I feel humbled knowing I have been the first student of each of these articles. I perceive that is the one of the uniqueness of inspirations that has to do with the Faith of The Son of God! You never ‘qualify’ to teach it or study your way into it. You simply come under the mercy of the New Testament to be instructed in it, comprehend it in measures and then share it as inspired. I earnestly hope we would find great mercy before the Lord to fellowship with many other wells of salvation that would further open us to what really is The Gospel of Christ and how only a Faith to Faith Walk can lay hold of The Hope kept in The Gospel. (Gal. 2:20/Rom. 1:16-17/1 Tim. 6:12/2 Tim. 4:7/Heb. 6:18)
May I reiterate again with all sincerity that what has been preeminently embraced as the gospel today (i.e. what bothers positively on our natural life or what can be seen with the physical eyes) is actually only an introduction/auxiliary to The Gospel! Through this, we have seen The Early Rain (Introduction to Righteousness) but the Lord is saying to His Church ‘You must thirst and prepare for The Latter Rain’ i.e. we must come under Ministrations of Righteousness which would ultimately bring The Rain of Righteousness or The Power of God kept in the nucleus of The Gospel. 2 Cor. 3:8-9
James 5:7 Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive The Early and Latter Rain.
Summarily put, The Early Rain is the ministration under the name which angel Gabriel declared unto Mary (i.e. Jesus/Emmanuel) which had a measure of glory and entertained many gracious earthly exploits and was fulfilled/expired on the cross while The Latter Rain is the Ministration of The Word of Righteousness or The Ministration of A More Excellent Name (2 Cor. 3:9/Heb. 5:13/Heb. 1:4) which the Son obtained only after obeying the Father to the uttermost/after resurrection, prophesied about by Prophet Jeremiah
Jer. 33:15 In those days, and at that time, will I cause the Branch of Righteousness to grow up unto David; and he shall execute judgment and righteousness in the land, Judah be saved, and Jerusalem shall dwell safely: and this is the name wherewith she shall be called, The LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.
The Glorious Church is at the mercy of ministrations/spiritual blessings/declaration of this more excellent name, THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS. This is where The Lord as heir of all things can share his eternal riches with those who OBEY HIM (not with those who BELIEVE HIM) i.e. where Christians can inherit God/partake of divinity in the days of his flesh! (Heb. 1:2/Heb. 5:9/Mark 9:39)
Jn. 3:12 If I have told you earthly things (things which takes place on earth e.g. New Birth, Healings, ‘Prosperity’ etc), and ye believe not, how shall ye believe, if I tell you of heavenly things (i.e. things which he couldn’t declare and had to later commit to His Apostles to communicate to the Church – i.e. The Latter Rain)
Mark 16:17 And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name (his initial name) shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues… (The Church today is yet to operate this aspect of his name/authority like the early church did in the book of Acts under the Early Rain all because of a lack of SIMPLICITY & GODLY INSINCERITY)
2 Cor 1:12 For our rejoicing is this, the testimony of our conscience, that in simplicity and godly sincerity, not with fleshly wisdom, but by the grace of God, we have had our conversation in the world, and more abundantly to you-ward.
So, what we have branded, packaged and exalted as OUR NEEDS is a surprise to the cloud of witness in heaven because it is now the source of direction for messages today and this is at the expense of the wisdom which made Moses seek/see the invincible and thereby lived above it (The World)! The inspiration of Heb. 11:27 is that ‘when we don’t clearly see things that are higher than the glories of the world, divine things higher than OUR NEEDS, we would keep living below the wisdom of this world (Vanity) and we would keep loving The World unknowingly!
So there are ministrations in the bible (The Milk of The Word) that can’t deal with what made man carnal/earthly but would enable you Believe in The Son and this is God’s wisdom to reach (catch) many who have been weakened by The Course of The World. Such are ministrations like miracles which reach the OUTWARD MAN - you can see with the physical eyes so it’s a Carnal Ministration. IT IS FROM GOD BUT DOESN’T HAVE THE CAPACITY TO OVERCOME THE WORLD! There are also ministrations that reach out to the INWARD MAN (THE SOUL) which can’t be seen with the physical eyes and such is classified in the epistles as Spiritual Ministrations. IT IS OF GOD/IT IS BORN OF GOD AND HAS THE CAPACITY TO DISCERN/OVERCOME THE WORLD! Such meals are higher in operation that the former and it can enable us complete the unfinished syllabus of Adam which was to eat the Tree of Life/complete the syllabus of The Faith of The Son of God wherein we can attain perfection. Such meals carry The Wisdom of Christ that can unmask the operations/wiles of Satan and how he designed corruption/lusts in such a way that one won’t mentally accent/perceive it but yet possess it for decades unknowingly! No wonder it took a saint in the stature of Moses to slow down the reign of corruption and it took a priestly stature of Christ to annihilate it! (Rom. 5:14/2 Pet. 1:4)
2 Tim. 1:10 …Jesus Christ, who hath abolished death (the end product of the reign of corruption), and hath brought life and immortality to light through The Gospel (i.e. The Rain of Righteousness/Latter Rain)
1 Jn. 5:4 For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even Our Faith. (i.e. not all faith meals can discern/overcome the world)
I feel pained knowing that years are rolling into decades and SEEKING THINGS still supersedes SEEKING THE RIGHTEOUSNESS HIDDEN IN THE GOSPEL! No wonder we have not come into a definition of FELLOWSHIP in 1 Jn. 1:3! I would therefore submit that one of the greatest tasks of a true minister of the New Testament is to confront/preach out the Fellowship of The World buried in the souls of believers because this is the only way such can walk against the course of This world! All manner of pursuits in Church today are traceable to the crafts/wiles of Satan. It has informed many fasting and prayers and it has made many to unconsciously use their entire lives solving problems and priding in the results they get from such! Satan has engaged many on the race of seeking what was neither lost nor their inheritance in God. Men now race to gain what God didn’t empower man to keep at the expense of loosing what really belongs to them and pay no attention to the development of the transformed state that we need to reign with Christ in the ages to come! I’m talking of an arrangement that made even Apostle John to marvel when he saw the beauty of The World (Babylon) after journeying from a geographical Patmos into the throne. No wonder it was called Mystery Babylon i.e. it takes the secrets/hidden wisdom of the Lord to discern it. For John the Divine, it took an encounter with the throne! For us today, it would start by Extensively Seeking The Mercy of God Unto Eternal Life. Jude 1:21
I feel encouraged to realize that the lord has actually expired the imprint of The Wisdom/The Course of The World in the lives of the likes of the Apostles who could die to the love of their lives, the love which when present enables Satan to captivate even a heavily ‘anointed minister’! We have claimed it for years but the apostles inherited it by Walk From Faith to Faith until every carnal constitution was swallowed up by the life of Christ. They had so much life that the Lord had to reveal to some of them before they put off their earth suit/their body (2 Pet. 1:14). Today, almost every obituary reads ‘call to Glory’ even though heaven is yet to receive a single believer into a Glory Realm once such despised the precept upon precept journeying with what the apostles handed down as Commandments To obey The Faith of the New Testament.
Now unto him that is of power to establish you according to Apostle Paul’s Gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery (God relocating from the throne to dwell in man through Christ – Col. 1:26), which was kept secret since the world began, which has been made manifest, and by the scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, is being made known to all nations for the obedience of Faith.
(Rom. 16:25-26 paraphrased)