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The Shekinah Glory or the manifestation of Christ within us, the road to spiritual maturity.

Thursday, February 7, 2008

ROM 9:4 who [a reference to his brethren, kinsmen according to the flesh],

“Shekinah” - Shakan = to dwell; Jesus Christ indwelt certain sacred buildings in Israel.

“Glory” - Kabodh = used for the visible manifestations of Jesus Christ as a theophany.

Shekinah itself represents the invisibility of Christ, the God of Israel, actually indwelling three sacred buildings during the age of Israel. Glory represents the visible manifestation in Theophanic form.

Theophanies = TLJC appeared throughout the Old Testament in visible forms such as the angel of Jehovah or the angel of the Lord.

TLJC still appears; however, today He appears in fallen mankind.

If you cannot see the Shekinah Glory or the manifestation of TLJC in fallen man, you will never be able to see God at all.

God wanted everyone, not just Jews, to know this rich and glorious secret inside and out, regardless of their background, regardless of their religious standing.

JOH 1:11 He came to His own, and those who were His own did not receive Him.

The mystery in a nutshell is just this: Christ is in you, therefore you can look forward to sharing in God’s glory.

In the Old Testament, they saw a theophany, and an inanimate theophany, the cloud said He was there, the pillar of fire said He was there.

People cannot see the humanity of Christ in you, but they can see the glory of God being revealed through you.

Such glory like confidence, courage, strength, love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; etc.

Today TLJC is at the right hand of the Father where we can’t see Him until we go to heaven, but in the meantime He also indwells our bodies, invisibly.

Just like the Jews could not see the Shekinah glory in the Old Testament but could see a manifestation of His presence, so we can reveal the Shekinah glory or the indwelling of Christ to the world and to each other through our body, the temple of the living God.

COL 1:27 to whom God willed to make known what is the glorious riches of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you, the confidence of the glory.

Reciprocal union = we are in Him; He’s in us, the ultimate oneness.

Not by the Shekinah glory in the temple built with hands of men, but in lives redeemed and freed and cleansed as they walk about in this dark world with Christ living in them.

Today, people cannot see the Shekinah glory in you, but they can see the glory of God being revealed through you.

They didn’t see the Shekinah glory, but they saw the manifestation of His glory.

The day of the virgin birth of our Lord was the last day any overt manifestation of TLJC existed.Never again are there theophanies; instead there are Christophanies which are manifestations of the humanity of Christ in resurrection body.

In the Old Testament and in the days of Israel there was a most unique thing, here was Jesus Christ invisible as God to Israel but visible in theophanies.

He indwelt the sacred building as a sign of blessing and security in Israel.

When the Jews went into the Babylonian captivity, between the two cherub angels in the Temple, something happened - the Shekinah glory left.
HEB 13:5 for He Himself has said, “I will never desert you, nor will I ever forsake you,”
MAT 28:20 - “I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

Today TLJC is at the right hand of the Father where we can’t see Him until we go to heaven, but in the meantime He also indwells our bodies, invisibly.

Just like the Jews could not see the Shekinah glory in the Old Testament but could see a manifestation of His presence, so we can reveal the Shekinah glory or the indwelling if Christ to the world and to each other through our body, the temple of the living God.

It is our privilege and responsibility to rest in Him where He is, because that is where we are positioned in Him.
At the same time He abides in us here below, by means of the Spirit.
Reciprocal union = we are in Him; He’s in us, the ultimate oneness.

He has no other way of showing Himself to men except as Christ lives in us; not by the Shekinah glory in the Temple built with hands of men, but in lives redeemed and freed as they walk about in this dark world with Christ living in them.

1PE 1:8 and though you have not seen Him, you love Him, and though you do not see Him now, but believe in Him, you greatly rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory,

2CH 32:31 - God left Hezekiah “alone to test him, that He might know all that was in his heart.”

JOH 8:9 - it wasn’t until the woman caught in adultery was left alone with the Lord that she was set free.

JOH 16:32 “Behold, an hour is coming, and has already come, for you to be scattered, each to his own home, and to leave Me alone; and yet I am not alone, because the Father is with Me.”

To be left alone with God is the only true way of arriving at an accurate knowledge of ourselves and our ways.

PSA 26:2 Examine me, O Lord, and try me; Test my mind and my heart.

JER 12:3 But Thou knowest me, O Lord; Thou seest me; And Thou dost examine my heart’s attitude toward Thee.

2CO 13:5 Test yourselves to see if you are in the faith; examine yourselves!

He must be stripped from his own strength, lamed and made to limp.

1. Jacob needed to have his “human-strength” beaten out of him.

2. Jacob has been relying on human strength, human power, human viewpoint, human gimmicks, to try to get blessings in life as well as to solve his problems.

3. Jacob needed to be made conscious of his standing with God so that he would stop conniving, plotting, scheming, and using human solutions to try to solve his problems.

4. I want you to note that God initiates this wrestling match which ends in the defeat of the old Jacob.

It is God who breaks the stubborn, willful, self-reliant Jacob and brings him to his senses.

This means that Yahweh, Jehovah, the God of Israel, is dealing directly and personally with Jacob to change his life and to give him a new name.

Theophanies = TLJC appeared throughout the Old Testament in visible forms such as the angel of Jehovah or the angel of the Lord.

If you cannot see the Shekinah Glory or the manifestation of TLJC in fallen man, you will never be able to see God at all.

Today, people cannot see the Shekinah glory in you, but they can see the glory of God being revealed through you.

They did not see the Shekinah glory, but they saw the manifestation of His glory.

The day of the virgin birth of our Lord was the last day any overt manifestation of TLJC existed.

Never again are there theophanies; instead there are Christophanies which are manifestations of the humanity of Christ in resurrection body.

He indwelt the sacred building as a sign of blessing and security in Israel.

When the Jews went into the Babylonian captivity, between the two cherub angels in the Temple, something happened - the Shekinah glory left.

HEB 13:5 for He Himself has said, “I will never desert you, nor will I ever forsake you,”

MAT 28:20 “I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

Today TLJC is at the right hand of the Father where we can’t see Him until we go to heaven, but in the meantime He also indwells our bodies, invisibly.

Just like the Jews could not see the Shekinah glory in the Old Testament but could see a manifestation of His presence, so we can reveal the Shekinah glory or the indwelling if Christ to the world and to each other through our body, the temple of the living God.

It is our privilege and responsibility to rest in Him where He is, because that is where we are positioned in Him.

At the same time He abides in us here below, by means of the Spirit.

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