The Fellowship of the Mystery

  • Concerning the fellowship of the mystery of the brotherhood and our ONENESS in Messiah Yahshua.

Ephesians 3:1-12 For this reason I, Paul, am the prisoner of Jesus Christ (Yahshua Messiah) for you Gentiles. You may have heard of the administration (stewardship NASB) of the grace of God (Elohim) which was given me for you, how by revelation He made known to me the mystery, as I have written briefly already, by which, when you read it, you may understand my knowledge of the mystery of Christ(Messiah),  which in other generations was not made known to the sons of men, as it is now revealed to His holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit, how the Gentiles are fellow heirs, and fellow members, and partakers of the promise in Christ (Messiah) by the gospel. Of this I was made a minister, according to the gift of the grace of God (Elohim) given to me by the effective working of His power. To me, the very least of all saints, this grace was given, to preach to the Gentiles the incomprehensible riches of Christ (Messiah), and to reveal for all people what is the fellowship (administration NASB) of the mystery, which from the beginning of the ages has been hidden in God (Yahweh), who created all things through Jesus Christ (Yahshua Messiah),  so that now the manifold wisdom of God (Yahweh) might be made known by the church to the principalities and powers in the heavenly places, according to the eternal purpose which He completed in Christ Jesus our Lord, (Messiah Yahshua our Sovereign) in whom we have boldness and confident access through faith in Him. MEV

  • Administration = The way forward

“In essentials unity, in non-essentials, diversity; in all things, charity or love”

1). The first part has to do with what it really means to be a believer and follower of Yahshua. (Essentials)

Note: The reason that we still have a problem with understanding the fellowship of the mystery is because we are content with only embracing those who look, sound and act like us.

2). The second part has to do with perspectives, preferences and persuasions. (Non-Essentials)

Note: The truth is, we will never understand the fellowship of the mystery until we are willing to embrace those who don’t look, sound or act like us.

3). The third part has to do with receiving one another in love with grace and consideration. (In all things)

Note: While many of us claim to love the brotherhood we are still separated and divided by walls, barriers and buttresses.

Questions:

1). If we really agree with the prayer of Yahshua in John 17:23, and we fully embrace the Father’s heart concerning our oneness, how can we then continue to be divided over non-essentials?

2). If we truly love one another as He love us, how can we allow ourselves to be separated by disunity.

{Unless and until we are willing to relate beyond our petty differences, nothing much will change about our lives together in Him. Diversity is the spice of life and unity cannot be achieved without controversy, conflict, concession & compromise. Simply put, we need one another, and we are better together.}

“The things that unite us are more important than the things that divide us”

Note: The short list below are things that we have in common and it behooves all of us to find points of agreement around which we can begin to fellowship and relate with one another…

  • We are ALL part of the New Creation or we are NOT! (2 Corinthians 5:17)
  • Yahshua (Jesus) is Sovereign (Lord) or He is NOT! (1 Corinthians 12:1-3)
  • He has given us the Ministry of Reconciliation (2 Corinthians 5:18-21)
  • There is ONE BODY and ONE SPIRIT, just as also you were called in ONE HOPE of your calling; ONE LORD, ONE FAITH, ONE BAPTISM, ONE GOD and FATHER of ALL who is over ALL and through ALL and in ALL. (Ephesians 4:4-6)
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The Place of the Press

GETHSEMANE – Hb. Gath – wine-press /  Shemen – fat, oil

In the Eternal Now there are no times and seasons, eras or epochs. However, we all may very well experience whatever is happening very differently. Case in point, the past decade has been about stripping, gutting and crushing for most of us. Some of us are responding to the process as mature sons, while others of us are still reacting out of the orphan of our souls.

The truth is, some of us were vine-ripened before going through the process of stripping, gutting and crushing, and we experienced what is known in the wine making business as free-run-juicing. It is accomplished by crushing the grapes after the have been separated from the vine, the cluster, the stem and the outer skin. We are NOW being gathered together and thrown into the wine-press for a whole cluster extraction. We all will be going into the wine-press at the same time and while we will be going through it together, we will not be destroyed. This is not our last days or end times. This is our opportunity to become the New Wine to those who are ready to taste and see that the Sovereign is good. Yahshua’s first miracle was turning the water into wine. His last miracle could be similar in that we are being pressed together to become new wine-skins capable of containing the new wine. He truly has saved the best for last.

Isaiah 65:8-25 ISV

A Remnant will be Preserved

This is what the LORD says:
“Just as new wine is found in the cluster, and people have said, ‘Don’t destroy it, for there is a gift in it,’so I’ll act for my servants’ sake, by not destroying them all. I’ll bring forth descendants from Jacob, and from Judah they will inherit my mountains; my chosen people will inherit it, and my servants will live there. Sharon will become a pasture for flocks, and the Valley of Achor a fold for herds, for my people who have sought me. But as for you who forsake the LORD, who forget my holy mountain, who spread a table for Fortune and fill drink offerings for Destiny, I’ll consign you to the sword, and all of you will bend down for the slaughter—because when I called, you didn’t answer, when I spoke, you didn’t listen; but you did what was evil in my sight, and chose what I took no pleasure in.”

The Righteous and Wicked Contrasted

Therefore, this is what the LORD says:
“See, my servants will eat, but you’ll go hungry; my servants will drink, but you’ll go thirsty; my servants will rejoice, but you’ll be put to shame. My servants will sing in gladness of heart, but you’ll cry for help from anguish of heart, and you’ll howl from brokenness of spirit. You’ll leave your name to my chosen ones as a curse, and the Lord GOD will put you to death permanently. Then whoever takes an oath by the God of faithfulness, and whoever takes an oath in the land, will swear by the God of faithfulness, because the former troubles are forgotten and are hidden from my eyes.

A New Universe

Take notice! I’m about to create new heavens and a new earth; the former things won’t be remembered, nor will they come to mind. But be glad and rejoice forever in what I am creating, for I am about to create Jerusalem as a joy, and its people as a delight. I’ll rejoice over Jerusalem, and take delight in my people; no longer will the sound of weeping be heard in it, nor the cry of distress. “And there will no longer be in it a young boy who lives only a few days, or an old person who does not live out his days; days for one who dies at a hundred years will be thought a mere youth, and one who falls short of a hundred years will be considered accursed. People will build houses and live in them; They’ll plant vineyards and eat their fruit. They won’t build for others to inhabit; they won’t plant for others to eat—for like the life of a tree, so will the lifetime of my people be, and my chosen ones will long enjoy the work of their hands. They won’t toil in vain nor bear children doomed to misfortune, for they will be offspring blessed by the LORD, they and their descendants with them. Before they call, I will answer, while they are still speaking, I’ll hear. “The wolf and the lamb will feed together, and the lion will eat straw like the ox; but as for the serpent—its food will be dust! They won’t harm or destroy on my entire holy mountain,” says the LORD

WE ARE THE NEXT MOVE…WE ARE THE NEXT WAVE…WE ARE THE GLORY BRINGING HOPE TO A VERY MIXED UP AND CONFUSED WORLD. WE ARE THE ANSWER TO THE QUESTIONS. WE ARE SALT AND LIGHT. WE ARE THE FINAL SOLUTION…

The world is unprincipled. It’s dog-eat-dog out there! The world doesn’t fight fair. But we don’t live or fight our battles that way—never have and never will. The tools of our trade aren’t for marketing or manipulation, but they are for demolishing that entire massively corrupt culture. We use our powerful God-tools for smashing warped philosophies, tearing down barriers erected against the truth of God, fitting every loose thought and emotion and impulse into the structure of life shaped by Christ. Our tools are ready at hand for clearing the ground of every obstruction and building lives of obedience into maturity.

2 Corinthians 10: 3-6 TMG

Moving Forward & UPWARD

We must go forward to explore the infinite realms of the spirit of Yahweh. We must pass out of the realm of the natural and into the realm of the spiritual. We must progress from the length and breadth and begin to comprehend somewhat of the height and depth of spiritual things. The to and fro must give way to an ascending and descending on Jacob’s Ladder. We must pass from a knowledge of the understandable to a knowledge of the inconceivable. We must rise from the visible to behold the invisible. We must hear the inaudible, grasp the intangible, explore the unsearchable and declare the unspeakable. Unknown

COMPLETE IN HIM

For the past few months I have found myself praying in the Spirit concerning this topic. The truth is I have not how or for what to pray. Holy Spirit has been addressing the questions of my heart and this writing will speak to some answers that I have been receiving. The following is what I am presently seeing and hearing about our completeness in HIM. The questions of my heart revolved around the reality of the absence of power and authority that we are currently experiencing. The modern-day Ekklesia is suffering from a serious shortage of power and our spiritual signature appears to be getting weaker. In a time when we cannot afford to be devoid of power, we need to seriously consider the long-term effect of our prolonged condition and what it will mean to future generations if we flat-line. This is a CODE-BLUE moment for those of us who are awake, aware and on active duty.

Things to consider: The following passage of Scripture contains some elements that have been spoken, are speaking and will speak to the Ekklesia over the centuries. I believe that we can locate ourselves in the Ekklesia of ‘Brotherly Love’ where we will find ourselves severely weakened due to the reality that the adversary has exploited every opportunity to take advantage of our ignorance, fear and disobedience. He has also kept us troubled, beat-down and distracted by hardship and persecution. He has worked through religion and politics to keep us separated, segregated and divided. The defeated one knows that if we ever come into agreement around the prayer of Yahshua in John 17 that the world is going to know that Yahshua is come and that Yahweh sent Him to save the world. He is also fully aware of the POWER of AGREEMENT and what it means for us to be UNITED. We are living in a time when we must pull down the strong-holds of human reasoning that have been primarily responsible for creating barriers, boundaries and buttresses between those who would make up the Global, National and Regional community of believers.

Revelation 3: 7 “And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write, ‘These things says He who is holy, He who is true, “He who has the key of David, He who opens and no one shuts, and shuts and no one opens”: “I know your works. See, I have set before you an open door, and no one can shut it; for you have a little strength, have kept My word, and have not denied My name. Indeed I will make those of the synagogue of Satan, who say they are Jews and are not, but lie—indeed I will make them come and worship before your feet, and to know that I have loved you. Because you have kept My command to persevere, I also will keep you from the hour of trial which shall come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth. Behold, I am coming quickly!

Note: Holy Spirit recently spoke to me and and said, “because you have kept my Word, I will Keep you no matter what comes.” As I pondered what He was saying to me, I heard my Spirit say back to Him, “I really have not kept that much; but you have surely kept me all these years.” His love and grace is beyond comprehension.

Note: Please bear with me as I point out a real nugget contained in this passage of Scripture. Remember, this letter was written to the Ekklesia of ‘Brotherly Love’ and there is no way of knowing exactly when it was delivered. My point is, part of the promise that Holy Spirit made to the Ekklesia of ‘Brotherly Love’ was that HE was coming quickly. One might suppose that either Yahshua was mistaken or He misspoke about His return. However, I do not believe for a minute that He was mistaken or misspoke because He has, is and will come to us in the future. He came to His disciples after His resurrection and appeared to 500 plus people over an extended period of time. There were eye-witnesses to his coming, appearing and ascending. There is no doubt in my mind that He returned a second time in the form of HOLY SPIRIT on the Day of Pentecost. That day, His Ekklesia was born and His Kingdom was established forever.

Hold fast what you have, that no one may take your crown. He who overcomes, I will make him a pillar in the temple of My Elohim, (Yahweh) and he shall go out no more. I will write on him the name of My Elohim (Yahweh) and the name of the city of My Elohim, (Yahweh) the New Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven from My Elohim. (Yahweh) And I will write on him My new name. (Yahshua)

On June 14, 2015, I will be entering into my 45th year of service to the King and I cannot remember a time that I questioned the validity of the Scripture or what Holy Spirit is saying. I have had questions for which I sought answers; but as of late, I have found myself questioning things that should be our present reality.

Questions: 1). When is the last time we saw someone come to a saving knowledge of the truth based on our personal testimony or witness? 2). When is the last time we healed the sick, raised the dead or cast out devils? 3). For that matter, how long has it been since we saw a supernatural intervention of any kind? 4). If healing and deliverance are not a part of the full comprehensive plan of salvation, then how can we trust the coverage at any level?

Ephesians 1:3-6 Blessed be the Elohim and Father of our Sovereign Yahshua Messiah who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Messiah, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, having predestined us to adoption as sons by Yahshua Messiah to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved.

{We are the blessed, chosen and holy sons of Yahweh, who have inherited every spiritual blessing in heavenly places and we are accepted in the beloved}

Ephesians 2:4-7 But Yahweh, 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 Messiah (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Messiah Yahshua, that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Messiah Yahshua.

{He made us alive together. He raised us up together and made us sit together in heavenly places in Messiah Yahshua}

Philippians 1:6 being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Yahshua Messiah;

{The work that He has begun in us will not be completed until the Daystar arises in our hearts, and we come into a better understanding of the finished work of Yahshua, as well as the consummation of all things} 2 Peter 1:18-20

Colossians 2:9-11 For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily; and you are complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power. In Him you were also circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, by putting off the body of the sins of the flesh, by the circumcision of Messiah,

Colossians 2:10 and you have been filled in him, who is the head of all rule and authority. ESV

{Understanding who we are in Him together is the consummation of all things, the fellowship of the brotherhood, and the mystery revealed. We are the body of Messiah, the bright and Morning Star. We are the fullness of Messiah to this generation, and we are making known the manifold wisdom of Yahweh to the principalities and powers in heavenly places. Our corporate expression is a testimony of the resurrection power of Yahshua, and it is a witness against the forces of darkness. Our very presence is a reminder that their reign has ended, and the day of Yahshua (the SON) is come. We are complete in Him}

Note; Salvation, Healing and Deliverance are a part of the full comprehensive plan of salvation. If healing and deliverance are not a part of the plan, then how can we truly trust the coverage at any level? (We can’t)

However, everything we need can and will be discovered in the body of Messiah. We cannot be made whole or complete apart from the body of Messiah, the corporate SON, the many-membered MAN. Simply put, we need one another in order to glorify Him in the all the earth, and thereby fulfill the practical will and purpose of Yahweh for our lives.

We are living in a time when we must begin to realize that we are not directly connected to the head of the Ekklesia. Yahshua is the head of the Ekklesia and we are a part of His body. His head is not sitting on each of our shoulders and unless we find one another in Him we will eventually die alienated and isolated from Him and His people. Failing to properly discern the body of Messiah will result in more weakness, sickness and death. We can no longer afford to partake of His body and blood in a way that dishonors the communion we have in Him.

Colossians 2: 8-10 watch out for people who try to dazzle you with big words and intellectual double-talk. They want to drag you off into endless arguments that never amount to anything. They spread their ideas through the empty traditions of human beings and the empty superstitions of spirit beings. But that’s not the way of Christ. Everything of God gets expressed in him, so you can see and hear him clearly. You don’t need a telescope, a microscope, or a horoscope to realize the fullness of Christ, and the emptiness of the universe without him. When you come to him, that fullness comes together for you, too. His power extends over everything. TMGB

II Timothy 3:16-17 All Scripture is given by inspiration of Yahweh, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of Yahweh may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.

Hebrews 13:20-21 Now may the Elohim of peace who brought up our Sovereign Yahshua from the dead, that great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, make you complete in every good work to do His will, working in you what is well pleasing in His sight, through Yahshua Messiah, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.

James 1:2-4 My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.

THE PERSON AND WORK OF HOLY SPIRIT

HOLY SPIRIT – Ruach HaKodesh

• The Spirit of YAHWEH

• The third person in the TRI-UNITY of YAHWEH.

Yahweh, Elohim the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Holy Spirit is the person of YAHWEH working by HIS SPIRIT.

Question: Where does the Spirit of Yahweh first show up in the Scriptures?

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light.
Genesis 1:1-3 NKJV

Cross Ref.

For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.” The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit 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 also be glorified together. Romans 8:14-17 NKJV

But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.
II Corinthians 3:18 NKJV

Question: Where does the Spirit of Yahweh last show up in the Scripture?

And the Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let him who hears say, “Come!” And let him who thirsts come. Whoever desires, let him take the water of life freely.
Revelation 22:17 NKJV

God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” John 4:24 NKJV

It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life. John 6:63 NKJV

But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.
John 14:26 NKJV

“But when the Helper comes, whom I shall send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify of Me. John 15:26 NKJV

However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come. He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you. All things that the Father has are Mine. Therefore I said that He will take of Mine and declare it to you.
John 16:13-15 NKJV

Note: Holy Spirit shows up 100 times in the Scripture. 3 in the Older Covenant and 97 in the Newer Covenant. 44 of those times He shows up BIG in the book of Acts.

Question: Have you ever noticed that we pray, sing and worship, teach and preach about the Father and the Son; but we hardly ever recognize and honor Holy Spirit in the House?

Note: Holy Spirit seems to get partial recognition whenever there is no good explanation for what just occurred. No wonder He only sticks His head in the door from time to time in order to make a cameo appearance.

Note: YAHSHUA was immaculately conceived and born of a virgin. In other words, He was the only begotten SON of the Father by Holy Spirit.

Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: After His mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Spirit. Matthew 1:18 NKJV

Note: YAHSHUA was identified and authorized by HOLY SPIRIT.

When He had been baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened to Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting upon Him. And suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” Matthew 3:16-17 NKJV

And John bore witness, saying, “I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and He remained upon Him. I did not know Him, but He who sent me to baptize with water said to me, ‘Upon whom you see the Spirit descending, and remaining on Him, this is He who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.’
John 1:32-33 NKJV

Note: YAHSHUA was led and directed by HOLY SPIRIT.

Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. And when He had fasted forty days and forty nights,stones afterward He was hungry. Now when the tempter came to Him, he said, “If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread.” But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’ ” Matthew 4:1-11 NKJV

Cross Ref.

By the word of the Lord the heavens were made, And all the host of them by the breath of His mouth.
Psalms 33:6 NKJV

God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds; who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high,
Hebrews 1:1-3 NKJV

By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible. Hebrews 11:3 NKJV

Then I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, “Now salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren, who accused them before our God day and night, has been cast down. And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death.
Revelation 12:10-11 NKJV

CONCLUSION:

The TRUTH concerning the person and work of HOLY SPIRIT has been obfuscated or kept from this generation. It has led to a mass exodus that has resulted in a prolonged period of time in the wilderness for many people. Many of them are on a personal quest for TRUTH. Unfortunately, most of them are alienated from the common wealth of Israel, and some of them are all but cut off from the household of faith.

Note: According to statistics, 1/3 of those who are numbered among the millennias of this generation…(30 years and under) are professed ATHEIST.

Note: There are ‘Church Type’ ministries who are evangelizing and proselytizing the disenfranchised segment of our society.

SOLUTION:

A real encounter with the only true and living Elohim. That will include coming to a saving knowledge of the truth, and being born again of the Spirit.

Jesus answered and said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” John 3:3 NKJV

Jesus answered and said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” Jesus answered, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water 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 the Spirit is spirit. Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’ The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit.”

John 3:3, 5-8 NKJV