Epistles, chapters in the book...testimonies, are personal experiences of what Jesus Christ did for you while you were in a situation that only God could receive the glory.
A personal experience, a testimony, becomes a city by the actions of joining together as one with other testimonies. This is the church of the city of the New Jerusalem we read in Revelation that John wrote about. The city of God or the bride/wife of Jesus Christ on the earth filling the earth with His glory.
God is not interested in words from the churches that bring division and separation to the body of Christ, but THE CHURCH that has a covenantal spirit of unity with the foundation that Jesus Christ is Lord.
People need people, but connecting to the right people will determine how we grow and develop our God given destiny of why we were born at a certain time in His story.
The natural pattern of socialization with those that we connect with to help us to grow and mature begins usually with our parents and siblings. Then we reach out to our extended families of grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins. From there we have friends, teachers, bosses, co-workers, acquaintances, and strangers that are part of our everyday lives. Most churches teach their members to prioritize their lives by putting God first, spouse second, then children, and extended family. Afterwards are friends, co-workers, acquaintances, and strangers. This may be the pattern of a nuclear society, but when it comes to overcoming acute death at the door issues of life, Jesus did not use this pattern.Who did Jesus have in his inner circle to bring forth life from death?
History has shown us that the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke were written within a very close time period around 60A.D. before the fall of Jerusalem. The Gospel of John comes along approximately 20-25 years later written around the same time that the Book of Revelation and the Letters of John are written.
An interesting assessment of these four Gospels is that Mark was written first, and then Matthew uses Mark's writing and plugs in his version and understanding. About the same time, Luke is doing the same thing. This is why we can read the same events in these three Gospels, but each one has some variation. Then we have John's Gospel almost a generation later and after the destruction of Jerusalem.
What we will find is John didn't change anything that the other three had written, but he plugged in some key information that without it, we would be missing the links of what the birth, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ was all about.
The Kingdom of God has never changed. We may hear words that doctrines and traditions have considered vital that have carried us through seasons of change throughout history, but the Kingdom of God is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow. We may find ourselves comfortable fellowshipping with certain groups of people that have similar knowledge of God's testimony allowing us to lift and edify one another in that knowledge, but this is not the fullness of His Kingdom. We must be cautious not to judge the difference, but to unite the foundation rock of God's Kingdom: The resurrected LIFE of Jesus Christ who is the head of the body of Christ (Colossians 1:18).When Jesus Christ is our Lord, we become a part of His diverse membered body called Christ (Romans 12:5). His body only has the Holy Spirit. Any other spirit that rules in His body grieves the Spirit of God in us.The big picture is that the Spirit of God is not leading and guiding, and the house of God is being shared by others.
Before the presence of Adam and his wife, as they stood they saw...God selected a LAMB, fastened it to the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, and slew it before their eyes. The innocent victim, the LAMB of GOD was made naked, stripped of its skin to be made a covering for Adam and his wife's rebellion, guilt, shame, and self-ego. "The Lamb was slain from the foundation of the world" (Rev. 13:8).
"Thanks be to God, Who in Christ always leads us in triumph [as trophies of Christ's victory] and through us spreads and makes evident the fragrance of the knowledge of God everywhere, for we are the sweet fragrance of Christ [which exhales] unto God"
These words of Paul are describing an atmosphere that goes before us as a parade for a victory celebration because we are manifesting the glory of His presence in the world. He goes on to say, "For we are not as many, which corrupt the word of God: but as of sincerity, but as of God, in the sight of God speak we in Christ."
Notice Paul's words..."as of God, in the sight of God." This is not the position of a Christian that knows about God as a sinner saved by grace. It is not the wisdom of a Christian that fellowships with Christ having the ability to pray in tongues. These positions are stepping stones of preparation of the bride, but have yet to encounter the experience of oneness with Christ...
"For now we are looking in a mirror that gives only a dim reflection, but then we shall see in reality and face to face! Now I know in part, but then I shall know and understand fully and clearly, even in the same manner as I have been fully and clearly known and understood. And so faith, hope, love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love."
Everything can be shaken in our atmosphere except faith, hope, and love. These cannot be taken away by external circumstances. No matter what areas of our life come and go; money, people, health, circumstance changes, etc. what keeps us is not these things but the internal presence of: faith, hope, and love. When we join in the victory posture of Christ in us, the position where all circumstances have been overcome by the blood of the lamb, and we live today as new creations in Him celebrating the victory of an overcomer, we change the atmosphere of the world we are established in by the attitude of our heart.
Everything that God creates has the ability to function by the law of God for that particular creation to manifest what it was created to be. Within its DNA God gives the creation also the possibility to reach its maximum full potential. When the creation reaches its full potential it then produces its greatest value. However, the science behind the system of God's creation is that each creation depends on another to reach its full potential.
Example: A seed planted in the soil that has lost its nutritional value will not produce a health plant. The plant will not produce quality fruit. The fruit will not contain the fullness of nutritional value for the person eating it. The person will not have their fullness to function at optimal level because they are lacking a particular nutrient in their diet that was inadequate in the fruit. Everything functions by God's law of creation.
Now, let us take this and apply it to our position we have today in Christ as His body....
This holiday season is significant like no other ever seen in history. For those that are looking for the return of the Lord as a man named Jesus appearing in the sky; they will miss what God is doing today; the resurrection of Christ in the flesh.
The crowning glory of a woman, the church is to produce a child. A woman releases a trumpet sound just before the crown of the head of the baby in her womb is seen entering the world which announces that the fullness of the baby is coming out NOW.
Today, we the bride of Jesus Christ, married to the Lamp of God, are pregnant with HIS WORD, His identity, ready to give birth to the body of Christ as one releasing the sound of praise to the Lord, for the light of the world is here. God placed the fullness of time strategically throughout Scriptures in the Menorah as the Lamp of God. Day one of creation is connected with the first Feast of the Lord, Passover; the Spirit of the Lord; and the body of Christ illustrated by John in the seven churches of Revelation.