Sunday, July 22, 2012
When Christ Our Life Appears In Heaven Not The Clouds
World English Bible 3:4 When Christ, our life, is revealed, then you will also be revealed with him in glory. Psalm 9:19 ( Arise, ..... ) Yahweh! Don't let man prevail. Let the nations be judged in your sight. 9:7 -8 But Yahweh reigns forever. He has prepared his throne for judgment. He will judge the world in righteousness. He will administer judgment to the peoples in uprightness. Col 1:26-27 the mystery which has been hidden for ages and generations. But now it has been revealed to his saints, to whom God was pleased to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, who is Christ in you, the hope of glory; Col 2:2 that their hearts may be comforted, they being knit together in love, and to all riches of the full assurance of understanding, that they may know the mystery of God, both of the Father and of Christ, Col 2:12-15 having been buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through faith in the working of God, who raised him from the dead. You were dead through your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh. He made you alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses; having blotted out the bond written in ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us: and he has taken it out that way, nailing it to the cross; having stripped the principalities and the powers, he made a show of them openly, triumphing over them in it. Col 3:1-4 If then you were raised together with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated on the right hand of God. Set your mind on the things that are above, not on the things that are on the earth. For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, our life, is revealed, then you will also be revealed with him in glory Col 3:1-4 CLV(i) 1 If, then, you were roused together with Christ, be seeking that which is above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God." 2 Be disposed to that which is above, not to that on the earth, 3 for you died, and your life is hid together with Christ in God." 4 Whenever Christ, our Life, should be manifested, then you also shall be manifested together with Him in glory." Eph 1:3-6 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord, Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ; even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and without blemish before him in love; having predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his desire, to the praise of the glory of his grace, which he freely bestowed on us in the Beloved, Eph 1:8-10 which he made to abound toward us in all wisdom and prudence, making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he purposed in him to an administration of the fullness of the times, to sum up all things in Christ, the things in the heavens, and the things on the earth, in him; Eph 1:12-13 to the end that we should be to the praise of his glory, we who had before hoped in Christ: in whom you also, having heard the word of the truth, the gospel of your salvation, -- in whom, having also believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, Eph 1:17-18 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you a spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him; having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope of his calling, what are the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, Eph 1:19-21 and what is the exceeding greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to that working of the strength of his might which he worked in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and made him to sit at his right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule, and authority, and power, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come. Eph 2:1 You were made alive when you were dead through your trespasses and sins, Eph 2:4-5 But God, being rich in mercy, for his great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead through our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace have you been saved), Eph 2:6-7 and raised us up with him, and made us to sit with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, that in the ages to come he might show the exceeding riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus; Eph 2:13-15 But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off are made near in the blood of Christ. For he is our peace, who made both one, and broke down the middle wall of partition, having abolished in the flesh the hostility, the law of commandments contained in ordinances, that he might create in himself one new man of the two, making peace; This new dispensation that Paul was given after Acts 28 is peculiar to all others that came before. It's members were chosen BEFORE the foundation of the world ( Eph. 1:4) and has a hope and inheritance in a sphere and locality never before promised to man, The Holiest of Holies, or Glory itself, (Col. 3:4 Manifest Jesus: "For there is not anything hidden, except that it should be manifested, neither did it become concealed, but that it may be coming into manifestation. Paul: "Whenever Christs, our Life, should be manifested, then you also shall be manifested together with Him in glory." What a great day of healing and reckoning it will be for many!!! Unveiling hope of high calling...... Those who make up the Church (Ecclesia) over which Christ Jesus is the Head (Eph. 1:22-23) will not be part of “His Elect” mentioned in Matthew 24. The “Elect” of our calling are given very “high orders” to follow as we make our way through this life as sojourners. “Put on therefore [our Spiritual apparel], as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye” (Col. 3:12-13). The “high calling of God in Christ Jesus” (Phil. 3:14) is God’s present Elect. We are waiting for Christ to call His Church into session. In today’s church-world, we have no status; we have no acclaim; if we are known, then, we are misunderstood. By and large, members of the Church, which is His Body, when known ─ are rejected; we have no standing in the Christian- world. It is as if our service and ministry to the Lord Jesus Christ is part of some underground movement. But, we are not dismayed! Why? Because, we are “accepted in the Beloved” (Eph. 1:6). In our small “world,” we (you and I) are known and recognized by true yokefellows and fellow laborers. But, in the “church-world,” many of us have been denounced, excommunicated, castigated, maligned, vilified, and evil spoken of. Yet, we all wear these insults as a badge of honor. Members of this Church, who recognize Jesus Christ as our Head, embrace the truth that we have died, and our life “is hid [‘krupto’ kept secret] with Christ in God” (Col. 3:3). Now, get this; “our life is hid.” For something to be hid, it must be present! Dear friends, we are “hid in plain sight.” BUT: “When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye [you and I] also appear with Him in glory” (Col. 3:4) In plainer words, whenever Christ is made visible, our life with Him shall become visible in His glory. We, as His Body, who were hid, will be disclosed, uncovered, or unveiled when Jesus Christ is suddenly and, unexpectedly, made manifest. Tom Ballinger "looking for that blessed hope, and the manifestation of the glory of our great God and Saviour Jesus Christ" (Titus 2:13).