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.


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.


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

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.

I Cor1:1  Paul, called to be an apostle of Jesus Christ through the will of God, and Sosthenes our brother,

An apostle is a divinely summoned and divinely appointed ambassador belonging to Christ Jesus.  The formation of the apostolic office comes as the apostle learns to do everything through the will of God. An apostle is the product and a vessel of God’s will, ways and timetable.  The apostolic office is not a ministry, which one chooses for himself or is conferred upon by men.  It is divinely willed by the Lord.

He is divinely picked and divinely sent out and his life is result of the will of the Lord.

John 5:30  I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me.

 John 8:28  Then said Jesus unto them, When ye have lifted up the Son of man, then shall ye know that I am he, and that I do nothing of myself; but as my Father hath taught me, I speak these things.

 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.

 Through the agency of God’s will.  The apostle called to be an apostle has no other choice than to fulfill everything through the will of God, in that His will is the agent or vehicle for the apostolic ministry to be executed successfully.

The apostle does not matter but the one giving him the commission, the Lord.

The apostle sacrifices all programs and agendas to become a vessel of God’ ways, will, and His timetable.

Thus the apostle becomes an ambassador or a representative of the Lord.

Gal 1:1  Paul, an apostle, (not of men, neither by man, but by Jesus Christ, and God the Father, who raised him from the dead;)

In absolutely no way is his calling from men, or his ordination or authorizing from men. Neither is it through their help, support, influence, or the open doors that they can provide.

Paul, an apostle not from men as a source. Not raised up by men but by Jesus Christ

Thusly the apostle is never intended to please man outside of God’s will, but to please God who chose and raised him up.  Not pleasing man, but a bond slave of God.

Eph 1:1  Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, to the saints, which are at Ephesus, and to the faithful in Christ Jesus:

An apostle by the agency, influence, and the open doors willed by God.

Col 1:1  Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Timotheus our brother,

The apostle can proclaim the will of God, because he or she lives strictly out of the will of God.

 1Tim 1:1  Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the commandment of God our Saviour, and Lord Jesus Christ, which is our hope;

He or she can proclaim God’s commandments, because the apostle lives strictly out of the commandments of God.

2Tim:1:1  Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, according to the promise of life which is in Christ Jesus,

With the apostolic proclamation of the resurrection life in Christ Jesus there it the promise and ability for us to live in this quality of life now.     Hence the apostle in proclaiming Christ’s power and life must be an ambassador of the life of Jesus.  In other word he or she must live in the resurrection life of God, which comes forth from the death of Christ’s cross, which has touched everything in their lives.

The apostle can only proclaim the life of the resurrected Christ to us to the degree that he lives in it.   No cheap grace message here.

Titus 1:1Paul, a servant of God, and an apostle of Jesus Christ, according to the faith of God’s elect, and the acknowledging of the truth which is after godliness;

(Greek: and an apostle of Jesus Christ, according to the faith of God’s elect, and the full knowledge of the truth.)

The apostle lives in accordance with God’s level of faith for His saints.  God’s level of faith is His rhema word, or the voice of the Spirit. Therefore the apostle lives out of God’s rhema word.

The apostle stimulates and promotes the faith of God’s chosen ones. The stimulation of this faith is to make others thirsty for the Son of God and not just simply for the blessings, prosperity, social justice issues and other things that come from God.

True promotion of faith by the apostle is to reveal the Son of God, and give the saints the knowledge of what is their participation, ministries, and callings into the riches found in the Son of God whom the apostle has just revealed to them. This called the fellowship of the mystery.

Secondly, the apostle reveals to the church an exact witness of the Word of God found both in the logos and rhema word.  This allows the saints of God to take part in the truth of the Word, which will produce godliness in their lives.

The apostles thus must live themselves in that accurate recognition and participation of the truth so that they may be able to testify to it and bring others into its participation or fellowship.

In accordance with the faith of God’s chosen out ones as a precise and full knowledge of the truth, which is in accordance with godliness towards God.   He leads the saints into the correct discernment, recognition and participation of the truth, which belongs to and harmonizes with what tends to godliness.  He must live in that accurate recognition and participation of these very truths.

Romans1:5  By whom we have received grace and apostleship, for obedience to the faith among all nations, for his name:

The apostolic ministry promotes obedience to the gospel, and through it makes disciples among all the nations.  The gospel must be testified to in such an accurate way by the apostle that it will have the power to promote obedience to others.

He or she promotes obedience to the faith and make disciples among all the nations.  It is a traveling ministry.

The apostle can only promote obedience to the gospel to the extent that they are themselves living in accordance to it.  I limit the administration of the kingdom to my hearing of the rhema word, or voice of the Spirit.

The apostle does not have the power to do anything from myself as a source.

The apostle does not matter who sent him and His mission.  The emphasis on the commissioning is the author of the mission, Christ Jesus.

None can be sent but the one who is under orders.

The man commissioned is always the representative of the one giving the commissioning. The apostle represents in his own person the Lord and His rights.

He must be as good as the one who sent him.

God’s commission cannot be fulfilled unless there is an absolute subordination and death of the sent one’s will.

God’s authority is given to the one who lives under God’s authority.

God’s power is given to the one who lives out of God’s power as the source of life.

The sent one by the Lord should be as the Lord Himself.

A man that is sent with full authority must stand fully under the authority of the Lord and as a slave of the Lord derives all that He is and has from the Lord,

He forfeits his own initiative and unites his won will to the one who sent him.

An apostle is always a mathetes (disciple).

The commissioning to represent Jesus and His cause means humiliation and not exaltation.

There is no special position or personal privilege.

The apostle has no personal influence on how his ministry will turn out.  He is brought under the will of God who destroys his autonomy and leaves the apostle with no other choice but to a full and obedient dedication to the will of God and a military walk to the voice of the Spirit.

Gal 5:25  If we live in ( Instrumental (By)) in the Spirit, let us also walk (Greek word which is defined as “marching in the footsteps of a soldier”) in (Instrumental (By)) the Spirit.

Greek paraphrase) (It is a given that we should be living our lives not in the present day world system, but in the domain, influence, and sovereignty of the world of the Holy Spirit.

Because we are being continually affected and influenced by the Spirit, in that influence and effect we must march in step as soldiers so that the Spirit’s influence can go on, deepen, intensify, and continue interrupted.


Children Of The Onion

I will describe now one of my biggest battles in dying to my old life and having the Christ in me take full control.  Until today, I was still one of those children of the onion. Let me explain.

Suffice it to say that the battles will never be over, and Christ will never be in full control, until we get to the other side of that “sweet by and by.”

I can say, however, that the one huge stronghold of my control over that of Christ’s fell today.

Any area where our lives are not under the loving control of Christ is one area where the demonic will have its spidery legs wrapped around our soul, health, wealth, and body.

I call it spidery, because recently, God has revealed demons as spiders. Spiders do not have to move much. They are simply there. They suck the life out of you. They roost on top of the sin which you love. They slowly destroy you from this beach head of sin. From there, they weave their spidery webs in the recesses of your soul.  Their long legs wrap themselves into the subconscious areas, and by them, create fortresses of hostility towards God, all in your mind.

The work of demons is obscure. Demons are onion lovers. They hide in onions.  These onions are their cocoons. These types of onions are sins. As the layers of sin peel off, as that of an onion, the demon spider is finally exposed, and Christ expels it out from your life. At the core of every onion called sin, there is always a demon. He is the last one to come out, and only when you have peeled the onion, with the knife of repentance. You can never get to the demon, until you get to the sin. You can never get to the sin as long as you love it.  As long as the onion is there, the demon is right in there, too. The only knife that works is that of repentance.

Demons make you feel that you are the one with the problem.  You are the one who is sick. You are the one who is anxious. You are the one who is ADD. When in fact it’s his attack. He will wound you by means of the spidery legs which work from the shadowy cocoon of sin’s onion.

This well hid spider deceives you.  Its deceptions create a false identity which you embrace.  The identity could be to become famous, or rich, take up a cause, or extol your personal rights, or worse still, to disobey God.

It could be a need to stay sick, in self-pity, to be a martyr, a victim, one who is offended, depressed or unable to forgive.  These breed negative attention. Others attend to you because you are a victim, a martyr, or someone who is ill.

This identity becomes a fortress, a citadel in your mind. You live and die for it. I was still holding to a false identity. Worse still, I was wishing for this identity, and asking God to make me into the person who owned it. This false person had become me. We call this a pseudo fantasy, a false imagination. We idolize our imaginations and fantasies and what we create in them.

The only real identity is Christ in me. Every other identity must die. Every other identity bows its knee to Christ.  Demons only respect Christ. They don’t respect me, or my false fantasies. They don’t respect any other identity, except the one which Christ has, and which is Christ.

So as long as you love any sin, remember that it is an onion, which has a demon at its core and which is still preying on you.  You are still the children of the onion.

Nuggets From the Gospel of Mark

Mark 1: 1-25

1The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God;

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

Behold, I send: The sending is apostolic in nature. Any apostolic mission is centered on the insignificance of the sent one so that all attention may be given to the one who sends, in this case the Person of Christ. The apostle is taught by the Lord to live by God’s wisdom and prudence, as seen below in Eph 1:8.  

Eph1:8 Wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence;

The benchmark of the apostle is humility, and death on the cross of Christ. The Lord teaches the apostle to absorb his life strictly to carry out the unorthodox ways of God and to patiently await the Spirit’s release of God’s timetable for the execution of each of those ways.

The apostle has no agenda or program, but that of the wisdom and prudence of God. He becomes a simple ambassador of the one who sent him. Herein, however, lies the power and authority of the apostle in that all times he reveals Christ to the world around.

Notice in Eph 1:7 the “riches of God’s grace”, which is the riches that God has for us, abounds in proportion to how meticulously the believer operates in accordance to this wisdom and prudence. God’s riches are only brought forth by His grace. The grace of God, as we shall study below, is Christ laboring within the believer. 

Eph 1: 7 In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;

Eph1:8 Wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence;

The success of God’s current apostolic movement will fall and rise upon how carefully we work in God’s wisdom and prudence. Our many church agendas and programs, founded on our wisdom and prudence, must give way for THE ONE agenda named the Holy Spirit. 

The apostolic/ prophetic covering reveals the Person of Christ, into which the local body grows up into in all things.

The apostolic movement must also be founded on the fact that ministry is not to be placed in the hands of a few but in the hands of the body. The fullness of the Person of Christ Jesus can only be revealed by the fullness of the ministries of the body. 

Leaders in the current apostolic movement are delegated by the Lord to supervise and guide, never to control. Their job is to discern what the Lord wants to do through the many members of the local body, and maintain the integrity of the anointing of the Spirit as He commences and completes His work by revealing the Person of Christ through the different ministries.

One way in which the apostolic covering maintains the integrity of the revealed Person of Christ is to instruct the body to use their ministries strictly in accordance to the rhema word of God, which is the voice of the Spirit operating within each of them. When a local body is operating in accordance to the Spirit’s wishes, we see different ministries all latching on and ministering upon the same one rhema word.

Rhema words, unless they are prophetical in nature, are short and to the point. The apostolic covering must discern either when people minister in the flesh, or have gone beyond the rhema word that the Lord gave to them. In both cases, the anointing of the Spirit will be found to wane, and confusion and hindrance comes into the meeting.

The apostolic covering through much prayer, and gentle instruction and teaching must bring the operation of the local body back to bear strictly upon what the Spirit speaks. 

When the church reveals the Christ through the ministries of many, instead of embracing the teaching of things through the ministry of a few, we find that Christ ministers to all those that are in need of a word, to those that are in need of deliverance, and to those that are in need of healing. Everyone leaves spiritually full because their needs have been met and the body finds itself edified in the love of Christ. 

Any local body operating in this fashion will bring forth revival that will impact and fill their local community with the glory 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: Literally who will lay down all 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 work in His wisdom and prudence through us.  

Thy way is in the Greek accusative case. The accusative case points out an object or goal. The goal God’s servant is to embrace and execute God’s very unorthodox methods within the limits of His prolonged time schedules. My friend this is the key to becoming a revivalist! 

4John did baptize in the wilderness, and preach the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins.

Greek: the baptism of repentance for the remission of sinsThe Greek reads like this. A baptism that changes our way of thinking, so that ours sins can be released and sent far enough away from our presence, so that their effect cannot no longer hurt us.

Repentance is defined in the Greek as a change of mind. A change of mind is the product of a changed heart. Our hearts are changed not by our doing, but by the presence of the Lord Jesus working in us by His grace.

True remission or forgiveness of sins, is the sending away or the releasing of sins because the bondage has been broken in our lives through repentance. Since our sins are now far away from us, their effect can no longer be felt in our minds.

As I shared with you earlier on, grace is defined as Christ laboring in us in accordance to His revelation. In other words, the more that Christ is revealed, the more that He works in us and for us. His work always executes the wisdom and prudence of God and empowers us so that we can become successful in carrying them out.

The law, on the other hand is our laboring to carry out God’s wisdom and prudence without the revealed Christ laboring within us, but in accordance with our strength, because we have bought into the gospel of things, miracles, and blessings.  

1 Corinthians 15:10 But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.

Col 1:29 Whereunto I also labour, striving according to his working, which worketh in me mightily.

Greek (paraphrase) I athletically agonize to always respond to God’s rhema word that has God’s power and energy, and if which I obey, will give me the victory as I ride upon its crest.

Phillip 2:12 Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.

Work out Carry out all things that pertain to my salvation to utter completion, resulting in success and liberty. To work out is in the middle Greek tense signifying that the responsibility to complete our salvation is ours in cooperation with God.

13 For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure. 

Greek: For it is God who is constantly empowering you both to cause your heart to be conformed to His will, and then to effectively display His activity through you in power and glory, as you obey the rhema word within your conformed heart.

Herein lie the keys to the successful Christian walk.  

John 14:10 Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the (Rhema words) that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works.

We now see in John 14:10 that the rhema words of the Spirit are the translation of the Father’s works within us. The translated rhema words contain the power of God to make the works of the Father come to pass.

Philippians tells us that the Father is constantly empowering us and showing us His works as He speaks one rhema word after another in our hearts.

We work out or complete our salvation, step by step, as we obey the rhema word. The Lord never requires us to obey Him without a rhema word that will empower us with the discernment to know His will, and then provides us with God’s power so that His activity can be effectively displayed through us as we obey the discerned word.

Let us go to another example of how we are to walk with the Lord.

Colossians 2:6 As ye have therefore received( Received within ourselves a portion of the revealed Christ) Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye (then conduct your lives) in him:

Colossians two and six can be explained in this way. Let’s say that we are battling with a specific sin. We try to set ourselves free, but to no avail. One day Christ reveals Himself by His rhema word and gives us the answer that we need to overcome the sin. The works of the Father needed for us to get our victory are found within a certain set of instructions, which the Spirit gives to us in a number of rhema words. We have now also received the portion of the revealed Christ in that area of our lives through the rhema word so that He can now labor the Father’s works for us, and by His grace lead us into victory. The rhema word not only reveals the works of the Father in power but reveals the Person of Christ as who will labor those works for us. Look at John 17:8.

John 17:8 For I have given unto them the RHEMA WORDS which thou gavest me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came out from thee, and they have believed that thou didst send me.

We can now victoriously walk out of that sin since we now operate in God’s wisdom and prudence. The rhema word has given to us the power of God found in the works of the Father and the revealed Christ to carry them out for us. All we need to do is to be faithful to obey every rhema word. If we have not received the portion of the revealed Christ for the specified sin, and try to overcome it by ourselves we fall into the law whose job is simply to expose our sinfulness. If we do it by the part of the Lord’s revelation within us, we operate by the grace or labor of Christ to which sin has no dominion over.

Rom 6:14 For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.

Mark 1:4John did baptize in the wilderness, and preach the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins.

Going back to Mark 1:3, we are reminded that the word for remission of sins is defined as the release and the sending away of our sins through repentance which breaks the bondage of sin, so that their destructive effect cannot only be felt and hurt us. Yes, the Lord has forgiven us of our sins, but we will never experience its tangible experience until we repent. If we ask God to forgive us, but do not have a true change of heart procured by intimacy and obedience to the Lord, bondage and sin still cling to us. We lie to ourselves and will never experience true forgiveness of sins.

Mark 1:7 And preached, saying, There cometh one mightier than I after me, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to stoop down and unloose.

I am not worthy: Greek: To be qualified, fit, or have the ability. Herein is the humility of John, as he recognizes the greatness of Jesus. John says that he failed the test, did not qualify, and was found unfit, even for the job of stooping down to unloose the latchet of Jesus shoes. This must be our humility before the greatness of the Lord.

8 I indeed have baptized you with water: but he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost.

· But he shall baptize Biblical baptism is much more than a simple act of immersion. It is defined as one item being immersed or submerged into a second item, creating a permanent change in the first item so that it assumes the substance of the second. When we immerse a vegetable into a vinegar solution for a prolonged period it becomes pickled. The vegetable has been baptized into the vinegar solution.

The work of Jesus, as the one that baptizes in the Holy Spirit, is to immerse us into His progressive revelation, through the Spirit, so that we become like Him in all ways.

With the Holy Ghost. (Greek case of location.) Herein we find the glory and the beauty of the work of the Lord Jesus. As we are located in, live within the earth, and are affected constantly by it, so Jesus submerges us into the world named the Holy Spirit until our whole lives are changed and affected by the Spirit of God. Can we fathom all that this means for us?

11 And there came a voice from heaven, saying, Thou art my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.

Greek: My son; the beloved one. This tells us that God’s seal of approval is not on us, but on Jesus living in us. He is the beloved of God.

12 and immediately the Spirit driveth him into the wilderness.

Driveth him The same word used for the casting out or expelling of demons. The Holy Spirit cast Jesus out into the uninhabited places. This is always a function of the Holy Spirit to cast us out into the uninhabited places where we are conformed to having nothing else than Jesus left within our lives.

14 Now after that John was put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God,

Preaching: Greek: Biblical preaching must be accomplished with enough of God’s truth, power, and anointing in it, to cause our listeners to heed and repent.

15 and saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.

The time is fulfilled: Greek: The completion of a particular season of God’s time, bringing forth His divinely ordained decisions, and making this season of completed time, incredibly vital and epochal to the world.

The perfect indicative tense in verse fifteen tells us that at the physical manifestation of Jesus first coming, this epochal season of God’s time was fulfilled, affecting the world then, now, and eternally.

The kingdom of God is at hand: The perfect indicative tense once again. God’s completed epochal season is the kingdom of God permanently given to us and now eternally at our disposal.

Repent ye, and believe the gospel Because of the greatness of spiritual things that we now have permanently at hand, let us have a constant change of heart that will cause us to live by faith, so that we can work in this kingdom.

16 Now as he walked by the sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and Andrew his brother casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers.

He saw Simon The same word in the Greek for instinctively knowing something or someone. When Jesus sees, he instinctively knows what is in our hearts and what He can call us to do for Him.

 17 And Jesus said unto them, Come ye after me, and I will make you to become fishers of men.

Come ye Greek: Come here, come now, come!

After me: Behind me, to follow me and my example.

 18 And straightway they forsook their nets, and followed him.

Straightway Immediately: This is the obedience that Jesus requires from us. If Jesus must tell us the same thing twice, this is disobedience.

They forsook; the same word used for the forgiveness of sins. The forsaking of their nets is their sending far away, so that in this case their profession no longer affects their following of Jesus.

19 And when he had gone a little further thence, he saw James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, who also were in the ship mending their nets.

20 And straightway he called them: and they left their father Zebedee in the ship with the hired servants, and went after him.

They leftGreek: The same word used for the forgiveness or the sending away of sins.

Went after: A decisive leaving of something, implying a crucial choice that was taken seriously after deliberation. In this case the decision was to follow Jesus.

23 And there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit; and he cried out,

Unclean spirit. Greek: “a complete absence of purity.” This describes for us a bit about the nature of the demonic.

24 Saying, Let us alone; what have we to do with thee, thou Jesus of Nazareth? art thou come to destroy us? I know thee who thou art, the Holy One of God.

Greek: There is absolutely nothing in common between you and us, Jesus (the) Nazarene, have you come to destroy us?….

This is a highly crucial verse in that it teaches us about our true authority before Satan and his demons. The authority that the demonic discern in the Lord, and causes them to tremble is that because of the Lord’s absolute purity, and sinlessness, there is nothing in common between them and the Lord Jesus.

Herein lies our key to overcome the demonic within our lives, and then to be used by the Lord to deal with it in other people’s lives.

Purity is attained as we are baptized into the full revelation of the Son of God and become like Him. The purity of Jesus baptizes us into His freedom, and His freedom allows for the full operation of God’s dunamis power that resides within Jesus to deal with the enemy. We see the same relationship between Jesus and the devil also spoken in John 14:30

John 14:30 Hereafter I will not talk much with you: for the prince of this world cometh, and hath nothing in me.

Hath nothing (Greek absolute negative) “The devil has absolutely nothing in me or nothing in common with me.”

Herein lies the true meaning of Biblical binding. To bind is not to allow or permit something to occur. Genuine binding of the demonic only occurs within a pure life, which has no defilement with what is common with Satan and his cohorts. At every point of our lives in which purity reigns and the devil shares nothing in common to us, he has been bound. Now mind you, we will never experience absolute purity and sinlessness on this side off heaven.

Please let us be assure that if we live in habitual disobedience and chronic bondage our vocalized confessions of binding the enemy is scorned and mocked by him who will continue to afflict and latch on to us wherever he finds sin.

Matthew 16:19 And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.

Greek: ( paraphrase) At whatever point you have once and for all prohibited or disallowed something from happening upon the earth it shall be at the same point eternally prohibited and disallowed in the heavens. At whatever point you once and for all permit or allow for something to happen upon the earth, it shall be at that same point eternally permitted and allowed in the heavens.

The next set of scriptures that should continue to help us more.

Mat 12:29 Or else how can one enter into a strong man’s house, and spoil his goods, except he first bind the strong man? and then he will spoil his house.

Greek (paraphrase) No one will have the dunamis power to come into the strong one’s house to change the situation, thoroughly plunder his goods until they are laid waste, and then occupy. (Like the USA is doing in Afghanistan.) He must bind the strong one first and then he will be able to thoroughly plunder.

After twenty-two years of serving the Lord Jesus, He is finally dealing with the strong man in my life. I am of the belief that every believer has a strong man that afflicts him or her. The strong man is the demon that is last to be bound from our lives. He is the one that we can discern constantly standing before us face to oppose and withstand us every second of our lives in a variety of deceptive measures.

The Lord has allowed the strong man to afflict me until I have bound every major area of sin in my life through obedience to Him, which has led to liberty in those areas. After completing this process, the Lord is now dealing with the strongman in my life. Let us now look at the next set of scriptures.

Luke 11:21 When a strong man armed keepeth his palace, his goods are in peace:

Greek: When the strong one fully furnished with weaponry guards his palace, his goods, wealth, and property lie in peace.

22 But when a stronger than he shall come upon him, and overcome him, he taketh from him all his armour wherein he trusted, and divideth his spoils.

Greek: But when a stronger one than the strong man comes upon him with a hostile intent, attacks him, and conquers him, he takes from the strong man the armor which he trusted in and thoroughly distributes out (to others) the strong one’s weapons and goods.

Jesus is obviously the stronger one. My friends, the strong man must be defeated in two ways. His binding by us is the point where there is not one significant area of unrepentant sin left in our lives.

Secondly, it is only the revelation of the Lord Jesus laboring in us by His grace, and attacking the strongman as the stronger one, that is effective

With the strong man is finally bound and conquered we find ourselves running, leaping forward, and plundering for the Lord!

Mark 1:25 And Jesus rebuked him, saying, Hold thy peace, and come out of him.

Rebuked him – Greek “To heap something upon someone’s honor.”

All created things have an honor that makes them up. An honor that belongs to someone, or something, is the glory that makes it into what it is. Even sickness and sin has a glory, though perverse, that identifies it as a particular sickness or sin, and gives to it its substance and power.

When we rebuke a sickness with faith in the name of the Lord Jesus, we destroy the very substance and power of the sickness.

Hold thy peace – From the word to muzzle something. Effectively the Lord Jesus commands the demon to be reduced to silence and his activity to be placed in check.

Living Inside The Godhead

Ro 1:20  For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:

Col 1:16  For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:

 Col 2:9  For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.

Years back, part of my spiritual journey found camp in the tents of the Catholic greats.  I have been a practicing protestant since giving my life to Christ some thirty years back.  But in the 80’s I found little spirituality among the Protestants which could quench my  thirst for the deeper life.

Apart from my protestant spiritual father, Watchman Nee, all that I found were “self-help” books.

In my search, I found a book entitled “The Little Flowers of St. Francis of Assisi.” The spirituality of Francis, his wish to die with Christ, and become inflamed with God, split open the rocks of living water in my thirsty spirit.

From there, a journey which lasted for years to come, instigated. The teachings of Catholic saint and monk became part of my bread and wine.

Theresa Davila, Therese of the Little Flower, Mother Theresa, John of the Cross, Madame Jean Guyone, Charles Fenelon, Pierre De Caussade, The Desert Fathers, Thomas Merton, Benedict of Nursia , the Cistercian Monks, to name a few, guided me to die with Christ so that I could live with Him again.

For some of these greats, dying with Christ meant union with Him. Union with Christ meant death to my old identity, who Jose was. It signified becoming  lost in, and one with, the infinite flowing waters of the Spirit’s river in me.

Others said that our fellowship is with the Godhead in us. The Godhead, is our participation in, and witness of the unending relationship of perfect love, the sublime embrace,  between the Father and  Son, manifested by the Holy Spirit, as it transacts within the Godhead in me.

 Col 2:9  For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.

I asked God to give me a revelation of this Godhead since the fullness of it, or Him, dwells in Christ, who dwells in me.

I  had a vision of our galaxy as it hangs in the universe.  Then God showed me hurricanes, sunspots and other potent deeds of nature.

Col 1:16  For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:

Colossians says these hurricanes, galaxies, earthquakes, all of nature, are created in, and by Christ. He exists eternally. These feats of nature were created by Him who has no creation. Their origin, realities and accomplishments are all inside of Christ and managed by Him.

What about the release of power in a solar flare, or the devastating winds of a hurricane, or the gravitational pull of the black hole?

Ro 1:20  For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:

All things which are created, Paul tells us, define God’s eternal power and who the Godhead is. All these things invisibly dwell in, and are managed by the Godhead. The sublime interactions between Father and the Son manifested by the Holy Spirit, is part of the Godhead’s activity in managing the universe.

All this power first lives invisibly in the Godhead , to then be manifested by the Holy Spirit in nature.

Not only does this power live in us, but nature’s very deeds do too.

Suffice it to say that I understand  little, but I know that  am on the right track.

Dying to self, is entering into the life of the Godhead. For indeed the Father and the Son  live their lives in me as separate Persons, but as one in the union of perfect love and intimacy within the Godhead. In the intimacy of perfect relationship they manage nature’s events, the universe, and eternity’s ages.

Dying to self, means that the life of the Godhead becomes stronger than my way of living. What I live, is what the Godhead lives in me.

1Co 3:22  Whether Paul, or Apollos, or Cephas, or the world, or life, or death, or things present, or things to come; all are yours;

1Co 2:12  Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.

If the power of nature lives in me and if all has been freely given to me in Christ, what then is accessible to me?  What can I appropriate, what can I get from this Godhead?

If  all the healing power of Jesus dwells in the Godhead, how much can I receive for myself?

If all of God’s creative power dwells in the Godhead, how much can I access and take part with?

1Jo 1:3  That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.

Our fellowship then is with the Godhead, not just with the Father and or the Son, but with both of them as they manage the entire universe from the Godhead.

How much participation do you want with the activities within the Godhead?

How much are you willing to die to self to enter into the life of the Godhead?

This friend, is Christianity! If we think that Christianity is simply church, we are sadly missing much of what God has in store for you within the Godhead.