Posted by: ajtony | January 13, 2014

The Secret Destiny of God’s Ecclesia

God withholds many secrets from His creatures for they are much better off at times not to know what the future holds. Minors in knowledge and truth must be nourished on basic foods but as they progress towards maturity, the character of the food can be changed. Paul makes this point in the following verses.

‘And I,  brethren, could not speak to you as spiritual, but as fleshy, as to the minors in Christ. Milk I give you to drink, not solid food, for not as yet were you able’. 1 Corinthians 3:1-2

God reveals His truth to us as he pleases and as we are able to comprehend and accept it. I can personally testify to that as there are articles on this blog that I wrote a few years ago that I no longer believe to be true. This is because the Lord has shown me more of His truth. It is a fact that the vast majority of people who call themselves Christians do not know the truths of God, instead they have been indoctrinated into the ‘religious’ falsehoods that are taught by the churches. I was so indoctrinated, being brought up by a Roman Catholic (RC) mother and attending RC schools. Later on in adulthood, after the Lord revealed Himself to me, I joined Anglican, Baptist and non denominational churches and found that in essence they have all fell for the false doctrines that do not correspond with the correctly translated Word of God.

If you have matured in your journey with the Lord you may be able to grasp and understand the following ‘secret’ that is plainly in the scriptures.

The Twelve Apostles could not understand the impact of Jesus being the Son of God.

‘Philip is saying to Him, “Lord show us the Father and it is sufficing us.” Jesus is saying to him, “So much time I am with you and you do not know Me Phillip! He who has seen Me has seen the Father.” John 14:8-9. (taken from The Concordant Literal New Testament as are the rest of the scriptures below)

They couldn’t understand His being sacrificed on the cross and His resurrection.

‘Jesus said to His disciples, “You be laying up these sayings in your ears, for the Son of Mankind is about to be given up into the hands of men.” Yet they were ignorant of this declaration, and it was screened from them, that they not be sensing it, and they feared to ask Him concerning this declaration.’ Luke 9:44-45

‘The Son of Mankind …. will be given up to the nations and will be scoffed at and outraged and spat upon and, scourging Him, they will be killing Him. And the third day He will be rising.” And they understand none of these things, and this declaration was hid from them, and they knew not what He said.’ Luke 18:32-34

The end object and reasons behind these things were secrets, revealed at appropriate times to selected individuals (see John 14:16-17, 15:12-15, 25-26) to conform to God’s purpose for the universe.

‘for you to complete the word of God, the secret which has been concealed from the eons and from the generations, yet now was made manifest to His saints, to whom God wills to make known what are the glorious riches of this secret among the nations, which is, Christ among you, the expectation of glory.’ Colossians 1:26-27

The all-important secret for Christians today is still obscure to the vast majority by virtue of Christendom’s false doctrines which evolved over the centuries by action of the church hierarchy.

It was first revealed to Paul, (‘I Paul, the prisoner of Jesus Christ for you, the nations, since you surely hear of the administration of the grace of God that is given to me for you, for by revelation the secret is made known to me.’ Ephesians 3:3)

In essence, the secret revealed to Paul over a period of time can be summarised as thus: God designated certain individuals (Jew and Gentile) before the disruption of the world to be among a host of people having a special purpose and destiny. (Eph 2:6-7)

‘Blessed be the God and father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Who blesses us with every spiritual blessing amongst the celestials, in Christ, according as He chooses us in Him before the disruption of the world, we to be holy and flawless in His sight.’ Ephesians 1:4

At God’s chosen time, these individuals heard and responded to the Word of Truth and through faith accepted Christ Jesus as their Lord and Saviour. In so doing they became saints, sons of God, (‘designating us beforehand for the place of a son for Him through Christ Jesus.’ Ephesians 1:5. ‘Now, at the coming of faith, we are no longer under an escort, for you are all sons of God, through faith in Christ Jesus.’ Galatians 3:26), and members of Christ’s Body (the Church), (‘and subjects all under His feet, and gives Him, as Head over all, to the ecclesia which is His body’  Ephesians 1:22)

All of the saints then are justified of their shortcomings through Christ Jesus (by God’s grace) (Gal 2:16). At Christ’s appearance in the air, the Church which is Christ’s body (comprised of all its members – Jews and Gentiles alike) will respond to His call and rise to meet Him with changed bodies (from terrestrial to celestial).

‘for the Lord Himself will be descending from heaven with a shout of command, with the voice of the Chief Messenger, and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ shall be rising first. Thereupon we, the living who are surviving, shall at the same time be snatched away together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air. So that, console one another with these words.’ 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18

It will be our mission to display God’s grace, love and kindness before the spirit beings in the celestials, thereby gaining their adoration of the Heavenly Father.

‘yet God, being rich in mercy, because of His vast love with which he loves us (we also being dead to the offences and lusts), vivifies us together in Christ (in grace are you saved) and rouses us together and seats us together among the celestials, in Christ Jesus, that in the coming eons, He should be displaying the transcendent riches of His grace in His kindness to us in Christ Jesus.’  Ephesians 2:4-7,

‘To me, less than the least of all saints, was granted this grace: to bring the evangel of the untraceable riches of Christ to the nations, and to enlighten all as to what is the administration of the secret, which has been concealed from the eons in God, Who creates all, that now may be made known to the sovereignties and the authorities among the celestials, through the ecclesia, the multifarious wisdom of God, in accord with the purpose of the eons, which He makes in Christ Jesus, our Lord;’ Ephesians 3:8-12

Following this great event, Christ eventually returns to earth, (‘And then shall they be seeing the Son of Mankind coming in clouds with much power and glory.’ Mk 13:26), the unbelieving Jews accept Him as their Messiah (Jerusalem! Jerusalem! who art killing the prophets and pelting with stones those who have been despatched to her! How many times do I want to assemble your children in the manner a hen is assembling her brood under her wings and you will not! Lo! left is your house to you desolate. for I am saying to you: You may by no means be perceiving Me henceforth, till you should be saying, “Blessed is He Who is coming in the name of the Lord!”.’Mt 23:37-39), they evangelise the unbelieving nations (Mt 28:19-20, Rv 20:4), Satan is bound for 1,000 years (Rv 20:2-3), he is loosed for a time (Rv 20:7-9), a last battle of rebellion takes place (Rv 20:9-10), death is abolished (‘The last enemy being abolished: death.’1 C 15:26, ‘is being manifested through the advent of our Saviour, Christ Jesus, Who, indeed abolished death.’ 2 Tim 1:10) and Christ brings ALL (the terrestrial and celestial beings) to God’s throne (1C 15:24) to live in peace and joy forevermore

Now, whenever all may be subjected to Him,

Then the Son Himself also shall be subjected to Him Who subjects all to Him,

That God may be ALL in All. ( (1Cor 15:28))

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  1. I have commented before, I would like to open a discussion on the subject of church. I agree with many of the things said on this blog but not all. While I struggle like most with church, and have never felt the church is in a healthy place, in fact sometimes it can be hugely destructive to individuals. I have found myself in the wilderness many times and learn much from direct interactions with The Lord.
    What I keep coming back to is Mathew 16:18. While I in no way say the church as we know it, is the fulfillment of this scripture and I am sure most of it is a man-made with a hierarchical structure not conforming to what I believe God would wish it to be, I still believe in the church. I do believe it is Gods ordained path for his people, also the tool God can and will use in this world. I also believe it can be fixed, not because I can fix it or anyone else can either. But because it is what God wants, therefore he can provide a way for it to be fixed.
    At least that is what I am acting on and trying to pursue, I suppose it can be summed up by, first fix and equip the church then it, or we become a useful tool to accomplish Gods wishes.


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