THE GREATEST MYSTERY OF ALL THE MYSTERY OF CHRIST


THE GREATEST MYSTERY OF ALL

THE MYSTERY OF CHRIST

PART TEN

This is from my book “MYSTERY OF CHRIST”

I would hope that everyone would attempt to totally disprove what is written here. Show where Christ refutes it all, or He did not say it, or that He did not mean it. Not by your “theology”, or your “bias” or your “opinion” but rather by hard Scriptural statements.

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John 3:11-13

11 Verily, verily, I say unto thee, We speak that we do know, and testify that we have seen; and ye receive not our witness.

12 If I have told you earthly things, and ye believe not, how shall ye believe, if I tell you of heavenly things?

13 And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven.

CHAPTER FOUR

THE NEW LAW OF DIVINE AGAPE

In Chapter Three we were shown by the Lord a number of verses of Scripture that proved that Jesus Christ was an esoteric Gnostic and further that He stated that if one was to be saved IN TRUTH, they had to have an esoteric and Gnostic encounter with Him. Inasmuch as Jesus Himself died on the cross for OUR SINS, then it should be obvious that it is Jesus Himself that saves us through this encounter.

We saw the Words of Christ bluntly stated, but totally denied by the modern Church – saying that any such encounter is Satanic and of the occult. In essence the Church of today is saying to the Lord the same thing they did back when He was walking the Earth – that He did all of those miracles by the power of Satan and He Himself was a demonic.

The problem with the human race is that the Lord brought with Him a totally new and radical concept – that being YOU MUST BE BORN AGAIN. Paul says that the true Church is a MYSTERY. The rapture of the Church is a mystery. God Himself is a mystery. If it is a mystery, then like any other mystery one has to unlock this mystery by searching it out with all due diligence.

I received a comment of our postings regarding the esoteric and Gnostic concepts presented and wish to go through that because it shows the confusion that exists in the Church concerning what salvation really is.

 And also, what “works of righteousness” are, and why Jesus Christ sent the multitudes of Christians away as “workers of iniquity” which, if you look the word up, means LAWLESSNESS.

When Jesus came to Earth, He brought with Him a whole new concept of salvation. It dealt with a CHANGE IN THE LAW, a radical and wholly different concept that only the FEW find the answer to.

He brought us THE WAY to unlock this mystery of rebirth. He also told us that only a few would actually do as they were told, search the matter out with all diligence and actually find the answer, the KEY as it were, to unlock the entire mystery of the Godhead and true salvation itself

I want to start with Matthew Chapter Six to lay down the groundwork as to why GETTING BORN AGAIN is the main thrust of the Bible, and why the vast majority of Christians are NOT.

Matt 6:33-34

33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

34 Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.

The word FIRST means the TOP PRIORITY, THE FIRST THING IN YOUR ENTIRE LIFE. He is telling us to change our priorities to the point that NOTHING ELSE MATTERS, THAT WE ARE TO “SEEK OUT” this mysterious Kingdom of God before we do anything else.

Of course, the vast majority of the world does no such thing, but are totally concerned with the things and matters of THIS WORLD, and are so married to this world that they simply CANNOT leave it behind and make this searching out the Kingdom their ONE AND ONLY PRIORITY. But if you read carefully, Jesus is quite clear by what He means by all of that:

Matt 6:24-32

No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.

25 Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?

26 Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?

27 Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature?

28 And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin:

29 And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.

30 Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?

31 Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?

32 (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. 

Now there are very few people who actually believe these remarks of the Lord, and how God will find a way to see you through all of this, and will find a way to have shelter, food and clothing if one does what they are told. That is what it says, and we immediately say the opposite, for we are so trained into THIS WORLD that we cannot bring ourselves to actually BELIEVE that these Words could be true!!

But what if they ARE? What if what Christ is actually demanding from us is to LEAVE THIS WORLD BEHIND? In other words, to have enough faith, trust and belief in God that if we do what He asks, he will come to our rescue!!  What these remarks really are all about is DESIRE TO FIND THE KINGDOM.

Jesus made a number of comments about that, such as if you were dying of thirst, you would do whatever was necessary to find water. If you were dying of hunger, you would do whatever it took to find food. He said rather bluntly that if you did not have that type of desire, well, forget it. It boils down to DESIRE.

Now I want to bring in this comment from the blog because it is an important issue:

“Your emphasis on an esoteric (secret, private), Gnostic (in the sense of mystical “knowing”) experience of (the true) Christ is indeed important for being a true disciple of Jesus. And you emphasize being obedient. Yet this obedience seems to focus almost exclusively on this “Gnostic” experience of Christ and his agape love.

You use Mt. 7:14 (the narrow way) and 7:23 (I never knew you) to say it’s all about this secret/narrow knowledge/encounter. But the context around these verses is about knowing true and false prophets by their fruits (7:15-20), that is, what they do, their usual actions as they live out each day. Likewise in 7:21, Jesus says it is the one who does the will of my Father who enters the kingdom; and in 7:23 Jesus says those who did not know him were evildoers (what they were doing daily was evil). Then in 7:24-27 Jesus says the wise one not only hear his words but does them. As the conclusion of Mt. 5-7, Jesus “sermon,” this points back to all his various words (commands and teachings) about what is the will of God that his disciples (in his new kingdom) should be doing. It is about much more than a private, mystical encounter with Christ.

When Rev. 19:8 speaks of the “white robes” given by Christ (the Lamb) to his “bride,” it then says this “fine linen” (bright and pure) is the righteous deeds of the saints. Thus, if we have a true encounter with Christ, we will be empowered by him and his Spirit to live the righteous life he taught and lived, to love in actions that demonstrate his agape love.”

There is the comment, and I want to break it down to show you how this confusion about DIVINE AGAPE and THE LAW actually work and why it is so often misunderstood.

“Your emphasis on an esoteric (secret, private), Gnostic (in the sense of mystical “knowing”) experience of (the true) Christ is indeed important for being a true disciple of Jesus. And you emphasize being obedient. Yet this obedience seems to focus almost exclusively on this “Gnostic” experience of Christ and his agape love.”

This is a series on TRUE SALVATION. That is why it focuses on being obedient to the Lords commands to GET SAVED. Jesus Christ says very bluntly that THE FIRST OBEDIENCE TO HIM WAS TO ENTER IN AT THE STRAIT GATE and WALK THE NARROW WAY.

He says to enter in, then warns of false prophets that will deny the strait gate, warns about the multitudes lost, then speaks of those that will hear and do what He told them. What did He tell them to do? ENTER IN.

He says if you will, you are wise and your house is built upon a rock, and if you will not do as He commands, and refuse the strait gate, you are a fool. Inasmuch as the ROCK is Jesus Christ, He is telling us that we must LAY OUR FOUNDATION BY REBIRTH, of having this esoteric and Gnostic encounter. Then you are established upon THE ROCK, and when judgment comes, you will not fall. However, if you refuse to enter in, you have laid your foundation NOT ON CHRIST, but on SAND and you will fall, and your fall will be great indeed, for it means ETERNAL RUIN.

It is interesting to note that one must DIG DOWN DEEP INTO THE SAND TO FIND THE BEDROCK. This statement means that if you really want to find the truth of Christ, you must dig down through the sands of doctrine to the bedrock, that is, you must ASK, SEEK, KNOCK, STRIVE and LABOR FOR THE MEAT that endures unto SALVATION.

“You use Mt. 7:14 (the narrow way) and 7:23 (I never knew you) to say it’s all about this secret/narrow knowledge/encounter. But the context around these verses is about knowing true and false prophets by their fruits (7:15-20), that is, what they do, their usual actions as they live out each day.”

In point of fact that is what Matthew Seven is mostly ABOUT. The vast majority of the text is all about GETTING BORN AGAIN, and Jesus tells us EXACTLY how to do it. This writer claims that the FALSE PROPHETS are known by their fruits, which is what they do in their usual actions each day. That is only a half-truth, and a dangerous one at that. The real thrust of getting yourself BORN AGAIN starts with verse 7:

Matt 7:7-18

7 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:

8 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.

9 Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone?

10 Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent?

11 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?

12 Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.

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.

16 Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?

17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.

Notice that right after Jesus tells us we must enter the strait gate and walk the narrow way that He then warns us of FALSE PROPHETS. Why place this warning here? The answer is because these FALSE PROPHETS will pose as Christian leaders such as preachers, teachers, evangelists, etc. They pose as real Christian leaders, but they are fraudulent.

These false prophets will CAUSE THE STRAIT GATE AND NARROW WAY to be evil spoken of, that is, they will develop a theology that causes millions of Christians to mock the TRUE WAY, and by that method, these evil men and women will deceive millions of Christians with this fake SALVATION MESSAGE.

This sequence is really important to understand, for it is placed there for a reason. The Bible also tells us that ONLY THE FEW will even recognize these false prophets, and Peter tells us all about them:

2 Peter 2:1-4

2 But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.

2 And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of.

3 And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not.

4 For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment;

The first thing to notice is that these are the “wolves in sheep’s clothing” that Jesus warned would come into the FLOCK and they come to STEAL AND DESTROY. But notice how they do it: with a FAKE SALVATION THEOLOGY.

If you have a heresy that is “damnable” you have a heresy that is all about SALVATION. Notice what they do: “they cause the WAY OF THE TRUTH to be evil spoken of.” Jesus Christ gave us ONLY ONE WAY IN: Enter ye in at the strait gate and travel the narrow way. There is NO OTHER WAY OFFERED.

These fakes, these frauds are POPULAR with the Christians for the “many” follow after them!  Why? Jesus told us why. “Because strait is the gate and narrow is the way that leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it”.

Once again, we find this sharp division between the MANY and the FEW. And this sharp division centers upon ONE THING: TRUE SALVATION.

Matthew Seven is a serious warning that does not concern the FALSE PROPHETS BEHAVIOR so much as it does THEIR THEOLOGY. They with great stealth bring in a false salvation theology that totally OMITS the strait gate and narrow way and also totally omits the esoteric and Gnostic encounter with Jesus Christ, which is why HE SENDS THE MILLIONS OF CHRISTIANS AWAY, with a terse I never came to know you experientially.” – 97

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2 thoughts on “THE GREATEST MYSTERY OF ALL THE MYSTERY OF CHRIST

  1. To me, the key problem in modern Christianity is FALSE SALVATION. Most everyone thinks he or she is saved after 30 seconds: after saying a sinner’s prayer, reciting a verse, “just believing,” going forward in an altar call, or whatever other instant, EZ tradition that man has concocted. An instant gratification generation requires an instant salvation, or the pews would sit mighty idle.

    And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not. (2Pet 2:3)

    The snare of FALSE SALVATION is that—once you think you are saved and born again—ANYTHING GOES. The hunger, thirst for righteousness is GONE; after all, you HAVE it now, don’t you? Or so the modern Christian thinks.

    The saving, living faith of Jesus Christ that we need to OBEDIENTLY propel us down the narrow way until the END has been extinguished. We reached the FINISH line (so we are told by the false teachers and preachers) as soon as we put our toe on the STARTING line. Who has heard such a thing? Well, practically everyone in today’s church.

    Here are my church experiences in my first 3 years (ALL preached an instant, faith ONLY “salvation”):

    1. A local house church that I found through Chuck Baldwin’s list of “Black Regiment Preachers.”

    2. A Baptist church that I “attended” via the Internet. Headed by a “prophetic expert.”

    3. An online fellowship headed by a guy who said he had read the Bible 250+ times, and claimed to read it once per month.

    4. A (physical) non-denominational church that was an hour-and-half drive away. They also had a radio station and a small Bible college.

    5. A local Baptist church (my last physical church building before ENTERING IN).

    6. I also dipped my toe in a little Hebrew roots nonsense as the last thing, before the Lord had enough I suppose, and yanked me IN through the strait gate, once and for all.

    There was not a strait gate nor narrow way in ANY of these. We were ALL born again and saved. After all, these were all “fundamentalist” types churches/groups; so surely, if we can be saved in 30 seconds by a prayer or just “having faith,” then we must have been SUPER-saved, yes? After all, look at those poor Lutherans and Methodists and Catholics in those LIBERAL churches. Surely, we we are much better than THEM, yes? (Surely we were NOT!).

    We were ALL Laodicea, and knewest not.
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    In reading John Bunyan I have never come across this idea of “instant salvation.” In fact, he wrote a book entitled:

    THE STRAIT GATE
    OR, GREAT DIFFICULTY OF GOING TO HEAVEN:
    By: John Bunyan.

    Plainly proving, by the Scripture, that not only the Rude and Profane, but many great Professors, will come short of that Kingdom.

    Bunyan even included Matthew 7:13-14 as a sub-title to the book:

    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: (Matt 7:13)

    Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. (Matt 7:14)

    Doesn’t all of this confirm Stewart’s blog post in one book title? This was written almost 400 years ago. God never changes, but man surely does (oftentimes for the worst it seems).
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    Thank you Stewart for continuing this series…..I have not missed one of them and keep learning new things.

    God bless you and Patti and all of the ministry work you all do!!

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    • What a blessing it is that you so willingly attest to what your experiences(Strong’s No. G1097 – ginosko) were in the churches. To be a witness to the word of God and Stewart’s teachings, with all humility, is very refreshing.

      I find it interesting that there has been less than a handful of people willing to make any comment on this series yet. To me, it’s a perfect testament of what’s not important to most people. Nary a “like” or a “thumbs up” from anyone? No moral support, really? Nothing?

      I do appreciate you continuing with the posting of this book Stewart. Once again, I must say, this is a fulfillment of Bible prophecy.

      Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away. (Matt 24:35)

      God bless you Stew, Patti, and all who quietly or not so quietly support the ministry.

      He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus. (Rev 22:20)

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