Growing Up Into Him Who Is Christ
by Sharon McClean
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Eph. 4:10—He who descended is also the One who ascended far above all the heavens, that He might FILL ALL THINGS. (11) And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, (12) for the equipping of the saints for the work of MINISTRY, for the edifying of the body of Christ, (13) till we all come to THE UNITY of THE FAITH and the KNOWLEDGE of THE SON of GOD, to a PERFECT man, to THE MEASURE of THE STATURE of THE FULLNESS of CHRIST. (14) that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness by which they lie in wait to deceive, (15) but SPEAKING the TRUTH in LOVE, may GROW UP IN ALL THINGS INTO HIM WHO IS THE HEAD---CHRIST. (16) from whom the whole body, joined and KNIT TOGETHER by what every joint supplies, according to the EFFECTIVE WORKING by which every part does ITS SHARE, causes GROWTH of THE BODY for the EDIFYING of ITSELF in LOVE.
Col. 2:2—that THEIR HEARTS may be KNIT TOGETHER in LOVE and ATTAINING to ALL RICHES of THE FULL ASSURANCE of UNDERSTANDING, to the KNOWLEDGE OF THE MYSTERY of GOD, both OF THE FATHER and of CHRIST. (3) in whom are hidden all THE TREASURES of WISDOM and KNOWLEDGE.) (Eph. 3:10—to THE INTENT that NOW the MANIFOLD WISDOM of GOD MIGHT BE MADE KNOWN BY THE CHURCH to THE PRINCIPALITIES and POWERS IN THE HEAVENLY PLACES, (11) according to the ETERNAL PURPOSE which HE ACCOMPLISHED IN CHRIST JESUS our LORD. Eph. 5:12—For we DO NOT WRESTLY AGAINST FLESH and BLOOD, but AGAINST PRINCIPALITES, AGAINST POWERS, AGAINST SPIRITUAL HOSTS of WICKEDNESS in the HEAVENLY PLACES. (13) Therefore take up THE WHOLE ARMOR of GOD, that you may be able to withstand in THE EVIL DAY, and having done ALL, to STAND. (14) STAND therefore, having girded your waist with TRUTH, having put on THE BREASTPLATE of RIGHTEOUSNESS, (15) and HAVING SHOD YOUR FEET WITH THE PREPARATION of THE GOSPEL of PEACE; (16) above ALL, taking THE SHIELD of FAITH WITH WHICH YOU WILL BE ABLE TO QUENCH ALL THE FIERY DARTS of THE WICKED ONE. (17) And take THE HELMET of SALVATION, and THE SWORD of THE SPIRIT, which is THE WORD OF GOD;
(18) Praying always with ALL PRAYER and SUPPLICATION in THE SPIRIT, being WATCHFUL to THIS END with all PERSEVERANCE and SUPPLICATION for ALL THE SAINTS—(19) and for me, that UTTERANCE may be GRANTED TO ME, that I MAY OPEN MY MOUTH BOLDY to MAKE KNOWN THE MYSTERY of THE GOSPEL. (20) for which I am an AMBASSADOR IN CHAINS; THAT IN IT I MAY SPEAK BOLDY, AS I OUGHT TO SPEAK. (2 Corin. 5:20—Therefore we are AMBASSADORS for CHRIST, as though God were pleading through us: we IMPLORE YOU ON CHRISTS BEHALF, BE RECONCILED TO GOD.
Eph.4:11—And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, (12) for the EQUIPPING of THE SAINTS for THE WORK of MINISTRY, (2 Corin. 17:18—Now all thing are of God, who has reconciled us to HIMSELF through Jesus Christ, and has given us THE MINISTRY of RECONCILIATION, (19) THAT IS, THAT GOD WAS IN CHRIST RECONCILING THE WORLD TO HIMSELF, NOT IMPUTING THEIR TRESPASSES TO THEM, and has committed to US THE WORD of RECONCILIATION.) Returning to Eph. 4:12-- for THE EDIFYING of THE BODY of CHRIST, (13) till WE ALL come TO THE UNITY (Ps. 133:1—Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for the brethren to DWELL TOGETHER in UNITY! (3) It is like the dew of Hermon, descending upon the mountains of ZION: For there the Lord commanded THE BLESSING—LIFE FOREVERMORE.) to the UNITY of THE FAITH (Gal.3:23—But Before FAITH came, we were kept UNDER GUARD by THE LAW, KEPT for THE FAITH which would afterward be REVEALED. (24) Therefore THE LAW was our TUTOR to BRING us TO CHRIST, that we might be JUSTIFIED by FAITH. (26) But AFTER FAITH HAS COME, we are NO LONGER under a TUTOR. Chapter 4:1—Now I say that THE HEIR, as long as HE IS A CHILD, does not differ at all from A SLAVE, though HE IS MASTER of ALL. (2) but is under GUARDIANS and stewards until the time appointed by the Father.)
(Rom. 10:4—For CHRIST IS THE END OF THE LAW for RIGHTEOUSNESS to everyone who BELIEVES. (Is. 51:1—Listen to Me, you who FOLLOW after RIGHTEOUSNESS, YOU who SEEK THE LORD: Look to the rock from which you were hewn, and to the hole of the pit from which you were dug. (2) LOOK to ABRAHAM your FATHER, and to SARAH who bore you; for I called him alone and BLESSED and INCREASED him. (3) For the Lord will comfort ZION He will COMFORT all her waste places; He will make her wilderness like Eden, and her desert LIKE THE GARDEN of THE LORD, JOY and GLADNESS will be found in it, thanksgiving and the voice of melody. (7) Listen to Me, you who KNOW RIGHTEOUSNESS, YOU PEOPLE in WHOSE HEART IS MY LAW: Do not fear the reproach of men, nor be afraid of their revilings. (8) For the moth will eat them up like a garment, and the worm will eat them like wool: BUT MY RIGHTEOUSNESS will be FOREVER, and MY SALVATION FROM GENERATION to GENERATION.
Returning to Eph. 4:13-- and THE KNOWLEDGE of THE SON of GOD, (Hosea 4: end of verse 1—There is NO TRUTH or MERCY or KNOWLEDGE of GOD IN THE LAND. (6) MY PEOPLE are DESTROYED for LACK of KNOWLEDGE. Because you have REJECTED KNOWLEDGE, I also will reject you from being PRIEST for ME. BECAUSE YOU HAVE FORGOTTEN THE LAW OF YOUR GOD, I ALSO WILL FORGET YOUR CHILDREN. (Mal.4:4—REMEMBER the Law of Moses, My servant, which I COMMANDED him IN HOREB for all ISRAEL, with the statutes and judgments. (5) Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet BEFORE THE COMING OF THE GREAT and DREADFUL DAY of THE LORD. (6) And he will TURN the heart of the FATHERS to the CHILDREN, and the hearts of the CHILDREN to their fathers, lest I come and strike the earth with a curse) (Ps. 37:22—For those who are BLESSED by HIM shall inherit THE EARTH, but those who are CURSED by HIM SHALL BE CUT OFF. (Is. 45:20—THEY HAVE NO KNOWLEDGE, who carry the wood of their carved image, and PRAY TO A god THAT CANNOT SAVE. (22) LOOK to ME, and be SAVED, ALL YOU ENDS OF THE EARTH! For I AM GOD and there is NO OTHER.)
Returning to Eph. 4:13--to a PERFECT MAN, (Col. 3:14—But above all these things put on LOVE which is THE BOND of PERFECTION.) ( Matt. 5:44—But I say to you, LOVE YOUR ENEMIES, BLESS those who CURSE you, do GOOD to those who HATE you, and PRAY for those who SPITEFULLY USE YOU and PERSECUTE you. (45) That you may be SONS OF YOUR FATHER in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. (46) For IF YOU LOVE THOSE WHO LOVE YOU what reward have you? Do not even the tax collectors do so? (48) Therefore you shall be PERFECT, just as YOUR FATHER in heaven is PERFECT.)
Returning to Eph.4:13--to THE MEASURE OF THE STATURE OF the FULLNESS of CHRIST; Rev. 21-end of verse 9—Come, I will show you the LAMB’S WIFE. (10) And he carried me away IN THE SPIRIT to a great and high mountain, and showed me THE GREAT CITY, THE HOLY JERUSALEM, DESCENDING OUT OF HEAVEN FROM GOD. (17) Then HE MEASURED ITS WALL: one hundred and forty-four cubits, ACCORDING TO THE MEASURE OF A MAN, that is, of AN ANGEL. (Gal. 4:21—Tell me, you WHO DESIRE to be UNDER THE LAW, do you not HEAR the law? (22) For it is written that Abraham had two sons: the one by a BONDWOMAN, the other by a FREEWOMAN. (23) But he who was of the BONDWOMAN was born according to THE FLESH, and he of the FREEWOMAN through PROMISE, (24) which things are symbolic. For these are the TWO COVENANTS: the one from Mount Sinai which gives birth to BONDAGE, which is HAGAR—(26) but THE JERUSALEM ABOVE IS FREE, (Sarah) which is THE MOTHER of US ALL.(28) Now we brethren, as Isaac was, are CHILDREN of PROMISE. (29) But as he who was born according to the flesh persecuted him WHO WAS BORN ACCORDING TO THE SPIRIT, even so IT IS NOW.)
(Rom 4:13—For THE PROMISE that he would be THE HEIR of THE WORLD was not to Abraham or to his seed through THE LAW, but through THE RIGHTEOUSNESS of FAITH.) (Gal. 3:29—And if you are Christ’s THEN you are ABRAHAM’S SEED, and HEIRS according to THE PROMISE.) (2 Peter 1:3—as His DIVINE POWER has given to us all things that pertain TO LIFE and godliness, through THE KNOWLEDGE of HIM who CALLED US by GLORY and VIRTUE, (4) by which have been GIVEN to US exceedingly GREAT and PRECIOUS PROMISES, that THROUGH THESE you may be PARTAKERS OF THE DIVINE NATURE, having escaped the corruption that is in the world.)
2 Corin. 10:12—For we dare not class ourselves or compare ourselves with those who commend themselves by themselves, and COMPARING THEMSELVES AMONG THEMSELVES, are NOT WISE.) Returning to Eph. 4:14--that we should NO LONGER be CHILDREN, tossed to and fro and carried about with EVERY WIND of DOCTRINE, (15) but, SPEAKING the TRUTH in LOVE, may GROW UP in all things INTO HIM (Ps.43:3—Oh, send out YOUR LIGHT and YOUR TRUTH! Let them lead me; Let them bring me to Your HOLY HILL and to YOUR TABERNACLE.) (Ps.2:6—Yet I have set My king on my HOLY HILL of ZION. (7) I will declare the decree the Lord has said to Me, YOU ARE MY SON, today I HAVE BEGOTTEN YOU. (8) Ask of Me, and I will GIVE YOU the NATIONS for YOUR INHERITANCE and THE ENDS OF THE EARTH for YOUR POSSESSION.)
Returning to Eph. 4:15--WHO IS THE HEAD—CHRIST—. 1 Chron. 29:11—Yours, O Lord is THE GREATNESS, THE POWER and THE GLORY, THE VICTORY and THE MAJESTY. For all that is in heaven and earth is Yours; YOURS IS THE KINGDOM, O LORD, and YOU ARE EXALTED as HEAD over ALL. (12) Both riches and honor come from You, AND YOU REIGN OVER ALL. In Your hand is POWER and MIGHT; in YOUR HAND it is TO MAKE GREAT and TO GIVE STRENGTH TO ALL. (Ps.18:43—You have delivered me from the strivings of the people; YOU HAVE MADE ME THE HEAD OF THE NATIONS;) Ps. 118:22—(NKJ) The stone which THE BUILDERS REFUSED is become THE HEAD STONE of THE CORNER.) Is. 59:17—For He put on RIGHTEOUSNESS as a breastplate, and A HELMET of SALVATION on HIS HEAD.)
(Hosea 1:11—Then the children of Judah and the children of Israel shall be gathered together, and APPOINT FOR THEMSELVES ONE HEAD; and they shall come up out of the land, FOR GREAT WILL BE THE DAY OF JEZREEL!) Hosea 2:19—I will betroth you to Me forever; Yes I will betroth you to Me in RIGHTEOUSNESS and JUSTICE, in LOVINGKINDNESS and MERCY; (20) I will BETROTH YOU TO ME in FAITHFULNESS, and YOU SHALL KNOW THE LORD. (John 17:3—And THIS is ETERNAL LIFE that they may KNOW YOU, the only TRUE GOD, and JESUS CHRIST whom you have SENT.) Returning to Hosea 2:21--It shall come to pass in that day that I will answer, says the Lord: I will answer the heavens, and they shall answer the earth. (22) The EARTH SHALL ANSWER with GRAIN, with NEW WINE, and with OIL; THEY SHALL ANSWER JEZREEL, (Lit. God will sow) (23) Then I WILL SOW HER FOR MYSELF IN THE EARTH, and I will have MERCY on her who HAD NOT OBTAINED MERCY; Then I will say to those who were not MY PEOPLE, YOU ARE MY PEOPLE! And they shall say, YOU ARE MY GOD.!) Is. 65:8—Thus says the Lord: As the NEW WINE is found in the cluster, and one says, ‘Do not destroy it, for A BLESSING is in it, so WILL I DO FOR MY SERVANTS SAKE, that I may not destroy them all. (9) I will bring forth descendants from JACOB, and from Judah an heir of My mountains; My elect shall INHERIT IT, and My servants shall dwell there. (10) Sharon shall be a fold of flocks, and the Valley of Achor a place for herds to lie down, FOR MY PEOPLE who have SOUGHT ME.
Returning to Eph. 4:16--from whom the WHOLE BODY, joined together by what every joint supplies, according to the EFFECTIVE working by which every part DOES ITS SHARE, CAUSES GROWTH of THE BODY for THE EDIFYING of itself in LOVE. (1 Corin. 13:1—Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have NOT LOVE, I have become as sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. (2) and though I have the gift of prophesy and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have NOT LOVE, I AM NOTHING. (3) And though I bestow all my goods and feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have NOT LOVE, it PROFITS ME NOTHING. (4) LOVE suffers long and is kind; LOVE does not envy; LOVE does not parade itself, is not puffed up; (5) does NOT behave rudely, does NOT seek its own, is NOT provoked, thinks NO evil; (6) Does NOT rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the TRUTH; (7) bears ALL things, BELIEVES all things, HOPES all things, ENDURES all things. (8) LOVE NEVER FAILS. But whether there are prophecies, they will FAIL; whether there are tongues, they will CEASE; whether there is knowledge, it will VANISH away. (10) But when that which is PERFECT has come, then that which is in part will be DONE AWAY. (Ps. 18:30—As for GOD, HIS WAY IS PERFECT; The word of the Lord is PROVEN; He is A SHIELD to all WHO TRUST IN HIM.)
(Heb. 7:18—For on the one hand there is an annulling of the FORMER commandment because of its WEAKNESS and UNPROFITABLENESS, (19) because THE LAW MADE NOTHING PERFECT; on the other hand, there is the bringing in of a better HOPE, through which we DRAW NEAR to GOD. (1 Peter 1:3—Blessed be the GOD and FATHER of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to HIS ABUNDANT MERCY has BEGOTTEN us again to a LIVING HOPE through THE RESURRECTION of Jesus Christ from THE DEAD.)
Heb. 5:8—though He was a Son, yet He learned obedience by the things which He suffered. Heb. 2:10—For it was fitting for Him, for whom are all things and by whom are all things in BRINGING MANY SONS TO GLORY, to make THE AUTHOR OF THEIR SALVATION PERFECT through SUFFERINGS. (14) Inasmuch then as the children have partaken of flesh and blood, He himself shared in the same that through death, HE MIGHT DESTROY HIM WHO HAD THE POWER OF DEATH, THAT IS, THE DEVIL, (15) and release those who through fear of DEATH were all their lifetime subject to BONDAGE. (16) For indeed HE DOES NOT GIVE AID TO ANGELS, but HE DOES TO THE SEED OF ABRAHAM.
Returning to Heb.5:9--and having been PERFECTED, He became THE AUTHOR of ETERNAL SALVATION to ALL WHO OBEY HIM. (10) CALLED by GOD as HIGH PRIEST, according to the order of MELCHIZEDEK.) Heb. 7:1—For this MELCHIZEDEK, king of salem, PRIEST of THE MOST HIGH GOD, whom met ABRAHAM returning from the slaughter of the kings blessed him, (2) to whom also ABRAHAM gave a tenth part of all, first being translated “KING of RIGHTEOUSNESS,” and then also KING OF SALEM, meaning KING of PEACE.”) (Heb. 5:5—So also Christ did not GLORIFY Himself to become HIGH PRIEST, but it was He who said to Him: YOU ARE MY SON, today I HAVE BEGOTTEN YOU. (Ps. 2 goes on to read: YOU ARE MY SON, today I HAVE BEGOTTEN YOU. (8) Ask of ME and I will GIVE YOU the NATIONS as YOUR INHERITANCE and the ENDS of the EARTH for YOUR POSSESSION.
Col. 1:15—He is the image of the invisible God, the FIRSTBORN over ALL CREATION. (16) For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. ALL THINGS WERE CREATED THROUGH HIM and FOR HIM. (17) And He is BEFORE ALL THINGS, and IN HIM all things CONSIST. (18) And He is THE HEAD OF THE BODY, THE CHURCH, who is the beginning, THE FIRSTBORN FROM THE DEAD, that in all things HE MAY HAVE THE PREEMINENCE. (19) For it pleased the Father that IN HIM all THE FULLNESS should DWELL, (20) and BY HIM to RECONCILE ALL THINGS TO HIMSELF, BY HIM, whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made PEACE through THE BLOOD of HIS CROSS.
2 Corin. 5:19—that is that GOD was IN CHRIST RECONCILING the world to Himself, NOT IMPUTING THEIR TRESPASSES TO THEM, and has committed to us THE WORD OF RECONCILIATION.(21) For He made Him who knew NO SIN to BE SIN for US that we might become THE RIGHTEOUSNESS of GOD in HIM. Chapter 6:1—We then as workers together with Him also plead with you NOT to receive THE GRACE of God in VAIN. (2) For He says “IN AN ACCEPTABLE TIME I HAVE HEARD YOU and IN THE DAY OF SALVATION I HAVE HELPED YOU.
Is. 49:8—Thus says the Lord: “IN AN ACCEPTABLE TIME I HAVE HEARD YOU, and IN THE DAY OF SALVATION I HAVE HELPED YOU: I will preserve YOU and give YOU as A COVENANT to the people, TO RESTORE THE EARTH, to cause them to inherit the desolate heritages; Is. 61:8—For I, the Lord, LOVE JUSTICE; I hate robbery for burnt offering; I WILL DIRECT THEIR WORK IN TRUTH, and will make with them AN EVERLASTING COVENANT, (9) Their descendants shall BE KNOWN AMONG THE GENTILES, and THEIR OFFSPRING AMONG THE PEOPLE. All who see them shall acknowledge them, that they are THE POSTERITY whom the Lord has BLESSED. (10) I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, My soul shall be joyful in my God; For He has CLOTHED ME WITH THE GARMENTS of SALVATION, (Ps.93:1—The Lord REIGNS, HE IS CLOTHED with MAJESTY; THE LORD IS CLOTHED, He has girded Himself with STRENGTH. SURELY THE WORLD IS ESTABLISHED, so THAT IT CANNOT BE MOVED.) Returning to Is. 61:10--He has COVERED me WITH THE ROBE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS, AS A BRIDEGROOM decks Himself with ornaments, and as A BRIDE adorns herself with her JEWELS. (11) For as the earth brings forth its bud, as the garden causes the things that are sown in it to spring forth, SO THE LORD WILL CAUSE RIGHTEOUSNESS and PRAISE to SPRING FORTH BEFORE ALL THE NATIONS.
Chapter 62:1—For ZION’S sake I will not hold My peace, and for Jerusalem’s sake I WILL NOT REST, until HER RIGHTEOUSNESS goes forth as BRIGHTNESS, and her salvation as A LAMP THAT BURNS (Not like the ten virgins whose lamps went out) (2) THE GENTILES shall see YOUR RIGHTEOUSNESS, and all kings YOUR GLORY. (6) I have set WATCHMEN on your walls, O Jerusalem, who shall never hold their peace day or night. YOU WHO MAKE MENTION OF THE LORD, DO NOT KEEP SILENT, (7) and GIVE HIM NO REST TILL HE ESTABLISHES and TILL HE MAKES JERUSALEM A PRAISE IN THE EARTH. (11) Indeed the Lord has proclaimed TO THE END OF THE WORLD: Say to the daughter of ZION, SURELY YOUR SALVATION IS COMING; Behold, His REWARD is with Him, and HIS WORK BEFORE HIM. (12) And they shall call them The Holy People, the Redeemed of the Lord; and you shall be Sought Out A City Not Forsaken.
Ps.65:1—Praise is awaiting You, O God in ZION; and to YOU the VOW shall be performed. (2) O You who hear prayer, to You ALL FLESH WILL COME. Ps. 67:1—God be merciful to us and bless us, and CAUSE HIS FACE TO SHINE UPON US. (2) that YOUR WAY MAY BE KNOWN ON EARTH, YOUR SALVATION AMONG ALL NATIONS. (4) Oh, let the nations be glad and sing for joy! For You shall JUDGE THE PEOPLES RIGHTEOUSLY, and GOVERN THE NATIONS ON EARTH. (Ps. 82:8—Arise, O God, JUDGE the EARTH; for YOU SHALL INHERIT ALL NATIONS)
Ps. 96:10—Say among THE NATIONS, THE LORD REIGNS; the WORLD IS ALSO FIRMLY ESTABLISHED, it shall not be moved; HE SHALL JUDGE THE PEOPLES RIGHTEOUSLY. (13) For HE IS COMING, for He is coming to JUDGE THE EARTH. He shall JUDGE the WORLD with RIGHTEOUSNESS, and the peoples with His truth.
(Ps. 48:10—According to Your name, O God, so is YOUR PRAISE TO THE ENDS OF THE EARTH: YOUR RIGHT HAND IS FULL OF RIGHTEOUSNESS. (11) Let MOUNT ZION REJOICE, let the daughters of Judah be glad because of YOUR JUDGMENTS. (12) Walk about ZION and go all around her. (14) For THIS IS GOD, our GOD FOREVER and EVER.
Rev. 1:4—GRACE to you and PEACE from HIM who IS and who WAS and WHO IS TO COME, and from THE SEVEN SPIRITS who are BEFORE THE THRONE, (5) and from Jesus Christ, THE FAITHFUL WITNESS, THE FIRSTBORN FROM THE DEAD, and THE RULER OVER THE KINGS OF THE EARTH. To Him who LOVED US and WASHED US from our sins in His own blood, (6) and has made us kings and priests to HIS GOD and FATHER, to HIM be glory and DOMINION FOREVER and ever.
Eph. 5:25—Husbands, LOVE YOUR WIVES, just as CHRIST also LOVED THE CHURCH and GAVE HIMSELF FOR IT, (26) That HE MIGHT SANCTIFY and CLEANSE IT with THE WASHING OF WATER BY THE WORD, (27) that HE MIGHT PRESENT IT TO HIMSELF a GLORIOUS CHURCH, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, BUT THAT IT SHOULD BE HOLY and WITHOUT BLEMISH. (30) For we are MEMBERS OF HIS BODY, of HIS FLESH and of HIS BONES. (30) For THIS reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and THE TWO SHALL BECOME ONE FLESH. (32) This is A GREAT MYSTERY, but I speak CONCERNING CHRIST and THE CHURCH. Col. 1:27—THE MYSTERY which has been hidden from ages and from generations, but now has been REVEALED to His saints. (27) To them GOD WILLED to make known what are the RICHES of THE GLORY of THE MYSTERY among THE GENTILES: which is CHRIST IN YOU THE HOPE OF GLORY.
(2 Corin. 13:5—EXAMINE yourselves AS to WHETHER YOU ARE IN THE FAITH. Prove yourselves. Do you NOT KNOW yourselves, that JESUS CHRIST IS IN YOU?—unless indeed your ARE DISQUALIFIED. 1 John 4:13—BY THIS we KNOW that we ABIDE IN HIM and HE IN US, because HE HAS GIVEN US OF HIS SPIRIT. (14) and we have seen (in the word) and testify that THE FATHER HAS SENT THE SON as SAVIOR OF THE WORLD. (15) Whoever confesses that JESUS is THE SON of GOD, GOD, abides in him, and HE IN GOD. John 3:16—For GOD so LOVED THE WORLD that HE GAVE HIS ONLY BEGOTTEN SON, that whoever believes IN HIM should not perish but have everlasting life. (17) For GOD DID NOT SEND HIS SON INTO THE WORLD TO CONDEMN THE WORLD, but THAT THE WORLD THROUGH HIM MIGHT BE SAVED. Ps. 2:6—Yet I have set my king on my holy hill of ZION. (7) I will declare the decree: The Lord has said to Me, YOU ARE MY SON, today I HAVE BEGOTTEN YOU. (8) Ask of Me, and I will give You, THE NATIONS FOR YOUR INHERITANCE and THE ENDS OF THE EARTH FOR YOUR POSSESSION. 2 Corin. 6:17—Therefore, if anyone is IN Christ, HE IS A NEW CREATION; old things have passed away, behold, ALL THINGS HAVE BECOME NEW. (18) Now all things are of GOD, who has RECONCILED us to HIMSELF through Jesus Christ, and has GIVEN TO US the MINISTRY of RECONCILATION, (19) that is, that GOD WAS IN CHRIST RECONCILING THE WORLD TO HIMSELF, and has committed to us the word of RECONCILIATION. (Rom. 11:11—For if their (The Jews) being cast away is THE RECONCILING OF THE WORLD, WHAT WILL THEIR ACCEPTANCE BE but LIFE FROM THE DEAD?
Rom.4:13—For THE PROMISE that he would be THE HEIR OF THE WORLD was not to ABRAHAM or to HIS SEED through the law, but through THE RIGHTEOUSNESS of FAITH. (Gal. 3:29—And if you are Christ’s then you are Abraham’s seed, and HEIRS according to THE RPOMISE.) (14) For if those who are of the law are HEIRS then FAITH is made VOID and THE PROMISE OF NO EFFECT,) ( Rom. 9:6—But it is NOT that THE WORD of GOD has taken NO EFFECT. For they are NOT all ISRAEL who are of ISRAEL, (7) nor ARE THEY ALL CHILDREN because THEY ARE THE SEED of ABRAHM; but in ISAAC your seed shall be called. (8) THAT IS, those who are THE CHILDREN of THE FLESH, these ARE NOT the children of GOD; BUT THE CHILDREN OF THE PROMISE ARE COUNTED AS THE SEED.) (Heb.11:17—By FAITH ABRAHAM, when he was TESTED, offered up Isaac, and he who had received THE PROMISES offered up his only BEGOTTEN SON, (18) of whom it was said, “IN ISAAC your SEED shall be CALLED,” (19) accounting THAT GOD WAS ABLE TO RAISE HIM UP, EVEN FROM THE DEAD, from which he also received him in a figurative sense.)
Heb. 11:1—Now FAITH is the substance of things HOPED for, the EVIDENCE of things NOT SEEN. (8) By FAITH ABRAHAM OBEYED when he was called to go out to the place which he would afterward receive as an INHERITANCE. And He went out, not knowing where he was going. (9) By FAITH he sojourned in THE LAND OF PROMISE as in a foreign country, dwelling in tents with Isaac and Jacob, the HEIRS with him of the same PROMISE; (10) for he WAITED FOR THE CITY which has FOUNDATIONS, whose BUILDER and MAKER is GOD.) ( Heb. 12:32—But you have come to MOUNT ZION and to THE CITY of THE LIVING GOD,
(Heb.3:12—Beware brethren, lest there be in any of you an EVIL HEART of UNBELIEF in DEPARTING FROM the LIVING GOD.)Returning to Heb.12:22--the HEAVENLY JERUSALEM, to an innumerable company of angels, (23) to the general assembly and CHURCH OF THE FIRSTBORN who are registered in heaven, to GOD THE JUDGE of ALL, to the spirits of just men made PERFECT, (24) TO JESUS THE MEDIATOR OF THE NEW COVENANT, and to the blood of sprinkling that speaks better things than that of Abel.) (15) because the law bring about WRATH; for where there is NO LAW there is NO TRANSGRESSION. (Rom.10:4—For CHRIST IS THE END OF THE LAW FOR RIGHTEOUSNESS to everyone who BELIEVES. (6) But the righteousness of FAITH speaks in THIS WAY, “Do not say in your heart, who will ASCEND into heaven? (7) or, who will DESCEND into the abyss? (8) But WHAT does it say? The word is near you, even in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, THE WORD OF FAITH WHICH WE PREACH;) (10) that if you CONFESS with your MOUTH the Lord Jesus and BELIEVE IN YOUR HEART THAT GOD HAS RAISED HIM FROM THE DEAD, YOU WILL BE SAVED.
Acts 13:32—And we declare to you GLAD TIDINGS—THAT PROMISE which was made to THE FATHERS. (33) God has fulfilled this for US their children, in that HE HAS RAISED UP JESUS. As it is also written in the SECOND PSALM: You are My Son, today I have begotten You. (The second Ps. goes on to read You are My Son, today I have begotten You. Ask of Me and I will give you the nations for Your inheritance and the ends of the earth for Your possession.) (34) And that He RAISED HIM FROM THE DEAD, NO MORE TO RETURN TO CORRUPTION, He has spoken thus: I WILL GIVE YOU THE SURE MERCIES OF DAVID. Is 55:3—Incline your ear, and come to Me. HEAR, and your soul shall LIVE; And I WILL MAKE AN EVERLASTING COVENANT WITH YOU—THE SURE MERCIES OF DAVID. (4) Indeed I have given Him as a witness to the people, a leader and commander for the people. (5) Surely you shall call a nation you do NOT KNOW, and NATIONS WHO DO NOT KNOW YOU SHALL RUN TO YOU, because of THE LORD YOUR GOD, and THE HOLY ONE OF ISRAEL; for HE HAS GLORIFIED YOU. (6) Seek the Lord while He may be found, call upon Him while He is near. (7) Let the wicked forsake his way, and the UNRIGHTEOUS man his thoughts; let him RETURN to the Lord, and HE WILL HAVE MERCY ON HIM; and to our God, for HE WILL ABUNDANTLY PARDON.
Col. 2:8—Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to THE TRADITION OF MEN, according to THE BASIC PRINCIPLES of THE WORLD, and NOT ACCORDING TO CHRIST, (9) For in HIM dwells all the FULLNESS of the Godhead bodily; (10) and YOU ARE COMPLETE IN HIM, who is the HEAD OF ALL PRINCIPALITY AND POWER. (2 Tim.3:16—All Scripture is given by inspiration of GOD, and is PROFITIBLE for DOCTRINE, for REPROOF, for CORRECTION, for INSTRUCTION in RIGHTEOUSNESS, (17) that the man of God may be COMPLETE, thoroughly EQUIPPED for EVERY GOOD WORK.) (11) In Him you were also circumcised with the CIRCUMCISION MADE WITHOUT HANDS, (Rom. 2:28—For he is not a Jew who is one outwardly, nor is that CIRCUMCISION which is outward in the flesh; (29) but HE IS A JEW WHO IS ONE INWARDLY, and CIRCUMCISION is that of THE HEART, IN THE SPIRIT, and not in THE LETTER; whose PRAISE IS NOT FROM MEN but FROM GOD.)
Returning to Col. 2:11—by putting off THE BODY OF THE SINS OF THE FLESH, BY THE CIRCUMCISION OF CHRIST, (12) BURIED WITH HIM IN BAPTISM, in which YOU ALSO WERE RAISED WITH HIM THROUGH FAITH in the working of GOD, WHO RAISED HIM FROM THE DEAD. (13) And you, BEING DEAD IN YOUR TRESPASSES and THE UNCIRCUMCISION of YOUR FLESH, HE HAS MADE ALIVE TOGETHER WITH HIM, HAVING FORGIVEN YOU ALL TRESPASSES, (14) having WIPED OUT the HANDWRITING OF REQUIREMENTS THAT WAS AGAINST US, WHICH WAS CONTRARY TO US. And He has TAKEN IT OUT OF THE WAY, HAVING NAILED IT TO THE CROSS. (15) HAVING DISARMED PRINCIPALITIES and POWERS, He made a public spectacle of them TRIUMPHING OVER THEM IN IT. (Ps. 25:2—To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul, (2) O my God, I TRUST IN YOU; Let me not be ashamed; LET NOT MY ENEMIES TRIUMPH OVER ME. (3) Indeed, let no one WHO WAITS on You be ASHAMED; (Heb. 9:28—To those who EAGERLY WAIT FOR HIM He will appear A SECOND TIME, apart from sin for SALVATION.) Returning to Ps. 25:4--Show me Your ways, O Lord; Teach me Your paths. (10) All the paths of the Lord are MERCY and TRUTH, to such as keep HIS COVENANT and HIS TESTIMONIES. (12) Who is the man that fears the Lord? Him shall HE TEACH in THE WAY THAT HE CHOOSES. (13) He himself shall dwell in PROSPERITY, and HIS DESCENDANTS SHALL INHERIT THE EARTH.)
1 Peter 1:20—He indeed was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was MANIFEST IN THESE LAST TIMES FOR YOU (21) who through Him BELIEVE IN GOD, who RAISED HIM FROM THE DEAD and gave HIM GLORY, so that YOUR FAITH AND HOPE ARE IN GOD. (22) Since you have purified your souls in OBEYING THE TRUTH through THE SPIRIT in SINCERE LOVE OF THE BRETHREN, LOVE ONE ANOTHER WITH A PURE HEART, (23) having BEEN BORN AGAIN, not of corruptible seed but INCORRUPTIBLE, through THE WORD of GOD which LIVES and ABIDES FOREVER.
1 Corin. 15:17—And if CHRIST IS NOT RISEN, YOUR FAITH IS FUTILE; YOU ARE STILL IN YOUR SINS! (21) For since by man came DEATH, by man also came THE RESURRECTION OF THE DEAD. (22) For as in ADAM all DIE, even so IN CHRIST ALL SHALL BE MADE ALIVE. Rom. 5:21—so that as SIN reigned in DEATH, even so GRACE might reign THROUGH RIGHTEOUSNESS to ETERNAL LIFE through Jesus Christ our Lord. Romans 5:15—But THE FREE GIFT is NOT like the offense. For if by one man’s offense many died, much more by THE GRACE of GOD and THE GIFT by THE GRACE of the one MAN, Jesus Christ abounded to many. (16) And THE GIFT is not like that which came through the one who SINNED. For THE JUDGMENT which came from ONE OFFENSE resulted in CONDEMNATION, (2 Corin. 3:9—For if the ministry of CONDEMNATION had glory, the MINISTRY of RIGHTEOUSNESS exceeds much more in glory.(7) But if the ministry of DEATH, written and engraved on stones was glorious, (8) how will THE MINISTRY OF THE SPIRIT not be more glorious.)
Returning to Rom. 5:16--And THE GIFT, is not like that which came through the one who sinned. For THE JUDGMENT which came from ONE OFFENSE resulted in CONDEMNATION, but THE FREE GIFT which came from many offenses resulted in JUSTIFICATION. (21) So that as SIN reigned in DEATH, even so GRACE might reign through RIGHTEOUSNESS to ETERNAL LIFE through JESUS CHRIST OUR LORD.
Is. 52:7—How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings GOOD NEWS, who proclaims PEACE. Who brings GLAD TIDINGS of GOOD THINGS who PROCLAIMS SALVATION, who says to ZION, YOUR GOD REIGNS! (8) Your watchmen shall lift up their voices, with their voices they shall sing together; for they shall see eye to eye, when the Lord BRINGS BACK ZION. (9) Break forth into joy, sing together, you waste places of JERUSALEM! For the Lord HAS COMFORTED HIS PEOPLE, he HAS REDEEMED JERUSALEM, (10) The Lord has made bare HIS HOLY ARM IN THE EYES OF ALL THE NATIONS. And ALL THE ENDS OF THE EARTH SHALL SEE THE SALVATION OF OUR GOD.
Rev. 10:7—but in the days of the SOUNDING of THE SEVENTH ANGEL, when he is about to SOUND, the MYSTERY of GOD WOULD BE FINISHED, as He has declared to His servants the prophets. Rev. 11:15—Then the SEVENTH ANGEL SOUNDED: And there were loud voices in heaven, saying, THE KINGDOMS OF THIS WORLD HAVE BECOME THE KINGDOMS OF OUR LORD and HIS CHRIST, and HE SHALL REIGN FOREVER and EVER.
1 Corin. 11:1—But I want you to know that THE HEAD of EVERY MAN is CHRIST, THE HEAD of every woman is man, and THE HEAD OF CHRIST IS GOD.
John 3:16—For GOD so LOVED THE WORLD that He gave HIS ONLY BEGOTTEN SON, that whoever believes IN HIM should not perish but have everlasting life. (17) For GOD DID NOT SEND HIS SON INTO THE WORLD TO CONDEMN THE WORLD, but THAT THE WORLD THROUGH HIM MIGHT BE SAVED. 1 John 5:13—By THIS we KNOW that we abide in Him and He in us, because He has given us of His spirit. (14) And we have seen (in the word) and testify that THE FATHER has SENT THE SON AS SAVIOR OF THE WORLD.
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My dear Sister Sharon, I don’t know how anyone could possibly read through the scriptures you’ve outlined here and not rejoice. Personally, it is all I can do not to dance for joy. In fact, I may very well do just that when I am done responding to your article. :::smile::: This piece is PACKED with revelation knowledge. How wonderful it must be to have the Lord lead you through the scriptures in such a way to have revelations opening at every turn. Then again, how trying I’m sure it must be. Therefore, I pray that you are greatly strengthened in your calling and that multiplied blessings fall on your house. Not one Word returns to Him void... not one.
Dear Sharon... May God bless the Words you quoted and the readers who receive them - for this is a VERY POWERFUL message! In the midst of this excellent study, a few thoughts jumped out at me. I love this phrase: LIVING HOPE through THE RESURRECTION of Jesus Christ! LIVING HOPE - it is ALIVE and ongoing; it is an ACTION. We need to keep the HOPE that Jesus brought alive in our hearts and in our actions! I also loved the question that asked if we knew that Jesus Christ is in us? Think of what that means! The One sent by the Creator of the Universe is within us! And, yes, we can grow through Him and we can know His PERFECT LOVE as we acknowledge His presence in our lives. Our Faith will grow stronger out of that love and we will SEE His promises come alive in our lives and in the lives of those God touches THROUGH US! What an HONOR to have Christ within us and to be used by Him to spread God's GLORY!!!!! Thank you, Sharon, for highlighting these GOD'S TRUTHS and helping us to grow through HIS WORD. With love, always! Peggy
Corrections: I should have said: We need to keep the HOPE that Jesus brought TO US alive in our hearts and in our actions! Also, in the last line, omit 'these'... it should have been GOD'S TRUTHS (omit 'these'). Love, Peggy
Oh to attain the joyful heights- the goal of each of our lives, our hope, our aim, to become more like Him! Hallelujah to the Lamb! Thank you, Sharon, for setting such a table of blessing before us to feast upon. Once again you have blessed our hearts! Dennis