The Greatest Mystery Of All – The Mystery of Christ
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Because I tell you the truth, you won’t believe, but if I lie to you, you will believe!!
The real truth at the time of end is trampled underfoot and the lies prevail. The Christians will not endure true salvation doctrine but turn their ears away from the truth and believe fables – and so it is, and so it has happened, another prophecy fulfilled.
So then, the Bible says, over and over again it is the will of the Father that the believer is to become a spectator of, to know by experience, to acknowledge by looking upon THE SON OF GOD. This is in total harmony with hundreds of other statements. How can that happen unless Jesus Christ MANIFESTS HIMSELF, REVEALS HIMSELF to the true obedient believer? How could anyone truly DISCERN WHO THE SON IS unless Christ reveals who He really is? In other words, in simple English, it is the will of the Father that a person come into an EXPERIENTIAL ENCOUNTER WITH THE LIVING CHRIST!! Is that not GNOSTIC? How can anyone say it is not?
There are a number of verses that actually speak of this esoteric Gnostic encounter with the Lord that apostates claim are SECOND ADVENT, when it fact they could NEVER BE SECOND ADVENT STATEMENTS but rather are Christ manifesting Himself to the believer at the time of their “refreshing” that comes from the presence of the Lord.
We could say that the believer who has COME TO CHRIST IN TRUTH, by the WAY that Christ demanded, which is the STRAIT GATE AND NARROW WAY is the only one who will see Christ openly displayed!!!! There is no other way into the New Covenant that the human race was given. Here it is:
13 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:
14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.
15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.
So here we have the command. We also find that this NARROW WAY “leadeth” unto LIFE, and FEW there be that FIND IT. Inasmuch as Jesus Christ said HE WAS LIFE, and the NARROW WAY LEADS TO IT, then it should be obvious that one must travel this mysterious NARROW WAY to its conclusion, which is SEEING THE SON, THE MANIFESTATION AND REVELATION OF THE SON OF GOD. Notice how esoteric all of this is: FEW THERE BE THAT FIND IT. In other words, millions of people may believe in the Lord and have FAITH in the Lord, but most of them are on the broad way that leads to destruction. “Why do you call me Lord, Lord and NOT do what I say?” should be ringing in their ears.
This sharp division OF THE MANY AND THE FEW appears over and over again – the many and few, all of which are Christians, followers of the Lord. Jesus Christ is the Son. John tells us that “he who hath the Son hath life, and he that hath not the Son hath not life”. So then, if the narrow way leads to LIFE, it leads to the GNOSTIC ENCOUNTER WITH CHRIST. You have no other options. In fact, the Bible is a book of NO OPTIONS.
Notice that Jesus tells us that there are multitudes of false prophets, who dress up in sheep’s clothing, that is, they appear to the world as devout Christian leaders, but they are fakes, they are frauds. They are, in fact, the leaders and shakers of modern Christianity. They are the preachers, teachers, evangelists and prophetic scholars of today, with few exceptions – and just as Peter warns us, they MOCK the narrow way, and they themselves speak evil of it, and cause others to mock it and speak evil of it as well. “What narrow way, what strait gate? We need only to have faith and believe, you bring another Christ and you bring another gospel, you are an anathema, a heretic.” Go visit their websites and see “how to get saved”. None of it agrees with what Jesus Christ actually told you.
But if this Narrow Way leads to Jesus Christ, then how would one know when they had actually COME TO HIM IN TRUTH? How would they know that they had completed the journey? How could they KNOW experientially that this phase of their Christian walk was over? Jesus gives us the answer which should be obvious by now – HE WILL MANIFEST HIMSELF PERSONALLY TO THE BELIEVER. HE WILL REVEAL HIMSELF TO THAT BELIEVER. This is Gnostic to the core, and it is also esoteric to the core, because only SELECT FEW WILL FIND CHRIST AND WHO WILL KNOW WHO HE IS!! Did He not say that he experientially KNEW HIS SHEEP, and that they experientially KNEW HIM?
Here is the one and only reason Jesus Christ rejects the MULTITUDES OF CHRISTIANS:
22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?
23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
The “knew” here means He, Jesus had never had an experiential ENCOUNTER with any of those “professed” Christians. Here is how the actual Greek is accurately translated:
“And then I will declare in a public announcement to them,
I NEVER CAME TO KNOW YOU EXPERIENTIALLY.”
Kenneth S. Wuest THE NEW TESTAMENT, AND EXPANDED TRANSLATION.
Notice that Jesus did not contradict these poor Christians. He does not ever say they did not do what they claimed they did. It was not the point, for indeed they did do exactly what they said they did. The point was that which they mocked (STRAIT GATE, NARROW WAY, and the ESOTERIC AND GNOSTIC ENCOUNTER WITH CHRIST), was exactly why they were tossed aside.
The apostates all said there was no such “experiential encounter” with Christ. They said it was all garbage, all of the Satan and the occult. They ridiculed it, and they railed against it with livid anger, just as Peter said they would. It cost them heaven. They may have known ALL ABOUT WHO CHRIST WAS, and they may have memorized the Bible backwards and forwards, they may have been “experts” in the Word of God, but they DID NOT KNOW CHRIST ON A PERSONAL ONE TO ONE LEVEL. THEY NEVER ENCOUNTERED HIM; THEY NEVER HAD A MANIFESTATION. Therefore, they did not really know or understand who He really was. They were “ever learning, but never able to come to an EXPERIENTIAL KNOWLEDGE of the truth.” Do you understand what that means? How serious this thing really is? WAKE UP for YOUR TIME IS SHORT!
Do you see? Jesus rejected them only for that one reason – they never had an esoteric Gnostic encounter with Him, and He requires it to be saved.
It is Jesus Christ, who came IN THE FLESH as our redeemer and as Messiah. It is therefore Jesus Christ that we are to come to IN TRUTH. Many times Jesus said for us to COME TO HIM, not just believe or have faith in Him. In other words, our belief, faith and trust in Him are to be used as a dynamic FORCE to propel us to do as He commands, we do: ENTER IN AT THE STRAIT GATE.
Jesus bluntly told us that ONLY A FEW will actually find Him in an experiential encounter. The “many” Christians will not. They mock that concept. They flat out do not believe it and refuse to acknowledge that it even might be true. It does not matter what Christ said. I have been warning people now for years and years, and all I get back with few exceptions is that I am a heretic and a liar, and the Words of Christ be damned. So be it. I can vouch for the Words of Christ, for I met Him one on one, face to face. It is all true, and it is all so esoteric and Gnostic.
If you will not believe Jesus Christ when He says He will MANIFEST HIMSELF, REVEAL HIMSELF to the one that OBEYS HIS COMMANDS, then you have assigned yourself to eternal ruin, for there is no other ticket, no other way into heaven. People rail and rail against this “Gnostic” concept in the face of hundreds of statements direct from Christ. They are calling Jesus Christ a LIAR OF THE FIRST MAGNITUDE. Not a wise thing to do when it comes to salvation.
Again, Jesus tells us that there was only ONE REASON the multitudes of Christians are set aside. THEY NEVER HAD AN ESOTERIC AND GNOSTIC ENCOUNTER WITH HIM. You can deny it all you want; it does not change the reality of it. You can be willfully ignorant if you so choose. However, it will cost you heaven in the end.
Now here is a rage against the Gnostics, in which the writer claims that Paul was not a Gnostic and that he railed against them. Paul did in fact teach that salvation was found only in an encounter with the divine. In any event, here is this rage against it – now please understand that the early Gnostic had some real strange beliefs, but they had ONE THING right, that SALVATION WAS IN FACT AN ENCOUNTER WITH THE LIVING CHRIST, something Jesus Himself said over and over again in many different ways:
“Realistically however, there was also a “point” to the canon. The goal and even eternal function in assembling the earliest Bibles was NOT merely sorting out what was inspired of God and what was not. They also had the specific intent of promoting and preserving a solid doctrinal foundation for all believers in Christ. Like Paul, they had to passionately argue against Gnosticism – “the doctrine of salvation by knowledge (8),” or the idea that gaining “superior” and/or “hidden” knowledge ensures one some higher spiritual position – opposed to a simple obedient faith in Christ.
(Here we find the modern argument that Gnosticism is a fraud, and that all one needs is “simple obedient faith in Christ.”) However, Jesus Himself said that if you REALLY HAD FAITH IN HIM, IF YOU REALLY BELIEVED AND TRUSTED HIM, then you would obey Him, enter the strait gate, walk the narrow way and FIND HIM. Paul himself said he was waiting for the acknowledgement from the believer of this encounter and that he himself had an esoteric and Gnostic encounter with the Lord on the road to Damascus!!
2 That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgement of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ;
<END GREEK>, NT:1921) signifies (a) “to know thoroughly” (epi “intensive,” ginosko, “to know”); (b) “to recognize a thing to be “What it really is”, to acknowledge,” 1 Cor 14:37 (RV, “take knowledge of”); 16:18; 1:13,14. See KNOW, KNOWLEDGE, PERCEIVE.
Note: In 1 John 2:23, “acknowledgeth” translates the verb homologeo, “to confess,” RV, “confesseth.
<END GREEK>, NT:1922), akin to A, “full, or thorough knowledge, discernment, recognition,” is translated “acknowledging” in the KJV of 2 Tim 2:25; Titus 1:1 and Philem 6 (in all three, RV, “knowledge,” properly, “thorough knowledge”). In Col 2:2, KJV, “acknowledgement,” RV, “that they may know” (i. e., “unto the full knowledge). See KNOWLEDGE.
(from Vine’s Expository Dictionary of Biblical Words, Copyright © 1985, Thomas Nelson Publishers.)
The LIARS never stop lying, and the TRUTH is trampled underfoot.