For who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so the thoughts of God no one knows except the Spirit of God.
1 Corinthians 2:11
As Peter wrote, we have become partakers of God’s divine nature through His precious and magnificent promises (2 Peter 1:4). Now, we are His children, and as His children, we have the right to become ‘like God’, in the degree that He makes available.
Paul makes it clear that we are growing. We do not begin in perfect faith, but we grow in faith, and mature, both individually and corporately, until we reach maturity. This implies change, and this implies growth. It is enough to be like Him.
[U]ntil we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man, to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fullness of Christ.
For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures,
1 Corinthians 15:3 NASB
Now, we have seen, Christ came to satisfy the righteous requirement of the law for us, and, in completely fulfilling it in His own flesh, we, in our belief in His work, are baptized into His work, His death, burial, and resurrection.
There is, however, a working out of the process of our faith. As Paul called those who were new to the faith “babes”, and “carnal” (1 Corinthians 3:1), he also wrote to the Galatians, who were yet learning, of how he was in great labor of prayer until Christ was formed within them.
He told them still another parable: The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed into a large amount of flour until it worked all through the dough.
It is no large observation to note that people do not usually fully understand all aspects of the Kingdom immediately at the time of salvation. That which is planted grows, flourishes and multiplies, until greater and greater light is revealed within. For, surely, the path of the righteous is like the growing dawn, it grows brighter and brighter until the full light of day (Proverbs 4:18). So, the Spirit comes to reveal to us all truth, to be our counselor, and to help us.
Salvation is not an agreement with a doctrinal statement, but it is an introduction to a person, Jesus Christ. It is meeting Him, and realizing that there is no other name under heaven whereby men might be saved, and that living with faith in this man, belief in who He is, is the doorway to Eternal Life.
Categories: Kingdom, Revolution, Teaching Babes, Babes in Christ, Believer, Convert, Door, Eternal Life, Everything, Faith, Glory, Gospel, Jesus, Jesus Christ, Kingdom, Light, Name, New Believer, Salvation, Truth, Victory, Wisdom
A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit.
That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit (John 3:6). The physical body and the physical soul are not evil creations. In the beginning, God created them, and He called them good (Genesis 1:31). Yet, fallen man is completely incapable of pleasing God on his own (Romans 3:11). It takes Faith to please God (Hebrews 11:6), and this is given (Romans 12:3).
The life of the Christian is marked by ‘baptisms’ (plural, see Hebrews 6:1). We are baptized (immersion, you go down into it) into Christ, and we are baptized (immersion, you come underneath it) into the Holy Spirit. This was depicted in the wilderness by the Israelites being baptized into the Red sea (water baptism) and the cloud (the Holy Spirit) (1 Corinthians 10:2).
Categories: General, Kingdom Faith, Finished Works of the Cross, Hypocrisy, Iniquity, Jesus, John the Baptist, Kingdom, Law, Lawlessness, Legalism, Paul, Repentance, Tree of Life, Yeast
In his last days old Dr. Bressee [the founder of the Nazarene church] would preach from church to church one message: “Keep the glory down.” Why? He knew that if they ever lost it they were finished.
–R T Kendall, The Anointing
Probably every genuine move of God was birthed in something special. In every move, there was something Beyond the text of the written Word, Beyond the meetings, Beyond the men, that made a difference.
If we understood that the Gospel is more than words on a page, that it is more than a natural man can understand (John 3:3-5), that it is the unseen, spiritual realm that makes a difference (Colossians 1:16), we would be much closer to the glorious overcoming church of Ephesians 4:13.
Categories: Church of the Beyond, Favorites, Kingdom, Teaching Anointing, Beyond, Dr. Breese, Emmanuel, Glory, God With Us, Grace, Intimacy, Jesus, Kendall, Kingdom, Nazarene, Transparency, Worship
For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.
In waves of revival, manifestations come and go. Many opinions are formed, shared, and contested with. But, one thing remains, and that is the Eternal Kingdom of God, the mystery of the Holy Spirit, Christ within, “God With Us”, Emmanuel.
That which we see is not always what it is, and that which we cannot see often goes unnoticed, undiscerned, and hence, under addressed.
Then he told them many things in parables, saying: “A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants. Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop—a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.
Proverbs 4:23 says to keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it are the issuings of life. Jesus, when confronting Peter after His resurrection, after that Peter had denied Him, asked Him three times, “Do you love me?” (John 21:15-17). Three times, He asked Peter if he loved Him the way He himself loved Peter, unconditional, undemanding love.
Categories: Kingdom Christ, Eyes, Eyes of the Lord, Gospel, Heart, Honor, Jesus, Kingdom, Peter, Trust, vessel
[A]s He is, so also are we in this world.
1 John 4:17 (portion)
The Kingdom is like yeast that fills a whole lump. The Kingdom is like a seed, which grows to an entire tree.
No where in scripture is the Kingdom ever depicted as incomplete, nor as coming in multiple installments or dispensations. In fact, from the parables of Jesus, the entirety of the Kingdom is completely contained in its inception, just as with a seed, or with a bit of yeast.