Extra Virgin Grace – The Olive Tree vs. The Fig Tree

Ryan Rufus’ NEW Book is out!!! The Grace Revolution is once again advancing into new territory, rediscovering old truths afresh…

This is such an excellent book expositing the Amazing Truths of the Good News of God’s Grace/Favor, The New Covenant of Faith…

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Extra Virgin grace book by Ryan Rufus

Praise for “Extra Virgin Grace”:
“Master expositor and dynamic teacher Ryan Rufus invites you on a Scripture-filled journey to encounter the fullness of God's grace. So many of life's toughest questions are answered in this book. Read it to soak in the purity of the gospel and relax in Jesus like never before.”
- Dr. Andrew Farley, bestselling author of “The Naked Gospel” and “God Without Religion”

“Fresh, oh so fresh to read a book full of the revelation of God‟s Grace and goodness. A word in season that will impact those who read it, and will turn hearts towards the message of Extra Virgin Grace, the heart of our Father. Great job Ryan.”
- Will Graham, CEO Andrew Wommack Ministries-Europe, www.awme.net

“Extra Virgin Grace is one of those precious books that cause you to love Jesus more once you're finished reading it. Ryan shows himself to be one of today's finest practical theologians. Masterfully utilizing the lens of grace, he leads us to a place where we can gain application filled clarity on the finished work of the cross and our righteousness in Christ. I'm certain that this book will become part of my arsenal in raising up pastors, leaders, and church planters all around the world.” - Lucas Miles, President, The Oasis Network For Churches, USA, www.oasnet.org
“Ryan has hit a home run again with his latest book “Extra Virgin Grace”. It brims with razor sharp insight into the beauty and fullness of life lived in the freedom of the New Covenant. For those who have lived under years of mixed law and grace, this book will clear any cobwebs in your thinking and thrust you into Spirit-led glory-filled New Covenant life to the maximum! Along the way, Ryan kills a few holy cows that have kept believers for years in a fog of condemnation and confusion. This is truth that will really set you free!”
- Fini de Gersigny, Lead elder, Jubilee Church, Australia, www.jubilee.org.au

“Ryan Rufus is among a fresh new company declaring the radical, scandalous grace of Christ's cross. Enjoy the following chapters as His pure, sweet oil of grace pours through you. Feast on the abundance of His table.”
- John Crowder, President, Sons of Thunder Ministries & Publications, USA, www.TheNewMystics.com

“This book is a smorgasbord of grace and a feast for the hungry. It provides a sweeping study of many topics that are often misunderstood. If you want a grace-based perspective of the Beatitudes, true holiness, eternal security, discipline and walking by the spirit, read this book.”
- Prof. Paul D. Ellis, Escape to Reality, New Zealand, www. escapetoreality.org

“This book is a one-of-a-kind. The insights are inspiring, the ideas are important and the impact is intense. A very revealing, renewing and refreshing book. It brings the “amazing” back to grace!”
- Ps. Paul P. Hernandez, National Director and Senior Pastor, FREE Mission Philippines Inc. www.freemissionphils.com

“This is an absolute must read for those who desire certainty and full and complete assurance of God‟s love. Every sentence needs to be read, not just selected chapters. If you are already a grace based person, please don‟t think you know it all. This book will open the eyes of your heart even more. If you have any chains left they will fall away.”
- Rob Rufus, Lead elder, City Church International, Hong Kong, www.ccihk.com

“This book gave me a fresh insight and helpfully explained many of the wonderful mysteries about grace. It reminded me to stay teachable and keep learning all I can about the amazing person of grace. The publishing of this book could not have come at a better time for all those serious about correctly dividing the Word of Truth. Well done Ryan!”
- Steve Wheeler, Lead elder, Highway Christian Community, South Africa, www.highway.org.za

“The Scriptures declare that „beautiful are the feet of those who preach good news‟. With this book, Ryan has shown us good looking feet. His work brings practical clarity to the proclamation of peace, good tidings, salvation and the reign of God. He joins an ever expanding crowd of New Covenant ministers lifting up voices full of joy. Extra Virgin Grace makes plain and beautiful God's abounding grace for us.”
-Gregory Haswell, Lead Elder, Northlands Church, USA, www. northlandschurch.com

“Ryan has the awesome ability to remove the unfortunate effects of something I like to call 'Christian Tunnelvision.' This is when well-meaning people can't see, hear or think in ways beyond the images of God that religion and legalism have rooted in their minds. The light Ryan sheds on the topics in this book will help shatter many of those false images of God which religion created and at the same time reveal to you sides of grace and truth you might not have even considered!”
-Cornel Marais, Founder, Charisma Ministries, New Zealand, www.charismaministries.org
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Basic intro to the New Covenant, 2 Cor 5:21

New Covenant

  • What is Righteousness? 2 Corinthians 5:21
    • How do we get it?
      • Under Old Covenant Righteousness by the Law (Deut 6:25; Php 3:7-9))
        • Also called “Self-righteousness” (Romans 9:30-10:4)
        • The ability to attain Righteousness by Self
        • Our Righteous Acts are like Filthy rags (Isaiah 64:6)
        • External keeping of the commandments produced external holiness
      • Under New Covenant, Rightousness by Faith
        • God’s Gift of Righteousness, a Righteous that is From God not from Man (Romans 1:17)The Righteous that is by Faith Apart from Works (Romans 4:6-8; Galatians 2:15-21)

          Jesus showed that Self-righteousness was impossible by expounding the Law internally (Matt 5:21-30)

          Messiah is the End of the Law, End to Self-Righteousness- (Romans 10:4)

          How did Jesus become Sin? Did He Sin? No!! He was tempted in All ways, yet without sin. (Heb 4:16)

          Jesus received our Sin as a Gift, so we received His Righteousness as a Gift not because of any righteous acts we’ve done.

    • God only sees One Righteousness-that is His Righteousness
    • Let’s Boast in God’s Righteousness not our own righteousness (1 Cor 1:22-23; 29-31; Jer 9:23-24)

    Is it the job of the Holy Spirit to make me feel guilty and point out my faults all the time? John 16:8-11

    • He will Convict the world wrong concerning Sin- because THEY/WORLD/UNBELIEVERS don’t believe in Me
      • Sin is in the Singular, the Sin of Unbelief. John 3:18,36; 8:24. Mark 16:16The Holy Spirit only makes unbelievers convinced, not the Church.

        How can the Holy Spirit convict you of your sin if God Remembers them No MOre? a double negative? is God confused? Hebrews 10:17-18

        Heb 10:2 “For the worshippers would have been cleansed Once and For All, and would No Longer have Felt Guilty for their Sins.”

      Concerning Righteousness, because I AM GOING TO THE FATHER

      • God will judge the world one day to see if they’ve received His Gift of Righteousness. Acts 17:31.Jesus was crucified to take the punishment of my sin, and He was raised to make me Right with God (Righteousness/Justification) Romans 4:23-25. 6:11. Jesus included my sinful nature in His death, when He rose from the dead He included me in His Resurrection, I was was raised with Him in Resurrection life and now I share in His Life, share His Righteousness- Right standing with God.

        The Holy Spirit will only Convict/Convince that you are God’s Righteousness. He will never point out your fault.

      Concerning Judgement, because the ruler of this world has been Condemned.

      • The only person that the Holy Spirit ‘makes’ feel guilty, or point out faults to is the devil.

      The devil is the one who makes you feel guilty and points out your faults all the time- he is the prosecutor at law. Revelations 12:10-11

      Do not mistake the devil to be the Holy Spirit

       

    What is the Law? 2Cor 3:6-11

    • The ten commandments, engraved by the finger of God
    • The ministry of death
    • The ministry of condemnation
    • made ineffective with fading glory
    • It has been cancelled (Col 2:14-15)
    • We died to the law (Romans 7:6)

    What was the purpose of the Law? Romans 7:6-11

    • brings sin to life. V.7
    • gives sin opportunity to take control.
    • no Law, no sin
    • produces in me all kinds of evil desires

Divine Healing Technician MP3s, Toowomba, Australia, June, 2010

Curry Blake, the oversear of John G. Lake ministries, reckons that about 95% of teaching about Divine healing in the church worldwide has been wrong.

Have you ever heard such statements about healing such as,

“The reason why you are not healed or you lost your healing is because,:

there is sin in your life; you are not Holy enough; your sickness is God teaching you a lesson; God doesn’t heal everybody; your sickness is just a thorn in the flesh; maybe God will heal you one day; God can heal but He doesn’t always heal; it’s a generational curse etc…”

Did you know that, none of these statements have any biblical basis? it’s simply traditions of man taught as truth.

The reason why God heals, is because of this Reason: that He loves you!!! it’s purely a work of His Grace!! It’s a Gift, not of works so that no one can boast!!! you can’t earn your healing!! Jesus earned it for you, so its legally/rightly yours by faith through grace- unmerited/undeserved Favor!!! just as salvation/eternal life/ forgiveness of sins/ perfect record is a gift, so is healing!!! you just believe, receive and claim it because its rightly yours!!!

Check out these most amazing wonderful 24+hrs of teaching on Divine healing from the Scriptures, primarily based upon the Divine Healing Manual used by John G Lake himself- which is even taught in some bible colleges today.

This will training you to understand your authority in Christ and to heal the sick successfully. You will become a “Divine Healing Technician”.

Curry also challenges many sacred cows, traditions of man in the church. Curry is a Texan, very blunt and in your face kind of person, his background was military and martial arts before he got into the healing ministry- so we know he is a no, non-sense person and straight to the point. He had already been teaching for over 3 weeks non-stop so he was very tired while he taught. He’s not perfect, but he is teachable and I encourage you to be open and to take whatever the Spirit of God highlights to you.

What’s so good about this ministry is the fruit, they are seeing so many people trained to heal the sick and so many healings take place! I experienced an mighty healing in my health as well, you’ll see it in my previous post.

I was able to ask him 2 questions about the grace of God 🙂

Divine Healing Day 1 track 1

Divine Healing Day 1 track 2

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Divine Healing Day 1 track 5

Divine Healing Day 1 track 6

Divine Healing Day 2 track 1

Divine Healing Day 2 track 2

Divine Healing Day 2 track 3

Divine Healing Day 2 track 4

Divine Healing Day 2 track 5

Divine Healing Day 2 track 6

Divine Healing Day 3 track 1

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Divine Healing Day 3 track 3

Divine Healing Day 3 track 4

Divine Healing Day 3 track 5

Divine Healing Day 3 track 6

Evening Healing Session

Thankyou and bless you 🙂

Do Christians have to confess their sins to God

Pelase check out All Scriptures listed here to see what is said is been true. If any query, free to ask at the bottom of the posts!! Thankyou,

Do Christians have to confess their sins to God in order to be Forgiven?

Finally the Lord is giving some mighty revelations into this truth, Thankyou Jesus!!!

2000 years ago, Jesus has Already forgiven you of All your sins!!! and you partake of that, you received that Full forgiveness in One Perfect installment at salvation, Eternal Life, the moment you gave your life to Christ.

1 Peter 1:3-5

I can talk to God about my sins and ask Grace to Overcome, but its not the same as Confessing it because All my sins have Already been Forgiven and He promises in the New Covenant that He makes with us, that our sins He “Remembers them No More” Hebrews 8:12;10:17-18.

Unbelievers need to confess their sins to God to get saved; but Christians do not need to, because they are Already saved.

1John 1:9 was written to refute the teaching that Gnostic false teachers had infiltrated the church to dilute the Gospel Message to the world. The Gnostics claimed that ‘there was no such thing as Sin or Sinning’, and that our bodies are already evil anyway.

So what John the Apostle was essential saying was, “If any unbelievers confess their sins, they can be cleansed of All their sins and get saved.” refer 1 John 1:9

If an unbeliever doesn’t believe that ‘sin or sinning’ exists (or the doctrine of original Sin) due to the Gnostics teaching that was trying to infiltrate the believers, then the unbeliever won’t acknowledge that he is a sinner to God and hence be saved.

Read Ezekiel 36:25-26, Ephesians 1:7; Colossians 2:13 as an foundation to 1John1:9 and Hebrews 10:19-22 which is referring to unbelievers getting saved.

Ezek 36:25 I will sprinkle you with pure water and you will be CLEAN from ALL your impurities. I will PURIFY you from ALL your idols. 36:26 I will give you a NEW heart, and I will put A NEW spirit within you. I will remove the heart of stone from your body and give you a heart of flesh. 36:27 I will put MY SPIRIT within you;

Ephesians 1:7

In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace

Because of the sacrifice of the Messiah, his blood poured out on the altar of the Cross, we’re a free people–free of penalties and punishments chalked up by all our misdeeds. And not just barely free, either. [Abundantly] free! (MSG translation)

Colossians 2:13

And even though you were dead in your  transgressions and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, he nevertheless made you alive with him, having forgiven all your transgressions.

When you were stuck in your old sin-dead life, you were incapable of responding to God. God brought you alive–right along with Christ! Think of it! All sins forgiven,

Hebrews 10:19 Therefore, brothers and sisters, 21 since we have confidence to enter the sanctuary by the blood of Jesus, 10:20 by the fresh and living way that he inaugurated for us 22 through the curtain, that is, through his flesh, 23 10:21 and since we have a great priest 24 over the house of God, 10:22 let us draw near with a sincere heart in the assurance that faith brings, 25 because we have had our hearts sprinkled CLEAN from an evil conscience 26 and our bodies WASHED in pure water.

This Scripture in Hebrews was written to Hebrews/Jews, some of which was tempted to go back under the Law or some of which won’t even saved, possibly to encourage them to come out of Old Covenant of Moses, into the New Covenant. It is a SCripture written to encourage these Jews to get saved!!! by having their hearts cleansed by the Blood of Jesus!! It’s not a SCripture refering to believers but Unbelievers who already know the Law!!

1John 1:9 But if we confess our sins, he is faithful and righteous, forgiving us our sins and CLEANSING 24 us from ALL UNRIGHTEOUSNESS.

Reading this SCripture in the light of Ezekiel and other Old Testament SCriptures prophesying of the New Covenant, we can see once again that this Scripture 1 John 1:9 is in line and it’s talking about unbelievers entering into the New Covenant so all their sins can be forgiven. Look at the Word ‘Cleansing‘ in Ezekiel and 1 John and you’ll see the parallel.

“The best commentary for the bible, is The Bible!! “said Ian Mckellar

Think about this:

How can God tell believers to confess their sins if He promises “I will Remember their sins No More…”

Read Jeremiah 31:34; Hebrews 8:12; 10:17,18; Psalms 103:3,12; Micah 7:19

Everything in the Old Testament must be interpreted the New Testament.

What the Old Conceals, the New Reveals; everything before the Cross, must be interpreted after the Cross.

Matt 6:14-15 was written before the Cross (read the context), it must interpreted through what happend After the Cross in which God Changed the Way He Related to us, Colossians 3:13

The Bible, is meant to be read as One Book, written by One Author, with One Theme flowing through the Old and the New.

It’s not meant to contradict each other, but what the Old Conceals, the New Reveals.

What the Old Prophesies, the New Fulfills.

Jesus is the The Fulfillement of the Old Covenant to bring the New Covenant, He IS literally the New Covenant!!

Isaiah 42:6; Luke 24:27; Colossians 1:27

When some of the Corinthians were sleeping with the temple prostitutes, Paul never tells them even once to ‘Confess their sins’. If confessing sins was such a common practice among New Convenant believers, why was it never mentioned once in all of Paul’s letters?

1Cor 5:1-2; 6:9-11

Paul says to those who were sinning, “those who commit sexuall immorality will not inherit the Kingdom of God…”

but Then He says, “that is what some of you WERE… you were WASHED, SANCTIFIED!!!”

He is saying, “that is Not you!!! the unbelievers won’t inherit the Kingdom!! that is Not you, you have Already been WASHED!!!”

“You don’t need to confess your sins, you’ve ALREADY BEEN WASHED, bEEN FORGIVEN!!!”

WASHED = FORGIVEN, FORGIVEN= WASHED. It’s the Same thing, it’s both past tense.

Come now, let us reason together, says the LORD:

though your sins are like SCARLET, they shall be as WHITE as SNOW;

though they are RED like CRIMSON, they shall become like WOOL. Isaiah 1:18

If you already have been forgiven, what is left to confess? You only need to do it ONCE!!

For by a SINGLE/ONE Offering He has PERFECTED for ALL TIME those who are being SANCTIFIED(set apart unto God by that One offering, we are set apart FOREVER!). Hebrews 10:14

WASHED = FORGIVEN = SANCTIFIED = JUSTIFIED = 1Cor 6:11; Romans 8:30 = COMPELTE = FINISHED WORK OF THE CROSS = “It is finished!!!” John 19:30

God’s Work is Complete from Beginning to End, for He declares the End from the Beginning. Isa 46:10; Rev 1:8

He is the ‘Beginning/Alpha and the End/Omega’, so if you are in Him, you are Already Complete.

Paul is trying to ‘change the way they think’ – Repentance, to tell them “this is not you… you are not sexuall immoral anymore, you are New Creations in Christ… therefore start acting like one…you don’t have a sinful nature anymore, but you have a God nature and you have been justified (declared Righteous before God).

“As man thinketh in his heart, so is he” proverbs.

If you believe you are sinner, then you’ll sin by faith. If you believe you are a ‘Idiot’, then you’ll act like a Idiot. The whole bible is all about transforming your mind, there is nothing you have ‘To Do’, it has already ‘Been Done!’, just Repent (change your mind) and Believe the Truth so you can be Set Free!!! John 8:32, Live by the Spirit, Not by the Law, Galatians 5:18

We are not longer ‘Sinners saved by grace’, we WERE sinners, but Now We are Saints.

The moment you discover Who you really are, then you’ll start to live like it.

Paul didn’t tell them to confess their sins but he told them Who they are. There is no need to confess your sins if you don’t have a sinful nature anymore!!!

Believers no longer have to be ‘sin conscious’, but they can be “Gift of Righteousnes conscious” and “Christ conscious” rather than “self-conscious”. Romans 8:1

Woohoo!! thankyou Jesus, Heavenly for this wonderful Gospel Grace that truely changes people from the Inside out, not Outside In!!

So what happens when we sin?

Instead of asking Him to forgive us and feeling condemned, we just thank Him that He has already forgiven us and there is Now No Condemnation.

More to come about “Do Christians have a sinful nature?” studies based in Romans 6-7.

Thankyou and feel free to spread this blog!!!

Have a read of this as well:

* When did Jesus forgave us all our sins?

http://gracerevolution.co.nz/2008/09/25/when-did-jesus-forgive-us-all-our-sins-part-1/

http://gracerevolution.co.nz/2008/10/06/when-did-jesus-forgive-us-all-our-sins-part-2/

The understanding of this took me a couple of years to grasp it.

Confessing your sins and forgiving others in order for God to forgive you was an Old Covenant practice (Matthew 6:12, 14-15); but in the New Covenant we forgive others Because God has already forgiven us (Colossians 3:13). Jesus was still living under the Old Covenant when He said this, the New Covenant didn’t begin until Jesus died on the Cross and it was completed on Acts Chapter 2, the Day of Pentecost when the Spirit was poured out.

Its important to RIGHTLY DIVIDE THE COVENANTS when you read the bible otherwise you’ll mis-interpret it. There are 7 major covenants in the Bible. Right now we are living under the Dispensation of the New Covenant, so when we read Old Covenant Scriptures we’ve got to filter it through New Covenant Lenses.

E.g. If you read most parts of the Old Testament, you will find that God commands us to kill our enemies. Do we do that today? of course Not, that was Old Covenant Law of Moses. Also when Jesus came, He said He was only sent to the Lost sheep of Israel, Not to the Gentiles (Matthew 15:24), and He also told his disciples only preach to the Jews (Mathew 10:6)  that was Old Covenant. But when He rose from the dead, the Covenant changed and He told everyone to go into the World and preach the Good News to all ethnic groups, all people, not just Jews!!!

Jesus preached law/Old Covenant to its original standard, where once people had watered the law down to be “keepable”, he preached this to the Self-Righteous and Proud in heart to expose their sins by bringing the law which is  mirror, and Jesus preached New Covenant Grace Prophetically and renewing the Abrahamic Covenant of Faith to those were humble and ready to receive.

A New Creation, Mp3 John Crowder

It will transform your life!!!

Goto this link and listen to the first message:

http://www.jubilee.org.au/index.cfm?i=6163&mid=18

Hello friends!!!!

I’m listening to this awesome powerful clear message by John Crowder about the New Creation we have in Christ Jesus!!! This is the probably the best explanation I’ve heard so far- It’s not about the sinful nature anymore, but it’s All about the New Creation we have in Christ Jesus and Renewing your mind to believe it so that your act like who you Really Are!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Unsearchable riches of Christ Part 1, MP3

Here is a teaching, discussion on the Unsearchable riches of Christ found in the Gospel, concealed in the Old Testament but Revealed in the New Testament through Jesus the Messiah!!!

Feel free to listen and download by clicking right button and ‘save link as’.

RevelationOfChrist

I will add some study notes and Q & A section to this as well later on, thanks.

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The mystery/secret of the Good News of Christ

 

Ephesians 3:1-12; Colossians 1:25-28

 

It was kept hidden for ages past but it has now been revealed to us New Testament saints who believe in Jesus as the Messiah

 

What is this mystery? This secret? What is the unsearchable riches of Christ? What does unsearchable mean?

 

How did paul receive revelation to understand this mystery?

On the road to Damascus. Acts 26:12-23. Compare this with the mount of transfiguration Matthew 17:1-13. He counted all things as poo compare to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ. Php 3:1-11

 

What is this mystery?

Luke 24:25-27; 44-48

Jesus is the completion, fullfillment of prophecy, types and shadows of the Old Testament- Law, Prophets and Writings. Jesus is the OT manifested/revealed in a human body (John 1:1.)

Paul saw Jesus in every page of the OT. To preach Jesus from the OT was his revelation.

2 Corinthians 1:20

 

Christ in the Old Testament

Since God’s plan focuses on Christ and his glory (Eph 1:10), it is natural that the promises of God and the symbols in the Old testmant all point forward to him. “For all the promises of God find their Yes in him [Christ]” (2 Cor 1:20).

The OT as a whole, through its promises, its symbols, and its pictures of salvation, looks forward to the actual accomplishment of salvation that took place once-for-all in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Sometimes God gives immediate, temporal blessings in the Old Testament. These blessings are only a foretaste of the rich eternal blessings that come through Christ: Eph 1:3

The NT constantly talks about Christ and the salvation that he has brought. That is obvious. What is not so obvious is that the same is true of the OT, though it does this by way of anticipation. It gives us shadows and type of things that were to come. (1 Cor 10:6,11; Heb 8:5)

A type is a special example, symbol, or picture that God designed beforehand, and that he placed in history at an earlier point in time in order to point forward to a later, larger fulfillment.

Animal sacrifices in the OT prefigured the final sacrifice of Christ. So these animal sacrifices were ‘types’ of Christ.

Fulfillment takes place preeminently in Christ (Eph 1:10; 2 Cor 1:20).

 

The law is Shadow, but Christ is the Reality/Substance. (Colossians 2:16-20)

 

Even angels and the OT saints longed to look into these things to uncover the hidden gospel but you and I have been privileged to have it revealed to us!!

1 Peter 1:10-12

 

What are some of the unsearchable riches of Christ as hidden/concealed in the OT that has been revealed to NT saints since Jesus death, burial, ressurection and ascension?

 

-The heavens have been opened by Jesus’ baptism. It never closed since then.

Under Moses law, your sin brought a curse that could close the heavens above you like bronze. Deut 28:23. But Jesus rescued us from the curse of the law Gal 3:13.

Isaiah 64:1; Matthew 3:13-17; Luke 3:21-22; Acts 7:54-56.

Don’t be like the confused pentecostals who asked God to open the heavens, but thank God the heavens are already opened above you!!!!

 

-Psalm 51, Ezekiel 36:22-27; Jeremiah 33:8; 31:33-34 Prophecy=> Hebrews 10:15-18; 1John 1:5-9; Colossians 2:13-14; Ephesians 1:7; Matthew 6:12-15; John 20:22-23

-Psalm 25:3-6 Prophecy => Fulfillment Hebrews 10:19-23; Colossians 1:22

-The Glory of God lives inside of you! We don’t have to ‘get’ into the Glory, we are already in the Glory!! Colossians 1:24-27; 2:9; Hebrews 1:3; John 17:20-26. That is the Glory and the Unsearchable Riches of the New Covenant in Christ compared to moses covenant.

The OT Glory was a fading glory that’s why you had to get more of it. But NT glory is unfading glory and is ever increasing glory!! There is only 2 types of Glory: OT glory or NT Glory. (2 Corinthians 3:7-18)

 

Conclusion:

The mystery is this: Jesus Who is the fulfillment of the OT lives inside of you so you can experience God’s Glory!!

 

The Glory of God is the tangible Presence of God that is manifested into the earthly realm, that can be tasted, touched, smelt and seen.

 

The Old Covenant of Moses which was made obsolete is this: the Glory of God is outside of you!!

But the New Covenant established by Jesus is this: The Glory of God is inside of you!!

 

Say with me, Christ in me the Hope of experiencing God’s Glory!! Jesus is all I need and I have already have Him!! It’s all about Jesus!!!

 

Spirit lead, free, organic church life

John 17: 20-23

I am not praying only on their behalf, but also on behalf of those who believe in me through their testimony, 17:21 that they will all be one, just as you, Father, are in me and I am in you. I pray that they will be in us, so that the world will believe that you sent me. 17:22 The glory you gave to me I have given to them, that they may be one just as we are one – 17:23 I in them and you in me – that they may be completely one, so that the world will know that you sent me, and you have loved them just as you have loved me.

God the Father want’s His Church- His children, Called out ones, to be one. No matter what organisation, church group, denominations we belong to, no matter what differences we have in our beliefs in various doctrine of the Bible (just as long its not contradicing the essential truths of the faiths) we all need to humble ourselves, love each other, be teachable, work with one another for the Kingdom of God as much as we can, depending on the leading of the Holy Spirit.

I remember once I was talking to a hindu man about God. He said to me something like this, “Your religion/church is like mine; you have many groups, denominations such as baptists, pentecostals etc… many churches with different names. So it is the same with Hindus- there are many groups within Hindu relgion and many different ‘churches’ within.”

Then it hit me, one stumbling block for the world to see the church as one is this: our denominations, groups, names, organisations.

No what came to my mind was rob rufus saying something last year at glory and grace in sydney in session no.1 and 2,

“this not really about Law and Grace, it’s about who controls the church: does the man control the church, or does the Holy Spirit control the church?”

and in Session 3 He really preaches against the control spirit.

It can be downloaded from City Church International website

Christianity is simple; it’s all about Jesus from beginning to end; Its about a Person- God Himself. A passionate pursuit of Him, relationship with Him. Let’s not complicate it with traditions of man and good ideas of man that have no biblical basis and no church history to back it up even though they sound ‘good’.

It’s good to study church history.

The early church never owned one church building until the 3rd century when pagan emperor constantine did it while there were pagan temples around. It was Roman emperor Constantine’s fault because He was a pagan worshipper as well as a so called “christian”.

The early church never owned one church building and yet turned the world upside down; they wouldn’t want to own a church building because the pagans had their temples, the Jews had their synagogue and temple, it would have only confused the gospel message if they had! and had not the Lord said, “My body is the temple”.

Put yourselves in their shoes and imagine for a moment:

The early disciples realised they were the building of Jesus; they grew up in a culture of ‘temples’, pagan shrines and temples, for them to realise that they were God’s temple, it immediately would have taken away the need to have a ‘temple’ where ‘God lives’. Having a building today in our day was not part of early church tradition and also it only confuses the unsaved.

They turned the world upside down without one church building; they met in homes, outside in public places, on the streets, by the river, wherever they could. Buildings weren’t a issue for them, this world is soon passing away and will be burnt with fire. (2 Peter 3:10-13), Jesus is coming back in their soon in their lifetime (the early church sincerely believed that Jesus was coming back in their lifetime. 1Thessalonians 4:13-18)

And yet the church of our day has all sorts of buildings and monuments and its powerless to change the world.

So what happens when a meeting in a house becomes too big? well they go into another home? what if there is no leader to lead it?

Well that’s exactly right! God will take care of it!

Man loose control of the church and God  the Holy Spirit takes control!! it wasn’t a problem in Acts, they didn’t have that kind of thinking in place? ” do we have a leader? otherwise we can’t meet in a home?”

It says somewhere in Acts 4:4 that the number of men were 5000 people (not counting woman and children). But Acts 6:1-7 says appoint 7 deacons. so that is 7 deacons for 5000 people at least, not a very clever way to control the people beacuse that would mean about 700 for one deacon!!

That’s exactly right- man loose control of the church, the Holy Spirit takes control!

There is no need to have a ‘leader’ for every house group or home group meeting that takes place. there is no record of that in acts.

Church is not a ‘business’, church is a family. Whenever you have a business meeting supposed you have to have someone who directs it- (put all the seats in rows, dress up in nice clothing and listening to a message), but when family members get together, they can just enjoy each other’s company without worrying about ‘”who” is the leading the meeting?”

The church of God is the Family of God but sadly it is usually runned like a Business/

What about elders and deacons? Yes, it’s a biblical but they are birthed as God births it in his time, not our time. Not every church had elders and deacons in a same time frame I don’t think. The book of Galatians had no elders and deacons because Paul never mentioned any in his letter to the churches in Galatia.

1 Corinthians 16:19 Aquila and priscilla had a church in their house.

The key again is this: man loose control of the church, but the Holy Spirit takes control.

Who is building His Church? Who does it belong to?

Jesus is building His Church, not man. Matthew 16:18

There is a book about church history how pagan thinking crept into the church and created church traditions that have no biblical backing. He has a blog and I just got his book yesterday from Koorong bookshop in springwood, it has some good stuff.

http://www.paganchristianity.org/

I believe traditions and good ideas of men are ‘laws’ in themselves and enable men to control the church, but Grace releases men from traditions and allows the Holy Spirit to take control.

Galatians 5:18

“But if you are lead by the Spirit, you are not under the law.

Any laws mean- church tradition laws as well- anything that is not in the Word of God.

It’s only the Glory of God that will make us One (John 17:22), and it comes by the Holy Spirit, being lead by Him, not by human laws and traditions of man which is doctrine of demons.

Bless you hope this helps 🙂