We went kayaking on the Buffalo River yesterday. And in getting ready my daughter was searching for a lunch box. And she was asking others if they had seen it. But no one could imagine which lunch box it was. So she went into a detailed description about it. It was small. It had a certain picture on it, etc. Any way, no one seemed to be able to think of which lunch box she was looking for. So Gnomey gave up on explaining and continued her searching until she found it.
When she found it. She showed it to everyone. When we saw it then everyone understood all her words. Judith even said something like “now that I see it, I know exactly what you were describing”. As if to admit that there was nothing wrong with her words at all. The only real solution was seeing the object.
I thought it was a good illustration for how scripture relate to the appearing of Christ. Only the Lamb is worthy to open the sealed testimony.
“Now to Him who is able to establish you according to my gospel, and the proclaiming of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery having been kept secret for long ages but now has been made plain, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, and the prophetic Scriptures, made known for obedience of faith to all the nations” Rom. 16:25-26
What is the revelation of Christ?
When Paul writes about the gospel in Galatians, he told them that the good message was made known to Him by the unveiling of Jesus Christ.
“I certify you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached of me is not after man. For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ” Gal. 1:11-12 KJV.
Many assume that he was talking about when Jesus appeared to Him on the road to Damascus, but he is not describing seeing Jesus on a road here. He was telling the Church that God was pleased because of His Son, and that God was pleased “to reveal His Son IN me, so that I can preach Him” Gal 1:16.
The revelation of Christ isn’t a special revelation so that Paul could write the New Testament. All believers are to be looking for and loving His appearing by faith.
At His ascension Jesus “charged them not to leave Jerusalem, but to await the promise of the Father, which you heard of Me.” Acts. 1:4-5 LITV.
When did Jesus describe the promise of the Father?
“If you love Me, keep My commandments. And I will petition the Father, and He will give you another Comforter, that He may remain with you forever, the Spirit of Truth, whom the world cannot receive because it does not see Him nor know Him. But you know Him, for He abides with you and shall be in you. I will not leave you orphans; I am coming to you” Jn. 14:15-18 LITV.
The coming of Jesus does not only coincide with the coming of the Spirit, according to Jesus the coming of the Spirit is His coming. Notice where He said,
“I am coming to you.”
He also told us that “the world cannot receive” Him because they cannot see or know Him by sight. The Spirit of Christ in you is the coming of Salvation and to those who look for Him He is appearing as “The Second” Heb. 9:28.
The Second what?
When He appears as The Second, Jesus is seen to be The Head of a “Second Man” 1 Cor. 15:47 in opposition to “the first man Adam” 1 Cor. 15:45. And since the Old Covenant, the law, had jurisdiction over this “the man of sin”, 2 Thess. 2:3, this “One New Man” Eph. 2:15 & 4:24 is also seen to be the second covenant because “the priestly office having been changed, of necessity a change of law also occurs.” Heb. 7:12. That means Christ in you is the Second or New Covenant. The Covenant is more than words.
His Life is the New Covenant.
This of coarse is the plan meaning of the whole book of Hebrews. So when He writes,
“Unto them that look for Him shall He appear the second time without sin unto salvation.” Heb. 9:28 KJV.
He is describing the unveiling of a salvation that is already present. Take note of the word “time” here.
This passage has been all jacked up in our English Bibles. One thing that is messed up is the word “time” cannot be found in the original Greek. It has is added by translators acting as interpreters and should be crossed out of your Bible because it only futurizes the Person salvation Who is already in you.
The writer has not changed the subject to a future flesh and blood return of Jesus. He is still comparing two men and two covenants: the first and the second. And He has just establish that the finished work of Christ was the inauguration of the second.
“Now once for all, at the completion of the ages, He has been manifested for putting away of sin through the sacrifice of Himself” 9:26 LITV.
He has just established His death burial, and resurrection was the end of the ages. Jesus came first as “the last Adam” put an end to all that was of the first. And now as “One New Man” hearts are turning to know Him as the “Life giving Spirit” this is eternal, resurrection, Life, as it is written,
“The first man Adam became a living soul. The last Adam became a life-giving spirit.Howbeit that is not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; then that which is spiritual. The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second Man is the Lord from heaven” 1Cor. 15:45-47.
To say that Christ in you is “the Second” is enough. This flows together in accord with the main thought of The letter, and continues on the contextual theme of “the first” and “the second” in Hebrews. It also points toward the presence of His Person as the New Covenant.
Another problem is that two words have been omitted in most versions. “By faith” are there in the Greek in two out of three of the oldest manuscripts. The Concordant Literal has the words that reflect the original language in bold. It reads:
He “will be seen a second time by those awaiting Him, apart from sin, for salvation, through faith” Hebrews 9:28 CLV.
The writer of Hebrews has declared that His appearing as the second will be seen “through faith” not by sight.
Looking for something to happen at another “time” obscures the true meaning of the writer. The word “time” has only fabricated a false hope of a visible future event instead of pointing the Church to look to know Christ in you by faith.
The revelation of Christ is an unveiling of what God has already accomplished in Christ. And so it is in agreement with this, that Peter also taught the Church that we will not even be able to properly understand grace until we know His presence revealed.
“Hope perfectly upon the grace that is being brought to you in the revelation of Jesus Christ, as obedient children” 1 Peter 1:13-14 YLT.
Notice that the Church is taught to look expectantly as “obedient children” for the revelation of Christ. If there is an “obedience of faith” Rom. 16:26, then it follows that there is also a disobedience to faith. Our obedience is about looking to know Christ revealed in your heart as the Spirit. This to observe the One Who is invisible. This in in accord with the both the letter of scripture as well as “the Spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him” Eph. 1:17. Jesus said,
“The kingdom of God cometh not with observation: neither shall they say, Lo, here! or, There! for lo, the kingdom of God is within you.” Luke 17:20-21
The disobedience to faith is to continue to look for Jesus by sight instead of by faith. Standing there looking up at the sky instead of going to Jerusalem was an example of this disobedience.
Why else would the two men ask them,”Men, Galileans, why do you stand looking up to the heaven?” Acts 1:11?
They were being told to go on and do what you have already been told to do. Go to Jerusalem and wait on the coming of the Spirit by faith.
There is no place in the scriptures where Paul tells the Church that we should hope and pray for a vision or an external experience where we see Jesus as He was. Unfortunately Christians all over the globe have an expectation of knowing Him as He was, according to the flesh again.
“We now know no one according to flesh, but even if we have known Christ according to flesh, yet now we no longer know Him so” 2 Cor. 5:16 LITV.
Jesus is now the Life of our Spirit so we are to be knowing Him by His Spirit. In many places the Churches are exhorted to set their affections on clearly understanding the mystery of “Christ in you, the hope of glory” Col. 1:27.
This mystery is solved when your soul sees the Spirit of Jesus Christ revealed in You. When the the veil is taken up off the heart, then soul is made to see The presence of the Spirit in the heart.
Paul is describing The Revelation of Christ in second Corinthians.
“Until today, when Moses is being read, a veil lies on their heart. But whenever it turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. Ex. 34:34 And the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is , there is freedom. But we all with our face having been unveiled, having beheld the glory of the Lord in a mirror, are being changed into the same image from glory to glory, as from the Lord Spirit” 2Cor. 3:15-18 LITV.
Paul is telling us that there is veil over every heart that will not turn to the Lord to know Him as He is.
This is blindness.
Even a perfect Bible translation is no cure for blindness. I don’t say this enough. Unfortunately this veil isn’t only covering Jewish hearts reading Torah in synagogues. This veil remains over Christian hearts that refuse to turn to the Spirit of the Lord.
When is taken away off the heart then Jesus is seen in the heart.
This veil divides your soul from seeing the presence of His Spirit. In the first man, we can only see self . We see separation from God and separation from each other. Lost in this darkness self we only know isolation and nakedness. We labor and are heavy laden under the delusion that our will power and good works are the only way we can satisfy God. Until the soul sees The Spirit of Christ unveilled there is no freedom from self.
This is Pauls description of what we see when the veil is taken away.
“Now the Lord is the Spirit, Now where the Spirit of the Lord is there is freedom!” 2 Cor. 3:17 ELT.
Has it ever occurred to you how how emphatic this statement is? He uses the genuine article twice. So he isn’t saying oh, and by the way, the Lord is A spirit. No. The Lord Jesus is THE Spirit and there is none other. And Paul wrote all this is NOW! (δέ). Two times He writes “now”. After He declares that now The Lord Jesus is the Spirit, he says again, NOW He is freedom!
This is the Braveheart moment of the New Testament.
Paul has seen the glory of the Lord and He is freedom itself. And when your soul sees Him you will understand exactly what his words meant. Christ in you is God’s evidence. In seeing Him you also see that He is freedom. Now the cross has come into you and divided soul from Spirit.
Now you are free from yourself.
But in His appearing there is freedom because when you see the Spirit, you have seen the only Man God has ever been pleased with.
The pressure is off you.
It is nothing like your soul being enhanced in some way. And this is no loophole for you to live however you want to.
No man can see the Lord and live Ex. 33:20.
I have died in His appearing. When you truly see Him, His appearing is a traumatic experience in you. In His appearing the Spirit has displaced you from the core of your being.
Christ has deposed the soul from the throne of your own heart. You are no longer your own. He is now.
He is come.