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The Shekinah Glory. Understanding that you are on the road to Spiritual Maturity.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

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

God wanted everyone, not just Jews but even the Gentiles 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.

Just like the Jews could not see the Shekinah glory in the O.T. 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.

JOH 15:4 “Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, so neither {can} you, unless you abide in Me.”

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 cannot 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 O.T. 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.

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.

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 is 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, and 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,

1PE 4:14 If you are reviled for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you.

The glory includes the indwelling of the person of Jesus Christ, the Shekinah glory.

“Hina” - introduces a purpose clause = that or in order that.

Perfected - per-pass-part - teleioo = complete or matured.

No believer can ever attain spiritual maturity without understanding the reason and purpose of the indwelling of TLJC.

“In unity” - preposition eis + accusative neuter singular from the numeral “heis”

Eis + accusative neuter singular from the numeral heis = with reference to one.

REV 4:11 “Worthy art Thou, our Lord and our God, to receive glory and honor and power; for Thou didst create all things, and because of Thy will they existed, and were created.”

We have been given the Shekinah glory to indwell our bodies and to fulfill God’s plan and therefore glorify God with His very own glory.

God the Father loves you with that same exact and infinite and eternal love, the way He loves Son.

The greatest sacrifice of God the Father was the ultimate sacrifice, He gave His uniquely born Son.

ZEC 2:8b for he who touches you, touches the apple of His eye.

One of at least 15 different reasons for the Shekinah glory or the manifestation of the indwelling of TLJC indwelling your body is a sign that God loves you just as He loved Jesus Christ His son.

While He was on earth TLJC made known the Father’s person, will, and purpose.

1. Personal love for God, the highest motivation in life.
2. Then you will develop impersonal unconditional love for all mankind.

In His humanity TLJC loved God the Father.
He also had impersonal unconditional love for all mankind.

The great objective is to have God’s love in us which will give us the ability to handle any problem in life

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