April 6th.

Numbers 22-23 / Proverbs 16 / Ephesians 3-4

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Surely you have heard about the administration of God's grace that was given to me for you, that is, the mystery made known to me by revelation, as I have already written briefly.

In reading this, then, you will be able to understand my insight into the mystery of Christ, which was not made known to men in other generations as it has now been revealed by the Spirit to God's holy apostles and prophets.

This mystery is that through the gospel the Gentiles are heirs together with Israel, members together of one body, and sharers together in the promise in Christ Jesus.

It doesn't seem to be so mysterious to us when we read it, because we're ignorant of and dull about the real truth, which is that the point of all the happenings of God throughout the time of man is for the purpose of the Father gaining a family. More specifically, having a family of sons who totally surround Him all the time and never go away from Him. That is the will of God, and when we understand that one solitary truth that overrides everything else, then we can begin to have a purpose and reason for being chosen. Chosen to be a son in God's family yes; but more importantly, chosen to do the sons's work, which is becoming fit to be useful for the ultimate purpose of God, hewn as a stone by the master builder—following in the footsteps of Jesus the greatest Son, who gave his earthly life for God's family.

Not to become a superhero warrior for God or some prayer warrior, which is 100% animal, the egotistical component of that nature that is driven to survive and needs to distinguish itself as something good, or even great, and hides that selfish motive behind the lie that he's doing it for God. The son becomes what is unappealing to the human psyche so he would never choose to attain to that status by his own decision. They become lowly and despised according to human standards so that they can become something to God, because God is against the way of the humans and they loathe each other.

Better to be lowly in spirit and among the oppressed than to share plunder with the proud.
Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

The son of David became rich in an understanding of wisdom because he was the copy of the better Son of David, who was actually wise, and had actual understanding that is not seen in Solomon's later years when he gave up pursuing wisdom, understanding and a knowledge of God to run after the base and temporary things that humans naturally lust and run after. Solomon was just listening to the voice of the spirit that was naturally and instinctually in him, the cravings of lust and acceptance, the desire to heap more riches and power upon himself to be known as the richest, wisest king who commanded the "love" of so many wives. The real Son of David had no wife and no wealth that humans recognize as such. His wisdom was not comprehended by the humans either, because it was secret and hidden, just as he was the Messiah of Israel and not even recognized except by a couple of men who commanded no respect amongst the humans as those who had any sort of wisdom and understanding.

His intent was that now, through the church, the manifold wisdom of God should be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms, according to his eternal purpose which he accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord.

It was certainly not a human kind of wisdom that Paul spoke of. The church was the riffraff that the humans (Paul) hated and wanted destroyed, just as they destroyed the Son of God whom they had been waiting for. It wasn't until later that the church became respectable, fit for human consumption. Then the church as Paul knew it became extinct, as per Daniel. Those who call themselves the church today are not the descendants of Paul, but the whore of babylon. They are the prostitute daughters of the whore who calls herself the bride of the Christ, but she's just a whore dressed like the bride, who speaks the words of the bride but she is false, just a bunch of baby whores like their mother the great whore.

The sons must come to understand that it is impossible to comprehend the wisdom of God on the level on which it must be grasped at first. Difficult because the animal nature does everything it can to try to make it not happen by allowing itself to survive in us so that we remain animals for as long as it can remain. It's purpose is to hang on and keep us only able to love our selves, which is the way of the human. In that state there's no possibility of loving God enough to recognize what Jesus was motivated by nor what he accomplished. Sure there may be miracles, gifts from God to serve to wake us up to another reality, but the wisdom of God comes slowly, as the wisdom of the world of humans is wrung out of us. Even when we genuinely understand a truth about God, the animal nature in us will turn that knowledge around so that we end up using it for our own good, to secretly enhance our ego, or another of the many cunning things it continues to accomplish for itself in us. Even if we didn't intend this, we will notice it happening (if we're being honest in our heart), which should say to us that we indeed still have it living in us, and we haven't just willed it out of us which is the lie.

A common misconception is that because we have some truth, and have witnessed various miracles within us, then we assume the animal nature is gone. Paul didn't lose it over night by getting zapped by the spirit and then instantly changed for good, as we assume by the way some of the words were preserved. Sure he witnessed some powerful spiritual happenings. However, the real work was done in secret, in the times we aren't privy to, which amount to many years of suffering by being separated from what lived in him to make him human, to the new, hidden, secret way of the son who knows his Father, the mysterious journey that the sons need to make. It was then that he quietly, slowly, methodically learned the new way of God while the way of the animal and its consciousness within him—just as slowly, quietly and methodically—dropped away. That was the process of Paul being hewn like a stone, so that he conformed to the necessary specifications for God's ultimate purpose.

We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what he already has? But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.

When Paul wrote his letters he was far along in the new way of being born of God via the spirit, the living word inside him—15-20 years old. He speaks of the Lord sending up groans and petitions while in his earthly body because he himself understood that the life wasn't some spirit-driven circus. It was filled with groaning and petitions, longing to be changed, struggling and fighting with the forces of darkness, the animal nature that always pulled him back to the earth, away from the Lord, where he wanted to be but couldn't be. He speaks about having to be subject to continuing to exist in his body of flesh, wanting to be gone from it, and the reality of that not happening.

He knew that the natural creation groaned in anticipation of the sons of God to be revealed, because it's hard to move out of the consciousness of the animal and in to the son's. It's a long, dreary, stubborn road of bringing our bodies into subjection to the Lord instead of the animal. It's about groaning, pulling the weight of our flesh along, the process of realigning our expectations of what it is all about, what it's for, why we're here, what our work is, and what the goal is. Of course it's not all bad, because as we go the weight of the flesh get lighter, and we are given gifts to help us do this otherwise impossible thing, which is totally mysterious and supernatural, so much so that we can't even comprehend it. But it's not ever like we assume it to be, because those assumptions are borne from the animal mind that can only desire its own self to be promoted, which will linger in the son and only slowly fade out.

In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance with God's will.

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified.

The animal makes us dull and heavy, unable to get to where we want to go. It will pick us up and drop us on our heads, making us believe one thing when it isn't true. Then when we realize it isn't the way we imagined it to be, we will suffer minor devastations within ourselves until we begin to understand that becoming truth takes a long time. It means that the life of the Lord has to grow in us, and when it does, it pushes the old animal out. But that process happens at the rate similar to a tree growing, which is hard to accept because we are used to getting what we want/need right now, all the time quick by the power we have available to us to get it.

And he made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ, to be put into effect when the times will have reached their fulfillment—to bring all things in heaven and on earth together under one head, even Christ.

Then the sons begin to become like the Son, because it is his very life that is growing in them, so who else would they look like? That is the process of being consecrated, sanctified, made holy—being made into sons. It is mysterious and secret, just like Paul says here, unlike the human ways of getting what they need by the power of their own hand. Paul isn't just talking about "things" here in this letter, that wouldn't make sense. As verse 5 points out, he is talking about being adopted as His sons, because of the work of Jesus, which Paul states is "In accordance with His pleasure and will." The will of God, which is a mystery, is to collect all of His sons together under one head (the Son). In each of the generations of men He has loved and wanted a few to be His. One day they will all be collected under the head, the great Son, His anointed One, the One who will be honored by them all. What he denied in the natural as recorded in the temptation will be given to him, as he will assume his true position in the kingdom of God, which will be populated by the sons.

All of the sons will be gathered up under him; he will be their head—leader, teacher, master and shepherd. "They will all be taught by God." They will individually hear the voice of the good shepherd inside them, who will lead them to where their Father is. He will gather them together under himself, for the purpose and good pleasure of the Father. His ultimate will is to have what everything in the OT points to with the Tabernacle and Temple, and Him living within the nation of holy people, the nation of Israel. They are just copies of what is happening even now in the spiritual world.

As you come to him, the living Stone—rejected by men but chosen by God and precious to him—you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.

The house of God, where He desires to live, and will one day live, is being built even now. But it's not being made with inanimate objects like brick and wood. It's being constructed with living stones, each one a son of God, and all together the house where He will live in peace, being totally surrounded by His own sons—surrounded by our appreciation, honor and respect for Him. Indeed surrounded by our total love for Him. Each stone has to be hewn and formed so that it conforms to the building and can be used in its construction. That is the point of everything that is happening to us now, the point of our very existence. Being hewn is being separated from the old way to learn the new way, and each strike is painful. Yet each one also defines us a little more away from what our purpose used to be—just one of so many stones in the field that could be for any common purpose—toward the one, solitary purpose for which we have been chosen to become shaped, to build up the house where the Father wants to live.

You are no longer foreigners and aliens, but fellow citizens with God's people and members of God's household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.

The secret family has been being gathered up for centuries. They are the ones that the only living God reveals Himself to throughout the generations of common animals, so that they can choose to be separated from what is common, or just remain that. We're not being chosen to live in the house of God, we're going to be the house, built upon the cornerstone of Jesus the head of all the living stones, if we choose to follow that reality. The ultimate reality of this is found in the spiritual world, so it's impossible to imagine its actuality. The preview of it is now, as He makes His home in the bodies of His sons whom He has chosen to become the house where He will live. It means we will be useful to God forever, being the place where He can live, in peace, with His sons forever. And the love we all have for Him will constantly be radiating everywhere. He will be totally surrounded by it.

The LORD declares to you that the LORD himself will establish a house for you: When your days are over and you rest with your fathers, I will raise up your offspring to succeed you, who will come from your own body, and I will establish his kingdom. He is the one who will build a house for my Name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever.

I will be his father, and he will be my son. When he does wrong, I will punish him with the rod of men, with floggings inflicted by men. But my love will never be taken away from him, as I took it away from Saul, whom I removed from before you. Your house and your kingdom will endure forever before me; your throne will be established forever.

 

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