Why Is A Christian Like Popeye The Sailor Man?


 Eph 6: 10 Finally, my brothers, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.

In the Greek:  “Be empowered in the Lord and in the domination or dominion exerted by His inner residing strength.”

  • This dominion or domination is what gives the Lord Jesus the ability to subdue all things back to Himself.
  •  The revelation of Christ within us, reveals the Christ who dominates and subdues all, thus setting us free.

This is what it means by “the power of his might.”

Do you remember the episodes of Popeye and Olive Oil?

This scripture is a perfect representation of what happened to Popeye.

Popeye was a fairly weak guy.

When he ate the can of spinach he became inwardly strong; his external arm muscles popped out, he then rang Bluto’s neck, and took the lovely Olive Oil back as his prized possession.

Or to paraphrase it in another way, the tremendous inner residing strength that is multiplied within Popeye at the eating of the can of spinach is translated into a manifestation of outward strength which caused him to dominate and conquer all, even Bluto.

So what is Paul commanding us to us? For us to be empowered with this powerful combo of God’s inward strength that turns into outward dominion.

  • The spinach is the revelation of Jesus in us.
  • We are strong if we eat of the spinach, Jesus Christ, but nothing if we don’t.
  • Every Christian is a Popeye. So eat Jesus, your spinach.

Joh 6:54 Whoever eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up in the last day.

Joh 6:56  He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood abides in Me, and I in him.

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Apple Pie


Do your remember in elementary school our teachers using the example of an apple pie cut into eight pieces?  They would use this to help us comprehend fractions.  Every piece of the sliced pie would now become 1/8 of the pie.  Four pieces would be equal ½; seven pieces would be 7/8; and the eight pieces together would make the whole of the pie.

The fullness of the Lord and His manifested glory is just the same way.  The church is the apple pie.  If only one member of the church displays the fullness of the Lord, the assembly will manifest only 1/8 of his glory.  I know that it is a simplistic example, but it’s true.  If half of church’s members are holding to their responsibility to be filled with the Spirit, that local body will manifest  1/2 of God’s glory.  Displaying the fullness of the Lord takes the active participation of every member in a local body.

Many of our present church models are inaccurate in that they encourage many to become pew sitters, and very few to participate and minister.  The church is sick with the malady of “butt magnets.”

Truly only a small fraction of the Lord’s glory is displayed in our churches

In a previous study I also discussed how our church should operate as a human body, since it’s the body of Christ.

Our human body is made-up of 200 bones fastened together by tissues and ligaments.   The circulatory system makes use of our blood as it is drawn through the heart’s right chamber and makes its way through into the lungs.  The lungs furnish the blood with much needed oxygen, send it back to the heart via its left chamber, and finally propel into the main artery or aorta.  The aorta’s blood branches into smaller and smaller places. The first are arteries, designated as arterioles, which ebb into the furthest recesses of our bodies through minute capillaries.

Our immune system fends off unfriendly proteins, and infectious microorganisms, with the one two punch of antibodies.  A deadly left uppercut by the immune system makes holes in the foreign cells, and its swinging right hook swallows up and digests foreign matter.

Our digestive system starts up in our mouths. The food is broken into fragments by our chewing and is mixed with saliva.  It then goes down the esophagus and right into the stomach.  The digestive process is redoubled by the ferocious activity of gastric and intestinal juices.  The digested nutrients are then sucked into the small intestine.  The remains of unassimilated foods, and waste substances from the liver, are passed into the large intestine and gloriously expelled from our bodies.

Finally, our skin is one big living organ!  It protects us from drying up, controls the loss of fluids, and shields us from harmful substances.  Its sweat glands are our body’s air conditioning, the skin receptors distinguishing the levels of body temperature and pain, and finally our fat cells insulate us. (Excerpts are taken from Microsoft’s 1999 edition of the Encarta Encyclopedia.)

In our human body, every one of its members knows exactly what its function is, and they hold themselves responsible to fulfill them.  They do it with great effectiveness.  The members of our body do not take glory or attention upon themselves, and they always works at their peak.    Every member of our human body is active, and it is equally offensive as it is defensive in their roles.  The church as Christ’s body and should operate along the same lines as the human body.

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With Eric, in the Navajo Nation. He received considerable healing in his body.

The Psychological Christian


The Bible informs us that there are three types of people in this world.

The carnal man (Greek; Sarkikos; the man of the flesh, or the fleshly man)

The natural man (Greek: Psychikos; the man of the soul, or the psychological man)

The spiritual man (Greek: Pneumatikos; the man of the wind, or the spiritual man)

Through “our accomplished position in Christ” we are ‘spiritual people”.

It is impossible for us to be carnal Christians since our sinful “fleshly” nature was crucified and has died off with Christ.

The “unsaved or unregenerate person” however, is a slave to sin and the flesh, and can be no more, and no less, than “carnal” in nature.

Where does this leave the “natural” or “soulish” man?  Who is this “natural man”?

 1Cor 2:9  But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.

10  But God hath revealed them( taking the lid off) unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth(sounds out) all things, yea, the deep things of God.

11  For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God.

1 Cor 2:14  But the natural man(psychikos) ( receiveth (he does not welcome with open arms) not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. (to investigate, examine and determine something so as to render a decision)

15  But he that is spiritual(pneumatikos) judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man.

16  For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.

1Cor 2:9  But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.

In verse nine of First Corinthians chapter two; the apostle Paul begins his discourse on the natural versus the spiritual person by addressing his audience as “which God hath prepared for them that love him.”

Secondly, the “unsaved on unregenerate” man or woman cannot be a ‘man of the soul’ when he or she are still carnal .

The “natural man” then, is the class of Christian, which I described above.

He or she are believers who “walk after” or in “accordance to the flesh”.

They are natural, psychological, or “soulish” believers because they have opted to live their Christian lives independent of the voice of the Holy Spirit.  The mind which is to be submitted to the Holy Spirit in his or her spirit is detached and functions out of itself; its own agendas and ideas.

Instead they conduct their Christian affairs in accordance to the voice of their intellect, will, and emotions, and are independent of the desires of the Holy Spirit.

1 Cor 2:14  But the natural man(psychikos) ( receiveth (he does not welcome with open arms) not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. (to investigate, examine and determine something so as to render a decision)

15  But he that is spiritual(pneumatikos) judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man.

16  For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.

You can see the results of what happens to the natural believer, by studying the scriptural excerpt above.

Whether we engage in the blatant works of the flesh, or the subtle fleshly works of the natural Christian we very much still operate in the flesh.

Watchman Nee said, and I paraphrase him, that humanity wastes trillions and trillions of dollars to perfume and beautify our flesh.  The Lord Jesus, however, only had one verdict and sentence for the flesh, even in our most noble of Christian efforts.  He said that Jesus crucified and killed it. That is the only purpose for the flesh.

His verdict was that “nothing good dwells in our flesh.”

Romans 7:18  For I know that nothing good dwells within me, that is, in my flesh. I can will what is right, but I cannot do it.

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Money Makes The World Go Around


1 John 2:15  Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.

First John two and fifteen is an example of what I call a “proportional scripture.”  In other words, to the proportion that the love for the things of this world fills the limited space of our heart, is to the same proportion that the love of God has no more room within that limited space, and must leave.

If we see the importance of our ministry as greater than that of being simple  love slaves of Christ Jesus without any rights, save the right to obey, the things of this world will not be taken to the cross, and our ministry will take place in the bondage of vainglory, jealousy, bitterness and the likes.

True ministry is never about numbers, money, fame, glory or recognition.  It is simple moment-to-moment obedience to the Lord as He tells us where to go and what to do, whether it would be to the small or the great, the exciting or the mundane.

  1Tim 6:3 If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness;

Teach otherwise  – Literally “Another doctrine”.  Let us further study what Paul means by “another doctrine” by going to Ephesians four and fourteen.

 Eph 4:14  That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;

Greek translation:  By the “spiritual dice playing” of men in which they work around you with the goal of implementing the methodology of error.

Sounds like what is occurring our country?

When we teach, or are taught the “supposed word of God” that does not line up with “wholesome words” of scriptures, we end up teaching the “doctrines of men.

Wholesome” is a medical term that means to be “healthy”.

Only a thorough and accurate knowledge of the Word of God promotes healthy teaching that will make us whole in the Lord.

 Romans 1:18  For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; ( Greek: Suppress or tightly cover the truth)

“Doctrines of men” activate the methods of error, and suppresses the righteousness of God.  God’s righteousness is the visible manifestation of His glorious deeds upon the earth.  If we teach, or are taught what is wrong, the activity of the Spirit of God is restricted in proportion to the error.

There has been no time, since I have been in this country that there has been a more concerted attack to suppress the truth by lies and corruption. This must be countered by the manifestation of truth.

The devil’s purpose against America goes back to Ephesians.

Eph 4:14  That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;

Greek translation:  By the “spiritual dice playing” of men in which they work around you with the goal of implementing the methodology of error.

1Tim 6:5  Perverse disputings of men of corrupt( thoroughly corrupted)  minds, and destitute (defrauded) of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness  (esteeming as the law or the custom  of the land that material acquisition brings godliness): from such withdraw thyself.

Men who are thoroughly corrupt have defrauded themselves of the truth.

3 John 1:2  Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.

New Testament prosperity comes from two words which mean a “good road” or a  “good path”.   This implies success or accomplishment in the expeditious matter what we have set out to do.

If we desire to have true success in our finances as believers, our success must start with spiritual things.

Matthew 6:24  No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.

1 Tim 6:6 But godliness with contentment is great gain.

Contentment  – It is defined as the state of being so filled with the Spirit of God that the believer is self-sufficient solely in the fullness of the Spirit.  By this self-sufficiency I mean, that the Christian is totally free or independent from being swayed or trapped by the sufficiency that comes from external circumstances and worldly affairs.   His or her sufficiency is in the Lord and not upon external means. This type of believers are content with having little or much, because they  are independently self-sufficient from the world system, and solely dependent and self-sufficient in the revelation of the Lord Jesus.

The cultivation of godliness must be found in the gardens of contentment and the absolute freedom from being dependent on anything else but the Lord.

7 For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.

I love how the Greek NT scholar Marvin Vincent translates this scripture; “ We brought nothing into this world because we can carry nothing out.”

8  And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.

Greek:  And having food and covering we shall be self-sufficient in the Lord.

9 But they that will (to plan for and deliberately purpose to ) be rich fall into temptation( the trials of the devil and sin) and a snare (the same word used for a snare used to catch birds and beasts, unaware), and into many foolish (void of understanding)  and hurtful( injurious)  lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition.( which cause men to sink into destruction and perdition)

Destruction: Destruction has to do with many types of earthly calamities, bondages, and illnesses that come to plague people as they make it their chief aim to become rich, without thinking of God

Perdition – Perdition can also be termed as destruction, but many times it is the outcome of the destruction brought by the love of money.  Perdition can contain within it both spiritual and eternal aspects. The calamities brought by the love of money on many occasions send people to hell because the lord mammon has taken the precedence over the Lord Jesus.

10  or the love of money (a fond love) is the (a root) root of all evil: which while some coveted after( to stretch out after in order to grasp) they have erred from the faith (to be led astray from the truth and into idolatry), and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. (grief, distress and pain.)

Greek:  For “a”(not “the”) root of all types of what is injurious, destructive and harmful is the fondness of money

11  But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.

I  love the word “flee”!

Our English word for fugitive comes from this word. Several dictionary definitions such as a runaway, a person who is fleeing, or someone who takes to flight describes the fugitive.

My friends, we must be fugitives from the love of selfish material gain.

Likewise, I love the word “follow after”, which is the word for persecute!

My friends, we must be fugitives from the love money and persecute instead righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, and meekness!

Righteousness:  The visible and righteous exhibitions of the works of the invisible God through our lives.  Likewise, righteousness is also the outward results of the grace or labor that the Lord performs within us. We must be “living molds” of the image of the Lord Jesus Christ, the outcome of the super human labor of the revealed Christ, and not the bondage brought through our own efforts by the works of the law.  Persecute this!

12  Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.

Greek: Athletically agonize in the beautifully athletic conflict of faith.

Grasp and make for your own eternal life now on earth.

In which you have confessed a beautiful confession. (Confession is the reality of what lies inside of us as expressed outwardly through an honest mouth.  A beautiful confession can only come forth from a beautiful life.)

 13  That thou keep this commandment without spot, unrebukeable, until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ:

Greek   Guard, and watch over carefully, to fully perform, the commandment without blemish, free from vice, and with nothing that the devil or man can take a hold of, or point an accusatory finger at.

17  Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy

Nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God,   “Nor to hope in the riches of uncertainty.”

Who giveth us richly all things to enjoy   Who supplies us richly from His own resources.

 18  That they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate;

Ready to distribute:   Always ready to impart with openhanded liberality.

Willing to communicate.  The TDNT defines this rare New Testament word as “belonging or appointed to society” or “gladly giving others a share.”

“Willing to communicate” comes from the word for fellowship, which is to “have in common.”

In America we understand fellowship to mean Christian brothers and sisters getting together at Denny’s for pie or coffee.  Fellowship also means our getting together for church or a Bible study.

However the notion of “Christian fellowship” goes further than this.  To fellowship in the NT fashion is to hold things in common.  Christians must be ready to hold things material, emotional, and spiritual, in common with each other, as the Lord directs. “What is mine is yours” is what I am saying.

My wife, Mary, has a wonderful story that has made a real impact upon my life.  When she was a missionary with Youth With a Mission in England, there were many young people that virtually had to pray in their soap, toothpaste, and the expenses for the school.  Mary came into the organization with a trust fund that paid her monthly expenses. The Lord had prior to this revealed to her that everything belonged to Him.  Everyone that was attending the school was just the same as Mary; God loved then equally, and wanted to bless them in the just same way as Mary had been blessed.  She was simply the steward of the trust fund as the Holy Spirit directed.  This, friend, is the meaning of “New Testament” fellowship.”

New Testament fellowship must supersede religious tithing! This is a very important truth!

Today, we hear more and more what I consider as unsound doctrinal arguments regarding that tithing is in the OT only

I believe that there is soundness in tithes and offerings.  For thirty four years I have tithed and have never lacked anything.  Today, I still tithe and find that there is strong spiritual safety in doing it. However I find myself being governed much more by the law of fellowship.  In other words at any, and in all occasions, I must be ready to impart great or small, from all my possessions whether physical, emotional, or spiritual as led by the Holy Spirit, knowing that nothing belongs to me, and that God loves and wants to bless everyone equally to me.

If American believers would follow the “law of fellowship” more than the “religious tithe”, many more ministries and missions would be amply taken care of.

2 Corinthians 9:6  But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully.

He which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully. Greek: “He that soweth upon a blessing shall reap upon a blessing.”

What the apostle Paul has in mind when he tells us to sow bountifully is that our sowing must be of such quality and in such quantity that it will reach to produce a real blessing upon someone else.  Such a man or woman will reap a blessing back from the Lord.  Mother Teresa said, “We must love until it hurts.”

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Joel Gray and Liza Minnelli in “Cabaret.”

The Four Types of Spiritual Knowledge


Ephesians 4:16  From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love

This scripture shows us that only when every member of Christ’s body, is working to his or her maximum output, in the ministries, callings, and giftings that Christ has placed within each of us, can real building up take place.

Satan is quite content to allow individual ministries to become large and powerful, as long as the majority of the body never realizes that each of us, is likewise equally called into something great and of significance for the Lord.

The New Testament model of the church is very much founded on our acquiring certain types of “spiritual knowledge” which are important to God.

Our understanding and our acquisition of these four types of spiritual knowledge are vital for building our churches.

  OUR KNOWLEDGE OF CHRIST

 Ephesians 1:17  That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge <1922> of him: 

These four types of knowledge all come from the Greek word “epiginosko”

(Strong’s # 1921 and 1922)

This  word describes a knowledge that is “mature, probing and deep, complete, correct, thorough, and precise.” It is so penetrating that the revelation of this type of knowledge will transform a person and propels him to do the will of God and to the next leval

The exhortation in the previous verses is that we would build our churches through a precise, intimate, and exact knowledge of Christ Jesus living within each of its members.  Why is that?

Eph3:7  Whereof I was made a minister, according to the gift of the grace of God given unto me by the effectual working of his power.

Christ reveals Himself differently in each of us in accordance with the callings that He has placed within.

The more that we know Him personally in accuracy and intimacy, the more that every ministry will be revealed, strengthened, and guided within the local body, fulfilling Ephesians 4:6.

Rev 19:10  And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, See thou do it not: I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy;

We can see that very manifestation of the living Christ is the source of all spiritual gifts.  Out of the very presence of Jesus flows the power of God.  His very gifts glorify Him.

John 15:26  But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me:

1Cor 1:5  That in every thing ye are enriched by him, in all utterance, and in all knowledge;

6 Even as the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you.  Brethren, the more of Jesus that is revealed in each of, the more the gifts will operate, and the more will be the edification which the church will receive.

 KNOWLEDGE OF GOD’S WILL

 Col1:9 For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding;

10That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God;

Many churches function without  an exact and complete knowledge of what God’s will is for their specific vision?  To know God’s will in “all spiritual wisdom” is incredibly important.  The “wisdom of God” is the will of God according to His strategy, His ways, and His timing.  It will always occur in the Spirit, and always through a death and resurrection of the vision for that ministry.  We need to spend the days, weeks, and months, which it takes in prayer to discern that will.

To do His will “with all spiritual understanding” is to discern what are God’s specific steps in fulfilling the will which we have just discerned.  A church fulfilling the will of God “with all spiritual understanding” will take the painstaking time to move step by step in line with the Holy Spirit, never behind, and never before Him.

KNOWLEDGE OF THE TRUTH

1Tim2:4  Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.  Beloved, to know the truth, is to know God’s word deeply, with accuracy, and in accordance to fact and certainty.

John 8:32  And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. 

Many, sadly quote this scripture without understanding it.  What Jesus is telling us, is the truth shall free us in the exact proportion to our accurate spiritual understanding and precise application of it.   Our misunderstanding of scriptures through error, or because we attempt to modify and justify them to make them adaptable to the current culture, will not free us. God is not obligated to honor our errors or cultural adaptations. He is only obligated to honor His Word.

 THE KNOWLEDGE OF EVERY GOOD THING WE HAVE IN CHRIST

Philemon 1:6  That the communication of thy faith may become effectual by the acknowledging of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus.

This rarely used, but vitally important scripture, tells us that our faith will only become effectively empowered, in proportion to our discovery and use of  every  spiritual gift, calling, and ministry that Christ has placed within each of us.  Beloved this is not the responsibility of the few but of all.  When a church discovers and implements it, we shall see another church of Acts.

2 Timothy 4:5  But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry.

Colossians 4:17  And say to Archippus, Take heed to the ministry which thou hast received in the Lord, that thou fulfil

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Hello, I Am Apostle So and So (Part Four)


We live in times where many want to be called an apostle. But what does the Bible say about apostles? Are you one of them? You may, if this lifestyle is the motivation of your heart.

2 Timothy 1:13Hold fast the form of sound words, which thou hast heard of me, in faith and love which is in Christ Jesus.

Greek: Hold fast the outline or pattern of healthy word, in a world that belongs to faith and love.

1 Timothy 6:3  If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness;

 2 Timothy 1:13  Hold fast the form of sound words, which thou hast heard of me, in faith and love which is in Christ Jesus.

 2 Timothy 4:3  For the time will come when they will not endure sound > doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;

 Here is one way of our fulfilling all that Paul has spoken to us since the chapter began. Only the outline of the healthy words (comprised of the gospel) placed before our eyes can carry out this.

The apostle has the grave responsibility of knowing the scriptures soundly, as well as maintaining a walk of intimacy with the Lord.  He or she can present and reveal the mystery of the Son of God to the church as it is found in the written word, as well manifesting Him through His ongoing works by the rhema word.

The revelation of the mystery of the gospel, as well as that of the Son of God by the apostle, must have enough richness so that believers within a local assembly can understand what is their participation and levels of involvement into the unsearchable riches of the Son of God, which are Jesus callings, giftings, and ministries to them; Hence the fellowship of the mystery.

1 Cor 9:1 Am I not an apostle? am I not free? have I not seen Jesus Christ our Lord? are not ye my work in the Lord?

 2 If I be not an apostle unto others, yet doubtless I am to you: for the seal of mine apostleship are ye in the Lord.

The scriptures above in Ephesians three, eight and nine, and First Corinthians nine, one and two, tell us much about the apostolic ministry.  I would like to teach the verses in Ephesians chapter three in the following manner.

I have been approached by people whom have presented our family with an offer to become part of a company that sells a host of different services to the community, all from on location.  In other words I could become a person who could sell life insurance, mortgages, stocks, mutual funds, and bonds with proper training and licensing.  The folks who visited us gave Mary and I an elaborate presentation of what their company offers, as well as the levels of participation in which we could get involved with them.  We could simply purchase one or several of their services, or participate as a company partner in progressive levels of involvement, by selling the different products that would be offered to others.  This is precisely what the fellowship of the mystery means.  A mystery is what is unknown to us.  In this case we knew nothing about the company.  When these friends taught us the company presentation, the mystery was revealed and we understood what the company was all about.  The fellowship of the mystery is our understanding of what our participation and levels of involvement could now be with the company.

The apostle primarily reveals the mystery of the Son of God through the written or logos word of God. The prophet reveals the Son of God primarily through the rhema word. Both of them functioning together provide the fullness of the revelation of the Son of God, who becomes the foundation on which any local assembly must build.

The apostle has the grave responsibility of knowing the scriptures soundly, as well as maintaining a walk of intimacy with the Lord.  He or she can present and reveal the mystery of the Son of God to the church as it is found in the written word, as well manifesting Him through His ongoing works by the rhema word.

 1 Cor 3:10  According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, ( architekton) I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon.

Limited to the proportion of Christ’s labor given unto me that produced the anointing of a wise architect, the foundation I completely laid in such a way that it will have a continuing impact.

The architect himself does not work but is the leader of the workmen.

The apostle is a spiritual architect.

Lays the revelatory foundation of the person of Jesus Christ .

11 For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.

There is no other foundation that has been appointed which Jesus the Christ. The foundation is not things, but a Person.

This foundation always being the very person of Christ.  His direction, His will, wisdom, gifts, power.

Eph 2:19  Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God.

 Ephesians  2:20  And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;

Foundation consisting in the apostles and prophets. Case of location, or the building up of the church must occur IN what the apostles and prophets lay.

Being built up in the Lord while resting on the revelatory foundation of the prophets and apostles.  This foundation being the very person of Christ.  His direction, His will, wisdom, gifts, power.

The article not before prophets shows that apostles and prophets are of the same kind of people.

2Peter 3:2  That ye may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us the apostles of the Lord and Saviour:

The apostles and prophets are both exclusive bearers of revelation.  The prophet’s revelation is progressive while the apostles can run in complete revelation based on the written word of God.

 Mark 1:2 As it is written in the prophets, Behold, I send (apostello) my messenger before thy face, which shall prepare thy way before thee.

Which shall prepare or who will lay down all of the needed gear, utensils and equipment at another’s disposal.” In this case, we furnish the Lord with a crucified life that will allow Him to operate in His wisdom and prudence through us.

Titus 1:5  For this cause left I thee in Crete, that thou shouldest set in order the things that are wanting, and ordain elders in every city, as I had appointed thee:

To set in order from the word “ortho” which means straight as with the orthodontist’ “one who straightens teeth.”

Ac 14:23  And when they had ordained them elders in every church, and had prayed with fasting, they commended them to the Lord, on whom they believed.

To set straight besides or after.  To arrange what was left after Paul’s departure.

Epidiorthoo  .To what remains to be set in order.

Wanting the things that are failing, lagging or, inferior.

Ordain:  To appoint or set down in every office.

2 Corinthians 12:12  Truly the signs of an apostle were wrought among you in all patience, in signs, and wonders, and mighty deeds.

Indeed the signs of an apostle were worked out in the realm of all endurance; both by signs and wonders, and works of God’s dunamis (miracles)

Signs: The miracle from the point of view that gives proof to the reality of God, and to the authenticity of the apostle as a sent ambassador of God commissioned with His credentials.

Wonders: The same miracle from the point of view of its startling, astonishing, amazing qualities, which the world beholds, and causes it to believe in God.

Romans 15:19  Through mighty signs and wonders, by the power of the Spirit of God; so that from Jerusalem, and round about unto Illyricum, I have fully preached( I have filled up the gospel) the gospel of Christ.

  It is important for us to be aware that if we are to do our part in filling up the gospel of Christ it will never be accomplished through our mere preaching of God’s word.  The gospel must be proclaimed in the power of the signs and wonders that accompany our spiritual gifts.

Ephesians 2:20  And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;

 21  In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord:

The apostle Paul always categorizes apostles and prophets together. They are in the same class because their revelatory functions in many ways are similar.  Ephesians chapter three, verses four and five tells us that apostles and prophets have been specifically called to a ministry of revealing the mystery of God, which is the person of Christ into a local body.  Though every believer has been called to reveal the Person of Christ through their ministries, the revelatory anointing in apostolic and prophetic people is especially emphasized.  When the prophetic flow is curtailed or prohibited in our assemblies, we in fact cut our own necks off.  The revelation of the Person of Jesus Christ is crippled at best.

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Hello, I Am Apostle So and So (Part Two)


We live in times where many want to be called an apostle. But what does the Bible say about apostles. Are you one of them? You may, if this lifestyle is the motivation of your heart.

Conduct and Character

 1 Corinthians 4:9  For I think that God hath set forth us the apostles last, as it were appointed to death: for we are made a spectacle unto the world, and to angels, and to men.

  Hath set forth: To expose to view; or to exhibit.

Last in receiving honor, last in being recognized by men and by the body of Christ, last in being raised up by Christ, and smallest in importance and in the estimation of men.

Appointed to death: Greek: Upon the death     “Doomed to die”

A spectacle unto the world.  Greek: A theater unto the world.

God has exhibited, showed off, and exposed to view. The apostle becomes a man exhibited, or to be gazed at.  Last in rank, importance, recognition and so forth.

The apostolic calling to those who are destined to be God ambassadors.

As His representatives, apostles are called to be a portrait or a painting of God’s ways, will, and timing upon the earth.  The Lord allows the apostle to go through the humiliating and frustrating circumstances of being last so that he is whittled away from all that does not represent the voice of the Lord, His ways, and His timing.

1 Corinthians 4:13  Being defamed, we intreat: we are made as the filth (As soap being rinsed off from dirty plates) of the world, and are the offscouring (scrapings of food thrown away) of all things unto this day.

Filth and offscouring:  The food scrapings on a dirty plate, and the sweepings gathered from a dirty floor, which are rinsed off or thrown away.

The Lord engineers all of this in the apostle’s life, as He whittles him or her into a walk by the simple rhema word, and continuously humbles them so that they only walk in His ways.

Ambassadorship requires living by God’s rhema word and conforming to His ways.  Only then can there be true a representation of the Lord here on earth.

1 Cor 4:10  We are fools for Christ’s sake, but ye are wise in Christ; we are weak, but ye are strong; ye are honourable, but we are despised.

 We are morons on the account of Christ

We are frail and weak, you are confident and strong

We are those who get no respect from people

 1 Cor 4:11  Even unto this present hour we both hunger, and thirst, and are naked, and are buffeted, and have no certain dwellingplace;

 We are hungry and thirsty

We are dressed scantily or with poor quality of clothing

We are treated poorly

We have no home of our own

12  And labour, working with our own hands: being reviled, we bless; being persecuted, we suffer it:

We labor for the gospel’s sake to the point of exhaustion

When we are abused by men, we bless back

When we are persecuted, we patiently endure it.

1 Cor 9:12  If others be partakers of this power over you, are not we rather? Nevertheless we have not used this power; but suffer all things, lest we should hinder the gospel of Christ.

We did not make use of the different rights given to us by the gospel as apostles of the Lord Jesus Christ.  We do not make use of our rights, but instead put up with all things so as not to impede the pioneering progress of the gospel.

Where is the offense, or do you have time to get offended?

2 Cor 1:8  For we would not, brethren, have you ignorant of our trouble which came to us in Asia, that we were pressed out of measure, above strength, insomuch that we despaired even of life:

 Excessively we were burdened beyond our power.

It is throwing beyond magnitude. We were utterly at loss, destitute of earthly and fleshly measures and resources.

9  But we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves, but in God which raiseth the dead:

It is a judicial sentence of death. “An official resolution that stamps a matter as done.’

(Literally Paul asks, “Am I going to save myself by earthly efforts? My answer is NO!! I MUST DIE!!  ONLY IN CHRIST AND THROUGH CHRIST)

Whether on asking myself, should I die or whether I should come out of mortal peril, I answered, “I must die”.

So as to trust in God alone who is raising the corpses.

2 Cor 3:5  Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God;

 Our sufficiency and ability and our qualifications is not found in ourselves as a source but only in God, his grace and power as its root sources.

2 Cor 4:1  Therefore seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not Because by the mercy of God, we were called into this ministry, we do not become discouraged. (We know that if God divinely summoned us, He will take care of us, and see us through; therefore we do not lose heart.)

But have renounced (we gave up once, and now forbid) the hidden things of dishonesty (anything that brings shame or disgrace to the gospel, or to us), not walking in craftiness (not conducting ourselves in the doctrines of men), nor handling the word of God deceitfully(by trickery, adulterating or corrupting God’s word for base gain) ; but by manifestation of the truth (but by manifesting the gospel in its accuracy and genuineness through the Word of God and by our lives) commending ourselves to every man’s conscience( we present ourselves to every type of men’s conscience)   in the sight of God. (Before the constant gaze of God).

Paul here says, that the soundness of the apostle’s doctrine and the genuineness of his or her life in accordance to the gospel must be so great, that it must hold up to the scrutiny of the voice of God bearing witness or passing judgment to what the apostle ministers in their hearer’s consciences.   Secondly, the apostle must also deal with the scrutiny of God Himself, whose penetrating look is ever upon the apostle.

2Cor 4:7  But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.

The power is the property of God.

2Cor 4:12  So then death worketh in us, but life in you.

The manifested death of Christ within the apostle is as an “energy dynamo” that never ceases but always works with effect.  We are always being handed over to death, so that the very life of Christ can be like wised energized with effect for the sakes of others.

Death is actively energized and efficient in us. The death of Christ is effectual in the apostle.  Christ’s death always mighty in the apostolic workings.  This death is for the benefit of others

  2 Cor 4:16  For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.

To rot thoroughly being disabled or being brought to decay, consumed, or ruin.

2 Corinthians 5:13  For whether we be beside ourselves, it is to God: or whether we be sober, it is for your cause.

If we are out of our minds; out of our wits or insane

If Paul goes beyond the bounds of normalcy, into an out of the box lifestyle, it is in his highest devotion towards the Lord; but on the other hand wisdom and prudence towards his disciples.

 2  Cor 5:14  For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead:

Not urging or driving us, but shutting us up to one line, or one side of the road and one purpose, as in a narrowed wall road.

 2Cor 6:3  Giving no offence in any thing, that the ministry be not blamed:

 Not even one occasion of sin or offense.  No occasion for stumbling.

2 Cor 12:14  Behold, the third time I am ready to come to you; and I will not be burdensome to you: for I seek not yours, but you: for the children ought not to lay up for the parents, but the parents for the children.

I am not seeking your possessions, I am seeking you (the person)

2 Corinthians 12:15  And I will very gladly spend and be spent for you; though the more abundantly I love you, the less I be loved.

Spend:  Incur personal cost

Spent : To exhaust by spending; To spend oneself totally up for the person and for the sake of the gospel

Incur personal expense for your Christian well-being.  I will pour my very soul out for your progress in the faith.  I will exhaust myself by spending and using myself up for your spiritual maturing in Christ.

2Cor 13:4  For though he was crucified through weakness, yet he liveth by the power of God. For we also are weak in him, but we shall live with him by the power of God toward you.  

The apostle lives out of the power of God as the root system in his life.

Oneness With The Lord.

 1 Timothy 1:12  And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, for that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry;

I thank Christ Jesus our Lord who endued me with His power (only as He found me dependable.) The gift of His power was given to me as He found me worthy of trust. Once that the trust and power were there God placed me into my ministry.

John 6:57  As the living Father hath sent me ( Greek: apostolic sending), and I live by the Father: so he that eateth me, even he shall live by me.

The apostle or the one sent on an apostolic mission lives moment to moment through the Father who does the works.

As I have taught, the works of the Father are translated into rhema words. The apostle must continuously discern and carry out the rhema word.  That is the apostle’s whole aim in life.

Any time that the apostle acts in the flesh, he or she will experience a loss of the full credentials of the Lord’s power, which is found only in the voice of the Spirit.

John 8:42  Jesus said unto them, If God were your Father, ye would love me: for I proceeded forth and came from God; neither came I of myself, but he sent me.

The apostle, or the one on an apostolic mission, is birthed from God and lives continuously out of God just as a tree must live out of its roots. Not only is their ministry birthed from God, but also their constant presence in this world must be accomplished out of this same dependency.

The apostle has no agenda.  His or her agenda is the Lord.

The apostle therefore lives in utter dependency upon the Lord.  The apostle has been broken by the Lord and lives out of the voice, strength and the power of God. There has been a death to his or her ability to overcome, so that their overcoming now comes through the revelation of the Son of God.

His or her whole existence is sustained and originates through his or her relationship with the Father.

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The Secret Society


Ephesians 1:3  Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us

All of God’s fullness is permanently resident within Christ, and Christ resides within His saints.

So the fullness of what God has and what God wants to do is given to the church.

The church is the society which makes the invisible God, visible.

She is the most powerful human entity on planet earth, if she functions as God intends her to be.

The church is a secret society, for it manifests the invisible riches of God which dwell in mysteries, or secrets.

Spiritual gifts are used to take portions of God’s invisible riches dwelling in secrets, and energize them through the church in a visible form called glory, into the world.

The tools which the church uses to do this are spiritual gifts. This is why spiritual gifts cannot be prohibited.

The churches job is to make the invisible God visible, no more, and no less!

Ephesians 1:23  Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.

The action of God’s fullness is to fill every part of every believer with His secret riches and then to fill every aspect of the world with His glory, utilizing the church, as she displays God’s secret riches visibly back into the world now as glory.

 Eph 1:17  That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him:

The invisible and secret mysteries of Christ are made known through revelation.

Our physical senses cannot access them.

This is why having a spirit of wisdom and revelation, for the saint, is the most important thing.

Without revelation, the mysteries of God dwelling in secret, will remain as secrets.

Revelation comes by the voice of the Holy Spirit.

This is why the saint must learn how to tune in into the voice of the Holy Spirit.

Col 1:27  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:

God desires to reveal His mysteries to the world, but only has the church to do so.

She is the secret society.

Eph 1:10 That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him:

A dispensation is defined as the administration or the management of a house or property.

It is God’s management or administration in  the fullness of times, to sum up all things into and for Himself.

God uses His church, to make manifest, progressively known, and effectively working the ongoing activity and consummation of this part of His administration.  She is the secret society.

For this purpose the church has received the fullness of God, His secret riches.

The church is used to  sum up all things in the world back to God. She is the secret society.

God uses His church, to make manifest, progressively known, and effectively working within this world and the universe the ongoing activity and consummation of this part of His administration.

Ephesians 1:17  That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him:

Eph 1:18  The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,

The saints therefore are the element in which God’s fullness is deposited, energized and made known as riches in the mode of glory.

The hope of the calling is the call and invitation of God which is received with total obedience.

When the call is received with obedience and ministry is accomplished in oneness and identicalness to the Spirit, it becomes an effectual call, or a call that is full of the powerful energy of God to make it effective,  and to carry out what it is supposed to do through us.

The hope of our calling becomes a reality through each saint’s obedient response to the call of God.

The hope of our calling is based then upon an effectual call; or to those to whom God’s call has come with effect.  It is the call of God to a believer or church that has been answered by a totally obedient response.

When the call is received with obedience, it becomes an effectual call or a call that is full of the powerful energy of God to make it effective, operational and carry out the manifestations of the invisible mysteries of God in the visible form of glory.

Are you fulfilling this?

 Eph 3:21  Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.

Praise to God is extracted by this revealed glory in the sphere of the church

She is the secret society.

“Refresh your memory 
We were the secret society 
Until eternity 
We are the secret society”   Todd Rundgren

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Todd Rundgren