Saturday, July 24, 2010

The Authoring of an 'Unfinished Faith'! - Part 7

Dearly Beloved,

I realize that one of the major challenges before The Church of Christ is to HALT EVERY OTHER RAT RACE INDUCED BY THE WORLD through the preaching of a True/Balanced Gospel. Then would we see the distinction between unbelievers/carnal believers (who primarily ‘seek things present’) and Christians (called to ‘seek things above’)

Heb. 11:8 ‘By Faith (i.e. Beginning of His Walk/Faith) Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance (i.e. End of His Walk/Faith), obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went’.

We can see that the Faith that the apostles came into was neither the initial kind of ‘Faith Towards God’ which was described as ‘Faith in The Lord Jesus’ to churches in Ephesus and Colosse (Eph. 1:15/Col. 1:4), but rather, Christ’s Own Kind Of Faith that would make a believer beat every scheme of the enemy hands down

2 Cor. 6:17-18 ‘Wherefore come out from among them and be ye separate saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you and will be a Father unto you and ye shall be my sons and daughters saith the Lord Almighty.
(This is a promise that would be delivered by the revelational Face Ministry of Christ and not the Ministry of His Hands where we can get miracles)

You may therefore agree with me that the Faith Father Abraham used to lay down Isaac on Mount Moriah was Faith according to Knowledge and not the initial Faith according to Believing which we he used to believe God for a child and to increase in silver and Gold! It was a type of God’s Faith at work in Him that made him Know Isaac would be raised from the dead by resurrection power!

Such faith so pleased God that he began a lineage in the Spirit through him, of those who would come into their spiritual inheritance, making you and I become Abraham’s seed meant to grow into ‘Trees of Righteousness’ and this can only take place when we change meals from The Milk to The Meat of God’s Word, from one kind of faith to another!

Like Joshua and Caleb, we must with a ‘different spirit/finishing faith’ press into our promised land which in the New Testament is a Spiritual/Eternal Inheritance in heavenly Places in Christ Jesus! Eph. 1:3

Bless You!

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The Authoring of an 'Unfinished Faith'! - Part 6

Dearly Beloved,

Our Lord Jesus faced a great challenge that preachers face today. He had an audience who weren’t growing in Wisdom (in The Spirit) as they grew in stature (in the natural - Lk. 2:52). Therefore remained shallow in spiritual understanding without the exception of the Lord’s disciples who could hardly interpret every inspired word Christ Spoke

It may therefore interest you to know that many of the exciting faith messages of Matthew, Mark, Luke & John where we easily relate with God’s Promises for The Natural Life has to do with The Beginning or Foundation of Faith!

The Lord started out by promoting an aspect of Faith (Faith Towards God) via Carnal Ministrations, i.e. via messages that men could carnally or physically relate with. He had to leave the aspect of unveiling Spiritual Ministrations (i.e. spiritual promise hidden in the Parables) to the apostles who later broke down his parables into counsels that would Build Us Unto The End of Faith (1Pet. 1:9)  

Jn. 3:12 ‘If I have told you Earthly Things (i.e. things that take place on earth including new birth), and ye believe not, how shall ye believe, if I tell you of Heavenly Things (i.e. things that take place in heavenly/spiritual places which we meant to fellowship with while on earth, things that glorious angels desire to know but can’t because its only given to man – 1Pet. 1:12/Heb. 2:6)?

Jn. 16:12 ‘I have yet MANY THINGS to say unto you, but ye cannot BEAR them now’ (i.e. things pertaining truth which must be unveiled by the Holy Spirit)

The kind of Faith that Christ was promoting in the synoptic gospels like in Matt. 11:29 was one which believers could relate with from spiritual Childhood unto Teenage years, but this certainly can’t take us into Adulthood (i.e. spiritual maturity/Sonship).

Young believers in the early years of the Christian faith are mainly faced with Mountains/natural Problems and there is a recipe of faith that empowers them to overcome such challenges. This recipe is a Faith is found in The Milk of God’s Word, an elementary or foundational aspect of the principles/doctrines of Christ, please see Heb. 6:1-2

Mark 11:23 ….that whosoever shall say unto This Mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.

So, with all the manifestation of gifts of the Spirit that made believers in the Corinthian Church prosper outwardly, the intelligence of sin still hold them captive, because sin was spiritual and it takes a transformed/spiritual soul to overcome it. They were therefore at the mercy of receiving a more spiritual meal which was a faith described as “THE FAITH OF THE SON”

This is why:

-         John’s testimony in 1Jn. 1:1 was that a saint who started initially with the Beginner Courses of Faith but was later weaned from it and built by the Faith of The Son to an extent that his soul could laid hold of very Thronic life resident in God which our recreated Human Spirit partook of at New Birth!

-     Apostles Paul had to prepare the Ephesian and Colossian churches for a deeper Faith through ministrations that reveal Christ after they cooperated with the necessary initial faith weaning process. This was the legal ground for Paul to pray to the Father to ‘Open The Eyes of Their Heart’ (Eph. 1:17-18)

The same God that has been christened ‘Jehovah Sharp Sharp/Jehovah Now Now’ in my generation is the same God that kept Father Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Zachariah, Hannah, Mary e.t.c. waiting for decades, all because He actually wanted to give them something beyond the natural, something beyond what the ‘average Christian’ would celebrate as ‘breakthrough’.

You may therefore agree with me that ‘There is a Faith that would Build or lead unto Perfection! When The Church is United in this Faith, believers would attain a spiritual stature that can ‘House The Father & The Son(Jn. 14:21/23) like we ‘Housed the Spirit(Jn. 14:16) when we got born again. Until then, there would be no clear distinction between what a believer and an unbeliever seeks!

If not You, WHO? If not Now, WHEN? If not Here, WHERE?

Bless You!

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The Authoring of an 'Unfinished Faith'! - Part 5

Dearly Beloved,
Once upon a time, a kind of Knowledge reigned in the days of saints like Job. By that Knowledge, they:
  1. Fetched deep words from afar and gave illustrations of the righteousness of his maker. (Job 36:3)
  2. Guarded jealously ‘The Redemption of their soul’ from the corruption faced by every generation. (Job 19:25)
  3. Appreciated in the volume of ‘the life of God’ resident in his Soul, like we saw in Job who prompted God to boast about him as A True Servant!
  4. Fought to reconcile the expectations of Heaven with that of the earth and attempted to close the spiritual gap between both.
  5. Wore-out Satan through their patience and longsuffering which therefore caused their Souls to attain a state like unto Gold
The book of Job was therefore an account of the initiation into SONSHIP/PRIESTHOOD and his was a high dimension of ‘Faith Towards God’ which Christ referred to when he said ‘would I find Faith on earth when I come’? Lk. 18:8
So, Christ was asking future generations of Christians to come if:
They would embrace the purpose of the New Testament which is meant to graduate Believers from being Children of God into becoming Sons of God Knowers’? 1 Jn. 3:2 
  1. They would seek their Spiritual Inheritance hidden in Ivory Palaces as described by David (Ps. 45:8) and by Apostle Paul as Heavenly Places in Christ Jesus (Eph. 1:3). Christ is he, whom we must seek While He May Be Found? Isa. 55:6/Heb. 12:17/Col. 3:2
  2. He would succeed in resurrecting a much more supernatural lifestyle like he did with Men of Like Passion’? Acts 14:15/Jam. 5:17
  3. They would open up to other higher aspects of Faith Meals packaged in the epistles for the ‘Salvation of The Soul’ or if they would despise this order of faith because of a secret Love For This Present World? 2 Tim 4:10
  4. They would be at ease and neglect ‘So Great A Salvation’ (Heb. 2:3) which every believer must sincerely lay down his life to experience or partake of. Jn. 13:37-38/1 Jn. 3:16
Scriptural references:

Lk. 18:8 “….. Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, SHALL HE FIND FAITH ON THE EARTH?
(i.e. Faith here is not Faith Towards God that opens the miraculous but rather, the actual Faith of God/The Son)
Job 23:10 ‘But he knows the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as Gold.”
Isa. 13:12 “I will make a man (i.e. soul) more precious than fine Gold; even a man than the golden wedge of Ophir.”
2 Tim. 1:12 “..For I KNOW (i.e. Faith according to Knowledge when the Eyes of the Heart has been Enlightened) whom I have believed (Faith according to Believing), and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him, i.e. keep/Save his Soul to the uttermost - Heb. 7:25
So, a large portion of Genesis to Revelation accounts for the broadcast of both Spiritual Life and Spiritual Death from the Souls of men as the Flow of Life from the Human Spirit had earlier ceased in Adam and was only restored in Christ Jesus at resurrection. While the likes of Saul, Esau and Demas experienced a great depreciation of God’s Life because of what they sought, believers like David kept appreciating in the degree of spiritual Life in their Souls! We can therefore see that the Soul of man is at the Mercy of Seeking God FOR GOD and not Seeking God FOR THINGS as has been the case in this generation of ours.
When we SEEK GOD FOR GOD, the Life of God journeys through our soul into our physical bodies and quicken it to the degree of life inherited by our Soul! The New Birth brought about the resurrection of our Human Spirit so it could function seamlessly with the Spirit of God in bringing to pass God’s Purpose for The Soul which should fulfill His mysterious will.

Rom 8:11 “But if (conditional) 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 dwell in you
(i.e. The Giving of Life to the Body via Resurrection Power is superior to Healing via Gifts of The Spirit)

Eph. 1:13-14 “…after that you believed, you were sealed with that Holy Spirit of promise, which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession i.e. the soul
(This is an unfulfilled promise relating to the Soul not the human spirit/body)
So the New Testament primarily has to do with The Deep Things of God which is not physical or carnal but spiritual/eternal and such things cannot be sought by the dimension of Faith we use to claim God’s promises regarding our natural life. Why? Because the Soul State of such a seeker CANNOT appreciate/discern Spiritual Things that are unseen, just like Esau who though a Hebrew, couldn’t discern the value of his birthright/eternal inheritance! As a hunter, he was used to satisfying his belly/carnal appetite while Isaac Identified With The Dimension of Faith That Could Esteem/Discern An Unseen Spiritual Inheritance.
1 Cor. 2:14 “But the natural man receives not The Things of The Spirit of God, for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are Spiritually Discerned
(Please note Paul was writing to believers and the natural man refers to the carnal/earthly mind of either a believer or an unbeliever)
The coming of A GLORIOUS CHURCH would therefore be the response of a generation of saints that would press and obtain the New Testament Spiritual Inheritance/Promises located in the glorified person called Christ Jesus!

With this understanding;
-   We would appreciate why Christ said ‘A man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.
-   We would then understand what the young rich ruler actually lost out in, despite his earthly influence!
-   We would also understand why Christ had to take the lowly/meek path described as ‘POVERTY as a gateway to making many RICH TOWARDS GOD. 2 cor. 6:10.
-   We would then comprehend that the use of the word ‘things’ in 1 Cor. 2:9 amongst others, are actually ‘the divine things of God’ which could only be accessed by the company called FEW who press towards The End of The Faith, The Salvation of Our Souls. 1 Pet. 1:9
May I therefore submit that it takes purely spiritual meals and experiences, which are becoming scarce today due to the increasing demand for Ministrations surrounding Things Present/Things That Perish With Its Use. Ministrations that reveal Christ are such that would mature us in ‘Better Things to Come’ that have to do with the End of Faith.
Heb. 6:9 ‘But, beloved, we are persuaded Better Things of You, and Things That Accompany Salvation, though we thus speak

Heb 5:10-11 ‘… Called of God a High Priest…of whom we have many THINGS to say, and hard to be uttered, seeing ye are dull of hearing.
(i.e. THINGS here were after the order of ‘The Faith of The Son’ and not after the initial ‘Faith Towards God’ which the Hebrew Church was accustomed to)

We must not repeat the history of Esau who despised an Unseen inheritance because of a ‘legitimate’ meal/Carnal Need and later sought it with tears to no avail! We all have what represents a Morsel Of Bread and it takes the life voltage of ‘The Faith of The Son’ to deal with it.
This faith is the thrust of the New Testament! Unbelievers enjoy a particular kind of rain/natural graces but there is a Rain of Righteousness that produces True Riches.
Matt. 5:45 “.For he makes His Sun to rise on the evil & on The Good, & sends Rain on The Just and on The Unjust

Bless You!

The Authoring of an Unfinished Faith! - Part 4

Dearly Beloved,

Once upon a time, Adam walked in a measure of Faith that made him mindless of his natural needs, including the need for a wife! By that Faith, Adam summarily governed all of God’s earthly creation but by the time Christ came, he met a generation that couldn’t comprehend the weightier matters of the Law like Judgment, Mercy and Faith so he had to christen that generation as a Faithless one! (Matt. 23:23/Mark 9:19)

Christ then prepared and left behind some Disciples-Made-Apostles with a Message of Faith and with the Holy Spirit who continued on the path of initially promoting The Milk of God’s Word where believers can trust God for what they could readily define as their needs. Unfortunately, undiscerning Christians still get stuck with the ‘Milky/Juicy Aspect of God’s Word’ like the Corinthian Church did! Even though they came behind in no spiritual gift (which is rear today), they still struggled with various works of the flesh (Gal. 5:19) and this was because Apostle Paul couldn’t disengage them from The Milk of the word. He couldn’t link them with The Meat of the word like he did unto the Ephesians/Colossians Churches after they had Added Love To Their Faith! The Corinthian Church therefore ignorantly rested with the carnal dimension of faith and couldn’t go unto maturity (Heb. 6:1-2), the same unfortunate scenario we have in the church today!

Scriptural References:

a)    1 Cor. 3:1-2 “And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal (earthly), even as unto babes in Christ. I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able.”

b)    Heb.5:12 ‘For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong Meat

c)    Heb. 6:1 Therefore LEAVING (i.e. the milk stated in Heb. 5:12/1Cor. 3:1-2) the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection (i.e. Maturity whereby God can speak of HIS WISDOM to us as unto Spiritual = 1Cor. 2:6); not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God

d)    1Cor. 2:6 Howbeit we SPEAK WISDOM among them that are PERFECT (i.e. matured): yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world, that come to nought

So, the Faith Walk that Apostle Paul referred to in the first chapter of the book of Ephesian and Colossian was a New Testament expression of what was previously promoted as Faith Towards God to the Jews or Hebrew Church but now called Faith in The Lord Jesus. Unfortunately, the brand of faith we have today is a diluted edition of this, a User-Friendly Problem-Focused Gospel that subconsciously tosses believers to and fro by winds of doctrine.

Eph. 1:15 “Wherefore I also, after I heard of your Faith In The Lord Jesus, and love unto all the saints,”

Col. 1:4 “Since we heard of your Faith In Christ Jesus, and of the love which ye have to all the saints…”

2 Thes.1:3-4 ‘...because Your Faith Grows Exceedingly, and the LOVE of every one of you all toward each other abounds; So that we ourselves glory in you in the churches of God for your Patience and Faith in all your persecutions and tribulations that ye ENDURE

So, the crucial direction which believers who are aiming at spiritual maturity should pray about was only revealed after the Churches had fulfilled the syllabus of FRUITFUL LOVE and a PRACTICAL PATIENCE which is the proof of a genuine trust in God! This is a biblical standard documented for all generations of believers who would journey beyond the Beginning of Faith! This is the secrets of The Fathers of Faith who raised spiritual ministries and sound/balanced believers because they prayerfully sought the face of the Lord and had the EYES OF THEIR HEART/UNDERSTANDING OPENED! (Eph. 1:17-18)

When believers/churches open up their hearts to this wisdom, the Lord would begin to grant access into His Truths/Secrets which he would then share with such Believers-Made-Disciples. The Lord would begin to open such people by His Spirit to dimensions of The Meat of The Word which would give birth to those whom Apostle John later called ‘Young Men’ – a state we must all earnestly desire!

Ultimately, a critical mass out of those described as ‘Young Men’ who would have Faithfully/Fully exercised themselves with The Meat of The Word would then partake in what Apostle Paul later called The Strong Meat of The Word and Apostle John described such as Fathers. Then would the Book of Revelation be fully opened and The Sons of God would arise and bring about prophetic fulfillments that would bring down The prince of The Power of The Air, i.e. Satan!

So, a graceful migration from a kind of walk where a believer handles the initial Sincere Milk of The Word to The Meat of The Word and finally unto the Strong Meat of the Word was what took biblical faithful and an Unknown company of Saints in every generations quite some decades while journeying from Faith (initial-faith) To Faith (finishing-faith)!

Rom 1:17 … For therein (in the Gospel/Secrets of Christ –Rom. 16:25) is the Righteousness of God revealed From Faith To Faith: as it is written, THE JUST SHALL LIVE BY FAITH.”


Bless You!

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