Job 37:24 π Mt. 5:48 π Mt. 15:9 π Mk. 7:19 π Jn. 17:21 π Jn. 17:23 π Rom. 6:5-7 π 1 Cor. 2:5 π Eph. 1:23 π Eph. 4:11-13 π Eph. 4:17 π 1 Jn. 3:7
“And He said to them, ‘All too well you reject the commandment of God, that you may keep your tradition.’” ( Mk. 7:19; top )
If anyone tries to go further in the Lord than their denomination, or further in God than the most profound full-gospel group, or further than the original church in the book of Acts, a man-made tradition of some nice born-again Christian people will employ various techniques and traditions (including prayer) to stop this type of progress toward holiness and perfection in Christ.
It is really unholy that after almost 2,000 years we are not even close to duplicating the original church, yet any seeking of God in this direction to fulfill this and the perfection of Matthew 5:48; top is deflated by men’s traditions before it is implemented.
“That your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God” ( 1 Cor. 2:5 ) - the power of God to bring to pass John 17:23 , which says, “I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one...” “That they also may be one in Us (Father and Son).” ( Jn. 17:21; top ) Doesn’t God have enough power to perfect us and bring this to pass?
The rapture is not God’s process of perfecting the church. The ministries within the body of Christ are to be used ( Eph. 4:11-13; top ) until we all come unto a perfect man unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.
However, even these ministries of apostles, prophets, etc. are not engineered by any one group or person. True apostles, prophets and evangelists are appointed by God Himself and not by an organization, denomination or group.
“... That you should no longer walk as the rest of the Gentiles walk, in the futility of their mind.” ( Eph. 4:17; top )
The church world today is governed by the flesh. The Church was meant to rule by the Spirit of God within us as a result of the new birth. However, we have not wholeheartedly exposed our inner being to the total cleansing and complete regenerating power of Almighty God so we can gain the stature of the fullness of Christ.
“...Even as He is righteous.” ( 1 Jn. 3:7; top )
“...Likeness of His resurrection.” ( Rom. 6:5-7; top )
As man’s fulfillment of the great commission becomes more futile, Almighty God is searching for those who will completely surrender to the cleansing necessary for them to become partakers of the divine nature of Jesus and the Father - then fulfilling the Book of Acts (and more) will be accompanied by the glorious, victorious dominion of God Almighty over all sin in the church; and it will become without spot or wrinkle because it will be filled with “the fullness of Him who fills all in all.” ( Eph. 1:23; top )
“...He regards and respects not any who are wise in heart [in their own understanding and conceit].” ( Job 37:24 , Amp.)
“And in vain they worship Me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.” ( Mt. 15:9; top )
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