

As the first religious beast, we, as Aholah, in type and shadow, have weak spiritual eyes.

Mat 13:14 (CEV) So God’s promise came true, just as the prophet Isaiah had said, “These people will listen and listen, but never understand. They will look and look, but never see. 

Mat 13:15 All of them have stubborn minds! Their ears are stopped up, and their eyes are covered. They cannot see or hear or understand. If they could, they would turn to me, and I would heal them.”

This is who we are when we first come to the true Christ. We listen to the lies of the world within, believing men [typifying lies and idols of the hearts]. Spiritually, we have weak eyes when we look and look but we never see, all ordained by God. The whole world lies in the wicked one, having false doctrines, we believe in the trinity, free will etc and are believers of men, having come out of the churches of men. Orthodoxy, having another Jesus, is a shadow of this state of affairs within our hearts when we first encounter the true Christ.

1Jn 5:18  We know that whosoever is born of God sinneth not; but he that is begotten of God keepeth himself, and that wicked one toucheth him not.

1Jn 5:19  And we know that we are of God, and the whole world lieth in wickedness.

Mat 13:38  The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one;

The opposite is true, when we have the singleness of Christ, then we understand God’s words and are being able to do what He wants us to do. Singleness of Christ means fearing God, keeping His commandments [Col 3:22]. It is only in His true Body, Christ’s Church, where we are being enlightened in Spirit and Truth.

Eph 1:17  That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him:

Eph 1:18  The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,

Eph 1:19  And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power,

Eph 1:20  Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places,

Eph 1:21  Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come:

Eph 1:22  And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church,

Eph 1:23  Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.

When we understand Christ’s words, we know that spiritual blessings are the Hope of His calling. We stay connected with His Body and seek the spiritual riches in the saints, as the Lord permits because it is always a process as we know. Comparing spiritual with spiritual [1 Co 2:13], we see that Aholah, is Leah, the first wife of Jacob. Leah has weak eyes, meaning she has not the doctrines of Christ, yet she produced many children for Jacob. Looking behind us, we see that we did not have the understanding of God’s words and the qualities that the Lord is looking for in His spiritual wife at first. In the OT witness, we know that Laban switched Leah for Rachel, and it happened in the evening.

Gen 29:23 (MKJV) And it happened in the evening, he took his daughter Leah and brought her to him. And he went in to her.

In the evening, there is no Light, that is Christ. When we are in spiritual darkness, we think we are serving the true church, but then in the morning [in the 1st resurrection within], when we see clearly, we find out that we were serving a false church. We come to see the lies which we believed.

Gen 29:25 (MKJV) And it happened in the morning, behold, it was Leah! And he said to Laban, What is this you have done to me? Did I not serve with you for Rachel? Why then have you tricked me?

Seven is the number for completion. Jacob finished the week (seven days) of the marriage ceremony with Leah and then Rachel was given to him as wife. Jacob’s seven years of service to Laban for what turned out to be for Leah instead of Rachel symbolizes our complete service to God while we are in spiritual darkness.

Gen 29:27 (ERV) Continue for the full week of the marriage ceremony, and I will also give you Rachel to marry. But you must serve me another seven years.”
Gen 29:28 So Jacob did this and finished the week. Then Laban gave him his daughter Rachel as a wife.

Aholibah, the younger

Aholibah also means my tent, or my tabernacle, in her. She is worse than her sister, Aholah. When we know the truth and we do not do it, we are the worst!

Eze 23:11 And when her sister Aholibah saw this, she was more corrupt in her inordinate love than she, and in her whoredoms more than her sister in her whoredoms.

Eze 23:12 She doted upon the Assyrians her neighbours, captains and rulers clothed most gorgeously, horsemen riding upon horses, all of them desirable young men.

Eze 23:19 Yet she multiplied her whoredoms, in calling to remembrance the days of her youth, wherein she had played the harlot in the land of Egypt.

Eze 23:20 For she doted upon their paramours, whose flesh is as the flesh of asses, and whose issue is like the issue of horses.

Eze 23:21 Thus thou calledst to remembrance the lewdness of thy youth, in bruising thy teats by the Egyptians for the paps of thy youth.

Eze 23:22 Therefore, O Aholibah, thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I will raise up thy lovers against thee, from whom thy mind is alienated, and I will bring them against thee on every side;

As Aholibah, we came out of the false doctrines [Aholah] and now has been given the gift of faith, yet we are still carnal babes in Christ. Spiritually speaking, we are Jews that believe on Christ [Joh 8:30], seeking to kill Him. We have many idols of the heart. We have many wonderful gifts, but Christ is not formed in us yet [1 Co 3:1-4]. Our faith is not gold tried in the fire.

Joh 8:37 I know that ye are Abraham’s seed; but ye seek to kill me, because my word hath no place in you.

As Aholibah, we are beautiful, we do not embrace the false doctrines of the world, because we have come out of the lies of men to now have the gift of faith but still not proven yet. The dream is one, Rachel, Jacob’s second wife, was beautiful and well favoured. The word favoured is mostly translated as appearance, but it is also translated sight or vision a lot of times.

Gen 29:17 (KJV) …but Rachel was beautiful and well favoured.

Jacob’s love for Rachel is a symbol of the Lord’s love for His wife, His Body.

Gen 29:20 So Jacob served seven years for Rachel, and they seemed to him but a few days because of the love he had for her.

Eph 5:29 For no man ever yet hated his own fleshbut nourishes and cherishes it, even as the Lord loves the church. Eph 5:30 For we are members of His body, of His flesh, and of His bones.

Yes, we are beautiful at this stage, but as a flower quickly fading away if we do not have works…. a rich man.

Jas 1:10  But the rich, in that he is made low: because as the flower of the grass he shall pass away.

Jas 1:11  For the sun is no sooner risen with a burning heat, but it withereth the grass, and the flower thereof falleth, and the grace of the fashion of it perisheth: so also shall the rich man fade away in his ways.

Job 27:19  The rich man shall lie down, but he shall not be gathered: he openeth his eyes, and he is not.

We corrupt quickly and find ourselves in bondage to sin, in the claws of that great harlot, MYSTERY BABYLON, is, was and will be.

Rev 17:4  And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication:

Rev 17:5  And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.

Rev 17:6  And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus: and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration.

When this happens is, was and will be, the Lord plunges us in the ditch and our clothes, our own self-righteousnesses, abhor us. Lord willing, this happens less and less as He increases, and we decrease, dying daily.

Job 9:30  If I wash myself with snow water, and make my hands never so clean;

Job 9:31  Yet shalt thou plunge me in the ditch, and mine own clothes shall abhor me.

Leaving our first love, which is Christ, to return to our vomit makes us near-sighted.

2Pe 1:9 (ESV) For whoever lacks these qualities is so nearsighted that he is blind, having forgotten that he was cleansed from his former sins.

Blindness is not limited to not understanding the words of God, but it includes lacking those qualities that the Lord wants in His wife. Here are the qualities we lack:

2Pe 1:5 (ERV) Because you have these blessings, do all you can to add to your life these things: to your faith add goodness; to your goodness add knowledge;

2Pe 1:6 to your knowledge add self-control; to your self-control add patience; to your patience add devotion to God;

2Pe 1:7 to your devotion add kindness toward your brothers and sisters in Christ, and to this kindness add love.

2Pe 1:8 If all these things are in you and growing, you will never fail to be useful to God. You will produce the kind of fruit that should come from your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

We have the six milk doctrines, but we are far from the Kingdom of God and that is to know God, the Father and the One He is sending, Christ and His Christ. We have to leave the milk. Here are the six milk doctrines.

Heb 6:1  Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God,

Heb 6:2  Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment.

Heb 6:3  And this will we do, if God permit.

Joh 17:3 And this is life eternal [age abiding life], that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.

As is always the case in the natural world, we become estranged from our spiritual lovers [idols of the heart] after a while, and they also turn upon us and devour us, spiritually speaking, our carnal reasoning comes to naught and confusion. Here is an OT example of this shadow playing out. Amon, son of David, loved Tamar, the sister of Absalom, but after he was done with her, he hated her exceedingly [2 Sa chapter 13].

2Sa 13:15 Then Amnon hated her exceedingly; so that the hatred wherewith he hated her was greater than the love wherewith he had loved her. And Amnon said unto her, Arise, be gone.

These two sisters and all the extreme graphic language describing their adulterous and sexual immorality is all about us when we first receive the Word of God as a deadly wound to our old man [Aholah in type]. Then our deadly wound is healed [we leave our first love, and we return to being the beast we are, we deny Christ and seven devils more evil than the first come into our lives, and we are worse off than we were at the beginning [Aholibah in type]. Praise the Lord for burning us up more and more if we are His!

Rev 13:3  And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast.

This happens is, was and will be as we walk out this fiery road, when we walk in unbelief, relying on our own judgment and not resting in Christ. We are fading flowers, our glorious beauty of hearing the Word only and not doing, quickly fades away as judgment begins on our House.

Isa 28:1 Woe to the crown of pride, to the drunkards of Ephraim, whose glorious beauty is a fading flower, which are on the head of the fat valleys of them that are overcome with wine!

Isa 28:2  Behold, the Lord hath a mighty and strong one, which as a tempest of hail and a destroying storm, as a flood of mighty waters overflowing, shall cast down to the earth with the hand.

 

1Pe 4:16  Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf.

1Pe 4:17  For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?

1Pe 4:18  And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?

1Pe 4:19  Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the keeping of their souls to him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator.

To summarize, the dream is one. Aholah is likened unto Leah and Aholibah is likened unto Rachel. Leah in type, typifies the stage where we get rid of the false doctrines of men [Christ doing it in us]. Rachel, in type, as His Body, comes behind in no gift but is still carnal. Her progress is seen in her children, Josef [1st resurrection within] and Benjamin [2nd coming of Christ within]. As beloved in Christ [type], she dies when Benjamin is born. The old mindset dies. Benjamin is born and in type represent Christ’s sons. We, through fiery trials, become doers of the Word.

Rom 12:1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.

Rom 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

Christ’s Bride, symbolized in Scriptures by the cherubims, which is the four beasts in the middle and round about the throne of God, are being able to do battle in Spirit with the sword of the Spirit as they keep His Way and do His commandments. This is the true Bride and the Glory of the God of Israel is over us!

Gen 3:24 So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.

Our renewing mindset as Christ works in us, changes us from the anointed cherub who walks upon God’s holy mountain [Eze 28:11-19] whose heart was lifted up because of her beauty [Aholibah, in type] to the true Bride. The Glory of the God of Israel is over us as we are being made over!

Eze 28:5  By thy great wisdom and by thy traffick hast thou increased thy riches, and thine heart is lifted up because of thy riches:

Eze 28:6  Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Because thou hast set thine heart as the heart of God;

Eze 28:7  Behold, therefore I will bring strangers upon thee, the terrible of the nations: and they shall draw their swords against the beauty of thy wisdom, and they shall defile thy brightness.

Eze 28:8  They shall bring thee down to the pit, and thou shalt die the deaths of them that are slain in the midst of the seas.

Eze 28:9  Wilt thou yet say before him that slayeth thee, I am God? but thou shalt be a man, and no God, in the hand of him that slayeth thee.

Eze 28:10  Thou shalt die the deaths of the uncircumcised by the hand of strangers: for I have spoken it, saith the Lord GOD.

Eze 10:19 And the cherubims lifted up their wings and mounted up from the earth in my sight: when they went out, the wheels also were beside them, and every one stood at the door of the east gate of the LORD’S house; and the glory of the God of Israel was over them above.

Studies

The Hidden Mystery, Part One

Introduction

The Mystery we are talking about is the mystery of Christ and His true Bride [Eph 5:32], the Living Church. In today’s study, we look a little at the fiery process of marriage, how we are being made His.

Col 1:26  Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints: Col 1:27  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:

The Lord causes us to mature as He is making us over and we know it is a fiery process. First, we are given faith as a gift [Eph 4:7], and then He comes a second time without sin [Heb 9:28] in our Day of the Lord, which day is now on us, to refine and put us to use in His Kingdom. Faith and walking that faith out [grace and truth], is how we are being made more like Him.

Mal 3:17  And they shall be mine, saith the LORD of hosts, in that day when I make up my jewels; and I will spare them, as a man spareth his own son that serveth him. Mal 3:18  Then shall ye return, and discern between the righteous and the wicked, between him that serveth God and him that serveth him not.

Joh 1:17  For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ. Joh 1:18  No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.

We get to know THEM, God, the Father and Christ whom He is sending, and we know that is eternal life [age abiding life].

Joh 17:1  These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee:

Joh 17:2  As thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him.

Joh 17:3  And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ (His Body) whom thou has sent

As we mature the Lord CAUSES us to have understanding, inner happiness, worthiness of character, homemakers in His Kingdom and worshippers and we start to act more like the weaker vessel [type of femininity] as His Bride, radiating happiness, health, childlikeness and dependency upon Christ and Him alone. Think spiritually with eyes to see and ears to hear. Think about a physical marriage and how it is supposed to work. There are certain qualities in a woman that make her very appealing to her husband in the natural. So, it is in the Spirit. There are certain qualities that Christ is causing us to have as we mature in Him. In part 1, we look a little at understanding, inner happiness, worthiness of character, homemakers and worshippers. In Part 2, we will Lord willing, look at the rest.

Understanding

The Lord gives us the gift of faith, each in our own measure to believe what we are not being able to prove. It is a happy state of affairs when we are being caused to encounter the true Christ. The true doctrines of Christ set us free from the lies of the world within and without. We, realizing that we bring nothing to the table, ACCEPT and APPRECIATE all that we are being given for free. We understand that there is no free will involved.

Joh 8:36  If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.

Without the gift of faith, there is discord and confusion because the law brings death [Rom 5:17-19]. We are not His if we do not have faith [Rom 8:9].

Rom 8:8  So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God. Rom 8:9  But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his. Rom 8:10  And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. Rom 8:11  But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you

We are being caused to APPRECIATE the NAME of Christ, what He does for us and how He cares for us.

Psa 8:1  To the chief Musician upon Gittith, A Psalm of David. O LORD our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth! who hast set thy glory above the heavens. Psa 8:2  Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings hast thou ordained strength because of thine enemies, that thou mightest still the enemy and the avenger. Psa 8:3  When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained; Psa 8:4  What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him? Psa 8:5  For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour. Psa 8:6  Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all things under his feet: Psa 8:7  All sheep and oxen, yea, and the beasts of the field; Psa 8:8  The fowl of the air, and the fish of the sea, and whatsoever passeth through the paths of the seas. Psa 8:9  O LORD our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth!

Psa 69:30  I will praise the name of God with a song, and will magnify him with thanksgiving.

The Lord was ready to save us and IS saving us.

Isa 38:19  The living, the living, he shall praise thee, as I do this day: the father to the children shall make known thy truth. Isa 38:20  The LORD was ready to save me: therefore we will sing my songs to the stringed instruments all the days of our lives in the house of the LORD.

Not only do we appreciate the Lord, but we are caused to ADMIRE Him. The Lord wants our admiration, He causes us to put Him first in our lives as we walk the narrow road. This is not the case at the beginning of our walk. Here Christ speaks in the OT.

Zec 1:14 So the angel that communed with me said unto me, Cry thou, saying, Thus saith the LORD of hosts; I am jealous for Jerusalem and for Zion with a great jealousy.

Isa 52:6  Therefore my people shall know my name: therefore they shall know in that day that I am he that doth speak: behold, it is I. Isa 52:7  How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace; that bringeth good tidings of good, that publisheth salvation; that saith unto Zion, Thy God reigneth!

The Lord causes us to admire how He GUIDES us.

Psa 48:14  For this God is our God for ever and ever: he will be our guide even unto death.

Joh 16:13  Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come. Joh 16:14  He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you. Joh 16:15  All things that the Father hath are mine: therefore said I, that he shall take of mine, and shall shew it unto you.

We are being caused to stand in awe of how the Lord PROTECTS and PRESERVES us. He is our resting place [roof over our heads in type].

Isa 31:5  As birds flying, so will the LORD of hosts defend Jerusalem; defending also he will deliver it; and passing over he will preserve it.

2Ch 6:40  Now, my God, let, I beseech thee, thine eyes be open, and let thine ears be attent unto the prayer that is made in this place. 2Ch 6:41  Now therefore arise, O LORD God, into thy resting place, thou, and the ark of thy strength: let thy priests, O LORD God, be clothed with salvation, and let thy saints rejoice in goodness. 2Ch 6:42  O LORD God, turn not away the face of thine anointed: remember the mercies of David thy servant.

We are being caused to see His PROVISION in all aspects of our lives.

Psa 132:13  For the LORD hath chosen Zion; he hath desired it for his habitation.

Psa 132:14  This is my rest for ever: here will I dwell; for I have desired it. Psa 132:15  I will abundantly bless her provision: I will satisfy her poor with bread.

Psa 132:16  I will also clothe her priests with salvation: and her saints shall shout aloud for joy.

We come to understand that Christ is the Captain of our salvation. Christ is the Head of the Church. As our Leader, He works all things to the council of His own will [Eph 1:11]. He does not leave us in the dark but reveals and reasons with us to count the cost [Luk 14:26-28].

Joh 15:14  Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you. Joh 15:15  Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you.

Here is an admonition:

Isa 1:17  Learn to do well; seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow. Isa 1:18  Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool. Isa 1:19  If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land: Isa 1:20  But if ye refuse and rebel, ye shall be devoured with the sword: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it.

We follow by honouring Him as our Leader and rest in Him to LET GO  of reasoning and TRUST Him with our whole heart, having one mind and being submissive and obedient to His doctrine. We are being caused to make Him NUMBER ONE as we are the most important to Him:

Heb 13:4  Marriage is honourable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge. Heb 13:5  Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.

Pro 9:6  Forsake the foolish [carnal way], and live; and go in the way of understanding.

Pro 3:1  My son, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments:

Pro 3:2  For length of days, and long life, and peace, shall they add to thee. Pro 3:3  Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart:

We are being caused to rest in Him and not manage the money. Money symbolizes knowledge. We have to have the knowledge, but we know that wisdom [Christ], excels. In other words, let Christ manages the money [in type], we rest in Him.

Ecc 7:11  Wisdom is good with an inheritance: and by it there is profit to them that see the sun. Ecc 7:12  For wisdom is a defence, and money is a defence: but the excellency of knowledge is, that wisdom giveth life to them that have it. Ecc 7:13  Consider the work of God: for who can make that straight, which he hath made crooked?

So, we see that Christ loved us first, chose us before the foundation of the world, marries us [given us faith] and then refines us [given us trials] causing us to appreciate and admire Him for His care, guidance, protection and provision. We know that He gives us a roof over our heads [resting place], gives us food [true doctrine] and clothing [His righteousness] as well as relations [Christ in us, the Hope of Glory]. We follow His lead as we are the weaker vessels, the flesh of His flesh and bone of His bone. We forsake all that we have [make Him number one] and let Him handle the money in type [rest in Him]. We know that the fear of the Lord [obedience] is the beginning of wisdom. If we know these things, being caused to do so, we start to know THEM, having age-abiding life. This is how a marriage in the physical is supposed to work.

Inner Happiness, Homemakers and a Worthy Character

Our lives are never free of problems but in this fiery process, the Lord causes us to develop the fruit of the Spirit [Gal 5:22]. But that comes via the process and only after much failure and scourging that is teaching us this fruit (Isa 26:9, Tit 2:11).

Heb 12:11  Now no chastening seems to be joyful for the present, but painful; nevertheless, afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.

What causes us to be unhappy? Sin and failure [all caused by Christ]. Here are a few things Christ causes us to do to be filled with joy is, was and will be. He makes us WORKERS at home, we work in His Kingdom, giving service to our brethren [Rom 12:3].

Tit 2:3  The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things; Tit 2:4  That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, Tit 2:5  To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.

Christ causes us to have His singleness [Col 3:22], being CREATIVE in our service to others.

Isa 11:1  And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots: Isa 11:2  And the spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD; Isa 11:3  And shall make him of quick understanding in the fear of the LORD: and he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of his ears:

We make beautiful things spiritually.

Pro 31:10 [GNB]  How hard it is to find a capable wife! She is worth far more than jewels! Pro 31:11  Her husband puts his confidence in her, and he will never be poor. Pro 31:12  As long as she lives, she does him good and never harm. Pro 31:13  She keeps herself busy making wool and linen cloth. Pro 31:14  She brings home food from out-of-the-way places, as merchant ships do. Pro 31:15  She gets up before daylight to prepare food for her family and to tell her servant women what to do. Pro 31:16  She looks at land and buys it, and with money she has earned she plants a vineyard. Pro 31:17  She is a hard worker, strong and industrious.

Pro 31:18  She knows the value of everything she makes, and works late into the night. Pro 31:19  She spins her own thread and weaves her own cloth. Pro 31:20  She is generous to the poor and needy. Pro 31:21  She doesn’t worry when it snows, because her family has warm clothing. Pro 31:22  She makes bedspreads and wears clothes of fine purple linen. Pro 31:23  Her husband is well known, one of the leading citizens. Pro 31:24  She makes clothes and belts, and sells them to merchants. Pro 31:25  She is strong and respected and not afraid of the future. Pro 31:26  She speaks with a gentle wisdom. Pro 31:27  She is always busy and looks after her family’s needs. Pro 31:28  Her children show their appreciation, and her husband praises her. Pro 31:29  He says, “Many women are good wives, but you are the best of them all.” Pro 31:30  Charm is deceptive and beauty disappears, but a woman who honors the LORD should be praised. Pro 31:31  Give her credit for all she does. She deserves the respect of everyone.

Christ develops in us a WORTHINESS, helping us to overcome sin in our lives [Rom 12:21, Jn 4:4]. Here are the godly attributes we are developing:

2Pe 1:3  According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: 2Pe 1:4  Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. 2Pe 1:5  And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; 2Pe 1:6  And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness;

2Pe 1:7  And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.

2Pe 1:8  For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Christ causes us to ACCEPT OURSELVES, to know that we can do nothing without Him, not even sin without Him [John 15:5] and therefore we accept ourselves as a marred instrument [Jer 18:4] being made over. We, like our Lord, are being marred in down payment form. As He is, so are we [1 John 4:17].

Isa 52:13  Behold, my servant shall deal prudently, he shall be exalted and extolled, and be very high. Isa 52:14  As many were astonied at thee; his visage was so marred more than any man, and his form more than the sons of men: Isa 52:15  So shall he sprinkle many nations; the kings shall shut their mouths at him: for that which had not been told them shall they see; and that which they had not heard shall they consider.

In accepting things as they are always striving for the prize of the high calling, Christ teaches us to fast and pray spiritually ……

Isa 58:6  Is not this the fast that I have chosen? to loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke? Isa 58:7  Is it not to deal thy bread to the hungry, and that thou bring the poor that are cast out to thy house? when thou seest the naked, that thou cover him; and that thou hide not thyself from thine own flesh? Isa 58:8  Then shall thy light break forth as the morning, and thine health shall spring forth speedily: and thy righteousness shall go before thee; the glory of the LORD shall be thy rereward. Isa 58:9  Then shalt thou call, and the LORD shall answer; thou shalt cry, and he shall say, Here I am. If thou take away from the midst of thee the yoke, the putting forth of the finger, and speaking vanity;

Christ teaches us compassion and love ….

1Pe 3:8  Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous:

Joh 15:12  This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.

Worship

When we come to know God, the Father and Christ [age abiding life], we are being taught to WORSHIP in Spirit and Truth.

Joh 4:23  But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. Joh 4:24  God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.

This above woman [church] is the true Bride and Beloved of Christ.

Son 7:10  I am my beloved’s, and his desire is toward me.

What a honour and privilege beyond understanding, to be the Bride of Christ, as His Church collectively. What a marriage to be walked out! This is the Lord’s promise to us. As Benjamin [a type of Christ‘s true Church], we, have this promise:

Deu 33:12  And of Benjamin he said, The beloved of the LORD shall dwell in safety by him; and the LORD shall cover him all the day long, and he shall dwell between his shoulders.

Part two of this study can be found by clicking here

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FAQS

As I have Loved You

Introduction:

On the law and the prophets hang these two commandments:

Mat 22:36  Master, which is the great commandment in the law?

Mat 22:37  Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.

Mat 22:38  This is the first and great commandment.

Mat 22:39  And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

Mat 22:40  On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.

The law is fulfilled in this:

Gal 5:13  For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.

Gal 5:14  For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

Starting out on our journey, this is what we hear from the beginning:

1Jn 3:11  For this is the message that ye heard from the beginning, that we should love one another.

There is a close link between ourselves and others. We are being forgiven as we forgive others. We are perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.

Mat 6:12  And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.

We know what love is versus the false love and “tolerance” the world calls love.

Joh 14:15  If ye love me, keep my commandments.

1Jn 5:3  For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.

By loving God and keeping His commands, is how we love our brothers and sisters.

1Jn 5:2  By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments.

We have the commandments to love one another.

Joh 15:17  These things I command you, that ye love one another.

Rom 13:8  Owe no man anything, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law.

We judge ourselves first to see if we are in the faith, our consciences being purged before Christ.

2Co 13:5  Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?

Heb 9:14  How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?

Heb 10:22  Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.

If we love ourselves less than our brethren in other words not get the plank out of our own eyes first, we have the leaven of hypocrisy [saying and not doing] and are in the company of the man of sin within. Here is what is more expedient.

1Pe 1:22  Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently:

So, loving ourselves as our neighbour is good and we come near to the Kingdom of God doing this. However, it is the righteousness of the Scribes and the Pharisees that we have to exceed.

Mar 12:32  And the scribe said unto him, Well, Master, thou hast said the truth: for there is one God; and there is none other but he: Mar 12:33  And to love him with all the heart, and with all the understanding, and with all the soul, and with all the strength, and to love his neighbour as himself, is more than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices. Mar 12:34  And when Jesus saw that he answered discreetly, he said unto him, Thou art not far from the kingdom of God. And no man after that durst ask him any question.

Christ is not come to destroy the law but to fulfil it [Matt 5:17], He gives us a new commandment and an example that we should follow in His steps. WE LOVE ONE ANOTHER AS HE LOVED US.

Joh 13:34  A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.

Let us now have comfort and Hope that is in Christ alone. In days of discouragement, let us bring these truths into remembrance to do them and to teach them. Let us speak of things if they already are Lord willing! Let us consider the following, loving others as Christ loved us.

How do we see ourselves and how do we see others?

We are a work in progress, the workmanship of Christ.

Eph 2:10  For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

We are fearfully and wonderfully being made, being imperfect still, but in the process of being made over in down payment form.

Psa 139:14  I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well. Psa 139:15  My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Psa 139:16  Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them.

In the past, what we see in the mirror is often what we see in others. Our disappointment in others often reflects our disappointment in ourselves. Our acceptance of others often reflects our acceptance of ourselves. Our ability to see potential in others often reflects our ability to see potential in ourselves. Our patience with others often reflects our patience with ourselves. Now, we lay our lives down for each other, seeing each other and ourselves as God sees us and as Christ laid down His life for us. We have the Words of Christ to give us Life [John 6:63].

Joh 10:15  As the Father knoweth me, even so know I the Father: and I lay down my life for the sheep.

Christ and His Christ speaks of things as if they already are.

Rom 4:17  (As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations,) before him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were. 

Remember the oneness we have with Christ, the I AM

It is the road less travelled, the beginning and the end and all in between which is Christ and His Christ. The most beautiful part of this journey is to be one with Christ and His Christ, obeying Him and them that have this treasure in earthen vessels, which brings peace above all else. It is now to live life and process life as it is this day and moment, teaching ourselves and others to obey Christ bringing them to a perfect man in earnest.

Eph 4:11  And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; Eph 4:12  For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: Eph 4:13  Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:

2Ti 2:10  Therefore I endure all things for the elect’s sakes, that they may also obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory.

We obey rather than winning the approval of the world

Peter and James declare friendship with the world within and without is enmity with God [Jas 4:4]. We love when we know and walk this truth out expecting disappointments with the world within and without. We are staying focused on our calling.

Act 5:29  Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men.

We flee from evil, cling to that which is good, setting an example

Rom 12:9  Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good.

The world within and without behold how we are walking.

Joh 1:32  And John bare record, saying, I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it abode upon him.

Joh 1:36  And looking upon Jesus as he walked, he saith, Behold the Lamb of God!

Our brethren see the fruit of the tree in us manifesting, whether good or evil.

Mat 7:17  Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. Mat 7:18  A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.

We forgive ourselves and we forgive others

We learn the lessons of the past and reach forth to what is before us. Even our sins are being worked by Christ. We focus on today. We forgive ourselves and others, laying down our lives for our friends, which means not to lean on our own understanding but trusting the Lord and doing what He commands.

Php 3:14  I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

Joh 10:17  Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again. Joh 10:18  No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father.

We love when we are careful to maintain good works as the Lord permits

Different input equals different output. We move away from the things that drain us and move toward the thoughts and actions of the Christ filling us with power, not an empty form of godliness but Christ in us, the Hope of Glory, doing the will of God, the Father. We are careful to maintain good works and work out our own salvation with fear and trembling.

Php 2:12  Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.

Heb 10:24  And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:

We embrace the mistakes we are making

We know that it is through endurance that we are being saved, there are many things yet to come which we are not able to bear right now. We live by every Word of God [Luk 4:4], even our failures, the occasion the Lord seeks, to burn out the wood, hay and stubble within us, making us anew.

Ti 2:19  Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let everyone that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity. 2Ti 2:20  But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honour, and some to dishonour. 2Ti 2:21  If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master’s use, and prepared unto every good work.

We are grateful

We do not get what we want most of the time, and things do not always turn out the way we expect. We do not know what the future brings except that the Lord’s promises never fail.

Joh 21:18  Verily, verily, I say unto thee, When thou wast young, thou girdedst thyself, and walkedst whither thou wouldest: but when thou shalt be old, thou shalt stretch forth thy hands, and another shall gird thee, and carry thee whither thou wouldest not. Joh 21:19  This spake he, signifying by what death he should glorify God. And when he had spoken this, he saith unto him, Follow me.

There are the multitudes who do not have age abiding life because many are called, and few are chosen. We are so blessed to have this age abiding life now in clay vessels, that is to know the Father and Christ whom He is sending. We are so happy to be counted worthy to suffer for His Name sake. So, we use pain, frustration and inconveniences to motivate us rather than to discourage us because we know, we are being made perfect in love, a beautiful instrument in His awesome Hands.

Heb 2:10  For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings. Heb 2:11  For both he that sanctifieth and they who are sanctified are all of one: for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brethren,

We feed the Lord’s sheep and His lambs

There’s a big difference between empty fatigue and gratifying exhaustion. We love when we speak Truth and walk in love. The Lord prepares us for this:

Joh 21:15  So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my lambs. Joh 21:16  He saith to him again the second time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my sheep. Joh 21:17 He saith unto him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Lovest thou me? And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep.

Eph 4:15  But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ: Eph 4:16  From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.

Eph 5:2  And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.

When we fear, we do not live to our fullest capacity

When we act in unbelief, we act in fear. When we love, we do not fear.

2Ti 1:7  For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

1Jo 4:18  There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.

We do not lie to ourselves but speak Truth within and without

We cannot speak with integrity about a lifestyle we are not living. Others behold how Christ walked. Peace comes from knowing that what we are doing is righteousness to Christ, to us and to others. We love our brethren through obeying Christ.

1Co 5:8  Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.

1Co 13:6  Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;

We treasure the talents Christ is giving us  

Christ sets the members in the Body because He is the Head and is training us for our part in the Body, not just saving ourselves but others too.

1Co 12:14  For the body is not one member, but many. 1Co 12:15  If the foot shall say, Because I am not the hand, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body? 1Co 12:16  And if the ear shall say, Because I am not the eye, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body? 1Co 12:17  If the whole body were an eye, where were the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where were the smelling? 1Co 12:18  But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him.

1Co 9:22  To the weak became I as weak, that I might gain the weak: I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some.

We do not compare ourselves

2Co 10:12  For we dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves: but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise.

We pay close attention to our lives as we are living it

We redeem the time because the days are evil. Our lives in the physical, are not between the moment of birth and death; our lives are between now and our next breath. Distractions are more and more every day; therefore, we stay in the Word, studying, quietly doing our own business.

1Th 4:11  And that ye study to be quiet, and to do your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you;

2Ti 2:15  Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

We have joy unspeakable

We joy and rejoice to be partakers of this high calling. Paul says this:

Act 20:22  And now, behold, I go bound in the spirit unto Jerusalem, not knowing the things that shall befall me there: Act 20:23  Save that the Holy Ghost witnesseth in every city, saying that bonds and afflictions abide me. Act 20:24  But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God.

Php 2:17 Yea, and if I be offered upon the sacrifice and service of your faith, I joy, and rejoice with you all. Php 2:18 For the same cause also do ye joy, and rejoice with me.

We give to those less honourable and that is how we love

We express the power of God, which is Christ, through humility, forgiveness and inclusiveness. We give more honour to the less honourable.

1Co 12:23  And those members of the body, which we think to be less honourable, upon these we bestow more abundant honour; and our uncomely parts have more abundant comeliness. 1Co 12:24  For our comely parts have no need: but God hath tempered the body together, having given more abundant honour to that part which lacked1Co 12:25  That there should be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another.

Rom 12:10  Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another;

Eph 4:2  With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love;

Closing Thoughts

Christ Himself is teaching us to love our brethren [1 Th 4:9] and the Lord Himself gives us the increase.

1Th 3:12  And the Lord make you to increase and abound in love one toward another, and toward all men, even as we do toward you:

Christ was a Reformer and so are we in following Him.

Luk 18:22  Now when Jesus heard these things, he said unto him, Yet lackest thou one thing: sell all that thou hast, and distribute unto the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, follow me.

Heb 13:1  Let brotherly love continue.

 

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