[Note: All verses unless otherwise specified are from NKJV]
And I heard, as it were, the voice of a great multitude, as the sound of many waters and as the sound of mighty thunderings, saying, “Alleluia! For the Lord God Omnipotent reigns! Let us be glad and rejoice and give Him glory, for THE MARRIAGE OF THE LAMB [Jesus Christ] HAS COME, AND HIS WIFE HAS MADE HERSELF READY.” And to her it was granted to be arrayed in fine linen, clean and bright, for THE FINE LINEN IS THE RIGHTEOUS ACTS of the saints.
(A) IN ORDER TO BE MARRIED TO CHRIST YOU MUST BE RE-BORN IN THE SPIRIT ~ Why?
In Chapter 1 of this Revelation we learned through numerous verses that God our Father is “the GOD OF THE SPIRITS of ALL FLESH.” Though God is the God of all spirits, all of mankind/flesh fell from God’s grace and glory, His very soul, heart, and mind through Adam and Eve.
It is the Holy Spirit, as promised, that heals you and manifests Christ’s Salvation and God’s presence and transformation within you. Because Christ is the Word, your own spirit is born again by the indwelling Holy Spirit as God speaks through you (see John 1:1-5; Rev 19:13), whether it be in your native language or tongue, which is called “prophesying” or in the language of men (ie in English, French etc) and angels, which is often referred to as speaking in various languages or various tongues.
Today, each human lays down their old flesh as they leave the earth through physical death. It is our spirit alone that rises; and at present, our spirit does so without our [ALL] flesh. The reasons for this become obvious as we read the following verses. Below, I have listed only a few of the many scriptures showing and teaching us that our flesh is at war with our spirit from the time we are born upon the earth.
Therefore, remember your FORMER STATE: you Gentiles IN THE [ALL] FLESH by birth — called the Uncircumcised by those [Hebrews, Jews] who, merely because of an operation on their flesh, are called the Circumcised — at that time [you] had no Messiah [Christ]. You were estranged [ALIENS] from the COVANANTS OF PROMISE [made by/thru God Almighty] and the national life of Israel. You [Gentiles] were foreigners to the covenants embodying God’s PROMISE. YOU WERE IN THE WORLD without hope and without God.
But now, you [Gentiles] who were once far off have been brought near through the shedding of the Messiah’s [Christ’s] blood. For he himself is our [Peace] shalom — he has made us both one and has broken down the m’chitzah [middle wall/veil] which divided us by ABOLISHING [destroying] IN HIS FLESH the enmity [state or feeling of being actively opposed or hostile…], that is the law of commandments contained in the ordinances [Torah]. He did this in order TO CREATE IN HIMSELF ONE NEW MAN FROM TWO, THUS MAKING PEACE: TO CREATE IN UNION WITH HIMSELF from the two groups [Jew/Hebrew and all previous Gentiles, including today’s Christians] a SINGLE [One] NEW HUMANITY and thus make shalom [peace], IN ORDER TO RECONCILE TO GOD [our Father] BOTH IN A SINGLE BODY [Christ’s own ONE Body over which He is the Head] by being executed on a stake as a criminal, and thus in himself killing that ENMITY [state or feeling of being actively opposed or hostile…] through this cross. And He came and preached peace to you who were afar off [Gentiles] and to those who were near [Isreal]. For THROUGH HIM WE BOTH [all] HAVE ACCESS BY ONE [Holy] SPIRIT TO THE FATHER [and thus Eternal Life]. (CJB & NKJV intermixed)
(1 Peter 3:18-19)
For Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, that HE MIGHT BRING US TO GOD [our Father], being PUT TO DEATH IN THE [ALL] FLESH BUT MADE ALIVE BY THE [Holy] SPIRIT, by whom He also went and preached to the spirits in prison [spiritual hades/shoal/hell…]…
There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, WHO DO NOT WALK ACCORDING TO THE [old “ALL”] FLESH, BUT ACCORDING TO THE [Holy] SPIRIT. For the LAW OF THE SPIRIT OF [eternal] LIFE IN CHRIST JESUS HAS MADE ME [Paul; us] FREE FROM the law of SIN AND DEATH. For what the law [of sin and death] could not do in that it was WEAK THROUGH THE [ALL] FLESH, God did by SENDING HIS OWN SON IN THE LIKENESS OF [our] SINFUL [ALL] FLESH, on account of sin: HE CONDEMNED SIN IN THE [ALL] FLESH, that the righteous requirement of the law might be FULFILLED IN US WHO DO NOT WALK ACCORDING TO THE [ALL] FLESH BUT ACCORDING TO THE [Holy] SPIRIT. FOR THOSE WHO LIVE ACCORDING TO THE [ALL] FLESH SET THEIR MINDS ON THE THINGS OF THE FLESH [physical; world], BUT THOSE WHO LIVE ACCORDING TO THE [Holy] SPIRIT, THE THINGS OF THE SPIRIT. For to be carnally [relating to the physical] minded is death, but TO BE SPIRITUALLY MINDED IS LIFE AND PEACE. Because the CARNAL MIND IS ENMITY [state or feeling of being actively opposed or hostile…] AGAINST GOD; for it [carnal mind] is not subject to the law of God [the law of God, the law of the Spirit in Christ, commands us to love God and one another; John 13: 34-35; John 4:7-8; Matt 5:44-45; John 15:12-13], nor indeed can it be. So then, THOSE WHO ARE IN THE [ALL] FLESH CANNOT PLEASE GOD.
But YOU ARE NOT IN THE [ALL] FLESH BUT IN THE SPIRIT, IF INDEED THE [Holy] SPIRIT OF GOD DWELLS IN YOU. Now IF ANYONE DOES NOT HAVE THE [Holy] SPIRIT OF CHRIST, HE IS NOT HIS. And IF CHRIST IS IN YOU, the [your physical] body is [already] dead because of sin, but THE [Holy] SPIRIT IS LIFE BECAUSE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS [also see Rev 19:6-8]. But IF THE [Holy] SPIRIT WHO RAISED JESUS FROM THE DEAD IS IN YOU, He [Holy Spirit] who raised Christ from the dead WILL ALSO GIVE LIFE TO YOUR MORTAL [a living human being subject to death] BODIES THROUGH HIS [own Holy] SPIRIT WHO DWELLS IN YOU.
Therefore, brethren, we are debtors — not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh [physical world]. For if you live according to the flesh you will [spiritually] die; BUT IF BY THE SPIRIT YOU PUT TO DEATH THE DEEDS OF THE [flesh] BODY, YOU WILL LIVE. For AS MANY AS ARE LED BY THE SPIRIT OF GOD, THESE ARE THE SONS OF GOD. For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but YOU HAVE RECEIVED THE SPIRIT OF ADOPTION by whom we cry out, “Abba [Daddy], Father [also see 1 John 4:18].” The [Holy] Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit [within us] that WE ARE CHILDREN OF GOD, and if children, then heirs — HEIRS OF GOD AND JOINT HEIRS WITH CHRIST, IF INDEED WE SUFFER WITH HIM, that WE MAY BE GLORIFIED TOGETHER [with Christ, and all in Christ].
For you were called to freedom, brethren; only do not turn your freedom into an opportunity for the flesh, but THROUGH LOVE serve one another. For the whole Law is fulfilled in one word, in the statement, “YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.” But if you bite and devour one another, take care that you are not consumed by one another.
But I say, WALK BY THE SPIRIT, AND YOU WILL NOT CARRY OUT THE DESIRE OF THE [ALL] FLESH. FOR THE [ALL] FLESH SETS ITS DESIRE AGAINST THE SPIRIT; FOR THESE THINGS ARE IN OPPOSITION TO ONE ANOTHER, so that you may not do the things that you please [this also describes “addiction”]. But if you are led by the [Holy] Spirit, you are not under the law [of sin and death]. Now the deeds of the [ALL] FLESH are evident, which are: immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmities [state or feeling of being actively opposed or hostile…], STRIFE, JEALOUSLY, OUTBURSTS OF WRATH, DISPUTES, dissensions, factions, ENVYING, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these, of which I forewarn you, just as I have forewarned you, that those who PRACTICE such things WILL NOT INHERIT THE KINGDOM OF GOD [also see Lk 17:20-21]. But THE FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT IS LOVE, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. Now those who belong to Christ Jesus HAVE CRUCIFIED the [ALL] FLESH with its PASSIONS AND DESIRES [thru God’s/Christ’s Holy Spirit living within you]. If we live by the [Holy] Spirit, LET US ALSO WALK BY THE SPIRIT. (NASU)
(also see John 1:12-13; Gal 6:7-8)
The following is a brief outline which gives us a look at God’s perfect plan for both our spirits and flesh. This plan was, and continues to be necessary so that we can enter into God’s Holy of Holies to be married to Christ, and thus the eternal presence of God our Father, who cannot, by nature, tolerate sin.
(B) CHRIST RECEIVES AND TAKES AUTHORITY OVER “ALL FLESH”
Just before His death and resurrection, Jesus said that His Father had given Him AUTHORITY over ALL FLESH in order that we receive “Eternal Life.” Please notice that Jesus defines “Eternal Life” as our [intimately] KNOWING God our Father, the only true God (and Jesus Christ).
Jesus spoke these words, lifted up His eyes to heaven, and said: “Father, the hour has come. Glorify Your Son, that Your Son also may glorify You, as YOU [Father, God] HAVE GIVEN HIM [Christ Jesus] AUTHORITY OVER ALL FLESH, that HE SHOULD GIVE ETERNAL LIFE to as many as You have given Him. And THIS IS ETERNAL LIFE, THAT THEY MAY KNOW YOU, the ONLY TRUE GOD, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent. I have glorified You on the earth. I have finished the work which You have given Me to do. And now, O Father, glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory which I had with You before the world was.
And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “ALL AUTHORITY HAS BEEN GIVEN TO ME IN HEAVEN AND ON EARTH.”
Christ was given ALL AUTHORITY over ALL FLESH on earth, and He was also given ALL AUTHORITY in heaven and on earth.
As Jesus took His AUTHORITY over ALL FLESH He gave us ETERNAL LIFE, which is a true intimate KNOWLEDGE OF GOD OUR FATHER and Himself (Jesus Christ). It is through this intimate KNOWLEDGE that we enter into God’s presence, personally KNOW HIM, and receive the ETERNAL LIFE that Christ purchased for us.
It is only as we converse/commune with Jesus Christ and God our Father, through the indwelling of God’s Holy Spirit, that we begin to know them personally; and better understand our Father’s and Christ’s Ways and Will for each of us, and all of us as Christ’s One Body (see Rom 12:4-5; 1 Cor 12:12-26; Eph 2:14-18; Eph 4:4-5).
(C) CHRIST IS GOD MANIFESTED IN THE FLESH
(1 Timothy 3:16)
And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: GOD WAS MANIFESTED IN THE FLESH [as Christ], justified in the Spirit, seen by angels, preached among the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up in glory.
For unto us a Child is born [Jesus Christ], unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
I [Jesus Christ] and My Father are one.”
“Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son [Jesus Christ], and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which is translated, “God with us.”
Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long and yet you have not known Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; so how can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?”
And Thomas answered and said to Him [Jesus], “My Lord and my God!”
Looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of OUR GREAT GOD and SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST.
Then Jesus cried out and said, “He who believes in Me, believes not in Me but in Him who sent Me. And HE WHO SEES ME SEES HIM WHO SENT ME.
(D) CHRIST PRAYED THAT HIS FATHER GIVE YOU HIS HOLY SPIRIT
“If you love Me [Jesus Christ], keep My commandments [to love…]. And I WILL PRAY TO THE FATHER, and HE WILL GIVE YOU ANOTHER HELPER [Comforter; Holy Spirit], THAT HE MAY LIVE WITHIN / WITH YOU FOREVER — the [Holy] SPIRIT OF TRUTH, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him [the Truth]; but you know Him [Truth; the Spirit of Truth; Holy Spirit], for He dwells with you and will BE IN YOU. I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you [through the Holy Spirit].
As Christ’s Father gave His own authority over “ALL FLESH” to His Son Jesus, He began to take back and control His own creation: the creation that had fallen from His (*)Grace, His Glory, and His Presence: His Face. His eternal intent is to make His spiritual creation, His own spirits within ALL FLESH, His family through the ONE He trusts: Jesus Christ.
But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by (*)GRACE YOU HAVE BEEN SAVED, and raised us up TOGETHER, and made us sit TOGETHER in the heavenly places IN CHRIST JESUS, that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His GRACE [God’s Divine influence upon the heart, and its reflection in your life; including gratitude to God] in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by GRACE [God’s Divine influence upon the heart, and its reflection in your life; including gratitude] you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it [GRACE: God’s Divine influence upon your heart …] IS A GIFT OF GOD, not of works, lest anyone should boast [brag]. For we are His workmanship, created IN CHRIST JESUS for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.
The Holy Spirit dwells within each of us now for the sake of our transformation into Christ’s nature, soul, spirit, and mind. God’s eternal society and our marriage to Christ requires that we be transformed into God’s own holiness, love, righteousness, and perfection through the Trinity. For this reason, Christ asked His Father to send His own [Holy] Spirit to live within each of us. In fact, Jesus Christ is the one who literally (**)baptizes you into His Father’s One Holy Spirit.
(*) Grace: “especially [God’s] the Divine influence upon the heart, and its reflection in your life; including gratitude [praise and worship]” (Strong’s Concordance # 5485)
(**) Baptizes: immersed, submerged, overwhelmed
(E) CHRIST, HIMSELF, BAPTIZES YOU INTO THE HOLY SPIRIT
I [John the Baptist] indeed baptize you WITH WATER INTO REPENTANCE, but He [Jesus] who is coming after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. HE WILL BAPTIZE [immerse, submerge, overwhelm] YOU WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT AND FIRE” [also see Luke 3:15-16]
And John [the Baptist] bore witness, saying, “I saw THE [Holy] SPIRIT DESCENDING FROM HEAVEN like a dove, and He remained upon Him [Jesus]. I did not know Him [Christ Jesus], but He [God; Christ’s Father] who SENT ME TO BAPTIZE WITH WATER said to me, ‘Upon whom you see the [Holy] Spirit descending and [REMAINING] on Him, THIS IS HE WHO BAPTIZES [immerses, submerges, overwhelms] WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT.’ And I [John] have seen and testified that this is the Son of God.”
And as I [Peter] began TO SPEAK [the Word of God], the Holy Spirit fell upon them [Gentiles], as upon us [Christ’s Church] at the beginning (also see Acts 2:1-33). Then I REMEMBERED THE WORD OF THE LORD [Jesus], how He said, ‘JOHN INDEED BAPTIZED WITH WATER, BUT YOU SHALL BE BAPTIZED [immersed, submerged, overwhelmed] WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT.’ If therefore God gave them the same gift [God’s Voice and Word thru the Holy Spirit] as He gave us when we believed on the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I that I could withstand God?” When they [Apostles, Disciples] heard these things they became silent; and they glorified God, saying, “Then God has also granted to the Gentiles REPENTANCE INTO [Eternal] LIFE (also see John 17:1-5).”
(F) GOD’S PROMISED SPIRIT IS GIVEN
And being assembled together with them [Apostles, disciples…], Jesus commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the PROMISE OF THE FATHER, “which,” He said, “you have heard from Me; for John truly baptized with water, but you shall be (**)baptized [immersed, submerged, overwhelmed] with the Holy Spirit not many days from now…YOU SHALL RECEIVE (*)POWER WHEN THE HOLY SPIRIT HAS COME UPON YOU; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
When the Day of Pentecost [50 days after Christ’s death and resurrection] had fully come, THEY WERE ALL WITH ONE ACCORD IN ONE PLACE. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them. And THEY WERE ALL FILLED [immersed, submerged, overwhelmed] WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT and began to speak with other tongues, AS THE SPIRIT GAVE THEM UTTERANCE.
(*) POWER: Our Lord has often told me, over and over again, that He has locked His POWER within His LOVE, where no one other than those filled with His Love (through His Holy Spirit) can have access to it [His Spiritual POWER] , or see it manifest through them. All those who do not posses God’s own heart and love do not have access to God’s POWER; this includes satan (who is incapable of loving). This is because God cannot trust these beings to lovingly administer this power. Unlike Jesus Christ and His Apostles and disciples,, these beings would abuse God’s power and use it for themselves.
(**) The New Testament Greek word translated as “baptize/baptism” is defined as: “to immerse, submerge; to make overwhelmed…” (Strong’s Concordance …).
Above, in Acts 11, we are told that as Peter began to speak the Word of God to the Gentiles the Holy Spirit fell upon them. We are reminded of Jesus’ teaching in John 6:63: “It is the [Holy] Spirit who gives [Eternal] life; the flesh profits nothing. The WORD THAT I [Christ] SPEAK TO YOU IS [Holy] SPIRIT, AND IT IS [Eternal] LIFE.”
THE PROMISES OF OUR FATHER…
In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with THE HOLY SPIRIT OF PROMISE, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption [the purchase back of something that had been lost, by the payment of a ransom (Christ’s death) of the purchased possession, [us] to the praise of His glory.
Do you remember why God destroyed the earth the first time? Genesis 6 (in Chapter 1) taught us that, “… the LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that EVERY INTENT OF THE THOUGHTS OF HIS HEART WAS ONLY EVIL CONTINUALLY” and that “THE EARTH ALSO WAS CORRUPT BEFORE GOD, and THE EARTH WAS FILLED WITH VIOLENCE. So God looked upon the earth, and indeed IT WAS CORRUPT; for ALL FLESH had corrupted their way on the earth.”
(G) GOD COMMANDS HIS PEOPLE TO CIRCUMCISE THEIR HEARTS
All humans, and certainly all within Christ, are to circumcise, that is cut away the old from their hearts; we are to embrace God’s nature and newness within ourselves. All of our old “self” must be cut away from God’s newness and His new covenant, Christ. Through Christ’s covenant we receive the indwelling of the Holy Spirit and our transformation into Christ’s love, righteousness, and holiness.
In the following few scriptures we see that God taught and commanded His people, even in the Old Testament, to circumcise their hearts for this reason.
CIRCUMCISE YOURSELVES TO THE LORD, AND TAKE AWAY THE FORESKINS OF YOUR HEARTS, you men of Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem, lest My fury come forth like fire, and burn so that no one can quench it, because of the evil of your doings.”
Therefore CIRCUMCISE THE FORESKIN OF YOUR HEART, and be stiff-necked no longer. For the LORD your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great God, mighty and awesome, who shows no partiality nor takes a bribe. He administers justice for the fatherless and the widow, and loves the stranger, giving him food and clothing (also see Matt 25:31-46).
Below, in Deuteronomy 30:6, we are taught why “GOD WILL CIRCUMCISE YOUR HEART AND YOUR DESCENDANTS’ HEARTS. It is so that you will love our Father with all of your heart and (*)soul so “THAT WE MAY LIVE ETERNALLY WITH HIM.”
And the LORD your GOD WILL CIRCUMCISE YOUR HEART AND THE HEART OF YOUR DESCENDANTS, to love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul THAT YOU/WE MAY LIVE [eternally].
(*) “SOUL”: See Isa 53:11-12
(H) BECAUSE OF OUR TREMENDOUS NEED, GOD PROMISED TO GIVE MANKIND NEW FLESH AND A NEW HEART
We know that God established a new covenant through Christ and His sacrifice in our behalf. God now concentrates on our eternal, internal spiritual Being through this covenant. He does this in a way that had never manifested on earth before Christ’s crucifixion and resurrection.
Please notice that God promises mankind, several times in the following scriptures, that He Himself will remove their old sinful heart [of ALL FLESH], and replace it with His new “One Heart” of [Christ’s] new ONE FLESH.
Then I will give them (**)ONE HEART, and I will put a NEW [born again] SPIRIT within them, and take the stony heart out of their [old fallen ALL] FLESH, and give them a [new] HEART OF [ONE] FLESH, THAT THEY MAY/WILL WALK IN MY STATUES AND KEEP MY JUDGMENTS AND DO THEM; and they shall be My people, and I will be their God.
[(**) “ONE HEART”: Our Father has told me and shown me, through His Holy Spirit, that Jesus was given His Father’s one Spiritual heart even before His physical birth; and that Jesus Christ now shares His heart (the one heart of His Father) with us. We all, including Christ, share the one Spiritual heart of God our Father. God is one and all in all (see Mark 12:29; Gal 3:20; Eph 1:22-23).] This heart unifies us within Christ’s ONE Body and our new, unified ONE FLESH heart (see Zeph 3:9; Acts 1:12-14; Acts 2:2-4; Acts 2:46-47; Acts 2:23-24; Phil 2:2-4).
Cast away from you the transgressions which you have committed, and get yourselves a NEW HEART [thru Christ] and a NEW [born again] SPIRIT.
I will give you a NEW HEART and PUT A NEW SPIRIT [your old FALLEN spirit is born again into God’s loving nature and holiness] within you; I will take the heart of stone [hard heart] out of your [old ALL] FLESH and give you a [NEW ONE] HEART OF [new ONE] FLESH. I WILL PUT MY [own Holy] SPIRIT WITHIN YOU and CAUSE you to walk in My statutes, and YOU WILL KEEP My judgments [thoughts and opinions etc] and do them.
DRAW NEAR TO GOD and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and PURIFY YOUR HEARTS, you double-minded [mind on the world and God; see Matt 6:24-25].
In the above scriptures we are assured that God will change our hearts for us. To live eternally with God, Christ’s Wife must be one with the Body of Christ, and unified through God’s Holy Spirit, one heart, and nature. These changes come through God’s NEW covenant with Christ and thus us. We accept our part within this new covenant as we willingly ask for and receive Christ’s nature of true Salvation within us, “cleanse our hands” from sin, and “purify our hearts.”
For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel [and Judah/Christians] after those days, says the LORD: I will put My laws IN THEIR (***)MIND AND WRITE THEM ON THEIR HEARTS; AND I WILL BE THEIR GOD, AND THEY SHALL BE MY [our Father’s] PEOPLE. None of them shall teach his neighbor, and none his brother, saying, ‘Know the LORD [God Almighty],’ for ALL SHALL KNOW ME [and thus have ETERNAL LIFE], from the least of them to the greatest of them. For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.” In that He says, “A new covenant [thru Jesus],” He has [already] made the first [Mosaic] obsolete…
For this reason I [Paul] bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, FROM WHOM THE WHOLE FAMILY IN HEAVEN AND EARTH IS NAMED, that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to BE STRENGTHENED WITH MIGHT THROUGH HIS [Holy] SPIRIT IN YOUR INNER MAN [inner born again spirit], that CHRIST MAY DWELL / LIVE IN YOUR HEARTS THROUGH FAITH; that you, BEING ROOTED AND GROUNDED IN LOVE, may be able to comprehend with ALL THE [UNIFIED] SAINTS what is the width and length and depth and height — TO KNOW THE LOVE OF CHRIST WHICH PASSES [passes beyond the normal mark] KNOWLEDGE; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God [our Father].
(***) mind: Read 1 Cor 2:16
(I) OUR HEART IS CIRCUMCISED IN AND BY CHRIST, OUR HUSBAND, AND THE SPIRIT OF GOD
For HE WHO IS A JEW IS ONE INWARDLY; AND CIRCUMCISION IS THAT OF THE HEART, IN THE SPIRIT, not in the letter; whose praise is not from men but from God.
IN HIM [Christ] YOU WERE CIRCUMCISED with the circumcision made without hands, by putting off THE BODY OF THE SINS OF THE FLESH [born into ALL FLESH thru Adam and Eve], BY THE CIRCUMCISION OF CHRIST, buried with Him in baptism [immerse, submerge, overwhelm], in which you also were raised with Him [Christ] through FAITH IN THE WORKING OF GOD, who raised Him from the dead.
And you, BEING DEAD IN YOUR TRESPASSES AND THE UNCIRCUMCISION of YOUR [old ALL] FLESH [the fact that your [old] flesh heart had not been circumcised through Christ], HE HAS MADE [you] ALIVE TOGETHER WITH HIM [Jesus Christ], having forgiven you all trespasses, having wiped out the handwriting of requirements [the Mosaic law] that was against us, which was contrary to us. And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross. HAVING [already] DISARMED PRINCIPALITIES AND POWERS [of darkness], He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it (also see Rom 8:38-39; Eph 6:12-13).
For WE ARE THE CIRCUMCISION, WHO WORSHIP GOD [our Father] IN THE [Holy] SPIRIT, REJOICE IN CHRIST JESUS, AND HAVE NO CONFIDENCE IN THE [old ALL] FLESH …
(J) WHY DID JESUS ASK HIS FATHER TO GLORIFY HIM?
On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, OUT OF HIS HEART will flow rivers of [eternal holy] living water.” But this HE SPOKE CONCERNING THE [Holy] SPIRIT, WHOM THOSE BELIEVING IN HIM [Christ] WOULD RECEIVE; FOR THE HOLY SPIRIT WAS NOT YET GIVEN, BECAUSE JESUS WAS NOT YET GLORIFIED.
Jesus had to be glorified BEFORE the Holy Spirit could be given to mankind: ALL FLESH. Again, Jesus said:
Jesus spoke these words, lifted up His eyes to heaven, and said: “Father, the hour has come. GLORIFY YOUR SON, THAT YOUR SON ALSO MAY GLORIFY YOU, AS YOU HAVE GIVEN HIM AUTHORITY OVER ALL FLESH, THAT HE SHOULD GIVE ETERNAL LIFE TO AS MANY [ALL FLESH] AS YOU HAVE GIVEN HIM. AND THIS IS ETERNAL LIFE, THAT THEY MAY KNOW YOU, THE ONLY TRUE GOD, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent. I have glorified You on the earth. I have finished the work which You have given Me to do. And now, O Father, GLORIFY ME TOGETHER WITH YOURSELF, WITH THE [SPIRITUAL] GLORY WHICH I HAD WITH YOU before the world was.
As said above, one of the main reasons that the Holy Spirit is given to mankind is so that we will KNOW our Father, and thus ETERNAL LIFE. God, through His Holy Spirit, begins to CAUSE you/us to walk in His ways, opinions, and judgments rather than our own. He does this from within our new Holy Spirit filled spirit man’s (re-born) NEW heart and mind (also see 1 Cor 2:16; Luke 17:20-21).
As we confessed Christ’s Lordship over us we come/came into agreement with Christ’s authority over our old [ALL] flesh, including our old ALL FLESH heart; our judgments and opinions have become one with God’s through choice. Through our mouth’s confession that Christ is their Lord men, women, and children have chosen to follow God’s Will over their own. They have given God/Christ permission to be their Lord and Master. At that time, they and their prayers are baptized, anointed, and filled with God’s Holy Spirit.
Below, in 1 Samuel 10:1-13 (the Old Testament) our Lord gives us a perfect vision of His plans for each of us and all of us. Please note that Samuel was given both a NEW HEART and the HOLY SPIRIT. Today, all are able to receive both through our Savior Jesus Christ and God our Father.
(1 Samuel 10:1-10)
Then Samuel took a flask of [anointing] oil and poured it on his [Saul’s] head, and kissed him and said: “Is it not because the LORD has anointed you commander over His inheritance? When you have departed from me today… it will happen, when you have come there to the city, that you will meet a group of prophets coming down from the high place with a stringed instrument, a tambourine, a flute, and a harp before them; and they will be (*)prophesying [as they sing and worship God]. Then THE [Holy] SPIRIT OF THE LORD [God our Father] WILL COME UPON YOU, and YOU WILL (*)PROPHESY WITH THEM AND BE TURNED INTO ANOTHER MAN. And let it be, when these signs come to you, that you do as the occasion demands; FOR GOD IS WITH YOU. You shall go down before me to Gilgal; and surely I will come down to you to offer burnt offerings and make sacrifices of peace offerings. Seven days you shall wait, till I come to you and show you what you should do.”
So it was, when he [Saul] had turned his back to go from Samuel, that GOD GAVE HIM ANOTHER HEART; and all those signs came to pass that day. When they came there to the hill, there was a group of prophets to meet him; then THE SPIRIT OF THE LORD CAME UPON HIM, and he (*)PROPHESIED AMONG THEM.
[(*) Prophesy/Prophesied: To hear God’s voice as He speaks, sings, [or writes] through you under His Divine inspiration, in prediction [prophecy] or simple conversation IN YOUR OWN LANGUAGE.
Please notice, Saul was given his new heart first. Then “the [Holy] Spirit of the LORD came upon Saul, and he PROPHESIED…” and was “TURNED INTO ANOTHER MAN…” because God was with Him through the [Holy] Spirit of the LORD [our Father].”
As you receive God’s Holy Spirit, and allow Him continued conversation with you and through you, you change within your spirit, heart, and mind. As God’s Spirit speaks through you, you are transformed into God’s nature and character; and this change is eternal. God Himself creates your new born-again spirit, and thus God’s nature within you.
Jesus answered and said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, (****) UNLESS ONE IS BORN AGAIN, HE CANNOT SEE THE KINGDOM OF GOD.”
Nicodemus said to Him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?”
Jesus answered, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water [physical birth] and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and THAT WHICH IS BORN OF [BY] THE [Holy] SPIRIT IS SPIRIT. Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘YOU MUST BE BORN AGAIN.’
Again, you will change into this new being, God’s new creation, whether God speaks through you in your own native language (or native tongue), and thus you PROPHESY; or He speaks through you in the multiple languages of men (ie English, French…) and angels, also called (multiple) tongues. God is the Word and He is Eternal Life (see John 6:63; John 1:1-4; Rev 19:13).
(****) “UNLESS ONE IS BORN AGAIN, HE CANNOT SEE THE KINGDOM OF GOD”:
Now when He was asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, He answered them and said, “The kingdom of God does not come with observation; nor will they say, ‘See here!’ or ‘See there!’ For indeed, THE KINGDOM OF GOD IS WITHIN YOU [within and thru God’s Holy Spirit].”
(K) OUR NEW HEARTS ARE GIVEN TO US THROUGH GOD’S HOLY SPIRIT
The Holy Spirit is the one who prepares us and begins our transformation into our new covenant marriage, or ONE FLESH with Christ. Before we are saved by Christ, and born-again by His Holy Spirit, our sin, for the most part, was and is carried in our hearts and minds. This sinfulness then often travels through our mouths, and across our tongues, confirming our fallen nature daily (see James 3:1-10).
CREATE IN ME A NEW HEART, O God, And RENEW A STEADFAST [Holy] SPIRIT WITHIN ME. Do not cast me away from Your presence [God our Father], and do not take Your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of Your Salvation (also see Neh 8:10), and UPHOLD ME BY YOUR GENEROUS [Holy] SPIRIT. Then I will teach transgressors Your ways, and sinners shall be converted to You (also see Acts 1:7-9).
Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God [our Father] through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace [Divine influence upon the heart, and its reflection in the life; including gratitude] in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope. Now hope does not disappoint, because THE LOVE OF GOD HAS BEEN POURED OUT IN YOUR HEARTS BY THE HOLY SPIRIT WHO WAS GIVEN TO US.
(2 Corinthians 1:20-22)
For all the promises of God in Him [Jesus Christ] are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us. Now He who establishes us with you IN CHRIST and HAS ANOINTED US IS GOD, WHO ALSO HAS SEALED US AND GIVEN US THE [Holy] SPIRIT IN OUR HEARTS as a guarantee.
(2 Corinthians 3:1-3)
Do we [Apostles] begin again to commend ourselves? Or do we need, as some others, epistles of commendation to you or letters of commendation from you? YOU ARE OUR EPISTLE [letter] WRITTEN IN OUR HEARTS, KNOWN AND READ BY ALL MEN; CLEARLY YOU ARE AN EPISTLE OF CHRIST, ministered by us, WRITTEN NOT WITH INK BUT BY THE [Holy] SPIRIT OF THE LIVING GOD, NOT ON TABLETS OF STONE BUT ON TABLETS OF FLESH, THAT IS OF THE [One] HEART [one heart of God in Christ, and through Christ in us].
In Chapter 4, the next and last Chapter, we will further discuss Christ’s eternal marriage to His Wife, His Church and One Congregation; and our transfiguration and manifestation from “ALL FLESH” to Christ’s “ONE FLESH” upon our Wedding Day/Feast.
And He [Jesus] answered and said to them, “Have you not read that He who made them at the beginning ‘made them male and female,’ and said, ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and BE JOINED TO HIS WIFE, and the TWO SHALL BECOME ONE FLESH‘? So then, THEY ARE NO LONGER TWO BUT ONE FLESH.”
(Chapter 4 of 4)
Revealed: “Our Wedding Day Feast ~
ONE FLESH, Love, Light, and GLORY With Christ”