Understanding what the apostle Paul brought to the “spiritual table” requires a gigantic paradigm shift for most Christians.
IT’S WORTH CONSIDERING
On the last post of 2019 I alerted you to some powerful and far-reaching revelations that would be explained in 2020. Today’s message begins that process. It lays the groundwork for every subsequent post. It represents a serious paradigm shift for me-one that has provided answers to many questions that have been lingering in my mind for quite some time. I hope it helps you to see just how unique and radical Paul’s messages were.
Don’t miss the significance of this heavenly relationship. We tend to gloss over words like “heavenly” and “grace” since they are part of our normal Christian vocabulary, but we do so at great risk. The word “heavenly” has been written into our Bible for a specific reason and often as a contrast to something that is not heavenly. While Paul never used the terms, “earthly,” “horizontal,” or “vertical,” his use of “heavenly’ implied a contrast to everything not heavenly. This is important because if we fail to discern what is heavenly and what is not, we will be tempted to combine things that God never intended to be united-things like Israel and the Church.
AS IS SEE IT
The Church was and is Christ’s joy-His crowning glory. It far surpassed anything that had come before. It brought things never anticipated or imagined by man. It had been a mystery until Paul, God’s chosen vessel, revealed to us what Christ had revealed to him. His love for His Church motivated Him to give Himself for it on the cross, so that He could cleanse and sanctify her with the washing of water by the (rightly divided) Word of truth. He would present her to Himself, a glorious Church, not having spot, nor wrinkle, nor any such thing, but that she should be holy and without earthly blemish (Eph.5:25-27). Jesus never said anything like this to Israel.
ON THE LIGHTER SIDE
Man who runs in front of car gets tired. Man who runs behind car gets exhausted.
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