Wednesday 12 November 2014

Away with the False Luxury of Fragmentation

I am now going to say something wise.
For 2000 years we have lived in the total luxury of a false realm in the church.
Acts was NOT like this. The Ephesians blueprint is so far from this I wonder any church on planet Earth has the cheek even to open any of its pages.
Slightly more obscurely, but you will see this clearer and clearer.......
THE FIRST THING that the returnees from Babylon did with Nehemiah and Ezra at the helm.....WAS RAISE every single WALL, and REBUILD ALL 12 GATES of Jerusalem. Google the GATES you will get 9 to 14 some Jew somewhere will know about that....I am speaking by the Spirit in terms of total blue prints...probably 12 Gates.
Anglican and Catholics regard themselves as presenting a full blueprint of Christianity. Both, it is true have even allowed a measure of Holy Spirit movement within their borders.....but if I tell you that accounts for 2 only, of the GATES, the Fountain off special baptism into the Holy Spirit...followed by the endless infillings and flow of walking in the Spirit represented by the Water Gate, you begin to get an idea how big church life is.

So if there are 12 Gates, how many sides are there to this gospel? How many sides or faces of Jesus to make a whole picture? There were 4 sides to the tabernacle and to the layout of all the 12 tribes, 3 positioned on each side.

Geography, as you appreciate, has changed in the Spirit. “You will neither worship on this mountain, nor the one at Jerusalem.”
And, the Kingdom is neither “Lo Here” nor “Lo there”....but it is NIGH YOU even in your mouth.
And what does your mouth speak? That which proceeds from the abundance of your heart.
So these are NOT geographical sides.
So the whole 4 SIDE, 12 GATE gospel has to be in every individual's heart. And the good news is it is. JESUS CHRIST who is complete came to reside in your spirit as you. So the problem is one of expansion. This COMPLETE JESUS has to fill the rest of your heart, mind, will, strength and body. Immaturity is simply this.....the rest of you isn't matched up to your new state when you were born again.

The Bible phrase about mature people is....Hebrews 5.14 But strong meat belongs to them that are of full age (in Christ), even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil. Senses being both intelligence /thought and emotions/desires.

Psalm 84 says How blessed is the man whose strength is in You,
In whose heart are the highways to Zion!

The highways....the maps....the blueprints....the plans....of Zion.
Which blueprint? The heavenly Tabernacle from which the earthly was modelled.
Moses saw the heavenly one on the mountain and the Holy Spirit showed Him how to make an earthly pattern of it.
One thing have I asked of the Lord, that will I seek, inquire for,and[insistently] require: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord [in His presence] all the days of my life, to behold and gaze upon the beauty [the sweet attractiveness and the delightful loveliness] of the Lord and to meditate, consider,and inquire in His temple.

This really makes no sense until like David the Holy Spirit has begun making you into a kind of psalmist....whether actually musical or not....God catches us up in the holy Spirit and begins revealing to us spiritual things of HOW THE KINGDOM IS NOW IN HEAVEN and how we are to call this state, and intercede for this to manifest in our time space world. Thy Kingdom Come.
We begin comparing more and more spiritual things with spiritual. More and more begins to make sense.

The FOUR SIDES or faces of the Living Creatures with “seeing eyes” all round them are similar to the four gospel writers too.
Matthew, regal, an organiser, a KINGDOM man, interested in the legalities...fixing the genealogies...a bottom line man...some would say a pragmatist....a “What does this mean at the end of the day” kind of man. Represented by the Lion Face
Mark , represents the man of action, the servant, a very high call in our day....the people who get the job done, the FEET of the Kingdom walking it out...practical people person. The Calf/ Bull pulling ploughs, trudging furrows uncomplaining
Luke...has similar attributes to Matthew but just far more detailed, in depth planning, represents the human face of Jesus in the gospels, the mind of man, the doctor, the one asked to write a “second account” , namely Acts, because his first was so detailed and well written. The Human Face
John, soars like an eagle into the very dwelling places of God...literally in his Revelation of Jesus which culminates the New testament. Yet there's something meticulous about John in the Spirit.
The gospel of John, few have realised, because it is so so different from the other three “biographies of Jesus”. It is topographically perfect though, like the London Underground Map, which is NO ordnance Survey map, but it tells you everything a traveller needs to know. John gives you all the main spiritual stops through the three stages of spiritual growth in 1 John 2, beginning with being born again in John 3. He represents the soaring EAGLE nature of God's Spirit within us.
Paul Noble shares
Matthew (Apostle) kingly Gospel , Mark (Evangelist), John (Prophet) and Luke (Physician Pastor/Teacher)

Matthews can DOMINATE....can revert back to “lording it over one another as the gentiles do”
Can totally miss the importance of over detailed Luke, of simple sheep like Mark, of fluffy way out people like John.

Marks can tend to see the whole gospel in terms of works. Of doing. Of being practical. Which it is....but not to the exclusion of all else. Marks can be Marthas, who refuse to sit still long enough to hear the whole blueprint from Jesus. Remember Mary her sister was commended. They REALLY do not like DOMINATORS. And perhaps rightly they get annoyed with Lukes who are so detailed they often don't get started.

Lukes as mentioned can be so anal in detail, the others have gone off independently and done it all.
 - Can be over rigid about detail. Details change as situations change. Can be very impatient with the looser types. Not so human and warm to be with.

Johns can be so authoritative in the Spirit they forget that we have been put on earth to live out our days quite practically. They need reeling in every so often. The mystery of Christ is that what seems mundane and day to day is actually a beautiful expression of the Christ Life itself emerging from the low, serving places with an incredible authority also....which can be quite a shock for Johns, who can tend to pick up their authority exclusively from heavenly touches.

So to conclude, those are the fragments of this status, now let's assemble them .
For I began by saying "For 2000 years we have lived in the total luxury of a false realm in the church.Acts was NOT like this."

I will explain  the false realm. 1 John 2 clearly states the different growth stages of Christians. Now the first church had all three levels of spirituality simultaneously working out together. All types of folk. And the living tension and dynamism of living amongst that all at once is called in Revelation the Woman bringing forth the Manchild.
So while we may enjoy the luxury of fragmentation, with first levellers in one church, 2ndlevellers in another sort of church, and thirdlevellers playing bo peep, diving in and out between it all.....there is NO CHANCE of fulfilling
a. that the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known through the church to the rulers and the authorities in the heavenly places.  Eph 3.10
there is NO CHANCE of
b. The Woman giving Birth to the Manchild in a locality Rev 12.1 and 5
c. like the Queen of Sheba coming to see Solomon.....also Isaiah 60 “ And nations shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising.
and the phrase  when I be lifted up I will draw all men unto Me
and finally...the local fulfilment of the Jewish harvest cycle being fulfilled by a mature church who has gone through that entire cycle in the Holy Spirit culminating in the “Feast of Ingathering” or Day of Visitation....or Open Day....which you can find in the last Feast....Tabernacles.

When we say to the carriers of the blueprints...those in whose hearts are the highways to Zion...
“Blessed are you who come in the NAME OF THE LORD” then shall such a set of local churches and churches in nations arise, who will be of this order.
R. Edward Miller in many decades and Basilea Schlink in her Darmstadt community were forerunners of this complete cycle of outworking. As also was Graham Pulkingham as he exported his community over from Houston to our shores.

This is a much higher vision than anything we have at present in our prototype network communities in the UK or the States which have largely become jammed around personality cults rather than keeping each individual eyes on the real Tabernacle and the wonderful Lord of the Tabernacle.

To further strengthen what the Spirit is saying through highlighting the terrible "WASTE OF LUXURY", once more read  a combination of these scriptures.

1 Corinthians 12 from verse 4
Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit. 5 And there are varieties of ministries, and the same Lord. 6 There are varieties of effects, but the same God who works all things in all persons. 7 But to each one is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. 8 For to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, and to another the word of knowledge according to the same Spirit; 9 to another faith [d]by the same Spirit, and to another gifts of [e]healing [f]by the one Spirit, 10 and to another the [g]effecting of [h]miracles, and to another prophecy, and to another the [i]distinguishing of spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, and to another the interpretation of tongues. 11 But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually just as He wills.

Note Well: varieties of gifts, varieties of ministries, varieties of effects.
some upbuild...impart faith
some are physical effects
some build the Body expressly
some DIVIDE as in DIVIDE mixture....
think Jesus statement "Why do you call Me good?(I will not be related to or flattered as 'an independently' good man")

12 For even as the body is one and yet has many members, and all the members of the body, though they are many, are one body, so also is Christ. 13 For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free, and we were all made to drink of one Spirit.
(How many remember being in boring old style churches while these passages were read out like some magic mystical language that you endured but never thought it could be real....not really real. And ofcourse once everyone is born again and has had a real baptism in the Spirit experience it is suddenly all so real.)

14 For the body is not one member, but many.
 15 If the foot says, “Because I am not a hand, I am not a part of the body,” it is not for this reason [k]any the less a part of the body. 16 And if the ear says, “Because I am not an eye, I am not a part of the body,” it is not for this reason [l]any the less a part of the body. 17 If the whole body were an eye, where would the hearing be? If the whole were hearing, where would the sense of smell be? 18 But now God has placed the members, each one of them, in the body, just as He desired. 19 If they were all one member, where would the body be? 20 But now there are many members, but one body. 21 And the eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you”; or again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.” 22 On the contrary, [m]it is much truer that the members of the body which seem to be weaker are necessary; 23 and those members of the body which we [n]deem less honorable, [o]on these we bestow more abundant honor, and our less presentable members become much more presentable, 24 whereas our more presentable members have no need of it. But God has so composed the body, giving more abundant honor to that member which lacked, 25 so that there may be no [p]division in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another. 26 And if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; if one member is [q]honored, all the members rejoice with it.

27 Now you are Christ’s body, and individually members of it. 28 And God has [r]appointed in the church, first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, administrations, various kinds of tongues. 29 All are not apostles, are they? All are not prophets, are they? All are not teachers, are they? All are not workers of miracles, are they? 30 All do not have gifts of healings, do they? All do not speak with tongues, do they? All do not interpret, do they? 31 But earnestly desire the greater gifts.

With all these gifts flying around can you now understand Ephesians 4.....the HOW

but [i]speaking the truth in love, [j]we are to grow up in all aspects into Him who is the head, even Christ, 16 from whom the whole body, being fitted and held together [k]by what every joint supplies, according to the [l]proper working of each individual part, causes the growth of the body for the building up of itself in love.

The Gifts are  the EXPRESS start.....they are given straight after new birth and being filled with the Spirit.  Later as Christ roots Himself in your being you are more able to share out of the "oil that you have directly bought from the shops yourself."   SEE Matthew 25.1-12. The wise virgins were secretly preparing flasks of oil on the side!!!!! unbeknownst to the rest.

The Luxury of Fragmentation is so NEGATIVE
1 It prevents the hyper accelerated growth of the Body of Christ in all ways, in all levels, in all effects.
2. It promotes sickness and death within the members themselves.
1 Corinthians11 .27 Therefore whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner, shall be guilty of the body and the blood of the Lord. 28 But a man must examine himself, and in so doing he is to eat of the bread and drink of the cup. 29 For he who eats and drinks, eats and drinks judgment to himself if he does not judge the body rightly. 30 For this reason many among you are weak and sick, and a number [s]sleep. 31 But if we judged ourselves rightly, we would not be judged. 32 But when we are judged, we are disciplined by the Lord so that we will not be condemned along with the world.

Who is Jesus in you? Who is Jesus in your brother?
False judgment is simply your leftbrain doing loop the loops with reality.
If someone is a don't deny order to see Jesus...but "outer appearances are so often wrong". Get everything in the HolySpirit.
The devil is out to slander each and every brother and sister in your mind.
And don't be naive all of us fight temptations....Jesus did too until His final announcement in the upper room.
Just because a brother falls it doesn't mean Jesus Christ isn't living his or her means they have been temporarily deceived. "Restore with gentleness is the phrase....looking to yourself lest you be next!!!!"

Those are big issues. I think by far the worst stink in first and secondlevel churches is that everyone still sees themselves and other people after the flesh.
As independent people. Instead of seeing what "separation thinking" is...that is to say,the  falsehood that we can live for a second as independent beings....the complete farce sold us in genesis 3.
Rightly DISCERN the Body of Christ....Jesus living His life out through every Body member. People will try to fake this with leftbrain adjustments. You cannot fake it. You have to KNOW and live from Galatians 2:20 as consciousness.....and once you have grabbed this as your can see any fakeries. Everybody sees in the longrun because bad fruit leeches out.

There is only ONE WAY to the TRUTH and the LIFE in Jesus!!!

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