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FINDING, RENEWING & ENHANCING YOUR GODLY JOY & FULFILLMENT! 

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THE VEIL
In the TEMPLE OF GOD, (in JERUSALEM) the VEIL concealed the HOLY of HOLIES which housed the “ARK of the COVENANT” & the “MERCY SEAT“, the cover/lid of the ARK.   No one could enter into the HOLY of  HOLIES (the HOLIEST part of the TEMPLE) except the HIGH PRIEST, only once a year AND only with BLOOD, the SYMBOL of ATONEMENT. Even the HIGH PRIEST, being a “human with sin”, had to be protected from the PENALTY of the LAW (DEATH) by the “foreshadowed BLOOD of CHRIST“.

#5. THE SOLUTION – OUT OF THE VOID (Part 5 of 8)

The VEIL of the TEMPLE was the “FIGURE” of the SEPARATION of Mankind from GOD, the FATHER because of SIN.  But in an ETERNAL MOMENT, CHRIST JESUS, the SON, FINISHED HIS SPIRITUAL WORK on the CROSS and HE DIED. In that moment the VEIL was RENT (torn down the middle, split in two from the top down to the bottom -or- from HEAVEN TO EARTH).

Joh 19:30  When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.
Mat 27:51  And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent;

Sin separates us from GOD

The VEIL of  SEPARATION was removed and the WAY was created by CHRIST.  The CO-OPERATIONAL ETERNAL PURPOSE of the GODHEAD was MANIFESTED.  The COVENANT of  GOD made the WAY for HIS PEOPLE to approach the THRONE of GRACE according to the ETERNAL PURPOSE which HE had PURPOSED in CHRIST our LORD and through HIS HOLY PRECIOUS ATONING BLOOD; and HIS LIFE the LAW was FULFILLED.  The DEBT was PAID in FULL!

Mat 5:17  Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.

Eph 3:11  According to the eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord:
Eph 3:12  In whom we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith of him.

THERE IS MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE ABOVE IN THE BLOGS – YOUR SPIRIT, GOD’S DIVINE COSMIC LAW, THROUGH  HEAVEN’S EYES, AND THE PERSON OF THE CHRIST.

CHRIST is the FULLNESS of the GODHEAD.

Col 2:9  For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.

FULLNESS is the translation of πλήρωμα, plḗrōma, which is generally, but not invariably, rendered “fullness” in the New Testament. Etymologically, plērōmǎ – which itself is derived from the verb pleróō, “I fill” – signifies “that which is or has been filled”; it also means “that which fills or with which a thing is filled”; then it signifies “fullness,” “a fulfilling.”

CHRIST FULFILLS the LAW and FILLS the gap between GOD and man; the promise of the FULLNESS of our JOY.

In the Gospels the word FULLNESS is translated from  (מלא, mālē’; πληρόω, plēróō, τελέω, teléō, meaning  “the fullness,” that by which a gap or rent is filled up, such as when an old garment is repaired by a patch or when there is a filling up to fullness;

Mar 6:43  And they took up twelve baskets full of the fragments, and of the fishes.
Mar 6:44  And they that did eat of the loaves were about five thousand men.

Mar 8:20  And when the seven among four thousand, how many baskets full of fragments took ye up? And they said, Seven.

It is the by the FULLNESS of CHRIST through FAITH that we derive our GODLY JOY achieved by GRACE.

Joh 1:16  And of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace.
Joh 1:17  For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.

It was the accomplishment of the WORK ORDAINED by GOD and the PERFORMANCES of LOVE, OBEDIENCE and SACRIFICE by CHRIST that FULFILLED the  COVENANT which was COMMUNED by the GODHEAD.

CHRIST descended to Earth (WAS BORN) to FULFILL the WORKS of GOD and at the completion, ASCENDED back up to GOD to bring all things under HIM.

Eph 4:10  He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.)

The FULFILLMENT was REALIZED by the SACRIFICE of CHRIST and ACTUALIZED by the SHEDDING of the HOLY SPIRIT.

Act 2:4  And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

Act 2:33  Therefore being by the right hand of God exalted, and having received of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost, he hath shed forth this, which ye now see and hear.

THE PROMISE OF POWER

It was customary for a RABBI to select his best students for further education (the other students were referred to a trade).  The selected students lived with the RABBI during their studies.

CHRIST JESUS taught the APOSTLES basically the same way. They lived and learned their ongoing religious training with HIM. They had plenty of training and practice within those three (3+) years. But there was still something they lacked to begin their Physical/Spiritual Ministry.

After  the RESURRECTION of CHRIST and after the 40 DAYS  SOJOURN with HIS FOLLOWERS, while HE was ASCENDING up to HEAVEN, HE commanded HIS APOSTLES to WAIT in JERUSALEM for the PROMISE THE HOLY GHOST/HOLY SPIRIT.  This was referred to as “the POWER from on HIGH“. 

Luk 24:49  And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high.

This was the SPIRITUAL POWER that would quicken their SPIRIT; empower; sustain, compel; encourage; teach; remind; reprove; direct, and comfort them as the need presented itself.  There is a series of articles about the HOLY SPIRIT in the Blog –  YOUR SPIRIT.  It explains the NECESSITY for the BELIEVER to have the HOLY GHOST/SPIRIT ; and the many FUNCTIONS; GIFTS; BENEFITS; and the “SEAL“.

Through the ATONING BLOOD of CHRIST and the INDWELLING HOLY SPIRIT of  GOD, HIS PEOPLE are able to approach the THRONE of GRACE (THE MERCY SEAT) for MERCY; FORGIVENESS of SIN; for POWER over SIN, and PASSAGE to GOD, the FATHER, but it is only through the HIGH PRIEST JESUS THE CHRIST and only for HIS PEOPLE.

Joh 14:6  Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

# 6. SOLUTION -THE COVENANT PROMISES (Part 6 of 8)

GOD made CHRIST a COVENANT for HIS PEOPLE,  a WAY  to RECONCILE HIS PEOPLE to HIMSELF.

Isa 49:8  Thus saith the LORD, In an acceptable time have I heard thee, and in a day of salvation have I helped thee: and I will preserve thee, and give thee for a covenant of the people, to establish the earth, to cause to inherit the desolate heritages;

Gal 3:14  That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.

CHRIST JESUS is the WAY to a NEW LIFE for GOD’S PEOPLE.  CHRIST began the DISPENSATION of GRACE and the MANIFESTATION of the COVENANT PROMISES  which included a LIFE of EXISTENCE OUT of the VOID which we can not experience or comprehend sufficiently in our present LIFE or LIFE FORM.

We need the  SUPERNATURAL POWER  of GOD’S INDWELLING HOLY SPIRIT to perceive (see), comprehend (understand), encounter (experience) or gain entry (enter) into the KINGDOM of GOD. 

1Co 2:9  But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.

1Co 2:10  But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.

1Co 13:12  For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.

WE MUST BE BORN AGAIN TO BECOME A PEOPLE OF GOD

Joh 3:3  Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
Joh 3:7  Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.

The SPIRITUAL LIFE is the beginning of the EVERLASTING LIFE with GOD which starts with Your development or enhancement of a SPIRITUAL LIFE with CHRIST RIGHT NOW!

Joh 3:16  For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life

Joh 10:10  The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.

BECOMING a PEOPLE of GOD

Rev 5:9  And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation;

When we are BORN AGAIN, we become a TEMPLE of GOD; a HABITATION for the SPIRIT of GOD.  

1Co 3:16  Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?

Eph 2:22  In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit

CHRIST came to EARTH to TEACH us about the TRUTH and the TRUE LIFE so HIS PEOPLE could have a glimpse into the KINGDOM of  GOD and through the INDWELLING HOLY SPIRIT, have a foretaste of the BEATIFIC FULLNESS OF GOD with all of HIS LIGHT, LOVE, WISDOM, HOLINESS, POWER, and GLORY

Gal 5:22  But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
Gal 5:23  Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law

Joh 17:13  And now come I to thee; and these things I speak in the world, that they might have my joy fulfilled in themselves.
Joh 16:24  Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.

# 7 FULFILLMENT & JOY- FULLNESS OF GOD  (7 of 8)

Eph 3:19  And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fullness of God.

By the FULLNESS OF GOD, we are to understand the FULL POSSESSION of all that CHRIST has to impart.   ALL of the GIFTS, through the HOLY SPIRIT; the BLESSINGS; PEACE; GRACE; JOY, LONGSUFFERING; GENTLENESS; GOODNESS; FAITH; MEEKNESS; TEMPERANCE; LOVE and ALL of the COVENANT INHERITANCE which GOD has PROMISED through the COVENANTS to give to HIS PEOPLE, the SPIRITUAL CHURCH, the DISCIPLES of CHRIST, BELIEVERS; & FOLLOWERS OF GOD, through SPIRITUAL ADOPTION.

Rom 8:15  For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.

Col 2:9  For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.
Col 2:10  And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:

The FULLNESS of MORAL, INTELLECTUAL, and SPIRITUAL PERFECTION is communicated by CHRIST to all who are united to HIM in FAITH.  As the result of the HOLY SPIRIT’S inward strengthening, CHRIST dwells in the heart, and HIS KNOWLEDGE which surpasses LOVE is known. There is no limit to SPIRITUAL EXCELLENCE when the BELIEVER is ‘to be filled unto all the FULLNESS OF GOD‘.  It is the FULLNESS of GODLY JOY!

Joh 1:16  And of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace.

ALL BELIEVERS are now FELLOW CITIZENS  with the SAINTS (the  HOUSE OF ISRAEL) – and are called to the enjoyment of equal privileges with the JEWS themselves, who were chosen by GOD to be a HOLY PEOPLE; who were bound by the COVENANT to be HOLY and therefore were often called SAINTS, or holy persons when both their hearts and conduct were RIGHT in the sight of GOD.  Therefore, the SAINTS  referred to here are the converted or “MESSIANIC (Christianized) Jews”.  (SAINTS  also refer to “DISCIPLES of CHRIST”).

Eph 2:19  Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints, and of the household of God;

Through the EMPOWERMENT of the INDWELLING HOLY SPIRIT, WORSHIP and PRACTICAL SERVICE is SPIRITUAL, ELEVATING, PURE, and GODLIKE.  When we DWELL with GOD; WALK with GOD; LIVE with GOD, WORK with GOD, and COMMUNE with GOD, we are made into the LIKENESS of  GOD.  We become partakers of the DIVINE NATURE; GODLINESS.

2Pe 1:2  Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord,
2Pe 1:3  According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:

2Pe 1:4  Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.

2Pe 1:5  And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;
2Pe 1:6  And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness;
2Pe 1:7  And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.

All of the above are examples of the COVENANT PROMISES made by the GODHEAD (consisting of the FATHER, SON, & HOLY GHOST) for the PEOPLE of the KINGDOM of GOD. 

The HOUSE OF GOD was the TEMPLE.   The TEMPLE was a TYPE/FIGURE of the SPIRITUAL  CHURCH OF CHRIST just as the TABERNACLE in the WILDERNESS was a FIGURE of the TEMPLE that was in JERUSALEM. 

In the same way the JEWS were a FIGURE of  GOD’S PEOPLE.  All genuine DISCIPLES of CHRIST, BELIEVERS and FOLLOWERS of  GOD are considered as being οικειοι, the CHILDREN of GOD ALMIGHTY, having all equal rights, privileges, and advantages; through one SPIRIT, by the sacred head of the FAMILY and now have equal access to GOD and each receives as much GRACE, JOY, PEACE, and as much FULFILLMENT and GLORY as his SOUL may possibly contain.

The CONVERSION of the JEWS, during the MINISTRY of  JOHN the BAPTIST and during and the MINISTRY of CHRIST JESUS and thereafter, is a FIGURE of the CONVERSION of ALL PEOPLE and the RECONCILIATION of ALL of MANKIND who accept the GOSPEL of GOD and the KINGDOM of HEAVEN.

Rev 7:9  After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands;

This was prefigured in the New Testament during the MINISTRY of CHRIST.

Joh 12:13  Took branches of palm trees, and went forth to meet him, and cried, Hosanna: Blessed is the King of Israel that cometh in the name of the Lord.

Joh 12:15  Fear not, daughter of Sion: behold, thy King cometh, sitting on an ass’s colt.
Joh 12:19  The Pharisees therefore said among themselves, Perceive ye how ye prevail nothing? behold, the world is gone after him.

 THE GOSPEL OF GOD; THE COVENANT PROMISES

Through the PROMISES of the COVENANT  there is no end to the MERITS of CHRIST which becomes ours; no boundaries to the MERCY, GRACE; or LOVE of GOD; and no limits to the IMPROVEMENT of the HUMAN SOUL.

There are no boundaries or limits set to the SAVING INFLUENCE and LOVE which GOD dispenses to the HEART of every BELIEVER,   FOLLOWER of GOD and the DISCIPLE of CHRIST.

Eph 3:18  May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height;
Eph 3:19  And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fullness of God.

Eph 3:20  Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,
Eph 3:21  Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.

CHRIST demonstrated the FULLNESS of GOD’S PROMISES and other SPIRITUAL PRINCIPLES of the KINGDOM of GOD/KINGDOM of HEAVEN through HIS SERMONS, PARABLES and MIRACLES.  Often, the people did not understand the MIRACLES because they were affected by sensationalism or pleasure.

Joh 6:26  Jesus answered them and said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Ye seek me, not because ye saw the miracles, but because ye did eat of the loaves, and were filled.

GOD’S PROMISES TO HIS PEOPLE

The Bible is so FULL of GOD’S PROMISES, that it is not really possible to count them all.  Some people have tried and have come up with about #3000. Others have counted #7000. Herbert Lockyer wrote a book called All the promises of the Bible and claims to list #8000.

More information about GOD’S PROMISES will be in the CHRISTOLOGY SERIES Blog – The COVENANTS of GOD & CHRIST.  We are planning an ongoing series of articles listing many of the PROMISES very soon.  You can down;load a e-Book titled ” “CLARKE’S BIBLE PROMISES” from the CHRISTOLOGY SERIES LIBRARY.

#8 – CHOICES – THE WAY – GODLY JOY (8 of 8)

ADD JOY

CHRIST is the BRIDGE that spans the VOID and through CHRIST JESUS, WE are RECONCILED to GOD.

Eph 5:14  Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light.

CHRIST teaches us that after we ACCEPT HIM as LORD and SAVIOR; after BAPTISM of WATER and of  SPIRIT; after we are BORN AGAIN and become OBEDIENT to GOD; and follow HIS commandments we need only to ASK in HIS NAME and believe in FAITH, we shall receive and our JOY MAY BE FULL

Joh 16:24  Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.

Through the COVENANTS of GOD & CHRIST- ALL that CHRIST IS, we become; ALL that CHRIST POSSESS  we possess including HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS.

Eph 2:12  That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world:
Eph 2:13  But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.

BY COVENANT, JEHOVAH GOD, OUR FATHER WILL BE OUR GOD AND BELIEVERS, DISCIPLES OF CHRIST, AND FOLLOWERS OF GOD WILL BE HIS PEOPLE.

Heb 8:10  For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people:

Eph 5:17  Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.

Gal 3:14  That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.

Eph 2:16  And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby:
Eph 2:18  For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father.
Eph 2:19  Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints, and of the household of God;

Eph 3:9  And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ:

 All of the PROMISES from the Book of GENESIS to the Book of REVELATION could be summed up to the equivalent of one DECLARATION spoken by GOD…

Heb 8:10  …..I will be to them a GOD and they shall be to me a people: 

It is only by the LOVE and INTERCESSION of CHRIST that we can know the LOVE of GOD. The LOVE of GOD to man induced him to give CHRIST for man’s  REDEMPTION; CHRIST’S LOVE to man induced HIM to give HIS LIFE’S BLOOD for his SALVATION. The GIFT of CHRIST to man is the measure of GOD’S LOVE; the DEATH of CHRIST for man is the measure of CHRIST’S LOVE.   CHRIST loved us, and gave himself for us.

Joh 3:16  For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

Rom 8:35  Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
Rom 8:37  Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.
Rom 8:38  For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,
Rom 8:39  Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

We find our FULLNESS of JOY in CHRIST.

Learn new ways to RENEW, ENHANCE and EMPOWER YOUR GODLY JOY & SPIRITUAL FULFILLMENT through the SPIRITUAL GUIDANCE of the HOLY GHOST/HOLY SPIRIT and by utilizing the SPIRITUAL GROWTH information in the CHRISTOLOGY SERIES.

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