|Ephesians 4 |
1 I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that you walk worthy of the vocation with which you are called,
2 With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, overlooking one another's faults in love;
3 Endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
4 There is one body, and one Spirit, even as you are called in one hope of your calling;
5 One Lord, one faith, one baptism,1
6 One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.2 [The Father is in you all — Christ is in you all, and the Kingdom of Heaven is in you; there, in your hearts, is where you will find them all. Know him there searching your hearts, and find him there trying your minds and hearts; incline your ears, and give ear to him there, who will render to everyone of you according to your words and works whether they are good or evil, (George Fox.]
7 But to everyone of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ.
8 Therefore it is said, "When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts to men."
9 (Now he who ascended, what does it mean but that he first descended into lower parts, the earth?3 [The so-called Apostles' Creed, invented 350 years after their death, says that Jesus descended into Hell, and if you don't believe that, you are a non-believer. Suppose I have a new understanding and begin preaching that what this verse really says is that Jesus ascended into heaven just like He, the Son of God who created all the worlds and the heavens, descended into lower parts, (the earth), by forsaking all His heavenly glory and dignity to take on the body of a humble man on the earth destined to be crucified, Phil 2:6-8. But what difference does it make to anyone's salvation? NONE! Its interpretation is completely unrelated, irrelevant, and immaterial to the need for one to walk in the steps of faith to crucify their sinful nature on the inward cross of self-denial; and it only serves to turn aside the just from the true way. It's irrelevant to the critical task at hand!]
10 He who descended is the same who ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.)
11 And he himself [Jesus] appointed [gave gifts with his authority to] some as apostles; and some as prophets; and some as evangelists; and some as pastors and teachers; [You must be appointed and gifted directly by Christ, (His gift with authority, His authorization, directly from Him to you), not by your sect, not by the government, not by a congregation, not by a college, not by men. To be authorized to preach or teach, you must first be sufficiently cleansed of the evil in your heart, so that you can hear each and every word to speak as supplied by the Spirit immediately before speaking. When you are authorized, you are ordered everything to be done and told each and every word to speak. From the Word of the Lord within: "Like the Apostles, you too must be cleansed. Only a heart that is purged of sin is acceptable to God. Those of you who are preaching without authorization: you will be found out, you will be exposed. To serve without hearing is putting your life in danger. I work with the blind; but if you think you can see, and you are not with me in heaven, I will make you a laughingstock."]
12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ;4 [The single purpose of the ministry is to perfect the believers: we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom, so that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus. Col 1:28. It is impossible for an unperfected minister to help in perfecting the saints, to a perfect man, in the fullness of Christ. Jesus told us that any unperfected minister was a blind guide because he could not see to take the spec out of his brother's eye due to the log in his own eye, Luke 6:40; and He told us to leave them. Mat 15:14. Any minister who denies perfection is a false prophet that denies the scriptures. From the Word of the Lord within: "Those who preach against perfection have a lack of earnest faith. There is only one way to get perfect, and it has been refused."]
13 Until we all come to the unity of the faith, and the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ;5 [If you are a perfect man and possess the fullness of Christ, you have everything possible: including fellowship with Christ and the Father, raised to heaven, sitting with Christ in the kingdom, in union with Christ and God, free from even the desire to sin, pure, holy, sanctified, permanently cleansed and perfected, and protected from ever sinning again — all while still alive on earth.]
14 So that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the deceptions and cunning craftiness of men, by which they lie in wait to deceive.
15 But speaking the truth in love, we may grow up into him in all things, who is the head, even Christ.
16 From Him the whole body is joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working of every part, growing up to the edifying of itself in love.
17 Therefore, this I say and testify in the Lord, that from this time forward you must not walk as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind, [which is to think thoughts with the carnal mind of man, which must be destroyed, to be replaced by the mind of Christ. From the Word of the Lord within: "Your thoughts are not my thoughts. At best your thoughts are a vain hiss. It is many thoughts that make the mortal man. Those who follow their own brain will weep and mourn; there will be great pain. The mind is a terrible thing."]
18 Having their understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart.
19 Who being past feeling [pangs of conscience], have given themselves over to fleshly indulgences, to work all impurities with greediness.
20 But you have learned differently from Christ;
21 Assuming you have actually heard Him and have been taught by Him, as the truth is in Jesus.6 [We begin hearing the small still voice. We listen to hear His spoken words and learn from the Holy Spirit and the Word and Light in our hearts; ready to teach us all things and lead us into all truth; ready to teach us what to deny and how to live soberly, righteously and godly in this present world; and ready to purify us so that we might serve Him and do virtuous works of glory to the Father. When we are sufficiently crucified, Jesus himself appears and speaks to us with a voice like thunder over the waters described in many Old Testament passages. As we hear His voice for the first time, He dispenses final judgment to us, crushes Satan under our feet, and we pass from death to eternal life. From the word of the Lord within: "You will hear the truth at final judgment. Truly, I say to you, all the truth is magnificent; you will marvel when you see it. Even Job marveled at what he saw. To be in Jesus is to be in truth."]
22 Strip yourselves of your former nature that controlled your conduct, which corrupts itself through lusts and desires that spring from delusion;
23 And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;
25 Therefore put away lying, and every man speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are all members of one another and the same body.
26 Provoked, but not to sin, that the light of day not go down because of your exasperation. [Anger is sin and can cause you to lose the measure of the light of God and day that you have laboriously gained. From the Word of the Lord within: "Do not let the light go down on your anger. Do not be misled; anger must be eliminated to enter the kingdom." Because the translators, schooled by Babylon, don't understand that all anger is sin, this verse is seriously mistranslated in most Bibles to read: "Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger;" which incorrectly implies that your anger is not sin unless you hold onto the anger into the night. Because the original Greek can often be interpreted in several ways, the interpretation chosen is greatly influenced by the translators' beliefs; and if the translators have some incorrect beliefs, those incorrect beliefs will cause them to incorrectly translate many scriptures. Although Paul clearly states in verse 31 below: "Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamor, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice;" the translators blithely go on, without a clue to the true gospel, including that the Lord can completely purify person to become like Him.]
27 Leave no room for the devil.
28 Let the former thief, steal no more; but rather let him labor, working with his hands in an honest occupation so that he may have excess to give to him who lacks necessities.
29 Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth except what is edifying, so that it may minister grace to those who hear you.
30 And do not grieve the holy Spirit of God, by whom you are sealed unto the day of redemption.8 [By obedience you receive the seal of the Holy Sprit, but you are still not redeemed. George Fox writes of when you are redeemed: "Men are justified by the believing, and in the faith and by the faith, and in believing they overcome, and have victory; and there are mortification, and sanctification, and redemption, and justification, all possessed together in the one, which is Christ, and this to the particular satisfaction."]
31 Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamor, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice.
32 And be kind and tenderhearted one to another, forgiving each other, even as God for Christ's sake has forgiven you.
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1 One Lord, one faith, one baptism. Just like there is only one Lord, there is supposed to be one faith, but there are 41,000 sects with different interpretations of what the Bible says; so there are many different Bible-faiths. These are not the one faith that the Apostles preached; the Apostles preached an inward faith by revelation that is authored by Jesus Christ. The object of the bible-faiths and an the inward faith are the same, but the differences are crucial to realize the promises of God. The two faiths are:
If everyone were trained by the Holy Spirit, and truly appointed by the Holy Spirit, there would be only one faith; instead everyone is trained by men and appointed by men who were without the Holy Spirit's training or appointment. Different men, different opinions as to meaning of scriptures, different faiths — and so no true faith.
Just like there is only one Lord, there is only one baptism. The one baptism is:
I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance. But he who comes after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit, and with fire. Whose fan is in his hand, and he will thoroughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the garner; but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire. Mat 3:11-12.
The Lord separates the wheat from the chaff, the precious from the vile. The wheat is the words of life that he has spoken to you, which words are grafted into your heart to form Christ within; the chaff is your selfish, sinful nature of its lusts, affections, and pride, which after separation is then burnt to oblivion by the devouring fire and everlasting burnings of Jesus, the pure word of life, which is fire. The baptism of the Holy Spirit is the baptism of fire at the conclusion of the journey to the kingdom:
Thus creating a cleansed, purified individual, to then enter the kingdom of God. Until man obtains the purifying, miraculous grace of God to cleanse his heart, he cannot be in the company of, or pleasing to, God. This baptism occurs after a man has crucified his selfish, sinful nature on the inward cross of self-denial. This baptism by fire, the baptism of death to the selfish nature of man, is the one baptism needed: one Lord, one faith, one baptism, Eph 4:5.
This is end of your fleshly self, as Christ comes and slays the residual spirit of Satan within you by the brightness of his coming, by the words of his mouth, by his crushing the head of Satan under your feet. Rom 16:20,Gen 3:15. This is the final judgment; the true baptism of the Holy Spirit into the death of Christ; the sharing of his death. Jesus is then resurrected in you to be your true Lord; 2 Cor4:14,Col2:11-12,3:1, Eph 2:6; who orders all your words and deeds, which deeds are works to show the love and power of God to the world.
The journey of faith to the baptism of death, (which is the one true baptism), is not a short journey , nor is it accomplished by asking or praying for it; it only occurs after you have: waited on the Lord, heard his many spoken-to-you reproofs, consistently obeyed his many commands that you hear him speak to you, died daily on the inward cross of self-denial, suffered many trials and tribulations, and endured with patience and persistence to the end.
2 One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all. God .. is not far from each one of us, for in him we live and move and have our being, (Acts 17:27-28) — but we are not aware of this, because we are in a lower physical dimension. And the Kingdom of God is within and around us. Luke 17:20-21. It is a parallel dimension, sharing the same physical space. Don't you know that you yourselves are God's temple and that God's Spirit lives in you? 1 Cor 3:16. And Christ is in us too: Do you not know yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you are disqualified. 2 Cor 13:5. For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, has shined in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. 2 cor 4:6. Christ in you, the hope of Glory. Col 1:27.
"The Father is in you all, Christ is in you, and the Kingdom of Heaven is in you; there, in your hearts, is where you will find them all. Know him there searching your hearts, and find him there trying your minds and hearts; incline your ears, and give ear to him there, who will render to everyone of you according to your words and works whether they are good or evil," (by George Fox). BE STILL AND KNOW THAT I AM GOD. Psalm 46:10.
This is in agreement with the scripture: "Yet for us there is only one God, the Father, from whom all things exist, and for whom we exist; and one Lord, Jesus Christ, by whom all things are made, by and through whom we exist." 1 Cor 8:6. Quantum physics has recently discovered that the entire world is an illusion; that there is no material world like science previously thought. Instead atoms, previously thought to be the basic material building block, are known to made up of tornado-like vortexes of energy; and energy is considered to be spirit. God is light. God is a consuming fire. God is a spirit. Below are more scriptures that show the truth of everything being created and existing within God: (for everything is energy, not the illusion of matter or substance).
He has made from one blood all nations of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined the allotted times and the boundaries of their habitation; So that they should seek the Lord, and perhaps might feel after him and find him, though he is not far from every one of us. For in him we live and move, and have our being; Acts 17:26-28
Can anyone hide himself in secret places so that I will not see him?" says the Lord. "Do I not fill the heavens and earth?" says the Lord. Jer 23:24
Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free, but Christ is all and in all. Col 3:11
Now since the entire universe is made up of subatomic vortexes of God or energy, then God is in control of anything He so desires. We know as it is written, all things work together for good, for those who love God and are called according to his purpose, Rom 8:28; and because we keep his commands, he knows we love him, John 14:23. So we know that everything that happens to us has been willed by God, to help us grow, and we have a peace that is based on the love of God to us. We can cast all of our worries and fears upon him, 1 Peter 5:7, and depend on him to work everything out to our benefit. We have confidence that he is working for us, even when we can't see how it is happening; we know he controls the whole universe, and to work our life to his union, is effortless for him.
3 Now he who ascended, what does it mean but that he first descended into lower parts, the earth? The interpretation of the verse is a classic case of how sects are created in Christianity, now 41,000 and growing. The so-called Apostles' Creed, invented 350 years after their death, says that Jesus descended into Hell, and if you don't believe that, you are a non-believer. But suppose I have a new understanding that what this verse really says is that Jesus ascended into heaven just like He, the Son of God who created all the worlds and the heavens, descended into lower parts, (the earth), by forsaking all His heavenly glory and dignity to take on the body of a humble man on the earth destined to be crucified, Phil 2:6-8.
Suppose I then begin preaching that new understanding as a very important truth, and I draw many to become a new sect, (naturally with me as the leader), which the devil is eager to assist in occurring because it would be just another of his many duped addresses in Babylon; and the more confusion the devil can create, the less probability anyone finds the true way.
But what difference does it make to anyone's salvation? NONE! Its interpretation is completely unrelated, irrelevant, and immaterial to the need for one to walk in the steps of faith to crucify their sinful nature on the inward cross of self-denial; and it only serves to turn aside the just from the true way.
Anyone who attempts to tout a new truth such as this, which is irrelevant to the task at hand for all to complete, should be rebuked by one with sufficient maturity to do so with the words of the Lord.
(As a postscript, consider how this verse's interpretation of Jesus's descent into Hell is a key element in the so-called Apostles' Creed, which shows the Apostles' Creed is completely unrelated, irrelevant, and immaterial to being or becoming a Christian; it would be more accurately labeled, the Apostates' Creed of rote ritual, a facade of the form of godliness without power.)
4 he appointed [gave gifts with his authority to] some as apostles; and some as prophets; and some as evangelists; and some as pastors and teachers; for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ; Note! the Holy Spirit appoints [gifts] preachers and teachers. Those people who think they are "called" to be teachers and preachers are self-appointed, unless 1) they are first taught and trained by the Holy Sprit, and 2) specifically authorized by the Holy Sprit, telling them with exact words heard from within their heart, such as: "you are now a teacher," or "go forth and preach repentance with remission of sins;" then to be specifically sent and preach only words heard from the Spirit immediately before speaking.
Note! The purpose of these gifts of office is for the perfecting of the saints, and unless a minister or teacher has first been made perfect by the changing powerful grace of God to have been delivered from sin, then it is impossible for him to be a part of the perfecting of the saints. Any minister who denies perfection is a false prophet and denies the scriptures; by denying the possibility of perfection, they are denying Jesus as Lord and Master. Jesus told us that an unperfected minister was a blind guide — whom he also said to leave them.
Further, until a man's selfish, evil spirit has been crucified on the inward cross of self-denial, his carnal mind, which is enmity with God, is still alive; and every word spoken about God by the carnal mind is spoken in vanity.
Even Jesus did not judge, speak, or act without the Spirit's specific prompting. As Jesus said:
Any man who speaks of God or Christ without the Spirit's specifically supplied words is seeking his own glory,
and he is estimating himself to be greater than Christ, for Christ said: The disciple is not above his master, but everyone who is perfect [purified, restored to the spiritual image of God, specifically authorized, and perfected] will be like his master. Luke 6:40.
If you are speaking and/or working for God without being specifically ordered in each and every word and action, you are essentially claiming that your own words and deeds are superior to what Jesus' might have been if he had made his own decisions about what to say and do.
The preachers of Christendom stand condemned for seeking their own glory and then accepting pay for their worthless words; when to even charge for true words of life like Balaam, spoken from the spirit of God, is expressly forbidden by Paul, Peter and Jesus. Seeking their own glory, the preachers of Christendom speak from their carnal minds, the nature of death, and preach their vain opinions from the imagination of their evil hearts. The ministers of Christendom are ministers of Babylon, having sold their congregations to destruction in their blind teachings while collecting money for their lies — true treachery. The ministers of Christendom are: not taught by the Lord's voice and light, not perfected by the Lord, not gifted with an authorized ministry, not sent by the Lord, and not speaking words from the Spirit of the Lord; rather they speak from their carnal minds, the nature of death, and preach their vain opinions from the imagination of their evil hearts. These ministers of Satan's Babylon masquerade as ministers of righteousness, themselves fooled to believe they are ministers of Christ.
Jesus said the false prophets in sheep's clothing would come. John said the antichrists and false apostles had come and had gone out from among them. Peter saw the false teachers had come. Paul and Jude saw the false apostles had come, and warned the brothers night and day for three years of more coming. And in Revelation, John saw where the whole world was to go after the false prophets and the false church, which occurred shortly afterwards. The false church is Revelation's whore of Babylon, riding the beast of many names [41,000 sects in Christendom], with horns like a lamb [that resembles the true church], but who speaks like a dragon [men speaking from their carnal minds, which is enmity with God, and their vain opinions from their evil imaginations] instead of speaking words supplied by the Holy Spirit, as Jesus and the Apostles did.
From the Word of the Lord within:
Patiently we wait for God's instructions. The godly wait for my instructions for many things shall I come want done. To serve without hearing is putting your life in danger. God, save us from the sayings of our mouth. A word spoken from the Spirit requires you to hear what the Spirit says to you. All and only words from Him are to be spoken; the purpose is to prevent anyone from going out without authority, which you can see creates problems. Regarding those who run ahead: they are abandoned with cruel, hard knocks. Those who take directed action will save theirs and others' lives. If told what to pray for, they can be extremely effective; to pray as heard — righteous expectation. Master following. Everyone hear what the Spirit says; this you do. You do as God has directed and only that; we do as He tells us.
5 Until we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ; Note! the result of the ministry: evangelists, teachers, pastors is to bring everyone to 1) the unity of the faith, 2) knowledge of the Son of God, which only comes by revelation, (seeing and hearing Him), 3) to become a perfect man, and 4) to the fullness of Christ. Any ministry that does not result in the perfection of the saints, that does not result in perfect men and women, that does not result in men and women receiving the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ; such a ministry is a ministry of Satan, whose ministers have transformed themselves to appear as ministers of righteousness. And no wonder, for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers are also transformed [masquerading] as the ministers of righteousness; whose end will be according to their works. 2 Cor 11:14-16. To understand how far in the ditch Christendom is, consider that there are 41,000 sects in Christendom, which totally defies the purpose of the Holy Spirit — to have all come in the unity of the faith.
6 But you have learned differently from Christ; assuming you have actually heard Him and have been taught by Him, as the truth is in Jesus. Note! Paul says you must have learned from Christ Himself; you must have heard from Jesus and been taught by Jesus. Because Jesus Christ is the same, yesterday, today, and forever, Heb 13:8, and because He spoke to the early church, He still speaks now. Those who say the Bible is a closed book and that God no longer speaks to us are proved wrong by the Bible they claim is their source of truth, which is contrary to this verse too: as the truth is in Jesus. They can't hear because they are teaching insidious errors.
Today if you hear His voice, do not harden your hearts. Heb 12:25. To hear Him, to be taught by Him, to be cleansed by Him, you must go to Him directly, (which is not reading the Bible), by persistently and patiently sitting in humble silence as you wait on Him, listening for His words, watching for His revelations, hearing, and then obeying whatever He commands. Doing this daily is picking up your cross and following (obeying) Him. Each word you hear from Him imparts the life of God to you; each word you hear reveals truth; each word your hear forms Christ within you; until He is fully formed and resurrected in you to be your ruling Lord of all your thoughts, words, and deeds — then you are righteous because everything you do is directed by God, perfect, pure and right.
7 Strip yourselves of your former nature that controlled your conduct, which corrupts itself through lusts and desires that spring from delusion; For if you live after the flesh, you will die; but if through the Spirit you mortify [put to death] the deeds of the body, you will live. Rom 8:13. Therefore mortify [put to death] the deeds of the body which are of the earthly life; fornication, impurity, inordinate affections, evil lusts of the flesh, and covetousness, which is idolatry. Col 3:5. Those who belong to Christ have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires [lusts and affections]. Gal 5:24. The cross is to humbly get quiet to listen for his word within your heart, then you must wait to hear Him, and then you must obey Him. Crucifixion of your lusts and desires occurs by obeying the Lord's voice instead of your will (His will, not your will); this is to deny yourself and pick up your cross and follow Jesus.]
your conduct, which corrupts itself through lusts and desires that spring from delusion. Lust is a delusion, originally fostered by the devil. You lust for something because you think it is good, (like Eve was fooled by the devil that the fruit from the tree of knowledge would make her wise, and was good to the eye), and will make you happy. We are sold by word of mouth and advertising that if we had a new house, a new car, a new dress, a new cell phone, a vacation in Hawaii, a drink, a drug, a body, a special food, a special drink — if only we had this or that we would be happy; but then we get it, and immediately focus our attention on getting something else for satisfaction. The continual barrage of deluding temptations are fostered by the Spirit of Satan; by their lying promise, they create lust for something, which is delusion. There is no satisfaction in this life, until you join with the life of God; he is lasting satisfaction, eternal peace and joy. The joys of the earth are transitory, but the joy in the kingdom is eternal. The pleasures of the earth are not filling, and only create the hunger for more. Some people never stop to realize that however much they get, happy to be still looking for something more, expecting the world to provide it; to those the Lord said: woe to you who are full! For you shall hunger. Luke 6:25; if you are content with ever seeking the things and pleasures of the world, you will be very discontent in the next life. From the Word of the Lord within: "Most people go through life never needing, never seeking a lasting solution; after death there is a sense of regret over their life."
And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; And put on the newly created nature [of Christ], which is created in God's image of true righteousness and holiness. Note! Paul is telling us that salvation is to be renewed into the image of God, like Adam was in before he fell, and which results in true righteousness and holiness.
8 The Holy Spirit of God, by whom you are sealed unto the day of redemption. The seal of the Holy spirit is the down payment of the final promise -the union that is to come. See the Interim Reward for more. When you have suffered awhile in crucifixion and pass the test(s), Christ will give you more of his Spirit, Oh! Joyous day! That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ. In whom you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, [the word of truth is not a book], the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after you believed, you were sealed with the holy Spirit of promise. Eph 1:12-13. Here is where we hear the good news of our salvation to come and receive the Holy Spirit of promise. The Holy Spirit is given by God to those who obey Him. Acts 5:32. But notice. The day of redemption has not yet come, even with the Interim Reward or the Seal of the Spirit.
The day of redemption is when the Lord appears in glory to be resurrected within your heart and when you become a new creature. George Fox writes of when you are mortified, redeemed, sanctified, and justified, in his writing, The Great Mystery of the Great Whore Unfolded:
"Men are justified by the believing, and in the faith and by the faith, and in believing they overcome, and have victory; and there are mortification, and sanctification, and redemption, and justification, all possessed together in the one, which is Christ, and this to the particular satisfaction. "
Clearly in the above, Fox is referring to the second stage of perfection.
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