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Chapter Three

Returning Back to Our Origin
Before we begin anything, let’s first lay out what is one of the most important truths that you could ever experience. And that is, to understand the fact that the Bible, as elevated as it is in so many religious circles, when all is said and done, it is not supposed to be taken literally in it’s final form. In fact, unless you have a mind with an eastern culture background, you will never begin to understand it’s implications in the first place. Even the Jews, with all their rich cultural background are blind to the Spirit of the Word due to their tedious study of the literal letter of every word.

You will never understand that Revelation is actually based on the temple of Moses. You would never see that the temple of Moses is built from the frame work of the body of Christ. You would also never see that you, every man, woman, and child on earth, we all have the exact same pattern of Christ in us, his spiritual DNA as it were, we’re just out of order. And as a result, our understanding of who we are is cut off. If anything, you are about to experience, the restoration of order in your own life.

HOW TO READ THE BIBLE ACCURATELY

Natural= Historical account, Literal and physical stories of events.

Moral= Applying the principles of the stories to your life today

Spiritual= The picture of the nature of Christ beneath the surface of the story.

KNOW the natural story
APPLY the moral principle
PURSUE the spiritual truth
It’s all about the Spirit

Hebrews 13:8
Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.

A simple verse, yet in it is the key to reading the entire Bible. It’s connected to what Christ told John as he was making ready to document what he was about to see in this wonderful “Revelation of Jesus Christ” from which the traditional religions have perverted and turned into a book of doom and gloom. But John was given the same key before writing the book. With this key, the entire Bible will have a completely new meaning to you. Doors of spiritual truth will begin to open to you so much so that it will truly shut down your mind.

Revelation 1
8I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty

Know, Apply, Pursue
Over lap this verse with Hebrews 13:8 and you’ll see a pattern there. “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, (which was) today, (which is) and forever (which is to come). There are many biblical schools with various versions of how you should study the Bible, but the truth is, the instructions as to how to read the Bible, are in the Bible. It is a book that was meant to be taken literal, to those who it was written to “then”. It had a moral application that worked both then and now and that’s also important to see and live your life by. But our focus is to go beyond the natural, and go beyond the moral, and venture out into the spiritual. Know the historical value of Scripture. Apply it’s moral principles to your personal life. But most importantly, pursue the spiritual truth that lies beneath.

One of the most common questions asked by people is, “Why are there so many different denominations and belief systems?” The answer to that is a simple one, but it also opens many other doors of explanation. A quick answer is, because it’s a spiritual truth that’s being interpreted with natural logic. The Bible was never intended to be read the way it’s been taught to us to read. Like it’s creator, it’s a dimensional book. There are different levels of understanding in reading this book. Natural, or historical; moral, and then spiritual. We’re not to emphasize the natural, neither are we to emphasize the moral. Both are important, but both are preparational by nature to lead us into the latter, the spiritual.

Romans 8
1There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. 2For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. 3For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: 4That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. 5For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. 6For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.

7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.

8So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God. 9But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his. 10And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. 11But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you. 12Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh. 13For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live. 14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. 15For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. 16 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: 17And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together. 18For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. 19For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God.

Galatians 5
16This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.
17For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would. 18 But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law. 19Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, 20Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, 21Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. 22But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, 23Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. 24And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. 25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.

The Order of Truth
There is an order to God’s authority and power becoming dominant in you. It begins with a natural story that carries a moral truth. You can’t gain the moral value if you don’t know the natural story that illuminates it. You won’t gain any moral principles if you don’t first read the Scripture and get the stories down in your head. One is just as important as the other, yet neither are the goal, they are simply the necessary steps that lead you into the spiritual truth. This course is not to dwell on the natural or the moral, it is highly likely that you’ve gotten plenty of the natural and moral teachings of Scripture already, otherwise, you wouldn’t be here where you are now. No, this course is to illuminate the spiritual truth that lies beneath.

Jesus wasn’t telling Peter he was going to build a natural church upon a natural rock. He was telling Peter that the church he was building was one of a spiritual nature, not a natural one. It’s all about the spirit. And Peter wasn’t the one to do the building, but Christ was doing it “in” Peter. We are called to live in the spirit, to walk in the spirit. Scripture has gone to great lengths to explain the pitfalls of those who choose not to pay attention to this. Note that the confrontations that Jesus had was never with the sinners, but always with the religious.

You can’t ask a sinner to walk in the spirit because they haven’t even gone through the door of life in Christ yet. But it’s the religious that have taken the word of God and made it of no effect by establishing their traditions from the word of life. (Mark 7:13) What tradition effectively does is, it establishes boundaries to keep you in a particular belief system, instead of freeing you, it binds you. Through the boundaries of what you were taught you should believe, you are limited to what you can receive from God. They are all simply laws of men to control those that are the children of God. Those who live according to law can never find the freedom of grace.

Galatians 5:4
Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace. (See also Romans 4:14)



It’s Not About Blaming Denominations
It is true that the actual definition of “denomination” actually is “dividing of the nations”. And there are many who rely to much on the power of a denomination rather than the freedom of Christ. But let’s not assume that this is all a ploy to degrade denominational churches. The truth is, there are nondenominational churches that just as confining and rigid in their belief systems as the denominational ones. This is not even an attack against organized denominations at all. This is simply saying that our limited mindsets, try as we have, that attempt to bring order to life, have only accomplished establishing religion. There is nothing bad about churches built and operating on programs and seminars. The concern comes when they become belligerent toward any other line of thought.

Acts 18
24And a certain Jew named Apollos, born at Alexandria, an eloquent man, and mighty in the scriptures, came to Ephesus. 25This man was instructed in the way of the Lord; and being fervent in the spirit, he spake and taught diligently the things of the Lord, knowing only the baptism of John. 26And he began to speak boldly in the synagogue: whom when Aquila and Priscilla had heard, they took him unto them, and expounded unto him the way of God more perfectly. 27And when he was disposed to pass into Achaia, the brethren wrote, exhorting the disciples to receive him: who, when he was come, helped them much which had believed through grace: 28For he mightily convinced the Jews, and that publicly, shewing by the scriptures that Jesus was Christ.

Apollos, Called And Chosen
The stories in Scripture are not written randomly without specific reason. There are principles of truth beneath every one of them and this one is no exception. It is a perfect example of the true nature of Christ manifesting in the body of Christ. How many churches would have this sort of reaction to this type of experience today? How many denominations would be as open to allow someone to take them aside and explain to them, not that what they teach is wrong, as much as what they teach is incomplete. The emphasis of the church has always been on works. You are measured by your attendance, your tithe, your ministry, your actions. But if you are pursuing the spirit of truth and not the moral value of truth, you will find that it doesn’t come through works or schooling, it comes through simple faith.

Unified Differences
Back to the original question, why are there so many different denominations and belief systems in the world? It’s again, because they’ve taken a spiritual truth, and tried to apply it with a natural mind. They didn’t get the whole truth through what Jesus claimed was the main building material, by a spiritual revealing from God through their relationship with God. But instead, it came through one man teaching to another, who then taught it to another and so on, each adding a little personality and commentary until the truth became so unrecognizable that the church has accepted a counterfeit while rejecting the authentic.

You will see the meaning of these statements as we continue on. This is all still part of removing the earth and leveling the field in order to build his kingdom in you. If we are truly one body of believers that we claim to be then we must realize that to achieve that, we must all be of one spirit as well. But it doesn’t take any time at all to realize that one denomination does not at all accept the opinions of another denomination, which is why there are denominations in the first place. The actual definition for the word “denomination” simply means “a dividing of the nations.”

It’s rather ironic that the religious believer will adamantly claim their allegiance to oneness, while at the same time, defend the necessity of allegiance for their particular denomination. Truth does not need to be defended. It will stand on it’s own. Our role is to align ourselves with truth and simply stand with it. The true purpose for a church is so that we can truly come into unity with each other by assembling together with those that believe in Christ.

It’s not about everyone being in agreement. In fact, true assembling, is not about gathering together in one place. It’s really all about different parts, connecting one to another and making one complete body. Just like a jigsaw puzzle, we are actually fitted together. One piece has an extruding part, the other is an intruding. Both in and of themselves, are opposites of each other. Yet they were made to be that way in order to be tightly fitted to each other. We’re actually “supposed” to be different from each other. It’s not our minds that unify us, but it’s the Spirit.

The church is focused on unifying the mind, but calling it spiritual oneness. But if we were all the same, we can’t be fitted together as one body. It would be tragically imbalanced. Instead of attempting to conform each other’s differences, we need to embrace those differences in order to see the balance of God’s will in our lives. Division brings defeat, not dominion. Walk in the spirit. Where the Spirit is, there is liberty, not enforced conformity. If we’re to conform to anything, it’s to the nature of Christ, which is in us. Conforming to a religious belief system will only keep you from experiencing endless freedom in Christ.

Establishing a New Kingdom in a Free Land
As we begin to break this down, let’s go back to where God was when he first led Israel out of their bondage. When they finally were released by Pharaoh, that was just a preparation of God, breaking down the godless belief systems of Egypt that kept his chosen nation from experiencing the freedom of his nature. It’s a pattern that never changes.

That’s why it’s important that you allow the Holy Spirit to begin breaking down the mindsets and belief systems that have been built in your own life so that the playing field will once again be level for a foundation of truth to begin being constructed in you. The first thing God did with the children of Israel, was he broke down their strongholds before he began to build. Once he destroyed the powers that kept them in bondage, he then began to construct an image of his Son the same way that we just read about with Jesus and Peter. Construction begins through revelation from the Father.

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