Where He is.
“God Who said, “Out of darkness Light shall shine, has shone…”
“…in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.” 2Cor. 4:6. LITV.
Where did Paul know Jesus to be revealed?
“When God was pleased, He having separated me from my mother’s womb, and having called me through His grace, to reveal His Son in me, that I might preach Him among the nations, immediately I did not confer with flesh and blood” Gal. 1:11-16 LITV.
He is in your heart. He is your Spirit.
“When He comes to be glorified in His saints, and to be admired in all those who believe in that Day” 2 Thessalonians. 1:6.
Where did Peter say we should look to see His coming. He writes:
“We have the prophetic Word more fully confirmed, to which you will do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the Morning Star rises in your hearts” 2 Peter 1:19 ESV.
Where did John see the revealed Christ?
“And I turned to see the voice that spake with me. And being turned, I saw seven golden candlesticks; And in the midst of the seven candlesticks One like unto The Son of Man” (Rev.1:12-16)
John saw Him “in the midst” of the Churches, This is just as the prophets said it would be.
“Sing and rejoice, O daughter of Zion, for Behold, I come and I will dwell in the midst of you declares YHWH your God” Zechariah 2:10.
Jesus Himself has told us that world will not see His presence, but to believers he says “you will see me.”
“Yet a little while and the world will see me no more, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. “In that day you will know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and
I in you” Jn. 14:19-20 see also Jn 16:16-19.
Jesus plainly taught that,
“The kingdom of God is not coming in ways that can be observed, neither will they say, ‘Look, here it is!’ or ‘There!’ For behold, the kingdom of God is in within you.” Luke 17:22.
Therefore the seeing of faith is by revelation, this kind of knowing is the foundation of the Church, and it cannot be experienced by the seeing of “flesh and blood,” He said,
“Flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven”. Mt. 16:17.
The return of Christ is concealed to the Adamic man. His appearing in your heart comes as “a thief in the night”, because His unveiling is an inconspicuous experience. It is as intimate as the consummation of the marriage of Lamb. So it is written
“Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, neither has it entered into the heart of man, the things which God has prepared for them that love him. But God HAS revealed them unto us by His Spirit” (1Cor. 2:9-10).
It is so sad that the religious mind is so ignorant of Christ that it uses this same passage of scripture to sing an unbelieving declaration that “we can only imagine” what God HAS revealed unto us. It is a false worship of a soulish christianity, that finds itself in the same condition as the Old Covanant worshiper. Holding to an unfulfilled external expectation of His coming in the flesh. Those who have yet to experience a spiritual appearing are clinging to an outward carnal expectation. For example:
“Behold, He is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see Him” Rev. 1:7.
The natural mind has twisted these words into a false hope that directly contradicts the meaning of all these scriptures. This tangible coming was fulfilled a very long time ago, albeit in a very different form than so many assume. When it is said “every eye will see Him” we should not forget that His coming was with the obscurity of “clouds”. Every eye did see Him come, and destroy the temple. As it is written,
“Set the trumpet to thy mouth. He shall come as an eagle against the house of the LORD, because they have transgressed my covenant, and trespassed against my law” (Hosea 8:1).
When the Romans came into the temple, having already been set on fire by the Jews themselves, they quickly set up their ensign, an idol in the form of an eagle, over against the eastern gate in and offered sacrifices to it (see Josephus War, b. vi. chap. 6,). This external apocalypse was fulfilled long ago. It was about an external judgment on those who did not obey the Gospel. The natural eyes of “all nations” saw Him. As it was written,
“And thou shalt become an astonishment, a proverb, and a byword, among all nations whither the LORD shall lead thee.” (Deut.28:37)…“Even all nations shall say, Wherefore hath the LORD done thus unto this land? What does it mean? The heat of this great anger? Then men shall say, Because they have forsaken the covenant of the LORD God of their fathers” (Deut 29:24-25)
The early Church believed that His coming was already fulfilled and wrote these things down for our benifit. This view of a continual advent of Christ comes from the earliest traditions of Christianity. This was the teaching of the Church in the second century. For example Origen the Bishop of Alexandria (185-254 A.D.) taught an internal Apocalypse for believers. He said,
“He comes everyday with great power to the heart of the believer in the clouds of prophecy, that is, in the Scriptures of the Prophets and Apostles who utter the word of God with a meaning above human nature. Also we say that to those who understand, He comes with great glory, and that this is the mole to be seen in the second coming of the Word which is to the perfect. And so it may be, that which all three evangelists (Mt, Mk, Lk.) have said concerning Christ’s coming, if carefully compared together and thoroughly examined would be found to apply to His continual daily coming in His Body which is the Church, of which He said in another place, ‘from now on you shall see the Son of Man sitting on the right hand of the power of God, and coming in the clouds of heaven” (Aquinas Catena Matt. 24:30).
Just as they have said I am telling you that God has called you to know the return of Jesus Christ by faith and not by sight. God’s will for His people has always been for us to come to an inward apocalypse so that we will never experience an external apocalypse. Another verse so often twisted into to rejecting His coming by faith is,
“Why do you stand looking into heaven? This Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw Him go into heaven” Acts. 1:11
Assuming that this can only mean that natural sight will witness a future physical coming of Jesus, very few will pause at the question, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into heaven? The question was asked because the sky is the wrong place to be looking for Jesus’ return. And the manner of His ascension was never about His flying up into the sky like superman. We are not to be looking up in the sky for a flying Jesus. Because we are to be looking for His appearing in our hearts.
Ascending into a cloud was a specific fulfillment of the rituals of the High Priest. Once a year the High Priest would ascend into the Holiest in a cloud of incense. The manner of His ascension was in fulfillment of the Law of Moses. And the manner of His return is in fulfillment of the same ministry. The next time the High priest was seen by the people he wore the white linen ephod “no more”. When Jesus ascend into a cloud the ministry of Christ became Spiritual ministry. The ministry of Christ is fleshly “no more”. As in,
“the world will see me no more”- Jesus Jn. 14:19.
“Though we have known Christ according to the flesh, yet from now on we know Him so no more” – Paul 2 Cor. 5:13 ELT.
The white garment represented Jesus as the Last Adam. That first creation had “waxed old like a garment; as a robe Thou changes them, and they have been changed” Ps 102:26. Now He has put on a heavenly Jerusalem in garments of beauty and Glory. These garments represented the Person of the Resurrection, “One New Man,” Eph. 2:15 IN Christ. Jesus, the Head, and God’s people are His Body. Just as twelve tribes were depicted in the breastplate of Judgment, Spiritual Israel is defined in the body of the Great High priest. As it is written,
“Isreal is my Son, even my firstborn (Ex. 4:22).
The New Jerusalem is His increase, the Church. If you compare Ex. 28:17-21 with Rev. 21:16,20-22. You will understand that the Church is the New Jerusalem now, because she is defined as the Body of the Great High priest. The Church is Christ Himself. In Him she is more precious than jewels. She is His own Body. “flesh of His flesh and bone of His bones”. As it is written,
“Lift up round about thine eyes and see, All of them have been gathered, They have come to You. I live, says YHWH. Surely all of them as an ornament You put on, And you bind them on like a bride.” (Isaiah 49:18 YLT)
This Jesus”… “will come in the same way as you saw Him go into heaven” Acts. 1:11, is about how His return is to be seen as the fulfillment of the High Priest, that is, after he had appeared in the presence of God for us, then he returned out from the holy of holies, changed his clothes, and then he appeared to the people, so God’s people could see what God now sees. That is now all of God’s people are in Christ. We have been gathered into the perfection of “the Second” Man “without sin, unto salvation” see Heb. 9:28.
Through eyes of faith we know that we all have been gathered into Jesus. Then in the light of His day we..
“know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you” Jn. 14:19-20.
In Hebrews the concordant Literal translation says,
“Christ also, being offered once for the bearing of the sins of many, will be seen a second time, by those awaiting Him, apart from sin, for salvation, through faith.” Heb. 9:28 CLV.
The two words, “by faith” have been omitted from almost all of your modern Bibles. It was first removed from the Codex Sinaiticus and the copiers of later manuscripts blindly followed suit. Even though two out of three of the oldest Greek manuscripts tell us that “unto those that look for Him, He will seen, the Second” Covenant, “by faith.”
I expect modern reform theologians would have picked up on this if they only believed that the holy Spirit still deals with God’s people by revelation. The sad fact is that the Church is now crippled by an unbelief in the presence Jesus Christ. The return of Christ will never end faith and begin a dispensation of pure law, as the dispensensationalist religion teaches. The fact that this idea isn’t laughed out of our Assemblies should be enough cause for a wake up call. Your relationship with God is one that is of Grace through faith. This is no temporary relationship, it is just as eternal as Hope and Love. The seeing of faith is part of spiritual faculties that God has called to be exercising in this world, see Hebrews 5:14.
Hear what the Spirit is saying to the Church:
“Set your hope completely on the grace that will be brought to you in the revelation of Jesus Christ”. 1 Peter 1:13 ELT.
Seeing Jesus as He is, is seeing Grace.
Grace thru faith remains eternal.
The answer has never been to adopt a more consistent or logical interpretation. The answer is seeing and knowing Jesus Christ revealed in you. Then you will be persuaded of God that the hope of the true Church has never been set on an external Apocalypse. It has been on knowing the Person of the Truth by revelation knowledge, as it is written,
“Having been hidden from the ages and from the generations, but now is revealed to His saints; to whom God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the nations, Who is Christ in you, the hope of glory”Col.1:26-27 LITV.
His light shows us God has never wanted man to muster our fleshly energies to try to please God. In view of Him we see that our own works have never made us pleasing to God. Following Jesus in His death and resurrection is about finding our end in Him, and accepting Jesus as your eternal Life and in Him you already have a perfect relationship with God. When we perceive the words of Jesus in the light of the Truth we begin to understand Jesus is calling us to a specific kind of obedience. That is, an obedience of waiting on the Lord until He appears. There is nothing shallow about the mind of Christ in this. Before the wise man could build anything, he “dug and went deep” (Lk. 6:48). The foundation that Jesus is, must be revealed before anything can be built of Him, or it will come down. This foundation is Jesus himself. When Jesus asked them Who do you say that I am? Peter said,
“You are the Christ, the Son of the living God. And answering, Jesus said to him, ‘Blessed are you, Simon, son of Jonah, for flesh and blood did not reveal Me to you, but My Father in Heaven. And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My Church, and the gates of Hell will not prevail against her” Mt. 16:16-18.
The rock is Christ unveiled. Eternal Life is more than Christ in you, it is knowing Him. Of course the foundation is Christ, but there is more than just having His presence in you. There is knowing Him, and being taught by Him.
What value is keeping an unopened gift?
When the gift is Jesus Christ Himself, it is of great value. Because He is in you, the Father does not relate with you, but with His Son Who is in you. So you are already blameless in Him. And this is the grace of God in Christ. When Paul writes,
“You are not lacking in any gift, while you wait for the revelation of our Lord, Jesus Christ, Who also will confirm you until the end, blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ” 1 Cor. 1:8.
“May the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole Spirit and soul and body remain blameless in the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ” 1 Thess. 5:23.
Because You have the presence of Christ in you you are already blameless before God, But is more than just having Christ. There is knowing Him in the Spirit. In seeing Jesus, we are made free from self, and the false worship of a self help christianity. We are made free of trying to please God by our own fleshly energies. Because in seeing the real Jesus we see the Life that pleases God. You see Him as Your Life, see Col. 3:3. And its not you It is Christ, See Gal. 2:20. Jesus is your Spirit; He is your core. Seeing Him is freedom from external religion because it is His presence that has already made you clean, and perfect. His coming is the end of the attainment of the flesh. And that why we don’t preach ourselves: that is, our own righteousness, or us becoming anything, but Jesus Christ is already our everything.
“For we Do not preach ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, with ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake. For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ” 2 Cor. 4:5-6.