The Strong Man Has Been Kidnapped

Where is The Strong Man?

Why is the world suffering so much? It appears things are getting worse instead of better. Our inability to cope has reached monumental proportions. Could the missing strong man be the key culprit?

Indeed, the strong man has been kidnapped and removed from his house. With no one home, the enemy has freely come in and robbed us blind.

Of what has he robbed us?

He has robbed us of our personal power!

How has the strong man been kidnapped?

The “strong man” (Christ) has been taken out of his house (YOU are the house of God) and placed in a literal heaven “up there” where we cannot reach him. It is because we have known neither who nor what Christ is that this has been done. Thus, the strong man is no longer at home. The strong man has gone on a long journey. Unfortunately, the strong man is your power, and so with him gone, so is your personal power. This is the major problem facing humanity. You want to lose weight, stop an addiction, begin a program, accomplish some great thing, etc., and you find that you have no power to do so because your “husband” (YOU are the bride, Christ is the bridegroom) is not at home. The strong man has left the building.  He has been bound, gagged and hijacked.

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The Bible, however, makes the truth plain.

Well if that is the case, then what is the problem?

The principal problem is that we have been conditioned to believe a lie. Even though the truth is far different than anything we have previously been taught, we cannot hear that truth because of the strength of what we have been taught and its resulting conditioning. We are, in most cases, afraid to believe anything else. The highly intoxicating wine of ignorance and deception has made us drunk with illusions of grandeur.

So what is the truth?

It is that God and Christ are powers that reside WITHIN YOU, NOT somewhere in a literal heaven far above planet earth — somewhere OUTSIDE of you. By placing the strong man “way out there,” we place him where we cannot reach him. Whenever you are searching for something, you simply won’t find it where it is not. If the strong man is IN YOU, then you won’t find him outside of you.

Thus, we have no personal power to help us with our problems.

So have you looked inside of yourself for Christ?

We need to bring the strong man back into the strong man’s house. This is the ONLY way we are going to be able to solve our problems and issues.

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For more of an understanding of who or what God and Christ are, please view my video here (you’ll have to scroll down for the actual video). You will want to listen very intently because it provides an in-depth study that you probably won’t understand by just a superficial review.

Remember, scripture says it is Christ IN YOU that is the hope of glory. YOU are the temple of God, YOU are the house of God, YOU are the church of God.

YOU are the creation of the Bible. You are being created in the image and likeness of God. Once that creation is completed, then God will rest.

It’s all about YOU.

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

Love is Omnipotent / Love is Holy

The Omnipotence of Love

Hatred stirs up strifes, but love covers all sins (Prov. 10:12).

Our world is currently in the midst of a gargantuan paradigm shift. Church attendance is decreasing in massive numbers as more and more people are actually using the great intellect they have been blessed with to separate the wheat from the chaff.

Hatred is being spewed, in the name of God, all across our world. Terrorism rules the day as “believers” are massacring “non-believers,” in both word and deed, across our globe in their attempts to create a world where their beliefs reign supreme. In the meantime, the lack of understanding of just what it means to “love your neighbor as yourself,” is singlehandedly destroying our cultures, our peoples and our world.

We have reached a critical juncture in our existence. Over my more recent past the spirit has been reinforcing in me the idea of love. Unfortunately, modern religion doesn’t truly understand what the love of God really means. It is my hope that by the end of this chapter, the subject of godly love will make much more sense to you. This love is the means by which the power of God will come to life within you.

Love is Holy Spirit

Much of our religious culture gives lip service to the biblical concept of Christ dying for all, and it takes that concept to mean that unless you live your life in a certain way, then you are not included among God’s people. Thus, if you are gay you are castigated and excluded. If you condone abortion, you are castigated and excluded. If you are an atheist you are castigated and excluded. In short, you have to conform to the beliefs of your religious culture in order for them to accept you. This is conditional love, and has nothing to do with the love of God.

There are some religious denominations that will separate you from their numbers for the simple act of smoking, and also for getting drunk, using drugs, etc. These acts, generally speaking, are addictions for which the help of “God” is a critical need; thus, when you most need spiritual help, those so-called “people of God” toss you to the wolves.

This is their “truth.” This is their “love.”

All of this in the name of “God.”

Wherefore the Lord said, Forasmuch as this people draw near [me] with their mouth, and with their lips do honour me, but have removed their heart far from me, and their fear toward me is taught by the precept of men. (Isa. 29:13)

He answered and said unto them, Well hath Esaias prophesied of you hypocrites, as it is written, This people honoureth me with [their] lips, but their heart is far from me. (Mark 7:6)

While I don’t condemn these people (we ALL start out with lack of knowledge and understanding, and so we ALL need to spiritually evolve), I believe it is critical, especially in light of the current world distress, to bring an understanding as to the reasons WHY we are suffering in the ways that we are, and to offer the ONLY solution to this worldwide dilemma. We must offer more than lip service to this idea of love. Our hearts must be in it. We must develop a heart of love for those who are not like us, not because we want them to be like us, but because they, in fact, ARE us. We are all one, and to love your neighbor (and your neighbor is anyone who is not you), is to love yourself.

If change is going to come to our world, it is WE that are going to bring the change – one person at a time. The enemy is US, and WE need to cast out the enemy if we are going to heal on a global scale.

To Love Is To Give.

The concept of giving in the Scriptures is not a small concept. We are told that it is better to give than to receive. We are told that greater love has no man than that he give his life for his “friends” (neighbor is a better translation). We are told to treat others as we want to be treated.

In this article I am going to tie all of this together in a way that not only makes great sense, but also in such a way that you will see the absolute importance of reversing the way we treat other human beings, because what is happening to us is that we are experiencing the reaping of the acts of hatred we have sown towards each other.

“But I don’t hate anyone,” you may say.

Hatred often exposes itself in very subtle ways, and you won’t always recognize it when you see it. Our everyday communications with others often leaves much to be desired. Many times we are offended by the actions of others, and because of those offenses we may do or say things in return that on the surface may appear to be innocuous, but that upon further examination show themselves as attitudes of vengeance, revenge, bitterness, resentment and hatred – attitudes that are, in fact, quite harmful to our spiritual existence. We MUST begin the process of turning this around.

Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again. (Luke 6:38)

Until now we have not understood just what this Scripture means. However, it is a spiritual principle that when properly understood will deliver you from much grief in life, and from much of the trial and tribulation you may be currently experiencing. Giving is LAW, and learning how to employ it appropriately can set off a chain of events in your life that will put you in awe, but you have to keep employing it long enough to see the results of this law in your life. The law of reaping and sowing has everything to do with this magnificent law and how it works. When you give, you are sowing seeds, and those seeds will produce a harvest at the appropriate time. If you don’t believe this, try it and see. It is easy to say “you’re wrong,” about all this, but how will you ever know whether it works unless you employ it.

What I am talking about here, and what the Scriptures are talking about, is the giving of love. “Love never fails” (1 Cor. 13:8). What this means is that we have the power to give life to our brothers and sisters on this planet through love. We have the ability and the power to love them into submission, as it were. Unconditional love is an irresistible force in the lives of human beings. What we fight generally fights us back. There is no fight in love. Love is a spiritual principle. The Scriptures define God as love; in other words, love is what God is:

Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. He that loveth not knoweth not God; for GOD IS LOVE. (1 John 4:7-8)

Have you ever been the recipient of unconditional love? If so, how did it make you feel? How did the acceptance of you by the one displaying this unconditional love inspire or motivate you? Would you like to help someone else to experience that love in the midst of their fiery trials and storms? You have the power, you just need to employ it. When people are experiencing the worst that life has to offer, the last thing they need are condemnation and judgment. They need love. Perhaps they committed actions that deserved condemnation and judgment. However, proactivity is much stronger than reactivity. In order to solve problems, we generally have to rise higher than the problem. We have to rise to the plane on which the solution resides. Fighting fire with fire only causes more fire.

A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger (Prov. 15:1).

Unconditional love is not for wimps. Real love is not weak. You cannot love unconditionally if you feel yourself a victim of someone or something. When someone does something to us, for example, the usual response is to respond in-kind. It doesn’t take any strength to react like that. The example of the biblical Christ rings loudly here. Although he was being crucified, he does NOT condemn those who are crucifying him. In fact, he is able to love his own unto the end by praying, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” This is real love in action.

“Go and do thou likewise.”

Have you ever done something in your life for which you were truly regretful? Have you ever done something in your life that you would love to have the opportunity to undo or redo? Of course you have. We all have. It is important to understand that we all have weaknesses and inabilities on the physical plane, and that we ALL have the potential to rise higher. While we may not have committed many of the hateful acts of some of the people we read about in the newspapers, we have all committed acts for which we have needed forgiveness and healing/cleansing. We have also committed very harmful acts against ourselves, out of our ignorance of how life works, such that we may still suffer to a great degree as a result of such acts. Therefore, we are no better than those who have committed what we would call “unseemly” acts. Many of us are stuck in addictions that are the result of acts we committed early in life that we have not yet learned how to break.

Therefore, we dare not self-righteously judge others. We dare not self-righteously reject others.

Judge not, that ye may not be judged, for in what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged, and in what measure ye measure, it shall be measured to you (Matt. 7:1-2).

Strong words! Unless you learn how to love and how to give, you can never experience the fullness of Christ IN YOU, because Scripture tells us that when we “see him,” we will be like him, for we shall see him as he is. In other words, we won’t see God until we become the love of God personified. And of course we are not talking about physically seeing God. In other words, we won’t see him until we become like him. The first man (the Adam who becomes Christ) is a living soul, the last man (Christ – the resurrected Adam) becomes a LIFE GIVING SPIRIT. This is critical understanding. Our spiritual maturity will put us in a position to “give life to the [spiritually] dead” (Rom. 4:17).

If we are in Christ, “greater works will we do than what he does.”

The strength that we need to develop the capacity to love unconditionally is bigger than we are, and must be developed. However, the spiritual benefits of giving love, are far more than worth the effort. God is love, and therefore the “unsearchable riches of God” can just as easily be defined as the “unsearchable riches of love.” Love is the be-all and the end-all of our existence. Love is Omniscient! Love is Omnipotent! Love is Omnipresent! God is love, and love is God.

Holy Spirit is Comforter

Love is the Holy Spirit

While this may sound like a preposterous statement to those who have been conditioned to see God as an entity “out there,” rather than as a power “within you,” Scripture tells us that God is a spirit (John 4:24). Furthermore, it tells us that God has given us the “SPIRIT” of love (2 Tim. 1:7). And as we just read above, God is love.

Now let’s try to understand, because you are going to learn just how powerful you really are if you are able to open your spiritual ears and eyes:

Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy. (1 Pet. 1:16)

Speak unto all the congregation of the children of Israel, and say unto them, Ye shall be holy: for I the LORD your God am holy. (Lev. 19:2)

Swap out the word “God” for the definition of God, which is “love,” and the meaning becomes crystal clear.

LOVE IS HOLY!!!

Therefore, love (“God is a spirit”; “God is love”) is the Holy Spirit.

Make sense? This concept will crystallize for you as you continue reading.

Love is the Miracle

In Scripture, the “name” of someone or something stands for its nature. For example, Christ is, by interpretation, Messiah (John 1:41); Immanuel is, by interpretation, “God with us” (Matt. 1:23). In each of these instances, the name describes the nature of the one possessing it. Likewise, God’s name is Holy. The word “Holy,” in this instance, is not an adjective, but a noun; it is not describing God’s name, it is defining God’s name, and that name is “Holy,” in the same way that your name is whatever name your parents gave you.

Now the city and people of God are called by the name of God. Notice:

If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. (2 Chr. 7:14)

O Lord, hear; O Lord, forgive; O Lord, hearken and do; defer not, for thine own sake, O my God: for thy city and thy people are called by thy name. (Dan. 9:19)

This “name” by which the city and people of God are called is “holy.” The people of God are called “holy,” and the city of God is “the Holy City, Jerusalem, as you will see in the following set of Scriptures:

And ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests, and an holy nation. These [are] the words which thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel. (Exod. 19:6)

For they call themselves of the holy city, and stay themselves upon the God of Israel; The LORD of hosts [is] his name. (Isa. 48:2)

Awake, awake; put on thy strength, O Zion; put on thy beautiful garments, O Jerusalem, the holy city: for henceforth there shall no more come into thee the uncircumcised and the unclean. (Isa. 52:1)

The sons also of them that afflicted thee shall come bending unto thee; and all they that despised thee shall bow themselves down at the soles of thy feet; and they shall call thee, The city of the LORD, The Zion of the Holy One of Israel. (Isa. 60:14)

And they shall call them, The holy people, The redeemed of the LORD: and thou shalt be called, Sought out, A city not forsaken. (Isa. 62:12)

But ye [are] a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light. (1 Pet. 2:9)

The city of God, the temple of God, and the people of God, then, are “called by My name,” and that name is “Holy,” which, in turn, is “love.” In fact, the temple, the city and the people of God are all metaphors for YOU. You will have to read and reread the above Scriptures until that truth resonates within you. The marvelous light of God is the light of love. Love, indeed, is the effulgent inner light – it is the first among the “sons of God” waiting to be revealed to all.

How Holiness Equates to Love

God is a spirit. The law is spiritual. God is holy. The law is holy. God is love.

The law is summed up in one word — love!

Wherefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good. … For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin. (Rom. 7:12, 14)

And, behold, a certain lawyer stood up, and tempted him, saying, Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life? He said unto him, what is written in the law? How readest thou? And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbor as thyself. And he said unto him, Thou hast answered right: this do, and thou shalt live. (Luke 10:25-28)

All of this has to do with love. Indeed, love is the great key to eternal life. In fact, John 17:3 gives us the definition of eternal, or everlasting, life. It is this:

And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent. (John 17:3)

Now remember, one who does not love does not know God, but eternal life means knowing God, or knowing love. The holy law is all about loving God and loving your fellow brothers and sisters. Love is a spiritual commandment.

Love, and you shall LIVE!!

Master, which [is] the great commandment in the law? Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second [is] like unto it, Thou shalt love thy eighbor as thyself. On these two commandments hang ALL the law and the prophets. (Matt. 22:36-40)

They who have ears to hear, let them hear. Once again, love is the be-all and the end-all of our existence. Love is the beginning and the end; love is the first and the last; love is the Alpha and the Omega.

Love NEVER fails!

And once again:

Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love. (1 John 4:7-8)

Indeed, this verse bears out that to love is to be born of God, and to be born of God is to be “born again” – born … “of the Spirit.” This Spirit is love.

So hopefully you’re beginning to understand the dire importance of loving others. I have no doubt that up until now you probably have never seen or heard it put in the manner I am presenting it to you, but if you want the promise of the Scriptures, you MUST learn how to love others, regardless of what they do to you, or to others.

Most Negative Actions Are REactions Either Fear-Based or Desire-Based

If you think about it, most of the negative actions we commit are rooted in either fear, or in some desire, whether our own or of someone else. For example, hatred for another human being can occur because you feel threatened by him or her. Perhaps someone did something to you and you want to get them back. Perhaps you were taught to hate through the lessons of the history books. Or perhaps you are being used as a tool by someone else to carry out his or her hatred. Many of us are sheep that are listening to the wrong voices that are telling us to do things that will ultimately harm us in greater ways than we could ever imagine.

Anger is another example. Usually, anger emerges when you want something and you don’t get it. Arguments between husbands and wives are prime examples of this. Usually, one of them does something that the other doesn’t like. This may spur discontent, and anger erupts. You don’t get what you want and you lash out at the object of your anger. Perhaps someone said something hurtful to you and you respond in-kind.

You are not acting in love when you do this. On the contrary, you are acting in quite a natural manner. These kinds of reactions are what the majority of people execute when faced with these kinds of adversities. However, the natural and the spiritual are opposed to each other, and natural reactions do not bring about spiritual results.

But the natural man receives NOT the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know, because they are spiritually discerned. (1 Cor. 2:14)

Love is the spirit that is God, and natural man cannot understand it. The Spirit of God is something for which we need to ask:

And I say unto you, ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. For every one that asks receives; and he that seeks finds; and to him that knocks it shall be opened … If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him? (Luke 11:9-13)

Seeking love is a spiritual quest. To find it, we must go within ourselves. To seek love is to “seek the Lord.” We are told to “seek him while he may be found”; to “call upon him while he is near.”

Love holds the keys of hell and of death. In other words, love provides the way of escape from all our problems – our “sins”:

Let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins. (James 5:20)

And above all things have fervent love among yourselves: for love shall cover the multitude of sins. (1 Pet. 4:8)

Now some of you may say that only Christ’s blood covers our sins, and you may point to the following verse:

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

This is reconciled by the fact that God is love, and that the blood of Christ represents the fruit of the Spirit, or fruit of the vine (I am the vine, you are the branches), the first of which is love (Gal. 5:22).

So you can see the critical nature of learning to love your fellow man. Without love, we are self-deceived into thinking we “know the Lord,” when in fact the “Lord” is saying, “I never knew you.”

The Cross/Crucifixion of Christ

What do the Scriptures mean by the “cross of Christ,” and how does that cross relate to the cross that we are required to bear? What does it mean that Christ is “crucified for our sins?”

Let us now take a look at the comparisons between Christ’s love for us, shown through his death on the cross, and the love we are required to show to our fellow human beings by virtue of us “laying down our lives for our ‘friends.’” You will find the comparisons startling, but all comparisons are only two sides of the same coin. In fact, they are not really two sides. It’s the same side of the coin, shown from two different perspectives. We are talking about only one love.

He Who Loves His Life Shall Lose It

As Christ is on the cross, his crucifiers are reviling him with taunts that “if thou be the Son of God, come down from the cross.” Earlier in Scripture, when the servants of the high priest come “with swords and staves” to take him, and in response to Peter cutting off the ear of one of the servants, Jesus says this to Peter:

Think thou that I cannot now pray to my Father, and he shall presently give me more than twelve legions of angels? But how then shall the scriptures be fulfilled, that thus it must be? (Matt. 26:53-54)

The “sword” in the Scriptures is a metaphor for the tongue. Thus, Peter cutting off the ear (representative of the hearing) of the servant with the sword (the tongue) is symbolic of us, in our anger towards the less-than-well-meaning, using our flaming swords to cut off the hearing of those who are antagonistically opposed to who and what we are by our condemning words. And what was Jesus’ response?

Then said Jesus unto him, Put up again thy sword into his place: for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword. (Matt. 26:52).

In other words, put your sword (your tongue) back in your mouth. Cease setting the temple of others on fire with your words. This is exactly what the Scriptures mean when it says “… and they smote them with the edge of the sword, and burnt the city with fire.” (Jud. 18:27)

Refuse to fight fire with fire. We are vessels of love. Through love, which never fails, we have the ability to lift others out of the valleys of hatred, condemnation, anger, fear, unbelief, etc. Love endures all things, love hopes all things. The tongue, on the other hand, is a fire, say the Scriptures. It is set on fire of hell. With it we bless God and with it we curse men, and these things ought not to be. Our job is not to judge others, but merely to love them.

But I say unto you, love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; (45) That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust. (Matt. 5:44 45)

Leaving Us An Example

What is Jesus’ response to those who revile and threaten him?

Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth: Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed [himself] to him that judges righteously. (1 Pet. 2:22-23)

Responding in kind to those who condemn, judge and persecute us runs contrary to the way of love. Again, if we feel ourselves victims, we will be unable to execute the love of God in our lives. We must develop the ability to rise above apparent negative situations and circumstances in order to get to the level of healing that all of us possess, but of which we may be unaware.

Easier Said Than Done

Once you become convinced of the fact that love is indeed the “way, the truth and the life,” and you attempt to actually put it into practice, you will find that it is much easier to speak about love than it is to practice it. That is because love is the Holy Spirit, and without the power of Christ working in us, it is impossible to love in this divine way.

Love is something we must seek. It is worth everything we could possibly gain, and is itself the method by which we bring ALL THINGS to us. It is this love, expressed through giving our lives for others, that is the key to receiving the heavenly treasures:

Now when Jesus heard these things, he said unto him, Yet lackest thou one thing: sell all that thou hast, and give unto the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, follow me. (Luke 18:22)

To be “born again” is to be born of love, and to be born of love is to be “made in the image and likeness of God,” which, in turn, means to be born into the Kingdom of God. It has absolutely nothing to do with what religion you belong to, what your nationality is, what your race is, or anything of that nature. It has everything to do with love.

It is all about love.

Forgiveness an Essential Quality of Love

For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses. (Matt. 6:14-15)

Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven: (Luke 6:37)

Forgiveness of others is a vital part of “spirituality.” I once saw a Christian broadcast in which one of the women on the panel was extremely bitter against her father because of the love she never received as a child and the pain and suffering she bore as a result. She said she could never forgive him for what he had done to her, and that he would have to earn her love after the way he treated her and her sibliings.

What this woman doesn’t realize is that love does not come naturally to human beings. We do have a form of love, but it falls far short of the “love of God.” It is the lack of understanding of just what love is that is causing all of the pain and misery that we experience in our interpersonal relationships.

A Mother’s Love

We have all seen the power of a mother’s love in action. In general, mothers have a great sense of love for her children, and are fiercely protective of her own. There have been instances of mothers calling on immense physical strength in times of great danger to her offspring. For example, I have heard a story once about a mother lifting a car to deliver her son who was wedged underneath it. She was able to save her son from certain death by her actions. You can find stories such as this one in many places.

Even when her children are guilty of some great evil, mothers will usually protect her children, despite all evidence pointing to their guilt. A mother will not generally air her children’s dirty laundry in public, and will “cover her children’s nakedness” (spiritually speaking) to the best of her ability. A mother will oftentimes take the blame for the guilt of her children, if that would become necessary.

It is this kind of love that the Scriptures inspire us to have for ALL people. The law of reaping and sowing is a living law that cannot be transgressed without bringing great peril to oneself. When we love others, we love ourselves. When we hate others, we bring condemnation and evil on ourselves. Scriptures tell us that without this kind of love, we really don’t know God, for God IS love.

God is love! Think on that. Meditate on that. Become that. And then you will begin to experience spiritual freedom.

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

Who or What Are God and Christ (Video)

WHO OR WHAT ARE GOD AND CHRIST?

Who or what is God? Who or what is Christ? We all have our opinions, each one of us dependent on what our religion teaches us about God and Christ. What does the Bible say about God and Christ? Or rather, what does the Bible REALLY say about God and Christ?

Our religious culture believes in a God “out there” somewhere in a heaven beyond the universe. The problem with this kind of thinking is that it takes us far away from where God and Christ really dwell. Doesn’t the Bible tell you that YOU are the house of God (Heb. 3:6)? Doesn’t the Bible clearly say that it is Christ IN YOU that is your hope of glory (Col. 1:27)? Why do we continue to look for God and Christ “up there?”

God/Christ dwell in your heart (Eph. 3:17)

God and Christ dwell in your heart
(Eph. 3:17)

Could it be that our leaders themselves don’t truly understand where God and Christ dwell? Could it be that they don’t truly understand that YOU, individually, are the temple of God, that YOU, individually, are the house of God (Heb. 3:6), and that the spirit of God dwells IN YOU (1 Cor. 3:16)?

In the video below, which is very scripture-intensive, I go into great detail to show you what the Bible really says about God and Christ. The real answers about God and Christ are going to shock you, i.e., IF you can receive them. We have all been hoodwinked into believing a God and Christ “out there” somewhere in the universe. But when you begin to understand where the Bible tells us that God and Christ actually live — where they dwell — it will hopefully fill you with hope that you CAN find God and Christ, and that you don’t have to look far in order to find them.

God and Christ -- What are They? (1 John 4:8 / 1 Cor. 1:24)

God and Christ — What are They?
(1 John 4:8 / 1 Cor. 1:24)

You should probably take notes on this one, because this information is critical if we are to “bring the strong men (God and Christ) back into the house.”

Let me know your thoughts in the comment section below. You can also find the article that corresponds to this video here: Who or What are God and Christ (Article)

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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.

The Fifth Commandment – It’s Not About Your Natural Parents

The Fifth Commandment:
Honor Your Father and Mother

The Fifth Commandment states:

Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee (Ex. 20:12).

Regarding this verse, the New Testament continues:

Honour thy father and mother (which is the first commandment with promise) (Eph 6:2).

The words “honor” and “obey” could be used interchangeably here, as the scriptures are rife with instructions to “obey” father and mother (Deut. 21:18-21; 1 Sam. 12:15; Prov. 13:17; etc.). Further, Scripture tells us that there is a promise attached to keeping this commandment. In fact, this commandment is the only commandment that has a promise attached to it. The promise is “that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee” (Ex. 20:13; Eph. 6:3).

So according to this commandment, it appears that honoring your literal father and mother is the key to long life.

But is that what this commandment is really admonishing us to do?

Consider the following fictional scenario and let’s try to make some sense out of this commandment, because on the surface, and if you think long and hard about it, from a literal perspective this commandment does not make even a lick of sense, even if you consider its moral ramifications.

Jake is a part of a huge crime ring that his wife doesn’t know anything about but, as a religious woman, would be horrified if she did. He and his cohorts devise a massive scheme to rob one of the largest banks in his state. He commands his 16-year-old son, Charlie, to take part in this scheme, but also urges him to NOT tell his mother about it. Charlie was taught biblical principles by his mother, and the biblical command to honor his father and mother is ringing in his ears at this point, despite the fact that he is diametrically opposed to this scheme and wants no part of it. Ultimately, he yields to the scriptural command and his father’s directive, and they commence with the attempted robbery. However, unbeknownst to the crime ring, the FBI has been alerted and stands ready to avert it. During the robbery, they raid the bank, completely surprising the robbers, and guns them down, severely injuring Jake, and killing Charlie instantly.

So Jake’s 16-year-old son Charlie is now dead, the result of him obeying his father. Certainly, the scriptural promise of long days upon the land for honoring father and mother did not apply to Charlie. He honored and obeyed his father, and is dead because of it.

There are all kinds of parents in the world. Hardened criminals are people, and of course many hardened criminals are also parents that have children that they would like to have follow in their footsteps. Some parents raise their children to be murderers; some parents raise their children to be angry, to be liars, thieves, etc. Oftentimes father and mother are at odds with each other, with father commanding one thing, while mother commands the polar opposite. What do you do? How do you honor both father and mother when the desire of each for you is in direct opposition to the other?

All parents are human beings, and all human beings are fallible. Not all parents have the best interests of their children at heart. And of course, some parents intentionally murder or otherwise bring harm to their children. Sometimes parenting methods are so bad that children are mercifully removed from their homes to avert disastrous consequences to them. My wife and I have been foster parents since 1987, so we know this all too well.

I want you to think long and hard about this. The only command that attaches a promise to it – the command to honor father and mother – cannot possibly mean honoring your physical parents. That doesn’t make any sense at all.

Then what DOES this commandment mean?

The Law is Spiritual

When Jesus commands his disciples to “eat my flesh and drink my blood,” he loses many of them. But he explains to the disciples that remain that “the words that I speak, they are spirit and they are life” (John 6:63b).

What he is telling them is that he does not intend for them to physically eat his flesh and drink his blood. Of course not! There isn’t enough of him to go around. No, he is speaking spiritually. In fact, ALL of the things of God are to be spiritually, and not literally (or naturally) discerned:

But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know, because they are spiritually discerned (1 Cor. 2:14).

Yes, ALL of the “things of the Spirit of God” are to be spiritually discerned.

And then we find this:

For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin (Rom 7:14).

Now if we take the principle of the eating of Jesus’ flesh and blood to be a spiritual principle, as opposed to a literal, or natural, one, then the same principle applies to ALL of the commandments, which are also part of the “law of God,” including the Fifth Commandment to honor your father and mother.

The words “father” and “mother” are code words in Bible allegory, and thankfully, the Bible explains its symbols, so we do not have to be in the dark about anything. We just need “eyes that see,” and “ears that hear.”

Abraham, the Father of us all

Therefore of faith, by grace; to the end the promise might be sure to all the seed; not to that only which is of the law, but to that also which is of the faith of Abraham; who is the father of us all (Rom. 4:16).

Abraham is called the father of the faithful, and scripture tells us:

But without faith [it is] impossible to please [him]: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and [that] he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him (Heb. 11:6).

Further, we find:

By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went. By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as [in] a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise: For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker [is] God (Heb. 11:10).

This is a big scripture, and addresses the land of promise that the scripture promises to those who honor their father (Abraham). The “land that the Lord thy God giveth thee” is the “land of promise,” or the “Promised Land.”

YOU are the land (or “Earth”) of promise.

Abraham is called the “father of the faithful.” Are you faithful? If so, Abraham is your father. Otherwise:

… [i]f ye were Abraham’s children, ye would do the works of Abraham (John 8:39b).

This is all allegorical and is for our spiritual benefit (2 Tim. 3:16). We cannot understand any of this reading it literally. The “city which hath foundations” for which Abraham was laboring to enter is the Kingdom of God, which the Bible says is WITHIN YOU (Luke 17:21).

By honoring and obeying our father (Abraham), we do what he does, which is to completely trust in the God within you and seek the Kingdom, not worrying or being anxious about anything, but simply trusting that whatever happens in your life, and despite appearances, all is well. Learning to trust in the God within you (and YOU are the temple of God; YOU are the house of God; YOU are God’s dwelling place) is how you build the ark of faith that carries you across the floodwaters of affliction and adversity.

This is a very difficult lesson to learn, and is a part of our spiritual development and entrance into the Kingdom of God. The seven days of creation (and, biblically speaking, YOU are the creation, NOT the literal material universe) involve the seven stages of faith from beginning to end. I will deal with that at a later time.

So father represents faith, as we also note in the following verse:

Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar (Jas. 2:21)?

This verse is also critical, and is a great segue into the biblical definition of “mother.” To honor your father, then, is to have faith in God. Faith is justified by works, and faith without works is dead (Jas. 2:26). But what are the works of faith?

Jerusalem, the Mother of us all

But Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us all (Gal. 4:26).

This is strange language here. A city is our mother? How do we honor a city?

Well, once again, the biblical concept of Jerusalem is – as is ALL scripture – powerful allegory, and is intended to give you spiritual instruction to help you progress toward the Kingdom of God. But remember, “strait is the gate and narrow is the way to life, and few there be that find it” (Matt. 7:14). Most do not understand the commandments because we interpret them naturally, rather than spiritually, and therefore are unable to keep them. You can never understand these things from a literal perspective, because the Bible has nothing to do with a literal history about a material creation.

As we continue to decode the scriptures to draw out their spiritual meaning and intent, it is critical, if we desire to enter into the Kingdom of God, to understand their spiritual implications.

The law goes forth from Jerusalem.

And many nations shall come, and say, Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, and to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for the law shall go forth of Zion, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem (Is. 2:3; Mic. 4:2).

These words are not to be interpreted naturally, but spiritually. “The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul” (Ps. 19:7). The soul is what the Bible calls “Christ” and the law goes forth from our mother, Jerusalem. It is the law that leads you to Christ, and the Fifth Commandment is part of the “perfect law of God.” This perfect law is the law of LOVE.

We learn from the above verse that the “law of the Lord” is the “word of the Lord.” Honor your mother, which means honor Jerusalem, which means keep the law of God, which means obey the word of God, which means love God and love your neighbor as yourself. All of this is spiritual, NOT literal, or natural. Nowhere in the Bible is this meaning more evident than the following proverbs:

My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother (Prov. 1:8).

My son, keep thy father’s commandment, and forsake not the law of thy mother (Prov. 6:20).

Spiritually speaking, you cannot decide to honor father OR mother. You cannot decide to honor one OR the other. Father is the embodiment of faith, while mother is the embodiment of works (i.e., the law of love). In other words, you cannot have faith OR works. Neither faith NOR works can operate independently of one another. You must have faith AND works. They must work together in unity.

Faith without works is dead. It is faith AND works, working together, that bring you into the Promised Land (the Kingdom of God within you).

Go Up To Jerusalem

The phrase “go up to Jerusalem” is used 11 times in the King James Version of the Bible. This phrase does not constitute a literal history that no longer applies to us today. On the contrary, it constitutes spiritual instruction that is vitally important for us if our goal is truly the Kingdom of God. In essence, the command is to “obey your mother,” or “obey the law,” or “be a vessel of love.”

Who [is there] among you of all his people? his God be with him, and let him go up to Jerusalem, which [is] in Judah, and build the house of the LORD God of Israel, (he [is] the God,) which [is] in Jerusalem (Ezr. 1:3).

The house of the Lord is in Jerusalem. Again, you must use spiritual discernment here. We’re not talking about the literal city of Jerusalem in literal Israel (remember, the law is spiritual), but Jerusalem above, which is the city of God within you. YOU are the temple/house of God (1 Cor. 3:16; Heb. 3:6). You build the house of the Lord by keeping the commandments, including the command to “honor your father and mother,” which is to say, exercise faith and keep the great law of love, because faith, combined with works (i.e., loving EVERYONE equal to love of self), are the keys to awakening the Christ within you, and thus leading you to the Promised Land. THIS is how you “live long upon the land that the Lord thy God gives you.”

The Law of Love (the Commandments) Leads to Christ

The law of God is the gateway to Christ. This is why it is called a “perfect law.” and the “perfect law of liberty.” It is only after Christ comes in your flesh that “the law is done away with.” This is because it takes effort to truly love divinely, until Christ, who is the power to love, comes in YOUR flesh. At that point, you love because it is a part of you, not because it is something you have to do.

For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone that believes (Rom. 10:4).

Many interpret this verse as saying that Christ ended the law. However, this presupposes a literal Christ “out there.” This is the biblical definition of the “spirit of antichrist” (which is any spirit that professes that Christ does not come in YOUR flesh). What the verse is saying is that Christ is the end of the law, in the same way as a period is the end of the sentence. Christ is at the end of the law, so without keeping the law you cannot get to the end of it, where you find Christ. The law (or word) of God is the only way.

The Virgin Daughter of Jerusalem

Christ is the bridegroom of the scriptures. Man (biblically, the woman) is the bride. Thus, if Jerusalem is our spiritual mother, then we are all daughters of Jerusalem. (Can you see how understanding the scriptures from a spiritual perspective begins to bring ALL of the scriptures to life?) This phrase, then, becomes vitally important in understanding the command to honor your mother. Here are a couple of examples:

Sing, O daughter of Zion; shout, O Israel; be glad and rejoice with all the heart, O daughter of Jerusalem (Zep. 3:14).

Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, thy King cometh unto thee: he [is] just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass (Zec. 9:9).

So the question is, are we the daughters of Jerusalem? That is, are we obeying our mother?

Leaving Father and Mother and Taking on a Wife

Biblical marriage is defined as man and woman (Christ and the church) becoming one flesh. This is Christ coming in YOUR flesh. This is the mystery of biblical marriage (Eph. 5:32; Col. 1:27). This is you and Christ. For this a man needs to leave father and mother. This is the same as Christ being “the end of the law” (Rom. 10:4). Once Christ and you become one flesh, you have moved on into perfection (I will annotate the following verse in bold and double parens):

Therefore leaving the principles ((commandments)) of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection ((marriage to Christ)); not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works ((repentance revolves around the law, given by our mother Jerusalem)), and of faith toward God ((Abraham, our father)) (Heb. 6:1).

Honor your father and mother that your days may be long upon the land that the Lord your God gives you.

Hopefully, you have a better understanding of what this commandment really means.

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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.

The Blood of Christ

The Blood of Christ

In my Video #4 on “Who or What are God and Christ,” I showed you that that the meaning of Christ, as 1 Cor. 1:24 states, is the “power of God, and the wisdom of God.”  I also showed you that as God is a spirit, and as that which is born of the flesh IS flesh, and that which is born of the spirit IS spirit, that the son of God does not constitute a flesh and blood male figure.  In fact, the biblical definition of “sons,” is not “children,” as is so erroneously translated in most English versions of the Bible.

(Go here to watch Video #4:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LwDnF7xP3yY).

In my Video #5 on Science and Religion, I covered the fact that it is man that constitutes biblical creation – that WE are the earth; that WE are the land where the seed of Christ (Adam) is planted, that WE are also the grave – the “heart of the earth” – in which the Christ lay dead for three days and three nights, and that biblical Earth has absolutely nothing – zip, zilch, nada – to do with our literal material creation.  I also showed you in my article entitled “Biblical Marriage,” that biblical marriage has nothing to do with a relationship between a natural man and woman, but constitutes the relationship between you and Christ (Eph. 5:32); that the two (you and Christ) become one flesh.  That Christ thus comes in YOUR flesh, and that anyone who does not bring this doctrine that Christ comes in YOUR flesh is a deceiver and an anti-Christ (1 John 4:2-4).  Indeed, greater is he that is IN YOU than he that is in the world.

(Go here to watch Video #5:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UHfSM9fMcQA).

(Go here to read my article on biblical Marriage:  http://decodingscripture.com/2014/10/decoding-biblical-marriage/)

If you have not reviewed the aforementioned videos/article, I would suggest doing so before continuing with this article.  Otherwise, much of it will probably not make much sense to you.

Now with this backdrop, what then does the “blood of Christ” mean?  The Bible tells us that it is Christ IN YOU that is the hope of glory.  The Bible also says that the blood of Christ saves us from our sins, and is what justifies us.  There has been much fuss made in the media throughout history depicting Jesus as a male figure being tortured in his flesh for our sakes.  Movies like The Passion of the Christ portray with vivid detail a man who literally went through hell and submitted to death in order to save humanity from its sins.  We watch movies like this, and our hearts are ripped apart.  The impassioned pleas of the religious among us to believe in such a one allegedly sent by God affect us at our core and lead us to believe that a literal God has gone to great lengths to redeem our souls through the great gift of God that is the literal Christ.  The offer of reliance on this great gift is the primary reason why the Christian religion has more recently supplanted Hinduism as the world’s largest religion. Mankind, in general, needs something on which to “hang its hat,” and reliance on the shed blood of the literal Christ appears to fulfill that need.

We are led to believe that the Omnipotent, the Almighty God who can do all things could not have saved us any other way than, literally speaking, to let his “only begotten son” be mercilessly slaughtered, brutally mutilated, because that is the only way he could save us.  Furthermore, scripture tells us that only blood can save us from sin, and that only the blood of Christ has the power to do that.

So let’s seek to understand exactly what scripture means by the blood of Christ.

The Soul of the Flesh IS the Blood

In Leviticus 17, verses 11 and 14, of the King James Version of the Bible, we read this:

(11) For the life of the flesh [is] in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it [is] the blood [that] maketh an atonement for the soul. … (14) For [it is] the life of all flesh; the blood of it [is] for the life thereof: therefore I said unto the children of Israel, Ye shall eat the blood of no manner of flesh: for the life of all flesh [is] the blood thereof: whosoever eateth it shall be cut off. (Lev 17:11, 14 KJV)

Now this is a relatively well-known scripture, but once again the translators have done a stellar job of leading us down a blind and dark alley.  The word “life” in these verses is a mistranslation.  The word is actually “soul.”  The Hebrew word is nephesh, and the Strong’s number is H5315.  One of the things I find absolutely incredible here is that in the same verses the translators actually translate that word correctly in the places where you actually read the word “soul.”  Why in the world would they translate the same Hebrew word into two different words in the same verse???  Mindboggling!  Reading these verses the way the King James Version translates them, you could never accurately understand them.

Now let’s look at the Concordant Literal Version (CLV) of the Bible, which though not perfect, more accurately translates the Hebrew into English in these verses, and let’s see if we can learn something about the soul:

(11) [F]or the soul of the flesh, it is [in] the blood, and I Myself have assigned it to you to make a propitiatory shelter over your souls on the altar; for the blood, in the soul it makes a propitiatory shelter … (14) for the soul of all flesh is its blood; as its soul is it. So I said to the sons of Israel: The blood of any flesh you shall not eat, for the soul of all flesh, it is its blood. Everyone eating it shall be cut off.  (Lev. 17:11; 14 CLV)

Now in verse 11, the word “in” (which I have highlighted for you) does not appear in the Hebrew, but was translated into the text.  The correct phrase is “for the soul of the flesh IS the blood,” which is reiterated, almost verbatim, in verse 14.  So why, in the 11th verse, did the translators add the word “in?”  Did they not see the correct translation just a couple of verses down?

So what the Bible is saying here is that the soul is the blood, and whatever this soul, or blood, is, it makes a propitiation – or atonement.  But none of this is literal.  Try to stay with me here, because this is critical information, as you will soon see.

Remember that I shared with you that biblical marriage has nothing to do with a relationship between a natural man and woman. Once again, Eph. 5:32 says about marriage, “This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church.”  So again, as I have redundantly stated in the past, marriage is the union between man and God, and the two (man and God) become one flesh.

The soul is what the scriptures call “Adam,” the one who becomes “Christ” (Gen. 2:7; 1 Cor. 15:45), Christ being the “quickening,” or “life-giving spirit” that is IN YOU.  This is the Christ for which Paul labors in travail until he is formed IN YOU; and it is THIS Christ (Christ IN YOU) that is the “hope of glory” (Col. 1:27).  This information is very critical to the meaning of the blood of Christ, so let’s take a look at a few scriptures that corroborate this.  Also, remember that I showed you in prior videos that the Bible is a language all to itself, and that one of the keys to understanding the language of the scriptures is to understand that in many cases, the last part of a two-part verse (verses separated by commas) explains the first part of the verse.

We already looked at Lev. 17:11 and 14 in the Old Testament, which points out that the soul IS the blood that makes atonement, or propitiation.  This is the same language used in the New Testament of the Christ.  Let’s look at a few scriptures here:

Whom God hath set forth a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God. (Rom. 3:25)

Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. (Rom. 5:9)

And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the whole world. (1 John 2:2)

Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son, the propitiation for our sins. (1 John 4:10)

The word “propitiation” in these verses is a synonym for “atonement,” or “reconciliation,” or “covering.”  So the soul is the blood that makes atonement for sin.  This soul, or blood, is the “life of the flesh,” i.e., the life of YOUR flesh.  Thus, the soul is the “blood of Christ” that comes in YOUR flesh, and greater is he that is IN YOU, than he that is in the world” (1 John 4:4).

Blood in the Biblical Sense, in General

Because the biblical Christ is IN YOU, and not outside of you, understand that the biblical symbol that is the blood of Christ has nothing to do with the literal blood of a literal man who gave his literal life for you.  But before we get into the biblical meaning of the blood of Christ, let’s take a look at biblical blood – the blood of man – in a general sense, and once again remember that the second part of a two-part verse very often explains the first part of the verse.

Thou shalt destroy them that speak leasing: the LORD will abhor the bloody and deceitful man. (Ps. 5:6)

This is an example of the second part of a verse defining the first part of it.  The word “leasing,” in this verse – “kazab” in Hebrew, Strong’s H3577 – is generally translated in the KJV as “lies,” or “deceit.”  This verse describes the bloody man as one who “speaks leasing,” or one who speaks lies and deceit against the Lord.  Remember, all Bible concepts are spiritual, NOT literal, or natural.

We are dealing with the tongue here.  So the biblical definition of a “bloody man” is one who “speaks lies” about “God.”  Indeed, lying about God – in other words, “saying” (which is the offspring of “believing”) that God is something that he is not – is tantamount to spiritual manslaughter.  This is not a result of a “being” (which is usually what we equate God with) deciding to punish you for your “sin,” but is merely the result of your not understanding who and what God really is.  Until you understand what God is, and where God dwells, it will be impossible to accurately seek and find him, for you will not find him where he is not.  In fact, the definition of “salvation” is to “know God” and Christ “whom he hath sent” (John 17:3).

The entire discourse of Job’s three neighbors bears witness to this verse.  Remember that they condemn Job without being able to prove their accusations against him.  They hurl “God” at him in much the same way that some religious people hurl God at those they deem “sinners.”  But they had no clue what they were talking about, as God makes plain in the end of this fabulous allegory.  At the end of the story, Job was told to pray for them, as God was otherwise going to destroy them because they “have not spoken of me right, as my servant Job has” (Job 42:7).

In other words, their words – their tongues – were about to cast them into hell (Jam. 3:6).

These three neighbors of Job who speak these false words about God – though well-intentioned – are what the Bible defines as “bloody men.”  So let’s take a look at some scriptures that corroborate this.  I will annotate notes in bold and double parentheses.

Their sorrows shall be multiplied [that] hasten [after] another [god]: their drink offerings of blood will I not offer, nor take up their names into my lips. (Ps. 16:4) ((Note: Drink offerings (of blood) and taking “names into my lips” all reference words that come out of your mouth.  It’s all about the tongue.))

Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, thou God of my salvation: and my tongue shall sing aloud of thy righteousness. (Ps. 51:14) ((“Bloodguiltiness” (in the first part of the verse) is the wrong use of the tongue, the “speaking of lies,” while the second part of the verse addresses the correct use of the tongue.  It’s all about the tongue.))

But thou, O God, shalt bring them down into the pit of destruction: bloody and deceitful men shall not live out half their days; but I will trust in thee. (Ps. 55:23) ((The “pit of destruction” (hell) is the result of the froward tongue (James 3:6).))

Deliver me from the workers of iniquity, and save me from bloody men. (Ps. 59:2) ((Again, the second part of the verse clarifies the first part of it.))

He shall redeem their soul from deceit and violence, and precious shall their blood be in his sight. (Ps. 72:14)  ((Cleansing the soul (the blood) from deceit and violence (the tongue) makes it “precious.”  Again, the last part of the verse explains the first part.))

They gather themselves together against the soul of the righteous, and condemn the innocent blood. (Ps. 94:21) ((The last part of the verse defines the “soul of the righteous” as “innocent blood”.  The soul is the blood.))

Surely thou wilt slay the wicked, O God: depart from me therefore, ye bloody men. (Ps. 139:19)

The Blood of Christ

Christ is called the son of God. He is also called the “Word of God.”  I covered in Video #2 that the definition of biblical fruit is the words that come out of your mouth, or the “fruit of your lips” (Prov. 18:20; Heb. 13:15).  I also covered in my Video #4, that Christ is a symbol, or metaphor, for the power of God and the wisdom of God that is within you.

[Even] the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. (John 14:17)

Remember also that I shared with you earlier in this article that the spiritual meaning of the “blood of men” is lies and deceit – the words that come out of our mouths.  Well, the biblical Christ is also a symbol for the words that come out of our mouths, and the words of Christ are the words of God.  Indeed, Christ is called “The Word of God.”  The word is spoken by the tongue.  Further, Christ is the way, the truth and the “life” (John 14:6), and “death and “life” are in the power of the tongue (Prov. 17:21).  This would seem to be a contradiction, but with the knowledge that Christ is also a metaphor for the tongue – the “Word of God” (or the “Word of Love”) – this seeming contradiction is resolved.

Drink my Blood

The Bible tells us to eat the flesh and drink the blood of Christ, and of course this is not literal, but spiritual.  What is it saying?

“My blood is drink indeed,” says the Christ:

And he took the cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave to them: and they all drank of it.  And he said unto them, “this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many.” (Mk. 14:23-24)

“This is my blood.”  These are not just idle words that have no meaning. There is great significance in these words.

What was it they were drinking?

Let’s drop down to verse 25:

Verily I say unto you, I will drink no more of the fruit of the vine, until that day that I drink it new in the kingdom of God (Mark 14:25). See, also, Matt. 26:29 and Luke 22:18.

So what is this incredible allegory saying to us? It is a mystery, and I am about to explain the mystery to you, if you can receive it.

Jesus says “I am the vine and you are the branches” (John 15:1). Jesus is also the Spirit of God (2 Cor. 3:17). This is what Christianity refers to as the “Trinity.” Indeed the three (God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit) are all one, and that one dwells within you. This is biblical marriage – the two (you and God) become one flesh, and greater is he that is in you than he that is in the world.  Thus, all power is within you.

So here is the blood of Christ defined. God is a spirit, and that spirit is love (2 Tim. 1 7; 1 John 4:8). Christ is the son of God, and is also a spirit, and “that which is born of the spirit IS spirit” (John 3:6). Therefore, the fruit of the vine (the vine being Christ, who also is the spirit (2 Cor. 3:17)) is the fruit of the spirit.

THE BLOOD OF CHRIST IS THE FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT.

The fruit of the spirit is what the scriptures call the “sons of God.”  Christ is the “firstborn” son, or love.

Now let’s take a look at the fruit of the spirit:

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law (Gal. 5:22-23).

Did you catch that?  Love is the first of the fruit of the spirit, and is thus the fruit of the vine. Again, God IS love, and Christ represents the power to love. Thus, the blood of Christ is love.

Yes, it ALL boils down to love. Love is the beginning and the end. Love is the Alpha and the Omega. Love is the first and the last. Love is the be-all and the end-all.

It is ALL about love.

Finally, let’s look at how sin is atoned for, because both love AND Christ are represented in scripture as the covering for sin. This is further proof that when the scriptures speak about love, and about Christ, they are speaking of one and the same.

Christ’s Atonement for Sin

For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins (Mat 26:28).

Whom God hath set forth [to be] a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God (Rom 3:25).

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

But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin (1 John 1:7).

Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son [to be] the propitiation for our sins. (1 John 4:10)

Love’s Atonement for Sin

Hatred stirreth up strifes: but love covereth all sins (Prov. 10:12).

For if ye love them which love you, what thank have ye? for sinners also love those that love them (Luke 6:32).

Wherefore I say unto thee, Her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much: but to whom little is forgiven, [the same] loveth little (Luke 7:47).

And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins (1 Pet. 4:8).

Love never fails (1 Cor. 13:8).

Indeed, our greatest spiritual request should be to learn how to love. Love truly is the power of God.  In fact, love IS God. To be born again is to be born of love:

Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.  He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love (1 John 4:8).

Questions? Comments? Please let me know in the comment section below.

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.

Biblical Marriage and Antichrist – The Mystery

BIBLICAL MARRIAGE AND ANTICHRIST
It’s Not About Men and Women 

“For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones.  For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh.  THIS IS A GREAT MYSTERY, but I SPEAK CONCERNING CHRIST AND THE CHURCH” (Eph. 5:30-32) (all scriptural emphases mine).

Biblical marriage “is a great mystery,” so says the above-referenced scripture.

And what is so mysterious about biblical marriage?

A mystery can be defined as “an unexplained or inexplicable phenomenon.”

Biblical marriage is defined as such a mystery.  Yet, despite the assertion of biblical marriage as a “mystery,” most of us read the subject of biblical marriage as a literal union of a natural man and woman.  We read it to “mean what it says.”

Nothing could be further from the truth.  This is not what biblical marriage is all about.

Not only does this meaning not make any sense when looking at the whole of Scripture; it also completely obscures the real meaning of the biblical Christ, who is the biblical “bridegroom.”  Biblical marriage is the marriage of “Christ and the church.”

The concept of biblical marriage as marriage between men and women is based on the literal interpretation of the Holy Bible.  Western religion identifies Adam and Eve as the first parents of human civilization.  Of course, it is quite natural to see women and men in Scripture from the literal perspective.  However, biblical marriage has absolutely nothing to do with the relationship between men and women.  Biblical marriage is much more profound.

I’m sure many of you are wondering if I’ve completely lost all my marbles.  What do you mean biblical marriage has nothing to do with men and women???

At the end of this article I have no doubt you will see this subject of biblical marriage in a completely different light.

The problem with the literal interpretation of biblical marriage, in particular, and of the Bible in general, is that the literal interpretation is a grossly disparate interpretation from the spiritual intent of the writers.  The Bible is a book about the spiritual, NOT the natural.  All of its messages, including the concept of biblical marriage, are concerned with the end result of our being created in the image and likeness of God, and it is not until that process is completed that “God rests.”  Natural man is NOT “created in the image and likeness of God.”  Natural man is “formed of the dust of the ground,” and then the creative process – the process of creating this “earth” into the image and likeness of God, begins.  None of this is literal; it is all spiritual – it is all allegory.  Biblical marriage itself is an allegory.

Let’s begin by taking a look at the scripture from which the opening scripture of this article derives, and we will begin to take this subject of biblical marriage apart and see what we come up with.

Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother and shall cleave unto his wife, and they shall be one flesh (Gen. 2:24).

Important to note here is that biblically speaking, the command to “honor your father and mother that your days may be long upon the land that the Lord thy God giveth thee” has nothing to do with your natural parents, and so biblical marriage, which involves leaving mother and father, also involves a different kind of father and mother – your spiritual father and mother.

Think about it.  Every human being that exists has a natural father and mother.  My wife and I have been foster parents for almost 30 years, and we have witnessed firsthand the brutality some of these children face at the hands of parents that simply do not know how to care for their children.  Many parents abandon their children for all kinds of reasons. Many children have honored their parents to the point of literal death.

I will be writing an article on the meaning of father and mother in the not-too-distant future.  However, for purposes of this article, I offer here in short form the biblical definition of father and mother:

Therefore it is of faith, that it might be by grace; to the end the promise might be sure to all the seed; not to that only which is of the law, but to that also which is of the faith of ABRAHAM; WHO IS THE FATHER OF US ALL (Rom. 4:16).

But Jerusalem which is above is free, WHICH IS THE MOTHER OF US ALL (Gal. 4:26).

In these scriptures, the Bible is interpreting its symbols (codes), and thus is interpreting itself.  Father and mother, in Scripture, are metaphoric of faith and law, the combination of which gives birth to Christ IN YOU, which Scripture describes as the hope of glory (Col. 1:27).  This is very significant because as you come to understand the concept of Christ IN YOU, you are then well on your way to understanding the concept of biblical marriage.  Again, as Scripture states, “[t]his is a mystery, but I speak concerning Christ and the Church.”

Consider that if biblical father and mother is spiritual, and not literal, then the concept of “cleaving to wife” and “two becoming one flesh” is also spiritual.  The concept of biblical marriage is the concept of the marriage of God and man.  This will be made crystal clear by the end of this article.

biblical marriage - two become one flesh
Christ Comes In YOUR Flesh

For some of my current readers, this information will be very redundant, but bear with me while I seek to help my new readers to understand the vital concept of Christ IN YOU.  Notice the following scripture:

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 (Col. 1:27).

Notice this “mystery,” which is what the Bible calls “Christ IN YOU.”  Pay attention to the “IN YOU” emphasis, because it is vital to your understanding of what the Scripture is saying.

Now we cross-reference this scripture with the following scripture, and the one that opens this article on biblical marriage:

For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh.  This is a great mystery, but I speak concerning Christ and the church (Eph. 5:31-32).

Notice the mystery in this verse.  It is the same mystery, as you will see shortly.  However, before we tie all of this together, we need to make clear just what the church is.

What is The Church

Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you (1 Cor. 3:16).

YOU are God’s dwelling place.  This is more of the scripture interpreting its symbols.  The concept of the Old Testament temple is all allegory.  The Old Testament temple – what we call “Solomon’s Temple” is a Bible codeword for YOU.  The following scripture is a confirmation of this:

Now therefore YE ARE no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God; (20) And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone, in whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord (Eph. 2:19-21).

Yes, YOU are the temple of God.  You are the building that is growing into a holy temple.

The Temple of God is the House of God

Let’s now look at some scriptures that confirm the temple of God (where God dwells) as the house of God (where God dwells).  God dwells in his house, or in his temple, which is YOU.

And the house, that is, the temple … (1 Kgs. 6:17).

And the snuffers, and the basons, and the spoons, and the censers, of pure gold: and the entry of the house, the inner doors thereof for the most holy place, and the doors of the house of the temple, were of gold (2 Chr. 4:22).

One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to enquire in his temple (Psa. 27:4).

And here is a New Testament confirmation:

But Christ as a son over his own house; whose house are we, if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm unto the end (Heb. 3:6).

You can’t make it any plainer than that.  You are the house of God – God’s dwelling place – and Christ is the son over his house.

biblical marriage - you are the temple of god
The House of God is the Church of God

But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth (1 Tim. 3:15).

So the house of God (that’s YOU) is also the church of God.  In other words, YOU are the church.  Biblical marriage is between Christ and the church.  The church is not a building.  The sanctuary, the altar, the holy of holies – all of this defines your inner being.  YOU are the temple/house/church of God.  YOU are the “called out one,” which is the definition of “church” in Greek – “ekklesia” – called from “outside” to come “inside” – into the house, into the Church, into yourself.

Christ Comes In YOUR Flesh

The concept of biblical marriage — of Christ IN YOU — is that Christ comes IN YOUR FLESH.  Once again, let’s let the scriptures decode themselves, as they do it a lot better than we can.  Job says of “seeing” God

And after my skin is destroyed, this I know, that IN MY FLESH I SHALL SEE GOD, whom I shall see for myself, and my eyes shall behold, and not another.  How my heart yearns within me (Job 19:26-27 NKJV)!

Of course, this has to be an allegory, because “God” cannot be seen with literal eyes.  What Job is saying here is that he will see God in[side] his flesh.  Now let’s let Scripture itself provide the exclamation point to this concept of Christ coming in YOUR flesh:  The following verse is usually used to show that Christ comes “in the flesh.”  People who read this verse usually interpret it to me that Christ literally comes back in flesh and blood.  This makes no sense when you consider the context in which this next verse is written.  This is actually so simple a child can understand it, and it is absolutely baffling how we come up with any other interpretation:

Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God: And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.  Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because …

greater is he that is IN YOU, than
he that is in the world.
(1 Jn. 4:2-4)

This is Reading 101, folks.  Christ cannot be IN YOU if he literally comes in the flesh.  No, the Scripture here is saying that Christ comes in YOUR flesh, and greater is he that is in your flesh, than he that is in the world.  Again, this is the mystery of biblical marriage.  It is the same mystery as Christ IN YOU, the hope of glory.

YOU Are the Flesh and Bones of Christ

Together, we call “the Father, the Son and the Spirit” the “trinity.”  Indeed, they are a trinity in the sense that all three represent the Spirit of God in you.  YOU are the house of God, which means the Spirit of God dwells IN YOU.  Christ is also called “the spirit,” and the “inner man”:

That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man (Eph. 3:16).

Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty (2 Cor. 3:17).

So God, as a trinity, is a spirit, as opposed to flesh and bones.  What, then, represents the flesh and bones of Christ?

For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones (Eph. 5:30).

Indeed, YOU are the flesh and bones of Christ.  Christ in a spirit inhabiting your flesh. YOU are where Christ dwells.  Therefore, YOU are the flesh and bones of Christ.

The Kingdom of God is WITHIN YOU

Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you (Lk. 17:21).

God, Christ and the Spirit are the threefold Godhead – the triune spirit – that dwells within you.  Together they represent what the Bible calls the “Kingdom of God.”  Again, YOU are the house/temple/church of God and the spirit of God dwells in you, not outside of you. The biblical hope of glory is Christ IN YOU, not Christ outside of you.

biblical marriage is like a tree and branch
I Am The Vine

We are one with Christ in the same way that a branch is one with its vine.  The branches grow out of the vine, and it is the branches, and not the vine, that bear the fruit.  The branches cannot bear fruit without its connection to the vine.  The vine and the branches are “one flesh – not two, but one.”  This is thus the Christ allegory:

Abide in me, and I in you.  As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.  I am the vine, ye [are] the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.  If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned.  If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples (John 15:4-8).

The vine and the branches here symbolize man and Christ as one flesh.  The branches can do nothing unless they are attached to the vine.

The Biblical Marriage Mystery Revealed

The Pharisees also came unto him, tempting him, and saying unto him, Is it lawful for a man to put away his wife for every cause?  And he answered and said unto them, Have ye not read that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female, and said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh?  Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder (Matt. 19:3-6).

This is the mystery of biblical marriage.  Man and Christ, one flesh – NOT TWO, but ONE.  It is all about Christ and man.  Christ is the biblical bridegroom, while man is the bride.  This marriage of bridegroom and bride is what constitutes biblical marriage.

And finally, let’s provide the coup de grâce to the idea of biblical marriage as being a relationship between a natural man and woman.  It is so plain you will wonder why you’ve never seen it:

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.  (Isa. 54:5)

You don’t get much clearer than that.

The exclusive goal of biblical spirituality is for you to become one with God.  You and God – ONE FLESH.  This is what it means for man to be created in the image and likeness of God.  The spirit of anti-Christ (the spirit that says Christ is coming back in physical form) has dominated virtually the whole of religion, and has effectively concealed the real Christ nature by teaching a Christ “out there,” as opposed to “CHRIST IN YOU.”

Hopefully, you now understand the mystery of biblical marriage.  I will reiterate the scripture here:

For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh.  This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church (Eph. 5:31-32).

Biblical marriage — It is all about the Kingdom of God.

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