I found grace to fetch a burden a long while ago, after weighing the great disparity between that which the natural estate of the eye/mind of a believer has been accustomed to as a norm in Christianity and that which only the Eyes Of The Our Heart (if accessed/exercised) would appraise as being at variance with God’s eternal Counsel on The Wisdom Ordained for His Church.
I therefore agreed with old faithful like Job and Apostle Paul that there is a generation that can hear him by the hearing of the ears and another whose eyes would see him during their sojourn on earth. (Job 42:5/Eph. 1:11/18; Acts 26:8/Eph. 3:10)
‘TO TRACE WHAT HAPPENED TO OUR ORIGINAL EYE/MIND, WE NEED TO PAY HOMAGE TO HISTORY =HIS STORY/GOD’S STORY= AND NOT WHAT BIOLOGY HAS TO SAY ABOUT IT!’
The first eye which God gave mankind in Adam was traceable to God’s Awesome Breath. (Gen. 2:7). This was man’s God-Given instrument to discern the Spiritual and reconcile it with the natural. Those eyes were once exercised in giving names to various animals with an unprecedented precision. With that eye, Adam related with God when he strolled into the garden and he governed the air (i.e. The realm of authority over the earth that was hijacked by Satan which is meant to be recovered by The Church). Gen. 1:26/Dan.10:13/Eze. 28:2/Eph. 2:2.
That eye was strictly meant to comprehend the Counsel of God. (Exo. 28:30/Num. 27:21/Eph. 1:11/Acts 20:27/1Cor:2:16)
Unfortunately, the first man lost that eye/jugement after fellowshipping with the tree of the knowledge of Good & Evil, the very Knowledge of Sin/death which still introduces Corruption/Worldly Wisdom to her patrons till date. After Adam lost that eye, heaven had Nothing to say about his Walk With God which was after the order of the living soul and not the quickening Spirit! But for Christ, the destiny of generations were eternally mortgaged by that decision and two key questions we should ask are:
· What Are the 21st Century Substitutes and Representatives of This Tree That Robs Man Of Access to God’s Counsel
· Does The New Birth Experience Restore This Eye?
In keeping this article brief, I would not attempt to answer the previous question, trusting The Spirit of God to help us individually, but I would try to give clues that should enable us answer the later. You may recall that Apostle Paul appraised the Ephesians Church as having fulfilled two key Spiritual Syllabus which ‘enabled heaven’ open them up to the next chapter that brought about an Enlightenment of The Eyes of their Hearts/Understanding.
He then prayed for them after they had fulfilled two spiritual protocols i.e. A Walk In Love Towards All Brethren and Prospering In The Exercise of Faith in what they had only BELIEVED but not KNOWN (Eph. 1:15/Col. 1:4/1 Thes. 1:3/2 Thes. 1:3). Selah!
We can therefore deduce that a believer who hasn’t gone through the chapter of Walk in Love Towards Other Believers and Faith Towards God cant graduate into the next level meant to be The beginning of Spiritual Maturity! We would therefore see the need to pray for the Lord’s children who have built a monument around their ‘New Birth Experience’ and are At Ease regarding the next Process and Purpose of migrating from being ‘Children of God’ to becoming ‘Sons of God’… i.e. Knowing 'Salvation as an Ongoing Process' which ends when we meet the Lord face to face (Please read 1 Pet. 1:23/1 Jn. 3:1&2/Heb. 12:7)
The purpose of the Epistles is therefore to bring about a distinct growth from the realm of BELIEVING IN GOD (as believers) to the realm of KNOWING/WALKING WITH GOD (as sons/priests unto God) which precedes the ultimate realm of GOD WALKING IN US (2Cor. 6:16). This is the difference between what we can relate with as Jesus earthly ministry in Matthew Mark Luke & John’ and a More Excellent Ministry where He is now unsealing the epistles and dispensing truths/things to come (Jn. 16:12-13)
2Cor. 6:16 … for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.
The experience of thief on the Cross give a clear illustration about attaining or falling short of spiritual maturity. He ended up ‘believing/a believer’ on that faithful day but His Faith couldn’t be tried in the Process of Time before him and he transited the earth as a baby in issues of faith. He didn’t experience the chastening of the Lord where God would snatch his carnal life and therefore couldn’t access ‘Sonship’ (Heb. 12:6-7). Spots, Wrinkles and Blemishes resident in the Soul hadn’t been dealt with. He believed in ‘The Cross’ but Never Carried ‘The Cross’! (Lk. 9:23). BELOVED, HE MISSED OUT IN A QUALITATIVE BEGINNER FAITH WALK, AN EXPEREINCE OF THE SOUL WHICH THE LIKES OF ENOCH ONLY CONSISTENTLY BEGUN AT THE AGE OF 65!
Apostle Paul therefore calls us to engage the patient race that has been set before every true believer (Heb. 12:1), which is meant to deal with die-hard carnality/works of the flesh that we acquired before we came to Christ (2 Cor. 12:8-9). Saints like David who dared to engage heaven in a dimension of such Walk prophetically called it ‘The Path of Righteousness (Ps. 23:3), Solomon called it ‘The Ancient Path’ (Prov. 22:28), Prophet Isaiah called it ‘The Highways of Holiness’ (Isa 35:8), Jeremiah called it ‘The Way to Zion’ (Jer. 50:5) and Apostle Paul described it as a Walk in ‘THE NEWNESS OF LIFE’ (Rom. 6:4)
You would therefore agree with me that the initial new birth/born again experience that quickened our human spirit from spiritual death is ‘free of charge’, but the ultimate experience of the soul called 'rest' is only accessible via a walk after dosages of enlightenment of our hearts/understanding! Rom. 5:17&10:10/Heb. 4:1
I hope to conclude this article by further shedding light on the above inspiration, explaining why the church is at the mercy of the enthronement of a gospel (an embodiment of Truth/God’s Life), committed to the early apostles by the Lord for the restoration of the Eyes of Our Hearts. (Pls see Acts 26:18/Rom. 2:16)
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