An equipping ministry to Disciple the Church.
A mission base to Send the Church.
Galatians 1:11-16 (NIV)
11 I want you to know, brothers and sisters, that the gospel I preached is not of human origin.
12 I did not receive it from any man, nor was I taught it; rather, I received it by revelation from Jesus Christ.
13 For you have heard of my previous way of life in Judaism, how intensely I persecuted the church of God and tried to destroy it.
14 I was advancing in Judaism beyond many of my own age among my people and was extremely zealous for the traditions of my fathers.
15 But when God, who set me apart from my mother’s womb and called me by his grace, was pleased
16 to reveal his Son in me so that I might preach him among the Gentiles, my immediate response was not to consult any human being.
Paul makes it clear that he, though an original rejecter of Jesus, has now had an inward revelation (apocalypse) of Him that he got from no man.
Apocalypse - is a laying bare, or uncovering, naked, a disclosure.
20 I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
Paul sees, in Christ, an end to his original “I” and its corrupt life source.
And now he says that a new “I” is sourcing from an inward Christ (Anointed One, Messiah).
19 my little children, for whom I am again in the anguish of childbirth until Christ is formed in you!
Paul literally feels painful contractions manifesting in his apostolic heart - not for the furthering of a religion, or the modification of behavior, but for the “metamorphoses” (forming, developing, maturing) of Christ within the believer.
The problem is that the enemy uses a worldly spirit and a religious spirit to produce a fleshly view of a spiritual Christ:
2 Corinthians 5:16-17 (ESV)
16 From now on, therefore, we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we once regarded Christ according to the flesh, we regard him thus no longer.
17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.
Fact: Your inward spiritual faith-filled revelation of Jesus determines your outward manifestation of His life and kingdom.
1. Pray apostolic prayers:
Ephesians 1:17-18a (NIV)
17 I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better.
18 I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened …
2. Know and receive that the Holy Spirit is actively revealing and manifesting in you the literal life of Christ. You get His: righteousness, love, peace, patience, faith, power, etc.
1 Corinthians 2:12 (NIV)
12 What we have received is not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may understand what God has freely given us.
Romans 5:5 (NIV)
5 And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.
3. Intentionally “faith anchor” your attention inwardly on the life of Christ within through meditation and abiding.
4. Practice viewing yourself, others, circumstances, money, sex, marriage, etc., through the lens of Christ by the Spirit.
5. Trust radically that what God has conceived in you will gestate, grow, and birth into full maturity soon.
Philippians 1:6 (NIV)
6 being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.