You Cannot Use 2000 year-old Ignorance to Invalidate the Greater Light Today
2 Corinthians 11:3 But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. 4 For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him.
Colossians 1:26 Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints: 27 To whom God would make known what [is] the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:
I Corinthians 15:27 For he hath put all things under his feet. But when he saith all things are put under [him, it is] manifest that he is excepted, which did put all things under him. 28 And when all things shall be subdued unto him, then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him that put all things under him, that God may be all in all.
Confusing the Confused
John 13:7 If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him. 8 Philip saith unto him, Lord, shew us the Father, and it sufficeth us. 9 Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou [then], Shew us the Father? 10 Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works. 11 Believe me that I [am] in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works' sake.
John 17:21 That they all may be one; as thou, Father, [art] in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. 22 And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one:
John 8:19 Then said they unto him, Where is thy Father? Jesus answered, Ye neither know me, nor my Father: if ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also. 20 These words spake Jesus in the treasury, as he taught in the temple: and no man laid hands on him; for his hour was not yet come. 21 Then said Jesus again unto them, I go my way, and ye shall seek me, and shall die in your sins: whither I go, ye cannot come. 22 Then said the Jews, Will he kill himself? because he saith, Whither I go, ye cannot come. 23 And he said unto them, Ye are from beneath; I am from above: ye are of this world; I am not of this world. 24 I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am [he], ye shall die in your sins. 25 Then said they unto him, Who art thou? And Jesus saith unto them, Even [the same] that I said unto you from the beginning. 26 I have many things to say and to judge of you: but he that sent me is true; and I speak to the world those things which I have heard of him. 27 They understood not that he spake to them of the Father.
This kind of wording created great confusion among the disciples. They could not figure out "oneness". God was using Jesus as a "microphone". No one had seen or heard of a microphone and amplifier in that day. They could not get the right connection in mind. Sometimes God would speak directly in the first person through Jesus. Jesus did not begin these speeches as the prophets did when God gave them words in the first person. The prophets began their direct statements from God with, "Thus saith the Lord". There is no confusion here. One knew the prophet writing or speaking was a man on earth and his words were coming from the Father in Heaven. The distinction between the Father and the prophets was always clear. However, Jesus was being used as a microphone and the Father spoke directly to the people through his mouth. The disciples stayed confused and their words show it. We know today that there is a difference between a microphone and amplifier and the person speaking through it, who may be very far away. God could have made Jesus look like your computer speakers or your microphone on your desk. Had he done so, it would have terrorized the disciples. But they had no way of knowing anything about technology today that is common to our era. You know what a microphone and speaker box is, and you know the person speaking though it is not the microphone, and that person can be far away. The confused disciples had none of these advantages to help them understand what God and Jesus were doing. Therefore they thought the Son was the Father because he spoke of their "oneness". Today men continue the same confusion because of what the disciples wrote according to their perception in their day. Jesus, the Son, is just that, a special "son". He is not "different" in this relationship to God than you, or I, or any of God's daughters. Jesus had a special role to play and he came in the name of the Father. The Father did special works through Christ also. The disciples never did get it straight and they thought Jesus, the man, was the Father and they attributed the glory of the Father to Jesus. The confusion has never ended. Many Christians still think that way. There is a difference between Father and offspring. The Father created all things and He has no beginning and no end. Jesus is different. He was created. As a Son, he is a small piece of the Father, and the Father did all the works through him. Jesus did make a distinction between the Father and himself. When he said, "I am the son of God", the Jews tried to kill him for claiming sonship. Jesus did not create all things, nor can he possibly be all in all. These glories clearly belong to the Father only, not the Son, despite what confused disciples might have written.
Isaiah 42:8 I [am] the Lord: that [is] my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images.
God glorified Jesus by having him role-play for Him while on earth. We are not confused in the GOOD NEWS and we have the proper distinction between the Father and this special Son. We intend to set the record straight. Your Father is far greater than Jesus and when you recognize that you will know where to direct your praise!
John 17:25 O righteous Father, the world hath not known thee: but I have known thee, and these have known that thou hast sent me. 26 And I have declared unto them thy name, and will declare [it]: that the love wherewith thou hast loved me may be in them, and I in them.
John 5:17 But Jesus answered them, My Father worketh hitherto, and I work. 18 Therefore the Jews sought the more to kill him, because he not only had broken the sabbath, but said also that God was his Father, making himself equal with God. 19 Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise. 20 For the Father loveth the Son, and sheweth him all things that himself doeth: and he will shew him greater works than these, that ye may marvel.
Men want things with God to be 2+2 = 4, nice and simple. Peter, Paul and others wanted it that way too. Quoting them does not change the great complexity in the words and works of God. Jesus was himself a "living parable" representing many things. "Nothing is "simple" with God. The universe and the atom are extreme examples of the intriguing wisdom of God's pattern works. Peter and Paul did not know there was such a thing as an atom, which relates to Adam by the way! So much for their wisdom! A single atom is constructed like a miniature solar system. The earth's ecosystem is finely tuned so that variations in one system do affect another. Who could have predicted that decimation of the rain forests would increase global warming and El Nino and La Nina affects? Man has power to hurt the earth without a nuclear holocaust. The chlorophyll in green plants allows them to use sunlight to metabolize sugar into energy. These absorb CO2 and exude oxygen to keep balance in the environment. Nothing is "simple"! Everything with God has multiple layers of complexity. One thing ties in with another in a bonding relationship. We discover the depth of God's work by degrees! He distributes light "here a little and there a little" in generations apart, Isaiah 28:9-10. NASA sent men to the moon. Many systems and disciplines had to be inter-linked to accomplish this. Peter and Paul would have doubted that any of this could happen in their day. You cannot use the ignorance of men 2000 years ago to "combat" the wisdom of this day. God told us that knowledge would be increased "in the END", Daniel 12:4,10. You were also warned about eating 2 and 3 day-old manna (words given to men that are 2000 years old or more) because it breeds worms. How will you know which words are worms? God time-releases light! And the time to reveal everything was not 100 years ago, nor 2000 years ago. The time of the end, today, is the time when God is revealing everything. The words of writers of the past may be counter productive and gender darkness.
John 16:12 I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now.
Luke 9:45 But they understood not this saying, and it was hid from them, that they perceived it not: and they feared to ask him of that saying.
Acts 1:7 And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power.
The disciples were not "brilliant" men, who knew it all. Knowledge of many things was not given to them. You cannot research their writings for answers to many questions. They were chosen by God to witness the works and words of Jesus and to tell men about them. Jesus said many things that they could not understand. The truth is Jesus was not "simple", but he was a complex enigma. This yen for "simplicity" by men who "knew in part and prophesied in part and understood in part" (I Corinthians 13:8-12) is an example of "words that have become worms" over time. Every chicken loves to eat worms! Don't be "chicken"! Tell the truth anyway. "Babies" may not understand it. But God has prepared ready men out there, who want to step up higher, not backward! Simple things are for simple minds. Peter and Paul could have never been NASA employees. They wanted things simple. Let them explain "how" God actually is each human being on earth's surface and why God said, "He that receiveth you receiveth me"! Is it not because God is "ALL in ALL"? That is as simple as it gets! Paul alluded to a "time" variable as if God will be all in all after certain events occurred. That conclusion misses the point! The mere fact that God drew Jesus to Heaven and gave him "all power" shows that all things earthly are clearly "under his feet" and VICTORY for all humanity was achieved by his singular act! The ONENESS of God is not something to come! It is the ongoing reality of life and existence that has always been a constant! There will be a time in the future when all men finally will understand this clearly!
A Personal ID Concern
This is a "second touch" on the subject of "Christ in you", a further consideration.
Rev 3:20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.
KJV Sol 5:1 I am come into my garden, my sister, [my] spouse: I have gathered my myrrh with my spice; I have eaten my honeycomb with my honey; I have drunk my wine with my milk: eat, O friends; drink, yea, drink abundantly, O beloved. 2 I sleep, but my heart waketh: [it is] the voice of my beloved that knocketh, [saying], Open to me, my sister, my love, my dove, my undefiled: for my head is filled with dew, [and] my locks with the drops of the night 3 I have put off my coat; how shall I put it on? I have washed my feet; how shall I defile them? 4 My beloved put in his hand by the hole [of the door], and my bowels were moved for him. 5 I rose up to open to my beloved; and my hands dropped [with] myrrh, and my fingers [with] sweet smelling myrrh, upon the handles of the lock. 6 I opened to my beloved; but my beloved had withdrawn himself, [and] was gone: my soul failed when he spake: I sought him, but I could not find him; I called him, but he gave me no answer.
The church ("my love") and individual Christians are revealed to be reluctant and slow to answer when Jesus knocks on their hearts (minds). Jesus does not wait on slow-heads!
Micah 5:7 And the remnant of Jacob (redeemed spirits of men, "anointed" or "kristos") shall be in the midst of many people as a dew from the Lord, as the showers upon the grass, that tarrieth not for man, nor waiteth for the sons of men.
John 14:23 Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him. 24 He that loveth me not keepeth not my sayings: and the word which ye hear is not mine, but the Father's which sent me.
KJV John 15:1 I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. 2 Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every [branch] that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit. 3 Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you. 4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. 5 I am the vine, ye [are] the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. 6 If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast [them] into the fire, and they are burned.7 If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. 8 Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples. 9 As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love. 10 If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in his love.11 These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and [that] your joy might be full.
To proclaim to men summarily that Christ is in them is not correct. Only God is in any man both bad and good. Can you imagine faith in Jesus and his words abiding in the hearts of Chinese, Africans, Arabs, Hindus, Jews, Irish Catholics and their protestant counter-parts, and atheists and agnostics? That will never happen in this world, neither in this life! Christ is only in those who open the door (their minds) and believe and keep his words. That is the only way "Christ abides in you". It is prophesied that the churches will be reluctant and slow to receive the real truth (words) brought by Jesus. Therefore he has withdrawn from them. The "church" is the Christian world. Jesus is the Word of God! It is imperative for Christ to abide in you that his Words must be believed and retained in one's head. By "his words" Jesus means the parables, secrets, and mysteries that he reveals. Churches reject the illumination of the "prodigal son", because it defies their "hellfire for man doctrine" and counters their penchant and wish to punish "sinners". Some despise it because it challenges their theories about the "state of the dead". This is because they do not understand what "first resurrection" means. If you say, "I believe Christ's words", you cannot selectively choose which ones you will keep and throw out those that you do not like. You cannot take his legs and feet only and leave his head and body out, because his mouth talks about God's mercy to those dying as blatant sinners. All "elder sons" hate it and defy God and refuse to JOIN God in His celebration of those "sinners" He drew to Him when they died! The church and many Christians want PUNISHMENT and judgment for them and not a big PARTY!
It is therefore a mistake to tell any and all that Christ is in them. The problem with most saints and Christians is "the Dragon" is in them pretending to be Christ, 2 Corinthians 11:13-15; 2 Thessalonians 2:1-3; Revelation 13:4-7.
So Christ IS NOT in all and cannot be in all unless his Words abide in all! All will not and do not accept or believe Jesus' Words. Some accept selective Words, while rejecting or not mentioning other words they do not like. Those who deny and "limit" some of his Words will be denied before the Father and the holy angels, Psalm 78:41; Luke 12:9. Some who come knocking at the "Door" after it is closed will be told, "I know not from whence ye are"! Luke 13:25-27.
KJV John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.
John 14:23 Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him
John 15:5 He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. 6 If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; .7 If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, 10 If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love.
How many mammon loving "hireling" preachers, who say, "Lord! Lord" and cannot keep Matthew 10:8-10, do you suppose have "Christ in them"? How many BUYERS of doctrines and sellers of religious mementos and collectors of "tithes and offerings" have "Christ in them"? Luke 16:10-13; John 2:13-15.
Jesus threw such men out of the temple! Only those who keep Jesus' commandments faithfully and have ALL his Words in their hearts have "Christ in them". This cannot happen and will not happen to ALL in this life! Let us not be naïve babes, but let us be wise men in understanding. Beware of whose words you tout and crow about. Re-examine the relative "value" of them. Some words may not be as great as you first think! All things that glitter are not gold even though it is written in the Bible. Some words are wood, diamonds, straw and worms. What you choose determines the worth of your treasure! What you think is gold may not shine upon closer inspection. I am writing this not to offend, but to spit on the eyes of my friends!
Exodus 16:19 And Moses said, Let no man leave of it till the morning. 20 Notwithstanding they hearkened not unto Moses; but some of them left of it until the morning, and it bred worms, and stank: and Moses was wroth with them. 21 And they gathered it every morning, every man according to his eating: and when the sun waxed hot, it melted.
Old manna is all the words that God gave men throughout time. These words are 2000 years old or more. I am writing about all the words that have become the 66 books of Bible, the Apocrypha, and other Biblical writings you may not be familiar with. All of it is 2-3 days old or 2000-3000 years old. A spiritual day is 1000 earthly years. All of you are familiar with what happens to old flour or cornmeal or grain based food such as macaroni when it is in the cabinet too long. Grub worms or meal worms appear. (To preserve it, it is better to refrigerate it!) What does the cook do with it? He or she throws it away! All humanity has a major problem. Wormy manna is all we have as a legacy from God. We have no choice but to gather from it. Do you push a doctrine of Biblical inerrancy? If you do, you have consumed many worms with foul odors. All birds of a feather eat the worms and they are sure that "God has given them meat" from heaven to go with their bread! A very few of us are "men" and not birds, Psalm 49:20. We loathe to eat worms and we carefully choose which words to eat and which words to avoid. For example, "hellfire and brimstone for man" pushers have picked scripture-worms that appear to damn men, but it stinks in God's nose! Churches have scriptures that define worship protocol as red-tape and string attachments to create doctrinal conditions for salvation. If you do not meet these requirements, "You cannot be saved"! They are caterpillars!
Joel 1:2 Hear this, ye old men, and give ear, all ye inhabitants of the land. Hath this been in your days, or even in the days of your fathers? 3 Tell ye your children of it, and [let] your children [tell] their children, and their children another generation. 4 That which the palmerworm hath left hath the locust eaten; and that which the locust hath left hath the cankerworm eaten; and that which the cankerworm hath left hath the caterpiller eaten.
Jacob was called a "worm", and men may be likened unto worms for good reason, Psalm 22:6; Isaiah 41:14. It is because they love eating "old manna"!
The Bible and other authentic works of God have inherent "seals". Only Jesus and angels from Heaven can open seals on the Book and read it. Many people think the Bible contradicts itself. God's Word is not in conflict. There are too many arrogant "would be" teachers, who are blind and spread their errors. Too many people swallow those errors and then poison others.
Isaiah 29:10 For the Lord hath poured out upon you the spirit of deep sleep, and hath closed your eyes: the prophets and your rulers, the seers hath he covered. 11 And the vision of all is become unto you as the words of a book that is sealed, which [men] deliver to one that is learned, saying, Read this, I pray thee: and he saith, I cannot; for it [is] sealed: 12 And the book is delivered to him that is not learned, saying, Read this, I pray thee: and he saith, I am not learned. 13 Wherefore the Lord said, Forasmuch as this people draw near [me] with their mouth, and with their lips do honour me, but have removed their heart far from me, and their fear toward me is taught by the precept of men: 14 Therefore, behold,I will proceed to do a marvellous work among this people, [even] a marvellous work and a wonder: for the wisdom of their wise [men] shall perish, and the understanding of their prudent [men] shall be hid.
KJV Revelation 5:1 And I saw in the right hand of him that sat on the throne a book written within and on the backside, sealed with seven seals. 2 And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, Who is worthy to open the book, and to loose the seals thereof? 3And no man in heaven, nor in earth, neither under the earth, was able to open the book, neither to look thereon. 4 And I wept much, because no man was found worthy to open and to read the book, neither to look thereon. 5 And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof.
Because this is true for almost all men, you expect the opinions and interpretations of men to be like that of the three blind men who felt an elephant and tried to describe the animal. One grabbed the tail and said, "An elephant is like a rope"! Another grabbed the trunk and said, "An elephant is like a snake" as the trunk curled around his arm. The third grabbed it by a leg and said, "You guys are both wrong! An elephant is like a tree"! Which of the three blind men was right? This is the way it is with the denominations and the doctrines and interpretations of men. Think about how the above two texts do include you and why you need to humble your positive "certainty" so you can learn the real truth!
All that is formerly written, is also "old manna" carrying plenty of worms. NO MAN, no matter how arrogant and presumptuous he is, can read the Bible for himself and learn the real truth. "You may study to show yourself approved unto God" as Paul advised all you want, but you still will not budge the seals nor be able to read the Book. For sure you will have fuzzy, crawling "meat" on your plate! Only the Father can lead a man through this "mine field" called the Bible, and He selects His own students personally, Psalm 50:16-21, 75:4-7. You cannot "make yourself " into a God-chosen student and teach yourself the truth. But our generation has no choice. Men have a very complex problem that they must face. We have to deal with the Word, seals, stink, worms and all! Add to that the devils on our own bodies, who form our personal crown of thorns, Matthew 12:43-45. These bastards are very happy to be fake Gods, false Christs, and imitation Holy Ghosts to mislead the minds of men, II Thessalonians 2:1-3. Is there any wonder why there is so much doctrinal conflict and divisions among the churches? Revelation 13:4-7. All of them gather 2 and 3 day-old manna from the Book! Their breath stinks!
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