The following is another attempt to use the goggle of Faith to weigh and filter thoughts from various conversations under the sun, on another blessed day.
Looking Inward & Outward (with the goggle of Faith) – Part 53
1. Christ has a savor, a sweet smell that the Father has never resisted and likes to smell in virtually every of our conversation under the sun, especially from souls that are being tried, or in whom the world has been experiencing crucifixion. Nothing competes with this savor but things that keep us from trials or from cooperating with trials, even worldly arrangements within and without us that limit many from adventuring various truth in Christ. The epistles were given to make us all jealous about Christ, in different ways and manner, until, like Paul, we can glory in none other but His cross (Eph. 5:2, 2Cor. 2:14-16, Gal. 6:14).
2. When you can successfully compare yourself or a fellow believer with an unbeliever, by whatsoever definition of blessing or parameter of increase understood by this world, you have successfully used a light called darkness rather than a light found in Christ and called Christ. You have spiritually polluted the air around you and generated a service acceptable by mammon (2Cor. 10:12, Eph. 5:14).
3. No believer can be free from this world or its civilized idols, if he has a common walk with, or is unequally yoked with unbelievers or with unbelieving believers; with those remain shareholders of this world (2Cor. 6:14-16, 1Cor. 15:33, 1Thes. 1:9, Rev. 2:20e). The ways (unrighteousness) and thoughts (darkness) of a carnal soul, even of a soul that isn’t subject to the laws of God, are regulated by the world; and only by the gospel of Christ can this influence or grip be deregulated (Isa. 55:7-8).
4. The commonwealth of Israel is the wealth/inheritance of spiritual Israelites or of the people of God who are meant to actualize God’s offer of His life (eternal life), by bringing it into their flesh (1Tim. 6:12/3:16). What threatens and delays us from coming into the first allocation of this promise, even of the Son, are the idols of this world, or things we are lustfully alive to (1Jn. 2:15, 1Pet. 2:11). What limits or delays those who overcome the world and its lusts, from laying hold of their last inheritance, even the Father, is their homegrown love, like Isaac was to Abraham, or their God-given life that God commands they should lay down or worship Him with by not loving it until we are totally separated from it – unto God (Rev. 12:11).
5. We can’t come over the force of corruption and its lusts except we are dead to it and drawn by the power of resurrection. We start by believing/receiving Jesus as the Christ, by receiving an understanding that stops us from being alive to this world until we are born of God (Jn. 1:12, 1Jn. 5:1a/18a, Gal. 6:14). We should then proceed to keep believing/receiving the revelations of what fashioned Jesus into the Son of God, until we overcome the god of this world and become fully alive to God. This is where we become full-blown overcomers, having disinherited death and inherited incorruption (Jn. 5:21, 1 Cor. 15:53-54, 1Jn. 5:18b, 2Pet. 1:4).
6. In the first season when we are truly under the ministration of the New Testament or of the word of righteousness, when afflictions or tribulations are used to strike a chord in us, what should reverberate or sound out from us should be the word of the Lord or the prophecy called Christ (1Thes. 1:5-9). When that takes place in the last season before we pierce the last veil into the holiest of all, even into God, the sound that should proceed from us should be that of the word of God or the prophecy called God, because the Son and Father must have taken their rightful abode in us. (Jn. 14:21-23, Rev. 14:1).
7. The desire of the Lord has always been to bring believers under ministrations where the Spirit of the Lord presides, so saints can be made free from the captivity brought upon them by this world, and thereby empowered to seek the actual life in God – called God; even the life that would be in vogue in the ages to come (Lk. 4:18, 2Cor. 3:18, Eph. 2:7). The Lord Jesus is therefore using this present passing world to recruit those who would officiate in, and administer this new age with Him, a dispensation that presently resides in God. Such are the men who would first come into full age (Christ), and then journey unto perfection, even into God (Heb. 5:14-6:1, Rev. 21:23-26).
8. All believers, by virtue of their responses to the gospel of Christ, would either end up becoming glorious prisoners of Christ who have true riches or an inheritance that would endure beyond time, and have also become free from the bondage of corruption (death), or would continue as prisoners of this world with a corruptible kind of glory that attracts defilements of all kind; even one that causes the souls of men to quietly fade away (1Pet. 1:4).
9. The world has never authorized on earth, the use of God’s power by mortal men; or the use of the faith that Jesus authored and finished, because this faith is the life or empowerment that leads to eternal life, one that prepares men so they can ultimately lay hold of abundant life, even God (Rom. 2:7, Jn. 10:10e-f). So from the days of John the Baptist, the devil increased the pressure against the seeking of this life, and the Lord has to help those who subscribe to His Faith – to keep desiring more of it by placing them on successive dosages of trials and tribulations through which they can access more of His life, until they escape or overcome corruption (Matt. 11:12, Acts 14:22, 2Pet. 1:4).
10. The doctrine of Christ seeks to open up every believer to the Son and Father (2Jn. 1:9, Tit. 2:11-13). While doing this, it seeks to firstly strengthen us to discern and arrest thoughts that emanates from the world, or that makes us to disobey Christ or His constitution on Faith (Isa. 40:29a, 2Cor. 10:5c, Rom. 5:1-2). It subsequently seeks to – through increased strength (might) – enable us to overcome the imaginations or temptations that are designed against sons of faith, so they don’t respond to the demands of God’s love/commandment, and thereby be perfected (Isa. 40:29b, Col. 1:10c-11, 2Cor. 10:5a, Heb. 6:1a-b/5:8b).
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