By George Kirkpatrick
Vital Words to the Body of Christ
Proclaiming the Everlasting Gospel of the Kingdom
As we begin to search out the mysteries God has hidden in His Word, we need to understand what the word mystery means when relating it to the Bible. The word mystery does not appear in the Old Testament. But most of the mysteries God reveals in the New Testament are hidden in the Old Testament. These mysteries which have been hidden down through the ages are made known to us in the New Testament by the Spirit. The apostle Paul reveals:
"Now to Him that is of power to stablish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began," Romans 16:25
The power to establish us is the Holy Spirit, and it is only by Him and through Him that we can discover the mysteries which have been kept secret since the world began. Paul goes on to explain:
"But now is made manifest, and by the Scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, made known to all nations for the obedience of faith:" Romans 16:26
God is manifesting His hidden mysteries by the Scriptures of the prophets. These secrets are only being made known to those who are obedient to the obedience of the faith. The word manifest means "to make visible what has been hidden or unknown." The word manifest has basically the same meaning as the word mystery which means "not obvious to the understanding." This is what makes it a mystery.
Paul related these mysteries have been kept secret since the world began. The world, as it relates to us, began in the book of Genesis. In Genesis, Moses informs us:
"In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters." Genesis 1:1-2
Verse one tells us that in the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. But in verse two, He informs us that the earth was without form and void. The phrase without form means "a wasteland, a wilderness." The word void means "emptiness and waste." What happened between verse one and verse two of Genesis?
As we read further in Chapter One of Genesis, we discover God created man and commanded him to multiply and replenish the earth. The Webster's Dictionary describes the word replenish as "to refill the earth with people because the people that were on the earth had disappeared."
So man who lived on earth before it became without form and void were gone. This explains how Scientists have dug up men which they claim to be millions of years old. What we need to realize is, these men were not part of the creation God made in Genesis.
When God created man in Genesis, He breathed into His nostrils, and man became a living soul. So God's creation Adam became His soul man creation. Even more wonderful, now God is raising up man into His Spiritual likeness.
If God had a soul creation man and a Spirit creation man, would it not seem possible that He also had a flesh creation man before the book of Genesis? Scientists have wondered for years what happened to the dinosaurs, Peking Man, and the Cro-magnon man. Yes, they did exist. But they were destroyed when the earth became without form and void. This is why God informed His soul creation to replenish the earth. Prehistoric men who have been unearthed only prove how great our God is, because God existed in their day, as He also exists in our day.
Another hidden mystery about the creation concerns the first five days of creation. We discover that in verses 3 - 25 that God prepared the earth to again sustain human life. First He divided the light from the darkness, Genesis 1:4. This is when God established the Spiritual realm and divided good from evil. When this was accomplished, He then created man - - - and this soul man creation was created both male and female. God did this on the sixth day.
The woman (the female part of creation) was not an after thought as many have taught, as was the male part of God's creation. God created man in the Spirit and later He created a body for both the male and female parts of His creation.
God entered into His rest on the seventh day, and has never come out of this rest. He is waiting for His creation man to enter into that rest with Him.
Many skeptics do not believe there was a prior creation before God created His soul man in Genesis 1:27, but we read in Ecclesiastes:
"The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun." Ecclesiastes 1:9
If God destroyed the earth completely before Genesis 1:1, will He do it again? There is much evidence through out the Bible which reveals this will happen again. The prophet Jeremiah explains this in very clear terms:
"I beheld, the earth, and, lo, it was without form, and void; and the heavens, and they had no light." Jeremiah 4:23
Jeremiah reveals the earth will again be in the same condition it was in Genesis 1:1. God is going to once again make a complete end of the earth as we know it, and most of life as we know it will disappear. But we need to know God has a remnant who will be spared. Who is this remnant? Jeremiah declares:
"And I will gather the remnant of my flock out of all countries whither I have driven them, and will bring them again to their folds; and they shall be fruitful and increase." Jeremiah 23:3
Paul also spoke of God's remnant to the Romans:
"Esaias also crieth concerning Israel, Though the number of the children of Israel be as the sand of the sea, a remnant shall be saved:" Romans 9:27
Yes, God has a remnant who will wholly follow Him. [see "God's Holy Remnant" by George Kirkpatrick] But Jeremiah also declares:
"For My people are foolish, they have not known Me; they are sottish children, and they have none understanding: they are wise to do evil, but to do good they have no knowledge." Jeremiah 4:22
Jeremiah declares there are many who will not be spared at the time of His destruction. God declares through the pen of Jeremiah, "My people are foolish." The word foolish means "one who despises wisdom, one who is quarrelsome." God's children are sottish. Again, the meaning of the word sottish is "fools."
God's children have no understanding. The word understanding means "discernment." They do not understand or discern God's ways or His will. They have no understanding of His Word. His people are wise to do evil, but to do good, they have no knowledge. This is why God is going to bring an end to His creation, just as He did before Genesis 1:1. Then God will fulfill His words he spoke to John on the Isle of Patmos:
"And He that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And He said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful." Revelation 21:5
God is going to take the remnant He has left on the earth, and begin His creation all over again on a renewed earth. Paul spoke of this mystery to the church at Ephesus:
"And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness." Ephesians 4:24
In the beginning, God created the flesh man. This man was destroyed. In the book of Genesis, God created the soul man. This man will also be destroyed. This time God is going to create the Spirit man in righteousness and true holiness. And this man will live for all eternity. God does everything in threes. The number three means "completion." Praise the Lord!
The word true means "free from pretense, simulation, falsehood, and deceit." The word holiness means "piety (loyal and devoted) towards God." Those who will live on God's renewed earth will understand God's true meaning of the life God has planned for His creation. This will not be in some far off, unknown placed called "heaven." God created man to live on this earth. When God renews the earth, the whole earth will be like the Garden of Eden, the paradise of God.
This is only one of the mysteries God has hidden from the foundation of the earth. Another mystery God has hidden from the foundation of the earth concerns the giants in the land.
"There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown." Genesis 6:4
Scholars are not quite sure what the term giant means. Many relate this word to the book of Numbers, chapter thirteen, verse thirty-three as being the sons of Anak. But there is no indication the sons of Anak existed at the time of the flood. Could God be describing some of the giant animals we call dinosaurs, who may have survived His first devastation, and survived until they were destroyed in the flood? The key phrase in Genesis 6:4 states, "After that." It was after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men.
So, who were these sons of God? Many believe these were angelic beings, but we submit the record of Job for consideration. Many believe Job to be the oldest book in the Bible. The Lord enquired of Job:
"Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? Declare, if thou hast understanding. Whereupon are the foundations thereof fastened? Or who laid the corner stone thereof; When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?" Job 38:4, 6 & 7
As the Lord declared, all the sons of God were there when He laid the foundations of the earth. The morning stars were also there. These were the daughters of God. What was God trying to show us when He declared the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men?
Those who were foreordained to be the sons of God, became lustful after the daughters of the worldly people. Their unholy unions were one of the reasons God destroyed all living things at the time of the flood, except Noah and his family. Praise the Lord, there is always a remnant of God.
"And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually." Genesis 6:5
This is still going on today, and this breaks God's heart when He sees those who are called to be sons, marrying the daughters of the wicked.
By the Holy Spirit, Moses recorded the children of these unholy relationships became men of renown. These children became well known in business, government, and every avenue of life. Those who entered into these unholy unions were all destroyed in the flood.
The same is true today. Those who shun their calling in God to fulfill the lust of the flesh will not survive God's holy judgment.
God spoke a mystery to Daniel which few have ever thought to look into. Daniel was a great man of God, and the last thing that God spoke to him was:
"But go thou thy way till the end be: for thou shalt rest, and stand in thy lot at the end of the days." Daniel 12:13
Daniel was to rest and stand in his lot at the end of days. This is not all that different from that which Christ Jesus spoke to John on the Isle of Patmos. John was put on the Isle of Patmos because of his unwavering faith in Jesus. The Isle of Patmos was a barren island. It had no trees; just rocks with no vegetation. John's home was a cave with an uneven floor. There were no leaves or grasses to make a bed. John had to sleep on the cold, stone floor - - - besides, John was very aged. When God showed John His vision, He spoke:
"And He said unto me, Thou must prophesy again before many people, and nations, and tongues, and kings." Revelation 10:11
How do these two directives of God come to pass? We know by Jesus' words, this is going to take place at the great last supper. When Jesus was ministering to the people on His way up to Jerusalem, He informed them that they should strive to enter in at the strait gate. Jesus spoke the following words to those who did not believe His declaration:
"There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when ye shall see Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, and all the prophets, in the Kingdom of God, and you yourselves thrust out." Luke 13:28
What time will Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and all the prophets sit down in God's Kingdom? This will be at the great marriage supper of the Lamb. This is when Daniel will stand at the end of days. This will also be the time when John will prophesy before many peoples and nations. God's elect will also be part of this great company. In his letter to the Corinthians, Paul revealed this great mystery.
"Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed." I Corinthians 15:51
We shall not all sleep (go by way of the grave), but we shall all be changed. When will this happen?
"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
This event will take place at the last trumpet. The last trumpet is the seventh trumpet. God revealed this seventh trumpet to John:
"And the angel which I saw stand upon the sea and upon the earth lifted up his hand to heaven, And sware by Him that liveth for ever and ever, who created heaven, and the things therein are, and the earth, and the things that therein are, and the sea, and the things which are therein, that there should be time no longer." Revelation 10:5 & 6
The seventh angel declared, "There shall be time no longer." What did the angel mean by this statement? He was declaring the end of the age when all things will be complete. John further recorded:
"But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when He shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished, as He hath declared to His servants the prophets." Revelation 10:7
When the seventh angel sounds His trumpet, the mystery of God, which was declared before the foundation of the earth, will come to completion. And we are told, this mystery has been declared through all His prophets down through the ages - - - and He is revealing this mystery to us in these last days.
Solomon, the all wise king of Israel, declared:
"It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honour of kings is to search out a matter." Proverbs 25:2
As we begin to search the Scriptures to uncover the mysteries hidden in God's Word, this will bring honor to the kings. What is the hidden mystery that will occur at the last trumpet? This is the mystery that reveals the generation of the righteous who will not go by way of the grave, but will be changed in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye. This is when these will receive their new bodies. Paul declared:
"For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality." I Corinthians 15:53
The corruptible is this body of flesh we now have that will die and rot. But those who are changed into their new bodies will receive an incorruptible body, a body that will not die. This is when God's righteous people will receive their eternal bodies, just as God created for Adam in the garden. This will be the same body Jesus had after His resurrection. Luke recorded when Jesus met with His disciples after His resurrection, He said:
"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 no longer had a body of flesh and blood as we now have. He had a Spiritual body of flesh and bones. There was no blood in the body He had after His resurrection.
When God created Adam in the garden, Adam had no blood in his body. The Spirit gave Adam his life. It was only after Adam sinned that he had blood in his body. After sin, God declared the life of man was in the blood. But it was not a flesh and blood body before sin. We will have this same flesh and bone body after we are changed in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye.
As Paul described, this mortal must put on immortality. This means we will have an immortal body, just as Jesus had after His resurrection. Paul continues:
"So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory." I Corinthians 15:54
When this change comes at the last trumpet, time will be no more. Then death, as we know it, will be swallowed up in victory.
Again, we must look at another mystery. When Adam sinned, God spoke to Adam:
"But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die." Genesis 2:17
God informed Adam, "In the day ye eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, ye will die." Adam did not drop dead the day he took of the forbidden fruit. In fact, Adam lived to be nine hundred and thirty years old. But he still died in the day he partook of the tree. For as Peter declared, "A day with the Lord is as one thousand years, and a thousand years as a day, II Peter 3:8."
All mankind has died in this one thousand year day. Jared lived nine hundred and sixty-two years. Methuselah lived nine hundred and sixty-nine years. But no man has ever lived the full one thousand year day. We have God's promise there is a generation of the righteous who will live that one thousand year day, and break the curse of sin that was pronounced upon Adam. These are those who will gain the victory over death. Paul went on to declare:
"O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law." I Corinthians 15:55-56
The grave has always had the victory over man. And the sting of death is sin. But those who live the thousand years will take the sting out of death. The strength of sin is the law. When man tries to live by the law instead of by the direction of the Holy Spirit, he will fail - - - just as ancient Israel failed in trying to keep God's law. Trying to keep the law is a futile act, and it is bondage; but those who keep the law of liberty by and through the Holy Spirit are free from the law of sin and death.
"But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed." James 1:25
Those who live by the perfect law of liberty shall be blessed in their deeds. Those who continue in the law of liberty will be judged by the law of liberty:
"So speak ye, and so do, as they that shall be judged by the law of liberty." James 2:12
Those who will be judged by the perfect law of liberty have risen above their fear of death. In his letter to the Hebrews, Paul declared:
"And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage." Hebrews 2:15
Those who live in the fear of death are still in bondage to this life. When man loses his fear of death because he has a better hope, he is then free and can do the work and the will of God without fear of reprisal. This is the mystery of life that has been hidden from the foundation of the world.
Many men in the Bible faced death, rather than deny the faith they had in their God. There was Daniel, who faced the lion's den if he prayed to his God. When this order was signed by the king, Daniel knelt and prayed three times a day before an open window. For this, Daniel was thrown into the lion's den. But God closed the mouths of the lions so they could not hurt him.
Then there were the three Hebrew young men who were thrown into the fiery furnace because they would not bow down to the king's idol. We all need to take note of their answer when they were threatened to be put into the furnace:
"Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, answered and said to the king, O Nebuchadnezzar, we are not careful to answer thee in this matter. If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and He will deliver us out of thine hand, O king. But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up." Daniel 3:16-18
We know the end of this event. Christ Jesus walked through the fire with these young men, and not a hair of their heads was singed. Paul was a man of like faith. When Paul was brought before the Felix, the governor, to answer the accusations brought by the Jews, Paul stood before Felix and declared:
"But this I confess unto thee, that after the way which they call heresy, so worship I the God of my fathers, believeing all things which are written in the law and in the prophets:" Acts 24:14
Paul determined from the beginning of his walk that he would not cease to speak the words of God before the rulers of the land, knowing this could bring forth persecution. Paul knew the mystery of life, and could therefore speak boldly, no matter the cost to his physical body. What did Paul have to go through in his walk in the Lord? When he was brought before King Agrippa, he was there to defend his life, and said:
"Having therefore obtained help of God, I continue unto this day, witnessing both to small and great, saying none other things than those which the prophets and Moses did say should come." Acts 26:22
Paul was a scholar in the Old Testament writings, and he believed every word contained therein. Paul recognized that many of the writings in the Old Testament prophesied of Jesus. Today many churches have no regard for the truths written in the Old Testament. Paul wrote most of the New Testament epistles, and nothing he wrote contradicted what he read in the Old Testament. Paul boldly witnessed before all He was brought before - - - and because of his boldness, he suffered greatly for his faith. In his letter to the Corinthians, Paul explained how he was abused before the Jews.
"Are they ministers of Christ? I speak as a fool. I am more; in labours more abundant, in stripes above measure, in prisons more frequent, in deaths oft. Of the Jews five times received I forty stripes save one. Thrice was I beaten with rods, once was I stoned, thrice I suffered shipwreck, a night and a day I have been in the deep; in journeyings often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils by mine own countrymen, in perils by the heathen, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren; in weariness and painfulness, in watchings often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness." II Corinthians 11:23-27
Through all this, Paul's faith never waivered. He had met Christ Jesus on the road to Damascus, and this changed Paul's life forever. Even through all these hardships, he ministered daily:
"Beside those things that are without, that which cometh upon me daily, the care of all the churches." II Corinthians 11:28
The thing that was constantly heavy on Paul's heart was not all the hardships, but suffering most from the care of all the churches. What else did Paul have to endure? Paul was probably the most scarred man on the face of the earth from the whippings he had to endure. He had one hundred and ninety-five scars on his back. This did not take into account the scars from being beaten with rods, the stonings, or the shipwrecks. Paul must have been awesome to look upon. He noted in his letter to the Galatians:
"From henceforth let no man trouble me: for I bear in my body the marks of the Lord Jesus." Galatians 6:17
Besides all the marks on his body from the abuse of the Jews, Paul was given a thorn in the flesh.
"And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure." II Corinthians 12:7
This thorn in the flesh must have affected Paul's eyes. But God did this to keep Paul humble. Three times Paul sought the Lord to have this thorn removed, and God's answer should be sufficient for any who are suffering for their faith:
"And He said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for My strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in My infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me." II Corinthians 12:9
Paul knew God's grace was sufficient for him. Because of this, he glorified Christ Jesus in his infirmities, that he might receive the power of Christ in his life.
Of all the writers in the New Testament, Paul disclosed more mysteries than any other writer. In his letter to the Ephesians, he declared:
"How that by revelation He made known unto me the mystery; as I wrote afore in few words, whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ, which in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men, as it is now revealed unto His holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit;" Ephesians 3:3-5
What was the mystery of Christ (the anointing) that was made known unto Paul? The mystery was not that God would bless the Gentiles - - - this was foretold in the Old Testament. Instead this mystery reveals that the Gentiles would be equal heirs with the Israelites. This equality was not spoken of in the Old Testament. This mystery was only revealed by the Holy Spirit. Even as Paul was bound in chains in a prison cell, he could not be kept quiet concerning the mysteries of God.
"For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak. And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel." Ephesians 6:20 & 19
Even though Paul was going through great afflictions, he could not be kept quiet. He had to share the mystery of the gospel of Christ. From the time Paul met Christ Jesus on the road to Damascus, he never lost his zeal for God. No matter how much grief and torment the Jews put on him, they could not silence his voice. In his letter to the church at Colossi, Paul proclaimed:
"For I would that ye knew what great conflict I have for you, and for them at Laodicea, and for as many as have not seen my face in the flesh;" Colossians 2:1
The word conflict means "to struggle with life." Paul truly struggled for the churches he was involved with. Even when He wrote to the church at Corinth, declaring everything he had suffered for his walk with Christ, he ended up by stating:
"Beside those things that are without, that which cometh upon me daily, the care of all the churches." II Corinthians 11:28
Paul's burden was not for the things he suffered in the flesh. Paul's daily burden was the care he felt for all the churches. Paul continues his word to the church at Colossi:
"That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgement of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ;" Colossians 2:2
Paul's whole concern was for the church to come together in love, so they could partake of the full assurance and understanding and acknowledgement of the mystery of God, and the Father, and of Christ. These are three big words. What do they mean:
The word assurance means "to be confident."
The word understanding means "to be able to flow together."
And the word acknowledgment means "to have the correct knowledge of."
Paul was saying that we can be confident and able to flow together when we have the correct knowledge of God and the Father and of Christ. Paul goes on to assure us:
"In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge." Colossians 2:3
All the treasures of wisdom and knowledge are hid in the mystery of God, the Father, and of Christ. What is the mystery of God, the Father and of Christ? We must come to the understanding and correct knowledge that the Father and Christ (the Holy Spirit) are one and the same. We need to also come to the understanding and correct knowledge that the Word (Jesus) and the Father are one and the same.
Eight times in the Bible, it is stated there is ONE God. The confusion comes when man tries to make three Gods out of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost. The beloved John declares:
"For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word (Jesus), and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one." I John 5:7
This is the only Scripture in the Bible which calls Jesus the Word. So when we speak of the Father, we know John is speaking of the One who fathered Jesus. This seems to have been a mystery, but the Word plainly declares who fathered Jesus. Matthew recorded the words of the Holy Spirit twice:
"Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise. When as His mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost." Matthew 1:18
When Joseph doubted if he should take Mary to be his wife, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph to give him assurance:
"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
So, if we believe the Word, there can be no contradiction. The Holy Ghost fathered Jesus. Again it was recorded by Luke, when the angel of the Lord appeared unto Mary:
"And the angel answered and said unto her, 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
The Holy Ghost fathered Jesus, and when Jesus prayed to the Father, He was praying to the Holy Ghost. When John baptized Jesus, and the dove landed upon Jesus . . .
". . . lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased." Matthew 3:17
When Jesus was transfigured before His disciples on the Mount of Transfiguration, again the same voice spoke:
"While He yet spake, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye Him." Matthew 17:5
Again, it was the voice of the Holy Spirit declaring He was the Father of Jesus. So the Holy Ghost is the Father and the Holy Ghost is God. The two, are in truth, ONE. So what about Jesus? In I John 5:7, Jesus is called the Word. John proclaims:
"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God." John 1:1
The Word was in the beginning, and the Word was God. John goes on with His declaration of the Word:
"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 1:14
Jesus was born of a woman as was the rest of His creation. And the Word became flesh and dwelt among men as a flesh creation. As Jesus declared, while He walked the earth He was in His flesh existence. In His flesh existence He was called the son of man or Jesus the Christ .
But in His pre-existence, He was Christ Jesus.
To understand this further, we need to look at the writings of John. Jesus declared:
"And I will pray the Father, and He shall give you another Comforter that he may abide with you for ever;" John 14:16
Jesus was our first Comforter. But He promised He would give us another Comforter who would abide with us forever.
"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 Spirit of truth is the Holy Spirit. Then Jesus explains the three positions the Holy Spirit will have in our lives:
First Jesus declared He was dwelling with His disciples. He is dwelling with us today.
Secondly, Jesus declared the Holy Spirt would be in us. This is yet to come to pass in the future when we are truly born again in the Spirit.
Thirdly, Jesus makes His most profound statement:
"I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you." John 14:18
Jesus promised He would not leave us comfortless. Then He said, "I will come to you." This He did on the Day of Pentecost when He came as the Holy Spirit as cloven tongues of fire. This fulfilled His Word as recorded by Luke:
"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
The promise of the Father was the promise of the Holy Spirit, not something the Father has promised His people, but the fact that He, the Father is the Holy Spirit. The promise of the Father is the promise of the Holy Spirit.
So, as John declared the Father, The Word, and the Holy Ghost are one. And as Paul declared to the Ephesians:
"One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all." Ephesians 4:6
When we try to make three Gods out of the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost, we only confuse the issue.
The disciples were to tarry in Jerusalem until they were endued with power from on high. This was the same power of the Highest that overshadowed Mary. This is the same power that is going to empower God's people in the day that is just ahead of us. This is one of the greatest mysteries. And as Paul revealed to the church at Collossi:
"Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to His saints:" Colossians 1:26
This is the greatest mystery that has been hidden from God's people down through the ages and from generations. This great mystery is now being made manifest (known) to His saints. What is this great mystery?
"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:" Colossians 1:27
Those who receive this truth of Christ in us will receive the riches of God's glory. This is our only hope in glory. This will be the third relationship with Christ, when as John related:
"And Christ shall be in us!" see [God's Glory Revealed In The Clouds, by George Kirkpatrick]
Paul revealed many mysteries of God, but this is the greatest. Paul wrote this same revelation to the Thessalonians:
"When He shall come to be glorified in His saints, and to be admired in all the that believe in that day." II Thessalonians 1:10
Yes, Jesus is coming again, but He is not coming again in the flesh. He is coming again to be glorified in His saints. He is not coming back as the son of man. He is coming again as the ruling and reigning king.
The world did not receive Him at His first coming, but they will recognize Him when He comes to be glorified in His saints, because they will not only see His glory, but also His power and authority. Praise God!
For Further Reading:
God's Glory Revealed in the Clouds
The Glory of the Celestial
God's Hidden Glory Revealed Audio Mini - Clip
God's Called, Chosen, and Elect
God's Last Day Chosen Generation
God's Holy Remnant
The Marriage Supper Calling
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