Church – It’s Not What You Think

What Does the Bible Mean by “Going to Church?”

But if I tarry long, that you may know how you ought to
behave yourself in the house of God, WHICH IS THE CHURCH OF
THE LIVING GOD, the pillar and ground of the truth. (1 Tim. 3:15)

We often hear that it is important for us to go to church. It is said that church is where we go to hear the word of God. If you don’t go to church, you cannot be saved. It is important for you to go to church to hear the man of God preach the word of God. Christ, they say, is the head of the church. He is the church’s Savior, the head of the body.

All of this is true, but the question we need to answer is “what does the Bible mean by going to “church?” What is the church of God, and why is it so important?  Who or what is Christ?  Do you “know the Lord?”

The way in which the Bible is written is fascinating.  It is written in such a way that its truths are “hidden from the wise and prudent, and revealed unto babes” (Matt. 11:25; Luke 10:21).  How is it possible that a spiritual work of this nature can be hidden from a select group (the wise and prudent) while being revealed to a select group (babes)?  Isn’t it right there, open for all to see?  Are not its words open to all of our ears?

Scripture says that to the multitudes, Jesus speaks in parables and “without a parable spake he not unto the people, but when they were alone he expounded all things to his disciples” (Mark 4:34).  The Bible is a spiritual work written to the multitudes.  It is readily available to everyone who wants to read it.  And yet, it is clear that there is mass confusion in our world as to its true meaning and intent.  Is it to be taken literally?  Is it all allegory?  Is God a just God?  Is He truly Omnipotent?  If God is real, why does he allow sickness, disease, wars, etc.?  The questions go on and on.

So how do we get at the truth?  Many have come to the conclusion that trying to understand the Scriptures represents an exercise in futility.  While on the surface that may seem to be true, the Scriptures themselves tell us that “strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it” (Matt. 7:14).

It is the Christ that opens our minds to the understanding of the Scriptures (Luke 24:45).  But how does he do that? What constitutes a true disciple of Christ?  Who are the “chosen ones?”  For “many are called, but few are chosen.”

Luke 18 contains the answer to this question:

And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them? (Luke 18:7)

The elect, or chosen ones, are simply those who cry out to God day and night.  Thus, you make yourself a chosen one by “crying out to God day and night.”  This doesn’t mean all day and all night in the literal sense.  Day and night in Scriptures symbolize good times and bad times.  In other words, we are constantly in communion with him.  But how do we get to that state?  Can we simply will ourselves there?

Prayer and Meditation

It is critical to understand that Christ is the power and wisdom of God (1 Cor. 1:24).  This power and wisdom is within youYOU are the temple of God (1 Cor. 3:16), which means YOU are the house of God (Heb. 3:6), and the house of God is the Church of God (1 Tim. 3:15).  In other words, YOU are the church.  Christ comes in YOUR flesh, and greater is he that is IN YOU than he that is in the world (1 John 4:2-4).  In other words, YOU are where Christ dwells, and where Christ shall rule when he is resurrected within you (“… he dwelleth with you, and shall be IN YOU” – John 14:17).

Christ is the head of the church, and it is Christ IN YOU, (i.e., in his Church) that is your hope of glory (Col. 1:27).  Paul “labors in travail until Christ be formed IN YOU.”  This is the great mystery of biblical marriage, which has nothing to do with a relationship between a physical man and woman.  Biblical marriage constitutes the relationship between man and Christ – ONE FLESH.  The two shall become one flesh – not two, but one.

“This is a mystery, but I speak concerning Christ and the Church” (Eph. 5:32).

The Soul is the Christ Within The Church -- YOU

The Soul is the Christ Within You/the Church

So once again, what does it mean to be a disciple of Christ?  Well, if Christ is WITHIN YOU, how are you going to find him outside of you?  You must find him where he is, in his Church, which is YOU.  If he is IN YOU, then that is where you have to go to meet him.  This implies meditation.  Let me explain.

Christ is the head of the church.  In Scripture, contrary to popular opinion and belief (due to the natural reading of the Scriptures), it is not the man (Adam) that represents mankind, but the woman.  Adam is the first Christ, and thus Christ is the second Adam.  Thus, when the Scriptures are speaking to the woman, they are actually speaking to YOU (man).  It is critical to understand this, because the central theme of the Bible is the marriage of Christ (the “inner man”) (Eph. 3:16) and “mankind” (the woman of Revelation 12). The marriage of Christ is his marriage to the church, which is YOU, individually. YOU are the woman, YOU are the Church. YOU are the bride.

Christ is the bridegroom.

Now notice 1 Timothy 2:11-12:

(11) Let the woman learn IN SILENCE with all subjection. (12) But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but TO BE IN SILENCE. (1 Tim. 2:11-12) (emphasis mine)

He who has ears to hear, let him hear.  This Scripture is not addressing natural man and woman.  The woman here represents YOU, as the “bride of Christ,” the church.  The man here is Christ, who is the head of the church.  When we go into the church, we (the woman) subject ourselves to our head – Christ, who is IN YOU!

Now notice the phrase “to be in silence,” because we are going to be coming back to it shortly.  This phrase is absolutely critical, because we are going to “church” to “hear the Word of God.”  And what is this Word of God?  It is Christ.  Again, notice:

And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God. (Rev. 19:13)

We always think of the Scriptures as the Word of God, but this is an error of monumental proportions.  Indeed, it is Christ who is the “Word of God,” and this Christ, this Word, is IN YOU.

YOU are the Church of God (Heb. 3:6; 1 Tim. 3:15)

YOU are the Church of God
(Heb. 3:6; 1 Tim. 3:15)

Now Jesus’ disciples witness him going off for long periods of time to pray.  They ask him to “teach us to pray.”  What is very interesting here is that he gives them a 30 second prayer.  “Our Father, who art in heaven ….”

Probably not what they have in mind.

The answer actually lies in the instructions he gives them immediately before he actually gives them the words to speak.

But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly. (Matt. 6:6)

The word “door” in Scripture does not mean a literal door.  No, the Bible is a coded book, and so you must learn how to decipher the codes if you want to get to the real meaning.  The word “door” in Scripture means the “door of your lips.”  Notice:

Set a watch, O LORD, before my mouth; keep the door of my lips. (Ps. 141:3)

Trust ye not in a friend, put ye not confidence in a guide: keep the doors of thy mouth from her that lieth in thy bosom. (Mic. 7:5)

Did I fear a great multitude, or did the contempt of families terrify me, that I kept silence, [and] went not out of the door? (Job 31:34)

Thus, to “shut your door,” in Scripture means to “close your mouth.”  In other words, be in silence. A woman shall not speak in the church.

The word “closet” in Scripture means “storehouse” or “secret chamber.”

Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, [he is] in the secret chambers; believe [it] not. (Matt. 24:26)

Consider the ravens: for they neither sow nor reap; which neither have storehouse nor barn; and God feedeth them: how much more are ye better than the fowls? (Luke 12:24)

Matthew 24:26 seems to indicate that Christ is NOT in the secret chambers (the same Greek word as “closet” in Matthew 6:6).  However, we are clearly told in Matthew 6:6 to go into thy closet/secret chamber when we pray).  This “storehouse” is a reference to the “Holy of Holies” within you — the church.  Once again, we are dealing with the language of Scripture here, and all of it is spiritual.  The Scriptures are amazingly consistent in the definitions of its symbols.  For example, the word “door” (H1817 and G2374 in Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance) doesn’t mean something different in Genesis than it does in Revelation.  Once you find the meaning of a symbol in Scripture, you can be assured that it means the same throughout.  This is how you learn to “speak in tongues,” which simply means speaking the language of the scriptures, which connotes understanding what they say.

YOU are the temple of God (1 Cor. 3:16); YOU are the house of God (Heb. 3:6), and therefore YOU are the church of God (1 Tim. 3:15).  Yes, YOU are the church. The door of the temple symbolizes the entrance to the sanctuary, and it is your mouth.  Remember, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and they who love it shall eat its fruit” (Prov. 18:21).

However, when you go into your “closet” (the “church”), you are to “shut your door.”  You are in the presence of your husband – your head.  Once again, notice:

(11) Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection. (12) But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence. (1 Tim. 2:11-12)

This is meditation.  After you “let your requests be made known to God” (Phil. 4:6), be still and know that I am God.”  It is in this stillness that Christ “speaks” to you.  But don’t expect to understand it naturally.  The natural man cannot understand the things of God.  This is where faith comes in.  You must believe that Christ is there and that he hears you.  However, you don’t need much faith at the outset.  Faith as a grain of mustard seed is all that is required.  That faith will be watered and nourished and will grow, because the spirit will answer you in very clear tones that you will recognize IF you are watching.  The biblical command is to “watch and pray.”  Beware, however!  It is your trials (the “waters of affliction”) that water and nourish the seed that is Christ within you.  This is what is meant by the “cross of Christ.”  It is important to bear your cross.  “Think it not strange concerning the fiery trial that is to try you” (1 Pet. 4:12).  Along with meditation, you must watch (i.e., be attentive), because the answers to your prayers are going to come in ways that you may not otherwise notice, or that you may deem simple coincidence.  My experience is that the answers to my prayers NEVER come from the direction in which I am looking for them.  I have learned to expect the unexpected.

Never neglect to give thanks when answers are forthcoming.  This is the praise spoken about in Scripture.  Even your trials should be met with floods of thanksgiving, with the understanding that nothing you are experiencing is designed to harm you in any way – no matter how severe it may appear – but rather, they are for the express purpose of perfecting you.  “I know the plans I have for you says God, plans to prosper you and not to harm you” (Jer. 29:11, NIV).

Learn to spend quality time in meditation.  There is power in stillness and silence.  At the outset you will certainly feel as though you are doing nothing, and that it is all a waste of time.  Persistence is the key here.  Over time, you will begin to notice great changes in yourself.  In addition, you will begin to experience a peace that you have never known before.  But you’ve got to stay the course.  He who endures to the end, the same shall be saved.  Combine your requests to God with silence. This is what it means to “go to church to hear the Word of God.” Once again, it is Christ IN YOU that is the hope of glory — not a Christ OUT THERE.

Christ is the spirit within (2 Cor. 3:17), and is our intercessor:

Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. (Rom. 8:26)

Indeed, we do not know how to pray.  This is why we go to church and become silent.  Christ within, our head, is our intercessor, and intercedes for us with groanings that you can neither utter nor understand.  If all of this sounds foolish (1 Cor. 1:24), it is because the spiritual is foolishness to the natural.

It is the Christ within that opens your mind to the understanding of the Scriptures.  But you must make yourself a disciple of Christ by ongoing communion with him, in good times and in bad times.  That means going within, being silent in the church, and allowing him to teach you.  Remember, it is Christ IN YOU that is the hope of glory.

Silence.  It is the loudest work you will ever do.

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Until next time, this is Paul Young saying, flee from the crowd and dwell with the Christ within you.  Christ IN YOU, your hope of glory.

16 Comments

  1. I love your site Paul. I have a few questions though:

    If the address in 1 Timothy 2 is allegorical then how do you make sense of where it start off by what seems to be addressing a literal woman when he says not to where costly jewelry and to dress modestly?

    Also, what does it mean to you when he says a woman is saved through childbirth if she continues in love and faith?

    There is also another scripture where it says a woman should where a covering over head and speaks of her hair. What does all this mean to you?

    As a woman and a believer I have always been troubled by these scriptures for my lack of understanding how they fit into the gospel. Any insight is SO appreciated.

    Thank you,
    Krystina

    • Thanks for your comment Krystina. I forwarded you an email on this, but for the benefit of all the readers, I will have to return to these questions. The short answer, however, is that in the Scriptures, it is the woman that represents man, while Adam is the first, or pre-resurrected, Christ (as Christ is the last Adam). In other words, Adam is he who becomes Christ. Look at 1 Cor. 15:22 through the end. Pray for understanding as you read, because there is a lot of meat in that chapter.

      Thank you so much for your appreciation of my work, and thanks for your questions, which I am looking forward to answering in more detail.

      • I would love to hear your reply to Krystinas questions on this subject as a woman as well. Can you forward me your reply? I know it’s been a few years. Thank you so much Paul your post leads me to think outside of the literal box and study much more for truths.

  2. The bible is holy science explaining how man and God are one as Jesus was one with the Father(Absolute). The Sin being combated is ignorance of the true self, which is the Christ within. The Kingdom of God is within us. Praise God that people are coming to the Christ consciousness realization! Due to this Allegorical Fact, we as Sons and Daughters of this science can bring forth healing to the nations! As we are the light in the night, the revelations of the kingdom of God are being revealed…Selah… The scriptures are unlimited dept wisdom revealing us… We’re not some flesh just walking on earth. Our worth is in the kingdom within as Paul Young in Spirit and Truth stated. We are special built God consciousness instruments with Christ light(Son/Sun-13th sign in the zodiac) inside… If only we had eyes to see. The punch line is… God and man are one. Even if not realized. Only the Anointed Consciousness(Christ) can bring this realization. We are one by the anointed consciousness to the universe(the absolute). Keep this going Paul Young! I’m feeling the Spirit flow ☺☺☺.

  3. Paul i have been blessing by revelation knowledge from within again thanks for bringing some understwnding to my question. You honestly need to put your personal understaneing into a book to help awaken the minds of msn to thebunderstanding of the bible and the spirit within will help us all awaken to love. Blessong always

    • Actually, my book has been just about complete for a while now, but I decided (for biblical reasons I won’t disclose right now) not to publish it. I may change my mind at some later point, but at this time there are no plans to publish it.

      Thanks so much for your comment. Blessings!

  4. You know that one mistake in allegorical meaning and confusion follows. The scripture is meant to pass knowledge that is usable down to the reader. I don’t get this here and to me its a bit lacking in understanding of Who Christ is and the allegorical meaning of Adam and Eve. I disagree 100 % With Eve being man. Eve is descriptive of the hearts of humanity that wants and desires are self centered. Adam represents the carnal mind that follows the heart around instead of leading with a spiritual mind. Here we can understand the whole of scripture for what it is. Scripture is give to educate man in the spirit by directing man to apply the morality of love within the heart. The natural man can not Love because the things of the world are the focus. This is the first Adam and the first state of the human mind. The second Adam Is Christ Who IS THE WORD OF GOD that directs us into the Spiritual for His Word IS Spirit. Christ teaches us about sacrifice which only happens when someone humbles themselves and becomes content listening to THE WORD OF GOD and then allows the seeker to become selfless enough to make changes that God requires of them if they truly want love in their life as God so offers Himself to us. The Whole of scripture is about salvation from a worldly life that is not a full life and does not serve life as God created life to be. Its about teaching us a true path of Love that delivers us from self destructive thinking and feeling and acting! All allegories are depicting deep knowledge about realities not just within us but all around us because the Scripture teaches us about the Spirit of life by which we move and have our being.
    Allegories about night and day. Your only scratching the surface of that allegory. Its more complex then that. The allegories must be founded on the knowledge of good and evil, the root laws how they operate, what they effect in us and in life. This is foundational and it is a harder study than the allegories because it requires us to look deeply into our heart by direction of the word, admit our failures and seek the proper way and it requires that we evaluate our past life and interactions with others and how they have treated us and how we see them because of it. Hint people don’t like to really forgive and its a law of Love that brings healing to the one that is willing to forgive. The experience of the mechanics within our hearts introduce us to the Spirit of God within us. It is essential to understanding allegorical knowledge correctly.
    I do not know how yo came to the allegories but I do know you have not studied Love as you should have or you would be talking about that more than these allegories. Though you understand all mysteries and have all knowledge if you have not love it is nothing. I could war against thousands of years of theology, I could waste time and breath talking about how others have it wrong or I could find a way to pass knowledge through love and lift people up within the denominations they are in even as Christ did. He never divided himself from any denomination even when his theology was different. He did not pull out the error of theology with another heady theology, but rather he used the morality of God vs the morality of man to expose error. He did not seek to destroy the ministry but sought to correct it through Love.
    Much of the problem of allegorical knowledge is that when someone starts learning the mind opens and everything seems so urgent and so important! We become offended by the errors we see and we rush to fix them. But we forget God is able and its in God’s timing. We think we are going to do a big work for God!!!!! Why do we despise the day of small things? We often fail to understand that God is so much bigger than one layer of scripture. Have you ever considered that God directed history to unfold in a way that ways allegorical in itself? That Christ really happened, that Moses was real and everything Moses wrote from first hand witness was not only physically real but God made it so for the purpose of allegorical teaching? Have you ever thought that while Christ is not coming on a physical cloud for all to see physically that perhaps its not important that people know that? All things work toward the good because God wastes nothing in this life. The question is do you want to be used through your wickedness or do you want to be used through the Love of God that Christ teaches us? We should continue in our study quietly until every part of scripture flawlessly flows without counter-diction in word or deed, ( not meaning our perfection) Rather when the perfection of scripture abides in our mind and heart and God has joined our mind and heart together through His Word to wit that our mind would know the laws of Good and Evil and that Love would be defined there in and that knowledge would rule over our hearts and direct our every step in life. This way Love will lead and all else will follow. People desire Love because they are formed in Love and they respond to love when the heart is heavy and lost and needs a word of direction, a hug of protection a firmness to help them stand. These things are more than all the allegories put together.
    God Bless,
    James

    • James, love IS the Holy Spirit, and as such it IS God (2 Tim. 1:7; John 4:24, 1 John 4:8). God/Love is quite above the understanding of man. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ((God/love’s)) ways higher than your ways, and my ((God/love’s)) thoughts than your thoughts” (Is. 55:9). I believe we do indeed eat from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil (which scripture forbids) when we go to man to learn about God. This is the great spiritual adultery. I came to the conclusion 18 years ago that if God is real, I don’t need to go to man to learn about Him. It is this idea that I want to convey to everyone who reads my words — cease committing adultery with man (Rom. 1:25-27) and go to God for yourself. In fact, the end of all my articles reads like this: “Flee from the crowd and dwell with the Christ within you. Christ IN YOU, your hope of glory.”It shouldn’t matter to anyone whether I’m right or wrong. As human beings, we are all on the same playing field (we are the creation — NOT the Creator). There is only one master teacher, and that is Christ. Religion has, unfortunately, taken the strong man out of his house (WE are that house), and placed him in a heaven far above us, where he cannot be reached because that’s not where he dwells. Christ dwells IN YOU (1 Cor. 3:16; Col. 1:27; Gal. 4:19; Eph. 4:6; Heb. 3:6; 1 John 4:4, John 14:17, etc.)

      As to the woman (Eve) representing mankind and not the man (Adam), this is a big subject. I will point out why I see it the way I do. Adam represents the inner man (remember, Christ is the last Adam, which means, by extension, that Adam is the first Christ). The serpent (the “generation of vipers” of Matthew 12:24; 23:33) convinces the woman (man) to give Adam (the first Christ) the fruit of the wrong tree. This is, in general, how we feed “God” (the inner man — Eph. 3:16). This is why the woman (man) is in the transgression, and not Adam (1 Tim. 2:14). Remember, Christ (the man) is the bridegroom and comes to marry the woman (man). This is when the two become one flesh (God and man) — not two, but one (Matt. 19:5-6). This is why the scripture says that “For thy Maker is thine husband; the LORD of hosts is his name; and thy Redeemer the Holy One of Israel; The God of the whole earth shall he be called (Is. 54:5). I’m sure you don’t see it the way I see it, and of course that is okay.

      Thanks for caring enough to spend the time and attention in responding to these articles. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate it.

  5. Hi Paul:

    Great stuff! I’m reading through your website and watching your youtube videos. Everything you say anything resonates with my understanding of the scriptures being metaphorical or allegorical. Your speaking voice on the videos really draws me to listen carefully. The other thing, I came to similar conclusions about the scriptures by reading the works of other people because I’m not sharp enough to figure out such things on my own. After reading your “About” page, I was really impressed with how you came to these understandings on your own, and that, I believe, is how it should be. I always felt like the scriptures were meant to speak to each of us, but with only a literal understanding of them I had learned long ago to reject their relevance to me. Keep the light shining!

    Tom

  6. Awesome Job, Paul. Loved this article! Thinking that Paul would silence women literally has always baffled mainstream Christianity, and you have just erased all confusion there.

    • Thank you, Joshua. The cultural/religious understanding of the woman has, in my opinion, been the single greatest cause of the denigration of women in our world. I look forward to the day when women will (FINALLY) take their place as the equal of men on the playing field of humanity.

      “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.”

  7. Greetings, I have learned a lot from your website, I hope you can help me a bit. I am confused, so Jesus Christ is a metaphor for God’s spirit within us ? So anyone who desires to know God has this same spirit within them? whether they do the confessing christ and baptism thingy of the religion of christianity? am I right in these assumptions? You see, I have a problem with bringing all this information HOME , what does it really mean, what in a nut shell does it all come down to? If I were to ask you your ‘religious/spiritual’ label what would be your reply? Mystic? unaffiliated with any earthly religion? Say I went all the way with this information how would I explain in a few words what it was I now believed, what would I label myself. It can’t be Christian, Buddhist, Taoist. Christian Mystic? yes I am stuck ,I am not able to bring all this information down and make it my Home because I don’t really know what it all comes down to. Can you write an article about how all this information you have on this site means in the day to day life and experience of any of us now? I hope you at least get the jest of what I am trying to ask here. We all have labels to identify where we are coming from, so what be yours? or are labels no longer necessary? but even if not necessary for yourself, others need something to base their life on. like I am New Age, or Wiccan, or Mystic.
    thank you for your time
    be blessed
    Patricia

    • Thank you for your comments, Patricia. You ask some very important questions, as well. However, they are more than I can adequately answer in this comment section. You left me your email address, and so I will reply to you via email. Please be patient, though, as it may be a few days before I am able to do so.

      Blessings!

  8. Once again you bring us a thorough explanation. I agree with you completely but I would add that the “husband” is in the heart (unconditional love) and the “woman” is actually the babbling mind, the brain that talks all the time which in meditation needs to be observed but not obeyed. The “woman” needs in silence to receive the “husband” which means the ego needs to be silenced for the love to work through us. “God” is unconditional love which radiates through the heart, the brain is the one blocking it. “Satan” is the vain intelligence. Intelligence was the highest quality (highest angel) but it becomes a fallen angel (quality) when it becomes vain and thinks it is higher and more important than unconditional love. Best regards and please keep up the good work!

    • Thank you for your kind words, Anne. Your take on the “woman” is interesting. I’ll have to look into that. I hope you are doing well.

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