Seek Ye First

With Jesus as understood, a personal hero of mine Trey Gowdy [1], spoke at a Texas church a few days before the Fourth of July 2020. His message touched my heart and was the best message I had ever heard from any pulpit, anywhere. His closing was simple, but profound. He spoke of the Declaration of Independence namely, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

During the Pursuit of happiness section, he told the congregation of meeting two nuns at the airport. After talking with them, he deduced that they did not have much but they were the most content and joyful people he had ever met and were living out a verse in the Bible.

v33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. [Matthew 6:33 KJV]

…all these things shall be added unto you.” This was a powerful message. If it does not bring tears to your eyes, check your pulse. 😊 I expected nothing less from Trey, and I was not disappointed. He suggested we read the Beatitudes [2]. “Blessed… Are.” Like Trey, I was ashamed of how few of them I could check off. I encourage you to read them as well. I guarantee you; you will all be emotionally hit by his message. If ever there was a message for today, this is the one. If it is even possible, I have a new respect for the man. I knew he was a believer, but preach? (I will post a link below to the churches Youtube channel. I encourage you to watch it for a huge blessing.)

Lord, in these trying times, help us to paint the picture of the rest of our lives. Help us to identify the name of our prison. We are tired of living there. We rely on you Lord to guide us away from the spirit of familiarity. And like Red in the Shawshank Redemption, help us to function once we are outside the gate of our prison. We have lost our way Lord and need your guidance back into your plans for our lives. I pray not only for the leaders of our land but for all leaders of the world, at every level that they will legislate morality and common sense. Lord, we thank you for this wonderful gift of America. Please forgive us for mistreating that gift in these last days. Father, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. In the precious name of your son, Jesus, AMEN.

The Son will set you free. [3]

[1] Search on YouTube < Special guest speaker | former U.S. Congressman Trey Gowdy >
[2] Matthew 5:3-12
[3] John 8:36

Spiritual Consummation

I have known about the basic aspects of this phenomenon for quite some time as I am sure that most believers know about as well. So, it is not that I am the only one privy to information the rest of you are not. I am, of course, talking about eternal life as the Bride of Christ through His proposal. However, there are some revelatory and deeper characteristics of the proposal and the Bride of Christ.

I would be remiss not to tell you up front, for those who are not sure of the basics, that we are proposed to Christ, on this side of heaven, at Communion. There is much more to the proposal, and the Halaka [1], but it isn’t the crux of this blog. That said, the church [2] is the Bride of Christ.

<p?v16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. [John 3:16 KJV]
v2 In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.
v3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. [John 14:2, 3 KJV]

Throughout the New Testament Christ spoke to the Jewish people in terms that they’d understand, speaking to them using metaphors of Jewish marriage customs [3]. We are the temple of God [4] and the many mansions of which John 14:2 spoke [5]. Our husband to be, died on the Cross and bought us for a price [6]. He left His Spirit behind to prepare us until He returns to abduct us [7] and take us home to our new residence after the Marriage Supper of the Lamb [8]. Now, another aspect of the revelation.

Jesus IS eternal life [9] as John 3:16 declares. Jesus is a gift from God. On this side of heaven, like I said, we are bought with a price and betrothed [10] to him as long as we accept Him into our hearts as Lord and Savior [11]. He then dwells in us through His Spirit to prepare us as John 14:2 declares for the union with Christ.

The thing is, Christ came into the world, not through a sexual consummation [12] but a spiritual consummation and Christ’s Spirit dwells in us. Now, when believer’s die coupled with our salvation and sanctified through Christ’s redemption, we dwell in Him. Things will have come full circle. Christ came into the world through a spiritual consummation [13] and we go out the same way, through a spiritual consummation, and into heaven with Jesus, and we will forever be with the Lord [14].

In John 17, we find Jesus praying and asking the Father that all believers be restored to pre-fallen state of Eden. Remember that God made man in His image [15], which is spirit [16]. He hadn’t made man yet. Later, man lost his sinless state through Adam with his bite from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil and the sin nature entered the world. In the book of Revelation chapter 21 verse5, God says that “I make all, things new.” In 2 Corinthians 5:17 Paul says that those “In Christ” are new creatures. It is a reintegration of God and man. Spiritual consummation, as I define it, is faith in God through the renewing of our mind [17]. I base this on, once again Scripture, in Hebrews 11:16 and Mark 12:30, 31.

Lord Jesus, I come to you in the spirit of thanksgiving, with praise. I am in awe of you and the Father and the Holy Spirit. The Father’s immaculate and perfect plan of the world, your birth and life, mercy, and grace, and the Holy Spirit giving you life, and leading us to all knowledge. I am at a loss for words. I love you my Lord and my God with all my heart, with all my soul, with all my mind, and with all my strength. In your precious name, I pray, AMEN.

I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life [18].

[1] Jewish Law
[2] Believers/Christians
[3] Tell of separation before marriage.
[4] 1 Corinthians 6:19, 20
[5] If you want a brief teaching on Jewish Marriage customs, holler. Brief in that people write books on this subject, and have. Jewish Marriage Customs is the single most illuminating aspect of Scripture that opened my eyes wide to Bible teaching and Scripture.
[6] 1 Corinthians 6:20
[7] 1 Thessalonians 5:17 The Rapture.
[8] Revelation 19:6-9
[9] Everlasting
[10] 2 Corinthians 11:1-4 Paul considered himself the spiritual father of believers, and as such in his day, the father was the matchmaker for his children.
[11] Husband. When we accept Christ into our hearts, His Spirit comes into us only to prepare us John 16:13, for the Marriage Supper of the Lamb, where the marriage is consummated. This is NOT a sexual consummation but a spiritual consummation.
[12] If Joseph and Mary had Jesus, He would have inherited the sin nature. How then could He have been sinless and our Savior? Back to square one, sinful.
[13] Luke 1:26-38
[14] 1 Thessalonians 4:17
[15] Genesis 1:27
[16] John 4:24
[17] Romans 12:2
[18] John 14:6