Vital Words to the Body of Christ
Freely We Have Received, Freely We Give
When the Lord spoke through the pen of Isaiah by the anointing that God hath made bare His holy arm, Isaiah revealed to all who have Spiritual eyes God's strength, power, and authority. He is revealing His strength through His anointed Word. God's strength is His power of change in our lives. It is only by and through the anointing that God's truth, power, and authority are released. Only the anointing can bring the needed change and under-standing that we may grow up into the headship of Christ. The beloved John revealed:
"But the anointing which ye have received of Him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in Him." I John 2:27
We can only abide in Christ as He is revealed through His Word by the anointing upon His Word. If we hinder the anointing on His Word by religious doctrines and man-made beliefs and understandings, then we cannot abide in Him because we are hindered by carnal understanding of God's Spiritual revelation.
Jesus spoke two revelations of Himself that have generally been overlooked by the church. The first is revealed in John:
"It is the Spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are Spirit, and they are life." John 6:63
The second is revealed in Luke:
"For I say unto you, that this that is written must yet be accomplished in Me, And He was reckoned among the transgressors: for the things concerning Me have an end." Luke 22:37
By these two Scriptures we know that we must come to a Spiritual understanding of the Words of Jesus. Spiritual understanding will reveal the mysteries of the whole Word of God. Secondly, we must allow the things concerning Jesus' fleshly existence to come to an end. We must begin to recognize Jesus for who He is now. We must heed the words of Paul:
"Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh: yea, though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we Him no more." II Corinthians 5:16
We are to know no man after the flesh, especially Christ. We are not to know Him after the flesh, we are to know Him after the Spirit. Jesus' words were:
"I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest Me to do." John 17:4
Jesus finished the work the Father had given Him to do in the flesh. His earthly existence has to come to an end so that the work He began in the flesh, may be made complete in the Spirit. When Jesus hung on the cross He proclaimed, "It is finished." His work in the flesh was complete. But through pictures, statues, men's minds, and religious teachings, a god has been made out of Jesus' flesh. As Paul proclaimed, "They worship the creature more than the Creator," Romans 1:25. Man worships that which was made flesh more than the Creating God which created the flesh. We are to no longer know Christ after the flesh, but we are to know Him after the Spirit. In order for us to come to this understanding, we must consider God's Word Spiritually if God is going to bare His holy arm unto us.
The whole world would appear to know the man called Jesus Christ. First we must recognize that Jesus was not born Jesus Christ. The angel spoke to Mary:
"And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call His name JESUS: for He shall save His people from their sins." Matthew 1:21
Jesus' name means "Saviour". Jesus did not become the Christ until the anointing came upon Him on the banks of the Jordan River. It was then that His Father spoke, "This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased," Matthew 3:17. Christ was not a part of Jesus' name. He became the Christ because of the anointing. The word "Christ" means "anointing, anointed, the anointed one, or anointed ones". Jesus was the Christ for three and one-half years during His earthly ministry.
The Father spoke, "This is my Beloved Son in whom I am well- pleased". By this we know the voice that spoke was the one who fathered Jesus. It is easy to say the voice that spoke was the voice of the Father, but who was the Father? Jesus stated:
"These things have I spoken unto you in proverbs: but the time cometh, when I shall no more speak unto you in proverbs, but I shall shew you plainly of the Father." John 16:25
Luke also recorded Jesus' words:
"All things are delivered to Me of My Father: and no man knoweth who the Son is, but the Father; and who the Father is, but the Son, and he to whom the Son will reveal Him." Luke 10:22
Only the Father can reveal the Son to us. And only the Son can reveal the Father to us. Jesus spoke through the Beloved John, "No one knows who the Son is but the Father". When Peter proclaimed, "Thou art the Christ the Son of the living God", Jesus reply was, "Flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven," Matthew 16:16,17.
Jesus promised to show us plainly of the Father. Jesus revealed the Father through His inspired Word. In the natural, the one who conceives the seed in the womb is the Father. It is very clear in the Scriptures who fathered the seed in Mary. The angel Gabriel spoke to Mary:
"The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God." Luke 1:35
It was the Holy Ghost, the power of the Highest, that came upon Mary and fathered Jesus in the womb. Matthew states: "...in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established." Matthew 18:16. When Joseph pondered in his mind about putting Mary away because he thought her to be unfaithful, the angel Gabriel appeared unto him to confirm the word that he spoke to Mary:
"But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost." Matthew 1:20
God has revealed through His Word that the Father is the Holy Ghost or the Holy Spirit. When Jesus prayed to the Father, He prayed to the anointing that came upon Him on the banks of the Jordan. It was on the banks of the Jordan that Jesus became the Christ, the anointed of the Father. John made this plain in his first letter:
"And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world." I John 4:14
The Father sent His Son to be the Saviour of the world. This was the reason for Jesus' coming. He was to provide a way for all mankind to enter again into the presence of God. The Father sent His Son to provide a way for man to be forgiven his sin. This is the work Jesus finished on the cross. As we search the Scriptures for truth, the Apostle Paul reveals that God's house will consist of those who...
". . .are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief corner stone;" Ephesians 2:20
Jesus Christ is the chief cornerstone in the foundation that God has laid in the earth. The prophet Isaiah prophesied of this:
"Therefore thus saith the Lord God, Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation: he that believeth shall not make haste." Isaiah 28:16
Jesus is the chief cornerstone in the house that God is building, but the foundation is not the whole house. It is only the supporting factor of the building. If our foundation is not firm and sure our house cannot stand. Jesus gave reference to the man who built his house on the rock, and the man who built his house upon the sand. Those who build their house on sand are those who build their house on the fleshly, carnal application of the Word. Those who build their house on the rock have dug down in the Word to make their foundation sure.
The foundation of God's house is the Word: The Apostles (New Testament), The Prophets (Old Testament) and Jesus Christ, the chief cornerstone. All things in our life must line up with the Word of God and the example that Jesus left us to follow. The Apostle Paul assured us:
"For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ." I Corinthians 3:11
If man lays any other foundation than that of Jesus Christ, the Rock, then His house will fall. But, as stated before, the foundation is not the whole house. Paul informed us:
"But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into Him in all things, which is the head, even Christ: Ephesians 4:15
We are to grow up into the head, Christ. God's Word speaks of the cornerstone. It also speaks of the Headstone. The Headstone is Christ. The Psalmist wrote:
"The stone which the builders refused is become the head stone of the corner." Psalms 118:22
The stone the builders rejected is the Headstone. And the Headstone became the head of the corner. All the corners of His building come together in the Headstone. The only architectural structure where all the corners come together in one stone is the pyramid. The headstone on the pyramid is the exact image of the whole pyramid. Christ is the exact image of the house that He is bringing forth in the earth. The house that God is building in the earth will not be complete until the headship of Christ is set in place. [see "Pyramid, the Symbol of the Body of Christ" by G. Kirkpatrick]
Psalm 118:22 is quoted or referred to fives times in the New Testament. Matthew recorded Jesus' words:
"Did ye never read in the Scriptures, The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner: this is the Lord's doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes?" Matthew 21:42
The bringing forth of the Headstone will be the Lord's doing, and it will be marvellous in our eyes. What will be marvellous in our eyes? It is the marvellous revelation of God's Word that we may know and understand God's eternal plan and purpose for His people.
When Peter was taken before the High Priest, the rulers, the scribes, and the elders to be tried for the healing of the impotent man, he also used the Scripture in Psalm 118:22
"This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner." Acts 4:11
Peter stated, "...You builders...". Peter used this Scripture that we may recognize who the builders are that the Psalmist referred to. The builders are the religious systems in the world today who do not have the Headstone, Christ, the Father, the Holy Spirit. The Father has not been revealed to them. These go their own religious way continuing to reject the Headstone.
Psalm 118:22 is one of the more quoted Scriptures from the Old Testament. Mark, Luke and Peter also quoted this passage. When we come to the knowledge of the truth and recognize that Jesus' coming was for a time and purpose, then we need to search out God's revealed truth to understand the whole picture that God has painted in His Word.
Jesus spoke, "The things of Me have an end". We need to ask, "Was Jesus' death on the cross the end that Jesus spoke of to His disciples?" His crucifixion brought an end to His fleshly existence. His fleshly existence came to an end, but it was certainly not the end of the existence of the Word made flesh. Jesus revealed a great mystery to His disciples at the Last Supper just before His death:
"And I will pray the Father, and He shall give you another Comforter, that He may abide with you forever;" John 14:16
Jesus was our first Comforter. He is the Comforter for the whole world who are still in their sin. But Jesus spoke of another Comforter, or the second Comforter. This second Comforter will abide with us forever. Jesus, the first Comforter was temporal. The second Comforter is eternal. Jesus continued:
"Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know Him; for He dwelleth with you, and shall be in you." John 14:17
The second Comforter is the Spirit of Truth. The world, those who have not received the first Comforter, cannot see Him, nor can they know Him.
Then Jesus made a marvellous revelation about this second Comforter. Jesus told His disciples, "Ye know Him". How could they have known the second Comforter? Jesus informed His disciples, "For He dwelleth with you". Who was dwelling with them? The anointing that had come upon Jesus was dwelling with them. Jesus stated:
"If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know Him, and have seen Him." John 14:7
Jesus told His disciples, "You have known the Father and have seen the Father.
"Philip saith unto Him, Lord, show us the Father, and it sufficeth us. 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, Show us the Father?" 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." John 14:8-10
When Jesus' disciples saw Jesus, heard His words and saw His works, then they saw the operation of the Father, (the Holy Spirit, the Christ Anointing) in Jesus' life. Jesus had become one with The Anointing.
This revelation in Jesus' life brought Him into perils many times. The Jews wanted to stone Him when He proclaimed, "I and my Father are one," John 10:30. In the beginning of John's writings, he spoke about the Word:
"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word was God." John 1:1
"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was God. All things were made by the Word and without Him was not anything made, John 1:3. The Word was life and the Word was the light of men" John 1:4
Then John reveals that the Word was made flesh and dwelt among men.
The Word (Jesus) was clothed in flesh, but it did not change what He was in the beginning. The Word was God. Jesus was the Word made flesh. While the Word dwelt in the flesh, Jesus had to deal with the flesh the same as any other person who was born of woman. He was tempted in all points as we are in the flesh, yet He sinned not, Hebrews 4:15.
Jesus overcame the flesh. Jesus informed His disciples that they knew the second Comforter, and He was dwelling with them. Jesus continued , "And He shall be in you..." This was not the end of the revelation that Jesus had for His disciples. He continued:
"I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you". John 14:18
Jesus spoke, "I". It is first person, present tense. Jesus promised that He would not leave them comfortless. He spoke, "I will come to you". It was Jesus who was coming as the second Comforter. This passage of Scripture reveals to all the three appearances of the Spirit in our life:
He will be with us He will be in us He will come to us
Jesus promised He would come to us. This was accomplished on the Day of Pentecost. Luke recorded this promise that Jesus made to His disciples:
"And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high." Luke 24:49
Jesus said that He would send the promise of His Father upon them. This did not signify a promise the Father would send; but, the promise was the Father or the Anointing. The "Power From on High" would come upon them.
The disciples were instructed to tarry in Jerusalem (the true place of worship) until this event took place. And the disciples did tarry in the upper room until the Anointing came. When it came, it came as a rushing, mighty wind. It appeared unto them as cloven tongues of fire and sat upon each of them. They were filled with the Holy Ghost and began to speak in tongues, Acts 2:2-4.
Jesus had kept His Word. He came as the Spirit of Truth, the second Comforter, the Father Anointing, the Christ, the Holy Spirit of God. When Peter addressed those who had gathered in Jerusalem, he confirmed that Jesus came as the Anointing. Peter made this proclamation:
"Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ." Acts 2:36
The phrase hath made means this was something God had accomplished in Jesus after His resurrection. Peter, who was given the keys to the kingdom, proclaimed that, "God hath made Jesus (the resurrected, glorified Jesus) both Lord and Christ.
The word used for Lord is KURIOS which means "supreme in authority; the sovereign prince, chief". The word Christ means "anointed, anointing, anointed one, or the anointed ones". There are three uses of the word Christ in the New Testament. It is used as The Anointed One when referring to Jesus Christ. Jesus informed His disciples:
"Then charged He His disciples that they should tell no man that He was Jesus the Christ." Matthew 16:20
Jesus proclaimed Himself to be Jesus, The Anointed One.
The second use of the word Christ is The Anointing. This was used when Peter proclaimed, "That same Jesus whom ye have crucified hath become both Lord and Christ. After Jesus' resurrection, Jesus became not only supreme in authority, our sovereign Prince and Chief, He also came on the Day of Pentecost as The Anointing, the Power from on High, Christ, the Holy Spirit of Truth, the second Comforter. He became the promise of the Father. After Jesus resurrection, He proclaimed:
"All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth." Matthew 28:18
"All power..." The word all is the Greek word PAS and means "all inclusive, nothing taken away and nothing added". It is the sum total of everything. All power was given to Jesus in heaven and in earth. Heaven is the Spiritual realm and earth is the flesh realm. Paul informs us:
"But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God." I Corinthians 1:24
Christ, The Anointing, is the power and wisdom of God. When Peter proclaimed that God hath made Jesus both Lord and Christ, He was proclaiming the resurrected, glorified Christ, The Anointing. In his second letter to the Corinthians, Paul revealed that we are no longer to know Jesus after the flesh. We are to know Him after the Spirit, II Corinthians 5:16. We are to know Him as The Anointing, not the man. Most churches have made a god out of Jesus, the man, not recognizing Him as The Anointing, the glorified Christ.
The third use of the word Christ is The Anointed Ones. These are those who have received the Christ anointing, those who are the Christ in the earth today, those who have received Christ and are submitted to His authority in their lives. Paul revealed to the Corinthians:
"But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ's at His coming." I Corinthians 15:23
Jesus was the first-fruit Christ and those who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord are the Christs at His coming, I Thessalonians 4:15. Paul also stated:
"And ye are Christ's'; and Christ is God's." I Corinthians 3:23
We are Christs, and as Christs, we belong to God. Paul further revealed in his second letter to the Corinthians:
"Do ye look on things after the outward appearance? If any man trust to himself that he is Christ's, let him of himself think this again, that, as he is Christ's, even so are we Christ's." II Corinthians 10:7
We are not to look on the outward appearance. We are not to view things as they appear to the physical eye. There are many today who claim to be God's anointed in the earth. Paul warned those who think they are Christ, "Let them think again", because as Jesus was the Christ, so are we the Christ.
Jesus never proclaimed to be anything in the flesh. He turned all glory to the Father. When the rich, young ruler referred to Jesus as Good Master, Jesus asked, "Why calleth thou me good?" Then He stated, "There is none good, but one, that is God, Mark 10:18. Jesus knew, as Paul stated, "There is no good thing in the flesh". Those who try to show their spirituality by fleshly signs need to re-evaluate their anointing; who are they glorifying, themselves or Christ? In his letter to the Galatians, Paul made this statement:
"And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts." Galatians 5:24
Those who are proclaiming to be "the anointed" in the earth today need to check to make sure they have crucified the flesh and all their fleshly lusts. They need to check to see if they are still dealing with the things of the world in their lives; the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eye, and the pride of life. Jesus revealed His Christ, His anointed ones to John on the Isle of Patmos:
"And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of His Christ; and He shall reign for ever and ever." Revelation 11:15
When the seventh angel sounds his trumpet this is when the kingdoms of this world become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of His Christ, His anointed at His coming. These will rule and reign with Him on the earth.
Many are proclaiming this place in God. Many need to rethink their position in God. Have they met all the requirements to rule and reign with Him on the earth? Jesus proceeded with His Revelation to John:
"And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night." Revelation 12:10
Jesus revealed the coming of the power of His Christ (His anointed ones), those who are His anointed in the earth today. Many, when they use the word Christ, feel it is only to be ascribed to deity. We need to know that Jesus was the firstborn of many brethren, as the writer of Hebrews wrote:
"For it became Him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings." Hebrews 2:10
God intends to bring many sons into glory. Jesus came as the Son to show us the way. He left His life in the flesh as an example that we must follow if we are to get to where He is today, on the right hand of the Father. We must walk the way He walked. We must live the way He lived. We must put on the mind of Christ. Then, as Paul, we can clearly state with our life:
"I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave Himself for me." Galatians 2:20
Paul lived the life of Christ because he yielded to the Christ anointing in his life. Paul revealed this Christ anointing when Paul met some disciples in Ephesus. Paul asked them if they had received the Holy Ghost since they believed? Their reply was, "We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost," Acts 19:2. Paul asked about their baptism, and found they had only been baptized with John's baptism, Acts 19:1-3. They had not received the baptism of the Christ.
They were disciples and they were believers and had received the baptism of repentance. This is as far as most churches teach today. Paul took these disciples a step further and made this revelation to them:
"John verily baptized, with the baptism of repentance, saying unto the people, that they should believe on him which should come after Him, that is on Christ Jesus." Acts 19:4
Paul informed these disciples they should believe on Christ Jesus. This is the first time in the Bible that we see the use of Christ Jesus. After this time Christ Jesus is used fifty-seven more times.
Jesus Christ and Christ Jesus
At first it may appear that Jesus Christ and Christ Jesus are simply a reversal of the two words, until we search the Scriptures. Some of the greatest revelation we have in our relationship with the Father and what we can expect in our relationship with Him are revealed in the Scriptures where the title Christ Jesus is used. We need to search through some of these Scriptures to discover what we can expect as we continue to discover our relationship with our creating God.
As our search begins we discover Scriptures that contain both the usage of Jesus Christ and Christ Jesus. Paul in his second letter to Timothy declared:
"Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, according to the promise of life which is in Christ Jesus," II Timothy 1:1
Paul was an apostle of Jesus, but he recognized that the promise of life is in Christ Jesus. To the church at Philippi, he wrote:
"Paul and Timotheus, the servants of Jesus Christ, to all the saints in Christ Jesus which are at Philippi, with the bishops and deacons:" Philippians 1:1
Paul recognized himself to be a servant of Jesus Christ. But the saints are in Christ Jesus. It may be asked then, "Was not Paul in Christ Jesus?" He certainly was. He proclaimed the Christ life that was in him. It was through the anointing that Paul had in Christ Jesus, that he operated in the five-fold ministry as an apostle, prophet, evangelist, pastor and teacher. When we come into the knowledge of Christ Jesus in our life, it is the anointing that keeps us growing in the grace and knowledge of God. Paul proclaimed:
"I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus." Philippians 3:14
Paul knew the high calling of God was in Christ Jesus. But he was still a servant of Jesus Christ. Paul addressed both Jesus Christ and Christ Jesus to the church at Corinth:
"Unto the church of God which is at Corinth, to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all that in every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ, our Lord, both theirs and ours:" I Corinthians 1:2
Those who are called saints are sanctified (set apart in a Spiritual realm) in Christ Jesus. But we, as Paul, are still servants of Jesus Christ. We still call upon the name of Jesus. Everything we do we do in the name of Jesus. Jesus kept His promise to His disciples when He came to them on the Day of Pentecost as the Spirit of Truth Anointing. He came to lead His anointed ones into all truth. Jesus came as the Anointing, Christ Jesus, to complete the work in His creation man which He had begun in the flesh.
We cannot separate Jesus Christ and Christ Jesus as being two entities. Jesus came as God in the flesh. Paul wrote:
"For in Him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily." Colossians 2:9
In Jesus dwelt the fullness of the Godhead, but He had the limitations of the flesh covering as we have these same limitations. Jesus overcame the flesh and we are to overcome the flesh with its lust, desires and carnal nature. Jesus assured us in His revelation to John on the Isle of Patmos:
"To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in His throne." Revelation 3:21
Jesus, the man, walked on the earth in His fleshly body and overcame every limitation of the flesh to sit on the right hand of the Father; and we, too, can overcome and sit with Him on His throne of glory.
After Jesus was resurrected, He appeared in two more forms.
First in a body, which He stated was flesh and bones.
Then as the Glorified Christ.
After His resurrection He appeared to Mary in the garden. Mary did not recognize this body at the tomb. Then He appeared to two of His disciples on the road to Emmaus. Mark recorded:
"After that He appeared in another form unto two of them, as they walked, and went into the country." Mark 16:12
Jesus appeared to two of His disciples on the road to Emmaus in another form, another body, and they did not recognize Him. Jesus said of this body:
"Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have." Luke 24:39
Jesus stated that the body they saw was a body of flesh and bone. That body was not flesh and blood. He was in a changed body. This body had the ability to appear and disappear. He appeared to the men on the road to Emmaus. Then when He broke bread with these men, He disappeared. Another time He also appeared in the upper room with all the doors and windows locked.
Many speculations have been made as to how this could happen. It is simply explained. The body Jesus possessed the forty days He walked the earth after His resurrection was Spiritual flesh that could only be seen with Spiritual eyesight. The body Jesus possessed was in a different realm, the Spiritual realm. When He appeared, He simply opened the people's Spiritual eyes. When He disappeared, He simply reopened their physical eyes, and He was gone.
It is recorded that Jesus appeared to five hundred at one time. Jesus possessed the body that His saints will possess who are part of the change that Paul revealed to the church at Corinth:
"And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly. Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the Kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption." I Corinthians 15:49-50
We all possess an earthly body, just as Jesus possessed His earthly body for the thirty-three and one-half years He walked the earth. But we have the promise of an heavenly body, a Spiritual body as Jesus revealed after His resurrection. Flesh and blood cannot inherit the Kingdom. We must be changed if we are going to walk in His Kingdom realm. Paul informs us:
"In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed." I Corinthians 15:52
Our physical, earthly bodies are going to be changed in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye.
"For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality." I Corinthians 15:53
When we receive our incorruptible bodies "Then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written 'Death is swallowed up in victory' ", II Corinthians 15:54. Then we will have inherited the Kingdom and will have walked into eternal life. Death will have no more dominion over our changed bodies.
Paul stated, "We shall not all sleep". The word sleep is what the world calls "physical death". Jesus proclaimed:
"Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled." Matthew 24:34
God has a generation that will not pass away until all things have been fulfilled concerning His promises to His creation man.
There was a third appearance of Jesus. Jesus appeared again in another form to Paul on the road to Damascus and to John on the Isle of Patmos. This time He was not in a bodily form at all. This was the manifestation of the Glorified Christ, Christ Jesus our Lord. When Paul asked Him, "Who art thou?", the answer was, "I am Jesus whom thou persecutest", Acts 9:5.
This was not as Jesus appeared in His fleshly body, nor was it as He appeared in His Spiritual body. This was Jesus appearing as the Almighty God in all His glory. Jesus had prayed in the Garden:
"I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do. And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was." John 17:4-5
Jesus requested to be returned to His former state of glory. This glory was manifested to Paul on the road to Damascus and to John on the Isle of Patmos. John was the beloved disciple who had leaned on Jesus breast at the Last Supper. This same John fell at the feet of the Glorified Christ as dead, Revelation 1:17.
When Jesus appeared to John, His first words were:
"I am Alpha and Omega, the be-ginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty." Revelation 1:8
Jesus declared Himself to be the Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the Ending, the Almighty. Jesus appeared to John in all His glory to reveal unto John the revelation of Himself, not as the Son, not as the risen Christ, but as God Almighty. This was the third appearance of Jesus to His creation man.
Many revelations come to light when we consider the Scriptures concerning Christ Jesus, The Anointing. To the Romans Paul wrote:
"Being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:" Romans 3:24
Our redemption is in Christ Jesus.
"For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death." Romans 8:2
The law of the Spirit of life is in Christ Jesus.
"Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord." Romans 8:39
The love of God is in Christ Jesus.
"There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit." Romans 8:1
Those who are in Christ Jesus walk not after the flesh but after the Spirit and there is no condemnation to them who walk in the Spiritual law of life.
"But of Him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:" I Corinthians 1:30
Those in Christ Jesus walk in wisdom, righteousness, and sanctification, and have become part of God's plan of redemption.
"And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:7
The peace of God that passeth all understanding is through Christ Jesus.
"For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature." Galatians 6:15
We become that new creation man in Christ Jesus,
"And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:" Ephesians 2:6
We are made to sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus.
"Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:" Philippians 2:5
We need the mind of Christ, (the Anointing) if we are to come again into the place that God created for us to be. As Paul wrote:
"Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus." Philippians 3:12
The word apprehend means "to lay hold of, as to possess as one's own." Paul was apprehended of Christ Jesus. Paul had become a possession of Christ Jesus. Many would love to be endowed with the revelation Paul had. It can only be obtained when we are totally apprehended by Christ Jesus the Anointing. The writer of Hebrews enlightened the body of Christ when he wrote:
"Wherefore, Holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus;" Hebrews 3:1
Christ Jesus is the Apostle and High Priest of our profession. The word profession is the Greek word HOMOLOGIA and should have been translated "confession" and means "confession made by acknowledgment of the truth". Our acknowledgment of the truth is made through Christ Jesus, the Anointing upon us. The Spirit of Truth will lead us into all truth. In his letter to the church at Colosse, Paul wrote:
"Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus:" Colossians 1:28
Every man who is to become part of the body of Christ that God is raising up in the earth will be made perfect in Christ Jesus. Paul spoke of this perfected church in his letter to the Ephesians:
"That He might present it to Himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish." Ephesians 5:27
Christ is going to present His glorious church to Himself, a church without spot or wrinkle, holy and without blemish. This, Christ will do because of the Anointing that is on His holy vessels to bring them to the resurrected, glorified Christ.
Jesus revealed unto John that He was the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending. Paul made this same revelation to Timothy:
"Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began," II Timothy 1:9
Our holy calling in God was in Christ Jesus before the world began. Christ Jesus was the pre-existent Word, that was manifested in the flesh in Jesus, the Christ, the Anointed One in the earth. When Jesus spoke to His disciples about His three appearances, He stated the second Comforter was dwelling with them and shall be in them, and that He would come to them.
He came to them on the Day of Pentecost when the cloven tongues of fire came and sat on each of them. But He promised the third anointing, and that will be when He comes in them. When this anointing comes, then we will do the greater works that Jesus promised. We will do these greater works because Jesus was going back to the Father.
"Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father." John 14:12
This will complete the prophesy that Isaiah gave concerning Jesus:
"For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon His shoulder: and His name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The Mighty God, The Everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace." Isaiah 9:6
Jesus was the child that was given. He certainly is the Wonderful Counsellor and the Prince of Peace. If Jesus is everything that Isaiah said He was, then He is also the Almighty God and the Everlasting Father.
Jesus made a revelation when He spoke to the woman at the well. After He had made His request for the woman to give Him a drink, the woman was puzzled why Jesus would ask a Samaritan for a drink of water because the Judeans had no dealings with the Samaritans:
"Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give Me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of Him, and He would have given thee living water. The woman saith unto Him, Sir, thou hast nothing to draw with, and the well is deep: from whence then hast thou that living water?"
Jesus reply was:
"Whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life." John 4:10-11, & 14
The anointing that is coming on the body of Christ will be a well of water springing up unto everlasting life. The prophet Ezekiel spoke of this river of life that will flow from our innermost being.
Ezekiel was shown the house of God in a vision. We know the house of God is His temple. God is raising up His temple made of living stones. He is molding and shaping His living stones after His own will to come again into His image and likeness.
Ezekiel was brought to the house of God that faced the east. Living water issued out from under the door of the house and ran toward the east, Ezekiel 47:1. As we begin to seek the Spiritual understanding of Ezekiel's vision, the first revelation was that this temple faced the east. Facing East is symbolic of looking toward the new day that God is bringing forth in the earth. God's temple made of living stones are expecting that new day, and that new day anointing that is coming on the body of Christ.
In the vision, Ezekiel was with a man who had a line in his hand. He measured a thousand cubits and the water that issued from the temple was only ankle deep. He measured another thousand cubits and the water was up to his knees. He measured another thousand cubits and the water was up to his loins. When he measured another thousand cubits the waters were rising, waters to swim in, a river that could not be passed over," Ezekiel 47:3-5.
The number "one thousand" symbolizes God's revealed glory and His divine completeness. The water issuing forth from the temple is our understanding of the Word of God. As we allow His divine completeness to change us we will witness His revealed glory. Jesus spoke of this event in our life:
"He that believeth on Me, as the Scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water." John 7:38
Jesus stated, "He that believeth on Me..." How? As the Scriptures hath said, not as religion has said or as tradition hath taught, but as the Scriptures hath said:
We must know Jesus as the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost.
When we believe as the Scriptures have declared Him, then, out of our bellies will flow rivers of living water as God showed Ezekiel in his vision. What are these waters for?
"And He said unto me, Son of man, hast thou seen this? Then He brought me, and caused me to return to the brink of the river. Now when I had returned, behold at the bank of the river were very many trees on the one side and on the other. Then said He unto me, These waters issue out toward the east country, and go down into the desert, and go into the sea: which being brought forth into the sea, the waters shall be healed. And it shall come to pass, that every thing that liveth, which moveth, whithersoever the rivers shall come, shall live: and there shall be a very great multitude of fish, because these waters shall come thither: for they shall be healed; and every thing shall live whither the river cometh." Ezekiel 47:6-9
Wherever and whatever this river touched it brought life. This is the river of life that issues forth from God's anointed ones. These have allowed the anointing to act upon the Word they have instilled in their life. These have allowed the Word to bring the needed changes so that they, like Paul, can say:
"I am crucified with Christ, nevertheless I live, and the life which I now live in the flesh, I live by the faith of the Son of God," Galatians 2:20a.
This river brought life, yet the Spirit spoke to Ezekiel:
"But the miry places thereof and the marshes thereof shall not be healed; they shall be given to salt." Ezekiel 47:11
The water could not heal the miry places or the marshes that were given to salt. Salt is used for cleansing, but it also means "stagnation". The miry places and the marshes are those areas in our life that are not yielded to the Anointed Word of God. They could be old religious beliefs, prejudices, bitterness, hard feelings, unforgiveness, selfishness, pride, ambition; the list is endless. The Anointed Word can only heal what it is allowed to touch.
Many have made God's Word and God's Anointing off limits to many parts of their life. Because of this, the miry places and the marshes are not healed. Because of their refusal to deal with the old man their life is not made whole, and it still suffers from worldly sickness.
There were trees on both sides of this river of life.
"And by the river upon the bank thereof, on this side and on that side, shall grow all trees for meat, whose leaf shall not fade, neither shall the fruit thereof be consumed: it shall bring forth new fruit according to His months, because their waters they issued out of the sanctuary: and the fruit thereof shall be for meat, and the leaf thereof for medicine." Ezekiel 47:12
Jesus revealed this same river of life to John on the Isle of Patmos:
"And He shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb. In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations." Revelation 22:1-2
These are God's trees of life, and they yield the fruit of the Spirit in their lives. These fruits of the Spirit are for the healing of the nations (peoples). These alone have the anointed Words of life. When we believe on Jesus as the Scriptures declare Him, then we, as Paul can declare:
"Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord." Romans 8:39
As we mature in the knowledge and revelation of Christ Jesus, then we begin to understand the mystery that God has revealed among the Gentiles which is "Christ in us, our hope of glory," Colossians 1:27.
Look again at the picture on the cover of this book. It reveals Jesus as the Word made flesh. It reveals the Risen Jesus that walked on the earth forty days in His Spiritual flesh. It also reveals Christ Jesus, the Anointing. This is a picture of Jesus as the Scriptures declare Him.
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