I wanted to share some reflections from this morning's prayer and study time. I was reviewing an assembly recording from Chief Apostle Eric and he was expounding on the mystery of Christ being the gospel of our salvation. The hypocrisy and lack of power we see within the false church is due to their removing faith from the mystery of Christ and setting it instead within the fundamental facts as concerning His virgin birth, life, death, resurrection, and ascension. These historical facts are true and faithful but the mystery of Christ, the gospel of our salvation, goes beyond those historical facts.
The apostles of Christ make known this mystery which takes faith from the vain perspective of trying to manifest Christ out of history and tradition by setting faith instead with the power and hope of Christ in us. It is Christ in us which brings healing from the soul. Eric was also bringing out as concerning our being saved... while the unconverted believer will proudly proclaim they are saved one must ask, "saved from what and by what means?" Salvation has to do with the salvaging of our souls from the ravages of sin and darkness which left the soul in a state of ruin and corruption (being unfit for service... think of a rusted out car in a junk yard which is no longer fit for service in its present condition.)
Here's how Apostle Paul wrote of these things:
1 For this cause I Paul, the prisoner of Jesus Christ for you Gentiles,
2 If ye have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which is given me to you-ward:
3 How that by revelation he made known unto me the mystery; (as I wrote afore in few words,
4 Whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ)
5 Which in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men, as it is now revealed unto his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit;
6 That the Gentiles should be fellowheirs, and of the same body, and partakers of his promise in Christ by the gospel:
7 Whereof I was made a minister, according to the gift of the grace of God given unto me by the effectual working of his power.
When faith is removed from this mystery (which concerns the pattern and the power provided from above to bring healing and restoration to our souls), faith remains dead and wanders in the wilderness in search of scraps of bread and drips of water. But when faith is re-directed from flesh to flame by this mystery which is again being preached by His holy apostles and prophets (who confirm the pattern made known to the apostles), then the soul is made full by the bountiful supply of the true Bread of Life and Living Water which are the grace and truth of God in Christ... and we then experience Christ in us which is the promise of the Father and the hope of the righteous.
Walking with God,
--John, Apostle in Christ