There is an unfathomable Volume of Life concealed in every inspired scripture and I doubt if we can afford not to ‘wrestle with the Lord’ to receive Mercy and Grace to trade our humanity for His divinity and in doing so, I hope to pay homage to what Eph. 4:17-18 has to say about the above subject i.e.
…walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind, having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, BECAUSE OF THE BLINDNESS OF THEIR HEART…
Apostle Paul must have perceived that the Ephesians Church would become a victim of an assumption that has become a norm today, one of equating the New Birth/Conventional Church Going/’Bible Believing’ Experience with Walking with The Lord, so he began to confront their hearts with an understanding that the dividend of their previous walk in the course/wisdom of this world had left their souls with a degraded nature that the New Birth Experience couldn’t address. He told them a hard truth, “There Is Hardly Any Spiritual Growth Without Understanding Why & How Satan Trimmed Down The ‘Life of God That once Resided In The Souls of Men’ before men were reduced to flesh. (Eph. 2:2/Rom. 5:14/Gen. 6:3/12).
Apostle Paul was therefore illustrating why the Lord Jesus earlier christened the ‘fallen life’ that Christians once ‘married’ before coming to Him as ‘Darkness’ and he tried to reveal why ‘that life’ was the light/wisdom through which Satan exalted Things Created/The Ephemeral above The Creature/Things Eternal. He therefore exposed Satan’s snare that effortlessly gets believers to trade their birthright (Spiritual Inheritance) for ‘morsels of bread’ like Esau did. (1 Pet. 1:4/Eph. 1:14/18)
Apostle Paul knew many saints would find it hard to come to terms with the Gravity of What They Lost In The First Adam after falling short of fellowship with The Tree of Life so he was challenging them to open their hearts to the commission of Recovering of Sight To Those who are Born Again but assume that initial experience has dealt with the Blindness that came upon men after the fall. (Lk. 4:12/Acts 26:18).
He also knew that like the Lord’s disciples of old, many saints would return from following him if He chooses to suddenly wean them from the initial course called The Milk of The Word where the excitement of believers is traceable to God’s ability to meet their earthly needs and not His ability to give them what he has never shared with those who haven’t had an Intimate Knowledge of Him, so he was challenging them to deal with the blindness that could only be treated when The Eyes of their Understanding is Enlightened so that they can experience Revelation of His Will and Grow in Grace. (Jn. 8:31/Isa. 28:9/Job 13:15/2 Pet. 3:18)
He therefore confirmed to posterity that ‘a believers would ‘make heaven’ once such fulfill and retain their new birth status but warned against the prevalent lackadaisical attitude in believers that ignores the individual task of dealing with blindness that accompanied the previous rapport/walk of believers with The Wisdom/Principles of The World! Apostle Paul was trying to illustrate to them, the design of ‘The Faith Life’ as the only antidote to Finishing their Course Strong! (Jn. 3:3/2 Tim. 4:7/Eph. 3:9).
Interestingly, Peter seconded Paul’s motion in 2 pet. 1:9 by stipulating some of recipe that we need in journeying to deal with this blindness. This is a knowledge that transpires from the place of Intimacy with The Lord where the Lord ‘impregnates’ the Soul with Truth Substances for A WALK BEYOND CONVENTIONAL CHRISTIANITY! (2 Pet. 1:5-7/Ps. 19:14/Matt. 25:12/Lk. 13:27/3 Jn. 1:3/1:12)
No wonder God had to define the timeframe between which a saint initially Sights The Kingdom (New Birth Experience) and when such graciously continues in the art of Laying Down His Life daily until An Entrance into The Kingdom is administered as THE SALVATION OF THE SOUL. (Jn. 3:3/Jn. 15:13/Matt. 10:39/Lk. 9:23/Jn. 15:13/1 Cor. 15:31/2 Pet. 1:11/2 Pet. 1:9).
A clue to this in the Old testament is confirmed by Moses, a man heavily anointed and mightily used by God who only Sighted The promised land (a type of ‘The kingdom/REST’ in the old testament) but never ENTERED it because he had gotten to a realm where PROMPT AND COMPLETE OBEDIENCE was in high demand, A REALM OF WALKING CIRCUMSPECT AS ‘A SON’ AND NOT AS A CHILD OF GOD WOULD’! Scripture gives us this account so that we, unto whom the end of the age has come would be ‘without excuse’. (1 Cor. 10:11/2 Cor. 10:6/Rom. 1:20/Rom. 2:1).
The Lord desires to deal with The Nature that made Moses to err that still resides in many of us, one that resides deep in the Soul and it must be dealt with by A Wisdom Concealed In The Epistles, a prescription that would enable the Saints to complete their Walk With God.
Those who respond to the call and demand of Grace to deal with any Carnal Soul-State before they meet with the Lord face-to-face are those who actually Labour to Enter into Their REST/Spiritual Inheritance. (Matt. 11:28/Jn. 6:27/1 Cor. 3:8/1 Cor. 15:12/2 Cor. 5:9/Col. 3:24/Heb. 4:11/Heb. 11:8). Selah!
May this be our portion before we ultimately check-out of the earth, Amen.
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