Beloved of God,
You may agree with me that the New Testament places so much emphasis on ‘seeking things’ that are not subject to degradation/corruption, seeking spiritual things that would determine our personality in the ages to come when time would have been swallowed up with eternity, seeking enduring things which would enable our earthly existence to count/speak volumes in the ages to come like the walk/lives of various biblical saints still does and therefore qualified them to be a company of those that would reign with Christ in the ages to come
With this understanding, Paul counseled those that would begin such rear journey to discover and experience God’s definition of ‘THE BLESSING/GLORY’ not to lavish their affections on the ephemeral, while Christ confirmed that those who would tread that narrow path and become the company of “FEW” in every generation are those who won’t ‘labour for the meat that perishes but for that meat which endures unto everlasting life. The question now is ‘Why has God always been concerned with things that transcend time, i.e the realm of the UNSEEN? Matt. 5:29/Matt. 6:33/Matt. 13:45/Col. 3:1/Heb. 11:14&13:14/1 Pet. 1:4&23/Matt. 7:14/Jn. 6:27
2 Cor. 4:18 “While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; BUT THE THINGS WHICH ARE NOT SEEN ARE ETERNAL.”
1 Pet. 1:24 “For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withers, and the flower thereof falls away. BUT THE WORD OF THE LORD ENDURES FOREVER.”
It would take a humble disposition for us to acknowledge that ‘the new birth experience’ does not deal with blindness of the heart. In fact, a believer can spend decades in numerous ‘religious activities’ available from the days of the Pharisees/Sadducees till date and not have The Eyes of Their Heart Enlightened! Apostle Paul’s prayer to the Ephesians Church confirmed this as he only prayed for their blindness to be ‘treated’ after they had excelled in the twin course of “Faith and Love”. His defense in Acts 26:18 also confirmed that the there is a kind of Power governing blindness and only an access to a body of knowledge committed and revealed to the apostles through the epistles could actually undo the effect of that power on the souls of Christian after receiving him as Christ The Savior to begin seeking intimacy with him as Christ The Lord. (Eph. 1:15&18/2Cor. 4:4-6)
Paul found himself writing his autobiography as one that ‘lived in the Spirit’ when he described This Glory as A BODY OF KNOWLEDGE RESIDENT IN CHRIST’S FACE. But before we appraise in a subsequent editions what that knowledge is and why it does not reside in His Hands (operation of miracles/gifts/physical blessings), we may need to consider why ‘RELIGION’ or a ‘PERCEIVED KNOWLEDGE OF GOD’ is one of its greatest enemies. By ‘Religion’ I mean that which is inferior to Satan’s Wisdom, born when the Adam began to relate with God with his fallen/darkened understanding and therefore sowed fig leaves which God later replaced with coats of skins. By religion, I mean the vast intellectually appealing thoughts/paths, weaved by the Prince of the World, presented to every man from creation at one point in time or another but lacking a divine revelation of ‘How To Please God’.
By religion I mean a knowledge that is traceable to knowing Christ in the flesh (carnally), the stumbling block of the Pharisees/Sadducees and even Apostle Peter at various point in time. By religion, I mean that which despises the Life of Faith by settling for forms of godliness which never lacks the audience and approval of men. By religion, I mean that earth bound philosophy of Cain which couldn’t thrive in God’s presence, making him to depart and make exploits sometimes christened today as ‘Prosperity’. By Religion, I mean that which I practiced for the 1st 18 years of my life when I believed I was a Christian because I always went to Church! By religion, I mean that body of intellectual information traceable to ‘the letters in the bible’, handed down for centuries as traditions but not revealed by the Spirit of Truth!
Just like a child uses milk for a season, so also there are milky promises/words in the bible meant to help the interim state of believers for a particular season. But there is a class of Words/Promises designed to take over from here, empowering a believer to deal with the intelligence of corruption and end the Faith walk. That was the class of the Lord Jesus used while on earth and it’s called The Word of Righteousness – Heb. 5:13. Satan would remain ‘The Prince of the Authority of the Air –Eph. 2:2’ and carnality in the church would continue as long as Christians limit themselves to the aspect of God’s word that only have to do with Promises of the Physical Life, i.e. The Milk of The Word – 1Cor.3:2/Heb. 6:1-2
Heb. 4:12 For THE WORD OF GOD is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
So the class of Word made reference to in Heb. 4:12 is one beyond natural promises/blessings as it would ENDURE FOREVER and EVER! That word is the two-edged sword that discerns that which is Soulish from that which is Spiritual. That word handles and circumcises a believer from The Love of the World. That word begins by weaning a believer from “Milky aspect of God’s Word” unto the “Meaty aspect of God’s Word”. Hebrew Chapter 11 kind of Faith gave birth to ‘Good Works’ but this order of word opened up Heb. 12:1 with a kind of Race whose focus is to come into That Which The Lord inherited, The Promise of Eternal Life!, This is the Promise that would furnish us with eternal materials that can enable us ‘House The Father and The Son’ like we currently ‘House The Holy Spirit’! (1 Cor. 3:2/Heb. 5:12/2 Cor. 6:18/Jn. 14:23)
Heb. 11:39 “And these all, having obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise: God having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect.”
1 Jn. 2:25 “And this is the promise that he hath promised us, even eternal life.”
Jn 17:3 And this is life eternal, that they might know thee, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent. (i.e. Eternal Life is The KNOWLEDGE RESIDENT IN THE FACE MINISTRY OF CHRIST – 2Cor.4:6)
The Lord’s burden therefore is that his Church would begin to Seek His Secrets which would enable them to gradually See the Invincible like Moses did after responding to The Call To Spiritual Maturity, for then and then alone would we esteem and prepare to partake in Christ’s Greater Riches (Our True Riches/Spiritual Inheritance). Heb. 11.26/9:15/Eph. 1:3/3:8/1 Tim. 6:17/Lk. 16:11
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